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Brexit is teaching Britain its true place in the world

n one sense, Boris Johnson is right. The Brexit process has indeed felt like a national humiliation. How many Brits have felt our innards shrivel at key moments of the negotiations? And I am not talking about the incidents of diplomatic bumbling, of unwarranted second World War references and Dad’s Army condescension. I am talking about the parts of this ...

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Britain has never looked so foolish in the world’s eyes

have always admired the British. We owe them afternoon tea, Monty Python and the Beatles. This is more than many nations have achieved in their history. I was also one of the few columnists in Germany who found it ridiculous to be angry at our British neighbours after they decided to leave the European club they had once helped to make great. ...

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World War 3 threat: Iran warned Egyptian army will come to defence of Gulf Arabs

EGYPT’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani his country is ready to come to the defence of Gulf Arabs if they threatened – raising the prospect of a dangerous regional conflict which could escalate alarmingly. But he has also voiced concern about reimposed sanctions on Iran, warning they have the potential to create damaging instability. Egypt ...

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Bill Gates is obsessed with redesigning the world’s toilets — and he just brought a jar of poop onstage to prove it

Bill Gates isn’t afraid of potty talk. On Tuesday, he got onstage in front of business leaders, investors, and government officials from around the world and unveiled what he politely referred to as a “little exhibit.” It was a glass jar filled with human feces. “It’s good to be reminded, in there could be over 200 trillion rotavirus particles, 20 billion Shigella ...

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Peter Dutton: how the ‘minister for misery’ has defied his detractors

The former home affairs minister has consistently been underestimated throughout his political career As often as he has been loathed, Peter Dutton has been underestimated. He was not supposed to win his seat of Dickson in 2001, when he ran against the prominent shadow minister Cheryl Kernot, and with polls showing Labor set for a landslide election win. In the ...

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Australian PM set for showdown with party critics as crisis deepens

Senior frontbenchers resign and government suspends parliament as Malcolm Turnbull fails to quell Liberal party revolt Australia is on the brink of ushering in its sixth prime minister in a decade after the incumbent, Malcolm Turnbull, promised to hold a meeting of the Liberal party on Friday to see if he still commands the support of a majority of his ...

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Camp Bestival cancelled after heavy rain and high winds

Heavy rain and high winds have put an end to Camp Bestival music festival. Organisers of the event at Dorset’s Lulworth Estate announced the closure of the arenas on social media on Sunday afternoon. They said they were “utterly devastated and heartbroken” to have made the “tough decision” after being advised not to reopen them for safety reasons. The team added its ...

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Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian viral slap video teenager, freed in Israel

A Palestinian teenager who was filmed assaulting an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank has been freed after eight months in jail. Video showing Ahed Tamimi slapping and kicking the soldier outside her home in Nabi Saleh last year went viral. For Palestinians, she became a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation, but many Israelis see her as a ...

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Russian outcry over prison brutality video

Handcuffed and helpless, Yevgeny Makarov is held face down on a desk as more than a dozen prison officers take it in turn to beat him. They punch the soles of his feet first, then thrash them with truncheons. This is no frenzied, spontaneous attack. The methods are calculated to cause maximum pain. The guards have to rest, exhausted, between ...

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California fire: Deadly blazes continues to grow

California’s deadliest current wildfire is getting larger, officials warn, despite thousands of firefighters battling it. “Erratic winds” and dry conditions have caused the Carr fire to grow early on Sunday, firefighters said. It is one of eight major wildfires currently burning in the state. The fire, in the Shasta County in northern California, has killed six people so far, including ...

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