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    'Dr Bumbum' charged over death of patient after operation

    'Dr Bumbum' charged over death of patient after operation


    Denis Furtado, his mother, girlfriend, secretary and domestic employee charged with homicide of Lilian CalixtoProsecutors in Rio de Janeiro have charged a celebrity plastic surgeon known as “Dr Bumbum” and his mother with homicide for carrying out an...

    Denis Furtado, his mother, girlfriend, secretary and domestic employee charged with homicide of Lilian Calixto

    Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro have charged a celebrity plastic surgeon known as “Dr Bumbum” and his mother with homicide for carrying out an aesthetic procedure that caused the death of one of his patients and was conducted in his apartment.

    Denis Furtado, 45, was arrested in July in the upmarket, beachside neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca where he performed a buttock-enhancing treatment on bank manager Lilian Calixto, 46, who died hours later.

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    Sydney rock oysters getting smaller as oceans become more acidic

    Sydney rock oysters getting smaller as oceans become more acidic


    NSW oysters are shrinking and fewer in number, and academics fear the cause is climate changeThe famous Sydney rock oyster is shrinking as oceans become more acidic, new research has found.In news that will rock seafood lovers, a study released overnight...

    NSW oysters are shrinking and fewer in number, and academics fear the cause is climate change

    The famous Sydney rock oyster is shrinking as oceans become more acidic, new research has found.

    In news that will rock seafood lovers, a study released overnight by academics in the UK found oysters in New South Wales have become smaller and fewer in number because of coastal acidification.

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    Pencak silat and eSports: a guide to the most fascinating 2018 Asian Games events | John Duerden

    Pencak silat and eSports: a guide to the most fascinating 2018 Asian Games events | John Duerden


    This year’s competition in Indonesia promises many familiar sports – and some that are rather less well-known The 2018 Asian Games begin on Saturday in Jakarta with a busy schedule of 40 events that go some way to representing the diversity that...

    This year’s competition in Indonesia promises many familiar sports – and some that are rather less well-known

    The 2018 Asian Games begin on Saturday in Jakarta with a busy schedule of 40 events that go some way to representing the diversity that exists in the world’s biggest continent. Alongside the usual Olympic sports well-known to a global audience, medals will also be handed out for climbing and skateboarding – which will be included in the Olympics for the first time in 2020 – and other, perhaps less familiar disciplines. Here is a guide to some of them:

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    Facebook struggling to end hate speech in Myanmar, investigation finds

    Facebook struggling to end hate speech in Myanmar, investigation finds


    Misinformation has lead to violent attacks against Rohingya but report says company has been slow to respondFacebook’s efforts to crack down on hate speech in Myanmar, which has contributed to violent attacks against the minority Muslim population,...

    Misinformation has lead to violent attacks against Rohingya but report says company has been slow to respond

    Facebook’s efforts to crack down on hate speech in Myanmar, which has contributed to violent attacks against the minority Muslim population, have been inadequate, according to a Reuters investigation.

    The social media company has faced warnings from human rights groups and researchers that its platform was being used to spread misinformation and promote hatred of Muslims, particularly the Rohingya, since 2013. As Facebook has grown its user base in the country to 18 million, hate speech has exploded, but the company has been slow to respond to the growing crisis.

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    New pesticides may harm bees as much as existing ones – study

    New pesticides may harm bees as much as existing ones – study


    Ability of bumblebees to reproduce, and rate at which colonies grow, compromised by new sulfoximine-based insecticidesA new class of pesticides positioned to replace neonicotinoids may be just as harmful to crop-pollinating bees, researchers have...

    Ability of bumblebees to reproduce, and rate at which colonies grow, compromised by new sulfoximine-based insecticides

    A new class of pesticides positioned to replace neonicotinoids may be just as harmful to crop-pollinating bees, researchers have warned.

    In experiments, the ability of bumblebees to reproduce, and the rate at which their colonies grow, were both compromised by the new sulfoximine-based insecticides, they reported in the journal Nature.

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    Jailed for abortion: the 15-year-old girl failed by Indonesia

    Jailed for abortion: the 15-year-old girl failed by Indonesia


    A baby found buried in Jambi led to a six-month sentence for the teen who was raped by her brotherFika* gave birth alone in her room at night. The baby came out alive. According to her testimony, the 15-year-old from Sumatra cut the umbilical cord with a...

    A baby found buried in Jambi led to a six-month sentence for the teen who was raped by her brother

    Fika* gave birth alone in her room at night. The baby came out alive.

    According to her testimony, the 15-year-old from Sumatra cut the umbilical cord with a razor and then the baby went limp and died. She held it up, but it didn’t cry.

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    White House revokes security clearance of ex-CIA chief and Trump critic John Brennan

    White House revokes security clearance of ex-CIA chief and Trump critic John Brennan


    Sarah Sanders attacks Brennan’s ‘erratic conduct and behavior’Access to classified information for James Comey under reviewDonald Trump has revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, the CIA director in the Obama administration, citing...

    Sarah Sanders attacks Brennan’s ‘erratic conduct and behavior’
    Access to classified information for James Comey under review

    Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, the CIA director in the Obama administration, citing “erratic conduct and behavior”.

    Brennan has been a vocal critic of Trump.

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    Almost 350 news outlets to publish editorials denouncing Trump's 'dirty war' on press

    Almost 350 news outlets to publish editorials denouncing Trump's 'dirty war' on press


    Participation comes after a push organized by the Boston Globe to run coordinated editorials against Trump’s attacks on the mediaThe Guardian view on the press and Donald Trump: at work, not at warNearly 350 news organizations are set to publish...

    Participation comes after a push organized by the Boston Globe to run coordinated editorials against Trump’s attacks on the media

    The Guardian view on the press and Donald Trump: at work, not at war

    Nearly 350 news organizations are set to publish editorials on Thursday pushing back against Donald Trump’s attacks on the media and defending freedom of the press.

    The publications are participating in a push organized by the Boston Globe to run coordinated editorials denouncing what the paper called a “dirty war against the free press”.

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    Kim Jong-nam murder trial: two suspects await key Malaysia court ruling

    Kim Jong-nam murder trial: two suspects await key Malaysia court ruling


    Judge to decide today if there is enough evidence against Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong A Malaysian judge will deliver a key ruling today in the trial of two women accused of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader,...

    Judge to decide today if there is enough evidence against Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong

    A Malaysian judge will deliver a key ruling today in the trial of two women accused of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, with their families hopeful they will be cleared.

    The court will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to support a murder charge against Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, who are accused of killing Kim at Kuala Lumpur airport in February last year.

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    Brazil's Lula launches presidential bid from jail as thousands march in support

    Brazil's Lula launches presidential bid from jail as thousands march in support


    Lula plans to run again but judges say corruption conviction makes him ineligible – opening door to far-right Jair BolsonaroAs thousands of his supporters rallied in Brazil’s capital city on Wednesday, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva...

    Lula plans to run again but judges say corruption conviction makes him ineligible – opening door to far-right Jair Bolsonaro

    As thousands of his supporters rallied in Brazil’s capital city on Wednesday, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva officially registered his candidacy for October’s presidential election from behind bars.

    Official campaigning in Brazil’s most unpredictable election in decades begins on Friday with almost half the electorate still undecided.

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    Paul Manafort trial: judge hands case to jurors after closing arguments

    Paul Manafort trial: judge hands case to jurors after closing arguments


    Deliberations to begin on Thursday morning in trial of Donald Trump’s former campaign chair on fraud chargesPaul Manafort’s fate is now in a jury’s hands. A Virginia court heard closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of the former Donald Trump...

    Deliberations to begin on Thursday morning in trial of Donald Trump’s former campaign chair on fraud charges

    Paul Manafort’s fate is now in a jury’s hands.

    A Virginia court heard closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman on charges of bank fraud, tax fraud and failure to disclose foreign bank accounts.

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    NRL's coaching merry-go-round at risk of spinning out of control | Nick Tedeschi

    NRL's coaching merry-go-round at risk of spinning out of control | Nick Tedeschi


    At the heart of the dramas at Penrith, Brisbane and Manly is the ageless struggle for power There is more intrigue, rumour, innuendo and “misinformation” surrounding the 16 head coaching jobs in the NRL than there is for palace watchers,...

    At the heart of the dramas at Penrith, Brisbane and Manly is the ageless struggle for power

    There is more intrigue, rumour, innuendo and “misinformation” surrounding the 16 head coaching jobs in the NRL than there is for palace watchers, Kremlinologists and Days Of Our Lives viewers combined. If this was a scripted drama, critics would pan it for its ludicrous and unbelievable plot lines.

    A coach of a top four team and genuine title contender has already been sacked just four weeks out from the finals. It has been strongly speculated that Anthony Griffin was being punted from the Panthers so former coach Ivan Cleary, the father of the current star halfback Nathan, could be courted back by the man who sacked him just three seasons ago.

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    Diego Costa double helps Atlético beat Real Madrid 4-2 in Uefa Super Cup

    Diego Costa double helps Atlético beat Real Madrid 4-2 in Uefa Super Cup


    • Benzema 27, Ramos 63pen; Costa 1 79, Saúl 98, Koke 104• Saúl Ñíguez scores brilliant volley in extra timeReal Madrid began life without Cristiano Ronaldo with an extra-time defeat to bitter rivals Atlético Madrid in the Uefa Super...

    • Benzema 27, Ramos 63pen; Costa 1 79, Saúl 98, Koke 104
    • Saúl Ñíguez scores brilliant volley in extra time

    Real Madrid began life without Cristiano Ronaldo with an extra-time defeat to bitter rivals Atlético Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup.

    Quickfire goals from Saúl Ñíguez and Koke gave Atlético a 4-2 win in Estonia in Real’s first competitive match since their club record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed to join Juventus for £99.2m.

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    Prominent white supremacist scolded on video by his father

    Prominent white supremacist scolded on video by his father


    A livestreamed conversation with Jason Kessler, organizer of Unite the Right, was interrupted by his father when he yelled at Kessler to ‘get out of my room!’A livestreamed conversation with Jason Kessler, a white supremacist rally organizer, was...

    A livestreamed conversation with Jason Kessler, organizer of Unite the Right, was interrupted by his father when he yelled at Kessler to ‘get out of my room!’

    A livestreamed conversation with Jason Kessler, a white supremacist rally organizer, was interrupted when Kessler’s father admonished the 35-year-old on video, and told him to get out of his room.

    Related: 'Hell no': counterprotesters outnumber white supremacists at White House rally

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    Stadium vote opens way for MLS's Crew to move from Columbus to Austin

    Stadium vote opens way for MLS's Crew to move from Columbus to Austin


    Club would move 1,000 miles from current home under planCrew owner keen on Austin, city without major league teamAustin City Council has voted to move ahead with a plan for a new, privately funded stadium on city land sought by the owner of Major League...

    Club would move 1,000 miles from current home under planCrew owner keen on Austin, city without major league team

    Austin City Council has voted to move ahead with a plan for a new, privately funded stadium on city land sought by the owner of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew for a move to Texas.

    Crew owner Anthony Precourt has been courting Austin for a potential move since late 2017 and has sought a deal to build a 20,000-seat stadium on 24 acres of city property in time for the 2021 MLS season. Austin is the largest metropolitan area in the country without a major league sports franchise.

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    Sea life in 'peril' as ocean temperatures hit all-time high in San Diego

    Sea life in 'peril' as ocean temperatures hit all-time high in San Diego


    Between 1982 and 2016, the number of ‘marine heatwaves’ doubled, and likely will become more common and intense as the planet warms, study findsEven the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heatwaves. Off the California coast...

    Between 1982 and 2016, the number of ‘marine heatwaves’ doubled, and likely will become more common and intense as the planet warms, study finds

    Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heatwaves. Off the California coast near San Diego, scientists in early August recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916.

    “Just like we have heatwaves on land, we also have heatwaves in the ocean,” said Art Miller of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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    Lena Dunham marks hysterectomy anniversary with nude photos

    Lena Dunham marks hysterectomy anniversary with nude photos


    Nine months after endometriosis-linked surgery, Dunham says on Instagram: ‘this body is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for’Lena Dunham marked the nine-month anniversary of her undergoing a hysterectomy on Wednesday, by posting a series of...

    Nine months after endometriosis-linked surgery, Dunham says on Instagram: ‘this body is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for’

    Lena Dunham marked the nine-month anniversary of her undergoing a hysterectomy on Wednesday, by posting a series of nude photos to her Instagram.

    In a caption accompanying the photos Dunham, who had her uterus and cervix removed in February to alleviate chronic pain from endometriosis, said she was “mostly healed” and wanted to give thanks “for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for”.

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    'Identity condiments': has millennials' social justice killed mayonnaise?

    'Identity condiments': has millennials' social justice killed mayonnaise?


    Millennials’ mayo aversion apparently has some Americans concerned over changing demographicsIt’s a tough time for mayonnaise. Over the last few decades, foreign condiments have been coming in droves to the US and stealing all the sandwiches. And...

    Millennials’ mayo aversion apparently has some Americans concerned over changing demographics

    It’s a tough time for mayonnaise. Over the last few decades, foreign condiments have been coming in droves to the US and stealing all the sandwiches. And it’s not just the migrants attacking America’s good, old-fashioned nutritional values; the gays are also at it. One of the top items on the Gay Agenda (US edition) is the complete elimination of mayonnaise from the American diet. We have come for your wedding cakes and now we are intent on queering your condiments. If something isn’t done soon, the mayonnaise Americans know and love won’t exist any more. Instead, everyone will be eating politically correct “identity condiments”.

    Please don’t deport the messenger. I did not invent the notion of “identity condiments”, though I rather wish I had – I am simply filling you in on a viral Philadelphia magazine article called How Millennials Killed Mayonnaise. “The inexorable rise of identity condiments has led to hard times for the most American of foodstuffs,” Sandy Hingston writes. “And that’s a shame.”

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    Elizabeth Warren unveils bold new plan to reshape American capitalism

    Elizabeth Warren unveils bold new plan to reshape American capitalism


    Accountable Capitalism Act would bring about ‘fundamental change’, redistribute wealth and give more power to workersElizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator tipped as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, has unveiled new plans for...

    Accountable Capitalism Act would bring about ‘fundamental change’, redistribute wealth and give more power to workers

    Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator tipped as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, has unveiled new plans for legislation aimed at reining in big corporations, redistributing wealth, and giving workers and local communities a bigger say.

    Related: 'We made history': Vermont Democrats nominate US's first transgender candidate for governor

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    'What the hell?' Banksy disavows Moscow exhibition of his work

    'What the hell?' Banksy disavows Moscow exhibition of his work


    Reclusive street artist did not know about show and says he would never charge to see his workThe street artist Banksy has disavowed any support for a popular exhibition of his work in Moscow, saying he would never charge people to see his art.Moscow’s...

    Reclusive street artist did not know about show and says he would never charge to see his work

    The street artist Banksy has disavowed any support for a popular exhibition of his work in Moscow, saying he would never charge people to see his art.

    Moscow’s most controversial exhibition this summer has been an exhibition of Banksy’s graffiti works, including an original canvas of his Mona Lisa and 25 other original works that its organiser Alexander Nachkebiya had called “one of a kind”.

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    Transgender candidate for governor says she’s a rebuke to Trump bigotry

    Transgender candidate for governor says she’s a rebuke to Trump bigotry


    Christine Hallquist, Vermont’s Democratic nominee, says her ‘historic’ victory is a message to Trump, who banned transgender people from serving in the militaryAmerica’s first transgender candidate for governor has hailed her victory as a...

    Christine Hallquist, Vermont’s Democratic nominee, says her ‘historic’ victory is a message to Trump, who banned transgender people from serving in the military

    America’s first transgender candidate for governor has hailed her victory as a “historic moment” and a rebuke to Donald Trump’s “targeting of marginalized communities”.

    Christine Hallquist, who won the Democratic primary for Vermont governor on Tuesday night, told the Guardian she was stunned by the margin of her victory – and said her win could point the way for Democratic success in rural America.

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    Photographic memory: Pete Souza trolls Trump with just the right Obama photos

    Photographic memory: Pete Souza trolls Trump with just the right Obama photos


    The official White House photographer during the Obama administration uses social media to juxtapose the two presidentsPete Souza, the official White House photographer during the Obama years, has carved out a new role for himself he seems to be enjoying...

    The official White House photographer during the Obama administration uses social media to juxtapose the two presidents

    Pete Souza, the official White House photographer during the Obama years, has carved out a new role for himself he seems to be enjoying almost as much as taking photographs: trolling Donald Trump.

    Ever since the 45th president took office, Souza has used his impressive archive of White House photography and snarky tone to snipe at him via social media.

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    Jalen Ramsey attacks 'trash' NFL QBs but admits Brady 'doesn't suck'

    Jalen Ramsey attacks 'trash' NFL QBs but admits Brady 'doesn't suck'


    Cornerback unimpressed by Bills rookie Josh AllenJaguars All-Pro doubts Colin Kaepernick will return to NFLJalen Ramsey, a player famed for his trash talking, has given a lengthy deconstruction of NFL quarterbacks, much of it uncomplimentary.The...

    Cornerback unimpressed by Bills rookie Josh AllenJaguars All-Pro doubts Colin Kaepernick will return to NFL

    Jalen Ramsey, a player famed for his trash talking, has given a lengthy deconstruction of NFL quarterbacks, much of it uncomplimentary.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback was particularly withering about a player who has yet to appear in a regular-season game, Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills. “I think Allen is trash,” Ramsey told GQ in a lengthy interview. “I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell. I hope he’s their starting quarterback ... [During his college career] he never beat a big school. If you look at his games against big schools, it was always hella interceptions, hella turnovers. It’s like: Yo, if you’re this good, why couldn’t you do better?” He believes Eli Manning only looks good because of his talented wide receiver Odell Beckham.

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    Not enough fish: woman successfully sues dating agency over lack of men

    Not enough fish: woman successfully sues dating agency over lack of men


    Seventy Thirty misled Tereza Burki on true number of male members, judge rulesA divorcee seeking a wealthy boyfriend has won £13,100 in damages from an elite dating agency after it failed to introduce her to the match she hoped would be “possibly the...

    Seventy Thirty misled Tereza Burki on true number of male members, judge rules

    A divorcee seeking a wealthy boyfriend has won £13,100 in damages from an elite dating agency after it failed to introduce her to the match she hoped would be “possibly the man of my dreams, the father of my child”.

    Tereza Burki had sued Seventy Thirty, based in Knightsbridge, central London, for deceit and misrepresentation. On Wednesday the high court ruled it had misled the businesswoman about its “exclusive” membership.

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    The soaraway super-rich shame British politics – and our politicians | Anne Perkins

    The soaraway super-rich shame British politics – and our politicians | Anne Perkins


    Pay for the top 1% is growing at astounding levels, and an American-style approach to business is making it worseJeff Fairburn, who is chief executive of the housebuilding company Persimmon, is now a legend in the fur-lined world of fat cattery; with a...

    Pay for the top 1% is growing at astounding levels, and an American-style approach to business is making it worse

    Jeff Fairburn, who is chief executive of the housebuilding company Persimmon, is now a legend in the fur-lined world of fat cattery; with a £47.1m pay package in 2017, he has outstripped previous title holder Sir Martin Sorrell, who in 2016 had a pay package of £41m, reduced by 71% last year, shortly before his departure from WPP, to a mere £14m. Persimmon is foremost among the outriders in the High Pay Centre’s latest survey of the remuneration of top executives in FTSE 100 companies, but the median increase – excluding outliers – is still 11%.

    If Persimmon and the industrial turnaround specialist Melrose, the other extreme case, whose chief executive Simon Peckham got an eye-widening £42.8m – were included in the High Pay Centre’s calculations, then the mean rise in top pay would have been 23%, taking the average to £5.7m. Top-earning bosses are paid 145 times the pay of their average employee. Most ordinary workers are lucky if their pay has kept up with inflation.

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    Will a second referendum be just another Brexit fantasy? | Martin Kettle

    Will a second referendum be just another Brexit fantasy? | Martin Kettle


    Support is growing for a People’s Vote. It could backfire spectacularlyAt every turn, the politics of the Brexit process have been riddled with disastrous illusions: the referendum would settle the issue once and for all; leaving would mean a cash...

    Support is growing for a People’s Vote. It could backfire spectacularly

    At every turn, the politics of the Brexit process have been riddled with disastrous illusions: the referendum would settle the issue once and for all; leaving would mean a cash harvest for the NHS; an early general election would give the government a mandate; no deal would be better than a bad deal; as Brexit neared, the country would come together.

    It was all wishful thinking, as most illusions are. We are now up to our collective necks in the consequences. Most of the wishfulness was on the side of the leavers and of the two most recent Conservative leaders. Now, though, it is the remainers who have to ask themselves whether they, in their turn, are not falling for another Brexit illusion – this time in the shape of a second referendum, or the so-called People’s Vote.

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    Turkish lira rallies as Qatar makes $15bn loan pledge

    Turkish lira rallies as Qatar makes $15bn loan pledge


    Ankara officials will channel money ‘into Turkey’s financial markets and banks’Turkey’s beleagured currency has bounced back from record lows after Qatar pledged to shore up the banking sector’s shaky finances with loans worth $15bn...

    Ankara officials will channel money ‘into Turkey’s financial markets and banks’

    Turkey’s beleagured currency has bounced back from record lows after Qatar pledged to shore up the banking sector’s shaky finances with loans worth $15bn (£11.8bn).

    A week after a diplomatic spat with the US sent the lira into a tailspin, the agreement with Qatar was calculated to help Turkey avoid having to ask the International Monetary Fund for emergency funding.

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    England’s Danny Cipriani arrested in Jersey after nightclub incident

    England’s Danny Cipriani arrested in Jersey after nightclub incident


    • Gloucester back faces fives charges including assaulting police• Cipriani will appear before magistrates on ThursdayThe England rugby union international Danny Cipriani faces a battle to save his career after he was arrested and hit with five...

    • Gloucester back faces fives charges including assaulting police
    • Cipriani will appear before magistrates on Thursday

    The England rugby union international Danny Cipriani faces a battle to save his career after he was arrested and hit with five charges including assaulting police following a nightclub incident while on Gloucester’s pre-season tour in St Helier.

    Cipriani, who has just joined Gloucester having fought his way back into the England picture, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at magistrates court on Thursday morning. Jersey police have confirmed that Cipriani has been charged with common assault, larceny, assault on police, resisting arrest and disorderly on licensed premises following the incident which took place at 2am on Wednesday morning in the Jersey capital.

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    Hottest of 'ultra-hot' planets is so hot its air contains vaporised metal

    Hottest of 'ultra-hot' planets is so hot its air contains vaporised metal


    The temperature on Kelt-9b is 4,000C and its atmosphere contains iron and titanium vapours, say astronomersNew observations of the hottest known planet have revealed temperatures similar to those typically seen at the surface of a star, as well as an...

    The temperature on Kelt-9b is 4,000C and its atmosphere contains iron and titanium vapours, say astronomers

    New observations of the hottest known planet have revealed temperatures similar to those typically seen at the surface of a star, as well as an atmosphere of vaporised iron and titanium.

    The findings add to the diverse and, in some cases, extreme conditions seen on planets far beyond our own solar system.

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    Italy bridge collapse: furious ministers blame highways firm

    Italy bridge collapse: furious ministers blame highways firm


    Ministers attacks Genoa bridge operator Autostrade per l’Italia as accounts of survival emergeFurious ministers from Italy’s coalition government have rounded on the company that manages the country’s motorways, as authorities struggled to quell...

    Ministers attacks Genoa bridge operator Autostrade per l’Italia as accounts of survival emerge

    Furious ministers from Italy’s coalition government have rounded on the company that manages the country’s motorways, as authorities struggled to quell growing anger over the bridge collapse in Genoa on Tuesday that killed 39 people.

    A vast span of the Morandi bridge caved in during a heavy rainstorm in the northern port city, sending about 35 cars and several trucks plunging 45 metres (150ft) on to railway tracks below. A 12-month state of emergency has been declared in the region.

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    The big exodus: why are young English players moving abroad? | Ed Aarons

    The big exodus: why are young English players moving abroad? | Ed Aarons


    Jonathan Panzo’s decision to swap Chelsea for Monaco is the latest example of a promising English prospect seeking first-team football abroad rather than at the club that nurtured himIan Rush blames it all on Kenny Dalglish. “I didn’t actually say...

    Jonathan Panzo’s decision to swap Chelsea for Monaco is the latest example of a promising English prospect seeking first-team football abroad rather than at the club that nurtured him

    Ian Rush blames it all on Kenny Dalglish. “I didn’t actually say Italy was ‘like living in a foreign country’,” insisted the former Liverpool striker in an interview in 2016. “When he re-signed me, a reporter asked me, ‘Why have you come back?’ Kenny quipped, ‘He said it was like playing in a foreign country’. He’s got a lot to answer for.”

    But while Rush would be the first to admit Juventus supporters did not see the best of him during his solitary season in Italy in 1987 as he struggled with a new language and culture, the next generation of young British players are taking the plunge and heading overseas in search of opportunities to play.

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    Why Instagram’s ‘outfit of the day’ hashtag is bad for fashion – and bad for the soul

    Why Instagram’s ‘outfit of the day’ hashtag is bad for fashion – and bad for the soul


    There are already 2m of these posts, which showcase new outfits. The ‘snap and send back’ culture is risky, warns activist Caryn FranklinAlmost one in 10 Britons say they buy clothes online just to post an image on social media, before sending them...

    There are already 2m of these posts, which showcase new outfits. The ‘snap and send back’ culture is risky, warns activist Caryn Franklin

    Almost one in 10 Britons say they buy clothes online just to post an image on social media, before sending them back immediately for a refund; among those aged 35 to 44, this rises to nearly one in five.

    Barclaycard, which commissioned the new research, says this trend to “snap and send back” is on the rise, in part thanks to the hashtag “outfit of the day” (#OOTD). Here, Instagrammers upload a picture of themselves to showcase what they are wearing – in a bedroom, on a beach or on the streets – and the hugely popular hashtag has more than 2m posts.

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    Why axing Chris Pine would be a very bad idea for the Star Trek films

    Why axing Chris Pine would be a very bad idea for the Star Trek films


    Risking the cast’s chemistry by hiring a new Captain Kirk may be boldly going way too farThere are moments in USS Callister, the 2017 Black Mirror episode that riffs furiously on Star Trek and gamer geekery, that might tempt us to wonder if the makers...

    Risking the cast’s chemistry by hiring a new Captain Kirk may be boldly going way too far

    There are moments in USS Callister, the 2017 Black Mirror episode that riffs furiously on Star Trek and gamer geekery, that might tempt us to wonder if the makers of the new series of films (starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk) might have considered Jesse Plemons for the role instead. For while Pine has charisma in spades and a confident twinkle in the eye that recalls William Shatner at his best, Plemons is rather better at nailing the Canadian actor’s habit of slipping into knowing, smug braggadocio when the Klingons have been defeated for the umpteenth time.

    Casting the star of Breaking Bad and Fargo as James T might be a little like the makers of James Bond deciding to hire Johnny English’s Rowan Atkinson as the new 007. But far worse casting decisions have been made in the halls of Hollywood over the decades – let’s hope we shouldn’t be girding our loins for another now that Pine has been revealed to be in a pay dispute with Paramount Pictures about his future in Star Trek.

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    Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne could miss three months with injury

    Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne could miss three months with injury


    • Belgian sent for tests on right knee after injury in training• Extent of problem is not yet known, say Manchester CityManchester City fear Kevin De Bruyne could be sidelined for up to three months after the midfielder sustained a knee injury in...

    • Belgian sent for tests on right knee after injury in training
    • Extent of problem is not yet known, say Manchester City

    Manchester City fear Kevin De Bruyne could be sidelined for up to three months after the midfielder sustained a knee injury in training on Wednesday morning.

    The Belgium international was immediately sent for tests on suspected ligament damage but later appeared with his teammates in Manchester at the premiere of All or Nothing, a documentary about last season’s champions to be aired on Amazon Prime, on crutches and with his right knee heavily strapped.

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    'We're part of a greater movement': Hollywood finally gives Asian stories a spotlight

    'We're part of a greater movement': Hollywood finally gives Asian stories a spotlight


    With the release of Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the creatives involved talk about the importance of representation and the pressure that comes with itIt feels like this week, in many ways, will be seen as something of a...

    With the release of Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the creatives involved talk about the importance of representation and the pressure that comes with it

    It feels like this week, in many ways, will be seen as something of a litmus test for Hollywood with both Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before heading from the bookstore to the screen. Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of Rachel, an NYU professor who travels with her boyfriend to Singapore and learns he’s actually the son of the richest family on the island. To All the Boys … is set to debut on Netflix and is about Lara Jean, a teen romantic who discovers her private love letters have been mailed to their recipients. They’re both relatable, whip-smart protagonists, and they both happen to be Asian.

    Related: Crazy Rich Asians review – glossy romcom is a vital crowd-pleaser

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    Lick and it’s gone: Fendi’s designer ice-cream

    Lick and it’s gone: Fendi’s designer ice-cream


    Fashion and food may be uneasy bedfellows, but if the Italian luxury brand’s bags are built to last, these lollies take minutes to consume These days in fashion, you can’t move for logos. As common as a floral print, yet not nearly as genteel, they...

    Fashion and food may be uneasy bedfellows, but if the Italian luxury brand’s bags are built to last, these lollies take minutes to consume

    These days in fashion, you can’t move for logos. As common as a floral print, yet not nearly as genteel, they are the quickest way to turn the wearer into a massive advert. In the last few years, they have been found a new home on all sorts of incongruous non-fashion items. Some of these have made commercial sense, such as logo lighters. Similarly, to an extent, Tom Ford made sex cool again in a 2003 advert when he shaved the Gucci emblem into a model’s topiary.

    Then there’s food and, in this instance, an ice-cream lolly with the Italian label Fendi’s double F logo stamped on one side – hilariously implying that a significant number of fashion people actually eat.

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    Trainers rave about ‘fasted’ gym sessions – but do they really help you lose weight?

    Trainers rave about ‘fasted’ gym sessions – but do they really help you lose weight?


    Experts have been touting the benefits of exercising on an empty stomach for years. But a pre-workout bowl of porridge may be a better optionIn recent years, trainers and celebrities have bought into the trend for “fasted” gym sessions – skipping...

    Experts have been touting the benefits of exercising on an empty stomach for years. But a pre-workout bowl of porridge may be a better option

    In recent years, trainers and celebrities have bought into the trend for “fasted” gym sessions – skipping breakfast when hitting the treadmill before work, particularly when the primary exercise goal is weight loss.

    The rationale behind exercising on an empty stomach is that your blood sugar and glycogen levels fall when you fast. In theory, exercising in this state should force your body into a ketogenic state where, having exhausted carbohydrate reserves, it starts to burn fat.

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    EU rebuffs idea of escalating Brexit talks to leaders' summit

    EU rebuffs idea of escalating Brexit talks to leaders' summit


    Officials dismiss hopes that May could break deadlock by negotiating with states directly European officials have poured cold water on hopes that Theresa May could negotiate Brexit with other EU leaders in September to break the deadlock over Britain’s...

    Officials dismiss hopes that May could break deadlock by negotiating with states directly

    European officials have poured cold water on hopes that Theresa May could negotiate Brexit with other EU leaders in September to break the deadlock over Britain’s departure.

    Diplomatic sources have rejected suggestions that May could hold direct talks on Brexit with the 27 other EU heads of state and government at a summit in Salzburg next month.

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    Punk's not dead? How Vans Warped tour jumped the shark

    Punk's not dead? How Vans Warped tour jumped the shark


    The festival defined noughties pop-punk and united America’s outcasts – but as it shuts for ever, we ask: did it fail to champion diversity?The sun is blazing mercilessly in Columbia, Maryland, on a Sunday in July. It is not yet noon, and the nasal...

    The festival defined noughties pop-punk and united America’s outcasts – but as it shuts for ever, we ask: did it fail to champion diversity?

    The sun is blazing mercilessly in Columbia, Maryland, on a Sunday in July. It is not yet noon, and the nasal singer of a jet-black metalcore band is crying out: “Will you miss me when I’m gooone?” Already this weekend, I have seen hair-dye jobs in impossibly electric hues of bubblegum pink and highlighter-pen lime. I have seen ripped fishnets and Tim Burton mini-backpacks and earlobes stretched as big as the rims of drinking glasses. I have perused the wares of outfitters called Mall Goth Trash and Sad Boys Club. I can confirm that the campaigns to “Stay Positive and Hail Satan” and ensure that “Ska’s Not Dead!” have endured in some corners of America.

    I am on my third consecutive day inside the misfit carnival that is Vans Warped tour, which, after 24 years, finished its final run as a national touring festival last week. While American festivals such as Lollapalooza have long retired their caravans and turned into annual fixed-site weekenders, Warped persevered as a roving punk-themed circus. The brand will probably continue with abbreviated tours, says Kevin Lyman, its founder. An exhibition about Warped’s history will open next year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. But it is the end of an era for the generation who invented “mall punk”.

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    Celebrities! You’re on a yacht with your kids – stop pretending they have a normal life | Hadley Freeman

    Celebrities! You’re on a yacht with your kids – stop pretending they have a normal life | Hadley Freeman


    A-listers love talking about their down-to-earth children, but paparazzi holiday photos tell a different storyI’m going away next week with my kids. What holidays are the fashionable children taking this year? Diane, by emailI’ve been thinking a lot...

    A-listers love talking about their down-to-earth children, but paparazzi holiday photos tell a different story

    I’m going away next week with my kids. What holidays are the fashionable children taking this year? Diane, by email

    I’ve been thinking a lot about kids on holiday because I have spent a lot of time recently looking at photos of celebrities’ children on holidays. Has it always been thus? I’m not so sure that it has. I don’t remember seeing photos of, say, Kenny G’s kids on holiday in the 90s, and yet I could now give you a detailed breakdown of John Legend’s kids’ holiday wardrobes. (Is it wrong to compare Legend to Kenny G? But they both make wedding dance music and have daft surnames! Fine, I admit it, I don’t get the appeal of Legend’s music – not, of course, that this has stopped me from devoting thousands of hours of my life to his Instagram feed, and that of his wife.)

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    Ben Stokes has embarrassed the ECB? Usually it doesn’t need anyone’s help | Marina Hyde

    Ben Stokes has embarrassed the ECB? Usually it doesn’t need anyone’s help | Marina Hyde


    The all-rounder’s court case may be over but the England and Wales Cricket Board’s handling of this affair doubtless has a few more embarrassing twists and turns to take yetI am relieved to learn that the not guilty verdict in the Ben Stokes affray...

    The all-rounder’s court case may be over but the England and Wales Cricket Board’s handling of this affair doubtless has a few more embarrassing twists and turns to take yet

    I am relieved to learn that the not guilty verdict in the Ben Stokes affray trial has ended what has been widely acknowledged as a period of awkwardness for the England and Wales Cricket Board. “ECB’s embarrassment over after Stokes cleared,” declared Sky News.

    Newly unembarrassed – or found not guilty, if you prefer, of being embarrassing – the ECB moved swiftly after the verdict to issue a statement. “Ben Stokes will now join the England squad for the third Specsavers Test against India,” this ran, “which starts at Trent Bridge on Saturday.” There was, however, a small caveat. “Considerable detail has been heard in this week-long court case,” they explained, “and, in due course, there will be a range of matters for the Board to fully consider.”

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    Seriously ill Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson

    Seriously ill Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson


    Singer’s nephew says family and friends ‘trying to keep her spirits up’ as she receives hospice care at homeStevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson are among those to visit the seriously ill soul singer Aretha Franklin, who is close to the end of her life...

    Singer’s nephew says family and friends ‘trying to keep her spirits up’ as she receives hospice care at home

    Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson are among those to visit the seriously ill soul singer Aretha Franklin, who is close to the end of her life and receiving hospice care at home, according to reports this week.

    Her nephew Tim Franklin said at the weekend she was “alert, talking, laughing, joking” and that relatives were “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there … We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she will pull through it, and that’s the important thing.”

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    Child drownings in Germany linked to parents' phone ‘fixation’

    Child drownings in Germany linked to parents' phone ‘fixation’


    Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away, after more than 300 people drowned this yearGerman lifeguards have issued a warning that a growing number of child drownings this summer are linked to their parents’ obsession with mobile phones.More than 300...

    Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away, after more than 300 people drowned this year

    German lifeguards have issued a warning that a growing number of child drownings this summer are linked to their parents’ obsession with mobile phones.

    More than 300 people have drowned in Germany this year, with hardly a day passing during the current heatwave when a swimmer has not died.

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    Khalid Dahbi’s recipe for chermoula hake with grilled courgettes

    Khalid Dahbi’s recipe for chermoula hake with grilled courgettes


    This Moroccan-inspired recipe showcases hake, a great alternative to cod, and late-summer vegetablesHake is my favourite fish from the Atlantic – my father used to walk me down to the Saturday fish markets in Rabat, Morocco, looking for the best catch....

    This Moroccan-inspired recipe showcases hake, a great alternative to cod, and late-summer vegetables

    Hake is my favourite fish from the Atlantic – my father used to walk me down to the Saturday fish markets in Rabat, Morocco, looking for the best catch. This dish reminds me of my family home, the country I grew up in and the time when my passion for cooking first began to grow. I still love finding the best produce and marinating the fish in this robust chermoula marinade to serve with grilled courgettes.

    Serves: 2
    Prep time: 20 mins
    Cooking time: 6 mins

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    For Corbyn, precision and honesty are the way out of this wreath mess | Jonathan Freedland

    For Corbyn, precision and honesty are the way out of this wreath mess | Jonathan Freedland


    Controversies such as the wreath row will keep happening unless the Labour leader defends himself candidly and in fullJeremy Corbyn did an event in Stoke last night, and a reporter interviewed some of the 400 or so supporters who had turned out to hear...

    Controversies such as the wreath row will keep happening unless the Labour leader defends himself candidly and in full

    Jeremy Corbyn did an event in Stoke last night, and a reporter interviewed some of the 400 or so supporters who had turned out to hear him. Among other things, Lewis Goodall of Sky News sought their views on “wreathgate”, the ongoing row about the ceremony Corbyn attended in Tunis in 2014. “Everyone we spoke to agreed,” Goodall wrote afterwards. “Corbyn is being smeared, Labour does not have a problem with antisemitism and that the whole thing is largely concocted by the media and Tories.”

    One of the more useful phrases of our time is “tribal epistemology”, the notion that what people know is increasingly linked to the group they identify with. The wreath row has been a case in point. There is no single, agreed set of facts on which the various sides hold different opinions. Instead, among those most heatedly involved, the facts or evidence people see and don’t see depend on their tribal or factional affiliation.

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    Why Ethiopia's running success is about more than poverty and altitude

    Why Ethiopia's running success is about more than poverty and altitude


    The strong record of the country’s athletes is often attributed to these factors, but hard work, planning and creativity play a key roleIt is 3.15am and I have just woken from a fitful four-hour sleep. I am already wearing running shorts and I quickly...

    The strong record of the country’s athletes is often attributed to these factors, but hard work, planning and creativity play a key role

    It is 3.15am and I have just woken from a fitful four-hour sleep. I am already wearing running shorts and I quickly pull on a T-shirt and step outside. It is pitch black and my breath turns to mist in the cold air. Fasil is washing his face at the outdoor tap. He has a night off his job guarding a half-constructed building and is staying with Hailye. He beams, clearly surprised that I kept my word about joining them for this session. “Ante farenj aydellum,” he says. “Jegenna neh”; you’re no foreigner, you’re a hero.

    We jog slowly to Kidane Mehret church and down the asphalt hill in silence before Hailye turns, crosses himself and leads our first run up the hill. The only light comes from the occasional bare bulb hanging outside a kiosk. By the seventh or eighth rep, I have learned that the hilltop comes faster if you watch your feet, not the summit. After an hour, Hailye stops. “Buka,” he says. Enough. As we jog home, he tells me: “Now you should have a cold shower outside and then you should sleep. That’s going to be the most wonderful sleep.”

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    America's hottest export? Sperm

    America's hottest export? Sperm


    An American and a Danish company dominate the global sperm market – and both claim their supply is biggestElla Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a...

    An American and a Danish company dominate the global sperm market – and both claim their supply is biggest

    Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hysterectomy. After several years, the nudges took hold. Because she wasn’t a good candidate to freeze only her eggs, she was advised to undergo IVF and freeze fertilized embryos.

    Related: My IVF life: the fake ass, the trigger shot and how I decided to get pregnant

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    Nicki Minaj ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels accuses her of stabbing him

    Nicki Minaj ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels accuses her of stabbing him


    The New York rapper responded by saying Samuels was lying, and alleging he stole her credit card, which he deniesNicki Minaj has been accused by her ex-partner Safaree Samuels of stabbing him in a domestic abuse incident.Samuels wrote on Twitter:...

    The New York rapper responded by saying Samuels was lying, and alleging he stole her credit card, which he denies

    Nicki Minaj has been accused by her ex-partner Safaree Samuels of stabbing him in a domestic abuse incident.

    Samuels wrote on Twitter: “Remember the night you cut me and I almost died the police and ambulance had to take me out the crib on a stretcher. I had to lie and tell them I was trying to kill myself so they wouldn’t take you to jail. When things like that start happening more than once it’s time to dip.” He isn’t pressing charges over the alleged incident, adding: “You know what I still don’t have no hate for you cuz I’m happy in my own mind now.”

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    Sydney's bushfire season starts in winter: 'We may have to rethink how we live'

    Sydney's bushfire season starts in winter: 'We may have to rethink how we live'


    Hotter, drier summers in Australia mean longer fire seasons – and urban sprawl into bushland is putting more people at risk At first the smoke on the horizon “didn’t look like anything major,” says Joe Mercieca of that day in 2013. But then the...

    Hotter, drier summers in Australia mean longer fire seasons – and urban sprawl into bushland is putting more people at risk

    At first the smoke on the horizon “didn’t look like anything major,” says Joe Mercieca of that day in 2013. But then the wind picked up.

    His house in the Blue Mountains, an hour and a half out of Sydney, was soon surrounded by the blaze. “I told my wife it was too late, let’s retreat,” he says. Mercieca, Merylese and their dog took shelter in the concrete fire bunker they had built beneath their house. “We sat in there and listened to everything explode.”

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    Outrage at Disney casting Jack Whitehall to play a gay character is misguided

    Outrage at Disney casting Jack Whitehall to play a gay character is misguided


    Not very long ago, a gay character leading a Disney film would have been unthinkable. Let’s give this moment the celebration it deservesDisney’s new film will feature a gay character – for the first time ever in the company’s history.To have read...

    Not very long ago, a gay character leading a Disney film would have been unthinkable. Let’s give this moment the celebration it deserves

    Disney’s new film will feature a gay character – for the first time ever in the company’s history.

    To have read that statement when I was a closeted, confused 13-year-old boy would have had such an impact.

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    'Tenants on our own land': New Zealand bans sale of homes to foreign buyers

    'Tenants on our own land': New Zealand bans sale of homes to foreign buyers


    Law aims to boost housing affordability after prices in some areas rise by over 75%The New Zealand government has banned the sale of existing homes to foreign buyers, saying New Zealanders were sick of being “tenants in our own land”.Associate...

    Law aims to boost housing affordability after prices in some areas rise by over 75%

    The New Zealand government has banned the sale of existing homes to foreign buyers, saying New Zealanders were sick of being “tenants in our own land”.

    Associate minister of finance David Parker said the ban would mean housing would become more affordable for locals, and supply would increase.

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    Humanist weddings are the antidote to out-of-touch marriage ceremonies | Vonny Leclerc

    Humanist weddings are the antidote to out-of-touch marriage ceremonies | Vonny Leclerc


    Civil ceremonies are dry, while traditional weddings symbolise intolerance. I’m choosing the more people-centred option“Good morning/afternoon and welcome to [venue’s name]. My name is [blank], and I have been authorised by the registrar general...

    Civil ceremonies are dry, while traditional weddings symbolise intolerance. I’m choosing the more people-centred option

    “Good morning/afternoon and welcome to [venue’s name]. My name is [blank], and I have been authorised by the registrar general for Scotland to conduct civil marriage ceremonies in the district of [blank].”

    Planning our civil ceremony was as special as filling in a tax return. There was little magic in the photocopied wedding booklet, on cheap blue paper, with options to circle like a hospital menu. The song we picked was rejected because it said “God” in it, so we had to find something else. When standing in front of 100 friends and family, being married by someone with all the zeal of a headmaster giving out a punishment exercise, I started to have my doubts about weddings.

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    What would a heat-proof city look like?

    What would a heat-proof city look like?


    Cities are already up to 10C hotter than surrounding areas. As temperatures rise, here are four ways to cool cities down – saving both lives and energyIf you’ve felt uncomfortably hot in a city this summer, chances are it’s not just because of the...

    Cities are already up to 10C hotter than surrounding areas. As temperatures rise, here are four ways to cool cities down – saving both lives and energy

    If you’ve felt uncomfortably hot in a city this summer, chances are it’s not just because of the weather. Look around any urban centre and you’ll see the built environment itself exacerbates summer temperatures.

    Vehicles stuck in traffic emitting heat. Airconditioners pumping waste heat into the air. Concrete and asphalt across almost every surface, absorbing and radiating the sun’s rays. Urban canyons formed between tall buildings, trapping heat at the street level.

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    Happy together: lonely baby boomers turn to co-housing

    Happy together: lonely baby boomers turn to co-housing


    For older people, co-housing offers a sense of community without losing independence When Rose Mark retired from being a teacher, she and her husband decided to leave their bustling San Francisco neighbourhood to find somewhere they would feel safer. One...

    For older people, co-housing offers a sense of community without losing independence

    When Rose Mark retired from being a teacher, she and her husband decided to leave their bustling San Francisco neighbourhood to find somewhere they would feel safer. One problem: the booming local tech scene had turbocharged demand for homes, and they found themselves outbid time and again.

    As well as security, Mark craved a connection with her neighbours. Previously, she would be lucky to get a quick “hi” on the street. “I’m very friendly. I’ve lived in many different neighbourhoods in San Francisco,” she says. “I’d try to make friends but there wasn’t a sense of community.”

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    We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised | George Monbiot

    We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised | George Monbiot


    It’s not that we’re eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower. The shaming of overweight people has to stopWhen I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured...

    It’s not that we’re eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower. The shaming of overweight people has to stop

    When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago, appeared to show an alien race. Almost everyone was slim. I mentioned it on social media, then went on holiday. When I returned, I found that people were still debating it. The heated discussion prompted me to read more. How have we grown so fat, so fast? To my astonishment, almost every explanation proposed in the thread turned out to be untrue.

    Related: At last, a sound plan to tackle obesity. The food industry must not ruin it | Sarah Boseley

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    'Mum, I was tricked': my daughter, the Kim Jong-nam murder suspect

    'Mum, I was tricked': my daughter, the Kim Jong-nam murder suspect


    As judge prepares key ruling, Siti Aisyah’s mother recounts her daughter’s journey from aspiring TV star to suspected tool of North Korean regimeIn the beginning, there were a few times that Benah pretended not to know her daughter, Siti Aisyah. She...

    As judge prepares key ruling, Siti Aisyah’s mother recounts her daughter’s journey from aspiring TV star to suspected tool of North Korean regime

    In the beginning, there were a few times that Benah pretended not to know her daughter, Siti Aisyah. She just couldn’t face the questions.

    One day while Benah was visiting the doctor in town the receptionist recognised the name of her sleepy Javanese village, Rancasumur – a name popularised by the nightly news. “How far away is your house from Siti’s?” the receptionist asked, leaning in conspiratorially. “Oh, it’s far,” replied Benah, “I don’t even know her.”

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    'In Trump world everyone lies,' says Omarosa Manigault Newman – video

    'In Trump world everyone lies,' says Omarosa Manigault Newman – video


    Omarosa Manigault Newman has revealed on CBS This Morning a third tape that she claims is a recording of  a 2016 conference call among Donald Trump's campaign aides discussing how to address potential fallout from the release of tapes that allegedly...

    Omarosa Manigault Newman has revealed on CBS This Morning a third tape that she claims is a recording of  a 2016 conference call among Donald Trump's campaign aides discussing how to address potential fallout from the release of tapes that allegedly showed Trump using the N-word. The aides had previously denied that any such conversations had taken place. On Monday, Trump denied claims of racism and said Manigault Newman was a liar for claiming he used the N-word: 'I don’t have that word in my vocabulary and never have. She made it up.'

    Trump campaign sues Omarosa hours after president calls her 'that dog'
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    Aquarius: onboard the migrant rescue ship – photographic diary 1

    Aquarius: onboard the migrant rescue ship – photographic diary 1


    The Aquarius is a special-purpose ship chartered by SOS Méditerranée, a European maritime and humanitarian organisation, and Médecins Sans Frontières to rescue migrants and refugees in trouble at sea. Photographer Nicoló Lanfranchi joined the crew...

    The Aquarius is a special-purpose ship chartered by SOS Méditerranée, a European maritime and humanitarian organisation, and Médecins Sans Frontières to rescue migrants and refugees in trouble at sea.

    Photographer Nicoló Lanfranchi joined the crew onboard to chart the progress of the mission, which began in Marseille and will head to the Libyan coast. This is his first dispatch.

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    Creatures of the cold: the Antarctic photography exhibition – in pictures

    Creatures of the cold: the Antarctic photography exhibition – in pictures


    The annual exhibition, which is part of Hobart’s Antarctica festival is back on with its chilly, majestic imagery. The winner this year is Sydney’s Sam Edmonds with his striking photo of a gentoo penguin in the snow. The show is currently being...

    The annual exhibition, which is part of Hobart’s Antarctica festival is back on with its chilly, majestic imagery. The winner this year is Sydney’s Sam Edmonds with his striking photo of a gentoo penguin in the snow. The show is currently being exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s Basement Bond Store Gallery.

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    Genoa motorway bridge collapse caught on camera – video report

    Genoa motorway bridge collapse caught on camera – video report


    At least 20 people have been killed after a motorway bridge collapsed in torrential rain in the northern Italian port city of Genoa. An 80-metre section of the bridge, including one set of the supports that tower above it, crashed down on to the roof...

    At least 20 people have been killed after a motorway bridge collapsed in torrential rain in the northern Italian port city of Genoa. An 80-metre section of the bridge, including one set of the supports that tower above it, crashed down on to the roof of a factory and other buildings, crushing at least one lorry and plunging huge slabs of concrete into the river below

    Genoa bridge collapse: at least 22 killed, Italian minister says
    Aftermath of motorway bridge collapse in Genoa – videoAerial footage shows scale of destruction after Genoa bridge collapse – videoContinue reading...
    More synthetic bamboo! The greatest preset sounds in pop music

    More synthetic bamboo! The greatest preset sounds in pop music


    Christine and the Queens has been criticised for using prefabricated loops from software, rather than coming up with new sounds herself. But from Kate Bush to Kendrick Lamar, these presets are actually the foundation of modern popChristine and the Queens...

    Christine and the Queens has been criticised for using prefabricated loops from software, rather than coming up with new sounds herself. But from Kate Bush to Kendrick Lamar, these presets are actually the foundation of modern pop

    Christine and the Queens has become embroiled in an extraordinary controversy in her native France. In June, two listeners published separate videos to YouTube identifying the generic music samples – from recording and music creation software Logic Pro – that appear in her recent single, Girlfriend, and accused leader Chris (born Héloïse Letissier) of being a “scammer” and an “imposter”.

    The issue persisted in France sufficiently that yesterday Chris issued a statement. In French, she explained: “If on Damn dis-moi [the French name for Girlfriend] I sampled some royalty-free loops, it was to deliberately search for a generic reference sound that I could pervert from the inside. I wasn’t worried about doing it and I would happily do it again if another song justified it.”

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    The Perseid meteor shower - in pictures

    The Perseid meteor shower - in pictures


    The Perseid meteor shower has been spotted across Europe, the US and Canada. Darker skies have created a spectacular show. The annual occurrence can be seen until the 24 August, but peaked on 11-13 August Continue...

    The Perseid meteor shower has been spotted across Europe, the US and Canada. Darker skies have created a spectacular show. The annual occurrence can be seen until the 24 August, but peaked on 11-13 August

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    The bohemian world of Venice Beach – in pictures

    The bohemian world of Venice Beach – in pictures


    After Disneyland, Venice Beach is the second largest tourist attraction in southern California and over a three-year period, photographer Dotan Saguy captured the artists, bodybuilders, musicians, vendors and homeless people who made up the diverse...

    After Disneyland, Venice Beach is the second largest tourist attraction in southern California and over a three-year period, photographer Dotan Saguy captured the artists, bodybuilders, musicians, vendors and homeless people who made up the diverse community. With gentrification creeping in, his work, documented in a book and an exhibition at the Venice Arts Gallery in Los Angeles, acts as a snapshot of a way of life that might fade away

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    'Fighting to love freely': counterprotesters dwarf white supremacy rally at White House – video

    'Fighting to love freely': counterprotesters dwarf white supremacy rally at White House – video


    More than 1,000 counterprotesters gathered near the White House in Washington DC on Sunday to rally against a scheduled Unite the Right rally.  The demonstration was held on the first anniversary of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville,...

    More than 1,000 counterprotesters gathered near the White House in Washington DC on Sunday to rally against a scheduled Unite the Right rally.  The demonstration was held on the first anniversary of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent and led to the death of Heather Heyer

    'Hell no': counterprotesters outnumber white supremacists at White House rallyContinue reading...
    'One person can matter': five ways to fight for your cause – video

    'One person can matter': five ways to fight for your cause – video


    Writer and spoken-word performer Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan explains how she stays motivated when it comes to defending her values and fighting Islamophobia. Sometimes your cause may seem futile, but there are some simple things you can do to stay focused...

    Writer and spoken-word performer Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan explains how she stays motivated when it comes to defending her values and fighting Islamophobia. Sometimes your cause may seem futile, but there are some simple things you can do to stay focused and energised. See more from the Gal-dem Weekend magazine takeover

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    Families flee homes in Lombok after earthquake rocks Indonesia – video

    Families flee homes in Lombok after earthquake rocks Indonesia – video


    The resort islands of Bali and Lombok in Indonesia were struck by a magnitude-6.9 earthquake on Sunday, triggering panic among residents and tourists. An Indonesian official said at least three people were killed by the earthquake, which struck in the...

    The resort islands of Bali and Lombok in Indonesia were struck by a magnitude-6.9 earthquake on Sunday, triggering panic among residents and tourists. An Indonesian official said at least three people were killed by the earthquake, which struck in the early evening after sunset, forcing  people to flee from houses, hotels and restaurants and into the streets

    Powerful earthquake strikes Indonesia, killing at least three people
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    Explosion goes off during speech by Venezuelan president – video

    Explosion goes off during speech by Venezuelan president – video


    The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, is speaking during an official event for the National Guard in Caracas, with his wife, Celia Flores, standing next to him, when an explosion is heard. In another camera angle, soldiers at attention are seen...

    The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, is speaking during an official event for the National Guard in Caracas, with his wife, Celia Flores, standing next to him, when an explosion is heard. In another camera angle, soldiers at attention are seen breaking ranks and running from the boulevard before the broadcast is cut off.

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    Taking a knee: two years on, where does the NFL stand? – video explainer

    Taking a knee: two years on, where does the NFL stand? – video explainer


    On August 26, it will be exactly two years since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick divided the United States when he took a knee during the national anthem. As the NFL preseason gets underway, players, owners and fans still remain...

    On August 26, it will be exactly two years since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick divided the United States when he took a knee during the national anthem. 

    As the NFL preseason gets underway, players, owners and fans still remain unclear on where the league officially stands on the issue, with commissioner Roger Goodell announcing in July that 'no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks'. 

    That decision has stoked further fury on both sides of the divisive debate, from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and US president Donald Trump.

    'This is shameful moral weakness' - an open letter to the NFL's owners
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    Songbird: a virtual moment of extinction in Hawaii - 360° video

    Songbird: a virtual moment of extinction in Hawaii - 360° video


    Hawaii is the extinct bird capital of the world. Many native birds are endangered, but for some it's too late. The fabled ʻōʻō (songbird) was last seen in 1985. Set amid the cloud forest of Kauai, Songbird takes you back in time to meet the legendary...

    Hawaii is the extinct bird capital of the world. Many native birds are endangered, but for some it's too late. The fabled ʻōʻō (songbird) was last seen in 1985. Set amid the cloud forest of Kauai, Songbird takes you back in time to meet the legendary species and hear its last song.

    Songbird is available as a 360° interactive virtual reality experience for Daydream and HTC Vive, as a stereoscopic 360° film for Google Cardboard and as a 360° monoscopic film for YouTube. 
    To view this 360° film of Songbird on mobile you'll need to download the YouTube app for the full 360° experience. If you're viewing this film on desktop you'll need the latest version of your web browser. 
    To view Songbird on the Daydream platform, download the free Guardian VR app for Daydream and watch with a Daydream View headset and Daydream-ready phone.To view Songbird on Cardboard, download the free Guardian VR app for iOS or Android to your smartphone and watch with a Google Cardboard headset.For more information on the Guardian VR, please go to www.theguardian.com/vrContinue reading...
    Nine activists defending the Earth from violent assault

    Nine activists defending the Earth from violent assault


    On a planet of billions, nine represent the strong minority battling murder in the global corruption of land rightsIndividually, they are stories of courage and tragedy. Together, they tell a tale of a natural world under ever more violent assault.The...

    On a planet of billions, nine represent the strong minority battling murder in the global corruption of land rights

    Individually, they are stories of courage and tragedy. Together, they tell a tale of a natural world under ever more violent assault.

    The portraits in this series are of nine people who are risking their lives to defend the land and environment in some of the planet’s most remote or conflict-riven regions.

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    Police in south India accused of mass murder after shooting dead protesters

    Police in south India accused of mass murder after shooting dead protesters


    Eleven people protesting over pollution from a copper plant have been killed by police in Tamil Nadu in south IndiaAnother person has been shot dead during violent protests in south India against a copper plant operated by a British mining giant...

    Eleven people protesting over pollution from a copper plant have been killed by police in Tamil Nadu in south India

    Another person has been shot dead during violent protests in south India against a copper plant operated by a British mining giant residents say is polluting the local environment.

    Opposition politicians in the state of Tamil Nadu have accused the police of committing mass murder against protesters opposed to the expansion of a copper smelting facility in the port city of Thoothukudi.

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    Maasai herders driven off land to make way for luxury safaris, report says

    Maasai herders driven off land to make way for luxury safaris, report says


    Tanzanian government accused of putting indigenous people at risk in order to grant foreign tourists access to Serengeti wildlifeThe Tanzanian government is putting foreign safari companies ahead of Maasai herding communities as environmental tensions...

    Tanzanian government accused of putting indigenous people at risk in order to grant foreign tourists access to Serengeti wildlife

    The Tanzanian government is putting foreign safari companies ahead of Maasai herding communities as environmental tensions grow on the fringes of the Serengeti national park, according to a new investigation.

    Hundreds of homes have been burned and tens of thousands of people driven from ancestral land in Loliondo in the Ngorongoro district in recent years to benefit high-end tourists and a Middle Eastern royal family, says the report by the California-based thinktank the Oakland Institute.

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    The defenders: recording the deaths of environmental defenders around the world

    The defenders: recording the deaths of environmental defenders around the world


    This year, in collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian aims to record the deaths of all people killed while protecting land or natural resources. At the current rate, about four defenders will die this week somewhere on the planet Continue...

    This year, in collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian aims to record the deaths of all people killed while protecting land or natural resources. At the current rate, about four defenders will die this week somewhere on the planet

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