‘Everything is gone’: Americans return to their flooded homes
Oct15

‘Everything is gone’: Americans return to their flooded homes

Gideon Mendel photographs the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, while Oliver Laughland meets those whose lives have been upturned Terrence Mckeen, 30, mechanic, Black Creek, Florida, with his mother, Gloria Mckeen, 68 Terrence Mckeen and his mother, Gloria. Photograph: Gideon Mendel The water surged to over 28ft, completely covering our one-storey house, the home that I grew up in. Theres no way to describe the pain I felt when...

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Mystery of sonic weapon attacks at US embassy in Cuba deepens
Oct14

Mystery of sonic weapon attacks at US embassy in Cuba deepens

At least some of the incidents were confined to certain rooms with laser-like specificity, and some victims now have problems recalling specific words The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if hed walked through some invisible wall cutting straight...

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Hitting a long note: one of world’s largest pianos finds a grand stage
Oct14

Hitting a long note: one of world’s largest pianos finds a grand stage

The near 6m-long instrument was built in a farm shed and has become an international attraction One of the worlds longest pianos has found a new home in the deep south of New Zealand after the fire brigade were called on to help shift the behemoth into place. Adrian Mann began building the 5.7 metre piano as an obsessive high school student in a farm shed in Timaru, a small town on the east coast of the South Island. Now aged 28 and...

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Kim Wall was born to tell stories. I miss my friend’s light, and her love
Oct13

Kim Wall was born to tell stories. I miss my friend’s light, and her love

Kim Wall died doing the job she loved. Caterina Clerici recalls her journalistic soul sister: full of life, bubbling with ideas and about to start a new adventure The last time I saw Kim was in late June 2017. She was back in New York after a few months in Europe, visiting friends in the city she loved to hate and doing the rounds with editors to pitch ideas. Kim and I started off reporting together just over four years ago, fresh out...

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Rex Tillerson says he won’t quit but doesn’t deny calling Trump a ‘moron’
Oct12

Rex Tillerson says he won’t quit but doesn’t deny calling Trump a ‘moron’

US secretary of state pledges loyalty to the president and shrugs off report he called Trump a moron in White House meeting as petty nonsense The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has denied he has considered resignation and pledged loyalty to Donald Trump in the wake of a report that he had called the president a moron. There has never been a consideration in my mind to leave. I serve at the appointment of the president and Im...

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