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Corbyn launches final election push to deny Tories a majority

Labour will focus on the NHS and voters' finances in the campaign's crucial final days

Jeremy Corbyn will promise Britain's jaded voters that a Labour government would put “money in your pocket”, as his party makes a last-ditch push to deprive Boris Johnson of a majority at Thursday's general election.

Amid concerns that Labour has overpromised with a blizzard of announcements during the six-week campaign, Corbyn will focus on the NHS and voters' finances in the final crucial days of campaigning.

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(08/12/2019 @ 18:30)

China tells government offices to remove all foreign computer equipment

Directive is likely to be a blow to US multinational companies like HP, Dell and Microsoft

China has ordered that all foreign computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within three years, the Financial Times reports.

The government directive is likely to be a blow to US multinational companies like HP, Dell and Microsoft and mirrors attempts by Washington to limit the use of Chinese technology, as the trade war between the countries turns into a tech cold war.

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(08/12/2019 @ 20:01)

Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world's youngest-serving prime minister

Transport minister is the nation's youngest leader ever and the country's third female PM

Finland's transport minister, Sanna Marin, has been selected to lead the Social Democratic party, making her the country's youngest prime minister ever.

The 34-year-old Marin, whose party is the largest in a five-member governing coalition, will be the world's youngest-serving prime minister when she takes office in the coming days. She is also Finland's third female government leader.

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(08/12/2019 @ 22:05)

René Auberjonois, actor who starred in M*A*S*H*, Star Trek and Benson, dies aged 79

In a career spanning six decades, the actor worked on Broadway, in Hollywood's 70s golden age and TV

René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his part in the 1970 film M*A*S*H*, has died aged 79.

The actor died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, his son Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois said.

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(08/12/2019 @ 19:58)

NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal

UK health service will not gain commercial benefit from future Amazon products using its data

Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government.

The material, which excludes patient data, could allow the multinational technology company to make, advertise and sell its own products.

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(08/12/2019 @ 15:17)

Football faces calls for action on racism in wake of Manchester derby

Man reportedly named as Anthony Burke arrested over alleged racist abuse of Manchester United player

The arrest of a man on Sunday in connection with alleged racist abuse directed towards Manchester United players in a televised derby has led to renewed soul searching about the extent of the problem in the game.

In the immediate aftermath of the match at the Etihad, in which Manchester United beat rivals City 2-1, former player turned pundit Gary Neville blamed politicians including Boris Johnson for creating a climate where racism was more acceptable.

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(08/12/2019 @ 13:30)

Revealed: one in five school buildings in England require urgent repairs

Exclusive: Guardian investigation finds almost 4,000 schools in need of immediate restoration work

Nearly one in five school buildings in England require urgent repairs, a Guardian investigation has found, leading to warnings that they are “crumbling around teachers and pupils”.

Almost 4,000 schools across the country have been judged by surveyors to be in need of immediate restoration work, and many more were found not to have the paperwork required by law, including electrical test certificates, fire risk assessments or asbestos management plans.

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(08/12/2019 @ 12:18)

'Holy grail' of cancer cure hides progress made, says charity

ICR says ‘cure or nothing' approach not helpful to understanding how best to tackle disease in future

The obsession with a cure for cancer as the “holy grail” of research on the disease means the public is unaware of how much progress has been made in allowing sufferers to live longer, a charity has found.

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) said the effect risked creating an overly binary “cure or nothing” approach to cancer that could be unhelpful, not only in masking progress, but to understanding how best to tackle the disease in future.

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(08/12/2019 @ 20:01)

Campaigners threaten UK parties with legal action over data processing

Open Rights Group issue urgent notice to Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems, representing three individuals

A data rights group has threatened legal action against the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats over the parties' use of personal data ahead of Thursday's election.

A pre-action letter has been sent by Open Rights Group on behalf of three individuals who had requested their data from the parties and were dissatisfied with their responses. It includes an “urgent notice” for all three parties to stop processing their data immediately.

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(08/12/2019 @ 20:01)

Linda Ronstadt tells Pompeo he will be loved when he 'stops enabling Trump'

Ronstadt made remark after the secretary of state introduced her with a play on the song at the Kennedy Center Honors dinner

At the Kennedy Center Honors dinner in Washington on Saturday night, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, introduced honoree Linda Ronstadt with a play on the title of one of her best-known songs.

“Ms Ronstadt,” the most senior US diplomat said, “thank you and congratulations. And I will say my job, as I travel the world, I just want to know when I will be loved.”

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(08/12/2019 @ 13:26)

What will you do about the climate crisis? The parties answer

Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Lib Dems and SNP tackle the biggest climate and environmental issues

The Guardian put the following questions to the main politicial parties to draw them out on specific key climate and environmental issues ahead of the election.

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(08/12/2019 @ 08:58)

Johnson delivers 20-minute barrage of mansplaining and manspreading | John Crace

Sky's Sophy Ridge gaslit by man who would brazenly tell the lies everyone else was too ashamed to say out loud

After being subjected to a 20-minute audio-visual barrage of near constant mansplaining and manspreading, Sky's Sophy Ridge finally got to ask a question without being talked over or interrupted. A month ago, she had asked Boris Johnson to name the naughtiest thing he had ever done. Back then, the prime minister had asked for more time to think about it as he was so spoiled for choice. So now he had a chance to review his previous, perhaps he would like to come clean?

Boris smirked, tugged nervously at his pre-tousled hair and spread his thighs even wider apart. Both knees were now only visible in a wide-angle shot. “Um ... er …” he babbled incoherently, playing for time that he didn't have. In desperation, he turned around and begged his off-camera advisers to help him out. They all tried to avoid catching his eye. Where to start? Finally inspiration came to him. There may have been one or two occasions on which he had ridden his bicycle on the pavement. Something he deeply regretted and would be punishable with a whole life sentence under a new Conservative law and order crackdown.

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(08/12/2019 @ 10:34)

Will getting Brexit done create another baby boom in the UK?

Boris Johnson says ‘euphoria' around the London Olympics caused the birth rate to go up

Claim: Boris Johnson has suggested that Brexit is going to bring such optimism and joy to the country there will be a baby boom, and claimed that it will parallel a previous rise in births after the 2012 Olympics.


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(08/12/2019 @ 13:26)

As in 2017, Labour is rising in polls as election nears – but not by enough

Comparison of average polling graphs suggests party slightly behind previous level this time

With days to go before the election, there is little sign recent campaigning has had any dramatic impact. A crop of five weekend polls put the Conservatives 11 points ahead, a widening of the Tory lead by about one point, compared with rolling averages.

Boris Johnson's party's poll rating levelled out at about 42%-43% a fortnight ago, but that is easily enough for a majority if Labour does not close the gap. Overall, it would not be a much better national vote share than the 42.34% secured by Theresa May in 2017, but the question this time is how the votes are distributed.

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(08/12/2019 @ 12:16)

Elizabeth Is Missing review – Glenda Jackson shines in this heartrending whodunnit

The actor is on magnificent form in a poignant murder mystery that doubles as a study of the sorrows of dementia

I don't know. What are you planning to do at the age of 80 after retiring from the quarter-decade in Labour politics you put in after a stellar 35-year acting career? Limber up with a Radio 4 series adapted from Zola's novels, have a crack at King Lear and reap a harvest of rave reviews, then win a Tony for your part in a Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women? Then congratulations – you are Glenda Jackson and I claim my five pounds.

Now she has turned to television. In Elizabeth Is Missing (BBC One; adapted from Emma Healey's bestselling novel), Jackson plays Maude, who becomes set on discovering what happened to her friend Elizabeth (Maggie Steed), who vanished one day after they had been gardening together. Maude is in the throes of Alzheimer's – her home is festooned with labels, reminders and instructions, her pockets stuffed with notes to self – and this new disappearance becomes linked in her increasingly chaotic mind with a much older one. It is that of her sister Sukey (played in flashback by Sophie Rundle, alongside Liv Hill as the young Maude) who went missing in 1949 and was never seen or heard of again.

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(08/12/2019 @ 18:30)

The 20 best gadgets of 2019

From a brilliant e-bike to a robot unicorn and a table lamp that doubles as a wireless speaker… the year's top devices

There's more than meets the eye to these generic-seeming glasses. The Bose Frames contain a small pair of hidden speakers and sensors on their arms. In addition to music listening, you can use them to receive calls and interact with Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.

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(08/12/2019 @ 04:00)

Cyrano de Bergerac review – James McAvoy is fierce in radical reboot of romantic classic

Playhouse, London
Visual flummery and the famous nose are dispensed with in Martin Crimp's modern take on Rostand's proxy-wooing play

This version of Edmond Rostand's play, as adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd, is not exactly Cyrano as we know it. It may not even be as we like it. But I found myself gradually warming to this radical deconstruction of Rostand's heroic comedy and totally captivated by James McAvoy's performance as the swaggering Gascon.

We are supposedly in a French theatre in 1640. What we actually see is a cast in modern dress who frequently line up across the stage using hand or stand mics. We still get the familiar story of Cyrano's proxy wooing of Roxane by putting words into the mouth of the inarticulate Christian. But, although endless jests are made about Cyrano's conk, McAvoy doesn't sport the usual false appendage. While driven by doubts about his ugliness, this Cyrano is also arguably the best-looking man on stage. So what is going on?

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(08/12/2019 @ 20:01)

Juice WRLD: the unapologetic rapper who helped define a new sound

The rapper and singer reached millions by filling a void in hip-hop: tackling depression, addiction and heartbreak in anthems trembling with trauma

Jarad Higgins' career was a corrective. Growing up, the rapper and singer best known as Juice WRLD listened to hip-hop like everyone else in his hometown of Homewood, Illinois (albeit behind his religious mother's back). Though the music thrilled him, as a depression-prone teenager, he couldn't connect to the lyrics about luxury, fast cars and mansions. So when Higgins started recording demos on his iPhone while still in high school, his aim was to fill that void. His songs, he decided, would be impassioned blood-lettings full of frankness and vulnerability that listeners battling similar emotional storms might be able to find comfort in. “Everybody's got pain,” he said when I interviewed him for the Guardian earlier this year. “Depression, addiction, heartbreak: these are human characteristics.”

Higgins released two albums, two mixtapes and multiple EPs that interrogated those characteristics before his death from a reported seizure in Chicago this weekend. In 2017, the breakout anthems All Girls Are the Same and the Sting-sampling Lucid Dreams propelled him to the pinnacle of emo-rap, a sub-genre he helped tailor into one of the decade's defining new sounds. Born on SoundCloud, it infused hip-hop with 00s rock heartache: two genres that Higgins, who grew up idolising Kurt Cobain as much as Kanye West, knew intimately. He found the angst he couldn't see in rap in bands such as Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco: Higgins was perfectly placed to join the likes of Philadelphia rapper Lil Uzi Vert in making emo-rap infamous.

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(08/12/2019 @ 17:23)

'The job is to be there for people': what is Miss World in 2019?

The beauty contest was a symbol of hate and division for feminists in the 1970s. Now Miss World is on a humanitarian charm offensive

When I arrive at the Miss World hotel at Tower Bridge, London, the contestants are sharing the hotel with an insurance claims and fraud summit. The cognitive dissonance is amazing. Young women in blue spangled sashes – Miss This and Miss That – loiter at the check-in desk and mingle with insurance executives, who are as grey as you could imagine. They are two flocks of birds: pigeons and peacocks; and the pigeons stare at the peacocks not with lust, but with awe.

I am here because when I was a child I loved Miss World. It was like contemplating a doll's house I would never be admitted to – and that was fine. I think I knew it, even then, that such beauty is a complex gift. Even so, I used to watch it with my mother and wonder which, of all of them, was the most beautiful. Then I grew up, became a second-wave feminist and felt queasily guilty, for the Miss World of that era is now remembered as the very definition of objectification.

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(08/12/2019 @ 08:00)

How to look after your vulva

Forget soap, shower gel and douching. And absolutely never steam

When it comes to putting anything near the vulva, as natural as possible is best. This means no soaps, shower gels or feminine washes – essentially any product that foams, because they can dry the skin, get rid of the good bacteria and increase the likelihood of developing bacterial vaginosis (BV) and thrush.

The vagina itself is self-cleaning, so all you need to do is clean it with water or an emollient. You can also apply an emulsifying ointment or olive or coconut oil – not inside – to act as a moisturiser. When we wash, anything we're using elsewhere on the body such as shower gel and shampoo tends to run down between the legs, so having an oil over the vagina reduces the risk of an allergic reaction or irritation. Just rinse it off at the end. Douching is an absolute no-no as it removes lactobacilli, which are there to prevent infections. And absolutely never steam.

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(08/12/2019 @ 12:00)

Shush... and enjoy the music: how listening bars have hit the right note

After slow food and mindfulness, the latest trend is to attend an event with high-end sound systems

The lights are low, the music is on, and an east London bar that is filled to capacity on a midweek evening has customers sitting in groups, but not speaking. Some have their eyes closed, others fiddle with their hair. Everyone is bathed in sound: rich, velvety jazz played out by Tokyo-based producer Chee Shimizu, on a sound system built and customised to the highest specifications.

The mantra tonight is inspired by the culture of the listening bars that proliferated in Japan after the second world war: “Talk less, listen more.”

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(08/12/2019 @ 05:37)

Five ways to stop feeling tired all the time

Sleepiness is one thing, but tiredness can be caused by stress, pain or habitually poor lifestyle choices. Here's how to feel more rested

“It's important to recognise that there's a difference between tiredness and sleepiness,” says Hugh Selsick, chair of the Sleep Working Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Tiredness is: “I'm lacking energy and concentration, I'm irritable. I'm not motivated.” Sleepiness, however, is: “I am battling to stay awake. When I sit on the bus I'm nodding off.” Sleepiness is usually a sign of a sleep disorder or not getting enough sleep, whereas tiredness could be caused by many things – stress, pain, anaemia or hormone problems most commonly. If you have concerns about your sleep, Selsick recommends getting specialist help via your GP.

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:30)

Election 2019: Gary Younge returns to his childhood town of Stevenage – podcast

The Guardian columnist returns to his home town to see how the bellwether constituency views the election. And: Micha Frazer-Carroll asks whether there will be a ‘youthquake' in Thursday's vote

Gary Younge grew up in Stevenage, a town in Hertfordshire, north of London. It's a bellwether constituency. In every election since 1974, Stevenage has voted for the party that formed the government. It voted by 59% to leave the European Union.

Gary tells Anushka Asthana what it was like to grow up in the country's first new town, and discusses the change he noticed the town had undergone when he recently returned. Stevenage is now like much of the rest of the country. With a food bank and one in four children in poverty, many are struggling under the impact of austerity. Furthermore, residents seem undecided as to which way they are going to vote.

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(08/12/2019 @ 23:00)

Election 2019: inside Momentum – podcast

Anushka Asthana reports from inside Momentum, the grassroots movement hoping to propel Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street. And: Rana Foroohar on why we need to regulate big tech

Momentum was formed after Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader in 2015. Critics say it is a shadowy operation that is trying to take over the Labour party. But supporters believe its efforts in 2017 – sending hundreds of activists into marginal seats and running a cutting-edge digital campaign – were critical in denying the Tories a majority.

This year it has scaled up. Anushka Asthana joins Momentum at its headquarters and out on the road.

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(05/12/2019 @ 23:00)

Iran's deadly protests

When Iran's government announced it was raising the price of fuel by up to three times, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest. Michael Safi reports on what happened next. And: Jim Waterson on how social media has changed the way we consume news

When the Iranian government announced it was raising the price of fuel by up to three times, it triggered what may have been the largest-scale unrest in the 40-year history of the Islamic Republic. Iranian officials this week estimated 200,000 people were involved in protests and riots that led to 7,000 arrests and, by some estimates, the regime's deadliest-ever response to demonstrations.

The Guardian international correspondent Michael Safi talks to Rachel Humphreys about his reporting on Shiraz, a city in south-central Iran which is thought to have had one of the largest protest outbreaks in the country and one of the highest known death tolls.

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(04/12/2019 @ 23:00)

Global heating plus inequality is a recipe for chaos – just look at Chile | Maisa Rojas

The protests that forced the COP25 climate conference from Santiago to Madrid had the climate crisis at their core

• Maisa Rojas is scientific coordinator for COP25

It's a grey winter day as I walk through the UN climate conference (known as COP25) in Madrid. The pavilions and rooms all have the names of cities, regions and rivers in Chile. They're especially familiar to me: as well as being scientific coordinator for COP25, I'm director of Chile's Centre for Climate and Resilience Research. It's all a stark reminder that we should be in Santiago.

But on 18 October 2019, the president of Chile declared a state of emergency and instituted a curfew to quell three days of public unrest that started because of an increase in metro fares. The outbreak of anger was summed up by the message, “This is not about 30 pesos, it is about 30 years”, referring to discontent lasting three decades, which appeared on walls across the city and on social media. The protests ultimately led to COP25's move to Madrid.

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(08/12/2019 @ 13:35)

Australia needs to challenge authority if we're going to confront water, fire and climate crises | Jason Wilson

Governments increasingly make laws to curtail rights of protest, assembly, property and privacy and we need to suspect and resist that

Any shame white Australians might have felt about the country's origins as a penal colony has long since disappeared.

For many decades those with convict ancestors have tended to proudly claim them. By the time of my primary education in the 1980s, the crimes of those transported tended to be minimised by teachers. Almost all, the comforting story ran, had stolen loaves of bread.

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(08/12/2019 @ 21:59)

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson's NHS plan: trading patient data | Editorial

Donald Trump has made clear he wants a post-Brexit Britain to let US tech companies and big pharma access medical records

The NHS is a goldmine of patient data which the United States wants to be quarried by some of its biggest companies. Britain's health service is home to a unique medical dataset that covers the entire population from birth to death. Jeremy Corbyn's NHS press conference revealed that the US wanted its companies to get unrestricted access to the UK's medical records, thought to be worth £10bn a year. A number of tech companies – including Google – already mine small parts of the NHS store. Ministers have been treading carefully after an attempt to create a single patient database for commercial exploitation was scrapped in 2016 when it emerged there was no way for the public to work out who would have access to their medical records or how they were using them.

However, such caution might be thrown to the wind if Boris Johnson gets his way over Brexit – and patients' privacy rights are traded away for US market access. This would be a damaging step, allowing US big tech and big pharma to collect sensitive, personal data on an unprecedented scale. Donald Trump's officials have already made clear that this is what they are aiming for. In the leaked government records of talks between US and UK trade representatives White House officials state that “the free flow of data is a top priority” in a post-Brexit world. Trump's team see Brexit as an opportunity “to avoid forcing companies to disclose algorithms”. The US wants the UK to drop the EU's 2018 data law, in which individuals must be told what is happening with their medical data, even if scrubbed of personal identifiers.

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(08/12/2019 @ 14:30)

On the streets of a marginal seat, I've seen how remain disunity could seal Brexit | Timothy Garton Ash

In Putney, Labour and the Lib Dems are canvassing hard. Without tactical voting here and elsewhere, both will lose out

Will you be voting for us?” asks the Liberal Democrat canvasser on the doorstep of an expensive-looking house in Putney. “No,” replies the middle-aged man standing in the doorway, “I'll be voting for democracy.” We all understand what he means: Conservative, to fulfil the promise of the 2016 referendum and not simply to revoke Brexit, as the Lib Dems propose to do. My father, who lived most of his life just up the road from here, might well have given the same answer.

Related: To hold back the Tory wave, progressives will have to join forces | Polly Toynbee

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:58)

Ben Jennings on voting for change in the general election – cartoon

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(08/12/2019 @ 14:20)

I thought the Elvis fan festival would be funny. It cracked me open and changed my life | Meg Watson

In my cynical early 20s, I thought the fandom would make for a novel story. But the community's joy was so contagious I ended up joining it

It's often said that watching Elvis Presley was a religious experience. He sent women into fits and presided over his disciples, singing gospel and gently blessing them with silk scarves. I'm not a religious person but in 2016 – 39 years after Elvis died – I saw the neon light.

This was also, not coincidentally, the year I gained sympathy for journalists who pursue stories about cults which they then end up joining.

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(08/12/2019 @ 21:09)

There's a lot to hate in Love Actually. But it's also the ultimate Christmas fantasy | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Ignore the sexism and stalking if you can, and revel in a world of palatial flats where everyone adores the prime minister

What is it about Love Actually? Richard Curtis's ensemble Yuletide schmaltz-fest came out 16 years ago, and yet whether you adore it or despise it – for this has never been a film to provoke milquetoast emotions – you can't deny that it remains a cultural touchstone.

Related: From Wet Wet Wet to hugs at Heathrow: four times Richard Curtis sanitised Britain

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:01)

What doesn't bore us to death can make us wiser | David Mitchell

The Institute for Fiscal Studies' report on the manifestos may be dull but that doesn't mean it's not important

What sort of response do the words “Institute for Fiscal Studies” evoke in you? Do you think: “Ooh, interesting! I wonder what those guys have got to say!”? If so, I reckon you're unusual. My reaction is closer to Homer Simpson's when The Boring World of Niels Bohr comes on TV. I become almost frightened at the prospect of the forthcoming guilt-infused stultification.

The name is remarkably unremarkable. Never have two nouns and an adjective run each other so close in a competition to be least interesting. It's hard to think of any replacement for “Institute”, “Fiscal” or “Studies” that wouldn't slightly jazz up the organisation's image. I'd give honourable mention to strong contenders such as “Management”, “Chartered”, “Committee” and “Actuarial”, but I really don't think they could make it sound any more dull. The most interesting word in its name is “for”.

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(08/12/2019 @ 06:00)

London calling for Anthony Joshua with Tottenham's stadium a likely venue

• Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev the mandatory challenger
• Champion says he wants to fight on home soil

Anthony Joshua has set his sights on a springtime homecoming fight at Tottenham Hotspur's 60,000-seat stadium after regaining his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight title belts against Andy Ruiz Jr.

“London's calling, I think,” said Joshua, who is likely to face the IBF mandatory challenger the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in April or May.

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(08/12/2019 @ 18:30)

Duncan Ferguson's timing and tactics are spot-on for Everton win

• Ferguson wore Howard Kendall's old watch in 3-1 victory
• Scot praises Djibril Sidibé, who played despite being ill

Duncan Ferguson wore a trademark blue sweatband on his left wrist. On his right was an old Armani watch, broken and stuck at 8.15. It was not the sign of a managerial novice forgetting to use a stopwatch but another reminder, not that any more were required after a tumultuous defeat of Chelsea, of how much Everton means to the man in temporary charge.

“It's Howard Kendall's watch,” said Ferguson, the adrenaline still flowing an hour after Everton's 3-1 win. “Lily [Kendall's widow] came down and gave it to me to put on my wrist and wear it. Lily gave it to my wife this morning. She said she wanted me to wear it on the bench for Howard. I loved him. He was a diamond, wasn't he? It was very emotional. It doesn't work but there you go, it's nice. It's an amazing feeling. To get the result and you could just feel it in the stadium, couldn't you? Everyone was so happy, everything went well.”

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(08/12/2019 @ 18:30)

Jamie Vardy strikes twice as Leicester beat Aston Villa to keep up title chase

It is a good thing for Jà¼rgen Klopp that Liverpool keep winning, because so do their most impressive rivals. Leicester swept to their eighth league victory in a row – their best ever run in the top flight – to move back to within eight points of the league leaders. An insurmountable gap? Probably, but only a fool would completely discount this fearsome Leicester team.

Brendan Rodgers insisted he has no target in mind and is not bothered that many people still consider Manchester City to be Liverpool's most serious challengers. “You saw after Manchester United won at Manchester City, the caption comes up [on television] about how far City are away from Liverpool,” he said. “We respect that, we just get on with our work and try to improve our performances, just keep developing. I don't think anyone expects us to be anywhere near the top. We'll take it game by game and try to improve in our training and see where it takes us. We're a team that finished ninth over the last two seasons but I thought [at Villa Park] we looked like a top team.”

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(08/12/2019 @ 12:21)

Stuart Hogg inspires Exeter's victory in all-England encounter at Sale

• Sale 20-22 Exeter
• Tom Curry shown yellow card in Sale defeat

This is proving a distinctly mixed season for English clubs in Europe but the unbeaten Exeter Chiefs are still flying the flag. In front of the watching national head coach, Eddie Jones, the visitors had to dig deep in the second half but weathered a strong Sale comeback to collect their third win in three outings in Pool Two and stay firmly in control of their own destiny.

It was a far tighter contest than had seemed likely when Exeter led 22-8 after 26 one-sided minutes, with Sale's director of rugby, Steve Diamond, suggesting his side had been slightly unlucky not to gain further reward from the match officials in the final quarter with the Chiefs under serious set-piece pressure in their own 22.

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(08/12/2019 @ 13:58)

Ding Junhui holds off Stephen Maguire to win third UK Championship

• Chinese superstar hits four century breaks in 10-6 victory
• Ding's UK title follows those in 2005 and 2009

Ding Junhui beat Stephen Maguire 10-6 to win the UK Championship title at the York Barbican, 10 years after he last won the tournament. The 32-year-old from China, ranked 16th in the world, joined an elite group of players to win the event three times after his previous successes in 2005 and 2009.

Scotland's Maguire, 38, two places higher in the rankings, fell short of winning the UK title for a second time after his triumph in 2004, despite contributing three of seven centuries made in a high-class final.

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(08/12/2019 @ 17:42)

NFL round-up: 49ers beat Saints in 94-point thriller; Chiefs gain revenge on Pats

  • Kansas City pay back last season's playoff loss
  • Late field-goal seals 48-46 victory for San Francisco
  • Ravens clinch playoff place with win over Bills
  • Falcons' Matt Ryan reaches 50,000 career passing yards

The Kansas City Chiefs snapped the New England Patriots' 21-game home winning streak with a 23-16 win at Gillette Stadium. The Chiefs are the first team to beat Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in New England since the Carolina Panthers beat them 33-30 in October 2017. It was also revenge for the Chiefs after they lost to the Patriots in last season's AFC Championship game.

The Chiefs dominated Sunday's game but the Patriots hung close and Tom Brady had them on close to the end zone when his fourth-down pass to Julian Edelman was batted away by Bashaud Breeland with just over a minute remaining.

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(08/12/2019 @ 21:08)

Wigan's Ian Lenagan calls RFL's dealings with Bradford Bulls a ‘festering sore'

• Warriors' owner calls for greater transparency
• Concern centres on RFL's purchase of Odsal Stadium lease

The Wigan Warriors owner, Ian Lenagan, has conceded that there is a need for transparency in the Rugby Football League's historical dealings with Bradford Bulls amid growing calls for an independent inquiry into rugby league's governing body. The sport's professional clubs will meet later this month for their annual Council meeting and the RFL's handling of Bradford is firmly on the agenda.

Several clubs at all levels of the professional game remain unhappy with the RFL's past involvement with Bradford, which includes the governing body in 2012 paying a seven-figure sum to buy the lease of their home ground, Odsal Stadium – a venue which now sits empty after the Bulls decided to play their home games out of the city in 2020. In a recent meeting of lower-league clubs numerous representatives pushed for the governing body's handling of the matter to be put on the agenda at the Council meeting.

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(08/12/2019 @ 20:01)

Beth England's goal helps unbeaten Chelsea overcome Manchester City

Beth England's first goal in a Chelsea shirt against Manchester City and her assist for a Maren Mjelde second helped the Blues come from behind to earn their first Women's Super League win against their title rivals in five years.

Emma Hayes praised the “ice cool” nature of her side, who have now earned comeback victories against title contenders Arsenal and City this season. “I think it says a lot about the character of the team,” the Chelsea manager said.

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(08/12/2019 @ 10:51)

Inside the mission to create an army of Greta Thunbergs – video

Melanie Harwood is an education entrepreneur and self-styled 'disruptor', who has partnered with the United Nations to educate teachers about climate change. The Guardian's Richard Sprenger joined her on a trip to Dubai, to witness her unorthodox approach first hand

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(02/12/2019 @ 10:13)

How my near-death experience changed my life – video

After David Ditchfield was dragged under a moving train, the way he looked at death changed. Before his accident he didn't consider the afterlife, but now Ditchfield says he knows there is nothing to fear after we die. He tells Leah what he saw the day he almost died

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(05/12/2019 @ 08:38)

Why Malta is in crisis over the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia – video explainer

Malta is facing a political and constitutional crisis over its government's handling of the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a pioneering investigative journalist who was killed in a car bomb attack in 2017. 

A European parliament delegation says the integrity of the murder inquiry is at risk while Joseph Muscat remains as prime minister. 

Here is a look back at the main developments in the investigation

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(06/12/2019 @ 05:14)

Anywhere but Westminster: will Labour's 'red wall' hold in this election? – video

John Harris and John Domokos continue their election road trip, travelling through crucial seats that have traditionally been loyal to Labour but where a majority voted leave and the Tories are now encroaching. What they find defies the usual political cliches: people desperately want change, but there's a deepening mistrust of national politics, whether red or blue

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(05/12/2019 @ 11:10)

Black Pete: why is the Dutch blackface tradition still going strong? – video

Zwarte Piet or Black Pete has been a festive tradition in the Netherlands for generations – which sees thousands of people, who are often white, dress up as the character wearing afro-style wigs, red lipstick and full blackface makeup. There have been attempts to make the holiday character less controversial but the tradition is still widely practiced. We went to the festivities this year to find out if time is nearly up for the tradition

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(04/12/2019 @ 08:13)

Middle Earth: the fight to save the Amazon's soul - video

In the heart of the Amazon rainforest, an alternative climate conference is taking place that brings together youth activists, indigenous leaders, scientists and forest dwellers. In a region known as Middle Earth, they are building a new alliance and demonstrating that the rainforest is central to life on Earth, even though Brazil backed out of hosting this year's official UN climate talks after the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president

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(03/12/2019 @ 08:37)

Fearless: five years after Delhi gang-rape, has anything changed for women in India? – video

The brutal rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in Delhi shocked the world. The victim, who became known as Nirbhaya (‘fearless'), succumbed to her injuries two weeks later, but not before giving testimonies against her attackers. Her death provoked outrage and protests across India as people demanded dramatic improvements to women's rights. But five years on, has anything really changed? We revisit the city to ask women what they think

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(07/02/2018 @ 03:33)

Rainy November adds to high street gloom as shopper numbers fall

Drop of 4.3% compared with same month last year is twice the decline rate at retail parks

Heavy rain heaped more pressure on UK shopkeepers in November, with high street retailers hit hardest by declining shopper numbers.

The number of visitors to high streets fell by 4.3% in November compared with the same month last year, twice the rate of decline of retail parks, which fell by 1.8%, according to new figures from Springboard, a data company.

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(08/12/2019 @ 20:01)

13-year-old among suspects arrested after woman stabbed to death

Northamptonshire police have appealed for any witnesses of murder in Rushden to come forward

A 13-year-old boy is one of two people arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found stabbed to death in Northamptonshire, police have said.

The victim, 25, was attacked in Rushden on Saturday evening and died at the scene despite paramedics' attempts to save her.

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:04)

Johnson's '40 new hospitals' pledge costed at up to £24bn

PM has been criticised for refusing to say how much promised new hospitals would cost

The bill for building Boris Johnson's promised 40 new hospitals – a significant but uncosted pledge during the election campaign – could be as much as £24bn, experts say.

The prime minister has been criticised for regularly pledging to build 40 new hospitals by 2030 but refusing to specify how much they would cost, where they would be or where the money involved would come from.

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(08/12/2019 @ 14:21)

Girl sexually exploited ‘by over 40 adults' while in care

Abuse was so severe that ‘Laura' has been placed in a psychiatric unit on suicide watch

The children's commissioner has been called on to intervene in the case of a vulnerable teenager alleged to have been the victim of a catalogue of failures at the hands of social workers, medical authorities and police.

Laura*, 16, who nearly four years ago is thought to have been the youngest child ever to be placed in a secure hospital in England, has allegedly been sexually abused since she was 12 – always while supposedly under the protection of children's social care in Sheffield. She is now confined to the seclusion unit of a psychiatric hospital under suicide watch.

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(08/12/2019 @ 04:35)

Deaths of 4,600 NHS patients linked to safety incidents

Labour says figures show how underfunding and staffing pressures affect patient safety

Safety incidents at hospital, mental health and ambulance trusts were linked to more than 4,600 patient deaths in the last year, data shows.

The types of patient safety issues recorded by the National Reporting & Learning System (NRLS), which compiles NHS data, include problems with medication, the type of care given, staffing and infection control.

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(08/12/2019 @ 16:01)

Ruth Davidson hints at future Conservative leadership run

Former Scottish Tory leader suggests she could return to Westminster when son is older

The former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has suggested she could return to frontline politics and lead the Tories from Westminster when they are next in opposition.

Davidson quit as the party's leader in Scotland after nearly eight years in August, citing “the conflict” she felt over Brexit and her desire to spend more time with her family.

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:09)

Jeremy Bamber lawyers challenge CPS over withheld evidence

Bamber serving life sentence for killing adoptive parents, sister and twin boys in 1985

Lawyers representing Jeremy Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for killing his adoptive parents, sister and her six-year-old twin boys in 1985, have launched a high court challenge to the Crown Prosecution Service for its failure to disclose evidence they say would undermine the safety of his conviction.

The statement of facts and grounds, lodged at the high court on Friday, maintains that the CPS has refused to follow directions made by the court of appeal in 2002 to disclose the sought-after material. It also accuses the CPS of rejecting a report by an eminent ballistics expert appointed by Bamber, without instructing its own expert to challenge the claims.

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(08/12/2019 @ 10:46)

Tesco weighs up sale of Thai and Malaysian stores

Supermarket starts review of 2,000-plus shops after approach by unnamed buyer

Tesco is considering a sale of its Thai and Malaysian stores that could result in Britain's largest supermarket chain exiting two of its last remaining international businesses.

In a statement published on Sunday afternoon, the supermarket said it had started a review of the businesses after an approach by an unnamed buyer.

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(08/12/2019 @ 10:35)

Student killed in London knife attack 'entirely blameless'

Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Araimi, 20, was attacked in Knightsbridge on Friday

A King's College London student who was stabbed to death in the capital while returning home from a restaurant with a friend was “entirely blameless”, police have said.

Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Araimi, 20, was attacked near Harrods department store in Knightsbridge shortly after midnight on Friday.

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(08/12/2019 @ 08:08)

Father of London Bridge attack victim calls Johnson a fraud

David Merritt says prime minister made political capital out of his son Jack's death

The father of a man killed in the London Bridge attack has accused Boris Johnson of lying and making “political capital” from his son's death during the BBC leaders' debate.

David Merritt – whose son Jack was stabbed to death by convicted terrorist Usman Khan – called the prime minister a fraud following his appearance on Friday night's TV debate, six days before polling day.

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(07/12/2019 @ 18:30)

South Western Railway strike: delays as action begins during works

Cancellations take place during busy Christmas shopping weekend

Passengers are facing travel problems this weekend as engineering works take place during a strike over rail workers' long-running dispute regarding guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on South Western Railway (SWR) walked out on Saturday for the sixth time since last Monday as part of 27 days of industrial action.

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(07/12/2019 @ 06:31)

Energy treaty 'risks undermining EU's green new deal'

Calls for ECT to be scrapped to stop fossil fuel firms using it to take governments to court

The international energy treaty that threatens Labour's energy nationalisation plans may also risk undermining the EU's green new deal, according to Friends of the Earth.

The environmental organisation is calling for parts of the energy charter treaty (ECT) to be scrapped to prevent fossil fuel companies from using the multilateral agreement to take governments to court over green policies.

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(08/12/2019 @ 20:01)

Trump: Kim Jong-un risks losing everything if he acts 'in a hostile way'

Donald Trump said on Sunday North Korean leader Kim Jong-un risks losing “everything” and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a “successful test of great significance”.

“Kim Jong-un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore,” Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in 2018.

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(08/12/2019 @ 17:10)

Victoria bushfires: state faces 43C as total fire bans ordered in three regions

Hot, dry and windy conditions mean fires can start anywhere and without warning, authorities say

Total fire bans have been ordered for three regions in Victoria and parts of the state are expected to reach 43C.

An extreme fire danger warning is in place for the Mallee district and Wimmera and northern country have been issued a severe warning. No fires can be lit in those areas until 11.50pm Monday.

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(08/12/2019 @ 22:00)

UN climate talks failing to address urgency of crisis, says top scientist

COP25 in Madrid criticised for focusing on details instead of agreeing deep cuts to emissions

Urgent UN talks on tackling the climate emergency are still not addressing the true scale of the crisis, one of the world's leading climate scientists has warned, as high-ranking ministers from governments around the world began to arrive in Madrid for the final days of negotiations.

Talks are focusing on some of the rules for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement, but the overriding issue of how fast the world needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions has received little official attention.

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(08/12/2019 @ 14:21)

Ardern government fails to reduce child poverty in New Zealand

Report found 148,000 children live in homes experiencing material hardship, the same number as when Labour took power

The Ardern government has failed to reduce child poverty in New Zealand, the children's commissioner says, despite the prime minister's pledge to make the country the best place in the world to be a child.

The children's commissioner, Andrew Becroft, released the annual child poverty monitor on Monday which has found 148,000 children live in homes experiencing material hardship in six or more areas, including lack of access to basics such as warm clothing, health care and food. The figures are unchanged since the first report into child poverty in 2012.

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(08/12/2019 @ 22:36)

Rapper Juice WRLD dies aged 21

The Chicago rapper was taken ill at the city's Midway airport on Sunday morning local time

The Chicago rapper Juice WRLD has died age 21, Illinois' Cook County medical examiner's office has confirmed.

After landing at Chicago's Midway airport on Sunday morning local time, the musician, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a seizure and began bleeding from the mouth, TMZ reports.

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(08/12/2019 @ 12:50)

New Zealand floods: essentials run out for tourists stranded in Franz Josef

Roads into holiday town likely to be blocked until Friday with expensive private helicopter flights the only way out

Nearly a thousand tourists stranded by flooding in a tiny New Zealand alpine town woke on Monday to clear, sunny weather, but little other good news: there was still no way in or out by road.

“It's the first time we've seen the sky in about six or seven days, so that's nice,” said Khira MacWatt, from Aberdeen, who is among those stranded in Franz Josef, a picturesque town nestled into a glacier on New Zealand's South Island, after bad weather caused major flooding.

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(08/12/2019 @ 20:09)

Hong Kong: mammoth rally marks six months of pro-democracy protests

Sea of protesters pour on to streets calling for elections and inquiry into police tactics

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have filled the streets of Hong Kong in a mass show of support for an anti-government movement that shows no signs of flagging as it enters a seventh month.

The march on Sunday was mostly peaceful, in a rare break from the escalating violent scenes of recent weeks.

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:22)

Impeachment inquiry: Nadler may add Mueller counts against Trump

The Democratic chairman of the House judiciary committee, Jerry Nadler, has not ruled out including evidence from the Mueller report in articles of impeachment against Donald Trump that could be published as early as next week.

On Sunday, Nadler told CNN's State of the Union evidence showed the president's conduct in the Ukraine scandal was part of “a pattern”, indicating “that the president put himself above this country several times”.

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:20)

World chess champion on the verge of topping fantasy football table

Magnus Carlsen climbs to third spot of Fantasy Premier League but puts his success down to ‘luck'

Magnus Carlsen, the world's best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game – fantasy football.

The grandmaster is enjoying his best season ever in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game and after Saturday's results he climbed to the third position in a table of more than 7 million players worldwide.

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(08/12/2019 @ 13:14)

The Tiger Who Came to Tea review – a charming, faithful adaptation

Snowman and Snowdog producers have made Christmas treat from Judith Kerr's children's classic

“Talk the tiger,” Judith Kerr's two-year-old daughter Tacy used to instruct her at bedtime. She was demanding more of the story her mother, who had trained as an artist but was then working as a television screenwriter, had started inventing for her after a visit to the zoo.

Talk the tiger Kerr did, and then over the course of a year she started writing it down and illustrating it. A friend recommended that she use bright indelible inks rather than her usual watercolours. The tiger sprang vividly to life and rapidly into homes up and down the land when his encounter with a little girl called Sophie was published as The Tiger Who Came to Tea in 1968. It was an immediate success and has remained in print ever since. Kerr, of course, became a prolific, highly respected and hugely loved children's author over the subsequent half century, notably for the domestic adventures of another – albeit slightly smaller – cat, Mog, who was rightly felt to merit her own obituary in this paper when she alas ate her very last egg for breakfast. Kerr died in May at the age of 95.

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(08/12/2019 @ 09:36)

Caroll Spinney, who played Big Bird on Sesame Street, dies aged 85

  • Puppeteer also played Oscar the Grouch on children's show
  • Sesame Workshop salutes ‘kind and loving artistic genius'

Caroll Spinney, who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for nearly 50 years, has died. He was 85.

Sesame Workshop, which makes the beloved US children's show, said Spinney died at home in Connecticut. He voiced and operated the puppets, both key characters, until he was well into his 80s.

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(08/12/2019 @ 14:17)

Adam Kay review – lurid comedy, lyrical flair and blunt NHS humour

Bloomsbury theatre, London
Doc-turned-comic Kay recalls Christmases spent in hospitals – with anecdotes about peanut butter, ill-used confectionery and a blast of Spandau Ballet

‘Christmas comes but once a year – and if you work in the NHS, you'll say: ‘Thank fuck for that!'” Adam Kay is the junior doctor turned comedian who enjoyed extraordinary success with This Is Going to Hurt, a show and memoir about his gruelling service on medicine's front line. The sequel mines the same seams of lurid body comedy and alarm at the doctor's embattled lot – particularly at Christmas, around which this 70-minute show's queasy anecdotes cluster like presents around the tree.

Kay worked six successive Christmases in the 00s, to his loved ones' despair. He reads tonight from the diary he kept at the time, about the patient admitted after deploying peanut butter as lube (unwise: she had a nut allergy), and the one who aggravated her thrush by unconventional use of a candy cane. It's not all ill-advised insertions, though, as Kay recalls the miscarriages, difficult births and moments of professional self-doubt that came his way while others tucked into the turkey.

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:38)

Radio & Juliet / Faun / MсGregor + Mugler review – Radiohead, gangs and OTT dazzle

London Coliseum
Edward Clug strips back Shakespeare, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui riffs on Nijinsky and Wayne McGregor teams up with Manfred Thierry Mugler in this rich Russian triple bill

What do you get when you cross Romeo and Juliet with Radiohead? The answer is in this ballet triple bill from Russian producer MuzArts. Much of the show's promotion has centred on a new collaboration between fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler and choreographer Wayne McGregor. That turns out to be a short, 15-minute duet, but it's quite the showstopper. The meat of the programme is the UK premiere of Edward Clug's Radio & Juliet, from 2005, where the Romanian choreographer reinvents Romeo and Juliet, setting it to the music of Thom Yorke and co.

A band who embody the sound of turn-of-millennium anxiety might not be the obvious choice for an early modern romance, but given that Shakespeare's play is also a story of devastating gang warfare, Clug's dystopian vision starts to make sense. He drastically strips everything back – story, set (there isn't one), costumes, context, even the love. This leaves the music (from Amnesiac, OK Computer and Kid A) to provide simmering unease, palpitating rhythm and a sense of processing towards doom.

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(08/12/2019 @ 10:03)

Fit for stardom: How Adam Driver went from US Marine to Hollywood heartthrob

With Oscar and Tony nominations and three new films, the much sought-after actor has now hit superstar status

Few actors could be said to have dominated a year as much as Adam Driver. The 36-year-old began 2019 with a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for BlacKkKlansman and will end it as the star of three of the year's most talked-about movies – The Report, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Marriage Story.

In the months between, he has won rave reviews for his performance in Burn This on Broadway, earning a Tony nomination (he missed out to Bryan Cranston), and been the focus of a series of adoring profiles. An article in the New Yorker alluding to Girls, the TV show that made Driver's name, branded him the “Original Man”.

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(08/12/2019 @ 06:02)

The best graphic novels of 2019

A heartbreaking wartime tale of a Korean ‘comfort woman' stands out in an excellent year in which stalwarts Seth and Chris Ware continued to expand the horizons of the form

This would have been an extraordinary year for graphic novels even had no other comics save for Seth's Clyde Fans (Drawn & Quarterly) and Chris Ware's Rusty Brown (Jonathan Cape) been published. Seth's book is a history of mid-century capitalism disguised as the story of two elderly brothers; Ware's uses a single day in a Nebraska high school in the 1970s to tell, in characteristically frown-inducing manner, a host of very human stories. Both are utterly amazing; both push the form in new directions. That said, even without them it would have been an exceptional 12 months. I could write a piece three times as long as this and still have to leave out several favourites.

I loved – and reviewed – the following: Sensible Footwear (Myriad), Kate Charlesworth's vital and joyful history of British LGBTQ life; Sunday's Child (Jonathan Cape), in which Serena Katt pieces together with exquisite tact the story of what her Polish-German father did in the war; Maggy Garrisson (SelfMadeHero), an intricately plotted collection of stories about a female London gumshoe by Lewis Trondheim and Stéphane Oiry; and Off Season, James Sturm's spare and strangely affecting book about a canine builder who finds himself estranged from his wife and politics in Trump's America. And I can say, without hesitation, that all four of them would make fantastic Christmas presents.

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(08/12/2019 @ 03:00)

Rufus and Martha Wainwright review – quirky, magnificent festive blowout

Royal Festival Hall, London
Chrissie Hynde, Neil Tennant and Sophie Ellis-Bextor joyously topped up the Wainwright siblings' big-hearted Christmas fundraiser, A Not So Silent Night

Christmas with the extended family can be an ordeal. After too many days in close proximity to rarely encountered aunts or cousins, the Yuletide season's compulsory mood of forced jollity can switch to listless ennui or murderous rage.

Despite this, the Wainwright family's festive musical shindig, usually held in Canada or New York, is quite a tradition. Rufus and Martha last threw a Christmas party in London 10 years ago, six weeks before the death from cancer of their folk-icon mother, Kate McGarrigle. To mark the anniversary, this show is a benefit to raise funds to provide music-therapy resources for cancer patients.

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(08/12/2019 @ 07:36)

Banana artwork that fetched $120,000 is eaten by 'hungry' artist

Performance artist consumes masterpiece in front of crowd at Art Basel in Miami, but ‘the idea' apparently lives on

An artwork that sold last week for $120,000 and was hailed as “a symbol of global trade” has been eaten, in what might seem a fitting end for something that was an ever-ripening banana duct-taped to a wall.

The piece, titled Comedian, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was on show at the international gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami when New York performance artist David Datuna ate it, saying he was hungry.

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(07/12/2019 @ 22:30)

Quiz: Are you a born adventurer?

Everyone likes to think they've got an adventurous side … who hasn't dreamed of escaping the everyday and taking on a new challenge? But, are you really as adventurous as you think you are – or does life keep getting in the way?

Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton embraced his adventurous spirit when he attempted to be the first person to reach the south pole, and this spirit has inspired the blended malt: Shackleton whisky, crafted for those who are born adventurous. So take our quiz to see if you're on Ernest Shackleton's level of intrepidity … or if you've just shackled yourself to the sofa.

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(21/10/2019 @ 12:15)

Go off grid: five trips to bring out your spirit of adventure

From exploring the ice-studded Antarctic to mountain biking amid the red rock towers of Utah, these holidays are sure to stoke your sense of adventure

A little bored of lying on a sun-lounger day after day on a bog-standard beach holiday? It's time to escape the everyday. Choose something in an awe-inspiring location, away from the crowds. Go off grid and find the destinations that will leave you with stories to share and memories to savour. Here are five remote excursions to get your started.

The Antarctic peninsula

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(21/10/2019 @ 12:15)

Wander Woman Phoebe Smith: ‘Adventure is a state of mind'

Phoebe Smith is not your typical adventurer – and believes everyone can find their adventurous spirit, she tells Sandrine Ceurstemont

It was during a trip to Australia about 14 years ago that Smith uncovered her adventurous side. A friend convinced her to go camping in the outback with just a simple rollout shelter, called a swag. Smith surprised herself and had a wonderful night watching the stars come out and seeing wildlife wander around nearby. “It wasn't scary, it was just incredible,” she says. “From that moment on, I wanted more adventure in my life.”

Her night under the stars inspired Smith to seek out other quirky places to spend the night. While some people look forward to snuggling under a feather down duvet covered in a high count cotton sheet, Smith can be found in the forest in a hammock or spending the night at the top of a hill. “It allows me to reconnect with the natural world,” she says. Her nocturnal escapades help her forget her worries and give her a break from email and social media.

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(25/10/2019 @ 05:38)

On ice for 100 years: how a new whisky was inspired by an adventurous past

Anglo-Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton found space for 25 cases of whisky on his Nimrod expedition to Antarctica. A century later, three of those cases were discovered under the ice, inspiring a new Scotch

“Sir Ernest Shackleton's name will always be written in the annals of Antarctic exploration in letters of fire.” Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer and, in 1911, the first person to set foot at the south pole, was never one to lavish praise readily, but he accorded the highest admiration to Shackleton, the man who, in Amundsen's words, “planted his country's flag so infinitely nearer to the goal than any of his precursors. Pluck and grit can work wonders, and I know of no better example of this than what that man has accomplished.”

There was certainly fire in Shackleton's belly. From 1907-1909, the former merchant navy lieutenant led an underfunded, and perhaps under-equipped team on an epic adventure across Antarctica, the likes of which had never before been seen.

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(18/10/2019 @ 12:33)

'Utterly delicious': top chefs on the best thing they ate in 2019

Eggs in Mexico City, pickles in New Delhi, king crab in Vancouver – chefs and cooks including Rick Stein, Clare Smyth and Angela Hartnett on the mouthfuls that made their year

Rick Stein, chef and food writer

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(08/12/2019 @ 07:00)

How can you conquer ordinary, everyday sadness? Think of it as a person

New research suggests anthropomorphising your emotions can help you control them. But how do you actually go about it?

In the Pixar film Inside Out, the emotions of an 11-year-old girl are personified as perky Joy, petulant Disgust and hulking Anger. Sadness – voiced by The American Office's Phyllis Smith – is, predictably, a downer with a deep side-parting and a chunky knit. Amy Poehler's Joy can hardly stand to be around her, like a colleague you would time your trips to the tea point to avoid.

But the takeaway of the 2015 film – said by Variety to “for ever change the way people think about the way people think” – was that both emotions were necessary, and Sadness was as valid a part of life as Joy. Now there is a case for not only accepting Sadness, as in Inside Out – but embodying her, too. Researchers from Hong Kong and Texas recently found that individuals asked to think of their sadness as a person reported feeling less sad afterwards, a result they attributed to the increased distance perceived between the self and the emotion.

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:00)

Christmas taste test: the best party food and booze

From champagne and smoked salmon to paté and negronis – ranked by Fred Sirieix

Waitrose Blanc de Noirs NV Champagne, 75cl, £23.99,
Loads of bubbles. The smell has a balance between the fruity and the biscuity - reminiscent of an older champagne. Fresh, fragrant – I can drink another glass.

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(08/12/2019 @ 08:00)

Mark Gatiss: ‘We live in an age of popinjays – Rees-Mogg, Johnson – and we fall for it'

The Sherlock writer and actor on his new adaption of Dracula and why apple crumble is the answer to our doom-laden times

Mark Gatiss is running an hour late for our lunch, but I can forgive him. He seems to have so much on. The co-creator and writer of Sherlock (he also played a beady-eyed Mycroft) has not long finished production on a new incarnation of Dracula, a revamp which will be a headline act of BBC schedules next year. That morning he's been making the finishing edits to voiceovers for a Bram Stoker documentary that will go out alongside the drama series. He has also devised and directed a Christmas ghost story – an adaptation of MR James's tale, Martin's Close, which pitches Peter Capaldi into the 17th-century courtroom of “Hanging Judge” Jeffreys. Add in last year's sell-out tour of the regathered League of Gentlemen, and his long stint as writer on the revived Doctor Who, and you have a sense of Gatiss, at 53, as a sort of one-man Gothic cottage industry, marshalling a production line of brilliantly knowing grotesques, injecting fresh blood into fireside stories.

I wait for him with a beer in the Duke of Cambridge, the organic foodie pub that is his local in Islington (it comes as no surprise to discover that his house around the corner features a Victorian laboratory with cabinets of curiosities). It's a windy old November afternoon starting to lose its light. I half expect Gatiss to swing through the saloon doors in a cape and a gust of autumn leaves. When he arrives, tall and carefully elegant and grinning and apologising, the best he can offer by way of horrors are ghoulish scrolled photos of himself tricked up as Jacob Rees-Mogg for a Halloween party. “I had some ‘dead pallor' makeup which was perfect,” he says, of his pinstriped Mr Hyde. “The only problem was several people wanted to punch me.”

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(08/12/2019 @ 09:00)

Nigel Slater's pork, cider and parsnips recipe

Simple suppers that taste of big flavours and winter smoke

A run of crisp, cold mornings, clear grey skies and a fire in the hearth. This cook couldn't be happier. A single shopping trip this week brought to the kitchen a bag of young parsnips, a golden-skinned smoked fish, a bottle of cider and a crinkly-leaved cabbage. Oh, and four pork chops the size of my hand. The hob was lit in seconds, the chops browned, onions sliced and left to simmer with cider and chicken stock. We needed spoons to deal with the walnut-hued liquor and bread to mop our plates.

The hob was lit in seconds, the chops browned, onions sliced and left to simmer with cider and chicken stock

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(08/12/2019 @ 06:30)

Frozen in time: Kate Moss, Paris, September 1993

The model holds court at celebrated Paris restaurant Brasserie Lipp. But did she have the pickled herring?

In 1993, Kate Moss had the world at her perfect feet. And to prove it, here she is, dancing on the table at Brasserie Lipp in Paris, one of the city's most celebrated restaurants, known more for its fancy clientele – a mix of presidents, poets, painters and publishers – than for haute cuisine.

The brasserie was opened in 1880 by the Alsatian sauerkraut and beer aficionado Léonard Lipp on Boulevard Saint-Germain, opposite the equally feted Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. Marc Chagall, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, Simone Signoret, Georges Pompidou, Yves Saint Laurent, Françoise Sagan, Richard Gere, John Galliano and, of course, Kate might all have found themselves round the same table if, by some trick of time travel, the years had collided. The art deco interior hasn't changed over the decades, with its ceramic tiles, dark wood and tilted mirrors that allow diners to see who just walked in, or who is sitting on the table behind them.

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(08/12/2019 @ 09:00)

Ask us a question: what do you want to know about the general election?

As part of a new series you can ask our political team any questions you have about the general election

Our political team are on hand to answer your questions about this election and we will be posting their responses on the politics live blog between 12.30 and 1.30pm on Monday,Wednesdayand the day after the election.

If you have any questions about the general election, please get in touch.

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(08/12/2019 @ 13:32)

Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of ‘bake'

Wherever you are in the world, this week we'd like to see your pictures on the theme ‘bake'

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is ‘bake'.

Share your photos of what bake means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

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(08/12/2019 @ 05:00)

Tell us about your mobile phone injuries

Have you ever had an accident because of your smartphone? Whether funny or serious, we'd like to hear from you

Perhaps you have walked into a lamppost while scrolling on Instagram. Or dropped your phone on your nose while texting in bed. If so, you are not alone – a study shows that mobile-related injuries are increasing.

The research, which analyses data from US emergency departments over 20 years, shows the number of accidents has soared in recent years.

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(05/12/2019 @ 12:00)

Tell us about your run-down school buildings

We'd like to hear from teachers and parents about school buildings that are no longer fit for purpose. Share your experiences

In a survey conducted by the National Education Union last month, 47% of members said the school or college buildings they worked in was not fit for purpose, with 22% reporting that the condition of the buildings was unsafe for pupils and staff.

With years of austerity putting school budgets under strain, 65% of members blamed funding cuts for the poor quality of British school buildings.

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(05/12/2019 @ 07:37)

Back to the border of misery: Amexica revisited 10 years on

A decade after publishing his vivid account of the places and people most affected by the US-Mexican ‘war on drugs', Ed Vulliamy returns to the frontline to see how life has changed

If you drink the water in Ciudad Juà¡rez, there you'll stay, goes the saying – Se toma agua de Juà¡rez, allà­ se queda. It's not a reference to the quality of drinking water (about which polemic abounds because it is so dirty) but to the beguiling lure of this dusty and dangerous yet strong and charismatic city. It's a dictum that might be applied to the whole 2,000-mile Mexico-US borderland of which Juà¡rez and its sister city on the US side, El Paso, form the fulcrum.

Ten years ago, I returned from several months' immersion along that frontier, reporting on a narco-cartel war for this newspaper and eventually writing a book, Amexica, about the terrain astride the border, land that has a single identity – that belongs to both countries and yet to neither. A frontier at once porous and harsh: across which communities live and a million people traverse every day, legally, as do hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of goods annually.

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(08/12/2019 @ 04:00)

'Bhopal's tragedy has not stopped': the urban disaster still claiming lives 35 years on

The Union Carbide factory explosion remains the world's worst industrial accident – but as its dreadful legacy becomes increasingly apparent, victims are still waiting for justice

The residents of JP Nagar have no way to escape their ghosts. This ramshackle neighbourhood, on the outskirts of the Indian city of Bhopal, stands just metres away from the chemical factory which exploded just after midnight on 2 December 1984 and seeped poison into their lives forever. The blackened ruins of the Union Carbide plant still loom untouched behind the factory walls.

Related: The Bhopal disaster victims still waiting for justice 35 years on – in pictures

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(08/12/2019 @ 05:00)

Driven to the edge: life on the Christmas parcel delivery run

The festive shopping spree is in full swing, with Britain's 35,000 couriers and delivery drivers at the sharp end, often working long hours with no breaks, low pay and few employee rights

Patrick Wilson's* heavy eyelids drop momentarily as he parks on a steep terraced street on the suburban edges of north Bristol. He raises a fist to cover a deep, primal yawn that makes his whole body shudder with exhaustion. He has been on the go since 7.30am, when he filled every bit of free space in his battered VW people carrier with packages and bags from the likes of Amazon, M&S and Next. He hasn't had time to take a break or go to the toilet and it's now nearly 3pm.

“I picked up 220 parcels in the morning,” he says, examining the chunky GPS device that records and dictates his every move. “I've done 77 but I've got 143 left. That's a lot.”

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(08/12/2019 @ 05:44)

No trains and no compromise as France faces a winter of discontent

With hardline unions threatening indefinite strikes over pension reforms, there is apprehension at the political perils facing Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron will seek to placate angry strikers this week while honouring his election pledge to shake up France's pension system in a delicate balancing act that will define his political future.

Ministers are looking at possible concessions that could defuse the strikes and protests that have paralysed the country since last week.

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(08/12/2019 @ 04:42)

Picasso, Lorca, Capa … art reveals fate of exiles who fled Franco's Spain

A huge exhibition in Madrid of sketches, photographs and paintings records the plight of the 500,000 republican refugees after the civil war

In a cavernous space off one of Madrid's main boulevards, a dying Federico Garcà­a Lorca slumps like an unstrung puppet, a refugee cellist stares down Robert Capa's lens, and the eyes of a young woman Pablo Picasso sketched 71 years ago meet the public's gaze for the very first time.

The images, carefully arranged among hundreds of photographs, books, flags, paintings and audio archives, herald a belated homecoming.

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(07/12/2019 @ 17:05)

Ice fishing and the World's Big Sleep Out: the weekend's best photos

The Guardian's picture editors select photo highlights from around the world including the UK election campaign, a Scottish Santa dash and Russian gymnastics

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(08/12/2019 @ 11:13)

The big picture: the giant of 42nd Street

Jonathan Higbee's eye for the uncanny reveals an alternative New York where what is seen can not always be believed

Jonathan Higbee came quite late to photography. He grew up in the American south and started his career as a travel writer, but when he moved to New York he discovered that words and sentences could not do justice to the streets he lived on.

In the first instance, he has suggested, photography was a cheap surrogate for therapy, a way of slowing Manhattan down and forcing himself to look and find patterns in the apparently chaotic visual scene around him. He started to get a feel for odd coincidences in that chaos – moments when the background of street furniture and high rise and billboard and graffiti and traffic seemed to communicate directly with the people passing by: stripes on shirts that matched zebra crossings; legs extending from bus shelters that made a comic tableau with adverts; accidents of scale and serendipity that seemed like the fleeting work of an inspired choreographer.

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(08/12/2019 @ 03:00)

The dazzling ceilings of Mumbai's taxis – in pictures

On her morning commute one day, Mumbai-based journalist Rachel Lopez noticed the ceiling of her taxi was covered in multi-coloured strawberries. “It was ghastly,” she says. “I loved it immediately and wanted to take a shot for fun.”

Since then, Lopez has taken more than 500 half-face selfies with the ceiling patterns of Mumbai's taxis as a backdrop.

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(07/12/2019 @ 13:00)

Street scenes: George Georgiou's images of spectators at US parades

The British photographer's new book picturing onlookers at events across the US in 2016 sheds an unexpected light on the fractured nature of contemporary American life

When the American photographer William Klein shot the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in New York in the 1950s, he evoked the collective energy of the event in the blurred shapes of inflatables floating above the crowds and closeups of the faces of people watching from the sidewalk. In these images, all is blur and movement, an impressionistic glimpse of a parade that drew thousands of onlookers from the outer boroughs and beyond.

More than 60 years later, in 2016, the year of Donald Trump's election, British photographer George Georgiou travelled across a very different United States, his itinerary dictated by parades, both national and local. He too photographed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, but also many lesser-known annual gatherings such as the Mermaid parade in Coney Island, the Cranberry festival parade in Warrens, Wisconsin, and Marion County Country Ham Days Pigasus parade in Lebanon, Kentucky. From the off, his plan was not to capture the spectacle of the parades themselves but rather the more intimate theatre of the people lining the streets. “I set out with no big agenda,” he says, “but I knew the images would somehow speak volumes about contemporary America.” That they do, in ways both expected and surprising.

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(08/12/2019 @ 06:00)

A healing corroboree at the foothills of Mount Gulaga, on Yuin country – in pictures

In Australia, as bushfires raged and drought cracked the land open, there was a stirring. On the New South Wales far south coast, cars carrying elders, children, songmen and women made their way off the dusty road that winds into the Central Tilba football ground. Looking over the gathering was Minga Gulaga (Mother Mountain). According to Yuin story, Gulaga is the sacred birthplace of the Yuin people. Indigenous people all over Australia gathered for a nationwide dance to heal the country. Djiringanj elder Warren Ngarrae Foster said it was perfect timing because Minga Gulaga had been crying. ‘She has called her children back to come together at her feet to heal the spirit and country.'

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(07/12/2019 @ 15:00)

20 photographs of the week

Wildfires in New South Wales, protests in Paris and Santiago, animal rights activists in Barcelona and violence in Mexico – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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