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  • Coalition backbenchers sign off on 'big stick' energy laws but fear amendments 16.09.2019
    Some Liberals are concerned about the power to break up big companies being extended economy-wideThe Morrison government’s backbench economics committee has signed off on the long telegraphed “big stick” package but MPs, already uncomfortable about the proposal, have expressed reservations about how it might be amended in the Senate.The package, which contains a power to […]
    Katharine Murphy Political editor
  • Brexit: EU must show flexibility, says Raab before Johnson-Juncker meeting - live news 16.09.2019
    Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s meeting with the European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker 10.07am BST In an interview with the Today programme Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem leader, defended her party’s decision to go into the next election promising to revoke Brexit without a referendum if it […]
    Andrew Sparrow
  • Hong Kong anti-government protesters take to the hills – in pictures 16.09.2019
    Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists used torches, lanterns and laser pens to light up Lion Hill on 13 September. Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations across Hong Kong, calling for the city’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, to immediately meet demands including an independent inquiry into police brutality. The evening of 13 September marked the start […]
  • Saudi Arabia oil attack: Trump hints at action as US officials point finger at Iran 16.09.2019
    US president says he has ‘reason to believe we know the culprit’, as oil prices riseDonald Trump has said the US is “locked and loaded” and ready to respond to attacks on a petroleum processing facility in Saudi Arabia, as US officials said the evidence pointed to Iranian involvement. The US president did not mention […]
    Kate Lyons
  • County lines: where the drugs go, case by case 16.09.2019
    From crack cocaine to heroin and from Cornwall to Cumbria, here are some of the past year’s most high-profile casesSurge in vulnerable children linked to drug gangsAirbnb and a free lunch: how drug gangs lure teenagers Continue reading...
    Niko Kommenda
  • 'Caught defenseless in the crossfire': Rio families cope with deaths by police violence 16.09.2019
    Rio de Janeiro police have killed a record number of people in the name of Wilson Witzel’s war on drugs, and many say it’s civilian lives being lostNight has fallen on Rio de Janeiro’s Albert Schweitzer hospital, and in its 11th-floor intensive care unit Enzo Coutinho dozes in his aunt’s lap.“Sometimes it takes a mountain […]
    Caio Barretto Briso in Rio de Janeiro
  • Horrible bosses: masked activists publicly shame businesses in Bologna 16.09.2019
    The anonymous members of Il Padrone di Merda (“crappy boss”) stage protests outside employers in the Italian city who are accused of exploiting their workersOn a warm summer afternoon in the Italian city of Bologna, a group of around 15 young people march through the crowded city centre to a high-end pastry shop in Strada […]
    Giorgio Ghiglione
  • Africa should not be too quick to embrace the fourth industrial revolution 16.09.2019
    As a new age of technology dawns, cyber attacks in South Africa and beyond underline the need for caution It has been hailed as a transformative moment, one that will bring algorithmic precision to the decisions we make and automate virtually every aspect of our lives, from switching on the lights to predicting what food […]
    Karen Allen
  • The 100 best TV shows of the 21st century 16.09.2019
    Where’s Mad Men? How did The Sopranos do? Does The Crown triumph? Can anyone remember Lost? And will Downton Abbey even figure? Find out here – and have your sayWe interview the No 1 show’s creatorMore of the best Film | Albums | Classical Continue reading...
    Kate Abbott, Hannah J Davies, Gwilym Mumford, Phil Harrison and Jack Seale
  • OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy 16.09.2019
    Move is partly aimed at halting more than 2,000 lawsuits filed against drug firmUS drug-maker Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy and announced a $10bn (£8bn) plan to settle thousands of lawsuits that accuse the company’s prescription painkiller, OxyContin, of fuelling the deadly opioids crisis.The company, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, faces more than […]
    Julia Kollewe
  • $1m a minute: the farming subsidies destroying the world 16.09.2019
    ‘Perverse’ payments must be redirected to measures such as capturing carbon, report saysThe public is providing more than $1m per minute in global farm subsidies, much of which is driving the climate crisis and destruction of wildlife, according to a new report.Just 1% of the $700bn (£560bn) a year given to farmers is used to […]
    Damian Carrington Environment editor
  • Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the Cars, dies aged 75 16.09.2019
    New wave singer behind hits including Good Times Roll and Shake It Up found dead in his New York apartment Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of the 1980s band the Cars, has died at the age of 75.New York police confirmed to the Washington Post that officers responded to a 911 call on Sunday afternoon. […]
    Guardian staff
  • Kim Jong-un invites Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang – report 16.09.2019
    Letter from North Korean leader comes as talks between the men have stalledNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited US president Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources.The letter pre-dates North Korea’s latest launch of short-range projectiles a week ago and is […]
    Reuters
  • New Zealand man charged over 'witchcraft' deaths that shocked Fiji 16.09.2019
    Family of five, including two children, found dead in the highlands in August, with no visible injuriesPolice have charged a New Zealand man with five counts of murder following the mysterious “witchcraft” deaths of a Fijian family last month.Husband and wife Nirmal Kumar, 63, and Usha Devi, 54, their daughter Nileshni Kajal, 34, and Kajal’s […]
    Australian Associated Press
  • Trump to join Scott Morrison in Ohio as part of Australian PM's American tour 16.09.2019
    President to accompany Morrison on visit to paper recycling mill owned by Australian billionaire Anthony Pratt, who is a prominent Trump supporterThe US president Donald Trump will join Scott Morrison in Ohio next week for a tour of a new Australian-owned paper recycling mill in Ohio after a state dinner in Washington DC later this […]
    Katharine Murphy Political editor
  • Tunisian exit polls suggest shock victory for political outsiders 15.09.2019
    Kaïs Saïed and media mogul Nabil Karoui appear to have taken the top two spots and will progress to a runoffThe first exit polls in Tunisia’s presidential elections suggest a shock victory for two political outsiders, law professor Kaïs Saïed and media mogul Nabil Karoui, who is on remand in prison on corruption charges he […]
    Peter Beaumont in Tunis and Sousse
  • Trump blasts calls for impeachment of Brett Kavanaugh after new allegations 15.09.2019
    New York Times details new claims against supreme court judgeHarris, Castro and Sanders lead calls for constitutional actionDonald Trump came storming to the defence of Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday, after the publication of new allegations about the supreme court justice’s behaviour while he was a student at Yale led to renewed calls for his impeachment. […]
    Martin Pengelly
  • Cyclist dies after crashing while under attack by swooping magpie 15.09.2019
    Seventy-six-year-old suffered head injuries when he veered off a bike path and hit a fence post in WollongongA man has died of head injuries after he was startled by a magpie and crashed his bicycle in Wollongong.The 76-year-old was riding a pushbike on an off-road path alongside Nicholson Park at Woonona on Sunday morning when […]
    Australian Associated Press
  • Saudi attack dampens faint chance of a Trump-Iran meeting 15.09.2019
    Despite no specific evidence of Iranian involvement, the US treat Yemen’s Houthi rebels as tame creatures of TehranThe US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s bald claim this weekend that Iran was responsible for the attack on the Saudi oilfields came with no marshalled public evidence, but dampens any likelihood that Donald Trump will countenance a […]
    Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
  • Netanyahu holds cabinet meeting in occupied West Bank ahead of election 15.09.2019
    Government meeting is the first in Palestinian territories for almost two decadesBenjamin Netanyahu has held his final pre-election cabinet meeting in the Palestinian territories, in a clear appeal to hardline nationalists two days before a vote in which he is fighting for his political life and possibly his freedom.Locked in a knife-edge race and facing […]
    Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem