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Published: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:31:32 GMT2017-06-25T07:31:32Z

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Housing crisis threatens a million families with eviction by 2020

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:45:10 GMT2017-06-24T20:45:10Z

Report shows combination of low wages, freezes to benefits and rising costs of renting could cause more than 1 million households to become homeless

More than a million households living in private rented accommodation are at risk of becoming homeless by 2020 because of rising rents, benefit freezes and a lack of social housing, according to a devastating new report into the UK’s escalating housing crisis.

The study by the homelessness charity Shelter shows that rising numbers of families on low incomes are not only unable to afford to buy their own home but are also struggling to pay even the lowest available rents in the private sector, leading to ever higher levels of eviction and homelessness.

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‘Back soft Brexit,’ trade unions urge Labour

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:25:56 GMT2017-06-25T07:25:56Z

50 senior party figures tell party leader Jeremy Corbyn ‘to fight unambiguously for membership of the single market’

Jeremy Corbyn was under pressure from across the labour movement last night to support a softer form of Brexit as the TUC joined senior party figures in calling for Britain to retain the option of staying in the single market.

The unions’ intervention followed a call from Hilary Benn, the Labour chair of the Brexit select committee, who wants the party leadership to shift position and support staying in the customs union rather than rejecting the possibility outright.

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Ministers in abrupt U-turn over fire safety in schools

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:30:08 GMT2017-06-24T19:30:08Z

Government goes back to drawing board after deciding that cost-cutting rules ‘would have been a disaster’ in light of Grenfell Tower disaster

Controversial government proposals to relax fire safety standards for new school buildings as a cost-cutting measure are to be dropped by ministers in a major policy U-turn following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The move is evidence of a dramatic change of approach across government, from a previous preoccupation with deregulation and cost-saving to a safety-first attitude, in the aftermath of the west London tower block tragedy.

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Move by UK supermarkets threatens to bring Fairtrade crashing down

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:02:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:02:13Z

Tesco is to join Sainsbury’s in changing the branding of some ‘fairly traded’ products

When four Sainsbury’s executives met farmers from some of Africa’s biggest tea-growing co-operatives in a hotel in Nairobi last month it should have been a mutual celebration of Fairtrade, the gold standard of ethical trading and the world’s most trusted and best-known food certification scheme.

But instead of backslapping at the Pride hotel, the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade products precipitated the greatest crisis in the scheme’s 25-year history by telling the 13 major tea groups and their 228,000 co-operative members that it intended to drop the globally known Fairtrade mark for their produce, and replace it with the phrase “fairly traded”.

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Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 120

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:48:20 GMT2017-06-25T05:48:20Z

Victims had rushed to scene of highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official says

An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing more than 120 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said.

Rizwan Naseer, the head of the Punjab province’s rescue services, said 122 people were killed and another 76 were wounded, with many suffering serious burns.

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Trump CIA director blames 'worship of Edward Snowden' for rise in leaks

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:53:48 GMT2017-06-24T18:53:48Z

Mike Pompeo said more needed to be done to stem what he called an increase in the leaking of state secrets to ‘undermine the United States and democracy’

Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, has blamed the “worship” of leakers such as Edward Snowden for a rise in the public disclosure of US intelligence.

Related: New details of Russia election hacking raise questions about Obama's response

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon ready to lead France’s new resistance

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:30:10 GMT2017-06-24T20:30:10Z

The hard-left leader is prepared to fight in parliament – or on the streets

Entering the French lower house of parliament as an MP for the first time last week, Jean-Luc Mélenchon pointed to the European flag planted next to the French tricolor, turned to the camera tracking him and said: “Do we have to put up with that?”

Earlier he stood on the steps of the Assemblée Nationale, alongside the other 16 newly elected MPs from his hard-left party La France Insoumise (France Unbowed), raised a clenched fist and shouted “Resistance”.

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Argentina’s 'Queen Cristina' seeks return to politics with Senate bid

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:32:01 GMT2017-06-25T02:32:01Z

Former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has formed centre-left party and will run for key seat that populous Buenos Aires province

Argentina’s former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has formally launched her bid for a Senate seat in October’s mid-term elections in a race that will determine whether President Mauricio Macri can deepen his free-market reforms.

Fernández’s run, confirmed by a spokesman, comes a little over a week after she formed a new centre-left party independent of Peronism, Argentina’s dominant political movement that she has belonged to for decades.

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'Hi, Dad': California father buries wrong man after coroner says his son is dead

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:54:53 GMT2017-06-24T19:54:53Z

Frank Kerrigan speaks to homeless son by phone 11 days after funeral, having been told of identification made through fingerprints

A southern California man who thought he had buried his son found out 11 days later his son was still alive, after local coroners misidentified a body.

On 6 May, a man was found dead behind a Verizon store in Fountain Valley. Frank J Kerrigan, 82, of Wildomar, said he called the coroner’s office and was told the body was that of his son, Frank M Kerrigan, 57, who suffers from mental illness and had been living on the street.

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Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:36:34 GMT2017-06-24T18:36:34Z

With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more autonomy?

As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started circling. In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled marauders took root three years ago. Across the border in Raqqa, with five of its neighbourhoods under their control, Kurdish forces are contemplating what comes next for them and their cause.

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Brits’ bogus food poisoning claims leave hoteliers crying: ‘¡Basta!’

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:15:12 GMT2017-06-24T22:15:12Z

Britons are warned they could be banned from all-inclusive package deals

For two decades, Miguel has run one of the biggest hotels in Mallorca for holidaymakers on all-inclusive packages. But never has he been so angry and disappointed with his British guests. During a typical year, Miguel welcomes 9,000 British visitors, and many more from Germany and the Netherlands.

Two years ago the hotel, popular in Thomson and First Choice brochures, had just a couple of complaints for gastroenteritis (aka Spanish tummy). But last year Miguel was hit by around 200 claims alleging food poisoning. Every single one was from a British holidaymaker, with not a single complaint coming from the Germans or the Dutch. None of the Brits complained to the hotel at the time; all the claims were lodged by UK claims management companies once the holiday-makers returned home.

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Louis Tomlinson: ‘Zayn has the voice, Harry is cool… then there’s me’

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:00:21 GMT2017-06-25T06:00:21Z

In One Direction, Louis Tomlinson was ‘the kid at the back’. Now, with his first solo album and his own record label, he’s taking the spotlight and learning to trust himself

Coming out of a dissolving boy band must be a bit like being an entrant in one of those dystopian jungle fights – a Hunger Games-style event in which bandmates are scattered across an unknown terrain and challenged to slog their lonely route back to fame. Justin Timberlake, after NSync, enjoyed the unsporting edge of natural talent and crushed his former colleagues. Robbie Williams looked supreme in the Take That scrimmage, at least until Gary Barlow circled back, gathered up the other three, and made the fight a more compelling four-on-one. By the time One Direction announced they were to go on indefinite hiatus in 2015, many of us were familiar enough with the conventions of boy-band bloodsport to start picking favourites for the coming melee.

Harry Styles – charming, a grinner – was best placed to succeed on his own. Big-lunged Zayn Malik was already out of the band by that time and had used his head start to good effect, preparing a solo album that went to No 1. Liam Payne and Niall Horan – always second-tier members – were given middling chances. And ranked last in any serious analysis, the most fitfully appreciated member of One Direction, was Louis Tomlinson. Here was a combatant you might expect to find curled up in a fox hole on the battlefield, pale and chain-smoking and wondering how much he really wanted in on such an unequal fight.

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My husband refuses to drive our car and it’s driving me crazy

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:00:20 GMT2017-06-25T05:00:20Z

A woman is frustrated at being the only one to deal with the household car. Mariella says her anger might be down to their general division of labour

The dilemma I have been with my husband for 10 years and he is an amazing man and a fabulous father to our kids (with another on the way). He never learned to drive as a teenager and after uni he moved to London so never needed to. Four years ago he took a year of lessons and passed first time, but it’s now at least two years since he has driven at all. He claims that he doesn’t feel competent to drive with our kids in the car. Every time I bring the subject up, I end up being the asshole. I have tried every tactic I can think of to get a breakthrough – humour, guilt, reverse psychology, annoyance – but to no avail. He has never been in a car accident or any other traumatic vehicle related incident, so that’s not to blame.

Mariella replies What a conundrum. If you were writing about drugs or alcohol, porn addiction or rages, a tendency to anger or a predilection for putting you down, there would be plenty of murmurs and signs of recognition out there. But the frustration of sharing your life with someone who refuses to do something is a much more original vantage point. Whether it’s not putting dirty clothes into the laundry basket or never opening their post, never replacing bulbs or not refilling the car with petrol, the predictability of certain chores falling to one person often creates a deep sense of frustration. But are you right to consider your husband’s preference for not driving a fault?

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Noble: restaurant review

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:00:20 GMT2017-06-25T05:00:20Z

There’s an art to not showing off, and when your food is this good, you don’t need to shout about it. Jay Rayner heads to Noble, just outside Belfast

Noble, 27a Church Road, Holywood, County Down BT18 9BU (028 9042 5655). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £90

It’s one of those midsummer’s evenings in Northern Ireland when dusk lingers, as if ambivalent to the concept of night ever falling. The roads are shower slicked and the verges smell of earth and damp and the deepest green. We are in Holywood, the tidy commuter town just outside Belfast, and from an upstairs window overlooking the shopping parade comes the music of happy people lost in their chatter. Let that be your guide, because you’re unlikely to spot Noble otherwise. It is marked only by a street-level doorway; that, and some stupendous cooking.

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Andrew Rawnsley’s A to Z of Brexit

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:15:11 GMT2017-06-24T21:15:11Z

From endangered raspberries to stroppy peers, the road to EU divorce is littered with potential obstacles and pitfalls. Here are some of them

Space, the final frontier. As a contingency against Brexit going horribly wrong, the government hopes to go where no government has gone before and seek out new worlds and new civilisations. Ministers will be presenting a space industry bill giving them the power to license spaceplanes and spaceports. So if he fails to secure the frictionless borders with the EU that he seeks, Liam Fox can try his luck negotiating free trade agreements with extraterrestrials.

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Vegans, vegetarians and now… reducetarians

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:00:21 GMT2017-06-25T05:00:21Z

For anyone who has tried to cut out meat entirely and failed, there’s a new movement which tries to take a more pragmatic approach

Unlike drinking, exercise and home cooking, being vegetarian is seen as a black-and-white deal. You either are or you aren’t. Go meat free all year and you’re a vegetarian; eat one chicken burger on New Year’s Eve and you’ve failed.

According to the Vegan Society, there were three and a half times as many vegans in 2016 as 10 years earlier. The NHS states that more than 1.2 million people in the UK are vegetarian. And a YouGov survey found that 25% of people in Britain have cut back how much meat they eat. Despite this, too many of us still hold on to the idea that to eat less meat means nothing unless you can manage to eat no meat at all.

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The Neil Jordan series that isn’t: film-maker disowns Riviera

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:05:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:05:13Z

Millions have viewed or downloaded the drama, but director says his ‘darker’ version was reworked by others

It doesn’t look like a Neil Jordan series or feel like a Neil Jordan series. And it hasn’t been praised in the way one might expect of a Neil Jordan series. That’s because, according to the director himself, it isn’t.

Riviera, a big-budget drama series that stars Julia Stiles and has set viewing records for Sky Atlantic this month, has Jordan’s name emblazoned all over the credits, but the Irish film-maker behind hits such as Interview with the Vampire and The Crying Game now says the glossy finished product has almost nothing to do with him.

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Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia’s tigers back from brink

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:10:08 GMT2017-06-24T19:10:08Z

A WWF appeal aims to highlight the threat of habitat destruction and climate change on wild populations

In February, Pavel Fomenko was told that the body of a young female tiger had been discovered underneath a car parked outside the town of Luchegorsk, in eastern Russia. Fomenko – head of rare species conservation for WWF Russia – took the corpse for examination where he uncovered the grim details of the animal’s death.

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'Rewilding' Australia: not only do we need the outback, the outback needs us

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:01:12 GMT2017-06-24T22:01:12Z

Even in vast natural ecosystems, the fate and condition of nature lies in the hands of the people who live on, know, respect and manage that land

Only a small number of vast natural landscapes remain on Earth – wild regions where ecological processes function normally and movements of wildlife remain largely unfettered by the fragmentation of habitats. These few places include the Amazon basin, the boreal forests of Canada, tundra of Siberia, the Sahara Desert, and the Australian Outback.

It has become increasingly apparent to modern science what Indigenous people have understood for centuries: that even in these large, natural ecosystems, the fate and condition of nature lies in the hands of the people who live on, know, respect and manage that land.

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Are you ready for your Royal Ascot procession close-up, your majesty?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:41:29 GMT2017-06-24T17:41:29Z

A TV camera inside the Queen’s carriage as a way of enhancing coverage of her arrival each day was one of several ideas kicked around at NBC when the American broadcaster won the rights to show this week’s action

How about putting a TV camera inside the Queen’s carriage as a way of enhancing coverage of her arrival each day at Royal Ascot? You hadn’t thought of that? Well, it was one of several ideas kicked around by imaginative producers at NBC when the American broadcaster won the rights to show the action, a broadening of coverage that may have lasting significance for this event.

A fresh perspective is always useful but it seems the monarch is not quite ready for her close-up. NBC’s Rob Hyland told the New York Times this week there had been “no response” from Ascot to his suggested innovation but in all other respects the new relationship has got off to an excellent start.

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Doctor Who recap: series 36, episode 11 – World Enough and Time

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:30:07 GMT2017-06-24T18:30:07Z

The Mondasian Cybermen make a deliciously chilling return – and they’re not the only ones. Get ready for more hijinks and foul play in next week’s finale

The time has come. But the moment has been prepared for. That’s to paraphrase the Fourth Doctor as he faced his own impending demise. It’s a shame that we know so far in advance that a Doctor is leaving, because it always means that the sense of foreboding overrides everything else. Add to that the fact that it is Steven Moffat’s final run, and perfectly good episodes like Knock Knock and The Eaters of Light, even the ambitious Monks Trilogy, run the risk of feeling a bit whatever. It is a human curse to wish your life away, and a fan curse to wish away a quality series so that we might just get to the end.

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‘It's a superpower’: meet the empaths paid to read your mind

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:00:05 GMT2017-06-24T10:00:05Z

They feel your pain as if it were their own – and charge you £200 an hour to do so. Why has empathy become such a prized commodity?

It is late on Friday at Piper’s diner in Koreatown, Los Angeles. David Sauvage, a slight 36-year-old man with an arresting stare, is preparing to empathise with me. “These aren’t ideal circumstances, but that’s OK,” he says. A few night owls busy themselves with eggs and tacos; a waiter carries a tray of drinks between booths. Sauvage crosses his legs, removes his necklace, exhales deeply and prepares to inhabit my feelings.

“If we start with where you are now, you’re much more open than you were a few moments ago.” He pushes his head back and takes tiny gulps of air. “You’re right now in your life going through… I almost want to say a spiritual awakening? You’re searching for cosmic truth. Or some emanation of the divine.” He shudders. “It’s very weird to have this experience in someone else’s body.”

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‘I got Gryffindor pyjamas for my 27th birthday’: fans on 20 years of Harry Potter

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:00:02 GMT2017-06-24T08:00:02Z

From academics to school sweethearts, superfans raise a broom to the boy wizard

When I was eight, I got my first pair of glasses. Far from being teased at school, the only hassle I got was endless requests to try on my new specs. My father looked at me with suspicion. Had I faked the blindness, he asked, just so I could look like Harry Potter?

With my cropped hair and glasses, I did look like a tiny girl Harry. And while the similarity was not deliberate, I did nothing to avoid it, either. The Potter books were the great pop cultural event of my generation (I was born in 1991). In between Game Boys and Pokémon, kids began reading again. My school librarian, both confused by and exasperated with Pottermania, dealt with fights over the school’s few tatty copies by imposing a new rule: Potter books could be borrowed for only three days, instead of the week every other title was allowed.

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All hail the new nostalgia: The Crystal Maze and Blind Date are back

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:00:03 GMT2017-06-24T09:00:03Z

Without a hint of irony, these two 90s ratings-busters stay incredibly faithful to the originals

Long-suffering TV viewers will know that when Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes: “What has been will be again … there is nothing new under the sun,” he was talking about light entertainment. It’s hard to tell whether the vogue for reboots is based on sepia-tinted nostalgia or simply a dearth of blue-sky thinking. Certainly, one might look at the simultaneous revival of one-time ratings-busters The Crystal Maze (30 June, 9pm, Channel 4) and Blind Date (24 June, 7pm, Channel 5) and wonder whether the great brains of our major television networks simply all lived in the same 1990s student house.

The most startling element of these particular reboots is their determination to replicate the originals with little concession to our altered times. In the case of Blind Date, the format is identical: a contestant puts questions to three potential dates hidden behind a screen. The questions studiously avoid topics that might aid their decision-making, such as: “Leave or remain?” and: “When were you last tested for an STD?” Instead, give or take the odd double-entendre, the enquiries are wilfully gauche and elicit similarly gauche answers.

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

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

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

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Kieran Read spearheads enigmatic New Zealand’s latest surprise against Lions | Paul Rees

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:00:07 GMT2017-06-24T18:00:07Z

The All Blacks proved themselves masters of the unexpected during their 30-15 victory, dominating possession and reducing the Lions to counterattacks

When it comes to the All Blacks, what you see is not always what you get. The Lions had used their pressing game to telling effect against the Crusaders and the Maori, forcing them to play behind the gainline and making offloads hazardous, but by narrowing the point of attack and playing through their scrum-half rather than their outside-half New Zealand were able to recycle ball quickly and dictate the pace of the game.

Analysts play a major role in the preparation of teams, but trying to figure out New Zealand involves journeys up dead ends. The All Blacks are like a batsman in commanding form: move a fielder and the ball will invariably be dispatched into the space vacated. While their overall policy remains the same, manoeuvering the ball into space and giving the ball-carrier options, they are far from one-dimensional and have a mastery of the basics.

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Russia’s entire 2014 World Cup squad face Fifa doping investigation

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:11:43 GMT2017-06-24T22:11:43Z

• Investigators deem all 23 players in Russia’s 2014 squad ‘people of interest’
• 34 Russian footballers in total are among 1,000 individuals being looked into

Russia is at the centre of another doping scandal after it emerged the country’s entire 23-man squad from the 2014 World Cup is being investigated by Fifa over possible drugs offences. Russia is currently hosting the Confederations Cup and in under a year will stage the World Cup but these allegations are likely to throw its suitability to stage such events into serious doubt.

The 23-man squad, who were knocked out in the group stages of the Brazil World Cup three years ago, are among 34 Russian footballers being investigated by football’s world governing body. Five of the 23 players tested in 2014 are members of the squad that was knocked out of the Confederations Cup on Saturday.

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Oracle takes first win against Team New Zealand in America's Cup

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:40:14 GMT2017-06-24T22:40:14Z

  • Skipper Jimmy Spithill cuts Kiwis’ lead over American boat to 4-1
  • Rival skipper Peter Burling says: ‘It’s great to see a bit of fight’

Jimmy Spithill skippered two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA to its first victory of the America’s Cup regatta, taking a thriller in race six to earn a split Saturday and slow the momentum of Emirates Team New Zealand.

Related: Ben Ainslie vows to bounce back after costly America’s Cup semi-final exit

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Lewis Hamilton saves best till last for pole at F1’s Azerbaijan GP

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:27:19 GMT2017-06-24T14:27:19Z

• Blistering last qualifying lap puts Briton on front of grid
• Raikkonen third, Vettel fourth over a second behind Hamilton

Formula One can swing on tiny margins, almost imperceptible gains can be all important. They are the difference through which championships are won and lost and Lewis Hamilton must believe he is making just that difference with a majestic run to pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Tellingly, he did so with a lap that proved he not only has an edge over his rivals, but that he is beginning to leave them behind.

Related: Lewis Hamilton may keep racing until he has more F1 titles than Vettel

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Roger Federer rolls back years to set up Halle final against Alexander Zverev

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:36:15 GMT2017-06-24T16:36:15Z

• Federer beats Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (5) in Gerry Weber Open
• Marin Cilic will play Grigor Dimitrov or Feliciano López in Queen’s final

Across the tennis landscape a week before Wimbledon, young and old are eying each other like wolves hunting lambs and nobody looks more relaxed on the way to the All England Club than the 35-year-old genius who all but owns the tournament, Roger Federer.

The seven-times Wimbledon champion with realistic ambitions of prevailing again goes into the final in Halle on Sunday, reaching for his ninth title, after dowsing the high-octane challenge of the 21-year-old Russian Karen Khachanov, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Federer has not dropped a set all week, although he has been pushed hard, which is exactly what he needs after 11 weeks off the Tour to prepare for the short grass swing.

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Heather Knight the first of four run-outs as India shock England in opener

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:08:13 GMT2017-06-24T19:08:13Z

• Women’s World Cup: India 281-3; England 246 (India win by 35 runs)
• Fielding mistakes also prove costly in error-strewn England performance

After all the meticulous planning that has gone into this World Cup, it was on the field that things went awry. England opened their campaign with defeat to India by 35 runs, put to the sword by expansive batting but put to bed by their own mistakes.

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England to face Germany in semi after Federico Bernardeschi strikes for Italy

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:25:39 GMT2017-06-24T21:25:39Z

• Italy Under-21 1-0 Germany Under-21
• Bernardeschi scores only goal, with Italy to face Spain in other semi-final

England will face their old foes Germany in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship after a Federico Bernardeschi goal also sent Italy through to the last four.

On a night of head-scratching calculations with only the group winners and best runners-up guaranteed to progress, a mistake from the usually reliable Hertha Berlin defender Niklas Stark settled the match and ensured both Czech Republic and Slovakia are heading home having started the night in contention.

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Warrington give Steve McNamara harsh introduction to life as Catalans coach

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:24:44 GMT2017-06-24T17:24:44Z

• Warrington 24-16 Catalans
• Qualifiers loom for Catalans as McNamara’s first game ends in defeat

The Catalans Dragons concept is facing perhaps its greatest challenge since the club’s accession to Super League 11 years ago and Steve McNamara was shown first-hand here the enormity of the task awaiting him less than a week after taking charge.

The capacity of the former England coach to make meaningful changes to a side that look in increasing danger of a relegation battle will have been minimal; the fact he began French lessons on Thursday suggests it may be some time before his labour bears fruit.

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Idaho spoils party at Royal Ascot after Queen’s Dartmouth fades fast

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:42:24 GMT2017-06-24T15:42:24Z

• Horse that stumbled and fell in Leger now an emerging star
• The Tin Man survives inquriy to win dramatic Diamond Jubilee

Royalists and favourite-backers were united in hope as Dartmouth led into the final furlong of the Hardwicke Stakes but the Queen’s horse proved unable to repeat last year’s success on the final day of Royal Ascot. Despite the urgings of Ryan Moore, who ended the week as top jockey after winning six other races, Dartmouth was overwhelmed by late challengers and finished fourth behind Idaho, an emergent star.

“It was a game run,” said Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of Dartmouth. “I thought it was looking good until it got really serious. But there you are, he wasn’t good enough on the day.”

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Watford sign England U-21s’ Will Hughes from Derby on five-year deal

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:25:46 GMT2017-06-24T17:25:46Z

• Hughes signs for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £8m
• The 22-year-old is at the European Under-21 Championship

Watford have announced the signing of the England Under-21 midfielder Will Hughes from Derby County for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £8m. The 22-year-old, currently in Poland for the European Under-21 Championship, has signed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road.

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Tom Curran determined to build on confident start in England decider

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:00:06 GMT2017-06-24T17:00:06Z

• England can clinch T20 series against South Africa in Cardiff
• Dawid Malan and Craig Overton set to be handed debuts

After their Champions Trophy semi-final meltdown against Pakistan, the England captain, Eoin Morgan, bemoaned a lack of knockout experience in his side. And so while not by design, Friday’s collapse in Taunton has at least given them a winner-takes-all Twenty20 finale against South Africa on Sunday and on the ground where it all went wrong less than a fortnight ago.

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Glastonbury festival: the best of Saturday – in pictures

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:24:15 GMT2017-06-25T07:24:15Z

Katy Perry glittered, Jeremy Corbyn pulled the crowds, Solange celebrated her birthday, and Foo Fighters rocked the Pyramid

The star attraction on Saturday afternoon was Jeremy Corbyn, attracting a crowd that ranked amongst the biggest ever at the Glastonbury festival. He introduced the rap duo Run the Jewels, who have been outspoken in their support of the Labour leader.

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Foo Fighters at Glastonbury 2017 review – rockers cruise to middle of the road

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:34:55 GMT2017-06-25T00:34:55Z

Dave Grohl’s neo-grunge rockers play their early hits with ferocity, but you can’t escape the blandness of the ballads that follow

Time was when Foo Fighters would play a festival tent and have fans scaling the poles in order to get to glimpse them. From the ashes of Nirvana rose a neo-grunge band whose joyous melodies and ebullient punk energy charted a new course through alt.rock: anthemic but with a low-slung grittiness. Decades on, as Saturday’s Pyramid stage headliners, there isn’t that same sense of urgency, only the odd hint of what – apart from their legacy – once made them so special.

The night begins with a nod to what might have been two years ago, when the Foos were slated to headline Friday night at Glastonbury 2015. Days before, tousle-haired frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg on stage in Sweden, bumping up Florence + the Machine to the top of the bill. Florence played a Foos song, Times Like These, in her barnstorming set, so Grohl pays generous tribute by playing it back to her. And then the band come crashing in.

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Glastonbury: Katy Perry and Craig David win over crowds with hits and self-deprecation

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:15:07 GMT2017-06-24T23:15:07Z

From Jeremy Corbyn to Radiohead, this year’s festival featured an impressively diverse lineup, with pop as much on the agenda as indie rock and old favourites

“Do you like rock’n’roll?” Dave Grohl asked the Saturday night crowd at the Pyramid Stage. “Really? Me too. Let’s play some real rock’n’roll.” Foo Fighters, who were booked to play two years ago before Grohl broke his leg, make traditionalist dude-rock for people who wish Nirvana had been more into Tom Petty. They do it well, and Grohl is a hairy cornball who could charm any crowd in the world, but they’re a band without a hinterland. Compared to Radiohead’s labyrinth of a set, Foo Fighters took the highway from A to B, leaving no cliché unturned.

The joy of Glastonbury is that there are so many paths you can take. On Saturday, for example, Whitney played lush country-soul, the Avalanches translated their intricate sample collages into a joyous melange of disco, hip hop, punk and dub, and Father John Misty, the David Foster Wallace of rock, raised the ante with brass, strings and an intense suite of songs from new album Pure Comedy. His joke about a surprise appearance by the Labour leader ensured it was one of many sets interrupted by a chant of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn”, the weekend’s unofficial theme tune.

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Jeremy Corbyn calls for unity in Glastonbury speech

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:49:53 GMT2017-06-24T16:49:53Z

Labour leader urges Donald Trump to build ‘bridges not walls’ while addressing huge Pyramid Stage crowd, while telling the Guardian it was his campaign’s spirit of hope that chimed with young voters

The roar was deafening as Jeremy Corbyn walked on to the main Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury. The 68-year-old political veteran’s appearance was one of the most hotly anticipated moments of the weekend – an extraordinary turn a year after he cancelled his 2016 festival appearance following the vote for Brexit and as uncertainty mounted about his future as Labour leader.

Facing the tens of thousands of festivalgoers who had gathered to see him, Corbyn, arriving on stage with Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, beamed and waited for the chants of his name to die down. “Michael, you brought the spirit of music, of love, of ideas, and of great messages,” he said, giving Eavis a copy of the Labour manifesto.

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15,000 at Glastonbury set record for biggest human peace sign

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:01:46 GMT2017-06-23T11:01:46Z

Organisers say event is ‘message of peace to the world’ after series of terrorist attacks

About 15,000 people gathered at Glastonbury’s monumental stone circle on Thursday to set a new record for making the world’s biggest human peace sign.

The event was one of the first to display a spirit of unity in the face of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, as the festival officially opens on Friday.

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Rock bottom: Glastonbury makes it the year of the bumbag

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:45:14 GMT2017-06-23T18:45:14Z

Festivalgoers sport the once maligned accessory, which shows ugly-pretty chic has reached critical mass

It is most definitely the year of the bumbag, if Glastonbury festivalgoers are anything to go by at least.

There are so many bumbags here: canvas ones covered in Gucci logos; neon pink ones shimmering with sequins; sleek leather ones and practical hi-tech ones; iridescent metallic ones slung over shoulders like holsters.

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

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

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

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

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

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Radiohead at Glastonbury 2017 review – a slow creep towards transcendence

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:11:49 GMT2017-06-24T00:11:49Z

Despite alienating visuals, Thom Yorke’s random chat and an eclectic set that includes a hefty slice of experimental fare, the band leave the crowd satisfied by saving their best till last

At least one member of the vast crowd that assembles for Radiohead’s headlining set has come pre-prepared – he’s carrying a giant orange flag emblazoned with a legend demanding to hear something from deep within the band’s back catalogue: PLAY THE FUCKING BENDS, it reads. Despite his clearly legible plea, it isn’t to be, and, initially at least, it looks like anyone anticipating anything approaching the greatest hits is out of luck as well.

The band’s set starts out in remarkably low-key style, the screens either side of the stage turned off, the band playing a lambent piano ballad. When the screens do come on, they’re showing a pretty abstract interpretation of what’s actually happening on stage – images of Radiohead’s members overlaid with each other, static interference and computer graphics.

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Johnny Depp jokes about killing Donald Trump in Glastonbury appearance

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

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

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

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

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That jeering sound you can hear is Europe laughing at Britain | Andrew Rawnsley

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:05:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:05:13Z

For years we mocked our neighbours’ ‘unstable’ governments. Now, with Brexit upon us, the joke is on this country

A cartoon in a Dutch newspaper depicts Mrs May whacking herself over the head with a mallet. Another Dutch publication has the prime minister entering the Brexit negotiations with her severed head cradled under her arm. It is not just the Netherlands that is having a good giggle. Britain’s prime minister – and, by extension, Britain itself – is an object of torrential mockery across Europe. Here is payback for all those years when snooty Albion turned up a haughty nose at the continentals with their “funny” proportional electoral systems that produced “unstable” governments. Though European leaders are too polite to put it so bluntly, they think that this country, once thought to be a nation of level-headed pragmatists, has taken leave of its senses. First, Britons narrowly vote to quit the world’s largest and richest free trade area. Then, at an election less than 12 months later, Britons split their support between the parties in such a way that there is no consensus in parliament about the terms on which Britain should leave. There is not even agreement about how to proceed on Brexit within the riven ruling party. Ridicule abroad is matched by ridicule at home. This side of the channel, Mrs May is now routinely referred to and depicted as the “zombie prime minister”, a phrase I used to describe her immediately after the election.

There is an irony about this – the most bitter of ironies for Mrs May. In other European countries, the result she achieved on 8 June would be considered not an abject humiliation but an extraordinary triumph. She won 13,669,883 crosses in boxes and a share of 42.4%. In terms of votes, that was the best result for any party leader in Britain since John Major’s victory in 1992. In terms of share, that was the most impressive performance since Margaret Thatcher secured a parliamentary landslide in 1983.

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Is an old fart really so much worse than a young one? | Catherine Bennett

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:05:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:05:13Z

Those who claim the Lib-Dem veteran is too old to lead his party remind us that ageism is still a respectable prejudice

After Vince Cable announced his Lib Dem candidacy, mathematicians were quick, as they generally are not when younger people put themselves forward, to calculate what this would, in the event of his victory, make the average age of our three party leaders: 67. The trio’s combined age – widely considered another telling figure when more than one older person is present – would be 202.

Which is older than the combined age of the Queen and Prince Philip (187), and yet younger than the combined ages – 241 – of BBC favourites David Attenborough (91), David Dimbleby (78) and John Simpson (72), a figure that, put in a historical context, would take a time traveller back to 1776, still a good 13 years before the French Revolution.

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Everywhere you see a dead end. Why protest?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:05:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:05:13Z

We are a nation trapped in a cycle of self-harm. Politics may well have failed us all

Respectable opinion has always deplored slackers who give up on politics. Our word “idiot” comes from the ancient Greek idiōtēs – a citizen who took no part in the civic life of classical Athens. Aaron Sorkin picked up a quote variously attributed to Harry Truman and Woody Allen, and believed by everyone who demands a commitment to public affairs. “Decisions are made by those who show up,” says Sorkin’s creation, Jed Bartlet, a liberal president who seems even more of a fantasy figure now Donald Trump is in the actual West Wing.

The sentiment remains undeniable. If you don’t vote, you must be content to be governed by those who do. The public-spirited go further. We are meant to campaign to reform our society, not just for selfish reasons, but for the sake of the greater good. I still believe that, but only just. It is a sign of the depth of Britain’s crisis that millions cannot.

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How to say ciao to plonkers | Victoria Coren Mitchell

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:04:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:04:13Z

There’s nothing posh about ordering a meal in a foreign language in a restaurant in Britain – as Justine Greening should know by now

Did you hear Justine Greening’s story about the Italian restaurant? It’s a great trigger for debating the nuances of class – always a fun pastime on a Sunday.

The education secretary was speaking, last week, at the launch of an initiative to showcase the top 50 UK firms for social mobility.

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A clumsy liberal’s guide to saying the right thing | Kevin McKenna

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:04:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:04:13Z

Navigating the minefield of everyday conversation without treading on toes is almost impossible. But the well-meaning man must try…

A rare carouse in a louche Glasgow wine bar one night last week was enchanted briefly by a nervous proposition. The stranger had approached me gingerly from the side and asked if I was gay, straight or bi. He was young, beautiful, immaculately groomed and thin as a packet of condoms. “I’m straight, as a matter of fact,” I answered in what I felt was my deepest Glaswegian timbre.

“I hope you don’t mind me asking,” he added politely. “Absolutely not; you’ve made my night,” I replied. “May I ask you a question in return?” I asked. “Go right ahead,” he replied.

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Daniel Day-Lewis has a rare talent. He shouldn’t walk away now | Michael Goldfarb

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:05:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:05:13Z

One of our great actors has announced his retirement at the age of 60 after the completion of his next film

When I was a stage-struck kid I was lucky enough to see the three great British theatrical knights of the mid-20th century on stage: John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson.

I waited at the stage door to simply say thank you and gush after seeing Gielgud and Richardson in Home. Gielgud came out alone, shook my hand, was all charm and grace as I thanked him, and embarrassed myself by adding, that, I too was an actor, even though my resumé was nothing more than my name and aspiration. He wished me good luck in my career and stepped out alone, no entourage, into the night.

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Exporters are wise to start preparing for a hard Brexit

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:05:04 GMT2017-06-24T16:05:04Z

David Davis was kidding himself when he told European politicians they were powerless to prevent Britain extracting a good trade deal

The investment plans of Jaguar Land Rover are unlikely to be an isolated reaction to Brexit. Last week the carmaker revealed amid a fanfare of publicity that it would be hiring 5,000 extra engineers and, with less fanfare, that it would begin work on its next-generation electric car in Austria.

Very simply, the company appears to have made a judgment that for the next two to three years the pound will remain low and, with this discount in place on its exports, it will profit from shifting a huge volume of diesel cars from factories in the West Midlands and Merseyside to the rest of the world.

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If the princes feel trapped, at least they can escape | Barbara Ellen

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:05:14 GMT2017-06-24T23:05:14Z

The prince’s comments about the hardship of his role elicit some sympathy, but his gilded cage does have a door

Do William and Harry genuinely consider themselves to be modern-day princes in the tower? By which I don’t mean detained, to be slaughtered at a later date by a wicked throne-craving uncle (though, personally, I’d keep an eye on that Andrew after he’s had a few).

Rather that they’re stuck in a royal-themed Guantanamo, with stately piles instead of orange jumpsuits, but still no hope of escape? Is this what Harry was alluding to when he gave his Newsweek interview, saying that no royal (including William?) wanted the crown, but that “duties would be carried out” when the time came? To which one possible response could be: “Now don’t go putting yourself out, love,” while others must remain unprintable.

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Secret Teacher: my school is an echo-chamber for leftwing views

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-06-24T06:00:00Z

Most of the parents and teachers vote Labour and don’t do enough to help students understand other points of view

I teach in a mixed comprehensive in a constituency where on 8 June over two-thirds voted Labour, where an overwhelming majority voted Labour in the most recent mayoral vote, and where Labour has been the largest party on the local council for decades. A large majority of staff at our school vote Labour.

As a Labour supporter, this thrills me; as a teacher, it makes me question whether my school is doing enough to help our students appreciate other viewpoints.

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A backstreet in Finsbury Park evokes grief, love and a long migrant history | Ian Jack

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-06-24T06:00:00Z

The white van that collided with worshippers this week crashed in a road once known as the ‘worst’ in north London

Whadcoat Street, which hardly merits the latter word, is a strange little appendage to one of the busiest highways in north London. A cul-de-sac that strikes north from Seven Sisters Road roughly opposite the old Astoria cinema, later the Rainbow, where Jimi Hendrix burned his first guitar, it can’t be more than 50 metres long. All this week, flowers and messages of love and solidarity have decorated one short side of it, because it was here that Makram Ali died and 11 other people were injured, two seriously, after a white van mounted the Seven Sisters Road pavement soon after midnight on Monday, ploughing into a group of worshippers who were returning from Ramadan prayers before it made a sharp left turn into the side street.

I live a 20-minute walk away, but I had never noticed Whadcoat Street before. Normally, there is nothing much to see: a turn-off that ends in a line of bollards, and beyond the bollards a path that leads to a neat little housing estate. In fact, what the van driver turned into and the mourners came to lay their flowers in is all that remains of one of London’s most notorious streets, as well as one of the few to have an entire book devoted to its history. Before 1937, when Islington council changed its name, Whadcoat Street had been Campbell Road, known locally as “Campbell Bunk” from the number of furnished rooms and common lodging houses it contained. In the words of the historian Jerry White, Campbell Road was “a sort of collective Artful Dodger” in the popular memory of Islington.

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Can Brexit be stopped? The answer is in our hands | Jonathan Freedland

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:30:13 GMT2017-06-23T18:30:13Z

One year on, the certainties of the leave case are collapsing. We’re no longer shackled to that verdict

One year on, the political weather has changed and suddenly a once unthinkable question can be asked: might Brexit be stopped?

The obvious shift is in the power of a government whose animating mission was meant to be British departure from the European Union. Put simply, Theresa May sought a mandate for hard Brexit and didn’t get it. That leaves the forces of leave weakened, and remain emboldened.

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Health inspectors used to be proactive - now all we do is react once disaster hits

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:11:03 GMT2017-06-24T09:11:03Z

From food poisoning to fire safety, we strive to keep people away from danger, before they know it is there. But cuts have limited our prevention work

I work in local government as an environmental health officer, but you probably don’t know staff like me exist until incidences occur where you need us.

It might be food poisoning from that dodgy kebab shop, a serious accident in the workplace or a broken boiler that your landlord won’t fix. We intervene on a whole range of public health issues; preventing septic tattoos, improving air quality, tackling noisy neighbours, dealing with bedbug infestations to name just a few things that have come up this month.

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I’ve always loved living in cities – but you have to tell yourself lies to get by

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:59:02 GMT2017-06-24T07:59:02Z

The haves might live alongside the have-nots, but they are socially segregated – let’s not pretend otherwise

I grew up in Kensington – not the currently much-discussed if previously almost entirely ignored north part, but the south. The posh bit. The bit that was gifted £30m to make a nice bit of pavement while people in the north lived in a tower block wrapped in plastic-filled cladding to save £2 a square metre.

Maybe it’s because I’m a gauche American who still doesn’t entirely get English mores, but it still shocks me when privileged people in this country downplay their backgrounds, claiming they come from “north-west London” when they mean a five-storey semi-detached house in Ladbroke Grove. It’s like Ivanka Trump writing an entire book about how working mothers should take tips from her, while barely mentioning that she has household help. If you want to fight against inequality then the first step is acknowledging how much you benefit from it. Otherwise you’re suggesting anyone who doesn’t get as far in life as you only has themselves to blame, and that’s a short leap from saying wealth is proof of moral superiority.

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Is your smart meter spying on you?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-06-24T06:00:00Z

The French are getting heated up about their meters collecting data on their daily lives. Perhaps the British should be concerned too

They are the mini-computers being installed in 30m UK homes and businesses in an £11bn programme that will allow the energy companies to remotely monitor our gas and electricity usage. But could smart meters also become the new spies in our homes, raising fresh fears about a surveillance society as they track our daily activities?

Campaigners in France, where a similar installation programme is taking place, think so. On holiday in Bordeaux recently I was struck by posters advertising a demo called “Stop Linky”. Linky is the name of French utility giant EDF’s new smart meter, but it has sparked a more vociferous backlash than here. “Dites NON! aux compteurs communicants LINKY,” posters shouted ahead of a demo in mid-June, with others planned around the country. 

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The Guardian view on Brexit: Wrong then, wrong now, wrong in the future | Editorial

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:55:20 GMT2017-06-23T17:55:20Z

Twelve months after the EU referendum, Theresa May’s latest Brussels trip reveals that the EU is leaving Britain behind, not the other way round

In one of the several low points of her stunningly inept general election campaign, Theresa May warned that Jeremy Corbyn would be “alone and naked” in the Brexit negotiating chamber. This week, though, it is Mrs May herself who has been revealed as Brexit’s empress with no clothes. Everything about her performance in Brussels over the last two days has underlined both the larger national tragedy of Britain’s decision to leave the EU and the deepening personal failure of Mrs May’s attempts to deliver it.

Mrs May went to this week’s Brussels summit promising a “fair and serious” offer on the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and of UK citizens in the EU, after Brexit. She met a humiliating response. The EU-27 told her these were not matters for a summit but for the negotiations. Angela Merkel said the proposals were no breakthrough. Emmanuel Macron said there was a long way to go. Even Donald Tusk, often a friend of Britain, called them “below expectations.” Meanwhile in Britain, EU citizens’ groups dubbed the plan pathetic, and George Osborne revealed that Mrs May had unilaterally prevented a fairer and more serious offer immediately after the referendum last June because that would strengthen her leadership election chances.

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Whisper it, but Europe and Turkey are talking again | Natalie Nougayrède

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:01 GMT2017-06-24T07:00:01Z

With so much volatility in the Middle East, a quiet rapprochement is in everyone’s interest

Remember how, during the Brexit referendum campaign, voters were told that “millions of Turks” would swamp Europe and Britain if it didn’t get out? Government ministers went on TV to say Turkey’s accession to the EU was just on the horizon, as a result of a refugee deal brokered between Angela Merkel and the Turkish government. Brexiters assured audiences that visa liberalisation for Turks was looming: the hordes were at the gates. None of that happened, of course. Nor is it about to.

Quite the opposite, in fact. Turkey is currently seeking to reset its relations with the EU – and it is doing so without winning visa-free travel to the bloc for its citizens, or signs of any progress in its EU accession negotiations. In a nutshell: it looks like the EU has played its cards rather well with this complex and antagonising partner. Surely that’s encouraging, at a time when Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and others want to put a positive spin on Europe’s prospects and insist it must start fending for itself more in the unpredictable world of Trump and Brexit.

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Humble Hull helps heat up the battle to become UK’s next capital of culture

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:14:11 GMT2017-06-24T21:14:11Z

Northern city’s successful year silences doubters and encourages new contenders from Portsmouth to Perth

Will Coventry wear the crown? Or perhaps Sunderland, Paisley or Perth will snatch the glory of becoming the next UK City of Culture in 2021?

Many commentators raised an eyebrow, or even laughed, in 2013 when Hull won the 2017 title and was duly annointed in January as the nation’s beacon of culture. Yet, six months on, Hull’s selection has been such a success, measured both artistically and in its impact on the city, that rivalry for the next title is unexpectedly intense.

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Schools teach chess to help ‘difficult’ pupils concentrate

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:30:11 GMT2017-06-24T21:30:11Z

Game takes off in primaries as a way to lure pupils away from their phone screens

The year 3 pupils at Park End Primary School in Middlesbrough are a bit of a rowdy bunch. Headteacher Julia Rodwell describes them as “a complex and difficult group”. Put them in front of a chess set though, and silence descends.

“The first time I saw them playing chess, I was absolutely gobsmacked. Their concentration is incredible – I’ve never seen anything like it in any other lesson,” says Rodwell.

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Crisis in Britain’s coastal villages as local fishing communities fight for survival

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:05:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:05:13Z

As tourists pour in, global forces push local fishermen out

It is hard to think of a more faithful depiction of the English fishing village than the scene that greets the visitor to Porthleven in Cornwall: the early summer sun glints off the water, holidaymakers throng the quayside restaurants, enjoying the fresh fish unloaded by the fishermen toiling in their boats.

Yet some argue that things are not what they seem. They say that none of the fish sold at the restaurants or cafés offering “fresh local fish” is caught by the town’s fishermen. Instead it is brought in by van from wholesalers in Newlyn, 15 miles away. And of the boats bobbing in the water, only three are commercial fishing boats. Of those, one fisherman is retiring this year and the other two are ready to call it a day.

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Cyber-attack on parliament leaves MPs unable to access emails

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:39:30 GMT2017-06-24T22:39:30Z

MP cites possible danger of blackmail attempt as House of Commons investigates unauthorised attempts to access user accounts

Parliament has been hit by a “sustained and determined” cyber-attack by hackers attempting to gain access to MPs’ and their staffers’ email accounts. Both houses of parliament were targeted on Friday in an attack that sought to gain access to accounts protected by weak passwords.

MPs said they were unable to access their emails after the attack began and cited blackmail as a possible motive. The estate’s digital services team said they had made changes to accounts to block out the hackers, and that the changes could mean staff were unable to access their emails.

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Quarter of England’s rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:01:00 GMT2017-06-24T06:01:00Z

Freedom-of-information data reveals threat of drought that would devastate wildlife, with government slow to act on water management

A quarter of England’s rivers are at risk of running dry, with devastating consequences for wildlife, according to data obtained by WWF under freedom of information rules.

Fish are most obviously affected when rivers slow to a trickle, particularly those that migrate upstream such as salmon, trout, eels and lampreys. But animals such as water voles are also harmed, as they are unable to escape predators by fleeing into rivers to reach underwater entrances to their burrows. Birds such as kingfishers, sandpipers and dippers also suffer, as the insects and small fish they feed on die out.

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Exeter school’s uniform resolve melts after boys’ skirt protest

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:56:54 GMT2017-06-23T17:56:54Z

Isca academy in Devon to ditch policy that boys must wear trousers even in a heatwave after ‘box-pleat rebellion’ caught global attention

The US constitution has long guaranteed the right to bear arms – but now the schoolboys of Exeter have gone one better and won the right to bare legs.

Britain’s heatwave this week sparked open rebellion at Isca academy in Devon, with boys wearing skirts in protest at rules that insisted male pupils wear long trousers even as temperatures soared into the mid-30s.

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Far-right activists detained at UK border before Britain First rally

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:02:15 GMT2017-06-24T18:02:15Z

Antisemitic Polish priest Jacek Międlar and head of Dutch branch of Islamophobic movement Pegida among those held

Prominent far-right activists from Europe who were planning to attend an anti-Muslim rally in Birmingham have been detained at airports hours before they were due to speak.

Jacek Międlar, 28, an antisemitic priest, and his fellow activist Piotr Rybak were among three Polish nationals stopped on Saturday morning, according to Polish media and social media posts. They were due to speak at the rally organised by far-right group Britain First.

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Darren Osborne charged with murder over Finsbury Park van attack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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School holidays row: Isle of Wight man loses legal fight over daughter's absence

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:48:23 GMT2017-06-23T16:48:23Z

Jon Platt’s legal battle over his daughter’s term-time holiday ends in disappointment – and bill of £140,000 to taxpayer

A father who took his child out of school for a holiday during term time, sparking a long-running legal fight, has been found guilty of failing to secure her regular attendance.

Jon Platt’s campaign had previously gone all the way from Isle of Wight magistrates court to defeat at the supreme court, at a cost of nearly £140,000 to the public purse, and his latest disappointment came in a hearing back at the same magistrates court on Friday.

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Police chiefs to discuss offering guns to all frontline officers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:11:49 GMT2017-06-23T19:11:49Z

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

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

A discussion paper on the subject has been drawn up for the next meeting of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), which wants to look at how to boost armed police numbers to deal with a crisis, following the atrocities in Manchester and London.

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Jo Cox's children to unveil memorial plaque in parliament

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:39:13 GMT2017-06-23T22:39:13Z

Coat of arms – designed by Cuillin, six, and Lejla, four – will be installed as part of a ‘family day’ in Commons

Jo Cox is to be honoured by having a coat of arms unveiled in parliament by her two children on Saturday.

Cuillin, six, and Lejla, four, designed the plaque in memory of their mother, the MP for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire who was murdered last year. It will be installed in the Commons chamber as part of a “family day” in parliament.

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Family of London man who died after arrest demand answers

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:00:00 GMT2017-06-24T06:00:00Z

Edir Frederico Da Costa died in hospital on Wednesday six days after being apprehended by police and falling unwell

The family of a man who died following his arrest in London last week have demanded answers after the police watchdog said a postmortem contradicted their claim that he suffered a series of severe injuries.

Edir Frederico Da Costa, commonly known as Edson, died in hospital on Wednesday, six days after his arrest in east London by Metropolitan police officers.

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London could lose out as ECB seeks control of euro clearing after Brexit

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:40:12 GMT2017-06-23T16:40:12Z

European Central Bank’s bid for more powers represents challenge to City’s dominance of £880bn-a-day business

London is facing renewed pressure over its dominance of the €1tn (£880bn)-a-day euro clearing market after the European Central Bank set out proposals aimed at giving it more oversight of the lucrative business.

The move by the Frankfurt-based ECB – the central bank for the 19 countries using the euro – follows a report by the European commission that called for the EU to have more powers over clearing of financial products denominated in euros after Brexit.

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

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

Appeal has raised more than £520,000 since attack that killed 22 people at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena

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

The Manchester bee tattoo appeal has raised more than £520,000 since it was launched shortly after the attack at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and injured 250 in late May.

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Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud: The young hothead who would be king

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:05:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:05:13Z

The new heir to the Saudi kingdom is a man with vast ambitions, but it is his international aspirations that are causing the most concern

The sudden elevation of Mohammed bin Salman to the position of crown prince and heir apparent to his father, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, is a welcome surprise for many Saudis. It is also a matter of deep concern for some of the kingdom’s neighbours, notably Iran, which is locked in a region-wide power struggle with its Arab arch-rival that increasingly risks sucking in the US and Russia.

For younger Saudis frustrated by the kingdom’s hidebound traditionalism and inflexible religious laws, Prince Mohammed is seen as a reform-minded new broom who could sweep the country to a brighter, more open future. For critics at home and abroad, he is a dangerous and inexperienced firebrand who could undermine stability and lead Saudi Arabia to unintentional disaster.

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Cambodian female workers in Nike, Asics and Puma factories suffer mass faintings

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:04:13 GMT2017-06-24T23:04:13Z

Sportswear brands review spate of incidents in factories where employees on short-term contracts work 10-hour days in 30C temperatures

Women working in Cambodian factories supplying some of the world’s best-known sportswear brands are suffering from repeated mass faintings linked to conditions.

Over the past year more than 500 workers in four factories supplying to Nike, Puma, Asics and VF Corporation were hospitalised. The most serious episode, recorded over three days in November, saw 360 workers collapse. The brands confirmed the incidents, part of a pattern of faintings that has dogged the 600,000-strong mostly female garment workforce for years.

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China landslide: more than 100 people feared dead in village disaster

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:35:19 GMT2017-06-25T04:35:19Z

Rescue operation launched in Sichuan province after more than 60 homes in Xinmo village were engulfed by avalanche of rock

More than 100 people were feared dead after a landslide buried more than 100 villagers in south-west China’s Sichuan province.

Chinese state media said more than 60 homes were covered in rock and mud in Xinmo, a remote village in north Sichuan.

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Police release transcripts of interviews with officers in Charleena Lyles shooting

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:27:05 GMT2017-06-24T22:27:05Z

  • Lyles, 30, was shot dead after reporting a burglary on 18 June
  • Two officers say mother of four, who was pregnant, attacked with a knife

Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a 30-year-old pregnant woman each said in interviews they fired their weapons after the woman suddenly pulled a knife and came after them.

Related: Seattle woman killed by police while children were home after reporting theft

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Franco-Swiss journalist dies in Paris after being injured in Mosul blast

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:20:24 GMT2017-06-24T11:20:24Z

Experienced conflict reporter Véronique Robert had surgery in Iraq before being transferred to hospital in French capital

The Franco-Swiss journalist Véronique Robert has died in hospital in Paris after being wounded in an explosion in Mosul earlier this week.

She was caught up in a mine explosion in the Iraqi city that killed the Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad and the French journalist Stephane Villeneuve. Samuel Foley, who works for Le Figaro, suffered injuries to his face and arm.

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Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque and pilgrims

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:35:03 GMT2017-06-24T03:35:03Z

Suspect blows himself up as interior ministry blames ‘evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad’

Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, the interior ministry said.

The ministry described the plot as part of “self-serving schemes managed from abroad”.

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Black St Louis police officer shot by white colleague 'fearing for his safety'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:01:44 GMT2017-06-24T22:01:44Z

  • Off-duty black officer arrives at crime scene to help, is ordered to ground
  • White officer shoots, ‘apparently not recognizing’ colleague

An off-duty black St Louis police officer’s race factored into him being mistakenly shot by a white officer who didn’t recognize him during a shootout with black suspects this week, the wounded officer’s lawyer said on Saturday.

Related: Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman

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'No doesn't really mean no': North Carolina law means women can't revoke consent for sex

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:00:06 GMT2017-06-24T11:00:06Z

Recent rape cases highlight legal loophole resulting from 1979 state supreme court ruling, prompting a renewed campaign for change

One Monday in January, Aaliyah Palmer, 19, spent several hours telling law enforcement in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that she had been raped.

Things started out OK, she said, in a consensual encounter in a bathroom. But when the man having sex with her began tearing out her hair, she demanded he stop; he didn’t.

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Passengers hurt as double-decker bus gets stuck under Paris bridge

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:09:03 GMT2017-06-24T04:09:03Z

Driver took wrong detour when open-top sightseeing bus was diverted away from Olympic fun day on the Seine, say police

An open-top double-decker bus crashed into a central Paris bridge during an Olympic fun day on Friday, injuring at least four passengers, firefighters said.

The bus, with seating on the upper deck for sightseeing, was too high to pass under the Alexandre III bridge and scraped the roof of the tunnel before stopping after a few metres.

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Trump officials oppose funding museum for victims of Tuskegee syphilis study

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:37:29 GMT2017-06-24T17:37:29Z

Justice department fighting use of unclaimed money from settlement for museum honoring black men who were not given treatment for disease

The Trump administration is opposing an attempt to use unclaimed money from a legal settlement over the government’s infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to fund a museum honoring its victims.

The justice department argued in court documents recently that providing the money to the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center would violate an agreement reached in 1975 to settle a class-action lawsuit.

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Mormon girl who says she is gay has microphone cut off, stirring protest

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:08:35 GMT2017-06-24T13:08:35Z

  • 13-year-old spoke to congregation in Eagle Mountain, Utah in May
  • Bishop calls recording of incident and protest ‘problematic’

A video of a young Mormon girl in Utah telling her congregation that she is gay and still loved by God, before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders, has sparked a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBTQ issues.

Related: 'No doesn't really mean no': North Carolina law means women can't revoke consent for sex

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Five electrocuted at water park in Turkey

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:34:42 GMT2017-06-23T17:34:42Z

Three children and two adults who tried to rescue them die after incident in Akyazı, Sakarya province, according to reports

Five people, including two teenagers and a 12-year-old, have been electrocuted in a water park in north-western Turkey.

The three children were struck by an electrical current in a swimming pool at the park, in the town of Akyazı, Sakarya province, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

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Qatar blockade exposes rifts in Trump administration's 'peculiar' foreign policy

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:00:06 GMT2017-06-24T11:00:06Z

While Donald Trump backs the Saudi-led ultimatum, the state and defense departments are openly critical – a mixed message that could worsen the crisis

The crisis created by the ultimatum delivered to Qatar by the Saudi-led Gulf coalition has been deepened by mixed messages from Washington.

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

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Ruff justice: Neapolitan mastiff crowned World's Ugliest Dog 2017

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:07 GMT2017-06-24T05:00:07Z

Martha, a 57 kilo gentle giant, was rescued when she was nearly blind, but after several surgeries can see again

A Neapolitan mastiff named Martha has been crowned the winner of the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

The gassy 57 kilo (125lb) beast was a favourite of the northern California crowd from the start, often plopping down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the ground when she was supposed to be showing off.

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Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:00:06 GMT2017-06-24T11:00:06Z

Genevive Dawes was shot and killed in January when police officer Christopher Hess fired into her moving vehicle

A grand jury has indicted a Dallas police officer on a charge of aggravated assault for firing into a moving car and killing a 21-year-old woman.

Christopher Hess, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation into the death of Genevive Dawes, Dallas police said in a statement on Friday.

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Xi no evil: Hong Kong bans protest slogans as Chinese president visits

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:10:22 GMT2017-06-24T06:10:22Z

Posters or other displays that could ‘embarrass’ leaders, such as mentions of Tiananmen Square, are ordered removed from tour routes

Hong Kong police have launched a crackdown on political banners and images ahead of a visit to the city by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to avoid “embarrassing” the country’s leaders.

Swaths of Hong Kong will be locked down this week and at least 9,000 police officers, nearly a third of the territory’s force, are set to be deployed during Xi’s three-day visit starting on Thursday.

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Wicket maidens: the surprising history of women’s cricket

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:32:04 GMT2017-06-20T12:32:04Z

As far back as the 1890s, women’s cricket matches would draw crowds of more than 15,000 people. But – despite famous victories and huge stars – England’s female players spent decades juggling the game and full-time jobs

When Karen Smithies’ England team won the World Cup in 1993, she did not go in for false modesty. The success of the women’s team was in stark contrast to the fortunes of the men’s team at the time – England had just lost the Ashes on home soil under Graham Gooch – and the 24-year-old captain, standing in the shadow of the Lord’s pavilion, proudly boasted that the men “could learn a few things” from her side.

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The gardening starter kit: everything you need to get growing

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:20:05 GMT2017-06-15T16:20:05Z

Gardening is great for your mental and physical health. Here’s a guide to the basic equipment you need to dig, snip and water your way to horticultural heaven

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Everything you always wanted to know about pasta

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:11:06 GMT2017-06-21T13:11:06Z

Is pasta good for you and the planet? How much pasta does the average Italian eat? Did Marco Polo really introduce it to Italy on his return from China? Read on to find out the answers to all of these questions and more

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Striving for simplicity: how to streamline your tech

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:06:44 GMT2017-06-23T09:06:44Z

We’ve come to rely on our smartphone for almost everything. Is it time to take a step back, and what measures can you take to manage your use?

The digital age has made life easier in many ways, but being constantly wired to our tech devices can sometimes cause us to feel overwhelmed and at the mercy of information delivery systems, rather than in control of them. As Julia Hobsbawm writes in her book Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload: “You graze constantly online, on your phone, tablet, on news feeds, Twitter feeds, internal feeds and interminable emails … Choice becomes a stalker, making you overactive, when, really, some passivity every now and then might be welcome.”

Hobsbawm, the world’s first professor of networking, having been made honorary visiting professor by London’s Cass Business School, believes that we need to do more offline in this new “age of overload”.

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

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

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

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'Road rage' motorcyclist kicks car causing dramatic pile-up – video

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:19:04 GMT2017-06-23T15:19:04Z

Police in California are asking for witnesses to come forward after a motorcyclist kicked a car while traveling at a high speed along a freeway in Santa Clarita. This caused a pile-up which left one person injured. It was all caught on a dashboard camera by a motorist

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Kilian Jornet: inside the mind of the world's best mountain runner - video

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:46:17 GMT2017-06-23T13:46:17Z

Kilian Jornet, 29, is widely considered the world’s best ultra-distance and mountain runner. Last month, he conquered Mount Everest twice in one week without using supplemental oxygen or fixed ropes. A project called Summits of My Life has taken him to the peaks of Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali and Aconcagua. We asked him what makes him tick and how it feels to be on top of the world

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