‘We don’t have a life here’: refugees find scant solace in hardline Hungary

Rightwing government of Viktor Orbán is charging asylum seekers €1,200 to move them to ‘open’ camps that prove to be anything but

Pias, a young Iraqi refugee who made it to Hungary, was initially keen to show off his English. But after four months in a detention camp, fear and uncertainty had rendered him mute.

Despite paying the Hungarian authorities €1,200 (£1,018) to send him to a more open facility, the 19-year-old feared being hauled back into custody under a draconian new law.

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Going underground: inside the world of the mole-catchers

A bitter battle is raging within the mole-catching community over the kindest way to carry out their deadly work

Roger Page purchased his home in East Bilney, a Norfolk farming community, about 25 years ago. For the better part of those 25 years, he bore no ill will toward the moles. He was fond of wildlife, or at least what little of it remained in the country. A family of deer foraged in the backyard. Foxes lolled in the road at dusk. Moles were a rarity.

Page worked as a commercial pilot and when the occasional molehill erupted on his lawn, he would pat it down before departing again to New York or Hong Kong. They seemed to have an understanding, he and the moles. They mostly kept to the woods, while Page mostly kept to the garden.

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‘We want action’: call to return former Toledo synagogue to Jewish community

Spain’s Catholic church owns Santa María la Blanca, now a popular museum, but shows little interest in giving it back

Among the fans, parasols and knick-knacks in the gift shop of the Santa María la Blanca museum are bottles of kosher wine and tiles painted with menorahs and magens David.

They are testament to the fact that, despite its name – not to mention its incarnations as a church, a barracks and a warehouse – the museum began its life in the 12th century as Toledo’s main synagogue.

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High court rejects challenge to Northern Territory’s protective custody laws

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency says powers used disproportionately against Indigenous people

The high court has rejected a challenge to the Northern Territory’s protective custody laws, dismissing an appeal by an Aboriginal man who said he was wrongfully apprehended by police based on racial stereotypes.

Anthony Prior was arrested on New Year’s Eve in 2013 while drinking on a footpath outside a shopping complex in Darwin, based on a police officer’s belief he was intoxicated and likely to commit an offence involving disorderly behaviour or drinking in a regulated place.

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China warns Trump he is facing a ‘head-on collison’ with North Korea

Chinese foreign minister scolds Kim Jong-un’s regime for its nuclear ambitions but also blames Washington for stoking regional tensions

The United States and North Korea are racing towards a catastrophic “head-on collision”, China’s foreign minister has warned, amid Chinese fury at America’s deployment of a controversial anti-missile system.

Speaking in Beijing on Wednesday, Wang Yi said a “looming crisis” was brewing on the Korean peninsular.

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Don Dale lawsuit faces jurisdiction and Human Rights Commission hurdles

Class action accusing Northern Territory authorities of unlawful discrimination, false imprisonment, assault and battery adjourned until May

A class action against the Northern Territory government over the treatment of juveniles in detention was adjourned on Wednesday ahead of a challenge to the federal court’s jurisdiction, and pending the outcome of a racial discrimination complaint.

Lawyers for the NT government pointed to six other juvenile detention-related civil cases currently before the supreme court and claimed the federal court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

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British man on mission for justice after wife gunned down in Philippines

Stuart Green’s wife Mia, a lawyer, was killed in a barrage of bullets that narrowly missed his children in a hit he blames on gangsters linked to one of her cases

The two gunmen arrived on motorcycles and flanked the modest, family-sized Toyota at a busy intersection. Aiming at the driver, they fired a barrage of bullets, nine of which fatally hit Mia Mascariñas-Green in her head and neck.

In the back seat, her 10-year-old daughter and 23-month-old twins watched. Their nanny – who was sitting in the third row – jumped over the divide to shield the children with her body. One of the attacker’s guns jammed and they fled.

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Joking apart, the great tit is a born survivor

Wenlock Edge Since the 1960s the great tit population has doubled. These dapper but tough birds are becoming a global power

Great tits will take over the world. You see my problem already – it’s the name. Unless you can disassociate from the Carry On innuendo of “tit”, this bird is always going to be a joke. It supposedly gets its name from titmouse: in Old English, tit means small and “mouse” is a corruption of māse, a bird name of Germanic origins.

There is a theatrical prettiness about great tits: the shiny black head with flashing white cheeks, flamboyantly dapper, green-backed, yellow-breasted, with black tie and cleavage stripe. Their twin-syllabic song sounds like a drunk pushing a rusty wheelbarrow. But the music hall stage persona ends there.

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International Women’s Day: Pakistan’s ‘invisible’ female workers celebrate new legal status | Zofeen Ebrahim

Home-based workers in Sindh province, who prop up the country’s informal economy, hope their historic victory will mean an end to exploitation

Zehra Khan has much to celebrate on International Women’s Day. It is exactly four months since members of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) in Sindh province, Pakistan – of which Khan is secretary general – finally received legal recognition.

The province’s chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, signed a policy that means the region’s estimated 5 million home-based workers – the majority of whom are women – can register as workers and access benefits.

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How dementia-friendly shops, offices and cities offer hope for sufferers

British Gas, HSBC and other businesses are training staff to provide a better service to people with dementia

In coming decades, rates of dementia will rise sharply, partly due to a “silver tsunami” as the boomer generation ages and partly because we are living longer than ever. By 2030, the WHO predicts 75.6 million people globally will have the disease.

In response, cities around the world are creating communities that better help people with dementia go about their daily lives (there are more than 200 such dementia-friendly communities in England and Wales alone).

Related: Forget-me-nots in Purley: how the town became 'dementia friendly'

Related: Businesses ignore the dementia timebomb at their peril

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Mosul: Iraqi troops find Assyrian treasures in network of Isis tunnels

Archaeologists face race against time to save artefacts uncovered in crumbling labyrinths beneath the war-torn city

Two great winged bulls carved from stone and dating from the Assyrian empire have been found intact under the ground of Mosul.

But as fighting rages to evict the Isis from the main city in northern Iraq, it will be a race against time to save the archaeological treasures uncovered in the tunnels.

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More than 1,000 childcare workers walk off job over pay gap

Centres close early on International Women’s Day in largest action taken by sector in Australia, where wages are about half national average

More than 1,000 early childhood educators have walked off the job to campaign for equal pay in the “pink-collar” sector.

Dozens of childcare centres closed mid-afternoon on International Women’s Day on Wednesday, said to be the largest action taken by the sector in Australia.

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‘Voting while half in the bag’: legislator says colleagues are a drunken disgrace

Rhode Island representative Moira Walsh says ‘insane amount of drinking’ in state house ‘blows my mind – you can make laws that affect people’s lives forever’

A new lawmaker in Rhode Island has condemned the “insane amount of drinking” that goes on in the legislature as its members conduct the state’s affairs.

Moira Walsh, a Democrat from Providence, said lawmakers had “file cabinets full of booze” and described how they recently took shots on the floor of the House of Representatives to celebrate the Dominican Republic’s independence day.

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Victoria orders investigation into claims security at National Gallery underpaid

Finance minister gives Business Risks International a week to respond to allegations guards being paid in cash

The Victorian government has given security provider Business Risks International one week to respond to allegations that security guards deployed to landmark locations are being paid in cash and denied entitlements such as holiday pay.

Victoria’s finance minister, Robin Scott, told Guardian Australia on Wednesday that his department had ordered an immediate investigation into the firm following allegations that security staff deployed to the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) were being underpaid.

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All but one major bank oppose move to name executives involved in breaches

Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac line up against proposed reporting policy, while ANZ says it is not opposed in principle

Three of Australia’s big four banks have opposed parliamentary recommendations that senior executives should be named for breaches affecting customers.

The chief executive of Westpac, Brian Hartzer, was the final of the big four bank bosses to appear before the house standing committee on economics reviewing past behaviour.

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Australia’s ‘shocking’ offshore immigration regime inspires play staged in Iran

Nazanin Sahamizadeh says she wants to bring production to Australia to help world hear ‘the voices of refugees’

A Tehran playwright wants to bring her production, Manus, to Australia to help the outside world hear “the voices of refugees” held on the remote island.

Nazanin Sahamizadeh’s play follows the lives of seven Iranian men who flee – by various means – from Iran, seeking protection and freedom, only to wind up in the offshore detention centre run by Australia on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. The play centres around their time on the island and their struggle to cope with the violence, indignities and privation of their indefinite detention, and the uncertainty over their futures.

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