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Transatlantic relationship at risk, says Nato chief (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Exclusive: Jens Stoltenberg says US and Europe must work to avoid breakdown in western unity • Europe and North America need to stay united – now more than ever The head of Nato has warned that the deep divisions between the US under Donald Trump and its European allies are not going away and there is no certainty that the transatlantic relationship and its military alliance will survive. Against a backdrop of Trump’s open baiting of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, over immigration and her domestic difficulties, Jens Stoltenberg has called for all Nato members to work to avoid a disastrous breakdown in western unity. Continue reading...
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No UK access to EU-only police databases after Brexit, says Barnier - Politics live (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 11.09am BST Here are the main points from Michel Barnier’s speech. We are open to exchanging information on passengers contained in passenger name records with the UK authorities. But let’s be clear: based on the UK’s positions, our cooperation will need to be organised differently. It will rely on effective and reciprocal exchanges, but not on access to EU-only or Schengen-only databases. To negotiate an ambitious new relationship with the UK, which we all want, we need more realism on what is possible and what is not when a country is outside of the EU’s area of justice, freedom and security and outside of Schengen ... This is our offer. While we are constrained by the UK’s red lines, it is a fair offer. It reflects our strong commitment to address our common challenges. We know that the UK is not ready to accept the free movement of people, the jurisdiction of the court and the charter of fundamental rights – for the charter, this was confirmed last week by the House of Commons. This means that the UK cannot take part in the European arrest warrant. We are ready to build on the existing council of Europe convention, to which all member states have signed up. For instance we could envisage streamlining the procedure, facilitating processes, introducing time-limits. This is very much needed. 10.30am BST Sajid Javid, the home secretary, is making a Commons statement on drug licensing at 12.30pm. Labour whips think a U-turn may be in the offing. Govt u-turn. There will now be a Statement at 1230 on Drug Licensing from @sajidjavid Continue reading...
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Trump administration scrambles as outrage grows over border separations (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Homeland security secretary claims administration is simply enforcing the law as photos and audio of children fuel anger The Trump administration struggled on Monday to defend its policy of separating parents from their sons and daughters at the southern US border amid growing national outrage and the release of a shocking recording of sobbing children. As the White House scrambled to respond to the deepening political crisis, the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, flew from New Orleans to Washington to face a barrage of questions from reporters, even as Democrats demanded her resignation and the outcry reached a critical mass. Continue reading...
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William Hague calls for Theresa May to legalise cannabis (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Ex-Conservative leader says policy is ‘inappropriate, ineffective and out of date’ William Hague, the former leader of the Conservative party, has urged Theresa May to legalise cannabis, saying the UK’s drug policy is “inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date” and that the “battle is effectively over”. Lord Hague said issuing orders to the police to stop people smoking cannabis were “about as up to date and relevant as asking the army to recover the empire”. Continue reading...
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Markets slide as Trump threatens China with $200bn of new tariffs - business live (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Trade war fears are escalating as president Trump pledges fresh measures against Chinese imports; Beijing calls it ‘blackmail’ and vows to retaliate Latest: Trade war fears grip markets Introduction: Trump threatens to impose 10% tariff on $200bn Chinese imports Beijing: We’ll hit back Latest tit-for-tat move hits shares in Asia and Europe 10.59am BST Seema Shah, Senior Global Investment Strategist at Principal Global Investors, fears that the global economy will suffer as China and the US march towards a trade war. “The latest escalation in trade tensions between China and the United States should have investors worried. Recall that the original tariffs on about US $50 billion worth of Chinese imports motivated sharp declines in equity markets, despite not being expected to have a meaningful impact on the global economy. The latest ratcheting up in the trade dispute may trigger even more severe market turmoil. After all, not only will this latest round of tariffs have a direct negative impact on China’s growth outlook and the rest of the Asia region via the integration of global value chains, but China’s inevitable retaliation will surely hurt the U.S. economy in turn. 10.31am BST Several experts are warning today that the US and China are heading towards a full-blooded trade war. With Trump threatening a swathe of fresh tariffs, and Beijing vowing to retaliate, the situation is escalating fast. “The risk of an all-out trade war between the US and China is becoming more and more concrete. Both parties do not want to back down, because they would signal to the other party that they could use the threat of trade war in the future to further their negotiation position. However, in the long run, the US policy position may be weaker, since they are up for mid-term elections soon. When the effects of tariffs will unfold with higher prices for US consumers and possible disruptions in value chains, due to higher costs for intermediate inputs, the mood towards tariffs in the US might change. China is much less vulnerable to this threat, due to the nature of its political system. On top of this, China may resort to more ‘qualitative’ measures that could make business more difficult for US firms in China. This will put further pressure on US Congress and Administration from large US MNEs [multi-national enterprises]. “The collateral damage from an escalating U.S.-China trade war will be widespread, hitting many Asian countries that are part of China’s manufacturing supply chain in sectors such as electrical and electronic products. We are starting to see signs of deepening market concern now that we can effectively confirm that a bilateral trade war is under way between the US and China. There seems little doubt that the prevailing mood in global markets is that investors were a lot happier with US economic policy in 2017 when it was focused on tax cuts than in 2018 when it has switched to trade protectionism. Continue reading...
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‘Huge mistake’: Britain throwing away lead in tidal energy, say developers (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Nation is a leader in capturing tidal and wave energy, but companies are starting to leave due to lack of government support Britain is throwing away its opportunity to rule the global wave and tidal energy sector due to lack of government support, a series of leading developers have told the Guardian. The nation is currently seen as a world leader in capturing renewable energy from the oceans but some companies are already heading for new shores. This is putting other countries, such as France and Canada, in prime position to capitalise on the jobs being created by the emerging industry, the companies say. Continue reading...
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Northern rail strike brings fresh disruption for passengers (mar., 19 juin 2018)
RMT members stage 24-hour walkout with further stoppages planned for Thursday and Saturday Passengers on Northern rail services are facing further travel misery on Tuesday with a fresh strike in a long-running dispute over guards on trains. Members of the RMT union are staging a 24-hour walkout, with further stoppages planned for Thursday and Saturday. Continue reading...
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Primary school children affected by hygiene poverty, charity finds (mar., 19 juin 2018)
One in four families surveyed have gone without toiletries because of financial difficulties Primary school children are arriving for their lessons unwashed and in dirty clothes because their parents cannot afford to buy washing powder, soap or shampoo, according to a survey by a UK charity. More than four in 10 parents (43%) who took part in the survey said they have had to go without basic hygiene or cleaning products because they can’t afford them, while almost one in five (18%) admit their child wears the same underwear at least two days in a row. Continue reading...
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'They’re trying to break me': Polish judges face state-led intimidation (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Judges say ruling party is tightening its grip through threats and hate campaigns Three high-profile Polish judges have complained of a “state-led campaign of intimidation and harassment” against them, as Poland’s ruling party tightens its grip on the judiciary. Since taking power in 2015 the Law and Justice party (PiS) has assumed direct oversight of state prosecutors and the judicial body that appoints, promotes and disciplines judges, as well as the power to dismiss and appoint court presidents, who wield considerable power and influence in the Polish justice system. Continue reading...
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Man 1, machine 1: landmark debate between AI and humans ends in draw (mar., 19 juin 2018)
IBM shows off Project Debater, artificial intelligence project designed to make coherent arguments as it processes vast data sets It was man 1, machine 1 in the first live, public debate between an artificial intelligence system developed by IBM and two human debaters. The AI, called Project Debater, appeared on stage in a packed conference room at IBM’s San Francisco office embodied in a 6ft tall black panel with a blue, animated “mouth”. It was a looming presence alongside the human debaters Noa Ovadia and Dan Zafrir, who stood behind a podium nearby. Continue reading...
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'Call me Mr President’: Emmanuel Macron scolds teenager (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Macron told off a teenager during visit to Mont Valerian fort where French resistance members were executed. Like most politicians, French President Emmanuel Macron seems to enjoy pressing the flesh and posing for selfies when on public outings. Just don’t call him by a nickname. Continue reading...
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Bulldoze or rebuild? Architects at odds over future of Glasgow School of Art (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Ideas about what to do with the charred remains of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s range from restoration to a building ‘fit for the 21st century’ The smoke has barely cleared over the blackened carcass of the Glasgow School of Art, which was gutted by a fire on Friday night, but the architecture world is already alight with debate about what should come next. To many, Glasgow without Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest work is unthinkable: his masterpiece must be reconstructed stone by stone, no matter the cost. But the extent of the destruction from the fire, which appears to have left only the stone facades standing, have led others to call for a new building to take its place. Continue reading...
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Families divided at the border: 'The most horrific immigration policy I've ever seen' (mar., 19 juin 2018)
As immigration advocates struggle to help more than 1,600 children taken from their parents, Trump refuses to back down One month before Donald Trump’s administration enacted a policy that allowed the government to take thousands of migrant children from their parents, the president twice told crowds at his rallies that immigrant gang members were not people. “These are animals,” he said in May. Over the weekend, video and photos emerged of the cage-like detention centers where children, separated from their parents, are housed. Continue reading...
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Inside Jean-Michel Basquiat’s teen years (mar., 19 juin 2018)
New documentary Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat reveals his early career, from the mob and Xerox machines to being a bad house guest Jean-Michel Basquiat was a pain in the neck. In the late 1970s and 80s he was without a fixed abode and spent a lot of time sleeping on other people’s sofas. Basquiat wasn’t averse to painting his housemates’ clothes and fridge, or dropping in at 3am, pumping industrial music on his boombox, much to the consternation of the building’s “super”. “He was a kid,” laughs Sara Driver, the creator of Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a documentary that recounts the early life and precocious times of the NYC street kid and nascent painter. Drawing from interview and archive footage, as well as a remarkable cache of art and ephemera belonging to Basquiat’s former girlfriend Alexis Adler, it follows his life from his dropping out of high school through to the sale of his first major work and runs roughly from 1978 until 1981. “Before Reagan,” notes Driver, who recalls both the man and the period personally. “Everything changed after Reagan became president.” Continue reading...
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Farewell to The Jerry Springer Show: 27 years of fights, bleeps and outrage (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The talkshow, which deals in exploitation and moral panic, looks like it has fought its last fight – but its impact is felt everywhere from Real Housewives to the White House After 27 years and almost 4,000 episodes, The Jerry Springer Show has halted production. Officially, the series is in limbo, awaiting a new home, but the writing seems to be on the wall. Maybe the world has seen the last ripped wig, the last flung chair, the last horse sexy enough for a man to marry. If so, oh well. The likelihood is that you didn’t even know The Jerry Springer Show was still being made. Like many people – including me, until this news broke – you probably assumed that it flamed out back in the early oos, shortly after TV Guide named it the worst TV show of all time. Your assumption, and mine, was that The Jerry Springer Show was such a relentless orgy of humanity’s worst impulses that audiences became too sad to keep watching it. But perhaps the opposite is true. Perhaps we just don’t need The Jerry Springer Show any more. Continue reading...
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The search for the multiple orgasm - does it really exist? (mar., 19 juin 2018)
On-screen depictions of sex show women coming again and again, yet in reality many women never climax during sex. Here’s what we know so far about the clitoris and G-spot I’ll set the scene. There will be a man and a woman and they are having sex. Up against a wall, in a bed, in a car, anywhere. Vertically, horizontally. Clothed or unclothed. None of that matters, because the outcome will be the same. Within a minute, usually, the man and woman will have an orgasm at the same time. It will be visible, spectacular, satisfying. Then perhaps, she will have another and another and another. This scene will be familiar because it has been enacted ever since sex was allowed onscreen. But it is fiction. Not because women can’t have multiple orgasms. But if they do, it is unlikely to be because of thrusting. That’s if they get an orgasm in the first place. Continue reading...
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XXXTentacion: a hyperfast life of trauma, endured and inflicted (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The Florida rapper was famous for his brutality and celebrated violence in song; gaining a fandom that didn’t seem to care about his crimes XXXTentacion lived a life of hyperfast, nihilistic violence where nothing could ever be put on pause. In the past year alone, he had a number one Billboard album, was banned from Spotify, dropped by his record label and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant victim and witness tampering. His ex-girlfriend detailed the most horrendous abuse in court documents and press interviews. He will be remembered mostly for the unusually cruel violence he exerted on vulnerable people, particularly his ex-girlfriend, crimes for which he never expressed remorse. Continue reading...
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David Squires on … England, VAR and the rest of World Cup 2018 so far (mar., 19 juin 2018)
With the first week almost in the can, our cartoonist looks at some of the biggest stories in Russia so far View all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading...
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World Cup 2018: England up and running with win, Russia back in action – live! (mar., 19 juin 2018)
News and build-up before first match of the day World Cup Daily: catch up with the latest episode Email or tweet Tom, or get in touch below the line 11.14am BST David Squires’s latest cartoon is with us. Ronaldo’s relationship with the taxman, Patrice Evra’s punditry and Neymar’s barnet all get the treatment: Related: David Squires on … England, VAR and the rest of World Cup 2018 so far 11.06am BST Thanks Ben. Morning/afternoon everyone. James Felix clearly has a different Twitter timeline from mine – saw plenty of complaining about refereeing during last night’s match. I suspect there might have been a different emphasis had Kane not popped up at the back stick just in the nick of time. Talking of grievances over officiating, the Brazilian Football Confederation has asked Fifa why VAR was not used to review Switzerland’s equaliser against the tournament favourites on Sunday, and also complained that Gabriel Jesus was manhandled inside the penalty area and should have been awarded a penalty. “The CBF requires to know from Fifa the reason the technology was not used in key incidents during the game,” the Brazilian confederation said in a statement. Continue reading...
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Gareth Southgate says attacking options off bench give England extra hope (mar., 19 juin 2018)
• Head coach highlights Marcus Rashford’s impact as a substitute • ‘We have to prepare as perfectly for Panama as we did here’ Gareth Southgate has pointed to the depth of England’s attacking options as cause for optimism after praising the impact made by his substitutes, Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, in the Group G victory against Tunisia on Monday. Two from Harry Kane eventually saw off stubborn opponents, with England eventually rewarded for their second-half patience having been pegged back by a soft penalty, conceded by Kyle Walker. Rashford and Loftus-Cheek staked their claims to be included from the start against Panama on Sunday with eye-catching cameos after replacing Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli in the second period, though it was deep into stoppage time before the captain nodded his side’s winner. Continue reading...
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Egypt ready to take a risk on fitness of talisman Mo Salah (mar., 19 juin 2018)
After the opening World Cup defeat to Uruguay, Egypt and their manager Héctor Cúper have a big decision to make for Tuesday’s match with Russia in St Petersburg For the Egypt fans taking in the sights of St Petersburg there was no mistaking the focus for their adoration. The words “Mo Salah” became a kind of greeting, as people embraced, stopped for photographs in front of the ornate Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, hoisted their flags. It has always been about Salah. Even long before his shoulder was wrenched by Sergio Ramos, it was about Salah. Their symbol was the man who had propelled them here in the first place, a World Cup 28 years in the waiting. Continue reading...
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It’s 2070 and after 52 years of hurt can young England repeat 2018 glory? | Max Rushden (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Sir James Corden, aged 92, presents the Late Late Show and asks Jamie Vardy and Kieran Trippier the vital questions about England’s World Cup triumph in Russia The World Cup is well under way. Podcasting daily is taking its toll. Being knocked off the top of the podcast charts by Love Island: The Morning After is a blow, but must be viewed as a challenge the squad can overcome. Perhaps we’ll bring in a romantic interest for my much-cherished colleague Barry Glendenning. I have watched every minute of the tournament and I’m not sure it’s healthy. It hit home on Saturday night. By the time the final game had started it all became a blur – who had played who? Which games had been VAR’d? The idea of recalling which teams were in which groups became a distant dream. Were Croatia good or Nigeria bad? I couldn’t tell. Continue reading...
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Silence meets sting in tail at Tunisian cafe in Shepherd’s Bush | Paul MacInnes (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The Adams Cafe serves as a touch point for London’s Tunisian community, but there is no animosity towards England The crowd in Adams Cafe are experiencing mixed emotions. On the one hand, this is a small gathering of London’s Tunisian community and they are here to support the old country. On the other, it is a bunch of Londoners having a few drinks in front of the football. When England mess up, there’s words of support. When Tunisia make a mistake there’s an ironic “it’s all part of the plan!” After a while, it is not always entirely clear where allegiances lie. Established 30 years ago by Tunisian Abdel Boukra and his English wife Frances, this restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush doubles as an informal touch point for London’s Tunisian community. Continue reading...
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Harry Kane keeps his head and England find a ray of sunshine | Barney Ronay (lun., 18 juin 2018)
England’s talismanic captain scores at both ends of the pitch, at both ends of the game and from about three yards each time Oh, Harry. At the end of a fraught, at times puzzling World Cup Group G opener there was an unfamiliar noise around the Volgograd Arena, an odd feeling of lightness in the air, a feeling of double-take. It took a while to register. Applause. Relief. A skirling of possibilities. England tournament moments: also available in happy. It is fair to say Harry Kane did not just save his England team by heading the winning goal in the last desperate knockings of this 2-1 defeat of Tunisia. In the process he rescued us all from the heavy weather, the unbearable introspection of another slow first‑week World Cup death. Continue reading...
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England leave it late, Belgium move through the gears – World Cup Football Daily (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Max discusses day five with Barry Glendenning and Mark Langdon, including England’s last-gasp win, Belgium’s pasting of Panama, the Trans-Siberian Railway and what a Polish defender’s name means in Irish Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning and Mark Langdon of the Racing Post to discuss day five of the 2018 World Cup, starting with England’s last-gasp win over Tunisia. Continue reading...
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Question Time has become a daft pantomime of point-scoring: kill it off (mar., 19 juin 2018)
David Dimbleby is to step down and there are lots of good possible presenters – but the show is unwatchable without a fundamental rethink Who will replace Dimbleby on Question Time? The nation frets. Who can do this demanding job of pointing to a man in a jumper and then apologising because it is a woman. Well, possibly a woman. Samira Ahmed, Emily Maitlis, Emma Barnett. There are loads of great women broadcasters around at the moment. Related: Who will succeed Dimbleby as Question Time host? A look at the candidates Continue reading...
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The forced separation of families is Trump's 'Katrina moment' | Jill Abramson (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Donald Trump is making George W Bush’s same fatal mistake by showing heartlessness in a time of crisis We all once watched a flood almost wash out the city of New Orleans and with it the presidency of George W Bush. It was the “Katrina moment”, named for the devastating hurricane of the same name in 2005, but famous for more than being a horrific storm. It was the moment when Americans recoiled from their president and the images of a struggling, mainly African American population packed into the stultifying Superdome or trekking on the city’s washed-out highways or standing on their roofs waiting for their government’s help while their leader falsely claimed that his emergency director was “doing a heck of a job”. This was not the America that people wanted the world to see. We are now witnessing Donald Trump’s Katrina moment. The American people will not tolerate having 2,000 migrant minors, many of them young children, separated from their parents, who themselves are being held at the border in what are effectively steel cages. This is not the America that even staunch conservatives want the world to see. Three first ladies, including Melania Trump, have called for an end to the boundless cruelty. Franklin Graham, the son of the late evangelical preacher Billy Graham, is trying to rally Trump’s Christian conservative base against the border spectacle. Continue reading...
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Like many gay Muslim people, I have no faith in Pride | Amrou Al-Kadhi (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The London march is being hollowed out by corporations, and its militant secularism excludes people of faith Throughout June – London Pride month – corporations around the city will boast of their allegiance to the LGBT community. Walk into a Wagamama, and rainbow flags are intended to show solidarity with LGBT citizens. Barclays, Pride in London’s main sponsor, declares its support in the guise of a temporary rainbow filter on its website logo. What udon noodles and contactless payment have ever done to end homophobia will forever remain a mystery. On the surface, London Pride celebrates the city as a place of LGBT equality. But this external display of inclusion belies a core that is routed in exclusion. Once a political protest, Pride has been commodified into a business arena cashing in on “the pink pound”. It’s hard to think of a major corporation that doesn’t have a float at the parade, with everyone from PlayStation to Costa broadcasting their dedication to LGBT customers. The relationship between gay equality and good business even dominates Pride in London’s blog forum. Continue reading...
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The academy dream is in freefall. Schools should not have to pick up the pieces (mar., 19 juin 2018)
As more trusts are collapsing, a strict cap on executive pay and a lock on school assets is required Eight years have passed since the coalition government empowered schools to free themselves of sinister-sounding local council “control” and become academies. Politicians sold a vision of a world in which our children’s education would instead be managed by “charitable trusts”. The plan was to extend the “big society” – a utopian vision in which citizen groups would run public services, from local libraries to police units. But less than a decade later, and those have-a-go heroes have become walkaway washouts, as charity after charity is pulling the plug and handing back its schools. Continue reading...
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Does gender-flipping The Rape of Lucretia fix it for the #MeToo age? | Brigid Delaney (mar., 19 juin 2018)
In a week of violence against women headlines, I’m unsettled about Britten’s opera – but maybe that’s its point Of all the performances designed to shock or confront at this year’s Dark Mofo, so far it’s a mid-20th century British opera, The Rape of Lucretia, that has been the most unsettling to watch – despite the effort made by this production to recraft it for the modern age. The story begins with men away at war who have heard rumours of their wives sleeping around. One man, Tarquinius, resolves to rape the only wife who has been faithful – Lucretia – to prove that every woman is a whore deep down. Continue reading...
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Italy’s war on migrants makes me fear for my country’s future | Roberto Saviano (mar., 19 juin 2018)
A wave of hatred has been whipped up, threatening the civil rights of all of us I have never felt a greater need to speak out. I have never felt a greater need to try to explain why this new Italian government cannot be allowed to survive. Even before it has got down to real work, it has already done so much irreparable damage. The drama of the migrant rescue ship, Aquarius, which last week was denied permission to dock at Italian ports, drew everybody in – it seems there are those who, indifferent to the fate of 630 human beings at sea, think it was right to teach Europe a lesson on the migrant issue. Yet, of course, others think it preposterous to use 630 lives as bargaining chips. The trouble is that we have all lost sight of the bigger picture. Related: Aquarius migrants arrive in Spain after rough week at sea Continue reading...
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A tour of North Korea's answer to Disneyland – video (lun., 18 juin 2018)
On a rare press trip to Pyongyang we were presented with a night at the bustling Kaeson Youth Park, where residents are marshalled in line by military personnel for a dose of state-sanctioned fun. But while the UN warns of food scarcity in the rest of the country, is this just a welcome distraction for the privileged few? Continue reading...
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Upskirting happened to me and now I'm fighting to change the law – video (ven., 15 juin 2018)
Gina Martin was at a festival when a man took a photograph up her skirt and shared it with his friends. When the police told her they could not do anything because upskirting was not a crime, she started a campaign. This is how a 26-year-old woman with no legal or political experience is trying to change the law Update: Since we published this video MP Christopher Chope objected to the upskirting bill meaning that it won't be passed into law on 15 June. Gina Martin has vowed to keep campaigning  Continue reading...
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Making his own rules: day in the life of Sheffield's youngest ever lord mayor - video (mer., 13 juin 2018)
This video contains strong language  Former Somali refugee Magid Magid became Sheffield's youngest ever lord mayor last month. We catch up with the 28-year-old two weeks in to the job and find him ripping up the rule book Sheffield's lord mayor might be a 'zaddy' but he's serious about change Continue reading...
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Russia inquiry: how Trump's inner circle could bring him down – video explainer (ven., 15 juin 2018)
Donald Trump and his team have been under investigation for months by former FBI-head Robert Mueller. Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to help win the 2016 election and defeat Hillary Clinton. Mueller is also looking into whether the campaign and the president have sought to obstruct justice. Trump’s inner circle has been under increasing pressure from the investigation, but can it hold?  Paul Manafort: ex-Trump chair taken into custody after violating bail terms Continue reading...
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Panama's World Cup journey: the former Millwall coach behind their success – video (ven., 08 juin 2018)
For the first time in its history Panama will be at the World Cup. This achievement is in great part due to what former Millwall coach Gary Stempel, has done over the past 20 years with both the Panamanian national teams at all age levels and within the Panamanian domestic league. Sid Lowe travels to Panama to investigate how their national team has used these lessons and what Gary is doing to help those on the fringes society. Continue reading...
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Meet the stickerheads: the people keeping Panini alive in the digital age – video (ven., 01 juin 2018)
With every World Cup comes a chance for fans to tackle the beloved Panini sticker album. Guardian Sport's Michael Butler meets the stickerheads trying to keep the nostalgia for the sticker album alive in the digital age Continue reading...
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Life inside North Korea: the power of Juche explained - video (jeu., 14 juin 2018)
On a rare press trip to Pyongyang, we were given a guided tour of the Juche Tower. The flame-topped structure is a symbol of Juche, the philosophy of the ruling Korean Workers' party, which was invented by Kim Il-sung, one of the country’s 'eternal leaders' and grandfather of Kim Jong-un. Juche is the ideology of self-reliance that for a time sustained the economy until stagnation Continue reading...
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Cage football and the search for Russian football culture – video (lun., 04 juin 2018)
On 14 June fans from all over the world will descend on Russia, for the 2018 World Cup. The Guardian heads to Moscow to see whether the issue of hooliganism is felt as keenly as it is in the UK, what the expectations are on the streets, and to see what's happened to the world's biggest country's footballing culture Continue reading...
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Day Zero: how Cape Town stopped the taps running dry – video (mar., 05 juin 2018)
Early this year, the South African government announced that Day Zero was looming – a moment, after three years of unprecedented drought, when dam levels would be so low that taps would be turned off and people would have to fetch water at communal collection points. After taking remedial measures, Capetonians managed to push back the date of Day Zero until next year. We visited the city to find out how the threat of an apocalyptic disaster has changed lives Continue reading...
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Why forcing cyclists to wear helmets will not save lives – video explainer (jeu., 31 mai 2018)
Bicycle helmets are compulsory in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, among others, but as the Guardian's Peter Walker explains this does not help save lives. Despite a series of helmet promotion campaigns in the UK, a growing amount of evidence suggests forcing people to wear protective headgear leads to greater risk-taking and can even put people off cycling altogether, exacerbating the crises in obesity and inactive living Continue reading...
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Royal Ascot 2018: day one – live! (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Updates and reaction on a day including three Group One races Tipping guide: St George has fire to slay Gold Cup rivals Any comments? You can email Tony or tweet @tonypaley 11.13am BST 10.54am BST 2.30 Queen Anne Stakes Few trainers would be more grateful for a big win at this Royal Ascot than Saeed bin Suroor, who has made a quiet start to the European flat-racing season, while Godolphin’s other Newmarket yard produced the goods in the Derby. Bin Suroor fields Benbatl, whose Dubai Turf success in March is just about the best form on offer and who won a Group Three in this week a year ago. But horses who have a busy Dubai campaign early in the year cannot be relied on to pick up in midsummer where they left off in spring, so a better option might be the progressive French raider, Recoletos. From an in-form yard, he delivered a career-best performance to win the Ispahan last month and he travelled well for a long way behind Cracksman in the Champion Stakes before failing to stay. He is preferred to Rhododendron, who had everything fall right for her in the Lockinge. 3.05 Coventry Stakes Calyx is the sexy one here, the son of Kingman having looked so very zippy on his debut at Newmarket 10 days ago. But he won that race with a killer burst of pace and could find that weapon being taken from him by an end-to-end gallop this time. Sergei Prokofiev is a short price for a horse stepping up in distance, so the suggestion is the imposing Cosmic Law, who showed a lot of improvement to land the Woodcote on Derby weekend. Continue reading...
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Arsenal agree £19.2m fee for Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno (mar., 19 juin 2018)
• Germany goalkeeper set to sign five-year deal • Arsenal continue summer rebuilding job under Unai Emery Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Bernd Leno for an initial €22m (£19.2m) from Bayer Leverkusen. The 26-year-old, who was part of the Germany squad which won the Confederations Cup last year but was not selected for the World Cup, is expected to sign a five-year deal at the Emirates after he was identified as the long-term successor to Petr Cech. Leno was an integral part of the Leverkusen side which finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, having begun his career at Stuttgart and it is understood that Arsenal could pay up to another £3m in bonuses as part of the deal. Continue reading...
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Neil Redfearn faces tough task to build team after exodus at Liverpool (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Ten senior players and coaches have left and the new structure will make it difficult to attract replacements Last week, a player exodus at Liverpool continued apace as their two-times title-winning captain Gemma Bonner switched to Manchester City. Something is seriously wrong on Merseyside – of the starting XI that faced Chelsea, the Women’s Super League 1 champions, on 20 May, just three players remain on the books. The departure of Scott Rogers and the arrival of the former Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn from Doncaster Rovers Belles, the WSL2 champions, seems to have come too late to steady the ship. There were high hopes for Liverpool for the 2017-18 season, a feeling that they would be involved in the small group looking to challenge the growing might of Chelsea and Manchester City, yet they never got out of the blocks. Continue reading...
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Andy Murray aiming to test match mettle against Nick Kyrgios at Queen’s (lun., 18 juin 2018)
• Former World No 1 confident he will not re-injure hip • ‘I didn’t want to get back on court until I could compete’ Nick Kyrgios says he regards Andy Murray as “one of my better mates on tour” and the feeling is undoubtedly mutual but the Australian arrives here in the sort of form that could destroy the former world No 1 when he makes his comeback on Tuesday. Kyrgios, who frightened the life out of Roger Federer in a thrilling three-set semi-final in Stuttgart on Saturday, said of Murray’s absence since Wimbledon last year: “It’s been pretty shitty without him. I’m looking forward to going out there and playing. But to see him healthy is obviously the main thing. He’s awesome for the sport.” Continue reading...
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Is it a bird? Yes – 1,500 of them! (mar., 19 juin 2018)
They swoop, they soar, they light up the sky … meet the pigeon-fancier who has trained his flock to wear LEDs and perform a hypnotic night dance You can see them in the sky long before you get close, circling high above, wheeling and diving between each other, their wings flashing in the sunshine and making a faintly mechanical whirr each time they pass overhead. This vast flock of pigeons, flying over a disused golf course next to a sewage works on the eastern edge of London, has been assembled by Duke Riley, an American artist who has now spent months training these birds to re-enact a show that caused a storm when it hit the night skies over Brooklyn in 2016. Though genetically similar to feral pigeons, these birds are specialist varieties that were selectively bred over thousands of years for their endurance and acrobatic abilities. “Most are tipplers and rollers,” says Riley. He’s a compact man with blue eyes, a square jaw and hands that look as though they are used to making things. “These are the birds people fly in New York, but they’re all English breeds originally.” There’s something knowingly old-fashioned about Riley. He wears overalls with the word “Duke” embroidered on the pocket and speaks in a hard Boston lilt. Continue reading...
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A is for 'ah well', F is for fish and chips: show delivers A-Z of Englishness (mar., 19 juin 2018)
English, created by National Theatre Wales and Quarantine, is a brainstorm about language and identity On either side of the stage, screens flash up words and phrases. “Accident of birth”, reads one, then it’s “accommodation”, “adrift”, “adversarial” and “afternoon tea”. As we tick through “ah well” and “ancient woodlands”, everyone in the room looks at the performer Jonny Cotsen, who is yomping around the space like a madcap professor. The order of these words is alphabetical, but what on Earth connects them? He looks as cheerfully baffled as the rest of us. National Theatre Wales’ new show certainly offers some head-scratching questions. Entitled English, it is somewhere between a linguistic puzzle and a collaborative stream of consciousness, a discourse on identity and a piece of ragtag, freeform improvisation. Created with the Manchester-based company Quarantine, it interrogates what we mean by “English”, and whom. Is English something we speak, or something we are? What is “language” anyway? If the answers are tricky to pin down, that might be a reflection of us, too. Continue reading...
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Oz thug rock: the sound of 'complete disregard for authority' (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Hard, fast and tough … the latest in a long line of Australian bands – including Drunk Mums and AC/DC – mix blue-collar pride and a devil-may-care attitude The first words Amyl and the Sniffers address to the crowd at the Lexington in London come from their bassist, Gus Romer. “How ya doin’, cunts?” he asks. Over the next 45 minutes, they approximate that sentiment into guitars thrashed rather than played, drums beaten rather than struck. Singer Amy Taylor pours whisky down the throats of the front row, sings about 70s snacks, losers and balaclavas, and needles her crowd with an assortment of insults and provocations. With her tiny frame and grown-out mullet, it’s a little like watching a cross between Dolly Parton and Jimmy Pursey. A few hours earlier, sitting in the downstairs bar, Taylor explains Amyl and the Sniffers’ MO. “If the crowd isn’t up for it, we try and shove ’em into it,” she says. “If you’re gonna get shoved, you’re gonna shove back.” She laughs. “But it’s all tasteful.” Continue reading...
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Flight of the Conchords: ‘We're retired sex symbols' (lun., 18 juin 2018)
The fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand are back – and selling out stadiums. They’re now married, with kids, and fans still love their Sugar Lumps. But is there anything Bret and Jemaine actually like about fame? It’s an overcast Saturday morning in Dublin and Flight of the Conchords – AKA Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement – and I are in a coffee bar discussing how the pair ended up being in one of the most successful musical comedy bands on the planet when they are not actually fans of the genre. “I love watching bands play and I love watching comedians perform, but I don’t go out of my way to watch musical comedians,” says McKenzie, the smaller and more serious of the two, with implied heavy understatement. Continue reading...
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Best films of 2018 so far (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The very best of 2018, from Black Panther rewriting the rules for superheroes, Gary Oldman going to war as Churchill, and Maxine Peake blazing her way through 70s sexism Raucous thriller about the real-life 1973 kidnapping of J Paul Getty’s grandson, and the billionaire’s subsequent refusal to pay the ransom – a film that became notorious in its own right after reshooting scenes featuring disgraced actor Kevin Spacey. Continue reading...
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Susanna Reid: I've had enough of men telling me about feminism (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Presenter says men accuse her of enabling Piers Morgan’s anti-feminist views Susanna Reid has said she has received hate mail from male feminists who blamed her for her Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan’s criticism of the Women’s March. “It wasn’t women who were criticising me, it was the men,” she told the Radio Times. “They accused me of enabling his anti-feminist views. The man sitting next to me was spouting off whatever he believes, which I don’t agree with, and I was trying to stand up for my views, and the right for women to march.” Continue reading...
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Ruby Tandoh’s recipe for black sesame cookies with white chocolate (mar., 19 juin 2018)
This soft bake is dipped in chocolate to contrast with the nuttiness of the seeds. A nice nibble for a picnic Slightly nuttier and more savoury than their paler cousins, black sesame seeds are a wonderful thing to bake with: their intensity – both their flavour and jet-black coats – is a welcome tonic to the sometimes beige blandness of baking. They are particularly good scattered over flatbreads or blended into ice-cream, but these soft cookies are a favourite of mine, combining the slight bitterness of the seeds with treacly brown sugar and sweet white chocolate. Continue reading...
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Tattoo health warning for people with weakened immune systems (mar., 19 juin 2018)
A woman with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants suffered chronic pain for three years after she had a tattoo on her thigh Getting a tattoo if you have a weakened immune system could put you at risk of complications, doctors have warned. The caution comes after a woman with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants developed thigh and knee pain after having body art inked on her leg. Doctors say those taking immunosuppressant drugs should take precautions if considering body art. These medicines are often given after an organ transplant or to treat autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s disease, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Others who may have weak immune systems include those with chronic long-term conditions such as diabetes. Continue reading...
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My bargain car insurance turned out to be a headache (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The broker said there was an issue with my no-claims history – and I couldn’t get a refund In January I bought a motor insurance policy from One Sure Insurance and paid £190 on my credit card. A month later, on the first day of the insured period, it said there was a problem with my no claim bonus history. However, my previous insurer said there wasn’t and emailed the details to One Sure which still maintained there was a problem. As a result, it charged another £60 to my credit card. I cancelled the policy, but there’s been no refund. JD, Staffs Continue reading...
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Weir in this together: canoeing the Vltava in the Czech Republic (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Paddling along this scenic river is a summer ritual in Bohemia. Our crew have an adventurous spirit, sunshine and beer. What could possibly go wrong? ‘Don’t hold the sides of the boat, make sure the barrels are firmly tied, and don’t get too drunk.” This was the advice given by my Czech wife just before I set out for my Bohemian canoe trip – advice I remember only as I stand waist-deep in the water, tipsily grappling with an upturned canoe, and watching our belongings disappear down the river. Continue reading...
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‘See the positives, revisit old interests’: how to cope with an empty nest (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The children have gone to university. For some parents, the void that remains is harrowing; others see it as an opportunity Louise Rodgers’s two children, 25 and 24, flew the nest several years ago – but they’ve come back at various times too. “Going to university is the first part of their journey to independence, and that can go on for quite a while these days,” she says. “It’s been several years of coming and going in a really lovely, delightful way, most of the time.” Rodgers takes a dim view of empty nest syndrome. “I feel it’s a little bit of a hark back to when women defined themselves by their status as mothers and wives. And I feel that we all have more complex identities than that now – mother is just one of them.” Continue reading...
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Leave those kids alone: 'helicopter parenting' linked to behavioural problems (lun., 18 juin 2018)
Children with over-controlling parents aged two struggled to manage their emotions later in life, study finds Children whose parents are over-controlling “helicopter parents” when they are toddlers, are less able to control their emotions and impulses as they get older apparently leading to more problems with school, new research suggests. The study looked at to what degree mothers of toddlers dominated playtime and showed their child what to do, and then studied how their children behaved over the following eight years, revealing that controlling parenting is linked to a number of problems as a child grows up. Continue reading...
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From medical discharge to the London Marathon, one military couple’s story of resilience (mar., 29 mai 2018)
When Mike Kiff was discharged from the army, chronic pain and depression threatened to end his marriage, but with support from The Royal British Legion he and his wife have rebuilt their life together In 2005, Cpl Mike Kiff fell from a roof and dislocated his shoulder badly while on active duty. The injury required surgery but seemed unlikely to curtail a career in the armed forces. Although it was never quite right after the incident, he continued in his role. Then, one day in 2014, while serving in Kabul, Afghanistan, he reached for his rifle and felt a blinding pain in the same shoulder. The pins that were holding it together had been ripped out, tearing tendons and fracturing the bone. Continue reading...
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From near-death in Afghanistan to climbing the Himalayas – how one soldier battled back (ven., 01 juin 2018)
Lyndon Chatting-Walters was told he may never walk again as a result of the injuries he sustained in combat. A decade on, he’s preparing to participate in The Royal British Legion’s first high altitude expedition to the Himalayas Lying in an apple orchard in Afghanistan after being blown almost 20 metres through the air by an IED, Lyndon Chatting-Walters realised he was being shot at by both sides. The 18-year-old combat engineer from Devon had been part of the group sent to rescue ambushed Royal Irish fighters who had rolled their vehicle while being attacked. Chatting-Walters says it was while driving back to base that they came under Taliban fire again. Continue reading...
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How one marine lost his dream job but found meaning helping other veterans (mar., 29 mai 2018)
When a freak injury ended marine Nick Fleming’s chances of ever seeing active deployment, he left the services unsure of what to do next. But it wasn’t long before The Royal British Legion answered that question for him Nick Fleming had always wanted to be a marine. After joining the service in February 2014, and enduring eight months of gruelling training, he was devastated when his career came to end because of a knee injury. The fact that it happened while on a rugby league pitch, rather than during deployment, added insult to injury. “It was my dream job,” he says. “To have it taken out from under my feet before it even got started was a pretty tough one to take.” Continue reading...
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Beyond poppies: six things you didn’t know about The Royal British Legion (mar., 29 mai 2018)
From supporting veterans in emergency situations to providing breaks for service families, Legion initiatives offer a vital helping hand to serving and former members of the armed forces Being a member of the armed forces can be high risk and many personnel leave with life-changing injuries. The Royal British Legion provides high quality recovery and rehabilitation support to ex-service personnel who find themselves wounded, injured, sick, or who are experiencing multiple challenges such as being out of work, dealing with mental health problems, financial issues and alcohol abuse. Continue reading...
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Debenhams issues profit warning as it battles rivals' price cuts (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Retailer seeks to reduce costs as chief executive warns of ‘exceptionally difficult times’ Department stores group Debenhams has issued its third profits warning this year, with its chief executive, Sergio Bucher, saying he sees no improvement in the “exceptionally difficult times” on the UK high street. The company first warned on profits in January, after a disappointing Christmas, and says trading in May and early June also fell short of expectations. The group has been hit by the general weakness in the retail market and increased discounting from rivals. Continue reading...
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Deaths of mentally ill rough sleepers in London rise sharply (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Research finds 80% of rough sleepers who died in capital in 2017 had mental health needs compared with 29% in 2010 Deaths of rough sleepers with mental health problems have risen sharply over the last seven years, prompting concern that specialist services are not reaching those who need them. Research released on Tuesday by the homeless charity St Mungo’s shows that four out of five (80%) rough sleepers who died in London in 2017 had mental health needs, an increase from three in 10 (29%) in 2010. Continue reading...
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Thousands of public buildings and spaces in England sold off a year (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Councils selling majority to private developers not community groups, says report More than 4,000 public buildings and spaces in England are being sold off every year, with more than 7,000 others at risk over the next five years, a charity has said. Locality says the majority of the sites being offloaded by local authorities are sold to private developers for the highest price, forever lost to communities around them. Continue reading...
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Man arrested under anti-terrorism powers in County Tyrone (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Detention linked to weapons found during investigation into 2011 murder of police officer A 34-year-old man has been arrested under anti-terrorism powers in Northern Ireland. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said he was detained in Coalisland, County Tyrone, on Tuesday morning. Continue reading...
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Theresa May ready to ditch tax pledges to pay for NHS funding plans (lun., 18 juin 2018)
Sources suggest manifesto vows will be dropped with PM under pressure to cost her plan Theresa May is prepared to tear up the Tories’ tax pledges from last year’s general election to pay for her NHS funding plans, as she comes under growing pressure to explain how she will find the money. Related: The Guardian view on the NHS cash plan: the Brexit dividend claim is a lie | Editorial Continue reading...
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If postwar history starts in 1951, did the Tories ‘blue-wash’ the A-level syllabus? (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Critics claim OCR’s module on 20th-century Britain focuses too heavily on Churchill and ignores Attlee It’s 3.15pm on a Wednesday afternoon in the airy atrium of the Suffolk One sixth-form college in Ipswich, and there’s a palpable sense of relief. This year’s A-level history candidates have emerged from an exam on Churchill, and are chatting animatedly about it with their teacher, Jenny Moore. They are delighted because they were asked to discuss an extract on Churchill from the war diaries of General Sir Alan Brooke, which they know well. They have loved this part of the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) exam board’s history syllabus. Continue reading...
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Teenager arrested over fatal north London stabbing (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Suspect, 19, arrested on suspicion of murder after incident near Turnpike Lane tube station A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death near a tube station in north London. Edmond Jonuzi, 35, was found with serious injures on Green Lanes near Turnpike Lane station on the evening of Saturday 9 June. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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University chiefs to be forced to justify pay (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Action by universities’ regulator comes after outcry over salaries of some vice-chancellors University leaders are to be required to provide full details of their pay package and justification for it under new rules aimed at increasing transparency and addressing disquiet about excessive vice-chancellor pay. The new universities’ regulator, the Office for Students, plans to publish full details of VCs’ pay in an annual report starting next year, including basic salary, performance-related pay, pension contributions and other taxable and non-taxable benefits. Continue reading...
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Pentagon cancels Freedom Guardian military drill with South Korea (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Exercise planned for August put on hold while US and North Korea continue denuclearisation talks The United States and South Korea have cancelled a major military exercise scheduled for August, a week after Donald Trump said he would end the “war games” in a surprise concession during his summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. The Pentagon said Operation Ulchi Freedom Guardian would not take place, while Washington and Pyongyang continue to discuss denuclearisation following Trump’s historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last Tuesday. Continue reading...
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Record 68.5 million people fleeing war or persecution worldwide (mar., 19 juin 2018)
As data shows one in every 110 people is displaced, UN special envoy Angelina Jolie warns of ‘terrible human consequences’ of Syria’s aid shortfall The number of people forced to flee their homes rose to a record high in 2017, with 16.2 million people newly displaced around the world. The figure includes people who have been displaced for the first time, and those who have been forced from their homes multiple times. The figure of 68.5 million displaced people – 3 million higher than the total population of the UK – includes 25.4 million refugees, 40 million internally displaced and 3.1 million asylum seekers. Continue reading...
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Japanese airlines rename 'Taiwan' as 'China Taiwan' on websites (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways now refer to Taiwan as a Chinese territory on Chinese-language websites Japan’s two largest airlines have changed “Taiwan” to “China Taiwan” on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, a move likely to please Beijing but anger the self-ruled island. The change, which was made last week, is meant to accommodate customers, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways said. Continue reading...
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Puan, world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies aged 62 in Australian zoo (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The primate was euthanised at Perth zoo leaving 54 descendants around the world Zookeepers have paid emotional tribute to the world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan, “a grand old lady” who died at a Western Australian zoo on Monday. Puan was given to Perth zoo in 1968 and is believed to have been born in Sumatra 1956. At 62 years she lived well beyond her typical life expectancy and was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest verified member of her species in 2016. Continue reading...
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Fugitive Indian billionaire Nirav Modi last seen in Britain in March (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Modi fled India in February after he was accused of being at the centre of a $1.8bn fraud The fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi was last seen in Britain in March, Indian federal investigators have said. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing a multi-billion dollar scam allegedly involving Modi, who is worth $1.73bn according to Forbes, placing him 85th on India’s rich list. Continue reading...
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Civilians own 85% of world's 1bn firearms, survey reveals (lun., 18 juin 2018)
Nearly 40% of all guns are in hands of US citizens, according to report that says rich countries hold more weapons than poorer nations Latest statistics show the proliferation of privately owned guns is on the rise, with wealthy countries outstripping developing and war-torn countries. In a detailed report, weapons watchdog the Small Arms Survey has researched the numbers of guns across 230 countries. Continue reading...
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Indonesia: bad weather impedes search following North Sumatra boat accident (mar., 19 juin 2018)
One dead and 18 rescued after vessel carrying 80 capsizes in rough seas at popular Lake Toba tourist destination At least one person has died and dozens are missing after a boat carrying 80 people capsized on Monday in Indonesia, an official from the national disaster agency said. The vessel overturned in Lake Toba in the province of North Sumatra, more than 1,300km (800 miles) north-west of the capital, Jakarta. Continue reading...
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Trump threatens new tariffs on $200bn in Chinese imports (mar., 19 juin 2018)
President warns China not to move forward with tariffs of its own, as countries face potential trade war Donald Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war. The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10% rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating dispute over the large trade imbalance between the two countries. Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50bn in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual properly theft. The tariffs were quickly matched by China on US exports. Continue reading...
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The Tower Next Door: Living in the shadow of Grenfell (jeu., 14 juin 2018)
In June 2017 residents of the Silchester estate woke to discover Grenfell Tower engulfed in flames, witnessing a terrifying national tragedy unfolding on their doorstep. The tower bore a striking resemblance to their own. The victims were people they knew, people from all walks of life who, like them, made a home for themselves high up above the clamour of the city. Faced with an uncertain future, the residents of the tower next door are fighting to rebuild their community, and their place within it Continue reading...
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Hidden City: will giving residents land rights transform a Buenos Aires slum? (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Argentina’s president once talked of forcing slums out of the city – now he wants to deliver residents the deeds to their land. But will it help? “It was really bad in there – I mean, it’s literally a ruin,” says Romina Vargas of Argentina’s most famous abandoned building, where she once lived. “There was lots of contaminated water on the lower floors, there were no sewers, and kids would come and take drugs inside. It’s good that it’s coming down.” Built in the 1930s and later championed by president Juan Domingo Perón, the 14-storey building in south-west Buenos Aires was intended to be the largest hospital in Latin America; a cornerstone of Perón’s grand populist vision for Argentina. But construction stopped abruptly in 1955 with a military coup. The abandoned colossus at the edge of the capital became known as the White Elephant. Continue reading...
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Out of their minds: wild ideas at the ‘Coachella of consciousness’ (mar., 19 juin 2018)
An annual conference on consciousness in the Arizona desert takes an anything-goes approach to some seriously wacky theories By Tom Bartlett Start with Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra and a robot that loves you no matter what. Add a knighted British physicist, a renowned French neuroscientist and a prominent Australian philosopher/occasional blues singer. Toss in a bunch of psychologists, mathematicians, anaesthetists, artists, meditators, a computer programmer or two and several busloads of amateur theorists waving self-published manuscripts and touting grand unified solutions. Send them all to a swanky resort in the desert for a week, supply them with lots of free coffee and beer and ask them to unpack a riddle so confounding that it’s unclear how to make progress, or where you’d even begin. Then just, like, see what happens. The cover of the programme for the Science of Consciousness conference, which was held in Tucson in April, shows a human brain getting sucked into (or perhaps rising from?) a black hole. That seems about right: after a week of listening to eye-crossingly detailed descriptions of teeny, tiny cell structures known as microtubules, along with a lecture about building a soundproof booth in order to chat with the whispery spirit world, you too would feel as if your neurons had been siphoned from your skull and launched deep into space. Continue reading...
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'Not as ironic as I imagined': the incels spokesman on why he is renouncing them (mar., 19 juin 2018)
In the wake of the Toronto van murders, Jack Peterson was the most prominent defender of the anti-feminist ‘incels’ – until the community turned on him When news broke in April that a rental van had plowed through throngs of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 people, Jack Peterson never imagined that it would have anything to do with him. The 19-year-old Chicago native was single, a college dropout and a self-identified incel. Short for “involuntary celibate”, the term was originally coined for a website support forum for singles. It has since been claimed by an online community of men largely organized around misogyny, with discussions such as how to punish women for not having sex with them. Continue reading...
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Flying cars: why haven't they taken off yet? (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Despite their potential, no one has managed to take them from flight of fancy to everyday reality In 1940, Henry Ford said: “Mark my words – a combination aeroplane and motor car is coming.” With flying taxis apparently on the way, it looks like he was right, but what a wait. Eight decades years later, “dude, where’s my flying car?” is shorthand for any stuff “they” promised us that we haven’t got. We have always wanted to fly, so, as soon as cars came on to the scene, we wanted those to fly too. Early blueprints for the US interstate highway grid even had adjacent runways ready for flying cars. But those never came. Now that concept of the flying “car” seems quaint or naive, a 20th-century dream fuelled by decades of sci-fi and the Jetsons, as obsolete as the model T. Yet as we’ll see, something just as good may take its place. Continue reading...
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'It's exhilarating': Japan's female sumo wrestlers take on sexism (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Amateur wrestlers hope ban on women in the professional arena will one day be overturned It isn’t hard to see why Chisaki Okumura is one of Japan’s best female sumo wrestlers. Combining her considerable height and heft with flashes of speed, her practice bouts end with a succession of opponents thrown to the ground or shoved unceremoniously out of the ring. On a humid, wet afternoon in central Japan, Okumura draws on her reserves of strength for a final, punishing series of drills with a male opponent. By the end, it is hard to tell who is more exhausted. Continue reading...
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From parties to politics: how student life has changed (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Linda Aitchison studied modern languages at Wolverhampton Polytechnic – but ‘didn’t always show up to lectures’. Now her twin daughters are in their first year of university in Nottingham Linda Aitchison is director of a PR companyI was excited for my girls when they went to university, but I also miss them very much. We lost their dad when they were just 13, so it was hard when they left, because this was always going to be a time for me and him. But it has also given me more independence and I’m doing things like getting the house sorted. I’m proud that they’ve worked so hard and done so well. We text and call regularly and I follow them on Instagram. They enjoy university, but I think there is more pressure now because of fees. I had a great time when I was studying. I worked in a bar and partied a lot, so I’m surprised my girls don’t seem to go to parties as much. Continue reading...
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See the world differently – in pictures (mar., 19 juin 2018)
From floating goons in black suits to monkeys packing heat, a new book by Fotografiska celebrates photographs that skew how we view the world Continue reading...
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Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing at Barbican Centre (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The Barbican in London is staging the first UK survey of the work of American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895–1965), one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. The exhibition charts Lange’s output and includes her celebrated Farm Security Administration work that captured the devastating impact of the Great Depression on the American population. Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, Barbican Art Gallery, London 22 June – 2 September 2018 Continue reading...
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Gaza and wildcats : Monday's top photos (lun., 18 juin 2018)
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
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The city beneath the city: the New York subway – in pictures (lun., 18 juin 2018)
Photographer Luc Kordas captures New York’s unique energy and characters in his ongoing series New York Chronicles. One of his favourite locations is the subway, where he captures “those quiet moments people have among all the craziness” Continue reading...
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Between war and peace: Ukrainian youth – in pictures (lun., 18 juin 2018)
For more than three years, Ukraine has been plagued by a conflict between the eastern secessionist territories and the Kiev government. These images portray a generation caught between war and peace Continue reading...
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Worthy threads: Glastonbury's performers' standout fashion – in pictures (lun., 18 juin 2018)
With the festival taking a year out, we take a moment to appreciate some of the most memorable outfits seen on its stages over the years – from Solange in monochrome PVC to Thom Yorke in an Astro Boy T-shirt Continue reading...
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