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North Korean defector had 27cm parasitic worm in his stomach
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North Korean defector had 27cm parasitic worm in his stomach

Parasitic worms have been found in a North Korean soldier critically injured while defecting to South Korea, highlighting nutrition and hygiene problems that observers believe have plagued the isolated country for decades. Dozens of flesh-coloured parasites, one of which was 27cm (11 inches) long, were found in the man’s digestive tract during life-saving operations, according…

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David Davis warns EU not to put ‘politics above prosperity’ in Brexit talks
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David Davis warns EU not to put ‘politics above prosperity’ in Brexit talks

David Davis, the Brexit secretary, has warned Germany and other European nations not to “put politics above prosperity” as they negotiate the UK’s split from the EU. The senior cabinet minister made the plea at an economic conference in Berlin, as he acknowledged talks with the EU remain difficult. He was silent on the big…

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Katharine Viner: in turbulent times, we need good journalism more than ever
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Katharine Viner: in turbulent times, we need good journalism more than ever

Facebook has become the most powerful publisher in history by replacing editors with algorithms and has divided public debate in a way that challenges democracy, Katharine Viner, the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, has said. In a wide-ranging speech that addressed the tumultuous challenges facing the Guardian and other media organisations, Viner also accused Donald Trump…

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Mugabe detention photos emerge as pressure grows on Zimbabwe’s military
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Mugabe detention photos emerge as pressure grows on Zimbabwe’s military

Zimbabwe’s state-run media have published photos of Robert Mugabe meeting the general who led an army takeover two days ago, as the veteran autocrat resisted pressure to step down on Thursday and the army faced growing calls to outline its plans for a new government. Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, looked confident…

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Autumn budget: Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport for new towns
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Autumn budget: Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport for new towns

Philip Hammond is being urged to earmark £7bn for new transport links in the “brain belt” spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes in next week’s budget, and persuade local authorities to build the first new towns in half a century. The national infrastructure commission, backed by the government and chaired by Labour peer Andrew Adonis,…

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Jared Kushner failed to disclose emails sent to Trump team about WikiLeaks and Russia
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Jared Kushner failed to disclose emails sent to Trump team about WikiLeaks and Russia

Jared Kushner shared emails within Donald Trump’s team about WikiLeaks and a “backdoor overture” from Russia during the 2016 election campaign and failed to turn them over to investigators, it emerged on Thursday. Senators said that a disclosure of files to their committee by Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, “appears to have been incomplete”…

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Saudis must lift Yemen blockade or ‘untold’ thousands will die, UN agencies warn
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Saudis must lift Yemen blockade or ‘untold’ thousands will die, UN agencies warn

Untold thousands of innocent people will die in Yemen unless the Saudi-led military coalition unconditionally lifts it blockade of the country’s ports, the heads of three UN agencies have warned. In a powerful joint statement the heads of the World Food Programme, Unicef and the World Health Organisation said the cost of the blockade was…

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