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British Airways boss apologises for 'malicious' data breach

<b>British Airways's boss has apologised for what he says was a sophisticated breach of the firm's security systems, and has promised compensation.</b><p>Alex Cruz told the BBC that hackers carried out a "sophisticated, malicious criminal attack" on its website.<p>The airline said personal and financial details …

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The edible solutions to the plastic-packaging crisis

A UK startup making water containers from seaweed is one of many businesses thinking of food-based answers to the global problem of plastic. Can they catch on?<p>Who hasn’t occasionally considered whether you could just chomp on your water bottle once you have finished drinking from it? That is a …

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Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality

From highways carved through thriving ‘ghettoes’ to walls segregating black and white areas, US city development has a long and divisive history<p>It’s a little after 3pm in Detroit’s 8 Mile neighbourhood, and the cicadas are buzzing loudly in the trees. Children weave down the pavements on bicycles, …

Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death | George Monbiot

The Earth cannot accommodate our need and greed for food. We must change our diet before it’s too late<p>Brexit; the crushing of democracy by billionaires; the next financial crash; a rogue US president: none of them keeps me awake at night. This is not because I don’t care – I care very much. It’s …

Revealed: fires in São Paulo favelas more likely on higher-value land

<b>Exclusive:</b> Analysis finds favelas hit by fire in São Paulo have land values 76% higher than average, casting new doubt on official explanation of poor housing<p>A spate of fires in the favelas of São Paulo in recent years appears to be concentrated on more expensive land, a Guardian Cities and Agência …

Picturesque Swiss village considers offering families £50,000 to move there

Residents of a small village in southwestern Switzerland are to vote on a policy offering money to outsiders if they move there.<p>The proposal follows …

The haves and have-nots: four cities in crisis

On the surface, Ulaanbaatar, San Francisco, Calais and Jerusalem could not be more different – but for the people squeezed out by political upheaval or prohibitive rents, the urban 21st century looks disturbingly uniform<p>More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, but many people …

Fiji told it must spend billions to adapt to climate change

At COP 23 talks in Bonn, Fiji has called on developed nations to help the world’s most vulnerable build resilience to climate change<p>To prepare for the rising temperatures, strengthening storms and higher sea levels in the coming decades, Fiji must spend an amount equivalent to its entire yearly …

New Zealand's winter shorter by a month over 100 years

Studies by National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research show season has contracted equally at its beginning and end<p>New Zealand’s winter has gotten shorter by a month over the last 100 years, meaning “true winter” weather with very low temperatures, frosts and snow starts significantly later …

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose?<p><i>“The connectivity that is the heart of</i> …

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Who killed Oetzi the Iceman? Italy reopens coldest of cases

<b>High in a remote area of the Oetztaler Alps in northern Italy, 5,300 years ago, Oetzi the Iceman was shot in the back with an arrow.</b><p>It hit a main artery and he probably bled to death within minutes.<p>His body was preserved in the ice, making him one of the oldest and best-preserved mummies on …

Remote island has 'world's worst' plastic rubbish density

<b>An uninhabited island in the South Pacific is littered with the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world, according to a study.</b><p>Henderson Island, part of the UK's Pitcairn Islands group, has an estimated 37.7 million pieces of debris on its beaches.<p>The island is near the centre of an …

French election 2017: Why is it important?

<b>France's voters have rejected the two big political parties that have governed for decades and are now at a crossroads as they choose a president.</b><p>Will they go for a pro-European liberal who has never before been elected, or a far-right challenger to the establishment, who has vowed to take on …

Trump Takes Forceful Tone at Holocaust Remembrance: ‘Never Again’

WASHINGTON — President Trump sent a powerful message to those who doubt his will to fight anti-Semitism — and to his own supporters in the white nationalist movement — during an annual Holocaust remembrance ceremony at the Capitol on Tuesday.<p>The president, who was slow to denounce campaign …

Medieval villagers mutilated the dead to stop them rising, study finds

Archaeological research may represent first scientific evidence of English practices attempting to protect the living from the dead<p>A study by archaeologists has revealed certain people in medieval Yorkshire were so afraid of the dead they chopped, smashed and burned their skeletons to make sure …

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African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

<b>The government of Sao Tome and Principe has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, officials said.</b><p>China welcomed the decision by the African island nation saying it was "back onto the correct path of the One China principle".<p>Taiwan's foreign ministry condemned the move, alleging Sao tome demanded a huge …

Obama bans oil drilling 'permanently' in millions of acres of ocean

<b>Outgoing US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the "vast majority" of US-owned northern waters.</b><p>Mr Obama designated areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as "indefinitely off limits" to future leasing.<p>The move is widely seen as an attempt to protect the …

Diver may have found 'lost nuke' missing since cold war off Canada coast

Sean Smyrichinsky thought he saw a UFO when he encountered object that may have been abandoned by an American bomber before crash in British Columbia<p>The Canadian navy will be heading to the coast of British Columbia to investigate claims that a diver may have come across “the lost nuke” – a Mark IV …

How Royal Navy disposes of unexploded WW2 bombs

The Ministry of Defence say that an increasing number of World War Two explosive devices are being found as dredging work prepares Portsmouth harbour for the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier in spring 2017.<p>The BBC's Leanne Brown was given exclusive access and shown how the …

UN Habitat III summit aims to shape future urban living

<b>UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on city leaders to make "tough decisions" in order to provide safe and sustainable cities in the future.</b><p>Mr Ban made his remarks in an address at the UN Habitat III conference that is only held once every 20 years.<p>Many urban areas, which are home to more …

Australia will not support negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons

Senate estimates to question foreign affairs department officials on Thursday on nuclear disarmament stance<p>Australia will not support a resolution to begin negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons, as it grows increasingly isolated from a global disarmament push.<p>A resolution is before the United …

The e-waste mountains - in pictures

Sustainable development goal target 12.5 is to reduce waste. But with a planet increasingly dependent on technology, is that even possible? Kai Loeffelbein’s photographs of e-waste recycling in Guiyu, southern China show what happens to discarded computers

Boris Johnson thinks 'that country Africa' could do with some British values – he must have forgotten about colonialism

In the latest addition to his seemingly never-ending foot-in-mouth routine, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made yet another blunder to an audience …

Tribes under threat from conservation, and Africa's children locked in poverty

How do we put indigenous peoples at the heart of preserving fragile habitats? Plus, revealing research from the Overseas Development Institute<p>If you are reading this on the web and would prefer to get it in your inbox every two weeks, register for the email edition<p>Related: Tourism starting to bleed …

The great leap upward: China's Pearl River Delta, then and now

The Pearl River Delta has witnessed the most rapid urban expansion in human history – a predominantly agricultural region transformed into the world’s largest continuous city. By revisiting the sites of rare archive images of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Macau from the 1940s through 1990s, …

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Why Nigeria is the world's most dangerous place to be... a geography teacher

Boko Haram is singling out geography teachers in its campaign of terror against Western education in Nigeria, it has been revealed.<p>Teachers of the subject have emerged as an unlikely top target for the group because their lessons contradict its bizarre worldview on how the Earth was created.<p>Boko …

What's the world's loneliest city?

In Tokyo, you can rent a cuddle. Loneliness is a health issue in Manchester. And perhaps nobody is as isolated as a migrant worker in Shenzhen. But can we really know what makes a city lonely?<p>“New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness, if you have no inner …

Smog in Beijing is so bad someone made a brick out of it

A performance artist has used particles hoovered up from Beijing’s toxic smog-cloud to create a brick, to draw attention to the Chinese capital’s …

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How well do you really know your country? Take our quiz

Most people around the world are pretty bad when it comes to knowing the stats behind the news. Ipsos surveyed people in 33 countries around the world on issues ranging from immigration to obesity - how does your knowledge compare to theirs?