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Denmark to vote on controversial migrant assets bill

The Danish parliament will vote on Tuesday on a highly controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep. The proposal drew sharp criticism at home and abroad when it was announced earlier this month. Danish authorities insist the policy brings migrants in line with jobless Danes, who must sell assets above a certain level to claim ...

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Malaysia prosecutor clears PM Najib Razak of corruption

Malaysia’s top prosecutor has cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of corruption in a long-running financial scandal that has gripped the nation. The attorney-general’s office said the $681m (£479m) that Mr Najib received in his bank account was a personal donation from the Saudi royal family. Critics had alleged the money came from state-owned investment fund 1MDB. Mr Najib has consistently ...

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Boat sinks off Malaysia killing 13 ‘Indonesian migrants’

Police are searching for survivors after a boat capsized off the coast of Malaysia, killing at least 13 people, officials say. Police say the bodies of nine women and four men were found washed up on a beach in Johor state early on Tuesday. Those on board were thought to be illegal migrants or workers from Indonesia, they added. Thousands ...

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Fatal stabbing at asylum centre shocks Sweden

Sweden’s prime minister has described as a “terrible crime” the stabbing of a 22-year-old female employee at a centre for young asylum seekers. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven visited the centre for unaccompanied migrants in Molndal, near Gothenburg, hours after the killing. An asylum seeker of 15 was arrested on suspicion of murder. The victim has been named locally as Alexandra ...

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Saskatchewan shootings: four dead in separate killings at school and house

Four people have been killed and at least two others injured in shootings at a school and a property in northern Canada that prime minister Justin Trudeau described as “every parent’s worst nightmare”. The gunman is suspected of first shooting his two brothers at home before opening fire at the remote community high school in La Loche, Saskatchewan, a family ...

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Saskatchewan shootings: four dead in separate killings at school and house

Four people have been killed and at least two others injured in shootings at a school and a property in northern Canada that prime minister Justin Trudeau described as “every parent’s worst nightmare”. The gunman is suspected of first shooting his two brothers at home before opening fire at the remote community high school in La Loche, Saskatchewan, a family ...

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Winter storm pummels US east coast as residents urged to stay home

From the deep south to New York City, a powerful, far-reaching winter stormspread snow, ice, accidents, injuries and deaths on Saturday, as it continued a path north-east. Since Friday, an estimated 50 million people in 2o states have heard winter weather warnings, watches or advisories. Early Saturday morning, the blizzard moved into some of the nation’s largest cities, with gale-force ...

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A world divided: Elites descend on Swiss Alps amid rising inequality

Politicians and business leaders gathering in the Swiss Alps this week face an increasingly divided world, with the poor falling further behind the super-rich and political fissures in the United States, Europe and the Middle East running deeper than at any time in decades. Just 62 people, 53 of them men, own as much wealth as the poorest half of ...

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Tawian’s first female president Tsai Ing-Wen: Democracy campaigner, Gay rights champion and cat-lover

Tsai Ing-Wen has been elected as Taiwan’s first female president. The 59-year-old secured a decisive margin in a landmark election which could disrupt relations with Beijing. Ing-Wen is leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which favours independence from China. After eight years of the pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) party, Ing-Wen’s victory signals a welcome breath of fresh air for many ...

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