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    Manchester United v Barcelona: pre-season friendly – live!

    Manchester United v Barcelona: pre-season friendly – live!


    European rivals meet at FedExField in International Champions CupEmail [email protected] or tweet @pfconnolly 1.33am BSTHalf-time stats:Shots on goal: 12-6 Barca 1.24am BSTThat’s oranges, with Barcelona all over Utd like a hot flannel...

    European rivals meet at FedExField in International Champions Cup
    Email [email protected] or tweet @pfconnolly

    1.33am BST

    Half-time stats:

    Shots on goal: 12-6 Barca

    1.24am BST

    That’s oranges, with Barcelona all over Utd like a hot flannel on a filthy face. Thanks to De Gea, and some rusty shooting. they’ve only one goal to show for it. As much as one worries about these things in pre-season Mourinho will be concerned at how much space Barca have in midfield. And not the flanks, either, but mid- mid-field. Time and again Barca have marched up the guts with little resistance.

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    Cassie Sainsbury: Colombian judge defers decision on plea bargain

    Cassie Sainsbury: Colombian judge defers decision on plea bargain


    Judge says he needs more time to consider legality of Adelaide woman’s deal to serve just six years instead of at least 20 over cocaine smuggling charges Adelaide woman Cassie Sainsbury’s plea bargain with her prosecutors has been suspended by a...

    Judge says he needs more time to consider legality of Adelaide woman’s deal to serve just six years instead of at least 20 over cocaine smuggling charges

    Adelaide woman Cassie Sainsbury’s plea bargain with her prosecutors has been suspended by a Colombian judge and the hearing set for another date.

    Sainsbury had told the Colombian court she feared her family would be killed if she refused to smuggle cocaine for a drug ring.

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    Facebook posts $3.89bn quarterly profit, up 71% from last year

    Facebook posts $3.89bn quarterly profit, up 71% from last year


    Shares hit record high after figure is much higher than expected, with total revenue climbing 44.8% thanks to increased mobile video ad salesFacebook has delivered a much higher-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by a sharp increase in sales of...

    Shares hit record high after figure is much higher than expected, with total revenue climbing 44.8% thanks to increased mobile video ad sales

    Facebook has delivered a much higher-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by a sharp increase in sales of mobile video ads, sending its shares to an all-time high.

    Total revenue rose 44.8% to $9.32bn from the same period in 2016, of which Facebook posted a profit of $3.89bn – up a whopping 71% from the year before.

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    Firefighters describe their battle with Grenfell Tower blaze

    Firefighters describe their battle with Grenfell Tower blaze


    All the rescue team members were prepared to die to save others, London fire brigade commanders sayFirefighters who battled the Grenfell Tower inferno have spoken of the chaos and tragedy they encountered when they were called to the building last month....

    All the rescue team members were prepared to die to save others, London fire brigade commanders say

    Firefighters who battled the Grenfell Tower inferno have spoken of the chaos and tragedy they encountered when they were called to the building last month.

    Speaking in a forthcoming ITV documentary, commanders from the London fire brigade said every member of their rescue team was prepared to die as flames devoured the 24-storey high-rise that night.

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    Man Booker prize 2017 longlist led by Arundhati Roy's return to fiction

    Man Booker prize 2017 longlist led by Arundhati Roy's return to fiction


    Twenty years after her first novel took the same award, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness leads a field of 13, ranging from established stars to newcomersTwenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Man Booker prize for her debut novel The God of Small...

    Twenty years after her first novel took the same award, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness leads a field of 13, ranging from established stars to newcomers

    Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Man Booker prize for her debut novel The God of Small Things, the Indian author has been longlisted for the £50,000 award for her second, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

    On a longlist thronged with literary titans, whose combined trophy cabinet would include the Pulitzer, the Costa, the Baileys, the Folio, the Impac and the Goldsmiths prizes, Roy – the only author to have won the Booker before – is listed for her novel about an Indian transgender woman, which judges called a “rich and vital book”. Speaking about why it took her two decades to produce a second novel, Roy told the Guardian earlier this year that “fiction just takes its time. It’s no hurry. I can’t write it faster or slower than I have; it’s like you’re a sedimentary rock that’s just gathering all these layers, and swimming around.”

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    White House defends Trump – using letter from nine-year-old boy

    White House defends Trump – using letter from nine-year-old boy


    A missive from young Dylan was just one of Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ PR stunts at the first televised press briefing following a ban on camerasThe White House has turned to fan mail from a nine-year-old boy to defend the presidency of Donald...

    A missive from young Dylan was just one of Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ PR stunts at the first televised press briefing following a ban on cameras

    The White House has turned to fan mail from a nine-year-old boy to defend the presidency of Donald Trump.

    Doubtless aware that her first briefing since new communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced the end of ban on TV cameras would receive a bump in the ratings, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, spent five minutes or so finding innovative ways to praise Trump to a captive audience.

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    Celtic draw a blank against Rosenborg in Champions League qualifier

    Celtic draw a blank against Rosenborg in Champions League qualifier


    Celtic’s bid to reach the Champions League group stages stuttered with a goalless draw against Rosenborg in the first leg of their third-round qualifier at Parkhead. Continue...

    Celtic’s bid to reach the Champions League group stages stuttered with a goalless draw against Rosenborg in the first leg of their third-round qualifier at Parkhead.

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    Senate rejects bill to repeal large parts of Obamacare without replacement

    Senate rejects bill to repeal large parts of Obamacare without replacement


    Seven Republicans join with Democrats to oppose proposalFailure suggests GOP’s promise to repeal ACA wholesale will be hugely difficultThe Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have repealed major pieces of Barack Obama’s health reforms...

    Seven Republicans join with Democrats to oppose proposalFailure suggests GOP’s promise to repeal ACA wholesale will be hugely difficult

    The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have repealed major pieces of Barack Obama’s health reforms without a replacement, something Republicans have promised to do for seven years.

    Seven Republican senators joined with Democrats to reject the bill, in a sign that the party’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act “root and branch” will be extremely difficult.

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    Is Breitbart about to turn on Donald Trump? | Jason Wilson

    Is Breitbart about to turn on Donald Trump? | Jason Wilson


    The ‘alt-right’ website is not happy with the president’s recent attacks on Jeff Sessions – perhaps a sign that it senses a betrayal of its nationalist agendaIf anything has been predictable in the chaos of the early Trump presidency, it’s the...

    The ‘alt-right’ website is not happy with the president’s recent attacks on Jeff Sessions – perhaps a sign that it senses a betrayal of its nationalist agenda

    If anything has been predictable in the chaos of the early Trump presidency, it’s the unstinting support he has received from Breitbart News.

    Until now.

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    White House defends transgender military ban – video

    White House defends transgender military ban – video


    The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended Donald Trump’s decision, announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning, to ban transgender people from serving in the US military. “This was a decision based on what was best for the...

    The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended Donald Trump’s decision, announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning, to ban transgender people from serving in the US military. “This was a decision based on what was best for the military and military cohesion and on the counsel of his national security team,” Sanders told reporters in her first briefing as press secretary

    Donald Trump says US military will not allow transgender people to serve
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    Yann Demange rumored as frontrunner to direct next Bond film

    Yann Demange rumored as frontrunner to direct next Bond film


    The ’71 director tops the shortlist of potential directors for the new 007 film, followed by Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve and Hell or High Water’s David MackenzieThe director Yann Demange is the frontrunner to direct the next Bond movie, which has a...

    The ’71 director tops the shortlist of potential directors for the new 007 film, followed by Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve and Hell or High Water’s David Mackenzie

    The director Yann Demange is the frontrunner to direct the next Bond movie, which has a tentative release date of 8 November 2019, according to a report in Variety.

    Related: James Bond film confirmed for 2019 – but no word on who will play 007

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    Four migrants die trying to cross Rio Grande, days after Texas truck deaths

    Four migrants die trying to cross Rio Grande, days after Texas truck deaths


    Three Guatemalans, including two children, and woman of unconfirmed nationality die in effort to reach Texas after torrential rain swelled riverAt least four people including two children have died trying to cross the swollen Rio Grande, the latest fatal...

    Three Guatemalans, including two children, and woman of unconfirmed nationality die in effort to reach Texas after torrential rain swelled river

    At least four people including two children have died trying to cross the swollen Rio Grande, the latest fatal incident involving Central American migrants attempting to reach the United States.

    Three of the victims – a 37-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year old boy – were Guatemalan nationals, according to the country’s foreign ministry. The nationality of the fourth victim, an adult woman, has not yet been confirmed. The victims were part of a group of undocumented migrants trying to cross into El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

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    A people-owned internet exists. Here is what it looks like | Nathan Schneider

    A people-owned internet exists. Here is what it looks like | Nathan Schneider


    The future of the internet is in peril, thanks to surveillance, net neutrality and other assaults. But there are communities that are building their ownLike many Americans, I don’t have a choice about my internet service provider. I live in a...

    The future of the internet is in peril, thanks to surveillance, net neutrality and other assaults. But there are communities that are building their own

    Like many Americans, I don’t have a choice about my internet service provider. I live in a subsidized housing development where there’s only one option, and it happens to be, by some accounts, the most hated company in the United States.

    Like its monstrous peers, my provider is celebrating that Congress has recently permitted it to spy on me. Although it pretends to support the overwhelming majority of the country’s population who support net neutrality, it has been trying to bury the principle of an open internet for years and, under Trump’s Federal Communications Commission, is making good progress.

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    Biosecurity blitz to target red fire ants that threaten Australian way of life

    Biosecurity blitz to target red fire ants that threaten Australian way of life


    Second-biggest biosecurity operation in nation’s history sees $411m committed to eradicating invasive species that threatens agriculture, wildlife, tourism and outdoor lifestyleThey are one of the world’s worst invasive species, and now, more than...

    Second-biggest biosecurity operation in nation’s history sees $411m committed to eradicating invasive species that threatens agriculture, wildlife, tourism and outdoor lifestyle

    They are one of the world’s worst invasive species, and now, more than two decades after they are believed to have arrived in Australia, the country is launching the second-biggest biosecurity operation in its history to eradicate red imported fire ants.

    State, territory and federal agricultural ministers met in Melbourne on Wednesday and agreed to spend $411.4m over the next 10 years, endorsing a biosecurity operation second only in size and ambition to the country’s successful eradication of bovine tuberculosis, which started in the 1970 and took nearly three decades.

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    Why Matt Groening's new adult fantasy Disenchantment will find the fun side of hell

    Why Matt Groening's new adult fantasy Disenchantment will find the fun side of hell


    The Simpsons creator’s Netflix show, about the grubby adventures of an alcoholic princess, is a perfect fit for his cheerful nihilism and deep distrust of authorityMatt Groening’s recently announced Netflix series Disenchantment doesn’t sound like...

    The Simpsons creator’s Netflix show, about the grubby adventures of an alcoholic princess, is a perfect fit for his cheerful nihilism and deep distrust of authority

    Matt Groening’s recently announced Netflix series Disenchantment doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. Set in a ruined medieval city called Dreamland, it will follow the grubby adventures of an alcoholic princess, her elf companion and a demon. Groening himself has said: “Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”

    For newcomers, or people who have only enjoyed a passing relationship with The Simpsons, this might seem off-puttingly grim. To animation geeks it might sound like Disenchantment is the result of Groening casting his eyes around the current cartoon climate and attempting to marry the emo absurdity of Adventure Time with the exhausted depression of BoJack Horseman.

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    Making babies is beginning to look as difficult for men as it always has been for women

    Making babies is beginning to look as difficult for men as it always has been for women


    The sperm count of men in the west has halved in 40 years. Changing lifestyles won’t help. The problem is an environmental oneMen. You had one job. And now look what’s happened! The sperm count of western men has fallen by half in 40 years. It is...

    The sperm count of men in the west has halved in 40 years. Changing lifestyles won’t help. The problem is an environmental one

    Men. You had one job. And now look what’s happened! The sperm count of western men has fallen by half in 40 years. It is likely to decline further. This is a wake-up call. Human extinction beckons. Twitter, in its full nihilistic embrace, has welcomed this news as good. It is kind of funny. Sperm always is somehow, especially if your job description is harridan, as mine is. For although there are millions of the damn squirmers in every ejaculation, you only ever need the one, the tenacious one that can wiggle through if you want to get pregnant. Sperm flows freely, it seems, endless and abundant for men, who don’t have to worry about fertility. How many sperm do men produce? How many stars are in the sky?

    The average man (although, obviously, I realise no man is EVER average) produces 14 gallons of ejaculate in a lifetime. Men produce more sperm than mice do, but a lot less than pigs. Biology is not destiny, but it certainly preoccupies us. Female fertility is always up for discussion in ways that male fertility isn’t. Even sober headlines say that, by the age of 30, women will have used up most of our “ovarian reserve”. We sit there with our limited and festering supply of eggs, which all went mouldy when we got an OK job and are now ageing faster than the rest of us. Our selfishness in wanting to be financially independent means that we may have to forfeit motherhood as a result – and on it goes.

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    Venezuela crisis: US imposes fresh sanctions in effort to stop rewrite of constitution

    Venezuela crisis: US imposes fresh sanctions in effort to stop rewrite of constitution


    Sanctions unveiled for alleged human rights abuses and corruptionOpposition activists launch 48-hour strike before Sunday’s controversial voteThe United States has imposed new sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials, turning up the heat on the...

    Sanctions unveiled for alleged human rights abuses and corruptionOpposition activists launch 48-hour strike before Sunday’s controversial vote

    The United States has imposed new sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials, turning up the heat on the beleaguered government of Nicolás Maduro as opposition activists launched a 48-hour strike in protest against an upcoming vote they say will mark the end of democracy.

    Related: Venezuela to vote amid crisis: all you need to know

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    Teenage girl accused in court of plotting terror attack in UK

    Teenage girl accused in court of plotting terror attack in UK


    Girl, 17, alleged to have married Islamic State fighter in Syria via Skype and to have arranged to receive hand grenadesA teenage girl is alleged to have married an Islamic State fighter in Syria via Skype and became so indoctrinated that she tried to...

    Girl, 17, alleged to have married Islamic State fighter in Syria via Skype and to have arranged to receive hand grenades

    A teenage girl is alleged to have married an Islamic State fighter in Syria via Skype and became so indoctrinated that she tried to get a gun and grenade to stage a terrorist attack against Britain. The girl, who cannot be named because of her age, appeared at Westminster magistrates court on Wednesday charged with the alleged plot.

    She is believed to be from a Moroccan background and was aged 16 when she met the alleged Isis terrorist, who originally comes from Coventry, online. He is now believed to be dead, killed in a drone strike in April.

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    Parents of Charlie Gard agree he will spend final hours of life in hospice

    Parents of Charlie Gard agree he will spend final hours of life in hospice


    Judge sets noon Thursday deadline for family to find a team able to support critically ill baby son for number of daysCharlie Gard will be transferred to a hospice to spend his final hours, after his parents abandoned a fight to take him home to...

    Judge sets noon Thursday deadline for family to find a team able to support critically ill baby son for number of days

    Charlie Gard will be transferred to a hospice to spend his final hours, after his parents abandoned a fight to take him home to die.

    Connie Yates and Chris Gard had hoped to take their son, who has a rare genetic condition, home to spend his final hours as their “last wish”.

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    Princess Diana had a good heart, but spare us this cult of empathy | Christina Patterson

    Princess Diana had a good heart, but spare us this cult of empathy | Christina Patterson


    One legacy seems to be a requirement that leaders and politicians feel our pain. All I ask is that they are competent• Christina Patterson is a freelance journalistWatching the ITV film Diana, Our Mother, on Tuesday night, it was like falling in love...

    One legacy seems to be a requirement that leaders and politicians feel our pain. All I ask is that they are competent

    • Christina Patterson is a freelance journalist

    Watching the ITV film Diana, Our Mother, on Tuesday night, it was like falling in love again. Yes, of course she was beautiful. She had the smile of a film star. But it wasn’t just her beauty or the radiance that shone out of every frame. It was the compassion in Diana’s smile, and the kindness in her eyes that made a nation fall in love.

    Related: Showing we care can hinder making the right decisions | Catherine Bennett

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    ‘The End’: Tyson Fury announces retirement from boxing again

    ‘The End’: Tyson Fury announces retirement from boxing again


    • Former world heavyweight champion thanks fans for support• Fury still yet to hear about resumption of Ukad hearingTyson Fury has appeared to announce his retirement once more as he waits to receive a date for the resumption of his UK Anti-Doping...

    • Former world heavyweight champion thanks fans for support
    • Fury still yet to hear about resumption of Ukad hearing

    Tyson Fury has appeared to announce his retirement once more as he waits to receive a date for the resumption of his UK Anti-Doping hearing.

    The former world heavyweight champion, 28, had been targeting a comeback fight next July, having vacated the WBA and WBO titles he held last October after admitting using cocaine to cope with depression, after which the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) suspended his boxing licence. But having previously announced his decision to retire from the sport last October, Fury has now cast doubt over his future once more after posting a message on social media on Wednesday night in which he claimed he had reached “the end”.

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    Stem cell brain implants could 'slow ageing and extend life', study shows

    Stem cell brain implants could 'slow ageing and extend life', study shows


    Researchers hope to launch human trials as breakthrough shows hypothalamus controls ageing, with treated mice remaining fitter and living 10-15% longerScientists have slowed down the ageing process by implanting stem cells into the brains of animals,...

    Researchers hope to launch human trials as breakthrough shows hypothalamus controls ageing, with treated mice remaining fitter and living 10-15% longer

    Scientists have slowed down the ageing process by implanting stem cells into the brains of animals, raising hopes for new strategies to combat age-related diseases and extend the human lifespan.

    Implants of stem cells that make fresh neurons in the brain were found to put the brakes on ageing in older mice, keeping them more physically and mentally fit for months, and extending their lives by 10-15% compared to untreated animals.

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    Katie Ledecky suffers first ever loss at worlds, ending bid for six golds

    Katie Ledecky suffers first ever loss at worlds, ending bid for six golds


    Twenty-year-old beaten for first time in 13 races at world championshipsItaly’s Federica Pellegrini takes gold medal in women’s 200m freestyleOlympic swimming champion was looking to tie record for golds at eventKatie Ledecky was beaten in the 200m...

    Twenty-year-old beaten for first time in 13 races at world championshipsItaly’s Federica Pellegrini takes gold medal in women’s 200m freestyleOlympic swimming champion was looking to tie record for golds at event

    Katie Ledecky was beaten in the 200m freestyle by Italy’s Federica Pellegrini on Wednesday evening in Budapest, falling short in her bid to become only the second female swimmer to win six golds at a single world championships.

    Australia’s Emma McKeon got off to a blazing start, but Ledecky was right on her shoulder as they made the final flip. Then, Pellegrini surged to the front and touched first in 1 minute, 54.73 seconds. The 20-year-old from Maryland finished in 1:55.18, tying for the silver medal with McKeon.

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    What will the car of 2040 be like?

    What will the car of 2040 be like?


    Following the announcement petrol and diesel engine cars will be banned from sale in 2040, the car of the future is up for grabsWhat will the car look like by the time the petrol and diesel combustion engine is banned from sale? Will we still be driving,...

    Following the announcement petrol and diesel engine cars will be banned from sale in 2040, the car of the future is up for grabs

    What will the car look like by the time the petrol and diesel combustion engine is banned from sale? Will we still be driving, or will we be living in a utopia filled with gleaming white pods silently whizzing about the streets ferrying people to and fro?

    The car of the future is still in flux. While many agree that it will be autonomous, will hopefully be accident-free, probably battery powered and will likely be radically different on the inside, if still familiar on the outside, there are broadly two routes down which the car can wind to 2040.

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    Late-night hosts on healthcare: 'They raised the bar on lowering the bar'

    Late-night hosts on healthcare: 'They raised the bar on lowering the bar'


    Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers addressed the Senate’s continued efforts to pass legislation and Trump’s remarks to Boy ScoutsLate-night hosts on Tuesday discussed Republican senators’ continued efforts to repeal Obamacare after they...

    Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers addressed the Senate’s continued efforts to pass legislation and Trump’s remarks to Boy Scouts

    Late-night hosts on Tuesday discussed Republican senators’ continued efforts to repeal Obamacare after they voted, with vice-president Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie, on a motion to proceed with debate on their healthcare bill.

    Trevor Noah of Comedy Central began: “A week ago, the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare appeared to be deader than Usher’s prospects on Tinder. But you’ve got to hand it to McConnell and Trump. The tortoise and the hare put their heads together and they figured out a way to bring the dead healthcare bill back to life.”

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    Erdoğan: Israel is harming Jerusalem’s Islamic character

    Erdoğan: Israel is harming Jerusalem’s Islamic character


    Israeli officials brand Turkish president’s comments ‘absurd’ as unrest continues at Jerusalem’s holy sitesThe Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has intervened in the continuing crisis surrounding the Jerusalem holy sites by accusing...

    Israeli officials brand Turkish president’s comments ‘absurd’ as unrest continues at Jerusalem’s holy sites

    The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has intervened in the continuing crisis surrounding the Jerusalem holy sites by accusing Israel of undermining the city’s “Islamic character”, in comments likely to further inflame regional tensions.

    The comments by Erdoğan, which came as Muslim leaders called on Palestinians to continue prayers and protests in the city, triggered an immediate tit-for-tat with Israeli officials, who said the accusation was “absurd” and pointed to Turkey’s own human rights record.

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    South Africa to apply pressure principle to England and their debutants

    South Africa to apply pressure principle to England and their debutants


    • Faf du Plessis: Tom Westley will face different attack to a warm-up game• Captain sees parallels with successful South Africa series in Australia in 2016Tom Westley may have tasted the delights of a century against South Africa this summer but for...

    • Faf du Plessis: Tom Westley will face different attack to a warm-up game
    • Captain sees parallels with successful South Africa series in Australia in 2016

    Tom Westley may have tasted the delights of a century against South Africa this summer but for the touring captain, Faf du Plessis, England’s new No3 will not recognise the bowlers he faces on his Test debut on Thursday because of a step up in intensity.

    As well as a blossoming county career for Essex over the past three seasons, Westley’s selection for The Oval, in place of the injured Gary Ballance, owes much to the unbeaten 106 he scored against the tourists when playing for the England Lions at New Road last month.

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    Thousands evacuated after wildfire on France's Mediterranean coast

    Thousands evacuated after wildfire on France's Mediterranean coast


    Wildfires also devouring swaths of forests in Corsica, Portugal, Italy and AlbaniaSummer wildfires are once again blazing across southern Europe, forcing the evacuation of 12,000 people on France’s Mediterranean cost and devouring swaths of forests as...

    Wildfires also devouring swaths of forests in Corsica, Portugal, Italy and Albania

    Summer wildfires are once again blazing across southern Europe, forcing the evacuation of 12,000 people on France’s Mediterranean cost and devouring swaths of forests as far afield as Corsica, Portugal, Italy and Albania.

    Authorities in the Côte d’Azur region decided to move people out of tents, campsites and holiday homes around the hilltop town of Bormes-les-Mimosas after a fire broke out in the surrounding forests on Tuesday.

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    BBC apologises after Tory donor insults Jeremy Corbyn

    BBC apologises after Tory donor insults Jeremy Corbyn


    World at One host Martha Kearney apologises for the language used by Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie MullinsThe BBC has apologised after Jeremy Corbyn was called a “twat” in a Radio 4 interview by Charlie Mullins, the boss of Pimlico Plumbers and a...

    World at One host Martha Kearney apologises for the language used by Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins

    The BBC has apologised after Jeremy Corbyn was called a “twat” in a Radio 4 interview by Charlie Mullins, the boss of Pimlico Plumbers and a Conservative party donor.

    Mullins was being interviewed on Radio 4’s World at One when host Martha Kearney asked whether the UK should attempt to remain part of the single market after Brexit.

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    Mark Philippoussis's father arrested over allegations of child sexual abuse

    Mark Philippoussis's father arrested over allegations of child sexual abuse


    Coach Nikolaos Philippoussis alleged to have abused students in his carePolice say no other children believed to be involved in caseA San Diego County sheriff’s official says the father of former Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis has been arrested...

    Coach Nikolaos Philippoussis alleged to have abused students in his carePolice say no other children believed to be involved in case

    A San Diego County sheriff’s official says the father of former Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis has been arrested on suspicion of molesting two children, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    The newspaper says Nikolaos Philippoussis, 68, a tennis coach, was taken into custody at his home on Tuesday. The Union-Tribune reports that officials said only that the alleged victims were under the age of 14 and were students of Philippoussis.

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    Google is testing autoplay videos directly in search results

    Google is testing autoplay videos directly in search results


    Divisive multimedia feature adopted by Facebook, Twitter and others could soon be a feature of Google search resultsGoogle has begun testing putting one of the most divisive features of the modern web experience, the auto-playing video, directly into...

    Divisive multimedia feature adopted by Facebook, Twitter and others could soon be a feature of Google search results

    Google has begun testing putting one of the most divisive features of the modern web experience, the auto-playing video, directly into search results.

    The feature, which puts the autoplaying video at the top of search results as part of the knowledge panel for certain searches, was spotted by Jennifer Slegg for search specialist site the SEM Post. Searches for information about movies or TV shows pops up the video in the right-hand sidebar, which automatically plays once without ads.

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    Britain’s best-loved artwork is a Banksy. That’s proof of our stupidity | Jonathan Jones

    Britain’s best-loved artwork is a Banksy. That’s proof of our stupidity | Jonathan Jones


    Banksy’s Girl with Balloon comes top in a popular vote, despite its oversimplification of human emotion. Real art is ambiguous and difficult• Jonathan Jones writes on art for the GuardianPeople are stupid. Wait, hear me out. I didn’t say that –...

    Banksy’s Girl with Balloon comes top in a popular vote, despite its oversimplification of human emotion. Real art is ambiguous and difficult

    • Jonathan Jones writes on art for the Guardian

    People are stupid. Wait, hear me out. I didn’t say that – although in a time when Donald Trump can get elected US president and a referendum can doom Britain to inglorious isolation, haven’t you occasionally wondered?

    I was merely paraphrasing the Victorian art critic John Ruskin, who in his book Modern Painters opines that “the average intellect and feeling of the majority of the public” give them zero competence “to distinguish what is really excellent”. Only a critic, such as himself, with superior sensibility and knowledge can judge what is truly great in art.

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    47 Metres Down review – shark-cage thriller sinks to the bottom

    47 Metres Down review – shark-cage thriller sinks to the bottom


    This film labours unpretentiously in the shadow of Spielberg’s Jaws, before it is almost harpooned by an outrageous final twistThis shark-attack thriller will always stay with me for one unprecedented event at the press screening I attended. The drama...

    This film labours unpretentiously in the shadow of Spielberg’s Jaws, before it is almost harpooned by an outrageous final twist

    This shark-attack thriller will always stay with me for one unprecedented event at the press screening I attended. The drama reaches its climax with an outrageous trick ending, and when the twist revealed itself, someone behind me shouted – and I mean literally shouted – two words, of which the second was “OFF”. I admired the clarity and force of his response, but on his reflection it was a little harsh about an unpretentious film whose destiny it is to toil in the shadow of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

    Anyway: Mandy Moore and Claire Holt play Lisa and Kate, two super-hot sisters in bikinis who have gone on holiday to help Lisa get over a bad breakup. They are in Mexico, and have a go at lowering themselves in a cage to get up close and personal with sharks. (Mexico is cheerfully portrayed as a dodgy place where safety precautions are neither here nor there.) Needless to say, things go wrong. They are always keening and whining at each other: “Ohmygod, we’re running out of air … stay with me, Kate … stay with me Lisa … ohmygod we’re running out of air.”

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    Kremlin says new sanctions are sad news for US-Russia relations

    Kremlin says new sanctions are sad news for US-Russia relations


    EU also criticises the sanctions, with Jean-Claude Juncker warning EU will hit back if its economic interests are damagedProposed new US sanctions against Russia are an extremely unfriendly act and sad news for Russia-US relations, the Kremlin has...

    EU also criticises the sanctions, with Jean-Claude Juncker warning EU will hit back if its economic interests are damaged

    Proposed new US sanctions against Russia are an extremely unfriendly act and sad news for Russia-US relations, the Kremlin has said.

    France, Germany and the EU also criticised the sanctions amid concerns that the measures could affect European businesses. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission, warned the EU would hit back “within a matter of days” if the sanctions damaged European economic interests.

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    Poland hits back at EU 'blackmail' over judicial reforms

    Poland hits back at EU 'blackmail' over judicial reforms


    EU says it will move to block Poland’s voting rights if it goes ahead with plans to let government fire supreme court judgesPoland’s ruling conservatives have hit back at EU threats to halt the country’s voting rights in the bloc if it pushes...

    EU says it will move to block Poland’s voting rights if it goes ahead with plans to let government fire supreme court judges

    Poland’s ruling conservatives have hit back at EU threats to halt the country’s voting rights in the bloc if it pushes through controversial judicial reforms, saying they amount to “blackmail”.

    The EU warned on Wednesday that it would immediately move to deploy its most serious sanction if Poland’s far-rightwing government gave itself the power to fire its supreme court judges.

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    Donald Trump says US military will not allow transgender people to serve

    Donald Trump says US military will not allow transgender people to serve


    Decision marks a reversal of a policy initiated under Obama in 2016Nancy Pelosi: ‘Cruel and arbitrary decision to humiliate transgender Americans’Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the US military in...

    Decision marks a reversal of a policy initiated under Obama in 2016
    Nancy Pelosi: ‘Cruel and arbitrary decision to humiliate transgender Americans’

    Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the US military in any capacity, reversing a policy put in place by Barack Obama a year ago.

    The US president tweeted: “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow … transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military.”

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    Did Arcade Fire just fake news themselves with a spoof gig dress code?

    Did Arcade Fire just fake news themselves with a spoof gig dress code?


    The band have launched their upcoming album with a satirical campaign – but they’re having trouble convincing fans their demands were a jokeName: Arcade Fire.Age: 16. Continue...

    The band have launched their upcoming album with a satirical campaign – but they’re having trouble convincing fans their demands were a joke

    Name: Arcade Fire.

    Age: 16.

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    Fishing communities in Asia seek net gains after Bali summit – in pictures

    Fishing communities in Asia seek net gains after Bali summit – in pictures


    Experts recently gathered in Bali to develop regulations that will help small-scale fishing operations and their sustainable methods thrive in our overfished seas. In this series of images, photojournalist Paul Hilton visits fishing communities in Asia...

    Experts recently gathered in Bali to develop regulations that will help small-scale fishing operations and their sustainable methods thrive in our overfished seas. In this series of images, photojournalist Paul Hilton visits fishing communities in Asia where locals work in harmony with their environment

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    Super League to stage Wigan v Hull regular season match in Australia

    Super League to stage Wigan v Hull regular season match in Australia


    • Match will take place in February 2018 in Wollongong• Super League-NRL double header will also be stagedSuper League will host a match outside Europe for the first time in February 2018 when Wigan and Hull will play a fixture in Australia.The...

    • Match will take place in February 2018 in Wollongong
    • Super League-NRL double header will also be staged

    Super League will host a match outside Europe for the first time in February 2018 when Wigan and Hull will play a fixture in Australia.

    The Warriors, who are understood to have forfeited a home game to facilitate the move, will face Hull at the WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Saturday 10 February before travelling to Sydney to complete a three-match tour.

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    Manchester City have splurged already but biggest surprises may be still to come | Paul Wilson

    Manchester City have splurged already but biggest surprises may be still to come | Paul Wilson


    Mauricio Pochettino has bucked the trend by not adding to his Tottenham squad but the rest of the top clubs have plenty of spending left in them yetAs well as this summer being remembered for the transfer window in which just about every Premier League...

    Mauricio Pochettino has bucked the trend by not adding to his Tottenham squad but the rest of the top clubs have plenty of spending left in them yet

    As well as this summer being remembered for the transfer window in which just about every Premier League club tried to break their own spending record, there is a good chance it will eventually be remembered for something else. To wit: the summer when no one apart from Real Madrid knew whether they had broken a transfer record or not.

    Take the case of Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, the £90m man, as the back pages have it. When Everton sold him the price was stated at £75m plus add-ons, which might have more or less guaranteed an ultimate spend of £90m but conveniently left Paul Pogba, the previous year’s big-money signing, as the most expensive player in United’s history. So which is it to be?

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    EU states told to get serious on funding anti-migration efforts

    EU states told to get serious on funding anti-migration efforts


    Brussels commissioner criticises ‘measly’ support for African projects but hails progress on relocating asylum seekersBrussels has accused EU member states of offering a “measly” level of funding for efforts in north Africa to halt the migration...

    Brussels commissioner criticises ‘measly’ support for African projects but hails progress on relocating asylum seekers

    Brussels has accused EU member states of offering a “measly” level of funding for efforts in north Africa to halt the migration crisis.

    The European commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said the €200m produced so far was too little. “The member states need to get serious on this,” he said.

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    Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of 2017 season with elbow injury

    Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of 2017 season with elbow injury


    • Djokovic announces ‘prolonged break’ on his official website• Injury forced world No4 to retire from Wimbledon quarter-finalNovak Djokovic will miss the rest of the tennis season with a persistent elbow injury and has announced that Andre...

    • Djokovic announces ‘prolonged break’ on his official website
    • Injury forced world No4 to retire from Wimbledon quarter-final

    Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the tennis season with a persistent elbow injury and has announced that Andre Agassi has agreed to remain part of his team next year.

    After 12 months of upheaval on and off the court, speculation had mounted that Djokovic would take an extended break from tennis in order to recover from the right-elbow injury that forced him to retire during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych. But while the 30-year-old’s decision to listen to medical advice means he will be absent from next month’s US Open, the world No4 vowed to return stronger than ever and expressed his happiness that Agassi will continue to coach him in 2018.

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    Marrie Bot's best photograph: bath-time on an ancient pilgrimage through Andalucía

    Marrie Bot's best photograph: bath-time on an ancient pilgrimage through Andalucía


    ‘We were out on the trail for three days with no shops and nothing to eat. And all I had with me was my camera, 20 rolls of film and a T-shirt’ I’ve been taking photographs on the El Rocío pilgrimage for 40 years, and it’s still just as intense...

    ‘We were out on the trail for three days with no shops and nothing to eat. And all I had with me was my camera, 20 rolls of film and a T-shirt’

    I’ve been taking photographs on the El Rocío pilgrimage for 40 years, and it’s still just as intense an experience as it was the first time. Each year, more than 100 brotherhoods travel to the hermitage at El Rocío from all over Andalucía. I had heard that the Brotherhood of Triana was famous for its richness and its beauty, so in 1976 I decided to travel with them.

    I went to their district in Seville, where they start their journey, and it was overwhelming: all the women in these beautiful flamenco dresses; the men just as beautifully dressed up; the horses; the oxen; the heavily decorated hooded wagons, or carretas each family travels with; the silver carreta out front, carrying the simpecado, the banner without sin, that some people venerate even more than the Virgin herself. I didn’t know whether to look left or right, in front or behind.

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    England return to South Africa’s happy hunting ground nervy but with new faces

    England return to South Africa’s happy hunting ground nervy but with new faces


    England still to decide between Liam Dawson and Dawid Malan as they seek to bounce back from Nottingham defeat in third Test at The OvalIt must have been a long week for the England cricketers – the men, that is. While the women have been justly feted...

    England still to decide between Liam Dawson and Dawid Malan as they seek to bounce back from Nottingham defeat in third Test at The Oval

    It must have been a long week for the England cricketers – the men, that is. While the women have been justly feted for their exploits, not least for reminding us what a captivating spectacle cricket can be when we do not know who is going to win, the men have had to overcome the temptation to brood.

    After the Lord’s Test against South Africa there was much rejoicing about the brave new world: a fresh regime with a brilliant, proactive captain in charge of a talented, young side, suddenly unfettered. After Trent Bridge England were brash, irresponsible fly-by-nights, lacking desire and commitment and none too bothered about respecting Test cricket. As ever and rather boringly, the truth lies somewhere in between. It is tough to make a headline proclaiming “England not quite as good as we/they thought they were”.

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    Mariano Rajoy becomes first serving Spanish PM to testify in criminal case

    Mariano Rajoy becomes first serving Spanish PM to testify in criminal case


    Giving evidence in fraud and bribery case, Rajoy denies any knowledge of illegal funding racket within ruling People’s partySpain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, became the first serving Spanish premier to testify in a criminal case on Wednesday...

    Giving evidence in fraud and bribery case, Rajoy denies any knowledge of illegal funding racket within ruling People’s party

    Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, became the first serving Spanish premier to testify in a criminal case on Wednesday when he emphatically denied any knowledge of an illegal funding racket within the ruling People’s party.

    Rajoy, the PP’s vice secretary general between 1990 and 2003, had been called to give evidence in the Gürtel case, in which 37 business and political figures were accused of involvement in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme.

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    If this is the end of the car as we know it, we have the EU to thank | Jonathan Freedland

    If this is the end of the car as we know it, we have the EU to thank | Jonathan Freedland


    Don’t be fooled. The Tories’ plan to ban diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040 is driven not by a love of clean air, but by European environmental standards• Jonathan Freedland is Guardian columnistMight today’s date live on in the history...

    Don’t be fooled. The Tories’ plan to ban diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040 is driven not by a love of clean air, but by European environmental standards

    • Jonathan Freedland is Guardian columnist

    Might today’s date live on in the history books as the official end of the industrial revolution, which began more than a century and a half ago? That’s probably a stretch, but the UK government’s announcement that all petrol and diesel cars and vans are to be banned by 2040 sounds like the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine, the invention that changed human life for ever.

    Following a similar announcement by the French government, as well as Volvo’s plan to make only fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019, a world without the sounds or smells that dominated the 20th century suddenly becomes imaginable. It won’t be a world without cars. But the car powered by the burning of fossil fuel – at different times and in different places a symbol of technological progress, of power, of wealth, of capitalism, of freedom and, yes, of a particular kind of masculinity – is entering the final phase of its life.

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    Do kimchi and other fermented foods give you more fizz?

    Do kimchi and other fermented foods give you more fizz?


    Products such as kombucha, kefir and sauerkraut are growing in popularity, propelled by health claims and increasing knowledge about the microbes in our guts. But do they justify the hype?When something makes it into the everyday story of country folk...

    Products such as kombucha, kefir and sauerkraut are growing in popularity, propelled by health claims and increasing knowledge about the microbes in our guts. But do they justify the hype?

    When something makes it into the everyday story of country folk that is The Archers, it’s safe to say that it has gone mainstream. So, hearing Tom Archer’s plans for a kefir empire was all the proof I needed that, as he said: “Fermented foods are the future!” As ever, where Gwyneth Paltrow leads, Ambridge follows.

    The health and wellness brigade have been fizzing over ferments for almost a decade; indeed, way back in 2011, Lindsay Lohan was said to have blamed a positive alcohol test while on probation on her fondness for kombucha, a fermented-tea drink. More pertinently, perhaps, Australian journalist and bestselling sugar-avoider Sarah Wilson urges anyone “with auto-immune issues, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, sugar cravings or any kind of digestive or allergy issue” to give fermenting a go. The Hemsley sisters have called sauerkraut “our ultimate condiment for health”, while chef Gizzi Erskine loves kimchi – a punchy Korean speciality generally made from cabbage, chilli and garlic – so much that she named her cat after it. Not bad for what is, essentially, just some elderly cabbage.

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    Trump is a coward. At least it limits the damage he does | Jill Abramson

    Trump is a coward. At least it limits the damage he does | Jill Abramson


    Despite all the bluster, insults and bullying, Donald Trump is too scared to fire Jeff Sessions, instead subjecting him to a dripfeed of humiliation• Jill Abramson is a political columnist for the GuardianLike most bullies, Donald Trump is really a...

    Despite all the bluster, insults and bullying, Donald Trump is too scared to fire Jeff Sessions, instead subjecting him to a dripfeed of humiliation

    • Jill Abramson is a political columnist for the Guardian

    Like most bullies, Donald Trump is really a coward.

    Although he spent a dozen seasons on “The Apprentice” playing the boss who loved saying “You’re fired,” he doesn’t have the guts to lower the boom as president.

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    So what should Donald Trump have said to the Boy Scouts? I know | Jack Bernhardt

    So what should Donald Trump have said to the Boy Scouts? I know | Jack Bernhardt


    The US president’s keynote address to an audience of children has been criticised for its oddness. If he’s ever invited back, here’s what he should say• Jack Bernhardt is a comedy writerEveryone’s favourite set of nightmarish bagpipes come to...

    The US president’s keynote address to an audience of children has been criticised for its oddness. If he’s ever invited back, here’s what he should say

    • Jack Bernhardt is a comedy writer

    Everyone’s favourite set of nightmarish bagpipes come to life, Donald Trump, gave a speech on Monday to the Boy Scouts of America, for which he was – surprise, surprise – roundly criticised. Parents of the Boy Scouts called it an embarrassment – and if you look at the outfits they put their kids in, you’ll know that they do not embarrass easily.

    Really, I think they were overreacting. Just because he happened to savage the media and threaten to fire a politician at a supposedly apolitical event, before leading the impressionable children in a round of booing his predecessor – it’s political correctness gone mad. Next you’ll be saying he can’t even set up his own wing of Trump Youth, where the kids get to salute pictures of his orange face.

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    Muslim feminist plans to open liberal mosque in Britain

    Muslim feminist plans to open liberal mosque in Britain


    Seyran Ateş, a Turkish-born lawyer and human rights campaigner, is visiting London to investigate potential sites for new ventureA Muslim feminist who founded a liberal mosque in Berlin, triggering death threats and fatwas, is planning to open an...

    Seyran Ateş, a Turkish-born lawyer and human rights campaigner, is visiting London to investigate potential sites for new venture

    A Muslim feminist who founded a liberal mosque in Berlin, triggering death threats and fatwas, is planning to open an inclusive place of worship in the UK, saying a revolution in Islam is under way.

    Seyran Ateş, a Turkish-born lawyer and human rights campaigner, visited London this week to investigate potential sites for a liberal mosque open to men, women and LGBT Muslims on an equal basis, and people from all strands of Islam.

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    Best photos of the day: a Chile demo and a king cobra

    Best photos of the day: a Chile demo and a king cobra


    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including a pro-abortion demonstration in Santiago and a smuggled snake Continue...

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including a pro-abortion demonstration in Santiago and a smuggled snake

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    'Go deeper, go darker': on location with the stars of Top of the Lake

    'Go deeper, go darker': on location with the stars of Top of the Lake


    As the show about the detective plagued by demons returns with a stellar lineup, its stars Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie reveal how Jane Campion’s award-winning series will be even more harrowing this time Gwendoline Christie watched Top of...

    As the show about the detective plagued by demons returns with a stellar lineup, its stars Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie reveal how Jane Campion’s award-winning series will be even more harrowing this time

    Gwendoline Christie watched Top of the Lake four times before she finally summoned the courage to email the director, Jane Campion, pleading to be cast in the sequel. But first, she ran a draft past a friend: “If you read this and think I sound like an idiot, I won’t send it to Jane and we’ll never speak of it again,” she said.

    The fact that I’ve come to meet Christie and her co-stars on the show’s Bondi beach set is proof that the email was sent, and that Campion liked what she read. The director remembers Christie describing herself as an unusual actress “because I’m very tall”. It was precisely what Campion was looking for: “Somebody who’s a real challenge, almost too tall, too big, to be a woman. I like to play with those stereotypes of what a woman should be or shouldn’t be.”

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    Anna by Niccolò Ammaniti review – a new standard in post-apocalyptic fiction

    Anna by Niccolò Ammaniti review – a new standard in post-apocalyptic fiction


    This story of children running wild in Sicily brilliantly manipulates the usual models even as it transcends their limitsAs we know from Lord of the Flies, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and any number of book-to-movie franchises such as The Hunger Games,...

    This story of children running wild in Sicily brilliantly manipulates the usual models even as it transcends their limits

    As we know from Lord of the Flies, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and any number of book-to-movie franchises such as The Hunger Games, the collapse of the traditional social order is inevitably followed first by a period of fragmentation, alienation and conflict, in which individuals struggle desperately to survive, and, second, by a tyranny of some kind, where the most vicious and calculating organise to impose their will on those either too weak or morally unprepared to fight. This tyranny is often brutal and without principle: that most humans lapse into random violence when they are not sufficiently well policed is, apparently, a symptom of our basic animal nature, just as it is always the case that a small band of privileged cynics will quickly emerge to exploit the chaos under the guise of preventing worse carnage.

    Resistance to this tyranny, if it happens at all, is only achieved when a charismatic new hero arrives, like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, or Jonathan E in that franchise’s obvious predecessor, the 1975 film Rollerball. As Susan Sontag has pointed out, the particular satisfaction such fictions supply is “extreme moral simplification – that is to say, a morally acceptable fantasy where one can give outlet to cruel, or at least amoral, feelings”.

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    More than a shirt: how classic football kits became works of art

    More than a shirt: how classic football kits became works of art


    The humble football shirt has evolved to become both big business and high fashion, with culture, politics and cutting-edge design all playing a part as a new London exhibition demonstrates“Feel that material!” Neal Heard, football shirt collector,...

    The humble football shirt has evolved to become both big business and high fashion, with culture, politics and cutting-edge design all playing a part as a new London exhibition demonstrates

    “Feel that material!” Neal Heard, football shirt collector, author, Instagrammer and all-round fanatic, is proffering a 1981 Juventus home shirt – one of his personal favourites. It is a timeless bit of kit that demonstrates the Italian eye for detail that makes Serie A the spiritual home of classic strips, but also encapsulates the humble football shirt’s dramatic evolution.

    The rough-hewn collar and stitched-on panels lend an old-school feel but innovation is woven in. The thin, elasticated cotton was designed with player performance in mind. The player number is rendered in vinyl, with the Ariston sponsor patch an optional extra – supporters could choose whether to stitch it on or leave the black and white stripes unspoiled. Even for a club that remains fashion-forward, it is a cut above.

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    Kitchen gadgets review: BBQ Toolbox – it’s a barbecue … in a toolbox

    Kitchen gadgets review: BBQ Toolbox – it’s a barbecue … in a toolbox


    Workmanlike in heft, pillar-box red in hue, this portable, covert grill is irresistibleThe BBQ Toolbox (£54.95, prezzybox.com) is a metal box, with an adjustable vent, that holds hot coal. Food is suspended above the heat source by a rack of bars....

    Workmanlike in heft, pillar-box red in hue, this portable, covert grill is irresistible

    The BBQ Toolbox (£54.95, prezzybox.com) is a metal box, with an adjustable vent, that holds hot coal. Food is suspended above the heat source by a rack of bars.

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    Bloodless, boring and empty: Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk left me cold

    Bloodless, boring and empty: Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk left me cold


    Nolan’s celebrated story of the evacuation at Dunkirk trades guts and glory for a 12A airbrushed rendering of history. The true story is much more complex – and movingIs it just me? Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has bowled over critics and taken...

    Nolan’s celebrated story of the evacuation at Dunkirk trades guts and glory for a 12A airbrushed rendering of history. The true story is much more complex – and moving

    Is it just me? Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has bowled over critics and taken $100m (£77m) at the global box office in barely a week, but it left me cold.

    The subject sounds enticing: the legend of Dunkirk tells of an array of unprepared civilians assembling an armada of fishing boats, pleasure craft, yachts, motor launches, paddle steamers, barges and lifeboats to rescue an army from a battle-swept beach. What might cinema reveal of the logistical skills, resourcefulness, courage, doubts, arguments and fears of the citizenry involved?

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    Why can’t we celebrate women’s sport without relating it to men’s? | Marina Hyde

    Why can’t we celebrate women’s sport without relating it to men’s? | Marina Hyde


    Hours after England women’s World Cup cricket success people were asking what our pampered footballers could learn from it, while it was suggested Johanna Konta could teach José Mourinho’s players about playing through injuryForgive me if the...

    Hours after England women’s World Cup cricket success people were asking what our pampered footballers could learn from it, while it was suggested Johanna Konta could teach José Mourinho’s players about playing through injury

    Forgive me if the following comes across as naively euphoric. But we’ll only know it’s a truly watershed summer for women’s sport if we get through it without being overwhelmed by commentary on what men’s football could learn from it all.

    They’re poorer but they’re a million times more dignified! They’re less watched but their crowds don’t have any hooligans in them! They may not have supercars but they have more nobility in their bus tickets than the entire Man City squad put together! They actually win stuff (like the chance to be used to mug off the Man City squad)!

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    Ben Gibbard on Teenage Fanclub: 'A reminder of beauty in the world'

    Ben Gibbard on Teenage Fanclub: 'A reminder of beauty in the world'


    The Death Cab for Cutie singer has rerecorded Bandwagonesque, Teenage Fanclub’s 1991 album. How did an ‘incredibly romantic’ Seattle teenager get hung up on four blokes from Scotland?Last year, I was approached by a multimedia venture called...

    The Death Cab for Cutie singer has rerecorded Bandwagonesque, Teenage Fanclub’s 1991 album. How did an ‘incredibly romantic’ Seattle teenager get hung up on four blokes from Scotland?

    Last year, I was approached by a multimedia venture called Turntable Kitchen about doing a vinyl-only covers album. I contemplated a few options, but I landed on Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque: my favourite album by my favourite band. In a lot of ways, it changed my life.

    In 1989, I was 13 years old, growing up in a navy town near Seattle. I had recently discovered punk rock, but it felt like an ill-fitting suit. I had a lot of friends who were into straight-edge hardcore music, and I had gone to some of those shows like: OK, fine. But I wasn’t an angsty kid – my parents were – and still are – together and my dad was a hippy before he joined the navy. I didn’t have the youthful aggression of many teenagers, so there wasn’t that thread that connected me to punk rock. I went to the shows, I bought the records, but the music that really spoke to me was music from my childhood that my dad liked: the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Devo.

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    Betsy DeVos: Trump's illiberal ally seen as most dangerous education chief ever

    Betsy DeVos: Trump's illiberal ally seen as most dangerous education chief ever


    The 59-year-old billionaire is said to be the spearhead of Trump’s agenda, and alarm is growing at her plans for privatization – and her erosion of civil rightsIvanka Trump, wearing a blue lace dress, beamed, hugged, high-fived and took a group...

    The 59-year-old billionaire is said to be the spearhead of Trump’s agenda, and alarm is growing at her plans for privatization – and her erosion of civil rights

    Ivanka Trump, wearing a blue lace dress, beamed, hugged, high-fived and took a group selfie. Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, smiled and chatted with the boys and girls too. But only one of them looked like she could have been a children’s TV presenter – and it was not Betsy DeVos.

    Trump and DeVos read the book Rosie Revere, Engineer to a group of around 40 six- to 10-year-olds – most of them African American – who had travelled on Tuesday from a YMCA boys and girls club in Washington to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, a short walk from the Trump international hotel.

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    Bullet-hole decor: the Brooklyn bar on the frontline of the gentrification wars

    Bullet-hole decor: the Brooklyn bar on the frontline of the gentrification wars


    A venue advertising its ‘bullet-ridden’ wall has caused outrage in Crown Heights, with residents accusing the owner of insensitive stereotypingDespite rapid gentrification, the realities of routine gang violence and its cost remain vivid in the Crown...

    A venue advertising its ‘bullet-ridden’ wall has caused outrage in Crown Heights, with residents accusing the owner of insensitive stereotyping

    Despite rapid gentrification, the realities of routine gang violence and its cost remain vivid in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, New York.

    So it was perhaps unwise for Becca Brennan, a 31-year-old former corporate tax attorney from Toronto, to use the totems of thug life to promote Summerhill, her new “boozy sandwich shop” in a traditionally Jewish and West Indian neighbourhood.

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    Children of Isis fighters face threat of Mosul revenge attacks

    Children of Isis fighters face threat of Mosul revenge attacks


    Many who lost their parents in the battle for the Iraqi city have been traumatised by war, but are now targets for recriminationFor the past seven months, Abu Hassan, an army medic, has treated the damaged and desperate people of the Iraqi city of Mosul...

    Many who lost their parents in the battle for the Iraqi city have been traumatised by war, but are now targets for recrimination

    For the past seven months, Abu Hassan, an army medic, has treated the damaged and desperate people of the Iraqi city of Mosul as they arrived from the cauldron of war.

    Soldiers, women and children often trembled in fear in front of him, hours after escaping the bloody clashes, as Iraqi forces battled to wrest control of the city from Islamic State fighters. But not nine-year-old Mohammed.

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    EU court upholds Hamas terror listing

    EU court upholds Hamas terror listing


    European court of justice backs original decision to put Palestinian Islamist movement on terrorism blacklistThe European Union’s top court has ruled that the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, should remain on the EU terrorism blacklist.The EU...

    European court of justice backs original decision to put Palestinian Islamist movement on terrorism blacklist

    The European Union’s top court has ruled that the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, should remain on the EU terrorism blacklist.

    The EU originally listed the organisation as a terror group in 2001 in a move that froze its assets within the member states.

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    Brazil's right on the rise as anger grows over scandal and corruption

    Brazil's right on the rise as anger grows over scandal and corruption


    The leftwing Workers’ party enjoyed 13 years on top – but recession, crime and widespread disenchantment have prompted many Brazilians to turn to the rightFernando Holiday is one of the few openly gay black politicians in Brazil, but before he won a...

    The leftwing Workers’ party enjoyed 13 years on top – but recession, crime and widespread disenchantment have prompted many Brazilians to turn to the right

    Fernando Holiday is one of the few openly gay black politicians in Brazil, but before he won a single vote, he first reached national fame in 2015 with a string of viral videos in which he attacked Brazil’s affirmative action system for black, indigenous and poor people.

    “We blacks and poor can win in life on merit,” he said in one Facebook video. “I don’t play the victim.”

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    Trump plan could open Giant Sequoia monument to logging

    Trump plan could open Giant Sequoia monument to logging


    As the Trump administration continues to roll back protections on public lands, timber industry advocates are pushing to reduce federal defenses for California’s giant treesFor the largest living things standing on the planet, California’s giant...

    As the Trump administration continues to roll back protections on public lands, timber industry advocates are pushing to reduce federal defenses for California’s giant trees

    For the largest living things standing on the planet, California’s giant sequoias have an unassuming, almost gentle aura to them. The recognizable cinnamon-colored bark is soft and fibrous. Its cones are modest. When cut down, the trees tend to shatter and won’t produce reliably sturdy timber.

    These majestic plants have a lineage stretching back to the Jurassic period, but fears over their future have prompted a somewhat counterintuitive plan presented to the Trump administration – in order to save the giant sequoias, some say, their surrounding area must be stripped of protected status.

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    Man arrested for smuggling king cobras to the US in crisp canisters

    Man arrested for smuggling king cobras to the US in crisp canisters


    California man faces up to 20 years in prison after the three live snakes were illegally shipped from Hong KongA man has been arrested on federal smuggling charges after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside...

    California man faces up to 20 years in prison after the three live snakes were illegally shipped from Hong Kong

    A man has been arrested on federal smuggling charges after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, US prosecutors said.

    Rodrigo Franco, 34, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles on a charge of illegally importing merchandise. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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    Top 10 female detectives in fiction

    Top 10 female detectives in fiction


    From a Copenhagen scientist to a hardbitten single mother in New York, these are singular sleuths contending with problems that all women will recogniseMy new mystery novel, The Last Place You Look, centres on female private investigator Roxane Weary as...

    From a Copenhagen scientist to a hardbitten single mother in New York, these are singular sleuths contending with problems that all women will recognise

    My new mystery novel, The Last Place You Look, centres on female private investigator Roxane Weary as she re-investigates a 15-year-old murder case. Writing crime fiction from a woman’s point of view was a natural decision for me – as a woman and a feminist, I want to read more stories like this, so why not write one myself? But I also wanted to follow in the footsteps of other writers who have taken on what has historically been a bit of a boys’ club.

    A crime novel from the point of view of a female detective is much more than just a difference of chromosomes. Women obviously have a different experience to men of moving through the world – and law enforcement – which is necessarily reflected in these stories. Female detectives in fiction contend with rampant sexism, being underestimated, excluded, and harassed, in addition to battling the mysteries at the centre of their cases. They also bring a different sensibility to their work, and solve crimes in ways that men never could.

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    Detroit review – Kathryn Bigelow rages against brutal chapter in US race struggle

    Detroit review – Kathryn Bigelow rages against brutal chapter in US race struggle


    Amid the erupting 1967 Detroit riots, John Boyega plays a security guard drawn in to a grotesque showdown with racist cops at the Algiers MotelA pulse of heat and fear rises from Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Detroit: a throb of desperate rage at black...

    Amid the erupting 1967 Detroit riots, John Boyega plays a security guard drawn in to a grotesque showdown with racist cops at the Algiers Motel

    A pulse of heat and fear rises from Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Detroit: a throb of desperate rage at black lives not mattering. It begins with a brief, deadpan animated history of African Americans’ internal emigration in the 20th-century United States and then comes to the Detroit riots of 1967, interweaving fictional scenes with news footage. The movie is dynamically shot by cinematographer Barry Ackroyd; like Bigelow’s previous pictures Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, it is written by Mark Boal and like those movies it has a painfully fraught attitude to men in uniform.

    The action runs from a heavy-handed police crackdown on an unlicensed drinking club that triggered the disorder to an incident the movie regards as the main event, which incarnates all the violence, racism and bad faith: the “Algiers Motel incident” in which three white police officers were accused, along with one black security guard, of murdering three black civilians and savagely beating many more, including two white women. Unlike the security guard, the three white cops signed confessions which were ruled inadmissible in court and all four were acquitted. Bigelow and Boal plausibly surmise that the security guard was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, the victim of a stitch-up and further mired in well-meaning attempts at exemplary respectability which earned him cynical contempt from the white authorities and laid him open to charges of Uncle Tom-ism from the black community.

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    Dream Daddy: how the gay dad dating sim became a hit game of the summer

    Dream Daddy: how the gay dad dating sim became a hit game of the summer


    How did a title about fathers dating each other become number one on Steam? It seems previously niche genres are suddenly hitting the mainstreamRobert is a bad boy who enjoys whisky, leather jackets and skulking in alleyways. Brian is a large, jolly chap...

    How did a title about fathers dating each other become number one on Steam? It seems previously niche genres are suddenly hitting the mainstream

    Robert is a bad boy who enjoys whisky, leather jackets and skulking in alleyways. Brian is a large, jolly chap who looks a tiny bit like the Ghost of Christmas Present from The Muppets Christmas Carol. Damien is a cape-wearing goth who loves blood, hates garlic, and wonders why Hot Topic would describe a ruffled blouse as “Victorian” when it’s so clearly Edwardian. Ugh, the savages.

    All of these seemingly disparate men have one thing in common: they’re dads looking to date other dads in a new game called Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator. Launched earlier in July, it’s currently holding the top spot on Steam, the dominant online PC games store better known for sci-fi shooters and serious fantasy role-playing adventures. Excitement round the title was so high, that when the release was delayed by a few hours, co-developers Vernon Shaw and Leighton Gray had to post an apology to wildly expectant fans on Twitter. It received over 17,000 likes.

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    Princess Diana's brother says he was lied to over princes following coffin

    Princess Diana's brother says he was lied to over princes following coffin


    Earl Spencer claims royal officials told him William and Harry wanted to join funeral cortege but later found this was untrueThe brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, has claimed he was lied to about the desire of William and Harry to walk behind their...

    Earl Spencer claims royal officials told him William and Harry wanted to join funeral cortege but later found this was untrue

    The brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, has claimed he was lied to about the desire of William and Harry to walk behind their mother’s coffin.

    Earl Spencer said he raised objections with royal officials before being told her sons wanted to do it, adding he later realised this was not the case.

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    Can humans live on Mars? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Ian Sample

    Can humans live on Mars? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Ian Sample


    Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries• Ian Sample is the Guardian’s science editorWanted: men and women to leave the birthplace of humanity...

    Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries

    • Ian Sample is the Guardian’s science editor

    Wanted: men and women to leave the birthplace of humanity and the only safe haven in the solar system for an interminable voyage in a cramped container with people you will probably learn to hate. Destination: the freezing, airless, highly irradiated and irredeemable wasteland we call Mars. Must be willing to live in a pressurised pod, drink crewmates’ recycled urine and endure disgraceful broadband service.

    Related: Why humans must not give up the quest for Mars | Nicky Jenner

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    Secrecy and security envelop George Pell's magistrates court show | David Marr

    Secrecy and security envelop George Pell's magistrates court show | David Marr


    The appearance of the cardinal in a Melbourne court on sexual abuse charges attracted the biggest crowd anyone can remember, but it was still wrapped in mystery, writes David MarrMy apologies. I can’t tell you what’s going on. A great billowing,...

    The appearance of the cardinal in a Melbourne court on sexual abuse charges attracted the biggest crowd anyone can remember, but it was still wrapped in mystery, writes David Marr

    My apologies. I can’t tell you what’s going on. A great billowing, lace-edged cloak of secrecy still surrounds the case of the Director of Public Prosecutions v. G Pell.

    Months down the track, we don’t know what the charges are. Even if they fell into my lap, I would not say a word. Why not? Sorry, that’s a secret too.

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    Ireland's staggering hypocrisy on climate change

    Ireland's staggering hypocrisy on climate change


    The national climate policy is a greenwash – the country is certain to miss its 2020 emissions target and still handing out drilling licencesOn the face of it, Ireland appears to be acting on climate change. Last year it appointed its first ever...

    The national climate policy is a greenwash – the country is certain to miss its 2020 emissions target and still handing out drilling licences

    On the face of it, Ireland appears to be acting on climate change. Last year it appointed its first ever “climate action minister”, and in June it outlawed onshore fracking. What’s more, the telegenic new taoiseach Leo Varadkar dedicated much of the first day of his Cabinet retreat to discussing climate change.

    Last week Varadkar introduced Ireland’s first national mitigation plan (NMP) in more than a decade, and said that addressing climate change would “require fundamental societal transformation and, more immediately, allocation of resources and sustained policy change.” If success could be measured simply by repetition – the word “sustainable” appears no fewer than 110 times in the NMP – Ireland would undoubtedly be among the world’s leading countries.

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    If Trump wants to fire Jeff Sessions, let him – it would be a gift to America | Trevor Timm

    If Trump wants to fire Jeff Sessions, let him – it would be a gift to America | Trevor Timm


    Far from opening the door to a more loathsome attorney general, Sessions’ dismissal would probably mean more headaches for Trump – and relief from persecution for millionsDonald Trump has spent the past few days publicly throwing his attorney...

    Far from opening the door to a more loathsome attorney general, Sessions’ dismissal would probably mean more headaches for Trump – and relief from persecution for millions

    Donald Trump has spent the past few days publicly throwing his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, under a bus, apparently furious that Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation shortly after he was confirmed for the job.

    As a result, everyone is speculating that Trump is trying to force Sessions to resign, or will eventually fire him directly if Sessions does not act himself. Strangely, many Democrats seem to be worried that Trump will actually pull the trigger, when they should be welcoming this development with open arms. Sessions leaving the justice department would be a gift to the American public on multiple levels.

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    'It takes a lot of courage': Venezuelan protesters tell of rising police violence

    'It takes a lot of courage': Venezuelan protesters tell of rising police violence


    As general strike begins, more than 100 have died and hundreds more arrested in anti-government protests since AprilIt was the second time Wuilly Arteaga’s violin was damaged during anti-government protests in Caracas, but it was the first time he was...

    As general strike begins, more than 100 have died and hundreds more arrested in anti-government protests since April

    It was the second time Wuilly Arteaga’s violin was damaged during anti-government protests in Caracas, but it was the first time he was injured by police.

    Arteaga, who has become a symbol of Venezuela’s protest movement for playing his instrument amid raging street battles, was injured during Sunday’s clashes. Footage from the incident showed police firing rubber bullets and teargas, as protesters threw stones.

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    Dunkirk reveals the spirit that has driven Brexit: humiliation | Rafael Behr

    Dunkirk reveals the spirit that has driven Brexit: humiliation | Rafael Behr


    The national shame of 1940’s disorderly retreat from Europe was felt again when Britain joined the EEC in 1973. And that emotion still burns• Rafael Behr is a Guardian columnistIt would be consistent with a certain kind of Britishness for the nation...

    The national shame of 1940’s disorderly retreat from Europe was felt again when Britain joined the EEC in 1973. And that emotion still burns

    • Rafael Behr is a Guardian columnist

    It would be consistent with a certain kind of Britishness for the nation to ruin itself through sheer embarrassment. Having gone to the trouble of voting to leave the EU, a change of heart would just be too awkward: like complaining about a haircut while still in the chair. So we watch the mirror in mounting anxiety, fretting that this was never what we had asked for, forcing a smile nonetheless, knowing we’ll still pay at the end.

    There is a swelling body of evidence that Brexit is shaking confidence in the country’s international credibility, and cannot be completed in the allotted time without economic vandalism. There is also the referendum result, before which evidence is made to cower. The decision has been taken. Article 50 is activated. We can’t get cold feet now. We’ve booked the caterers.

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    Virtual reality hit when I tried to cash in my bitcoins

    Virtual reality hit when I tried to cash in my bitcoins


    I sold them via LocalBitcoins, but HSBC kept blocking my accountWhen my girlfriend became pregnant I decided to sell my bitcoins to decorate a nursery. I auctioned them via localbitcoins. You put your coins into an escrow account, wait for an offer and,...

    I sold them via LocalBitcoins, but HSBC kept blocking my account

    When my girlfriend became pregnant I decided to sell my bitcoins to decorate a nursery. I auctioned them via localbitcoins. You put your coins into an escrow account, wait for an offer and, when the buyer has paid by Bacs, you release the coins. The buyers are verified by email, telephone and an official ID.

    After a couple of days I had an offer. The buyer transferred the funds into my HSBC bank account; I released the coins. The same buyer made another purchase of £530.

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    What are the best MacBook Pro alternatives?

    What are the best MacBook Pro alternatives?


    Want a premium and powerful yet small and light laptop that isn’t an Apple product? Here are the best 13in alternativesIt used to be that if you wanted a premium, powerful but relatively small and light laptop, there weren’t many good options apart...

    Want a premium and powerful yet small and light laptop that isn’t an Apple product? Here are the best 13in alternatives

    It used to be that if you wanted a premium, powerful but relatively small and light laptop, there weren’t many good options apart from Apple’s MacBook Pro. These days that certainly isn’t the case with loads of excellent options from the world of Windows 10 PCs.

    With Apple’s new 13in MacBook Pro not being everyone’s cup of tea, here are some of the best 13in alternatives, all with high-resolution screens, seventh generation Intel Core i5 or i7 chips and power enough to do almost anything, perhaps even a little gaming.

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    Pegas reborn: Romania's communist bicycle returns with oomph and style

    Pegas reborn: Romania's communist bicycle returns with oomph and style


    A proletariat era symbol gets a modern makeover as a nostalgic nation warms up to its iconic bike brand In communist Romania, almost every child had a Pegas bicycle. In a country cut off from the outside world, the state-owned company’s distinctive...

    A proletariat era symbol gets a modern makeover as a nostalgic nation warms up to its iconic bike brand


    In communist Romania, almost every child had a Pegas bicycle. In a country cut off from the outside world, the state-owned company’s distinctive bikes were all people knew. However, with the violent end of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s reign in 1989, all that changed.

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    The Man Booker prize 2017  longlist: who should be on it?

    The Man Booker prize 2017 longlist: who should be on it?


    This year’s ‘Booker dozen’ is released on Thursday. Who will make the cut is hard to guess, but there are plenty of strong candidatesFrom the longlist to the eventual winner, in the last couple of years, second-guessing the winner of the Man Booker...

    This year’s ‘Booker dozen’ is released on Thursday. Who will make the cut is hard to guess, but there are plenty of strong candidates

    From the longlist to the eventual winner, in the last couple of years, second-guessing the winner of the Man Booker prize has become harder than ever. With the field now open to American authors, and a focus on bringing indie gems such as His Bloody Project and A Brief History of Seven Killings into the spotlight, each July the Booker dozen has been full of surprises. It certainly makes the “posh bingo”, as Julian Barnes put it, more exciting – but who could we, should we, might we see on the longlist this Thursday?

    This Booker year runs from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017, putting some brilliant novels from big-name authors in the running: Sebastian Barry’s intimate epic of the US civil war, Days Without End, which has already hoovered up any number of prizes; The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead’s historical phantasmagoria about slavery, also much garlanded; Ali Smith’s Autumn, a marvellously quirky response to the EU referendum. I’d love to see these three on the list, but will they feel like last year’s books?

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    The future of fake news: don't believe everything you read, see or hear

    The future of fake news: don't believe everything you read, see or hear


    A new breed of video and audio manipulation tools allow for the creation of realistic looking news footage, like the now infamous fake Obama speechIn an age of Photoshop, filters and social media, many of us are used to seeing manipulated pictures –...

    A new breed of video and audio manipulation tools allow for the creation of realistic looking news footage, like the now infamous fake Obama speech

    In an age of Photoshop, filters and social media, many of us are used to seeing manipulated pictures – subjects become slimmer and smoother or, in the case of Snapchat, transformed into puppies.

    However, there’s a new breed of video and audio manipulation tools, made possible by advances in artificial intelligence and computer graphics, that will allow for the creation of realistic looking footage of public figures appearing to say, well, anything. Trump declaring his proclivity for water sports. Hillary Clinton describing the stolen children she keeps locked in her wine cellar. Tom Cruise finally admitting what we suspected all along … that he’s a Brony.

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    Philippines: Duterte threatens to bomb indigenous schools

    Philippines: Duterte threatens to bomb indigenous schools


    President claims tribal schools are teaching students to rebel against the government and says he will launch air strikesThe Philippine president has sparked alarm among human rights groups after he threatened to bomb tribal schools, accusing them of...

    President claims tribal schools are teaching students to rebel against the government and says he will launch air strikes

    The Philippine president has sparked alarm among human rights groups after he threatened to bomb tribal schools, accusing them of teaching students to become communist rebels.

    In a televised news conference on Monday, Rodrigo Duterte condemned insurgents for destroying bridges and torching schools in the countryside but said they were sparing indigenous Lumad schools, which he alleged were operating under rebel control without government permits.

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    Anger at plan to let Chinese police patrol in Hong Kong

    Anger at plan to let Chinese police patrol in Hong Kong


    Critics say mini-constitution would be contravened by Chinese officers controlling part of new high-speed rail station and enforcing mainland lawA Hong Kong government plan to lease part of a new high-speed rail station to China and allow Chinese police...

    Critics say mini-constitution would be contravened by Chinese officers controlling part of new high-speed rail station and enforcing mainland law

    A Hong Kong government plan to lease part of a new high-speed rail station to China and allow Chinese police to enforce mainland laws has sparked new fears the city is losing its autonomy.

    The proposal, which has drawn heavy criticism from pro-democracy lawmakers, would see mainland police patrol Hong Kong for the first time as part of joint immigration checks at a rail terminus in the West Kowloon neighbourhood, possibly in violation of the city’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

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    A-League expansion further delayed as FFA focus on operating model

    A-League expansion further delayed as FFA focus on operating model


    A-League not at decision-making stage, says Greg O’RourkeEarliest and most likely entry date for two new clubs is 2019-20 seasonA-League hopefuls, including South Melbourne, could be waiting until 2018 to learn of FFA’s criteria to enter the...

    A-League not at decision-making stage, says Greg O’RourkeEarliest and most likely entry date for two new clubs is 2019-20 season

    A-League hopefuls, including South Melbourne, could be waiting until 2018 to learn of FFA’s criteria to enter the competition. A-League chief Greg O’Rourke, who visited the ex-NSL powerhouse on Wednesday ahead of their FFA Cup tie, confirmed the sport’s governing body was prioritising talks on the league’s operating model with current clubs.

    Related: David Squires on ... the possibility of A-League expansion

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    'A real gentleman': Raiders team-mates stand up for banned Sia Soliola

    'A real gentleman': Raiders team-mates stand up for banned Sia Soliola


    Soliola handed five-week suspension after high shot knocked out Billy SlaterJunior Paulo says fellow Canberra player will learn from time on sidelinesCanberra’s Junior Paulo insists team-mate Sia Soliola will learn from his five-week NRL suspension for...

    Soliola handed five-week suspension after high shot knocked out Billy SlaterJunior Paulo says fellow Canberra player will learn from time on sidelines

    Canberra’s Junior Paulo insists team-mate Sia Soliola will learn from his five-week NRL suspension for knocking out Melbourne’s Billy Slater.

    Paulo backed his fellow forward to train hard during his ban before returning in the final round of the season, coincidentally against the Storm.

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    John McCain had the chance to do the right thing on healthcare. He failed | Lucia Graves

    John McCain had the chance to do the right thing on healthcare. He failed | Lucia Graves


    There are many reasons to respect the Arizona senator, but his remarkable stoicism and service can’t excuse his yes vote in the SenateJohn McCain often gets cast as a truth-teller to Donald Trump, but his voting record says otherwise. And nowhere was...

    There are many reasons to respect the Arizona senator, but his remarkable stoicism and service can’t excuse his yes vote in the Senate

    John McCain often gets cast as a truth-teller to Donald Trump, but his voting record says otherwise. And nowhere was that more clear than on Tuesday when, despite his own ill health, when it came to the decision of whether to take other people’s healthcare away, he cast a decisive vote in the wrong direction.

    Related: Senate Republicans vote to open debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare

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    Euro 2017: Germany beat Russia and win Group B as Italy stun Sweden

    Euro 2017: Germany beat Russia and win Group B as Italy stun Sweden


    Russia 0-2 Germany (Peter 10, Marozsán 52)Sweden 2-3 Italy (Schelin 14, Black’s 47; Sabetino 4 37, Girelli 85)Germany took advantage of Sweden’s surprise 3-2 defeat to Italy by beating Russia 2-0 to win Group B and set up a Euro 2017 quarter-final...

    Russia 0-2 Germany (Peter 10, Marozsán 52)Sweden 2-3 Italy (Schelin 14, Black’s 47; Sabetino 4 37, Girelli 85)

    Germany took advantage of Sweden’s surprise 3-2 defeat to Italy by beating Russia 2-0 to win Group B and set up a Euro 2017 quarter-final with Denmark.

    Sweden will now face the Group A winners, Holland, after losing an enthralling match with the Italians in which they came from behind twice to equalise in Doetinchem before Cristiana Girelli’s decisive late strike.

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    Tom Westley and Dawid Malan wait for England chance in crunch third Test

    Tom Westley and Dawid Malan wait for England chance in crunch third Test


    Ben Stokes is calling for a more sensible approach against South Africa as the Test series resumes at The Kia Oval on ThursdayEngland’s Test cricketers reassembled for training at The Kia Oval on Tuesday after a week spent stewing on the defeat at...

    Ben Stokes is calling for a more sensible approach against South Africa as the Test series resumes at The Kia Oval on Thursday

    England’s Test cricketers reassembled for training at The Kia Oval on Tuesday after a week spent stewing on the defeat at Trent Bridge, with two fresh faces in the squad and their firebrand vice-captain, Ben Stokes, of all people urging a more sensible approach.

    Tom Westley, the Essex No3, has already been assured of making his debut in place of the injured Gary Ballance when the Investec series with South Africa resumes on Thursday, while the similarly uncapped Dawid Malan of Middlesex was also pressing his claims in the nets in the hope that England bolster their batting at the expense of a bowler.

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    Paul Pogba’s big-game experience and academy roots key for José Mourinho

    Paul Pogba’s big-game experience and academy roots key for José Mourinho


    Manchester United manager believes midfielder’s three finals in Europe and relationship with club will mean he has ‘fantastic role to play’ next seasonOn a sunny morning at Georgetown University José Mourinho is discussing why Paul Pogba can be...

    Manchester United manager believes midfielder’s three finals in Europe and relationship with club will mean he has ‘fantastic role to play’ next season

    On a sunny morning at Georgetown University José Mourinho is discussing why Paul Pogba can be Manchester United’s driving force in the Champions League, how “it is difficult to like players” as he does his squad and the rare sadness felt when Wayne Rooney left for Everton.

    United are back in Europe’s elite club competition after Mourinho led them to a Europa League triumph last season, defeating Ajax 2-0 in the final. Speaking before United’s training session at the university’s Shaw Field, the manager believes Pogba’s experience in some of the world’s biggest matches will be vital for the forthcoming campaign.

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    José Mourinho: Tottenham will be major rivals for Premier League title

    José Mourinho: Tottenham will be major rivals for Premier League title


    • ‘They have kept hold of the players they wanted to keep’• Manchester United manager claims his side are ‘not big candidates’José Mourinho has identified Tottenham as strong rivals to win the Premier League title next season and compared...

    • ‘They have kept hold of the players they wanted to keep’
    • Manchester United manager claims his side are ‘not big candidates’

    José Mourinho has identified Tottenham as strong rivals to win the Premier League title next season and compared his challenge at Manchester United to the one he faced previously at Real Madrid, insisting the club had been left behind in “the evolution of football” when he succeeded Louis van Gaal last summer.

    Mourinho has previously won the championship in every second season of his managerial career but believes this will be difficult in the forthcoming campaign. The manager feels United are candidates to win a 21st league title but identified Spurs as major contenders because they have retained all their players so far apart from Kyle Walker, who Mourinho asserted was sold to Manchester City because his replacement, Kieran Trippier, may be as good.

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    Lucy Bronze: ‘Mum will ensure my Portuguese dad supports England’

    Lucy Bronze: ‘Mum will ensure my Portuguese dad supports England’


    The defender could have played for next Euro 2017 opponents Portugal but is closing in on a quarter-final place with Mark Sampson’s squad insteadLucy Bronze may have grown up in north Northumberland and have the accent to prove it but her olive skin...

    The defender could have played for next Euro 2017 opponents Portugal but is closing in on a quarter-final place with Mark Sampson’s squad instead

    Lucy Bronze may have grown up in north Northumberland and have the accent to prove it but her olive skin suggests a southern European heritage.

    “My dad’s Portuguese, from Lisbon,” says Mark Sampson’s right-back, who looks set to be a star of Euro 2017. “My mum, who is English, met him in Faro and she’ll make sure he’s supporting England on Thursday night. He’ll be told who to support.”

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    Cricket is on the verge of making its application for Olympic inclusion

    Cricket is on the verge of making its application for Olympic inclusion


    The approval of India is needed before a bid can be put forward but Olympic status would help the sport’s image become more global and less colonialFor all that the Olympic Games has become a byword for corruption and greed, it is challenged by only...

    The approval of India is needed before a bid can be put forward but Olympic status would help the sport’s image become more global and less colonial

    For all that the Olympic Games has become a byword for corruption and greed, it is challenged by only the football World Cup in terms of global popularity. Inclusion brings exposure to new audiences and opens up cash from national governments and the International Olympic Committee itself. That is why rugby and golf rejoined in Rio last year and the World Squash Federation president was “heartbroken” to learn that squash would not feature in 2020.

    Cricket has long been unique among major sports in its reticence about joining the Olympic Games: an oddity that speaks of the sport’s conservatism and the historic lack of concern of its largest members for increasing the sport’s global footprint.

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    Dr G Yunupingu obituary

    Dr G Yunupingu obituary


    Singer and guitarist whose soulful voice and songs blending western musical styles and Australian Indigenous culture made him a world music celebrityThe soulful, high tenor voice of the singer and guitarist Dr G Yunupingu, who has died aged 46, brought...

    Singer and guitarist whose soulful voice and songs blending western musical styles and Australian Indigenous culture made him a world music celebrity

    The soulful, high tenor voice of the singer and guitarist Dr G Yunupingu, who has died aged 46, brought him international celebrity, even though he mostly sang in the Australian Aboriginal languages of Gumatj, Galpu and Djambarrpuynu. He performed at concert halls around the world, sang for the Queen and for Barack Obama, and was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as “Australia’s most important voice”. His bestselling albums achieved triple platinum status.

    Yunupingu showed his unique appeal at his debut solo London concert in May 2009, when he was still little known in the UK. He sat motionless throughout, singing and playing the acoustic guitar, backed by a string quartet and the double bass work of his friend, producer and manager Michael Hohnen. He said nothing, apart from a final “Thank you”, but dominated the hall with his gently powerful and heartfelt singing. His melodies were straightforward, powerful and accessible, with their blend of folk, soul and gospel influences, along with a dash of reggae, and his poetic lyrics dealt with nature or his ancestors.

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    The Guardian view on Poland’s courts: people power and a glimmer of hope | Editorial

    The Guardian view on Poland’s courts: people power and a glimmer of hope | Editorial


    After days of protests against the government’s plans to control the judiciary, the president has vetoed part of the legislation. That is something – but not enoughPeople power has historically been a powerful force in Poland. The energy and singular...

    After days of protests against the government’s plans to control the judiciary, the president has vetoed part of the legislation. That is something – but not enough

    People power has historically been a powerful force in Poland. The energy and singular determination of the 1980s grassroots Solidarity movement played a key role in ending Soviet-imposed dictatorship in central Europe. Strikes and demonstrations brought down tyranny through a peaceful transition. Recalling this is important today, as a polarised country struggles with threats to democracy levelled not from the outside but from within. Since 2015, an elected populist and nationalist government with a deep authoritarian streak has transformed Poland into a quasi-pariah in the European club, as well as a political battlefield.

    This week, after eight days of nationwide street protests, the president, Andrzej Duda, surprised many by appearing to break ranks with the ruling party over its intention to place the judiciary fully under its control. Mr Duda vetoed two key pieces of legislation aimed at wiping out the independence of the supreme court and giving parliament control over the body that hires judges. His motives remain a matter of speculation. The bills, he explained, “would not strengthen the sense of justice in society”. Mr Duda had up until then sided with every government move to curtail independent institutions. Was this a genuine U-turn, or a tactical retreat designed to take the edge off the protests? His decision was welcome, but far from sufficient; he signed a third bill allowing political control over the heads of courts. The government already has control of the constitutional court. Many fear that the other legislation will return in only marginally amended form.

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    Lucky Whitehead has dog kidnapped, is mis-ID'd in theft, released by Cowboys

    Lucky Whitehead has dog kidnapped, is mis-ID'd in theft, released by Cowboys


    Wide receiver’s identity was falsely used during shoplifting arrestDallas subsequently released player after report of missed court hearingMove came week after player said his dog was ransomed for $20,000Lucky Whitehead may want to consider going by...

    Wide receiver’s identity was falsely used during shoplifting arrestDallas subsequently released player after report of missed court hearingMove came week after player said his dog was ransomed for $20,000

    Lucky Whitehead may want to consider going by his birth name of Rodney after an extraordinary week of bad news.

    The wide receiver, who has played in the No13 shirt during his career, was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday after reports emerged he had missed a court hearing relating to a case in which he had stolen $40 worth of goods from a Virginia convenience store in June.

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    Killer robots? Musk and Zuckerberg escalate row over dangers of AI

    Killer robots? Musk and Zuckerberg escalate row over dangers of AI


    Musk described the Facebook CEO’s knowledge of the field as ‘limited’ after Zuckerberg publicly dismissed AI doomsday warnings as ‘irresponsible’Tech billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have entered into a public squabble about...

    Musk described the Facebook CEO’s knowledge of the field as ‘limited’ after Zuckerberg publicly dismissed AI doomsday warnings as ‘irresponsible’

    Tech billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have entered into a public squabble about artificial intelligence in which Musk described the Facebook CEO’s knowledge of the field as “limited”.

    Related: Elon Musk: regulate AI to combat 'existential threat' before it's too late

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    Real Madrid closing in on £161m world record deal for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappé

    Real Madrid closing in on £161m world record deal for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappé


    • Monaco deny agreement for 18-year-old forward has been reached• Mbappé would join on a six-year deal worth around €7m a seasonReal Madrid believe they are close to smashing the transfer world record for the 18-year-old France striker Kylian...

    • Monaco deny agreement for 18-year-old forward has been reached
    • Mbappé would join on a six-year deal worth around €7m a season

    Real Madrid believe they are close to smashing the transfer world record for the 18-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappé, after reportedly reaching the basis of an agreement with Monaco that would result in him heading to the Santiago Bernabéu for a total fee of €180m (£161m). Monaco, though, have denied they have agreed to the deal.

    Related: How will Monaco cope after losing so many of their title-winning stars?

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    Euro 2017 stutters of Germany and France a sign of rising standards | Suzanne Wrack

    Euro 2017 stutters of Germany and France a sign of rising standards | Suzanne Wrack


    Two of the favourites have struggled and the greater competitiveness reflects the doubling of investment in women’s football across Europe since 2013Germany, seeking to win the European championship for a seventh time in a row, have surprisingly...

    Two of the favourites have struggled and the greater competitiveness reflects the doubling of investment in women’s football across Europe since 2013

    Germany, seeking to win the European championship for a seventh time in a row, have surprisingly stuttered into their title defence. In 2013 the start of the story was similar – they finished second in their group with one win, a draw and a loss. However, they went on to clinch their sixth title with trademark efficiency, three 1-0 wins paving the way.

    Although not as all-conquering in Europe as they were before Euro 2013, Germany contain a huge amount of quality and have more experience than any other side when it comes to handling the pressures of major tournaments. In the Netherlands, in one of the stronger groups, the tournament has perhaps proved more competitive than they expected.

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    Tour de France: why I am bidding au revoir to the greatest race of all

    Tour de France: why I am bidding au revoir to the greatest race of all


    After covering 26 Tours I have some wonderful memories but the 2017 race was my last reporting full-time. It is time to spend my Julys doing something elseWhen I returned from reporting on the Tour de France for the first time I told my then boss, Martin...

    After covering 26 Tours I have some wonderful memories but the 2017 race was my last reporting full-time. It is time to spend my Julys doing something else

    When I returned from reporting on the Tour de France for the first time I told my then boss, Martin Ayres, that I felt the Tour could be addictive. That was 27 years and 26 Tours ago, which speaks for itself. Now it is time to go through the journalistic equivalent of cold turkey. I have decided this is my last Tour reporting full-time for the Guardian, nearly a quarter of a century after I was first offered the job.

    I will return to the race, I would hope, but not as a full-time, daily reporter, which is what I have been for 26 of the past 27 Tours – 20 of them completed in full – with all the stimulus, constraints, rewards and stress that role entails. I won’t be on the road next year; if and when I return it will be at a time of my choosing, to write about it in a different and equally rewarding way. I would hope it will be for the Guardian, but that particular decision can wait.

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