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Coronavirus: China postpones annual political assembly for first time in decades - live updates  08h56 24 février
Aamna Mohdin (now) and Alison Rourke (earlier)
Parliamentary session postponed due to coronavirus while Xi Jinping warns of impact on economy. Follow latest newsShare your experiences 8.42am GMT Chinese political leaders including President Xi Jinping are normally expected to attend the annual parliament session in March, but it has been...
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Malaysia’s PM Mahathir Mohamad offers resignation amid political turmoil  06h30 24 février
Rebecca Ratcliffe South-East Asia correspondent, and agencies
The 94-year-old submits his resignation to the king after Anwar Ibrahim accused his party of betraying a promise to transfer powerMalaysia’s 94-year-old prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has resigned amid a day of political drama during which he was accused of betraying a promise to hand over power...
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Tourists stranded in Canary Islands after Saharan sandstorm blows in  06h09 24 février
Press Association
Dozens of flights cancelled due to poor visibility, leaving holidaymakers stuck at airportsIn pictures: Canary Islands sandstorm leaves tourists strandedHolidaymakers have been stranded at airports in the Canary Islands after a Saharan sandstorm left the destination coated with dust, reducing...
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Trump’s approval rating rises, boosting chances of winning second term  15h52 23 février
Martin Pengelly
New Gallup poll gives Trump a 49% rating, first net positive for the president since January 2017Donald Trump’s popularity rating is improving at a key moment in election year - boosting his chances of winning a second term in the White House. Related: Nevada caucuses: Bernie Sanders wins in...
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Israeli strikes in Syria and Gaza kill two Islamic Jihad fighters  06h52 24 février
Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem
Israel launches fresh strikes after its killing of a fighter on the Gaza border at the weekend prompted rocket fire from GazaIsraeli jets have launched airstrikes against Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip and Syria, killing two militants, in retaliation for several barrages of rocket attacks...
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Behrouz Boochani’s book, No Friend But The Mountains, to be made into a film  05h19 24 février
Naaman Zhou
Kurdish Iranian writer says the film will bring more attention to Australia’s brutal immigration detention regimeBehrouz Boochani’s award-winning debut book, No Friend But The Mountains, will be made into a feature film with production to begin in Australia in mid-2021.The Kurdish Iranian writer...
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Philip Morris drew up plan for 1bn tobacco transition fund  07h00 24 février
Sarah Boseley Health editor
Exclusive: firm accused of hypocrisy after talking to anti-tobacco MP about helping smokers switch productsPhilip Morris International (PMI), one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, drew up plans for a 1bn tobacco transition fund in the UK to be spent by local authorities and Public Health...
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Julian Assange supporters set out stall as extradition hearing begins  07h00 24 février
Sam Gelder
US lawyers to give opening arguments for deporting WikiLeaks founder to face charges of espionageJulian Assange is set to face off with the US government when his extradition hearing begins on Monday.A judge at Woolwich crown court in south-east London is due to begin hearing arguments from lawyers...
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New Orleans: two people killed by Mardi Gras floats in one week  17h14 23 février
Oliver Laughland in New Orleans
Man appears to fall underneath large tandem float on SaturdayWoman, 58, was run over and killed on WednesdayA man was hit and killed by a Mardi Gras float in New Orleans on Saturday evening, the second such death in a week.The individual, who was not immediately named, was killed at around 7pm...
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MI5 rejects claims that officials withhold intelligence from Priti Patel  17h28 23 février
Andrew Sparrow Political correspondent
Informed security source says Sunday Times report quoting unnamed officials is untrueMI5 has rejected claims that its officials are withholding information from Priti Patel because they do not trust her.An informed security source said the report about Patel’s relationship with the agency in the...
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Merkel’s CDU suffers worst ever result in Hamburg elections  18h43 23 février
Reuters
Chancellor’s party slumped to third while far-right AfD scraped back in despite Hanau attackVoters handed German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) their worst ever result in Hamburg on Sunday, punishing them for flirting with the far right in an eastern state and descending into...
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Bring our people home’: the bold new plan for an Indigenous-led district in Canad  07h00 03 janvier
Matthew Halliday
The Senakw development aims to ease the city’s chronic housing crisis - and to challenge the mindset that indigeneity and urbanity are incompatibleThe scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook...
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India primed: what Amazon’s vast new Hyderabad campus reveals about its plans  07h00 31 décembre
Amrit Dhillon in Hyderabad
Amazon have arrived in force in rapidly expanding Hyderabad, with designs on the currently almost non-existent Indian e-commence marketThe futuristic lobby of the new Amazon building in Hyderabad feels as though it should have a permanent orchestra blasting out Also Sprach Zarathustra. The scale is...
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A blessed initiative’: secular Israel rejoices over Sabbath buse  05h00 28 décembre
Oliver Holmes and Quique Kierszenbaum in Tel Aviv
Minibuses that run on Friday evenings and Saturdays buck state’s religious restrictions Tel Aviv is one of Israel’s most dynamic cities, but the latest local craze could appear fairly humdrum to outsiders - a bus service that runs at weekends.Packed 19-seat minibuses fill up fast with passengers,...
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From rubbish to rice: the cafe that gives food in exchange for plastic  10h00 24 décembre
Amrit Dhillon in Ambikapur
The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is helping to tackle the country’s plastic waste problem - and their novel idea is catching onOn bad days, when his employer made some excuse for not paying him his paltry daily wage, Ram Yadav’s main meal used to be dry chapatis, with salt and raw onion for...