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Published: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 03:43:25 GMT2018-04-27T03:43:25Z

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Korea summit: Kim Jong-un promises 'a new beginning' as leaders meet – live

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 03:41:48 GMT2018-04-27T03:41:48Z

Kim Jong-un and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, come face to face at the inter-Korean meeting in the demilitarised zone. Follow all the developments and reaction with our live blog

Rehearsals and realism ahead of historic summit
Analysis: all you need to know about the summit
Kim and Moon: profiles of the key players

A briefing of the events of the morning by President Moon’s spokesperson Yoon Young-chan gives the impression it was a very convivial meeting between the two leaders.

He said that Moon has invited Kim to the South Korean Presidential house, an offer that Kim has accepted. Moon also said he hoped the summit would lead to future meetings in Pyongyang, a proposal supported by Kim who said “let’s meet often.”

All talk is of the unscripted moment when President Moon momentarily stepped over the demarcation line and into North Korea.

This is reportedly how it came about:

Blue House spox on how that unscripted moment happened: Moon said to Kim, "When do I get to visit the North? And KJU said, why don't you just come over to the North side now?" And that's what led to them popping over to the North for a few moments.

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Amber Rudd vows to scrap targets for removing immigrants from UK

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:42:40 GMT2018-04-26T18:42:40Z

Home secretary urged to quit as she promises to ditch targets she told MPs had not been set

Amber Rudd has vowed to scrap Home Office targets for removing people from Britain, after a chaotic 24 hours where she was summoned to the House of Commons to admit officials did have targets for departures, having previously denied their existence.

The home secretary was hauled back in front of MPs on Thursday to answer an urgent question from Labour’s Diane Abbott, after documents revealed targets had previously been set for voluntary removals.

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Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial in milestone for #MeToo era

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:10:13 GMT2018-04-26T21:10:13Z

  • Comedian, 80, faces possible 15 to 30 years in prison after trial
  • Verdict in 2004 incident follows dozens of accusations against Cosby

In a verdict that seemed destined to stand as a major milestone in the #MeToo movement against sexual assault, the once beloved actor and comedian Bill Cosby was convicted by a Pennsylvania jury on Thursday of drugging and molesting an acquaintance in 2004.

The jury announced its verdict after fewer than two days of deliberation. Cosby, 80, faces a possible maximum prison sentence of 15 to 30 years.

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Donald Trump to meet Queen on UK visit in July

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:01:32 GMT2018-04-26T19:01:32Z

US president will not receive full fanfare of state visit in one-day trip on Friday 13 July

Donald Trump will make a “working visit” to the UK on Friday 13 July, the UK and US have both confirmed, with the US president set to meet the Queen during the trip.

The visit, which will take place immediately after a Nato summit in Brussels, will include bilateral talks with Theresa May, according to Britain’s ambassador to the US.

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Cabinet's Brexiters push May to drop 'customs partnership'

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:30:20 GMT2018-04-26T20:30:20Z

Boris Johnson among those who fear option would allow Britain to rejoin the customs union

Theresa May’s Brexit inner cabinet are preparing for a showdown over the customs union next week, as leading Brexiters including Liam Fox and David Davis try to force the prime minister to ditch the “customs partnership” model.

This so-called “hybrid model”, under which the UK would collect EU import tariffs on behalf of Brussels, is regarded as cumbersome and impractical by Brexiters, who fear it would leave open the option that Britain could rejoin a customs union.

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'Gene map for depression' sparks hopes of new generation of treatments

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:00:19 GMT2018-04-26T15:00:19Z

A 200-strong team of researchers from across the globe have mapped the genetic variants that increase the risk of depression

Scientists have raised hopes for more effective treatments for depression, a condition that affects over 300 million people globally, after mapping out the genetic foundations of the mental disorder in unprecedented detail.

In the world’s largest investigation into the impact of DNA on the mental disorder, more than 200 researchers identified 44 gene variants that raise the risk of depression. Of those, 30 have never been connected to the condition before.

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Average private school fees rise above £17,000 a year for first time

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:00:29 GMT2018-04-26T23:00:29Z

Census figures show slowest annual rate of increase since 1994 – but fees outstrip inflation

The average fee for attending a top private school has risen past £17,000 a year for the first time, despite climbing at the slowest rate for more than 20 years, according to the annual census of leading independent schools.

Data collected from the 1,300 members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) – an umbrella body that ranges from famous public schools such as Eton and Harrow to hundreds of smaller prep schools – showed that a child attending a private secondary school as a day pupil would cost around £15,000 a year, while a boarder would pay £33,000.

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Rail passengers pay price for broken franchising system, say MPs

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:01:29 GMT2018-04-26T23:01:29Z

Department for Transport accused in report of not learning lessons from previous failures

The rail franchising system is broken and passengers are paying the price, a cross-party committee of MPs has concluded.

A scathing report by MPs on the public accounts committee said the government’s management of two major franchises was “completely inadequate”.

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Whirlpool and retailers selling its tumble dryers 'give poor safety advice'

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:01:29 GMT2018-04-26T23:01:29Z

Which? says customer services gave wrong advice about models at risk of catching fire

The white goods manufacturer Whirlpool and retailers selling its products are failing to give correct safety information to customers affected by tumble dryers at risk of catching fire, a consumer group has warned.

Which? said its undercover investigation found that customer service representatives from Whirlpool and retailers AO.com, Argos, Co-op Electrical, Currys PC World, John Lewis and Very/Littlewoods were not giving the full safety advice when contacted about tumble dryer models subject to a safety notice.

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Ken Loach responds angrily to Belgian PM in antisemitism row

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:21:54 GMT2018-04-26T17:21:54Z

British film director asks if Charles Michel had examined the evidence before accusing him of anti-Jewish comments

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Ken Loach has responded with fury at a hastily convened press conference to a suggestion by the Belgian prime minister that a leading university was wrong to honour him following complaints that it had overlooked allegations of antisemitism.

An hour before the 81-year-old British director received his honorary degree from the free university of Brussels (ULB) on Thursday, he told reporters he could not allow Charles Michel’s comments to go unanswered.

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Dublin patron saint's preserved heart recovered by police

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:05:55 GMT2018-04-26T21:05:55Z

Relic went missing after thieves made off with the heart of St Laurence O’Toole six years ago

The 800-year-old heart of Dublin’s patron saint has been recovered by police, six years after it was stolen from a cathedral in the city.

The relic – the heart of St Laurence O’Toole – was taken from Christ Church Cathedral in 2012. It has no monetary value but is “a priceless treasure” for the church, said the cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev Dermot Dunne.

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The sadism of white men: why America must atone for its lynchings

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:00:09 GMT2018-04-26T06:00:09Z

The new National Memorial for Peace and Justice – along with the related Legacy Museum – aims to shine a light on America’s history of enforcing white supremacy through racial terrorism in the form of lynching

Vanessa Croft was driving home after work in Gadsden, Alabama last month when she noticed something strange in her rear-view mirror. There were two huge flags bearing the starred cross of the Confederacy fluttering angrily behind her from the back of a menacing black pickup truck.

Related: How white Americans used lynchings to terrorize and control black people

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Amber Rudd's 10 days of contrition for Windrush scandal

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:09:27 GMT2018-04-26T21:09:27Z

A four-apology bonanza seems to have staved off the home secretary’s personal crisis – for now

By the time she stood up on Thursday to make her fourth apology for the Windrush fiasco in the space of 10 days, Amber Rudd’s contrition over the victims of the scandal was becoming quite familiar.

The Windrush generation “are legally here”, she said (again). People “who contributed so much … should never have experienced what they have”.

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'Finally women are believed': Bill Cosby guilty verdict welcomed

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:16:10 GMT2018-04-26T23:16:10Z

#MeToo supporters express relief at Cosby’s conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand

Gloria Allred, the lawyer who represented many of Bill Cosby accusers, said the guilty verdict against the comedian was a vindication.

“We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed, and not only in a hashtag #MeToo, but also in a court of law,” she said.

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Inter-Korean summit's key players: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:53:55 GMT2018-04-26T22:53:55Z

How will a meeting go between North Korea’s wary, unelected leader and the South’s deft diplomat? Here are profiles of two very different men

Born – Kim Jong-un on 8 January 1984 (the date has been widely reported although not officially confirmed) to Ko Yong-hui, a Japanese-born Korean dancer, and Kim Jong-il, the supreme leader. Attended Kim II-sung University, a prestigious officer-training school in Pyongyang. In July 2012 state media announced he was married to Ri Sol-ju. South Korean intelligence has reportedly said the couple have three children.

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Kylie on how ageing, breast cancer and Nick Cave all influenced her greatest hits

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:27:42 GMT2018-04-26T11:27:42Z

The Australian pop great picks out her favourite songs of a three-decade career, from escaping the creative boredom of the Kylie & Jason years to the dancefloor classics of her new album, Golden

You can look at Kylie Minogue’s career in terms of statistics – seven UK No 1 singles, 34 Top 10 singles, 118 weeks in the Top 10, plus five No 1 albums and seven more in the Top 10 – and those figures are impressive. But they don’t truly measure the love that people hold for a singer who has been part of the fabric of pop for 30 years. To launch her latest album, Golden, she played a handful of tiny club shows, including one at the Cafe de Paris in London. She says she was terrified. “I thought: ‘People only know one song …’” She need not have been: there was an air of hysteria from her fans at seeing her return in such intimate surroundings. Frankly, she could have read a phone book while someone dug up the stage with a pneumatic drill and people would still have swooned. She laughs at this, adding: “With a banjo!”

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Kim Dotcom seeks topnotch chef and counter-intelligence staff for new house

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 02:28:35 GMT2018-04-27T02:28:35Z

Dotcom, a German national with New Zealand residency, has moved from Auckland to the tourist hub of Queenstown

Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing company Megaupload, is advertising for live-in staff in his New Zealand mansion; and the eclectic team, including a chef and counter-intelligence officer, he is recruiting will make for a lively household.

Dotcom, a German national who has permanent residency in New Zealand, shifted south from his longtime base in Auckland to the tourist hub of Queenstown in the lower South Island last year, citing a desire to get away from “spies” and raise his children among mountains and lakes.

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FA’s proposed sale of Wembley to Shahid Khan is a sign of the times

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:04:49 GMT2018-04-26T18:04:49Z

Times change and the idea of an overseas billionaire taking over is now being seen as a workable solution to the FA’s money problems

The Football Association’s proposed sale of Wembley stadium to the US car parts billionaire Shahid Khan was not greeted by a widespread shriek of patriotic indignation, perhaps illustrating how accustomed British people are now to crown jewels being sold overseas. Liverpool, thrillingly reconnecting with their European Cup-winning heritage and rampaging towards the Champions League final, are owned by US sports franchise billionaires, as are Manchester United, Arsenal and other grand clubs including Fulham, which Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team, bought from Mohamed Al Fayed in 2013.

Fayed sold his other London landmark, Harrods, to Qatari state funds, which also owns the Shard and many prestigious chunks of the West End. The Premier League champions and large tracts of east Manchester are owned by the Abu Dhabi ruling family after decades in which no British investors could be found to arrest economic decline.

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Katie Hopkins is dishing out advice for Londoners – live from her living room in Devon

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:38:41 GMT2018-04-26T16:38:41Z

Despite her status in the US as an unemployed foreign no-mark, Ms Hopkins is thrilled to be welcoming President Trump on his summer visit to the UK capital and has plenty to say about the city and its mayor

Back in January, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s explosive disclosures about Donald Trump to the author Michael Wolff gave rise to perhaps my favourite ever Katie Hopkins tweet (tough field). “Keep going, sir,” ran this Pooterish direct address to the president of the United States. “When I am over I am going to bang you and Steve’s heads together. You two boys need to learn to play nicely. Together we win.”

Every. Single. Word. It’s literally perfect, from the casual WTF-ery of “when I am over”, as though a bilateral summit were immediately pending, to Katie’s attempt to cast herself as a Republican strategist with the grim heft of a Lee Atwater. As for the explanation as to how “we” “win”, I’m sure Brad Parscale will be seconding her to the 2020 campaign just the minute he starts smoking crack. Big hire, that one. Gamechanger. However, the tweet’s keystone is obviously Katie’s bogglingly self-satirising attempt to play nanny to two “boys” who don’t even eat people like her for breakfast. They have people who have people who have people who eat people like her for breakfast. Still, she’s totally gonna bang their two heads together! Or, as the newspaper headlines will have it: “Unemployed foreign no-mark neutralised by secret service for trying to touch president’s hem.”

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Alfie Evans’ parents needed help. The vultures came instead | Gaby Hinsliff

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:22:32 GMT2018-04-26T18:22:32Z

As if the heartbreak over the fate of their son was not enough, the vulnerable couple became the focus of activists with their own agendas

Fanatical. Deluded. Emotive nonsense. These are unusually strong terms for a judge to use, particularly in a case as intensely sad and bitterly contested as that of the terminally ill child Alfie Evans. Yet Mr Justice Hayden, referring to some of the campaigners now surrounding Alfie’s parents, did not mince his words, after this most hellish of ethical dilemmas ended this week in a court ruling that the child’s ventilator be switched off against the family’s wishes.

The judge was careful not to attach blame to Tom Evans and Kate James, who cannot accept the settled view of their son’s doctors that his brain has been damaged catastrophically by an as yet undiagnosed condition, or that the intensive treatment required to keep him alive is no longer in his best interest and may be causing him suffering.

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Bill Cosby's verdict is a rare moment of justice in a long, uphill battle | Jessica Valenti

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:57:43 GMT2018-04-26T18:57:43Z

Most of the women who shared their stories as part of #MeToo won’t see their attackers in jail. We can’t let one man’s downfall distract us from the task ahead

After years of rumors, accusations and finally criminal charges, Bill Cosby has been found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand 14 years ago. The 80-year-old, most famous for playing the beloved television dad Cliff Huxtable, could face 15 to 30 years in prison. His first trial ended in a deadlocked jury last summer.

Cosby, who has been accused of multiple sexual assaults and rapes by nearly 60 women spanning decades, has maintained his innocence – with his lawyers smearing his accusers as liars and promiscuous.

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Donald Trump perfects the art of the self-contradictory interview | Richard Wolffe

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:29:02 GMT2018-04-26T20:29:02Z

There were so many moments where Trump made literally no sense in a Thursday Fox News interview

Throughout his life, Donald Trump’s two greatest assets have been his mental stability and being, like, really smart. We all know that because he told us three months ago.

In fact, when you think about it – and Donald Trump has – if you consider his business life, and his TV stardom, and his presidential victory, you’d have to say he was not smart, but genius. And a very stable genius at that.

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Amber Rudd stumbles toward total ineptitude over Windrush | John Crace

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:00:17 GMT2018-04-26T15:00:17Z

Unable to do the obvious thing and blame her predecessor, the home secretary flounders

After the best part of two weeks trying to firefight the Windrush scandal, Amber Rudd is a shell of a human being. Devoid of honour and credibility, her ambition narrowed down to mere survival. Putting one foot in front of the other and keeping on keeping on. One day after another, one blunder after another. She now knows so little she can barely remember her own name. Or what her job is. Her incompetence is now almost total.

For her latest outing in front of the Commons to explain why she had told the home affairs select committee there were no targets for deportations, when a Home Office official had minutes earlier admitted there were, the home secretary came armed with the support of, not just her Home Office team, but also cabinet members Michael Gove and Sajid Javid and several dozen backbenchers. The Tories are desperate for her to keep her job. Not because they believe in her competence but because they know that if she goes, the prime minister is vulnerable.

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Nearly every mass killer is a man. Why aren’t we talking about that? | Gary Younge

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:10:53 GMT2018-04-26T15:10:53Z

After the Toronto attack, there should be a debate about toxic masculinity, and the issues of identity and rage that turn so many men towards violence

From the Oklahoma bombing to the massacre in Norway it is always the same. In the immediate aftermath of mass murder, the initial hypothesis is that it must be a Muslim. And so it was on Monday that, within minutes of a van mowing down pedestrians in Toronto, a far-right lynching party was mobilised on social media looking for jihadis. Paul Joseph Watson, of conspiracy site Infowars, announced, “A jihadist has just killed nine people”; Katie Hopkins branded the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, a “terrorist shill”.

But there is a far safer assumption one can generally make. For while a relatively small proportion of mass killers in North America are Muslim, across the globe they are almost all men.

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Antoine Griezmann grabs away goal as Arsenal are held by 10-man Atlético

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:04:56 GMT2018-04-26T21:04:56Z

It is the hope that has killed Arsène Wenger so many times over the final traumatic years of his Arsenal tenure. The manager is the eternal optimist, always seeing the good in people and players, and when Alexandre Lacazette headed his team into a 61st minute lead, Wenger could begin to dream.

The 68-year-old has not hidden his desire to walk away from his life’s work at Arsenal with the Europa League – it would be a first trophy of any description for him in Europe – and Lacazette, a former Lyon striker, had moved the club closer to the final, which, coincidentally, will be played in Lyon.

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NFL draft 2018: Baker Mayfield picked No1 overall by Cleveland Browns – as it happened

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 03:39:56 GMT2018-04-27T03:39:56Z

  • Giants and Jets pick Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold respectively
  • Bills and Cardinals trade up for Josh Allen and Josh Rosen

And with that, the first found of the 2018 NFL Draft is in the books. There are still several more rounds to go over the long weekend, but that’s all for tonight. Stay tuned for more NFL Draft coverage here at the Guardian over the next few days. Thanks to everybody who followed along with us over the last few hours, especially those who contributed. Ciao!

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Lewis Hamilton holds Sebastian Vettel in higher regard a year after clash

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:03:27 GMT2018-04-26T17:03:27Z

• Vettel barged Hamilton on track in last year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix
• ‘The respect has grown a considerable amount since then’

Lewis Hamilton said his regard for Sebastian Vettel has grown as the pair return to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix where last year the German barged his rival on the track. It was the low point in their relationship when they were in a closely fought battle for the title.

The Ferrari driver, who has two victories from three races this season while Hamilton remains without a win, leads the world championship standings by nine points.

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RFU’s Steve Brown defends £195 tickets for England v All Blacks at Twickenham

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:13:00 GMT2018-04-26T21:13:00Z

• Chief executive says top-range price in line with other major events
• RFU says it could sell out 20 times over for New Zealand game

Top-priced seats at Twickenham for England’s blockbuster fixture against New Zealand in November will cost £195 apiece when they go on sale this week, with the Rugby Football Union dismissing any prospect of a Test revenue-sharing agreement with less‑wealthy visiting nations.

Steve Brown, the RFU’s chief executive, says the “heavy” top-range tickets are comparable with other major sporting events and sees no reason to amend the traditional model of home unions retaining all ticket proceeds. The previous RFU chief executive, Ian Ritchie, suggested New Zealand should build a bigger stadium and Brown’s message to his NZ Rugby counterpart, Steve Tew, was similarly blunt.

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IAAF doctor predicts intersex category in athletics within five to 10 years

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:47:52 GMT2018-04-26T14:47:52Z

• Dr Stéphane Bermon admits public opinion could be an obstacle
• Comments come after IAAF announces new testosterone rules

A leading scientist at international athletics’ governing body has said he is in favour of a third category for intersex athletes and that it could happen within five years – although he admitted public opinion will have to shift first.

Dr Stéphane Bermon, who heads the IAAF’s health and science department, told the Guardian that while he was speaking in a personal capacity he had the “feeling some day it will happen, and probably in five or 10 years”.

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Eoin Morgan keeps World Cup hopes to himself despite England’s improvement

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:20:10 GMT2018-04-26T18:20:10Z

• England up to third in ODI rankings after six series wins in a row
• Morgan wary after disappointment in 2016 World T20 final

Eoin Morgan will not allow himself to visualise lifting the World Cup at Lord’s next summer but believes his England team will definitely be among the contenders if they continue their current improvement.

Fixtures for the 2019 tournament were announced on Thursday, with England’s campaign in the all-play-all, 10-team group stage starting against South Africa at the Oval on 30 May and playing at nine of the 11 host venues overall.

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Ben Barba scores hat-trick but injury mars St Helens’ rout of Salford

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:18:21 GMT2018-04-26T21:18:21Z

• Salford 10-60 St Helens
• Australian full-back leaves on stretcher after awkward landing

After less than a year in a St Helens shirt it is already clear Ben Barba’s time in Super League could be limited – which perhaps makes it important on nights such as this to sit back and marvel at what a magnificent talent has blessed British rugby league.

Barba, 28, may well have arrived on these shores in auspicious circumstances last June, with a 12-match drug ban to serve before he could even make his debut for the club – but whenever he leaves, be it at the end of this season or next, he will do so having established himself as one of the competition’s finest talents.

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Wembley stadium: key moments from its history – video

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:04:17 GMT2018-04-26T17:04:17Z

The Football Association has reportedly been offered £600m (with Club Wembley rights for £300m) for Wembley stadium by the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan. With the stadium in the news once again, we take a look back at memorable moments from its history

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Unfit for office? How the 25th amendment could remove Trump – video explainer

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:00:19 GMT2018-04-24T13:00:19Z

Political dramas Homeland and Designated Survivor have recently explored how a president could be removed from office using the 25th amendment to the US constitution. It can only be triggered if the president is deemed 'unfit for office'. But how would it work in reality? Who would be needed to trigger it? And why has it never been used before? The Guardian's US political reporter Sabrina Siddiqui explains

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Sit-ins and picket lines: why Armenia has been protesting – video explainer

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:23:03 GMT2018-04-23T16:23:03Z

Armenia's prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, has resigned after days of protests in the country's capital, Yerevan. Demonstrations began after Sargsyan took the role of prime minister immediately after two terms as president. Protesters accused him of stealing power

Serzh Sargsyan resigns as Armenia's prime minister after protests

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Swedish DJ Avicii dies at 28 – video obituary

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:25:02 GMT2018-04-20T20:25:02Z

Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, has been found dead in Muscat, Oman at the age of 28. The DJ, from Sweden, retired from live performances in 2016 due to a string of health issues. Bergling's representative who announced the death has said 'no further statements will be given'.


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Stonewall's Ruth Hunt tells Owen Jones: 'My heart breaks for trans communities' – video interview

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:34:24 GMT2018-04-20T10:34:24Z

The Stonewall chief executive, Ruth Hunt, talks to Owen Jones about her shock at the level of vitriol directed at transgender and non-binary people. She says the scale of abuse in the UK has contributed to high levels of self-harm, mental illness and suicidal thoughts in trans communities

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How was Daphne Caruana Galizia murdered? – video

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

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

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How half a million hens were saved from slaughter – video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Barry review – A perfect storm of horror and hilarity as Bill Hader's hitman turns actor

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:25:28 GMT2018-04-26T22:25:28Z

This new show has great actors, convincing characters and plotlines that weave together an unlikely combination of violent crime and comedy

In a Los Angeles parking lot, Barry Berkman (played by former Saturday Night Live comedian Bill Hader) is telling Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler, the Fonz, cue whooping) what he is good at. (Barry, Sky Atlantic) “I’m good at killing people,” he says. “Yeah, when I got back from Afghanistan, I was really depressed, I could hardly leave my house for months. This friend of my dad’s, he’s like an uncle to me, he helped me out and he gave me a purpose. He told me that what I was good at over there could be useful here, and, er, it’s a job.”

There is so much going on – and so much of what Barry is about – in the scene. Barry is an army vet, now depressed and unhappy in his work as a hitman based in Cleveland. It’s tough for him to adapt to life after war. He is in LA to dispense with his latest mark, Ryan, a personal trainer who – very stupidly – is shagging the wife of a Chechen mob boss. It was the gang – specifically the boss’s bald, camp, deputy Noho Hank (played hilariously by Anthony Carrigan) – who commissioned the hit.

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Games console: Dan Hett, the indie game designer pouring his grief into interactive art

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:18:06 GMT2018-04-26T14:18:06Z

When Dan Hett’s younger brother Martyn was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing, he embarked on a trilogy of autobiographical experimental video games about the experience and its aftermath

Scrolling through Twitter on his phone before going to sleep on 22 May 2017, Dan Hett saw a few vague mentions of an accident of some sort in Manchester: “no details, no actual news, just busybodies speculating.” He rubbed his eyes, removed his glasses and lay down without thinking about it any further. It wasn’t until he picked up his phone the following morning and saw hundreds of notifications that he realised something real had happened, that there had been an explosion, and that his brother Martyn was missing. “The messages, the ones you read … they were right, and you went to sleep,” said a voice in his head. “You went to fucking sleep.”

Hett describes this and his other experiences in the days following the Manchester Arena bombing in harrowing detail in his autobiographical hypertext game c ya laterrrr, which was released in December 2017. Written in the second-person, the game puts you in Hett’s shoes, combining detailed descriptions of what was going on in his head as escalating panic gave way to fear and anger, with small decisions for the player to make about how to behave. Do you call your mum or your dad? Do you press the police for more information or sit in numb silence? Do you wait for news at the emergency zone, packed with other exhausted, terrified families, or go home and wait there?

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'We’re darker than other boybands – but we’re still very American': how Brockhampton broke the mould

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:23:33 GMT2018-04-26T15:23:33Z

Most of them are men of colour – and many of their songs address being gay – but that’s not the only way these millennial sensations are reinventing the boyband

America’s best new boyband is crammed, 13 deep, into the green room backstage at Chicago’s House of Blues. The sprawling collective known as Brockhampton (minus photographer Ashlan Grey) is preparing for the first of two nights of shows at the 1,800-capacity venue, on the tail end of their almost entirely sold out Love Your Parents tour. Four years ago, its members dropped out of their respective normal lives to move to San Marcos, Texas, where they slept on the floor in unfurnished apartments and spent every waking minute on art. Forget the corporate gloss of traditional boyband fare; instead, their songs are a giddy blend of kick-in-the-door raps, sunny-day soul, lighters-in-the-sky pop melodies and skate-punk energy.

By typical standards, their work has been paying off – and then some. Last year, the group released not just their debut album, but their second and third, too; the third, December’s Saturation III, debuted at No 15 on the US Billboard albums chart. There’s also Billy Star, a feature-length film with original music (the 22-minute trailer is available to stream), along with American Boyband, an eight-episode documentary-style TV series on Viceland. But Kevin Abstract, the group’s de facto leader, isn’t satisfied – not yet.

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Ellen Burstyn: 'Women on screen were prostitutes or victims – I wanted to embody a hero'

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:30:47 GMT2018-04-26T15:30:47Z

At 85, the award-winning actor is preparing for her directorial debut and starring in a new film. She talks about Trump, feminism and the accident on The Exorcist set that still leaves a bitter taste

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‘It’s terrifying!” Ellen Burstyn isn’t talking about her war with a demon in The Exorcist. Nor is she recalling her battle with amphetamine addiction in Requiem for a Dream. Rather, as I sit down opposite her, she is talking about the current US president.

He has become an inescapable topic, especially in New York where we are, but for the 85-year-old, his reign has an added sting. Burstyn was not only a vocal supporter of his predecessor but was a visible part of Barack Obama’s campaign.

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The Wound review – raw pain and challenge of male circumcision drama

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:30:19 GMT2018-04-26T14:30:19Z

John Trengove’s boldly transgressive film tells the story of a city kid’s traditional initiation ritual and the secret gay sexuality of his mentors in a mountain retreat

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The Wound of the title has a number of metaphorical applications, mostly to do with the agony involved in suppressing the truth about your sexuality, and also in revealing it. It could be a symbol for the secret emotional pain that exists alongside the male aggression and male adventure that is effectively using it as fuel, maybe calling to mind Philoctetes, the warrior in the Iliad, abandoned by his comrades on the remote island of Lemnos before the Trojan war because of a noxious suppurating wound and yet rescued because his magical bow is needed.

Related: Nakhane: 'For as long as I need to, I'm going to talk about being a gay artist'

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Toro: Beauty and the Bull review – unbound eroticism and dynamite dancing

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:00:20 GMT2018-04-26T15:00:20Z

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Carlos Pons Guerra’s production for DeNada Dance Theatre is a lurid mix of melodrama and showmanship



Young Spanish-born choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra has been forging a distinctive style that – to borrow the title of one of his own works – might be dubbed “ham and passion”: a lurid mix of melodrama, eroticism, iconoclasm and showmanship.

With two acts, six dancers and an extended playlist of Latin music from mariachi marches to Cuban torch songs and Spanish orchestral fantasias, Toro: Beauty and the Bull is Guerra’s most ambitious work yet. DeNada Dance Theatre’s production opens with Beauty (Emma Louise Walker) lying inert on a bordello floor with her legs spread. The beasts of the story are four men who brace their arms like stags locking horns, or face each other off with cockfight struts. Awoken, Beauty struggles but fails to escape, until she encounters an altogether different beast: the fabulous Marivi da Silva as the Bull, flamenco-skirted, her breasts in straps and horns upon her head. This mythic creature comes to represent a different, fantastical alternative: a mix of power, tenderness and passionate sensuality. No wonder Beauty falls for the Bull; and no wonder the beasts hound them.

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Is it weird to eat the same sandwich for lunch every day?

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:29:05 GMT2018-04-26T13:29:05Z

Housing minister Dominic Raab’s food habits have sparked debate, but surveys show UK workers are repetitive eaters

Did you eat the same thing for today’s lunch at work that you ate yesterday? We ask because a detail about sandwiches was one of the odder elements of a story about a Westminster security alert. A woman accused of meeting men via a “sugar daddy” website while working for parliament told the Daily Mirror that the housing minister, Dominic Raab, has exactly the same thing for lunch every day: a Pret a Manger chicken caesar and bacon baguette, with a pot of fruit and the same smoothie.

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Quick, no-stir risotto recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:00:15 GMT2018-04-26T11:00:15Z

Think risotto is all about endless stirring? Think again…

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: despite what every nonna and Italian cookbook will tell you, you don’t need to chain yourself to the hob to make a decent risotto. The method below, which involves a mere two minutes of stirring, comes from a fourth-generation rice grower from the Veneto. And if it’s good enough for him …

Prep 5 min
Cook 35 min
Serves 2

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You're the one that I want: Grease-inspired summer fashion – in pictures

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:00:11 GMT2018-04-26T05:00:11Z

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Grease is still lightning in the style stakes – as these chic Rydell High School-inspired outfits attest

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Great boat trips: readers’ travel tips

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:02:12 GMT2018-04-26T11:02:12Z

Scanning the Indian Ocean for blue whales, an Amazon ferry adventure, the engineering marvels of the Manchester ship canal … readers share their favourite trips by boat

The only way to get to the city of Iquitos in Peru is by air or boat. I took the three-day ferry from Yurimaguas along the Amazon. Sharing the ferry with cargo and cattle, the journey both fulfilled my dream of seeing the Amazon and was a unique opportunity to get to know my fellow passengers over some Cusqueña beer. My bed was a hammock strung between posts on the top deck, with my days spent looking out over the great forest, spotting toucans and pink river dolphins. An experience no tour could ever match.
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I can’t afford to upgrade my Vista PC. What can I do?

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:11:30 GMT2018-04-26T10:11:30Z

Firefox is about to stop supporting Windows Vista and websites are not working. Is there a cheap or preferably free solution?

I read your article about Windows 10 updates and that most PCs with Vista should be tossed in the trash bin. I really don’t want to do that. I bought my computer with a disability settlement, and I simply don’t have the money for upgrades. It is an HP Model m8530f with an AMD Phenom 9550 quad-core processor and 5GB of memory. I use it for writing, blogging, internet access, simple games, nothing intense. But I do need to do something because there is only one web browser I can use effectively, and some websites have begun to shun us unfortunate Vista folks. Please tell me how to do this. I am not stupid or illiterate, just a little on the broke side, and a bit (OK, a lot) of a procrastinator. Jeanne

Microsoft launched Windows Vista in January 2007 and stopped supporting it in April last year. Any PCs still running Vista are therefore likely to be eight to 10 years old, and showing their age. In particular, hard drives are increasingly prone to fail after about five years, or 50,000 hours use, so it’s important to keep good backups.

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Lentil, mung bean and carrot pastas are suddenly popular – but do they taste any good?

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:07:55 GMT2018-04-26T09:07:55Z

Traditional, carb-heavy pastas have fallen out of favour thanks to a rise in ‘free-from’ and plant-based diets. We put the legume alternatives to the test

Pasta is not as fashionable as it was a couple of decades ago. The rise of obesity and overeating, as well as a growing awareness of the benefits of high-fibre foods and complex carbohydrates, has meant simple dried pasta has taken a dive in popularity.

To try and stem the tide of people swapping the carb-heavy dish for healthier alternatives there have been various attempts at giving pasta a wholesome makeover. Last month a study claimed that eating pasta could, in fact, aid weight loss. Reading the small print, however, it became clear that this is reliant on a calorie-controlled eating plan – small portions, in other words, which isn’t necessarily what happens in practice. Portion sizes in pasta recipes are often 100g, whereas a more health-conscious serving should be nearer 55-75g.

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Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor and more: the ultimate Avengers primer

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:25:07 GMT2018-04-18T15:25:07Z

Marvel’s expansive world of superheroes and arch villains comes together in Avengers: Infinity War. Read on to relive the epic battles and rivalries that are sure to play out in the new film

Avengers: Infinity War, is in cinemas now with the most powerful team in film history uniting once more to take on Thanos. But he won’t go down without a fight, and plans to bring together the six infinity stones – items of supreme power – that are dotted throughout the films of the Marvel universe.

It’s taken 10 years and 18 films to get to this point: heroes have been created, the stones have been tracked down and the Avengers have assembled. So are you all caught up on Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the gang? Here is the ultimate Avengers primer, in narrative chronological order, to get you back up to speed.

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Wakanda forever: why Black Panther’s homeland speaks to 2018

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:47:37 GMT2018-04-20T14:47:37Z

As anticipation for Avengers: Infinity War builds, Carl Anka takes a closer look at the fictitious African nation that the superhero of the decade calls home

“Wakanda forever” was the battle cry from Okoye in Black Panther – a rousing call that reached beyond the confines of the plot of the film and into the pop culture diaspora. Professional athletes started doing the Wakanda salute to each other in celebration, while people started campaigns to enable young school children to watch and be inspired by the adventures of T’Challa, Shuri, Okoye and Nakia.

Black Panther took the super hero genre to Shakespearean levels of storytelling and powered its way to become the highest-grossing super hero film in US box office history. Okoye called “Wakanda forever”, and the people responded. Wakanda, its people and the legend of Black Panther became more than just a setting for super heroes, but an idea – of smart, talented people across a culture uniting for a common goal.

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Bigger than epic: the impossibly starry cast of Avengers: Infinity War

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:54:26 GMT2018-04-20T14:54:26Z

Downey Jr, Hemsworth, Pratt, Cumberbatch, Johansson – Marvel’s latest megamovie has them all and more – get up to speed with Infinity War’s dazzling cast. In UK cinemas now

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Assemble your answers: the ultimate Avengers trivia quiz

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:47:53 GMT2018-04-20T14:47:53Z

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the Marvel universe Avengers: Infinity War is in UK cinemas now Ten years, 18 films and oh so many explosions come to a head in Avengers: Infinity War – in UK cinemas now. We’re here to see how prepared you are: do you know your Iron Man from your Iron Patriot? Your Agent Coulson from your Agent Carter? Your Helicarrier from your Quinjet? Let a battle the Grandmaster would be proud of begin.Let’s ease you all in gently. What’s the name of Tony Stark’s love interest?Pepper PottsSally SaltVeronica VinegarKelly KetchupMarvel is famous for its post-credit sequences: what did the Avengers eat after the credits rolled in Avengers Assemble?Fish and chipsShawarmaA giant hotdogA nice low-calorie saladWakanda is the advanced nation in the heart of Africa and Black Panther’s homeland. What’s the material that’s helped Wakanda become so tech savvy?VibraniumSilkSiliconeUnobtaniumWhich film did Hawkeye make his first appearance in?HawkeyeBirdmanThorAvengers AssembleIron Man isn’t the only iron-suited hero in the Marvel universe. What’s the name of the character behind War Machine’s mask?Larry from financeRhodeyFrankDaveIn Thor: Ragnarok, Thor bumps into his old pal Hulk, but how does he say they know each other?From the gymFrom an awkward Tinder dateFrom workFrom anger management therapyDoctor Strange can do many things: he can create portals with his sling ring, he can fly using the cloak of levitation, and he can control time using …The sands of timeThe ears of learningThe heart of MoggThe Eye of AgamottoStan Lee likes to show up in most Marvel films: what job did he do in Ant-Man?BartenderTruck driverBeauty pageant judgeDrunk manIn Thor: The Dark World who played Malekith, leader of the elves?Christopher EcclestonTom HiddlestonIdris ElbaAnthony HopkinsThe Collector is a mysterious hoarder of rare artefacts, plants and one or two easter eggs. Which Marvel character does he have in his vault?Howard the DuckRyan the RhinoTony the TigerMorris the MooseIn Spider-Man: Homecoming Peter Parker discovers that alien technology is being sold on the black market. What’s the name of the aliens it came from?CaretakersAndoriansMinabriChitauriThe Guardians of the Galaxy possibly cause more trouble than they solve. What’s the name of Peter Quill’s ship?SerenityThe MilanoStar BugHeart of GoldIron Man kick-started the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but which film comes first chronologically?Captain America: The First AvengerThorThe Incredible HulkAnt-ManIn Avengers: Age of Ultron, H[...]


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Alfie Evans' father offers olive branch to hospital staff

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:30:59 GMT2018-04-26T18:30:59Z

After intense legal battle over life support, family offers to work with medical team on palliative care plan

The father of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who is at the centre of a life-support treatment battle, has said he wants to build bridges with hospital staff.

Making a statement outside Alder Hey children’s hospital, where his son is being treated, Tom Evans thanked staff “for their dignity and professionalism” and acknowledged the legal battle must have been an “incredibly difficult time” for them.

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Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson announces pregnancy

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:06:36 GMT2018-04-26T16:06:36Z

The 39-year-old says she is expecting a baby in October after undergoing IVF treatment

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, has announced that she is 13 weeks pregnant with her first child.

The 39-year-old said she and her partner, Jen Wilson, were delighted to be expecting a baby in October after undergoing IVF treatment.

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NHS preparing to offer ‘game-changing’ cancer treatment

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:29:56 GMT2018-04-26T17:29:56Z

Health service chief calls for affordable access to CAR-T, which modifies immune system to destroy cancer cells

The NHS is preparing to fast-track a “game-changing” cancer treatment into hospitals, its chief executive has said, calling for the manufacturers to help by setting an affordable price.

Simon Stevens said CAR-T therapy, which has been licensed in the US but not yet in the UK, could be approved for use this year. The treatments, which are hugely expensive, work by genetically engineering the patient’s immune system’s killer T-cells to recognise and destroy cancer cells.

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'We're on our knees', says TSB boss as IT crisis drags on

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:19:54 GMT2018-04-26T18:19:54Z

Frustrated customers told they may have to wait until next week before normal service returns

TSB customers have spent their seventh successive day battling to access their accounts as the bank admitted the crisis could run into next week.

The bank’s boss, Paul Pester, said TSB will waive £10m in overdraft fees and pay extra interest on current accounts. He has hired a new team of IT experts from IBM who have been told the problems must be fixed by Saturday.

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Save the Children suspends UK funding bids over abuse scandal

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:24:38 GMT2018-04-26T17:24:38Z

Charity chief says it will not seek government funds until it meets expected standards

Save the Children is to suspend bidding for UK government funding in the wake of the scandal over alleged sexual abuse and inappropriate behaviour by staff in the charity sector.

The announcement follows the launch of a Charity Commission inquiry into the handling of sexual harassment allegations against two senior Save the Children executives in 2012 and 2015.

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Drugs gangs recruiting children from small towns, research reveals

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:02:50 GMT2018-04-26T17:02:50Z

County lines drugs networks are taking on more local children who are ‘easily groomed’

County lines drugs networks are increasingly recruiting children in provincial towns to sell drugs rather than trafficking youngsters from London and other major cities, research shows.

An analysis of case work with children involved with the distribution networks, which connect inner city drugs gangs to small towns, has shown that most are now recruited in the area where distribution ends, with youngsters from the city more often used to transport drugs.

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Facebook chief's select committee session: five things we heard

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:20:58 GMT2018-04-26T15:20:58Z

MPs grilled Mike Schroepfer on Cambridge Analytica. Here’s what he and they had to say

Mike Schroepfer may not have been Mark Zuckerberg, but Facebook’s chief technology officer was nevertheless forced to admit in front of MPs that the company had made errors in its handling of the Cambridge Analytica data breach, faced questions over what the company had not told MPs in a previous hearing, and apologised for threatening the Guardian with legal action.

Here are the five main points from his appearance before the digital, culture, media and sport select committee:

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Carpetright, Poundworld and Fenwick set to axe jobs

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:00:41 GMT2018-04-26T18:00:41Z

High street struggles continue, with 33% of retailers reporting falling sales

The high street has been rocked by a fresh wave of store closures and job losses as household names including Carpetright, Fenwick and Poundworld announced major restructuring programmes.

At a meeting in London on Thursday, Carpetright was able to avoid tipping into administration after landlords backed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that will allow it to close 92 stores with the loss of 300 jobs.

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Fracking may have caused South Korean earthquake – study

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:01:29 GMT2018-04-26T23:01:29Z

Researchers analysed data from November quake and found main shock occurred near fracking site

One of South Korea’s largest earthquakes on record may have been caused by hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – according to a study published on Friday in the journal Science.

A magnitude-5.5 earthquake hit the south-eastern city of Pohang on 15 November, injuring at least 70 people, temporarily displacing hundreds, and causing millions of dollars of damage. In the aftermath, residents and researchers have questioned whether the quake could be connected to a geothermal plant – the country’s first – less than 2km (about 1 mile) away.

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White House releases pictures of Mike Pompeo shaking hands with Kim Jong-un

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:08:58 GMT2018-04-26T21:08:58Z

Pompeo confirmed to replace Rex Tillerson as US secretary of state after receiving backing from 57 senators – but 42 voted no

The White House on Thursday released two photographs of Mike Pompeo, the new US secretary of state, shaking hands with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. The photos came hours after the US Senate confirmed Pompeo as Donald Trump’s top diplomat.

The photographs were taken during the visit of Pompeo, then the CIA director, to Pyongyang over Easter. In one image, Pompeo and Kim face each other looking serious; in the other, they both appear to wear faint smiles.

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Avicii's family say DJ 'could not go on any longer'

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:45:33 GMT2018-04-26T18:45:33Z

Swedish star remembered as ‘sensitive guy’ who was not made for the music business

The family of the Swedish DJ Avicii, who was found dead last week, have released a statement saying he “could not go on any longer” and “he wanted to find peace”.

Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on Friday. Omani police said no evidence of foul play had been found, although the cause of death has not been announced.

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'Obscene masquerade': Russia criticised over Douma chemical attack denial

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:46:28 GMT2018-04-26T17:46:28Z

Witnesses taken to The Hague to say no attack took place in Damascus suburb on 7 April

Russia has been accused of carrying out an “obscene masquerade” for transporting 17 Syrian people to Europe to assert that no chemical weapons attack occurred in the town of Douma earlier this month.

The supposed witnesses were unveiled by Russia at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague in an attempt to discredit western claims that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime mounted the chemical attack on 7 April.

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Nine teenage hikers killed in Israel flash floods

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:58:20 GMT2018-04-26T18:58:20Z

Police say 15 rescued and one still missing from group hiking south of Dead Sea

Nine Israeli teenagers who were hiking south of the Dead Sea have been killed by flash floods, Israel’s rescue service said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 25 students in a pre-army course were “caught off guard” near Arava in southern Israel and some were “washed away” by heavy rains. He said 15 hikers were rescued and one was still missing. Eight of those killed were men and one was a woman; they were all 18.

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Priest found dead in Mexico in the same week as two others were killed

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:12:13 GMT2018-04-26T20:12:13Z

Moises Fabila Reyes appeared to have died of a heart attack following a reported kidnapping, amid a wave of violence against clerics

A Roman Catholic priest who had been reported kidnapped has been found dead in central Mexico. He is the third priest killed or to have died under suspicious circumstances in the country in a week.

Prosecutors in Morelos state said a relative identified the body of the Rev Moises Fabila Reyes, 83, who appeared to have died of a heart attack. Twenty-five priests have been killed in Mexico since the current president took office in 2012.

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Amazon doubles quarterly profits to $1.6bn – and hikes annual cost of Prime

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:23:57 GMT2018-04-26T22:23:57Z

Company announces cost of Prime subscription will increase $20 to $119 for US customers, after share price soars to record high of $1,625

As Amazon reported that it had more than doubled its profits to $1.6bn in the first three months of 2018, the company announced that the cost of a Prime subscription would increase to $119 from $99 per year for US customers.

The results sent the company’s shares soaring 7% to a new record of $1,625 in after-hours trading, adding billions to the fortune of its founder, Jeff Bezos.

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Protests in Spain as five men cleared of teenager's gang rape

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:33:19 GMT2018-04-26T17:33:19Z

Men found guilty of lesser offence of sexual abuse of 18-year-old during Pamplona festival

Protests are being held across Spain after five men accused of the gang rape of a teenager during the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona were found guilty of the lesser offence of sexual abuse.

The attack two years ago prompted a national outcry, as did the subsequent trial, which was widely criticised as a cross-examination of the 18-year-old woman rather than the men who attacked her.

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From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:00:10 GMT2018-04-26T05:00:10Z

Nina Gold’s role is invisible, and yet her taste has shaped much of what we watch on film and TV. By Sophie Elmhirst

Earlier this year, the casting director Nina Gold sat at the back of the stalls of the Criterion theatre in the West End and watched a group of students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland perform their showcase. After three years at drama school, each actor had a couple of three-minute scenes to impress a silent audience of agents and casting directors on their lunch hour. Gold slid down in her seat, as if wanting to remain unseen. Every now and then, she scribbled something next to a name in her programme, drew a circle around a face.

At the end, Gold bolted through the foyer, past piles of photographs of the students laid out like market wares, and drove vigorously across London in her tiny electric car. “How the fuck do they do it?” she said. “You look at those kids, even the ones who weren’t that brilliant, and they were really giving it their all, weren’t they? They had to get up there. I mean, can you imagine?” Over 30-odd years, Gold has become the most powerful casting director in the UK, her taste shaping everything from Game of Thrones to Bridget Jones’s Baby, yet she can still be mystified by what actors do and why they do it.

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Gustav Born obituary

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:37:43 GMT2018-04-26T17:37:43Z

Prominent pharmacologist whose pioneering work on how the body stops bleeding improved the detection of thrombosis

In 1945, Gustav Born, a young and recently qualified doctor serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, was among the first allied staff to witness the medical aftermath of the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima. Among the horrific injuries he encountered, one struck him particularly forcibly: the tendency of the survivors to suffer from severe bleeding disorders. This, he surmised, was attributable to a lack of blood platelets caused by radiation damage. It was evidently a decisive experience, for it set the course of his future research and, indeed, his entire career.

After the war, Gus, who has died aged 96, began postgraduate research at Oxford University with Howard Florey (who developed penicillin for pharmaceutical use), gaining his DPhil in 1951. He subsequently researched various other topics, including histamine and acid secretion in the stomach, neonatal physiology, smooth muscle and catecholamine pharmacology. But he was soon lured back by the fascination of platelet biology.

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Snapchat hopes for second time lucky with new Spectacles launch

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:15:46 GMT2018-04-26T15:15:46Z

Only 220,000 units of wearable gadget were sold first time around, with the tech firm writing off $40m in the process

Snap is doubling down on its hardware business, launching a new version of its Spectacles camera-glasses today with a better camera, the ability to take still images and water resistance.

The new model comes as Snapchat attempts to recover from the disappointing long-term fate of the first generation, which gathered attention – and long queues – when they were launched in extremely limited quantities in November 2016, but failed to sell in large numbers when they were eventually released on general sale.

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'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:00:07 GMT2018-04-26T04:00:07Z

The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it

“We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting the polar ice caps. And very few appear to be prepared to say so.”

Hillman, an 86-year-old social scientist and senior fellow emeritus of the Policy Studies Institute, does say so. His bleak forecast of the consequence of runaway climate change, he says without fanfare, is his “last will and testament”. His last intervention in public life. “I’m not going to write anymore because there’s nothing more that can be said,” he says when I first hear him speak to a stunned audience at the University of East Anglia late last year.

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Beware the long face: horses remember your mood

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:00:21 GMT2018-04-26T16:00:21Z

Horses are wary of people who were angry-looking if they meet them again, and more positive to people who they last saw smiling

The following news is straight from the horse’s mouth: our equine companions can remember human facial expressions, and an angry grimace will leave a horse more wary of that individual, scientists claim.

The research follows previous work by the team from University of Sussex which compiled a directory of horse facial expressions, and revealed that Black Beauty can read your emotions – a phenomenon also seen in dogs.

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Reconstructed prisons, racism and gender politics: Turner prize 2018 shortlist – in pictures

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:21:54 GMT2018-04-26T13:21:54Z

Tate Britain has announced the four nominees for this year’s Turner prize: Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson. See their work at Tate Britain from 25 September to 6 January

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Winners of the Pink Lady food photography awards – in pictures

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:51:50 GMT2018-04-26T16:51:50Z

The prestigious Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition has revealed its winners after receiving 8,000 entries from 60 countries. We take a look at some of the winning entries that celebrate the art of food photography

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Fabric of football: classic kits on show – in pictures

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:57:17 GMT2018-04-26T15:57:17Z

A new pop-up exhibition at 133 Bethnal Green Road in London celebrates some of the best designs from yesteryear, including the colourful goalkeeping jersey donned by Pavel Srnicek at Newcastle and the distinctive 2002 Brazil World Cup shirt. The exhibition is open until 29 April

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And they're off! Martin Amis's Gamblers – in pictures

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:00:11 GMT2018-04-26T06:00:11Z

Documentary photographer Martin Amis has spent 13 years visiting racecourses to capture the idiosyncratic tribe of horse-racing enthusiasts, united only by their hope of finding the next winner

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Time seems to stand still: inside Magnitogorsk, a model Soviet city built from scratch – in pictures

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:00:13 GMT2018-04-26T10:00:13Z

Built in the early 1930s, the Russian city of Magnitogorsk was planned both as a utilitarian, steel-producing centre and as a utopian model of the new Soviet city. All photographs by Nane Diehl

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