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Across Kazakhstan by rail – a photo essay

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The monotonous rattling of the train accompanies us through the steppe of Central Asia. The air that travels with us smells of cooked food and the exhalations of dozens of passengers. Sounds drift over to me from vari...

UK’s neighbours criticise Covid policies as cases begin to surge across EU

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For the past several weeks, many western European countries have been eyeing Covid case numbers across the Channel with mounting trepidation. “Why does Britain have more than 40,000 Covid cases a day, and why is it t...

Cement makers across world pledge large cut in emissions by 2030

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Cement makers around the world have pledged to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by up to a quarter this decade and reach net zero by 2050, in a move they said would make a major difference to the prospects for the C...

Military arrives to ease fuel crisis, as shortages continue across London and south-east – business live

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Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

Virgin Money to close 31 branches across Scotland and north of England

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Virgin Money has announced it will close 31 branches – almost all in Scotland and the north of England – in the latest stage of the UK banking sector’s retreat from the high street. The bank said it expected to make 1...

Global climate strike: thousands join coordinated action across world

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Hundreds of thousands of people in 99 countries have taken part in a coordinated global climate strike demanding urgent action to tackle the ecological crisis. The strike on Friday, the first worldwide climate action ...

It’s not all about populism: grassroots democracy is thriving across Europe

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The past decade has been a bruising one for the health of European democracy. The dramatic authoritarian turns in Hungary and Poland have attracted most attention, but nearly all European governments have chipped away...

Country diary: vignettes of life across the moor

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In late summer warmth, sheep lie in the shade of stunted hawthorns. Others meander past dried-up hollows, granite moorstone covered in sun-crisped lichens and stonecrop, and coarse grasses and prickly gorse, towards f...

Experts condemn plan to install thousands of gas boilers across UK

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Energy bill-payers will be asked to subsidise the installation of tens of thousands of new gas boilers across the UK under government plans, at a time when experts say gas boilers should be urgently phased out. Expert...

LA officers sue over vaccine mandate as police across California threaten to resign

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Los Angeles police department (LAPD) employees have sued over requirements they get vaccinated for Covid-19, alleging that the department has created a “hostile work environment” for the unvaccinated and that the mand...

States across American west see hottest summer on record as climate crisis rages

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California experienced its hottest summer on record this year as the climate crisis caused deadly heatwaves and intense wildfires in the state and across the American west. Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah – totaling 1...

Revealed: Google illegally underpaid thousands of workers across dozens of countries

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Google has been illegally underpaying thousands of temporary workers in dozens of countries and delayed correcting the pay rates for more than two years as it attempted to cover up the problem, the Guardian can reveal...

British Council to close 20 offices across globe after cuts and lost income

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The British Council, the British government’s cultural arm and a key instrument of British soft power, is to close 20 offices across the globe as part of a restructuring programme made necessary by cuts to the aid bud...

Huge decrease in organ transplants as Covid took hold across world

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The number of solid organ transplants fell dramatically around the world between 2019 and 2020, researchers have found, highlighting the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on health services and patients. As t...

Schools across Europe must stay open, say WHO and Unicef

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Schools across Europe must stay open and be made safer for staff and children, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef have demanded, as a new term gets under way with the highly transmissible Delta variant sti...

Smoke visible across Kabul after blast near airport – video

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US forces have launched a 'defensive' military strike in Kabul against a vehicle carrying 'multiple suicide bombers' from the Islamic State’s local affiliate in Afghanistan who were aiming to attack the airport, Ameri...

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