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Japan recognises dozens more survivors of Hiroshima in landmark ruling

A court in Japan has for the first time recognised dozens of people who were exposed to radioactive “black rain” as survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, even though they lived outside the area hit hardest by the attack in August 1945. The Hiroshima district court said the 84 plaintiffs, who are suffering from […]

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Archaeologists discover likely source of Stonehenge’s giant sarsen stones

Today West Woods in Wiltshire is a popular spot for hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers, famed for its bluebells in the springtime. Stick to the footpaths and it is easy to miss the hefty flat stones hidden in the undergrowth. But groundbreaking scientific research published on Wednesday reveals that, 4,500 years ago, this spot […]

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Chicky McChickface rears its head as New Zealand looks to name treasured albatross

A royal albatross chick in New Zealand whose life has attracted millions of views via a live YouTube channel has found fame – but has no name. Now its keepers are seeking to change that, as the seven-month-old female – or toroa in the Māori language te reo – prepares to leave the nest for […]

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Thessaloniki’s Jews: ‘We can’t let this be forgotten; if it’s forgotten, it will die’

Five centuries after they were expelled from Spain and eight decades after they were almost annihilated in the Holocaust, the small community of Sephardic Jews that lives on in the Greek city of Thessaloniki is looking to its past to help safeguard its future. On Tuesday, Thessaloniki’s Jewish community signed a deal with the Spanish […]

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Up to 1,000 babies born to surrogate mothers stranded in Russia

As many as 1,000 babies born to surrogate mothers in Russia for foreign families have been left stranded in the country by the coronavirus pandemic and closure of international borders, the Guardian has been told. The babies, some born as far back as February, are being cared for mainly by hired caregivers in rented apartments […]

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US to pull 12,000 troops out of Germany as Trump blasts ‘delinquent’ Berlin

The US is planning to pull nearly 12,000 troops out of Germany in a move the Pentagon insisted was about long-term strategy but which Donald Trump said was to punish Berlin for low defence spending. Of a total of 11,900 personnel that will be leaving Germany under the proposal, 6,400 will be returning to the […]

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Seth Rogen: ‘I was fed a huge amount of lies about Israel’

Seth Rogen has said he was “fed a huge amount of lies about Israel” as a young Jewish person, stoking controversy around the country’s sometimes fraught relationship with many North American Jews. The Canadian-US actor, who attended Jewish camp and whose parents met on a kibbutz in Israel, said the fact that the Jewish state […]