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    Tennys Sandgren v Hyeon Chung: Australian Open quarter-final – live!

    Tennys Sandgren v Hyeon Chung: Australian Open quarter-final – live!


    Updates from the last-eight match on Rod Laver ArenaFeel free to get in touch on email or Twitter @mike_hytner 3.00am GMTSecond set: Sandgren* 4-6, 0-1 Chung (* denotes server): I blinked and I missed (most of) it. But Chung gets the second set off to...

    Updates from the last-eight match on Rod Laver ArenaFeel free to get in touch on email or Twitter @mike_hytner

    3.00am GMT

    Second set: Sandgren* 4-6, 0-1 Chung (* denotes server): I blinked and I missed (most of) it. But Chung gets the second set off to the best possible start, with a break! The momentum is with the Korean and Sandgren is quickly in danger of letting this one run away from him.

    2.53am GMT

    First set: Sandgren 4-6 Chung* (* denotes server): No problems whatsoever for Chung as he’s, um, well-served by his serve once again to wrap up the opening set in just 37 minutes. He’s on course for a second career win over Sandgren, the pair having met earlier this month in the round of 32 in Auckland, where the Korean won in three, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

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    Brazil yellow fever crisis: dozens dead as São Paulo closes city gardens and zoo

    Brazil yellow fever crisis: dozens dead as São Paulo closes city gardens and zoo


    Health officials plan to vaccinate millions as cases of yellow fever rise during the Southern Hemisphere rainy seasonSão Paulo closed its zoo and botanical gardens Tuesday as a yellow fever outbreak that has led to 70 deaths is picking up steam.The big...

    Health officials plan to vaccinate millions as cases of yellow fever rise during the Southern Hemisphere rainy season

    São Paulo closed its zoo and botanical gardens Tuesday as a yellow fever outbreak that has led to 70 deaths is picking up steam.

    The big Inhotim art park, which attracts visitors from all over the world, also announced that all visitors would have to show proof of vaccination to be allowed in. The park said the measure was preventative and no case of yellow fever had been found there.

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    LeBron James is youngest ever to join NBA's exclusive 30,000-point club

    LeBron James is youngest ever to join NBA's exclusive 30,000-point club


    Cavaliers star is only seventh NBA player to reach markKareem Abdul-Jabbar holds record with 38,387 pointsLeBron James has joined the NBA’s 30,000-point club.James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second...

    Cavaliers star is only seventh NBA player to reach markKareem Abdul-Jabbar holds record with 38,387 points

    LeBron James has joined the NBA’s 30,000-point club.

    James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

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    History wars cast aside as Australians rate the most significant events

    History wars cast aside as Australians rate the most significant events


    Thirty per cent rate marriage equality as most significant event in their lifetime, followed by September 11 attacks at 27% • Share your thoughts on Australia’s most important historical events in the comments belowEvery little while we have a panic...

    Thirty per cent rate marriage equality as most significant event in their lifetime, followed by September 11 attacks at 27%

    • Share your thoughts on Australia’s most important historical events in the comments below

    Every little while we have a panic about history. We’re having one right now, over Australia Day. A few months back, inspired by an American panic, we had one over statues.

    A hardy perennial has been the panic about ignorance, especially among the young. What are they learning in schools and universities? Do “they” know enough about “our history”? And what is “our history” anyway? Is it the history of Australia, of our region, of Europe, of western civilisation, or of humanity? Is it all these things? Where does Indigenous history fit into the picture? What of Asian history?

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    Cape Town to run out of water by 12 April amid worst drought in a century

    Cape Town to run out of water by 12 April amid worst drought in a century


    Residents will have to queue at standpipes for daily rations unless they drastically reduce consumption As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents have been warned that they face losing piped water to their homes on 12 April – nine...

    Residents will have to queue at standpipes for daily rations unless they drastically reduce consumption

    As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents have been warned that they face losing piped water to their homes on 12 April – nine days earlier than predicted.

    If drastic consumption reductions are not achieved by “Day Zero”, people will have to queue at 200 standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres (6.6 US gallons), residents were told on Tuesday.

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    US-led coalition strikes kill 150 Islamic State militants in Syria

    US-led coalition strikes kill 150 Islamic State militants in Syria


    Strikes near As Shafah come as the US urged Turkey to focus on fighting Isis and show restraint in its campaign against Kurdish forces The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has said it has killed nearly 150 militants in strikesin the Syrian middle...

    Strikes near As Shafah come as the US urged Turkey to focus on fighting Isis and show restraint in its campaign against Kurdish forces

    The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has said it has killed nearly 150 militants in strikesin the Syrian middle Euphrates valley.

    The strikes on Saturday come as the US urged Turkey to show restraint in its campaign against Kurdish forces in northern Syria and to focus on fighting Isis. On Tuesday, Turkey claimed to have killed 260 Kurdish and Isis fighters in a four-day offensive the north of the country.

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    Sweden calls on China to release detained bookseller Gui Minhai

    Sweden calls on China to release detained bookseller Gui Minhai


    Sweden’s foreign minister says her country takes “a very serious view” of Gui’s detention as he travelled to Beijing for a medical examination Sweden has called on China to immediately free missing bookseller Gui Minhai who was seized by Chinese...

    Sweden’s foreign minister says her country takes “a very serious view” of Gui’s detention as he travelled to Beijing for a medical examination

    Sweden has called on China to immediately free missing bookseller Gui Minhai who was seized by Chinese agents on Saturday as he travelled to Beijing with two European diplomats.

    In a statement, Sweden’s foreign minister, Margot Wallström, said: “We expect the immediate release of our fellow citizen, and that he be given the opportunity to meet Swedish diplomatic and medical staff.”

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    Ursula K Le Guin, sci-fi and fantasy author, dies at 88

    Ursula K Le Guin, sci-fi and fantasy author, dies at 88


    The multi award-winning writer of The Left Hand of Darkness and A Wizard of Earthsea has died at her home in Portland, Oregon Ursula K Le Guin, the award-winning fantasy and science fiction author, has died at the age of 88.Le Guin’s books have sold...

    The multi award-winning writer of The Left Hand of Darkness and A Wizard of Earthsea has died at her home in Portland, Oregon

    Ursula K Le Guin, the award-winning fantasy and science fiction author, has died at the age of 88.

    Le Guin’s books have sold millions worldwide and won her a number of prestigious accolades, including Hugo and Nebula awards for her 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness.

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    Attorney general Jeff Sessions questioned in Trump-Russia inquiry

    Attorney general Jeff Sessions questioned in Trump-Russia inquiry


    Robert Mueller interviewed Sessions for several hours last weekSpecial counsel reported to be negotiating interview with presidentTrump-Russia investigation: the key questions answeredThe attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has been interviewed by Robert...

    Robert Mueller interviewed Sessions for several hours last week
    Special counsel reported to be negotiating interview with presidentTrump-Russia investigation: the key questions answered

    The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has been interviewed by Robert Mueller, as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a justice department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

    Sarah Isgur Flores confirmed to the Guardian that the meeting took place. The New York Times first reported the meeting on Tuesday morning.

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    Massacres and protest: Australia Day's undeniable history

    Massacres and protest: Australia Day's undeniable history


    The 26 January debate started with Indigenous people wanting the brutal past acknowledgedOn 26 January 1838, a group of mounted police under the instruction of the colonial government led a surprise attack on a camp of Kamilaroi people at Waterloo Creek...

    The 26 January debate started with Indigenous people wanting the brutal past acknowledged

    On 26 January 1838, a group of mounted police under the instruction of the colonial government led a surprise attack on a camp of Kamilaroi people at Waterloo Creek in northern New South Wales, killing at least 40.

    It was the 50th anniversary of the planting of the Union Jack in Sydney Cove. As the massacre took place, a celebratory regatta was held in Sydney, 480km away, to mark the colony’s jubilee.

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    Chile president-elect reveals hardline cabinet with ties to Pinochet

    Chile president-elect reveals hardline cabinet with ties to Pinochet


    Conservatives to join Sebastian Piñera, who campaigned as centristNew interior minister was vocal supporter of Pinochet’s dictatorshipChile’s president-elect, the billionaire businessman Sebastian Piñera, has unveiled a new hardline cabinet,...

    Conservatives to join Sebastian Piñera, who campaigned as centristNew interior minister was vocal supporter of Pinochet’s dictatorship

    Chile’s president-elect, the billionaire businessman Sebastian Piñera, has unveiled a new hardline cabinet, including prominent conservative figures and some politicians once closely aligned with the Pinochet dictatorship.

    The new interior minister, Andrés Chadwick, was a vocal supporter of Augusto Pinochet during his 1973-1990 regime, which named him president of the Catholic University Students Federation.

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    Tammy Duckworth to be first US senator to give birth in office

    Tammy Duckworth to be first US senator to give birth in office


    Illinois Democrat and Iraq war veteran will be one of 10 lawmakers who have given birth during congressional termsThe Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth has announced that she will be the first US senator to give birth while in office.The 49-year-old...

    Illinois Democrat and Iraq war veteran will be one of 10 lawmakers who have given birth during congressional terms

    The Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth has announced that she will be the first US senator to give birth while in office.

    The 49-year-old Democrat, a veteran who lost her legs in the Iraq war, announced her pregnancy in a news release on Tuesday.

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    Two planets in unusual star system are very likely habitable, scientists say

    Two planets in unusual star system are very likely habitable, scientists say


    Exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 have thrilled astronomers since their discovery last year thanks to their Earth-like potential to harbor waterScientists have identified two planets circling round a dim dwarf star as especially likely candidates to have...

    Exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 have thrilled astronomers since their discovery last year thanks to their Earth-like potential to harbor water

    Scientists have identified two planets circling round a dim dwarf star as especially likely candidates to have habitable conditions, with probable water and a source of heat, attributes thought necessary for life beyond Earth.

    Since their discovery last year, the seven planets and their star, called Trappist-1, have thrilled astronomers hunting for a world resembling Earth. Never before had scientists found so many Earth-sized planets around a single star, or in a zone where the extreme temperatures of space would not obliterate the chances of life.

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    Tax slips don't lie? Shakira under investigation for tax evasion

    Tax slips don't lie? Shakira under investigation for tax evasion


    The Colombian singer, who switched residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, allegedly failed to pay income taxes in Spain Judicial authorities in Spain say Shakira is under investigation for possible tax evasion during the three years before she...

    The Colombian singer, who switched residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, allegedly failed to pay income taxes in Spain

    Judicial authorities in Spain say Shakira is under investigation for possible tax evasion during the three years before she officially moved to Barcelona.

    The Colombian singer switched residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, Barça soccer player Gerard Piqué, and the couple’s two sons.

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    Sergio Agüero guides Manchester City to Wembley despite Bristol City rally

    Sergio Agüero guides Manchester City to Wembley despite Bristol City rally


    Manchester City remain on course to compete for silverware on four fronts this season and the first of those trophies is now within touching distance. Pep Guardiola’s team will face Arsenal or Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on 25 February...

    Manchester City remain on course to compete for silverware on four fronts this season and the first of those trophies is now within touching distance. Pep Guardiola’s team will face Arsenal or Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on 25 February after another masterclass from Kevin De Bruyne brought Bristol City’s terrific run to the semi-finals to a memorable end.

    De Bruyne, who signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract 24 hours before this second leg, scored the winner with the last kick of the game but it was the wonderful assist for Sergio Agüero, four minutes after the interval, that took the breath away on a night when Bristol City refused to go quietly.

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    Maduro eyes re-election as Venezuela fires starting gun for presidential vote

    Maduro eyes re-election as Venezuela fires starting gun for presidential vote


    Constituent assembly calls for election in first four months of 2018Ruling Socialists seek to exploit opposition disarrayVenezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has said that he is ready to seek another term in office after the pro-government constituent...

    Constituent assembly calls for election in first four months of 2018Ruling Socialists seek to exploit opposition disarray

    Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has said that he is ready to seek another term in office after the pro-government constituent assembly declared that new presidential elections must be held by 30 April.

    Analysts described Tuesday’s announcement as an attempt by the ruling socialist party to exploit opposition disarray – and cement control before the country’s economic crisis becomes even more acute.

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    Phil Neville hit by Twitter storm soon after landing England women’s job

    Phil Neville hit by Twitter storm soon after landing England women’s job


    • He deletes account as dubious tweets he is said to have sent emerge • Former Everton captain ‘honoured’ to be named women’s coachPhil Neville says he feels “honoured” to have been given the job of coaching the England women’s team but...

    • He deletes account as dubious tweets he is said to have sent emerge
    • Former Everton captain ‘honoured’ to be named women’s coach

    Phil Neville says he feels “honoured” to have been given the job of coaching the England women’s team but his appointment immediately became embroiled in controversy after highly dubious tweets Neville appears to have sent a few years ago began to circulate, with one making light of domestic violence.

    The message, which was posted via Neville’s long-standing Twitter handle @fizzer18 on 1 July 2011, reads: “Relax I’m back chilled – just battered the wife!!! Feel better now!” Another from the same account, and which was sent on 3 December 2012, reads: “U women of [sic] always wanted equality until it comes to paying the bills #hypocrites”.

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    Beirut review – Jon Hamm impresses in intelligent 80s-set spy thriller

    Beirut review – Jon Hamm impresses in intelligent 80s-set spy thriller


    The Mad Men veteran plays another fast-talking protagonist in a smart and complex tale that has echoes of John le CarréIn an unexpected twist, Sundance has become the launch pad for what 20 years ago was very mainstream fodder: the mid-budget, fairly...

    The Mad Men veteran plays another fast-talking protagonist in a smart and complex tale that has echoes of John le Carré

    In an unexpected twist, Sundance has become the launch pad for what 20 years ago was very mainstream fodder: the mid-budget, fairly smart international spy film. We saw it in 2014 with Philip Seymour Hoffman starring in the adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man, and we have it again this year with Beirut, which, when it is working well, is of Le Carré caliber. This isn’t a particularly chancy film, unless the decision to go old school is considered such. It is still, however, quite good.

    Related: Ophelia review – Daisy Ridley stranded in disastrous Hamlet reimagining

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    Trans-Pacific Partnership revived after 11 nations agree to trade deal – without US

    Trans-Pacific Partnership revived after 11 nations agree to trade deal – without US


    Canada coaxed back after lobbying by Japan and Australia, while door left open for WashingtonThe Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which had been on life support since Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US a year ago, has finally been...

    Canada coaxed back after lobbying by Japan and Australia, while door left open for Washington

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which had been on life support since Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US a year ago, has finally been resuscitated.

    The 11 remaining countries are expected to sign an amended agreement on 8 March in Chile, Australia’s trade minister, Steve Ciobo, has confirmed.

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    CIA chief draws new 'red line' on North Korea nuclear buildup

    CIA chief draws new 'red line' on North Korea nuclear buildup


    Mike Pompeo hints that the ability to fire multiple ICBMs at continental US would be Trump’s threshold for military actionThe CIA director, Mike Pompeo, has said that the Trump administration is intent on preventing North Korea from being able to fire...

    Mike Pompeo hints that the ability to fire multiple ICBMs at continental US would be Trump’s threshold for military action

    The CIA director, Mike Pompeo, has said that the Trump administration is intent on preventing North Korea from being able to fire multiple nuclear missiles at the United States, apparently sketching out a new red line for the regime in Pyongyang.

    Speaking in Washington, Pompeo explained for the first time what the administration meant when it warns that it would not allow the regime of Kim Jong-un to threaten the US with a nuclear weapon.

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    Oscar nods pour in for The Shape of Water in year coloured by #MeToo

    Oscar nods pour in for The Shape of Water in year coloured by #MeToo


    Female-driven contenders including The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri pitched as riding cultural waveThe Shape of Water, a romantic fable about a janitor who falls in love with a sea creature, has won 13 Oscar nominations, leading a...

    Female-driven contenders including The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri pitched as riding cultural wave

    The Shape of Water, a romantic fable about a janitor who falls in love with a sea creature, has won 13 Oscar nominations, leading a field of films with an unexpectedly strong British showing.

    Guillermo del Toro’s cold war-era fantasy was nominated for best picture, best director and best actress for Sally Hawkins, who plays the mute cleaner, as well as in 10 other categories, part of a bumper haul on Tuesday just one nomination shy of the record for the most in Academy Awards history.

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    Female journalists kept at back of Pence’s visit to Western Wall

    Female journalists kept at back of Pence’s visit to Western Wall


    Reporter says women ‘penned off’ behind male colleaguesArrangements contrast with those for Trump and Obama visitsA spiritual visit by the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to Jerusalem’s Western Wall has been overshadowed after female journalists...

    Reporter says women ‘penned off’ behind male colleagues
    Arrangements contrast with those for Trump and Obama visits

    A spiritual visit by the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to Jerusalem’s Western Wall has been overshadowed after female journalists were forced to stand behind their male counterparts in a fenced-off area.

    While women and men are separated by the ultra-Orthodox Jewish authority that runs the plaza, both sexes are normally able to look into each other’s section. During previous visits by Donald Trump and Barack Obama, sexes were divided although female reporters and photographers were afforded an unobstructed view.

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    No big ideas will be coming from Theresa May – and her Tory enemies know it | Anne Perkins

    No big ideas will be coming from Theresa May – and her Tory enemies know it | Anne Perkins


    MPs pretend they’re trying to help the stricken prime minister, but in truth they are preparing the wicket to bowl her outTheresa May’s unique quality as a politician is her capacity to endure. It is an unusual attribute, this soldiering-on thing....

    MPs pretend they’re trying to help the stricken prime minister, but in truth they are preparing the wicket to bowl her out

    Theresa May’s unique quality as a politician is her capacity to endure. It is an unusual attribute, this soldiering-on thing. Modern politicians are like Icarus, bench-tested against the zillion-degree temperature of public opinion almost before they have found their way to their office. But May does not fit the mould of the modern politician. She has been an MP for 20 years. For nearly 19 of them, she kept her head down. Occasionally, she lifted off. Then she bumped discreetly back to earth.

    Related: Theresa May told to 'raise her game' in Tory MP's outburst

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    The end of road rage? A car which detects emotions

    The end of road rage? A car which detects emotions


    Scientists are developing sensors which can understand feelings, in a bid to make driving saferThe potential for cars to tune into their driver’s emotions is being explored by manufacturers, who believe a car which understands feelings could make...

    Scientists are developing sensors which can understand feelings, in a bid to make driving safer

    The potential for cars to tune into their driver’s emotions is being explored by manufacturers, who believe a car which understands feelings could make driving safer.

    Researchers hope to integrate biometric sensors into cars, allowing the vehicle to understand when a driver is tired or stressed. It could then issue prompts or alerts, or potentially take over the wheel in extreme circumstances.

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    Justin Trudeau tells Davos: tackle inequality or risk failure

    Justin Trudeau tells Davos: tackle inequality or risk failure


    Canadian prime minister says employing more women is the smart thing to doCanada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has challenged leaders of the world’s biggest corporations to hire more women and to tackle sexual harassment as he warned that a...

    Canadian prime minister says employing more women is the smart thing to do

    Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has challenged leaders of the world’s biggest corporations to hire more women and to tackle sexual harassment as he warned that a business-as-usual approach to tackling inequality would lead to failure for everyone.

    In a keynote speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trudeau said hiring, promoting and retaining more women was the key to narrowing the “staggering” gap between rich and poor.

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    Collection of Sylvia Plath's possessions to be sold at auction

    Collection of Sylvia Plath's possessions to be sold at auction


    Proof of The Bell Jar among items shedding light on poet’s life and marriage to Ted HughesThe story of the last months of the life of Sylvia Plath is tracked on the flyleaves of the proof and author’s copies of her only novel, The Bell Jar. The books...

    Proof of The Bell Jar among items shedding light on poet’s life and marriage to Ted Hughes

    The story of the last months of the life of Sylvia Plath is tracked on the flyleaves of the proof and author’s copies of her only novel, The Bell Jar. The books are inscribed in her firm, clear handwriting with addresses showing that, around the time of publication, her marriage to the poet Ted Hughes had finally collapsed and she moved with her two small children to the flat in north London where she would die in February 1963.

    The books are part of a collection of Plath’s possessions, including clothes, jewellery, furniture, books with loving inscriptions from Hughes, her heavily annotated cookery book, and the Hermes typewriter on which she wrote The Bell Jar, now being sold by her only surviving child, Frieda Hughes.

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    Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand run ragged by IAAF’s moving goalposts | Andy Bull

    Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand run ragged by IAAF’s moving goalposts | Andy Bull


    Semenya and Chand will race at the Commonwealth Games in April but their fight for the right of hyperandrogenic athletes to compete is far from overIt’s been just under six months since Caster Semenya ran at the world championships, which makes it just...

    Semenya and Chand will race at the Commonwealth Games in April but their fight for the right of hyperandrogenic athletes to compete is far from over

    It’s been just under six months since Caster Semenya ran at the world championships, which makes it just over five since the last time everyone was talking about intersex athletes in sport. The media cycle moves along but the debate goes on. Last Friday the court of arbitration for sport released details of the latest developments in the crucial case of Dutee Chand v the IAAF. Semenya became the public face of the fight for the rights of hyperandrogenic athletes because she is so successful. But it’s Chand, a 21-year-old Indian sprinter, whose lawyers have been prosecuting the argument against the IAAF’s policies.

    Chand was born in Gopalpur in Jaipur in 1996, one of seven children in a family that lived below the poverty line. She always loved to sprint. They say when she was a kid she spent so much time running that the neighbours thought she was crazy. When she was 10 she won a spot at a government-run sports hostel and in her teens she broke local, state, and national records in the 100m and 200m. In 2014, aged 18, she was picked in the India relay squad for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. And then she was dropped from it when tests showed her natural testosterone levels were higher than the International Association of Athletics Federations allowed.

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    Paradise Papers firm worked for bank linked to terrorist financing and organised crime

    Paradise Papers firm worked for bank linked to terrorist financing and organised crime


    Appleby client FBME is banned from US financial system The firm at the heart of the Paradise Papers leak provided offshore services to a bank accused of facilitating terrorist financing, transnational organised crime and the Syrian government’s...

    Appleby client FBME is banned from US financial system

    The firm at the heart of the Paradise Papers leak provided offshore services to a bank accused of facilitating terrorist financing, transnational organised crime and the Syrian government’s chemical weapons programme.

    Appleby represented the Cayman Islands holding company of FBME Bank for at least a year after the US Treasury published an extraordinary roster of allegations against the bank, and acted as its agent for more than a decade beforehand.

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    Aly Raisman launches attack on US Olympic Committee over Nassar abuse

    Aly Raisman launches attack on US Olympic Committee over Nassar abuse


    Olympic champion says USOC has shown ‘zero accountability’Larry Nassar faces 125 years in jail for sexually abusing athletesAly Raisman has launched a withering attack on the US Olympic Committee as the sentence hearing for former USA Gymnastics...

    Olympic champion says USOC has shown ‘zero accountability’Larry Nassar faces 125 years in jail for sexually abusing athletes

    Aly Raisman has launched a withering attack on the US Olympic Committee as the sentence hearing for former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar continues in a Michigan courtroom.

    Nassar has admitted to sexually abusing young gymnasts in his care. More than 100 girls and women – including Raisman and her fellow Olympic champions Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney – have come forward to say they are survivors of his crimes. On Monday, USA Gymnastics announced three of its board members had resigned over the scandal. Raisman has repeatedly criticised USA Gymnastics’ handling of Nassar’s case but on Monday night she also called out the USOC for taking credit for the resignations.

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    Trump's tariffs on panels will cost US solar industry thousands of jobs

    Trump's tariffs on panels will cost US solar industry thousands of jobs


    Trump’s decision to impose a 30% tariff will cost the US around 23,000 jobs and risks slowing the growth of clean energy, advocates warnDonald Trump’s decision to impose a tariff on imported solar panels will cost the US solar industry about 23,000...

    Trump’s decision to impose a 30% tariff will cost the US around 23,000 jobs and risks slowing the growth of clean energy, advocates warn

    Donald Trump’s decision to impose a tariff on imported solar panels will cost the US solar industry about 23,000 jobs this year and risks slowing the growth of clean energy that would help address climate change, renewable energy advocates warned.

    Trump has imposed a 30% tariff on foreign-made solar cells and modules, with the White House expressing alarm at a huge rise in imported components “spurred on by artificially low-priced solar cells and modules from China”.

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    Democrats caved too soon on the government shutdown

    Democrats caved too soon on the government shutdown


    The decision to end the shutdown without a deal to protect undocumented immigrants is cowardly and shows absurd trust in RepublicansPerhaps Chuck Schumer sees something we don’t. The game of chess he’s playing is indeed three-dimensional and Mitch...

    The decision to end the shutdown without a deal to protect undocumented immigrants is cowardly and shows absurd trust in Republicans

    Perhaps Chuck Schumer sees something we don’t. The game of chess he’s playing is indeed three-dimensional and Mitch McConnell’s Republican majority really is on the ropes, ready to cut that deal and fulfill every West Wing fantasy of savvy, sane bipartisan deal-making.

    If so, we can all someday apologize to Schumer for how we yelled into the phones of his office, deluged him with mail, and filled our Twitter streams with invective. We can go pay our respects to the great Senate minority leader.

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    Tennys Sandgren's Pizzagate past: Can an athlete's politics be a dealbreaker?

    Tennys Sandgren's Pizzagate past: Can an athlete's politics be a dealbreaker?


    As the journeyman’s Cinderella run through the Australian Open has invited scrutiny of his political views, a modern dilemma resurfacesThe final five words of Tennys Sandgren’s 17-word Twitter bio are: “likes/rtwts are not endorsements.” It’s a...

    As the journeyman’s Cinderella run through the Australian Open has invited scrutiny of his political views, a modern dilemma resurfaces

    The final five words of Tennys Sandgren’s 17-word Twitter bio are: “likes/rtwts are not endorsements.” It’s a line many Twitter users post as a means to insulate their employer and associates from any controversial opinions they may share, such as a distaste for the McDonald’s McRib sandwich or actually enjoying Mondays. But in Sandgren’s case, the line sits there like an attempt to say: Hey, just because I read, like and share alt-right bigotry does not mean I’m an alt-right bigot.

    A week ago, few knew or cared about Tennys Sandgren’s Twitter account. Most didn’t even know who Tennys Sandgren was. But that was before the 26-year old from Tennessee, the 97th-ranked player in the world who didn’t even make it off the Challenger tour until last year, went on an improbable run to the men’s quarter-finals at the Australian Open, including a five-set victory over Dominic Thiem, the No5 player in the world. It was a feel-good story. Until some fans checked the verified Twitter account run by Tennys and immediately stopped feeling good.

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    Late-night hosts on shutdown: 'America gets caught in the stairwell by the landlord'

    Late-night hosts on shutdown: 'America gets caught in the stairwell by the landlord'


    Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel, addressed the end of the government shutdown and this weekend’s women’s marchesLate-night hosts on Monday night discussed the end of the three-day government shutdown after Democrats and Republicans...

    Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel, addressed the end of the government shutdown and this weekend’s women’s marches

    Late-night hosts on Monday night discussed the end of the three-day government shutdown after Democrats and Republicans agreed to fund the government for three weeks.

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    Hugh Masekela: six decades of sounds from the father of South African jazz – video

    Hugh Masekela: six decades of sounds from the father of South African jazz – video


    Musician and activist Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78. The man known as the father of South African jazz was a part of the anti-apartheid movement and had a career spanning five decades.Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies aged...

    Musician and activist Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78. The man known as the father of South African jazz was a part of the anti-apartheid movement and had a career spanning five decades.

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    Russia pulls 'despicable'  Death of Stalin from cinemas

    Russia pulls 'despicable' Death of Stalin from cinemas


    Acclaimed black comedy labelled ‘boring, repugnant and insulting’ after private viewing for culture ministry officialsRussia’s culture ministry has withdrawn permission for the release of Armando Iannucci’s black comedy The Death of Stalin, after...

    Acclaimed black comedy labelled ‘boring, repugnant and insulting’ after private viewing for culture ministry officials

    Russia’s culture ministry has withdrawn permission for the release of Armando Iannucci’s black comedy The Death of Stalin, after officials and top arts figures labelled the movie offensive and extremist.

    An advisory committee to the ministry had earlier recommended postponing the release to avoid it clashing with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad, after officials and film directors attended a private viewing on Monday.

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    Democrats did the 'responsible thing' and re-opened government. Will that backfire? | Jill Abramson

    Democrats did the 'responsible thing' and re-opened government. Will that backfire? | Jill Abramson


    It’s telling that almost every Democrat who’s been named as a possible presidential hopeful voted against the temporary dealShutdowns can be unpredictable. They represent everything that most sane people hate about Washington DC – the dysfunction,...

    It’s telling that almost every Democrat who’s been named as a possible presidential hopeful voted against the temporary deal

    Shutdowns can be unpredictable. They represent everything that most sane people hate about Washington DC – the dysfunction, the polarization, the distance between political leaders and the people whose lives are dependent on a functioning government. That might be why Democrats blinked and agreed to end the government shutdown.

    The Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, cut a temporary deal to re-open the government on Monday after Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, promised to allow a vote to protect undocumented young immigrants known as Dreamers. Schumer was in no mood for Russian roulette. This enraged his left flank, who were already at the barricades.

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    Reckoning with Gilead's moral vision

    Reckoning with Gilead's moral vision


    Marilynne Robinson’s novel invites readers to both judge its central characters, and to forgive themMarilynne Robinson webchat on 26 January – post your questions nowOne of the quietly brilliant tricks of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead is to place the...

    Marilynne Robinson’s novel invites readers to both judge its central characters, and to forgive them

    Marilynne Robinson webchat on 26 January – post your questions now

    One of the quietly brilliant tricks of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead is to place the reader behind her character’s shoulder, watching as John Ames writes to his young son. Because Ames so often questions his own motives and impulses, we can’t help but do the same. Yes, he is mainly writing for his young son, to be read at a time when Ames is long gone – but, as a religious man, it is also reasonable to assume that he wonders what God makes of his concerns and self-justifications. As we judge Ames, we also find ourselves playing that God – which is no easy game.

    Ames is simultaneously jealous and fearful that once he has gone, the younger Jack Broughton may take his place with his wife and child. But it’s hard to blame the old man for having such twinges, after his long, lonely time “getting by on books and baseball and fried egg sandwiches”. The thought of passing his new family on to someone else is agonising: “The truth is as I stood there in the pulpit, looking down on the three of you, you looked to me like a handsome young family, and my evil old heart rose within me, the old covetise I have mentioned elsewhere came over me, and I felt the way I used to feel when the beauty of other lives was a misery and offense to me.”

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    Remember Pioneer 10? Test your knowledge of space probe missions

    Remember Pioneer 10? Test your knowledge of space probe missions


    It is 15 years since Nasa lost contact with mankind’s first interstellar probe. What can you remember about it and the missions that followed?Fifteen years ago today, scientists at Nasa received the final faint signals from Pioneer 10, the first...

    It is 15 years since Nasa lost contact with mankind’s first interstellar probe. What can you remember about it and the missions that followed?

    Fifteen years ago today, scientists at Nasa received the final faint signals from Pioneer 10, the first manmade object to leave the solar system. Over the years, her sister ship Pioneer 11 and the two Voyager probes have also embarked on the long journey to be emissaries for the human race among the stars.

    How much do you remember about these groundbreaking space missions, the discoveries they made, and the strange objects they had on board?

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    Tributes paid to South African musician and activist Hugh Masekela

    Tributes paid to South African musician and activist Hugh Masekela


    ‘Father of South African jazz’, who had career spanning more than five decades, dies aged 78Masekela’s life and career – in picturesHugh Masekela obituary: jazz pioneer who fought the evil of apartheid South Africans have paid tribute to Hugh...

    ‘Father of South African jazz’, who had career spanning more than five decades, dies aged 78

    Masekela’s life and career – in picturesHugh Masekela obituary: jazz pioneer who fought the evil of apartheid

    South Africans have paid tribute to Hugh Masekela, the legendary jazz musician and activist, who died on Tuesday aged 78.

    The South African president, Jacob Zuma, said the nation would mourn a man who “kept the torch of freedom alive”. The arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, described Masekela as “one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz”. “A baobab tree has fallen,” Mthethwa wrote on Twitter.

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    Young Tunisians know 2011 changed nothing: the revolution goes on | Ghassen Ben Khelifa and Hamza Hamouchene

    Young Tunisians know 2011 changed nothing: the revolution goes on | Ghassen Ben Khelifa and Hamza Hamouchene


    Away from tourist sites, a new uprising is boiling up. Can an old order mired in austerity and repression survive this time?In addition to 800 arrests and dozens of injuries, one man has been killed in a violent police crackdown on protests that have...

    Away from tourist sites, a new uprising is boiling up. Can an old order mired in austerity and repression survive this time?

    In addition to 800 arrests and dozens of injuries, one man has been killed in a violent police crackdown on protests that have erupted across Tunisia. This popular movement was unleashed by the government’s 2018 budget: a new round of austerity measures that will lead to higher prices for basic foods, fuel and energy, and a further undermining of crucial public services such as healthcare and education. All of this will be an additional burden on the backs of marginalised and impoverished people.

    Related: Anger that drove the Arab spring is flaring again

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    ‘Steel behind the quietness’ that has made Kyle Edmund Britain’s new star

    ‘Steel behind the quietness’ that has made Kyle Edmund Britain’s new star


    Former coach says the Australian Open semi-finalist has never lacked for focus, and his close friendship with Andy Murray has helped turn a shy boy from Yorkshire into a driven winnerFirst the fist pumped with adrenaline and ferocious joy. Then the arms...

    Former coach says the Australian Open semi-finalist has never lacked for focus, and his close friendship with Andy Murray has helped turn a shy boy from Yorkshire into a driven winner

    First the fist pumped with adrenaline and ferocious joy. Then the arms stretched skyward in triumph. Watching a British male tennis player celebrate victory like this has become a familiar sight in the past decade.

    But at the Australian Open on Tuesday it wasn’t Andy Murray basking in the crowd’s exaltations but Kyle Edmund, a big hitting but introverted 23-year-old from Yorkshire.

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    Number of new antibiotics has fallen sharply since 2000

    Number of new antibiotics has fallen sharply since 2000


    Report says drugmakers need to do much more to tackle rise of superbugsThe number of new antibiotics being developed has fallen sharply since 2000 and drugmakers need to do much more to tackle the rise of superbugs, according to a report.Britain’s...

    Report says drugmakers need to do much more to tackle rise of superbugs

    The number of new antibiotics being developed has fallen sharply since 2000 and drugmakers need to do much more to tackle the rise of superbugs, according to a report.

    Britain’s biggest pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, and its US rival Johnson & Johnson are leading efforts to combat antibiotic resistance, according to the report, which was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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    Message from the Skies: Val McDermid's projected story – in pictures

    Message from the Skies: Val McDermid's projected story – in pictures


    Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and International Book Festival commissioned Val McDermid to write a short story, New Year’s Resurrection, which is told through projections on to buildings and landmarks around the city. Visitors can use an app for iOS and...

    Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and International Book Festival commissioned Val McDermid to write a short story, New Year’s Resurrection, which is told through projections on to buildings and landmarks around the city. Visitors can use an app for iOS and Android to navigate the nighttime locations

    Message from the Skies: New Year’s Resurrection runs until Burns Night, 25 January
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    Former Smiths members cancel reunion concerts one day after announcement

    Former Smiths members cancel reunion concerts one day after announcement


    After former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke says reports he was to appear in Classically Smiths concerts are ‘false statements’, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon cancel projectAndy Rourke, the former bassist with the Smiths, has denied involvement in a...

    After former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke says reports he was to appear in Classically Smiths concerts are ‘false statements’, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon cancel project

    Andy Rourke, the former bassist with the Smiths, has denied involvement in a partial reunion of the band that is planned for June, leading to a cancellation of the entire project.

    It was announced on 22 January that Rourke, along with Smiths drummer Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon – who briefly replaced Rourke on bass in 1986, before playing rhythm guitar for a spell – would perform classical versions of Smiths songs with the Manchester Camerata orchestra. Joyce said he was “massively excited to be playing with Andy and Craig again”, and Rourke said he was “thrilled and excited to be involved in Classically Smiths”.

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    Breathtaking Visions of Earth: Outdoor Photographer of the Year

    Breathtaking Visions of Earth: Outdoor Photographer of the Year


    The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition has announced its category winners. The competition, now in its seventh year, celebrates the work of image makers and offers an insight into the landscapes, wildlife and nature of the planet and the...

    The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition has announced its category winners. The competition, now in its seventh year, celebrates the work of image makers and offers an insight into the landscapes, wildlife and nature of the planet and the adventures to be found on it

    The overall winner and runner-up will be announced at the Photography Show in Birmingham on 17 March
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    Egypt arrests ex-general who stood for election against Sisi

    Egypt arrests ex-general who stood for election against Sisi


    Sami Anan accused of incitement against military after declaring intention to run in March pollEgyptian authorities have arrested a retired general after denying him permission to run in presidential elections in March. Sami Anan was the last challenger...

    Sami Anan accused of incitement against military after declaring intention to run in March poll

    Egyptian authorities have arrested a retired general after denying him permission to run in presidential elections in March.

    Sami Anan was the last challenger seen as a potential threat to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, himself a former military chief, whose re-election is considered almost certain.

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    ‘Never get high on your own supply’ – why social media bosses don’t use social media

    ‘Never get high on your own supply’ – why social media bosses don’t use social media


    Developers of platforms such as Facebook have admitted that they were designed to be addictive. Should we be following the executives’ example and going cold turkey – and is it even possible for mere mortals? Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t use Facebook...

    Developers of platforms such as Facebook have admitted that they were designed to be addictive. Should we be following the executives’ example and going cold turkey – and is it even possible for mere mortals?

    Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t use Facebook like you or me. The 33-year-old chief executive has a team of 12 moderators dedicated to deleting comments and spam from his page, according to Bloomberg. He has a “handful” of employees who help him write his posts and speeches and a number of professional photographers who take perfectly stage-managed pictures of him meeting veterans in Kentucky, small-business owners in Missouri or cheesesteak vendors in Philadelphia.

    Facebook’s locked-down nature means mere mortals can’t see the private posts on Zuckerberg’s timeline, but it is hard to imagine him getting into arguments about a racist relative’s post of an anti-immigration meme. And it is not just Zuckerberg. None of the company’s key executives has a “normal” Facebook presence. You can’t add them as friends, they rarely post publicly and they keep private some information that the platform suggests be made public by default, such as the number of friends they have.

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    Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan

    Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan


    Mountainous Kumano is the holy ground of Japan and pilgrims have been trekking there for centuries. Shrines, mist, forests and waterfalls combine to create an entrancing hikeNormally I am not given to praying but the occasion demands it. After bowing...

    Mountainous Kumano is the holy ground of Japan and pilgrims have been trekking there for centuries. Shrines, mist, forests and waterfalls combine to create an entrancing hike

    Normally I am not given to praying but the occasion demands it. After bowing twice and clapping twice, I make a silent entreaty that my trek will go well. My obeisance is taking place in front of a small wooden building, rather like a summerhouse. It is a shrine in the town of Takijiri-oji, a starting point for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails.

    Kumano is the traditional name for the southern part of Japan’s Kii peninsula. It contains pilgrimage routes dating back more than a millennium. The first pilgrims were adherents of Shinto who travelled to worship beside the natural wonders of the sacred Kii mountains. Later pilgrims followed an amalgam of Shinto and Buddhism.

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    'Invisible no longer': women in film on the female directors the Oscars must celebrate

    'Invisible no longer': women in film on the female directors the Oscars must celebrate


    We asked women working in film to tell us the standout films with female directors deserving of Oscar recognition this year Award season has not been kind to female directors in 2018. There were no women directors nominated at the Baftas, nor at the...

    We asked women working in film to tell us the standout films with female directors deserving of Oscar recognition this year

    Award season has not been kind to female directors in 2018. There were no women directors nominated at the Baftas, nor at the Golden Globes, where Natalie Portman introduced “the all-male nominees” when taking the stage, and stars have lined up to blame a wider gender imbalance in the industry for the discrepancy.

    Related: Female trouble: how can the Oscars fix the scandal of all-male director lists?

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    The kill chain: inside the unit that tracks targets for US drone wars

    The kill chain: inside the unit that tracks targets for US drone wars


    Amid Kansas bean fields military analysts watch live video of far-off suspects’ lives … and mark them for death. The killings, and accompanying civilian casualties, take an emotional tollIn a dimly lit room at McConnell air force base in south...

    Amid Kansas bean fields military analysts watch live video of far-off suspects’ lives … and mark them for death. The killings, and accompanying civilian casualties, take an emotional toll

    In a dimly lit room at McConnell air force base in south central Kansas, analysts from a national guard intelligence reconnaissance surveillance group watch live drone surveillance video coming from war zones in the Middle East.

    During combat, the analysts become part of a “kill chain” – analyzing live drone video, then communicating what they see – in instant-message chat with jet fighter pilots, operators of armed Predator and Reaper drones, and ground troops.

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    Khanyi's matric dance: a South African student's rite of passage – photo essay

    Khanyi's matric dance: a South African student's rite of passage – photo essay


    The final year of high school in South Africa is known as matric, and the ball held to mark it is a major event in students’ lives. Many spend a lot of time and money meticulously planning their outfits, getting dresses and suits custom-made....

    The final year of high school in South Africa is known as matric, and the ball held to mark it is a major event in students’ lives. Many spend a lot of time and money meticulously planning their outfits, getting dresses and suits custom-made. Photographer Alice Mann follows Khanyisa Mtulu as she prepares for her dance

    Khanyi is from Phillipi, one of the most dangerous townships in Cape Town. It is an area that has one of the highest murder rates in the country, and where gang violence and drug abuse are rampant. Many families in the area face acute poverty and social challenges; dropping out of school is common. Pupils at Peak View high school, where Khanyi studies, often repeat grades in order to get to the final year of school, which is seen a success in itself, whether or not a student passes their final exams.

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    Brazil braces for corruption appeal that could make or break ex-president

    Brazil braces for corruption appeal that could make or break ex-president


    Civil unrest expected as Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, still hugely popular despite corruption conviction, fights to stay in upcoming election raceBrazil is bracing for a historic court decision which could remove the most popular leader in modern...

    Civil unrest expected as Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, still hugely popular despite corruption conviction, fights to stay in upcoming election race

    Brazil is bracing for a historic court decision which could remove the most popular leader in modern Brazilian history from an election he is currently poised to win – and may prove devastating to the leftwing Workers’ party he founded.

    Nerves are stretched taut ahead of Wednesday’s appeals court decision, in which three judges will decide whether or not to uphold the conviction of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on corruption and money laundering charges.

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    Thai seafood: are the prawns on your plate still fished by slaves?

    Thai seafood: are the prawns on your plate still fished by slaves?


    Report finds trafficking persists on Thai fishing boats, as campaigners challenge supermarkets to guarantee products are free of rights abusesThailand’s billion-dollar seafood export industry remains infested with human rights abuses despite government...

    Report finds trafficking persists on Thai fishing boats, as campaigners challenge supermarkets to guarantee products are free of rights abuses

    Thailand’s billion-dollar seafood export industry remains infested with human rights abuses despite government pledges to stamp out slavery in its fishing industry, according to research by Human Rights Watch.

    Four years after damning revelations of chattel slavery aboard Thai fishing boats linked to seafood exported and sold by major retailers around the world, a report says that rights violations in one of Thailand’s major export industries continue unabated, including forced labour and widespread human trafficking.

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    Weekend warriors: adventure beckons in the Brecon Beacons

    Weekend warriors: adventure beckons in the Brecon Beacons


    With abseiling, ziplining over a river, rafting and hikes, a two-night camping adventure in the south Wales national park proves energy-sapping – and boundless funI’m being pelted with water. Dangling from a rope. Slipping. Now spinning. “Move your...

    With abseiling, ziplining over a river, rafting and hikes, a two-night camping adventure in the south Wales national park proves energy-sapping – and boundless fun

    I’m being pelted with water. Dangling from a rope. Slipping. Now spinning. “Move your hand, it’s the only way you’ll get down the rock face,” my guide Paul tells me as I try to work out where I go from here. I shoot down and land in a pool. Graceful, this is not.

    This abseiling session is just one part of a new wild weekend in the Brecon Beacons with Bristol-based adventure travel company Secret Compass, and its first in the UK.

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    Tamal Ray's recipe for honey and almond brittle biscuits

    Tamal Ray's recipe for honey and almond brittle biscuits


    These teatime cookies are absurdly easy, needing just a stir and a short stint in the ovenThe act of caramelising sugar, with its blowtorches and crystallisation points, can seem intimidating to the novice baker. Although the chemical reaction itself is...

    These teatime cookies are absurdly easy, needing just a stir and a short stint in the oven

    The act of caramelising sugar, with its blowtorches and crystallisation points, can seem intimidating to the novice baker. Although the chemical reaction itself is complex, transforming a homogenous jumble of simple sucrose molecules into a thousand new forms, the actual process is a simple introduction of heat to sugar. These biscuits are a celebration of that dichotomy: an absurdly easy method, comprising no more than a bit of stirring and a short stint in the oven, to produce a complex mix of dark, rich sweetness.

    Prep 5 min
    Cooking 10 min
    Makes 10-12

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    Wonky desks, giant fig trees and mindfulness classes: is this the office of the future?

    Wonky desks, giant fig trees and mindfulness classes: is this the office of the future?


    Second Home is reinventing office life. Is yours next? Step inside its world of vintage chairs, froth insulation and zig-zagging walkwaysA wall of transparent plastic has been stretched across the gap between two mews houses. It’s a bit steamed up but,...

    Second Home is reinventing office life. Is yours next? Step inside its world of vintage chairs, froth insulation and zig-zagging walkways

    A wall of transparent plastic has been stretched across the gap between two mews houses. It’s a bit steamed up but, as I peer inside this makeshift structure, I can make out the tips of spiky leaves, just visible through what seems to be a cloud of frothing white bubbles. It looks like someone’s having a foam party in an illicit backstreet cannabis farm, but this is actually the latest outpost of a company determined to make going to work not just another day in the office.

    “We always want people to think ‘What’s that?’ and be drawn inside our buildings,” says Rohan Silva, the 37-year-old co-founder of Second Home, provider of “unique workspaces and cultural venues for entrepreneurs and innovators”. The company opened its first space in Spitalfields, east London, in 2014 and now boasts users ranging from tiny tech startups to the likes of Volkswagen and auditing giant KPMG.

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    How a new technology is changing the lives of people who cannot speak

    How a new technology is changing the lives of people who cannot speak


    Millions are robbed of the power of speech by illness, injury or lifelong conditions. Can the creation of bespoke digital voices transform their ability to communicate? By Jordan KisnerLast November, Joe Morris, a 31-year-old film-maker from London,...

    Millions are robbed of the power of speech by illness, injury or lifelong conditions. Can the creation of bespoke digital voices transform their ability to communicate? By Jordan Kisner

    Last November, Joe Morris, a 31-year-old film-maker from London, noticed a sore spot on his tongue. He figured he’d bitten himself in his sleep and thought nothing more about it until halfway through the winter holidays, when he realised the sore was still with him. He Googled “cut on tongue won’t heal” and, after sifting through pages of medical information on oral cancer, he decided to call his doctor.

    The cut was nothing, Joe was sure: he was a non-smoker with no family history of cancer. But he’d make an appointment, just in case.

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    Satellite Eye on Earth: November and December 2017 - in pictures

    Satellite Eye on Earth: November and December 2017 - in pictures


    Winter solstice, night lights and interesting islands are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last monthDust blowing out of the Copper River valley on Alaska’s south coast. The dust plume was likely comprised of fine-grained loess, which was...

    Winter solstice, night lights and interesting islands are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month

    Dust blowing out of the Copper River valley on Alaska’s south coast. The dust plume was likely comprised of fine-grained loess, which was formed as glacial ice moved over the area and ground the underlying rock into a powder. Dust storms in southern Alaska generally occur in late autumn, when river levels are relatively low, snow has not yet fallen, and the layers of dried, loess-rich mud are exposed to the wind. The Copper River - named for ore deposits found upstream - drains an area of more than 24,000 square miles (62,000 square kilometres) and is, by volume of discharge, the 10th largest river in the United States. Its delta forms one of the largest and most productive wetlands on the Pacific Coast of North America.

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    How the sushi boom is fuelling tapeworm infections

    How the sushi boom is fuelling tapeworm infections


    As eating raw fish has become more popular, gruesome tapeworm tales have emerged. But how worried should sashimi lovers be – and how else might we become infected?The good news, said A&E doctor Kenny Bahn, was that the patient who had turned up at the...

    As eating raw fish has become more popular, gruesome tapeworm tales have emerged. But how worried should sashimi lovers be – and how else might we become infected?

    The good news, said A&E doctor Kenny Bahn, was that the patient who had turned up at the emergency department was not dying. That is about the only happy element of the story Bahn, who works at a hospital in California, went on to tell on This Won’t Hurt a Bit, a medical podcast, about a man who arrived at hospital carrying a plastic bag. Inside the bag, wrapped around the cardboard tube of a toilet roll, was a 1.7-metre (5ft 6in) tapeworm. Bahn measured it once he had unravelled it on the hospital floor.

    The patient had complained of abdominal pain. During a bout of bloody diarrhoea, reports Bahn, “he says: ‘I look down and I look like there’s a piece of intestine hanging out of me.’ What’s racing through his mind is he thinks he’s dying … He grabs it and he pulls on it and it keeps coming out. ‘What is this long piece of entrail?’ And he picks it up and looks at it and what does it do?” There is a dramatic pause to enhance the horror. “It starts moving.”

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    A cold nose shows you’re stressed – what else does?

    A cold nose shows you’re stressed – what else does?


    A study at the University of Nottingham has shown that blood drains from someone’s face when they are under stress. Here are the other bodily signs to look out forTouch your nose. If it is cold, you may need to calm down. Science, by using thermal...

    A study at the University of Nottingham has shown that blood drains from someone’s face when they are under stress. Here are the other bodily signs to look out for

    Touch your nose. If it is cold, you may need to calm down. Science, by using thermal imaging cameras and stressing the hell out of students, has discovered that stress causes a cold nose (and face). Blood moves from the face to other parts of the body that might need it more in a dangerous situation, such as muscles and limbs. This can be useful, if you need to be alert for something, such as jumping out of the way of a moving car. But chronic stress can have a dangerous effect on the body. Here are some other ways your body is telling you that you are stressed.

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    Anna Jones’s kale recipes

    Anna Jones’s kale recipes


    January is all about wintry greens such as kale, which brings a bright and fresh note to verdant garlic pasta, and a deep and rich one to a hearty soupI am in a green phase, and drawn like a moth to sea-green velvet cushions and dresses, while the tear...

    January is all about wintry greens such as kale, which brings a bright and fresh note to verdant garlic pasta, and a deep and rich one to a hearty soup

    I am in a green phase, and drawn like a moth to sea-green velvet cushions and dresses, while the tear sheets for my new kitchen are an almost-black green. I’m sure this is all inspired by the minerally winter greens of the season, which are ever-present in my cooking right now. The majestic cavolo nero – an intense black-blue green that’s hard to match – is most beautiful when wet, with tiny droplets of water running down its dusty leaves. Or the pleasingly curly kale with its forest-green frills (or, if you’re lucky, deep burgundy-purple ones). The verdant freshness of these greens has me using them daily at this time of year: here are two of my favourites.

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    Trump's 'global gag rule': how women are fighting back – video

    Trump's 'global gag rule': how women are fighting back – video


    One year after Donald Trump reinstated a ban on US aid funding for overseas organisations that provide abortion services, opposition is mounting. Rallying under the banner She Decides, women around the world have united to bridge the funding gap created...

    One year after Donald Trump reinstated a ban on US aid funding for overseas organisations that provide abortion services, opposition is mounting. Rallying under the banner She Decides, women around the world have united to bridge the funding gap created by the US president’s expanded version of the ‘global gag rule’, which has already forced the closure of hundreds of clinics that provided life-saving family planning services

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    On the Amazon’s lawless frontier, murder mystery divides the locals and loggers

    On the Amazon’s lawless frontier, murder mystery divides the locals and loggers


    The violent murder of Sairá Ka’apor, in a logging town in Brazil’s Maranhão state, is still unsolved. But the story is all too familiar for the indigenous people fighting to protect the forestSairá Ka’apor patrolled one of the most murderous...

    The violent murder of Sairá Ka’apor, in a logging town in Brazil’s Maranhão state, is still unsolved. But the story is all too familiar for the indigenous people fighting to protect the forest

    Sairá Ka’apor patrolled one of the most murderous frontiers in the world, a remote and largely lawless region of the Brazilian Amazon where his indigenous community has fought for generations to protect their forest land.

    Armed with clubs, bows and arrows, GPS trackers and crude guns, he and fellow members of Ka’apor Forest Guard drove off – and sometimes attacked – loggers who intruded into their territory, the 530,000-hectare Alto Turiaçu Indigenous Land, which is roughly three times the area of Greater London and contains about half of the Amazon forest left in Brazil’s northern Maranhão state. That vigilante role came to an end last April when Sairá was stabbed to death in Betel, a logging town close to Ka’apor territory.

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    Mitch McConnell: Democrats got

    Mitch McConnell: Democrats got "their very own government shutdown" – video


    Speaking on the floor after the vote, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blamed the government shutdown on a “cynical decision by the Democrats”. However, his counterpart, minority leader Chuck Schumer, blamed Donald Trump, saying the president...

    Speaking on the floor after the vote, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blamed the government shutdown on a “cynical decision by the Democrats”. However, his counterpart, minority leader Chuck Schumer, blamed Donald Trump, saying the president had “walked away from two bipartisan deals” and that “a Trump shutdown will serve as a perfect encapsulation for the chaos he has unleashed”.

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    'A rabbit always has to run': Spanish rangers fear for lives after double murder

    'A rabbit always has to run': Spanish rangers fear for lives after double murder


    The killing of two rangers in Catalonia a year ago this week, marked a chilling turning point for colleagues facing up to increasing violence towards Europe’s wildlife defendersOn a hill above the olive trees and dun scrublands of western Catalonia,...

    The killing of two rangers in Catalonia a year ago this week, marked a chilling turning point for colleagues facing up to increasing violence towards Europe’s wildlife defenders

    On a hill above the olive trees and dun scrublands of western Catalonia, two rusty iron silhouettes maintain a still and silent vigil. One peers out over the land through a pair of binoculars; the other kneels and holds a bird forever on the cusp of release.

    At their feet is a simple plaque: “In memory and recognition of Xavier Ribes Villas and David Iglesias Díez, wildlife rangers whose lives were taken in the line of duty on 21 January 2017.”

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    Kenya forest death: activists blame EU for ignoring human rights warnings

    Kenya forest death: activists blame EU for ignoring human rights warnings


    EU criticised for its ‘poor response’ after an indigenous herder is killed during a forced eviction for a water conservation project it fundsThe European Union has been accused of a fatally slow response to human rights warnings after the killing of...

    EU criticised for its ‘poor response’ after an indigenous herder is killed during a forced eviction for a water conservation project it funds


    The European Union has been accused of a fatally slow response to human rights warnings after the killing of an indigenous man at one of the projects it funds in Kenya.

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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 planetVerifying deaths...

    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

    Verifying deaths can take some time. This page will next be updated when the first reports of deaths in 2018 are confirmedContinue reading...