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    UK retail sales surge as consumers shrug off Brexit fears  - business live

    UK retail sales surge as consumers shrug off Brexit fears - business live


    Retail sales rose by a stronger-than-expected 1.4% in February as UK consumers took Brexit and rising inflation in their stridePound rises above $1.25 as retail sales surgeGlobal markets stabilise as investors await crucial US healthcare vote 10.23am...

    Retail sales rose by a stronger-than-expected 1.4% in February as UK consumers took Brexit and rising inflation in their stride

    Pound rises above $1.25 as retail sales surgeGlobal markets stabilise as investors await crucial US healthcare vote

    10.23am GMT

    Here is how Asian markets ended the day, courtesy of traders at spread-betting firm IG:

    APAC Closing Prices:#ASX 5707.95 +0.41%#NIKKEI 19085.31 +0.23%#HSI 24327.7 +0.03%#HSHARES 10487.45 +0.29%#CSI300 3462.04 +0.35%

    10.18am GMT

    The stronger-than-expected retail sales have helped to push the pound higher against the dollar and the euro.

    Retail sales data was very strong this morning and sterling has rallied once again. It comes hot off the back of the headline inflation earlier in the week, with the hawkish MPC statement and rate vote results still resonating.

    It’s likely to make for an even more aggressive BoE statement next month, with sterling up through 1.25 as a result. This recent combination of market data will likely support the pound through to the end of the week and perhaps into next. 1.26 could well be in sight.

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    London attack: eight people now arrested, say police – live

    London attack: eight people now arrested, say police – live


    Eight arrested in six counter-terrorism raids in London, Birmingham and elsewhere following Wednesday’s terrorist attack on LondonPolice officer among those dead in ‘sick and depraved’ incidentSummary of latest Met Police briefing 10.22am GMTThe...

    Eight arrested in six counter-terrorism raids in London, Birmingham and elsewhere following Wednesday’s terrorist attack on London

    Police officer among those dead in ‘sick and depraved’ incidentSummary of latest Met Police briefing

    10.22am GMT

    The Metropolitan Police Federation is launching a memorial fund for PC Keith Palmer.

    The Just Giving page is being set up because of pleas from Federation members who wanted to help in some way, chairman Ken Marsh said. He said: “That’s why we are doing it, because of the overwhelming amount of our colleagues asking for it.”

    The Metropolitan Police Federation has launched a Memorial Fund in memory of our fallen colleague PC Keith Palmer. https://t.co/3gz4QzHpim pic.twitter.com/vcGDjm5CFq

    10.20am GMT

    The Metropolitan police say eight people have now been arrested in connection with the attack. Earlier (see 7.59am) they said there had been seven arrests.

    We have now made a total of eight arrests as part of the ongoing Counter Terrorism operation #WestminsterAttack

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    Does the 'Cyrus prophecy' help explain evangelical support for Donald Trump? | James S Gordon

    Does the 'Cyrus prophecy' help explain evangelical support for Donald Trump? | James S Gordon


    The Persian king might have been a pagan, but he still served God’s plans. For some Christians, Donald Trump does just that“Donald Trump is anointed by God,” my Indianapolis Uber driver confided. I’d asked why she had Trump/Pence stickers on her...

    The Persian king might have been a pagan, but he still served God’s plans. For some Christians, Donald Trump does just that

    “Donald Trump is anointed by God,” my Indianapolis Uber driver confided. I’d asked why she had Trump/Pence stickers on her rear bumper. It was the day before the presidential election and I would have asked anyone, but I was particularly interested because she was a decorous, middle-aged Black woman.

    “Well,” she’d begun, “I’m a Christian and I’m very much against abortion, and I don’t approve of same-sex marriage either. And, Mr Trump has said he’ll appoint Supreme Court justices who agree.”

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    Turkey is heading for dictatorship, but voters can still turn the tide | Can Dündar

    Turkey is heading for dictatorship, but voters can still turn the tide | Can Dündar


    A referendum on vast new powers for the president hangs in the balance despite his comprehensive crackdown on dissentCan you imagine a pre-dawn raid on the homes of every senior figure in the Guardian? The editor-in-chief being arrested, the CEO, four...

    A referendum on vast new powers for the president hangs in the balance despite his comprehensive crackdown on dissent

    Can you imagine a pre-dawn raid on the homes of every senior figure in the Guardian? The editor-in-chief being arrested, the CEO, four columnists, three solicitors, a reporter and a cartoonist?

    That is precisely what happened to my newspaper last October.

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    First she became a 13-year-old internet meme. Now, she's treated like a porn star | Nancy Jo Sales

    First she became a 13-year-old internet meme. Now, she's treated like a porn star | Nancy Jo Sales


    The story of Danielle Bregoli – who became an overnight sensation after a memorable TV appearance – shows just how easily society sexualizes girlsDanielle Bregoli, the “cash me ousside girl,” appeared on Instagram Live on Sunday, mugging for her...

    The story of Danielle Bregoli – who became an overnight sensation after a memorable TV appearance – shows just how easily society sexualizes girls

    Danielle Bregoli, the “cash me ousside girl,” appeared on Instagram Live on Sunday, mugging for her iPhone camera. She pursed her lips and flicked her tongue, gazing steadily at her viewers, who encouraged her to “twerk,” “show tits,” and “blow me, girl.”

    “Cleavage,” someone commented, referring to the image of Bregoli’s breasts spilling out of her low-cut tank top. “We need a threesome,” another commenter remarked. “Is this Brazzers?” someone asked, meaning the heavily trafficked porn site.

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    Tiny houses: salvation for the homeless or a dead end?

    Tiny houses: salvation for the homeless or a dead end?


    Depending on who you ask, moving homeless people into wooden cabins either rescues them from the streets or paves the way for shantytownsOthello Village is on a plot of land behind a gas station, surrounded by a chain-link fence. It consists of 28 wooden...

    Depending on who you ask, moving homeless people into wooden cabins either rescues them from the streets or paves the way for shantytowns

    Othello Village is on a plot of land behind a gas station, surrounded by a chain-link fence. It consists of 28 wooden huts and 12 tents that flap in a bitter Pacific wind. Residents share a shower, toilet, and kitchen tent, with food stored in plastic boxes to keep out the rats.

    Until recently the cabins lacked heating or electricity, and the children who live there – currently 11 of its 67 inhabitants – had to use flashlights to read their schoolbooks. This is how Seattle, one of the richest cities in the world, flush with cash from Amazon and Microsoft, houses some of its poorest residents.

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    Westminster attack victim named as teacher Aysha Frade

    Westminster attack victim named as teacher Aysha Frade


    Frade, 43, thought to be walking from school over Westminster Bridge when she was hit by car driven by attackerA teacher was among those who died in Wednesday’s terror attack in London, it has emerged.Aysha Frade, 43, a mother of two who worked in...

    Frade, 43, thought to be walking from school over Westminster Bridge when she was hit by car driven by attacker

    A teacher was among those who died in Wednesday’s terror attack in London, it has emerged.

    Aysha Frade, 43, a mother of two who worked in London, had family in the Spanish town of Betanzos.

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    Bill Clinton to join mourners at Martin McGuinness funeral

    Bill Clinton to join mourners at Martin McGuinness funeral


    Former US president among a number of high-profile political figures scheduled to attend funeral in Derry on Thursday afternoonFormer US president Bill Clinton will be among the mourners at Thursday’s funeral of Martin McGuinness, the IRA commander...

    Former US president among a number of high-profile political figures scheduled to attend funeral in Derry on Thursday afternoon

    Former US president Bill Clinton will be among the mourners at Thursday’s funeral of Martin McGuinness, the IRA commander turned political dealmaker who played a central role in bringing Northern Ireland’s Troubles to an end.

    Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist party and first minister in the last power-sharing government in the region, also confirmed that she would attend the funeral service for McGuinness in his native Derry on Thursday afternoon.

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    Man jailed until he unlocks encrypted hard drives in child abuse images case

    Man jailed until he unlocks encrypted hard drives in child abuse images case


    Former Philadelphia police officer Francis Rawls, who has been in jail for 17 months, has refused to obey a court order to unlock the devicesA former Philadelphia police officer who has spent 17 months in jail will remain there indefinitely unless he...

    Former Philadelphia police officer Francis Rawls, who has been in jail for 17 months, has refused to obey a court order to unlock the devices

    A former Philadelphia police officer who has spent 17 months in jail will remain there indefinitely unless he agrees to unlock two encrypted hard drives. The suspect, Francis Rawls, has so far refused to comply with the court order, citing the fifth amendment, which protects him from self-incrimination.

    The case has become a battleground for civil liberties campaigners, who believe that citizens should have the right to protect their critical information and to be protected from self-incrimination. However, the suspected nature of the encrypted content makes for a challenging ethical quandary: those hard drives are believed to contain images depicting child sexual abuse. In order to stand up for the rights of citizens across the US, organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) must defend a suspected pedophile.

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    Trump's commerce secretary oversaw Russia deal while at Bank of Cyprus

    Trump's commerce secretary oversaw Russia deal while at Bank of Cyprus


    Questions raised over Trump appointee Wilbur Ross and his ties to politically connected Russian oligarchsWilbur Ross, the Trump administration’s new commerce secretary, presided over a deal with a Russian businessman with ties to Vladimir Putin while...

    Questions raised over Trump appointee Wilbur Ross and his ties to politically connected Russian oligarchs

    Wilbur Ross, the Trump administration’s new commerce secretary, presided over a deal with a Russian businessman with ties to Vladimir Putin while serving in his previous role as vice-chairman of the Bank of Cyprus.

    The transaction raises questions about Ross’s tenure at the Cypriot bank and his ties to politically connected Russian oligarchs. It comes amid confirmation by the FBI that it is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

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    Dele Alli sparkles for England to suggest there is life after Wayne Rooney | Barney Ronay

    Dele Alli sparkles for England to suggest there is life after Wayne Rooney | Barney Ronay


    The Tottenham Hotspur forward showed fine movement and cute attacking play, but just lacked a goal to mark him out as the game’s most valuable performerOn a still, at times rather slow-burn night in Dortmund England did enough to win, ended up losing,...

    The Tottenham Hotspur forward showed fine movement and cute attacking play, but just lacked a goal to mark him out as the game’s most valuable performer

    On a still, at times rather slow-burn night in Dortmund England did enough to win, ended up losing, but still looked in patches like a team feeling away at the edges of its new shape, exploring with interest some new post‑Rooney attacking gears.

    By the end they had also received a lesson in how to win, in the importance of cold hard edge in between the grace notes. Lukas Podolski hadn’t really done much by the 69th minute of this match. He touched the ball 30 times in all, chugged about eagerly, perhaps looked a little puffed towards the end. But when the ball did finally arrive at his feet in just the right spot he took the game away from England, looking up, seeing the space in front of him and spanking a wonderful shot into the top corner past Joe Hart.

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    US immigrants make sub-zero trek for slim chance at asylum in Canada

    US immigrants make sub-zero trek for slim chance at asylum in Canada


    More than 1,000 asylum seekers have journeyed on foot through snow and icy river to cross border in remote areas unregulated by pact that bars refugee claimsHis wet clothes frozen stiff and feet sinking into the deep snow, Mamadou allowed himself a shred...

    More than 1,000 asylum seekers have journeyed on foot through snow and icy river to cross border in remote areas unregulated by pact that bars refugee claims

    His wet clothes frozen stiff and feet sinking into the deep snow, Mamadou allowed himself a shred of hope when he glimpsed a faint light in the distance.

    Many hours earlier he had set out for the border just as the sun was setting, trudging through thick woods near Plattsburgh, New York, towards Canada.

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    Argentina face must-win game against Chile with problems on and off the pitch | Jonathan Wilson

    Argentina face must-win game against Chile with problems on and off the pitch | Jonathan Wilson


    It may not be a crisis yet but it will be if bogey team Chile defeat Argentina – and it will add to the many issues that are affecting the national gameWhatever happens on Thursday, Chile will haunt this generation of Argentinian players for ever. The...

    It may not be a crisis yet but it will be if bogey team Chile defeat Argentina – and it will add to the many issues that are affecting the national game

    Whatever happens on Thursday, Chile will haunt this generation of Argentinian players for ever. The two sides met in the 2015 Copa América final and the 2016 Copa América Centenario final and on both occasions Chile won on penalties after a 0-0 draw, extending the Argentinian trophy drought that stretches back to 1993. As Argentina face the possibility of failing to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1970, Chile, who have a knack of stopping them from playing, are probably the last team they want to be facing.

    Related: Russia 2018 World Cup: how the main contenders are shaping up

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    John Lydon says he will 'sorely miss' the Queen when she is gone

    John Lydon says he will 'sorely miss' the Queen when she is gone


    Man who castigated the monarchy in 1977 single God Save the Queen says he will miss the Queen ‘as a human being’, and that he loves royal pageantryGod Save the Queen – he means it, man. John Lydon has said will “sorely miss” Britain’s monarch...

    Man who castigated the monarchy in 1977 single God Save the Queen says he will miss the Queen ‘as a human being’, and that he loves royal pageantry

    God Save the Queen – he means it, man. John Lydon has said will “sorely miss” Britain’s monarch when she dies. The Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd singer was appearing on the Quietus video hour when conversation turned to the topic of the recently published plans for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Host John Doran, a Guardian music contributor, asked Lydon if he was worried about how the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen might be used. After saying the song was “about a political situation and the demand for obedience to a monarchy I don’t believe in”, Lydon moved on to the question of the Queen as a person, and said: “I would sorely miss her as a human being on planet Earth.”

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    Shinzo Abe and wife accused of giving cash to ultra-nationalist school

    Shinzo Abe and wife accused of giving cash to ultra-nationalist school


    Kindergarten operator testifies that Akie Abe handed him 1m yen saying it was from her husbandJapan’s prime minister and his wife have been drawn directly into the growing scandal over an ultra-nationalist kindergarten, with a central figure claiming...

    Kindergarten operator testifies that Akie Abe handed him 1m yen saying it was from her husband

    Japan’s prime minister and his wife have been drawn directly into the growing scandal over an ultra-nationalist kindergarten, with a central figure claiming under oath that the pair made a secret donation.

    The kindergarten operator testified to parliament that the first lady, Akie Abe, gave him an envelope containing 1m yen (£7,100) and said it was from Shinzo Abe. The government denies the claims.

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    Martin Parr's outstanding contribution to photography - in pictures

    Martin Parr's outstanding contribution to photography - in pictures


    Martin Parr is the winner of the outstanding contribution to photography prize at the 2017 Sony World Photography awards. Parr is being recognised for the impact he has had over more than 40 years both on photography as a medium, and on photographers. A...

    Martin Parr is the winner of the outstanding contribution to photography prize at the 2017 Sony World Photography awards. Parr is being recognised for the impact he has had over more than 40 years both on photography as a medium, and on photographers. A special presentation of his work will be shown at Somerset House in London as part of the annual Sony World Photography Awards exhibition

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    Beware the 'horrible hangover' from nationalism, EU leader Frans Timmermans warns

    Beware the 'horrible hangover' from nationalism, EU leader Frans Timmermans warns


    Frans Timmermans says EU can withstand Brexit and populism because young people are instinctively EuropeanThe EU needs to speak to people’s “hopes and plans for tomorrow” if Europe is to avoid the “horrible hangover” of nationalism, one of the...

    Frans Timmermans says EU can withstand Brexit and populism because young people are instinctively European

    The EU needs to speak to people’s “hopes and plans for tomorrow” if Europe is to avoid the “horrible hangover” of nationalism, one of the bloc’s most senior leaders has said.

    As European leaders prepare to gather in Rome on Saturday to mark 60 years of European integration, Frans Timmermans, a vice-president of the European commission, said Europe risked becoming part of the problem if it failed to connect with people in a better way.

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    A kaleidoscope of legs: Busby Berkeley's flamboyant dance fantasies

    A kaleidoscope of legs: Busby Berkeley's flamboyant dance fantasies


    In hit movies like 42nd Street, Berkeley liberated dance from the stage and placed it in a purely cinematic dimension with dizzyingly inventive routinesA new West End production of 42nd Street opens this month and its mix of high glamour and romantic...

    In hit movies like 42nd Street, Berkeley liberated dance from the stage and placed it in a purely cinematic dimension with dizzyingly inventive routines

    A new West End production of 42nd Street opens this month and its mix of high glamour and romantic nostalgia may prove a fitting escapist fantasy for our uncertain times. In 1933, the original movie was designed to beguile and distract a suffering US. President Roosevelt’s programmes for rebooting the economy had yet to take effect, and the movie’s audience was desperate for the temporary relief of big-budget effects, big-name stars and the 200 “gorgeous girls” that the trailer promised.

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    Welcome to Yiwu: China's testing ground for a multicultural city

    Welcome to Yiwu: China's testing ground for a multicultural city


    Unlike Guangzhou’s African community – who have faced prejudice and hostility – Yiwu’s foreign residents enjoy an ‘unusual freedom of worship’, with the municipal government even consulting international traders on city businessAfter dark on...

    Unlike Guangzhou’s African community – who have faced prejudice and hostility – Yiwu’s foreign residents enjoy an ‘unusual freedom of worship’, with the municipal government even consulting international traders on city business

    After dark on Exotic Street in China’s eastern city of Yiwu, three Yemeni boys crowd round a large charcoal barbecue rack selling lamb kebabs and baked breads. They order in confident Mandarin, chatting rapidly between themselves in Arabic.

    Inside the adjoining Erbil restaurant, two Jordanian men share a plate heaped with barbecued meat and vegetables, while on the street corner two men sit smoking shisha pipes. The Zekeen supermarket sells both instant noodles and halal meat, and an African woman wearing a hijab carries out bags of shopping. Opposite, two young Russian women emerge from a shop that sells the unlikely combination of trainers and sex toys.

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    Donald Trump Jr called 'a disgrace' for tweet goading London mayor Sadiq Khan

    Donald Trump Jr called 'a disgrace' for tweet goading London mayor Sadiq Khan


    President’s son quoted Sadiq Khan out of context after Westminster attackMayor actually said: ‘Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism’Donald Trump Jr is facing a backlash for criticizing London mayor Sadiq Khan with a scornful tweet sent hours...

    President’s son quoted Sadiq Khan out of context after Westminster attackMayor actually said: ‘Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism’

    Donald Trump Jr is facing a backlash for criticizing London mayor Sadiq Khan with a scornful tweet sent hours after an attack at the Houses of Parliament left four dead, including a police officer.

    Related: Westminster attack: parliament resumes with tributes to PC Keith Palmer – live

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    Revealed: the terror and torment of Turkey's jailed journalists

    Revealed: the terror and torment of Turkey's jailed journalists


    Prisoners tell of solitary confinement and maltreatment after being caught up in ‘Kafkaesque’ media purge Scores of imprisoned Turkish journalists face a Kafkaesque nightmare of legal limbo, farcical charge sheets, maltreatment and even solitary...

    Prisoners tell of solitary confinement and maltreatment after being caught up in ‘Kafkaesque’ media purge

    Scores of imprisoned Turkish journalists face a Kafkaesque nightmare of legal limbo, farcical charge sheets, maltreatment and even solitary confinement in the country that locks up more reporters than any other in the world.

    A series of Guardian interviews and written exchanges with several of those jailed as a result of a sweeping media crackdown found a huge mental burden on the incarcerated, as well as tough social and intellectual restrictions.

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    Sheriff David Clarke Jr: the black Democrat who is Trump's favorite cop

    Sheriff David Clarke Jr: the black Democrat who is Trump's favorite cop


    The Milwaukee lawman talks to Ed Pilkington about helping the president’s push to deport undocumented migrants and playing ‘smash-mouth politics’Meet President Trump’s favorite cop: an African American, cowboy hat-wearing, God-fearing...

    The Milwaukee lawman talks to Ed Pilkington about helping the president’s push to deport undocumented migrants and playing ‘smash-mouth politics’

    Meet President Trump’s favorite cop: an African American, cowboy hat-wearing, God-fearing conservative who stands for election as a Democrat, likens Black Lives Matter to the KKK, and has a habit of threatening violence against his critics on Facebook.

    David Clarke Jr, sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, is a local law enforcement leader who carries a national punch. Last year he toured the country as a Trump surrogate, was one of few black speakers at the Republican national convention, and today regularly airs his provocative views on race and policing on Fox News. Sean Hannity, writing in a foreword to Clarke’s new book, Cop Under Fire, calls him “America’s sheriff”.

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    Italy's Five Star Movement blamed for surge in measles cases

    Italy's Five Star Movement blamed for surge in measles cases


    Italian health official makes accusation against populist party, which proposed anti-vaccination law in 2015 An Italian health official has blamed an alarming rise in measles cases on the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), which has campaigned on an...

    Italian health official makes accusation against populist party, which proposed anti-vaccination law in 2015

    An Italian health official has blamed an alarming rise in measles cases on the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), which has campaigned on an anti-vaccination platform and has repeated discredited links between vaccinations and autism.

    According to the health ministry, more than 700 cases of the highly contagious disease have been registered so far in 2017, compared with 220 for the same period last year and 844 in the whole of 2016.

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    Beijing motorists turn to hand-pulled ferry to beat rush-hour traffic

    Beijing motorists turn to hand-pulled ferry to beat rush-hour traffic


    It can transport only one car at a time but drivers commuting from nearby town can save nearly an hour on their tripThere have been plenty of high-tech solutions to tackle gridlock – self-driving cars, analysis of traffic patterns – but some drivers...

    It can transport only one car at a time but drivers commuting from nearby town can save nearly an hour on their trip


    There have been plenty of high-tech solutions to tackle gridlock – self-driving cars, analysis of traffic patterns – but some drivers in Beijing have gone the other way, crossing a river on a hand-pulled wooden ferry, one car at a time.

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    USA crush Puerto Rico 8-0 to clinch first ever World Baseball Classic title

    USA crush Puerto Rico 8-0 to clinch first ever World Baseball Classic title


    Pitcher Marcus Stroman dominates tournament’s highest scoring teamUSA win first World Baseball Classic at their fourth attemptIan Kinsler slugs two-run homer in front of 51,565 at Dodger StadiumMarcus Stroman tossed six hitless innings, Ian Kinsler...

    Pitcher Marcus Stroman dominates tournament’s highest scoring teamUSA win first World Baseball Classic at their fourth attemptIan Kinsler slugs two-run homer in front of 51,565 at Dodger Stadium

    Marcus Stroman tossed six hitless innings, Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries.

    Related: USA v Puerto Rico: World Baseball Classic final – live!

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    Sam Sparro: George Michael has been done an injustice. We need to keep sharing his stories

    Sam Sparro: George Michael has been done an injustice. We need to keep sharing his stories


    Before a George Michael tribute night at the Sydney Opera House, the Australian singer reflects on the artist who changed him and how sanitising his life disrespects his legacyIn a year that had already taken two my greatest heroes and influences (Bowie...

    Before a George Michael tribute night at the Sydney Opera House, the Australian singer reflects on the artist who changed him and how sanitising his life disrespects his legacy

    In a year that had already taken two my greatest heroes and influences (Bowie and Prince), the news of George Michael’s death arrived with shock and disappointment that moved swiftly to “of course this happened”. It was, after all, the year of the celebrity grim reaper.

    When I heard he had died, I thought of the very brief time I spent with George Michael a few years earlier, at a gala at Elton John’s house. It was the White Tie and Tiaras Ball fundraiser for Elton’s AIDS charity, and I spent the night dressed to the nines, cavorting with Adam Lambert and Beth Ditto.

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    Wisconsin shootings: four dead after family dispute at bank

    Wisconsin shootings: four dead after family dispute at bank


    Police officer and three others killed and suspect in custody after argument spirals into series of shootings and a standoffA police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three...

    Police officer and three others killed and suspect in custody after argument spirals into series of shootings and a standoff

    A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said.

    A suspect was taken in custody after the shootings, which happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex. Officers, including a Swat team, had a standoff with the suspect for several hours at the apartment site before it ended in a volley of gunfire at about 5pm.

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    More than half Australian snake bite deaths since 2000 occurred at victim’s home

    More than half Australian snake bite deaths since 2000 occurred at victim’s home


    Almost three-quarters of the 35 victims were male, and 20% were bitten while trying to pick up or kill snakeMore than half of the deaths caused by snake bites in Australia since 2000 have occurred in or around the victim’s home, a nationwide review has...

    Almost three-quarters of the 35 victims were male, and 20% were bitten while trying to pick up or kill snake

    More than half of the deaths caused by snake bites in Australia since 2000 have occurred in or around the victim’s home, a nationwide review has found.

    The coronial-based retrospective study of fatalities from January 2000 to December 2016 found that, of the 35 deaths recorded by the National Coronial Information Service, 16 were a direct result of the bite.

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    Gareth Southgate says England were the better side against Germany

    Gareth Southgate says England were the better side against Germany


    • Manager was pleased with players’ display and 3-4-3 system despite 1-0 defeat• Questions over behaviour of England fans during German anthem and matchGareth Southgate said his players should not be disheartened by their 1-0 defeat against...

    • Manager was pleased with players’ display and 3-4-3 system despite 1-0 defeat
    • Questions over behaviour of England fans during German anthem and match

    Gareth Southgate said his players should not be disheartened by their 1-0 defeat against Germany, arguing they had been the better side for the majority of the match. He also became the latest in a long line of England managers to face questions about the behaviour of the team’s travelling supporters.

    Related: Lukas Podolski’s farewell stunner for Germany sinks new-look England

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    Less than half of women breastfeed after two months, survey finds

    Less than half of women breastfeed after two months, survey finds


    Poll for Public Health England reveals many feel embarrassed to feed their babies in front of strangers and family membersAlmost three-quarters of women in England start breastfeeding after giving birth but less than half are still doing so two months...

    Poll for Public Health England reveals many feel embarrassed to feed their babies in front of strangers and family members

    Almost three-quarters of women in England start breastfeeding after giving birth but less than half are still doing so two months later, according to NHS and Public Health England data.

    PHE recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, as does the World Health Organisation, because it boosts a baby’s ability to fight illness and infection. But a comparison of initial breastfeeding rates and those after six to eight weeks in the final quarter of 2015 found that they were 40% lower for the latter (44% compared with 73%).

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    South Korean ferry in which hundreds died raised after three years

    South Korean ferry in which hundreds died raised after three years


    Parents of children lost on the Sewol and not yet recovered are maintaining a vigil at the site of the salvage operationSalvage operators have raised South Korea’s sunken Sewol ferry, nearly three years after the ship sank, killing more than 300 people...

    Parents of children lost on the Sewol and not yet recovered are maintaining a vigil at the site of the salvage operation

    Salvage operators have raised South Korea’s sunken Sewol ferry, nearly three years after the ship sank, killing more than 300 people and dealing a crippling blow to now-ousted president Park Geun-Hye.

    Related: Soul-searching in South Korea after a disaster waiting to happen

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    Donald Trump makes last-ditch pitch to Republicans to back healthcare bill

    Donald Trump makes last-ditch pitch to Republicans to back healthcare bill


    White House: ‘This is the only train leaving the station’Representative Mark Meadows: ‘There’s not enough votes to pass it tomorrow’Donald Trump made a closing pitch to restive Republicans wary of their party’s proposed healthcare overhaul as...

    White House: ‘This is the only train leaving the station’Representative Mark Meadows: ‘There’s not enough votes to pass it tomorrow’

    Donald Trump made a closing pitch to restive Republicans wary of their party’s proposed healthcare overhaul as conservatives steel for a showdown one day before a planned vote on the bill.

    In the final hours before the House was expected to vote, Trump summoned wavering – and obstinate – Republicans to the White House while another group met with Vice-President Mike Pence. After the meeting, conservative opponents of the healthcare plan recommended Republican leadership should “start over” on a new proposal.

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    Lukas Podolski’s farewell stunner for Germany sinks new-look England

    Lukas Podolski’s farewell stunner for Germany sinks new-look England


    The harsh reality for Gareth Southgate is that his first match since taking the England job full-time has ended in another reminder of Germany’s remarkable knack for winning football matches. The world champions have still not conceded a goal since...

    The harsh reality for Gareth Southgate is that his first match since taking the England job full-time has ended in another reminder of Germany’s remarkable knack for winning football matches. The world champions have still not conceded a goal since Euro 2016, a sequence now incorporating seven games – or, to put it another way, almost 11 hours of football – and they managed to win their latest assignment while always giving the impression they would happily go through the entire game at three‑quarter pace.

    Related: Germany 1-0 England: five talking points from the friendly in Dortmund | Jamie Jackson

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    Rex Tillerson says US will set up safe zones for refugees from Isis

    Rex Tillerson says US will set up safe zones for refugees from Isis


    Unclear where ‘interim zones of stability’ would be locatedUS secretary of state gives few details of plan at 68-country coalition meetingRex Tillerson has said the United States would set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return...

    Unclear where ‘interim zones of stability’ would be locatedUS secretary of state gives few details of plan at 68-country coalition meeting

    Rex Tillerson has said the United States would set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against Islamic State and al-Qaida in Syria and Iraq.

    The US secretary of state did not make clear where these zones were to be set up. He was addressing a meeting of 68 countries and organizations gathered in Washington to discuss accelerating the battle against Isis.

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    Vladimir Putin has one reliable set of allies: Russia’s iron ladies | Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

    Vladimir Putin has one reliable set of allies: Russia’s iron ladies | Ekaterina Sokirianskaia


    The president’s useful anti-feminists legitimise a slide towards a patriarchal society – and offer no political challenge to his macho leadershipStrength, patriotism, patriarchal values and a macho leadership style characterise Vladimir Putin’s...

    The president’s useful anti-feminists legitimise a slide towards a patriarchal society – and offer no political challenge to his macho leadership

    Strength, patriotism, patriarchal values and a macho leadership style characterise Vladimir Putin’s current term as president. Strangely, this traditionalist authoritarian agenda has often been promoted by women.

    The few Russian women who are represented in the highest federal posts – just 15.8% of the parliamentarians in the Duma, three of its 33 ministers and three of 85 regional governors – are usually responsible for “social policies” – healthcare, education, or social issues. Many female MPs are elected in accordance with common stereotypes of female leaders – celebrities, cosmonauts, Olympic champions and television hosts. All are expected to be cooperative and family oriented: in December, several female MPs protested against long parliamentary sessions, saying they needed to be home in time to feed their husbands.

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    The numbing afternoon when I saw a police officer die outside parliament | John Crace

    The numbing afternoon when I saw a police officer die outside parliament | John Crace


    Working in the Commons on the day of the attack, I became a witness to the loss of a man I had almost certainly spoken toWestminster attack: main storyThe mind goes numb at times like these. A disconnect between brain and feeling. So it took me the best...

    Working in the Commons on the day of the attack, I became a witness to the loss of a man I had almost certainly spoken to

    Westminster attack: main story

    The mind goes numb at times like these. A disconnect between brain and feeling. So it took me the best part of an hour to make sense of what I had seen. But the simple truth is this. Today I saw a man die. A police officer, someone I had almost certainly said “hello” to at some point over the years. Possibly even this morning. Who knows?

    It was about 2.50pm when a reporter from Bloomberg came running into the Guardian office in the House of Commons to say there had been an incident outside. I ran into the offices of the Daily Telegraph that overlook New Palace Yard to see two bodies lying near the entrance to Westminster Hall, just yards from where Airey Neave had been murdered nearly 40 years previously.

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    Rory McIlroy beaten by Soren Kjeldsen in WGC Match Play opener

    Rory McIlroy beaten by Soren Kjeldsen in WGC Match Play opener


    • World No2 loses 2&1 to Dane but says ‘I played well’• ‘If I had played anyone else I might have won’The good news for Rory McIlroy relates to the WGC Match Play format. The bad? A year ago only one player, Dustin Johnson, succumbed to an...

    • World No2 loses 2&1 to Dane but says ‘I played well’
    • ‘If I had played anyone else I might have won’

    The good news for Rory McIlroy relates to the WGC Match Play format. The bad? A year ago only one player, Dustin Johnson, succumbed to an opening-day defeat and recovered sufficiently to progress to the knockout stage.

    McIlroy’s 2&1 humbling by Soren Kjeldsen, the world No68, was no disgrace given the inspired performance of the Dane. The pair would have produced a better ball score of 11 under par through 17 holes, with Kjeldsen minus six on his own.

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    The Guardian view on the Westminster attack: solidarity against terror | Editorial

    The Guardian view on the Westminster attack: solidarity against terror | Editorial


    It is the moment everyone feared would come. But it must be kept in proportionIt was only ever a matter of time. This strike at parliament took aim directly at the heart of British democracy. It was perhaps meant to reach the prime minister – for...

    It is the moment everyone feared would come. But it must be kept in proportion

    It was only ever a matter of time. This strike at parliament took aim directly at the heart of British democracy. It was perhaps meant to reach the prime minister – for today, the day of prime minister’s questions, was the one day when her movements would be well known – but more probably it was, like the attack in Berlin just before Christmas, simply an attempt to hit at a European centre of power. The earlier car attack on the dozens of tourists and office workers and three police officers on their way back from a commendation ceremony, caught walking across Westminster Bridge around 2.45pm, was plainly intended to magnify the terror.

    This is the moment that everyone planned for and hoped would never happen, the Metropolitan police acting deputy commissioner, Mark Rowley, said at his first news conference afterwards. It was also the hardest kind of attack to stop, an apparently lone terrorist using low-tech weaponry seeking to do maximum harm, almost certain of death himself. He got through, but a dozen or more attacks have been foiled in Britain since 2013, 10 of them in the past two years. More than 500 live counter-terror investigations are under way at any given moment, Mr Rowley said recently. The police and the security forces have to be right all the time. The terrorists only need to be lucky once. It is important to hold on to that truth, and to remember that, terrible as the loss of life has been and grim as the aftermath will be, no one would want to live in the kind of world where such an attack had been made entirely impossible.

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    Lithuanian man's phishing tricked US tech companies into wiring over $100m

    Lithuanian man's phishing tricked US tech companies into wiring over $100m


    Evaldas Rimasauskas charged after allegedly sending phishing emails to representatives of major tech firms and pretending to work for Asian companyTwo major American tech companies were tricked by a Lithuanian man’s phishing scheme into wiring him over...

    Evaldas Rimasauskas charged after allegedly sending phishing emails to representatives of major tech firms and pretending to work for Asian company

    Two major American tech companies were tricked by a Lithuanian man’s phishing scheme into wiring him over $100m, according to the justice department.

    Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, was arrested last week by Lithuanian authorities and charged on Monday by prosecutors in the southern district of New York. Announced on Wednesday, the charges of wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft could carry a sentence of 20 years in prison.

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    Has the satire and humour of Big Little Lies been lost in translation?

    Has the satire and humour of Big Little Lies been lost in translation?


    The Australian novel has been adapted for US screens, leaving behind both Sydney’s northern beaches and the nuance“It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.” The Australian author...

    The Australian novel has been adapted for US screens, leaving behind both Sydney’s northern beaches and the nuance

    “It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.”

    The Australian author Liane Moriarty is a master of suburban secrets and lies (particularly among the white middle class), and her 2014 novel, Big Little Lies, was lauded for being uncomfortably recognisable in its absurdity. The book is full of knowing humour about the first year of school in a Sydney beach suburb, where the adults needed more watching than the children; anyone who has come into proximity with a primary school will know the obsessive politics that go into planning the sausage sizzles and trivia nights.

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    Smartphone app could allow men to test their fertility at home

    Smartphone app could allow men to test their fertility at home


    Gadget designed to clip onto a smartphone able to detect abnormal sperm samples with 98% accuracy in trialsMen may soon be able to measure their own sperm count and quality at home, using a smartphone app developed by scientists.In early tests the...

    Gadget designed to clip onto a smartphone able to detect abnormal sperm samples with 98% accuracy in trials

    Men may soon be able to measure their own sperm count and quality at home, using a smartphone app developed by scientists.

    In early tests the gadget, designed to clip onto a smartphone, detected abnormal sperm samples with an accuracy of 98%.

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    Apple paid no tax in New Zealand for at least a decade, reports say

    Apple paid no tax in New Zealand for at least a decade, reports say


    Investigation says company paid nothing to Inland Revenue Department because parent company registered in AustraliaReports that Apple has not paid any tax in New Zealand for a decade have prompted experts to voice concerns that much-promised...

    Investigation says company paid nothing to Inland Revenue Department because parent company registered in Australia

    Reports that Apple has not paid any tax in New Zealand for a decade have prompted experts to voice concerns that much-promised international crackdowns on the problem will fall short of the mark.

    An investigation by the New Zealand Herald found that Apple had paid nothing to the Inland Revenue Department since at least 2007 because its local operations are run by a parent company registered in Australia.

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    Why becoming a tax haven would be bad news for Britain

    Why becoming a tax haven would be bad news for Britain


    Theresa May and Philip Hammond have warned the EU that if they don’t like the Brexit deal, they could turn the UK into a tax haven. The truth is that being ‘offshore’ means being unfair and undemocratic – and you still pay taxMost of us take...

    Theresa May and Philip Hammond have warned the EU that if they don’t like the Brexit deal, they could turn the UK into a tax haven. The truth is that being ‘offshore’ means being unfair and undemocratic – and you still pay tax

    Most of us take democracy for granted, but you would have to think again if you lived in a tax haven. Singapore has had the same party in power since 1959. Jersey, meanwhile, has never had a general election, the members of its parliament (the States) being subject to re-election at varying times. But at least Jersey has a political party – called Reform Jersey – even if it only holds three seats in the States. All the remaining elected politicians claim to be independents, although they seem to have a decidedly pro-finance approach in common. Neighbouring Guernsey has no parties at all.

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    Radical shakeup of dinosaur family tree points to unexpected Scottish origins

    Radical shakeup of dinosaur family tree points to unexpected Scottish origins


    Cat-sized Scottish fossil proposed as candidate for common dinosaur ancestor in controversial study that could overthrow a century of dinosaur classificationThe most radical shakeup of the dinosaur family tree in a century has led scientists to propose...

    Cat-sized Scottish fossil proposed as candidate for common dinosaur ancestor in controversial study that could overthrow a century of dinosaur classification

    The most radical shakeup of the dinosaur family tree in a century has led scientists to propose an unlikely origin for the prehistoric beasts: an obscure cat-sized creature found in Scotland.

    The analysis, which has already sparked controversy in the academic world, suggests that the two basic groups into which dinosaurs have been classified for more than a century need a fundamental rethink. If proved correct, the revised version of the family tree would overthrow some of the most basic assumptions about this chapter of evolutionary history, including what the common ancestor of all dinosaurs looked like and where it came from.

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    Arctic ice falls to record winter low after polar 'heatwaves'

    Arctic ice falls to record winter low after polar 'heatwaves'


    Extent of ice over North pole has fallen to a new wintertime low, for the third year in a row, as climate change drives freakish weatherThe extent of Arctic ice has fallen to a new wintertime low, as climate change drives freakishly high temperatures in...

    Extent of ice over North pole has fallen to a new wintertime low, for the third year in a row, as climate change drives freakish weather

    The extent of Arctic ice has fallen to a new wintertime low, as climate change drives freakishly high temperatures in the polar regions.

    The ice cap grows during the winter months and usually reaches its maximum in early March. But the 2017 maximum was 14.4m sq km, lower than any year in the 38-year satellite record, according to researchers at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) and Nasa.

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    Sale of Cambodian breast milk to mothers in US criticised by UN

    Sale of Cambodian breast milk to mothers in US criticised by UN


    UN agency says trade puts babies of poor and vulnerable at risk of malnutrition as Cambodia moves to block further exportsThe UN children’s fund has strongly criticised the sale by a commercial company of breast milk donated by Cambodian mothers to...

    UN agency says trade puts babies of poor and vulnerable at risk of malnutrition as Cambodia moves to block further exports

    The UN children’s fund has strongly criticised the sale by a commercial company of breast milk donated by Cambodian mothers to women in the US, warning it could lead to the babies of poor and vulnerable women becoming malnourished.

    Unicef condemned the trade by Utah-based company Ambrosia Labs as the Cambodian government intervened. Cambodia’s customs department said the finance minister, Aun Porn Moniroth, had signed a letter blocking further exports, according to the Associated Press in Phnom Penh. Talks will be held to decide whether the business should be allowed to resume.

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    England will not face New Zealand in autumn as Barbarians game is confirmed

    England will not face New Zealand in autumn as Barbarians game is confirmed


    • Top two ranked sides in world will not meet until 2018• RFU admits defeat in staging All Blacks matchEngland’s hopes of a showdown with New Zealand later this year are over after the All Blacks opted to fulfil their planned fixture with the...

    • Top two ranked sides in world will not meet until 2018
    • RFU admits defeat in staging All Blacks match

    England’s hopes of a showdown with New Zealand later this year are over after the All Blacks opted to fulfil their planned fixture with the Barbarians on 4 November instead.

    The RFU has admitted defeat in attempting to bring forward a meeting between the world’s top two ranked sides, instead giving its approval to the Barbarians fixture, which will be played at Twickenham. A spokesperson for the governing body said: “We explored whether there was an opportunity to play New Zealand this year, but they have chosen to play the Barbarians.”

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    F1 season heralds fresh approach, new rules and a revived optimism | Giles Richards

    F1 season heralds fresh approach, new rules and a revived optimism | Giles Richards


    Whatever happens at Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix there are already good reasons for fans to be excited about the futureThe waiting is over and Melbourne is abuzz with anticipation and the feeling, shared by Formula One fans across the world, that...

    Whatever happens at Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix there are already good reasons for fans to be excited about the future

    The waiting is over and Melbourne is abuzz with anticipation and the feeling, shared by Formula One fans across the world, that this is going to be a big weekend. Friday practice will be the first indicator of pace after the poker hands of testing in Barcelona; Saturday’s qualifying will be cards on the table time to discover who can turn any pace into a hot lap. Race day is crunch time for the teams but this year, with new regulations, it is also going to be a huge moment for the sport. A new start in a new era.

    But it is hard not to sense an undertone of unease. What if F1 has got it wrong? Ross Brawn, appointed by the owner, Liberty Media, as Formula One’s director of motorsport, has already made it clear there will be no knee-jerk reactions to an unsuccessful reboot.

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    Dozens of civilians killed in US-led airstrike on Isis stronghold in Syria

    Dozens of civilians killed in US-led airstrike on Isis stronghold in Syria


    At least 33 people killed in coalition strike on school used as refugee centre near jihadi-held town in northern province of Raqqa, says monitorAn airstrike by the US-led coalition against Islamic State on a school west of the Syrian city of Raqqa has...

    At least 33 people killed in coalition strike on school used as refugee centre near jihadi-held town in northern province of Raqqa, says monitor

    An airstrike by the US-led coalition against Islamic State on a school west of the Syrian city of Raqqa has killed at least 33 people, many of whom had fled nearby fighting, sparking further concerns that new rules of engagements may be causing an increase in civilian casualties.

    The attack follows a separate US strike on a mosque complex in the north-west of the country last Saturday that killed at least 52 people. The incident triggered fears that a White House-ordered review of rules governing the use of drones had already given military planners more flexibility on ordering strikes.

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    Late-night hosts on Ivanka Trump: 'The White House has lower standards than Nordstrom'

    Late-night hosts on Ivanka Trump: 'The White House has lower standards than Nordstrom'


    Comics, including Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert, discussed the president’s daughter and the ban on many electronic items from some flightsLate-night hosts discussed the latest news coming from the White House on Tuesday, including Ivanka Trump’s...

    Comics, including Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert, discussed the president’s daughter and the ban on many electronic items from some flights

    Late-night hosts discussed the latest news coming from the White House on Tuesday, including Ivanka Trump’s new office and security clearance.

    Related: Late-night TV roundup: 'Trump lied on Twitter during a hearing about him lying on Twitter'

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    Young girl steals Pope Francis's skullcap

    Young girl steals Pope Francis's skullcap


    Blogger posts video of girl grabbing pontiff’s headgear, known as a zucchetto, before giving it backA young girl has been filmed stealing Pope Francis’s skullcap, known as a zucchetto, as he bent down to give her a kiss on the cheek. The footage was...

    Blogger posts video of girl grabbing pontiff’s headgear, known as a zucchetto, before giving it back

    A young girl has been filmed stealing Pope Francis’s skullcap, known as a zucchetto, as he bent down to give her a kiss on the cheek.

    The footage was posted on Twitter on Wednesday by a blogger named Mountain Butorac:

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    How atheist campaigner Madalyn Murray O’Hair became America's most-hated woman

    How atheist campaigner Madalyn Murray O’Hair became America's most-hated woman


    Melissa Leo stars in Netflix’s upcoming biopic of the contentious figure who was ridiculed and largely forgotten about – but who often talked senseThis week, the film The Most Hated Woman in America comes to Netflix, with Melissa Leo playing Madalyn...

    Melissa Leo stars in Netflix’s upcoming biopic of the contentious figure who was ridiculed and largely forgotten about – but who often talked sense

    This week, the film The Most Hated Woman in America comes to Netflix, with Melissa Leo playing Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the atheist who campaigned against the church’s influence in public and political life (the title comes from the headline on a 1964 interview with her in Life magazine). While Murray O’Hair is not widely known outside of the US, she had an extraordinary life. Long before the likes of Richard Dawkins, she gained notoriety for helping to push bible readings out of schools, and in 1963 she founded American Atheists. It’s a group that is still going today, campaigning against Donald Trump’s plan to abolish the rule that forbids religious institutions, among other charitable organisations, from getting involved in political activity and funding). For the next few decades, Murray O’Hair devoted her life to campaigning against the church’s power. She was a contentious figure, and when she disappeared in 1995, along with her son and granddaughter from their home in Austin, Texas, that too was controversial.

    People wondered whether there could be a sinister explanation. With still no sign of the family eight months on, a piece in the New York Times suggested that there were “two widely discussed explanations about the disappearances”. The first was that the trio had gone on the run with money they’d embezzled from the organisation. “The other,” they reported, “is that Mrs O’Hair, 77, diabetic and in declining health, was taking action on her desire to die without others praying over her corpse.”

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    UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

    UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes


    Exclusive: Fears for UK jobs as EU officials say airlines will need to move base and majority of shareholders to fly routes within Europe EU chiefs have warned airlines including easyJet and Ryanair that they will need to relocate their headquarters or...

    Exclusive: Fears for UK jobs as EU officials say airlines will need to move base and majority of shareholders to fly routes within Europe

    EU chiefs have warned airlines including easyJet and Ryanair that they will need to relocate their headquarters or sell off shares to European nationals if they want to continue flying routes within continental Europe after Brexit.

    Related: Goldman Sachs to move hundreds of staff out of London due to Brexit

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    Trisha Brown obituary

    Trisha Brown obituary


    Influential US choreographer first admired for her spare, subversive dances who underwent a radical shift as she was gripped by ‘a rapture to move’Trisha Brown, who has died aged 80, was widely acclaimed as one of the most gifted and influential...

    Influential US choreographer first admired for her spare, subversive dances who underwent a radical shift as she was gripped by ‘a rapture to move’

    Trisha Brown, who has died aged 80, was widely acclaimed as one of the most gifted and influential choreographers of her generation but it was typical of her witty yet functional approach to dance that she was more inclined to describe herself as “a bricklayer with a sense of humour”. When a group of critics made the mistake of assuming that “anyone” could perform the deceptively laid-back choreography of her masterpiece, Set and Reset, Brown was caustic. “Don’t they realise we rearrange our internal organs every time we dance it?”

    Brown grew up in Aberdeen, Washington state, the daughter of Martell Brown, a salesman, and his wife, Dorothy (nee Abel), a teacher. After graduating from Weatherwax high school in the city in 1954 she went to Mills College, in Oakland, California, to study modern dance, supplementing her course with the American Dance Festival’s annual summer school, where her teachers included the choreographer Merce Cunningham and the veteran dance and music pedagogue Louis Horst.

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    Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: 'It is cancer'

    Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: 'It is cancer'


    Said ‘Sam’ Barodi was fired after he refused to cooperate with customs agents who he believed were targeting him because of his ethnicity and religion. His and other accounts paint a stark picture of the bureau in the era of TrumpMuslim special...

    Said ‘Sam’ Barodi was fired after he refused to cooperate with customs agents who he believed were targeting him because of his ethnicity and religion. His and other accounts paint a stark picture of the bureau in the era of Trump

    Muslim special agents and intelligence analysts at the FBI are reporting a climate of fear inside the agency coinciding with the political ascendance of Donald Trump, the Guardian has learned.

    FBI officials from Muslim-majority countries, a minority in a predominantly white bureau, say they are subject to an organizational culture of suspicion and hostility that leadership has done little to reform. At least one decorated intelligence analyst has been fired this year after a long ordeal which began with a routine foreign visit to see his family.

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    Rex Tillerson is clearly out of the loop and out of his depth in Trumpland | Jonathan Freedland

    Rex Tillerson is clearly out of the loop and out of his depth in Trumpland | Jonathan Freedland


    The former oil executive’s apparent reluctance to be Trump’s secretary of state could be a sign that he knew he’d be serving in a sham administrationThere is a charitable reading of Rex Tillerson’s interview with the previously obscure...

    The former oil executive’s apparent reluctance to be Trump’s secretary of state could be a sign that he knew he’d be serving in a sham administration

    There is a charitable reading of Rex Tillerson’s interview with the previously obscure Independent Journal Review. When the secretary of state told the IJR that “I didn’t want this job, I didn’t seek this job,” that he was “stunned” when Donald Trump offered it to him, and that he only did it because “my wife told me I’m supposed to do this,” it’s possible that he was displaying a charming modesty. Think of it as an elaborate version of the formulation favoured by celebrities on receiving an award: “I’m humbled.”

    Related: Rex Tillerson: 'I didn't want this job … my wife told me I'm supposed to do this'

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    ‘Millennial pink’ is the colour of now – but what exactly is it?

    ‘Millennial pink’ is the colour of now – but what exactly is it?


    It’s the colour of the moment in the worlds of fashion and design. Except no one can agree on the actual colour. Or the name ... Name: Millennial pink.Age: Timeless, yet very now. Continue...

    It’s the colour of the moment in the worlds of fashion and design. Except no one can agree on the actual colour. Or the name ...

    Name: Millennial pink.

    Age: Timeless, yet very now.

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    Uber for bikes: how 'dockless' cycles flooded China – and are heading overseas

    Uber for bikes: how 'dockless' cycles flooded China – and are heading overseas


    New cycle-share firms in China allow you to simply drop your bike wherever you want. They have caused colourful chaos – and world cities could be nextOn a 30ft-wide screen in Hangzhou’s public bike share office, the counter ticks up relentlessly:...

    New cycle-share firms in China allow you to simply drop your bike wherever you want. They have caused colourful chaos – and world cities could be next

    On a 30ft-wide screen in Hangzhou’s public bike share office, the counter ticks up relentlessly: 278,812 … 278,847 … 278,883 … Another 40 cycle rentals every couple of seconds. The system will easily top 350,000 before this bitterly cold winter day is out.

    On the left of the giant screen, the world’s 15 biggest public bike shares are ranked. Thirteen of them are in China. (Paris is No 5 with 21,000 bikes, and London No 12, with 16,500). Hangzhou – an hour west of Shanghai by bullet train – is slightly larger than London by population, but its share system is five times the size. It comfortably tops the table with 84,100 cycles, almost twice as many as its nearest rival.

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    Amy Winehouse – 10 of the best

    Amy Winehouse – 10 of the best


    Winehouse’s heart belonged to jazz and 60s girl groups, but she was also inspired by hip-hop and Latin music. Here are some of her finest songsAlthough Amy Winehouse attended the Brit School and was initially on Simon Fuller’s management books...

    Winehouse’s heart belonged to jazz and 60s girl groups, but she was also inspired by hip-hop and Latin music. Here are some of her finest songs

    Although Amy Winehouse attended the Brit School and was initially on Simon Fuller’s management books alongside S Club 7 and Gareth Gates, her heart belonged to jazz and 1960s girl groups. In itself, her idolisation of Dinah Washington and the Ronettes distinguished her from almost all newly minted pop singers of the early 2000s; her exceptionally-susceptible-to-heartbreak voice did the rest. Yet she didn’t exist in a retro bubble. She covered the jazz standard ’Round Midnight as the B-side to her second single, Take the Box, and produced a freewheeling track that reflected her less publicised love of hip-hop and Latin. Even more than the version used for the B-side, an alternate take presents her as young and in love with music: she scats, vamps and plays with the beat, just because she can. The influence of Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill is obvious, and there’s a touch of cabaret, but at around the 1:10 mark she casually bends a series of notes, and the rest of the track flows from there. As one of the most covered jazz songs, ’Round Midnight presented a challenge, but she was completely at ease with its yearning and sensuality.

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    30 years in the life of one Chinese square – in pictures

    30 years in the life of one Chinese square – in pictures


    For three decades, Chen Zhixian has captured the action in the People’s Square of Jincheng. Moving from black and white to colour, then slide film and now digital, the only constant in his photos has been the statue of Chairman Mao Continue...

    For three decades, Chen Zhixian has captured the action in the People’s Square of Jincheng. Moving from black and white to colour, then slide film and now digital, the only constant in his photos has been the statue of Chairman Mao

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    Why denying refugees the right to work is a catastrophic error | Paul Collier and Alexander Betts

    Why denying refugees the right to work is a catastrophic error | Paul Collier and Alexander Betts


    It’s not just fleeing conflict that makes victims out of refugees – it’s also denying them the means to become autonomous and productiveFrom the 1980s on, a dominant international approach has been taken towards the majority of the world’s...

    It’s not just fleeing conflict that makes victims out of refugees – it’s also denying them the means to become autonomous and productive

    From the 1980s on, a dominant international approach has been taken towards the majority of the world’s refugees. Concentrated in a small number of host countries, close to war zones, displaced people have been settled in what have become known as “humanitarian silos”. Such places are usually remote, arid, dangerous and almost always have strict prohibitions on socio-economic activity. They are designed to deal only with the emergency phase of refugee intake, and yet the model has endured, leaving individuals and families stranded for years at a time.

    This strategy undermines autonomy and dignity. It also erodes human potential by focusing almost exclusively on people’s vulnerabilities, rather than on rebuilding their lives. Inevitably, many of those directly affected by it become disillusioned and choose to move on, gravitating towards urban areas in the host nation or risking their lives crossing oceans to other countries.

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    Womb cancer risk grows with extra waist weight, study suggests

    Womb cancer risk grows with extra waist weight, study suggests


    Every increase of 0.1 units in the ratio between waist and hip raises the risk of developing the disease by 21%, researchers sayWomen who have a higher waist to hip ratio could have an increased risk of womb cancer, a study suggests. Researchers writing...

    Every increase of 0.1 units in the ratio between waist and hip raises the risk of developing the disease by 21%, researchers say

    Women who have a higher waist to hip ratio could have an increased risk of womb cancer, a study suggests.

    Researchers writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that for every increase of 0.1 units in the ratio between waist and hip, the risk of developing the disease increased by 21%.

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    Anna Jones’s recipes for two veggie breakfast fry-ups | The modern cook

    Anna Jones’s recipes for two veggie breakfast fry-ups | The modern cook


    A cooked breakfast needn’t mean a pile of grease. Try introducing baked eggs to dal or scrambling some fragrantly spiced tofu to wrap in a warm tortilla for a healthy start to the dayWeekend breakfasts deserve more than the neat routine of Monday to...

    A cooked breakfast needn’t mean a pile of grease. Try introducing baked eggs to dal or scrambling some fragrantly spiced tofu to wrap in a warm tortilla for a healthy start to the day

    Weekend breakfasts deserve more than the neat routine of Monday to Friday: porridge or marmalade on toast just don’t cut it for me on a Sunday. I don’t even crave a weekend fry-up these days. No, I need something substantial, but without the grease, which is where some experimentation has come in lately.

    On the weekends we are at home, those moments between getting up and heading out are precious; rare slices of time when the phone doesn’t ring. My little boy busily runs laps of the kitchen as I cook with the sole purpose of making something delicious. Here are two things I have cooked in these morning windows, and they’re set to be cooked over and over.

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    Jamal Edwards breaks taboos around men's mental health – video

    Jamal Edwards breaks taboos around men's mental health – video


    Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Jamal Edwards, founder of film-making company SBTV, asks why so many men are taking their own lives, and whether society’s stereotypes of masculinity have stopped men from seeking help with...

    Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Jamal Edwards, founder of film-making company SBTV, asks why so many men are taking their own lives, and whether society’s stereotypes of masculinity have stopped men from seeking help with depression

    If you think you need to talk to someone you can speak to the Samaritans or CALM
    Watch the other episodes of Speak Your Mind
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    Martin McGuinness obituary

    Martin McGuinness obituary


    Sinn Féin politician and peace negotiator who went from being an IRA commander to serving for a decade as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness, who has died aged 66 after suffering from a genetic disorder, was the former IRA...

    Sinn Féin politician and peace negotiator who went from being an IRA commander to serving for a decade as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland

    Martin McGuinness, who has died aged 66 after suffering from a genetic disorder, was the former IRA commander who became Sinn Féin’s chief negotiator in the Northern Ireland peace process that led to the Good Friday agreement of 1998. Nine years later he entered power-sharing government with the Democratic Unionist Ian Paisley, and continued to serve as deputy first minister with Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster until resigning in January this year as a result of Foster’s refusal to stand down during an inquiry into a bungled energy scheme.

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    Trump's false tweets on Russia corrected live at hearing – video

    Trump's false tweets on Russia corrected live at hearing – video


    Inaccurate tweets sent by Donald Trump about a congressional hearing into Russia’s alleged influence in the US elections were corrected in real time on Monday – at the hearing. In one of the more surreal exchanges of the day, US representative Jim...

    Inaccurate tweets sent by Donald Trump about a congressional hearing into Russia’s alleged influence in the US elections were corrected in real time on Monday – at the hearing. In one of the more surreal exchanges of the day, US representative Jim Himes asked FBI director James Comey and NSA director Mike Rogers to clarify two messages sent by Trump that morning, in which the president appeared to mischaracterize statements they had made

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    Sea level rise: Miami and Atlantic City fight to stay above water – video

    Sea level rise: Miami and Atlantic City fight to stay above water – video


    Sea levels are rising. For many cities on the the eastern shores of the United States, the problem is existential. We take a look at how Miami and Atlantic City are tackling climate change, and the challenges they face under a skeptical Trump...

    Sea levels are rising. For many cities on the the eastern shores of the United States, the problem is existential. We take a look at how Miami and Atlantic City are tackling climate change, and the challenges they face under a skeptical Trump administration that plans to cut funding for environmental programs

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    The other China week: what it is and how you can be involved

    The other China week: what it is and how you can be involved


    This week Guardian Cities is exploring the huge but rarely reported cities on the front line of China’s unprecedented urbanisationXiaolu Guo: My village now has 1.4 million peopleChangsha changing: Mao’s former home city struggles with growthMore...

    This week Guardian Cities is exploring the huge but rarely reported cities on the front line of China’s unprecedented urbanisation

    Xiaolu Guo: My village now has 1.4 million people
    Changsha changing: Mao’s former home city struggles with growthMore than 100 Chinese cities now above 1 million peopleChina’s smaller cities go wild for starchitecture

    While Beijing, Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta get most of the headlines, all this week Guardian Cities will explore the other China – the huge but rarely reported cities on the front line of the country’s unprecedented urbanisation.

    The pace of China’s urban transformation is staggering. It is already home to 119 cities bigger than Liverpool, and more than 100 with populations above 1 million people. By 2025, that number may have doubled.

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    The internet warriors: meet the 'trolls' in their own homes – video

    The internet warriors: meet the 'trolls' in their own homes – video


    Who are the people that get so angry online? Why do so many use the internet to harass and threaten people, and stretch the freedom of speech to its limits? Internet ‘trolls’ from around the world discuss the views they have expressed online that...

    Who are the people that get so angry online? Why do so many use the internet to harass and threaten people, and stretch the freedom of speech to its limits? Internet ‘trolls’ from around the world discuss the views they have expressed online that many find objectionable and in language that often offends. Do they behave the same offline?

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