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Published: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:28:58 GMT2018-04-20T08:28:58Z

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Brexit divorce bill will surpass £39bn, warns Whitehall watchdog

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:01:05 GMT2018-04-19T23:01:05Z

Extra £3bn budget payout and $2.9bn overseas aid fund will raise May’s estimate says NAO

The cost of the Brexit divorce bill for the UK could be billions higher than the £35bn-£39bn figure put forward by Theresa May, a report by Whitehall’s spending watchdog suggested.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned that the UK could pay an extra £3bn more in budget contributions as well as an additional £2.9bn to the European Development Fund.

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Chingford fire: woman dies in blaze at block of flats

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:30:44 GMT2018-04-20T05:30:44Z

More than 70 firefighters fought the blaze in north-east London early on Friday morning

A woman has died after a fire broke out at a block of flats in north-east London.

More than 70 firefighters were called to the flats at Connington Crescent, Chingford, just before 2.15am on Friday.

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Windrush scandal: Albert Thompson still in dark about cancer treatment despite May's promise

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:44:54 GMT2018-04-19T19:44:54Z

Londoner still has not received any appointment date for radiotherapy – or an apology

Albert Thompson, the Londoner whose case has come to epitomise the Windrush scandal, has spoken of his anguish as he remains uncertain about whether he is to get radiotherapy for his cancer a day after he heard Theresa May announce on television that he would “be receiving the treatment he needs”.

As the fallout from the scandal continued to emerge, Thompson told the Guardian he was distressed to have no clarity, and upset that he had had no apology from the Royal Marsden hospital for the ongoing interruption to his cancer treatment.

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Barclays CEO Jes Staley faces fine over whistleblower incident

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:04:00 GMT2018-04-20T08:04:00Z

City watchdogs say he broke rules of conduct in his attempts to identify 2016 whistleblower

Barclays’ chief executive, Jes Staley, is facing a financial penalty for an alleged breach of conduct after City watchdogs completed an investigation into the banking boss’s attempts to identify a whistleblower in 2016.

Barclays said the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) are alleging that Staley’s actions were a breach of an individual conduct rule that relates to a “requirement to act with due skill, care and diligence”. The size of the penalty has not been disclosed.

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Corrupt Met officers 'protected family of Stephen Lawrence murderer'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:40:34 GMT2018-04-19T16:40:34Z

Exclusive: Clifford Norris, whose son David was convicted of teenager’s 1993 killing, paid network of police for information, family claims

The father of David Norris, one of the men who murdered Stephen Lawrence, used a network of corrupt Metropolitan police officers to protect himself and his close relations from justice, according to claims made by his family.

Victoria and Naomi Smith, who are related to the Norris family by marriage, have broken 25 years of silence to allege that Clifford Norris used corrupt officers to thwart a murder inquiry four years before Lawrence was stabbed to death in Eltham, south-east London, in 1993.

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Pound dips as Carney casts doubt on May rate rise - business live

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:02:11 GMT2018-04-20T08:02:11Z

The pound falls against the dollar and the euro after Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, suggests expectations that UK interest rates will rise in May could be overblown

Royal Mail has announced that Moya Greene will step down as chief executive in June, after more than eight years in the job.

Royal Mail was highly fortunate to recruit Moya, given her direct experience, strategic vision, drive and proven track record across a range of industry sectors.

When Moya joined in the summer of 2010, the company was balance sheet insolvent. Since then, Royal Mail has been transformed, including our privatisation in 2013 and two significant, ground-breaking agreements with the CWU [Communication Workers Union].

After a short break, the unreliable boyfriend is back according to Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.

Mark Carney may well rue the day back in 2014 that MP Pat McFadden accused the Bank of behaving like an “unreliable boyfriend” by giving mixed messages on the likely timing of an interest rate rise.

Sterling traders could be forgiven for experiencing a significant case of déjà vu in the wake of yesterday’s remarks, as this isn’t the first time the Bank of England has led markets up the garden path, they did it in 2014, with the Bank of England governor earning the unfortunate moniker of the “unreliable boyfriend” from a UK MP for his flip flopping on whether to raise interest rates.

It would appear that after a short break he’s back.

Related: Bank of England behaving like an unreliable boyfriend, say MPs

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World Bank recommends fewer regulations protecting workers

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:13 GMT2018-04-20T05:00:13Z

Unions alarmed by suggestion that deep structural reforms are required to adjust to changing nature of work

The World Bank is proposing lower minimum wages and greater hiring and firing powers for employers as part of a wide-ranging deregulation of labour markets deemed necessary to prepare countries for the changing nature of work.

A working draft of the bank’s flagship World Development Report – which will urge policy action from governments when it comes out in the autumn – says less “burdensome” regulations are needed so that firms can hire workers at lower cost. The controversial recommendations, which are aimed mainly at developing countries, have alarmed groups representing labour, which say they have so far been frozen out of the Bank’s consultation process.

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Comey memos: Trump said Michael Flynn had 'serious judgment issues'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:38:09 GMT2018-04-20T03:38:09Z

According to former FBI head, president complained about his first national security adviser, who was later fired

The US president, Donald Trump, told former FBI director James Comey he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to memos maintained by Comey.

The 15 pages of documents contain new details about a series of interactions between Comey and Trump in the weeks before Comey’s May 2017 firing. In one of those encounters, a private Oval Office discussion, the former FBI head has claimed the president asked him to end an investigation into Flynn.

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Pyongyang calling: North and South Korean leaders get hotline as stage set for summit

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:44:39 GMT2018-04-20T03:44:39Z

Officials prepare for greeting on live TV between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, the first such event in more than a decade

A hotline between the leaders of North and South Korea goes live on Friday as they prepare for next week’s historic summit on the border that has separated their countries for more than six decades.

As preparations for their meeting gather pace, South Korean media reported that the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, would talk over the phone before they meet next Friday.

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Cow could soon be largest land mammal left due to human activity – study

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:26:20 GMT2018-04-20T00:26:20Z

Researchers examining extinction of large mammals as humans spread across the world see worrying trend

The cow could be left as the biggest land mammal on Earth in a few centuries, according to a new study that examines the extinction of large mammals as humans spread around the world.

The spread of hominims – early humans and related species such as Neanderthals – from Africa thousands of years ago coincided with the extinction of megafauna such as the mammoth, the sabre-toothed tiger and the glyptodon, an armadillo-like creature the size of a car.

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China accidentally reports two major quakes that never happened

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:25:32 GMT2018-04-20T04:25:32Z

Authorities report two 6.5-magnitude quakes at opposite ends of country that were in fact drills

Chinese authorities have admitted accidentally reporting two major earthquakes that had never happened but were instead drills unintentionally released to the public.

Late on Thursday, China’s earthquake administration said on its website there had been two 6.5-magnitude quakes just 10 seconds apart at opposite ends of the country – in the far-western region of Xinjiang and the south-western province of Yunnan.

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Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:14 GMT2018-04-20T05:00:14Z

The Communist Manifesto foresaw the predatory and polarised global capitalism of the 21st century. But Marx and Engels also showed us that we have the power to create a better world. By Yanis Varoufakis

For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with images and ideas that are dazzlingly new. It needs to open our eyes to the true causes of the bewildering, disturbing, exciting changes occurring around us, exposing the possibilities with which our current reality is pregnant. It should make us feel hopelessly inadequate for not having recognised these truths ourselves, and it must lift the curtain on the unsettling realisation that we have been acting as petty accomplices, reproducing a dead-end past. Lastly, it needs to have the power of a Beethoven symphony, urging us to become agents of a future that ends unnecessary mass suffering and to inspire humanity to realise its potential for authentic freedom.

No manifesto has better succeeded in doing all this than the one published in February 1848 at 46 Liverpool Street, London. Commissioned by English revolutionaries, The Communist Manifesto (or the Manifesto of the Communist Party, as it was first published) was authored by two young Germans – Karl Marx, a 29-year-old philosopher with a taste for epicurean hedonism and Hegelian rationality, and Friedrich Engels, a 28-year-old heir to a Manchester mill.

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Jacinda Ardern wears Māori cloak to Buckingham Palace

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:39:25 GMT2018-04-20T02:39:25Z

New Zealand leader in Kahu huruhuru praised as proud moment for female leaders and Māori worldwide

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has caused a stir with a striking image of her walking the halls of Buckingham Palace swathed in a traditional Māori cloak during this week’s Commonwealth heads of government meeting.

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Anne-Marie: the platinum Essex pop star fighting anxiety and body shame

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:15 GMT2018-04-20T07:00:15Z

After five years of hit singles, artistic doubts and dodgy relationships, the pop singer’s debut album is finally landing. She explains why she’s glad it took so long: ‘I don’t want someone to have control over my career’

Six days after the terrorist attack at the Bataclan in Paris in November 2015, the singer Anne-Marie was due to play the venue with the dance act Rudimental. The news poleaxed her. “It really just fucked me up,” she says. “I was in bed for three days and I could tell I was dealing with it differently to everyone else.” Other people’s emotions had always had a strong effect on her and the problem continued; the Grenfell tower fire last summer broke her for a week. She had always thought that she might have bipolar disorder, but a visit to a therapist gave her a different verdict. They told her she was, in fact, an empath (or, according to the psychologically recognised term, a “highly sensitive person”).

The result is that her moods are swayed profoundly by those around her. Seeing another songwriter look sad momentarily in a session once knocked her out. She almost intervened when she saw two passengers in a car look as though they were about to start fighting. Audiences are a minefield, especially at festivals. “I tend to see people leaving and think: ‘Oh my God, this whole place fucking hates me.’”

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It was panned on release – so why are we hopelessly devoted to Grease 40 years later?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:00:17 GMT2018-04-20T08:00:17Z

An endorsement of rape culture or a rejection of slut-shaming: the debate over the film continues, four decades on. How did it become arguably the most beloved movie musical of all time?

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When Grease was released in cinemas in 1978, a starry, bubblegum-bright adaptation of the 1971 Chicago-to-Broadway musical, the initial reviews were not kind. “A grave disappointment to anyone in search of style or substance,” wrote the Guardian’s Derek Malcolm that year – although, like many of his similarly unimpressed critical peers, he did concede that it was fun and likely to be a big hit. Such an assessment turned out to be as understated as Sandy’s pre-makeover twinset-and-pearls. According to Box Office Mojo, Grease is the second-most-successful musical movie ever, beaten only in the past 12 months by Disney’s mammoth Beauty and the Beast live-action reboot.

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T-ant-T: meet the exploding ants of Borneo

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:12:12 GMT2018-04-20T05:12:12Z

Scientists discover ant species that fights enemies by detonating themselves, covering their foe in toxic goo

Woe is the insect that crosses the path of the Colobopsis explodens ant.

Scientists exploring the Borneo jungle have just discovered the species, which dwells in the trees, and they were most intrigued by the ant’s unique ability – to explode and shower toxic yellow goo on to its enemies.

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Growing pains: how Oregon wound up with way more pot than it can smoke

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:01:15 GMT2018-04-20T07:01:15Z

The state’s glut of marijuana – over 1m lb of unsold pot – is in many ways the result of an industry still finding its feet

Trey Willison, a cannabis farmer in Eugene, first started worrying last May about there being too much marijuana in Oregon. He had sold all his “clone” plants to other growers, who were using them to cultivate yet more marijuana.

“You start doing the math on that and it just didn’t make sense how people could be growing that many plants,” Willison said.

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The Climate and the Cross: US evangelical Christians tussle with climate change

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:00:37 GMT2018-04-13T11:00:37Z

An internal battle is simmering among evangelicals in the US over whether climate change is a call to protect the Earth, the work of God to be welcomed, or does not exist at all.

Evangelicals have traditionally been the bedrock of conservative US politics, including on climate change. But a heated debate is taking place across the country, with some Christians protesting in the name of protecting the Earth, seeing it as a duty to be done in God’s name. One group has even built a chapel in the way of an oil pipeline and a radical pastor has encouraged his congregation to put themselves in the way of the diggers.

But resistance remains – a climate scientist who denies the world is warming and a preacher in Florida who sees the fact his home was flood as a welcome sign of divine presence.

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With Windrush, Theresa May mistook a national treasure for an easy target | Gary Younge

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:13 GMT2018-04-20T05:00:13Z

The outrage about the exclusion of ‘worthy immigrants’ must not blind us to the outrageous policies that made it possible

One of the most tragic aspects of writing about gun deaths in America is hearing black parents make the case for why their child should not have been killed. They will impress on you that their children were not gang members, even when you don’t ask. They will make sure you know their kids had never been in trouble with the police, even when it is not relevant. In short they want to make it clear their child was a casualty worthy of your grief and empathy.

There are good reasons for this. Parents want to preserve a cherished memory of their child, and by emphasising good character they accentuate the obscenity of the tragedy. But the primary motivation is to counter the assumption that black youth are feral, lethal and essentially criminal, and if they were shot it’s probably because they deserved it.

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The tech titans must have their monopoly broken – and this is how we do it | Vince Cable

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:15 GMT2018-04-20T07:00:15Z

Facebook, Google and co pose a problem to society, not least because of data misuse and extreme content. Only some level of regulation will do

Data is the new oil. Just as John D Rockefeller’s Standard Oil swept up the spoils of the – initially competitive – oil rush, the future of the internet will be shaped by a handful of tech titans, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and their Chinese equivalents Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu. Today, around 90% of internet searches are via Google, and 94% of young people who use social media have a Facebook profile. Just 1% of smartphones use an operating system that isn’t iOS or Android – made by Apple and Google.

But the challenge we now face has one key difference to that posed by the oil barons. Rather than price-fixing, many of the tech titans provide a largely “free” service to the public. Facebook and Google don’t make most of their money through selling services to users, but through advertising. Amazon and Apple, meanwhile, do make money the traditional way, but corner their markets through other means, by squeezing suppliers in the former case or locking in users through software and hardware exclusivity in the latter. So why do these new monopolies pose a problem?

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The Guardian view on Stephen Lawrence: we owe his parents better | Editorial

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:40:21 GMT2018-04-19T17:40:21Z

His family forced British society to change its attitudes to race. But 25 years after his murder, progress is still too slow – and in some areas we are regressing

It is 25 years since a tragedy and crime evolved into a national scandal. Two of the five original suspects in the racist murder of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence were jailed almost two decades later, following advances in forensic science, but Scotland Yard says it has no further leads. The time it took to secure those convictions, and the fact that some of his killers remain free, is directly related to the second outrage that followed Stephen’s murder: the appalling failure of police to bring those responsible to account, and their shocking treatment of his family and his friend Duwayne Brooks, with him that terrible night, which extended even to spying on them. Only the extraordinary determination of Stephen’s parents, Doreen and Neville, confronted the wider public with the reality of racism both on the streets and within the state, and brought to light officers’ bias, sheer incompetence and alleged links to criminals. (The Guardian today reports fresh claims about those connections.) In 1999, the resulting Macpherson report exposed the institutional racism of police and forced a broader reckoning.

The powerful BBC documentary series Stephen: the Murder that Changed a Nation captures these events in full. But it also shows how limited and slow progress has been. Lady Lawrence has repeatedly warned that racism still blights Britain, with discrimination persisting not only in the justice system but also education, housing and employment. This week the family’s solicitor, Imran Khan, revealed their shock on hearing an officer who had won their confidence dismiss the notion that the Metropolitan police as a whole was racist as “utter rubbish” and call Lady Lawrence ungrateful. “You cannot help but think that the improvements we so wanted to see were only skin deep,” Mr Khan wrote.

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Despite Trump rhetoric, US withdrawal from Syria likely to be messy

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:17:18 GMT2018-04-20T05:17:18Z

President’s goals – defeating Isis and deterring chemical weapons use – could both prove elusive

Donald Trump remains determined to take US troops out of Syria “as rapidly as possible” despite his decision last week to launch missile strikes against government targets, a senior Republican senator has said.

The president reportedly told his generals this month that he wanted the roughly 2,000 US soldiers in Syria to wrap up their counter-Isis mission immediately and return home, in line with his pledge at a rally that the withdrawal was imminent.

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Ant McPartlin is a celebrity, but do we forget he’s a human being? | Ros Coward

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:13 GMT2018-04-20T05:00:13Z

The entertainer’s tortured appearance after his drink-drive case reminds us of fame’s dark side – and our appetite for it

Ant McPartlin’s celebrity has been built on a perennially boyish, cheeky-chappy image, always at ease in front of the camera. The image he presented following his sentencing for drink-driving, after a collision in which other people were injured, could not have been more different. Gaunt face, furrowed brow, and dark bags under worried eyes, he looked in no fit state to have cameras shoved in his face. But a press that has built him up is not going to miss the opportunity for close-up scrutiny of his downfall to addiction and depression. His haggard face covered front pages: “Ant’s court shame”, “Ant’s guilt”, “Shamefaced!” chorused the captions. The Daily Mail had the nastiest dig at its former darling: “A picture of self-pity, drink drive Ant fined £86,000 (and that’s just 4 days’ wages).”

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Premier League and FA Cup semis: what to look out for this weekend

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:08:51 GMT2018-04-20T08:08:51Z

Jonjo Shelvey looks to impress Gareth Southgate, another safety net for Watford, and what is left for Manchester City?

If José Mourinho’s inclusion of Paul Pogba in a much-changed starting XI at Bournemouth was designed to test his midfielder then the reaction on all sides would suggest he passed. Pogba’s all-round display was fine, no more and no less, but his second-half assist for Romelu Lukaku was something to remember it by and his manager professed himself satisfied with a “top performance”. It is never a good idea to second-guess Mourinho but the smart money is on Pogba being given a chance to discover some elusive consistency at Wembley. United’s need is urgent: in effect their whole season comes down to how they handle a Tottenham side that looked a touch off the pace against Brighton in midweek, and these are the occasions their most expensive signings were bought to deliver in. Pogba did it once at the Etihad two weeks ago; a showing of match-winning influence on Saturday might suggest Mourinho should not lose patience just yet. Nick Ames

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ECB’s 100-ball plans are a gimmick likely to kill off County Championship | Vic Marks

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:40:51 GMT2018-04-19T16:40:51Z

The ECB now prostrates itself at the knees of the broadcasters even if it means prostituting the game

Even the curmudgeons, a band I am in danger of joining, admit Twenty20 cricket has the capacity to be the saviour of the modern game. So what does the England and Wales Cricket Board decide to do? Abandon T20 cricket, which we all understand, for something it describes as “simpler” but which is undeniably shorter – 20 balls.

Such is the ECB’s staggering diffidence to T20 cricket as it now exists the board has opted for a gimmicky imitation. But the sad fact is however good the marketing men and women – and they will be working overtime to save the faces of those in charge at the ECB in the months leading up to the launch of this competition – I don’t think anyone is going to care.

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Mo Farah tainted by Salazar link, says British marathon record holder

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:29:04 GMT2018-04-19T21:29:04Z

• Steve Jones highly critical of Farah’s work with former coach
• Jones expects Farah to claim his record at London Marathon

The British marathon record holder Steve Jones fears Mo Farah will always be tainted by his association with Alberto Salazar – and says he wishes he had left his former coach years ago.

Jones fully expects Farah to shatter his 33-year-old UK record of 2hr 7min 13sec during the London Marathon on Sunday and even thinks his fellow Briton could challenge for the world record one day. But he does not understand why Farah decided to stay loyal to Salazar’s Nike Oregon Project training group until 2017, two years after they started to be investigated by the US Anti-Doping Agency – an investigation that continues.

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Steven Pienaar sees Football Welcomes as great way to bring people together

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:01:06 GMT2018-04-19T23:01:06Z

• Former Everton midfielder now an ambassador for the club
• Scheme is intended to help refugees settle in the country

Steven Pienaar retired from football at the start of March but that did not stop him from lacing up his boots again last week. Like the final days of his illustrious career, however, it did not quite go exactly to plan. “I actually joined in for a bit of five-a-side,” he says. “It was OK – the kids were happy because I lost twice but maybe tomorrow we can get some revenge.”

The South African, who made more than 200 appearances for Everton in two spells, was back on Merseyside in his new role as club ambassador to take part in a weekly coaching session for refugees and asylum seekers. Part of Everton in the Community’s efforts to provide support for some of Liverpool’s most deprived people, Pienaar knows all about battling against the odds.

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Marc Sneyd seals thrilling win for Hull FC after Leeds fight back

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:02:51 GMT2018-04-19T21:02:51Z

• Hull FC 19-18 Leeds
• Scrum-half’s late drop-goal enough to secure victory for Hull FC

Marc Sneyd has made a habit of producing game-winning moments for Hull in recent years and this was the second time in little over a fortnight the 27-year-old has kicked the decisive point to secure victory.

Leeds touched down three times in 11 minutes to lead by four points in the second half, but Carlos Tuimavave’s try levelled the scores and Sneyd’s drop goal secured Hull’s first Super League home victory against Leeds since September 2014.

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Lance Armstrong reaches $5m settlement in $100m federal fraud case

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:59:37 GMT2018-04-19T20:59:37Z

  • Cyclist settles for $5m in suit that could have sought $100m
  • Deal announced Thursday as both sides prepared for May trial

Lance Armstrong has reached a $5m settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100m in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

The deal announced Thursday came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start 7 May in Washington. Armstrong’s former US Postal Service team-mate Floyd Landis filed the original lawsuit in 2010 and is eligible for up to 25 percent of the settlement.

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Liverpool’s success without Coutinho is testament to Klopp’s genius | Liam Rosenior

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:00:08 GMT2018-04-19T14:00:08Z

Jürgen Klopp has shown that you can improve a side while selling your best player – it is a victory for team functionality, philosophy and identity

I have heard Jürgen Klopp cite inspirations as varied as heavy metal music and Rocky Balboa so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Liverpool manager was also familiar with Aristotle. After all, Klopp showed in January that his football philosophy is very much in line with the great Greek thinker who believed that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.

Klopp shocked many in the football world when almost four months ago he sanctioned the sale of his most technically gifted player, Philippe Coutinho, who had been outstanding in the first half of the season and did not replace him like for like, causing supporters and pundits to question everything from his judgment to his sanity. Instead he recruited a centre-back in Virgil van Dijk and trusted his instinct that the team would improve as a consequence.

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Horse dies at Cheltenham before race abandoned in sweltering heat

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:47:05 GMT2018-04-19T15:47:05Z

• Long-distance race called off on welfare grounds
• Dame Rose collapsed and died after opening event

Cheltenham racecourse took the unprecedented decision to abandon one of its races on Thursday on the grounds the three‑and‑a‑quarter‑mile trip was too extreme on one of the hottest April days for many years. The decision followed the death of a runner after crossing the line in the opening race.

Dame Rose, a five-year-old mare trained by Richard Hobson, was one of two runners in the first race, a Listed mares’ novice hurdle, set to carry a 5lb penalty, which took her weight to 11st 5lb. She passed the post just under five lengths behind the winner, Dame De Compagnie, but collapsed and died soon afterwards.

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How was Daphne Caruana Galizia murdered? – video

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:44:20 GMT2018-04-18T08:44:20Z

Six months after the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, police investigators are building a detailed picture of what they believe happened. After three suspects were arrested in December last year, mobile phone data and CCTV footage is providing valuable evidence in determining how Caruana Galizia was killed

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How half a million hens were saved from slaughter – video

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:11:59 GMT2018-04-16T14:11:59Z

There's a growing trend in the UK for re-homing chickens, with tens of thousands finding new homes across the country every year. Many of the hens ​come from farms where they share cages with up to 90 other birds, and have never seen daylight or breathed fresh air

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How Pep Guardiola's tactics made Manchester City Premier League champions – video

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 17:09:59 GMT2018-04-15T17:09:59Z

Pep Guardiola has guided Manchester City to an emphatic Premier League title. With the league title wrapped up a month from the end of the season and City on course for a record number of both points and goals it seems business as usual for Guardiola, if so are we only in the middle of his usual cycle. Can he defy his three-year rule and build a dynasty?

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What you need to know about the Syria strikes – video report

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:34:25 GMT2018-04-14T13:34:25Z

The US, UK and France launched a joint military strike against Syrian chemical weapons facilities following the poison gas attack in Douma last week, which killed at least 42 people. Theresa May described the strikes as the 'right and legal' option, which has been challenged by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn

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How world's first electrified road charges moving vehicles – video

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:54:12 GMT2018-04-12T15:54:12Z

Sweden has opened the world's first electrified road. The 1.2-mile route, between Stockholm Arlanda airport and a logistics site, will now actively charge cars and lorries as they travel along it using an innovative energy transfer system 

World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

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Did senators questioning Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg understand the internet? – video

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:58:08 GMT2018-04-12T19:58:08Z

The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, faced five hours of questioning on Capitol Hill for the first time on Tuesday. However, questions and comments from some of the senators ranged from less technically informed to the bizarre, raising the question: did they really understand how the internet works?

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From Kendrick's Pulitzer to Beychella: how the mainstream woke up to black excellence

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:15:58 GMT2018-04-19T17:15:58Z

This week the unparalleled contributions of black performers were finally recognised by the establishment. Why has it taken so long?

Did she just say … Kendrick Lamar? The satisfied little smile on Pulitzer prize administrator Dana Canedy’s face as she announced the final award of the afternoon confirmed what I thought I surely had misheard. In awarding the first Pulitzer for a hip-hop album and artist, the music jury, which included the jazz violinist Regina Carter and Columbia professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, cited Lamar’s “vernacular authenticity” and “affecting vignettes … on African-American life”. In other words, the boy can rap.

Related: Beyoncé at Coachella review – greatest star of her generation writes herself into history

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Tom Courtenay: 'I've done my best work since I was diagnosed with prostate cancer'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:15 GMT2018-04-20T07:00:15Z

The veteran actor used to be so insecure about his work that he ‘couldn’t bear looking back’. Now, he says, everything has changed

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Over coffee and biscuits in a Soho hotel, the actor who played Billy Liar is showing me a picture of his dog on his iPhone. If this was not weird enough, Tom Courtenay then points out that Stanley, his seven-year-old pointer, is gazing longingly at Colin Firth on a Sunday supplement cover. “We did a film together … me and Colin, that is,” 81-year-old Courtenay explains with a wink. “Extremely unsuccessful but very enjoyable; we laughed all the time. So we now have a running joke on these things,” he says, wiggling his phone, “which is nice. I also sent him another where Stanley was deciding between him or Dustin Hoffman.”

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UK's Alys Tomlinson named photographer of year at Sony awards

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:00:04 GMT2018-04-19T22:00:04Z

London-based Tomlinson wins top prize for ‘spiritual power’ of images on theme of pilgrimage

The London-based photographer Alys Tomlinson has won the $25,000 top prize in the Sony World Photography awards.

It is the first time in 10 years that a Briton has been named as photographer of the year in the competition, regarded as the Oscars of the photography world, and the first time a woman has won since the US photojournalist Sara Naomi Lewkowicz in 2014.

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Beyond the Clouds review – brash Bollywood in the Mumbai underworld

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:00:17 GMT2018-04-20T08:00:17Z

A motorbike drug-runner and his sister face a storm of trouble in this uneven drama by the feted Iranian director Majid Majidi

Majid Majidi is the Iranian director who established himself most satisfyingly with the 1997 gem Children of Heaven, a very charming and sweet-natured tale about two children, a brother and sister. His latest movie is a departure: a slightly misfiring Hindi-language Bollywood-style melodrama set in the Mumbai underworld, with a forthright musical soundtrack from veteran composer AR Rahman. It, too, is about a brother and sister, but they are older and more disillusioned.

Amir (Ishaan Khattar) is a kid working for a sinister gang boss and sex-trafficker, couriering drugs around town on his motorbike under cover of making fast-food deliveries. On one occasion he is chased by cops and desperately implores his sister Tara (Malavika Mohanan) to hide him and the wrap of coke he has on him. Akshi (played by the actor and director Goutam Ghose), an acquaintance of Tara’s at the market where she works, bundles Amir into a pile of his clothes as the cops come through. Later, Akshi makes violent sexual demands on Tara in return for having helped, and she hits out at him. Soon Akshi is in hospital and Tara is in prison awaiting trial for attempted murder. If Akshi dies things will go badly for her.

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The One Who Wrote Destiny by Nikesh Shukla review – funny and profound

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:00:17 GMT2018-04-20T08:00:17Z

The editor of The Good Immigrant draws on that anthology’s themes for an ambitious family story

Nikesh Shukla’s third novel features a scene in which Rakesh, a British-Gujarati standup comedian, walks into a Brooklyn coffee shop and begins haranguing the barista: “You know chai tea latte is a redundant phrase, right? It’s cultural misappropriation. You’re pretty much serving tea-tea, like tea-flavoured tea.”

Anyone who follows Shukla on Twitter will know that his campaign against chai tea is a long-standing theme. It also formed the central tenet of his contribution to The Good Immigrant, the acclaimed anthology of essays Shukla edited in which 21 BAME writers reflected on the experience of being anything other than white in Britain today. “One of the many online arguments I’ve had about the importance of language, how language can hurt, has been about tea,” Shukla wrote. “Chai means tea. Chai tea means tea tea. The number of times you see this on a menu makes you wonder why people can’t be bothered to do their research. Like naan bread too. Bread bread.”

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Alexis Taylor: Beautiful Thing review – confessional electro marvels

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:00:16 GMT2018-04-20T08:00:16Z

(Domino)

The more you listen to Beautiful Thing, the more you realise what a marvel of sequencing it is: here are songs that truly talk to each other, musically and lyrically. You hear it musically in the way the walking bassline of Roll on Blank Tapes rolls into Suspicious of Me, the principal thematic link between two songs that are otherwise very different. You hear it lyrically in the transition from There’s Nothing to Hide into I Feel You. In the former, Taylor assures us gently: “There’s nothing to hide in a song / There’s nothing to know outside this song.” And then, in I Feel You, this most open-hearted and sincere of songwriters offers his truth: “I feel you / I wanted you to know / I feel you … When you’re lonesome / When you’re praying.” It’s not just that there’s nothing to hide; there is no desire to hide.

The production comes from Tim Goldsworthy, and Beautiful Thing sounds fantastic throughout. These are simple songs, but Goldsworthy does enough to keep them from being simplistic. In Roll on Blank Tapes, which may be a reflection on worthless nostalgia (“Home taping is killing music, don’t you know / Skateboarding is not a crime any more”), the song fills with percussive, electronic whooshes, echoes and bangs that seem to reflect the lyric: it sounds oddly like kids skateboarding around the ramps of a deserted multistorey car park. The most fun is Oh Baby, which begins with the glammy hammering piano and synth squiggles of an early Roxy Music single, but has the joyful honesty of a Teenage Fanclub song.

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It's covered: the best spring coats and jackets for all ages – in pictures

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:15 GMT2018-04-20T06:00:15Z

It might be warm now but come evening, the temperatures always drop. Thankfully, spring is the time to add fun and colour to outerwear

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Standup paddleboarding off Scotland's wild west coast

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:30:13 GMT2018-04-20T05:30:13Z

A new SUP and digital detox break on this beautiful coast means switching the smartphone off and focusing on the meditative pull of a paddle and the rhythm of the sea

Two otters shot across the rocks and dived into the sea in front of my board. They emerged moments later on a nearby islet, with an inquisitive look and a mildly concerned peep.

I powered the paddleboard towards the white beach and, as it scuffed against the sand, jumped into the clear waters. Pulling the board above the high-tide line, I took a deep breath. The sun was beginning its fall behind the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg and Rùm, casting bright orange and red light against the clouds. Further north, the foreboding Black Cuillins of Skye were wrapped in swirling dark cloud. To the east, over the water we’d just paddled, the last of the sunlight was easing up the snow-specked Knoydart and Moidart mountains.

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You want to be pregnant. You're depressed. A tough choice lies ahead

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:04 GMT2018-04-19T10:00:04Z

What is it like to try for a baby when the medication you take for depression doesn’t mix well with pregnancy?

Throughout my teens, I was adamant I didn’t want children. I thought they were annoying, sticky money pits who had no business being near me. I was a sad and corny teen.

Now I’m 30. I’m still sad, but I’m not broke, and I have a husband. My feelings on the child situation have changed. I’m more open to it now. I think it was a combination of seeing other people with kids and, as I’ve gotten older, having more love to give – or something.

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The perfect ... shepherd’s pie | Felicity Cloake

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:00:05 GMT2018-04-19T11:00:05Z

What could be simpler than lamb (always lamb) mince topped with mash? Yet even this domestic classic has a thousand variations. We cherry-pick the best to bring you an unbeatable shepherd’s pie

I once made a formal, if ever-so-slightly slurred, complaint in a Kansas City bar regarding a shepherd’s pie that arrived filled with best US chuck steak. That’s how strongly I feel about this homely lamb dish and its beefy cottage cousin, even if, according to Clarissa Dickson-Wright, they’re less “rustic inventions” than “part of the post-industrial nostalgia for the countryside”. (The older of the two, cottage pye, gets its first mention in the diary of Parson Woodforde in 1791, though without further explanation, it might refer to anything, even a cottage wrapped in pastry. After all, the good parson was said to be a man of famously prodigious appetite.)

Though they may not boast ancient pedigree, the two dishes are not as interchangeable as the likes of Martha Stewart – or indeed, and embarrassingly, the youthful me – would have you believe: just as roast lamb is not cooked in the same way as roast beef, shepherd’s and cottage pie deserve individual attention. Having tackled the latter way back in 2010, when this column was still wet behind the ears, it feels high time we gave the shepherd his moment in the spotlight. Is this one of those dishes that’s so familiar you don’t need a recipe, or is there anything new to learn about shepherd’s pie?

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How to handle the heat (with science) | Dean Burnett

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:30:04 GMT2014-07-17T11:30:04Z

Wherever and whenever they are, intelligent humans have developed ways to cool down, some of which are more drastic than others

This article was originally published in July 2014.

Hot out there. At least, that’s what people are saying. Weather forecasts are predicting a heatwave in the UK this weekend, and what could be more reliable than a weather forecast?

Continue reading...The heat can be too much for some people to handle. Ensure you don't suffer the same fate. Photograph: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesThe heat can be too much for some people to handle. Ensure you don't suffer the same fate. Photograph: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images


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What’s the best email service that doesn’t scan emails for ad-targeting?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:19:07 GMT2018-04-19T12:19:07Z

Jim doesn’t want his emails scanned for targeted ads, but while there are ways to avoid it, surveillance-based advertising is rife

What’s the best free email service provider that does not scan or use the data in your emails for advertising? Jim

Free email services are usually paid for by showing you advertisements. Some email services scan your emails in order to show you personalised or targeted ads. You could argue that that’s a benefit, because you’ll see ads in which you might have some interest. You could also argue that your emails are private, so it’s an invasion of privacy. Either way, it’s different from scanning your emails to stop viruses and phishing attempts, which nobody wants to stop.

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Virtual reality by the Guardian

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:47:04 GMT2016-11-10T09:47:04Z

Welcome to the Guardian’s home for virtual reality. You will find all of our pieces here along with information on how to watch

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Leaseholders of flats face £40,000 bills over Grenfell type cladding

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:53:29 GMT2018-04-19T17:53:29Z

Battersea residents told upgrade, including combustible panel replacement, will not be met by Astor management firm

Residents of 80 flats whose freeholds are managed by a company owned by David Cameron’s half brother-in-law are each facing bills of up to £40,000 because the building is clad with flammable panels similar to those used on Grenfell Tower, in London.

Leaseholders of the Sesame apartments in Battersea, south London, fear they are trapped in unsellable homes and William Astor’s company claims it is not responsible for the costs.

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London 'pollution pods' let you sample the smog in Beijing and Delhi

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:14 GMT2018-04-20T06:00:14Z

New installation at Somerset House in London lets visitors experience the air of some pollution hotspots – plus a pristine Norwegian island

New Delhi: the suffocating smell of old cars and industry. São Paulo: enough ethanol to make your eyes water. And in London, a scent called Living Diesel.

Those are the dominant notes of those cities’ contaminated air, according to an “artist’s approximation” that aims to raise awareness of the problem of pollution around the world.

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Vaginal mesh surgery exposed women to 'unacceptable risks'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:23:49 GMT2018-04-19T17:23:49Z

Government finally acknowledges the ‘tragedy’ inflicted on thousands of women, and agrees mesh should only have been used as an extreme measure

Women have been exposed to unacceptable risks through the use of vaginal mesh surgery, the government has acknowledged for the first time, as fresh evidence has revealed that thousands of women have suffered traumatic complications.

In a parliamentary debate on the use of the implants, Jackie Doyle-Price, junior minister at the Department of Health, said it was a “tragedy” that women who had put their trust in the medical establishment had “come out with the most debilitating injuries”.

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Chairman quits scandal-hit Save the Children

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:16:18 GMT2018-04-19T20:16:18Z

Sir Alan Parker leaves post early, saying there is an urgent need to rebuild trust in the charity

Sir Alan Parker has resigned as Save the Children’s international chairman amid what he described as the “complex mix of challenges” facing the charity sector.

His 10-year term had been due to end in December but the charity, which is facing formal investigation over staff misconduct, said Parker “felt it right at this moment to bring forward his succession”.

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Taxi firms face claims over drivers' rights in wake of Uber case

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:14 GMT2018-04-20T05:00:14Z

Drivers say Green Tomato, A2B and Blacklane did not provide holiday pay or minimum wage

The battle for rights for gig economy workers is stepping up as the union behind legal action against Uber targets three taxi firms that say their drivers are not entitled to holiday pay or the minimum wage.

Green Tomato Cars, which calls itself “London’s green and ethical car service”, luxury airport transfer specialist Blacklane and Birmingham’s A2B are facing claims from former drivers who say they are “workers” and not independent contractors as the car firms insist.

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Tory MPs among backers of motion demanding vote on EU customs union

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:55:11 GMT2018-04-19T22:55:11Z

Theresa May faces new rebellion after House of Lords defeat

Theresa May next week faces a show of defiance from MPs fighting to keep the UK in a customs union with the EU after 10 select committee chairs tabled a motion aimed at forcing a vote on the issue

Three Conservatives – Bob Neill, Nicky Morgan and Sarah Wollaston – are among the signatories to the motion, which urges the government to “include as an objective in negotiations ... the establishment of an effective customs union”.

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Hottest April day in almost 70 years sparks marathon warning

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:23:51 GMT2018-04-19T14:23:51Z

Temperature tops 28C in UK as forecasters predict warmest London marathon on record

Parts of the UK experienced the warmest April day in almost 70 years with temperatures in central London reaching 28C (82F), prompting warnings for competitors in the marathon.

On Thursday the balmy spell peaked in England’s south-east, where it was hotter than Spain and Italy. Temperatures reached 28.3C in St James’s Park, central London, and 27.9C in Northolt, north-west London.

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Cliff Richard privacy case: BBC reporter 'praised for breaking raid story'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:37:03 GMT2018-04-19T18:37:03Z

Journalist Dan Johnson says BBC had right to tell public about police search of star’s home and editors made ultimate decision

A leading BBC executive praised the reporter who broke the news of a police raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s house, the high court heard on Thursday.

Fran Unsworth, who this year became the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, sent the message to the reporter Dan Johnson after the broadcaster’s coverage of the police search, the court was told.

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Facebook moves 1.5bn users out of reach of new European privacy law

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:03:26 GMT2018-04-19T11:03:26Z

Company moves responsibility for users from Ireland to the US where privacy laws are less strict

Facebook has moved more than 1.5 billion users out of reach of European privacy law, despite a promise from Mark Zuckerberg to apply the “spirit” of the legislation globally.

In a tweak to its terms and conditions, Facebook is shifting the responsibility for all users outside the US, Canada and the EU from its international HQ in Ireland to its main offices in California. It means that those users will now be on a site governed by US law rather than Irish law.

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Saudi Arabia's first cinema in over 35 years opens with Black Panther

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:54:30 GMT2018-04-20T01:54:30Z

Private screening of blockbuster follows lifting of cinema ban in ongoing modernisation drive by reformist crown prince

Saudi Arabia has unveiled its first cinema in over 35 years with a private screening of the blockbuster Black Panther.

The invitation-only gala event in a converted Riyadh concert hall on Wednesday was the first in a series of test screenings after a ban on cinemas was lifted last year. US giant AMC has been granted the first licence to operate movie theatres.

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French MPs force vegetarian food producers to mince their words

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:32:39 GMT2018-04-19T21:32:39Z

Makers of ‘vegetarian sausages’ and similar items will no longer be able to use meat-related terms after new ruling

French MPs have voted to ban producers of vegetarian meat substitutes from using words such as steak, bacon or sausage to describe their products if they are are not partly or wholly composed of meat.

The measure, approved on Thursday, was proposed by MP Jean-Baptiste Moreau, who argued that products such as soya steaks, vegan sausages and other vegetarian alternatives were “misleading” for consumers. Moreau based his argument on a 2017 judgment by the European court of justice, that ruled that soya and tofu products could not be marketed as milk or butter.

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North Korea wants total denuclearisation, says Seoul

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:52:29 GMT2018-04-19T17:52:29Z

South Korea’s president says Pyongyang has not attached any conditions such as US troop withdrawal

North Korea has expressed a desire for the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula without attaching preconditions such as the withdrawal of US troops, the South Korean president has said.

The statement, unconfirmed by North Korea, comes before a summit between the leaders of the two countries on 27 April, to be followed in May or June by a meeting between Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, and Donald Trump.

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Cuba's new leader vows to modernise economy but no return to capitalism

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:08:50 GMT2018-04-19T22:08:50Z

  • Successor to Raúl Castro promises no ‘capitalist restoration’
  • Miguel Díaz-Canel, 57, is first non-Castro to lead Cuba in 60 years

Cuba’s new president has promised to modernize the country’s economy and make the government more responsive to its people, even as he pledged to uphold the values of the country’s socialist revolution.

Miguel Díaz-Canel was sworn in as president on Thursday, becoming the island’s first leader without the Castro surname for the first time in almost 60 years.

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Congo's award-winning digital activists speak out on life in crisis-stricken DRC

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:14 GMT2018-04-20T06:00:14Z

Index on Censorship honours a collective that bears witness to young people’s experiences in a land plagued by violence, corruption and poverty

In the midst of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s dangerous political crisis, the main media outlets have split almost entirely into pro-government and pro-opposition camps, most concentrated in the capital, Kinshasa.

Information has become as factionalised as politics, an echo chamber of competing narratives. Into that vacuum, however, a group of young Congolese bloggers has attempted to inject an alternative voice.

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Video of Iran 'morality police' wrestling with woman sparks outrage

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:39:13 GMT2018-04-19T16:39:13Z

Female officer shown slapping woman and wrestling her to floor because her hijab was loose

Shocking video footage of a young woman being wrestled to the floor by Iranian “morality police” because her hijab was loose has sparked outrage after it was posted online.

The footage shows members of the special taskforce tackling the woman, believed to be in her mid-20s, in Tehran. Under Iranian law, it is compulsory for women to cover themselves from head to toe in public, but many defy the boundaries by wearing loose hijab that shows their hair.

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Javier Bardem defends Woody Allen: 'I am very shocked by this treatment'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:03:28 GMT2018-04-19T22:03:28Z

The actor, who worked with Allen on Vicky Cristina Barcelona, has defended him after other stars have decided to distance themselves

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Javier Bardem has come to the defense of Woody Allen in response to other actors distancing themselves from the film-maker.

The Oscar-winning actor, who worked with Allen on 2008’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, has said in a new interview that he is “absolutely not” ashamed of starring in the film.

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From flat-pack coffins to water cremation: how to have an eco-friendly death

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:13 GMT2018-04-20T05:00:13Z

The funeral industry is catering for the growing number of people who want to deal with their mortal remains in an environmentally sound way

The grass may be greener on the other side – but is death?

Growing numbers of people who spend their lives recycling their plastics and watching their air miles are wondering about the most environmentally sound way to deal with their mortal remains. Now, help is at hand from a funeral industry increasingly tuned in to the varied and exotic last wishes of the “consumer”.

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Fake it till you make it: meet the wolves of Instagram

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:07 GMT2018-04-19T05:00:07Z

Their hero is Jordan Belfort, their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles. But what are these self-styled traders really selling? By Symeon Brown

The original Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, was a rogue trader convicted of fraudulently selling worthless penny stocks to naive investors. His biopic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the ostentatious, money-obsessed huckster, was a box-office hit in 2013. Although it may have been intended as a cautionary tale, to thousands of young millennials from humble backgrounds, Belfort’s story became a blueprint for how to escape an unremarkable life on low pay.

Within months of the Wolf of Wall Street’s UK premiere in January 2014, a stocky 21-year-old named Elijah Oyefeso from a south London housing estate, began broadcasting on social media how much money he was making as a stock-market whizzkid. His thousands of young followers were desperate to do the same. As Oyefeso’s online fame grew, he caught the attention of TV producers. In January 2016, Oyefeso was featured in the Channel 4 show Rich Kids Go Shopping, in which he bought expensive jumpers to give to homeless people and showed viewers how easy it was to make stock trades online.

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A bomb silenced Daphne Caruana Galizia. But her investigation lives on

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:01:04 GMT2018-04-17T16:01:04Z

The Daphne Project reveals the story so far behind the murder of a Maltese journalist

The explosion was so loud it shook the windows of the family home.

In a cold panic, Matthew Caruana Galizia ran to the front door, barefoot. “That moment, opening the door, the dogs barking, the light, I just thought I was going to collapse on to the floor.”

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Trump of the tropics: the 'dangerous' candidate leading Brazil's presidential race

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:02 GMT2018-04-19T09:00:02Z

Jair Bolsonaro has openly cheered dictatorship and publicly insulted women. Now he’s deploying Trump-like tactics in his race for the presidency

Jair Bolsonaro’s disciples had packed the arrivals hall of this far-flung Amazonian airport, united by their contempt for the left and an unbreakable determination to score a selfie with the man they call “the Legend”.

“He’s Brazil’s hope! A light at the end of the tunnel! A new horizon!” gushed Fernando Vieira, one of hundreds of fans there to greet a far-right firebrand who cheerleads for dictatorship but could soon become leader of the world’s fourth-largest democracy.

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Spacewatch: Tess embarks on planet-hunting mission for Nasa

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:30:03 GMT2018-04-19T20:30:03Z

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will take an elliptical path around Earth to observe stars for evidence of exoplanets

Nasa’s next planet-hunting mission has launched from Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) took to the skies at 23.51 BST (18.51 EDT). It was deployed into Earth orbit 49 minutes later, to start a series of manoeuvres that will get it into its operational orbit by mid-June.

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Mothers by Jacqueline Rose review – an indignant defence

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:30:15 GMT2018-04-20T06:30:15Z

Are mothers really held accountable for the world’s ills? Why does our society punish women?

Every human alive knows something about mothers. Everyone’s had one. Mothering is at the root of all our biology, male and female; it’s tangled deep in our psychic development, and all human cultures have been bound to negotiate – with different degrees of awe, anxiety, sentimentality, hostility – forms and languages around its centrality. Jacqueline Rose thinks that contemporary culture in the west has its relationship with motherhood all wrong, with disastrous consequences for mothers and for all of us.

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From pilgrims to pub crooners: Sony world photography awards winners – in pictures

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:14 GMT2018-04-20T06:00:14Z

A selection of the winners in the professional categories of the world’s largest photography competition

• The Sony world photography awards exhibition is at Somerset House, London, until 6 May

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Hammocks in the park: UK's April sun in pictures

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:19:07 GMT2018-04-19T13:19:07Z

From clifftop strolls to punting in Cambridge, a selection of some of the sunniest moments from the UK and Ireland

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50 years of British photography: from Twiggy to whaling – in pictures

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:25:11 GMT2018-04-19T08:25:11Z

The Association of Photographers, which represents the UK’s professional photographers, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with AOP50, a retrospective of images curated by Zelda Cheatle. Here is a selection

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The best tiny homes for sale – in pictures

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:14 GMT2018-04-20T06:00:14Z

These properties may be small, but they’re packed with character – and in one case, have their own model village

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Danny Fields' best photograph: the Ramones prowl round the US supreme court

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:00:07 GMT2018-04-19T05:00:07Z

‘Hey, it’s Washington! Let’s run around!’

I became the Ramones’ manager after seeing them at CBGB in New York. From the opening downstroke of the guitar, I loved them. When I met them afterwards, they asked if I would write about them. I said: “More than that, I want to manage you.” I started taking photos of them when they were making their first album. If the manager has done a good job there’s nothing to do once the band gets to the studio except let her bang, so I took a camera along, thinking I could record moments that might be considered candid. They realised that even if I took pictures of them drooling, I wasn’t going to use them – as their manager, I wasn’t going to do anything to damage their career.

What made them good to photograph was the same thing that made them good on stage: presentation. They were intuitive. The first time I saw them live, the presentation was perfect – the clothes, the hair, the architecture of the set. They knew how to do it and they’d figured it out themselves. They weren’t puppets. When rock’n’roll wants to come out, it comes out of every pore, and they had that.

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