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'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

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

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

Accusations about Berlusconi's ties to Sicilian mafia revived

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Alessandro di Battista, main rival in Italy’s election, launches scathing attack on former PM

Oxfam loses 7,000 donors since sexual exploitation scandal

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MPs tell boss Mark Goldring that charity treated vulnerable women in Haiti ‘like trinkets’

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Airlines sound alarm over 'blank cheque' for Heathrow third runway

Bosses from British Airways, Virgin and easyJet urge MPs to secure pledge on cost before vote

Oxfam sexual abuse scandal is built on the aid industry’s white saviour mentality | Afua Hirsch

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I’ve seen for myself how agencies operate, and the toxic and exploitative relationships that can so easily develop

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FBI arrests Briton over disappearance of wife from yacht

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Lewis Bennett, 41, arrested on suspicion of murder as he waited to be sentenced for smuggling

British man could lose toes after running in Yukon Arctic race

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Nick Griffiths of Bolton suffers frostbite in -40C temperatures during world’s coldest marathon

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Plastic bans worldwide will dent oil demand growth, says BP

But oil giant expects demand for crude to grow and not peak until late 2030s

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

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This is eastern Ghouta, where hundreds are being killed and injured by Assad's forces

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More than 100 people have died in eastern Ghouta in Syria in one day of violence. The bombardment of the opposition-controlled enclave continues

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Study reveals North Korean cyber-espionage has reached new heights

Spying unit is widening its operations into aerospace and defence industries, according to US security firm

Eastern Ghouta is another Srebrenica, we are looking away again | Simon Tisdall

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The horror of the Bosnian Muslim massacre of 1995 is being repeated today in Syria

Japanese man wins sole custody of 13 surrogacy children

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Children were taken into Thai state care in 2014 but will now move to Japan with father

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Netherlands becoming a narco-state, warn Dutch police

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Officers say many victims do not report incidents and organised gangs have a free rein

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Marion Maréchal-Le Pen to share stage with US conservatives

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Niece of far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen to address conference after vice-president Mike Pence on Thursday

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Israeli police name Netanyahu associates in corruption inquiry

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Pair suspected of helping telecoms company in return for favourable coverage of PM

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The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music

Nezhat Amiri’s recent high-profile performance caps a 38-year fight for recognition

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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

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Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak

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A new theory suggests that Homo erectus was able to create seagoing vessels – and must have used language to sail successfully

Monday, Feb 19

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

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

Italy's Northern League pledges mass migrant deportations

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Analysts doubt viability of far-right plan but it highlights nature of pre-election debate

Macron's crusade for French language bolsters imperialism – Congo novelist

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Club of French-speaking countries needs total overhaul, says novelist Alain Mabanckou

Rapid fire rifle device on special offer in salute to Donald Trump

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‘Bump stock’ used by Las Vegas shooter in promotional tie in with presidential campaign slogan

Sunday, Feb 18

Thousands march in Kiev calling for Ukraine's president to quit

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Supporters of deported former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili demand impeachment of Petro Poroshenko

Iran plane crash in south of country 'kills all 65 onboard'

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Aseman Airlines plane crashed en route from Tehran to Yasuj in severe weather conditions, according to state media reports

Should we give up half of the Earth to wildlife?

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Populations of all kinds of wildlife are declining at alarming speed. One radical solution is to make 50% of the planet a nature reserve

Pope Francis wowed the world but, five years on, is in troubled waters

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He entered office on a wave of energy but, as discontent grows over his attitude to abuse scandals, Francis faces opposition on all sides

Saturday, Feb 17

Ramaphosa set to purge cabinet of Zuma cronies in war on corruption

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New president calls on South Africa to unite as police step up hunt for former leader’s son and missing Gupta brother

Senior Trump adviser says Russian election meddling 'beyond dispute'

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

Putin’s chef, a troll farm and Russia's plot to hijack US democracy

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Robert Mueller has revealed audacious meddling in the 2016 election. Can he link it to Trump?

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: FBI admits it failed to investigate Nikolas Cruz tipoff

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The FBI admitted on Friday it failed to investigate a specific report in January that Nikolas Cruz could be plotting a school shooting.

NRA contributions: how much money is spent on lawmakers?

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Anger as Republicans Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio call for prayers for victims rather than action on gun control

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

Turkey sentences journalists to life in jail over coup attempt

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Sentencing over alleged role in failed putsch condemned as showing disregard for rule of law