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Black volcanic cinders are covered with a dusting of snow at the Polipoli State Recreation area on the slopes of Haleakala near Kula on the Hawaii island of Maui. Photograph: Brent Edwards/AP

California is bracing for its wettest storm of the winter as the “Pineapple Express” is set to dump heavy falls of rain and snow on areas of the state(...)

A photograph of murdered Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz against candles left by mourners on January 17th. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Like a caged animal, Piotr Adamowicz paces the floor. We’re in a windowless room in Gdansk city hall where, for 20 years until last month, his younger(...)

Jeffrey Lichtman, lawyer for, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’,  arrives at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in New York on February 6th. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Whatever happens in the jury room in Brooklyn this Monday morning, people outside are starting to think the unthinkable: that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmá(...)

Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced a run for the Democratic nomination for US president. Photograph: Pete Marovich/New York Times

US senator Amy Klobuchar will enter the 2020 presidential race on Sunday, becoming the first moderate in an increasingly crowded field of Democrats v(...)

Black Honey: Tom Dewhurst, Izzy Baxter Phillips, Tommy Taylor and Chris Ostler

“Do you want a drink? We’ve got beer or –,” she gestures, holding up a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. I’m barely in the door and Izzy B Phillips is already(...)

Firefighters battle after a blaze forced the evacuation of residents of 170 homes in the Tasman district on Wednesday. Photograph:  Evan Barnes/Getty Images

A huge bushfire that has been raging in the parched New Zealand countryside for four days has forced hundreds of residents to be evacuated from their (...)

Virginia governor elect Ralph Northam (centre) celebrates with state Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (left) and attorney general Mark Herring at his election night rally in 2017. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Virginia’s politics has been plunged into disarray after a third member of the Democratic state leadership became embroiled in a deepening set of scan(...)

Virginia governor-elect Ralph Northam (centre) celebrates with lieutenant governor-elect Justin Fairfax and attorney general Mark Herring at Mr Northam’s election night rally in Fairfax, Virginia, in November 2017. All three men are fighting for their political lives. Photograph:  Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

The political crisis in Virginia deepened on Wednesday when the attorney general admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s at a college party, becomi(...)

Kerala in India experienced severe flooding in August. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Last year was the fourth warmest on record and the outlook is for more heat extremes approaching levels that would be dangerous for the Earth, accordi(...)

The world in 2018 was 0.83 degrees warmer than the average set between 1951 and 1980. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Global temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest on record, US government scientists have confirmed, adding to a stretch of five years that are now(...)

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