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    China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history | Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala

    China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history | Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala


    The state is enforcing a collective amnesia about not only recent political events but those that happened thousands of years agoRemembering the deaths of 4 June 1989 is no neutral task. It is a civic duty, a burden and an act of resistance in countering...

    The state is enforcing a collective amnesia about not only recent political events but those that happened thousands of years ago

    Remembering the deaths of 4 June 1989 is no neutral task. It is a civic duty, a burden and an act of resistance in countering a state-level lie that risks spreading far beyond China’s borders.

    On that day the Communist party sent tanks to clear protesters from Tiananmen Square in the centre of Beijing, killing hundreds of people, maybe more than a thousand. In the intervening years, China has systematically erased the evidence and memory of this violent suppression using its increasingly hi-tech apparatus of censorship and control.

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    Ruth Hunt: ‘We had a moral responsibility to fight for trans people’

    Ruth Hunt: ‘We had a moral responsibility to fight for trans people’


    She took Stonewall into a bitter battle despite loud internal dissent. As she prepares to leave, she remains sure she was rightRuth Hunt hasn’t had an easy ride. The outgoing chief executive of Stonewall has been accused of driving away donors. She has...

    She took Stonewall into a bitter battle despite loud internal dissent. As she prepares to leave, she remains sure she was right

    Ruth Hunt hasn’t had an easy ride. The outgoing chief executive of Stonewall has been accused of driving away donors. She has been charged with running “a militant trans agenda” by one former supporter and “[losing] what the big principle was” by another. Earlier this year the Times and Daily Mail claimed her resignation as a victory in the face of “growing protest by leading gay and lesbian supporters”.

    For the head of a charity campaigning for lesbian, gay, bi and – under Hunt – trans rights, it might have been crushing. But Hunt, 39, is unflappable and unapologetic.

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    Bill de Blasio’s neighborhood gym routine isn’t earning him political gains

    Bill de Blasio’s neighborhood gym routine isn’t earning him political gains


    New York’s mayor, and the latest presidential candidate, says he frequents the YMCA to stay connected to the people, but many say he’s out of touchIf you don’t know anything else about New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, you probably know...

    New York’s mayor, and the latest presidential candidate, says he frequents the YMCA to stay connected to the people, but many say he’s out of touch

    If you don’t know anything else about New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, you probably know this: almost every day, he gets driven by SUV 11 miles from his mayoral mansion in Manhattan to his favorite Brooklyn gym.

    The mayor’s quirky gym routine has drawn outsized attention since he launched his campaign for president, but at home, his fervent devotion to the Park Slope YMCA has persisted through years of mockery and questions about the wisdom of his habit.

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    'Instant calm to the soul': the magic of Cape Clear, Ireland

    'Instant calm to the soul': the magic of Cape Clear, Ireland


    Whether in search of peace, or adventure, this tiny County Cork island is a haven for escapistsCape Clear, Ireland’s most southerly island, has been my getaway for almost 30 years. It is the place where I forget which day of the week it is. It’s...

    Whether in search of peace, or adventure, this tiny County Cork island is a haven for escapists

    Cape Clear, Ireland’s most southerly island, has been my getaway for almost 30 years. It is the place where I forget which day of the week it is. It’s where I go to imagine a world without Brexit and Trump. The island has a spirit that brings instant calm to the soul. I once had the good fortune to live there for four months. It was then that I first began to write, finding the serenity to hone the craft that would eventually lead to my first novel.

    Related: Hot tubs, saunas and seaweed soaks on Ireland’s west coast

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    Home Grown: How Domestic Violence Turns Men Into Terrorists – review

    Home Grown: How Domestic Violence Turns Men Into Terrorists – review


    Joan Smith examines the roots of terrorism, but fails to address the complexities of social inequalityKhalid Masood, 52, born Adrian Russell Elms, drove across Westminster Bridge in 2017 mowing down pedestrians and stabbing to death PC Keith Palmer. He...

    Joan Smith examines the roots of terrorism, but fails to address the complexities of social inequality

    Khalid Masood, 52, born Adrian Russell Elms, drove across Westminster Bridge in 2017 mowing down pedestrians and stabbing to death PC Keith Palmer. He had a string of criminal convictions for offences involving violence but since 2003 he had done little to attract police attention. Instead, in Home Grown, Joan Smith argues that Masood had chosen to “privatise his aggressive behaviour, hiding it behind closed doors”, controlling and beating a succession of women.

    Smith, a feminist and human rights activist, contends that if victims were believed, domestic abuse was better recognised, policed efficiently and addressed appropriately in court, then numerous acts of terrorism, committed in the name of religion, extreme ideology and misogyny, could – and can – be avoided. So why is this link ignored?

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    Who’s that girl? Queen Victoria as we’ve never seen her before

    Who’s that girl? Queen Victoria as we’ve never seen her before


    To mark 200 years since her birth, previously unseen photographs of the young, chic monarch have been released to the ObserverFor many, the enduring image of Queen Victoria is of a monarch in mourning, stern-faced and bereft in her black gown and white...

    To mark 200 years since her birth, previously unseen photographs of the young, chic monarch have been released to the Observer

    For many, the enduring image of Queen Victoria is of a monarch in mourning, stern-faced and bereft in her black gown and white headpiece after the death of her beloved husband, Albert.

    Very few pictures capture the young, vibrant woman she had been – when she ascended the throne in 1837, aged 18, photography had barely been invented. But such images do exist, and to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth this Friday, the Museum of London has unveiled exclusively for the Observer two rare photographs never before seen by the public.

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    'Women will die': how new abortion bans will harm the most vulnerable

    'Women will die': how new abortion bans will harm the most vulnerable


    Women of color and poor women will be disproportionately affected by new restrictions across the US, opponents sayOn the floor of the Alabama state senate this week, a robotic voice read nine pages of legalese that would define a new reality for women in...

    Women of color and poor women will be disproportionately affected by new restrictions across the US, opponents say

    On the floor of the Alabama state senate this week, a robotic voice read nine pages of legalese that would define a new reality for women in the state: abortion would be a crime, starting from the moment a woman knows she is pregnant. Doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison.

    Then senators’ names were called one by one, and they cast their votes. There were 25 yes votes, enough for the bill to pass easily. Every single one was cast by a white man.

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    Poll on a united Ireland ‘could trigger conflict’, says Seamus Mallon

    Poll on a united Ireland ‘could trigger conflict’, says Seamus Mallon


    As Sinn Féin proposes its solution to the issue of the Irish border after Brexit, a senior republican warns of the risksA nationalist architect of the Good Friday agreement has warned that consenting to a vote on a united Ireland could renew bloody...

    As Sinn Féin proposes its solution to the issue of the Irish border after Brexit, a senior republican warns of the risks

    A nationalist architect of the Good Friday agreement has warned that consenting to a vote on a united Ireland could renew bloody conflict on the island.

    Seamus Mallon, the former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, said a government that acquiesced to Sinn Féin demands for a border poll based on a simple majority would risk provoking a violent uprising by loyalists. As a response to Brexit, Sinn Féin has intensified its demand for a border poll, arguing that a united Ireland could stay within the EU, reflecting the wishes of 56% of the Northern Irish electorate who voted Remain.

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    The big picture: national pride flourishes amid war in Ukraine

    The big picture: national pride flourishes amid war in Ukraine


    Mark Neville captures a moment full of symbolism on the fringes of the conflict in DonbassOver the past three years, London-based photographer Mark Neville has been travelling around Ukraine to work on several wide-ranging projects: one about...

    Mark Neville captures a moment full of symbolism on the fringes of the conflict in Donbass

    Over the past three years, London-based photographer Mark Neville has been travelling around Ukraine to work on several wide-ranging projects: one about holidaymakers in Odessa, another about people at worship, and an extensive series depicting the 2 million people in the country displaced by conflict on the eastern front. His latest project saw him documenting folk songs, often sung by internally displaced Ukrainians. “What happens when a country is at war is that people tend to identify more directly with the symbolism of what their country culturally stands for,” he explains. “So that means a lot of people returning to things such as national costume, a focus on the core elements of being Ukrainian.”

    Neville arrived in Orikhovo-Vasylivka last autumn, where Lina’s grandmother was putting on a folk song recital in town. Her parents then invited him to their house for tea and in their back garden he spotted Lina gathering plums in a traditional costume. “The photograph is a kind of cocktail of Ukrainian symbols,” he says. “Ukraine is a hugely abundant, fertile country; it has all sorts of minerals, vegetables, oil, sunflower fields, the most amazing pumpkins you’ve ever seen.”

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    Trump backs abortion in cases of rape or incest, contradicting Alabama law

    Trump backs abortion in cases of rape or incest, contradicting Alabama law


    President suggests abortion will be election issue, tweeting ‘we must stick together and Win for Life in 2020’Donald Trump, in a series of late night posts on Twitter, has outlined a less restrictive view of abortion than that just passed by...

    President suggests abortion will be election issue, tweeting ‘we must stick together and Win for Life in 2020’

    Donald Trump, in a series of late night posts on Twitter, has outlined a less restrictive view of abortion than that just passed by Alabama’s Republican state government.

    Alabama now bans abortion except if there is a “serious health risk” to the mother, with no exceptions for rape and incest, but the president says he favours making an exception of cases of rape and incest.

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    From the archive: a soldier’s eye view of the Falkland’s war

    From the archive: a soldier’s eye view of the Falkland’s war


    It started with sunbathing on the QE2 and ended with the death of 48 soldiers on Sir Galahad… Charles Carty recalls the conflict of 1982The diary of Charles Carty during the Falklands War was the cover story of the Observer Magazine of 17 October 1982...

    It started with sunbathing on the QE2 and ended with the death of 48 soldiers on Sir Galahad… Charles Carty recalls the conflict of 1982

    The diary of Charles Carty during the Falklands War was the cover story of the Observer Magazine of 17 October 1982 (‘The Sergeant-Major’s War’). It covered departure aboard the QE2 from Southampton to the fatal Argentine air strike in Fitzroy Bay.

    There’s a stark contrast between the opening picture of soldiers sunbathing on the deck of the QE2 and the next page where we see the Sir Galahad on fire after it’s been hit by Argentine fighter-bombers – 48 British soldiers died. When the British army embarked on the QE2, ‘everyone was looking forward to a luxurious trip,’ admitted Carty, who was with the Welsh Guards.

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    Good gardening is also about good eating | Allan Jenkins

    Good gardening is also about good eating | Allan Jenkins


    It’s time to grill sausages and talk about hopes and plans for the plotSpring barbecue, the tribal gathering. The collecting together of the allotment community after winter. Much strimming and sweeping of sheds and paths, cutting back overgrown...

    It’s time to grill sausages and talk about hopes and plans for the plot

    Spring barbecue, the tribal gathering. The collecting together of the allotment community after winter. Much strimming and sweeping of sheds and paths, cutting back overgrown spillage, sorting through the compost bays. With sausages, spicy chicken, vegetarian options.

    It is the busiest day of the year so far. Tables are laid with an oilskin cloth. Chairs are cleaned, early summer flowers gathered for a jug: borage, dandelion, bluebells and forget-me-nots. There is a carpet of them, the beauty of benign neglect from a neighbour no longer with us. This was a favourite plot, a couple of fruit trees, a few cardoons, a quiet sitting space against a warming wall. It is more productive now, feeding a family, vines and yellow marigolds, a different beauty.

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    I’m 70, but I can’t stop my new partner from talking to other people | Dear Mariella

    I’m 70, but I can’t stop my new partner from talking to other people | Dear Mariella


    If age teaches us anything, it’s that you can’t change other people, says Mariella. You may be wrong for each other, or you may need to adapt your behaviour The dilemma I am in my early 70s and met a wonderful man three years ago. He is a Spanish...

    If age teaches us anything, it’s that you can’t change other people, says Mariella. You may be wrong for each other, or you may need to adapt your behaviour

    The dilemma I am in my early 70s and met a wonderful man three years ago. He is a Spanish national and we have been away together on winter holidays, which have been marvellous. He is very outgoing and strikes up conversations with passers-by, fellow customers in a restaurant – anyone around when we are out. In Spain, although my Spanish is improving and I understand most of what is being said, I cannot make much of a contribution. These conversations can last up to 10 or 15 minutes and happen three or four times during any outing.

    He says I am “wrong” to have a problem with this and it is my British background that makes me reserved. I often feel these exchanges are more fascinating to him than any conversation the two of us have. Besides feeling left out, I cringe when he interrupts people. He accuses me of being jealous and says I have a “psychological problem” if I cannot embrace this part of his character. He has no inhibitions, for instance, asking people how much they paid for their holiday accommodation so he can compare our deal. Most disturbing, he will not even consider that these conversations can be annoying, boring or embarrassing to me. I’m an outgoing person, but I’m more interested in connecting with my partner than with strangers.

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    Albariño spreads its wings

    Albariño spreads its wings


    The Iberian Peninsula’s greatest white grape variety is taking hold around the worldTe Awa Left Field Albariño, Gisborne, New Zealand 2018 (£10.95, The Wine Society) In a competition for the Iberian Peninsula’s greatest white grape variety,...

    The Iberian Peninsula’s greatest white grape variety is taking hold around the world

    Te Awa Left Field Albariño, Gisborne, New Zealand 2018 (£10.95, The Wine Society) In a competition for the Iberian Peninsula’s greatest white grape variety, albariño (or alvarinho) would certainly be among the leading contenders. But it’s only really in recent years that it’s started to get a foothold in other countries. The results are getting better by the harvest, as the vines, often in coastal sites, mature, with the variety’s natural salty-freshness, white flowers and peachy fruit being given a local twist from Uruguay to California, Australia and New Zealand. That country’s Gisborne region, on the east coast of the North Island, is home to one of the most consistent albariños around: squeaky clean and bright with its ripe, floral-inflected fruit, it has a textural kinship with the country’s sauvignons, but a refreshingly different range of flavours.

    Pazo de Señorans Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain 2017 (£15.95, Hennings; Virgin Wines) The climatic influence of the Atlantic is strong on albariño in northwest Spain and Portugal; and no less so on the other side of the ocean in Uruguay. Certainly, there’s something saline in the tongue-tingling raciness of Bouza Albariño, Montevideo, Uruguay 2018 (£19.95, Jeroboams). It’s a wine that stands up well to comparisons with the best of Spanish albariño from Rías Baixas in Galicia, such as those made by the excellent Pazo de Señorans. The company’s straight Albariño 2017 is a textbook combination of breeziness and fleshiness with a shellfish-ready citrus-and-mineral edge. Pazo de Señorans Selección Añada Albariño 2007 (£39.50, The Wine Society) is still more magnificently minerally, spicy and herbal-honeyed. It’s a seriously fine white wine.

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    The Home Office shames us all by its callous attitude to child refugees | Barbara Ellen

    The Home Office shames us all by its callous attitude to child refugees | Barbara Ellen


    This country can easily afford to offer sanctuary to many vulnerable youngstersAnyone horrified in 2017 by the government’s shamefully inadequate response to helping lone child refugees trapped in makeshift camps in France should know that the...

    This country can easily afford to offer sanctuary to many vulnerable youngsters

    Anyone horrified in 2017 by the government’s shamefully inadequate response to helping lone child refugees trapped in makeshift camps in France should know that the situation has become even worse, with reports that the Dubs scheme (to get unaccompanied minors safely to the UK) is to be stopped.

    The government has been relentlessly criticised, not least by Lord Dubs, after whom the scheme is named, for offering to help only 480 children, when in 2016 local authorities in the UK pledged to help thousands more if government funding was made available. (In short, it wasn’t.) Now it’s reported that only nine more children are to be helped via the Dubs scheme, closing the only direct legal route for unaccompanied child refugees to the UK (apart from a lengthy, complex process where children can apply to have their case transferred to another EU country where they have family).

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    The Observer view on Britain’s scandalous wealth inequality | Observer editorial

    The Observer view on Britain’s scandalous wealth inequality | Observer editorial


    Official figures mask the growing income disparities dividing BritainBritain needs to wean itself off measures of inequality that disguise more than they reveal about the gap between rich and poor.So says the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which last week...

    Official figures mask the growing income disparities dividing Britain

    Britain needs to wean itself off measures of inequality that disguise more than they reveal about the gap between rich and poor.

    So says the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which last week used the occasion of its 50th anniversary to launch a five-year quest for better measures of inequality.

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    May I have a word about… Pegasus spyware | Jonathan Bouquet

    May I have a word about… Pegasus spyware | Jonathan Bouquet


    Is the powerful virus that infected WhatsApp a flying horse or a Trojan horse? Don’t ask the woman who developed itThe unsavoury revelations about the hacking of WhatsApp by software developed by Israeli company, NSO Group, raised some interesting...

    Is the powerful virus that infected WhatsApp a flying horse or a Trojan horse? Don’t ask the woman who developed it

    The unsavoury revelations about the hacking of WhatsApp by software developed by Israeli company, NSO Group, raised some interesting imagery. NSO has developed a powerful smartphone virus called Pegasus, described by NSO co-founder Shalev Hulio as the company’s Trojan horse that could be sent “flying through the air” to infiltrate devices.

    Right, let’s get this straight. Pegasus was the son of mortal Medusa and Poseidon, god of the sea. Pegasus and his brother Chrysaor were born from the blood of their beheaded mother, who was tricked and killed by Perseus. Pegasus was represented as a kind-hearted, gentle creature, somewhat naive but always eager to help.

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    Penny Mordaunt’s amnesty is incoherent and could shield governments’ nefarious actions | Nicholas Mercer

    Penny Mordaunt’s amnesty is incoherent and could shield governments’ nefarious actions | Nicholas Mercer


    Putting a statute of limitations on charging soldiers means justice may not be served for families of victimsIn 2003, Baha Mousa was beaten to death in an illegal interrogation facility operated by the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. He was found to have...

    Putting a statute of limitations on charging soldiers means justice may not be served for families of victims

    In 2003, Baha Mousa was beaten to death in an illegal interrogation facility operated by the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. He was found to have 93 sites of injury on his body, including fractured ribs and a broken nose. No one has yet been held to account for his death.

    At the public inquiry, Sir William Gage said his death “was avoidable and preventable and there can be no excuses. There is no place in our armed forces for the mistreatment of detainees. And there is no place for a perverted sense of loyalty that turns a blind eye to wrongdoing or erects a wall of silence to cover it up.” He added that it was “a very great stain on the reputation of the British army”.

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    'A grand experiment': how 'shrooms made Denver America's most drug-friendly city

    'A grand experiment': how 'shrooms made Denver America's most drug-friendly city


    With the decriminalization of psilocybin, the Colorado city has cemented its pioneering drug-friendly statusM held up the jarful of mushroom caps and stems, most of which showed the “blue bruising” unique to mushrooms that contain the natural...

    With the decriminalization of psilocybin, the Colorado city has cemented its pioneering drug-friendly status

    M held up the jarful of mushroom caps and stems, most of which showed the “blue bruising” unique to mushrooms that contain the natural hallucinogenic compound psilocybin. He showed me his stash at a Denver coffee shop. M is an IT director, he buys his psychedelic mushrooms on the darknet, and about once a year, he grinds three grams’ worth into powder, which he then puts into capsules.

    If police had walked in while we were talking, M could theoretically have been cited for possession. But as of this month, that has become unlikely. On 7 May 2019, Denver voters passed Initiative 301, a ballot measure to decriminalize psilocybin and direct local law enforcement to give psychedelic mushrooms the lowest arrest priority for adults 21 and older.

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    Digital Civil War review: a stark call to save American democracy

    Digital Civil War review: a stark call to save American democracy


    Peter Daou blames media and the political establishment for failing to combat dishonesty, hypocrisy … and TrumpVoltaire warned that “those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”. In his new book, Peter Dau offers...

    Peter Daou blames media and the political establishment for failing to combat dishonesty, hypocrisy … and Trump

    Voltaire warned that “those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”. In his new book, Peter Dau offers copious evidence that nothing has ever made that pernicious alchemy easier than the internet.

    Related: Unfreedom of the Press review: Mark Levin's Trumpist take on the first amendment

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    130,000 trees to be planted in English cities and towns

    130,000 trees to be planted in English cities and towns


    As part of efforts to tackle global heating, grants will be available for planting and three years’ careMore than 130,000 trees are to be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years as part of the nation’s battle against global...

    As part of efforts to tackle global heating, grants will be available for planting and three years’ care

    More than 130,000 trees are to be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years as part of the nation’s battle against global heating.

    The environment secretary, Michael Gove, will announce on Sunday that grants for the plantings will be made available through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

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    No holds Barred: Trump and his troops push for imperial presidency

    No holds Barred: Trump and his troops push for imperial presidency


    With his compliant attorney general, the man in the White House is taking aim at the constitutional balance of powersWilliam Barr, the attorney general, came face to face this week with Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, at the Capitol in...

    With his compliant attorney general, the man in the White House is taking aim at the constitutional balance of powers

    William Barr, the attorney general, came face to face this week with Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, at the Capitol in Washington. Shaking her hand, Barr was said to have joked: “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?”

    Related: 'This is the endgame': how Trump has helped turn the tide against abortion

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    Nigel Slater’s vegetable stock and soup recipes

    Nigel Slater’s vegetable stock and soup recipes


    A flavoursome broth to lift both soup and spiritsI have been in need of a good vegetable stock for some time. Not one of the delicate, vegetal liquids the colour of hay but something altogether deeper, richer and more ballsy. In other words, more like a...

    A flavoursome broth to lift both soup and spirits

    I have been in need of a good vegetable stock for some time. Not one of the delicate, vegetal liquids the colour of hay but something altogether deeper, richer and more ballsy. In other words, more like a brown meat stock. Such a broth would be immensely useful in my kitchen as a base for the heartier non-meat recipes that form the backbone of my daily eating, but also as something restoring to drink as you might a cup of miso. My gran would have had Bovril. The colour must be dark and glossy, the flavour deeply, mysteriously herbal with a hint of mushroom and there should be a roasted backnote, the sort you find in a long-simmered meat stock.

    And so the kitchen slowly filled with the smell of onions, celery and carrots, which we roasted with miso then removed from the oven and simmered for a good hour with thyme, bay and shitake. We slipped in a sheet of kombu for an extra layer of depth.

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    The Brexit party reflects our hollowed-out, tired politics | Kenan Malik

    The Brexit party reflects our hollowed-out, tired politics | Kenan Malik


    Its success reveals how Labour and the Tories have failed votersWill British politics be upended in the European elections on Thursday? Certainly, the traditional faultlines may be recast, at least for this election.The Brexit party will no doubt emerge...

    Its success reveals how Labour and the Tories have failed voters

    Will British politics be upended in the European elections on Thursday? Certainly, the traditional faultlines may be recast, at least for this election.

    The Brexit party will no doubt emerge triumphant, the Tories crushed, Labour humiliated and the Greens and the Lib Dems will make sufficient gains to claim a modicum of success. Whatever the results, they will leave untouched the fundamental problems that have created the chasm between large sections of the electorate and mainstream parties.

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    Tolu Latu kicked out of Wallabies camp after alleged drink driving

    Tolu Latu kicked out of Wallabies camp after alleged drink driving


    Waratahs hooker reportedly over the limit last weekDoubt cast over inclusion in World Cup squad Tolu Latu has some explaining to do, his NSW Waratahs coach says, after the hooker’s failure to inform the Super Rugby club of an alleged drink driving...

    Waratahs hooker reportedly over the limit last weekDoubt cast over inclusion in World Cup squad

    Tolu Latu has some explaining to do, his NSW Waratahs coach says, after the hooker’s failure to inform the Super Rugby club of an alleged drink driving offence that could ruin his World Cup aspirations.

    Latu has been banished from the Wallabies’ Brisbane training camp, and is instead set to meet with Rugby Australia’s integrity unit on Monday after reports on Saturday alleged he was found asleep behind the wheel of a car with a blood alcohol level of 0.135 last Thursday.

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    Curry leads second-half blitz as Warriors move within one game of NBA finals

    Curry leads second-half blitz as Warriors move within one game of NBA finals


    Golden State beat Portland 110-99 to go 3-0 up in seriesBlazers led by 13 points at half-time before comebackDraymond Green notches triple-double; Curry scores 36 pointsDraymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State...

    Golden State beat Portland 110-99 to go 3-0 up in seriesBlazers led by 13 points at half-time before comebackDraymond Green notches triple-double; Curry scores 36 points

    Draymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

    Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double and Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State, who are now one win away from a fifth straight trip to the NBA finals. Game 4 of the series is set for Monday.

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    Mona's invasive species recipes: sea urchin spaghetti, venison tataki and gorse flower ice-cream

    Mona's invasive species recipes: sea urchin spaghetti, venison tataki and gorse flower ice-cream


    Mona’s artist in residence Kirsha Kaechele has published a cookbook unlike any other. Here are some recipes that you could actually make – if you dareI am fascinated by invasive species, and the philosophy around the idea of “invasive”. I grew up...

    Mona’s artist in residence Kirsha Kaechele has published a cookbook unlike any other. Here are some recipes that you could actually make – if you dare

    I am fascinated by invasive species, and the philosophy around the idea of “invasive”. I grew up on the island of Guam, which made me a kind of invader myself. And while living there, I saw how an outrageous explosion in the number of invasive brown tree snakes destroyed the native bird population. They killed our island bird, made it extinct.

    In Louisiana too, where I lived for many years, there was a huge invasion of nutria, a kind of giant swamp rat that eats the roots of marsh plants and erodes the landscape. Louisiana is washing away. The ecologists responded with a government-sanctioned cull, and the local sheriff placed an $8 bounty on their tails. But no one thought to use the animal, so there were carcasses floating everywhere. And I just kept thinking: what a waste – their fur is beautiful and their meat tastes great – so why aren’t they being put to use? I was inspired to ask artists to make things from nutria for the 2008 New Orleans biennial, and that was the beginning of Eat the Problem.

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    Deontay Wilder defends title with first-round destruction of Dominic Breazeale

    Deontay Wilder defends title with first-round destruction of Dominic Breazeale


    Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) wipes out challenger in 137 secondsAmerican says rematch with Fury, Joshua fight will happenWilder defends title with first-round KO of Breazeale – as it happenedIt was a return to business as usual for Deontay Wilder on...

    Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) wipes out challenger in 137 secondsAmerican says rematch with Fury, Joshua fight will happenWilder defends title with first-round KO of Breazeale – as it happened

    It was a return to business as usual for Deontay Wilder on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

    Related: Deontay Wilder defends WBC heavyweight title with first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale – live!

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    Honduras plane crash: five foreign tourists killed shortly after takeoff

    Honduras plane crash: five foreign tourists killed shortly after takeoff


    Conflicting accounts say victims travelling on private plane off Roatán island were from US or Canada Five foreign tourists died on Saturday after a private plane they were traveling in crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the island of...

    Conflicting accounts say victims travelling on private plane off Roatán island were from US or Canada

    Five foreign tourists died on Saturday after a private plane they were traveling in crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the island of Roatán, near the Atlantic coast of Honduras, local authorities said.

    Related: Australian man one of six dead after midair seaplane collision in Alaska

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    'It's not you, Bill, it's the country': is this election Australia's Trump or Brexit moment? | Brigid Delaney

    'It's not you, Bill, it's the country': is this election Australia's Trump or Brexit moment? | Brigid Delaney


    For those who believed this election was a choice about the future, the result feels alienating and painfulOn Saturday night in an airport hotel in Essendon Fields, is the party from hell.The woman checking my name off the list around 8pm is angry and...

    For those who believed this election was a choice about the future, the result feels alienating and painful

    On Saturday night in an airport hotel in Essendon Fields, is the party from hell.

    The woman checking my name off the list around 8pm is angry and crying and saying, “I don’t get it, we went in with policies, they went in with nothing.”

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    Belgian mullet festival is more of a laugh than a haircut

    Belgian mullet festival is more of a laugh than a haircut


    ‘I’m not sure many people ever found the cut very attractive,’ admits organiser Damien HubertBelgium is all business at the front, in the very serious EU capital Brussels, but it’s all party at the back, in the little western town of Boussu.Here,...

    ‘I’m not sure many people ever found the cut very attractive,’ admits organiser Damien Hubert

    Belgium is all business at the front, in the very serious EU capital Brussels, but it’s all party at the back, in the little western town of Boussu.

    Here, outside an artisanal brewery, hundreds of nostalgics and merry-makers gathered on Saturday to celebrate the mullet, the iconic 1980s hairdo.

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    Brooks Koepka in command and keeping US PGA rivals in vain pursuit

    Brooks Koepka in command and keeping US PGA rivals in vain pursuit


    • Koepka has seven-stroke lead after cool third-round 70 • Dustin Johnson one of four players sharing second spotIn ordinary circumstances the missing of an opening hole, 6ft putt by a tournament leader would deliver hope to the field. But these are...

    • Koepka has seven-stroke lead after cool third-round 70
    • Dustin Johnson one of four players sharing second spot

    In ordinary circumstances the missing of an opening hole, 6ft putt by a tournament leader would deliver hope to the field. But these are extraordinary times, where such aberrations by Brooks Koepka make no difference. When Koepka slipped up again, from inside 3ft at the 9th, his lead was a mere seven shots.

    Koepka will begin the fourth round of the 101st US PGA Championship at 12 under par and holding a seven-stroke advantage. Hope among all others is publicly forlorn and privately non-existent. Barring a delivery of kryptonite to Bethpage, or someone placing explodable balls in his golf bag overnight, Koepka will win his fourth major in eight attempts.

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    Violence breaks out at Tommy Robinson election event

    Violence breaks out at Tommy Robinson election event


    Police promise robust response after fracas in Oldham at European campaign stopPolice have warned there will be arrests after two police vehicles were damaged during a disturbance at a Tommy Robinson campaign event.Footage posted on social media showed...

    Police promise robust response after fracas in Oldham at European campaign stop

    Police have warned there will be arrests after two police vehicles were damaged during a disturbance at a Tommy Robinson campaign event.

    Footage posted on social media showed clashes between supporters of the campaigner, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, and counter-demonstrators in Oldham, Greater Manchester, on Saturday afternoon.

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    Eurovision song contest 2019 won by the Netherlands' Duncan Laurence

    Eurovision song contest 2019 won by the Netherlands' Duncan Laurence


    Political rancour fails to dampen the Eurovision song contest final in Tel AvivEurope’s annual musical jamboree culminated in triumph for the Netherlands on Saturday night.In one of the closest competitions in recent years, the battle for top spot in...

    Political rancour fails to dampen the Eurovision song contest final in Tel Aviv

    Europe’s annual musical jamboree culminated in triumph for the Netherlands on Saturday night.

    In one of the closest competitions in recent years, the battle for top spot in the Eurovision song contest was a tight fight between Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and North Macedonia.

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    Surf's up: head to the beach in style

    Surf's up: head to the beach in style


    If you feel the call of the coast, be sure to wear print, tie-dye and stripes. We’re California dreaming… Continue...

    If you feel the call of the coast, be sure to wear print, tie-dye and stripes. We’re California dreaming…

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    Chris Packham: There’s nothing I can do about abuse. I just have to understand it and work harder

    Chris Packham: There’s nothing I can do about abuse. I just have to understand it and work harder


    BBC Springwatch presenter and wildlife campaigner says Asperger’s helps him deal with his ‘opponents’It is 10 years since Chris Packham first presented Springwatch and he can’t stop expressing how happy he is that the BBC programme is about to...

    BBC Springwatch presenter and wildlife campaigner says Asperger’s helps him deal with his ‘opponents’

    It is 10 years since Chris Packham first presented Springwatch and he can’t stop expressing how happy he is that the BBC programme is about to begin again. “I think it’s to do with the atmosphere. There’s this tremendous amount of enthusiasm, energy and joy. I know the narratives will be dramatic and exciting but also purposeful – we’re there to report on the natural world, and we do so with complete integrity.”

    His extremely upbeat, ebullient mood is surprising, given recent events in his life. His successful campaign to prevent the ad hoc killing of wild birds recently resulted in death threats against him and his family. As a result of these, he was forced to cancel his appearance at the Dogstival festival in the New Forest this weekend. Two weeks earlier, supporters of bird shooting hung dead crows from the gate of his home and he was sent human excrement in the post.

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    Don’t lead us to disaster, moderate Tories warn frontrunner Boris Johnson

    Don’t lead us to disaster, moderate Tories warn frontrunner Boris Johnson


    One Nation group of Conservatives try to stop lurch towards no-deal Brexit as ex-foreign secretary and Dominic Raab emerge as favourites among membersConservative leadership contenders will shepherd the party to disaster if they adopt the “comfort...

    One Nation group of Conservatives try to stop lurch towards no-deal Brexit as ex-foreign secretary and Dominic Raab emerge as favourites among members

    Conservative leadership contenders will shepherd the party to disaster if they adopt the “comfort blanket of populism” in response to Nigel Farage, scores of Tory MPs will warn this week.

    Eight cabinet ministers are among a group of 60 modernising MPs who will call on contenders for the leadership to “reject narrow nationalism” in their quest to replace Theresa May. The warning comes with Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, who have both said they are willing to back a no-deal Brexit, emerging as the favourites among Tory members. Johnson is the frontrunner.

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    Michael Heseltine will vote Lib Dem in European elections

    Michael Heseltine will vote Lib Dem in European elections


    Tory ex-deputy prime minister says he cannot endorse Conservative stance on BrexitTory grandee Michael Heseltine has said he will not be supporting the Conservatives in the European elections and will instead vote for the Liberal Democrats.The former...

    Tory ex-deputy prime minister says he cannot endorse Conservative stance on Brexit

    Tory grandee Michael Heseltine has said he will not be supporting the Conservatives in the European elections and will instead vote for the Liberal Democrats.

    The former deputy prime minister and lifelong pro-European said the party has become “infected by the virus of extremism” and he cannot endorse its support for leaving the EU.

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    Labour panics as remain voters switch to Liberal Democrats

    Labour panics as remain voters switch to Liberal Democrats


    Polls makes Vince Cable’s party the favourite for remainers and puts it in first place in LondonSenior Labour figures were engaged in a desperate battle to shore up the party’s support on Saturday night, amid warnings that its stance on Brexit was...

    Polls makes Vince Cable’s party the favourite for remainers and puts it in first place in London

    Senior Labour figures were engaged in a desperate battle to shore up the party’s support on Saturday night, amid warnings that its stance on Brexit was helping to “detoxify the Lib Dems”.

    With just days left before the European elections at which Nigel Farage’s Brexit party is expected to triumph, shadow cabinet ministers are among those concerned that Labour’s ambiguous position on Brexit has helped revive the Lib Dems. It comes as new polling seen by the Observer suggests Vince Cable’s party is running in first place in London and could even beat Labour overall.

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    Argh, me back: Arnold Schwarzenegger OK after South Africa flying kick

    Argh, me back: Arnold Schwarzenegger OK after South Africa flying kick


    Film star struck at Arnold Classic Africa bodybuilding eventFormer California governor reassures fans after incidentArnold Schwarzenegger was struck by a flying kick at a sports event in South Africa on Saturday, though the actor and former California...

    Film star struck at Arnold Classic Africa bodybuilding eventFormer California governor reassures fans after incident

    Arnold Schwarzenegger was struck by a flying kick at a sports event in South Africa on Saturday, though the actor and former California governor later reassured fans there was no need to worry.

    Schwarzenegger, 71, was kicked from behind while chatting with fans at the Arnold Classic Africa, an event showcasing bodybuilding and other sports, in Johannesburg.

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    Europe’s far-right leaders unite with a vow to ‘change history’

    Europe’s far-right leaders unite with a vow to ‘change history’


    Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen are joining with allies to create what may be the third-largest bloc in the European parliamentItalian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini led a rally of his European far-right allies in front of Milan’s Gothic...

    Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen are joining with allies to create what may be the third-largest bloc in the European parliament

    Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini led a rally of his European far-right allies in front of Milan’s Gothic cathedral on Saturday. He pledged to change history after this week’s EU elections by making the populist alliance one of the largest groupings in the European parliament.

    Flanked by France’s Marine Le Pen and leaders from nine other nationalist parties, Salvini began his speech to the packed Piazza del Duomo by quoting the British writer GK Chesterton: “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him but because he loves what is behind him.” He added that his group would remould Europe “not for our sake, but for our children”.

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    Austria to move fast to hold elections after coalition collapses

    Austria to move fast to hold elections after coalition collapses


    Government falls apart after vice-chancellor resigns because of compromising secret videoAustria is heading for snap elections after the far-right vice-chancellor resigned over a video that appeared to show him promising public contracts to a woman...

    Government falls apart after vice-chancellor resigns because of compromising secret video

    Austria is heading for snap elections after the far-right vice-chancellor resigned over a video that appeared to show him promising public contracts to a woman posing as a Russian backer, in return for help in his election campaign.

    The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, said on Saturday that “enough was enough” and his conservative Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) was ending its 18-month-old coalition with the nationalist Freedom party (FPO). Elections would be held “as soon as possible”, Kurz said.

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    Tories in for a Brexit party trouncing, while Remainers abandon Labour

    Tories in for a Brexit party trouncing, while Remainers abandon Labour


    Polling shows Nigel Farage’s party would defeat Tories in a general election, while Lib Dems become top choice for Remain votersMore voters now say they would back the Brexit party at the next general election than the Conservatives, according to the...

    Polling shows Nigel Farage’s party would defeat Tories in a general election, while Lib Dems become top choice for Remain voters

    More voters now say they would back the Brexit party at the next general election than the Conservatives, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer.

    Nigel Farage’s party increased its support by three points to 24% of the vote, leapfrogging the Tories and trailing Labour by just five points. The Conservatives claimed 22% of the vote, the same figure they recorded in last week’s poll.

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    Biden rejects Trump's 'clenched fist' in appeal for Democratic and US unity

    Biden rejects Trump's 'clenched fist' in appeal for Democratic and US unity


    Former vice-president launches campaign in PennsylvaniaArt Cullen: The Democratic frontrunners are too oldFormally launching his third presidential campaign, Joe Biden appealed for party and national unity while accusing Donald Trump of leading America...

    Former vice-president launches campaign in PennsylvaniaArt Cullen: The Democratic frontrunners are too old

    Formally launching his third presidential campaign, Joe Biden appealed for party and national unity while accusing Donald Trump of leading America with “a clenched fist, a closed hand and a hard heart”.

    Related: Could climate change submerge Joe Biden's presidential bid?

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    Hegerberg stars as Lyon crush Barcelona to win Women’s Champions League

    Hegerberg stars as Lyon crush Barcelona to win Women’s Champions League


    • Final: Lyon 4-1 Barcelona• Norwegian Ada Hegerberg hits a hat-trick in the first half-hourPeople will bemoan the gulf in class. This was supposed to be competitive football at the top level. But Lyon’s one-sided mauling of Barcelona is not...

    • Final: Lyon 4-1 Barcelona
    • Norwegian Ada Hegerberg hits a hat-trick in the first half-hour

    People will bemoan the gulf in class. This was supposed to be competitive football at the top level. But Lyon’s one-sided mauling of Barcelona is not something to be criticised, and instead should be celebrated as a testament to investment, to equality. The long-term project of the club president, Jean-Michel Aulas, is paying dividends and then some.

    An emotional early opener from the Budapest-born Dzsenifer Marozsán, who was warmly cheers by the crowd on announcement in the starting XI, followed by a stunning 17-minute hat-trick from Ada Hegerberg put the French champions in the driving seat by the half-hour mark.

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    Manchester City win FA Cup to seal treble with 6-0 demolition of Watford

    Manchester City win FA Cup to seal treble with 6-0 demolition of Watford


    And then there were three. Or maybe even four, perhaps, if Pep Guardiola had his way and we counted the Community Shield as a major trophy, as they do in Spain with the Supercopa. Let’s call it three, the first domestic treble by any men’s team in...

    And then there were three. Or maybe even four, perhaps, if Pep Guardiola had his way and we counted the Community Shield as a major trophy, as they do in Spain with the Supercopa. Let’s call it three, the first domestic treble by any men’s team in history, and another thumping demonstration of how Manchester City have changed the landscape of English football.

    They turned this final into such a cakewalk it was difficult, long before the end, not to sympathise with the latest team to feel the full force of Pep Guardiola’s side. Guardiola had stopped celebrating the goals and, if anything, looked slightly awkward about the ordeal Watford were suffering. The only other time an FA Cup final has been won by this margin goes back to 1903 when Bury put six past Derby. City have played six ties in this season’s competition and scored 26 goals, the most by any team since 1946. And it was the biggest margin of victory in any final at Wembley.

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    Bayern Munich win Bundesliga with decisive goals from Robben and Ribéry

    Bayern Munich win Bundesliga with decisive goals from Robben and Ribéry


    • Departing pair help secure seventh league title in a row• Victory leaves Bayern two points ahead of DortmundBayern Munich won a record-extending seventh consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after crushing Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to finish two...

    • Departing pair help secure seventh league title in a row
    • Victory leaves Bayern two points ahead of Dortmund

    Bayern Munich won a record-extending seventh consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after crushing Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to finish two points ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund.

    The Bavarians, who can secure a domestic double if they beat Leipzig in the German Cup final on 25 May, have now won the German league title a record 29 times.

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    Giro d’Italia: Caleb Ewan sprints to victory on stage eight

    Giro d’Italia: Caleb Ewan sprints to victory on stage eight


    • Australian rider clinched second Giro career win• Valerio Conti retains leader’s pink jerseyAustralia’s Caleb Ewan claimed a second career stage win on the Giro d’Italia when he prevailed in the eighth stage, a 239km ride from Tortoreto Lido...

    • Australian rider clinched second Giro career win
    • Valerio Conti retains leader’s pink jersey

    Australia’s Caleb Ewan claimed a second career stage win on the Giro d’Italia when he prevailed in the eighth stage, a 239km ride from Tortoreto Lido to Pesaro.

    The Lotto-Soudal rider, a stage winner in 2017, was perfectly positioned after a tight bend 200m from the line and beat the Italian champion Elia Viviani in a short sprint. Germany’s Pascal Ackermann, who leads the points classification, took third place. The home favourite Valerio Conti of UAE Emirates retained the overall leader’s pink jersey.

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    Lucy Worsley: ‘Johnny Depp stood me up at Hampton Court'

    Lucy Worsley: ‘Johnny Depp stood me up at Hampton Court'


    The historian and joint chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces on having to wear a bib on the set of her TV shows and the peril of exploding proseccoHenry VIII’s kitchens at Hampton Court had 200 staff in 55 rooms. Nowadays, when Henry’s kitchen...

    The historian and joint chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces on having to wear a bib on the set of her TV shows and the peril of exploding prosecco

    Henry VIII’s kitchens at Hampton Court had 200 staff in 55 rooms. Nowadays, when Henry’s kitchen spit is turned and the meat is roasted – properly – for our visitors to see, it’s very resource-intensive. But so worth it, done well. It’s meltingly delicious.

    My own office life at Hampton Court is somewhat challenging food-wise. It’s miles from anywhere, off the Chapel Court, deep inside the palace, up a spiral staircase of 51 steps. You can’t just nip out for a sandwich. If we do go out it’s down and then right across to the canteen, which is more mainstream, if you like, than at Kensington Palace, but has a really good salad bar.

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    Liberals' election 'miracle' surprises even the true blue-blooded believers

    Liberals' election 'miracle' surprises even the true blue-blooded believers


    At the Liberal party reception at an upmarket hotel in Sydney’s city centre, disbelief gave way to wholehearted celebration • Coalition survives election challenge from independents in the bush• Tony Abbott loses his Warringah seat to Zali...

    At the Liberal party reception at an upmarket hotel in Sydney’s city centre, disbelief gave way to wholehearted celebration

    Coalition survives election challenge from independents in the bush
    Tony Abbott loses his Warringah seat to Zali Steggall
    Clive Palmer’s $60m election ad blitz appears to have failed

    “The further outside the city you go, the better it goes for us,” said one Liberal member, elbowing his friends and pointing to the screen, daring them to dream as the results rolled in on Saturday evening.

    The party mood of Scott Morrison’s event at the Sofitel was set early, with volunteers and party officials reaching for the white wine, one in each hand because it seemed it was going to be one of those nights.

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    Australia's ruling Coalition claims election victory in major upset

    Australia's ruling Coalition claims election victory in major upset


    Scott Morrison’s government set to hang on to power despite polls predicting his demise It was billed as the climate change election, and the climate lost.Despite enduring its hottest year on record and a series of environmental calamities that have...

    Scott Morrison’s government set to hang on to power despite polls predicting his demise

    It was billed as the climate change election, and the climate lost.

    Despite enduring its hottest year on record and a series of environmental calamities that have brought the climate emergency into sharp relief, Australia has voted for the centre-right Liberal party and its coalition partner, and against taking forceful action on the climate crisis.

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    Nxivm trial hears of debauchery and cruelty within alleged 'sex cult'

    Nxivm trial hears of debauchery and cruelty within alleged 'sex cult'


    Keith Rainiere, 58, accused of sex trafficking and other charges‘Slave master’ Lauren Salzman says: ‘He was my mentor’A top “slave master” in the alleged sex cult Nxivm said in testimony on Friday she herself was sexually and psychologically...

    Keith Rainiere, 58, accused of sex trafficking and other charges‘Slave master’ Lauren Salzman says: ‘He was my mentor’

    A top “slave master” in the alleged sex cult Nxivm said in testimony on Friday she herself was sexually and psychologically enslaved by Keith Raniere, the sole defendant in a sex-trafficking trial that has produced a rolling tableau of alleged debauchery and cruelty.

    Related: Nxivm trial: alleged sex cult leader tried to 'break' female followers, says witness

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    From Westeros to Calais: Game of Thrones stars swap dragons for ugly reality of refugees

    From Westeros to Calais: Game of Thrones stars swap dragons for ugly reality of refugees


    The Flood, a new British film, focuses on asylum seekers, smugglers and immigration officersThey have enthralled millions with their exploits in Game of Thrones, the lavish fantasy epic. Now, actors Lena Headey and Iain Glen are teaming up again – this...

    The Flood, a new British film, focuses on asylum seekers, smugglers and immigration officers

    They have enthralled millions with their exploits in Game of Thrones, the lavish fantasy epic. Now, actors Lena Headey and Iain Glen are teaming up again – this time for a very different film. After starring in a make-believe world of magic, dragons and warriors, they will be seen in a gritty drama focused on the refugee crisis.

    In Game of Thrones, which comes to a climax tomorrow, Headey and Glen play the evil queen Cersei Lannister and knight in exile Jorah Mormont. Next they star in The Flood, as immigration officers investigating an asylum seeker, played by Ivanno Jeremiah, who will star in the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel. Developed over three years, The Flood is one of the first British feature films to tackle the refugee crisis. The film-makers say they aim to show the complexity and humanity on all sides – the refugees, the immigration officers who decide their fate, and the human traffickers.

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    Footballer Héctor Bellerín calls on sport to oppose Alabama abortion ban

    Footballer Héctor Bellerín calls on sport to oppose Alabama abortion ban


    Arsenal defender says ban also an issue for men, and garners support from Ian WrightHéctor Bellerín, the Arsenal and Spain defender, has challenged fellow football professionals to speak out against the abortion bill passed this week in Alabama, in the...

    Arsenal defender says ban also an issue for men, and garners support from Ian Wright

    Héctor Bellerín, the Arsenal and Spain defender, has challenged fellow football professionals to speak out against the abortion bill passed this week in Alabama, in the US, which would make it a crime to perform a termination at any stage of pregnancy, even in cases of rape and incest.

    Bellerín, 24, tweeted: “I wanted to see if anyone from our industry would speak out about the abortion bill, but I guess people are too scared. This isn’t just an issue for women, it’s one for every human being. We fight for equality and this is something men should fight for and not hide away from.”

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    Rosanna Arquette: ‘I’ve got a reputation as a trouble maker’

    Rosanna Arquette: ‘I’ve got a reputation as a trouble maker’


    The actor and activist, 59, on Harvey Weinstein, Bette Davis and being married four timesMy childhood shaped the person I became. It was artistic, musical and left-wing. My parents were activists and my mother was hugely involved with the anti-Vietnam...

    The actor and activist, 59, on Harvey Weinstein, Bette Davis and being married four times

    My childhood shaped the person I became. It was artistic, musical and left-wing. My parents were activists and my mother was hugely involved with the anti-Vietnam War protests.

    I’m a “take no shit” kind of person. I’ve never kept my mouth shut, especially as my industry is so misogynistic. I’ve got a reputation as a troublemaker.

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    Lunch lady fired for giving student free meal refuses offer to be rehired

    Lunch lady fired for giving student free meal refuses offer to be rehired


    Bonnie Kimball told student ‘tell mom you need money’Termination led to outpouring of support for workerA school cafeteria worker in New Hampshire who was fired for giving a student lunch for nothing has rejected an offer to be rehired. Related:...

    Bonnie Kimball told student ‘tell mom you need money’Termination led to outpouring of support for worker

    A school cafeteria worker in New Hampshire who was fired for giving a student lunch for nothing has rejected an offer to be rehired.

    Related: 'Lunch shaming': school district changes policy for students who owe meal debts

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    Police ask McDonald's to halt milkshake sales during Farage rally

    Police ask McDonald's to halt milkshake sales during Farage rally


    Edinburgh branch also stop ice-cream sales after rightwing politicians targeted with drinksPolice asked a McDonald’s restaurant near an Edinburgh venue where Nigel Farage was speaking not to sell milkshakes because of concerns protesters might throw...

    Edinburgh branch also stop ice-cream sales after rightwing politicians targeted with drinks

    Police asked a McDonald’s restaurant near an Edinburgh venue where Nigel Farage was speaking not to sell milkshakes because of concerns protesters might throw them at the Brexit party leader.

    A sign appeared on Friday in the window of the McDonald’s on New Market Road, which is less than 200 metres from the Corn Exchange where the campaign rally was to take place, saying: “We will not be selling milkshakes or ice cream tonight. This is due to a police request given recent events.”

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    The truth about sex: we are not getting enough

    The truth about sex: we are not getting enough


    In a world that seems so at ease with sex, you’d think we were having it all the time. Think againWe owe a lot to the sex lives of Greeks. Ancient Greece gave us the origins of the names and concepts for homosexuality, homophobia and nymphomania, as...

    In a world that seems so at ease with sex, you’d think we were having it all the time. Think again

    We owe a lot to the sex lives of Greeks. Ancient Greece gave us the origins of the names and concepts for homosexuality, homophobia and nymphomania, as well as narcissism and pederasty. The Romans talked freely to each other in toilets and were equally community-minded when it came to sex, with a reputation for lasciviousness and orgies. Georgians, we believe, were smutty, and Victorians were prudes and hypocrites. (All of these are partial truths.) We like to use sex as a mirror of an era, and to make judgments accordingly. What then, are we to make of us right now?

    This is the most sex-positive age ever, right? We are liberal and comfortable with sex like no other people have ever been. Our magazines publish articles on how to get on better with your clitoris. Porn is freely available (and accessed by teenagers). Erotic books are bestsellers, however badly written. TV broadcasts shows in which the contestants are naked, or have sex in a box, or make a sex tape on camera. If sexual choice were a shop, it would be a hypermarket, with dizzyingly long aisles of every possibility: straight, gay, bi, trans, poly, fluid, each with its own culture and each widely accepted.

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    Keanu Reeves: ‘Grief and loss, those things don’t ever go away’

    Keanu Reeves: ‘Grief and loss, those things don’t ever go away’


    From Bill & Ted’s excellent dude to assassin John Wick, the actor has carved out a stellar career. But it hasn’t come without personal tragedy“Hey, I’m Keanu,” he introduces himself – unnecessarily, of course, and yet very Keanu-ishly....

    From Bill & Ted’s excellent dude to assassin John Wick, the actor has carved out a stellar career. But it hasn’t come without personal tragedy

    “Hey, I’m Keanu,” he introduces himself – unnecessarily, of course, and yet very Keanu-ishly. Despite being so famous his surname has long been superfluous, Keanu Reeves has always given the impression of being utterly unaffected by his own celebrity. He is regularly described by his co-stars as “kind” (Winona Ryder) and “humble” (Laurence Fishburne) and it is easier to imagine him walking on the moon than knocking back champagne with other celebrities on a yacht in St Barts. After all, the most famous paparazzi photo ever taken of Reeves was of him sitting alone on a bench, eating a sandwich out of a plastic bag. Hard to imagine Leonardo DiCaprio doing that.

    “I’ll sit anywhere you want me to. This OK?” he says, taking a chair and offering me the sofa in the London hotel room where we meet. At just over 6ft, he is taller than I expected – also unusual for an actor – and dressed in a very Keanu outfit of dark shirt and trousers with sturdy boots. Despite being recently announced as the new face of the high fashion label Saint Laurent, Reeves has long been the patron saint of normcore, decades before it became a fashion statement. And I know this all too well because, from 1991–99, I had at least five posters of him on my bedroom walls modelling said look.

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    A letter to the man who shushed my daughter

    A letter to the man who shushed my daughter


    ‘You don’t realise the courage it took to approach your table’: the letter you always wanted to writeI could tell you were getting edgy as you sat with your friends, drinking coffee and watching the crumbs from my eight-year-old daughter’s...

    ‘You don’t realise the courage it took to approach your table’: the letter you always wanted to write

    I could tell you were getting edgy as you sat with your friends, drinking coffee and watching the crumbs from my eight-year-old daughter’s biscuit fall messily all over her school uniform. Your face gave away your disgust immediately.

    I was at the next table, helping her open the new toy we had just bought. Yet I had my eye on you, already feeling uncomfortable. I had a sense of what was to come, as I have become an expert at picking up the signs of intolerance.

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    Women without children: ‘I don’t want to be pitied – I’m really happy'

    Women without children: ‘I don’t want to be pitied – I’m really happy'


    Some have chosen not to have a baby, others can’t, or have lost them: five women talk frankly about being childfreeI grew up in a single-parent family: my mother raised four girls on her own. I watched her struggle and from an early age I knew I...

    Some have chosen not to have a baby, others can’t, or have lost them: five women talk frankly about being childfree

    I grew up in a single-parent family: my mother raised four girls on her own. I watched her struggle and from an early age I knew I didn’t want to do that. I’ve faced hostility for not having children – I’ve been called a barren freak and even had people tell me that I’ll never understand what love is until I have a child.

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    US pastor runs network giving 50,000 Ugandans bleach-based 'miracle cure'

    US pastor runs network giving 50,000 Ugandans bleach-based 'miracle cure'


    Revealed: group led by Robert Baldwin and part-funded by Sam Little claims toxic fluid will eradicate HIV/Aids and other diseasesAn American pastor from New Jersey backed by a British former clairvoyant is running a network that gives up to 50,000...

    Revealed: group led by Robert Baldwin and part-funded by Sam Little claims toxic fluid will eradicate HIV/Aids and other diseases

    An American pastor from New Jersey backed by a British former clairvoyant is running a network that gives up to 50,000 Ugandans a “miracle cure” made from industrial bleach, claiming drinking the toxic fluid eradicates cancer, HIV/Aids, malaria and most other diseases.

    Related: 'Church' to offer 'miracle cure' despite FDA warnings against drinking bleach

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    Mum and me: a story of immigration and integration | Podcast

    Mum and me: a story of immigration and integration | Podcast


    Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty, the son of two Indian immigrants, explains why he felt so frustrated with a recent report from Tony Blair’s thinktank. And Katharine Murphy looks ahead to Australia’s imminent electionGuardian columnist Aditya...

    Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty, the son of two Indian immigrants, explains why he felt so frustrated with a recent report from Tony Blair’s thinktank. And Katharine Murphy looks ahead to Australia’s imminent election

    Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty recently read a report from Tony Blair’s Institute for Global Change. It was called The Glue That Binds: Integration in a Time of Populism and in it, a foreword – written by the former prime minister – stressed that immigrants had a duty to “integrate, to accept the rules, laws and norms of our society.” Aditya felt depressed and frustrated that the same language was being used about the immigrant experience today to that which had been used when his mother first arrived in the UK in the 1960s.

    Anushka Asthana discusses with Aditya his mother’s experience of arriving and building a life in the UK, and his own childhood, where he experienced racism.

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    European elections: how the six biggest countries will vote

    European elections: how the six biggest countries will vote


    French parties are increasingly adopting the p-word while Italy is concerned about taxes More than 370 million people will be eligible to vote in the European elections. But as they enter the polling booth they will have very different issues on their...

    French parties are increasingly adopting the p-word while Italy is concerned about taxes

    More than 370 million people will be eligible to vote in the European elections. But as they enter the polling booth they will have very different issues on their mind, as this survey of the six biggest countries conducted by the Europa group of newspapers reveals.

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    'Now is the time': the journalists fighting fake news before the EU elections

    'Now is the time': the journalists fighting fake news before the EU elections


    With warnings of likely Russian meddling, Europe’s debunkers are picking up the pace“Our job is to debunk stories,” says Thomas Hedin from his Copenhagen office a stone’s throw from Denmark’s seat of power, familiar to many in Britain courtesy...

    With warnings of likely Russian meddling, Europe’s debunkers are picking up the pace

    “Our job is to debunk stories,” says Thomas Hedin from his Copenhagen office a stone’s throw from Denmark’s seat of power, familiar to many in Britain courtesy of the political TV drama Borgen. “Our job is to say whether something is misleading, fake or true. Thats why we are here.”

    Just over two years ago Hedin, 48, was appointed as the first editor of TjekDet, a factchecking spinoff from the Danish equivalent of the Economist magazine, Mandag Morgen, or Monday Morning.

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    Facing up to Europe's far right – podcast

    Facing up to Europe's far right – podcast


    The EU elections, beginning on 23 May, are a test for Europe’s mainstream parties as populists appear to be gaining momentum with stark anti-immigration campaigns. Anushka Asthana is joined by Jennifer Rankin, Shaun Walker and Angelique Chrisafis to...

    The EU elections, beginning on 23 May, are a test for Europe’s mainstream parties as populists appear to be gaining momentum with stark anti-immigration campaigns. Anushka Asthana is joined by Jennifer Rankin, Shaun Walker and Angelique Chrisafis to assess the rising tide of populism across the continent. Plus: Simon Hattenstone on what an accidental voicemail recording revealed about G4S’s private ambulance service

    Next week’s European parliamentary elections present an opportunity for the continent’s far-right and populist parties. With 751 seats up for grabs, parties such as National Rally in France, Fidesz in Hungary and the League in Italy have been in discussions about forming a parliamentary grouping to rival the traditional centre-left and centre-right groupings.

    Populists are not predicted to form a majority in the parliament and history suggests they will struggle to present a united front. However, even without a formal alliance, an increased intake of far-right MEPs has the potential to be hugely disruptive in Brussels.

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    Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US

    Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US


    German chancellor also shares views on Brexit and climate crisis in interviewEurope must reposition itself to stand up to the challenges posed by its three big global rivals, China, Russia and the US, Angela Merkel has said before her final European...

    German chancellor also shares views on Brexit and climate crisis in interview

    Europe must reposition itself to stand up to the challenges posed by its three big global rivals, China, Russia and the US, Angela Merkel has said before her final European election as German chancellor.

    Facing challenges that range from Russian interference in elections to China’s economic clout and the US’s monopoly over digital services, Europe needs to get better at putting up a united front, Merkel said in a wide-ranging interview shared with the Guardian.

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    India is voting: who is going to win the world's biggest election? – podcast

    India is voting: who is going to win the world's biggest election? – podcast


    Hundreds of millions of Indians are going to the polls over six weeks to vote for their next government. The Guardian’s south Asia correspondent, Michael Safi, heads out on the trail as the prime minister, Narendra Modi, makes a national security case...

    Hundreds of millions of Indians are going to the polls over six weeks to vote for their next government. The Guardian’s south Asia correspondent, Michael Safi, heads out on the trail as the prime minister, Narendra Modi, makes a national security case for re-election amid criticism over his handling of the economy. Plus: John Crace on what he learnt from attending a Nigel Farage rally

    The world’s largest ever election is nearing its conclusion in India, with voters in 20 states casting their ballots in the marathon six-week poll.

    The election is being viewed as a referendum on the prime minister, Narendra Modi, a staunch Hindu nationalist who rode a wave of popularity five years ago to become the first leader of a majority government in decades.

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    European readers: what are you hoping for in the EU elections?

    European readers: what are you hoping for in the EU elections?


    We’d like to hear from readers across Europe about how the vote will affect themTell us the situation in the UKVoters in the European Union’s 28 member states go to the polls between 23 and 26 May 2019 to elect a new European parliament.With just...

    We’d like to hear from readers across Europe about how the vote will affect them

    Tell us the situation in the UK

    Voters in the European Union’s 28 member states go to the polls between 23 and 26 May 2019 to elect a new European parliament.With just days remaining before elections take place there is a battle going on for the continent’s soul between the pro-European mainstream and resurgent far-right, populist and EU critical parties.

    Related: Going to extremes: the stark divides in Europe’s political map

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    Going to extremes: the stark divides in Europe’s political map

    Going to extremes: the stark divides in Europe’s political map


    As we prepare to elect a new European parliament, the far right is riding high and threatening to reset the power balanceWhen Matteo Salvini last visited the Italian coastal town of Pesaro for a rally before regional elections in May 2015, he was pelted...

    As we prepare to elect a new European parliament, the far right is riding high and threatening to reset the power balance

    When Matteo Salvini last visited the Italian coastal town of Pesaro for a rally before regional elections in May 2015, he was pelted with eggs and tomatoes. Ester Principi, who was standing close to the stage on Piazza del Popolo, found herself in the line of fire. “They managed to splatter me, too,” she said.

    Four years on, much has changed. This time Principi reclaimed her front-row position on the same square as she waited on a damp May morning for the man now affectionately called the “captain” by his loyal supporters.

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    Football fans, how are you travelling to the European finals?

    Football fans, how are you travelling to the European finals?


    Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal supporters, what steps will you take to watch your team play in a European final?For the first time in history, English clubs have a clean sweep in the European finals. Liverpool and Tottenham meet in the...

    Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal supporters, what steps will you take to watch your team play in a European final?

    For the first time in history, English clubs have a clean sweep in the European finals. Liverpool and Tottenham meet in the Champions league final on 1 June in Madrid. The two clubs have been allocated 16,613 tickets each, but return flights have rocketed to more than £1,300. Face-value tickets cost up to £410 for a restricted view and resale tickets are being sold on StubHub for up to €50,000.

    Arsenal and Chelsea fans face an even longer trip for the Europa league final. The London derby is being held in Baku, in Azerbaijan, and just 6,000 fans from each club will be allocated tickets. Would you endure a 2,468-mile journey to see your team play in the Europa League final?

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    Share your stories of rebuilding past relationships

    Share your stories of rebuilding past relationships


    We want to hear your stories of reconnecting with childhood friends, old flames or relatives after many years apartHave you reconnected with a friend or partner after many years apart? We want to hear from people who have tried to reconnect with...

    We want to hear your stories of reconnecting with childhood friends, old flames or relatives after many years apart

    Have you reconnected with a friend or partner after many years apart?

    We want to hear from people who have tried to reconnect with childhood friends as adults, or have rekindled past flames after losing contact for a long time. Perhaps you lost touch with a relative and have since rebuilt that relationship, or found your best friend from school after decades of no contact.

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    Can Yanis Varoufakis save Europe? – video

    Can Yanis Varoufakis save Europe? – video


    The Greek economist is back battling the EU establishment, this time at the helm of a new movement, DiEM25. Backed by Pamela Anderson and the world’s most famous cyborg, he is fighting ultra-right populism with a radical agenda he thinks can restore...

    The Greek economist is back battling the EU establishment, this time at the helm of a new movement, DiEM25. Backed by Pamela Anderson and the world’s most famous cyborg, he is fighting ultra-right populism with a radical agenda he thinks can restore people's lost faith in democracy. As the European parliamentary elections approach, is anyone listening? Phoebe Greenwood finds out 

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    Do cyclists think they're above the law, and does it even matter? – video

    Do cyclists think they're above the law, and does it even matter? – video


    Cyclists can be a nuisance, running red lights, riding on the pavement ... but are they dangerous, and if not, is it a problem if they break the law? Peter Wallker, Guardian journalist and author of Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World, explores...

    Cyclists can be a nuisance, running red lights, riding on the pavement ... but are they dangerous, and if not, is it a problem if they break the law? Peter Wallker, Guardian journalist and author of Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World, explores our fixation with cycling behaviour and whether it is distracting us from solving the real causes of death on our roads

    Sources: 

    Department for Transport cycling statistics

    Reported road casualties in Great Britain: quarterly provisional estimates year ending September 2015

    TfL road network performance and research team: proportion of cyclists who violate red lights in London 

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    'People are dying horrible deaths': the Louisiana town where cancer haunts the streets – video

    'People are dying horrible deaths': the Louisiana town where cancer haunts the streets – video


    Residents of the town on the banks of the Mississippi River have watched as family members and neighbors have been lost to cancer. Official figures show the risk of cancer from toxic air is 50 times higher in Reserve than the national average. Feeling...

    Residents of the town on the banks of the Mississippi River have watched as family members and neighbors have been lost to cancer. Official figures show the risk of cancer from toxic air is 50 times higher in Reserve than the national average. Feeling neglected by politicians, they are fighting back against the chemical plant has been emitting chloroprene into the air for half a century

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    Global youth movements: tell us about your grassroots campaigns

    Global youth movements: tell us about your grassroots campaigns


    We want to hear about movements and campaigns led by young people from around the worldThe past year has seen two of the most powerful youth protest movements in decades. When 16-year-old Greta Thunberg started a school strike calling for climate action,...

    We want to hear about movements and campaigns led by young people from around the world

    The past year has seen two of the most powerful youth protest movements in decades. When 16-year-old Greta Thunberg started a school strike calling for climate action, she sparked a global campaign – now more than 1.4 million schoolchildren have taken part in strikes.

    Last March, young people in the US rallied together in March for Our Lives after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, making it one of the biggest youth protests in the country’s history.

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    'People don't even look at me': eight black women discuss politics of light and dark skin – video

    'People don't even look at me': eight black women discuss politics of light and dark skin – video


    As part of our Shades of Black series, we invited eight women to talk about their experience of colorism in their relationships, careers and everyday life. Colorism is the discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone. This means that...

    As part of our Shades of Black series, we invited eight women to talk about their experience of colorism in their relationships, careers and everyday life. 

    Colorism is the discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone. This means that darker-skinned black people have to fight prejudice even within their own community, where lighter skin is seen as more desirable. As such, darker-skinned black people can experience both racism and colorism.

    Have you experienced colorism? Share your story hereContinue reading...
    A day of Brexit chaos – podcast

    A day of Brexit chaos – podcast


    Anushka Asthana joins her colleagues in Westminster on a chaotic and extraordinary day in British politics as Theresa May attempted to build support for her Brexit deal while members of her cabinet resigned in protest. Plus: in an exclusive extract from...

    Anushka Asthana joins her colleagues in Westminster on a chaotic and extraordinary day in British politics as Theresa May attempted to build support for her Brexit deal while members of her cabinet resigned in protest. Plus: in an exclusive extract from her autobiography, Michelle Obama reveals how she met her husband, Barack

    Theresa May lost two of her Brexiter cabinet ministers in a frenzied morning at Westminster. Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, and Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, resigned in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit deal.

    Anushka Asthana headed straight to Westminster for one of the most chaotic days in British politics in years. The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh explains how the hard Brexiters are gathering letters of no confidence in a bid to remove May, while the Labour party stands ready to take power if the government collapses and a general election is required.

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