Britain says Brexit will open door to tougher Russia sanctions

Ministers consider harder US-style regime, with City commercial interests at stake The UK government has said a potential battery of tougher sanctions against Russia could be introduced once Britain has left the EU next March, raising the prospect that it will join the US in preventing Russian sovereign debt from…

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Turkish lira rallies as Qatar makes $15bn loan pledge

Ankara officials will channel money into Turkeys financial markets and banks Turkeys beleagured currency has bounced back from record lows after Qatar pledged to shore up the banking sectors shaky finances with loans worth $15bn (11.8bn). A week after a diplomatic spat with the US sent the lira into a…

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Boots Riley attacks Spike Lee over made up BlacKkKlansman

Sorry to Bother You director condemns portrayal of black and white officers as allies in fight against racism Boots Riley, the director of the acclaimed satire Sorry to Bother You, has taken aim at Spike Lees new film, BlacKkKlansman, in which a black police officer infiltrates a white supremacist organisation.…

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Head of alleged Syrian chemical weapons facility dies in bombing

Aziz Asber was director of facility western governments claim was a covert installation The head of a Syrian research facility that western countries say was part of a chemical weapons programme has been killed in a car bombing, the pro-government Syrian newspaper al-Watan has said. Aziz Asber was the director…

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Swedish student’s plane protest stops man’s deportation ‘to hell’

Elin Ersson refused to sit down on Gothenburg flight until man being sent to Afghanistan was removed A lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down until the man was removed from…

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Work less, get more: New Zealand firm’s four-day week an ‘unmitigated success’

Reduced hours for same pay increased successful work-life balance management, cutting stress levels and boosting commitment The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success,with 78% of employees feeling they were able to successfully manage their work-life balance, an increase…

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Trump administration’s opposition to breastfeeding resolution sparks outrage

US delegation to the World Health Assembly reportedly deployed threats to try to browbeat nations into backing off the resolution Advocates for improved nutrition for babies have expressed outrage over reports that the Trump administration bullied other governments in an attempt to prevent the passage of an international resolution promoting…

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Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik

Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before, writes Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik If there was a dictators playbook, the DonaldTrump administration would now be on the Instrumentalise Religion chapter. Last week, in what sounded like…

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Would you give up having children to save the planet? Meet the couples who have

The environmental toll of having even one child is enormous – 58.6 tonnes of carbon each year. So is going child-free the answer to our climate crisis? Gwynn Mackellen was 26 when she decided to get sterilised. It took the recycling consultant, who is based in California five years to…

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Separation at the border: children wait in cages at south Texas warehouse

US Border Patrol allows reporters to visit but does not allow pictures or interviews at holding facility housing children as young as four Inside an old warehouse in south Texas, hundreds of children wait away from their parents in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had…

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