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    New Zealand asks: how was the threat from the far right missed?

    New Zealand asks: how was the threat from the far right missed?


    Muslim associations have expressed despair that no one in government heeded their warnings about a rise in racism and violenceAs the alleged killer sits in an isolated, maximum security jail cell on the outskirts of Christchurch, many people in New...

    Muslim associations have expressed despair that no one in government heeded their warnings about a rise in racism and violence

    As the alleged killer sits in an isolated, maximum security jail cell on the outskirts of Christchurch, many people in New Zealand are wondering how an alt-right extremist who allegedly amassed an arsenal of military grade weapons went undetected for so long.

    Holed up in a wooden bungalow in the seaside town of Dunedin, the alleged shooter was an active member of the local gun club and pumped weights at a South Dunedin gym. He was quiet, but not reclusive, and appears to have made no effort to hide his obsession with military grade weaponry.

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    Testosterone limits for female athletes not backed by science, say academics

    Testosterone limits for female athletes not backed by science, say academics


    Rules by IAAF would require some female track runners to lower their testosterone levels to competeProposed regulations on testosterone levels in women’s athletics have been criticised by academics who say they are not backed by scientific evidence and...

    Rules by IAAF would require some female track runners to lower their testosterone levels to compete

    Proposed regulations on testosterone levels in women’s athletics have been criticised by academics who say they are not backed by scientific evidence and risk opening a pandora’s box on genetic advantages in sport.

    The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) put forward new regulations which could require some female athletes to lower their testosterone level. However the introduction of these regulations is currently on ice while the courts decide on a legal challenge brought by the South African athlete Caster Semenya, a female 800 metre Olympic gold medallist. A ruling is expected within days.

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    Widow of murdered Mexico journalist was surveillance target days after death

    Widow of murdered Mexico journalist was surveillance target days after death


    Government-linked spyware sent to Griselda Triana’s phoneHusband Javier Valdez was murdered only 10 days previouslyEven in a country long-used to violence, the cowardly 2017 murder of the Mexican journalist Javier Valdez prompted outrage: reporters...

    Government-linked spyware sent to Griselda Triana’s phoneHusband Javier Valdez was murdered only 10 days previously

    Even in a country long-used to violence, the cowardly 2017 murder of the Mexican journalist Javier Valdez prompted outrage: reporters held protests, news outlets stopped publishing for a day and the then president, Enrique Peña Nieto, promised that the crime would not go unpunished.

    But barely 10 days after Valdez was pulled from his car and shot dead, his widow Griselda Triana was targeted for surveillance with spyware which had been purchased by the Mexican government.

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    Leroy Sané survives ‘vicious’ red-card tackle in Germany’s draw with Serbia

    Leroy Sané survives ‘vicious’ red-card tackle in Germany’s draw with Serbia


    Germany, with a new-look team, made a promising return to the international stage with a 1-1 draw against Serbia in a friendly, showing signs of improvement following a disastrous 2018. Related: Ben Woodburn scrambles late reward for starless Wales...

    Germany, with a new-look team, made a promising return to the international stage with a 1-1 draw against Serbia in a friendly, showing signs of improvement following a disastrous 2018.

    Related: Ben Woodburn scrambles late reward for starless Wales against Trinidad

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    US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling

    US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling


    In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be consideredIn the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted...

    In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered

    In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account.

    Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis.

    The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects.

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    Theresa May: don't blame me for Brexit crisis, blame MPs

    Theresa May: don't blame me for Brexit crisis, blame MPs


    PM faces calls for resignation after blaming Commons for delay to UK’s exit from EUFollow all the latest on Brexit with our live blogTheresa May is facing a furious backlash from her own backbenchers and calls for her resignation after she blamed...

    PM faces calls for resignation after blaming Commons for delay to UK’s exit from EU

    Follow all the latest on Brexit with our live blog

    Theresa May is facing a furious backlash from her own backbenchers and calls for her resignation after she blamed squabbling MPs for delaying Brexit.

    In a defiant statement on Wednesday night she told the British public: “I am on your side,” and now hopes to force her deal through parliament next week at the third time of asking.

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    'New bizarre low': Trump faces backlash after reviving McCain attacks

    'New bizarre low': Trump faces backlash after reviving McCain attacks


    Republicans such as Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney defended the late senator after the president said he ‘never liked’ himFollow the latest in US politics – liveDonald Trump renewed attacks on the late senator John McCain, stating he “never...

    Republicans such as Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney defended the late senator after the president said he ‘never liked’ him

    Follow the latest in US politics – live

    Donald Trump renewed attacks on the late senator John McCain, stating he “never liked” the Arizona Republican and “probably never will”.

    The president faced widespread backlash for reviving his criticism of McCain, who died of brain cancer last year.

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    Barcelona to charge Manchester United fans £102 for ticket at Camp Nou

    Barcelona to charge Manchester United fans £102 for ticket at Camp Nou


    • United to subsidise cost by charging Barça fans £102 in first leg• ‘Our supporters are again being subjected to excessive prices’Manchester United are to subsidise the £102 cost for a ticket at Barcelona for the second leg of the Champions...

    • United to subsidise cost by charging Barça fans £102 in first leg
    • ‘Our supporters are again being subjected to excessive prices’

    Manchester United are to subsidise the £102 cost for a ticket at Barcelona for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final and have taken a “difficult decision” to charge the same price for Barcelona supporters at Old Trafford.

    Related: Anderlecht’s Uefa charge offers hope for fleeced Liverpool and United fans

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    Corbyn walks out of PM’s Brexit meeting over Umunna invite

    Corbyn walks out of PM’s Brexit meeting over Umunna invite


    Labour spokesperson says ‘it was not the meeting that had been agreed’All the latest political developments – liveJeremy Corbyn has walked out of an early evening meeting of party leaders with Theresa May after he realised that the prime minister...

    Labour spokesperson says ‘it was not the meeting that had been agreed’

    All the latest political developments – live

    Jeremy Corbyn has walked out of an early evening meeting of party leaders with Theresa May after he realised that the prime minister had invited the Independent Group spokesman, Chuka Umunna.

    The Labour leader had been due to meet May to discuss the Brexit crisis alongside the SNP’s Ian Blackford, the Lib Dems’ Vince Cable, and the parliamentary leaders of Plaid Cymru and the Greens.

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    ‘Terrible’: Tory despair over leadership deepens but May ploughs on

    ‘Terrible’: Tory despair over leadership deepens but May ploughs on


    As prime minister asks EU for short delay, her party openly ponders how long she can lastSeveral times during the torrid Brexit drama of the past two years, Theresa May has adopted her own version of what Tony Blair used to call his “masochism...

    As prime minister asks EU for short delay, her party openly ponders how long she can last

    Several times during the torrid Brexit drama of the past two years, Theresa May has adopted her own version of what Tony Blair used to call his “masochism strategy” – in her case by making herself available for hostile cross-examination by her backbenchers.

    On Tuesday, though, as both wings of her deeply riven party erupted in fury and despair after the decision to ask for a three-month Brexit delay, she sent the ebullient Tory chairman, Brandon Lewis, in her stead.

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    Sophie Jones quits football after racial abuse ban and Sheffield United exit

    Sophie Jones quits football after racial abuse ban and Sheffield United exit


    • FA finds Jones guilty of making monkey noises• Sheffield United contract terminated by mutual consentSophie Jones is giving up football after the Sheffield United Women’s player was on Wednesday given a five-match ban for racially abusing an...

    • FA finds Jones guilty of making monkey noises
    • Sheffield United contract terminated by mutual consent

    Sophie Jones is giving up football after the Sheffield United Women’s player was on Wednesday given a five-match ban for racially abusing an opponent during a Championship game against Tottenham in January.

    Jones’s announcement came after United confirmed her contract had been terminated by “mutual agreement” after she was found guilty of making monkey noises at the Spurs centre-back Renée Hector in January.

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    Ben Te’o and Billy Vunipola return late to England hotel after night out

    Ben Te’o and Billy Vunipola return late to England hotel after night out


    • Breach of team protocol could have World Cup repercussions• Pair apologise but may be punished by coach Eddie JonesBen Te’o and Billy Vunipola have found themselves in hot water after arriving late back at the England team hotel following an...

    • Breach of team protocol could have World Cup repercussions
    • Pair apologise but may be punished by coach Eddie Jones

    Ben Te’o and Billy Vunipola have found themselves in hot water after arriving late back at the England team hotel following an alcohol-fuelled night out, hours after their side’s second-half capitulation to Scotland in the Six Nations finale on Saturday.

    Related: Making Maro Itoje captain could give England a new dimension | Robert Kitson

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    Viktor Orbán's party suspended from centre-right EPP bloc

    Viktor Orbán's party suspended from centre-right EPP bloc


    Move against Hungarian leader’s Fidesz follows aggressive anti-EU campaignViktor Orbán’s Fidesz party has been suspended from the main pan-European centre-right party, as controversy over the far-right Hungarian leader’s place in the European...

    Move against Hungarian leader’s Fidesz follows aggressive anti-EU campaign

    Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party has been suspended from the main pan-European centre-right party, as controversy over the far-right Hungarian leader’s place in the European mainstream comes to a head.

    “Fidesz will be suspended with immediate effect and until further notice,” Joseph Daul, the president of the European People’s party (EPP), announced on Twitter, saying 190 members had voted in favour and three against.

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    Shamima Begum family challenge Javid's citizenship decision

    Shamima Begum family challenge Javid's citizenship decision


    Relatives say it was unfair to remove UK citizenship when others who went to Isis territory were allowed backThe family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the...

    Relatives say it was unfair to remove UK citizenship when others who went to Isis territory were allowed back

    The family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.

    Begum fled her east London family for Syria in February 2015, aged 15, along with two school friends after reading terrorist propaganda online. There she married a terrorist fighter and had three children, all of whom died as infants.

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    LAPD officers get rare official rebuke for killing man in mall

    LAPD officers get rare official rebuke for killing man in mall


    Officers violated policy in shooting Grechario Mack, 30, while he was on the ground facing a mental health crisisThe Los Angeles police commission ruled that officers violated policy when they fatally shot a 30-year-old man in the middle of a mall, a...

    Officers violated policy in shooting Grechario Mack, 30, while he was on the ground facing a mental health crisis

    The Los Angeles police commission ruled that officers violated policy when they fatally shot a 30-year-old man in the middle of a mall, a rare official rebuke of deadly force in a city with frequent killings by police.

    Police did not follow protocol when they fired shots at Grechario Mack, a 30-year-old father of two, while he was on the ground inside the mall amid a mental health crisis. Mack, who was shot in multiple places including the back, had been holding a kitchen knife and appeared agitated when officers began firing on 10 April 2018.

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    UK politicians ignore mass public protests at their peril | Martin Kettle

    UK politicians ignore mass public protests at their peril | Martin Kettle


    Theresa May would be wise to learn from Tony Blair’s mistake over IraqIt is still just about possible, with a sustained deployment of the imagination, to conceive of a set of circumstances in which Theresa May might still be able to regard her Brexit...

    Theresa May would be wise to learn from Tony Blair’s mistake over Iraq

    It is still just about possible, with a sustained deployment of the imagination, to conceive of a set of circumstances in which Theresa May might still be able to regard her Brexit policy as a success. If, for instance, she agrees in Brussels on Thursday on the conditional short extension offered by Donald Tusk on Wednesday ; if she gets her third “meaningful vote” motion past the Speaker next week; if her MPs take Tusk’s offer seriously; if she proves better at persuading enough of them to back her deal than in the past, then – just possibly – it may all seem to have been worthwhile. Or at least it may do so for about 48 hours, until the leadership challenge begins and the policy conflicts of the next – and longer – phase of Brexit negotiations with the EU start to split her party yet again.

    Related: Britain is in a hole – Europe, we need you to dig us out | Timothy Garton Ash

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    Shane Warne says revitalised Australia can pull off World Cup shock

    Shane Warne says revitalised Australia can pull off World Cup shock


    • Return of Steve Smith and David Warner could be crucial• Former spinner believes team spirit good in Australia campA week after Australia completed a dramatic series victory in India by winning their last three matches, ending a dismal run of 22...

    • Return of Steve Smith and David Warner could be crucial
    • Former spinner believes team spirit good in Australia camp

    A week after Australia completed a dramatic series victory in India by winning their last three matches, ending a dismal run of 22 defeats in 26 completed one-day internationals, Shane Warne believes the team are once again striking fear into opponents and can be spurred to World Cup glory by the reintegration of David Warner and Steve Smith.

    Warner and Smith’s 12-month bans for ball-tampering come to an end this month and they will be free to join up with the rest of the World Cup squad when they get together for a training camp in April.

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    Reality TV ‘must do more to protect mental health of participants’

    Reality TV ‘must do more to protect mental health of participants’


    Psychologists call for greater regulation of reality shows to address mental health risksPsychologists and producers who have worked in reality television have warned that the industry must do more to protect participants who are being “exploited and...

    Psychologists call for greater regulation of reality shows to address mental health risks

    Psychologists and producers who have worked in reality television have warned that the industry must do more to protect participants who are being “exploited and spat out” by the experience.

    After the death of the former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis, current and former members of production teams in the hugely popular genre said contributors often had no idea of the mental health risks attached to their sudden fame, and called for regulation to address the risks.

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    Mozambique rescue teams struggle to save thousands

    Mozambique rescue teams struggle to save thousands


    Workers appeal for more helicopters as flood waters keep rising after Cyclone IdaiRescue teams in Mozambique are struggling to reach the thousands of people stranded on roofs and in trees and urgently need more helicopters and boats as post-cyclone flood...

    Workers appeal for more helicopters as flood waters keep rising after Cyclone Idai

    Rescue teams in Mozambique are struggling to reach the thousands of people stranded on roofs and in trees and urgently need more helicopters and boats as post-cyclone flood waters continue to rise.

    Mozambique, which was hit by Cyclone Idai over the weekend, has declared a state of emergency and is appealing for international help.

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    The Guardian view on Theresa May and Brexit: a prime minister gone rogue | Editorial

    The Guardian view on Theresa May and Brexit: a prime minister gone rogue | Editorial


    Theresa May has put no deal firmly back on the table in flagrant defiance of parliament and the dictates of responsible governmentTo achieve anything in EU diplomacy it helps to speak European. That does not require a command of continental languages....

    Theresa May has put no deal firmly back on the table in flagrant defiance of parliament and the dictates of responsible government

    To achieve anything in EU diplomacy it helps to speak European. That does not require a command of continental languages. What matters, when dealing at the highest level in Brussels, is an ability to acknowledge the common political and economic interests that underpin the whole European project.

    Theresa May has no fluency in that idiom. She cannot even fake it. Since becoming prime minister, her relations with the EU have been marked by tin-eared diplomacy. She is bad enough at cultivating relationships in Westminster. In Brussels she has none.

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    Amsterdam to ban 'disrespectful' tours of red-light district

    Amsterdam to ban 'disrespectful' tours of red-light district


    Move is just one of measures taken to limit impact of mass tourism on historic city centreAmsterdam is to ban guided tours of its red-light district as part of an effort to restrict the increasing throngs of visitors in its historic city centre, and...

    Move is just one of measures taken to limit impact of mass tourism on historic city centre

    Amsterdam is to ban guided tours of its red-light district as part of an effort to restrict the increasing throngs of visitors in its historic city centre, and because “they are not respectful” to sex workers.

    “It is no longer acceptable in this age to see sex workers as a tourist attraction,” city councillor Udo Kock said. A survey has shown that 80% of sex workers say gawping tourists are bad for their business and councillors last year suggested moving the red light district to another part of the city.

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    Cambridge University rescinds Jordan Peterson invitation

    Cambridge University rescinds Jordan Peterson invitation


    Offer of visiting fellowship to controversial professor resulted in backlash from faculty and studentsCambridge University has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson, the self-styled “professor against political correctness”,...

    Offer of visiting fellowship to controversial professor resulted in backlash from faculty and students

    Cambridge University has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson, the self-styled “professor against political correctness”, after a backlash from faculty and students.

    Peterson, a psychology professor from Toronto who has courted controversy for his views on transgender rights, gender and race, announced on Monday via his YouTube channel that he was joining Cambridge for two months.

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    Lion Air pilots were looking at handbook when plane crashed

    Lion Air pilots were looking at handbook when plane crashed


    Sources say flight crew of Indonesian jet tried to find procedure to halt diveThe pilots of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max that crashed in Indonesia were searching a flight manual to try to find why the plane kept lurching downwards against their commands,...

    Sources say flight crew of Indonesian jet tried to find procedure to halt dive

    The pilots of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max that crashed in Indonesia were searching a flight manual to try to find why the plane kept lurching downwards against their commands, according to reports of the cockpit voice recording.

    The investigation into the crash, which killed all 189 people on board last October, has become even more significant for Boeing and airlines due to its suspected links with the Ethiopian Airlines disaster, where 157 died on the same model of plane.

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    Rare super worm moon will loom large as it coincides with equinox

    Rare super worm moon will loom large as it coincides with equinox


    Phenomenon last occurred in spring 1905 and won’t happen again until the year 2144Those gazing up into the sky on Wednesday night are set to witness an unusual event: a super worm moon that coincides with the equinox.It will be the third time this year...

    Phenomenon last occurred in spring 1905 and won’t happen again until the year 2144

    Those gazing up into the sky on Wednesday night are set to witness an unusual event: a super worm moon that coincides with the equinox.

    It will be the third time this year a full moon has occurred near to the moon’s closest approach to the Earth – making it a supermoon – and will be the last such event in 2019. Those venturing out can expect to see the moon looming larger than usual in the night sky.

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    Lives are ruined by shame and stigma. LGBT lessons in schools are vital | Hannah Jane Parkinson

    Lives are ruined by shame and stigma. LGBT lessons in schools are vital | Hannah Jane Parkinson


    Forget the parent protests. Children need to be taught that their identities are valid – and Andrea Leadsom needs to apologiseOne of the most dangerous and destructive things in the world is shame. Shame can burrow into you so deep that it shrinks the...

    Forget the parent protests. Children need to be taught that their identities are valid – and Andrea Leadsom needs to apologise

    One of the most dangerous and destructive things in the world is shame. Shame can burrow into you so deep that it shrinks the brain and constricts the heart.

    Related: Parents complain to Manchester schools about LGBT lessons

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    Bill & Ted 3 confirmed by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter

    Bill & Ted 3 confirmed by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter


    Stars of the popular comedy make announcement on Youtube that Bill & Ted Face the Music is going into production this summerThe long-mooted third Bill and Ted movie is set to go into production this year with a projected release date of summer 2020, it...

    Stars of the popular comedy make announcement on Youtube that Bill & Ted Face the Music is going into production this summer

    The long-mooted third Bill and Ted movie is set to go into production this year with a projected release date of summer 2020, it has been announced.

    Actors Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves – aka William “Bill” S Preston Esq and Theodore “Ted” Logan – broke the news in a short promotional video filmed at the Hollywood Bowl. Thanking “you the fans”, the pair said the title of the new film would be Bill & Ted Face the Music, and would “hopefully” shoot in the summer.

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    Barry Bennell expenses claim raises questions about Crewe’s legal defence

    Barry Bennell expenses claim raises questions about Crewe’s legal defence


    • Bennell claimed £5 per boy to accommodate them• Crewe have said overnight stays were nothing to do with clubHere is the expenses claim from Barry Bennell that raises significant questions about the defence put forward by Crewe Alexandra’s...

    • Bennell claimed £5 per boy to accommodate them
    • Crewe have said overnight stays were nothing to do with club

    Here is the expenses claim from Barry Bennell that raises significant questions about the defence put forward by Crewe Alexandra’s lawyers to fight the high court claims lodged by victims of the paedophile coach.

    It shows Bennell claimed £5 per boy to accommodate them at his house during the years when he used his position as Crewe’s youth-team coach to feed what prosecutors have described as his “almost insatiable appetite for young boys”.

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    From Serial to Bryan Singer: why Amy Berg is the documentarian to fear

    From Serial to Bryan Singer: why Amy Berg is the documentarian to fear


    She has tackled injustice and abuse in the film industry and the Catholic church. The Oscar-nominated director reveals why she is telling the shocking story hit podcast Serial failed to coverThe Maryland court of appeals this month overturned a decision...

    She has tackled injustice and abuse in the film industry and the Catholic church. The Oscar-nominated director reveals why she is telling the shocking story hit podcast Serial failed to cover

    The Maryland court of appeals this month overturned a decision to grant Adnan Syed a new trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The story of Syed’s conviction in 2000 was brought to the world’s attention by the podcast Serial, which launched in October 2014. Its presenter Sarah Koenig examined the evidence against Syed, and steadily built a case that his conviction might have been unsound, though she kept listeners guessing as to her theories about his guilt or innocence until the very end.

    Serial was a phenomenon and an unprecedented hit. In 2017, the producers revealed that its episodes had been downloaded over 175m times. Its release coincided with the beginning of the appeals process for Syed, and the decision to deny him a new trial appears to have blindsided everyone involved.

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    America pays for the wall: thieves mock Trump by stealing border razor wire

    America pays for the wall: thieves mock Trump by stealing border razor wire


    Fifteen people reportedly arrested for robbing concertina wire installed by US authorities and selling it to locals in TijuanaMexicans are building fences, and America has already paid for them.In recent months, US authorities have unrolled miles of...

    Fifteen people reportedly arrested for robbing concertina wire installed by US authorities and selling it to locals in Tijuana

    Mexicans are building fences, and America has already paid for them.

    In recent months, US authorities have unrolled miles of razor wire along the border with Mexico as part of efforts to “harden” the frontier and deter migrants from entering America illegally.

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    Why societal change makes mockery of England’s dual nationality debate | Barney Ronay

    Why societal change makes mockery of England’s dual nationality debate | Barney Ronay


    Increasing numbers of England players are dual-qualified, requiring a nuanced approach to identity, history and familyWhat have Declan Rice, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dele Alli, James Tarkowski and Trent Alexander-Arnold got in common? Aside from carrying the...

    Increasing numbers of England players are dual-qualified, requiring a nuanced approach to identity, history and family

    What have Declan Rice, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dele Alli, James Tarkowski and Trent Alexander-Arnold got in common? Aside from carrying the flame of undying hope (until they lose) for Gareth’s brave lions, the answer is that every one of them could have been playing for someone else this weekend.

    Related: Trent Alexander-Arnold out of England Euro 2020 qualifiers with injury

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    Woman entered 'Miss Hitler' contest in neo-Nazi recruitment bid, court told

    Woman entered 'Miss Hitler' contest in neo-Nazi recruitment bid, court told


    Alice Cutter, 22, allegedly won National Action competition under alias ‘Buchenwald Princess’A woman accused of membership of the banned neo-Nazi terror group National Action entered a “Miss Hitler” beauty contest in a bid to recruit female...

    Alice Cutter, 22, allegedly won National Action competition under alias ‘Buchenwald Princess’

    A woman accused of membership of the banned neo-Nazi terror group National Action entered a “Miss Hitler” beauty contest in a bid to recruit female members, a court has heard.

    Alice Cutter, 22, is alleged to have won the National Action competition using the nickname “Buchenwald Princess”, in reference to the Nazi death camp.

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    Radovan Karadžić war crimes sentence increased to life in prison

    Radovan Karadžić war crimes sentence increased to life in prison


    Former Bosnian Serb leader given longer sentence over his role in bloody conflictRadovan Karadžić has been sentenced to life in prison at an appeal court in The Hague for his role in mass killings of civilians in the conflict that tore Bosnia apart a...

    Former Bosnian Serb leader given longer sentence over his role in bloody conflict

    Radovan Karadžić has been sentenced to life in prison at an appeal court in The Hague for his role in mass killings of civilians in the conflict that tore Bosnia apart a quarter century ago.

    Five judges at the UN-mandated court upheld the 2016 verdict at the former Bosnian Serb leader’s first trial almost in its entirety, dismissing all but one of Karadžić’s appeals as “mere disagreement” with the court’s conclusions rather than valid legal objections.

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    Argentina: five-year-old boy rescued after 22 hours lost in desert

    Argentina: five-year-old boy rescued after 22 hours lost in desert


    Benjamín Sánchez lost sight of his mother while playing hide-and-seek on visit to El Salado, a semi-desert regionA five-year-old boy who was lost for 22 hours in an Argentinian mountain wilderness inhabited by dangerous snakes, cougars and scorpions...

    Benjamín Sánchez lost sight of his mother while playing hide-and-seek on visit to El Salado, a semi-desert region

    A five-year-old boy who was lost for 22 hours in an Argentinian mountain wilderness inhabited by dangerous snakes, cougars and scorpions has been reunited with his family.

    Benjamín Sánchez lost sight of his mother while playing hide-and-seek on a visit to El Salado, a semi-desert region of the province of San Juan in western Argentina.

    “My mother was chasing me and I started to run,” he told the Clarín newspaper after his rescue. “I could hear her at first but then I got lost. I leaned on a rock. I started to call her but she couldn’t hear me.”

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    Democrats bear some blame for the Trump-Kim summit collapse | Richard Beck

    Democrats bear some blame for the Trump-Kim summit collapse | Richard Beck


    Liberals have reliably denigrated Trump’s Korean outreach from the beginning, and did everything they could to diminish the chances for successWho is responsible for the abrupt collapse of peace negotiations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in...

    Liberals have reliably denigrated Trump’s Korean outreach from the beginning, and did everything they could to diminish the chances for success

    Who is responsible for the abrupt collapse of peace negotiations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi last month? Though the summit’s failure does not mean the end of the peace process on the Korean peninsula – both sides were restrained and polite in their commentary afterward, with no insulting tweets or impromptu missile tests – it is a serious setback. Initial reports suggest there is lots of blame to go around, from Trump’s overestimation of his own abilities as a dealmaker, to Kim’s possibly unrealistic expectations as to how little the US would be willing to accept, to the uncompromising hawkishness of the national security adviser, John Bolton, who may have intentionally sabotaged negotiations by throwing extra demands into the mix at the last minute.

    Some of this blame, however, belongs to Democratic politicians and liberal commentators, who have reliably denigrated Trump’s Korean outreach from the beginning, and did everything they could to diminish the Hanoi summit’s chances for success. Trump is an ignorant narcissist motivated solely by the desire to watch people say nice things about him on television, but his vanity has allowed Kim and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to jump-start a process that now offers the best chance for peace on the Korean peninsula in many decades. It is a genuinely historic opportunity, and for liberals to undermine it because they can’t stomach the idea of Trump receiving a Nobel peace prize is shameful.

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    Driver in Italy accused of setting fire to school bus carrying 51 children

    Driver in Italy accused of setting fire to school bus carrying 51 children


    Bus driver arrested in Milan after allegedly shouting: ‘Nobody gets off here alive’The driver of a school bus has been arrested in Milan after allegedly hijacking the vehicle with 51 children onboard and setting it on fire.One of the children called...

    Bus driver arrested in Milan after allegedly shouting: ‘Nobody gets off here alive’

    The driver of a school bus has been arrested in Milan after allegedly hijacking the vehicle with 51 children onboard and setting it on fire.

    One of the children called the police after the driver stopped the bus on a highway in the outskirts of the city, Italian media reported.

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    Stephen Malkmus: 'There's this reggae song where I sing in patois – it should not be heard'

    Stephen Malkmus: 'There's this reggae song where I sing in patois – it should not be heard'


    The Pavement frontman’s new album is inspired by Berlin nightlife and YouTube tutorials. Is he having a mid-life crisis?At Coava Coffee Roasters, a hip cafe in a gentrifying neighbourhood in Portland, shelves are made from disused machinery, the...

    The Pavement frontman’s new album is inspired by Berlin nightlife and YouTube tutorials. Is he having a mid-life crisis?

    At Coava Coffee Roasters, a hip cafe in a gentrifying neighbourhood in Portland, shelves are made from disused machinery, the handmade bamboo tables are eco-friendly, and the single-origin coffee is served in glass Chemex carafes. Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen couldn’t dream up a more stereotypically Portland scene – except for the music on the stereo, which shuffles between brash electropop and dubstep. It’s a strangely fitting place to meet Stephen Malkmus. As the former frontman of 1990s slacker titans Pavement, he’s an icon of indie rock at its scruffiest, yet his new solo album, Groove Denied, is electronic music partly inspired by a stint living in Berlin.

    “I’m not known for being groovy,” admits Malkmus, a 52-year-old father of two who looks every bit the middle-aged rocker dad: salt-and-pepper mop top, white shirt, tatty white trainers. “The first song is supposed to sound like you went out clubbing in Berlin and came back and tried to make a song when you were off your head. Or an aural version of one of those pictures of [techno DJ] Ricardo Villalobos where he’s completely trashed.”

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    George Conway: why Kellyanne Conway’s husband is Trump’s biggest critic

    George Conway: why Kellyanne Conway’s husband is Trump’s biggest critic


    She came up with ‘alternative facts’ and endlessly defends her boss. He brands Trump witless, incompetent and mendacious. Somehow, they are still marriedName: George T Conway III.Age: 55. Continue...

    She came up with ‘alternative facts’ and endlessly defends her boss. He brands Trump witless, incompetent and mendacious. Somehow, they are still married

    Name: George T Conway III.

    Age: 55.

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    Apple launches second generation AirPods with wireless charging

    Apple launches second generation AirPods with wireless charging


    Bluetooth earbuds have longer battery life, hands-free Siri and new wireless charging case Apple has launched a new version of its hugely popular wireless earbuds, the AirPods, with long-anticipated wireless charging and longer battery life.The...

    Bluetooth earbuds have longer battery life, hands-free Siri and new wireless charging case

    Apple has launched a new version of its hugely popular wireless earbuds, the AirPods, with long-anticipated wireless charging and longer battery life.

    The second-generation AirPods look identical to the previous version, complete with a white stalk that looks like a set of earphones with the cables cut off. But now the earbuds last longer when used for phone calls between charges and support hands-free access to Apple’s Siri voice assistant.

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    Dead famous: the Kickstarter campaign to restore Méliès's grave

    Dead famous: the Kickstarter campaign to restore Méliès's grave


    The grave of French film pioneer Georges Méliès, who inspired Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film Hugo, has fallen into disrepair. Now his family and fans are reanimating his fantastical legacyCinephiles who visit the grave of French film pioneer Georges...

    The grave of French film pioneer Georges Méliès, who inspired Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film Hugo, has fallen into disrepair. Now his family and fans are reanimating his fantastical legacy

    Cinephiles who visit the grave of French film pioneer Georges Méliès in Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery have their work cut out. The memorial is not easy to find, set back from the cemetery path behind another row of gravestones.

    The grave itself has fallen into a state of disrepair. A creeping green stain has overtaken the crumbling stonework, some of the iron posts and chains are missing and the lettering is now indistinct. Still, the final resting place of Méliès has become a place of pilgrimage for many, who come from around the world to leave tributes. “Each time I visit it’s like a little new adventure,” says his great-great-granddaughter Pauline Duclaud-Lacoste.

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    Mums Make Porn: can five normal women do it better than the pros?

    Mums Make Porn: can five normal women do it better than the pros?


    Hardcore pornography is just two clicks away for today’s children – so who better to rewrite the rules of sex on screen than their mums? Of course I thought I was going to be watching porn starring mums. It’s the punchline that’s been adorning...

    Hardcore pornography is just two clicks away for today’s children – so who better to rewrite the rules of sex on screen than their mums?

    Of course I thought I was going to be watching porn starring mums. It’s the punchline that’s been adorning student T-shirts for decades: Support Single Mothers … Watch Porn! Arf arf.

    Only, in this case, we’re not doing that. Instead, we’re following a group of five disparate women try to make a porn film they’d be happy to exist out in the real world. The fact they are mothers is not necessarily surprising – a lot of people are – but it does add poignancy to their feelings about the effect pornography has on young people. When Sarah, a single mother of a young teenage daughter, starts shaking after seeing a link to a film titled, simply, ‘girl gets raped,’ it’s hard not to share her concern.

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    Tarantino set to premiere Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at Cannes

    Tarantino set to premiere Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at Cannes


    The director’s new film stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Leonardo DiCaprio as a former western TV star and Brad Pitt as his stunt doubleOn 21 May it will be 25 years since Pulp Fiction premiered at the Cannes film festival, before winning the Palme...

    The director’s new film stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Leonardo DiCaprio as a former western TV star and Brad Pitt as his stunt double

    On 21 May it will be 25 years since Pulp Fiction premiered at the Cannes film festival, before winning the Palme d’Or. And reports have emerged that the same date this year is likely to mark the first screening of Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    The film is one of the near-certainties for this year’s festival, particularly in the absence of any Netflix titles, as discussions about their eligibility for awards are said to be still happening.

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    Nine days from ‘Brexit day’, does anyone have a clue what’s happening? | James Felton

    Nine days from ‘Brexit day’, does anyone have a clue what’s happening? | James Felton


    We’re begging for an extension and seeking trade deals with the mighty Liechtenstein. Everything is fineAsk any country “what are you doing in nine days’ time?” and it would go something like this:Sweden? “Same old, same old.” Continue...

    We’re begging for an extension and seeking trade deals with the mighty Liechtenstein. Everything is fine

    Ask any country “what are you doing in nine days’ time?” and it would go something like this:

    Sweden? “Same old, same old.”

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    Kim-Joy’s recipe for raspberry and chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow pig topper

    Kim-Joy’s recipe for raspberry and chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow pig topper


    Cute and delicious, these cupcakes will go down a treat – and are great fun to makeThese are fun to make and look cute, as well as tasting delicious, with bursts of raspberry combined with the chocolate.Prep time: 15 mins (cupcakes), 5 mins (royal...

    Cute and delicious, these cupcakes will go down a treat – and are great fun to make

    These are fun to make and look cute, as well as tasting delicious, with bursts of raspberry combined with the chocolate.

    Prep time: 15 mins (cupcakes), 5 mins (royal icing)
    Bake time: 20 mins
    Plus decorating time
    Makes: 12

    For the cupcakes
    150g butter
    150g caster sugar
    150g eggs (about 3 eggs)
    ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste
    150g self-raising flour
    ½ tsp baking powder
    100g frozen raspberries

    For the royal icing
    20g egg white
    112g icing sugar
    Black gel food dye

    Plus
    Pink marshmallows (small and medium)
    Chocolate to melt

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    Stags in the city: how deer found their way into our town centres and back gardens

    Stags in the city: how deer found their way into our town centres and back gardens


    As the UK’s deer population explodes, more of the animals are heading into urban areas. Why – and will they be welcome there?If you head out to the shops today, or a churchyard, or a school, or a playground, and you live in a town or city, you might...

    As the UK’s deer population explodes, more of the animals are heading into urban areas. Why – and will they be welcome there?

    If you head out to the shops today, or a churchyard, or a school, or a playground, and you live in a town or city, you might be in for a surprise. Cats, dogs, squirrels, even foxes are part and parcel of our urban landscapes now but increasingly, it’s not out of the question that you might just as easily meet a deer.

    The deer population in the UK is at the highest it has been for at least 1,000 years, at around two million. Over the past few decades, does and stags have been spotted in urban areas and villages around the UK, from Glasgow, to Sheffield and London. This week, the Royal Horticultural Society released guidance on how gardeners can deer-proof their outdoor spaces. Replace tulips with daffodils and red hot pokers, it suggests, because deer don’t like the taste and it will stop them rummaging through your flowerbeds.

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    Big yellow maxis: all hail this year’s most uplifting look

    Big yellow maxis: all hail this year’s most uplifting look


    Long yellow dresses were the hit of the spring catwalks. Now, from the red carpet to the high street, they look set to last the summerThere is only one way to make an entrance this spring, and that is in a yellow maxi. That’s right – maxi, not taxi....

    Long yellow dresses were the hit of the spring catwalks. Now, from the red carpet to the high street, they look set to last the summer

    There is only one way to make an entrance this spring, and that is in a yellow maxi. That’s right – maxi, not taxi. What you are looking for is a new-season dress, in supersized sunshine.

    The long yellow dress was the left-field hit of the spring catwalk shows. Alexa Chung had a modern tea dress in yolk yellow, perfect for wearing to the pub for someone’s birthday with flat jelly shoes. Carolina Herrera had a dress the exact same colour, but this time a formal off-the-shoulder gown, for the woman whose social life consists of “events”. There were yellow dresses at Erdem and Givenchy, Moschino and Oscar de la Renta. And the outlook is bright, because, for next season, the look continues to be major at London fashion week: incoming highlights include a fluid halter neck in Easter chick yellow at Halpern, and a Creme-Egg-yellow day dress to just above the ankle at Emilia Wickstead.

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    The last of Africa's big tusker elephants – in pictures

    The last of Africa's big tusker elephants – in pictures


    Like living relics from a bygone era, the last of Africa’s big tusker elephants roam in a vast, remote wilderness in Kenya. In partnership with the Tsavo Trust NGO and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Will Burrard-Lucas spent months photographing these rare...

    Like living relics from a bygone era, the last of Africa’s big tusker elephants roam in a vast, remote wilderness in Kenya. In partnership with the Tsavo Trust NGO and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Will Burrard-Lucas spent months photographing these rare animals. His series of intimate portraits are captured in his book, Land of Giants

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    Sex, power, oppression: why women wear high heels

    Sex, power, oppression: why women wear high heels


    Our relationship with heels is a long and complicated source of feminist debate. Despite it all, as Summer Brennan writes, women still love themThere was a time in my life in New York City when I wore high heels almost every day. I myself did not have...

    Our relationship with heels is a long and complicated source of feminist debate. Despite it all, as Summer Brennan writes, women still love them

    There was a time in my life in New York City when I wore high heels almost every day. I myself did not have much power, but I worked at the United Nations, in a place where powerful people congregate. It is a place of suits and ties, skirts and silk blouses; of long speeches and aggressive air conditioning; of Your Excellency, and Madam Chairperson, and freshly shined wingtips and yes, high heels.

    There was an image in my mind of a certain kind of woman – professional, feminine, poised – that I wanted to embody. I saw these women daily, year after year, backstage to the halls of power, on benches by the ladies’ room, changing in and out of comfortable and uncomfortable shoes.

    These were power heels, and they were worn by women from all over the world. They were leopard print, or green and scaly. They were amaranthine and violaceous and subtly velvet. They were black and shiny as Japanese lacquer, with a shock of red on the sole. Some were plain, but uncomfortable anyway. Perhaps I have embellished them somewhat in my imagination, my memory tempered by glamour. What is not in dispute is that all of these statement shoes invariably came with a steel-spined appendage like an exclamation point: stiletto, the heel named for a dagger. For the women whose feet put up a fight, these shoes were changed out of and put away, smuggled in and out of the building in handbags, like weapons.

    When I worked in a formal office setting, high heels were never of any special interest to me beyond the fact that I liked them, and wore them, and liked wearing them. I didn’t fixate. I never owned too many. If I’m honest, there were times when I liked the idea of wearing them more than the actual wearing of the shoes. Still, without high heels, at work I didn’t feel quite put together. Like a man might feel who has forgotten to put on his necktie in a boardroom full of men in neckties. They made me feel powerful in a womanly way; suited up, compliant, like I was buckled in to the workday.

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    Pilot, lawyer, medic: meet the people who turned video game careers into real ones

    Pilot, lawyer, medic: meet the people who turned video game careers into real ones


    Games can offer a window on to other jobs as well as other worlds. Three players explain how their favourite games guided working life choicesBack in 2016, the current Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that his interest in the...

    Games can offer a window on to other jobs as well as other worlds. Three players explain how their favourite games guided working life choices

    Back in 2016, the current Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that his interest in the managerial aspect of the beautiful game came from a video game. Having led an illustrious career as a United striker, famously the super-sub who scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champion’s League final, it was Solksjaer’s experience with team sim Football Manager that encouraged him to continue a football career after he hung up his boots.

    He’s not the only gamer who ever discovered a real-world passion through playing. Games can often offer a window on to other careers as well as other worlds, and sometimes inspire people to explore options they’d never considered before. Here, three video-game fans explain how their favourite games guided their real-life careers.

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    David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'

    David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'


    As he powers into his 80s, the photographer recalls shooting everyone from Kate Moss to Andy Warhol, shares his regrets over voting leave – and reveals how Gordon Brown pulled a fast one on him‘You look knackered,” says David Bailey, greeting me at...

    As he powers into his 80s, the photographer recalls shooting everyone from Kate Moss to Andy Warhol, shares his regrets over voting leave – and reveals how Gordon Brown pulled a fast one on him

    ‘You look knackered,” says David Bailey, greeting me at his studio. It’s up a small mews and sprawls so casually across two floors that it still feels like the 60s inside. “Look at you,” he says. “Your buttons aren’t even done up right.” I look down at my jacket: that bit is true. But I tell him: “I’m not tired!”

    “I was watching you walking along the street,” he says. “I thought, ‘That must be the journalist, she looks knackered.’” The combination of acuity (he must be right: he is, after all, the one who makes a living with his eyes) and demonic overfamiliarity (by this point, we are holding hands; I have no idea who started it) is disarming. If this is his shtick, it’s working on me, totally and overwhelmingly. Or maybe he has a tailored shtick for everyone he meets.

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    Fox News, nepotism and bigotry: Bolsonaro brings his Trump act to DC

    Fox News, nepotism and bigotry: Bolsonaro brings his Trump act to DC


    First visit to the US had all the drama of a soap opera – intrigue, betrayal, family, controversy – and left Brazilians dividedJair Bolsonaro’s first official visit to the US had all the drama of a Brazilian soap opera – intrigue, betrayal,...

    First visit to the US had all the drama of a soap opera – intrigue, betrayal, family, controversy – and left Brazilians divided

    Jair Bolsonaro’s first official visit to the US had all the drama of a Brazilian soap opera – intrigue, betrayal, family, controversy.

    But viewers back home in Brazil were left divided: a disastrous interview with Fox News prompted starkly contrasting verdicts, captured in the two trending hashtags: #BolsonaroShamesBrazil (#BolsonaroEnvergonhaOBrasil) and #Bolsonaro Pride of Brazil (#BolsonaroOrgulhoDoBrasil).

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    The rise of ‘accent softening’: why more and more people are changing their voices

    The rise of ‘accent softening’: why more and more people are changing their voices


    Elocution lessons are back in vogue, with many people seeking to disguise their regional accents. But shouldn’t we be beyond this now?‘I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work – a life’s work in the agony and sweat of...

    Elocution lessons are back in vogue, with many people seeking to disguise their regional accents. But shouldn’t we be beyond this now?

    ‘I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work – a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.” As I read this extract – from William Faulkner’s Nobel prize acceptance speech – I hand a plastic spoon to my voice coach every time I arrive at an important word.

    I am in central London, attending an “accent softening taster session” with the London Speech Workshop. Jamie Chapman, the Henry Higgins to my Eliza Doolittle, tells me that I begin my sentences with lots of energy but they fall flat at the end. He claims that passing the spoons will help me “land” my thoughts: “You have to imagine that, every time you speak, you have put something inside your listener’s hand,” he says.

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    I never knew my father. Then I found my sister – and forged a secret friendship

    I never knew my father. Then I found my sister – and forged a secret friendship


    Laura was born to a mother who had had an affair with her married boss. Years later, a bond with her half-sister Laurie changed her lifeI’m having an affair with my sister. One of our recent rendezvous was in Charleston, South Carolina, where I...

    Laura was born to a mother who had had an affair with her married boss. Years later, a bond with her half-sister Laurie changed her life

    I’m having an affair with my sister. One of our recent rendezvous was in Charleston, South Carolina, where I happened to be traveling for a writing gig. Laurie slipped away from her home in a nearby state and we picked up right where we’d left off. That particular evening, we were headed to my work-related happy hour, where we sipped cocktails and introduced each other to random strangers: “Hi, my name is Laura and this is my sister, Laurie.” This has become one of our favorite party tricks because people almost always respond to these introductions with some version of “Seriously? Sisters named Laura and Laurie?” Now they’re curious, which gives us what we were really after all along: an opportunity to tell our story.

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    City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti: 'The US isn't ready for a revolution'

    City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti: 'The US isn't ready for a revolution'


    As the poet behind the San Francisco literary institution turns 100, the city is preparing for ‘Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day’The last couple of years have taken their toll on Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The American publisher, poet, painter and political...

    As the poet behind the San Francisco literary institution turns 100, the city is preparing for ‘Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day’

    The last couple of years have taken their toll on Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The American publisher, poet, painter and political activist is frail and nearly blind. He spends a lot of time in bed, relying on his assistant for emails and phone calls.

    His body might be failing him. But his mind is still on fire. He’s hoping for a revolution. Trouble is, he says, “the United States isn’t ready for a revolution”.

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    Christchurch mosque attacks: burials begin as Ardern urges students to reject hate

    Christchurch mosque attacks: burials begin as Ardern urges students to reject hate


    New Zealand prime minister returns to city where 50 were killed as foreign minister heads to TurkeyBurials for the 50 people killed the New Zealand terrorist attack have begun in Christchurch as the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, returned to the city to...

    New Zealand prime minister returns to city where 50 were killed as foreign minister heads to Turkey

    Burials for the 50 people killed the New Zealand terrorist attack have begun in Christchurch as the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, returned to the city to pay her respects and comfort those affected by the killings.

    On Wednesday, father and son Khaled and Hamza Mustafa, who arrived in New Zealand as refugees from Syria, were the first victims to be buried. The prime minister told reporters: “I cannot tell you how gutting it is to know that a family came here for safety and for refuge, and they should have been safe here.”

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    Giant sunfish washes up on Australian beach: 'I thought it was a shipwreck'

    Giant sunfish washes up on Australian beach: 'I thought it was a shipwreck'


    Rare creature found at the mouth of Murray River in South AustraliaA rare giant sunfish has washed ashore at the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia.Linette Grzelak posted a picture on Facebook of the sunfish, which was spotted by a couple of...

    Rare creature found at the mouth of Murray River in South Australia

    A rare giant sunfish has washed ashore at the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia.

    Linette Grzelak posted a picture on Facebook of the sunfish, which was spotted by a couple of fishers on the beach at the weekend.

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    Gaza: generation blockade - podcast

    Gaza: generation blockade - podcast


    Oliver Holmes describes his recent visit to Gaza, where a generation of Palestinians have spent their entire lives fenced in. Plus: Rafael Behr on why an article 50 extension is not a victory for remainersKhaled al-Nairab, a 22-year-old from Gaza City,...

    Oliver Holmes describes his recent visit to Gaza, where a generation of Palestinians have spent their entire lives fenced in. Plus: Rafael Behr on why an article 50 extension is not a victory for remainers

    Khaled al-Nairab, a 22-year-old from Gaza City, is from a generation of Gazans now finishing their education, who have spent their entire lives in the fenced-off territory. Their lives have been blighted by three major conflicts with Israel and infighting between Palestinian factions. Nairab and his peers are thrust into an economy with more than 70% youth unemployment, a healthcare system that has collapsed and a society in which people drink poisonous water and face relentless power cuts.

    It is this situation that has driven thousands to protest along the Israeli frontier each Friday for almost a year. The protests have called for an easing of the blockade and also the right of return for Palestinians to ancestral homes in Israel. The Israeli army has responded by shooting more than 6,000 people and killing at least 180.

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    Mark Zuckerberg, four days on, your silence on Christchurch is deafening | Toby Manhire

    Mark Zuckerberg, four days on, your silence on Christchurch is deafening | Toby Manhire


    In New Zealand we’re waiting to see if the all-powerful Facebook boss means what he says about ‘moral responsibility’More than four days have passed since the world’s weakest man launched an assault that took the lives of 50 people at prayer in...

    In New Zealand we’re waiting to see if the all-powerful Facebook boss means what he says about ‘moral responsibility’

    More than four days have passed since the world’s weakest man launched an assault that took the lives of 50 people at prayer in Christchurch. He did it with a camera stuck to his head, live-streaming it on Facebook, the world’s most powerful media company. It was taken down after police sounded the alarm. But already it had spread through Twitter – where links to the video sit untroubled still despite repeated reports. Already it had spread across Google’s YouTube platform, where the most ghoulish appetites on the planet are daily sated for profit.

    But it was Facebook that broadcast it live. And for all that the world’s first genuinely megalithic media company might protest that it worked hard to scrub out this tech-dystopian freak show, the video continues to be shared on the platform today.

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    Google Stadia: company makes a play for gamers with new streaming service

    Google Stadia: company makes a play for gamers with new streaming service


    Stadia, which will allow users to play games on any device, will launch later in 2019Google announced its entry into the video game market with Google Stadia, a service that will allow players to stream video games to any screen – phone, tablet, TV or...

    Stadia, which will allow users to play games on any device, will launch later in 2019

    Google announced its entry into the video game market with Google Stadia, a service that will allow players to stream video games to any screen – phone, tablet, TV or computer.

    Google announced Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. The cloud-powered service will allow users to log in from any screen using the Chrome browser, a Chromecast device or a Google Pixel phone or tablet and play the same games across all of them, with all the computational heavy-lifting done by Google’s servers instead of a games console. It means that players won’t have to purchase a box that sits under the TV in order to play, theoretically liberating video games from hardware altogether.

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    Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa

    Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa


    ‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’ Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of...

    ‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’

    Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues. There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty World, my series of shots taken in southern Kenya in 2017.

    Each work is a composite of two images: the animals photographed first and the humans second, shot weeks apart. We worked on Maasai community ranchland, near Amboseli National Park. I needed a location that had both wildlife habitat and unprotected land inhabited by people. I also wanted it to be extremely denuded, due to overgrazing: the dust was important from an aesthetic point of view.

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    Ten days to Brexit: what happens if the UK does not leave on 29 March?

    Ten days to Brexit: what happens if the UK does not leave on 29 March?


    An extension now looks likely – how long will Brexit be delayed for and can it be stopped altogether?Today’s latest political developments - live updatesIt is 10 days before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. Currently we do not know...

    An extension now looks likely – how long will Brexit be delayed for and can it be stopped altogether?

    Today’s latest political developments - live updates

    It is 10 days before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. Currently we do not know when, or if, Brexit will take place; if it does happen then under what, if any deal; or even, after John Bercow’s ruling, whether the government can put its plan again to MPs if it wants to do so. So what could happen next?

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    Jacinda Ardern: do not give Christchurch suspect 'notoriety' – video

    Jacinda Ardern: do not give Christchurch suspect 'notoriety' – video


    New Zealand's prime minister has said she will never speak the name of the Christchurch attack suspect, and urged the public to remember the victims’ names instead. Addressing parliament for the first time since Friday’s attack, Jacinda Ardern said...

    New Zealand's prime minister has said she will never speak the name of the Christchurch attack suspect, and urged the public to remember the victims’ names instead. Addressing parliament for the first time since Friday’s attack, Jacinda Ardern said the accused would face 'the full force of the law'

    • Ardern says she will never speak name of Christchurch suspect

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    At home in the remote snow forests of Russia – in pictures

    At home in the remote snow forests of Russia – in pictures


    Elena Anosova, a Russia-based photographer, travelled to Siberia to document isolated communities for her project Out of the Way. The village of Taiga has a population of 100 adults, the closest town is 185 miles away, and a helicopter shuttle visits...

    Elena Anosova, a Russia-based photographer, travelled to Siberia to document isolated communities for her project Out of the Way. The village of Taiga has a population of 100 adults, the closest town is 185 miles away, and a helicopter shuttle visits twice a month at the most

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    New Zealand attack: victims of the mosque massacre

    New Zealand attack: victims of the mosque massacre


    Fifty people died after a gunman opened fire during Friday prayers at two mosques in ChristchurchChristchurch shooting: latest updatesFifty people have been confirmed killed in Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of...

    Fifty people died after a gunman opened fire during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch

    Christchurch shooting: latest updates

    Fifty people have been confirmed killed in Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Twenty-nine injured victims remain at Christchurch hospital on Monday, where officials said nine were in critical condition. A four-year-old girl at a children’s hospital in Auckland also remains critical.

    New Zealand police have begun to release the identities of victims of attack, however most listed here are those who have been confirmed as killed, missing or injured – either by statements from family members, official organisations or both.

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    Sex schedulers: meet the couples who diarise their love lives

    Sex schedulers: meet the couples who diarise their love lives


    How do you keep intimacy alive in a long-term relationship? More and more people are marking it on their calendars, and trying to stick to the commitmentUnless she is travelling, on her period or unwell, every Saturday morning at 7am Ar’nie Rozah Krogh...

    How do you keep intimacy alive in a long-term relationship? More and more people are marking it on their calendars, and trying to stick to the commitment

    Unless she is travelling, on her period or unwell, every Saturday morning at 7am Ar’nie Rozah Krogh will be doing one thing: having sex with her husband, Anders. As well as that “lazy sex”, they schedule a midweek “get-together” and squeeze in a Sunday morning session if they can. As they have four children, a certain amount of subterfuge is required. In the middle of the week, Krogh may say: “Mummy is so tired she needs a back massage.” This doesn’t always work – they got caught last year by their adult daughter.

    When making plans in front of the younger children, they use a code word that Krogh will not disclose, other than to say it is the name of a fizzy drink. “I’m not going to tell you what it is. Let’s pretend it’s Coke. We go: ‘Shall we have a Coke tonight?’”

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    Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies

    Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies


    After decades of hostility, a shared hatred of Iran – and a mutual fondness for Trump – is bringing Israel’s secret links with Gulf kingdoms out into the open. By Ian BlackIn mid-February 2019, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, flew...

    After decades of hostility, a shared hatred of Iran – and a mutual fondness for Trump – is bringing Israel’s secret links with Gulf kingdoms out into the open. By Ian Black

    In mid-February 2019, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, flew to Warsaw for a highly unusual conference. Under the auspices of the US vice-president, Mike Pence, he met the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and two other Gulf states that have no diplomatic relations with Israel. The main item on the agenda was containing Iran. No Palestinians were present. Most of the existing links between Israel and the Gulf have been kept secret – but these talks were not. In fact, Netanyahu’s office leaked a video of a closed session, embarrassing the Arab participants.

    The meeting publicly showcased the remarkable fact that Israel, as Netanyahu was so keen to advertise, is winning acceptance of a sort from the wealthiest countries in the Arab world – even as the prospects for resolving the longstanding Palestinian issue are at an all-time low. This unprecedented rapprochement has been driven mainly by a shared animosity towards Iran, and by the disruptive new policies of Donald Trump.

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    The Christchurch massacre and the rise of far-right extremism - podcast

    The Christchurch massacre and the rise of far-right extremism - podcast


    The atrocity in Christchurch has focused the world’s attention on the rise of far-right extremism and has piled pressure on tech companies to do more to stop its spread. Eleanor Ainge Roy is in Christchurch for the Guardian and foreign correspondent...

    The atrocity in Christchurch has focused the world’s attention on the rise of far-right extremism and has piled pressure on tech companies to do more to stop its spread. Eleanor Ainge Roy is in Christchurch for the Guardian and foreign correspondent Jason Burke discusses how new technology is facilitating some age-old methods of terrorism. Plus: Nesrine Malik on the normalisation of Islamophobia in some parts of the media

    As Muslim worshippers took part in Friday prayers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week, a 28-year-old man burst in and shot dead 50 people. Brenton Tarrant, an Australian citizen, has been arrested and authorities are investigating whether he had links to far-right groups in Europe and beyond.

    Eleanor Ainge Roy has been reporting on the story in Christchurch from the moment it happened. She describes to Anushka Asthana the initial police response and then the outpouring of sympathy and grief for the victims as Christchurch struggled to come to terms with the atrocity.

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    Growing up with gangs, poverty and knife crime – podcast

    Growing up with gangs, poverty and knife crime – podcast


    The Bollo youth club in Acton is barely a mile from wealthy Chiswick but to the teenagers who use it as a second home, it can feel like a world away. Its members tell Robert Booth how they navigate a life through poverty, gangs and knife crime. Plus:...

    The Bollo youth club in Acton is barely a mile from wealthy Chiswick but to the teenagers who use it as a second home, it can feel like a world away. Its members tell Robert Booth how they navigate a life through poverty, gangs and knife crime. Plus: Helen Pidd on the crisis in school funding that is forcing schools to close early

    Warning: contains strong language

    In November 2018, Phillip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty visited the Bollo youth club in Acton, west London. At the time of his visit, the Bollo was having to move its premises to a building half its original size and the club members were upset and worried about the transition.

    The Guardian’s social affairs editor, Robert Booth, talks to Anushka Asthana about how he and producer Joshua Kelly spent four months with two teenagers from the Bollo. They talk about the difficulties of life in an area riven by gang violence and huge inequality. Rising knife crime coincides with deep cuts to the UK’s youth facilities. Since 2012, 760 youth clubs have closed and 4,500 youth worker jobs have been lost, according to analysis by Unison. Since 2010, English councils have slashed 62% from their spending on youth services – more than £700m.

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    The Age of Stupid revisited: what's changed on climate change? – video

    The Age of Stupid revisited: what's changed on climate change? – video


    Ten years after climate movie The Age of Stupid had its green-carpet, solar-powered premiere, we follow its director as she revisits people and places from the film and asks: are we still heading for the catastrophic future it depicted?  Continue...

    Ten years after climate movie The Age of Stupid had its green-carpet, solar-powered premiere, we follow its director as she revisits people and places from the film and asks: are we still heading for the catastrophic future it depicted? 

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    'We're all God's children': Irish PM delivers pointedly pro-LGBT speech to Mike Pence – video

    'We're all God's children': Irish PM delivers pointedly pro-LGBT speech to Mike Pence – video


    Leo Varadkar, Ireland's prime minister, spoke about his sexuality during a breakfast hosted by the US vice-president, Mike Pence. Varadkar, one of the few openly gay world leaders, had brought his partner, Matt Barrett, to the event. Pence has an...

    Leo Varadkar, Ireland's prime minister, spoke about his sexuality during a breakfast hosted by the US vice-president, Mike Pence. Varadkar, one of the few openly gay world leaders, had brought his partner, Matt Barrett, to the event. Pence has an extensive anti-LGBT record, having repeatedly voted against HIV/Aids prevention funding as the governor of Indiana

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    Why your memories can't be trusted – video

    Why your memories can't be trusted – video


    Memory does not work like a video tape – it is not stored like a file just waiting to be retrieved. Instead, memories are formed in networks across the brain and every time they are recalled they can be subtly changed. So if these memories are...

    Memory does not work like a video tape – it is not stored like a file just waiting to be retrieved. Instead, memories are formed in networks across the brain and every time they are recalled they can be subtly changed. So if these memories are changeable, how much should we trust them? With experts Dr Julia Shaw and Prof Elizabeth Loftus, the Guardian's Max Sanderson explores the mysterious world of human memory, how false memories can be implanted – and how this can be harnessed for good and ill

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    Isis has my kids: I won't stop till I get them home to the US – video

    Isis has my kids: I won't stop till I get them home to the US – video


    Four years ago, Bashir Shikder's wife Rashida flew from Florida to Syria with the couple's young children to join Isis, ignoring anguished Bashir's repeated pleas for her to return home. Now, after hearing news of his wife's death, and that his children...

    Four years ago, Bashir Shikder's wife Rashida flew from Florida to Syria with the couple's young children to join Isis, ignoring anguished Bashir's repeated pleas for her to return home. Now, after hearing news of his wife's death, and that his children – Yusuf now nine, and Zahra, five – are being held by jihadists in the last corner of the terror group's lands, Bashir travels to Iraq in the hope of crossing the border into Syria and rescuing them.

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    Is AI the 'worst thing to ever happen to women?'  – video

    Is AI the 'worst thing to ever happen to women?' – video


    On International Women’s Day, the author Jeanette Winterson reads an extract from her book, ‘Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere’, in which she describes the threat to women posed by the future dominance of AI, warning society cannot allow it to...

    On International Women’s Day, the author Jeanette Winterson reads an extract from her book, ‘Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere’, in which she describes the threat to women posed by the future dominance of AI, warning society cannot allow it to become a new exclusion zone

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