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Published: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:39:06 GMT2017-12-13T07:39:06Z

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Chris Froome could lose Vuelta title after abnormal drugs test result

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:55:26 GMT2017-12-13T06:55:26Z

• Froome found to have an excessive level of an asthma drug at Vuelta
• Team Sky’s top rider says it was for medical use and within permitted doses

Britain’s most successful road cyclist Chris Froome is fighting for his reputation after returning an adverse analytical finding following a drugs test during his victory in the Vuelta in September, a joint investigation by the Guardian and Le Monde can reveal.

Froome, who also won his fourth Tour de France in July, was found to have exceeded the permitted levels of the asthma drug salbutamol on a test taken on September 20. Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, riders are allowed a level of 1,000 nanograms per millilitre. However the 32-year-old was found to have twice that in a urine sample taken during the Tour of Spain.

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Wednesday briefing: Alabama drama ding-dong

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:37:09 GMT2017-12-13T06:37:09Z

Many Republicans actually relieved as Democrat wins election … Brexit deal wasn’t ‘Davis-proof’ enough … and what women want to see in a man

Hello – I’m Warren Murray from the Guardian. Here’s the news as we see it.

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Alabama election: Democrats defeat Roy Moore, dealing huge blow to Donald Trump

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:27:46 GMT2017-12-13T07:27:46Z

Doug Jones becomes first Democrat to win any statewide office in Alabama in decades after Moore’s campaign for Senate marred by sexual assault claims

The Democrat Doug Jones has beaten his Donald Trump-backed Republican rival Roy Moore in the diehard Republican state of Alabama, setting off a political earthquake that shook Washington.

His victory in a special election for a US Senate seat – by a margin of 49.9 to 48.4 with 100% of precincts reporting – is a major personal blow to the president and his efforts to pass tax reform on Capitol Hill.

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Baby girl survives after being born with heart outside her body, in UK first

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:47:32 GMT2017-12-12T23:47:32Z

Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who had her first surgery within an hour of delivery, is believed to be first baby in UK to survive with the extremely rare condition

A baby girl born with her heart outside her body is believed to be the first in the UK to survive with the extremely rare condition after undergoing three operations, the first within an hour of her birth.

At a nine-week scan, Vanellope Hope Wilkins was discovered to have the condition ectopia cordis, with her heart and part of her stomach growing externally.

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David Davis scrambles to salvage EU relations after 'damaging trust'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:15:52 GMT2017-12-12T18:15:52Z

Brexit secretary moves to persuade Guy Verhofstadt that UK can be trusted after claiming deal to progress talks was just ‘statement of intent’

David Davis has scrambled to salvage relations with Brussels after he was accused of damaging trust in the Brexit talks by making inflammatory comments.

EU leaders have warned the British government against backtracking on promises made in Brussels after Davis suggested a Brexit breakthrough reached last week had no legal status.

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Two charged with children's murder in Salford arson attack

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:33:52 GMT2017-12-13T07:33:52Z

Zac Bolland, 23, and 20-year-old Courtney Brierley charged after fire in Greater Manchester in which three children died

Two people have been charged with the murders of three children who died in an arson attack on their home in Salford.

Zac Bolland, 23, and Courtney Brierley, 20, are charged with three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one of arson with intent to endanger life.

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FBI agent removed from Russia investigation called Trump an 'idiot'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:52:50 GMT2017-12-13T06:52:50Z

Peter Strzok exchanged text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page calling then-candidate ‘loathsome human’ before they worked on special counsel team

Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel’s investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign described him as an “idiot” and “loathsome human” in a series of text messages last year, according to copies released on Tuesday.

One said in an election night text that the prospect of a Trump victory was “terrifying”.

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Russian cyber-activists 'tried to discredit Scottish independence vote'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:13 GMT2017-12-13T07:00:13Z

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts accused of spreading false information to ensure pro-UK vote


An expert in Russian cyber-operations has accused Russian activists of running a disinformation campaign to discredit the Scottish independence referendum result, by wrongly alleging it was rigged.

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City millionaire says Vote Leave directed his donation decision

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

Anthony Clake claims he was advised to give £50,000 to fashion student who was part of another Brexit campaign

A millionaire who gave £50,000 to a 23-year-old fashion student to spend on the campaign to exit the EU says that he was advised to make the donation by the Brexit-backing campaign group Vote Leave.

Hedge fund manager Anthony Clake told the Guardian that he had intended to give the money to Vote Leave, as the official leave campaign, but was encouraged by the group not to do so because “they were close to their spending limits”.

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English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, first tests reveal

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:20:13 GMT2017-12-13T07:20:13Z

Neonicotinoids, banned on flowering crops, were found in nearly all rivers tested, increasing concerns over their impact on fish and birds

Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds.

Neonicotinoids were banned from use on flowering crops in the European Union in 2013 due to the harm they cause to bees and other vital pollinators. Following even more evidence of harm, an EU vote to extend the ban to all outdoor uses is expected soon.

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Quarter of Christmas jumpers were worn once and discarded last year

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:30:12 GMT2017-12-13T06:30:12Z

Charity urges people to rewear last year’s jumper to reduce the waste impact of the throwaway festive fashion

One in four Christmas jumpers bought last year was thrown away or is unlikely to be worn again, according to new research which reveals that most novelty sweaters will only ever be worn once.

Emblazoned with flashing lights or more tasteful alpine motifs, the festive apparel is so popular that about £220m will be spent on them in the run up to Christmas this year.

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‘A sack of regrets waiting to happen’ – how to avoid a Christmas party nightmare

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

From novelty jumpers to embarrassing themes, the annual work bash is where careers go to die. Are there any rules to protect you from humiliation?

It is quite fashionable to claim to hate work Christmas parties, which doesn’t mean you actually hate them, it just conveys disdain for the people for whom a work-organised drinking binge represents the pinnacle, the very walnut on top of their social whirl. But there are people who genuinely do hate work parties, because the grim half-memories that come rushing back, the dimly lit humiliations and shudders of self-abasement that barely add up to true recollections, are more like a dream or post-traumatic stress disorder. None of the following advice will help, since you still have to turn up, and it is still your own psyche you are wrestling with. But some Christmas party nightmares are not your fault.

Christians have worked hard to divert the festival away from its true meaning by loading it with animals, babies, wisdom and salvation. Originally, it was a carnival, in the anthropological not the fairground sense: a pressure valve for the constraints of daily life, a time-limited period of raging misrule, in which all hierarchies and duties were suspended. Those roots are the ones that run deepest in our collective psyches, the expression of which is drinking and taboo-breaking. Nobody wants to break a taboo on Christmas Day, when taboos and Baileys are the only things keeping it all together. It is only fun to break stuff in public. Being drunk and over-stepping the line are related, but not casually: everyone assumes afterwards that the inappropriate thing happened because a given person had dropped their inhibitions. But you have to ask how the chocolate penis arrived under the work tree addressed to the handsy guy in accounts in the first place.

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Roy Moore’s stunning defeat reveals the red line for Trump-style politics | Richard Wolffe

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:30:51 GMT2017-12-13T05:30:51Z

The shock election results saw a Democrat make rare inroads in deep-red Alabama – and will hasten the existential question facing the Republican party

There’s no sugar coating the stunning defeat for Donald Trump and his cronies in Tuesday’s senate contest.

There’s no accusation of fake news that can cover the tracks of the disastrous results for the president – and for his supposedly populist politics – little more than one year after his own election.

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Catalan secessionists face steepest challenge in Barcelona's bruised beltway

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:00:10 GMT2017-12-13T05:00:10Z

Anti-independence campaigners are making inroads in Cornellà, a Barcelona suburb where many come from other parts of Spain

You won’t find Cornellà in a guide book. It lies to the south of Barcelona, just off the motorway and close to the airport, a town whose tower blocks house 86,000 souls, more than half of them born outside Catalonia, mostly elsewhere in Spain. But it’s as much a part of Catalonia as the pretty villages around Girona and on the Costa Brava.

Cornellà is one of several beltway towns hastily built around Barcelona in the 1960s to house the waves of immigrants fleeing poverty in the south and west of Spain.

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The top 10 video games of 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

Mario ran amok in New Donk City, a cat dropped out of college, and Angel Carter haunted What Remains of Edith Finch. But it was the mighty Zelda who took video gaming – and cooking – to a new dimension

In a lot of ways Breath of the Wild is a standard Zelda title. It’s an action role-playing adventure, following Link as he sets out to kill the evil sorcerer Ganon before this mythic monster can escape an enchanted castle and destroy Hyrule. You battle monsters, level up, collect new weapons and items, slowly gain the strength needed for the final showdown.

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The 50 best TV shows of 2017: No 5 Big Little Lies

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

The cleverly plotted tale of murder and yummy mummies brought a masterly twist on soapy US drama and a career-best performance from Nicole Kidman

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  • Big Little Lies, adapted from the novel by Liane Moriarty and transferred from New South Wales to Monterey in California, starts with kitchen envy, and a whole load of fun. Yummy mummies with lots of yummy money lead adorable lives in their adorable beachside homes.

    Hey, guess what though: maybe they’re not so happy after all, and all the fund-raising and keeping-up and being perfect can lead to power struggles and insecurities, jealousy and grudges.

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    The Brexit mist is clearing. Corbyn will have to show his hand and soon/Rafael Behr

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

    The party’s fuzzy position works while Tories avoid tough decisions. But it can’t hold for much longer

    When Theresa May was in Brussels last Friday finalising an interim Brexit deal, Jeremy Corbyn was in Switzerland speaking at the UN’s Geneva headquarters. As British politics was consumed by battle over the terms of EU departure, it is fitting the Labour leader happened to be in the country famous for avoiding European conflicts.

    Corbyn’s Brexit stance looks a lot like neutrality. It is not an issue that ignites his campaigning spirit. His power to mobilise legions of loyal supporters was not deployed for the remain cause in the referendum. It has since been marshalled towards other causes. In parliament, the tone of Labour’s response to May’s European manoeuvres sounds more like commentary than combat.

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    Sweden's 'laser man' killer John Ausonius goes on trial in Germany

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:00:10 GMT2017-12-13T05:00:10Z

    Jailed white nationalist whose actions inspired Anders Breivik accused of killing Auschwitz survivor in Frankfurt in 1992

    A Swedish far-right extremist whose shooting spree in the 1990s inspired “lone wolf” terrorists such as Anders Breivik will go on trial in Germany on Wednesday morning for an unresolved murder of an Auschwitz survivor in Frankfurt 25 years ago.

    John Ausonius, 64, is already serving a life sentence in Sweden for the shooting of 11 people of immigrant background in the Stockholm and Uppsala area between August 1991 and January 1992. His aim, he said in interviews, was to scare immigrants out of the country and discourages others from entering.

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    Polish up your pecs: women prefer strong men, say scientists

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:01:04 GMT2017-12-13T00:01:04Z

    Researchers asked 160 women to rate the attractiveness of headless male torsos and every single woman chose the stronger men over the weak

    Some women may claim that chiselled abs and giant biceps are not what they are seeking in a man. But a scientific study suggests that if your female partner tells you this, she is probably just being kind.

    The study, on the subject of male bodily attractiveness, has found that the most Herculean bodies were universally the most appealing, according to the 160 women doing the rating.

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    José Mourinho questions Manchester City’s education and blames them for brawl

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:39:00 GMT2017-12-12T22:39:00Z

    • City coach says his team’s celebrations were ‘definitely not’ excessive
    • United manager questions the ‘education’ at his rival’s club

    José Mourinho has questioned whether Manchester City’s players have the same “education” as their Manchester United counterparts and insisted the Premier League leaders were to blame for the brawl at Old Trafford that has left the clubs facing the possibility of disciplinary action.

    Mourinho accused City of showing a lack of respect with what he perceived to be excessive dressing-room celebrations after Sunday’s win and angrily turned on a BBC correspondent for asking whether his club might be punished. “I think you work for another club,” the United manager said, “and not for the press” on another tense day when the deteriorating relationship between the city rivals was laid bare.

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    Crystal Palace’s Bakary Sako and James McArthur strike late to stun Watford

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:46:00 GMT2017-12-12T23:46:00Z

    Now Crystal Palace have hope. How could they not when after spluttering in arrears for almost the entire match, blunted and diminished by an imposing Watford team, they still plucked an improbable win from the jaws of defeat?

    The din which erupted in the second minute of injury time was a roar to greet the first gasp of air this team have enjoyed above the relegation zone all season. Conviction is flooding back.

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    Joe Root urges his players to end England’s history of failure at the Waca

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:17:04 GMT2017-12-12T09:17:04Z

    • Captain says focus must be on reviving Ashes campaign after two defeats
    • ‘We believe we can win the series but need to prove that to everyone else’

    Joe Root has urged his players to forget about England’s wretched past at the Waca and jolt their flatlining Ashes defence back into life in the third Test after Trevor Bayliss issued the squad with final warnings over their off-field behaviour.

    Bayliss, the head coach, has held meetings with senior members of the touring party and the group as a whole, delivering the message directly that any drink-related incidents such as the one that resulted in Ben Duckett being suspended from Lions duty and fined will be met with the firmest action.

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    Tyson Fury sets sights on Anthony Joshua after being cleared to fight again

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:06:24 GMT2017-12-12T16:06:24Z

    • Compromise with Ukad backdates boxer’s two-year ban
    • Fury was charged after testing positive for banned steroid

    Tyson Fury has set his sights on a title fight with Anthony Joshua after being cleared to box again following a deal with UK Anti-Doping. Fury, along with his cousin and fellow heavyweight Hughie, have accepted a backdated two-year doping ban for testing positive for elevated levels of nandrolone in February 2015. However a separate charge against Tyson Fury for refusing to take a drug test in September 2016, which could have carried a four-year ban, has been withdrawn.

    Both men continue to deny any wrongdoing – and say the high levels of nandrolone came from the ingestion of offal, uncastrated wild boar or contaminated supplements. Tyson Fury, who has not fought since winning the world heavyweight crown against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, responded to the news by immediately tweeting Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and IBO world titles: “Where you at boy? I’m coming for you punk. No one blocking my path now!”

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    Chelsea bounce back with comfortable win over Huddersfield Town

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:36:00 GMT2017-12-12T23:36:00Z

    Conceding the title early can sometimes backfire, and it would have been easy to imagine Antonio Conte’s players lacking the appetite for a wet night in west Yorkshire after hearing their manager admit Manchester City might be uncatchable, yet in the event Chelsea played like champions.

    Huddersfield were outclassed, indeed a little fortunate not to be embarrassed, once Chelsea got into their smooth, attacking stride. “The best team we’ve seem here all season” was one opinion expressed over the PA at half-time, which is quite a compliment considering City have already been to these parts and won.

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    Ashley Barnes’ late goal against Stoke sends Burnley soaring into top four

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:05:00 GMT2017-12-13T00:05:00Z

    Ashley Barnes grabbed a late winner to send Burnley soaring into fourth place, the team’s highest position in the top flight for 42 years, when they were second in the old First Division in March 1975.

    Burnley, on 31 points, are now behind only Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City and above Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, for 24 hour at least.

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    Adrian Searle's top 10 art shows of 2017

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:40:46 GMT2017-12-12T18:40:46Z

    Chris Ofili stitched up Eden, Rodney Graham went stilt-walking, Picasso biked to the bullfight and Rachel Whiteread poured herself a hot water bottle. But the year belonged to the unsettling, eruptive visions of Wolfgang Tillmans

    A whole world unravelled, room after room, in this complex exhibition. Our hunger for images is insatiable and Tillmans gave us encounters with people, things, places, views, close-ups, emergencies, even the deconstructed machinery of photography itself. The exhibition dared to deal with beauty and the everyday, as well as the whole gamut of photographic manners – from street photography to formal portraiture, land and sky and seascape, the eroticism of the body and a dead colour printer disembowelled on the studio floor.

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    The best albums of 2017, No 8: Thundercat – Drunk

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

    Deliciously surreal funk, squelchy soft rock, fart noise and a homage to his cat: ace of bass Thundercat’s breakthrough album travels from consciousness to conscience

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    When the world outside is weird, let’s hear it for an album that processes it with absurdist humour and George Clinton-shaped surrealism. Drunk is the third release by LA jazz dude Steve Bruner, AKA Thundercat, and has finally taken him from being a kooky bass-playing Robin to super-producer Flying Lotus’s Batman all the way to headline solo artist and one of this year’s breakthrough names. It says a lot of his credentials that he convinced soft-rock heavyweights Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins to appear on an album that features fart noises and song dedicated to a pet puss called Turbo Tron Over 9000 Baby Jesus Sally. Or that Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Kamasi Washington and Wiz Khalifa guest star. But this 23-track odyssey has also punctured mainstream consciousness because it’s deliriously funky.

    Related: Thundercat on breakout album Drunk, laughing at racism – and his 'sexy cat', Tron

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    The 50 top films of 2017: No 8 Blade Runner 2049

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

    Another joint entry for the UK and the US in our movie countdown – Xan Brooks hails an ambitious sci-fi sequel that took the original’s tantalising loose ends and ran with them

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    Blade Runner 2049 was the sequel that dared to dream it might surpass its creator. It was the blockbuster that breathed, the film replicant made flesh. In returning to the source material of the original Blade Runner (itself adapted from Philip K Dick’s 1968 novel), director Denis Villeneuve could by rights have got away with ticking the appropriate boxes and contentedly riding a wave of shared nostalgia. Instead, he opted for full immersion, a deep dive into the subject matter, even at the risk of losing his bearings. I’ve rarely seen a film so dazzled and entranced by its own possibilities.

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    Jonathan Jones's top 10 art exhibitions of 2017

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:12 GMT2017-12-13T07:00:12Z

    The inventor of modern art caps an amazing year of drawings by old masters, vast 20th-century retrospectives and the return of the YBAs

    Not many art exhibitions are truly important. They may be exciting, entertaining, absorbing – but when the dust settles and the posters are covered up with ads for the next unmissable show, nothing has really changed. This is one of the rare exceptions. Paul Cézanne, who died in 1906, has been iconic ever since Picasso and Braque picked up and turned his fraught, hard-won way of looking at apples, mountains and people into the broken mirror of cubism, yet his revolutionary importance is less well understood in the 21st century.

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    The Grenfell Tower fire was a national disaster. It needs a national response | Seraphima Kennedy

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

    Six months on, it has become clear that the council can’t cope. Ministers must fulfil their responsibility

    Six months to the day after the Grenfell Tower fire, those directly affected are coming together with the wider community for a memorial service in St Paul’s Cathedral to honour the 71 people who lost their lives.

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    We can stop big firms robbing us of tax. Here’s how | Rita de la Feria

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

    Paradise Papers-scale avoidance would be a thing of the past if the multinationals were forced to pay their dues where they make their sales

    The Paradise Papers revelations have again raised concerns over the way multinational corporations arrange their tax affairs. Why, with high turnovers in countries such as the UK, do they pay so little tax there? The answer is often quite simple: because legally, under international corporate tax rules, they are not required to.

    In our globalised economy, where production chains are spread across the world and highly movable, it is difficult to determine under existing rules where and how the profits of big firms should be taxed. In effect, we can no longer properly identify the countries that have both the legitimacy and ability to tax those profits.

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    What David Attenborough should have said at the end of Blue Planet | Patrick Barkham

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:17:35 GMT2017-12-12T19:17:35Z

    Like the sea itself, the BBC’s showpiece nature programme was calm, hypnotic and awe-inspiring. But it lacked the grave message our situation demands

    We find the sea a great source of solace and peace. The author Ronald Blythe has written of the sea’s “most wonderful monotony”, which “can drug the watcher into forgetting past, present and future”.

    Watching Blue Planet II has been almost as hypnotic, with its sublime rendering of our turquoise oceans, a watery world almost without humans.

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    The state of social care shames us all

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:30:13 GMT2017-12-13T07:30:13Z

    Care homes are unfairly relying on better-off residents to subsidise others’ care. The government urgently needs to increase funding to the sector

    Why are people on the left so exercised about how we pay for social care? After all, better-off care home residents who pay their own way are each quietly subsidising to the tune of £12,000 a year those with fewer assets who are funded by councils that negotiate lower fees. What could be more socialist?

    The truth is that this is an unofficial, unregulated and profoundly unfair tax levied not by the state but, with the state’s connivance, by private care businesses that declare it the only way to make a broken system work. It is also a tax – and a system – unknown to alarming numbers: as a survey published today shows, one in four middle-aged people still think that care and support is free, rising to more than one in three when you include those who aren’t sure.

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    Westfield sale looks like a knee-jerk reaction to the Amazon age | Nils Pratley

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:32:53 GMT2017-12-12T19:32:53Z

    The rush to consolidate by owners of large shopping centres suggests they are seeking protection from the rise of online rivals

    The crisis of confidence among owners of large shopping centres is contagious. Last week it was Hammerson, the Birmingham Bullring folk, bidding for Intu, owner of Gateshead’s Metrocentre.

    Now, on grander scale, French giant Unibail-Rodamco is paying $25bn (£18.5bn) to own Westfield, the Australian outfit that has erected its multistorey car parks, with malls attached, in east and west London.

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    The Guardian view on the Brexit vote: mutiny wanted | Editorial

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:55:43 GMT2017-12-12T19:55:43Z

    Parliament has the chance on Wednesday to make certain that MPs can hold ministers to account over Brexit terms. They must seize the opportunity

    MPs’ debates on the EU withdrawal bill have mainly been serious and often of high quality. Tuesday’s attempts to blunt the bill’s sweeping “Henry VIII” powers were a notable example. Yet so far the debates have made few substantive changes to the bill itself. On Wednesday that will have to change. MPs are scheduled to debate and vote on amendment 7 to clause 9 of the bill, moved by the Conservative MP Dominic Grieve. This would require any final UK-EU Brexit deal to be put to a meaningful parliamentary vote. It is the most consequential of all the amendments to the original bill and it is important that Mr Grieve’s amendment is carried. Another climax will come next week, when the government’s attempt to put the 2019 leave date into law will be challenged.

    Most MPs wanted Britain to remain in the European Union. But the result of the referendum has made many cautious about insisting on parliament’s role in its aftermath. The general election, which might have provided clearer authority for parliament’s involvement, instead resulted in confusion. In the absence of a second referendum, parliament’s role is still as constitutionally supreme as ever. It is also politically necessary for parliament to hold ministers to account, and to ensure that the terms of any eventual Brexit are as much as possible in the national interest. The referendum said nothing about those terms. The government on its own cannot decide them – and has shown itself incompetent at trying to do so. The job of agreeing terms therefore belongs to parliament.

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    In Jerusalem we have the latest chapter in a century of colonialism | Karma Nabulsi

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:38:45 GMT2017-12-12T19:38:45Z

    Donald Trump’s intervention is not a mere aberration. It’s part of the continuing story of injustice in Palestine

    One hundred years ago, on 11 December 1917, the British army occupied Jerusalem. As General Allenby’s troops marched through Bab al-Khalil, launching a century of settler colonialism across Palestine, prime minister David Lloyd George heralded the city’s capture as “a Christmas present for the British people”.

    In a few months’ time, we mark another such anniversary: 70 years since the Palestinian Nakba of 1948, the catastrophic destruction of the Palestinian polity; the violent dispossession of most of its people with their forced conversion into disenfranchised refugees; the colonial occupation, annexation and control of their land; and the imposition of martial law over those who managed to remain.

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    Body found in search for man who went missing on freezing night

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:33:13 GMT2017-12-13T00:33:13Z

    Ian Tang, 20, had not been seen since walking home from a club in the early hours of Sunday in sub-zero conditions

    Police searching for a missing 20-year-old student, who disappeared after leaving a nightclub in Norfolk on one of the coldest nights of the year, have found a body.

    Ian Tang was last seen by friends at 2.30am on Sunday morning leaving the KA club in the town of North Walsham. He is said to have decided to walk home after a night out with friends, despite only wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The alarm was raised by his family when he failed to return home.

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    Grenfell survivors demand justice at parliament gathering

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:20:27 GMT2017-12-12T22:20:27Z

    Commons meeting hears harrowing accounts and angry demands from survivors six months after disaster

    Grenfell Tower survivors have demanded justice for their loved ones in a highly charged meeting at parliament in which one bereaved resident told the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, that his mother and sister were “murdered and cremated”.

    A packed committee room at the House of Commons heard emotional testimony from four bereaved residents including Ahmed Elgwahry who said he had not received an apology from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) for the fire.

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    Charlie Chaplin family join fight to save Cinema Museum in London

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:13 GMT2017-12-13T07:00:13Z

    Former Lambeth workhouse where actor spent early childhood is the closest Britain has to Chaplin museum, say family in open letter

    The family of Charlie Chaplin have expressed dismay over the threatened closure of the Cinema Museum in south London, which they say is “the nearest thing that Britain has to a Chaplin museum”.

    The museum is situated in a former Victorian workhouse in Lambeth that played an important role in the actor’s childhood.

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    Cars of future will spot potholes and tell us, says Highways England

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:19:46 GMT2017-12-13T00:19:46Z

    ‘Connected vehicles’ should improve efficiency of route maintenance and improve safety, report predicts

    Cars of the future could be programmed to spot potholes and transmit the information to Highways England, the government body responsible for roads.

    In a report published on Wednesday, Highways England said “connected vehicles” could improve the efficiency of route maintenance, while simultaneously improving safety.

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    Make Facebook liable for content, says report on UK election intimidation

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:01:04 GMT2017-12-13T00:01:04Z

    Watchdog calls for social media firms to be made to monitor posts and for new offence of intimidating candidates to be considered

    Theresa May should consider the introduction of two new laws to deter the intimidation of MPs during elections and force social media firms to monitor illegal content, an influential committee has said.

    Related: What can be done about abuse on social media?

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    Ombudsman called in after death of 12th immigration detainee

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:34:25 GMT2017-12-12T19:34:25Z

    Michael Netyks from Poland, the 12th detainee to die this year, had been serving a six-month sentence at a private jail in Liverpool run by G4S.

    An investigation has been launched after the death of a 12th immigration detainee this year.

    Michael Netyks, a 35-year-old Pole, was serving a six-month sentence at Altcourse prison, a private jail in Liverpool run by G4S. He had been assessed to be vulnerable and is thought to have taken his own life.

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    ITV film reveals serious failings at UK children’s homes

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:11 GMT2017-12-13T06:00:11Z

    Undercover reporters found evidence of understaffing, inadequate training and closure of homes before Ofsted inspection among other issues

    Some of the most vulnerable “looked after” children in the country are being failed by privately owned residential homes that are contracted to care for them, it has been claimed.

    Undercover reporters secured jobs as care staff at residential homes in Shropshire run by the two largest commercial providers of care for looked-after children: Cambian Group, which runs more than 160 homes, and Keys Group, which runs close to 90.

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    Damian Green may be cleared 'because he wasn't minister at time'

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:43:32 GMT2017-12-12T21:43:32Z

    Friends of Tory activist Kate Maltby, who has accused Green of inappropriate behaviour, fear PM’s deputy will be deemed not to have breached code

    Friends of Tory campaigner Kate Maltby fear Damian Green may escape official sanction for alleged inappropriate behaviour towards her because it took place before he was a cabinet minister.

    The Guardian understands Maltby’s supporters are concerned at the possibility Theresa May’s deputy may be allowed to stay in post because he will be deemed by a Cabinet Office investigation not to have breached the ministerial code, given the events in question took place after July 2014, when he was not a minister.

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    Facebook to stop routing ad revenue via Ireland amid pressure over taxes

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:00:37 GMT2017-12-12T18:00:37Z

    Company says it will book advertising revenue in countries where it is earned instead of through Dublin headquarters

    Facebook has said it will start booking advertising revenue in countries where it is earned instead of re-routing it via Ireland, although the move is unlikely to result in it paying much more tax.

    Corporate taxation has become a controversial topic in the wake of revelations of tax avoidance schemes by multinationals which have led to calls for companies to pay more tax, while the European Union has begun exploring options for taxing digital giants.

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    Japanese kanji of the year is 'north' – thanks to Kim Jong-un

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:36:56 GMT2017-12-13T04:36:56Z

    After 12 months dominated by the North Korean nuclear crisis, there was perhaps only one serious candidate for word of 2017

    Every December the people of Japan select a kanji character that best sums up the social and political zeitgeist of the previous 12 months.

    After a year dominated by the regional nuclear crisis, there was perhaps only one serious candidate for word of the year 2017: north.

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    Egyptian pop singer sent to prison for video that 'incited debauchery'

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:20:11 GMT2017-12-12T20:20:11Z

    Shyma, 21, sentenced to two years over video in which she appeared in her underwear and suggestively ate a banana

    An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” in a racy music video clip.

    Shyma, a little-known 21-year-old singer, was also fined 10,000 pounds (£420) by a Cairo court.

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    Chinese authorities collecting DNA from all residents of Xinjiang

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:53:47 GMT2017-12-13T04:53:47Z

    Officials build database of iris scans and blood types of everyone aged 12 to 65 in region home to 11 million Muslim Uighurs

    Chinese authorities are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints and other biometric data from every resident in a far western region, Human Rights Watch has said.

    Officials are also building a database of iris scans and blood types of everyone aged between 12 and 65 in Xinjiang, adding to controls in a place some experts have called an “open-air prison”.

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    Arctic permafrost thawing faster than ever, US climate study finds

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:04:54 GMT2017-12-12T19:04:54Z

    • Sea ice also melting at fastest past in 1,500 years, US government scientists find
    • ‘The Arctic is a very different place than it was even a decade ago’ – author

    Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing faster than ever, according to a new US government report that also found Arctic seawater is warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years.

    The annual report released on Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed slightly less warming in many measurements than a record hot 2016. But scientists remain concerned because the far northern region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe and has reached a level of warming that’s unprecedented in modern times.

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    Ryanair pilots based in Ireland to stage one-day strike next week

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:04:36 GMT2017-12-12T19:04:36Z

    Up to 117 pilots expected to take action, with airline’s flights to and from Dublin, Shannon and Cork likely to be affected

    Pilots working for Ryanair in Ireland have called a one-day strike next week, potentially disrupting flights for Europe’s biggest airline on its home territory.

    Flights to and from Dublin, Shannon and Cork are likely to be affected by the walkout on Wednesday.

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    New York bombing suspect reportedly posted Trump 'failed to protect' US

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:30:38 GMT2017-12-12T17:30:38Z

    Akayed Ullah, who has been charged on five terrorism-related counts, apparently posted about Trump on Facebook the morning of the explosion

    The man who allegedly detonated an explosive device in New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday may have taunted Donald Trump in a Facebook post just before the attack.

    “Trump you failed to protect your nation,” attacker Akayed Ullah apparently posted the morning of the explosion, according to the US attorney’s office for Southern New York.

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    Polish regulator fines US-owned broadcaster over protests coverage

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:39:00 GMT2017-12-12T18:39:00Z

    TVN SA judged to have ‘propagated illegal behaviour’ with report on demonstrations last year, raising fears for press freedom

    Poland’s media regulator has fined a private broadcaster almost 1.5m złoty (£310,000) for news coverage of anti-government protests outside parliament, on the basis that it “propagated illegal activities and encouraged behaviour threatening security”.

    US-owned TVN SA said it would appeal against the decision and defended the way in which TVN24, its news channel, covered demonstrations last December over government proposals to restrict media access to parliament.

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    'I became a black man when I arrived in England': Inua Ellams on his play Barber Shop Chronicles

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:09:02 GMT2017-12-12T12:09:02Z

    Inua Ellams was recently nominated for the Writers' Guild award for best play for Barber Shop Chronicles, which is currently on at the National Theatre. He speaks to the Guardian journalist Iman Amrani about black masculinity, his story as an immigrant and how he channels anger into his art

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    Exclusive Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake music video: The Priest

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:25:17 GMT2017-12-11T09:25:17Z

    Watch Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake's music video The Priest, about a young homeless girl's experiences of life on the street

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    Lives in limbo: Ai Weiwei on the plight of refugees across the globe - video

    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:00:01 GMT2017-12-09T08:00:01Z

    Exiled Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei discusses the shocking plight of refugees worldwide. He travelled to 23 countries and interviewed more than  600 refugees for his new documentary, Human Flow, an uncompromising cine-essay on this 21st century crisis

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    Why are California’s wildfires so out of control? – video explainer

    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:18:30 GMT2017-12-08T14:18:30Z

    The state of California has faced a number of powerful wildfires this year, some of them covering thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes. Fire services are struggling to bring them under control. But what’s making them so ferocious? 

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    The Barcelona design studio for people with Down's syndrome and autism – video

    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:07:59 GMT2017-12-04T12:07:59Z

    On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we visit Casa Carlota, a Barcelona-based design studio that includes people with Down's syndrome, autism and intellectual disabilities. People with intellectual disabilities tend to have less obvious approaches to design and creativity

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    Can you do the invisible box challenge? – video

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:37:50 GMT2017-12-05T19:37:50Z

    Forget planking, cinnamon eating, ice-bucket pouring, mannequin standing and bottle flipping: December 2017 is all about pretending to step on to an invisible box. The invisible box challenge went viral this week, thanks to a successful attempt by a Texan high school cheerleader. It’s basic mime, but it’s impressive enough to have inspired thousands of less agile challengers to share their attempts online. (Warning: you may fall on your face)

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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi review – a thrill-ride of galactic proportions

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:28:39 GMT2017-12-13T07:28:39Z

    Director Rian Johnson delivers a tidal wave of energy and emotion in the eighth episode of the saga, as Luke, Leia, Finn and Rey step up to meet their destiny

    An old hope. A new realism. An old anxiety. A new feeling that the Force might be used to channel erotic telepathy, and long-distance evil seduction. The excitingly and gigantically proportioned eighth film in the great Star Wars saga offers all of these, as well as colossal confrontations, towering indecisions and teetering temptations, spectacular immolations, huge military engagements, and very small disappointments.

    The character-driven face-offs are wonderful and the messianic succession crisis about the last Jedi of the title is gripping. But there is a convoluted and slightly unsatisfying parallel plot strand about the Resistance’s strategic military moves as the evil First Order closes in, and an underwritten, under-imagined and eccentrically dressed new character – Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, played by Laura Dern.

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    Thirty Christmases review – a merry little comedy about festive stress

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:13 GMT2017-12-13T07:00:13Z

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    A reunited brother and sister try to repair their relationship at Christmas time in this amiable show with songs

    Christmas is a time to be with family. But what if your family is fractured? That’s the question at the heart of this amiable show, written by and starring Jonny Donahoe, with songs from his duo Jonny & the Baptists. The tunes include that festive classic Don’t Be a Prick at Christmas.

    Donahoe and comedian Rachel Parris play siblings, Jonny and Rachel, who were raised in a car by their socialist Jewish agnostic father, a man who lived by different rules. Christmas was spent in other people’s homes, often uninvited. There was the year they sat outside the house of their mother, eating corned beef sandwiches, watching her celebrate with her new family through the window. And there was the year they turned up unannounced on the doorstep of some Norwegians briefly met at an airport.

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    Corbyn by Richard Seymour review – the strange rebirth of radical politics

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:30:13 GMT2017-12-13T07:30:13Z

    Seymour investigates how the Labour leader proved doubters wrong – and a collection of essays, The Corbyn Effect, asks what might his government look like?

    In these febrile times, writing books about current British politics – and even reviewing them – is a risky business. Richard Seymour’s highly opinionated study of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership, and the circumstances that gave rise to it, was first published in April 2016. Labour were in the low 30s in the polls, a middling-to-mediocre position, and Corbyn’s tenure seemed a bold experiment that was not that likely to succeed. Seymour gave his book, “written in sympathy with Corbyn”, an upbeat subtitle, but his predictions were largely pessimistic. A prolific polemicist in the small but prickly space to the left of the Labour left, and pointedly not a party member, Seymour argued that Corbyn’s leadership would be both too radical for the establishment to tolerate, and not radical enough to truly transform the party or the country. “In all likelihood, Corbynism is a temporary phenomenon,” he concluded. “There will be backlashes and disappointments, electoral setbacks and, in the event of government, continual, energy-sapping crises ... Corbynism will struggle to outrun the limits of Labourism.”

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    The World’s Most Expensive Presents review: a ballgown for your dog, anyone?

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:12 GMT2017-12-13T07:00:12Z

    This grotesque display of pricey Christmas gifts is pointless, immoral and horrid. Plus – the hateful Giles Coren hates Jane Austen

    I haven’t even thought about, let alone done, my Christmas shopping yet. Perhaps I’ll get some ideas from The World’s Most Expensive Presents (Channel 4). Well, it has been a reasonably good year. I’ve floated a couple of little interests, moved some stuff offshore, I won’t go into details … know what I mean?

    So, how about an adult colouring book (as in for adults, not DIY pornography) with 10 bespoke illustrations by a renowned artist and a leather cover with gold lettering. That’s £23,900, VAT included; colouring pencils not. But it goes way beyond a colouring book, says Marcel, the man whose idea it was. “It’s a tapestry of emotions, it’s memory after memory after memory. It’s an heirloom.”

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    Abu Dhabi: the city where citizenship is not an option

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:12 GMT2017-12-13T07:00:12Z

    Four-fifths of the UAE’s population are classed as ‘foreigners’ – people whose parents were born abroad. With permanent residency impossible, it’s a constant struggle to belong

    Abu Dhabi Indian School, founded in 1975, not long after the Trucial States became the United Arab Emirates, sits by Muroor Road. It was here that, in 1986, dressed in a short-sleeved white shirt, navy blue shorts and black-laced Batas, I started first grade.

    My classmates, like me, were the children of Indian parents. Raju Uncle, a Malayalee from Kerala, drove us to school in his taxi, a gold and white station wagon. When I was running late, another young passenger, Iqbal, would be sent to ring our doorbell.

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    Bollywood sexual harassment: actors speak out on Indian cinema's open secret

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:02:50 GMT2017-12-13T01:02:50Z

    Women tell the Guardian that unmasking of abusive men is overdue in industry that shames and undermines victims

    The casting director had one hand pressed to the phone at his ear; the other, according to a police complaint, he rested on Reena Saini’s thigh.

    “He was casting for TV serials,” Saini, 26, recalls. “One day he called me for an audition. And when I reached the place he said, come into my car and talk, I’m in a hurry.”

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    Tragedy, outrage and optimism: Gary Younge on editing the Bedside Guardian

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:47:21 GMT2017-12-12T18:47:21Z

    It’s tough selecting the best articles for the Guardian’s annual anthology, especially in the year Trump took power – but there were many reasons to be cheerful

    They call it the Bedside Guardian for a reason. Every year we produce a collection, drawing together our best writing and the big stories of the past 12 months, just in time for Christmas. Its ideal perch is not on your bookshelf, but your nightstand table. Not because it will send you to sleep. But so you can dip in and out of it in the evening – flipping between your favourite writers and the coverage of some huge event; rereading at leisure the pieces you enjoyed in haste or enjoying the articles you missed first time around in sections you maybe never read. Cherry-picking from the cherries that have already been picked.

    As the journalist charged with editing the collection this year, this was a particularly onerous challenge. The 12 months in question do not span a calendar year, but from October to October. In other words, it’s a year that starts with Trump’s election and ends with the hard-right marching into the Bundestag. Add a series of terrorist atrocities, hurricanes, the Grenfell tragedy and the national sleepwalk into a catastrophic Brexit and you start to worry that it might end up keeping readers awake.

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    Virtual therapy and stress-busting apps: can tech support mental health at work?

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:30:04 GMT2017-12-11T12:30:04Z

    Tech designed to help mental wellbeing is coming into the workplace, but experts warn that it shouldn’t be seen as a quick fix


    Imagine stepping into the break room in the office and instead of making yourself some coffee and complaining about work, you put on a virtual reality (VR) headset and listen to the voice of a therapist guide you through a meditation session with the aim of transporting you to a calming place far away.

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    'Endlessly long': Nobel prizewinning book turned down by 19 publishers

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:58:21 GMT2017-12-13T01:58:21Z

    Fan of Claude Simon’s The Palace, which won the coveted award in 1985, sent the book to publishers and 12 rejected it, while seven didn’t reply

    The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans.

    Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon’s 1962 novel, The Palace, set during the Spanish civil war, to 19 French publishers.

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    The Golden Globes have ignored female directors. In the year of #MeToo, this won’t wash

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:28:24 GMT2017-12-12T18:28:24Z

    Films including Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Dee Rees’ Mudbound have been hotly-tipped – but not a single woman was nominated in the best director category

    The nominations for the Golden Globes were announced on Monday, and for the umpteenth time, not a single woman picked up a nod for best director. Instead, the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association came up with what feels like a list of the usual white male suspects: Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, Martin McDonagh and Christopher Nolan.

    Often, you will hear exclusion of female film-makers rationalised away. Awards, the argument goes, merely reflect the gender gap in Hollywood. And since women have fewer opportunities to prove themselves behind the camera (just 7% of the top 250 films in 2016 were directed by women), it stands to reason that they will be less represented in awards.

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    Strictly-inspired alternatives to ‘dad-dancing’ – from Harriott Hopping to Nancy Prancing

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:52:45 GMT2017-12-12T16:52:45Z

    Former contestant Jeremy Vine has complained the derogatory term could put off blokes desperate to boogie. Here are some alternatives based on the TV dance competition’s alumni

    Is it time to give dancefloor dads a break? Jeremy Vine has said that the term “dad dancing” should be made illegal, as it could put off any blokes desperate for a boogie. But how would we describe that aimless-yet-adorable shuffling otherwise? Maybe some of Vine’s fellow rhythmically challenged (but much-loved) Strictly Come Dancing alumni can offer inspiration.

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    Hey Alexa, is it true you’re a lefty feminist?

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:54:44 GMT2017-12-12T12:54:44Z

    Amazon’s virtual assistant is winding up the US far-right with her answers to questions on feminism and the Black Lives Matter movement

    Name: Alexa.

    Age: Three.

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    'Nobody cares about us': Britons living in rest of EU voice their dismay

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:28 GMT2017-12-12T08:00:28Z

    We asked British nationals living in the EU to tell us how they view the latest Brexit negotiations and where they see the future

    Kate, 49, project manager, has lived in the Netherlands for 17 years.

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    Are women better novelists than men? Your best comments on the Guardian today

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:28:16 GMT2017-12-12T11:28:16Z

    Your reaction to the latest Brexit negotiations and comments on whether ‘women are better writers than men’

    Discussion today looks at readers’ reaction to the Brexit negotiations and the suggestion that women are better novelists than men. We also follow the latest on the people who made marriage equality possible in Australia.

    To join in you can click on the links in the comments below to expand and add your thoughts. We’ll continue to highlight more comments worth reading as the day goes on.

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    Democracy undermined on all sides as Brexit starts to take shape | Letters

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:44:18 GMT2017-12-12T19:44:18Z

    Alexandra Runswick of Unlock Democracy on the abuse of statutory instruments; Paul Lally on the politically incoherent EU; Fawzi Ibrahim on the end of the phoney phase of negotiations; Roderick MacFarquhar on the absent text of the Brexit agreement; Bob Nicholson on the missing impact assessments; Louis Blom-Cooper on a second referendum

    As you report (May accepts demands for greater scrutiny of Brexit laws, 12 December), the prime minister has agreed to set up a new “sifting” committee to identify whether changes made by the sweeping delegated legislation in the EU withdrawal bill require further scrutiny.

    What may look like a concession on the surface is far from it. What is critically missing is reform of the woefully inadequate system for scrutinising statutory instruments. The amendments tabled by Charles Walker MP, chair of the Commons procedure committee, set up a new sifting committee, but do nothing beyond that. This is also plainly just a temporary measure restricted to the withdrawal bill, so what then of scrutiny of delegated legislation in the (at least) seven other Brexit bills, or in legislation beyond that?

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    Working in healthcare over Christmas and new year? Tell us your stories

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:35:29 GMT2017-12-12T11:35:29Z

    We want to hear from doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, paramedics and others about what shifts are like over the festive period

    This Christmas and new year, millions of healthcare professionals across the world will turn up to work as normal.

    While treating people at their most vulnerable can be difficult and sad, working over the festive period can also be uplifting. Hospital wards are decked with tinsel and Christmas trees, choirs sing carols and there’s an abundance of chocolates. Meanwhile, staff might help deliver babies, save someone’s life or simply be there for a person in need.

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    Jennifer Lawrence to star in film adaptation of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:48:17 GMT2017-12-13T02:48:17Z

    Film will be directed by Luca Guadagnino, whose latest, Call Me By Your Name, has been nominated for three Golden Globes

    The Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Lawrence will reportedly star in and produce the upcoming film adaptation of the Australian author Hannah Kent’s award-winning 2013 novel, Burial Rites.

    Kent’s novel is based on the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland in 1830. A farm worker, Magnúsdóttir was sentenced to death for her part in the murder of two men and, due to the structure of the Icelandic legal system, spent her last days at an isolated farmhouse with a family of upstanding citizens watching over her. Kent’s novel reimagines the story of these final months before Magnúsdóttir’s execution.

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    Toni & Guy co-founder Giuseppe Toni Mascolo dies aged 75

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:49:48 GMT2017-12-12T15:49:48Z

    Italian-born hairdresser founded global hairdressing chain and brand with younger brother in London more than 50 years ago

    Giuseppe Toni Mascolo, the co-founder of hairdressing chain Toni & Guy, has died aged 75, his family has said.

    Italian-born Mascolo established the first of the salons in Clapham, south London, in 1963 with his younger brother Gaetano, known as Guy.

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    Letter: Christine Keeler obituary

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:39:49 GMT2017-12-12T12:39:49Z

    In the early 1970s, the Guardian kremlinologist Victor Zorza threw a party for colleagues from the paper’s features section and friends. One of the guests was Christine Keeler , who was the Chelsea housemate of the Guardian features administrator, Lorraine Kelly.

    Keeler drove Lorraine, my wife, Sue, and me, a Guardian staffer, to Victor’s home in Taplow, Buckinghamshire. On the way through London, Christine, turning towards me in the back, ran into the rear of a taxi. The cabbie leapt out in a rage, Keeler smiled at him and said: “Whoops, not looking where I was going.” The cabbie returned a broad grin and drove off placated.

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    Keith Chegwin: a born entertainer with natural likability

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:27 GMT2017-12-12T07:00:27Z

    From huge early success, to an adult entertainment blip, to a late career comeback, Cheggers was almost a family member to viewers

    The career of Keith Chegwin, who has died aged 60, is characterised by having presented both one of the most popular children’s TV shows in history and a contender for the medium’s most notorious adult entertainment.

    Viewers saw the best of him in Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (BBC1, 1976-82) and its successor, Saturday Superstore (1982-87), on which Chegwin became an honorary big brother to several generations of goggle-eyed British children, through his cheeky grin and giggle, high-pitched Liverpudlian-accented enthusiasm, and psychedelic knitwear.

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    The billionth treatment for river blindness – photo essay

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:30:27 GMT2017-12-12T07:30:27Z

    Onchocerciasis is one of a group of infections that can cause severe and lifelong physical impairment for some of the world’s poorest people. In northern Nigeria, Graeme Robertson witnesses a grandfather’s joy as treatment delivered by the NGO Sightsavers ensures his granddaughter will not lose her sight, as he did 30 years ago

    Simon Shauabi never thought mere fly bites could rob him of his sight, but he has now been blind for almost three decades.

    Shauabi, who lives in the small community of Kudaru in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, relies on his grandchildren to provide him with food and with water from the well, but he has never seen what any of them look like.

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    Before the purple rain: Prince in 1970s Minneapolis – in pictures

    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:27 GMT2017-12-12T07:00:27Z

    In 1977, Robert Whitman was asked to take some promotional pictures of an unknown Minneapolis musician, Prince Rogers Nelson. They ended up being the first documents of one of pop music’s true geniuses

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    'There really is no better way to get to work': your unusual commutes – in pictures

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:15 GMT2017-12-11T07:00:15Z

    Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding or skating, Guardian readers from around the world, who opt to take an alternative route to work, share their stories

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    Lyon's festival of lights – in pictures

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:51:55 GMT2017-12-11T15:51:55Z

    Lyon’s Fête des Lumières is the world’s largest visual arts festival. It takes place every year around 8 December for four nights. The festival attracts millions of visitors from all over the world to see the visual creations by artists. This year there are 76 installations

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