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    Romelu Lukaku strike enough to give Manchester United win at Southampton

    Romelu Lukaku strike enough to give Manchester United win at Southampton


    José Mourinho ended up being sent to the stands here in stoppage time, though this was still the kind of victory to make him purr. Manchester United have maintained their eye-catching start to the campaign even if a contest they had initially threatened...

    José Mourinho ended up being sent to the stands here in stoppage time, though this was still the kind of victory to make him purr. Manchester United have maintained their eye-catching start to the campaign even if a contest they had initially threatened to dominate, bullying their hosts into submission, went on to become a far sterner test of their resilience.

    Southampton rallied impressively after the interval and it was United who were left clinging on, though their manager, once departed down the tunnel, will still have delighted in rugged success.

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    Álvaro Morata strikes treble for Chelsea in crushing defeat of Stoke

    Álvaro Morata strikes treble for Chelsea in crushing defeat of Stoke


    Antonio Conte was his usual animated self on the touchline, pacing up and down and waving his arms around, yet this was one of those afternoons when the Chelsea manager could have put his feet up, sat back and enjoyed the show as the outstanding Álvaro...

    Antonio Conte was his usual animated self on the touchline, pacing up and down and waving his arms around, yet this was one of those afternoons when the Chelsea manager could have put his feet up, sat back and enjoyed the show as the outstanding Álvaro Morata took centre stage with a superb hat-trick, taking his tally to seven goals in as many games and putting to bed that debate about whether the Premier League champions are missing Diego Costa.

    It was some performance from Morata, who presumably appreciated Conte’s compliment 24 hours earlier, when the Italian described the club-record signing as the type of person a father would be happy for his daughter to marry. Chelsea fans have already fallen in love with him and were chanting the striker’s name long before this one-sided contest was brought to an end.

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    Manchester City and Raheem Sterling pile on Crystal Palace misery

    Manchester City and Raheem Sterling pile on Crystal Palace misery


    The Manchester City show rolls on. This fifth win of the Premier League season took the tally to 21 goals and added a fourth clean sheet to a formidable start from Pep Guardiola’s men.It was a duck-shoot at times as Crystal Palace provided easy prey...

    The Manchester City show rolls on. This fifth win of the Premier League season took the tally to 21 goals and added a fourth clean sheet to a formidable start from Pep Guardiola’s men.

    It was a duck-shoot at times as Crystal Palace provided easy prey and the south London side’s search for a first goal of the campaign continues. They have now lost all six of their opening games. This equals Portsmouth’s dubious feat at the beginning of the 2009-10 term, and if Roy Hodgson’s side go down next week they equal Pompey’s mark of seven straight losses overall.

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    Covering the counterculture: the 60s underground press – in pictures

    Covering the counterculture: the 60s underground press – in pictures


    In 1966, author Barry Miles and photographer John “Hoppy” Hopkins founded International Times, or IT, Britain’s first underground newspaper. The following decade saw an explosion of publications – including Oz, Friends/Frendz, Gandalf’s Garden...

    In 1966, author Barry Miles and photographer John “Hoppy” Hopkins founded International Times, or IT, Britain’s first underground newspaper. The following decade saw an explosion of publications – including Oz, Friends/Frendz, Gandalf’s Garden and Ink – dedicated to avant garde poetry and music, radical politics, the sexual revolution, psychedelia, vegetarianism and other ideas associated with 1960s counterculture. “It was everything to do with youth culture – we would cover everything from the price of marijuana in Amsterdam to known undercover agents in London,” says Miles, who with curator James Birch has collected the magazines for an exhibition at A22 Gallery, London EC1 from 28 September. “With Trump and Brexit and all the rest of it, it’s a very good time to reassess a more human, loving approach to humanity.”

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    Cycling World Championships: Chantal Blaak wins women's road race – as it happened

    Cycling World Championships: Chantal Blaak wins women's road race – as it happened


    As expected the women’s road race went Dutch but it Chantal Blaak who was the surprise rainbow jersey winner, stealing away in the final kilometres 4.59pm BSTWell that is pretty much it. That was great race but sadly no British winner, although not for...

    As expected the women’s road race went Dutch but it Chantal Blaak who was the surprise rainbow jersey winner, stealing away in the final kilometres

    4.59pm BST

    Well that is pretty much it. That was great race but sadly no British winner, although not for want of trying.

    Tomorrow it’s the turn of the men and we wait to see if Peter Sagan can make it three rainbow jerseys in a row. Michael Butler is here to guide you through that one.

    4.51pm BST

    Blaak admitted in her post-race interview that Hannah Barnes’ presence in the final seven meant the Dutch team couldn’t wait for the sprint and prompted her winning move.

    Barnes, speaking to the BBC: said: “I went hard up Salmon Hill as I knew a strong group would come across. It was so hard with three Dutch riders at the end.

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    Leicester City v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

    Leicester City v Liverpool: Premier League – live!


    Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST gameLive scores: the goals as they go in around EuropeFeel free to email [email protected] 4.52pm BSTLeicester (4-4-1-1) Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Mahrez, Ndidi, King, Albrighton;...

    Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST gameLive scores: the goals as they go in around EuropeFeel free to email [email protected]

    4.52pm BST

    Leicester (4-4-1-1) Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Mahrez, Ndidi, King, Albrighton; Okazaki; Vardy.
    Substitutes: Hamer, Fuchs, Amartey, Iborra, Gray, Slimani, Iheanacho.

    Liverpool (4-3-3) Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Coutinho.
    Substitutes: Karius, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke.

    10.34am BST

    Welcome to 27 Days Later, a divisive tale of expectation, premature denunciation and Dejan Lovren. It’s four weeks tomorrow since Liverpool dismantled Arsenal with an exhilarating performance, yet in that short time the mood around Anfield has changed considerably. Liverpool are on a despicable run of FOUR games without a win, and Klopp has become the topic du jour for many an entitled blowhard.

    You don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve got rid of it. In years to come, Liverpool fans will go a big, rubbery one as they recall the swaggering football played under Klopp. Yet a fair percentage of those same fans are currently aboard a bandwagon to have him sacked. He isn’t perfect, and it’s hard to understand his blind defensive eye, but the anti-Klopp grandstanding is little more than reactionary nonsense in a sport that has lost all contact details for reality, logic and decency.

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    Mexico shaken by new earthquake that swayed buildings and paused rescue efforts

    Mexico shaken by new earthquake that swayed buildings and paused rescue efforts


    US Geological Survey says 6.2 magnitude quake hit near Juchitan in OaxacaNo new damage was immediately reported but rescue efforts were suspendedA magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday and was felt in the capital, where seismic...

    US Geological Survey says 6.2 magnitude quake hit near Juchitan in OaxacaNo new damage was immediately reported but rescue efforts were suspended

    A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday and was felt in the capital, where seismic alarms sounded, residents ran into the streets and rescuers briefly stopped combing the rubble left by a 7.1 tremor on Tuesday.

    Related: Civilian volunteers rise to the challenge of deadly Mexico earthquake

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    Hurricane Maria adds to damage caused by Irma on Turks and Caicos

    Hurricane Maria adds to damage caused by Irma on Turks and Caicos


    Other territories including British Virgin Islands and Anguilla heavily hit by Irma have escaped full force of MariaHurricane Maria has added to the extensive damage on the British overseas territory of Turks and Caicos Islands, the Foreign Office has...

    Other territories including British Virgin Islands and Anguilla heavily hit by Irma have escaped full force of Maria

    Hurricane Maria has added to the extensive damage on the British overseas territory of Turks and Caicos Islands, the Foreign Office has said, after the region was pummelled by a second major storm in two weeks.

    The weather front barrelled across the Caribbean over the past few days, claiming the lives of at least 19 people, with many others missing.

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    Cancellations and staffing crises – is Ryanair losing height at last?

    Cancellations and staffing crises – is Ryanair losing height at last?


    The quixotic Irish carrier is handling a humiliating problem badly. But it is also the largest airline in Europe, and has the resources available to put things rightRyanair passengers unhappy with the Irish airline’s no-frills service can usually...

    The quixotic Irish carrier is handling a humiliating problem badly. But it is also the largest airline in Europe, and has the resources available to put things right

    Ryanair passengers unhappy with the Irish airline’s no-frills service can usually expect little sympathy, and sometimes public scorn, from its chief executive. Michael O’Leary revels in a self-drawn image as the enfant terrible of aviation, whether it’s calling passengers “stupid” or giving them short shrift if they want a refund.

    However, even O’Leary was forced to apologise to customers last week after what he admitted was a “mess-up”, when a pilot rostering error led to cancellation of up to 50 flights a day over six weeks, affecting 315,000 passengers.

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    New Zealand gets hung parliament as Jacinda Ardern falls short in election

    New Zealand gets hung parliament as Jacinda Ardern falls short in election


    Labour and National court New Zealand First leader Winston Peter who becomes kingmaker for third timeThe future of New Zealand’s new government has been put in the hands of Winston Peters, a cantankerous, anti-immigration politician who prefers fishing...

    Labour and National court New Zealand First leader Winston Peter who becomes kingmaker for third time

    The future of New Zealand’s new government has been put in the hands of Winston Peters, a cantankerous, anti-immigration politician who prefers fishing to politics, after vote counting finished in the general election.

    Neither of the major parties – National, led by the incumbent prime minister, Bill English, or Jacinda Ardern’s Labour – secured enough seats to form a majority government in a frustrating poll on Saturday. National secured 46% of the vote, giving it 58 seats in parliament, while Labour took home 35.8% and 45 seats.

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    LeBron James calls Trump a 'bum' for withdrawing Golden State invitation

    LeBron James calls Trump a 'bum' for withdrawing Golden State invitation


    President tweets: ‘Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!’Buffalo Bills running back LaSean McCoy calls president an ‘asshole’Stephen Curry said Friday he’d vote no when team met to decide on tripDonald Trump has appeared to...

    President tweets: ‘Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!’Buffalo Bills running back LaSean McCoy calls president an ‘asshole’Stephen Curry said Friday he’d vote no when team met to decide on trip

    Donald Trump has appeared to withdraw an invitation for the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, breaking with a longstanding tradition dating back to the Reagan years.

    Related: Trump blasts NFL anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a bitch off the field'

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    North Korea quake raises concerns about further nuclear test

    North Korea quake raises concerns about further nuclear test


    China reports ‘suspected explosion’ but South Korean experts suggest minor tremor was a natural occurrenceA series of earthquakes in North Korea have sparked fears the country may have conducted another nuclear weapons test, although experts said the...

    China reports ‘suspected explosion’ but South Korean experts suggest minor tremor was a natural occurrence

    A series of earthquakes in North Korea have sparked fears the country may have conducted another nuclear weapons test, although experts said the tremors were natural.

    China was first to announce the seismic events and said the larger 3.4 magnitude quake was a “suspected explosion”.

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    Corbyn says greater role for grassroots will help him become PM

    Corbyn says greater role for grassroots will help him become PM


    Labour leader says he wants a ‘more open, more democratic party’ in speech ahead of Brighton conference openingJeremy Corbyn has said his drive to give Labour members more control over the party will help him enter Downing Street.He said plans to...

    Labour leader says he wants a ‘more open, more democratic party’ in speech ahead of Brighton conference opening

    Jeremy Corbyn has said his drive to give Labour members more control over the party will help him enter Downing Street.

    He said plans to give his grassroots support a greater role will not only help to oust Theresa May it will also change the “system of inequality and injustice” in society.

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    Tottenham hang on to beat West Ham with 10 men after Harry Kane double

    Tottenham hang on to beat West Ham with 10 men after Harry Kane double


    On a slow-burn afternoon at the London Stadium, West Ham United summoned a late, doomed charge, but Tottenham Hotspur were always just about beyond their reach. Slaven Bilic’s rejigged team scored two late headed goals, the last after Serge Aurier had...

    On a slow-burn afternoon at the London Stadium, West Ham United summoned a late, doomed charge, but Tottenham Hotspur were always just about beyond their reach. Slaven Bilic’s rejigged team scored two late headed goals, the last after Serge Aurier had been sent off with 20 minutes to go, drawing a belated crackle of noise from the home crowd. By the end a 3-2 scoreline had provided a hopeful gloss. The problem for West Ham was that by the time they started to play the game had already been put to bed by opponents who were simply a class apart.

    Spurs had started cagily, perhaps expecting a little lunchtime derby fury, before realising with half an hour gone they were pushing at an open door. At which point Harry Kane scored twice in the space of four minutes as Tottenham showed the best of their high-speed attacking gears, both goals coming from a turnover in midfield, both finished ruthlessly.

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    Trump blasts NFL anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a bitch off the field'

    Trump blasts NFL anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a bitch off the field'


    President rips NFL players who have kneeled in fiery Alabama speechTrump encourages fans to leave stadium if they see players kneelingDonald Trump launched a sensational attack on NFL players who have kneeled in protest of the national anthem during a...

    President rips NFL players who have kneeled in fiery Alabama speechTrump encourages fans to leave stadium if they see players kneeling

    Donald Trump launched a sensational attack on NFL players who have kneeled in protest of the national anthem during a speech in Alabama on Friday night, challenging the league’s owners to release anyone who engages in the movement started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

    “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” the president said at a rally at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center in support of Republican senator Luther Strange, who is running in a special GOP primary election next week to remain in the Senate seat vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions.

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    Treasury criticises Moody's after UK credit rating is downgraded

    Treasury criticises Moody's after UK credit rating is downgraded


    Credit ratings agency warns hard Brexit would damage economy’s long-term health hours after Theresa May’s Florence speechThe Treasury has hit back at warnings by the credit ratings agency Moody’s that the likelihood of a hard Brexit and a squeeze...

    Credit ratings agency warns hard Brexit would damage economy’s long-term health hours after Theresa May’s Florence speech

    The Treasury has hit back at warnings by the credit ratings agency Moody’s that the likelihood of a hard Brexit and a squeeze on the public finances would damage the UK economy’s long-term health.

    Announcing its decision just hours after Theresa May gave her speech in Florence on the government’s Brexit strategy, the ratings agency said it had cut the UK’s credit rating to Aa2 from Aa1 partly in response to the looming prospect of the UK’s access to the European Union’s single market and customs union being reduced.

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    Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths set slick Celtic apart from Rangers

    Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths set slick Celtic apart from Rangers


    They speak about “going for 55” here. An optimistic slogan referencing Rangers’ quest for a record 55th league title, adopted since their return to the top flight. It may not be repeated with such vigour from now on, though. Celtic reached that...

    They speak about “going for 55” here. An optimistic slogan referencing Rangers’ quest for a record 55th league title, adopted since their return to the top flight. It may not be repeated with such vigour from now on, though. Celtic reached that number first by beating Ross County last week, thus going 55 domestic games unbeaten.

    This win takes them to 57. Another six without defeat and they will break a record that has stood for 100 years. On this showing, there is nobody left to stop them.

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    AA Milne, Christopher Robin and the curse of Winnie-the-Pooh

    AA Milne, Christopher Robin and the curse of Winnie-the-Pooh


    Not only was AA Milne’s life eclipsed by the creation of Pooh Bear, so was that of his son, writes the screenwriter of the new biopic, Goodbye Christopher RobinAs Quentin Crisp once pointed out in a lecture: if he were to bring a distinguished old...

    Not only was AA Milne’s life eclipsed by the creation of Pooh Bear, so was that of his son, writes the screenwriter of the new biopic, Goodbye Christopher Robin

    As Quentin Crisp once pointed out in a lecture: if he were to bring a distinguished old Yorkshireman on stage, the audience might be perplexed; but if he brought a polished abstract sculpture with a hole in the middle, the audience would cry out, “Ah! Henry Moore!” So AA Milne’s long career as poet, playwright, polemicist, peace campaigner and novelist is completely eclipsed by four short children’s books which, as he put it in 1952, he created, “little thinking / All my years of pen-and-inking / Would be almost lost among / Those four trifles for the young”.

    That “almost” is no longer needed. Pooh is one of a tiny handful of creations that are so enormously successful we forget the infelicity of their names: Boots, the Beatles, Star Wars, Winnie-the-Pooh. One of the great secrets of success is that, more often than not, it is not the kind of success you were hoping for. You want to be Hamlet but you’re hailed as a clown, and now you can never be any kind of Hamlet. You want to move on but your global hit exerts all the gravity of a planet and you are trapped in its orbit. Failure at least has the comfort of hope. Milne’s life story brilliantly illuminates what it feels like to be tested by huge, unlooked-for success.

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    More than 500,000 sign petition to save Uber as firm fights London ban

    More than 500,000 sign petition to save Uber as firm fights London ban


    Strong support for ride-sharing firm whose boss vows to show it is a ‘great company meaningfully contributing to society’More than half a million people have signed a petition calling for Transport for London to reverse its decision to strip Uber of...

    Strong support for ride-sharing firm whose boss vows to show it is a ‘great company meaningfully contributing to society’

    More than half a million people have signed a petition calling for Transport for London to reverse its decision to strip Uber of its licence to operate in the capital, making it the fastest growing petition in the UK this year.

    The campaign Save Your Uber in London was set up by the ride-sharing firm on the Change.org website after it was announced on Friday that it would not have its licence renewed when it expires on 30 September.

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    Puerto Rico: communication lines down as officials rush to evacuate residents

    Puerto Rico: communication lines down as officials rush to evacuate residents


    People living downstream of failing Guajataca Dam forced to evacuateDeath toll from Hurricane Maria stands at six but likely to risePuerto Rican officials could not communicate with more than half the towns in the US territory as they rushed to evacuate...

    People living downstream of failing Guajataca Dam forced to evacuate
    Death toll from Hurricane Maria stands at six but likely to rise

    Puerto Rican officials could not communicate with more than half the towns in the US territory as they rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear.

    Related: Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria's wake

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    The week in patriarchy: Ivanka Trump continues to disappoint | Jessica Valenti

    The week in patriarchy: Ivanka Trump continues to disappoint | Jessica Valenti


    She won’t have to worry about her children being denied the healthcare because she is wealthy. What about the rest of us?Get this newsletter via email – sign upThis week, Ivanka Trump came out about having postpartum depression after the births of...

    She won’t have to worry about her children being denied the healthcare because she is wealthy. What about the rest of us?

    Get this newsletter via email – sign up

    This week, Ivanka Trump came out about having postpartum depression after the births of each of her three children. Struggling with mental health challenges after childbirth is common, and terrible, and I feel awful for anyone who had to deal with it.

    However, it’s a bit ironic that the same week Ivanka is talking about her experience, her father is pushing for a healthcare repeal bill that would gut pregnancy and mental health protections for Americans.

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    Paul Manafort: why Trump's old ally could hold the key in Mueller's Russia hunt

    Paul Manafort: why Trump's old ally could hold the key in Mueller's Russia hunt


    Trump’s ex-campaign chair is a major target for special counsel Mueller, and an indictment may not be far off – which could change everything for the presidentWhen Paul Manafort, the former Washington super-lobbyist, bought an apartment in Trump...

    Trump’s ex-campaign chair is a major target for special counsel Mueller, and an indictment may not be far off – which could change everything for the president

    When Paul Manafort, the former Washington super-lobbyist, bought an apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan for $3.7m in 2006, there was no reason at the time to read the hand of destiny in it.

    Related: Kim Jong-un, the NFL and 'screaming at senators': Trump's Strange night in Alabama

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    Saudi cleric banned for saying women's brains 'a quarter the size' of men's

    Saudi cleric banned for saying women's brains 'a quarter the size' of men's


    Saad al-Hijri suspended from all religious activity for saying women should not drive because their brains shrink after shoppingA Saudi cleric who said women should not drive because their brains shrink to a quarter the size of a man’s when they go...

    Saad al-Hijri suspended from all religious activity for saying women should not drive because their brains shrink after shopping

    A Saudi cleric who said women should not drive because their brains shrink to a quarter the size of a man’s when they go shopping has been banned from preaching.

    Saad al-Hijri, head of fatwas (legal opinions) in Saudi Arabia’s Assir governorate, was suspended from all religious activity after advising against allowing women to drive in a speech that contained comments “diminishing human value”, a spokesman for the governor of Asir province said.

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    Inside a top chef's home kitchen: Tom Aikens | A cook’s kitchen

    Inside a top chef's home kitchen: Tom Aikens | A cook’s kitchen


    Grandad’s sweet jar and a photo of top chefs in a foodfight are among the curios in Michelin-star chef Tom Aikens’ kitchenWe didn’t do anything to this place when we arrived five years ago. We were moving house, having our first child, and I was...

    Grandad’s sweet jar and a photo of top chefs in a foodfight are among the curios in Michelin-star chef Tom Aikens’ kitchen

    We didn’t do anything to this place when we arrived five years ago. We were moving house, having our first child, and I was reopening a restaurant after a big refurbishment – it’s possibly the worst three things you could be doing at the same time in the space of two weeks. The kitchen was a little bit smaller than we’d have liked, but it works. My wife, Justine, is meticulously organised, making sure everything is tidy. And I am too.

    The top cabinets are devoted to dry goods and staples. I do a lot of baking with the kids, so there’s one cupboard full of flavoured sugars, sprinkles and cocoa powder. Another is full of all kinds of flour – high-protein white, all-grain, rye, spelt – for breadmaking. On top of the cabinets, above my head, I’ve two jars of kombucha . A friend gave me the starter and I love it, flavoured with mango, cinnamon, mint and verbena, citrus peel …

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    'All hands on deck': protesters to target healthcare bill at rallies across US

    'All hands on deck': protesters to target healthcare bill at rallies across US


    Hundreds prepare to gather in Washington and at dozens of other sites in coming days even as John McCain’s opposition threatens bill’s survivalActivist groups praised John McCain for his promise to vote no on the Lindsey Graham-Bill Cassidy...

    Hundreds prepare to gather in Washington and at dozens of other sites in coming days even as John McCain’s opposition threatens bill’s survival

    Activist groups praised John McCain for his promise to vote no on the Lindsey Graham-Bill Cassidy healthcare bill on Friday, but they warned against complacency as they said the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act was “not over”.

    McCain’s pledge, which means Republicans can only afford to lose one more Senate vote in their quest to repeal the ACA, widely known as Obamacare, was met with celebration on the left.

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    'Everything is gone': Americans return to their flooded homes

    'Everything is gone': Americans return to their flooded homes


    Gideon Mendel photographs the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, while Oliver Laughland meets those whose lives have been upturned• Dave Eggers: ‘As the hurricane bore down, Trump tweeted his excitement’Terrence Mckeen, 30, mechanic, Black...

    Gideon Mendel photographs the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, while Oliver Laughland meets those whose lives have been upturned

    Dave Eggers: ‘As the hurricane bore down, Trump tweeted his excitement’

    Terrence Mckeen, 30, mechanic, Black Creek, Florida, with his mother, Gloria Mckeen, 68

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    Bali: travel warning issued as volcano threatens to erupt

    Bali: travel warning issued as volcano threatens to erupt


    Jetstar and Qantas say services to the popular tourist destination are going ahead but they are watching the situation closelyHoliday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel...

    Jetstar and Qantas say services to the popular tourist destination are going ahead but they are watching the situation closely

    Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island.

    Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent.

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    'Some days I think I was molested and others I'm sure it didn't happen': a controversial case of repressed memory

    'Some days I think I was molested and others I'm sure it didn't happen': a controversial case of repressed memory


    At 17, Nicole Kluemper recovered memories of being abused by her mother – and sparked one of the fiercest debates in modern psychology. She tells her story for the first timeNicole Kluemper’s home is filled with mementoes: navy medals, a collage of...

    At 17, Nicole Kluemper recovered memories of being abused by her mother – and sparked one of the fiercest debates in modern psychology. She tells her story for the first time

    Nicole Kluemper’s home is filled with mementoes: navy medals, a collage of photographs, a portrait of her old dog. Every wedding anniversary has been carefully celebrated, most recently with a small bronzed statue, for eight years. From her bedroom window, she can see the hill where she and her husband married, and can recite every moment of the day. There is a reason for this careful archive. “My memory,” she says, “is a matter of some debate.”

    In precise tones, Kluemper, 39, explains how she came to be part of one of the most controversial cases in modern psychology. This is the first time she has talked to the media about her story. For years, she was known only as Jane Doe.

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    China to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea

    China to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea


    Beijing bans exports of some petroleum products and imports of textiles as Pyongyang and US urged to calm tensionsChina has said it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated country, in...

    Beijing bans exports of some petroleum products and imports of textiles as Pyongyang and US urged to calm tensions

    China has said it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated country, in line with a United Nations security council resolution passed after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.

    The announcement from Beijing came at the end of a week that saw tensions rise between the US and North Korea, with the leaders of both countries trading insults.

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    Kiefer Sutherland: ‘The best kiss of my life? I haven’t had it yet – I hope’

    Kiefer Sutherland: ‘The best kiss of my life? I haven’t had it yet – I hope’


    The actor talks about the smell of the woods, saying sorry and wishing he was tallerBorn in London, Kiefer Sutherland, 50, is the son of actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland. In the 80s and 90s, he starred in films including Stand By Me and The...

    The actor talks about the smell of the woods, saying sorry and wishing he was taller

    Born in London, Kiefer Sutherland, 50, is the son of actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland. In the 80s and 90s, he starred in films including Stand By Me and The Lost Boys, Flatliners and A Few Good Men. From 2001, he played Jack Bauer in the television series 24. His latest Netflix series, Designated Survivor, is out on DVD next week. He is also a country singer-songwriter, and this year he made his Glastonbury debut. He is twice divorced and has a daughter, the actor Sarah Sutherland.

    When were you happiest?
    I consider myself quite a happy person. One of the most exciting times was when Sarah was born.

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    Trump's debut at the UN: threats, taunts – and gasps of alarm from the diplomats

    Trump's debut at the UN: threats, taunts – and gasps of alarm from the diplomats


    The general assembly has always had its theatrical elements, with the world’s blowhards playing to the gallery – but this time the jester has taken centre stageThe summit week of the UN general assembly was always bound to be fraught with risk for US...

    The general assembly has always had its theatrical elements, with the world’s blowhards playing to the gallery – but this time the jester has taken centre stage

    The summit week of the UN general assembly was always bound to be fraught with risk for US prestige: it would involve Donald Trump interacting in a multilateral arena – and Trump famously does not play nicely with other leaders.

    At the Nato summit in May he manhandled Duško Marković, the prime minister of Montenegro, to get to the centre of a group photograph, where he stood preening among his bemused peers.

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    What I’m really thinking: the adult with autism

    What I’m really thinking: the adult with autism


    I don’t want a cure: I value the unique insights, talents and attention to detail Last year I took some tests at my local adult autism centre and it emerged that I tick all the boxes for Asperger’s. I am in my 40s, and I am not alone. There has been...

    I don’t want a cure: I value the unique insights, talents and attention to detail

    Last year I took some tests at my local adult autism centre and it emerged that I tick all the boxes for Asperger’s. I am in my 40s, and I am not alone. There has been a huge surge in adults, especially women, tested in the last five years.

    Why was it not noticed sooner? I was a very odd child: I rarely played with or talked to other children in my early years, out of choice, and spent most of my teens ostracised as I didn’t understand others’ social rules. But it was the 1970s, I was a girl, and autism was never mentioned; indeed, the diagnostic criteria until recently were based on presentation in boys. Do I wish I’d been identified sooner? Yes and no: I’d have liked some help, but not to have been limited by the label.

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    Britons in EU tell May: 'Don't throw us under Brexit bus'

    Britons in EU tell May: 'Don't throw us under Brexit bus'


    Letter from British in Europe coalition seeks assurances over rights of Britons in mainland Europe and EU citizens in the UKCampaigners for British nationals in Europe have written to Theresa May to plead with the prime minister not to throw them...

    Letter from British in Europe coalition seeks assurances over rights of Britons in mainland Europe and EU citizens in the UK

    Campaigners for British nationals in Europe have written to Theresa May to plead with the prime minister not to throw them “under the Brexit bus” .


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    ‘We have never lived together. Is that so strange?’: the married couples who live apart

    ‘We have never lived together. Is that so strange?’: the married couples who live apart


    They’ve been married for 25 years, and raised twins – but have never lived in the same house. Is this the secret to long-term happiness?‘Goodnight, honey,” I say. “Goodnight, sweetheart,” my husband says. I turn over to go to sleep. He turns...

    They’ve been married for 25 years, and raised twins – but have never lived in the same house. Is this the secret to long-term happiness?

    ‘Goodnight, honey,” I say. “Goodnight, sweetheart,” my husband says. I turn over to go to sleep. He turns to the door to catch the train home.

    That has been my nightly routine for 25 years. Well, not every night. Occasionally, there’s some reason John needs to be in my neighbourhood early in the morning. Or, now that we’re old – correction: with our 29-year age gap, I’m old, he’s ancient – there’s the issue of his knees, and if they’re particularly bothersome, he might brave a night with me and our 15-year-old twin sons instead of the New York subway. But, for the most part, he arrives around 4pm, I make dinner for 6pm, we obsessively watch the news for a few hours (thank you, President Trump) and later in the night my husband goes to his apartment a couple of miles away.

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    Yotam Ottolenghi’s late-summer tomato recipes

    Yotam Ottolenghi’s late-summer tomato recipes


    The tomato season is nearing its end for another year, so make the last of the summer vineThere’s no fruit or vegetable I associate more with summer than tomatoes. Sweet, small cherry tomatoes, mainly, eaten by the handful, as though they were grapes....

    The tomato season is nearing its end for another year, so make the last of the summer vine

    There’s no fruit or vegetable I associate more with summer than tomatoes. Sweet, small cherry tomatoes, mainly, eaten by the handful, as though they were grapes. So many of the dishes with which I’ve had summer flings over the years have had this little “love apple” at their heart. The rusk-like Cretan dakos biscuits I fell for a couple of years ago, for example, piled high with chopped tomatoes; the simple chopped salad of cucumber, tomato and feta that I often have for breakfast whenever the sun is shining; the tomatoes topped with sumac onions and pine nuts that I served alongside just about every other dish last year.

    For all the iterations of my summer fling, the tomatoes are always there: sun-sweet, perfectly ripe and simply sliced or chopped, with no cooking and little else needed to help them on their way.

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    How weird does a celebrity have to be before we stop watching their films?

    How weird does a celebrity have to be before we stop watching their films?


    All celebrities are a bit weird, so when one is known for being Weird Even For A Celebrity, you know they are probably crossing over to ‘actually quite scary’Of the many deeply uncool things I am obsessed with – The Golden Girls, the oeuvre of...

    All celebrities are a bit weird, so when one is known for being Weird Even For A Celebrity, you know they are probably crossing over to ‘actually quite scary’

    Of the many deeply uncool things I am obsessed with – The Golden Girls, the oeuvre of Roxette, Princess Anne’s hair – the uncoolest is also the one that has been with me the longest. Tom Cruise has been a part of my mental landscape ever since I was old enough to read in a magazine that I was supposed to fancy him. I was alive in the 80s and, as strange as this is now to think about, what with his deeply unsexy obsession since with thetans, back then he was very much pitched as Mr Sexxxxxy. Which is even stranger when you think that Cruise didn’t even grow into his face for another decade: back in Risky Business and The Outsiders, he looked vague and doughy next to his co-stars, particularly the Adonis that was the young Rob Lowe.

    Cruise was never really my type, but I will argue until closing time and beyond that he is one of the most watchable actors of all time: a proper Hollywood star who proved in one decade he could do top notch schlock (Top Gun), mediocre schlock (Cocktail) and proper acting (Born On The Fourth Of July and Rain Man, for which he should have won the Oscar instead of Dustin Hoffman).

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    The 20 photographs of the week

    The 20 photographs of the week


    The Mexico earthquake, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar and the Catalan vote of independence – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue...

    The Mexico earthquake, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar and the Catalan vote of independence – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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    Nigella Lawson: ‘Instagram can make a cook despair’

    Nigella Lawson: ‘Instagram can make a cook despair’


    Food doesn’t have to be photogenic – and the best recipes are thrown together. The TV cook on how the internet has changed the way we eatExclusive recipes from Nigella Lawson’s new bookI have always taken photographs of everything I eat. You could...

    Food doesn’t have to be photogenic – and the best recipes are thrown together. The TV cook on how the internet has changed the way we eat

    Exclusive recipes from Nigella Lawson’s new book

    I have always taken photographs of everything I eat. You could argue that holding up a meal with a cameraphone is marginally less embarrassing than in the days when you had to take your photos to the local chemist to be developed. I was always looked at a little oddly when they gave me back my holiday pictures: instead of a fat wallet of shots of my young children, it was all market stalls and plates of pasta.

    So it’s perhaps surprising that, at first, I found it easy to resist Instagram. I like the world of Twitter, and didn’t think I wanted to be swamped by images. But around three years ago I did sign up, and even learned to enjoy it. I’m too obsessed with food not to want to immerse myself in it whenever and wherever possible. And, very often, I’m inspired by what I see online.

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    I’m glad it’s all over for Uber in London – and I work for them | Anonymous

    I’m glad it’s all over for Uber in London – and I work for them | Anonymous


    As a driver, I enjoyed the early years. Then the company slashed fares in an attempt to crush its rivals, forcing us all to work longer hours for less payI’ve been an Uber driver for five years, so you’d expect me to be furious that Transport for...

    As a driver, I enjoyed the early years. Then the company slashed fares in an attempt to crush its rivals, forcing us all to work longer hours for less pay

    I’ve been an Uber driver for five years, so you’d expect me to be furious that Transport for London wants to stop the company operating in the capital. Not a bit of it.

    I could not be happier with TFL’s ruling that Uber is not a “fit and proper” private car hire operator.

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    You hate Ryanair – but you will fly it again

    You hate Ryanair – but you will fly it again


    The recent flights fiasco has upset travellers, but low prices mean they will keep on coming backHere are just a few of the hashtags that sprouted up on Twitter as Ryanair’s flights fiasco exploded on the internet: #BoycottRyanair, #ryanairareshit,...

    The recent flights fiasco has upset travellers, but low prices mean they will keep on coming back

    Here are just a few of the hashtags that sprouted up on Twitter as Ryanair’s flights fiasco exploded on the internet: #BoycottRyanair, #ryanairareshit, #IhateRyanair, #RyanairAreRubbish, #RyanairNightmare, #1stflightonRyanairneveragain, #RyanairFails, #goodbyeRyanair. I could probably fill this whole column with variations on the theme.

    But you won’t say goodbye to Ryanair. You’ll fly it again – and the airline’s boss, Michael O’Leary, knows it. I was at his hastily arranged press conference in Dublin on Monday and, amid the multiple apologies, contrition and mea culpas, one statement revealed all you need to know. Asked if devastated customers would stop buying tickets in future, O’Leary almost choked. “Our booking engine is full of passengers who have sworn they will never fly with us again,” he proclaimed. He didn’t even think the current debacle ranked particularly highly among past cock-ups by the airline, although later in the week he may have changed his mind on that.

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    The foolproof way you can stop ID fraud

    The foolproof way you can stop ID fraud


    Former GCHQ worker Jamie Jamieson has put a ‘notice of correction’ on his credit file requiring a thumbprint for all credit applicationsIdentity theft has reached epidemic levels, but a retired GCHQ worker has taken matters into his own hands,...

    Former GCHQ worker Jamie Jamieson has put a ‘notice of correction’ on his credit file requiring a thumbprint for all credit applications

    Identity theft has reached epidemic levels, but a retired GCHQ worker has taken matters into his own hands, literally, with what he claims is a foolproof way of beating fraudsters. Jamie Jamieson uses his thumbprint to protect himself from ID thieves and suggests anyone worried about falling victim to this crime should follow his example.

    His system costs nothing and is low-tech; it has also received a partial endorsement from one of the UK’s leading experts on credit reporting.

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    Kathy Griffin: 'Trump went for me because I was an easy target'

    Kathy Griffin: 'Trump went for me because I was an easy target'


    After baiting celebrities for years, the standup nearly lost her career over her ‘Trump head’ photo. Here, she explains why she’s sorry about saying sorry Related: Shakespeare and Kathy Griffin: controversial art keeps targeting Trump “KATHY...

    After baiting celebrities for years, the standup nearly lost her career over her ‘Trump head’ photo. Here, she explains why she’s sorry about saying sorry

    Related: Shakespeare and Kathy Griffin: controversial art keeps targeting Trump

    “KATHY GRIFFIN BEHEADS PRESIDENT TRUMP”. So shrieked the headline to a story posted on scurrilous gossip site TMZ on 30 May of this year. Griffin, best known for a standup act in which she acts as a showbusiness tattletale recounting mortifying run-ins with more famous celebrities backstage (her most famous targets include Cher, Josh Groban, Ryan Seacrest and Céline Dion), was pictured brandishing a blood-spattered Donald Trump mask looking like a recruiter for a Beverly Hills branch of Isis.

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    Want to write a bestselling novel? Use an algorithm

    Want to write a bestselling novel? Use an algorithm


    In the first of a four-part series on earning money, we look at the fast-track route to a chartbusting book – with a little help from a computerIt’s the multimillion pound question that publishers and writers have been pondering for decades: what...

    In the first of a four-part series on earning money, we look at the fast-track route to a chartbusting book – with a little help from a computer

    It’s the multimillion pound question that publishers and writers have been pondering for decades: what makes a bestseller? Attempting to write one could certainly pay off – the highest-paid author in the world, JK Rowling, has made $95m (£70m) in the past year, and the 10 highest-paid authors in the world earned more than $310m between them, according to Forbes.

    But few authors will see that kind of cash. The average annual income for a UK writer is £12,000, well below the minimum wage for a full-time job, a recent European commission report found. The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society says professional authors have experienced a 29% drop in income in real terms since 2005, with the top 5% earning 42% of the money made by UK writers. And the bottom 50% struggle to generate even 7% of the total income.

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    Fit in my 40s: ‘A DNA test is like going to a fortune teller, with science’

    Fit in my 40s: ‘A DNA test is like going to a fortune teller, with science’


    These tests tell you things you would you never know about yourself in a lifetime’s observation, things you would never even think to askThe past is a foreign country, but then you get to an age when the present seems a little exotic, also. Young...

    These tests tell you things you would you never know about yourself in a lifetime’s observation, things you would never even think to ask

    The past is a foreign country, but then you get to an age when the present seems a little exotic, also. Young people are weird about their health, is what I’m trying to say. I’ve met some, and they seem OK, but you only need to look at the things they do. They have gone beyond exercise. They have gone beyond even optimising their workout. The big thing in fitness now is personalisation. This means so much more than telling the cross-training machine how much you weigh.

    It means a DNA test; it means a microbiome test, which analyses your gut environment. It means sending off your worst excretions – stools and saliva, I mean, not poetry – in fancy freepost boxes. It means being told about preconditions for diseases you don’t want to think about, and food intolerances you don’t believe in. When you have all the information, you will supposedly know how hard to exercise and how often, and how many artichokes to eat, though the answer is always, I think, “more than you eat currently”. I started, as always, from a position of deep philosophical scepticism.

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    To my fantastic female friends: I owe you all so very much

    To my fantastic female friends: I owe you all so very much


    They pick me up when I need a boost, reflect me back to myself when I’m lost. I’m determined to return the favours of female friendshipI’m the first to admit that I’ve needed my friends more intensely than they’ve needed me over these past few...

    They pick me up when I need a boost, reflect me back to myself when I’m lost. I’m determined to return the favours of female friendship

    I’m the first to admit that I’ve needed my friends more intensely than they’ve needed me over these past few years, but I’d hope that the bonds of association that have kept us connected during this time may have grown a little stronger as a result of the pain, parental dramas and changing romantic relationships that have defined our paths from girlhood to adulthood.

    I have many excellent male friends but for me, one of the most important features of womanhood is the beautiful solid structure of female friends that holds you down in times of trouble. Over these past few years, my female friends have become my family.

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    Even old age can’t dent my mum’s sexual appetite

    Even old age can’t dent my mum’s sexual appetite


    There was an electrician, a wrestler, a couple of property developers, a fur dealer, a couple of journalists … Aged nearly 90, men are still her hobby, and she encourages me to have affairs tooOne day, aged 12, I forgot my packed lunch for school, so I...

    There was an electrician, a wrestler, a couple of property developers, a fur dealer, a couple of journalists … Aged nearly 90, men are still her hobby, and she encourages me to have affairs too

    One day, aged 12, I forgot my packed lunch for school, so I walked home at lunchtime. But as I put my hand on the garden gate, I stopped. Instead of walking down the path, I veered off to the public phone box. I called Mum to check if the coast was clear of her current lover. It wasn’t.

    I hung around for 10 minutes and then headed home. When I arrived, there was “Fergus” in the garden. He was looking at the bedding plants, as if he’d casually dropped by, instead of just getting out of bed with her.

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    A letter to … my older brother, who tormented me throughout our childhood

    A letter to … my older brother, who tormented me throughout our childhood


    The letter you always wanted to writeLife, as we were growing up, was always a contest for you. You needed to win, no matter what. Cheating at every game. Changing the rules in your favour. Blaming me for your mistakes. Telling on me for any misdemeanour...

    The letter you always wanted to write

    Life, as we were growing up, was always a contest for you. You needed to win, no matter what. Cheating at every game. Changing the rules in your favour. Blaming me for your mistakes. Telling on me for any misdemeanour you deemed me guilty of.

    Everything was a competition – I was always the competition. You taunted me. Humiliated me. You kept me insecure. You resented me and I could never figure out how to please you.

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    The death of a sibling: ‘It makes no sense and never will’

    The death of a sibling: ‘It makes no sense and never will’


    When the poet Joanne Limburg’s brother killed himself, she simply couldn’t accept it. Christina Patterson, whose sister also suddenly died, finds out how she copedWhen my sister died, I lay down on the floor of my office and howled. My father’s...

    When the poet Joanne Limburg’s brother killed himself, she simply couldn’t accept it. Christina Patterson, whose sister also suddenly died, finds out how she coped

    When my sister died, I lay down on the floor of my office and howled. My father’s phone call telling me the news remains the most shocking moment of my life. Colleagues brought me tissues and queued up to tell me they were sorry. I took the tissues, but I couldn’t really talk. Later, I met a friend for a drink. We had a bottle of wine and a bowl of chips.

    Nobody tells you what to do when your sibling dies. I was 36. My sister was 41. My sister just collapsed and died. It felt surreal. It still feels surreal. It’s 17 years since she died. Two years later, my father died. My mother died just before Christmas last year. I have a well-practised strategy for grief. Just shove it right out of your head. It was working pretty well until, two weeks ago, I picked up a memoir called Small Pieces by the poet and author Joanne Limburg. By the end of it, I was in pieces, a howling wreck on a sofa, feeling that something had been unleashed that I could not put back.

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    Orgasm addicts, sex doesn’t have to be red hot

    Orgasm addicts, sex doesn’t have to be red hot


    You don’t need to be whipped, tied up or pant athletically towards climax to have a very good time in bed. There are plenty of slower sexual experiences that emphasise pleasure and sensationIt has been said too many times that having children ruins...

    You don’t need to be whipped, tied up or pant athletically towards climax to have a very good time in bed. There are plenty of slower sexual experiences that emphasise pleasure and sensation

    It has been said too many times that having children ruins your sex life. Or even that being married for a reasonable number of years does the same thing. It is generally expected that one’s sex life will wane to nothing, or close to nothing.

    This is absurd. We’ve been brainwashed into believing that the only kind of sex worth having is “red hot”. In other words, orgasm-chasing sex where both partners are “successful” and preferably simultaneous. How did so many of us get seduced by this nonsense?

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    I was relaxed about Britain’s drug culture revolution – but not any more | John Harris

    I was relaxed about Britain’s drug culture revolution – but not any more | John Harris


    With deaths at record levels, calls for legalisation feel simplistic. But we must do more to make drugs such as ecstasy safeThirty years ago this November, a DJ called Danny Rampling co-founded a club night in Southwark, London, that he called Shoom....

    With deaths at record levels, calls for legalisation feel simplistic. But we must do more to make drugs such as ecstasy safe

    Thirty years ago this November, a DJ called Danny Rampling co-founded a club night in Southwark, London, that he called Shoom. Essentially, he was trying to capture what he had experienced that summer on the Balearic island of Ibiza: a celebratory subculture built around so-called house music, and the drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine (or MDMA), otherwise known as ecstasy, whose euphoric rush inspired Shoom’s name.

    So began the revolutionising of British popular culture, and the decisive passage of an array of illicit drugs from the cultural fringes to the mainstream. The saga is long and complicated, but it reached an unlikely kind of denouement this week, when that well-known raver the Duke Of Cambridge paid a visit to a treatment centre near London’s Liverpool Street station, and asked a group of recovering addicts the kind of “massive question” guaranteed to instantly crash-land in the headlines. “There’s obviously a lot of pressure growing in areas about legalising drugs and things like that,” he said. “What are your individual opinions on that?”

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    Slouching towards Biloxi: Joan Didion on life in America's south

    Slouching towards Biloxi: Joan Didion on life in America's south


    In 1970 the writer spent a month in the south because it seemed to represent the future of America. And now that we are ‘living though the scariest of times’, she has decided to publish her notebooksJohn and I were living on Franklin Avenue in Los...

    In 1970 the writer spent a month in the south because it seemed to represent the future of America. And now that we are ‘living though the scariest of times’, she has decided to publish her notebooks

    John and I were living on Franklin Avenue in Los Angeles. I had wanted to revisit the South, so we flew there for a month in 1970. The idea was to start in New Orleans and from there we had no plan. We went wherever the day took us. I seem to remember that John drove. I had not been back since 1942–43, when my father was stationed in Durham, North Carolina, but it did not seem to have changed that much. At the time, I had thought it might be a piece.

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    I’m lucky. I can afford private mental health treatment. What about those who can’t? | Deborah Orr

    I’m lucky. I can afford private mental health treatment. What about those who can’t? | Deborah Orr


    Experts know how to help me, and thousands of others. But the NHS just doesn’t have the moneyAlmost one in 10 14-year-old boys have symptoms of anxiety and depression. Which is awful. But almost a quarter of 14-year-old girls have such symptoms. That...

    Experts know how to help me, and thousands of others. But the NHS just doesn’t have the money

    Almost one in 10 14-year-old boys have symptoms of anxiety and depression. Which is awful. But almost a quarter of 14-year-old girls have such symptoms. That is such a sad and miserable statistic that one barely knows where to start. The worst thing of all is that it isn’t really surprising. There is so much in this world of ours for a teenage girl to feel worried and hopeless about – not least that the advertising of such sensitivity can easily attract the sneering epithet “snowflake”.

    Related: Carrie Fisher showed the way. I want to acknowledge my own mental struggles | Deborah Orr

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    The power of silence in the smartphone age

    The power of silence in the smartphone age


    In our always-on digital era it’s all too easy to disconnect ourselves from peace and quiet, and the inner wealth it can bringWhenever I am unable to walk, climb or sail away from the world, I have learned to shut it out.Learning this took time. Only...

    In our always-on digital era it’s all too easy to disconnect ourselves from peace and quiet, and the inner wealth it can bring

    Whenever I am unable to walk, climb or sail away from the world, I have learned to shut it out.

    Learning this took time. Only when I understood that I had a primal need for silence was I able to begin my search for it – and there, deep beneath a cacophony of traffic noise and thoughts, music and machinery, iPhones and snow ploughs, it lay in wait for me. Silence.

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    Myanmar: images show Rohingya villages still being burned, says Amnesty

    Myanmar: images show Rohingya villages still being burned, says Amnesty


    The human rights group says attacks on Rohingya Muslim are continuing, despite Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims to the contraryAmnesty International has said new satellite images and videos from Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state show smoke rising from...

    The human rights group says attacks on Rohingya Muslim are continuing, despite Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims to the contrary

    Amnesty International has said new satellite images and videos from Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state show smoke rising from Rohingya Muslim villages, contradicting Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims that military operations there have ended.

    Related: 'A lot of fake news': Burmese back Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

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    Outrage as Sam Kerr omitted from Fifa world player of the year shortlist

    Outrage as Sam Kerr omitted from Fifa world player of the year shortlist


    The Matildas striker has starred for club and country but her omission has sparked anger from fellow players and fans alikeForget Messi v Ronaldo, the big controversy about Fifa’s world player of the year award is that Matildas star Sam Kerr has not...

    The Matildas striker has starred for club and country but her omission has sparked anger from fellow players and fans alike

    Forget Messi v Ronaldo, the big controversy about Fifa’s world player of the year award is that Matildas star Sam Kerr has not made the final shortlist for the women’s award.

    Related: Matildas win hearts of nation with heady mix of fight, grit, heart, skill and passion | Ann Odong

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    'It brings a tear to my eye': the labours of love battling the vitriol of the marriage campaign

    'It brings a tear to my eye': the labours of love battling the vitriol of the marriage campaign


    The postal vote campaign has often been ugly. But many yes voters are optimistically reaching out to the undecided• Plus, send us your stories and pictures of positive moments that may have come out of the campaign Chris Baguley feared that, come...

    The postal vote campaign has often been ugly. But many yes voters are optimistically reaching out to the undecided

    • Plus, send us your stories and pictures of positive moments that may have come out of the campaign

    Chris Baguley feared that, come Friday, he would find himself in the midst of a sausage shortage.

    The father of two sent 250 letters to people in his neighbourhood of Port Stephens in the Hunter region of New South Wales inviting them over for a barbecue to talk about same-sex marriage. He also offered to post their vote for them if they cannot make it to a mailbox.

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    Steph Curry: Golden State Warriors can send statement with White House snub

    Steph Curry: Golden State Warriors can send statement with White House snub


    NBA superstar says he ‘doesn’t want’ to celebrate title with Donald TrumpChampions yet to formally decide if they will accept White House invitationCurry says team could help ‘inspire change’ by not making traditional visitSteph Curry, the...

    NBA superstar says he ‘doesn’t want’ to celebrate title with Donald TrumpChampions yet to formally decide if they will accept White House invitationCurry says team could help ‘inspire change’ by not making traditional visit

    Steph Curry, the two-time NBA MVP, says the Golden State Warriors can “inspire some change” and “send a statement” by snubbing a visit to Donald Trump’s White House.

    The Warriors franchise have yet to make a decision as to whether they will celebrate their NBA title with the US president – and indeed have yet to receive a formal invitation. But Curry reiterated his stance that he will vote no when the time comes. “I don’t want to go,” Curry told a press conference.

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    Eddie Jones spells out his terms as England take first step to Japan 2019 | Robert Kitson

    Eddie Jones spells out his terms as England take first step to Japan 2019 | Robert Kitson


    National coach has named a slimmed-down training squad and omitted Joseph, Haskell and Sinckler, three of the summer’s British & Irish LionsFor every England rugby coach there are three steps to heaven: identify the best players, decide how to harness...

    National coach has named a slimmed-down training squad and omitted Joseph, Haskell and Sinckler, three of the summer’s British & Irish Lions

    For every England rugby coach there are three steps to heaven: identify the best players, decide how to harness their collective talents and then pursue every available avenue to ensure they peak when it really matters. With 19 wins in his first 20 games in charge, Eddie Jones has made a confident start on the rocky ascent towards 2019, and his 33-man training squad for next week’s camp in Oxford represents the next phase of that climb.

    Related: Marcus Smith of Quins can be our X-factor rookie, says England’s Eddie Jones

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    Brazil's army returns to Rio favela amid clashes between gangs and police

    Brazil's army returns to Rio favela amid clashes between gangs and police


    Army heads to Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro after schools, businesses and a major road closed during fighting between drug gang members and policeAfter almost a week of intense gun battles between rival drug gangsters and the police, Brazil’s army...

    Army heads to Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro after schools, businesses and a major road closed during fighting between drug gang members and police

    After almost a week of intense gun battles between rival drug gangsters and the police, Brazil’s army has been deployed to encircle the sprawling Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro.

    A spokesperson for military command said on Friday that airspace over the neighbourhood had been closed, and local media showed images of soldiers arriving in the community.

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    Nasa facility honors African American woman who plotted key space missions

    Nasa facility honors African American woman who plotted key space missions


    Research center named after Katherine Johnson, 99, whose story was told in the film Hidden Figures: ‘I liked work. I liked the stars and the stories we were telling’Katherine Johnson, the mathematician whose calculations influenced some of the most...

    Research center named after Katherine Johnson, 99, whose story was told in the film Hidden Figures: ‘I liked work. I liked the stars and the stories we were telling’

    Katherine Johnson, the mathematician whose calculations influenced some of the most important missions of the space age, on Friday helped Nasa open a new research and development facility that bears her name.

    Related: Hidden figures: the history of Nasa’s black female scientists

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    Germany faces first far-right party in parliament since 1960s

    Germany faces first far-right party in parliament since 1960s


    if Merkel retains coalition alternative für Deutschland could be main opposition, bringing raft of entitlements to populist partyGermany is bracing itself for a watershed moment in its postwar history, with an overtly nationalist party is set to...

    if Merkel retains coalition alternative für Deutschland could be main opposition, bringing raft of entitlements to populist party

    Germany is bracing itself for a watershed moment in its postwar history, with an overtly nationalist party is set to emphatically enter the country’s parliament for the first time in almost six decades.

    Rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland has strengthened its upward trajectory in the last week before the vote, with two polls published on Friday showing the party on third place.

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    Kalashnikov statue altered after sculptor's monumental error

    Kalashnikov statue altered after sculptor's monumental error


    Tribute to famous Russian rifle creator unveiled in Moscow mistakenly depicted German second world war gun insteadWorkers have removed part of a new monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the Soviet Union’s AK-47 assault rifle, after...

    Tribute to famous Russian rifle creator unveiled in Moscow mistakenly depicted German second world war gun instead

    Workers have removed part of a new monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the Soviet Union’s AK-47 assault rifle, after eagle-eyed Russians noticed that it mistakenly depicted a German second world war weapon.

    Related: 30ft-high statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow

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    Mixed reactions after Uber stripped of London licence – video

    Mixed reactions after Uber stripped of London licence – video


    The ride-hailing firm was stripped of its London licence on Friday after it was deemed the company was not a 'fit and proper' private car hire operator. The London mayor Sadiq Khan says he fully supports the decision to revoke Uber’s licence, but there...

    The ride-hailing firm was stripped of its London licence on Friday after it was deemed the company was not a 'fit and proper' private car hire operator. The London mayor Sadiq Khan says he fully supports the decision to revoke Uber’s licence, but there was mixed reaction on the streets

    Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility
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    Gaga: Five Foot Two review – pint-sized music doc wallows in self reflection

    Gaga: Five Foot Two review – pint-sized music doc wallows in self reflection


    Despite artful direction and meticulous curation by Gaga herself, the documentary never quite shakes the feel of a longform advert for the singer’s new phase – one that’s preaching to the convertedIt’s been a transformative year in the life of...

    Despite artful direction and meticulous curation by Gaga herself, the documentary never quite shakes the feel of a longform advert for the singer’s new phase – one that’s preaching to the converted

    It’s been a transformative year in the life of Stefani Germanotta, a cycle purportedly captured in the new documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which is streaming on Netflix starting Friday. The vérité-style feature tracks the artist during the recording, release and promotion of her fifth studio cut, Joanne, culminating with her triumphant performance at the Super Bowl half-time show. The title, a nod to both the performer’s diminutive stature and the Guy Lombardo number, showcases the sincerity and humor and artistry that’s engendered a connection with her legion of Little Monsters over the years, but not even as formidable a talent as Gaga can overcome the inherent pitfalls of the authorized popstar documentary.

    Artfully directed by the Banksy profiler Chris Moukarbel and meticulously curated by the subject, who doubles as executive producer, the narrative follows the familiar beats of the genre with similarities to 1991’s Madonna: Truth or Dare. That similarity will do no favors for an artist who’s sparred with comparisons to Her Madgesty, which are addressed directly, and amusingly, on more than one occasion. Nearly a decade after she soared to global success with 2008’s The Fame, with an array of masks, headgear, and wigs to conceal her persona, there are moments of revelation and self-reflection dressed as a compelling pitch for the present chapter and ones to come. But not nearly enough of them, as Five Foot Two never quite shakes the feel of a longform advert for Gaga’s new phase that’s preaching to the converted.

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    Mark Sampson rumours were ‘common knowledge’ in game, claims Watford coach

    Mark Sampson rumours were ‘common knowledge’ in game, claims Watford coach


    • Watford Ladies’ Keith Boanas critical of FA decision to hire Sampson in 2013• Pressure mounting on FA pair Martin Glenn and Dan AshworthOne of Mark Sampson’s former rivals for the England manager’s job has said rumours of his inappropriate...

    • Watford Ladies’ Keith Boanas critical of FA decision to hire Sampson in 2013
    • Pressure mounting on FA pair Martin Glenn and Dan Ashworth

    One of Mark Sampson’s former rivals for the England manager’s job has said rumours of his inappropriate relationships with female players at Bristol Academy were “common knowledge” in the women’s game before he was appointed.

    Keith Boanas, now Watford Ladies coach, said he “cannot believe” those who recruited Sampson in December 2013 had not heard concerns about the 34-year-old’s conduct at Bristol where he was first a development coach and later managed the first team. Pressure is mounting on the Football Association’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, technical director, Dan Ashworth, and other senior figures at the governing body to explain how Sampson remained in such a high-profile role for almost four years. The FA has also been heavily criticised for its handling of allegations made by the England striker Eni Aluko about bullying and racism, first revealed in the Guardian, during Sampson’s reign.

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    Hope Solo settles grievance with US Soccer after controversial six-month ban

    Hope Solo settles grievance with US Soccer after controversial six-month ban


    National federation reaches settlement with goalkeeper to avoid arbitrationSolo had her contract terminated for calling Sweden ‘a bunch of cowards’‘I want to reiterate my regret for the comments I made,’ she says in statementHope Solo has settled...

    National federation reaches settlement with goalkeeper to avoid arbitrationSolo had her contract terminated for calling Sweden ‘a bunch of cowards’‘I want to reiterate my regret for the comments I made,’ she says in statement

    Hope Solo has settled her grievance with the US Soccer Federation after she had her contract terminated last year for calling the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards”, it has been reported.

    In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, the controversial goalkeeper said that she and US Soccer “have amicably resolved the matter and are moving forward in a positive way”.

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    Original supermodels assemble for catwalk tribute to Gianni Versace

    Original supermodels assemble for catwalk tribute to Gianni Versace


    Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versace’s Milan showOf everything Gianni Versace gave to popular culture – he invented the celebrity front row, the metal mesh cocktail dress and...

    Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versace’s Milan show

    Of everything Gianni Versace gave to popular culture – he invented the celebrity front row, the metal mesh cocktail dress and arguably the career of Elizabeth Hurley, who might never have found fame were it not for That Dress – the supermodel is his greatest legacy. So it was a fitting tribute that a supermodel reunion was the centrepiece of the Versace show staged to mark the 20th anniversary of his murder.

    Versace invented the supermodel, plucking a few chosen models from the runway ranks and elevating them to a higher strata of glamour. Other models remained humble clothes horses, but this elite became goddesses. Versace, who was already conjuring the imagery of classical goddesses with his becomingly draped dresses, created the perfect women to wear them.

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    Toby Roland-Jones out of England’s Ashes squad after back injury diagnosis

    Toby Roland-Jones out of England’s Ashes squad after back injury diagnosis


    • Middlesex fast bowler pulled up during match against Lancashire• Eoin Morgan backs Alex Hales and Jos Buttler for Ashes squadToby Roland-Jones will be missing from England’s Ashes squad when it is named on Wednesday morning after the Middlesex...

    • Middlesex fast bowler pulled up during match against Lancashire
    • Eoin Morgan backs Alex Hales and Jos Buttler for Ashes squad

    Toby Roland-Jones will be missing from England’s Ashes squad when it is named on Wednesday morning after the Middlesex seamer was diagnosed with a stress fracture to his lower back with only a week of the season remaining.

    It is a cruel blow for the 29-year-old, whose breakthrough international summer of 17 wickets from four Tests, including eight on debut against South Africa at The Oval, demonstrated his accuracy and bounce that made him certain to be heading to Australia at the end of October.

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    Yorkshire pudding wrap draws crowds, becomes a social media sensation

    Yorkshire pudding wrap draws crowds, becomes a social media sensation


    Crowds queue up to try surprise new hit of flattened yorkshire pudding wrapped around meat, stuffing, veg and gravyIt’s 1pm on Friday afternoon and scores of people are queueing patiently outside a small cafe in the shadow of York Minster. The York...

    Crowds queue up to try surprise new hit of flattened yorkshire pudding wrapped around meat, stuffing, veg and gravy

    It’s 1pm on Friday afternoon and scores of people are queueing patiently outside a small cafe in the shadow of York Minster. The York Roast Co usually specialises in pork sandwiches and roast dinners, but today the crowds are here to sample the business’s surprise new hit – the yorkshire pudding wrap.

    The delicacy consists of a large flattened yorkshire pudding, wrapped around a mound of carved meat, stuffing and some token veg, smothered in a thick gravy. It is, as one customer describes it, “the ultimate comfort food”.

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    Cordelia Fine: ‘If women aren’t sweet, then they’re called bitches’

    Cordelia Fine: ‘If women aren’t sweet, then they’re called bitches’


    The award-winning psychologist and writer is taking on the pervasive idea that all differences between men and women can be explained by biology. But would a man be as self-effacing about his success?If you have ever worked alongside both men and women,...

    The award-winning psychologist and writer is taking on the pervasive idea that all differences between men and women can be explained by biology. But would a man be as self-effacing about his success?

    If you have ever worked alongside both men and women, you will almost certainly have seen for yourself some of the classic gender differences in behaviour. Anyone still in doubt about their existence could have observed how Cordelia Fine conducted herself this week. On Tuesday night, the distinguished neuroscientist was awarded the Royal Society’s science book prize. One of six nominees, she had flown into London from her home in Melbourne on Monday, and is trailing her suitcase behind her when we meet the following afternoon, before heading back to Heathrow for the 24-hour journey home. I assume she must have known she would win, as who would come all this way otherwise? She looks surprised and shakes her head. “No, no. I was just really, really thrilled and excited about being nominated.”

    At 42, Fine is enormously successful. After graduating with a first from Oxford in experimental psychology, she took a masters at Cambridge, followed by a doctorate from University College London. Her first book was nominated for the Royal Society prize in 2007, while her second, Delusions of Gender, was listed by the Huffington Post under: “Books women think men should read”. Her third, Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds, was acclaimed by the judges this week as an “original”, “very funny”, and “cracking critique of the ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ hypothesis”. With a cheque for £25,000 in her case, Fine could have been forgiven for swaggering – or at the very least strutting – across the hotel lounge to be interviewed.

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    Nureyev ballet to open in Moscow, despite director's house arrest

    Nureyev ballet to open in Moscow, despite director's house arrest


    After last-minute cancellation in July, Bolshoi to bring life story of gay dancer who defected to stage in DecemberA controversial ballet about the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev will premiere on the stage of the Bolshoi theatre in December, despite being...

    After last-minute cancellation in July, Bolshoi to bring life story of gay dancer who defected to stage in December

    A controversial ballet about the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev will premiere on the stage of the Bolshoi theatre in December, despite being pulled from the schedule at the last minute in July, and its director placed under house arrest.

    Nureyev, which chronicles the life of the gay dancer who fled the Soviet Union for the west and achieved worldwide fame before dying of Aids-related illnesses in 1993, was due to open in July, but the theatre announced its cancellation just three days before opening night.

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    Thomasina Miers’ quick and easy recipe for Indian lamb chops with dal-style sweetcorn

    Thomasina Miers’ quick and easy recipe for Indian lamb chops with dal-style sweetcorn


    Give British sweetcorn and lamb a north Indian makeover in this heady, spicy late-summer winnerA decade ago, pulses and grains didn’t get much attention from foodies: while most agreed they were healthy, few would have argued for their gourmet...

    Give British sweetcorn and lamb a north Indian makeover in this heady, spicy late-summer winner

    A decade ago, pulses and grains didn’t get much attention from foodies: while most agreed they were healthy, few would have argued for their gourmet credentials and, curiously, their good value seemed almost to work against them in loftier circles. How times have changed! Now that street food is all the rage, we are embracing ingredients from around the world, and the coolest restaurants are pairing Camargue red rice with beautiful Indonesian-spiced crab, aromatic Middle Eastern couscous with exotically seasoned chargrilled fowl, and British-grown quinoa with local cheeses, seasonal leaves and flowers. As our thirst for good food continues, so does our knowledge of the regional cuisines from around the world. This north Indian-inspired quick dish takes the idea of dal, but uses corn in place of lentils, not least because it was growing everywhere I looked on my late-summer tour of British food festivals. The sweetness of the corn goes beautifully with the seasoned chops, to create a treat of pure comfort food.


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    St Louis protests: three years since Ferguson, why hasn't anything changed?

    St Louis protests: three years since Ferguson, why hasn't anything changed?


    Since the police shooting of Mike Brown, there’s been little progress – as was evident in St Louis as police mocked people protesting officer Jason Stockley’s acquittalIt’s become a familiar scene in the the city’s metropolitan area, equal...

    Since the police shooting of Mike Brown, there’s been little progress – as was evident in St Louis as police mocked people protesting officer Jason Stockley’s acquittal

    It’s become a familiar scene in the the city’s metropolitan area, equal parts deja vu and cliche.

    Related: St Louis police condemned for 'alarming' attitude towards protesters

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    You are your looks: that’s what society tells girls. No wonder they’re depressed | Natasha Devon

    You are your looks: that’s what society tells girls. No wonder they’re depressed | Natasha Devon


    Children as young as seven believe that they are valued more for their appearance than for their character. It’s time to break down these stereotypesA study published by Girlguiding this week has revealed that half of girls feel stifled by gender...

    Children as young as seven believe that they are valued more for their appearance than for their character. It’s time to break down these stereotypes

    A study published by Girlguiding this week has revealed that half of girls feel stifled by gender stereotyping, with children as young as seven believing they are valued more for their appearance than for their achievements or character. It is not, I believe, a coincidence that in the same week a government-funded study has shown a quarter of girls exhibit symptoms of depression by the age of 14.

    Related: One in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14, study reveals

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    Do we really need therapy?

    Do we really need therapy?


    Research suggests self-help exercises could be better for you than cognitive behavioural therapy‘Researchers say you might as well be your own therapist,” the website Quartz proclaimed recently, in light of a new study that found a vanishingly small...

    Research suggests self-help exercises could be better for you than cognitive behavioural therapy

    ‘Researchers say you might as well be your own therapist,” the website Quartz proclaimed recently, in light of a new study that found a vanishingly small difference between seeing a cognitive behavioural therapist and just doing various self-help exercises on your own. Naturally, this sort of thing is liable to make therapists angry. (The correct response is to nod compassionately and ask: “Now, why do you think that makes you so angry?”) As Mark Brown noted in this paper, we should be wary of any finding that seems to suggest governments could save money by telling people to sort themselves out. But the self-help route has another limitation worth bearing in mind: what makes you so confident you even know what your problems really are?

    Typically, self-help works like this: you’re troubled by some issue – procrastination, commitment-phobia, depression – so you seek a book to fix it, just as you’d seek a spanner or screwdriver if the legs on your kitchen table started wobbling. But minds aren’t like wobbly tables. There’s no reason to assume – actually, there’s much reason to doubt – that we’re in touch with our deepest anxieties and hang-ups. Rather than productivity techniques, maybe you need to face the fact that your job provides no meaning. Maybe accusing yourself of “commitment-phobia” is how you rationalise the subconscious awareness that your partner doesn’t love you. Maybe your depression is best understood not as the result of “automatic thoughts”, but as a sign that you’re living life to serve your parents’ agenda, instead of your own.

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    Audrey Hepburn exhibition celebrates star’s enduring appeal

    Audrey Hepburn exhibition celebrates star’s enduring appeal


    From her Burberry mac to Givenchy dress, the actor’s private possessions go on show in London before largest-ever auctionA five-day exhibition to precede the largest-ever auction of Audrey Hepburn’s private possessions will open at Christie’s...

    From her Burberry mac to Givenchy dress, the actor’s private possessions go on show in London before largest-ever auction

    A five-day exhibition to precede the largest-ever auction of Audrey Hepburn’s private possessions will open at Christie’s auction house in London on Saturday, with some of its most enthusiastic visitors expected to be the late actor’s growing fanbase of teens and millennials.

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    Documents that Kim Philby passed to USSR on display for first time

    Documents that Kim Philby passed to USSR on display for first time


    Moscow exhibition unveils wartime papers that Cambridge spy intercepted from UK intelligence and passed to his Russian handlers Secret wartime documents passed by a British double agent to his Soviet handlers have been made public for the first time at a...

    Moscow exhibition unveils wartime papers that Cambridge spy intercepted from UK intelligence and passed to his Russian handlers

    Secret wartime documents passed by a British double agent to his Soviet handlers have been made public for the first time at a Moscow exhibition dedicated to the spy’s career.

    Kim Philby was the most notorious of the “Cambridge five”, British communists who spied for Moscow and evaded suspicion for years due to their upper-class credentials.

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    Angela Merkel would get my vote. Mutti’s the leader all Europeans need | James Hawes

    Angela Merkel would get my vote. Mutti’s the leader all Europeans need | James Hawes


    The German chancellor is as unglamorous and reliable as a Miele washing machine. I want her to win on Sunday because she can steer the west to safetyNovelists of the future will surely do a Hilary Mantel on Angela Merkel – try to recreate the secret...

    The German chancellor is as unglamorous and reliable as a Miele washing machine. I want her to win on Sunday because she can steer the west to safety

    Novelists of the future will surely do a Hilary Mantel on Angela Merkel – try to recreate the secret gyroscopes of her mind, in her time. Here’s my advice to them: look west. For that, above all, is what Mutti – Mummy – as she is known to every German, whether they like or loathe her, believes in.

    How could she not, with her life-story? Unlike almost everyone else in East Germany, she was there not because of bad luck and barbed wire. Her father, a Lutheran pastor, moved of his own free will from Hamburg to East Germany shortly after her birth in 1954, becoming a senior figure in the state-tolerated church. The Berlin Wall went up when she was seven. By then, whatever innocence there might once have been in East Germany was dead. She must have grown up knowing that she could have been a West German; she can hardly have failed, as a rather brilliant young woman and scientist, to feel every day, directly, the effects of Papa Merkel’s deluded utopianism. At 35, she lived the triumph of the West not only as simple, literal freedom but also as mental freedom, at last, from the lies into which millennial ideas inevitably descend.

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    My life in sex: ‘The orgasms are not as intense without a prostate’

    My life in sex: ‘The orgasms are not as intense without a prostate’


    The 68-year-old who had a prostatectomyMy partner and I got together in our mid-40s. We married after seven years and were enjoying frequent, passionate sex, until at 67 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My partner was more worried about the threat...

    The 68-year-old who had a prostatectomy

    My partner and I got together in our mid-40s. We married after seven years and were enjoying frequent, passionate sex, until at 67 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My partner was more worried about the threat to my life, whereas my main concern, after the initial shock, was for our sex life, which until then had been idyllically constant.

    The full prostatectomy was successful, with no spread of cancer, but although we were sharing intimate, non-penetrative sexual activity from about six weeks after the surgery, the prognosis for a return to full male potency post-op is not good, particularly at my age.

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    Amazon’s Alexa can tell you the meaning of life. But don’t ask about Donald Trump | Emma Brockes

    Amazon’s Alexa can tell you the meaning of life. But don’t ask about Donald Trump | Emma Brockes


    The Amazon Echo Dot will problem solve and tell stories supposedly written by Jared Leto. It ‘can’t find the answer’ to the US president, but who can?“Alexa! Tell me a story,” I said on Sunday night. I was alone in the house, talking to the...

    The Amazon Echo Dot will problem solve and tell stories supposedly written by Jared Leto. It ‘can’t find the answer’ to the US president, but who can?

    “Alexa! Tell me a story,” I said on Sunday night. I was alone in the house, talking to the Amazon Echo Dot, the talking gizmo that had been on loan to me since Friday. Over the weekend, we’d gone through all the boring stuff like, “What’s the weather?” and, “Play Candle in the Wind by Elton John.” Now I wanted to test out her range.

    Related: Amazon Echo Dot review: as good as the Echo for one-third of the price

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    Qandeel Baloch: the life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working class icon

    Qandeel Baloch: the life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working class icon


    The life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working-class icon Qandeel Baloch, killed in 2016 after becoming a social media celebrity. This film tells Qandeel’s story through her own videos and media appearances. A young, fearless woman who collided...

    The life, death and impact of Pakistan’s working-class icon Qandeel Baloch, killed in 2016 after becoming a social media celebrity. This film tells Qandeel’s story through her own videos and media appearances. A young, fearless woman who collided with Pakistan’s mainstream media, Qandeel exposed the religious right and challenged middle-class morality. From her life before stardom in a rural village to her early days in entertainment as a model and actor, Qandeel gained attention by making provocative web videos. We get to know Qandeel through her family, admirers and those she interacted with and inspired. The film also analyses her life through the lens of class and power politics and connects it to women’s continuing struggle for self-expression in Pakistan

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    Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Colin Firth on the superspy comedy sequel – video

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Colin Firth on the superspy comedy sequel – video


    The second Kingsman film sees the dapper British secret agents go up against American supervillain Poppy Adams, played by Julianne Moore, with the help of Statesman, their US equivalent. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out now in the UK, and is released...

    The second Kingsman film sees the dapper British secret agents go up against American supervillain Poppy Adams, played by Julianne Moore, with the help of Statesman, their US equivalent. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out now in the UK, and is released on 21 September in Australia and 22 September in the US.

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    Land defenders call on UN to act against violence by state-funded and corporate groups

    Land defenders call on UN to act against violence by state-funded and corporate groups


    Fight to protect natural resources has become too dangerous in the face of violence from state forces, private security groups and state-sponsored vigilantes, say groups from 29 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia Land rights defenders from...

    Fight to protect natural resources has become too dangerous in the face of violence from state forces, private security groups and state-sponsored vigilantes, say groups from 29 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia

    Land rights defenders from 29 countries have written to the UN asking it to act against violent corporate and state-sponsored groups which they say are threatening their lives and trashing the environment.

    Thirty nine grassroots groups from Africa, Latin America and Asia, many of whose leaders have been killed or forced to flee for protesting the theft of land, big dams mines and forest destruction, say their fight to protect natural resources is becoming too dangerous.

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    Portugal's biggest wildfire: 'We all thought we were going to die' – video

    Portugal's biggest wildfire: 'We all thought we were going to die' – video


    On 17 June, a fire swept through the forests of central Portugal, killing 64 people and destroying more than 480 houses. After a summer of record numbers of wildfires across southern Europe, the Guardian travelled to devastated villages in Portugal to...

    On 17 June, a fire swept through the forests of central Portugal, killing 64 people and destroying more than 480 houses. After a summer of record numbers of wildfires across southern Europe, the Guardian travelled to devastated villages in Portugal to find out why the June fire was so deadly, and what can be done to prevent it happening again


    *Satellite imagery courtesy of Deimos Imaging, an UrtheCast Company

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    'I'll be here until I die': Florida Keys residents on life after Hurricane Irma

    'I'll be here until I die': Florida Keys residents on life after Hurricane Irma


    A week on from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Florida Keys residents are finding strength in one another as they try to piece together their homes and make sense of what happened Continue...

    A week on from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Florida Keys residents are finding strength in one another as they try to piece together their homes and make sense of what happened

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    'We are the outcasts': my day with the Juggalos - video

    'We are the outcasts': my day with the Juggalos - video


    Fans of the Insane Clown Posse - otherwise known as Juggalos - were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. They have been fighting the label ever since, claiming they are just music fans and have no ties to criminal activity. The Guardian spent the day...

    Fans of the Insane Clown Posse - otherwise known as Juggalos - were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. They have been fighting the label ever since, claiming they are just music fans and have no ties to criminal activity. The Guardian spent the day with the Juggalos as they protested in Washington DC.

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    Brazil investigates alleged slaughter of Amazonian tribespeople by gold miners

    Brazil investigates alleged slaughter of Amazonian tribespeople by gold miners


    Eight to 10 members of a remote indigenous group were allegedly killed by men working for illegal prospectors in Javari ValleyBrazilian authorities are investigating reports of a massacre of up to 10 people from an isolated tribe in the Amazon by illegal...

    Eight to 10 members of a remote indigenous group were allegedly killed by men working for illegal prospectors in Javari Valley

    Brazilian authorities are investigating reports of a massacre of up to 10 people from an isolated tribe in the Amazon by illegal gold miners.

    The killings, alleged to have taken place in Javari Valley, are claimed to have been carried out by men working for gold prospectors who dredge illegally in the region’s rivers.

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    'They lied': Bolivia's untouchable Amazon lands at risk once more | Myles McCormick

    'They lied': Bolivia's untouchable Amazon lands at risk once more | Myles McCormick


    Locals blame coca interests for the state’s broken promise on protecting Tipnis national park, biodiversity hotspot and home to thousands of indigenous peopleWhen Ovidio Teco’s Amazon homeland was declared “untouchable” by the Bolivian government...

    Locals blame coca interests for the state’s broken promise on protecting Tipnis national park, biodiversity hotspot and home to thousands of indigenous people

    When Ovidio Teco’s Amazon homeland was declared “untouchable” by the Bolivian government in 2011, his war had been won.

    The concerns of people like him had been listened to: their beautiful and ancient land would not be carved in two by a 190-mile highway.

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    Six farmers shot dead over land rights battle in Peru

    Six farmers shot dead over land rights battle in Peru


    The victims were targeted by a criminal gang who wanted to use their lands to grow lucrative palm oil, according to local indigenous leaders Six farmers have been shot dead by a criminal gang who wanted to seize their farms to muscle in on the lucrative...

    The victims were targeted by a criminal gang who wanted to use their lands to grow lucrative palm oil, according to local indigenous leaders


    Six farmers have been shot dead by a criminal gang who wanted to seize their farms to muscle in on the lucrative palm oil trade, according to indigenous Amazon leaders in Peru.

    Local leaders in the central Amazon region of Ucayali say the victims were targeted last Friday because they had refused to give up their land.

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    'We'd rather die than lose': villagers in Indonesia fight for a land rights revolution

    'We'd rather die than lose': villagers in Indonesia fight for a land rights revolution


    A small community on the island of Sumatra is at the heart of a battle for traditional territories that could finally resolve the muddled and exploitative system of laws governing land ownership in IndonesiaIt is cold and late on the Indonesian island of...

    A small community on the island of Sumatra is at the heart of a battle for traditional territories that could finally resolve the muddled and exploitative system of laws governing land ownership in Indonesia

    It is cold and late on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Huddled around a map, a group of elders are planning their battle strategy. In a milestone victory last year, they were promised rights to the land their village has controlled for generations, but today they have had bad news. The local inspector wants to slice off a piece of the forest where they harvest benzoin – a substance like frankincense – and give it to a large pulp company. They see this as a betrayal.

    The elders debate in a mix of languages – Batak and bahasa Indonesia – while sipping tea and planning how they will resume the fight the next day. For years now, almost every day has involved this kind of planning.

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    Tributes paid to 'silent hero' wildlife conservationist killed in Tanzania

    Tributes paid to 'silent hero' wildlife conservationist killed in Tanzania


    Government officials and fellow conservationists paid tribute to Wayne Lotter at a special memorial yesterdayHundreds of people gathered at Baobab Village in Dar es Salaam to pay tribute to Wayne Lotter on Tuesday evening, as tributes continued to come...

    Government officials and fellow conservationists paid tribute to Wayne Lotter at a special memorial yesterday

    Hundreds of people gathered at Baobab Village in Dar es Salaam to pay tribute to Wayne Lotter on Tuesday evening, as tributes continued to come in from around the world.

    Lotter, 51, was shot and killed last week while travelling in a taxi from the airport to his hotel on Dar es Salaam’s Msasani Peninsula. Lotter, who co-founded PAMS Foundation, a conservation nonprofit, was responsible for supporting anti-poaching efforts that had led to the arrests of more than 2000 ivory poachers and traffickers, and had taken down several key poaching syndicates in the country. He had received numerous death threats since starting the organization in 2009.

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    Three more rangers killed in a deadly month around the world for wildlife defenders

    Three more rangers killed in a deadly month around the world for wildlife defenders


    Wildlife protection has become an increasingly dangerous business as rangers face armed gunmen and poachersThree rangers have been killed in separate countries in a deadly month for wildlife defenders.A ranger at Serra da Capivara national park, in...

    Wildlife protection has become an increasingly dangerous business as rangers face armed gunmen and poachers

    Three rangers have been killed in separate countries in a deadly month for wildlife defenders.

    A ranger at Serra da Capivara national park, in Brazil’s north-eastern Piaui region, was killed by hunters on 18 August. Edilson Aparecido dos Santos and two other colleagues were patrolling the park when they were ambushed by a group of four armed men who are believed to have been hunting in the park illegally. Dos Santos was killed in the shootout that followed, while the other two rangers were injured.

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    Tanzanian police believe wildlife activist may have been tracked by his killer

    Tanzanian police believe wildlife activist may have been tracked by his killer


    A police insider has told the Guardian that the killers of Wayne Lotter may have been following himPolice believe Wayne Lotter’s killer may have followed and targeted the conservationist when he was shot on Wednesday, according to inside sources.Lotter...

    A police insider has told the Guardian that the killers of Wayne Lotter may have been following him

    Police believe Wayne Lotter’s killer may have followed and targeted the conservationist when he was shot on Wednesday, according to inside sources.

    Lotter was stopped and then fatally shot while travelling by taxi from Dar es Salaam airport to a hotel. He had been working in Tanzania for many years, exposing and jailing wildlife poachers and traffickers, and he had received a number of death threats. Tanzania’s director for criminal investigation, Robert Boaz, said a murder investigation was underway.

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    Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania

    Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania


    Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networksThe head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania. Wayne...

    Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks

    The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.

    Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot him.

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    Three wildlife rangers killed in attack by violent militia in DRC

    Three wildlife rangers killed in attack by violent militia in DRC


    Three wildlife rangers at DRC’s Virunga national park were killed this week in an ambush by Mai Mai rebels, bringing this year’s fatalities to eightThree rangers have been killed and another is missing after an attack by violent militia in Virunga...

    Three wildlife rangers at DRC’s Virunga national park were killed this week in an ambush by Mai Mai rebels, bringing this year’s fatalities to eight

    Three rangers have been killed and another is missing after an attack by violent militia in Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bringing the number of fatalities in the park this year to eight.

    The park rangers, Charles Paluku Syaira, Jonas Paluku Malyani and Pacifique Musubao Fikirini were murdered on the morning of Monday 14 August during a routine patrol around the park, which is home to critically endangered mountain gorilla.

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

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


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

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

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