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Aid given in cash improves health and spurs school attendance, say researchers

Cash handouts bring major benefits to world’s poorest people, allowing them to live with greater dignity, claims international study

Foreign aid in the form of cash transfers with no strings attached can improve health and increase school attendance, a study has found.

Earlier this year, Downing Street was forced to defend the use of controversial cash transfers when press reports claimed £300m had been spent on a poverty reduction scheme in Pakistan dogged by claims of corruption.

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‘We lost a great leader’: Berta Cáceres still inspires as murder case takes fresh twist | Liz Ford

As friends and followers of the late Honduran activist continue her battle for indigenous land rights, their cause has been boosted by a damning legal report

María Santos Domínguez heard about the death of her good friend

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The demise of the opposition sounds the death knell for democracy in Cambodia | Mu Sochua

In crushing the party of which I was vice-president, Cambodia’s prime minister has revealed himself as a brutal dictator intent on prolonging his oppressive rule

Democracy was on trial this week in Cambodia, and it lost. Demonstrating its complete subservience to Prime Minister Hun Sen, the

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Zimbabwe’s strange crisis is a very modern kind of coup

Historically, African takeovers have been seismic and violent, but now participants are more wary of international opinion

It looked like a coup from a movie: a convoy of armoured vehicles, the president under house arrest, and the general on the nation’s screens talking of “restoring stability” in the small hours of the morning.

But since the military takeover in Zimbabwe a week ago events have departed from the script. President Robert Mugabe has not been harmed and remains in power, at least theoretically. When he refused to resign on live television on Sunday night, there were no repercussions. To oust him, parliament are using a cumbersome process of impeachment.

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Australia will have its own Weinstein reckoning. It’s just a matter of time | Van Badham

The local stage and film industry is small and speaking out carries bigger risks. But behind closed doors, a storm is brewing

Did you hear about the stand-up comedian? High-profile, well-known – and banned from several local venues because he touches up the female comedians. No one’s gonna talk about it – “not until he dies in an alcohol-fuelled car accident”, a friend from the scene has said. But the women don’t like him. They don’t feel safe when he’s around.

What about the young male theatre maker? Before he started getting main stage gigs he was still doing shows on the fringe, and became obsessed with a woman also working with one of the theatres. He got her number, would not stop calling her, told her that he was in love with her, and one night, when she was at work, he cornered her. She just started bellowing until someone heard and intervened. She told the artistic director what happened; the man agreed to stop calling her, and to stay away from her when his show was on. But that was it.

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Collapse of German coalition talks underlines Merkel’s weaknesses

The FDP’s Lindner has been painted as the villain but the chancellor must bear some responsibility for other parties’ reluctance to work with her CDU

After exploratory talks to form Germany’s next government

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The Guardian view on Brexit and the Irish border: Britain’s shameful dereliction | Editorial

From the referendum campaign onwards, Brexiters have ignored the dire implications for Ireland. The neglect is a political and moral failure alike

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This is redistribution for Zimbabwe’s elite, not revolution in a ruined nation | Jason Burke

Comrade Bob and Grace may go, but little good will come if power is retained in the hands of Zanu-PF septuagenarians

Drive any distance anywhere in Zimbabwe beyond the upmarket Borrowdale neighbourhood in Harare, where

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Can Trump spare us his outrage on sexual harassment? | Jessica Valenti

This is a man who has been accused of sexual assault, harassment, groping, overt misogyny and more dozens of times over. His hypocrisy is galling

Who wins and loses in Trump’s tax plan?

Congress has yet to settle on a final draft of a tax-cut bill but if you’re rich, a corporation or your name is Donald Trump you could be in luck

Over the Thanksgiving break Congress will have time to start digesting Donald Trump’s plans to implement the largest tax overhaul in a generation. It already has Trump’s critics – and several leading Republicans – reaching for the Tums.

According to the president, the tax plans had some simple aims: to spur business investment by cutting corporate taxes, give middle-class America a tax break and simplify a byzantine tax system. It hasn’t proved quite so simple, or palatable. With two versions of the bill now under discussion in Congress, the final shape of the plan is still unclear but some losers and winners are emerging. The clear winners? Rich people and corporations. The clear losers? Poor people, the vulnerable. And America.

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