Airbnb faces backlash in Toronto and Paris | Technology

Airbnb has come under fresh pressure on both sides of the Atlantic, with Toronto winning a major victory against the proliferation of “ghost hotels” and Paris denouncing a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term rental company. After nearly two years of appeals, a tribunal in Ontario has ruled in favour of bylaws […]

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Jeffrey Epstein: two New York prison guards to be charged | US news

Two New York correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself are set to be arrested and charged, it was reported on Tuesday. The guards, who were not immediately named, were expected to be charged with offenses related to their alleged failure to check on Epstein, the New York Times reported. […]

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Impeachment hearings: witnesses to give firsthand accounts of Trump’s Ukraine call – live news | US news

Since he emerged as a witness last month, Trump and his allies have denounced Vindman. The president called him a ‘Never Trumper witness,’ and on Fox News, Laura Ingraham described Vindman as ‘a U.S. national security official . . . working inside the White House, apparently against the president’s interests.’ The attacks picked up again […]

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How true does travel writing need to be? With Rory MacLean and Luke Harding – books podcast | Books

Rory MacLean is a travel writer who has been roaming eastern Europe, Asia and beyond for 30 years. His most recent book, Pravda Ha Ha, retraces the course he took through what had been communist Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 – an extraordinary journey that became his bestselling debut, Stalin’s […]

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Professor who is expert on corruption charged with laundering money | US news

A US professor of international studies who co-wrote a book about organised crime and is an expert on money laundering and corruption in South America has been arrested on charges of laundering corruption proceeds from Venezuela. Bruce Bagley, 73, of Coral Gables, Florida, was released on bail of $300,000 (£230,000) after appearing at Miami federal […]

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Stock markets mixed amid doubts on US-China trade deal – business live | Business

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. The waiting game continues for the US-China trade deal. Chinese state media described the latest discussions, held by phone over the weekend, as “constructive,” but a report from CNBC suggested yesterday that the mood in Beijing […]

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Mitch McConnell appeals for civility: US needs to debate ‘without acting out’ | US news

Mitch McConnell claimed on Monday the US has a “behavioural problem” – and said both sides of the political spectrum should act to address it. The Senate majority leader was speaking in his home state, where he will seek another term next year and where he was honoured as the Kentucky Electric Cooperatives’ “Distinguished Rural […]

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Renewable energy: climate crisis ‘may have triggered faster wind speeds’ | Environment

The global climate crisis could lead to more renewable electricity being generated by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according to research. Scientists have discovered that the world’s shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered a rapid increase in wind speeds over the last 10 years. The international research team […]

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Three dead in shooting at Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma | US news

Two men and a woman were shot dead on Monday outside a Walmart store in Oklahoma, the chief of police said. Two victims were shot inside a car and the third was in the parking lot outside the store in Duncan, police chief Danny Ford said, adding that two men and a woman were dead […]

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Russia accused of hostage diplomacy over jailed foreigners | World news

Relatives of foreign citizens in Russian prisons have accused Moscow of engaging in hostage diplomacy and say they are concerned about their family members being used as bargaining chips to exchange for Russians detained abroad. The brother of Paul Whelan, an American arrested on spying charges 11 months ago who returns to court on Tuesday, […]

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