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    Egypt ready to take a risk on fitness of talisman Mo Salah

    Egypt ready to take a risk on fitness of talisman Mo Salah


    After the opening World Cup defeat to Uruguay, Egypt and their manager Héctor Cúper have a big decision to make for Tuesday’s match with Russia in St PetersburgFor the Egypt fans taking in the sights of St Petersburg there was no mistaking the focus...

    After the opening World Cup defeat to Uruguay, Egypt and their manager Héctor Cúper have a big decision to make for Tuesday’s match with Russia in St Petersburg

    For the Egypt fans taking in the sights of St Petersburg there was no mistaking the focus for their adoration. The words “Mo Salah” became a kind of greeting, as people embraced, stopped for photographs in front of the ornate Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, hoisted their flags.

    It has always been about Salah. Even long before his shoulder was wrenched by Sergio Ramos, it was about Salah. Their symbol was the man who had propelled them here in the first place, a World Cup 28 years in the waiting.

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    Gareth Southgate says attacking options off bench give England extra hope

    Gareth Southgate says attacking options off bench give England extra hope


    • Head coach highlights Marcus Rashford’s impact as a substitute• ‘We have to prepare as perfectly for Panama as we did here’Gareth Southgate has pointed to the depth of England’s attacking options as cause for optimism after praising the...

    • Head coach highlights Marcus Rashford’s impact as a substitute
    • ‘We have to prepare as perfectly for Panama as we did here’

    Gareth Southgate has pointed to the depth of England’s attacking options as cause for optimism after praising the impact made by his substitutes, Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, in the Group G victory against Tunisia on Monday.

    Two from Harry Kane eventually saw off stubborn opponents, with England eventually rewarded for their second-half patience having been pegged back by a soft penalty, conceded by Kyle Walker. Rashford and Loftus-Cheek staked their claims to be included from the start against Panama on Sunday with eye-catching cameos after replacing Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli in the second period, though it was deep into stoppage time before the captain nodded his side’s winner.

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    World Cup 2018: England up and running with win, Russia back in action – live!

    World Cup 2018: England up and running with win, Russia back in action – live!


    News and build-up before first match of the dayWorld Cup Daily: catch up with the latest episodeEmail or tweet Ben, or get in touch below the line 8.59am BSTPoland are in action against Senegal in Group H a little later, but that hasn’t stopped their...

    News and build-up before first match of the dayWorld Cup Daily: catch up with the latest episodeEmail or tweet Ben, or get in touch below the line

    8.59am BST

    Poland are in action against Senegal in Group H a little later, but that hasn’t stopped their go-to striker being touted for a transfer:

    Related: Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign Robert Lewandowski?

    8.56am BST

    Before getting bogged down in what’s coming up on day six, let’s indulge in England’s first win in the opening game at a World Cup since 2006 just that little longer. That team featuring Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney and co 12 years ago was, on paper – as they say on Love Island – ludicrously easy to get excited about but it would be naive to put a ceiling on the class of 2018, wouldn’t it?

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    XXXTentacion: a hyperfast life of trauma endured and inflicted

    XXXTentacion: a hyperfast life of trauma endured and inflicted


    The Florida rapper was famous for his brutality and celebrated violence in song; gaining a fandom that didn’t seem to care about his crimesXXXTentacion lived a life of hyperfast, nihilistic violence where nothing could ever be put on pause. In the past...

    The Florida rapper was famous for his brutality and celebrated violence in song; gaining a fandom that didn’t seem to care about his crimes

    XXXTentacion lived a life of hyperfast, nihilistic violence where nothing could ever be put on pause. In the past year alone, he had a number one Billboard album, was banned from Spotify, dropped by his record label and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant victim and witness tampering.

    His ex-girlfriend detailed the most horrendous abuse in court documents and press interviews. He will be remembered mostly for the unusually cruel violence he exerted on vulnerable people, particularly his ex-girlfriend, crimes for which he never expressed remorse.

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    Markets slide as Trump threatens China with $200bn of new tariffs - business live

    Markets slide as Trump threatens China with $200bn of new tariffs - business live


    Trade war fears are escalating as president Trump pledges fresh measures against Chinese imports; Beijing calls it ‘blackmail’ and vows to retaliateLatest: Trade war fears grip marketsIntroduction: Trump threatens to impose 10% tariff on $200bn...

    Trade war fears are escalating as president Trump pledges fresh measures against Chinese imports; Beijing calls it ‘blackmail’ and vows to retaliate

    Latest: Trade war fears grip marketsIntroduction: Trump threatens to impose 10% tariff on $200bn Chinese imports
    Beijing: We’ll hit backLatest tit-for-tat move hits shares in Asia

    8.45am BST

    Asian stocks have hit a six-month low today, Bloomberg reports:

    Trade dispute between U.S. & China triggers a global sell-off in riskier assets. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index sinks 1.5%, reaching the lowest in more than 6 months. #BQMarketsNow https://t.co/IgjCkPT9vR pic.twitter.com/VzizTqnEPW

    8.43am BST

    China’s stock market has suffered a late rout, as investors in Shanghai shivered at the prospect of fresh US tariffs.

    The benchmark Shanghai composite sank by 3.8% percent to close below the 3,000 mark at 2,906.43. That’s its lowest level since late June 2016.

    Chinese stocks getting mullered pic.twitter.com/0wWWQkEoZG

    The slump risks triggering fresh margin calls in a highly-leveraged stock market, potentially causing a downward spiral that could derail Beijing’s plan to lure the listings of high-tech giants.

    “The market is so fragile. You don’t know where the bottom is,” said David Dai, general manager of Shanghai Wisdom Investment Co Ltd. “It’s more rewarding watching the World Cup.”

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    It’s 2070 and after 52 years of hurt can young England repeat 2018 glory? | Max Rushden

    It’s 2070 and after 52 years of hurt can young England repeat 2018 glory? | Max Rushden


    Sir James Corden, aged 92, presents the Late Late Show and asks Jamie Vardy and Kieran Trippier the vital questions about England’s World Cup triumph in RussiaThe World Cup is well under way. Podcasting daily is taking its toll. Being knocked off the...

    Sir James Corden, aged 92, presents the Late Late Show and asks Jamie Vardy and Kieran Trippier the vital questions about England’s World Cup triumph in Russia

    The World Cup is well under way. Podcasting daily is taking its toll. Being knocked off the top of the podcast charts by Love Island: The Morning After is a blow, but must be viewed as a challenge the squad can overcome. Perhaps we’ll bring in a romantic interest for my much-cherished colleague Barry Glendenning.

    I have watched every minute of the tournament and I’m not sure it’s healthy. It hit home on Saturday night. By the time the final game had started it all became a blur – who had played who? Which games had been VAR’d? The idea of recalling which teams were in which groups became a distant dream. Were Croatia good or Nigeria bad? I couldn’t tell.

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    ‘I was 25 years too soon. You get opportunities now, you’re accepted’ | Anna Kessel

    ‘I was 25 years too soon. You get opportunities now, you’re accepted’ | Anna Kessel


    Thirty-one years after Gay Kelleway became the first female jockey to win at Royal Ascot Josephine Gordon is trying to emulate her. The two have become friendsIt is 31 years since Gay Kelleway won at Royal Ascot, the first and only woman jockey to do so....

    Thirty-one years after Gay Kelleway became the first female jockey to win at Royal Ascot Josephine Gordon is trying to emulate her. The two have become friends

    It is 31 years since Gay Kelleway won at Royal Ascot, the first and only woman jockey to do so. The name of the race, the Queen Alexandra Stakes, hangs proudly above her stables in Exning, the original plaque from the days before electronic scoreboards. Now a trainer, she is keen to see another woman triumph.

    “No pressure Josephine, get your arse in gear,” laughs Kelleway over a cup of tea at home with one of Britain’s finest young jockeys, Josephine Gordon. “I do not want to be dead or wheeled in when it happens. When they take pictures of me to say, ‘Oh she was the first,’ I don’t want to be shrivelled up.”

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    Oz thug rock: the sound of 'complete disregard for authority'

    Oz thug rock: the sound of 'complete disregard for authority'


    Hard, fast and tough … the latest in a long line of Australian bands – including Drunk Mums and AC/DC – mix blue-collar pride and a devil-may-care attitudeThe first words Amyl and the Sniffers address to the crowd at the Lexington in London come...

    Hard, fast and tough … the latest in a long line of Australian bands – including Drunk Mums and AC/DC – mix blue-collar pride and a devil-may-care attitude

    The first words Amyl and the Sniffers address to the crowd at the Lexington in London come from their bassist, Gus Romer. “How ya doin’, cunts?” he asks. Over the next 45 minutes, they approximate that sentiment into guitars thrashed rather than played, drums beaten rather than struck. Singer Amy Taylor pours whisky down the throats of the front row, sings about 70s snacks, losers and balaclavas, and needles her crowd with an assortment of insults and provocations. With her tiny frame and grown-out mullet, it’s a little like watching a cross between Dolly Parton and Jimmy Pursey.

    A few hours earlier, sitting in the downstairs bar, Taylor explains Amyl and the Sniffers’ MO. “If the crowd isn’t up for it, we try and shove ’em into it,” she says. “If you’re gonna get shoved, you’re gonna shove back.” She laughs. “But it’s all tasteful.”

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    The forced separation of families is Trump's 'Katrina moment' | Jill Abramson

    The forced separation of families is Trump's 'Katrina moment' | Jill Abramson


    Donald Trump is making George W Bush’s same fatal mistake by showing heartlessness in a time of crisisWe all once watched a flood almost wash out the city of New Orleans and with it the presidency of George W Bush. It was the “Katrina moment”,...

    Donald Trump is making George W Bush’s same fatal mistake by showing heartlessness in a time of crisis

    We all once watched a flood almost wash out the city of New Orleans and with it the presidency of George W Bush. It was the “Katrina moment”, named for the devastating hurricane of the same name in 2005, but famous for more than being a horrific storm. It was the moment when Americans recoiled from their president and the images of a struggling, mainly African American population packed into the stultifying Superdome or trekking on the city’s washed-out highways or standing on their roofs waiting for their government’s help while their leader falsely claimed that his emergency director was “doing a heck of a job”. This was not the America that people wanted the world to see.

    We are now witnessing Donald Trump’s Katrina moment. The American people will not tolerate having 2,000 migrant minors, many of them young children, separated from their parents, who themselves are being held at the border in what are effectively steel cages. This is not the America that even staunch conservatives want the world to see. Three first ladies, including Melania Trump, have called for an end to the boundless cruelty. Franklin Graham, the son of the late evangelical preacher Billy Graham, is trying to rally Trump’s Christian conservative base against the border spectacle.

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    'Not as ironic as I imagined': the incels spokesman on why he is renouncing them

    'Not as ironic as I imagined': the incels spokesman on why he is renouncing them


    In the wake of the Toronto van murders, Jack Peterson was the most prominent defender of the anti-feminist ‘incels’ – until the community turned on himWhen news broke in April that a rental van had plowed through throngs of pedestrians in Toronto,...

    In the wake of the Toronto van murders, Jack Peterson was the most prominent defender of the anti-feminist ‘incels’ – until the community turned on him

    When news broke in April that a rental van had plowed through throngs of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 people, Jack Peterson never imagined that it would have anything to do with him.

    The 19-year-old Chicago native was single, a college dropout and a self-identified incel. Short for “involuntary celibate”, the term was originally coined for a website support forum for singles. It has since been claimed by an online community of men largely organized around misogyny, with discussions such as how to punish women for not having sex with them.

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    See the world differently – in pictures

    See the world differently – in pictures


    From floating goons in black suits to monkeys packing heat, a new book by Fotografiska celebrates photographs that skew how we view the world Continue...

    From floating goons in black suits to monkeys packing heat, a new book by Fotografiska celebrates photographs that skew how we view the world

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    'Call me Mr President’: Emmanuel Macron scolds teenager

    'Call me Mr President’: Emmanuel Macron scolds teenager


    Macron told off a teenager during visit to Mont Valerian fort where French resistance members were executed.Like most politicians, French President Emmanuel Macron seems to enjoy pressing the flesh and posing for selfies when on public outings.Just...

    Macron told off a teenager during visit to Mont Valerian fort where French resistance members were executed.

    Like most politicians, French President Emmanuel Macron seems to enjoy pressing the flesh and posing for selfies when on public outings.

    Just don’t call him by a nickname.

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    'Space force': Trump orders new branch of US military

    'Space force': Trump orders new branch of US military


    Trump claims plan will keep US ahead in space race, prompting fears over militarisation of spaceDonald Trump said on Monday he would direct the Pentagon to create a “space force” as a new branch of the US military to shore up American dominance in...

    Trump claims plan will keep US ahead in space race, prompting fears over militarisation of space

    Donald Trump said on Monday he would direct the Pentagon to create a “space force” as a new branch of the US military to shore up American dominance in space.

    Trump claimed that the plan will ensure that America, which plans a return to the moon and a mission to Mars, stays ahead of China and Russia in any new space race. But it is likely to raise fears over the militarisation of space and prompted a slew of Twitter parodies featuring Star Trek and Star Wars.

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    Weir in this together: canoeing the Vltava in the Czech Republic

    Weir in this together: canoeing the Vltava in the Czech Republic


    Paddling along this scenic river is a summer ritual in Bohemia. Our crew have an adventurous spirit, sunshine and beer. What could possibly go wrong?‘Don’t hold the sides of the boat, make sure the barrels are firmly tied, and don’t get too...

    Paddling along this scenic river is a summer ritual in Bohemia. Our crew have an adventurous spirit, sunshine and beer. What could possibly go wrong?

    ‘Don’t hold the sides of the boat, make sure the barrels are firmly tied, and don’t get too drunk.”

    This was the advice given by my Czech wife just before I set out for my Bohemian canoe trip – advice I remember only as I stand waist-deep in the water, tipsily grappling with an upturned canoe, and watching our belongings disappear down the river.

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    Japanese airlines rename 'Taiwan' as 'China Taiwan' on websites

    Japanese airlines rename 'Taiwan' as 'China Taiwan' on websites


    Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways now refer to Taiwan as a Chinese territory on Chinese-language websitesJapan’s two largest airlines have changed “Taiwan” to “China Taiwan” on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, a move...

    Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways now refer to Taiwan as a Chinese territory on Chinese-language websites

    Japan’s two largest airlines have changed “Taiwan” to “China Taiwan” on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, a move likely to please Beijing but anger the self-ruled island.

    The change, which was made last week, is meant to accommodate customers, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways said.

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    Indonesia: bad weather impedes search following North Sumatra boat accident

    Indonesia: bad weather impedes search following North Sumatra boat accident


    One dead and 18 rescued after vessel carrying 80 capsizes in rough seas at popular Lake Toba tourist destinationAt least one person has died and dozens are missing after a boat carrying 80 people capsized on Monday in Indonesia, an official from the...

    One dead and 18 rescued after vessel carrying 80 capsizes in rough seas at popular Lake Toba tourist destination

    At least one person has died and dozens are missing after a boat carrying 80 people capsized on Monday in Indonesia, an official from the national disaster agency said.

    The vessel overturned in Lake Toba in the province of North Sumatra, more than 1,300km (800 miles) north-west of the capital, Jakarta.

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    Ruby Tandoh’s recipe for black sesame cookies with white chocolate

    Ruby Tandoh’s recipe for black sesame cookies with white chocolate


    This soft bake is dipped in chocolate to contrast with the nuttiness of the seeds. A nice nibble for a picnicSlightly nuttier and more savoury than their paler cousins, black sesame seeds are a wonderful thing to bake with: their intensity – both their...

    This soft bake is dipped in chocolate to contrast with the nuttiness of the seeds. A nice nibble for a picnic

    Slightly nuttier and more savoury than their paler cousins, black sesame seeds are a wonderful thing to bake with: their intensity – both their flavour and jet-black coats – is a welcome tonic to the sometimes beige blandness of baking. They are particularly good scattered over flatbreads or blended into ice-cream, but these soft cookies are a favourite of mine, combining the slight bitterness of the seeds with treacly brown sugar and sweet white chocolate.

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    Best films of 2018 so far

    Best films of 2018 so far


    The very best of 2018, from Black Panther rewriting the rules for superheroes, Gary Oldman going to war as Churchill, and Maxine Peake blazing her way through 70s sexism Raucous thriller about the real-life 1973 kidnapping of J Paul Getty’s grandson,...

    The very best of 2018, from Black Panther rewriting the rules for superheroes, Gary Oldman going to war as Churchill, and Maxine Peake blazing her way through 70s sexism

    Raucous thriller about the real-life 1973 kidnapping of J Paul Getty’s grandson, and the billionaire’s subsequent refusal to pay the ransom – a film that became notorious in its own right after reshooting scenes featuring disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.

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    Out of their minds: wild ideas at the ‘Coachella of consciousness’

    Out of their minds: wild ideas at the ‘Coachella of consciousness’


    An annual conference on consciousness in the Arizona desert takes an anything-goes approach to some seriously wacky theoriesBy Tom BartlettStart with Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra and a robot that loves you no matter what. Add a knighted British...

    An annual conference on consciousness in the Arizona desert takes an anything-goes approach to some seriously wacky theories

    By Tom Bartlett

    Start with Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra and a robot that loves you no matter what. Add a knighted British physicist, a renowned French neuroscientist and a prominent Australian philosopher/occasional blues singer. Toss in a bunch of psychologists, mathematicians, anaesthetists, artists, meditators, a computer programmer or two and several busloads of amateur theorists waving self-published manuscripts and touting grand unified solutions. Send them all to a swanky resort in the desert for a week, supply them with lots of free coffee and beer and ask them to unpack a riddle so confounding that it’s unclear how to make progress, or where you’d even begin. Then just, like, see what happens.

    The cover of the programme for the Science of Consciousness conference, which was held in Tucson in April, shows a human brain getting sucked into (or perhaps rising from?) a black hole. That seems about right: after a week of listening to eye-crossingly detailed descriptions of teeny, tiny cell structures known as microtubules, along with a lecture about building a soundproof booth in order to chat with the whispery spirit world, you too would feel as if your neurons had been siphoned from your skull and launched deep into space.

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    Flying cars: why haven't they taken off yet?

    Flying cars: why haven't they taken off yet?


    Despite their potential, no one has managed to take them from flight of fancy to everyday reality In 1940, Henry Ford said: “Mark my words – a combination aeroplane and motor car is coming.” With flying taxis apparently on the way, it looks like he...

    Despite their potential, no one has managed to take them from flight of fancy to everyday reality

    In 1940, Henry Ford said: “Mark my words – a combination aeroplane and motor car is coming.” With flying taxis apparently on the way, it looks like he was right, but what a wait. Eight decades years later, “dude, where’s my flying car?” is shorthand for any stuff “they” promised us that we haven’t got.

    We have always wanted to fly, so, as soon as cars came on to the scene, we wanted those to fly too. Early blueprints for the US interstate highway grid even had adjacent runways ready for flying cars. But those never came. Now that concept of the flying “car” seems quaint or naive, a 20th-century dream fuelled by decades of sci-fi and the Jetsons, as obsolete as the model T. Yet as we’ll see, something just as good may take its place.

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    Farewell to The Jerry Springer Show: 27 years of fights, bleeps and outrage

    Farewell to The Jerry Springer Show: 27 years of fights, bleeps and outrage


    The talkshow, which deals in exploitation and moral panic, looks like it has fought its last fight – but its impact is felt everywhere from Real Housewives to the White HouseAfter 27 years and almost 4,000 episodes, The Jerry Springer Show has halted...

    The talkshow, which deals in exploitation and moral panic, looks like it has fought its last fight – but its impact is felt everywhere from Real Housewives to the White House

    After 27 years and almost 4,000 episodes, The Jerry Springer Show has halted production. Officially, the series is in limbo, awaiting a new home, but the writing seems to be on the wall. Maybe the world has seen the last ripped wig, the last flung chair, the last horse sexy enough for a man to marry.

    If so, oh well. The likelihood is that you didn’t even know The Jerry Springer Show was still being made. Like many people – including me, until this news broke – you probably assumed that it flamed out back in the early oos, shortly after TV Guide named it the worst TV show of all time. Your assumption, and mine, was that The Jerry Springer Show was such a relentless orgy of humanity’s worst impulses that audiences became too sad to keep watching it. But perhaps the opposite is true. Perhaps we just don’t need The Jerry Springer Show any more.

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    From overnight oats to boiled eggs – is meal prep taking the joy out of eating?

    From overnight oats to boiled eggs – is meal prep taking the joy out of eating?


    Loved by fitness fanatics, the thrifty and eco-warriors, there are now 8m posts of pre-prepared meals on Instagram, arrayed in rows of colourful Tupperware. But is it good for you?The relationship between food and social media was once straightforward....

    Loved by fitness fanatics, the thrifty and eco-warriors, there are now 8m posts of pre-prepared meals on Instagram, arrayed in rows of colourful Tupperware. But is it good for you?

    The relationship between food and social media was once straightforward. Those were the innocent days when no meal could be declared consumed unless it had also been photographed, filtered and posted on Instagram, when the world seemed merely a stage for avocado toast, açai bowls and barista art. It was a different time – a time before meal prep.

    While meal prep has long existed, of course, it has grown in popularity over the past six years, aided by Instagram, where there are 8m posts with the hashtag #mealprep. Most show a variety of meals prepared for the week ahead – quinoa salads, chicken rice bowls, carrot sticks, broccoli florets, hulled strawberries – all displayed in a selection of artfully photographed Tupperware-style containers.

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    Record 68.5 million people fleeing war or persecution worldwide

    Record 68.5 million people fleeing war or persecution worldwide


    As data shows one in every 110 people is displaced, UN special envoy Angelina Jolie warns of ‘terrible human consequences’ of Syria’s aid shortfallThe number of people forced to flee their homes rose to a record high in 2017, with 16.2 million...

    As data shows one in every 110 people is displaced, UN special envoy Angelina Jolie warns of ‘terrible human consequences’ of Syria’s aid shortfall

    The number of people forced to flee their homes rose to a record high in 2017, with 16.2 million people newly displaced around the world. The figure includes people who have been displaced for the first time, and those who have been forced from their homes multiple times.

    The figure of 68.5 million displaced people – 3 million higher than the total population of the UK – includes 25.4 million refugees, 40 million internally displaced and 3.1 million asylum seekers.

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    Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing 'miserably’ to address climate change

    Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing 'miserably’ to address climate change


    James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take actionThirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert...

    James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action

    Thirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert issued a fresh warning that the world is failing “miserably” to deal with the worsening dangers.

    While Donald Trump and many conservatives like to argue that climate change is a hoax, James Hansen, the 77-year-old former Nasa climate scientist, said in an interview at his home in New York that the relevant hoax today is perpetrated by those leaders claiming to be addressing the problem.

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    Italy’s war on migrants makes me fear for my country’s future | Roberto Saviano

    Italy’s war on migrants makes me fear for my country’s future | Roberto Saviano


    A wave of hatred has been whipped up, threatening the civil rights of all of usI have never felt a greater need to speak out. I have never felt a greater need to try to explain why this new Italian government cannot be allowed to survive. Even before it...

    A wave of hatred has been whipped up, threatening the civil rights of all of us

    I have never felt a greater need to speak out. I have never felt a greater need to try to explain why this new Italian government cannot be allowed to survive. Even before it has got down to real work, it has already done so much irreparable damage. The drama of the migrant rescue ship, Aquarius, which last week was denied permission to dock at Italian ports, drew everybody in – it seems there are those who, indifferent to the fate of 630 human beings at sea, think it was right to teach Europe a lesson on the migrant issue. Yet, of course, others think it preposterous to use 630 lives as bargaining chips. The trouble is that we have all lost sight of the bigger picture.

    Related: Aquarius migrants arrive in Spain after rough week at sea

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    The search for the multiple orgasm - does it really exist?

    The search for the multiple orgasm - does it really exist?


    On-screen depictions of sex show women coming again and again, yet in reality many women never climax during sex. Here’s what we know so far about the clitoris and G-spotI’ll set the scene. There will be a man and a woman and they are having sex. Up...

    On-screen depictions of sex show women coming again and again, yet in reality many women never climax during sex. Here’s what we know so far about the clitoris and G-spot

    I’ll set the scene. There will be a man and a woman and they are having sex. Up against a wall, in a bed, in a car, anywhere. Vertically, horizontally. Clothed or unclothed. None of that matters, because the outcome will be the same. Within a minute, usually, the man and woman will have an orgasm at the same time. It will be visible, spectacular, satisfying. Then perhaps, she will have another and another and another.

    This scene will be familiar because it has been enacted ever since sex was allowed onscreen. But it is fiction. Not because women can’t have multiple orgasms. But if they do, it is unlikely to be because of thrusting. That’s if they get an orgasm in the first place.

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    'They’re trying to break me': Polish judges face state-led intimidation

    'They’re trying to break me': Polish judges face state-led intimidation


    Judges say ruling party is tightening its grip through threats and hate campaignsThree high-profile Polish judges have complained of a “state-led campaign of intimidation and harassment” against them, as Poland’s ruling party tightens its grip on...

    Judges say ruling party is tightening its grip through threats and hate campaigns

    Three high-profile Polish judges have complained of a “state-led campaign of intimidation and harassment” against them, as Poland’s ruling party tightens its grip on the judiciary.

    Since taking power in 2015 the Law and Justice party (PiS) has assumed direct oversight of state prosecutors and the judicial body that appoints, promotes and disciplines judges, as well as the power to dismiss and appoint court presidents, who wield considerable power and influence in the Polish justice system.

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    Does gender-flipping The Rape of Lucretia fix it for the #MeToo age? | Brigid Delaney

    Does gender-flipping The Rape of Lucretia fix it for the #MeToo age? | Brigid Delaney


    In a week of violence against women headlines, I’m unsettled about Britten’s opera – but maybe that’s its pointOf all the performances designed to shock or confront at this year’s Dark Mofo, so far it’s a mid-20th century British opera, The...

    In a week of violence against women headlines, I’m unsettled about Britten’s opera – but maybe that’s its point

    Of all the performances designed to shock or confront at this year’s Dark Mofo, so far it’s a mid-20th century British opera, The Rape of Lucretia, that has been the most unsettling to watch – despite the effort made by this production to recraft it for the modern age.

    The story begins with men away at war who have heard rumours of their wives sleeping around. One man, Tarquinius, resolves to rape the only wife who has been faithful – Lucretia – to prove that every woman is a whore deep down.

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    Pentagon cancels Freedom Guardian military drill with South Korea

    Pentagon cancels Freedom Guardian military drill with South Korea


    Exercise planned for August put on hold while US and North Korea continue denuclearisation talksThe United States and South Korea have cancelled a major military exercise scheduled for August, a week after Donald Trump said he would end the “war...

    Exercise planned for August put on hold while US and North Korea continue denuclearisation talks

    The United States and South Korea have cancelled a major military exercise scheduled for August, a week after Donald Trump said he would end the “war games” in a surprise concession during his summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

    The Pentagon said Operation Ulchi Freedom Guardian would not take place, while Washington and Pyongyang continue to discuss denuclearisation following Trump’s historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last Tuesday.

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    Puan, world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies aged 62 in Australian zoo

    Puan, world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies aged 62 in Australian zoo


    The primate was euthanised at Perth zoo leaving 54 descendants around the worldZookeepers have paid emotional tribute to the world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan, “a grand old lady” who died at a Western Australian zoo on Monday.Puan was given...

    The primate was euthanised at Perth zoo leaving 54 descendants around the world

    Zookeepers have paid emotional tribute to the world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan, “a grand old lady” who died at a Western Australian zoo on Monday.

    Puan was given to Perth zoo in 1968 and is believed to have been born in Sumatra 1956. At 62 years she lived well beyond her typical life expectancy and was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest verified member of her species in 2016.

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    Man 1, machine 1: landmark debate between AI and humans ends in draw

    Man 1, machine 1: landmark debate between AI and humans ends in draw


    IBM shows off Project Debater, artificial intelligence project designed to make coherent arguments as it processes vast data setsIt was man 1, machine 1 in the first live, public debate between an artificial intelligence system developed by IBM and two...

    IBM shows off Project Debater, artificial intelligence project designed to make coherent arguments as it processes vast data sets

    It was man 1, machine 1 in the first live, public debate between an artificial intelligence system developed by IBM and two human debaters.

    The AI, called Project Debater, appeared on stage in a packed conference room at IBM’s San Francisco office embodied in a 6ft tall black panel with a blue, animated “mouth”. It was a looming presence alongside the human debaters Noa Ovadia and Dan Zafrir, who stood behind a podium nearby.

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    New Zealand: Winston Peters vows to be first to enter re-opened Pike River mine

    New Zealand: Winston Peters vows to be first to enter re-opened Pike River mine


    Deputy PM repeats pledge made in 2016 as officials say re-opening of mine after 2010 disaster could take place this yearAs New Zealand’s government looks to unseal a mine in which 29 workers were killed, the man preparing to take over from Jacinda...

    Deputy PM repeats pledge made in 2016 as officials say re-opening of mine after 2010 disaster could take place this year

    As New Zealand’s government looks to unseal a mine in which 29 workers were killed, the man preparing to take over from Jacinda Ardern when she takes maternity leave has said he is so confident of its safety that he will happily be the first one to go in.

    In November 2010, two explosions tore through the Pike River Mine near Greymouth – on the South Island’s West Coast – killing the miners inside, including two Australians and two Britons.

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    Fugitive Indian billionaire Nirav Modi last seen in Britain in March

    Fugitive Indian billionaire Nirav Modi last seen in Britain in March


    Modi fled India in February after he was accused of being at the centre of a $1.8bn fraud The fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi was last seen in Britain in March, Indian federal investigators have said.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is...

    Modi fled India in February after he was accused of being at the centre of a $1.8bn fraud

    The fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi was last seen in Britain in March, Indian federal investigators have said.

    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing a multi-billion dollar scam allegedly involving Modi, who is worth $1.73bn according to Forbes, placing him 85th on India’s rich list.

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    Apple fined $9m for misleading Australian customers with faulty iPhones and iPads

    Apple fined $9m for misleading Australian customers with faulty iPhones and iPads


    Consumer watchdog took tech giant to court over complaints about repair and replacementApple has been slapped with a $9m fine by the federal court for making false or misleading claims to customers with faulty iPhones and iPads.The Australian Competition...

    Consumer watchdog took tech giant to court over complaints about repair and replacement

    Apple has been slapped with a $9m fine by the federal court for making false or misleading claims to customers with faulty iPhones and iPads.

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched legal action in April 2017, claiming Apple had misled consumers about their warranty rights by routinely refusing to inspect or fix faulty devices without charge if they had been repaired by a third party.

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    Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

    Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida


    The 20-year-old, who was awaiting trial for aggravated battery, was reportedly attacked while shopping for motorcyclesRapper XXXTentacion has been shot dead in Florida, authorities say.The 20-year-old Floridian, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy,...

    The 20-year-old, who was awaiting trial for aggravated battery, was reportedly attacked while shopping for motorcycles

    Rapper XXXTentacion has been shot dead in Florida, authorities say.

    The 20-year-old Floridian, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shopping for motorcycles when a gunman reportedly ran up to his vehicle and shot him, according to TMZ.

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    Trump administration scrambles as outrage grows over border separations

    Trump administration scrambles as outrage grows over border separations


    Homeland security secretary claims administration is simply enforcing the law as photos and audio of children fuel angerThe Trump administration struggled on Monday to defend its policy of separating parents from their sons and daughters at the southern...

    Homeland security secretary claims administration is simply enforcing the law as photos and audio of children fuel anger

    The Trump administration struggled on Monday to defend its policy of separating parents from their sons and daughters at the southern US border amid growing national outrage and the release of a shocking recording of sobbing children.

    As the White House scrambled to respond to the deepening political crisis, the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, flew from New Orleans to Washington to face a barrage of questions from reporters, even as Democrats demanded her resignation and the outcry reached a critical mass.

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    'It's exhilarating': Japan's female sumo wrestlers take on sexism

    'It's exhilarating': Japan's female sumo wrestlers take on sexism


    Amateur wrestlers hope ban on women in the professional arena will one day be overturned It isn’t hard to see why Chisaki Okumura is one of Japan’s best female sumo wrestlers. Combining her considerable height and heft with flashes of speed, her...

    Amateur wrestlers hope ban on women in the professional arena will one day be overturned

    It isn’t hard to see why Chisaki Okumura is one of Japan’s best female sumo wrestlers. Combining her considerable height and heft with flashes of speed, her practice bouts end with a succession of opponents thrown to the ground or shoved unceremoniously out of the ring.

    On a humid, wet afternoon in central Japan, Okumura draws on her reserves of strength for a final, punishing series of drills with a male opponent. By the end, it is hard to tell who is more exhausted.

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    Spain to exhume Franco's remains and turn site into place of 'reconciliation'

    Spain to exhume Franco's remains and turn site into place of 'reconciliation'


    New Socialist government wants to convert mausoleum in Valley of the Fallen to place ‘of memory for all Spaniards’Spain’s new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn it...

    New Socialist government wants to convert mausoleum in Valley of the Fallen to place ‘of memory for all Spaniards’

    Spain’s new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn it into a place of “reconciliation” for a country still coming to terms with the dictator’s legacy.

    “There already exists an agreement in parliament, what we are going to do as a government is look for the way to apply it,” the country’s deputy prime minister, Carmen Calvo, told reporters.

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    Plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team catches fire in mid-air – video

    Plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team catches fire in mid-air – video


    Saudi Arabia's national football team landed safely after one of the engines on the plane carrying the players to a World Cup match appeared to catch fire. Russia's Rossiya airline, which was carrying the squad from St Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don on...

    Saudi Arabia's national football team landed safely after one of the engines on the plane carrying the players to a World Cup match appeared to catch fire. Russia's Rossiya airline, which was carrying the squad from St Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don on Monday, said that the cause of a malfunction with the airplane was likely a bird in the engine. The Saudis were beaten 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener in Moscow last week. They now face Uruguay on Wednesday after the South Americans edged Egypt 1-0 in their first game

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    England leave it late, Belgium move through the gears – World Cup Football Daily

    England leave it late, Belgium move through the gears – World Cup Football Daily


    Max discusses day five with Barry Glendenning and Mark Langdon, including England’s last-gasp win, Belgium’s pasting of Panama, the Trans-Siberian Railway and what a Polish defender’s name means in IrishRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts,...

    Max discusses day five with Barry Glendenning and Mark Langdon, including England’s last-gasp win, Belgium’s pasting of Panama, the Trans-Siberian Railway and what a Polish defender’s name means in Irish

    Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.

    Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning and Mark Langdon of the Racing Post to discuss day five of the 2018 World Cup, starting with England’s last-gasp win over Tunisia.

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    Tattoo health warning for people with weakened immune systems

    Tattoo health warning for people with weakened immune systems


    A woman with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants suffered chronic pain for three years after she had a tattoo on her thighGetting a tattoo if you have a weakened immune system could put you at risk of complications, doctors have warned. The caution...

    A woman with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants suffered chronic pain for three years after she had a tattoo on her thigh

    Getting a tattoo if you have a weakened immune system could put you at risk of complications, doctors have warned. The caution comes after a woman with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants developed thigh and knee pain after having body art inked on her leg.

    Doctors say those taking immunosuppressant drugs should take precautions if considering body art. These medicines are often given after an organ transplant or to treat autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s disease, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Others who may have weak immune systems include those with chronic long-term conditions such as diabetes.

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    Harry Kane keeps his head and England find a ray of sunshine | Barney Ronay

    Harry Kane keeps his head and England find a ray of sunshine | Barney Ronay


    England’s talismanic captain scores at both ends of the pitch, at both ends of the game and from about three yards each timeOh, Harry. At the end of a fraught, at times puzzling World Cup Group G opener there was an unfamiliar noise around the...

    England’s talismanic captain scores at both ends of the pitch, at both ends of the game and from about three yards each time

    Oh, Harry. At the end of a fraught, at times puzzling World Cup Group G opener there was an unfamiliar noise around the Volgograd Arena, an odd feeling of lightness in the air, a feeling of double-take. It took a while to register. Applause. Relief. A skirling of possibilities. England tournament moments: also available in happy.

    It is fair to say Harry Kane did not just save his England team by heading the winning goal in the last desperate knockings of this 2-1 defeat of Tunisia. In the process he rescued us all from the heavy weather, the unbearable introspection of another slow first‑week World Cup death.

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    Five people wounded in Malmö shooting

    Five people wounded in Malmö shooting


    Police say no reason for public to worry after shooting in Sweden’s third biggest city Five people were wounded in a shooting in Sweden’s third biggest city Malmö but their condition was unknown, police said. The incident happened just after 8pm on...

    Police say no reason for public to worry after shooting in Sweden’s third biggest city

    Five people were wounded in a shooting in Sweden’s third biggest city Malmö but their condition was unknown, police said.

    The incident happened just after 8pm on Monday night, the Swedish news agency TT said, quoting the city’s police department as saying: “There is no reason for the public to worry.”

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    Dr Dre to make Marvin Gaye biopic with rights to singer's catalogue

    Dr Dre to make Marvin Gaye biopic with rights to singer's catalogue


    The rapper, whose film credits include Straight Outta Compton, has the singer’s family estate’s blessing to produce the biopicThe rapper and business mogul Dr Dre is working on a movie about the Motown legend Marvin Gaye, who died in 1984 after being...

    The rapper, whose film credits include Straight Outta Compton, has the singer’s family estate’s blessing to produce the biopic

    The rapper and business mogul Dr Dre is working on a movie about the Motown legend Marvin Gaye, who died in 1984 after being shot by his father.

    Related: Marvin Gaye’s family approve What’s Going On documentary

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    Will Ferrell to star in Eurovision song contest comedy for Netflix

    Will Ferrell to star in Eurovision song contest comedy for Netflix


    Actor is writer and star of feature based on the international singing competitionWill Ferrell is set to star in a Netflix film based around the Eurovision song contest. Related: Eurovision 2018: five things we learned Continue...

    Actor is writer and star of feature based on the international singing competition

    Will Ferrell is set to star in a Netflix film based around the Eurovision song contest.

    Related: Eurovision 2018: five things we learned

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    Donald Trump : 'The United States will not be a migrant camp' – video


    US president defends his policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border, adding 'you look at what's happening in Europe ... we can't allow that to happen in the United States'Donald Trump says US will not be a 'migrant...

    US president defends his policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border, adding 'you look at what's happening in Europe ... we can't allow that to happen in the United States'

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    Separated migrant families held in cages at Texas border – video

    Separated migrant families held in cages at Texas border – video


    Footage shows migrant families being held in large cages as Donald Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy takes effect.  The US president has received heavy criticism after it was revealed that children were being separated from their families at...

    Footage shows migrant families being held in large cages as Donald Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy takes effect.  The US president has received heavy criticism after it was revealed that children were being separated from their families at the southern border 


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    A national Windrush Day? Theresa May has some nerve | Kehinde Andrews

    A national Windrush Day? Theresa May has some nerve | Kehinde Andrews


    Thousands of the very generation we are meant to be celebrating are facing hardship as a result of the prime minister’s policiesAfter years of campaigns for the recognition of the Windrush landing in 1948, the government has announced there will be a...

    Thousands of the very generation we are meant to be celebrating are facing hardship as a result of the prime minister’s policies

    After years of campaigns for the recognition of the Windrush landing in 1948, the government has announced there will be a national day of celebration every 22 June. Arthur Torrington, of the Windrush Foundation, marked the celebration as a “moment of great satisfaction”, which will etch the migration of people from the colonies into the memory of the nation. But this success is a classic case of being careful what you wish for.

    Theresa May has shown herself to be the master of race public relations while working in, and now presiding over, a government whose track record on racism is appalling. As home secretary she made some friends in black communities by raising the issue of racial inequalities in police stop and searches; but never managed to take any action to address the problem. In one of her first speeches as prime minister, she promised to lead a government not “in the interests of the privileged few”, and launched a race-disparity audit that told us nothing we did not already know. Worse still, the discovery of racial inequalities throughout society somehow ended up being packaged as “white working class” boys being victims of “racial injustice”. But the biggest area where May has shown her true colours is on the issue of immigration. As home secretary, she pursued the hostile environment policy, replete with “go-home vans”, deportations and the very immigration checks from the private sector that blew up into the Windrush scandal. More than 5,000 members of the generation we are meant to be celebrating have had their cases lodged with the Home Office, facing detention, deportation and losing their jobs directly because of May’s immigration policy. In response, May appointed the first ever ethnic minority home secretary, Savid Javid: the perfect PR stunt to hide the inherent racism of the government’s immigration policy.

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    How Eni Aluko and Alex Scott became the breakout stars of World Cup punditry

    How Eni Aluko and Alex Scott became the breakout stars of World Cup punditry


    There’s one factor that has made the two former players stand out from their male colleagues during their analysis of the opening games – and it’s not their genderThe breakout star of the men’s World Cup is a woman. It’s not something many...

    There’s one factor that has made the two former players stand out from their male colleagues during their analysis of the opening games – and it’s not their gender

    The breakout star of the men’s World Cup is a woman. It’s not something many would have seen coming. Yet here we are. Five days in to the biggest sporting competition in the world and Eni Aluko’s punditry is one of the most talked-about aspects of the games. The former Chelsea striker, who joined Serie A side Juventus this summer, has proved a breath of fresh air as a part of the ITV punditry team.

    Yet this isn’t her first outing: Aluko made history as the first female pundit on Match of the Day in 2014 and she was mic’d up at both the 2016 European Championships and the 2017 Women’s Euros in the Netherlands. So why such an impact this time round?

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    Flight of the Conchords: ‘We're retired sex symbols'

    Flight of the Conchords: ‘We're retired sex symbols'


    The fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand are back – and selling out stadiums. They’re now married, with kids, and fans still love their Sugar Lumps. But is there anything Bret and Jemaine actually like about fame?It’s an overcast Saturday...

    The fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand are back – and selling out stadiums. They’re now married, with kids, and fans still love their Sugar Lumps. But is there anything Bret and Jemaine actually like about fame?

    It’s an overcast Saturday morning in Dublin and Flight of the Conchords – AKA Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement – and I are in a coffee bar discussing how the pair ended up being in one of the most successful musical comedy bands on the planet when they are not actually fans of the genre.

    “I love watching bands play and I love watching comedians perform, but I don’t go out of my way to watch musical comedians,” says McKenzie, the smaller and more serious of the two, with implied heavy understatement.

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    ‘I’m absolutely loving it’: Eddie Jones defiant over England’s losing Test run

    ‘I’m absolutely loving it’: Eddie Jones defiant over England’s losing Test run


    • England in grip of worst Test run for four years• ‘These are the great periods’ insists head coachEngland may be down and out in the Beverly Hills, the beachfront hotel where the squad have stayed for virtually their entire South Africa tour,...

    • England in grip of worst Test run for four years
    • ‘These are the great periods’ insists head coach

    England may be down and out in the Beverly Hills, the beachfront hotel where the squad have stayed for virtually their entire South Africa tour, but no one eavesdropping on Eddie Jones in the lobby on Monday would have guessed it.

    According to the England coach he has “never seen such an upbeat group” and his underperforming team are better placed to win the 2019 World Cup than they were a fortnight ago.

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    'It consumed my life': inside a gaming addiction treatment centre

    'It consumed my life': inside a gaming addiction treatment centre


    As the World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition, one UK treatment centre reveals how it is trying to tackle the problemIan* was in his 20s when he started gaming in the mid-1990s. A long-time interest in building...

    As the World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition, one UK treatment centre reveals how it is trying to tackle the problem

    Ian* was in his 20s when he started gaming in the mid-1990s. A long-time interest in building PCs had developed into an initially healthy interest in first-person shooters like Counter Strike and Team Fortress, which he’d play at weekends and when he came home from work.

    It was the online element of these games, he says, that really changed his relationship to gaming, and what started as a hobby quickly took over his life.

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    John Oliver calls deal between US and North Korea 'close to meaningless'

    John Oliver calls deal between US and North Korea 'close to meaningless'


    On Last Week Tonight, Oliver addressed Trump’s deference toward Kim Jong-unOn Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and the former’s deference to the North Korean dictator. Related: John...

    On Last Week Tonight, Oliver addressed Trump’s deference toward Kim Jong-un

    On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and the former’s deference to the North Korean dictator.

    Related: John Oliver on Mueller investigation: 'If this is a witch-hunt, witches exist'

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    Patriots' Tom Brady says his NFL career will end 'sooner rather than later'

    Patriots' Tom Brady says his NFL career will end 'sooner rather than later'


    New England quarterback will turn 41 in AugustLeague MVP led team to Super Bowl appearance last seasonTom Brady, who turns 41 before the start of the new NFL season, says he is in the final stages of his career.The New England Patriots quarterback, who...

    New England quarterback will turn 41 in AugustLeague MVP led team to Super Bowl appearance last season

    Tom Brady, who turns 41 before the start of the new NFL season, says he is in the final stages of his career.

    The New England Patriots quarterback, who led his team to the Super Bowl last season where they were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles, has said in the past that he intends to play into his mid-40s. However, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast on Sunday, Brady said the end may come sooner.

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    'This is huge': black liberationist speaks out after her 40 years in prison

    'This is huge': black liberationist speaks out after her 40 years in prison


    Exclusive: Debbie Sims Africa, the first freed member of a radical Philadelphia group many say were unjustly imprisoned, talks about reuniting with her son and defends the Move members still locked up: ‘We are peaceful people’ The first member of a...

    Exclusive: Debbie Sims Africa, the first freed member of a radical Philadelphia group many say were unjustly imprisoned, talks about reuniting with her son and defends the Move members still locked up: ‘We are peaceful people’

    The first member of a group of black radicals known as the Move Nine who have been incarcerated, they insist unjustly, for almost 40 years for killing a Philadelphia police officer has been released from prison.

    Debbie Sims Africa, 61, walked free from Cambridge Springs prison in Pennsylvania on Saturday, having been granted parole. She was 22 when with her co-defendants she was arrested and sentenced to 30 to 100 years for the shooting death of officer James Ramp during a police siege of the group’s communal home on 8 August 1978.

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    Thousands of children are imprisoned across Africa. They need justice | Graça Machel

    Thousands of children are imprisoned across Africa. They need justice | Graça Machel


    Young people are all but invisible in the justice system, facing ill treatment at the hands of those who should be protecting them The legendary editor of the Guardian newspaper CP Scott famously declared in 1921 that “Comment is free, but facts are...

    Young people are all but invisible in the justice system, facing ill treatment at the hands of those who should be protecting them

    The legendary editor of the Guardian newspaper CP Scott famously declared in 1921 that “Comment is free, but facts are sacred”. Unfortunately, when it comes to hard evidence on how many children are locked up in prisons, detention centres, migrant and refugee camps, rehabilitation units or other institutions across the world, the facts are more scarce than sacred.

    There is no single source of accurate data for these figures and estimates vary widely between 15,000 and 28,000 in Africa alone, but common sense dictates that the numbers are likely to be worse than even the highest approximations.

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    The city beneath the city: the New York subway – in pictures

    The city beneath the city: the New York subway – in pictures


    Photographer Luc Kordas captures New York’s unique energy and characters in his ongoing series New York Chronicles. One of his favourite locations is the subway, where he captures “those quiet moments people have among all the craziness” Continue...

    Photographer Luc Kordas captures New York’s unique energy and characters in his ongoing series New York Chronicles. One of his favourite locations is the subway, where he captures “those quiet moments people have among all the craziness”

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    Fernando Alonso puts his F1 future in doubt after Le Mans win

    Fernando Alonso puts his F1 future in doubt after Le Mans win


    • Spaniard needs to win Indy 500 to complete triple crown• Uncompetitive McLaren car in F1 could make switch easierFernando Alonso has said he will consider his future in Formula One after his win at the Le Mans 24 Hours put him within touching...

    • Spaniard needs to win Indy 500 to complete triple crown
    • Uncompetitive McLaren car in F1 could make switch easier

    Fernando Alonso has said he will consider his future in Formula One after his win at the Le Mans 24 Hours put him within touching distance of achieving motor racing’s triple crown.

    The Spaniard’s victory, alongside his Monaco wins, means he has secured two of the three to match Graham Hill, the only driver to achieve the feat. For Alonso the third and final hurdle, a win at the Indy 500, is now a priority.

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    My husband cheated on me and now I’m disgusted by the idea of sex

    My husband cheated on me and now I’m disgusted by the idea of sex


    We split up for a while and then got back together, but I don’t know how to fix our physical relationshipI’m a 30-year-old woman, and have been with my husband for 11 years. We have three kids and both work full-time jobs. Three years ago he cheated...

    We split up for a while and then got back together, but I don’t know how to fix our physical relationship

    I’m a 30-year-old woman, and have been with my husband for 11 years. We have three kids and both work full-time jobs. Three years ago he cheated on me with his ex from school. We split up for seven months then got back together, but now I’m kind of disgusted by the idea of sex. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, or how to fix this. I don’t know how much longer he will put up with this.

    Your husband clearly loves you for many reasons other than sex. And you deserve to have all the time you need to heal from the trauma of discovering his affair. It is extremely common for a betrayed partner to be turned off sex, and your husband needs to understand this. He also needs to be patient, supportive and to work hard to rebuild your trust in him. It’s unfortunate that you seem to feel that your disgust is wrong and that you need to try to accommodate him despite it. Find a way to get him to listen to you. You might say: “It would be nice if we were able to pick up where we left off, but that’s not possible for everything. It’s going to take me some time to feel sexually confident again, and I really need your understanding and support.”

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    Between war and peace: Ukrainian youth – in pictures

    Between war and peace: Ukrainian youth – in pictures


    For more than three years, Ukraine has been plagued by a conflict between the eastern secessionist territories and the Kiev government. These images portray a generation caught between war and peace Continue...

    For more than three years, Ukraine has been plagued by a conflict between the eastern secessionist territories and the Kiev government. These images portray a generation caught between war and peace

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    The good men: inside the all-male group taking on modern masculinity

    The good men: inside the all-male group taking on modern masculinity


    In the hometown of Jordan Peterson, the evangelist of white male resentment, a different and thoughtful men’s movement vies to be heardOn a warm Tuesday evening, a dozen men gathered on couches at a Lululemon location in Toronto called The Local. Since...

    In the hometown of Jordan Peterson, the evangelist of white male resentment, a different and thoughtful men’s movement vies to be heard

    On a warm Tuesday evening, a dozen men gathered on couches at a Lululemon location in Toronto called The Local. Since last year, as an experiment to reach more male customers, the store has been home to The Huddle, a male bonding group which meets Tuesday nights after closing to work out, run, or meditate.

    But once a month, the men circle up to talk about, well, their feelings.

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    Are we running out of water?

    Are we running out of water?


    As the world’s water needs grow so is concern that we’re rapidly using up supplies. How worried should we be? Water seems the most renewable of all the Earth’s resources. It falls from the sky as rain, it surrounds us in the oceans that cover...

    As the world’s water needs grow so is concern that we’re rapidly using up supplies. How worried should we be?

    Water seems the most renewable of all the Earth’s resources. It falls from the sky as rain, it surrounds us in the oceans that cover nearly three-quarters of the planet’s surface, and in the polar ice caps and mountain glaciers. It is the source of life on Earth and quite possibly beyond – the discovery of traces of water on Mars aroused excitement because it was the first indication that life may have existed there.

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    Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

    Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study


    Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 yearsSea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding...

    Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years

    Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years.

    The swelling oceans are forecast repeatedly to soak coastal residences collectively worth $120bn by 2045 if greenhouse gas emissions are not severely curtailed, experts warn. This will potentially inflict a huge financial and emotional toll on the half a million Americans who live in the properties at risk of having their basements, backyards, garages or living rooms inundated every other week.

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    Worthy threads: Glastonbury's performers' standout fashion – in pictures

    Worthy threads: Glastonbury's performers' standout fashion – in pictures


    With the festival taking a year out, we take a moment to appreciate some of the most memorable outfits seen on its stages over the years – from Solange in monochrome PVC to Thom Yorke in an Astro Boy T-shirt Continue...

    With the festival taking a year out, we take a moment to appreciate some of the most memorable outfits seen on its stages over the years – from Solange in monochrome PVC to Thom Yorke in an Astro Boy T-shirt

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    Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik

    Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik


    Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen beforeIf there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter....

    Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before

    If there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter. Last week, in what sounded like the launch of a US caliphate, the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, reached for a biblical verse to defend his department’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the Mexican border, suggesting that God supports the government.

    “I would cite you to the apostle Paul, and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

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    How Aristotle is the perfect happiness guru

    How Aristotle is the perfect happiness guru


    Happiness is not a state as far as Aristotle is concerned, it’s an activity, says Professor Edith Hall, and you just have to decide to become happierYou’ve got the Headspace app, know your downward dog from your black dog, and once read something by...

    Happiness is not a state as far as Aristotle is concerned, it’s an activity, says Professor Edith Hall, and you just have to decide to become happier

    You’ve got the Headspace app, know your downward dog from your black dog, and once read something by Freud, so what can a guy who lived 23 centuries ago tell you about the pursuit of happiness today? “Aristotle did it first and better. So why not go to the source, the original brain that figured all of this out?” says Professor Edith Hall. “I think there is a comfort in ideas that people have held for thousands of years.”

    Her book, Aristotle’s Way, promises to teach you “how ancient wisdom can change your life”, in particular how to achieve a lifelong state of what the ancients referred to as eudaimonia and we come closest to with “contentment”. According to Aristotle, Hall writes: “The ultimate goal of human life is, simply, happiness, which means finding a purpose in order to realise your potential and working on your behaviour to become the best version of yourself.” It’s an ancient version of that poster “Work Hard & Be Nice to People”, but in a less cool font.

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    This is the moment a Banksy print is stolen from a Toronto exhibition – video

    This is the moment a Banksy print is stolen from a Toronto exhibition – video


    CCTV footage released by Toronto police shows a man stealing a Banksy print, estimated at CAD$45,000 (US$34,000; £25,700), from an unauthorised exhibition. The Art of Banksy exhibit – curated by his former manager Steve Lazarides, but reportedly not...

    CCTV footage released by Toronto police shows a man stealing a Banksy print, estimated at CAD$45,000 (US$34,000; £25,700), from an unauthorised exhibition. The Art of Banksy exhibit – curated by his former manager Steve Lazarides, but reportedly not endorsed by the artist himself – opened on Wednesday. Canadian police have launched an investigation into the theft

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    Russia inquiry: how Trump's inner circle could bring him down – video explainer

    Russia inquiry: how Trump's inner circle could bring him down – video explainer


    Donald Trump and his team have been under investigation for months by former FBI-head Robert Mueller. Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to help win the 2016 election and defeat Hillary Clinton. Mueller is...

    Donald Trump and his team have been under investigation for months by former FBI-head Robert Mueller. Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to help win the 2016 election and defeat Hillary Clinton. Mueller is also looking into whether the campaign and the president have sought to obstruct justice. Trump’s inner circle has been under increasing pressure from the investigation, but can it hold? 

    Paul Manafort: ex-Trump chair taken into custody after violating bail terms
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    Trump on North Korean nuclear threat: 'I have solved that problem' – video

    Trump on North Korean nuclear threat: 'I have solved that problem' – video


    In an impromptu interview with reporters on the White House lawn, Donald Trump says that he has solved the problem of a nuclear threat from North Korea following his summit meeting with leader Kim Jong-unTrump praises Kim on Fox & Friends: 'I want my...

    In an impromptu interview with reporters on the White House lawn, Donald Trump says that he has solved the problem of a nuclear threat from North Korea following his summit meeting with leader Kim Jong-un

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    The Tower Next Door: Living in the shadow of Grenfell

    The Tower Next Door: Living in the shadow of Grenfell


    In June 2017 residents of the Silchester estate woke to discover Grenfell Tower engulfed in flames, witnessing a terrifying national tragedy unfolding on their doorstep. The tower bore a striking resemblance to their own. The victims were people they...

    In June 2017 residents of the Silchester estate woke to discover Grenfell Tower engulfed in flames, witnessing a terrifying national tragedy unfolding on their doorstep. The tower bore a striking resemblance to their own. The victims were people they knew, people from all walks of life who, like them, made a home for themselves high up above the clamour of the city. Faced with an uncertain future, the residents of the tower next door are fighting to rebuild their community, and their place within it

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    Pacific hymns: the definitive hipster playlist

    Pacific hymns: the definitive hipster playlist


    Seattle, Portland and San Fran aren’t just cities – they’re states of mind, man. So if you’re looking for counterculture sounds, it’s here you’ll find songs that spoke for a generationImmersion in Seattle’s music scene begins minutes after...

    Seattle, Portland and San Fran aren’t just cities – they’re states of mind, man. So if you’re looking for counterculture sounds, it’s here you’ll find songs that spoke for a generation

    Immersion in Seattle’s music scene begins minutes after disembarking at Sea-Tac, the city’s international airport, which houses a store devoted to the record company Sub Pop. In 1988, the then shoestring Sub Pop Records released Nirvana’s debut single; it subsequently became as synonymous with Seattle as Motown is with Detroit. Opening our hipster playlist is Nirvana’s fourth single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, released three years later. It became a massive hit across the world, igniting the rock phenomenon that would transform Seattle, a hitherto obscure enclave in America’s far north-west, into an epicentre of cool.

    Previous generations of Seattle musicians took for granted that they would have to leave their hometown if they wanted a successful career. Arguably the greatest electric guitarist of all-time, Jimi Hendrix is up next – he was born and raised in Seattle, although only found fame after moving to London.

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    Need some vitamin sea? Here’s the ultimate beach playlist

    Need some vitamin sea? Here’s the ultimate beach playlist


    Wax down your surfboard, roll up your jacket sleeves and let this music transport you to the west coast waves of Cali and the rich heat of MiamiAmerican beaches are hot, hazy places, as well as woozy states of mind, especially if you’re dreaming about...

    Wax down your surfboard, roll up your jacket sleeves and let this music transport you to the west coast waves of Cali and the rich heat of Miami

    American beaches are hot, hazy places, as well as woozy states of mind, especially if you’re dreaming about the west coast around LA and San Diego, or the sun-baked strip of Miami. Music can provide handy shortcuts in sound to these locations, too. A wobble of surf guitar – wham – you’re in a Pacific picture postcard. A swagger of slow, southern rap – you’re cruising down Ocean Drive. Alongside the tons of sun-spun US classics, there are lesser-known scorchers too, so let’s wind down the windows for all of them, and let the speakers run hot.

    Related: Sun, sea and the open road: an American fly-drive for beach fans

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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    Honduran dam protesters face trial in ongoing crackdown against defenders

    Honduran dam protesters face trial in ongoing crackdown against defenders


    The ‘Jilamito Five’ are the latest to be caught up in battles over land and natural resources, that have seen more than 130 defenders killed since 2009 The suspects pray together on a concrete podium opposite the courthouse where they face criminal...

    The ‘Jilamito Five’ are the latest to be caught up in battles over land and natural resources, that have seen more than 130 defenders killed since 2009

    The suspects pray together on a concrete podium opposite the courthouse where they face criminal charges. Their alleged misdemeanour: “land invasion” during a protest against the construction of a dam. A guilty verdict could bring a jail term of up to four years.

    If that seems harsh, then it’s because this is Honduras, where hundreds have been jailed and scores killed for environmental activism over the past decade. The accused – a teacher, hardware-store owner, farmers and the newly elected municipal mayor – are opposed to a dam on the Jilamito river in the tropical region of Atlántida. The authorities are hoping a prosecution will enable them to clear a makeshift community blockade in the remote hilly pastures so construction can begin.

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

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


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

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

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