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Steve Bannon on Cambridge Analytica: 'Facebook data is for sale all over the world'

Trump's ex-chief strategist says he ‘helped put the company together', but didn't know about data harvested from Facebook

Steve Bannon tried to distance himself from the Cambridge Analytica scandal on Thursday, claiming: “I didn't even know anything about the Facebook mining.”

Bannon is a former vice-president and board member of the political consultancy, which he agreed he “put together.” He claimed to a conference in New York that neither he nor Cambridge Analytica had anything to do with “dirty tricks” in the use of information harvested from Facebook to make computer models to sway elections.

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(22/03/2018 @ 19:23)

Cambridge Analytica scandal: the biggest revelations so far

Since Christopher Wylie blew the whistle in the Observer, developments have been rapid. Here's what we know about the analytics firm, Facebook and Trump's election team

On Saturday, the Observer published the account of a former worker at data firm Cambridge Analytica, who lifted the lid on the company's relationship with Facebook. Christopher Wylie revealed how an academic, Aleksandr Kogan, had harvested data from users via a personality quiz on the social network and through his company Global Science Research (GSR) had shared it with Cambridge Analytica. Since then, there have been more revelations about both firms and about the way consumers' data is used.

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(22/03/2018 @ 14:42)

Police swab items at Skripal home for clues to nerve agent attack

Officers continue to examine Salisbury property almost three weeks after poisoning

Door handles and computer keyboards are among the items at the home of Sergei Skripal that are being examined by investigators as they work to establish where and how the nerve agent attack on the Russian former spy took place.

Skripal's red-brick house in Salisbury remains cordoned off almost three weeks after he and his daughter, Yulia, collapsed in the city centre.

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:41)

French police surround Trèbes supermarket amid hostage reports

Interior ministry says security officials carrying out counter-terrorism operation as reports received of shootings

Security officials are carrying out a counter-terrorism operation at a supermarket inTrèbes, southern France, amid an ongoing hostage situation.

The UNSA police union said on Twitter that a police operation was under way in the town after an individual had earlier shot at four officers in the town of Carcassone, a 15-minute drive away from Trèbes, injuring one of them.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:21)

Comic Relief to ditch white saviour stereotype appeals

Charity to change approach after receiving criticism for ‘poverty tourism' campaigns

The head of Comic Relief has halted its use of celebrities for appeals described by an aid watchdog as “poverty tourism” that reinforce white saviour stereotypes.

The departure from having white celebrities front fundraising films from Africa for Sports Relief and Red Nose Day, follows another scathing attack on Comic Relief last week.

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:00)

Owen Smith calls for public poll on final Brexit deal

Former Labour leader contender, in Guardian interview, reopens split in party's ranks

Owen Smith has broken ranks with Jeremy Corbyn to reopen the question of whether Brexit is “the right choice for the country” – and urge Labour to offer the public a referendum on the final deal.

The shadow Northern Ireland secretary, who challenged Corbyn for his party's leadership in 2016, was brought on to the Labour frontbench after last year's general election.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:05)

More than 130 whales die in mass stranding in Western Australia

Rescue operation under way to save 15 beached whales in Hamelin Bay near Augusta on state's south-west coast

One hundred and thirty-five whales have died after being washed ashore in Western Australia.

A rescue operation began on Friday morning in Hamelin Bay, on the state's south-western tip, to save the remaining 15, with volunteers and vets trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea.

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(23/03/2018 @ 00:34)

Book claims Prince Charles is a capricious spendthrift obsessed with public opinion

Tom Bower's unauthorised biography, Rebel Prince, reveals discontented future king who says his life is ‘utter hell'

An unauthorised new biography of Prince Charles paints a picture of a capricious man who is obsessed with the public's opinion of him, whose lavish spending reveals a royal utterly divorced from the life of ordinary people.

According to Tom Bower's Rebel Prince, published on Thursday by William Collins, Charles once “shrieked” and “trembled” at the sight of an unknown plastic substance covering his dinner, only to be told “It's cling film, darling,” by Camilla. On another occasion, Bower claims the prince brought his own mattress, toilet seat, Kleenex Velvet toilet paper and two “landscapes of the Scottish Highlands” when visiting a friend in north-east England.

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:00)

US trade war: global shares plummet as China signals tariff retaliation – business live

European shares fall after a huge sell-off overnight in Asia, reflecting investor fears over US-China tit-for-tat measures. Follow all the action here

Our delegation @EU_aluminium meeting Commissioner @MalmstromEU today on #Section232

Fruitful and constructive debate about the way forward. #Trade #aluminium

Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU's trade commissioner, has outlined her view on the bloc's temporary exemption from US tariffs in a series of tweets.

The exemption was agreed after Malmstrom travelled to Washington for talks with US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and commerce secretary Wilbur Ross.

...following discussions with @SecretaryRoss and @USTradeRep in Washington D.C. and Brussels. The EU is not the source of the global problems in the steel and aluminium sectors... 2/4

Preserving the global rules-based system for trade is what we should all be working towards. The EU will also keep our options open in terms of preserving our rights in the @WTO for further action. 4/4

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:59)

John Bolton to replace McMaster as Trump's national security adviser

  • Trump announces McMaster's departure on Twitter
  • Former UN ambassador John Bolton named as replacement

HR McMaster has resigned as Donald Trump's national security adviser and will be replaced by John Bolton, the hawkish former US ambassador to the United Nations, the president announced on Thursday night.

Related: 'I love the president': John Dowd quits as Trump lawyer in Mueller investigation

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(22/03/2018 @ 19:42)

Spanish supreme court charges 13 Catalan leaders with rebellion

Charges over last year's referendum and subsequent declaration of independence carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail

A Spanish supreme court judge has charged 13 senior Catalan leaders, including the region's deposed president and the candidate chosen to succeed him, with rebellion over their roles in last year's unilateral referendum and subsequent declaration of independence.

The charges, announced on Friday morning by Judge Pablo Llarena, carry a maximum sentence of 30 years' imprisonment and were brought against both Carles Puigdemont, the former president in exile in Belgium, and Jordi Turul, who faces a vote on Saturday to take up the post.

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:50)

Call for buyers to keep Salvador Dalà­'s lobster phone in UK

Arts minister puts temporary export ban on Lobster Telephone (White Aphrodisiac), which has an £850,000 price tag

One of surrealist artist Salvador Dalà­'s white lobster telephones could be lost from the UK unless a buyer steps in to meet the price tag of more than £850,000.

Michael Ellis, the arts minister, has put a temporary export bar on the artwork, Lobster Telephone (White Aphrodisiac), by Dalà­ and Edward James, to give buyers a chance to keep it in the UK.

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(22/03/2018 @ 19:52)

The heart of Saturday night: what went wrong with primetime telly?

Once the preserve of television's big hitters, the traditional Saturday night slot has become a hard sell and with the rise of streaming plus negative headlines it may need a drastic rethink

The prospect of an Antless Saturday Night Takeaway is unsettling for many reasons. Obviously, there's the big fear being that Dec will be left mumbling unanswered set-ups into a howling void of despair like a Garfield Minus Garfield strip. But it goes beyond that. Ant and Dec are a pillar of Saturday night television. They're a load-bearing wall. Take them away and the utter sham of Saturday night telly comes into horribly stark focus. Honestly, look at the state of it.

Look at how ITV has reshuffled the schedules this week, for example. In the absence of Takeaway there's an episode of The Voice (a six-year-old riff on a 17-year-old format) and Through The Keyhole (a five-year-old riff on a 31-year-old format). Things are no better on BBC One, which is listlessly shovelling up the 1078th episode of Casualty, the 88th episode of a decade-old Nick Knowles game show that nobody has ever watched on purpose and a celebrity version of a decade-old daytime gameshow that this week counts Zammo from Grange Hill as a contestant. By some distance, this last one is the best thing on, and it's got Zammo from Grange Hill in it for God's sake.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:55)

Damien Hirst review – a breathtaking spectacle (with some art on show, too)

Houghton Hall, Norfolk
The flayed unicorns are good fun, the ping-pong balls hypnotic. Yet it all pales amid the fairytale grandeur of its surroundings

In the servant's hall, two dead hares in vitrines look perfectly at home among the antler trophies. No, wait – they are at home. These are not artworks by Damien Hirst but a small part of the atmospheric decor of one of England's most astounding stately homes.

It is just one more victory for Houghton Hall in its head-to-head aesthetic contest with our wealthiest living artist. Hirst plays the house and the house wins. However surreal and attention-grabbing his efforts, Houghton Hall consistently outdoes them, absorbing outsized anatomical statues into the dreamlike expanse of its landscaped estate, putting spot paintings in the shade with rococo tapestries and fairytale beds.

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(23/03/2018 @ 08:00)

Parkland students: our manifesto to change America's gun laws | Editorial staff of the Eagle Eye

After the massacre at our high school, our lives have changed forever – so we're proposing these changes to halt mass shootings

As a student publication, the Eagle Eye works to tell the stories of those who do not have a voice. Today, we are the ones who feel our voice must be elevated.

In the wake of the tragedy that occurred at our school on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, our lives have changed beyond what we ever imagined. We, along with our publication, have been transformed. We will remain so for the rest of our lives.

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(23/03/2018 @ 01:00)

The rebel bank, printing its own notes and buying back people's debts

‘HCSB' in Walthamstow is selling printed ‘bank notes' to raise money to buy local debt

First there were the banks. Sending credit cards through the post, offering easy loans. They overstretched, teetered. Then came the billion-dollar bailouts, recession, austerity, poverty and payday loans.

Then, slowly, came the movement: a piecemeal, sporadic effort to buy back the debt of ordinary people.

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:00)

Who is John Bolton, Trump's new national security adviser?

The former UN ambassador under George W Bush and a notorious hawk, Bolton has called for bombing Iran and North Korea

John Bolton, the incoming national security adviser, will have the ear of Donald Trump at a perilously fraught moment in world affairs.

A notorious hawk who advocates the unilateral wielding of US might, Bolton is dismissive of international diplomacy, and has called for the bombing of both Iran and North Korea.

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(22/03/2018 @ 20:34)

Does Britain have the pride to reject May's tail-between-the-legs Brexit? | Hugo Dixon

The prime minister's attempt to cushion the blow only reveals how damaging Brexit will be. It's up to remainers to call it out

Theresa May is hoping to declare victory at today's European council summit because she will secure a “transition” deal. In fact, it is a miserable step on the way to a Brexit that damages our pride, power and prosperity.

Just consider for a minute why we need this transition at all. Without it, our economy would fall off a cliff next year. We would also lose access to valuable tools to fight crime and terrorism including membership of Europol and use of the European arrest warrant. If it's so important to hang on to these things for another 21 months, one may well ask why it's such a good idea to quit the EU at all.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:19)

The Facebook scandal isn't just about privacy. Your economic future is on the line | James Ball

If data is the new oil, the wells are in the hands of a few billionaires, and we need to ask how to take back the wealth

Whenever a technological revolution brings upheaval to the world, it initially benefits the small number of people at its forefront to the detriment of others.

When the industrial revolution brought about the birth of mass production, it led to thousands of skilled, independent workers losing their trades and much of their livelihoods, facing either unemployment or less-skilled work in the new factories, with the loss of autonomy that entailed.

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(23/03/2018 @ 04:00)

John Bolton finally made it into the White House. Does this mean war? | David Shariatmadari

Trump has replaced his thoughtful national security adviser with a belligerent TV pundit. This is government by Fox News

It's happened.

In the febrile days after Donald Trump's election, one of the more terrifying prospects was the appointment of John Bolton to a senior position in the incoming administration. Bolton is the hawk's hawk, the neocon's neocon (though he rejects that label, preferring “Goldwater conservative” after the presidential candidate deemed too extreme by the American people in 1964). His published work includes “To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran”, “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First” and “How to Defund the UN”. As George W Bush's under secretary of state for arms control he was a rabidly enthusiastic supporter of the invasion of Iraq, and seems never to have fallen out of love with the doctrine of intervention, despite the catastrophe he helped engineer.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:08)

The EU could save Britain from big tech – so let's not force-quit | Vince Cable

Brexit is about to leave consumers with little control over their data, and the government helpless against tax avoidance

Amid the uproar provoked by the alleged misdeeds of Cambridge Analytica, one could be forgiven for missing another important tech-related story this week. On Wednesday, the European commission announced its plans to introduce an EU-wide tax on large technology companies' revenues, as a response to their well-known practice of minimising their tax liabilities by shifting profits overseas.

The idea of a tax on turnover isn't new, with the British, French, German, Spanish and Italian governments all having at various points considered one. But the EU is the first major political actor to put forward a concrete proposal. The commission has called for a 3% levy on internet-based firms with annual global revenues of at least £658m and EU revenues of £44m – thereby capturing giants including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. It expects this to raise £4.3bn initially, a small amount but a good start nonetheless.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:30)

Labour should ask if Brexit is the right decision, not just push for a softer version | Owen Smith

A hard border in Ireland would be disastrous – but so would the other consequences of leaving the European Union

Theresa May has got her transition agreement. To get there she has had to surrender on just about every one of the issues she and her ministers once told us were key sticking points.

The UK will be paying billions over to the EU despite having no say in its decisions, free movement will continue, the European court of justice will be able to issue instructions to British courts for at least another decade, the common fisheries policy will still apply to Britain – the list goes on.

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:00)

Labour must be bolder – only a wealth tax can defeat inequality | Owen Jones

Wealth is soaring as a percentage of the British economy yet we raise a tiny proportion of our tax from it. We need ambitious reform

The injustice of Britain's wealth inequality is matched only by the lack of ambition in tackling it. According to the Commission on Economic Justice, which was set up by the IPPR thinktank, the wealthiest 10% of households own 45% of the nation's collectively created wealth. For the bottom half, the figure is a paltry 9%. The richest 1,000 individuals can boast a combined fortune greater than the wealth of the poorest 40%, and in 2016 their wealth jumped by £82.5bn – which, as the Equality Trust points out, is the equivalent of £2,615 per second. Only an economy as dysfunctional and rotten as our own can produce insecurity and stagnation for the majority but boom-time for so few.

Related: Scrap 'highly regressive' council tax, says thinktank

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:00)

Football's latest arms race: the battle for Europe's best youngsters intensifies | Stephen Ganavas

Away from the Neymars and Coutinhos, the continent's top clubs are increasingly targeting players between 16 and 18, such as Jadon Sancho and Willem Geubbels

Jadon Sancho's move last summer from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund made a clear statement: here was an elite prospect who would no longer wait patiently for an opportunity to play senior football.

Sancho exploded on to the scene at youth international level last year while also proving his quality for City's various development squads and the reason the 17‑year‑old swapped England for Germany was clear: he felt he was ready to play first-team football. It was a statement that resonated around Europe.

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:31)

Australian GP: Hamilton fastest in F1 practice but rivals snap at his heels

  • Daniel Ricciardo handed three-place grid penalty for Sunday's GP
  • Hamilton's Mercedes tops both practice sessions in Melbourne
  • Max Verstappen only a tenth of a second behind in second run

Lewis Hamilton opened his campaign to win a fifth Formula One world championship with a strong start in practice for the Australian Grand Prix, offering early confirmation that his Mercedes is once again leading the field.

Hamilton was quickest in both sessions on Friday at the Albert Park circuit. In the morning he was more than half a second clear of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The Red Bull of Max Verstappen was in third, seven-tenths down on the British driver, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and fifth respectively.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:25)

Manchester City title stroll should not distract from strength of competition | Jonathan Wilson

There has not been a tight championship race since 2013-14 but the Premier League is still more competitive than its rivals

The title race was in effect over about four months before the final snows of winter. Even if Manchester City do not wrap up the championship against Manchester United on 7 April, they will surely do so at Tottenham a week later or, if the wheels really fall off, at home to Swansea the week after that. They could almost certainly lose every game from now until the end of the season and still win the title.

The ease of City's success has brought out the sneerers – or perhaps, more accurately, the counter-sneerers. You see, they say, all that time you were saying La Liga or the Bundesliga were easy to win, you were wrong. This is just what happens when you have Pep Guardiola in your league. Perhaps there is some truth to that; perhaps fans who tend to watch the Premier League did not appreciate quite how good Guardiola is.

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(23/03/2018 @ 05:59)

Gymnastics World Cup – in pictures

Our photographer Tom Jenkins was given exclusive access at Arena Birmingham to photograph some of the best gymnasts in the world as they competed for prestigious titles at this major global event. The all-around competitions featured eight women and eight men representing their respective countries

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(23/03/2018 @ 05:46)

New Zealand's Kane Williamson gives England a lesson before rain hits

• First Test: England 58; New Zealand 229-4
• Williamson hits record 18th Test hundred before rain ends play

England had a much better second day here. This was mainly due to the fact that they did not have to bat and they had to bowl only 23.1 overs, during which time they dismissed New Zealand's best batsman, Kane Williamson. However, there are still some scars that need urgent attention.

Their batsmen have had plenty of time to contemplate how they might atone for their pitiful display on the first day. Nothing those batsmen witnessed on Friday when showers enveloped Eden Park all too frequently would have brought them much cheer. First, there was confirmation that the surface here possesses no demons. It is not a 58 all out pitch. It is not a 258 all out pitch.

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(23/03/2018 @ 05:05)

Nat Sciver stars as England's women cruise to T20 victory over Australia

  • Australia 149-8; England 150-2 – England win by eight wickets
  • Nat Sciver and Tammy Beaumont secure comfortable win

Half-centuries from Natalie Sciver and Tammy Beaumont in Mumbai guided England to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Australia in the women's T20 Tri-Series in Mumbai.

After winning the toss and opting to field, England restricted Australia to 149 for eight, despite the hosts' stand-in captain Rachael Haynes top-scoring with 65, as Jenny Gunn plundered three wickets. Sciver took two and Danielle Hazell one.

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(23/03/2018 @ 05:31)

Reading appoint Paul Clement as manager after sacking Jaap Stam

  • Clement was dismissed by Swansea in December
  • Reading chief executive worked with him at Chelsea

Paul Clement has been appointed as manager of Reading, three months after he was sacked by Swansea City. He takes over from Jaap Stam, who was dismissed this week with the club three points above the Championship relegation zone after one win in 18 league matches.

Clement lasted just under a year at Swansea and was previously in charge of Derby County, where he also had a relatively short spell, of eight months. He has assisted Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:30)

Gareth Southgate reveals ‘disgusting' racial abuse of young players

• Southgate says racism in England more of a concern than in Russia
• ‘We've got to get our own house in order' says England manager

Gareth Southgate claims England must address its own problems with racism before it can criticise Russia over the matter after revealing members of the national set-up's junior sides had endured “disgusting” racial abuse on social media.

The national manager was asked about concerns over the World Cup this summer before Friday's friendly against the Netherlands and was quick to point out the problem remains unresolved in the English game. He cited a presentation by Troy Townsend, an education officer at Kick it Out, who addressed national coaches this month and showed them comments posted under an image of the England under-16s side.

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(22/03/2018 @ 18:30)

'You have the power to change America': Parkland students interview Bernie Sanders – video

Rebecca Schneid and Dara Rosen, two student journalists from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot dead, interview the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and ask him whether he thinks Donald Trump has the courage to take on the NRA.

Students from the the Eagle Eye, Stoneman Douglas high school's newspaper, are guest-editing the Guardian's US site before a protest against gun violence on Saturday 

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(23/03/2018 @ 05:40)

My £54,000 cancer bill: 'It's like I've been left to die' – video

Albert Thompson has lived in the UK for 44 years, he has worked and paid his taxes. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer he was told he would have to pay thousands for his hospital care because he didn't have the right documents. After Jeremy Corbyn raised his case in parliament, he tells us how the ordeal has affected him 

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(15/03/2018 @ 08:58)

Kate Hoey tells Owen Jones: 'I really don't think Nigel Farage is a racist' – video interview

The Labour MP and Brexit campaigner Kate Hoey tells Owen Jones she has no regrets about campaigning alongside Nigel Farage during the Brexit referendum, despite the former Ukip leader's 'Breaking Point' poster. She believes that eventually people will look back and say 'thank goodness' the UK voted to leave the EU.

Hoey and Jones discuss foxhunting, grammar schools and Momentum in an extended version of this interview

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(22/03/2018 @ 03:00)

Will the real Jacob Rees-Mogg please stand up? - video profile

Jacob Rees-Mogg is the socially illiberal Conservative MP for North East Somerset. He has been in the public eye since the 1980s after speaking at an industrial board meeting to complain about share prices. He was 12. Now in the Commons, Rees-Mogg has pursued a highly conservative agenda ranging from cutting welfare to removing environmental protections. He has denied having ambitions to be prime minister but this remains a topic of debate 

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(21/03/2018 @ 07:25)

Meet 98-year-old Sister Jean: college basketball's rising star – video

Sister Jean is the 98-year-old chaplain for Loyola-Chicago's college basketball team. She goes beyond offering spiritual guidance, giving inspirational  speeches and emailing the players with postgame analysis. Her underdog team have caused an upset in the NCAA tournament but can she help them to victory? 

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(21/03/2018 @ 10:59)

Ralf Little tells Owen Jones: 'Jeremy Hunt's arrogance towards doctors made me angry' – video

In an interview with the writer Owen Jones, Ralf Little says he has become embroiled in a Twitter row with Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, because he believes the government is trying to turn people against doctors. The actor, who starred in The Royle Family and 24 Hour Party People, accuses Hunt of arrogance in dealing with recent strikes by junior doctors.

This interview was filmed before the news of Stephen Hawking's death. 

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(16/03/2018 @ 08:10)

'The future will be equal': Sienna Miller speaks out at #MeToo summit – video

In a powerful speech in New York, actor Sienna Miller hailed the Time's Up movement for teaching a lesson to 'our rampant patriarchal societies'. Miller was speaking at an event on sexual exploitation and harassment hosted by the Guardian, UN Women and the Norwegian government. She praised the courage of the women in the entertainment industry who have spoken up on sexual harassment and abuse, and talked about the discrimination she has felt in her own career. 'I have really just had enough. Enough of being undervalued, enough of being undermined, enough of being disrespected, because of my gender'

'A wave of change': Sienna Miller hails #MeToo movement at New York summit

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(16/03/2018 @ 14:16)

A message from Dunblane to Florida school shooting survivors – video

Families of the 16 children and teacher killed in the Dunblane massacre 22 years ago today send a message to survivors of last month's Parkland school shooting in Florida, who are planning a protest to push for US gun law reform. The Dunblane shooting led the UK to bring in some of the strictest firearms legislation in the world, outlawing private ownership of most handguns. Almost overnight, 200,000 gun owners had their weapons banned, a law which was enforced with heavy fines and up to 10 years in prison

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(13/03/2018 @ 12:56)

Cheltenham hopefuls: the rising star and the battle scarred veteran – video

Paddy Brennan is 36 and Bryony Frost is 22, they are two compelling jump jockeys sharing not just a passion for racing but oddly the same birthday. Brennan, facing the end of his career has won 17 Grade One races, including the Gold Cup, but is haunted by past defeats and is desperate for one last big win before retirement. Frost is just starting, she still mucks out every day at the stables of champion trainer Paul Nicholls but her success in her first year as a professional had made her the darling of racing. Their contrasting stories will continue to take their twists and turns at this week's Cheltenham Festival

Racing footage courtesy of Racing UK.

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(14/03/2018 @ 05:48)

Fukushima 360: walk through a ghost town in the nuclear disaster zone – video

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What happens to a town that has been abandoned for seven years after a nuclear meltdown? Greenpeace took former residents and a 360-degree camera into the radiation zone north of Fukushima to mark the anniversary of the disaster. The Fukushima Daiichi plant was damaged by a tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9 earthquake on the afternoon of 11 March 2011. The tsunami killed almost 19,000 people along the north-east coast of Japan and forced more than 150,000 others living near the plant to flee radiation. Some of the evacuated neighbourhoods are still deemed too dangerous for former residents to go back.

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(11/03/2018 @ 23:53)

Ai Weiwei in Sydney: 'The refugee condition is a human condition' – video

Ai Weiwei and the Biennale of Sydney's artistic director, Mami Kataoka, at Cockatoo Island in Sydney, speak about the Chinese artist's exhibition inspired by the global refugee crisis. 'We are living in a very peaceful world, almost like a fairytale, in Australia, but still we cannot disconnect our connections to other human beings, the suffering and the tragic life of our global human community, he says. The activist has spent the last few years working on art that draws attention to the global refugee crisis, including a 60-metre long lifeboat featuring more than 300 refugee figures, called Law of the Journey, that is displayed on Cockatoo Island, and film Human Flow which also opens in Sydney this week.

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(12/03/2018 @ 03:32)

A female doctor in east Ghouta challenging patriarchy - video

With many men killed or missing, women are rising to prominence in the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta in Syria. On International Women's Day Syrian campaign group Liberated T bring us Dr Amani Ballour who is committed to challenging gender stereotypes – even in war.

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(08/03/2018 @ 08:44)

'Never retreat': all-female band Yegna bring girl power to Ethiopia – video

Through songs, radio drama and their own YouTube channel, Yegna champion women's rights across Ethiopia, where many young women never get the chance to go to secondary school. Last year, the band lost its UK aid funding after a negative press campaign, but they remain determined to press home their message. The Guardian went to Addis Ababa to find them still inspiring young girls to assert their right to education and say no to child marriage

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(05/03/2018 @ 03:00)

David Mitchell meets David Peace: ‘I've slowed down. I can't believe I published eight books in 10 years'

Fifteen years after they made it on to Granta's best young British novelists list, the two authors discuss self doubt, obsessions and making a home abroad

David Mitchell: To begin, I'd like to float the observation that every author has a limited bundle of archetypal themes – sometimes as few as one. Writers don't choose these themes as much as inherit them from the patterns of our lives, and even if we try to expel them from a work in progress, they tend to burrow their way back in. Does this sound familiar? One such theme your new book Patient X: The Case Book of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa has in common with everything in that “by the same author” list is mental breakdown, extrapolated to the short-story writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's Technicolor insanity. Would you agree that this is one of your archetypal themes and, if so, can you speculate as to why?

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(23/03/2018 @ 08:00)

Cate Blanchett on Woody Allen: 'I don't think I've stayed silent at all'

The Oscar-winning star of Blue Jasmine has spoken about the allegations aimed at the film-maker, saying she knew nothing of them when they worked together

Cate Blanchett has addressed the allegations aimed at Woody Allen, claiming she knew nothing of them when they worked together.

The actor won a best actress Oscar for her part in the film-maker's 2013 comedy drama Blue Jasmine and is the latest star to talk about the claims of sexual abuse leveled at him.

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(22/03/2018 @ 15:09)

Black Men Walking review – rap, race and rambling hit peak resonance

Royal Court, London
Mixing poetry and politics, Yorkshire-based rapper Testament has created a witty, innovative piece that says a lot about British identity and racial history

This is that rare thing: a truly original piece of theatre, innovative in both form and content. It is the work of Testament, a Yorkshire-based rapper, beatboxer and theatre-maker, and is presented by Revolution Mix, part of Eclipse, dedicated to unearthing untapped stories. This show certainly does that in that it is about a black men's walking group and makes exhilarating use of prose, poetry and rap to explore both the resonances of history and the racism of the present.

Testament presents us with three diverse figures out for a weekend walk through the Peak District. The Sheffield-based Thomas, who left the Caribbean as a boy, is disillusioned with his dead-end, desk-bound job and the dispersal of his grownup family. Matthew is a middle-class Barnsley doctor of Jamaican heritage with a troubled marriage. Richard, meanwhile, is a Ghanaian computer-programmer with a passion for Star Trek.

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:54)

Unsane: how film's portrayal of mental illness is (slowly) improving

Steven Soderbergh's new film is the story of a women held in a psychiatric hospital. It shows how film-makers are doing a better job with mental health issues

Steven Soderbergh: Unretired. The director announced in 2013 that he was quitting because “movies don't matter any more”. But he has continued to work steadily since – in television and, since last year, film again. The film he made before announcing his “retirement” was Side Effects, a psychological thriller exploring big pharma, that followed a young woman (Rooney Mara) detained in a psychiatric hospital against her will. His new film, Unsane, is a psychological thriller that follows a young woman (Claire Foy) detained in a psychiatric hospital against her will. It is clear, then, that Soderbergh finds mental illness and psychiatry interesting topics to explore.

He's not alone. But how has the onscreen treatment of mental illness evolved over the years?

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:23)

Hanif Kureishi: ‘I haven't read anything by Jane Austen. My shame is big'

The author on the underrated Georges Simenon, re-reading Jean Rhys and laughing at PG Wodehouse

The book I am currently reading
The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra. He uses Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals to help understand why everyone is so pissed off these days. He has a good theory, the Nietzschean idea of resentment – the fury of people who are excluded – and uses this to talk about radical Islam and Brexit. You could also apply it to Trump.

The book that changed my life
James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time. As a teenager from a mixed race background, I struggled with issues of race and identity and Baldwin had related all this to the race politics of his day. It gave me ideas of what I might write.

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:00)

Dead Men's Trousers by Irvine Welsh review – the Trainspotting gang party on

Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud are back in this wildly farcical story of revenge, sentimentality and psychedelic drugs

At a newspaper I used to work for, the story was told of a foreign correspondent dictating his report down the line to the copytakers. He rolled on, through paragraph after paragraph of purplish prose about the horrors of war, until he was, eventually, interrupted by the woman at the other end of the phone. She asked in a matter-of-fact voice: “Is there much more of this stuff, dear?”

Irvine Welsh is that kind of author. There is a lot of this stuff, and the quality-control lever is wobbly. He has never been a careful writer. At his best, he manages a sort of ragged glory, a life-affirming comic energy combined with a sense of horror or desperation and the ability to place his lowlife shenanigans in a wider thematic or social context. In a different gear, though, he is just a black-hearted farceur.

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(23/03/2018 @ 05:00)

The hard truth about back pain: don't rely on drugs, scans or quick fixes | Ann Robinson

Most treatment is wasteful, wanton and wrong, says the Lancet. The key is to try to keep walking and working

Back pain is the biggest cause of disability globally, and most of us will have at least one nasty bout of it. But treatment is often wasteful, wanton and wrong, according to a series of papers in the Lancet . “Worldwide, overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients are not receiving the right care, and resources are wasted,” it says.

It's perfectly understandable to want a quick-fix solution to make the pain go away and maybe a scan to set your mind at rest. But there isn't a reliable instant solution. Scans don't make you better, and painkillers can be harmful. The vast majority of low back pain is musculoskeletal – caused by damage to ligaments, joints and muscles surrounding the spine. A tiny percentage is due to a serious or dangerous underlying cause that needs specific diagnosis and intervention – such as cancer, infection or a fracture.

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(22/03/2018 @ 12:20)

Experience: I found my sister on a missing persons forum

My heart was beating so fast when I read the message. I had no doubt it was about me

My childhood was complicated. My father left when I was a few months old and my mother died just before my 13th birthday. She went into hospital to have a baby and I never saw her again. No one knows why she or the baby died. I tried to find out when I was pregnant, 22 years later, but the hospital had changed hands and the records of her death had been lost.

My stepfather looked after me but quickly remarried. My stepmother had already been married twice and had children living elsewhere. It was a miserable time and I more or less left home at 16. My friends became my family.

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:00)

My life in sex: the 26-year-old escort

‘I earn 10 times more than the day rate in my normal job'

For the past two years, I've been paid for sex. I was an intern barely surviving on minimum wage when another intern suggested I check out a website where you set up “arrangements” with wealthy men. The first few dates were nerve-racking but exciting – I have a high sex drive and am attracted to older men – and once I got comfortable with asking for a figure up front, it started to come naturally.

As an escort, I frequently earn 10 times more than the day rate in my normal job. The nature of the website I use means that what I do sits between straight-up escorting and regular dating; I rarely just have sex with these men. They'll take me to dinner and we'll talk about our lives, or we'll see a film or do karaoke, before having sex. My accountant lists my job as alternative therapy, and that is pretty accurate. So often what these men really need and want is someone to listen to them; the sex is just a vehicle to get to that.

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:00)

Should I accept that I can't meet my young gay lover's needs?

I'm sure he has been cheating for years, but we are fond of one another and I'm in my 50s and don't want to be alone as I age

I'm in my 50s and very dependent on my younger gay partner (he is in his 30s). We have been together for 10 years and he is my first partner. Years ago, he had an affair. He said it had ended, but I think he has been cheating with the same guy for years. I don't have many friends and don't want to be alone as I age. We're about to go on a six-month trip. Might this be a chance to heal things, or should we work towards separation? Is it satisfactory to continue, accepting that, as a younger man, his sexual needs aren't met by me? I'm fond of him and he of me and he comments about us always being together, but sometimes I think I have replaced his mother, to whom he was very close.

• When leaving a message on this page, please be sensitive to the fact that you are responding to a real person in the grip of a real-life dilemma, who wrote to Private Lives asking for help, and may well view your comments here. Please consider especially how your words or the tone of your message could be perceived by someone in this situation, and be aware that comments that appear to be disruptive or disrespectful to the individual concerned will be removed.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:59)

A local's guide to Perth, Western Australia

As Qantas launches London-Perth, the first non-stop flights between the UK and Australia, Anna Reece of the Perth Festival picks her favourite cultural venues, restaurants, bars and beaches in the city

It's among the most geographically isolated cities in the world, and sits on the edge of the Indian Ocean, so it's only natural that the bright lights of Perth come from the sun and the sky. And that's what gives Perth its sense of openness, endlessness and possibility.

Drive in any direction out of the city and the diversity of the Western Australian landscape is at your fingertips. Head north to Coral Bay, Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef and it's possible to walk from red dirt tracks on to white sand and into turquoise water. Venture south, and it's the rolling farm land and vineyards of Yallingup and Margaret River, the towering karri and tingle trees of the Valley of the Giants and the rugged beaches of Denmark, Albany and Walpole.

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:30)

A leather jock strap, one used chariot … what are we bid for Russell Crowe's divorce detritus?

If an auction says something about the person behind it, then we can learn a lot from the job lot of life-size prop horses and other movie junk the star is using to pay for his divorce

Divorce is hard. It is especially hard, it seems, on celebrities. There's John Cleese, who was so outraged at having to pay alimony to his wife of 16 years that he went on the not at all bitter sounding “Alimony Tour” in order to cope with the fact he now had a mere £10m in the bank. Heather Mills dumped a jug of water over Paul McCartney's lawyer's head. Then there was Brad Pitt who, after his split from Angelina Jolie, posed for GQ while saying things such as: “Right now I think manual labour is good for me. I've got to sweep the floor, I've got to wrap up my shit at night, you know?”

And now we come to Russell Crowe, who is marking the end of his long-term marriage to Danielle Spencer with an auction at Sotheby's in Australia entitled Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce. Love: it just keeps on taking, but that doesn't mean you can't make some money while it takes, right?

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(22/03/2018 @ 13:17)

Must-see Madeira: a guide to the Pearl of the Atlantic

Whether you want the bustle of bars, restaurants and markets, or the beauty of stunning scenery and seaside villages, Madeira has it all

Madeira is not called the Pearl of the Atlantic for nothing. It is a gem of an island with year-round sunshine, a verdant mountainous interior and a sunny seafront capital city.

Hikers will enjoy walking the irrigation canals that line the steep terraced fields. Gardeners will be thrilled by the abundance of tropical plants. Foodies will enjoy the hearty local dishes and unique Madeira wine. The sea is a playground for water sports enthusiasts, and swimmers will love the natural bathing pools on the beaches.

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(12/03/2018 @ 06:37)

GDPR: the new data-protection law giving watchdogs a mega bite

Europe's data protection guidelines are undergoing their biggest change in decades, threatening huge fines for businesses that don't comply. Here's a guide to the new General Data Protection Regulation

Intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on 25 May 2018. In an age when more and more businesses rely on personal, anonymised data, the GDPR provides a new framework for how businesses and public sector organisations should handle the information of customers while giving greater protection and enhanced rights to individuals.

Chiara Rustici, an independent GDPR analyst* and author of Applying the GDPR: Privacy Rules for the Data Economy, says a big difference from the old Data Protection Directive (DPD) is that the GDPR has teeth. “Businesses must shift from collecting personal data on a just-in-case to a just-in-time basis. White-label ‘consented data' is dead and the personal data markets are broken,” she says.

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(14/12/2017 @ 10:55)

Peter Kennaugh's Isle of Man by bike

The Isle of Man has spawned an astounding number of internationally acclaimed cyclists but, at London's 2012 Games, Peter Kennaugh became its first Olympic gold medallist in over a century. He takes Oliver Pickup on a two-wheeled tour of his favourite Manx spots

Regaining land legs in Douglas
There are 83,737 people living on the Isle of Man, according to the last count, and almost a third of them reside in its east coast capital, Douglas. This is where Peter Kennaugh was born in 1989 – and where his tour on two wheels begins, by the island's main port, where the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferries pull in.

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(02/03/2018 @ 08:29)

How long until we live online?

Is the technology depicted in new film Ready Player One – where people live, work and play in a parallel digital world – science fiction, or a taste of what's to come?

In Ernest Cline's book, Ready Player One, it's 2045 and “missing millions” have retreated into a virtual world called OASIS to escape from a reality consumed by climate change, economic depression and an energy crisis. And you thought Brexit was bad. But, in real life, how far away are we from spending large chunks of our day in a virtual world?

The premise of the book – which is now also a film directed by Steven Spielberg – might sound far-fetched, but consider life right now. The first person you conversed with this morning was probably on WhatsApp or FaceTime. You checked the weather on an app instead of looking out the window. At work, you talked to a colleague on Gchat, MSN Messenger or Slack rather than walking over to their desk. We socialise on Facebook, update Instagram Stories instead of sending postcards, and get our news delivered to our inbox instead of our postbox.

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(20/03/2018 @ 13:15)

Officers likely to have passed personal files to blacklisters, says Met

Blacklist was used unlawfully and funded by big firms to deny employment to trade unionists

Scotland Yard has admitted that police officers are likely to have passed personal information to a covert blacklisting operation that was funded by major firms.

The blacklist was used unlawfully by the firms to deny employment to many trade unionists for long periods of time.

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:00)

Walter Tull: calls for first black British army officer to be honoured

MPs call on PM to posthumously award military cross to first world war ‘hero' and footballer

Calls are growing for Walter Tull, the first black person to serve as an officer in the British army, to be posthumously awarded a military cross as the centenary of his death on the battlefield approaches.

Tull, who was a professional footballer at the outbreak of the first world war, gained his commission as a second lieutenant in 1917, having served as a non-commissioned officer in the Somme and in other battles in France and Italy.

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(23/03/2018 @ 04:31)

Next profits fall 8% after 'most challenging year in 25 years'

Fashion retailer has been hammered by shift to online and weak pound after Brexit vote

The boss of Next has described 2017 as the toughest year in the past 25 years as the retail giant posted its second consecutive fall in annual profits.

In further signs of pain on Britain's high streets, Next reported an 8.1% drop in annual pre-tax profits to £726.1m, while total sales slid 0.5% to £4.1bn.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:17)

Council funding for women's refuges cut by nearly £7m since 2010

Funding is down at two-thirds of local authorities across England, Wales and Scotland, data reveals

Millions of pounds have been cut from council spending on refuges for vulnerable women and children, figures obtained by the Guardian reveal.

A majority of local authorities across England, Wales and Scotland have slashed funding in real terms for refuges since 2010, according to the data.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:42)

Firefighters remain at scene of major blaze in Glasgow city centre

Scottish fire service says incident on Sauchiehall Street is one of biggest it has ever dealt with

Emergency services remain at the scene of a major blaze the day after it broke out on a busy shopping street in Glasgow.

More than 120 firefighters dealt with the incident on Sauchiehall Street, which started in the roof of the building that houses Victoria's nightclub at about 8.20am on Thursday.

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:55)

Home Office uses real-life cases in #knifefree ad campaign

Attempt to reduce youth knife crime comes amid warnings of stabbing epidemic in London

An advertising campaign to reduce knife crime among young people featuring real cases has been launched in England and Wales amid warnings of a stabbing epidemic in London.

The £1.35m Home Office campaign will target 10- to 21-year-olds on social media and digital TV channels. A poster campaign will be displayed in English cities where knife crime is prevalent.

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(23/03/2018 @ 05:16)

Gordon Brown calls for police inquiry into Sunday Times story

Former PM says violations took place regarding story from 2000 about his purchase of a flat

Gordon Brown has called on the police to launch a criminal investigation after a private investigator employed by the Sunday Times for 15 years said he had gained access to his bank and mortgage accounts by deception.

The former prime minister claimed that “25 to 40 violations of the law” took place in pursuit of a story relating to his purchase of a flat that was published in early 2000 under the editorship of John Witherow, who now edits the Times.

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(22/03/2018 @ 16:21)

Fever-Tree co-founder toasts £82.5m payday from selling shares

Deputy chairman Charles Rolls also banked £73m last year from reducing his stake

One of the founders of mixer maker Fever-Tree is toasting a £82.5m payday after cashing in on the firm's recent success by selling a stake in the group.

The deputy chairman, Charles Rolls, offloaded a 2.6% stake – almost doubling the number of shares he originally intended to sell after “significant” demand from institutional investors, according to a Stock Exchange announcement.

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(23/03/2018 @ 06:09)

'Children's lives in danger': help still just trickling in for earthquake-hit PNG

Government of Papua New Guinea says 270,000 people need urgent assistance, while aid agencies tell of continuing struggle to reach stricken areas

More than a quarter of a million people remain in need of urgent assistance almost a month after a large earthquake devastated the Papua New Guinea highlands.

The 7.5 magnitude quake hit on 26 February, followed by another two earthquakes and more than 100 aftershocks. It killed more than 145, displaced more than 34,000 and overall affected more than 544,000 people.

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(23/03/2018 @ 01:06)

'Great Pacific garbage patch' sprawling with far more debris than thought

The patch of detritus is more than twice the size of France and is up to 16 times larger than previously estimated

An enormous area of rubbish floating in the Pacific Ocean is teeming with far more debris than previously thought, heightening alarm that the world's oceans are being increasingly choked by trillions of pieces of plastic.

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(22/03/2018 @ 10:59)

EU may offer credit to firms trading with Iran if Trump pulls out of nuclear deal

EU leaders discuss contingency plans if US withdrawal exposes multinationals to loss of financial support

The EU is looking to provide European companies trading with Iran access to emergency credit lines and funding support if Donald Trump presses ahead with his plan to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

A US pullout, leading to the reimposition of a tough sanctions regime, would expose multinational firms trading with Iran to potentially devastating loss of financial support by commercial banks. The US is due to make a decision on 12 May, and it has the potential to pitch Europe and the US into dispute.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:21)

Four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes

Actions like drinking less alcohol and keeping weight down could help prevent 2,500 cases a week, figures show

Almost four in 10 cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if British people changed their lifestyles by drinking less alcohol, keeping their weight down, ditching cigarettes and avoiding overdoing it on a sunbed, among other actions, research has revealed.

New figures from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) show that more than 2,500 cancer cases a week are avoidable, with exposure to tobacco smoke the leading factor, accounting for just over 15% of cancer cases.

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:01)

EU in 'state of denial' over destructive impact of farming on wildlife

EU's subsidy system, that benefits big farming rather than sustainability, needs to change to prevent ongoing collapse in birds and insect numbers, warn green groups

Europe's crisis of collapsing bird and insect numbers will worsen further over the next decade because the EU is in a “state of denial” over destructive farming practices, environmental groups are warning.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:14)

Israel-bound plane flies over Saudi Arabia for first time

Riyadh silent on why it granted access but flight signals a tacit improvement in relations

Saudi Arabia has opened its airspace for the first time to an Israel-bound passenger plane, breaking a 70-year-ban on commercial jets flying over the Arab kingdom to reach the Jewish state.

While Riyadh does not formally recognise Israel, Thursday night's touchdown by the Air India flight in Tel Aviv signalled a thawing of relations between the two countries which share a common enemy in Iran.

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(23/03/2018 @ 05:27)

New MS drug could slow symptoms of 'untreatable' form of disease

Siponimod offers hope for people with secondary progressive MS, in which disabilities get worse over time

A new drug for multiple sclerosis could slow the progression of symptoms of a form of the disease for which effective treatments have proved elusive, research suggests.

It is thought about 100,000 people in the UK and 2,500,000 people worldwide have MS, a neurological condition that can affect speech, movement of limbs and vision, among other things.

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(22/03/2018 @ 19:30)

Trump offered me cash after sex, says former Playboy model Karen McDougal

McDougal tells CNN she had sex with Donald Trump ‘dozens of times' during a year-long affair, including at his family home in Trump Tower

A former Playboy model has given her first televised account of the affair that she alleges she sustained with Donald Trump for almost a year, beginning just three months after the birth of his and Melania's son Barron.

Related: Samantha Bee on Trump and Mueller: 'The Saturday Night Massacre turned into an 11-week bender'

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(23/03/2018 @ 03:17)

Shirin Neshat on the video art that reconnected her with Iran - The Start podcast

The visual artist reveals how her installation Turbulent built a community among the Iranian diaspora in New York, and expressed her feelings for her homeland

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In 1998, a photographer who made New York her home following the Iranian revolution decided to make her first video installation. Parted from her family for 12 years, absent from the place she grew up in, Shirin Neshat sought out a team of exiled Iranian artists to create a piece that would indulge her nostalgia for traditional music and poetry. The resulting conceptual work, Turbulent, presented ideas rooted in folk culture that commented on women's isolation in contemporary Iran, and on the creation of art itself.

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(22/03/2018 @ 02:00)

Diplo: 'Being a white American, you have zero cultural capital'

The US DJ-turned-pop star is dogged by cries of cultural appropriation, but whether on his own or with Major Lazer, he's on a permanent global quest to start trends – ‘or mess them up'

In the midst of 3,000-year-old ruins just outside Islamabad, I am playing tourist with American producer-turned-pop star Diplo. He is here for less than 24 hours and is keen to explore the ancient city of Taxila – what's left of it – clambering over a Buddhist stupa in a Burberry trenchcoat and traditional kurta tunic. Armed guards stalk the long grass around us, while Diplo spots some puppies, who look suspiciously like they have been planted there for our visit. “We've found the ancient animals!” he deadpans, as he poses for a photo for his Snapchat or maybe a forthcoming calendar. “This is one of my top five international moments.”

It's Diplo's second time in Pakistan, and later today he will be throwing his next “block party” in the capital, where 4,000 twentysomethings will turn out for a set from his DJ crew Major Lazer, alongside local artists such as SNKM. The first event he did, in 2016, “might have been the only DJ show that ever happened here,” he says. This year, he has flown in to throw another one, before zipping back to the US to soundtrack a Super Bowl after party and perform the dance routine from his latest video on The Tonight Show. Diplo, AKA 39-year-old Wesley Pentz, can't seem to locate his off switch. “Honestly, I'm waiting to be irrelevant,” he drawls, drolly.

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(22/03/2018 @ 11:00)

Gangster's paradise: how organised crime took over Russia

Under Vladmir Putin, gangsterism on the streets has given way to kleptocracy in the state.

By Mark Galeotti

I was in Moscow in 1988, during the final years of the Soviet Union. The system was sliding towards shabby oblivion, even if no one knew at the time how soon the end would come. While carrying out research for my doctorate on the impact of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, I was interviewing Russian veterans of that brutal conflict. When I could, I would meet these afgantsy shortly after they got home, and then again a year into civilian life, to see how they were adjusting. Most came back raw, shocked and angry, either bursting with tales of horror and blunder, or spikily or numbly withdrawn. A year later, though, most had done what people usually do in such circumstances: they had adapted, they had coped. The nightmares were less frequent, the memories less vivid. But then there were those who could not or would not move on. Some of these young men collaterally damaged by the war had become adrenaline junkies, or just intolerant of the conventions of everyday life.

One of the men I got to know during this time was named Volodya. Wiry, intense and morose, he had a brittle and dangerous quality that, on the whole, I would have crossed the road to avoid. He had been a marksman in the war. The other afgantsy I knew tolerated Volodya, but never seemed comfortable with him, nor with talking about him. He always had money to burn, at a time when most were eking out the most marginal of lives, often living with their parents and juggling multiple jobs. It all made sense, though, when I later learned that he had become what was known in Russian crime circles as a “torpedo” – a hitman.

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:00)

How welcoming refugees and bird-watching could save the world

This week's report from our Upside solutions journalism project looks at people facing up to existential threats

What exactly can individuals and tiny communities do that will make any difference in the face of vast forces of globalisation?

It's a question that readers have been asking the Guardian's Upside team since we launched our project. So this week we sought out stories of people who faced up to the threats on their doorstep, took action and turned the tide.

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(23/03/2018 @ 07:51)

Mumbai's leopards have killed humans – but could they also be saving lives?

Leopards roaming the Sanjay Gandhi National Park could be helping to control the city's dangerous stray dog population, study suggests

A fleeting glimpse of the black spots and gold fur of a leopard is not an uncommon sight at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the Indian city of Mumbai.

Leopards are often thought of as a threat to humans, but rather than being a problem in Mumbai, they may actually be helping their human neighbours – even saving their lives – as we argue in our paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

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(23/03/2018 @ 03:00)

Uber crash shows 'catastrophic failure' of self-driving technology, experts say

Concerns raised about future testing as footage suggests fatal collision in Arizona was failing of system's most basic functions

Video of the first self-driving car crash that killed a pedestrian suggests a “catastrophic failure” by Uber's technology, according to experts in the field, who said the footage showed the autonomous system erring on one of its most basic functions.

Days after a self-driving Uber SUV struck a 49-year-old pedestrian while she was crossing the street with her bicycle in Tempe, Arizona, footage released by police revealed that the vehicle was moving in autonomous mode and did not appear to slow down or detect the woman even though she was visible in front of the car prior to the collision. Multiple experts have raised questions about Uber's Lidar technology, which is the system of lasers that the autonomous cars uses to “see” the world around them.

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(22/03/2018 @ 15:32)

‘It's got me' – lonely death of Soviet scientist poisoned by novichok

Andrei Zheleznyakov was working on chemical weapons in the 1980s when a hood malfunction exposed him to the deadly nerve agent

Before former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia collapsed on a park bench in Salisbury on 4 March, the only other person confirmed to suffer the effects of novichok was a young Soviet chemical weapons scientist.

“Circles appeared before my eyes: red and orange. A ringing in my ears, I caught my breath. And a sense of fear: like something was about to happen,” Andrei Zheleznyakov told the now-defunct newspaper Novoye Vremya, describing the 1987 weapons lab incident that exposed him to a nerve agent that would eventually kill him. “I sat down on a chair and told the guys: ‘It's got me.'”

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(22/03/2018 @ 01:00)

Russian criminal tattoos – in pictures

These photographs of prisoners' tattoos were collected by Arkady Bronnikov from the mid-1960s­ to mid-1980s. An expert in criminalistics, he visited correctional institutions across the Soviet Union to collect photos to help to understand the tattoos' language, and to identify and catch criminals.

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(23/03/2018 @ 02:00)

Invisible Britain: Portraits

Invisible Britain: Portraits is a forthcoming photography book that features people across the UK who have been affected by austerity, deindustrialisation and cuts to public services

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(23/03/2018 @ 03:00)

Glory days: Chatsworth renewed – in pictures

Chatsworth reopens on 24 March after the biggest restoration of the house, garden and park since 1820. An exhibition, Chatsworth Renewed, will highlight its makeover, from rebuilding turrets to conservation of artworks

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(22/03/2018 @ 13:03)

Lignite mining: Greece's dirty secret - in pictures

Mining for lignite - or brown coal - in Greece is a huge industry. Together with Germany and Poland, the country accounts for more than one-third of the world's coal production. But for residents of villages in the extraction areas of West Macedonia, it has many impacts, from displacement to health problems. Photographs and research by Anna Pantelia

Thick dust suspended in the atmosphere makes it hard to see the sun over Ptolemaida, a city 500 kilometres north-west of Athens in the West Macedonia region, known for its brown coal (lignite) mines and power stations.

Kostas works as a guard for the state-owned Public Power Corporation (PPC), like his father before him. “My father died of cancer when I was 12,” he says. “Four other men from his shift lost their lives from cancer.”

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(23/03/2018 @ 03:00)

Roll up, roll up ... behind the scenes at the circus - in pictures

Nick Warner has been photographing circuses since he was 15 years old. On the 250th anniversary of the founding of the modern circus, we take a look at Warner's behind-the-scenes shoots at the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival and Great Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus

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(22/03/2018 @ 05:30)

Frost candles and fallow deer: Thursday's top photos

The Guardian's picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world

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(22/03/2018 @ 08:18)

Dernière mise à jour : 23/03/2018 @ 08:09


Spécial : réforme du collège

- BO spécial n°11 du 26 novembre 2015: Programmes d'enseignement du cycle des apprentissages fondamentaux (cycle 2), du cycle de consolidation (cycle 3) et du cycle des approfondissements (cycle 4) à compter de la rentrée 2016

Annexe 1: Programme cycle 2
Annexe 2: Programme cycle 3
Annexe 3: Programme cycle 4

- Eduscol: Ressources d'accompagnement pour les langues vivantes aux cycles 2,3 et 4

- Questions / réponses sur la nouvelle organisation du collège sur éduscol

- DNB: Modalités d'attribution à compter de 2017. BO n° 3 du 21 janvier 2016 et BO n°14 du 8 avril 2016

- BO n° 17 du 23 avril 2015 (encart) Socle commun de connaissances, de compétence et de culture à compter de la rentrée 2016

-  Présentation sur le portail éduscol du nouveau socle commun pour 2016.

- Sur Eduscol: Ressources pour l'évaluation du socle commun en langues vivantes étrangères (avril 2017)

- Dossier "Stratégie Langues vivantes"' (janvier 2016)

- Banques de ressources numériques pour l'école BRNE Anglais Cycle 3 et 4

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