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    Europe wrote the book on demonising refugees, long before Trump read it | Piro Rexhepi

    Europe wrote the book on demonising refugees, long before Trump read it | Piro Rexhepi


    We’re told that Donald Trump is uniquely hardline in his anti-Muslim rhetoric. In fact, Europe’s draconian attitudes have helped to legitimise his approachIt has become an article of faith among liberals that Donald Trump is the world’s biggest...

    We’re told that Donald Trump is uniquely hardline in his anti-Muslim rhetoric. In fact, Europe’s draconian attitudes have helped to legitimise his approach

    It has become an article of faith among liberals that Donald Trump is the world’s biggest enemy to refugees and Muslims, while the EU somehow offers them a safe harbour. After all, with the words “We can do it” Angela Merkel invited a million Syrian refugees into Germany, while Trump’s wall and travel ban have slammed shut America’s door to the world’s most vulnerable displaced people. In today’s liberal mindset, it is Brexit that has stirred up hostility against migrants, while the EU is a bulwark of civilised values, protecting refugees from the threat of a resurgent far right.

    Related: Home Office agrees to review asylum claims of child refugees in France

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    Walt Whitman's lost novel The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle found

    Walt Whitman's lost novel The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle found


    Described by Whitman scholar as a ‘a fun, rollicking, creative, twisty, bizarre little book’, the discovery has been made available free onlineA “rollicking” anti-lawyer revenge fantasy by Walt Whitman, which challenges previously held ideas...

    Described by Whitman scholar as a ‘a fun, rollicking, creative, twisty, bizarre little book’, the discovery has been made available free online

    A “rollicking” anti-lawyer revenge fantasy by Walt Whitman, which challenges previously held ideas about the American poet’s transition from prose to poetry, has been found in the archives of a Victorian New York Sunday newspaper. Though published anonymously, the book matches a detailed synopsis in the poet’s notebook for a project academics had thought abandoned.

    Related: Walt Whitman revealed as author of 'Manly Health' guide

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    Why Hidden Figures should win the best picture Oscar

    Why Hidden Figures should win the best picture Oscar


    Theodore Melfi’s feelgood biopic about three African-American women working for Nasa in the 1960s breaks boundaries with a knowing kick of its kitten heelTraditionally the period drama sweeps the red carpet at the Academy Awards, training the best...

    Theodore Melfi’s feelgood biopic about three African-American women working for Nasa in the 1960s breaks boundaries with a knowing kick of its kitten heel

    Traditionally the period drama sweeps the red carpet at the Academy Awards, training the best picture statuette in its sights with the aid of lavish costumes, detailed sets, a casual approach to factual accuracy and important historical figures stuttering or slaying evil kings. In 2017, however, it’s not easy to argue the case for this sort of crowd-pleaser when the rest of this year’s slate boasts largely gritty, groundbreaking and norm-challenging nominees. But Hidden Figures manages to both stay faithful to the genre’s most enjoyable elements while puncturing the boundaries with a knowing kick of its kitten heel.

    Theodore Melfi’s biopic tells the previously untold story of Katherine G Johnson (Taraji P Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), a trio of female African-American mathematicians working behind the scenes at Nasa in the early 1960s. These human computers helped to mastermind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit during the great space race at a time when, in West Virginia, Jim Crow laws were still in effect, there being two entrances, toilets and coffee pots, to separate white and black Americans. Indeed, it’s still shocking to see the “colored” signs that delineate them on screen.

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    ‘Insane’ camera trap video captures rare battle in the Amazon

    ‘Insane’ camera trap video captures rare battle in the Amazon


    Without camera traps we would never be privy to two endangered species sparring in the remote Amazon rainforest.As darkness descended over the Peruvian Amazon in 2006, my wife and I listened spellbound while our guide told us the grisly story of the...

    Without camera traps we would never be privy to two endangered species sparring in the remote Amazon rainforest.

    As darkness descended over the Peruvian Amazon in 2006, my wife and I listened spellbound while our guide told us the grisly story of the jaguar and giant anteater.

    Eyewitnesses, our guide insisted, had found the two foes dead together, embracing like lovers but in mutual destruction – the jaguar’s jaw still drooped around the anteater’s neck where it had pierced its prey’s artery and the anteater’s ten-centimeter-long claws still embedded in the big cat’s flanks. Later, after the spell – and liquor – wore off, I thought it was probably a tall tale, something to tell tourists after the sun sets over the world’s greatest jungle and you’ve all had a few too many. But an incredible new camera trap video proves I may have been wrong to doubt.

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    Revealed: Kim Jong-nam was gripped by paranoia and fear, says friend

    Revealed: Kim Jong-nam was gripped by paranoia and fear, says friend


    Exclusive: Kim Jong-un’s half-brother felt powerless and conflicted over North Korea’s fate and feared for his own safety in exileKim Jong-nam spent his last few years highly paranoid, hiding from the regime run by his dictator half-brother while...

    Exclusive: Kim Jong-un’s half-brother felt powerless and conflicted over North Korea’s fate and feared for his own safety in exile

    Kim Jong-nam spent his last few years highly paranoid, hiding from the regime run by his dictator half-brother while struggling with a sense of powerlessness over the fate of his homeland, according to people who knew him.

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    Cucumber seeds and beekeeping kits: the new ways of fighting famine

    Cucumber seeds and beekeeping kits: the new ways of fighting famine


    A complex - and innovative - aid operation to save millions of lives in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria is under way, but success hinges on donors meeting the $5.6bn costStep out of Juba’s makeshift tented terminal and you’ll see them lined...

    A complex - and innovative - aid operation to save millions of lives in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria is under way, but success hinges on donors meeting the $5.6bn cost

    Step out of Juba’s makeshift tented terminal and you’ll see them lined up along the tarmac as far as the eye can see: hulking white cargo planes stamped with the acronyms of UN aid agencies and NGOs.

    But the fleets of aircraft that dominate the airport of South Sudan’s capital are just one part of a complex and sophisticated humanitarian response to famine, which was declared in parts of the country’s north on Monday and looms simultaneously in three other countries for the first time in modern history.

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    Milo Yiannopoulos book deal cancelled following outrage over child abuse comments

    Milo Yiannopoulos book deal cancelled following outrage over child abuse comments


    Simon & Schuster pulls forthcoming autobiography, titled Dangerous, for which it had reportedly paid a $250,000 advanceSimon & Schuster has cancelled the publication of Milo Yiannopoulos’ book, and his fellow Breitbart employees have reportedly...

    Simon & Schuster pulls forthcoming autobiography, titled Dangerous, for which it had reportedly paid a $250,000 advance

    Simon & Schuster has cancelled the publication of Milo Yiannopoulos’ book, and his fellow Breitbart employees have reportedly threatened to quit if he is not fired.

    A statement from the publisher late on Monday said: “After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.”

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    MPs pour scorn on 'racist and sexist' Trump in state visit debate

    MPs pour scorn on 'racist and sexist' Trump in state visit debate


    Parliament holds three-hour debate over whether US president’s invitation should be revoked after 1.8m sign petition against visitBritish MPs lined up on Monday to pour scorn on a “racist and sexist” Donald Trump, who they said should not be...

    Parliament holds three-hour debate over whether US president’s invitation should be revoked after 1.8m sign petition against visit

    British MPs lined up on Monday to pour scorn on a “racist and sexist” Donald Trump, who they said should not be allowed to come to Britain for a state visit because of the risk it would embarrass the Queen.

    The US president was compared to a “petulant child” and had his intelligence questioned by MPs during a three-hour debate triggered after more than 1.8m people signed a petition urging Theresa May to cancel her invitation.

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    Melbourne plane crash that killed five blamed on 'catastrophic engine failure'

    Melbourne plane crash that killed five blamed on 'catastrophic engine failure'


    Twin-engine aircraft had just taken off from Essendon airport when it ploughed into a shopping centre A plane that crashed into a shopping centre near Essendon airport in Melbourne, killing four US tourists and their Australian pilot, had a...

    Twin-engine aircraft had just taken off from Essendon airport when it ploughed into a shopping centre

    A plane that crashed into a shopping centre near Essendon airport in Melbourne, killing four US tourists and their Australian pilot, had a “catastrophic engine failure” shortly after takeoff, police have said.

    The twin-engine aircraft, which issued a mayday shortly after leaving the airport about 9am on Tuesday, was taking the tourists to King Island to play golf.

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    The Ladybird phenomenon: the publishing craze that's still flying

    The Ladybird phenomenon: the publishing craze that's still flying


    The Books for Grown Ups series is worth nearly £30m – so it’s no wonder that retro books for ‘kids’ have spread to other publishers. Now, serious subjects are getting the toilet-book treatment, too In 1971, a book about the computer was...

    The Books for Grown Ups series is worth nearly £30m – so it’s no wonder that retro books for ‘kids’ have spread to other publishers. Now, serious subjects are getting the toilet-book treatment, too

    In 1971, a book about the computer was published under the children’s imprint Ladybird as part of a series designed to show schoolchildren “How it Works”. In common with 645 other titles published between 1940 and 1980, it was a small hardback with 56 pages. It was one of the first Ladybirds to be sold in decimal currency, costing 24p, after decades of the books being pegged at 2/6.

    “If you are interested in computers, their function and operation, but are discouraged by their complexity, you should read this book,” said the introduction. “It deals as simply as possible with the principles and does not delve too deeply into electronics.” Though it was intended for “older students,” which means ages 7+ in Ladybird parlance, legend has it that it was so well regarded that 100 copies were ordered by the Ministry of Defence to be circulated among its staff in plain wrapping so they wouldn’t know they were reading a book intended for kids.

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    EDF faces £1m a day bill to keep French nuclear reactor offline

    EDF faces £1m a day bill to keep French nuclear reactor offline


    Prolonged closure at Flamanville plant after fire damage piles further financial pressure on state-owned energy firmThe prolonged closure of a major French atomic reactor after an explosion this month probably costs EDF at least £1m a day, according to...

    Prolonged closure at Flamanville plant after fire damage piles further financial pressure on state-owned energy firm

    The prolonged closure of a major French atomic reactor after an explosion this month probably costs EDF at least £1m a day, according to experts.

    The nuclear plant operator, which will spend £18bn building the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation, shut unit 1 at its Flamanville plant after a fire broke out in the turbine hall.

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    How we made The Crying Game

    How we made The Crying Game


    Miranda Richardson: ‘I got some flak off IRA sympathisers. They thought my portrayal of a terrorist was unflattering’The last two films I’d directed in America had been bruising. If I couldn’t get The Crying Game made, I intended to give up...

    Miranda Richardson: ‘I got some flak off IRA sympathisers. They thought my portrayal of a terrorist was unflattering’

    The last two films I’d directed in America had been bruising. If I couldn’t get The Crying Game made, I intended to give up directing and return to writing. The provocative nature of my script – which addressed the Troubles, race, sexuality and gender confusion – made it hard to finance, but I was thrilled to just be making something I believed in. The opening tracking shot of the fairground, from the bridge over the River Nanny in Laytown, had great personal resonance. I grew up in County Meath and spent much of my childhood playing beside that bridge. My father died while fishing underneath it.

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    Hidden disabilities at work: 'Everyday I'm fatigued and in pain'

    Hidden disabilities at work: 'Everyday I'm fatigued and in pain'


    People with invisible disabilities face a daily dilemma of whether to conceal or reveal their conditions to colleagues“I’m constantly anxious that my ‘luck’ will run out. Either in being able to work at all, or that my workplace will run out of...

    People with invisible disabilities face a daily dilemma of whether to conceal or reveal their conditions to colleagues

    “I’m constantly anxious that my ‘luck’ will run out. Either in being able to work at all, or that my workplace will run out of patience and I’ll be out of a job,” says Rebecca Allen, a data analyst in London.

    Allen, 30, has hypermobility syndrome – a connective tissue disease causing lax joints and muscle fibres – as well as fibromyalgia, and gut and lung problems.

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    Coloured skin: the body art of Aida Muluneh – in pictures

    Coloured skin: the body art of Aida Muluneh – in pictures


    Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh returned to her homeland to cut through the cliches of ‘animals, war, and famine’ with ultra-colourful images Continue...

    Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh returned to her homeland to cut through the cliches of ‘animals, war, and famine’ with ultra-colourful images

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    Darjeeling’s new Himalayan cycle trail

    Darjeeling’s new Himalayan cycle trail


    As cycling grows in popularity among Indians, Darjeeling has opened the country’s first hill station bike path, with views of the world’s highest mountainsI am eating peanut butter straight from the jar with my hands. It’s not my finest moment but...

    As cycling grows in popularity among Indians, Darjeeling has opened the country’s first hill station bike path, with views of the world’s highest mountains

    I am eating peanut butter straight from the jar with my hands. It’s not my finest moment but my body needs fuel: I have just cycled 20km at an altitude of over 2,000 metres. It is worth it, though. Around me is a thick pine forest under clear blue skies. In the distance I can see the Himalayas, notably Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world.

    I am testing out Darjeeling’s new cycle-only path, which runs through Senchal wildlife sanctuary, one of India’s oldest nature reserves. Darjeeling is reportedly the first hill station in the country to get such a trail, and it is a welcome escape from India’s diesel-belching vehicles and tooting horns.

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    Tokyo Olympic golf course must give female members equal rights or lose event, says IOC

    Tokyo Olympic golf course must give female members equal rights or lose event, says IOC


    Kasumigaseki Country Club is due to host the men’s and women’s tournaments in 2020 but the IOC has demanded it allows full access to both sexesThe venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf tournament could have the event taken away unless it grants equal...

    Kasumigaseki Country Club is due to host the men’s and women’s tournaments in 2020 but the IOC has demanded it allows full access to both sexes

    The venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf tournament could have the event taken away unless it grants equal playing rights to female members, the International Committee (IOC) has warned.

    Kasumigaseki Country Club, a private golf course in Saitama prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, forbids women from becoming full members and from playing on Sundays.

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    Can we trust the Rorschach test? | Damion Searls

    Can we trust the Rorschach test? | Damion Searls


    To its critics, it is dangerous pseudoscience. To its supporters, it offers unique insights. What is the future of this controversial psychological test?Victor Norris had reached the final round in his application for a job working with young children,...

    To its critics, it is dangerous pseudoscience. To its supporters, it offers unique insights. What is the future of this controversial psychological test?

    Victor Norris had reached the final round in his application for a job working with young children, but he still had to undergo a psychological evaluation. Over two long November afternoons, he spent eight hours at the office of Caroline Hill, an assessment psychologist working in Chicago.

    Norris had seemed an ideal candidate in interviews – charming and friendly, with a suitable résumé and unimpeachable references. Hill liked him. His scores were normal to high on the cognitive tests she gave him, as were his results on the personality test he took. When Hill showed him a series of pictures without captions and asked him to tell her a story about what was happening in each one – another standard assessment – Norris gave answers that were a bit obvious, but harmless enough.

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    Answering 'cultural genocide': Iraq's looted treasures to be displayed at Venice Biennale

    Answering 'cultural genocide': Iraq's looted treasures to be displayed at Venice Biennale


    Iraq Museum takes unusual step of allowing objects to leave country to show their significance amid Isis’s ‘nihilistic’ destructionThe Iraq Museum of Baghdad is to display 40 ancient artefacts at the Venice Biennale this year, including several...

    Iraq Museum takes unusual step of allowing objects to leave country to show their significance amid Isis’s ‘nihilistic’ destruction

    The Iraq Museum of Baghdad is to display 40 ancient artefacts at the Venice Biennale this year, including several that were recently returned after its looting in 2003. The exhibition will be the first time all the objects have been legally allowed out of the country.

    Ancient clay pots, medical objects, musical instruments and figurines of deities and animals will be among the items on display, some of which date back to 6,100 BC.

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    China orders hundreds of thousands of private cars to have GPS trackers installed for monitoring

    China orders hundreds of thousands of private cars to have GPS trackers installed for monitoring


    Hundreds of thousands of vehicles affected by edict covering part of Xinjiang following outbreaks of violence – and no petrol for owners who don’t comply Security officials in China’s violence-stricken north-west have ordered residents to install...

    Hundreds of thousands of vehicles affected by edict covering part of Xinjiang following outbreaks of violence – and no petrol for owners who don’t comply

    Security officials in China’s violence-stricken north-west have ordered residents to install GPS tracking devices in their vehicles so authorities are able to keep permanent tabs on their movements.

    The compulsory measure, which came into force this week and could eventually affect hundreds of thousands of vehicles, is being rolled out in the Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang, a sprawling region that borders Central Asia and sees regular eruptions of deadly violence.

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    David Cassidy reveals dementia after faltering on stage

    David Cassidy reveals dementia after faltering on stage


    Partridge Family singer and actor says he will stop touring to concentrate on his health after forgetting lyrics and having a fall at recent showsThe former teen pop idol David Cassidy has revealed he has dementia, a day after weekend performances in...

    Partridge Family singer and actor says he will stop touring to concentrate on his health after forgetting lyrics and having a fall at recent shows

    The former teen pop idol David Cassidy has revealed he has dementia, a day after weekend performances in California in which he forgot his words and appeared to fall off the stage.

    The former Partridge Family singer and actor, 66, told People magazine he was fighting the same disease that afflicted his mother.

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    Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment allegations

    Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment allegations


    Former US attorney general brought in after female engineer claimed company frequently dismissed complaints and protected a repeat offenderUber has hired the former US attorney general Eric Holder to investigate allegations of sexual harassment after an...

    Former US attorney general brought in after female engineer claimed company frequently dismissed complaints and protected a repeat offender

    Uber has hired the former US attorney general Eric Holder to investigate allegations of sexual harassment after an engineer went public with claims that she repeatedly faced sexism and discrimination at the ride-sharing company.

    In a staff email shared with the Guardian on Monday, Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, said Holder would conduct an “independent review” and also revealed that women made up only 15% of the company’s workforce in engineering, product management and scientist roles.

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    How to choose a picture book for your child in a divided world | Miriam Rosenbloom

    How to choose a picture book for your child in a divided world | Miriam Rosenbloom


    When we read to a child we are also reading to ourselves – and, in our increasingly polarised society, small choices make a big differenceI have spent a lot of time over the past few years reading picture books. As a mother of a three-year-old and...

    When we read to a child we are also reading to ourselves – and, in our increasingly polarised society, small choices make a big difference

    I have spent a lot of time over the past few years reading picture books. As a mother of a three-year-old and working in children’s publishing, sometimes it feels like reading picture books is the most important thing I do. Books about faces, colours, numbers, dreams, dogs, journeys and jobs. Books about how we live, how others live, how people lived in the past.

    While a baby’s brain is exploding with the early possibilities of colour and sound in that beautiful pre-language psychedelic bubble when everything is wild and new, we hold them, sing nursery rhymes, teach them the sounds of farm animals and how to recognise the shapes of keys and candles. These little books convey a social and a moral world that in many ways feels strangely antiquated. They describe a world that we can understand but it’s not the world we are leaving to our children.

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    Toni Collette gets wistful: 'Australia was so beautiful and seemingly so innocent'

    Toni Collette gets wistful: 'Australia was so beautiful and seemingly so innocent'


    Making Jasper Jones ‘in the middle of nowhere with no budget to speak of’, the actor is happy to be on home soilToni Collette says her latest character is having a “classic midlife crisis”. It’s an experience that must seem a world away for the...

    Making Jasper Jones ‘in the middle of nowhere with no budget to speak of’, the actor is happy to be on home soil

    Toni Collette says her latest character is having a “classic midlife crisis”. It’s an experience that must seem a world away for the western Sydney-born actor, contentedly married with two children and never out of work, even as she longs for more roles on home soil.

    On the Western Australian set of the feature film Jasper Jones, Collette says she misses “the space, the light, family, friends, fresh air – all the basics”.

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    Moonlight's Mahershala Ali: anti-Islam prejudice 'not a shock' if you have grown up black

    Moonlight's Mahershala Ali: anti-Islam prejudice 'not a shock' if you have grown up black


    Oscar-nominated Muslim actor reveals additional discrimination he has faced since converting to Islam in 1999The actor Mahershala Ali, whose performance in the widely acclaimed Moonlight has made him a favourite for the best supporting actor Academy...

    Oscar-nominated Muslim actor reveals additional discrimination he has faced since converting to Islam in 1999

    The actor Mahershala Ali, whose performance in the widely acclaimed Moonlight has made him a favourite for the best supporting actor Academy award, has spoken out about the discrimination he has experienced as an African American and a Muslim.

    Ali said he found out that he was on an FBI watchlist after 9/11 and that, as a black man, anti-Islam prejudice “does not feel like a shock”.

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    Long-winded speech could be early sign of Alzheimer's, says study

    Long-winded speech could be early sign of Alzheimer's, says study


    Research finds distinctive language deficits in people with mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to dementiaRambling and long-winded anecdotes could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research that suggests subtle changes in speech...

    Research finds distinctive language deficits in people with mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to dementia

    Rambling and long-winded anecdotes could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research that suggests subtle changes in speech style occur years before the more serious mental decline takes hold.

    The scientists behind the work said it may be possible to detect these changes and predict if someone is at risk more than a decade before meeting the threshold for an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

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    Arsenal’s stroll in suburbs a minor diversion in the Arsène Wenger endgame | Barney Ronay

    Arsenal’s stroll in suburbs a minor diversion in the Arsène Wenger endgame | Barney Ronay


    Manager has time to relax as Arsenal’s much-changed team avoid major upset against non-league Sutton United to reach FA Cup quarter-finalsFor all the talk of Cup magic this was in the end an orderly out-ground experience for Arsenal, a 2-0 fifth-round...

    Manager has time to relax as Arsenal’s much-changed team avoid major upset against non-league Sutton United to reach FA Cup quarter-finals

    For all the talk of Cup magic this was in the end an orderly out-ground experience for Arsenal, a 2-0 fifth-round victory that felt by the end like a gently convalescent night out in the southern suburbs. Gander Green Lane is a clattery low rise lodged between rows of pebble-dashed semis, its edges marked out by a row of scaffold-pole huts and the remains of a venerable wood and ironwork stand. Before kick-off Arsène Wenger could be seen signing autographs in the car park, smiling fondly on the touchline and generally looking like a man rather enjoying being in such homely surroundings after the trauma of that career-low 5-1 Champions League thrashing in Munich last week.

    In the hours before the match the narrow streets around the ground had been clogged with a well-mannered crush, pubs and newsagents spilling out with amused, good-natured locals. As the Arsenal bus edged its way in and disgorged the away team there were shouts of “who are you?” but more craned necks and camera flashes and genuine curiosity at these visitors from the footballing over-world. And there was an oddly gripping intimacy about all this for Arsenal’s fans too, the usual glazed and distant superstars recast in the kitchen-sink proximity of a ground built on a more human scale.

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    Sutton’s Deacon dares to dream but Arsenal finally end FA Cup fairytale

    Sutton’s Deacon dares to dream but Arsenal finally end FA Cup fairytale


    Sutton United threw their best, their lavishly watered pitch and their streaker with a giraffe’s headdress at Arsenal but a gap worth 105 league places could not be overcome. Arsène Wenger’s team found two moments of clarity to make sure their...

    Sutton United threw their best, their lavishly watered pitch and their streaker with a giraffe’s headdress at Arsenal but a gap worth 105 league places could not be overcome. Arsène Wenger’s team found two moments of clarity to make sure their illustrious name would not be added to the list of Sutton’s scalps this season, with Lucas Pérez and Theo Walcott stopping the pressure on Wenger from intensifying.

    The Frenchman will always have the FA Cup. A trophy he has won six times during his Arsenal tenure remains key in his thoughts. It is the best chance they have of possible success this season given how they have drifted off the Premier League pace and suffered a heavy beating in Munich in the Champions League. Lincoln City are up next, the last survivors from non-league in the Cup this season.

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    Trump appoints HR McMaster as national security adviser

    Trump appoints HR McMaster as national security adviser


    The US president announced from Mar-a-Lago Monday that Lt Gen McMaster is his pick to replace Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign last weekTrump security adviser Flynn resigns after leaks suggest he tried to cover up Russia talksHR McMaster, an army...

    The US president announced from Mar-a-Lago Monday that Lt Gen McMaster is his pick to replace Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign last week

    Trump security adviser Flynn resigns after leaks suggest he tried to cover up Russia talks

    HR McMaster, an army lieutenant general whose unconventional career has earned him widespread respect in US defense circles, will be Donald Trump’s next national security adviser.

    Trump, announcing his decision, called McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

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    British Muslim teacher denied entry to US on school trip

    British Muslim teacher denied entry to US on school trip


    Juhel Miah from south Wales was removed from plane in Reykjavik despite suspension of president’s travel ban A British Muslim schoolteacher travelling to New York last week as a member of a school party from south Wales was denied entry to the United...

    Juhel Miah from south Wales was removed from plane in Reykjavik despite suspension of president’s travel ban

    A British Muslim schoolteacher travelling to New York last week as a member of a school party from south Wales was denied entry to the United States.

    Juhel Miah and a group of children and other teachers were about to take off from Iceland on 16 February on their way to the US when he was removed from the plane at Reykjavik. The previous week, on the 10 February, a US appeals court had upheld a decision to suspend Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily banned entry to the country from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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    Greece standoff over €86bn bailout eases after Brussels deal

    Greece standoff over €86bn bailout eases after Brussels deal


    Government agrees to talks on reforms with European creditors in return for progress on releasing next tranche of fundsGreece’s bailout inspectors are returning to Athens to seek changes to the country’s tax, pensions and labour market laws in a sign...

    Government agrees to talks on reforms with European creditors in return for progress on releasing next tranche of funds

    Greece’s bailout inspectors are returning to Athens to seek changes to the country’s tax, pensions and labour market laws in a sign that the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, will give way to European pressure for deeper reforms.

    His government agreed at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday to talks on big economic reforms in exchange for progress on releasing the next instalment of bailout funds. In return, Europe signalled a winding back of austerity measures for the struggling nation, in a move that could end a dispute between EU creditors and the International Monetary Fund over how to deal with Greece.

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    Lorraine Bracco on Goodfellas, therapy, and almost turning down The Sopranos

    Lorraine Bracco on Goodfellas, therapy, and almost turning down The Sopranos


    The star talks about fighting with Martin Scorsese, missing James Gandolfini – and her dad scaring Dustin Hoffman at the OscarsI ask Lorraine Bracco if she remembers the first time she saw Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese’s dazzling portrait of life in...

    The star talks about fighting with Martin Scorsese, missing James Gandolfini – and her dad scaring Dustin Hoffman at the Oscars

    I ask Lorraine Bracco if she remembers the first time she saw Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese’s dazzling portrait of life in the mob. “Absolutely,” she says. “It was last year.” Which is strange, given the film came out in 1990, and Bracco was one of the stars. She is laughing as she speaks, a husky giggle, her accent doorstop-thick New York. “Well, I went to the premiere, but I missed the start doing interviews, and then they pulled me out before the end, and then I had another job on a film with Sean Connery in the fucking jungle. And by the time I came home it wasn’t playing. And I never wanted to see it on TV. So, yeah, I didn’t see it until – Mo, when was the 25th anniversary?”

    Mo is her assistant, a friendly woman in a Wu-Tang Clan T-shirt, doing emails out of sight behind a partition. “2015,” she calls out. “Right,” Bracco says. “So in New York in 2015 there’s an anniversary thing but again I don’t actually get to see it. And finally I see it last summer, outdoors in LA …” “Hollywood Forever cemetery,” Mo says. “Beautiful,” Bracco says. “4,000 people, a full moon. And me.”

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    How Unilever foiled Kraft Heinz's £115bn takeover bid

    How Unilever foiled Kraft Heinz's £115bn takeover bid


    Fierce resistance and ‘no appetite for any offer’ warning forced key investors Warren Buffett and Jorge Lemann into retreat, insiders sayUnilever forced Kraft Heinz to abandon its £115bn bid for the company after the Anglo-Dutch maker of Marmite and...

    Fierce resistance and ‘no appetite for any offer’ warning forced key investors Warren Buffett and Jorge Lemann into retreat, insiders say

    Unilever forced Kraft Heinz to abandon its £115bn bid for the company after the Anglo-Dutch maker of Marmite and Flora said it would use every tool at its disposal to fend off a deal.

    The US consumer goods firm behind Philadelphia and WeightWatchers withdrew its offer “amicably” on Sunday evening, just 48 hours after admitting interest in its much larger rival.

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    Emmanuel Macron eyes French connection with voters in London

    Emmanuel Macron eyes French connection with voters in London


    Centrist candidate will address more than 3,000 French people in Central Hall hoping to persuade those registered to vote abroadMore than 3,000 French voters are set to pack out Central Hall in Westminster on Tuesday as Emmanuel Macron, the centrist...

    Centrist candidate will address more than 3,000 French people in Central Hall hoping to persuade those registered to vote abroad

    More than 3,000 French voters are set to pack out Central Hall in Westminster on Tuesday as Emmanuel Macron, the centrist outsider seen as a leading contender in France’s presidential race, brings his campaign to London.

    With nine weeks to go before the first round of a wide-open contest, the former investment banker and economy minister is seeking votes where he can find them and hoping his crusade to break the “complacency and vacuity” of a failing French political system will find favour with expatriates.

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    Climate scepticism is a far-right badge of honour – even in sweltering Australia

    Climate scepticism is a far-right badge of honour – even in sweltering Australia


    It’s up to progressives to fight back against this idiocy-promoting rhetoric and save the EarthIt hits you in the face and clings to you. It makes tall buildings whine as their air conditioning plants struggle to cope. It makes the streets deserted and...

    It’s up to progressives to fight back against this idiocy-promoting rhetoric and save the Earth

    It hits you in the face and clings to you. It makes tall buildings whine as their air conditioning plants struggle to cope. It makes the streets deserted and the ice-cold salons of corner pubs get crowded with people who don’t like beer. It is the Aussie heatwave: and it is no joke.

    Temperatures in the western suburbs of Sydney, far from the upmarket beachside glamour, reached 47C (117F) last week, topping the 44C I experienced there the week before. For reference, if it reached 47C in the middle of the Sahara desert, that would be an unusually hot day.

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    With the IPL’s millions, this is surely the best time to be a top-level cricketer | Vic Marks

    With the IPL’s millions, this is surely the best time to be a top-level cricketer | Vic Marks


    After Tymal Mills went for £1.4m in the latest Indian Premier League auction, what price would Ian Botham or Denis Compton in their pomp have reached?On Tuesday night every cricketer who has played for England has been invited to a dinner at Lord’s by...

    After Tymal Mills went for £1.4m in the latest Indian Premier League auction, what price would Ian Botham or Denis Compton in their pomp have reached?

    On Tuesday night every cricketer who has played for England has been invited to a dinner at Lord’s by the bountiful Andrew Strauss. It is an excellent idea, eagerly anticipated, and hopefully there will not be too many long speeches because when old cricketers get together there is much to discuss around the table. Firstly, of course, the past, or some legendary version of it, must be revisited and then the vagaries of the present have to be set to rights.

    Related: Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills attract millions at IPL auction – as it happened

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    Marine Le Pen's Front National headquarters raided by police

    Marine Le Pen's Front National headquarters raided by police


    French far-right party dismisses police search as ‘media operation whose goal is to disturb course of presidential campaign’French police searched the headquarters of Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National on Monday evening as part of an official...

    French far-right party dismisses police search as ‘media operation whose goal is to disturb course of presidential campaign’

    French police searched the headquarters of Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National on Monday evening as part of an official investigation into “fake” jobs involving the misuse of European Union funds to pay for a bodyguard and an assistant in Paris.

    Brussels investigators claim Le Pen paid her bodyguard, Thierry Légier, more than €41,500 (£35,350) between October and December 2011, by falsely claiming he was an EU parliamentary assistant. She is also accused of paying nearly €298,000 between December 2010 and 2016 to her France-based assistant Catherine Griset.

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    You can escape the identity trap – but that freedom comes at a cost | Nesrine Malik

    You can escape the identity trap – but that freedom comes at a cost | Nesrine Malik


    It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and genderDiane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks of her...

    It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and gender

    Diane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks of her politics, the veteran Labour MP has for decades been a fireball of public service. But her star has always been followed by a comet tail of toxic vapour. This personal abuse is at times snide and implied, at other times explicit, vicious and unprintable. But it is a constant in her political life, following her round, undermining her, consistently framing her in terms of her gender and her race.

    Abbott’s article came just days after she received an exceptional and sustained amount of personal abuse over the article 50 vote, culminating in a leaked text sent by Brexit secretary David Davis, in which he made derogatory comments on her appearance. Her article was necessary and timely, but something about her speaking out made my heart sink. It felt like defeat; the ultimate feeding of the trolls. It is important to look beyond the headlines and understand the significance of what happened.

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    Pep Guardiola a big fan of Monaco and wary of their Champions League threat

    Pep Guardiola a big fan of Monaco and wary of their Champions League threat


    French league leaders have grown in stature at home and in Europe and can cause Manchester City problems in their Champions League round of 16 tieAs a measure of why Pep Guardiola spoke so effusively about Manchester City’s latest opponents in the...

    French league leaders have grown in stature at home and in Europe and can cause Manchester City problems in their Champions League round of 16 tie

    As a measure of why Pep Guardiola spoke so effusively about Manchester City’s latest opponents in the Champions League, it is worth bearing in mind Monaco’s achievements this season eclipse those of the Paris Saint-Germain side who just had the temerity to win 4-0 against Barcelona and knock the throne off football royalty.

    Monaco are not only looking down on PSG from the top of the French league but, to put it into context, they have scored 76 goals from 26 games compared with 50 for the Qatari-funded team who gave Barça one of their worst chasings for many years.

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    'No deal' Brexit would mean £6bn in extra costs for UK exporters

    'No deal' Brexit would mean £6bn in extra costs for UK exporters


    Guardian analysis shows falling back on WTO rules would mean steep bills for industries including fashion, agriculture, cars and ceramicsCrashing out of the European Union without a trade deal would saddle British exporters with more than £6bn a year of...

    Guardian analysis shows falling back on WTO rules would mean steep bills for industries including fashion, agriculture, cars and ceramics

    Crashing out of the European Union without a trade deal would saddle British exporters with more than £6bn a year of extra costs, according to analysis that reveals the limited options facing UK negotiators just weeks before Brexit talks start.

    Theresa May has insisted “no deal is better than a bad deal” when it comes to the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU, suggesting the prime minister believes falling back on World Trade Organisation rules is a credible alternative if she cannot get her preferred option of a new free trade agreement with the EU.

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    IPL auction: ‘complete carnage’ as Ben Stokes becomes best-paid international player

    IPL auction: ‘complete carnage’ as Ben Stokes becomes best-paid international player


    • England T20 specialist Tymal Mills hails his ‘life-changing’ deal• Stokes lands £1.7m after being signed by Rising Pune SupergiantsBen Stokes described the moment he became the highest paid England cricketer of all time as “complete...

    • England T20 specialist Tymal Mills hails his ‘life-changing’ deal
    • Stokes lands £1.7m after being signed by Rising Pune Supergiants

    Ben Stokes described the moment he became the highest paid England cricketer of all time as “complete carnage”, having learned of his £1.7m deal to play for Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League during the early hours of yesterday morning via social media.

    But even the all-rounder’s surprise could not match that of the Sussex left-arm fast bowler, Tymal Mills, who from a reserve price of £60,000 finished up with a £1.4m deal to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore, some two years after he nearly quit the game.

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    In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced | William Dalrymple

    In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced | William Dalrymple


    The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the countryLast week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great...

    The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country

    Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which killed almost 90, showed the ability of radical Islamists to silence moderate and tolerant voices in the Islamic world.

    The attack also alarmingly demonstrated the ever-wider reach of Isis and the ease with which it can now strike within Pakistan. Isis now appears to equal the Taliban as a serious threat to this nuclear-armed country.

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    Russian envoy to UN dies in New York

    Russian envoy to UN dies in New York


    Vitaly Churkin, a pugnacious defender of Russian policy, died day before 65th birthday, says foreign ministry in MoscowVitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations for the past decade and leading international exponent of Vladimir...

    Vitaly Churkin, a pugnacious defender of Russian policy, died day before 65th birthday, says foreign ministry in Moscow

    Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations for the past decade and leading international exponent of Vladimir Putin’s increasingly self-confident foreign policy, has died suddenly aged 64, the foreign ministry in Moscow has said.

    In a statement on Monday night, the ministry said Churkin died in New York, where the UN headquarters are located, a day before his 65th birthday. His death at NewYork-Presbyterian hospital followed what was described as a cardiac condition in his office at 9am local time, it said.

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    The left needs to take a leaf out of Jesus' book – and get angry | Steven Thrasher

    The left needs to take a leaf out of Jesus' book – and get angry | Steven Thrasher


    Being polite gets us nowhere. We should channel the righteous anger we feel at the mess America is in, and use it to change societyAs a social justice minded Christian, my favorite depictions of Jesus are from Matthew 21:12, when he is seen with a whip...

    Being polite gets us nowhere. We should channel the righteous anger we feel at the mess America is in, and use it to change society

    As a social justice minded Christian, my favorite depictions of Jesus are from Matthew 21:12, when he is seen with a whip in his hand, flipping over tables in a rage and driving merchants from the temple. This is the Christ who speaks to me when I look at the mess that is contemporary America and ask myself “What would Jesus Do?”. He was a righteously furious Middle Eastern Jew, who’d been born while his mother was migrating and grew up to put the fear of God into capitalists, putting them on the run with a whip.

    This Jesus is angry, and he’s a great role model for the American left, which has been cowed into thinking it must be passive and “nice” in the face of oppression.

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    World's largest sailing yacht impounded in Gibraltar

    World's largest sailing yacht impounded in Gibraltar


    Taller than Big Ben and longer than 13 London buses, billionaire Russian’s €400m luxury vessel kept in dock over unpaid bills to shipbuilderThe world’s largest sailing yacht has been impounded in Gibraltar over claims that its billionaire Russian...

    Taller than Big Ben and longer than 13 London buses, billionaire Russian’s €400m luxury vessel kept in dock over unpaid bills to shipbuilder

    The world’s largest sailing yacht has been impounded in Gibraltar over claims that its billionaire Russian owner owes the shipbuilder €15.3m (£13.3m).

    The Gibraltar Port Authority impounded the €400m “Sailing Yacht A” as it was on its way to be delivered to industrialist Andrey Melnichenko, following a legal filing from the German shipbuilder that constructed the futuristic-looking vessel.

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    Scott Quigg heads west and into stable of renowned trainer Freddie Roach | Kevin Mitchell

    Scott Quigg heads west and into stable of renowned trainer Freddie Roach | Kevin Mitchell


    Former world super-bantamweight champion, who is making noises at featherweight, is leaving Joe Gallagher’s care to base himself at the Wild Card gym in Los AngelesScott Quigg has split with Joe Gallagher after six years to join Freddie Roach in the...

    Former world super-bantamweight champion, who is making noises at featherweight, is leaving Joe Gallagher’s care to base himself at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles

    Scott Quigg has split with Joe Gallagher after six years to join Freddie Roach in the US. It is a gamble that could launch him into a rematch with Carl Frampton or put him into the mix at featherweight, a division that is brimming with possibilities.

    The 28-year-old former world super-bantamweight champion, now making noises at 9st, insisted on Monday the parting was amicable, although only those close to the camp saw it coming.

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    New weapon in the global fight against fake malaria drugs: a cheap scanner

    New weapon in the global fight against fake malaria drugs: a cheap scanner


    Like a TV remote, a device known as Scio uses infrared light and connects to a smartphone to determine whether medications are genuineA new device that uses similar infrared light to TV remotes can accurately detect fake antimalarial drugs, according to...

    Like a TV remote, a device known as Scio uses infrared light and connects to a smartphone to determine whether medications are genuine

    A new device that uses similar infrared light to TV remotes can accurately detect fake antimalarial drugs, according to a scientific paper published Monday.

    The researchers revealed how they were able to use an optical scanner purchased online for $250 to distinguish perfectly between life-saving malaria drugs and deadly counterfeits.

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    Lionel Messi pulls Barcelona back from the brink, but for how long? | Sid Lowe

    Lionel Messi pulls Barcelona back from the brink, but for how long? | Sid Lowe


    There was something about the win over Leganés, the performance, the whole night, that was deeper than a single game. Barça need something to believe inIt was the 89th minute and it could have been the end; 63,378 people watched, minus those who’d...

    There was something about the win over Leganés, the performance, the whole night, that was deeper than a single game. Barça need something to believe in

    It was the 89th minute and it could have been the end; 63,378 people watched, minus those who’d already departed depressed – and there were plenty of them – as he stood alone before them. Standing before him, meanwhile, was Iago Herrerín; Iago Herrerín and disaster. But there were no nerves, just annoyance, and there would be no joy, not even much sign of relief. Leo Messi took the penalty that might just have rescued Barcelona’s season, pulling them from an even darker place and keeping them alive for another week at least, as if all he really wanted was to get rid of the ball. Kick the bloody thing away. So he did: dismissively, angrily … and into the net.

    And then he stood there. Messi didn’t smile, didn’t raise his fingers to the sky, another goal dedicated to his late grandmother Celia, and didn’t say anything. Team-mates ran over and embraced him but there was barely a flicker. He had just scored the winner in the last minute – although there was still time for Nabil El Zhar’s shot to fly wide at the other end – yet he didn’t feel like celebrating, didn’t feel he had anything to celebrate. He just stood, eyes lost, as if he was embarrassed or angry or both, ashamed by it all, black thoughts going round his mind. At the full-time whistle he walked off, occasionally responding to an opponent’s outstretched hand, but not stopping, like he just wanted to get out of there.

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    A modern space opera: has Star Wars escaped the George Lucas worldview?

    A modern space opera: has Star Wars escaped the George Lucas worldview?


    Disney’s takeover of the Star Wars has seen bigger roles for women and people of colour, in a sophisticated cinematic universe that looks more like the one we live inIt’s pretty obvious that George Lucas, for all his statements to the contrary, does...

    Disney’s takeover of the Star Wars has seen bigger roles for women and people of colour, in a sophisticated cinematic universe that looks more like the one we live in


    It’s pretty obvious that George Lucas, for all his statements to the contrary, does not particularly enjoy watching from the sidelines while other film-makers lead Star Wars into a brave new era. In the wake of The Force Awakens taking the global box office by storm in December 2015, the saga’s creator unwisely quipped to US talk show host Charlie Rose that he had sold his “kids … to the white slavers that take these things” – referring to Disney’s October 2012 purchase of all rights to the long-running space opera – and criticised JJ Abrams’s film as a “retro” effort. It felt like a low blow from a film-maker whose own efforts to reinvent Star Wars, the execrable prequel trilogy, were received with derision by fans and critics alike.

    What would Lucas make, one wonders, of the chapter in a new Star Wars novel, Aftermath, which reveals the fate of his most detested creation, bumbling Gungan loon Jar Jar Binks? The in-canon story details Jar Jar’s demotion to the status of a lowly Naboo street performer, destined to pratfall and gurn for a pittance in galactic credits for the rest of his days. The kids love him, reveals author Chuck Wendig, but the grown ups frown and do their best to ignore him, while his fellow Gungans shun their former representative.

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    Drop in teenage suicide attempts linked to legalisation of same-sex marriage

    Drop in teenage suicide attempts linked to legalisation of same-sex marriage


    Suicide attempts among high school students fell by an average of 7% following implementation of same-sex marriage laws, say researchersLegalisation of same-sex marriage in US states has been linked to a drop in suicide attempts among...

    Suicide attempts among high school students fell by an average of 7% following implementation of same-sex marriage laws, say researchers

    Legalisation of same-sex marriage in US states has been linked to a drop in suicide attempts among teenagers.

    Researchers say suicide attempts among high school students fell by an average of 7% following the implementation of the legislation. The impact was especially significant among gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers, for whom the passing of same-sex marriage laws was linked to a 14% drop in suicide attempts.

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    'Spider-Man' art thief jailed over Paris heist

    'Spider-Man' art thief jailed over Paris heist


    Vjeran Tomic and two others sentenced and fined for stealing five 20th-century masterpieces from Musée d’Art ModerneA burglar known as Spider-Man has been jailed in Paris for eight years after one of the most daring art heists in recent years.Vjeran...

    Vjeran Tomic and two others sentenced and fined for stealing five 20th-century masterpieces from Musée d’Art Moderne

    A burglar known as Spider-Man has been jailed in Paris for eight years after one of the most daring art heists in recent years.

    Vjeran Tomic and two accomplices were also fined €104m (£88.6m) over the theft of a Matisse, a Picasso, a Braque, a Léger and a Modigliani from the Musée d’Art Moderne in 2010.

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    Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr come together for musical collaboration

    Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr come together for musical collaboration


    McCartney played bass on his fellow Beatle’s upcoming new album, their first recording in seven yearsThe two surviving members of the Beatles have recorded music together for the first time in seven years.Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr released...

    McCartney played bass on his fellow Beatle’s upcoming new album, their first recording in seven years

    The two surviving members of the Beatles have recorded music together for the first time in seven years.

    Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr released pictures of themselves in Starr’s home studio over the weekend. McCartney will be making a guest appearance on Starr’s latest record, a follow-up to 2015’s Postcards from Paradise.

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    ‘The album is a love letter to men’: meet feminist supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique

    ‘The album is a love letter to men’: meet feminist supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique


    A collective of female stars including Angélique Kidjo, Mariam Doumbia and Nneka is singing out against gender inequality in west Africa over a soundtrack of funk, blues and dub‘We are sick of seeing women suffer because of violence,” says Pamela...

    A collective of female stars including Angélique Kidjo, Mariam Doumbia and Nneka is singing out against gender inequality in west Africa over a soundtrack of funk, blues and dub

    ‘We are sick of seeing women suffer because of violence,” says Pamela Badjogo, Afro-jazz and blues singer. “In the family, in the war zones. We want it to stop.”

    Badjogo is a member of the supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique, an all-female collective of west African musicians campaigning for gender equality. It might seem a worthy premise on which to build a powerful creative expression but their album République Amazone blends ancient rhythms seamlessly over funk and blues with dabs of dub. Tracks are sang intermittently in English, French and Mandinka, and tackle love, oppression and female empowerment. These 12 musicians and singers, among them Grammy-winning Angélique Kidjo, Mariam Doumbia of the legendary duo Amadou and Mariam, and international popstar Nneka, believe music can trigger change and be a weapon to address the systematic disempowerment of women across Africa.

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    Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion, finds study

    Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion, finds study


    Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish such as tuna and sharksThe depletion of oxygen in our oceans threatens future fish stocks and risks altering the habitat and behaviour of...

    Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish such as tuna and sharks

    The depletion of oxygen in our oceans threatens future fish stocks and risks altering the habitat and behaviour of marine life, scientists have warned, after a new study found oceanic oxygen levels had fallen by 2% in 50 years.

    The study, carried out at Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Germany, was the most comprehensive of the subject to date. The fall in oxygen levels has been attributed to global warming and the authors warn that if it continues unchecked, the amount of oxygen lost could reach up to 7% by 2100. Very few marine organisms are able to adapt to low levels of oxygen.

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    Lady Macbeth cuts a swathe across London fashion week

    Lady Macbeth cuts a swathe across London fashion week


    Formidable women influence proceedings at runway shows for Berardi, Erdem and RoksandaThe namedropping is pretty highbrow at London fashion week these days. Lady Macbeth, Mark Rothko, John F Kennedy, Virginia Woolf and Eugène Delacroix were all...

    Formidable women influence proceedings at runway shows for Berardi, Erdem and Roksanda

    The namedropping is pretty highbrow at London fashion week these days.

    Lady Macbeth, Mark Rothko, John F Kennedy, Virginia Woolf and Eugène Delacroix were all referenced by designers before 11am on Monday morning, and Michael Nyman was there in person, playing the piano in a piece composed to accompany the Roksanda collection. Burberry are making Henry Moore the star attraction at their show later on in the day, with a catwalk that will double as the opening night of a sculpture exhibition.

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    Sweden is often misunderstood. But Trump’s views subvert the truth | Andrew Brown

    Sweden is often misunderstood. But Trump’s views subvert the truth | Andrew Brown


    Progressives used to think everything in Sweden was perfect; now rightwingers believe it’s a crucible of Muslim violence – despite all evidence to the contraryDonald Trump’s outburst about “that thing that happened in Sweden last night” –...

    Progressives used to think everything in Sweden was perfect; now rightwingers believe it’s a crucible of Muslim violence – despite all evidence to the contrary

    Donald Trump’s outburst about “that thing that happened in Sweden last night” – which turned out to be a Fox News report he had seen on the difficulties of integrating refugees – is only the latest illustration of the role that Sweden plays in the fantasies of the outside world.

    The wonderful thing about Sweden is that you can believe what you like about it. For much of the 20th century it was a place where foreign progressives could only believe that everything ran perfectly smoothly and everyone got laid, thanks in part to the exploits of Ingrid Bergman and the Swedish arthouse film I am Curious (Yellow). In the 21st century it has become the country where foreign rightwingers can believe that nothing works and that rape is widespread.

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    Why do all the women on Fox News look and dress alike? Republicans prefer blondes

    Why do all the women on Fox News look and dress alike? Republicans prefer blondes


    From pundits like Ann Coulter to Kellyanne Conway, American rightwingers are a uniform vision of don’t scare-the-horses dressingWhy do so many rightwing American women have bottle-blond hair, often worn girlishly long? I’m thinking of Kellyanne...

    From pundits like Ann Coulter to Kellyanne Conway, American rightwingers are a uniform vision of don’t scare-the-horses dressing

    Why do so many rightwing American women have bottle-blond hair, often worn girlishly long? I’m thinking of Kellyanne Conway, Ann Coulter and almost any woman on Fox News.

    Jonathan, London N16

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    Hungarian slaughterhouse love story wins top prize at Berlin film festival

    Hungarian slaughterhouse love story wins top prize at Berlin film festival


    On Body and Soul took the Golden Bear, beating odds-on favourite The Other Side of Hope, which came away with best director for Aki KaurismakiHungary’s On Body and Soul, a tender love story set in a slaughterhouse, won the Golden Bear top prize...

    On Body and Soul took the Golden Bear, beating odds-on favourite The Other Side of Hope, which came away with best director for Aki Kaurismaki

    Hungary’s On Body and Soul, a tender love story set in a slaughterhouse, won the Golden Bear top prize Saturday at the Berlin film festival, Europe’s first major cinema showcase of the year.

    The drama by Ildiko Enyedi, one of four female film-makers in competition, features graphic scenes in an abattoir set against the budding romance of two people who share a recurring dream.

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    Star of postwar German cinema was Soviet spy, declassified files show

    Star of postwar German cinema was Soviet spy, declassified files show


    Marika Rökk revealed as Soviet agent working from 1940s onwards for network passing Third Reich secrets to MoscowOne of Germany’s best-loved postwar actors has been exposed as a Soviet agent following the declassification of top secret intelligence...

    Marika Rökk revealed as Soviet agent working from 1940s onwards for network passing Third Reich secrets to Moscow

    One of Germany’s best-loved postwar actors has been exposed as a Soviet agent following the declassification of top secret intelligence documents.

    Marika Rökk, who was banned from acting for two years for her apparent closeness to the Nazi regime, had in fact been working from the 1940s onwards for a reconnaissance network passing Third Reich secrets to Moscow.

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    British banks are go-betweens in global conflict. This can be stopped | George Clooney and John Prendergast

    British banks are go-betweens in global conflict. This can be stopped | George Clooney and John Prendergast


    High-level corruption and illicit trade in natural resources depend on banks across the EU. Putting financial pressure on them can help save livesAlmost a year ago, the UK government convened a global summit to commit to fighting corruption. The final...

    High-level corruption and illicit trade in natural resources depend on banks across the EU. Putting financial pressure on them can help save lives

    Almost a year ago, the UK government convened a global summit to commit to fighting corruption. The final communiqué from the governments involved summed up their historic intentions: “We want to send a clear signal to the corrupt that they will face consequences internationally. We want to make it harder for them to travel and do business in our countries.”

    The time for sending signals is over. It is time to act against the kind of corruption that enables governments and armed groups especially in east and central Africa – the deadliest interlinked zone of conflict in the world – to prosecute wars and carry out mass atrocities.

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    Werder Bremen give Alexander Nouri breathing space … for now  | Andy Brassell

    Werder Bremen give Alexander Nouri breathing space … for now | Andy Brassell


    Nouri was right to provide perspective after his side beat Mainz, calling it ‘a small step in the right direction. Many more,’ he added, ‘have to follow’After the ride he’s had to endure since the Bundesliga restart, perhaps it’s unfair to...

    Nouri was right to provide perspective after his side beat Mainz, calling it ‘a small step in the right direction. Many more,’ he added, ‘have to follow’

    After the ride he’s had to endure since the Bundesliga restart, perhaps it’s unfair to expect Alexander Nouri to raise one eyebrow and drop a Mourinho-esque quote at the end of the game, even if it did bring victory. “You get perfection in the Chinese State Circus,” he reasoned after his team’s 2-0 win at Mainz gave everybody involved with the club a chance to exhale. Clunky, maybe, but most coaches who have been in a similar situation could probably empathise.

    Either way, Saturday’s win was exactly what Werder Bremen needed – and exactly what Nouri needed, with the sporting director, Frank Baumann, ostensibly having backed him after last week’s loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach, even if he declined to go as far as to guarantee him a job on the other side of it, depending on the result. Baumann, a stalwart in the spine of the Bremen side that won the 2004 Bundesliga/Pokal double, called this “a real win,” and said it was, full of determination, “team spirit” (in Nouri’s words) and no little measure of enterprise.

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    Key to keeping friendships alive different for men and women, scientists say

    Key to keeping friendships alive different for men and women, scientists say


    For women, phone calls can keep long-distance friendships going, but men need to meet face-to-face, study showsMuch like a long-distance romance, it can be difficult to keep the spark alive in a friendship with someone living in a different city. Now...

    For women, phone calls can keep long-distance friendships going, but men need to meet face-to-face, study shows

    Much like a long-distance romance, it can be difficult to keep the spark alive in a friendship with someone living in a different city. Now scientists say they have uncovered the key to staying close – and it appears to be different for men and women.

    Men need to meet up face-to-face and bond over activities, according to the study of students leaving home for the first time, while for female friendships, long phone conversations can bridge the physical distance.

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    GM admits Kings turned down a 'better deal' before trading DeMarcus Cousins

    GM admits Kings turned down a 'better deal' before trading DeMarcus Cousins


    Move for temperamental big man signals New Orleans intent on playoff pushSacramento gain Buddy Hield and first- and second-round draft picksDeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony...

    Move for temperamental big man signals New Orleans intent on playoff pushSacramento gain Buddy Hield and first- and second-round draft picks

    DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in the All-Star Game in their arena.

    The Kings dealt one of the most talented but temperamental big men in the game along with Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer.

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    How Monaco fashioned a table-topping team from their own academy | Igor Mladenovic

    How Monaco fashioned a table-topping team from their own academy | Igor Mladenovic


    Having abandoned big-spending, Monaco, who visit Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, are reaping the rewards of home-grown talentWhen Monaco cut their transfer budget in 2014, having spent £140m in previous windows to catch up with Paris...

    Having abandoned big-spending, Monaco, who visit Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, are reaping the rewards of home-grown talent

    When Monaco cut their transfer budget in 2014, having spent £140m in previous windows to catch up with Paris Saint-Germain, few expected them to supersede their rivals any time soon.

    The vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, said at the time the club would focus on their academy rather than expensive transfer targets to complement Radamel Falcao but no one expected the ageing Colombian to lead Europe’s best attack a couple of seasons later.

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    Donald Trump, the master of unreality, must be resisted at every turn | Joseph Stiglitz

    Donald Trump, the master of unreality, must be resisted at every turn | Joseph Stiglitz


    What the US president says and what he tweets can only be countered effectively if we take it seriously and resist itIn barely a month, the new US president has managed to spread chaos and uncertainty – and a degree of fear that would make any...

    What the US president says and what he tweets can only be countered effectively if we take it seriously and resist it

    In barely a month, the new US president has managed to spread chaos and uncertainty – and a degree of fear that would make any terrorist proud – at a dizzying pace. Not surprisingly, citizens and leaders in business, civil society, and government are struggling to respond appropriately and effectively.

    Any view regarding the way forward is necessarily provisional, as Donald Trump has not yet proposed detailed legislation, and Congress and the courts have not fully responded to his barrage of executive orders. But recognition of uncertainty is not a justification for denial.

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    Anna Jones’s recipes for two winter pies | The modern cook

    Anna Jones’s recipes for two winter pies | The modern cook


    Warm up by topping a spiced lentil pie with comforting mash or cover a hearty vegetable and cheese pie with crisp celeriac rosti...Walks – bracing ones across beaches and dunes – filled this last week. Long stretches of sand lined with pine forests...

    Warm up by topping a spiced lentil pie with comforting mash or cover a hearty vegetable and cheese pie with crisp celeriac rosti...

    Walks – bracing ones across beaches and dunes – filled this last week. Long stretches of sand lined with pine forests on one side and the tempting sea on the other. With the car in sight, we surrendered our toes to the glassy water and splashed our way along the seashore, kicking droplets into the winter sunshine with each step. Back at the car, our rolled-up trousers damp and our toes like ice, we thawed out with tea and a snap of dark chocolate. On the drive home I was fixated on pie, topped with deep comforting mash, which I fantasised about eating with a spoon.

    In less than an hour, we were spooning cumin and mustard seed-spiced pie from our laps, a comforting cloud-like crust of mashed cauliflower on top of a rich lentil ragu, cooked until the lentils are almost soft. Its warmth soon spread all the way to our feet.

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    Zemanlandia back open for business as Pescara exchange freefall for free-scoring | Paolo Bandini

    Zemanlandia back open for business as Pescara exchange freefall for free-scoring | Paolo Bandini


    How does a team that had not beaten anyone on the pitch all season – nor indeed won a Serie A match since 2013 – suddenly produce a 5-0 thrashing of Genoa?Harold Wilson believed a week was a long time in British politics. What on earth would he have...

    How does a team that had not beaten anyone on the pitch all season – nor indeed won a Serie A match since 2013 – suddenly produce a 5-0 thrashing of Genoa?

    Harold Wilson believed a week was a long time in British politics. What on earth would he have made, then, of football on Italy’s Adriatic coast?

    Seven days ago, Pescara were in freefall – bottom of Serie A and reeling not only from consecutive thrashings by Lazio and Torino but also an arson attack on their president’s private property. Desperate to change something, anything, they fired manager Massimo Oddo, replacing him with Zdenek Zeman. On Sunday, they thrashed Genoa 5-0.

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    Mercedes re-sign Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda to confirm F1 commitment

    Mercedes re-sign Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda to confirm F1 commitment


    • Successful pair will remain with all-conquering formula one team until 2020• Continuity key as team adapts to exits of Nico Rosberg and Paddy LoweMercedes have signed new deals with their executive director of motorsport, Toto Wolff, and the...

    • Successful pair will remain with all-conquering formula one team until 2020
    • Continuity key as team adapts to exits of Nico Rosberg and Paddy Lowe

    Mercedes have signed new deals with their executive director of motorsport, Toto Wolff, and the team’s non-executive chairman, Niki Lauda, to retain the pair until 2020, confirming the stability of the team up until the end of the manufacturer’s current commitment to Formula One, which runs until 2020 – when the current commercial arrangement with Formula One Management concludes.

    The team will launch their new car for the season on Thursday at Silverstone and retaining the long-standing presence of Wolff and Lauda at the top of the organisation as they face a new formula this season and readjust after the departures of Nico Rosberg and Paddy Lowe over the winter will help ease the transition.

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    Syrian refugees in Canada's north: 'It’s not warm in weather, but warm in emotions '

    Syrian refugees in Canada's north: 'It’s not warm in weather, but warm in emotions '


    In communities such as Yellowknife, the temperature can sink to -40C, a dramatic change for refugees who had ‘never experienced anything like it’After a rocket hit his sister’s house and killed his brother-in-law and nephew, Mustafa Alhajy knew he...

    In communities such as Yellowknife, the temperature can sink to -40C, a dramatic change for refugees who had ‘never experienced anything like it’

    After a rocket hit his sister’s house and killed his brother-in-law and nephew, Mustafa Alhajy knew he had to leave Syria.

    He was not expecting to end up in the kind of place where snow blankets the ground for months at a time and temperatures drop to -40C (-40F).

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    Freedom of the press isn't guaranteed. Especially when it's labeled the 'enemy' | Austin Sarat

    Freedom of the press isn't guaranteed. Especially when it's labeled the 'enemy' | Austin Sarat


    Support for the media is falling among the American public and the courts have not always protected reporters. So what is the press to do about it?This weekend brought the latest salvo in President Trump’s campaign to discredit the news media. Friday...

    Support for the media is falling among the American public and the courts have not always protected reporters. So what is the press to do about it?

    This weekend brought the latest salvo in President Trump’s campaign to discredit the news media. Friday afternoon the president tweeted “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

    In an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Reince Priebus, the president’s chief of staff, tried to clarify the meaning of the tweet and reassure Americans that “The president believes in the First Amendment. He believes in a free press.” Nonetheless, commentators correctly noted that the phrase “enemy of the people” has notorious associations from the purges ordered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, which killed tens of millions of people.

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    Since my husband’s affair, I’m afraid he will reject me sexually

    Since my husband’s affair, I’m afraid he will reject me sexually


    We are rebuilding our relationship, but neither of us feel free to initiateMy husband was the first man I felt I could let myself go with sexually. Yet, over the years, we grew apart, took each other for granted and he had an affair. We are rebuilding...

    We are rebuilding our relationship, but neither of us feel free to initiate

    My husband was the first man I felt I could let myself go with sexually. Yet, over the years, we grew apart, took each other for granted and he had an affair. We are rebuilding our relationship, but we show our wounds when it comes to sex. We are both often afraid to initiate, and I fear rejection.

    Fearing rejection is natural, especially when one has experienced pain from a partner’s disloyal behaviour. It takes time to rebuild trust, and our sexual responses are firmly related to our sense of safety. It is never easy to be relaxed, open and connected with someone who has hurt you, and trying to overcome that reticence before healing has fully occurred is counterintuitive.

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    NBA All-Star Game: Anthony Davis breaks record with 52 points

    NBA All-Star Game: Anthony Davis breaks record with 52 points


    Western Conference beats Eastern Conference 192-182 in New OrleansRussell Westbrook and Kevin Durant reunited on same teamAt the defense-free dunkfest that now serves as the NBA’s All-Star Game, Anthony Davis scored a record 52 points and led the...

    Western Conference beats Eastern Conference 192-182 in New OrleansRussell Westbrook and Kevin Durant reunited on same team

    At the defense-free dunkfest that now serves as the NBA’s All-Star Game, Anthony Davis scored a record 52 points and led the Western Conference past the Eastern Conference, 192-182 on Sunday night. He made 26 of 39 shots, scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and became the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2011 to win MVP honors on his home floor.

    “It was amazing,” Davis said. “That’s what I wanted to do ... get the MVP for this crowd, for this city. This one definitely means a lot to me.”

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    Trump’s first month of lies – video

    Trump’s first month of lies – video


    In his first month as president, Donald Trump made numerous false statements on subjects that ranged from the extremely petty – such as crowd sizes – to those of national and international significance. The Guardian examines his most egregious...

    In his first month as president, Donald Trump made numerous false statements on subjects that ranged from the extremely petty – such as crowd sizes – to those of national and international significance. The Guardian examines his most egregious falsehoods and considers what to do about a serial liar in the White House

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    'Eating disorders are black women’s issues too' – video

    'Eating disorders are black women’s issues too' – video


    In the second of our three-part Speak your Mind series, we meet Georgia, 22, who suffered from eating disorders through her teenage years. Thinspiration Tumblrs inspired her to lose weight but that spiralled to starvation and bulimia. Now recovered, she...

    In the second of our three-part Speak your Mind series, we meet Georgia, 22, who suffered from eating disorders through her teenage years. Thinspiration Tumblrs inspired her to lose weight but that spiralled to starvation and bulimia. Now recovered, she wonders why black women are rarely identified as having eating disorders

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    Justice for Adama: the family protesting against police brutality in France – video

    Justice for Adama: the family protesting against police brutality in France – video


    Adama Traoré died in police custody last year. His family’s struggle for justice has put police brutality back under the spotlight in France, and his older sister Assa is leading the battle to find out the truth about his death. Iman Amrani looks at...

    Adama Traoré died in police custody last year. His family’s struggle for justice has put police brutality back under the spotlight in France, and his older sister Assa is leading the battle to find out the truth about his death. Iman Amrani looks at how this story paved the way for the recent riots in France, following the alleged rape of a young man called Theo by a police officer. *The figure of 15 deaths in custody every year quoted in the film is based on campaign groups and media tallies. No official figures for deaths in custody are recorded in France.

    Adama Traoré’s death in police custody casts long shadow over French society A version of the video in French can be viewed hereContinue reading...
    Quipu: the phone line calling for justice in Peru – video

    Quipu: the phone line calling for justice in Peru – video


    Esperanza and Teodula are calling for justice in rural Peru after being sterilised without consent more than 18 years ago. The Quipu project is their phoneline that allows victims across the country to share their shocking testimonies and ensure those...

    Esperanza and Teodula are calling for justice in rural Peru after being sterilised without consent more than 18 years ago. The Quipu project is their phoneline that allows victims across the country to share their shocking testimonies and ensure those responsible are punished

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