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Aide to Florida lawmaker fired after suggesting shooting survivors are actors


Benjamin Kelly, an aide to state representative Shawn Harrison, repeated a conspiracy theory often used after mass shootings

Trump orders 'bump stock' ban but indicates no stronger action on gun control

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The announcement falls far short of demands from students who survived the Florida massacre and are pushing for a ban on assault rifles

Trump in Twitter spat with woman who accused him of sexual harassment


Rachel Crooks has urged US president to release security footage of an encounter she says they had in Trump Tower in 2006

Winter Olympics 2018: day 12 from Pyeongchang – live!

Latest medal table | Full event schedule; Feel free to get in touch on email or tweet @Kate_ohalloran

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A-peeling? Japanese farmers invent edible banana skin

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If you don’t like bananas then read no more – if you do then today is a day of joy


Winter Olympics women's downhill skiing: Lindsey Vonn wins bronze – as it happened

American misses out on second Olympic gold; Lindsey Vonn: ‘There’s nothing special about me. I just ski fast’; Latest medal table | Full event schedule

North Korea cancelled Mike Pence meeting last minute, White House says

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Officials ‘dangled’ face-to-face talks at Winter Olympics, which collapsed after vice-president condemned human rights record


How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out

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As students rise up to demand gun control the right aims to take them down, along with anyone who offers them support

Serena Williams: I almost died after giving birth to my daughter

Grand slam champion says she was lucky to receive excellent care, but that others are not so fortunate after giving birth


Trump-Russia inquiry: lawyer who worked with Manafort pleads guilty to lying to FBI

Alex van der Zwaan charged with making false statements to special counsel investigating Trump campaign and its ties to Russia


'It's not a war. It's a massacre': scores killed in Syrian enclave

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Aid groups warn situation in eastern Ghouta could become worst atrocity in war so far

I left my childhood cult behind, but not the cynicism it instilled in me | Ellie Marney


Niggling doubt freed me from a dysfunctional upbringing and led me to write a novel daring teens to find their own path


Florida shooting survivors are fighting back. Here's what they need to know about gun control

The current battle to reshape gun laws can feel like a stalemate, but there have been victories too. This is what the landscape looks like right now


Finding Mr Alt-Right: my adventures on a dating site for Trump fans

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Republican singletons were excited to hear about the launch of Trump Dating. The temptation to connect with the morally bankrupt fascist of my dreams was too much to resist


Scientists race to explore Antarctic marine life revealed by giant iceberg

British Antarctic Survey is trying to reach a newly revealed ecosystem that had been hidden for 120,000 years below the Larsen C ice shelf


Amber Rudd hints Isis 'Beatles' could be returned to UK

Home secretary refuses to echo defence secretary, who ruled out bringing Isis fighters back for trial

Marilyn Manson accused of sexual harassment and racist remarks

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The shock-rocker has not yet responded to allegations on Twitter by actor Charlyne Yi that he made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks

Tuesday, Feb 20

Geoffrey Rush's co-star 'visibly upset' after confrontation, court told

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Documents claim actor entered theatre’s female bathroom before being told to leave

Chinese and US officials scuffled over 'nuclear football' during 2017 Trump visit

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Secret service teams clashed in November when Chinese agents tried to stop case carrying US nuclear codes from entering Beijing’s Great Hall of the People

Monday, Feb 19

Students stage White House protest as Trump gives nod to background bill

Young people ask ‘am I next?’ at demonstration against Washington inaction in the wake of Florida attack

Top Democrat suggests proof of Trump-Russia collusion still to come

While these latest indictments do not allege Trump’s team knowingly colluded, says Adam Schiff, that doesn’t mean later ones won’t

Geoffrey Rush touched actor in way that made her 'uncomfortable', court told

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Rush’s barrister says allegation of inappropriate touching published by News Corp ‘completely opaque’

Turnbull denounces George Christensen over threatening gun photo

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AFP investigates Facebook post showing gun-wielding MP criticising ‘greenie’ rivals as Sarah Hanson-Young says photo prompted death threats against her

Sunday, Feb 18

Trump: FBI 'spending too much time' on Russia inquiry and missed Florida shooter signs

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The president’s attempt to use the shooting to make a political point about the Russia inquiries drew swift criticism

Winter Olympics 2018: day nine from Pyeongchang – as it happened

Controversy in the women’s curling as GB lose to Sweden; GB men beat Italy; James Woods finishes fourth in the slopestyle final; and Martin Fourcade of France took the mass biathlon in an amazing finish

The unequal battle: privilege, genes, gender and power | @Anna_Kessel

The tense debate around Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand demonstrate the intersection between race, gender and medical imperialism

Saturday, Feb 17

Post-Columbine generation demands action on guns: 'We don't deserve this'

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Survivors of the Florida attack have grown up in a world where school shooting are the norm, and they want a different future

Senior Trump adviser says Russian election meddling 'beyond dispute'

HR McMaster calls evidence incontrovertible in wake of latest US indictments against more than a dozen Russians

2018 Winter Olympics: gold for Yarnold and Britain on day eight – as it happened

Lizzy Yarnold takes skeleton gold to make GB history; Elise Christie suffers further agony after crashing; Latest medal table | Full event schedule

Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help Trump

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DoJ indictment alleges Russian operatives ‘communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign’

Friday, Feb 16

Florida shooting: suspect escaped scene by hiding among students as they fled

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Nikolas Cruz, 19, charged with 17 counts of murder as officials confirm the AR-15 rifle used to commit massacre was purchased legally

Australian political feuds: five of the biggest bust-ups


As Turnbull and Joyce trade blows, the Guardian looks back at stoushes that toppled leaders on both sides of the house

Barnaby Joyce throws Coalition into crisis over PM's 'inept and unnecessary' attack

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Deputy prime minister hits back at Malcolm Turnbull over remarks about his affair with a staffer