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The Guardian

Latest international news, sport and comment from the Guardian


White Island eruption: 'too unsafe' to retrieve bodies as volcanic activity rises

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 06:28

Authorities vow to return to recover eight bodies but ‘significant increase’ in volcanic activity leads to delays

New Zealand police have vowed to return to White Island to retrieve the bodies of eight tourists who died there, as the first Australian victims of the volcanic eruption were named.

Police efforts to reach the island were thwarted on Wednesday as volcanic activity increased, making it too dangerous for disaster victim identification officers to land. However, police did manage to conduct four flyovers of the island and were analysing footage taken by a drone.

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Bougainville referendum: region votes overwhelmingly for independence from Papua New Guinea

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 04:55

Jubilation at result but region faces long process ahead before it can become world’s newest nation

The autonomous region of Bougainville has voted overwhelmingly in favour of becoming independent from Papua New Guinea, paving the way for the group of islands to become the world’s newest nation.

More than 180,000 people in Bougainville, a collection of islands flung 700km off the coast of Papua New Guinea in the Solomon Sea, participated in a referendum over the last few weeks that has been nearly 20 years in the making.

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Final scramble for votes in 'most important election in a generation'

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 22:30

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn stick to core messages in bid to sway wavering voters

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are to embark on a final frantic 24 hours of campaigning as both teams insist the election remains closely fought and that polls giving the Conservatives a lead could be wrong.

Both Labour and the Conservatives have branded Thursday’s vote the “most important in a generation” as the two sides have vastly different plans for Brexit and spending on public services.

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World's first fully electric commercial aircraft takes flight in Canada

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 01:41

Company hails start of the ‘electric aviation age’ after 15-minute test flight in Vancouver

The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and flying for 15 minutes.

“This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Australian engineering firm magniX.

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'Solemn step': Democrats unveil articles of impeachment against Trump

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 16:34

Democratic congressional leaders have unveiled articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, a historic move set in motion by a whistleblower complaint warning the president was using the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in a US election.

Related: Five key takeaways from the Democrats’ articles of impeachment against Trump

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Foreign experts quit Hong Kong police brutality inquiry over lack of powers

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 01:59

Panel recruited to ensure objectivity cite failure to agree formal process with police complaints commission

A panel of foreign experts overseeing an investigation into allegations of excessive force used by the Hong Kong police force has said it is stepping down, further calling into question the probe.

For months anti-government protesters have been demanding an independent investigation into allegations of police brutality in response to the demonstrations. The government has repeatedly said an independent inquiry is unnecessary and that the existing police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), should complete its review first.

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Trump meets with Russian foreign minister amid impeachment chaos

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 02:27

White House said Trump warned Sergei Lavrov against Russian attempts to interfere in US elections, a claim Lavrov denied

Donald Trump held a closed-door meeting with the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, at the White House on Tuesday, but the two men gave diverging accounts of what was discussed, on a day articles of impeachment were announced against the US president.

The last time Lavrov visited the White House, in May 2017, Trump was reported to have disclosed highly classified information to him about US intelligence-sharing arrangements.

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Greenland's ice sheet melting seven times faster than in 1990s

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 16:00

Scale and speed of loss much higher than predicted, threatening inundation for hundreds of millions of people

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting much faster than previously thought, threatening hundreds of millions of people with inundation and bringing some of the irreversible impacts of the climate emergency much closer.

Ice is being lost from Greenland seven times faster than it was in the 1990s, and the scale and speed of ice loss is much higher than was predicted in the comprehensive studies of global climate science by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to data.

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Architect of Mexico's war on drugs held in Texas for taking cartel bribes

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 20:37

Genaro García Luna, who ran Mexico’s federal police for six years, charged with accepting briefcases of cash to protect Sinaloa cartel

A former minister who was considered an architect of Mexico’s war on drugs has been arrested on charges that he allowed the Sinaloa cartel to operate with impunity in exchange for briefcases stuffed with cash.

Genaro García Luna, who oversaw the creation of Mexico’s federal police, was arrested in Texas on Monday.

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Protests grow as Peter Handke receives Nobel medal in Sweden

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 17:00

The literature laureateship, presented to Handke and 2018 laureate Olga Tokarczuk on Tuesday afternoon, faces boycotts and widespread protest

As Turkey joins Albania and Kosovo in boycotting Tuesday’s Nobel prize ceremony for Peter Handke over his support for Slobodan Milosevic’s genocidal regime, war correspondents from Christiane Amanpour to Jeremy Bowen are protesting his win by sharing their harrowing stories from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

The Austrian writer, whose stance on the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and attendance at Milosevic’s funeral have been widely criticised, is due to receive his Nobel medal in Stockholm, where a large protest demonstration is expected.

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Guardian scoops three prizes at the British Journalism Awards

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 00:03

Marina Hyde, Rob Davies, Simon Hattenstone and Daniel Lavelle were all honoured

Four Guardian journalists have been honoured at this year’s British Journalism Awards for their work for the title, which was itself highly commended in the news provider of the year category.

At the ceremony at the Hilton Bankside hotel in central London on Tuesday night, Marina Hyde was described as “clever, innovative and consistently on the ball” as she was handed the prize for Comment Journalism. She was recognised for her writing on subjects including Theresa May’s historic Brexit deal defeat, Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein and Boris Johnson.

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The Guardian view on general election 2019: A fleeting chance to stop Boris Johnson in his tracks | Editorial

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 19:13

The mood may be one of despair, but this election is critical to the country’s future. The best hope lies with Labour, despite its flaws

Britain has not faced a more critical election in decades than the one it faces on Thursday. The country’s future direction, its place in the world and even its territorial integrity are all at stake, primarily because this is a decisive election for Brexit. The choice is stark. The next prime minister is going to be either Boris Johnson, who is focused on “getting Brexit done” whatever the consequences, or Jeremy Corbyn, who with a Labour-led government will try to remodel society with a programme of nationalisation and public spending.

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Hannah Dines on going public with her labia surgery: ‘It started a big conversation’

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 06:00

The Paralympic cyclist wrote about the damage the sport had caused her. The article caused an outcry, others with similar experiences contacted her – and manufacturers finally began designing saddles for women

The day after I wrote in the Guardian about how my life as a female cyclist, and Paralympian, led to me having reconstructive surgery of my vulva – all because saddles are not designed for women – a book arrived in the post. It was The Vagina Bible by Dr Jen Gunter. It was a gift from my mum, who had read the searing details about my labial surgery. She has always had a good sense of humour.

The response from other people was overwhelming. That is the thing when you share – people share back. When the first professional cyclist contacted me to tell me she had gone through the same thing, the relief was so profound that I cried. I can now say with certainty that there are other people like me who, due to the wrong kind of pressure, experienced a cycle of chronic inflammation and swelling. These are people for whom cycling is as necessary to life as breathing and they face an impossible dilemma.

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This isle is full of noises: the trouble with 'English music'

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 06:00

Over the past century, the term ‘English music’ has solidified into a narrow nostalgic genre with - now - Brexity overtones. But the rich variety of the UK’s classical music knows no borders

When Arnold Schoenberg died in 1951, Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote that the composer “meant nothing to me – but as he apparently meant a lot to a lot of other people I daresay it is all my own fault.” To English composers working in the 1920s – such as Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells and Gerald Finzi – the sounds of European modernism, and especially the 12-tone music of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, came to symbolise disorder and chaos. Following the first world war, stability and reassurance, folksong and archaic modality, the refuge of unspoilt rural idylls, had become the prevalent direction of English music. Folksong earthed music in fundamental truths – the very same roots that Schoenberg’s atonality, apparently, weeded out.

Vaughan Williams deserves respectful understanding. As an ambulance driver during the war, he had witnessed Europe at its most destructive. Flos Campi (Flower of the Field), his 1925 work for viola, chorus and chamber orchestra, was his shell-shocked memorial to the fallen. But, almost a century later, the instinctive suspicion within the UK’s mainstream classical music culture for central European music feels far less forgivable.

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Hanna Cormick: the performance artist who's allergic to the world

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 02:09

The actor and acrobat’s severe immunological conditions make it risky to share space with an audience. Bringing her new show to Sydney, the bushfire smoke presents another problem

Hanna Cormick is allergic to the industrialised world. When the Helsinki-born, Canberra-raised actor, acrobat and contortionist is exposed to everyday items such as plastic, pesticides, cigarettes, perfumes, some food odour or even the ink in a book, she is prone to not only hives, throat swelling and anaphylaxis but “very violent” seizures too.

The seizures “look like I’ve lost consciousness and my whole body is jerking and moving about on its own”, she explains. They are caused by mast cell activation syndrome, an immunological condition that forces Cormick to spend most of her life in a sealed “safe” room in her mother’s Canberra house.

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Empire of Sin – a gangster paradise decades in the making

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 07:00

PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Brenda Romero’s crime sim is a homage to the glitter and skulduggery of prohibition-era Chicago – a game of revenge, race and relationship management

The 1920s in the US was a time of scarcity for some, impossible wealth and glory for others. The country’s nationwide alcohol ban gave rise to an explosion in organised crime, much of it concentrated in Chicago, where underground speakeasies flowed with hooch smuggled over the Canadian border. This was the heyday of Dean O’Banion, who ran a vast bootlegging business out of a simple flower shop, and Stephanie St Clair, self-appointed queen of Manhattan’s illegal lottery scene.

This is also the sleaze-filled setting for forthcoming strategy game Empire of Sin, the latest project from veteran designer Brenda Romero. Here, you’re cast as one of the competing crimelords tasked with taking over Chicago, street by street and racket by racket. You’re free to use any combination of foul means to come out on top – gunning down the other side’s lieutenants in chesslike combat, betraying allies to the police, selling poisoned alcohol to competitors. Beware, though – every trick in your arsenal can be used against you, and Empire of Sin is a game with a long memory. Every major character, from your big-name rivals to your own underlings, is a distinct, evolving personality with an opinion of the player. Spread enough bad blood around the city, and you may end up digging bullets out of your back at the height of your power.

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Kramer vs Kramer at 40: a flawed film that remains a deserving classic

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 07:15

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep brought divorce to the masses with an imperfect yet sensitive portrayal of a difficult scenario

It’s hard to believe that 40 years have passed since Kramer vs Kramer was a cultural phenomenon, a conversation-starter that grossed more than any other movie in 1979 and then swept the Oscars four months later, winning best picture along with prizes for both Kramers, Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, and two awards for Robert Benton for his adapted screenplay and direction. And yet there are aspects of the film that seem older still, as if it were some artifact from a culture that’s utterly foreign and incomprehensible. The judgment rendered against Ted Kramer in divorce court – and the shockingly odious terms of his child visitation rights – is so unjust that the film could be interpreted as Men’s Rights propaganda.

Related: The Warriors at 40: the enduring appeal of a New York classic

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Rick Reilly: ‘Donald Trump will cheat you on the golf course and then buy you lunch’ | Donald McRae

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 13:26

The sports writer says Donald Trump’s golf antics reveal a lot about the President and leave him terrified for the United States’ future

“Donald Trump is the worst cheat ever and he doesn’t care who knows,” Rick Reilly says as he describes a man he has known for 30 years. “I always say golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man. And golf reveals a lot of ugliness in this president.”

Reilly, the former Sports Illustrated columnist, has written a book called Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump. It’s rattling good fun which also depicts the startling duplicity of the president as a golfer. “You’re mostly laughing,” Reilly says, “but at times you’re crying – how did this happen? As a golfer he really offends me. Cheating? Hate that. Driving carts on greens? Hate that. Wearing old dockers two sizes too small for him? Give me a break. Kicking your ball so often the caddies call you Pelé? I so hate that. Most of all I hate how stupid he’s making my country look. I hate what he’s doing to my planet. I hate what he’s doing to kids at the border. I don’t mind Republicans. I just can’t stand this guy. I love golf and he has set the game back 30 years. Just when it was becoming cool with Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler we get this fat bozo cheating his ass off.”

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When did we become so bad at friendship? | Johanna Leggatt

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 17:00

It’s not that we have stopped communicating with friends. In fact, we’re all in constant contact, if that is what you would call it

Occasionally I will get a nagging sense that I am missing a fundamental piece of me. It’s as if I have misplaced a crucial something along the way, but I’m not quite sure where, or how far back, I dropped it.

Weeks will pass until eventually I find myself engrossed in a face-to-face catch-up with a friend; a conversation that bypasses pleasantries and verbal backfill, where new worlds and possibilities seem to open up and schedules slip away.

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The empty doorway: Britain's homelessness crisis – podcast

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 03:00

A record number of homeless people died in 2018 and charities are warning this year could be worse. Simon Hattenstone and Daniel Lavelle have been delving behind the statistics into the lives of those sleeping rough. Also today: Haroon Siddique on how British Hindus are being targeted in this election

Homeless people are dying on Britain’s streets in record numbers. It is a crisis that shows itself in towns and cities across the country and its causes and solutions are complex and varied.

The Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone and Daniel Lavelle have been investigating homelessness for months and pieced together the lives of nine people who died this year. They tell Anushka Asthana that cuts to local services have hit hard and the problems of addiction, domestic abuse, mental health and family breakdown all intersect in ways that can overwhelm charities and support networks.

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Election 2019: on the campaign trail with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn – podcast

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 03:00

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn are criss-crossing the country in a final dash to the campaign finish line. Rowena Mason and Heather Stewart have been following the leaders’ campaigns up close for weeks. Plus: Gabrielle Jackson on the deadly bushfires sweeping Australia

With just two days of campaigning left, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson are frantically criss-crossing the country trying to squeeze out every last drop of potential support in the key seats they need to win. It has been a campaign marked by the dismal ratings of both leaders among voters enduring their third general election in five years.

The Guardian’s political editor, Heather Stewart, has been following the progress of Jeremy Corbyn as he makes a final push for Downing Street, and Rowena Mason, deputy political editor, has been on board Boris Johnson’s battlebus. They tell Anushka Asthana that while Boris Johnson appears the more optimistic, the contest hangs in the balance.

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Election 2019: Gary Younge returns to his childhood town of Stevenage – podcast

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-09 03:00

The Guardian columnist returns to his home town to see how the bellwether constituency views the election. And: Micha Frazer-Carroll asks whether there will be a ‘youthquake’ in Thursday’s vote

Gary Younge grew up in Stevenage, a town in Hertfordshire, north of London. It’s a bellwether constituency. In every election since 1974, Stevenage has voted for the party that formed the government. It voted by 59% to leave the European Union.

Gary tells Anushka Asthana what it was like to grow up in the country’s first new town, and discusses the change he noticed the town had undergone when he recently returned. Stevenage is now like much of the rest of the country. With a food bank and one in four children in poverty, many are struggling under the impact of austerity. Furthermore, residents seem undecided as to which way they are going to vote.

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No Brexit, no Johnson, no Corbyn. Is that too much to ask? | Rafael Behr

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 06:00

My dream election result is still just about possible. But I’m not holding out much hope

When Boris Johnson became prime minister, I asked a European diplomat, a veteran of overseas missions, for help putting Britain’s political mess in perspective. Where, I asked, did we sit on the spectrum of international dysfunction? The diagnosis was mostly reassuring: a wobble not a nosedive. But there was one symptom of profound malaise – people contacting the embassy in search of an EU passport. In stable democracies, it is not normal to shop around for alternative citizenship as insurance against your home state turning rogue.

I have had those conversations – some half-joking, some deadly serious – with people activating dormant Irish ancestry or adopting the nationality of continental partners. I know couples, happily unmarried for years, who have tied the knot in order to expedite naturalisation or guarantee their children’s status as British and European. Before the referendum, that combination was available without government permission.

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The Afghanistan war is more than a $1 trillion mistake. It's a travesty | Ben Armbruster

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 15:21

If we don’t start holding the Washington DC foreign policy establishment to account, they will continue to act with impunity

The American people have known that the war in Afghanistan was a lost cause for quite some time. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans’ views of the war started to go south right around the end of 2011, until eventually a majority started seeing the writing on the wall about two years later.

That’s why the Washington Post report this week on the so-called “Afghanistan Papers”, detailing how US officials “deliberately mislead the public” on the war’s progress, is almost sort of unremarkable. If the piece took away any shred of innocence left from this ghastly enterprise, it’s that perhaps some of us thought our leaders, while failing miserably at building a nation thousands of miles away, were at least acting in good faith.

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There's an unprecedented environmental catastrophe and the Greens still can't get votes | First Dog on the Moon

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 07:10

If they make Mehreen Faruqi the leader, the right will be afraid of them again

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Andrzej Krauze on European reaction to the UK election – cartoon

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 06:00

Europe is awaiting the result of Thursday’s poll with trepidation, worried by what the consequences might be for the EU

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The Tories have underestimated young voters’ anger. That could be costly | Zoe Williams

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 18:40

‘Young’ isn’t a demographic any more but a class cohort with similar problems – and they’re treated with baffling prejudice

The Conservatives are gaining confidence daily: you can tell from their amplification of the “red threat” in the final yards of the campaign – a dose of anxiety to galvanise their supporters. If they were genuinely anxious, they wouldn’t be able to show it for fear of looking weak. They have plenty of evidence to support their self-belief – they still have a clear lead in the polls. And, until Monday at least, they have survived a campaign with a “gaffe-prone” leader, which in 2019 is what we call a contemptuous clown spewing out race hate.

They will hear the talk of Labour’s superior ground army with equanimity. In the 2015 election, Ed Miliband’s campaign managed an estimated million contact points on the doorstep, for all the good it did him. There are rumours that Boris Johnson’s camp fears “t’n’t” – turnout and tactical voting.

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Australia's lungs have collapsed and Generation X needs to take part of the blame | Paul Daley

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 00:58

It’s no longer the Boomers making the policy and political decisions – or abrogating their responsibilities to do so

The children of many of us Gen X-ers have been saying for years that we are going to bequeath a far worse world than the one we were born into.

I’ve written before, here, about what a dangerous place we’ll leave behind. But the criticism I’ve heard most from my family’s next generation, aged from 14 to 35, relates to us X-ers’ failure, refusal or inability to tackle the Boomer generation’s decades of inaction and intransigence on mitigating climate change. “Why didn’t you do more?”

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Jürgen Klopp salutes ‘sensational’ Salah finish after Liverpool battle through

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 22:12

• Egyptian’s strike his 20th Champions League goal for Liverpool
• Dejan Lovren injury not believed to be serious

Jürgen Klopp said Mohamed Salah’s self-belief was instrumental in Liverpool reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League as he became only the second player in the club’s history to score 20 goals in the competition.

Salah missed a host of excellent chances against Salzburg before scoring an outstanding goal, Liverpool’s second of the night, to follow Steven Gerrard in reaching the 20-goal mark in the Champions League or European Cup. Klopp said the Egypt international’s refusal to lose focus after the misses was a major factor in Liverpool’s highly impressive victory.

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Athletes condemn ‘spineless’ Wada as Putin considers appeal

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 20:58

• British ex-Paralympian condemns missed chance as ‘appalling’
• Fellow committee member says: ‘Nothing has worked’

A highly respected British member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete committee is questioning her future after condemning what she called the “spineless and appalling” decision not to issue an outright ban on Russia from international sport.

Amid signs of a widening athlete backlash the retired Paralympian Victoria Aggar told the Guardian that allowing Russians still to compete at Euro 2020 – and under a neutral flag at the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup despite a four-year ban imposed on Monday – made “a mockery of the system and was embarrassing to Wada”.

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Chelsea slow up against Lille after Tammy Abraham sets last-16 pace

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 22:00

For Chelsea it was a useful reminder about the danger of lowering their guard at this level. With 78 minutes gone nobody inside Stamford Bridge was fretting about what was happening between Ajax and Valencia in Amsterdam.

Chelsea were enjoying the rarity of a European night totally devoid of anything resembling dramatic tension and Lille, who had treated the game as if it was a glorified training exercise, looked content merely to leave London with their dignity intact.

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José Mourinho forbids Tottenham’s players from watching 7-2 Bayern thrashing

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 21:17

• Spurs in Munich to face German champions
• Mourinho set to hand fringe players an opportunity

José Mourinho says he has banned his Tottenham players from watching the video nasty of their 7-2 Champions League home defeat by Bayern Munich in October, which represented one of the final cuts for his managerial predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino.

Mourinho is in Munich for Wednesday night’s return Group B fixture, although there is not the same degree of jeopardy given that both clubs have already qualified for the knock-out rounds. Bayern have suffered back-to-back Bundesliga defeats and are in turmoil as they lag seventh in their domestic division but, to Mourinho, the recent past was not a principal concern.

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Ian Foster named Steve Hansen's successor as All Blacks head coach

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 00:39

New Zealand’s wait for a new All Blacks head coach is over after Ian Foster, Steve Hansen’s former assistant, was promoted to the position on a two-year contract. Foster was on a two-man shortlist for the job – one of the most high-profile and scrutinised roles in the country – after Hansen stepped down following the recent World Cup.

The 54-year-old got the nod ahead of Crusaders coach Scott Robertson as New Zealand Rugby chose to continue its succession policy of filling the top job from within. Foster served as Hansen’s assistant for eight years and played an integral part in a golden era for the All Blacks which included an unbeaten season in 2013 and World Cup success in 2015.

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Liverpool back calls for investigations into migrant worker deaths in Qatar

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 19:12

• ‘Bereaved families should receive the justice they deserve’
• Liverpool make statement before flying to Club World Cup

Liverpool have supported calls by human rights groups for thorough investigations into the deaths of migrant workers in Qatar, before the club flies to the Gulf country next week to play in Fifa’s Club World Cup.

The Liverpool chief executive, Peter Moore, has also sought assurances from the Qatar “supreme committee”, which is organising the tournament and the 2022 World Cup, about the progress of investigations into the deaths of two men who had been working on the construction of football stadiums.

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Qatar stadium deaths: the dark side of the glittering venue hosting Liverpool

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 17:45

Premier League leaders urged to join fight for better working conditions as they prepare for Fifa Club World Cup match

As Liverpool fans stream into Qatar to watch the Fifa Club World Cup next week, it will be easy to forget the thousands of workers from the poorest countries in the region who have toiled for years to construct its glittering buildings.

When they take their seats at the Khalifa International Stadium, where Liverpool will play their semi-final match, they may not realise that scores of workers who refurbished the stadium were housed in filthy, overcrowded accommodation with an ever-present stench of raw sewage.

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Champions League roundup: Ajax and Inter crash out after home defeats

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 22:18

• Valencia beat Dutch champions 1-0 in Amsterdam
• Dortmund progress as Ansu Fati becomes youngest scorer

Last season’s beaten semi-finalists Ajax were the big casualties from the Champions League group stage as the Dutch champions crashed out following their 1-0 defeat at home to Valencia.

Rodrigo scored the game’s only goal in the 24th minute to eliminate Ajax, who were the fairytale story of last season’s competition with their giant-slaying run from the early preliminary rounds to the semi-final. They had needed only to draw their last group game to advance to the last-16 but looked flat and listless in going down to the Spanish side, who ended with 10 men after the sending off of Gabriel Paulista in stoppage time. They now drop down to the Europa League after finishing third.

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Trump's plan to sign antisemitism order raises fears it could stifle Israel criticism

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 03:20

Executive order could redefine Judaism as a race or nationality, which critics argue is itself antisemitic

Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting antisemitism on college campuses.

First reported by the New York Times, the policy would broaden the federal definition of antisemitism, according to administration officials who spoke to various news outlets on condition of anonymity. By expanding protections granted by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to people subjected to antisemitism, the order could also redefine Judaism as a race or nationality.

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UK to still fund Myanmar camps despite fears of 'apartheid-like' conditions

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 06:00

Humanitarian agencies say Rohingya people displaced by violence in Rakhine state are forced to live in squalid conditions


The UK has broken ranks with the UN and will keep funding “closed” Rohingya camps inside Myanmar despite fears that doing so may entrench “apartheid-like” conditions in the country, the Guardian has learned.

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Pentagon suspends military training of Saudi students after Pensacola shooting

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 02:52

  • Decision grounds more than 300 military aviation students
  • Three US military members were killed in shooting Friday

The Pentagon announced on Tuesday it was halting operational training of all Saudi Arabian military personnel in the United States until further notice in the wake of the deadly shooting by a Saudi air force officer.

The decision will have far-reaching impacts, including grounding more than 300 Saudi Arabian military aviation students.

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Saudi Aramco float: oil giant becomes world's biggest listed company - business live

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 07:44

Rolling coverage of the latest economy and financial news, as Aramco shares begin trading on the Tadawul

Saudi Aramco is now worth $1.87 trillion, based on this morning’s spike.

The chairwoman of the Saudi stock market has confirmed that Aramco has become the world’s largest listed company.

Reuters has more details:

Sarah al-Suhaimi was speaking at a ceremony marking the initial public offering (IPO) of the stock on the exchange in Riyadh.

She added that the exchange will also become one of the world’s largest due to the listing.

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'We're back': Alberto Fernández sworn in as Argentina shifts to the left

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 18:48

Center-left leader calls for healing as Peronists, including ex-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, return to power

Argentina’s Peronist leader, Alberto Fernández, has been sworn in as president, marking a shift to the left for Latin America’s third-largest economy as the country fights rampant inflation, credit default fears and rising poverty.

The 60-year-old center-left politician took his presidential oath on Tuesday in front of cheering lawmakers, political leaders from the region and representatives from major trade partners including Brazil and the United States.

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Brexit deal includes two-way customs checks, insists Ireland

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 11:28

Foreign minister challenges Johnson’s claim about goods moving from Northern Ireland to Britain

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s foreign minister, has challenged Boris Johnson’s claim that under his Brexit deal there would be no checks or controls on goods moving between Northern Ireland and Britain.

Coveney insisted that under the terms of the withdrawal agreement the prime minister negotiated with the European Union there would be inspections on goods moving in both directions.

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Gunman shoots dead six in Czech hospital then kills himself

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 12:06

Attack in hospital waiting room in Ostrava is deadliest mass shooting in country since 2015

A gunman has killed six people in a hospital waiting room in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava before fleeing and fatally shooting himself.

It was the worst shooting in the Czech Republic, where gun crime is relatively rare, since a man shot eight people dead and then killed himself at a restaurant in Uherský Brod in 2015.

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Jersey City shooting leaves at least six people dead, including officer

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 07:27

  • No indication that it’s terrorism-related, authorities say
  • Several officers shot in standoff as heavy gunfire rang out

Authorities say six people, including a police officer and three bystanders are dead after a furious gun battle that filled the streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, with the sound of heavy gunfire for about an hour on Tuesday.

The authorities added that there was no indication that it was a terrorism-related incident.

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Chechen killed in Berlin was cruel and bloodthirsty, claims Putin

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 13:01

Politicians in Germany say claims from Russian leader are designed to muddy waters around murder

Vladimir Putin has claimed the Chechen separatist shot dead in Berlin in what prosecutors believe was a state-sanctioned assassination had been responsible for carrying out killings on Russian soil, frustrating German politicians who have sought clarification over the Kremlin’s involvement in the murder.

At a joint press conference with the leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine at the end of a summit in Paris, Putin described the Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili as “a cruel and bloodthirsty person” whom Russian authorities had sought to have extradited from his exile in Germany.

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Chilean air force says missing plane with 38 onboard has crashed

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 12:25

Rescue team searching for survivors of C-130 Hercules flight bound for Antarctica

The Chilean air force has said one of its cargo planes that went missing for more than 12 hours with 38 people onboard has crashed and a rescue team is searching for survivors.

The C-130 Hercules took off at 4.55pm (1955 GMT) on Monday from Punta Arenas in the south and was heading to a base in Antarctica, but operators lost contact with the plane just over an hour later.

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How Fox News drama Bombshell lets Megyn Kelly off the hook

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 16:53

Charlize Theron plays the conservative host in an Oscar-tipped new film about sexual misconduct – but is it a fair portrayal?

On a fateful Wednesday in December 2013, Megyn Kelly reached out to the children of America through her daytime cable news talk program The Kelly File with an urgent message: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.” It was an odd, racist stand for an adult woman to take, but hardly a career-ender; at her then home of Fox News, casual bigotry of this sort got an anchor little more than a glorified speeding ticket.

Related: Bombshell review – Fox News abuse drama pulls its hardest punches

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The 50 best TV shows of 2019: No 7 – Russian Doll

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 06:00

Natasha Lyonne’s existential black comedy used a Groundhog Day time loop to explore addiction and trauma in a smart, poignant and hilarious way

‘No matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.” So says Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But it’s a line that could just as easily have been uttered by the lead of one of 2019’s best TV shows, Russian Doll, in which a wisecracking New Yorker named Nadia Vulvokov finds herself caught in a traumatic Groundhog Day-style loop, repeatedly dying and then revisiting the same day again and again. Instead, she goes with a slightly more vexed alternative: “The universe is trying to fuck with me! And I refuse to engage!”

Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is the central character of the eight-episode dramedy, which landed out of nowhere in February and proved to be one of the funniest, saddest and trippiest shows of the year. Every day Nadia is back: at a birthday party thrown for her by her obnoxious hipster friend Maxine, who coos the words “sweet birthday baby” as she offers her a joint laced with cocaine. And back in a place where everyone is completely oblivious to the fact that she can’t stop dying.

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The Lost Books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas review – a survey of book covers

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 07:30

A glorious illustrated compendium of the popular editions of Austen’s novels

Jane Austen aficionados think that they know the story of their favourite author’s posthumous dis-appearance and then re-emergence. For half a century after she died in 1817, her books were little known or read. A few discriminating admirers such as George Henry Lewes and Lord Macaulay kept the flame of her reputation burning, but most novelists and novel readers were oblivious to her. Then, in 1869, her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh published a memoir about her and the public got interested. Her novels started being republished and widely read. She has never looked back.

Janine Barchas’s The Lost Books of Jane Austen puts us right. Her book about books is a beautifully illustrated exploration, indeed compendium, of the popular editions of Austen’s novels that have appeared over the last two centuries. This includes those decades when Austen was supposedly lost from sight. The first chapter is a “vignette” on a copy of Sense and Sensibility, published in 1851 for George Routledge’s Railway Library (books suitable for reading on the train). It cost one shilling and was bought for the 13-year-old Gertrude Wallace, the youngest daughter of a Plymouth naval officer. It is the first of many examples of cheap and popular editions of Austen’s work that kept it alive for ordinary readers and that literary scholars have largely ignored.

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Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 12:51

The voice behind It Must Have Been Love had suffered from health problems after undergoing radiation treatment for a brain tumour

Marie Fredriksson, who as the singer of Roxette was one of the most recognisable voices in 1980s and 90s pop, has died aged 61 following a long illness.

Her family said in a statement to Expressen, a newspaper in her native Sweden: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone.”

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Have a Banksy Christmas: his Birmingham reindeer are an artistic miracle

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 16:30

Rather than exploit ‘the homeless’, this painting empowers rough sleepers to draw attention to their individuality

Is Banksy the new Charles Dickens? The anonymous street artist’s Christmas creation combines jolly sentiment with genuine compassion in a way that would make the Victorian author of A Christmas Carol tingle all over. What’s more, his latest artwork is both imaginative and thumpingly true – a Christmas cracker with a bang of reality inside.

Related: Red noses appear on Banksy's Birmingham homeless reindeer mural

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Ice baths and deep breaths: How ‘rewilding’ myself left me feeling superhuman

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 10:00

Sedentary lifestyles, artificial lights and too much comfort are bad for us. So is it time to kick away our chairs and go back to nature?

I drop into an outdoor freezer full of water and ice, with no clothes on, in December. My body starts to buck, breath unable to leave my lungs. It feels as if I’m going into cardiac arrest.

I suspect that this one-to-one session with Tony Riddle, ultra-athlete and natural lifestyle coach, will be my ruin. When he greets me, too early in the morning, he is disconcertingly hale, with the focused gaze of a Viking approaching shore. Worse, he is wearing a pair of those amphibious foot-gloves. You know, the ones with individual toe sheaths that make you think a gorilla is walking towards you on its hands.

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‘Soulmates do not exist’: the surprising rise of wedding therapy

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 11:00

In our new era of ‘romantic realism’, more and more couples are seeking out counselling before they get married, rather than waiting for impossible problems to arise

When Thomas and Jenny approached a couples therapist before their wedding, they weren’t expecting it to become a long-term commitment. “Initially we decided to see a counsellor due to some trust issues in our relationship,” he says. “We found premarital therapy incredibly helpful, because it gave us a safe space to communicate with each other without fear of repercussion. It became an important part of the relationship – even when things were going well.”

After their wedding this summer, the couple continued to attend sessions while they settled into marriage. By discussing potential problems with an unbiased third party, Thomas says they both felt confident to be more open with each other.

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My husband’s cross-dressing during sex is making me feel insecure

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 08:00

I always knew he was bisexual but now he wears lingerie ‘to feel like a woman’ when we have sex and I worry I am not enough for him

I have been with my husband for 15 years but, until last year, he hid the fact that he likes to dress in lingerie. I knew he was bisexual, but he only wanted a relationship with a woman.

I have always tried to please him. My issue is that now our sex always seems to involve him dressing up to “feel like a woman”. I feel as if he doesn’t want to be my man sexually.

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Christmas pudding: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe for chocoflan

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 12:00

This magical Mexican dessert features a layer of flan and a layer of cake, all bathed in a salted caramel sauce, making it perfect for the Christmas table

And try this Christmas chocolate chestnut prune cake recipe from Rachel Roddy

“So bad, it’s good” couldn’t have a more fitting use than for chocoflan, a Mexican dessert that combines two layers of pure decadence in one cake.

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Christmas side dishes: a pan-fried sprouts with hazelnuts recipe | Thomasina Miers

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 14:00

Even the sprout-shy will warm to these flash-fried, soy-covered flavour bombs that go so well with a Christmas turkey

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Christmas side dish: harissa and gruyere gratin

This is such a delicious way to cook sprouts, and they go beautifully with turkey. If you can, get a good sherry vinegar – it will make all the difference.

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The best Christmas spirits and sweet wines

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 12:00

David Williams on the drinks to keep that cosy winter feeling through Christmas to the new year

Tis the season of the weird drink. Or, at the very least, the season of the drink you’d never usually touch. Eggnog and mulled wine are just the beginning. There are labs full of white-coated product developers working to bring you such Heston Blumenthal-by-way-of-Willy-Wonka festive excess as M&S’s Trifle Flavour Cream liqueur – a twist on Baileys that draws out the classic molecular gastronomy response-sequence: “Wow, it tastes like trifle”, “How did they do that?”, “Why did they do that?”

Perhaps only sherry can match port for value, and trump it for range

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Deep trouble: can Venice hold back the tide?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 06:00

Sea level rise, erosion and cruise ships are worsening Venice’s flood problem. But corruption nearly scuppered the solution. By Neal E Robbins

I was in Venice when the acqua alta struck on 28 October 2018. I noted in my diary: “It happened today. The first big acqua alta of the year, with a siren at 09.17, followed by two steady tones. One tone is for 1.1 metres, two 1.2 metres, three 1.3 metres and four 1.4 metres or more. The tidal chart says the level should peak just after noon. At 12.30 I put on my green rubber boots. Stepping out along the canals, I found the water above my ankles and immediately had to re-learn how to walk. Walking at normal speed causes the water to splash over your boots and on to your legs. I slowed down, finding I also needed to watch out for little waves from the boats on the canal, which rode up right over the submerged pavement.

“Tourists used bin bags or fluorescent pink plastic booties over their shoes, walked barefoot or just got their shoes wet. Judging by the laughs and picture taking, high water looked fun, but not for the tourists who held heavy suitcases to their chests to keep them dry as they walked. One woman, who had given up, was dragging hers through the water. They looked really stressed. People carried small dogs and children, while a man hefted an old woman on to one of the raised board walkways set up for pedestrians. Many shops are open, some with thigh-high ‘flood’ barriers at the door, even as clerks mop up, pushing water out with wiper blades on sticks or setting up pumps to spew water back out on to the street. In a pizzeria, waiters shuffled through the water to serve customers.

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Andrew Sparrow's election briefing: a day of reverse psychology banter

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 19:00

Our regular roundup as the campaign enters its final days

Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, has been told he retains Jeremy Corbyn’s backing after a tape of a private conversation was released in which Ashworth said Labour was certain to lose the election and Corbyn was a major reason why. In the 11-minute recording Ashworth said:

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How did Trump's health chief lose nearly $50k in luggage in three days?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 18:22

Seema Verma, senior Trump official who is anti-Medicare for All, filed a claim to be reimbursed in taxpayer dollars after luggage was stolen

Seema Verma who, as a senior figure in the Trump administration, has made it more difficult for poor Americans to access health coverage, has filed a claim of $47,000 for the loss of her luggage while on a three-day work trip.

According to Politico, Verma filed the claim on 28 August 2018 after having her luggage stolen while giving a speech in San Francisco. Her expenses included 20 pieces of jewellery, which sounds reasonable for a three day-work trip – if you are Snoop Dogg.

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Mark Starr's family thought he was thriving in a new city. The truth was far darker

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 06:00

Mark Starr 1965-2019 It took five weeks for the news to reach the Starrs: rather than being stable and happy, Mark had died sleeping rough in a Glasgow park. Why?

On 8 July, Police Scotland issued a statement: “Police are appealing for the assistance of the public in tracing relatives of 53-year-old Mark David James Starr, who was found dead within the Glasgow Green area of Glasgow on 28 June 2019.” Starr was homeless and had been sleeping rough in Glasgow’s oldest city park. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances, although the cause of death has not yet been determined.

Three weeks later, another appeal was issued. “Officers believe Mr Starr may have relatives in the Kent area, but have been unable to track down any family members despite a previous appeal on 8 July.” It seemed like one of those horribly familiar stories – homeless man dies alone, with no one to miss or mourn him.

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Flightless bird provides 'spark of hope' amid environmental crisis

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 13:54

Ten species with improved numbers in IUCN red list unveiled amid call for more biodiversity focus at COP25

The Guam rail, a flightless bird typically about 30cm long, usually dull brown in colour and adorned with black and white stripes, has become a rare success story in the recent history of conservation.

Previously extinct in the wild, the bird has been saved by captive breeding programmes and on Tuesday its status was updated on the IUCN red list of threatened species to critically endangered, along with nine others whose numbers have recently improved.

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The Brexit stockpilers: ‘I still have enough for three months’

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 17:19

Worried that there would be a no-deal Brexit in March, Helena stockpiled food for her and her dog. Jo was concerned about her daughter’s medication. How do they feel now?

In January, a small mixed-breed dog called Charlie was pictured on this site standing on a mountain of food. Dog food. Charlie’s owner, Helena, had stockpiled it, along with some food for herself.

Back then, Helena (who doesn’t want her surname published) told me: “I don’t really trust the government to look after me; I certainly don’t trust them to look after my dog.” She had a store of three months’ food for herself, and a year’s worth for Charlie, as an insurance policy in case of shortages after 29 March, the original date on which the UK was supposed to leave the EU.

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What would you like us to cover in 2020? Share your thoughts

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 09:35

We want to know what you hope to make space for next year and what you would like to see us cover

As 2019 comes to a close, we want to reflect on our journalism and look ahead to next year’s stories. To do this, we’d like to hear from our readers to find out what you want to read in the Guardian next year. From the climate crisis to Brexit, help us set the priorities on our pages.

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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of ‘bake’

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-08 09:00

Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘bake’

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is ‘bake’.

Share your photos of what bake means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

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Have your photos published in the Guardian’s letters pages

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-15 10:45

We’re highlighting the best reader photography in print in the letters pages of the Guardian. Share your images with us here

The Guardian and Observer has a fresh tabloid format in print and we’re highlighting the best of your photography in the paper.

Since 2014 our letters page has carried amazing images readers have shared: some of them being newsworthy, others more abstract.

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Are you in a marriage to hide your sexuality from others?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-26 13:17

We want to hear from people who are in marriages of convenience with partners of the opposite sex to hide their sexuality from others

We’re interested in finding out more about why people enter into marriages of convenience to hide their sexuality.

So-called lavender marriages are when male and female partners of different sexual orientations marry to hide their sexuality. The colour lavender was associated with homosexuality at the end of the 19th century and Hollywood adopted the term to describe such marriages, to help gay and bisexual actors maintain the pretence they were heterosexual.

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Changemaking: the altruistic trend set to transform the future of business

Permalink - Posted on 2019-09-26 16:14

Many organisations are committed to creating a better future, but how can they get there? Chas Newkey-Burden reveals how a ‘changemaker’ attitude can benefit business and society

You will have noticed society’s increasing shift to living more consciously, and with a greater focus on social causes. “This is the dawn of the changemaker culture,” says Rob Acker, chief executive officer of Salesforce.org. “It’s about inspiring action in new ways and new places.”

Global non-profit organisation Ashoka, credited with coining the term, defines changemakers as: “agents of change, no matter the size or scope of the change they create, no matter their age, status, wealth, title or authority”.

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The blogger championing refugees: 'We all have a story that deserves to be heard’

Permalink - Posted on 2019-09-26 16:16

Debra Barraud, the founder of storytelling blog Humans of Amsterdam, tells Chas Newkey-Burden about her latest project, which brings together technology and the vital humanitarian aid offered by War Child Holland

Debra Barraud prefers to focus on humanity rather than politics. “I believe that when we bring humanity to the table we can have a new conversation,” says the photographer and storyteller behind the Humans of Amsterdam blog.

After years of telling the stories of ordinary people in the city, Barraud has noticed that organisations and governments are increasingly understanding the importance of the role of storytellers like her. She has collaborated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other organisations. “It’s amazing,” she says, “after six years, things are finally falling into place.”

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From chefs to cyclists: how inspiring charities make a change

Permalink - Posted on 2019-09-26 16:14

Many of us want to make our planet a better place – but where to start? We asked two charities what it takes to make change happen

The rhetoric of change is everywhere right now, from self-improvement posts on Instagram to the brand-purpose campaigns that remain adland’s biggest trend. While businesses are looking to create their own changemaker strategies, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are carrying on with their day jobs. For them, social innovation is an everyday business. So learning from NGOs is a great start for for-profit organisations looking to make a difference.

Consider the wide-reaching activities of Action Against Hunger, an NGO committed to saving children’s lives across almost 50 countries. “Critical to this mission is creating change,” says Matthew White, director of fundraising and communications. “Changing government policies, changing attitudes towards nutrition and, crucially, changing the prospects of the millions of children facing life-threatening hunger.”

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Fast forward: three changemakers reveal their vision of a positive future

Permalink - Posted on 2019-10-08 10:40

The march of technology continues apace – but what are we actually striving towards? We take a moment to imagine a better future, from three very different perspectives

Whether or not you believe that simply thinking about your goals can help you achieve them, there’s no doubt that it’s an excellent place to start. In fact, many charities say having a clear mission in mind is central to creating change. So, how would a better future look, feel or operate? We explore three different visions for change, no crystal ball required.

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How my near-death experience changed my life – video

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-05 12:38

After David Ditchfield was dragged under a moving train, the way he looked at death changed. Before his accident he didn’t consider the afterlife, but now Ditchfield says he knows there is nothing to fear after we die. He tells Leah what he saw the day he almost died

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Black Pete: why is the Dutch blackface tradition still going strong? – video

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-04 12:13

Zwarte Piet or Black Pete has been a festive tradition in the Netherlands for generations – which sees thousands of people, who are often white, dress up as the character wearing afro-style wigs, red lipstick and full blackface makeup. There have been attempts to make the holiday character less controversial but the tradition is still widely practiced. We went to the festivities this year to find out if time is nearly up for the tradition

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Making the case for impeaching Trump: a look back at the key testimony – video

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-03 21:58

Donald Trump "abused the power of his office for personal and political gain, at the expense of [US] national security", congressional Democrats have alleged in a report laying out damning conclusions after two weeks of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Here's a look back at some of the key testimony heard by the House Intelligence Committee that led to this point

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Inside the mission to create an army of Greta Thunbergs – video

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-02 14:13

Melanie Harwood is an education entrepreneur and self-styled 'disruptor', who has partnered with the United Nations to educate teachers about climate change. The Guardian's Richard Sprenger joined her on a trip to Dubai, to witness her unorthodox approach first hand

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The death doula: helping you prepare for the day you die - video

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-28 11:15

What does it mean to have a good death? Leah Green meets with Aly Dickinson, an end-of-life doula. Aly helps clients to plan what they want to happen at the end of their lives, and she accompanies them as they transition from life to death. She helps Leah draw up a death plan, and takes her to a death cafe, where strangers discuss dying over tea and cake

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Anywhere but Westminster: homeless people, the voters without a voice – video

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-25 15:15

In the third part of their election series, John Harris and John Domokos go to Southend-on-sea, and find a coastal town with a homelessness crisis. A local charity is making sure that homeless people register to vote, while huge issues scream out for attention: benefit sanctions, abusive landlords, the gap between wages and rents, and the dire lack of mental health services

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'There’s food… it’s just not real food’: inside America's hunger capital - video

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-20 12:00

In the 'food deserts' of Memphis, Tennessee, dominated by fast food outlets and convenience stores, locals lack what seems a basic human right in the richer half of the city: a supermarket. With a big gap in life expectancy, are these Americans doomed to die younger than their neighbours – or can they fight for their right to nutrition?

Divided Cities ep 1: Does Melilla really need a Trump-style wall?
Divided Cities ep 2: Why Havana's taxi drivers vastly out-earn doctors

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Nowt but a fleeting thing: a young farmer's fight for survival – video

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-18 12:00

A film about a young farmer’s connection to the land, his animals and a changing world in the north of England. Battling against unsustainable farming methods and an unenthusiastic market, Adam Crowe continues to work on two neighbouring farms while fighting to launch his own business and breed a flock of sheep. In rural Britain, the threat of poverty is often frighteningly close

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'My hand was hanging from my wrist': gilets jaunes protesters mutilated by police weapons

Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-07 14:00

Antoine lost his hand during a gilets jaunes (yellow vest) protest in Bordeaux. On the same day Patrice lost the sight in his right eye in Paris. They share their stories as the French police come under scrutiny for using explosive weapons against protesters

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'Freedom or death': a slave rebellion returns to life – video

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-14 16:02

Performance artist Dread Scott recreates the largely untold story of the 1811 slave rebellion in southern Louisiana. Winding through old plantation country, petrochemical plants and the city of New Orleans, the Guardian followed re-enactors along the route

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Take a stand! Photography's finest posers – in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-11 07:00

From carnival girls to celebrities forced into corners, these portraits show how getting subjects to pose can be an art form in itself

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Subway style and a Banksy for Christmas: Tuesday's top photos

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 13:42

The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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Sydney smoke: bushfires haze smothers landmarks – in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 10:32

Dangerous smoke haze hangs over the city of Sydney as the New South Wales fire danger risk is raised from ‘very high’ to ‘severe’. Sydney air quality is 11 times the hazardous level due to the ongoing bushfires.

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Scientific phenomena photographs of the year – in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 08:00

An image of three perpetually bouncing droplets, whose behaviour embodies a key theory in quantum physics, has won first place in the Royal Society Publishing photography competition. The award celebrates science and its beauty as portrayed through photography

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Buy a classic sport photograph: the big splash

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 08:30

The tenth of a Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images from the likes of Gerry Cranham, Mark Leech and Tom Jenkins – yours to own for just £55 including free delivery

While most other photographers took their places on the sidelines of the athletics track at the White City stadium for the 1965 British Games, photographer Gerry Cranham, always hunting something a little different, ducked down alongside one of the steeplechase hurdles and awaited his quarry. He knew his low vantage point, combined with the mirror-like surface of the water, would offer a crisp reflection of the action and the surrounding architecture; he knew, too, that having athletes leaping over his shoulder into the drink would fill the frame with drama. The resulting image is a dynamic example of Cranham’s vision and craft – it’s also a memento of one of London’s long-lost sporting stadia. Erected for the 1908 Olympics, the 93,000-capacity venue played host to numerous British Games, as well as greyhound racing, speedway, boxing, Queens Park Rangers Football Club and a match at the 1966 World Cup before being razed in 1985 to make way for the expansion of the BBC’s headquarters.

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Love letters to New York: Jonathan Higbee's chance encounters – in pictures

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-10 07:00

The photographer captures moments of serendipity when people and their surroundings collide in beautiful, humorous and sometimes extraordinary ways

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