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May to ask EU for Brexit extension as UK slides into political 'crisis'

PM's spokesman refuses to say how long a delay she will request amid deepening chaos

Theresa May believes the UK has slid into political crisis, her spokesman said, as he confirmed she would be writing to EU leaders to request a delay to Brexit.

The prime minister's plan to bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for a third meaningful vote, before EU leaders gathered on Thursday, was thrown into chaos on Monday, when the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, said parliamentary convention meant it would be unacceptable for another vote to be held on an unchanged deal.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:48)

HS2 would widen UK 'north-south' divide and should be axed, says report

Thinktank says London would benefit most and money should go to less wealthy areas instead

The government's planned HS2 high-speed rail project will make the UK even more divided and should be scrapped in favour of boosting services in the less well-off parts of the country, a left-leaning thinktank has said.

A report from the New Economics Foundation found that 40% of the benefits of the controversial project would go to London and that the £56bn budget would be better spent on upgrading the existing network and smaller-scale local projects.

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(19/03/2019 @ 10:21)

Cyclone Idai 'might be southern hemisphere's worst such disaster'

UN officials say floods up to 6 metres deep have caused incredible devastation

Cyclone Idai, the tropical storm ravaging southern Africa, is possibly the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, with 1.7 million people affected in Mozambique and 920,000 in Malawi, UN officials have said.

Storm surge floods up to 6 metres deep had caused “incredible devastation” over a huge area, the UN World Food Programme regional director, Lola Castro, said.

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(19/03/2019 @ 10:04)

Kazakhstan president Nazarbayev steps down after 30 years in power

Nursultan Nazarbayev has led oil-rich country since fall of the Soviet Union

Kazakhstan's president has announced his retirement after nearly 30 years as leader of the central Asian nation.

Nursultan Nazarbayev has led the oil-rich country since the fall of the Soviet Union, first as its Communist leader and then as president. He made the announcement in a surprise public address on national television on Tuesday evening.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:54)

Convicted French cardinal says pope has refused his resignation

Philippe Barbarin was found guilty of not reporting child sexual abuse allegations

Philippe Barbarin, the French Roman Catholic cardinal convicted this month of failing to report sexual abuse allegations, said on Tuesday that Pope Francis had turned down his offer to resign.

“On Monday morning, I put forward my resignation to the hands of the Holy Father. Invoking the presumption of innocence, he declined to accept this resignation,” said Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, in a statement.

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(19/03/2019 @ 11:01)

UK trio not properly warned of Vietnam waterfall dangers, coroner rules

Young tourists died after being swept over 15-metre drop during river-slide ride

Three young British tourists who died after falling down a waterfall in Vietnam during a water-sliding ride were not properly warned of the dangers involved, a coroner has ruled.

Sisters Izzy Squire, 19, and Beth Anderson, 24, died with their friend Christian Sloan, 25, at the Datanla waterfalls in Lam Dong province in Vietnam's Central Highlands in February 2016.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:19)

Supreme court gives Trump victory on detaining immigrants with criminal convictions

Court rules 5-4 that authorities can detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime after they have completed prison terms

The US supreme court on Tuesday endorsed US government authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation at any time – potentially even years – after they have completed prison terms for criminal convictions, handing Donald Trump a victory as he pursues hardline immigration policies.

The court ruled 5-4, with its conservative justices in the majority and its liberal justices dissenting, that federal authorities could pick up such immigrants and place them into indefinite detention at any time, not just immediately after they finish their prison sentences.

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(19/03/2019 @ 11:34)

Mueller suspected Cohen may have been secretly acting as foreign agent in 2017

Special counsel granted access to Cohen's emails on basis he may have broken laws including those on unregistered foreign agents

Robert Mueller persuaded a judge within weeks of being made special counsel in 2017 that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's legal fixer, may have been secretly working for a foreign government.

Related: Michael Cohen FBI raid documents released – live updates

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(19/03/2019 @ 11:40)

Facebook and YouTube defend response to Christchurch videos

YouTube says spread of videos of attack was ‘unprecedented in scale and speed'

YouTube and Facebook have defended themselves against accusations that they failed to act quickly enough in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, arguing that their moderation is as good as possible given the number of videos uploaded.

Facebook said on Tuesday that the original stream of the attack was viewed live fewer than 200 times and non-live by 4,000 people before it was removed from the site.

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(19/03/2019 @ 08:18)

National Portrait Gallery turns down £1m grant from Sackler family

Artists had asked gallery not to accept sum from family behind firm making opioid OxyContin

The National Portrait Gallery has turned down a £1m grant from the multibillionaire Sackler family after an ongoing controversy over a drug produced by their US pharmaceutical company.

The NPG is one of many British cultural institutions in line for substantial donations from members of the family, but it has come under pressure from artists and campaigners not to accept funding from the owners of the company that makes the opioid OxyContin.

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(19/03/2019 @ 10:09)

Shocking autopsy photos show toll of plastic waste on dead whale

Images show marine biologist removing 88lb of plastic bags from the stomach of a whale that died in the Philippines of ‘gastric shock'

  • Warning: this article includes graphic images some readers may find disturbing

Graphic autopsy images have revealed the terrible toll that plastic waste took on a young whale found dead in the Philippines.

The juvenile Cuvier's beaked whale died of “gastric shock” after swallowing 88lb of plastic bags, according to marine biologists at the D'Bone Collector Museum, a natural history institution in Davao City in the Philippines.

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(19/03/2019 @ 11:36)

The Christchurch massacre and the rise of far-right extremism - podcast

The atrocity in Christchurch has focused the world's attention on the rise of far-right extremism and has piled pressure on tech companies to do more to stop its spread. Eleanor Ainge Roy is in Christchurch for the Guardian and foreign correspondent Jason Burke discusses how new technology is facilitating some age-old methods of terrorism. Plus: Nesrine Malik on the normalisation of Islamophobia in some parts of the media

As Muslim worshippers took part in Friday prayers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week, a 28-year-old man burst in and shot dead 50 people. Brenton Tarrant, an Australian citizen, has been arrested and authorities are investigating whether he had links to far-right groups in Europe and beyond.

Eleanor Ainge Roy has been reporting on the story in Christchurch from the moment it happened. She describes to Anushka Asthana the initial police response and then the outpouring of sympathy and grief for the victims as Christchurch struggled to come to terms with the atrocity.

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(18/03/2019 @ 23:00)

Growing up with gangs, poverty and knife crime – podcast

The Bollo youth club in Acton is barely a mile from wealthy Chiswick but to the teenagers who use it as a second home, it can feel like a world away. Its members tell Robert Booth how they navigate a life through poverty, gangs and knife crime. Plus: Helen Pidd on the crisis in school funding that is forcing schools to close early

Warning: contains strong language

In November 2018, Phillip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty visited the Bollo youth club in Acton, west London. At the time of his visit, the Bollo was having to move its premises to a building half its original size and the club members were upset and worried about the transition.

The Guardian's social affairs editor, Robert Booth, talks to Anushka Asthana about how he and producer Joshua Kelly spent four months with two teenagers from the Bollo. They talk about the difficulties of life in an area riven by gang violence and huge inequality. Rising knife crime coincides with deep cuts to the UK's youth facilities. Since 2012, 760 youth clubs have closed and 4,500 youth worker jobs have been lost, according to analysis by Unison. Since 2010, English councils have slashed 62% from their spending on youth services – more than £700m.

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(17/03/2019 @ 23:00)

A week of Brexit mayhem – podcast

Anushka Asthana spends a pivotal week in parliament, during which the government lost a series of votes on the Brexit process. MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg, Emily Thornberry, Jess Phillips and Sam Gyimah discuss their part in the chaotic proceedings. Plus: the Guardian's Rowena Mason on what it all means

Even in the chaotic context of recent Brexit debates, this week stands out as extraordinary. As Theresa May attempted to pass her deal through parliament, her authority ebbed away further and her voice gave way to a hoarse croak. Defeat, when it came on Tuesday, was again crushing. It meant honouring a promise to hold a vote on removing a no-deal Brexit from the negotiating options, but this brought further chaos. With her cabinet hopelessly split, May appeared to be losing control of events as the government whipped against an amended version of its original motion – and then lost the vote.

Anushka Asthana spent the week in Westminster speaking to some of the key players as events unfolded. She hears from Labour's Jess Phillips and Emily Thornberry, plus Conservative MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg and Sam Gyimah.

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(14/03/2019 @ 23:00)

Fleabag dressing: how the Phoebe Waller-Bridge character became a style inspiration

Lace-up shoes and sixth-former clothes wouldn't normally scream great style, but the leading woman – and her fabulously dressed supporting cast – in the BBC sitcom are just as fashionable as they are funny

For all its gleeful bad taste, Fleabag has become ridiculously chic. The second series opened with Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the ladies' loo of a smart, Ivy-ish London restaurant, wearing a truly excellent black evening jumpsuit. Clean-lined and long-legged with the kind of dramatically wide, daringly deep neckline that requires good posture and tape and a leap of faith, but is totally worth it. Instantly obsessed, I lost an hour that night, attempting to “source” said jumpsuit. I thought it might be the London label Galvan, which makes excellent jumpsuits and has dressed Waller-Bridge before, but it isn't. I found someone on Twitter who thinks she bought that jumpsuit from Topshop in Manchester two years ago, at which point even I had to admit the fashion trail had gone cold.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:49)

How we met: ‘We were saying “I love you” after a week'

Robin, 30, and Cat Lang, 31, are teachers and live in Bradford with their two children. They met at secondary school and have been together since they were 16

Robin and Cat Lang's eight-week-old daughter, asleep in her father's arms, has a middle name they picked out when they had only been going out for a couple of months – 15 years ago. The couple recently re-read the teenage emails they had written to each other, talking about how they would get married and what they would call their children. “We were a bit ridiculous,” says Cat, laughing. “We were saying ‘I love you' after a week.”

They met, aged 11, in the same form at their Harrogate secondary school. “We were both quite geeky but he was in the boy geek group and I was in the girl geek group,” says Cat. “They were always there in the corner, or in the library. We would be in our corner, or in the library.” Did Robin notice the girls? “We were mostly intimidated by them,” he says.

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(19/03/2019 @ 08:00)

Crushed by a giant cheese: 10 of the greatest celebrity moments on Midsomer Murders

As the 20th series starts, who can forget Henry Cavill being bitten by a fox or Orlando Bloom being jabbed with a pitchfork?

You don't know DCI John Barnaby? Younger cousin of Tom, in the same line of work, took over from him in England's deadliest county about six seasons ago? As Midsomer Murders begins, somewhat inconceivably, its 20th season, it is easy to forget that the professional partnership of John Nettles' Barnaby and fresh-faced naif Troy are no longer the beating heart of the show – not least because there are always reruns playing on the telly. But in the 22 years since its first episode aired on ITV, everyone who's anyone in British TV has done their time in Great Britain's murder hotspot. (Make that anyone white. It “wouldn't be the English village” if there were “ethnic minorities involved”, said the show's co creator, Brian True-May, in 2011.)

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(19/03/2019 @ 04:00)

Erasmus scheme in chaos as UK students left in limbo

The 17,000 students about to do a year abroad face huge uncertainty over funding and accommodation

For Alice Watkins, a Manchester University student, a year in Paris, then Madrid, as part of her degree was a dream. Now, with the turmoil of Brexit, she is preparing to arrive in France this summer with nowhere to live and no idea whether the money will still be there to support her.

“It's horrible not knowing,” Watkins says. “We've been told to take at least £1,200 of our own cash to cover us for the first six weeks, and that we can't realistically sort any accommodation before we arrive. Turning up abroad with nowhere to live is a big stress.”

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(19/03/2019 @ 03:15)

‘It's not just you who does the jail sentence, it's the whole family' | Clare Horton

Project allows prisoners to reconnect with children and young relatives by writing them a bedtime story

We're away from our homes, our children, all our possessions. We can't always get on the phone to stay in touchwith people,” says Amanda Robins. “We are the ones who have done wrong and the children suffer a lot – they have done no wrong. It's really important to let them know that.”

Robins, who is serving a sentence at HMP East Sutton Park in Kent, is one of a group of prisoners who have taken part in a project helping maintain bonds between inmates and their families.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:00)

Quiz: can you identify these world cities from their density maps alone?

The LSE Cities Urban Age Programme has created density diagrams showing the number of people living in each square kilometre of a 100km by 100km area for cities around the world. Can you identify them?

Which city is this?





Which city is this?





Which city is this?





Which city is this?




New Delhi

Which city is this?




Hong Kong

Which city is this?

Los Angeles


Cape Town


Which city is this?




Dar es Salaam

Which city is this?

New Orleans



Rio de Janeiro

Which city is this?


New York

Sao Paulo


Which city is this?

Buenos Aires

Mexico City



10 and above.

Well done!

3 and above.

Oh dear

4 and above.

Not bad

2 and above.

Oh dear

0 and above.

Oh dear

1 and above.

Oh dear

LSE Cities says: “Residential density measures how closely people live together. More compact cities have higher densities, while cities that sprawl and have wide open spaces between buildings have lower densities. The pattern of streets, squares and urban blocks – as well as how many people live in residential units – determines the density of a city alongside the height of individual buildings.

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(19/03/2019 @ 08:00)

Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies

After decades of hostility, a shared hatred of Iran – and a mutual fondness for Trump – is bringing Israel's secret links with Gulf kingdoms out into the open. By Ian Black

In mid-February 2019, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, flew to Warsaw for a highly unusual conference. Under the auspices of the US vice-president, Mike Pence, he met the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and two other Gulf states that have no diplomatic relations with Israel. The main item on the agenda was containing Iran. No Palestinians were present. Most of the existing links between Israel and the Gulf have been kept secret – but these talks were not. In fact, Netanyahu's office leaked a video of a closed session, embarrassing the Arab participants.

The meeting publicly showcased the remarkable fact that Israel, as Netanyahu was so keen to advertise, is winning acceptance of a sort from the wealthiest countries in the Arab world – even as the prospects for resolving the longstanding Palestinian issue are at an all-time low. This unprecedented rapprochement has been driven mainly by a shared animosity towards Iran, and by the disruptive new policies of Donald Trump.

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(19/03/2019 @ 02:00)

Sex schedulers: meet the couples who diarise their love lives

How do you keep intimacy alive in a long-term relationship? More and more people are marking it on their calendars, and trying to stick to the commitment

Unless she is travelling, on her period or unwell, every Saturday morning at 7am Ar'nie Rozah Krogh will be doing one thing: having sex with her husband, Anders. As well as that “lazy sex”, they schedule a midweek “get-together” and squeeze in a Sunday morning session if they can. As they have four children, a certain amount of subterfuge is required. In the middle of the week, Krogh may say: “Mummy is so tired she needs a back massage.” This doesn't always work – they got caught last year by their adult daughter.

When making plans in front of the younger children, they use a code word that Krogh will not disclose, other than to say it is the name of a fizzy drink. “I'm not going to tell you what it is. Let's pretend it's Coke. We go: ‘Shall we have a Coke tonight?'”

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(19/03/2019 @ 02:00)

Why you'll never meet a white supremacist who cares about climate change | Rebecca Solnit

Behind the urgency of climate action is the understanding that everything is connected; behind white supremacy is an ideology of separation

As the news of the Christchurch mosque massacre broke and I scoured the news, I came across a map showing that the Friday morning climate strike in Christchurch was close to the bloodbath. I felt terrible for the young people who showed up with hope and idealism, wondered whether the killer or killers chose this particular day to undermine the impact of this global climate action. It was a shocking pairing and also a perfectly coherent one, a clash of opposing ideologies. Behind the urgency of climate action is the understanding that everything is connected; behind white supremacy is an ideology of separation.

Related: Isolationism is deadly. Only global collective action can save us | Noga Levy-Rapoport

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(19/03/2019 @ 07:58)

Universal basic income only goes so far – free public services are essential too | Alfie Stirling

Our weekly allowance may sound like UBI-lite, but it is part of a radical programme to transform lives

Almost 37 years ago to the day, during the fiery aftermath of an early Margaret Thatcher budget, the prime minister was allegedly challenged to name just two economists who endorsed her agenda of cutting public spending in the midst of recession – a prescription that was otherwise sending waves through orthodox academic thinking. “Alan Walters, and Professor Patrick Minford,” she is said to have replied – before later remarking, “thank goodness they didn't ask for three.”

The importance of those 1980s budgets feels a far cry from the subdued status of last week's spring statement. But make no mistake, just as it was in the early 1980s, significant and structural economic reform is once again discernible on the UK's political breeze – albeit currently blowing harder outside government than within.

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(19/03/2019 @ 10:35)

Wake up, Italians – our country is in a state of democratic emergency | Roberto Saviano

With migrants being subject to racist attacks and journalists being left undefended, Italy needs to rediscover its better self

This month marks a year since the last general election in Italy. Three months afterwards Matteo Salvini's League and Luigi di Maio's Five Star Movement (M5S) took power. It's time to take stock – even though, to tell the truth, we can't stop stock-taking – such is the desperate situation the country finds itself in. First and foremost, we are in a democratic emergency. Some feel there's no need for alarm; after all nobody seized power by force, and the government enjoys a high level of popular support (an approval rating of approximately 60%, according to polls). But clearly, just because a government enjoys support we should not stop being clear-eyed about what it is doing. A liberal democracy does not become authoritarian within a few months, but there are signs, however slight and seemingly unconnected, that seem to chart this depressing journey.

A few weeks ago the Italian media greeted with alarm a report the secret services had submitted to parliament. The picture it painted was hugely serious, especially in two areas: the growth of racist incidents as we approach the European elections in May, and the inability – given the propaganda and focus on closing ports to migrants from Libya – to curb secret landings using small, fast boats, which could be bringing passengers linked to terrorist groups.

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(19/03/2019 @ 02:00)

Social media addiction is not natural or normal – but is it really a disease? | Roisin Kiberd

Facebook et al have 3 billion users. We should be focusing on living with it, rather then abandoning, restricting or censoring it

Is social media addictive? The issue is complex, and probably generational.

It's obvious that what social media does to us, especially those of us who are heavy users, is not natural, or normal. It's not normal to submit opinions for approval every day to an online crowd, nor is it normal to consume the opinions of strangers in bulk. It's not normal to live under the surveillance of software companies, which tailor their advertising with such eerie precision that it seems impossible that they are not listening in on our conversations. It's definitely not normal to wake in the night to use social media, or to spend roughly 24 hours a week on it, returning again and again even though it can make us feel depressed and alone. None of these behaviours were normal a few decades ago, nor are they especially useful to us today, but they're practised by billions of people across the world.

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(19/03/2019 @ 11:13)

Naming the Christchurch suspect is a choice. The media must make it carefully | Gaby Hinsliff

Jacinda Ardern won't speak his name. Reporters and politicians must reflect on whether they are fuelling propaganda

DON'T say his name.

Don't share the livestreamed video of the killings, don't read that rambling adolescent nonsense of a manifesto, don't fill newspaper front pages with stories about his childhood. Ever since news broke of the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques, there have been calls to deny the suspect attention in favour of focusing on victims and survivors – and now New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern has put her moral authority behind them.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:06)

While the UK government runs down schools, other countries pour money into theirs | Laura McInerney

China has committed £22bn to education technology research; Britain has given less than £1m

Growing up in northern England I learned that while politicians will always do stupid things, you can't let it get you down. Sure, the government might be ready to walk the country off a cliff – like they did to my little industrial hometown in the 1980s – but it's only when they affect your hope, as well as the economy, that you're truly sunk.

Related: Ministers won't give schools more money until they are visibly falling apart – ask George Osborne | Laura McInerney

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(19/03/2019 @ 02:45)

Team Sky to be renamed Team Ineos as takeover confirmed

• New team will debut at Tour de Yorkshire in early May
• Dave Brailsford hails ‘hugely exciting new chapter'

Team Sky will be renamed Team Ineos after confirmation that Britain's richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has agreed a deal to become the new owner. The launch of Team Ineos will take place at the Tour de Yorkshire which starts in Doncaster on 2 May.

In a statement Sky's team principal, Dave Brailsford, said: “Today's announcement is great news for the team, for cycling fans, and for the sport more widely. It ends the uncertainty around the team and the speed with which it has happened represents a huge vote of confidence in our future. In Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos, I know that we have found the right partner whose vision, passion and pioneering spirit can lead us to even greater success on and off the bike. It heralds the start of a hugely exciting new chapter for us all as Team Ineos.”

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(19/03/2019 @ 11:01)

Adrien Rabiot: the golden boy who became PSG's French football outcast | Ed Aarons

Midfielder should be a force at his club but a contract stand-off and off-pitch behaviour have led to him being frozen out

“It's not that I'm hiding away,” insisted Adrien Rabiot on French television last week. “I am available to the club. If I could play, I would. I've always been a club man …”

Some in the French capital may beg to differ. Last week, three months after his most recent appearance for Paris Saint-Germain, the elegant midfielder with the trademark frizzy hair was handed a two-week suspension for what PSG described as “major faults” in his conduct – namely being pictured at a nightclub hours after the defeat by Manchester United and ‘liking' a tweet from Patrice Evra which celebrated the club's surprise exit. In this era of social media obsession, what greater crime could there be?

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:05)

Brent Sancho: ‘I told Peter Crouch, in Trinidad they absolutely hate you'

Before Trinidad and Tobago face Wales their former defender recalls a ‘bodily assault' by Crouch at the 2006 World Cup

A globetrotting playing career took Brent Sancho from Portland to Priestfield, Ross County to Rochester Rhinos but, speaking to the former Trinidad and Tobago defender, there really is only one place to start: that unforgettable night in Nuremberg at the 2006 World Cup.

For 82 minutes Sancho and Dennis Lawrence, now the manager of the Caribbean nation, had held firm against Sven-Gà¶ran Eriksson's England, until Peter Crouch pulled on Sancho's dreadlocks for leverage and headed beyond Shaka Hislop. Steven Gerrard sealed victory in stoppage time, by which point Crouch had established himself as public enemy No 1.

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(19/03/2019 @ 08:00)

Making Maro Itoje captain could give England a new dimension | Robert Kitson

Recent World Cups and Six Nations have been won by sides led by talismanic forwards at the heart of the action

Whenever England flatter to deceive the mind drifts back to Brighton sea front. The date was 19 September 2015 and the beach was packed with fans awaiting the World Cup pool game between South Africa and Japan. Not a soul – even in Hove, actually – gave the Brave Blossoms any chance of overcoming the mighty Springboks.

Aside, that is, from one man. It emerged afterwards that Japan's head coach, a certain Eddie Jones, had been plotting how to win this particular fixture for two years. He knew South Africa would be bigger and stronger but, despite suffering a stroke in 2013 that put him in hospital for six weeks, he had worked tirelessly to ensure his men were smarter, more technically accurate and ready to go the distance, physically and mentally.

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(19/03/2019 @ 06:59)

The Spin | How a pencil hitting a cigar box jazzed up early TV coverage of the Ashes

Hans Pomeranz's thinking helped bring Test highlights to Australia and ignited his distinguished film career

When Hans Pomeranz died in 2007, the Sydney Morning Herald's obituary described “a force in Australia's film industry”. Born into a Jewish family in Enschede, Netherlands, in 1938, he survived the second world war in an orphanage and, later, by masquerading as the son of a Protestant minister. At the end of the conflict he and what remained of his family – his sister is believed to have died at Auschwitz – were reunited and emigrated to Australia, where he went on to secure an apprenticeship at a film laboratory. He became, in time, an editor of considerable renown, the husband of the film critic and television presenter Margaret Pomeranz, and in 1964 he set up his own editing company, Spectrum Films. His company flourished and continues to do so: with his eldest son, Josh, now in charge it describes itself as “the pre-eminent post production facility in the Australasian region” and in recent years has been used in producing major films including The Matrix, The Great Gatsby and Wolverine.

Related: Ashes could herald new era for Tests with names and numbers on shirts

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(19/03/2019 @ 07:55)

David Squires on … the 50th anniversary of Swindon's greatest moment in sport

Our cartoonist on Swindon's League Cup final win over Arsenal. Yes, more Wiltshire-centric media bias

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(19/03/2019 @ 07:00)

Wanda Metropolitano's record crowd shows English football the way | Suzanne Wrack

The 60,739 gate for Atlético Madrid's match with Barcelona showed that, if you build it, fans of women's football will come

When 60,739 fans filed into the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday to watch Atlético Madrid take on their title rivals Barcelona, a 99-year record was broken. On 26 December 1920, and just under a year before the Football Association banned women's football – a ban that lasted 50 years – 53,000 people filled Goodison Park, with a further 14,000 reportedly turned away, to watch the famous Dick, Kerr Ladies beat St Helens 4-0.

Related: Ji So-yun breaks Durham hearts and fires Chelsea into FA Cup last four

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(19/03/2019 @ 04:35)

Ashes could herald new era for Tests with names and numbers on shirts

• Series will be first in new ICC World Test Championship
• England to face Australia at Edgbaston on 1 August

England's and Australia's cricketers are set to wear shirts with names and numbers on the back during this summer's Ashes – a first in 142 years of Test cricket.

The five-match series that begins at Edgbaston on 1 August following the home World Cup, with England seeking to regain the urn they lost in Australia in 2017-18, is slated to be the first played under the banner of the International Cricket Council's new World Test Championship.

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(18/03/2019 @ 16:30)

Flat Earth rising: meet the people casting aside 2,500 years of science – video

Though not a new phenomenon, flat Earth theory has enjoyed a huge resurgence recently. A YouGov poll indicated that a third of Americans aged 18 to 24 were unsure of the shape of our planet, in spite of scientific proofs from Pythagoras to Nasa. Why has this happened now, and what does it tell us about society today?

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(05/02/2019 @ 04:29)

Akala tells Owen Jones: ‘The black-on-black violence narrative is rooted in empire' – video

Akala talks to the Guardian's Owen Jones about the dangerous legacy of empire, which he argues is directly linked to the black-on-black violence narrative around knife crime in the UK today. The musician and author says he does not believe increased police numbers and tougher prison sentences are the solution to the problem

Akala's ‘Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire' is available here

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(18/03/2019 @ 06:41)

Isis has my kids: I won't stop till I get them home to the US – video

Four years ago, Bashir Shikder's wife Rashida flew from Florida to Syria with the couple's young children to join Isis, ignoring anguished Bashir's repeated pleas for her to return home. Now, after hearing news of his wife's death, and that his children – Yusuf now nine, and Zahra, five – are being held by jihadists in the last corner of the terror group's lands, Bashir travels to Iraq in the hope of crossing the border into Syria and rescuing them.

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(13/03/2019 @ 05:07)

Why your memories can't be trusted – video

Memory does not work like a video tape – it is not stored like a file just waiting to be retrieved. Instead, memories are formed in networks across the brain and every time they are recalled they can be subtly changed. So if these memories are changeable, how much should we trust them? With experts Dr Julia Shaw and Prof Elizabeth Loftus, the Guardian's Max Sanderson explores the mysterious world of human memory, how false memories can be implanted – and how this can be harnessed for good and ill

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(14/03/2019 @ 06:30)

How Ukip normalised far-right politics – video explainer

Since the Brexit vote in 2016, Ukip is no longer primarily concerned with attacking the EU. Now led by Gerard Batten, the party has started to normalise far-right ideas and has given roles to figures including Tommy Robinson. The Guardian's Peter Walker asks how it happened and examines what it means for British politics

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(03/03/2019 @ 11:00)

Brexit breakdown: fear and anger on the Irish border – video

As fears of a no-deal Brexit increase, John Harris and John Domokos go to where everything gets real: the line that separates Northern Ireland and the Republic. In parts of the province where support for Remain and anxiety about what might now happen run deep, they find ghosts from the Troubles, passionate opinions, and a new crop of politicised young musicians, desperate to escape the pull of the past 

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(13/02/2019 @ 08:36)

'My hand was hanging from my wrist': gilets jaunes protesters mutilated by police weapons

Antoine lost his hand during a gilets jaunes (yellow vest) protest in Bordeaux. On the same day Patrice lost the sight in his right eye in Paris. They share their stories as the French police come under scrutiny for using explosive weapons against protesters

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(07/03/2019 @ 10:00)

Why are England's schools at breaking point? – video

According to the government, schools in England are getting more funding than ever. Teachers, however, say they are having to cut staff, classes, equipment and even parts of the curriculum. Sonia Sodha takes a closer look at the issue to uncover the truth 

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(28/02/2019 @ 07:12)

Finding Ashley: a Native American family's desperate search for their missing relative – video

Ashley Heavyrunner Loring was 20 when she disappeared from the Blackfeet reservation in Montana in June 2017. Her family has been searching for her ever since. Ashley was one of more than 5,000 Native American women listed missing in 2017. Lawmakers are calling it an epidemic

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(25/02/2019 @ 04:00)

Somali Night Fever: the little-known story of Somalia's disco era

In the 1970s and 80s Mogadishu's airwaves were filled with Somali funk, disco, soul and reggae. Musicians rocking afros and bell-bottom trousers would perform at the city's trendiest nightclubs during the height of the country's golden era of music. But it was short-lived: a brutal civil war began, musicians fled to all corners of the world and the vibrant music scene came to an end.

Habib and Abdulkadir, two former band mates and best friends, lost touch after the war started, and neither knew if the other was alive. But both kept playing music.

Somali Night Fever tells the story of the people keeping Somali music alive, including these two friends, separated by war but united by the music of the golden era.

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(05/03/2019 @ 08:00)

Is AI the 'worst thing to ever happen to women?' – video

On International Women's Day, the author Jeanette Winterson reads an extract from her book, ‘Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere', in which she describes the threat to women posed by the future dominance of AI, warning society cannot allow it to become a new exclusion zone

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(08/03/2019 @ 07:26)

St Patrick's Day crush death toll could have been higher, say police

Three teenagers died in queue to enter disco at Greenvale hotel in County Tyrone

The death toll at the St Patrick's Day crush, which killed three teenagers in Northern Ireland, could have been much higher, police have said.

Up to 400 people were queueing to enter Greenvale hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone, for a disco at 9.30pm on Sunday when people started to fall and pandemonium broke out, DCS Raymond Murray told a press conference on Tuesday.

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(19/03/2019 @ 10:07)

Pro-Brexit activist James Goddard denies harassing Anna Soubry

‘Yellow vest' protester bailed during chaotic court hearing in London

The self-styled “yellow vest” protester James Goddard has denied calling the MP Anna Soubry a Nazi and a traitor, during a chaotic court hearing in which the judge adjourning proceedings partway through.

Goddard, 29, pleaded not guilty to harassing the politician in Westminster between 18 December 2018 and 8 January 2019. He also denied one count of racially aggravated behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, relating to a police officer, and another count of behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, when he appeared at Westminster magistrates court on Tuesday.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:29)

Lord Ahmed appears in court charged with child sexual offences

Former Labour peer accused of attempted rape and indecent assault in early 1970s

The former Labour peer Nazir Ahmed has appeared in court charged with historical sexual offences against two children.

Lord Ahmed, 61, was charged this month with two counts of attempted rape and one count of indecent assault in the early 1970s.

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(19/03/2019 @ 08:07)

Alice Ruggles' family: police and army could have prevented murder

Council review of killing by ex-partner Trimaan Dhillon makes 20 recommendations

The army and the police could have prevented the death of a 24-year-old woman who was murdered by a jealous and controlling soldier, her family have said.

Alice Ruggles had contacted police about Trimaan Dhillon's stalking in the days before he broke into her Gateshead home and repeatedly cut her throat in October 2016.

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(19/03/2019 @ 06:00)

Walkers crisp packet recycling claims need 'a pinch of salt'

Recycling of 500,000 bags is small fraction of 11m made daily, campaigners say

Claims by the crisp producer Walkers that it has recycled half a million empty crisp packets in three months should be taken with “a pinch of salt” because they represent 0.01% of plastic waste from the number made and sold annually, analysis has found.

The campaign organisation 38 Degrees said Walkers' production of 11 million crisp packets a day meant its new recycling scheme had only led to a tiny fraction being recycled since its launch.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:58)

Office Outlet is latest retailer to go into administration

Former Staples chain with 90 stores hit by falling stationery sales and high street woes

The stationery chain Office Outlet has collapsed into administration, putting 1,200 UK jobs at risk.

The struggling retailer, formerly known as Staples, has 90 stores, predominantly in out-of-town retail parks. Its collapse comes less than a year after its management team resorted to a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) to jettison unwanted stores and slash its rent bill.

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(19/03/2019 @ 08:51)

UK unemployment falls to 44-year low despite Brexit fears

Employers' hiring reduces jobless rate to 3.9%, the lowest since the start of 1975

UK unemployment has dropped to the lowest level in more than 44 years despite mounting fears over Brexit, as employers across the country ramped up hiring at the fastest rate in more than three years.

The Office for National Statistics said Britain's jobless rate fell to a fresh low of 3.9% in the three months to January, down from 4% a month ago, the lowest point since the start of 1975.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:42)

MPs to launch inquiry into ‘survival sex' by benefit claimants

Investigation in response to evidence that poverty forcing women into prostitution

MPs are to launch an inquiry into “survival sex” – where benefit claimants impoverished by universal credit or sanctions have turned to prostitution to pay rent or feed their families.

The Commons work and pensions select committee said the investigation was in response to evidence from charities that increasing numbers of women were forced by poverty into agreeing to sex for money.

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(18/03/2019 @ 20:01)

Jair Bolsonaro backs Trump's border wall ahead of White House meeting

  • Brazil president endorses hardline US immigration policy
  • ‘Vast majority of … immigrants do not have good intentions'

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has endorsed Donald Trump's immigration agenda on the eve of their first meeting at the White House, saying he supports a wall on the US-Mexico border and that most immigrants to the United States wish to do harm.

Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign modeled on Trump's 2016 run, has pledged a new era of pro-American policy in the southern hemisphere's second-largest country.

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(19/03/2019 @ 11:43)

Letter in Utrecht getaway car may suggest terror motive

Firearm seized and buildings searched after suspect held over shooting that killed three

Dutch prosecutors have said they are still considering a possible terrorist motive for Monday's shooting in Utrecht, and have so far uncovered no link between the main suspect and the three people who were killed.

The regional public prosecutor's office said in a statement that the investigators' view was based on the nature of the shooting on Monday, which took place on a tram, and on a letter found in the getaway car.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:23)

Far-right Israeli campaign ad jokes of 'fascism' perfume

Video appears to make light of accusations of ultranationalist and authoritarian politics

Israel's far-right justice minister has released a campaign video for forthcoming elections in which she poses in a mock advertisement for a perfume called “Fascism”.

The move appears to make light of criticism – including accusations of fascism – of Ayelet Shaked's attempts to restructure the Israeli judiciary, which is seen as a barrier to her hard-right agenda.

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(19/03/2019 @ 06:30)

Ardern says she will never speak name of Christchurch suspect

New Zealand leader calls on public to speak names of mosque attack victims instead

Jacinda Ardern has said she will render the person accused over the Christchurch terrorist attack “nameless” and urged the public to speak the victims' names instead.

Addressing parliament for the first time since Friday's attack, the New Zealand prime minister said the accused would face “the full force of the law in New Zealand” but that she would never speak his name.

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(19/03/2019 @ 04:00)

#Superbloom or #poppynightmare? Selfie chaos forces canyon closure

California town bars access to site as stunning flowers draw at least 50,000 visitors

Related: Super bloom: can this tiny California town avoid another 'flowergeddon'?

This weekend thousands of tourists frolicked through fields of poppies in southern California, posting photos tagged #superbloom. But for the town of Lake Elsinore, the influx of visitors quickly became a #poppynightmare.

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(18/03/2019 @ 20:52)

Italian charity ship defies Rome to rescue 50 off Libyan coast

Rescue could spark showdown with government after order not to bring migrants to Italy

An Italian charity ship has rescued about 50 people from a rubber boat off the coast of Libya, prompting Rome to warn it is ready to stop private vessels “once and for all” from bringing rescued migrants to Italy.

The interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has repeatedly declared Italian waters closed to NGO rescue vessels and has left several of them stranded at sea in the past in an attempt to force the rest of Europe to take in more asylum seekers.

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(19/03/2019 @ 07:50)

Record high US temperatures outpace record lows two to one, study finds

Scientists say AP study consistent with peer-reviewed literature and shows clear sign of human-caused climate change

Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows.

The AP looked at 424 weather stations throughout the US lower 48 states that had consistent temperature records since 1920 and counted how many times daily hot temperature records were tied or broken and how many daily cold records were set. In a stable climate, the numbers should be roughly equal.

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(19/03/2019 @ 08:16)

Foreign nationals suspected of Isis links 'not wanted' in Syrian camps

Aid agencies struggle to cope with rise in new arrivals, with scores dying on the way to the settlements

An estimated 7,000 women and children from more than 40 nations, including the US, UK, Australia and Europe, are living in tense and chaotic conditions in camps in north-eastern Syria, where they are “not wanted” due to their supposed affiliation with Islamic State.

Among them are hundreds of unaccompanied or separated children, some just babies as young as five months, according to aid groups and other sources.

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(19/03/2019 @ 03:00)

Mary Anning biopic director defends film's lesbian romance storyline

Kate Winslet picture about renowned fossil hunter had been criticised by relatives for ‘unconfirmed' portrait of her sexuality

The director of a new biopic about the celebrated fossil hunter Mary Anning has defended his film after criticism of its lesbian romance storyline.

Ammonite, which stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, recently began filming in Lyme Regis, the coastal town in Dorset where Anning lived in the early 19th century. Anning never married and is not known to have had any direct descendants, but a report in the Telegraph suggested her distant relatives were at odds over the film's central relationship, a romance between Anning and Frances Bell, with whom Anning is known to have corresponded.

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(19/03/2019 @ 10:05)

Boxing clever: how mind-warping sci-fi came to a Glasgow office block

Ahead of a stage trilogy about technology's advance, Cora Bissett talks GM babies, robot nurses and the timeless power of theatre

A couple's intimate discussions about having a baby take place in a perspex cube, monitored by an apparently benign corporate entity. A mother helps her daughter with a homework assignment via virtual communication tools. And in a highly evolved care facility, a chronically ill woman tests the emotional limits of her robot nurse.

Welcome to Interference, a trilogy of near-future playlets curated and directed for the National Theatre of Scotland by Cora Bissett, whose musical memoir What Girls Are Made Of was one of the major hits of the 2018 Edinburgh fringe.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:18)

Egyptian dissident writer Alaa al-Aswany sued by military prosecutors

Bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building says case against him violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Alaa al-Aswany, the bestselling Egyptian author of The Yacoubian Building, has been sued by military prosecutors in Egypt for “insulting the president, the armed forces and judicial institutions”.

According to his French publisher, Actes Sud, the accusations relate to the columns Aswany has published in Deutsche Welle Arabic, and to his latest novel The Republic, As If, which recounts the events of the 2011 revolution in Egypt. On his Facebook page, Aswany said the case against him was “a clear violation of article 65 of the Egyptian constitution[pdf], which states, ‘Freedom of thought and opinion is guaranteed. All individuals have the right to express their opinion through speech, writing, imagery, or any other means of expression and publication',” and that it was also “a violation of article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Egypt is a signatory”.

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(19/03/2019 @ 11:17)

Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine: how we made Sheriff Fatman

‘We used my flat's rank toilet on the record sleeve with my guitar shoved into it – though I put a plastic bag over it first'

I had read about a dodgy landlord in the South London Press. The drug-dealing, the “phoney prescriptions”, the awful living conditions for his tenants: it was all in the newspaper, even his physical stature. All I had to do was change his name – and I'd turned an awful story into poetry and pop music.

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(19/03/2019 @ 02:00)

Love Death & Robots review – prestige TV with added sexbots

Perfect for anyone with a low attention span, David Fincher's pic'n'mix show is short, satisfyingly wicked and self-consciously NSFW

If being online constantly has hacked away at our attention spans, commissioning the future-shock pic'n'mix Love Death & Robots seems like a smart move by Netflix. This is prestige TV in convenient pill form: a sprawling anthology of 18 animated shorts that run at an average of just 12 minutes, lashed together by a prominent David Fincher producing credit.

After Se7en, Fight Club and even Netflix's own compromised House of Cards, the Fincher imprimatur remains shorthand for scowling grittiness and artful nihilism. It is hardly surprising, then, that a high percentage of Love Death and Robots is self-consciously NSFW. The suggested opener Sonnie's Edge – a brutal tale of gladiatorial bloodsport using mind-controlled aliens – drops its first C-bomb in the opening minutes and blithely uses violent sexual assault as a plot point.

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(19/03/2019 @ 06:29)

Captain Marvel flexes her superpowers at UK box office

Brie Larson vehicle overtakes lifetime total of many Marvel films, while Britcom Fisherman's Friends sails into second place

Captain Marvel may have dropped by 48% from its UK opening salvo, but a haul of £6.64m represents the second biggest weekend takings of the year so far, beaten only by its debut session of £12.75m. Captain Marvel's total after 10 days is a spiffy £23.7m.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:26)

Pretty greens: nine secret city parks – in pictures

Cities are exciting but it's important to have tree-filled pockets of calm amid the intensity. These tranquil, green spaces offer a welcome oasis from noisy traffic and soaring structures

Yorkshire Tea is planting a million trees over five years – with a bit of help from the Woodland Trust, UK schoolchildren and Kenyan tea farmers. Learn more at

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(08/03/2019 @ 11:49)

It all adds up: nine tips to boost your personal finances

Do you have zombie accounts? Are you missing out on tax relief? Give your lazy money a shot in the arm with these simple steps

Everybody wants their money to work harder, but many of us still have money sitting in miserly zero- or low-interest accounts, or run up credit card bills as we put savings away, rather than clearing our debts.

Getting your finances shipshape can be seem a daunting prospect – and it's true that some long-term investment decisions need a lot of thought plus, perhaps, professional advice – but there are some very simple steps you can start making today without needing to be a money expert. These tiny shifts in attitude and behaviour will wake up your lazy money, and can add up to significant savings throughout the year.

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(11/02/2019 @ 11:09)

Tidy up your life admin this spring

From getting smarter with your phone to being diligent with direct debits, here's a simple guide to managing those home costs

For many of us, spring signifies the time to give our homes a cathartic cleanse, getting on top of the housework and clearing out the cobwebs. But what about taking care of life admin and giving that a good old spring clean too?

With savings to be made almost everywhere, you should be able to improve upon your current deals. Be it energy tariffs, phone contracts, or the multitude of insurance policies you have, here are some fast ways to help tidy up your contracts, commitments and monthly outgoings.

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(15/03/2019 @ 08:40)

10 of the best cycling accessories

From safety essentials to top-rated bike computers, power meters and training tools, these fine accessories will transform your two-wheeled adventures

Whether your cycling pursuits involve tackling the urban jungle or epic trails, there are some essentials you'll need. Bright lights, solid reflectors and an impenetrable lock, for starters. But there are also some other useful bits of kit you should consider taking along for the ride – such as a multitool and a mini pump for those roadside emergencies. And if your bike is designed for more than the recreational Sunday amble, there's some really nifty tech to help you make the most of it. Here's a selection of the best cycling accessories to invest in.

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(18/03/2019 @ 03:30)

Is the hunt for a white chocolate Creme Egg making Britain's kids obese?

Cadbury's Easter promotion has been criticised for encouraging children to eat hundreds of chocolates – and then there's the row over their attempt to get kids active

Name: The Creme Egg hunt.

Age: The season starts in January and runs until Easter.

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(19/03/2019 @ 10:49)

My wife believes it is normal to lose interest in sex post-menopause – but I disagree

I'm 50, she is 48 and her sex drive has plummeted. The situation is starting to damage our relationship

I am a man with a female partner – I will be 51 in a few months, and she is 48. Until a little over a year ago we had a very healthy sex life, but she was hit hard by menopausal symptoms, and along with many of the typical problems associated with that situation, her sex drive has plummeted. She started taking Chinese herbal medication about six months ago, and is now feeling much better. However, the medication does not address any hormonal issues, and she has utterly lost interest in sex. I have asked her many times to go to a doctor to discuss this. The problem is that she thinks the current situation is completely normal – that it is natural that people lose appetite for sex when they reach our age. She cannot understand why I still want to have sex, and has even told me that I am the one who should undergo counselling for this.

The situation is starting to damage our relationship, as after being rejected countless times I now feel constrained from even touching her in a sensuous way. What should I do?

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(19/03/2019 @ 04:00)

Welcome to hell, fellas! Now the world of fashion is coming for you, too | Arwa Mahdawi

After centuries of women being given rigid rules about how they should dress, a recent article in the Observer gave men similar advice – and it didn't go over well

I'm going to let you in on a little secret about the Feminist Agenda™: we're not actually too bothered about equal rights and bodily autonomy and all that other guff. No, what we're really interested in is equal misery. We want to make men suffer. (Why else do you think they were called the suffragettes?)

Related: Evolution of man: the rise and rise of the male wellness sector

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(19/03/2019 @ 06:00)

Why the NHS wants patients to poo, pee and be sick

The health service is ditching words such as faeces, urine and vomit in favour of simpler language that everyone can understand

Name: Poo.

Also known as: Faeces, stool, excrement, ordure and several less polite alternatives.

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(19/03/2019 @ 03:00)

Should alcohol be banned on flights?

The government is reviewing airport licensing laws. But after another drunken brawl on a plane, should passengers be breathalysed before boarding – or even forbidden from boozing?

Since commercial airlines took to the air, drinking and flying have tended to go hand in hand, with drink seeming to add to the pleasing sense of disembodiment at 36,000ft. But for how much longer? In the face of a rising tide of drink-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour, highlighted by a boozy confrontation on a flight from Glasgow to Tenerife over the weekend that ended with one man badly injured, there are increasing calls for booze on flights and at airports to be restricted.

The government is reviewing licensing laws at airports as part of a broad rethink of aviation policy. It has yet to report, but World Duty Free has pre-empted any official announcement with its own initiative – selling duty-free booze only in sealed bags that, in theory, cannot easily be opened on the plane.

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(18/03/2019 @ 11:44)

Avocad-NO: why does everyone hate the Shepard avocado?

The Shepard avocado is consistently smashed online – and hatred of the green menace intensifies as Hass avocados go out of season

Over the weekend, as the internet vented fierce joy at watching a teenage boy crack an egg on an Australian senator's noggin, an even more hardboiled take emerged: “Please stop wasting eggs throw Shepard avocados.”

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(18/03/2019 @ 22:18)

Gender pay gap: has anything changed in your workplace since last year?

We'd like to know if there are any initiatives that have worked where you are, and what else can be done to close the gap

Since changes were made to the Equality Act in April 2017, companies in England, Wales and Scotland with more than 250 employees are required to report their gender pay gap figures. Private companies have until 4 April with public bodies only having until 30 March.

A year on from when first reports were published in 2018, we'd now like to hear your experiences and stories of how it has been where you work.

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(18/03/2019 @ 08:25)

'It's all gibberish' – songs that define the UK political climate

Are we on a road to nowhere? Do you wanna be sedated? Readers offer musical suggestions reflecting the uncertainty surrounding Brexit

We asked you to tell us which songs reflect the uncertainty of life – ones that seem to sum up Britain's current aimlessness amid Brexit negotiations, or that you reach for when you don't know where else to turn. Hundreds of you got in touch with your ideas – here's what some of you said. We've also collated 100 of the best suggestions into a Spotify playlist below.

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(18/03/2019 @ 10:40)

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

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

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

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

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(17/03/2019 @ 05:00)

‘It is a travesty': readers on delaying Brexit

You have been reacting in the comments to request an extension to article 50 and discussing what might be next for Brexit

There is so much talk from Brexiteers about the democratic deficit in this shambolic stunt. About 17 million people being denied their right to Brexit, but 66 million people live in the UK so it is hardly the will of the people. So how it is democratic to ask parliament to vote for the third time on a deal that has been resoundingly rejected twice - surely this cannot be constitutionally allowed? This is only the beginning. No one quite realises that we have years to come of Brexit negotiations. The WA is exactly that we have to now negotiate the future relationship – it is a travesty. ABroadNorthernMum

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(15/03/2019 @ 05:48)

'More animal than ever': Europeans find joy in John Bercow

Continental press warms to Speaker's style, but rumours swirl No 10 may block customary peerage

As Europeans on the continent have watched the UK's Brexit car crash, one figure offered some light relief to those new to the peculiarities of British politics.

The often thunderous pronouncements of John Bercow, the verbose Speaker of the House of Commons, have become the subject of numerous profiles in newspapers, and a fair few highlights videos, shared heavily on social media.

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(17/01/2019 @ 05:34)

'Flintstone' house sparks lawsuit from California town: 'It's an eyesore'

The quirky home features dinosaurs and a sign proclaiming ‘Yabba-dabba-doo', but neighbors aren't amused

California architecture has captured the world's imagination with its classic midcentury bungalows and beach houses. But one architectural landmark in the state has gone a distinctively different route, and it's not to the town's liking.

The “Flintstones” home in northern California appears to take its architectural cues from the town of Bedrock. The experimental house was built in the 1970s using a technique that involved spraying concrete to create curved walls. The result is a building where Fred and Wilma would feel at home, and it has become a landmark for drivers passing on I-280.

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(18/03/2019 @ 18:01)

Slaughterhouse-Five blurs time – and increases the power of reality

Does Kurt Vonnegut expect us to believe his crazy story? This novel may be funny, but it's still deadly serious

“After Trout became famous,” wrote Kurt Vonnegut in Breakfast Of Champions, “of course, one of the biggest mysteries about him was whether he was kidding or not.”

Kilgore Trout is a recurring character in Vonnegut's books and the author of many science-fiction novels. Breakfast of Champions is the first book Vonnegut (the author of many science-fiction novels) wrote after Slaughterhouse-Five had made him famous. And the question of how seriously to take him confronts all his readers.

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(19/03/2019 @ 08:00)

'It could be terrible for us': how one British high street is preparing for Brexit

York's Bishopthorpe Road has gone from strength to strength in recent years. But can its shopkeepers overcome their latest and perhaps greatest challenge?

In a tiny, windowless back office, Dan Ebdon is hunched over a computer screen. “I'm trying to find a Victorian-style ash pan,” he says. “But I'm struggling.”

His knees are pressed against rolls of black bin liners, the shelves at his elbow hold drums of cable and chain, and hanging overhead are racks of wood mouldings, all part of this hardware shop's 25,000 products. “I must have spent an hour on this,” he sighs.

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(19/03/2019 @ 02:00)

Fox News: how an anti-Obama fringe set the stage for Trump

The election of America's first black president marked a tipping point on the road to becoming a mouthpiece for Trump

Shortly after Barack Obama was elected president, Roger Ailes, then the chairman and CEO of Fox News, moved into action.

“I see this as the Alamo,” Ailes said, invoking the 1835 battle for Texas' independence from Mexico.

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(19/03/2019 @ 01:00)

'It's about saving lives': inside the UK's first licensed drug testing service

Anonymous service lets users know if drugs are contaminated and can alert to risky batches

It is the final day of a month-long trial of the UK's first Home Office-licensed drug testing service and in a clinic in Weston-Super-Mare the door to a spare office room being used as a makeshift lab is marked: “Engaged”.

Behind it, a drug sample deposited moments earlier is being checked by a small team led by Roz Gittins, the Addaction clinic's director of pharmacy, and Dr Amira Guirguis, the principal investigator for the project and a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.

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(19/03/2019 @ 02:00)

White shoes and a tall ship: Tuesday's best photos

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

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:01)

At home in the remote snow forests of Russia – in pictures

Elena Anosova, a Russia-based photographer, travelled to Siberia to document isolated communities for her project Out of the Way. The village of Taiga has a population of 100 adults, the closest town is 185 miles away, and a helicopter shuttle visits twice a month at the most

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(19/03/2019 @ 04:00)

Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa

‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise'

Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues. There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty World, my series of shots taken in southern Kenya in 2017.

Each work is a composite of two images: the animals photographed first and the humans second, shot weeks apart. We worked on Maasai community ranchland, near Amboseli National Park. I needed a location that had both wildlife habitat and unprotected land inhabited by people. I also wanted it to be extremely denuded, due to overgrazing: the dust was important from an aesthetic point of view.

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(19/03/2019 @ 09:00)

Vivian Cherry: a lifetime photographing New York's streets – in pictures

The acclaimed photographer has died at the age of 98, leaving behind a long and storied career filled with gritty and inclusive imagery of life in New York

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(19/03/2019 @ 04:00)

Overexposed: Francis Bruguière's impossible worlds – in pictures

The US artist experimented wildly to produce his haunting images. This collection of unpublished work is set to go under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions in London on March 19th

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(19/03/2019 @ 03:00)

Rough seas and a respectful haka: Monday's best photos

The Guardian's picture editors select photo highlights from around the world, including a tribute to the victims of the Christchurch shootings

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(18/03/2019 @ 10:08)

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- Nouveaux programmes du lycée : publiés au BO spécial n°1 du 22 janvier 2019
- Eduscol:  "Vers le BAC 2021": outils et ressources pour la mise en œuvre; textes de référence; présentation de la réforme du baccalauréat.

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