Vincent Foster mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:48:02 GMT
Donald Trump would allow Keystone XL pipeline and end Paris climate deal

Republican nominee took veiled shots at those who are concerned about global warming and endorsed drilling off the Atlantic coast in a speech on energy policy

Donald Trump pledged to cancel the Paris climate agreement, endorsed drilling off the Atlantic coast and said he would allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built in return for “a big piece of the profits” for the American people.

Related: Trump reaches delegate count needed to clinch Republican nomination

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Patrick Turner mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:30:14 GMT
UK doctors told to halve inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions by 2020

David Cameron reveals tough new targets to curb overuse of the drugs and cut resurgence of killer diseases

Tough new targets to curb the overuse of antibiotics and cut the risk of the resurgence of killer diseases have been announced by the government, which will require doctors to halve the number of inappropriate prescriptions written for the drugs by 2020.

David Cameron told world leaders at the G7 summit in Japan that the issue was a priority for him, as he revealed plans to crack down on prescribing within the UK. Experts warn that unless action is taken drug-resistant infections will kill more people than cancer, taking 10 million lives a year by 2050.

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Nicholas Shaw mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 20:07:38 GMT
Australia scrubbed from UN climate change report after government intervention

Exclusive: All mentions of Australia were removed from the final version of a Unesco report on climate change and world heritage sites after the Australian government objected on the grounds it could impact on tourism

Revealed: Guardian Australia has obtained the Unesco report Australia didn’t want the world to see. Read it now

Every reference to Australia was scrubbed from the final version of a major UN report on climate change after the Australian government intervened, objecting that the information could harm tourism.

Guardian Australia can reveal the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate”, which Unesco jointly published with the United Nations environment program and the Union of Concerned Scientists on Friday, initially had a key chapter on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as small sections on Kakadu and the Tasmanian forests.

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Travis Perez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:30:14 GMT
Victoria Pendleton: corrosive culture forced me out of cycling
• Olympic champion backs criticism of performance director Shane Sutton
• ‘I couldn’t stay working with these people,’ claims cyclist-turned-jockey

Victoria Pendleton has claimed she would have performed better at the London Olympics, where she won silver and gold medals, and could now be heading to compete in Rio if it was not for the corrosive culture at British Cycling that forced her to quit.

The former track cyclist, who successfully switched to jump racing in an experiment backed by a leading bookmaker, has been outspoken in her support for Jess Varnish following her criticism of Shane Sutton, the former performance director .

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Adam Mason mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 02:08:26 GMT
G7 summit: leaders say Brexit would be 'serious risk to global growth' – live

Live coverage of the second day of the Group of Seven meeting in Japan, ahead of Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima

And here are the images from Friday morning’s meetings that preceded the issuing of the declaration:

The Guardian’s Beijing correspondent has scanned the declaration for the G7 leaders’ message to China:

There are several not-so-subtle digs at China in relation to how its steel overcapacity is threatening thousands of jobs in G7 nations such as the UK.

We recognise that global excess capacity in industrial sectors, especially steel, is a pressing structural challenge with global implications and this issue needs to be urgently addressed through elimination of market distorting measures and, thereby, enhancement of market function.

We are committed to moving quickly in taking steps to address this issue by enhancing market function, including through coordinated actions that identify and seek to eliminate such subsidies and support, and by encouraging adjustment.

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Jeffery Lee mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:21:34 GMT
Revealed: 9% rise in London properties owned by offshore firms

Land Registry data of past 10 months shows 40,000 properties – from entire apartment complexes to wine cellars and car parks – registered in tax havens

Forty thousand properties across London are owned by secretive offshore companies, an increase of 9% over the past 10 months, the Guardian can reveal.

An analysis of Land Registry data shows that entire developments from the East End to Knightsbridge have been sold to anonymous owners shielded by companies in tax havens including Panama, Liechtenstein and the British Virgin Islands.

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Jerry Watson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 20:22:03 GMT
Junior doctors’ leader urges trainee medics to stop ‘scaremongering’

Dr Johann Malawana asks junior doctors to stop posting ‘abusive’ messages about their revised contract

The leader of the NHS’s junior doctors has asked them to stop “scaremongering” and posting “abusive” messages about their new contract as they prepare to accept or reject the proposals.

Dr Johann Malawana, chair of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors committee, has issued a series of pleas to trainee medics to try and defuse anger and opposition among them to the revised terms and conditions.

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Douglas Cruz mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 23:01:15 GMT
Leaving EU 'could cause catastrophic worker shortages'

Thinktank report finds that most EU workers in Britain would not qualify for a work visa under current rules

Leaving the EU could cause catastrophic staff shortages in some sectors, as 88% of EU workers in Britain would not qualify for a visa under the current rules, remain campaigners have warned.

A report from the Social Market Foundation thinktank has found that the majority of the 1.6 million EU workers in the UK do not meet the skills and earnings criteria that those from outside the bloc need in order to qualify for a work visa.

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Nicholas Butler mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:22:44 GMT
Corbyn orders review to ready Labour for potential snap election

Party leader promotes controversial adviser Andrew Fisher to head of policy amid unease over Vice Media documentary

Jeremy Corbyn has asked Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, to carry out a review of Labour’s internal structures as part of a package of measures aimed at putting the party on a war footing in case of an early general election.

Kerslake is expected to report within weeks on the relationships between Corbyn’s office, the shadow cabinet and the party at large, with a view to making Labour’s machinery work more smoothly.

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Adam Thompson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:12:00 GMT
University examiners stage mass resignation over pay offer

More than 1,000 academics quit roles as external examiners following two-day strike over 1.1% pay offer

More than 1,000 academics have resigned from their roles as external examiners in universities across the UK, in an escalation of this week’s industrial action over pay.

The mass resignation threatens to disrupt exam marking in universities this summer when boards meet to discuss challenged marks, with more widespread disruption expected at the start of the next academic year.

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Philip Garcia mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:19:49 GMT
Whatever happens in this referendum, England’s disquiet is set to get a whole lot worse | John Harris
The new ONS figures show a nation divided, as population shifts exacerbate existing tensions

A question may have recently popped into your head: why are we having this referendum? A large part of the answer, of course, is rooted in the internal machinations of the Conservative party, David Cameron’s doomed attempts to quieten things down and the enduring Tory view of the EU as the world’s prime example of bureaucracy and statism gone mad.

Related: The eight big questions on migration the leave campaign must answer | Jacqui Smith

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Shawn Roberts mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:58:11 GMT
Swapping spit: what saliva can reveal about your romantic relationship

A simple spit test gives new meaning to ‘having chemistry’, as husband and wife analyze genetic material to find out whether couples are scientifically compatible

“I wanna know what love is,” the song goes, and I think: yeah, me too. In 2015, 15% of Americans used an online dating service; if you are a butcher or baker or candlestick maker, there’s an app for you. Our modern dating industry is built on the idea that you are too much of a dummy to find love yourself, and it is now worth $2.4bn.

The latest startup in this space is Instant Chemistry, a company built on the premise that your DNA could help you figure out who to love. Last month, I met co-founders Sara Seabrooke and her husband Ron Gonzalez at a nondescript laboratory in Toronto, surrounded by vials of spit.

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Joshua Long mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:14:52 GMT
Statue of Liberty and Venice among sites at risk from climate change, says UN

‘Urgent and clear need’ to limit temperature rises to protect key sites from warming, rising seas and harsher weather

Climate change now poses the single biggest threat to the world’s most famous heritage sites – including the Galápagos islands, the Statue of Liberty, Easter Island and Venice – according to a UN sponsored report.

Related: Ikea and Nestle call for new EU laws to cut truck emissions

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Antonio Powell mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:50:25 GMT
Is this Greek hilltop the 2,400-year-old burial place of Aristotle?

Greek archaeologist ‘almost certain’ he has discovered the long-sought tomb of world’s greatest philosopher

Greek archaeologists believe they have discovered the lost tomb of Aristotle, the greatest philosopher in history.

Kostas Sismanidis said he was almost sure that a 2,400 year-old domed vault he unearthed in ancient Stagira was the burial place of the man credited with formalising logic.

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Adam Mason mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 02:09:23 GMT
Scripps National Spelling Bee 2016: championship finals – live!

Now it’s Nihar Janga. He spells cypraeiform correctly and it’s still a two-horse race.

Jairam Hathwar back up again. His word is achalasia, the failure of a ring of muscle to relax. Slight work for the New Yorker, who nails it.

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Jesse Warren mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 22:00:14 GMT
Alice Through the Looking Glass review – large as life and twice as phoney

Helena Bonham Carter has fun as the Red Queen, but this ignores Lewis Carroll in favour of machine-tooled CGI fantasy fare with a tiresome Johnny Depp

A boisterous turn from Helena Bonham Carter as the pugnacious Red Queen saves this Alice sequel from flatlining utterly. Using only the title and some characters from Lewis Carroll’s own 1871 sequel – in fact called Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – this new movie is just machine-tooled CGI fantasy fare. We start in the real world, where Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is a daring sea captain who is threatened with betrayal by the corporate landlubbers who own her ship. So she escapes through a mirror in the proprietor’s mansion and finds herself slap bang in Wonderland again.

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Mark Gordon mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:22:11 GMT
Stephan James on playing Jesse Owens: ‘Being famous didn’t mean anything: he was still black’

The Canadian actor’s portrayal of the athlete’s triumph in Race, set in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, is a tale of success in spite of racism. And today, James says the lack of Hollywood diversity means he has to work twice as hard

When it comes to titles, they don’t get much blunter than Race. A film about Jesse Owens, it depicts the legendary African-American athlete training at Ohio State University, then his controversial participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The Nazis hoped the Games would serve as perfect propaganda, not only for their regime, but for the concept of Aryan ethnic superiority. Instead, Owens became the hero of the event, winning four medals, making him both the fastest man on earth – and the most famous.

From segregated changing rooms at home to Hitler’s (historically disputed) refusal to shake his hand in Berlin, the film makes clear that Owens had to battle racism every rocket-fuelled step of the way. With the Black Lives Matter movement – not to mention the rise of Donald Trump – forcing America to confront its treatment of African-Americans, Race seems especially timely, though it lacks the finesse of Selma, another recent film that explored an even more pivotal moment in black American history.

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Todd Mason mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:26:17 GMT
Steve Bell on the rise of Donald Trump – cartoon
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Jacob Clark mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:30:03 GMT
Love & Friendship review – Whit Stillman's Austen drama is a racy delight

Kate Beckinsale is a becoming widow without means in an adaptation that reinvigorates the breeches, buttons and bows cliches

Related: Kate Beckinsale: ‘Our phones were tapped by spooks when we were growing up’

What audacity, what elegance! Here is a hilariously self-aware period comedy polished to a brilliant sheen. Whit Stillman was probably born to direct a Jane Austen movie. But he has found a new way of dramatising Austen – or just found a new Austen, an Austen who appears to have pre-emptively absorbed 21st-century satire and inoculated herself against it. This Stillman has done by lighting on an early, posthumously published novella, Lady Susan, bringing it to the screen, and renaming it after a quite separate piece of juvenilia, thus playfully echoing the classic noun balances of her more famous titles.

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Chad Martin mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:52:15 GMT
‘Heroic, sexy and a warrior bravado’: how Adam and the Ants redefined pop

They were a riot of makeup, feathers, tribal drums and surf guitars – and, for a spectacular moment, they became the biggest band in the UK. Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni tell the story of their breakthrough

On the morning of 17 October 1980, Adam Ant discovered he couldn’t go to the corner shop. Or, at least, he couldn’t go to the corner shop without attracting attention: “[There was] pointing, girls chasing us down the street, and all the rest of it.” He was nearly 27 years old and had become a pop star literally overnight. The previous evening, Adam and the Ants had appeared on Top of the Pops for the first time. Their single, Dog Eat Dog, wasn’t really high enough in the charts to warrant a slot on the biggest pop show on British TV. (It had scraped into the Top 40 at No 37 – a distinct improvement on anything Adam and the Ants had achieved in the previous three years of their career, but hardly a seismic eruption to trouble the artists that hogged the top of charts: the Police, Madness or Ottowan, with the deathless D.I.S.C.O.) Nor had the media shown much interest. “If we’d got played on the radio, you’d soon have known about it, but I can’t recall anyone actually playing it,” Ant says. “We weren’t getting a lot of joy at Radio 1.”

Still, another artist had dropped out of the show at the last minute and the Ants’ TV plugger had somehow secured them a booking. It was, says Marco Pirroni – the band’s guitarist and Adam’s songwriting partner – the moment they had been waiting for. “I was totally a child of the glam era. I basically consider glam rock to be the pinnacle of all human achievement. I’d seen Bowie doing Starman and Roxy Music on Top of the Pops and, in the back of my mind, that’s exactly what I wanted to achieve. You wanted to cause that argument in the playground the next day.”

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Steven Phillips mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:00:13 GMT
Peaky Blinders recap: series three, episode four – sickeningly good

A bleak, hard-to-watch episode, with hideous confessionals and assassination attempts – leavened with the hilarious news that the Shelby gang have a scholar’s pass at the British Library

Oh dear Tommy. This was another strong episode, but about as bleak as this rambunctious show gets. Throughout this series, there has been the constant suggestion that the usually all-knowing Mr Shelby is off his game, caught between legitimate and illegitimate business, living in the Big House but still, as Tatiana said, “hiding inside it like a boy who’s broken in through the window”.

That uncertainty, coupled with his grief over Grace, has led him to make uncharacteristic errors, culminating in the decision to tell Polly about the assassination plan. As to how fatal that decision turns out to be – let’s just say we’ve never seen Tommy as low as he was in the hideous, hard-to-watch confessional scene. Given that we left him with concussion, a fractured skull, internal bleeding and a possible haemorrhage, not to mention apparently thinking kindly thoughts about his monstrous late father, I’d say there’s some way to go before things improve.

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Earl Watson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:40:00 GMT
How Disney’s princesses got tough

After decades of selling young girls damsels in distress, Disney has finally made a run of films with strong female roles. It’s just a shame it took them so long

A lot of the talk surrounding Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to the 2010 hit Alice in Wonderland, is centring on whether the film can survive the departure of Tim Burton from the director’s chair, whether Sacha Baron Cohen can pull off another attempt at an orthodox acting role, or whether the project can overcome the near-wholesale jettisoning of the delicate charm of the Lewis Carroll original. Much less attention has been paid to something equally significant: its contribution to Disney’s ongoing project to empower and enable its pre-teen and early-teen girl audience.

If you asked anyone a decade ago who would be leading the charge to engineer this kind of feminist social change – specifically, through influencing the narratives of mass-market blockbuster films – Disney would arguably be the bottom of the list. If anything, it was considered the most conservative of the major studios, with its series of fairytale cartoons playing a significant part in schooling generations of girls in the arts of home-making, dressing nicely and meeting Prince Charmings. Its live-action fare, likewise, conformed to a family-friendly model that relied on the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Princess Diaries and The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Philip Gibson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 10:00:08 GMT
I know who killed the Black Dahlia: my own father

Former Los Angeles police department detective Steve Hodel has spent the last 15 years cataloguing evidence that his dad killed Elizabeth Short – and others

Shortly after receiving the news of his death, Steve Hodel found himself sorting through his father’s belongings. Though Steve’s father, George Hodel, loomed large throughout his early childhood, their relationship had always been strained. George was a grandiose doctor with a distant personality who abandoned the family shortly after Steve’s ninth birthday, eventually moving far away to the Philippines.

As he went through his father’s possessions, Steve found a photo album tucked away in a box. It was small enough to fit in his palm and bound in wood. Feeling like a voyeur, he perused it. It was filled with the usual pictures – his mom, dad and brothers – as well as portraits of the family taken by the world-famous surrealist artist Man Ray, a family friend.

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Jeffery Warren mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:29:28 GMT
The referendum's ruffians prove awfully well-behaved

The council-house kids of the remain and leave campaigns, Sadiq Khan and David Davis, bared their teeth this week – but neither had much bite

Stuff Eton and the spectacle of overeducated posh boys from country estates squabbling over Brexit. On Thursday, both camps unleashed their inner ruffians from the council estates to see if either man could raise the quality of debate or earn himself an Asbo.

First up was Tooting’s Sadiq Khan, making his official London mayor debut in the geopolitical big time: remain or leave. Self-absorbed Londoners might regard that as the geopolitical little time compared with repairs to the Hammersmith flyover or a new disco in Dalston. Mayor Khan had braved a roadworks-inspired traffic jam to fulfil his promised remain speech for David Cameron. But he was in his inclusive (not Zac) mood. “London, Britain, Europe”: their destinies are intertwined, was the message.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 12:42:37 GMT
The Louvre's missing pyramid and the magic of trompe l’oeil

Muralist JR has cast a spell over the Paris museum’s glass canopy in a work that recalls the Renaissance’s eye-fooling tricks. Now can we have one for the Shard?

The Louvre has got rid of its pyramid. This seems a bit extreme. I know that not everyone loved IM Pei’s glass entrance canopy in the courtyard of the vast Paris museum when it was unveiled in 1989, but over the years the pyramid has become a beloved landmark. Why demolish it now?

Related: JR: ‘I realised I was giving people a voice’

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Mark Lewis mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:22:59 GMT
José Mourinho signs contract to become Manchester United manager
• Portuguese manager finally puts pen to paper to succeed Louis van Gaal
• Official announcement expected by club on Friday

José Mourinho has signed a contract to take over as Manchester United’s manager, with the club expected to make a formal announcement on Friday.

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has offers from England amid Manchester United interest

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Jeffery Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 20:22:00 GMT
England hold talks with spin specialist Saqlain Mushtaq about consultancy

• Former Pakistan bowler may advise Bayliss’s team later in summer
• Saqlain’s appointment would aid Moeen Ali’s development as an all-rounder

Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistan international, is understood to have been contacted by England as they look to bring in a spin-bowling consultant for the latter half of the summer.

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Edward Bryant mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:59:10 GMT
Saracens are clear favourites for Twickenham but Exeter can spring surprise | Dean Ryan
Sarries are built on tactical kicking and power but Exeter’s Jack Nowell and Henry Slade should pose an unpredictable threat in the Premiership final

It does not take a great sage to tell you that Saracens are firm favourites to beat Exeter at Twickenham on Saturday and to add the Premiership title to the Champions Cup they have already won this season. I am a real fan of Exeter and of what Rob Baxter has achieved there, but I am really struggling to see how they can win. This Saracens team has been built to last and, regardless of the result on Saturday, I think they can be as dominant as Wasps, Leicester and Bath were at different times in the past 25 years.

Related: Eddie Jones’s England revival: attitude and adaptability key to next stage | The Breakdown

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Brandon Cruz mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:27:02 GMT
Matteo Trentin pips Moreno Moser to win 18th stage of Giro d’Italia
• Trentin and Gianluca Brambilla outfox compatriot Moser
• Steven Kruijswijk holds on to overall leader’s pink jersey

The Italian rider Matteo Trentin pipped Moreno Moser on the line to triumph on the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday while the winner’s Etixx-QuickStep team-mate Gianluca Brambilla took third place on the race’s longest leg.

The Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL-Jumbo) finished in the peloton to hold on to the overall leader’s pink jersey, and his three-minute advantage over Colombia’s Esteban Chaves with three days to go.

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Harold Garcia mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:26:26 GMT
Aljaz Bedene books Novak Djokovic showdown in third round of French Open
• British No2 beats Pablo Carreño Busta 7-6(7/4), 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-2
• Bedene will play world No1 Djokovic after his straight sets win

Mao Zedong, more a fan of ping-pong diplomacy than tennis perhaps, once said: “Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent.” He might have been talking about this French Open because insurrection is hanging in the air, and not all of it is coming from Nick Kyrgios.

Although the world No1, Novak Djokovic, tamed the seasoned Belgian Steve Darcis in three sets on Thursday, he again let his emotions bubble up during what should have been a routine second-round stroll against a player ranked 160 places below him and happy to be here. Instead, as in Monte Carlo, Rome and here, the Serb was often voluble and angry, arguing with the British chair umpire James Keothavong over line calls, smashing his racket into the net and generally giving the impression he’d rather be somewhere else.

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Jimmy Nelson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:11:42 GMT
IOC concerned at suspect payments made by Tokyo 2020 bid team
• Japan 2020 team admits paying Singapore company for ‘legitimate work’
• Black Tidings firm linked to son of disgraced athletics chief Lamine Diack

The International Olympic Committee has admitted to “concerns” over suspect payments from Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Games to a company linked to the son of the disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack.

Related: Questions over Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid are spreading far and wide

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Johnny Gordon mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:33:16 GMT
FA Cup goes to sudden death format for quarter-finals
• World’s oldest cup competition to lose last-eight replays
• Move is designed to ease fixture congestion

FA Cup replays will be dropped for the quarter-finals next season after plans for the competition were approved on Thursday.

Under the new rules eight clubs will battle it out over one weekend with each tie to be played to a finish on the day with extra-time and penalties to decide a winner.

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Carl Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:44:15 GMT
Danny Willett enjoys return to home soil in PGA Championship
• Masters champion one shot off lead after first-round 66
• Willett makes first appearance on English soil since Masters

If the absence of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and other golfing luminaries from the BMW PGA Championship intensifies focus on Danny Willett, the good news is the apparent willingness of the Masters champion to embrace the limelight. It would have been daft to presume any alternative scenario.

On this, his first appearance on English soil since an historic triumph at Augusta National, Willett stepped from the 18th green of Wentworth’s west course at six under par. Day one’s deepest galleries from a total attendance of 20,000 flocked to see Willett and were not disappointed, the Yorkshireman sitting just a stroke from the first-round lead held by YE Yang, Scott Hend and Joost Luiten.

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Arthur Butler mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:01:00 GMT
Eric Cantona believes Didier Deschamps may have left out France players on racial grounds

• Frenchman asks why Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa were omitted
• Cantona and Didier Deschamps have a long history of animosity

Eric Cantona has controversially suggested the ethnicity of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa may have been a factor in the France manager Didier Deschamps leaving the pair out of his squad for next month’s European Championship.

Ben Arfa, a former Newcastle forward, was only named on standby despite a brilliant season for Nice that has seen him linked with a move to Barcelona. But it is Benzema’s exclusion after he was questioned by police in connection with an alleged attempt by one of his friends to blackmail his international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape which is given particularly short shrift by Cantona, who turned 50 on Tuesday.

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Travis Henry mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:46:21 GMT
Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid revel in affinity before European Cup final | Sid Lowe
The manager is still new to his post but has total backing from his players as they prepare to take on Atlético at San Siro

Zinedine Zidane was there; Zinedine Zidane is always there. When Real Madrid won their ninth European Cup he scored the volley that took them there, foot up somewhere near his ear. When they won their 10th European Cup he was the quickest down the touchline at the Estádio da Luz, the first to reach the corner and leap on Gareth Bale after the Welshman had scored the winning goal. And when they walk out of the dressing room at San Siro on Saturday night, seeking their 11th European Cup, against Atlético Madrid, he will embrace them all one by one and then he will take up his position on the touchline.

Related: Will Cristiano Ronaldo break his own scoring record against Atlético Madrid?

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Wayne Parker mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 12:00:21 GMT
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has offers from England amid Manchester United interest

• Sweden striker says he speaks with José Mourinho every day
• ‘It’s cat and mouse with all the rumours and I enjoy being the mouse’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted he has “concrete offers from clubs in England as well as Italy and from sides outside Europe”. The 34-year-old, who would like to join Manchester United to team up with José Mourinho this summer, added that he had a “fantastic time” while playing for the Portuguese manager at Internazionale during the 2008-09 season.

The striker, who was talking at a Sweden press conference as they started their Euro 2016 buildup, was coy on whether one of the concrete offers had been from Manchester United but did, once again, talk about his admiration for Mourinho, who is expected to take over at Old Trafford in the next few days.

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Earl Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:12:40 GMT
Maria Sharapova named in Russia’s Olympic team despite doping ban
• Sharapova suspended in March after testing positive for meldonium
• Russia have to submit final team by 6 June

Maria Sharapova is one of four Russian players named to compete in the women’s singles at the Olympics in Rio, even though she has been suspended from competition after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Related: French Open 2016: Djokovic in action as Bedene reaches third round – day five live!

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Joshua Rivera mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:33:47 GMT
Eddie Jones’s England revival: attitude and adaptability key to next stage | The Breakdown
The England coach’s squad to tour Australia shows the next generation of players, like Genge and Sinckler, must be ready to fight and adjust during battle

Given where the England head coach Eddie Jones was born, it could be said after he announced his tour party for Australia that he is looking to inject some Tasmanian devil into his squad.

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Todd White mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:29:01 GMT
Stephen Curry, the Warriors and the struggle to stay superhuman

If Golden State are to have any chance of rescuing a place in the NBA finals, they need their league MVP to become a machine once more

On the afternoon before the Western Conference finals began Steph Curry was in the Golden State Warriors downtown Oakland practice facility doing what he does after every session has finished. Shooting jump shots. Up went the dancing one-foot three-pointers. Up went the fadeaways from 26 feet. Up went the shot from just inside half-court.

To those watching on the side it was just Curry being Curry; the NBA’s first unanimous MVP playing his usual games of Basketball Golf and Beat the Ogre – vanquishing imaginary foes before retreating to the shower. His head bobbed. His feet danced. His wrists flicked. And the ball kept flying through the basket in gentle splashes of leather against net.

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Travis Patterson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 06:56:04 GMT
Fear, money and racism: what’s our problem with diversity on screen? – video

The lack of diversity in film and television dominated the debate during awards season. But away from the Oscars, the UK picture is also bleak: the film Bafta acting nominees have been almost exclusively white for two years running. Leah Green looks beyond the headlines to see why diversity remains such a problem in the UK film and TV industries

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Jerry Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:12:06 GMT
Why is France being racked by strikes and protests over its labour bill? – video

French unions are protesting against President Hollande’s proposed reforms to labour protection laws. As tens of thousands take to the streets across the country, there are fuel shortages and proposals to expand strikes to the rail network and nuclear industry. France is set to host the Euro 2016 finals in June, and neither strikers nor the government seem inclined to back down

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Gregory Clark mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:23:09 GMT
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga on Loving, interracial marriage and gay rights – video interview

At the Cannes film festival, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, the stars of Jeff Nichols’s Loving, a biopic of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and a black woman who were arrested in Virginia in 1958 for marrying, talk to Nigel M Smith. They tell how their case echoes through to the legilisation of gay marriage in modern America. Nichols explains why he wasn’t keen on making the couple’s story a traditional court room drama

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Johnny Lee 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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Jerry Cooper 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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Sean Carter 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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Jacob Lee 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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Antonio Perez 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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Harold Perez 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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Louis Gonzalez 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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Allen Fisher 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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Dennis Lee 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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Henry Kennedy 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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Louis Fisher mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:08:39 GMT
When women can be misogynist trolls, we need a feminist internet | Polly Toynbee
Yvette Cooper’s campaign against online abuse is an important step towards tackling a culture of spite where women vent their insecurities on each other

What a work of wonder is the internet. When, at the click of a mouse, all the world’s knowledge is there for the asking, no one need be ignorant of anything any more. Wouldn’t that make us wiser, better, cleverer? What utopian hopes it stirred in the early days.

Related: Research reveals huge scale of social media misogyny

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 12:17:51 GMT
Is grit something you can learn? | Polly Morland
Changing who we are is hard to imagine, and even harder to actually do. But the good news is, it’s not impossible

Thanks to the findings of the US psychologist Angela Duckworth, what gives you grit – and whether you can change to develop it – is very much on the agenda.

We once intoned “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better”, or we machinated about winning friends and influencing people. But we barely paused for breath before turning to the cultivation of (seven) habits of highly effective people and, not long after, the winning ways of Outliers. And on it rolls – our hunger for remedies for mediocrity is as insatiable as ever.

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Alan Gibson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:25:38 GMT
The world is getting more religious, because the poor go for God | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
Religion itself thrives in places where liberal individualism fails. That’s the real clash of civilisations

The so-called “masters of suspicion”, Nietzsche, Marx and Freud, all thought that religion would wither and die in the 20th century. Others enthusiastically backed the secularisation hypothesis. Intellectually, the enlightenment had punctured it below the waterline and it was sinking. Religion was dead. Except, of course, the reverse happened: it flourished. In 1900, the year that Nietzsche died, there were 8 million Christians in Africa. Now there are 335 million. And the growth rate continues to accelerate. God wasn’t dead. God was reborn. Indeed, far from being the century in which religion went away, for both Christianity and Islam, the 20th century was numerically the most successful century since Christ was crucified and Muhammad gave his farewell sermon on Mount Arafat. By 2010, there were 2.2 billion Christians in the world and 1.6 billion Muslims, 31% and 23% of the world population respectively. The secularisation hypothesis is a European myth, a piece of myopic parochialism that shows how narrow our worldview continues to be.

But every now and then the secularisation thesis gets a shot in the arm by some little local news. This week, it emerged in a survey that people with no religion now outnumber Christians in England and Wales. And it’s true, of course. We are getting less religious in the UK. This is not exactly because atheism is having some hipsterish Hitchens-esque revival, but more because we in the west are less and less a society of joiners. And religion begins not with the metaphysics but with the taking part – belonging preceding believing. Which is why the communitarian spirit of religion is declining in places where liberal individualism thrives. And why religion itself thrives in places where liberal individualism fails. That’s the real clash of civilisations: the shopping centre (now moved online) versus the temple, a battle between those who are wealthy enough to think in terms of the first person singular and those forced to think in terms of the plural collective. There are only two globalisations: God and mammon. And they will never fully be reconciled. Imagine no religion, sang the man on a white Steinway with a net worth of $800m. Imagine no possessions he also sang. Though he obviously found that one a little harder.

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Peter Nelson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 10:08:43 GMT
Will Hollywood ever respect east Asian actors? | Carmen Fishwick
Burt Kwouk played karate-chopping sidekicks and evil masterminds in the Pink Panther and James Bond. Asian actors still struggle with racist stereotypes

The British actor Burt Kwouk, best known for his role as Cato Fong – the long-suffering servant of Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther – died this week. Duty-bound, Cato’s main task was to keep Clouseau alert, launching surprise martial-arts attacks as his employer entered his apartment.

Related: Burt Kwouk, Cato from Pink Panther, dies age 85

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Jeffery Harris mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:41:18 GMT
UK GDP growth – beware the march of the spenders

George Osborne once pledged a balanced economy, with growth based on a march of the makers but instead a shocking imbalance of payments looms

Let’s hear it for the British consumer. The trade figures are dire. Business investment is looking a bit wobbly. Manufacturing is in a slump. But out there in the high street or in the private world of online shopping, it is spend, spend, spend.

That’s the inescapable message from the government’s second stab at estimating the growth rate of the economy in the first three months of 2016. The headline figure – gross domestic product was up 0.4% on the final three months of 2015 – was unchanged. But the breakdown was deeply troubling.

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Marvin Cole mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:33:00 GMT
Leaving the EU would be disastrous for my autistic son and thousands like him | Virginia Bovell

Vulnerable people have been forgotten in this Brexit debate. Who will fill the roles caring for those with learning disabilities if Britain leaves the European Union?

The poll card is propped up on the table in the hallway to my son Danny’s flat. He is a local authority tenant, and he is 22. He knows a lot about the advantages of being in the European Union, but he won’t be voting in the referendum.

The reason for this is that, according to a thorough assessment undertaken by a psychologist when he was 18, Danny’s cognitive functioning is akin to that of a two-year-old. If Danny were to vote, as an adult citizen of the UK with a considerable stake in our political economy, it would require someone entering the polling booth with him, placing their hand over his, and guiding him to mark an X on the paper. The decision about which box to cross would be that of his supporter, not his.

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Gregory Carter mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:06:21 GMT
Why did South America’s progressive dream die so suddenly? | Uki Goñi
Leftwing governments gave their citizens hope. But now the ‘pink tide’ has been reversed, and the old patriarchs are marching triumphantly back into office

The slow rollback of South America’s “pink tide” is laying bare the endemic corruption that was hidden beneath the economic success once enjoyed by the region’s progressive governments. Voted out in democratic elections in Argentina, expelled by what almost conclusively looks like a palace coup in Brazil or tottering on the brink of social meltdown in Venezuela, a league of like-minded progressive presidents has been broken apart in the space of six months.

The ingrained habit of palm-greasing across the continent has suddenly erupted from below the surface, leading to wide-ranging court investigations, especially in Brazil and Argentina, that seem to be shaking the foundations of the social conquests made by the left-leaning politicians now in retreat around the continent. Forged by decades of opposition against an entrenched economic elite they imagined to have finally toppled, the region’s progressive leaders are now seeing that old rival – a right-leaning and mostly white patriarchy – march triumphantly back into office.

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Brian Rivera mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:58:41 GMT
Some women regret their abortions. That doesn't mean others shouldn't have the choice | Jessica Valenti

Stephanie Chatfield says she wishes she hadn’t ended her pregnancy. Enlisting women to tell stories like this has become a major part of anti-choice strategy

This week, the wife of a Republican legislator did something you might find shocking: she wrote about having an abortion. Stephanie Chatfield, who is married to Michigan’s state representative Lee Chatfield, posted on Facebook about ending a pregnancy in high school after she was sexually assaulted at a party.

“To tell you the truth, I desperately wish that I had the courage as a teenage girl to accept and welcome my child into this world,” she wrote. “But I didn’t, and I made a decision that I’ve thought about and regretted nearly every day since.”

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Melvin Lewis mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 08:43:47 GMT
The eight big questions on migration the leave campaign must answer | Jacqui Smith

In this EU referendum, we are being asked to vote for a permanently poorer and less influential Britain – all in return for an unspecified immigration policy

The economic arguments for Brexit have been taken apart. The security arguments have been exposed under scrutiny. And every friend of Britain from around the world has advised us to remain. So with just 28 days to go, the single issue the leave campaign has left to talk about is immigration.

Related: A vote to remain in the EU won’t be the last we hear of Brexit | John Redwood

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Travis Washington mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:00:59 GMT
Hillary Clinton's emails: broken rules, but nothing 'crooked' | Diane Francis

Despite what Donald Trump says, Hillary doesn’t deserve jail, or political oblivion. Hammering away at the issue of her emails makes him look tawdry

The much-awaited State Department report yesterday declared that Hillary Clinton broke some rules concerning her email management as secretary of state.

The verdict taints her but does not deliver a knockout punch. Clinton does not deserve the slammer or political burial.

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George Warren mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 08:00:06 GMT
The real danger isn’t Brexit. It’s EU break-up | Pavel Seifter
The rise of angry nationalists across Europe is threatening to destroy a union based on peace – while Russia waits to prey on its remains
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This is a time of strong emotions. Immigration is one such case; to leave or not to leave the EU is another. To a certain Mr Clarkson from Gillingham, talking to the BBC, Europe lies miles away, over the sea. “We are not Europeans. How could we be? So why does the government bow to diktats from Brussels?”

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 06:00:04 GMT
A chance to defeat bigotry: that’s how to engage young people with the EU | Owen Jones

As the Brexit campaign sinks into the gutter, the spirit that rejected Zac Goldsmith as London mayor can be summoned again

“Two groups of old men shouting at each other”: that’s the verdict of nearly half of young people on the EU referendum, according to YouGov. It is as sophisticated a summary as any I can conjure up.

For those who believe in a society that isn’t rigged in favour of a shamelessly self-enriching elite, the official EU referendum debate is a bleak political wasteland. On the one hand, a faction that believes in cuts, privatisation and policies that favour the wealthiest; on the other, a faction that believes in cuts, privatisation and policies that favour the wealthiest, with added xenophobia and dogwhistle racism.

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Sean Ward mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 06:30:04 GMT
How Ken Loach’s food bank scene made me – and Cannes – cry | Peter Bradshaw
There can be a reverse machismo in admitting you are prone to tears in the cinema. But I, Daniel Blake should fill us all with shame and anger

I have been mentioned this week in the Daily Mail for crying at Ken Loach’s new film – I, Daniel Blake, a movie of radical plainness and simplicity about the benefits system – which has just won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Well, it is quite true. I sat there in the festival’s Palais, and cried. But I frankly defy anyone who sees this film not to cry at the key moment, which takes place in a food bank.

Related: Ken Loach stuns at Cannes 2016 with Palme d'Or win for I, Daniel Blake

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 01:12:06 GMT
Do you care about animals? Then you really shouldn't eat octopus | Elle Hunt

They may be delicious and sure, there are lots of them, but next time you’re chomping down on your barbecued octopus, just remember they were the first intelligent beings on Earth and have more genes than you do

When Inky the octopus made global headlines for his eight-legged getaway from a New Zealand aquarium, I seemed to be the only person on the internet whose imagination was not caught up in his “great escape”.

Chalk it up to tall poppy syndrome. But Inky’s “daring” (ABC) pursuit of “liberty over security” (NPR) was no more “amazing” (the Telegraph) a feat than that which any no-name captivity octopus, anywhere in the world, is capable of any day.

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Arthur Foster 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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Chad Crawford mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:00:13 GMT
Boris Johnson trades invites to 'see the reality' with EU president

After Jean-Claude Juncker invited former London mayor to Brussels, Johnson invites the EU president to see ‘damage’ of EU membership in Britain

Boris Johnson has urged the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to visit Britain and see the impact of Brussels on families and businesses, as he brushed off a series of increasingly pointed personal attacks.

The former mayor of London, whose public rally in Winchester on Thursday was disrupted by placard-wielding Stronger In campaigners, wrote to Juncker after the EU president accused him of painting an unreal picture of Brussels.

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Marvin Richardson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:37:32 GMT
British navy ship poised to be sent to Libya on anti-smuggling mission

Libyan authorities expected to formally request UK government’s help to intercept vessels trafficking migrants and arms

A British navy warship is poised to be sent into Libyan waters for the first time to intercept vessels smuggling migrants and arms that could fall into the hands of Islamic State terrorists.

The government said a formal request for help was expected to be issued by the Libyan authorities within days, as the country grapples to cope with the chaos unfolding on its shores.

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Gregory Robinson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:44:41 GMT
Inquest finds police unlawfully detained man later found hanged

Jury says errors including illegal strip-search had negative impact on Logan Peters, 22, who had mental health issues

A vulnerable young man was found hanged the day after being unlawfully detained, held in an unauthorised headlock and illegally strip-searched by police who stopped him on suspicion of minor criminal damage at a takeaway.

Logan Peters, 22, who had mental health issues, battered his head against the walls of a police cell and tried to strangle himself while being detained for 12 hours, but was treated as an attention-seeker and released without any care plan being put in place.

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Chad Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:31:01 GMT
British far-right group posts photo of Nazi salute at Buchenwald

German police investigate photo posted on Twitter showing two members of far right group at former concentration camp

A British neo-Nazi group has posted a photograph on a social media site appearing to show two of its members performing a Nazi salute at a former concentration camp while holding the group’s Nazi-inspired flag.

The photograph, apparently taken in the basement of the crematorium at Buchenwald, was posted on Twitter several days ago, according to Volkhard Knigge, the director of the Buchenwald memorial.

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Joshua Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:32:55 GMT
Man arrested for selling 'legal highs' hours after ban comes into force

Police in Manchester make first arrest hours after legislation is passed criminalising production, distribution, sale and supply of drugs

Police in Manchester have made their first arrest under legislation that makes selling so-called “legal highs” illegal – hours after the blanket ban came into force. Greater Manchester police confirmed that they arrested a 23-year-old man from Rochdale on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug hours into the ban.

At around 11am on Thursday, the man was arrested under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, making the sale of new psychoactive substances a crime and punishable by up to seven years in prison. He remains in custody for questioning.

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Benjamin Ellis mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 23:01:16 GMT
Justice system is failing witnesses and victims of crime, say MPs

Public accounts committee report says courts and prisons are ‘overstretched and disjointed’ and victims are subject to a postcode lottery for access to justice

Witnesses and victims of crime are being failed by a criminal justice system that is approaching breaking point, parliament’s spending watchdog has said.

The public accounts committee found that courts and prisons are “bedevilled by long standing poor performance including delays and inefficiencies, and costs are being shunted from one part of the system to another”.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:37:47 GMT
Final push to stop Australian family being deported from Scotland

High-level meetings held as Highland community offer family financial support and jobs amid visa scheme cancellation

The fate of an Australian family with a Gaelic-speaking son who are facing deportation from the UK hangs in the balance after a series of 11th-hour meetings across Scottish and UK governments.

Gregg Brain called on the Home Office “to live up to what they promised when we came here”, referring to the post-study work visa scheme that first attracted he and his family to Scotland, but has since been retrospectively cancelled.

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Jesse Cole mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:12:18 GMT
School pupil dies in Scotland after collapsing during 800m race

The 14-year-old girl, a student at Calderhead high school in North Lanarkshire, was flown to hospital in Edinburgh but later died

A school student has collapsed while running an 800m race on Thursday afternoon and died in hospital. The 14-year-old girl was a pupil at Calderhead high school in Shotts, North Lanarkshire.

The emergency services were called to the school at about 2.30pm and the pupil was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Police Scotland said the death was being treated as unexplained, but that there were not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

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Lee Reyes mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:45:51 GMT
British woman among two killed after boat capsizes in Thailand

British man also thought to be missing after speedboat carrying 28 passengers overturns in rough seas off Koh Samui

A British woman has been killed and a British man is missing after a speedboat capsized off Koh Samui in Thailand, the Foreign Office said.

The missing man, named by police as Jason Robert Parnell, was in Thailand with his wife Puga Parnell, who is said to have been unhurt in the incident.

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Clarence Dixon mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:14:06 GMT
Alexander Economou denies harassing father of woman who killed herself

Shipping tycoon’s son allegedly tried to ‘intimidate and silence’ David de Freitas, whose daughter Eleanor had accused Economou of rape

The son of a shipping tycoon accused of harassing the grieving father of a woman who killed herself, conducted a lurid and gratuitous character assassination of her online, a court heard.

Alexander Economou, 37, sent David de Freitas a series of letters and emails over an 11-month period in which he allegedly tried to “intimidate and silence” him, following the death of his daughter, Eleanor de Freitas, on 4 April 2014. He set up a “highly salacious and gratuitous” website using her name to portray her as a prostitute, the court heard.

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Walter Ellis mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 20:13:42 GMT
Net immigration to UK nears peak as fewer Britons emigrate

UK role as ‘jobs factory of Europe’ draws long-term working migrants with net migration reaching 330,000 in 2015

Annual net immigration to Britain rose to 333,000 in 2015, just 3,000 below its record peak, confirming the UK as a country of mass immigration, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

The near-record net immigration figure was 20,000 higher than the 2014 figure and the ONS said the difference was driven by a 14,000 fall in the number of British citizens emigrating to live abroad.

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Peter Ellis mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:09:40 GMT
Half of misogynistic tweets sent by women, study finds

Demos research reveals women and girls as well as men responsible for using misogynistic words in abusive manner online

Half the aggressive tweets using the words slut and whore analysed by social thinktank Demos came from women and girls, research indicates.

The suggestion that women and girls as well as men are responsible for the use of misogynistic words in an abusive manner on Twitter came in research over a three-week period from the end of April.

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Alfred James mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:16:16 GMT
Tata Steel pension chief backs controversial cuts

Critics say rushed changes to cut liabilities could open floodgates to bosses wanting to abandon pension promises

Government plans to overhaul the pension scheme behind Tata Steel have been supported by the trustees despite warnings that the move would set a dangerous precedent.

Allan Johnston, chairman of the board of trustees of the British Steel pension scheme, welcomed the government’s decision to consult on a shakeup of the scheme as it would be a better outcome for members than entering the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), where Tata Steel workers would suffer a 10% cut to their benefits.

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Shawn Harrison mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:44:21 GMT
Rollercoaster evacuated a week after opening

Hampshire theme park’s Velociraptor stopped midway through ride as 20 people guided back to ground

Riders on a theme-park rollercoaster had to be evacuated after it broke down just a week after it opened.

The Velociraptor attraction at Paultons Park, near Romsey, Hampshire, stopped midway through a ride on Thursday and about 20 people had to be guided by staff back to the ground.

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Fred Burns mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:16:06 GMT
Children of woman jailed for Syria plot will live with relatives

Social workers to assess long-term options for three children of Lorna Moore, who planned to take them to Isis territory

Three children whose British Muslim mother has been jailed after planning a move to an area of Syria controlled by Islamic State are to live with relatives pending decisions about their long-term future, a high court judge has been told.

Lorna Moore, 34, of Walsall, West Midlands, was given a two-and-a-half-year jail term earlier this week following a trial at the Old Bailey.

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Antonio Carter mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:55:18 GMT
US military special forces pictured aiding Kurdish fighters in Syria

Pentagon resists commenting on the photographs – seen for the first time – and would only describe the mission in generic terms

Elite US military forces have been photographed for the first time in Syria as they join largely Kurdish forces on an advance toward, Raqqa, the Islamic State terror group’s capital.

A photographer with Agence France-Presse captured US special operations forces with Kurdish forces known as the YPG, part of the US-mentored Syrian Democratic Forces, in a rural village less than 40 miles from Raqqa. Some US troops wear the insignia of the YPG in an apparent show of support.

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Nicholas Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:36:21 GMT
Iraq prime minister asks Baghdad protesters to refrain during Falluja push

Haidar al-Abadi urged demonstrators to skip weekly protests in central Baghdad to allow the military to focus on retaking the country’s fourth city from Isis

Iraq’s prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, has urged demonstrators to forgo weekly Friday protests in central Baghdad to allow the military to concentrate on retaking the country’s fourth city from Islamic state.

The push to retake Falluja was unexpectedly launched earlier this week, just days after protesters stormed the “Green Zone” in central Baghdad for a second time, exposing again the weakness of the Iraqi government.

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George Richardson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:53:30 GMT
Dozens feared dead as migrant boat capsizes in Mediterranean

Repurposed fishing boat thought to have had Syrians on board sinks off coast of Libya

Dozens of people are feared to have drowned in the second shipwreck in as many days in the southern Mediterranean, amid tentative signs that some Syrians may be trying once again to make for Europe from Libya.

At least 20 people drowned in a wreck 35 nautical miles north of the Libyan smuggling hub of Zuwara when a repurposed fishing boat sank on Thursday morning, the EU’s anti-smuggling operation said. Photographs taken from an EU reconnaissance plane showed groups of men desperately waving at the aircraft from a half-submerged blue trawler.

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Fred Fisher mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 20:03:27 GMT
UN committee denies press freedom group accreditation

China and Russia voted against giving consultative status to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which helps reporters around the world and in conflict zones

A United Nations committee has voted to deny consultative status to the Committee to Protect Journalists, effectively keeping the press freedom group from accessing UN bodies and processes.

The committee voted 10-6 with three abstentions on Thursday to deny CPJ’s application, which was first made in 2012.

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Lee Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:54:39 GMT
American Sniper hero Chris Kyle 'lied about medal tally'

US navy hero who inspired highest-grossing war movie of all time exaggerated medal haul, according to information released through data request application

The US war hero profiled in the highest-grossing war movie of all time, American Sniper, lied about the medals he received for bravery on the battlefield, The Intercept website has reported.

Chris Kyle, who died in 2013 and was portrayed by Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood’s 2014 film, wrote in his autobiography that he received two silver stars and five bronze stars for valour during his service with the Navy Seals during the Iraq war.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:07:40 GMT
Netherlands considers banning use of phones on bikes

Dutch government said in 2014 that smartphones played a role in one in five bike accidents involving young cyclists

Do not text and ride. That’s the message from the Dutch government, which is considering banning the country’s millions of cyclists from using their mobile phones while on two wheels.

Related: Utrecht's cycling lessons for migrants: 'Riding a bike makes me feel more Dutch'

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Ryan Fisher mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 18:39:34 GMT
Ringleader of 2010 Uganda bombing found guilty of terrorism

Issa Lumiya convicted of planning twin blasts in Kampala that killed 76 people during the World Cup final

The Ugandan ringleader of a 2010 bombing by the jihadist group al-Shabaab that killed 76 people in Kampala was on Thursday found guilty of terrorism, along with six accomplices.

Twin suicide blasts claimed by Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab targeted football fans watching the World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain at a restaurant and a rugby club in the Ugandan capital. They were one of the region’s worst attacks in decades.

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Steven Bryant mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:49:07 GMT
Canada's ambassador to Ireland subdues protester at Dublin Easter Rising service

Kevin Vickers, who fatally shot an Islamist gunman in 2014, grabbed man shouting ‘This is an insult’ at service for British soldiers killed in 1916 rebellion

Canada’s ambassador to Ireland has physically tackled an Irish republican protester at an event in the Republic’s capital to commemorate British soldiers who died in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Kevin Vickers, who was a hailed a hero for shooting an Islamist gunman inside the Canadian parliament, grabbed the demonstrator, who shouted “This is an insult” as a wreath was laid at the Grangegorman Military Cemetery to mark the deaths of British troops killed in the uprising 100 years ago.

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Harry Howard mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:56:45 GMT
Scores arrested in Democratic Republic of Congo clashes

One protester killed in Goma during opposition-organised protests against President Joseph Kabila’s plan to delay elections

Police and demonstrators have clashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid growing fears that elections scheduled for later this year will be postponed.

One protester died during running battles in Goma, the largest city in the east, while security forces in the capital, Kinshasa, fired teargas at an opposition march.

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Billy Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:01:03 GMT
Holiday bonfires blamed for forest fires on outskirts of Jerusalem

Homes and offices evacuated as 11 firefighting planes are deployed to tackle series of blazes

Israel’s fire service deployed 11 planes and a large number of firefighters to residential areas on the outskirts of Jerusalem as a series of forest fires – reportedly sparked by holiday bonfires – forced the evacuation of homes and two government offices.

The fires followed the festival of Lag Ba’Omer, when bonfires are lit all over the country. A recent heatwave and brisk winds on Thursday fanned fires apparently triggered – according to the Israel parks service – by those bonfires.

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Ryan West mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:11:45 GMT
Thailand closes dive sites over coral bleaching crisis

In a rare move to shun tourism profits for environmental protection, 10 popular dive sites have been shut down in a bid to slow a coral bleaching crisis

Thailand has shut down 10 popular diving sites in a bid to slow a coral bleaching crisis, an official said Thursday, in a rare move to shun tourism profits to protect the environment.

The tropical country’s southern coastline and string of islands are home to some of the world’s most prized white sand beaches and scuba sites, and the booming tourism industry props up Thailand’s lagging economy.

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Peter Phillips mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:14:49 GMT
Muslim mob in Egypt strips 70-year-old Christian woman

Seven Christian homes ransacked and torched following rumours woman’s son had affair with Muslim woman

A Muslim mob stripped a 70-year-old Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were ransacked and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.

According to the local Orthodox Coptic church and security officials, the assault in the Minya province village of Karama on Friday began after rumours spread that the woman’s son had had an affair with a Muslim woman – a taboo in conservative Egypt.

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Roy Morales mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:15:15 GMT
McDonald's CEO: robots won't replace workers despite tech opportunities

Steve Easterbrook’s comments came days after one of the fast-food giant’s former US CEOs suggested that a higher minimum wage could lead to using robots

McRobots are not coming to a McDonald’s near you just yet, according to Steve Easterbrook, the company’s chief executive officer.

His comments came two days after one of the fast-food giant’s former US chief executives suggested that a minimum wage of $15 an hour could lead to McDonald’s replacing its workers with robots. Easterbrook was speaking at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting when he said that technology is not likely to lead to “job elimination” at McDonald’s.

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Steven Roberts mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 12:48:14 GMT
Boss at heart of Romanian scandal over diluted disinfectant dies in car crash

Pharma boss killed and health minister resigns after products used for years on hospital wards were hugely watered down

Romanians have been left appalled by a multimillion-euro medical fraud scandal – in which a big pharmaceutical company allegedly watered down disinfectants for use on hospital wards for years. Hundreds of people may have been infected as a result.

Public protests have broken out in several towns and the health minister quit after lab tests showed about 10 products supplied to more than 150 hospitals had been diluted, in some cases rendering them useless.

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Travis Gibson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:48:17 GMT
Russia calls for patriotic, anti-extremist movies

Culture ministry produces list of subjects fit for funding, including ‘exemplary labour’ and ‘the constructive actions of civil society’

Russian film-makers hoping to win state funding for future projects would do well to target patriotic storylines aimed at discouraging extremism, reports Newsweek.

The head of state film studio Roskino, Catherine Mtsituridze, recently revealed that a majority of Russian films are reliant on state funding to break even. Now the country’s ministry of culture has published a list of eight subjects that local producers might want to address if they hope to win vital public cash.

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Marvin Reynolds 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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Chad Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 22:00:19 GMT
Facebook and Microsoft to build private internet highway underwater

Projects to install undersea cables from US to Spain would ensure fast enough connectivity for tech companies’ virtual reality and live video services

Facebook and Microsoft are going underwater.

The two technology companies announced on Thursday they are to install an undersea cable from the east coast of the US to Spain to help speed up their global internet services.

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Todd Martinez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 20:30:12 GMT
The Price of Desire review – biopic of architect Eileen Gray fails to build interest

The Irish 20th-century polymath doesn’t get the film treatment she deserves in this borderline risible production

A biopic of the architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray (1878-1976), The Price of Desire will be screening at some venues as part of a double bill with Gray Matters, a documentary about the polymath Irish designer. This docudrama taking on her life, loves and career highlights is sometimes borderline risible, but even so, one can’t but fail to be impressed it got made at all, given the subject is really mostly of interest to design geeks and those fascinated by intellectual property law.

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Earl Watson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 20:46:48 GMT
Google wins six-year legal battle with Oracle over Android code copyright

Developers expected to welcome ruling that finds Google’s employment of Java code in its Android operating system was fair use

Google has won a six-year court case brought by software firm Oracle, which claimed Google had infringed its copyright by using 11,500 lines of Java code in its Android operating system.

The jury ruled that Google’s use of 37 Java APIs (application programming interfaces) was fair use. The news will be welcomed by developers, who typically rely on free access to APIs to develop third-party services.

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Clarence James mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 20:30:12 GMT
India tests new spaceplane

Model shuttle could pave way for full-size reusable vehicle and cheap, regular access to space

India has successfully tested a hypersonic “spaceplane” model that could one day be scaled up into a space shuttle.

The launch took place at 07:00 IST on 23 May from the Satish Dhawan space centre, Sriharikota, in the coastal state of Andhra Pradesh. It was the first flight in the Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstration (RLV-TD) programme being conducted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro).

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Kevin Jackson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 21:45:14 GMT
Top Cat Begins review – tiptop tat

In order to convey how truly terrible this film is, I am rewriting the theme song from the original, non-Halifax advertising, cartoon

[Big band TV sig intro – but slower and gloomier than usual.]

Top Cat! Now, I just want to plead:
“Stop that!” The first film made us
Wounds of horror stabbed in our
Now we have to watch the same
thing again ...?
Not that! Look, I’m quite ser–i–ous,
Avoid this prequel please.
Top Cat 2’s frankly poo and it’s
coming at you
You must avoid this film and –
that’s that.

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Allen Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:00:10 GMT
'Most Orwellian winner yet': The Invention of Russia takes Orwell prize

Arkady Ostrovsky’s The Invention of Russia, an account of media manipulation and of language in modern Russia, wins UK’s top award for political writing

An account of modern Russia, which in its investigation into media manipulation is “absolutely in [George] Orwell’s own tradition” has won the UK’s most prestigious prize for political writing, the Orwell prize for books.

Chair of judges for the prize Lord William Waldegrave compared Arkady Ostrovsky’s The Invention of Russia to George Orwell’s novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, saying that Ostrovsky’s non-fiction title was “absolutely about the central themes that Orwell is most famous of all for … the importance of language, and how he or she who controls the language, controls the narrative. And although there are many strong and brave liberal voices in Russia, if you get control of social and traditional media, you’ve gone a long way to controlling the message.”

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Travis Patterson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:30:58 GMT
US nuclear arsenal controlled by 1970s computers with 8in floppy disks

Government Accountability Office report details ‘museum-ready’ machines controlling nuclear force messaging system that are ‘obsolete’

The US military’s nuclear arsenal is controlled by computers built in the 1970s that still use 8in floppy disks.

A report into the state of the US government, released by congressional investigators, has revealed that the country is spending around $60bn (£40.8bn) to maintain museum-ready computers, which many do not even know how to operate any more, as their creators retire.

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Marvin Campbell mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:36:15 GMT
Crow swoops into crime scene and tries to steal knife identified as evidence

The police tape was meant to keep people out, allowing investigators in Vancouver to pore over the scene left behind after a car exploded into flames and police confronted a man wielding a knife.

But it was little deterrent to a crow, who swooped into the crime scene and breezed past more than 20 police officers to make off with the knife in question.

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Kevin James mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:59:04 GMT
'Cannavaping' could see e-cigarettes used to deliver medicinal cannabis

Vaping medicinal cannabis would be healthier than smoking the drug with tobacco, researchers claim, and allow regular microdoses not possible with pills

Electronic cigarettes can be a safe and effective way to deliver cannabis for medicinal purposes, according to researchers in Switzerland.

Scientists at the University of Lausanne created cannabis-laden oils for e-cigarettes and found that vaping the infusions could deliver useful levels of the active ingredients found in cannabis.

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Patrick Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 07:54:46 GMT
China unveils 'straddling bus' design to beat traffic jams

The concept vehicle is designed to float above the clogged-up streets of some of the country’s biggest cities

A Beijing company has unveiled spectacularly futuristic designs for a pollution-busting, elevated bus capable of gliding over the nightmarish mega-jams for which urban China has become notorious.

Plans for the so-called Transit Explore Bus or TEB were showcased earlier this month at a technology expo in the Chinese capital.

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Brian Gordon mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:56:04 GMT
Five of the best meditation apps

Boost your mindfulness and try to rise above digital distractions with these apps to carve out time for peaceful reflection

The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can often feel like they amplify our daily stress.

Turning to your smartphone for respite from the digital clutter may feel as ridiculous as holding an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a pub, with your inbox, social networks and Candy Crush Saga just a couple of taps away.

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Louis Gordon mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:20:54 GMT
Nasa hits problems with world’s first inflatable room for astronauts

Problems emerged while releasing air into experimental room at the International Space Station on Thursday, putting everything on hold

Nasa hit a snag while releasing air into an experimental inflatable room at the International Space Station on Thursday and put everything on hold for at least a day.

Mission Control ordered astronaut Jeffrey Williams to call it quits after the operation had dragged on for more than two hours, with the compartment expanding just a few inches. The inflation process could resume as early as Friday, depending on what engineers learn.

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Bruce Harris mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:40:33 GMT
'Some women disobey': Rome poster campaign challenges Catholic ban on female priests

Pictures of women serving illicitly as priests will be plastered across city as part of campaign against Vatican decree

It has been 22 years since Pope John Paul II declared that the exclusion of women from the priesthood was a settled matter and no longer up for discussion. The decree was so absolute that at least one bishop was fired after he suggested, years later, that elevating women to the priesthood could be one way to solve the Roman Catholic church’s chronic shortage of clergy.

But on Friday, thousands of priests and other Catholics who live and work in the Vatican will come face to face with a feminist movement that aims to break one of the church’s most salient taboos. Dozens of posters of women serving illicitly as priests – essentially under excommunication – are due to be plastered across the Rome neighbourhood of Trastevere and around St Peter’s Square, as part of a provocative campaign against the ban.

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Craig Carter mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:17:20 GMT
Romeo and Juliet review – Branagh gives tragedy a touch of la dolce vita

Garrick theatre, London
Lily James’s Juliet has a boozy balcony scene, Richard Madden’s Romeo seems genuinely inflamed by love and Derek Jacobi is a lounge-lizard Mercutio

There are many ways of approaching Shakespeare’s youthful tragedy: Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh take the scenic route in this new production. We are plunged into a vividly imagined 1950s Italy of dark-suited men, petticoated women, bicycling friars, patriarchal oppression and frantic partying. You feel Fellini is due any moment to film it with a movie camera and, even if the result has its oddities, the production certainly has a pulsating energy.

The big draw is the casting of Lily James and Richard Madden, who played opposite each other in the Branagh movie of Cinderella, as the doomed lovers. They acquit themselves very well: they have youth, looks and passion on their side. I was puzzled, however, by some of the directorial decisions that mean we miss Juliet’s rapid maturation from inexperienced child to married woman. James’s Juliet seems very knowing from the start and when Romeo says “she doth teach the torches to burn bright” you wonder if it is because she is at the time huskily crooning a song in the style of a torch singer.

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Bruce Powell mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:00:04 GMT
Food in books: macaroni cheese from Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

After discovering the witty and wonderful Barbara Pym, Kate Young sets out to make a tastier take on the disappointing dish eaten by Mildred Lathbury

By Kate Young for The Little Library Café, part of the Guardian Books Network

Mrs Jubb, who might have been a good cook with any encouragement, must have lost heart long ago. Tonight she set before us a pale macaroni cheese, and a dish of boiled potatoes, and I noticed a blancmange or ‘shape’, also of an indeterminate colour, in a glass dish on the sideboard. Not enough salt, or perhaps no salt, I thought, as I ate the macaroni. And not really enough cheese.

Excellent Women, Barbara Pym

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Steve Martin mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 10:30:09 GMT
'It's beyond pain': how Mormons are left vulnerable in Utah's opiate crisis

Mormons, who shun drugs and alcohol, have fallen prey to addiction in Utah, where one-third of adults were prescribed an opioid pain medication in 2014

Maline Hairup was a devout Mormon. No alcohol, no coffee. She didn’t smoke. Until the day she died, she had never used illegal drugs. Yet she was an addict for most of her adult life.

“Maline never thought she had a problem,” said her sister, Mindy Vincent, a recovering addict. “She was a firm believer that because the doctor prescribed the pills it was OK. She didn’t see any shame in it. She didn’t think she was an addict. It wasn’t like taking drugs. But she was on the painkillers for 15 years until they wouldn’t give her any more.

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Bruce Washington mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:49:45 GMT
The British pop talent crash: where have all the new acts gone?

With the charts dominated by North American titans such as Beyoncé and Drake, it is getting harder and harder for the UK’s rising stars to break in. Will we ever see another Adele?

Imagine a UK music chart with almost no UK acts in it. A Top 40 comprising North Americans, Scandinavians and, down at the bottom reaches, a British outlier or two. That is the gloomy prediction being made in some corners of the British music industry because of two problems: the difficulty of finding new artists capable of becoming global stars, coupled with the slog of pushing them into a chart dominated by streaming.

“At the moment, it’s not great. [Potentially big new acts] aren’t coming through,” says one insider. Even recent international successes have failed to lift the market: take the 1975, who are doing pretty well. After their current album entered the charts at No 1 both here and in the US, it dropped swiftly, spending only three weeks in the UK Top 10. What’s more, they have yet to produce the kind of inescapable hit singles that tip groups into worldwide stardom. Lee Thompson of industry website Record of the Day is even less optimistic: “Just see what happens with streaming [which has been included in sales calculations since 2014]. Our presence, our ability as a country to break through, will lose its importance.”

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Philip Torres mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:56:30 GMT
Marvel editor-in-chief: 'Writing comics was a hobby for white guys'

Axel Alonso has brought in the likes of Muslim superhero Ms Marvel during his five-year tenure, and he explains why it’s simply good business

“When I was a kid I read a little bit of everything,” says Axel Alonso, the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. “You want to have different flavors.” Alonso’s modest office in midtown Manhattan is crammed to the ceiling with comic books of all ilks, from his own shop – Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s fun, inflammatory run on X-Force is in a stack on a desk chair – and from his competitors. They are as mainstream as rival DC’s Preacher, which Alonso edited and is now a Seth Rogen-produced TV show on AMC, and as offbeat as Jeff Lemire’s indie classic Essex County. He punctuates his sentences with “You follow me?” and he’s so conversant with the intricacies of his business that it’s often a reasonable question.

He’s certainly been leading Marvel in a new direction. Alonso is responsible for Marvel Comics now offering a broader array of comics than it ever has before. The San Francisco native, who began his working life as a journalist for the New York Daily News, has run Marvel comics for just under five and a half years and over the course of his tenure he’s radically changed the Marvel landscape, ridding the company of the last vestiges of a house style – the well-liked, offbeat Unbeatable Squirrel Girl looks nothing like The Extraordinary X-Men – and expanding the company’s roster of characters and creators to include more women and people of color. Last year the company made about $224m off sales of comics and trade paperbacks through comic book shops alone; they also sold the most popular comic in that market in 22 years: Star Wars #1, which shipped nearly 1.1m copies, according to industry researcher John Jackson Miller.

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Fred Jordan mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:14:32 GMT
Alejandro Aravena's Venice ​architecture ​​biennale: 'We can’t forget beauty in our battles'

The Chilean architect pitches activism against starchitecture and uncovers the architect’s role in drone warefare – leaving Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano distinctly out of place

“The only animal that can defeat the rhinoceros is the mosquito,” says Alejandro Aravena, the Chilean architect curating this year’s Venice architecture biennale. “Or a cloud of mosquitos, actually.”

He is standing in the former rope factory that serves as the exhibition’s main venue, a 300-metre-long promenade of installations, where robotically milled stone vaults compete with teetering bamboo frames, made by dozens architects from far-flung corners of the world. These are Aravena’s mosquitoes.

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Douglas Powell mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:30:03 GMT
The Morning They Came For Us by Janine di Giovanni – heroic dispatches from Syria
A first person and deeply personal account of horrific events in the Syrian war and revolution makes no policy recommendations but is the very best kind of reporting

Reading this book by the war correspondent Janine di Giovanni is at once necessary, difficult and elating. Her reporting from the Syrian revolution and war is clear-eyed and engaged in the best sense – engaged in the human realm rather than the abstractly political.

Giovanni’s account is deeply personal. She was once obsessed with Bosnian crimes; in the introduction, she says that Syria may similarly “engulf her”. She finds herself unable to trim her baby son’s nails for thinking of an Iraqi who’d had his ripped out. Later, accepting a cigarette pack from a student of human rights, she notes the old cigarette burns on his arms.

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Edward Harris mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 05:00:02 GMT
Is this the world’s most radical mayor? | Dan Hancox

When Ada Colau was elected mayor of Barcelona, she became a figurehead of the new leftwing politics sweeping Spain. The question she now faces is a vital one for the left across Europe – can she really put her ideas into practice?

It was the early evening of 5 February 2013, and seated among grave-looking men in suits, a woman named Ada Colau was about to give evidence to a Spanish parliamentary hearing. “Before saying anything,” she began, “I’d just like to make one thing clear. I am not an important person. I have never held office or been the president of anything … The only reason I am here is that I am a momentarily visible face of a citizens’ movement.”

Colau was there to discuss the housing crisis that had devastated Spain. Since the financial crisis, 400,000 homes had been foreclosed and a further 3.4m properties lay empty. In response, Colau had helped to set up a grassroots organisation, the Platform for Mortgage Victims (PAH), which championed the rights of citizens unable to pay their mortgages or threatened with eviction. Founded in 2009, the PAH quickly became a model for other activists, and a nationwide network of leaderless local groups emerged. Soon, people across Spain were joining together to campaign against mortgage lenders, occupy banks and physically block bailiffs from carrying out evictions.

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Donald Jordan mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:00:02 GMT
Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Ride review – crushingly prosaic indie rock

Aiming themselves squarely at the lowest common denominator, Van McCann and co make meat-and-potatoes music for festival crowds to punch the air to

During a recent interview with Catfish and the Bottlemen, a journalist took it upon himself to quiz frontman Van McCann about the lyrics on the band’s second album, The Ride. First McCann was called upon to elucidate a track called Twice, which the journalist thought might be a complaint about the monotony of life as a touring musician. “The line ‘I don’t mind getting high in mine, shouting over music’ is about when I moved into cottage with my mate and we were having a smoke … shouting over music,” offered McCann in response.

A lesser man might have considered this explanation a compelling inducement to quit music journalism on the spot and devote his life to something more intellectually rewarding, such standing in the street holding a sign that says “Golf Sale”, but the journalist pressed on undeterred. What about the song Soundcheck, with its lines about “racing through soundcheck to meet you on your fag break” – was this perhaps an anthemic plea for escapism, evidence that even the singer in a band whose debut album sold 250,000 copies was in need of a break from their daily grind? No, McCann responded, it’s about “racing through soundcheck to meet someone on their fag break”.

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Fred Ramos mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:24:49 GMT
Neil Gaiman on his TV invasion: 'It was Terry Pratchett's last request'

After years as a cult author, the writer now has three TV shows in the offing, including some shocking tales of the unexpected starring Johnny Vegas and Rita Tushingham

‘I miss everything about England,” says Neil Gaiman, dressed in his customary black jacket and jeans. “I get so ridiculously happy when I land here. It irritates my wife like nothing on earth. She’s like, ‘What is it about this place? And why doesn’t New York do that for you?’”

The Hampshire-born author, who now splits his time between Minneapolis and upstate New York, has lived in the US since 1992. Back then, he was a writer whose fans were found in specialist comic bookstores.

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Lee Turner mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 06:00:04 GMT
Descent of the machines: Volvo's robot mining trucks get rolling

Driverless lorries designed to work specifically in underground tunnels are becoming a reality. How long before they appear on roads?

In a disused military aircraft hangar buried deep in a granite hillside, Johan Tofeldt flicks a switch on the future of mining.

“Look, no hands!” he beams, as the truck lurches backwards and executes a precise reverse. “It’s a little heavy on the clutch, but then it’s not designed for driver comfort.”

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Alan Garcia mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:49:40 GMT
Captain America has gone from punching Hitler to fascist sympathies – is it time to panic?

Marvel’s reveal that Captain America is a sleeper agent for rightwing group Hydra feels like a betrayal of his Jewish creators – but nothing is set in stone in comics

Truth, justice and the American way … are all out the window this week, as Marvel comics revealed that Captain America, their stalwart upholder of everything red, white and blue, is a sleeper agent for Hydra: a fascist, terrorist organisation.

In the first issue of Steve Rogers: Captain America – written by Nick Spencer, with art by Jesus Saiz – one of Marvel’s best-loved characters, who this year celebrates his 75th year of publication, comes out of the closet as a flag-bearer for his long-time enemies, sending the internet into a mini-maelstrom that could be summed up as a collective: “What the fuck?”

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Jesse Evans mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 12:09:28 GMT
Ecuadorians tired of waiting for a cleanup of Guayaquil’s filthy waters

A World Bank loan helped privatise sanitation in Ecuador’s largest city, but some residents say they still lack clean water and claim the river is polluted with sewage

The waters flowing through Estero Salado, a river delta in Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, can be deceptive, even for those who have lived their entire lives alongside the filthy and meandering estuarine network.

“We know the water is not clean, but you build up a tolerance,” says 21-year-old local activist Jasmanny Caicedo. Though he says he can take a dip without becoming ill most of the time, even Caicedo says he gets caught out on the “really bad pollution days”.

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Lawrence Clark mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 10:10:32 GMT
Garden Bridge v Pier 55: why do New York and London think so differently?

Two cities, one designer and one strategy – to build a privately funded park above a river. If both the Garden Bridge and Pier 55 have questionable benefits and hidden public costs, why is New York so convinced when London isn’t?

There’s something wonderfully uncontroversial about a park. A park can’t be bad. We love trees. We love water. We love sunshine and flowers. Cities need open space, right? That built-in pleasure response means people are less likely to think of the cost of a park, to see only the leaves and grasses rather than the concrete and steel beneath them. They are also less likely to think of a park as precluding other, future uses. We do call it “open” space, after all.

This mindset was the background for the parallel proposals, in London and New York, of two projects by designer Thomas Heatherwick: the Garden Bridge in London and Pier 55 in New York (with landscape consultants Mathews Nielsen). Both were offered as gifts to the city, privately funded with a small public contribution. Both were backed by celebrities and mayors. Both proposed parks as they had never been seen before: floating over their respective cities’ signature rivers, and ostensibly creating “new” land for circumscribed metropolises.

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Fred Marshall mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:03:16 GMT
Brexit, Juncker, Austria and Venezuela – Politics Weekly podcast

Anushka Asthana, Larry Elliott and Jonathan Freedland join Tom Clark to discuss the short-term economic shock projected in the event of Britain leaving the EU – and why Jean-Claude Juncker is hoping Britain’s next PM is not Boris Johnson. Plus Kate Connolly on a knife-edge presidential election in Austria and Jon Watts on the turmoil in Venezuela

The government has released another blood-curdling premonition on a post-Brexit Britain. The country, it says, would face 820,000 job losses and a year-long recession if it votes to leave the EU next month. Meanwhile in Tokyo, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has been criticising the leave campaign’s figurehead Boris Johnson – but will his intervention have the desired effect?

Joining Tom Clark this week are Guardian political editor Anushka Asthana who is in Japan for the G7 summit; economics editor Larry Elliott and columnist Jonathan Freedland.

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Shawn Jackson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 08:30:06 GMT
The EU: An Obituary by John R Gillingham – the neoliberal case against the European Union

The Thatcherite historian argues that the EU is defunct, a relic of the postwar decades. But would an unfettered Europe be a better place?

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of disintegration. The European Union, argues John R Gillingham, is on the verge of “collapse”, defended only by an alliance of old elites. While we focus on Brexit (which he confidently predicts in a postscript), the issues imperfectly covered in his book suggest that it is a parochial distraction from the much bigger question of how Europe is to be organised in the 21st century. We are at a “turning point” in European history.

Euroscepticism creates some strange bedfellows. Many rightwing nationalists view the EU as a Trojan horse of unstoppable multiculturalism. Some on the left see its focus on the single market as institutionalised “neoliberalism” and austerity. And some “neoliberals” such as Gillingham see it as a relic of the postwar decades that binds free markets in red tape. Gillingham is not a typical author for the radical-left publishing house Verso – presumably at least one commissioning editor there has Eurosceptic leanings. From all sorts of angles, the EU seems to be the sick man of Europe.

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Jason Owens mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 10:00:08 GMT
Donald Trump wants to build a wall – to save his golf course from global warming | Dana Nuccitelli

On climate change, is Trump uninformed, or playing his voters?

Donald Trump has consistently expressed his conspiratorial and misinformed beliefs that global warming is a hoax.

Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!

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Patrick Powell mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:21:21 GMT
What impact do shocking and dramatic photos have on you?

On the frontpage of many papers today is a picture of a boat carrying migrants capsizing in the Mediterranean sea. How do such photos affect you?

It’s likely that today you were confronted with the arresting image of a boat, which carries migrants, capsizing in the Mediterranean.

It tipped over “due to overcrowding and instability caused by the high number of people on board”, the Italian navy said in a statement. Those on board clung desperately to the deck or dropped into the sea, with five found dead.

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Lee Cooper mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:00:10 GMT
Readers recommend: share songs with extraordinary vocals

Our reader suggests Janis Joplin or Freddie Mercury as jumping off points: make your suggestion in the comments and they’ll pick a playlist next week

This week we want your musical recommendations with unusual or extraordinary vocals. Maybe the voice is extraordinary or distinctive to begin with, or a particular vocal performance is out-of-this-world? Either way, and however you interpret what the word ‘extraordinary’ constitutes – pick your tune and make your suggestions now.

Related: Janis: Little Girl Blue – a heartfelt account of a remarkable talent

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Jerry Shaw mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:49:15 GMT
Will Cristiano Ronaldo break his own scoring record against Atlético Madrid?

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in the Champions League this season – as many as Atlético Madrid – but Saturday’s opponents have Europe’s best defence

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Real Madrid secured La Décima in 2014 after chasing their 10th European Cup for 12 years. Sergio Ramos’ header deep into second-half injury time cancelled out Diego Godin’s opener to set Real Madrid on their way against Atlético Madrid, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo finishing off the 4-1 victory in extra time. The clubs meet again on Saturday as Real Madrid chase La Undecima. Atlético, meanwhile, are hoping to secure their first European Cup, having lost two finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s form will be key in Milan. He scored his 17th goal of the 2013-14 competition when he tucked a penalty past Thibaut Courtois in the dying minutes of the final in Lisbon, becoming the competition’s record scorer in the process. With 16 goals in this season’s Champions League – more than any other player and as many as Atlético have scored in their 12 matches – Ronaldo can break his own record this weekend.

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Ronald Gray mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 05:30:03 GMT
UK seaside attractions: readers’ travel tips

There’s a lot more to the Great British Seaside than buckets and spades and fish and chips. There are lawnmower and magic museums for a start, say our readers
Post a tip for next week’s competition and you could win a £200 hotel voucher

Much like hundreds of other seaside towns, Southport has a pier, ice-creams, a funfair ... but what other towns don’t have is the British Lawnmower Museum. Accessed via a gardening store, for just £2 admission you can enjoy a crackling audio commentary of lawnmower history while taking in the prize exhibits of which the “rich and famous” section includes Nicholas Parsons’ secateurs, a ride-on lawnmower donated to Charles and Di and, most bizarrely, a push mower owned by Britain’s last hangman, which itself is hung from the ceiling by a rope!
Rory Jones

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Adam Bryant 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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Kyle Ward 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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Travis Jackson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:00:10 GMT
Readers recommend playlist: songs about ships and boats

Reader Scott Blair picks from your nautical suggestions this week, with Queen, Lulu, Seth Lakeman and – naturally – Bryan Ferry all setting sail

Below is this week’s playlist – the theme interpreted and tunes picked by a reader from the comments on last week’s callout. Thanks for your suggestions. Read more about the weekly format of the Readers recommend series at the end of the piece.

I feel almost over-qualified to be choosing the playlist for the current topic, given my proud seafaring history.

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Harold Cole 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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Marvin Crawford 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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Jimmy Owens 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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Allen Richardson 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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Rosemarie Perdok 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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Sean Watson 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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Jimmy Perez 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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Lee Howard mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 10:34:26 GMT
Recipe swap: cardamom

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

For your chance to be crowned Guardian home cook of the year, share your cardamom recipes. Email, upload them via the GuardianWitness buttons here or post them on Instagram @guardian_cook #RRS #cardamom by noon on Wednesday 1 June. Selected recipes will appear in Cook and online on 11 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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Bruce Mcdonald 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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Ryan Cooper 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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Jason Rodriguez 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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Travis Kennedy 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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Vincent Carter 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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George Crawford 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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Alfred Harris 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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Fred Washington 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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Johnny Washington 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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Johnny Warren mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 22:48:19 GMT
Triplet threat: the Estonian sisters who will run in Rio Olympics

Marathon running sisters set for Olympic history by becoming first identical triplets to compete against each other

Leila, Liina and Lily Luik from Estonia will make Olympic history when they cross the start line for the women’s marathon in Rio. Twins competing in the same event is not uncommon at the Olympic level. But the Luiks are believed to be the first identical triplets to compete against each other.

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Travis Owens mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:42:50 GMT
It’s Depp v dep as Johnny pulps Barnaby Joyce

Australia’s deputy PM has failed to dodge another rotten tomato pelted by the dog-smuggler/actor

Exciting times for Australia’s deputy prime minister, who is really cutting through on the issue of Johnny Depp. Mr Depp is currently in the headlines owing to his reported split with his wife, Amber Heard, but you will recall he essentially shot to stardom last year when Heard brought the couple’s dogs into Australia without a permit.

Related: Required reading for Johnny Depp: a short history of dogs in politics | Catherine Shoard

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Jeff Thompson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 12:16:55 GMT
Mel Gibson: ‘Some guy let me tattoo him. I drew squiggles’
The controversial actor and director stars as a former biker in thriller Blood Father. To research the role, he talked to gang members and undercover DEA agents – and learned how to be a terrible tattoo artist

Hi, Mel! Welcome to Cannes (1, see footnotes).

You’re from the Guardian! That’s a respectable paper.

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Kenneth Henry mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 07:46:46 GMT
Gina Rinehart's children win right to fight case against her in open court

Billionaire’s eldest children, Bianca Rinehart and John Hancock, are seeking a larger stake in the mining empire

Gina Rinehart’s two eldest children have won the right to have the next stage of their family’s long-running dispute over mining profits heard in open court.

Bianca Rinehart and John Hancock are fighting for a larger stake in the family’s mining empire, claiming their billionaire mother wrongly transferred valuable mining assets away from a family trust set up to benefit them by their grandfather, Lang Hancock.

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Kevin Dixon mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:30:39 GMT
Sir Denys Henderson obituary
ICI chairman who oversaw the split of the company into chemicals and pharmaceuticals businesses

Denys Henderson, who has died aged 83, was the man who oversaw the brave decision to break Britain’s best known industrial icon, ICI, into two: a chemicals business, later sold off piecemeal; and an increasingly successful bioscience operation, which, as AstraZeneca, became one of Britain’s two world-class pharmaceutical companies.

Henderson would later recall that, as he pondered the decision to reverse the historic 1926 merger that had created ICI as a single British champion in the then expanding chemical industry, the eyes of previous chairmen seemed to bore through him from their portraits in the directors’ corridor. His justification was value for shareholders, and the release of the home-grown pharmaceuticals division to grow and merge. Startling as it seemed at the time, the demerger would set a pattern endlessly repeated by other companies. But while pharmaceuticals prospered, the chemical business, buffeted by the competitive forces which troubled all western chemical companies, failed to restructure successfully and, after numerous disposals, was eventually bought by Akzo Nobel in 2007 for its paints business.

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Billy Burns mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:54:29 GMT
Stylewatch: Justin Trudeau's socks at G7

Novelty, patterned or bold-print socks are the groovy new Canadian prime minister’s Thing

Like the cast of a superhero film funded by the British Film Council, or a reformed pop band who had one hit in 1983 and are now making an album of big-band classics, the G7 leaders summit provided many a photo opportunity for the seven leaders.

Sartorially speaking, the biggest talking point was Justin Trudeau’s socks. Post #elbowgate, the Canadian leader (a dead ringer for Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid) is in need of a reminder why he is more “blue steel” than “red mist”, and this was a perfect jolt. Trudeau’s socks have become, like Socks Clinton, a humanising reminder that all leaders of the free world are Just Like Us. Like Phil from IT who wears days-of-the-week bow ties, socks are His Thing.

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Lawrence Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:27:39 GMT
Britain's first openly gay judge becomes master of the rolls

Promotion makes Sir Terence Etherton head of civil judiciary and second most senior judge in England and Wales

Sir Terence Etherton, Britain’s first openly gay senior judge, has been appointed master of the rolls, making him head of the civil judiciary in England and Wales.

The 64-year-old lawyer’s promotion was confirmed by an announcement from Downing Street on Thursday morning.

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Harold Washington mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:11:55 GMT
Buster Cooper obituary
Dynamic jazz trombonist who played for Duke Ellington, excelled in Hollywood and toured around the world

Duke Ellington liked the playing of the jazz trombonist Buster Cooper, who has died aged 87, and wanted him to join his band. But Cooper turned him down twice, preferring to keep his own group going. Eventually he succumbed, spending seven fruitful years with Ellington’s orchestra, and he later conceded it had been the best decision he had ever made.

“Once you go with Duke, you don’t have to make any more auditions. It opened a lot of doors,” he told me. Cooper capitalised on his Ellingtonian fame when he moved to Los Angeles and immersed himself in the freelance studio scene, becoming, as he put it, “the busiest black trombonist on the west coast” before returning to Florida for good in 1994.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:26:19 GMT
Formula E in Berlin, the world's first fully electric series – a photo essay

The electric circus that is Formula E travelled to Berlin this week where Felix Clay plugged himself in. The race result sets up a close finish for the Pro Series finale in London next month

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Lee Ramos mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:50:51 GMT
G7 summit opens in Japan – in pictures

The global economy, terrorism, refugees, China’s maritime claims and the EU referendum headlined a packed agenda as world leaders began two days of talks in Ise-Shima

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Sean Burns mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 12:23:32 GMT
Best photographs of the day: a giant hamster and a baby zebra

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including G7 leaders digging the dirt, the assault on Fallujah and a flag-tattooed man

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Clarence Martin mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 06:00:03 GMT
Joining the dots: Shigeo Anzaï's stars of modern art – in pictures

From Damien Hirst in his boxers to Yayoi Kusama in a polkadot wonderland, Shigeo Anzaï tracks art’s biggest names to their natural habitats and captures them in candid black and white

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 10:00:08 GMT
Vladimir Nabokov's butterfly art – in pictures

Author and passionate lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov once said: ‘Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.’ His scientific drawings and watercolours of butterflies have now been collected into one volume, Fine Lines

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George Nelson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:54:17 GMT
Fleet Week 2016 kicks off in New York – in pictures

The 28th annual celebration began with a parade of ships up the Hudson river, with an estimated 4,500 navy, coast guard and marine service members

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Jerry Robinson mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 10:50:10 GMT
Zoo news: this month's animal antics from round the globe - in pictures

A collection of zoological wonders from May 2016, featuring brave new rhinos, brand new pandas, earthworm engineers and more

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Edward Burns 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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Mark Reyes 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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