Dennis Simmons mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:32:48 GMT
Revealed: cancer scientists' pensions invested in tobacco

Pension fund for academics funded by Cancer Research UK invested £211m in British American Tobacco last year

Scientists funded by Cancer Research UK who spend their lives hunting for cures for the disease are among thousands of academics whose pensions are invested in the tobacco industry, the Guardian can reveal.

The latest annual report for the university staff’s pension fund shows it had £211m invested in British American Tobacco in the year to 31 March 2015 – its fifth biggest listed equities holding.

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Melvin West mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:41:45 GMT
Corbyn hints Ed Miliband could get shadow cabinet job

Labour leader describes predecessor, who has kept a low profile since the general election, as a ‘great asset’

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has hinted that he would like to see Ed Miliband serve in his shadow cabinet, after appearing alongside the former party leader during a a pro-EU event and in interviews.

In an interview broadcast on Sunday, Corbyn said his predecessor was “a great friend” and “a great asset” and he refused to rule out offering him a job. Asked if he wanted to see Miliband back in the shadow cabinet, Corbyn told Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live: “That is all for the future.”

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Ryan Harris mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 13:17:06 GMT
Conservatives 'so fractured over EU that fresh election needed'

Andrew Bridgen says Tory divisions mean they will need to seek new mandate, as David Cameron faces calls to quit

The Conservatives will have to hold a fresh election before Christmas under a new leader because the EU referendum campaign has fractured the party so badly, a rebel MP has claimed.

Andrew Bridgen made the bold claim as a fellow backbencher, Nadine Dorries, called for David Cameron to quit and the ministers leading the leave campaign launched some of their strongest personal attacks on the prime minister so far.

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Ronald Ward mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:38:01 GMT
Device used in Nazi coding machine found for sale on eBay

Rare Lorenz teleprinter, part of Hitler’s encryption equipment, snapped up by National Museum of Computing

For codebreakers with the allied forces, it was more important a discovery than the Enigma machine, offering encryption for the Nazi command that, when cracked, would hasten the end of the second world war and lead to huge breakthroughs in modern computing.

Less than 80 years later, for a thrifty woman in Essex, the “telegram machine” was little more than a dusty old gadget languishing in the garden shed.

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Lee Washington mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 15:22:04 GMT
Iranian pilgrims won't attend hajj amid row with Saudi Arabia

Riyadh rejects Tehran’s claims of sabotage in latest disagreement between the rival countries

Iran has said its pilgrims would not attend the annual hajj pilgrimage, blaming regional rival Saudi Arabia for “sabotage” and failing to guarantee the safety of pilgrims.

Saudi Arabia, which oversees the pilgrimage to Mecca by more than 2 million Muslims from around the world, accused Iran of depriving its citizens of the religious duty by refusing to sign a memorandum reached after talks with Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organisation.

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Peter Burns mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:53:14 GMT
French unions threaten to disrupt Euro 2016 with strikes

Industrial action planned throughout month-long football tournament over divisive employment legislation

French unions have called for strikes in cities across the country to disrupt the Euro 2016 tournament.

After weeks of clashes between police and protesters demanding the government withdraw a divisive labour, union leaders have called for transport strikes in 10 cities where the tournament is being held.

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Steven Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 13:37:01 GMT
Family of driver killed in US strike on Taliban leader file criminal case

Relatives of Mohammad Azam, killed while driving Mullah Mansoor across Pakistan, lodge a first investigation report for murder

The family of a taxi driver who was killed in a drone strike while driving the leader of the Afghan Taliban across Pakistan have lodged a criminal case against the US government.

Mohammad Azam was killed on 21 May while unwittingly taking Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor from the Iranian border to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

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Louis Martinez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 13:24:40 GMT
Twenty people rescued from inflatable boat in Channel

Those on board, believed to be migrants, were picked up on Saturday night and are being interviewed by immigration officials

Up to 20 people have been rescued from the Channel after the inflatable boat they were in started taking on water following what is believed to have been an attempt to cross from mainland Europe.

Those on board were picked up late on Saturday night and taken to the port of Dover, where they were interviewed by immigration officials on Sunday.

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Sean Ellis mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 10:38:15 GMT
Tony Blair hints he could refuse to accept Chilcot's Iraq war verdict

Report, expected to be highly critical of Blair, had focused on claims he committed UK to invasion before telling parliament and public

Tony Blair has suggested that he will refuse to accept the verdict of the Chilcot inquiry if it accuses him of committing Britain to invading Iraq before he told parliament and the public.

In an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the former prime minister said he did not think anyone could say he did not make his position clear ahead of the 2003 war that led to the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

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Bruce Long mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:10:49 GMT
German rightwing party apologises for Jérôme Boateng comments

Alternative für Deutschland’s Alexander Gauland had said Germans like footballer but would not want him living next door

Germany’s anti-immigration party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has apologised after its deputy leader was quoted as saying that, while most people admired the international footballer Jérôme Boateng, they wouldn’t want to live next door to him.

The newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung quoted AfD politician Alexander Gauland saying that “people like him as a football player. But they don’t want to have a Boateng as their neighbour.”

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Edward Cole mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
Top Gear return: Chris Evans plays down rivalry with Jeremy Clarkson

BBC show’s new presenter stresses it won’t be throwing away its hit formula as he steps into the driving seat

Chris Evans has played down his rivalry with his predecessor Jeremy Clarkson as Top Gear prepares to return to screens on Sunday.

Evans said the “whole competition thing is hilarious” when asked about comparisons between the revamped BBC2 motoring show and Clarkson’s new series on Amazon Prime.

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Sean Martin mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 13:00:04 GMT
Pete Souza: photographing the real Barack Obama

Over two historic terms, official White House photographer Pete Souza has chronicled the most intimate, candid and comical moments of Barack Obama’s presidency

It was a tale of two Americas. In Las Vegas the casinos were humming with a hell-yes tide that was about to sweep the manic Donald Trump to his most pumped-up victory yet. In Washington DC, civilisation still existed. In the week Trump’s xenophobic bid to be the Republican presidential candidate began to look unstoppable, the man whose Americanness he has questioned was meeting 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin. In Pete Souza’s official White House photograph of their get-together, President Barack Obama cracks a delicious smile as the first lady dances with McLaurin, who was invited to visit the White House in recognition of community work she has done for decades in the US capital. The meeting was also a celebration of Black History Month – and Souza’s picture manages to be both intimate and historic. Here are three African Americans in the White House. The room they are in – the Blue Room – is opulently decorated with gold stars, Empire-style furniture, and a portrait of some grand national father who holds a white handkerchief in his white hand.

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Carl Warren mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:09:09 GMT
England v Sri Lanka: second Test, day three – live!

77th over: Sri Lanka 281-5 (Chandimal 43, Siriwardana 24)

Four from the over, through a sweep, a jab and a bunt. *orders new thesaurus*

76th over: Sri Lanka 277-5 (Chandimal 40, Siriwardana 23)

It’s all a bit bitty for the first few balls of the over from Finn to Chandimal. Then Siriwardana gets on strike and times one through cover point with all the melty smoothness of butter on toast. It was in the air but no fielder was within spitting distance of it.

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Walter Richardson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:13:13 GMT
How Nottinghamshire hamlet wages quiet battle against fracking

After North Yorkshire allows test drilling, villagers in Misson are determined to stop the same happening in former bomber pilot testing ground

When councillors in North Yorkshire ignored widespread public opposition and granted planning permission for the fracking company Third Energy to carry out test drilling earlier this week, there were groans around the Nottinghamshire village of Misson.

For the last two years, tenacious locals in this quiet fenland hamlet have been fighting attempts by another energy firm to set up a shale gas exploration site in a nearby field.

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Jesse Warren mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:00:06 GMT
Everything you ever wanted to know about vertigo (but were too dizzy to ask)

Is it the result of stress? Or an ear infection? And will it actually go away if rest is avoided?

Up to one in 10 people will experience vertigo, dizziness or unsteadiness in any given year. In the vast majority of cases, the symptoms are unpleasant but harmless, and get better without treatment. Vertigo is used by health profressionals to describe the feeling that you, or the world around you, is moving when it is not: Alfred Hitchock’s masterpiece Vertigo is actually about a man’s morbid fear of heights (acrophobia) and not true vertigo, although the terms are often used interchangeably.

Have I got dizziness or vertigo?

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Jimmy Phillips mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 13:00:04 GMT
I’ve stopped feeling any sensation during sex

I was sexually abused as a child and now my partner and I are in therapy, which has left me feeling very frustrated

About two and a half years ago, I stopped feeling any sensation during sex, both on my own and with my partner. I was sexually abused as a child. I am in individual therapy and my partner and I recently started sex therapy. I still want to have sex and am very sexually frustrated; I just want to understand what I’m going through and have some reassurance that this is temporary.

Therapy can awaken memories and elicit strong feelings. This is useful, because these phenomena are usually paths to healing. In the case of therapeutic work for survivors of sexual abuse, the healing process can shut down sexual interest for a while. This drop in libido is an attempt by the body and psyche to separate past coercive childhood sex from current consensual adult sex. In fact, some therapists advise survivors not to engage in partner sex during healing, and to help their partners understand and support this. Sexual coercion has a powerful effect on future adult sexuality. Some people emerge with a horror of sex, others are only comfortable when they have complete control during sex, certain individuals repeat earlier unhealthy sexual behaviours and so on. Once healing begins, survivors – as well as their partners – usually have to relearn how to connect sexually without aspects of lovemaking that owe a legacy to abuse. Be patient with yourself.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 15:24:07 GMT
South China Sea fears grow before tribunal rules on disputed islands

China already says it will reject ruling, fanning west’s fears of construction surge in islands and reefs in busy trade route

Fears are growing that there will be a sharp rise in tensions in the South China Sea in the next few weeks after an international tribunal delivers a ruling on disputed islands and reefs that Beijing has said it will reject.

Western officials say they fear China will react to the ruling of the international tribunal for the law of the sea, which is expected to side with the Philippines, by raising the stakes in the busy trade route, expanding its land reclamation and construction activities to reefs in the Scarborough Shoal, close to Manila.

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Alan Reyes mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:32:45 GMT
London show reflects global boom in Islamic fashion

Organisers say the Saverah Expo is aimed at empowering Muslim women: ‘We have a voice and a lifestyle, we start businesses, we don’t fit the stereotype’

Within minutes of the end of Sanzaa’s catwalk show, there was a swarm of women flicking through rails of clothing and flashing their credit cards at the fashion label’s exhibition stall.

Sanya and Zahra, a pair of friends who have grown their “modest fashion” business from a small market stall in Bradford over the past six years, were frantically wrapping long tunics and dresses in black tissue paper while advising customers on purchases.

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Vincent Patterson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
I’m dating my best friend’s ex and she won’t speak to me

A woman feels guilty about her relationship with her friend’s old partner. Mariella Frostrup says she needn’t – and should focus on restoring her friendship

The dilemma I’m dating this amazing guy. The problem is he is my best friend’s ex. She and I were soul sisters, spoke on the phone for hours, had sleepovers all the time. She was my rock. She started to date this guy and four months after they broke up we started to see each other. She was not impressed at all, and I don’t blame her. She cut our friendship off straight away and, as much as I respect her decision, I’m finding it very hard to move on from hurting her. But I’m also glad I’ve met such a great person. It’s starting to come between me and my partner because I can’t forgive myself. Also, I knew so much about their relationship. I’d love some advice on how to move on from this situation.

Mariella replies Move on, or backpedal a bit? I know the world we live in now is based on the principle of forward momentum – eyes to the fore, sights set on future goals and opportunities. We are alert to anything that tries to buffet us backwards. But it’s simply not possible to keep moving relentlessly up, up and away.

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Alfred Richardson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 10:17:11 GMT
Next James Bond will not be who you expect, Sam Mendes says

Outgoing director’s remarks suggest Tom Hiddleston not a shoo-in for the part of 007

The actor chosen to play the next James Bond will be an unexpected candidate, the franchise’s outgoing director has said, suggesting favourite Tom Hiddleston may not land the 007 role.

The British film-maker Sam Mendes said the choice for the next star of the hugely successful franchise lies solely with producer Barbara Broccoli. He also confirmed he will not be returning to direct the next film, saying he is ready to work on something new, the Telegraph reported.

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Louis Gray mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Euro 2016: Why France have everything to play for

France’s 1998 World Cup-winning ‘rainbow’ team, with its stars such as Lilian Thuram, created hope of a new multicultural spirit, but it descended into discord and rancour. Can the Euro 2016 squad lift a nation beset by terrorist fears and racial strife?

The days and weeks after the Paris attacks last November were especially harrowing and strange for those who lived in the city. Mostly people just wanted to get back to feeling normal again as quickly as they could, but this was impossible. Everywhere you went you saw something that reminded you of what had just happened – armed soldiers on the Métro, barbed wire at tourist sights and other public places. Everybody was tense, angry or depressed, often all at the same time: it was like living in a city on the edge of a collective nervous breakdown. Strangely, however, one of the few cheering moments during this raw time was the friendly football match between France and England played at Wembley stadium on 17 November – a mere four days after the slaughter.

That the match was played at all was a brave and reassuring gesture. Most importantly, the prelude to the game was organised as a symbolic show of solidarity with France. The slogan Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité was emblazoned on the heights of the stadium. The terraces were decked out in the red, white and blue of the French flag. In a pre-match tribute to the victim of the attacks, English and French players stood together to observe a perfectly sustained minute of silence. Most incredibly, and movingly, the whole crowd, including English fans who had never handled a French irregular verb in their lives, roared out the Marseillaise at full throttle.

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Ryan Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 08:59:38 GMT
Radiohead review - no surprises but an intriguing, triumphant finale

Roundhouse London
The final night of the band’s residency has few shock moments, but makes up for it in intimacy and Thom Yorke’s effusive stage presence

After three dates, and an almighty kerfuffle over tickets, Radiohead’s mini-residency at London’s Roundhouse comes to an end. As much attention has been given over the past three nights to those stuck outside without tickets as those inside – take the plight of one young fan who bought a last-minute ticket on Gumtree only to fall foul of the venue’s stringent ID checks. Even a Twitter hashtag and an intervention from the Lad Bible wasn’t enough to help him beyond the velvet rope.

For those who have been able to get through the doors, the rewards have been plentiful. For so long, Radiohead, as a live experience, have felt distant, both in their often recalcitrant demeanour and in their physical remove from the crowd in vast venues like the O2. The Roundhouse forces an unusual level of intimacy on a band of their size. Not only have these been the most intimate Radiohead performances in some time, they’ve also been some of the most intriguing, featuring set lists chock-full of favourites, from The Bends onwards, as well as a handful of rarities.

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Lawrence Boyd mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:45:46 GMT
David Bailey threatened to unzip his flies while taking my portrait

Writer Brigid Keenan worked for a spell with the seminal 60s photographer and his girlfriend Jean Shrimpton

Being a journalist married to a diplomat has meant I’ve had more than my fair share of encounters with interesting people. I have danced with a president, shaken hands with prime ministers, princes and a pope, and chatted to Gregory Peck and Mother Teresa – but none of them would remember me. With the photographer David Bailey, though, I had more than a brush. We had a friendship back in the 60s when I became young fashion editor of the Sunday Times. I was 21, Bailey (as we always called him) was 23.

In fact I’d first met him before that, when he was an assistant to the legendary photographer John French. I came from a middle-class family, was educated at convents, only knew young men in cavalry twill and tweed, and had never met anyone like this leather-jacketed, confident, cocky Londoner. I was petrified of him. But when I found myself having to produce a weekly Young Fashion column, familiarity bred friendship and I worked with him and Jean Shrimpton, who was his girlfriend then, all the time.

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Chris Butler mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
10 of the best community-run cottages, hostels and guesthouses in the UK

Get into the heart and soul of Britain at these places to stay – from a lighthouse to a bunkhouse – run by local groups and charities

10 of the best community-run pubs, restaurants and museums

This trio of self-catering cottages are on Scotland’s southernmost point. Set just below a lighthouse (they were originally home to the lighthouse keepers and their families) at the very tip of Wigtownshire, the cottages, which sleep between four and six, are run as holiday lets by the Mull of Galloway Trust, which bought the surrounding land (now a nature reserve managed by the RSPB) to preserve it. The still-working lighthouse was built in the 19th century by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of author Robert Louis Stevenson. It is open for tours in the summer months, and you can spot dolphins, porpoises, whales and sea birds from there on a clear day.
From £300 for three nights or £400 a week for a two-bedroom cottage, self-catering,

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Peter White mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
‘Poverty is often looked at in isolation, but it is an American problem’
Photographer Matt Black discovered that it was possible to drive from California to the east coast without once losing sight of America’s poor
Magnum’s new breed of photographers – in pictures

Last summer Matt Black left the Central Valley of California, where he lives, to travel 18,000 miles across the US on a road trip that took him through 30 states and 70 of the poorest towns in America. The startling image of a hand resting on a fence post against a barren backdrop was taken in the small town of Allensworth, California, where 54% of the population of 471 people live below the poverty level.

All these diverse communities are connected, not least in their powerlessness

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Steve Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Measure your faith with beer and maths

There appears to be a correlation between test performance and belief. Take this test to find out how religious you are

How religious are you? To find out, answer these questions:

1) Bill can drink a barrel of beer in six days. Bert can drink a barrel of beer in 12 days (assume they’re both really going for it). How long would it take them to drink a barrel together?

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George Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Northern noir finds a new detective hero in the dark heart of Yorkshire
Streets of Darkness is being compared to The Wire for its gritty take on Bradford. Writer AA Dhand tells how the city’s race riots in 2001 helped him create Sikh investigator Harry Virdee

We’ve walked the mean streets of Hebden Bridge in Happy Valley and been gripped by Red Riding, David Peace’s hallucinatory take on the Yorkshire Ripper. Now a new crime series is set to put Bradford’s satanic mills in the spotlight.

Streets of Darkness, by AA Dhand, follows suspended police detective Harry Virdee as he tries to solve a murder within 24 hours in a city riven with tensions and on the verge of a race riot as bad as those that took place there in 2001. The result is a tense slice of neo-noir that has won Dhand comparisons to both BBC drama Luther and HBO’s The Wire. Television rights were sold before the book’s publication in June, with FilmWave, the producer behind the recent adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, working with Dhand on a series.

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Sean Parker mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:10:33 GMT
French Open 2016: Murray v Isner, and more – day eight, live!

Third set: Isner 6-7 (9-11), 4-6, 2-5 Murray*

Extraordinary. Serving at 30-15, Murray double-faults before missing the simplest of forehand passes. Is he annoyed? Boy, is he annoyed. Forgetting that he’s just double-faulted to the ad side, he pounds down an ace to the Isner forehand to take us back to deuce. It’s not plain sailing from there – far from it – but Murray toughs out the game to move within a service break of the quarter-finals. What a competitor he is.

Third set: Isner* 6-7 (9-11), 4-6, 2-4 Murray

Dogged stuff from Isner. Serving at 0-15, he canters forward and hits a lovely forehand winner on the slide. Much to the appreciation of the American, the crowd goes WILD! But the reaction is a measure of the mountainous challenge he faces. Perhaps feeling the after-effects of his five-set win over Teymuraz Gabashvili in the previous round, he’s even starting to look ragged on serve, pounding a couple of second deliveries low into the net. He clings on gamely, though, and a big-serve-big-overhead routine sees him over the line. He needed that, did Isner.

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Marvin Roberts mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:23:28 GMT
Lewis Hamilton gets his first F1 victory of season at Monaco Grand Prix
• Briton cuts gap to Nico Rosberg to 24 points in difficult conditions
• Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo finishes second for Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday to slash his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s lead in the Formula One world championship from 43 points to 24.

It was Hamilton’s first win for seven months, since he won his third world championship with victory in Austin last October, and brought to an end a miserable run of luck and form this season. It was also his 44th victory – his favourite number.

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Johnny Turner mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 15:52:33 GMT
England hopefuls give Eddie Jones much to ponder in defeat of Wales

• England 27-13 Wales

England maintained their 100% record under the stewardship of Eddie Jones with a convincing 27-13 victory in a fast, open encounter at Twickenham. The Six Nations grand slam champions scored five tries to boost squad morale ahead of their departure for a three-Test tour to Australia.

Wales, in contrast, will fly out to face New Zealand in thoughtful mood, knowing the margin of defeat could have been even wider against an England side missing 10 players involved in the previous day’s Premiership play-off final. George Ford missed four conversions and two penalties but tries from Luther Burrell, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs, Jack Clifford and Marland Yarde ensured it did not matter.

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Marvin Howard mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:27:15 GMT
Time to introduce the Pepe Rule after his Champions League final antics | Sean Ingle

Outcry over Real Madrid defender’s behaviour against Atlético might convince the game to pay more than lip service to punishing those who flout rules

During the Champions League final Gary Lineker posted a simple five-word tweet: “Pepe is such a dick!” It did not so much strike a chord as create global symphonic harmony on social media. More than 50,000 retweets and likes later, and following yet more devious behaviour by the Real Madrid defender, Lineker clarified his position. “Pepe is an enormous dick!” That tweet proved to be even more popular. How could it not be, given Pepe’s outrageously hammy behaviour?

One scene in particular should earn him a golden raspberry. What appeared to be harmless mano a mano coming together with the Atlético Madrid defender Filipe Luís in the second half ended with Pepe rolling along the turf, howling in apparent agony. It was first-year stage school stuff and the referee Mark Clattenburg was having none of it.

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Anthony Washington mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:01:41 GMT
County cricket: Yorkshire v Lancashire, and more – live!

I think it’s fair to call this day ‘topsy turvy’ as I begin the task of trying to make sense of it. After Lancashire looked to be back in control after removing Rashid and Bresnan, Andrew Hodd and Steven Patterson have now built a ninth wicket partnership of 52 with a towering maximum from the latter being the highlight. Yorkshire are now 278-8 with 90 overs bowled already. Excellent stuff.

Lancashire are fighting back hard here after tea with two wickets falling after the break. Rashid failed to make his third century in Roses matches after falling 12 runs short, mistiming a drive to Luke Procter off the bowling of Simon Kerrigan. After a wicketless middle session, Yorkshire’s seventh wicket fell soon after with Jarvis picking up his fourth of the day after Liam Plunkett scooped one up to Procter at mid-on for three. Tim Bresnan has now been joined at the crease by Andrew Hodd who received his county cap before the day’s play. Yorkshire are 215-7.

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Johnny Martin mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:09:04 GMT
Barnsley promoted to Championship with play-off final win over Millwall

This has been a year for footballing miracles – and Barnsley have pulled off their own take on the concept by beating Millwall 3-1 in the League One play-off final at Wembley. The Tykes were bottom of the table in November but an extraordinary turnaround in the second half of the season has resulted in them exiting the division in the opposite direction.

Related: Barnsley v Millwall: League One play-off final – live!

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Steve Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:42:35 GMT
Real Madrid twist the knife again to give Atlético the cruellest of nights | Sid Lowe
European Cup finals can hardly have treated Atlético any more cruelly, and the feeling is compounded by the fact that Real consider this trophy to be their own

So close yet so far. Not once, not twice, but three times. At the end of an extraordinary night in Milan, there were tears at both ends of San Siro, where players and supporters were exhausted, but the emotions could hardly have been more different. The European Cup has been the making of Real Madrid, 11-times winners, and the breaking of Atlético Madrid, the knife slipped in once more. Slipped in and then twisted.

At the end, there was applause from Atlético’s fans and no reproach at all. Not for their players, at least, whose eyes were lost in tears and they stood motionless staring into space, assault by disbelief. There might be reproach for this competition, though, so cruelly has it treated them. And yet they will return next season; that is what they do. After the 2014 final in Lisbon, the captain, Gabi Fernández – superb here – gathered the players together and told them they would be back. Should they do it yet again, it would be an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary team.

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Steve Cruz mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:50:27 GMT
Neal Ardley seeks Hollywood finale for AFC Wimbledon’s remarkable rise | David Conn
Club formed by fans outraged at original Wimbledon’s move to Milton Keynes can reach League One with play-off victory over Plymouth at Wembley

AFC Wimbledon, formed in the lower non-leagues 14 years ago by supporters who rejected the transplanting of their club to Milton Keynes, have reached Wembley: one play-off final victory from an astonishing promotion to League One. Following late-night delirium at Accrington Stanley, where Lyle Taylor’s extra-time goal won the semi-final 3-2 on aggregate, the whole club is euphoric, trying to knuckle down to the tough business of facing Plymouth Argyle in the final on Monday.

The manager, Neal Ardley, his status as a former Wimbledon player meaningful to supporters who fought so hard for their club’s identity, describes the Accrington celebrations as “emotional, a bit surreal”. Speaking at the club’s south London training base on Tuesday, Ardley did not even attempt to be matter-of-fact about leading his side out at Wembley.

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Mark Gibson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:48:02 GMT
Chris Wood holds nerve to claim PGA Championship and enter Ryder Cup race
• Bristolian shoots 69 on final day to finish one shot ahead of Rikard Karlberg
• Masters champion Danny Willett finishes third after closing 71 at Wentworth

England’s Chris Wood produced a record-equalling performance to claim the biggest win of his career in the PGA Championship and get within touching distance of securing a Ryder Cup debut.

Wood carded a closing 69 at Wentworth to finish nine under par, one shot ahead of Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg, whose 65 equalled the lowest score of the week and included a hole-in-one on the second.

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Jason Jordan mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 15:24:58 GMT
Vincenzo Nibali claims second Giro d’Italia title in style
• Astana rider follows up 2013 victory after overhauling leaders
• Esteban Chaves finishes second with Alejandro Valverde third

Vincenzo Nibali cemented his reputation as one of the great grand tour riders when he claimed his second Giro d’Italia title in vintage fashion .

The Italian, who won the 2013 Giro, was battered and bruised after a terrible performance in last Sunday’s uphill time trial and Tuesday’s mountain stage to Andalo, but when all seemed lost he hit back in style.

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Donald Gibson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:48:40 GMT
Champion Warriors storm back to beat Thunder and force dramatic Game 7

On the verge of elimination, Klay Thompson would not let the Golden State Warriors’ season die. And so he shot and he shot and he shot. Normally he has been the sidekick to MVP Steph Curry, but with Curry struggling for much of the Western Conference finals, it was Thompson who came though on Saturday, hitting an NBA playoffs record 11 three-pointers in the Warriors 108-101 victory over Oklahoma City in Game 6.

Related: Golden State Warriors beat Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA playoffs – as it happened!

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 17:54:06 GMT
Mohamed Diamé guides Hull to Premier League past Sheffield Wednesday

A golden goal for a team in gold: thus did Mohamed Diamé send Hull City back to the Premier League with a strike worth millions deep into this pulsating play-off final that ended with a deserved winner and the swaths of blue and white from south Yorkshire mulling over what might have been.

Related: Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday: Championship play-off final – as it happened

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Craig Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:43:54 GMT
Stig Broeckx in coma after crash involving motorbikes at Tour of Belgium

• Stage three of race cancelled after Belgian rider’s crash
• Antoine Demoitie died after being hit by a motorbike in March

The Belgian cyclist Stig Broeckx is in a coma after a crash involving two race motorbikes during the Tour of Belgium.

Related: Antoine Demoitié's death should be a wake-up call for cycling's crowded races

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 18:34:23 GMT
Sheffield Wednesday bring the noise but fall short of Premier League return | Alan Smith
Carlos Carvalhal’s men were superbly backed but must wait another year for a tilt at the big time after being outdone by a Hull side full of knowhow

Carlos Carvalhal had a dream, according to the Sheffield Wednesday fans and, while this was by no means a nightmare, the Owls’ manager must wait another season at least to fulfil his wishes.

Considering he was largely unheard of before his arrival at Hillsborough last summer, it was an achievement in itself to guide a team pieced together by loan signings and barely recognised as promotion contenders to within 90 minutes of a first season in the Premier League since 2000. But that does not soften the pain of falling at the final hurdle in what was said to be the most financially lucrative match ever played.

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Patrick Owens mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 18:16:38 GMT
Lee Westwood defies odds to chase the lead at BMW PGA Championship
• Westwood’s third-day 68 puts him two shots off Wentworth lead
• Scott Hend the one to catch at nine under par going into final day

Surprise at pre-tournament odds of 33-1 for Lee Westwood to prevail at the BMW PGA Championship was no more keenly felt than by the man himself. Far from offering a display of arrogance, Westwood rightly points out that his previous two starts had returned a top-10 finish at the Irish Open and tie for second at the Masters. It seemed curious that he was regarded as such a long-shot.

Westwood may yet have the last laugh. His third round of 68, leaving him just two from the Wentworth lead held by Scott Hend at nine under par with 18 holes to play, should be put in proper statistical context. Westwood found 16 greens in regulation and had 31 putts. In short, four under par was probably the worst he could have scored; if the 43-year-old’s putter turns warm on Sunday, his credentials will be even more serious.

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Brandon Cox mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 08:46:57 GMT
Diego Simeone considers future at Atlético after Champions League defeat
• Coach saw his side beaten on penalties by city rivals Real Madrid
• ‘Do I have to continue with Atlético or is it the end of a cycle?’

A downbeat Diego Simeone did not confirm whether he wanted to continue as Atlético Madrid coach on Saturday after enduring a second agonising Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in three years.

After Atlético came from a goal behind to take the game into extra time at 1-1, it was Real who prevailed 5-3 in the penalty shootout, adding to Atlético’s pain of the 4-1 defeat against their city rivals in the 2014 final in Lisbon.

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Harold Harris mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:38:01 GMT
Ricky Burns makes history after stopping Michele di Rocco

• Coatbridge boxer becomes Scotland’s first three-weight world champion
• Super-lightweight title added to super-featherweight and lightweight crowns

Ricky Burns made history by becoming Scotland’s first three-weight world champion after beating Michele di Rocco for the vacant WBA super-lightweight title at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

In front of an excited and partisan crowd, the 33-year-old from Coatbridge rolled back the years with an all-action performance and decked the 34-year-old Italian in the eighth round, leaving him in no state to continue, in the view of the referee, Terry O’Connor.

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George Cox mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:00:15 GMT
Rebecca Adlington: GB swimmers will not be put off by Zika virus at Rio 2016
• Little chance of 26-strong team reconsidering decision to travel, she says
• ‘They’ve been told it’s all under control. All the athletes have decided to go’

Rebecca Adlington, the four-times Olympic medallist, says Britain’s swimmers will not be put off by the Zika virus as they prepare for the Rio Olympics, despite growing concern over its potential impact.

More than 100 experts wrote to the World Health Organisation on Friday to call for the Rio Games to be postponed or moved in light of the threat from the disease, a request that was rejected. Adlington, who shot to fame by winning two gold medals in Beijing and then two bronzes four years later in London, said there was little chance of Britain’s 26 swimmers reconsidering their decision to travel.

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Joshua Marshall mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 06:24:32 GMT
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: on the trail of the world's most wanted man – video

Martin Chulov visits Sinjar province in Iraq on the trail of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled caliph of Islamic State. On the Kurdish frontline with Isis-held territory he hears from local peshmurga commanders on Baghdadi’s movements and the problems they face targeting him

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Lee Richardson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:44:00 GMT
What are legal highs? - video explainer

Legal highs have been taken off the shelves and put on the controlled substances list. Typically referred to as spice, the drugs described as being more powerful and addictive than crack or heroin, has taken a heavy toll on many who thought it would be a legal substitute for cannabis. Addicts on the streets of Manchester talk about the drug and its ban

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Louis Cooper mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:56:17 GMT
The Dardenne brothers: 'Attacks on Obama to democratise healthcare are pathetic' – video interview

Jean-Paul and Luc Dardenne, the Belgian siblings who have twice won the Palme d’Or, speak in Cannes about their new film. The Unknown Girl is the story of a young female doctor trying to discover the identity – and the killer – of a woman found dead outside her medical practice. They discuss why they are drawn to stories of female empowerment and gender equality and how they think the film might be received in countries such as the US, where the fight for universal healthcare continues.

• The Unknown Girl premiered at Cannes and will be released later this year

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Douglas Harrison mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 06:56:04 GMT
Fear, money and racism: what’s our problem with diversity on screen? – video

The lack of diversity in film and television dominated the debate during awards season. But away from the Oscars, the UK picture is also bleak: the film Bafta acting nominees have been almost exclusively white for two years running. Leah Green looks beyond the headlines to see why diversity remains such a problem in the UK film and TV industries

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Dennis Rivera mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:12:06 GMT
Why is France being racked by strikes and protests over its labour bill? – video

French unions are protesting against President Hollande’s proposed reforms to labour protection laws. As tens of thousands take to the streets across the country, there are fuel shortages and proposals to expand strikes to the rail network and nuclear industry. France is set to host the Euro 2016 finals in June, and neither strikers nor the government seem inclined to back down

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Alan Boyd mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:00:38 GMT
What do liberals get wrong about guns? – video

The Guardian’s Lois Beckett went to Louisville, Kentucky, where the National Rifle Association’s annual convention was taking place, and asked gun owners: what do liberals get wrong about guns, and how can we make America a safer place to live?

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Lee Butler mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:23:09 GMT
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga on Loving, interracial marriage and gay rights – video interview

At the Cannes film festival, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, the stars of Jeff Nichols’s Loving, a biopic of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and a black woman who were arrested in Virginia in 1958 for marrying, talk to Nigel M Smith. They tell how their case echoes through to the legilisation of gay marriage in modern America. Nichols explains why he wasn’t keen on making the couple’s story a traditional court room drama

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Peter Simmons mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:46:11 GMT
Do you know your endangered species? – video

The World Wildlife Foundation surveyed 2000 UK adults about their knowledge of endangered species. Roughly a third didn’t know giant pandas and snow leopards are under threat, while a fifth thought cows and grey squirrels are. One in four thought the dodo and brachiosaurus still exist!

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Bruce Evans mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 13:51:01 GMT
The hidden risks of climbing Mount Everest – video

Three climbers have died on Mount Everest in the past week, all succumbing to altitude sickness after reaching the summit. The increasing number of deaths on the world’s tallest mountain is raising fresh fears about overcrowding and the ethics of commercial mountaineering on Everest

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Antonio Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:55:16 GMT
Posting photos online is not living. You are producing your own obituary | Rana Dasgupta
As you point your phone at everything from Notre Dame to a slice of chocolate cake, remember these images will take on significance only after you have gone

Summer begins again. Millions of people are packing their bags to get away from it all. Their eyes are ready for fresh sights: sun-drenched beaches, famous museums, parasolled cafes.

More eyes than ever before will, however, see nothing fresher than the screens of their own smartphones. They will not need to look at sunsets and palm trees, for they will have flawless copies on their devices (click!). The great scale of the Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, or the Colosseum, in Rome, will bring no risk of eyestrain: they will be able to see the grandeur of these sites in harmless digital miniature (click!). Screens will give them their own versions of the Mona Lisa or Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, versions that have this significant advantage over the originals: they can be owned, stored and used as material for a personal online story.

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Melvin Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 09:00:02 GMT
Why elected leaders ought to make the big decisions | David Mitchell
The EU referendum should be a matter for parliament, but David Cameron would rather flatter the public than step up and lead

When lost, baffled and afraid, I yearn for guidance from an outside power. But is there a God? I hope so. But it’s hard to be sure. If there is, He doesn’t seem to pipe up that often with concrete advice. The same cannot be said for the man some consider His slayer, Richard Dawkins. He is possessed of all the certainty I look for in the Almighty and his truth is a lot more effable. God is dead, long live God. In the apparent absence of omniscience, I’ll settle for a know-all.

So I was glad to hear that the revered professor had spoken out about the forthcoming EU referendum, a subject that has made me feel particularly lost, baffled and afraid lately. Don’t misunderstand me, I know how I’m going to vote – I’m for Remain. I’m unshakable on that. I just don’t know if I’m right. And I also don’t know if the side I’m going to vote for will win. I fear the consequences of its defeat and, to a lesser but still significant extent, I fear the consequences of its victory. I’m not finding any of this much fun.

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Adam Mason mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:04:09 GMT
Politicians shun EU TV debates but women and minorities left out

Tensions are running high between two campaigns and broadcasters in male-dominated coverage

One veteran political pundit calls it a “complete shambles”, while another says it is “an utter mess”. With just weeks left before the EU referendum, tensions are running high between broadcasters and the politicians they want to wrangle on to our television screens to make sense of it all.

It already seems a tad farcical even before David Cameron appears on Sky next weekend for his first official live EU debate show. The Vote Leave campaign has threatened ITV with both legal action and “consequences” after the broadcaster dared to invite Ukip’s Nigel Farage on the same show as Cameron. Even then, the two men will not stand face to face.

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Allen Torres mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
The night tube is a stage on which urban dramas unfold

Ravers, city workers, fighty louts, the recently divorced… their stories come alive in the early hours on the underground

A green light at the end of the tunnel – the night tube is coming.

1am A knackered city clerk makes her way back to Ealing. She applied her make-up on the commuter train to work; she removes it on the way home with a blousy sigh. With the night tube comes the night passengers, night conversations, night litter, all of a quality quite different from day. Kebab wrappers, phone numbers, face wipes, discarded by those getting ready for bed. The night tube is one of the most intimate places in Britain, second only after shopping-centre beauty counters where women get their moustaches waxed in their lunch break.

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Ryan Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 12:37:21 GMT
The Battle of Jutland: the Chilcot shambles of its day

The mist and confusion surrounding the May 1916 naval battle is a reminder of the fearsome cost of military miscalculation

As the summer’s sporting calendar again comes into view, another familiar ritual of the season is an anguished backward look at the Battle of the Somme, which the British army launched against the Kaiser’s Germany on 1 July 1916. But should it share some of the anniversary attention?

At the Somme, Britain suffered 20,000 dead on the first day alone, beginning a grinding attrition that staggered to an inconclusive end on 18 November 1916. Little wonder that it always overshadows a briefer passage of arms to break the first world war’s military deadlock just a month earlier. Over in a few hours with 10,000 dead on both sides, it proved far more significant to the eventual allied victory.

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Louis Lee mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:30:24 GMT
Our European allies dread Brexit, and they have good reason to fear it
The ambition of some anti-Europeans goes further than pushing Britain out. They hope to destroy the EU

It is the morning after the nightmare before. Britain wakes up on 24 June to find that it has chosen to quit the European Union. Breathless reporters tell viewers of breakfast-time news that David Cameron is holed up at No 10 preparing a speech to parliament which is expected to include an announcement that he will be resigning as prime minister. Boris Johnson is already preparing his leadership bid. He has taken a call from Donald Trump offering congratulations and campaign tips. Nigel Farage, his ambition achieved and needing a fresh purpose in life, is in talks about merging Ukip with a Borisovian Tory party. Vladimir Putin enjoys a celebratory vodka at the Kremlin. In France, Marine Le Pen tells her enthused supporters that Britain has sounded the death rattle of the EU and Frexit will follow. In Berlin, a solemn Angela Merkel says...

How would the German chancellor and other EU leaders respond? It is an important question. Arguably, there’s no more crucial question in this referendum. Even the most ardent of the Outers have to acknowledge that a Brexiting Britain couldn’t just cast off from its continent and drift into the mid-Atlantic. Britain would still want and need a relationship with our closest neighbours. It has even occasionally been the contention of some Outers that we’d have a better relationship with the EU once we’d self-ejected. So how the rest of the EU would react to Brexit and the impact that Brexit would have on the EU are crucial issues. I suppose it is because they are so crucial that they have barely featured during the referendum campaign.

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Chris Cox mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:01 GMT
The secret army of cheerleaders policing China’s internet | John Naughton
Far from being a blunt instrument, China’s censorship of the web uses subtlety and distraction to keep its people off the streets

If you ever wanted an illustration of why academic research is not just important but vital, then the work of Gary King, professor of sociology at Harvard, could serve as exhibit A. Why? Well, one of the more pressing strategic issues that faces western governments is how to adjust to the emergence of China as a new global superpower. The first requirement for intelligent reorientation is a rounded understanding of this new reality. And while it may be that in the foreign offices and chancelleries of the west officials and policy makers are busily boning up on Chinese industrial and geopolitical strategy (what the hell are they up to in the South China Sea, for example?), I see little evidence that anyone in government has been paying attention to how the Beijing regime seems to have solved a problem that no other government has cracked: namely, how to control, manage and harness the internet for its own purposes.

Strangely, our rulers still seem blissfully unaware of this, which is odd because – as I pointed out ages ago – there’s no longer any excuse for ignorance: Professor King has done most of the heavy lifting required. In a landmark study published in Science in 2014, for example, he and his colleagues reported on a remarkable, fine-grained investigation that they conducted into how the Chinese regime controls the network.

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Clarence Gray mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
With my brother in Guantánamo Bay, the heart of my family is missing | Yahdih Ould Salahi

He will now have his case reviewed. We are desperately hoping that we can finally welcome Mohamedou back home

I was 19 years old when my brother disappeared, and I was 20 when I discovered he was in Guantánamo. I’m 33 now, and a German citizen living in Dusseldorf, where I work as a computer systems engineer.

I have a productive and peaceful life because of my brother. We grew up in Mauritania, one of the world’s poorest countries. I am the youngest of 12 siblings. My father died not long after I was born, and Mohamedou became the heart of our family. He studied hard, winning a scholarship to study engineering in Germany.

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Earl Simmons mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Has anyone kept their faith in Christianity? | Barbara Ellen
A new report reveals that even people raised in church are losing their religion

A new report says that those who identify as having “no religion” (“Nones”) outnumber Christians in England and Wales. While Christians (Anglicans, Catholics and others) made up 43.8% of the population, the Nones represented 48.5%, almost double the 25% describing themselves this way in the 2011 census.

While obviously there are also other religions, the report (“Contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales” by Stephen Bullivant, due to be launched in the House of Commons next week) focuses on the rising indifference towards Christianity, and the failure of the churches to retain people who were brought up as Christians – a switch also reflected in statistics from Scotland and, to a lesser extent, Northern Ireland.

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Kevin Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
The Observer view on Donald Trump
It’s time to tell the ugly truth before it’s too late

Now that what once seemed inconceivable has happened, what are Americans who care about their country, its hard-won values and its leading international role going to do about it? The prospect that Donald Trump will secure the Republican party’s presidential nomination at its Cleveland convention in July can no longer sensibly be ignored or denied. Revised delegate counts last week indicated the property tycoon commands a majority going into the first ballot. It appears only an unprecedented internal party coup, or some kind of personal meltdown or disqualifying scandal can stop Trump running for the White House in November as official GOP nominee.

That Trump cannot be considered a fit and proper person to occupy the office of president should be evident. But if the rumbustious primary season has demonstrated anything, it is that large numbers of voters are so angry about the state of their country, so dissatisfied with the system and so fearful of global changes that they seem ready to suspend normal, informed judgment. A vote for Trump is a vote against the status quo. But in too many cases, it is also an immature, isolationist, tantrum cry for a return to a mythical Fortress America that supposedly existed before Muslims and Mexicans and other “foreign” influences arrived on Main Street.

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George Flores mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:01 GMT
Leave Hinkley to the hedgehogs. This debacle needs to be taken in hand
Environmental protections on EDF’s troubled Somerset construction site are excellent, apparently. Very little else about the project is

Have you heard about the terrific bat houses and hedgehog tunnels down at Hinkley Point in Somerset? Energy minister Andrea Leadsom has been to inspect them herself and raved about them last week to a select committee of MPs. They were evidence, she suggested, of the depth of commitment of French firm EDF to the £18bn nuclear power station due to be built on the site.

Well, maybe. Talk of bats and hedgehogs at least provided some relief from the familiar crop of Hinkley news. French economy minister Emmanuel Macron said he was “fully behind” the project but EDF’s unions confirmed that they weren’t. Jean-Luc Magnaval, secretary of EDF’s workers’ committee, told the BBC that the unions “have reservations about several aspects of the project: organisation, supply chain, installation and procurement”. That’s a long list.

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Harry Cruz mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
There’s nothing a Brexiter loves more than a good conspiracy
Rather than engaging in genuine debate, Vote Leave assumes the Remain camp is lying or plotting

In the immortal words of Clint Eastwood, “You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky’?” If the British feel lucky we will trust Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage. We will agree with them that the economists warning of recession, the trade unionists warning of an attack on workers’ rights, and the Nato allies warning of threats to the unity of the west are wrong. All wrong.

What am I saying – “wrong”? The Brexiters can never concede that a bearer of unwelcome arguments is debating in good faith. They are not just wrong. Wrong is too weak a word. They are lying. They are corrupt. No critic, however outwardly pure, is free of a sickly compulsion to deceive us.

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Alfred Long mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:03:17 GMT
In telling their life stories, we seek to restore dignity to society’s ‘ghosts’ | Nicci Gerrard
More than a million people have dementia in the UK. We can give them a new voice, writes Orwell prize winner

When people are in the last stages of dementia, we who love them (we whom they have loved) may bend over them, trying to find in the sounds they are making some words, sentences, a form of communication and a kind of meaning. Even a syllable is precious now. It is a bit like a parent straining to hear language emerging from their baby’s babble of sound – but with a baby this emergent language marks the beginning of the great formation of the self, and is full of hope and possibility.

With the person who lives – and who dies – with dementia, the language that connects us to others is disappearing, the self is being broken up. An entire world is being un-made. We come to darkness, silence, the radical slowing of death: dementia’s long goodbye.

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Steven Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:17 GMT
What you need to teach at LSE? A role in Maleficent | Catherine Bennett
The university’s appointment of Angelina Jolie reveals much about the marketisation of higher education

Though it may take a while to establish her long-term contribution to the reputational recovery of the LSE, following its embrace of the Gaddafis , the awarding of a professorship to the actor and humanitarian envoy Angelina Jolie has already helped distract from that university’s ranking in the latest league table. So much so that the makers of these lists may want to consider adding a celebrity variable to valuations such as student satisfaction and job prospects.

What percentage of the university’s teaching staff has appeared in a top-grossing film, such as Professor Jolie Pitt’s Maleficent? Rates high for gowns? How many undergraduates are forced to endure three years of toil without meeting someone who has been up – at least – for a Bafta? Recalculated on that basis, the LSE comes top of all the universities in the world, with Oxford in second place, the credit for that going entirely to one college, Lady Margaret Hall. It recently awarded visiting fellowships to, among others, Emma Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Neil Tennant, of the Pet Shop Boys, promising “fascinating interactions”.

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Jimmy Garcia mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Shocking? No, just true to the fiery spirit of Brecht | Vanessa Thorpe

Of course there is swearing in the National’s production of The Threepenny Opera. The play is an attack on bourgeois values

Ever wanted to stand up in front of a vast crowd of genteel, cultured people – perhaps the packed auditorium of the Olivier at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank? – and call out a series of expletives? Such was the opportunity given last week to members of the cast of the venue’s new production of The Threepenny Opera.

Its talented stars – including Rory Kinnear, Haydn Gwynne and Sharon Small – had the chance, courtesy of a freshly abrasive translation from Brecht’s German by Simon Stephens, to use an assortment of what the prim might describe as “playground expletives” throughout the evening, while the grim story of Macheath, the rapist and serial killer, unfolded.

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Chad Evans mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
David Cameron's referendum nightmare

Chris Riddell on alooming crisis for the prime minister

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Louis Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 09:14:10 GMT
Music fans could be target of next UK terror attack - security chief

Top counter-terrorism officer tells music executives to take extra security measures in run-up to festival season

Music fans and nightclubbers could be the target of the next major terrorist attack in Britain, a top counter-terrorism officer has warned ahead of the country’s festival season.

Music executives were invited alongside Premier League football bosses to a recent anti-terrorism briefing at Wembley stadium to hear the warning from Neil Basu, deputy assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan police, who is in charge of the country’s protective security.

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Dennis Ward mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:34:46 GMT
Property investors profited from backing BHS buyer Dominic Chappell

Allied Commercial Exporters made millions on real estate deals after boosting takeover consortium leader’s credibility as a buyer with £35m in funds

Property investors provided Dominic Chappell with the £35m needed to show Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia group that he was a credible buyer for BHS, it has emerged. Allied Commercial Exporters (ACE) then went on to make millions from a series of real estate deals with the department store chain.

ACE, which is run by Guy and Alexander Dellal, the son and grandson of property investor “Black Jack” Dellal, backed Chappell’s takeover with the consortium Retail Acquisitions before buying an office block from BHS and loaning the retailer money at such a fierce interest rate that it was known by management as the “Wonga” loan.

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Daniel Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 12:01:39 GMT
Academy trust accused of discriminating against disabled pupils

Parents furious after Dean Trust says it will move children with special educational needs and disabilities to worse school

An academy trust has been accused of segregating disabled pupils after announcing that it would bus children with special educational needs and disabilities from a well-performing school to a worse school because of limited resources.

The Dean Trust, which runs schools in Trafford, Cheshire and Liverpool, has informed parents of children with special needs who are due to start at Ashton-on-Mersey school in September that, because of “limited resources”, their children will attend lessons at the undersubscribed Broadoak school in Partington, six miles away.

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Todd White mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 13:48:21 GMT
Greater Manchester police force refers itself to IPCC over woman's death

Referral comes after a woman spoken to by officers following abandoned 999 call is found dead a short while later

The Greater Manchester police force has referred itself to the police watchdog over the death of a 42-year-old woman.

Officers spoke to the woman, who had minor facial injuries, when they attended an address in Failsworth, Oldham, after they received an abandoned emergency call.

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Bruce Fisher mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:58:40 GMT
Thai speedboat crash - second Briton found dead

Search for 46-year-old Jason Parnell called off after rescuers find body near site of accident, bringing death toll to four

The body of a British man missing for four days after a tourist speedboat crashed in southern Thailand has been found close to where the boat went down, bringing the death toll to four.

The vessel, which was carrying 32 tourists and four crew, capsized on Thursday afternoon after it was hit by a wave near a rocky stretch of coast on Koh Samui, a popular island in the Gulf of Thailand.

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Adam Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 10:40:02 GMT
Rabbits hopping mad about hutches, says naturalist Chris Packham

BBC presenter says we should be constantly rethinking how we look after animals

It is the childhood ambition for many a budding naturalist, bringing Fluffy the rabbit into the home complete with its own purpose-built hutch. But, according to the wildlife expert Chris Packham, the nation’s pet rabbits are hopping mad about their wooden homes.

Delivering a withering assessment at this weekend’s Hay literary festival of how we keep our pets, the BBC presenter said: “We don’t revise our ideas about animal husbandry quick enough. Rabbits are kept in hutches because we were growing them for food, not keeping them as pets.

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Carl Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:30:14 GMT
National Obesity Forum faces backlash over ‘dangerous’ diet advice
Members of campaign group to disown controversial guidelines to eat fats and cut down on carbohydrates

Britain’s leading anti-obesity campaign group is in turmoil after its controversial new dietary advice provoked serious infighting and threats by leading doctors to shun it over its “misleading” views.

Privately, the National Obesity Forum (NOF) is in disarray over recommendations last week that people should eat more fat, reduce carbohydrates and stop counting calories.

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Antonio Ellis mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:30:56 GMT
Inmarsat faces relegation from FTSE 100

Satellite communications group’s technical problems and profit warning may push it into FTSE 250 just a year after joining top flight index

Inmarsat, the satellite communications group, is on course to lose its place in the FTSE 100 less than a year after joining the top flight index.

The company has run into a number of obstacles in recent months, including delays in completing its Global Xpress satellite network – which offers high-speed broadband services to customers such as airlines – following problems with the Russian Proton rocket launchers.

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Steven Watson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:12:00 GMT
Jeremy Corbyn ‘failed to reply’ to Israeli Labour on fears of antisemitism

Labour MPs say leader’s attitude to invitation to Jerusalem is ‘flat-footed and lackadaisical’

Jeremy Corbyn faced fresh criticism over his handling of antisemitism allegations after Labour’s sister party in Israel said it had had no reply to a letter its leader sent to him a month ago expressing dismay and inviting him to Jerusalem to see the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

Labour MPs said they were shocked that no response had apparently been sent and added that it was further evidence of the party leadership’s slow and inadequate response to the crisis.

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Steve Warren mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:00:14 GMT
UK weapons sales to oppressive regimes top £3bn a year
Big increase since 2014 in quantity of missiles and bombs sold to countries on Foreign Office’s list of human rights violators

The UK is selling record quantities of arms – including missiles, bombs and grenades – to countries listed by the Foreign Office as having dubious human rights records. Several have been accused of war crimes or suppressing popular protest.

More than £3bn of British-made weaponry was licensed for export last year to 21 of the Foreign Office’s 30 “human rights priority countries” – those identified by the government as being where “the worst, or greatest number of, human rights violations take place”, or “where we judge that the UK can make a real difference”. Listed countries that last year bought British arms and military equipment include:

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Chris Mason mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Donald Trump handicap looms over reborn Turnberry
The US billionaire’s political exploits have complicated the reopening of his golf course in Ayrshire, which has undergone a £200m transformation

Where the ninth green and the 10th tee meet on the Ailsa golf course in Turnberry, on the south Ayrshire coast, is one of the most stunning vistas anywhere on the planet where this old game is played.

Rising from the rough grass on this clifftop is a white Victorian lighthouse, the landmark that lends this golf course its most enduring characteristic. Built in 1873, it stands as a memorial to the remains of the 13th-century castle of Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s greatest king. But for how much longer?

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Jesse Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:56:09 GMT
Failure to report signs of child abuse ‘should be made a criminal offence’

Survivor charities are calling for the threat of legal action to make schools, care homes and hospitals more vigilant in protecting young people

Teachers and doctors will face criminal sanctions if they fail to report concerns that children are being abused, under controversial proposals to be discussed in a government consultation.

The clamour for changes to the UK’s child protection law has been growing since the Jimmy Savile scandal, which exposed how the DJ abused hundreds of young victims at institutions across the country. It emerged that, despite the fact that many people had concerns about Savile’s behaviour, very few raised them with the authorities.

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Shawn Martinez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:55:45 GMT
Women lead the call to arms as anti-fracking fight intensifies

Female opposition to drilling soars as mothers unite in desire to safeguard children’s future

“We are ready for them,” said Tina Louise Rothery. “It has been a long battle but we have been ready for a confrontation for a long time.”

Rothery is one of a growing group of women at the forefront of opposition to fracking. Of the 250 anti-fracking community groups that have sprung up in Britain in the past few years, very many are led, or strongly backed, by women, who say they have been outraged at plans to risk people’s health by exploiting the countryside for shale gas.

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Allen Watson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 19:35:27 GMT
Michael Eavis urges Glastonbury fans to use their vote on Europe
Glastonbury clashes with the referendum, but festival founder has plans to ensure visitors don’t miss out – and wants young people to vote to remain in EU

Michael Eavis, the Somerset farmer who runs the world’s biggest music festival, Glastonbury, has appealed to fans converging for this year’s event (from 22 to 26 June) to vote in the European Union referendum.

Eavis and his festival have been the subject of concern from some political quarters – notably former Labour leader Neil Kinnock – because the gates for Glastonbury open the day before the referendum on Thursday 23 June, with music under way on the Friday morning. Lord Kinnock, who became a European commissioner and was vice-president of the European commission until 2004, said it would be a shame if young people were “rocking instead of voting”.

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Adam Cox mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:34:34 GMT
Andy Burnham presses George Osborne over Manchester '£1bn black hole'

Labour contender for mayor says northern powerhouse initiative could change region’s fortunes or go down as ‘elaborate con’

Andy Burnham, who wants to be Labour’s Manchester mayoral candidate, has called on George Osborne to take action over what he called a £1bn black hole in the northern powerhouse initiative.

Analysis of public services finances across Greater Manchester has found that a £1bn shortfall would emerge over the course of this parliament. Central government grants to the region’s 10 councils will fall by £836m between 2015 and 2020, and Manchester city council is set to lose £163m by 2019/20, according to Burnham.

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Mark Jackson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 15:43:23 GMT
All scientific papers to be free by 2020 under EU proposals

Results of research supported by public and public-private funds set to be made freely available to all

All publicly funded scientific papers published in Europe could be made free to access by 2020, under a “life-changing” reform ordered by the European Union’s science chief, Carlos Moedas.

The Competitiveness Council, a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade and industry, agreed on the target following a two-day meeting in Brussels last week.

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Kenneth Ellis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:11:52 GMT
Varoufakis, McDonnell and Lucas make 'radical' case for remaining in EU

Ex-Greek finance minister joins shadow chancellor and Green MP to make leftwing case for staying in EU

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, is joining forces with the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis to make the “radical” case for the UK to remain in the European Union, after both sides of the referendum campaign were criticised for making misleading and overly negative arguments.

Related: Brexit is an empire-era trick. Only the radical case for Europe makes sense | Yanis Varoufakis

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Lawrence Turner mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:29:52 GMT
HMRC fails in attempt to recoup £50m from Chelsea Barracks sale

Appeal court rejects application by HM Revenue & Customs to collect up to £50m in stamp duty after sale of barracks to Qatar

The tax office has failed in its attempt to reclaim as much as £50m in stamp duty from the near-£1bn sale of the Chelsea Barracks to Qatar.

Judges at the court of appeal ruled that HM Revenue & Customs had pursued the wrong party following the sale of the central London site in 2007.

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Brian White mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 15:46:24 GMT
Kurdish forces in big push against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Peshmerga fighters tighten noose around Mosul as Iraqi forces target Falluja and Syrians advance north of Raqqa stronghold

Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by the US-led coalition have launched attacks on Islamic State east of Mosul as the campaign to oust the militants stepped up with three offensives across Iraq and Syria.

Related: Isis may face Falluja bloodbath, but new offensive shows power to spread terror

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Craig Owens mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:56:47 GMT
Syria: fears for aid airdrops plan as UN appears to backtrack

International Syria Support Group had agreed to start airdrops on 1 June but UN seems to have decided project is too risky without regime cooperation

Concern is growing that the United Nations is backtracking on plans to use airdrops to send food and urgent medicine to the besieged towns of Syria, amid indications that the organisation believes the tactic is too dangerous without the support of the Syrian government.

A meeting of the International Syria Support Group on 17 April in Vienna said it would start airdrops from 1 June if the Syrian government continued to block World Food Programme aid and land convoys reaching besieged areas.

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Douglas Mason mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 13:45:32 GMT
Gorilla shot and killed after grabbing four-year-old at Cincinnati Zoo

Zoo staff believe the boy crawled through a fence before falling into a moat surrounding the enclosure, when he was grabbed by the gorilla

A special zoo response team has shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla that grabbed and dragged a four-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director said.

Authorities said the boy, who fell 10ft to 12ft, is expected to recover after being picked up out of the moat and dragged by the gorilla for about 10 minutes. He was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre with serious injuries.

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Clarence Reyes mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:46:00 GMT
Palestinians arrested over Jerusalem bus bomb attack

Israeli internal security service Shin Bet said suspected militant cell was planning other car bombings and shootings

Israel’s internal security service says it has arrested six Palestinians from the West Bank suspected of preparing explosives and planning the bomb attack on a bus in Jerusalem that wounded 21 Israelis last month.

The Shin Bet said on Sunday that the suspected militant cell from the Bethlehem area was planning other car bombings and shootings.

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Steve Warren mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:01:28 GMT
Pope Francis encourages young to create digital personalities

YouTube personalities from all over the world met the pontiff for a wide-ranging debate with the self-proclaimed ‘tech dinosaur’

Pope Francis demonstrated his digital credentials on Sunday by holding an intimate meeting with YouTube stars, throwing his support behind popular beauty videos and encouraging his celebrity guests to help young people create virtual identities.

Immediately after the meeting Pope Francis addressed participants of an educational conference at the Vatican, attended by actors including Salma Hayek, Richard Gere and George Clooney, who was accompanied by his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

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Jeff Turner mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 12:10:36 GMT
Saudi Arabia kills Nigerian man in 95th execution of the year

Fahd Houssawi was put to death for murder of police officer as human rights groups raise concern over surge in executions

Saudi authorities have executed a Nigerian man after convicting him of murdering a police officer.

It was the 95th execution of the year in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, which imposes the death penalty for offences including murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy. The surge in executions has drawn concern from human rights groups.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Poor polls, scandal, a cussed rival … how it’s all going wrong for Hillary Clinton
She was expected to be the clear frontrunner for the presidency. But after a terrible week, Hillary Clinton is still trading blows with Bernie Sanders as the Donald Trump menace grows

The week that Donald Trump finally sealed the Republican presidential nomination ought to have been a triumphant one for Hillary Clinton. With a final few delegates nudging him past the official finishing line on Thursday, here at last was the candidate that Democrats always dreamed of running against: unpopular, undisciplined and ostensibly unelectable in November’s general election.

Yet in the Alice in Wonderland world of American politics in 2016, nothing is what it seems. Clinton supporters would instead have to stomach six impossible things before the week was out.

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Chad Warren mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 12:48:25 GMT
France 'to go all the way' to make multinationals pay their taxes

Finance minister Michel Sapin rules out UK-style deal with Google or McDonald’s and says more cases could follow

France will “go all the way” to ensure multinationals operating on its soil pay their taxes while more cases could follow after Google and McDonald’s were targeted in tax raids, the finance minister, Michel Sapin, has said.

Sapin also ruled out negotiating a deal with Google on back taxes, as Britain did in January. “We’ll go all the way. There could be other cases,” Sapin said.

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Wayne Perez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 10:22:02 GMT
Missing Japanese boy left in mountains as punishment, say police

Rescuers continue search for Yamato Tanooka, seven, in Hokkaido mountains after parents told police he got lost hiking

The parents of a seven-year-old Japanese boy missing in the mountains have said they had left him as a punishment and he did not get lost during a hike as first claimed, police said.

More than 150 rescuers and police officers were searching for a second day in mountains on the Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, after Yamato Tanooka went missing on Saturday, a police spokesman said.

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Jason Butler mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 09:38:38 GMT
Former Chad dictator to learn fate after alleged victims' long fight for justice

Dakar court to give verdict on Monday on whether Hissène Habré is guilty of murder, torture, rape and crimes against humanity

Chad’s former dictator is to learn his fate on Monday after a 26-year battle by his alleged victims to bring him to justice.

A court in Dakar will decide whether Hissène Habré is guilty of murder, torture, rape and crimes against humanity in the culmination of a five-month trial.

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Patrick Morales mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
Puerto Rico's born-again farmers dig for victory in island's debt battle

Agriculture on the Caribbean island is reviving as Puerto Ricans go back to the land to grow food for local consumption and help tackle a $73bn debt crisis

Nelson Rosada has been a chef for 28 years. He takes pride in having crafted many extraordinary dishes. But, he claims, none have been as special as the food he now serves daily at the Caribe Hilton Hotel, on the north-east coast of Puerto Rico.

Related: Caribbean neighbors Cuba and Puerto Rico wonder who really won cold war

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Ryan West mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 02:20:18 GMT
China's richest man opens Wanda World to rival Shanghai Disney

Wang Jianlin is positioning the theme park in Nanchang as a direct competitor to the $5.5bn Disney park opening in June

China’s largest private property developer, the Wanda Group, has opened an entertainment complex that it is positioning as a distinctly homegrown rival to Disney and its $5.5bn Shanghai theme park opening next month.

Wanda executives unveiled the $3bn Wanda City in the southeastern provincial capital of Nanchang to thundering music reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme and hailed the centre as a representative of Chinese entertainment culture in the face of encroaching foreign influences.

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Roy Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:59:40 GMT
Australia covered up UN climate change fears for Tasmania forests and Kakadu

Fears about damage to the Great Barrier Reef were removed from UN report along with concern about a threat to the environment in two other heritage sites

A draft UN report on climate change, which was scrubbed of all reference to Australia over fears it could deter visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, also outlined possible threats to the Tasmania wilderness and Kakadu.

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Chris Ellis mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 01:38:12 GMT
Pakistan bans contraceptive advertisements on TV and radio

Regulatory body says move will protect ‘innocent children’ from being exposed to the concept of birth control

Pakistan has banned advertisements for contraceptive products on television and radio over concern that they expose inquisitive children to the subject of sex.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said it was acting in response to complaints from parents and its ban covered all contraceptive, birth control and family planning products.

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Jerry Nelson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:36:49 GMT
Items belonging to missing Australian man found in Brazil

Rye Hunt has not been seen since 21 May, when he failed to meet up with his travelling companion at an airport in Rio

Some of missing Australian man Rye Hunt’s belongings have been found more than a week after he disappeared from Rio de Janeiro’s main airport.

The 25-year-old left Galeao international airport in a taxi on 21 May, after arranging to meet his travelling companion again in 30 minutes, his family said in a statement on Sunday.

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Kenneth Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 02:09:56 GMT
Western Australia earthquake has strength of 'atomic bomb'

Quake that shakes WA goldfields on Saturday and Sunday caused by tectonic plate stress

An earthquake that shook Western Australia’s goldfields overnight had the strength of an “atomic bomb” blasting underground.

Three earthquakes hit near Norseman, including a magnitude 5.2 tremor reportedly felt as far away as Perth.

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Craig Nelson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 12:53:51 GMT
Protests grow as Greece moves refugees to warehouses ‘not fit for animals’

Closure of Idomeni sees families living in military-run accommodation blocks with no running water or electricity

Conditions inside a network of new permanent refugee camps in Greece have been described as so bleak and lacking in basic amenities that they are “not fit for animals”. Around 3,000 refugees were last week transported to the sites after a vast makeshift camp at Idomeni, near Greece’s border with Macedonia, was finally cleared by police.

Related: Idomeni: Greek riot police move in to clear refugee camp

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Mark Cox mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:24:20 GMT
Remains of missing British hiker Tom Billings found in Canada

The 22-year-old from Oxford disappeared while walking near Vancouver more than two years ago

The remains of a British hiker have been found in Canada more than two years after he went missing.

Tom Billings, 22, from Oxford, was spending eight weeks travelling in North America when he was last seen in Vancouver in November 2013. He was reported missing a week later after he failed to return to his accommodation.

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Clarence Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 03:48:29 GMT
Protesters clash with police outside Donald Trump rally in San Diego

Trump denies California is experiencing a drought as hundreds of riot police are deployed to deal with demonstrators

Police in riot gear fired pepper-balls and beanbags at protesters outside a Donald Trump rally in San Diego, California, on Friday evening as unrest inspired by the presumptive Republican nominee continues to simmer.

Earlier in the day in Fresno, Trump denied that there was a major drought affecting the state, saying instead that when he becomes president he will “start opening up the water.”

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Nicholas Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:11 GMT
University league tables 2017

Find a course at a UK university

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Craig Henry mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:00:08 GMT
Should I sleep-train my child?

New research suggests letting infants cry for short periods until they settle can help both parent and child sleep better. But is it emotionally harmful?

I am confident that one day our six-year-old will sleep through the night. It may not be this week; it may take until secondary school. If we had sleep trained her, it might have been different, but I just couldn’t bear the tears. This makes me eligible to join the latest guilt trip after research in pediatrics showed that delaying bedtime and letting infants cry for short periods until they settle may be an act of kindness. Rather than causing emotional harm, it can help both parent and child sleep better.

It’s a debate that gets incredibly heated. Nearly half of mothers with babies over six months say their child has sleeping problems. Dr Michael Gradisar, lead author of a recent Australian study, says opponents tried to get the ethics committee to shut it down. The researchers randomized 43 infants with sleep problems between the ages of six and 16 months to either a usual routine, graduated extinction (allowing babies to cry for short periods over several nights) or fading (where the baby is put to bed a quarter of an hour later).

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Billy Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
Rogue Justice review: Bush, 9/11 and the assault on American liberty

Karen Greenberg’s new book explores the decade after the cataclysm of 9/11 and how the US came ‘perilously close’ to ‘losing the protections of the Bill of Rights’

War poses special threats to democracy, but the most pernicious challenges often come from within. History reveals that nothing has more power to undermine democratic institutions than the boundless fear of a foreign enemy.

Related: How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers | Mark Hertsgaard

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Henry Cole mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
Nigel Slater’s seafood and fish broth recipes

The cooking liquor for fish and seafood makes a great base for a broth. Just add herbs and dried Asian mushrooms

I made two light, aromatic broths this week. The first was a pot of stock, warm with sherry and black pepper: an amber pool in which to cook a whole silver-skinned fish for two. A couple of days later, when the fishmonger received his net bags of mussels and clams, I made another, golden and smoky, with sweet onions and cured back bacon. Surf and turf at its simplest.

The cooking liquor for the whole fish – a home-made dashi, really – required a little specialist shopping. Ginger and dried shiitake are hardly strangers to my kitchen, but I wanted to add bonito flakes (katsuobushi) and some kombu – the pieces of dark green seaweed that feel so right for cooking something whose home was in the sea. A local wholefood shop had both. (Sadly, an online search of one major supermarket for kombu brought only a suggestion to try Caneston Combi instead.) The online shop at is an excellent countrywide source.

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Alfred Harris mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
The Garden House Inn, Durham: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

Korean pork belly, Anglo-Indian lamb, lobster sandwiches… Jay relishes big flavours and huge portions in Durham

The Garden House Inn, Framwellgate, Peth, Durham DH1 4NQ (0191 386 3395). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £70

On the pavement outside Durham’s Garden House Inn is a blackboard sign. It reads: “Food now being served.” It’s a very quiet way by which to announce the noisy, muscular, sometimes thrilling cooking to be found inside this pub just outside the city centre. God knows the people of Durham need to be made aware of it. I found out about the things going on in there courtesy of the rather brilliant Secret Diner, the restaurant critic for the Newcastle-based Journal newspaper.

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Dennis Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 09:30:00 GMT
Early computers as objets d’art
Eye-catching design didn’t begin with Apple, as a new, digitally-aided photography series illustrates

“Dials and buttons, knobs and switches; they’re very charming,” says James Ball, the digital art director behind a new photography series called Guide to Computing, which celebrates early computers. Ball, who works under the pseudonym Docubyte, began the project after developing a fascination and affection for such retro devices.

“It’s rare now to find any machine that you can touch and interact with,” he says. “Computers now are all touch screens, slick and super-slim.” Ball feels that computers that pre-date the Apple era aren’t widely considered to be design pieces, and his nostalgia for this earlier, more “naive” aesthetic led him to seek out and photograph a range of machines that date from the latter half of the 20th century, representing them as if they were new and desirable products.

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Earl Foster mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman – review
Tracy Borman’s engaging attempt to reveal the intimate secrets of Tudor monarchs has one problem: they didn’t really have any

When it comes to popular history, the territory occupied by the Tudor monarchs, with their tumultuous religious sectarianism, their beheadings and spouses and intrigues, is thoroughly well trodden. The subtitle of Tracy Borman’s latest book offers a tempting prospect on a familiar scene. Will she draw back the arras to uncover the “secrets of Britain’s greatest dynasty”?

The answer is, no, not really. This is less to do with Borman’s skills as a historical researcher than the idea of physical privacy itself – which is an intensely modern one, a particular luxury of our era. Certainly, the Tudor monarchs (and their subjects) understood to a high degree the importance of hierarchy and etiquette but saw no requirement, for instance, to establish the sanitary barriers between physical functions that we now coyly regard as necessary. Going to the lavatory was a public activity (28 companionable seats in Hampton Court’s Great House of Easement), and so, for the most part, was childbirth. Bodily smells were rampant. Sex could rarely be conducted in complete secrecy.

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Lee Phillips mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:59:24 GMT
Going native isn’t always best | James Wong

Most garden plants in the UK are a mix of the flora of six continents. So there is no reason for gardeners to limit their options

I hear it at least once a week: “To help our British wildlife we must focus on growing native plants.” It’s evangelised on gardening TV shows, in horticultural magazines and has even found its way into planning legislation. The one problem with this ubiquitous piece of science advice is that it really isn’t very scientific, and may even hamper your attempts to support local biodiversity.

The “native is best” hypothesis rests on three basic premises: first, that British wildlife is somehow a clear-cut group that is dramatically different from wildlife abroad. Secondly, our native plants are equally unique, with highly specialised adaptations. Finally, that these highly specialised adaptations create a perfect ecological fit, which renders non-indigenous plants measurably worse sources of food and shelter for local animals.

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Mark Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:24 GMT
A nautical New York apartment

A prop stylist’s mix of vintage with comfort gives his Alphabet City flat a beach shack vibe, finds Candice Pires

It is not unusual for Anthony D’Argenzio to remove a painting from his apartment wall and take it to work with him. He is a prop stylist for photography shoots and creative events, and his home doubles as a prop store. That’s not to say it is a collection of random junk. The tiny New York apartment is a carefully curated tableau with everything designed and placed to create a visual statement.

Throughout his living space, props repeatedly lend themselves to decoration. An old wooden ladder hangs horizontally above the kitchen shelves. As you enter the hallway, two slim reclaimed windowpanes are fixed either side of the wall, because he likes the way they look.

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Kenneth Jackson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Alice Through the Looking Glass review – HG Wells meets Hogwarts

James Bobin’s effects-heavy adaptation has little in common with the source material

It’s hard to think of a movie franchise that is less in tune with the spirit of the source material than Disney’s effects-bludgeoning, action onslaught adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical Alice stories. This sequel to Tim Burton’s megabucks first film has a new director – James Bobin takes over and Burton produces – but it refers more to Alice’s first big screen outing than it does to anything in Carroll’s books. Despite the fact that Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is now a sea captain who can escape pirate pursuers by stunt piloting a three-masted sailing ship over a sand bank, the forces of patriarchy in Victorian England are still out to oppress her.

As with the last film, Alice escapes to “Underland”, where she finds the Hatter (Johnny Depp, looking as though he fell head first into a Mac counter) in the grip of a morbid depression. To save him, she must steal the chronosphere from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen, responsible for the film’s funniest moments) and travel back to meddle with the past. A blitzkrieg of digital effects and a kind of HG Wells meets Hogwarts aesthetic is not enough to distract from the fact that the storytelling is all smoke and mirrors and very little in the way of heart.

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Donald Gray mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Money Monster review – a shouty blend of The Big Short and Network

Jack O’Connell makes a lot of noise to little effect in Jodie Foster’s crude media satire

Jodie Foster directs this shouty satire, which blends the glib economic cynicism of The Big Short with Network’s skewering of an unscrupulous media. But while it makes a lot of noise – largely courtesy of Jack O’Connell’s sweaty, high-decibel panic attack of a performance – this is a film that lacks the authentic anger of the former and the sniper-like accuracy of the latter.

George Clooney wears a smirk, an expensive suit and a complete lack of sincerity as the showboating host of a financial TV show titled Money Monster. Lee Gates is a one-man bull market, dispensing profligate financial advice to an audience conditioned to think that their slice of the pie is there for the taking. When one of his tips turns bad, losing $800m in a single day, Lee chuckles that some of his viewers got their “asses smacked”.

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Louis Owens mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Sunday's best TV: Top Gear; Wallander; Naked And Afraid

Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc reboot the motoring show, Wallander continues its long goodbye and there’s more pixellated survivalism in the Discovery series

9pm, BBC1
The long goodbye continues. The case pursued in Henning Mankell’s final crime novel, The Troubled Man – about Linda Wallander’s imposing new father-in-law – is low in the mix for now, with Kurt (Kenneth Branagh) instead trying to focus on a vanished young woman. The drama focuses on the detective’s disintegrating mind. His blanks and wobbles lead to more elegant pauses than ever, in a penultimate episode so underplayed it’s virtually subterranean. Jack Seale

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Wayne Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Why does ice cream give you brain freeze?

A cold sensation in the mouth can lead to pain in the head. Here’s why…

A British bank holiday usually calls for a trip to the ice cream van, even if there is more drizzle than dazzling sunshine. But go easy - a big bite of a 99 Flake can quickly give you a headache, sometimes known as ‘brain freeze’.

While this name describes the feeling, it’s wrong, as the brain doesn’t have any pain receptors of its own. So why does a cold sensation in the mouth lead to pain in the head?

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Paul Gray mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
Fashion shows find their match in historic settings

Great designers are finding inspiration in grand old buildings

The spectacle of the fashion show is a uniquely theatrical one. There have been mise-en-scènes – Kate Moss’s hologram at a McQueen show in 2006, a 256-tonne iceberg at Chanel’s 2010 show and Fendi’s $10m “longest catwalk” on the Great Wall of China from 2008 – that have suggested a level of grandeur and opulence on a par with the ancient Egyptians. Or at least a supercut of an Olympic Opening Ceremony. As the show becomes just as important as the clothes, the move towards ever more awe-inspiring historical venues follows suit. In 2016 it’s all about the palatial show setting as a reminder of the roots. This summer, these are the most fashionable buildings in the world…

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Allen Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:00:01 GMT
Eighty years on, Spain may at last be able to confront the ghosts of civil war

The conflict between Republicans and Nationalists that erupted in 1936 was distorted by Franco and largely neglected by later governments. Now a campaign is under way to open the first international museum telling all sides of the story

On a sunny morning earlier this month, a small group gathered at the entrance to Barcelona’s Fossar de la Pedrera, or Mass Grave of the Quarry. They were a mix of ages and types. An elderly woman, smartly dressed, clutched flowers as she stood next to her middle-aged son. A father and his young daughter waited patiently. Another visitor struggled to keep a restless chihuahua in check and hold on to her parasol.

Related: Spain to make first exhumations from civil war mausoleum

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Kenneth Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 09:00:02 GMT
The Selfish Gene turns 40
In 1976 Richard Dawkins’s study of evolutionary theory became the first popular science bestseller. How do its ideas stand up today?

It’s 40 years since Richard Dawkins suggested, in the opening words of The Selfish Gene, that, were an alien to visit Earth, the question it would pose to judge our intellectual maturity was: “Have they discovered evolution yet?” We had, of course, by the grace of Charles Darwin and a century of evolutionary biologists who had been trying to figure out how natural selection actually worked. In 1976, The Selfish Gene became the first real blockbuster popular science book, a poetic mark in the sand to the public and scientists alike: this idea had to enter our thinking, our research and our culture.

Previous attempts to explain evolution had been academic and rooted in maths. Dawkins walked us through it in prose

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Craig Fisher mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:55:27 GMT
Win or lose, can David Cameron survive fallout from EU war?
Referendum campaign has made public divisions within the Conservative party that have festered for decades

Shortly after Boris Johnson and Michael Gove declared that they would campaign for Brexit back in February, the former Tory leader William Hague seemed more preoccupied with the fate of the Conservative party than with Britain’s future relationship with the EU. “A sustained battle within a party can open wounds that take a generation to heal,” he wrote in a Daily Telegraph column. “Just look at Blair and Brown and the wreckage they left behind.” By suggesting that a split of that magnitude could be on the cards, Hague aimed to focus Tory minds.

The former foreign secretary knew that, as the country approached the 23 June EU referendum, it was about to witness the Tory party playing out the final act of its decades-long internal war over Europe – but this time in public, and ferociously, for every voter to see. What concerned him most was not whether the electorate would decide to leave or stay in the EU, but whether the wounds inflicted in the process would ever heal. Could the Tories survive the bloodbath?

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Jeff Washington mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 10:30:01 GMT
Delegates, not death threats: how the Trump campaign got real to seal the deal

Donald Trump’s official capture of the Republican nomination took many by surprise – but behind the scenes, operatives were simply hitting the phones

Donald Trump’s much-maligned campaign operation secured a critical victory on Thursday, when the billionaire officially secured his party’s nomination for president.

Related: 'Racists!' 'Illegals!' 'Scum!': protesters v Donald Trump supporters

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Nicholas White mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:30:26 GMT
The Lost Tommies by Ross Coulthart review – young martyrs to pointlessness

Recently unearthed in an abandoned French farmhouse, these haunting portraits of British soldiers on the Somme are a lesson to us – and to Isis

“Lest we forget” is the trusting motto of first world war commemorations. All the same, preoccupied by later disasters, we have forgotten this most pointless of conflicts, which began as a fatuous diplomatic squabble and ended as a rehearsal for Armageddon; we need a rude reminder. More than 17 million soldiers and civilians died between 1914 and 1918, but such totals stupefy the brain and numb the heart. The Lost Tommies therefore deals with individuals, not an indiscriminate mass. Ross Coulthart’s book rescues from oblivion a few hundred British combatants who fought in the trenches and foxholes of the Somme, and forces us to look at their depressed, bewildered or downright anguished faces.

Battle was industrialised, and the Somme was like an abattoir in which the men, as Wilfred Owen put it, died like cattle

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Craig Lewis mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:01:17 GMT
‘It’s a great time to be a tourist here’: Iceland prepares for sporting glory
Since the financial crash of 2008, this tiny but resourceful nation has turned bust to boom – and its renewed confidence has extended to football with dreams of victory at Euro 2016

If an Icelander talks about buying a new car or wardrobe that seems too flash, or costs more than they can comfortably afford, they are likely to be told by friends: “Hold on, you’re being a bit 2007.”

Perhaps the best example of being “a bit 2007” was when Landsbanki, one of the Icelandic banks that went bust in 2008, flew its staff, on private jets and two airliners, to a banquet in Milan to celebrate their money-making success. Their risotto was garnished with tiny flakes of gold leaf.

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Jesse Marshall mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:01 GMT
Ground control and Major Tim team up to revive schoolchildren’s interest in space
The British astronaut’s multimedia ability, and the efforts of volunteers back on Earth, are bringing the excitement of his mission into the classroom

It’s a drizzly summer morning down here on planet Earth. Soft is-it-or-isn’t-it rain is falling from the sky. The hedgerows are bursting with nettles and cowslips. And the earth is damp and smells of… I take a deep noseful and think about this. It smells of earth. If you were a long, long way away in a cold and alien place, this spot here, Ottery St Mary, near the folded east Devon hills, is the kind of landscape that might come to you in a hallucinatory dream.

It’s the essence of the English countryside on a cool early summer morning. And somewhere, high above, in a tin capsule circling planet Earth, is Major Tim. The urge to quote David Bowie lyrics is almost irresistible – is irresistible – because at the King’s School in Ottery St Mary, there’s a massive antenna in the playground, a temporary space station in the school hall and a small crowd of children and parents waiting patiently. Ground control is literally about to call Major Tim: Tim Peake – our man in space. The first Briton in space for a long time and the first of the modern social-media age, a role that has led to other firsts, including being the first astronaut to appear at the Brit awards and “run” the London marathon and, for one morning only, the first to speak to the students at the King’s School, live, from the International Space Station.

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Louis Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 06:30:26 GMT
Sustainable energy: inside Iceland’s geothermal power plant
In the first of a series, we visit the Hellisheiði plant, which provides 300MW of power – and Reykjavik’s hot water

Thanks to its position on a volatile section of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland is a world leader in the the use of geothermal energy, and of the six geothermal power plants in Iceland, Hellisheiði (pronounced “het-li-shay-thee”) is the newest and largest. Fully operational since 2010, it sits on the mossy slopes of the Hengill volcano in the south-west of the country; a green and placid-looking landscape that belies the turbulent geological activity rumbling beneath it.

To access the potential energy under the surface, wells are drilled thousands of metres into the ground, penetrating reservoirs of pressurised water. Heated by the Earth’s energy, this water can be more than 300C in temperature, and when released it boils up from the well, turning partly to steam on its way. At Hellisheiði, the steam is separated from the water to power some of the plant’s seven turbines, while the remaining water is further depressurised to create more steam, used to power other turbines. At its maximum output the station can produce 303MW of electricity, making it one of the three largest single geothermal power stations in the world.

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Brandon Hughes mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:17 GMT
How Cambridge spy Guy Burgess charmed the Observer’s man in Moscow
Secret files released by MI5 reveal how the Observer’s Russia correspondent formed an uneasy friendship with the British defector in 1958

Ever since two members of the Foreign Office, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, both Cambridge graduates, screeched their Austin saloon to a halt in Southampton docks and scrambled aboard the midnight ferry to Saint-Malo in the closing minutes of 25 May 1951, their dramatic flight has sponsored a minor genre.

Now, with the release by MI5 of secret documents dealing with the Burgess and Maclean scandal, there is a new perspective on the betrayal that enthralled a generation. Two biographies of Burgess and a forthcoming account of Maclean (Orphan: The Lives of Donald Maclean by Roland Philipps) are just the latest manifestations of 1950s spy-mania. From thrillers and biographies to Alan Bennett’s television drama An Englishman Abroad, the “missing diplomats” (it was several weeks before their treachery as Soviet spies was confirmed) have inspired thousands of column inches.

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Mark Henry mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Melissa McCarthy: ‘I love a woman who doesn't play by the rules’

Bridesmaids made her one of the world’s most highly paid actresses. Now she’s taking over from the men in Ghostbusters

There are a couple of rules Hollywood studios have when it comes to making blockbuster movies these days, rules that are as absurd as they are well-established:

1. Audiences don’t want to see a comedy with a female lead.

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Arthur Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 GMT
A slave in Scotland: ‘I fell into a trap – and I couldn't get out’

Abul Azad left Bangladesh for a chef’s job in London – so how did he end up enslaved in a remote Scottish hotel?

What’s left of the Stewart hotel sits on a steep hill overlooking sheep-flecked fields, tumbling hedgerows and distant snow-capped mountains in Appin, west Scotland. Even in its prime, the 37-bedroom hotel would have been an eyesore, but now it’s a wreck, the windows smashed, the roof collapsed by months of winter rain.

Just a few years ago, hundreds of tourists passed through this hotel each summer, drawn by the natural beauty of the West Highlands. According to scathing reviews on TripAdvisor and other travel websites, the view was the only good thing about the hotel. Archived posts say the rooms were filthy, the taps broken, the food inedible. Many reviewers complain about the staff, describing them as overwhelmed, unskilled and incompetent.

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Anthony Howard mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 14:59:07 GMT
Digital plan for trains feeling strain of high demand and creaky foundations
Network Rail’s boss says hi-tech signalling is the answer. Dover’s weary commuters aren’t so sure

On a clear day, a Frenchman with a pair of binoculars could get a decent glimpse of the challenges facing Britain’s railway network by peering across the Channel at Dover. Until last Christmas, a high-speed train would travel at half pace along the old line at the bottom of the cliffs, giving commuters a direct fast link to Folkestone and the capital via HS1’s tracks. Then a combination of storm and tide so damaged the sea wall that passengers from Dover and beyond now have to transfer miserably on buses as engineers work to repair the damage.

In this part of the south-east, more and more people are travelling by train, and paying a high price for it: a season ticket costs more than £6,000 a year. But the capacity of the network is being sorely tested and, despite huge investment and the development of high-speed track as far as nearby Ashford – still rests on creaking infrastructure in many places. Network Rail chairman Peter Hendy, charged with reviewing in detail what its engineers can achieve for its £38.5bn budget, said at a recent transport conference: “We’re discovering that some of it is pretty badly built. Seen Dover?”

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Jeff Flores mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:39:13 GMT
Scilly, where Harold Wilson, the first PM to show his knees, found peace | Ian Jack
The ordinary bungalow where the Labour leader chose to retire recalls a very different political age

The stopping of the train woke me and I raised the blind. We were in Par at six in the morning, six hours out of Paddington on the Penzance sleeper. A signalman surveyed the train impassively from an open window in his signal box, inside which old-fashioned levers glinted; a real signal box, this, of the kind that had once governed the movement of every train in the country, connected by miles of strong wire to semaphore signals that bobbed up or down to say stop, go or proceed with caution. In Cornwall, they still survive. Many relics do. As the train continued west in the grey light of an overcast morning, we moved through an untidy landscape of car parks, abandoned sidings and picturesque industrial ruins with chimneys attached.

Related: Labour needs to rethink Harold Wilson’s legacy. It still matters | Anne Perkins

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Jason Watson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:00:01 GMT
‘It makes you want to fight back’: activists on life after prison

Charlie Gilmour was sentenced to 16 months for violent disorder during a student riot. He talks politics and punishment with four protesters

The prison wing erupted with joy. People were shouting and cheering and banging heavy objects against their cell doors. It was like everyone’s favourite football team had scored at once. “Did you see that?” my cellmate asked excitedly. “Rupert Murdoch just took a hit to the face!”

Comedian and activist Jonnie Marbles had managed to sneak a shaving-foam “custard pie” into the July 2011 committee hearing about phone hacking, which he launched at the octogenarian media mogul on behalf, he later explained, of “all the people who couldn’t”. Few anticipated that, within weeks, he would be joining us behind bars.

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Wayne Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
Jessica Valenti: my life as a ‘sex object’

In her teens, strangers flashed her on the subway, teachers asked for hugs and boys joked about her breasts. Should she laugh off a lifetime of objectification – or get angry?

The two worst times for dicks on the New York subway: when the train car is empty or when it’s crowded. As a teenager, if I found myself in an empty car, I would immediately leave – even if it meant changing cars as the train moved, which terrified me. Because, if I didn’t, I just knew the guy sitting across from me would inevitably lift his newspaper to reveal a semihard cock, and even if he wasn’t planning on it, I sure wasn’t going to sit there and worry about it for the whole ride.

On crowded train cars I didn’t see dicks – I felt them. Pressing into my hip, men pretending that the rocking up against me was just because of the jostling of the train.

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Fred West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:42:04 GMT
We don't know enough about menstruation and girls are paying a price

Menstruation has long been a neglected topic, but a new generation of researchers are now shedding light into the shadows

“Girls are literally selling their bodies to get sanitary pads,” says Dr Penelope Phillips-Howard. “When we did our study in Kenya, one in ten of the 15 year old girls told us that they had engaged in sex in order to get money to buy pads. These girls have no money, no power. This is just their only option.”

It’s only been in the last few years that researchers have finally begun delving into the subject of menstruation, and the impact it has on the lives of young girls and women in low-income countries.

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Fred Gray mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:37:03 GMT
Sports quiz of the week: José Mourinho, French Open and Champions League

This week’s quiz is on the phone to a lawyer discussing image rights

Which of these trophies has José Mourinho not won?

FA Cup

La Liga

Europa League

Fifa Club World Cup

Which Brazilian said: 'Pelé, you are the king. The King. But I've won more titles than you'?

Dani Alves

Anderson Silva


César Cielo

Who said: 'It is a bit like asking a rabbit how his first date went. Probably he will tell you it was great but didn't last very long'?

Sergio Ramos on winning trophies

Sebastian Vettel on tyres

Tyson Fury on being a champion

David Haye on his comeback

Why did the referee halt the Copa del Rey final in extra time?

His whistle wasn't working and he needed to find a spare

He had cramp and required a massage

Barcelona fans were flying Catalan separatist flags

Some of the Barcelona players' children ran on to the pitch

Atlético Madrid have scored 16 goals in their 12 Champions League matches this season. How many has Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his 11 matches?





Atlético have been in two European Cup finals but have never won the tournament. They lost the 2014 final to Real Madrid. Who beat them in 1974?


Bayern Munich

Real Madrid


If it was Crystal Palace in England, Sevilla in Spain and Marseille in France, who was it in Italy?





Chris Woakes celebrated his call-up to the England cricket team by taking career-best bowling figures of 9-36 for which county?





How many sets did Andy Murray lose in his first two matches at the French Open?





Which former Premier League manager left his job with Houston Dynamo this week?

Ruud Gullit

Owen Coyle

Avram Grant

Carlos Queiroz

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Joshua Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:30:15 GMT
Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'acrobatic'

Wherever you are in the world, we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘acrobatic.’ Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘acrobatic.’ So if it’s a night at the circus, a gymnastics event or a moment of flexibility share your photos of what acrobatic means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 2 June at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 5 June and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Jerry Foster mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
What can my daughter buy her form tutor as a leaving gift?

We don’t even know if this is still the done thing

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

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Brian Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 14:10:46 GMT
From knitting to BDSM: readers on where to find a sense of community

As people distance themselves from organised religion, we asked you about your communities and what they mean

New analysis has found that people who identify as non-religious outnumber the Christian population in England and Wales. As more people distance themselves from organised religion, we asked you to tell us where you find a sense of community and why it’s important. Here’s what some of you said.

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Louis Harrison mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:51:39 GMT
Underwhelmed by the EU referendum? Share your pics to prove it

Are you bursting with referendum fever or getting on with life usual? Either way, we want to see your photos

Apathy and ennui are not our friends. With the little free time we have, too many of us become trapped in patterns of empty behaviour, forever scrolling through our social media feeds or the offerings of our preferred streamed entertainment service. Eventually, the outside world - which we feel, dimly, involves us somehow - becomes a kind of background hum.

Occasionally, we notice something. For example, some of you may be aware that a referendum on Britain’s future of the European Union is taking place soon.

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Wayne Carter mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:00:01 GMT
My husband lied about visiting a lapdancing club – how do we regain trust?

This isn’t the first time he’s lied to me about his behaviour – I also discovered he had been paying for porn

My husband and I have been having relationship problems, but I thought we were doing OK until I found out he has been lying. He went away for a long weekend with friends and they visited lapdancing clubs. I knew as soon as I picked them all up at the airport – they looked so guilty. But when I asked him later he lied, first about visiting a lapdancing club, then about having a lap dance, then about how much he spent on lapdances, and about physical contact during the lapdance. One of his other friends told his wife all the details, and so the rest made a pact to keep it secret from their wives.

He expects me to just get over it but I am so hurt by his behaviour that I can’t. It’s not the first time: previously, I discovered he had been paying for porn – again, when I confronted him he denied it until I showed him the credit card statement. I don’t feel we really recovered from this but stayed together anyway. There have been several other times when he has stayed out all night with no explanation, sent porn emails around his office and inappropriate texts to women at work, and got into fights – he’s been charged with assault more than once. All this he blames on drinking too much and not feeling like he has grown up. I don’t know how we can regain trust, or get over this yet again.

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Kenneth Cruz mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:21:21 GMT
What impact do shocking and dramatic photos have on you?

On the frontpage of many papers today is a picture of a boat carrying migrants capsizing in the Mediterranean sea. How do such photos affect you?

It’s likely that today you were confronted with the arresting image of a boat, which carries migrants, capsizing in the Mediterranean.

It tipped over “due to overcrowding and instability caused by the high number of people on board”, the Italian navy said in a statement. Those on board clung desperately to the deck or dropped into the sea, with five found dead.

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Lee Cole mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:00:10 GMT
Readers recommend: share songs with extraordinary vocals

Our reader suggests Janis Joplin or Freddie Mercury as jumping off points: make your suggestion in the comments and they’ll pick a playlist next week

This week we want your musical recommendations with unusual or extraordinary vocals. Maybe the voice is extraordinary or distinctive to begin with, or a particular vocal performance is out-of-this-world? Either way, and however you interpret what the word ‘extraordinary’ constitutes – pick your tune and make your suggestions now.

Related: Janis: Little Girl Blue – a heartfelt account of a remarkable talent

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Travis Turner mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:49:15 GMT
Will Cristiano Ronaldo break his own scoring record against Atlético Madrid?

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in the Champions League this season – as many as Atlético Madrid – but Saturday’s opponents have Europe’s best defence

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Real Madrid secured La Décima in 2014 after chasing their 10th European Cup for 12 years. Sergio Ramos’ header deep into second-half injury time cancelled out Diego Godin’s opener to set Real Madrid on their way against Atlético Madrid, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo finishing off the 4-1 victory in extra time. The clubs meet again on Saturday as Real Madrid chase La Undecima. Atlético, meanwhile, are hoping to secure their first European Cup, having lost two finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s form will be key in Milan. He scored his 17th goal of the 2013-14 competition when he tucked a penalty past Thibaut Courtois in the dying minutes of the final in Lisbon, becoming the competition’s record scorer in the process. With 16 goals in this season’s Champions League – more than any other player and as many as Atlético have scored in their 12 matches – Ronaldo can break his own record this weekend.

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Adam Foster mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 05:30:03 GMT
UK seaside attractions: readers’ travel tips

There’s a lot more to the Great British Seaside than buckets and spades and fish and chips. There are lawnmower and magic museums for a start, say our readers
Post a tip for next week’s competition and you could win a £200 hotel voucher

Much like hundreds of other seaside towns, Southport has a pier, ice-creams, a funfair ... but what other towns don’t have is the British Lawnmower Museum. Accessed via a gardening store, for just £2 admission you can enjoy a crackling audio commentary of lawnmower history while taking in the prize exhibits of which the “rich and famous” section includes Nicholas Parsons’ secateurs, a ride-on lawnmower donated to Charles and Di and, most bizarrely, a push mower owned by Britain’s last hangman, which itself is hung from the ceiling by a rope!
Rory Jones

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Edward Hughes mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:05:06 GMT
Have you had weight-loss surgery? Share your story

Surgeons say more operations would improve health and save the NHS money in the long term. What do you think?

More obese patients should be offered weight-loss surgery to make people healthier and save the NHS money, medical professionals have said.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, bariatric surgeons say fewer than 1% of people who could benefit are getting surgery, and the numbers are falling rather than rising. They warn that the UK is lagging behind other countries in Europe, and argue that the procedures could help 2.6 million obese people in the UK.

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Kyle Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:45:00 GMT
Revisiting Roots: how was your family affected by the slave trade?

A new adaptation of Alex Haley’s book Roots airs at the end of May. If the transatlantic slave trade had an impact on you or your family, we’d like to hear from you

An adaptation of Alex Haley’s story of an African who is sold into slavery in America, the original series of Roots won nine Emmys. It was seen by 100 million viewers – among the most watched TV broadcasts of the past 40 years. Now, nearly 40 years on a remake of the epic drama is returning to our screens. Covering the American Revolution, Civil War and emancipation, it chronicles the life of Kunta Kinte and the life of his family over the years.

Documenting the appalling plight of African America’s slave ancestors the new show follows films such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Addressing those who questioned why he made the film McQueen said, “people want to close their eyes on some subjects. They want to keep on going, they don’t want to look behind them.”

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:00:10 GMT
Readers recommend playlist: songs about ships and boats

Reader Scott Blair picks from your nautical suggestions this week, with Queen, Lulu, Seth Lakeman and – naturally – Bryan Ferry all setting sail

Below is this week’s playlist – the theme interpreted and tunes picked by a reader from the comments on last week’s callout. Thanks for your suggestions. Read more about the weekly format of the Readers recommend series at the end of the piece.

I feel almost over-qualified to be choosing the playlist for the current topic, given my proud seafaring history.

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Shawn Campbell mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:59:09 GMT
Atrocious toilets and too few bins: why we're not eco-friendly at work

Most of us ignore our environmental responsibilities in the workplace, research suggests. We asked you to share your experiences – and this is what you told us

My workplace removed individual waste bins, to encourage people to think more about where they put their waste. All this has done is breed a surprising resentment and apathy. By the time I’ve walked the five yards to the bin, I can rarely bring myself to think about which very specific receptacle (policed by an A4 side of dos and don’ts) the rubbish goes in, let alone care.
Catherine, London

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Harry Rivera mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:52:49 GMT
Lost and found: share photos and stories about the objects that have changed you

To coincide with Cornelia Parker’s latest exhibition, we’d like to see photos of objects close to your heart and the stories behind them

This summer, artist Cornelia Parker is curating a group exhibition at The Foundling Museum in London, in which more than 60 artists, writers and composers have been asked to respond to the word “found,” by contributing a found object that means something to them. To coincide with the exhibition we’d like to see photos of your own items that hold a special value to you.

Do you have a special object that you have found that tells a specific story in your life? Maybe it was something you thought you’d lost long ago only to rediscover it when having a clear out or moving house? Whether it’s an item found on the street, a charity shop or an object of sentimental value that has been passed down to you from older generations, share your found objects with us, and tell us the stories behind them.

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Anthony Henry mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:34:05 GMT
Have you lost friends as you've got older? | Sarah Marsh

A study suggests that after the age of 25 we don’t have as many friends. Tell us if this seems accurate based on your own experiences

There is no doubt that friendships change over time, but is there also a point when they start to fade?

This is something scientists have looked at in a study that shows both men and women continue to make lots of friends until the age of 25. After this, it’s claimed that friendships begin to fall away rapidly, with the decline continuing for the rest of our lives.

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Antonio Nelson mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:38:27 GMT
Europeans: what do you like about living and working in the UK?

If you’re a European in the UK we’d like to hear what you do for a living and why you enjoy living in the UK

Ahead of the EU referendum economists have been scrutinising how jobs will be affected if the UK was to leave Europe, and what Brexit might mean for employment rights.

Related: Work after Brexit: the biggest winners and losers for UK jobs

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Allen Rivera mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:28:25 GMT
Sleepwalkers' stories: 'I could have died and no one would have known' | Guardian readers and Sarah Marsh

One in 50 adults are believed to suffer from episodes of sleepwalking. Here, five people tell us about their experiences

Police covered up a naked sleepwalker in Manchester this weekend after finding them wandering the streets.

The person in question is said to have seen the funny side of their nocturnal adventures, asking for a selfie from the officers who found them.

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Shawn Shaw mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:07:15 GMT
Is your family at war over the EU referendum?

If disagreements over Britain’s impending EU vote are souring your family relations, we would like to hear from you

Polling cards have started to arrive in households across the UK, as the EU referendum heads into view. With a month to go, one criticism of the referendum debate has been that it has been dominated by rowing members of the Conservative party, making the whole thing seem more like an internal family matter rather than a cool-headed assessment of what’s best for the future of the country.

We wouldn’t for a moment wish to suggest any similarities between your clan and the Tories, but we would like to know whether the referendum has had any impact on your family relationships.

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Anthony Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:51:17 GMT
How can we improve the lives of young people in care?

We want to hear from people who have been or are in care about the reforms needed to better help looked-after children

In March 2015, 69,540 children in England were in the care of local authorities, up 68,800 from 2014.

But questions have been raised about how these young people are looked after – with new research showing that children in care are six times more likely to be cautioned or convicted of a crime than other young people.

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Chris Torres mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:00:11 GMT
Are you a sleepwalker? Tell us about it | Sarah Marsh

Police covered up a naked sleepwalker in Manchester this weekend. What situations have you found yourself in?

Imagine this: at the crack of dawn, while you’re still asleep, you leave your hotel room completely naked and walk out into the street. When you wake up the police have been called and you find yourself being escorted back to your hotel.

That’s what happened to one individual in Manchester this weekend in what has been described as a case of somnambulism (AKA sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism or noctambulism). The person in question is said to have seen the funny side of their nocturnal adventures, asking for a selfie from the officers who found them.

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Shawn Martinez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:06:41 GMT
Tell us about your travellers' tiffs

Have you ever experienced a major fall out with your travel companion/s on a long trip? If so, we’d like to hear from you

Extended trips, when travelling companions are living in each others’ pockets for months on end, are often intense experiences that can make or break friendships and relationships.

We want to hear your stories of travelling fall outs. Have you had a major barney with your travel companion on a long trip? Ended up going your separate ways three weeks into a gap year? Or did a group trip end up – for one or more parties – as a solo journey?

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Allen Ramos mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 07:30:01 GMT
Beth Orton: ‘I’ve set free another part of me’

Beth Orton’s latest album is a joyously abandoned swirl of words and sounds. She talks about living in the US, being a motherless mother and letting her music ‘hang out a bit’

Imeet Beth Orton for lunch in a pub in Islington, north London. Dressed in a red leather biker-style jacket, T-shirt, jeans and red leather boots, she seems taller than I remember, but just as intense in her own particular way, often veering from garrulous to guarded in a single sentence. We first met in the late 1990s, when she was working on her album Central Reservation. Back then, she was trying to shrug off the unwanted soubriquet “the Comedown Queen”, which had been applied to her when her first album, Trailer Park, arrived in 1996 – a soothing balm to the excesses of rave culture.

Our paths have crossed many times since and, for a supposedly sensitive singer-songwriter, I have always found her engaging company – funny and feisty. Today, though, she takes time to settle into the interview, initially seeming nervy and unfocused. “I’m a bit stressed,” she says. “We’re still adjusting to life back in London and everything’s a bit topsy-turvy.”

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Earl Morales mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 09:00:02 GMT
On my radar: Jarvis Cocker’s cultural highlights
The musician and broadcaster on the original Batman, the music of Cat’s Eyes, the importance of the BBC and the beautiful game

Born in 1963 and raised in Sheffield, Jarvis Cocker founded Pulp (then called Arabacus Pulp) at the age of 15. Between 1983 and 2001 they released seven studio albums including His ’n’ Hers and Different Class. In 1996 Cocker made headlines by invading the stage during Michael Jackson’s performance of Earth Song during the Brit awards. Since Pulp’s split in 2002, he has released two solo albums, The Jarvis Cocker Record and Further Complications. In 2010, Cocker began presenting Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service on BBC Radio 6 Music, and in 2011 was appointed editor-at-large by publisher Faber. His 7-inch soundtrack EP to the forthcoming TV series Likely Stories was released on 20 May on Rough Trade.

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Brandon Richardson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 08:30:02 GMT
‘All sorts of stuff happens in my little workshop’
When he’s not playing guitar for Queen, Brian May PhD is an astronomer and inventor. He talks about his latest gadget – an update on the Victorian stereoscope

Brian May is examining his hands. His fingernails are painted with a futuristic, silvery polish, but it’s his fingertips he’s focused on. They are, he informs me, covered with soft calluses. It’s hardly surprising – he’s just flown in from Barcelona, where he’s been on tour, thrashing out hits with Queen (with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert on Freddie duties). But here in London, his guitar is nowhere in sight. Because it’s not a gig he’s eager to talk about: it’s the launch of his latest invention.

Dubbed the “Owl VR Smartphone Kit”, his low-tech, adjustable plastic gadget looks like a cross between a kiddie’s shoe gauge and Google Cardboard. By attaching a smartphone to the back of its frame, using some tape, a metal plate and a magnet, the device can be used to view 360-degree videos – handy, since Queen are currently filming one of their own. But as May reveals, it can do far more than that. Slot in a card bearing two, almost identical, photographs and when you look through the lenses the image suddenly bounces forth in glorious 3D – a technique known as stereoscopy. With an app, he demonstrates, you can even make 3D versions of your smartphone shots. “This is a proper scientific instrument,” he says, with the confidence of a man who has a patent pending.

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Alfred Ellis mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 09:00:03 GMT
Leomie Anderson: 'Consent is very important in my job'

She’s the model of the moment, and her honesty about the sexual pressures facing young women has won her legions of fans. Eva Wiseman meets Leomie Anderson as she shows off this season’s trends

Leomie Anderson has a blog called Cracked China Cup. “China because it looks delicate and beautiful,” she says, “cracked because it’s flawed and cup because it spills.” It’s here the 23-year-old Victoria’s Secret model posts her videos (“The black model survival kit”), her outfits of the day and, every now and again, something like this: “In light of recent stories that have surfaced from young girl nudes being leaked, slut shaming, sexual assault and more, I felt it was important to reach out to my young readers and discuss the issue of consent, being pressured and the right to say NO.”

It started with a tweet. One of those young readers messaged her: “I’ve been pressured into sending nudes, and FaceTiming naked by three different guys, and when you say no they try to make you feel bad about it.” Anderson, who was 14 when she started modelling, says she felt compelled to reply. “Consent is very important in my job. It’s crucial.” Since being scouted near her school in Tooting, south London, she has walked for Topshop and Moschino, as well as holding a coveted job as one of the Victoria’s Secret models at the catwalk show that has become a sort of Oscars for pants. And in between being delicate and beautiful, she has “spilled”. When she wrote about the lack of make-up artists equipped to work with black models, with a backstage photograph of a rainbow of pink foundations, it sparked a row about diversity in the fashion industry. “Why is it that the black make-up artists are busy with blonde white girls… and I have to supply my own foundation? Why can a white model sit in anyone’s chair and feel confident they’ll look OK, but black models have to worry?” And when, in April, she wrote about consent, she unwittingly started the next chapter of her career.

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Walter Nelson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
BJ Novak: ‘Mindy Kaling used to bully me on set. She would lie to me’

After starring on the US Office, BJ Novak became equally known as a bestselling author – and Mindy Kaling’s soulmate. Now the actor has invented Hollywood’s favourite app. Elizabeth Day meets him

This time last year, BJ Novak was already an acclaimed actor, stand-up comedian and author. He had starred in Hollywood movies (Inglourious Basterds, Saving Mr Banks) and popular sitcoms (the American version of The Office, The Mindy Project). His children’s book had been a New York Times bestseller for several months. His collection of short stories had been garlanded with praise. He was the worst kind of high-achiever, in that his achievements were myriad and in different fields. People were calling him a polymath and they weren’t even being sarcastic. Unlike James Franco, another actor who tried his hand at creative writing only to be roundly derided by the critics, Novak actually seemed to be good at the many things he was doing.

Was he ever worried about being called pretentious? “Not pretentious,” says Novak when we meet on a sunny afternoon at Soho House, West Hollywood. “For me, it was more [the worry of] seeming distracted from my main work by a side project I was oddly passionate about. And side projects – especially from celebrities – don’t tend to be successful either, they tend to be distractions.”

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Mark Perez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:01 GMT
Siddhartha Mukherjee: ‘Genes are personal. They ask the question: why are we like this?’
The Pulitzer-winning cancer specialist is back with a study of genes that is also a memoir of his family and its history of mental illness

The Gene is subtitled An Intimate History, and a very personal story runs through it. Can you explain what that is
The book gets intimate from the first page. I have two uncles who have schizophrenia and bipolar disease and then one of my cousins, also from my father’s side, was also diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalised. So that story hung over my childhood and raised questions that were very urgent. Would I be affected? Was there a genetic predisposition? What was happening in my family? We’re often tempted to think about genes in terms of laboratories or universities, but of course it’s personal: it’s your story, it’s my story, it’s a story of how hereditary factors influence our lives. It’s the question that we’ve all wondered about. Why do we look like this? Why do we behave like this? Why are we like this?

Did you uncover things about yourself?
Absolutely. I had blocked out anything to do with mental illness. I didn’t want to understand partly because I was too fearful of understanding, but then this book allowed me to answer that with a clarity I would have otherwise lacked. When you have a history like this, amazing forces of denial rise inside you. Much of my childhood and my family was organised around the idea that it wasn’t there.

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Gregory West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:17 GMT
David Hockney shines the spotlight on the curator of his Royal Academy show

Edith Devaney, one of 82 sitters painted by the artist over two-and-a-half years, says the resulting portrait came as a revelation: ‘He has got me …’

When David Hockney asked Edith Devaney if he could paint her portrait, she was aware that he refuses to flatter his sitters. Far from being daunted, she posed with “no vanity whatsoever” because it was an honour to be painted by arguably Britain’s foremost contemporary artist, who routinely turns down portrait commissions.

Related: David Hockney's iPad art among 700 of his works to show in Melbourne

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Arthur Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:00:05 GMT
Tim Burgess: ‘My life before was sky high. These days it’s real’

The Charlatans musician, 48, on sobriety, eating only crisps, and being more of a dad than a rock star

Records hold memories. The best-smelling record is the Stations of the Crass LP, which came with a fold-out black and white poster. I bought it again recently, and it still smelt as inky as I remembered.

In Los Angeles the drugs were great, so were the food and sunshine. I saw the Brian Jonestown Massacre perform there in 1997, and moved out a year later. It felt as far away as I could get from life in England, from the Tim that was boring in Salford.

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Patrick Ward mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:29:26 GMT
Dancer, painter, soldier … Tottenham brothers on their way to the top
Maryam Golding’s three oldest sons – an artist, a soldier and a ballet dancer – are all on the way to the top. Much of that, they say, is due to their parents, who brought them up to be fiercely proud of their mixed race heritage

Maryam Golding rarely gets her three eldest sons together round the dinner table at her small west London flat. Her boys have extraordinary reasons to be busy. The last time the whole family was crowded into the living room, her middle son was celebrating winning the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst, his younger brother was between performances with the Royal Ballet and his older brother, an artist, was back from a sell-out residency in Dubai.

Raised in a Tottenham council house, all troublemakers at school, the three have gone on to penetrate some of the world’s most prestigious institutions: Solomon, 22, is the first black British male dancer in the Royal Ballet, Kidane, 24, rose through basic army training to graduate with the top prize at the Royal Military Academy in April and Amartey, 27, has the patronage of the Dubai royal family.

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Philip Boyd mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 05:30:26 GMT
Frieda Hughes: ‘I felt my parents were stolen’
Frieda Hughes is a painter and poet. She is also the daughter of two giants of the literary world, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, and didn’t read her parents’ poetry until her mid-30s

Frieda Hughes is thumbing through her first book of poetry, trying to find the poem she wrote about the poems her father, Ted Hughes, wrote about her mother, Sylvia Plath. “It’s called Birds. It describes the poet as a penguin, nursing the egg his wife has left him, and the skuas that kill and feed on baby penguins. I wrote it about my father and Birthday Letters [the collection of poems Hughes wrote in response to Plath’s suicide]. But when my father read it, he said he thought it was a poem about me. I look at it now and think he’s right.”

Her voice, as she reads the poem aloud, is deep and low; eerily resonant of the voice of her mother, who was recorded reading her Ariel poems a few months before her death. She gassed herself in an oven in the middle of the night, leaving out bread and milk as breakfast for the sleeping Frieda and her one-year-old brother.

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Ryan Evans mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 11:48:03 GMT
Best photographs of the day: wacky races, the world’s oldest living person and UEFA Champions League

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including wacky races, the world’s oldest living person and Real Madrid win UEFA Champions League

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Travis James mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:00:09 GMT
Trunk bombs: South Africa's elephant street art – in pictures

South African graffiti artist Falko One’s street art project, Once Upon a Town, sees lively elephant murals storming the walls of neglected neighbourhoods. “I want to make people happy,” he says. “The aim is for these communities to feel pride. The happiness in the form of the bright colours must interrupt the blandness.” The elephants, which appear to be interacting with their environment, are as much for One himself as they are for the locals. “It’s my happy little island away from all the other art do. We all need balance, and the elephants are heavy enough to balance out what’s weighing me down on the other side.”

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Todd Washington mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 10:03:25 GMT
Real Madrid win the Champions League against Atlético - in pictures

All the best photographs from another epic battle between these old rivals at the San Siro

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Adam Lee mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:01 GMT
How to draw… bugs

It’s summer and the bugs are out so let’s draw them with illustrator Yuval Zommer

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Travis Gray mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 16:12:15 GMT
Black Dog: Dave McKean delves into the dreams of war artist Paul Nash – in pictures

As part of the first world war centenary art project 14-18 Now, comic book artist and filmmaker Dave McKean – most known for his cover art for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series – has produced a graphic-novel biography of painter Paul Nash, whose dreamlike – or nightmarish – depictions of war explored the psychological scarring that still haunts soldiers today

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Benjamin Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT
Out of this world: the surreal deserts of the United States – in pictures

The barren landscapes of the south-western US provided inspiration for photographer David Clapp. He visited Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona as part of his project on other-worldy locations, with surreal results

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Anthony Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:33:36 GMT
The 20 photographs of the week

The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, the violent demonstrations in France, Chile and Nairobi, the volcanic eruptions in Indonesia – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Kyle Butler mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:29 GMT
Modern Toss

The London festival of architecture begins on Wednesday

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Fred Harris mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:53:29 GMT
Eyewitness: Falluja, Iraq

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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