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Merkel faces tough coalition talks as nationalists enter German parliament

German chancellor’s centre-right alliance remains largest force in parliament, as far-right Alternative für Deutschland takes 13% of vote in Sunday’s election

North Korea’s foreign minister: Trump has declared war on our country

Ri Yong-ho says in response to Donald Trump’s comments North Korea has ‘every right to make counter-measures’, including shooting down US bombers

North Korea has threatened to shoot down US bombers in international airspace, claiming that, with a weekend tweet, Donald Trump had declared war.


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Many Puerto Ricans desperate to return home to island reeling from disaster

The island is largely without electricity and running water, but demand for plane tickets is high as Puerto Ricans attempt to return to their relatives and homes

As Puerto Rico came into view below, passengers on the JetBlue aid flight from New York fell silent as the scale of the devastation wrought by

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Japan’s PM Shinzō Abe calls snap election

Abe aims to take advantage of opposition disarray and says vote would be an appraisal of his handling of North Korea crisis

Japan’s prime minister,

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Trump travel ban extended to blocks on North Korea, Venezuela and Chad

President’s proclamation may throw major hurdle in front of ongoing court challenges to ban which blocked travel from six majority-Muslim countries

Donald Trump has announced new travel restrictions on visitors to the United States that will expand his controversial travel ban to eight countries.

The new proclamation, which will come into effect on 18 October, will continue to target travellers from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iran, but also adds North Korea, Chad and Venezuela to the list of targeted countries. Sudan has been dropped from the administration’s list of nations and Iraqi citizens will be subjected to “additional scrutiny” but will not face any blanket bans.

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Marriage equality support rebounds and yes side leads in voting – Guardian Essential poll

Poll finds that, among those who have already voted, 72% voted yes compared with 26% who voted no

Support for marriage equality has rebounded and the yes side holds a decisive lead among Australians who have already voted in the postal survey, according to the Guardian Essential poll.

The poll found that 58% of Australians support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry,

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Spain’s attorney general refuses to rule out arrest of Catalan president

Carles Puigdemont could face action, says attorney general, as Catalonia prepares to defy Madrid by holding independence vote

Spain’s attorney general has refused to rule out the possibility of arresting the Catalan president, as the region’s pro-sovereignty government prepares to defy Madrid by holding an independence referendum on Sunday.

José Manuel Maza said that Carles Puigdemont could face action for disobedience, breaching public duties and misuse of public funds for proceeding with the poll after Spain’s constitutional court suspended the

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Republican plan to defeat Obamacare looks doomed as Susan Collins says no to bill

  • Maine senator calls bill ‘deeply flawed’ and says she will not vote for it
  • Number of Americans with cover would be ‘reduced by millions’, CBO finds

The latest Republican bill to repeal Obamacare appears doomed to fail after a key senator came out strongly against it within minutes of an analysis which said the plan would strip health insurance from “millions” of Americans.

Moments after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a partial analysis of the Republicans’ plan, Maine Senator Susan Collins announced she would not vote for the bill, and called it “deeply flawed”.

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Anthony Weiner given 21 months in prison for sexting teenage girl

  • Ex-congressman pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to minor
  • Weiner, 53, must undergo internet monitoring after sentence is served

Anthony Weiner was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison, in a sexting scandal that some blame for Hillary Clinton’s defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.


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Egyptian students told to respect the flag or risk a year in prison

Crackdown by education minister, which includes fine threat, prompts ridicule on social media

Egypt’s education minister has ordered students to respect the Egyptian flag or risk jail time.

Students who mock or desecrate the flag could be fined 30,000 LE (£1,260) and sentenced to up to a year in prison, said the education minister, Tarek Shawki.

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