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‚It brings a tear to my eye‘: the labours of love battling the vitriol of the marriage campaign

The postal vote campaign has often been ugly. But many yes voters are optimistically reaching out to the undecided

• Plus, send us your stories and pictures of positive moments that may have come out of the campaign

Chris Baguley feared that, come Friday, he would find himself in the midst of a sausage shortage.

The father of two sent 250 letters to people in his neighbourhood of Port Stephens in the Hunter region of New South Wales inviting them over for a barbecue to talk about same-sex marriage. He also offered to post their vote for them if they cannot make it to a mailbox.

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Stabbed Manchester surgeon forgives his attacker

Police have charged a 28-year-old man in connection with attack that saw Nasser Kurdy sustain knife wound to his neck

A surgeon who was stabbed as he arrived at a mosque in Greater Manchester has insisted his attacker does not represent “what this country stands for”.

Dr Nasser Kurdy, 58, an orthopaedic surgeon, was stabbed in the neck from behind as he arrived at the Altrincham Islamic Centre for evening prayers at about 6pm on Sunday.

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City firms urge free trade agreement for financial services after Brexit

London and Frankfurt will lose out to New York and Singapore if UK and EU do not agree deal, says report

London and Frankfurt will lose out to New York and Singapore unless a free trade deal on financial services after Brexit is agreed, according to leading City businesses.

The report from key banks, law firms and fund managers in the UK proposes a “bespoke” free trade agreement once Britain leaves the EU.

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Consumers can help defend land rights | Letters

We should use our collective purchasing power to send a clear message to businesses threatening communities across the globe, says Ruth Chambers

John Vidal shines a light on communities across Africa, Latin America and Asia fighting to protect their land, water and livelihoods (

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Venezuela says Trump is acting like ‚the world’s emperor‘

Foriegn minister Jorge Arreaza’s retaliates after US sanctions and a new travel ban against Venezuela, as well as harsh words from Trump

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Safeguard law fails to stop flow of unauthorised same-sex marriage survey material

Australians are being letter-boxed with anonymous leaflets urging them to vote no despite new legislation coming into force

Australians are receiving unauthorised same-sex marriage postal survey campaign material, including leaflets from the no campaign’s Coalition for Marriage, despite a new law requiring materials to identify their source.


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Charlottesville’s white awakening: ‚We were living in a bubble,‘ say residents

On Sunday, Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams helped the Virginia town recover from last month’s violence – which some white residents admitted had been a serious wake-up call

Inside the University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium, a succession of pop stars were telling local residents that “Love trumps hate” and “You will not dethrone love.” Dave Matthews, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake were holding a

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Merkel starts challenging task of trying to form coalition government

Chancellor acknowledges losses but says she has firm mandate from voters and will stay for full term

Angela Merkel started trying to form a coalition government on Monday after harnessing a fourth term as chancellor but at the cost of momentous gains for the far right.

A subdued Merkel, speaking at the headquarters of her CDU party in Berlin, acknowledged the losses, calling them disappointing and admitting: “We have considerable work ahead of us.”

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German elections left Merkel isolated, but it is too soon to write her off | Philip Oltermann

The CDU may have had its worst election result since 1949, but the chancellor has been here before and pulled through

Since Angela Merkel was first voted chancellor 12 years ago, political power in the hands of Germany’s first physicist-turned-politician has always looked more like a solid than a liquid.

“Power is the ability to shape things,” the chancellor said at the Christian Democrats’ headquarters on Monday afternoon, having just reminded assembled journalists that in spite of its

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Sri Lankan arrested for trying to smuggle 1kg of gold in his rectum

Customs officials find gold inside 45-year-old man after noticing his ‘suspicious movements’ at Colombo airport

A Sri Lankan man who raised suspicion by the way he kept looking around in an airport departure lounge was found to be carrying nearly 1kg (2.2lb) of gold stashed in his rectum.


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