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Nicola Sturgeon shelves second Scottish independence referendum

First minister accepts there is no popular support for another vote and will not introduce bill until autumn 2018 at earliest

Nicola Sturgeon has abandoned her demands for a new Scottish independence referendum before the Brexit deal is signed, after her party suffered heavy defeats in the general election.

The first minister told Holyrood she accepted there was no popular support in Scotland for a second vote on independence, and that legislation to hold one would be delayed until at least autumn 2018.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:06)

'Petya' ransomware attack strikes companies across Europe

Ukraine's government, banks and electricity grid hit hardest by cyber-attack, but companies from Saint-Gobain in France to Rosneft in Russia also affected

A major cyber-attack has struck large companies across Europe, with Ukraine's government, banks, state electricity grid, telephone companies and even metro particularly badly affected.

The attack has caused serious disruption at companies including advertising multinational WPP, France's Saint-Gobain, Russian steel, mining and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft, and the Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:55)

May orders national inquiry after 100% failure rate in high-rise cladding tests

No 10 says 95 blocks in 32 areas in England, including further 11 in Manchester, have failed checks after Grenfell Tower blaze

• Tower blocks that have failed fire tests - interactive

Samples of external cladding from 95 buildings in 32 areas in England have failed fire-proofing tests, Downing Street has said, with Theresa May ordering a “major national investigation” into what has gone wrong.

Every piece of cladding so far tested for fire resistance after the Grenfell Tower disaster had failed to meet the necessary standard, the prime minister's spokesman said.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:39)

Philip Hammond: Brexit petty politics must not hinder ‘economic logic'

Speech in Germany calls for transitional deal on trade and mocks Boris Johnson's ‘cake and eat it' approach to negotiations

Philip Hammond has used a speech in Germany to push for a Brexit that prioritises “economic logic”, arguing that any deal must ensure frictionless trade in goods and services and saying a transitional arrangement will be vital.

Burnishing his role as the cabinet's most vocal advocate of a seemingly softer departure from the EU, the chancellor warned against “petty politics” getting in the way of an economically advantageous deal.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:26)

US issues warning to Syria after finding 'potential preparations' for sarin attack

Pentagon prepared to take action after unusual public warning appeared to be intended to deter the Assad regime from repeating its use of chemical weapons

The White House has warned the Syrian regime it would “pay a heavy price” for using chemical weapons after preparations for a possible attack were observed at a regime air base allegedly involved in a sarin attack in April.

Reporters traveling in Germany with the US defence secretary, James Mattis, were told that the Pentagon was prepared to take action after activity was seen at the Shayrat base similar to the pattern that preceded the April gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun, which killed at least 80 people. That incident prompted a US missile strike on the base, although the strike did not seriously impair its operations.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:14)

Former Tory aide charged with six counts of rape

Jon Boulton, 27, who was speechwriter and media adviser to former minister Rob Wilson, to appear before magistrates in July

A former aide to an ex-Tory minister has been charged with six counts of rape, police have said.

Jon Boulton, 27, from Teddington, south-west London, who was a speechwriter and media adviser to the former minister for civil society Rob Wilson, is accused of raping a woman in her 20s in Wimbledon, south-west London.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:01)

Council refused to back down over refusal to let Sikh couple adopt white child

Sandeep and Reena Mander denied adoption by Berkshire agency despite pressure from PM and equality watchdog

A council that denied a Sikh couple the chance to adopt a child over their “cultural heritage” is refusing to back down, despite the intervention of the prime minister and the equality watchdog.

British-born Sandeep and Reena Mander said they had wanted the chance to adopt a child of any ethnic background. But they were refused the chance to apply by Windsor and Maidenhead council's agency, Adopt Berkshire.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:29)

Michael Fallon defends £1bn DUP deal amid backlash

Defence secretary says cash is not a ‘bung' and it is in all the UK's interests to help Northern Ireland

A leading cabinet minister has rejected the idea that the £1bn of extra spending for Northern Ireland is a “bung” to the Democratic Unionists to prop up the government, arguing it is necessary investment for a more deprived part of the UK.

Following a backlash over the deal in Scotland, Wales and parts of England, Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, said the money for hospitals, schools and roads in the region was good news for the entire UK.

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(27/06/2017 @ 04:41)

Google fined record €2.4bn by EU over search engine results

Brussels claims tech giant abused market dominance by manipulating its search engine results to favour its own comparison shopping service

The European Union has handed Google a record-breaking €2.42bn (£2.14bn) fine for abusing its dominance of the search engine market in building its online shopping service, in a dramatic decision that has far-reaching implications for the company.

By artificially and illegally promoting its own price comparison service in searches, Google denied both its consumers real choice and rival firms the ability to compete on a level playing field, European regulators said.

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(27/06/2017 @ 08:14)

Jeremy Hunt accused of 'sleeping at the wheel' during NHS data loss scandal

Health secretary forced to respond to urgent Commons question after withering NAO report on loss of 700,000 health documents

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of being “asleep at the wheel” while a private firm co-owned by the Department of Health built up a backlog of over 700,000 pieces of medical correspondence it never delivered to GPs.

The health secretary was summoned to the House of Commons to answer questions from MPs after a damning National Audit Office report found that the scandal may have harmed the health of at least 1,788 patients and had so far cost £6.6m.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:28)

'I get knocked down': man hit by bus gets back up again and heads to pub

Video shows how Simon Smith is sent flying by a bus but he gets to his feet moments later unhurt and walks into bar

A man was sent flying by an out of control bus but got back up immediately and walked into a pub like nothing had happened, video footage shows.

Simon Smith, 53, was knocked to the ground by the careering vehicle on Gun Street in Reading, but CCTV footage then shows him get to his feet moments later and walk into the Purple Turtle bar. He sustained only scratches and bruising despite being thrown about 20ft.

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(27/06/2017 @ 08:51)

Brexit Shorts: The Pines by Gary Owen, starring Steffan Rhodri – video

‘But if I don't do this, what else can I do?' … A Welsh dairy farmer reflects on the real cost of a flat white

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(26/06/2017 @ 06:09)

Baby Driver review – Edgar Wright puts pedal to the metal for wildly enjoyable heist caper

This high-revving thrill ride about a music-obsessed teenage getaway driver is a terrifically stylish piece of work with a banging soundtrack

In 2011 a resident of Oakland, Michigan, caused a sensation by bringing a lawsuit against Nicolas Winding Refn's film Drive for not having enough actual pedal-to-the-metal driving in it. That same person could hardly do the same to Edgar Wright, director of this outrageously enjoyable petrolhead heist caper, unless it would be for not showing a supercool adult chauffeur atop a Pamper-wearing infant with a steering wheel between its tiny shoulder blades roaring up the M25.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:20)

Brexit will cement disenfranchisement of millions of citizens

Democracy will be poorer with millions of long-term residents who have no power at ballot box to influence national government

Brexit Britain will be home to 3 million second-class European Union “settled citizens” who have been fingerprinted, registered and issued with a residence identity document and with no vote in general elections.

That is the “between the lines” message of the British government's offer on EU citizens' rights after Brexit. The 3 million EU nationals will be joining the ranks of at least 1 million foreign nationals from outside the EU with “indefinite leave to remain” status who already form a largely invisible disenfranchised subclass in Britain.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:54)

At last it's clear: David Davis is against identity cards – except for EU nationals | Afua Hirsch

He once argued powerfully against ‘the database state'. So why does the Brexit secretary now say this proposed ID card is acceptable?

Ever since the Brexit campaign promised to “take back control” of Britain, it's been quite apparent that nostalgia has taken the front seat in British politics. The latest evidence: a plan for an identity card, backed up by an entry on a Home Office database, for EU citizens who choose to stay in the UK and acquire “settled status”.

You don't need to travel very far back in time, however, to find the last incarnation of identity cards in British political debate. When proposals were introduced by the then Labour government in 2008, they were despised by human rights campaigners and Tories alike. It was only in 2010 that a Tory and Liberal Democrat coalition made unceremoniously scrapping the scheme one of its very first tasks in office.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:21)

Moray: 'We are fed up with the SNP. It's as simple as that'

After the most stunning election in recent history, Guardian reporters are writing from four key constituencies to make sense of the results. In Moray, Severin Carrell and photographer Murdo MacLeod find palpable antipathy towards the SNP and little appetite for a second Scottish independence vote

Scott Sliter's first twinges of anxiety about the election came when he knocked on some doors last month. His colleagues in the Scottish National party had warned him the contest in Moray was going to be tight, but the first hints of defeat came when he met three or four middle-aged voters.

There shouldn't have been a problem. This, after all, was the seat of Angus Robertson, an SNP heavyweight and the party's Westminster leader. But when Sliter was canvassing in Lhanbryde, a village near Elgin, something worrying happened. “I had hit a series of three or four doors in row, of people maybe in their 60s who were all: ‘No. No thanks, don't even waste your time',” he recalled.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:04)

Diversity is the real winner in Arts Council England's new round of funding

ACE has given a boost to theatres and companies, from the Bush to Talawa, that put diversity at the heart of their artistic policies

A greater emphasis on diversity in its many forms is reflected in Arts Council England's funding decisions for its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) from 2018 to 2022.

The Bush theatre in west London – doing superb work under Madani Younis in developing BAME artists – gets a 20% increase. Talawa theatre company and the Tricycle theatre in London have had uplifts of 18% and 14% respectively. Hampstead theatre, which has a poor record in terms of producing work by women, disabled artists and black and Asian artists, has had a 14% decrease in funding. The Hampstead decision is not a punishment but rather a reflection of the fact that in the 21st century who you choose to work with, and how you work with them, is part and parcel of artistic policy. Arts organisations can't continue to work on outdated models and expect to secure funding.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:57)

England v Germany: European Under-21 Championship semi-final – live!

So Abraham returns to the starting lineup in place of Nathan Redmond, who did more or less adequately in the previous matches but not as well as Demarai Gray, who deservedly retains his starting place after his excellent showing against Poland, when his combination with his Leicester team-mate Ben Chilwell, in particular, was one of the highlights of England's performance.

As for Germany, Ed Aarons tweets thusly:

Interesting change from Germany. Max Philipp starts instead of Weiser on the right flank. Forward has just joined Borussia Dortmund for €20m

England: Pickford; Holgate, Chambers, Mawson, Chilwell; Chalobah, Ward-Prowse, Hughes, baker; Gray, Abraham.

Subs: Gunn, Stephens, Redmond, Targett, Murphy, Swift, Holding, Hause, Iorfa, Grealish, Woodrow, Mitchell.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:28)

England amass 377 v Pakistan at Women's Cricket World Cup – live!

Umbrellas are up and covers are on, so why not pass the time by reading this week's Spin, in which Simon Burnton waxes rightfully lyrical about great September one-day county finals (without even mentioning my favourite one)?

Related: When one-day cup's September spot provided all the narratives needed | The Spin

Related: Women's Cricket World Cup: team-by-team guide to the tournament | Vithushan Ehantharajah

29.2 overs: Pakistan 107-3 (Ayesha 56, Nain 23), target 378. Hartley can send down only two dot balls before the umpires decide the rain is too severe to stay on, so off they come. Pakistan are a mere 111 short of the Duckworth/Lewis par of 218 at this stage, but we've got leeway of around 45 minutes before they start taking overs off.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:35)

Unused bench cost Lions but Courtney Lawes puts himself into Test contention | Gerard Meagher

Had Warren Gatland used his mid-tour replacements against the Hurricanes it is likely the Lions would have won but at least Courtney Lawes shone

Having been criticised for calling up the Geography Six, Warren Gatland is now being vilified for not playing them. His point is that he took on board the danger of devaluing the jersey and while all will be forgotten with a win against the All Blacks on Saturday, his failure to have the courage of his convictions comes as a shock. Had he emptied the bench against the Hurricanes it is likely the British & Irish Lions would have held on for a comfortable win but in using only Allan Dell, against the Chiefs, and Finn Russell, against the Hurricanes, as temporary replacements he is effectively trying to airbrush his original decision from history.

He has said they were there to act as injury cover and he can be commended for wanting to give his dirt trackers the chance to end their tour on a high, but his refusal to act in the closing stages on Tuesday was not in-keeping with the pragmatism he has shown in the past.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:02)

Andy Murray injury worry part of wider picture as top players feel strain | Kevin Mitchell

There is no cause for alarm after the world No1 pulled out of a pre-Wimbledon exhibition tournament but he, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all feeling physical pressure

On the face of it, Andy Murray's withdrawal from an exhibition at the Hurlingham Club in London on Tuesday, citing a sore hip, is no cause for great alarm and of a piece with his season, indeed his career.

He will, he says, play on Friday. However, taken cumulatively, the defending champion and world No1 will be at least mildly disturbed that his body is aching in more places than he might have anticipated. Since his heroic charge over the closing stages of last season to rip away Novak Djokovic's top ranking Murray has suffered physically, and perhaps spiritually.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:35)

Sky Sports to replace numbered channels and slash prices in revamp

Broadcaster to launch themed channels for football, golf and cricket, with cheapest package costing £18 a month

Sky is scrapping its numbered sports channels and replacing them with themed offerings focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket – as it combats falling viewer numbers with a branding revamp and a cheaper viewing package.

The retirement of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 and the introduction of a new package two-thirds cheaper than current prices represents a major shakeup of the strategy that has made Rupert Murdoch's Sky a pay-TV powerhouse.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:29)

Mo Farah vows to stick with Alberto Salazar but also eyes return to UK

• British distance runner says ‘nothing has changed' with Salazar
• It is understood Farah has been considering houses in Surrey

Mo Farah has insisted that he will stick with his controversial coach Alberto Salazar when he moves up to the marathon next year, despite reports suggesting he will sever ties with the American's Nike Oregon Project after the world championships in London this summer.

Farah has admitted, however, that his desire to relocate back to Britain is growing, and the Guardian understands that the double 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic champion has been considering houses in Surrey. Given Salazar writes Farah's training programmes but rarely administers them directly, moving back to the UK would not necessarily mean he would switch coaches.

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(27/06/2017 @ 08:33)

David Squires on … a time when Blackburn were champions of England

Our cartoonist continues his off-season series on the Premier League at 25, with a look back at 1995, when the Lancashire club were lording it over the rest

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:28)

The next Bournemouth? Northampton enter a new era after Chinese takeover | Paul Doyle

The League One side are the latest Football League club to welcome Chinese investment – an intriguing change is certainly afoot for the Cobblers

No one is losing their heads at Northampton Town but ambition, if not expectation, has gone through the roof. “There's no ceiling in football,” says the club's chairman, Kelvin Thomas. “There used to be but I think that's gone away.

“If you look at the Swanseas, Bournemouths and Huddersfields of the world and how these clubs with the right decisions and the right investment can make inroads into Premier League and the Championship, then you're absolutely not going to pin me down into saying where we can go. We're just trying to kick on and win football matches.”

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:35)

Johanna Konta: ‘If I lose a tennis match, so what? My health is everything'

The British world No7 would love to experience the feeling of serving for the Wimbledon singles title but results are not all-important in her life

Johanna Konta has spent much of her adult life looking for serenity and lost innocence, so it seems rude to intrude on her philosophy when things go wrong, which they have a little lately.

As she sees it: “When I was young I associated playing tennis with being part of historic moments, being part of these epic battles and coming out victorious, having those trophy moments. That for me is what I saw and aspired to. I didn't associate playing tennis with making a living until I was maybe 18 or 19.

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(27/06/2017 @ 03:15)

County cricket: latest updates from the day-night matches – live!

Some cricketers are warming up at Headingley, but the covers might be about to go back on...

IF THERE'S NO FURTHER RAIN WE WILL START AT 5PM AT HEADINGLEY. There will then be a break at 7.20...

Fingers crossed that there's no further rain, then.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:16)

When one-day cup's September spot provided all the narratives needed | The Spin

On Saturday the Royal London One-Day Cup final takes up its new place in the calendar, leaving more than 50 years of memorable September finals for the annals of history

On Saturday, Nottinghamshire and Surrey face off for the Royal London One-Day Cup, as the final takes up its new place in the calendar on the first day of July, leaving more than 50 years of (mostly) September finals for the annals of history.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:23)

Warren Gatland brushes off clown cartoon but backs replacements call

• Gatland ‘couldn't give a toss' about New Zealand Herald cartoon
• Coach defends decision not to use late substitutes as Lawes shines

Warren Gatland insisted he “couldn't give a toss” about the New Zealand Herald mocking him up as a cartoon clown. The British and Irish Lions head coach laughed off New Zealand's daily paper publishing a second clown caricature of him in six months.

Gatland admitted he was nonplussed by the All Blacks coach Steve Hansen calling a radio station to object to the Lions coach criticising New Zealand's “dangerous” targeting of scrum-half Conor Murray.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:50)

Fifa's secret report into World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding to be leaked

• Report by Michael Garcia was written in 2014 but never published
• German newspaper Bild set to publish first parts on Tuesday

Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup looks set to become mired in fresh controversy after the leaking of a secret Fifa report into the 2010 bidding contests.

That highly controversial process saw Russia beat several European bids, including England's, to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup and the wealthy Gulf state overcome the likes of the United States for 2022.

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:47)

Shrewsbury Town set to become first English club to introduce safe standing

• League One club applies for permission to fit rail seats in Salop Leisure Stand
• Hope to ‘pave the way for other clubs in England and Wales to follow suit'

Shrewsbury Town have applied to become the first English club to introduce safe standing at their ground. The League One side want to have rail seats in use at the 10,000 capacity Greenhous Meadow stadium before the end of the 2017-18 season and have formally approached the Sports Ground Safety Authority to get permission to fit them.

Crowdfunding will be used to raise the money – estimated at around £50,000 to £75,0000 – for the installation of around 500 rail seats in the Salop Leisure Stand similar to those used at Celtic last season.

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(27/06/2017 @ 04:03)

Talking Horses: Where was the Ascot bias, really? Plus Tuesday tips

Trainers are fulminating over the effect of watering on the straight-course ‘bias' at Royal Ascot last week

The first thing to say is that Pat Smullen has indeed been booked to ride Cracksman in Saturday's Irish Derby, as anticipated in this morning's Guardian. The 40-year-old won the Curragh Classic just last year on Harzand and now has an excellent chance of making it two in a row.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:34)

Football transfer window quiz: signings that went very wrong, very quickly

Who lasted one day? Who lasted one game? And who couldn't hack two hours?

Sol Campbell signed a five-year deal with League Two side Notts County in August 2009. How many times did he play for the club?

None

One

Four

Eight

How many days did Dietmar Hamann spend at Bolton Wanderers after signing for the club from Liverpool in 2006?

One

Seven

Eleven

Twenty

Before Ali Dia made his infamous and ill-fated appearance for Southampton in 1996, he had come on as a substitute for which other English club?

Kidderminster Harriers

Bournemouth

Dagenham & Redbridge

Blyth Spartans

Manchester United signed Massimo Taibi in 1999 as Alex Ferguson tried, unsuccessfully, to replace Peter Schmeichel. The Italian only managed four appearances for the Treble winners; how many goals did he concede?

Four

Eight

Eleven

Fifteen

David Unsworth signed for Aston Villa in the summer of 1998 before moving on to Everton before the start of the season. What reason did he give for wanting to return to Merseyside?

He had a pizzeria to run in Liverpool

His best mate had just signed for Everton

He thought it rained too much in Birmingham

His commute to work took "two hours even when breaking all the speed limits"

Coventry City signed Croatian left-back Robert Jarni from Real Betis for £2.6m in 1998. Which of this season's Champions League semi-finalists signed him for £3.5m a few weeks later?

Atlético Madrid

Monaco

Juventus

Real Madrid

Arsène Wenger signed Alberto Méndez in 1997 after seeing him in action for a German non-league side. Méndez spent five years on Arsenal's books but only made four league appearances before moving on to which club?

Bayern Munich

Racing Ferrol

Kilmarnock

Birmingham City

Wilfried Zaha never started a game for Manchester United in the Premier League. How much did they pay Crystal Palace to sign him?

£6m

£10m

£13m

£19m

Which English club signed Jonathan Woodgate after he had made nine league appearances in three years for Real Madrid?

Middlesbrough

Sunderland

Liverpool

Newcastle United

Who made a £500,000 move from Millwall to Leeds in the summer of 2006 before making another £500,000 move from Leeds to Hull City 13 days later?

Kevin Kilbane

Nick Barmby

Jimmy Bullard

David Livermore

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:15)

The Fiver | Turning the tournament into something of a footballing jukebox

In today's Fiver: the Curious Contempt of Krakow, laser sights and road news

The beauty of youth football tournaments is that fresh-faced young sportspeople, unburdened by memories of their nations' toils or triumphs of yesteryear and preoccupied with more juvenile concerns such as novelty handshake choreography and fidget-spinner technique, can create histories that are entirely their own. But it is becoming apparent that at least one of the teams in Poland for the European Under-21 Championship knows a little bit more than they ought to. Clearly the previous escapades of Die Grown-Up Mannschaft crop up regularly on the Realschulabschluss syllabus, for their team are turning the tournament into something of a footballing jukebox, wheeling out covers of the nation's greatest hits.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:56)

Europe's populist tide has turned – leaving Brexit Britain washed up | James Newell

Italy's elections are the latest sign of many that populist insurgent parties are losing their grip. The European Union is growing stronger

Riding the tide of popular protest against established institutions and parties, Italy's Five Star Movement (M5S) came to prominence in 2012, promising a new form of nonideological politics based on direct democracy and opposition to elites. In local elections earlier this month it came a poor third in most of the 160 larger municipalities where voting took place, making it through to the runoff ballots, held at the weekend, in only 10 cases.

True, in these cases it did well, winning in eight of them. But there was nothing unusual about this, for it is a protest party drawing support from across the left-right spectrum. So it almost always does well in runoffs. The headline result has been the success not of M5S but of the centre right, along with the increased vote share of the two established (centre-right and centre-left) coalitions. This is not dissimilar to what happened in the UK on 8 June, when the Ukip vote collapsed.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:43)

There is a magic money tree. But only for the Queen and the DUP | Owen Jones

Theresa May ruled out fair pay for nurses, then found huge extra sums for Northern Ireland and Buckingham Palace. It's time to end the austerity con

There is no magic money tree, say the Tories: unless it's to bribe extremists to keep them in power, or to renovate the palaces of multimillionaire monarchs. Today nurses take to the streets to demand an end to a pay freeze that has slashed the living standards of these life-saving, care-giving national heroes. One such nurse confronted Theresa May – whose lack of emotional intelligence is only matched by her lack of authority – on national television before the election. There was no magic money tree, was May's robotic response. If the nurse had been met with a middle finger, it would scarcely have been less insulting.

Related: This shoddy DUP deal will ultimately cost Theresa May far more than £1bn | Martin Kettle

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:18)

Theresa May claimed her offer to EU citizens would be ‘generous'. It isn't | Catherine Barnard

Despite the Tories' promises before the referendum, the EU is unlikely to welcome a proposal that reduces European citizens' rights in the UK

While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, generosity is in the eye of the recipient. A year after the Brexit referendum, the prime minister, Theresa May, published her long-awaited paper on the rights of EU citizens yesterday. Originally billed by the Conservatives as “generous”, it soon became “fair and serious”.

Related: Citizens' rights: EU chief Brexit negotiator calls for more clarity from UK

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(27/06/2017 @ 08:51)

Donald Trump's bloodlust for war in the Middle East risks chaos | Trevor Timm

After a surprise statement on Monday warning Syria about chemical weapons, it looks like the White House is looking for a reason to launch yet another war

Lost among the deluge of stories about the Russia investigation and the Republicans' push to take healthcare away from millions of people, the Trump administration is laying the groundwork for a disastrous regional proxy war against Iran in Syria, and possibly beyond.

Foreign Policy reported recently that key officials within the Trump administration are “pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its proxy forces on the ground there”. The strategy was being advocated over objections from the Pentagon, but it doesn't seem to be deterring the White House.

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:33)

Corbynmania has its own sound and style – now let's get it to No 10 | Coco Khan

As overtly political songs explode into the charts again, and the Labour leader draws ecstatic crowds at Glastonbury, the popular thirst for change is clear

Another Glastonbury has come to an end, but despite performances from music legends, zeitgeist icons and even an appearance from Brad Pitt, it was the well-spoken man reading Shelley for a few brief minutes that stole the show.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:38)

One of us is Lib Dem, the other is Green. But we share a vision | David Boyle and Andrew Simms

Labour and the Tories are happy with a two-party system. But if the UK is to get the radical electoral change it needs, cooperation between smaller parties is vital

When, on their first day back in parliament, Labour MPs jeered the phrase “proportional representation”, it was a revelatory moment. There have been times since the election result when we wondered whether the whole multiparty, diversity of British politics was over. But reflecting on the diverse nature of the UK we realised it could not be.

There are, after all, powerful forces that would like the old binary certainties back. It may be one of the few things that the Conservative and Labour parties have in common. Even the BBC would breathe a sigh of relief if it could safely return to its old two-dimensional swingometer.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:00)

The US supreme court offers Muslims protection – and discrimination – at once | Amir H Ali

The court's decision is far more tolerable than reinstating the travel ban in full. But it may have unleashed some of the vitriol that lies directly beneath it

On Tuesday, six justices of the US supreme court reached a compromise on Donald Trump's travel ban, making fine distinctions about who he can and cannot ban from the US. Trump can't ban people from the six Muslim-majority countries if they have a close relationship to a person or entity in the US, the court said, but he can ban people if they don't.

Many commentators have suggested that this is essentially a complete win for those who oppose Trump's travel ban. At a high level, that is true: most people from the affected countries who seek to enter the US will have obtained a visa that required them to have a relative, job or some other connection in the US that would seem to protect them from the president's wrath under the court's test.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:33)

I know what it's like to be a trans teen at school. Here's how to deal with the bullying | Aimee Challenor

A new report shows 64% of trans pupils are bullied for their gender identity. But some small actions can help change lives

Bullying and hate speech daily affects how pupils perform – it seems obvious, right? So why are we still failing LGBT+ pupils? During my time at secondary school I felt anxious, isolated, lonely and depressed; there were no adults at school I felt like I could talk to about being trans. Turns out I'm not alone.

According to the School Report, released today by LGBT charity Stonewall, 53% of LGBT young people said the same. In fact, more than 40% of trans students said that teaching staff at their school don't even know what the word “trans” means. This is a huge issue, particularly as 64% of trans pupils are bullied for being transgender. For lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren't trans, this bullying figure is 45%.

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(27/06/2017 @ 03:30)

We cannot compromise safety in schools. Asbestos must be removed| Lola Okolosie

If the government is serious about learning lessons from Grenfell, then it needs to rid schools of asbestos. Otherwise its toxic effects could prove a health timebomb

Here's a sentence that I never expected to make it into print: “School buildings do not need to be sprinkler-protected to achieve a reasonable standard of life safety.” It comes from what have been called “controversial government proposals” watering down safety standards for new school buildings to help cut costs. Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the proposals have been quietly dropped. But why has it taken a preventable disaster to awaken the Tories, and more broadly the nation, to a simple fact that when we are discussing the “standard of life safety” – in this context that's children's lives – adjectives such as “reasonable” set the bar too low. Parents would like to know that when they send their children to school, their lives are not “reasonably” safe, but totally so. Forgive us if that's too much to ask.

It's an example of how truly flimsy or empty – take your pick – the Tory refrain is of improving schools by giving parents increased choice. More choice in the form of free schools and academies that are no longer expected to have sprinklers is, frankly, bullshit. I think it's safe to say that most people would rather children didn't go to schools with fire safety measures that have “potentially devastating consequences”. That's how London fire commissioner Ron Dobson put it in a letter to the schools minister, Nick Gibb, when these proposals were first announced.

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:43)

The DUP must not let this Tory deal damage the Good Friday agreement | Gerry Adams

While extra money for Northern Ireland is welcome, the pact could be costly if it hampers talks to restore the power-sharing executive

Two weeks ago, with Michelle O'Neill, the Sinn Féin leader, I led a delegation of the party to Downing Street to meet the British prime minister, Theresa May and the secretary of state, James Brokenshire. In our contribution to the discussions we warned both that doing a deal with the Democratic Unionist party in order to hold on to power carried with it huge risks, not least in the threat it could present to the Good Friday agreement.

That deal has now been reached between the DUP and Tory government. It will have long-term political consequences for the future of the Tory government at Westminster and for all of those citizens worried by the policies it intends to pursue.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:13)

Why opioid deaths are this generation's Aids crisis | Mary O'Hara

The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK requires a radical and fast rethink of drugs policy

Dr Daniel Ciccarone, a San Franciso-based public health researcher and physician told me of a recent encounter which, despite 17 years in the field, left him stunned. “I talked to a [heroin] user in West Virginia. Nice guy. Manages to keep his habit and keep his job. He's 10 years out of high school. He's 29. He went to his high school reunion. I kid you not – half of his high school class is gone. Died. It was mostly [opioid] pills and heroin.”

Ciccarone is on the frontline of efforts to understand and combat the US's rapidly escalating opioid crisis and he makes no bones about the scale and impact of what he says is an unprecedented public health emergency. “We are moving beyond an epidemic. I would call it a crisis,” he says.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:00)

Yes, Northern Ireland should have the £1bn. But what about other UK regions? | Jonn Elledge

To anyone not invested in May's career it's hard to explain how people in other deprived areas are less deserving than those affected by the votes of 10 DUP MPs

One of Theresa May's more memorable screw-ups, in an election campaign not short of them, came on Question Time at the start of June, when a nurse, who had not had a pay rise since 2009 gently queried when this might change. The prime minister sympathised (at least, I assume that's what she was trying to do). But, she added, “I'm being honest with you ... There isn't a magic money tree that we can shake.”

Related: Tuesday briefing: Bung parliament – May's £1bn bill for DUP support

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:00)

Dear Andrea Leadsom, shrinking the state is the opposite of patriotism | Polly Toynbee

The leader of the House of Commons accuses broadcasters of not being patriotic – yet the Tories have betrayed the nation through cuts to our most valued services and institutions

Patriotic? Who? Not the Tory Brexiteers who have brought this country so alarmingly low. While EU politics are rebooted with new Franco-German confidence, our government is only saved by the Democratic Unionist party. Ignominy doesn't get much more mortifying than that.

Related: Peston on Sunday gives Leadsom's call for patriotism a droll reply

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:00)

I've grown old with HIV. I don't fear the virus any more, I fear the stigma | Michael Penn

New cases among gay men in London have fallen for the first time. We're turning a corner, but there's a lot to do to bring attitudes and awareness up to date

In December 1986 my partner, Brian, fell ill. We were spending the Christmas break at our holiday home in Suffolk. Brian spent all of Christmas Day in bed, and on Boxing Day morning I could tell he wasn't getting better. I called a doctor friend to get his opinion. He took one look at Brian and said we must take him to hospital straight away.

Anyone who contracted HIV back then, as Brian had, was almost certain to die. On top of that, there was so much we didn't know about how the virus worked or how it was transmitted.

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(27/06/2017 @ 04:00)

After Grenfell: two councils, two very different responses | Dawn Foster

Unlike the Kensington and Chelsea leader, Georgia Gould showed Camden residents that councils can have an accountable and human face

On Friday evening, outside Camden town hall, council leader Georgia Gould defended the decision to evacuate the nearby Chalcots estate due to safety concerns. Gould seemed genuinely worried, and told the BBC that Camden had been first in the queue to test its cladding, finding on Thursday that the panels fitted were “not to the standard that we had commissioned” and announcing they would be removed. At a public meeting the same night, Gould says residents raised other safety concerns she'd been unaware of: Camden council and the London fire brigade assessed the block, and the council was advised to evacuate.

Related: Grenfell is political. The right can't make that fact go away | Suzanne Moore

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(26/06/2017 @ 15:37)

How do we explain to our children the ‘British values' of the DUP? | Michael Rosen

Parents need help in answering the question of why the Tories are still in government and what the DUP believes

You're back!

Did you enjoy the Queen's speech? It was good to hear her reaffirm the “British values” you are responsible for “delivering” in schools. This raised a question in my mind, though, about an arrangement your party was trying hard to make with the DUP.

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:00)

Our fear of sharks is tinged with subconscious guilt | Philip Hoare

A blue shark sparked panic at a Spanish beach but our irreconcilable attitudes to the sea ought to worry us more

A shark on a Spanish beach is a vividly terrifying image. The holiday idyll threatened by a sharp-finned deputation from the deep. This is no “snakes on a plane” fantasy. Potential disaster looms. There are children out there, for God's sake. In a resort where the sand may be raked daily, and where a margarita is never more than a few euros away, such disruptive visions seem all the sharper.

Related: Blue shark captured following Mallorca beach panic

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(27/06/2017 @ 03:00)

Lee Rigby's mother criticises lack of support for her family

Lyn Rigby, whose son Lee was murdered by Islamic extremists in 2013, said MoD had not contacted her since his funeral

The mother of the murdered soldier Lee Rigby has accused the Ministry of Defence of failing to support her family.

Rigby, 25, was off duty when he was stabbed to death in May 2013 by Islamic extremists outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south London. His mother Lyn said the family had not heard from the MoD since his funeral.

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:22)

Finsbury Park accused Darren Osborne appears at Old Bailey

Unemployed father of four from Cardiff charged with terrorism-related murder appears at brief bail hearing by video-link

A man has appeared at the Old Bailey in London charged with terrorism-related murder after the Finsbury Park van attack last week.

Darren Osborne, 47, appeared at the brief bail hearing by video-link from HMP Belmarsh, wearing jogging bottoms and a maroon T-shirt.

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:50)

Net-a-Porter owner opens tech hub in London

New building in White City shows increased commitment to IT, and the UK, after merger with Italy's Yoox

The owner of the Net-a-Porter luxury fashion website is to hire at least 100 more IT experts over the next two years as it shrugs off the impact of the Brexit vote to open a tech hub in the UK.

Designed by Nicholas Grimshaw, the architect behind the Eden Project domes in Cornwall, the hub, in west London's White City, can house up to 650 IT experts. That is an increase from the 500 employed in the UK at present.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:25)

Queen's income rises to £82m to cover cost of Buckingham Palace works

Crown Estate increases profits as royal accounts reveal Prince Philip spent £18,690 on train trip to Plymouth

The Queen is in line for a near-doubling of her income to more than £82m due to a government decision to increase her funding to cover “essential works” to Buckingham Palace.

The Crown Estate, which owns most of Regent Street and swaths of St James's as well as thousands of acres of farmland, forests and coastline, made £328.8m profit in the year to the end of March 2017, an 8% increase on the previous year.

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(26/06/2017 @ 19:01)

World's first floating windfarm to take shape off coast of Scotland

Turbines for £200m Hywind project will be towed from Norway across North Sea and moored to seabed off north-east Scotland

The world's first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is finally ready to unlock expanses of ocean for generating renewable power.

After two turbines were floated this week, five now bob gently in the deep waters of a fjord on the western coast of Norway ready to be tugged across the North Sea to their final destination off north-east Scotland.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:55)

Local authorities not up to speed with fast broadband delivery

Eleven areas fail to provide the government's minimum download proposal of 10Mbps, says Which?

It might be home to the Shard skyscraper, City Hall and Tate Modern, but the central London borough of Southwark has been named one of the 20 worst places in the UK for broadband speeds, in a list that stretches from Orkney to Bexhill-on-Sea.

An analysis of 719,000 speed tests by the consumer organisation Which? found that 11 local authority areas didn't meet the minimum download speed proposed under the government's so-called universal service obligation (USO), which anyone in the UK would be entitled to request.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:45)

Arts Council England to spend £170m more outside London

Plymouth, Tees Valley and Bradford among winners, at expense of National Theatre and Royal Opera House in 2018-22 funding

A more diverse and regionally balanced arts landscape in England has been promised in a series of funding announcements that saw rises to smaller arts organisations at the expense of large ones.

Arts Council England (ACE) revealed details of its four-year national portfolio funding decisions on Tuesday, investing £409m a year of public and lottery money in 831 organisations across England.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:45)

Official Charts Company shakes up rules to stop the Ed Sheeran effect

The singles chart revamp includes limiting the number of tracks per artist, aiming to adapt to the rise in streaming and showcase new music

The Official Singles Chart is getting a structural shake up. Starting from July, artists will be allowed only three of their most popular tracks in the top 100, to prevent music's heavyweight acts dominating the majority of the charts.

Related: Ed Sheeran's dominance of the Top 20 is a only a symptom of how sick the charts are

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:44)

Hundreds of patients potentially harmed by undelivered NHS mail

Watchdog criticises Shared Business Services, which the Guardian revealed in February failed to process 709,000 items

More than 1,700 people may have been harmed by an NHS contractor's loss of almost 709,000 pieces of medical correspondence, including patient records and cancer test results, an investigation has found.

But the real total could be much higher, as almost a third of the documents have still to be assessed to see if long delays in analysing them damaged human health, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) into what MPs have called “a colossal blunder”.

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(26/06/2017 @ 19:01)

All secondary schools in London to be offered knife detectors

Schools to be able to apply for ‘wands' to screen students as part of mayor's package to fight knife crime in capital

All secondary schools in London are to be offered knife detectors to check pupils for weapons as part of a major crackdown on growing knife crime in the capital.

Secondary schools across the city are being invited to apply for a metal detecting “wand” to screen students. In addition every school will get its own “safer schools” police officer as part of a package of measures announced by London's mayor on Tuesday.

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(27/06/2017 @ 08:38)

Plastic debris inundates remote UK coasts endangering wildlife

A Greenpeace research expedition into plastic waste finds devastating pollution on Scottish beaches and seabird colonies

Plastic bottles and packaging are overrunning some of the UK's most beautiful beaches and remote coastline, endangering wildlife from basking sharks to puffins.

A Greenpeace research ship has spent the past two months touring the Scottish coast and islands assessing the impact of plastic waste.

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(27/06/2017 @ 05:28)

British Sikh couple take legal action after being advised not to adopt

Sandeep and Reena Mander say they were told they were unlikely to succeed as the only children in need were white

A British Sikh couple are bringing a legal case, claiming they were advised by an adoption agency not to apply because of their “cultural heritage”.

Sandeep and Reena Mander said they had wanted to adopt a child of any ethnic background.

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(26/06/2017 @ 20:28)

Almost half of trans pupils in UK have attempted suicide, survey finds

Stonewall survey shows eight out of 10 trans young people bullied at school or college have self-harmed, despite instances of LGBT bullying decreasing

Eight out of 10 trans young people have self-harmed and almost half have attempted to kill themselves, according to a significant new study looking at the experiences of LGBT pupils in schools and colleges across the UK.

The survey of more than 3,700 lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people revealed that while LGBT bullying has decreased in the last five years, its impact on young people's wellbeing and education is profound.

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(26/06/2017 @ 19:01)

Four in 10 UK parents wrongly believe a sun tan is healthy, says poll

Met Office and NHS England find parents are too relaxed about exposing their children to sun, and warn over UV rays

Almost four out of 10 parents mistakenly believe that a sun tan is a sign of good health, research suggests.

A new poll for the Met Office and NHS England found evidence of apparently relaxed attitude to children's sun exposure.

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(27/06/2017 @ 01:30)

IMF cuts US growth forecast, as Bank of England tells banks to raise more capital - business live

UK central bank has ordered British banks to set aside more capital, and rushed forwards its consumer credit stress tests

Newsflash: American consumer morale has jumped this month, despite the IMF's concerns about the US economy.

The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose in June to 118.9, defying expectations that it would fall to 116.0 this month.

Significant upside beat on Consumer Confidence Index (118.9, f/c 116.0) as job market perceptions led to a 5.7-pt rise in current conditions

“Expectations for the short-term have eased somewhat, but are still upbeat. Overall, consumers anticipate the economy will continue expanding in the months ahead, but they do not foresee the pace of growth accelerating.”

Howard Archer, Chief Economic Advisor to the EY ITEM Club, is struck by the Bank of England's decision to bring forwards its consumer credit stress tests by a couple of months:

“The risk to financial stability coming from the recent rapid growth in consumer credit would undoubtedly be magnified if there is a near-term interest rate hike. While any interest rate hike would be small with further increases some way off, even small increases could cause problems for some consumers given their high borrowing levels.

“It is notable that the Bank of England is bringing forward its testing of banks' ability to cope with major losses on consumer loans to September from November. Additionally, regulators will in July publish their expectations for lenders in the consumer credit market.”

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:22)

Labour MPs to join SNP, Greens and Plaid to resist single market exit

Dozens from official opposition party want a softer Brexit than is proposed by Theresa May's government and Labour's frontbench

Dozens of Labour MPs are preparing to team up with the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens to back an amendment to the Queen's speech calling for Britain to remain in the EU customs union and single market.

The politicians are hoping to coalesce around wording being put forward by Labour backbenchers, which lays out plans for a softer form of Brexit than is being proposed by both Theresa May's government and their own frontbench.

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(26/06/2017 @ 18:05)

Almost half of highly skilled EU workers 'could leave UK within five years'

Deloitte study finds 47% were considering leaving after Brexit, while overall one-third of non-British workers could leave

One third of non-British workers are considering leaving the UK, with highly skilled workers from the EU most likely to go, according to new research into the impact of Brexit on the jobs market.

The consultancy firm Deloitte found 47% of highly skilled workers from the EU were considering leaving the UK in the next five years. In a report on Tuesday, it warns of serious implications for employers, raising the pressure on ministers to come up with sensible immigration plans and to find ways to improve the skills of UK workers and make better use of robots in the workplace.

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(26/06/2017 @ 19:01)

'Fake news': Trump tweets glee as three CNN journalists resign over Russia story

Trump derides network's ‘phony' stories after three quit over piece on supposed investigation into meeting between associate and Russian investor

CNN on Monday accepted the resignations of three journalists involved in a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

Related: Covering Trump: when journalism, politics and fake news collide – watch live!

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:41)

World Bank funds linked to forced labour in Uzbekistan

Report by human rights groups says Bank-funded projects in the country's cotton industry are using child and forced labour. The Bank refutes the allegations

The World Bank is accused of funding agricultural projects in Uzbekistan that are linked to state-sponsored child labour and forced labour in the cotton industry.

In a report out on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said they documented systematic forced labour and cases of child labour in an area where the Uzbek government is implementing a World Bank-funded irrigation project.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:26)

Ozone hole recovery threatened by rise of paint stripper chemical

The restoration of the ozone hole, which blocks harmful radiation, will be delayed by decades if fast-rising emissions of dichloromethane are not curbed

The restoration of the globe's protective shield of ozone will be delayed by decades if fast-rising emissions of a chemical used in paint stripper are not curbed, new research has revealed.

Atmospheric levels of the chemical have doubled in the last decade and its use is not restricted by the Montreal protocol that successfully outlawed the CFCs mainly responsible for the ozone hole. The ozone-destroying chemical is called dichloromethane and is also used as an industrial solvent, an aerosol spray propellant and a blowing agent for polyurethane foams. Little is known about where it is leaking from or why emissions have risen so rapidly.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:00)

Judge halts deportation of more than 1,000 Iraqi nationals from US

Attorneys for 114 Chaldean defendants arrested in Michigan argue they could face persecution or death if returned to country of birth

More than 1,400 Iraqi nationals in the US have been protected from deportation for the next two weeks, because of an order issued late on Monday by a federal district judge.

Judge Mark Goldsmith temporarily halted deportations while he considers a class-action lawsuit representing 114 Iraqis who were arrested in the Detroit area earlier this month.

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(27/06/2017 @ 10:54)

Brazilian president tries to rally support after being charged with corruption

Michel Temer is accused of accepting bribes, but any move toward trial would have to pass Congress by a two-thirds majority

The Brazilian president, Michel Temer, is trying to rally support in Congress after becoming the country's first sitting head of state to be formally charged with a crime after the top federal prosecutor accused him of taking multimillion-dollar bribes.

The deeply unpopular leader now faces a lower house vote on whether he should be tried by the supreme court for taking bribes.

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:42)

Peru launches investigation as fire kills workers 'locked inside container'

Peru's president condemns conditions of ‘slave workers' as four young people die in blaze in Lima, at least two of whom were reportedly imprisoned inside

Peru's public prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into human trafficking and labour exploitation following a fire in the capital that killed four young people.

It is claimed that at least two of the men, Jorge Luis Huamà¡n, 19, and Jovi Herrera, 21, had been locked inside a container on the roof of the Nicolini building in Lima by a boss they only knew as “gringo”, when fire ripped through it on 22 June.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:24)

Japan's love of shogi reignited thanks to 14-year-old record-breaker

Millions follow live on TV as Sota Fujii scores 29th consecutive win in Japanese board game that last sparked the country's interest in the mid-1990s

A schoolboy has set a record for consecutive victories in professional shogi – a Japanese version of chess – winning plaudits from the prime minister and sparking a surge of interest in the board game.

Sota Fujii, 14, recorded his 29th straight win late on Monday, taking more than 11 hours to beat his opponent in the first round of the prestigious Ryuo championship in Tokyo.

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(27/06/2017 @ 05:57)

Ukrainian military intelligence officer killed by car bomb in Kiev

Col Maksim Shapoval, who was head of a special forces unit, killed and passersby injured in terrorist act, government says

A high-ranking Ukrainian military intelligence official has been killed by a car bomb in Kiev in what authorities are calling an act of terrorism.

An explosive device destroyed the Mercedes being driven by Col Maksim Shapoval at 8.15am local time, police said.

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(27/06/2017 @ 05:28)

US joins growing calls for China to allow Liu Xiaobo cancer treatment abroad

Chinese authorities have refused Nobel laureate permission to move home to Beijing or seek medical treatment outside China

The US has called for China to completely lift all restrictions on the renowned democracy activist and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, as fears mount he is close to death after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.

In a video posted by a friend, Liu's wife Liu Xia said the cancer cannot be treated with chemotherapy or operations at this stage.

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:24)

Red-faced encounter: rare new species of parrot discovered in Mexico

Ornithologists stress importance of conserving the blue-winged Amazon parrot, with no more than 100 of the birds thought to be in existence

Miguel Gómez Garza was on his final expedition to the Yucatà¡n Peninsula to gather information for his book Parrots of Mexico when it happened. He heard a group of parrots in the distance, but their call was like none on record. So he loitered by a tree full of pods that parrots like for lunch, hoping they would come and feed.

The wait was worth it. When half a dozen parrots flew over to the tree, Gómez Garza noticed their intense red fronts and the beautiful blue tips on their wing feathers. The plumage set them apart from the two species known to live in the area, which both have distinctive white fronts.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:56)

French woman goes on trial accused of helping lover cross Channel

Béatrice Huret charged with illegally assisting migrant for helping Iranian man she met and fell in love with at Calais camp

A former supporter of France's anti-immigration National Front has gone on trial accused of helping her Iranian refugee lover cross the English Channel to Britain.

Béatrice Huret faces up 10 years in jail if convicted of helping Mokhtar – whom she met while volunteering at the since-demolished migrant camp in Calais – slip out of France under cover of night on a rickety boat.

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(27/06/2017 @ 08:52)

GOP healthcare bill may send pregnant women back to days without coverage

Few benefits are more vulnerable than maternity coverage under the proposed bill, in a country where giving birth usually costs $10,000 if paid out of pocket

In 2011, when Corey Miller was getting ready to get married, she knew it wouldn't be too long before she and her new husband would be ready to start a family. She made an offhand inquiry to her insurance company and was floored to learn that her policy – which she purchased as an individual – wouldn't offer her any maternity coverage.

Related: These are the people at the mercy of Trump's healthcare bill

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:36)

'We're changing something': can alcohol boost the Bible belt's economy?

In America's south, alcohol has been steeped in stigma. But attitudes are changing, and lawmakers have been exploring ways to boost their economic potential

When some residents in the area around Chickamauga, Georgia wish to imbibe, they will drive 15 minutes into nearby Chattanooga, thinking that distance will give them anonymity to drink in public. Grown adults, 40 years old or so, will not drink in front of their parents.

Customers ask Skip Welsh, the co-founder of Phantom Horse Brewing Co in Rock Spring, to put their beer into a Styrofoam or red solo cup. They don't want anyone to know what they are drinking.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:00)

Trump travel ban: US supreme court partially lifts block on order

Supreme court agrees to hear arguments on legality of controversial order in the fall after lifting significant elements of lower court orders to block ban

The US supreme court handed a partial victory to the Trump administration on Monday as it lifted significant elements of lower court orders blocking the president's controversial travel ban targeting visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries.

Related: Refugee admissions nearly halved as supreme court mulls Trump travel ban

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(26/06/2017 @ 19:52)

Key senator says Congress to stop arms sales to Gulf until Qatar crisis is solved

Senate foreign relations committee chairman says Gulf nations have chosen to ‘devolve into conflict' and says dispute undermines US efforts in Middle East

The Republican chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee has said the US Congress will hold up approval of arms sales to the Gulf as a result of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar.

Senator Bob Corker said the nations of Gulf Cooperation Council had failed to take advantage of a summit with President Trump in May to overcome their differences and had “instead chosen to devolve into conflict”.

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(26/06/2017 @ 18:07)

Potential Martin Shkreli jurors: we can't be impartial over 'most hated man' in US

Some interviewed said they couldn't be part of the pharmaceutical CEO's trial because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000%

Several potential jurors at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli were excused on Monday after telling the judge they couldn't be impartial toward the flamboyant former pharmaceutical CEO because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000%.

At jury selection in a Brooklyn courtroom, US district judge Kiyo Matsumoto questioned the potential jurors at sidebars out of earshot from Shkreli.

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(26/06/2017 @ 18:08)

Miranda Kerr hands over jewellery linked to Malaysia corruption case

Australian model was gifted $8.1m in jewellery US prosecutors say was bought by a Malaysian financier with stolen money

Australian model Miranda Kerr has handed over $US8.1m (£6.3m) worth of jewellery to the US justice department after prosecutors said the items were bought for her by a Malaysian financier with stolen government money.

Kerr retrieved the gifts — including a $3.8m (£3m) 8.88 carat diamond pendant from New York-based designer Lorraine Schwartz — from a safe-deposit box in Los Angeles, her spokesman said.

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:27)

Vulnerable ‘chokepoints' threaten global food supply, warns report

Fourteen critical bottlenecks, from roads to ports to shipping lanes, are increasingly at risk from climate change, say analysts

Increasingly vulnerable “chokepoints” are threatening the security of the global food supply, according to a new report. It identifies 14 critical locations, including the Suez canal, Black Sea ports and Brazil's road network, almost all of which are already hit by frequent disruptions.

With climate change bringing more incidents of extreme weather, analysts at the Chatham House thinktank warn that the risk of a major disruption is growing but that little is being done to tackle the problem. Food supply interruptions in the past have caused huge spikes in prices which can spark major conflicts.

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(27/06/2017 @ 01:30)

'I'm happy to be a part of change': the Guardian meets Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury – video

The Labour leader sits down with the Guardian backstage at Glastonbury to talk about what his party can offer young people, his priorities for the future and his views on the ‘Jeremania' sweeping the music festival this year

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(25/06/2017 @ 10:59)

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

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

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(23/06/2017 @ 07:29)

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

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

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(23/06/2017 @ 09:46)

Diane Keaton: 'People in London drink in the afternoon ... wow!' – video interview

Diane Keaton's new film is set in, and named after, the prosperous London district of Hampstead; she co-stars with Brendan Gleeson in a romantic comedy about an American woman who strikes up a relationship with an eccentric itinerant who lives in a shack on Hampstead Heath. Directed by Joel Hopkins and also featuring Simon Callow and James Norton, Hampstead is released on 23 July

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(21/06/2017 @ 10:28)

Why do people still go hungry? – video

There is enough food in the world to go around, yet hundreds of millions of people go to bed each night on an empty stomach. World leaders have promised to end hunger by 2030. But what causes it and how do we prevent it? Actor Dougray Scott explains

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(23/06/2017 @ 02:00)

El Chapo: Netflix's gruesome, gripping answer to The Wire

The new series about Mexico's rock-star supervillain and real-life drug lord, Joaquà­n Guzmà¡n, has the same turf wars and slaughter of innocents as David Simon's hit – plus an added side of gore

Like all great folk villains, the Mexican drug lord Joaquà­n Guzmà¡n has a story that demands to be told. Netflix have dutifully obliged with the show El Chapo, which premiered in the UK last week. Most people became aware of Guzmà¡n in 2015 after his “jailbreak of the millennium”, escaping from a maximum-security prison in Mexico through an underground tunnel riding a motorbike on rails. It's the kind of break-out MacGyver storyliners dismissed as too implausible. El Chapo's tunnel makes you wonder what miracle of mind and will made it possible. He may not look like much, but Guzmà¡n is a rock star in supervillain circles.

Netflix junkies may well experience deja vu when they dig into the series. For the second time in two years, the streaming service shows us the rise to power of a real-life drug lord. Narcos followed Pablo Escobar's journey from small-time dealer to billionaire robber baron. Now El Chapo offers ringside seats to Guzmà¡n's rise from minor member of the Guadalajara cartel to the most powerful drug trafficker on the planet.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:18)

Transformers: The Last Knight wreaks metallic mayhem at UK box office

Fifth instalment of the rampaging-robots franchise topples Wonder Woman, while Diane Keaton lights up Hampstead in a kooky romance

Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in a seemingly endless series of sequels and brand exploitations this summer, had no problem shoving Wonder Woman off the top spot after a three-week stay, nabbing first place with £4.64m, including £734,000 in previews. That's almost as much as the weekend box office for the rest of the top 10 put together.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:13)

The real Brexit debate: do you pronounce it Breggsit or Brecksit?

It's not only the politicking of the UK's impending departure from the EU that is tortuous – how to talk about it is proving equally divisive

It's the real issue dividing Britain. There are few now who believe Tim Farron's resignation as Lib Dem leader wasn't linked to it. The damp squib of Tony Blair's return to British politics can be laid at its door. It's Breggsit.

The question of how to pronounce a word that appears at least five times in every news bulletin is an increasingly urgent issue. The double-G variant beloved by Tim and Tony isn't restricted to centrist politicians down on their luck. It has spread far and wide, prompting agreement and fury in equal measure. If Brecksit “sounds like a shitty granola bar you buy at the airport”, as John Oliver put it, Breggsit is redolent of a fry-up in a Little Chef circa 1987. Which, depending on your point of view, may be an improvement.

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(27/06/2017 @ 08:00)

Trump's disdain for diplomacy is making the world more dangerous

The US president's preference for public bellicosity and instant military action has potential to cause a lot of damage

Donald Trump's warning of renewed US military action against Syria, backed by Britain and condemned by Russia, fits a now established pattern of aggressive White House behaviour favouring violence, or public threats of violence, over quiet diplomacy and private coercion. So far, the damage has been limited. But it's early days.

Related: Three-quarters of world has little or no confidence in Trump, Pew study finds

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(27/06/2017 @ 08:08)

Nex Machina review – a pure, brilliant shoot-'em-up

The developer behind retro-tinged shooters Super Stardust and ResoGun returns with an astonishing twin-stick masterpiece

There is a famous story behind the making of Robotron 2084, the seminal 1982 arcade game which provides the clear inspiration for Nex Machina. Designer Eugene Jarvis, the genius behind hit coin-op Defender, broke his wrist in a car accident and found himself unable to use a fire button. Determined to keep working on a new game project, he and colleague Larry DeMar hacked together their own controller using two joysticks; one to move the onscreen character, one to fire a weapon. The twin-stick shooter was born.

Thirty-five years later, we have the latest title from Housemarque Games, the Finish studio that's spent two decades rediscovering and perfecting classic arcade game dynamics. Its Super Stardust and Resogun titles are exemplary old school scrolling shooters, catching the speed and style of arcade blasters but enriching them with modern era visual exuberance. Nex Machina continues that legacy – and then some.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:07)

Government ‘reneging on promise to fund 10,000 extra nursing places'

Scrapping nursing bursaries was supposed to expand training places – but that pledge has been quietly dropped, universities say

Universities are warning that the government is quietly reneging on its promise to provide 10,000 new nursing degree places, intended to relieve pressure on the NHS.

Student nurses must spend 50% of their degree working under supervision, usually in a hospital. But universities have told Education Guardian that not a single extra nursing training place has been funded or allocated for the future. It would cost £15m over five years to fund training placements for 10,000 new nurses, according to the Council of Deans of Health, the body that represents university faculties of nursing.

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:15)

Why exactly were the police spying on Jeremy Corbyn?

Undercover officers are alleged to have monitored the Labour MP for two decades

At the tail end of the general election campaign, the Daily Telegraph reported that undercover police officers had monitored Jeremy Corbyn for two decades. It was claimed that he had been put under surveillance “amid fears that he was attempting to undermine democracy”.

It was part of a barrage of stories from the rightwing press intended to damage his attempt to win the election.

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:13)

How our narrowing social circles create a more unequal world

Research shows most social interactions are with people similar to ourselves – making us less sensitive to how people outside our ‘social bubble' live. This can lead to profound misperceptions about the state of society

What does your social circle look like? Think about your friends, family, colleagues: if you have a university degree, how many of your friends possess one as well? How many of your acquaintances earn a similar income to you? Consider the parents of your children's school friends: how many of them drive similar cars and work in similar jobs?

Now check out your Facebook or Instagram feeds: do your friends and colleagues tend to go to the same restaurants, holiday in the same places, like the same things? For that matter, have you ever found the person in front of you in a queue reading the same book as you? (This happened to me recently ...)

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(27/06/2017 @ 04:00)

Baby Driver: can a bad title sink a film?

Will Edgar Wright's decision to make his latest film sound like a slapstick childcare comedy affect its impact – or make no difference?

There is a lot going on in Baby Driver, a caffeinated splicing of crime thriller and jukebox musical. Once you clunk-click into the central conceit – audacious heists, hard-boiled badinage and breakneck car chases all wittily synced and choreographed to its central character's eclectic iPod playlist – it is an intoxicating, heightened huff of pure cinema. But if you don't read advance reviews (especially ones heavy on terms like “diegetic music”), your first exposure to writer-director Edgar Wright's latest movie will probably be its title.

Baby Driver ... is it an impressively rushed sequel to Alec Baldwin's animated semi-hit The Boss Baby from two months back? Baby Driver – even if it does make perfect sense in context (Ansel Elgort, as gifted wheelman Baby, operates in a world of pulpy code names like Doc, Darling and Bats) – it still sounds more like a slapstick childcare-gone-wrong comedy, right? Baby Driver, Baby Driver, Baby Driver: maybe repeating it will help burn a new association other than the Simon and Garfunkel song into the collective consciousness, the way everyone overlooks the fact that Oasis is an awful band name or like that brief period we all got used to saying “Courteney Cox-Arquette”.

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(27/06/2017 @ 01:00)

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain's most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell. By Stephen Buranyi

In 2011, Claudio Aspesi, a senior investment analyst at Bernstein Research in London, made a bet that the dominant firm in one of the most lucrative industries in the world was headed for a crash. Reed-Elsevier, a multinational publishing giant with annual revenues exceeding £6bn, was an investor's darling. It was one of the few publishers that had successfully managed the transition to the internet, and a recent company report was predicting yet another year of growth. Aspesi, though, had reason to believe that that prediction – along with those of every other major financial analyst – was wrong.

The core of Elsevier's operation is in scientific journals, the weekly or monthly publications in which scientists share their results. Despite the narrow audience, scientific publishing is a remarkably big business. With total global revenues of more than £19bn, it weighs in somewhere between the recording and the film industries in size, but it is far more profitable. In 2010, Elsevier's scientific publishing arm reported profits of £724m on just over £2bn in revenue. It was a 36% margin – higher than Apple, Google, or Amazon posted that year.

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(27/06/2017 @ 01:00)

Twisted tracks: watch metro maps transform to real-life geography

Transport maps distort a city's true geography to strike a balance between readability and design. Scroll down to see how six metro maps compare to the real picture on the ground

Public transit maps occupy a unique place in the mapping world, and must strike a careful balance between readability, detail and aesthetic design. To that end, they necessarily distort the city's true geography and with it, our own mental conception of the city too.

But just how distorted are the world's metro maps? A recent series of animated graphics, created by the DIY cartographers of the online forum Reddit, answers that question. Scroll down to see the metro maps of six global cities transform to match their true geography.

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:00)

Republican healthcare bill: view from West Virginia Trump country

New plan that Senate aims to pass before Fourth of July is expected to leave an extra 22 million people without insurance, putting the Republican base in a bind

For most Americans, health insurance is not just a nice way to see the doctor – it is the only protection from ruinous medical debt.

But the plan Republican senators aim to pass before the Fourth of July is expected to leave an extra 22 million people – many of them in Appalachian “Trump country” – without health insurance. That puts many members of the Republican base in a bind.

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:00)

Canada celebrates 150 but indigenous groups say history is being 'skated over'

Anniversary marks British North America Act of 1867, but many people are rejecting the official celebrations and instead highlighting indigenous resilience

Two hundred paddlers will weave through the waters, their canoes carving a thin line in English Bay against the backdrop of Vancouver's dramatic skyline.

When they pull in to Vanier Park – one of the many destinations on their 10-day journey – local chiefs from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations will greet them and offer permission to step ashore on to their traditional territories.

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:00)

How the Tory election machine fell apart

The conventional wisdom is that the Conservatives are good at elections. Last month they failed spectacularly. But do recriminations about negative tactics mask deeper problems for a party that hasn't won convincingly since the Thatcher era?

In September 2015, a few months after the Conservatives had won that year's general election, more comfortably than even their most optimistic supporters had hoped, a veteran Tory politician and journalist was waiting to appear on a BBC radio show. Still smiling about the election, he was in expansive mood. The party's targeting of voters had become so precise, he told me, thanks to the latest marketing software, that it would take Labour many years to catch up.

During this year's general election, as in 2015, Tory activists across Britain were supplied with computer-generated lists of amenable voters by Conservative campaign headquarters in London. But this time, many canvassers got a shock when they knocked on doors. “The data was only 65% accurate,” says a local Tory organiser who has worked in the party's heartlands in southern England for decades. “In the marginals, it was less than 50%.” In some cases, canvassers were accidentally sent to the addresses of activists for rival parties. The organiser says: “I despair of our national campaign.”

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(26/06/2017 @ 13:29)

The Little Hours review – foul-mouthed nuns run riot in flimsy but fun comedy

Aubrey Plaza heads up a cast of skilled comic actors in a sex farce that has amusing moments scattered throughout but risks feeling like an extended SNL skit

Rather like 2011's Your Highness, the initial gimmick proudly, even boastfully, revealed in The Little Hours is based on the notion that medieval characters can be just as puerile as their contemporary counterparts. Within seconds of the titles ending, 14th-century nuns are swearing, shouting, vandalizing and attacking any local man naive enough to look their way. But the test here – and it's one that Danny McBride's misjudged comic fantasy failed at – is whether the film can sustain itself beyond mere shock value.

Related: The Big Sick review – Kumail Nanjiani's real-life romcom is a humane delight

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:00)

Nintendo announces the Mini SNES

Classic 1990s console returns with 21 games including Super Mario Kart, Secret of Mana and an unreleased sequel to Star Fox

For some it was the greatest video game console of all time, a 1990s treasure trove of legendary titles such as Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and Yoshi's Island – and now, not altogether unpredictably, it's back.

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(27/06/2017 @ 03:25)

Going into Labour: are parents really calling their children Corbyn?

More than 50% of parents would consider naming a newborn after the leader of the opposition, a survey claims. Strangely, there are no reports of a spike in Theresas, Dianes and Donalds

Name: Corbyn.

Age: From -9 months to 68 years.

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:26)

Nigel Slater's orecchiette with peas

A simple dish of fresh peas and pasta with the crunch of pancetta

Put a deep pan of vegetable stock on to boil (you can use water at a push) and salt it lightly. You will need 300g of peas, shelled weight. Keeping a handful of raw peas to one side, cook the rest in the boiling water for 5-7 minutes, depending in their size.

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:00)

Amazon Fire HD 8 review: easily the best tablet you can buy for £80

The Fire HD 8 has always played second fiddle to its smaller sibling, but with twice the storage, better screen and speakers, that's no longer the case

Amazon's bigger, 8in HD version of its rock-bottom tablet, the Fire HD 8, has always played second fiddle to the £50 Fire 7, but not any more.

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:00)

Georgia O'Keeffe, health food devotee: the pioneer of modernism's favourite recipes

The American artist lived until she was 98 – and a new book of her favourite recipes might give some clues as to how

Georgia O'Keeffe was an icon of the American art world: a pioneer of abstract modernism, with boldly innovative paintings of flowers and bleached animal skulls. Lesser known is that her diet, too, was ahead of its time.

A new cookbook of O'Keeffe's personal recipes – Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes, Art and Landscape, by the Australian author Robyn Lea – reveals she was a forerunner to today's organic, slow food movement, a health food devotee who made her own yoghurt.

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(26/06/2017 @ 14:00)

10 of the best narrow-gauge railway journeys in Britain

Hop aboard one of these fantastic British railway adventures – with the chance to see wildlife and wonderful scenery along the route

The Ffestiniog winds its way from Porthmadog through more than 13 miles of stunning countryside. Waterfalls cascade and streams froth down mossy rock sides. Swathes of deep green grass soar on one side while valleys dip spectacularly on the other, affording the chance to look down on treetops far below. Sharp bends in the line offer splendid views of the engine as it chugs onward and upward to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where there's a chance to travel on an even smaller train into a former slate mine. The slate-waste landscape at the top of the line makes a fascinating contrast with the natural beauties below.
• Adult rover ticket £24, one child under 16 travels free with each adult, under-3 free. Dogs and bicycles welcome, festrail.co.uk

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(27/06/2017 @ 01:30)

Dutch companies set up giant bread bins to help cities tackle rat scourge

Businesses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam are getting involved in efforts to collect waste bread and turn it into biogas and fertiliser

Once upon a time, you would throw your old bread to the birds. But in the Netherlands, where an excess of crumbs is feeding a growing scourge of rats, people are starting to turn to massive bread bins instead.

Rather than ending up in the street or the dump, collected bread waste is taken to anaerobic digesters and turned into biogas or made into fertiliser.

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:00)

Smoking ban 10 years on: share your memories and experiences

A decade since smoking bans came into force in the UK we would like to hear from readers on how the ban has affected them

Ten years have passed since venues across England moved their smokers outdoors and ensured people could work, drink and dine without passive inhalation.

Related: UK heart disease deaths fall by over 20% since indoor smoking ban

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(27/06/2017 @ 08:40)

Have you been affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower?

If you've been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, we'd like to hear from you. What challenges are you facing? Share your stories

The number of people dead or missing and presumed dead following the fire at Grenfell Tower has risen to 79 . For those people who've been affected by the fire the challenges are ongoing and we want to ensure that these stories are told in the coming weeks.

Related: Painstaking search for Grenfell Tower fire victims continues

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(14/06/2017 @ 03:46)

EU citizens' post-Brexit rights Q&A - as it happened

Lisa O'Carroll and readers discussed the implications of the UK government's plans for EU citizens' rights post-Brexit

Hello everyone and thank you for all the questions. We're wrapping up now, but this will be a fascinating record of the anxiety created by Brexit which, I hope, people in the Home Office and the Department of Exiting the European Union will read.
Throughout the last week I have been quite struck by how the British government has been "spinning" their proposal as if they were the first to come up with a plan and secondly that it was "fair and generous". As to the latter, I will leave to others to judge, but the former needs correcting - the EU tabled their offer on 12 June and groups representing Britons in the EU have been very happy with it saying it has provided them with almost everything they asked for here.
Here at the Guardian, we shall continue to report the issues closely, and please do feel free to contact me if there are issues that you think need reporting on. I am on lisa.ocarroll@theguardian.com. Just remember though, that I'm not a lawyer so unfortunately can't give people answers on immigration issues.
Lisa

Tom Hoctor asks:

My mother and grandmother are both Irish citizens only, despite having lived in London since the 1970s. I don't have a UK passport, but I'm a citizen through my father. Has there been any indication of what the rights of Irish citizens post-Brexit will be? Given that the Irish have preferential rights compared to citizens of other EU member states, will this be preserved?

Good news Tom is that the 330,000 Irish in the UK don't have to apply for "settled status". We will be treated the same as before.
Lisa

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(27/06/2017 @ 07:30)

Have you been advised not to adopt? Share your stories

A British Sikh couple took legal action after being advised not to adopt as the only children in need were white. Have you experienced something similar?

A British Sikh couple are bringing a legal case after they were advised by an adoption agency not to apply because of their “cultural heritage”, and that only white children were in need.

Despite Sandeep and Reena Mander saying they wanted to adopt a child of any ethnic background, they were told only white British or European applicants would be given preference.The couple allege they were advised to try to adopt from India instead. But the pair have no close links to the country.

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:40)

Mental health patients: were you moved miles away for care?

NHS data shows the number of patients with mental health problems being forced to travel miles for care has shot up in recent years. Share your stories

Almost 6,000 mental health patients were sent up to 587 miles from home last year, according to data obtained by the British Medical Association.

NHS data shows that the number of patients with mental health problems who travelled miles for care in England has risen 40% over the few years. Figures show the numbers went from 4,213 in 2014-16 to 5,876 in 2016-17.

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(27/06/2017 @ 00:07)

Ofsted and the harm done by school league tables | Letters

Readers Brian Thomas, Frank Lowry and Mark Lewinski take issue with the new head of Ofsted, arguing that the government and the schools inspectorate have only themselves to blame for a damaging league table culture

The new head of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, says schools should be ashamed of some of the tactics used to bolster their league standings (Ofsted leader takes aim at schools, 24 June). But what does she expect when the Department for Education has been pushing this for the past 25 years?

In the days of the technical and vocational initiative, as head of humanities in a Kent secondary modern school, I knew all the humanities teachers in two neighbouring schools. We worked together, we planned together, we shared things that worked. Then grant-maintained schools arrived in 1988, with Ofsted following in 1992 and academisation more recently, and we stopped talking to each other. We were in competition.

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(26/06/2017 @ 14:22)

EU citizens: what do you think of the 'settled status' ID register?

If you're an EU national living in the UK, we want to know what you think of the government's offer on post-Brexit rights

All 3 million EU citizens resident in Britain will have to apply for “settled status”, according to a policy paper setting out the government's offer to EU citizens after Brexit.

Related: What is on offer for EU nationals after Brexit: the key points

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(26/06/2017 @ 11:22)

The true cost of the Tories' deal with the DUP | Letters

Readers respond to news that the Democratic Unionist party has agreed to support Theresa May's minority government through a deal worth more than £1bn in extra funding to Northern Ireland

I am disappointed, though not surprised, that Theresa May has made a dishonourable deal with the DUP to keep her in office – in effect buying their MPs' votes with £1bn of public money. I am old enough to remember how much more honourably James Callaghan acted in 1979. When his minority government was faced with a vote of confidence, he was urged (I'm sorry to say) by Roy Hattersley and the late John Smith to buy Northern Irish MPs' votes by financing a gas pipeline between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain. He refused, saying his government was not up for auction.

I am afraid that is more than Mrs May can now claim.
Donald Mackinnon
Newport, Gwent

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(26/06/2017 @ 14:23)

Are you living in unsafe or barely habitable housing?

If you are living in poor housing with issues such as mould or damp we'd like to hear from you

The latest figure for those missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire is currently 70, with a further nine confirmed dead. Police are now considering manslaughter charges after it was revealed that parts of the building, including insulation and tiles, failed safety tests.

In light of what happened at Grenfell, local authorities are under scrutiny to ensure the safety of their buildings and their residents.

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(26/06/2017 @ 05:00)

Saudi Arabia's role in success of al-Jazeera | Letters

Saudis' sudden closure of BBC Arabic channel gave Qatar pick of more than 150 talented BBC-trained Arab presenters, writers, producers and technicians

The demand by Saudi Arabia that al‑Jazeera be closed is deeply ironic as it was unwittingly responsible for the TV channel's original very successful launch (Saudis demand Qatar shut down al-Jazeera, 24 June). I was managing editor of the BBC Arabic TV channel in the mid-1990s. The Saudis objected so strongly to our output that they shut us down by taking us off the satellite that they owned.

At around the same time, Qatar was trying to get al-Jazeera off the ground, but with little success – chiefly because they could not get the right staff. With the sudden closure of the BBC channel, they had the pick of more than 150 talented BBC-trained Arab presenters, writers, producers and technicians. So, in November 1996, the channel went on the air, staffed chiefly by ex-BBC people who had taken with them the corporation's ethos of balance, fairness and honesty.

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(25/06/2017 @ 13:46)

Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'party'

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

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review is ‘party.' Share your photos of what party means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 29 June at 10 am. We'll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 2 July and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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(25/06/2017 @ 04:00)

Andimba Toivo ya Toivo obituary

Freedom fighter who led the struggle to liberate Namibia before spending 16 years in a South African jail with Nelson Mandela

Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, who has died aged 92, led the struggle to liberate Namibia from apartheid South Africa as a freedom fighter in the mould of Nelson Mandela, with whom he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

Toivo's uncompromising nature was exemplified when, in August 1967, he stood trial in a Pretoria court, charged with the capital offence of terrorism. “Is it surprising that in such times my countrymen have taken up arms?” he asked. “Violence is truly fearsome, but who would not defend his property and himself against a robber?” That robber was South Africa, which had been granted trusteeship of the German territory of Deutsch-Sà¼dwestafrika after the first world war, only to refuse to allow it independence after the second world war.

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(27/06/2017 @ 11:24)

Heather Watson tells online trolls: sport isn't about looking perfect

Tennis player sends defiant message to critics of her appearance, saying women need to feel comfortable in their own skin

The British tennis player Heather Watson has spoken out against online abuse she has received over her weight and appearance and urged other women to “feel comfortable in their own skin”.

Watson, 25, won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon last year but received abuse after she lost in the first round of the singles having failed to convert three match points against the German player Annika Beck.

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(26/06/2017 @ 19:00)

Alain Senderens, chef and Nouvelle Cuisine creator, dies aged 77

Senderens, along with Paul Bocuse and others, was a stalwart of the French culinary movement in the 1960s and 1970s

Leading French chef Alain Senderens, one of the founders of the Nouvelle Cuisine movement, has died aged 77, food critic Gilles Pudlowski said.

Related: ‘As a carnist I'm conditioned to accept meat-eating is natural' | Comment

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(26/06/2017 @ 22:08)

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: 'I know there will be an attempt to silence me'

Her films about ‘honour' killings and acid attacks won Oscars – and caused fury in Pakistan. How will her latest work, an uncompromising look at lives wrecked by the partition of India, be received?

When Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was studying for her A-levels while growing up in Pakistan, she heard that Michael Jackson was playing a concert in India. The 17-year-old was desperate to go, but when she told her grandfather, he forbade her – not just from the concert, but from the country. “He said, ‘You are going to India over my dead body.' He was a very logical man, so I wondered why.”

The answer lies in 1947, when Obaid-Chinoy's grandfather became one of more than 15 million people who fled across the hastily drawn borders between the new country of Pakistan and newly independent India. Seventy years on, the migration it sparked is still one of the biggest in history, while the repercussions – from the birth of Bangladesh in 1971 to the ongoing hostility between the two now nuclear countries – still shape the subcontinent today.

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(27/06/2017 @ 02:00)

Liu Xiaobo's unbearable fate is stark symbol of where China is heading | Tania Branigan

Treatment of dying Nobel peace prize winner is emblematic of China's iron rule. Tania Branigan on the remarkable man she nearly met – the day he was arrested

There was no sign of Liu Xiaobo in the Beijing coffee shop – a confusion over the place or time we had arranged to meet, I assumed. But he wasn't answering his mobile phone and a call to his home brought worrying news: 10 police had arrived late the night before and taken him away.

Even then, the writer's disappearance did not seem overly concerning. Chinese dissidents and activists were used to pressure from the authorities and brief detentions for questioning, or worse. But Liu enjoyed a relative degree of tolerance because of his high profile, though he'd been jailed over 1989's Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests when he helped broker a peaceful exit from the square for the remaining demonstrators amid the bloody crackdown – and again in the 90s.

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(26/06/2017 @ 11:31)

Johnny Depp's dogs: Australia's deputy PM threatens actor with 'perjury' investigation

Barnaby Joyce says government will examine whether it can take further legal action after saga of dogs Pistol and Boo

Australia's deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has said the government will examine whether Johnny Depp committed “perjury” by smuggling dogs into the country while knowing it was illegal.

The saga of Pistol and Boo, the Yorkshire terriers who infamously landed the then Hollywood couple in strife in 2015, took another twist with allegations by Depp's former managers that he was “fully aware that he was illegally bringing his dogs to Australia”.

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(26/06/2017 @ 22:15)

Tim Westwood on his life in hip-hop: 'There's no alter ego, no Clark Kent to the Superman'

Once a glass collector at a London nightclub, the DJ became rap's most famous UK cheerleader. As he approaches 60, he talks about his childhood struggle with dyslexia, surviving being shot, and the catering requirements of Biggie Smalls

Meeting Tim Westwood on a Monday afternoon in central London is a slightly disconcerting experience. It's not merely that, after a series of complications, the venue for our interview has ended up being the enormously upscale, wood-panelled restaurant of a five-star hotel. It is, as Westwood notes, “not very hip-hop”, and as everyone knows, hip-hop is the passion that consumes Tim Westwood's life: to the exclusion of virtually everything else, I learn over the course of the next hour. It's also the rail-thin, crop-haired, 6ft 4in figure of Westwood himself.

Not that he's a difficult interviewee. Quite the opposite. I really like him. He's friendly, warm, funny, engaged and fascinating on everything from the excesses of hip-hop in the 90s – when Westwood used to hire a chef to cater for rappers visiting his Radio 1 show, among them The Notorious BIG, and dot the studio with bottles of Cristal champagne on ice and “newsreaders would have to come in and, like, sit on Jodeci's knee to read the news with people spluttering on blunts all around them” – to the licensing issues that have effectively left him banned from DJing in the West End of London, “except,” he notes, “the one club where the crowd for hip-hop is entirely white”.

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(26/06/2017 @ 09:00)

Winning entries in the iPhone photography awards 2017 – in pictures

The winning entries in the annual iPhone photography awards have been announced, chosen from thousands of entries submitted from around the world. The overall winner: children in Iraq playing against a a backdrop of oil wells set aflame by Isis

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(27/06/2017 @ 06:00)

Best photos of the day: Obama in Bali and a golden ATM

The Guardian's picture editors bring you a selection of highlights from around the world, including Barack Obama in Tampaksiring and the location of the UK's first cash machine

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:17)

Xiahe, China's Tibetan monastery town – in pictures

Xiahe is famous for its Labrang monastery, the largest edifice of the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and home to the largest number of monks outside the Tibet Autonomous Region. The monastery was founded in 1709

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(27/06/2017 @ 04:00)

Ocean plastic pollution in Scotland – in pictures

A Greenpeace expedition around Scottish coastlines has found plastic in the feeding grounds of basking sharks, in the habitats of puffins, seals and whales, and in the nests and beaks of seabirds

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(27/06/2017 @ 01:55)

Eleven sketches inspired by the university mental health crisis – in pictures

The number of students dropping out from degree courses due to mental illness has increased significantly in recent years. Illustrator and student Ella Baron captures the experiences of 11 undergraduates

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(27/06/2017 @ 09:03)

Paris menswear: 10 key collections from the spring/summer shows – in pictures

From technical jackets at Lanvin and Dadcore at Balenciaga to Hawaiian shirts at Louis Vuitton, our menswear editor picks the best of the looks from Paris

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(26/06/2017 @ 15:11)

Inside HMS Queen Elizabeth – in pictures

HMS Queen Elizabeth, sitting in Rosyth dockyard in Scotland, is ready to head out to sea for its first trials this summer. The milestone will mark significant progress in delivering HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest and most powerful surface warship ever built for the Royal Navy

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(26/06/2017 @ 07:09)

Glastonbury clear-up begins as music fans head home – in pictures

As litter pickers got started on the mammoth job of cleaning up after Glastonbury, thousands of tired festivalgoers faced the daunting task of getting themselves up and back home

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(26/06/2017 @ 05:11)

Happy Birthday Mr Hockney - in pictures

A two-part exhibit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles celebrates David Hockney's 80th birthday. They feature self-portraits in his distinctive style and photographs from the 1980s. Happy Birthday Mr Hockney: Self-Portraits, opens on 27 June; Photographs, on 18 July. Both will be on show until 26 November

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(26/06/2017 @ 02:00)

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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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