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Germany to quash convictions of 50,000 gay men under Nazi-era law | World news

Germany’s parliament has voted to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law that remained in force after the second world war. After decades of lobbying, victims and activists hailed a triumph in the struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under article 175 of the penal ...

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Fears grow for reciprocal rights of EU citizens and Britons abroad

Theresa May’s promised “generous offer” on EU citizens’ rights at the start of the Brexit talks this week will fall short of protection of the status quo, meaning a difficult start to the negotiations, officials in Brussels fear. The British government is yet to provide any documents relating to its proposal regarding the 3.1 million EU citizens living in the UK, ...

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Russia hopes Confederations Cup will banish 2018 World Cup concerns | Shaun Walker | Football

With less than a year to go until the World Cup kicks off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, excitement is building inside Russia as the country prepares to host the Confederations Cup, the eight-team warm-up tournament designed as a dress rehearsal for 2018. As the authorities promise a spectacular, exciting finals next year, the setup is beset with all the usual ...

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Death toll from London Bridge attack rises after body found in Thames

The number of victims of the London Bridge atrocity has risen to eight after police searching for a missing Frenchman recovered a body from the Thames. Next of kin of Xavier Thomas, 45, missing since Saturday’s attack, have been informed, though no formal identification has yet taken place, the Metropolitan police said. Those killed during the London Bridge attack include ...

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Paris police shoot man who attacked officer outside Notre-Dame Cathedral | World news

French police have shot a man who attacked an officer with a hammer outside Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The assailant, later found to be also armed with kitchen knives, was brought down as he threatened passersby outside one of the French capital’s busiest tourist attractions on Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of people took refuge in the cathedral and nearby cafes as ...

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Russian court drops charges against Guardian reporter | World news

A Moscow court has dropped charges against the Guardian reporter Alec Luhn who faced a fine or community service after he was detained by police during a reporting assignment. The charge of “violating the order of participating in a public event” came after Luhn was detained by police while covering a protest march in central Moscow on 26 March, organised ...

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Russia actively stoking discord in Macedonia since 2008, intel files say | World news

Russian spies and diplomats have been involved in a nearly decade-long effort to spread propaganda and provoke discord in Macedonia, according to a leak of classified documents from the country’s intelligence agency. The documents suggest that Moscow has been seeking to step up its influence all across the countries of the former Yugoslavia. The Kremlin’s goal is to stop them ...

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‘Like prisoners of war’: North Korean labour behind Russia 2018 World Cup | Football

A test opening of St Petersburg’s Zenit Arena in February treated 10,000 spectators to car racing, motorcycle tricks, dancers and a performing bear introduced as “Russia’s greatest hero”. But the patriotic ceremony failed to note that the stadium, in which Russia kick off the Confederations Cup in a fortnight in preparation for next year’s World Cup, was built mostly by ...

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Jared Kushner’s redemptive mission threatened by tangled Russian web | US news

In the middle of December last year, Jared Kushner, the smooth-skinned, impeccably tailored and inscrutable son-in-law of Donald Trump, was riding high. He was basking in the glow of having helped his father-in-law become the most powerful man on earth; was about to take up the role of senior adviser to the President of the United States, which would make ...

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Nigel Farage is ‘person of interest’ in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia | Politics

Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian has been told. Sources with knowledge of the investigation said the former Ukip leader had raised the interest of FBI investigators because of his relationships with individuals connected to both the Trump ...

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