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Hurricane Irma: OECD ‘not keen’ on aid rule changes

Image captionThe foreign secretary visited the British Virgin Islands, where communities suffered devastating damage The international organisation that decides what counts as official foreign aid has told the BBC that it is “not keen” on reopening the rules. Senior OECD official Charlotte Petri Gornitzka said any change would need the ...

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North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

Image copyrightAFPImage captionThe launch has been condemned by Japan and South Korea North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, its second such move in weeks. South Korea’s military said the missile reached an estimated altitude of about 770km (478 miles) and travelled 3,700km before landing in the sea ...

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Revised UK child sexual ‘consent’ rules provoke backlash

Exclusive: Children as young as 12 could be refused compensation under guidelines criticised as ‘victim blaming’ Sexually abused children as young as 12 could still be refused compensation by a government body on the grounds that they “consented,” under revised rules seen by the Guardian.The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) began ...

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Hostages shown in al-Qaeda Mali video as Macron flies in

A Mali-based al-Qaeda affiliate has released a video of six foreign hostages ahead of a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to the country. They include a French NGO worker, an elderly Australian surgeon and a Colombian nun. No “genuine” negotiations to release them have taken place, the video says. ...

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Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove

The government should listen to review bodies’ recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector pay cap. The environment secretary did not call directly for the cap ...

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Week in pictures: 27 May – 2 June 2017

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyrightCARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS / REUTERSImage captionIn Caracas, Venezuela’s opposition lawmaker Carlos Paparoni needed stitches after being hit by a water cannon during a march. Anti-government protesters had been marching towards the office of ...

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London attack: Crowds gather for vigil to honour victims

Images of tributes left to the honour victims of the London Bridge attack as police continue investigations. PA Mayor of London Sadiq Khan led a minute’s silence during a vigil for those killed in Saturday’s terror attack. GETTY IMAGES Hundreds of people shrugged off the rain in Potters Fields Park ...

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Australian man’s remains found 10 years after disappearance

Image copyrightABCImage captionPolice uncovered Matthew Leveson’s remains in a national park Human remains found in dense Australian bush belong to a man who went missing nearly 10 years ago, police have said. Matthew Leveson, 20, was last seen leaving a Sydney nightclub in 2007 with his then boyfriend, Michael Atkins. ...

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