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    Colombia’s cowboy music: vallenato steals the show in Valledupar

    Colombia’s cowboy music: vallenato steals the show in Valledupar


    Vallenato, the folk music of northern Colombia, was once derided as unsophisticated but is now celebrated at a festival in a city that loves to partyPlaza Alfonso Lopez shook to its 16th-century foundations as I squeezed through the whiskey-drinking,...

    Vallenato, the folk music of northern Colombia, was once derided as unsophisticated but is now celebrated at a festival in a city that loves to party

    Plaza Alfonso Lopez shook to its 16th-century foundations as I squeezed through the whiskey-drinking, sombrero-wearing crowd. On stage, a fast-fingered accordionist played, a sweat stain spreading across his chest. The crowd held aloft framed photographs of their accordion heroes and roared approval as musical scales swooped and soared in the sultry air.

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    Hey millennials, don’t fall for Shell’s pop star PR | Graham Readfearn

    Hey millennials, don’t fall for Shell’s pop star PR | Graham Readfearn


    Royal Dutch Shell wants to cut its own climate emissions in half by 2050 - a target wiped out by burning one month’s worth of their fossil fuelsIf you’re a millennial, the global oil and gas company Shell will have been most pleased if you’d seen...

    Royal Dutch Shell wants to cut its own climate emissions in half by 2050 - a target wiped out by burning one month’s worth of their fossil fuels

    If you’re a millennial, the global oil and gas company Shell will have been most pleased if you’d seen one their #makethefuture music videos.

    Twice now Shell have lined up superstars including Jennifer Hudson, Pixie Lott and Yemi Alade to sing about solar panels, hydrogen cars, clean cooking stoves and lights powered by a bag of rocks and gravity.

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    Anzac Day in Albany – in pictures

    Anzac Day in Albany – in pictures


    For the soldiers of the first convoy, Albany was the last time they would see Australia. Alan Henderson of the 7th Battalion had run out of black ink as he noted in his diary the events of 1 November 1914. ‘A red letter day in truth. I haven’t got...

    For the soldiers of the first convoy, Albany was the last time they would see Australia. Alan Henderson of the 7th Battalion had run out of black ink as he noted in his diary the events of 1 November 1914. ‘A red letter day in truth. I haven’t got any black ink but I think this day deserves red. We left this morning. It was a glorious morning, sunny and calm ... This is, I think the last of Australia. God bless all while we are away.’ Henderson was killed on Gallipoli during the first days of fighting and his name is commemorated at the Lone Pine memorial. Guardian Australia photographer Mike Bowers went back to Albany to photograph the dawn service and the Anzac Day march 114 years after Alan Henderson departed Australia

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    UK needs 6,000 shale gas wells to fill 50% of imports, study says

    UK needs 6,000 shale gas wells to fill 50% of imports, study says


    Friends of the Earth says countryside would be industrialised with a new well fracked daily until 2035More than 6,000 shale gas wells would be needed to replace half the UK’s gas imports over a 15-year period, according to a new report.The nascent UK...

    Friends of the Earth says countryside would be industrialised with a new well fracked daily until 2035

    More than 6,000 shale gas wells would be needed to replace half the UK’s gas imports over a 15-year period, according to a new report.

    The nascent UK fracking industry has argued that growing reliance on gas from Norway and Qatar necessitates developing home-produced supplies in addition to North Sea output.

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    Foreign Office climate staff cut by 25% under Boris Johnson

    Foreign Office climate staff cut by 25% under Boris Johnson


    Exclusive: The prime minister says the UK leads the world on climate action, but Foreign Office officials dedicated to the issue have plunged since 2016The number of full-time officials dedicated to climate change in the Foreign Office has dropped by...

    Exclusive: The prime minister says the UK leads the world on climate action, but Foreign Office officials dedicated to the issue have plunged since 2016

    The number of full-time officials dedicated to climate change in the Foreign Office has dropped by almost 25% in the two years since Boris Johnson became foreign secretary, according to data released under freedom of information (FoI) rules.

    Johnson has also failed to mention climate change in any official speech since he took the office, in marked contrast to his two predecessors.

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    Sun, sand and thousands of refugees: the Lesbos volunteer – podcast

    Sun, sand and thousands of refugees: the Lesbos volunteer – podcast


    Shocked by the humanitarian crisis she saw unfolding in Greece, Ayesha Keller got on a plane to see if she could help save livesAyesha Keller was horrified by the treatment of refugees in Europe and wanted to try to make a difference. She left her job...

    Shocked by the humanitarian crisis she saw unfolding in Greece, Ayesha Keller got on a plane to see if she could help save lives

    Ayesha Keller was horrified by the treatment of refugees in Europe and wanted to try to make a difference. She left her job and headed for the Greek island of Lesbos, where she found the beaches strewn with discarded lifejackets, and the formal refugee settlement overflowing. Thousands of people unable to get into the camp were huddled in freezing fields, with no facilities, food or shelter. Keller banded together with other volunteers who had gone to Greece in response to the tragedy. During her year-long stay, she helped crowdfund, establish and run a transit camp in a local farmer’s olive groves

    Sounds from Lesbos were recorded by Cambria Bailey-Jones

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    Cut it! Why the trend for 'extra-long episodes' is a stretch too far

    Cut it! Why the trend for 'extra-long episodes' is a stretch too far


    From Westworld to The Walking Dead, feature-length episodes have become prestige TV’s latest go-to. But do they add to the story or just drag it out?Until recently, there were only two questions that a casual viewer had to ask in order to identify a...

    From Westworld to The Walking Dead, feature-length episodes have become prestige TV’s latest go-to. But do they add to the story or just drag it out?

    Until recently, there were only two questions that a casual viewer had to ask in order to identify a prestigious television series. Number one: would you like to spend any time in the company of these people? Number two: is anyone onscreen having anything that might even remotely be construed as fun?. If the answer to both was ‘no’ then, bingo! You must be watching something really prestigious. But now there’s a third question: is this episode of television much, much longer than it really needs to be?. If you saw the first episode of Westworld’s new series this week, you’ll know that the correct answer here is yes.

    God love Westworld. In all of living memory, no other television programme has quite so fastidiously gone out of its way to be taken seriously. Its characters are all awful and mopey, its dialogue is exclusively compiled from the diary of the angstiest 14-year-old philosophy student ever to walk the Earth, and now its episodes have taken on the form of punishing endurance tests. This week’s opener hit 70 minutes and, to quote showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, “the finale is just going to keep going and going”, which sounds less like a promise and more like a stern the-bell-is-for-me-and-not-for-you teacher’s warning. (In all they plan to have three ‘extra-length’ episodes spread across the season).

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    The school that shows good food is not just for posh kids | Aditya Chakrabortty

    The school that shows good food is not just for posh kids | Aditya Chakrabortty


    In England’s poorest town, schools are teaching their children to embrace a healthy diet. Our new economics series looks at the lessons from Oldham• Listen to Aditya Chakrabortty talking about game-changing economic models on The Alternatives...

    In England’s poorest town, schools are teaching their children to embrace a healthy diet. Our new economics series looks at the lessons from Oldham

    • Listen to Aditya Chakrabortty talking about game-changing economic models on The Alternatives podcast

    Should you ever need cheering up, I can recommend 11am at Stanley Road primary in Oldham. That’s when lunch starts for the youngest children and it is pure excitement; the kind you used to have when horizons were short, days were long and nothing else needed bothering about. First comes the babble of voices, far bigger than the little bodies that follow, swaddled in plump anoraks despite the sun outside. They take crockery, these four- and five-year-olds who, back in September, didn’t know how to hold a knife and fork – and get down to the serious business of choosing.

    Behind the counter stands Sheena Fineran: black hat, big specs, magenta polo and, after 30 years as a dinner lady, in complete mastery of her domain. “When I started, it was lumpy mash. It was liver. It was cheap, fried, nasty food.

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    It’s OK to give up on a book (unless it’s one of mine) | Stephanie Merritt

    It’s OK to give up on a book (unless it’s one of mine) | Stephanie Merritt


    If you’re stuck halfway through a book and can’t move on, throw off your shackles. Reading is meant to be enjoyed“Book block” sounds like one of those invented modern conditions, like Instagram- or sex-addiction, that you make up as a...

    If you’re stuck halfway through a book and can’t move on, throw off your shackles. Reading is meant to be enjoyed

    “Book block” sounds like one of those invented modern conditions, like Instagram- or sex-addiction, that you make up as a pseudo-pathologised excuse for not having any willpower, which could be easily remedied in one fell swoop by just putting the phone in another room while you finish the damned book. But the former is, apparently, a real and serious problem that’s “paralysing” 35 million Britons, according to a survey by the Reading Agency published to coincide with this year’s World Book Night.

    Of the readers surveyed, 54% regularly struggle with a book for an average of three months, feeling costive and guilty. The point of these revelatory statistics is to encourage us to throw off the puritanical shackles of literary obligation and skip through books with the kind of insouciance we save for scrolling through the Sky box – a revolution the Reading Agency has jauntily named “quit-lit”. “I’m quit-litting!”, you might now announce to your family, proudly liberated, tossing the reproachful half-read book over your shoulder, where once you would have just kicked it a bit further under the sofa while you live-tweeted Queer Eye instead.

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    Immigration scandal expected to spread beyond Windrush group

    Immigration scandal expected to spread beyond Windrush group


    Numerous cases involving non-Caribbean Commonwealth-born citizens reported to charities and MPs as scandal grows A growing number of cases of Home Office mistreatment of non-Caribbean Commonwealth-born citizens are emerging, indicating that the problem...

    Numerous cases involving non-Caribbean Commonwealth-born citizens reported to charities and MPs as scandal grows

    A growing number of cases of Home Office mistreatment of non-Caribbean Commonwealth-born citizens are emerging, indicating that the problem is likely to spread beyond the Windrush group. Immigration charities and MPs reported that numerous new cases had been reported this week of individuals from countries from India, Kenya and Cyprus to Canada.

    Related: 'I felt like dirt': disabled Canadian woman told to leave UK after 44 years

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    The brothers who were searched by the police for a fist bump

    The brothers who were searched by the police for a fist bump


    Liam and Dijon Joseph say racial profiling is behind Met officers’ reaction to a friendly gestureLiam Joseph stepped out of the Nisa convenience store on Deptford High Street. He met his brother, Dijon, who had just ordered some food from the takeaway...

    Liam and Dijon Joseph say racial profiling is behind Met officers’ reaction to a friendly gesture

    Liam Joseph stepped out of the Nisa convenience store on Deptford High Street. He met his brother, Dijon, who had just ordered some food from the takeaway next door, and they tapped fists. Within seconds Dijon’s arm was grabbed by an officer from the Met’s territorial support group who said she saw them exchanging drugs.

    As Dijon protested, another officer tightly cuffed his free wrist and accused him of behaving aggressively. “I’m not being aggressive … I’m a big guy,” said Dijon, who is 6ft 8in tall.

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    Hair to the throne: Meghan’s messy bun is perfect for a modern princess

    Hair to the throne: Meghan’s messy bun is perfect for a modern princess


    DIY hair, trouser suits and shoulder-robing point to a woman who is busy, serious and relatable. No wonder the Meghan Markle fairytale hits a happy noteI am totally intrigued to see what Meghan Markle wears on her wedding day. Go ahead and roll your eyes...

    DIY hair, trouser suits and shoulder-robing point to a woman who is busy, serious and relatable. No wonder the Meghan Markle fairytale hits a happy note

    I am totally intrigued to see what Meghan Markle wears on her wedding day. Go ahead and roll your eyes all you want, you’re not going to make me feel bad about that. I definitely care about the dress and I absolutely believe that what the first self-proclaimed feminist to join the firm wears at the moment she becomes a royal matters. I care about who the designer is, whether it has long sleeves, whether there is a second look for the evening. Sorry not sorry.

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    Older women are victims of domestic violence, too

    Older women are victims of domestic violence, too


    More than 10% of women killed by a partner or ex-partner are aged 66 or over but they are the group least likely to leave their abuser and seek helpShortly before she reached retirement age, Marie Burke’s husband had a stroke. After a week in...

    More than 10% of women killed by a partner or ex-partner are aged 66 or over but they are the group least likely to leave their abuser and seek help

    Shortly before she reached retirement age, Marie Burke’s husband had a stroke. After a week in intensive care, he was moved to a care home to aid his recuperation. So that he didn’t have to go into care permanently, Burke (not her real name) agreed to leave her job two years early and become his full-time carer. Then the problems in their relationship began.

    Her husband would pore over bank statements, demand she hand over receipts for all expenditure and raise his voice if she couldn’t account for any small sums. “I paid for two cappuccinos, a juice and some cake in Starbucks, forgot to get a receipt and he accused me of lying,” Burke says. “He was convinced I’d been meeting another man, not my daughter-in-law. When I texted her asking her to tell him it was true, he said I was trying to make him look mad.” The controlling behaviour escalated: her trips outside of the home were timed, and all but non-essential outings were banned. Barely a day went by without her husband shouting at her, complaining about her cooking, her spending, her appearance, her housekeeping and her cooking. “He even said my breathing was too loud and kept him awake, so I slept on the sofa.”

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    Are ride-share electric scooters the future of urban transport?

    Are ride-share electric scooters the future of urban transport?


    Scooters have taken over Santa Monica, caused fury in San Francisco and are spreading to other US cities and Britain. Are they fun and environmentally friendly – or a dangerous nuisance?Electric share scooters have taken over Santa Monica, an affluent...

    Scooters have taken over Santa Monica, caused fury in San Francisco and are spreading to other US cities and Britain. Are they fun and environmentally friendly – or a dangerous nuisance?

    Electric share scooters have taken over Santa Monica, an affluent beachside city on the edge of Los Angeles, but as they swiftly spread across other cities in California and the US a backlash is already gathering force.

    Download an app, scan a scooter’s barcode and away you go, zipping at up to 15mph to your destination. You leave the scooter on the pavement for the next rider.

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    Philippines to expel Australian nun Patricia Fox after arrest for 'political activities'

    Philippines to expel Australian nun Patricia Fox after arrest for 'political activities'


    Philippines cancels visa and gives nun 30 days to leave after president Rodrigo Duterte orders investigationThe Philippines has cancelled the visa of Sister Patricia Fox, the Australian missionary who was arrested for allegedly engaging in political...

    Philippines cancels visa and gives nun 30 days to leave after president Rodrigo Duterte orders investigation

    The Philippines has cancelled the visa of Sister Patricia Fox, the Australian missionary who was arrested for allegedly engaging in political activity, and has given her 30 days to leave the country.

    The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, had ordered an investigation into 71-year-old as an “undesirable” foreigner.

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    Trump sending treasury secretary to China as trade tensions mount

    Trump sending treasury secretary to China as trade tensions mount


    President reiterates plan to impose tariffs of up to $100bn more on Chinese goodsDonald Trump has said he is sending treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin to China for talks as the two countries deal with tensions over trade and intellectual property.Trump...

    President reiterates plan to impose tariffs of up to $100bn more on Chinese goods

    Donald Trump has said he is sending treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin to China for talks as the two countries deal with tensions over trade and intellectual property.

    Trump said during a White House news conference with President Emmanuel Macron of France that the US and China were “very serious” about trade issues and reiterated his plans to impose tariffs of up to $100bn more on Chinese goods.

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    Shire board recommends £46bn takeover by Japanese drugmaker Takeda

    Shire board recommends £46bn takeover by Japanese drugmaker Takeda


    Deal for the FTSE100 company and maker of ADHD drug will be one of the biggest everThe board of the pharmaceutical company Shire has decided to recommend an improved £46bn ($64bn) takeover bid by the Japanese firm Takeda to its shareholders.In a...

    Deal for the FTSE100 company and maker of ADHD drug will be one of the biggest ever

    The board of the pharmaceutical company Shire has decided to recommend an improved £46bn ($64bn) takeover bid by the Japanese firm Takeda to its shareholders.

    In a statement released on Tuesday night, the company said it was “willing to recommend the revised proposal to Shire shareholders subject to satisfactory resolution of the other terms of the possible offer”, setting a new 8 May deadline for the conclusion of negotiations.

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    Eight months on, is Kenya's plastic bag ban working?

    Eight months on, is Kenya's plastic bag ban working?


    The ban comes with the world’s stiffest fines and some businesses are struggling to find affordable alternatives, but in Nairobi’s shanty towns the clean-up is changing livesWaterways are clearer, the food chain is less contaminated with plastic –...

    The ban comes with the world’s stiffest fines and some businesses are struggling to find affordable alternatives, but in Nairobi’s shanty towns the clean-up is changing lives

    Waterways are clearer, the food chain is less contaminated with plastic – and there are fewer “flying toilets”.

    A year after Kenya announced the world’s toughest ban on plastic bags, and eight months after it was introduce, the authorities are claiming victory – so much so that other east African nations Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan are considering following suit.

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    Top UN officials voice fears of 'new Aleppo' in Syria's Idlib province

    Top UN officials voice fears of 'new Aleppo' in Syria's Idlib province


    Humanitarian chief and special envoy warn of potential for a humanitarian catastropheThe UN’s two most senior Syria experts have warned of an Aleppo-style humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib as an EU donor conference aimed to raise up to $6bn (£4bn)to...

    Humanitarian chief and special envoy warn of potential for a humanitarian catastrophe

    The UN’s two most senior Syria experts have warned of an Aleppo-style humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib as an EU donor conference aimed to raise up to $6bn (£4bn)to help Syrians displaced both inside and outside the country.

    Idlib is the last major territory still in rebel hands. It is partly held by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadi group that Russia and the Syrian government regard as a legitimate target in an area where civilians and fighters continue to pour in as part of evacuation deals in other parts of the country.

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    Anzac Day across Australia and New Zealand – in pictures

    Anzac Day across Australia and New Zealand – in pictures


    Remembrance ceremonies have been held on both sides of the Tasman to mark the 103rd anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the first world war Continue...

    Remembrance ceremonies have been held on both sides of the Tasman to mark the 103rd anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the first world war

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    Anzac Day commemorations across Australia – video

    Anzac Day commemorations across Australia – video


    Thousands turn out in Australian capital cities to mark Anzac Day. In Sydney, the air commander of Australia, air vice-marshall Steven Roberton, said Anzac Day was a day to celebrate the Australian spirit, not to glorify war, while at Brisbane’s Anzac...

    Thousands turn out in Australian capital cities to mark Anzac Day. In Sydney, the air commander of Australia, air vice-marshall Steven Roberton, said Anzac Day was a day to celebrate the Australian spirit, not to glorify war, while at Brisbane’s Anzac Square dawn service, the state governor, Paul de Jersey, reminded the crowd of those ‘who sacrificed their tomorrows for our today’. An estimated 35,000 attended Melbourne’s dawn service with thousands more in Darwin, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Hobart. A team of 26 also held a dawn service at Casey research station on Antarctica on Wednesday morning in -15C temperatures. The service was followed by a breakfast and games of two-up.
    Anzac Day: Peter Cosgrove calls for Australians to mark ‘day of respect’

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    Armenia: calls for new rally after talks on replacing prime minister halted

    Armenia: calls for new rally after talks on replacing prime minister halted


    Serzh Sarksyan resigned as prime minister on Monday after two weeks of street protestsThe Armenian opposition leader who helped force the country’s prime minister to resign called on supporters to stage a rally on Wednesday after planned talks with the...

    Serzh Sarksyan resigned as prime minister on Monday after two weeks of street protests

    The Armenian opposition leader who helped force the country’s prime minister to resign called on supporters to stage a rally on Wednesday after planned talks with the ruling Republican party were cancelled.

    Serzh Sarksyan, who previously served as Armenia’s president for a decade, resigned as prime minister on Monday after almost two weeks of street protests prompted by accusations he had manipulated the constitution to cling to power.

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    Third US judge orders Daca restarted, saying new applicants must be accepted

    Third US judge orders Daca restarted, saying new applicants must be accepted


    Judge John Bates is first to order Trump administration to accept new applications as young undocumented Dreamers await their fateA third federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to restart a program that shields young undocumented immigrants...

    Judge John Bates is first to order Trump administration to accept new applications as young undocumented Dreamers await their fate

    A third federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to restart a program that shields young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation and, in a first, to accept new applicants to the program.

    Writing that the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program was “virtually unexplained”, the US district judge John Bates said on Tuesday he would stay the order for 90 days to allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) an opportunity to “better explain” its decision.

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    Vanuatu: landslide and flash flood hampers relief effort on Ambae

    Vanuatu: landslide and flash flood hampers relief effort on Ambae


    Manaro volcano rumbling, spewing torrents of ash, gas and rocks from its craterA landslide and flash flood on the Vanuatu island of Ambae is complicating evacuation efforts, with as many as 800 people now sheltering in emergency relief centres.Ambae...

    Manaro volcano rumbling, spewing torrents of ash, gas and rocks from its crater

    A landslide and flash flood on the Vanuatu island of Ambae is complicating evacuation efforts, with as many as 800 people now sheltering in emergency relief centres.

    Ambae Island is home to 11,000 people, and for the second time in six months Manaro volcano on top of Mount Lombenben has started rumbling, spewing torrents of ash, gas and rocks from its crater. The debris is causing breathing and health problems, and threatening livelihoods by burying vegetable plots and crops.

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    Meek Mill, choppered to arena after prison release, rings bell at Sixers win

    Meek Mill, choppered to arena after prison release, rings bell at Sixers win


    Newly freed rapper arrives at arena in time to ring ceremonial bellRed-hot Sixers win again to reach Eastern Conference semi-finalsCeltics beat Bucks; Spurs eliminated by Warriors with Game 5 lossNewly freed rapper Meek Mill, little more than one hour...

    Newly freed rapper arrives at arena in time to ring ceremonial bell
    Red-hot Sixers win again to reach Eastern Conference semi-finalsCeltics beat Bucks; Spurs eliminated by Warriors with Game 5 loss

    Newly freed rapper Meek Mill, little more than one hour after his release from incarceration on a decade-old drug and guns conviction, rung the ceremonial bell amid a thunderous hometown ovation before the start of the Philadelphia 76ers’ series-clinching win over the Miami Heat in Philadelphia.

    Related: Meek Mill, rapper whose imprisonment sparked outcry, released on bail

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    Blood and poetry on western front as Turnbull beaten in battle of the words | David Marr

    Blood and poetry on western front as Turnbull beaten in battle of the words | David Marr


    Who would have thought the Anzac Day opening of a new Monash museum at Villers-Bretonneux in France would turn into a diplomatic incident? • Support our independent journalism with a monthly or one-off contributionThose damn French never could be...

    Who would have thought the Anzac Day opening of a new Monash museum at Villers-Bretonneux in France would turn into a diplomatic incident?
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    Those damn French never could be trusted. The opening of the Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux was supposed to mark a century of amity between our two peoples yet the French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, delivered a speech that blew Malcolm Turnbull’s to smithereens.

    A lot of words have been shed on the western front. This is a place of blood and poetry. A national leader opening a new museum commemorating these battles has to have something to say.

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    Party leaders urge Theresa May to act on childhood obesity

    Party leaders urge Theresa May to act on childhood obesity


    Jeremy Corbyn among those seeking curbs on TV advertising for junk food and discount deals A ban on buy-one-get-one-free offers on junk food, as well as strict new rules on how and when it can be advertised, are among a host of measures aimed at tackling...

    Jeremy Corbyn among those seeking curbs on TV advertising for junk food and discount deals

    A ban on buy-one-get-one-free offers on junk food, as well as strict new rules on how and when it can be advertised, are among a host of measures aimed at tackling childhood obesity proposed by the leaders of the main opposition parties in a letter to the prime minister on Wednesday.

    The letter, coordinated by the celebrity chef and healthy eating campaigner Jamie Oliver, also calls for action that would make healthier foods cheaper and easier to recognise, adding that the NHS is struggling to cope with the burgeoning obesity crisis.

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    Toronto attack: Facebook post may link suspect to misogynistic online subculture

    Toronto attack: Facebook post may link suspect to misogynistic online subculture


    Post appears to connect alleged killer with ‘incel’, or ‘involuntary celibate’, communities that have made sexual frustration the basis for misogynyShortly before a rented van ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and...

    Post appears to connect alleged killer with ‘incel’, or ‘involuntary celibate’, communities that have made sexual frustration the basis for misogyny

    Shortly before a rented van ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and wounding 14 others, a short and cryptic message was posted on the Facebook account of Alek Minassian, the man accused of carrying out the attack.

    The post referred to another mass killer – Elliot Rodger, who shot dead six people and wounded 13 others in Isla Vista, California, in 2014 – and said that the “incel rebellion has already begun. We will overthrow all the Chads and the Stacys”.

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    Blue palace: Blenheim to celebrate colour visionary Yves Klein

    Blue palace: Blenheim to celebrate colour visionary Yves Klein


    Work by artist – famed for his intense ultramarine hue – to feature in ancestral home of the ChurchillsThere will be no naked women rolling in searingly blue paint at Blenheim Palace this summer, but the stupendously grand rooms will hold some of the...

    Work by artist – famed for his intense ultramarine hue – to feature in ancestral home of the Churchills

    There will be no naked women rolling in searingly blue paint at Blenheim Palace this summer, but the stupendously grand rooms will hold some of the most famous paintings by the French artist Yves Klein – the Anthropometry series created at live events for which he used volunteers as human paint brushes.

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    That majestic Salah spring just keeps rolling along for relentless Liverpool | Barney Ronay

    That majestic Salah spring just keeps rolling along for relentless Liverpool | Barney Ronay


    Reds’ talisman broke the back of his former club before Roma hit back with two goals as he caught his breath on the benchTen minutes before half-time on a wild night of Champions League football Mohamed Salah did perhaps the best thing so far of the...

    Reds’ talisman broke the back of his former club before Roma hit back with two goals as he caught his breath on the bench

    Ten minutes before half-time on a wild night of Champions League football Mohamed Salah did perhaps the best thing so far of the many wonderful things contained in his dreamy first Liverpool season.

    By that stage Anfield was in one of those periods of constant uproar, jiggled and tickled and dragged into a state of intoxication as Liverpool battered away at Roma without drawing breath. It is no secret this Liverpool team play in surges, moments when the day seems to turn a shade of deep red and when the front three become a whirl of malevolent action.

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    Complaint upheld over Times story about girl fostered by Muslims

    Complaint upheld over Times story about girl fostered by Muslims


    Council wins ruling from press watchdog over claims in story also picked up by Daily MailA press watchdog has upheld a complaint against the Times over its coverage of the fostering placement of a young girl in east London.Notice of a ruling by the...

    Council wins ruling from press watchdog over claims in story also picked up by Daily Mail

    A press watchdog has upheld a complaint against the Times over its coverage of the fostering placement of a young girl in east London.

    Notice of a ruling by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) was published on the front page of Wednesday’s print edition.

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    'Mountains and mountains of plastic': life on Cambodia's polluted coast

    'Mountains and mountains of plastic': life on Cambodia's polluted coast


    Photographs from Sihanouk in the country’s south west reveal locals living amid a staggering tide of plastic pollutionLooking down into the water that lies beneath the ramshackle houses of Sihanouk, Cambodia, it is hard to imagine that the sea is there...

    Photographs from Sihanouk in the country’s south west reveal locals living amid a staggering tide of plastic pollution

    Looking down into the water that lies beneath the ramshackle houses of Sihanouk, Cambodia, it is hard to imagine that the sea is there at all. Instead, there is dense layer upon layer of plastic waste clogging the water, piling up around poles that support the wooden homes, carpeting the beach.

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    Arrests after Liverpool fan in critical condition from pre-match assault

    Arrests after Liverpool fan in critical condition from pre-match assault


    Merseyside police responded to reports of violence before game against Roma at AnfieldTwo men from Rome have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was left in a critical condition when he was attacked before Liverpool’s Champions...

    Merseyside police responded to reports of violence before game against Roma at Anfield

    Two men from Rome have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was left in a critical condition when he was attacked before Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final match against Roma on Tuesday evening, police have said.

    Police and paramedics were called to the Albert pub, next to the Kop end of Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, shortly before the first leg match kicked off, where they found the victim, believed to be a 53-year-old man from Ireland, who had suffered a head injury.

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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s World Cup dream in balance after knee injury

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s World Cup dream in balance after knee injury


    • Liverpool midfielder taken off during 5-2 win over Roma• Jürgen Klopp: ‘All the medical department are concerned’Jürgen Klopp fears Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fine debut season for Liverpool is over after the midfielder suffered a knee...

    • Liverpool midfielder taken off during 5-2 win over Roma
    • Jürgen Klopp: ‘All the medical department are concerned’

    Jürgen Klopp fears Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fine debut season for Liverpool is over after the midfielder suffered a knee injury against Roma that threatens his involvement at the World Cup.

    Related: Mo Salah leads Liverpool onslaught to leave Roma needing new miracle

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    Trudeau raises 'serious concern' over jailed blogger in call with Saudi king

    Trudeau raises 'serious concern' over jailed blogger in call with Saudi king


    Prime minister reportedly discussed the plight of Raif Badawi, Saudi sentenced to 1,000 lashes, whose wife has asylum in CanadaCanada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, expressed his “serious concern” over the continued imprisonment of the Saudi...

    Prime minister reportedly discussed the plight of Raif Badawi, Saudi sentenced to 1,000 lashes, whose wife has asylum in Canada

    Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, expressed his “serious concern” over the continued imprisonment of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi to the kingdom’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, his office said on Tuesday.

    The 34-year-old prisoner, who ran a blog that promoted free speech and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam” in a case that sparked an international outcry.

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    Mo Salah leads Liverpool onslaught to leave Roma needing new miracle

    Mo Salah leads Liverpool onslaught to leave Roma needing new miracle


    Of all the mesmerising nights Liverpool have experienced under Anfield’s floodlights in the European competitions, where does this one stand? Up there, surely, with Saint-Étienne in 1977, Olympiakos in 2005, the fightback against Borussia Dortmund in...

    Of all the mesmerising nights Liverpool have experienced under Anfield’s floodlights in the European competitions, where does this one stand? Up there, surely, with Saint-Étienne in 1977, Olympiakos in 2005, the fightback against Borussia Dortmund in 2016 and all the other famous occasions. Liverpool have added another exhilarating one to an already extensive list and, barring an almost implausible feat of escapology from Roma, can start looking forward to the final in Ukraine on 26 May.

    Related: That majestic Salah spring just keeps rolling along for relentless Liverpool | Barney Ronay

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    Jockey claims he heard a shout telling him to miss final fence at Punchestown

    Jockey claims he heard a shout telling him to miss final fence at Punchestown


    • Paul Townend inexplicably steers leader round final fence • Shambles upsets Willie Mullins’ Irish trainers title challengeA raceday that was merely tense and exciting at Punchestown became submerged in inexplicable drama when Paul Townend took...

    • Paul Townend inexplicably steers leader round final fence
    • Shambles upsets Willie Mullins’ Irish trainers title challenge

    A raceday that was merely tense and exciting at Punchestown became submerged in inexplicable drama when Paul Townend took the wrong course aboard Al Boum Photo in the Champion Novice Chase, victory having seemed in his grasp.

    The astonishing aberration, which could cost Willie Mullins his champion trainer’s title, was apparently the result of a shout the jockey thought he had heard, which convinced him he had to bypass the final fence and which left him mortified and facing a 21-day ban for dangerous riding.

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    Allison Mack: Smallville actor  granted bail in alleged sex cult case

    Allison Mack: Smallville actor granted bail in alleged sex cult case


    The actor who is fighting charges that she helped recruit women into Nxivm, a cult-like group, was released on $5m bond An actor best known for playing a young Superman’s friend has been granted bail while fighting charges that she helped recruit women...

    The actor who is fighting charges that she helped recruit women into Nxivm, a cult-like group, was released on $5m bond


    An actor best known for playing a young Superman’s friend has been granted bail while fighting charges that she helped recruit women into a cult-like group.

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    England suspected ball tampering by Australia at Perth, says Alastair Cook

    England suspected ball tampering by Australia at Perth, says Alastair Cook


    • ‘The outfield was wet and they managed to get ball reversing’• Former captain poised to match Border’s 153 consecutive TestsAlastair Cook has admitted to suspicions among the England team of ball-tampering by Australia during the Ashes...

    • ‘The outfield was wet and they managed to get ball reversing’
    • Former captain poised to match Border’s 153 consecutive Tests

    Alastair Cook has admitted to suspicions among the England team of ball-tampering by Australia during the Ashes series.

    Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are all serving lengthy bans after the latter was caught using sandpaper on the ball during the Cape Town Test against South Africa in a premeditated plan to obtain reverse swing.

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    Macron pitches new Iran deal to sweeten existing agreement for Trump

    Macron pitches new Iran deal to sweeten existing agreement for Trump


    French president’s offer seems calculated to appease Donald Trump’s discontent with the current ‘bad deal’ on Iran’s nuclear programmeEmmanuel Macron has proposed negotiations on a “new deal” aimed at curbing Iran’s military power and...

    French president’s offer seems calculated to appease Donald Trump’s discontent with the current ‘bad deal’ on Iran’s nuclear programme

    Emmanuel Macron has proposed negotiations on a “new deal” aimed at curbing Iran’s military power and regional activities, to exist alongside a three year-old agreement that restricts the country’s nuclear programme.

    Related: The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs

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    Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes ‘confident’ against Zidane and Real Madrid

    Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes ‘confident’ against Zidane and Real Madrid


    Heynckes came out of retirement six months ago and has steered Bayern to the semi-final as he looks for a record-equalling third Champions League“Nobody had any intention of me being here,” Jupp Heynckes said, sitting at a desk at the Allianz Arena,...

    Heynckes came out of retirement six months ago and has steered Bayern to the semi-final as he looks for a record-equalling third Champions League

    “Nobody had any intention of me being here,” Jupp Heynckes said, sitting at a desk at the Allianz Arena, a microphone tilted towards him, the board behind splattered with sponsors, a card in front saying: “Uefa Champions League”.

    It turned out he was not finished after all but at 72 this really will be the last time, one more European night in Munich. Six months after being pulled from retirement, called by his old friend Uli Hoeness and asked to coach Bayern for a fourth time, he leads his club into another semi-final. In front of him stands another club with which he has won this competition, Real Madrid.

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    Trump and Macron share an awkward handshake and a kiss - video

    Trump and Macron share an awkward handshake and a kiss - video


    The US president, Donald Trump, and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, exchange a vigorous handshake at the White House. Macron is the first leader to be accorded a state visit since Trump came to power in January 2017  Continue...

    The US president, Donald Trump, and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, exchange a vigorous handshake at the White House. Macron is the first leader to be accorded a state visit since Trump came to power in January 2017 

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    Call to shut Real Bodies exhibition over fears it uses executed prisoners

    Call to shut Real Bodies exhibition over fears it uses executed prisoners


    Organisers of Sydney exhibit deny human rights groups’ claims the bodies are from Chinese political prisoners• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon A group of lawyers, academics and human rights campaigners has called on...

    Organisers of Sydney exhibit deny human rights groups’ claims the bodies are from Chinese political prisoners

    Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon

    A group of lawyers, academics and human rights campaigners has called on the federal government to shut down a controversial Sydney exhibition, amid claims the show could be displaying the bodies of executed Chinese political prisoners.

    Protesters in Sydney have been urging a boycott of Real Bodies: The Exhibition, which showcases bodies and anatomical specimens that have been preserved through plasticisation.

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    Macron’s charm offensive on Trump is part of his bid to lead Europe | Natalie Nougayrède

    Macron’s charm offensive on Trump is part of his bid to lead Europe | Natalie Nougayrède


    They’re an odd couple, but the French president hopes his trip to the White House will boost his authority within the EUCan a 40-year-old French president, who gives sweeping speeches about Europe, singlehandedly save the global liberal order – and...

    They’re an odd couple, but the French president hopes his trip to the White House will boost his authority within the EU

    Can a 40-year-old French president, who gives sweeping speeches about Europe, singlehandedly save the global liberal order – and western democracy with it – by whispering into a the ear of a 71-year-old US president who has only contempt for the European project and the values it is meant to uphold? To ask the question is perhaps to answer it.

    Related: The Guardian view on Macron in Washington: a need for results | Editorial

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    Toronto man charged in 'horrific' van attack that killed 10 people

    Toronto man charged in 'horrific' van attack that killed 10 people


    Alek Minassian, 25, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder for Tuesday’s attackA man accused of using a rented van to plough into a busy Toronto sidewalk has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree...

    Alek Minassian, 25, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder for Tuesday’s attack

    A man accused of using a rented van to plough into a busy Toronto sidewalk has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder as Canadian authorities attempted to make sense of what is thought to be one of the deadliest incidents of violence in the country’s history.

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    Mexico: dismembered corpse dumped after presidential candidate says 'cut off hands'

    Mexico: dismembered corpse dumped after presidential candidate says 'cut off hands'


    Jaime Rodríguez’s grim suggestion for punishing those who steal from the public purse drew incredulty and mockery, then terrifying realityWhen a Mexican presidential candidate proposed in a televised debate that public servants who steal should have...

    Jaime Rodríguez’s grim suggestion for punishing those who steal from the public purse drew incredulty and mockery, then terrifying reality

    When a Mexican presidential candidate proposed in a televised debate that public servants who steal should have their hands cut off, his comments were initially greeted with disbelief, and then mockery.

    Hours later, however, there was a much grimmer reaction: drug cartel members dumped a dismembered corpse in the Pacific city of Acapulco with a sign saying that they were already enforcing the punishment.

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    Why there are more gym supplements in a London fatberg than cocaine and MDMA

    Why there are more gym supplements in a London fatberg than cocaine and MDMA


    Substances used to aid muscle-building and weight loss made up more than half of the pharmaceuticals found in the capital’s sewers. What does this tell us about modern life?Along with the flushed debris and the thriving bacteria – the wet wipes,...

    Substances used to aid muscle-building and weight loss made up more than half of the pharmaceuticals found in the capital’s sewers. What does this tell us about modern life?

    Along with the flushed debris and the thriving bacteria – the wet wipes, condoms, and sanitary towels; the listeria and E coli – that have congealed within the giant fatbergs in the sewers under central London, are chemicals found in banned gym supplements. In fact, they were discovered in greater quantities than drugs such as cocaine and MDMA.

    In tonight’s Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers, on Channel 4, samples from a giant block were examined to see what it contained. Caused by people pouring cooking oil down the drain – which then congeals with items that should not be flushed, such as wet wipes – fatbergs are an increasing problem for water companies, particularly in urban areas. But the examination of fatbergs’ chemical content also provides a picture of the way we live. The scientists who did the analysis discovered numerous predictable substances, such as paracetamol, prescription medications and substances used in skin creams. But more surprising was the amount of hordenine and ostarine – described by the programme-makers as often being found in gym supplements, which made up more than half of the pharmaceuticals found.

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    Frank Skinner: 'Johnny Cash started me on the rocky road to alcoholism'

    Frank Skinner: 'Johnny Cash started me on the rocky road to alcoholism'


    In 1971, a boy named Frank saw Johnny Cash live. It changed his life. The comedian reveals why he has written – and starred in – a drama about the hellraising singer’s infamous fight with an ostrichThe first live gig I ever saw was Johnny Cash at...

    In 1971, a boy named Frank saw Johnny Cash live. It changed his life. The comedian reveals why he has written – and starred in – a drama about the hellraising singer’s infamous fight with an ostrich

    The first live gig I ever saw was Johnny Cash at the Birmingham Odeon in 1971. I was 14 and went with my dad. He wasn’t really a Cash fan. He liked light operatic tenors like Josef Locke and Mario Lanza. He once, after several drinks, was unable to bring Lanza’s name to mind. In desperation, he asked my mum for help. “I don’t remember,” she said. “Well, of course you don’t remember,” he replied. “That’s because you’re rubbish and all your family are rubbish.” At the time, it seemed unnecessarily harsh but now I can’t help thinking that, if he’d lived, he could have completely revitalised the quiz show format.

    I’d got into Cash after I’d used my pocket money to buy his Live at San Quentin album, just because I liked the cover. It turned out I liked the record inside even more. There were songs about being on the run from the law, one about a train wreck in which the driver was “scalded to death by the steam”, and another about a man called Sue brawling with his estranged father.

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    The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs

    The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs


    It’s the first state visit of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the power foursome have really delivered the goodsNever will we be gifted such a dream set of press photos as the three day Macron-Trump tête-à-tête, the first day of which has seen the...

    It’s the first state visit of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the power foursome have really delivered the goods

    Never will we be gifted such a dream set of press photos as the three day Macron-Trump tête-à-tête, the first day of which has seen the foursome visit the former home of George Washington and awkwardly plant a tree. As presents from France to the US go, some have pointed out that this tree is not exactly up there with the Statue of Liberty. The tree is more of a flowers-from-the-petrol station sort of effort. (It is, though, apparently significant foliage, in that the oak grew on one of France’s former first world war battlefields).

    The Macrons’ trip is the first state visit from foreign leaders to Trump, who is the first president in 100 years not to have held a state visit in his first year of office. It’s difficult to be a good host, between watching Fox & Friends, tweeting relentlessly and egregiously offending most sections of society at a whim. But Trump chose the Macrons as a return invitation after he and Melania spent Bastille Day with the Macrons in Paris. Let us take a closer look at the latest couples’ minibreak.

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    Jeff Bezos v the world: why all companies fear 'death by Amazon'

    Jeff Bezos v the world: why all companies fear 'death by Amazon'


    With its profound knowledge of its customers, Amazon can move into almost any sector – striking fear into the hearts of rivals. And the $740bn company is ‘just getting started’The computer on which this article was written is sitting on a laptop...

    With its profound knowledge of its customers, Amazon can move into almost any sector – striking fear into the hearts of rivals. And the $740bn company is ‘just getting started’

    The computer on which this article was written is sitting on a laptop stand that tells you everything you need to know about how Amazon does business. At $19.99 (£14.99) a pop, the laptop stand combines everything customers love about Amazon: utility, price and convenience. It’s also a total and complete knockoff – of a laptop stand that the San Francisco-based company Rain Design began selling nearly a decade before Amazon decided to make its own.

    Amazon’s innovation with its own version was to replace Rain Design’s raindrop logo with its own smiley arrow logo – and cut the price in half.

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    Playboy models are having a political moment in Trump's America | Jill Filipovic

    Playboy models are having a political moment in Trump's America | Jill Filipovic


    Women who were once dismissed are calling out exploitative Republican menIn a reality TV star presidency, Playboy models and other women who professionally cater to the mundane sexual fantasies of middling men are having a political moment. Stormy...

    Women who were once dismissed are calling out exploitative Republican men

    In a reality TV star presidency, Playboy models and other women who professionally cater to the mundane sexual fantasies of middling men are having a political moment.

    Stormy Daniels, an adult film star, and Karen McDougal, who posed for Playboy, both say they had affairs with the president. And Elliott Broidy resigned as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee after it came to light that he was involved in a $1.6m payment to a Playboy model he impregnated during an extramarital affair.

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    Emmanuel Macron goes to Washington – in pictures

    Emmanuel Macron goes to Washington – in pictures


    The French president and his wife Brigitte opened their pomp-filled three-day state visit with a double date with Donald and Melania Trump at George Washington’s house Continue...

    The French president and his wife Brigitte opened their pomp-filled three-day state visit with a double date with Donald and Melania Trump at George Washington’s house

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    Congratulations, William and Kate – you can afford a third child | Dawn Foster

    Congratulations, William and Kate – you can afford a third child | Dawn Foster


    Britain’s two-child policy for people on benefits is a disgrace, in a country that enjoys such vast wealthCongratulations to the royal couple on three levels. First, by so spectacularly timing the birth of the baby boy with Saint George’s Day, a...

    Britain’s two-child policy for people on benefits is a disgrace, in a country that enjoys such vast wealth

    Congratulations to the royal couple on three levels. First, by so spectacularly timing the birth of the baby boy with Saint George’s Day, a happy convergence that will cause patriotic English hearts to soar. Alas, as the family already have a George, another fitting name will have to be sought: perhaps A historical Imperial Nostalgia Windsor could work?

    The Duchess of Cambridge is also lucky to have escaped the centuries-old tradition of home secretaries being present at the births of royal babies, to prevent Catholic interloper babies from sneaking into the monarchal bloodline. Mercifully, this practice ended shortly before Prince Charles’s birth, so Amber Rudd could continue to concentrate on the Windrush scandal she and Theresa May birthed, rather than spending hours concentrating on a dilating cervix.

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    'I felt like dirt': disabled Canadian woman told to leave UK after 44 years

    'I felt like dirt': disabled Canadian woman told to leave UK after 44 years


    Margaret O’Brien’s treatment by Home Office suggests scandal goes beyond Windrush generationMargaret O’Brien, 69, moved from Canada to Wolverhampton in 1971, got married, had three children and worked for the local council for more than 25 years as...

    Margaret O’Brien’s treatment by Home Office suggests scandal goes beyond Windrush generation

    Margaret O’Brien, 69, moved from Canada to Wolverhampton in 1971, got married, had three children and worked for the local council for more than 25 years as a dinner lady, meals on wheels driver, lollipop lady and cleaner.

    A spinal injury a few years ago meant she had to give up her job, leading her to apply for benefits for the first time. In 2015, she was told her disability payments had been suspended because she was an illegal immigrant.

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    Porridge, porkers and patriotism: 14 things we learned about the royal baby

    Porridge, porkers and patriotism: 14 things we learned about the royal baby


    Britain’s media devoted hours of coverage and more than 80 pages to the birth of the new Prince of Cambridge. Here are the highlightsYou would think, with just a birth weight and a delivery time to go on, plus a few words on the steps of a hospital,...

    Britain’s media devoted hours of coverage and more than 80 pages to the birth of the new Prince of Cambridge. Here are the highlights

    You would think, with just a birth weight and a delivery time to go on, plus a few words on the steps of a hospital, there was not a huge amount to write about Monday’s royal baby news. But collectively the British press managed to fill more than 80 pages of print with the new Prince of Cambridge. Here are some of the, er, fascinating things we learned from the extensive coverage.

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    Unfit for office? How the 25th amendment could remove Trump – video explainer

    Unfit for office? How the 25th amendment could remove Trump – video explainer


    Political dramas Homeland and Designated Survivor have recently explored how a president could be removed from office using the 25th amendment to the US constitution. It can only be triggered if the president is deemed 'unfit for office'. But how would...

    Political dramas Homeland and Designated Survivor have recently explored how a president could be removed from office using the 25th amendment to the US constitution. It can only be triggered if the president is deemed 'unfit for office'. But how would it work in reality? Who would be needed to trigger it? And why has it never been used before? The Guardian's US political reporter Sabrina Siddiqui explains

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    Modigliani sets world record with estimate in excess of $150m

    Modigliani sets world record with estimate in excess of $150m


    Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) may fetch more than £170.4m paid for another nude in 2015A Modigliani reclining nude is to be offered at auction with an estimate in excess of $150m (£108m), the highest pre-sale figure for work of art.Sotheby’s...

    Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) may fetch more than £170.4m paid for another nude in 2015

    A Modigliani reclining nude is to be offered at auction with an estimate in excess of $150m (£108m), the highest pre-sale figure for work of art.

    Sotheby’s announced the estimate as it unveiled the 1917 painting Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), a star of the recent Modigliani show at Tate Modern, to an audience of collectors and journalists in Hong Kong.

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    Nigel Slater’s paneer, cashew and aubergine korma recipe

    Nigel Slater’s paneer, cashew and aubergine korma recipe


    A softly spicy treat for midweekMake a spice mix in a food processor blender by grinding the following ingredients to a paste: 2 cloves of garlic, a 20g piece of ginger, peeled, 2 tsp each of ground turmeric, garam masala, ground coriander, ground cumin...

    A softly spicy treat for midweek

    Make a spice mix in a food processor blender by grinding the following ingredients to a paste: 2 cloves of garlic, a 20g piece of ginger, peeled, 2 tsp each of ground turmeric, garam masala, ground coriander, ground cumin and the black seeds from 6 green cardamom pods.

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    Madonna loses legal fight to stop sale of hair, underwear and Tupac breakup letter

    Madonna loses legal fight to stop sale of hair, underwear and Tupac breakup letter


    A judge overturned the singer’s injunction against the sale of her personal items, citing misdirectionMadonna has lost a legal battle to prevent the auction of personal items including a lock of her hair, her underwear and a breakup letter from former...

    A judge overturned the singer’s injunction against the sale of her personal items, citing misdirection

    Madonna has lost a legal battle to prevent the auction of personal items including a lock of her hair, her underwear and a breakup letter from former boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

    The singer won a temporary block of the auction of 22 pieces in July 2016, telling a New York City court that her celebrity status “does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items”.

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    Fashion Revolution Week: seven ways to get involved

    Fashion Revolution Week: seven ways to get involved


    Want to join the campaign to improve conditions in clothing factories? From showing support on social media to picking up a needle and thread, it is easy to helpFive years ago, the issue of where our clothes come from went from being a matter of...

    Want to join the campaign to improve conditions in clothing factories? From showing support on social media to picking up a needle and thread, it is easy to help

    Five years ago, the issue of where our clothes come from went from being a matter of curiosity to something more urgent. It was on 24 April 2013 that the Rana Plaza disaster occurred on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh; more than 1,130 people died after the factory building in which they were working collapsed. The disaster galvanised Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, co-founders of Fashion Revolution, into action. Fast-forward to now and it has grown into the world’s largest global fashion activism movement.

    Their campaign is simple. They are urging the industry to take more responsibility and show greater transparency in the supply chain. If brands do not know what is happening in the factories that supply them, if is difficult for them to improve conditions. Fashion Revolution asks one question: who made my clothes?

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    Huawei P20 Pro review: the three-camera iPhone killer

    Huawei P20 Pro review: the three-camera iPhone killer


    The Chinese smartphone maker has hit a home run with this top-end smartphone that’s on a par with the best With the P20 Pro, Huawei has not only proved that it can compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, but it can beat them in many ways. Three...

    The Chinese smartphone maker has hit a home run with this top-end smartphone that’s on a par with the best

    With the P20 Pro, Huawei has not only proved that it can compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, but it can beat them in many ways. Three cameras really are better than one (or two).

    Having established its name in value smartphones, Huawei has recently made inroads into the premium market with the likes of the Mate 10 Pro and last year’s P10. They were of high quality, and had all the features you’d expect from an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S. But until now they’ve not quite captured the same luxurious feel.

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    Top dogs: our canine friends through the ages – in pictures

    Top dogs: our canine friends through the ages – in pictures


    From a pipe-smoking labrador to a future president with a puppy, Raymond Merritt’s The Dog in Photography chronicles people and their canines from 1849 to today Continue...

    From a pipe-smoking labrador to a future president with a puppy, Raymond Merritt’s The Dog in Photography chronicles people and their canines from 1849 to today

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    Growing up in the Wild Wild Country cult: ‘You heard people having sex all the time, like baboons’

    Growing up in the Wild Wild Country cult: ‘You heard people having sex all the time, like baboons’


    In 1976, Noa Maxwell’s family joined Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s ‘free love’ commune, now the subject of a Netflix series. He talks about his ‘weirdo’ childhood, and his struggle to adjust to life outsideWhen Noa Maxwell was four, his bohemian...

    In 1976, Noa Maxwell’s family joined Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s ‘free love’ commune, now the subject of a Netflix series. He talks about his ‘weirdo’ childhood, and his struggle to adjust to life outside


    When Noa Maxwell was four, his bohemian upper-middle-class parents, disillusioned with London, bought a farm in Herefordshire, where they began to live self-sufficiently – harvesting by horse, slaughtering pigs, curing bacon, making butter – while trying to find time to paint.

    One day in 1976 they received a letter from a friend who was in India where he had found the meaning of everything. So Noa’s family – parents plus three children – went out to visit the ashram in Poona where the controversial guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, was preaching his mix of eastern mysticism, western philosophy and free love, raising the consciousness and promising utopia to his orange-clad international followers.

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    Warmshowers: why free hospitality for bike tourists is a priceless experience | Joshua Cunningham

    Warmshowers: why free hospitality for bike tourists is a priceless experience | Joshua Cunningham


    The global network of 85,000 members runs on goodwill and a ‘pay it forward’ philosophy, allowing riders to navigate the lonely and sometimes testing side of cycle touring and connect with kindred spiritsImagine you’re nearing the end of another...

    The global network of 85,000 members runs on goodwill and a ‘pay it forward’ philosophy, allowing riders to navigate the lonely and sometimes testing side of cycle touring and connect with kindred spirits

    Imagine you’re nearing the end of another long day in the saddle, partway through your latest cycling tour. Your panniers feel heavy and your tyres sticky as you drag your bike over the final climb of the day. You pull your map out and wrestle with the foreign characters on the paper, trying to match them with those on the road sign ahead.

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    Rana plaza, five years on: safety of workers hangs in balance in Bangladesh | Michael Safi and Dominic Rushe

    Rana plaza, five years on: safety of workers hangs in balance in Bangladesh | Michael Safi and Dominic Rushe


    Progress has been made but fire safety initiatives are soon to end, unions are being stifled and wages are still the lowest in the worldFive years ago, Asma Khatun pushed through the crowds that had formed around the Rana Plaza building, determined to...

    Progress has been made but fire safety initiatives are soon to end, unions are being stifled and wages are still the lowest in the world

    Five years ago, Asma Khatun pushed through the crowds that had formed around the Rana Plaza building, determined to see the destruction with her own eyes.

    Deep cracks had appeared in the eight-storey building outside Dhaka the day before. That morning, workers who had been producing clothes sourced by major international brands had begged not to be sent inside. Managers would not relent. More than 2,000 people filed in. Some time before 9am, floors began to vanish and workers started falling.

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    'No national security connection' to Toronto van incident, minister says – video

    'No national security connection' to Toronto van incident, minister says – video


    The Toronto police chief, Mark Saunders, says Alek Minassian, suspected of driving a van into pedestrians, killing 10 people and injuring 15, was not known to police. The federal public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, standing next to Saunders, says:...

    The Toronto police chief, Mark Saunders, says Alek Minassian, suspected of driving a van into pedestrians, killing 10 people and injuring 15, was not known to police. The federal public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, standing next to Saunders, says: 'There would appear to be no national security connection.'

    • Toronto van incident in which 10 pedestrians died appeared deliberate, say police

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    'He hit every single person on the sidewalk': Witnesses recall scene as van ploughs into crowd–video

    'He hit every single person on the sidewalk': Witnesses recall scene as van ploughs into crowd–video


    Police in Canada said at least nine people died when a van left the road and ran into a crowd of pedestrians in the northern suburbs of Toronto. The driver fled the scene but was later arrested by police, who cordoned off several city blocks.  At least...

    Police in Canada said at least nine people died when a van left the road and ran into a crowd of pedestrians in the northern suburbs of Toronto. The driver fled the scene but was later arrested by police, who cordoned off several city blocks.  At least 16 people were injured.

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    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with baby son – video

    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with baby son – video


    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were all smiles as they left a central London hospital with their newborn son, less than seven hours after his birth. Carrying the baby in a car seat, William and Kate smiled and waved to a crowd of well-wishers before...

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were all smiles as they left a central London hospital with their newborn son, less than seven hours after his birth. Carrying the baby in a car seat, William and Kate smiled and waved to a crowd of well-wishers before driving off in a Land Rover. The child – the couple's third – was born at 11.01am at St Mary's in Paddington and weighed at 8lb 7oz (3.8kg)

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    Six Virunga park rangers killed in DRC wildlife sanctuary

    Six Virunga park rangers killed in DRC wildlife sanctuary


    Latest ambush worst attack to date at home to world’s largest population of mountain gorillasFive rangers and a driver have been killed in an ambush in Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).A sixth ranger was injured in the...

    Latest ambush worst attack to date at home to world’s largest population of mountain gorillas

    Five rangers and a driver have been killed in an ambush in Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

    A sixth ranger was injured in the attack on Monday that took place in the central section of the vast reserve, known globally for its population of rare mountain gorillas.

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    Madagascar's vanilla wars: prized spice drives death and deforestation

    Madagascar's vanilla wars: prized spice drives death and deforestation


    As the price of pods has soared so has violence – and forest defenders are increasingly risking their lives to protect precious wildlife habitat from being felled for profit The vanilla thieves of Anjahana were so confident of their power to intimidate...

    As the price of pods has soared so has violence – and forest defenders are increasingly risking their lives to protect precious wildlife habitat from being felled for profit

    The vanilla thieves of Anjahana were so confident of their power to intimidate farmers they provided advance warning of raids. “We are coming tonight,” they would write in a note pushed under doors in this remote coastal village in Madagascar. “Prepare what we want.”

    But they either undervalued their target commodity or overestimated the meekness of their victims. After one assault too many at the turn of the year, a crowd rounded up five alleged gangsters, dragged them into the village square and then set about the bloody task of mob justice.

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    Keep off our land, indigenous women tell Ecuador's president

    Keep off our land, indigenous women tell Ecuador's president


    Women’s movement demand an end to unrestricted oil drilling and mining on indigenous lands and action on violence against land defenders in first meeting with president Lenin MorenoAmazon indigenous women leaders have told Ecuador’s president Lenin...

    Women’s movement demand an end to unrestricted oil drilling and mining on indigenous lands and action on violence against land defenders in first meeting with president Lenin Moreno

    Amazon indigenous women leaders have told Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno to limit oil drilling and mining in their territories and combat the sexual violence and death threats they claim accompany the industries.

    The delegation of women dressed in traditional tunics and with intricately painted faces were granted a meeting with Moreno after nearly 100 of them camped in Quito’s central plaza in front of the Carondelet government palace for five days, earlier this month.

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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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