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2018-01-23T17:42:28.536Z
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Hugo Klynstra, the illegitimate son of Prince Carlos, has won his legal battle and made the royals, briefly, interesting

It can be hard to muster interest in modern royal families, what with all the propriety, protocol and dreary hereditary privilege, though I did find myself briefly rooting for newcomer Meghan Markle last week, in light of the embarrassingly budget Ukip girlfriend racist text scandal, which played out like a Channel 5 version of House of Cards.

Still, the Dutch have come up trumps with the news that Hugo Klynstra is to become His Royal Highness Prince Carlos Hugo Roderik Sybren de Bourbon de Parme, after a long legal battle in which his father, Prince Carlos, romantically claimed that Hugo was the result of a “no-strings-attached” relationship with a promise of no family entanglement. Sure, Hugo may have daddy issues for life, but at least the whole sorry saga is more intriguing than the cost of Prince William’s new buzzcut.

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Brendan O’Connor’s remarks signal opposition is considering further changes to Fair Work Act

​Labor is concerned about lengthy employer lockouts of workforces and the use of labour hire to pay workers less for doing the same work, Brendan O’Connor has said.

The comments by the shadow workplace relations minister signal the opposition is considering further changes to the Fair Work Act as part of a suite of measures already announced to boost collective bargaining.

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Rhinos, DVDs, pandas and the Bayeux tapestry – political presents and loans have a long history, says the V&A’s director

God, he’s good. After giving the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, an eight-year-old gelding from the French cavalry corps, President Emmanuel Macron has now wowed London with his loan of the Bayeux tapestry. These are masterstrokes of cultural diplomacy: generous presents that beautifully connect the life of nations, rather than assert either state dominance or highlight historic rifts.

Of course, there is a long history of loans and gifts between princes and governments. Famously, in 1515, the King of Portugal, Manuel I, was given a rhinoceros by Sultan Muzaffar Shah II, the ruler of Gujarat, and thought it so remarkable that he swiftly passed it on to Pope Leo X.

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When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordeal


It was right at the moment Ella thought she was safe that she was kidnapped.

The 17-year-old had just entered eastern Sudan’s Wad Sherife refugee camp with her teenage cousin. The girls had been walking for days, in a desperate bid to escape compulsory, indefinite military service in their birth country Eritrea, which begins as soon as school ends.

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This is where the hard work gets harder – we need to lose the instinct to dismiss anything that’s beyond black and white

If this week was proof of anything, it was that the #MeToo backlash hates nuance. Allegations against actor Aziz Ansari dominated the news cycle, with movement detractors claiming that the woman who came forward shouldn’t have done so.

But this movement cannot be simply about what is legal or illegal. Our standard for women – and for what we want for the culture more broadly – has to be bigger than that. This is about what’s right. True change isn’t going to just be about stopping clearcut rape and harassment – but interrogating the way that men are taught to wear women down to acquiescence rather than looking for an enthusiastic yes.

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It takes a special type of hypocrite to accuse your opponents of hypocrisy for following in your footsteps

Today’s Republican party is built on principle. As a matter of principle, the GOP believes it is the only party that can shut down government as a negotiating tactic. The Democrats’ job is to keep that government open and to cave in to its demands.

These truths we hold to be self-evident, after watching several rounds of this sad kabuki theater through the Clinton and Obama years.

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On the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, we look back at some of the strangest photos from his first year as president

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Yellow warning for ice in place across much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, north of England, Yorkshire and Midlands

Motorists are being urged to be wary of ice on the roads after disruption in areas hit by snow this week.

A Met Office yellow “be aware” warning for ice was in place for Saturday morning across much of Scotland, Northern Ireland, the north of England, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

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Experts divided over heavy weights adopted by 200 schools in Germany to curb students’ restlessness

German schools are increasingly asking unruly and hyperactive children to wear heavy sand-filled vests in an effort to calm them and keep them on their seats, despite the misgivings of some parents and psychiatrists.

The controversial sand vests weigh between 1.2 and six kilograms (2.7 – 13Ib) and are being used by 200 schools across Germany.

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Emergency warning issued and firefighters are also battling a blaze in the Southern Tablelands

Firefighters are battling several big bushfires in New South Wales – one is threatening homes in the Southern Tablelands, and the other has forced the closure of the Royal national park in Sydney’s south.

An emergency warning has been issued for an out-of-control bushfire south of Bundeena in the park.

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Sunday’s protests on anniversary of Trump inauguration aim to capitalise on #MeToo campaign

The UK organisers of the global Women’s March have called on people to once again gather in protest, a year after millions marched in seven continents.

Saying it is time for a “conscious revolution”, they have urged women to capitalise on the momentum created in 2017 by rallying outside Downing Street at 11am on Sunday – a year and a day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, which sparked the initial protests. Other UK rallies are being held in Bristol and Sheffield.

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Exclusive: Guardian investigation points to culture of impunity as UN employees allege offences including rape

The United Nations has allowed sexual harassment and assault to flourish in its offices around the world, with accusers ignored and perpetrators free to act with impunity, the Guardian has been told.

Dozens of current and former UN employees described a culture of silence across the organisation and a flawed grievance system that is stacked against victims.

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Speaking on the floor after the vote, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blamed the government shutdown on a “cynical decision by the Democrats”. However, his counterpart, minority leader Chuck Schumer, blamed Donald Trump, saying the president had “walked away from two bipartisan deals” and that “a Trump shutdown will serve as a perfect encapsulation for the chaos he has unleashed”.

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The Guardian US spent a year interviewing voters in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, which voted twice for Obama before supporting Trump. Here’s a look back at the scenes over the year

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Members of Donald Trump's base in Northampton County, which supported him in 2016 after twice backing Barack Obama, remain passionate – but some voters appear to be moving away from the president.

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Donald Trump used a speech to anti-abortion activists to describe plans to give “conscience protections” to medical providers who refuse to perform abortions for moral or religious reasons. Trump, formerly a supporter of a woman’s right to choose, has become the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life in Washington.

Trump hails anti-abortion measures in speech at March for Life

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Vladimir Putin has joined millions of Orthodox believers by plunging bare-chested into icy waters in a Russian tradition to mark the Epiphany. Surrounded by priests and glittering religious icons, and braving subzero temperatures, the president lowered himself into Lake Seliger, 220 miles (350km) north-west of Moscow. It is the first time the 65-year-old, who has often posed topless on wilderness expeditions, has taken part publicly in the ritual


Vladimir Putin takes icy plunge to mark Orthodox Epiphany

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Warning from Foreign Office comes as Jamaican military carries out crackdown on violent crime in district

Tourists in the Jamaican city of Montego Bay have been urged to stay in their resorts while the military carries out a crackdown on violent crime.

St James Parish, of which Montego Bay is the capital, has been hit by a surge in gang-related killing and violence, according to authorities, and a state of emergency was declared on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Boonchai Bach allegedly ran tusk and horn smuggling route from Africa

Police in Thailand have arrested one of the world’s most notorious wildlife traffickers, allegedly involved in the smuggling thousands of tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns from Africa to Asia, the Guardian has learned.

Boonchai Bach, who goes by multiple aliases including Bach Mai Limh, was arrested at his operational base in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Phanom, next to the Mekong River on Thursday.

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Under Trump, relations between the Palestinian leadership and Washington have soured – and Pence’s trip is expected to confirm the enmity

It’s not the trip to the Holy Land that Mike Pence might have imagined. For a start, the US vice-president – an evangelical Christian – is no longer welcome in Jesus’s birthplace of Bethlehem.

Donald Trump doomed Pence’s chances of a visit to the West Bank when he reversed decades of US policy last month by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This broke a longstanding international consensus that the issue would be negotiated in peace talks with the Palestinians, who also claim parts of the city.

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