Nicholas Evans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 21:00:08 GMT
Reclaim the Internet research reveals huge scale of social media misogyny

Labour’s Yvette Cooper at forefront of cross-party campaign aiming to create a national conversation about tackling the growing menace of online abuse

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians will come together to call for a national campaign to defeat online misogyny as research reveals the scale of abuse aimed at women on social media.

Yvette Cooper is joining forces with former Tory minister Maria Miller, former Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson and Labour’s Jess Phillips to launch an online public consultation in an attempt to create a national conversation about tackling the growing scale of online abuse.

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Walter Garcia mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:42:50 GMT
Italian navy saves 550 refugees as smugglers' trawler capsizes in Med

Praise for sailors’ swift action as dramatic photographs show overloaded boat turning over as naval vessel approaches

More than 500 people narrowly escaped drowning on Wednesday after their smugglers’ boat capsized in the southern Mediterranean, a series of dramatic photographs have revealed.

As Italian naval ships approached to rescue the stricken asylum-seekers, their boat – a repurposed trawler – tipped over, throwing those on deck into the water.

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Todd Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:10:01 GMT
Sadiq Khan condemns foreign investors' use of London homes as 'gold bricks'

Mayor condemns capital’s housing policy for being ‘obsessed by numbers rather than building the right sorts of homes’

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has attacked foreign investors for using homes in the capital as “gold bricks for investment” following a Guardian investigation that revealed the UK’s tallest residential skyscraper is now more than 60% foreign-owned and is under-occupied.

Facing questions from the London Assembly for the first time since he was elected mayor, Khan warned that building thousands of new homes a year in London to solve the housing crisis would mean nothing if “they are all bought by investors in the Middle East and Asia for use as second homes or they sit empty”.

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Vincent White mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 20:19:39 GMT
Disability rights campaigners protest at premiere of Me Before You

Not Dead Yet campaign objects to movie’s depiction of disabled man in relationship contemplating euthanasia

Anti-euthanasia campaigners have targeted the UK premiere of the Hollywood adaptation of the novel Me Before You, which has faced criticism over its depiction of disability and its assisted-dying plotline.

A group of activists unfurled a banner castigating it as a “disability snuff movie”, as cast members including Emilia Clarke, Jenna Coleman and Joanna Lumley arrived on the the red carpet at the London event for the film, based on the best-selling novel by British author Jojo Moyes.

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Mark Henry mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 21:00:07 GMT
Acne and exam stress among factors leading young people to suicide, study finds

First detailed study into 130 suicide cases in England finds range of common anxieties of 10- to 19-year-olds

Exam stress, acne and asthma are among the anxieties affecting children and young people who kill themselves, according to the first ever detailed national investigation of these cases.

Between January 2014 and April 2015, there were 145 suicides in England by children and young people aged 10 to 19. An inquiry looking at 130 of the cases has found some common factors, or “antecedents”, which the researchers hope may help families, friends, teachers or others to become aware that a child is struggling.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:45:34 GMT
Chris Evans says tabloid Top Gear criticism was ‘perfect storm’

BBC2 motoring show host calls press claims ‘facile and fictitious’ and says he is hoping more than 5 million tune in for Sunday’s relaunch

The Top Gear presenter Chris Evans has said he had to endure a “perfect storm” of criticism from the tabloid press in the run-up to the top-rating BBC2 show’s return on Sunday.

Evans, who was given the job of reinventing the motoring series following the axing of Jeremy Clarkson, hit back at claims – mainly made in the Sun – that he was unhappy with the signing of co-presenter Matt LeBlanc, that he had forced out a senior executive from the show and was “out of control”.

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Gregory Nelson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:53:07 GMT
Graduate whose loan grew by £1,800 in one year says students were misled

Simon Crowther, whose letter to his MP went viral after it showed an interest of £180 a month, says he trusted the government to keep interest rates low

A graduate whose letter to his MP went viral after it detailed how his student loan had grown by more than £1,800 in the year since he left university has said he and his contemporaries did not understand what they were signing up to when they took out the financing.

Related: Jeremy Corbyn launches battle to stop tuition fee cap being lifted

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Ronald Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 21:41:49 GMT
Father urges Home Office to honour deal as family faces deportation

Gregg Brain moved with his wife and Gaelic-speaking son to Scottish Highlands on an initiative that has now been cancelled

An Australian father facing deportation from the Scottish Highlands next week, along with his wife and Gaelic-speaking son, has called on the Home Office “to live up to their side of the deal” after the visa scheme that first attracted his family to Scotland was retrospectively cancelled.

Gregg Brain told the Guardian that he, his wife Kathryn and seven-year-old Lachlan had been “absolutely humbled” by the local Highland community’s response to his family’s predicament. “We have been overwhelmed by the response and it just reinforced our belief that this is the community where we want to bring up our son,” he said.

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Ronald Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:25:22 GMT
ExxonMobil CEO: ending oil production 'not acceptable for humanity'

Shareholders win vote that could support board candidates concerned about climate as Rex Tillerson faces turbulent annual meeting

Rex Tillerson, the boss of oil giant ExxonMobil, said cutting oil production was “not acceptable for humanity” as he fought off shareholders’ and activists’ attempts to force the company to fully acknowledge the impact of climate change on the environment and Exxon’s future profits.

During a long and fractious annual meeting in Dallas on Wednesday, Tillerson, who serves as Exxon’s chairman and chief executive, beat back several proposals to force the company to take more action on climate change.

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Brandon Lewis mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:22:09 GMT
Port Isaac Shuttle Service: an acronym too far for Cornwall council

Taxi firm owner condemns ‘heavy-handed’ decision to make her remove signs which she says are example of local humour

A village taxi service called the Port Isaac Shuttle Service has been told to remove signs featuring its acronym after Cornwall council failed to see the funny side.

The cab firm, which has been going for three years without falling foul of the authorities, had emblazoned on its seven-seat people carrier: “Take the Port Isaac Shuttle Service”, with the initials of the firm in bold.

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Jeffery Nelson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:38:34 GMT
Inequality is destroying all the markers of adulthood, from home ownership to marriage

Young people are still sold the story of growing up – leaving home, a secure job, a life partner and children. But the failures of capitalism have changed everything

It is a sign of the times that some of my local estate agents don’t look like estate agents. There are no pictures of houses in the windows. Instead, there are arrangements of twigs and some desks. These places could be pop-up jewellers or microbreweries or any kind of designer hellhole. Presumably, one goes into them just to hang out and chat about buying a house in this gallery-type environment.

No one needs, I suppose, to see any images. House buying is an abstract concept for so many these days. I await the inevitable arrival of a butcher’s that doesn’t put its meat in the shop front.

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Brandon Fisher mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:25:20 GMT
Why I give a hoot for competing dead jazz musician movies

Miles Ahead and Born to Be Blue immortalise Miles Davis and link him to Chet Baker. I’m all for expanding the cinetrompette genre: candidates pick themselves

Related: ‘It has to be hot. It has to be creative’: Don Cheadle on his 10-year quest to play Miles Davis

Rarely in the history of motion pictures have two films featuring the same dead jazz trumpet player been released simultaneously. In fact, as far as I can determine, it has never happened. Yet today jazz aficionados find themselves blessed with two very different films featuring the legendary Miles Davis.

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Kenneth Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:59:29 GMT
The Ball Freshtech jam & jelly maker: ‘Beyoncé was right – I simply am not ready for this jelly’

This automatic jam machine claims to take the heat out of fruit preservation. It gives me a tension headache

Tub fitted with rotor blades and lid. Hot fruit continually agitated produces a gelled preserve.

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Anthony Phillips mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:56:33 GMT
What happened to the 12 Syrian refugees rescued by the pope?

When Pope Francis saved a dozen refugees from a Lesbos detention centre and took them to Rome it was ‘like a miracle’, one of them said. A month on, what is their new life like?

Ramy Alshakarji was still coming to terms with the idea that at last he was safe – he was leaving Lesbos after all, one of 11 refugees rescued by the pope last month – when he found himself at the centre of an improbable security crisis. Ramy must have thought he had a broad and visceral understanding of the meaning of security after five years in Syria during which he and his family had been “ready to die at any moment, constantly moving because there was constant bombardment”. But at the airport, as he and his wife and their three children passed through the scanners, a panicked flurry broke around them.

“It was our falafel mould,” Ramy smiles. They had brought the metal falafel maker with them from their home in Deir ez-Zor. “But the Greeks wouldn’t let us take it on the plane. But we were going on the pope’s plane! The Vatican officials told them it had to come … The Greeks said no. There was a conflict between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, a diplomatic rift between the Greeks and the Italians. All over our falafel mould.”

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Jacob Howard mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:27:57 GMT
Steve Bell on Lord Sugar's new government role – cartoon
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Lee Boyd mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:41:42 GMT
Shed of the Year 2016 – in pictures

Some of the best entries for Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year 2016 competition

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Benjamin Martinez mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:13:39 GMT
Too gay for TV? Get used to it, honey | David Ferguson

A TV reporter was told by one viewer that his ‘gayness’ on screen was a problem. Well, guess what: we’re no longer going to try to pass as straight for your benefit

Arkansas TV reporter Mitchell McCoy recently got an email that he wanted to share with the world. “I’ve been holding back for months but I can’t stand your gayness,” a viewer complained. “Our children should not be watching people like you. You are a disgrace to Arkansas and I will be asking your boss to take you off.”

The outraged viewer went on: “Do not be offended but society is not ready for gay men reading the news.”

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Jeff Cooper mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:23:51 GMT
Bob Dylan unseen: Daniel Kramer discusses rare images from the 1960s

Capturing classic album sleeves and private moments on 35mm, Kramer spent a breathless 12 months with the musician, who turned 75 yesterday

Daniel Kramer picked a good time to pester Bob Dylan about setting up a photo shoot. It was early 1964, a few months before Dylan went electric. Kramer, a well-known photojournalist specializing in artist portraits, knew nothing of Dylan before he heard him sing the politically charged song The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll on the Steve Allen Show. “Then I began regularly sending notes, and making calls, to the office of Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, asking for a one-hour session,” Kramer recalled. “The office always said no.”

But six months later, when Grossman himself picked up the phone for one of Kramer’s calls, things changed. “He just said, ‘OK, come up to Woodstock next Thursday,’” Kramer remembers.

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Mark Gray mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:07:40 GMT
Home is where the toxins are – the hidden poisons we live with

Some houses can be susceptible to a buildup of formaldehyde created by cleaning products. Which other everyday items can leave a harmful chemical trail?

Does your house smell pine fresh? If so, you might want to open a window. This week, the country’s biggest household cleaning manufacturer began publishing every ingredient it uses, in response to fears that the chemicals we use in our homes could be harming us.

Fragrances such as limonene (which smells like lemon) and pinene (which smells of – yes, you’ve guessed it – pine) are used in an increasing number of products. But they create small amounts of formaldehyde – a carcinogen. While this might not be a problem in the majority of homes, for clean-freaks living in modern, energy-efficient homes, there can be a serious buildup.

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Lawrence Foster mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:29:00 GMT
Jane Bond is just James in a frock. We need a new heroine | Catherine Shoard
Gillian Anderson’s 007 poster sent the web wild, but movie roles deserve more than belated sex-changes

The power of Twitter is, of course, a wonderful thing. It has an unparalleled ability to turn a casual remark into front-page news. This happened on Monday when X-Files star Gillian Anderson retweeted a poster made by a fan, imagining her as the new 007: the actor photoshopped in front of that big iconic whirly gun barrel and the official logo pasted at the bottom. Anderson added a caption: “It’s Bond. Jane Bond.”

The web went wild. Already stirred by the smackdown between Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba – the chief contenders to inherit Daniel Craig’s tux – the sudden arrival of a new hat in the ring proved to be the touchpaper. Anderson’s tweet was liked 30,000 times.

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Mark Warren mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:16:38 GMT
Rotten tomatoes: match the insult to the movie star feud - quiz

With Johnny Depp saying that Australian deputy PM Barnaby Joyce looks like he’s ‘inbred with a tomato’, can you guess which piece of shade reportedly belongs to which celebrity sparring partners?

Walter Matthau on Barbra Streisand

"I would rather marry an old donkey than kiss that woman"

"I have more talent in my smallest fart than she has in her entire body"

"She is the definition of inconsequential"

"Why would anyone be entertained by that bowlegged moron?"

Harrison Ford on Shia LaBoeuf

"He's a fucking idiot"

"What an ungrateful punk"

"He sums up everything I hate about young actors

"I'd rather have acted with a snake"

Diane Kruger on Peter O'Toole

"There were times when he would just look at me, drooling, and I would feel physically sick"

"I know he was seen as a classic actor by many but turning up late smelling like brandy isn't my idea of professional"

"I will never forget how bad he would stink on set"

"It kind of sucked. He’s dead, so I can say that. But he wasn’t the most pleasant person. He was just a drunk"

Julia Roberts on Nick Nolte

"A disgusting human being"

"A shameful pile of human waste"

"A toxic loser"

"A foul-mouthed drunk"

John Gielgud on Ingrid Bergman

"One would wonder how many studio heads she had slept with to get these damn roles"

"She speaks five languages and can’t act in any of them"

"I pinched her once to check that she wasn't made of wood"

"It was like acting by myself, she was entirely irrelevant"

Russell Crowe on Oliver Reed

"One time, he took his clothes off and refused to put them back on for the whole day. That image still haunts me to this day"

"His reputation didn't even cover it. I assumed a minimum level of professionalism. He was just a wreck"

"I would try to rehearse with him but he was too drink to even stand up straight. It took three people to hold him up"

"I have seen him walk down the street in Malta drunk as a lord and just hit anybody he got near to - even a man walking with his children"

Tony Curtis on Marilyn Monroe

"It's like kissing Hitler"

"I would have been more sexually aroused by a stack of wet books"

"Her breath was like a roadmap of exactly where she'd been and who she'd been with the night before"

"It was an insufferable experience with that dumb woman"

Pierce Brosnan on Teri Hatcher

"She's a bad actress but she's an even worse human being"

"I'm sure her mother loves her. I hope she's learned some humanity having become a mother herself"

"Quite where her ego comes from, I don't know. It's certainly not proportionate to her talent"

"Every day was torture propping her up on set"

Anthony Hopkins on Shirley MacLaine

“She was the most obnoxious actress I have ever worked with"

"Why did this thing get so much work?"

"A staggeringly untalented woman"

"I would dread getting out of bed to work with her"

Werner Herzog on Klaus Kinski

"There was violence between us. I'm surprised we are both alive"

"Klaus was a horrible person and it was difficult pretending otherwise"

“We had a great love but both of us planned to murder each other”

"We fought like brothers and I always regretted never fighting harder"

7 and above.

You live in the shade!

0 and above.

You should have stayed in your dressing room

4 and above.

We got beef with you now

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Clarence White mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:08:05 GMT
The men who live as dogs: 'We're just the same as any person on the high street'

Human pups like to live in packs, play with squeaky toys, eat from bowls and nuzzle their ‘handlers’. Ahead of a new documentary, Spot, Bootbrush and Kaz open up about their community

It’s easy to laugh at a grown man in a rubber dog suit chewing on a squeaky toy. Maybe too easy, in fact, because to laugh is to dismiss it, denigrate it – ignore the fact that many of us have found comfort and joy in pretending to be animals at some point in our lives.

Secret Life of the Human Pups is a sympathetic look at the world of pup play, a movement that grew out of the BDSM community and has exploded in the last 15 years as the internet made it easier to reach out to likeminded people. While the pup community is a broad church, human pups tend to be male, gay, have an interest in dressing in leather, wear dog-like hoods, enjoy tactile interactions like stomach rubbing or ear tickling, play with toys, eat out of bowls and are often in a relationship with their human “handlers”.

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Ronald Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:50:59 GMT
Warcraft: The Beginning review – end already nigh for gaming franchise

Duncan Jones’s adaptation of the online game has a veneer of grandeur and some intriguing characters but its fixation with CGI spectacle makes for a lifeless watch

The World of Warcraft online game apparently had 12 million players at its peak, and every single one of them is going to need to turn up to see this – with their extended families – if it’s ever going to get past its first instalment. It’s an expensive, high-fantasy epic reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. And there’s much to admire in its ambition, its design, even its politics. But there’s also a whiff of the John Carter about it. Like the 2012 Martian flop, it’s a complex, jargon-heavy, deadly earnest battle epic, short on star power and with more than a touch of 1970s fantasy art about it. Its greatest battle could be against widespread indifference.

Newcomers have a lot to get up to speed with here. Our home world is Azeroth, a Middle-earth-like realm along the lines of medieval Europe. The population is mostly human, mostly white, but there are also dwarves, elves and various other mythical creatures in the fringes. Azeroth’s stability is rocked by a sudden influx of orcs, who pour in from another world through a magic portal. These orcs aren’t the anonymous monsters of Tolkien lore; they’re more like intelligent ogres, with tiny heads, tusk-like lower canines, and giant hands with fingers the size of human arms. When it comes to orc style, the art directors have really gone to town – or at least to the abattoir. Accessories include dreadlocks, piercings, hides, pelts and not just bones but entire animal skeletons. One badass has rhino skulls as shoulder pads, another has piercings through his tusks.

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Dennis Peterson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:01:59 GMT
The Moon and the Sledgehammer: the cult film about a Sussex family who hid in a forest

In 1969, Philip Trevelyan filmed the beguilingly strange life of the Page family, who lived off-grid and rode steam engines round their wood. The director talks about how the film changed his life

As pop music blares and cars rush past, the camera lurches into a wood at the road’s edge and, through rustling foliage, reveals a strange scene: giant spanners, a discarded bike and a piano outside a primitive tin-roofed cottage. The bucolic chirp of sparrows is shattered by a gunshot.

From the first moment of the cult documentary, The Moon and the Sledgehammer, we are taken into a disturbing, marginal and strangely marvellous world: the home of the Page family, who live without electricity or running water in a wood in Sussex. It is 1969 and “Oily” Page is a theatrical septuagenarian who lives with four grown-up children in the style of 1869: they’re not hippies who’ve gone off grid, but the last members of an agricultural community driven to extinction by modern machines.

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Earl Mason mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:47:11 GMT
Osborne v Eagle PMQs verdict: the Eagle has landed her punches

It was a solid win for the shadow business secretary as she and her fellow stand-in, the chancellor, clashed on a range of topics

Whereas Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of failing to expose the divisions in the Tory party over Europe, this PMQs, between the leaders’ respective stand-ins, was a competition over whose MPs were more divided.

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Nicholas Harris mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:47:36 GMT
Premier League clubs make record £3.4bn with help from FFP regulations
• Figures show 14 of division’s 20 clubs made a profit in 2014-15
• FFP regulations have transformed finances and attracted investors

Premier League clubs generated a record income of almost £3.4bn last year, with 14 of the 20 clubs making a profit, the Guardian’s analysis of their most recently published accounts has revealed.

The improvement in the clubs’ finances, after years of paying too much to players in wages and making losses despite the Premier League’s huge television rights and other income, is the result of clubs having finally agreed to introduce financial fair play regulations in 2013.

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Kevin Washington mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:50:57 GMT
Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants £220,000-a-week to join Manchester United
• José Mourinho considering making a formal offer for 34-year-old
• Manchester United have held initial talks with player’s agent, Mino Raiola

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Manchester United he is keen to join them but wants €15m (£11.3m) per season to do so. José Mourinho is considering making a concrete offer for the out-of-contract 34-year-old but has not made a final decision yet.

Reports that Ibrahimovic, who is leaving Paris St-Germain this summer after four years and four league titles, have already agreed a contract, are not correct as both manager and player need more time to consider their options.

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Kenneth Jackson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:47:28 GMT
Andy Murray digs deep again to beat wildcard in French Open five-setter
• Briton prevails 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 against Mathias Bourgue
• Murray had been taken the distance by Stepanek in opening round

Andy Murray will not be kidding himself. He knows that, 10 days after blowing Novak Djokovic off the court in Rome, to spend 10 sets shifting two players outside the top 100 from the main draw of the French Open over three days represents not only a mountainous achievement but a minor crisis.

The second instalment of his suffering arrived on day four when a 22-year-old Frenchman from Avignon called Mathias Bourgue – who last year was bagelled by Dan Evans when losing a qualifier of a Challenger tournament in Vancouver – enjoyed the best three hours and 34 minutes of his short, obscure career in front of a frenzied home audience on Court Philippe Chatrier.

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Lawrence James mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:24:29 GMT
Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett Olympic fears highlight flawed process | Ewan Murray
Top golfers say they are unsure of the scale of the Zika virus threat, and that shows communication between Games organisers and athletes has broken down

Those of us who harbour scepticism about golf’s inclusion in the Olympics have been provided with decent arguments to the contrary.

If Olympic involvement tightens up drugs-testing procedures within golf, for example, that would be an undeniable positive. Evidence from tennis – when there were early doubts – suggests golf can become more global in terms of participation when on the Games stage. It also seems reasonable to link the altered approach to membership policy by Augusta National and the Royal & Ancient to a realisation of fresh standards of acceptability. Golf can no longer behave in blissful isolation, as pressed home by the R&A last week when it made a firm and instant stance on Muirfield at the Open.

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Glenn Lewis mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:03:09 GMT
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg admits he made an error in Spanish Grand Prix
• Rosberg does not admit blame for crash with Lewis Hamilton
• German driver concedes he made error in engine setting

Nico Rosberg has admitted that he was at fault in the Spanish Grand Prix, in which his first-lap crash with Lewis Hamilton took both Mercedes drivers out of the race.

But there was a note of defiance in his voice when, in the buildup to the race in Monaco on Sunday, he said: “I’m not going to be thinking about Barcelona. I’ll take the same approach as always – flat out, and do what’s necessary to try to win this grand prix, which I’ve come here to do.”

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Chad Roberts mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 22:15:25 GMT
Yaya Touré rejects offers of £30m from two Chinese clubs
• Touré also not interested in joining Internazionale
• Midfielder’s first choice is to continue in Premier League

Manchester City’s Yaya Touré has rejected offers of £30m from each of the Chinese clubs, Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning, with the Ivorian also not interested in joining Internazionale, who continue to monitor him.

The midfielder’s first choice is to continue playing in the Premier League and he is open to staying at Manchester City. Touré has one year remaining on terms worth £220,000 a week with incentives.

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Fred Rivera mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 21:31:00 GMT
Marcus Rashford in line to make England debut against Australia

• Daniel Sturridge missed England’s latest training session
• Wayne Rooney available after FA Cup final victory

Roy Hodgson is giving serious consideration to playing Marcus Rashford from the start in England’s game against Australia on Friday after deciding to rest Harry Kane and with new doubts surrounding Daniel Sturridge’s ability to stay fit throughout Euro 2016.

Sturridge, blighted by longstanding calf issues, missed England’s latest training session and the timing counts against the Liverpool striker when Hodgson had been planning to give him a starting place in the Australia match at Sunderland.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:58:00 GMT
Rafael Benítez: I couldn’t leave Newcastle after love I could feel from fans
• Spaniard will not exercise break clause in Newcastle contract after relegation
• ‘After last game against Spurs it would have been difficult to walk away’

Rafael Benítez has predicted a “great future” for Newcastle United after agreeing to remain in charge of the Championship club next season and revealing that “love” played a pivotal role in persuading him to stay.

“The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence in my decision,” said the former Champions League winner, who started the season just ended as manager of Real Madrid.

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Louis Nelson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:36:18 GMT
Arsenal confirm signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach

• Switzerland international joins for initial £25m
• ‘I’m an aggressive player and a leader’ he says

Arsenal have confirmed the arrival of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach as their first major signing of the summer, with the Switzerland international having signed for an undisclosed fee believed to be an initial £25m.

Negotiations with the Bundesliga club have been on-going over the last few weeks and Mönchengladbach have accepted a fee that could rise in future.

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Patrick Long mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:33:25 GMT
Stuart Lancaster named on panel that will investigate British Cycling
• UK Sport announces appointment of former England head coach
• British Cycling under spotlight following allegations of bullying and sexism

The former England head coach Stuart Lancaster has been named on the three person panel that will conduct the independent review into British Cycling.

Lancaster will be part of the UK Sport and British Cycling commissioned review into the culture within British Cycling’s world-class performance programme, the funding body for Olympic and Paralympic sports announced on Wednesday. He has been out of work since leaving his post with England following their poor showing at the World Cup last year.

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Jesse Warren mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 09:42:10 GMT
José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola get set for a new El Crassico | Marina Hyde
The day may come where managers accept each other as worthy foes; for now, the soon-to-be Manchester rivals are ready for the event horizon of mind games

One of the many delights of the most recent Premier League season was the refreshingly scant focus on “mind games”, the media concept which seeks to elevate low-level managerial arsery to the complex heights of cold war brinkmanship. Ah well. It was nice while it lasted. The advent of Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho to Manchester threatens to create the event horizon of mind games, a black hole of artless man-baiting, into which all rational commentary will be terminally sucked.

Premier League convention demands the bigger plotlines are described as “Shakespearean”, and I note that even before the United appointment has been formalised, this was already the case with the Guardiolas and the Mourinhos. Two households – not entirely alike in dignity, it must be said – in fair Manchester where we lay our scene. And from ancient strife is widely expected to break forth new mutiny (though at the age of 13, Marius Guardiola is at least too young to find star-crossed love with 19-year-old Matilde Mourinho).

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Roy Dixon mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:17:56 GMT
Heather Watson out of French Open after being outclassed by Kuznetsova
• Final British woman knocked out of second round at Roland Garros
• 2009 champion, the world No15, wins 6-1, 6-3 as Watson’s serve misfires

Heather Watson, the last British woman to go out of the French Open, is going home disappointed but less than crushed. There was not a lot she could do against Svetlana Kuznetsova over two quick sets, when the Russian dredged up some of the power and majesty that won her the title here seven years ago.

Kuznetsova was irresistible in the first set, briefly vulnerable in the second but ultimately too strong in the shot, winning 6-1, 6-3. Had it lasted longer than an hour and 12 minutes, Watson had hopes of running the Russian off her 30-year-old legs.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:47:16 GMT
How Thunder have made the 73-win Warriors basketball's biggest underdogs | DJ Gallo

The team most people assumed was a shoo-in for a second NBA title have been reduced to the ‘one game at a time’ and ‘we’ll see what happens’ cliche

The Golden State Warriors have to be wishing that Draymond Green had been suspended for Game 4. 

When the NBA announced on Monday evening that Green would be fined, but not suspended, for his latest jump-kick assault on the groin of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, it meant the Warriors would take the court at full-strength on Tuesday night with a chance to even the Western Conference finals at two games apiece. Green’s presence in the lineup gave the defending champs no excuses. 

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Philip Simmons mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:32:05 GMT
The Bandinis 2016: an utterly exhaustive review of the Serie A season | Paolo Bandini
Goals, misses, juggling gum, a hearty rendition of jingle bells – all this and more in our end-of-season Italian awards

Infinite Juve,” boomed one front-page headline on Sunday. Given that it belonged to the Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, you can assume that it was intended in a celebratory tone. Juventus had just done the double, again, reaffirming their hegemony over Italian football. Their fifth consecutive Serie A title had already been sealed weeks ago.

For fans of every other team, such repetition might feel rather tedious. But it is not for Juventus to worry about anybody else’s needs. Besides, you could say that they did their bit to make things interesting this season – affording their rivals a two-month head start. After 10 games, they had accrued a total of 12 points. By the end of the campaign they had scaled all the way to 92.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 09:07:52 GMT
Football clubs condemned to relegation by points deductions | The Knowledge

Plus: teams that have scored the most goals and conceded the fewest without winning the title; walking paths that take in football grounds; the player who returned to the same club six times, and more. Mail your questions to or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Arsenal had two points deducted in the 1990-91 season but still won the First Division,” begins Scott Sumner. “Portsmouth had nine points deducted in the 2009–10 Premier League season but would have been relegated regardless. Have there been many instances where crucial final positions have been decided by deductions? The only one I can think of is Middlesbrough being relegated in 1996-97.”

Indeed, Scott, you’re correct in highlighting Middlesbrough, who were famously deducted three points for failing to turn up to a Premier League match in December 1996 – Sunday league football, eat your heart out. Boro claimed that 23 of their squad had fallen ill with flu, leaving them unable to field a team to face fellow relegation-battlers Blackburn, but failed to inform the authorities until 24 hours before the match. “I reckon we will be relegated, I’m almost certain of it,” Fabrizio Ravanelli, the distraught summer signing from Juventus, noted shortly afterwards. A disciplinary hearing upheld the deduction and Boro were relegated by two points at the end of the season, saving Coventry from the drop. You can read a bit more about the episode in this recent Joy of Six, and in a piece written by Tony Parkes, the then caretaker coach of Blackburn, back in 2009.

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Peter Dixon mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:30:30 GMT
From Manchester City to Oklahoma: how a rejected footballer kept the dream alive

Laurie Bell became one of the most expensive 12-year-olds in British football history when Manchester City signed him from Stockport County, but he had to wait a decade – and move 4,000 miles away – to make his professional debut

By Laurie Bell for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

In the dressing room of a baseball stadium in the American South, I fiddled with orange shinpad tape, yanked my heels to my buttocks to stretch already-limber quadricep muscles, and tap-danced impatiently on plastic studded football boots. Ten more debutants in creaseless kits waited in line. A dipping Oklahoma sun peeked inside the tunnel, beckoning. When the referees eventually signalled that it was time, we marched out. First on red clay, then green grass, then across the straight white lines of a freshly painted football pitch. In the stands, 8,000 soccer rookies rose to their feet, waved homemade flags, and glugged half-price cans of Modelo beer. Up in the posh seats, the club’s hierarchy were given a first tangible taste of a team that had been two years in the making.

It was a momentous walk for all of us: the first action on the first night in Tulsa Roughnecks history. For me, it proved the last, improbable leg of a 14-year journey that had transported me 4,000 miles from my English home. At 22 years old, after a sequence of rejection and lateral footballing progress, my professional debut had finally arrived.

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Carl Rivera mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 08:51:48 GMT
Japanese Olympic Committee sets up team to investigate ‘illegal payments’
• Two lawyers part of group looking into Black Tidings account
• Head of Tokyo 2020 bidding committee has defended process

The Japanese Olympic Committee has established a team to investigate whether any illegal payments were made during its successful bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Related: Tokyo Olympics: €1.3m payment to secret account raises questions over 2020 Games

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Carl Henry mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:46:11 GMT
Do you know your endangered species? – video

The World Wildlife Foundation surveyed 2000 UK adults about their knowledge of endangered species. Roughly a third didn’t know giant pandas and snow leopards are under threat, while a fifth thought cows and grey squirrels are. One in four thought the dodo and brachiosaurus still exist!

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Brandon Torres mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:51:01 GMT
The hidden risks of climbing Mount Everest – video

Three climbers have died on Mount Everest in the past week, all succumbing to altitude sickness after reaching the summit. The increasing number of deaths on the world’s tallest mountain is raising fresh fears about overcrowding and the ethics of commercial mountaineering on Everest

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Steve Hughes mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 06:00:32 GMT
Women, face it: marriage can never be feminist – video

The institution of marriage has curtailed women’s freedom for centuries, says Julie Bindel. So why are so many feminists trying to reclaim the tradition as a subversive act? If you want to get married, she says, just get on with it - but please don’t pretend that being a feminist changes its meaning

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Daniel Mason mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:00:38 GMT
Alan Rickman: 'The Royal Court is where I found out who the hell I was' – video

The Royal Court in London is celebrating its 60th birthday with 60 short films in which actors, directors and playwrights celebrate the theatre. In this video, filmed in 2015, Alan Rickman remembers first visiting the Court in the 1960s as a teenager and then starring in an acclaimed Irish version of The Seagull there in the 1980s. He also talks about taking Rachel Corrie’s parents to the Sloane Square theatre to see the play based on their daughter’s diaries and emails, edited by Rickman and Katharine Viner

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Dennis Washington mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:00:38 GMT
What do liberals get wrong about guns? – video

The Guardian’s Lois Beckett went to Louisville, Kentucky, where the National Rifle Association’s annual convention was taking place, and asked gun owners: what do liberals get wrong about guns, and how can we make America a safer place to live?

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Patrick Dixon mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 09:59:28 GMT
Director Xavier Dolan: 'Cannes is sinking into a culture of hatred' – video interview

Xavier Dolan, whose new film, Only the End of the World, debuted to poor reviews at the Cannes film festival last week, shares his dismayed reaction to the critical mauling. Vincent Cassel, who co-stars in the film with Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux, explains why the film’s melodramatic tone suits a story about a family on the verge of disaster

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Melvin Shaw mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 06:00:04 GMT
Neuro cuisine: exploring the science of flavour – video

Tamal Ray, anaesthetist and baker, Professor Charles Spence, experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford and chef Jozef Youssef embark on a journey to decode the science of flavour. Professor Spence and Jozef challenge Tamal to explore how sight, sound and touch alter his perception of the flavour of food. Supported by SEAT

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Carl Washington mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 13:49:48 GMT
Tim Burton on Alice Through the Looking Glass – video interview

Tim Burton, the producer of the followup to Alice in Wonderland (which he directed), talks about the enduring power of fairytales and folk stories and about the ‘different energy’ of James Bobin, who has directed this film. Bobin discusses narrative confusion among those who haven’t read Lewis Carroll’s books and how Alice Liddell – who inspired them – was of the same generation as the suffragettes

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Todd West mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 06:00:02 GMT
The forgotten children of China's prisoners – video

In a government building in Nanzhao, the Zhang children’s father awaits his fate. He accidentally killed a child and will probably be executed. The Chinese state makes no provision for prisoners’ children. The Sun Village orphanage takes in sisters Wei and Yan and their brother Won, but without their father they cannot verify their legal status. Will the children ever be able to study and work?

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Craig Jordan mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:45:12 GMT
The Safe House: a documentary on the decline of UK libraries – trailer video

Poet and filmmaker Greta Bellamacina has teamed up with journalist Davina Catt to document the history of British public libraries and their current decline. From their Scottish beginnings in the 18th century right up to present day, Catt and Bellamacina chart the history of UK libraries alongside interviews with the likes of Stephen Fry, Irvine Welsh, Amma Asante and John Cooper Clarke, who plead for libraries to be saved from relentless cuts

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Lee Jordan mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:12:59 GMT
A vote to remain in the EU won’t be the last we hear of Brexit | John Redwood
More Conservatives want to leave the EU than will admit it. Remaining will split the party – and the country – further

The EU referendum is a major watershed in UK history. It will be important for the future of the Conservative party. It will be even more important for the future of our country.

The reason so many Conservative Eurosceptics have campaigned for a referendum and are now campaigning to leave is that we see Europe as a rare issue that transcends party politics. To us it is more important than which party wins the next election or who is the prime minister. It determines whether we once again become an independent democratic country capable of making our own laws, imposing our own taxes and making our own spending decisions. If remain wins, we stay on a conveyor belt to EU political union.

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Jason Torres mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:26:19 GMT
Celebrity threesome case: context is crucial, whatever tabloids say

Exposure of legitimate matters of public concern is one thing, but often papers preach rule of law to flout it on their pages

You may not have noticed in the course of another busy day, but a “world famous singer” is due to be named in the US over allegations that he subjected a hairdresser (gender unspecified) to “sustained and sordid” sexual harassment.

But you won’t be able to read about it in your favourite Fleet Street newspaper because that wicked conspiracy of lawyers and judges is keeping it from you. That assumes, of course, that you are remotely interested in the case or have even heard of the world famous singer. The hype can easily get out of hand when the tabloids pop an outrage pill.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 09:35:55 GMT
The Greek bailout shows the EU is on its best behaviour – until 24 June | Jonathan Freedland
There’s a sense that our fellow EU states are avoiding issues that will fuel Brexiteers. Instead they are playing nicely, as they did with the loan to Athens

Imagine what’s going to happen at 10.01pm on Thursday 23 June. The polls will have just closed in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union and, in an instant, the rest of Europe will be able to relax – and revert to type.

Suddenly, the migrant boats will be back on the water, heading for the Greek coast. The floodgates that have been slammed shut will be flung back open. In Brussels, the bureaucrats will reach for the desk drawer they’ve kept dutifully locked and pull out their grand plans to impose straight bananas and ban tasty crisps. And the central bankers will be able to tighten the screws on Greece once more. No longer obliged to play nice – as they did in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when they agreed to release €10.3bn in bailout money for Athens – they’d now be able to revive their demand that Greece live on ever more meagre rations in penance for its huge debts.

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Jesse Mason mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:58:14 GMT
The Guardian view on the Land Registry sell-off: hands off this national asset | Editorial
The task of keeping the details of who owns what land in England and Wales is a natural state monopoly with which the public is happy. There is no respectable case for change

By the end of this week, the course of one of Britain’s historic institutions and public assets will be changed for good. Tomorrow, the government’s consultation on the future of the Land Registry closes – and it explicitly rules out any continuation of the status quo. This, the paper says in commendably blunt language, is because it “would not meet the government’s objectives of transferring the Land Registry into the private sector”. In other words, it may claim to be a public consultation, it may invite the public to respond – but the results have already been rigged. Come hell, high water or public protest, the nation’s record of who owns what property in England and Wales is going to be handed over to a private business.

For an idea of how bizarre this situation is, consider a few things. First, there is no public demand for selling the Land Registry – quite the opposite. At the last count, this public service had a 94% customer satisfaction rate – and that remarkable result was considered a disappointment after consecutive scores of 98%. According to polling done on behalf of the campaign group We Own It, 70% of the public want the Land Registry to remain publicly owned. Second, the Land Registry is not some financial sinkhole, but is a reliable money-earner for the government. Third, as the single official record and enforcer of property ownership in England and Wales – land ownership in Scotland is another matter altogether – it is also a natural monopoly.

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Ronald Cole mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:51:02 GMT
What if Turks talked about Britons the way Vote Leave talks about Turkey? | Liz Cookman
Watch out, the press might warn: if the UK stays in the EU hordes of the British migrants will come, imposing drunkenness, high heels and Christmas

The Brexit debate has become like the time a woman turned a pro-EU leaflet into a game of Cards Against Humanity, except every single one of Vote Leave’s answer cards says “Turkey”. What happens if we stay? Turkey. What is the biggest threat to the UK? Turkey. I drink to forget …? Turkey.

While Turkey has had more than its fair share of troubles of late, much of the ire from leave campaigners has been pointed directly at the Turkish people. All of Turkey’s 76 million population – mostly criminals, terrorists and gangsters apparently – are preparing to relocate to the UK on the off-chance it will stay part of the EU and their country will, by some miracle, achieve accession to the union sometime soon. This is quite something considering fears of a Cyprus veto, and when only 10% of the population even have a passport.

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Steve Harris mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:29:01 GMT
Labour’s answers lie in its losses, not its victories | Rafael Behr

For years the party has been stuck in a torpid Edzone. It must break out and listen to those who feel it’s abandoned them

Abraham Wald, a mathematician by trade, knew nothing about aviation or the British Labour party when he fled Austria in 1938. But he did know about numbers and his insights there can posthumously help Her Majesty’s opposition in 2016 – via a problem solved for the US Air Force in the 1940s.

The problem involved defensive armour. Planes needed it, but too much weighed them down. So officers surveyed battle-scarred aircraft returning from European sorties and tallied the bullet holes on different sections. They saw that the fuselage was taking the most flak, more than the engine, and were poised to stick the armour on accordingly – and erroneously.

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Melvin Cruz mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:59:08 GMT
The Guardian view on G7 aid spending: don’t trash it, match it | Editorial
Those who are most worried about migration flows should be leading the calls for more aid spending. The G7 summit needs to raise its game

Suppose you believed – as a lot of people in prosperous parts of the world now do – that the biggest problem currently facing your country was excessive migration. What would you do about it? You might tighten your border controls. You might make sure your neighbours tightened theirs too. You might ensure that existing migrants were productively and fairly integrated. If you were serious, however, you would also grasp that one of the most effective actions would be to reduce incentives for desperate people to migrate in the first place. In other words, you would have a foreign-aid programme.

There are of course many worthier reasons why foreign aid is important than helping to stem the world’s migration flows. Bringing an end to conflict, poverty, hunger and disease are goals and moral imperatives in their own right. The obligation to treat others as you would want to be treated yourself is at the core of many faith-based perspectives. Managing the finite resouces of the planet more equitably matters massively, especially for liberals and internationalists. A sense of responsibility towards fellow human beings in the light of history is fundamental too.

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Carl Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 08:00:34 GMT
Photographs don't lie: why does Austria flirt with fascism?

Gustav Metzger used a photo of Jewish men scrubbing Viennese streets under the gaze of sneering Nazis to remind the world about antisemitism. The narrow defeat of Norbert Hofer proves his message is as relevant as ever

Related: The far right’s narrow defeat in Austria should be a wake-up call for Europe | Owen Jones

The images come swimming back. The old black and white photographs are suddenly new again. It is March 1938 and Jews are being forced to scrub the streets of Vienna. Uniformed Nazis and non-Jewish members of the public laugh as they watch the humiliating scene. Jewish men crouch and kneel on the ground at their feet.

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Lawrence Patterson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 09:05:55 GMT
The case against negative interest rates

The only way to ensure that ‘new money’ is put into circulation is to have the government spend it on building houses and upgrading infrastructure

As a biographer and aficionado of John Maynard Keynes, I am sometimes asked: “What would Keynes think about negative interest rates?”

It’s a good question, one that recalls a passage in Keynes’s General Theory in which he notes that if the government can’t think of anything more sensible to do to cure unemployment (say, building houses), burying bottles filled with bank notes and digging them up again would be better than nothing. He probably would have said the same about negative interest rates: a desperate measure by governments that can think of nothing else to do.

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Harry Fisher mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:00:33 GMT
Am I going to die? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Phil Daoust
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries

Are you going to die? You shouldn’t have to ask, but yes, of course you are. Of the 107 billion or so humans who have walked the Earth, 100 billion have already gone to meet their maker. Not one has survived longer than 122 years and 164 days. And if what you really want to know is “Am I about to die?” because you’ve accidentally drunk weedkiller or your chest hurts and you’re short of breath, stop Googling, you numpty. Call an ambulance.

In the UK, the Office for National Statistics puts life expectancy at 79.1 years for a baby boy, and 82.8 years for a baby girl. What’s likely to kill you? Illness, rather than accident or violence. If you’re male, the number one cause of death is heart disease, followed by lung cancer and dementia or Alzheimer’s; if you’re female, dementia or Alzheimer’s, followed by heart disease and cerebrovascular diseases.

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Jerry Ramos mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:00:38 GMT
My father warned Exxon about climate change in the 1970s. They didn't listen | Claudia Black-Kalinsky

Perhaps 2015 wouldn’t have broken all temperature records had they acted then – but it’s not too late to do something now

Related: Let's give up the climate change charade: Exxon won't change its stripes | Bill McKibben

At Wednesday’s ExxonMobil shareholders meeting, CEO Rex Tillerson will have to answer tough questions about the company’s role in causing climate change, including one from my family.

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Benjamin Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:16:11 GMT
Why Tamil Nadu’s women want alcohol banned | Mari Marcel Thekaekara
Women in India have forced prohibition on to the political agenda as they blame alcohol sales for a big rise in domestic violence and rape in the region

Rarely have women in India come out on the streets en masse, in such singular solidarity or desperation as they did ahead of last week’s elections in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The reason? They urgently want politicians to ban the sale of alcohol, which they blame for a huge rise in domestic violence and rape cases in the region.

Although there are no figures to back this up, I have listened to woman after woman in different Indian villages and slums tell me how alcohol has brought misery into their homes in recent years, adding domestic violence and abject poverty to already difficult lives. I have even heard horror stories of fathers raping their own daughters while at their drunken worst. Apparently, everyone knows this kind of thing is happening but no one talks about it. The social worker who told me this said: “How can any woman talk about it. The father of her children will be jailed. The family will be finished off. The girls will never be married. This is India after all.”

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Benjamin Turner mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:34:23 GMT
A letter to Jesse Hughes from a fellow Bataclan survivor

I love your music, and I never thought you would become one of those spreaders of fear. Islam isn’t the problem – reducing people to stereotypes is

This post originally appeared on Ismael El Iraki’s Facebook page

Dear Jesse,

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Alfred Owens mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 08:49:27 GMT
Is Manchester United José Mourinho’s Mission Possible? We’ll soon find out | Alastair Campbell

The ‘Special One’ arrives at Old Trafford with a big ego but a damaged reputation. What happens next will come down to his ability to learn and adapt

Now that he has the Manchester United job he long-coveted, what does the resurrection of José Mourinho, and the demise of Louis van Gaal, say not just about football management but about leadership more generally?

The first thing is that if you are looking for lasting friendship and loyalty, you might be better off even in politics than in top-flight football management. There has been a real lack of class about the way Van Gaal’s departure has been handled, his one moment of triumph in winning the FA Cup last Saturday totally wrecked by the breaking news that he would soon be on his way.

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Jason Jackson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 06:30:32 GMT
Lecturers are striking against low-paid, casual work, which hurts students too | Nina Power

The contemporary university is a highly unbalanced and unfair place, with casualised workers bearing the brunt of the labour but the least amount of pay or security

Today and tomorrow thousands of academic staff will walk out of UK universities over pay and conditions. Following the collapse of talks with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, the University and College Union (UCU), has called the strike for several reasons: because the offer of 1.1% fails to address the 14.5% pay decline in real terms since 2009, and because of the gender pay gap of 12.6%. UCU has also drawn attention to the more than 5% rise in 2014-15 in vice-chancellor pay.

Crucially, UCU is also highlighting the massive rise in the proportion of university staff on insecure contracts – fixed term and zero-hours – who have little security but on whom universities depend to do much of the teaching, marking and admin: 49% are on these contracts.

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Clarence Howard mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 20:14:51 GMT
EU referendum poster aimed at minority ethnic vote causes controversy

Ad depicting sari-clad woman and skinhead designed to encourage voter registration but deemed ‘disgusting’ by Nigel Farage

Operation Black Vote, the campaign group that aims to persuade more minority ethnic people to get involved in politics, has produced a provocative poster with the slogan “a vote is a vote” as the deadline for registering to take part in the European Union referendum looms.

The deliberately hard-hitting campaign depicts an aggressive-looking skinhead on a see-saw, jabbing his finger at an Asian woman – who nevertheless sits level with him, to convey the message that everyone’s vote carries equal weight.

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Daniel Harrison mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:45:28 GMT
Southern Britain as hot as Hollywood over bank holiday, say forecasters

UK sees in summer with south to bask in temperatures similar to Los Angeles, but there will thunder and rain elsewhere

Parts of Britain will be as hot as Hollywood over the bank holiday weekend, despite some thunder and rain.

The UK will welcome the start of summer with a mainly warm weekend although there will be showers and thunderstorms at times.

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Benjamin Cooper mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:38:50 GMT
London population expected to surge as north loses workers

Barrow-in-Furness predicted to lose 4.3% of its population by 2024, while Tower Hamlets is expected to grow by 25%

Explosive growth in London’s East End boroughs will bring the capital’s population to nearly 10 million within eight years, according to official government projections, while towns in the north-east and north-west of England will see their populations fall.

Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria is projected to have the biggest fall in population in England, declining by 4.3% to 64,700 by 2024. It is at the head of a list of northern boroughs, including Blackpool, Blackburn, Hyndburn (Accrington, Lancashire) and Richmondshire (North Yorkshire) where the population is expected to shrink.

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Roy Turner mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:02:21 GMT
Google raid: McDonnell says HMRC must liaise with French 'urgently'

Shadow chancellor writes to George Osborne as UK tax officials hint they could revisit Google deal if new material emerges

UK tax officials must “urgently” liaise with the French authorities to see if they have evidence of wrongdoing by Google that relates to the company’s UK tax affairs, John McDonnell has said.

The shadow chancellor has written to George Osborne urging him to get any relevant information from France. HM Revenue and Customs has hinted it could revisit Google’s tax settlement, initially hailed by the chancellor as a “major success” in January but widely criticised since, if new material comes to light from European investigations.

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Travis Campbell mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:29:17 GMT
Rise in UK firearms trade may provide terrorists with weapons, say police

Met launches gun-crime crackdown in response to sharp rise in shootings and will target six boroughs across capital

Police have warned that the supply of guns to criminals in the UK has increased, adding to fears that weapons may be sold on to terrorists wanting to stage a Paris-style attack in Britain. The Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, announced a crackdown after the increase in firearms supply was coupled with a spike in shooting incidents in the last three months in London.

Since a marauding group of armed terrorists attacked Paris in November, killing 130 people, the focus on taking guns off Britain’s streets has intensified. As part of the crackdown, there will be more visible armed patrols visible in the capital. Officers with guns will support colleagues stopping people suspected of possessing firearms, Hogan-Howe said.

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Bruce Hughes mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:08:57 GMT
Tata Steel is considering retaining UK business

Source says performance of operations and financial support offered by government being evaluated as sales process continues

Tata Steel is considering keeping its UK business, raising hopes that the Port Talbot steelworks and 11,000 jobs can be saved.

Sources close to Tata Steel said it is evaluating the performance of its UK operations and the package of financial support that the government has offered, at the same time as running a sales process.

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Peter Owens mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:53:44 GMT
WTO head says leaving EU would cost UK consumers £9bn a year

Roberto Azevedo says Britain would be forced to renegotiate trade deals in move akin to joining WTO from scratch

The watchdog for global trade has said leaving the European Union would push back trade barriers at a cost of £9bn a year to British consumers.

World Trade Organisation boss, Roberto Azevedo, said Britain would be forced to renegotiate trade deals with all 161 WTO members in an unprecedented move that would be akin to joining from scratch. The impact of new tariffs in overseas markets would also be a burden for UK businesses, adding a further £5.5bn to the costs of trade, he said.

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Harold Parker mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:40:49 GMT
Woman facing jail after giving toddler electric shocks with dog collar

Lanna Monaghan also admitted kicking, biting and hitting boy aged three with a wooden spoon, Edinburgh high court hears

A woman who inflicted electric shocks on a toddler in her care using a dog training collar has been told that she will be jailed.

Lanna Monaghan, 34, admitted five charges of assault at Edinburgh high court on Wednesday. The offences took place in the Highlands in 2014 and 2015. Monaghan had seen the device being used and told a pet owner: “If it works on a dog it will work on kids.”

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Joshua Gordon mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:58:49 GMT
Iona Christian community in 'serious jeopardy'

Urgent appeal aims to raise £1.5m for building work on remote Hebridean island

A Christian community which attracts pilgrims from around the world to contemplate and pray amid the wild beauty of the Hebridean island of Iona is in “serious jeopardy”.

The Iona Community has launched an urgent appeal to raise £1.5m to redevelop the buildings of St Colomba’s monastery. Without the work, the community could become “unfit for purpose” within a few years.

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Roy Parker mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:27:21 GMT
Two arrested after nine men collapse from taking legal highs in Rochdale

One man said to be in life-threatening condition after taking drug known as Clockwork Orange

Two people from a tobacconist in Greater Manchester in connection with the collapse of nine men after they consumed legal highs in Rochdale. The owner of Clear Vapour on Oldham Road in Rochdale was arrested on Tuesday, along with an employee, Greater Manchester police (GMP) said. The shop has now closed.

On Tuesday in Rochdale, one man in his 30s had a heart attack and was left in a life-threatening condition. Police believe he had taken Clockwork Orange, a synthetic cannabinoid containing chemicals that are made to act like the active part of cannabis. Two other men, in their 30s and 40s, were also found in various states of consciousness around Rochdale on Tuesday afternoon.

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Edward Patterson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:16:49 GMT
Northern Ireland forms new power-sharing executive

Independent unionist appointed as justice minister, while seven other Stormont posts are shared between DUP and Sinn Féin

Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive has been formed, with Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist party appointing an independent unionist as the region’s new justice minister. The East Londonderry assembly member, Claire Sugden, will take up the justice portfolio, which the two big parties eschewed in order to avoid accusations of one community controlling the police and judicial system.

Four DUP and three Sinn Féin members will share the other ministries at Stormont. Sugden, 29, a former member of the Ulster Unionist party, replaces the Alliance party leader, David Ford, as justice minister. The four DUP ministers are Simon Hamilton at economy, Peter Weir at education, Paul Givan at communities, and Michelle McIlveen at agriculture, environment and rural affairs. The Sinn Féin ministers are Máirtín Ó Muilleoir at finance, Michelle O’Neill at health, and Chris Hazzard at infrastructure.

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Gregory Harris mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:44:06 GMT
Parents' anger at refugee welcoming prompts council apology

Staff and parents at the Teesside primary school ‘shocked’ to see Syrian new arrivals given tea at council building on its grounds

Council officials in Teesside have apologised after the arrival of a group of Syrian refugees was met with complaints from teachers and parents at a school.

The staff and parents at Overfields primary school in Redcar and Cleveland were said to have been taken aback when the refugees arrived at an empty council building in the grounds of the school.

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Travis Dixon mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:59:39 GMT
Leicester has lowest household disposable income in the UK

ONS says average disposable income per head in city was £12,071 in 2014, while Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham came top with £45,988

Leicester may have finished top of the Premier League but has less to celebrate when it comes to household purchasing power, slipping to the bottom of the UK table.

People in Leicester had disposable incomes of £12,071 on average in 2014, after taxes, social contributions and benefits were taken into account, according to regional figures from the Office for National Statistics. This is more than £5,000 below the UK average of £17,965.

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Steven Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:38:39 GMT
British Film Institute receives mystery £87m donation to build new HQ

Undisclosed donor revives long-held plan for BFI to move out of 1950s building on London’s South Bank

Plans for a new national centre for film and television on London’s South Bank are back on after a mystery investor offered £87m of the £130m project cost.

The British Film Institute (BFI) proposal had been backed personally by Gordon Brown and the last Labour government, which promised £45m of public money. But the financial crisis and change of government led to the commitment being withdrawn.

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Marvin Boyd mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:43:59 GMT
Two ex-judges guilty of misconduct after viewing porn at work

Solicitors Regulation Authority rebukes pair while third former judge remains under investigation for same offence

Two former judges sacked for viewing pornography on their office computers have been found guilty of misconduct by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the same offences and received a written rebuke.

Their conduct was described as “deliberate or reckless” by the SRA. A third judge sacked for watching pornography on his work computer is under investigation by the SRA.

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Anthony Howard mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:01:33 GMT
Neanderthals built mysterious cave structures 175,000 years ago

Constructions discovered deep in a French cave rank among the earliest human building projects ever discovered, but their purpose remains unclear

Mysterious structures found deep inside a French cave are the work of Neanderthal builders who lived in the region more than 100,000 years before modern humans set foot in Europe.

The extraordinary constructions are made from nearly 400 stalagmites that have been yanked from the ground and stacked on top of one another to produce rudimentary walls on the damp cave floor.

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Wayne Evans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:28:29 GMT
Ex-McDonald's CEO suggests replacing employees with robots amid protests

Ed Rensi mentions bringing in robots as thousands of McDonald’s workers demand a union and $15 an hour minimum wage at the shareholders meeting

As thousands of low-wage workers plan to protest at McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago on Thursday the company’s former US boss has warned them: if the minimum wage goes up, McDonald’s is likely to replace them with robots.

“I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry – it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging french fries,” the former US chief executive Ed Rensi told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo.

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Peter Gibson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:51:26 GMT
Can Elizabeth Warren unite a divided Democratic party to stop Trump?

Hopes are turning to the anti-establishment senator to heal the wounds of the Democratic race, and help the party build a united front for the general election

With polls warning that Hillary Clinton could lose the presidential election if she does not find a way to unite Bernie Sanders supporters behind her, hopes are turning to another champion of American progressives to heal the wounds of their long Democratic nomination battle.

Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts senator who rose to prominence fighting Wall Street, has so far carefully avoided taking sides in the ongoing struggle between Sanders and Clinton, declining to endorse either candidate after resisting intense pressure to run herself.

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Earl Parker mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:27:22 GMT
Belgian police detain four on suspicion of being in terrorist group

After police raids on houses in Antwerp, suspected recruiters are charged with participating in activities of terrorist group

Police in Belgium have detained four people on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group – accusing them of attempting to recruit people to fight with Islamist militants in Syria or Libya.

Following a police search of houses in Antwerp on Wednesday, two were formally arrested, with two others given a conditional release. The federal prosecutor’s office said all four were charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group.

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Antonio Clark mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:42:46 GMT
French gardener on trial for killing British expat was 'jealous', court told

Patricia Wilson, who was killed in her rural French home in 2012, said to have had a tumultuous relationship with the accused

The last person to see British expat Patricia Wilson alive has described her friend’s tumultuous relationship with the gardener accused of her murder - and how she frantically searched the rural French house for signs of life after realising she had gone missing.

Fiona McKinley, 61, who had a close relationship with Wilson, 58, described how she grew increasingly worried when she could not contact her friend, eventually using a spare key to enter her house, where she discovered pools of blood.

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Steven Simmons mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 20:06:16 GMT
Hillary Clinton's email server violated State Department rules, audit finds

Efforts by the former secretary of state to move on from her email controversy hit a major setback as investigation finds disregard for department guidelines

Hillary Clinton’s efforts to move on from a damaging email controversy suffered their biggest setback yet on Wednesday with the release of an internal report finding she broke multiple government rules by using a private server rather than more secure official communication systems.

The 78-page investigation by the inspector general of the State Department singled out several previously unknown breaches by Clinton while she was secretary of state, including the use of mobile devices to conduct official business without checking whether they posed a security risk.

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Steven Dixon mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:06:35 GMT
Canadian man found not criminally responsible in deadly stabbing rampage

Psychiatric experts: Matthew de Grood had mental disorder that made him incapable of appreciating or knowing that his actions that killed five were wrong

A Canadian man has been found not criminally responsible for killing five people in a 2014 stabbing rampage.

A judge delivered the verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew de Grood on Wednesday. Justice Eric Macklin of court of queen’s bench said he accepted findings from psychiatric experts who said De Grood had a mental disorder that rendered him incapable of appreciating or knowing that his actions were wrong.

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Jacob James mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:05:32 GMT
EU officials hail deal to release billions in bailout loans for Greece

Agreement to issue €10.6bn in two tranches represents climbdown for IMF and comes as Greek unions threaten strikes

European officials have hailed a late night deal to unlock €10.3bn (£7.8bn) of much needed bailout cash for Greece as a major breakthrough.

However, in Athens unions threatened further strikes in protest aagainst the contentious pension and tax reforms which paved the way for the agreement to be reached.

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Jacob Nelson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 21:24:19 GMT
Eleven states sue US government over transgender bathroom policy

States trying to overturn directive, which they call a ‘massive social experiment’, that schools allow students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity

Calling the Obama administration’s rules on transgender students “a massive social experiment”, Texas and 10 other states announced Wednesday that they are suing over the administration’s directive to US public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The lawsuit announced on Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge asks a judge to declare the White House’s directive unlawful.

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Allen Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:01:32 GMT
Lesbian couple arrested over public kiss in Hawaii say ordeal 'ripped us apart'

Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero recall six-month ‘nightmare’ that saw them at one point barred from returning to California and destroyed their relationship

The two lesbian women who recently won an $80,000 settlement from the city of Honolulu said that discrimination for kissing in a grocery store led to an ordeal that cost them seven months of their lives, and ultimately their relationship.

According to a lawsuit that Taylor Guerrero and Courtney Wilson filed against Officer Bobby Harrison and the city, Harrison saw the then vacationing couple kissing in a store aisle and told them to “take it somewhere else”. Later the women ran into him again, and he threatened to throw them out of the store.

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Craig Clark mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:02:47 GMT
Pegida activists protest at images of non-white German footballers on Kinder bars

Members of anti-refugee group protest against marketing campaign preceding European championships this summer

Supporters of Germany’s anti-immigration movement Pegida have expressed outrage that the blue-eyed blond boys on the packaging of Kinder chocolate bars are being replaced by children of African and Middle Eastern appearance – seemingly unaware that they are childhood photographs of players in their own national football team.

A photograph of two boxes of the chocolate bar – one carrying a childhood portrait of Gelsenkirchen-born midfielder Ilkay Gündogan, the other of Berlin-born defender Jérôme Boateng – were shared last week on the Facebook page of the Bodensee branch of the anti-refugee protest movement.

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Ronald Harrison mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:53:57 GMT
Russian banker sentenced to prison in US for conspiracy in spy ring

A Russian banker who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in what the government portrayed as a cold war-style spy ring has been sentenced to two and a half years in a US prison.

Evgeny Buryakov, 41, also was fined $10,000 by US district judge Richard M Berman, who said the sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime and protects the public.

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Carl Shaw mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:09:29 GMT
France fuel strike leads to tourist anxiety ahead of bank holiday weekend

Depot blockades and fuel shortages in France are set to cause chaos as the UK government and RAC issue warnings over potential petrol rationing

Steph Hoy has been following the news about the French fuel strike anxiously. On Thursday evening she is driving her 1960s Morris Minor to Portsmouth to catch the ferry to Cherbourg and begin a tour across France. Her car might have stood the test of time … but it still needs petrol. And right now, France is not coming across as the most inviting destination for a road trip.

“I’m pretty nervous,” she says. “If you look at the news, all you see is disgruntled workers burning piles of tyres and rioting.”

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Alan Martin mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:25:48 GMT
Obama expresses regret over alleged murder by US base worker in Japan

Obama said US would cooperate in investigation of airbase worker Kenneth Franklin Shizato, a case that could upset relocation of Okinawa military base

Barack Obama has expressed his “deepest regrets and condolences” over the suspected rape and murder of a Japanese woman by a worker at a US military base on the island of Okinawa, in a case that threatened to overshadow the opening of the Group of Seven leaders summit on Thursday.

Obama said he realised that the crime had “shaken up” people on Okinawa and across Japan: “The US is appalled by any violent crime that occurs by any US personnel or contractors,” he said.

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Jimmy Morales mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:51:51 GMT
India to install panic buttons on public buses to curb sex attacks

Emergency measures in response to fatal gang rape of Delhi medical student in 2012 will be compulsory from June

Panic buttons are to be made mandatory on India’s public buses “to ensure the safety of women”, the transport minister has said, more than three years after the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in Delhi.

The government said a series of measures designed to curb sexual violence against women would become law on 2 June.

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Walter Jackson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:11 GMT
University league tables 2017

Find a course at a UK university

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Roy Evans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 22:30:09 GMT
Unemployment and austerity 'increases cancer mortality'

Countries with universal health coverage have fewer casualties, according to Lancet study of cancer deaths

Hundreds of thousands of cancer deaths around the world may have occurred as a result of the recession of 2008, experts have said.

Unemployment and austerity were associated with more than 260,000 extra deaths of cancer patients in countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a study has shown. Those countries with universal health coverage (UHC), such as the UK, and a record of increased public health spending, had fewer casualties.

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Jerry West mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:12:05 GMT
A case that will run and run: Duracell and Energizer's court fight over rabbit mascots

Energizer lawsuit claims its rights to use pink bunny to advertise batteries in US have been violated by rival company

The Duracell and Energizer bunnies are set to fight it out in court, after a judge ruled that a legal tussle over the right to use a rabbit mascot can proceed.

Duracell failed in a bid to dismiss a lawsuit by Energizer, which claims that its rights to use a pink bunny to advertise batteries in the US have been violated. While Duracell’s bunny is 16 years older than Energizer’s, having been born in 1973, the latter firm has the sole right to sell rabbit-emblazoned batteries in the US.

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Steve Henry mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 18:34:14 GMT
Diver claims to have found UK submarine wreck off Sardinia

Diving club says ‘manned torpedoes’ on exterior identify HMS P311 which was lost during second world war

An Italian diver claims to have located the long-lost wreck of the British submarine HMS P311, which was downed off Sardinia during the second world war.

Diver Massimo Bondone told the La Nuova Sardegna daily he found the P311 at a depth of 80 metres (262 ft) off the isle of Tavolara during a dive last weekend.

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Dennis Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 20:35:43 GMT
Shakespeare's first four folios sell at auction for almost £2.5m

Books, originally sold as separate lots, were all purchased by anonymous American collector from Christie’s auction

Copies of William Shakespeare’s first four books, dubbed the “Holy Grail of publishing”, have sold for almost £2.5m at auction.

Christie’s said they were sold as separate lots on Wednesday but were all bought by an anonymous private American collector.

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Jeff James mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:53:35 GMT
Why living on Isis Close might affect your post – but not your house price

Residents of an Oxford cul-de-sac have found their online orders blocked by PayPal. They’re the latest victims of what has become known as the ‘Scunthorpe problem’

Isis Close is not a new category of national terror-threat levels, but an address in Oxford where it’s hard to get your veg box delivered. So says a university lecturer in the town, who reports this week that PayPal’s security algorithms have blocked online orders to the cul-de-sac.

The firm said it was legally required to scan for terror references but did it best to eliminate anomalies, a particular challenge in Oxford, where the city’s stretch of the Thames was called the Isis long before the word took on a bloodier meaning.

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Steven Simmons mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:51:15 GMT
Eight ways to be an Instagram master

Former magazine editor Eva Chen’s photo game was so good the app hired her to share her wisdom. Here are her top tips to create Instagold

Eva Chen is the queen of Instagram. The former Lucky magazine editor’s Insta game is so good that the social platform gave her a job as head of fashion partnerships. Her contribution to the artistic canon of Instagram is what’s known as the Eva Chen pose: feet up in the back of a taxi, showing off her shoes, alongside a handbag and a piece of fruit. Sort of Caravaggio with Chanel pumps and a filter. This week, @evachen212 was dispensing her Instagram wisdom to the fashion industry, who, being in the throes of a massive love affair with the medium, lapped it up. But what about people who aren’t brands but who want to get ahead on Instagram? We asked her for her top tips.

Don’t overthink it.

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Kyle Burns mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:00:02 GMT
Compare the meerkat? Meerkats watch rivals’ growth and eat to compete

Faced with a rapidly fattening rival, meerkats respond by eating more in an urgent effort not to slip down the social hierarchy, a new study shows

“Unfairness bothers children greatly.” This quotation comes from Karen Joy Fowler’s 2014 novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and it comes to mind on an almost daily basis as I struggle to manage the tensions between my two pre-teen boys.

It is also a sentiment that appears to apply to meerkats, according to a nifty little study out today.

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Wayne Ramos mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:21:29 GMT
The suit jacket is in crisis, so what's next in men's tailoring?

From broken suits to leather jackets, Ryan Gosling, Seal, Shawn Mendes, Zayn Malik and Nick Jones model multiple alternatives to the suit jacket

“I strongly dislike suit jackets,” Kanye West tweeted recently, highlighting the sea change that’s brewing in men’s tailoring. If the identikit black-tie uniform of red-carpet menswear has for years been looking as if it has been styled by a particularly unimaginative spambot, 2016 has proved the exception to the rule – with the suit jacket among the casualties. The most forward thinking looks have come from those eschewing typical black suit jackets in favour of sartorial spin. Here are some of the alternative looks that work …

The broken suit jacket: Ryan Gosling

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Joshua Gordon mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:45:00 GMT
The Voices Within by Charles Fernyhough review – why do we talk to ourselves?

We experience some kind of inner speech for at least a quarter of our waking lives. This helps some, while others set out to reduce the chatter. And how does it relate to God?

When you talk to yourself, who exactly is doing the talking, and who the listening? Walt Whitman wrote: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself. / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” But who are these multitudes? And who let them all in? Thus does language tempt us to posit a concert hall of homunculi within the head.

Charles Fernyhough’s fascinating and elegantly humane book is aware of the problem, but doesn’t attempt to solve it (doing so would probably require a true theory of consciousness). Instead he starts with the existence of what is technically termed “inner speech”, and sketches a theory of how it occurs. He inquires into its phenomenology (the feel of the subjective experience of talking to oneself), and he offers an intriguing developmental account of how we come to do it at all, and why it is so useful.

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Jerry Campbell mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:11:09 GMT
Off-street parking: Florence road collapse sinks row of cars

Stretch of Italian city near famous Ponte Vecchio caves in after waterpipe it sat on broke, plunging 20 vehicles into ditch

A stretch of street has collapsed in central Florence, dropping a row of parked cars into an underground pipeline and cutting water supplies to part of the ancient city.

About 200 metres (650ft) of road running up to the famous Ponte Vecchio caved in when a major waterpipe it was sitting on broke, the city’s mayor, Dario Nardella, said.

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Anthony Watson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:31:03 GMT
Stunning haute couture TV show recreates Nazi-occupied Paris … in Wales

Eight-part drama The Collection is about a Paris fashion house emerging from the dark days of Nazi occupation

Film-makers have recreated the back streets of Paris – in Wales.

It was cheaper to construct entire buildings, alleys and courtyards in a back lot of a Swansea studio for a major TV drama set in post-war Paris than to film in actual French locations.

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Walter Thompson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:29:29 GMT
The Night Watch review – captures the heart of Sarah Waters' love story

Royal Exchange, Manchester
Time runs backwards in Hattie Naylor’s exceptional adaptation of the best-selling novel about women condemned to their own personal circles of hell in 1940s London

In wartime London, people went underground. In the aftermath they went to the cinema, to fill the time and stave off the discomforting void that follows a crisis. Kay, a former ambulance driver on the night watch, finds herself drifting into picture houses at random, often watching the second half first. “I almost prefer them that way,” she explains. “People’s pasts are so much more interesting than their futures.”

Hattie Naylor’s adaptation of the novel by Sarah Waters has a similarly disorientating effect. It dispenses with the usual courtesies of exposition; plunging you without ceremony into a drab, postwar world full of drab, postwar people whose interrelationships and experiences are entirely opaque. Urgent information is exchanged concerning a missing ring and a pair of peach-coloured silk pyjamas, although the significance of these objects is unclear. It is as if you’ve mistakenly wandered in after the interval.

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Dennis Foster mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:00:02 GMT
Is the Votin campaign really this #lame – or are they just pullin our legs?

The Stronger In’s appeal to Britain’s yoof to keep on chillin, workin, learnin and livin in the EU has been mocked for tryin too hard. But, it might just get young people talkin about the referendum ...

Name: Votin.

Age: Brand new.

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Jerry Torres mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:00:40 GMT
DC Rebirth: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman get rebooted … again

DC Comics is starting over to simplify storylines across seven decades and 52 worlds. With so many heroes, should DC be more careful with the reset button?

This week, DC Comics presses the reset button on its universe of characters … yet again. From today, everything will be slightly different in the world of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman just so it can, paradoxically, stay the same for just that bit longer.

The DC Rebirth event is masterminded by writer Geoff Johns and is introduced in a special comic book that will set the stall out for the equivalent of a digital remastering of the DC Universe. Many are waiting to be pleasantly surprised by what Johns has in store, but news of some of the headline changes “leaked out” (for which read: somebody busted the embargo on the DC press release) at the weekend, so DC made its announcements a little early.

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Adam Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:17:32 GMT
A View from Islington North review – satirical sketches skewer Osborne and May

Arts theatre, London
George Osborne becomes a sex slave in a lethal piece by David Hare alongside short political plays by Caryl Churchill, Mark Ravenhill, Alistair Beaton and Stella Feehily

At a time when Michael Gove suggests Albania would be a suitable model for a post-Brexit Britain, it is difficult for political satire to match reality. But while I theoretically welcome the return of a topical sketch show to the West End, this one, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, turns out to be a distinctly patchy affair. Three of the pieces – by Mark Ravenhill, Caryl Churchill and Stella Feehily – have been seen before, which leaves David Hare and Alistair Beaton to inject a note of urgency into the proceedings.

Hare’s Ayn Rand Takes a Stand is the best item of the evening in that it uses barbed comedy to expose the paradoxes in current Conservative thinking. Ayn Rand was a novelist whose passionate advocacy of laissez-faire capitalism is popular in US rightwing circles and has allegedly inspired our own business secretary, Sajid Javid. But Hare imagines Rand – magnificently played by Ann Mitchell as a throaty, entrepreneurial Mae West – projected into the present to confront George Osborne (here identified by his middle name of Gideon) and Theresa May.

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Benjamin Evans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:46:32 GMT
Vegan taste test: from kebabs to wagon wheels

Vegan diets are varied and healthy – but everyone craves a ready-meal and a biscuit sometimes. So, we got three experts – two vegan, one omnivore – to rate meatless mains, snacks and desserts. Here’s the best we found - share your own favourites below

Be gone 5:2, paleo, and #eatclean; this summer, everything’s coming up vegan. New research by Ipsos Mori revealed there are now over half a million vegans in Britain – a jump of 350% in the last decade. Google searches for “vegan” have doubled in the last five years, and the number of vegan-friendly products in the UK grew by 134% between 2012 and 2015. The numbers are rising, and while fashion and the “lifestyle” version of healthy eating plays its part (last we heard, J-Lo was still struggling bravely on without butter), for many people, the link between meat consumption and greenhouse gas emissions is increasingly difficult to ignore.

Having a plant-based diet isn’t as difficult - or joyless - as the old jokes imply. If you have the time and inclination to cook, you can create thousands of tasty, healthy and exciting dishes with inspiration from Indian, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines (to name a few). But cooking from scratch isn’t always practical. Whether you’re coming home from work late, are off to a barbecue, fancy a guilty treat, or if you’re just not a natural star in the kitchen, there ought to be good options for prepared vegan food. Our panel – a hardcore vegan, a recent vegetarian-to-vegan convert, and omnivorous cookery columnist Felicity Cloake, who recently went vegan for the week – joined forces to give the market a thorough testing.

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Jeff Crawford mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 09:03:41 GMT
Antisocial network: how self-deprecation is taking over the internet

It used to be Instagram posts of glamorous parties and beach selfies. Now it’s Netflix and bragging about your chilled weekend

Social media is often called out as an outlet for bragging. Or its spin-off, the #humblebrag. We hear all the time about how the pressure to keep up with the shiny, happy people we see on Facebook is making our mental health suffer.

It can seem that everyone else’s existence is all #marbs, postcoital selfies, and smug invitation acceptances. Except for my Instagram feed, which is literally just pictures of Hampstead Heath.

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Chad Cruz mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:44:17 GMT
New Taliban leader's daunting task: uniting group as officials seek peace

Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzadah inherits a divided movement after a US drone strike killed Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, while governments hope he is open to talks

As he assumes his job as new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzadah faces contradictory expectations.

Inside the militant group, many will look to him as a unifier, to calm tensions in the fractious movement.

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Melvin Cooper mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 05:00:30 GMT
The enduring whiteness of the American media | Howard French

What three decades in journalism has taught me about the persistence of racism in the US

Over the course of 2014, America seemed to reawaken to one of its oldest preoccupations: the reality of how race is lived in the United States, and in particular the many stark disparities that persist between black and white people.

The continued existence of racial inequality in the United States was not exactly news – but the shocking deaths of a series of unarmed black men at the hands of the police made the issue impossible to ignore. The killing of Eric Garner, who was wrestled to the ground and choked to death by police on a New York City sidewalk in July 2014, confronted the public with a disturbing question: how was it possible that a black man could be killed for the trifling infraction of selling loose cigarettes? Garner’s dying words – “I can’t breathe” – captured on video, would soon become the rallying cry of a nascent movement, Black Lives Matter.

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Nicholas Watson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:30:49 GMT
Why dinosaur extinction is only half the story of killer asteroid's impact | Susannah Lydon

We tend to focus on the extinction of the dinosaurs, but the plant fossil record holds different parts of the story of life - and death - at the end of the Cretaceous

The extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous Period, 66 million years ago, is the most well-known of the “Big Five” mass extinctions in the fossil record, even if it wasn’t the biggest. That accolade goes to the Great Dying at the end of the Permian Period, about 250 million years ago, when up to 96% of species became extinct. But since the dinosaurs weren’t around for that mass extinction, it hasn’t entered the popular consciousness in quite the same way.

Like most things to do with mass extinctions, even the naming of the Cretaceous event is not without controversy. Many researchers still refer to it as the K-T extinction, where K refers, confusingly, to the Cretaceous (Kreide in German) and T stands for Tertiary (the old name for the subsequent geological period, which has since been split in two). More correctly it is now referred to as the Cretaceous-Palaeogene, or K-Pg, mass extinction.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:00:09 GMT
Top 10 chases in literature

From Moby-Dick to Mr Ripley, the best stories of pursuit provide both compulsive plots and insights into a strangely intimate relationship

One of the appeals of chase stories is that they speak to experiences we’ve all known. We’ve all walked down a deserted street afraid that someone is following us. As children, we revelled in games where we hid from other people. And of course, if somebody is hiding, it usually means that somebody else is seeking.

In writing my latest novel, I thought a lot about the visceral fear of those being pursued, the dogged commitment of the pursuer – and the ties that bind them together. The result is Long Time Lost, a story about a network of people, hidden throughout Europe, in a privately operated and highly illegal protection scheme. When the scheme’s security is breached, there is no safety net and the chase is on.

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Mark Owens mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:47:19 GMT
Do people start losing friends at a certain age? | Guardian readers and Sarah Marsh

A study suggests that after the age of 25 we don’t have as many friends. We asked people whether this was the case for them

Tell us your thoughts in the comments

What was it like being 25? Maybe during this time in your life you got your first job or met the love of your life, but something else might have been happening during this fateful year: you started making fewer friends.

A new study suggests that both men and women continue to make lots of friends until the age of 25, but after this, it’s claimed that friendships begin to fall away rapidly, with the decline continuing for the rest of our lives.

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Roy Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:59:09 GMT
Atrocious toilets and too few bins: why we're not eco-friendly at work

Most of us ignore our environmental responsibilities in the workplace, research suggests. We asked you to share your experiences – and this is what you told us

My workplace removed individual waste bins, to encourage people to think more about where they put their waste. All this has done is breed a surprising resentment and apathy. By the time I’ve walked the five yards to the bin, I can rarely bring myself to think about which very specific receptacle (policed by an A4 side of dos and don’ts) the rubbish goes in, let alone care.
Catherine, London

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:00:33 GMT
Found art: Cornelia Parker and Jarvis Cocker share their spoils

The tooth of a sperm whale, a street sign to a ghost village, issues of Romania Today … Cornelia Parker’s new show is a treasure trove of finds chanced upon by everyone from Jarvis Cocker to Marina Warner

What is it to be found? The idea presupposes that something has once been lost; if it’s an object, it can long outlive the loser and bring with it, in its re-emergence, the breath of a forgotten time. Late last century, in the drains of the Roman amphitheatre in London, bits of gold jewellery were found. Not much use to the woman who’d mislaid them in some second-century crush. Finding can be an act of love: the rescue of something or someone that has been otherwise overlooked. Or it can be an act of aggression. All archaeology involves an element of disturbance, of destruction. So does the “discovery” of continents and peoples. Some things do not want to be found.

The loss of children is one of the largest of human tragedies, and their finding is one of the oldest and most persistent stories of folklore: Moses; Romulus and Remus. The story is always about how the child’s true identity, usually deliberately suppressed, reasserts itself. Oliver Twist’s plot is partly motored by the malevolent destruction of the tokens – a letter and a locket – that would prove who he really was.

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Kyle Hughes mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 09:08:14 GMT
Mikheil Saakashvili: 'Ukraine's government has no vision for reform'

A year after becoming governor of Odessa, the combative ex-Georgian president talks about his anti-corruption drive and his frustration with Petro Poroshenko

When Mikheil Saakashvili was appointed governor of the Ukrainian region of Odessa a year ago, the former Georgian president constantly mentioned Vladimir Putin. Reforms in post-revolution Ukraine, and attempts to reform Russophone Odessa, were all part of a grand plan to stick two fingers up to the Kremlin, and prove to both Ukrainians and Russians that post-Soviet life could be transformed to remove corrupt elites and promote democratic values.

A year later, and Saakashvili still talks about Putin, during a late-night interview at his residence on the outskirts of Odessa. But as well as the Russian president, the man who crushed his Georgian army during a brief 2008 war, Saakashvili also has increasingly tough words for the man who appointed him to his new role in Odessa: the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko.

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Kevin Campbell mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 06:30:32 GMT
Story of cities #50: the reclaimed stream bringing life to the heart of Seoul

When the Cheonggyecheon Stream replaced a traffic-filled stretch of elevated freeway with public space, water and vegetation it looked like a modern urbanist’s dream. The reality is more complicated, finds Colin Marshall

In September 2005, the new Cheonggyecheon Stream opened in downtown Seoul, looking for all the world like a modern urbanist’s dream come true: not just a pedestrian-only public space bringing water and vegetation into the centre of a dense metropolitan area of 25 million, but one built where a traffic-filled stretch of elevated freeway used to stand.

It also reclaimed the role of the original stream, which flowed through the site before the city’s aggressively development-minded government paved over it in the late 1950s and, two decades later, built the Cheonggye Expressway – then a proud symbol of urban progress for the 1970s.

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Marvin Hughes mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 04:46:56 GMT
Japan's women of the sea hope G7 will boost their dying way of life

The ama divers of the Shima peninsula, who harvest shellfish from the seabed, see the nearby gathering of world leaders as a chance to promote their culture

Michiko Nakamura can personally vouch for the provenance of the oysters and clams bubbling away on the grill inside her hut in Osatsu, a fishing village overlooking the Pacific ocean.

Related: Japanese vagina kayak artist found guilty of obscenity

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Douglas Thompson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:05:06 GMT
Have you had weight-loss surgery? Share your story

Surgeons say more operations would improve health and save the NHS money in the long term. What do you think?

More obese patients should be offered weight-loss surgery to make people healthier and save the NHS money, medical professionals have said.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, bariatric surgeons say fewer than 1% of people who could benefit are getting surgery, and the numbers are falling rather than rising. They warn that the UK is lagging behind other countries in Europe, and argue that the procedures could help 2.6 million obese people in the UK.

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Sean Crawford mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:45:00 GMT
Revisiting Roots: how was your family affected by the slave trade?

A new adaptation of Alex Haley’s book Roots airs at the end of May. If the transatlantic slave trade had an impact on you or your family, we’d like to hear from you

An adaptation of Alex Haley’s story of an African who is sold into slavery in America, the original series of Roots won nine Emmys. It was seen by 100 million viewers – among the most watched TV broadcasts of the past 40 years. Now, nearly 40 years on a remake of the epic drama is returning to our screens. Covering the American Revolution, Civil War and emancipation, it chronicles the life of Kunta Kinte and the life of his family over the years.

Documenting the appalling plight of African America’s slave ancestors the new show follows films such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Addressing those who questioned why he made the film McQueen said, “people want to close their eyes on some subjects. They want to keep on going, they don’t want to look behind them.”

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Billy Burns mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 09:49:08 GMT
Where do you find a sense of community outside organised religion?

With the Christian population in England and Wales outnumbered by people saying they have no religion, we’d like to hear about the communities near you

The figure for people identifying as having no religion has almost doubled since 2011, outweighing the number of Christians in England and Wales.

The proportion of the population who identify as having no religion – referred to as “nones” – reached 48.5% in 2014, almost double the figure of 25% in the 2011 census. Those who define themselves as Christian – Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations – made up 43.8% of the population.

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Lee Torres mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:52:49 GMT
Lost and found: share photos and stories about the objects that have changed you

To coincide with Cornelia Parker’s latest exhibition, we’d like to see photos of objects close to your heart and the stories behind them

This summer, artist Cornelia Parker is curating a group exhibition at The Foundling Museum in London, in which more than 60 artists, writers and composers have been asked to respond to the word “found,” by contributing a found object that means something to them. To coincide with the exhibition we’d like to see photos of your own items that hold a special value to you.

Do you have a special object that you have found that tells a specific story in your life? Maybe it was something you thought you’d lost long ago only to rediscover it when having a clear out or moving house? Whether it’s an item found on the street, a charity shop or an object of sentimental value that has been passed down to you from older generations, share your found objects with us, and tell us the stories behind them.

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Patrick Richardson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:47:42 GMT
Should the government ban second home ownership? – as it happened

Catch up on our live discussion on this topic below the line

We’re wrapping things up below the line. Thanks to everyone who took part by sending in comments below the line or contributing to our anonymous form.

Right, that's all for now, but please share your views on the discussion in the form.

We hope to be doing another one next week so stay tuned!

Readers have been comparing the situation in the UK with that of other European countries. Here’s a view from a Danish citizen in London:

I believe there is a case for greater regulation of second homes and of homes left empty. It might be an idea to empower local councils to designate whether certain properties can be held for secondary use, such as weekend/holiday, or whether they must be occupied by a full-time resident, registered for council tax/electoral roll/general taxation. This is the system in Denmark, where there are designated “leisure” properties. Sometimes these are among standard residential properties, and often they are in particular zones, which have less intense local services - such as rubbish collection - outside the holiday seasons.

Sone municipalities in Norway where there are lovely historical buildings require the owner to live there for a substantial part of the year (forgotten exact%) which has resulted in some areas vecoming vibrant hubs of small artisan businesses instead of vacant holiday houses for the rich from Oslo.
Perhaps there's a place for a limit on investment ( haven't really thought that out) and more so for a hefty unoccupied tax for houses left vacant most of the time. Money to be used for construction.

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Fred Jackson mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:34:05 GMT
Have you lost friends as you've got older? | Sarah Marsh

A study suggests that after the age of 25 we don’t have as many friends. Tell us if this seems accurate based on your own experiences

There is no doubt that friendships change over time, but is there also a point when they start to fade?

This is something scientists have looked at in a study that shows both men and women continue to make lots of friends until the age of 25. After this, it’s claimed that friendships begin to fall away rapidly, with the decline continuing for the rest of our lives.

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Chad Nelson mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:38:27 GMT
Europeans: what do you like about living and working in the UK?

If you’re a European in the UK we’d like to hear what you do for a living and why you enjoy living in the UK

Ahead of the EU referendum economists have been scrutinising how jobs will be affected if the UK was to leave Europe, and what Brexit might mean for employment rights.

Related: Work after Brexit: the biggest winners and losers for UK jobs

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Adam Gray mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:28:25 GMT
Sleepwalkers' stories: 'I could have died and no one would have known' | Guardian readers and Sarah Marsh

One in 50 adults are believed to suffer from episodes of sleepwalking. Here, five people tell us about their experiences

Police covered up a naked sleepwalker in Manchester this weekend after finding them wandering the streets.

The person in question is said to have seen the funny side of their nocturnal adventures, asking for a selfie from the officers who found them.

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Kevin Marshall mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:01:10 GMT
'I began to accept the thought of death': Fort McMurray school students on fleeing the wildfire

Three weeks ago a raging wildfire forced a mass evacuation in Fort McMurray, Alberta. A teacher and her students describe the day the fire engulfed their town, how they cope with the loss and and their determination to return and rebuild

Patricia Budd is a writer and English teacher at Father Patrick Mercredi community high school in Fort McMurray, a city in the heart of Alberta’s oil sands. On 3 May, she was one of 88,000 people forced to flee the city from unprecedented wildfires.

Soon after her escape along with her husband, Simon, and their Maltese terrier, Budd responded to a Guardian callout asking for witness accounts. “This is a tragedy beyond psychological scope,” she wrote. “The mind refuses to take it all in. I find I am addicted to the news and social media. And, like a bad habit, I watch horror scenes and relive fears, emphatically live through the terrors of my fellow citizens until I can no longer cope. I shut off the phone only to masochistically turn it back on. I hate knowing. I desperately need to know.”

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Chris James mail: | web: | when: Fri, 06 May 2016 16:38:21 GMT
Euro 2016: what hopes do you have for your team?

Ahead of the tournament we’d like to hear from football fans across Europe about what expectations you have for your team

France will kick off Euro 2016 against Romania at the Stade de France in just over two weeks’ time. The tournament hosts are hoping to win the European Championship for a third time, while holders Spain aim to bounce back from their disappointing World Cup showing two years ago.

With 24 teams competing across 10 venues in nine French cities, football fever is likely to grip the entire nation. Now we’d like to hear from football fans across Europe who are cheering on their teams this summer.

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Bruce Garcia mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:07:15 GMT
Is your family at war over the EU referendum?

If disagreements over Britain’s impending EU vote are souring your family relations, we would like to hear from you

Polling cards have started to arrive in households across the UK, as the EU referendum heads into view. With a month to go, one criticism of the referendum debate has been that it has been dominated by rowing members of the Conservative party, making the whole thing seem more like an internal family matter rather than a cool-headed assessment of what’s best for the future of the country.

We wouldn’t for a moment wish to suggest any similarities between your clan and the Tories, but we would like to know whether the referendum has had any impact on your family relationships.

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Carl Harrison mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:49:22 GMT
Austria presidential election: how did you vote?

After Alexander Van der Bellen’s narrow victory, we want to hear from Austrian voters on what it means for the country

Alexander Van der Bellen has narrowly won Austria’s presidential election, preventing far-right candidate Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU’s first far-right head of state.

It is the first time since 1945 that Austria’s president will not be from the centrist Social Democrats (SPÖ) or People’s party (ÖVP). While the Austrian presidency is mainly a ceremonial role, the rejection of the centrist parties and the rise of Hofer’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) reveal a country increasingly divided over issues such as unemployment and immigration.

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Travis Carter mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:51:17 GMT
How can we improve the lives of young people in care?

We want to hear from people who have been or are in care about the reforms needed to better help looked-after children

In March 2015, 69,540 children in England were in the care of local authorities, up 68,800 from 2014.

But questions have been raised about how these young people are looked after – with new research showing that children in care are six times more likely to be cautioned or convicted of a crime than other young people.

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Jason Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:00:11 GMT
Are you a sleepwalker? Tell us about it | Sarah Marsh

Police covered up a naked sleepwalker in Manchester this weekend. What situations have you found yourself in?

Imagine this: at the crack of dawn, while you’re still asleep, you leave your hotel room completely naked and walk out into the street. When you wake up the police have been called and you find yourself being escorted back to your hotel.

That’s what happened to one individual in Manchester this weekend in what has been described as a case of somnambulism (AKA sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism or noctambulism). The person in question is said to have seen the funny side of their nocturnal adventures, asking for a selfie from the officers who found them.

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Arthur Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:06:41 GMT
Tell us about your travellers' tiffs

Have you ever experienced a major fall out with your travel companion/s on a long trip? If so, we’d like to hear from you

Extended trips, when travelling companions are living in each others’ pockets for months on end, are often intense experiences that can make or break friendships and relationships.

We want to hear your stories of travelling fall outs. Have you had a major barney with your travel companion on a long trip? Ended up going your separate ways three weeks into a gap year? Or did a group trip end up – for one or more parties – as a solo journey?

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Melvin Turner mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 07:44:07 GMT
Your ideas: tell us what you want to read about this week

Have you seen a news story you think we should be covering – or is there a more timeless idea you’d like to read about? Let us know here

Last week brought us the Queen’s speech, a deal on junior doctors’ contracts, criticism of Justin Trudeauand his wife Sophie – and reports that Grayson Perry had created a phallic sculpture. But what would you like to read about this week?

Tell us about the stories that have caught your eye recently – whether in the news, or on a more timeless topic. What would you like to read about the subject? Is there a voice you think is particularly missing in the discussion?

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Daniel Crawford mail: | web: | when: Sat, 21 May 2016 05:00:04 GMT
Readers’ recipe swap: Miso | Dale Berning Sawa

The salty, umami kick of this Japanese staple makes this a jar that goes far …

A bowl of miso soup is as instant a homemade meal can get, and as satisfying an instant one can be. It has the saltiness that makes bacon so addictive, the warming depth you long for when you’re really hungry, and a lightness that doesn’t usually go hand in hand with something this savoury. And while that soup might be reason enough to always have a pot of miso in your fridge, the potential this paste contains within its robust bulk is nothing short of remarkable.

Made by fermenting soya beans with salt and koji (the fungus Aspergillus oryzae used to make soy sauce and other Asian ferments), it is what is added to those basic ingredients that determines the type of miso achieved. Hatcho (or mame) miso is 100% soya bean miso; rice gives kome miso, and barley, mugi miso; aka miso is red and aged, while shiro (white) miso is sweet and young, made with more rice and barley than soya.

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Gregory Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 21 May 2016 21:45:24 GMT
Spring in your step: readers' photos on the theme of bloom

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of bloom via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

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Edward Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Fri, 20 May 2016 15:15:29 GMT
Sports quiz of the week: FA Cup final, Euro 2016, Sevilla and a cuddly wolf

This week’s quiz won’t be joining the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers

The first and last goals of the 2015-16 Premier League season were both own goals scored at Old Trafford. Who scored them?

Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind

Kyle Walker and Chris Smalling

Kyle Naughton and Ashley Young

Jan Vertonghen and Dan Gosling

The Giro d’Italia’s mascot – a big cuddly wolf – has been banned after a complaint from whom?

Disney (who thought the wolf looked too much like their 'big bad wolf')

The Wolverhampton Wanderers owners

French farmers

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Which goalkeeper kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season?

Petr Cech

Joe Hart

David de Gea

Kasper Schmeichel

Who were the last team not from Spain to win a European final (Champions League, Europa League or European Championship)?

Zenit St Petersburg


Bayern Munich


The last time Manchester United played Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final Gary O’Reilly scored for Palace. What was unusual about O’Reilly's goalscoring record?

It was his only goal for Crystal Palace in four seasons with the club

He only ever scored two goals for Palace: one in the 1990 semi-final and the other in the final

He scored 15 goals for the club and they were all headers

He scored 15 goals for the club and they were all in the FA Cup

What is the missing phrase from this letter given to members of Muirfield golf club: 'The introduction of lady members is bound to create difficulties. Regardless of the conventions when they first join they are likely over time to question our foursomes play, our match system, the uncompromising challenge our fine links present, our *********. It will take a very special lady golfer to be able to do all the things that are expected of them.'

Drinking habits

Dress sense

Lunch arrangements

Gender politics

Which of these clubs has not qualified for a play-offs final?

Sheffield Wednesday

Hull City

AFC Wimbledon


When it comes to Euro 2016, which of these players is the odd one out?

Fernando Torres

Theo Walcott

Dejan Lovren

Bastian Schweinsteiger

How many times have Sevilla won the Europa League in the last decade?





Why has Hiroshi Hoketsu, the 75-year-old who was hoping to become the oldest competing Olympian of all time in Rio de Janeiro, pulled out of the Games?

His doctor advised him to pull out

The Japan equestrian team promoted another rider

His horse fell ill

He said that after four Olympic Games he was 'ready to relax'

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Henry Shaw mail: | web: | when: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:18:03 GMT
Are you in an open relationship? Tell us about it | Sarah Marsh

Saira Khan surprised Loose Women viewers by revealing she has given her husband permission to sleep with other women. Can you relate to this?

There has been a lot of discussion on open relationships lately, with ongoing reports about a celebrity threesome, and the TV personality Saira Khan saying she has given her husband permission to sleep with other women (something he later denied).

Khan said on ITV’s Loose Women that the reason her husband could have an affair was because she had lost her sex drive. “We used to have a fantastic sex life. I still love my husband, we cuddle up and it’s lovely. We’ve been together for 11 years, but I’m not interested [in sex]. I don’t want to,” she said.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Thu, 19 May 2016 19:00:19 GMT
Readers recommend: share your songs about ships and boats

Post your nominations in the comments and a reader will pick a selection of eligible tracks for a playlist next week

This week we want to hear your songs on the theme of ships and boats. Think lyrics and song titles and post your nomination in the comments.

You can find a list of all songs previously picked and so ineligible for the series here.

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Todd Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Thu, 19 May 2016 13:45:22 GMT
Odd ones out: share your photos of the most out of place city buildings

Leftover heritage or new developments in cities can sometimes stick out like sore thumbs. Share your photos of incongruous city buildings with GuardianWitness

As cities develop and change, so their streetscapes often become a mix of different architectural styles and eras. But some buildings, either daring new additions or leftovers from a previous time, stick out like a sore thumb (perhaps a beautiful sore thumb, but still).

One of my favourite examples of this, though admittedly on the silver screen, comes at the end of Batteries Not Included (a brilliant film which although technically about flying alien robots made of scrap metal is essentially about resisting corporate-led urban development and the destruction of built heritage) when we see a small, historic, stand-alone Manhattan apartment block surrounded by a sea of monolithic slick skyscrapers. I was always reminded of this vision when driving past the Albert Tavern in Westminster, London, which is a Grade II-listed Victorian four-storey brick building surrounded by glassy modern high-rise offices (pictured above).

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Gregory Crawford mail: | web: | when: Thu, 19 May 2016 09:22:14 GMT
Recipe swap: raspberries

Share your raspberry recipes with us for a chance to have them printed in Cook

To be in with chance of being crowned Guardian home cook of the year, share your raspberry recipes with us. Email, upload them to GuardianWitness or post them on Instagram @guardian_cook #RRS #raspberries by noon on Wednesday 25 May. Selected recipes will appear in Cook and online on 4 June.

You can share your raspberry recipes and photos by clicking on the ‘Contribute’ button on this article. You can also use the Guardian app and search for ‘GuardianWitness assignments.’

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Lee Marshall mail: | web: | when: Wed, 18 May 2016 14:31:29 GMT
How does the fracking debate affect you? Share your experiences

Whether you are taking part in protests or live in an area threatened by proposals we’d like to hear from you

Residents of Kirby Misperton in north Yorkshire wait in anticipation to hear whether a planning application to frack a well near the village will be approved or not.

Related: In the timeless Yorkshire moors of my childhood, the frackers are poised to start drilling

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 18 May 2016 09:45:26 GMT
EU students: how would Brexit affect you studying in the UK?

We’d like to hear from EU students about whether they’d still come to UK universities if Britain leaves the EU. Share your views below

If you are a non-UK university student from the EU, we would like to know your views on what impact the EU referendum will have for you and your education.

There are roughly 125000 non-UK, EU students enrolled on degree courses in the UK, paying domestic fees and eligible for student loans. There’s been a debate about whether Brexit would discourage European students from studying in UK in the future, or indeed impact those here already.

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Chad Gray mail: | web: | when: Tue, 17 May 2016 18:29:13 GMT
What's it like to be LGBTI where you live? Share your experiences

We’d like you to share your experiences of being LGBTI where you live, including discrimination you’ve felt to any progress your country has made

Two-thirds of adults would be upset if their child told them that they were in love with someone of the same sex, according to a survey of 96,000 people in 53 UN member states conducted by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

The report found that same-sex sexual acts can be punished with the death penalty in 13 states, while the threat of imprisonment exists in 75 countries and five entities. Many residents of those countries believe that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) should be criminalised, with 45% of respondents in Africa agreeing to the statement that “being LGBTI should be considered a crime”. Thirty-four per cent of respondents in Asia, 17% in Europe, 15% in the Americas and 14% in Oceania also agreed with the statement.

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Carl Martin mail: | web: | when: Tue, 17 May 2016 13:14:21 GMT
Tell us how the UK's fishing industry will be affected by the EU referendum

With crippling quotas and endless regulations all over the country we want to know what the vote will mean for those working in fishing

Fishing leaders have told a parliamentary committee that their members are facing a “total lack of evidence” about how the UK would cope with Brexit.

The president of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Ross Dougal, told the Scottish affairs select committee that the majority of his members were in favour of leaving the European Union, prompted by “micro-management and top-down management” of the controversial common fisheries policy. The majority of the industry are “no fans” of the EU, having suffered cuts to quotas and fishing time under the common fisheries policy.

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Chad Shaw mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:17:14 GMT
Elton John: 10 of the best

From the gentle whimsy of Your Song to the R&B of Bennie and the Jets, Elton John was at his world-conquering best in the 1970s and 80s

Sir Elton Hercules John might be considered a balladeer, but in 1970 there was surprise at his label, DJM, that his breakthrough song was a slow, whimsical serenade. Those who’d followed his fledgling career perceived the Elton John Band to be a rocking affair, incorporating gospel, honky-tonk and elements of psychedelic folk. In the US, the pretty Your Song, with a naively romantic lyric by Bernie Taupin, was the B-side to the more uptempo Take Me to the Pilot, but it was promoted to the lead track after radio stations persisted in plugging it. It made the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic, and was the beginning of a run of bestselling singles and superstardom (especially Stateside) that would make John the biggest pop star on the planet for five years. He went on to sell more than 100m singles, but his first hit is still one of his defining moments, and its opening line – “It’s a little bit funny / This feeling inside” – remains instantly recognisable.

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Louis Lee mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 08:07:42 GMT
Neil Young permits Trump to Keep on Rockin'

Young excuses Donald Trump’s use of Rockin’ in the Free World on campaign trail, saying: ‘Once the music goes out, everybody can use it’

Neil Young – a confessed Bernie Sanders supporter – has approved Donald Trump’s use of his music on the campaign trial.

Related: Donald Trump rocks to the left with REM songjacked

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Ronald Phillips mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:34:45 GMT
Asos co-founder to sell 1.3m shares to fund divorce settlement

Nick Robertson intends to sell about 1.6% of online fashion retailer’s share capital after being ordered to pay ex-wife £70m

One of the founders of Asos is selling a chunk of his shareholding in the online fashion retailer to fund his £70m divorce settlement. The company announced that Nick Robertson, who stepped down as chief executive last year, wished to sell 1.3m shares through a placing with institutional investors. The share disposal plan, revealed after the stock market had closed, would raise £46.4m based on the closing price of £35.71.

Earlier this year, Robertson was ordered to hand about a third of his £220m fortune to his ex-wife Janine after a public trial in the family division of the high court. The judge was asked to decide how much she should receive after the couple failed to agree on the division of shares and property owned by the entrepreneur.

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Peter Mason mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:00:41 GMT
Indie sad lads: rock's millennial men show they have feelings too

A new wave of male indie artists, such as Car Seat Headrest, Palace Winter, Kevin Morby, Alex G and Whitney are not afraid to show their sensitive side

As pop’s foremost females furiously demolish all in their path – think Beyoncé, walloping the windows of parked cars with a baseball bat on Hold Up, or Rihanna, gunning down her boyfriend in a strip club on Needed Me – pure melancholy hangs over their male counterparts.

Sorrow seeps from songs by Yung Lean and Zayn Malik, Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool is a sea of sadness and torment, Views reaffirms Drake’s place as rap’s leading sad lad and James Blake spends the 17 tracks of The Colour in Anything locked in a loop of loneliness and isolation. A new Frank Ocean album is on its way and I’d wager it won’t be packed with upbeat bangers about sunshine and lollipops.

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Lawrence Ellis mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 23:48:12 GMT
Johnny Depp says Barnaby Joyce looks like he's 'inbred with a tomato'

Agriculture minister hits back by saying he’s turning into Depp’s ‘Hannibal Lecter’ after actor mocks Australian dog apology video on US talk show

Johnny Depp has said the Australian deputy PM and agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, looks like he’s “inbred with a tomato” as he continues to mock the apology he made with his wife, Amber Heard, for smuggling their two dogs into Australia.

Related: Rotten tomatoes: match the insult to the movie star feud - quiz

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Steve James mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:36:43 GMT
BBC's Tony Hall: greater NAO scrutiny must not undermine editorial freedom

Director general also tells MPs he has concerns about how corporation’s new board will be appointed

Tony Hall has said far-reaching powers given to parliamentary auditors to examine the BBC’s finances must not undermine the corporation’s editorial freedom or ability to take creative risks.

The BBC director general told a public accounts committee session in Salford that while he welcomed the National Audit Office’s role in “making sure we are spending money appropriately”, he wanted greater clarity over how the corporation’s creative freedom would be exempted from the auditing process, and what protections would be given to commercial arm BBC Worldwide.

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Jimmy Howard mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 08:00:34 GMT
Molly Crabapple: the sketcher blurring activism and art

Armed with her paintbrush, the illustrator and journalist is redefining reportage with her portraits of Guantánamo Bay, Trump and Syrian refugees

Molly Crabapple is sitting in an appropriately noirish and velvety Soho club, talking animatedly about the “global slide to authoritarianism”. “I’m American: tangerine Hitler is our Republican presidential frontrunner, but Russia has Putin, and Europe has the rise of fascist parties. It’s a very, very dark time.”

Related: The Istanbul bombing was an attack on the city’s cosmopolitan glory | Molly Crabapple

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Vincent Butler mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:20:49 GMT
Stephen King joins hundreds of authors petitioning against Donald Trump

More than 450 writers, including Colm Tóibín, Geraldine Brooks and Lydia Davis express ‘unequivocal’ opposition to his presidential candidacy

Hundreds of authors including Stephen King, Colm Tóibín, Lydia Davis and Geraldine Brooks have signed a statement in which they “oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J Trump for the presidency of the United States”.

Launched on Tuesday by the writers Mark Slouka and Andrew Altschul, already signed by more than 450 authors, the statement has now been posted on website ipetitions and has won more than 6,000 signatories, spanning some of the biggest names in US literature, from Pulitzer winners Jennifer Egan, Brooks and Junot Díaz to bestselling and acclaimed writers including Amy Tan, Anita Shreve, Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Cheryl Strayed and Curtis Sittenfeld.

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Clarence Henry mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 17:01:47 GMT
Guy Le Querrec's best photograph: a flying handbag at a monastery in China

‘The sign means happiness. You close your eyes, walk towards it, and try to touch the centre. I can’t explain the handbag’

This photo is an enigma. Even I can’t say for sure what’s happening. I didn’t know what I had taken at the time. It was only afterwards, when I developed the film, that I saw the handbag.

It was April 1984 and I was on assignment in China, which was just opening up to foreigners. I had no particular commission, though: I could shoot whatever I wanted. On this day, I was visiting a monastery at Xindu in the Sichuan province. There was a symbol on the wall that meant “happiness”. The place was full of Chinese tourists and the tradition was to stand 20 metres from the sign, then walk towards it with eyes closed and try to touch the centre of the four raised points.

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Harold Bryant mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:47:24 GMT
Best photographs of the day: steelworkers rally and a ship scuttled

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including steelworkers protesting in London and Tito’s flagship scuttled

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Chris Crawford mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:52:40 GMT
Conflicting diet advice? It's enough to make you take up smoking – cartoon

A new report suggesting fat might be good for you has been dismissed as ‘irresponsible’ by the Department of Health. Confused? You’re not alone ...

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Glenn Torres mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 06:43:32 GMT
Annual Roma pilgrimage at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer – in pictures

Gypsies from all over Europe worship Sara the Black, their saint and patroness, for one week in France. Sara’s statue is situated in the crypt of the church and was carried by the Gypsies to the sea before

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Benjamin Foster mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:10:02 GMT
Steve Bell on the Tory infighting over the EU referendum – cartoon
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Donald Harrison mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 06:00:32 GMT
City-centre homes – in pictures

From a duplex in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment, these properties put you at the heart of the action

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Adam Lewis mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 05:00:30 GMT
Do you know your wild species at risk? – in pictures

New research by WWF as part of the Wear it Wild campaign has revealed that millions of Britons are unaware of how many of the world’s animals are vulnerable, endangered or even critically endangered

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 09:33:58 GMT
How we survived: child refugees given a stage to tell their stories

Award-winning French photographer Patrick Willocq has recreated the experiences of children who have fled Burundi and Syria using personalised theatre sets. From perilous journeys to the battle to adapt to new environments, these are their stories

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Lee Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:00:11 GMT
For the Record: 60s Pop Through the Lens – in pictures

A new exhibition in London celebrates the cultural boom of the 60s, as captured by photographer Stanley Bielecki. Shooting Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Supremes, the Polish refugee who arrived in Britain after the second world war worked for titles including Pop Weekly, Teen Beat and Melody Maker

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Lee Torres mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 06:00:02 GMT
Shiny Ghost: the life and death of my glamorous grandmother – in pictures

Rachel Cox charts with painful honesty her grandmother’s final days with a degenerative brain disease in this LensCulture award-winning photo series

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Dennis Lee mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:00:10 GMT
The last stop: America's disappearing roadside rest stops – in pictures

Cross-country road trips are punctuated by breaks at rest stops, and Ryann Ford has travelled to more than 15 states photographing this unique architectural oddity. Teepees, wagon wheels and oil rigs reflect the character of small towns and states, but they are rapidly being replaced by fast-food outlets or neglected as state budgets are cut. The Last Stop is published by powerHouse Books

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