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Toronto incident: suspect in custody after van ploughs into crowd, killing nine (mar., 24 avril 2018)
Driver arrested by Toronto police after fleeing scene Vehicle driven into crowd of pedestrians in city’s northern suburbs Toronto van incident – follow the latest live updates Nine people have been killed and at least 16 injured – several of them seriously – after a van jumped the kerb in a northern suburb of Toronto and ran into a crowd of pedestrians, according to police. A spokesperson for Toronto police said the white van left the road near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue West and continued down the sidewalk, striking various pedestrians. The driver fled the scene but was later arrested by police. Continue reading...
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More Brexit defeats for No 10 in Lords amid reports of cabinet split (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Peers vote by majority of 77 to keep the fundamental charter of EU rights in force The government has suffered more significant defeats to its Brexit legislation in the House of Lords as the row over membership of the customs union threatened to split the cabinet. Peers voted by a majority of 77 to keep the fundamental charter of EU rights in force after Britain leaves the EU with 10 Conservative voting with the opposition. Continue reading...
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Windrush generation will get UK citizenship, says Amber Rudd (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Home Office will waive fees and knowledge test, and applicants may get compensation The home secretary has pledged that the Windrush generation will be granted British citizenship as the government attempted to draw a line under the scandal by describing her apology as “just the first step”. Amber Rudd told the Commons she recognised the “harrowing” experiences of the Caribbean immigrants who helped rebuild postwar Britain and that she was determined to right the wrongs that had taken place. Continue reading...
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Scientists plan huge European AI hub to compete with US (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Exclusive: In an open letter, the scientists say the proposed Ellis institute is essential to avoid brain drain to big tech firms Leading scientists have drawn up plans for a vast multinational European institute devoted to world-class artificial intelligence (AI) research in a desperate bid to nurture and retain top talent in Europe. The new institute would be set up for similar reasons as Cern, the particle physics lab near Geneva, which was created after the second world war to rebuild European physics and reverse the brain drain of the brightest and best scientists to the US. Continue reading...
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Waffle House shooting: police arrest man suspected of killing four people in Nashville (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Travis Reinking had been on the run since the early hours of Sunday, after a customer at the restaurant he attacked wrestled him for his gun Authorities have captured the gunman suspected of killing four during an attack on a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville on Sunday. The man was apprehended in a wooded area. “Murder suspect Travis Reinking is in custody. Arrested moments ago,” the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted on Monday afternoon. Continue reading...
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Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Birth of William and Kate’s third child is announced to public by Kensington Palace with a tweet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the birth of their third child on Monday; a boy who becomes fifth in line to the throne. The child, whose name has not yet been announced, was born at 11.01am and weighed 8lbs 7oz (3.8kg), Kensington Palace said. His mother, Kate, was said to be doing well and was due to leave hospital on Monday evening. His father, William, was present for the birth. Continue reading...
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Acid attack victim died at euthanasia clinic after 'horrific injuries' (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Mark van Dongen wanted to end life after alleged attack by former partner, court hears An engineer died at a euthanasia clinic after being left “at the limits of tolerable pain” following an alleged acid attack by his former partner, a court heard. Berlinah Wallace, 48, is charged with murdering Mark van Dongen, 29, by leaving him with such “horrific and catastrophic injuries” he asked for assistance in ending his life. Continue reading...
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NHS England faces first legal challenge to plans for health shake-up (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Judicial review on Tuesday one of two examining legality of accountable care organisations NHS England faces a legal challenge to its plans to overhaul how the health service operates, which critics say are unlawful and could lead to patients being denied treatment. Campaigners on Tuesday will try to derail plans to introduce of “ accountable care organisations” (ACOs), which they say could force doctors to decide what care a patient needs based on how much money is available rather than how sick someone is. Continue reading...
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Stephen Lawrence Day to be created in tribute to murdered teenager (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Harry and Meghan join Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May at celebration of teenager’s life and legacy Theresa May has announced an annual Stephen Lawrence Day to be held on the anniversary of the teenager’s murder.
The prime minister made the announcement at a memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the hate crime that shocked Britain and led to the Metropolitan police being described as institutionally racist.

Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, welcomed the announcement. “I feel honoured [May] has recognised the changes that have been made in Stephen’s name and the changes that are still needed,” she said. Related: In the 25 years since Stephen Lawrence’s death, has Eltham changed? Continue reading...
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Shock as Armenia's prime minister steps down after 11 days of protests (lun., 23 avril 2018)
‘You were right; I was wrong’ – Serzh Sargsyan releases detained opposition leader and resigns For 11 days, the opposition pressure mounted against Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia’s most powerful politician. But few expected he would go so quietly.
Sargsyan, the country’s prime minister and former president for a decade, resigned suddenly on Monday in a stunning concession to the country’s opposition, which had filled the former Soviet republic’s main square with tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding his exit. Continue reading...
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Alfie Evans: protesters try to storm hospital after court decision (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Italian government grants citizenship to seriously ill toddler after parents lose latest legal fight Protesters supporting the parents of a 23-month-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment battle have attempted to storm Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool, after the European court of human rights refused to intervene in the case. Tom Evans and Kate James, who are in their early 20s and from Liverpool, appealed to the ECHR after failing on Friday to persuade supreme court justices to consider their case. Continue reading...
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Baz Luhrmann: 'I've never waited for permission to do anything' (lun., 23 avril 2018)
His frenetic hip-hop history The Get Down may have floundered but there’s no stopping the director. He talks about his Elvis movie, his boho love life – and resurrecting Strictly Ballroom for the stage The sun is out and so is Baz Luhrmann. We meet at the Piccadilly theatre, home to the new stage version of his splendidly camp comedy-musical Strictly Ballroom, but he insists on heading to a nearby park. A publicist and assistant march ahead of us, clearing a path and stopping the London traffic. “This is the best idea ever!” Luhrmann announces, offering his bare arms to the sun. We find a bench near rows of gaily coloured tulips that are in danger of being upstaged by the 55-year-old, with his silver quiff and sunglasses, short-sleeved lemon-coloured floral shirt, pinstriped trousers and gleaming white trainers (no socks). Luhrmann has the air of a princeling about him, but it would be churlish to say he hasn’t earned it. Strictly Ballroom, his film debut, arrived in 1992 in a haze of sequins, satin and hairspray, although it looks positively austere now, compared to the director’s following films. Romeo + Juliet, which reimagined Shakespeare for the ecstasy generation, remains the daring pinnacle of his career. He calls it “the most romantic film-making experience I’ve ever had. Someone should make a film about us making that film. Can you imagine? Leo DiCaprio was 19, we’re all living in Mexico, there are helicopters and explosions and we’re doing iambic pentameter! I’ve never waited for permission to do anything. People just say, ‘He’s a bit crazy, but let’s give it a go.’” Continue reading...
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Royal births – grit, fortitude and impressive fashion sense (lun., 23 avril 2018)
It would be churlish not to be struck by the Duchess of Cambridge’s serenity so soon after giving birth The pressure of being royal, and living family life on a public stage, is never shown in more stark relief than it is on the steps of the Lindo Wing. Whatever your views on the monarchy, it would be churlish not to be impressed by the grit shown, once again, by the Duchess of Cambridge as she smiled beatifically in high heels and freshly washed hair, just seven hours after giving birth. Continue reading...
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Skin-lightening creams are dangerous – yet business is booming. Can the trade be stopped? (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Creams, pills and injections that promise to lighten skin colour are increasingly popular, despite many being illegal. What drives so many people to ignore the risks? On a crisp, sunny morning a couple of official vehicles, including a police car, pull into a quiet cul-de-sac in a seaside town. Officers get out and knock on the door of one of the houses, then proceed to search it: every cupboard is opened, every box. Old furniture is pulled out of the garage. The officers, who are from both London and the local council, and are funded by National Trading Standards, scour the property, hunting for illegal skin-lightening products imported from Asia and Africa. Jars are bagged and tagged while the inhabitants of the house are interviewed. These products will be sent to a lab and tested. If they meet legal requirements, they will be returned. If they don’t, they will be destroyed, and a formal criminal prosecution will begin. Not all products that purport to lighten the skin are illegal, but many creams from outside the EU contain chemicals banned under safety regulations. These include mercury and hydroquinone – which with prolonged use are linked to poisoning, skin damage and liver and kidney malfunction – and corticosteroids, which in the UK are prescription-only products. Misuse of corticosteroid creams is associated with thinning of the skin, an increased chance of skin cancer and, counterintuitively, darkening of the skin. Continue reading...
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‘Unlike Hillary Clinton, I have never wanted to be someone’s wife’ (lun., 23 avril 2018)
After writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grilled the former US presidential candidate about why the first word on her Twitter bio is ‘wife’, Clinton said she would think about changing it. Why do women still let their domestic roles define them? Hillary Clinton: “Wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, Flotus, senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate.” To be clear, this is not how Wide Awoke would describe Clinton. It’s her own Twitter biography and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – writer, Nigerian, feminist, woman … screw it, let’s just go with writer, like Martin Amis does – is not happy that the first woman in history to have had a shot at the US top job is leading with “wife”. “I have to confess that I felt just a little bit upset,” Adichie admitted during an interview with Clinton at the PEN World Voices festival. “And then I looked at your husband’s Twitter account, and the first word was not ‘husband’.” Of course, it wasn’t. His bio is: “Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States.” Because that’s who he is and how he is valued. We live in a world where presidents are men and their wives are first ladies: a job so inherently sexist it demands the women – sorry, ladies – who acquire it to abandon professions and opinions of their own in order to further their husbands’ careers. Continue reading...
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Westworld: season two review – the robot rebellion will be televised (lun., 23 avril 2018)
While season one felt like a bit of a chore, with expendable characters and over-complex plotlines, this extra-long opener has a newfound energy, gusto – and even a sense of humour It took me two serious attempts to get through the first season of Westworld (Sky Atlantic). This vast, expensive and ambitious series – Jurassic Park with Stetsons, except you’re always kind of rooting for the dinosaurs to win – quickly established itself to be meaty, grownup entertainment. It was bloody, unforgiving and relentlessly confusing, but to be part of its universe once a week was an escapist pleasure. The problem was that while it looked gorgeous, it was also riddled with bullet holes, and, at around the halfway point, keeping up with it started to feel like a chore. While complexity is a trait that is not entirely unwelcome, its confusing storylines would meander into asides that seemed to take us further from coherence, rather than towards it. It took itself desperately seriously, which, for a western populated with robots, always seemed a little incongruous. Its long philosophical ramblings distracted from the action without any real payoff, and if one more character quoted Romeo and Juliet with comical gravity, then I was just about ready to freeze all motor functions of my own. Continue reading...
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Azeri ruling families linked to secret investments via Maltese bank (lun., 23 avril 2018)
President’s children among alleged beneficiaries of multimillion-pound global investments by networks of companies Azerbaijan’s ruling families are the alleged beneficiaries of dozens of anonymously owned companies that have been used to invest in property, hotels and businesses in Europe, according to an investigation by the Daphne Project. Over the past three years, several networks of companies appear to have used a private bank in Malta for secret investments in the UK, Spain, France, Georgia and Montenegro, research by the project found. Continue reading...
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How Joseph Muscat's glittering political career lost its lustre (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Questions over financial deals involving his inner circle have dashed the Maltese leader’s hopes of even higher office When Ali Sadr, the son of one of Iran’s richest men, got married in a lavish ceremony at the Four Seasons hotel in Florence in June 2015, the guest list included VIPs from around the world. Among the notable attendees were Joseph Muscat, the prime minister of Malta, his wife, Michelle, and chief of staff, Keith Schembri. Continue reading...
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The Windrush scandal is no accident – it is Tory policy working as intended | Suzanne Moore (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Forget bureaucratic ineptitude. The Tories are convinced they have the consent of the people to enact inhumane policies On their deathbed, who would want to look back and say: “I am proud of creating a hostile environment for immigrants so that some people who had lived in Britain all their lives were deported to countries they had never been to”? Who wants to take responsibility for the heartbreaking stories we have been hearing? The closest I have heard to anyone being honest about this mess is Baroness Warsi, a former Conservative party chair. “I think we were all responsible,” she said. “I would hold myself responsible as part of the government.” She went on to describe a government obsessed with unrealistic targets. The ruining of lives, the tearing apart of families, is not the result of bureaucratic ineptitude. This is policy working as intended. The collateral damage of the 2014 Immigration Act is the rupturing of lives of those we can deem, retrospectively, not “one of us”. The idea that a person can be born here or arrive as a child, raise a family and pay taxes, but still somehow be seen as completely “foreign” comes as a jolt. Continue reading...
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Martin Rowson on the birth of the Cambridges’ third child – cartoon (lun., 23 avril 2018)
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The Guardian view on Macron in Washington: a need for results | Editorial (lun., 23 avril 2018)
France’s president has forged a good relationship with Donald Trump. But he needs policy concessions as well as handshakes from his US visit A young European leader flies to Washington on an official visit. He is a modernising charmer from the progressive wing of politics, articulate and comfortable with the media. He arrives to meet an American president whose politics are emphatically not his, and whose election has dismayed US liberals, disrupted the transatlantic alliance and alienated European opinion. The new US president is an American exceptionalist. He is no respecter of human rights and international institutions. But the European leader has decided to hug him close in the hope of influencing his decisions. Washington rolls out the red carpet. It is captivated by the visitor’s eloquence and charisma, such contrasts to their own leader’s bombast. Improbably, the two men find themselves starting to make big plans together. For anyone whose memory goes back to the run-up to the Iraq war, this is a sobering vision. When Tony Blair first visited George W Bush in 2001, he began a process that would end, among other things, in the wreck of his own reputation, the collapse of his party’s electoral ascendancy and the undermining of his country’s moral and international standing, all of which continue in some degree to this day. Whether Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in Washington on Monday for a two-day state visit to Donald Trump, will give way to a Blair-like hubris in his dealings with the White House is too early to say. There are sound, serious reasons for thinking history will not repeat itself. But the risk is undoubtedly there. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on ad tech: a tangled web | Editorial (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Martin Lewis is suing Facebook. The question is whether companies can be held responsible for the behaviour of their software Martin Lewis, the consumer advice and money-saving expert, is suing Facebook in a case that threatens the dominant business model of publishing on the internet. It raises in a very sharp form the question of responsibility for what appears on a user’s screen: is the owner of the site responsible for the content that appears there, even though no human eye may ever have seen it? Facebook and in fact all the ad-supported businesses on the internet maintain that they are platforms, not publishers. Their responsibility extends only to content they know about. Is this enough? Should they also be responsible for content they might reasonably anticipate? Facebook’s defence is that it has taken down individual adverts as they are reported; Lewis counter charges that they are soon, predictably, replaced with almost identical ones. It does appear odd that Facebook, which is extremely keen on facial recognition and can label the people in friends’ photograph feed with sometimes disconcerting accuracy, is apparently unable to recognise the face of a television personality made as recognisable as possible or to kill automatically any ad in which it appears. In a similar way, YouTube, owned by Google, is far more successful at keeping pornography off the site than it is at keeping off incitements to hatred or bullying. All that really frightens them is the thought of driving advertisers away. Continue reading...
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May is chasing a fantasists’ Brexit. She must change course now | Rafael Behr (lun., 23 avril 2018)
It’s clear a sensible withdrawal will involve compromise. No one will be totally happy but a brave PM would do what was right Who can say, hand on heart, that the customs union was uppermost in their mind in the polling booth on referendum day? Each vote contained a multitude of motives, and the subtleties of the EU’s common external tariff were in the mix somewhere, but as obscure chemical elements in a complex electoral compound. The only certain description we have of that substance, sometimes called the will of the people, is that it is made up of 52 parts leave to 48 remain. Views on what Brexit means beyond that express preferences, not facts. Theresa May wants it to mean no customs union, although that might not even be her personal preference. It is borrowed from Tory MPs who believe total autonomy, when striking future trade deals, is the supreme goal to which all other economic considerations – not disrupting existing trade, for example – are subordinate. That faction was incensed by reports that the prime minister was amenable to compromise. Following the usual pattern, Downing Street quickly nursed their distemper with reassurance that the old red lines are unmoved. Continue reading...
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Amber Rudd takes responsibility – for saving Windrush-era home secretaries | John Crace (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Minister adopts sad face to unveil generous offer of free British citizenship to people who already are citizens Amber Rudd was sorry. More than sorry. Gutted. Devastated. Sad Face. The treatment of the Windrush generation was just one of those things. A joke that successive governments had allowed to get out of hand over the past 30 years or so. It had never been her intention for anyone to get hurt in the process and she was determined to take whatever measures were necessary to make sure she and the prime minister held on to their jobs. “I want the Windrush generation to get British citizenship,” the home secretary said during her Commons statement, inadvertently making a bad situation worse. The idea that people will be thrilled to be given something they already thought they had is deluded at best. Next she will be offering them the right to stay in their own homes. Continue reading...
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Jürgen Klopp: 'I have this helping syndrome. I really care about people ' | Donald McRae (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Exclusive: Liverpool’s manager discusses the Champions League semi-final against Roma, a three-hour chat with Mo Salah, his health scare ... and Brexit Jürgen Klopp is calm and serene. His face lights up, of course, at the prospect of “the mighty battle” which awaits Liverpool on Tuesday when Roma arrive at Anfield for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. He also leans forward animatedly when assessing the intriguing challenge the Italians will pose. Yet, beyond the cliche of Klopp as a madly gurning cheerleader on the touchline, the 50-year-old German proved, again, his tactical nous and inspirational management while guiding Liverpool to three victories this season over the feted Premier League champions Manchester City. The 5-1 aggregate defeat of City in the quarter-finals was exhilarating and resilient. It is striking how, at Liverpool’s training ground, Klopp is also stimulated when discussing real life and tangled politics, Brexit and Angela Merkel. There are moments in a free-wheeling conversation when the hilarity feels unstoppable as Klopp considers a claim that he would win an election to become German chancellor because of his attention to detail, communication skills and empathy. But there are many more thoughtful moments – particularly when Klopp addresses the vexed issue of Brexit and his belief that British people should have the chance to vote again on their future in or outside the EU. Continue reading...
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London Marathon organisers hoping to secure Mo Farah return for next year (lun., 23 avril 2018)
• Farah finished third in a race won by Eliud Kipchoge • Coach Gary Lough backs him to challenge winner in future London Marathon organisers are already lining up Mo Farah to run in next year’s race while his coach, Gary Lough, believes he could yet reach a “similar level” as the winner this year, Eliud Kipchoge. The 35-year-old Farah is yet to decide on his next race over 26.2 miles but the likelihood is he will choose an autumn marathon in Chicago or New York – with Dubai in January an outside bet – before returning to the British capital next April. It is a prospect which one senior London Marathon figure told the Guardian they “would love to see happen”. Continue reading...
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England captain Dylan Hartley ruled out of South Africa tour with concussion (lun., 23 avril 2018)
• Player will not return until pre-season for 2018-19 campaign • Hartley to take extended break after Six Nations setback Dylan Hartley will miss England’s three-Test tour to South Africa in June after being told to take the summer off following the Northampton hooker’s latest concussion. The 32-year-old England captain has not played since taking a blow to the head in their final Six Nations match against Ireland at Twickenham. He ended the 2016 championship in the same manner, knocked out during the grand slam win against France, in Paris and made only one more appearance for the Saints that season, as a second-half replacement in their final Premiership match at Gloucester. Continue reading...
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Barry Hearn ups stakes in attempt to solve mystery of the missing maximums | Paul MacInnes (lun., 23 avril 2018)
A lack of financial reward for a maximum 147 break has been touted as a reason for the recent gold rush not spreading to the world championship The 2018 snooker world championship has gone off like a rocket. Mark Selby, the champion of the past two years, has been comprehensively beaten in the first round, 10-4 by Joe Perry. Ronnie O’Sullivan had to mount a mighty comeback himself, winning seven of the final eight frames to knock out Stephen Maguire 10-7. The opening weekend has already made the matter of who will claim the title an open one but it is not the only intriguing question at the Crucible this year. Two weeks ago the sporting impresario Barry Hearn, who among other things has a controlling interest in the commercial operations of snooker’s governing body, announced he would be raising the prize money for a 147 maximum at the Crucible this year. The bonus, which had been based on a slightly complicated rollover system with a minimum reward of £5,000, will now default to £40,000. It is a big raise to counter a striking anomaly: in recent years snooker has gone 147‑loopy everywhere bar the world championship. Continue reading...
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Theo Walcott’s goal clarifies Everton’s superiority over Newcastle (lun., 23 avril 2018)
There was one banner calling on Sam Allardyce to go at Goodison Park but the Everton manager was spared further hostility as Theo Walcott’s clinical finish delivered a valuable home win. Those wishing to express their distrust in the former England manager may have to make do with a club survey for now. Related: Robot helps disabled young fan enjoy Everton mascot experience from home Continue reading...
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Andrés Iniesta begins glorious goodbye as an era draws to a close | Sid Lowe (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Departing legend belongs to us all – tears, applause and another moment of quiet awe marked a fitting cup final farewell There were two minutes to go in the final, his final, when Andrés Iniesta began the long walk goodbye. Slowly, swallowing hard, eyes red, he made his way across the pitch, team-mates coming to embrace him as he went, and all around the Metropolitano supporters got to their feet, applauding. They stood in the Barcelona end and they stood in the Sevilla end too. Iniesta’s name rolled around, accompanying him until he ducked out of sight, taking a seat on the bench. He sat there for a little while, tears forcing their way through, and then he got up again and went to collect the Copa del Rey, alone. Continue reading...
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ECB in firing line as PCA expresses dismay at 100-ball tournament idea (lun., 23 avril 2018)
• County players said to be unimpressed by ‘gimmick’ competition • Representatives unhappy the plans have been presented publicly The England and Wales Cricket Board will meet representatives from the country’s 420 professional players next month following a backlash over its new 100‑ball competition. The announcement last week that the ECB’s new eight-team tournament from 2020 would not be played using Twenty20 but rather a reduced version of the format is understood to have caused anger and disbelief among committee members of the Professional Cricketers Association. Continue reading...
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Ben Coad underlines England place claim in Yorkshire defeat of Notts (lun., 23 avril 2018)
• Tykes captain Ballance says player has right attitude • Coad claimed 10 wickets in Yorkshire’s 164-run victory Ben Coad for England? “Why not” is the message from the Yorkshire captain, Gary Ballance, after seeing the seamer take 10 wickets in a match to help beat Nottinghamshire by 164 runs. Rewind 12 months and Coad had only just started to turn heads, taking eight in the season-opening defeat by Hampshire at Headingley. He ended the summer with 50 Championship wickets and has started this one in style. The 24-year-old now has 61 victims from 14 Championship appearances to his name at an average of 21, including two 10-wicket hauls. Ballance said: “He’s a wicket-taker. If he’s not taking wickets, he doesn’t go for runs. There’s no reason why he can’t go further in his career. He’s the kind of the lad who’s never happy. He wants to improve. If he keeps doing that, there’s an opportunity down the line for him.” Continue reading...
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Witnesses describe carnage as van ploughs into Toronto pedestrians – video (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Police in Canada said at least nine people died when a van left the road and ran into a crowd of pedestrians in the northern suburbs of Toronto. The driver fled the scene but was later arrested by police, who cordoned off several city blocks.  At least 16 people were injured. Continue reading...
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Sit-ins and picket lines: why Armenia has been protesting – video explainer (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Armenia’s prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, has resigned after days of protests in the country’s capital, Yerevan. Demonstrations began after Sargsyan took the role of prime minister immediately after two terms as president. Protesters accused him of stealing power Serzh Sargsyan resigns as Armenia’s prime minister after protests Continue reading...
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Swedish DJ Avicii dies at 28 – video obituary (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, has been found dead in Muscat, Oman at the age of 28. The DJ, from Sweden, retired from live performances in 2016 due to a string of health issues. Bergling's representative who announced the death has said 'no further statements will be given'. Avicii, Swedish DJ, dies aged 28 Continue reading...
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Stonewall's Ruth Hunt tells Owen Jones: 'My heart breaks for trans communities' – video interview (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The Stonewall chief executive, Ruth Hunt, talks to Owen Jones about her shock at the level of vitriol directed at transgender men and women. She says the scale of abuse in the UK has contributed to high levels of self-harm, mental illness and suicidal thoughts in trans communities An extended version of this interview is available on Owen Jones's YouTube channel Continue reading...
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How was Daphne Caruana Galizia murdered? – video (mer., 18 avril 2018)
Six months after the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, police investigators are building a detailed picture of what they believe happened. After three suspects were arrested in December last year, mobile phone data and CCTV footage is providing valuable evidence in determining how Caruana Galizia was killed Continue reading...
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How half a million hens were saved from slaughter – video (lun., 16 avril 2018)
There's a growing trend in the UK for re-homing chickens, with tens of thousands finding new homes across the country every year. Many of the hens ​come from farms where they share cages with up to 90 other birds, and have never seen daylight or breathed fresh air Continue reading...
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How Pep Guardiola's tactics made Manchester City Premier League champions – video (dim., 15 avril 2018)
Pep Guardiola has guided Manchester City to an emphatic Premier League title. With the league title wrapped up a month from the end of the season and City on course for a record number of both points and goals it seems business as usual for Guardiola, if so are we only in the middle of his usual cycle. Can he defy his three-year rule and build a dynasty? Continue reading...
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What you need to know about the Syria strikes – video report (sam., 14 avril 2018)
The US, UK and France launched a joint military strike against Syrian chemical weapons facilities following the poison gas attack in Douma last week, which killed at least 42 people. Theresa May described the strikes as the 'right and legal' option, which has been challenged by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn Syria: US, UK and France launch strikes in response to chemical attack Continue reading...
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How world's first electrified road charges moving vehicles – video (jeu., 12 avril 2018)
Sweden has opened the world's first electrified road. The 1.2-mile route, between Stockholm Arlanda airport and a logistics site, will now actively charge cars and lorries as they travel along it using an innovative energy transfer system  World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden Continue reading...
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EL James v Margaret Atwood? The search for America's best-loved novel is on (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Broadcaster PBS has launched the Great American Read, setting the nation a summer reading challenge EL James and Dan Brown have been pitted against some of the greatest names in literature, including Joseph Conrad and Fyodor Dostoevsky, in a search to find America’s most loved novel. The two are among those vying for attention on a list arrived at after a public vote by US public service broadcaster PBS. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell’s vision of totalitarianism, is pitched alongside Brown’s less taxing conspiracy bestseller The Da Vinci Code, in a list of 100 novels to feature in The Great American Read, an eight-part TV series that will conclude in the autumn with a second poll to find the nation’s favourite book. Continue reading...
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Marriage of Figaro review – Ireland's new opera company opens with unfussy Mozart (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Gaiety theatre, DublinIrish National Opera’s first bespoke show needed more emotional depth and complexity, but musical standards were high, with Máire Flavin’s Countess and Aoife Miskelly’s Cherubino particular standouts A production of the greatest of all operatic comedies is as good a way as any of launching a new opera company. Irish National Opera was created last year at the behest of the Arts Council of Ireland. It opened its doors last month with the touring production of Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face, first seen a year ago at Northern Ireland Opera. But this new Marriage of Figaro, directed by Patrick Mason, was INO’s first bespoke show, with an opening night last week in Wexford, followed by a run of Dublin performances. Five more productions are planned for the rest of 2018. The company’s policy is to cast Irish artists as often as possible, and so with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the pit, conducted by Peter Whelan, the lineup for Figaro included just three “international guests”. Standards were high, and Whelan injected plenty of wiry energy into Mozart’s score, although without any cuts – both Marcellina and Basilio dutifully got their fourth-act arias – it was a long evening. Continue reading...
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David Ogden Stiers obituary (dim., 11 mars 2018)
Actor who played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in the US television comedy M*A*S*H There are some actors who have one role against which a whole career is measured. The touchstone part for David Ogden Stiers, who has died of cancer aged 75, was Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in the superior TV series M*A*S*H, from 1977 to 1983. Related: The poignant plot of the Frasier episode starring David Ogden Stiers | Letter Continue reading...
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Girl Talk! How queer pop came out (lun., 23 avril 2018)
It has been 10 years since Katy Perry released I Kissed a Girl, a global hit that fetishised lesbians. Now with mainstream stars from St Vincent and Princess Nokia to Halsey and Marika Hackman singing about their myriad sexual identities, it’s time to put sapphic stereotypes to bed The LGBT community has always had a talent for embracing things that are so awful they could almost be good. But even we couldn’t save Katy Perry’s 2008 smash hit I Kissed a Girl, which was released 10 years ago this week. The song was undeniably catchy and camp, but the lyrics were plain offensive. The problem was all those justifications for why a woman might – God forbid! – kiss a girl: drunkenness, a male audience, that beguiling cherry lip balm. For queer audiences, Perry might as well have sung a more succinct phrase: “No Homo!” Thankfully, there are many better examples of queer female representation in pop today. If in 2008 the joke still stood that all lesbians listened to was Tegan and Sara, today the joke is probably “why are there so many gay female pop stars?” We have US stars such as Halsey and Miley Cyrus improving bisexual and pansexual representation, queer artists Fever Ray, St Vincent and Shura making critically acclaimed music about female desire and pop stars including Janelle Monáe and Princess Nokia signalling their queerness while avoiding definition. Then, of course, there is acclaimed, pansexual French synth-pop act Christine and the Queens, who has legions of young, gay fans. But just what has changed? Continue reading...
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To Infinity War and beyond: are we in danger of Avengers fatigue? (lun., 23 avril 2018)
James Cameron has warned against unnecessary superhero sequels, as a new Marvel film opens – does he have a point? • Sign up for Film Today and get our film team’s highlights of the day On the surface it’s pretty rich for James Cameron to complain, as he did over the weekend, about Avengers fatigue, given that it now appears to be his one true goal to bury us in so many unnecessary Avatar sequels that we all end up gagging on them, begging for even the merest shred of leniency. But then again, maybe the man has a point. You could argue that his description of the Marvel oeuvre as “hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process” isn’t entirely accurate. You could even argue that, a decade from now when the world’s oceans are clogged to bursting point with discarded Avatar 3 lunchboxes, we might find ourselves yearning for a return to the glory days of Iron Man 2. But, nevertheless, something rings true. Continue reading...
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Matt Smith on The Crown pay gap: 'We should be paid equally' (lun., 23 avril 2018)
The actor, who was paid more than his co-star Claire Foy in the Netflix drama, has called for parity and an ‘even playing field for everyone’ Matt Smith has broken his silence about the pay disparity between him and his co-star in The Crown, Claire Foy, saying they should have been paid equally for their roles in the Netflix drama. The actor, who played the Duke of Edinburgh opposite Foy’s Queen Elizabeth II, said efforts need to be made to create a level playing field. Continue reading...
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No frills over 40? Why you should ignore age-based fashion rules (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman would like to ban frills and bows on anyone over the age of 40. Where’s the fun in that? My mother made many of our clothes when we were small and, in her book, frills and little girls were a match made in heaven. Also, she believed women went into sartorial retirement the moment they had their first baby. Having had five kids before she was 30, she wisely relented on the latter point. Unfortunately, however, either her dressmaking skills, or the speed at which she felt compelled to work, meant her frills never appeared quite where they were designed to, and the item of clothing itself generally fitted only where it touched. So probably my only rule in life is: no frills. That said, other people look lovely in frills, so it seems silly to smack a blanket ban on them for anyone over the age of 40, as Alexandra Shulman, the former long-time British Vogue editor, says. She would also ban bows and, while I am more instinctively sympathetic to that, if women, or men, want to channel their inner Margaret Thatcher, I’d say that’s their choice. Continue reading...
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St George's Day quiz: test your knowledge of England's patron saint (lun., 23 avril 2018)
How much do you know of the traditions and legends associated with him across Europe? St George’s Day is England’s patron saint’s day – reputedly Shakespeare’s birthday, with the possibility we might get a new royal baby today, and the promise that a future Labour government would make it a holiday for all. But Saint George is a truly pan-European saint, with traditions and celebrations associated with his martyrdom and legendary dragon-slaying taking place across the continent. How much do you know about Saint George and St George’s Day traditions around Europe? Find out with our quiz Continue reading...
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How to redesign the vaginal speculum (lun., 23 avril 2018)
The number of women going for cervical tests is at its lowest in 19 years. An all-women team at the US design firm behind early Apple computers hopes that replacing the 19th-century metal tool with their silicone model will help change that You lie back, legs wide. You relax as much as you can. Anxiety makes you clench, because someone you probably don’t know is about to insert an implement into your vagina. This procedure is what most of us call a smear test (its official name is “cervical screening”) and it is the best prevention we have against cervical cancer, which kills an average of two women a day in the UK. “It’s generally never a pleasant experience,” says Andy Nordin, president of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society. “But it doesn’t have to be an ordeal.” A cervical screening does not detect cancer itself; it finds cells that are abnormal. An 85% screening rate could see a 27% reduction in deaths over the next five years. But something is going wrong. Cervical screening is at its lowest rate in 19 years. The Jade Goody effect, named for the increase in women attending screening after the reality TV star died of the disease in 2009, has disappeared. In 2015 and 2016, only 72.7% of eligible women went to a screening when invited. That doesn’t sound too bad, but it means 1.2 million women didn’t attend. Continue reading...
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Are fitness trackers ever an accurate measure of running distance? (lun., 23 avril 2018)
A recent report suggests that many trackers and apps can be miles off the mark – particularly over long distances such as the marathon A report from Which? has claimed that some fitness trackers and apps are so inaccurate that they could measure as many as eight miles too short, or too far, over the London Marathon course. So how can you measure how far you have really run? Continue reading...
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Why Hunt's screen time limits for kids are scientific nonsense (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Shouldn’t policy be based on evidence – not the other way around? The future seems rosy for Jeremy Hunt. In his newest letter to social media firms, he envisions a future where every child gets a state-imposed and universal social media limit, similar to the alcohol units recommended by government. After a child surpasses a set cutoff point, their social media access is stopped for the day. Hunt makes it seem easy, practical, and better for children and parents alike. There is just one glaring problem. This drastic policy still needs the scientific evidence to back it up. Hunt announced yesterday that his chief medical officer will be taking charge of this. Well, as a scientist working in this area, I can tell Dame Sally Davies now: the evidence this policy needs doesn’t exist. If she is not willing to ignore large parts of the scientific literature or exaggerate a minority of low-quality studies, her job to find the amount of “science” to back up such significant state intervention will be impossible. And, to insert an important side-question, shouldn’t policy be based on evidence – not the other way around? Continue reading...
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Five quick recipes for supermarket pasta (lun., 23 avril 2018)
For a cheat meal, upgrade ready-made tortellini in minutes, or make a speedy lasagne that’s lazy but luxurious Pasta has me hooked like nothing else. My love affair with pasta was cemented in the making of stuffed agnolotti, caramelle and everything in between in restaurant kitchens, but it started with something simpler: my mum’s lasagne and her 10-minute weeknight dinners. When there is pasta in the house, there is a meal to be had. This lasagne is the quickest I’ve made, ready for the oven in 10 minutes (not the hour it normally takes), yet there is still a rich deep tomato sauce and those crisp, baked edges to fight over. And these four ways with supermarket filled pasta transform that shopping-trolley favourite, ready-made these lacklustre little parcels into a meal to be proud of. Continue reading...
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Masterchef contestant, 29, dies after collapsing during London Marathon (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Matt Campbell collapsed at the 22.5-mile mark Race had taken place in record temperatures Matt Campbell, aged 29, a professional chef from the Lake District, has died after collapsing in Sunday’s London Marathon. The 29-year-old was running his first London marathon for the Brathay Trust, a charity that inspires vulnerable young people to make positive changes in their lives, yet was a keen and talented athlete who ran under three hours at the Manchester marathon earlier this month. Continue reading...
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At least 78 homeless people died in UK over winter, figures reveal (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Bureau of Investigative Journalism research reveals high number of deaths on streets and in shelters At least 78 homeless people died on the streets and in temporary accommodation this winter, bringing the number of recorded homeless deaths to more than 300 since 2013, research has shown. A former soldier, a quantum physicist and a 31-year-old man mourning the loss of his mother and brother were among those found dead in doorways, crowded shelters and tents pitched in freezing conditions since October last year. Continue reading...
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Labour MP Rushanara Ali: 'Rana Plaza was a man-made disaster' (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Five years after the Rana Plaza disaster, a panel debate has raised concerns over improved pay, and why unionising would have prevented the death toll Five years after the Rana Plaza disaster, Labour MP Rushanara Ali has described what happened as “not an accident” but “a man-made disaster”. Speaking at a panel debate at the Houses of Parliament focused on improvements for women workers in the fashion industry, five years on from Rana Plaza, the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow said that pay had become “the elephant in the room”, and directed the majority of her criticism towards fashion brands using factories and buildings such as Rana Plaza. “Considering the profits these companies are making, they are paying workers a pittance” she said. “We have to pay more, and brands have to pay more.” Despite “improvements”, workers in Bangladesh are paid less than $68 (£48) a month, less than half their counterparts in Vietnam. Continue reading...
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TSB hit by online banking chaos after IT migration - business live (mar., 24 avril 2018)
Some TSB customers are unable to access their accounts after the bank moved onto a new technology platform over the weekend Summary: IT problems at TSB tonight Full story: Turmoil at the Savings Bank Move away from legacy Lloyds systems hits trouble Customers demand answers TSB statement: We’re really sorry Parent company: It’s a success! 11.19pm BST TSB customer Nick Mays says he’s finally got online.....but is still planning take his business elsewhere. Hallelujah!!! TSB online banking is back! Only 29 hours late! And too late to convince me NOT to switch bank accounts! Appalling service! #TSB #tsbdown #tsbfail @TSB Any chance you’re gonna get this sorted by the morning? This is not acceptable I want access to my accounts 11.02pm BST One TSB mortgage-holder got a rather nasty shock when she managed to log into her account: @TSB @TSB_News why does my mortgage account say I am in arrears of $83,000 for a start my mortgage should be in GBP and I am also NOT in arrears! pic.twitter.com/6GcovVagTV Continue reading...
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Labour unlikely to back controversial Worcester candidate (lun., 23 avril 2018)
‘Vexatious claims’ emerged after Mandy Richards was chosen to contest winnable seat A woman who has suggested that last year’s Manchester Arena bombing might not have happened is unlikely to be endorsed by Labour’s national executive after being selected as the party’s candidate for the winnable seat of Worcester. Mandy Richards’ Twitter account claims there were “no images/footage of physical damage” from the bombing that killed 22 people last May, and also says there was a “convenient shortage of evidence” in the murder of MP Jo Cox. Continue reading...
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Number of zero-hours contracts in UK rose by 100,000 in 2017 – ONS (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Employment contracts without a minimum number of guaranteed hours increased to 1.8m The number of zero-hours contracts in use across the UK rose by about 100,000 last year, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics, said the number of employment contracts without a minimum number of guaranteed hours increased to 1.8m in the year to November, up from 1.7m in 2016. Continue reading...
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Abortion clinic buffer zones being considered by more councils (lun., 23 avril 2018)
At least eight local authorities in England are examining whether to follow Ealing’s lead Eight councils in England are considering setting up abortion clinic buffer zones after pro-choice groups said the number of “intimidating” protests was on the rise. Across the country, 42 vigils and protests have taken place between 2017 and 2018, according to figures compiled by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). They were led by a number of anti-abortion groups including the Good Counsel Network and 40 Days for Life. Continue reading...
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Downing Street rules out U-turn on customs union pledge (lun., 23 avril 2018)
UK will leave single market and customs union, No 10 maintains, as MPs prepare for key debate Downing Street has insisted it will not back down on leaving the customs union, as pro-Brexit MPs signalled their resolve over the issue ahead of a key week for the future of the UK’s relations with Europe. Peers voted last week in favour of an amendment in favour of staying in the customs union but No 10 rejected the idea of any backsliding. “The position remains very clear: we don’t think staying in a customs union is the right thing to do and it isn’t government policy to do so,” a Downing Street source said. Continue reading...
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Saudi-led coalition strike kills at least 20 at wedding in Yemen - officials (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Harrowing images of deadly bombing - the third to hit Yemeni civilians in recent days – emerge on social media An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, killing at least 20 people, health officials said, as harrowing images emerged on social media of the deadly bombing, the third to hit Yemeni civilians since the weekend. Khaled al-Nadhri, the top health official in the northern province of Hajja, told the Associated Press that most of the dead were women and children who were gathered in one of the tents set up for the wedding party in the district of Bani Qayis. He said the bride was among the dead.
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Alabama police leave black woman topless after violent arrest, video shows (lun., 23 avril 2018)
One of three white officers threatens to break woman’s arm Dispute at a Waffle House was over paying for utensils, mother says Police in Alabama wrestled a black woman to the ground, leaving her topless, and threatened to break her arm after they were called to a Waffle House for what her mother said was a dispute over paying for plastic utensils. Video shows Chikesia Clemons being forced to the ground and handcuffed by two officers while a third leans over her during the incident in the early hours of Sunday in the Mobile suburb of Saraland. Continue reading...
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Bill Cosby opts not to testify in his sexual assault retrial (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Cosby did not take the stand in his retrial as his lawyers rested their case on Monday, setting the stage for closing arguments on Tuesday Actor and comedian Bill Cosby opted not to testify in his sexual assault retrial as his lawyers rested their case on Monday, setting the stage for closing arguments. Continue reading...
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Finland to end basic income trial after two years (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Government rejects request for funds to expand scheme and plans stricter benefits rules Europe’s first national government-backed experiment in giving citizens free cash will end next year after Finland decided not to extend its widely publicised basic income trial and to explore alternative welfare schemes instead. Related: Money for nothing: is Finland's universal basic income trial too good to be true? Continue reading...
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Irish emigrants urged #HomeToVote in abortion referendum (lun., 23 avril 2018)
London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign releases video rallying citizens abroad to return for 25 May Irish emigrants are being urged in a new video to travel home to vote in favour of overturning the country’s constitutional ban on abortion in a referendum next month. The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has released the two-minute video, filmed in six countries, to encourage Irish citizens abroad to exercise their right to vote in the historic referendum on 25 May.
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YouTube under fire for censoring video exposing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Platform removed a video exposing Jones’ harmful lies about the Sandy Hook massacre, but has yet to censor Jones himself – raising questions about its approach to fake news YouTube’s algorithm has long promoted videos attacking gun violence victims, allowing the rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to build a massive audience. But when a not-for-profit recently exposed Jones’ most offensive viral content in a compilation on YouTube, the site was much less supportive – instead deleting the footage from the platform, accusing it of “harassment and bullying”. Media Matters, a leftwing watchdog, last week posted a series of clips of Jones spreading falsehoods about the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre, a newsworthy video of evidence after the victims’ families filed a defamation lawsuit against the Infowars host. But YouTube, for reasons it has yet to explain, removed the video three days after it was published, a move that once again benefitted Jones, who is now arguing that the defamation suit has defamed him. Continue reading...
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Veteran who survived blast receives unusual penis transplant (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Surgeons transplanted penis, scrotum and part of abdominal wall Patient expected to recover urinary and eventually sexual function A veteran who lost his genitals in a blast in Afghanistan has received the world’s most extensive penis transplant, and doctors said Monday he is recovering well and expected to leave the hospital this week. Continue reading...
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Google owner Alphabet reports 84% rise in profits despite privacy concerns (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Quarterly profit of $9.4bn exceeded estimates of $6.56bn No signs that rising global privacy concerns would affect profits Google owner Alphabet shrugged off mounting concerns over privacy on Monday to report an 84% rise in profits for the last quarter. The results eased concerns that investment in new ventures beyond its core search business was undermining Alphabet’s outlook. There also were no immediate signs that rising global privacy concerns would affect profits. Continue reading...
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Why are the Bushes, Clintons, Obamas and Melania smiling so broadly at a funeral? (lun., 23 avril 2018)
The warmth between them is the camaraderie you often see between rivals now bonded by experience. And the absence of Donald Trump can only have added to the relaxed air of the picture Consider him the elephant not in the room, simultaneously absent from this picture and looming over it. Donald Trump did not attend Saturday’s funeral of Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas. Reporters were told that was because Trump generously wanted to spare the mourning Bush family the “disruptions due to added security” that would have come with his presidential presence. But that same White House statement may well have given the game away when it added that Trump did not attend “out of respect for the Bush family and friends attending the service”. Normally, the way you pay your respects to a grieving family is to show up, not stay away. Unless, of course, you know that the bereaved family in question hates your guts – in which case the greatest courtesy you can pay them in their hour of distress is to leave them alone. Continue reading...
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How a vampire squid inspired a Goldman prize-winning marine life champion (lun., 23 avril 2018)
European winner of the Goldman environment prize switched from journalism to activism to tackle the destructive practice of deep-sea bottom trawling Unprecedented win for women in top global environment awards It was a vampire squid that inspired the European winner of this year’s Goldman environmental prize to successfully challenge the devastatingly unsustainable practice of bottom-trawling. More than a decade before Blue Planet, Claire Nouvian was researching this rare creature – a living fossil that is found 4,000m below the surface of Monterey Bay – for a French television company, when she first realised the extraordinary variety of life and colour on the deep ocean floor. Continue reading...
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Customs union Q&A: what is it and can the UK manage without it? (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Theresa May has ruled out staying in a customs union after Brexit, but are her proposals workable? As the Brexit countdown clock ticks ever louder, Westminster’s gaze has once again swung around to the issue of whether or not Britain should remain in a customs union. But the political focus can easily obscure rather than illuminate more fundamental issues at stake. What is a customs union? Continue reading...
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In a forgotten town by the Salton Sea, newcomers build a bohemian dream (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Bombay Beach, once a desert resort, fell into decrepitude. Now an influx of artists, intellectuals and hipsters are making it their playground When ecological disaster hit Bombay Beach, a resort town marooned by a dying lake in California’s desert, the result looked apocalyptic. Birds and fish died. Toxic dust swirled. The air stank. Tourists and most residents fled, leaving a virtual ghost town of abandoned, decaying homes. Continue reading...
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Time, please: is drinking becoming as socially unacceptable as smoking? (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Drinking is ingrained in our social life – much as cigarettes were until public health campaigns led to a huge cultural shift. With many young people eschewing alcohol, the beginning of the end of booze Britain is in sight A cool glass of sauvignon canalside in the summer. A soothing beer by a pub fire as the leaves turn red. Mulled wine with a Christmas mince pie. Alcohol is shot through British life like, well, shots on a night out. But recent trends suggest that might be changing. Could the British love of booze be drying up as surely as our passion for cigarettes? Consider this: in 1974, half of British adults smoked; by 2017, that figure had fallen to just 16%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The decline was a result both of public health campaigns and legislation encouraging people to cut back or stop smoking. In 2003, for instance, the branding of cigarettes as “light” was banned in the UK. That same year, EU legislation brought in health warnings on products, and in March 2006 Scotland became the first country in the UK to introduce a smoke-free law. This was followed in 2007 by legislation banning smoking in workplaces and enclosed public spaces in England (Wales and Northern Ireland also legislated against smoking that year). Continue reading...
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Could sprinkling sand save the Arctic's shrinking sea ice? (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Arctic Dispatches, part 3: A pilot project at a lake in northern Alaska is one of a number aiming to slow climate change with geoengineering – but some worry about unintended consequences ‘Amazing but also concerning’: weird wildlife ventures to northern Alaska What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans’ way of life As a test location for a project that aims to ensure the livability of Earth, a frozen lake near the northern tip of Alaska could seem rather inauspicious. While the North Meadow Lake near Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow, may be relatively nondescript, it will be the staging ground this month for an ambitious attempt to safeguard the Arctic’s rapidly diminishing sea ice and stave off the most punishing effects of global warming. Continue reading...
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Royal fans and a robotic greeting: Monday's top photos (lun., 23 avril 2018)
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London Nights: exploring the capital after dark – in pictures (lun., 23 avril 2018)
Fusing portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film, London Nights will reveal the capital after dark through photographs from the late-19th century to the present day. Drawing from the Museum of London’s collection and loaned works, 50 artists – including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Bill Brandt, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Tish Murtha and Nick Turpin – will be represented in more than 200 works London Nights opens on 11 May until 11 November at the Museum of London Continue reading...
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2018 European Stone Stacking Championship - in pictures (lun., 23 avril 2018)
The competition taking place in Dunbar, Scotland is one of Europe’s largest championships for stone stacking and balancing artists Continue reading...
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Verne Troyer: a life in pictures (dim., 22 avril 2018)
Verne Troyer, who at 2ft 8in was one of the world’s shortest men, racked up 30 film credits in a career spanning 24 years Actor who played Mini-Me in Austin Powers films dies age 49 Continue reading...
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Meteors and the London Marathon: Sunday's photo highlights (dim., 22 avril 2018)
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Best of Trends: the season's freshest looks for men and women (dim., 22 avril 2018)
From YSL’s hippy chic to Versace’s pastels, here are the key looks to inspire you this season Continue reading...
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