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Ethnic Rifts in Bolivia Burst Into View With Fall of Evo Morales.

As the country’s first Indigenous president has tumbled from power, Indigenous Bolivians fear the loss of their hard-won political gains, and say a racially tinged backlash has begun.

Russia frees Norwegian and two Lithuanians in swap for pair of its spies.

Cold war style-agreement brings several high-profile espionage cases to a closeRussia has freed two Lithuanians and a Norwegian in return for two Russian spies held in Lithuania, in a cold war-style spy swap that brought several high-profile espio...

US accuses Russia of exploiting conflict in Libya

US urges Khalifa Haftar to end offensive on Tripoli amid concerns about unofficial Russian influenceFears that Russian mercenaries, unofficially backed by Moscow, are tipping the scales in Libya in favour of the military leader Khalifa Haftar appe...

Venice council flooded moments after rejecting climate crisis plan.

Rightwing parties reject proposals as lagoon city faces worst flooding in 53 years Veneto’s regional council rejected a plan to combat climate change minutes before its offices on the Grand Canal, in Venice, were flooded, it has emerged as the cit...

Women married to Isis fighters due to land in Germany from Turkey.

Ankara continues to repatriate individuals with alleged links to terrorist groupTwo women married to Isis fighters were expected to land in Germany, as Turkey continued to deport individuals with alleged affiliations to the terrorist group to thei...

France braces for gilets jaunes anniversary marches.

One year on, divisions in the country persist and yellow vest protests are expected to surgeIn a kebab shop on the outskirts of Bordeaux, Christine, 48, was planning the next steps of the local gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protest movement.“We mig...

The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s impeachment: a grave and necessary process - Editorial.

If the US president tried to enlist Ukraine to investigate his rivals he broke his oath of office and threatened America’s securityThere are multiple reasons why Donald Trump ought not to be the president of the United States. However, there are o...

Ex-Catalan minister vows to fight 'politically motivated' extradition.

Clara Ponsatí, released on bail in Edinburgh after handing herself in to police, faces a sedition chargeThe former Catalan government minister Clara Ponsati has vowed to fight her “politically motivated” extradition from Scotland, following her re...

UK-educated Russians are upholding Putin’s regime, says dissident.

Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov gives stark assessment of leader’s dictatorial rule The children of Russian oligarchs learn about freedom in the UK only to return to Moscow to reinforce Vladimir Putin’s dictatorial rule, Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainia...

German parliament approves compulsory measles vaccinations.

Bundestag backs law that will fine parents up to €2,500 if children are not inoculatedGermany’s parliament has voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children, in response to a global rise in cases of the disease.Parents who refuse to g...

Notre Dame fire: row as general tells architect to 'shut his mouth'.

Army general rebuked after lashing out at chief architect over cathedral rebuild plansThe French government has rebuked the army general charged with the rebuilding of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral after he told the chief architect to “shu...

Rising proportion of EU citizens in UK given temporary 'pre-settled status'.

More people given temporary status as backlog of unresolved cases reaches half a millionThe proportion of EU citizens being granted a temporary, more precarious “pre-settled status” in the UK has continued to rise, the latest Home Office statistic...

Suicide rates fall after gay marriage legalised in Sweden and Denmark.

Rate among those in same-sex unions falls by 46%, but still ‘worryingly high’, say researchersSuicide rates among those in same-sex relationships have fallen significantly in both Denmark and Sweden since the legalisation of gay marriage, accordin...

Germany Narrowly Avoids Recession as Trade Tensions Ease.

Strong consumer spending and construction compensated for slumping factory output, according to new data.

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Human hair behind pigeons' lost toes, Paris study finds.

Research suggests density of hairdressers in an area – and resulting human hair – affects rate of lost toesFor a long time scientists thought the fact that pigeons in urban environments often lost their toes was due to some form of infection, or w...

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'An apocalypse happened': Venice counts cost of devastating floods.

Businesses and residents say they feel helpless as they brace for next high tidesAs tourists posed for selfies at St Mark’s Square on Wednesday evening, shop owners mopped the floors of their premises and cleared debris while assessing the cost of...

General election: Boris Johnson gives speech promising to end 'groundhoggery of Brexit' – live news.

The prime minister delivers the first big set-piece speech of the campaign as Labour pledges £26bn extra per year for NHSMcCluskey tells Corbyn to defy calls to extend freedom of movementLady Warsi says Tories still failing to tackle ‘racism at ev...

Up to 4.8m unauthorised immigrants in Europe in 2017 – study

Figure is down from 2016 peak and UK and Germany account for about half of totalEurope was home to between 3.9 million and 4.8 million unauthorised immigrants in 2017, about half of whom lived in the UK and Germany, according to the first serious ...

European Insurers Are Lured to Risk in a Subzero Interest Rate World.

Usually the most strait-laced of investors, insurance companies are letting loose to gain some income, drawing the attention of regulators.

Tesla cites Brexit as Germany chosen over UK for European plant.

US electric carmaker will build battery factory in Berlin, says boss Elon MuskTesla’s boss Elon Musk has said Brexit uncertainty played a role in the firm’s decision to build its first European factory in Germany rather than the UK.The billionaire...

Waves in St Mark's Square as Venice flooded by highest tide in 50 years.

High waters peaked at 1.87 metres as the flood alarm sounded across the Italian city of canalsVenice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years on, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up wav...

Two men suspected of planning attacks on embassies in Athens arrested.

DNA left by suspect who shot himself during robbery leads police to suspected guerrillas Two suspected urban guerrillas allegedly linked to planned attacks on foreign embassies in Athens have been remanded in custody after a high profile anti-terr...

Denmark reinstates border checks at crossings to Sweden after bombings.

Spot checks at ferry ports and on trains and vehicles follow attacks in Copenhagen areaDenmark has temporarily reinstated checks at its border crossings with Sweden after a spate of bombings and shootings in the Copenhagen area that authorities sa...

Aeroflot fails to see the funny side after passenger's fat cat swap.

Airline scratches out traveller’s air miles after he used feline double to get past cabin rulesThe Russian airline Aeroflot has stripped a passenger of his air miles after he boasted online of sneaking his overweight cat onboard by switching him f...

More than half of Italians in poll say racist acts are justifiable.

Results of survey come after series of high-profile hate crime incidents across ItalyMore than half of the Italians surveyed in a recent poll have said that racist acts were either sometimes or always “justifiable”, a finding that comes after a se...

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