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Thieves drive off with Banksy mural on Bataclan fire door

A mural by British street artist Banksy on a fire-exit door at Paris’ Bataclan theatre, where Islamist militants killed 90 people three years ago, has been stolen, the venue has said. The work, one of a series of murals painted last June in the French capital and attributed to Banksy, showed a veiled female figure…

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Davos 2019: Hammond meets business leaders on Brexit – live

The introduction of GDPR privacy regulations last year caused some pain for companies…but Microsoft’s chief is a big fan. Speaking earlier today, Satya Nadella argued that US citizens deserved the same protection for data misuse as Europeans. Nadella argued: “My own point of view is that it’s a fantastic start in treating privacy as a…

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School strikes over climate change continue to snowball

The founder of the school strikes for climate action has told the world’s business and political elite gathered in Davos to put the planet before profit, as the number of students taking part continues to rise. Greta Thunberg’s message followed a record week for the strikes around the world, with more than 60,000 students refusing…

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Australia heatwave: Adelaide breaks its all-time heat record, hitting 46.6C

Temperature records have tumbled across South Australia, with the city of Adelaide experiencing its hottest day on record, as the second heatwave in as many weeks hit southern parts of Australia. Adelaide hit 46.6C on Thursday afternoon, the hottest temperature recording in any Australian state capital city since records began 80 years ago. Australia heatwave:…

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Revealed: the free-market groups helping the tobacco industry

Not all of the groups in the network that the Guardian analyzed are active in tobacco policy, and some have done so in isolated instances. Some thinktanks issue policy papers around climate change skepticism, private education, pharmaceutical patent protections, energy deregulation and other conservative causes. In India, the Guardian found one thinktank that made statements…

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Inside China’s leading ‘sponge city’: Wuhan’s war with water

Take a stroll down the central Chinese city’s Fan Lake Road or Fruit Lake Street and despite their names you won’t see any large bodies of water – unless it has been raining very hard, that is. Wuhan was once known as “the city of a hundred lakes”. It had 127 lakes in its central…

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Mnangagwa promises investigation of brutal Zimbabwe crackdown

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has called for “national dialogue” and promised an investigation into widespread violence by security forces in recent days, after cutting short an overseas trip. The brutal crackdown followed protests last week against the doubling of the fuel price, which led to rioting and sporadic looting. The military and police appear to…

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