Mike Pence accuses China of meddling in US elections despite lack of evidence

Vice-presidents allegation echoes similar claim made by Trump last week but has been contradicted by cybersecurity experts Mike Pence has claimed that Russian interference in US elections pales in comparison with Chinese meddling, which he said was aimed at ousting Donald Trump. The vice-presidents allegation echoes a Washington Post cybersecurity…

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Nicaragua deports reporter who covered anti-Ortega protests

Austrian-American Carl David Goette-Luciak had reported on unrest since April An Austrian-American reporter who has been covering Nicaraguas political upheaval for outlets including the Guardian and the Washington Post has been deported, his father has confirmed. Nicaraguan law enforcement officials took Carl David Goette-Luciak from his home in Managuas Centroamrica…

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Pope Francis faces worst crisis of his five-year papacy

Painful legacy of sexual abuse cover-up is engulfing church and its leader, as allegations divide Vatican Ever since he was elected as the leader of the worlds Roman Catholics, Pope Francis has been the target of conservative adversaries deeply opposed to his focus on the poor and marginalised, and his…

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The So Paulo taxi firm that dares to go where Uber doesn’t

Ubra has been a success in Brasilndia, a district whose dangerous reputation has deterred big ride-hailing apps Brasilndia feels more like a village in its own right than a peripheral district in a bustling metropolis of nearly 20 million people. Miles from the hustle and bustle of So Paulos central…

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‘Jail juvenile offenders until middle age’, Trump health secretary argued in 1991 memo

Alex Azar rejected notion that juvenile who committed a crime was salvageable human Donald Trumps health secretary, who Brett Kavanaugh, the Trump administrations nominee to the supreme court. The two men were among the first young prosecutors hired by Kenneth Starr when he became independent counsel and investigated the Clinton…

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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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