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Irish abortion referendum: exit polls predict landslide for yes as count begins – live

Follow live as votes are counted in Ireland’s referendum on the eighth amendment

More pressure on Northern Ireland over its restrictive abortion laws from Clare Murphy, external affairs director at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas).

Ireland’s voters have shown that denying women the right to abortion services in their own country in 2018 is not acceptable, she said:

This is a momentous step forward that is long overdue. For decades, Irish women have been forced to travel hundreds of miles to our clinics in England, often alone, at a huge personal and emotional cost.

The result, once confirmed, means that the Irish government can bring an end to this suffering, and legislate to provide the care women need at home. Now more than ever it is time for the UK government to show the same respect for the women of Northern Ireland.

The Guardian’s Lisa O’Carroll is watching the count in Roscommon, traditionally one of Ireland’s most conservative counties, and reports that even there, the yes campaign looks to be doing well.

Plenty of yes campaigners with their “repeal” jumpers here at Roscommon count. Early stages here but so far all tallies I’ve spoken to have recorded a lead to “yes” apart from one rural area. One of 7 Ros town boxes was 201 to 146: another 156 “yes” to 125 another 91 to 91

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05/26/2018 09:32 AM
Support for Ireland's abortion ban appears to have melted away

No campaign counted on rural votes but early exit polls suggest they didn’t swing their way

Ruth Shaw was one of hundreds, perhaps thousands of Irish voters who flew home or stayed home, cancelled holidays or came back early, so they could cast a vote to end Ireland’s decades-old ban on abortion.

They thought their votes might be needed to tip the balance. In the end, though, they joined what seems to be an unforeseen landslide of support for change.

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05/25/2018 11:23 PM
'They sat and watched them turn to ashes': Grenfell anger spills out

Relatives of two entire families who died in tragedy give tributes during inquiry hearing

Anger at the government response to the Grenfell Tower fire has burst into the open at the public inquiry, as relatives of two entire families who were killed delivered gruelling personal tributes and a nine-year-old girl became the youngest person to speak about her grief.

Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the inquiry chairman, presided over an emotional end to a week in which tributes have been paid to 47 of the 72 who died as a result of the fire.

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05/25/2018 05:32 PM
Liverpool's mayor unable to resolve flight 'shambles' for 730 fans

Club to reimburse people who cannot make Champions League final in Kiev

Liverpool fans whose flights to watch their side in the Champions League final in Ukraine were cancelled face bitter disappointment after the city’s mayor said he had been unable to resolve the “utter shambles” in time.

More than 700 supporters face missing the game after two operators cancelled a total of three flights to Kiev because landing slots could not be allocated for them.

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05/25/2018 07:52 PM
Majority of EU27 favour 'simple' approach on Britons’ residency

Only about 10 countries likely to use system similar to that planned by UK for EU nationals

A majority of the EU27 do not plan to force UK nationals living within their borders to apply for a special residency status after Brexit, in contrast to the UK government’s treatment of EU nationals.

An initial meeting of officials and diplomats in Brussels on the treatment of UK nationals post-Brexit found a mood in favour of a “smooth and simple” approach.

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05/25/2018 04:22 PM
Hawaii volcano: 'lava tide' flows down street, destroying dozens more properties

Residents flee as Kilauea continues its most destructive eruption in decades

A tide of molten rock turned a Hawaii street into a volcanic wasteland on Friday as the number of homes destroyed by the erupting Kilauea volcano soared and authorities told residents to flee a surge of lava.

The destructive fury of the erupting Kilauea volcano was unleashed on the Big Island’s Leilani Estates housing development, with the number of homes and other structures destroyed leaping to 82 from a previous count of 50, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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05/26/2018 04:23 AM
Afghan interpreters working for UK army ‘failed’ by government

Britain must abandon policy of leaving ex-staff dangerously exposed, says Commons report

The government has “dismally failed” to protect Afghans who worked as interpreters for the British army and are now at risk from the Taliban and Islamic State, according to a Commons defence select committee report.

The study criticises the Home Office and Ministry of Defence for not fulfilling obligations towards thousands of Afghans who worked for British forces, many of them on the frontline.

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05/25/2018 11:01 PM
Harvey Weinstein appears in court charged with rape and other sexual offences

Disgraced movie producer handed himself in to New York police on Friday morning over claims by two women

The disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for alleged incidents involving two separate women, after he earlier surrendered to authorities in New York.

During a brief court appearance on Friday, Weinstein remained quiet as his lawyers agreed he would post $1m (£750,000) bail and wear an electronic monitoring device. He also surrendered his passport, and agreed not to travel beyond New York and Connecticut.

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05/25/2018 04:51 PM
Putin accuses Britain of blaming 'all their mortal sins' on Russia

President’s remarks come after comments by Boris Johnson about downing of MH17 plane

Vladimir Putin has accused the British of blaming “all their mortal sins” on Russia, saying undue accusations have been placed at Moscow’s door for everything from Brexit to the Skripal poisoning and the downing of MH17.

The Russian president dismissed suggestions that Russian hackers had been interfering in state affairs, claiming this was “not in line with our policy”.

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05/25/2018 08:36 PM
Breast cancer screening error may affect thousands more

Invitation glitch could date back further than previously thought, says cancer specialist

Many more women could have missed out on breast cancer screening invitations dating back further than previously thought, according to a cancer expert.

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said this month that women’s lives may have been cut short by an IT error, which meant 450,000 patients in England missed crucial examinations.

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05/25/2018 10:15 PM
Man, 95, arrested on suspicion of murdering carer in London

Woman, 61, dies in hospital in north of capital after being admitted with head injuries

A 95-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his carer after a woman died in hospital, police have said.

The Metropolitan police said they believed the 61-year-old woman’s injuries were sustained at a residential address in Islington, north London, where she was doing care work.

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05/25/2018 08:07 PM
Sun, sea and quills: Duchess of Sussex's coat of arms gets a splash of California

Blue background represents Pacific Ocean, while quills denote communication and the power of words, says palace

A coat of arms has been created for Meghan Markle featuring California’s state flower and a blue background to represent the Pacific Ocean.

Meghan, who is now known as the Duchess of Sussex, joined Britain’s royal family when she married Prince Harry at Windsor Castle home last Saturday.

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05/26/2018 01:11 AM
Chelsea Clinton: ‘I’ve had vitriol flung at me for as long as I can remember’

The former first daughter on privilege, female leadership, dealing with critics, and how Trump ‘degrades what it means to be American’

When the American media describe Chelsea Clinton as royalty, they refer not to her popularity but to her ubiquity. Her very first home was the governor’s mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas; the family home she left for university 18 years later was the White House. Ordinarily, it’s only young royals who grow up in lavish official residences and the pitiless media spotlight, a permanent presence in our consciousness. It is a uniquely strange and unenviable version of celebrity that stole Clinton’s anonymity before she was old enough to spell it.

When we meet there is, therefore, a disconcerting sense of deja vu. Everything begins exactly as one might expect. On the previous day there had been the pre-interview call from one of her handlers, who was ostensibly warm and yet conveyed an impression of wary control, leaving me worried about how far I’d be allowed to stray from the subject of Clinton’s new book. The interview takes place at the Clinton Foundation, a vast but discreetly unadvertised expanse of midtown Manhattan office space populated by serious-looking people and elegantly adorned by African-inspired artwork chosen by Clinton’s father. Clinton is waiting in the glass boardroom; the interview starts precisely on schedule, to the second.

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05/26/2018 07:59 AM
Life and death on a superyacht: 'If something goes wrong, they can just raise the anchor and leave'

Crewing can seem a glamour-filled job. But at least three young Brits have lost their lives, as Rupert Neate reports

If Dirk Zimmerman’s boss fancies a fresh tomato salad, the 35-year-old German hangs up his chef’s apron, dons a headset and takes to the skies. Zimmerman, who has been working on superyachts for more than a decade, has lost count of the number of times he’s been sent out on a ship’s helicopter or seaplane to source food, from courgettes in Oman to truffles in Argentina or vine tomatoes from a nearby Pacific atoll.

“It might shock you to know how much money some people spend privately,” he says as he prepares sushi in the professional-grade kitchen on the 60-metre St David, moored in Monaco. “But to be able to take a helicopter and fly two hours somewhere to get the boss’s preferences makes his day.”

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05/26/2018 07:00 AM
Forking hell! Is The Good Place the ultimate TV show for our times?

Michael Schur’s series about heaven and hell was not meant to be topical, but it’s become the ideal antidote to the news cycle

Warning: this article contains spoilers

If there’s one thing that hit Netflix show The Good Place is absolutely, definitely not about, it’s The State of the World Today. Intentionally, anyway. For one thing, this feelgood sitcom isn’t even set in our world, but in a non-denominational afterlife you might call “Heaven”. This is the Good Place of the title, where Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) finds herself in the show’s opening episode and soon concludes she’s been sent in error.

The Good Place is for the likes of beautiful philanthropist Tahani (Jameela Jamil), silent Buddhist monk Jianyu (Manny Jacinto) and earnest ethics professor Chidi (William Jackson Harper). Eleanor, on the other hand, is the kind of garbage person who reads Celebrity Baby Plastic Surgery Disasters magazine and sells fake medicine to the elderly for a living. Still, understandably, she wants to stay, so spends most of season one trying to keep her secret from Michael (Ted Danson), the angel-architect overseeing the Good Place neighbourhood.

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05/26/2018 05:59 AM
Burning issue: Are wood-burning stoves going to get the chop?
With the government aiming to clean up the UK’s air quality, wood burners and open fires are likely to come under scrutiny

Millions of households with open fires and wood-burning stoves could face curbs on their use after the government unveiled plans to clean up the UK’s air quality.

Although this week’s announcement was short on detail, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, said he was ready to legislate to ensure only the “cleanest” domestic fuels would be available for sale. About 10% of UK homes (2.5 million) have an open fire or wood-burning stove.

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05/26/2018 06:00 AM
Bristol University faces growing anger after student suicides

Backdrop to exam season is mounting concern about student mental health

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05/26/2018 05:00 AM
Tim Dowling: Oprah and I turned up too early for the royal wedding

‘Still,’ I say, to no one. ‘Nice day for it.’

My wife is on holiday in Spain, riding horses with a friend. I’ve been on my own for about 24 hours, and I have already started talking to myself. With no one in the room to look up occasionally and say, “What are you going on about now?”, my exterior monologue has become a ceaseless narration. The dog thinks I’m talking to the dog. The dog is wrong.

On Saturday morning I find myself alone in front of the TV, watching preliminary coverage of the royal wedding. I find it particularly compelling because absolutely nothing is happening. There are still almost two hours to go before kick-off.

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05/26/2018 05:00 AM
Ronaldo v Salah – the head-to-head set to define Champions League final

Mohamed Salah, in the red of Liverpool, and Cristiano Ronaldo, in the white of Real Madrid, will be expected to score goals tonight worthy of European football’s annual showpiece

Two teams of 11 men apiece will emerge into the Olympic stadium in Kiev on Saturday night for the 2018 Champions League final but much of the attention of Europe’s fans will be focused on two individuals whose head-to-head battle is likely to define an outcome worth not just around £80m to the winner but pride and prestige of incalculable value.

Mohamed Salah, in the red of Liverpool, and Cristiano Ronaldo, in the white of Real Madrid, will be expected to score goals worthy of European football’s annual showpiece. In that sense the two men play the same role but in very different ways and with strongly contrasting personal styles.

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05/26/2018 07:30 AM
Sergio Ramos set for one more epic display of leadership for Real Madrid | Sid Lowe

He raps, has dozens of tattoos and knows nothing but Champions League success as Madrid’s captain

Sergio Ramos was born with golden balls. That’s what Sergio Ramos says, anyway – and, he adds, they’re right where they’re supposed to be. It’s no Ossie’s Dream and it’s not the Anfield Rap either, but this week Real Madrid’s captain released a cup final song of his own: a European Cup final song, offered up with the words “my house, some friends, a lot of magic and this is the result: my life in a song and lots of verses still to write”. With the usual rapper’s brag and bravado, SR4 tells his journey from the streets – well, the square in Camas, Seville – to the World Cup and close to another Champions League title. Already “a legend,” as the track has it, it would be his fourth.

Nothing was handed over free, runs one line of the rap; “his ‘testiculine’ is not for sale, it comes out as a Panenka” – that moment when, in the semi-final of the 2012 European Championship, he dinked in a penalty. That was one of a handful of moments that define a player with a gift for the epic and the grand gesture, for goals too, late ones, important ones, who is almost a cartoon character at times. It was also two months since the European Cup semi-final when, during the shootout, he sent the ball sailing over the bar and some, including Manuel Neuer, into fits of laughter. That night Ramos vowed that he would show them. So he did.

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05/26/2018 08:00 AM
England v Pakistan: first Test, day three – live!

Jimmy Anderson has a pre-cricket chat:

We’re obvously behind in the game. It’s down to us to get this last wicket and then put on a good show with the bat. If we can match what Pakistan get in this innings, it gives us something to bowl at.

Potentially in hindsight yes but I also think we didn’t do ourselves justice with the bat. Again with the ball, I think we bowled pretty well yesterday and on another day I think we could have bowled them out much cheaper.

Yesterday I didn’t think the ball did as much as the first day. We want to bowl that fuller length and find that edge, it depends on the batsman you bowl at.

We talk a lot about length, but if you’re not making the batsman play it doesn’t matter what length you bowl. I like bowling this end when the ball’s swinging. My grouping is a lot better from this end in terms of line.

I didn’t feel in particularly great rhythm from this end. It’s just the way it goes. As a captain, you want your in-form bowlers to take the new ball and I was probably down the pecking order a bit yesterday.

We met up on Monday, and we put so much work in on the catching, in the slips in particular. It’s frustrating, but they’re not doing it on purpose. We’ve got areas to improve and the catching is one of them. We’ve put in a lot of work trying to get that better.

Weather watch: it has rained overnight in north London but currently it’s brighter than it was at any stage yesterday, and no further rain is forecast until this evening. So, we’re all set.

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05/26/2018 09:17 AM
Chris Froome grabs Giro d’Italia lead with extraordinary solo salvo

• Remarkable breakaway catapults Briton to the front
• Simon Yates falls out of contention amid stage drama

On one of the most extraordinary days in Giro d’Italia history Chris Froome produced a performance that ripped the breath away, obliterating his rivals with a solo 80km escape to seize the maglia rosa with two stages remaining.

It was remarkable to watch, especially up close. For not only did Froome defy a series of brutal climbs and temperatures that climbed into the 80s but he continued to take massive chunks of time out of the overnight leader, Simon Yates, and then Tom Dumoulin during a breakaway that began on the Colle Delle Finestre and lasted more than two hours.

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05/25/2018 05:41 PM
Drills, travels and tactics: the keys to Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham success | Paul MacInnes

‘The Manchester City of the Championship’ take on Villa in the play-off final with much to thank their Serbian manager for

When Neil Warnock described Fulham as “the Manchester City of the Championship” he was not talking about the transfer fees. Fulham had a net spend of around £3m this season and their most expensive signing, the forward Rui Fonte, has been a conspicuous failure. No, the Cardiff manager was talking about the passing. Top in the division for completion (83.1%) and total passes (24,857), Fulham were also the side with the most accurate short passes, second most shots on target and the highest average possession.

Related: Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce seeks solace on pitch after torrid few months

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05/26/2018 08:00 AM
AB de Villiers departs and leaves a Picasso-sized hole in cricket | Barney Ronay

AB de Villiers learned his craft before T20 was invented but made the game look easy, regardless of the format

It seems odd now but English people really did used to hate Pablo Picasso, godfather of cubism and the great all-format all-rounder of 20th century art. When Picasso died in 1973 Kingsley Amis wrote in a letter to Philip Larkin: “I see Pablo the piss-poor paint-pusher has fallen off the hooks at last.” Thirty years earlier Winston Churchill is said to have expressed a willingness to “kick him up the backside” if he saw Picasso walking down Whitehall. Evelyn Waugh went through a period of routinely signing off his letters “Death To Picasso!”

Weird. Foreign. Improvisational. Both eyes on same side of face. This seems to have been the basic tone of the objections to Pablo the paint-pusher, who is, needless to say, still going pretty strong and is this year expected to break his own single-year record of $568m of piss-poor artworks sold.

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05/26/2018 08:00 AM
Schalk Brits has no regrets about ending nine-year Saracens career

The ‘Peter Pan’ of north London rugby is planning to celebrate whatever the result of Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham

Schalk Brits will be celebrating win, lose or draw after Saturday’s Premiership final. The South African hooker brings the curtain down on nine remarkable years with Saracens after yet another final, before beginning another career in finance, starting with a masters degree at Oxford.

He admits the doubts of whether he may have a bit more rugby left in him have been surfacing more than usual of late – at the start of the season he was described as “Peter Pan” by his director of rugby – but it is not a decision the 37-year-old seems to regret.

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05/25/2018 09:00 PM
Talking Horses: Battaash can burn off rivals in Temple Stakes
The credentials of this Prix de l’Abbaye winner are hard to fault at Haydock

There are a few things for odds-on gamblers to worry about as Battaash (4.00) returns to the track in Saturday’s Temple Stakes at Haydock. Personally, if I’m going to back something at 8-11 or similar, I prefer to know that this race is the big day.

No such comfort is available because the Haydock contest is a reappearance run, intended to get the freshness out of this zippy sort before Royal Ascot. He is giving weight to all his rivals and is partnered by the owner’s second jockey because the No 1 has gone to Ireland for the day. All the same the credentials of this Prix de l’Abbaye winner are hard to fault. He is easily the most likely winner and I would rather be with him than against him, even at such short odds.

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05/25/2018 11:11 PM
How Corbyn could become prime minister – and keep us in the EU | John Palmer

Unhappy Brexiteers could yet force an October general election, and open the way for the Labour leader to reshape Brexit

The idea that the British people are on the brink of “liberation” from the European Union is starting to look very odd indeed. The evidence increasingly suggests that by the middle of the next decade, we may very well still be fully bound by most of the key terms and conditions of EU membership.

Yet while we may be obliged to accept EU laws and regulations affecting the single market and the customs union and still have to pay into the EU budget, the British people may notice one difference: we will have neither voice nor vote in determining European laws and regulations. We will be law-takers, not lawmakers.

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05/26/2018 07:00 AM
All hail the renaissance of Hugh Grant, freed from decades of romcom hell

In the past two years he has produced the best work of his life, including his latest turn in A Very English Scandal

Back in the mid-90s, shortly after I saw Four Weddings And A Funeral – when I, along with half the females in this country, developed a profound soft spot for Hugh Grant – I went to see the adaption of Beryl Bainbridge’s novel An Awfully Big Adventure, purely because he starred in it. The rest of the cinema audience had clearly come for the same reason, and we all made a collective excitable giggle when he appeared on screen. But those giggles died down pretty fast, because this was no Four Weddings. Grant plays a predatory, charismatic gay theatre director named Meredith who callously toys with the minds of women and the bodies of men. “What he wants is hearts,” someone explains to one of Meredith’s devastated victims.

For too long, it seemed this was Grant’s problem: all he wanted was hearts. He was terrific in An Awfully Big Adventure, and yet afterwards he reverted to romantic comedy landfill, playing dippy Englishmen who had tics instead of personalities, with diminishing returns: Nine Months, Two Weeks Notice, Mickey Blue Eyes, Did You Hear About the Morgans? (No, and for good reason, too.) Richard Curtis tried to help by writing increasingly washed-out versions of the character he played in Four Weddings, resulting in the execrable Love Actually.

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05/26/2018 07:59 AM
Terribly sorry – but Britain’s famed politeness may be a myth | Lynne Murphy
Research shows that English speakers are rather keen on saying thank you. But are we really expressing our gratitude?

In 2015, Simeon Floyd, then of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, gave a lecture in Antwerp about expressions of gratitude in eight cultures around the world. I was lucky enough to be there, and have been thinking ever since about the videos he showed. In one, a Cha’palaa speaker in Ecuador goes to a hole-in-the-wall shop and asks for some cooking oil. Receiving it, he turns away and leaves. In another, a British student eyes up another’s biscuits and asks for one. As he reaches into the proffered packet, he smiles and says, “Sweet!”

Related: To Brits with knickers in a twist over Americanisms: don't get your panties in a bunch

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05/26/2018 05:00 AM
Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and the North Korea summit – cartoon
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05/25/2018 06:03 PM
I feared the Grenfell tributes would be mawkish. I was wrong | Ian Jack

Past inquiries, stretching back to the Titanic, paid scant attention to ordinary victims. I am glad times have moved on

Grief has its various accessories. Over two floors of the Millennium Gloucester hotel, in west London, they come in the form of bottled water, boxes of paper tissues and a space marked as a “breakout area for BSRs”, meaning for those bereaved by the Grenfell Tower fire, as well as the fire’s survivors and the locality’s residents. The tower burned down on 14 June last year with the loss of 72 lives. The inquiry began on Monday and will last into November.

A mistake was made on Tuesday, when a video of the fire was shown without a warning and some of the bereaved left the inquiry in tears. But on Wednesday a sheet of paper – a “trigger sheet” – was left on every seat, describing scenes in videos still to be shown that might be distressing, including footage of burnt-out flats. That episode apart, the inquiry so far has been conducted with exemplary care and gentleness. Counsellors from the NHS stand by to provide comfort and advice.

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05/26/2018 05:00 AM
There’s a rat in this Brexit heist movie. Who could it be, Boris? | Marina Hyde

Accusations are beginning to fly among the co-conspirators. No wonder the foreign secretary needs his jet plane

Occasionally it feels like metaphors are our last great manufacturing industry. On Tuesday Theresa May visited the Chelsea Flower Show, where she was shown a cowpat, which she pronounced “wonderful”. Cow shit means cow shit, and I guess the cow had made a success of it. Even so, the prime minister’s insistence on being ludicrously positive about literally any old doodah is surely nearing its endgame.

Or is it? This week it was claimed that, in order to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland, May will ask the EU for a customs and regulatory alignment period (CRAP) lasting until the end of 2023. I will be asking them for country music stardom and England to win the World Cup, and I imagine we’ll both get similar results.

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05/25/2018 03:43 PM
Blocked from benefits ... literally – video

Jaki has been living without disability benefits for almost a year. When she applied for employment and support allowance, she had to attend a work capability assessment. After an hour's journey, she found she was not able to access the testing centre. Her experience is not unique

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05/24/2018 07:33 AM
Football tickets: how resale sites rip off fans – video

A Guardian investigation has uncovered evidence of football tickets being sold illegally in vast quantities, thanks to an alliance between professional touts and websites that escape the law because they are based overseas. Through covert filming, we reveal a widespread practice that rips people off and that experts say is putting fans at risk

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05/25/2018 06:32 AM
How Anna White is learning to walk and talk again – video

Anna White was left with severe disabilities following routine appendix surgery. She was unable to walk or talk and her life changed for ever. But after a long fight for compensation, White is now able to pay for intensive therapy. This is the story of her remarkable recovery

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05/18/2018 11:21 AM
Nothing is off limits at the Menopause Cafe – video

From hot flushes to sleepless nights, all conversation are welcome at the menopause cafes that are popping up across the country. They provide a space for women to come together and talk about their bodies in a way they may never have before

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05/11/2018 09:59 AM
'The Germans sneeze loudly': refugees on their adopted homelands - video

A record number of refugees arrived in Europe between 2015 and 2016. First comes the excitement but soon they realise it is not entirely like home. Two years have passed and refugees living in UK, Spain, France and Germany tell whether reality met their expectations.

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05/10/2018 07:41 AM
Fearless: five years after Delhi gang-rape, has anything changed for women in India? – video

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

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02/07/2018 07:33 AM
Superfans, boiled sweets and Pamela Anderson: ​six years spying on Julian Assange – video explainer

Ecuador has housed the WikiLeaks founder at its embassy in central London since 2012. Leaked documents reveal the Ecuadorian government spent millions of dollars monitoring his every move. Here is what we know about 'Operation Hotel'

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05/16/2018 05:04 PM
Akala: ‘As I grew up, I became embarrassed by my mother’s whiteness'

At five, the hip-hop poet was racially abused at school. Could his mother ever really understand?

One day in 1988, at the age of five, I returned home from school upset. My mum tried to work out why but I was reluctant to tell her. After some coaxing, I told her that a boy in the playground had called me a particularly nasty name. As I was about to spill the beans, a strange thing occurred. I said, “Mum, the white boy… ” and trailed off before I could complete the sentence. A profound realisation hit me. With a hint of terror and accusation, I said, “But you’re white, aren’t you, Mummy?”

Before this, my mum was just my mum, a flawless superhero, as any loving parent is in a five-year-old’s eyes. I sensed that something about that image was changing in the moment, something we could never take back. I wanted to un-ask the question. My mother’s expression was halfway between shock and resignation: she’d known this day would come, but the directness of the question still took her aback.

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05/26/2018 05:00 AM
Is Ramadan easier in Nigeria than New York? | Bim Adewunmi

Back when we lived in Nigeria, the rules were simple and the daylight hours of the fasting month remained (almost) constant

It’s that time of year again. Thanks to the vagaries of a lunar calendar, Ramadan 2018 is upon us a little earlier.

When I lived in Nigeria, the rules were simple and the daylight hours of the fasting month remained (almost) constant. Day 1 was not that dissimilar to Day 15 or even Day 26, year in, year out; our position just north of the equator served to bring a reliable sameness to the holy month. Day followed night in a strict schedule which is, as a teen, exactly what you crave after a day of fasting.

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05/26/2018 05:00 AM
Sesame Street creators sue over The Happytime Murders puppet film

Lawsuit filed against the distributors of Melissa McCarthy film that shows Muppet-like puppets indulging in sex and drugs

The creators of Sesame Street have filed a lawsuit against the distributor of an upcoming Hollywood film The Happytime Murders to halt an advertising tagline that it claims falsely associates itself with the children’s television show.

An early trailer release for the film shows Muppet-like characters engaged in sex, coarse language, drugs and violence.

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05/26/2018 04:15 AM
Bonnie Wright: from Harry Potter to a menopause movie

Playing Ginny Weasley aged nine was Wright’s first job. Now in her late 20s, she talks about directing her Potter peers and her new AS Byatt Adaptation

An unassuming hairdressing salon in a shopping precinct in Lincoln is an unlikely venue for the world premiere of a film directed by a globally famous actor. But behind a velvet rope, between the washbasins, that is exactly what is happening in Sincil Salon in Sincil Street in Lincoln town centre. The film is called Medusa’s Ankles, and the director is Bonnie Wright – better known to tens of millions as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter film series.

The venue, in fact, is wholly appropriate: Medusa’s Ankles, adapted from a short story by AS Byatt, is set entirely in a hairdresser’s. It stars Kerry Fox as a woman disconcerted by the signs of ageing – particularly her greying hair, which she is determined to keep “natural” – and Jason Isaacs as a charismatic, bullying hairdresser with whom she has a fraught, fractious relationship. The 20-minute film is showing over three days in the salon, which will be open for normal hairdressing operation throughout.

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05/25/2018 03:36 PM
The Bridge recap: season four, episode three – red herrings and a bombshell

Saga’s ability to get the investigation on track is all the more impressive given the personal issues she is dealing with – and are we seeing the groundwork for a happy ending?

Spoiler alert: This is for people watching The Bridge at BBC Two pace. Don’t read on if you haven’t seen episode three of the fourth series – and if you have seen further ahead, please do not post spoilers.

You can read the previous recaps here.

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05/25/2018 09:10 PM
Solo: A Star Wars Story: is Alden Ehrenreich fit to fill the Falcon? – discuss with spoilers

Did the latest Star Wars film overcome its troubled production history and provide a compelling backstory for the series’ real rogue one?

Has there ever been a Star Wars movie with a more troubled production history than Solo: A Star Wars Story? Well, yes. But this one certainly hasn’t exactly been a walk in the verdant, moon-lit Endorian forests. A change of director, reshoots, talk of acting coaches for the new Han, Alden Ehrenreich – none of it, frankly, boded too well. But rejoice, for critics say Solo isn’t half as bad as you might have expected. In Ron Howard’s safe pair of hands, it has emerged as a veritable, if minor, critical hit, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 71% “fresh”.

Related: Thandie Newton: ‘Being the first dark-skinned woman in Star Wars is great... and awful'

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05/25/2018 03:49 PM
10 of the UK's best seaside towns

The UK coast boasts more beach towns than you can shake a stick of rock at. Authors share their favourites for sun-kissed memories of summer

Politicians and entrepreneurs, pirates and outlaws, Falmouth’s founding family, the Killigrews, lurched over the centuries between respectability and infamy. And though they’re long gone, Falmouth retains something of the Killigrews’ dual nature. From the town’s three beautiful beaches the dirty smudge of tankers can be seen on the horizon. Commercial ships in the harbour tower over the sails of picturesque Falmouth working boats.

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05/26/2018 06:00 AM
Blind date: ‘She probably thinks I’ve seen too many Sharknado films’

Did sparks fly between Meg, 28, charity campaigner, and Jamie, 24, management consultant?

What were you hoping for?
A fun evening with an interesting person.

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05/26/2018 05:00 AM
A letter to… my slob of a partner

‘There are some quite basic things you could do, such as replacing your revolting pants’: the letter you always wanted to write

I know you think there should be more sex in this relationship, and I know you think it’s my fault. But you must realise that nobody is obliged to have sex if they don’t want to, even if they are in a long-term relationship. I never signed up to anything or made any promises to you. I can exercise my own free will about what I do with my body, just as I can about what I eat and how I spend my spare time.

Instead of focusing on me, therefore, I think a positive move for you would be to consider your own level of sexual appeal and how it can be enhanced. Although men tend not to obsess about their physical appearance in the way women are encouraged to, maybe you should have a think about it. Nobody wants to get into body-shaming but there are some quite basic things you could do, such as getting a haircut that doesn’t look as if it was done with a knife and fork, and buying jeans that fit so as to minimise the appearance of the builder’s arse whenever you bend down. Most of your pants are pretty revolting, too: new pants are not expensive.

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05/26/2018 05:45 AM
The secret to… helping your bereaved parent

If they’re not up to notifying others about their news, then offer to do it for them. And look after yourself too

Offer to notify others. Your parent might lack the energy or strength to break the news to family and friends, especially if they’re having to repeat the circumstances of an unexpected death. Compile a contact list together, then make calls/send messages on their behalf. Be around to answer if people are calling with condolences and your mother or father isn’t up to talking.

Accept the way they’re grieving, however it manifests itself. Whether they’re trying to keep busy and carry on more than you think they should, or crying constantly, remember there’s no normal way to grieve.

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05/26/2018 08:30 AM
Elena Ferrante: ‘At 30, I began taking sleeping pills, but slept only four hours a night’

Today, I don’t get much sleep at night, but I get enough in the early afternoon

Long ago, I used to read and write as I waited for the moment of sleep. Soon I had to stop. Reading led me to a state of overexcitement: usually, one reads a few pages to fall asleep more easily, but the more I read, the more sleep passed me by. And it wasn’t a question of the quality of the books. Mediocre books, great books, novels, essays: sleep eluded me. Reading brought on a desire to write, and writing brought on a desire to read. The night passed without me closing my eyes and the next day was wasted. I was in a daze, I had a headache, I couldn’t do anything.

It took me a long time to resign myself to the idea that, after eight o’clock at night, I shouldn’t open a book, and I shouldn’t write. It seemed a serious limitation, but it was necessary – not sleeping took away the desire to live. So I gave in, and for a while things improved. But during periods when I was writing for almost the whole day, my insomnia returned, and in a way that frightened me. I was sleeping, but had the impression that I was still writing, words and words.

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05/26/2018 06:00 AM
Fit in my 40s: ‘You can't drift off in reformer pilates’ | Zoe Williams

And while you might feel like an acrobat, no self-respecting circus would employ you

Pilates became huge in the 90s, lauded for powers that seemed quasi-mystical: it made you calm down, but it also made you longer and tauter. It was never clear exactly how it could make you lose weight, but “longer” and “tauter” sounded a lot like “thinner”. Dancers did it because it was one of the only things you could do with a ton of historic injuries; those of us who had never done enough exercise to amass any injuries did it because dancers did.

Reformer pilates is a little more recent, as a craze, a lot more involved, in terms of hardware, and a lot more expensive. (The class I went to, in Clapham, south London, was £21 for an hour, which would make me think twice. Or maybe I’m just tight.)

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05/26/2018 06:00 AM
Sun, sea and the open road: an American fly-drive for beach fans

Want an ocean drive? Visit some of the best beaches in the world with a trip to Miami, San Diego and Los Angeles

By Kate Wills

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05/23/2018 03:50 PM
The Lone Star plate: a foodie road trip in Texas

Burnt ends and craft brews and tacos! Oh my! A Texan eatinerary will give even the most ardent foodie something new to chew on

By Anna Hart

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05/23/2018 03:48 PM
Deep south sounds: the ultimate music geek’s playlist

Take an aural trip through the southern states of the US – arguably the birthplace of country, rock‘n’roll, jazz and blues – and you’ll be hankering to visit the south for real

A musical journey through the deep south is a melodious thing, and I should know – I did a trip there myself with a newly acquired husband, seven years ago, for our amazing honeymoon. How lucky we were. The music of Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia provides an incredible trip through the rich history of the US, exploring the way Americans express themselves through jazz, soul, country, pop and blues. Even though I’m now an old married soul, these tunes still resound loudly in my life, and I want to jump on a plane every time I hear them.

We start with a blast in New Orleans, and the life-affirming noise of the brilliant Rebirth Brass Band. They’ve been mixing jazz, hip-hop and funk with the city’s centuries-old second line tradition (of brass band music at funeral parades) since 1983. Catch them at their regular haunt, the Maple Leaf, as I did, and you won’t be disappointed. Then we head to Nashville, to meet country’s first huge star, Kitty Wells with It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels – the genre’s first No 1 single, in 1952. She laid the groundwork for later Nashville-made stars such as Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, and her lyrics are impressively forthright to boot: “Too many times married men think they’re still single,” she burrs.

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05/25/2018 09:56 AM
A hipster road trip through Seattle, Portland and San Francisco

If your inner cool kid is calling out for a vacation, the west coast of America has all the microbreweries, bikes and cat yoga you need

By Christian Koch

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05/24/2018 03:46 PM
The lives of Grenfell Tower: the 72 victims of the fire

Portraits of all 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire, based on moving testimony from family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances

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05/14/2018 06:37 AM
‘Ridiculously complex’: Top financier blasts UK’s biggest fund
A Standard Life fund that holds nearly £20bn of Britons’ cash should not have been sold to the public, says Alan Miller

It’s the biggest single stock market fund in Britain, holding nearly £20bn of small investors’ cash. Yet while the FTSE 100 has soared, hitting a record high this week, the fund, managed by Standard Life, has made nothing for investors for five years. Now Alan Miller, husband of anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller and a senior figure in the fund management industry, is calling it “potentially one of the greatest mis-selling scandals in the UK”.

The fund is called Standard Life Global Absolute Return Strategies (Gars). It was launched in 2006 with a golden promise – a hedge fund for the masses that would make 5% a year more than savers would get from bank accounts and, crucially, without the usual volatility of the stock market.

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05/26/2018 06:00 AM
Number of Windrush cases passes 5,000

Unit set up to deal with crisis received 13,000 calls and 850 people now have documentation

The number of potential Windrush cases reported to the Home Office has passed the 5,000 mark.

They are among a total of 13,000 calls to a specialist unit set up within the department last month. The Home Office also disclosed that more than 850 people now have documentation following an appointment with the dedicated team.

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05/25/2018 01:51 PM
Third of poorer families in England missing out on free food vouchers

Government-funded coupons provide free fruit, vegetables and milk to qualifying families

One in three low-income families are missing out on government-funded vouchers for free fruit, vegetables and milk that are intended to improve the diets of pregnant women, babies and children.

Out of 402,384 people on low incomes in England who are eligible to receive Healthy Start vouchers, 135,671 (33.7%) are not doing so, figures show.

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05/25/2018 04:21 PM
Food firms could face litigation over neuromarketing to hijack brains

Exclusive: Obesity experts consider lawsuits over marketing they say could be harmful to children

Leading obesity experts are considering litigation against the food industry in the light of emerging research suggesting that junk food marketing could hijack a child’s brain.

Neuromarketing is of growing interest to food companies. Fast food, soft drinks and snack companies increasingly interact with children through social media and online games. Some are beginning to probe further, gathering information through brain scans about how unconscious decisions are made to eat one snack rather than another and targeting people’s susceptibilities. A report on food neuromarketing to children by the Center for Digital Democracy in 2011 predicted “an explosive rise in new tactics targeted especially at young people”.

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05/25/2018 03:35 PM
UK economy posts worst quarterly GDP figures for five years

Growth slumps to 0.1% on weak business investment and household spending

The weakest household spending for three years and falling levels of business investment dragged the economy to the worst quarter for five years, official statisticians have said.

The Office for National Statistics confirmed its previous estimate that GDP growth slumped to 0.1% in the first quarter, while sticking to its view that the “beast from the east” had little impact.

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05/25/2018 10:04 AM
Four bishops failed to act over abuse by synod member, review finds

Jeremy Dowling was jailed in 2015 over abuse carried out in the 1960s and 70s

Four former Church of England bishops failed to act over sexual abuse carried out by a former member of the church’s ruling body, the General Synod, in a catalogue of missed opportunities, a review has found.

Among the four was Michael Ball, the bishop of Truro between 1990 and 1997 and the identical twin brother of Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, who was jailed in October 2015 for abusing vulnerable young men over a 15-year period.

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05/25/2018 03:15 PM
Woman who posted Holocaust denial songs to YouTube convicted

Judge rules songs were not satirical as Alison Chabloz claimed, but intended to insult Jewish people

A woman who wrote and performed antisemitic songs mocking the Holocaust has been found guilty of posting “grossly offensive” material to YouTube.

Alison Chabloz, 54, was convicted of three charges relating to three of her songs at Westminster magistrates court on Friday. The district judge, John Zani, said he was satisfied the material was grossly offensive and that Chabloz intended to insult Jewish people.

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05/25/2018 12:36 PM
Hotel Chocolat triumphs in chocolate dispute with Waitrose

Chocolatier says supermarket has agreed to ‘do the right thing’ and discontinue alleged copycat bars

Hotel Chocolat is claiming victory in its bitter chocolate dispute with Waitrose, after the supermarket agreed to stop making bars that the confectioner claimed were copycats of its own.

The chocolatier’s co-founder Angus Thirlwell said talks had yielded a truce that he hoped to seal with Waitrose’s managing director, Rob Collins, over a cup of cocoa.

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05/25/2018 03:15 PM
Senior EPA officials collaborated with climate change denial group, emails show

Newly released emails show senior officials from the Environmental Protection Agency worked closely with conservative thinktank the Heartland Institute

Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency.

John Konkus, EPA’s deputy associate administrator for public affairs, repeatedly reached out to senior staffers at the Heartland Institute, according to the emails.

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05/26/2018 01:59 AM
Donald Trump says North Korea summit could be back on
  • Original date a possibility as US officials talk with Pyongyang
  • ‘They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it’

Donald Trump has suggested his summit with Kim Jong-un could still go on as planned, marking yet another dramatic reversal for the US president who just a day earlier canceled the meeting in a letter to the North Korean leader.

“We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, adding that his administration was in talks with Pyongyang and the summit was still possible on its originally scheduled date of 12 June.

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05/25/2018 03:03 PM
Traces of opioids found in mussels in Seattle bay

Scientists have discovered an opioid pain reliever in mussels and say its likely other marine life are also affected

Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of the pain reliever oxycodone in some mussels in Seattle’s Puget Sound.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained clean mussels from Penn Cove on Whidbey Island and put them in different areas to test for water contamination, KIRO-TV reported this week.

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05/26/2018 01:12 AM
Brazilian president sends in army as truck protest paralyzes country

São Paulo, the biggest city in South America, in state of emergency over fuel shortages while markets run out of food

Brazil’s conservative president Michel Temer has ordered the army and federal police to clear highways blockaded by striking truck drivers after a protest over soaring fuel prices entered its fifth day.

The blockades have paralysed much of the country’s economy and prompted São Paulo, the biggest city in South America, to declare a state of emergency over fuel shortages.

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05/25/2018 08:17 PM
Facebook and Google targeted as first GDPR complaints filed

Users have been forced into agreeing new terms of service, says EU consumer rights body

Facebook and Google have become the targets of the first official complaints of GDPR noncompliance, filed on the day the privacy law takes effect across the EU.

Across four complaints, related to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Google’s Android operating system, European consumer rights organisation Noyb argues that the companies have forced users into agreeing to new terms of service, in breach of the requirement in the law that such consent should be freely given.

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05/25/2018 12:57 PM
Spanish socialists file no-confidence motion against Mariano Rajoy

Opposition says ruling party’s role in Gürtel corruption case has damaged democracy

Spain’s opposition socialist party has filed a no-confidence motion against the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, a day after his governing People’s party was found to have benefited from an illegal kickbacks-for-contracts scheme.

Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the PSOE, said the verdict in the Gürtel corruption case had “seriously damaged the health of our democracy” and further diminished Rajoy’s credibility.

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05/25/2018 12:47 PM
Flight Centre website tweaks on Taiwan 'were not done under Chinese pressure'

China aviation officials have written to world’s top airlines telling them to describe Taiwan as part of China

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References to Taiwan had been altered on the websites of Australia’s biggest travel agencies to explicitly state that the island was part of China.

China has taken an increasingly strident approach to foreign businesses that fail to embrace its “One China” principle on Taiwan.

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05/25/2018 10:06 PM
Russian oligarch met Cohen at Trump Tower before inauguration – reports

Viktor Vekselberg reportedly discussed US-Russian relations with Trump’s legal fixer and arranged to meet again at the inauguration

A Russian oligarch with links to the Kremlin met Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen at Trump Tower in New York City less than two weeks before Trump’s inauguration as president, a source familiar with the meeting said on Friday.

During a discussion in Cohen’s office, located on the skyscraper’s 26th floor 11 days before the inauguration, Cohen and Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg talked about improving relations between Moscow and Washington and arranged to meet again at the inauguration, the New York Times first reported. The paper quoted Andrew Intrater, an American who attended the meeting and manages investments for Vekselberg.

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05/25/2018 05:43 PM
Debt collectors held to account as traffic fines claim a life

Courier Jerome Rogers killed himself after his bike was seized. A BBC drama tells his story and examines wider issues about debt

It started with two £65 traffic fines, one for being in a bus lane a few minutes before the restrictions ended, the other for making a prohibited right turn. Within a matter of months, those two penalties had spiralled into a debt of more than £1,000 – and then the bailiffs swooped, clamping the motorbike that was essential to Jerome Rogers’ work as a courier delivering blood and other medical items to hospitals.

It ended with the 20-year-old taking his own life. Unravelling under the pressure of his mounting debt, and with his only way of earning money having been seized, he could clearly see no way out. Following the bailiff’s visit, he was found dead near his home in woods where he played as a child.

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05/26/2018 06:00 AM
'Sant Antoni brings life': Barcelona celebrates £70m market revamp

The return of a 135-year-old market is part of a citywide plan to revive local communities, but some worry the tourist hordes will soon arrive

Thousands of residents of the traditionally working class Barcelona neighbourhood of Sant Antoni thronged their local market this week as it reopened after a nine-year, €80m (£70.1m) refit. The celebrations continue over the weekend with live music, dancers from China and Bangladesh and poetry readings.

“It doesn’t surprise me that so many people came on the opening day,” says Pere Escofet, standing at his brand new cheese and charcuterie stall. “This market is very symbolic and there was a lot of expectation.”

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05/26/2018 07:00 AM
Marks and Spencer's everywoman exposed as a high street myth

As UK clothing sales slump fashion retailers need to adapt to the age of individuality

News just in: the “everywoman” who has long patronised Marks & Spencer’s fashion department does not exist.

She never has, of course, even if, two decades ago, it was easy for the retailer to behave as though she did. Back then, high street offerings were so limited that big retailers could produce broad-brush designs conceived to appeal to the masses. The world has long since moved on.

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05/25/2018 02:35 PM
Netflix puts content above costs but is the policy sustainable?

Streaming service needs even more subscribers to keep paying for expensive hits

Netflix briefly overtook Disney as the world’s biggest media company this week but some analysts are wondering if the streaming service’s rapid growth is sustainable. The company behind Stranger Things and The Crown must continue producing hits, poaching Hollywood talent and gaining subscribers at a rapid rate if it is to justify the faith of an investment community that pushed its valuation to nearly $162bn (£121bn) on Thursday – $10bn ahead of Disney.

Netflix had reverted to second place by the close of trading but the trajectory is clear: the California-based business that started out as a DVD rental outfit in 1997 is putting Hollywood and conventional broadcast networks in the shade. It has 125 million subscribers worldwide – including more than 55 million in the US and more than 8 million in the UK – and this year the company is spending $8bn on content, including 700 original TV shows and 80 movies.

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05/25/2018 02:07 PM
Ehud Barak on the crisis in Israel: ‘Netanyahu has to resign’

The former Israeli prime minister is a legend in his country thanks to his past military exploits. But he laments failing to establish a two-state solution

The serious young man arrives first, on a reconnoitring mission. Then an unmarked van containing two more straight-backed, watchful young men and a much older one. They move swiftly into the building and up on to the roof, where Ehud Barak, a short, still powerful-looking figure in a slightly-too-large grey pinstripe suit, twinkles at the photographer out of his late-life beard. “He’s a legend,” says one of the young men, looking fondly at his one-time prime minister and the man who is not only the joint most-decorated soldier in Israeli history, but – as commander of the Sayeret Matkal, Israel’s equivalent of the SAS, and then of its entire army – was involved in, or responsible for, some of the most well-known incidents in Israeli military history: the rescue of hostages of Sabena Flight 571 at Lod (now Ben Gurion) airport in 1972; the assassination in Beirut of three senior PLO figures in revenge for the killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics (the subject of Steven Spielberg’s Munich); the rescue of Israeli hostages at Entebbe in 1976 (the subject of this year’s 7 Days in Entebbe); and the assassination of the PLO’s military chief, Abu Jihad, in Tunisia in 1988 during the first intifada. “Did you know” asks the young man, only just out of the army himself, “that Barak still holds the record for the highest score in basic military training?” “He doesn’t,” interjects his colleague. “He told me.”

“I always denied it,” says Barak, sitting, avuncular and expansive at a restaurant table a short while later, adding lemon and liberal amounts of honey to a cup of tea. As a bookish, young-looking recruit, he was, he says, more like the hapless Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin. “And I used to hear it from their fathers! Their fathers were 25 years younger than me, and these guys are 50 years younger – and when I saw it come through the generations to these young men, I decided at a certain point to stop denying it. If that’s the way legends are created, it must be a human need.”

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05/25/2018 02:49 PM
Weinstein's arrest marks a profound shift – but how far will it go?

It’s a victory for the #MeToo movement, but advocates caution significant work still needs to be done to change the system

Gone were the red carpets and golden statues. The army of accommodating assistants and flattering executives had disappeared.

Instead, on Friday morning, Harvey Weinstein was flanked by two police officers – one of whom was a woman – who led the dishonored Hollywood producer from the New York City police station where he had surrendered on charges of rape and sexual abuse.

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05/25/2018 07:24 PM
The 20 photographs of the week

Demonstrations in Gaza, the eruptions of Kilauea volcano, the royal wedding in Windsor and Harvey Weinstein in court – the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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05/26/2018 07:44 AM
The week in wildlife – in pictures

Wild horses, an Ethiopian wolf and a dolphin attacking a porpoise are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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05/25/2018 02:08 PM
Martin Parr’s day at the Chelsea flower show – a photo essay

Magnum photographer Martin Parr captures his unique view of gardening fans at the annual extravaganza

Just one woman at Chelsea, peering through a thicket of foxgloves with a wry smile on her face, has clocked the quiet man in the brown shirt, owner of the most famously satirical eye in British photography. Martin Parr, she has realised, has invaded one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world.

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05/25/2018 11:39 AM
Car stickers and sparklers: Friday's top photos

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

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05/25/2018 10:53 AM
Hands-on: disability arts festival - in pictures

A disabled-led festival in Birmingham enabled visitors to explore arts and creativity through the senses

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05/25/2018 10:51 AM
August Sander’s Boxers

Portrait photographer Sander blazed a trail at the turn of the 20th century with his images of German society

Related: Bohemians and boxers: August Sander's Germany – in pictures

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05/25/2018 09:00 AM