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Published: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:10:58 GMT2017-07-22T12:10:58Z

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Minneapolis protests as police chief quits over Justine Damond shooting

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:34:45 GMT2017-07-22T09:34:45Z

Janeé Harteau has ‘lost the confidence of the people’ says mayor Betsy Hodges, who in turn faces calls to resign at chaotic media conference

The chief of police in Minneapolis has resigned at the request of the city’s mayor, Betsy Hodges, after Hodges said she had “lost the confidence of the people”.

Related: 'Never been about race': black activists on how Minneapolis reacted to Damond shooting

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Evacuated tower block residents refuse to move back over safety fears

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:09:28 GMT2017-07-22T08:09:28Z

Residents of Chalcots estate in Camden, north London, want further assurances about safety in wake of Grenfell tragedy

More than 100 residents evacuated from a north London housing estate in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire are said to be refusing to move back until they receive further assurances about its safety.

Camden council began moving residents back into the Chalcots estate near Swiss Cottage in phases last week after completion of safety works it said were signed off by London fire brigade and other local authorities.

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Interpol circulates list of 173 suspected members of Isis suicide brigade

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:30:18 GMT2017-07-21T19:30:18Z

Exclusive: Agency believes the fighters could have been trained to bomb Europe as revenge for military defeats in Middle East

Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters it believes could have been trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East.

The global crime fighting agency’s list was drawn up by US intelligence from information captured during the assault on Isis territories in Syria and Iraq.

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Drones will have to be registered in UK safety clampdown

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:01:29 GMT2017-07-22T05:01:29Z

Owners will need to show they understand safety and privacy laws as government acts after dozens of near-misses with aircraft

Drones will have to be registered and users forced to take a safety awareness test under new regulations announced by the UK government.

Dozens of near-misses with aircraft around airports have stoked fears over the safety of drone use.

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Jeff Sessions discussed Trump campaign with Russian ambassador – report

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:10:07 GMT2017-07-22T11:10:07Z

  • US intelligence intercepts detail what Sergey Kislyak told supervisors
  • Trump tweets anger against ‘Amazon Washington Post’ and ‘illegal leaks’

Jeff Sessions discussed Donald Trump’s White House bid with the Russian ambassador to Washington in 2016, according to reported US intelligence intercepts which contradict the US attorney general’s assurances that the campaign was not discussed.

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Polish senate approves bill to give government influence over courts

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:55:19 GMT2017-07-22T10:55:19Z

Protesters gather in cities across country with critics saying legislation is further step towards authoritarianism

Poland’s upper house of parliament has approved a supreme court overhaul, defying the EU and critics at home who say the legislation will undermine democratic checks and balances.

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Warsaw and cities across Poland for candlelit vigils to protest against the draft bill, as the senate debated it late into the night. Some protesters carried Polish and European Union flags, chanting: “Free courts.”

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Briton in Spain fears losing access to healthcare after Brexit

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:30:04 GMT2017-07-22T09:30:04Z

Pensioner Tony Stone fears his future healthcare costs have become a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations

An 81-year-old British retired antiques dealer who lives in Spain has said he fears his marriage to his Russian wife could be destroyed because Theresa May’s proposals for EU citizens will not cover his healthcare.

Tony Stone has retired to Spain and relies on the current rules whereby the NHS reimburses UK pensioners for treatment in another country.

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Boots apologises over morning-after pill pricing row

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:22:45 GMT2017-07-21T23:22:45Z

Retailer to seek cheaper alternatives after intervention by female Labour MPs and calls for a boycott

Boots has said it is “truly sorry” for the way it responded to a campaign calling for it to cut the price of emergency contraception and said it is looking for cheaper alternatives.

The announcement, late on Friday night, came after news that the women’s parliamentary Labour party (PLP) had written to the store’s chief pharmacist to express “deep concern” about the company’s refusal to reduce the price of emergency contraception, and as calls for a boycott continue to grow.

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Britons travelling to Europe offered just 88 euro cents for £1

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:31:18 GMT2017-07-21T18:31:18Z

On the UK’s big summer holiday getaway weekend, airports have offered very poor rates for sterling after difficult week on forex markets

British holidaymakers heading to Europe for this weekend’s big getaway are being offered what may be the worst ever foreign exchange rates at British airports – in one case, just 88 euro cents for every pound they hand over.

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Florida teenagers who filmed drowning death will not be charged over failure to help

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:39:29 GMT2017-07-22T05:39:29Z

Disabled man Jamel Dunn died in June in a pond, an event police discovered was filmed by five teenagers who taunted him

A group of Florida teens who laughed as they recorded on video a disabled man drowning had no obligation to rescue him, it has emerged.

Jamel Dunn, 31, died on 9 June in a pond. Police in the city of Cocoa discovered later that five teenagers, ages 14 to 16, had made a video of the drowning, which was published on Friday by Florida Today. The teenagers can be heard laughing at Dunn, telling him he’s going die and that they weren’t going to help him as he struggled and screamed.

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Hear, boy? Pet translators will be on sale soon, Amazon says

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:00:32 GMT2017-07-22T07:00:32Z

Retailer backs futurologist’s claim that devices conversing in canine will be available in, ruffly speaking, a decade

Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah, as Dr Doolittle once sang – what a neat achievement that would be. Well, Amazon has revealed that the animal-loving doctor’s ambition might not be entirely fantasy.

Pet translators that can turn woofs into words and make sense of miaows, might really be on the horizon, according to a report backed by the internet retailer.

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‘Five friends go out and take ecstasy, one doesn’t come home’: the rise of super-strength pills

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:00:34 GMT2017-07-22T09:00:34Z

Why are ecstasy deaths at their highest level in a decade?

In a small, square garden behind a terraced house in Liverpool, Michelle Shevlin is showing me the tattoo she got soon after her only daughter died. “It already had the ‘Stephanie’,” she says, pointing to the name etched across her wrist. “Then I got the text of a Mother’s Day card she gave me: ‘A daughter holds your hand for a while, but holds your heart for ever.’”

Her partner, Sharon Taylor, nods. Her forearm also bears a new inscription – “I didn’t give you the gift of life, life gave me the gift of you” – as does the small shed, half bar, half tiki stand, squeezed into the garden behind her. A plaque is screwed to the front: “In loving memory of Stephanie Jade Shevlin, 1993-2016. Forever watching over us. So drink up and dance.”

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Jane Campion: ‘The clever people used to do film. Now they do TV’

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:00:33Z

From Sweetie to The Piano, she has made some of cinema’s strangest, strongest films. So why has she switched to the small screen?

Jane Campion, one of the world’s great film directors, has had it with the movies. It is eight years since she last made a full-length feature (the Keats biopic Bright Star), and 14 years since her sexually explicit thriller In The Cut almost did for her career. Now she is having a Gloria Swanson moment: she’s still big, it’s just the pictures that got small.

Movies, she says, have become conservative cash cows. “The really clever people used to do film. Now, the really clever people do television. I’d been feeling, in the film world, that if you come up with ideas, and you share them, the first concern is: how is the audience going to react?” Television has reinvigorated her. “Cinema in Australia and New Zealand has become much more mainstream. It’s broad entertainment, broad sympathy. It’s just not my kind of thing. As a goal, to make money out of entertaining doesn’t inspire me. But in television, there is no concern about politeness or pleasing the audience. It feels like creative freedom.”

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Your state pension in Dorset: £124,000. In Glasgow? £38,000 | Patrick Collinson

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:31 GMT2017-07-22T06:00:31Z

The UK’s ‘one size fits all’ pension is simplistic, ignoring regional differences and life expectancy

The prosperous countryside of east Dorset is home to Britain’s longest living residents, with the average male at birth expected to survive 82.9 years. Maybe it won’t make too much difference to their financial futures that the government said this week that it would raise the state pension age to 68 sooner than planned. They will still be collecting their state pension for nearly 15 years after retiring, picking up around £124,000 assuming the new state pension stays at £159.95 a week. They are certainly getting good value from their national insurance payments when they were working. Along the way they will also enjoy a £3,000 winter fuel bonus and once they reach 75, as they nearly all will, the TV licence is free, saving £147 a year.

Now compare that with the deal for someone born in Glasgow. It has Britain’s worst longevity figures, with the average male expected to live just 72.6 years. The new retirement age of 68 means our typical Glaswegian male will pick up a state pension for only four to five years, pocketing just £38,000 in total. That winter fuel payment, more needed in Glasgow than Dorset, will be more like £800, while on average they cannot expect to ever get the free TV licence.

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Blind date: ‘There may have been a peck or two’

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:00:29 GMT2017-07-22T05:00:29Z

Ben, 26 advertising product manager, meets Samantha, 21, actor

What were you hoping for?
Someone to have a good laugh with.

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Sun, sea, sand … and a last-minute money-saving holiday guide

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:31 GMT2017-07-22T06:00:31Z

Not grabbed your euros or sorted out travel insurance? Yet to book airport parking? And what about which card to use? Check out our guide – but please do it in advance next year, you’ll save much more!

Probably the worst currency deal is at Forexchange in Cardiff airport. Let’s say you want to head off with at least £100 of euros to cover your first few days in Spain. When Guardian Money checked the walk-up rate yesterday it would give us just €88.30 – a far cry from the “market” rate which is around €1.11 to £1. In other words, you’d be losing as much as 20%.

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The expert's guide to the perfect meat barbecue

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:00:33Z

Everything you need to know about grilling meat, from fuel to two-zone cooking, by Hawksmoor’s executive chef. Plus recipes for pre-meat-fest snacks and sauces to go alongside

Barbecue, at its most basic, is an alchemy of wood, smoke and meat, so the fuel you use can dramatically affect flavour. Your best bet is to use lumpwood charcoal, made from high-quality hardwoods with none of the chemicals that help lesser charcoals burn. You can then add different hardwood chunks, depending on the flavour you are looking for: oak, apple and cherry are personal favourites. (Any garden centre worth its salt will have a range of woods for cooking and smoking in the barbecue section; failing that, there are numerous stockists online.)

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s vegetable barbecue recipes

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:00:33Z

There’s a lot more to barbecue than meat: all sorts of vegetables, and even fruit, benefit from time over the coals, too

Throughout all the seasons, and for many, many years now, I’ve been marking all sorts of ingredients with chargrilled stripes. Stalks of asparagus and sprouting broccoli, wedges of halloumi and feta, chunks of bread, red tomatoes, orange squash, white cauliflower: the effect of the chargrill is to make things look great – those smart, black lines – and taste great, taking on the smoky flavours of the grill.

When the sun is not calling, I’ll do this indoors, in the kitchen, on a ridged griddle pan, with a high flame on the stove and the extractor turned up to the max (or the window opened very wide). The results are pretty much the same, but nothing quite beats the allure of food that’s cooked and eaten outdoors.

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Thomasina Miers’ summer fruit dessert recipes

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:00:33Z

From nectarine tart to mango sorbet, summer puddings are all about making the most of seasonal fruit

When the sun’s out, I find it hard to shake the feeling of perpetual summer. I’ll be in a state of shock come October, obviously, but for now I’ll happily bask in all the sun’s glory – and all the amazing fruit it brings with it. Tangy cherries collapse in a pan and stain a fool with their crimson juices; apricots bake in a clafoutis and get an emerald sparkle from basil-scented sugar; raspberries and nectarines provide a fine match for a goats’ curd tart with the merest hint of sweetness to bring it to the right side of pudding. Then it’s over to Mexico (of course) with pineapple, coconut, mango and lime featuring in a bright, citrussy sorbet and a tea loaf that is indecently soft and squidgy. Well, we might as well enjoy the sunshine while we can.

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The Open 2017: third round – live!

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:00:15 GMT2017-07-22T12:00:15Z

Shaun Norris goes very close with a 40-foot rake across 18, but no birdie, and that’s just a 65. Just a 65. He’s tied for tenth spot right now at level par, though he’ll drop back down a bit as the day goes on. One thing’s for sure, though: he’ll not be going out first on his own again tomorrow. And on that subject - well, Norris went round with Birkdale’s assistant pro, but y’know - here’s a wonderful anecdote from Rob Moline: “As denizens of the most isolated city in the world, Perth (the real one, not the one where Gleneagles was built), we’re a bit starved for tournament golf. Back in the 90s and 00s there used to be the Heineken Classic, who’d pay big-name superstars millions of dollars to make the trek to the middle of nowhere in the middle of their only holiday from the tour grind. John Daly was there one year - survived the cut, but into the last round he was last in an odd-numbered field, playing alone. We went out to watch him. We arrived at 8.30am about 90 min after he teed off, and went out to look for him. He’d gone - raced through his final round in that time of 90 minutes, running his caddy off his feet and nearly killing him (Perth in February is 40 degrees), and was apparently heading back to the casino where two hours earlier, after an uninterrupted night’s gambling, he’d put down his drink, said ‘Mind this’, and gone out to fulfil his contractual obligations for the $1,000,000 appearance fee. He shot 77, five over par. On the tournament course. I’ve never shot less than 80 from the much easier members’ tees.” A gentleman, and an example to us all. It’s impossible not to love the man.

Shaun Norris has just birdied 17. He’s level par for the championship now, and five under today. If he can pick up another shot on the last, he’ll equal the best-ever third-round score in an Open at Birkdale: that was a 64 shot by eventual winner Ian Baker-Finch in 1991. A day later that year, Jodie Mudd joined the major-championship 63 club. Anyone else fancy a piece of that action today?

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Tour de France 2017: stage 20 time trial – live!

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:02:51 GMT2017-07-22T12:02:51Z

Here’s our man in France with all the skinny on Edvald Boasson Hagen’s win yesterday and a comprehensive preview of today’s stage, which is well worth a few minutes of your time.

Related: Boasson Hagen breaks clear to win stage 19 as Froome tightens grip on Tour title

As lanterne rouge, Sky’s Luke Rowe is first out on the course. He’ll be able to do a reconaissance mission for Chris Froome, who I’m sure has studied and ridden the course already. Froome will probably follow one or two of his team-mates around in the team car later. At the Dusseldorf time-trial he followed Michal Kwiatkowski.

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Whatever your opinion on Lance Armstrong, liking his podcast is not a sin | Barry Glendenning

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:30:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:30:33Z

Forgiveness may still be a long way off but the disgraced cyclist’s Tour de France podcast is proving popular and he is well qualified to have an opinion

Opinions vary among cycling fans on just how good or bad this year’s Tour de France has been. With only two stages left we find ourselves in the welcome situation where the top step of the Paris podium is still up for grabs but many have felt short-changed by a route that has been heavily criticised, not to mention the more unforeseeable early exits of a clutch of the peloton’s finest through injury or controversial disqualification.

What few who have heard it can contest, however, is that some of the most intelligent, insightful and amusing analysis of this year’s race has been offered from the back of a converted Winnebago generally parked up somewhere in Colorado. There’s just one small or very big problem: the man delivering these forthright opinions is Lance Armstrong.

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Arsenal v Chelsea: pre-season friendly – live!

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:09:14 GMT2017-07-22T12:09:14Z

25 min David Luiz drills a flat long pass over the defence for Pedro. Ospina comes to the edge of his area to clear with a flying punch, and clatters Pedro in the process. The referee gives a free-kick against Pedro, presumably for standing in the way of Ospina’s fist. That looked really nasty, especially as Pedro then landed on his face. Pedro seems okay, if extremely groggy.

23 min Most of this season’s title contenders will play three at the back at some stage, if not regularly. It’s interesting how cyclical tactics are. Three at the back is the mullet of football formations; just when you think you’ve finally seen the last of the bugger, some smartarse brings it back into fashion.

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Benjamin Mendy set to join Manchester City from Monaco in record £52m deal

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:49:23 GMT2017-07-22T09:49:23Z

• France left-back set for medical ahead of proposed move
• Mendy will eclipse Kyle Walker as most expensive defender in history

Manchester City have agreed a fee of €57.5m (£52m) with Monaco for Benjamin Mendy, with the France international set for a medical this week ahead of his proposed move. Pep Guardiola had identified the 23-year-old left-back as one of his transfer priorities at the end of last season following the departure of Gaël Clichy but City saw three bids turned down for the player who only joined Monaco last season for £11m.

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Manchester United confident of signing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:53:34 GMT2017-07-22T10:53:34Z

• José Mourinho frustrated in pursuit of Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier
• United confident of closing a deal for Matic, with a fee of £50m mooted

Manchester United are confident of closing a deal for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic after hitting a wall in their efforts to take Eric Dier from Tottenham Hotspur. José Mourinho, the United manager, identified Dier as his No1 defensive midfield target at the start of the close-season and he has seen three bids for him turned down by Tottenham. The third bid was understood to be close to £40m.

Tottenham’s position on Dier has been resolute all summer. When Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, made his first approach to Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman – and put forward a preliminary offer of £25m – he was told, in no uncertain terms, that Dier was not for sale.

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Tottenham need to find their bearings quickly as Wembley tenants | David Hytner

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:30:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:30:33Z

After poor results at the national stadium in last season’s European games Spurs need to find their feet on the larger pitch now it is their temporary home

The irony was not lost on Mauricio Pochettino. “Remember when I first came to Tottenham and I was criticised for saying the White Hart Lane pitch was too small for us?” the manager said. “And now, people are saying that Wembley is too big?”

Pochettino’s comments came last season, when his team’s travails at Wembley – their temporary home for European matches – were under the microscope. It was a regular talking point, one of those things that become a thing, much to the annoyance of the manager who finds himself caught up in them.

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Aiba ‘risks bankruptcy’ as civil war erupts at top of amateur boxing

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:42:49 GMT2017-07-21T16:42:49Z

• International Boxing Association in turmoil over repayments
• Management culture alleged to be neither inclusive nor transparent

Amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, faces the risk of bankruptcy after demands it immediately pays back millions of pounds in loans and investments it does not have, a senior figure in the organisation has claimed to the Guardian.

The revelation comes amid an increasingly bitter civil war inside Aiba, which has led to the resignations of its treasurer and finance director following claims they were sidelined by the president, Wu Ching-kuo. Earlier this month an executive committee member was also removed by Wu after raising questions about possible “deficiencies and irregularities” in Aiba’s finance and governance – before being dramatically reinstated by Swiss courts earlier this week.

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Ashes series under threat from Australia pay dispute, says players union – report

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:56:57 GMT2017-07-22T07:56:57Z

Australian Cricketers’ Association quoted as saying in email to players that, even if a deal was struck, there might be not be enough time

Australia’s cricketers union is reportedly warning its players this summer’s home Ashes series might be scrapped, even if a new pay deal can be reached tentatively with Cricket Australia (CA).

According to Fairfax Media, the head of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), Alistair Nicholson, sent an email on Saturday to players, warning the Test series against England was under threat.

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PSG increasingly confident of signing Neymar and Alexis Sánchez

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:48:02 GMT2017-07-21T21:48:02Z

• French club working on respective £199m and £40.3m deals
• Sánchez and his agent met PSG official in Paris on Friday

Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly confident of signing Neymar from Barcelona and Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal in the next few days in what would rank as one of the biggest double-signings in football history.

Nasser al Khelaifi, the PSG chairman, is working on a potential world-record €222m (£199m) deal for Neymar while Antero Henrique, the club’s sporting director, is focusing on a deal to lure Sánchez. Henrique spent Friday afternoon with the Chile forward and his agent, Fernando Felicevich, at the luxurious Royal Monceau hotel in the centre of the French capital. The two camps are close to an agreement regarding the player.

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Racing shocked by death of Haydock stalls handler Stephen Yarborough

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:37:13 GMT2017-07-21T21:37:13Z

• Yarborough believed to have been in a collision while stalls were moved
• Scheduled six-race card and concert at Haydock on Saturday in doubt

Racing was united in shock and sympathy on Friday evening following the announcement that Stephen Yarborough, a stalls handler who had been airlifted to hospital from Haydock Park following an incident earlier in the day, had died as a result of his injuries.

Yarborough is believed to have been run over while the stalls were being moved before the day’s fourth race.

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Classy Kadeena Cox retains T38 400m crown at World Para Championships

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:29:00 GMT2017-07-21T21:29:00Z

• Briton makes up for bronze medal disappointment on Monday
• Cox ignores hamstring problem to land third world title

Kadeena Cox, unable to perform at her peak because of fatigue and an aching hamstring, offered another demonstration of her class and resolve with a resounding victory in the T38 400m title at the World Para Athletics Championships last night. Cox, who became the first British Paralympian to top the podium in two sports since 1984 when she won athletics and cycling gold at Rio 2016, was a good 40m clear of Japan’s Yuka Takamatsu when she crossed the line in 1min 02.87sec.

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Toni Duggan: ‘I’m not thinking about Barcelona. Hopefully we’ll smash Spain’

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:30:20 GMT2017-07-21T21:30:20Z

Toni Duggan is concentrating on firing England to European Championship glory as she prepares to face Spain and a number of her new club-mates on Sunday

A shaft of sunlight highlights a minor chip in the otherwise immaculate bright red polish adorning Toni Duggan’s fingernails. It is a high maintenance colour but Barcelona’s new attacking addition is simply not the type of woman to opt for understated neutrals: taupes, beiges and nudes represent the antithesis of one of the game’s most vibrant personalities.

As she relaxes on a terrace after training at England’s Euro 2017 Utrecht base, Duggan’s strong Merseyside accent and sharp Scouse wit enliven an atmosphere already buoyant following the Lionesses’ 6-0 win over Scotland in their opening Group D game.

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Talking Horses: Saturday’s best bets for Newbury and Newmarket | Chris Cook

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:44:00 GMT2017-07-21T23:44:00Z

Heavy rain is expected overnight at Newbury where Lynn’s Memory is available at 33-1 in a Super Sprint that may become a free-for-all

Newbury’s Super Sprint could turn into more of a Super Slog if all of the forecast overnight rain materialises. The ground already seemed to have some give in it during Friday’s action and another 8mm or so would make this quite a test for this gang of two-year-olds, few of whom have experienced proper soft going.

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Michael McIlorum leads way as Wigan show inexperienced Leeds no mercy

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:00:22 GMT2017-07-21T21:00:22Z

• Wigan 34-0 Leeds
• Oliver Gildart also runs in two tries as Wigan score seven without reply

“It was a no-win situation,” said the Wigan coach, Shaun Wane, of the scenario his side were presented with during this convincing victory: and while he may well be correct, it will not be entirely until a week’s time whether both sides’ preparation for a peculiar evening pays off with a trip to Wembley in August.

For Wigan this was a much-needed victory to build some confidence and form before their Challenge Cup semi-final with Salford next weekend. A side close to Wane’s strongest possible line-up proved too good for Leeds and, in what has been a chastening season for the reigning Super League champions, there will at least be some satisfaction they won with such ease.

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Chelsea announce signing of Álvaro Morata on a five-year contract

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:01:47 GMT2017-07-21T18:01:47Z

• Spain striker is champions’ third signing of summer at cost of £58m
• ‘It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club,’ says Morata

Chelsea have announced the signing of Álvaro Morata from Real Madrid on a five-year contract. The Spain striker is the Premier League champions’ third major signing of the summer, following the arrival of Antonio Rüdiger from Roma and Tiemoué Bakayoko from Monaco and reportedly costs in the region of £58m.

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England take on India at sold-out Lord’s in Women’s World Cup final to savour

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:37:17 GMT2017-07-21T18:37:17Z

Alex Hartley spent four seasons with Middlesex and has never played at the game’s headquarters but she gets her chance on Sunday for England against India

It is a quirk of the women’s game – one that does not reflect well on domestic cricket – that England’s left-arm spinner Alex Hartley, having spent four seasons playing for Middlesex before returning to her home county Lancashire this summer, has never played at Lord’s. In fact, only in her last two seasons at the club were the Middlesex Women allowed to use the indoor school, situated next to the Nursery Ground, and they have never trained on the grass wickets.

The only chance she had to have a good look around Lord’s came about 10 years ago, when she accompanied her father on a tour of the ground. With England training here before their sold-out final against India on Sunday, the 23-year-old took the chance to take in her surroundings on Thursday.

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Euro 2017: Babett Peter seals win from spot as Germany battle past Italy

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:33:58 GMT2017-07-21T21:33:58Z

• Elise Bartoli sent off for Italy as champions earn first win
• Sweden defeat Russia 2-0 to go top of Group B

Germany, six times European champions, sealed their first win in this year’s tournament but were pushed all the way by Italy who were eliminated by their 2-1 defeat in Tilburg.

Steffi Jones’ side, aiming to bounce back from a disappointing 0-0 draw with Sweden in their first match, looked on course for a routine win when Josephine Henning opened the scoring after 19 minutes. The Italy goalkeeper, Laura Giuliani, spilled the ball from a free-kick, allowing Henning to head Germany in front.

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Usain Bolt lays down marker with his season’s best 100m in Monaco

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:26:07 GMT2017-07-21T21:26:07Z

• Jamaican’s 9.95sec serves as a world championships warning
• Britain’s Laura Muir and Eilish McColgan both set personal bests in 3,000m

Usain Bolt produced his season’s-best time in the 100m to canter away with the Monaco Diamond League and suggest he will again be the man to beat going into a major championships.

The Jamaican’s time of 9.95sec will not necessarily have his rivals at next month’s world championships in London trembling but the way he did it, recovering from a typically sluggish start before easing to victory without undue stress or effort, suggests there is a fair bit more in the tank.

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Romelu Lukaku no Messi but he’ll thrive at Old Trafford, says Kevin De Bruyne

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:30:20 GMT2017-07-21T21:30:20Z

• Lukaku has scored in Manchester United’s last two US tour matches
• ‘He has his way of playing. He’s a big physical guy and that can be awesome’

Romelu Lukaku should not be compared to Lionel Messi but will be a highly successful signing for Manchester United, according to Kevin De Bruyne, his Belgium team-mate.

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Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk told to train alone after saying he wants to leave

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:49:17 GMT2017-07-21T18:49:17Z

• Van Dijk declared ‘he is not available to play’, says Mauricio Pellegrino
• Liverpool’s No1 defensive target is not for sale, Southampton insist

Virgil van Dijk has in effect gone on strike at Southampton in an attempt to force a transfer, according to Mauricio Pellegrino. The manager said the defender had told him he wanted to leave and was not available to play for the club. Pellegrino has responded by ordering the Holland international to train alone.

Van Dijk was the subject of a botched move by Liverpool earlier in the summer, with Southampton reporting the Merseyside club to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach. Liverpool made a public apology to try to defuse the tensions and they promised that their interest in the player had ended, although they have continued to covet him and he remains their sole defensive target. They had been willing to pay £60m.

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Gheorghe Hagi: ‘I took a lot of risks because of the passion I have for football’

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:00:12 GMT2017-07-21T15:00:12Z

Viitorul Constanta, the club Hagi formed eight years ago, have won the Romanian title and are about to enter the Champions League. So how has he done it?

Gheorghe Hagi has been talking for almost an hour when, not for the first time, he shoots a glance at the adjacent training pitch. Viitorul Constanta’s Under-17 and Under-19 squads are going through their paces under the late-afternoon sun and on several occasions there has been the sense that Hagi, watching from the corner of his eye, is having to restrain himself from darting across to correct certain imperfections. “Look at this,” he says, waving an arm out into the heat. “This is not about money; that’s the last thing for me. This is about work – work and dedication.”

Nobody leaves this smart facility, five kilometres from the beaches of Mamaia and their swarms of Black Sea holidaymakers, without that outlook being seared upon them but the fruits of Hagi’s work are about to go on show to the wider world. Viitorul’s senior team will play their first Champions League fixture on Wednesday when the Cypriot side Apoel visit for a third qualifying round first leg; they earned that right through winning Romania’s Liga I last season despite having one of its smallest budgets, a remarkable feat that outstripped every projection Hagi had made for his club when he founded it in 2009. At that point the professional squad was intended merely as a finishing school for the academy before it. The aim was to give something back to the sport that made him; to help young Romanian players become great, just as he had been. If their path has been accelerated beyond all imagining it is the result of a constant, clear vision that has left Viitorul’s more storied rivals trailing.

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Fifa ethics committee was investigating Gianni Infantino over election expenses

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:15:34 GMT2017-07-21T12:15:34Z

• Fifa president allegedly under-declared money spent on election campaign
• Infantino organised removal of committee’s chairman and members in May

The Fifa ethics committee was investigating the president, Gianni Infantino, for allegedly under-declaring the money he spent on his election campaign, before he organised the removal of the committee’s chairmen and members in May.

The declaration of his election expenses was the second issue for which Infantino was under investigation; the ethics committee had also started preliminary inquiries into whether he improperly sought to influence the election in March of a new Confederation of African football president.

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Resilient Matt Kuchar makes statement of intent as winds blow at Open

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:00:05 GMT2017-07-21T17:00:05Z

• American remains in contention after second-round 71
• Scot Richie Ramsay adds 70 to his opening-round 68

Matt Kuchar reckons he had forgotten how good a test of the game Birkdale provides, and though he got a completely different set of questions in his second round on Friday to those he dealt with well in compiling the five-under total which earned him a share of the overnight lead on day one, he dealt with them well enough to book himself a place in the last pairing with Jordan Spieth.

“Conditions were really hard today, nearly the opposite wind of what we had yesterday,” he said of the south-easterly that greeted the players when they arrived at the course in the morning. “The course played completely differently. And this wind, it felt like every hole was a crosswind hole and you had to play for so much curve on the ball. It was quite a trying, challenging day.”

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My sister-the-doctor has graduated – just as the world has turned on medical experts

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:00:33Z

The Charlie Gard case has been hijacked by those who prioritise feelings over facts

Last weekend I went to my sister’s graduation ceremony. A mere seven years, including two maternity leaves, since she started medical school, my little sister is now an actual, swear-to-God, real live doctor. But I need to rephrase that first sentence: it wasn’t a graduation, it was, my sister-the-doctor firmly informs me, an affirmation ceremony (those medical people – such sticklers for accuracy). This is because it was where the new doctors recite the “declaration of a doctor” – essentially an updated version of the Hippocratic oath, promising to “alleviate pain”, and so on.

It was very moving to hear this declaration in a hall in Westminster, but also strange, at a time when the main medical story in the news is the Charlie Gard case. Charlie, who was born with the inherited disease infantile onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS), has epilepsy and irreversible brain damage, which is preventing his eyesight from developing, and cannot breathe by himself, according to Great Ormond Street hospital (GOSH). He has, in other words, a poor quality of life and worse prognosis.

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A driving conviction stopped me from becoming a barrister

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:08:34 GMT2017-07-22T09:08:34Z

The Crown Prosecution Service signed up to give everyone a fair chance to apply for jobs, including those with criminal records – but it has a long way to go

I thought that I was attending a party for my sister, but my mother and wife had actually planned a surprise party for me in celebration of a long-held dream come true. In a real triumph over adversity, I would be the first in my family to embark on a career in the legal profession as a trainee barrister with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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From the railways to the NHS – why can’t Britain think anything through? | Ian Jack

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:31 GMT2017-07-22T06:00:31Z

The saga of delayed and failed rail electrification suggests our politicians and officials are more comfortable with talking than with deliberation

• Ian Jack is a Guardian columnist

The line from Gospel Oak to Barking used to be one of London’s more obscure railways, looping 14 miles through the northern and eastern suburbs and never penetrating the capital’s centre. A railway enthusiast could have told you that the boat trains from Tilbury to St Pancras used to use it – for many visitors and migrants from the British empire, including MK Gandhi and some of the passengers from the Empire Windrush, the line offered a first view of England’s back gardens.

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The Democrats' performance as an opposition party? Pathetic | Steven W Thrasher

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:00:35 GMT2017-07-22T10:00:35Z

Though Trump is historically unpopular for a president at this moment in his presidency, the opposition is not benefiting from this obvious opportunity

Six months into Donald Trump’s term, and Democratic politician’s ability to be an opposition party is, in a word, pathetic.

When the poll came out saying that “Democrats stand for nothing more than opposing” Trump, I thought to myself, ‘If only that were true!’” But they can’t even do that well. When House Democratic Caucus chairman Joe Crowley was asked by the Associated Press just what his party’s core message was, he “hesitated” and then said, “That message is being worked on.”

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No actual lake measures up to the ideal lake for which I yearn

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:59:31 GMT2017-07-22T06:59:31Z

The sea is limitless, so why is a lake so much more mysterious?

Just back from a few relaxing days by a lake. I’m not prepared to say which lake, because I don’t want everyone following me there. I am still trying to decide whether I have broken my jinx with lakes and enjoyed myself. I think I probably haven’t. On the plus side, I didn’t lose my wallet over the side of a rowing boat this time. I wasn’t woken in the early morning by jet-skiers. My jungle-strength mosquito repellent almost repelled the jungle-strength mosquitoes. Rain didn’t come sweeping in every day from the mountains. And I didn’t have to listen to a lake bore telling everyone over breakfast that you don’t say Lake Windermere because Windermere already contains the connotation lake.

So what was on the minus side? I suppose the lake itself. For some reason, no actual lake I visit ever measures up to the ideal platonic lake for which I yearn. This could be because of a fleetingly beautiful trip to a lake I made as a child. We weren’t staying there. We were just driving by. My father never liked stopping the car, but at my insistence he did – just long enough for me to search out a few flat stones and make them skip across the water. It seemed a vast lake to me, the empurpled hills on the other side far, far away and whispering those impossible promises that only hills on the other side of a lake can promise. I threw well and my stones never stopped until they reached those hills, sometimes turning over as they skimmed the water, as slithery as water snakes and glittering like jewels.

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A byline for Erdoğan? Liberal megaphones for illiberal voices | Open door | Paul Chadwick

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:33 GMT2017-07-22T08:00:33Z

Why did the Guardian give Turkey’s president space to lay claim to the credentials of a democrat?

Some readers bristled when the Guardian published an article with the byline of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey. Why had the increasingly authoritarian leader been given space to say online, as the headline put it, “Turkey, a year after the attempted coup, is defending democratic values”, and in print, “Turkey, a year on, has a strong democracy” (Opinion, 15 July, page 35)?

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Vince Cable leads a party that has lost all that it stood for | Deborah Orr

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:02:28 GMT2017-07-21T17:02:28Z

Why didn’t he stand for the Lib Dem leadership 10 years ago? He might have avoided all the calls that led his party to disaster

• Deborah Orr is a Guardian columnist

Vince Cable has become leader of the Lib Dems, and just 10 years after he should have taken his chance. Acting leader after the resignation of Menzies Campbell in 2007, he didn’t stand, leaving Chris Huhne and Nick Clegg to slug it out. The rest is disaster. The best that can be said about Clegg is that at least he wasn’t Huhne, who ended his political career in prison.

The funny thing is that Campbell’s resignation was in part prompted by suggestions that, at 67, he was “too old”. We will leave aside the obvious point, that the man hadn’t even reached the Britain’s new retirement age. Cable, the oldest party leader since Churchill, is not “too old” at 74. He’s just far, far too tardy.

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Why I’ve never reported being sexually assaulted on public transport | Poppy Noor

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:43:41 GMT2017-07-21T17:43:41Z

A sense of disbelief has always stopped me calling the police. And many friends have reacted in the same way. But new figures show things might be changing

• Poppy Noor is a freelance writer

The first time I was sexually assaulted on public transport, I was 12 years old. Though at the time I wasn’t sure whether I had been. Like many young women, I’ve never felt too confident in calling out these events with certainty.

Related: Why we need to break the silence around rape and violence against women | Waqar Azmi

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Theresa May can flee the UK, but remainers will have to take solace in the Proms

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:12:53 GMT2017-07-21T15:12:53Z

The prime minister must be fed up after recent events, although appointing Michael Gove to environment will have made her chuckle

To celebrate the start of the Proms, I bought a soundbar to go with the TV. Predictably, this led to several hours of torment as I struggled to connect it. The only instructions that came with the speaker gave little away other than “Plug in and play”. There were few clues about what to plug in where, and it was only by trial and error and a bit of tape to hold an optical cable in its socket that I got the thing up and running. But once connected, all was forgiven as the sound added a depth I didn’t realise I had missed. It’s the best £80 I’ve spent in a long time. Even third-rate crime dramas that I would normally doze through began to sound like Hollywood epics. The highlight, though, has been Igor Levit’s performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, which was just spellbinding. He was also wearing a lapel badge of the EU flag and when he came to give his encore, he played an arrangement of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – the official hymn of the EU. The remainers’ resistance continues in the Albert Hall. Catch it on iPlayer.

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Why has Katie Hopkins set sail with a bunch of far-right activists? | Joe Mulhall

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:10:52 GMT2017-07-21T13:10:52Z

A controversial group from around the world is in Sicily ‘defending European culture’ by ‘monitoring’ migrant rescues. It’s a worrying precedent

• Joe Mulhall is a senior researcher at anti-racism organisation Hope not Hate

The most dangerous thing we can allow to happen to the far right in Europe is to let it become normal. The last decade has seen a process of mainstreaming of far-right narratives, organisations and people. Things that have long been deemed beyond the pale have begun to creep back towards the realms of the acceptable.

This week could become a watershed moment in this dangerous process of normalisation. Right now, Mail Online columnist Katie Hopkins is in Catania, Sicily, spending time with a far-right group called Defend Europe, which had the original aim of harassing and block NGO search and rescue vessels operated by groups like Save the Children from picking up refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean.

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How the straight majority still silences gay people | Philip Hensher

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:00:46 GMT2017-07-21T18:00:46Z

It is 50 years since sex between men was decriminalised – but gay people, like Pride itself, are now being corralled behind new social and corporate barriers

• Philip Hensher is a novelist, critic and journalist

Two weeks ago it was Pride in London – or, as some of us go on calling it, Gay Pride. I must have been going to it for nearly 30 years now. The first time I went, it was with a friend. We didn’t know anyone much who was going (we thought). We turned up, hopped over the barriers at the start of the march, and just walked along until the end. That was a pub, locked up with a sign in its windows: Regulars only. In the end, we bumped into loads of friends, some of whom we didn’t know were gay or lesbian.

Related: Is the saccharine message of #Loveislove really what Pride is about? | Justin Myers

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The Guardian view on historical fiction: reimagining, not reproducing | Editorial

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:16:32 GMT2017-07-21T17:16:32Z

A once-disparaged genre has found new life thanks to Hilary Mantel and others. But what do we want from it?

In the first of her recent Reith lectures, Hilary Mantel spoke of the “cultural cringe” of being a historical novelist when she started out in the 1970s, a time when historical fiction meant historical romance and wasn’t respectable or respected. How things have changed – and in no little part due to Mantel’s own magisterial reimagining of the life of the self-made Tudor courtier Thomas Cromwell, which set its cap at the higher reaches of literary fiction and was rewarded with two Man Booker prize wins.

This year’s Booker longlist, to be announced next week, will certainly include historical titles, judging from recent years. Contenders include Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End, already Costa Book of the Year and winner of the Walter Scott prize for historical fiction. This month we learned that Zadie Smith is to write her first historical novel, reportedly inspired by the exploits of a 19th-century highwayman, which led to a street in her old stamping grounds of north-west London being named Shoot-up Hill.

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Long, boring school holidays were the making of me | Nikesh Shukla

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:28:41 GMT2017-07-21T17:28:41Z

While my friends enjoyed exciting summers, I worked in my father’s warehouse. As well as cementing family bonds, it cultivated my imagination

• Nikesh Shukla is a novelist

I approached the summer holidays with dread. Every year, six weeks off school meant six weeks free to pitch in and help at my dad’s warehouse. I helped to pack orders, counting out reams of paper, preparing them and ticking them off on the order sheet; talked cricket and Hindi movies with my uncles; and counted the days until school started again. The warehouse was filled with boxes. There was no adherence to any health and safety. The fire exit was blocked by a stack of flattened boxes we kept in case we ever needed them. Piles of boxes ran up high, nearly touching the ceiling. Boxes spilled into the office till they became a permanent fixture and Dad and Kaka, my father’s younger brother, stopped taking meetings on site because the office ended up being more storage space.

Related: Why working parents like me dread the summer holidays | Andy Dawson

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The Guardian view on the supreme court: good for Lady Hale – and for us all | Editorial

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:23:34 GMT2017-07-21T17:23:34Z

The new president of the UK’s most senior court has years of experience

Though Justice is usually portrayed as a woman, it has in general been embodied by men. Brenda Hale, the new president of the supreme court, will bring years of experience at the highest level of the judiciary and a strong feminist voice to the country’s most senior court. Legal gossip suggests that the outgoing president, Lord Neuberger, was appointed in 2012 as a “stop Hale” candidate. She was considered eccentric, possibly even a little dangerous. Her appointment had seemed in the balance until it was finally confirmed on Friday. It was held back until the very last minute – and will only last for two years, since she must retire at 75 – but is a triumph not only for her personally but also for the slow diversification of the judiciary.

There has long been a tension between two ideas. The first – symbolised by the blindfold that statues of Justice sometimes wear – is that judges are incorruptible, not merely in the venal sense but also in terms of human sentiment and emotion. The second is the understanding that if all judges come from similar backgrounds, chosen on criteria that hugely privilege one particular type of candidate, then the justice they dispense will reflect only one set of experiences. And a very narrow set at that.

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Wake up, Boots. You can’t judge women who need the morning-after pill | Sian Norris

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:29:19 GMT2017-07-21T12:29:19Z

The chief pharmacist’s comments in defence of a refusal to lower the drug’s price has caused a backlash in the feminist community. Hardly surprising, really

• Sian Norris is a writer and feminist activist

Yesterday Marc Donovan, the chief pharmacist at Boots, defended the chain’s decision to maintain a high price (£28.25) for women wanting to buy the emergency contraceptive, or morning-after pill. He told the British Pregnancy Advisory Service: “We would not want to be accused of incentivising inappropriate use, and provoking complaints, by significantly reducing the price of this product.” Rivals Superdrug and Tesco had cut the price of the drug to about £13.50 following complaints that it was artificially high; in France, it costs £5.50. The comments caused a backlash in the feminist and sexual health community, which argued that Boots’s decision not only creates a tiered system where the wealthier can access contraception, but it also positions women’s sexual health as a “moral” issue, and suggests that women are not capable of making sensible and informed choices about their contraceptive options.

Related: Boots faces boycott over refusal to lower cost of morning-after pill

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Why are students getting more firsts at university? | Guardian readers and Sarah Marsh

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:58:12 GMT2017-07-21T13:58:12Z

The number of UK degree students receiving first-class degreess has soared. Here academics and students give their explanations for why this is

More UK universities and colleges are awarding the top grade to students, figures show. One-third of UK universities and colleges awarded a first for 25% of degrees granted in 2015-16 – four times as many as in 2010-11. We asked students and academics about why they think this is. Here are a selection of your responses.

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Of course the Maybot needs to recharge her batteries. I propose a holiday in balmy Brexit Britain

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:07:19 GMT2017-07-21T14:07:19Z

Rather than rambling in Italy, our PM should try a tour of our newly sovereign paradise and take in the cool culinary trend of ‘food banks’. And then there’s the chance to spot a rare police officer in the wild

It seems Theresa May is finally listening to suggestions that she take a hike. The prime minister is about to head off on her hols, a three-week walking tour of northern Italy and Switzerland with a quick stop in Brussels. Even the Maybot has to recharge her batteries now and again, and there’s nothing like a nice stroll for clearing the mind and figuring out your next steps. Just look what happened last time May went on a walking holiday: she came up with the brilliant idea of holding a snap election. I can’t wait for the exciting eureka moments that will reveal themselves to the PM on her upcoming rambles.

However, while I support our tireless leader’s decision to get a little R&R, I’m somewhat shocked by her choice of destination. After carefully consulting a map, it turns out both Italy and Brussels are in the EU! Ewww! What’s more, I’m afraid to report that mediocre Switzerland isn’t part of Great Britain. I thought the whole point of this Brexiting business was to avoid fraternising with foreigners and ensure the UK was completely isolated from the rest of the world? Shouldn’t May be holidaying at home? Wouldn’t that be the patriotic thing to do?

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William and Kate have been duped into endorsing Poland’s ugly nationalism | Kate Maltby

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:58:49 GMT2017-07-21T11:58:49Z

The royal couple’s Polish trip was all about sucking up to a deeply unpleasant government. Why? We might need its help over Brexit

• Kate Maltby is an associate fellow of Bright Blue, a thinktank for liberal conservatism

If you stuck “Poland” into Google News this week, you will have been rewarded with a slew of headlines about the Duchess of Cambridge’s latest dress. Today, the duke and duchess finish their summer tour of Europe. The Telegraph has gushed: “‘She reminds us of Princess Diana’: how Germany and Poland fell in love with the Duchess of Cambridge”. This has been billed as the Brexit tour: a visit to shore up links with Poland’s Eurosceptic leaders, followed by a few days making nice to Angela Merkel in Germany. Down on your knees, Britons, and thank God for Jenny Packham diplomacy.

Related: Brexit can wait. Europe’s pressing worry is its fracturing eastern democracies | Jan Kubik

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What should music TV look like in 2017?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:44:56 GMT2017-07-21T12:44:56Z

The BBC is planning a primetime music show featuring live performances, sketches and interviews. Can it reinvent Top of the Pops for the 21st century, or is it chasing a dead format? Five Guardian writers ponder its merits

It’s testament to the nation’s fondness for Top of the Pops that not even Jimmy Savile and Dave Lee Travis have managed to entirely taint it – and it feels as if every year there’s a thinkpiece longing for a rebirth of the show (yes, including in the Guardian).

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Diane Abbott fires back after ITV News tweets her interview stumble

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:37:19 GMT2017-07-21T15:37:19Z

Writing in the Guardian, Labour MP accuses broadcasters of missing the story, treating her differently to white, male MPs, and ignoring racist abuse

Diane Abbott has accused broadcasters of being proud to pursue “fact-free, research-free and investigation-free” journalism and of failing to acknowledge racist abuse against her.

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Charlie Gard's father in court outburst after scan results revealed

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:30:10 GMT2017-07-21T16:30:10Z

Chris Gard shouts ‘evil’ after lawyer for Great Ormond Street hospital says latest scan on terminally ill Charlie makes for ‘sad reading’

Charlie Gard’s father shouted “evil” after a lawyer representing Great Ormond Street hospital (Gosh) said a new scan on the terminally ill boy made for “sad reading”.

Charlie’s parents were hoping the scan would support their case that, contrary to what doctors at the hospital say, their son is not brain damaged and would be receptive to experimental treatment in the US.

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Chris Grayling calls for end to first-class carriages on commuter trains

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:51:01 GMT2017-07-21T23:51:01Z

The transport secretary, who travels to Westminster by rail, says he will make the change to put an end to overcrowding

The days of commuters crammed cheek-by-jowl in overcrowded train carriages while first-class compartments remain half-empty could be coming to an end.

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Number of homeless children in temporary accommodation rises 37%

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:15:33 GMT2017-07-22T06:15:33Z

Councils across England are providing temporary housing for around 120,540 children with their families - a net increase of 32,650

Councils across England are housing the equivalent of an extra secondary school of pupils per month as the number of homeless children in temporary accommodation soars, according to local government leaders.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said councils are providing temporary housing for around 120,540 children with their families - a net increase of 32,650 or 37% since the second quarter of 2014.

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How Brexit might affect the UK's young tech industry freelancers

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:00:29 GMT2017-07-22T05:00:29Z

Workers currently city-hop on a weekly basis but being ‘locked’ into one state will change that

In the downstairs cafe at Betahaus, a former soap factory in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district that now houses co-working spaces for tech industry freelancers, the air is thick with snippets of English laced with a range of European accents, from hissed German via lisped Castilian to clipped estuary English.

But native British cadences could soon become a less familiar sound in European start-up hubs. After the first week of EU and UK officials negotiating the rights of citizens after Brexit, it has emerged that UK citizens living in the European Union could lose their rights to live and work in another EU country.

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Juror forced to leave Old Bailey terror trial after asking if detective was single

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:19:54 GMT2017-07-21T17:19:54Z

Woman dismissed after repeatedly asking court usher if witness was single, as judge warns he considered discharging entire jury

A juror has been forced to leave a four-month long terrorism trial at the Old Bailey after repeatedly trying to find out if a detective who had been a witness in the case was single.

A second juror acknowledged finding the detective, DS Ryan Chambers of West Midlands police, attractive but was allowed to stay on the case after the judge, Mr Justice Globe, decided she had been forthcoming in response to questions about the incident.

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Hundreds pay tribute to mother and daughter who died in Grenfell fire

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:13:51 GMT2017-07-21T15:13:51Z

Methodist church minister says Mary Mendy and daughter Khadija Saye represented life and soul of the community

Hundreds of people have packed into a church in the shadow of Grenfell Tower to pay tribute to a mother and daughter who died in last month’s catastrophic fire.

Family and friends wore white, with some in traditional West African dress, for Mary Mendy’s funeral and a memorial service on Friday for 24-year-old Khadija Saye, who was buried on 28 June.

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BBC women 'furious but not surprised' by gender pay gap

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:44:23 GMT2017-07-21T17:44:23Z

Female workers speak of being lied to by the corporation over salary disparities and threatened when they challenge them

Women working at the BBC have spoken of the anger and frustration that has emerged across all levels of the institution after the disparity in pay between the male and female top earners was revealed.

Women said an angry mood had gripped Broadcasting House this week, where staff were “pissed off” but not surprised by the figures, which showed that only a third of the BBC’s 96 top-earning talent were women and that its seven best-paid stars were all men.

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'London Whale' charges dropped against former JP Morgan traders

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:45:36 GMT2017-07-22T05:45:36Z

Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout have had charges dropped after testimony of trader Bruno Iksil ruled unreliable

US prosecutors have decided to drop criminal charges against two former JP Morgan Chase & Co derivatives traders implicated in the “London Whale” trading scandal that caused $6.2bn (£4.7bn) of losses in 2012.

In seeking the dismissal of charges against Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout, the Department of Justice said it “no longer believes that it can rely on the testimony” of Bruno Iksil, the trader dubbed the London Whale, based on recent statements and writings he made that hurt the case.

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UK court blocks £14bn class action case against MasterCard

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:39:18 GMT2017-07-21T22:39:18Z

Fledgling competition tribunal refuses to allow claim relating to 16 years of alleged overcharging to proceed

A £14bn class-action lawsuit against MasterCard for allegedly overcharging more than 45 million people in Britain over a 16-year period was blocked by a British court on Friday.

The competition appeal tribunal (CAT), a newly empowered court that oversees Britain’s fledgling class action regime, ruled that it would not grant the necessary collective proceedings order for the case to continue to trial.

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Budget deficit leaps as Brexit-fuelled inflation troubles Hammond

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:34:23 GMT2017-07-21T17:34:23Z

Government borrowing rises by more than expected to £6.9bn in June – almost 50% higher than in the same month last year

The government was forced to borrow more than expected in June after a jump in the UK’s budget deficit to £6.9bn – almost 50% higher than the same month last year.

The sharp rise followed a spike in the cost of financing the UK’s debt, a drop in corporation tax receipts and a larger than forecast contribution to the EU in June.

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EU and Britain fail to reach agreement on half of issues in Brexit talks

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:59:43 GMT2017-07-21T14:59:43Z

Teams working on future rights of EU citizens in UK and Britons in Europe are still to resolve 22 of 44 issues under discussion

The EU and UK Brexit teams working on the future rights of EU citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe have failed to reach agreement on 22 of the 44 issues under negotiation, a joint working paper has revealed.

A detailed colour-coded document reveals there is agreement on 22 “green areas” but fundamental disagreements on 14 “red” issues and a further eight “amber” areas that need further clarification.

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Michael Gove 'deeply regrets' Trump's approach to Paris climate agreement

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:51:08 GMT2017-07-21T09:51:08Z

In first speech since cabinet return, environment secretary says he hopes US president will have a change of heart

Michael Gove has said he “deeply regrets” Donald Trump’s approach to the Paris agreement on climate change and hopes the president will have a change of heart, in his first speech since returning to the cabinet.

The environment secretary said international cooperation was crucial to resolve the problem of climate change, adding: “The world’s second-biggest generator of carbon emissions can’t simply walk out of the room when the heat is on.”

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Banks and companies plan expansion in Frankfurt after Brexit

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:53:07 GMT2017-07-21T17:53:07Z

US investment bank Morgan Stanley is latest to choose city as it vies to become EU’s principle financial centre and win back jobs lost in banking crisis

Several hundred banks and companies have contacted German authorities about expanding in Frankfurt, as the city vies to become the EU’s principal financial centre after Brexit.

Lucia Puttrich, Europe minister in the government of the state of Hesse, told the Guardian she had been in talks with several banks about expanding their presence in Frankfurt or the Rhine-Main area.

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Man found guilty of battering stepson, 5, to death for losing shoe

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:17:57 GMT2017-07-21T14:17:57Z

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, faces life sentence for murder of girlfriend’s son

A stepfather is facing a life sentence after battering a five-year-old boy to death in a park for losing a trainer.

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, flew into a rage and subjected his girlfriend’s son Alex Malcolm to a brutal attack in Mountsfield Park in Catford, south-east London.

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Woman, 19, murdered in south-west London

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:35:43 GMT2017-07-21T13:35:43Z

Police alerted to knife attack in Kingston after second woman escaped with stab wounds

Detectives are investigating the murder of a 19-year-old woman in south-west London in an attack in which another young woman suffered multiple stab wounds.

The woman’s body was found at a house in the plush suburb of Kingston, where she is believed to have been taken after she was abducted.

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'A misuse of scarce funds': NHS to end prescription of homeopathic remedies

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:48:45 GMT2017-07-21T13:48:45Z

New guidelines mean homeopathic remedies and 17 other items will no longer be prescribed, for reasons ranging from low clinical effectiveness to low cost-effectiveness

Homeopathic remedies will no longer be available on prescription on the NHS according to newly-announced plans.

The move comes as part of the NHS England’s drive to save more than £190m a year through a new set of national guidelines, which are now open for public consultation.

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Tories were warned about anger at austerity before the election

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:53:46 GMT2017-07-21T17:53:46Z

MPs warn that Corbyn has identified “the right grievances” as damning findings of internal research are revealed

Concerns about austerity and the public-sector pay cap were highlighted in internal Conservative research carried out before the general election, leaving senior figures aghast that the party failed to act upon the warnings, the Guardian understands.

Individuals taking part in a series of in-depth focus groups raised widespread concerns over issues such as school cuts and the lack of pay rises for loved ones working in public services, such as nurses and teachers, sources have revealed.

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Brenda Hale appointed as UK supreme court's first female president

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:42:29 GMT2017-07-21T11:42:29Z

A champion of diversity in the judiciary, Lady Hale will take up role as head of the UK’s highest court in October

Brenda Hale has been appointed as the first female president of the UK supreme court.

Lady Hale is a longstanding champion of diversity in the judiciary. She has previously said the court should be ashamed if it does not improve its record on the issue.

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Rendition case against Jack Straw must be held in secret, judge rules

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:43:53 GMT2017-07-21T13:43:53Z

Decision means couple allegedly abducted and sent to Libya and their lawyers will be excluded from hearing parts of the trial

The high court should sit in secret when the former foreign secretary Jack Straw faces a damages claim over his alleged role in the abduction and torture of a Libyan dissident and his pregnant wife, a ruling has said.

Having failed in a previous attempt to have the case against Straw struck out, government lawyers successfully sought to have it heard behind closed doors under controversial new justice measures.

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Cross-party group of MPs call on Gove to adopt clean air bill

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:18:27 GMT2017-07-21T12:18:27Z

Sixty-five MPs have written to the environment secretary urging him to include the measures in his new strategy to tackle the air pollution crisis

A cross party group of MPs is calling on Michael Gove to adopt a clean air bill in his new strategy to tackle the crisis of air pollution in the UK.

Sixty five MPs have written to the environment secretary as he prepares to address the most pressing issue in his intray – a demand by judges for a new air quality strategy by 31 July to cut illegal levels of pollution from diesel vehicles.

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Police to call off landfill search for RAF gunner Corrie McKeague

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:41:36 GMT2017-07-21T14:41:36Z

Mystery around disappearance deepens after nothing found in five-month search of Cambridgeshire landfill site

Police investigating the disappearance of the missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague will call off a five-month search of a landfill site after finding nothing, in a move that deepens the mystery around his whereabouts.

McKeague was last seen on CCTV in the early hours of Saturday 24 September last year, walking into a refuse collection and deliveries area behind shops in Bury St Edmunds.

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Michael Gove says cabinet is united on Brexit transition period

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:07:27 GMT2017-07-21T17:07:27Z

Eurosceptic Tory backbenchers bristle after environment secretary says ministers agree on ‘pragmatic’ approach to free movement

Michael Gove has said the cabinet is committed to a post-Brexit transition period that takes a “pragmatic approach” to free movement, as Eurosceptic Tory backbenchers warned the UK must not “check out and never leave”.

The environment secretary said a transition was needed to give businesses and the agriculture industry reassurance and different sectors had impressed upon the government the importance of avoiding a cliff edge exit from the EU, after his first major speech since returning to the cabinet.

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Unaccompanied child taken off overbooked easyJet flight at Gatwick

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:13:37 GMT2017-07-21T09:13:37Z

Airline begins investigation after 15-year-old was removed from plane to Toulouse and left alone at departure gate

EasyJet has opened an investigation after an unaccompanied child was removed from an overbooked flight from London Gatwick.

The 15-year-old was taken from his seat on flight EZY8333 to Toulouse on Thursday morning, and left alone at the departure gate.

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UK hotel group to launch anti-slavery programme

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:09:41 GMT2017-07-21T13:09:41Z

Shiva Hotels aims to raise awareness of sexual and labour exploitation among both staff and guests to mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

A hotel group has become the first in the UK to launch an anti-slavery programme across its hotels. Aimed at raising awareness among both guests and staff of human trafficking, the project, by Shiva Hotels, will include a training programme for 400 employees and displaying statements in lobbies and on in-room TVs.

The full extent of modern slavery in the UK hospitality industry is not known but Professor Alex Paraskevas of the University of West London, who led a two-year study into the problem called Combat, said it is estimated that there are 115,000 human trafficking victims in the hospitality sector in Europe of whom 93,500 are sexually exploited and nearly 7,000 are labour exploitation victims working in hotels. In the UK the total number of people in slavery is estimated at 11,700 but there are no official figures for individual sectors.

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Girl, 5, fined £150 for running homemade lemonade stall

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:22:49 GMT2017-07-21T10:22:49Z

Father says girl was left in tears after council enforcement officer accused her of trading without licence

A five-year-old girl was left in tears after being fined £150 for running a stall selling cups of homemade lemonade to passersby.

The schoolgirl was accused of trading without a licence by a council enforcement officer last Saturday, her father, Andre Spicer, said. The officer issued a fixed penalty notice demanding the sum – or £90 if the family agreed to pay promptly.

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Sean Spicer resigns as Trump press secretary after six months

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:07:46 GMT2017-07-21T16:07:46Z

The controversial spokesman was known for testy exchanges with reporters amid tumultuous tenure as administration’s public face

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, bringing to an end a tumultuous six months as the public face of Donald Trump’s administration.

Spicer stepped down after the president tapped Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier and longtime Trump supporter, as the new White House communications director. In his farewell comments, Spicer said there were “too many cooks in the kitchen”.

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Six dead as Israeli-Palestinian tensions boil over

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:05:26 GMT2017-07-21T22:05:26Z

Three Israelis stabbed to death in West Bank settlement after three Palestinians killed as row over highly sensitive holy site erupts

Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over a highly sensitive holy site have turned into violence that killed six people: three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement.

A Palestinian entered a home in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank after nightfall and stabbed three Israelis to death, the head of Israel’s rescue service said.

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Greed is no longer good – bond boom comes to an end

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:00:32 GMT2017-07-22T07:00:32Z

Profits at Goldman Sachs fall 40% with other investment banks badly hit as calm returns to the markets

City bond traders have put the champagne on ice. They had a good run. For some it lasted almost a year. But it’s over now and the “new normal” of low trading volumes and weak profits is reasserting itself.

On Wall Street, Goldman Sachs took the biggest hit. This week the firm reported profits had plunged 40% in the second quarter on its bond, currency and commodities trading desks.

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Hawaii prepares for potential missile strike from North Korea

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:30:46 GMT2017-07-22T02:30:46Z

Starting in November, Hawaii will begin monthly tests of an ‘attack-warning’ siren the state hasn’t heard since the end of the Cold War in the 1980s

Hawaii has become the first US state to prepare the public for the possibility of a ballistic missile strike from North Korea.

The state’s Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced a public education campaign about what to do. Hawaii lawmakers have been urging emergency management officials to update Cold War-era plans for coping with a nuclear attack as North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can reach the islands.

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Vladimir Putin: 'I may not leave Russian presidency'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:03:51 GMT2017-07-21T17:03:51Z

A question-and-answer session at a Sochi school was designed to make Putin seem youth-friendly after recent youth demonstrations

Asked what he plans to do when he leaves the presidency, Vladimir Putin paused and smiled. “But I haven’t decided yet if I will leave the presidency,” the Russian leader replied, to laughter and applause from an audience made up almost entirely of Russians who were born after he first became president in 2000.

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New Zealand storm: states of emergency declared as flooding hits South Island

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:22:26 GMT2017-07-22T03:22:26Z

State of emergency declared in three regions, road access to Dunedin city blocked and flood warning signs run out after heavy rain and landslides

A ferocious storm has buffeted the lower South Island of New Zealand overnight, with three states of emergency declared in Christchurch, Timaru and Otago and the city of Dunedin accessible only by air.

The southern city of 120,000 people was cut off by road after major landslips blocked access. Small coastal communities on the Otago Penninsula are also cut off.

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USS Fitzgerald collision: American sailors 'probably to blame' for fatal cargo ship crash

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:35:02 GMT2017-07-22T02:35:02Z

Unnamed defence official says the crew would be held accountable for the crash off Japan, which left seven US sailors dead

The crew of a Navy destroyer that collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship will “certainly” be held accountable for the crash that killed seven American sailors, a US defense official has said.

“The way it looks now, it seems that the crew on the (USS) Fitzgerald is going to be at fault,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

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Robert Mueller asks White House to preserve Trump Jr meeting documents

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:54:04 GMT2017-07-21T22:54:04Z

Special counsel says meeting with Russian lawyer is relevant to investigation, to determine whether the president knew of the meeting before or after it occurred

The special counsel investigating possible collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia has asked White House officials to preserve any records of a meeting last year between the president’s son and a Russian lawyer, according to a source with knowledge of the request.

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Synthetic cannabis: New Zealand police issue warning after spate of deaths

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:43:35 GMT2017-07-22T00:43:35Z

Despite being banned in 2014 the drug is still widely available on the black market and has been linked to seven deaths and many hospitalisations

A spate of deaths in New Zealand linked to “zombie drug” synthetic cannabis has prompted the country’s chief coroner and police to issue an urgent public health warning.

In July alone there were at least seven deaths in Auckland which appear to be linked to the use of synthetic cannabis but police said the problem was nation-wide.

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US friendly fire kills at least 12 Afghan policemen in Helmand

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:31:29 GMT2017-07-21T19:31:29Z

Sources say US gunship bombed checkpoint just 30 minutes after police unit retook it from Taliban

A US gunship has killed at least 12 Afghan policemen in a friendly fire airstrike in Helmand, according to local officials.

The incident is a setback for the US-Afghan fight against the Taliban in the embattled province, and comes as the US administration and its Nato allies are preparing the deployment of several thousand additional troops to Afghanistan.

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Rex Tillerson says Qatar's Gulf neighbours should lift blockade

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:49:23 GMT2017-07-21T15:49:23Z

US secretary of state urges countries to take positive action and says efforts to isolate Qatar are negatively affecting its citizens

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has tried to push Qatar’s Gulf neighbours back to the negotiating table, saying it was time for them to take some positive action by lifting their economic blockade on the oil-rich state.

Tillerson said Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar were having a negative effect on the Qatari people, adding: “I hope as a sign of good faith they will lift that blockade. That would be a positive development.”

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