As rudderless Britain drifts, the predators start to circle | Observer editorial | Opinion

As rudderless Britain drifts, the predators start to circle | Observer editorial | Opinion

The government’s decision to send a second Royal Navy warship to the Gulf will intensify concerns that Britain is unintentionally sliding into armed conflict with Iran. The deployment of HMS Duncan, a Type 45 destroyer, will be seen in Tehran as a gratuitous escalation of an already tense regional situation. It may help improve security […]

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Arctic wildfires emitted as much CO2 in June as Sweden does in a year | World news

Arctic wildfires emitted as much CO2 in June as Sweden does in a year | World news

Arctic wildfires, some the size of 100,000 football pitches, emitted as much carbon dioxide (CO2) last month as the country of Sweden does in a whole year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday. “Since the start of June we’ve seen unprecedented wildfires in the Arctic region,” WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis told a regular […]

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Russian missile delivery to Turkey strains ally's relations with US | World news

Russian missile delivery to Turkey strains ally’s relations with US | World news

The first batch of a Russian S-400 missile defence system has arrived in Turkey, a development likely to anger the US and put the struggling Turkish economy at risk of new sanctions. Three planes carrying equipment for the reported £1.6bn system arrived in Ankara from Russia on Friday, the Turkish defence ministry said. The delivery […]

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Italian prosecutors investigate League over alleged Russian oil deal claims | World news

Italian prosecutors investigate League over alleged Russian oil deal claims | World news

Italian prosecutors have begun an investigation after claims saying Matteo Salvini’s far-right party, the League, sought funds via a Russian oil deal. Prosecutors in Milan have opened an inquiry into possible charges of international corruption in the case. The inquiry follows an investigation by L’Espresso magazine (reported by the Guardian in February) which alleged there […]

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The Last Czars: the historical drama that the whole of Russia is laughing at | Television & radio

The Last Czars: the historical drama that the whole of Russia is laughing at | Television & radio

Forgive the makers of this series, for they know not what they do. All you need to know to understand everything about The Last Czars is summed up in this early sample dialogue from an exchange between the tsar and his new wife. He has just murmured: “Oh Mrs Romanov!” to her in bed on […]

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Six tourists killed in fierce storm in northern Greece | World news

Six tourists killed in fierce storm in northern Greece | World news

Six tourists have been killed and dozens of people injured in a fierce storm in northern Greece, authorities have said. Strong winds and hail hit the Halkidiki region near the city of Thessaloniki late on Wednesday. Television footage showed overturned cars, fallen trees, torn roofs and mudslides. The freak storm lasted about 20 minutes, according […]

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Aberdeen analyst on emerging market bond picks

Aberdeen analyst on emerging market bond picks

Emerging market bonds could perform especially well in a low-rate environment, and an analyst from Aberdeen Standard Investments picked three countries he likes — and one he doesn’t. Central banks, especially in emerging markets, have been in easing mode, taking their cue from a dovish Fed. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s prepared testimony on Wednesday also appeared […]

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Trump officials warn of 'active threats' to US elections

Trump officials warn of ‘active threats’ to US elections

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats answers questions during a hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee March 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Getty Images The Trump administration outlined “active threats” to U.S. elections as it briefed Congress Wednesday on steps the government has taken to improve election security in the wake of Russian […]

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Novichok poisoning: police did not seal potentially affected areas for three days | UK news

Novichok poisoning: police did not seal potentially affected areas for three days | UK news

Concerns have been raised about the response to the second Wiltshire novichok poisonings after it emerged that one of the victims was treated for the effects of the nerve agent three days before a major incident was declared. It was only after that delay that some scenes that could have been contaminated with novichok were […]

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