Stephen Miller: How much influence does he have on Trump?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStephen Miller: The man behind Trump’s immigration plan The president turns to an array of people inside and outside the White House for advice. But the most prominent – and perhaps influential – is Stephen Miller. During the middle of the weekend shutdown, one of the sticking […]

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The Catalan independence parody with its own president

Image copyright Tabarnia.org Image caption Actor Albert Boadella appears as the pretend leader of Tabarnia It has a map, a flag and now its own “president”, but even its most passionate cheerleaders happily admit that Tabarnia doesn’t really exist. Tabarnia is an imaginary region of Catalonia created by Spanish unionists as an online parody of […]

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Switzerland’s farmers become landscape gardeners

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Species like quince have no commercial value but bring money for those cultivating them UK farmers will no longer receive subsidies after Brexit but instead get payments for “public goods” such as planting meadows and boosting access to the countryside under proposals from Environment Secretary Michael Gove. No one […]

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Ursula K Le Guin: US fantasy author dies at home in Oregon

Image copyright AFP Award-winning US science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin has died, aged 88, her family said. The best-selling writer passed away on Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after a period of ill health, said her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin. Le Guin’s books melded dragons and wizards with spaceships […]

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