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May defeats Tory coup but is left damaged by scale of rebellion  View ?

More than a third of MPs vote no confidence in leader but PM says victory gives party ‘renewed mission’

Theresa May has won the backing of her party to stay on as prime minister – but more than a third of Conservative MPs voted against her, underscoring the uphill battle she faces in getting her Brexit deal through parliament.

Tory MPs rejected a no-confidence motion in the embattled prime minister’s leadership by 200 votes to 117 on Wednesday night, after a swift contest that exposed the bitter split in her party over Brexit.

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What happens now for the prime minister and her Brexit plans?  View ?

Theresa May has bought herself some time but key questions still need answering

The 200-117 result is in truth finely balanced. It is enough of a win to stave off Theresa May’s immediate resignation, but the rebellion is at a significant level too.

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Theresa May survives. Things are so bad we have to be grateful for that | Polly Toynbee  View ?

This Tory era marks such a historic nadir that we needed the great Brexit bungler to stay on

Hallelujah! Theresa May survives as our prime minister! Pop the corks, punch the air, thank our lucky stars! Really? Pinch yourself, but yes indeed. Though she is the worst occupant of No 10 in living memory (bar David Cameron), though she lacks any quality to make her even tolerably competent as prime minister, her fall would have brought the rise of something far darker.

Never mind the small margin, she has seen off a pack of hungry usurpers snapping at her ankles, each swearing undying loyalty while privately cajoling and bribing colleagues with future red boxes in Westminster tearoom huddles. All that was to no avail. Though possibly the worst tactician of all time, she lives to last at least another year. She rules on, this great Brexit bungler who laid down red lines only to tear them up, who threw away her majority in an abominably fought election, who failed to compromise with the 48% or to placate her Brextreme implacables, who funked a meaningful vote and stumbled over every obstacle she put in her own path.

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(12/12/2018 @ 16:37)
Tory headbangers save the Maybot – for the time being at least | John Crace  View ?

Theresa May wins no-confidence vote by 200 to 117 as ERG gamble fails

Milking his brief moment in the limelight, Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, announced that Theresa May had won the no-confidence vote by 200 votes to 117. Hardly emphatic, but it would do. She could stay for the time being. It came as no real surprise. A party that can barely govern the country could hardly have been expected to mount an effective leadership challenge. The European Research Group had gambled and lost, its longed-for saviour, Boris Johnson, not so much Aslan as Cedric the Lion. A rotting trophy on an American dentist’s wall.

Related: Theresa May wins confidence vote by a majority of 83 – Politics live

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Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison  View ?

  • Cohen guilty of hush money payments and lying to Congress
  • Cohen admitted covering up Trump’s ‘dirty deeds’
  • Follow live updates

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal fixer, was sentenced to 36 months in prison in New York on Wednesday for crimes including lying to Congress and facilitating illegal payments to silence two women who alleged affairs with Trump.

Related: Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen faces sentencing in New York – live

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(12/12/2018 @ 13:34)
Strasbourg shooting: French and German police hunt gunman  View ?

The 29-year-old, who authorities say was radicalised in prison, is still on the run

French and German police were continuing to hunt on Wednesday night for the gunman who killed three people and injured 13 others in an attack on Strasbourg’s Christmas market.

Suspect Chérif Chekatt is a hardened criminal who was on France’s national security list as a potential terror threat, the county’s authorities have admitted.

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(12/12/2018 @ 12:19)
George Pell: Pope Francis removes Australian cardinal from inner circle  View ?

Restructure of Cardinal of Cardinals comes as Pell faces prosecution in Australia for historical sexual offences

Pope Francis has removed Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, from his inner circle in a restructure of his Council of Cardinals.

Pell’s position as the financial controller of the Vatican makes him the third most powerful person in the Vatican. He is facing prosecution in Australia for historical sexual offences and has taken leave from the position. Pell has strenuously denied the allegations.

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(12/12/2018 @ 19:20)
Grenfell cladding firm: 'fire could have been put out with simple extinguisher'  View ?

Arconic tells public inquiry that other materials were responsible for spread of the fire

The manufacturer of the combustible panels wrapped around Grenfell Tower has claimed other materials were responsible for spreading the fire that claimed 72 lives and said it could have been put out with a handheld fire extinguisher.

Arconic, which made the Reynobond aluminium composite panels which were filled with plastic that burned with an intensity that has been compared to petrol, made a combative closing statement, claiming that it was possible no one would have died if other aspects of the refurbishment had been different.

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(12/12/2018 @ 09:37)
UK property market at weakest since 2012 as Brexit takes toll – Rics  View ?

Surveyors say indicators for demand, supply and prices fell to multiyear lows in November

Brexit is battering the UK property market, pushing it to its weakest level in more than six years, with almost half of surveyors reporting that sellers and buyers are sitting tight because of political uncertainty.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said its monthly indicators for demand, supply and prices fell to multiyear lows in November.

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(12/12/2018 @ 19:01)
Bradford music teacher shortlisted for $1m global education prize  View ?

Jimmy Rotheram one of three teachers from England in running for international award

A music teacher who helped turn around a once-failing primary school in Bradford with a radical programme of music and creative education is one of three teachers from England shortlisted for a $1m global prize.

Jimmy Rotheram, of Feversham primary academy, is one of 50 teachers from around the world on the shortlist for the Varkey Foundation “best teacher” prize, selected out of more than 10,000 nominations from 179 countries. The winner will be announced next March.

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(12/12/2018 @ 19:01)
Six slime and putty toys sold in UK fail to meet safety standards  View ?

Versions including one sold at Hamleys found to have unsafe levels of boron in Which? test

Six out of 13 “slime” and putty toys have failed to meet EU safety standards when tested for the presence of a potentially harmful chemical, according to research by a consumer group.

Following an investigation earlier this year that found almost all the slime toys available from Amazon it tested posed a health risk, Which? has turned the spotlight on potentially toxic products sold by some of Britain’s biggest retailers.

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(12/12/2018 @ 19:01)
Turkey primed to start offensive against US-backed Kurds in Syria  View ?

President Erdoğan’s planned attack on militias he sees as terrorists risks row with Trump

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said that Turkey will launch a military operation against the Kurds in northern Syria within days, in a decision that could signal a shift in Turkish-US relations and have far-reaching consequences for Syria’s future.

Long frustrated by US support for Kurdish militias that Turkey views as terrorists, Erdoğan has threatened to push deeper into north-eastern Syria since sending Turkish forces into the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in February.

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(12/12/2018 @ 14:01)
New mother dies after going missing in Scottish hospital  View ?

Amanda Cox reportedly got lost at Edinburgh infirmary after visiting newborn son

A new mother was found dead at a Scottish hospital hours after going missing.

Amanda Cox, 34, from Peebles, in the Scottish Borders region, did not return to the maternity ward at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Monday following a visit to see her son at the neonatal unit. That night she was found collapsed after a five-hour search.

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(12/12/2018 @ 10:48)
Two killed in accident at Antarctic research station  View ?

Technicians from US contractor had been working on fire-suppression system at the McMurdo scientific outpost on Ross Island

Two fire technicians at a US scientific station in Antarctica have died after being found unconscious, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Related: East Antarctica glacial stronghold melting as seas warm

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(12/12/2018 @ 14:51)
'Raging' Santa angers parents with beard-ripping tantrum  View ?

Organisers of event in Cambridgeshire apologise after St Nick saw red during fire alarm

An irate Santa Claus astonished children at a Christmas event in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, this week when he burst out of his grotto during a fire evacuation to shout and swear at them while tearing off his hat and beard.

The entertainer is understood to have told attendees to “get the fuck out” after a smoke machine at a family-friendly rave in the same building as his grotto set off a fire alarm.

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(12/12/2018 @ 14:32)
Stansted 15: the conviction of peaceful protesters  View ?

The conviction of protesters who locked themselves around a deportation flight at Stansted airport has been called a ‘crushing blow for human rights’. The Guardian’s Damien Gayle has been following the case and hears from demonstrators and deportees. Plus: Soraya Chemaly on the importance of female rage

On the night of 28 March 2017, a group of activists cut a hole in a perimeter fence at Stansted airport and blocked the takeoff of an immigration removal flight. It had been chartered by the Home Office to remove 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

On Monday, the group were found guilty under the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, a law passed in response to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

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(12/11/2018 @ 22:00)
Labour's Brexit dilemma  View ?

Theresa May has postponed her crucial Brexit vote amid huge divisions in her party. But there is a dilemma, too, for Labour MPs whose constituencies voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving the EU. How do they square their voters’ wishes with that of their party and their own conscience? Plus: Jonathan Freedland on why Labour should be backing a second referendum

Theresa May has finally admitted parliament will not back her Brexit deal, but the prime minister is not ready to give up. In a desperate plea to MPs, she asked: “Does this house still want to deliver Brexit?”

These appeals were aimed not just at the Tory MPs behind her but at Labour MPs opposite – and especially those whose constituencies voted heavily to leave the EU. One is Gloria De Piero, who holds a slim majority in the Nottinghamshire seat of Ashfield. The Guardian’s political editor Heather Stewart joined Gloria for a tour of her constituency and found voters mostly fed up with discussing Brexit and wishing that the situation would be resolved quickly.

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(12/10/2018 @ 22:00)
What is it like to fear your own child?  View ?

Child-on-parent violence is a taboo subject and one that is hardly researched in the UK. We speak to Lesley, a mother who lives with daily violence from her eldest son. It has devastated family life and exposed gaps in a system not set up to deal with the problem. Plus: Emma Graham-Harrison on the Nobel peace prize winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, who receive their awards today

When we talk about domestic violence, we rarely think of children attacking their parents. In this episode we speak to a mother who describes the daily violence she suffers at the hands of her son. To protect the family, she is not using her real name. We are calling her Lesley Clough and her son Tom.

She tells Anushka Asthana about the years of worsening violence and the lack of support she has received – and why she finally decided to write about her own experience in the course of her research. Lesley

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(12/09/2018 @ 22:06)
Chérif Chekatt: who is the Strasbourg shooting suspect?  View ?

French police say the gunman is one of 12,000 ‘gangster-jihadists’ who exist under the radar

French investigators call them the “gangster-jihadists” – young men, often from poor immigrant backgrounds, who start with petty crime, drug dealing and robbery and graduate to terrorism.

Related: Strasbourg shooting: French and German police hunt gunman

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(12/12/2018 @ 12:25)
What happened next? How teenage shooting survivor David Hogg became a political leader  View ?

The students of Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, reached global prominence with the March for Our Lives protest. One of the activists explains why the school shooting must never be forgotten

On 1 February 1960, 17-year-old Franklin McCain and three black friends went to the whites-only counter at Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina and took a seat. The humiliation of growing up black in the south had left the teenage McCain contemplating suicide. Having spent the previous night chastising the older generation for their failure to effectively confront segregation, the four young men had talked themselves into an act that was brave, reckless, exhilarating and, ultimately, liberating.

“We wanted to go beyond what our parents had done,” McCain told me almost four decades later. “The worst thing that could happen was that the Ku Klux Klan could kill us … but I had no concern for my personal safety. The day I sat at that counter, I had the most tremendous feeling of elation and celebration. I felt that, in this life, nothing else mattered … If there’s a heaven, I got there for a few minutes. I just felt you can’t touch me, you can’t hurt me. There’s no other experience like it.”

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(12/12/2018 @ 08:59)
The Mule review – Clint Eastwood's drug running drama is a slow misfire  View ?

The director’s second film in a year is a strangely inelegant tale cursed with a clumsy script, uneasy politics and a lethargic pace

There’s been an air of mystery lingering around Clint Eastwood’s drug-running drama The Mule, which, despite some considerable star power and an effectively tense trailer, has been kept from critics until the very last second. It’s become a rather telling sign of a studio either unsure of how to position a film or, more likely, a studio aware that they have a disaster on their hands.

Related: Bumblebee review - Transformers spinoff that dumps 'Bayhem' for old-school spirit

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(12/12/2018 @ 16:00)
What happened next? How Melania Trump’s jacket revealed her true politics to the world  View ?

When the first lady arrived to meet children separated from their families with a coat emblazoned with the words ‘I really don’t care. Do U?’ what was she trying to tell us?

From a fashion point of view, 2018 peaked – or rather, troughed – one Thursday in June, when the US first lady wore a green army jacket emblazoned with the slogan “I really don’t care. Do U?” to visit a shelter for unaccompanied children. Many of the children were in the Texas facility after being separated from their parents, an immigration policy for which President Trump was being denounced as heartless.

The jacket was 2018 in a nutshell. A story almost laugh-out-loud in its absurdity, and yet deadly serious. (The strapline for this year could surely be: “Yes, that really happened.”) An outrageous White House play that became a lightning rod for the spotlight. A Trump move that does not even pretend to appeal to voters’ highest instincts, but instead encourages their darkest, meanest side with an enabling wink.

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(12/12/2018 @ 11:00)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse proves Hollywood can't out-Marvel Marvel  View ?

Ever since the success of Iron Man, rivals have been trying to match the studio’s box office success, but should they try another tack?

Ever since Marvel leapt on to the scene 10 years ago with the vibrant and entertaining Iron Man, rivals have been doing their best to ape the studio’s barnstorming box office success. From Warner Bros’s struggling DC Extended Universe – set to dip another toe in the comic book ocean with the upcoming Aquaman – to Universal Pictures’ doomed Dark Universe concept, Hollywood execs with dollar signs in their eyes have tried desperately to beat Marvel at its own game with varying degrees of success.

The irony is that since 2018, the only truly successful superhero movies outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), with the notable exception of DC’s Wonder Woman, have been those that chose to smash the zeitgeist and strike out on their own. The Lego Batman Movie thrived by immersing itself in an Olympic-length swimming pool of geeky pop culture references; Logan reimagined the comic book flick as one-shot noir. Now comes Sony’s clumsily titled but refreshingly eccentric Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, out this week in the UK and due to hit US screens at the weekend. It’s a movie that does to the established big screen superhero formula what Hulk did to Loki in the first Avengers movie, leaving suggestions that the Marvel way is the only road to success in a bedraggled, defeated heap.

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(12/12/2018 @ 11:47)
Super Smash Bros Ultimate review – the fighting game with everything  View ?

Nintendo Switch; Sora/Bandai Namco/Nintendo
Wildly disparate heroes from Nintendo history – from Mario and Pikachu to Street Fighter II’s Ryu – meet for matches of thrilling, barely controlled chaos

There’s magic to the concept of the crossover, when strange worlds collide and wildly disparate characters meet, which Nintendo has often leveraged by bringing its various mascots together to engage in mortal combat (or occasionally go-karting). But Smash Bros Ultimate takes things to a maximalist extreme. In the 70-odd-strong fighter roster, Nintendo heroes such as Mario, Splatoon’s Inklings and Pikachu stand alongside outsiders such as Castlevania’s Simon Belmont and Final Fantasy’s Cloud. A palpable love of video games infuses everything, and tributes and references to their colourful history are omnipresent, from iconic and world-famous series to esoteric games that you thought nobody else even remembered.

Smash’s fairly basic goal – build up damage on opponents to launch them off the stage – belies the depth and complexity underneath. A match of Smash is the kind of thrilling, barely controlled chaos that feels like you’re dancing on quicksand. Spacing and positioning are paramount, as is the ability to predict an opponent’s next moves and movements. Couch multiplayer remains the most raucous and often hilarious of modes – shouts of “what just happened?” are not uncommon – but even when playing alone, the loop of split-second analysis followed by instantaneous action keeps you enthralled.

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(12/12/2018 @ 09:52)
Guardian and Observer appeal 2018: our chosen charities  View ?

The work we are supporting defends individuals in the UK’s ‘hostile environment’

  • Please donate to our appeal here

The 2018 Guardian and Observer appeal is supporting five charities which were instrumental in securing justice for the Windrush generation. Their work defends the rights of all whose lives are unfairly disrupted by the UK’s hostile immigration system. Here’s a brief guide to what they do:

Praxis Community Projects

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The Guardian view on global warming: time is running out | Editorial  View ?

Rightwing nationalism threatens the global solidarity needed to avoid a climate catastrophe

Global warming is a crisis for civilisation and a crisis for life on Earth. Human-caused climate change was behind 15 deadly weather disasters in 2017, including droughts, floods and heatwaves. The world’s leading climate scientists, in a special report for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have warned that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C. To meet that target, global carbon emissions need to drop by 45% by 2030. Instead they are going up. We need radical, urgent change. So it is appalling that negotiators in Poland at the 24th Conference of the Parties, or COP24, are finding it so hard to push ahead with implementing the climate deal signed three years ago in Paris.

This is largely because rising rightwing nationalism has vitiated the global solidarity needed to avoid a catastrophe. Under the Paris agreement, effective action to tackle climate change requires global cooperation on three fronts: first, nations set demanding carbon-reduction targets for their own societies; second, countries are held accountable for meeting these targets through surveillance mechanisms; and third, rich states provide cash for poorer ones to transition to a carbon-free future. Yet none of this is possible when the most important actors on the world stage think that the chief business of the nation state lies at home. The biggest problem is the US president, Donald Trump – a longtime climate-change denier. While negotiators were discussing how to lower carbon emissions, Mr Trump’s officials unveiled two schemes promoting fossil fuels. The US’s rogue behaviour has encouraged others to behave badly: notably Saudi Arabia, which played a key role in attempts to wreck the summit’s “welcoming” of the IPCC report. Last month, Brazil’s president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, chose as his foreign minister a climate-change denier, and the nation has pulled out of hosting COP25. The top European leaders – Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May and Angela Merkel – are inwardly focused, leaving Poland, the current talks’ host, to sing the virtues of its large coal stocks. The other big players are India and China: the latter has the global heft but is not internationally deft; for the former, the opposite is true.

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(12/12/2018 @ 13:55)
Labour must seize this moment to bring down May’s government | Zoe Williams  View ?

Corbyn can no longer stand back and watch. This is the time to champion a vote of no confidence in the government

You know we’re in a crisis because the Today Programme, on BBC Radio 4, was extended by 15 minutes this morning – it’s not long enough to get any clarity, because there is no clarity to be had. It was merely enough to signal the extremity of the situation by mucking up the schedule.

Forty-eight letters have gone in to Graham Brady, which means a motion of no confidence in Theresa May has been brought from her own party. This can only be called once, but should not be confused with a no-confidence motion brought by the opposition, which can happen as many times as it likes. It’s unlikely that May will lose the vote this evening.

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(12/12/2018 @ 09:21)
New Zealand courts banned naming Grace Millane’s accused killer. Google just emailed it out | Toby Manhire  View ?

That one of the world’s biggest companies rides roughshod over a court order tells you all you need to know about the giants of Silicon Valley

Imagine if a media company told you the name of the man accused of killing Grace Millane. Imagine if, in defiance of a very clear court ruling of interim name suppression, that company told you his name in an email – spelling it out, even, in the subject header.

Unthinkable? That’s exactly what happened in the early hours of Tuesday.

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(12/12/2018 @ 20:24)
What did I learn at private school? They should be abolished  View ?

Private schools like my alma mater St Paul’s entrench inequality. Abolishing them would be a progressive step

The educational dominance of private schools is once again in the news, following new research which shows that eight top UK schools, including my own secondary school St Paul’s, get as many pupils into Oxbridge as three-quarters of all schools and colleges together.

Cue yet another round of soul-searching about how to close the gap. Last year, the Sutton Trust proposed an “Open Access” scheme with subsidised places for low or medium income students. Others go on the offensive: the 2017 Labour manifesto declared the party would remove private schools’ VAT exemptions to fund free school meals for primary school children.

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(12/12/2018 @ 09:16)
Neil Young's made a start, but the arts must do more to oppose dirty money | Molly Scott Cato  View ?

Galleries and arts promoters should be made to feel too ashamed to take money from industries linked with climate breakdown

Those attending the COP24 climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland, this week have been greeted by a bizarre sight: an artistic celebration of one of the main fuels responsible for destroying the global climate. Katowice is the centre of Poland’s coal industry, and despite hosting a conference that represents the last chance saloon when it comes to taking meaningful action on climate change, local politicians pride themselves on the black stuff. Perhaps we could have expected no different when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change decided on such an inappropriate venue and to allow coal companies to sponsor the talks.

If we do make it through climate change with some form of civilisation intact, we will look back at some of the things we are doing now with the moral repugnance we feel towards slavery. There are legitimate parallels here. Climate change will most hurt those yet to be born. Our failure to make the dramatic changes needed to our economy and society means we are behaving as if we own the lives of future generations and have a right to steal their lives from them.

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(12/12/2018 @ 10:22)
Manchester United miss chance to top group after Spanish lesson at Valencia  View ?

Manchester United are through to the next round of the Champions League but we knew that already. They are also not very good but then everyone knew that too. Switzerland’s Young Boys defeated Juventus 2-1 to hand United the chance to overhaul the Italian champions and take first place but they could not accept it. Instead they were beaten 2-1 by Valencia, limping into the last 16. On this evidence, and the accumulated evidence of this season it is hard to see them getting further.

It was striking enough that United had got this far, securing a place in the knock-out phase already, given how poorly they have played; actually winning the group would have been too much. Yet that, unexpectedly, was a possibility. “I don’t think this result will be too important or make the difference,” Mourinho had admitted, while Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool was always going to take priority. Perhaps that lack of expectation helps justify this performance, but their failure to anticipate the opportunity to avoid Europe’s biggest teams might be one to regret now.

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(12/12/2018 @ 17:01)
What now for Team Sky? Vultures will already be circling their top riders  View ?

Sir Dave Brailsford has six months to find a backer but cycling’s top team need big bucks and China may be the answer

As Team Sky’s sponsorship enters its final season after nine years at the peak of professional cycling one thing is certain: unless Sir Dave Brailsford announces a replacement backer this side of June, the vultures will circle ever closer to the ground. They will already be on the wing after the announcement on Wednesday that Sky will end its backing at the close of 2019.

There is speculation that because some of their most valuable riders have contracts that last beyond the end of next year, backing may already be in place. It is equally likely that the contracts are long term, as the management had no option but to think that way and possibly little inkling the team may shut up shop, and that possible penalties for early termination of those contracts may be tied to the current sponsorship.

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(12/12/2018 @ 16:01)
Anastasia Dobromyslova: ‘Being a girl, I’ve had to fight for my spot in darts’  View ?

Ellesmere Port-based Russian is one of two women who have qualified for the PDC event at Alexandra Palace from Thursday

Anastasia Dobromyslova smiles as she remembers the first time she played darts, as a 12-year‑old in her home city of Tver, just over 100 miles from Moscow, and realised she had an unerring knack for hitting trebles and doubles – and beating the older boys at her youth club. “I wasn’t very well liked,” she laughs. “I think that’s what toughened me up, because I’ve always had to be amongst the boys. Being a girl I have had to fight for my spot.”

Not a great deal has changed in the intervening two decades. But having qualified for one of two new women’s spots at this year’s expanded PDC World Championship, which begins at Alexandra Palace on Thursday, the 34-year-old Dobromyslova intends to make the most of her opportunity. “You don’t realise how many emotions I have,” she says. “I’m excited, I’m nervous and I know playing in front of thousands of people will be challenging. But with a bit of luck, who knows what could happen?”

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(12/12/2018 @ 15:04)
Eleven Sports may be facing closure in UK after only four months  View ?

  • Service holds UFC, La Liga and Serie A rights
  • Promised distribution had not been secured

Eleven Sports, the self-styled “Netflix of Sports” controlled by the Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani, could be facing closure in the UK & Ireland after failing to attract enough subscribers.

The service, which launched less than four months ago, has the UK rights to sports including Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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(12/12/2018 @ 14:58)
Leroy Sané’s fine double fires Manchester City past Hoffenheim  View ?

Leroy Sané scored both goals as the Group F winners cruised to a fourth victory but for the second game in a row a Manchester City player seemed to be singled out by opposing fans and this time it was the German.

The 22-year-old appeared to receive some heightened abuse from Hoffenheim fans when taking a first-half corner. After what happened to Raheem Sterling at Chelsea on Saturday – four home fans have been suspended pending a club and police investigation into alleged racial invective – Guardiola was asked about the incident involving his match-winner.

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(12/12/2018 @ 17:03)
Maurizio Sarri calls alleged racist abuse of Raheem Sterling ‘disgusting’  View ?

• Chelsea coach: ‘I condemn any form of discrimination’
• Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles says Sterling is ‘brave’

Maurizio Sarri has condemned discrimination in any form in the Chelsea coach’s first public comments since the alleged racist abuse of Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea and the Metropolitan police launched investigations into alleged racist abuse from a section of home supporters towards the Manchester City forward in last Saturday’s 2-0 win for Sarri’s side. Chelsea subsequently suspended four people in connection with the incident.

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(12/12/2018 @ 16:17)
Chris Froome: Team Sky is not finished yet despite sponsor pulling plug in 2019  View ?

  • Sky will end sponsorship of team at close of 2019 season
  • Sir Dave Brailsford says team may continue with a new partner

A defiant Chris Froome said Team Sky “is not finished yet by any means”, despite Sky’s decision to pull the plug at the end of next year on a sponsorship deal worth £30m a year.

The four-times Tour de France winner also pledged to do everything possible to keep the team together, regardless of scepticism within cycling that another deep-pocketed sponsor will quickly ride to the rescue of the richest team in the sport.

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(12/12/2018 @ 11:33)
Tottenham braced for fresh Real Madrid interest in Pochettino at end of season  View ?

• Manchester United have also been linked to Argentinian
• Pochettino’s stock rising after Champions League progress

Tottenham are braced for further interest in Mauricio Pochettino after the manager enhanced his reputation with Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Barcelona – a result that carried his team into the Champions League knockout rounds.

It is an open secret at the club that they expect a fight to keep Pochettino at the end of the season with Real Madrid, in particular, monitoring his progress. Real sacked Julen Lopetegui at the end of October and turned to Santiago Solari, initially on a caretaker basis. In mid-November they gave him a contract until 2021. Manchester United are also admirers and considered him after the departure of Louis van Gaal in 2016 only to appoint José Mourinho.

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(12/12/2018 @ 17:29)
Can Sumo survive? The crossroads facing Japan's national sport – video  View ?

The ancient Japanese ritual of Sumo is in crisis. Only last week, a Mongolian wrestler was forced to retire after assaulting a teammate – but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Years of controversy and scandal, coupled with the country's declining population, have greatly impacted the sport's ability to attract new talent. The Guardian visits Tokyo's Ryōgoku district, the birthplace of Sumo, to see how this iconic institution is adapting to life in the 21st century, and why - despite women being banned from the ring itself - young female fans are flocking to watch it like never before

Yokozuna, controversies and a 'Dump Truck': a sumo history – in pictures

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(12/11/2018 @ 08:19)
Skip Day - high school friendship and everyday racism in Florida  View ?

Intimate glimpses of one very special day in the lives of high-school seniors from an industrial corner of the Florida Everglades: prom’s over, the future is uncertain, and the irresistible pull of the beach makes the long-time friends drive 60 miles to chill, pose and revel in the waves. Once at the beach, friendship, discussions about what's next, and an unwelcome dose of everyday racism mix. Winner of the Illy Prize for best short film at Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival.

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(11/29/2018 @ 07:01)
Lloyd Russell-Moyle tells Owen Jones: 'I came out as HIV positive to break down stigma' – video  View ?

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle came out as HIV positive in a speech in the House of Commons. He tells the Guardian’s Owen Jones his diagnosis initially left him feeling like his insides had been ripped out but those fears gradually washed away and he has been able to live his life. He says he hopes his announcement can help break the stigma around HIV and help other people.

An extended version of this interview is available on Owen Jones’s YouTube channel

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(12/05/2018 @ 07:28)
​A day with Mr Stop Brexit: crashing TV interviews and fighting Ukip – video  View ?

Best known for interrupting news broadcasts and shouting: 'Stop Brexit', Steve Bray has become parliament's most persistent protester since the EU referendum result. So what motivates him to stand in Westminster come rain, wind, sun or snow? 

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(11/28/2018 @ 02:00)
Yotam Ottolenghi’s Christmas dinner with Grace Dent - video  View ?

The star cook serves up a showstopper celebration meal: slow-roast Szechuan pepper lamb with aubergine, plus potato gratin with coconut, chilli and lime, and gingery cucumbers. Our restaurant critic surprises him with a simple, tasty, traditional north of England recipe. Read his recipes and see more videos from Guardian Feast 

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(12/07/2018 @ 04:45)
'There was a lot of crying': youngest Booker prize nominee on writing her first novel - video  View ?

Daisy Johnson made headlines this year after becoming the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize with her debut novel Everything Under. Iman Amrani speaks to her about her book, which has been described as a feminist retelling of a well-known myth, which plays with the boundaries of reality and the supernatural 

  • This interview is part of a series called Fresh Voices, presented by Amrani
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(12/06/2018 @ 07:00)
'I certainly opened up a conversation': Lubaina Himid on her Guardian residency – video  View ?

The 2017 Turner prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid is the first Guardian artist in residence. After spending four days in the Guardian's London office she created a work entitled Random Coincidence, which included the artist painting over pages from the paper over a week-long period. Himid's focus was the paper's representation of black people and the juxtaposition of text and image.

This project was initiated in collaboration with Liverpool’s Rapid Response Unit as part of a larger commission linking artists to the news cycle.

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(12/03/2018 @ 08:35)
'We wanted to reflect everything black women can be': authors of Slay in Your Lane – video  View ?

Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke are the co-authors of Slay in Your Lane: the Black Girl Bible. They talk to the Guardian's Iman Amrani about their experiences as black British women and why they have created the guide to help readers navigate their way through education, work and dating. This film is part of a new series, Fresh Voices

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(11/30/2018 @ 02:00)
Why trash talk is essential to the fight game – video  View ?

Whether it’s showboating or shameful, puerile or poetry, trash talk is and will remain an integral part of professional fighting. It’s an invaluable promotional tool that risks contempt from the public and a powerful weapon that can distract your opponent, or make them stronger. In a sport where every move comes with the potential for a devastating counter, the double-edged nature of trash talk is most fitting

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(11/30/2018 @ 04:10)
Owen Jones meets Keir Starmer: 'Brexit fatigue is real – but we can't let this deal pass' – video  View ?

Theresa May is facing a big battle to get her Brexit deal through parliament on 11 December amid cross-party hostility. What's Labour's alternative, and how does the party propose to reunite a divided nation? Owen Jones speaks to the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, in the heart of his Camden constituency in north London


An extended version of this interview is available on Owen Jones's YouTube channel

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(11/30/2018 @ 09:56)
Les Misérables with 'contemporary relevance' to air on BBC  View ?

Victor Hugo’s historical novel brought up to date in Andrew Davies adaptation

With social unrest brewing in France and Emmanuel Macron accused by protesters of being the “president of the rich”, the BBC is to air an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s historical novel Les Misérables, which the writer Andrew Davies says has been given a timely “contemporary relevance” by the injustices and divisions within society today.

The BBC has brought Hugo’s novel “right into the 21st century”, according to its director general, Tony Hall, with one of its most “inclusive casts” ever.

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(12/12/2018 @ 19:01)
Chinese women trafficked to UK 'being failed by Home Office'  View ?

Campaigners say victims being locked up for long periods and being denied medical help

A worrying number of vulnerable Chinese women, many of whom are trafficking victims, are being detained under threat of deportation, campaigners and lawyers have warned.

Several of the women have been picked up in immigration raids on restaurants, brothels and massage parlours, campaigners said, adding that trafficking victims are being held in detention often with no legal representation or access to interpreters, and have medical needs that are going unmet.

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(12/12/2018 @ 08:00)
Landlord fined £25,000 over lack of hot water for disabled tenant  View ?

Judith Wilson, who owns 300 houses in Kent, ignored council enforcement notices

The wife of Britain’s most controversial buy-to-let landlord, Fergus Wilson, has been ordered to pay £25,000 in fines and legal costs after a court ruled that she had failed to supply hot water to a disabled tenant.

The court found that Judith Wilson, who revealed she has more than 300 houses in her name in the Ashford, Kent area, ignored council enforcement notices demanding she fix the problem.

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(12/12/2018 @ 12:34)
UTI test often fails to detect infection, say researchers  View ?

Study suggests standard test, widely used since 1950s, does not work for chronic sufferers

The “gold standard” test for urinary tract infections (UTIs) is not fit for purpose, according to research which suggests that it fails to diagnose most chronic sufferers.

UTIs afflict an estimated 150-200 million people around the world every year. While many, particularly young women, suffer acute attacks of cystitis, which is quickly resolved with a few days of antibiotics, chronic infection can stay with people for many years and wreak havoc with their lives.

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(12/12/2018 @ 12:18)
Knobbled: Cork spends €6,000 polishing door handles to impress Prince Charles  View ?

County’s ‘rebel’ reputation tarnished by €203,761 cleaning splurge before prince’s visit

It has long been known as Ireland’s “rebel county” for its resistance to authority, especially English authority, but Cork’s reputation may be somewhat tarnished after it emerged the city council spent almost €6,000 polishing door handles before a visit by Prince Charles.

It was part of a €203,761 splurge on cleaning and refurbishment to make a good impression on Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and apparently out-Windsor Windsor, during a one-day visit last June.

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(12/12/2018 @ 11:23)
Scotland freezes threshold for higher-rate income tax  View ?

Scottish finance secretary to freeze threshold for higher-rate income tax at £43,431 to help finance cuts for least well-off

Scotland’s top earners face higher income tax bills to help finance cuts for the least well-off and an increase in spending on hospitals and nurseries, the Scottish government has announced.

Derek Mackay, the Scottish finance secretary, said he would freeze the level at which higher-rate tax will be paid, which is £43,431, from next April rather than raising that threshold by inflation as promised or matching the Treasury’s plans to start the higher rate with earnings over £50,000.

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(12/12/2018 @ 13:16)
Woman who faked her own kidnap and assault jailed by London court  View ?

Jessica Nordquist, who claimed she was raped, and abducted by MI5, faces deportation

A woman has been jailed after carrying out a prolonged campaign of cyberstalking her ex-boyfriend, culminating in the faking of her own kidnap and assault.

Jessica Nordquist, a US national who sent pictures of herself bound and undressed to her former partner Mark Weeks, claimed to have been raped and defended herself by saying she had been abducted by an MI5 agent, faces deportation at the end of her four-and-a-half-year jail sentence.

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(12/12/2018 @ 11:28)
Sainsbury’s and Asda challenge CMA over merger  View ?

Competition and Markets Authority is investigating fallout of planned deal for shoppers and suppliers

Sainsbury’s and Asda have launched a legal challenge after complaining they are unable to meet the deadlines of the competition watchdog investigating their planned £7.3bn merger.

The deal, which was announced in April, promises to create a new force in UK supermarket retailing that would usurp Tesco as the market leader.

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(12/12/2018 @ 13:27)
Amazon meets public opposition at first hearing for New York headquarters  View ?

Protesters said move lacked public consultation as executives said massive investment would be good for the city

Amazon, the world’s wealthiest company, on Wednesday came head-to-head with public opposition to plans to build a new headquarters in New York as its executives said in the first in a series of hearings that its massive investment would be good for the city.

At a public hearing at New York’s city hall, Amazon executives faced protesters calling for the plan, which the company claims will create as many as 40,000 new jobs over the next 15 years, to be abandoned.

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(12/12/2018 @ 16:19)
Hungary passes 'slave law' prompting fury among opposition MPs  View ?

Overtime limit raised, with legislation establishing new courts also passed

The Hungarian government has passed a set of controversial laws amid scenes of chaos, as opposition MPs sounded sirens, blew whistles and angrily confronted the country’s rightwing prime minister, Viktor Orbán.

One of the new laws raises the amount of overtime employers can demand their employees work and has been labelled a “slave law” by critics. Another establishes new courts to consider government business with a greater role for the justice minister.

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(12/12/2018 @ 11:54)
Climate change talks lead to renewed pledge to cut emissions  View ?

EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5C

The EU and scores of developing countries have pledged to toughen their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5C rise in global warming.

The promise, which follows increasingly dire scientific warnings, was the most positive message yet to come from the ongoing talks in Poland.

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(12/12/2018 @ 15:59)
China may have detained second citizen, says Canada foreign minister  View ?

  • Michael Kovrig, who works for thinktank, being held in Beijing
  • Move follows arrest of Chinese Huawei executive in Canada

A second Canadian citizen may have been held by Chinese officials following the detention of former diplomat Michael Korvig, according to Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland.

After Korvig was detained on Monday, another citizen contacted officials, saying he had been questioned by Chinese authorities.

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(12/12/2018 @ 19:13)
Yahoo parent Verizon cuts value of media brands by $4.6bn  View ?

US telecom firm’s Oath, which includes Huffington Post and AOL, is now worth $200m

The collective value of digital media brands including Huffington Post, Yahoo and AOL, which once had a stock market capitalisation of more than $200bn (£158bn), has been slashed to only $200m by their parent Verizon.

The US telecoms company has taken a $4.6bn charge on the goodwill value of Oath, the digital media subsidiary that houses properties including HuffPo, Yahoo and AOL, leaving it worth about $200m on paper.

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(12/12/2018 @ 13:21)
Canada Goose shares slide amid Beijing-Ottawa row over Huawei CFO arrest  View ?

Luxury retailer appears to be first casualty as calls for a boycott spread on social media Weibo and echoed on state-run media

Growing tensions between Beijing and Toronto over the arrest of a senior Huawei executive have inflicted damage on the luxury clothing retailer Canada Goose, as Chinese consumers call for a boycott of the brand.

Shares in the company have plunged nearly 20% since the arrest last week of Huawei’s chief financial officers Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. A Canadian judge granted bail to Meng on Tuesday evening.

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(12/12/2018 @ 14:29)
Nicolás Maduro accuses White House of direct role in assassination attempt  View ?

Venezuelan president also claimed ‘ultra-right locos’ within Brazil’s incoming government were plotting to invade his country

Venezuela’s embattled president, Nicolás Maduro, has accused the White House of playing a direct role in an attempt to assassinate him and claimed “ultra-right locos” within Brazil’s incoming government were plotting to invade his country.

Related: Venezuela: is a US-backed 'military option' to oust Maduro gaining favour?

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(12/12/2018 @ 12:22)
More than 200 women accuse famous Brazilian spiritual healer of sexual abuse  View ?

Prosecutors received flood of complaints against João Teixeira de Faria in country’s first major #MeToo scandal

More than 200 women have accused Brazil’s most famous medium and spiritual healer of sexual abuse in a case that is becoming the country’s first major post-#MeToo scandal.

João Teixeira de Faria, 76, known as João de Deus, or John of God, has attended Brazilian presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff and Michel Temer, pop stars and celebrities. But in television interviews broadcast on Friday, four women alleged sexual abuse – and then the floodgates opened: prosecutors have now received more than 200 complaints.

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(12/12/2018 @ 12:52)
Seating plans, playlists and cockle popcorn: how to host this Christmas  View ?

The weather outside might be frightful, but there’s no reason why your party should be. From Christmas cocktail parties to sit-down dinners, here’s how to host with impact and ease this season

Photography: Sam Hofman

The nights have drawn in, George and Mariah are in a state of perpetual soundclash, and with them comes the unsettling urge to host a seasonal get-together.

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(11/01/2018 @ 08:58)
Waste not, want not: how your fridge could stop you throwing away food  View ?

Food waste: it’s a big problem with far-reaching implications. Here’s how your kitchen could help save the world – from using smart kitchen technology, such as the Samsung Family Hub™, to simple life hacks

Most of us feel guilty about wasting food – and the stats are hard to swallow. Roughly one-third of the world’s food is thrown away every year – that’s approximately 1.3bn tonnes, which in turn generates 3.3bn tonnes of greenhouse gases as it rots in landfill. Add to that the huge environmental impact of farming livestock, and the urgency of the issue is pretty clear. A 2016 study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research showed that tackling food waste is an important way to mitigate climate change.

There are financial incentives too. According to Love Food Hate Waste, a family of four could save as much as £70 each month simply by reducing the amount of food it throws away.

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(12/06/2018 @ 11:27)
24 hours (and then some) in the capital: a Londoner’s guide for visitors  View ?

Great as they are, there’s more to London than the Tower and the Tate. From the coolest new clubs to harder-to-find watering holes, places to eat and green spaces, only a Londoner can show you the best of what the city has to offer

There are many Londons to explore. From the bustle of Soho’s labyrinthine streets to the vertigo-inducing skyscrapers of the City, the capital has almost as many unique enclaves as its 8 million residents. With so much choice, and so much ground to cover, deciding what to do in 24 hours can be a daunting task. Even for myself, a lifelong Londoner, there are always new places to find and old favourites to rediscover. With TripAdvisor at hand though, a healthy appetite for all things cultural, and a topped-up Oyster card, you’d be surprised just how much you can fit in and how quickly you’ll find yourself an honorary Londoner.

One of London’s great virtues is its diversity; walk through pretty much any part of town and you’ll see different communities living side-by-side and sharing the best of what their cultures have to offer. If you’re arriving by rail into Euston, you can do no wrong with a traditional fry-up breakfast from the quaint bistro Cappadocia. Sit on its garden furniture and stuff yourself with fried delicacies and all the trimmings. Just a short walk away, there’s Drummond Street – famed for its community of Indian restaurants. If a fry-up doesn’t tickle the tastebuds, then try a masala dosa, a traditional south Indian breakfast of thin rice pancakes stuffed with potato curry.

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(11/20/2018 @ 12:12)
Fairytale castles and secret forests: discover Germany’s best kept secret  View ?

Deep in the heart of Germany lies Thuringia – a state bursting with both cultural curiosities and unrivalled natural beauty

Explore the wilderness
The 700-year-old Rennsteig trail traces a spectacular ridgeway through the Thuringian forest, and is a mecca for hikers and cyclists. Originally a trade route in the Middle Ages, the path is popular with both walkers wishing to get away for a while and cyclists up for a serious challenge. With 105 miles running from Bach’s birthplace, Eisenach, to the river Saale in Blankenstein, there is plenty to take in.

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(10/26/2018 @ 11:01)
Mary Poppins Returns review –  a spoonful of state-of-the-art genetically modified sweetener  View ?

Emily Blunt is the magical nanny in this scarily accomplished clone-pastiche sequel, which starts terrifically and ends cloyingly – just like the original

With pastel/primary colours of headspinning prettiness and all-new showtunes polished to a gleam, this sequel to the 1964 Disney standard Mary Poppins is an almost scarily accomplished clone-pastiche of the original, a spoonful of state-of-the-art genetically modified sweetener. It is written by David Magee, with music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman – with supervising input from legendary original songwriter Richard Sherman – and directed by Rob Marshall. The first film was all about the magical nanny who flies in to help a family in Edwardian London – a celebrated movie debut for Julie Andrews. This one takes place 20 or so years later; everyone else is older but Mary remains the same. In place of Andrews’ guileless demeanour and serene self-belief, there is a subtly more worldly and droll-looking Emily Blunt, more clenched and ramrod in her bearing, who exaggerates and caricatures her natural English voice into the kind of poshness portrayed by American actors pretending to be a Brit: the sort of delivery that converts “very” into “veddy”.

Related: Mary Poppins: why we need a spoonful of sugar more than ever

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(12/12/2018 @ 12:00)
GRiZ: the EDM artist using his star power to make a difference  View ?

The 28-year-old DJ and producer has been helping to transform parts of Detroit through charity work while standing up as a rare LGBT voice in a mostly heterosexual music scene

The electronic music crowd isn’t famous for getting up early, yet here we are at 11am on a Sunday, rolling our yoga mats on to the marble floor of the most opulent building in downtown Detroit. A hundred people sink into chair pose as deep house, played by the DJ at the front of the room, reverberates off the soaring ceilings of the famous Fisher Building, an art deco palace built with auto industry money in the 1920s. Tourists snap photos of the scene as they pass through a lobby decorated with a dozen glittering Christmas trees. Behind a desk, the security guard nods his head with the beat.

Related: 'It will kill me' – behind the devastating Avicii documentary

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(12/12/2018 @ 11:16)
The Double Dealer review – sly schemers, randy wives and foolish cuckolds  View ?

Orange Tree, Richmond
Selina Cadell stages an enterprising production of Congreve’s convoluted restoration comedy

Selina Cadell is on a one-woman mission to preserve Restoration comedy. Having already directed Congreve’s The Way of the World and Love for Love, she now brings us his earlier piece from 1693. While I applaud her enterprise, at a time when our comic heritage is woefully neglected, she has her work cut out with a play in which satire and melodrama are uneasily conjoined.

“The plot’s not the thing,” we are told in a jaunty, new prologue. But, with Congreve, you can hardly escape it. The main story involves an attempt by the scheming Maskwell and Lady Touchwood to thwart the marriage of two young lovers, Mellefont and Cynthia. But Congreve throws in a couple of subplots in which complaisant husbands are easily cuckolded by their randy wives. While the play is full of good scenes and observes the unities of time and place, you feel that Congreve is torn between exposing human credulity and exploring the intricacies of villainy.

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(12/12/2018 @ 17:00)
From Killing Eve to Love Island: the best TV style icons of 2018  View ?

Sofa dwellers rejoice – your favourite box set is just as likely to provide wardrobe inspiration as any catwalk trend

There was stiff competition for the style winner of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Maniac. Emma Stone’s 80s look in episode four and all of Sally Fields’ jumpers were on the shortlist. But the lesson here is that sometimes the real star keeps it simple. See Sonoya Mizuno as Dr Azumi Fujita with bowlcut, wire-frame glasses and lab coat. Her hair was based on that of Comme des Garçons’ designer, Rei Kawakubo, so it even has a proper fashion pedigree. One for the discerning fancy dress party – not to mention any upcoming visit to the hairdresser. LC

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(12/12/2018 @ 10:07)
Women-led films dominate at the box office, study finds  View ?

Media research agencies found that films with female leads that pass the Bechdel test did better than male-led equivalents at every budget level

Blockbuster films with female leads outperform male-led equivalents at the global box office, a new study has reported.

In a report compiled by media research agency Shift7 in collaboration with leading agency CAA, revenue for 350 high-grossing films released between 2014 and 2017 was assessed, and the average results for female-led films did best, at every budget level.

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(12/12/2018 @ 12:03)
Kimmel: Trump, Pelosi, Schumer on The Real White House Wives of DC  View ?

Late-night hosts made sense of Tuesday’s chaotic live meeting at the White House, which ended in an onscreen fracas

Late-night hosts broke down the extraordinary public meeting between Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and a very quiet Mike Pence.

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(12/12/2018 @ 13:48)
Apple 12.9in iPad Pro review: bringing back the wow factor  View ?

Dumping the home button for Face ID allows an impressive all-screen design but makes for an extremely expensive tablet

After eight years of fairly boring design revisions, the new 2018 iPad Pro finally breaks the mould, restoring the wow factor the original commanded way back in 2010.

That’s because the new iPad Pro is practically all screen. The home button is gone, replaced with uniform bezels around the edges and a thin, squared-off aluminium body reminiscent of the iPhone 4’s gorgeous design.

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(12/12/2018 @ 01:00)
How to cook the perfect coquilles St Jacques | Felicity Cloake  View ?

Aka scallop gratin in a creamy, white-wine sauce topped with parsley breadcrumbs

Coquilles Saint-Jacques may just be French for scallops, but over here, the name implies the classic Gallic gratin, luxuriously bubbling with butter and cream: the perfect festive starter. The great scallop, as these flat-shelled molluscs are properly and very aptly known, are mostly found in the north-west of France, from the Bay of the Somme down to the Ile d’Oléron on the wild Atlantic coast, but they’re popular nationwide – indeed, France leads the world with an impressive annual consumption of 2.5kg per person.

Yet British waters also yield some very fine examples: look for dive-caught or MSC-certified fisheries for this easy recipe with gratifyingly impressive-looking results. The small amount of work involved can be done in advance, leaving you more time to have a drink with your guests, or wrestle the turkey from the dog, depending on how your Christmas is going.

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(12/12/2018 @ 07:00)
Still have your childhood teddy? The psychological power of the toys we keep  View ?

Infants often find comfort in ‘transitional objects’ that help them on the path to independence. Guardian readers discuss the security blankets and teddies they have held close

When he was four years old, Chris had a piece of blue cloth he took everywhere with him, which he called Boo-Boo. Now 60, a retired teacher, husband and father of three adult children, he still remembers the feeling of safety he found when he gently rubbed the soft fabric against his face or between his fingers. “My Boo-Boo provided me with the comfort and security I craved. I wanted it with me, a bit like I wanted my mum with me all the time when I was little,” he says.

Shortly before Chris’s first day at school, his mother told him that he could not take his Boo-Boo with him and that he should throw it into their fire. “I can see it now, the lounge and the open fire, my mum telling me that I had to throw this Boo-Boo in. I couldn’t have it any more, I had to grow up. I can’t remember whether I cried or not, I can just feel the anguish. I had a sense of loss, an emptiness, without understanding.”

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(12/12/2018 @ 01:00)
Good sports: 14 health, sports and fitness Christmas gifts  View ?

Give good New Year intentions a sporting chance with top gifts for every kind of fitness fanatic – from cyclists, sprinters and skiers to climbers, yogis and football fans

Flower power

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(12/12/2018 @ 06:30)
Yes, James Bond is an alcoholic - but which other film and TV characters should cut back on booze?  View ?

An academic report shows 007 is frequently over the limit in life-threatening situations. But, from Homer Simpson to Tyrion Lannister, he is far from alone

Today’s “Well Duh” award goes to New Zealand’s University of Otago, which just published a real-life academic study in the Medical Journal of Australia pointing out that James Bond is an alcoholic. During one flight in Quantum of Solace, the study states, Bond consumed 24 units of alcohol; enough to kill a man. But this isn’t news. Anyone can see that 007 is a drunk. Why not focus on these other, lesser celebrated, screen alcoholics instead.

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(12/11/2018 @ 09:50)
20 best Christmas party recipes: part 3  View ?

From a Christmas ham to sticky wings, vegetarian pastries and Dominique Ansel’s seasonal choux buns, these are some of our favourite recipes for festive entertaining

The secret to making sure your ham is amazing is to buy well, so this means buying a proper dry-cured ham from a proper free range and happy pig. The timings and measurements below are for a 4kg ham, which will feed around 10-12 people. Make sure you’ve got a pot large enough to poach it in and that it can fit in your oven!

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(12/12/2018 @ 03:00)
Tips for self-improvement: what helped you master a life skill?  View ?

From learning a language to finding love via online dating we want to know the secret to your success. Share your tips to help fellow readers make the most of life

Is there a hobby or activity that you’re really good at, or where you’ve been given some particularly useful advice? As part of our New Year coverage, the Guardian is trying to help people improve at something they know and love, whether it’s a favourite sport, a foreign language, or … almost anything.

Perhaps you have a trick or two that enabled you to run farther and faster than you could before, that turned your photographs from snapshots to works of art, or even that kept your relationship intact while others were cracking up all around you? Please pass them on.

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(12/11/2018 @ 06:02)
'A national humiliation': readers on May's delayed Brexit vote  View ?

We’re following the discussion on what is next for Brexit as the prime minister heads to Europe

Regardless of your political leanings, the people of the UK have every right to expect that government will, as a minimum, be competent and rational in their management of the country. Instead, we now seem to have a spectacle somewhat similar to chickens with their heads cut off running round the farmyard.

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(12/11/2018 @ 05:54)
Just the two of us: who do you share your home with?  View ?

As part of a new series in the Guardian’s Weekend magazine we are looking for interesting pairs who live together

We’re looking for unusual partnerships – two people who live together in a way that shows the changing nature of the traditional household – for our new series that seeks to reflect how the place we call home can now include extended family, friends and even strangers.

Related: 'I worried my grandson would get into trouble if I didn't take him in'

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(11/10/2018 @ 01:45)
Share your best travel discovery of 2018 for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucher  View ?

Did you find somewhere really fabulous on your travels this year? Whatever and wherever it is, we want to hear about it for our end-of-year round up

It could be a locals’ bar with live music, a family-run B&B or an obscure museum that lit up your trip. You might have found a beautiful walk, a superb cafe, vinyl store, an amazing beach in the UK break, or an exotic jungle retreat on the other side of the world.

Send us your favourite travel discovery of 2018. Try to provide addresses and websites (or Facebook pages) of any businesses mentioned, and exact locations of beaches, walks and beauty spots. Please ensure your tip stays within around 100 words.

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How Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction  View ?

The continent’s largest land mammal plays crucial role in spiritual lives of the tribes

On 5,000 hectares of unploughed prairie in north-eastern Montana, hundreds of wild bison roam once again. But this herd is not in a national park or a protected sanctuary – they are on tribal lands. Belonging to the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of Fort Peck Reservation, the 340 bison is the largest conservation herd in the ongoing bison restoration efforts by North America’s Indigenous people.

The bison – or as Native Americans call them, buffalo – are not just “sustenance,” according to Leroy Little Bear, a professor at the University of Lethbridge and a leader in the bison restoration efforts with the Blood Tribe. The continent’s largest land mammal plays a major role in the spiritual and cultural lives of numerous Native American tribes, an “integrated relationship,” he said.

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The photobook about homelessness – without a single rough sleeper  View ?

He has photographed his dad’s furniture, teenage shoppers and even vegetable peelings. Now Nigel Shafran has tackled homelessness – by asking rough sleepers to take photos of him

‘Homelessness is now so visible on a day-to-day level that that it’s becoming hard to ignore,” says photographer Nigel Shafran. “I just felt the need to address it in some way that wasn’t cliched or exploitative.” To this end, The People On the Street is a photobook about homelessness, but without a single picture of a homeless person in it. Instead, it comprises 52 snapshots of Shafran taken by various homeless people he encountered in London and Paris. Each has a simple caption – Daniel from Leytonstone, Charing Cross, WC2; Sherinne, Old Street, EC1.

“The big problem with the subject is how do you photograph a homeless person without it becoming a picture of a victim?” asks Shafran over coffee in Soho, where evidence of just how chronic the problem has become is all around us. “The book is my perhaps peculiar response to that question and I’m sure I’ll get a bit of criticism for it, but there you go. My approach came from a genuine place and I stand by it.”

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'I struggle without him': wife of jailed Reuters reporter marks grim milestone  View ?

Imprisoned in Myanmar after investigating the Rohingya crisis, Wa Lone has met his infant daughter just twice in the 12 months he has been behind bars

In late October, in a meeting room inside Yangon’s famously brutal Insein Prison, Reuters reporter Wa Lone met his three-month-old daughter, Thet Htar Angel, for the first time. The moment he took the infant into his arms a warm, white substance trickled from her mouth on to his shirt. The baby had vomited on him. Wa Lone, desperate for the feeling of fatherhood, seemed pleased.

“When I tried to clean it up, he said: ‘Don’t do that. I want to keep it on the shirt,’” Wa Lone’s wife, Pan Ei Mon, told the Guardian during an interview in Myanmar’s main city. “When I came to visit him the next week, he was wearing the same shirt, and the stain was still there.”

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(12/11/2018 @ 19:01)
Susan Atkins: 'We must take the threat to women in public life seriously'  View ?

On the republication of 1984’s Woman and the Law, the co-author says the legal system remains ‘male-centric’

Susan Atkins is co-author of the pioneering book Women and the Law, which examines the way the law has treated women at work, in the family, in matters of sexuality, fertility and violence, and in public life. It is a study of the law’s attitude to women and how it reflects the influence of economic, social and political forces, revealing a deep-rooted, male-centric gender inequality. “Only when women are aware of the extent of the discrimination against them, of how it operates and of how to use the law and to influence law reform to their own ends will further progress be made,” it says.

The book was first published in 1984, when society and law were going through a period of transition. In 1973 married mothers gained a status equal to that of married fathers. Equal pay and sex discrimination legislation was changing the workplace. The Abortion Act 1967 expanded the grounds upon which abortion was legal in Britain. The introduction of the contraceptive pill in 1974 gave women greater control over their fertility, and the Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1976 strengthened the civil remedies available to victims of abuse.

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(12/12/2018 @ 05:39)
Shenzhen's silent revolution: world's first fully electric bus fleet quietens Chinese megacity  View ?

All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 13,000 taxis will be too

You have to keep your eyes peeled for the bus at the station in Shenzhen’s Futian central business district these days. The diesel behemoths that once signalled their arrival with a piercing hiss, a rattle of engine and a plume of fumes are no more, replaced with the world’s first and largest 100% electric bus fleet.

Shenzhen now has 16,000 electric buses in total and is noticeably quieter for it. “We find that the buses are so quiet that people might not hear them coming,” says Joseph Ma, deputy general manager at Shenzhen Bus Group, the largest of the three main bus companies in the city. “In fact, we’ve received requests to add some artificial noise to the buses so that people can hear them. We’re considering it.”

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(12/12/2018 @ 06:00)
Christmas editorial, 1944: 'we need a new Europe, democratic, prosperous, progressive'  View ?

23 December 1944: With the sixth Christmas of the war surely being the last, our aim should not be merely peace but the reconstruction of Western civilisation

This weekend Christmas will be celebrated in some fashion throughout Europe – in Berlin as well as in London, in the caves and cellars of Cologne as well as in Manchester. It is a symbol, perhaps a relic, of that unity of the Western world which Christianity did so much to promote and which we in this century have done so much to destroy. But Christianity was not the only creative force, nor are the great wars the only cause of decay. Our civilisation also rests, as the Bishop of Chichester pointed out this week, on the great traditions of humanism, science, and law. And he might have added on the common heritage of the arts – that spring from the old enchantment of ancient Greece where the Nine Muses were born “in shepherds’ cabins on the steep hillside.”

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(12/12/2018 @ 06:35)
Snow world and a Wellington vigil: Wednesday's best photos  View ?

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

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(12/12/2018 @ 09:38)
Frankie! Eurythmics! Tina Turner! Peter Ashworth's 80s pop mavericks - in pictures  View ?

From Adam Ant to Julian Cope, the pop stars of the 80s were bold, brash and big-haired. Photographer Peter Ashworth realised their wildest visual fantasies

  • Mavericks, a photographic exhibition by Peter Ashworth is at the Lever Gallery, London, until 20 December
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Yokozuna, controversies and a 'Dump Truck': a sumo history – in pictures  View ?

The origins of sumo date back 2,000 years and it was from the 17th century that saw its rise as a spectator sport. However, viewing figures and homegrown participants have declined over the past two decades with the sport also under the spotlight due to a number of controversies including a lack of women’s access

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'We could smell the boat approaching': the grim truth about animal exports  View ?

Broken bones and other injuries are common for sheep and cattle held on ships for weeks in cramped pens. Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur tracked the 22,000 arrivals on one boat in Israel’s Haifa port

Hundreds of thousands of live animals are transported each year on ships from Australia and Europe to the Middle East. The route from Australia to Israel is particularly long – the journey is three weeks at sea, where cattle and sheep are often kept in cramped pens for the duration.

It’s estimated this year Israel will import 114,040 animals (cattle and sheep) from Australia, and 409,123 sheep and 169,991 cattle from Europe. Though these figures are lower than the previous year, in general live imports have been on the rise. Israel is expected to import 700,000 live animals this year – up from 200,000 in 2012.

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(12/11/2018 @ 03:00)
Lyon's festival of lights: before and after – in pictures  View ?

Lyon’s Fête des Lumières is the world’s largest visual arts festival. It takes place over four nights every December and attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. Our photographer Alicia Canter visited the city twice to see the remarkable transformation

Reflets by Damien Fontaine

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