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    Men, we need to talk about sperm | Geeta Nargund

    Men, we need to talk about sperm | Geeta Nargund


    Stories of older celebrity fathers belie the truth. There is a male biological clock, and we have to break the taboo around itInfertility has for far too long been treated as an all-female issue. Yet in about half of the cases for the one in six couples...

    Stories of older celebrity fathers belie the truth. There is a male biological clock, and we have to break the taboo around it

    Infertility has for far too long been treated as an all-female issue. Yet in about half of the cases for the one in six couples in this country who are experiencing problems conceiving, it is the man’s infertility that is the problem. So why is it in my fertility clinic practices – both NHS and private – I meet men every week who have no idea of the vital role their age and lifestyle choices will play in whether they and their partner can have a healthy baby.

    Reports about celebrity fathers in their 50s, 60s and older, have blinded many men to the reality that they, too, have a biological clock. For every Ronnie Wood or Rupert Murdoch fathering a child in their 60s or 70s, there are many, many more men like the barrister who came to me, a widower with grownup children who was desperate to start a new chapter in life.

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    Pakistan: 11 dead after car bomb near police chief's office in Quetta

    Pakistan: 11 dead after car bomb near police chief's office in Quetta


    Bomb was planted in a moving car, but officers were trying to determine whether it was a suicide attackA powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday has killed 11 people and wounded 20, officials...

    Bomb was planted in a moving car, but officers were trying to determine whether it was a suicide attack

    A powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday has killed 11 people and wounded 20, officials said.

    The explosion near the police chief’s office in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows of nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat.

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    The problem is not tower blocks: it's capitalism and cost-cutting | Dawn Foster

    The problem is not tower blocks: it's capitalism and cost-cutting | Dawn Foster


    Ignore the calls for tower blocks to be pulled down in the wake of Grenfell. The real problem is safety and how willing companies are to risk lives to save money After the Grenfell tragedy, understandably the conversation has turned to safety in...

    Ignore the calls for tower blocks to be pulled down in the wake of Grenfell. The real problem is safety and how willing companies are to risk lives to save money

    After the Grenfell tragedy, understandably the conversation has turned to safety in preventing such avoidable devastation occurring again. Tower blocks in particular have come under fire for being unsafe, having few fire escape routes and housing so many people in a dense space. Some of the calls for tower blocks to be pulled down or for no more to be built come from a political revulsion towards tower blocks and what they represent in facets of society.

    Critics claim they are eyesores, magnets for crime and terrible to live in. But most people I’ve spoken to in tower blocks enjoy living in their home, and would do so more if repairs and improvements were carried out promptly. This is key: the people calling for tower blocks to be pulled down do not live in them, even though they believe their demand comes from a place of altruism and concern. If tower blocks are properly maintained, with all structural work properly carried out, they are perfectly safe.

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    A workmate has come up on Tinder! Is it polite to swipe yes?

    A workmate has come up on Tinder! Is it polite to swipe yes?


    The ubiquity of dating apps has resulted in a whole new set of social anxieties. But what’s the etiquette when someone you know pops up?My colleague just popped up on Tinder! Should I swipe yes just to be polite?Four years ago, over dinner, my friend...

    The ubiquity of dating apps has resulted in a whole new set of social anxieties. But what’s the etiquette when someone you know pops up?

    My colleague just popped up on Tinder! Should I swipe yes just to be polite?

    Four years ago, over dinner, my friend showed me a new app on her phone. It served up an endless parade of faces: single men, in our area. I was scandalised.

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    Why do people still go hungry? – video

    Why do people still go hungry? – video


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

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

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    What I wish I could tell my boss: 'You saved my life when I was suicidal'

    What I wish I could tell my boss: 'You saved my life when I was suicidal'


    The teacher: I am now a manager myself, and I never forget that a boss has the ability to change livesTo say I was feeling low would be an understatement. A dramatic and unforeseen turn of events transformed my happy life into a trauma overnight....

    The teacher: I am now a manager myself, and I never forget that a boss has the ability to change lives

    To say I was feeling low would be an understatement. A dramatic and unforeseen turn of events transformed my happy life into a trauma overnight. Depression felt like my life was crumbling, the ground ripped from beneath my feet.

    In desperate need for stability I threw myself into work with a new-found intensity. I was often the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night. Work gave me purpose, but my sense of self became entwined in work – perhaps it wasn’t healthy, but pride in my work boosted my sense of worth and esteem.

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    'Close al-Jazeera': Saudi Arabia issues Qatar with 13 demands to end blockade

    'Close al-Jazeera': Saudi Arabia issues Qatar with 13 demands to end blockade


    The list also demands the nation cut back ties to Iran and sever all links to the Muslim Brotherhood Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar have issued a steep list of demands to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian...

    The list also demands the nation cut back ties to Iran and sever all links to the Muslim Brotherhood

    Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar have issued a steep list of demands to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbour close al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

    In a 13-point list — presented to the Qataris by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis — the countries also demand an end to Turkey’s military presence in Qatar. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the list in Arabic from one of the countries involved in the dispute.

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    Novel recipes: Rock cakes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    Novel recipes: Rock cakes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


    With the 20th anniversary of JK Rowling’s first book looming, Kate Young bakes a batch of rock cakes – hopefully better than the ones Hagrid feeds to Harry...Scroll down to read the recipe‘This is Ron,’ Harry told Hagrid, who was pouring boiling...

    With the 20th anniversary of JK Rowling’s first book looming, Kate Young bakes a batch of rock cakes – hopefully better than the ones Hagrid feeds to Harry...

    Scroll down to read the recipe

    ‘This is Ron,’ Harry told Hagrid, who was pouring boiling water into a large teapot and putting rock cakes onto a plate.

    ‘Another Weasley, eh?’ said Hagrid, glancing at Ron’s freckles. ‘I spent half me life chasin’ your brothers away from the Forest.’

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling

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    Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

    Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says


    Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for studentsEvolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular...

    Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students

    Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition.

    Alpaslan Durmuş, who chairs the board of education, said evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for students.

    “We believe that these subjects are beyond their [students] comprehension,” said Durmuş in a video published on the education ministry’s website.

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    'I buried my smallest one under a bush': starvation and sorrow in South Sudan | Jason Burke

    'I buried my smallest one under a bush': starvation and sorrow in South Sudan | Jason Burke


    When Mary Cholil sought food and shelter after her village was torched, her three-year-old daughter died. In a country ravaged by hunger and conflict, such tragedies have become all too familiarThe news spreads fast during the day. The raiders are...

    When Mary Cholil sought food and shelter after her village was torched, her three-year-old daughter died. In a country ravaged by hunger and conflict, such tragedies have become all too familiar

    The news spreads fast during the day. The raiders are coming. Two columns of fighters, each thousands strong, armed with assault rifles.

    “We will fight them. We will take our guns and defend ourselves,” says Simon Logocho, a stall holder in a scruffy market in Pibor, a remote town in eastern South Sudan.

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    If the Iran deal is to survive, the west must change course | Ali Akbar Salehi

    If the Iran deal is to survive, the west must change course | Ali Akbar Salehi


    I helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear deal. Its success depends on constructive engagement, not the destabilising policies currently being pursuedWorking to negotiate agreements with the west has been a mixed experience for Iran. Often, following some...

    I helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear deal. Its success depends on constructive engagement, not the destabilising policies currently being pursued

    Working to negotiate agreements with the west has been a mixed experience for Iran. Often, following some hard-won engagement, some western nations, whether distracted by shortsighted political motivations or the lucrative inducements of other regional actors, walk away and allow the whole situation to return to the status quo ante.

    Quite a number of such reversals have befallen Iran when engaging with the US, in particular. The latest case of hard-won progress at risk – which I believe can still be saved from failure – is the historic nuclear deal known as the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA). This was agreed in 2015 between Iran and the permanent members of the UN security council, plus Germany – the P5+1. The critical question at the present juncture is: how can we rescue this engagement and move out of the familiar vicious circle?

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    Genoa airport lifts liquids ban for pesto

    Genoa airport lifts liquids ban for pesto


    Italian airport is letting travellers take as much as 500g of the sauce in their carry-on luggage, exempting them from the 100ml rule for liquidsThe Italian port city of Genoa has taken pride in its famed pesto sauce to new heights by granting special...

    Italian airport is letting travellers take as much as 500g of the sauce in their carry-on luggage, exempting them from the 100ml rule for liquids

    The Italian port city of Genoa has taken pride in its famed pesto sauce to new heights by granting special airport waivers for those who can’t get enough of the basil and pine nut pasta sauce.

    Related: Trevi levy: Rome imposes fines for frolicking at famous fountains

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    No Lions sleep tonight: buzz builds ahead of first All Blacks Test in Auckland

    No Lions sleep tonight: buzz builds ahead of first All Blacks Test in Auckland


    Some 25,000 British and Irish fans have descended on the city for the first test match against the rugby world champions For the last two nights newsreaders and radio announcers in New Zealand have been ending their broadcasts with the same words: “Go...

    Some 25,000 British and Irish fans have descended on the city for the first test match against the rugby world champions

    For the last two nights newsreaders and radio announcers in New Zealand have been ending their broadcasts with the same words: “Go the All Blacks!”.

    The first Test of the Lions tour kicks off at Eden Park on Saturday, and for many it feels like the start of the tour, with many British and Irish fans only flying in this week.

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    NBA draft: social media error sees Fultz heading No1 to (team name) and (City)

    NBA draft: social media error sees Fultz heading No1 to (team name) and (City)


    Lonzo Ball will stay in California to play for Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics take Jayson Tatum at No3 overallTimberwolves trade for Jimmy Butler in deal with BullsThe Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted. The...

    Lonzo Ball will stay in California to play for Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics take Jayson Tatum at No3 overallTimberwolves trade for Jimmy Butler in deal with Bulls

    The Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted. The 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No1 pick and the Lakers followed by taking Ball, the start of a record-setting run of one-and-dones in the NBA draft. The point guards from the Pac-12 Conference began a run of seven straight freshmen. Nine of the first 10 selections played just one season of college ball.

    Fultz’s selection was made all the more memorable when a pre-written template on his Instagram page wasn’t filled out correctly, leaving the interesting caption: “Excited to head to (City) and join the (team name).” It was unclear at the time of publication who (team name) were hoping to select in the second round or what the fans in (City) thought of Thursday’s events.

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    Britain wants a 'way out' of the Julian Assange standoff, says Ecuador

    Britain wants a 'way out' of the Julian Assange standoff, says Ecuador


    Maria Fernanda Espinosa, foreign minister, says UK and Ecuador working on an ‘opening’Britain is interested in finding a solution to the standoff that has led to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for five...

    Maria Fernanda Espinosa, foreign minister, says UK and Ecuador working on an ‘opening’

    Britain is interested in finding a solution to the standoff that has led to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for five years, the foreign minister of the South American country has said.

    In May, Sweden dropped an investigation into rape allegations that led Assange, 45, to seek asylum in the embassy in 2012, but British police said he would still be arrested if he left the building.

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    In China's far west the 'perfect police state' is emerging

    In China's far west the 'perfect police state' is emerging


    During a trip through China’s violence-plagued Xinjiang, the Guardian witnesses dramatic security surge as Communist party fights to ‘pacify’ regionIt was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation...

    During a trip through China’s violence-plagued Xinjiang, the Guardian witnesses dramatic security surge as Communist party fights to ‘pacify’ region

    It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzin’s wistful cry.

    One by one armoured personnel carriers, some with machine guns poking from their turrets, rolled towards People’s Square where a 12-metre statue of Mao Zedong was preparing to preside over the latest in a series of tub-thumping “anti-terror” rallies to be held here in the heartlands of China’s Muslim Uighur minority this year.

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    'Pizzagate' conspiracy theorist gets four years in prison

    'Pizzagate' conspiracy theorist gets four years in prison


    Edgar Welch fired an assault rifle inside a Washington pizza restaurant, believing internet rumors that prominent Democrats were harboring child sex slaves thereAn online conspiracy theory dubbed “pizzagate” ended Thursday with real-world...

    Edgar Welch fired an assault rifle inside a Washington pizza restaurant, believing internet rumors that prominent Democrats were harboring child sex slaves there

    An online conspiracy theory dubbed “pizzagate” ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation’s capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.

    Edgar Maddison Welch’s “ill-conceived plot” last year did “actual damage to the lives of real people”, a judge said before sentencing him to four years in prison.

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    US defense contractor caught with $16,500 in luggage is charged with spying for China

    US defense contractor caught with $16,500 in luggage is charged with spying for China


    Kevin Mallory accused of selling classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and AprilA US defense contractor and former State Department security officer who was found with $16,500 in his luggage has been arrested...

    Kevin Mallory accused of selling classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April

    A US defense contractor and former State Department security officer who was found with $16,500 in his luggage has been arrested by American counterintelligence officials and charged with spying for China.

    The Justice Department said Kevin Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia had sold classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April.

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    Woody Johnson nominated as US ambassador to Britain

    Woody Johnson nominated as US ambassador to Britain


    New York Jets-owner, who backed Jeb Bush’s campaign prior to endorsing Trump, will require Senate approval before taking up the postDonald Trump will nominate National Football League team owner Woody Johnson as US ambassador to Britain, the White...

    New York Jets-owner, who backed Jeb Bush’s campaign prior to endorsing Trump, will require Senate approval before taking up the post

    Donald Trump will nominate National Football League team owner Woody Johnson as US ambassador to Britain, the White House has said.

    Johnson, a billionaire investor and owner of the New York Jets, will require Senate confirmation to take up the diplomatic post.

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    Johnny Depp jokes about killing Trump in Glastonbury appearance

    Johnny Depp jokes about killing Trump in Glastonbury appearance


    ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’ star asks crowd at a drive-in cinema at the festivalJohnny Depp joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury.The actor received a rock star welcome during the...

    ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’ star asks crowd at a drive-in cinema at the festival

    Johnny Depp joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury.

    The actor received a rock star welcome during the event at Cineramageddon – a drive-in cinema on the Somerset site.

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    Bill Cosby plans to teach young people how to not get accused of sexual assault

    Bill Cosby plans to teach young people how to not get accused of sexual assault


    Just days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, spokespeople said the disgraced comedian will embark on ‘town halls’ about the issueJust days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, Bill Cosby wants to embark on a series of...

    Just days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, spokespeople said the disgraced comedian will embark on ‘town halls’ about the issue

    Just days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, Bill Cosby wants to embark on a series of “town halls” to speak to young people about sexual assault – specifically, it seems, how to avoid an accusation.

    That’s the impression two spokespeople for the disgraced comedian gave when they appeared Thursday on a local news show in Alabama.

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    Nazi spies planned bombings in Chile, archives reveal

    Nazi spies planned bombings in Chile, archives reveal


    Documents show Chilean supporters of the Third Reich received paramilitary training and sent information to Germany during the second world warChilean police have released archive documents relating to investigations during the second world war that...

    Documents show Chilean supporters of the Third Reich received paramilitary training and sent information to Germany during the second world war

    Chilean police have released archive documents relating to investigations during the second world war that uncovered how Nazi supporters in the country supplyed information to the Third Reich and planned to bomb mines in Chile.

    Related: Hitler bust among Argentina's biggest haul of Nazi artefacts found in secret room

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    Mexican authorities accused of failures over notorious mass murder

    Mexican authorities accused of failures over notorious mass murder


    Claims leads were not followed in the deaths of five people, including journalist Rubén Espinosa, in a Mexico City apartmentHuman rights officials in Mexico City have concluded that authorities in the country’s capital failed to properly investigate...

    Claims leads were not followed in the deaths of five people, including journalist Rubén Espinosa, in a Mexico City apartment

    Human rights officials in Mexico City have concluded that authorities in the country’s capital failed to properly investigate one of the capital’s most notorious recent crimes, instead launching an “inadequate” inquiry which failed to exhaust all possible leads.

    The murder of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa, activist Nadia Vera and three other women in a Mexico City apartment in July 2015 scandalised the country, especially as it was revealed that Espinosa and Vera had sought refuge in the capital after fleeing death threats in the eastern state of Veracruz.

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    Alexis Sánchez is Chile’s record scorer after opener in draw with Germany

    Alexis Sánchez is Chile’s record scorer after opener in draw with Germany


    • Confederations Cup: Germany 1-1 Chile (Stindl 41; Sánchez 6)Alexis Sánchez became Chile’s all-time leading scorer when he scored an early goal in a 1-1 draw against Germany at the Confederations Cup on Thursday.Lars Stindl equalised for the world...

    • Confederations Cup: Germany 1-1 Chile (Stindl 41; Sánchez 6)

    Alexis Sánchez became Chile’s all-time leading scorer when he scored an early goal in a 1-1 draw against Germany at the Confederations Cup on Thursday.

    Lars Stindl equalised for the world champions just before half-time to leave both teams level at the top of Group B with four points each from their opening two games, although Chile have the better goal difference. Australia and Cameroon have a point apiece after their 1-1 draw earlier on Thursday.

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    Otto Warmbier funeral: thousands gather to mourn 'profound loss'

    Otto Warmbier funeral: thousands gather to mourn 'profound loss'


    College student was returned from North Korea in a coma that proved fatalTrump denounces Warmbier’s detention and death as ‘total disgrace’ Thousands of mourners have turned out to pay their final respects to Otto Warmbier, the US student...

    College student was returned from North Korea in a coma that proved fatalTrump denounces Warmbier’s detention and death as ‘total disgrace’

    Thousands of mourners have turned out to pay their final respects to Otto Warmbier, the US student imprisoned for more than a year by North Korea and sent back home in a mysterious coma that proved fatal.

    The 800-capacity auditorium at Warmbier’s high school in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming was packed, as were overflow rooms set up to accommodate additional attendees.

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    Obama attacks Republican health bill as 'massive transfer of wealth' to the rich

    Obama attacks Republican health bill as 'massive transfer of wealth' to the rich


    Former president criticizes ‘fundamental meanness’ in Republican bill‘If you might get sick, get old, or start a family, this bill will do you harm’Barack Obama sharply condemned the healthcare plan unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday as a...

    Former president criticizes ‘fundamental meanness’ in Republican bill
    ‘If you might get sick, get old, or start a family, this bill will do you harm’

    Barack Obama sharply condemned the healthcare plan unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday as a “massive transfer of wealth” to the rich, at the expense of poor and middle-class Americans.

    In a Facebook post hours after the Republican bill was made public, the former president made some of his most pointed comments since leaving office in defense of what remains the most signature accomplishment of his two terms.

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    England sail past Poland to reach European U-21 Championship semis

    England sail past Poland to reach European U-21 Championship semis


    • England Under-21 3-0 Poland Under-21 (Gray 6, Murphy 69, Baker 82pen)• England win group to show they are real contendersEngland showed they are real contenders to win a second international tournament of the summer after a clinical performance...

    • England Under-21 3-0 Poland Under-21 (Gray 6, Murphy 69, Baker 82pen)
    • England win group to show they are real contenders

    England showed they are real contenders to win a second international tournament of the summer after a clinical performance against the hosts booked a place in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009.

    Goals from Demarai Gray, Jacob Murphy and a late penalty from Lewis Baker capped an excellent display that means Aidy Boothroyd’s side have recovered from a slow start and ended up topping group A with seven points.

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    Germany to quash convictions of 50,000 gay men under Nazi-era law

    Germany to quash convictions of 50,000 gay men under Nazi-era law


    Parliament votes through measure overturning conviction and offering compensation to the estimated 5,000 men still alive Germany’s parliament has voted to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law that...

    Parliament votes through measure overturning conviction and offering compensation to the estimated 5,000 men still alive

    Germany’s parliament has voted to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law that remained in force after the second world war.

    After decades of lobbying, victims and activists hailed a triumph in the struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under article 175 of the penal code.

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    More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, Pew study finds

    More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, Pew study finds


    Study finds stark differences between Republican and Democratic gun ownersHalf of Americans see gun violence as a ‘very big problem’More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, while still preserving the rights of most people in most places to...

    Study finds stark differences between Republican and Democratic gun owners
    Half of Americans see gun violence as a ‘very big problem’

    More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, while still preserving the rights of most people in most places to carry most types of guns, a Pew Research Center survey has found.

    Related: Meet America's gun super-owners – with an average of 17 firearms each

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    Theresa May makes 'fair and serious' offer on rights of EU citizens in UK

    Theresa May makes 'fair and serious' offer on rights of EU citizens in UK


    PM tells EU leaders UK will offer those who arrive lawfully before Brexit the chance to build up same rights as British citizensTheresa May made a “fair and serious offer” to European Union leaders over the contentious issue of the future rights of...

    PM tells EU leaders UK will offer those who arrive lawfully before Brexit the chance to build up same rights as British citizens

    Theresa May made a “fair and serious offer” to European Union leaders over the contentious issue of the future rights of EU citizens, offering those who arrive lawfully before Brexit the chance to build up the same rights to work, healthcare and benefits as UK citizens.

    Speaking at the end of a dinner at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, after formal Brexit talks kicked off on Monday, May set out the UK’s opening offer on the rights of EU citizens – an issue both sides have said they would like to be resolved early in the talks.

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    US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution

    US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution


    Washington supports ‘the spirit’ of a UN resolution calling for women’s access to reproductive healthcare but ‘does not recognize abortion’ as a methodThe UN Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning abuse and...

    Washington supports ‘the spirit’ of a UN resolution calling for women’s access to reproductive healthcare but ‘does not recognize abortion’ as a method

    The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning abuse and discrimination of women, but Washington refused to back one paragraph mentioning access to safe abortions.

    The strongly worded resolution, tabled by Canada, expressed “outrage at the persistence and pervasiveness of all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide”, calling on countries to take immediate steps to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination.

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    Can this progressive ironworker (and his mustache) swipe Paul Ryan's seat?

    Can this progressive ironworker (and his mustache) swipe Paul Ryan's seat?


    Randy Bryce’s campaign is offering a boots-and-denim alternative to Washington’s elite. Can he take on the most senior Republican in Congress?A progressive, mustachioed Bernie Sanders supporter has shot to fame after announcing a challenge to...

    Randy Bryce’s campaign is offering a boots-and-denim alternative to Washington’s elite. Can he take on the most senior Republican in Congress?

    A progressive, mustachioed Bernie Sanders supporter has shot to fame after announcing a challenge to Republican house speaker Paul Ryan.

    Democrat Randy Bryce, who goes by @IronStache on Twitter, is an ironworker, union organiser and veteran who launched his bid for Wisconsin’s first congressional district on Monday.

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    UN vote backing Chagos Islands a blow for UK

    UN vote backing Chagos Islands a blow for UK


    Mauritius supported by 94 nations in move to consult The Hague over colonial hold of Indian Ocean territory by BritishThe UK has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations general assembly in a vote over decolonisation and its residual hold over...

    Mauritius supported by 94 nations in move to consult The Hague over colonial hold of Indian Ocean territory by British

    The UK has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations general assembly in a vote over decolonisation and its residual hold over disputed territory in the Indian Ocean.

    By a margin of 94 to 15 countries, delegates supported a Mauritian-backed resolution to seek an advisory opinion from the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague on the legal status of the Chagos Islands.

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    Athens: thousands of public-sector workers march against austerity

    Athens: thousands of public-sector workers march against austerity


    Protest, for better employment rights, is latest in series that has hindered rubbish collection in major cities in GreeceGreece has been hit by fresh strike action as thousands of public sector workers marched through Athens in protest against the...

    Protest, for better employment rights, is latest in series that has hindered rubbish collection in major cities in Greece

    Greece has been hit by fresh strike action as thousands of public sector workers marched through Athens in protest against the debt-ridden country’s austerity programme.

    Related: Creditors agree terms to disburse Greece's €8.5bn bailout funds

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    Trump admits: 'I did not make, and do not have' tapes of Comey conversations

    Trump admits: 'I did not make, and do not have' tapes of Comey conversations


    Trump tweets: ‘I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings’Tweets contradict earlier suggestion that he had privately recorded talksDonald Trump admitted on Thursday that he is not in possession of any secret recordings of conversations with...

    Trump tweets: ‘I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings’Tweets contradict earlier suggestion that he had privately recorded talks

    Donald Trump admitted on Thursday that he is not in possession of any secret recordings of conversations with James Comey, ending a 41-day saga that began when he issued a menacing tweet about the FBI director he had just fired.

    “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea ... whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” the president wrote on Twitter.

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    House Democrats challenge Deutsche Bank over review of Trump's accounts

    House Democrats challenge Deutsche Bank over review of Trump's accounts


    Members of House financial services committee say US privacy laws do not apply to requests from Congress and continue to press for information about inquiryDeutsche Bank is at the centre of an escalating row on Capitol Hill after the German bank refused...

    Members of House financial services committee say US privacy laws do not apply to requests from Congress and continue to press for information about inquiry

    Deutsche Bank is at the centre of an escalating row on Capitol Hill after the German bank refused to respond to a congressional request for information about the bank’s examination of Donald Trump’s bank account and whether he had financial ties to Russia.

    Maxine Waters, a top Democrat on the House financial services committee, has challenged Deutsche Bank’s legal rationale for refusing to volunteer information about the US president’s account and an internal review the bank conducted last year.

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    Boy Better Know: ‘We should have been playing big festivals six years ago’

    Boy Better Know: ‘We should have been playing big festivals six years ago’


    With Drake on their label and Corbyn in their contacts, grime collective BBK are big-time. Skepta, JME and the rest of the crew get in the Glastonbury mood, talking vegan food, politics and adventures in the healing fieldFast cars, faster bars,...

    With Drake on their label and Corbyn in their contacts, grime collective BBK are big-time. Skepta, JME and the rest of the crew get in the Glastonbury mood, talking vegan food, politics and adventures in the healing field

    Fast cars, faster bars, home-baked pastries: an afternoon with Boy Better Know zigzags between locker-room hangout and transformational workshop. One minute, boxfresh streetwear is being passed around, logos are burned off with lighters, music is blared at dangerously loud decibels and spliffs are rolled as they prep for their photoshoot. The next, there is so much talk about being true to yourself that it can be more like listening to a motivational podcast than a rap crew. Band member JME then turns up and immediately unzips a freezer bag of fresh vegan croissants, straight from his own oven.

    Related: Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime

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    Rival groups vie for supremacy as fight against Isis reaches tipping point

    Rival groups vie for supremacy as fight against Isis reaches tipping point


    With Isis close to defeat in Mosul, its various opponents are already competing to define what will happen next Iraqi forces have advanced to the base of the toppled minaret of Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri, hours after it was destroyed by Islamic...

    With Isis close to defeat in Mosul, its various opponents are already competing to define what will happen next

    Iraqi forces have advanced to the base of the toppled minaret of Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri, hours after it was destroyed by Islamic State militants, as the bitter eight-month battle to recapture the city reached a tipping point.

    Related: Destroying Great Mosque of al-Nuri 'is Isis declaring defeat'

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    Halsey: ‘I used to be a social queen – now I’m terrified of people’

    Halsey: ‘I used to be a social queen – now I’m terrified of people’


    From homelessness to troubled relationships, New Jersey pop force Halsey hasn’t had a smooth ride to the top of the charts. Ahead of her Glastonbury debut, she explains how she channeled her troubles into a strange, striking new recordDescribing...

    From homelessness to troubled relationships, New Jersey pop force Halsey hasn’t had a smooth ride to the top of the charts. Ahead of her Glastonbury debut, she explains how she channeled her troubles into a strange, striking new record

    Describing Halsey’s second record as a concept album would be to understate its preposterousness. Its title, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, is her own concept of a purgatory-like realm whose back story is so deeply finessed that it includes individually named carp. There’s some Greek mythology thrown in along the way, too. But the imagery around the album’s release, and its spoken-word interludes, also pay homage to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

    “I went balls-to-the-wall with this one,” is Halsey’s own way of recognising what is also a rather good pop record.“When people ask me about it I say: ‘Yeah, I went through this really terrible breakup and I naturally did what any normal 22-year-old girl would do – I called Baz Luhrmann.” Luhrmann loved the project so much that he got involved with the album’s promotion and expressed a desire to work with Halsey in the future. It has also been wholly embraced by the New Jersey-born singer’s fans, whose symbiotic relationship with the singer makes the hysteria surrounding peak-era Gaga seem nonchalant in comparison. Those fans have clearly responded well to the frankness with which Halsey talks about her sexuality, being bipolar and the product of an interracial marriage, and the struggles she faced as a teen. But they seem most seduced by the escapist worlds in which she situates her music. As she talks about her passion for video gaming, the Easter eggs and intricate backstories woven through her songs begin to make more sense, although none of this high-concept japery will come as any surprise to those who have been following her expeditious rise to the fringes of pop’s A-list. In 2014, her debut EP Room 93 centred on the broad theme of being stuck in a hotel room. The following year her album Badlands, including breakthrough hit New Americana, dwelled on mental isolation in a city based loosely on Las Vegas.

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    A hot summer night in London – photo essay

    A hot summer night in London – photo essay


    On a midsummer night, after the hottest June day since 1976, photographer Sarah Lee travelled across London with writer Laura Barton to capture the capital’s moodMidsummer, heavy heat, and London is beside itself: couples kiss by tube station steps,...

    On a midsummer night, after the hottest June day since 1976, photographer Sarah Lee travelled across London with writer Laura Barton to capture the capital’s mood

    Midsummer, heavy heat, and London is beside itself: couples kiss by tube station steps, accordion players linger on street corners, the city is alive with the coatless, bare-legged and bewildered. Across the air comes the sound of last orders, police sirens, blurry conversation, while the backstreets stand quiet, lost in the scent of jasmine and dust.

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    Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

    Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction


    Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway’s financial aid in jeopardy, says minister Leia este artigo em portuguêsNorway has issued a blunt threat to Brazil that if rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest...

    Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway’s financial aid in jeopardy, says minister

    Leia este artigo em português

    Norway has issued a blunt threat to Brazil that if rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is not reversed, its billion-dollar financial assistance will fall to zero. The leaders of the two nations meet in Oslo on Friday.

    The oil-rich Scandinavian nation has provided $1.1bn to Brazil’s Amazon fund since 2008, tied to reductions in the rate of deforestation in the world’s greatest rainforest. The destruction of forests by timber and farming industries is a major contributor to the carbon emissions that drive climate change and Norway views protecting the Amazon as vital for the whole world.

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    Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall go for a cinema night in Hackney – and get a good old-fashioned East End welcome

    Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall go for a cinema night in Hackney – and get a good old-fashioned East End welcome


    How lovely of the media mogul to accompany his wife to the premiere of her new film. Pity not all the locals were charmed“You take someone to the airport, it’s clearly the beginning of a relationship,” observes Billy Crystal in When Harry Met...

    How lovely of the media mogul to accompany his wife to the premiere of her new film. Pity not all the locals were charmed

    “You take someone to the airport, it’s clearly the beginning of a relationship,” observes Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. “That’s why I have never taken anyone to the airport at the beginning of a relationship … Because eventually things move on and you don’t take someone to the airport and I never wanted anyone to say to me: ‘How come you never take me to the airport any more?’”

    And so to Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, who are still at the accompanying-your-wife-to-lefty-movies-about-homelessness stage of their relationship. Last year, you will recall, the News Corp boss married Jerry, and the relationship is no less giddy now he is in his 87th year. How else to interpret Rupert’s decision to accompany his wife to an event at the East End film festival last week? The couple attended the Hackney Picturehouse premiere of The Forgotten Man, in which Jerry has a brief cameo, and which is described as an honest, black-and-white representation of economic divides. Rupert’s verdict on the work is unknown – I imagine the only words he spoke all night were a brisk “Keep the engine running” to the driver of his Range Rover. But organisers are more optimistic.

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    Trumpcare is a dangerous gamble. The prognosis isn't good | Richard Wolffe

    Trumpcare is a dangerous gamble. The prognosis isn't good | Richard Wolffe


    Mitch McConnell can only lose two Republican votes in the senate. He will pay a high price behind closed doors to secure each and every voteDonald Trump suffers from several pre-existing conditions – but none is as fatal as his chronic lack of...

    Mitch McConnell can only lose two Republican votes in the senate. He will pay a high price behind closed doors to secure each and every vote

    Donald Trump suffers from several pre-existing conditions – but none is as fatal as his chronic lack of self-awareness.

    This is a challenge for a president determined to roll back healthcare coverage for Americans in the name of scoring points against his predecessor. Stuck on political life support, in the mid-30s of approval ratings, Trump is gambling what’s left of his polling on an ambitious plan to deny blue-collar voters their healthcare.

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    Farms hit by labour shortage as migrant workers shun 'racist' UK

    Farms hit by labour shortage as migrant workers shun 'racist' UK


    A 20% shortfall in migrant workers relied on to pick fruit and vegetables is blamed on Brexit making the UK seem ‘xenophobic’ Farms have been hit with a shortage of the migrant workers that Britain relies on to bring in the fruit and vegetable...

    A 20% shortfall in migrant workers relied on to pick fruit and vegetables is blamed on Brexit making the UK seem ‘xenophobic’

    Farms have been hit with a shortage of the migrant workers that Britain relies on to bring in the fruit and vegetable harvests, according to a series of new reports.

    There was a 17% shortfall in May, leaving some farms critically short of pickers, according to a new National Farmers Union (NFU) survey. The decline is blamed on Brexit, with the vote to depart the EU leaving the UK seen as “xenophobic” and “racist” by overseas workers, according to the director of a major agricultural recruitment company.

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    Why a lot of Americans resent the cultured ‘New York City elite’

    Why a lot of Americans resent the cultured ‘New York City elite’


    The big city ‘elites’ drink almond milk, eat organic food – and they’re emblematic of a deep cultural divide experienced by the voters who feel left behind Outclassed: The Secret Life of Inequality is our new column about class. Read all articles...

    The big city ‘elites’ drink almond milk, eat organic food – and they’re emblematic of a deep cultural divide experienced by the voters who feel left behind

    Outclassed: The Secret Life of Inequality is our new column about class. Read all articles here

    Last week, Donald Trump Jr went on another tear against New York City elites. He retweeted rightwing pundit Harlan Z Hill: “Events like today are exactly why we took issue with NY elites glorifying the assassination of our president.”

    The reason for this recent outburst was the Public Theater’s production of Julius Caesar in Central Park, featuring the assassination of a Trump-like Caesar. The resulting melee prompted an exodus of Public Theater benefactors – Delta and Bank of America pulled their funding. A far-right protester called the audience “Nazis” and another rushed the stage.

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    Braving the elements: Louis Vuitton embraces great outdoors

    Braving the elements: Louis Vuitton embraces great outdoors


    Even shoe/sandal combo was celebrated at sweltering open-air Paris menswear show featuring a collaboration with DrakeFor the Louis Vuitton menswear show on Thursday afternoon in Paris, Kim Jones – the label’s artistic director who went into...

    Even shoe/sandal combo was celebrated at sweltering open-air Paris menswear show featuring a collaboration with Drake


    For the Louis Vuitton menswear show on Thursday afternoon in Paris, Kim Jones – the label’s artistic director who went into partnership with the streetwear brand Supreme last season – again included a collaboration. This one was with Drake. The R&B superstar produced a song, Signs, inspired by Jones’s collection for the brand, which debuted at the show. His song could also be heard on Instagram live as the show was streamed.

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    Big Orange pips Order Of St George in thrilling Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

    Big Orange pips Order Of St George in thrilling Gold Cup at Royal Ascot


    • Favourite has too much ground to make up to catch front-runner• Injured Frankie Dettori misses out on another win in big race of weekThere will be better horses than Big Orange running here this week, and faster ones too, but none will embody the...

    • Favourite has too much ground to make up to catch front-runner
    • Injured Frankie Dettori misses out on another win in big race of week

    There will be better horses than Big Orange running here this week, and faster ones too, but none will embody the enduring thrill and fascination of thoroughbred racing quite like the horse who crossed the line a short-head to the good at the end of Thursday’s Gold Cup.

    Related: Royal Ascot: Harry Angel has the tools to profit in the Commonwealth Cup

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    Late-night on Philando Castile's death: 'When I watched the video, it broke me'

    Late-night on Philando Castile's death: 'When I watched the video, it broke me'


    Comics, including Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, addressed the acquittal of the police officer who shot dead Philando Castile, and the GOP healthcare billLate-night hosts on Wednesday addressed the healthcare bill being crafted behind closed doors by a...

    Comics, including Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, addressed the acquittal of the police officer who shot dead Philando Castile, and the GOP healthcare bill

    Late-night hosts on Wednesday addressed the healthcare bill being crafted behind closed doors by a group of Senate Republicans, and the exoneration of the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile at a routine traffic stop.

    Related: Late-night TV hosts on Trumpcare: 'Democrats need to add emotion to the numbers'

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    Oakland Raiders make $125m Derek Carr highest-paid player in NFL history

    Oakland Raiders make $125m Derek Carr highest-paid player in NFL history


    Quarterback agrees to five-year deal as team prepares for Las Vegas moveTwenty-six-year-old has helped turn team into playoff contenderDerek Carr has signed a $125m, five-year contract with the Oakland Raiders in a deal that will make him the highest...

    Quarterback agrees to five-year deal as team prepares for Las Vegas moveTwenty-six-year-old has helped turn team into playoff contender

    Derek Carr has signed a $125m, five-year contract with the Oakland Raiders in a deal that will make him the highest paid player in NFL history. Carr will make $25m per year, topping the $24.8m a year Andrew Luck makes at the Indianapolis Colts.

    Carr tweeted news of the deal on Thursday, and the contract was later confirmed by sources who spoke to the Associated Press and NFL.com.

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    Ron Howard signed up to direct Star Wars spin-off Han Solo movie

    Ron Howard signed up to direct Star Wars spin-off Han Solo movie


    Veteran director takes over after Lego Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired two days ago after clashing with studio headsThe Da Vinci Code’s Ron Howard has replaced The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller as director of the Han...

    Veteran director takes over after Lego Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller fired two days ago after clashing with studio heads

    The Da Vinci Code’s Ron Howard has replaced The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller as director of the Han Solo spin-off movie, the much-anticipated new instalment of the Star Wars standalone series.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Howard joined the film two days after Lord and Miller were sensationally fired over “creative differences” with the film’s producers Lucasfilm. Reports have suggested clashes with veteran scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan were at least partly responsible.

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    Illegal drug market is booming, says UN watchdog

    Illegal drug market is booming, says UN watchdog


    Report says production of heroin and cocaine is increasing as campaigners call for better measures to tackle cartels • Route to recovery: how people overcome addictionThe world’s illicit drug economy is “thriving” owing to large increases in the...

    Report says production of heroin and cocaine is increasing as campaigners call for better measures to tackle cartels

    Route to recovery: how people overcome addiction

    The world’s illicit drug economy is “thriving” owing to large increases in the production of heroin and cocaine and a wider spectrum of synthetic substances on the market, the UN’s drugs watchdog said.

    Global seizures of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) – which include methamphetamine, amphetamine and MDMA – reached a five-year high of 191 tonnes in 2015, according to a report from the UN office on drugs and crime based on the latest figures available.

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    Warren Gatland’s five big calls for the Lions’ first Test against All Blacks | Gerard Meagher

    Warren Gatland’s five big calls for the Lions’ first Test against All Blacks | Gerard Meagher


    The head coach is rolling the dice with key personnel decisions, but starting Leigh Halfpenny and Maro Itoje on the bench are gambles that may backfireConsidering the form in which he finished the season – not to mention how he performed in New Zealand...

    The head coach is rolling the dice with key personnel decisions, but starting Leigh Halfpenny and Maro Itoje on the bench are gambles that may backfire

    Considering the form in which he finished the season – not to mention how he performed in New Zealand last summer – Liam Williams’s selection is hardly a huge surprise but it still came somewhat out of the blue seeing as he played all 80 minutes against the Chiefs. He has a running threat not posed by Leigh Halfpenny but still, the 2013 player of the series can count himself unlucky. Halfpenny has been rock solid so far – even if Gatland has repeatedly said he needs more than that from his back three to beat New Zealand – but perhaps most significantly he has been flawless from the tee. Owen Farrell has been successful with five of his eight kicks and while Elliot Daly can take the long ones dropping Halfpenny is a gamble from Gatland, especially considering the fly‑half’s recent injury scare.

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    On the set of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver: ‘Everything is fun with Jamie Foxx around’

    On the set of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver: ‘Everything is fun with Jamie Foxx around’


    Bullitt collides with Barry White in the British director’s most ambitious project to date. Wright and his stars Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm and Lily James explain why this noisy heist is a Hollywood ‘unicorn’Edgar Wright is in remarkably, unfathomably...

    Bullitt collides with Barry White in the British director’s most ambitious project to date. Wright and his stars Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm and Lily James explain why this noisy heist is a Hollywood ‘unicorn’

    Edgar Wright is in remarkably, unfathomably good spirits. It’s day 23 of a high-pressure shoot for Baby Driver, the director’s latest and biggest film, and Wright is standing on a closed-off portion of a highway in Atlanta, overseeing a frenetic car chase on a scale that easily surpasses anything he’s made before.

    Wright is casually propped up against one of the many vehicles on the road, wearing a boater and looking like the postcard embodiment of an Englishman abroad. As he excitedly talks about the world he created on paper coming to life, Jamie Foxx walks past in a boilersuit. “Everything is fun with Jamie Foxx around,” Wright says, beaming at his Oscar-winning star. “We have Gladys Knight and the Pips playing, so we good,” Foxx replies, one earphone in.

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    Jimmy Carr's 'greatest hits': 15 years of thuggish jokes and tawdry stereotypes

    Jimmy Carr's 'greatest hits': 15 years of thuggish jokes and tawdry stereotypes


    In a long-running tour, the supercilious standup brings back old gags, leaving a bad smell – and a loveless worldview – in his wake‘I’m jealous of bands,” Jimmy Carr told the NME when his current tour was conceived, 18 months ago. “You go and...

    In a long-running tour, the supercilious standup brings back old gags, leaving a bad smell – and a loveless worldview – in his wake

    ‘I’m jealous of bands,” Jimmy Carr told the NME when his current tour was conceived, 18 months ago. “You go and see a band, and they knock out the hits. And you think: I wish I could do that …” It turns out he could: he’s now deep into a tour entitled The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits, which unites favourite gags from 15 years of off-colour standup. It’s a relatively new idea to comedy, which, conventional wisdom tells us, thrives on novelty and surprise. But there’s clearly an audience out there willing to laugh at the same jokes over and again, and Carr – as usual – has been quick to exploit the commercial opportunity.

    Related: Deconstructing Jimmy Carr is no joke

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    Game of Thrones pop-up bar opens: 'DC always was King's Landing'

    Game of Thrones pop-up bar opens: 'DC always was King's Landing'


    Washington DC bar opens up for the summer, giving fans of the HBO show a chance to wander the Seven Kingdoms and sit on the Iron ThroneOn the first day of summer, winter arrived in Washington. Related: Game of Thrones season seven: five things we learned...

    Washington DC bar opens up for the summer, giving fans of the HBO show a chance to wander the Seven Kingdoms and sit on the Iron Throne

    On the first day of summer, winter arrived in Washington.

    Related: Game of Thrones season seven: five things we learned from the latest trailer

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    Good riddance Travis Kalanick: one woman's victory against sexist tech | Hannah Jane Parkinson

    Good riddance Travis Kalanick: one woman's victory against sexist tech | Hannah Jane Parkinson


    The Uber CEO has finally stepped down in the wake of endless corporate sexism allegations and scandal – and the end all started with a blogpostSo then, zero stars for Travis Kalanick. The Uber co-founder and CEO has stepped down after a tumultuous...

    The Uber CEO has finally stepped down in the wake of endless corporate sexism allegations and scandal – and the end all started with a blogpost

    So then, zero stars for Travis Kalanick. The Uber co-founder and CEO has stepped down after a tumultuous period culminating in a spotlight being shone on the company’s corporate environment of sexism, as revealed in a powerful blogpost by former employee Susan Fowler. Make no mistake; this is largely Fowler’s victory and proof that speaking out can reap dividends, despite the risks involved and the bravery it takes.

    It has taken just four months since Fowler wrote her exposé – which has been retweeted more than 22,000 times – for Kalanick to fall on his priapic sword. In the blogpost, Fowler detailed how on her very first day in the job a colleague sent her chat messages propositioning sex. Even though the HR department conceded that this was sexual harassment, and that it later emerged other women had suffered the same treatment, the colleague was not punished. Fowler was essentially told to forget about it. She also noted that Uber’s female staff – 25% of employees – had dropped to 6% during her time there. An exodus of women due to both the chaotic nature of the organisation but more specifically, the insidious sexism.

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    Fitness blogger dies after exploding whipped cream dispenser hits her

    Fitness blogger dies after exploding whipped cream dispenser hits her


    Consumer journal and family warn of faulty siphons after French woman, 33, has heart attack caused by utensil hitting chestA popular French fitness blogger has died after a whipped cream dispenser exploded into her chest.Rebecca Burger, 33, who wrote...

    Consumer journal and family warn of faulty siphons after French woman, 33, has heart attack caused by utensil hitting chest

    A popular French fitness blogger has died after a whipped cream dispenser exploded into her chest.

    Rebecca Burger, 33, who wrote about fitness and travel on social media, where she had 55,000 Facebook and 154,000 Instagram followers, died last weekend in what her family described as a “domestic accident” at her home at Mulhouse, eastern France.

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    'I feel betrayed': the Somali refugees sent from safety into a war zone

    'I feel betrayed': the Somali refugees sent from safety into a war zone


    Somali families repatriated from neighbouring Kenya feel let down by Nairobi and the UN refugee agency, and fear for their safety and survivalFamilies repatriated to Somalia from Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya say they feel abandoned and let down by the...

    Somali families repatriated from neighbouring Kenya feel let down by Nairobi and the UN refugee agency, and fear for their safety and survival

    Families repatriated to Somalia from Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya say they feel abandoned and let down by the UN after officials used small cash payments to encourage them to return home, where a hunger and security crisis awaited.

    Many travelled back to Somalia only to find themselves in a far worse position than they had been in the refugee camp, with no access to food, shelter or medicines. Having lost their legal refugee status by crossing the border, they were no longer entitled to any help.

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    No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein – Trump the master of disaster

    No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein – Trump the master of disaster


    Klein’s new study in shock politics is a warning of the enormous toxic potential of the Trump presidency and a call to oppose it. Refusal needs to turn into resistanceLately the pace of news has felt so fast and its volume so overwhelming that the very...

    Klein’s new study in shock politics is a warning of the enormous toxic potential of the Trump presidency and a call to oppose it. Refusal needs to turn into resistance

    Lately the pace of news has felt so fast and its volume so overwhelming that the very idea of a political book seems quaint, a relic of the gentler and more carefree time before we were all pinned to the floor by the social media firehose. Naomi Klein has written No Is Not Enough at near internet speed, a warning of the enormous toxic potential of the Donald Trump presidency and a call to oppose it. As the title suggests, Klein wants her readers to move from refusal to resistance, from a passive stance of opposition to engagement in a programme of action. If the convulsions of the last year have taught us anything, it’s that we can’t wait for the dust to settle and clarity to emerge. Turbulence is, at least for the foreseeable future, our new condition, and we must learn to function within it. We have to teach ourselves to stand upright on a moving deck.

    Klein emerged as a star of the 1990s social movements that were trying to frame a politics of opposition to capitalist globalisation. Was exchange value the only kind of value? What about the environmental, social and cultural formations that were being reorganised (and in some cases damaged or destroyed) by the logic of the market? Klein’s widely-read 2000 book No Logo packaged and synthesised ideas that had been circulating in anti-capitalist circles during the previous decade, helping a general readership to understand changes taking place in corporations, which had begun to outsource many of their functions and view themselves primarily as “brands”, deployers of intellectual property that did not need, for example, to do their own manufacturing or distribution. It was, as she puts it in No Is Not Enough, “a race toward weightlessness; whoever owned the least, had the fewest employees on the payroll and produced the most powerful images as opposed to things, won the race”.

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    Justin Welby asks George Carey to quit over church abuse report

    Justin Welby asks George Carey to quit over church abuse report


    Archbishop of Canterbury asks predecessor to step down from honorary position after report on church collusion with Peter BallThe archbishop of Canterbury has asked his predecessor George Carey to step down as an honorary assistant bishop after a damning...

    Archbishop of Canterbury asks predecessor to step down from honorary position after report on church collusion with Peter Ball

    The archbishop of Canterbury has asked his predecessor George Carey to step down as an honorary assistant bishop after a damning independent report found that senior figures in the Church of England colluded over a 20-year period with a disgraced former bishop who sexually abused boys and men.

    Justin Welby said the report on the church’s handling of former bishop Peter Ball made harrowing reading. “The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” Welby said.

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    Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl: ‘I got 6,000 muffins from Lionel Richie after missing Glastonbury’

    Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl: ‘I got 6,000 muffins from Lionel Richie after missing Glastonbury’


    When a broken leg scuppered the Nirvana legend’s plans to headline the Pyramid stage in 2015, his only consolation was a present from a pop hero. But now, the Foos are ready to finally hit Worthy FarmHello, Dave. How are you?I’m good. How are...

    When a broken leg scuppered the Nirvana legend’s plans to headline the Pyramid stage in 2015, his only consolation was a present from a pop hero. But now, the Foos are ready to finally hit Worthy Farm

    Hello, Dave. How are you?
    I’m good. How are you?

    Quite hot, to be honest, it’s very warm here in the UK.
    I’m in Latvia right now, but I read the other day that they are expecting the hottest Glastonbury ever (1). Is that even possible? I can’t even imagine that! But I like it hot and sweaty, so I can’t wait.

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    How do women fall in love with killers like Ian Brady and Charles Manson?

    How do women fall in love with killers like Ian Brady and Charles Manson?


    Pondering her own fascination with bad men of history, author Laura Elizabeth Woollett began to write stories about the women who were attached to them in real lifeEntombed in my turquoise and lilac bedroom as a teenager growing up in Australia, I...

    Pondering her own fascination with bad men of history, author Laura Elizabeth Woollett began to write stories about the women who were attached to them in real life

    Entombed in my turquoise and lilac bedroom as a teenager growing up in Australia, I listened over and over to Suffer Little Children by the Smiths, featuring Morrissey’s downbeat crooning about the moors:

    Over the moor, take me to the moor
    Dig a shallow grave
    And I’ll lay me down.

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    Supreme court poised to examine Trump's travel ban

    Supreme court poised to examine Trump's travel ban


    Court is considering an appeal by the Trump administration to allow the president’s order restricting travel to the US from six Muslim-majority countriesThe US supreme court is set to begin action on Donald Trump’s travel ban, leading to a potential...

    Court is considering an appeal by the Trump administration to allow the president’s order restricting travel to the US from six Muslim-majority countries

    The US supreme court is set to begin action on Donald Trump’s travel ban, leading to a potential final resolution to the defining legal battle of the administration’s early days.

    Related: Another appeals court upholds block on Trump's revised travel ban

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    Actors usually envy each other. But Daniel Day-Lewis is a class apart | Michael Simkins

    Actors usually envy each other. But Daniel Day-Lewis is a class apart | Michael Simkins


    The actor is retiring – and those of us used to playing angry policemen or affable dads could see just how exceptional his talent isIt’s the news I’ve been waiting for. Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected and sublimely gifted actors...

    The actor is retiring – and those of us used to playing angry policemen or affable dads could see just how exceptional his talent is

    It’s the news I’ve been waiting for. Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected and sublimely gifted actors of his generation, is finally hanging up his codpiece and pig’s bladder and, in the words of his representative, “will no longer be working as an actor” (although this carefully worded statement presumably allows him some wriggle room if he ever wants to pursue an alternative career on the tills at Claire’s Accessories).

    Related: Daniel Day-Lewis: an extraordinary career of acting artistry – is it really all over?

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    Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe's top five leagues

    Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe's top five leagues


    All the moves in the top leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany as well as a Premier League club-by-club guide for all the ins and outs this summer Continue...

    All the moves in the top leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany as well as a Premier League club-by-club guide for all the ins and outs this summer

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    Sicily's best beaches: chosen by readers

    Sicily's best beaches: chosen by readers


    From popular beaches where cafes serve fish straight off the boat to nature reserves and hidden coves, our readers pick their favourite places on Sicily’s dramatic coast On the south coast, this is close to Agrigento but far less touristy. The...

    From popular beaches where cafes serve fish straight off the boat to nature reserves and hidden coves, our readers pick their favourite places on Sicily’s dramatic coast

    On the south coast, this is close to Agrigento but far less touristy. The beautiful sandy beaches saw allied landings in 1943, but now attract locals for swimming and sunbathing (two sunbeds with a sunshade can be hired for €5). Grangela B&B (from €66 a night) makes a central but quiet base, with welcoming owners and comfortable rooms with balconies and (a rare luxury) kettles. Osteria La Lampara, opposite the port, cooks fish straight from the trawlers; for a snack, the bakery on the Corso Roma sells lovely spinach arancini (fried rice balls).
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    John Terry weighs up Aston Villa move as he waits on Premier League interest

    John Terry weighs up Aston Villa move as he waits on Premier League interest


    • Terry has offer from Villa which could be worth more than £4m a year• West Brom may win race if they follow up interest with a proposalJohn Terry is weighing up an offer to extend his career with Aston Villa in the Championship, but anticipates...

    • Terry has offer from Villa which could be worth more than £4m a year
    • West Brom may win race if they follow up interest with a proposal

    John Terry is weighing up an offer to extend his career with Aston Villa in the Championship, but anticipates top-flight clubs proposing terms over the next few weeks as he prepares for life away from Chelsea.

    The former England captain returned to the Premier League champions’ training base at Cobham this week to maintain his fitness before the expiry of his last contract at the club on 30 June. The 36-year-old, who ultimately wants to move into management, is determined to play on and has received a lucrative offer from Villa which, after bonuses and incentives, could be worth more than £4m a year.

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    Afghanistan: Taliban claims responsibility for suicide car bomb attack

    Afghanistan: Taliban claims responsibility for suicide car bomb attack


    Explosion at bank in Helmand province as civilians and officials queued to withdraw salaries leaves at least 30 deadAt least 30 people have been killed in Helmand province after a car bomb targeted soldiers, government employees and other civilians...

    Explosion at bank in Helmand province as civilians and officials queued to withdraw salaries leaves at least 30 dead

    At least 30 people have been killed in Helmand province after a car bomb targeted soldiers, government employees and other civilians queueing to collect pay cheques from a bank in the provincial capital.

    Related: Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom

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    That time I made my mom guess the meaning of English expressions

    That time I made my mom guess the meaning of English expressions


    After Uganda’s president said he and Queen Elizabeth were ‘friends with mutual benefits’, I was inspired to investigate some other confusing idiomsUganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, recently tweeted that he and Queen Elizabeth II were...

    After Uganda’s president said he and Queen Elizabeth were ‘friends with mutual benefits’, I was inspired to investigate some other confusing idioms

    Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, recently tweeted that he and Queen Elizabeth II were “friends with mutual benefits”. I sympathize: English expressions are confusing, some of them feel almost deliberately obscure – designed to exclude non-native speakers from the joke.

    Museveni later deleted his tweet. I wish he hadn’t. We should celebrate linguistic ambiguity and explore the universe of meanings in words.

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    Hawaii's homeless have few places to go: 'They don't know what to do with us' – video

    Hawaii's homeless have few places to go: 'They don't know what to do with us' – video


    With the highest homelessness rate of any state in the US, Hawaii lawmakers struggle for solutions amid rising costs of living and low wages. But one group of homeless Hawaiians has taken matters into their own hands, forming a highly organized and...

    With the highest homelessness rate of any state in the US, Hawaii lawmakers struggle for solutions amid rising costs of living and low wages. But one group of homeless Hawaiians has taken matters into their own hands, forming a highly organized and self-sustaining community. Could a key part of solving Hawaii’s homelessness problem actually come from its homeless citizens?

    Hawaii’s largest homeless camp: rock bottom or a model refuge?Sign up to the Outside in America, our monthly newsletter on homelessness in the US
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    Boris Johnson’s interview disaster won’t be treated like Diane Abbott’s | Hugh Muir

    Boris Johnson’s interview disaster won’t be treated like Diane Abbott’s | Hugh Muir


    When Abbott floundered in interviews, the media pounced. But the foreign secretary’s blundering is filed in the folder marked The Joy of Good Old BorisSo, people of Britain and beyond, a question: which kind of car crash do you prefer? There’s the...

    When Abbott floundered in interviews, the media pounced. But the foreign secretary’s blundering is filed in the folder marked The Joy of Good Old Boris

    So, people of Britain and beyond, a question: which kind of car crash do you prefer? There’s the Diane Abbott kind of car crash, where she, debilitated as we now know by complications from diabetes, flounders in that now infamous interview with LBC’s Nick Ferrari. It makes news. Boy, does it make news. The media replay it endlessly, the focus groups remember it as an indicator of Labour sloppiness, voters raise it on the doorstep. It adds, in a malevolent kind of way, to the gaiety of the nation.

    Then, of course, there is the Boris Johnson car crash. Funny about Boris Johnson. He is a highly intelligent bloke, but he has a lot of these interviews when he hums and haws and yammers and dissembles and truly, madly, deeply doesn’t know what he is talking about.

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    Misery loves company: why Stephen King remains Hollywood's favorite author

    Misery loves company: why Stephen King remains Hollywood's favorite author


    It’s a particularly fruitful year for the bestselling author, with big and small screen adaptations on the way – but what makes his work so consistently popular?To say that Stephen King is “back” would be absurd. The man never really goes...

    It’s a particularly fruitful year for the bestselling author, with big and small screen adaptations on the way – but what makes his work so consistently popular?

    To say that Stephen King is “back” would be absurd. The man never really goes anywhere, permanently inhabiting his sliver of the spotlight with a steady stream of novels, short story collections, loose magazine pieces, and less formally, his alternately bemused and biting tweets. King topped the New York Times bestseller list last year with his latest novel, End of Watch, and he collaborated with his son Owen on a prison-set thriller titled Sleeping Beauties, set for a release in the fall. But because print is, arguably, dead and, for many, relevance can only be measured on screens big and small, it’s true that King’s public profile is currently enjoying something of a surge.

    Related: The Dark Tower trailer: Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey go to war in the fantasy epic

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    Chuck Klosterman: 'Sometimes you accidentally say something that becomes meaningful'

    Chuck Klosterman: 'Sometimes you accidentally say something that becomes meaningful'


    The author and pop-culture theorist talks to Lanre Bakare about peak TV, Taylor Swift, why everything is political – and how he inadvertently predicted TrumpIn the introduction to your new book, you say reading your old work is the ‘worst kind of...

    The author and pop-culture theorist talks to Lanre Bakare about peak TV, Taylor Swift, why everything is political – and how he inadvertently predicted Trump

    In the introduction to your new book, you say reading your old work is the ‘worst kind of time machine.’ Is it that awful, looking back at these pieces?

    Yes, because I’m just compelled to want to rewrite everything I’ve ever written. My dream life would have been if I could have written my first book forever and never have it come out … but be rich. Every time I go back and I read something that I’ve written before, I see things that could have been different.

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    Is it safer to use an app or a browser for banking?

    Is it safer to use an app or a browser for banking?


    Irene wants to know why she should use a banking app instead of logging into her bank accounts with the Edge browser in Windows 10Why should I use a banking app instead of logging into my bank accounts with the relevant passwords via Windows 10 and Edge?...

    Irene wants to know why she should use a banking app instead of logging into her bank accounts with the Edge browser in Windows 10

    Why should I use a banking app instead of logging into my bank accounts with the relevant passwords via Windows 10 and Edge? Which one would be more secure? Irene

    Over the past five years or so, I feel the consensus has changed to using apps. However, it depends on the devices, banking software and browsers, what else is loaded on the device (either knowingly or not), and the communications network.

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    George Clooney sells his tequila company for up to $1bn

    George Clooney sells his tequila company for up to $1bn


    Casamigos, which star founded with Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, bought by Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker owner DiageoA tequila company co-founded by George Clooney has been sold to UK drinks firm Diageo for up to $1bn (£790m).The company behind Smirnoff,...

    Casamigos, which star founded with Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, bought by Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker owner Diageo

    A tequila company co-founded by George Clooney has been sold to UK drinks firm Diageo for up to $1bn (£790m).

    The company behind Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker and Baileys announced it would buy Casamigos, created four years ago by the American actor, together with Cindy Crawford’s husband Rande Gerber and property developer Mike Meldman. Diageo said it was the fastest-growing super-premium tequila brand in the US.

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    Prince Harry says no one in royal family wants to be king or queen

    Prince Harry says no one in royal family wants to be king or queen


    In revealing interview, Harry says despite reluctance to sit on the throne, the family will ‘carry out our duties at right time’Being the monarch is a tough job, but someone has to do it, even if reluctantly. In a magazine interview, Prince Harry has...

    In revealing interview, Harry says despite reluctance to sit on the throne, the family will ‘carry out our duties at right time’

    Being the monarch is a tough job, but someone has to do it, even if reluctantly. In a magazine interview, Prince Harry has suggested that none of the royal family actually wants the throne.

    “We are involved in modernising the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people,” he said.

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    10 top tips from our Los Angeles correspondent

    10 top tips from our Los Angeles correspondent


    Stars in the sky and on the silver screen, trips to the beach and a cemetery, plus a stroll with a local actor who calls himself ‘the people walker’ … LA delivers the goods for our west coast writerWatch a movie at the Aero in Santa Monica, or the...

    Stars in the sky and on the silver screen, trips to the beach and a cemetery, plus a stroll with a local actor who calls himself ‘the people walker’ … LA delivers the goods for our west coast writer

    Watch a movie at the Aero in Santa Monica, or the Egyptian in Hollywood: both are part of AmericanCinematheque, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting “America’s indigenous art form – the moving picture”. It has an old-style ambience and eclectic choices, and after screenings there are often Q&As with the films’ directors and stars. You can see top talent, especially in autumn – the run-up to awards season – when Oscar hopefuls come out to lobby.
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    A cry for kelp – is seaweed really a superfood?

    A cry for kelp – is seaweed really a superfood?


    Jamie Oliver reckons it helped him lose two stone – and Heston Blumenthal says it should be used instead of salt. But should this ‘slimy flotsam’ be called a superfood? In the second in her new series on food fads, Felicity Cloake finds outIt...

    Jamie Oliver reckons it helped him lose two stone – and Heston Blumenthal says it should be used instead of salt. But should this ‘slimy flotsam’ be called a superfood? In the second in her new series on food fads, Felicity Cloake finds out

    It wasn’t so long ago that the only seaweed that passed most British lips was deep fried, heavily sugared … and made from that distinctly less exotic landlubber, the spring cabbage. Although as an island nation we’re well stocked with the stuff, we’ve never embraced this particular maritime bounty with the same wholehearted enthusiasm as the far east, and Japan in particular, where seaweed is an important part of the daily diet.

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    As China tramples on Hong Kong's freedom, a feeble Britain avoids its glance | Angela Gui

    As China tramples on Hong Kong's freedom, a feeble Britain avoids its glance | Angela Gui


    Theresa May emphasises the importance of British values. But Britain’s limpness over Hong Kong demonstrates how easily they are compromisedI am too young to remember the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and its promise for the new world I would...

    Theresa May emphasises the importance of British values. But Britain’s limpness over Hong Kong demonstrates how easily they are compromised

    I am too young to remember the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and its promise for the new world I would live in. But I have lived to see that promise trampled.

    The Sino-British Joint Declaration, signed to pave the way for the handover, was supposed to protect the people of Hong Kong from Chinese interference in their society and markets until 2047. Yet as the handover’s 20th anniversary approaches, China muscles in where it promised to tread lightly while Britain avoids eye contact.

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

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


    Diane Keaton’s new film is set in, and named after, the prosperous London district of Hampstead; she co-stars with Brendan Gleeson in a romantic comedy about an American woman who strikes up a relationship with an eccentric itinerant who lives in a...

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

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    One girl's mission: can Lakshmi find clean water in Bangalore? – video

    One girl's mission: can Lakshmi find clean water in Bangalore? – video


    Once known as the City of Lakes, urban sprawl has destroyed 85% of Bangalore’s fresh water and pollution has ruined much of the rest. Can Lakshmi and her mother find clean water today?This film is a collaboration with UBC’s International Reporting...

    Once known as the City of Lakes, urban sprawl has destroyed 85% of Bangalore’s fresh water and pollution has ruined much of the rest. Can Lakshmi and her mother find clean water today?

    This film is a collaboration with UBC’s International Reporting Program series Surviving the City. More stories in this series:Can former Farc guerrilas adjust to civilian life in Cali?Too fast, too soon: how China’s growth led to the Tianjin disasterContinue reading...
    One tragedy after another – what's this summer doing to us? | Jonathan Freedland

    One tragedy after another – what's this summer doing to us? | Jonathan Freedland


    Under normal circumstances the tragedies of the last month would each be the defining event of an entire year, argues Jonathan Freedland. But in the last month we have been forced to grieve at an unprecedented rate, and the risk is that our wounds will...

    Under normal circumstances the tragedies of the last month would each be the defining event of an entire year, argues Jonathan Freedland. But in the last month we have been forced to grieve at an unprecedented rate, and the risk is that our wounds will not properly heal – or worse, that we will grow used to tragedy

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    Kristin Scott Thomas, Penelope Wilton, Meera Syal and Joanna Scanlan star in Brexit Shorts – video

    Kristin Scott Thomas, Penelope Wilton, Meera Syal and Joanna Scanlan star in Brexit Shorts – video


    A year after the EU referendum result revealed a deeply divided nation, the Guardian and Headlong theatre company present Brexit Shorts. This major new series of online dramas stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Penelope Wilton, Meera Syal, Steffan Rhodri,...

    A year after the EU referendum result revealed a deeply divided nation, the Guardian and Headlong theatre company present Brexit Shorts. This major new series of online dramas stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Penelope Wilton, Meera Syal, Steffan Rhodri, Bronagh Gallagher, Dean Fagan, Nasser Memarzia, Scott Reid and Joanna Scanlan. The first five films will be released on Monday 19 June.

    News: Leading playwrights create Brexit Shorts for the Guardian

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    The 52%: meet the Brexit Britons – video

    The 52%: meet the Brexit Britons – video


    Henrietta Norton and Dan Dennison have travelled around the country to meet a selection of the majority of British citizens who voted to leave the European Union and ask them not only why they voted out but what their hopes are for a post-Brexit Britain...

    Henrietta Norton and Dan Dennison have travelled around the country to meet a selection of the majority of British citizens who voted to leave the European Union and ask them not only why they voted out but what their hopes are for a post-Brexit Britain

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    Sim racing, robots and holograms: how technology is changing sport – video

    Sim racing, robots and holograms: how technology is changing sport – video


    Motor sport, and F1 especially, has always sought to explore new technologies and the latest innovations but how will these advances impact sport in the future? In the third of our Sport 2.0 films, we enter the world of driving simulators and drone...

    Motor sport, and F1 especially, has always sought to explore new technologies and the latest innovations but how will these advances impact sport in the future? In the third of our Sport 2.0 films, we enter the world of driving simulators and drone racing. We also explore the concept of stadium holograms which could be used to replicate attending live sport

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