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Sean Penn reveals interview with fugitive drug baron El Chapo

Actor and activist Sean Penn turned gonzo journalist and got an interview with the world’s most wanted man, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, just after the Mexican drug baron escaped from a maximum-security prison, it has emerged. At his hideouts in the impenetrable hills of western Mexico, Guzmán told the Hollywood star about his drugs business, rags-to-riches life story and how ... Read More »

Call for urgent security review of how Paris attacks ringleader got ferry to UK

Shadow home secretary heaps pressure on Theresa May after revelation that Abdelhamid Abaaoud was allowed to meet other jihadis and photograph landmarks Abdelhamid Abaaoud entered the UK through a Kent ferry port in 2015, the Guardian has learned. Photograph: Uncredited/AP The Home Office is facing calls to launch an urgent review of security at ferry terminals after it emerged the ... Read More »

Nikki Haley to deliver GOP response to Obama’s final State of the Union address

  South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will deliver Republican rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address next Tuesday, House speaker Paul Ryan announced. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will deliver the Republican reply to Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address next Tuesday, House speaker Paul Ryan announced. Haley is a popular two-term governor ... Read More »

Thousands gather in Paris as Hollande leads tributes to terror attack victims

French president unveils plaque and tree in Place de la République in memory of people killed in January and November attacks  Thousands have gathered in Paris as President François Hollande led a commemoration for the victims of terrorist attacks last year. On Sunday, Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, unveiled a plaque and a memorial oak tree in ... Read More »

State of the Union seat to be left empty to represent victims of gun violence

A seat in first lady Michelle Obama’s guest box will be left vacant for the victims ‘who no longer have a voice’ and to remind politicians of their responsibility First lady Michelle Obama, centre, applauds during the 2015 State of the Union address. This time a seat in her guest box will be left empty to represent the victims of ... Read More »

Isis ‘ran sophisticated immigration operation’ on Turkey-Syria border

Exclusive: Passenger manifests seized by Kurdish forces at Tel Abyad have same stamp marks as other Isis documents the Guardian has been able to verify Islamic State militants pass through the Syrian border town Tel Abyad. Photograph: AP Islamic State ran a sophisticated immigration operation through a Syrian border town with Turkey until its defeat in the area by Kurds ... Read More »

Blood, mud and lube: how El Chapo’s luck came up short in small town sex motel

Chase for Mexico’s most wanted criminal in Los Mochis is stuff of Hollywood: helicopters, shootouts, sewers, carjacking, handcuffs and satin sheets Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán sits handcuffed on a bed in a the Doux motel as police await for reinforcements. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock A light rain pattered the rooftops of Los Mochis in Friday’s pre-dawn darkness, the town silent and still ... Read More »

‘Fear overrides everything’: immigrants desperate for reassurance after ICE raids

Immigrants seek protection for families after 121 people were taken into custody to be deported, as legal groups and Latin American consulates rush to assistance Members of Latino and immigration assistance organization We are CASA protest in front of the White House after ICE raids targeted immigrants for deportation over the weekend. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA Agents arrived at the Morales ... Read More »

Inside the Isis terrorism workshops: video shows Raqqa research centre

Islamic State has built a research centre devoted to launching attacks in the west using driverless cars and rehabilitated anti-aircraft missiles, new footage from inside the terror group reveals. The centre is in the group’s Syrian stronghold, Raqqa, where technicians from around the world have been plotting to wreak chaos outside of the self-declared caliphate’s borders, according to the group’s ... Read More »

Comic-book festival bows to pressure over all-male award shortlist

Angoulême says it will add female nominees after Daniel Clowes, Joann Sfar and Riad Sattouf pull out in protest Daniel Clowes, Joann Sfar and Riad Sattouf. Sfar said: ‘I simply don’t want to be part of a ceremony so disconnected from the current reality of comics art.’ Photograph: Richard Saker/EPA/Olivia Snaije One of the world’s biggest comic-book festivals has bowed ... Read More »