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    North Korea missile test: regime has 'disrespected China', says Trump

    North Korea missile test: regime has 'disrespected China', says Trump


    US says initial indications suggest test was unsuccessfulRex Tillerson had warned of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of missile programDonald Trump has condemned North Korea, saying it “disrespected the wishes of China”, after Pyongyang test-fired a...

    US says initial indications suggest test was unsuccessfulRex Tillerson had warned of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of missile program

    Donald Trump has condemned North Korea, saying it “disrespected the wishes of China”, after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile.

    The unsuccessful test comes as the United States pushed for tougher sanctions to curb the country’s nuclear threat.

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    Orca pod filmed hunting whale calf in 'unprecedented' California killing spree

    Orca pod filmed hunting whale calf in 'unprecedented' California killing spree


    A group of killer whales in Monterey Bay killed four gray whales in a week, a phenomenon one researcher hasn’t seen in her 30-year career In an “unprecedented” rash of attacks, a pod of killer whales in Monterey Bay, California, has killed four...

    A group of killer whales in Monterey Bay killed four gray whales in a week, a phenomenon one researcher hasn’t seen in her 30-year career

    In an “unprecedented” rash of attacks, a pod of killer whales in Monterey Bay, California, has killed four gray whales in a week, including a calf whose killing was captured on video, according to one marine biologist.

    Related: An extraordinary battle between sperm whales and orcas – in pictures

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    Antonio Conte confident Eden Hazard will stay despite Real Madrid rumours

    Antonio Conte confident Eden Hazard will stay despite Real Madrid rumours


    • Spainish club weighing up a world record bid for the Chelsea star • Manager insists Hazard is ‘happy’ but player’s future is out of his handsChelsea have no desire to sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid regardless of whether the Spanish club’s...

    • Spainish club weighing up a world record bid for the Chelsea star
    • Manager insists Hazard is ‘happy’ but player’s future is out of his hands

    Chelsea have no desire to sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid regardless of whether the Spanish club’s long mooted interest crystallises in a world record bid this summer, though Antonio Conte has admitted the player himself would end up determining his own future.

    Related: Antonio Conte praises ‘psychological step’ in Chelsea’s title push

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    Jeremy Corbyn election bid to promote ‘warmer’ style of leadership

    Jeremy Corbyn election bid to promote ‘warmer’ style of leadership


    Labour strategists take on Tory attacks and depict leader as willing to engage with ordinary people, in contrast to Theresa May Jeremy Corbyn will directly address his own leadership qualities for the first time in the election campaign, as Labour...

    Labour strategists take on Tory attacks and depict leader as willing to engage with ordinary people, in contrast to Theresa May

    Jeremy Corbyn will directly address his own leadership qualities for the first time in the election campaign, as Labour strategists seek to depict the party leader as warm and approachable in contrast to Theresa May’s controlled and distant campaign so far.

    The Labour leader will tackle the issue head on following a series of personal attacks from Theresa May and Boris Johnson. The latter earlier this week branded Corbyn not just a “mutton-headed mugwump” but a danger to security.

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    'It made my children cry': when real-life figures hate their biopics

    'It made my children cry': when real-life figures hate their biopics


    Madonna has expressed her unhappiness over unauthorised biopic Blond Ambition, but she’s not the first famous person to get annoyedMadonna is disgruntled. Blond Ambition, the biopic of her early days, is arguably one of the most anticipated movies of...

    Madonna has expressed her unhappiness over unauthorised biopic Blond Ambition, but she’s not the first famous person to get annoyed

    Madonna is disgruntled. Blond Ambition, the biopic of her early days, is arguably one of the most anticipated movies of recent years. Its script was so acclaimed that it topped last year’s Black List. It’s being made by Michael De Luca, who produced The Social Network. It has the potential to do the business both critically and commercially. But Madonna hates it.

    Related: Madonna responds to Blond Ambition biopic news: 'Only I can tell my story'

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    Montenegro ratifies Nato membership in historic shift to western alliance

    Montenegro ratifies Nato membership in historic shift to western alliance


    Politicians voted 46-0 in favour, but pro-Russian lawmakers boycotted session and outside parliament hundreds of anti-Nato protesters gatheredMontenegro’s parliament has supported the Balkan country’s membership in Nato in a historic turn toward the...

    Politicians voted 46-0 in favour, but pro-Russian lawmakers boycotted session and outside parliament hundreds of anti-Nato protesters gathered

    Montenegro’s parliament has supported the Balkan country’s membership in Nato in a historic turn toward the west amid protests by Russia and the pro-Russia opposition.

    Politicians voted 46-0 to ratify the accession treaty with the western military alliance. They then stood up and applauded the decision.

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    The lesson from Donald Trump’s first 100 days: resistance is not futile | Jonathan Freedland

    The lesson from Donald Trump’s first 100 days: resistance is not futile | Jonathan Freedland


    We already knew the president is a bigot, a liar and a threat to world peace. But now we’ve learned he can be thwartedIs anyone surprised that Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have confirmed him to be a dangerous, reckless bigot; a kleptocrat...

    We already knew the president is a bigot, a liar and a threat to world peace. But now we’ve learned he can be thwarted

    Is anyone surprised that Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have confirmed him to be a dangerous, reckless bigot; a kleptocrat who puts the financial interests of his family first, closely followed by the wealth of his fellow billionaires; a serial liar whose view of the wider world hovers between frightening and incoherent?

    Related: Donald Trump's first 100 days were a stress test for democracy | Lawrence Douglas

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    Brazilians sick of corrupt politicians hit the streets to protest austerity measures

    Brazilians sick of corrupt politicians hit the streets to protest austerity measures


    Police clash with striking union workers in streets of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo as protesters in 26 states demonstrate against Michel Temer’s proposed reformsBrazilian unions have ratcheted up the pressure on Michel Temer with a nationwide general...

    Police clash with striking union workers in streets of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo as protesters in 26 states demonstrate against Michel Temer’s proposed reforms

    Brazilian unions have ratcheted up the pressure on Michel Temer with a nationwide general strike that closed schools, disrupted transport networks and led to clashes with public security in several cities.

    Demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo blocked key roads with barricades of burning tires. Riot police used teargas and percussion grenades to try to disperse the crowds and open the routes.

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    UK was given details of alleged contacts between Trump campaign and Moscow

    UK was given details of alleged contacts between Trump campaign and Moscow


    In December the UK government was given reports by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele on possible collusion between Trump camp and the KremlinThe UK government was given details last December of allegedly extensive contacts between the Trump campaign...

    In December the UK government was given reports by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele on possible collusion between Trump camp and the Kremlin

    The UK government was given details last December of allegedly extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, according to court papers.

    Reports by Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer, on possible collusion between the the Trump camp and the Kremlin are at the centre of a political storm in the US over Moscow’s role in getting Donald Trump elected.

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    Gwyneth Paltrow launches Goop as glossy Condé Nast magazine

    Gwyneth Paltrow launches Goop as glossy Condé Nast magazine


    Actor turned wellness guru who introduced world to vaginal steaming is to bring Goop brand to volatile magazine marketGwyneth Paltrow, having conquered the worlds of acting, macrobiotic cookery and high-end fashion, is to launch a quarterly magazine...

    Actor turned wellness guru who introduced world to vaginal steaming is to bring Goop brand to volatile magazine market

    Gwyneth Paltrow, having conquered the worlds of acting, macrobiotic cookery and high-end fashion, is to launch a quarterly magazine published by Condé Nast. The magazine, named Goop after Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, will be available on newsstands from September.

    The magazine will focus on wellness – a trillion-dollar industry of which Paltrow has long been at the vanguard.

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    James Van Der Beek: 'I lived in fear of teenage girls'

    James Van Der Beek: 'I lived in fear of teenage girls'


    What has James Van Der Beek been doing since his days as the Dawson’s Creek teen heartthrob? High-minded nonsense with a layer of ridiculous on top, the star revealsDawson Leery is the TV character that no one will let James Van Der Beek forget. The...

    What has James Van Der Beek been doing since his days as the Dawson’s Creek teen heartthrob? High-minded nonsense with a layer of ridiculous on top, the star reveals

    Dawson Leery is the TV character that no one will let James Van Der Beek forget. The teen drama he moped about in for seven series is nearly 20 years old, and his career has been on a curious trajectory ever since, but still the possibility of a Capeside reunion is all that anyone wants to ask him about. And so Van Der Beek begins our conversation by bringing it up before we’ve even ordered coffee. “That’s the question that comes at the end of every interview,” he tells me. “Somebody says, ‘OK now, I apologise, you know I have to ask…’”

    Well, seeing as he mentioned it, would he indulge the show’s many fans – one of whom is absolutely not sitting opposite him in a hotel bar this morning and totally did not spend a lot of her early teens imagining that one day she’d fall for someone who spoke in impossibly long monologues – with Dawson’s Creek The Movie? Is there a Netflix-enabled future in which Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson and himself would play midlife versions of their former breakout roles?

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    Tanzania dismisses 9,900 civil servants over forged college certificates

    Tanzania dismisses 9,900 civil servants over forged college certificates


    Crackdown on corruption continues with presidential order after nationwide verification of academic credentialsThe president of Tanzania has ordered the immediate dismissal of more than 9,900 civil servants after a nationwide verification of academic...

    Crackdown on corruption continues with presidential order after nationwide verification of academic credentials

    The president of Tanzania has ordered the immediate dismissal of more than 9,900 civil servants after a nationwide verification of academic credentials uncovered workers with forged school and college certificates.

    Elected in October 2015, John Magufuli has also dismissed several senior officials, including the head of the government’s anti-corruption body, the tax chief, a senior rail official and head of the port authority as part of a wider anti-corruption drive.

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    EU leaders to insist UK pays its Brexit bills as precursor to trade talks

    EU leaders to insist UK pays its Brexit bills as precursor to trade talks


    Summit to toughen stance as one diplomat says Britain is not only on a different planet but in a different galaxy over divorceEU leaders will toughen their stance on Britain paying its Brexit bills when they agree negotiating guidelines at a special...

    Summit to toughen stance as one diplomat says Britain is not only on a different planet but in a different galaxy over divorce

    EU leaders will toughen their stance on Britain paying its Brexit bills when they agree negotiating guidelines at a special summit on Saturday.

    EU diplomats have agreed unanimously that Britain must settle its bills before embarking on trade talks. The position has been set out by EU leaders from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, to the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, but this will be the toughest statement yet from all 27 countries.

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    Trump made lots of promises for his first 100 days. How many did he keep?

    Trump made lots of promises for his first 100 days. How many did he keep?


    Here’s what a little fact-checking shows about how well the president has followed through on issues such as immigration and federal regulationsHi readers. As of tomorrow, Donald Trump has been president for 100 days. If it feels like longer, it’s...

    Here’s what a little fact-checking shows about how well the president has followed through on issues such as immigration and federal regulations

    Hi readers. As of tomorrow, Donald Trump has been president for 100 days. If it feels like longer, it’s because the way we perceive time depends on the number of new things we experience – our brains take longer to process novelty than repetition, and whatever your political persuasion you must admit this administration has been novel so far.

    For this week’s fact-check, we’ll take a look back over the past 99 days and try to see whether the president has fulfilled any of his promises to the people who voted for him.

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    After-dinner mint: how ex-politicians hit paydirt with public speaking

    After-dinner mint: how ex-politicians hit paydirt with public speaking


    Barack Obama, George Osborne and David Cameron can all now command six-figure sums for a few pithy bon mots from the podium. But what do their audiences get out of it? When Barack Obama banks the cheque for $400,000 he will receive for talking to an...

    Barack Obama, George Osborne and David Cameron can all now command six-figure sums for a few pithy bon mots from the podium. But what do their audiences get out of it?

    When Barack Obama banks the cheque for $400,000 he will receive for talking to an audience of Wall Street bankers and their most important clients in September, the former president might like to quietly thank the statesman who did so much to pioneer the idea of the celebrity political speaker: Winston Churchill.

    More than 70 years ago, in March 1946, Churchill – recently ousted as prime minister – turned up at Westminster college in Fulton, Missouri to present his views on the state of the world. The audience in Fulton certainly got more than it bargained for, because Churchill used his lecture to coin the phrase that came to describe the cold war: Britain’s wartime premier– with US president Harry Truman in the audience – described how an “iron curtain” had descended across Europe, from Stettin on the Baltic Sea to Trieste on the Adriatic.

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    EU and Nato plead for calm in Macedonia after protest at parliament

    EU and Nato plead for calm in Macedonia after protest at parliament


    Nationalist protesters attacked politicians and journalists in an attempt to prevent election of an ethnic Albanian as speakerThe EU and Nato have pleaded for calm in Macedonia after nationalist protesters stormed the parliament in Skopje on Thursday,...

    Nationalist protesters attacked politicians and journalists in an attempt to prevent election of an ethnic Albanian as speaker

    The EU and Nato have pleaded for calm in Macedonia after nationalist protesters stormed the parliament in Skopje on Thursday, attacking politicians and journalists in an attempt to prevent the election of an ethnic Albanian as speaker.

    The protesters, supporters of former prime minister Nikola Gruevski’s conservative, Russia-backed VMRO party, demanded new elections.

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    The weekend cook: sage and ’nduja fried eggs, and crab and jersey royal hash – recipes | Thomasina Miers

    The weekend cook: sage and ’nduja fried eggs, and crab and jersey royal hash – recipes | Thomasina Miers


    Home cooking should be about substance over style, and not the other way roundOur attitude to food has changed dramatically in the last 15 years, and unarguably for the better. Back then, we cooked less and, I think, tended to opt for style over...

    Home cooking should be about substance over style, and not the other way round

    Our attitude to food has changed dramatically in the last 15 years, and unarguably for the better. Back then, we cooked less and, I think, tended to opt for style over substance. Now, however, when we eat out, the restaurants that are in vogue are the neighbourhood ones that cook simpler food that feels more homely, while on the domestic front we’re finally learning to embrace leftovers again. Both of today’s recipes remind me of the food I grew up with: simple, good ingredients transformed by giving them a little time and effort. In the first dish, ’nduja, the deliciously spicy Calabrian sausagemeat that’s now widely available online and in larger supermarkets, adds a touch of heat to a plate of chickpeas and a fried egg; it makes a cracking breakfast or light evening meal. The second recipe is a homage to the new potato, pairing it with sweet, delicate crab in a rich and bold-flavoured hash.

    Sage and ’nduja fried eggs with creamy smashed chickpeas and braised spinach

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    Congress averts a government shutdown hours before deadline

    Congress averts a government shutdown hours before deadline


    House and Senate approve stopgap spending measure while negotiators work to reach an agreement over a longer-term funding packageHours before a midnight deadline, Congress averted a government shutdown – at least for now – ensuring that the lights...

    House and Senate approve stopgap spending measure while negotiators work to reach an agreement over a longer-term funding package

    Hours before a midnight deadline, Congress averted a government shutdown – at least for now – ensuring that the lights will stay on in Washington as Donald Trump marks his 100th day in office.

    But the feat comes with a trade-off. Republicans failed to secure enough votes to advance their healthcare replacement plan despite pressure from the White House to hold a vote on the bill before the symbolic 100-day mark.

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    This Yemeni city risks becoming the next Aleppo. Will America be complicit? | Maged Al-Madhaji

    This Yemeni city risks becoming the next Aleppo. Will America be complicit? | Maged Al-Madhaji


    Houdeidah’s port is Yemen’s lifeline. The US shouldn’t be supporting any Saudi- and United Arab Emirates-led military attacks to take it backMy life in Yemen is dominated by fear. As director of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, and one of...

    Houdeidah’s port is Yemen’s lifeline. The US shouldn’t be supporting any Saudi- and United Arab Emirates-led military attacks to take it back

    My life in Yemen is dominated by fear. As director of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, and one of the few remaining independent voices in Yemen, I have been detained, seen colleagues assassinated, and buried friends killed by Saudi airstrikes. Now, half of my country faces famine.

    Even as Defense Secretary James Mattis calls for a political solution to the war in Yemen, he has not warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE against taking the critical Yemeni port city of Houdeidah, which is currently controlled by Houthi forces. Although debated within US policy-making circles, attacking Houdeidah would be a catastrophic error because it would expand the war and deepen the humanitarian crisis. It would allow al-Qaida and Isis to expand their influence in Yemen’s coastal areas. For the United States, that would amount to a strategic defeat.

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    Macron’s rise shows that extremism – whether left or right – is not inevitable

    Macron’s rise shows that extremism – whether left or right – is not inevitable


    Yes, nationalism is resurgent; but if Emmanuel Macron wins on 7 May, it will show that there is appetite for robust centrism too. Britain should take noteGeorge Orwell once wrote that the British were not sufficiently interested in intellectual matters...

    Yes, nationalism is resurgent; but if Emmanuel Macron wins on 7 May, it will show that there is appetite for robust centrism too. Britain should take note

    George Orwell once wrote that the British were not sufficiently interested in intellectual matters to be intolerant about them. The French, on the other hand, enjoy nothing less than a high-minded, lofty debate over abstract concepts – or so it is believed. The British ask: “It works in theory, but does it work in practice?” The French ask: “It works in practice, but does it work in theory?” So the joke goes.

    As a London-based French citizen watching my own country heading for a rancourous presidential runoff on 7 May and Britain preparing for its first post-Brexit general election, I’m not sure the supposed differences between us are as marked as we like to think. And I see lessons for the UK from what is happening across the Channel.

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    'Europe's dirty secret': officials on Chios scramble to cope with rising tensions

    'Europe's dirty secret': officials on Chios scramble to cope with rising tensions


    Frustration mounts among locals on the Greek island, where refugees feel like prisoners with no hope of getting to mainland EuropeOn a clear day the channel dividing Chios from the Turkish coast does not look like a channel at all. The nooks and crevices...

    Frustration mounts among locals on the Greek island, where refugees feel like prisoners with no hope of getting to mainland Europe

    On a clear day the channel dividing Chios from the Turkish coast does not look like a channel at all. The nooks and crevices of Turkey’s western shores, its wind turbines and summer homes could, to the naked eye, be a promontory of the Greek island itself. For the men, women and children who almost daily make the crossing in dinghies and other smuggler craft, it is a God-given proximity, the gateway to Europe that continues to lure.

    Samuel Aneke crossed the sea almost a year ago on 1 June. Like those before him, and doubtless those who will follow, he saw the five-mile stretch as the last hurdle to freedom. “You could say geography brought me here,” said the Nigerian, a broad smile momentarily dousing his otherwise dour demeanour. “But it was not supposed to keep me prisoner.”

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    We owe our planet this climate march. But we also owe it – very faint – hope | Bill McKibben

    We owe our planet this climate march. But we also owe it – very faint – hope | Bill McKibben


    Trump is the worst thing that could have happened to the planet. That’s all the more reason to fight on - and celebrate even the smallest successesThere is no upside to the Trump presidency. To be in DC – I’ve come for Saturday’s giant climate...

    Trump is the worst thing that could have happened to the planet. That’s all the more reason to fight on - and celebrate even the smallest successes

    There is no upside to the Trump presidency. To be in DC – I’ve come for Saturday’s giant climate march – is to be reminded up close what all Americans have known for months: we’ve put the country in the hands of a man completely unequal to the task. A man so cluelessly over his head that he keeps telling reporters he’s in over his head.

    But if you want a few grayish linings to the dark-orange cloud, you can find them. In fact, the last few days have given those of us in the climate fight a few glimmers of light.

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    With Theresa May the snowflake in charge, this is health and safety gone mad | Marina Hyde

    With Theresa May the snowflake in charge, this is health and safety gone mad | Marina Hyde


    Dalek soundbites and dodging debates may secure a Tory election win, but contempt for voters could backfire in the end‘I think everyone is finding this concept of safe spaces quite extraordinary,” declared Theresa May last year. In which case, why is...

    Dalek soundbites and dodging debates may secure a Tory election win, but contempt for voters could backfire in the end

    ‘I think everyone is finding this concept of safe spaces quite extraordinary,” declared Theresa May last year. In which case, why is she conducting her election in one? Everything for which May specifically lambasted university students – terror of debate, a sense of entitlement, a failure to embrace what this country was built on – could have come straight from her campaign team’s playbook.

    Related: Theresa May accused of hiding from public at activist-filled event

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    My mum, the punk pioneer: Poly Styrene’s daughter remembers the X-Ray Spex leader

    My mum, the punk pioneer: Poly Styrene’s daughter remembers the X-Ray Spex leader


    Six years since her death, the punk singer remains hugely influential. Her daughter reflects on learning ‘the family business’, how fame nearly broke her mother – and why she’s making a film of her lifeEven when I really young, I knew what my mum...

    Six years since her death, the punk singer remains hugely influential. Her daughter reflects on learning ‘the family business’, how fame nearly broke her mother – and why she’s making a film of her life

    Even when I really young, I knew what my mum did for a living. She was was always working on something: writing music, recording, doing interviews. As I got older, she’d tell me about the punk movement, about the musicians she knew and what it was all about.

    We lived with my grandmother on and off through that period, and she saw punk very differently. For my grandmother being a punk meant things like wearing odd-coloured socks, which she didn’t approve of. Even mumdidn’t like a lot about punk, too. There was loads she found exciting, of course, but she’d tell me plenty of the negative stuff: the aggressiveness of the crowds, the spitting on stage, how very few women were present at many of these gigs – and how that made her terribly anxious about performing. I realised later she was trying to warn me off becoming any kind of performer, in case I got any ideas.

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    Sharapova edges closer to French Open while Murray reaches Barcelona semis

    Sharapova edges closer to French Open while Murray reaches Barcelona semis


    • Russian wins 6-3, 6-4 against Anett Kontaveit at Porsche Grand Prix• Andy Murray gains revenge on Albert Ramos-Viñolas to reach Barcelona semisMaria Sharapova needs one more win to book her place in French Open qualifying after beating Anett...

    • Russian wins 6-3, 6-4 against Anett Kontaveit at Porsche Grand Prix
    • Andy Murray gains revenge on Albert Ramos-Viñolas to reach Barcelona semis

    Maria Sharapova needs one more win to book her place in French Open qualifying after beating Anett Kontaveit to reach the semi-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, while Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open after gaining revenge on Albert Ramos-Viñolas.

    Sharapova is yet to drop a set following her return from a 15-month doping ban and saw off the spirited challenge of the Estonian qualifier Kontaveit 6-3, 6-4.

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    Brigitte Macron: ever present beside France's presidential hopeful

    Brigitte Macron: ever present beside France's presidential hopeful


    Emmanuel Macron’s drama coach when he was 15 is set to break new ground by having a formal job description as first ladyLast July, when Emmanuel Macron was economy minister in François Hollande’s government and his barely hidden presidential...

    Emmanuel Macron’s drama coach when he was 15 is set to break new ground by having a formal job description as first lady

    Last July, when Emmanuel Macron was economy minister in François Hollande’s government and his barely hidden presidential ambitions were dismissed as a naive fantasy by the political class, he held his first rally at a smart venue on Paris’s Left Bank.

    Before the crowds arrived, he took to the stage to rehearse his speech in front of a handful of volunteers from his new political movement En Marche! (On the Move), a “neither right nor left” grouping he said would revolutionise French politics. “We are the party of hope,” he told the almost empty auditorium, captured by the film-maker Pierre Hurel, who was discreetly documenting his rise.

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    Investigation yet to find cause of 11 mystery deaths at Liberia funeral

    Investigation yet to find cause of 11 mystery deaths at Liberia funeral


    Chief medical officer rules out return of Ebola after deaths of 11 people linked to attendance at funeral of religious leader, but no clear answer has been foundEleven people have died and five are in hospital in Liberia after contracting a mystery...

    Chief medical officer rules out return of Ebola after deaths of 11 people linked to attendance at funeral of religious leader, but no clear answer has been found

    Eleven people have died and five are in hospital in Liberia after contracting a mystery illness the World Health Organisation (WHO) said was linked to their attendance at the funeral of a religious leader, officials have said.

    “We are still investigating. The only thing we have ruled out is ... Ebola,” said Liberia’s chief medical officer, Francis Kateh, adding that samples from the victims had been sent abroad for further testing.

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    Ilie Nastase apologises and says Serena Williams comment was ‘spontaneous’

    Ilie Nastase apologises and says Serena Williams comment was ‘spontaneous’


    • Romanian has been provisionally suspended by ITF• Nastase criticises Johanna Konta for complaint during Fed Cup matchIlie Nastase has issued an apology for his conduct during Romania’s Fed Cup tie against Great Britain last weekend. The...

    • Romanian has been provisionally suspended by ITF
    • Nastase criticises Johanna Konta for complaint during Fed Cup match

    Ilie Nastase has issued an apology for his conduct during Romania’s Fed Cup tie against Great Britain last weekend. The 70-year-old former world No1 has already been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation after a series of incidents in Constanta.

    Nastase was overheard making an apparently racist comment about Serena Williams’ unborn baby as well as asking the GB captain, Anne Keothavong, for her hotel room number. During the first day, Nastase then verbally abused the chair umpire Jaume Campistol and the referee Andreas Egli before calling Keothavong and the British No1, Johanna Konta, “fucking bitches” as he was sent from the court.

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    Stranded in the Bahamas: luxury Fyre festival turns to 'chaos'

    Stranded in the Bahamas: luxury Fyre festival turns to 'chaos'


    Tickets cost up to $12,780 for music event endorsed by influencers on Instagram but social media reports suggest ‘disaster’It was billed as an Instagram-worthy luxury festival in the Bahamas – but the supposedly glamorous Fyre festival seems to be...

    Tickets cost up to $12,780 for music event endorsed by influencers on Instagram but social media reports suggest ‘disaster’

    It was billed as an Instagram-worthy luxury festival in the Bahamas – but the supposedly glamorous Fyre festival seems to be anything but.

    Tickets for the festival, which was co-organised by the rapper Ja Rule, cost up to $12,780 for a luxury four-person package. Festivalgoers were promised “a cultural moment created from a blend of music, art and food”.

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    My friend stole her boyfriend from my sister – should I snub their wedding?

    My friend stole her boyfriend from my sister – should I snub their wedding?


    Before they got engaged, he had a secret relationship with my sister. Should I suck it up or stay loyal to my family? Annalisa Barbieri advises a readerDeclining a wedding invitation is a big statement in my group of friends. It has caused a breakdown in...

    Before they got engaged, he had a secret relationship with my sister. Should I suck it up or stay loyal to my family? Annalisa Barbieri advises a reader

    Declining a wedding invitation is a big statement in my group of friends. It has caused a breakdown in relationships. Now, one of my friends is getting married to a guy who used to go out with my sister. My sister and this guy kept their relationship quiet, since they met at work. My friend was a friend and colleague of both of them and, because of the nature of their occupation, chose to keep their relationship secret when they got together – until their contracts ended and we all learned they were dating. Five months later, they were engaged.

    The scandal in all this, and my dilemma, comes from the fact that I have recently learned that this guy cheated on my sister with my friend and that my friend knew he was cheating. It’s not the first time my friend has dated someone who already had a girlfriend, but I can’t work out if I should support their commitment when they caused my sister pain. That’s without taking into account the fact that I don’t want my friend to marry a guy of such character, in spite of her previous errors of judgment.

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    Can Facebook make live video its future?

    Can Facebook make live video its future?


    Facebook Live makes everyone a broadcaster. But with content ranging from laughing mums to rape and murder, how can it manage the risks of open publishing? What is Facebook Live?Facebook has been steadily pushing people to use its live streaming product,...

    Facebook Live makes everyone a broadcaster. But with content ranging from laughing mums to rape and murder, how can it manage the risks of open publishing?

    What is Facebook Live?
    Facebook has been steadily pushing people to use its live streaming product, which was launched in 2015 but slowly rolled out to all users over the course of 2016. As a pitch, it’s simple: load the Facebook app, point your camera at anything and broadcast, live, to your friends and followers around the world.

    Does anyone really want to watch what their Facebook friends are doing, live?
    Some do, it seems. The service’s first viral hit came in May 2016, when 37-year-old Texan mum Candace Payne used the feature to demonstrate a Chewbacca mask she had bought for her son. Payne tries on the mask, which makes the Star Wars character’s roaring sound when she opens her mouth – and bursts into laughter. The laughter makes more roaring, which causes more laughter, and so on. The four-minute video has had 166m views.

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    Late-night hosts on Obama's $400,000 speech: 'Continuing Hillary's legacy'

    Late-night hosts on Obama's $400,000 speech: 'Continuing Hillary's legacy'


    Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah discussed Barack Obama’s lucrative Wall Street speech and ‘Zombie Trumpcare’Late-night hosts took on Barack Obama’s lucrative Wall Street-funded speech, “Zombie Trumpcare” and impending nuclear war. Related:...

    Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah discussed Barack Obama’s lucrative Wall Street speech and ‘Zombie Trumpcare’

    Late-night hosts took on Barack Obama’s lucrative Wall Street-funded speech, “Zombie Trumpcare” and impending nuclear war.

    Related: Late-night TV hosts on Trump: turning the Oval Office into 'a dream treehouse'

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    Best photos of the day: warm wine and boxing heavyweights

    Best photos of the day: warm wine and boxing heavyweights


    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including Michelle Obama back in the public eye, secret police cells in Manila and UK election campaigning Continue...

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including Michelle Obama back in the public eye, secret police cells in Manila and UK election campaigning

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    Why banning David Irving books from university libraries would achieve little | Keith Kahn-Harris

    Why banning David Irving books from university libraries would achieve little | Keith Kahn-Harris


    Irving, a Holocaust denier, and his ilk pose a bigger threat now than they have previously, but the problem of misinformation and radicalisation goes far deeperThe effort to get the University of Manchester to remove David Irving’s books from open...

    Irving, a Holocaust denier, and his ilk pose a bigger threat now than they have previously, but the problem of misinformation and radicalisation goes far deeper

    The effort to get the University of Manchester to remove David Irving’s books from open display, now backed by Rowan Williams, reminded me of my own experiences browsing through library stacks as an undergraduate. While I never encountered Holocaust denial, I did stumble upon the complete works of Kim Il-sung, a pamphlet praising the Khmer Rouge and a book arguing that the Armenian genocide never occurred.

    Libraries are, ideally, fundamentally amoral places. The presence of works on their shelves is not an endorsement of their views. As someone who runs an online research repository archive, I can testify to having happily uploaded some lousy works of scholarship to its holdings.

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    US economy turns in weakest quarterly performance in three years

    US economy turns in weakest quarterly performance in three years


    Commerce Department data shows first-quarter GDP growth of just 0.7%Analysts believe slowdown is temporary and economy will reboundThe US economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed...

    Commerce Department data shows first-quarter GDP growth of just 0.7%Analysts believe slowdown is temporary and economy will rebound

    The US economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result repeats a pattern that has characterized the recovery: lacklustre beginnings to the year.

    Related: US economic growth falls to lowest rate since 2014 - business live

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    Temperature-boosting El Niño set for early return this year

    Temperature-boosting El Niño set for early return this year


    The climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is 50-60% likely in 2017, says World Meteorological OrganizationThe El Niño climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016...

    The climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is 50-60% likely in 2017, says World Meteorological Organization

    The El Niño climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is set for an early return, according to a forecast from the World Meteorological Organization.

    Related: What is El Niño?

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    Theresa May accused of hiding from public at activist-filled event

    Theresa May accused of hiding from public at activist-filled event


    Staff member says local people were excluded from campaign speech at Leeds centre that helps former prisonersJeremy Corbyn has criticised Theresa May for speaking at a Leeds community regeneration project to a crowd of Conservative activists, rather than...

    Staff member says local people were excluded from campaign speech at Leeds centre that helps former prisoners

    Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Theresa May for speaking at a Leeds community regeneration project to a crowd of Conservative activists, rather than users of the building who said they had left for the day before she arrived.

    The prime minister spoke to around 150 cheering Tory activists gathered at Shine, which houses small businesses in the local area. Corbyn accused May of “hiding from the public” by speaking only to her activists. Richard Burgon, the area’s Labour MP, said the prime minister had missed an opportunity to speak to users of the project, who include female former prisoners.

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    Klitschko might not be a spent force – Joshua needs to pace himself | Dominic Ingle

    Klitschko might not be a spent force – Joshua needs to pace himself | Dominic Ingle


    Kell Brook’s trainer looks at where Saturday’s Wembley sellout world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and the 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko may be won and lostI am not convinced, as many people seem to be, that Anthony Joshua will...

    Kell Brook’s trainer looks at where Saturday’s Wembley sellout world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and the 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko may be won and lost

    I am not convinced, as many people seem to be, that Anthony Joshua will blast through Wladimir Klitschko. Of course, it could happen. But if Klitschko has anything left in the tank, I expect him to drag Joshua deeper into the trenches than ever before. The Ukrainian may even be able to spring a surprise late on – if he can navigate the early rounds.

    I know that puts me in the minority. But I keep wondering whether too much has been made of Klitschko’s defeat by Tyson Fury. Yes, he looked awful that night: slow and flat-footed and desperately trigger-shy. The question is: how much of that was down to age and how much to Fury bamboozling him? Because, make no mistake, the Gypsy King fought an exceptionally smart tactical fight, which was very different to what everyone expected.

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    Dele Alli, Twitter loneliness and the cautionary tale of Renato Sanches | Barney Ronay

    Dele Alli, Twitter loneliness and the cautionary tale of Renato Sanches | Barney Ronay


    The Bayern midfielder increasingly looks a candidate for the title of most startlingly strange meteoric 24-month first-team career ever. Wonderkids bewareAmong the many doomed and dreadful writing projects I occasionally pretend to be working on is a...

    The Bayern midfielder increasingly looks a candidate for the title of most startlingly strange meteoric 24-month first-team career ever. Wonderkids beware

    Among the many doomed and dreadful writing projects I occasionally pretend to be working on is a Bret Easton Ellis-style football novel about a hip, talented, existentially glazed and clueless wonderkid being passed around Europe’s super-clubs by the shady financial powers that run the world game.

    The lead character is an interchangeable young star, probably Portuguese, called something generic like Rui Pinto or José Costa. Tattooed and glossed, garlanded with premature honours, his entire private and professional life is owned by a Gestifute-style talent agency. He wears sunglasses and huge headphones and speaks mainly in emojis, while being shuttled from elite subs bench to seven-star hotel, generating endless income without any noticeable interaction with the human world.

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    ‘Accra’s Jamestown is electric – it's like Hackney Wick on steroids’: Zoe Adjonyoh

    ‘Accra’s Jamestown is electric – it's like Hackney Wick on steroids’: Zoe Adjonyoh


    The chef and pop-up entrepreneur traced her family roots in the Ghanaian capital – and discovered a city fizzing with fresh food, art, music and viewsFor me, there’s a real mystery about Accra, as well as it provoking a sense of inquisitiveness. It...

    The chef and pop-up entrepreneur traced her family roots in the Ghanaian capital – and discovered a city fizzing with fresh food, art, music and views

    For me, there’s a real mystery about Accra, as well as it provoking a sense of inquisitiveness. It means so many things: it’s where my dad is from, and half my family. I was sent there as a child for six months, before moving back to London, and then I returned as a chef in search of recipes for my cookbook, and stories for a memoir. In my eyes, my father had the keys to this Ghanaian kingdom and I was never given them. My most recent trip was about trying to find out who he is and who I am, through him.

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    Brunch like a master with these recipes for ful medames and sausage bun cha | Book extract

    Brunch like a master with these recipes for ful medames and sausage bun cha | Book extract


    Brunch has a simple rule: keep the toast, OJ and coffee bottomless. After that, anything goes, like this Egyptian broad-bean stew with boiled eggs, or a vibrant Vietnamese bun cha, from a new book, The Little Book of Brunch ...Brunch is so much more than...

    Brunch has a simple rule: keep the toast, OJ and coffee bottomless. After that, anything goes, like this Egyptian broad-bean stew with boiled eggs, or a vibrant Vietnamese bun cha, from a new book, The Little Book of Brunch ...

    Brunch is so much more than portmanteau of breakfast and lunch. It’s a moveable feast, as welcome for the late-riser who doesn’t get hungry until midday as it is for the person who breakfasts with the lark and needs something more substantial than elevenses. Whenever you choose to eat it, it is a meal that always coincides, somehow, with peak hunger.

    Inviting friends round for brunch is entertaining on the cheap, and quick – in terms of the prep, if nothing else. The laissez faire nature of the meal means there is always the distinct possibility you might have to pour your guests into a cab seven hours after festivities commence.

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    The valley rebels: the French farmer helping refugees cross Europe – video

    The valley rebels: the French farmer helping refugees cross Europe – video


    Cédric Herrou is a farmer who supports and houses African refugees in the alpine village of Breil-Sur-Roya in southern France. Some regard him as a heroic good samaritan, but others – including the French border police and state prosecutor –...

    Cédric Herrou is a farmer who supports and houses African refugees in the alpine village of Breil-Sur-Roya in southern France. Some regard him as a heroic good samaritan, but others – including the French border police and state prosecutor – denounce him as the leader of a band of smugglers, bringing migrants from Italy into France while flouting official border controls. As Cedric moves from one prosecution to another, why do he and his fellow activists feel compelled to defy the authorities?

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    Donald Trump: I thought being president would be easier – video

    Donald Trump: I thought being president would be easier – video


    Donald Trump reflects on his first 100 days in office in an interview with Reuters, saying he misses aspects of his former life and is finding the presidency more work that he expected. He says the lack of freedom to go anywhere or to drive has been...

    Donald Trump reflects on his first 100 days in office in an interview with Reuters, saying he misses aspects of his former life and is finding the presidency more work that he expected. He says the lack of freedom to go anywhere or to drive has been frustrating

    ‘I thought being president would be easier’: Trump’s Reuters interview highlights
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    Premier League and much more: 10 things to look out for this weekend

    Premier League and much more: 10 things to look out for this weekend


    Romelu Lukaku has a big chance to make an impact against Chelsea, Hull City battle against history and Rangers seek to end Old Firm derby drought Related: Tottenham clash with Arsenal takes Pochettino back to another demolition derby | David Hytner ...

    Romelu Lukaku has a big chance to make an impact against Chelsea, Hull City battle against history and Rangers seek to end Old Firm derby drought

    Related: Tottenham clash with Arsenal takes Pochettino back to another demolition derby | David Hytner

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    That Heineken ad: brewer tackles how to talk to your political opposite

    That Heineken ad: brewer tackles how to talk to your political opposite


    The Worlds Apart campaign may be an antidote to the disastrous Pepsi/Kendall Jenner ad but will success on-screen mean success off?The way advertising works these days, you may have seen Heineken’s latest spot recurring on your social media feeds under...

    The Worlds Apart campaign may be an antidote to the disastrous Pepsi/Kendall Jenner ad but will success on-screen mean success off?

    The way advertising works these days, you may have seen Heineken’s latest spot recurring on your social media feeds under superlative headlines, the clapping-hands emoji or the single comment: “THIS”.

    Its new Worlds Apart campaign partners a feminist with a member of the “new right”; a climate change denier with an environmental activist; and a transgender woman with a transgender – er, denier to ask if there is “more that unites us than divides us”.

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    40 years later, the mothers of Argentina’s 'disappeared' refuse to be silent

    40 years later, the mothers of Argentina’s 'disappeared' refuse to be silent


    Decades after the military murdered thousands, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo warn that the current era of alternative facts poses a new threatHaydée Gastelú was among the first to arrive. “We were absolutely terrified,” she recalls. On the afternoon of...

    Decades after the military murdered thousands, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo warn that the current era of alternative facts poses a new threat

    Haydée Gastelú was among the first to arrive. “We were absolutely terrified,” she recalls.

    On the afternoon of 30 April 1977, 14 courageous women set aside fear – and their families’ warnings – and left their homes to confront the dictatorship that had stolen their children.

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    Feist: ‘The high of falling in love isn’t desirable for me’

    Feist: ‘The high of falling in love isn’t desirable for me’


    The Canadian singer who defined twee mid-noughties indie with 1234 is back with Pleasure, her first album in six years. But, she says, the fantasy of everlasting happiness is long gone Leslie Feist decided to call her new album Pleasure because life...

    The Canadian singer who defined twee mid-noughties indie with 1234 is back with Pleasure, her first album in six years. But, she says, the fantasy of everlasting happiness is long gone

    Leslie Feist decided to call her new album Pleasure because life wasn’t one. At the cusp of 40, she found herself disillusioned and confused, her misery compounded by a “low-grade shame” that she didn’t have everything figured out. She was unhappy, so she made a decision: to take back control.

    “I understood that there was actually a choice,” she says, describing the switch in perspective that led her to a better place. “You can decide to lean positive, you can decide to give things a silver lining, you can decide to have the glass be half full – as opposed to just feeling like my moods are god, as if whatever mood is passing through me has complete control and I have no say.”

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    The Courage of Hopelessness by Slavoj Žižek review – how the big hairy Marxist would change the world

    The Courage of Hopelessness by Slavoj Žižek review – how the big hairy Marxist would change the world


    The leftwing intellectual with rock-star popularity argues that Trump vs Clinton, and Brexit vs Remain are mere sideshowsLife is, despite all the advances of medical science, still way too short to spend any time reading theoretical gibberish concocted...

    The leftwing intellectual with rock-star popularity argues that Trump vs Clinton, and Brexit vs Remain are mere sideshows

    Life is, despite all the advances of medical science, still way too short to spend any time reading theoretical gibberish concocted by superannuated Marxists – theory that purports to still further stretch this ideological corpse like Procrustes on the rack of contemporary events. Fortunate Guardian-reading bourgeois liberals that we are, however, God – or the Self-Moving Absolute – has sent us Slavoj Žižek instead. Žižek demands to be taken seriously: he produces thousands of wildly and densely written pages that bear all the hallmarks of a scholar who has ingurgitated the western canon with the sole intent of firing it at the very bastions of power.

    A political gadfly, who ran for office in his native Slovenia, Žižek has at least leant on the barricades – if not, so far as we know, while actually mixing a Molotov cocktail – and believes in the idea of himself as a revolutionary activist sufficiently to subtitle his latest book Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously, while quoting in its pages Gandhi’s famous maxim: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

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    13 Reasons Why: New Zealand bans under-18s from watching suicide drama without adult

    13 Reasons Why: New Zealand bans under-18s from watching suicide drama without adult


    Office of Film and Literature creates new censorship category to address concerns over the series, which chronicles teen’s sexual assault and suicideThe New Zealand classifications body has created a new category of censorship for controversial Netflix...

    Office of Film and Literature creates new censorship category to address concerns over the series, which chronicles teen’s sexual assault and suicide

    The New Zealand classifications body has created a new category of censorship for controversial Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, after complaints from mental health bodies that it glorified suicide and could prompt copycats.

    New Zealand has the highest rate of teenage suicide in the OECD, with an average of two young people taking their own life each week.

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    Murder of Spanish wildlife rangers spurs ​calls for armed service

    Murder of Spanish wildlife rangers spurs ​calls for armed service


    Double shooting a stark reminder of dangers facing agents who monitor hunting and fishing and protect endangered speciesPaco Morales brings his patrol car to a halt on a windy and almost deserted stretch of road smack in the heart of Spain. In the hot...

    Double shooting a stark reminder of dangers facing agents who monitor hunting and fishing and protect endangered species

    Paco Morales brings his patrol car to a halt on a windy and almost deserted stretch of road smack in the heart of Spain. In the hot spring sky overhead, eagles, vultures and kites wheel, idly scanning the land’s mid-morning menu.

    “This guy looks a bit pissed off,” says the veteran forest ranger, nodding towards the figure on the verge.

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    NFL draft: Bears pick Mitch Trubisky and manage to make Browns look smart

    NFL draft: Bears pick Mitch Trubisky and manage to make Browns look smart


    The first round of the 2017 NFL draft showed that many teams are obsessed with finding the next big thing right awayThe future face of the Chicago Bears strutted into a giant tent behind the NFL draft stage on Thursday night. Mitchell Trubisky, with all...

    The first round of the 2017 NFL draft showed that many teams are obsessed with finding the next big thing right away

    The future face of the Chicago Bears strutted into a giant tent behind the NFL draft stage on Thursday night. Mitchell Trubisky, with all of one college season as a starter, wore a gray three-piece suit, a Bears cap and a smile. Inside the tent was a row of radio and television interviewers. All had the same question:

    Was he surprised?

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    Watch The Simpsons take on Trump’s first 100 days in office – video

    Watch The Simpsons take on Trump’s first 100 days in office – video


    The Simpsons creators turn their attention to President Trump’s first 100 days in office in this clip released by the show. The video sees Trump celebrating his increase in Twitter followers and lowering his golf handicap among other accomplishments...

    The Simpsons creators turn their attention to President Trump’s first 100 days in office in this clip released by the show. The video sees Trump celebrating his increase in Twitter followers and lowering his golf handicap among other accomplishments

    The Simpsons counts Trump’s first 100 days accomplishments in web short

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    Hollywood's homeless Superman: 'I was put in my own living hell' – video

    Hollywood's homeless Superman: 'I was put in my own living hell' – video


    Superhero impersonators Tyler Watts and Christopher Dennis struggle with homelessness as they ply their trade along Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, earning money by posing for pictures with tourists. Character work can be tough work, but many say...

    Superhero impersonators Tyler Watts and Christopher Dennis struggle with homelessness as they ply their trade along Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, earning money by posing for pictures with tourists. Character work can be tough work, but many say it’s the only thing keeping them going

    In Hollywood, superheroes and villains delight crowds – and sleep on the streetsContinue reading...
    California ‘super bloom’ visible from space – video report

    California ‘super bloom’ visible from space – video report


    Wildflowers have erupted across California deserts in the past month in a phenomenon known as a ‘super bloom’. After heavy rainfall ended months of drought, the flowers carpeted such vast areas that the transformation was visible from spaceVideo...

    Wildflowers have erupted across California deserts in the past month in a phenomenon known as a ‘super bloom’. After heavy rainfall ended months of drought, the flowers carpeted such vast areas that the transformation was visible from space

    Video courtesy of Heather LomaxImages courtesy of Planet LabsContinue reading...
    How to make a Spotify playlist the whole family will love

    How to make a Spotify playlist the whole family will love


    You needn’t give up your love of music as a parent – just convince your children they’ve discovered the classics. Here’s how to pick tracks that everyone can get down to Win a year’s Spotify Family subscription Making a playlist to satisfy...

    You needn’t give up your love of music as a parent – just convince your children they’ve discovered the classics. Here’s how to pick tracks that everyone can get down to

    Win a year’s Spotify Family subscription

    Making a playlist to satisfy every member of the family is a harder task than it sounds. I say this as a parent who loves all kinds of music, and loves living in a blissfully easy age for sharing songs with our kids. I especially love it when a track pops into my head from my past that I can quickly pop on, and watch my child dance to instantly, like a madcap devotee. (His most approving move at the moment is going down on all fours, lifting one foot in the air, and wiggling his bum – although Soft Cell’s Tainted Love has always had that effect on me.)

    But still there are songs that bring out the grumpy mid-20th-century dad in us all, aghast at that orange-haired androgyne on Top of the Pops wrapping his arm around a boy, singing about someone waiting in the sky (thankfully, David Bowie’s Starman has the opposite effect on all generations in 2017). Ed Sheeran’s oeuvre, with a few notable distractions, has me tutting at the radio like I’m mainlining Werther’s Originals (but even I enjoy Sing, which sounds to me like Justin Timberlake by way of the theme tune to Flight of the Conchords). Certain songs on children’s film soundtracks also drive me to teeth-gnashing distraction – if I hear I Like to Move it from Madagascar one more time, for example, I will probably go postal.

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    Blurred lines – how music bridges the generation gap

    Blurred lines – how music bridges the generation gap


    The latest music borrows heavily from the past and collaborations and remakes are adding to its cross-generational appeal. For Peter Robinson, though, pop mustn’t lose its ability to provoke When it comes to the way families consume music, some rituals...

    The latest music borrows heavily from the past and collaborations and remakes are adding to its cross-generational appeal. For Peter Robinson, though, pop mustn’t lose its ability to provoke

    When it comes to the way families consume music, some rituals have always been sacred: the tribalist mentality that pits one brother or sister’s favourite act against another’s; the solidarity achieved when siblings come together to rebel against their parents’ taste; that belief that if you’re older your taste is more sophisticated, and if you’re younger your taste is more cutting edge.

    Then there’s the legendary tableau of the long family car journey: trips in which one adult may wish to listen to the radio while the other demands a carefully chosen playlist, only for the kids to inevitably win control of the stereo, even though they’re both plugged into tablets.

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    'The city's waiting outside your door': taking a springtime walk in London

    'The city's waiting outside your door': taking a springtime walk in London


    For social historian Emma Dabiri, spring is a perfect time to don some walking shoes and start exploring. She finds history at every turn in the city, from William Blake’s resting place to the pub that inspired the nursery rhyme Pop Goes the Weasel...

    For social historian Emma Dabiri, spring is a perfect time to don some walking shoes and start exploring. She finds history at every turn in the city, from William Blake’s resting place to the pub that inspired the nursery rhyme Pop Goes the Weasel

    Related: Go outdoors and embrace spring: tips on how to enjoy the new season

    During a period of convalescence in Dublin, Patrick Kavanagh’s walks along the city’s Grand Canal reacquainted the poet with nature, reigniting his artistic vision and inspiring some of his most feted work.

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    Sydney’s top 10 beaches and outdoor swimming spots

    Sydney’s top 10 beaches and outdoor swimming spots


    Fringed by the Pacific and home to a stunning natural harbour, Sydney arguably has the best beaches and swimming spots of any major city in the world. Here are the ten you can’t miss Related: Go walkabout: the best way to save on domestic flights on...

    Fringed by the Pacific and home to a stunning natural harbour, Sydney arguably has the best beaches and swimming spots of any major city in the world. Here are the ten you can’t miss

    Related: Go walkabout: the best way to save on domestic flights on your trip to Australia

    Bondi beach
    While it’s worth looking beyond Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand, it’s easy to understand Bondi’s allure. This is where the city meets the sea; a golden beach with a lively mix of cafes, restaurants and bars nearby. Avoid the tourist traps on the beachfront and instead explore the options around Hall Street. For those prepared to brave the queue, Messina’s hole-in-the-wall gelato shop is a Sydney institution.

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