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Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:01:22 GMT2017-06-23T16:01:22Z

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Police chiefs to discuss offering guns to all frontline officers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:19:35 GMT2017-06-23T15:19:35Z

National Police Chiefs’ Council paper is intended to start debate, but change in policy unlikely to happen immediately

Police chiefs will consider the possibility of offering every frontline police officer in England and Wales a gun to counter the threat of a marauding terrorist attack, the Guardian has learned.

A discussion paper on the subject has been drawn up for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, which wants to look at how to boost armed police numbers to deal with a crisis, following the experience of the Manchester and London Bridge attacks.

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Grenfell Tower fire: police considering manslaughter charges

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:21:13 GMT2017-06-23T12:21:13Z

Detectives say building’s insulation and cladding tiles failed fire safety tests and they are establishing if use was illegal

Police have said they are considering manslaughter charges in relation to the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze as they revealed that the insulation and cladding tiles at the building failed safety tests.

Det Supt Fiona McCormack, who is overseeing the investigation, said on Friday that officers had established the initial cause of the fire was a fridge-freezer and that it was not started deliberately.

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Brexit: May 'blocked unilateral offer for EU citizens' rights' last June

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:56:42 GMT2017-06-23T11:56:42Z

Claim that then home secretary was sole cabinet minister to block move published in editorial in Evening Standard, edited by former chancellor George Osborne

Theresa May was the sole cabinet minister to block a unilateral offer to EU citizens that they could remain in Britain in the days following the referendum, according to an editorial in the London Evening Standard.

The paper, edited by former chancellor George Osborne, reports that David Cameron had prepared an offer to give EU citizens certainty in the days following the referendum result last June.

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Trump questions impartiality of Russia investigation chief Robert Mueller

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:22:16 GMT2017-06-23T14:22:16Z

Trump says Mueller, a former FBI director, is ‘good friends’ with James Comey and that his Russia investigation staff ‘are all Hillary Clinton supporters’

Donald Trump has questioned the impartiality of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

In an interview with Fox News aired Friday morning, Trump argued that Mueller, a former FBI director, is “good friends” with James Comey, Mueller’s successor at the spy agency whom Trump fired on 9 May. Trump later acknowledged he took this step with the Russia investigation in mind.

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Darren Osborne charged with murder over Finsbury Park van attack

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:21:44 GMT2017-06-23T14:21:44Z

Unemployed father of four, 47, appears in magistrates court charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder

A man has appeared in court after being charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder following the van attack in Finsbury Park that left one person dead and other Muslim worshippers injured.

Darren Osborne, 47, was unshaven and had the remnants of a black eye as he appeared wearing a white T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms at Westminster magistrates court four days after the attack, which occurred near Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday.

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'Close al-Jazeera': Saudi Arabia gives Qatar 13 demands to end blockade

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:54:54 GMT2017-06-23T14:54:54Z

List includes cutting back ties with Iran and severing all links to extremist and terrorist groups including Isis and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have tabled 13 demands on Qatar, including the closure of the Qatar-funded broadcaster al-Jazeera, as the price for lifting a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo of the country.

The list of demands, obtained by Associated Press, marks another escalation in the Gulf’s worst diplomatic dispute in decades.

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Sadiq Khan: Gove must get a grip on 'life and death' air pollution crisis

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:00:27 GMT2017-06-23T14:00:27Z

Mayor of London wants urgent meeting with new environment secretary to press for action on toxic air quality

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain’s “life and death” air pollution crisis.

This week, Khan activated the capital’s emergency alert system after experts warned toxic air in the capital had reached dangerous levels. Large parts of southern England and Wales were also affected on Wednesday.

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Man who tried to import childlike sex doll to UK is jailed

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:58:55 GMT2017-06-23T14:58:55Z

Doll ordered by Andrew Dobson from Hong Kong was seized at airport, sparking one of first prosecutions of its kind in Britain

A man who tried to import a childlike sex doll has been jailed in what is thought to be one of the first prosecutions of its kind in the UK.

Andrew Dobson, 49, was sentenced at Chester crown court on Friday to two years and eight months behind bars after pleading guilty to importing an indecent object, two counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

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MPs to argue Northern Irish women have right to abortion on NHS

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:22:06 GMT2017-06-23T07:22:06Z

Cross-party MPs want amendment to Queen’s speech to act as warning to government over DUP pact

MPs from all the major parties will argue that abortion should be provided on the NHS in England for Northern Irish women, in an amendment to the Queen’s speech which supporters said would act as a warning to Downing Street about the implications of a pact with the Democratic Unionist party.

The amendment, coordinated by the Labour MP Stella Creasy with the support of the Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley, asks the government to consider legislating so women from Northern Ireland have NHS abortion provision when they travel to England to terminate a pregnancy.

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Ofsted to punish schools pushing exam targets over learning, says chief

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:50:30 GMT2017-06-23T12:50:30Z

Amanda Spielman says some schools should be ashamed of ‘badges and stickers’ tactics to bolster league table standing

Ofsted will look to punish schools that chase meaningless “badges and stickers” and turn themselves into exam factories rather than offering a well-rounded education, the chief inspector of schools in England has said.

Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, said school leaders should be ashamed of some of the tactics used to bolster their league table standings. They include primary pupils sitting mock tests for more than two years, and entering secondary students for qualifications requiring just two days of study to pass.

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10,000 get bee tattoo to raise money for victims of Manchester bombing

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:29:22 GMT2017-06-23T15:29:22Z

Appeal has raised more than £520,000 since attack that killed 22 people at arena

An estimated 10,000 people around the world have had tattoos of bees as part of a fundraising initiative to raise money for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

The Manchester bee tattoo appeal has raised more than £520,000 since it was launched shortly after the attack at the city’s arena killed 22 people and injured 250. The initiative asked tattoo artists across the globe to ink the city’s bee symbol on to people for a suggested donation of £50.

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Brexit Shorts: Go Home by Charlene James and starring Dean Fagan – video

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:12:23 GMT2017-06-19T13:12:23Z

“52% of the country can’t all be scum” … In Wigan, Reece hopes to introduce his girlfriend to his leave-voting dad

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Ed Miliband interviews brother David as guest-presenter on Radio 2

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:31:41 GMT2017-06-23T14:31:41Z

Brothers discuss refugee crisis and their own family history but not their relationship or Labour

Ed Miliband has conducted a reflective interview with his brother David, at the end of a week-long stint guest-presenting the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2.

In their first joint public outing since Ed unexpectedly beat David to the Labour leadership in 2010, the brothers talked about the refugee crisis and their family history of persecution but stopped short of discussing Labour or their relationship, which has reportedly been strained for the last seven years.

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‘Joy Division weren’t cold. They were down-to-earth and funny’

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:00:28 GMT2017-06-23T15:00:28Z

Matthew Higgs watches Joy Division rehearse, Manchester, August 1979

In late 1978, when I was 13, I started a fanzine called Photophobia, about the independent music scene. It was photocopied and stapled together, and all written by me to begin with. I was a few years too young for punk, but fascinated by what followed, particularly bands from the north, where I lived: the Fall, Human League and Joy Division. The fanzine was a way to get closer to them, and articulate my feelings about this music I loved.

My friends and I used to go into Manchester at weekends. The addresses of our favourite labels were on the backs of their LPs, so we’d go and find the buildings; at weekend, they were always shut, but we didn’t care. We also went to TJ Davidson’s, where all the great bands rehearsed. It was an industrial building with no lift; the more successful the band, the lower down they played. We’d knock on the door and walk in. We saw the Fall, and Mick Hucknall with his first band, Frantic Elevators, and Joy Division (here, I’m sat at the back on the right, looking straight ahead).

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Sam Taylor-Johnson: 'Every door that was slammed in my face, I've kicked down'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:21:34 GMT2017-06-23T13:21:34Z

Fifty Shades of Grey earned half a billion dollars, but fights with the writer meant Taylor-Johnson paid a high personal price. Now she just wants to direct something so good people will forget she ever made it

Sam Taylor-Johnson perches in a sun-dappled corner of a Los Angeles hotel terrace and asks the waiter for an oatmeal cookie. He brings a plate of chocolate ones – there’s no oatmeal. They look delicious, but she sends them back. “I just fancied oatmeal.” Taylor-Johnson clearly knows exactly what she wants.

The director was last in the headlines two years ago, when her film of EL James’s erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey ravished the global box office, raking in more than half a billion dollars for Universal Studios. A triumphant collaboration, you might think – except that director and author repeatedly clashed over how to transfer page to screen.

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Even better this time round: The Crystal Maze, Twin Peaks and our golden age of TV reboots

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:46:34 GMT2017-06-23T14:46:34Z

The revival fever that is also behind the return of Blind Date and The Price Is Right isn’t just about nostalgia. Here’s why TV is really taking us all back in time

“Hello! This must feel like deja vu. But that’s television for you. Same thing. Slightly different faces.”

Thus did Richard Ayoade open Channel 4’s reboot of its cult 1990s hit The Crystal Maze. The new presenter, as brilliantly deadpan and subtly destabilising a presence as the original host Richard O’Brien, gave a brief explanation of the game for newcomers: “I will lead five contestants round the maze at an artificially accelerated pace in order to give the illusion of jeopardy. There will be fiendish games, fistfuls of crystals and an ungainly scramble for gold tokens in that dome.”

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'I wanted the building to fly': Renzo Piano's Santander gallery opens

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:43:13 GMT2017-06-23T14:43:13Z

Spain’s €80m levitating Centro Botín showcases nautical flair and offers visitors easy access to waterfront for first time


Two great hull-like forms stand on the seafront in Santander, northern Spain, clad in thousands of pearlescent discs, like a pair of ships encrusted with exotic barnacles.

Jacked up 6 metres (20ft) into the air on slender white pillars, allowing views through to the water, this is the new Centro Botín, an €80m (£70m) art gallery by Renzo Piano, which opened to the public on Friday.

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Grenfell tenants 'not exempt from bedroom tax or benefit cap'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:30:55 GMT2017-06-23T15:30:55Z

Ministers say residents hit by welfare reforms should get discretionary payments to protect them from benefit shortfalls

Former residents of Grenfell Tower will not be exempt from the bedroom tax and the benefit cap, the government has confirmed – although ministers have ordered that any tenants affected are prioritised for special payments to offset any losses.

Guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says councils should ensure Grenfell tenants hit by welfare reforms should be given so-called discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to protect them from potential housing benefit shortfalls of hundreds of pounds a month.

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Why the Grenfell Tower official death toll has risen so slowly

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:41:45 GMT2017-06-23T09:41:45Z

There has been anger over the pace at which victims have been identified, but police are committed to rigorous protocols

Anger over how the Grenfell Tower death toll has been handled, and over the time taken to formally identify those who have died, has led to speculation that the number of deaths could be far higher than 79, the figure presently given.

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Hotpoint tells customers to check fridge-freezers after Grenfell Tower fire

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:26:01 GMT2017-06-23T14:26:01Z

Owners of the FF175BP or FF175BG should contact the company after model was identified as cause of tower block blaze

Hotpoint has urged owners of its fridge-freezers to check their model numbers for safety reasons after one of the brand’s models was identified as the initial cause of the Grenfell Tower fire.

A spokesman said Hotpoint was working with the authorities after its FF175BP model was found to have started the devastating blaze last week. He urged consumers who believe they own that model or the FF175BG to contact the company on a freephone hotline or visit the website to register their details.

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Councils rush to remove cladding after Grenfell Tower blaze

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:39:32 GMT2017-06-23T13:39:32Z

Panels taken down from buildings in Islington and Portsmouth as precaution, as Premier Inn reviews safety of hotels

Councils have been ripping down cladding from tower blocks as testing after the Grenfell Tower blaze raised concerns over the safety of the buildings.

Two buildings in Portsmouth and one in north London were having cladding removed as a precautionary measure, it emerged on Friday.

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Grenfell wasn’t an isolated tragedy. Poverty destroys many lives in Britain | Kamran Ahmed

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:24:04 GMT2017-06-23T13:24:04Z

Working as a junior psychiatrist, I saw first-hand how policies that fail to protect the disadvantaged lead to ill-health, stress and reduced life expectancy

A tragedy as gut-wrenching as Grenfell Tower has scarcely been seen during peace time in the UK. The negligence and cruelty of the decisions that caused it have sparked justifiable outrage. Concerns raised by residents were ignored and there are allegations that dangerous materials were used to cut costs and make the building look nice for the rich folk. People understandably take to the streets to protest and seek justice.

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Hospital withdraws complaint alleging Sun reporter impersonated friend of Grenfell victim

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:07:19 GMT2017-06-23T14:07:19Z

Sun apologises for not following media protocol and King’s College accepts journalist did not impersonate friend

King’s College hospital has withdrawn a complaint against the Sun that alleged a reporter from the newspaper impersonated a friend of an injured victim of the Grenfell Tower fire in order to get an interview with him.

The hospital said last week it had formally written to News UK, the owner of the Sun, and the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) about the incident. The Sun denied its reporter attempted to impersonate a friend or relative of the victim.

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Frankie Boyle: 'Grenfell Tower residents were treated as less than human' – video

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:29:48 GMT2017-06-23T11:29:48Z

Frankie Boyle tells Owen Jones he believes there’s ‘a connection between a Conservative government that wants to get rid of human rights legislation’ and the residents of Grenfell Tower ‘being treated as less than human’. The comedian thinks a series of decisions shows the pursuit of profit was more important than fire safety

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England v South Africa: second T20 international – live!

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:59:37 GMT2017-06-23T15:59:37Z

“Orloight moi luvver!” screams Bumble in the Sky commentary box. There’s a cracking atmosphere at Taunton, with the expectation of a very high-scoring game. A score of 200 looks like a minimum rather than par.

“You started the preamble one day ago?” says Stuart Rarity. “That is keen!”

You have no idea how much I love my work, Stuart. No idea. Rare is the night I don’t dream about Aftab Habib’s Test career.

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Attack the All Black pack and the Lions can turn pressure on Barrett up to 10 | Nick Evans

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:11:00 GMT2017-06-23T15:11:00Z

Time will tell if Beauden Barrett can cast a Dan Carter-like spell for New Zealand but the first Test intriguingly pits his versatile fly-half style against Owen Farrell

In 2005 I was in and around the New Zealand squad and I was on the bench for the third Lions Test – they decided to give Dan Carter the night off. He probably deserved it after blowing away everyone in Wellington with a performance that left me thinking: “Bloody hell, how am I going to get past him and into the team?”

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Pigeons, buses and mixing up fielders: TMS will miss Henry Blofeld

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:04:00 GMT2017-06-23T15:04:00Z

Test Match Special will not be the same without this loveable old rogue, who has decided to retire after 45 years in the BBC commentary box

The expectation was they would carry Henry Blofeld out of the Test Match Special commentary box in a coffin. He has always loved the cricket and the microphone in equal measure. And he is one of life’s great troupers. Yet now we learn that, at 77, he has announced his retirement from TMS in September. It is a bit of a shock.

His last game on air is scheduled to be England’s third Test against West Indies at Lord’s. When he bids farewell expect something more flowery than John Arlott’s final sentence on TMS in 1980, which was: “After a word from Trevor Bailey it will be Christopher Martin-Jenkins”. For Henry, pigeons will presumably assemble around St John’s Wood like the Red Arrows.

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F1 could learn a few things from the magnificent Le Mans 24 Hours | Richard Williams

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:17:17 GMT2017-06-23T12:17:17Z

Around 250,000 people gathered in the Loire countryside to watch an event that remains a spectacle more thrilling than anything likely to be seen in F1 this year

The job of waving the tricolore to start the 85th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was given to Chase Carey, the new chief executive of Formula One. This is a man who wants more races on the grand prix calendar and more of them in major cities like Miami and New York, where his drivers can be promoted as global entertainment personalities. I wonder what he made of his time last weekend in the Loire countryside, where around 250,000 people – more than for any F1 event – gathered to watch 60 cars of various shapes and sizes race around the clock in the hands of 180 largely unknown drivers. It was everything he appears not to want and it was magnificent.

In 2023 Le Mans will celebrate its centenary. This is one of the great monuments of world sport, all the more valuable because it is a highly professional event that, even in the modern world, manages to retain a vital element of amateur participation and amateur ethos.

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Women’s sport is coming in waves and ready to shine during biggest summer | Andy Bull

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:19:12 GMT2017-06-23T10:19:12Z

With the Cricket World Cup, Euro 2017 and the Rugby World Cup all upon us and live on TV, can the cycle of underexposure finally be broken?

Women’s sport sometimes seems to run along a parallel timeline, one that lags behind the rest of life. It was 2012 before women were able to compete in every event on the Olympic programme, 2014 before they could play professional cricket in England, 2016 before they could play professional rugby, and in 2017 they were finally allowed to join Muirfield golf club, the latter providing the best excuse yet to recycle Groucho Marx’s old line: “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” Rory McIlroy was asked about male-only golf clubs back in 2013. “It’s something we shouldn’t even be talking about,” he said. Four years later we still were, and McIlroy was asked again. “In this day and age,” he said, “where you’ve got women that are heads of state and not able to join a golf course – I mean, it’s obscene.”

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Mohamed Salah may have flopped at Chelsea but he can fly at Liverpool | Jonathan Wilson

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:00:19 GMT2017-06-23T08:00:19Z

Jürgen Klopp’s new £36.9m signing struggled with Chelsea but there were mitigating circumstances – he has thrived wherever he has played regularly

All across Europe are scattered forwards who did not quite make it at Chelsea, some more bafflingly than others. There is Marko Marin, signed by Olympiakos last season after four years on Chelsea’s books with only two league starts. There is Patrick Bamford, signed by Middlesbrough in January after five years at Chelsea in which he did not start a single league game. There is Juan Cuadrado, freshly signed by Juventus after three years at Chelsea where he started just three games. It would not be a complete surprise if Chelsea turned out a box room at Stamford Bridge and turned up a Florent Malouda or a John Spencer, players they had bought a while ago and forgotten about.

And now, at Liverpool, there is Mohammed Salah, signed from Roma who bought him last summer after two and a half years at Chelsea in which he started six games. Salah’s time in flux, on loan at Fiorentina and then Roma, seems not to have harmed the winger.

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Lions carry hope against history in their lunatic endeavour to beat the All Blacks | Andy Bull

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:07:03 GMT2017-06-23T11:07:03Z

The history books tell a story of home nations toiling against New Zealand but on the eve of the first Test the anticipation and optimism remains unparalleled

Nine in the morning, the day before the game. Jet-lagged Lions fans are up before the winter sun, ambling around in a daze. They say there are 20,000 of them here but Auckland has more than a million citizens and for the last few days the straggling bands of foreign supporters, conspicuous in their red jerseys, have looked a little lost in the bustle of a city going about its business.

But on Friday morning everything changed. Now they are all here, the weekend’s near, and the atmosphere has come alive. You can see the excitement, sense the anticipation. “It’s definitely getting real now,” said Conor Murray, just after returning from a coffee with his family, who had flown in that morning. “The buzz is there, it feels proper.” Some of his team-mates were heading down into town themselves that afternoon, just to get a taste.

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Caravaggio wakes up in time to seal Commonwealth Cup glory at Ascot

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:04:39 GMT2017-06-23T15:04:39Z

• Coolmore-trained favourite defeats Godolphin pair
• First three pull clear in exceptional sprinting race

Caravaggio nearly blew the Commonwealth Cup at the start but finished strongly to win the highlight race of day four at Royal Ascot. Under Ryan Moore, the odds-on favourite reared up in the stalls and came back down on all fours perhaps a second before the gates opened.

He was settled in midfield just moments later, with his main rival, Harry Angel, helping to force what looked a strong pace. Helping to force that pace was Caravaggio’s stablemate, Intelligence Cross, perhaps pushing Harry Angel to go just a shade faster than was good for him.

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The Joy of Six: Diego Maradona

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:21 GMT2017-06-23T09:30:21Z

From a debut remembered mainly by opponents to the rousing of Napoli and that goal against England, half a dozen moments that sum up El Diego

“A lot of people claim they were there on 20 October 1976 when we played Talleres de Córdoba at home. The truth is, if everyone who says they were there for that match – my debut in the first team – had actually been there it would have had to be played at the Maracanã, not La Paternal” – Diego Maradona in El Diego, his autobiography

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Chris Froome: I have never been offered triamcinolone at Team Sky | William Fotheringham

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:01:08 GMT2017-06-22T23:01:08Z

The three-times Tour de France champion distances himself from the heart of UK Anti-Doping’s inquiry, acknowledges he and his team’s head Dave Brailsford do not always see eye to eye, but adds: ‘We’ve got a bike race to worry about’

The three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has stated categorically that he was not offered, nor administered, any of the 55 doses of the corticosteroid triamcinolone that were ordered by Team Sky between 2010 and 2013 and which remain part of an investigation by UK Anti-Doping into allegations of possible wrongdoing at the British racing team.

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Lions’ pride and potential could produce New Zealand series for the ages | Robert Kitson

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:24 GMT2017-06-23T12:00:24Z

The tourists are under no illusions about their task against the world’s No1 side but there is belief within a team who are arguably the strongest Lions since 2001 and buoyed by encouraging warm-up wins

It may sound counterintuitive but, before the first Test, the British & Irish Lions should be drawing inspiration from a bunch of New Zealanders in Bermuda. For those not tuned into this year’s America’s Cup, New Zealand’s yachtsmen have slogged through numerous tough knockout contests to face the defending champions and hosts Oracle Team USA in the final. And the latest? It is never over until the plump mermaid sings but the fancied Americans are a clear second, reduced to playing catch-up by their battle-hardened visitors.

Related: Lions carry hope against history in their lunatic endeavour to beat the All Blacks | Andy Bull

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Lions ‘disappointed’ but unfazed after tour manager John Spencer assaulted

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:43:01 GMT2017-06-23T10:43:01Z

• Spencer shoved and abused in Auckland restaurant
• ‘It’s an isolated, disappointing incident,’ says Rob Howley

The British and Irish Lions will not revise their interactions with fans after the tour manager John Spencer was abused and assaulted in an Auckland restaurant.

Spencer said he was accosted at a city centre venue called The Depot on Thursday night. A fellow diner asked for a photograph but a New Zealander became aggressive, abusing and shoving the 69-year-old.

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How the Premier League became a dream destination for young Brazilians

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:27:05 GMT2017-06-23T13:27:05Z

Brazilian players once set their targets on Italy or Spain, but England has caught up thanks to satellite TV, video games and a string of high-profile signings

By Tom Sanderson for These Football Times, of the Guardian Sport Network

Para inglês ver,” is a phrase that is used a lot in Brazil. Its roots go back to the early 19th century, when the British government was pushing Brazil to stop using slaves. Treaties were drawn up and signed, which kept the British happy, but coffee production was exploding and slaves kept profits up for decades to come. The law was just for show, “just for the English to see.” Not so long ago young Brazilian footballers who dreamed of life-changing moves across the Atlantic played to impress Spanish and Italian eyes but, thanks to the rise in popularity of the Premier League, they are now increasingly playing for the English to see.

“I want to be City; I want to be Chelsea,” come the enthusiastic cries from a pack of young boys – ball in hand, jumpers for goalposts – as they rush through the forecourt of a public housing building in São Paulo’s second largest favela, Paraisópolis, before receiving a ticking off from a portly porteiro who reminds them of the strict no ball games policy. A few minutes away, on a harsh concrete square adorned by gang graffiti, a group of older boys, some in barefoot and many in Premier League shirts, are playing a one-goal-and-off round robin that will go on until the daylight gives in.

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Loyal Huddersfield fans can watch home Premier League games for £5.26

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:05:28 GMT2017-06-23T13:05:28Z

• Chairman Dean Hoyle honours pledge made in 2010 to 4,000 steadfast fans
• Hoyle promised Huddersfield season card would cost £100 in Premier League

Dean Hoyle has honoured his pledge to enable thousands of Huddersfield Town fans to watch Premier League home games for little more than a fiver a time next season.

The Huddersfield chairman promised in 2010 that fans who had held season cards throughout his tenure as chairman would pay £100 for one if the club reached the Premier League. He took over as chairman in 2009.

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England hit by Lauren Winfield injury on eve of Women’s World Cup

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:45:33 GMT2017-06-23T13:45:33Z

• Opener and wicketkeeper will miss India opener with wrist injury
• Winfield injured during England’s warm-up win over New Zealand

England have suffered a setback in the Women’s World Cup. Lauren Winfield will miss Saturday’s opening match against India at Derby because of a wrist complaint.

Related: Women’s Cricket World Cup: team-by-team guide to the tournament | Vithushan Ehantharajah

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The Fiver | Twitching at the sight of interaction between Mignolet and Lovren

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:51:13 GMT2017-06-23T14:51:13Z

In today’s Fiver: Mohamed Salah, tractors and the power of Fiver letters

Liverpool have officially completed the signing of Egyptian wonder-winger Mohamed Salah from Roma. Both clubs have confirmed that the deal has been done. So has the player himself. Photographic evidence has been supplied to give the whole caper an air of finality. Excited quotes from all parties have been passed around like hot blather about Virgil van Dijk’s sporting proclivities. But don’t go picking Salah for your fantasy teams just yet, that’s The Fiver’s advice. Because anyone who has even flicked through the recently published 53,761-page collection of Liverpool’s Amazing Transfer Market Misadventures (Volume I) knows there is still plenty of time for this deal to go the way of Wile E Coyote’s most cunning wheezes.

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Glastonbury 2017: Friday – follow it live!

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:49:10 GMT2017-06-23T15:49:10Z

Welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of Glastonbury 2017 as it happens through the daytime – the bands, the banter and the best of what’s going on across Worthy Farm today

Dua Lipa is FREAKING OUT you guys:

That was the craziest moment of my life. Glastonbury I will remember this day until I die

Continuing our People of Glastonbury portrait series, here’s Ben Hassan.

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Corbyn chants, T-shirts and sculptures: Jeremania hits Glastonbury

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:54:32 GMT2017-06-23T15:54:32Z

Festival awaits appearance by Labour leader, who cancelled a speech last year in the aftermath of the Brexit vote

The chorus started at 10pm on Thursday in the dark sweaty depths of the Glastonbury silent disco. Just a low rumbling at first, it built into a loud roar with hundreds of festivalgoers singing, at the tops of their voices: “OH ... JE-REM-Y COR-BYN.”

Glastonbury this year may boast appearances from the biggest acts in the world, Ed Sheeran and Radiohead among them, but judging by the T-shirts, flags and impromptu musical outbursts, the man of the hour is the Labour party’s 68-year-old leader.

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Livestreaming: how Katy Perry raised the bar for online self-publicity

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:30:24 GMT2017-06-23T12:30:24Z

Ever more stars are broadcasting their lives to the world. Is it daring or desperate?

Related: Katy Perry: Witness review – ‘purposeful pop’ proves tricky to pull off

Livestreaming – the art of putting a celebrity in a room, broadcasting it on YouTube and hoping that, through sheer raw charisma, something will happen in the rough shape and form of album promotion – is The Hot New Thing. It’s time to get used to it while it’s here.

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Johnny Depp jokes about killing Donald Trump in Glastonbury appearance

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:20:47 GMT2017-06-23T08:20:47Z

‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’ star asks crowd at a drive-in cinema at the festival

Johnny Depp joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury.

The actor received a rock star welcome during the event at Cineramageddon – a drive-in cinema on the Somerset site.

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Halsey: ‘I used to be a social queen – now I’m terrified of people’

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:13:12 GMT2017-06-22T17:13:12Z

From homelessness to troubled relationships, New Jersey pop force Halsey hasn’t had a smooth ride to the top of the charts. Ahead of her Glastonbury debut, she explains how she channeled her troubles into a strange, striking new record

Describing Halsey’s second record as a concept album would be to understate its preposterousness. Its title, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, is her own concept of a purgatory-like realm whose back story is so deeply finessed that it includes individually named carp. There’s some Greek mythology thrown in along the way, too. But the imagery around the album’s release, and its spoken-word interludes, also pay homage to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

“I went balls-to-the-wall with this one,” is Halsey’s own way of recognising what is also a rather good pop record.“When people ask me about it I say: ‘Yeah, I went through this really terrible breakup and I naturally did what any normal 22-year-old girl would do – I called Baz Luhrmann.” Luhrmann loved the project so much that he got involved with the album’s promotion and expressed a desire to work with Halsey in the future. It has also been wholly embraced by the New Jersey-born singer’s fans, whose symbiotic relationship with the singer makes the hysteria surrounding peak-era Gaga seem nonchalant in comparison. Those fans have clearly responded well to the frankness with which Halsey talks about her sexuality, being bipolar and the product of an interracial marriage, and the struggles she faced as a teen. But they seem most seduced by the escapist worlds in which she situates her music. As she talks about her passion for video gaming, the Easter eggs and intricate backstories woven through her songs begin to make more sense, although none of this high-concept japery will come as any surprise to those who have been following her expeditious rise to the fringes of pop’s A-list. In 2014, her debut EP Room 93 centred on the broad theme of being stuck in a hotel room. The following year her album Badlands, including breakthrough hit New Americana, dwelled on mental isolation in a city based loosely on Las Vegas.

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Kiefer Sutherland review – trading his Glock for a guitar for a show of grizzled authenticity

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:30:09 GMT2017-06-23T12:30:09Z

Islington Assembly Room, London
The action star’s whiskey-sodden country music set is genuinely poignant. He puts other Hollywood hobby acts to shame

Jack Bauer swaps against-the-bomb-timer assassination thwarting for country music? Excuse us if we don’t yeehaw to the rooftops. Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Bacon, Bruce Willis and Johnny Depp have collectively set the bar for trad-leaning Hollywood hobby albums ridiculously low – they’re the musical equivalent of comedians knocking out godawful novels.

At least Kiefer Sutherland, touring his debut country album, Down in a Hole, has a legitimate grounding in his chosen genre. Turned on to country and western as a rancher and competitive lassoer in the 90s, the boy sure can rope a goddanged steer. His immersion is pure method, too – he arrives wearing a saucer-brimmed hat and skewiff neckerchief, looking like the Lone Ranger after a lifetime of bad choices, sipping whiskey and dropping “y’alls” like no British-born Canadian movie star really should. He turns his grizzled, lived-in baritone to authentic songs of truck-stop romance and hard drinking; I’ll Do Anything is a dreamy vision of finding unexpected love close to home(stead), while the drowsy, malt-sodden waltz Not Enough Whiskey and Going Home, a dirty-heeled country noir about passing out drunk in a Tokyo gutter at 4am, have him falling into the arms of Jack Daniels when it all goes wrong.

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl: ‘I got 6,000 muffins from Lionel Richie after missing Glastonbury’

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:29:42 GMT2017-06-22T12:29:42Z

When a broken leg scuppered the Nirvana legend’s plans to headline the Pyramid stage in 2015, his only consolation was a present from a pop hero. But now, the Foos are ready to finally hit Worthy Farm

Hello, Dave. How are you?
I’m good. How are you?

Quite hot, to be honest, it’s very warm here in the UK.
I’m in Latvia right now, but I read the other day that they are expecting the hottest Glastonbury ever (1). Is that even possible? I can’t even imagine that! But I like it hot and sweaty, so I can’t wait.

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Losing Lost Vagueness: remembering Glastonbury's first 'naughty corner'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:44:00 GMT2017-06-22T14:44:00Z

Burlesque, robots, trapeze artists, a wedding chapel, a casino, extreme art events at 4am — Lost Vagueness was an anarchic, original idea that saved the Glastonbury festival at a difficult time. But, finds a new film, it could not survive

The morning sun slowly cooks the inside of your tent. You wipe away the mud flaking on your brow, and with a cider-induced thunderstorm crashing inside your skull you come around, and you ask yourself: did I get married last night?

Many who went to Glastonbury in the mid-2000s and visited Lost Vagueness, the festival’s first after-hours party area, may well recognise this scenario. It hosted the Chapel of Love, an anarchic marriage institution that unofficially wed inebriated attendees (allegedly including Kate Moss and Pete Doherty) as well as offering a boxing ring for those who weren’t getting along so well.

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Love the idea of a universal basic income? Be careful what you wish for | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:36:02 GMT2017-06-23T14:36:02Z

Yes, UBI could be an important part of a radical agenda. But beware: its proponents include neoliberals hostile to the very idea of the welfare state

For some time now, the radical left has been dipping its toes in the waters of universal basic income (or unconditional basic income, depending on who you talk to). The idea is exactly as it sounds: the government would give every citizen – working or not – a fixed sum of money every week or month, with no strings attached. As time goes on, universal basic income (UBI) has gradually been transitioning from the radical left into the mainstream: it’s Green party policy, is picking up steam among SNP and Labour MPs and has been advocated by commentators including this newspaper’s very own John Harris.

Supporters of the idea got a boost this week with the news that the Finnish government has piloted the idea with 2,000 of its citizens with very positive results. Under the scheme, the first of its kind in Europe, participants receive €560 (£473) every month for two years without any requirements to fill in forms or actively seek work. If anyone who receives the payment finds work, their UBI continues. Many participants have reported “decreased stress, greater incentives to find work and more time to pursue business ideas.” In March, Ontario in Canada started trialling a similar scheme.

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Collusion, cover-up and child abuse in the Church of England | Andrew Brown

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:37:59 GMT2017-06-23T13:37:59Z

The archbishop and bishops who were more concerned with the CofE’s reputation than the suffering of victims fully deserve their disgrace

There is something uniquely destructive about sexual abuse carried out by religious figures. A report published this week accuses the Church of England of “collusion and cover-up” – for a period of almost 20 years – over the abuse of boys and young men by the former bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball. The report does more than shred the reputation of George Carey, the archbishop of Canterbury when the allegations arose in 1993, though it does that very thoroughly.

Related: Former bishop admits sexually abusing young men

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It’s been a grim year – but what if Britain had never voted for Brexit? | Jack Bernhardt

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:00:19 GMT2017-06-23T08:00:19Z

One year on from the EU vote, step into an alternative reality where remainers triumphed and Boris Johnson lost an election to a rubbish bin

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Can you believe it was just one year ago today that we all unanimously took the monumentally brave decision to put our hand inside a toaster and set that bad boy to hard Brexit? The world certainly has changed in the last 365 days – we’ve got a new prime minister, a new US president and a new sense of horrific, unending despair. Also, a new Harry Potter play. Neat!

It’s almost hard to think about how different the world would have been if the result had gone the other way. Just imagine: how much chaos could have been averted, if a small proportion of the country had switched their vote to remain? Dear reader, there is no need to imagine. Using extremely accurate predictability models, the kind that the polls used to predict the EU referendum, the US election and the 2017 general election completely successfully, I have created that alternative reality. Welcome to the World That Brexit Forgot.

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With generation rent voting, could housing be a political game-changer? | Poppy Noor

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:46:55 GMT2017-06-23T12:46:55Z

At the mercy of largely unregulated private landlords, young people are unable to save for their future. No wonder they are backing Labour

There has been much interest in young people in the aftermath of the election. Reporters have focused on a youth surge that may be the reason May lost her majority, with increased numbers of young voters turning out who seem to have largely opted for the Labour party.

But could it be that this trend is in fact an indicator of the same old class politics? A YouGov study released last week suggested that class had been turned on its head – with results that showed that you were just as likely to vote Tory if you worked in a manual labour job as if you were upper or middle class. But the real indicator here was age – Labour outperformed the Conservatives in every age group until people reached their 50s.

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Brief encounter but no Love Actually for Maybot and taoiseach

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:44:27 GMT2017-06-23T11:44:27Z

Leo Varadkar’s first trip to Downing Street ended in disappointment when the PM burst his Hugh Grant dreams

Call it a difference of styles. The first meeting between Theresa May and the Irish taoiseach had been scheduled to last for two hours, but due to the Finsbury Park terror attack it was curtailed to just over half an hour. Even that might have been a bit too long, judging by the responses of both leaders at the Downing Street press conference in the afternoon. The Maybot’s account of their meeting was reduced to a few sentences about how they had agreed it was nice Ireland and the UK were physically quite close to one another, and that it would be quite nice if Britain could be simultaneously both in and out of the customs union so the current border arrangements could be maintained post Brexit. Leo Varadkar’s highlight was that he had finally got to see the staircase in No 10 which Hugh Grant had danced down in Love Actually – up until the point when the Maybot ruined his dreams by telling him the scene was filmed elsewhere.

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I’m not going to tell you again: we’ve hit Peak Dad | Jeremy Davies

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:41:29 GMT2017-06-23T10:41:29Z

We fathers are finally seeing ourselves reflected positively in the media and even on the fashion runway. How in the name of Homer Simpson did this happen?

Like many fathers of 17-year-olds, I’ve become accustomed to my son nicking clothes out of my wardrobe. I’ve put this behaviour down to laziness, combined with the poverty of youth. If I’m honest, I had taken it as a backhanded compliment too – a sign that maybe I’m not so past it after all.

But now I’ve discovered that he’s just doing what teenagers do – following the latest sartorial trend – Peak Dad, as interpreted by Balenciaga at men’s fashion week.

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Democrats love bashing Trump. But that alone won't help them win again | Zachary Karabell

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:22 GMT2017-06-23T10:00:22Z

Democrats are bent on bringing down Trump rather than proposing an agenda to address widespread and legitimate needs

As the wheels of Trumplandia continue to spin, it’s been easy to overlook one glaring reality: Democrats in Congress are doing almost nothing other than finding new and creative ways to resist the Republicans. As a political tactic, that may be smart, but it leaves the public and voters with no clear or viable alternative as attention slowly begins to turn to mid-term elections in 2018.

The attempt of Democrat Jon Ossoff to stage an upset in the special Georgia House election may have floundered in part because he offered scant policy specifics. For the Democrats as a whole, becoming the new Party of No does nothing for a public that across the spectrum demands actual solutions to real problems of income, healthcare, jobs and some coherent vision for the future.

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Hinkley Point is a terrible deal. May must show courage and cancel it | Simon Jenkins

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:02:28 GMT2017-06-23T09:02:28Z

The era of the dinosaur vanity project is over – money is desperately needed to redress the effects of austerity. Tough decisions are needed

They haven’t gone away. The great spending dinosaurs of the political dark ages, back before June 2017, are still roaming the jungle. Theresa May’s first decision as prime minister, to approve the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station, is still crashing about Whitehall. Now the national audit office (NAO) has added its voice to those calling it a really bad deal. The project now has no independent supporters.

Hinkley was a hangover from when Whitehall’s energy department took leave of its senses and approved anything that looked remotely “green”. It just passed the bill to the Treasury. The Treasury then passed the risk to Chinese investors and French contractors. The risk proved so great that these backers swiftly passed it back to the Treasury and future British taxpayers and energy users, in loan guarantees and sky-high prices.

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Men, we need to talk about sperm | Geeta Nargund

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:30:17 GMT2017-06-23T06:30:17Z

Stories of older celebrity fathers belie the truth. There is a male biological clock, and we have to break the taboo around it

Infertility has for far too long been treated as an all-female issue. Yet in about half of the cases for the one in six couples in this country who are experiencing problems conceiving, it is the man’s infertility that is the problem. So why is it in my fertility clinic practices – both NHS and private – I meet men every week who have no idea of the vital role their age and lifestyle choices will play in whether they and their partner can have a healthy baby.

Reports about celebrity fathers in their 50s, 60s and older, have blinded many men to the reality that they, too, have a biological clock. For every Ronnie Wood or Rupert Murdoch fathering a child in their 60s or 70s, there are many, many more men like the barrister who came to me, a widower with grownup children who was desperate to start a new chapter in life.

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If the Iran deal is to survive, the west must change course | Ali Akbar Salehi

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:59:15 GMT2017-06-23T04:59:15Z

I helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear deal. Its success depends on constructive engagement, not the destabilising policies currently being pursued

Working to negotiate agreements with the west has been a mixed experience for Iran. Often, following some hard-won engagement, some western nations, whether distracted by shortsighted political motivations or the lucrative inducements of other regional actors, walk away and allow the whole situation to return to the status quo ante.

Quite a number of such reversals have befallen Iran when engaging with the US, in particular. The latest case of hard-won progress at risk – which I believe can still be saved from failure – is the historic nuclear deal known as the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA). This was agreed in 2015 between Iran and the permanent members of the UN security council, plus Germany – the P5+1. The critical question at the present juncture is: how can we rescue this engagement and move out of the familiar vicious circle?

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A moment that changed me: going to a gay bar and realising I was bisexual | Bella Qvist

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:18 GMT2017-06-23T07:00:18Z

At 18 I was denying my sexuality, even to myself. But that night I peeked into another universe, where girls liked girls and showed it – and where I felt at home

It was a warm summer’s night in 2005, one of those Stockholm evenings when the sun never seems to set and you feel completely carefree. I was 18, had just graduated from school, and was working at a cafe in a well-to-do suburb.

We’d had a staff party on the archipelago and, taking the boat back into town, my co-workers and I were in the mood to dance. We discussed where to go and someone (it might have been me) realised Stockholm Pride was underway – maybe we should try a gay bar.

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Does the Daily Mail's criticism of aid matter?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:05:30 GMT2017-06-23T10:05:30Z

The recent UK general election and a public attitude to aid survey suggests the press doesn’t have as much influence as the government seems to think

In the wake of the UK general election result, the assumption that British newspapers have a significant influence over their reader’s voting behaviours is being challenged.

A recent YouGov poll found that a majority (52%) of Sun readers didn’t vote in the election and just 59% of those who did, voted the way the paper suggested. Perhaps even more surprising is that one in six readers of the Daily Mail voted for Labour.

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In a world ruled by rumour, it is vital that scientists speak with humility and clarity | Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:29:29 GMT2017-06-23T12:29:29Z

Facts are the science world’s stock-in-trade, but in an era of fake news it is ever more important to build public trust by avoiding exaggerated claims and jargon

One of my most cherished possessions is a handmade cherrywood salad bowl that’s never held a leaf of lettuce. It is 25 years old and gets more beautiful every year. The bowl was a gift, carved by a widower who was left to raise his daughter alone when his wife died under my care as an oncologist. My patient, who I’ll call Erica, had the most challenging form of breast cancer and I didn’t have the tools to save her life. I’ve always felt undeserving of the gift, despite doing everything I could.

Five years later, I participated in the development of a medicine for Erica’s type of cancer, Herceptin. While regretting that it had not come fast enough for Erica, I am deeply grateful for the scientific advances that mean better care for patients like her today.

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Corbyn’s Labour has done well. To win power it needs to do far better | Martin Kettle

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:17 GMT2017-06-23T06:00:17Z

June’s election didn’t prove that voters long for a leftwing programme. The truth is far more complex

At a memorial event yesterday for the political scientist Anthony King, John Bercow recalled one of the things that always made King such an illuminating commentator on British elections. The House of Commons Speaker – a student of King’s at Essex University – observed that, while party politicians reflexively respond to election results with exaggerated claims and pitiful denials, King had a simple motto that cut through the spin: “Focus on the evidence.”

Related: With Momentum behind Labour, we can win back power | Chris Williamson

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Trumpcare is like a vampire, set on sinking its teeth into the poor | Adam Gaffney

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:21 GMT2017-06-23T10:00:21Z

The relationship of the Republican bills to tax breaks resembles that of water crackers to cheese: a delivery device with little independent function of its own

“Dead on arrival,” some said. That was to be the fate of the House’s Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate. Yet Trumpcare has risen again: on Thursday, the Senate released its Obamacare repeal bill, though its fate is still uncertain. The Senate draft is in some respects a watered-down version of the House’s, yet it is no less toxic: watering down cyanide, you see, only makes it so safe.

But first, some credit where it is due. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell was faced with a daunting task after the American Health Care Act (AHCA) slithered its way through the House last month: the creature was about as popular as Count Dracula.

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This refugee squat represents the best and worst of humanity | Molly Crabapple

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:22 GMT2017-06-23T10:00:22Z

The derelict City Plaza hotel in Athens was taken over by activists in 2016. Since then, it has housed refugees without a cent of government funding

On April 26, 2016, the same month the EU-Turkey deal trapped 60,000 refugees in Greece, migrant solidarity activists broke the locks on City Plaza, a shuttered hotel in Athens’ anarchist Exarchia neighborhood, and gave 400 stranded people a home. Over the next year, City Plaza grew into the best known of over a dozen squats that house refugees in Greece’s crisis ravaged capital. It has been covered by Time, Al Jazeera, The New York Times. Volunteers pass through from all over Europe.

City Plaza boasts a clinic, a delicious cafeteria, language classes, a café. Families live in private rooms. Some have jobs. Their kids attend Greek schools. Most of the work to maintain City Plaza is done, and decisions made, by its residents, who hail from a dozen countries and abide by a behavior code that has zero tolerance for sexism, racism or abuse.

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Hinkley Point C: watchdog confirms fears of political vanity project | Nils Pratley

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:38:23 GMT2017-06-23T06:38:23Z

NAO report condemns ‘risky and expensive’ nuclear project that went ahead despite the economic case crumbling

The National Audit Office does not use excitable phrases like “utter shambles.” But the spending watchdog’s verdict on Hinkley Point C, the nuclear power plant in Somerset that is supposedly inevitable, amounts to the same thing. The government “has locked consumers into a risky and expensive project with uncertain strategic and economic benefits”.

The 80-page report confirms one’s worst fears about how ministers fell in love with Hinkley. First, they wedded themselves to an inflexible financial model. Then they agreed commercial terms with developer EDF in 2013, when energy prices were sky-high, and ploughed on regardless when the economic case for Hinkley started to crumble.

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A year after voting for Brexit, Britain’s divided, and in uncharted waters | Timothy Garton Ash

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:03:56 GMT2017-06-22T18:03:56Z

The most likely outcome of negotiations is a variant of Norway’s deal, where we must abide by EU rules but have no say. We’re better off staying in

‘The Brits don’t know what they want”, explained a front-page headline in that great Swiss newspaper, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Exactly so.

Or to put it another way, the Brits can’t agree what they want and don’t know how to get it. On the first anniversary of the Brexit referendum vote, it’s painful to see Britain in such a shambolic mess.

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The work ethic is fading among millennials. That applies to royals too | Gaby Hinsliff

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:06:18 GMT2017-06-22T19:06:18Z

Prince Harry is entitled to question his role in life – but he shouldn’t be surprised if sympathy is limited

Once upon a time, brother would happily have murdered brother to wear the crown. Families were ripped asunder in pursuit of it, pretenders to the throne routinely met grisly ends, and even marrying into the proximity of royalty could be lethal.

How puzzled Prince Harry’s ancestors would be, then, by the interview he has just given in America explaining that nobody really wants to be king any more. The royals are, he explained, only still in business now “for the greater good of the people”, not because they actually enjoy the gig. “Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time,” he told the US edition of Newsweek.

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The UK needs a DEC to ensure donations are secure | Sarah Miller

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:11:17 GMT2017-06-23T06:11:17Z

The Disasters Emergency Committee coordinates donations and volunteers for relief efforts abroad – why do we have nothing similar in the UK?

The last few months have brought some truly tragic events – the terror attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, and the fire at Grenfell Tower. All have been followed, however, by an immense and uplifting outpouring of generosity in response, from all corners of the community.

Local faith groups and community centres have been overwhelmed in Kensington, for example, by the scale of donations of food, clothing and essentials, alongside offers of volunteers and beds for the night.

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Latest diesel car models remain highly polluting, tests show

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:33:14 GMT2017-06-23T10:33:14Z

Six new vehicles including Land Rover and Suzuki are adding to air pollution crisis, despite stricter rules coming in months

The latest diesel car models are failing to meet pollution limits when on the road, just three months ahead of stricter new tests, independent tests have found. Results show that none of six new 2017 diesel cars met the EU standard for toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollution in real-world driving.

The updated Equa Index, produced by the testing firm Emissions Analytics, shows that 86% of all diesel models put on to the British market since the 2015 Volkswagen emissions scandal failed to meet the official limit on the road, with 15% producing at least eight times more NOx emissions.

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London Underground steps up cleaning regime to tackle superbugs

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:07:55 GMT2017-06-23T14:07:55Z

Tube network to fight grime with industrial vacuum cleaners and magnetic wands after discovery of threatening bacteria

Industrial vacuum cleaners and magnetic wands will be used in a bid to rid the tube network of eight of the most dangerous superbugs.

Cleaning of the London Underground will be stepped up each night over the summer to remove metal particles, dust, oil and grease from about 50 stations and five tunnels.

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Man jailed for murder of two-year-old boy he was 'disciplining'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:53:43 GMT2017-06-23T14:53:43Z

Chevaze Sanchez McGregor sentenced to 21 years after beating to death Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah from Wolverhampton

A churchgoer who murdered his partner’s two-year-old son after biting him and fracturing his skull during months of sickening abuse has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 21 years.

Chevaze Sanchez McGregor inflicted a string of injuries on Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah before a heavy blow that ruptured his intestines, causing his “agonising” death 24 hours later.

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Russian hackers 'traded stolen passwords of British MPs and public servants'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:17:51 GMT2017-06-23T00:17:51Z

Credentials of officials – including MPs, diplomats and senior police officers – reportedly sold on Russian websites after 2012 attack on LinkedIn

Passwords belonging to British politicians, diplomats and senior police officers have been traded by Russian hackers, it has been reported.

Security credentials said to have belonged to tens of thousands of government officials, including 1,000 British MPs and parliamentary staff, 7,000 police employees and more than 1,000 Foreign Office staff, were in the troves sold or swapped on Russian-speaking hacking sites.

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Gay activist claims she was spiritually abused by evangelical churches

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:07:36 GMT2017-06-23T14:07:36Z

Jayne Ozanne to warn C of E general synod over high rate of suicide, depression and self-harm among LGBTI Christians

A leading gay activist in the Church of England who says she endured “spiritual abuse” because of her sexuality is urging the church to ensure the safety of LGBTI Christians.

Jayne Ozanne, whose experience in a charismatic evangelical church led to a breakdown, has warned that the high rate of suicide, self-harm and depression among LGBTI Christians will continue unabated unless spiritual abuse is tackled.

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Spending watchdog condemns 'risky and expensive' Hinkley Point

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:01:08 GMT2017-06-22T23:01:08Z

Damning report says nuclear project is bad for UK consumers and governments failed to assess alternative finance models

Generations of British consumers have been locked into a “risky and expensive” project by the UK’s subsidy deal for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, according to a damning report by the spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office said the contract sealed by ministers last September with EDF to construct the country’s first new atomic reactors in two decades would provide “uncertain strategic and economic benefits”.

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Former UVF commander turned informer admits to 200 terrorist offences

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:25:42 GMT2017-06-23T10:25:42Z

Gary Haggarty, 45, admits to crimes, including five murders, in exchange for turning state witness against fellow loyalist terrorists

A former loyalist paramilitary commander turned police informant has pleaded guilty to 200 terrorist offences, including five murders.

Gary Haggarty, a former chief of the Ulster Volunteer Force’s notorious north Belfast unit, admitted the litany of crimes as part of his deal with the state to give evidence against fellow terrorists.

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Conservative party call centre 'may have broken election law'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:00:07 GMT2017-06-22T18:00:07Z

Channel 4 News investigation questions whether market research staff were actually canvassing for candidates

The Conservative party allegedly operated a secret call centre during the election campaign that may have broken data protection and election laws, according to an investigation by Channel 4 News.

An undercover investigation by the programme has found that the party used a market research firm to make thousands of cold calls to voters in marginal seats in the weeks before the election.

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Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against 'no shorts' policy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:12:22 GMT2017-06-22T17:12:22Z

Dozens of pupils at Isca academy in Exeter stage uniform protest after school insists they wear trousers despite heatwave

Some had borrowed from girlfriends, others from sisters. A few had gone the extra mile and shaved their legs. When the Isca academy in Devon opened on Thursday morning, an estimated 30 boys arrived for lessons, heads held high, in fetching tartan-patterned skirts. The hottest June days since 1976 had led to a bare-legged revolution at the secondary school in Exeter.

As the temperature soared past 30C earlier this week, the teenage boys had asked their teachers if they could swap their long trousers for shorts. They were told no – shorts weren’t permitted under the school’s uniform policy.

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Wolverhampton man who tortured toddler has sentence increased to eight years

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:05:01 GMT2017-06-23T13:05:01Z

Kuzivakwasha Chigariro caused 28 injuries to three-year-old boy over 11 days and initially received ‘unduly lenient’ sentence

A man who tortured a young boy for 11 days has had his prison sentence increased at the court of appeal.

Kuzivakwasha Chigariro caused at least 28 injuries to the three-year-old, including a serious arm fracture, a wound to the penis, plus burns and numerous bites and abrasions all over his body.

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Facebook launches drive in UK to tackle online extremist material

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:14 GMT2017-06-23T04:00:14Z

Firm’s Online Civil Courage Initiative, already launched in Germany and France, aims to help charities and NGOs identify and eliminate hate speach

Facebook is to step up its attempts to tackle extremist material on the internet by educating charities and other non-government organisations about how to counter hate speech.

The technology company will launch the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK on Friday, which includes training organisations about how to monitor and respond to extremist content and the creation of a dedicated support desk at Facebook where concerns can be flagged up.

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Virgin Media tells 800,000 users to change passwords over hub hacking risk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:53:02 GMT2017-06-23T06:53:02Z

Which? investigation reveals hackers could access home networks and devices using a Super Hub 2 router

Virgin Media is advising more than 800,000 customers with a specific router to change their password immediately after an investigation found hackers could gain access to it.

Virgin Media said the risk to customers with a Super Hub 2 router was small, but advised them to change both their network and router passwords if they were still set as the default shown on the attached sticker.

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Police would struggle to deal with repeat of 2011 riots, says senior officer

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:25:37 GMT2017-06-23T07:25:37Z

West Midlands chief constable says he does not want blank cheque but, after cuts and terrorism, force is showing ‘red lights’

Police would face “real challenges” tackling a repeat of the 2011 riots following years of budget cuts, one of Britain’s most senior officers has warned.

A series of major incidents to hit the country in recent weeks had laid bare the strains faced by forces under financial pressure, Dave Thompson, chief constable of West Midlands police said.

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NHS and police failings led to brutal murder of grandmother – report

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:20:45 GMT2017-06-23T09:20:45Z

Nicola Edgington, who had previously murdered her own mother, killed Sally Hodkin after series of failings

A series of failings by the NHS and police led to a psychiatric patient brutally murdering a grandmother, a report has concluded.

Nicola Edgington almost decapitated Sally Hodkin, 58, with a butcher’s knife in Bexleyheath, south-east London, in 2011, six years after killing her own mother.

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Nick Clegg says threat of wealthy Brexit elite and populism damages UK

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:05 GMT2017-06-22T17:00:05Z

Politician says brew of rightwing EU bashers playing on voter insecurity and cuts fanning populist ideas is pushing Britain to margins

A Brexit elite of hedge-fund managers, footloose multi-billionaires, rightwing politicians and newspaper proprietors have led the UK into diplomatic and economic margins, Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, said on Thursday.

Clegg who lost his Sheffield Hallam seat in the general election, also suggested for the first time that neglect of public services, including social housing, had made Britons more susceptible to the appeal of populism than other Europeans. This went for Americans too.

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Term-time holiday legal battle has cost taxpayers almost £140,000 so far

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:01:08 GMT2017-06-22T23:01:08Z

Figure released as parent’s case against original £60 fine is to return to Isle of Wight magistrates court where it first began

The government spent almost £140,000 of taxpayers’ money on a prolonged legal battle against a father who took his daughter out of school for a holiday during term-time, according to new figures.

The case, which saw Jon Platt pitched against his Isle of Wight council and the Department for Education (DfE), began in 2015 when he refused to pay a £60 fine for taking his daughter on a week-long family trip to Florida.

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Britain wants a 'way out' of the Julian Assange standoff, says Ecuador

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:04:45 GMT2017-06-23T02:04:45Z

Maria Fernanda Espinosa, foreign minister, says UK and Ecuador working on an ‘opening’

Britain is interested in finding a solution to the standoff that has led to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for five years, the foreign minister of the South American country has said.

In May, Sweden dropped an investigation into rape allegations that led Assange, 45, to seek asylum in the embassy in 2012, but British police said he would still be arrested if he left the building.

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Play in Polish theatre accused of inciting audience to murder

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:52:43 GMT2017-06-23T12:52:43Z

Prosecutors investigating The Curse, which condemns authorities for failing to respond to allegations of child abuse by clergy

The producers of a controversial play in Poland are being investigated by state prosecutors over allegations they are inciting the audience to murder.

The Curse (Klątwa) is being staged at Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw and is directed by Oliver Frljić, a Croatian director. It examines the relationship between the Polish Catholic church and the state, and condemns the authorities for failing to respond to allegations of child abuse by members of the clergy.

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Dozens killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan on eve of Eid

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:28:36 GMT2017-06-23T15:28:36Z

Suicide car bomber kills 12 in Quetta and twin blasts in Parachinar leave at least 25 dead

At least 37 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in two separate attacks in Pakistan, according to local officials.

Early on Friday, a suicide car bomber killed 12 people in Quetta in the country’s volatile south-west.

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North Korea denies US student Otto Warmbier was tortured

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:10:39 GMT2017-06-23T11:10:39Z

Pyongyang spokesman says student who was sent to US in coma was kept ‘under humanitarian conditions’ in prison

North Korea has accused the US of conducting a smear campaign against the regime over Otto Warmbier, the American student who was sent home in a coma after 17 months in prison.

The 22-year-old, who died on 19 June – just over a week after being flown home to Ohio, had spent a year suffering from a severe brain injury that North Korean doctors claimed had been caused by a heart attack and taking a pill for botulism.

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Iran nuclear chief warns US over support for Saudi Arabia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:15 GMT2017-06-23T05:00:15Z

Ali Akbar Salehi, who helped negotiate 2015 deal on Tehran’s atomic programme, says US risks upsetting balance of power in Middle East

Comment: ‘US must stop endangering Iran nuclear deal’

The head of Iran’s atomic energy organisation, one of the architects of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, has warned the US to stop upsetting the regional balance of power by siding with Saudi Arabia.

Writing in the Guardian, Ali Akbar Salehi said “lavish arms purchases” by regional actors – a reference to the Saudi purchase of $100bn of US arms during Donald Trump’s recent visit to Riyadh – would be seen as provocative in Tehran and that it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to remain “indifferent”.

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Why has Italy been spared mass terror attacks in recent years?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:26:24 GMT2017-06-23T08:26:24Z

Experts say Italy has learned harsh lessons from anti-mafia policing, understands dangers of radicalisation in jail, and also relies on surveillance and deportation

Each time Youssef Zaghba landed in Bologna, there was someone waiting for him as he got off the plane. It was no secret in Italy that the 22-year-old Moroccan-born Italian, identified as one of three terrorists behind the London Bridge attack, was under close surveillance.

“They would talk to him at the airport. Then, during his stay, police officers would come a couple of times a day to check on him,” his mother, Valeria Collina, said in an interview with the Guardian. “They were friendly to Youssef. They would say: ‘Hey son, tell me what you have been doing. What are you doing? How are you?’”

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Woody Johnson nominated as US ambassador to Britain

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:11:18 GMT2017-06-23T00:11:18Z

New York Jets-owner, who backed Jeb Bush’s campaign prior to endorsing Trump, will require Senate approval before taking up the post

Donald Trump will nominate National Football League team owner Woody Johnson as US ambassador to Britain, the White House has said.

Johnson, a billionaire investor and owner of the New York Jets, will require Senate confirmation to take up the diplomatic post.

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EU members abstain as Britain defeated in UN vote on Chagos Islands

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:37:27 GMT2017-06-23T08:37:27Z

Mauritius supported by 94 nations in move to consult The Hague over colonial hold of Indian Ocean territory by British

The UK has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations general assembly in a vote over decolonisation and its residual hold over disputed territory in the Indian Ocean.

By a margin of 94 to 15 countries, delegates supported a Mauritian-backed resolution to seek an advisory opinion from the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague on the legal status of the Chagos Islands.

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British accountant sentenced to 17 years in Myanmar jail in controversial court case

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:57:37 GMT2017-06-23T05:57:37Z

Niranjan Rasalingam had no lawyer and was at first unaware of his full sentence for role in ATM card scam that he denies

A court in Myanmar has sentenced a 30-year-old British man to 17 years in jail in a case that has attracted criticism after he was held for more than a year without charge.

Niranjan Rasalingam, an accountant from Croydon, was arrested in 2014 alongside three Indian nationals on suspicion of stealing 25.2m kyats (£13,744) using cloned ATM cards in Yangon.

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Obama attacks Republican health bill as 'massive transfer of wealth' to the rich

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:10:42 GMT2017-06-22T21:10:42Z

  • Former president criticizes ‘fundamental meanness’ in Republican bill
  • ‘If you might get sick, get old, or start a family, this bill will do you harm’

Barack Obama sharply condemned the healthcare plan unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday as a “massive transfer of wealth” to the rich, at the expense of poor and middle-class Americans.

In a Facebook post hours after the Republican bill was made public, the former president made some of his most pointed comments since leaving office in defense of what remains the most signature accomplishment of his two terms.

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'Pizzagate' conspiracy theorist gets four years in prison

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:17:09 GMT2017-06-23T01:17:09Z

Edgar Welch fired an assault rifle inside a Washington pizza restaurant, believing internet rumors that prominent Democrats were harboring child sex slaves there

An online conspiracy theory dubbed “pizzagate” ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation’s capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.

Edgar Maddison Welch’s “ill-conceived plot” last year did “actual damage to the lives of real people”, a judge said before sentencing him to four years in prison.

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Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:16 GMT2017-06-23T05:00:16Z

Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students

Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition.

Alpaslan Durmuş, who chairs the board of education, said evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for students.

“We believe that these subjects are beyond their [students] comprehension,” said Durmuş in a video published on the education ministry’s website.

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Flint airport stabbing suspect was not on radar of Canada or US authorities

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:56:17 GMT2017-06-23T13:56:17Z

Investigators are working to learn more about Amor Ftouhi, who is charged with stabbing a police officer, and who they describe as a lone-wolf attacker

The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman said.

Related: Stabbing of Michigan police officer at airport called an 'act of terrorism'

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Rival groups vie for supremacy as fight against Isis reaches tipping point

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:23:14 GMT2017-06-22T17:23:14Z

With Isis close to defeat in Mosul, its various opponents are already competing to define what will happen next

Iraqi forces have advanced to the base of the toppled minaret of Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri, hours after it was destroyed by Islamic State militants, as the bitter eight-month battle to recapture the city reached a tipping point.

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Germany to quash convictions of 50,000 gay men under Nazi-era law

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:16:28 GMT2017-06-22T20:16:28Z

Parliament votes through measure overturning conviction and offering compensation to the estimated 5,000 men still alive

Germany’s parliament has voted to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law that remained in force after the second world war.

After decades of lobbying, victims and activists hailed a triumph in the struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under article 175 of the penal code.

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