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Military personnel defect as volunteers try to clear path for humanitarian shipments

President will expect Kelly Craft to advance ‘America first’ foreign policy goals

Omar al-Bashir cracks down on protests calling for him to step down

Both countries express growing hopes to avert tariff threat amid Washington talks

This year’s Academy Award contenders — a glittering round-up of interviews, reviews and features

The new Independent Group of MPs will promote distinctive centre-ground values

Voters in Africa’s most populous nation take part in the continent’s biggest-ever election

Measure takes aim at White House manoeuvre to secure funding for border wall

Bets placed against UK fund group after year marked by big outflows

NY Fed president John Williams says undershoot will undermine confidence of the public

Central bank chief says EU membership confers sovereignty through leverage over world

Life & Arts

The couple who sold their properties, art, furniture and cars to live a simpler life

The climate activist on becoming the face of a global movement — and why she sees her Asperger’s as a gift

Even when an audacious project such as the A380 fails, it can still trigger success stories of other kinds

US News

After 20 years of socialist revolution, the gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ seems as wide as ever

Billionaire friend of Trump accused as part of Florida investigation into prostitution ring

Move by Evan Williams comes as social media groups face concerns over privacy and abuse

‘Political rockstars’ echo influencers with social media strategies to woo young voters

Opinion

Highlights

Measles alert, Margaret Hamburg on the post-truth era, vampire remedies

Our columnist plans to cut out junk food, up his mileage and watch exercise videos

American Giant makes all its clothing in the US. Could its success be a model?

Markets News

Arkansas-based telecoms company now in trouble after judge sides with hedge fund

Former executive was sacked at the behest of US regulator, which fined the bank $150m

Rising salary growth is not reflected in rates implied by bonds

Technology

Benefits of cheap labour force eroding as global trade patterns shift

Move by Evan Williams comes as social media groups face concerns over privacy and abuse

Pinterest files to go public, vertical farming, Apple Watch review

Life & Arts