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Published: Thu, 25 May 2017 12:42:07 GMT2017-05-25T12:42:07Z

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Manchester attack: police say arrests 'significant' and items seized 'very important' - latest

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:25:29 GMT2017-05-25T12:25:29Z

GMP chief constable gives update as NHS says 75 people remain in hospital with 23 in critical care

Two more men arrested
Row over US leaks escalates
More victims of the terror attack are named
Focus on Libya amid reports Abedi’s father and brother arrested

A source from Didsbury mosque has said it has passed on threats against it to the police. The source said one person had called for the mosque to be burned down. Outside a “peace line” of a few local people has formed. They are there to show solidarity with the mosque and keep reporters at bay, although few journalists are there today.

Peace chain at Didsbury mosque pic.twitter.com/KSY4MVC0co

Here’s a summary of how things currently stand in the wake of the attack.

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Manchester crowd sings Don't Look Back in Anger – video

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:52:05 GMT2017-05-25T10:52:05Z

The crowd joins in as a woman begins singing Oasis song after a minute’s silence for the Manchester attack victims on Thursday

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Martyn Hett: Twitter flows with love for Manchester victim

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:22:44 GMT2017-05-25T08:22:44Z

Partner, relatives, friends and Radio 1 DJ pay tribute to Coronation Street ‘superfan’ whose name has been trending worldwide

Martyn Hett was not someone who lived his life in the shadows. A self-described Coronation Street “superfan”, the 29-year-old from Stockport enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm, appearing on ITV1’s Good Morning Britain to celebrate his “unashamedly unclassy” favourite character, Deirdre Barlow.

He had a tattoo of her name on his ankle but, feeling it didn’t quite go far enough, made an appearance on E4’s Tattoo Fixers to have it replaced with an alarmingly accurate portrayal of Barlow’s face while she was in prison. He then appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme and Radio Five Live to explain his decision. “I just love how common she is,” Hett said. “A bit like me.”

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‘Go sing with the angels’: families pay tribute to Manchester victims

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:11:15 GMT2017-05-25T12:11:15Z

All families of those killed have now been informed, as off-duty police officer is named as Elaine McIver

The off-duty police officer killed in the Manchester attack on Monday has been named as Elaine McIver.

The Cheshire officer, who was at the Ariana Grande concert with her husband and two children, was “an effervescent and outgoing personality”, her family said, adding that she would want people to continue their lives without fear. Her husband, Paul, remains critically ill.

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'I still feel raw': nurse tells of treating Manchester bombing victims

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:42:34 GMT2017-05-24T17:42:34Z

Joe O’Brien talks of a patient who smiled despite horrific injuries and a doctor, whose daughter was at the arena, returning to treat the wounded

Manchester bombing - latest updates

Joe O’Brien is a senior sister in the surgical department of Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport, where six of the 59 injured in the Manchester bombing were treated.

On Monday, I worked from 8am until 6pm as a surgery sister at Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport. I was in bed that night listening to BBC Radio Four when I heard the words ‘Manchester’ and ‘incident’. I immediately thought about Declan, my son, a student who lives in central Manchester. I shot downstairs, spoke to my husband Sean. We rang Declan and established that he was OK, then I rang work and went in.

When I got there at 1.30am there were ambulances outside which had brought in six of the 59 casualties from the arena. They were stabilised in the A&E unit and brought to the surgical department where I work. They all had what we call lower limb injuries with foreign bodies – shrapnel injuries. Metal bolts and nuts, some an inch wide, had gone into them. They had caused real damage and left big holes in people. Shrapnel is like a large bullethole. It just destroys anything it goes through – arteries, bones, nerves, the lot. I’ve been in operating theatres since 1988 and it’s the most upsetting thing I’ve ever seen.

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Libyans in UK 'warned about Manchester radicalisation for years'

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:42:29 GMT2017-05-24T18:42:29Z

Members of Britain’s Libyan community say they told authorities that terrorist recruiters are operating openly in the city

Manchester attack – latest updates

Members of Britain’s Libyan diaspora have said they warned UK authorities for years about Islamist radicalisation taking place in Manchester, as investigations continued into Salman Abedi’s contacts before the bombing in the city.

Salah Suhbi, an MP in Libya who grew up in Sheffield, said Libyans in Manchester had been warning about terrorist recruiters operating openly in the city.

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General election 2017: Ukip says May must bear 'some responsibility' for Manchester attack – politics live

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:44:16 GMT2017-05-25T11:44:16Z

Election campaign restarts following Manchester terror attack as PM heads to Nato summit

At the Ukip manifesto launch Suzanne Evans, the party’s deputy chairwoman, said Theresa May “must bear some responsibility” for the Manchester attack.

Here is the key quote.

I think she [May] must bear some responsibility - all politicians who voted against measures or voted for measures to make cuts bear some responsibility.

As I said, I think when 9/11 happened we should have had a serious rethink about immigration, it didn’t happen.

At the Ukip manifesto launch Paul Nuttall and Suzanne Evans criticised Theresa May over police cuts and other Tory policies, suggested they had hindered the fight against crime. A similar criticism has been made by Tony Lloyd, the Labour former police commissioner for Greater Manchester.

Lloyd, who stood down from a five year tenure in the post on May 9, said that he repeatedly warned that cuts to community policing could harm Greater Manchester Police’s ability to combat crimes such as terrorism. He said he “constantly” raised the issue of cuts to police numbers and warned the then home secretary that it could cut off a flow of intelligence from local communities.

The issue [of resources]has certainly has been raised with government around counter-terrorism. You begin and end, with any form of policing, whether its combating organised crime or terrorism, with community policing.

I constantly raised the issue of resources with the home secretary to stop the cuts. The response that May has always given is that crime has gone down.

If you cut off the neighbourhood link you cut off a source of intelligence. If you have not got that then you haven’t got someone whispering in someone’s ear that that is the person who stole that bike or that is the person who is heading towards an unhappy future as an extremist - whether that is the person who killed Jo Cox or the person who killed children in Manchester. Neighbourhood policing is the bottom line.

It is a zero sum gain if you allow community policing to decline because you are weakening a vital link.

I worked in inner-city Manchester for 15 years. I felt passionate about what I was doing.

In 2012 I had to leave. I couldn’t take it any more because the changes that have been imposed have caused community policing to collapse.

In 2015 this Manchester policeman warned Theresa May that "intelligence has dried up." pic.twitter.com/zN4oRIkpbC

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Newspapers ditch Republican charged with assaulting Guardian reporter

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:43:04 GMT2017-05-25T09:43:04Z

Two Montana papers withdraw backing for Congress candidate Greg Gianforte, who is accused of slamming journalist into ground

A Republican candidate for the US Congress has lost the support of two newspapers in his state after he was charged with the assault of a Guardian reporter who tried to ask him about his party’s healthcare plan.

Greg Gianforte, who is running for Montana’s congressional seat in a special election to be held on Thursday, was charged with misdemeanour assault after Ben Jacobs made a complaint to police about the incident at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters on Wednesday.

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Ex-TV star Fred Talbot convicted of indecently assaulting seven boys

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:24:49 GMT2017-05-25T12:24:49Z

Former ITV weather presenter, 67, guilty of committing sexual offences against boys on trips to Scotland when he was a teacher

The former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been convicted of committing a series of historical sexual offences against boys during trips to Scotland when he was a teacher in the 1970s and 1980s.

A jury found the 67-year-old guilty of indecently assaulting seven teenage boys on the camping and boating trips while he was a biology teacher at a school in the Manchester area.

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Surge in Poles leaving UK since Brexit vote fuels net migration drop

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:37:52 GMT2017-05-25T09:37:52Z

Significant numbers of EU nationals decide not to make Britain their home after the referendum result

A surge in the number of Polish people and other European citizens leaving the UK since the Brexit vote means there has been an 84,000 drop in the UK net migration figure, to 248,000, the lowest level for nearly three years.

The Office for National Statistics said the fall in net migration in 2016 was driven by a 40,000 rise in emigration compared with 2015, mainly of EU citizens, and a fall of 43,000 in immigration.

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UK must resolve status of migrants stuck at base in Cyprus, court rules

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:36:19 GMT2017-05-25T12:36:19Z

Home secretary told by court of appeal to ‘rapidly’ decide whether six families rescued from boat in 1998 can enter Britain

The court of appeal has ordered the UK home secretary to “rapidly” reconsider a previous decision not to allow people who have spent more than 18 years living at a British military base in Cyprus since being rescued from a boat to enter the UK.

Six families from Iraq, Sudan, Ethiopia and Syria were among 75 people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea in October 1998 from a Lebanese fishing vessel bound for Italy that was abandoned by its smuggler crew after the engine failed.

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Firm behind Dakota Access pipeline faces intense scrutiny for series of leaks

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:28 GMT2017-05-25T12:00:28Z

Documents suggest that a major spill from the Rover pipeline in Ohio described as 2m gallons of ‘drilling fluids’ might now be more than twice as large

The oil company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is facing intense scrutiny from regulators and activists for a series of recent leaks across the country, including a major spill now believed to be significantly bigger than initially reported.

Documents obtained by the Guardian suggest that a spill from the Rover pipeline that Ohio regulators originally described as 2m gallons might now be more than twice as large. The revelation was included in a legal challenge activists filed on Wednesday to block the natural gas pipeline run by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the corporation that operates the controversial Dakota Access pipeline and is now facing numerous government fines and violations.

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Barack Obama tells Berlin audience: ‘We can’t hide behind a wall’

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:07:16 GMT2017-05-25T10:07:16Z

Former US president and Angela Merkel discuss democracy amid tight security in front of Brandenburg Gate

The former US president, Barack Obama, has made a plea for international engagement as he told an audience of tens of thousands in Berlin that “we can’t hide behind a wall.”

Obama was discussing democracy and global responsibility with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, as the country marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It was Obama’s first speaking event in Europe since leaving the White House in January.

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Egypt blocks access to news websites including Al-Jazeera and Mada Masr

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:23:07 GMT2017-05-25T11:23:07Z

Clampdown on press freedom as government says it will take legal action against 21 sites it accuses of spreading lies

Egypt has blocked access to at least 21 news sites critical of the government, notably the Qatari channel Al-Jazeera, Huffington Post’s Arabic-language site HuffPost Arabi and the independent website Mada Masr.

The state-run news agency Mena announced late on Wednesday night that 21 websites had been blocked because they were “spreading lies” and “supporting terrorism”. The full list of banned sites was not provided, but Mena added that legal action against the outlets was forthcoming.

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UK gamblers lose record £13.8bn as industry braces for FOBT crackdown

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:03:23 GMT2017-05-25T09:03:23Z

Government likely to take action on fixed-odds betting terminals as punters’ losses on them hit all-time high of £1.8bn

British gamblers lost a record £13.8bn in the year ending September 2016, including an all-time high of £1.82bn on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The figures, released by the industry regulator the Gambling Commission, come just weeks before a long-awaited government review of the industry is due to be published.

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Brexit economy: workers face squeeze but firms remain upbeat

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:12:55 GMT2017-05-25T11:12:55Z

The latest monthly Guardian analysis finds consumers facing Brexit-related inflation pressures as the general election looms

The Brexit squeeze on household budgets has intensified over the past month, but companies and investors remain cautiously optimistic about the economic outlook in the run-up to the election, a Guardian analysis shows.

With a fortnight to go until the general election, the Guardian’s monthly tracker of economic news paints a mixed picture. Living standards are again falling, but while the economy has slowed markedly, as the latest GDP update showed, it continues to defy the gloomy forecasts of a Brexit recession made by some commentators this time last year.

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Good Time review - Robert Pattinson sticks up for his brother in chaotic heist movie

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:37:57 GMT2017-05-25T10:37:57Z

Pattinson turns in a strong performance as a career crim in the Safdie brothers’ exciting, if sometimes bewildering take on Elmore Leonard-style crime dramas

Related: A Gentle Creature review - brutally realist drama offers up a pilgrimage of suffering

Law And Order is a favourite TV show for a lot of people in this film. But what can those two exotic concepts mean to them? The Safdie brothers have directed a sometimes funny, sometimes bewildering odyssey of crime-chaos and crime-incompetence, co-written by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein; they borrow some tropes and images from Elmore Leonard.

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On the frontline of Venezuela's punishing protests

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:24 GMT2017-05-25T09:00:24Z

After two months of political unrest, many wonder whether the relentless clashes with police will affect change – or make things worse

It starts with a distant rumble, and then a chanted countdown from the demonstrators packed tight along the Caracas freeway.

As the count reaches zero, the crowds briefly part, and a file of young protesters – faces covered by T-shirts or makeshift gas masks – rush forward to confront heavily armed riot police.

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Julius Caesar review – political thriller chimes with rise of populism

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:21:45 GMT2017-05-25T11:21:45Z

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Robert Hastie’s electric staging, with Jonathan Hyde and Samuel West, offers a resonant take on the manipulative power of rhetoric

There’s a moment in Robert Hastie’s taut production of Julius Caesar when the crowd turns. The gathered masses hush and pause. Cries of “Brutus” dissolve on their lips, replaced moments later with vengeful chants of “Caesar”. Watched now, as the tide of rightwing populism continues to lap at western democracies, it feels like an uneasy warning.

The manipulative power of rhetoric and its ability to incite anger and chaos is at the heart of both Shakespeare’s play and Hastie’s production. This version of the Roman general’s fall is firmly contemporary but deliberately non-specific. Caesar, Brutus, Mark Antony and co are all slick-suited politicians, striding across the United Nations-style Senate of Ben Stones’ design. They could be anywhere in the world, steering any precarious democracy.

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'One of nature’s true gentlemen': your Roger Moore stories

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:21 GMT2017-05-25T06:00:21Z

Guardian readers share their stories of meeting the legendary James Bond actor, who has died at the age of 89

In the summer of 1982 a man asked if I was a Sikh and if I wore a turban. He had phoned to book a disco as I ran a mobile disco with my brother, so I wondered what my religion had to do with things. He told me he was from Eon Studios, the company behind the James Bond film franchise.

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Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it's about class

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:26 GMT2017-05-25T10:00:26Z

Rise in acts of plane-related violence shed light on something bigger: modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible

A doctor is forcibly removed from a United flight, losing two teeth and gaining a concussion as he’s pulled down the aisle; a whole family with young children is dragged off by Delta; a near-riot breaks out at Fort Lauderdale airport. Air rage may be to the 21st century what hysteria was to the 19th: a window into the sickness of our society.

Modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible: it can be seen in everything from how the rich can pay to cut security lines to the way everyone else has to wait while those who have “earned status” board first. And then, of course, there’s the long walk through the cushy first-class cabin to a claustrophobic middle seat at the back of “torture class”.

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The great London property squeeze

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:30:19 GMT2017-05-25T04:30:19Z

As affordable housing in Britain’s capital is replaced by luxury towers, people on middle incomes are being priced out, while the poor are forced to pay extortionate rents for shocking conditions

The first time I met Ian Dick, the head of private housing at Newham council in east London, he took me on a walk to look for “beds in sheds”. It was 2011, and alongside criminal levels of overcrowding in private rental properties, there was a growing problem of people living in illegal structures in back gardens. It was not uncommon to find 10 or 20 people living in a room above a fried chicken shop, in a basement, or in ramshackle outbuildings. When we met again, five years later, he was happy to talk to me, not because these problems had disappeared, but because he was proud of the council’s private rented sector licensing regime. Introduced in 2013, it was the first such scheme in the country and had led to 800 prosecutions and 28 landlords being banned from renting property to tenants.

This time we met in Forest Gate, traditionally one of the most deprived parts of Newham. “This is an area undergoing the most dramatic change – the council doesn’t use the term ‘gentrification’, they use the term ‘regeneration’,” he said as we strolled down a pleasant high street in the sunshine, looking up at Victorian facades renovated by the council. Along the road, hipster cafes and pubs were interspersed with clothing retailers, halal butchers and phone shops. To show me the reality in some of the flats above, he took me around the back, where an entire street was accessed by a badly maintained private alleyway, with a huge pile of mattresses dumped at one end.

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How Ariana Grande became an unlikely pop hero: ‘We are not objects. We are queens’

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:54:39 GMT2017-05-25T08:54:39Z

The star who attracted so many young fans to the Manchester Arena may have started her career in a cheesy kids’ sitcom, but from her spectacular voice to her feminist convictions, she is no industry puppet

Ariana Grande is an unusual star to be at the centre of a British tragedy in a northern city. If Monday’s attack had taken place two days later, when Take That were due to play the venue, their music would have undoubtedly formed a central part of the coverage. As it was, many radio stations chose to play Oasis following news of the attack, because of the Manchester connection, rather than the music of Grande herself. She is obviously a very famous singer, but not in a way that the British, or at least Britons over a certain age, can really get a grasp of. She is from Boca Raton, a small city north of Miami, in Florida, a former Nickelodeon star who performs mostly with rappers, and is a product of the internet age.

It is true that she has very young fans. And it is true that, in some ways, she is the dream pop star for children: even though she is now 23 years old, she looks like a Disney princess at a junior prom, all slicked-back hair and lipgloss. But that forms just a small part of the picture. In other ways she is a subversive star, who has an uneasy relationship with the rules of pop, at times finding herself at odds with her fans and her country, at others unapologetically enjoying the trappings of celebrity.

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Doggers, drugs and sheep attacks – why Britain’s naughtiest wood is closed

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:16:20 GMT2017-05-24T12:16:20Z

If you go down to Uffmoor Wood today, you’re sure of a big surprise – you won’t be able to get in. Has the Woodland Trust made the right decision to temporarily padlock the Worcestershire woodland?

It’s Britain’s baddest woodland. Two hundred acres of bluebell-infested forest so naughty that the Woodland Trust has taken the rare step of shutting it down until it improves.

Uffmoor Wood, near Halesowen in the West Midlands, is padlocked as of today, after becoming a focal point for sheep-worrying, dirt bike scrambling, dog fouling, drug peddling and sex dogging.

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Ukip launches manifesto with pledge to act against Islamic terrorism

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:11:53 GMT2017-05-25T12:11:53Z

Leader Paul Nuttall outlines security and immigration policies, dismissing idea he is exploiting events in Manchester

Ukip has sought to position itself after the Manchester attack as the party taking strong action against Islamic terrorism, using its manifesto launch to outline a series of policies on security and immigration.

In the first national political campaigning since Monday night’s attack in which 22 people died – other parties are pausing until Friday – Ukip’s leader, Paul Nuttall, said the party would recruit thousands of extra police, troops, prison guards and border forces.

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‘My mum has been driver, cook and canvasser. The state leaves a gaping hole’ | Marie Tidball

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:30 GMT2017-05-24T07:00:30Z

The Labour candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon on the barriers facing disabled people who aim to stand for election – and how to remove them

As a disability rights activist and someone with a disability, I’m proud to be the Labour party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon: the constituency where Kathy Mohan took Theresa May to task last week for her government’s treatment of disabled people. May was wrongfooted while the nation watched.

Related: Why are so few disabled candidates standing for parliament? | Frances Ryan

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José Mourinho delivers Manchester United glory but pragmatism has limits | Jonathan Wilson

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:03:12 GMT2017-05-25T10:03:12Z

Victory over Ajax showed again Mourinho’s knack for thwarting gifted opponents but fans of a club of United’s means are entitled to pine for more poetry

As Manchester United’s players celebrated with the Europa League trophy, José Mourinho brandished a red flag. He walked in front of his squad and tried to plant it into the pitch. The pole, though, was too flimsy and bent, leaving Mourinho to prop the flag awkwardly against a hoarding reading “Stockholm Final 2017”. As a metaphor for his first season at United it could hardy have been bettered: grand gestures thwarted but the job eventually, just about, done.

It was a night replete with symbolism. Deep into injury-time at the Friends Arena on Wednesday night, the Ajax winger Amin Younes picked up the ball on the left. He glanced up and had just made as though to jink inside when he was clattered by the horizontal form of Wayne Rooney making an effective if clunking challenge that put the ball out for a throw-in. That it could be his last ever touch in a United shirt felt hugely appropriate; he has throughout most of his career had a pleasing commitment to the necessary but unglamorous work.

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Leeds United left ‘shocked and disappointed’ after Garry Monk resigns

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:40:33 GMT2017-05-25T12:40:33Z

• Monk led Elland Road outfit to seventh in the Championship last season
• New chairman Andrea Radrizzani had intended to extend Monk’s deal

The Leeds United manager Garry Monk has resigned as manager at Elland Road, less than a year after taking charge.

“We are shocked and disappointed by Garry’s decision but his resignation has been reluctantly accepted by chairman Andrea Radrizzani,” read a club statement. “Andrea made it clear to the media yesterday that his intention was to exercise the club’s option to extended the manager’s contract for another 12 months and immediately begin negotiations for a longer term deal.

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Wayne Rooney dropped from England squad to face Scotland and France

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:06:17 GMT2017-05-25T11:06:17Z

• Manchester United captain may have played last game for national team
• Butland confirmed back in the fold after starting Stoke’s final five games

Wayne Rooney may have played his last game for England after Gareth Southgate left the national team’s all-time leading scorer out of the squad to play Scotland and France.

Rooney’s future at Manchester United has been the subject of intense speculation after his lack of appearances under José Mourinho this season and his omission this time could effectively signal the end of an international career that has brought 53 goals and 119 caps. He has not featured for Southgate’s side since the win over Scotland at Wembley in November.

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It was Arsenal’s day in 2002 – but it has mostly been Chelsea’s ever since | Amy Lawrence

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:28 GMT2017-05-25T12:00:28Z

Ray Parlour’s memorable goal earned FA Cup final glory 15 years ago yet served as a prelude to an era of Roman Abramovich-backed Chelsea dominance

Winding the clock back to 2002, the last time Arsenal and Chelsea contested the FA Cup final, one of the telling moments took place at the end. Tony Adams, in what would be his final appearance before retirement, sought out a young John Terry, who had come on as a substitute, to offer some words of consolation. He recalls the exchange in his new book, Sober, as “saying that his time would come but this was ours”. He was right on both counts.

It is only with hindsight that the dividing line around that time in terms of these London rivals makes sense. The 2002 final marks the midpoint of three decades of football that had Arsenal as the dominant force from the capital in part one and Chelsea taking over in part two. In the 15 years leading up to that FA Cup showdown Arsenal had the silverware, with a little more to come, from successes under George Graham and Arsène Wenger. They were days away from clinching their fourth league title across that period in addition to a cluster of cups. At the time Chelsea had not won a title since the 1950s and the occasional cup was cherished but did not give the impression they were in position to become a leading force.

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Wasps and Exeter ensure attacking rugby and ambition return to Premiership

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:30:13 GMT2017-05-25T11:30:13Z

The final at Twickenham between the two top try-scoring teams in the league this season should show how game has moved away from risk-averse tactics

The Premiership play-off semi-finals were a fitting summary of a league season high on ambition. The finishes at Sandy Park and the Ricoh Arena, two replacements scoring tries to win the match in the closing minutes, were dramatic but even the dullest matches can come alive at the end when someone is chasing a game.

What went before in Exeter and Coventry was as notable as the punchline. It was not that long ago when many Premiership sides were risk averse, kicking in their own half and rarely offloading, but with more clubs now training like Eddie Jones’s England, high on pace and intensity with an emphasis on handling and continuity, matches are being won rather than not lost.

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ATP World Tour Finals to stay in London till 2020 under new title sponsor

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:51:22 GMT2017-05-25T09:51:22Z

• Week-long season finale staged at O2 Arena since 2009
• The partnership was due to expire in 2018

The ATP World Tour Finals will be hosted in London until 2020, ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode has announced.

The week-long season finale for men’s tennis has been staged at the O2 Arena in Greenwich since 2009 and the partnership was due to expire in 2018. However, despite interest from a number of high-profile cities, the ATP has now committed to London for an additional two years. The event will also take on a new four-year title sponsorship with Japanese innovation company the Nitto Denko Corporation, and be known as the Nitto ATP Finals.

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Chris Robshaw to return as England captain for Barbarians clash

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:30:50 GMT2017-05-25T10:30:50Z

• Robshaw will co-captain side with George Ford
• Eddie Jones keen for co-captains to mentor younger players

Chris Robshaw will captain England for the first time since the 2015 World Cup in Sunday’s non-cap international against the Barbarians.

The Harlequins flanker has been named co-captain along with the Leicester-bound fly-half George Ford, as the head coach Eddie Jones named eight uncapped players in the starting line-up.

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Marco Silva will weigh up Watford and Crystal Palace offers after Hull exit

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:03:38 GMT2017-05-25T10:03:38Z

• Portugese has confirmed his intention to leave the KCom Stadium
• Palace will turn attentions to Sean Dyche if fail to get Silva

Marco Silva has stepped down as Hull City’s manager after a meeting with the relegated club’s owners on Wednesday night and is weighing up interest from Watford and Crystal Palace to prolong his stay in the Premier League.

The Portuguese met Assem and Ehab Allam at the Hallmark hotel in North Ferriby and confirmed his intention to leave the KCom Stadium, effectively as a free agent, after five months. The 39-year-old’s preference has been to remain in the English top flight, despite reports from Portugal that Porto were keen to lure him home, and Palace and Watford have made clear their interest with his representatives.

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Nicky Hayden, the French Open, and Pathé News hovering over Wembley | Classic YouTube

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:31:24 GMT2017-05-25T09:31:24Z

This week’s roundup also features classic Championship play-off finals, an NBA nutmeg and a team talk for the ages from Germany

1) Nicky Hayden, former MotoGP world champion, tragically died on Monday. Here is one of many tributes to the Kentucky Kid, and here he is on a champions’ lap of the Isle of Man TT back in 2011. Nicky’s father Earl Hayden spoke late last year about his son’s lifelong passion for motorcycles. Also from last year, Hayden gives an in-depth interview to CNET’s Tim Stevens, who has paid a personal, emotional tribute. Finally, take a look back at his finest hour – his 2006 world title, where he pipped Valentino Rossi after a season of high drama.

Related: The Joy of Six: FA Cup final heroes | Jacob Steinberg and Michael Butler

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How Georgi Kinkladze showed up Premier League’s early inability to evolve

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:59:27 GMT2017-05-25T10:59:27Z

Talented Georgian No10 was bought by Manchester City in 1995 but attempts to build a team around him failed partly because of English fixation with 4-4-2

The end of the Premier League’s 25th campaign provides an opportune moment to marvel at the division’s tremendous tactical and technical development during its first quarter of a century. At its inaugural season in 1992-93 the Premier League was largely based around 4-4-2, long balls and getting it in the mixer; 25 years on it is about 3-4-2-1, intricate combination play and gegenpressing.

The most significant progress occurred during the mid-1990s. There were various contributing factors: the backpass law meant teams were obliged to become more comfortable in possession, the huge surge in broadcasting revenue meant English football could attract top players and the end of the three-foreigner rule inevitably changed teams’ approach significantly. On its first weekend, in August 1992, only 11 non-British or Irish players started for the Premier League’s 22 clubs combined. By the end of the decade foreign managers were dominant and Chelsea had fielded an all-foreign starting XI. English football, traditionally slow to embrace tactical innovations from abroad, opened its eyes. It was a period of remarkable change and tremendous excitement.

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Eoin Morgan century sets up winning start for England against South Africa

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:54:11 GMT2017-05-24T20:54:11Z

First ODI: England 339-6; South Africa 267. England win by 72 runs
• South Africa undone by soft dismissals after Morgan and Moeen sparkle

If this is a taste of things to come over the next month we are in for a treat. A sunlit Leeds evening, which rendered the floodlights redundant until 8.30pm, was decorated by a one-day international that had most of the components of a cracker although a late flurry of wickets denied us the luxury of one vital ingredient, a thrilling finish.

In the end England, having chalked up 339 for six, won by 72 runs, a surprisingly comfortable margin given the firepower in the South Africa side. The pursuit of 340 was always going to be tricky for the visitors but it was only out of the question in the final half hour.

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London Irish return to Premiership after thrilling win over Yorkshire Carnegie

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:11:12 GMT2017-05-24T22:11:12Z

• London Irish 55-48 Yorkshire Carnegie (84-66 on aggregate)
• Twelve tries and two red cards as Irish edge breathless contest

London Irish secured an instant return to the Premiership as they beat Yorkshire Carnegie 55-48 in an enthralling encounter at the Madejski Stadium.

Leading 29-18 following last week’s Championship final first-leg win at Headingley, Irish completed the job in style in front of their own fans to banish the memories of last season’s relegation with an 84-66 aggregate victory.

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Everton in talks with Cuco Martina over signing Southampton defender

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:14:54 GMT2017-05-25T09:14:54Z

• The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month
• Koeman wants cover because of Seamus Coleman’s long-term injury

Everton have held talks with Cuco Martina over signing the Southampton defender on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month and open to a move having failed to secure a regular place in Claude Puel’s team this season, making only 18 appearances in all competitions.

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India advertise for new head coach despite Anil Kumble’s success in role

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:54:33 GMT2017-05-25T08:54:33Z

• Kumble will be considered but other applicants welcomed
• Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will make decision

India have invited applications to take over from the head coach Anil Kumble, who will also be considered for a contract extension.

Kumble’s current deal comes to an end after next month’s Champions Trophy and the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to advertise for candidates.

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Norwich appoint Daniel Farke as head coach on two-year contract

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:58:30 GMT2017-05-25T10:58:30Z

• New manager arrives at Carrow Road from Borussia Dortmund
• The 40-year-old German is joined by countryman Edmund Riemer

Norwich City have appointed Daniel Farke as the club’s new head coach.

Farke arrives at Carrow Road from Borussia Dortmund and becomes the permanent successor to Alex Neil, who was sacked in March. The 40-year-old German is joined by countryman Edmund Riemer, who will take on the role of assistant head coach. Both have put pen to paper on two-year contracts.

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When Brighton last played in the top flight – and the FA Cup final – 34 years ago

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:41:17 GMT2017-05-25T10:41:17Z

Brighton have not played in the top division of English football since 1982-83, the most topsy-turvy season in their history

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

After gaining promotion under Alan Mullery in the 1978-79 season, Brighton & Hove Albion managed to keep their heads above water for a few years in the First Division. They finished a respectable 16th in their first year in the top tier and then pulled off a great escape in 1980-81 by winning their last four games of the campaign, although Mullery then resigned after a row with chairman Mike Bamber over the transfer of Mark Lawrenson and proposed adjustments to his coaching staff.

Related: Brighton seal promotion after win over Wigan and Huddersfield draw at Derby

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Talking Horses: Best Thursday bets for Goodwood and Sandown

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:29:10 GMT2017-05-25T09:29:10Z

Will the real Shady please show up at Goodwood today? Plus a 12-1 shot for the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown tonight


The last time I tipped Shady McCoy (2.35), he was a 50-1 shot in a 27-runner race, finishing strongly into fourth. Today in a much smaller field, with the consequent risk of a weaker pace, he’s much shorter at 4-1. Hmmm, going in again in these circumstances is not generally the right thing to do and may indicate that you’re just following a horse over a cliff.

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Football transfer rumours: Manchester United chasing Bayern Munich duo?

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:46:19 GMT2017-05-25T07:46:19Z

Today’s tittle-tattle is set for a long summer

Job done for Manchester United, then. And having become only the second English club to complete a clean sweep of the major European prizes, they’ll make like the first, Chelsea, and embark on a serious summer spending spree. Admittedly they’d have done this whatever the result last night, but after doing a comprehensive number on Ajax, they’ve earned the right to spoil themselves a little, huh.

The president of Atlético Madrid has gone on the radio to insist that Antoine Griezmann hasn’t asked for a move, and in any case nobody in their right mind would stump up the striker’s £85m release clause. United chief executive Ed Woodward stifles a yawn, licks the side of his thumb, and begins the big count. One, two, three...

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Underpaid and overburdened: the life of a Facebook moderator

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:24 GMT2017-05-25T09:00:24Z

Testimony from those working to keep beheadings, bestiality and child sexual abuse images off Facebook indicates that the support provided isn’t enough

“There was literally nothing enjoyable about the job. You’d go into work at 9am every morning, turn on your computer and watch someone have their head cut off. Every day, every minute, that’s what you see. Heads being cut off.”

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The Tory manifesto doesn’t add up – and school breakfasts prove it | Anne Perkins

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:05:20 GMT2017-05-25T11:05:20Z

Confident of victory, the Conservatives didn’t bother to cost their manifesto. On education and social care, this has already been an expensive mistake

As any politicians knows, there is only one way of avoiding that nightmare moment in Nick Ferrari’s studio when he keeps asking questions you can’t answer about the costs of your policy commitments: don’t put them in in the first place. Every politician would like to do this, but only the Conservatives were arrogant enough actually to try it. Labour and the Lib Dems published their own versions of the budget book with detailed costings for all their manifesto pledges. The Tory plan was to brief out a little detail and settle back to enjoy watching Labour squirm on the hook of the spendthrift reputation that the Tories themselves had crafted for it in the run-up to the 2010 election.

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Is this real life? Or is this a cabaret of the Von Trump family on tour? | Van Badham

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:42:25 GMT2017-05-25T06:42:25Z

It was suggested this week that Melania and Ivanka Trump were a symbol of ‘feminine power’. Do me a favour

The first overseas tour of America’s first family has provided journalists, internet wags and those convinced that the end of the world is nigh with rich material for discussion and comment.

As Donald Trump doubles down investing the members of his own family with political office, the optics of his transitioning democracy to a feudal aristocracy have played out before the world’s media with aesthetics hovering dangerously close to the concluding episodes of the Dynasty franchise. You know, when main characters were abducted by aliens.

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The courage of the LSE’s striking cleaners can give us all hope | Owen Jones

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:21 GMT2017-05-25T06:00:21Z

A group of outsourced workers have fought back over their conditions and a top university is reeling. Their story tells us that injustice need not be permanent

It is a university that prides itself on being a forum for debate about social injustice and inequality. The London School of Economics was founded by Fabian socialists at the end of the 19th century: they believed education was key to liberating society from social ills.

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The ‘dementia tax’ mess shows how little May thinks of disabled people | Frances Ryan

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:27:42 GMT2017-05-25T07:27:42Z

The prime minister’s contortions over the last few days leave no room for doubt: retaining power is more important to her than helping those most in need

In a matter of days, Britain’s social care crisis became the Tories’ election crisis. As Theresa May took the fall out of a U-turn on the “dementia tax” – a term adopted with such ease, and so widely, it gives a hint at the failures of the policy – Tory HQ was left clutching at straws. As well as buying Google ad space to “correct” voters searching for “dementia tax”, May has adopted two equally desperate strategies: insisting that “nothing has changed” since the manifesto (as if it hadn’t been published for all to see), and declaring that to suggest otherwise is simply Jeremy Corbyn making “fake claims”.

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Robust debate, not unanimity, is the only riposte to this evil in a democracy | Rafael Behr

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:19 GMT2017-05-25T05:00:19Z

A pause for reflection after the Manchester bomb was right. But politics is not a distraction from the fight against terror. It is our defence against terror

There is a scale of atrocity that tests the limits of human imagination. Just as we cannot construct a mental picture of very large numbers, some orders of grief are unavailable to proper comprehension. So it is with the Manchester bombing – its precise vindictiveness, indiscriminate and targeted at innocence and joy. To look at photographs of the young victims alongside the knowledge of what happened on Monday night is physically intolerable, like staring into the sun.

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Sorry Morrissey, but love and resistance are our best weapons against terror

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:21:50 GMT2017-05-24T18:21:50Z

His incendiary comments suggest the Mancunian hero’s journey from icon to embarrassment is complete. Hate is not the answer to masculinity twisted by radicalisation

The day after the day after and it doesn’t get any easier. The blast, the momentary terrible silence and then the screams of the wounded. All of us are now screaming into that silence because we can imagine it only too well. And what we cannot imagine parts of the media will show us, even if we don’t want to see. Small bodies ripped apart. The smiles of young girls, now dead. The superfan messages. The beautiful young gay man. Excited selfies of pure youth. All the love flows towards these people, to their families, to the emergency services and to the city enduring this tragedy.

We shall overcome and we shall overcome by carrying on as normal, by our small acts of humanity. This is one reaction. Yet the presence of soldiers on our streets is not carrying on as normal.

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China's feeling Moody about credit downgrade - but caution is justified | Larry Elliott

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:21:54 GMT2017-05-25T06:21:54Z

Beijing dismissed Moody’s assessment of its economy but after failing to foresee the 2008 crash, the agency now has a point

It is almost three decades since Beijing was last downgraded by the rating agency Moody’s, and during that period China has been transformed. Since 1989, the year of the Tiananmen square massacre, rapid growth has seen huge progress in the fight against poverty. Compounded growth rates of close to – and in some years higher than – 10% have made China the world’s second biggest economy after the US. At the current rate of progress, it will soon be number one. Few envisaged this when Deng Xiaoping began his reform programme in the late 1970s.

All of which might perhaps explain Beijing’s rather tetchy response to downgrade. China is not accustomed to having its economic strategy questioned, as the response from the finance ministry made abundantly clear. The tone was dismissive. Moody’s were over-playing the risks and under-playing the country’s reform efforts. Put simply, the rating agency didn’t know what it was talking about.

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Enough of Theresa May’s outrage. We need a tough response to terror | Simon Jenkins

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:08:06 GMT2017-05-24T18:08:06Z

The prime minister is playing into the hands of terrorists by politicising the Manchester attack. Her job is to allay public anxiety, not promote it

What public purpose is served by the prime minister declaring she has raised Britain’s “threat level” to “critical”? Before she thought another terrorist attack was “highly likely”. It is now “expected immediately”.

What are we supposed to do with this information, other than feel vaguely alarmed? The words can have meaning only in the wartime sense, of ordering us to put on gas masks and head for bunkers. Do we alter our journeys to work? Do we put on body armour? Do we keep away from crowded places? As for sending in the army – terrorism’s propaganda coup – what good does that do? It supposedly releases the police, but to do what?

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As a Bataclan survivor, I promise: hang on to what you love, and you will heal | Kelly Le Guen

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:47:28 GMT2017-05-24T15:47:28Z

I feared I would never get over my ordeal in Paris. Then I decided to stay close to the passion that had brought to me to that gig in the first place

Two concert venues. Two music events supposed to bring joy to people. Two atrocities. And many human tragedies. I can’t help but compare what happened to people in Manchester on Monday night to what happened to me in Paris on 13 November 2015. I was lucky to, first, come out of it alive; and second in the months afterwards, to avoid post-traumatic stress disorder. So I have a few thoughts to share that might help those who were at the Manchester Arena, who have lost a loved one there, or simply feel affected by the events.

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We abandon free school dinners at our peril | Comment

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:49:44 GMT2017-05-24T16:49:44Z

Free school meals are not just about providing basic nutrition – though too many children are relying on them for that reason – they are also a vital step in learning about food and wellbeing

In 1908, at tables laid with fresh cloths, more than 3,000 of the poorest school children of Bradford sat down to eat a two-course lunch every weekday. In the centre of each table was a vase of flowers. These were the ideas of Ralph Crowley, a pioneering medical officer in Bradford who first helped revolutionise school food in the UK.

Often, it feels as if we have made no progress in a century. On hearing that Theresa May was planning to “save” £650m by scrapping free school lunches for infants and replacing them with cheaper breakfasts, my first thought was: what would Crowley say? But since he died in 1953, I waited instead for Jamie Oliver’s response. A tearful Jamie gave an interview to Channel 4 attacking the proposal as “short-sighted” and “awful”. He pointed out that the short-term savings of scrapping the free lunches would be eclipsed by the long-term costs to the public purse of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes caused by bad diets.

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The Guardian view on defending democracy: avoid the politics | Editorial

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:17:53 GMT2017-05-24T18:17:53Z

It was right to halt the election campaign. But May must be scrupulous not to let national tragedy play to her advantageWe are heading into a general election that may be one of the most consequential of our lifetimes: one that will mandate the reshaping of the state, allow new treaties to be drawn up with our nearest neighbours, and perhaps even end with national borders redrawn. Yet it is entirely understandable that the election campaign was suspended. The awful cold-blooded murder of innocent men, women and children means this is not the time for partisan politics. Every one of the lives lost is a tragedy. The consequences of the loss for each family will be difficult and painful to bear. What to say to the children who went to a pop concert and left to find their waiting parents blown apart by the hate and callous indifference in the foyer? What about the police officers involved in a manhunt for terrorists, who wake up to find out that one of their own has been killed by a bomber? It is in these stories that we as a nation will share grievance and, perhaps, the urge to avenge. It is these instincts that need to be led and shaped. If they are left unchecked, if private reason is allowed to become supreme, if each is left to judge for themselves what is right, then we will be left with the chaos of conflicting claims. That is why we need not politics but leadership.When terror struck, Theresa May correctly halted the election campaign. She has rightly consulted regularly with the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn. But the crisis has allowed Mrs May, after a dire week, to restate her credentials as a strong leader. She has commanded the airwaves, personally appearing to raise the terror threat to critical – an announcement usually reserved for the home secretary. Terrorism is familiar territory for Mrs May, who displays an ease with the language of security and a fluency with the subject that sometimes seems lacking in other policy areas. Although the campaign will resume locally tomorrow, and nationally on Friday, Mrs May will be off to a series of summits: first Nato and then the G7, where although she is not formally campaigning she will be able to give interviews about defence and counter-terrorism. Mrs May has done nothing wrong. But to some she has given the impression that a moment of national crisis has worked to her advantage. Britain was the first country in the world to make opposition part of government, in the sense that better decisions were m[...]


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The Guardian view on Trumpian diplomacy: not up to much | Editorial

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:16:56 GMT2017-05-24T18:16:56Z

The US president’s foreign tour has underlined how inadequate his art of the deal is when handling relations between states

Just over halfway through his first foreign trip as US president this week, Donald Trump tweeted a typically modest assessment of his progress: “Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East were great. Trying hard for PEACE. Doing well.”

In a Trumpian context, that is perhaps closer to the mark than is usual for his pronouncements. The photo opportunities and soundbites have been a useful distraction from domestic woes: first, the mounting questions over his campaign’s relations with Russia. Second, a budget which is extreme and punitive towards poorer Americans and marked out by its highly questionable accounting. On the initial leg of his trip he avoided terrible errors – partly by avoiding press conferences – though his verdict on the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem (“so amazing”) was grotesque. He replaced his vicious portrayal of Islam as a religion of hatred with a tribute to “one of the world’s great faiths”.

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The Tory lie of a ‘global’ Brexit Britain is a divide-and-rule tactic aimed at migrants | Nesrine Malik

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:01:59 GMT2017-05-24T14:01:59Z

This government does not dream of reaching out to equals, but to economies that it can plunder – you know, as if they were colonies

A global Britain. That was the plan. A Britain that would leave the European Union and pivot confidently towards the rest of the world. Unfettered by the bureaucrats in Brussels, Britain would reap the benefit of lucrative trade with foreign companies and open its arms to overseas citizens whom it could not hitherto embrace.

Non-EU citizens resident in the UK were told that things would get easier for them when the country could take control of EU immigration, and during the referendum campaign Priti Patel launched a “Save our curry houses” appeal. Leave specifically stated that the country’s immigration policy was hamstrung by its EU membership, and thus a vote for Brexit was a vote for fewer restrictions on allowing more immigration from outside Europe.

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What’s the scariest tune at the Cannes festival? (Clue: it’s all around us) | Peter Bradshaw

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:51:55 GMT2017-05-24T16:51:55Z

These notes signal something menacing and malign. Yes, it’s the unmistakable, jarring little marimba of the iPhone ringtone

At this year’s Cannes festival there is a new musical signature, almost supplanting the Saint-Saëns theme which traditionally prefaces every film. I’ve heard it in almost every movie here, and it’s a harbinger of bad news.

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Man who started fire in plane toilet has sentence more than doubled

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:59:16 GMT2017-05-25T11:59:16Z

Court of appeal rules John Cox’s original sentence was unduly lenient after he began blaze in bin on flight carrying 200 people

A man who started a fire in the toilet of a plane carrying more than 200 people has had his prison sentence more than doubled at the court of appeal.

The Monarch Airbus was 10,700 metres (33,000ft) in the air and 100 miles (160km) from the Egyptian coast when the captain was told the crew were having difficulty extinguishing the blaze in a waste paper bin.

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Majority of Britons think minorities threaten UK culture, report says

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:18 GMT2017-05-25T04:00:18Z

Humanitarian index finds quarter of people believe immigrants take jobs away while few think PM can solve the refugee crisis

More than half of Britons believe their culture is threatened by ethnic minorities living in the UK, a report says.

A quarter think immigrants take jobs away and a third think they remove more from society than they contribute, this year’s Aurora Humanitarian Index survey said.

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UK lags behind Europe as growth revised down to 0.2% - business live

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:10:48 GMT2017-05-25T12:10:48Z

Britain’s economy grew even slower than first expected in the first three months of 2017Latest: UK grew slower than France, Germany, Spain...British GDP weaker than first expectedGrowth slows as inflation bitesHousehold spending was weak; net trade hit growthGDP-per-person was flat in Q1Is Brexit to blame?Earlier:Introduction: Opec are meeting in Vienna todayOil price jumps on expectations of a dealLive video from Opec here 1.10pm BST George Buckley, UK economist at Nomura, is concerned that Britain’s growth rate is now lagging behind European rivals.He writes:This is the first time in a year that UK growth failed to outpace that of the euro area (on average over the past 3-4 years the UK has grown a couple of tenths per quarter more strongly than the euro area).While UK real GDP is broadly the same as that of Germany relative to where it was at the start of 2008, Germany has produced its 8.5% increase in aggregate output over that period with no change in its population, compared a 6% rise in UK headcount (though the UK has experienced a more sizable rise in its dependency ratio). On a per capita basis, UK GDP did not expand at all in the first quarter of this year (in separate figures also published today official net migration fell to its lowest in three years – 248k in 2016). 12.47pm BST Housebuilding was a bright spot amidst the gloom spread by the unexpected downward revision to UK GDP today.“Yes, the latest figures do indicate a marginal increase and we can see the signs of recovery starting in 2013, demonstrating the impact of the introduction of Help To Buy, which could suggest an element of cautious optimism that the industry has perhaps ‘turned the corner’ following the trough of 2009.But if we are to reach the 200,000+ new build homes needed each year in England, there is still more momentum required.” Continue reading...[...]


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Fever-Tree co-founder makes £73m from selling shares

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:58:04 GMT2017-05-25T07:58:04Z

Charles Rolls, who launched the premium tonic brand with Tim Warrillow, cashes in on soaring stock market value

One of the founders of premium mixer maker Fever-Tree has cashed in on the firm’s success to sell £73m of shares.

Co-founder Charles Rolls has sold a 3.9% stake in the company, taking advantage of the 924% increase in its share price since the flotation in November 2014. The shares were sold at £16.25 each to financial institutions.

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Drinking coffee may help prevent liver cancer, study suggests

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:01:19 GMT2017-05-25T05:01:19Z

People who drink more coffee – even decaffeinated – are less likely to develop liver cancer, an analysis of data from 26 studies has found

Increasing coffee consumption may help to stave off liver cancer, a new study has suggested.

Researchers have found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop hepatocellular cancer (HCC), the most common form of primary liver cancer – and the effect was even found in decaffeinated coffee.

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TUC urges government to help boost pay as debt nears record levels

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:01:19 GMT2017-05-25T05:01:19Z

Average unsecured debt per household stood at £13,200 last year – just £100 short of level before financial crisis

The TUC has urged the next government to take action to boost pay as it warned that borrowing to top up wages was poised to breach the record levels hit just before the financial crisis of a decade ago.

Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, expressed alarm at the steady increase in unsecured debt – which excludes mortgages – and called for a higher minimum wage and an end to the tough pay curbs in the public sector.

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Digital autopsies should be standard for probable natural deaths, says study

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:30:20 GMT2017-05-25T05:30:20Z

CT scanning techniques should be used instead of invasive autopsies in cases of probable natural death- and should be offered free of charge, say researchers

Digital autopsies should be the first-line approach in postmortem investigations of probable natural death, and should be offered free of charge to families, researchers have said.

About 90,000 autopsies requested by coroners are carried out in England and Wales every year, with the majority of deaths found to be a result of natural causes.

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UK car production falls at fastest rate in more than two​-​and​-​a​-​half years

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:01:19 GMT2017-05-25T05:01:19Z

SMMT says slowdown in manufacturing echoes 20% drop in new car sales, but overall outlook is positive

British car manufacturing went into reverse in April, with production falling at the fastest rate in more than two and a half years.

A total of 122,116 cars rolled off UK production lines last month, 18% fewer than in April 2016, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Teenage boy arrested on suspicion of murder after death of Joao Gomes

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:38:23 GMT2017-05-24T16:38:23Z

Fourteen-year-old’s arrest relates to death of Gomes, 18, who died from stab wounds after street fight in north London

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of murdering a teenager who died in the street from stab wounds after a party advertised on SnapChat descended into a mass brawl.

Joao Ricardo Gomes, 18, was one of three teenagers found stabbed after police responded to reports of the street fight in Hertford Road, Enfield, north London, at around 10.30pm on Saturday 13 May. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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MPs received 190,000 abusive tweets in three months, study finds

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:01:12 GMT2017-05-24T23:01:12Z

Researchers found one in 20 tweets sent to MPs were abusive, with two-thirds from male Twitter users

MPs received almost 190,000 abusive tweets over a three-month period, research has shown.

One in 20 tweets to MPs were abusive, analysis by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and the independent thinktank Demos found.

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Poldark avoids clash with ITV's Victoria with move to summer slot

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:01:12 GMT2017-05-24T23:01:12Z

BBC says third series of Cornish drama starring Aidan Turner will air in June after rival shows went head to head last year

Period dramas Poldark and Victoria will not go head to head this year after the BBC confirmed that the new series of its epic adaption of Winston Graham’s novels will air in June rather than the autumn.

Some viewers were not amused last September when the BBC1 and ITV rivals clashed on Sunday nights, with even Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays Poldark’s wife Demelza, saying afterwards that it was “a real shame” as it “split the audience”.

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Tesco to trial a phase-out of single-use 5p plastic bags

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:20:10 GMT2017-05-24T15:20:10Z

Select Tesco stores will sell only reusable bags in a 10-week trial that could lead to the single-use bags being phased out in all of its stores

Shoppers at a handful of Tesco stores in the UK will no longer be able to buy 5p “single-use” plastic carrier bags, in the first such trial by a supermarket.

If successful, it could lead to the bags being phased out completely, less than two years after the law was changed in England to force larger stores to charge for them.

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Cannabis drug cuts seizures in children with severe epilepsy in trial

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:00:10 GMT2017-05-24T21:00:10Z

Doctors say cannabidiol offers hope for thousands with rare condition who have several life-threatening convulsions a day

A new drug derived from cannabis has been shown to reduce the convulsive seizures experienced by children with a severe form of epilepsy by nearly a half – and in a small number, stop them altogether.

Doctors involved in the trials say the drug could change the lives of thousands of children for whom there is little treatment, and might also help children and adults with more common forms of epilepsy.

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Audi mechanic 'killed himself after he was beaten by colleagues'

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:34:39 GMT2017-05-24T15:34:39Z

Reading inquest into death of George Cheese, 18, hears that he was also locked in a cage by colleagues and set on fire

An apprentice Audi mechanic hanged himself after he was verbally abused, beaten and locked in a cage by colleagues, an inquest has heard.

On 9 April 2015, six months after George Cheese, 18, began working for the carmaker, his father saw him walk downstairs wearing a rucksack. Keith Cheese told the inquest he thought his son had taken the dog out, but a few hours later he and his wife heard sirens.

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Man shot with Taser electronic weapon by police in Cornwall dies

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:52:17 GMT2017-05-24T14:52:17Z

Investigation launched into death of man, who also sustained self-inflicted knife injuries in incident in Falmouth

A man has died in Cornwall after an incident in which he was shot with a Taser electronic weapon by the police after brandishing a knife.

The man, who has not been named, also sustained self-inflicted knife injuries in the incident in Falmouth. He died in the Royal Cornwall hospital.

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Uluru talks: delegates walk out due to sovereignty and treaty fears

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:20:46 GMT2017-05-25T09:20:46Z

Seven dissenting delegates joined by more than 30 supporters in walking away from constitutional recognition convention

Seven delegates walked out of the Uluru convention on constitutional recognition, saying their concerns about loss of sovereignty and the lack of a formal guarantee of a treaty process were not being heard.

The Referendum Council has played down the incident, saying the meetings would continue and a united position statement would be released as planned on Friday.

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Mexico politician mocked for campaign hashtag '#campaignhashtag'

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:26 GMT2017-05-25T10:00:26Z

Javier Zapata settles on new slogan, ‘Because of my moustache’, after social media – and Netflix – ridicule his rather redundant hashtag

In politics today, finding the right hashtag for your social media campaign can be as important as selecting a candidate or crafting a manifesto.

Few electoral teams, however, can hope to attain the inadvertent viral success achieved by a Mexican politician whose campaign has been given the dubious honour of being called “the worst in history” for his choice of hashtag.

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US admits DEA lied about Honduras 'massacre' that killed four villagers

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:00:23 GMT2017-05-25T08:00:23Z

Bipartisan investigation finds drug agents misled Congress after river shooting left four dead, including two pregnant women and a schoolboy

The US Drug Enforcement Administration lied about its role in a bungled anti-narcotics operation in Honduras which left four innocent villagers dead, then misled Congress, the justice department and the public as it tried to cover its tracks, a damning bipartisan investigation has found.

Honduran officers under the command of DEA agents fired at unarmed passengers traveling by taxi boat in May 2012, killing four people – including two pregnant women and a schoolboy – and seriously injuring three others.

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Google's Go-playing AI still undefeated with victory over world number one

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:50:49 GMT2017-05-25T08:50:49Z

AlphaGo has won its second game against China’s Ke Jie, sealing the three-game match in its favour

Google’s Go-playing AI has won its second game against the world’s best player of the ancient Asian board game, Chinese 19-year-old Ke Jie, taking the three-game match in the process.

AlphaGo, the AI created by Google subsidiary DeepMind, reported that Ke’s first 50 moves were “played perfectly”, according to DeepMind chief executive Demis Hassabis. In the post-game press conference, Hassabis, who was a child chess prodigy, said: “For the first 100 moves, it was the closest we’ve ever seen anyone play against the Master version of AlphaGo.”

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At least 21 killed as Isis-linked militants rampage through Philippines city

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:26:04 GMT2017-05-24T23:26:04Z

Priest and worshippers seized and police chief beheaded after government forces raid hideout of militant leader

Militants linked to Islamic State swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Roman Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of Isis, regional authorities have said.

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Indonesian president urges calm after suspected suicide attacks in Jakarta

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:37:21 GMT2017-05-25T06:37:21Z

Joko Widodo puts out statement after police describe bombings as ‘global terrorist attack’

Indonesia’s president urged people to remain calm on Thursday, a day after suspected suicide bombers killed three police officers on duty at a Jakarta bus terminal in an attack authorities said bore the hallmarks of globally inspired Islamist militants.

Ten people, including five police officers and five civilians, were also wounded in the twin blasts that were detonated five minutes apart by the two suspected attackers in the Indonesia capital late on Wednesday evening, police said.

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New Zealand launches into space race with 3D-printed rocket

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:43:51 GMT2017-05-25T06:43:51Z

Successful launch of low cost rocket seen as bringing down barriers to space while also making New Zealand a hub

Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand’s remote Mahia Peninsula.

“Made it to space. Team delighted,” Rocket Lab said on its official Twitter account.

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Montenegro finds itself at heart of tensions with Russia as it joins Nato

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:19 GMT2017-05-25T05:00:19Z

Alliance that bombed country only 18 years ago welcomes it as 29th member in move that has left its citizens divided

The Democratic Front, an alliance of parties opposed to Montenegro’s membership of Nato, flies a giant Russian flag from the top balcony of its red-and-white headquarters in Podgorica.

It’s a striking choice given that two of the party’s leaders have been stripped of parliamentary immunity and charged with attempting to overthrow the government in an allegedly Russian-backed plot. But it also shows the deep divisions that continue as the Balkan country of 600,000 is welcomed as the alliance’s 29th member and attends its first summit on Thursday.

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Indian netball star claims husband divorced her for giving birth to a girl

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:21 GMT2017-05-25T06:00:21Z

Once treated like a hero, Shumayala Javed says she gave up her netball career to marry – only for her husband to shun her when she had a girl

It looked like the happiest day of her life. Women were dressed in the finest needlework, speakers blared out love songs and the food was piled high. Nobody could say the bride’s parents hadn’t looked after their guests.

But to Shumayala Javed, the celebrations felt bittersweet. Her marriage meant the end of her netball career. She was a national champion.

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Pope looks glum after Vatican meeting with Donald Trump

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:19:20 GMT2017-05-25T09:19:20Z

Encounter considered more successful than their first but was noteworthy for its sombre tone

Pope Francis once said that Christians must have “cheerful faces and eyes full of joy”. But there was little evidence of those emotions as Donald Trump descended on the Vatican on Wednesday for his first face-to-face meeting with the Argentinian pontiff.

The encounter was ultimately considered a success following a rocky start to the pair’s relationship last year, when Francis questioned Trump’s Christian credentials. But despite a warm trading of gifts and humorous exchange between Pope Francis and the first lady, Melania Trump – in which the pope asked if she fed him a popular kind of Slovenian cake – the meeting was noteworthy for its sombre tone at the start.

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Saudi Arabia and UAE block Qatari media over incendiary statements

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:18 GMT2017-05-25T04:00:18Z

Qatar claims official websites were hacked after reports appeared in which emir made controversial remarks about Iran and Israel

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates took the extraordinary step on Tuesday of blocking the websites of fellow Gulf state Qatar – including al-Jazeera – over incendiary statements about Iran and Israel posted on Qatar’s state-run news agency.

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South China Sea: US warship sails within 12 miles of China-claimed reef

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:46:13 GMT2017-05-25T01:46:13Z

The USS Dewey came close to Mischief reef in a so-called ‘freedom of navigation operation’

A US navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, US officials have said, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since Donald Trump became president.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey had travelled close to Mischief reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.

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Jakarta suicide bombers kill three police officers in bus station attack

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:48:06 GMT2017-05-24T19:48:06Z

Explosions in Indonesian capital were five minutes apart and also injured at least 10 people

Two suspected suicide bombers killed three Indonesian police officers and injured 10 people on Wednesday night in twin blasts near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, police have said.

The blasts went off five minutes apart at Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu terminal, police said.

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Netflix series The Get Down reportedly axed as Baz Luhrmann says he will focus on film

Thu, 25 May 2017 02:32:07 GMT2017-05-25T02:32:07Z

Australian director describes hip-hop show’s revival as unlikely and says ‘the simple truth is, I make movies’

The Netflix series The Get Down has been cancelled after just one two-part season, according to Variety, with director Baz Luhrmann taking to Facebook to describe an exclusivity deal that became a “sticking point” for Netflix and Sony Pictures Television, precluding him from working on a new film project.

The show – an extravagant US$120m retelling of the founding of hip-hop, executive produced by Grandmaster Flash and narrated by the rapper Nas – was plagued by a revolving door of crew and beset by a series of delays. By the time it premiered in August 2017, to a polarised critical reception, it had become the most expensive series in Netflix’s history; but when part two debuted in April, the buzz had largely died down.

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UC Berkeley professor fired nearly two years after sexual harassment claims substantiated

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:52:11 GMT2017-05-24T22:52:11Z

Dismissal of Blake Wentworth – who sued the women who filed the harassment complaints – marks a rare instance of termination for sexual misconduct

The University of California has fired a professor who was accused of sexually harassing multiple students, nearly two years after campus investigators first concluded he had made unwanted advances and violated school policies.

The dismissal of assistant professor Blake Wentworth – who sued the women who filed harassment complaints against him – marks a rare instance of termination of a faculty member accused of sexual misconduct at the prestigious public university.

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Venezuela opposition blasts president's plan to rewrite constitution and delay elections

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:16:34 GMT2017-05-24T21:16:34Z

Nicolás Maduro reveals timetable for proposed actions amid months of violent anti-government protest, prompting accusations of autocratic tactics

Venezuelan opposition leaders have reacted with fury to the unveiling of President Nicolás Maduro’s timetable to redraft the country’s constitution and delay regular elections until the end of the year.

Following two months of violent anti-government demonstrations that have led to at least 55 deaths, the president provided new details of the plan on Wednesday and claimed the proposed new constituent assembly would help the country regain peace and pave the way for renewed dialogue.

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Trump diehards stay loyal in Montana's 'white man's country' – video

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

Trump’s presidency may be in crisis. But Paul Lewis finds the president’s supporters in Montana are not wavering. Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, a millionaire tech entrepreneur, is latching onto Trump in the hope it will give him an edge over Democrat Rob Quist, a country musician and poet

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Will coal seam gas save Narrabri, or destroy it? – video

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:17:46 GMT2017-05-22T20:17:46Z

In the first of a series of videos on critical issues confronting regional Australia, Gabrielle Chan investigates the proposed Narrabri gas project in New South Wales. The oil and gas company Santos proposes 850 wells in the Pilliga and some locals see the opportunity for jobs. But others warn of the potential damage to the land and water supply. Now it’s up the NSW government to decide

In Narrabri, everyone has a stake in the farming v mining fight

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The story of the 2016-17 Premier League season – video

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:57:29 GMT2017-05-22T08:57:29Z

Chelsea may have dominated the 2016-17 Premier League season but there have been plenty of dramas elsewhere. It’s been a tough year for managers up and down the table, for both new and old alike; we’ve seen new heroes emerge and the once lauded become villains. Just another Premier League, enjoy our review of all the antics.

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Brendan Cox: 'I want to change the UK's narrative of division' – video

Sun, 21 May 2017 06:00:47 GMT2017-05-21T06:00:47Z

Brendan Cox, the widow of Jo Cox MP, tells Owen Jones about a weekend of events to mark the anniversary of his wife’s murder. Cox says more than 100,000 events have been organised for The Great Get Together

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Julian Assange’s legal standoff explained – video

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:24:11 GMT2017-05-19T15:24:11Z

With the news that Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Guardian looks back at his rise to prominence, his years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy, why he ended up there, and how the story has developed during his voluntary incarceration

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'We are not represented': why is this election so white? - video

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:05:18 GMT2017-05-18T08:05:18Z

In the third part of their election roadtrip, John Harris and John Domokos spend time in Birmingham and Walsall - the kind of urban, multiracial communities that the politics of Brexit has suddenly pushed to the sidelines. They find Theresa May’s hardline immigration stance and cuts to English language classes sparking anger and frustration, but also find Labour supporters attracted by her ‘strong and stable’ pitch for their votes

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