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Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:11:16 GMT2017-10-17T12:11:16Z

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Keep close to EU or face long-term decline, OECD warns UK

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:50:10 GMT2017-10-17T10:50:10Z

Thinktank says poor productivity, slack exports and delayed EU trade deal will leave UK too weak to fully recover from hard Brexit

Britain must secure “the closest possible economic relationship” with the European Union after Brexit to prevent the economy suffering a long-term decline, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) has said.

The thinktank to the world’s richest nations, which has predicted the UK’s growth rate will fall to just 1% next year, said a “disorderly” exit from the EU single market and customs union in 2019 “would hurt trading relationships and reduce long-term growth”.

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Murdered Panama Papers journalist's son attacks Malta's 'crooks'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:47:24 GMT2017-10-17T09:47:24Z

Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed because she ‘stood between rule of law and those who sought to violate it’, says son Matthew

The son of the murdered Maltese investigative journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia has described running desperately round the blazing car in which she died and hit out bitterly at the island’s “culture of impunity” and the “crooks” in charge.

“My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists,” Matthew Caruana Galizia wrote in a moving and at times graphic Facebook post.

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Bank of England's Mark Carney says inflation hasn't peaked yet after hitting 3% today - business live

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:05:35 GMT2017-10-17T12:05:35Z

Prices in Britain are now rising at the fastest rate since early 2012, meaning real wages are falling. It’s another blow to those on benefits, but pensions should rise next year

Earlier:

Carney denies that the Bank’s quantitative easing programme, which has bought £425bn of bonds with newly created money, is the monetary equivalent of heroin.

Carney asked if @nickmacpherson2 is right and QE is like heroin

Answer: We're clean. Not addicted and not about to go through withdrawal

Breaking away from Mark Carney (and inflation), the Treasury has slapped down the OECD after it suggested that Britain could stay in the European Union.

The Paris-based think tank argued this morning that Britain’s economy would get a boost if it chose not to follow through with Brexit.

‘We are working to achieve the best deal with the EU that protects jobs and the economy. We aim to agree a Free Trade Agreement that is comprehensive and ambitious. Our £23 billion National Productivity Investment Fund which will improve our country’s infrastructure, increase research and development and build more houses.

We are leaving the EU and there will not be a second referendum.’

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Raqqa recaptured from Islamic State, US-backed forces announce

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:52:27 GMT2017-10-17T11:52:27Z

Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces say they have taken full control of Syrian capital of Isis ‘caliphate’

US-backed forces say they have taken full control of Raqqa from Islamic State after defeating the last holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of the terror group’s now-shattered “caliphate”.

The Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have been fighting inside the northern city since they broke in on 6 June, said they had flushed the few hundred Isis fighters left in the city from their last positions in the main hospital and the national stadium.

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British man guilty of murder of Kurdish asylum seeker

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:28:43 GMT2017-10-17T11:28:43Z

Jeffrey Barry, who has paranoid schizophrenia, killed Kamil Ahmad hours after being released from psychiatric unit

A man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia has been found guilty of the murder of a vulnerable Kurdish asylum seeker in Bristol whom he had racially abused for years.

Jeffrey Barry was found guilty at Bristol crown court of killing and mutilating Kamil Ahmad just hours after being released from a psychiatric hospital. He stabbed him repeatedly before calmly phoning 999 and telling the operator what he had done.

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Attack on Afghan police training centre leaves dozens dead

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:39:34 GMT2017-10-17T11:39:34Z

Taliban claim responsibility as suicide bombers and gunmen target compound in city of Gardez

The death toll in an ongoing suicide and gun attack on a police training centre in a south-east Afghan city has risen to 32 with more than 200 wounded, a hospital official has said.

“The hospital is overwhelmed and we call on people to donate blood,” said Shir Mohammad Karimi, deputy health director in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province.

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Hate crime surged in England and Wales after terrorist attacks

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:29:32 GMT2017-10-17T09:29:32Z

Four-month spike reached higher level than following EU referendum, Home Office figures show

A sustained four-month spike in hate crime after this year’s terrorist attacks peaked at a higher level than that following last year’s EU referendum, according to Home Office figures.

Hate crime offences recorded by the police rose by a record 29% to 80,393 incidents in the 12 months to March 2017, according to Home Office figures published on Tuesday.

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Facebook is buying anonymous teen compliments app TBH

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:34:41 GMT2017-10-17T11:34:41Z

App that avoids bullying behaviour by offering pre-checked questions is latest popular social-media app owned by company after 1bn messages were sent

Facebook has acquired TBH, an app that allows teens to send anonymous compliments to each other. The cost has not been announced, but is reportedly less than $100m.

The app, launched this summer in 36 US states only, has received more than five million downloads in a short space of time, thanks to its unique twist on the anonymous-messaging model of previous viral hits such as Secret, YikYak and Sarahah.

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True scale of UK slavery likely to involve ‘tens of thousands' of victims

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:31:05 GMT2017-10-17T11:31:05Z

Anti-trafficking commissioner Kevin Hyland says slavery far more prevalent than previous government estimates suggest, and that victims are being failed

The number of people living in slavery in the UK is likely to be considerably higher than the current estimate of 13,000, according to the independent anti-trafficking commissioner, Kevin Hyland, who has claimed that the “true number is in the tens of thousands”.

Speaking to the Guardian, Hyland said that a better understanding of the real scale of slavery in the UK must become an “absolute priority” for government, if there was a chance of reaching as many potential victims as possible.

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Iraqi forces drive Kurdish fighters out of town of Sinjar

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:02:30 GMT2017-10-17T09:02:30Z

Kurdish forces left and let Shia-led militia move in, says local Yazidi commander, a day after peshmerga withdrew from Kirkuk

Kurdish fighters have lost more territory in Iraq, a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

The commander of local Yazidi fighters, Masloum Shingali, said Kurdish forces had left the town of Sinjar before dawn on Tuesday, allowing Shia-led militia fighting with Iraqi forces to move into the town.

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Rising star: Ruth Davidson to appear on Great British Bake Off

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:32:56 GMT2017-10-17T11:32:56Z

Scottish Conservative leader will take part in charity special of Channel 4 programme to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer

Fresh from packing them in at the Conservative party conference, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson’s profile is set be further raised with an appearance on a celebrity episode of The Great British Bake Off.

Davidson, beloved by the party faithful for overseeing a remarkable revival in Conservative fortunes in Scotland, will take part in a charity special of the Channel 4 programme later this year to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer.

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Back from the dead: is the slasher movie set to make a killing?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:00:03 GMT2017-10-17T11:00:03Z

The hit Happy Death Day hints at renewed interest in the masked killer genre, with Jamie Lee Curtis back in the Halloween saga and Scream getting revived

Vampire in Brooklyn, Thinner, The Dentist, Leprechaun 3 … the horror genre in the mid-90s was terrifying for all the wrong reasons. It was barely even a thing, at least outside of the very bottom shelf of Blockbuster, a place where kids would awkwardly hover before begging parents to let them watch some film about an evil laundry-folding machine.

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Bruce Dickinson webchat – follow it live!

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:09:44 GMT2017-10-17T12:09:44Z

Devil horns at the ready! The Iron Maiden singer, airline captain, beer enthusiast and all round polymath is at the Guardian to answer your questions


TheBig01
asks:

Can you talk about Nicko McBrain’s conversion to Christianity. How has that affected you personally and the band?

I can't talk about it because I'm not Nicko and it hasn't affected us personally in the band to be honest with you.

Screamforme asks:

Do you have plans to release your solo album soon?

I haven't got any plans to release it soon. I've got to finish it soon and that may take some time. I've got some of it written. Maiden nicked one song for the opening song of The Book Of Souls. One of these days I will get around to it.

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Tory power is only sustained by cruel confidence tricks | Frankie Boyle

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:16:17 GMT2017-10-17T11:16:17Z

The Conservatives exist largely to misinform the public, to convince austerity-crippled voters they have the same interests as billionaires

Many people are shocked that Theresa May having a cough during a speech is considered a sackable offence; especially from a party that could witness someone having a full-blown epileptic fit and still have them assessed as fit to drive a crane. Theresa is no stranger to coughs: her total lack of charisma means she has do at least a dozen of them to get her reflection to come to the mirror. Admittedly, she had the kind of conference breakdown where if she was a car she’d have been set on fire and rolled into a quarry. May’s attempts to deal with Brexit have all the conviction of someone whose long-term partner has developed a new fetish. You feel like saying, “Look, your heart isn’t in this, stop clinging to the pain and pass it on to someone who’s already bought the rubber sheets.”

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Why pandan leaves are the latest ‘new avocado’

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:15:17 GMT2017-10-17T11:15:17Z

According to Nigella Lawson, the leaves are likely to be the next big food trend – so it’s important you can say you liked them first

Name: Pandan leaves.

Age: Simultaneously ancient and new.

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The problem with James Corden’s Weinstein jokes? He punched down, not up | Jack Bernhardt

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:56:00 GMT2017-10-17T09:56:00Z

Joking about sensitive subjects is a test of a comedian. Corden could have made some sharp jabs at Weinstein and the culture of harassment, instead he was unfunny and unempathetic

What a couple of months it’s been for James Corden. I have to say his new Gavin and Stacey spin-off show, “Smithy Sucks Up To Sean Spicer And Then Makes Jokes About Harvey Weinstein”, is not my cup of tea: maybe it just needs a bit more Ruth Jones and a little bit less systemic sexism.

In a way, I’m shocked by the latest turn of events in Corden’s career – I would have thought if anyone was capable of handling the incredibly sensitive subject of Weinstein’s sexual assault allegations with grace and delicacy, it would have been the star of Lesbian Vampire Killers. If you haven’t watched the video of Corden at a charity gala in Los Angeles, don’t: just skip to the end where he desperately begs his stony-faced audience to laugh, squeaking out a gloriously pathetic “come on!”. It’s the comedy equivalent of Jeb Bush’s “Please clap” – the one moment of joy in what is otherwise a wholly depressing two minutes.

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'The president sleeps with one eye open': Mugabe reshuffles as power games begin

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:26:01 GMT2017-10-17T10:26:01Z

Robert Mugabe is 93 and boasts he will live to be 100, but the jostling has begun to find a new leader for Zimbabwe when his tumultuous reign finally ends

At the ripe old age of 93, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s long-serving president, has offered himself as the candidate to lead his ruling Zanu-PF party in elections next year.

In power since independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe would be 99 should he win the 2018 election and complete a five-year term. He has boasted that he will live – and rule – until he is 100.

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Carrie Fisher gave predatory producer a cow's tongue in a box

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:17:35 GMT2017-10-17T11:17:35Z

Screenwriter Heather Robinson says that after telling Fisher she’d had to fight off a Hollywood executive, the Star Wars actor hand-delivered him the gift with a threatening note

Carrie Fisher once hand-delivered a cow’s tongue wrapped in a Tiffany box to a predatory Hollywood producer, a friend of the late actor has claimed.

Screenwriter Heather Robinson said that Fisher had intervened after the unnamed executive, identified as an Oscar winner, had tried to force himself on Robinson while in his car.

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iPhone X: how to sell your old device in preparation for Apple's new release

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:25:00 GMT2017-10-17T10:25:00Z

Apple’s hotly anticipated smartphone is coming in November and selling your existing iPhone is one way of paying for it. But timing is everything

The iPhone X is coming soon, and if you want to be able to afford it, you have three options: travel back in time and buy a shedload of bitcoin; sell a kidney; or sell your existing phone and hope you get a good price.

That third option is probably the best. But if you haven’t sold a phone, it can be daunting: may people like to hang on to their old model, “just in case”, and even if it just sits gathering dust in a drawer somewhere, that’s less stressful than having to deal with exchanging cash on the internet.

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World Cup 2018 play-off draw – live!

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:10:14 GMT2017-10-17T12:10:14Z

Sweden will play at home first. So that’s Sweden v Italy.

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David Warner's talk of an Ashes war takes the joy out of cricket | Simon Burnton

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:39:56 GMT2017-10-17T10:39:56Z

The idea that a sportsman might, in order to motivate himself, need to despise his opponents is surely deplorable

For much of Monday, the Guardian’s cricket homepage led with two stories from two very different ends of the sport’s pyramid. In one, Australia’s David Warner pledged to unleash “hatred” and “war” when the Ashes get under way next month; the other told of a 15-year-old umpire who had been assaulted in an under-11 game in Melbourne. And the juxtaposition called to mind something that Ted Dexter once said, suggesting: “The general atmosphere in cricket as a whole is determined by the cricket at the top, Test match cricket.”

In 1909, Lord Alverstone, then president of Surrey CCC, spoke of his attitude to the game. “Success does not solely depend upon the number of games that are won,” he said. “Success depends on playing games in a true and sporting manner, in acting in a friendly and sporting manner towards opponents, in valuing friendships made on the cricket field, for real cricket friendships last always. In every phase of life, in defeat or in victory, the endeavour should be to ‘play the game’.” It is a handy definition of the so-called “spirit of cricket”, a vague notion of gentlemanliness that has for ever doused the sport with tiresome streams of sanctimony. It is a competitive sport, and should be played hard. But there must surely exist a line that should not be crossed.

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Tour de France 2018 race route promises to be tough test for Chris Froome

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:37:24 GMT2017-10-17T10:37:24Z

• Route unveiled at Paris ceremony, where champion received Vélo d’Or award
• Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin expected to mount stern challenge to Froome

Chris Froome, the defending champion, can expect a stern challenge from the Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in next year’s Tour de France. Froome is chasing a record-equalling fifth victory to move level with the Belgian Eddy Merckx, the French riders Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, and the Spaniard Miguel Indurain.

Froome and Dumoulin won the three Grand Tours this year, with Froome adding the Spanish Vuelta and Dumoulin winning the Giro d’Italia.

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Could Saracens win the Six Nations if they were allowed to enter it? | Robert Kitson

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:47:44 GMT2017-10-17T08:47:44Z

If you took the Saracens players out of their national sides and put the team in the Six Nations, their hammering of Northampton suggests they could win it

Awaiting its UK cinema release next month is the Battle of the Sexes, the film based around the famous 1970s tennis duel between Billie Jean King and her male opponent, Bobby Riggs. It is a game, set and match tale of casual assumptions and punctured egos that should also serve as a reminder to all sports that traditional supremacy is neither a God-given prerogative nor a permanent state.

Billie Jean has not been spotted at many Saracens fixtures but she would have appreciated the debate that has surfaced in the wake of Sunday’s Champions Cup thrashing of Northampton. It is a simple enough question: if Saracens entered the Six Nations, would they win it? The answer, on the evidence of their halo-trashing eight-try win over Saints at Franklin’s Gardens, is probably yes.

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Trump v the NFL: the latest battle in a long war over sports, race and politics

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:00:03 GMT2017-10-17T11:00:03Z

Before the nation was introduced to Colin Kaepernick, a line of athletes embodied the struggle to overcome racial discrimination in American sports

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Those were the words of Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, when his decision to kneel during the national anthem first drew widespread attention.

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Dries Mertens, Napoli’s street dog striker, sets sights on Manchester City | Nick Ames

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:59:09 GMT2017-10-17T08:59:09Z

A striker crisis a year ago gave the Belgian winger his chance up front and the goals have not stopped since for the man Maurizio Sarri calls a ‘little animal’

In isolation there was nothing special about the goal, almost exactly a year ago, that gave Napoli brief parity in a group-stage tie with Besiktas. It was a sharp enough finish from Dries Mertens, getting across his man to stab in José Callejón’s low centre, but the headline was that they proceeded to lose at San Paolo for the second time in four days. The fact that the Turkish champions had joined Roma in putting three past Napoli at home looked of much greater consequence than a stand-in striker’s demonstration of instinct.

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Norway’s historic pay deal for women’s team shows it can be done | Suzanne Wrack

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:10:21 GMT2017-10-17T09:10:21Z

The Norwegian FA’s decision to offer male and female international players equal pay comes at a time when women’s teams are still battling for fairness

A standard has been set. Last week the Norwegian football association announced that their women’s national team will now be paid the same as their men’s side. They are the first national FA to have devised an equal pay deal, just a few months after Lewes vowed to do the same for their semi-professional players at The Dripping Pan. This latest deal is especially significant, coming at a time when women’s national teams are standing up and demanding more from the shirt they pull on, and the countries they represent on the international stage.

International women footballers have had enough of low wages – or even having to pay to play – shoddy facilities, a lack of respect and what is often less than second-rate treatment. In recent years , they have been met with resistance from out-of-touch boardrooms. Players have been forced to organise and threaten action to win concessions that are often miles from any demand for parity.

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NBA 2017-18 predictions: our writers forecast the winners and Trump baiters

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:39:25 GMT2017-10-17T11:39:25Z

Can anything stop the Warriors? Will the 76ers finally make the playoffs? And who will win MVP? Guardian writers on what’s coming up this season

Seeing how Oklahoma City will fit Paul George and Carmelo Anthony with Russell Westbrook. The Thunder have essentially rented George and Anthony for a season. Both will want the ball and while Westbrook’s reputation is as a player who craves control he also knows he must share to win – and challenge Golden State. LC

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How Croatia, Italy and Ireland fared in Europe's first World Cup play-offs in 1997

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:18:20 GMT2017-10-17T11:18:20Z

A few of the teams facing play-offs for next summer’s World Cup have been here before. Croatia and Italy qualified 20 years ago ... unlike the Republic of Ireland

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

Of the eight countries who have qualified for the 2018 World Cup European play-offs, three of them – Croatia, Italy and the Republic of Ireland – were involved in the first Uefa play-offs held 20 years ago for qualification to the 1998 World Cup in France. At the play-offs in 1997, we witnessed the emergence of future star players, the end of a few careers, the arrival of new nations, the departure of another and one of the most extraordinary two-legged ties in international football.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the break-up of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, there was a rapid expansion of countries admitted to Uefa in the run-up to the 1998 World Cup. With France entering automatically as hosts, there were 14 places available for the remaining 49 European teams as opposed to the 12 slots made available for 37 teams in 1994. Among the dozen debutants were newly independent Balkan countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia, plus former Soviet states such as Georgia and Moldova.

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Extraordinary response to Aluko allegations puts Greg Clarke in line of fire | Daniel Taylor

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:31:42 GMT2017-10-16T17:31:42Z

The curt, dismissive, almost implausible response sent by the FA chairman on receiving an email detailing Eni Aluko’s allegations against Mark Sampson means his appearance in front of MPs may be his final act in the job

“I’ve no idea why you are sending me this. Perhaps you could enlighten me?”

It’s not the response that would ordinarily be expected from the leader of an organisation that purports to take the fight against racism seriously and had just been sent a six-page document claiming that a cover-up involving a racial allegation had taken place within his own structure.

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Shrewsbury set for first English safe standing area after fans raise £65,000

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:52:00 GMT2017-10-17T09:52:00Z

• Crowdfunding reaches target for changes to Montgomery Waters Meadow
• Plan could set an example for Premier League clubs to follow

Shrewsbury Town are set to become the first English club to introduce safe standing at their ground after a crowdfunding campaign raised £65,000 to pay for alterations at their Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium. More than 1,000 fans donated to the cause, with their offerings bolstered by the donation of an online betting company.

The League One club have applied to have rail seats at the 10,000‑capacity ground before the end of the current season and is on course to achieve that aim. This could set an example for Premier League clubs to follow, with more than half thought to be open to the idea of standing areas, which have been banned in the top two divisions of English football since the 1990 Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster.

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Gregg Popovich calls Donald Trump a 'soulless coward' after Obama comments

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:53:16 GMT2017-10-17T11:53:16Z

On the opening day of the NBA season the San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, has launched his latest broadside at Donald Trump.

Popovich, who has won five NBA championships with the Spurs, was incensed after the US president falsely claimed Barack Obama and other presidents didn’t contact the families of soldiers killed in action. Popovich, is an air force veteran and considered a career with the CIA before committing to basketball.

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Meet the USA Rugby League World Cup captain ... and organic food entrepreneur

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:55:51 GMT2017-10-17T09:55:51Z

Mark Offerdahl grew up in Australia, played club rugby in France and Wales, became an entrepreneur in London, and is about to captain USA at a World Cup

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Mark Offerdahl will skipper USA at the Rugby League World Cup, which kicks off in Australia on 27 October, when the hosts take on England in the opening match. Having played in five different countries – Australia, France, Wales, England and the US – Offerdahl is a well-travelled professional and not the stereotypical rugby player. I met up with him in his west London home soon after he had been told he was being released by London Broncos. Meet Captain America…

What do you make of your opponents in the World Cup group stage: Fiji, Italy and Papua New Guinea? Very, very tough – a lot harder than last time. I think Fiji or Italy will be a class above. Italy’s squad are all NRL players: it’s nuts. Fiji are going to be good. They’ve been semi-finalists in the last two World Cups. Them having Jarryd Hayne will hopefully get us some exposure. And PNG are going to be tough over there. But I’m really excited. I can’t wait to get over there.

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How to stop record numbers of children going into care? Help their mothers | Louise Tickle

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:00:03 GMT2017-10-17T11:00:03Z

Women whose children are removed have often been abused and through the care system themselves. Specialist therapy can help break this cycle

Some 90 children a day were taken into care last year – and the total number of children in care is now at a new high: 72,670 according to the latest statistics, and care numbers are rising at the fastest rate for five years. Financially, this is unsustainable. But in human terms too, it can’t carry on – because where does it leave the thousands of traumatised and grieving mothers, and their broken families who must stumble on with no support and no hope?

Related: Austerity policy blamed for record numbers of children taken into care

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Labour could do more to stop the Tories rigging our democracy | Owen Jones

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:35:47 GMT2017-10-17T10:35:47Z

Of course boundary changes that will favour the Tories should be opposed. But Labour needs an alternative plan to expand the electorate and make voting easier

The Tories are determined to rig our democracy in their favour. Having lost their majority – and panicking at the prospect of a Corbyn-led government – they are even more desperate to embed an inherent advantage for their flailing party.

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At the call of ‘cardiac arrest’, you swing into action – and try until all hope is gone | Saleyha Ahsan

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:41:46 GMT2017-10-17T11:41:46Z

The story of a man whose life was saved after more than an hour of CPR doesn’t surprise me. I’ve had similarly emotional, exhausting experiences

• Saleyha Ahsan is a doctor based in London

Imagine trying to save someone whose heart has stopped. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with rescue breaths is being delivered to maintain essential oxygen flow to the brain. But the heart has not started beating on its own again. How long should the doctor carry on before “making the call”? When should they stop CPR and announce that life is no longer present in the body before them?

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While all eyes look to Brexit, our NHS is about to collapse | Polly Toynbee

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:05 GMT2017-10-17T05:00:05Z

A perfect storm is looming as nurses leave their profession in droves. If a flu epidemic hits this winter, how will our hospitals cope?

Brexit casts its shroud over everything. The no-dealers grow more wild-eyed by the day; though sterling drops, prices rise. Chris Grayling says we can dig for Britain. There is a cabinet at war: the Tory chancellor is denounced as a saboteur by a previous holder of the office. But all this craziness does have one political advantage: it hides all the other crises the chancellor can’t possibly solve in his budget next month. Of these, the NHS and social care is the pressure cooker likely to blow loudest. In the Brexit hubbub, an eerie silence falls before what most NHS managers – and, indeed, NHS ministers – expect to be a near-as-dammit winter collapse.

Related: Almost 10,000 EU health workers have quit NHS since Brexit vote

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Take it from me - British TV and film are rife with sexual bullying | Arabella Weir

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:05 GMT2017-10-17T05:00:05Z

We need more powerful females in our industry, and a new willingness from women everywhere to challenge sexist attitudes

Along with the rest of the acting sorority I’ve been reading with great interest the appalling allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who has apologised for his past behaviour but denied non-consensual sex. At the same time I’ve been reminded of the literally hundreds of times I, too, have endured varying degrees of sexual harassment in my nearly 40-year career. And I bet you won’t find a single actress who hasn’t got similar stories to tell. This behaviour was so commonplace it barely warranted comment except as “jokey” tales female actors would swap.

Related: It’s not just one monster. ‘Me too’ reveals the ubiquity of sexual assault | Suzanne Moore

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Who’s to blame for Brexit’s fantasy politics? The experts, of course | Aditya Chakrabortty

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:05 GMT2017-10-17T05:00:05Z

Magical thinking about the future is not confined to the cabinet. Just ask the Office for Budget Responsibility

Politics, runs the cliche, is the art of the possible. The compromise. The curbed expectation.

Not any more. Not in the age of Brexit and Trump. In 2017, politics is the art of the impossible. Of writing blank cheques and scattering them to the wind. Of peddling fantasies and promising the voters they will be made flesh by tomorrow.

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British writers can’t win the big US prizes, so why can Americans win the Booker? | Tibor Fischer

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:04 GMT2017-10-17T05:00:04Z

Opening the prize to global competition has been good for its profile, good for US writers - and a problem for novelists here and from the Commonwealth

Tonight the five judges of the Man Booker prize will announce this year’s winner. It was also the votes of five judges that chose the winners at the City Dionysia in Athens, where Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes fought for attention and glory (and where the results were met with regular outrage).

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#MeToo named the victims. Now, let's list the perpetrators | Jessica Valenti

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:00:06 GMT2017-10-17T06:00:06Z

If there’s anyone who deserves to be counted right now, it’s the monsters. So why not do that next? writes the Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti

All weekend, I heard the same two words repeated over and over from friends around the country: me too. I watched as my loved ones, family and colleagues raised their hands online to be counted as victims of sexual assault and harassment – a move, the viral message said, to show the world just how many of us there are.

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Why I’m going on hunger strike | Tom Watson

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:00:07 GMT2017-10-17T07:00:07Z

Guantánamo Bay inmates Ahmed Rabbani and Khalid Qasim have gone 26 days without food. President Trump has to take notice, and give them a fair trial

I’m going on hunger strike from today. I’m not allowing myself anything but sips of water.

Why? This is not some George Osborne-inspired weight-loss plan. No. I’m following the Guantánamo diet in solidarity with two men who are being slowly starved to death by President Trump.

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The Guardian view on social care: the cost of cowardice | Editorial

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:05 GMT2017-10-17T05:00:05Z

For a generation, politicians have ducked the challenge of restructuring health and social care. But if they don’t act now it may be too late

The cost of social care is bankrupting local councils and threatening the NHS. The latest study points out that any reform based, like the so-called dementia tax, on property values must take account of how different they are in the south of England compared with the north or with Wales. Last week, the normally ultra-cool NHS boss Simon Stevens told MPs on the health committee that its budget was “extremely challenging” and unless it was increased, the NHS might not be able to meet patient demand. With both health and social care budgets under such extreme pressure, it is no surprise that the two arms of care, instead of being locked in a protective embrace of those who should be able to rely on them, are engaged in the most bad-tempered wrestling that informed observers can remember.

Surveying the wreckage of seven years of austerity, the chancellor, Philip Hammond, is under instructions to find a headline-grabbing initiative in next month’s budget to redress the generation gap. The dementia tax may have been flawed, but some kind of windfall tax on the huge increase in house values enjoyed by many older voters is one answer, and seems still to be in the mix. At the Tory party conference, it has now emerged that the social care minister, Jackie Doyle-Price, repeated the argument that it was unfair if old people who lived in valuable houses had social care bills paid by the state.

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The time has come for Theresa May to tell the nation: Brexit can’t be done | Alastair Campbell

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:46:49 GMT2017-10-16T16:46:49Z

The hard-liners in her party will howl with rage, but most of the country will welcome it if the prime minister is honest about Brexit’s awful consequences

As she tries to move the Brexit negotiations forward, how much better would Theresa May and the country feel if the speech she made to her party went as follows.

“Leadership is about confronting the great challenges. But Brexit is the biggest challenge we have faced since the second world war. So I intend to devote my speech, in four parts, to this alone.

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It's a folly to dismiss City warnings over Brexit transition deal delay | Nils Pratley

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:20:27 GMT2017-10-17T05:20:27Z

It is no longer possible to dismiss gloomy predictions, as some Brexiters do, as a flight of fancy – there is a real shift on the ground

TheCityUK is a lobbying group whose dire warnings about the potential loss of trade and jobs from the City of London tend to infuriate true believers in Brexit. Too gloomy, say hardcore Brexiters. A few jobs may go, runs their argument, but Frankfurt, Paris, Luxembourg and Dublin are too small to inflict lasting damage on London. Besides, the rest of the EU will come to its senses eventually and realise that a fragmented European financial industry would serve nobody’s interests, apart from perhaps New York’s.

There is some truth in those objections, of course, since it is true that London currently plays in a different league as a European financial centre. But it is also time for all sides to acknowledge TheCityUK was 100% correct on a common-sense point it has shouted from the rooftops from the outset: a transitional deal that is signed at the eleventh hour of negotiations won’t be worth much.

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Your child’s teacher could soon be an undergraduate on £3.50 an hour | Laura McInerney

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:50:05 GMT2017-10-17T05:50:05Z

The new apprenticeship route into teaching could tempt cash-strapped schools to fill vacancies on the cheap

Justine Greening, the education secretary, last week announced plans to offer a “degree apprenticeship” teacher training course. This will involve four days a week working in a school and one at university, leading to a university-accredited teaching degree. For graduates, it will take 18 months. A longer course for people without a degree is also brewing.

There are already 16 separate routes into teaching. The National Audit Office last year lambasted the government for the complexity of the pathways and warned that this was putting off people who wanted to become teachers. So adding two more new ways to become a teacher, then, seems ridiculous. What is the point?

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The Guardian view on the Austrian elections: an old threat in a new guise | Editorial

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:18:30 GMT2017-10-16T18:18:30Z

Austria’s coalition between centre-right and far-right parties caused a shock in 2000. A new version of the coalition in 2017 is just as serious but less of a surprise

Back in 2000, when the late Jörg Haider’s far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), which had won 27% of the vote in the general election the previous autumn, joined the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) in government in Vienna, governments in Europe and beyond reacted with shock and outrage. The EU imposed diplomatic sanctions. The European parliament said Austria should be suspended if the new government breached European principles. Israel withdrew its ambassador. The New York Times urged the Clinton administration to do likewise. In the event, the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition survived its pariah status uneasily for five years, then fell apart in 2005.

Today, 17 years on from that first coalition, a second coalition between the two parties of the right now seems likely. In Sunday’s Austrian general election the People’s party and the Freedom party emerged as the big winners, with 32% and 26% of the vote respectively after a campaign in which they vied with one another to attack migration through the Balkans and the perceived threat to Austria from what the ÖVP leader Sebastian Kurz called “political Islam”. Between them, the two parties increased their share of the vote by 13%. Mr Kurz greeted the result as a mandate for change. A new alliance between the two is therefore the most likely outcome, though it is not the only one. The social democratic SPÖ, which held its own on Sunday with 27%, voted today to begin talks with the Freedom party so see if it could thwart Mr Kurz. A renewed centre party coalition between the ÖVP and the SPÖ, of the kind that has ruled since 2006, is not out of the question either.

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As a young, powerless woman trapped alone with a predator, I did not run | Van Badham

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:37:01 GMT2017-10-17T04:37:01Z

Me, too; I was deemed suitable for exploitation by a man who expected sex. Since then my shame and self-disgust have turned into burning rage

I described this feeling of rage to my friends on Facebook like “tremors through my feet”. The wake of the Weinstein revelations rippled through social media last week, but with the passing of days, the accumulation of testimony, those early waves have swollen, growing taller, stronger and monstrous. Activists suggested women survivors of sexual harassment or assault acknowledge their experiences just with the words “me, too”.

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It’s not just one monster. ‘Me too’ reveals the ubiquity of sexual assault | Suzanne Moore

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:23:35 GMT2017-10-16T12:23:35Z

Is it too much to hope that the revelations about Harvey Weinstein – and the rage they have unleashed – will bring about a shift in the culture?

Me too may be another hashtag. With good intentions. But this time it is showing the ubiquity of sexual assault. “If all women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give everyone a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” said the actor Alyssa Milano. Well, now it’s there all over social media if you choose to see it. Women saying “me too”, often describing their first sexual assault, some when they were not yet 12.

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Hybrid train's late arrival fails to electrify MPs – let alone the rail network | John Crace

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:28:07 GMT2017-10-16T20:28:07Z

Transport secretary Chris Grayling did his best to defend the new Great Western fleet, tardy, out-of-date and waterlogged as it was

No one can accuse Chris Grayling of not having his eyes firmly fixed on solutions. On Sunday the transport secretary had outlined his vision of a post-Brexit Britain. Those bits of the country that weren’t going to be turned into a lorry park when we left the customs union were going to be ploughed into one large vegetable patch.

The spirit of the Blitz would see us through. And it wouldn’t matter if there weren’t any foreign workers to pick the vegetables, because the potatoes and cabbages would be so thrilled to be British they would spontaneously leap out of the ground into waiting shopping trolleys.

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It's hard to imagine the family of a white artist being treated like Albert Namatjira's | Paul Daley

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:13:43 GMT2017-10-17T05:13:43Z

The central issue in the long tussle over the copyright of Albert Namatjira’s work is the denial of Indigenous agency

Albert Namatjira’s legacy as the foremost Indigenous painter of his generation has endured, despite the divided opinions of his contemporary critics.

His work has been acknowledged by British royalty, hung in the drawing rooms of the mega-rich and exhibited worldwide. His coveted, creviced landscapes of valleys, copses and bone-dry riverbeds, with their softened palettes of primary colours that defy caricature of the desert and its harsh light, sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars on the rare occasions they come under the auctioneer’s hammer.

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Social media bots threaten democracy. But we are not helpless | Samuel Wooley and Marina Gorbis

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:57:39 GMT2017-10-16T14:57:39Z

Ever-more sophisticated Facebook and Twitter bots can sway political opinions. We have the technology to counter this – we need the will to use it

Can social bots – pieces of software that perform automated tasks – influence humans on social media platforms? That’s a question congressional investigators are asking social media companies ever since fears emerged that they were deployed in 2016 to influence the presidential election.

Half a decade ago we were among a handful of researchers who could see the power of relatively simple pieces of software to influence people. Back in 2012, the Institute for the Future, for which we work, ran an experimental contest to see how they might be used to influence people on Twitter.

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Virtual reality by the Guardian

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

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

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Peers could be restricted to 15 years in Lords in drive to cut numbers

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:25:57 GMT2017-10-17T08:25:57Z

Report on reducing membership to be published this month, with 300 peers having been created since 2010

New peers could be restricted to sitting in the House of Lords for 15 years, rather than being given life peerages, under plans to slash the numbers in the house.

A report by the Lord Speaker’s committee is due to be published this month on how to reduce membership of the house, which has more than 800 peers who have no official retirement age and can serve until they die.

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Storm Ophelia: homes still without power and rail lines blocked

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:58:48 GMT2017-10-17T10:58:48Z

Disruption continues in northern England and Scotland but the storm’s force has weakened from Monday’s 100mph winds

More than 250,000 homes in Ireland and up to 1,700 homes in Cumbria and Lancashire were left without power while several key rail lines were blocked in northern England and Scotland as disruption from Storm Ophelia continued.

A yellow weather warning for high winds in Scotland and Northern England was lifted a day after the storm ripped through Ireland, causing three deaths and widespread disruption.

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TfL bans ads displaying Palestinian objections to Balfour declaration

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:00:09 GMT2017-10-17T09:00:09Z

Body accused of censorship after adverts banned from tube stations and buses in run-up to centenary of first world war pledge

Adverts highlighting Palestinian objections to the Balfour declaration of 1917, when Britain promised to establish a Jewish national home in Palestine, have been blocked by Transport for London on the grounds that the issue is politically controversial.

Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, has accused TfL of censorship. Organisers had hoped to see the adverts displayed at key underground stations and on buses in the run-up to the centenary of the first world war pledge on 2 November.

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BBC axes Crimewatch after 33 years as trail goes cold for viewers

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:17:08 GMT2017-10-17T11:17:08Z

Former host Nick Ross blames ‘decay of linear television’ and trend of recording programmes for show’s decline

It has been credited with helping solve some of the country’s most notorious crimes. But, after 33 years, Crimewatch has served its time, the BBC has announced.

The programme was being cancelled to make way for other programming, the corporation said, though it would broadcast more of the daytime sister edition, Crimewatch Roadshow.

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Former bishop of Chester investigated over abuse allegations

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:35:33 GMT2017-10-17T11:35:33Z

Victor Whitsey, who died in 1987, would have been interviewed over allegations if he were alive, police say

The former bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey, is being investigated 30 years after his death over allegations of sexual abuse in the latest scandal involving high-profile figures in the Church of England.

A lawyer representing four of the alleged victims has claimed the abuse was covered up by the C of E and has called for a independent review.

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We cannot afford to fund 'dementia tax' proposals, councils warn

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:05 GMT2017-10-17T05:00:05Z

Tory leaders say care home providers could face collapse if financial threshold for state support is increased

Conservative council leaders have warned that county councils cannot afford to be hit by a £308m rise in care home costs if controversial social care plans dubbed the “dementia tax” go ahead.

Tory-dominated shire councils have warned they cannot afford the extra burden of the manifesto proposal that would offer state support to people with assets of £100,000 or less – a sharp increase on the current £23,250.

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Airbus takes majority stake in Bombardier jet project

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:54:17 GMT2017-10-17T08:54:17Z

European group joins Canadian multinational’s C-series programme, with ‘win-win’ deal potentially saving 1,000 jobs in Belfast

European aircraft giant Airbus is taking a majority stake in Bombardier’s controversial C-Series jet programme, potentially safeguarding 1,000 jobs in Belfast.

The French-based plane maker is acquiring 50.1% of the programme, the future of which was left in doubt after Canadian company Bombardier was hit by a 300% import levy by the United States. The huge tariff followed a complaint from Boeing that the company had dumped its C-Series jets at “absurdly low” prices.

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More than 60 children a day calling Childline with suicidal thoughts

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:01:22 GMT2017-10-16T23:01:22Z

NSPCC reports 15% rise in calls to children’s helpline as concerns grow over long waiting times for mental health services

A children’s helpline conducted more than 60 counselling sessions on suicide every day last year with children as young as 10 reporting suicidal thoughts, according to the NSPCC children’s charity.

The figures from Childline represent a 15% increase on the previous year.

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Automation will affect one in five jobs across the UK, says study

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:16:35 GMT2017-10-17T05:16:35Z

Workers in shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s constituency face highest risk of being replaced by robots, says research

Workers in the constituency of shadow chancellor John McDonnell are at the highest risk of seeing their jobs automated in the looming workplace revolution that will affect at least one in five employees in all parliamentary seats, according to new research.

The thinktank Future Advocacy – which specialises in looking at the big 21st century policy changes – said at least one-fifth of jobs in all 650 constituencies were at high risk of being automated, rising to almost 40% in McDonnell’s west London seat of Hayes and Harlington.

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Uncertainty over Brexit transition 'could put 75,000 City jobs at risk'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:01:21 GMT2017-10-16T23:01:21Z

London will lose £10bn in revenue and thousands of jobs if a two-year transition deal is not agreed quickly, says TheCityUK

Urgent progress is needed on a Brexit transition period to prevent City firms implementing contingency plans that could put up to 75,000 UK financial services sector jobs at risk, a leading industry lobby group has warned.

In a plea to negotiators ahead of a key negotiating meeting later this week, TheCityUK also said that the stakes are high for the remaining 27 EU nations, where jobs and inward investment will be at risk if a two-year transition period cannot be agreed quickly.

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Man arrested over fatal stabbing at Parsons Green tube station

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:35:23 GMT2017-10-16T20:35:23Z

Suspect was one of two people injured in incident in which a 20-year-old man died

A 20-year-old man has died and two others have been injured in a stabbing outside Parsons Green tube station.

Police were called at 7.37pm on Monday to reports of an incident outside the London underground station in the west of the capital where 30 people were injured in a terrorist attack last month.

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NHS data loss scandal deepens with further 162,000 files missing

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:27:09 GMT2017-10-16T21:27:09Z

Revelation that further documents are missing was made at inquiry into disappearance of original 702,000 pieces of paperwork

The scandal over the biggest ever loss of NHS medical correspondence has deepened with the revelation that a further 162,000 documents went missing, in addition to the 702,000 pieces of paperwork already known to have gone astray.

MPs said they were “dumbstruck” to learn that even more material relating to patients’ health had been mislaid, some of it by NHS Shared Business Services (SBS), the firm co-owned by the government that lost the documents.

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Jeremy Corbyn urges Twitter and Facebook to tackle religious hatred

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:03:45 GMT2017-10-16T22:03:45Z

Labour leader speaks up in defence of Muslim women and condemns ‘vile, revolting’ language used on social media

Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook must “shape up” to tackle racism and abuse, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Speaking at a packed meeting at Finsbury Park mosque in north London called to address a rise in attacks on Muslim women over recent months, the Labour leader said: “A lot of abuse takes place on online media and on social media.”

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Cambridge graduate admits 137 online sexual abuse crimes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:07:39 GMT2017-10-16T17:07:39Z

Geophysicist Matthew Falder pleads guilty to offences against more than 50 victims, including encouraging rape of a toddler

A “truly evil” Cambridge University graduate has pleaded guilty to 137 online sexual abuse crimes, including encouraging the rape of a toddler and blackmailing scores of young victims.

Matthew Falder, 28, admitted offences against more than 50 victims on Monday at Birmingham crown court.

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Midwife shortages blamed for home births falling to 15-year low

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:51:30 GMT2017-10-16T17:51:30Z

Only one in 50 babies born at home in 2016, raising concerns that women in England and Wales are not given range of choices

The number of women having a home birth has fallen to a 15-year low as concern rises that some expectant mothers are being denied one because there are too few midwives.

Only one in 50 babies in England and Wales were born at home last year, according to National Office of Statistics data – the lowest number since 2001 . Just 2.1% of the 676,271 babies born were delivered at home.

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Mercedes-Benz recalls 400,000 cars in UK over airbag fault

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:01:38 GMT2017-10-17T00:01:38Z

Company says vehicles are safe to drive but customers should contact roadside assistance service if airbag warning light comes on

Hundreds of thousands of Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK are being recalled over airbag concerns.

Some 400,000 UK cars are being recalled as well as vehicles in “other markets”, the manufacturer said. The models affected include the A, B, C, and E-Class, and CLA, GLA, and GLC, built between November 2011 and July 2017.

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Grayling's claims that UK can grow more food dismissed as 'tripe'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:14:32 GMT2017-10-16T18:14:32Z

Farmers’ leaders are incredulous about comments that UK can meet demand if Britain leaves EU with no deal

Farming leaders have accused Chris Grayling of “talking tripe” after he argued in a television interview that the UK could just grow more food to keep prices down if Britain crashes out of the EU.

The National Farmers’ Union, the British Summer Fruits association and the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) all voiced concerns about the cabinet minister’s comments about food production made on Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

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Universal credit: DWP withholding bad news, says senior MP

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:52:52 GMT2017-10-16T15:52:52Z

Frank Field, work and pensions committee chair, believes department has not revealed scale of problems with welfare changes

The chairman of the parliamentary committee investigating the rollout of universal credit has accused the government of withholding “bad news” over the faltering progress of its flagship welfare changes.

Frank Field said he suspected that ministers had only pressed ahead with the accelerated rollout of universal credit this month because civil servants at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had withheld the true scale of the problems.

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Yes we Canvey! The UK’s next independence movement

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:17:22 GMT2017-10-16T13:17:22Z

The Canvey Island Independent party wants self-rule (from the mainland borough council) for the reclaimed isle in the Thames estuary – and the movement is gaining momentum

Canvey Island has its own flag, the Canvey crest, featuring a sheep and some oyster shells, and “we fly that,” says Dave Blackwell, “proudly”. Blackwell is leader of the Canvey Island Independent party (CIIP). He set it up in 2004 – “I got a lot of abuse from all the main parties”, he says – but they have proved a serious local political group. Of the 11 town councillors, nine are from CIIP, including Blackwell. Now Blackwell wants Canvey Island, the small area of reclaimed land in the Thames estuary off Essex, to go independent from its mainland borough council, Castle Point.

It might be a mini-independence movement, not exactly on the scale of Brexit or Catalonia, but Blackwell believes it represents a wider, growing desire for independence. “Listening to these politicians, doing U-turns every five minutes, they’ve got no convictions on what they want. People don’t trust them, people think they’re out of touch. We have proven there is an alternative out there – local people are standing up for local issues.”

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Hillary Clinton praises NHS after broken toe prevents interviews

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:02:23 GMT2017-10-16T18:02:23Z

Former US presidential candidate says she received ‘excellent care’ from health service after having to rearrange three bookings

Hillary Clinton has paid tribute to the NHS after she was forced to rearrange a series of interviews because she fell and broke her toe.

The former US presidential candidate had been due to appear on Woman’s Hour, This Morning and the Graham Norton Show as part of a promotional tour for her book What Happened.

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Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:22:20 GMT2017-10-17T11:22:20Z

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study


Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday.

Natural climate solutions, also including protection of carbon-storing peatlands and better management of soils and grasslands, could account for 37% of all actions needed by 2030 under the 195-nation Paris plan, it said.

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UN report on Rohingya hunger is shelved at Myanmar's request

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:49:39 GMT2017-10-17T02:49:39Z

Exclusive: Document warned of spiralling food crisis among Rohingya population

The United Nations food aid agency withdrew a critical report revealing desperate hunger among the persecuted Rohingya population after the Myanmar government demanded it be taken down, the Guardian has learned.

The July assessment by the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that more than 80,000 children under the age of five living in majority-Muslim areas were “wasting” — a potentially fatal condition of rapid weight loss.

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Ex-Weinstein staffer says assistants were manipulated: ‘We weren’t safe either’

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:01:07 GMT2017-10-17T07:01:07Z

As stories suggest female staffers helped lure producer’s alleged victims, former assistant says she and her colleagues also faced abusive behavior

The women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse spoke of the same tactic: the movie producer would make young women feel safe with the presence of his female assistants, who would later disappear, leaving the mogul alone to harass and assault his guests, they alleged.

After a week of reading stories casting blame on Weinstein’s female employees, one former assistant said she wanted to speak up and make clear that the situation was much more complicated. She and other women at his company were also victims of Weinstein’s abuse – regularly exploited and manipulated, leaving some severely traumatized, the woman alleged in a recent interview with the Guardian.

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Accused of corruption, popularity near zero – so why is Brazil's president still in office?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:00:09 GMT2017-10-17T09:00:09Z

Michel Temer may escape impeachment, but the ongoing political crisis undermines democracy and opens the door to authoritarian and hardliners

If Brazil’s recent decline could be plotted in the falling popularity of its presidents, Michel Temer represents the bottom of the curve.

In 2010, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ended his second term with an 80% approval rating. In March 2016 – four months before she was impeached – his protege and successor Dilma Rousseff’s administration had a 10% rating.

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Anger as Chinese media claim harassment is just a western problem

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:49:14 GMT2017-10-17T08:49:14Z

State newspaper says China does not have Harvey Weinstein-type predators because ‘men are taught to be protective of women’

China’s flagship English newspaper has come under fire over the publication of a commentary claiming the type of sexual harassment allegedly perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein could never happen in China because of its cultural traditions.

Critics reacted swiftly and furiously to the article in the state-run China Daily, with many women saying they had been sexually harassed in China or pointing to prominent examples, many of which have previously gone viral.

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Madrid jails Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:14:40 GMT2017-10-17T00:14:40Z

Imprisonment of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez suggests Spanish government may impose direct rule on Catalonia

Spain has signalled a hardening line over Catalonia by jailing the leaders of two of the largest separatist organisations in a move seen as taking Madrid closer to imposing central rule over Catalonia.

In the first imprisonment of senior secessionist figures since Catalonia’s 1 October independence referendum, the court ordered the heads of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and independence group Omnium to be held without bail pending an investigation for alleged sedition.

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MH370: three companies approach Malaysia over restarting search for plane

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:50:45 GMT2017-10-17T04:50:45Z

Proposals will be presented to China and Australia before a decision is made taken about opening a new search, which was halted in January

Malaysia has received proposals from three companies offering to continue the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing since 2014, but no decision has been made yet.

MH370 vanished three years ago somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people aboard. Its disappearance has become one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

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Signs of lasting trauma in people evicted to make way for giant mine in Ecuador

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:00:05 GMT2017-10-17T06:00:05Z

Battles with the government and army over land and mining rights has caused indigenous Shuar people long-term psychological damage, report says

Months after they were evicted from their homes to make way for a mine, almost half the population of an Ecuadorian village is suffering from psychological damage, experts have said.

Psychiatrists found 42% of the indigenous Shuar people of Tsuntsuim village suffering from mental health problems and trauma. Many of the villagers had been involved in violent confrontations with Ecuador’s military as they were removed from their homes.

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France considers tough new laws to fight sexual harassment and abuse

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:11:37 GMT2017-10-16T13:11:37Z

MPs to debate measures including a clear age of consent after court dropped rape charge in case involving an 11-year-old girl

French MPs are to debate legislation to crack down on sexist or sexual aggression and harassment, especially assaults on children.

A proposed legal bill would set down a clear age of consent for minors after a shocking case in which a rape charge was dropped when a court decided an 11-year-old girl had consented to sex with a man more than twice her age.

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New Zealand election limbo continues as kingmaker talks end with indecision

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:50:41 GMT2017-10-17T06:50:41Z

Country still without a government while NZ First leader Winston Peters holds new talks with National party’s Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand has been left in electoral limbo again after kingmaker Winston Peters said his board and caucus had failed to reach a decision about which major party to support in government.

Peters said on Tuesday that his board had been sent home and he had withdrawn his commitment to make a decision by the end of this week. The New Zealand First leader has instead held secret meetings with Labour’s Jacinda Ardern and the Nationals’ Bill English at parliament house in Wellington.

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China's 'stability maintenance' agents move to silence critics before party congress

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:57:26 GMT2017-10-16T23:57:26Z

As Xi Jinping prepares for major speech, security agents have fanned out across the country to quell any hint of dissent

They came for Yu Wensheng last Tuesday. Their message: stay silent and obey.

“They told me not to give any interviews ... and asked me to sign a letter of commitment to ensure I wouldn’t get them into any trouble,” the Beijing-based human rights lawyer recalled of the visit he received from members of China’s vast “stability maintenance” apparatus.

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North Korean UN envoy says 'nuclear war may break out at any moment'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:23:55 GMT2017-10-17T00:23:55Z

Deputy ambassador Kim In-ryong tells general assembly his nation has been subjected to ‘extreme and direct nuclear threat’ from US

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador has warned that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment”.

Kim In-ryong told the UN general assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defence.

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New Zealand town has itself to tank after solving petrol drought

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:03:47 GMT2017-10-17T01:03:47Z

Residents of remote rural Pongoroa build their own service station so they don’t have to drive two hours to fill up

A tiny New Zealand town has built its own petrol station after local people got fed up with driving a two-hour round trip to stock up on fuel.

Pongaroa in the lower North Island is home to just 120 people and has been without a petrol pump for four years. As a result residents faced a journey to other towns to fill up, often carrying extra jerry cans in the back seat to make it worth the expense.

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Florida governor declares state of emergency before white nationalist's speech

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:51:20 GMT2017-10-17T05:51:20Z

Move frees up police resources ahead of speech by Richard Spencer in Gainesville on Thursday

The Florida governor, Rick Scott, has declared a state of emergency ahead of a speech by a white nationalist leader later this week at the University of Florida, in order to free up resources to prepare for possible violence.

Rallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent street clashes with counter-protesters.

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Mogadishu bombing: parents' grief for medical student killed in blast

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:33:17 GMT2017-10-16T15:33:17Z

Maryam Abdullahi Gedi, who was among more than 300 people killed in attack, had been due to graduate this week

On Saturday morning, Maryam Abdullahi Gedi made breakfast for her family, packed her books and laptop and set out across Mogadishu, the battered capital of Somalia, to see her supervisor at Banadir University about her thesis. She was excited about the prospect of her graduation as a medical doctor this week.

Her father – who flew in from the UK to attend the ceremony – found himself at her funeral instead. Gedi, 24, was among more than 300 people killed in a massive bombing in the centre of the city on Saturday afternoon.

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California wildfire death toll hits 41 as survivors face long road to recovery

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:48:14 GMT2017-10-16T21:48:14Z

With 213,000 acres burned and 5,700 structures destroyed, the future is uncertain for people like Diego Pacheco, whose life savings went up in smoke

Diego Pacheco escaped a nightmare in the early hours of 9 October, when a raging inferno swept through the Journey’s End mobile home park where he lived. Safe from the flames, he found himself with nothing more than his wallet and the clothes on his back.

The 78-year-old retired carwash worker had kept his life savings in cash at home. The money, along with the home, are almost certainly gone.

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Greek PM meets Donald Trump amid growing US tensions with Turkey

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:00:03 GMT2017-10-17T04:00:03Z

Alexis Tsipras tipped to emphasise Greece’s geopolitical role during Washington visit that has caught many by surprise

Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, will meet Donald Trump on Tuesday in an official visit to Washington that has caught many by surprise.

The talks come amid growing US tensions with Greece’s Nato rival Turkey.

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Children born in Afghanistan captivity fear new lives in Canada won't last

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:38:57 GMT2017-10-16T19:38:57Z

After their rescue last week from Taliban-linked militants, the children of Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman see their new home as ‘a magical wonderland’

After years of living underground, shuffled between cells no bigger than a bathtub, the three children of a US-Canada couple held for years by Islamist militants are marveling at the sun and adjusting to their first taste of freedom – but are still terrified that “this magical wonderland” will end, their father has said.

Related: Joshua Boyle: Canadian held in Afghanistan says his child was killed in captivity

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One-month-old baby among at least 32 killed in Portugal and Spain fires

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:00:18 GMT2017-10-16T16:00:18Z

Portuguese government says most of the fires that have destroyed homes and businesses across Iberia were started deliberately

At least 32 people including a one-month-old baby have been killed in northern Portugal and Spain, where hundreds of wildfires have forced residents to flee from towns and villages.

Portugal’s national civil protection authority said the infant had been missing after a wildfire near Tabua, 120 miles (200km) north of Lisbon. Seven people were missing and 56 people were injured – 16 of them seriously, the agency said.

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Trump says he'll declare the US opioid crisis a national emergency 'next week'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:32:20 GMT2017-10-16T19:32:20Z

  • Trump teases ‘major announcement, probably next week, on the drug crisis’
  • Says he could revisit Tom Marino nomination as drug czar

Donald Trump on Monday teased a long-awaited announcement on tackling the crisis of opioid addiction. He also suggested his choice to lead to lead the National Office of Drug Control Policy might be under review.

Related: West Virginians struggle for answers in America's worst hit opioid epidemic state

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Drone footage shows Rohingya refugees entering Bangladesh – video

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:47:34 GMT2017-10-17T09:47:34Z

The United Nations high commissioner for refugees released aerial footage on Monday showing thousands of Rohingya Muslims after they crossed the Naf river into Bangladesh. They join at least 536,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar since August

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I am Catalan: 'Political parties are like something from a horror novel' – video

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:38:43 GMT2017-10-13T08:38:43Z

As the north-eastern Spanish region continues the debate over its independence, we are in Catalonia hearing from people worried that the mainstream media is not representing their views. The fifth and final video of the series looks at the perspective of Isabel Muñoz Mitjana, who thinks using fear to influence people’s decision-making is wrong and just wants people to talk to each other

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Labour MP Laura Pidcock talks to Owen Jones: 'The DWP has caused fear and terror' - video

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:30:37 GMT2017-10-12T09:30:37Z

Laura Pidcock tells Owen Jones the Department for Work and Pensions is 'a national disgrace', saying it has created a sense of fear and terror by treating those in need as criminals. The MP for North West Durham says she regularly sees people in her surgery who are suicidal


An extended version of this video is available on Owen Jones's YouTube channel


In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org

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'They attack us just for being who we are': trans life in Colombia – video

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:00:33 GMT2017-10-12T06:00:33Z

Being openly trans in Colombia is dangerous. The country ranks fourth in the world for the murder of transgender people. Across Latin America, the life expectancy of trans women – due to violence, poverty and the risk of HIV – is estimated at between 35 and 41 years. Attitudes are slowly beginning to change, however, as trans men and women speak out against attacks and discrimination

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I am Catalan: 'It's about building a new society for all' – video

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:49:14 GMT2017-10-11T10:49:14Z

As Catalonia continues to debate independence from Spain, the Guardian has been hearing from people in the region who worry that their views have not been represented in the mainstream media. In the third video of our series, Anna Coll, a member of the pro-independence CUP and a resident of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, argues that a breakaway is the only option for improving living conditions for all Catalans.


• This is the third of five videos in our ‘I am Catalan’ series. Watch them all here.

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I am Catalan: 'Families are broken, people have fallen out' - video

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:00:58 GMT2017-10-10T07:00:58Z

While the north-eastern Spanish region prepares for the potential declaration of independence, we went to Catalonia to hear from people worried that the mainstream media are not representing their voices. 

The second of our video series looks at the perspective of Barcelona-born filmmaker Isabel Coixet, who sees flags dividing the Catalonian people and families being broken apart because of the debate on independence. 

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