Reporting on Trump and Putin amid the war on truth

Guardian foreign correspondent Luke Harding on holding power to account and challenging the rise of fake news A retired spy and his daughter are found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury. Someone tried to kill them. The poison is says the would-be assassins are officers with Russian military intelligence.…

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Pro-refugee Italian mayor arrested for ‘aiding illegal migration’

Domenico Lucano, mayor of Riace, is praised by locals and migrant rights campaigners The mayor of an Italian town that has won praise and TV publicity for integrating thousands of refugees has been placed under house arrest on suspicion of abetting illegal migration. Riace mayor Domenico Lucano hailed in 2016…

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Them review: Ben Sasse on Trump, America and how he’s the man to fix it

The Nebraska senator, a critic of the president, makes an eloquent appeal for healing. His loyal voting record, however, counsels caution Ben Sasse, Nebraskas first-term junior senator, says Americans hate each other. Looking at the end of history, the death of ideology that never was. Six decades ago, lack of…

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Build a wall across the Sahara? That’s crazy but someone still did it

Since Morocco invaded Western Sahara it has built a 1,700-mile desert barrier keeping Sahrawis out of the resource-rich west Donald Trump was build a wall across the Sahara desert. According to Spains foreign minister, Josep Borell, the US president told him: The Sahara border cant be bigger than our border…

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France’s Le Pen scorns court-ordered psych tests for Daesh images

French far-right leader faces prosecution for posting violent images of IS killings in 2015 The French far-right leader attacks in Paris in November 2015. Le Pens immunity as a lawmaker was lifted in order for her to face prosecution in France for posting images considered to incite terrorism or pornography…

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Iran accuses Trump of ‘bullying’ other countries into anti-Tehran stance

Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attacks Trump and says US is abusing presidency of UN security council Irans foreign minister has accused Donald Trump of trying to hijack the United Nations security council for the purposes of bullying others to turn against Tehran. Trump plans to lead Original Article :…

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Jacinda Ardern queried for taking costly flight to minimise time away from baby

New Zealand PM will fly to Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru separately from her deputy, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars Jacinda Ardern has defended making an air force Boeing 757 take an extra trip to the Pacific island of Nauru so she can minimise time away from her…

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How America’s ‘most reckless’ billionaire created the fracking boom

The long read: The wild tale of Americas energy revolution, and the cowboy who made and lost billions on shale Between 2006 and 2015, the energy world was turned upside-down by an epic development in the oil industry few had foreseen. From the low point, in 2006, when it imported…

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At least 26 children and four women killed in airstrikes in Yemen

UN condemns attack by Saudi-led coalition near health facilities and calls for investigation At least 26 children have been killed in the latest round of airstrikes in Yemen, the United Nations has said. The organisations humanitarian office reported that at least four women also died in a strike by the…

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How weak schools serve Trump’s agenda | Arne Duncan

Of course the president says he loves the poorly educated: authoritarian regimes benefit when citizens lack education, writes Obamas education secretary In late July, at a speech for veterans in Kansas City, Missouri, President Trump jabbed a finger at the back of the room, where members of the media were…

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How prepared is the EU for a future surge in migrant arrivals?

Migration numbers have fallen since 2015 peak, but countries are still grappling with the political and practical fallout How are migration routes in Europe changing? The Balkan route In the first six months of 2018, more than 8,000 migrants came to the small Balkan state of Bosnia-Herzegovina, 20 times more…

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Socialist modernism: remembering the architecture of the eastern bloc

Much of the brutalist architecture of eastern Europe is decrepit, but now a project aims to document and preserve it The monumental but decaying grey, brutalist structures of central and eastern Europe are fading memories of the socialist era. So decrepit are some of these buildings that the socialist @socialistmodernism.…

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