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McCain torpedoes Republican Obamacare repeal plan again (5 hours old)

The senator says he "cannot in good conscience" approve the plan, which is backed by President Trump.

Puerto Rico dam failure "imminent" after Hurricane Maria (1 hour 10 minutes old)

More than 70,000 people who live near the dam are warned they face "a life-threatening situation".

Miss Turkey stripped of her crown over coup tweet (4 hours old)

The beauty pageant's organisers say they discovered the "unacceptable" tweet after the ceremony.

Russia: Trump and Kim are like 'children in a kindergarten' (2 hours old)

Russia's foreign minister says Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are acting like fighting schoolchildren.

Brazil's army sent to quell Rio favela violence (1 hour 27 minutes old)

Soldiers are sent to help Rio police after heavily-armed drug gangs fought over its biggest favela.

Indonesia: Bali volcano highest alert issued (5 hours old)

About 10,000 people are evacuated amid fears an eruption on the Indonesian island could be imminent.

Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia (13 hours old)

The usual treatments are failing 60% of the time in some regions of Cambodia, scientists say.

Canada targets senior Venezuelan officials with sanctions (3 hours old)

Canada says it "will not stand by silently" as it targets 40 senior Venezuelan officials.

Syrian activist and journalist daughter 'murdered' in Istanbul (4 hours old)

The two women were friends of US aid worker Kayla Mueller, who died in IS captivity in Syria.

New Zealand votes in tight general election (4 hours old)

Despite a recent surge by Labour, incumbent Bill English has a slight lead in opinion polls.

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Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria's wake (4 hours old)

National Weather Service says: ‘This is an extremely dangerous situation’Maria knocked out island’s power and several rivers hit record flood levelsOfficials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods.Some 70,000 residents in the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas were being evacuated by bus after a crack appeared in the nearly 90-year old Guajataca dam. Continue reading...

Germany faces first far-right party in parliament since second world war (5 hours old)

Alternative für Deutschland could become main opposition group if Merkel keeps her coalition together, bringing raft of entitlements to populist partyGermany is bracing itself for a watershed moment in its postwar history, with an overtly nationalist party is set to emphatically enter the country’s parliament for the first time in almost six decades.Rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland has strengthened its upward trajectory in the last week before the vote, with two polls published on Friday showing the party on third place. Continue reading...

New Zealand election: voting begins as Ardern and English fight closest battle in years (4 hours old)

Jacinda Ardern’s revitalised Labour party is looking to upset prime minister Bill English’s plans for a fourth term for NationalFollow all the results on our live blog when polling closesVoting opens on Saturday for New Zealand’s most exciting general election in years, with New Zealanders asked to decide between the status quo of National or taking a punt on new Labour leader Jacinda Ardern. Related: New Zealand's general election: all you need to know Continue reading...

Macron takes a page from Trump to change France's labour laws (10 hours old)

French president signs set of controversial executive orders in the style of US leader during televised ceremony in Élysée Palace The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has signed a controversial set of executive orders making sweeping changes to France’s complex labour laws at a highly stage-managed ceremony in the style of the US president, Donald Trump. The defiant signing ceremony – televised live from Macron’s desk in the Élysée Palace on Friday – appears to be part of the president’s drive to present himself as a reformer prepared to push through changes. Continue reading...

John McCain says he can't vote for Republican plan to replace Obamacare (4 hours old)

Republican senator’s stance will make it increasingly difficult for party leaders to get the votes they need to eliminate the Affordable Care ActRead John McCain’s statement in fullJohn McCain said on Friday he could not “in good conscience” vote for the latest Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dealing a potentially fatal blow to the plan. Related: Republicans' new health bill would hit women hardest, experts say Continue reading...

Brazil's army returns to Rio favela amid clashes between gangs and police (4 hours old)

Army heads to Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro after schools, businesses and a major road closed during fighting between drug gang members and policeAfter almost a week of intense gun battles between rival drug gangsters and the police, Brazil’s army has been deployed to encircle the sprawling Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro. A spokesperson for military command said on Friday that airspace over the neighbourhood had been closed, and local media showed images of soldiers arriving in the community. Continue reading...

Japan braces as North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb test in Pacific (13 hours old)

Kim Jong-un warns ‘deranged’ Trump he will ‘pay dearly’ for North Korea threatsTrump says Kim ‘who is obviously a madman’ will be ‘tested like never before’Japan must brace itself for the possible launch of a nuclear-armed North Korean missile over its territory if the regime carries out a threat to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s defence minister has said.The warning followed an extraordinary exchange of insults between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in response to the US president’s threat at the UN general assembly to “totally destroy” North Korea if Washington was forced t[...]

Kalashnikov statue altered after sculptor's monumental error (5 hours old)

Tribute to famous Russian rifle creator unveiled in Moscow mistakenly depicted German second world war gun insteadWorkers have removed part of a new monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the Soviet Union’s AK-47 assault rifle, after eagle-eyed Russians noticed that it mistakenly depicted a German second world war weapon. Related: 30ft-high statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow Continue reading...

Catalan leader accuses Spanish government of Franco-style crackdown (8 hours old)

Carles Puigdemont says flooding region with police to stop looming referendum is a massive, undemocratic overreactionCatalonia’s president has accused the Spanish government of a massive and profoundly undemocratic overreaction to its bid for independence, saying the state’s efforts to stop the looming referendum exceed the security measures used at the height of Eta’s terror campaign.Speaking to the Guardian at the end of a turbulent week that has seen 14 senior Catalan officials arrested, almost 10m ballot papers seized and thousands more police ordered to the region, Carles Puigdemont said [...]

Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter murdered in Turkey (9 hours old)

60-year-old Orouba Barakat and 22-year-old daughter Halla were found overnight in their apartment in Istanbul’s Uskudar neighbourhoodA Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found murdered in their apartment in Istanbul, the Istanbul police department said on Friday. The bodies of 60-year-old Orouba Barakat and her 22-year-old daughter Halla were found overnight in their apartment in Istanbul’s Uskudar neighbourhood in the Asian side of the city. Continue reading...

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