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Obamacare: Texas court rules key health law is unconstitutional (57 minutes old)

The challenge from a coalition of 20 US states is now likely to go to the US Supreme Court.

Katowice UN climate talks extended due to sticking points (2 hours old)

Rows continue over the issue of paying poorer countries for damages caused by rising temperatures.

Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's disputed PM resigns amid crisis (3 hours old)

Mahinda Rajapaksa's resignation could bring to an end weeks of political crisis.

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital (40 minutes old)

PM Scott Morrison says Australia will not immediately move its embassy from Tel Aviv.

Nigerian military lifts Unicef ban after 'spy' row (10 hours old)

The army earlier accused the UN children's agency of spying for Islamists in north-eastern Nigeria.

Ukraine Orthodox priests to establish independent church (5 hours old)

The move angers the Russian Orthodox Church, which sees Ukraine's parishes as under its jurisdiction.

Migrant caravan: US to investigate after child dies in custody at border (12 hours old)

A watchdog will investigate how a seven-year-old girl died after being detained by US Border Patrol.

Johnson & Johnson shares drop after asbestos report (17 hours old)

Shares drop as Reuters study says firm knew asbestos "lurked" in its talcum powder for decades.

Trump names new acting chief of staff (2 hours old)

Mick Mulvaney will be acting White House chief of staff, replacing General John Kelly.

Yemen war: Firing in Hudaydah raises fears for new truce (13 hours old)

Only a day after warring parties agreed a ceasefire, residents hear shelling in Hudaydah port.

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Theresa May's Brexit strategy left brutally exposed by Brussels failure (16 hours old)

Labour declares deal ‘dead in the water’, as hopes of further talks on backstop disappearTheresa May has come home from Brussels empty-handed and without hope of further negotiations over the Irish backstop, with the failure to achieve any kind of breakthrough leaving her brutally exposed.Plans to work over Christmas on a legal guarantee over the temporary nature of the backstop had run into a brick wall, EU officials said, despite May’s claim that she would be holding further talks “in the coming days”. Continue reading...

French authorities investigate why Strasbourg attacker wasn't stopped (17 hours old)

Police look into whether Chérif Chekatt, who killed four, had accomplices, as one of the victims of the attack is buriedFrench authorities are working to clarify why the suspect in the Strasbourg Christmas market attack was not stopped before he could act, Emmanuel Macron has said, as police investigate whether there were any accomplices.Chérif Chekatt killed four people and wounded several others in Tuesday’s attack, after police had tried and failed to arrest him earlier in the day. The 29-year-old had been known to police for theft and violence dating back to the age of 10 and had been on a[...]

Shakira charged with tax evasion in Spain (18 hours old)

Colombian singer alleged to have avoided £13m tax by saying she lived in BahamasSpanish prosecutors have charged the Colombian singer and philanthropist Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she avoided €14.5m (£13m) in taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas while actually resident in Catalonia.Shakira changed residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, and the couple’s two sons. Continue reading...

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel's capital but holds back on embassy move (8 hours old)

Prime minister Scott Morrison says embassy won’t be shifted from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached Australia has become one of the few countries to formally recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but says it will not move its embassy from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached.The prime minister, Scott Morrison, said the government will also recognise a future state of Palestine with its capital in East Jerusalem after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. Continue reading...

Mike Pompeo says China should free two Canadians held after Huawei executive's arrest (5 hours old)

US intervention comes as Canadian officials granted access in China to Michael Kovrig and Michael SpavorThe US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has said China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week following the arrest in Canada of a senior Huawei executive on a US extradition warrant. Pompeo’s comments were the first by a senior US official on the Canadians’ arrests, which the country’s prime minister Justin Trudeau said could escalate a growing trade conflict between China and the United States. Continue reading...

Legal plastic content in animal feed could harm human health, experts warn (2 hours old)

Small bits of plastic packaging from waste food make their way into animal feed as part of the UK’s permitted recycling processPlastic traces in animal feed could pose a risk to human health and urgently need to be the subject of more research, experts have told the Guardian.Their comments came after British farmer Alex Rock contacted the Guardian, having noticed plastic shreds in his animal feed. Rock was told by the suppliers that this was a legal part of the recycling process that turns waste food, still packaged, into animal feed. Continue reading...

India: eleven die after eating 'toxic' rice at temple (3 hours old)

Officials believe a foul-smelling tomato rice and flavoured water offered at Hindu temple in Karnataka was contaminatedEleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony in India, a health official said.Another 29 people were critically ill and undergoing emergency treatment across various hospitals in Mysore, a city in the southern state of Karnataka. Continue reading...

Mick Mulvaney named as acting White House chief of staff (11 hours old)

Mulvaney to succeed John Kelly as Trump’s third chief of staffTrump says budget director has ‘done an outstanding job’Donald Trump has named his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as acting chief of staff after what became a tortuous search to fill what was once one of Washington’s most coveted jobs. Related: Now hiring for 'the worst job in government': Trump's chief of staff Continue reading...

Miss USA apologizes for mocking rivals' English-speaking skills (12 hours old)

Sarah Rose Summers admits she disrespected Cambodian and Vietnamese contestantsThe woman who holds the Miss USA 2018 title has apologized after she was captured on video mocking two of her fellow competitors for their English-speaking skills.In a video posted to Instagram, Sarah Rose Summers made light of Nat Rern, Miss Cambodia and H’Hen Nie, Miss Vietnam. In the video, she said of Nie: “She’s so cute and she pretends to know so much English and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes …” she said before mimicking a confused nod and smile. Continue r[...]

Khashoggi killer heard saying 'I know how to cut' on audio – Erdoğan (18 hours old)

Turkish president says tape has been shared with US, Germany, France and CanadaOne of the killers of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was heard saying “I know how to cut” on the audio of the murder, which Turkey has shared with US and European officials, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said on Friday.Erdoğan criticised Riyadh for its changing account of how Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and prominent critic of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 Oct. The journalist had gone there to collect documents for hi[...]

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