Trump says US will withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia | World news

Donald Trump has confirmed the US will leave an arms control treaty with Russia dating from the cold war that has kept nuclear missiles out of Europe for three decades. “We’ll have to develop those weapons,” the president told reporters in Nevada after a rally. “We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to …

‘Adults in the room’: Greens surge across Europe as centre-left flounders | World news

In conservative Bavaria, the Greens doubled their vote in state elections to become the second largest party. In Belgium’s local elections they achieved record scores of more than 30% and finished first in several Brussels districts, and runners-up overall. In Luxembourg’s general election they increased their tally of MPs by 50%. The elections in three …

Trump says it appears Khashoggi is dead and consequences may be ‘severe’ | World news

Donald Trump has said he presumes that Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and said the consequences for Saudi Arabia could be “very severe” if its leaders are found to have ordered the dissident journalist’s killing. Trump made the remarks after being briefed on the investigation by his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Pompeo’s return from …

Ex-Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa despite Congress invitation | World news

An outspoken former detainee in China’s internment camps for Muslims has said that his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected even though he had been invited to speak at Congress about his ordeal. Kazakh national Omir Bekali was asked to travel to Washington in September by the chairs of the …

New Look to pull out of China with closure of 120 stores | Business

New Look is to close all its 120 shops in China by the end of the year after disappointing sales, as it continues to battle tough conditions on the UK high street. The fashion chain, which persuaded landlords to back the closure of up to 60 of its 593 UK stores and rent reductions on …

WTO warns trade war threatens ‘millions of jobs’, as China’s stocks slide again – business live | Business

3.16am EDT03:16 China’s stock market hits fresh four-year lows Roberto Azevedo’s warning of the perils of a trade war will have resonated in China’s stock exchanges today. Shares are sliding sharply AGAIN today, as traders fear that the dispute with America will escalate further. The Shanghai composite index has just closed, down 3%, at its …

Australia’s spy agency warned government Israel embassy move could provoke violent unrest | Australia news

Australia’s spy agency warned ministers that Scott Morrison’s proposed shift in Middle East policy to relocate the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may “provoke protest, unrest and possibly some violence in Gaza and the West Bank”. Guardian Australia has obtained an Asio bulletin, marked secret, AUSTEO (Australian eyes only), circulated on 15 …

US denies giving Saudis ‘benefit of doubt’ over Jamal Khashoggi case | World news

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has denied giving the Saudi regime the “benefit of the doubt” over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and claimed that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was satisfied with Saudi cooperation in the investigation. But Pompeo made clear that the Trump administration would take commercial ties and Saudi …

‘If we wanted beauty, we’d travel to Paris’: how Calgary resisted its iconic pedestrian bridge | Cities

“The level of hatred directed towards that piece of infrastructure was out of proportion with the cost,” says Druh Farrell as she recalls the stormy process leading to the construction of Santiago Calatrava’s pedestrian and cycling Peace Bridge in Calgary. “It was an incredibly painful process. It became so intense.” The celebrated Spanish architect was …

‘There is hope here’: Fukushima turns to tourism after nuclear meltdown | World news

Even now, almost eight years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster’s physical legacy is impossible to avoid. The shells of gutted homes stand in barren rice paddies that lay in the path of waves that killed more than 18,000 people across three prefectures …