Pope tells Sicily’s mafia ‘You cannot believe in God and be mafiosi’

Pontiff visited Palermo to commemorate Pino Puglisi, a priest murdered in 1993 Pope Francis has appealed to Sicilys mafia to abandon lives of crime and violence, saying the island needed men and women of love, not men and women of honour, using the term mobsters apply to themselves. Speaking on…

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North Korean ‘hacker’ charged over cyber-attacks against NHS

Park Jin Hyok, 34, charged by US officials over 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack that affected more than 150 countries The US justice department has charged an alleged North Korean spy for helping to perpetrate cyber-attacks against the affected computers in more than 150 countries. Park Jin Hyok, 34, was also…

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Senior Republicans hesitate to criticise Trump after Manafort and Cohen verdicts

Paul Ryan and Lindsay Graham avoid mentioning president, while conservative commentators lambasted Mueller Republican elected officials have hesitated to criticise Donald Trump after his former lawyer Michael Cohenconvicted on eight counts of financial crimes. In a statement, a spokesperson for Speaker Paul Ryan said: We are aware of Mr Cohens…

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Vatican expresses ‘shame and sorrow’ over Pennsylvania child abuse scandal

Statement says the Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors and The church must learn hard lessons from its past The Vatican has expressed shame and sorrow over the sexual abuse of at least 1,000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, and has said Pope…

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Trump shows he trusts an ex-KGB agent more than US intelligence

New line on Russia opens up an unprecedented chasm between London and Washington For those hoping the US president would refrain from making unwarranted concessions to Vladimir Putin, the omens were not good. Before his departure for Europe, Trump predicted the Putin conversation was likely to be easier than his…

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Israel in turmoil over bill allowing Jews and Arabs to be segregated

Law will reveal ugly face of ultranationalist Israel in all its repugnance, professor says Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the countrys ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state. For the…

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Donald Trump to almost entirely avoid London during UK visit

Meetings with Theresa May and the Queen to be held away from protests in capital Donald Trump will almost entirely avoid London during his four-day visit to the UK next week, Downing Street has said, unveiling an itinerary that is likely to prompt accusations he is trying to avoid planned…

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Ocasio-Cortez politics will not win in Midwest, says Duckworth

After stunning primary upset in New York, Illinois senator cautions party that democratic socialism will not work nationally As Democrats calibrate their political messaging in advance of the November midterm elections, Senator Tammy Duckworth cautioned her party not to become too starry-eyed about the success in New York of Alexandria…

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General Motors warns Trump: tariffs could lead to ‘smaller GM’ and fewer jobs

Car giant, which employs 18,000 people worldwide, follows Harley-Davidson in warning Trump that tariffs policy is mistake General Motors warned on Friday that expansive US tariffs on imported vehicles being considered by the Trump administration could lead to a smaller GM and risks isolating US businesses from the global market.…

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Don’t have sex with men from ‘different race’ during World Cup, warns Russian politician

Tamara Pletnyova warns Russian women not to have sex with non-white men as their children may face discrimination Russian women should avoid sex with non-white foreign men during the football World Cup because they could become single mothers to mixed-race children, a senior lawmaker in Moscow said on Wednesday. Even…

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The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy | George Monbiot

Farming livestock for food threatens all life on earth, and free-range steak is the worst of all, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: more than anything, this depends on the way we eat. We can…

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Cambridge Analytica director ‘met Assange to discuss US election’

Brittany Kaiser also claims to have channelled payments and donations to WikiLeaks A Cambridge Analytica director apparently visited Julian Assange in February last year and told friends it was to discuss what happened during the US election, the Guardian has learned. Brittany Kaiser, a director at the firm until earlier…

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Ikea commits to phase out single-use plastic products by 2020

Global retailer with 363 stores says it wants to help customers live more sustainably Ikea is to phase out all single-use plastic products from its stores and restaurants by 2020 amid growing concern about the effects of plastic on the environment. Ikea said plastic straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, bin…

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