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1. Manchester City pay price for carelessness with shock loss to Lyon00:46[−]

Pep Guardiola confessed before this game to becoming frustrated at Manchester City’s inability to do the simple things well. He will be closer to furious now that his side have lost ground in the Champions League with their most inept performance of the season, the English champions being made to look amateurish at times by the side that finished third in Ligue 1 last season.

Related: Manchester City 1-2 Lyon: Champions League – as it happened

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2. US wants to restart nuclear talks with Pyongyang after North-South summit00:40[−]

Trump hails ‘tremendous progress’ as analysts warn the two leaders have different ideas of what denuclearization entails

The US has said it is ready to “immediately” restart stalled negotiations with North Korea about nuclear disarmament in light of agreements reached at a summit of the two Koreas in Pyongyang.

At that meeting, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, promised to dismantle a missile engine test site and launch pad, and made a conditional offer to shut down his country’s main nuclear complex at Yongbyon.

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3. Anthony Joshua’s next opponent could be Dillian Whyte, says Eddie Hearn00:33[−]
• Talks have broken down with prime target Deontay Wilder
• Joshua faces Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday

Dillian Whyte is being lined up as Anthony Joshua’s next opponent in April after the promoter Eddie Hearn said that a long-anticipated super fight with Deontay Wilder might not happen until November 2019 at the earliest.

Related: Anthony Joshua slackens timekeeping after 200 rounds of sparring

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4. Theresa May tells EU27 she won't delay Brexit despite lack of a deal00:30[−]

Comments at Salzburg summit aimed at pressuring EU to be more flexible in future talks

Theresa May has tried to threaten EU leaders over dinner at a special summit in Salzburg by telling them the UK would not seek to delay Brexit, prompting European leaders to warn that the two sides remained far apart on trade and the Irish border despite months of negotiations.

The prime minister told her counterparts “that the UK will leave on 29 March next year” and as a result “the onus is now on all of us to get this deal done” by the end of an emergency summit that the EU confirmed would happen in mid-November.

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5. Real Madrid begin Champions League defence by easing to win over Roma00:09[−]

It was just one night in Madrid but by the end of it, Real’s fans left the Santiago Bernab?u wondering if this team might be better than the one that won three European Cups in a row.

Zinedine Zidane has gone, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone too, sent off 400 kilometres away in Valencia, but the rest of that team remains. It may even have been reborn; it has certainly been redefined. Perhaps no one looks set to benefit quite like Gareth Bale, withdrawn to a standing ovation here.

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6. Grand Designs review: Kevin McCloud standing in front of a tiny castle? I smell trouble …00:01[−]
The foundations are laid for a classic episode, involving, of course, some minor peril, passive-aggressive building contractors, escalating costs, birth and death

The vale of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire: rolling hills sprinkled with grand country estates and, perhaps more enduringly, the potential for ever more series of Grand Designs. And here comes the theme tune, which you can never remember, but is as familiar as rain when it drops. And Kevin McCloud standing as was ever thus in front of a tiny neoclassical folly, the kind where first snogs in period dramas always happen. “Visit any stately home in Britain …” he begins grandly, before describing follies as lying “templed in the landscape”. Ah, only McCloud would use temple as a verb. Which, apart from anything else, makes it sound like a pimple.

Reassuringly (or annoyingly) in a country where everything else is falling apart, Grand Designs (Channel 4) is still standing. No matter if house prices are crashing or going through the roof, it seems there will always be some posh couple going mad in the countryside or building the house of their dreams out of shipping containers. With this series, Grand Designs turns 18, which is older than Bargain Hunt, but not as much of a relic as Songs of Praise. Appallingly, I reckon I have seen about 95% of its gazillion episodes and at least half of those more than once, thanks to repeats. It is a truth nationally acknowledged that when there is nothing on and you can’t face falling down the rabbit hole of Netflix, there is always an episode of Grand Designs on More4. And I will always watch it.

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7. A year before Japan 2019, rugby is braced for threat of natural disasters | Robert KitsonСр., 19 сент.[−]
World Cup organisers are busy making preparations for potential disruption from earthquakes and the volatile weather

With exactly a year to go to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan the organisers are unusually bullish. For the first time rugby’s premier tournament is heading for Asia, with all the gospel-spreading potential that involves. There is talk of the event being the most economically impactful in the sport’s history and the knock-out stages, in particular, could be truly spectacular. “We’re confident that Asia’s first World Cup will be very special and successful,” says Brett Gosper, World Rugby’s chief executive.

Related: Rugby World Cup stadium opens as a symbol of 'hope' in tsunami-hit Kamaishi

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8. Storm Ali: two killed as 100mph winds lash UK and IrelandСр., 19 сент.[−]

Woman in Galway and man in County Down die during first named storm of season

Two people have died and several others have required hospital treatment as Storm Ali swept across the north of Ireland, central Scotland and northern England on Wednesday with winds of over 100mph.

Throughout the day, thousands were left without power, or facing severe travel disruption as lorries overturned, roads were blocked by falling trees and train services were cancelled while, in south-west Scotland, children were banned from walking home from school because of the risk of injury from flying debris.

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9. Paul Pogba hits double as Manchester United start with win at Young BoysСр., 19 сент.[−]

The mental edge Jos? Mourinho praised in the build-up was evident in a Manchester United victory which must surely be the template for the season.

Fast, cold-eyed and a concerted unit: these were the key components in how the visitors downed Young Boys on an artificial pitch flagged up as awkward but which proved a slick surface for United to show their class.

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10. Trump: 'Very hard to imagine' anything happened between Kavanaugh and accuserСр., 19 сент.[−]

President says Christine Blasey Ford deserves to be heard but continues to defend his nominee as an ‘outstanding man’

Donald Trump has said it would be “very hard” to imagine that anything happened between his supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexual assault decades ago.

Related: Christine Blasey Ford's life 'turned upside down' after accusing Kavanaugh

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11. Backstage at Richard Quinn's spring/summer show – in picturesСр., 19 сент.[−]

How did he match the wow factor of his last show, which had the Queen in attendance? By delivering a collection so beautiful no one was looking at the front row (although it was still one with a difference)

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12. Tartuffe review – RSC's buoyant satire of modern religious hypocrisyСр., 19 сент.[−]

The Swan, Stratford-on-Avon
This striking new take on Moli?re by the writers behind Citizen Khan sends up religious phoniness and secular pretension

These days, every classic play seems to be updated or “reimagined”. In the case of this new version of Moli?re’s Tartuffe by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, who collaborated on TV’s Citizen Khan and The Kumars at No 42, it makes total sense. What we see is a satire on modern religious hypocrisy that respects Moli?re’s flawless comic structure.

The action has been relocated to a Birmingham suburb where a British Pakistani family live a life of comfortable affluence. Imran, the parvenu patriarch, was once proud of his Norwegian spruce decking, but has fallen under the spell of a seemingly straitlaced holy man, Tartuffe. Not only does Imran decide the family has to live as “real Muslims”, he also plans to marry his progressive daughter, studying the plight of women in sub-Saharan Africa, to Tartuffe and even signs over his property to the two-faced intruder.

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13. Moon Jae-in is gambling with North Korea – and it could upset the US | Michael H FuchsСр., 19 сент.[−]

Many South Koreans want an improved North-South relationship. But if Moon improves that relationship without denuclearization progress, it could cause a rift with Washington

Imagine you are the president of South Korea. Your country relies on its alliance with the United States as a deterrent against a nuclear-armed North Korea. Donald Trump criticizes your country over trade, spent the better part of a year threatening military strikes against North Korea, and reportedly even drafted a tweet ordering the withdrawal of the family members of US military stationed in South Korea, which would have been interpreted as a prelude to war.

What would you do? You’d rush to ease tensions with North Korea as fast as you could, while trying to mediate between the US and North Korea. And that’s exactly what the world witnessed this week in the third summit this year between the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. Mission accomplished – for the moment.

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14. New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma departs amid outrage over essayСр., 19 сент.[−]

Writer and academic steps down after publishing and defending Jian Ghomeshi piece deemed to be at odds with spirit of #MeToo

Ian Buruma, the writer and academic, has stepped down from the editorship of the New York Review of Books after only 16 months, after he caused outrage by publishing and defending an essay widely deemed to be at odds with the spirit of #MeToo.

The departure of Buruma, only the third editor after Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein since the magazine was founded in 1963, comes as a jolt so soon after he took over the helm of America’s most prestigious literary journal.

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15. Colombia continues to break records for cocaine production, report saysСр., 19 сент.[−]

The South American nation produced a record estimated 1,379 tonnes of cocaine last year – up 31% on 2016

Colombia is desperate to shed its reputation as a nation dogged by the drug trade, but new figures from the United Nations show that it continues to break records for producing cocaine.

In 2017, around 171,000 hectares (423,000 acres) of the South American nation’s land was used to grow coca, the plant whose leaf is the base ingredient of cocaine – up 25,000 hectares (17%) on the year before, according to a report published on Wednesday by the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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16. Donald Trump urged Spain to 'build the wall' – across the SaharaСр., 19 сент.[−]

Spanish foreign minister says US president advised tactic to stem migration across the Med

Donald Trump suggested the Spanish government tackled the Mediterranean migration crisis by emulating one of his most famous policies and building a wall across the Sahara desert, the country’s foreign minister has revealed.

According to Josep Borrell, the US president brushed off the scepticism of Spanish diplomats – who pointed out that the Sahara stretched for 3,000 miles – saying: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.”

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17. Jil Sander once again proves less is more at Milan fashion weekСр., 19 сент.[−]

Muted-toned minimalism with a masculine-feminine twist dominated the collection

Milan fashion week began in late summer heat with the remnants of Hurricane Florence disrupting some flights. With Gucci absent from the September schedule – the Italian brand will show instead at Paris next week – the floor is open for the remaining designers to make a mark.

That was the aim at Jil Sander, according to the husband and wife designers Luke and Lucie Meier, who on Wednesday showed their third collection since taking over the 50-year old-brand.

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18. Rat poison, Prezzo and the Russian model: an odd Salisbury subplotСр., 19 сент.[−]

In the wake of the novichok incidents, has the city fallen victim to a hoax?

The saga of the Salisbury nerve agent poisonings is long, twisty and dark, but when the book or film comes out, the story of the Russian lingerie model, the rat poison and the Italian restaurant may emerge as one of the more bizarre subplots.

At the centre of this subplot is Anna Shapiro, a Russian-born model who has claimed that she and her husband, Alex King, were targeted by Moscow at the weekend a few metres from the bench where the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, collapsed after being poisoned with the nerve agent novichok.

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19. Seamus Jennings on Theresa May and Brexit negotiations – cartoonСр., 19 сент.[−]
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20. 'Isis will be looking for targets': guns and fear mark Afghan AshuraСр., 19 сент.[−]

Shias in Kabul prepared for annual commemorations by scrambling to arm themselves

Two months ago, Mohammed Murtaza Turkmeni gathered up his savings and bought his first Kalashnikov. He was born, educated and started a family against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s civil war, but until now the 27-year-old telecoms engineer had never fought or wanted to fight.

This year, he didn’t feel he had a choice. He is one of hundreds of men from Kabul’s Shia population who have taken up arms to protect themselves and their community during Ashura, a ceremony that has been a frequent target for sectarian attacks from Pakistan to Iraq.

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21. 'Boorish' tourists in Venice targeted in mooted 'no sit' ruleСр., 19 сент.[−]

Residents’ groups are kicking back against the latest in a long list of banned activities

Authorities in Venice have proposed banning people from sitting and lying on the ground as the city pursues its quest to clamp down on what some officials describe as “boorish” tourists.

The potential rule was suggested by the mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, and would mean transgressors being fined between €50 and €500 if implemented.

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22. Dame Katherine Grainger warns Wada before move to lift Russia banСр., 19 сент.[−]
• UK Sport chair unhappy with expected decision
• ‘The integrity of sport and competition has to be protected’

The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to ignore widespread anger from athletes’ groups and the anti-doping community by lifting the ban on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency when its 12-strong executive committee meets in the Seychelles on Thursday.

With at least nine members of the committee reckoned to support the “compromise” deal proposed by the Wada president, Craig Reedie, and director general, Olivier Niggli, to the Russian minister of sport, groups opposed to allowing Russia back are fearing the worst.

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23. Chris Ashton hoping to stay with England training campСр., 19 сент.[−]
• Sale wing is currently serving a seven-week suspension
• Coach John Mitchell will make a difference, says Ackermann

Eddie Jones is set to name a 35-man squad for England’s autumn training camp in Bristol starting on Sunday. Among those hoping to be involved are Sale’s Chris Ashton, who is suspended, and the uncapped Saracens flanker Michael Rhodes, with Leicester’s fit?again Manu Tuilagi also awaiting the announcement with interest.

Jones’s main priority is to introduce the squad to their new defence coach, John Mitchell, and focus on the team’s first game of the November series, against South Africa. He will not finalise his preferred autumn squad until 18 October but several individuals will be keen to give the reshuffled management team an early nudge.

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24. Labour’s plans for democracy must begin at home | Owen JonesСр., 19 сент.[−]
Too many in the party want to deny its grassroots a say over the selection of MPs. This could hold back future stars

Socialism is the democratisation of every level of society, or it is nothing. It is based on an understanding that the concentration of wealth and power leaves democracy hollowed out, and that simply trooping to a polling station every few years is an insufficient counterweight to the behemoths of global capital. Under the prevailing system, the same vested interests remain in power whoever is in office, which is why a transformative government must seek to democratise the workplace, the economy and all of society’s pivotal structures, from the media to local government. But if this is Labour’s mission, it must surely begin at home; and here, the noises are distinctly mixed.

A future contest could feature no candidate aligned with the grassroots of one of the biggest parties in Europe

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25. London Fashion Week: 14 shows to noteСр., 19 сент.[−]

This season’s LFW delivered newness and innovation alongside celebrated signatures – here are some of the designer brands that should be on your radar

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26. Why female superheroes shouldn’t hit old ladies | Zoe WilliamsСр., 19 сент.[−]

The new female Captain Marvel does just that in a film trailer – Superman would never be allowed to stoop so low. What’s going on?

The trailer for Captain Marvel has landed. I always find it hard to tell someone’s superpower from a trailer – it all moves so fast – but I know she can breathe fire out of her eyes, and I can see quite plainly that she is female, the first of her kind, unless you count Wonder Woman, or Lara Croft, which for reasons relating to comic franchises, we do not. Apart from the eyes, some obligatory superhero amnesia and a bit of kinetic energy, the main thing we see is the Captain punching an old lady. In the fullness of the film, it will doubtless transpire that the old lady was a well-disguised mutant, or carrying a nuclear bomb; in the thrill of the trailer, we take these things on trust. The Captain, being female, must have a sound reason.

You would never see Superman do such a thing, even if the lady did have a nuclear bomb: it would be too visually uncomfortable. Some studio exec would say: “Can’t we make the old lady a hyena?” And everyone would nod and say: “That’s why he’s paid the big bucks.”

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27. Removing faulty brain cells staves off dementia in miceСр., 19 сент.[−]

Researchers say that when they swept away the senescent brain cells in mice, the outwards symptoms of their dementia vanished

Purging “zombie cells” from the brain could stave off the effects of dementia, a groundbreaking study has found.

The research in mice is the first to show that so-called senescent cells, which enter a state of suspended animation as the body ages, contribute to neurodegeneration. Flushing out these cells was shown to prevent damage, potentially opening a new line of attack against Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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28. Westminster attacker told mother: 'They’ll say I’m a terrorist, I’m not'Ср., 19 сент.[−]

Khalid Masood made ‘goodbye visit’ five days before attack that killed five, inquest hears

Khalid Masood, who killed five people in last year’s Westminster Bridge attack, told his mother not to believe people who labelled him a terrorist when he saw her for the last time, an inquest has heard.

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, the counter-terrorism officer DCI Dan Brown said Masood visited his mother, Janet Ajao, five days before the attack in a “goodbye visit”.

Brown said: “As he [Masood] was leaving the house on 17 March, he turned over his shoulder and said: ‘They’ll say I’m a terrorist, I’m not.’”

Because it was said as Masood was exiting through the door, Ajao did not react, Brown told the court.

Masood, 52, mowed down pedestrians in an SUV on Westminster Bridge on 22 March last year before stabbing PC Keith Palmer to death at the gates of the Palace of Westminster. Masood was then shot dead by police.

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29. 'Stop it, Daddy': mother tells murder trialСр., 19 сент.[−]

Mylee Billingham’s father dragged her into his bungalow and killed her, court told

The mother of an eight-year-old girl has told a murder trial the youngster shouted: “Stop it, Daddy,” moments before she was dragged into her father’s bungalow and stabbed to death.

Tracey Taundry told jurors her ex-partner William Billingham held a knife to her throat, and then took hold of their daughter by the coat as she called out for her mother.

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30. Partygoers on flights warned 'excessive drinking' will lead to hefty finesСр., 19 сент.[−]

Airline industry says revellers flying to end-of-season parties in the Med risk fines of ?5,000 or being kicked off flights for antisocial behaviour

Groups of revellers heading to party destinations are being warned by the aviation industry to fly responsibly or risk being grounded at the airport and fined.

The warning comes as new figures show that the larger the group, the greater the risk of disruption from excessive drinking and other antisocial behaviour before take-off or during the outgoing journey.

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31. Of course girls feel miserable. They can’t move freely in the world | Suzanne MooreСр., 19 сент.[−]

Yet another survey tells us fewer girls are happy or confident. Let’s be honest – in the end, this is down to male violence

Another day, another headline about the unhappiness of girls. The latest one is from a survey that finds a “sharp decline in the happiness of young women and girls”. The Girlguiding organisation found that only 25% of girls between the ages of seven and 21 are “very happy”. Whereas in 2009, 41% said they were. The older they are, the unhappier they become: 27% of 17- to 21-year-olds said they did not feel happy, whereas as in 2009 only 11% did.

What does this mean? How do we measure happiness? Who is very happy or expects to be? What teenager is bouncing round with sheer joy? Who declares themselves happy all the time?

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32. The Guardian view on Bodyguard: to keep making brilliant shows, the BBC needs resources | EditorialСр., 19 сент.[−]
It may be a golden age for TV, with masterpieces from Netflix and Amazon. But the BBC is still a vital part of the UK’s culture

It is a remarkable time for television. Between the TV channels, their on-demand services, the leviathans that are Netflix and Amazon, there has probably never been a more bewilderingly vast selection of quality drama to choose from. There’s almost too much to see: some viewers feel they can hardly keep up with the masterpieces that have seemed to come thick and fast, from Mad Men to The Wire and Succession to The Crown. This autumn the BBC is keeping its end up, too, with the Danny Boyle-directed Trust, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Killing Eve and, of course, Bodyguard, by Jed Mercurio, the screenwriter behind the addictive police procedural Line of Duty.

Bodyguard, the sixth and last episode of which is broadcast this Sunday on BBC1, has been a phenomenon: appointment television when conventional wisdom decrees that viewers gather round the telly only for sport and The Great British Bake Off. Viewers who failed to clear their diary for episode four of Bodyguard, intending to catch up via iPlayer later, were duly punished. Spoiler alert: Mercurio defied the convention that some characters are too important to kill. Viewers learned from their mistake, and over a million more tuned in live for the following episode. In fact, the whole notion of the spoiler has been ramped up to a new level by Bodyguard. To avoid hearing about Mercurio’s devilish plot twists, viewers will have had to resort to elaborate contrivances – avoiding all social media, naturally, but also the coverline of last week’s Radio Times, which trumpeted the storyline from newsstands across the country.

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33. Let the ruling classes tremble: John McDonnell loves Rich Tea biscuitsСр., 19 сент.[−]

The shadow chancellor scored maximum revolutionary kudos with his Mumsnet biscuit choice – a plain, broken affair, foraged by his mother from BHS

John McDonnell came well-prepared for his Mumsnet interview: stock answers on antisemitism, nepotism and biscuits. Yes, biscuits. His mother had worked behind the biscuit counter at BHS and they lived off broken biscuits – in particular, Rich Tea.

Over the last 10 years or so, it has become a Mumsnet rite of passage to ask every politician to name their favourite biscuit. And ever since Gordon Brown had a near-panic attack over the biscuit question – he stumbled around, unable to name a single biscuit and found himself obliged to ring in the following day to say he quite liked anything with chocolate on it – every politician has been well-briefed by their special adviser with a suitable answer.

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34. Jesse Rieser’s best photograph: footballers say goodbye to the gameСр., 19 сент.[−]

‘I’ve had hip surgery once, shoulder surgery twice, my left knee needs replacing and my back is ruined. This was their farewell to football – and mine too’

Football was everything to me in my teenage years. My father and grandfather played, so there was never any question that I would. But when I was offered football scholarships, I turned them down to study the arts. Coming back 20 years later to shoot the game I gave up for photography gave me a rush of nostalgia.

This shot is of the Vikings, a high-school team in Phoenix, Arizona. I chose this school because it was like the one I attended, with the same vast array of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. I spent the whole season with the Vikings, getting to know the boys and their families. I realised how much the game meant to them – and how much it still means to me.

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35. Tesco opens discount store Jack's to take on Lidl and AldiСр., 19 сент.[−]

Grocer lays down gauntlet to German rivals by promising to be ‘cheapest in town’

Tesco has started a new front in its battle to win back shoppers from Aldi and Lidl with the launch of a new discount chain Jack’s that promises to be the “cheapest in town”.

The first two Jack’s stores – named after the supermarket giant’s founder Jack Cohen – will open on Thursday. Tesco’s chief executive, Dave Lewis, said the chain would sell low-priced, predominantly British food and appeal to the “economically challenged that need a bargain and the affluent shopper that wants a bargain”.

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36. How Bert and Ernie could be role models for all the gay puppetsСр., 19 сент.[−]
Outed by their creator, re-closeted by their Sesame Street bosses, the odd couple are blazing a trail for long-denied puppet rights

Like Piers Morgan – and I don’t enjoy agreeing with him – I assumed Bert and Ernie had come out many years ago. But following Mark Salzman’s claim that he wrote Bert and Ernie as gay, Sesame Street workshop issued a swift joykill of a statement, denying this was the case and thrusting the loving muppets firmly to the back of the closet. Morgan, like many on social media, lambasted the unnecessary denial.

I’m with a lot of Twitter users: if Miss Piggy is allowed to lust after her frog lover (won’t someone think of the pigspawn?), Bert and Ernie should be allowed to march in the Puppet Pride parade.

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37. Alexa – can you teach my kids some manners, please?Ср., 19 сент.[−]
As voice-controlled AI creeps into millions of homes, a modern dilemma presents itself: how does one properly address a virtual being?

The work of an etiquette expert is never-ending. No sooner have you adjusted to a world in which the households you advise may have few or – whisper it – no staff, than the technology giants develop personal assistants using artificial intelligence.

It is a whole new minefield and, as the Times reports, one already developing new expertise. One BBC tech executive told a conference audience on Tuesday that her solution to children developing poor manners due to Alexa, Siri and their rivals (the AI will respond whether you say “please” or not) was for adults in the house to say “please” and “thank you” to the AIs at all times. With that first step in mind, here is our extensive and scientific list of etiquette do’s and don’ts when dealing with your AI assistant:

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38. Russian officials call for governor's suspicious election to be annulledСр., 19 сент.[−]

Elections commissioner urges rerun of vote in which Putin allies scored unlikely win

Russian election officials have called for the result of a gubernatorial ballot in the country’s far east to be annulled because of widespread voter fraud, in the first decision of its kind in more than a decade.

Voters in the Primorsky Krai region looked set on Sunday to reject an incumbent governor from the ruling United Russia party, led by allies of Vladimir Putin. A groundswell of support for a Communist party challenger had followed plans to raise the pension age by five years for both men and women, delaying retirement for millions.

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39. Romanians in the UK: 'If we go, who will do the jobs after Brexit?' – photo essayСр., 19 сент.[−]

The Guardian meets members of the second largest community of British immigrants, who share their concerns ahead of Brexit in an uncertain climate

Romanians recently overtook the Irish and Indians as the second biggest immigrant community in the UK, but they are among the most vulnerable in the country after Brexit, according to a leading charity advocating for east Europeans in the UK.

Many fill vital jobs that keep Britain’s supermarket shelves stocked, the elderly in care homes fed, and hotel rooms clean, but there have been fears that social and economic isolation among those in the low-skills sector would prove a calamitous mix for the many who would wish to remain in the country after Brexit.

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40. Florence sparks pollution fears after excrement-filled 'hog lagoons' overflowСр., 19 сент.[−]

Pig waste pits and toxic coal ash pose threat to rivers and homes in North and South Carolina

As residents in the Carolinas continued to deal with the fallout from Hurricane Florence, fears have grown over the storm’s longer-term pollution risks – from pig excrement and toxic coal ash potentially seeping into rivers and into people’s homes.

Officials said 13 “hog lagoons” – pits filled with pig waste – had overflowed in North Carolina due to the storm, with dozens more likely to follow. In South Carolina, 200,000 tons of coal ash lie in the path of the deluged Waccamaw river, which is expected to reach a record flood stage this week.

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41. Foreign Office warns dual nationals not to go to IranСр., 19 сент.[−]

Advice reflects frustration at Tehran’s handling of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case

The British Foreign Office has warned all UK/Iranian dual nationals not to travel to Iran unless they have an urgent reason to do so.

The advice reflects the frustration of the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, at the way in which the Iranians are treating dual-national consular cases, including the imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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42. Momentum won't block second Brexit vote debate at Labour conferenceСр., 19 сент.[−]

More than 100 constituency parties want party to back a referendum on Brexit deal

Momentum has said it will not block a debate on Brexit at the Labour conference, meaning the party could see members back a second referendum on the conference floor.

Last year, Momentum steered its delegates to vote on other topics, including housing, the NHS and rail, to swerve a possible vote on single-market membership which could have exposed tensions between the Labour leadership and members.

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43. Sex, drugs and social media – Hooked reviewСр., 19 сент.[−]

Science Gallery, London
Sugar, shopping, cash, drugs, booze and smartphones … this great show details how artists have responded – and succumbed – to addictive vices down the ages

Can you become addicted to getting a bunch of psychedelic cats aligned in a row? I’ve got to admit it gave me a warm glow when I “won” while playing an interactive artwork by Katriona Beales that mimics online gambling. The pleasure persisted even when her “game” informed me it had been compiling data based on my eye movements.

Yet, as sickly diverting as it is, I can’t imagine waiting on a street corner, $26 in my hand, to buy the next hit of online cat portraits from my man. Hooked: When Want Becomes Need, the thought-provoking show that opens London’s new Science Gallery, mixes artworks about drug and alcohol addiction with pieces that explore the online world. It suggests that smartphones and social media may be as addictive – and harmful – as heroin or vodka. Yet the exhibition also illuminates a striking difference. While artists once turned to traditional narcotics for romantic inspiration, the compulsion to check that phone one more time is hardly going to give anyone visions of caverns measureless to man, as Coleridge put it.

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44. We need a royal commission to save us from this botched Brexit | Catherine BarnardСр., 19 сент.[−]
Theresa May must come out from her Brexit bunker and abandon her red lines

The image of a confident Theresa May arriving in Downing Street on 13 July 2016, having swept aside other Conservative hopefuls, now seems to belong to another age. “As we leave the European Union, we will forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world, and we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us,” May promised.

Fine words, but the lost opportunity between that speech and her address to her party conference less than three months later is the root cause of so much of the troubles and divisions that have beset the Brexit process ever since. There is time for the course of Brexit to be altered. It may be that – this week in Salzburg, perhaps later – the EU will make a genuine attempt to save May’s bacon. It may be that some of the ideas from Chequers will eventually be built into the political declaration forming the basis of the future trade deal, which will be negotiated only after we leave on 29 March 2019. Nonetheless, it is worth exploring what went wrong at the start of May’s premiership to ask how a country that prided itself on having a strong, functioning civil service, a history of pragmatism and huge experience in international relations can have mishandled the approach to Brexit so badly.

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45. Royal Mail chair resigns after shareholder pay revoltСр., 19 сент.[−]

Peter Long quits to focus on role at Countrywide as postal group aims to placate investors

The chair of Royal Mail, Peter Long, has stepped down after one of the biggest executive pay revolts by investors in UK corporate history. The privatised postal service operator said Long had reviewed his board roles and decided to focus on his position as executive chair of the estate agent Countrywide.

Royal Mail said Long had concluded it was no longer possible for him to remain as the executive chair of Countrywide and the non-executive chair of Royal Mail.

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46. Act your age: why Marvel is obsessed with digitally de-ageing Hollywood starsСр., 19 сент.[−]

Samuel L Jackson the latest veteran to be plunged into Marvel’s digital fountain of youth – this time for a whole film. But is this CGI meddling good for anyone?

Marvel’s habit of de-ageing its veteran Hollywood stars is now something of an obsession. First, in 2016, there was Robert Downey Jr as a slightly weird-looking teenage version of Tony Stark in flashback scenes from Captain America: Civil War. Then there was 1970s, Bee Gee -barneted Kurt Russell in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. And this week we saw the debut trailer for next March’s Captain Marvel, featuring a version of Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury restored to his 1990s prime for the period-set superhero epic.

Marvel simply cannot resist flinging a paint-bucketful of pixels over any actor over 55, like a kid messing around on Photoshop. Prior to Captain Marvel, the technology has been used primarily for flashback scenes, which are often so stylised and filtered to distinguish them from the “present day” that the faces’ washed-out glaze barely matters. In Captain Marvel, however, Jackson reportedly appears as his younger self for the entire movie.

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47. Everyday memories of Addis Ababa – a photo essayСр., 19 сент.[−]

Beginning as a Tumblr page, website VintageAddis.com invites Ethiopians to share old photographs from family archives, and aims to document the lives of communities throughout the 20th century. The web project and Instagram feed started by Philipp Sch?tz, Wongel Abebe and Nafkot Gebeyehu, reveals an intimate view of the city.

Terefe Berlie Asmare moved to Addis Ababa in 1980 and spent much of the next decade driving. He worked at a garage in the Ethiopian capital by day, and studied engineering by night. At weekends he would roam the countryside in his father’s car, with a tent bought from the German embassy in the boot, and a Konica in his pocket.

“I always took the camera with me,” he says, standing in the garden of Addis Ababa’s iconic, though fading, Wabi Shebele hotel, which is still owned by the family of Haile Selassie, Ethiopia’s last emperor.

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48. French magazine loses appeal over Duchess of Cambridge topless photosСр., 19 сент.[−]

Appeals court upholds fine for breach of privacy and dismisses Closer’s appeals

A French magazine has lost its appeal against fines imposed after it published photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless.

Two senior editors at the celebrity magazine Closer, and two photographers suspected of taking the long lens shots in 2012, had appealed against the fines, which were issued in September 2017 for breaching the privacy of the duchess.

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49. Macron aide accused of beating protesters questioned by French senateСр., 19 сент.[−]

Alexandre Benalla says his role for president was more like that of theatre director than bodyguard as he is quizzed by senators

Alexandre Benalla, the security official who sparked the biggest scandal of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency when he was filmed illegally dressed as a police officer beating people on the edge of a demonstration, has told the French senate he wasn’t the president’s official bodyguard but was allowed to carry a handgun because he was concerned for his own safety.

Benalla, a civilian adviser who was close to Macron, sparked a major political scandal this summer when video footage emerged of him illegally dressed as a police officer, beating and kicking two people on the edge of a May Day protest in Paris.

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50. Oxford English Dictionary asks teenagers to explain modern slangСр., 19 сент.[−]

OED wants young people to share their ‘particularly elusive’ language, as it evolves through media such as Snapchat and WhatsApp

The venerable Oxford English Dictionary has launched an appeal to teenagers, hoping they can help it get to grips with slippery teenage slang such as “hench” and “dank”.

Citing its aim to “record all distinctive words that shape the language, old and new, formal and informal”, the OED said that slang terms were “always challenging” for dictionary editors to track. Young people’s language today is “particularly elusive”, because terms change rapidly and communication methods such as WhatsApp and Snapchat have made it more difficult to monitor the changing vocabulary.

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51. 'Arrogant diners': villagers angry at Michelin restaurant's expansion plansСр., 19 сент.[−]

Neighbours of the Raby Hunt, the only two Michelin-star eatery in England’s north-east, claim traffic traps them at home

With dishes such as raw beef with caviar, razor clams with almonds, and wagyu nigiri, a tiny village restaurant in County Durham is attracting foodies from across the British Isles.

The Raby Hunt restaurant has received glowing reviews since being bought by the Close family in 2009. It is north-east England’s first and only two Michelin-star restaurant.

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52. Joy Division inspired me to write – but could I write about their music? | Sophie MackintoshСр., 19 сент.[−]

Man Booker longlisted author Sophie Mackintosh explains how writing a short story based on Unknown Pleasures led her back to the music that made her want to be an author

Two years ago, I received an email inviting me to contribute to a short-story anthology on Joy Division. It would be a literary reimagining of their 1979 debut Unknown Pleasures – the only Joy Division album released during singer Ian Curtis’s lifetime – with each author assigned one of the songs and left free to interpret it however they liked. I was intrigued, especially when I was assigned New Dawn Fades, one of my favourites. I hadn’t listened to Unknown Pleasures properly since my difficult teenage years in the Welsh countryside, but I still remember the vertiginous feeling of hearing it for the first time and thinking, knowing, this album will change my life.

In those days, Joy Division meant sitting on my overcrowded school bus with my Walkman on my lap, staring at the seat in front of me as I listened, and then walking through the corridors of my school with the music still in my ears. Sometimes I pretended I was in a film, a drama that warranted the oceanic rush of my emotions. It meant listening to the music far too loudly on evenings when my parents were not in the house. We had no neighbours, so I could put it up to full volume and let every drumbeat, every bassline, shiver through my whole body. I experienced a fevered kinship with anyone who seemed like they might get it. So when I got the email, and put on Unknown Pleasures for the first time in years, the first staccato, fizzing beats of Disorder took me back in a way I hadn’t anticipated. What sort of story would I write? What would it mean to create something new from something already loaded with meaning for me?

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53. 'No one comes to help us': Florence cleanup highlights Wilmington's stark social divideСр., 19 сент.[−]

In the largely black neighborhood of Northside, the power is out and resources are scarce. In wealthier Monkey Junction, it’s a different story

Shacory Blanks didn’t know Hurricane Florence was coming towards her home in Wilmington, North Carolina, until just hours before landfall. The 31-year-old doesn’t have a television – she can’t afford one – and she doesn’t listen to the radio. Her nephew told her about it.

Related: Florence death toll rises to 32 as floodwaters linger in North Carolina

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54. Denis Norden: the king of the blooper who always deliveredСр., 19 сент.[−]

The host of It’ll Be Alright on the Night also had a celebrated career with his writing partner Frank Muir, and understood the art of television like few of his peers

Although his most popular venture – ITV’s It’ll Be Alright on the Night – featured examples of television going embarrassingly wrong, Denis Norden, who has died aged 96, was himself such a skilled writer and performer that he sustained a 60-year career in the medium: from co-writing Gerry’s Inn, a 1947 BBC drama, to All The Best From Denis Norden, an ITV tribute on his retirement in 2006.

It’ll Be Alright on the Night was inspired by the so-called “blooper reels”, featuring fluffs and trips by actors, or misbehaving props, which had previously been played at industry Christmas parties. In the early years of the medium – when most shows were broadcast live – mistakes caused a brief blush; increased pre-recording, though, began to amass a cock-up vault containing takes marked “NG”, meaning “no good”.

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55. Storms, floods and protests: Wednesday's best photosСр., 19 сент.[−]

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

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56. Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom?Ср., 19 сент.[−]

Any guilt over enjoying Stormy Daniels’s revelation should be weighed against how Trump’s policies hurt women

I see Stormy Daniels has a book out and everyone’s talking about a certain aesthetic judgment she makes. Is this really where we are now: judging how penises look? James, by email

Yes. So, for anyone who has been living under a rock for the past 36 hours, Daniels has indeed written a book in which she describes the president’s penis as “smaller than average … like the mushroom character in Mario Kart”. Try to enjoy your Nintendo Switch now, people.

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57. Russian-born woman claims she was target in Salisbury scareСр., 19 сент.[−]

Anna Shapiro tells of fears over Moscow as city’s Prezzo eatery where pair fell ill denies claims it used strychnine at premises

Police are continuing to treat an incident in Salisbury that triggered a fresh nerve agent scare as not suspicious, despite one of those caught up in it claiming she and her partner were targeted by Moscow.

In a bizarre twist to the novichok saga, Russian-born Anna Shapiro told a British red-top newspaper that she and her husband were the couple who had been dining at the Prezzo restaurant on Sunday and who had fallen ill at the premises.

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58. Cathay Pacific spells its name wrong on side of planeСр., 19 сент.[−]

Boeing 777-367 was spotted in Hong Kong with missing ‘F’ after flight from China

Cathay Pacific has given visitors to Hong Kong airport a surprise by spelling its name wrong on the side of a plane. The Boeing 777-367 was emblazoned with the words “Cathay Paciic”.

The company’s social media team saw the funny side of the error, tweeting that the plane was being sent back to be repainted.

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59. Matteo Salvini sues black MEP for defamation in racism rowСр., 19 сент.[−]

C?cile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister in 2013, subject of legal action by interior minister

C?cile Kyenge, an MEP who had bananas thrown at her and was likened to an orangutan during her time as Italy’s integration minister, is being sued for defamation by the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, for calling his party, the League, racist.

Kyenge will face trial in the northern city of Piacenza over comments made in an interview in 2014 during the Festa de l’Unit?, a social democratic event celebrated across Italy each year. She was responding to a photograph posted on social media by Fabio Rainieri, who at the time was party secretary in the Emilia-Romagna region, depicting her as an orangutan.

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60. Grenfell Tower area residents told: return home or lose council tenanciesСр., 19 сент.[−]

Kensington and Chelsea council issues ultimatum to people who lived in housing near tower

Traumatised residents who lived in the vicinity of Grenfell Tower have been given an ultimatum by Kensington and Chelsea council about returning to their homes, the Guardian has learned.

Residents who were evacuated on the night of the fire last year who lived in the Walkways or in nearby Treadgold or Bramley House – an area of low-rise housing connected to the tower – are due to receive letters from the council on Wednesday or Thursday saying they are expected to make a decision by the end of this month about returning to their former homes. Those who do not return will have their council tenancies terminated.

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61. Bibles, Playboys and negligees: stories from estate sales – in picturesСр., 19 сент.[−]

Texas-based photographer Norm Diamond has attended hundreds of estate sales to photograph the possessions of the dead being sold off. A series of these poignant still-lifes are on display at the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, until 27 October

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62. Nobel panel's '19th member' appears in Swedish court on rape chargesСр., 19 сент.[−]

Sexual abuse claims against Jean-Claude Arnault led to deferral of literature prize

The Frenchman at the centre of sexual abuse and financial misconduct allegations that forced the postponement of this year’s Nobel prize for literature has appeared in court in Stockholm facing two charges of rape.

Jean-Claude Arnault, who sometimes refers to himself as the Swedish Academy’s 19th member, pushed his way through a crowd of reporters outside the court building and refused to answer questions, saying only: “Leave me alone.” His lawyer, Bj?rn Hurtig, said his client was “absolutely firm in his denial that the alleged offences took place”.

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63. Windrush victim and campaigner Sarah O'Connor dies aged 57Ср., 19 сент.[−]

O’Connor, who moved to the UK aged six, had been told she was an illegal immigrant

One of the most prominent victims of the Windrush scandal, who spoke in parliament earlier this year to describe the severity of the problems she was facing, has died aged 57.

Sarah O’Connor was found dead at her home on Sunday morning. A postmortem will be held on Friday, but her death has provisionally been attributed to natural causes.

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64. Walk the Lijnbaan: decline and rebirth on Europe’s first pedestrianised streetСр., 19 сент.[−]

Out of the ashes of postwar Rotterdam, the Lijnbaan rose as a ‘living room for the city’ – a revolutionary concept inspiring imitations from Warsaw to Stevenage

A decade after the historic centre of Rotterdam was largely destroyed by bombing during the German invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940, the city set about building a replacement.

The old centre had its faults: narrow streets, alleys and canals that hindered the passage of traffic. The postwar city council seized the opportunity to build a modern centre and straighten the street pattern. The idea was to give Rotterdammers “what they had, but improved and refined”, according to the architect Jo van den Broek, who embodied the optimistic spirit that ruled Rotterdam at the time.

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65. PSG are not playing Tuchel football. It may not even be football | Jonathan WilsonСр., 19 сент.[−]
Leaving three forwards to float about and occasionally pull off a trick may be enough in Ligue 1 – but not when it comes to elite level. How have PSG not learned?

A net €750m spent in eight years and that’s all you get? Success without money is all but impossible in the modern game, but wealth brings no guarantees. Football still has the capacity to make the richest of men seem very foolish if they pursue glamour at the expense of substance – a heartening moral, so long as you don’t think too closely about the source of the wealth that is paying for Neymar to squander his immense talents in an entitled fug of self-indulgence.

For Paris Saint-Germain, there has been no development. The lessons of last season have not been learned. All the flaws that undid PSG against Real Madrid in last season’s last 16 were there again at Anfield on Tuesday. Leaving three forwards high up the pitch to float about and occasionally pull off a trick may be enough in Ligue 1 – given PSG have begun the season with five successive wins and have scored at least three goals in every game, it demonstrably is – but it is no way to play against proper opposition. The Air Jordan branding may be intended to add an extra shot of glamour, but in context it appears to say little more than: “Please nutmeg me while I appeal half-heartedly for offside.”

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66. Parallel lives: matching portraits from South and North Korea – in picturesСр., 19 сент.[−]

As South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, visits Pyongyang for the third summit with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, take a look at the photographer Ed Jones’s comparative portraits from the two countries

Lee Chi-yoon, an instructor at the Mokdong shooting range in Seoul, on 25 May 2017, and Kim Su-ryon, a staff member at the Maeri shooting range in Pyongyang, on 21 February 2017.

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67. Brexit breakdown part 2: 'We've lost control'Ср., 19 сент.[−]

As their new series continues, John Harris and John Domokos meet Jeremy Corbyn’s army of activists, teachers and parents at a Walsall school hit by funding cuts and protesters at a London march in support of a second Brexit referendum. They seem to live in different worlds but everyone has one thing in common: a sense that Britain has to change, before it’s too late

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68. David Davis: May won’t get Chequers plan through parliamentСр., 19 сент.[−]

Former Brexit minister says EU will make further requests before agreeing deal with UK

David Davis has predicted that Theresa May will have to “reset” her stance on Brexit because she will not be able to get her Chequers plan through parliament.

The former Brexit secretary said there were signs Brussels was softening its stance on Northern Ireland, but he warned that EU negotiators would “pile on extra requests” in other areas in the coming weeks before agreeing a deal with the UK.

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69. Hit-and-run outside London mosque investigated as hate crimeСр., 19 сент.[−]

Car’s occupants allegedly shouted Islamophobic abuse before collision in Brent

Three people have been injured after a car ploughed into a crowd outside a north London Islamic centre, in an incident that is being treated as a hate crime.

The collision took place at Al-Majlis Al-Hussaini centre at the junction of Oxgate Lane and Edgware Road in Brent, which had been hosting a religious event.

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70. 'Trumpwashing': the danger of turning the Republican resistance into liberal heroesСр., 19 сент.[−]

As figures once reviled by the left are hailed for their opposition to Trump, critics warn against forgetting the past

The empire strikes back. At late senator John McCain’s funeral earlier this month, the Clintons, Bushes and Obamas sat side by side in the front pew along with the former vice-presidents Dick Cheney and Al Gore and Cheney’s wife, Lynne. A clip of the former president George W Bush handing a sweet to ex-first lady Michelle Obama went viral.

Among the distinguished speakers at the Washington National Cathedral: Henry Kissinger, now a venerable 95. Among the most quoted lines: “America was always great”, from McCain’s 33-year-old daughter Meghan. It was an imperious rebuke from America’s political establishment to the absent Donald Trump. McCain, no doubt, would have been delighted – but so too were many on the liberal left.

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71. Moment of truth: Labour's fraught path to MPs' crucial Brexit voteСр., 19 сент.[−]

Dominant issue on conference agenda presents formidable challenge for Corbyn and party

Jeremy Corbyn will kick off Labour’s annual conference at Pier Head in Liverpool on Saturday with one of the noisy rallies that have become a kind of political comfort zone over his three years as party leader: soundtrack from The Farm, an uplifting tirade against social injustice, cheering, optimistic crowds.

But the dominant issue on the agenda is one that presents a formidable political challenge for Corbyn and the Labour party: Brexit.

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72. Idlib truce: 'We do not trust Russia – but it is better than bombing'Вт., 18 сент.[−]

Surprise initiative welcome respite for Syrian opposition and people of the province

Relieved locals and rebel groups in Idlib have been trying to unpick details of an eleventh-hour truce that excludes much of the northern Syrian province from a Russian-led attack for at least one month and sets up a buffer zone intended to shield 3 million civilians.

The surprise initiative, brokered by Turkey and Russia on Monday, assuages fears of an immediate widespread humanitarian catastrophe and sets the scene for a swathe of northern Syria to remain out of central government control indefinitely.

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73. Sailor's rape confession uncovered in 17th-century journalВт., 18 сент.[−]

National Maritime Museum discovers concealed note in Edward Barlow’s diary

A 17th-century sailor’s confession about a rape, of which he became so ashamed that he sought to cover it up for ever, has been exposed by conservation workers who discovered the note hidden under a rewritten version in his journal.

The confession went unseen for more than 300 years because the sailor pasted his second account so neatly over the top of the original that scholars missed it.

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74. Bill Gates: 'Trump is open-minded' – videoВт., 18 сент.[−]

As the Gates Foundation launches its report on progress in the fight against poverty, the philanthropist talks to Polly Toynbee about the challenges ahead. Gates discusses the US president's approach to foreign aid, sharing his hopes for Trump ‘as a human being who cares about other human beings’

  • The Now generation is a series produced in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. You can read more about it here


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75. Spurs suffer, spitting in Serie A and corner umbrellas – Football WeeklyПн., 17 сент.[−]

Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Lars Sivertsen to look back at Liverpool’s triumph, an Eden Hazard masterclass, Santi Cazorla, Douglas Costa and more from Europe

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Mark Langdon to look back at a packed weekend of football, starting with Liverpool’s win at Wembley, as they beat Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley.

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76. Violent winds, raging water, mudslides: Typhoon Mangkhut’s path of chaos – videoПн., 17 сент.[−]

Hong Kong was hit by heavy wind and rain, causing extensive damage as super Typhoon Mangkhut hurtled by. The transport system was clogged, leaving commuters stranded for hours. In the Philippines, the search continued for villagers feared buried under a landslide while others had been rescued from raging floodwaters. One couple was walking down the aisle when the storm cut power and sent shockwaves through the wedding party

Mangkhut leaves death, destruction and chaos from Philippines to China

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77. 'Actors don't black up, so why do they still crip up?' – videoПн., 10 сент.[−]

The actor Adam Pearson has a similar condition to Joseph Merrick, whose story was told in The Elephant Man. When the BBC was remaking the biopic, he did not even get an audition. This is why he calls cripping up the 2018 version of blacking up

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78. The disturbing truth about teaching in America – videoПт., 07 сент.[−]

'I've had hungry students who couldn't concentrate; I've filed tax returns for kids' parents. You're the only adult they trust – the only adult that talks to them like they're a person': a perspective of life as a teacher in two different US states

Share your story: what's your experience of teaching in America?

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79. Healing the scars of war: the women rebuilding Mozambique's national park - videoПт., 07 сент.[−]

In the heart of central Mozambique, Gorongosa park was destroyed in the crossfire of the country's civil war. Now women are leading the way in its restoration, helping to heal the scars left by the conflict and inspiring young girls from the surrounding communities, through an education programme that offers them the promise of a brighter future

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80. Nasser Hussain in the nets: how a local cricket club got a first-class makeoverПт., 31 авг.[−]

When Ilford Cricket Club won a community cricket honour, its facilities were soon transformed – shortly followed by league success and coaching sessions from stars of the game. By Chas Newkey-Burden

“Come on, keep those balls coming – otherwise we’re just people standing in a shed!”

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81. 'A scary flash-forward to my daughters' teenage years': a week tracking my catsВт., 28 авг.[−]

Everybody, as Thomas O’Malley put it, wants to be a cat – not least for the eat, sleep, repeat lifestyle. But do our pets really deserve this layabout rep? Kate Faithfull-Williams tracks her two cats to find out

At the very moment I met Mo and Minnie at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home four years ago, when they were kittens so small I could sit them in the palm of each hand, they were looking out the window surveying London longingly.

I gave the furry sisters their freedom. I also gave them the questionable pleasure of being loved with a ferocious intensity by my two young daughters, so it’s no wonder our feline friends bolt outside whenever they get the chance, sometimes disappearing overnight and giving me a scary flash-forward to my daughters’ teenage years. Being woken at 4:30am by car-alarm-level meowing at the front door: not cute, but a weight off my mind.

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82. Is Brexit definitely going to happen? – video explainerПт., 24 авг.[−]

On 29 March 2019 Britain will officially leave the European Union. It's a historic moment, no country has ever left the EU before. But some campaigners believe it's not too late to stop Brexit from happening. Are they right? And how would it work anyway? The Guardian's political correspondent Jessica Elgot explores whether Brexit is in fact inevitable


Correction: Ece ?zlem Atikcan is an assistant professor at the University of Warwick and a visiting senior research fellow at UCL


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83. Spike Lee talks to Gary Younge about BlacKkKlansman? and racism under Trump? – videoЧт., 23 авг.[−]

Spike Lee’s latest film is about a black cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Based on a true story, BlacKkKlansman draws clear parallels with racial tensions in modern America. With Donald Trump in the White House, the rise of white supremacy, and a spike in racist attacks, what does a film about a black man going undercover with white terrorists tell us about the state of contemporary America and beyond?

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84. Quiz: How eco-friendly are your shopping habits?Пн., 20 авг.[−]

What exactly does ‘organic farming’ mean? Can palm oil plantations ever be sustainable? Does buying meat harm the environment? Test how environmentally informed your weekly shop is with our quiz

Faced with the choice of buying soap in a handy plastic bottle with a pump, or a bar of soap in a cardboard container, which do you choose?

I choose the handy plastic bottle without fail.

I alternate between the two.

I always buy the traditional bar of soap.

When you see ‘certified organic’ on your food label, do you know what this actually means?

Yep! It means it's been produced without toxic pesticides and fertilisers.

Actually, it's been produced without toxic pesticides and fertilisers and it only uses free-range animals, and no artificial colours or preservatives.

I think you'll find that no toxic pesticides or fertilisers were used, it was made in environmentally friendly ways that promote biodiversity, using only free-range animals reared without antibiotics and GM-derived feed, and with no artificial colours or preservatives.

If I'm honest, I buy it because Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall told me to.

How would you go about making sure that your shopping habits only support sustainable palm oil producers?

Check for a logo from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or GreenPalm.

Look for a picture of an orangutan on the label.

Look for information on products containing sustainable palm oil in store.

Ha! There's no such thing as a sustainable palm oil producer.

How long do you keep vegetables such as potatoes and onions after their “use by” or “best before” dates?

I throw them away as soon as either date has passed.

I throw them away by the “use by” date.

I don’t throw them away unless they are rotting; I use them in cooking.

Buying face scrubs with microbeads in: what’s the right thing to do?

Make sure you follow them up with a good moisturiser.

Leave them on the shelves in favour of other, more eco-friendly face washes.

There’s no such thing as a face scrub with microbeads in.

Does buying meat harm the environment?

Yes.

No.

Which of these is NOT true? You can buy …

Handbags made from recycled London fire hoses.

Leather boots made from pineapple leaves.

Swimming costumes and carpets made from fishing nets.

Jeans made from recycled paper.

When you need an outfit for a special occasion, do you …?

Go straight to the shops and buy a new piece of clothing.

Rent an outfit via an online sharing platform such as Girl Meets Dress, Chic by Choice or Rentez-Vous?

Buy something from a charity or vintage shop.

Wear something you already have in the wardrobe.

Would you buy secondhand plastic toys for your children?

Yes, it means we’re saving money and helping to consume fewer natural resources (that would otherwise be used to make new toys).

Yes, it means we’re saving money, and helping our children to avoid becoming part of a consumer society.

No, they might not be hygienic.

I’ll have to check. They may contain toxic chemicals.

7 and above.

Well done! You’re a definite eco-warrier. Consumerism is fraught with contentious environmental issues, but you’re well on your way to getting your head around them.

0 and above.

Oh dear. A responsible consumer you are not. What’s for dinner tonight? Whale and chips?

4 and above.

Not bad. You’re probably not loading up single-use plastic bags with piles of red meat and sweatshop-produced fashion, but you’ve still got a way to go before the UN environment award turns up.

Help create a movement to stop companies using dirty palm oil. Watch Greenpeace’s animation, voiced by Emma Thompson, telling the story of an orangutan forced from her forest home. Share the story and sign the petition to big companies asking them to clean up their palm oil: www.greenpeace.org.uk/seerangtan

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