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Germany's new parliament is more diverse than ever before

Germany's weekend election has made the country's lower house of parliament more diverse and inclusive than ever before

Sydney think tank says China less generous toward Pacific

China gave significantly less aid to Pacific island nations in recent years despite Beijing’s diplomatic efforts to increase its influence in the region, according to a Sydney-based think tank

Why Gas Pumps Across Britain Are Running Dry

A shortage of truck drivers has led to empty fuel pumps around the country, creating long lines at gas stations and panic buying.

Pfizer and BioNTech Submit Covid Vaccine Data for Kids 5-11

The companies said that they would submit a formal request to regulators to allow a pediatric dose of their vaccine to be administered in the United States in the coming weeks.

Man Charged With Murder in Killing of Sabina Nessa in London

Sabina Nessa, 28, was killed in a park in Southeast London. A 36-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

Russia opens extremism probe against Navalny and his allies

Russian authorities have opened a criminal case against imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his closest allies, accusing them of forming an extremist group and being involved in one

UK government sees 'tentative' signs fuel crisis is easing

Britain’s transport minister says there are “tentative signs” a fuel-supply crisis snarling the country is easing, but it will be a while before the situation returns to normal

Top US general Mark Milley faces Republican grilling over Trump storm – live

The Senate armed services committee has now started its hearing about the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

After opening statements, Democrats and Republicans on the committee will have an opportunity to question defense secretary Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

At the Senate hearing, Gen Mark Milley, alongside the defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, and the head of US central command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, will face stern questioning from both sides over the chaotic last days of the 20-year US military presence in Afghanistan, and asked why some many Afghans who had been granted special immigrant visas or had visa applications pending were left behind to fend for themselves after Kabul fell to the Taliban.

McKenzie will also have to answer questions about a 29 August drone strike that was meant to target an Islamic State car bomb but instead killed 10 members of a family, seven of them children.

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Albania complains its EU accession bid is being held hostage

Albania's prime minister has complained about the delay in the launch of his country's membership negotiations with the European Union, saying Bulgaria’s veto is holding the process hostage

Corrective: EU--Britain-Shortages story

In a story published Sept. 26 about gasoline shortages in Britain, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Ruby McGregor-Smith is president of the Confederation of British Industry

Congress must raise the debt limit by Oct. 18, Treasury Secretary Yellen warns in new letter as...

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that Congress has until Oct. 18 to address the looming debt ceiling and avoid economic calamity.

At least 25 injured after explosion at block of flats in Gothenburg

Swedish police say resultant fire is under control as emergency services rule out gas leak as the cause

Police are investigating whether an explosive device was left in an apartment building after four people were seriously hurt in an explosion and fire in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

About 25 people were taken to hospital after the blast on Tuesday morning set ablaze the building in a central residential area. Firefighters pulled people from the building while others used tied sheets to lower themselves from balconies as grey smoke billowed out of stairwells and windows.

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Wealthy nations must share more resources or risk crisis for billions, warns UN chief

António Guterres says unequal access to Covid vaccines and affordable loans in developing countries will widen inequality

The head of the UN has called on rich countries to step up efforts to protect workers hit by the Covid-19 pandemic with an additional $1tn (£736bn) injection of funds to avoid a twin-track recovery that widens the gap with the world’s poorest nations.

Speaking in New York, the secretary general of the United Nations, António Guterres, said the most serious global public health and economic crisis the world has faced in the past century was on course to worsen existing inequalities and threaten “the long-term livelihoods and well-being of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people” without a greater determination by rich nations to share resources.

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Next Door review – Daniel Brühl’s vanity-free actor project props itself up at the bar

Brühl plays a version of himself as a self-involved actor waylaid by a man who knows a lot about him, but there’s a stagey undertow

There’s a persistent note of inconsequential silliness to this film, set mostly in a scuzzy bar. It is written for the screen by the German novelist and dramatist Daniel Kehlmann and directed by its lead actor, Daniel Brühl, who features as an ironised version of himself, a self-involved movie star who is living the dream in a gorgeous modern apartment in Berlin with his partner and two young children.

One morning, Brühl, or “Brühl”, is heading off to London to do a casting session for a superhero movie which, though undoubtedly absurd, will clearly be very lucrative. But he realises he has set off too early, so he dismisses his driver and whiles away a few hours in a near-deserted pub, where a grumpy local, Bruno (Peter Kurth), happens to be slumped at the bar. Striking up conversation, Bruno disquietingly reveals that he knows a great deal about Brühl. He lambasts him about what he sees as the specious and naive quality of his breakthrough movie, Good Bye Lenin! from 2003, the one where Brühl plays a young guy whose earnestly communist East Berliner mother awakens from a coma not realising the wall has fallen, and her son has to protect her from the truth. That, jeers Bruno, is pure Wessi Romantik – western romanticism. (Is this Kehlmann speaking, actually?) Then he reveals that Brühl’s luxurious flat once belonged to his father, who was more or less evicted by an unscrupulous gentrifying developer, and furthermore makes it clear that he knows a great deal more about Brühl’s personal life because he is his neighbour in the grimly undeveloped block just over the way.

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Bangkok on alert as 70,000 homes flood in Thailand

Soldiers set up barriers and sandbags to protect archaeological ruins as well as neighbourhoods

Thai authorities have rushed to protect parts of Bangkok from floodwaters that have already inundated 70,000 homes and killed six people in the country’s northern and central provinces.

Tropical storm Dianmu has caused flooding in 30 provinces, with the kingdom’s central region the worst hit, the Thai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said.

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Belarus leader announces vote on a new constitution in 2022

The authoritarian leader of Belarus has announced a referendum on a new constitution to be held in February 2022 and promised not to let the opposition come to power

Why Syrian exiles are having to pay up to skip military service

Reporting by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and Siraj reveals how refugees are being pressured for cash

Early this year, Yousef, a 32-year-old Syrian living in Sweden, found himself faced with an impossible choice: either enlist in the army of the government that made him a refugee, or risk his family losing their home back in Syria.

Military service is mandatory for Syrian men between the ages of 18 and 42, and the stakes rose significantly in February when an army official announced on Facebook that a new regulation would allow authorities to confiscate the property of “service evaders” and their families. Pressure was mounting on Yousef to decide.

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Unreleased John Lennon recording up for auction in Denmark

Song and interview were recorded by Danish schoolboys during Lennon and Yoko Ono’s stay in Thy in 1970

A cassette tape recording of an interview by Danish schoolboys with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in which the Beatles star sings a previously unreleased song is being auctioned in Copenhagen.

The 33-minute audio track was recorded by four teenagers as part of a report for their school magazine in January 1970, just months before the Beatles announced their breakup.

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Jordan carrier resuming flights to Syria in new sign of thaw

Jordan's official news agency says the country's national airline will resume direct flights to Syria's capital Damascus on Oct. 3

Taiwan lawmakers break out into brawl during policy speech

Taiwan’s legislature on Tuesday descended into a rowdy brawl on Tuesday, after opposition lawmakers interrupted an important policy address and rushed the podium

Australian researchers uncover fossil of new eagle species

Palaeontologists from Australia found the 'exceptional' fossilised remains in 2016.

Yemeni officials: Clashes over key city kill 130 fighters

Yemeni officials say fierce clashes between government forces and the country’s Houthi rebels over a crucial central city have killed more than 130 fighters in the past two days

Blast tears through Gothenburg apartment block, injuring 16

Police suspect the explosion and subsequent fire may have been caused deliberately.

EU official: No dealing with 'desperate' Lukashenko

The European Union's home affairs commissioner says the 27-member bloc stands firm on its regime of sanctions against Belarus' authoritarian president who's “pushing" migrants into the EU out of “desperation."

New book says Trump told Putin: I’ll act tough with you – for the cameras

  • Revelation contained in former press secretary’s new book
  • US president joked with Putin about ‘fake news’ journalists

Donald Trump told Vladimir Putin he had to act tough next to the Russian president for the cameras, according to the former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Related: Top US general to face heated questions in Congress after Woodward revelations

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Toyota banks on mobility technology for future growth

Japanese automaker Toyota is revving up acquisitions in mobility technology, adding Renovo Motors, a Silicon Valley software developer, to its Woven Planet team, which is working on automated driving

Germany election: Coalition talks begin after close election

The election is over but months of talks are just getting started to see who will be chancellor.

Afghanistan: US General Mark Milley to face questions

US troops left Afghanistan in August after the capital, Kabul, fell once more to Taliban militants.

Oil tanker operator protests Indonesia's detention of crew

The operator of an oil tanker seized by Indonesian authorities at the request of Cambodia is protesting the detention of its crew, calling it a human rights violation

Haiti polls postponed after electoral body is dissolved

The prime minister dismissed the electoral council and no new date has been set for elections.