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Democrats clash over TPP fair trade deal

Key goal of Barack Obama’s final two years in the White House – ‘the most progressive trade deal in history’, he says – stuck in legislative gridlock<p>Barack Obama’s battle with obstructionist senators continued on Monday, only this time they were members of his own party.<p>The Democratic civil war on …

Severe storms touch down across US midsection as states brace for more

No deaths or injuries reported as storm system stretches from Texas to Minnesota leaving significant damage to power lines and homes<p>A powerful storm system stretched from Texas to Minnesota on Sunday, bringing heavy rains, flash flooding and the possibility of more severe weather.<p>Scattered severe …

Russia

Ed Miliband to offer frontbench support to new Labour leader

Despite disappointment of shock election result, former leader is understood to remain keen for senior role in shadow cabinet<p>Ed Miliband, the vanquished former Labour leader, is planning to offer his services to the next Labour leader and will not abandon frontline politics.<p>The Guardian understands …

Sunshine for south-east England as north and west face heavy showers

Temperatures of up to 23C are expected across south-eastern corner as it basks in sun, but unstable conditions are forecast from Wednesday<p>Parts of Britain are set to enjoy sunny spells this week with temperatures expected to rise to 23C (73F). The south-east of England could bask in the warm …

Nato kicks out Russian spies but revives Kremlin hotline amid Ukraine tensions

Western military alliance expels dozens of suspected Russian spies from Nato headquarters while upgrading emergency military contacts with Moscow<p>The western military alliance is reviving cold war-style hotlines to the Kremlin and the Russian general staff in Moscow to reduce the chances of …

Bernie Sanders challenges Hillary Clinton on trade deal and Iraq war

Independent senator running for Democratic presidential nomination discusses Trans-Pacific Partnership and says he is ‘perhaps most progressive’ senator<p>Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, on Sunday outlined what he …

Middle-class

British army sergeant arrested over wife's failed parachute incident

Emile Cilliers, 35, questioned by police on suspicion of attempted murder after his wife Victoria was seriously injured during routine jump over Salisbury Plain<p>A man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after his wife’s parachute failed to open during a skydive is a British army sergeant.<p>South …

Intelligence leaders cite Texas attack before deadline on NSA surveillance

Senior figures take to talk shows after NSA phone data collection ruled illegal House security chair says Garland ‘Isis’ attack shows ‘terrorism has gone viral’<p>Washington’s intelligence leaders flooded US television studios on Sunday, to warn of the dangers of homegrown terrorism in a concerted …