John McCain, influential US senator and presidential candidate, dies aged 81

McCain, who had brain cancer, was known for his heroism in Vietnam, his independent-mindedness and recently his rebukes of Trump

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Trump State of the Union address promised unity but emphasized discord

The president’s ‘new American moment’ speech stirred Republican applause while Democrats showed thinly disguised contempt

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The year’s top development stories: 2017 in review

As Donald Trump cut funding for family planning and people from east Africa to Yemen went hungry, peace finally gained a foothold in Colombia

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How I became Christian again: my long journey to find faith again

After experiencing the horrors of war, Bryan Mealer lost his faith. Morning runs with a priest – and a visit to a more welcoming church – helped restore it

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Trump confirms US will recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel

  • ‘My announcement marks the beginning of a new approach to the conflict’
  • Critics including the pope say Trump’s decision likely to inflame tensions
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The Earth may not be flat, but it just might be doomed

A rise in the belief that scientists are lying about the planet being spherical is just one aspect of an internet-fuelled, progress-threatening suspicion of facts

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Canada-US ice hockey rivalry thaws as former captains have child together

  • Liv Chu-Ouellette weighs in at seven pounds three ounces
  • Caroline Ouellette was Canada’s Olympic captain while Julie Chu led US
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California shooting: at least three dead as children wounded at school – police

Attacker fired shots at multiple sites in the state’s rural north, including Tehama elementary school, before police killed him, authorities say

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OJ Simpson parole hearing: former NFL star granted release from prison – as it happened

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Video clip of Donald and Melania Trump failing to hold hands overshadows Israel arrival

The US first lady appears to brush off her husband’s attempt to hold her hand as they arrive in Israel

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