California to release up to 8,000 prisoners to curb spread of coronavirus

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Friday’s announcement comes as the state’s prisons battle a dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases

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Trump’s taxes may be released to Manhattan grand jury, supreme court rules

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Court also rules in a separate decision that the president does not have to turn over his financial records to Congress

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Extend US Facebook boycott to Europe, campaigners urge

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Calls follow Mark Zuckerberg’s dismissal of anti-hate-speech campaign in meeting with staff

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  • ‘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

5 min read 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

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  • 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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