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Published: Tue, 23 May 2017 11:01:40 GMT2017-05-23T11:01:40Z

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Manchester Arena: Theresa May says police know identity of bomber who killed 22– latest

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:57:59 GMT2017-05-23T10:57:59Z

Related: Theresa May condemns 'sickening cowardice' of Manchester attack

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been giving his reaction to the Manchester attack, and said he talked earlier to Theresa May. He also spoke of the need to support the young people who were traumatised by the attack. When asked for his message to the families affected, Corbyn said:

I’m terribly sorry and terribly sad for you.

There can be nothing worse than losing a child in a situation like this.

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First victim of Manchester bombing named as Georgina Callander, 18

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:49:48 GMT2017-05-23T10:49:48Z

Health and social care student revealed as first victim of suspected suicide attack at Ariana Grande Concert at Manchester Arena

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The first victim of the suspected suicide attack after the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that has left at least 22 dead and 59 people injured has been named as 18-year-old Georgina Callander.

Runshaw College, where Callander was a student, released a statement, saying: “It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday’s Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College [...]

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At least 22 dead and 59 injured in suicide attack at Manchester Arena

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:52:10 GMT2017-05-23T10:52:10Z

Greater Manchester police confirm children among victims of bombing carried out by man with an explosive device
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At least 22 people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide bombing at a crowded pop concert in Manchester, the most deadly attack in Britain in a decade.

Related: Manchester Arena: police warning after reports of incident at Ariana Grande concert – live

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Manchester is suffering now – but its spirit will overcome this atrocity | Owen Jones

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:28:55 GMT2017-05-23T09:28:55Z

The love and solidarity of Mancunians shone through in their immediate response to the Arena attack. Let’s celebrate the city’s warmth and diversity

The hatred that drives someone to detonate themselves in a crowd of children and teenagers at a concert is impossible to reason with, to quantify, to properly understand. There’s a unique thrill of a gig at that age: those who went would have counted down the days, texted and WhatsApped their excitement in the hours leading up to it, and sang along with their parents and friends. You get this special sense of togetherness at a concert, instantly bound to strangers by your shared love of music that forms the soundtrack to your life. To listen to that joy, to see it etched on the faces of children, and then ensure the last thing you ever do is ensure their parents never hear them laugh again – that perverse hatred cannot be rationalised.

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Morning after the terrorist attack in Manchester – in pictures

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:28:23 GMT2017-05-23T09:28:23Z

Police in Manchester have confirmed 22 dead in a suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert last night, with 59 people injured and being treated in hospitals across Greater Manchester

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General election campaigning suspended after Manchester attack

Tue, 23 May 2017 03:17:44 GMT2017-05-23T03:17:44Z

PM and other political leaders including Tim Farron, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon unite to condemn incident and offer sympathies to those affected

Manchester Arena: police confirm 19 dead after explosion at Ariana Grande concert – latest updates

Theresa May and the leaders of other political parties have suspended campaigning for the general election following the terrorist attack in Manchester, which has killed at least 19 people.

The prime minister, who had been due to speak at a campaign event in southwest England, will instead chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee.

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UK bathing water ranks next from last in EU beach table

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 GMT2017-05-23T10:00:00Z

20 sites fail safe bathing criteria stoking fears UK will once more be ‘dirty man of Europe’ after Brexit

The UK is second bottom in a league table ranking EU countries on the quality of their bathing water, stoking fears that the “dirty man of Europe” could be on his way home after Brexit.

96.4% of British beaches were found safe to swim in last year, but 20 sites failed the assessment in the annual survey by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) released on Tuesday. Only Ireland had a higher percentage of poor quality bathing waters at 4%.

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Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye on trial for corruption

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:51:25 GMT2017-05-23T09:51:25Z

Park accused of putting pressure on firms including Samsung into paying millions in bribes in return for business favours

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, has denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial that could send the country’s first female leader to prison for life.

Prosecutors accuse Park of abusing her power and colluding with her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure major South Korean companies such as Samsung into paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes in return for business favours.

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UK budget deficit grows to more than £10bn as people spend less

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:26:10 GMT2017-05-23T10:26:10Z

Slower consumer spending had a negative impact on the public finances, the latest ONS data shows

Britain’s budget deficit rose to more than £10bn last month as weak VAT receipts caused by slower consumer spending took their toll on the public finances.

Data from the Office for National Statistics illustrated that the government continues to spend more than it receives in tax receipts eight years after the end of the deep recession triggered by the financial crisis.

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Up to 150 children under five die each day in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:48 GMT2017-05-23T08:30:48Z

Government reforms do not reach children worst affected by conflict and poverty, says Unicef report, calling for an end to blocks on aid deliveries

As many as 150 children die every day in Myanmar before they reach their fifth birthday, the UN children’s agency said on Tuesday, in a report calling for the government to end blocks on humanitarian access to conflict areas.

Despite reform and reconciliation efforts undertaken by the one-year-old government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, children affected by widespread fighting and poverty are not reaping the benefits, Unicef added.

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Oil bosses have given £390,000 to Tories under Theresa May

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:43 GMT2017-05-23T05:00:43Z

Revelation of big donations comes after manifesto promised to build on ‘unprecedented support’ for industry

Oil executives whose industry is promised further government support if the Conservatives are returned to power have given more than £390,000 to the party since Theresa May became prime minister.

They include Ian Taylor, the chief executive of Vitol, whose firm was fined for making payments to an Iraqi state-owned firm, and Ayman Asfari, the chief executive of Petrofac, who was recently interviewed by the Serious Fraud Office over suspected corruption.

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No bailout funds for Greece as eurozone finance chiefs fail to agree deal

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:05:04 GMT2017-05-23T07:05:04Z

IMF and eurozone states fail to bridge divide over Greek debt relief raising prospect of a summer crisis for the single currency if Athens misses repayment

Eurozone finance ministers have failed to agree a debt relief plan for Greece, raising the prospect of a summer crisis for the single currency bloc if Athens misses a loan repayment.

A meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers broke up late on Monday night, amid a row with the International Monetary Fund about Greece’s debt burden.

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Chinese student abused for praising 'fresh air of free speech' in US

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:57:27 GMT2017-05-23T07:57:27Z

Nationalists in China seize on remarks by Yang Shuping, accusing her of ‘demonising’ it in backlash fuelled by state-run media

A Chinese student has faced abuse from nationalists in China after she used her graduation address at a US university to celebrate “the fresh air of free speech”.

Yang Shuping, a psychology and theatre graduate from Yunnan province, came to study at the University of Maryland five years ago, as a dramatic clampdown on civil society and academia began back home under Xi Jinping.

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Facebook flooded with 'sextortion' and revenge porn, files reveal

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:52:29 GMT2017-05-22T13:52:29Z

Leaked documents show site struggles with with mammoth task of policing content ranging from nudity to sex abuse

Facebook had to assess nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge pornography and “sextortion” on the site in a single month, according to a leaked document.

Figures shared with staff reveal that in January Facebook had to disable more than 14,000 accounts related to these types of sexual abuse – and 33 of the cases reviewed involved children.

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How Facebook allows users to post footage of children being bullied

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:25:57 GMT2017-05-22T15:25:57Z

Leaked guidelines on cruel and abusive posts also show how company judges who ‘deserves our protection’ and who doesn’t

Facebook has only recently banned users from posting photos and images mocking people for having illnesses and other serious health conditions, the Guardian can reveal.

The company said the policy had changed in recent months but declined to give details.

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At Facebook we get things wrong – but we take our safety role seriously | Monika Bickert

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:59:36 GMT2017-05-22T22:59:36Z

Our reviewing of difficult posts and images is complex and challenging. We appreciate the Guardian revealing how tough it is to get the balance right

Last month, people shared several horrific videos on Facebook of Syrian children in the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack. The videos, which also appeared elsewhere on the internet, showed the children shaking, struggling to breathe and eventually dying.

The images were deeply shocking – so much so that we placed a warning screen in front of them and made sure they were only visible to adults. But the images also prompted international outrage and renewed attention on the plight of Syrians.

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Episode overload! From The Crown to The OA, the TV shows that are too long

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:00:47 GMT2017-05-23T08:00:47Z

Dramas used to have a beginning, a middle and an end – but today’s telly doesn’t know when to stop. Which shows would benefit from the kindest of cuts?

When did watching a drama series become like listening to a five-year-old describing, enthusiastically but tortuously, a really amazing thing that happened in the playground? Is economy no longer a narrative asset? Don’t programme-makers know we all have stuff to do? The art of storytelling is getting lost in the need to fill the infinite digisphere with shows that never get to the bloody point …

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Hiding in plain sight: how the 'alt-right' is weaponizing irony to spread fascism

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 GMT2017-05-23T10:00:00Z

Experts say the ‘alt-right’ have stormed mainstream consciousness by using ‘humor’ and ambiguity as tactics to wrong-foot their opponents

Earlier this month, hundreds of “alt-right” protesters occupied the rotunda at Boston Common in the name of free speech. The protest included far-right grouplets old and new – from the Oath Keepers to the Proud Boys. But there were no swastikas or shaved heads in sight.

Instead, the protest imagery was dominated by ostensibly comedic images, mostly cribbed from forums and social media. It looked a little like an animated version of a favorite “alt-right” message board, 4chan.

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After the Manchester attack: how do I talk to my children about distressing news stories?

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:08:12 GMT2017-05-23T09:08:12Z

After horrific events like the attack on the Manchester Arena, it’s tempting to try to shield your family – but what if someone else tells them? In a piece first published in 2015, Annalisa Barbieri examines how best to help them cope

I have only once actively hidden a news item from my daughter. She was three when Madeleine McCann went missing, far too young to know about such things. It became the big news item I shielded her from over the years: folding newspapers over, turning off the news if it came on. I knew that one day someone would tell her about it and of course, one day, someone did. A bigger girl at school, giddy with the currency of what she saw merely as gossip, embellished an already horrific story with details so terrifying it took me months to unravel the awful, native, facts – such as they were known – from the fiction my daughter had been fed. But, because this older girl had got there before me, her additions were tenacious and still, at times, colour my daughter’s view of the event.

I resolved to never again hide big news from her. I wouldn’t force-feed it to my children, but I wouldn’t run from it, either.

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Robot hearts: medicine’s new frontier

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:30:43 GMT2017-05-23T04:30:43Z

From bovine valves to electrical motors and 3-D printed hearts, cardiologists are forging ahead with technologies once dismissed as “crazy ideas”

On a cold, bright January morning I walked south across Westminster Bridge to St Thomas’ Hospital, an institution with a proud tradition of innovation: I was there to observe a procedure generally regarded as the greatest advance in cardiac surgery since the turn of the millennium – and one that can be performed without a surgeon.

The patient was a man in his 80s with aortic stenosis, a narrowed valve which was restricting outflow from the left ventricle into the aorta. His heart struggled to pump sufficient blood through the reduced aperture, and the muscle of the affected ventricle had thickened as the organ tried to compensate. If left unchecked, this would eventually lead to heart failure. For a healthier patient the solution would be simple: an operation to remove the diseased valve and replace it with a prosthesis. But the man’s age and a long list of other medical conditions made open-heart surgery out of the question. Happily, for the last few years, another option has been available for such high-risk patients: transcatheter aortic valve implantation, known as TAVI for short.

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Homeless teachers: ‘I wouldn’t talk about it, I was so ashamed’

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:15:45 GMT2017-05-23T06:15:45Z

Three teachers reveal their terror at facing a hostel – or the streets – as the housing crisis hits professionals

Secondary English teacher Tara Diamond discovered she was going to be made homeless a week before Christmas. Without warning, her landlord decided to sell the three-bed house in Bath she’d been renting for £1,000 a month for the past three years. Diamond, a single mother of a teenage daughter and son, quickly found that on her salary of £28,000, she could not afford to rent another home locally.

“My pay has been frozen while rents have rocketed in Bath. I was already spending all my spare time working as a tutor and marking exams just to pay for groceries and avoid getting into debt. Another three-bed place would have cost me £1,300 a month – 80% of my take home pay – leaving my children and me with just £320 a month to live on. Even landlords of two-bed properties were turning me down because I didn’t earn enough.” She needed £4,000 to move home, including the deposit. “I just didn’t have the money.”

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Baywatch review – alpha-male chest-off is not worth the Hasselhoff

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:01:46 GMT2017-05-23T07:01:46Z

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron go chest to chest in a limp big-screen update of the 90s TV show that doesn’t have the wit or stamina to stay afloat

Just as nobody ever bought a Pirelli calendar simply to find out the date, the world didn’t tune into Baywatch for over a decade purely for the lifeguarding instruction. Let’s face it: it was all about the fantasy American lifestyle of sun, sea and semi-naked flesh jiggling along beaches in slow-mo. Apart from that, and those little red floaty things they carried around, can anyone honestly remember anything else about Baywatch?

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Theresa May faces 'chaos and confusion' claims after social care U-turn

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:44:05 GMT2017-05-22T19:44:05Z

Prime minister spends day battling against accusations of indecision after change to policy outlined in manifesto

Theresa May has been accused of “chaos, confusion and indecision” after announcing a U-turn on her plans to make people pay more for social care just days after they were first announced.

The prime minister battled throughout Monday to defend her decision to put in place an “absolute limit” on the amount that people would have to pay despite no mention of the idea in her party’s manifesto, published on Thursday.

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Maybot policy reboot ends in an embarrassing interview meltdown | John Crace

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:38:51 GMT2017-05-22T20:38:51Z

After some tough questioning from the BBC’s Grand Inquisitor Andrew Neil, the prime minister was left floundering on her dementia tax U-turn

“Nothing has changed. Nothing has changed,” the Supreme Leader snarled, her eyes narrowing into a death stare, her face contorted and her arms spread wide, twitching manically. “Nothing has changed.”

Everyone at the launch of the Conservative party’s Welsh manifesto launch in Wrexham saw it rather differently. They had distinctly heard her say she would be reversing the Conservative party policy on social care that she had introduced in her English manifesto launch in Halifax the previous Thursday. Making it one of the quickest manifesto U-turns in history.

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Norman Callaway, the prodigy with a better first-class average than Bradman | The Spin

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:02:59 GMT2017-05-23T10:02:59Z

A small-town kid in New South Wales to Sydney’s next big thing, Hay’s ‘knickerbocker champion’ laid waste to Australia’s bowlers in the 1910s

Cricket statistics often come with caveats attached. According to Wisden, Don Bradman’s 95.14 is the highest batting average in first-class cricket. But, as the small print says, that is only among those who scored at least 10,000 runs. And that little asterisk hides a lot. Like this, the story of a man with a better average than Bradman, and everyone else in the history of first-class cricket, the man who would be top of that list if it were not for that caveat.

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Nicky Hayden obituary

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:43:46 GMT2017-05-23T10:43:46Z

Former MotoGP champion considered one of the great motorcycle racers of the modern era

Nicky Hayden, who has died following a cycling accident aged 35, was one of the greatest motorcycle racers of the modern era. He came from humble beginnings in Owensboro, Kentucky, to win the 2006 MotoGP world championship, defeating the reigning champion Valentino Rossi in an unforgettable final-race showdown.

Like most riders from the US, Hayden started out in dirt track, wrestling bikes around loosely surfaced oval circuits and learning the art of throttle control. It is no coincidence that many European racers, including Rossi and the reigning MotoGP champion Marc Márquez, now include this discipline in their training regimes.

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Call him what you want at Arsenal – investor, owner, leech – Stan Kroenke is staying put | David Conn

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 GMT2017-05-23T10:00:00Z

The majority owner of Arsenal defined himself as an ‘investor’ after rejecting Alisher Usmanov’s offer. It exposes his motivation for an inert, absentee regime

The statement made by the Arsenal majority owner, Stan Kroenke – after the club failed for the first time in 20 years to finish in the Premier League top four – was clinically short, utterly unemotional, yet for all that, distinctly revealing of his motivation for involvement in the club.

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Ajax prodigy Kasper Dolberg: coached by Bergkamp, finishes like Van Basten

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:30:49 GMT2017-05-23T09:30:49Z

The 19-year-old Dane was deemed special before linking up with the Dutch legend at the club who face Manchester United in the Europa League final

Marc Overmars knew he was watching something special when he first laid eyes on Kasper Dolberg. Jens Steffensen, a former Denmark international who has been Dolberg’s agent for more than four years, recalls: “After one day of his trial, he said to me: ‘We want to sign him.’ We went inside to phone Kasper’s parents and discuss what to do – but it didn’t take long to decide because Ajax has such a long history of Danish players coming through the system; we chose them. It was a very good match. His personal trainer now is Dennis Bergkamp.”

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Cryotherapy chambers and trying to forget Billy: welcome to Lions training | Robert Kitson

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:24:34 GMT2017-05-23T08:24:34Z

Vunipola’s injury has left a big hole in Gatland’s plans but, as bruised squad members assemble in Ireland, an opportunity beckons for those still standing

The mood at the British and Irish Lions stately training base in Maynooth, County Kildare was neatly reflected by the two dozen swans on the lake beside the endless winding drive leading up to Carton House. Serene on the surface but paddling frantically underneath to keep up will be the Lions default setting for the next few weeks, particularly in the wake of the gloomy news about Billy Vunipola’s tour-ending shoulder injury.

No man, as we all know, is bigger than his team, particularly when he has not yet worn its jersey. But Billy V? Not the Saracen tank who has been steamrollering all comers, until the weekend at any rate. Not now. What a massive hole his absence leaves in Warren Gatland’s planning.

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Premier League 2016-17 review: what we learned tactically from the season | Michael Cox

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 GMT2017-05-23T10:00:00Z

Chelsea’s switch to three at the back changed thinking in top flight while regaining the ball via pressing, rather than retaining it, is now regarded as fundamental

Unquestionably the Premier League’s dominant tactical trend was the three-man defence. A remarkable 17 of the 20 sides started with a back three at some point in the season, with only Southampton, West Bromwich and Burnley doggedly sticking to a back four.

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Premier League 2016-17 review: referee of the season

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:30:00 GMT2017-05-23T10:30:00Z

Mark Clattenburg, Martin Atkinson, Michael Oliver and Bobby Madley all make our shortlist. Now post your suggestions below

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

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Antoine Griezmann: I have six out of 10 chance of Manchester United move

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:46:06 GMT2017-05-23T07:46:06Z

• Atlético forward: ‘I should know more in the next two weeks’
• Griezmann could cost United £85m

Antoine Griezmann has said there is a six out of 10 chance of him joining Manchester United this summer. The Atlético Madrid forward has been consistently linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months and it now seems there could be some substance to speculation about an £85m move.

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Petra Kvitova to play at Wimbledon months after stabbing by intruder

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:54:57 GMT2017-05-23T09:54:57Z

• Two-times champion could be ready for French Open this weekend
• Victoria Azarenka also on course for Wimbledon after birth of son

Petra Kvitova is set to play at Wimbledon less than seven months after she was stabbed by an intruder in her home.

The 26-year-old, who required four hours of surgery to her playing hand after the December attack in Prostejov, Czech Republic, could even be ready to play in the French Open, which begins in Paris on Sunday.

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Premier League 2016-17 review: gripe of the season

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:01:50 GMT2017-05-23T08:01:50Z

Dreadful defending at set pieces, broadcasting banal post-match tweets, Sky’s failed Friday night football experiment and more. Now post your suggestions

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

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Ben Stokes happy for England to take precedence despite missing IPL finale

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:22:00 GMT2017-05-22T21:22:00Z

The England all-rounder has no issue with being recalled and missing the tournament’s final and remains focused on the ODI series against South Africa

There are 5,000 miles between England and India and for Ben Stokes, just back from the IPL, Leeds seems a world away from Pune. He is here to prepare for England’s ODI against South Africa on Wednesday and, though Yorkshire is one of the few places on earth aside from India where cricket could fairly be described, to borrow Stokes’ phrase, as “a religion”, they are a little more solemn in their observance of it round Headingley way. “It’s completely different to England,” he says. “They go mad for it. They’ll queue up for five hours just to see Dhoni walk out on to the pitch.” It’s a relief, he says, to be able to “walk across the road and get a coffee” without having everyone pester you for “selfie, selfie, selfie”.

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FA asks bookmakers for observations on John Terry substitution send-off

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:52:35 GMT2017-05-22T18:52:35Z

• Punters wagered bets at odds of 100-1 on specific time player was to exit field
• No suggestion it was anything other than Chelsea wanting fitting tribute

The Football Association has contacted bookmakers seeking their observations after payments were apparently made to punters who had wagered bets at odds of 100-1 on the specific time of John Terry’s substitution against Sunderland.

Paddy Power had accepted the bets on Terry being replaced between 26:00 and 26:59, matching his shirt number, in Sunday’s final Premier League fixture of the campaign, the 36-year-old’s last as a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge. The then Sunderland manager, David Moyes, said after the match his team had “known it was coming” and had raised no objections. The visiting goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, was reminded by Diego Costa and duly kicked the ball out of play to allow the substitution to take place.

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Talking Horses: best Tuesday bets at Brighton and Newcastle

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:46:25 GMT2017-05-23T07:46:25Z

Expect John Berry’s Roy Rocket (3.50) to defy a 6lbs rise in the weights at the Brighton track that suits him so well

The ground has been drying steadily at Brighton since the final declarations for today’s meeting were made on Sunday, but the going is of little account to Roy Rocket (3.50) when he gets the sea air into his nostrils.

John Berry’s grey lost his maiden tag at the 16th attempt back in April 2015 when he raced at Brighton for the first time, and since then he has added five more victories here to his record while without once getting his head in front anywhere else. He has yet to win off a mark as high as today’s 73, which is a slight concern, but his successful return to action last month over one-and-a-half miles was one of his best runs to date and with that race behind him, he should stand every chance of defying a 6lb rise in the weights at a track that suits him so well.

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Premier League 2016-17 review: pundit of the season

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:48 GMT2017-05-23T09:00:48Z

Monday Night Football’s leading duo, a much-maligned staple of Match of the Day and a former Stoke defender feature here. Now post your suggestions

Welcome to theguardian.com review of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Now that the campaign has ended we would like you to help us choose your favourite goal, the best referee and the best manager, and other winners in a total of 10 categories. We have nominated some contenders but this is just to get the discussion going: we would like your suggestions so that we can compile the best into final polls that you can vote on. The polls will be published at midday on Wednesday 24 May, so please tell us what you think. Thanks

Related: Premier League 2016-17 season review: our writers’ best and worst

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David Moyes needs to rediscover his fire after falling short at Sunderland

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:02:44 GMT2017-05-22T20:02:44Z

From the ‘chosen one’ at Manchester United to relegation and resignation at Sunderland the Scot needs to halt his downward trajectory

David Moyes saw it as the high-point of his managerial career when chosen to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United by the man himself. He could never have imagined it would be the turning point, or that a reputation built so carefully could unravel so quickly.

Since swapping the comforts of Everton for a six-year contract at Old Trafford in May 2013, departing Goodison Park to a standing ovation no less, Moyes has been sacked by two clubs and resigned from the one with whom he suffered the first relegation of his career. It may reflect well on the 54-year-old that he has left Sunderland without compensation for the final three years of his contract, but it reflects a truly dismal spell at the Stadium of Light that the clean break will be a mere footnote in Moyes’s time at the club. A Football Association charge for threatening to slap BBC Newcastle and Radio Five Live reporter Vicki Sparks, six wins in 38 Premier League games and pandering to John Terry’s ego at Chelsea on the final day of the season will be more defining memories for the Sunderland support.

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A Premier League season of soap opera where football felt like background music | Barney Ronay

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:00:31 GMT2017-05-22T19:00:31Z

The 2016-17 season still had its drama – moments of brilliance and booming narrative arcs to be resolved – but it was less title race than well-ordered title jog

Farewell, then, to the year that almost was. This was a Premier League season that sparked with a controlled excitement, never quite caught fire but still dished up another digestible slice of high-end product.

Things kept on almost happening. Leicester City almost completed the most dramatic title-plus-relegation act of all time. But then it was all sort of OK. Marco Silva almost pulled off a minor managerial miracle – but somehow not quite. To great fanfare Tottenham Hotspur pulled to within one victory of being quite close to creeping up on Chelsea’s shoulder at the top – almost but not quite, leaving for the third season in a row not so much a title race as a well-ordered title jog.

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County cricket round-up: Sangakkara and Trescothick show class in draws

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:21:18 GMT2017-05-22T19:21:18Z

• Kumar Sangakkara hits two centuries for Surrey at Middlesex
• Marcus Trescothick sets Somerset record against Warwickshire

Kumar Sangakkara fell early on the final morning of Surrey’s draw with Middlesex, tempted into wafting at James Franklin, but by then his work was done; the baton was picked up by young players – Ben Foakes and the Curran brothers, Sam and Tom – whose games he has so profoundly influenced, who manoeuvred Surrey into a position Middlesex would not dare chase. The equation was 242 runs in 39 overs, and they settled for a draw.

That Surrey escaped with that result was largely down to Sangakkara. In this game he scored two centuries, passed 20,000 first-class runs, became just the fourth Surrey player (after Tom Hayward in 1906, Jack Hobbs in 1920 and 1925, and Ian Ward in 2002) to score Championship hundreds in four consecutive innings. He scored 234 runs in the match, and the next greatest contribution from a Surrey batsman was Foakes’s 86. Nobody, not even Gary Ballance, has more than his 592 runs in Championship cricket this summer.

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Ruthless Warriors complete sweep of Spurs to reach third-straight NBA finals

Tue, 23 May 2017 03:49:42 GMT2017-05-23T03:49:42Z

  • Stephen Curry scores 36 points in 129-115 victory for Golden State
  • Warriors will face either Cavaliers or Celtics for shot at NBA title
  • Golden State are first team ever to go through playoffs with 12-0 record

Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.

Golden State led by as many as 22 points in cruising to their third straight NBA finals. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship match-up with Cleveland, who lead Boston 2-1 in the East finals.

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DeAndre Yedlin on finding his feet at Newcastle: 'Benítez has been good for me'

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:48 GMT2017-05-23T09:00:48Z

The defender had a tough introduction to English football but now he is looking forward to the Premier League and a productive with the US team

In the aftermath of Dwight Gayle’s goal for Newcastle United against Barnsley this month, a second cheer rang around St James’ Park. DeAndre Yedlin quickly flicked his gaze towards the home dugout in the hope the noise signified a late equalizer for Aston Villa against title challenging Brighton — it did.

“Yeah, for sure, [it’s the most surreal game I’ve played in],” Yedlin told the Guardian afterwards, a league winner’s medal around his neck. “I heard a few cheers, one at the beginning of the game, and then the Barnsley fans were cheering [Brighton’s goal] and then at the end of the game it was odd because everyone was just silent. I didn’t know the game [at Villa Park] hadn’t ended yet, so everyone was waiting anxiously. It was such a relief when I heard everyone going crazy and to win it like that.”

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Football transfer rumours: Everton to land £25m Gylfi Sigurdsson?

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:40:20 GMT2017-05-23T07:40:20Z

Today’s rumours struggle to find the words

David Moyes is to play a part in sourcing his successor at Sunderland. It’s the sort of plan that worked so well a few years ago at Manchester United, isn’t it. Names on his list include Ryan Giggs, Nigel Pearson, David Wagner, Alan Pardew, Garry Monk, Aitor Karanka, Slavisa Jokanovic and Paul Lambert. Perhaps Moyes should also consider Sir Alex Ferguson for a job that’s guaranteed to be a world of pain for whoever stupidly agrees to take it, just to see how he likes it.

Meanwhile sprinting out of the Stadium of Light door, as though chasing a ball lumped straight down the middle because his team-mates have no other ideas left: Jermain Defoe. He’s making a break for it, in double-quick time, in the hope of getting as far away from the mess as possible. Bournemouth, 343 miles south, fits the bill perfectly.

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You think we’ve had 50 years of gay liberation? In the UK it’s barely four | Peter Tatchell

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:43 GMT2017-05-23T05:00:43Z

Britain is celebrating the anniversary of the 1967 act, but in fact anti-gay laws were enforced more aggressively by the state after it was passed

The 50th anniversary in July of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 will be marked by celebratory events, from Queer British Art at the Tate to the BBC’s Gay Britannia season. I feel ambivalent about the celebrations: 1967 was progress, but the criminalisation of homosexuality in the UK did not in fact end until 2013. The 1967 act was just a start. It was the first gay law reform since 1533, when anal sex was made a crime during Henry VIII’s reign; all other sexual acts between men were outlawed in the Victorian era, in 1885.

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Will the next FBI director be a J Edgar Hoover-like figure? | Harrison Rudolph

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 GMT2017-05-23T10:00:00Z

The Senate must ensure that Donald Trump’s nominee is independent from the White House – and doesn’t pledge loyalty to the president

The country is still reeling after the bombshell report that President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down the Bureau’s investigation into Michael Flynn. Did the President fire Comey to slow down the FBI Russia investigation? Did Trump obstruct justice?

These questions are getting the attention that they deserve. But the focus on Comey’s firing is obscuring the issue of who Trump will hire to replace him – and the threat that this appointment poses to Americans’ civil liberties and civil rights.

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How can Macron unite Europe? He could start with its armies

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:46:18 GMT2017-05-23T09:46:18Z

French leader’s desire to advance political and fiscal union should be applauded. After UK leaves, he should push for EU military

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election sent a wave of relief and euphoria across Europe. But now a reality check is in order, because we do not yet know how the president intends to restore the French economy. The country has an unemployment rate of nearly 10% and its manufacturing sector is 12% below the level before the 2008 global financial crisis.

Macron has indicated that he does not want to increase the retirement age, change the 35-hour working week or make it easier for companies to dismiss workers. At the same time, he wants northern eurozone countries to send money to southern countries to protect French financial and economic markets in these regions.

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The Trump administration's Iran policy is dangerous and flawed | Emma Ashford

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 GMT2017-05-23T10:00:00Z

Trump’s strong criticism of Iran may have been pleasing to his Saudi Arabian hosts, but it should worry Americans

Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia was a huge success. The Saudis wisely pandered to the new president’s foibles, rolling out the red carpet for a lavish celebration. Even Trump’s speech on Islam, a potential minefield, was generally well-received by his hosts.

Yet while Trump’s speech – and his strong criticism of Iran – may have been pleasing to his Gulf States’ hosts, it should worry Americans. Pushing back on Tehran allows Trump to symbolically break with Obama’s policies and is popular among congressional Republicans, but it is also dangerous, with the potential to undermine the nuclear deal, slow the fight against Isis, and embroil the United States more deeply in parochial regional struggles.

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A progressive alliance is an idea whose time has come | Neal Lawson

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:00:46 GMT2017-05-23T07:00:46Z

In an increasingly complex world, no one party has a monopoly on wisdom. People at the grassroots understand this – now the parties need to catch up

As the polls narrow, the Tories attack the idea of a progressive alliance and the possibility of coalition government because they know these could deny them their landslide. In the long term they fear a progressive realignment breaking their stranglehold on office and power. They are right to be scared because while on the surface all for them seems strong and stable, just below a new politics is bubbling up.

If Antonio Gramsci’s haunting phrase “the old is dying and the new cannot be born” was ever applicable to a UK general election, then it is this one. The old election is taking place in party headquarters, at the daily press briefings and meet-the-people events with no real people. But what is most old-school about this election is the main parties’ tribalism: “Only Labour can defend the NHS”; “Only the Tories can provide strong and stable blah”. It’s all about them: they believe they have a monopoly on the wisdom, superiority and singular ability to manage a world that is becoming more complex by the day. They are out of their depth. We know it and inwardly they do too.

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It’s time to give London students more money | Nick Hillman

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:45:44 GMT2017-05-23T05:45:44Z

A new official ranking of universities will soon reveal how badly off London students are. They need more help with rent and travel

In higher education, general elections generally mean endless discussion of tuition fees and little of anything else. One area being overlooked is the relatively poor student experience in London.

Before the election was called, this issue was about to hit the headlines. The first results from the Teaching Excellence Framework – the government’s new gold, silver and bronze ranking system for universities – were expected to show London’s institutions struggling to match their provincial competitors. The results have been delayed until the middle of next month but we know what they are likely to show. When Times Higher Education produced a mock set of TEF results last year, the top London institution was Imperial, placed at 37 out of 120. Most other London institutions were in the bottom half of the list.

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The Guardian view on the social care debacle: weak and wobbly | Editorial

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:56:11 GMT2017-05-22T18:56:11Z

It’s a crisis that urgently needs a solution, but not this one, and not like this

Never, in the long history of election manifestos, has a party done a U-turn on a proposal that has already been included in its offer to the electorate. Sir David Butler, who has covered every general election since 1950, used his new Twitter account to declare it unprecedented. A manifesto is set in stone, a sales pitch to voters that becomes a mandate for the exercise of power.

But on Monday morning the unprecedented happened. Three torrid days after her “dementia tax” had been unveiled, Theresa May roared into a U-turn on it. There would, after all, be a cap on how much any individual would have to pay. The principle, she insisted to widespread scepticism, was unchanged. This was a mere extra detail. But in fact the plan now looks very like Sir Andrew Dilnot’s plan, endorsed by the Conservatives at the last election, and dismissed only last Thursday. This is all Mrs May’s own work.

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My reaction to the Times Square crash: I hoped his name wasn't Muhammad | Mona Chalabi

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:06:49 GMT2017-05-22T21:06:49Z

When I heard about the car crash, I worried that it was a terrorist attack. My first thought should have been about the consequences, not the motives

When I got a news alert last week saying that a car had crashed into pedestrians in New York’s Times Square, my first thought was: “Please, say the driver’s name isn’t Muhammad.” That’s wrong. My first thought should have been about the consequences, not the motives. I should have thought “I hope no one was hurt”, but my brain has been thoroughly trained to view every atrocity as a sorting exercise: terrorism/not terrorism.

That exercise is a dangerous one. Assuming national security and counter-terrorism is one and the same thing (and equating terrorism with “radical Islamic terrorism”, as Donald Trump so often does) simply ignores the other threats that America is facing right now.

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It’s never too late to admit: I’ll never play piano like Herbie Hancock | Hugh Muir

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:45 GMT2017-05-23T06:00:45Z

Anyone can learn to play an instrument, I thought – even in middle age. And then I took grade two

There is no such thing as can’t, my late mother would say, and though I knew it wasn’t strictly true, it served as a motivator. Later, I used it as a gee-up for my own children. We were able to agree its validity as a direction of travel if not a guaranteed destination. All was well. Then came the piano.

I turned to the piano a few years ago having decided that a wrong needed righting. I was probably the only boy brought up in the music-infused black Christian church who – on the grounds of piety imposed by parents – was never allowed near a musical instrument. I love jazz. And I love jazz piano. There’s no such thing as can’t. And there was even a book for me called It’s Never Too Late to Play Piano. The problem is that now, after the horror of a grade two piano exam, I fear it might be.

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'A wall of foam rose 6ft high, everyone ran' – your biggest work blunders

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:45 GMT2017-05-23T06:00:45Z

From accidentally showing pornographic images to your boss to your trousers splitting open, readers share their biggest work faux pas

My new boyfriend (now husband) was also a colleague. His name began with “A” and one day I sent him a cheesy Google chat message saying “Hello hunnybun!”. Except I hadn’t sent it to him, I’d sent it to the boss of the whole company, whose name also began with “A”. I called his PA who had access to his emails to try and delete the message, but sadly there was nothing she could do. So I hid under my desk for the rest of the week. Hayley

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The violence of Erdoğan’s bodyguards in Washington DC is Turkey's new normal | Ahmet A Sabancı

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:14:01 GMT2017-05-22T19:14:01Z

The violent scenes in the US capital were typical of Turkey, where anyone who criticizes the government is labeled a terrorist and treated with brutality

On 17 May, a slice of Erdoğan’s Turkey found its way to Washington DC. That day, a group of Kurdish Americans gathered outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence to protest against the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. There, they were beaten, threatened and attacked by the Turkish leader’s bodyguards. A total of 11 people were injured. Instead of the attackers, two protesters were arrested.

This is what the world saw that day, and this is the story that videos of the incident tell. But, according to Turkish pro-government media, which includes all mainstream newspapers and TV channels in Turkey, the world got the story wrong.

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The Guardian view on the Green party: useful and necessary | Editorial

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:53:44 GMT2017-05-22T18:53:44Z

The Greens should be praised for wanting to flatten inequalities. The Conservatives’ plans to change the electoral system in England are a cynical act to silence their voice

Britain’s political parties are bundles of opinion, yet this diversity is often submerged by party unity. Even worse, the distance between parties shrinks because of Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral arrangement. It’s an unforgiving system that disadvantages smaller parties, which tend to represent distinct interest groups. To some extent the Green party has bucked this trend, energised by parliamentary success and a membership that briefly surpassed that of the Lib Dems.

Its manifesto fizzes with ideas, so many in fact that the party’s raison d’etre – the environment – sometimes feels pushed into the background. The retail offer is a four-day week, a nod to universal basic income and a second Brexit referendum. The Greens see a broken Britain where the rich run away with the nation’s wealth and hoard power thanks to a system rigged in their favour. They propose higher taxes and spending on essential public services. They should be praised for wanting to flatten inequalities.

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What do the election manifestos mean for women?

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:49:26 GMT2017-05-22T16:49:26Z

The parties’ policies could have a seismic effect on women in the UK, from domestic violence to the pay gap and social care

At election time, women become an “issue”, rather than being seen as legitimate voters, with as varied a sweep of interests as other citizens. They become an umbrella term for policies on childcare, workplace rights and education (but only primary and secondary – those in tertiary education are classed as “people”). “Women’s” policies always exist, but their prominence waxes and wanes. The election in 1997 was a big one for women, since childcare had only just arrived on the agenda and a revived Labour party noticed that the maleness of the Conservatives could be used as an attack line. But 2017 is not a big women’s election, in the sense that gender isn’t a talking point. However, this masks the seismic effects the various manifestos could have on women - for good and bad, from major parties and minor ones.

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Dear Justine Greening, how are you going to clean up Michael Gove’s little messes? | Michael Rosen

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:45 GMT2017-05-23T06:00:45Z

The former education secretary made diktats that still badly need to be unmade

Before you broke up, I was watching a parliamentary session on TV and noticed a lonely, much-reduced-looking figure on your backbenches. What outsider, knowing nothing of recent history, would have guessed that the MP in question had once ruled his area of government with absolute power, making decisions that have affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people since?

You will know this better than me, Ms Greening; the remains of his rule reach deep into your sphere of work. As a parent, trying to explain our parliamentary system, I admit I’ve found it difficult to do justice to the way a secretary of state for education can one day make a decision single-handedly, on his sole say-so, that all children will study X, and in the blink of an eye that very same person can be off doing something completely different – or in the case of Michael Gove, not much at all.

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RBS could rob us of the chance to see Fred Goodwin grilled in court | Nils Pratley

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:57:22 GMT2017-05-22T18:57:22Z

The case would give valuable insight into the biggest failure in UK banking history – but now the bank is attempting to settle

What spoilsports they are at Royal Bank of Scotland. We’ve waited years to hear again from Fred Goodwin and Sir Tom McKillop, chief executive and chairman of the bank when it sank in 2008. Now the board wants to kill the legal case that could see the duo, plus two other former directors, cross-examined in court.

RBS’s attempt to settle with the 9,000 shareholders who claim they were misled into backing the £12bn rights issue in 2008 is not a great surprise. Chief executive Ross McEwan seems sick of a case that reminds the outside world of the state-backed bailout that happened six months after the rights issue was launched in April 2008.

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Theresa May says Corbyn hates Britain but she is the one who doesn't understand it | Paul Mason

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:18:16 GMT2017-05-22T17:18:16Z

It’s good to love your country but it’s also fine to sometimes dislike and criticise it

The first time I left Britain on my own I was 19. I got the ferry to Dieppe and a train to the Val d’Oise, where a French miner handed me a badge saying “Nationalité: proletaire”.

I’ve lost that badge, but a part of my psyche still wears it. Because, in the 20th century, to be opposed to the excesses of capitalism meant being opposed to nationalism. It was something the far left shared with the moderate left, and much of liberalism and conservatism, too.

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Corbyn and Watson's musical differences on show in city of culture | Marina Hyde

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:00:15 GMT2017-05-22T15:00:15Z

Tom Watson sounded dangerously like Spinal Tap’s Marty DiBergi, while Jeremy Corbyn’s speech was more Katy Perry

To Hull for the launch of Labour’s “cultural manifesto”, a document that sounds like it combines the best bits of the Cultural Revolution and the Communist Manifesto.

On hand were Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson and the actor Samantha Morton, who nobly – if optimistically – declared: “Art is not an afterthought to what elections are fought over.” A statement slightly at odds with concurrent scenes elsewhere, where Tories were being chased by journalists shouting about social care. Or as Corbyn put it: “If George Osborne is at last doing something useful with his life, then that is to be welcomed.”

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This is why you should still vote – even if the polls say Theresa May will win | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:14:26 GMT2017-05-22T13:14:26Z

Every seat that doesn’t go to the Tories is another voice to hold them to account. Otherwise they’ll think they’ve got the public support to do whatever they want

Shortly after the 2005 election I asked a friend of mine if she’d voted. “No,” she shrugged. “It was obvious who was going to win.” I imagine there are a lot of people who don’t want another Tory government feeling the same way about this election, given that virtually everybody in the mainstream is predicting a Conservative victory. But the deadline to register to vote is midnight tonight, and I’m here to tell you why your vote matters – even if the Tories win.

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Why would Theresa May ditch a pledge to ban ivory trading?

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:10:03 GMT2017-05-22T14:10:03Z

The Tories’ manifesto has dropped a promise to outlaw the trade. Protecting wildlife should be a priority, not an option

Strange news: Theresa May has decided to drop a Tory pledge to push for a total ban on ivory trading (only the sale of ivory items produced after 1947 is prohibited). Why would she do that? Doesn’t she need votes? I thought nearly everyone loved elephants – who votes for helping to wipe them out? Apparently, wealthy antiques dealers. Lady (Victoria) Borwick, the Tory candidate for Kensington and the president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is an acquaintance of the PM; perhaps she was whom May had in mind.

This makes me feel horribly sick. Although Borwick and her colleagues are primarily concerned with pieces from the pre-1947 era, the fact these items remain in circulation arguably has a knock-on effect on how hunting is perceived. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, with more being shot for fun by big-game hunters. What is it with these hunters? I don’t know what is worse – killing elephants to make pointless little trinkets or paying squillions to hunt them and wanting to pose with their corpses. Apparently, the hunters adore the “adventure”.

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When schools can’t afford toilet rolls let alone teachers, we must fight | Julie Ferry

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:56:01 GMT2017-05-22T14:56:01Z

With funding cuts hitting hard, I understand the begging letters from schools. But the answer for parents has to be: reach for our placards, not our wallets

On Saturday I attended my first protest march. The weather was grey and drizzly, my banner, saying “No more cuts” was hastily made the night before and I really wished I had brought a whistle. But along with many other march virgins, I joined a crowd of about 6,000 people walking through Bristol, shouting “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts” at the top of my voice, in protest at cuts to the education budget.

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Susanna Reid is all that stands between us and nuclear Armageddon | Jack Bernhardt

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:00:21 GMT2017-05-22T11:00:21Z

Without her reining in her Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan’s worst excesses, there’d be nothing stopping him from becoming Britain’s Trump

As a people we often put too much emphasis on the importance of individuals in history. Churchill wasn’t the only person who stopped the Nazis. Henry VIII wasn’t the only person who turned England into a Protestant nation. Tony Blair wasn’t the only reason people stopped listening to Oasis. It’s very rare for one person, in fact, to be in such a uniquely powerful position, where their actions could change the course of history for ever. However, right now, there is one such person in the country, the last bulwark against tyranny and oppression, the last hope for liberal democracy. It’s not Theresa May, or Jeremy Corbyn, or Tim Farron. It’s Susanna Reid, co-presenter of ITV’s flagshipwreck show, Good Morning Britain. She, and only she, is holding this once-great nation together.

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The Tories promised to give expats the vote last year. It was a whopper | Giles Tremlett

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:30:23 GMT2017-05-22T12:30:23Z

In October, the government said that by the next general election British expats would be back on the electoral roll. That it hasn’t happened hardly inspires trust

In the rough-and-tumble of democracy, a general election is that magic moment when you kick out a politician who has reneged on their promises, or reward one who has fulfilled them. The genius, or cynicism, of Theresa May’s early election is that, after so few months of government, she has no real record to study.

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Labour’s scrapping of tuition fees isn’t the progressive measure it appears | Frances Ryan

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:24:50 GMT2017-05-22T11:24:50Z

The best way for Jeremy Corbyn to help disadvantaged children would be to boost early-years education. Inequality takes root young

With the threat of a hard Tory Brexit and crumbling public services, to be distracted by Labour’s internal divisions this election is to focus squarely on the wrong thing. But there’s one dispute that’s worth paying attention to – not as gossip but because it’s a snapshot of one of the biggest debates facing the left.

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Why Donald Trump's 'Arab Nato' would be a terrible mistake | Rashid Khalidi

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:20 GMT2017-05-22T10:00:20Z

This planned Sunni coalition would alienate Shia populations and Iran. How can it be in the national interest of the US to support one side in a sectarian conflict?

There is nothing new under the sun in the Middle East, where almost everything we associate with civilization was first invented: writing, cities, agriculture, astronomy and libraries, for instance. So for anyone with knowledge of Middle Eastern history, the news that the United States is planning “an Arab Nato” seemed like déjà vu.

Back in the 1950’s, at the height of the cold war, the US was busy putting together a similar alliance system, the Baghdad Pact, also known as Cento. But just as that alliance was meant to group together several countries of the region not only against the Soviet Union but also against Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser, the fine print reveals that there is a specific local focus to this alliance. According to one report, this is not meant to be a general Arab alliance, but rather a “unified Sunni coalition of countries” intended to counter Iran.

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Give workers right to request fixed hours, review expected to say

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:42:36 GMT2017-05-23T09:42:36Z

Review of insecure work and gig economy expected to argue new rules are needed to guard against exploitation

Workers on zero-hours contracts should be the given the right to request guaranteed hours, a government-commissioned review into employment practices is expected to say.

Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts, who is leading the review into insecure work and the gig economy, will argue that new rules are needed to ensure businesses are not exploiting workers. He is due to announce his findings in mid to late June.

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Leeds ranked fifth on Lonely Planet's Best In Europe 2017 list

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:01:43 GMT2017-05-23T05:01:43Z

West Yorkshire city has been recommended to travellers thanks to its flourishing cultural scene and thriving nightlife

Located more than 70 miles from the nearest beach and with July temperatures reaching average highs of 19C, Leeds is not necessarily the first place you would think of for your summer holiday. But Lonely Planet travel guides has seen past the city’s grey skies, ranking it fifth on their list of the 10 best places to visit in Europe in 2017.

Those responsible for the Best In Europe 2017 list – which claims to celebrate destinations with “something new, exciting or undiscovered” – cited urban regeneration efforts, a flourishing cultural scene, thriving nightlife and a growing reputation for food and craft beer among the West Yorkshire city’s attractions.

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RBS high court lawsuit adjourned for a second day

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:09:10 GMT2017-05-23T10:09:10Z

Talks are aimed at settling case brought by investors who claim they were misled in April 2008 cash call

Talks are still going on to avert a legal battle that would force Royal Bank of Scotland’s disgraced former chief executive Fred Goodwin to give evidence at the high court.

The case was adjourned on Tuesday for a second day as attempts continued to settle allegations from thousands of shareholders that they were misled into buying shares in the bank in April 2008.

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Ransomware attack hero condemns 'super-invasive' tabloids

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:44:17 GMT2017-05-22T08:44:17Z

Marcus Hutchins says he will have to move house after newspaper identified him and published his full address

He inadvertently halted the global spread of the international ransomware attack and will donate thousands of pounds of his reward money to charity, but Marcus Hutchins, the security expert labelled the “accidental hero”, has said his “five minutes of fame” have been “horrible”.

Hutchins, 22, was propelled into the media spotlight when he activated a “kill switch” in the malicious software that wreaked havoc on organisations including the UK’s National Health Service earlier this month. He originally told the Guardian how he spotted the URL not knowing what it would do at the time, and spoke under his alias of MalwareTech because he did not want to be identified.

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NHS trusts overspend by £770m despite bailout funding

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:11:49 GMT2017-05-22T19:11:49Z

Trusts fail to limit overspending to £580m but make inroads into previous year’s £2.45bn figure

NHS trusts overspent by £770m last year in the latest sign that hospitals are finding it impossible to meet fast-rising demand for care while their finances are facing an unprecedented squeeze.

That total is £190m more than the £580m maximum that health service bosses had sought from England’s 236 NHS trusts in 2016-17.

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Michael Barrymore entitled to £2.4m payout from police, court told

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:41:39 GMT2017-05-22T16:41:39Z

Wrongful arrest by Essex police in 2007 over death of Stuart Lubbock destroyed entertainer’s career, claims barrister

Michael Barrymore is entitled to more than £2.4m in damages from Essex police over the wrongful arrest which wrecked his career, the high court has been told.

The TV entertainer was arrested and detained in June 2007 on suspicion of the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock, 31, who was found in the swimming pool at Barrymore’s Roydon home six years earlier.

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Big energy firms lobby Theresa May to water down price cap pledge

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:57:31 GMT2017-05-22T18:57:31Z

Electricity and gas suppliers push for compromise that would see price caps for 6m rather than 17m households

Energy companies are lobbying the Conservative party to water down its policy of a price cap on bills, with proposals that would protect millions fewer UK households from tariff rises.

Theresa May has promised to cap electricity and gas costs for 17 million families on default energy deals, called standard variable tariffs, after five of the big six suppliers increased prices. But under a compromise that has been put to the government, only 6m households would have their energy bills capped.

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Some over-75s could lose free TV licences under BBC proposal

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:22:01 GMT2017-05-22T13:22:01Z

Corporation may limit free licences to households who only contain over-75s when it loses government subsidy in 2020

Free TV licences for over-75s could be limited to those who live with someone else also over the age of 75 in a plan being considered by the BBC that could save it about £150m a year.

It comes as the corporation tries to work out how to shoulder the £650m-plus sum of paying for the free licence fees from 2020, which it had to agree to as part of a funding deal with the government.

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High blood platelet count 'as good a cancer predictor as a lump in the breast'

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:05:45 GMT2017-05-23T06:05:45Z

Common blood tests could help diagnose cancer early even in patients that show no other symptoms, study finds

A common blood test could help diagnose cancer earlier, according to research suggesting a high platelet count is strongly associated with the disease.

Platelets are tiny blood cells that circulate in the body, helping wounds to clot. But in some individuals too many platelets are produced – a condition known as thrombocytosis, thought to affect about half a million people in the UK over the age of 40.

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Living in cities 'puts teens at greater risk of psychotic experiences'

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:01:44 GMT2017-05-23T06:01:44Z

Findings suggest early interventions for adolescents brought up in urban areas could be valuable, researchers say

Teenagers who live in large cities could be at greater risk of having psychotic experiences, according to research examining the impact of urban life on mental health.

The finding ties in with previous studies and suggests that early interventions for young people in deprived urban neighbourhoods could be valuable.

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Amazon steps up battle with Netflix and Sky by adding new UK channels

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:02:57 GMT2017-05-23T06:02:57Z

ITV and Eurosport to be on offer for the first time at extra cost, along with Discovery and reality TV channel Hayu

Amazon is to add more than 40 TV channels to its UK streaming service, including ITV and live sport for the first time, upping the stakes against rival Netflix and pay-TV operators such as Sky.

Amazon will offer the channels at an extra cost to Amazon Prime members, who pay £79 a year or £7.99 a month for on-demand video including exclusive shows such as American Gods, The Grand Tour and Man in the High Castle.

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Average asking price for homes in UK hits record high of £317,000

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:01:14 GMT2017-05-22T05:01:14Z

Data suggests buyers are brushing aside Brexit and election uncertainty to seek bigger properties in school catchment areas

Asking prices for UK homes hit a new record high over the past month as families in search of bigger properties brushed aside uncertainty caused by Brexit and June’s general election.

Prices sought by sellers rose 1.2% in the four weeks to 13 May, pushing the average asking price to a fresh peak of £317,281, according to the property website Rightmove.

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BBC apologises after Radio Leeds airs Ian Brady competition

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:59:26 GMT2017-05-22T09:59:26Z

Host asked listeners to try to guess killer’s identity from musical clues including Psycho Killer and Suffer Little Children

The BBC has apologised after one of its local radio stations ran an entertainment game feature based on the Moors murderer Ian Brady to the disbelief of listeners.

On Sunday BBC Radio Leeds’s Nathan Turvey asked listeners to try to guess the identity of a “well-known person who has been in the news this week” from a series of musical clues.

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Rolf Harris's alleged victim says she seeks 'vindication and justice'

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:59:43 GMT2017-05-22T15:59:43Z

One of complainants in indecent assault trial says decision to speak out 30 years after alleged incident has nothing to do with compensation

One of Rolf Harris’s alleged victims has said she is speaking out for “vindication and justice”, as the former entertainer sat in court for the first day since his indecent assault trial began.

Harris, 87, is accused of touching the then 13-year-old schoolgirl after he appeared in a broadcast of the BBC’s Saturday Superstore in 1983.

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Diamond ring bought for £10 at car boot sale may fetch £350,000

Sun, 21 May 2017 23:01:07 GMT2017-05-21T23:01:07Z

Owner wore 26.27-carat jewel for decades without realising it was real

A large diamond ring is expected to fetch £350,000 at auction 30 years after its owner paid £10 for it at a car boot sale, thinking it was a costume jewel.

The “exceptionally sized” stone was presumed not to be real because 19th-century diamonds were not cut to show off their brilliance like today’s gems. The owner, unaware of its value, wore it for decades, while doing everything from the shopping to the chores.

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Music festivals want to let revellers test drugs before taking them

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:38:51 GMT2017-05-22T08:38:51Z

Organiser of events including Reading and Latitude hope to get support from police forces across country for radical scheme

One of Britain’s biggest music festival organisers hopes to allow people to test drugs on site before they take them as part of a radical scheme aimed at reducing drug-related deaths.

Melvin Benn, the head of Live Nation subsidiary Festival Republic, which organises events including the Reading and Leeds festivals, is seeking the support of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and West Yorkshire police before launching the scheme.

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Ruth Davidson branded Theresa May's puppet in Scottish election debate

Sun, 21 May 2017 20:33:43 GMT2017-05-21T20:33:43Z

Scotland’s Conservative leader has lied over Brexit, says Nicola Sturgeon in ill-tempered televised clash

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, was accused of being the prime minister’s puppet and a liar over Brexit during ill-tempered exchanges in a televised election debate.

Davidson, whose party is hopeful of seizing up to a dozen seats in the general election, was repeatedly attacked for changing her stance over Brexit as her rivals accused her adopting a series of conflicting stances on the EU.

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Disabled man 'forced to wet himself' when train toilet was out of order

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:28:41 GMT2017-05-21T15:28:41Z

Christopher Stapleton tells of humiliating experience on Virgin Trains service months after rail minister pledged to take action

A 59-year-old wheelchair user has spoken out about how he was forced to wet himself on a Virgin train because the disabled toilet was out of order.

The incident has emerged just months after the rail minister, Paul Maynard, pledged that no other disabled rail user would have to endure such a distressing and humiliating experience on a train journey after the Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike, a wheelchair user, spoke out about it happening to her.

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Indonesian men caned for consensual gay sex in Aceh

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:28:35 GMT2017-05-23T06:28:35Z

Hundreds packed mosque’s courtyard to witness the canings in Aceh, the only province in Indonesia to practise sharia law

Two Indonesian men were caned on Tuesday in front of a jeering crowd as a punishment for gay sex, in a first for the Muslim-majority country where there is mounting hostility towards the LGBT community.

The pair received 83 strokes of the cane each after being found guilty of breaking sharia rules in conservative Aceh province, the only part of Indonesia that implements Islamic law.

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UN experts hacked while investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:19:19 GMT2017-05-22T22:19:19Z

Member of North Korea sanctions committee, known as the 1718 committee, warns of ‘sustained cyber campaign’ after hackers breached expert’s computer

United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a “sustained” cyber-attack by unknown hackers with “very detailed insight” into their work, according to an email warning seen by Reuters.

The hackers eventually breached the computer of one of the experts on 8 May, the chair of the panel of experts wrote in an email to UN officials and the UN security council’s North Korea sanctions committee, known as the 1718 committee.

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Opec and oil producers meet to extend production cuts

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:40:27 GMT2017-05-23T10:40:27Z

Vienna meeting almost certain to prolong curbs and fend off oil price collapse but analysts view any deeper reductions in output as highly unlikely

The world’s major oil countries will almost certainly extend production cuts by a further nine months at a crunch meeting this week, though they are thought highly unlikely to toughen the curbs.

A landmark deal by Opec and non-Opec members, including Russia, to reduce output by 1.8m barrels a day and shore up the oil price, is due to expire at the end of June.

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Philippine president Duterte flies to Moscow to meet 'hero' Putin

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:00:38 GMT2017-05-23T01:00:38Z

Rodrigo Duterte embarks on five-day visit as he seeks to loosen ties with Washington and strengthen bond with Russia

The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, is due to arrive in Moscow for a five-day trip in which he will meet his “favourite hero” Vladimir Putin and attempt to reorient his country’s geopolitical alliance further away from the US and towards Moscow.

Duterte has lambasted the US since he came to power last year, calling Barack Obama a “son of a bitch”, and has said Russia and China are the only two major world powers he trusts.

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Trump treading water over climate change deal, says deputy UN chief

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:30:44 GMT2017-05-23T05:30:44Z

Amina Mohammed says president seems to be avoiding making decision on whether US will renege on historic agreement

The UN’s deputy secretary general has accused President Donald Trump of “treading water” over a decision on the future of the Paris climate change agreement, on which the fate of millions of people depend.

Amina Mohammed told the Guardian she was hopeful the US would not renege on the deal signed last year, but that Trump appeared to be avoiding a public declaration after taking such a hard line during his campaign for the White House.

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Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons in March

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:28:03 GMT2017-05-22T22:28:03Z

There were two leaks – one because of a leaky part, the other after an above-ground valve failed – as crews prepared disputed $3.8bn pipeline for operation

The Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in separate incidents in March as crews prepared the disputed $3.8bn pipeline for operation.

Related: Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it's fully operational

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Human rights activists criticize US praise for lack of Saudi Arabia protests

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:18:59 GMT2017-05-22T18:18:59Z

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross suggested no protesters was a sign of Saudi Arabia’s goodwill, but laws there strictly forbid any demonstrations

The US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross’s praise for the lack of protests during Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia has been criticized by civil rights activists who pointed out that protesting in Saudi Arabia is illegal.

Ross travelled with the US president to Saudi Arabia in the first stage of his first international tour since taking office. Speaking with CNBC on Monday morning, Ross said there was “no sign of” protesters and seemed to suggest this was a sign of the country’s goodwill towards the US.

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Sinkhole in one? Mysterious pit appears outside Trump's Mar-a-Lago club

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:51:51 GMT2017-05-22T18:51:51Z

Repair crews conduct ‘exploratory dig’ to find the cause of a sudden sinkhole outside the president’s Palm Beach resort, as the jokes began pouring in

The latest crisis threatening to swallow Donald Trump’s administration has surfaced at the US president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida: a 4ft-wide sinkhole that has mysteriously opened up in the roadway outside.

Officials said repair crews were conducting an “exploratory dig” on Monday to find the cause of the hole that suddenly appeared in the road close to the southern entrance of Trump’s private waterfront club in Palm Beach, which he has dubbed his “winter White House”.

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'Unfinished business' of stolen generations puts more children at risk – report

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:31:20 GMT2017-05-22T20:31:20Z

Call for action on the 54 Bringing Them Home recommendations, most of which have either not been adopted or have only been partly implemented

Chris Sarra: Too many Indigenous children are taken from their families

The failure to implement the recommendations of the Bringing Them Home report has prolonged the social burden of trauma caused by forced child removals and potentially exposed another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to harm, a new study has said.

Launched ahead of Friday’s 20th anniversary of the report, the study by the Healing Foundation will be presented to the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, at a breakfast in Canberra on Tuesday.

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Texas to pass bill banning transgender students from choosing bathrooms

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:27:28 GMT2017-05-22T20:27:28Z

Lawmakers inserted a bathroom amendment into an otherwise unrelated bill and Texas’s House gave final approval, paving the way for Senate backing

Texas is to pass a “bathroom bill” that will ban transgender students from using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.

Conservative politicians in Texas have agitated strongly for the measure despite the backlash against such a law in North Carolina, which involved economic boycotts and attempts to repeal it after it was introduced last year.

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Space sperm produces healthy mice, raising prospect of future human settlement

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:00:31 GMT2017-05-22T19:00:31Z

Scientists say success of freeze-dried mouse sperm stored on international station could be significant for human reproduction when ‘space age’ arrives

Reproduction may be possible in space, Japanese researchers have said, after freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station for nine months produced healthy offspring.

The scientists said their findings could have significant ramifications for human settlements in space, which they consider “likely”.

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We are ready for Brexit talks, says EU's chief negotiator

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:34:19 GMT2017-05-22T13:34:19Z

Michel Barnier plays down suggestions talks with UK may collapse, as EU agrees position ahead of June negotiations

The European Union has agreed its Brexit negotiating stance, clearing the way for talks to begin with the British government in mid-June.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, said he hoped to begin the first round of talks in the week of 19 June, while playing down suggestions negotiations could collapse.

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