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    Guatemalan girl aged seven dies in custody on US-Mexican border

    Guatemalan girl aged seven dies in custody on US-Mexican border


    Girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after her arrest in New MexicoA seven-year-old girl who crossed the US-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the US border patrol, federal immigration...

    Girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after her arrest in New Mexico

    A seven-year-old girl who crossed the US-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the US border patrol, federal immigration authorities have said.

    The Washington Post reported the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The girl, from Guatemala, was traveling with a group of 163 people who approached agents to turn themselves in on 6 December.

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    Chelsea latest, Liverpool v Manchester United buildup and more – live!

    Chelsea latest, Liverpool v Manchester United buildup and more – live!


    Countdown to weekend’s football in the Premier League and beyondPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendEmail Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 10.48am GMTHere’s some more reaction to yesterday’s Chelsea business:Piara Powar,...

    Countdown to weekend’s football in the Premier League and beyondPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendEmail Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton

    10.48am GMT

    Here’s some more reaction to yesterday’s Chelsea business:

    Piara Powar, executive director of anti-discrimination group Fare (Fight Against Racism in Europe) described the episode as a “sad indictment” of the ignorance of some supporters.

    In a statement issued to Press Association Sport, Powar said: “This latest incident involving Chelsea fans singing anti-Semitic songs in Budapest is a sad indictment of where some people are in their understanding of racism and the impact it can have. They stare history in the face and think they are somehow exempt from the judgements it will make on their actions.

    10.44am GMT

    The Press Association has filed some Manchester United team news:

    Jose Mourinho is hopeful of having some of his injured players available for Sunday’s crunch Premier League clash with Liverpool.

    Marcos Rojo joined the injured ranks during Wednesday’s Champions League loss to Valencia, and defence is the biggest worry for Mourinho with Chris Smalling, Diogo Dalot, Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof also struggling.

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    EU leaders tell May to find Brexit consensus among MPs

    EU leaders tell May to find Brexit consensus among MPs


    Heads of EU27 appeal to British politicians to be responsible and find solution to impasseFollow the day’s political developments - live updatesTheresa May has been told to return to parliament and find a way to break the Brexit logjam after she failed...

    Heads of EU27 appeal to British politicians to be responsible and find solution to impasse

    Follow the day’s political developments - live updates

    Theresa May has been told to return to parliament and find a way to break the Brexit logjam after she failed to convince EU leaders in Brussels that she had a credible plan to win round MPs.

    An appeal from the prime minister for a final concession on Thursday night failed to impress the 27 heads of state and government. The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, described the British debate as “nebulous” and told May to come back to them with a clear plan.

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    Pound falls after May's Brexit blow in Brussels - business live

    Pound falls after May's Brexit blow in Brussels - business live


    The pound is down against the dollar and the euro after Theresa May failed to make progress during her Brexit trip to BrusselsEU leaders reject May’s idea to salvage her Brexit dealEuropean markets suffer heavy losses after weak China dataNew car sales...

    The pound is down against the dollar and the euro after Theresa May failed to make progress during her Brexit trip to Brussels

    EU leaders reject May’s idea to salvage her Brexit dealEuropean markets suffer heavy losses after weak China dataNew car sales in the EU fall for a third month in November

    10.33am GMT

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    10.29am GMT

    Jack Allen, senior European economist at Capital Economics, says that although disruption caused by the ‘gilets jaunes’ protests was a drag on the wider eurozone economy in December, the underlying picture is also weakening:

    December’s fall in the eurozone composite PMI was almost entirely driven by a sharp drop in France, perhaps suggesting that the ‘gilets jaunes’ protests have had a serious economic effect.

    But even if France’s PMI bounces back as the effects of the protests fade, the eurozone economy has clearly shifted down a gear and looks set to grow at a more moderate pace next year.

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    Australia edge India as momentum swings on first day of second Test

    Australia edge India as momentum swings on first day of second Test


    Australia 277-6 (Harris 70; Head 58; Finch 50)India fight back after 112-run opening partnershipMomentum swung violently on the first day of the second Test in Perth, where Australia’s most inexperienced batsmen stood up either side of an inspired...

    Australia 277-6 (Harris 70; Head 58; Finch 50)India fight back after 112-run opening partnership

    Momentum swung violently on the first day of the second Test in Perth, where Australia’s most inexperienced batsmen stood up either side of an inspired fightback from India’s four-prong pace attack on a pitch that is already misbehaving.

    Related: Australia v India: second Test, first day – live!

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    Manchester joins London in bid to host ATP Finals tennis from 2021

    Manchester joins London in bid to host ATP Finals tennis from 2021


    Singapore, Tokyo and Turin also in running for eventLondon has staged tournament at O2 since 2009Manchester has joined London as a leading candidate to host the ATP Finals from 2021 to 2025. The end-of-season tournament is to be held at the O2 Arena in...

    Singapore, Tokyo and Turin also in running for eventLondon has staged tournament at O2 since 2009

    Manchester has joined London as a leading candidate to host the ATP Finals from 2021 to 2025.

    The end-of-season tournament is to be held at the O2 Arena in London through to 2020. That deal could be extended, while the ATP announced on Friday that Manchester, Singapore, Tokyo and Turin are the other shortlisted cities.

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    Experience: my namesake found me after 24 years

    Experience: my namesake found me after 24 years


    She had known the story of how she got her name all her life and had always wanted to find meAfter I graduated from university in 1993, I went to work in Auckland for a year, teaching English to foreign students. I had always wanted to travel and my...

    She had known the story of how she got her name all her life and had always wanted to find me

    After I graduated from university in 1993, I went to work in Auckland for a year, teaching English to foreign students. I had always wanted to travel and my grandfather and one of my aunts lived in New Zealand, which made it an easy option. I quickly settled into my new life. Among my new friends were a Korean couple about my age, Kumlyong and Mihwa, who were in one of my classes. They were great fun; we laughed a lot.

    Kumlyong and Mihwa had decided to emigrate from South Korea; the political climate there at the time was not good, and they were looking for somewhere open-minded and accepting. Canada seemed a good option. While their application was being processed, they moved to South Korea for a while, having just discovered that Mihwa was pregnant with their first child, a girl. I was sad to see them go, but we promised to stay in touch. Whenever I wanted to send them a letter, I had to find a Korean person to write the address on the envelope, because I couldn’t copy the Korean symbols accurately.

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    Silence Is My Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia review – life in exile

    Silence Is My Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia review – life in exile


    This double portrait of a sister and brother in a Sudanese refugee camp is bursting with remarkable imagesAddonia writes in English, which he learned when he arrived in the UK as an unaccompanied minor from Eritrea via a refugee camp in Sudan. His second...

    This double portrait of a sister and brother in a Sudanese refugee camp is bursting with remarkable images

    Addonia writes in English, which he learned when he arrived in the UK as an unaccompanied minor from Eritrea via a refugee camp in Sudan. His second novel draws on his experience of the camp and is bursting with remarkable ideas and images.

    While his portrayal of the exiled community that tries to remake its home in the camp is brilliantly alive with incidents and personalities, more beguiling still is his double portrait of teenage Saba and her brother Hagos. Hagos – perhaps electively, perhaps not – does not speak and cannot read or write, but he and Saba communicate by other means. Indeed, their relationship is so close that their identities have begun to blur and merge into each other.

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    Forty years on from Superman: The Movie, I still believe a man can fly | Mark O’Connell

    Forty years on from Superman: The Movie, I still believe a man can fly | Mark O’Connell


    Christopher Reeve’s 1978 blockbuster got my head in a spin – and was the catalyst for today’s monolithic Marvel filmsThe nuns got me into hot supermen in tight red pants. All Catholic schools in Britain of the early 1980s were fitted out with their...

    Christopher Reeve’s 1978 blockbuster got my head in a spin – and was the catalyst for today’s monolithic Marvel films

    The nuns got me into hot supermen in tight red pants. All Catholic schools in Britain of the early 1980s were fitted out with their own set of 1940s nuns. It was a less austere one who mentioned that Superman: The Movie was on television that Christmas. You’d think King of Kings would be a more Catholically apt recommendation? Maybe Sister Anne-Marie saw religious parallels in the man from Krypton’s story. Superman walks on water, is relatively chaste, his origin story is all but Moses in the reeds, and his dad (Marlon Brando) was played by an acting god trying to be God. When we were required to talk to the other deity via prayer at junior school, it was always Brando’s Jor-El I pictured: “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned … I quite enjoyed parts of Superman IV – The Quest for Peace, even though I know you weren’t in it.”

    Related: 'These men are bad role models': will my son get over his superhero obsession?

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    Sondra Locke - a life in pictures

    Sondra Locke - a life in pictures


    Sondra Locke, the US actor who co-starred in six films with her one-time partner, Clint Eastwood, has died of cancer. Their professional association began with The Outlaw Josey Wales in 1976 and ended with Sudden Impact in 1983. She described undergoing...

    Sondra Locke, the US actor who co-starred in six films with her one-time partner, Clint Eastwood, has died of cancer. Their professional association began with The Outlaw Josey Wales in 1976 and ended with Sudden Impact in 1983. She described undergoing a double mastectomy and chemotherapy in her 1997 memoir, The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey

    Sondra Locke dies at 74

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    Kurdish-led fighters take last Isis town in Syria, activists say

    Kurdish-led fighters take last Isis town in Syria, activists say


    Syrian Democratic Forces capture Hajin in Deir ez-Zor province after heavy fightingKurdish-led fighters have captured the last Syrian town held by Islamic State, activists said.The fall of Hajin follows days of intense battles in Isis’s last remaining...

    Syrian Democratic Forces capture Hajin in Deir ez-Zor province after heavy fighting

    Kurdish-led fighters have captured the last Syrian town held by Islamic State, activists said.

    The fall of Hajin follows days of intense battles in Isis’s last remaining stronghold near the Iraqi border in eastern Syria. The group still holds some villages nearby.

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    The bumper business Christmas quiz 2018

    The bumper business Christmas quiz 2018


    Do you know your bitcoin from your bolivars? Then test your 2018 business knowledge here with our annual quiz …For your overall score, please complete all the questionsWho said the Guardian was 'the most insufferable newspaper on Planet Earth'?Donald...

    Do you know your bitcoin from your bolivars? Then test your 2018 business knowledge here with our annual quiz …

    For your overall score, please complete all the questions

    Who said the Guardian was 'the most insufferable newspaper on Planet Earth'?

    Donald Trump

    Philip Green

    Elon Musk

    What is the name of Tesco's new 'budget' supermarket, which opened in Cambridgeshire in September?

    Shirley's

    Dave's

    Jack's

    Who resigned as chair of the Institute of Directors in March amid racism claims?

    Lady (Barbara) Judge

    Lord (Digby) Jones

    Lord (Alan) Sugar

    Lisa Osofsky was appointed to a key role in 2018. What was it?

    An external member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee

    The head of the Serious Fraud Office

    The chief executive of TSB

    Who was forced to apologise after describing the economy as 'menopausal'?

    John McDonnell, shadow chancellor

    Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England

    Ben Broadbent, deputy governor of the Bank of England

    One bitcoin is currently priced at just below $4,000, but what was its peak price in 2018?

    $7,000

    $17,000

    $27,000

    In June, which company became the last of the original constituents of the Dow Jones Industrial Average to leave the famous index after 110 years?

    General Electric

    DowDuPont

    AT&T

    Sir Martin Sorrell has said his new marketing services venture, S4 Capital, is like what compared to global giant WPP?

    A peanut

    A watermelon

    A coconut

    US giant Comcast was forced to bid how much for Sky to see off Rupert Murdoch and Disney?

    £28bn

    £30bn

    £32bn

    Mike Coupe, the chief executive of Sainsbury’s, was secretly filmed singing what song on the same day the supermarket announced a blockbuster marriage with Asda?

    Money, Money, Money

    We're in the Money

    If I Were a Rich Man

    Who has complained of the cold and a rice-heavy diet while in Japanese detention?

    Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn

    Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt

    Huawei’s finance chief Meng Wanzhou

    What will Burberry stop doing after being criticised by environmental campaigners?

    Stop giving its unsold products to private investors

    End its practice of putting unsold products in landfill

    End its practice of burning unsold clothes, bags and perfume

    Which big ride-hailing firm is taking on Uber in the UK?

    Lyft

    Didi Chuxing

    Ola

    Which of these Christmas ad campaign stories proved the most popular with readers?

    John Lewis’s Elton John-fronted ad

    Twitter’s ad featuring the real John Lewis

    Iceland’s re-badging of a Greenpeace anti-palm oil campaign

    In March, a regulator banned Paul Flowers from the City. What for?

    Illegal drug use

    Presiding over the near-collapse of the Co-op Bank

    Misuse of his Co-op email account and mobile phone

    The boss of which building company was fired in November after awkwardly dodging questions on his £75m bonus?

    Taylor Wimpey

    Persimmon

    Balfour Beatty

    Which auditor received a rebuke from the regulator for 'unacceptable' work on Carillion, the construction firm which collapsed in January?

    KPMG

    Grant Thornton

    Deloitte

    After a timetabling meltdown caused the cancellation of thousands of trains and months of disruption, who claimed: 'I don’t run the railways'?

    The then Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne

    Transport secretary Chris Grayling

    Rail Delivery Group chief executive Paul Plummer

    What kind of expenses did the Stobart Group try to reclaim in a £5m suit against a fired ex-boss, after admitting in court that the current chief executive was claiming too?

    An in-house massage therapist

    Kenneling for pets during work trips abroad

    Helicopter flights to see friends and family

    The new chief executive of Goldman Sachs, David Solomon, is best known for which hobby?

    Rapping

    DJing

    Street art

    How many bank branches have closed across the UK over the past 30 years, according to numbers compiled by consumer charity Which?

    6,520

    12,997

    21,653

    What is the M26 motorway planned to become after Brexit?

    A hi-tech corridor for the autonomous driving industry

    An eight-lane superhighway to speed international air cargo from Manston to the M25

    A lorry park to deal with queues to the Channel

    What did Elon Musk offer for sale for $500 and promise were 'guaranteed to liven up any party'?

    Personal submarines

    Flame throwers

    Crates of Tesla brand vodka

    Who is the UK’s richest person, with a £21bn fortune?

    Sir Philip Green

    Sir Jim Ratcliffe

    Sir Len Blavatnik

    How much was one chicken worth in Venezuela when hyperinflation began to accelerate in August?

    1.9m bolivars

    9.5m bolivars

    14.6m bolivars

    According to PwC and Demos’ 2018 Good Growth for Cities index, which is the most improved city in Britain to live and work?

    Preston

    Liverpool

    Ipswich

    How many energy suppliers have gone bust in 2018?

    One

    Eight

    14

    How much money did Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of an Azerbaijani banker jailed for defrauding his state-owned bank, spend in Harrods between 2006-16?

    £163,000

    £1.63m

    £16.3m

    The share of UK electricity generated by renewables this year has hit a record high of?

    20%

    25%

    30%

    In a memorable appearance before MPs investigating the future of the high street, how did Mike Ashley describe the high street’s health?

    'It’s got some worrying symptoms but a dose of antibiotics could cure its ills.'

    'It’s in A&E and the worried doctor is holding a pair of defibrillator paddles.'

    'The patient has died.'

    Sainsbury's supermarket introduced which dried savoury snack - in what it claimed to be a UK first - in November?

    Deep-fried scorpions

    Crunchy frogs' legs

    Roasted crickets

    According to Oxfam, how many people own the same wealth as half the world’s population?

    420

    42

    4

    Who was prime minister the last time unemployment in the UK was as low as it is now?

    Ted Heath

    Harold Wilson

    Jim Callaghan

    The maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be reduced to £2, but what is it at the moment?

    £50

    £100

    £1,000

    Which two of the big six energy suppliers were cleared by authorities to create a new energy giant?

    Npower and SSE

    British Gas and E.ON

    Scottish Power and EDF

    Which supermarket chain withdrew a range of chocolate bars after it was accused by Hotel Chocolat of plagiarising their design?

    Marks & Spencer

    Waitrose

    Tesco

    Which telecoms company’s name reportedly derives from a patriotic phrase meaning 'China makes a difference'?

    Alibaba

    Huawei

    Baidu

    How many billionaires are there in the world, according to Swiss bank UBS’s billionaires report?

    705

    2,158

    11,105

    Apple became the first company to be valued at $1tn this year but its shares have since fallen sharply. What has worried investors?

    New laws on the misuse of personal data

    That the company will no longer reveal how many iPhones it sells

    Rumours that chief design officer Jony Ive intends to leave

    Directors of Carillion were accused of 'recklessness, hubris and greed' after the outsourcing firm’s collapse. But how much is its failure estimated to have cost taxpayers?

    £150m

    £10m

    £1.5bn

    How do you pronounce Huawei?

    Who are way

    Wa way

    Who are we

    Which city in Europe had the highest house price rise in the 12 months to October 2018, according to Knight Frank?

    Edinburgh

    Berlin

    Monaco

    The Civil Aviation Authority recently said Ryanair must compensate passengers caught up in strike action. How many flights did it cancel on the worst day, 28 September?

    250

    350

    400

    In November, the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast that the budget deficit would be significantly lower this year than previously thought – by how much?

    £8bn

    £10bn

    £12bn

    There are about 53,000 free-to-use cash machines in the UK. But how many are closing every month?

    100

    150

    250

    In April, the national minimum wage was increased. How much is it now for workers aged 25 and over?

    £6.83

    £7.83

    £8.83

    In September, Apple unveiled its latest smartphone, the iPhone XS Max. How much does its top model cost?

    £799

    £1,149

    £1,449

    Which ancient alcoholic drink is - according to the conservation charity English Heritage - making a comeback thanks to craft beers?

    Mead

    Gin

    Ale

    A new 50p coin to 'commemorate' Brexit is to be issued by the Royal Mint in the spring. Along with the date '29 March 2019' – the day Britain leaves the EU – it will also carry which message?

    'Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations'

    'One great union of people and nations with a proud history and a bright future'

    'Oh shit, what happens now?'

    Which former prime minister was included on the Bank of England’s list of candidates who might be pictured on the new £50 note?

    David Lloyd George

    Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

    Margaret Thatcher

    36 and above.

    Zut alors, as they say in parts of the Belgian capital. You certainly know your business onions and how to peel them. Jump on the Eurostar and have a word with Brussels, will you?

    49 and above.

    Wow! You are a business sage, a guru! Can we have your stock market tips for 2019 please?

    20 and above.

    Not bad! Distinctly mid-table performance with ample room for improvement, but not a disaster. Unlike the Brexit talks

    0 and above.

    You should be ashamed. Still, on the upside, you are at least business-savvy enough to thrash out post-Brexit trade deals. (Think of the air miles)

    10 and above.

    A fair to middling attempt. Nothing to boast about in the boardroom but by no means a car crash, cliff-edge, no-deal Brexit. Dust yourself down and try again next Chrimbo

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    Inclusion health: an Irish answer to the homelessness crisis

    Inclusion health: an Irish answer to the homelessness crisis


    A Dublin experiment is trying to close the revolving door that recycles people from the street to the hospital ward, and back againThe first night Sofia spent in a Dublin hostel, she was petrified. “You walk through this pathway surrounded by metal,...

    A Dublin experiment is trying to close the revolving door that recycles people from the street to the hospital ward, and back again

    The first night Sofia spent in a Dublin hostel, she was petrified. “You walk through this pathway surrounded by metal, like a jail, and then you’re in a warehouse with people staring at you like a pack of wolves.” Sofia ended up homeless more than two years ago, at the age of 30, after a relationship broke down.

    “I was in hospital for a month for my mental health after that breakup and when I left I’d nowhere to live,” she says. “Once you’re in a cycle you get stuck and I developed a very bad drinking problem.”

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    Mutant bears, flying heads and chainsaw duels: the best movie moments of 2018

    Mutant bears, flying heads and chainsaw duels: the best movie moments of 2018


    Guardian writers pick their favourite bits of cinema from the year all the way from a vomiting Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince to a terrifying accident in Hereditary. Some spoilers ahead Continue...

    Guardian writers pick their favourite bits of cinema from the year all the way from a vomiting Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince to a terrifying accident in Hereditary. Some spoilers ahead

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    Minnette de Silva: the brilliant female architect forgotten by history

    Minnette de Silva: the brilliant female architect forgotten by history


    Against all odds, the 1940s pioneer of Sri Lankan modernism become one of the world’s most famous women architects. So why are her buildings not celebrated today?The second house designed by Minnette de Silva, once one of the most famous female...

    Against all odds, the 1940s pioneer of Sri Lankan modernism become one of the world’s most famous women architects. So why are her buildings not celebrated today?

    The second house designed by Minnette de Silva, once one of the most famous female architects in the world, stands in Alfred House Gardens, a leafy street in Colombo, Sri Lanka, tucked away from the fumes of nearby Galle Road.

    Raised on columns, the house shelters within a limestone boundary wall, its iron gate patterned with leaf shapes. A yellow oleander tree and red bougainvillea spill over the gate, almost entirely obscuring the house, that was built for family friends the Pierises in 1952. Inside are De Silva’s trademark features: open courtyards and verandahs alive with trees, shrubs and a pond; a walled garden; a parking space that once doubled as a play area; and a staircase sweeping up to the second floor, where the bedrooms and kitchen are located.

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    Khrustalyov, My Car! review – delirious and visually amazing Russian gem

    Khrustalyov, My Car! review – delirious and visually amazing Russian gem


    A rerelease of Aleksei German’s 1998 satire is a journey into a hallucinatory world shot with documentary realismThere is visual amazement in store for anyone seeing this quite extraordinary re-release from the Russian director Aleksei German – along...

    A rerelease of Aleksei German’s 1998 satire is a journey into a hallucinatory world shot with documentary realism

    There is visual amazement in store for anyone seeing this quite extraordinary re-release from the Russian director Aleksei German – along with disorientation, bafflement, horror and disgust. German’s final film, Hard to Be a God, was released here in 2015, two years after his death.

    This is the film that came before, in 1998. It is very loosely inspired by Joseph Brodsky’s essay-memoir In A Room and a Half, which was in fact adapted far more directly in the film by Andrei Khrzhanovsky in 2009.

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    The Indian Empire at War and India, Empire and the First World War review – a story finally told

    The Indian Empire at War and India, Empire and the First World War review – a story finally told


    The experience of the 1.5 million men who fought in the Indian army during the first world war is at last being recounted, in books by George Morton-Jack and Santanu Das“At Amritsar they shot who the British told them to.” That short statement in...

    The experience of the 1.5 million men who fought in the Indian army during the first world war is at last being recounted, in books by George Morton-Jack and Santanu Das

    “At Amritsar they shot who the British told them to.” That short statement in George Morton-Jack’s account of the Indian army in the first world war is blunt and true – and a reminder that the truth can be an inconvenience to the nationalist historian. In a notorious massacre that marked the beginning of the end of British rule in India, hundreds of people died when in April 1919 troops fired into a crowd of demonstrators at the Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden in Amritsar. We know the man who gave the order to fire. Col Reginald Dyer was acclaimed as the empire’s saviour by militant imperialists in Britain, and condemned by others as a bloodthirsty fool. We know about the dead, who had gathered to demand the release of two popular nationalist leaders. But who were the other actors, the men who pulled the triggers when Dyer blew his whistle?

    They wore the uniform of the 54th Sikhs, the 59th Scinde Rifles and the 9th Gurkhas and they had been recruited in British India, Nepal and the autonomous borderlands of Afghanistan. Within 10 minutes, these young Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims had fired 1,650 rounds into a peaceful assembly of 20,000 Punjabis of the same faiths. Soon after, a British civil servant recorded the only known comment from the shooters. “Sahib,” said a Gurkha, “while it lasted it was splendid, we fired every round we had.”

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    Rightwing Venezuelan exiles hope Brazil’s Bolsonaro will help US invade

    Rightwing Venezuelan exiles hope Brazil’s Bolsonaro will help US invade


    Some believe the rise of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s next president, makes a US-led military intervention in Venezuela more likelyVenezuelan dissident Roderick Navarro remembers shedding tears of joy when the far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro was...

    Some believe the rise of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s next president, makes a US-led military intervention in Venezuela more likely

    Venezuelan dissident Roderick Navarro remembers shedding tears of joy when the far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro was confirmed as Brazil’s next president.

    “It was the first time in so long that I felt the real possibility of going back to my home,” says the rightwing activist exiled to Brazil since fleeing his country last year.

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    Vogue shoots and bike cemeteries: Lianzhou Foto festival 2018

    Vogue shoots and bike cemeteries: Lianzhou Foto festival 2018


    The theme of this year’s festival is ‘the wind of time’ and it features visionary work from some of the world’s most renowned photographers. The striking images, from fashion shoots to food factories, can be seen at the Lianzhou Museum of...

    The theme of this year’s festival is ‘the wind of time’ and it features visionary work from some of the world’s most renowned photographers. The striking images, from fashion shoots to food factories, can be seen at the Lianzhou Museum of Photography in southern China until 3 January 2019

    Tucked away in a remote corner of southern China lies the small city of Lianzhou, the unlikely but charming host of a critically acclaimed annual celebration of photography. Now in its 14th year, the Lianzhou Foto festival, founded by the Chinese photography expert Duan Yuting in collaboration with the French curator François Cheval, was created to showcase the work of contemporary Chinese artists as well as renowned international photographers.

    This year’s theme, “the winds of time”, is open to broad interpretation, attracting projects on social, political and environmental themes. The work of Erwin Blumenfeld, one of the most influential and experimental fashion photographers of the 20th century, provides a historical anchor for the event, which is being held at the Lianzhou Museum of Photography, China’s first publicly funded museum of its type.

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    Being a father to school-aged daughter 'makes men less sexist'

    Being a father to school-aged daughter 'makes men less sexist'


    Author of LSE research says findings show scope for ‘changing attitude later in life’Being the father of a school-aged daughter makes men less sexist, according to a new study.The team behind the work say the findings support the idea that men become...

    Author of LSE research says findings show scope for ‘changing attitude later in life’

    Being the father of a school-aged daughter makes men less sexist, according to a new study.

    The team behind the work say the findings support the idea that men become more aware of the challenges facing women when they see the female experience of life up close through their offspring – something dubbed the “mighty girl” effect.

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    ‘I felt like an impostor’: a mixed-race American in Africa

    ‘I felt like an impostor’: a mixed-race American in Africa


    ‘Passing for white’ was a complicated feeling at home in Ohio. In Chad, it was a whole different experience again. By Alexander HurstEvery time I crossed the courtyard, walked past the well in the corner and slipped out of the baby blue gate nestled...

    ‘Passing for white’ was a complicated feeling at home in Ohio. In Chad, it was a whole different experience again. By Alexander Hurst

    Every time I crossed the courtyard, walked past the well in the corner and slipped out of the baby blue gate nestled into the high brick wall that surrounded my Chadian host family’s house, I instantly became nasara. It’s a Ngambay word that means both “foreigner” and “white person” at the same time. A little pack of children would follow me down the red-dirt street, chanting “nah-sa-rah, nah-sa-rah” and laughing.

    During my first weeks in Moundou I had protested once – in jest – to Sem, a balding evangelical pastor with a belly and a deep laugh, who was my NGO’s main contact in the town. “You know my mom is black, right?” I said to him, from the passenger seat of his SUV.

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    'Someone called me the antichrist': behind the battles for Christmas No 1

    'Someone called me the antichrist': behind the battles for Christmas No 1


    Christmas No 1 was once a fiercely fought-over prize. From Rage Against the Machine v Joe McElderry, Slade v Wizzard and George Michael in Wham! v George Michael in Band Aid, winners and losers recall the great festive stand-offsThe rivalry erupted in a...

    Christmas No 1 was once a fiercely fought-over prize. From Rage Against the Machine v Joe McElderry, Slade v Wizzard and George Michael in Wham! v George Michael in Band Aid, winners and losers recall the great festive stand-offs

    The rivalry erupted in a custard pie fight

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    Britain’s direct complicity in the war in Yemen must end | Rowan Williams

    Britain’s direct complicity in the war in Yemen must end | Rowan Williams


    Millions of people face slaughter or starvation – the UK must stop sending billions in arms exports to Saudi ArabiaCount the number of times you see or hear the phrase “peace on Earth” in the next week or so. It’s one of the great Christmas...

    Millions of people face slaughter or starvation – the UK must stop sending billions in arms exports to Saudi Arabia

    Count the number of times you see or hear the phrase “peace on Earth” in the next week or so. It’s one of the great Christmas themes – or great Christmas cliches, if you want to be cynical. But in the year when we remember the centenary of the end of the first world war, when the image of mass graves for millions is fresh in our minds, it needs to be more than a seasonal bromide.

    It’s not even as though British involvement in war were a thing of the past. Thank God, most of us have not directly experienced in our lifetimes the impact of full-scale war; but our official policies are still helping to support large-scale slaughter and long-term misery elsewhere in the world. Think of Yemen, where up to 14 million people are on the edge of famine as a result of a war that continues to claim countless lives; a war in which the UK government is complicit through its sales of arms to Saudi Arabia. These arms sales have increased by two thirds since 2016, and now account for nearly half of Britain’s major arms exports.

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    Ukraine-Russia tensions reach Greece’s holy Mount Athos

    Ukraine-Russia tensions reach Greece’s holy Mount Athos


    Orthodox church’s decision to make Ukrainian branch independent of Russia causes schism and predictions of violenceIn the chilly pre-dawn gloom one recent morning, Father Makarios hurried to his chapel, one of dozens of churches and cathedrals across...

    Orthodox church’s decision to make Ukrainian branch independent of Russia causes schism and predictions of violence

    In the chilly pre-dawn gloom one recent morning, Father Makarios hurried to his chapel, one of dozens of churches and cathedrals across Mount Athos, to perform morning liturgy. A two-hour marathon of biblical recitations and sonorous chanting, it would be just one of many services that day.

    After the liturgy, Makarios, a 68-year-old Greek monk who has lived on Athos for 51 years, changed from his white prayer robes into his habitual black attire and doled out spiritual advice to a group of Belarusian businessmen who had made a pilgrimage to see him, over an austere breakfast of coffee and nuts.

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    Healthcare to get $100bn boost as India aims to cut maternal deaths

    Healthcare to get $100bn boost as India aims to cut maternal deaths


    Spending on health will double by 2025, with India intent on improving its record on mortality of mothers and infantsIndia has pledged to spend $100bn (£79bn) more on healthcare over the next seven years in a move partly aimed at reducing maternal...

    Spending on health will double by 2025, with India intent on improving its record on mortality of mothers and infants

    India has pledged to spend $100bn (£79bn) more on healthcare over the next seven years in a move partly aimed at reducing maternal mortality rates.

    The country will more than double its health spending from just over the current 1% of GDP to 2.5% by 2025, prime minister Narendra Modi announced.

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    Philip Rivers leads LA Chargers to last-gasp comeback win over Kansas City Chiefs

    Philip Rivers leads LA Chargers to last-gasp comeback win over Kansas City Chiefs


    Chargers rally back from 14-point deficit with four minutes leftRivers throws TD and completes two-point conversion at deathPhilip Rivers and the Chargers finally beat the Kansas City Chiefs.All it took was feverish fourth-quarter comeback, a...

    Chargers rally back from 14-point deficit with four minutes leftRivers throws TD and completes two-point conversion at death

    Philip Rivers and the Chargers finally beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

    All it took was feverish fourth-quarter comeback, a questionable pass-interference call, a tense video review of the final touchdown and the gutsy decision to try a two-point conversion.

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    Surveillance fears grow after Taylor Swift uses face recognition tech on fans

    Surveillance fears grow after Taylor Swift uses face recognition tech on fans


    Pop star’s reported use of software to root out stalkers may be well meant, but it fuels a disturbing trend, experts sayTaylor Swift secretly secretly surveilling her fans using facial recognition technology might sound like science fiction – but...

    Pop star’s reported use of software to root out stalkers may be well meant, but it fuels a disturbing trend, experts say

    Taylor Swift secretly secretly surveilling her fans using facial recognition technology might sound like science fiction – but Rolling Stone reported on Thursday that the pop star has been doing exactly that in an effort to root out stalkers.

    Swift has stayed silent on the report, declining to comment to the Guardian and other news organizations. But the episode has raised ethical questions for civil rights groups concerned about privacy.

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    Synthethic cannabis makers face life in jail amid New Zealand crackdown

    Synthethic cannabis makers face life in jail amid New Zealand crackdown


    Drug will be classified as class A as government tackles scourge of country’s most deadly narcoticManufacturers and distributors of synthetic cannabis could face life in prison after the New Zealand government announced a crackdown on the drug...

    Drug will be classified as class A as government tackles scourge of country’s most deadly narcotic

    Manufacturers and distributors of synthetic cannabis could face life in prison after the New Zealand government announced a crackdown on the drug following more than 50 deaths this year.

    Active chemicals in the drug would now be classified as class-A drugs, health minister David Clarke said, and police would be given greater enforcement powers.

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    Is the net closing in on Donald Trump? – podcast

    Is the net closing in on Donald Trump? – podcast


    The investigation into Donald Trump’s election campaign has resulted in guilty pleas from some of the president’s former inner circle. The Guardian’s Jon Swaine in New York considers what we have learned so far from Robert Mueller’s forensic...

    The investigation into Donald Trump’s election campaign has resulted in guilty pleas from some of the president’s former inner circle. The Guardian’s Jon Swaine in New York considers what we have learned so far from Robert Mueller’s forensic investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Plus: Robert Booth on the first phase of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire

    Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election has seen the latest in a series of high-profile guilty pleas in recent weeks. The president’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen joined his former campaign chair Paul Manafort and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn in cooperating with the FBI.

    The Guardian’s Jon Swaine takes Anushka Asthana through the major turning points so far in Mueller’s inquiry and considers where it could go next. Is the net closing in on the president, his property business and his immediate family?

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    The end of an era: what next for All Blacks after Steve Hansen?

    The end of an era: what next for All Blacks after Steve Hansen?


    A permanent fixture since 2004 the departure of Steve Hansen marks an inflection point for New Zealand rugbyThe impending departure of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may mark the end of an era in more ways than one.Hansen, 59, announced his intention to...

    A permanent fixture since 2004 the departure of Steve Hansen marks an inflection point for New Zealand rugby

    The impending departure of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may mark the end of an era in more ways than one.

    Hansen, 59, announced his intention to step down as All Blacks coach after the World Cup in Japan next year, saying it was time the world champions had “a fresh pair of eyes.”

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    New gangs 'Uberise' Europe's cocaine supply and bring more violence

    New gangs 'Uberise' Europe's cocaine supply and bring more violence


    Rising production from Latin America has led groups from North Africa and the Balkans to change the drug trade, EU agency saysA surge in the supply of pure cocaine to Europe has led to a rise in drug-related murders as new criminal gangs muscle into a...

    Rising production from Latin America has led groups from North Africa and the Balkans to change the drug trade, EU agency says

    A surge in the supply of pure cocaine to Europe has led to a rise in drug-related murders as new criminal gangs muscle into a market previously dominated by the mafia, the EU drugs agency has said.

    The extra output from Latin America, especially by the biggest producer, Colombia has led to growing numbers of gangs including from Morocco and the Balkans setting up their own smuggling lines straight from producers.

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    Antarctica deaths: no foul play suspected in deaths at McMurdo station

    Antarctica deaths: no foul play suspected in deaths at McMurdo station


    Two fire-safety technicians died on Wednesday at the US-managed station, but investigators are still piecing together what happenedNo criminal activity is suspected in the deaths of two subcontractors killed at a US research station in Antarctica, the...

    Two fire-safety technicians died on Wednesday at the US-managed station, but investigators are still piecing together what happened

    No criminal activity is suspected in the deaths of two subcontractors killed at a US research station in Antarctica, the National Science Foundation has said.

    Investigators are still piecing together what happened when two fire-safety technicians died during maintenance inside a generator outbuilding at McMurdo Station, the agency said.

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    Gary Lineker criticised by Jonathan Agnew for 'political' Brexit tweets

    Gary Lineker criticised by Jonathan Agnew for 'political' Brexit tweets


    BBC’s cricket correspondent says he would be sacked if he copied Match of the Day host• ‘Doesn’t know his arse from his elbow’: ex-England players argue over Brexit BBC Sport host Gary Lineker has been criticised by his colleague Jonathan Agnew...

    BBC’s cricket correspondent says he would be sacked if he copied Match of the Day host

    ‘Doesn’t know his arse from his elbow’: ex-England players argue over Brexit

    BBC Sport host Gary Lineker has been criticised by his colleague Jonathan Agnew for expressing his political views on Twitter.

    The former England football captain, who hosts the BBC’s flagship Match of the Day programme, has been outspoken in his political opinions, in particular his opposition to Brexit, which he regularly tweets about. Lineker also appeared at a rally in London campaigning for a second referendum in November.

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    US investigates whether Trump's inaugural cash was spent improperly – report

    US investigates whether Trump's inaugural cash was spent improperly – report


    Legal woes mount as NBC also reports Trump was present for talks over National Enquirer paymentsDonald Trump’s inaugural committee, which managed the $107m celebrations in Washington to mark the start of his presidency in 2017, has become the latest...

    Legal woes mount as NBC also reports Trump was present for talks over National Enquirer payments

    Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, which managed the $107m celebrations in Washington to mark the start of his presidency in 2017, has become the latest focus of federal prosecutors who, according to the Wall Street Journal, are now investigating whether the money was properly spent.

    The Journal reports that Manhattan-based prosecutors are in the “early stages” of a criminal investigation into how the record sum for such a presidential inauguration was used, as well as whether huge donations were made in return for easy access to the Trump administration as it entered power. The newspaper says that were evidence found of improper spending or quid pro quo, it could amount to a criminal violation of US anti-corruption laws.

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    Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

    Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend


    A crunch clash at Anfield, depleted Palace and Huddersfield teams, and the start of a crucial run for FulhamIt is a marker of how far Manchester United have fallen to see that when Gary Neville set about choosing his combined XI for Liverpool and...

    A crunch clash at Anfield, depleted Palace and Huddersfield teams, and the start of a crucial run for Fulham

    It is a marker of how far Manchester United have fallen to see that when Gary Neville set about choosing his combined XI for Liverpool and Manchester United on Monday Night Football, he included just three outfield United players. The only player he picked with conviction was Anthony Martial at left wing, admitting Eric Bailly would not be in if Joe Gomez was fit and laughing that his selection of Paul Pogba alongside Naby Keïta and Gini Wijnaldum was “just an opportunity to get a United player in”. Nobody would argue that Liverpool are the better side, and have been for a number of years, yet the past eight league meetings read W0, D3, L5 for the Merseyside club. Liverpool’s lack of ruthlessness against Napoli so nearly came back to bite them in the Champions League; they can ill afford the same profligacy against a José Mourinho side that is unlikely to be anything other than defensively minded. MB

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    Keith Richards gives up drinking (almost), saying 'I got fed up with it'

    Keith Richards gives up drinking (almost), saying 'I got fed up with it'


    Hard-living Rolling Stones guitarist says he hasn’t been on the hard booze for about a yearKeith Richards, the legendarily hard-living guitarist of the Rolling Stones, has quit drinking – almost – saying he “just got fed up with it”.Despite...

    Hard-living Rolling Stones guitarist says he hasn’t been on the hard booze for about a year

    Keith Richards, the legendarily hard-living guitarist of the Rolling Stones, has quit drinking – almost – saying he “just got fed up with it”.

    Despite inspiring an industry of memes celebrating his unreconstructed lifestyle, Richards has told Rolling Stone magazine that he has more or less quit the booze.

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    Pacific nations under climate threat urge Australia to abandon coal within 12 years

    Pacific nations under climate threat urge Australia to abandon coal within 12 years


    Frustrated leaders appeal to ‘all OECD countries’ to phase out use as Australia signals support for new plantsPacific countries vulnerable to climate change have urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new...

    Frustrated leaders appeal to ‘all OECD countries’ to phase out use as Australia signals support for new plants

    Pacific countries vulnerable to climate change have urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing plants.

    The call from 15 small Pacific island states came one day after the Australian government called for expressions of interest in new power generation projects, indicating it would be prepared to use taxpayer money to underwrite new coal plants.

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    Strasbourg attack suspect killed by police

    Strasbourg attack suspect killed by police


    French interior minister says officers ‘neutralised’ Chérif Chekatt in street encounterFrench police have killed the suspected gunman who shot and stabbed people at Strasbourg’s Christmas market, killing three and leaving a dozen wounded.Chérif...

    French interior minister says officers ‘neutralised’ Chérif Chekatt in street encounter

    French police have killed the suspected gunman who shot and stabbed people at Strasbourg’s Christmas market, killing three and leaving a dozen wounded.

    Chérif Chekatt was shot dead on Thursday evening, 48 hours after he disappeared sparking a massive manhunt. He was killed after police officers spotted him in the Neudorf area of south-east Strasbourg near where he was last seen getting out of a taxi on Tuesday evening.

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    Senate votes to end US military support for Saudis in Yemen

    Senate votes to end US military support for Saudis in Yemen


    Resolution to curb military aid passes by 56 votes to 41Measure reflects lack of confidence in Trump over YemenThe Senate has passed a resolution calling for an end to US military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war, and asserting...

    Resolution to curb military aid passes by 56 votes to 41Measure reflects lack of confidence in Trump over Yemen

    The Senate has passed a resolution calling for an end to US military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war, and asserting Congress’s right to decide on matters of war and peace.

    The measure, which passed by 56 votes to 41, marked the first time the Senate had invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution to seek to curb the power of the president to take the US into an armed conflict. It marked a significant bipartisan rebuke to the Trump administration, which lobbied intensively against it.

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    What next for Theresa May and her Brexit deal?

    What next for Theresa May and her Brexit deal?


    Backstop reassurances, a second referendum, no deal? We explore the possibilitiesTheresa May has embarked on yet another dash to Brussels in the hope of securing assurances about the terms of the Irish backstop. Continue...

    Backstop reassurances, a second referendum, no deal? We explore the possibilities

    Theresa May has embarked on yet another dash to Brussels in the hope of securing assurances about the terms of the Irish backstop.

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    US unveils new Africa policy to counter 'predatory' Russia and China

    US unveils new Africa policy to counter 'predatory' Russia and China


    John Bolton says Trump will put African interests first and end ‘unproductive and unaccountable’ UN peacekeeping missionsThe Trump administration has unveiled a new Africa policy focused on combating the “predatory” practices of China and Russia,...

    John Bolton says Trump will put African interests first and end ‘unproductive and unaccountable’ UN peacekeeping missions

    The Trump administration has unveiled a new Africa policy focused on combating the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, and ending what it calls “indiscriminate assistance” and “unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable” UN peacekeeping missions.

    Related: John Bolton says he knew in advance Huawei executive would be arrested

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    Travel Photographer of the Year 2018: the winners

    Travel Photographer of the Year 2018: the winners


    Photographers from 142 countries submitted more than 20,000 images for this year’s TPOTY. Winning images will be displayed at a free exhibition at London Bridge City in the spring Continue...

    Photographers from 142 countries submitted more than 20,000 images for this year’s TPOTY. Winning images will be displayed at a free exhibition at London Bridge City in the spring

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    My plan to revive Europe can succeed where Macron and Piketty failed | Yanis Varoufakis

    My plan to revive Europe can succeed where Macron and Piketty failed | Yanis Varoufakis


    Under my Green New Deal, €500bn a year can be created without raising taxes – and it may tempt Britain back to the foldIf Brexit demonstrates that leaving the EU is not the walk in the park that Eurosceptics promised, Emmanuel Macron’s current...

    Under my Green New Deal, €500bn a year can be created without raising taxes – and it may tempt Britain back to the fold

    If Brexit demonstrates that leaving the EU is not the walk in the park that Eurosceptics promised, Emmanuel Macron’s current predicament proves that blind European loyalism is, similarly, untenable. The reason is that the EU’s architecture is equally difficult to deconstruct, sustain and reform.

    While Britain’s political class is, rightly, in the spotlight for having made a mess of Brexit, the EU’s establishment is in a similar bind over its colossal failure to civilise the eurozone – with the rise of the xenophobic right the hideous result.

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    Three bullets from behind: why did police kill a black man in a mall?

    Three bullets from behind: why did police kill a black man in a mall?


    After the killing of EJ Bradford, questions remain: Had police simply killed a bystander? Was Bradford actually shepherding others to safety as gunfire erupted?There is nothing to mark the spot where EJ Bradford fell.In an unremarkable corner of an...

    After the killing of EJ Bradford, questions remain: Had police simply killed a bystander? Was Bradford actually shepherding others to safety as gunfire erupted?

    There is nothing to mark the spot where EJ Bradford fell.

    In an unremarkable corner of an unremarkable Alabama shopping mall, just a few miles from Birmingham, the cradle of the civil rights movement, routine has already gone back to normal. It is less than three weeks since the 21 year-old African American was gunned down by a police officer in circumstances that remain shrouded in controversy and conflicted narratives.

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    The French far right is hijacking the Strasbourg shooting to sow division | Cécile Guerin

    The French far right is hijacking the Strasbourg shooting to sow division | Cécile Guerin


    France needs unity more than ever – but those who seek to divide us are again harnessing a tragedy to propagate fake newsTerrorism struck France again on Tuesday evening, when a 29-year-old attacker, since identified as Chérif Chekatt, killed three...

    France needs unity more than ever – but those who seek to divide us are again harnessing a tragedy to propagate fake news

    Terrorism struck France again on Tuesday evening, when a 29-year-old attacker, since identified as Chérif Chekatt, killed three people and injured a dozen at a busy Christmas market in Strasbourg. With ongoing social unrest and polarisation laid bare by the gilets jaunes movement, France is now facing a new potential source of division. The attack has already proved a boon to far-right groups and conspiracy theorists who have seized on the event to disseminate their ideas and sow division.

    Related: Strasbourg attack: 'It lasted for minutes, but felt like hours'

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    Trump denies he directed Michael Cohen to 'break the law'

    Trump denies he directed Michael Cohen to 'break the law'


    President said he is off the hook for any crime because he acted on ‘advice of counsel’ and ex-lawyer is ‘supposed to know the law’Follow the latest US politics newsDonald Trump has denied directing his former lawyer and fixer to break the law, a...

    President said he is off the hook for any crime because he acted on ‘advice of counsel’ and ex-lawyer is ‘supposed to know the law’

    Follow the latest US politics news

    Donald Trump has denied directing his former lawyer and fixer to break the law, a day after Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for Trump.

    Related: From fixer to inmate: Michael Cohen reckons with his 'blind loyalty' to Trump

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    Who wants to be Donald Trump's lawyer? He needs a good one | Richard Wolffe

    Who wants to be Donald Trump's lawyer? He needs a good one | Richard Wolffe


    His previous lawyer, Michael Cohen, is about to go to jail. Meanwhile his actual lawyer is failing miserably at the job – and the legal challenges are mountingWho wants to be Donald Trump’s lawyer?No, seriously. Among all the positions normally...

    His previous lawyer, Michael Cohen, is about to go to jail. Meanwhile his actual lawyer is failing miserably at the job – and the legal challenges are mounting

    Who wants to be Donald Trump’s lawyer?

    No, seriously. Among all the positions normally considered to be the worst jobs ever – sewer engineer, decomposition cleaner, British prime minister – it surely ranks as even less desirable than Trump’s chief of staff: a job that literally nobody wants. No matter how many imaginary applicants Trump sees lining up outside the West Wing.

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    Will Africa’s first high-speed train be a £1.5bn magic bullet for Morocco? | Will Doig

    Will Africa’s first high-speed train be a £1.5bn magic bullet for Morocco? | Will Doig


    TGV trains will halve journey times from Casablanca to Tangier, but critics say flashy projects are no substitute for real reform“Many well-known guests have stayed here,” says Jimmy, the proprietor of the gift shop in the Hotel Continental, a...

    TGV trains will halve journey times from Casablanca to Tangier, but critics say flashy projects are no substitute for real reform

    “Many well-known guests have stayed here,” says Jimmy, the proprietor of the gift shop in the Hotel Continental, a stately pre-colonial landmark overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. He runs down the list: Edgar Degas, Winston Churchill, Paul Bowles. But that was a long time ago.

    Today, once-glitzy Tangier isn’t the destination it was half a century ago, when renowned artists and foreign spies haunted its bars and hotels. But the city’s fortunes may soon shift. A new high-speed railway, the first in Africa, was inaugurated last month, linking the cities along Morocco’s western edge. “In two hours, it will take you from Casablanca to here,” says Jimmy – more than twice as fast as the current trains.

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    10 of the best delis for traditional food and Christmas treats

    10 of the best delis for traditional food and Christmas treats


    Step into a world of spices and chocolates, cold cuts, cheeses and Christmas favourites at delicatessens from Venice to New YorkFrancis Ford Coppola is just one of the many fans of this second-generation purveyor of regional delicacies from around...

    Step into a world of spices and chocolates, cold cuts, cheeses and Christmas favourites at delicatessens from Venice to New York

    Francis Ford Coppola is just one of the many fans of this second-generation purveyor of regional delicacies from around Emilia-Romagna. Metal hooks, once used to cure hunks of mortadella from the rafters, still decorate the ceiling and the umami-heady funk of aged Parmigiano-Reggiano perfumes the shop. Since opening in 1932, in Bologna’s Quadrilatero, a labyrinth of medieval streets, the store stocks some of the best charcuterie in town. When owner Giovanni Tamburini isn’t rubbing elbows with local politicians over plates of superlative tortellini, he plays in a rock band named Ciccioli Ciccioli, which means “pork cracklings” in local dialect. During the month leading up to Christmas, Bolognesi come here to stock up on bottles of bubbles and baskets of gourmet goodies.
    • Via Caprarie 1, tamburini.com
    Diana Hubbell

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    How do you beat the Christmas blues? Take charge in the kitchen

    How do you beat the Christmas blues? Take charge in the kitchen


    The best thing about doing the festive cooking? You can appear selfless while avoiding the family argumentsLike your first hangover and your first speeding ticket, cooking Christmas lunch for the first time is a rite of passage. It is a passing of the...

    The best thing about doing the festive cooking? You can appear selfless while avoiding the family arguments

    Like your first hangover and your first speeding ticket, cooking Christmas lunch for the first time is a rite of passage. It is a passing of the flame from one generation to the next, with added gravy. I remember mine as if it was 25 years ago. Two things stay with me. One was my late mother’s nod of approval at the sweet and sour red cabbage. It wasn’t her red cabbage. It could never be hers. But it did deserve to be eaten. That was praise enough.

    The other memory was the admin. Blimey, it was complicated. I had to write timetables, like I was revising for A-levels all over again, only with a greater risk of humiliation through failure. Pinned up by the fridge magnets were documents that had taken on the significance of holy scripture: “12 noon – potatoes in; 1.30pm, bird out”. And so on. When it was all done and the kitchen was festooned in edible wreckage, I took the applause and muttered quietly about not making a habit of it.

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    What would a city that is safe for women look like?

    What would a city that is safe for women look like?


    Most cities have not been designed with women’s safety in mind but, from Egypt to Rwanda, new technology, design and education are reducing the threat of violence on the streetSexual violence has rarely been so high on the news agenda. Since...

    Most cities have not been designed with women’s safety in mind but, from Egypt to Rwanda, new technology, design and education are reducing the threat of violence on the street

    Sexual violence has rarely been so high on the news agenda. Since allegations against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein started to emerge in October last year, the global problem has finally become a mainstream issue. The United Nations has estimated that one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, with 120 million girls around the world having been forced into sex acts.

    The repercussions go beyond the physical and psychological toll on individuals who have been attacked. Harassment and fear of violence can impede free movement of girls and women and stop them reaching their full potential, both socially and economically. “If women feel afraid,” says Laura Somoggi, who manages the annual Womanity award for the prevention of violence against women, “it could undermine their ability to work or go to school or university which affects their empowerment, their rights.” Fear of attack is a bar to women escaping poverty.

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    Why are hundreds of US children suffering from a paralyzing illness?

    Why are hundreds of US children suffering from a paralyzing illness?


    Experts rush to determine the cause of the disease known as AFM as surges occur in alternate yearsMikell Sheehan thought her seven-year-old daughter, Bailey, had a terrible cold. But eight days and eight doctor’s visits later, Bailey was paralyzed on...

    Experts rush to determine the cause of the disease known as AFM as surges occur in alternate years

    Mikell Sheehan thought her seven-year-old daughter, Bailey, had a terrible cold. But eight days and eight doctor’s visits later, Bailey was paralyzed on her right side, in what would turn out to be one the first surges of a syndrome called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2014.

    Since then, 500 children across the United States have fallen ill with the little-understood paralyzing disease, with upticks happening every other year. In 2018, 158 cases were diagnosed, the largest number to date.

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    May’s real plea to the EU: save me from a second referendum | Matthew d’Ancona

    May’s real plea to the EU: save me from a second referendum | Matthew d’Ancona


    After her humiliating win, the prime minister embarks on a grand tour needing a miracle to avoid the Brexit option she dreads mostIt’s Thursday, and so the crisis of the day for Theresa May is a make-or-break meeting with her European Union...

    After her humiliating win, the prime minister embarks on a grand tour needing a miracle to avoid the Brexit option she dreads most

    It’s Thursday, and so the crisis of the day for Theresa May is a make-or-break meeting with her European Union counterparts in Brussels.

    Having achieved what can only be described as a humiliating victory last night – 117 of her own MPs voted to get rid of her – the prime minister now seeks concessions from the EU that she hopes will make her 585-page withdrawal agreement more palatable to hardline Brexiteers and the 10 Democratic Unionist MPs who prop up her government.

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    'Death sentence': butterfly sanctuary to be bulldozed for Trump's border wall

    'Death sentence': butterfly sanctuary to be bulldozed for Trump's border wall


    More than 200 species make their homes at America’s most diverse sanctuary, but construction through the reserve could begin in FebruaryOn any given day at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, visitors can to see more than 60 varieties of...

    More than 200 species make their homes at America’s most diverse sanctuary, but construction through the reserve could begin in February

    On any given day at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, visitors can to see more than 60 varieties of butterflies. In the spring and fall, monarchs and other species can blanket the center’s 100 acres of subtropical bushlands that extend from the visitor center to to the banks of the Rio Grande river, where their property, and US sovereignty, ends.

    “It’s like something from Fantasia,” said the center’s director, Marianna Wright. “When you walk you have to cover your mouth so you don’t suck in a butterfly.”

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    20 best Christmas party recipes: part 4

    20 best Christmas party recipes: part 4


    Duck pancakes, parsnip puree and cavolo nero crisps, and Nigella’s seasonal rocky road – our final selection of recipes for making merry with friends and familyOFM 20 best Christmas party recipes: part 1OFM 20 best Christmas party recipes: part 2OFM...

    Duck pancakes, parsnip puree and cavolo nero crisps, and Nigella’s seasonal rocky road – our final selection of recipes for making merry with friends and family

    OFM 20 best Christmas party recipes: part 1OFM 20 best Christmas party recipes: part 2OFM 20 best Christmas party recipes: part 3

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    10 cool shopping districts around the world: readers’ tips

    10 cool shopping districts around the world: readers’ tips


    Hamburg has its vinyl, St Petersburg its designer island and Toronto its arty distillery district. But the retail magic is strongest in Whitley Bay … This is a lively, sweeping curve of a high street, catering for a whole host of tastes and interests....

    Hamburg has its vinyl, St Petersburg its designer island and Toronto its arty distillery district. But the retail magic is strongest in Whitley Bay …

    This is a lively, sweeping curve of a high street, catering for a whole host of tastes and interests. Immortalised in the Dire Straits song Tunnel of Love and once a beloved destination for hen and stag parties, it has come a long way of late. Now it’s packed with independent boutiques and stores such as Hound Dog Music, Lottie McPhees (cupcakes), Whitley Bay Skate Club (skateboards, rollerskates, scooters etc) and Pulp Fiction Future Food.

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    Microsoft Surface Headphones review: close but no cigar

    Microsoft Surface Headphones review: close but no cigar


    Pricey Bluetooth headphones have excellent controls but only good, not great sound quality, noise cancelling and battery lifeSurface Headphones are Microsoft’s high-price, premium noise-cancelling cans aimed squarely at toppling the current kings, Bose...

    Pricey Bluetooth headphones have excellent controls but only good, not great sound quality, noise cancelling and battery life

    Surface Headphones are Microsoft’s high-price, premium noise-cancelling cans aimed squarely at toppling the current kings, Bose and Sony.

    Headphones seem like an odd choice for the Xbox, Office and Windows maker, but the are being produced by Microsoft’s burgeoning consumer electronics arm responsible for its line of Surface computers and accessories.

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    What happened next? ‘Drinking for the sake of drinking. It’s madness’: how Adrian Chiles cut back on booze

    What happened next? ‘Drinking for the sake of drinking. It’s madness’: how Adrian Chiles cut back on booze


    He used to drink an awful lot – and now drinks a lot less. It is well worth the effort in the long run, he saysMy name is Adrian, and I am a moderating drinker. It is a difficult time of year for us moderators, what with all those Christmas parties and...

    He used to drink an awful lot – and now drinks a lot less. It is well worth the effort in the long run, he says

    My name is Adrian, and I am a moderating drinker. It is a difficult time of year for us moderators, what with all those Christmas parties and annual get-togethers with old friends. This time last year, I am sure I would have been sighing at the thought of all the drinking I would have to be doing. But back then I was drinking so much generally that I don’t know how my liver would have known it was Christmas anyway.

    The documentary I made this year, Drinkers Like Me, definitely changed me. I used to drink an awful lot and hardly ever talk about it. Now I drink a lot less, but talk about it all the time. I can’t go for a quiet pint without someone having a word with me. This could involve a gentle expression of concern that I have fallen off the wagon (I never went on the wagon). Or, more often, a long sort-of confessional about that person’s drinking habits. Everyone seems to have a story about alcohol, about how much they drink or used to drink or how much their families drank or whatever. And this year we were even told that no amount of alcohol is good for our health.

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    Theresa May: a crisis of confidence

    Theresa May: a crisis of confidence


    After a frenzied day of infighting among Conservative MPs, Theresa May remains prime minister, having survived a vote of confidence in her leadership. But how damaging has the episode been for her party? Anushka Asthana hears from the Guardian’s...

    After a frenzied day of infighting among Conservative MPs, Theresa May remains prime minister, having survived a vote of confidence in her leadership. But how damaging has the episode been for her party? Anushka Asthana hears from the Guardian’s Jessica Elgot and Conservative MPs Ben Bradley, Nicky Morgan and Sarah Wollaston. Plus: Natalie Nougayrède on a make-or-break week for Emmanuel Macron

    So Theresa May battles on. Her enemies in the Conservative party tried to remove her – and they monumentally failed. The prime minister has survived a confidence vote and will now attempt to resuscitate her faltering Brexit deal.

    But the day’s drama exposed the splits in Britain’s ruling party. Divisions are ideological, bitter and increasingly personal.

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    New Zealand courts banned naming Grace Millane’s accused killer. Google just emailed it out | Toby Manhire

    New Zealand courts banned naming Grace Millane’s accused killer. Google just emailed it out | Toby Manhire


    That one of the world’s biggest companies rides roughshod over a court order tells you all you need to know about the giants of Silicon ValleyImagine if a media company told you the name of the man accused of killing Grace Millane. Imagine if, in...

    That one of the world’s biggest companies rides roughshod over a court order tells you all you need to know about the giants of Silicon Valley

    Imagine if a media company told you the name of the man accused of killing Grace Millane. Imagine if, in defiance of a very clear court ruling of interim name suppression, that company told you his name in an email – spelling it out, even, in the subject header.

    Unthinkable? That’s exactly what happened in the early hours of Tuesday.

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    The day that nearly ended it all for Theresa May – video highlights

    The day that nearly ended it all for Theresa May – video highlights


    In her biggest test to her leadership yet Theresa May has seen off a vote of no confidence called by her own party. This is how the day of chaos, drama and uncertainty played out. Theresa May defeats leadership challenge by 83 votesContinue...

    In her biggest test to her leadership yet Theresa May has seen off a vote of no confidence called by her own party. This is how the day of chaos, drama and uncertainty played out. 

    Theresa May defeats leadership challenge by 83 votes
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    Yokozuna, controversies and a 'Dump Truck': a sumo history – in pictures

    Yokozuna, controversies and a 'Dump Truck': a sumo history – in pictures


    The origins of sumo date back 2,000 years and it was from the 17th century that saw its rise as a spectator sport. However, viewing figures and homegrown participants have declined over the past two decades with the sport also under the spotlight due to...

    The origins of sumo date back 2,000 years and it was from the 17th century that saw its rise as a spectator sport. However, viewing figures and homegrown participants have declined over the past two decades with the sport also under the spotlight due to a number of controversies including a lack of women’s access

    Can Sumo survive? The crossroads facing Japan’s national sport – videoContinue reading...
    Frankie! Eurythmics!  Tina Turner! Peter Ashworth's 80s pop mavericks - in pictures

    Frankie! Eurythmics! Tina Turner! Peter Ashworth's 80s pop mavericks - in pictures


    From Adam Ant to Julian Cope, the pop stars of the 80s were bold, brash and big-haired. Photographer Peter Ashworth realised their wildest visual fantasiesMavericks, a photographic exhibition by Peter Ashworth is at the Lever Gallery, London, until 20...

    From Adam Ant to Julian Cope, the pop stars of the 80s were bold, brash and big-haired. Photographer Peter Ashworth realised their wildest visual fantasies

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    Stansted 15: the conviction of peaceful protesters

    Stansted 15: the conviction of peaceful protesters


    The conviction of protesters who locked themselves around a deportation flight at Stansted airport has been called a ‘crushing blow for human rights’. The Guardian’s Damien Gayle has been following the case and hears from demonstrators and...

    The conviction of protesters who locked themselves around a deportation flight at Stansted airport has been called a ‘crushing blow for human rights’. The Guardian’s Damien Gayle has been following the case and hears from demonstrators and deportees. Plus: Soraya Chemaly on the importance of female rage

    On the night of 28 March 2017, a group of activists cut a hole in a perimeter fence at Stansted airport and blocked the takeoff of an immigration removal flight. It had been chartered by the Home Office to remove 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

    On Monday, the group were found guilty under the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, a law passed in response to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

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    Trump in extraordinary clash with Pelosi and Schumer – video highlights

    Trump in extraordinary clash with Pelosi and Schumer – video highlights


    The key moments from Donald Trump's extraordinary heated row with Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The president threatened to shut down the government. He added that he would be 'proud' to shut it down over his plans to build a wall on...

    The key moments from Donald Trump's extraordinary heated row with Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The president threatened to shut down the government. He added that he would be 'proud' to shut it down over his plans to build a wall on the southern border

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    'We have already stepped up the no-deal preparations' says Theresa May – video

    'We have already stepped up the no-deal preparations' says Theresa May – video


    After Theresa May's decision to postpone the vote on Tuesday on her Brexit deal it appears preparations for a no-deal scenario are gathering momentum. The prime minister said the government has 'already stepped up' preparations for a no-deal Brexit...

    After Theresa May's decision to postpone the vote on Tuesday on her Brexit deal it appears preparations for a no-deal scenario are gathering momentum. The prime minister said the government has 'already stepped up' preparations for a no-deal Brexit

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    Footage shows NYPD police officer ripping baby from its mother's arms – video

    Footage shows NYPD police officer ripping baby from its mother's arms – video


    A video of New York police officers appears to show them ripping a baby from his mother’s arms. The incident is taking place in a Brooklyn benefits office. The footage shows a woman lying on the floor while officers repeatedly try to arrest her and...

    A video of New York police officers appears to show them ripping a baby from his mother’s arms. The incident is taking place in a Brooklyn benefits office. The footage shows a woman lying on the floor while officers repeatedly try to arrest her and remove the one-year-old child from her arms. She can be heard saying various times: ‘You’re hurting my son’

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    Jacinda Ardern: 'Hurt and shame' over Briton's death – video

    Jacinda Ardern: 'Hurt and shame' over Briton's death – video


    The New Zealand prime minister became emotional and fought back tears at a press conference on Monday as she apologised to the family of Grace Millane, a 22-year-old British woman who was murdered while holidaying in Auckland, saying 'your daughter...

    The New Zealand prime minister became emotional and fought back tears at a press conference on Monday as she apologised to the family of Grace Millane, a 22-year-old British woman who was murdered while holidaying in Auckland, saying 'your daughter should have been safe here'

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    Guardian and Observer appeal 2018: our chosen charities

    Guardian and Observer appeal 2018: our chosen charities


    The work we are supporting defends individuals in the UK’s ‘hostile environment’Please donate to our appeal hereThe 2018 Guardian and Observer appeal is supporting five charities which were instrumental in securing justice for the Windrush...

    The work we are supporting defends individuals in the UK’s ‘hostile environment’

    Please donate to our appeal here

    The 2018 Guardian and Observer appeal is supporting five charities which were instrumental in securing justice for the Windrush generation. Their work defends the rights of all whose lives are unfairly disrupted by the UK’s hostile immigration system. Here’s a brief guide to what they do:

    Praxis Community Projects

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    Berta Cáceres case: a warning for those who would kill activists

    Berta Cáceres case: a warning for those who would kill activists


    Trial is notable for highlighting land and nature defender murders that ordinarily go unpunishedThe sentencing on Thursday of seven men accused of murdering the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres is only partial justice, but it should inspire...

    Trial is notable for highlighting land and nature defender murders that ordinarily go unpunished

    The sentencing on Thursday of seven men accused of murdering the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres is only partial justice, but it should inspire anyone committed to ending the slaughter of land and nature defenders around the globe.

    A court in Tegucigalpa handed down guilty verdicts on all but one of the eight accused, including two employees of the hydro-electric dam company that the indigenous Lenca woman had been campaigning against before her assassination on 2 March 2016.

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    Skip Day - high school friendship and everyday racism in Florida

    Skip Day - high school friendship and everyday racism in Florida


    Intimate glimpses of one very special day in the lives of high-school seniors from an industrial corner of the Florida Everglades: prom’s over, the future is uncertain, and the irresistible pull of the beach makes the long-time friends drive 60 miles...

    Intimate glimpses of one very special day in the lives of high-school seniors from an industrial corner of the Florida Everglades: prom’s over, the future is uncertain, and the irresistible pull of the beach makes the long-time friends drive 60 miles to chill, pose and revel in the waves. Once at the beach, friendship, discussions about what's next, and an unwelcome dose of everyday racism mix. Winner of the Illy Prize for best short film at Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival.

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    Berta Cáceres murder trial plagued by allegations of cover-ups set to end

    Berta Cáceres murder trial plagued by allegations of cover-ups set to end


    Verdict against eight men accused in the murder of Honduran indigenous environmentalist will be handed down on ThursdayThe verdict against eight men accused over the murder of Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres will be handed down on...

    Verdict against eight men accused in the murder of Honduran indigenous environmentalist will be handed down on Thursday

    The verdict against eight men accused over the murder of Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres will be handed down on Thursday after a controversial five-week trial plagued by allegations of negligence and cover-ups.

    Cáceres – who won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize – was shot dead in March 2016, after a long battle against the internationally financed Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam project on the Gualcarque river, territory sacred to the indigenous Lenca people.

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    Civil rights 'under serious attack' across the globe

    Civil rights 'under serious attack' across the globe


    More than half of countries use censorship, harassment or violence to repress public debate, warns a reportNearly six in 10 countries are seriously restricting people’s freedoms, according to a new report that warns of a growing repression around the...

    More than half of countries use censorship, harassment or violence to repress public debate, warns a report

    Nearly six in 10 countries are seriously restricting people’s freedoms, according to a new report that warns of a growing repression around the world.

    According to the study, there is little or no space for activism in countries such as Eritrea and Syria, and also worrying signs in countries where democracy is considered well established, such as France, the US, Hungary and India.

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    South African community wins court battle over mining rights

    South African community wins court battle over mining rights


    High court orders government to get prior community consent before granting mining rights in PondolandEnvironmental activists in South Africa have won a landmark legal victory after the high court ordered the government to get prior community consent...

    High court orders government to get prior community consent before granting mining rights in Pondoland

    Environmental activists in South Africa have won a landmark legal victory after the high court ordered the government to get prior community consent before granting mining rights.

    The judgment represents a major victory for campaigners in Xolobeni, a community in Pondoland, who have been involved in a protracted and sometimes violent struggle against a proposed titanium mine.

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