Antonio Warren mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:29:54 GMT
Brexit would free UK from 'spirit-crushing' green directives, says minister

Farming minister George Eustice says leave vote would free up £2bn now spent on insurance schemes and incentives for farmers

The UK could develop a more flexible approach to environmental protection free of “spirit-crushing” Brussels directives if it votes to leave the EU, the farming minister, George Eustice, has said.

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Brian Patterson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 15:56:19 GMT
Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed 'public service' with NSA leak

Former attorney general gives whistleblower credit for starting debate over surveillance – but says Snowden should still be punished

The former US attorney general Eric Holder has said the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by starting a debate over government surveillance techniques.

Related: How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers | Mark Hertsgaard

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Mark Henry mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:32:09 GMT
Kent boat rescue: two Britons charged with people smuggling

Mark Stribling and Robert Stilwell accused of immigration offences after boat carrying 18 Albanians started sinking in the Channel

Two British men have been charged with people smuggling after a sinking boat carrying 18 Albanians, including two children, was rescued in the Channel.

Mark Stribling, 35, from Farningham, and Robert Stilwell, 33, from Dartford, have been charged under section 25 (1) of the Immigration Act 1971, which relates to assisting illegal entry to the UK. The men appeared at Medway magistrates court on Monday and were remanded in custody to appear at a crown court on 27 June.

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Peter Martinez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:05:14 GMT
London's garden bridge: call for full inquiry into project's finances

MP Kate Hoey has urged the National Audit Office to investigate after it emerged £37.7m of £60m public funding has been spent so far

A Labour MP has formally asked the government’s independent spending watchdog to investigate how the trust behind London’s proposed garden bridge has spent almost two-thirds of the government funding for the project before construction has begun.

Kate Hoey, whose Vauxhall constituency takes in the south landing of the proposed 367-metre structure across the Thames, has written to Sir Amyas Morse, the comptroller and auditor general of the National Audit Office (NAO), to request a full inquiry into the finances of the project, with work on it halted in the interim.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:05:27 GMT
EDF's Hinkley Point deal over radioactive waste sparks anger

Expert criticises ministers over refusal to disclose agreement with energy supplier for planned nuclear plant

A furious row has broken out after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) refused to disclose the arrangement with EDF for dealing with radioactive waste at the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant.

The information commissioner’s office has turned down a freedom of information (FoI) request for state aid arrangements between the UK and the European commission to be made public.

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Brandon Richardson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:06:30 GMT
Iraqi troops begin operation to seize Falluja from Isis

Assault backed by US-led coalition forces comes amid fears the militants may put up still resistance

Iraqi troops have begun a long-awaited operation to seize control of Falluja from Islamic State, amid fears the militants may put up stiff resistance.

The assault, launched in the early hours of Monday, comes after a week of preparations that focused on encircling the city, which fell to Isis early in 2014, months before it announced the creation of its self-proclaimed caliphate.

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Gregory Gibson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 18:07:56 GMT
White House on security lockdown after woman throws object over fence

The White House was placed on a security lockdown during the Memorial Day holiday, after a woman threw something over the north fence along Pennsylvania Avenue.

A woman was detained and placed in handcuffs, while fire trucks and a hazardous materials response unit were called to the scene. It is common for secret service officers to sweep the grounds after such incidents, in this case to ensure nothing dangerous was thrown over the fence.

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Edward James mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 09:15:18 GMT
Boris Johnson is nicer than Trump but just as divisive, says Ken Clarke

Former chancellor criticises Brexiter for using similar tactics as US presidential candidate to exploit fears on immigration

The campaign to leave the EU has turned into a leadership bid by Boris Johnson, Ken Clarke has said – calling him simply a nicer version of Donald Trump.

The former Tory cabinet minister, who has served as chancellor and home secretary, suggested Johnson was exploiting people’s fears about immigration in a similar way to Trump, the controversial US presidential candidate who is expected to become the Republican nominee.

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Douglas Ramos mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:44:16 GMT
David Cameron is 'proud to campaign' alongside Sadiq Khan to stay in EU

Prime minister praises London mayor at pro-remain event as pair unveil Britain Stronger in Europe pledge card

David Cameron has said he is proud to campaign with Sadiq Khan to stay in the EU, weeks after claiming Labour’s London mayor was unfit for office because of links to Islamist extremists.

The prime minister was accused of participating in a racist campaign against Khan during the mayoral contest, but the two politicians buried the hatchet on Monday as Cameron praised Khan for being a “proud Muslim, a proud Brit and a proud Londoner”.

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Lee Burns mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:51:08 GMT
Mount Everest death: Maria Strydom fell ill just 15 minutes from summit

Husband Robert Gropel reached the top as Strydom waited for him, but she died in his arms on the descent

At first Robert Gropel thought his wife, Maria Strydom, was simply exhausted from the effort of climbing Everest. The Australian couple had halted at well above 8,000 metres, in an area known as the death zone, as Strydom said she could not continue. Gropel asked her for permission to go on to the summit.

What neither of them realised was that it was not simply exhaustion but altitude sickness, and that it would cost 34-year-old Strydom her life.

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Steven Mason mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:57:39 GMT
The mystifying disappearance of children's author Helen Bailey

It has been seven weeks since the writer and her beloved dog went missing. Despite a massive police investigation, there is no trace of her. ‘It really is a mystery,’ says the officer in charge of the case

During a conversation that takes just over an hour, Ch Insp Julie Wheatley describes the disappearance of the children’s writer Helen Bailey as “unusual” 10 times, “perplexing” five times and “a mystery” three times. As she explains the lines of inquiry that the police have taken, without uncovering any trace of either Helen or her dachshund, Boris, (who went missing at the same time), she apologises for circling around the same words over and again.

“Can you see what I mean? It is quite perplexing. I use that word a lot. It is really perplexing,” she says, pushing her glasses to the top of her head, and swivelling on the chair in her office in frustration.

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Vincent Robinson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 17:09:17 GMT
Regional dialects are dying out – it’s enough to get you blarting

Britons are increasingly speaking like southern Englanders, according to an app produced by Cambridge University. Here’s a guide to some bostin’ words and phrases at risk of extinction

Never mind whether you take it with jam or cream, does your “scone” rhyme with “gone” or “stone”? Chances are, it’s the former. Basically the “stone” pronunciation of scone is almost gone. Still with me?

According to the first set of results from an app mapping changes in English dialects launched in January by the University of Cambridge, regional accents are dying out. The English Dialects app, downloaded 70,000 times already, has generated data from 30,000 users across 4,000 locations. And the results reveal Britons from the West Country to the north-east are increasingly speaking like southerners. In essence, the app draws a modern picture of a land of identikit scones and ‘arms’ lopped of their resounding ‘r’s in which a pesky piece of wood caught beneath the skin is no longer known as a spool, spile, speel, spell, spelk, shiver, spill, sliver, or splint, depending on where you are from, but simply a boring old splinter. It’s enough to get you blarting. Or crying, as it’s now more commonly known.

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Allen Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:55:43 GMT
Who wears floral curtains better: Mrs Doubtfire or Kim Kardashian?

This summer’s big fashion look is curtains. But far from a frumpy win for feminism, this elitist trend only looks good on models – or Robin Williams

I read that this summer’s big fashion look is curtains. What does this mean?

Carla, by email

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Brandon Gibson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 15:58:36 GMT
David Mitchell buries latest manuscript for a hundred years

Author of Cloud Atlas delivers his new work – which won’t be read until 2114 – to Oslo’s Nordmarka forest as part of the Future Library project

David Mitchell, a regular contender for the Man Booker prize, is used to his novels being picked over by the critics. So it’s something of a relief, says the British author, that his latest work – completed at 1am one Tuesday morning before a car arrived to take him to the airport to catch a flight to Norway – won’t be seen by anyone until 2114.

Related: Into the woods: Margaret Atwood reveals her Future Library book, Scribbler Moon

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Donald Morales mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:38:21 GMT
How to make James Bond relevant – make him battle Trump and the oligarchs | Paul Mason

The new 007 should get political and take on the real-life cat-stroking sadists who would plunge the world into war and climate chaos

Bond should be female. Bond should be black. Bond should be an actor famous for being posh, blond and perfect. Or an actress famous for asexual nudity in a shlock medieval megaseries. It could even, at a pinch, be Daniel Craig again; he has turned the role so dark that, in Spectre, the villains began to look less steel-eyed, Nordic and mentally tortured than the hero.

All these outcomes are possible. But I have a more radical proposal: politicise Bond.

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Arthur Owens mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:40:53 GMT
'So boring it barely exists': readers review the new Top Gear

Idris Elba should replace Chris Evans, and Matt LeBlanc should stop reminding us he’s American … here are your Top Gear reviews. Did any of you lap it up?

After controversy over the stunt by the Cenotaph and rumours of supposed feuds between presenters, Top Gear finally returned to our screens on Sunday nearly a year on from the last series. With new faces, luxury locations and a plethora of flashy cars we asked you to review the first episode. Here’s what some of you said.

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Carl West mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:34:10 GMT
The page 69 quiz – can you identify the classic book from a single paragraph?

69 is a big number: in 1969, man walked on the moon. Bryan Adams had a summer. At the age of 69, Marshall McLuhan died, leaving behind his theory of how to choose a book: if you like what’s on page 69, chances are you’ll like the rest too. Can you pick these page 69s?

She always declares she will never marry, which, of course, means just nothing at all, But I have no idea that she has yet ever seen a man she cared for. It would not be a bad thing for her to be very much in love with a proper object.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Emma by Jane Austen

The forest-dell, where Lowood lay, was the cradle of fog and fog-bred pestilence; which, quickening with the quickening spring, crept into the orphan Asylum, breathed typhus through its crowded school-room and dormitory, and, ere May arrived, transformed the seminary into an hospital.

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Asylum by Patrick McGrath

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

If we are to insist on the contingency of feminine characteristics as the product of conditioning, we will have to argue that the masculine-feminine polarity is actual enough, but not necessary.

On Sexuality by Sigmund Freud

The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer

Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Lombard looked thoughtfully at the man’s twitching face, his dry lips, the fright in his eyes. He remembered the crash of the falling coffee tray. He thought, but did not say, "Oh yeah?"

Crash by JG Ballard

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I put the figger and the dead han in my pockit then qwick I grabbit Phists han in boath of myn and wirlt roun fas and slung him over my sholder head 1st in to the much I cudnt do nothing else to save my life.

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban

The Book of Dave by Will Self

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Without religious principles, a man would have to be actually crazy to pursue harsh and painful virtue, give up the pleasures of life, and suffer pain from which he can expect no advantage. For if there is no reward after death, a man has no compensation for having passed his entire existence without pleasure, that is, miserably.

The Golden Bough by James Frazer

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Utopia by Thomas More

Psychology and Religion by Carl Jung

She had a blue nimbus, the blue of sex or sadness. Any eyes that were available on the dead-end street would find their way to her: builders in their gutted houses, a frazzled rep in a cheap car, a man alone at home pressing his face against a window pane with a snarl.

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

London Fields by Martin Amis

True Blue by David Baldacci

They came to an old iron bridge in the woods where the vanished road had crossed an all but vanished stream. He was starting to cough and he'd hardly breath to do it with. He dropped down out of the roadway and into the woods. He turned and stood gasping, trying to listened. He heard nothing. He staggered on another half mile or so and finally dropped to his knees and put the boy down in the ashes and leaves. He wiped the blood from his face and held him. It's okay, he said. It's okay.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

About a Boy by Nick Hornby

My uncle Toby blushed as red as scarlet as Trim went on – but it was not a blush of guilt – of modesty – or of anger –– it was a blush of joy; –– he was fired with Corporal Trim’s project and description.

Toby’s Room by Pat Barker

Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Men at Arms by Evelyn Waugh

Yesterday morning I went to the doctor. Was taken, by a Guardian, one of those with the red armbands who are in charge of such things.”

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Writing Home by Alan Bennett

Boleyn is still smiling. He is a poised, slender man; it takes the effort of every tuned muscle in his body to keep the smile on his face.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Henry VIII: King and Court by Alison Weir

1066 and All That by WC Sellar and RJ Yeatman

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

And deep down it was all the same to me whether I sucked a different stone each time or always the same stone, until the end of time. For they all tasted exactly the same.

How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman

Molloy by Samuel Beckett

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Staffers rotated Specials-duty every hour, ostensibly so that whoever was on duty was always fresh and keenly observant, but really because simply sitting there at the foot of a bed looking at somebody who was in so much psychic pain she wanted to commit suicide was incredibly depressing and boring and unpleasant, so they spread the odious duty out as thin as they possibly could, the staffers.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Sanders

What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe

"Did you say blue eyes, Archie, love?" said Maureen, speaking slowly so she might find a way to phrase it. "I'm not bein' funny... but in't your wife, well, coloured?"

Before She Met Me by Julian Barnes

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The abbot, who was small and totally bald and had more wrinkles than a sackful of prunes, opened his eyes. "You're late," he whispered, and died.

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Mort by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

5 and above.

Oof. Check our what you got wrong and try again!

10 and above.

So close, yet so far. Try again?

0 and above.

Have you ever got as far as page 69 in a book before?

15 and above.

Well done!

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Glenn Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:20:25 GMT
Is Chris Packham right – should children eat tadpoles?

The Springwatch presenter’s revelation may seem a tad unpalatable, but he is sending an important message to parents about children’s encounters with nature

As celebrity revelations go, it’s one of the more unusual: as a boy, Chris Packham would decant tadpoles on to a special spoon and eat them.

The naturalist and Springwatch presenter reveals his tadpolephagy in his new memoir, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, and he’s not sorry either. They are gritty and tricky to chew, Packham reports, comparing them to watery semolina with a bit more “thrashing” under the tongue.

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Chris Reyes mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:57:32 GMT
Brompton hopes electric bicycles can power international growth

The folding bike maker is using new technology to try to broaden its appeal among commuters around the world

When Bob Dylan went electric, he was infamously met with cries of “Judas” from wounded fans.

Folding bicycle maker Brompton will be hoping to avoid the same accusation from its legions of suited and booted commuter devotees when it too “goes electric”.

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Steve Simmons mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:00:01 GMT
Getting off offline: when porn gets in the way of a real-world relationship

Many believe that porn is addictive, and that the endless stream of on-demand internet erotica makes real-life sexual experiences not stimulating enough

Gregor Schmidinger was eight when he viewed his first porn magazine, found in a rubbish bin in his hometown in Austria. Aged 11, he had access to the internet at home, which he used to explore his burgeoning attraction to men. As the years progressed, he spent more time masturbating to increasingly hardcore – and in some cases violent – pornography online.

“Once I’d climaxed I would look at the screen from a new perspective, and it was always weird or alienating,” says Schmidinger, now 31 and a film-maker.

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Steven Martin mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:00:01 GMT
The three big reasons Windows 10 tablets don't cut it

Microsoft needs to fix battery life, screen and app issues if Windows 10 tablets are to successfully compete on the same footing as Android or the iPad

If you’re after a tablet in 2016 you broadly speaking have three choices: Android, Apple’s iPad or Microsoft’s Windows 10 tablets.

While the first two are mobile born and bred, spawned from smartphone operating systems, Windows 10 comes from the other side of computing - the traditional desktop.

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Daniel Dixon mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:58:00 GMT
George Blagden on dressing up for Versailles: ‘Heels do wonders for your confidence!’

The rugged heart-throb is about to be very big indeed – after landing the part of the spiffily dressed Sun King in this scandalous tale of sex, violence and sublime shoes

How the mighty have fallen. A few weeks ago, George Blagden was playing Louis XIV in the extravagant miniseries Versailles, swanning around in heels and wigs and frilly blouses as he ordered the construction of his snazzy new palace. Today, he is at the self-service counter at a cafe in St James’s Park, London, ordering his own tea (“Ooh is that mine? That was quick!”). We repair to a table outside, under the gaze of some feral-looking pigeons. The 26-year-old actor is all in black: black jacket (zipped up), black hair (faintly curly), black stubble. He is dashing, with a touch of raggedy wildness that suggests a young Terence Stamp or Rufus Sewell.

Related: Antonia Fraser: the sexy and scandalous truth about Versailles

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Brian Mason mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:00:25 GMT
The kitchen appliances that burst into flames – and the struggle to replace them
Whirlpool has avoided a recall of some models of tumble dryer and dishwasher, but at what cost to the consumer?

Sue Houseago’s decision last month to stay up late to tend her new puppy probably saved her life. At midnight there was a roar and black smoke poured from the dishwasher which she had set running that evening. Then it burst into flames.

“I piled wet towels on the fire,” she recalls. “The smoke was dense and choking, but I couldn’t leave the machine to call for my husband or even switch the electricity off, because every time I thought I’d quelled the flames, they would appear around the sides beneath the counter.”

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Craig Morales mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 07:00:27 GMT
The secret life of a fast-food worker: ‘‘I’ve got used to everything being greasy’’ | Anonymous
I could do without the cocky customers and the tedium. But I’ve learned so many crucial life lessons – and I still love the food

You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff customers complain about. I’ve been sworn at because the prices are up 10p from last week. The buns are burnt, the fries are cold, the chicken is greasy, and they can’t find the bacon on their burger. In the six years I’ve worked for this fast-food chain, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard and seen almost everything. I’ve pulled important documents out of bin bags, found porn magazines in the toilets, and witnessed numerous food fights involving pickles and onions.

Related: The secret life of a Eurocrat: ‘I feel trapped in a gilded cage’ | Anonymous

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Antonio Washington mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 15:45:53 GMT
England win Sri Lanka series after Alastair Cook hits 10,000 Test runs
• England 498-9 dec & 80-1; Sri Lanka 101 & 475. England win by nine wickets
• Cook is first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs

England won the second Test and with it the three-match series, just as they had promised to do since bowling Sri Lanka out for 101 in the first innings. If they thought it might be a cakewalk, though, as it had in the first Test, they were sorely disabused of the notion by the worthy, if ultimately futile resistance of the opposition second time around.

Led on the fourth day by Dinesh Chandimal, with a quite magnificent century, the sixth of his Test career and reached joyfully and to acclaim 10 minutes before lunch, and a battling half-century from Rangana Herath, it was not until three o’clock that England were able to finish the innings. Sri Lanka had made 475, with Jimmy Anderson, the outstanding England bowler by a distance, taking five for 58, his third bag of five wickets in four innings this series.

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Douglas Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:34:19 GMT
Manuel Pellegrini: If I don’t get an interesting offer I will quit football
In an exclusive interview, the outgoing Manchester City manager talks about his future, says he should not have announced that Pep Guardiola was taking over and that his team were the best in the country over his three years

Manuel Pellegrini smiles broadly, shakes hands and offers a seat at one of the desks in his office at Manchester City’s First Team building.

The nerve centre in which the Chilean plotted City’s past three campaigns has modern lines, with sweeping windows, and is spacious. From the MacBook Air before him Pellegrini will later print off statistics to outline how dominant City were during his tenure. On the wall behind the 62-year-old hangs a miniature white pitch which features named magnetic figures denoting his squad, Sergio Agüero, Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho heading the formation.

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Patrick Garcia mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:13:27 GMT
AFC Wimbledon up to League One after Lyle Taylor sinks Plymouth Argyle

If the film script had already been written, it may need ripping up now.

Last month it was announced AFC Wimbledon will be the subject of a Hollywood film, and while their 14-year history has provided more than enough to enthrall they have just provided the most remarkable ending of all. Lyle Taylor’s instinctive flick 12 minutes from time and Adebayo Akinfenwa’s late, late penalty settled a scrappy, at times frantic League Two play-off final that they had shaded throughout and means Neil Ardley’s team, who have now won six promotions since 2004, will play League One football next season. Their opposition will include MK Dons and amid raw, emotional scenes it was hard to avoid getting swept away by the thought that, sometimes, history has a way of putting things in order.

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Earl Jackson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:17:35 GMT
French Open washout toughens Novak Djokovic’s path towards title
• First time in 16 years that a day’s play at Roland Garros is rained off
• World No1 will now have to win four matches in six days to triumph

When rain wiped out day nine of the French Open, Novak Djokovic was left with the heightened challenge of winning four matches in six days to lift La Coupe des Mousquetaires for the first time.

Indeed, if the weather forecast for Tuesday pans out, the tournament might yet lose two complete days before the scheduled men’s final on Sunday.

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Arthur Torres mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:12:20 GMT
Fran Halsall: I’ll get an Olympic rings tattoo if I win gold in Rio
Southport swimmer is relaxed and humorous but is deadly serious about making it third time lucky after missing out at Beijing 2008 and London 2012

Yeah, it’s number three. The third roll of the dice,” Fran Halsall says, a typical burst of laughter erupting from the swimmer as she counts off her trio of Olympic Games, stretching from Beijing in 2008 to London four years later to Rio just over two months from now. Three might be her lucky number for, after an Olympic debut as a naive teenager and her disappointment at London 2012 where she failed to win any of the five medals she was chasing, Halsall seems confident she can strike gold in the 50m freestyle this summer.

“I decided not to swim the 100m as well,” the 26-year-old says as she explains why she has jettisoned her wildly ambitious approach at London 2012. “If I did both I could do them well. But if I focus on just the one I could do really, really well. So it was a question of being greedy or putting all my eggs in the 50m basket, where I’m stronger. I’ve decided to put all my work into that and aim for gold. If I did the 100m first it could jeopardise gold in the 50m. My target is to win a gold medal at the Olympics, so I need to give myself the best opportunity to do that.”

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Todd Cruz mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:57:17 GMT
Marcus Rashford signs contract extension at Manchester United
• Striker’s fresh deal at Old Trafford runs until June 2020
• Reward for England player’s superb breakthrough season at club

Manchester United have announced that the striker Marcus Rashford has signed a new contract until June 2020, with an option to extend for a further year.

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Roy Campbell mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 19:29:36 GMT
Lewis Hamilton: I thanked Nico Rosberg for being a gentleman in Monaco GP
• Mercedes instructed German to let his team-mate by in Monte Carlo
• ‘I knew when I was behind him that I was much, much quicker than him’

Lewis Hamilton hugged his Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg and thanked him for “being a gentleman” after he won the Monaco Grand Prix, his first success since October last year. An ecstatic Hamilton, who cut Rosberg’s lead in the championship from 43 points to 24, started third on the grid but went past his slower team-mate after the German was instructed to let him by.

Hamilton said: “I came here today thinking: ‘I have just got to go and do it,’ because no one is going to give it to me. I didn’t know whether I could win, but knowing that it would rain opened up the window of opportunity. I thought Nico had a problem. I knew when I was behind him that I was much, much quicker than him. I was also conscious that none of us are going to win this race if I am stuck behind.

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Lee Boyd mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:49:28 GMT
Daniel Sturridge trains with England squad before Portugal friendly
• Liverpool striker seeking to prove fitness ahead of Euro 2016
• Roy Hodgson will trim squad by two prior to Thursday’s match

Daniel Sturridge trained with the rest of the England squad at London Colney on Monday as he attempts to prove his fitness for Euro 2016 after a recent calf injury.

The Liverpool striker, a scorer in the Europa League final against Sevilla, did not feature in last Friday’s friendly victory over Australia at the Stadium of Light for all that Roy Hodgson had made it clear he did not consider the niggle likely to keep the forward out of the tournament. The player trained on his own over the weekend but joined the group on Monday morning, taking part in the warm-up and their initial ball-work session.

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Mark Simmons mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 20:21:42 GMT
World tennis chief calls for end of secrecy over players who fail drug tests
• ITF president, David Haggerty, says players should be named
• Adds that the sport’s authorities believed in a zero tolerance approach

Players who fail a drug test and receive a provisional ban – such as Maria Sharapova in March – should be named, the International Tennis Federation president, David Haggerty, has told the Guardian.

This would help eradicate suspicions about players who mysteriously disappear from the Tour while the suspension is played out before an official decision on their guilt or innocence is announced.

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Paul Marshall mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:27:15 GMT
Time to introduce the Pepe Rule after his Champions League final antics | Sean Ingle
Outcry over Real Madrid defender’s behaviour against Atlético might convince the game to pay more than lip service to punishing those who flout rules

During the Champions League final Gary Lineker posted a simple five-word tweet: “Pepe is such a dick!” It did not so much strike a chord as create global symphonic harmony on social media. More than 50,000 retweets and likes later, and following yet more devious behaviour by the Real Madrid defender, Lineker clarified his position. “Pepe is an enormous dick!” That tweet proved to be even more popular. How could it not be, given Pepe’s outrageously hammy behaviour?

One scene in particular should earn him a golden raspberry. What appeared to be harmless mano a mano coming together with the Atlético Madrid defender Filipe Luís in the second half ended with Pepe rolling along the turf, howling in apparent agony. It was first-year stage school stuff and the referee Mark Clattenburg was having none of it.

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Harold Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:32:48 GMT
Mexican football star Alan Pulido rescued 24 hours after kidnapping

Olympiakos player undergoing health examinations after being snatched in Ciudad Victoria as he returned from a party on Saturday night

The Mexican footballer Alan Pulido has been rescued some 24 hours after being abducted, the Tamaulipas state government said in a statement.

Pulido was rescued at around midnight on Sunday, the statement said, in a joint operation by state and federal security forces. He was undergoing medical examinations.

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Walter Washington mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 21:24:31 GMT
Marcus Rashford earns £20,000-a-week long-term deal from Manchester United

• Teenage England striker rewarded for remarkable debut season
• He scored eight times in 18 appearances for United

Marcus Rashford has been rewarded for his breakthrough season at Manchester United with a £20,000-a-week contract. The striker, 18, has one year left on his current deal and United have acted swiftly, offering him a long‑term extension.

Related: José Mourinho more of a risk for Manchester United than three years ago | Paul Wilson

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Wayne Turner mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 22:07:41 GMT
Slovakia come from behind to humble world champions Germany

• Marek Hamsik, Michal Duris and Juraj Kucka on target in 3-1 victory
• Spain’s Nolito presses Euro 2016 claim in win over Bosnia Herzegovina

Slovakia stunned the world champions, Germany, with a 3-1 win in rain-soaked Augsburg on Sunday night.

Mario Gómez put Germany in front with a penalty, only for Marek Hamsik and Michal Duris to turn the tide before the interval.

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Kenneth Henry mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 08:21:54 GMT
Luther Burrell called into England squad as replacement for Manu Tuilagi
• Burrell replaces injured Tuilagi for tour of Australia
• Northampton centre scored try in 27-13 win over Wales

England have named Luther Burrell as a replacement for the injured Manu Tuilagi in their squad for the tour of Australia.

A torn hamstring has ruled out Tuilagi out of the three-Test series against the Wallabies and the head coach, Eddie Jones, has turned to Burrell, a try-scorer in Sunday’s 27-13 victory over Wales at Twickenham, to fill the gap in the 32-man party.

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Wayne Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 18:03:22 GMT
Kaushal Silva and Angelo Mathews lead Sri Lanka fightback against England
England 498-9 dec v Sri Lanka 101 & 309-5
• Sri Lanka trail by 88 runs with five wickets remaining

Against what seemed to be the odds, Sri Lanka have survived to take the second Test into a fourth day. Faced with a massive first-innings deficit of 397, and following-on for the second successive match, they showed a determination that had been far from evident in their three previous innings in this series.

There was an excellent 60, spread over almost four hours, from the compact, busy opener Kaushal Silva (who in the spirit of bald men being called Curly, could be known as Long John), a more robust 80 from the captain, Angelo Mathews, whose brilliant century at Headingley on their last tour was instrumental in his team’s success then, and an unbeaten 54 from Dinesh Chandimal, who reached his half-century with a creamy cover drive in the quarter of an hour England had with the second new ball at the end of the day.

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Shawn Campbell mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 18:38:33 GMT
Andy Murray eases past John Isner after rain hitch to reach last eight
• World No2 reaches British record sixth quarter-final at French Open
• He next faces France’s Richard Gasquet who beat Kei Nishikori

The skies were grey but the air around the Prince of Perversity, Andy Murray, was oddly blue for much of a rain-split win in straight sets against John Isner to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open for a record sixth time.

It was Fred Perry – naturally – who held the previous British highwater mark here, way in the distant past, and Murray can make history again if he can win three more matches in a tournament decimated by injury and upsets, among them that of the eighth seed, Milos Raonic, earlier in the day before the rain arrived in the late afternoon.

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Patrick Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 21:30:15 GMT
Cristiano Ronaldo to miss England friendly but ‘fit for Euro 2016’
• Portugal forward needs rest after Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph
• ‘I am very tired. I have played more than 4,000 minutes this season’

Cristiano Ronaldo said he will not play against England on Thursday and admitted he needs a rest before joining the Portugal squad for Euro 2016 but he said he will be ready for that despite finishing the season with fitness concerns.

Ronaldo scored the decisive penalty in Milan as Real Madrid won their 11th European Cup by beating Atlético in a shootout and the club’s president, Florentino Pérez, said he wanted the forward to play for the club until the end of his career.

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Steve Boyd mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 23:18:15 GMT
Jordan Spieth returns to winning ways in home state of Texas
• First PGA tournament triumph in state is first since Masters collapse
• He shoots five-under-par back nine to see off challenge of Harris English

Jordan Spieth won a PGA event in his home state of Texas for the first time with a three-shot victory at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

Spieth was a stroke ahead overnight but, with only pars for the first nine holes of the final round, he allowed Harris English to take the lead. However, Spieth responded with a five-under-par back nine to earn victory on a total of 17 under. English was second at 14 under with Webb Simpson and Ryan Palmer a further stroke back in third.

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Henry Gray mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 15:52:33 GMT
England hopefuls give Eddie Jones much to ponder in defeat of Wales
• England 27-13 Wales

England may still be a work in progress but the concept of defeat under Eddie Jones remains entirely alien. They can set out for Australia this week in optimistic mood, having scored five tries against well-beaten opponents who faded badly after a bright start. Wales, on the other hand, will leave for New Zealand in deeply contemplative mood, having also had their experienced flanker Dan Lydiate invalided out of the tour.

The final margin of defeat could have been even wider against an England side missing 10 players involved in the Premiership final. George Ford has already had a tricky month and contrived to miss six of his seven attempted kicks at goal in perfect conditions. Jones defended his fly-half afterwards, pointing out that Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan also had their occasional off-days, but the contrast with the currently dead-eyed Owen Farrell was inescapable.

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Marvin Cox mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 22:34:19 GMT
England beat France to win Toulon Tournament for first time in 22 years
• Chelsea’s Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on target in 2-1 victory
• Baker wins golden boot and Loftus-Cheek is named player of tournament

England Under-21s won the Toulon Tournament for the first time in 22 years thanks to goals by Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea as they beat France 2-1 in the final in Avignon on Sunday.

Baker opened England’s account in the eighth minute with a looping header which took his tournament tally to four and earned him the golden boot.

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Harry Long mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 21:10:39 GMT
Sunrisers Hyderabad win first Indian Premier League title after tense final
• Sunrisers Hyderabad 208-7; Royal Challengers Bangalore 200-7
• David Warner plays captain’s role in Hyderabad’s eight-run win

David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to a maiden Indian Premier League title on Sunday after the bowlers derailed Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chase to fashion an eight-run victory.

Warner (69) led from the front, top-scoring for his side to steer Hyderabad to 208 for seven after opting to bat at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The Australian then returned to marshal his bowlers, who staged a stunning comeback after Chris Gayle (76) and Virat Kohli (54) had threatened to take the game away.

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Sean Reyes mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:09:04 GMT
Barnsley promoted to Championship with play-off final win over Millwall

In any other season, Barnsley’s promotion from League One, achieved after they defeated Millwall 3-1 in the play-off final at Wembley, might be considered the most implausible and remarkable story it is possible to imagine. They were bottom of the table in November, in February lost the manager who started their revival and now they are in the Championship. Our credulity has been recalibrated by Leicester City – but do not let that obscure what an extraordinary achievement this is.

Related: Barnsley v Millwall: League One play-off final – live!

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Adam Shaw mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:48:02 GMT
Chris Wood holds nerve to claim PGA Championship and enter Ryder Cup race

• Bristolian shoots 69 on final day to finish one shot ahead of Rikard Karlberg
• Masters champion Danny Willett finishes third after closing 71 at Wentworth

Chris Wood once had cause to bemoan his golfing progress as going somewhat unnoticed. How that changed on a sun‑kissed Surrey afternoon as the Englishman held his nerve over a knee-knocking putt on Wentworth’s 18th green to claim the BMW PGA Championship.

The biggest win of Wood’s career will catapult him inside the world’s top 25 and into the reckoning for Europe’s Ryder Cup team in September. It is no longer a case of “Chris who?”

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Douglas Gordon mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 20:32:59 GMT
IndyCar rookie Alexander Rossi pulls off shock win at 100th Indianapolis 500

Alexander Rossi was the surprise winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 when he stretched his fuel to the finish on Sunday to pull off an upset victory. He ran out of gas after taking the checkered flag.

“I have no idea how we pulled that off,” Rossi said. “It’s an amazing result for Andretti Autosport.”

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Daniel Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 21:10:59 GMT
England bowlers bat Yorkshire out of trouble against Lancashire

• Yorkshire 301-9 v Lancashire
• Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan ride their luck in Roses recovery

On a brilliantly topsy-turvy day it was fitting that two men whose bowling skills have earned them a fair number of Test appearances for England turned this Roses match on its head with a bat in their hands instead of a ball.

Both Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan will press their claims as genuine all-rounders and it was hard to disagree after the pair dragged Yorkshire back into a game they had lost all right to contest after a nightmare morning in which Lancashire reduced the hosts to 94 for five at lunch.

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Lawrence Reyes mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 18:38:54 GMT
Ashley Bryant’s Olympic hopes in doubt after airline loses his pole vaults
• Decathlete’s equipment went missing after original flight was cancelled
• Bryant borrows poles but 44 points short of Rio qualifying score in Götzis

The Rio Olympic ambitions of Great Britain’s top decathlete Ashley Bryant could be dashed because his pole vaults failed to arrive in Götzis due to an airline cock-up.

The 25-year-old finished the two days of competition in Austria with 8,056 points – an agonising 44 short of the 8,100 required to make it to Rio. The pole vault proved to be the difference as Bryant struggled to clear 4.40m, 30cm below his personal best, because he was using borrowed equipment in heavy rain.

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Philip Peterson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:15:44 GMT
Worried elephant mother watches rescuers save calf stuck in drain – video

A worried mother elephant looks on as her calf is rescued by wildlife officials in Sri Lanka, after it fell into an open drain. Rescuers in the town of Hambantota fire smoke bullets to keep her from coming too close while they dismantle the drain and pull the calf to safety

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Glenn Marshall mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:48:20 GMT
South African firefighters break into song as they arrive in Canada – video

South African firefighters break into song and dance in the arrivals area of Edmonton airport on Sunday. About 300 firefighters from the Volunteer Wildfire Services from Western Cape are to join the fight against wildfires which now cover around half a millon hectares of the western province

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Brian Martin mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:35:59 GMT
Human arrow Jeb Corliss strikes Great Wall of China target – video

Base jumper Jeb Corliss performs a human arrow stunt over the Great Wall of China on Sunday. Jumping from a helicopter at 6,000 ft, the wingsuit pilot rips through the target at 120mph

Watch: Base jumper’s ‘impossible’ wingsuit flight through rock crevice in Swiss Alps

Read: wingsuit base jumper Steph Davis describes holding on and letting go

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Alan Torres mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 06:24:32 GMT
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: on the trail of the world's most wanted man – video

Martin Chulov visits Sinjar province in Iraq on the trail of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled caliph of Islamic State. On the Kurdish frontline with Isis-held territory he hears from local peshmurga commanders on Baghdadi’s movements and the problems they face targeting him

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Chad Flores mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 18:44:00 GMT
What are legal highs? - video explainer

Legal highs have been taken off the shelves and put on the controlled substances list. Typically referred to as spice, the drugs described as being more powerful and addictive than crack or heroin, has taken a heavy toll on many who thought it would be a legal substitute for cannabis. Addicts on the streets of Manchester talk about the drug and its ban

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Brandon Cole mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:56:17 GMT
The Dardenne brothers: 'Attacks on Obama to democratise healthcare are pathetic' – video interview

Jean-Paul and Luc Dardenne, the Belgian siblings who have twice won the Palme d’Or, speak in Cannes about their new film. The Unknown Girl is the story of a young female doctor trying to discover the identity – and the killer – of a woman found dead outside her medical practice. They discuss why they are drawn to stories of female empowerment and gender equality and how they think the film might be received in countries such as the US, where the fight for universal healthcare continues.

• The Unknown Girl premiered at Cannes and will be released later this year

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 06:56:04 GMT
Fear, money and racism: what’s our problem with diversity on screen? – video

The lack of diversity in film and television dominated the debate during awards season. But away from the Oscars, the UK picture is also bleak: the film Bafta acting nominees have been almost exclusively white for two years running. Leah Green looks beyond the headlines to see why diversity remains such a problem in the UK film and TV industries

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Jesse Gordon mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:12:06 GMT
Why is France being racked by strikes and protests over its labour bill? – video

French unions are protesting against President Hollande’s proposed reforms to labour protection laws. As tens of thousands take to the streets across the country, there are fuel shortages and proposals to expand strikes to the rail network and nuclear industry. France is set to host the Euro 2016 finals in June, and neither strikers nor the government seem inclined to back down

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Jason Jackson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 11:00:38 GMT
What do liberals get wrong about guns? – video

The Guardian’s Lois Beckett went to Louisville, Kentucky, where the National Rifle Association’s annual convention was taking place, and asked gun owners: what do liberals get wrong about guns, and how can we make America a safer place to live?

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:07:44 GMT
This EU referendum debate is farcical. No wonder I’m still undecided | Suzanne Moore
The discussion seems to have become the province of oddballs who lack conviction living in a retread of Dad’s Army – and those who aren’t sure how to vote may not bother

This EU referendum is a serious business, one of the most serious decisions that we will be asked to make in our lifetimes, but there is something profoundly unserious and unreal about what is going on. Sometimes the debate is simply grim, sometimes it’s farcical. Quite honestly I have seen rap battles that involve less daft posturing.

Related: David Cameron 'proud to campaign' alongside Sadiq Khan to stay in EU

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George West mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:58:58 GMT
£24,840 for an Adele ticket? We need to do more to stop the touts

A new report on the ‘secondary ticketing’ business is useless and weedy. We need musicians to follow the examples set by the Rolling Stones and Prince

What is the point of parliamentary reports? We’ve just had another useless, weedy one on ticket touts led by Professor Michael Waterson, who found criminal activity – “clear evidence of fraud and computer misuse” – in the so-called secondary ticketing business. But we knew that already.

Fielding didn’t even try and see Springsteen. Why bother? He’d tried Tom Waits. Sold out in 10 seconds. And Prince, who was playing 21 days at the 20,000-seat O2 Arena. That made 420,000 chances. Gone in a flash. Snaffled up by bots before they were even on sale. Touts have charged £3,934 for Radiohead, £825 for Beyonce and £24,840 for Adele. Yes, £24,840!

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Marvin Powell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:00:01 GMT
Hiroshima: I had family members among the dead | George Takei

The day of the attack, we were incarcerated in an internment center for Japanese Americans. We were filled with grief when we learned what had happened

Barack Obama became the first US president ever to visit Hiroshima last Friday – the site where the first atomic bomb, deployed by the United States to end the second world war, laid waste to the entire city and killed more than 70,000 people instantly before another 70,000 died agonizing, lingering deaths over the next two months.

I had family members among the dead in Hiroshima – my mother’s sister and her five-year-old child, whose bodies were found in a canal, burned nearly beyond recognition by the blast.

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Clarence Dixon mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
So now pregnancy is a prize for women who lead a ‘good life’ | Zoe Williams

Urging obese and abused people to delay conception sends a message that some babies shouldn’t be born

Scottish women have been urged to address any less than ideal health issues before becoming pregnant. If you are obese, drink heavily, suffer from depression or are a victim of domestic abuse and plough on with procreating before you have all this resolved, the message is that you are creating problems for your baby before you even conceive.

Related: One step closer to roving squads of child-catchers | Kevin McKenna

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Jesse Cox mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:13:18 GMT
The other side to India’s sanitary pad revolution | Rose George
Thanks to the likes of Menstrual Man periods are now out in the open: now it’s time to be equally bold about the waste problem posed by millions more pads

Muruga reaches down and puts a sanitary towel between his legs. It’s actually a postpartum pad for women who have just given birth, and who don’t use underwear, hence the ingenious elastic loop that holds the pad in place.

Muruga’s full name is Arunchalam Muruganantham but he is better known as Menstrual Man. He is a one-off, and his story is enchanting: who else would have tested their own sanitary pad design by taking a football bladder, filling it with goat blood, then wearing it for weeks? “I became like a woman,” he tells me in his factory in Coimbatore, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. “Always checking behind me, to check for staining.”

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Dennis Warren mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 09:38:00 GMT
Is Operation Black Vote’s referendum poster unnecessarily divisive? | Simon Woolley and Remona Aly

The UK’s 4 million ethnic minority voters could decide the EU vote but many are being put off by the negativity of the debate

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Chad Marshall mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:51:32 GMT
Christopher Hitchens and the Christian conversion that wasn’t | Matthew d’Ancona
A new book suggesting that the author of God is not Great was halfway to Christianity follows a long tradition of appropriation

As fans of David Bowie, Prince and Lemmy can attest, death is not the end in contemporary culture. Those who achieve true fame are waved through the pearly gates of marketing heaven, immortalised as a product, a brand – and, on occasion, a spectral arbiter in the battles of the terrestrial plane.

In 2016, the ultimate celebrity endorsement is posthumous. The remain and the leave campaigns have both claimed that Margaret Thatcher would have supported their respective arguments in the EU referendum. The same treatment has been meted out to Churchill, and even Shakespeare.

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Arthur Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:30:26 GMT
However we vote, the elites will win the EU referendum | Irvine Welsh
The debate is essentially a neoliberal argument: which is the better way for citizens to be ripped off, as part of the EU or as an independent UK?

The exultation of referendums is one of the indicators that we’ve lost confidence, not only in politicians but also in the democratic capabilities of our political system. It’s an acknowledgment that, in this epoch of elites and corporate power, these have been fatally corrupted.

Related: Our European allies dread Brexit, and they have good reason to fear it

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Paul Simmons mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:55:16 GMT
Posting photos online is not living. You are producing your own obituary | Rana Dasgupta
As you point your phone at everything from Notre Dame to a slice of chocolate cake, remember these images will take on significance only after you have gone

Summer begins again. Millions of people are packing their bags to get away from it all. Their eyes are ready for fresh sights: sun-drenched beaches, famous museums, parasolled cafes.

More eyes than ever before will, however, see nothing fresher than the screens of their own smartphones. They will not need to look at sunsets and palm trees, for they will have flawless copies on their devices (click!). The great scale of the Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, or the Colosseum, in Rome, will bring no risk of eyestrain: they will be able to see the grandeur of these sites in harmless digital miniature (click!). Screens will give them their own versions of the Mona Lisa or Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, versions that have this significant advantage over the originals: they can be owned, stored and used as material for a personal online story.

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Arthur Simmons mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 09:00:02 GMT
The EU referendum should be a matter for parliament | David Mitchell

Elected leaders ought to make the big decisions, but David Cameron would rather flatter the public with a referendum than step up and lead

When lost, baffled and afraid, I yearn for guidance from an outside power. But is there a God? I hope so. But it’s hard to be sure. If there is, He doesn’t seem to pipe up that often with concrete advice. The same cannot be said for the man some consider His slayer, Richard Dawkins. He is possessed of all the certainty I look for in the Almighty and his truth is a lot more effable. God is dead, long live God. In the apparent absence of omniscience, I’ll settle for a know-all.

So I was glad to hear that the revered professor had spoken out about the forthcoming EU referendum, a subject that has made me feel particularly lost, baffled and afraid lately. Don’t misunderstand me, I know how I’m going to vote – I’m for Remain. I’m unshakable on that. I just don’t know if I’m right. And I also don’t know if the side I’m going to vote for will win. I fear the consequences of its defeat and, to a lesser but still significant extent, I fear the consequences of its victory. I’m not finding any of this much fun.

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Kenneth Jackson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 08:58:23 GMT
Think TTIP is a threat to democracy? There’s another trade deal that’s already signed | Nick Dearden
If you needed proof that trade agreements are just an excuse to hand big business power at our expense, look no further than Ceta, a deal between the EU and Canada

As the great powers gathered in Japan for last week’s G7 summit, a series of massive trade deals were under attack from all sides. And yet, from Donald Trump to Jeremy Corbyn, there is a recognition that “trade” has become little more than a synonym for big business to take ever more control of society.

The US-Europe deal TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is the best known of these so-called “new generation” trade deals and has inspired a movement. More than 3 million Europeans have signed Europe’s biggest petition to oppose TTIP, while 250,000 Germans took to the streets of Berlin last autumn to try to bring this deal down. A new opinion poll shows only 18% of Americans and 17% of Germans support TTIP, down from 53% and 55% just two years ago.

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Brian Hughes mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 19:27:15 GMT
Martin Rowson on the Conservative party's divisions – cartoon
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Allen Phillips mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 12:37:21 GMT
The Battle of Jutland: the Chilcot shambles of its day

The mist and confusion surrounding the May 1916 naval battle is a reminder of the fearsome cost of military miscalculation

As the summer’s sporting calendar again comes into view, another familiar ritual of the season is an anguished backward look at the Battle of the Somme, which the British army launched against the Kaiser’s Germany on 1 July 1916. But should it share some of the anniversary attention?

At the Somme, Britain suffered 20,000 dead on the first day alone, beginning a grinding attrition that staggered to an inconclusive end on 18 November 1916. Little wonder that it always overshadows a briefer passage of arms to break the first world war’s military deadlock just a month earlier. Over in a few hours with 10,000 dead on both sides, it proved far more significant to the eventual allied victory.

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Vincent Parker mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 05:00:25 GMT
The night tube is a stage on which urban dramas unfold

Ravers, city workers, fighty louts, the recently divorced… their stories come alive in the early hours on the underground

A green light at the end of the tunnel – the night tube is coming.

1am A knackered city clerk makes her way back to Ealing. She applied her make-up on the commuter train to work; she removes it on the way home with a blousy sigh. With the night tube comes the night passengers, night conversations, night litter, all of a quality quite different from day. Kebab wrappers, phone numbers, face wipes, discarded by those getting ready for bed. The night tube is one of the most intimate places in Britain, second only after shopping-centre beauty counters where women get their moustaches waxed in their lunch break.

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Lawrence Henry mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:30:24 GMT
Our European allies dread Brexit, and they have good reason to fear it
The ambition of some anti-Europeans goes further than pushing Britain out. They hope to destroy the EU

It is the morning after the nightmare before. Britain wakes up on 24 June to find that it has chosen to quit the European Union. Breathless reporters tell viewers of breakfast-time news that David Cameron is holed up at No 10 preparing a speech to parliament which is expected to include an announcement that he will be resigning as prime minister. Boris Johnson is already preparing his leadership bid. He has taken a call from Donald Trump offering congratulations and campaign tips. Nigel Farage, his ambition achieved and needing a fresh purpose in life, is in talks about merging Ukip with a Borisovian Tory party. Vladimir Putin enjoys a celebratory vodka at the Kremlin. In France, Marine Le Pen tells her enthused supporters that Britain has sounded the death rattle of the EU and Frexit will follow. In Berlin, a solemn Angela Merkel says...

How would the German chancellor and other EU leaders respond? It is an important question. Arguably, there’s no more crucial question in this referendum. Even the most ardent of the Outers have to acknowledge that a Brexiting Britain couldn’t just cast off from its continent and drift into the mid-Atlantic. Britain would still want and need a relationship with our closest neighbours. It has even occasionally been the contention of some Outers that we’d have a better relationship with the EU once we’d self-ejected. So how the rest of the EU would react to Brexit and the impact that Brexit would have on the EU are crucial issues. I suppose it is because they are so crucial that they have barely featured during the referendum campaign.

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Shawn Clark mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:04:09 GMT
Politicians shun EU TV debates but women and minorities left out

Tensions are running high between two campaigns and broadcasters in male-dominated coverage

One veteran political pundit calls it a “complete shambles”, while another says it is “an utter mess”. With just weeks left before the EU referendum, tensions are running high between broadcasters and the politicians they want to wrangle on to our television screens to make sense of it all.

It already seems a tad farcical even before David Cameron appears on Sky next weekend for his first official live EU debate show. The Vote Leave campaign has threatened ITV with both legal action and “consequences” after the broadcaster dared to invite Ukip’s Nigel Farage on the same show as Cameron. Even then, the two men will not stand face to face.

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Carl Owens mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:05:18 GMT
Has anyone kept their faith in Christianity? | Barbara Ellen
A new report reveals that even people raised in church are losing their religion

A new report says that those who identify as having “no religion” (“Nones”) outnumber Christians in England and Wales. While Christians (Anglicans, Catholics and others) made up 43.8% of the population, the Nones represented 48.5%, almost double the 25% describing themselves this way in the 2011 census.

While obviously there are also other religions, the report (“Contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales” by Stephen Bullivant, due to be launched in the House of Commons next week) focuses on the rising indifference towards Christianity, and the failure of the churches to retain people who were brought up as Christians – a switch also reflected in statistics from Scotland and, to a lesser extent, Northern Ireland.

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Vincent Cooper mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 17:11:56 GMT
Jaguar Land Rover sells record half a million cars in a year

Largest UK car manufacturer’s profits were down, however, from £2.6bn to £1.5bn

Jaguar Land Rover sold half a million cars for the first time ever in the past year, helped by strong demand in Europe and North America.

However, the UK’s largest car manufacturer, owned by Indian conglomerate Tata, saw pre-tax profit fall as customers opted for cheaper models and it suffered a slowdown in the lucrative Chinese market.

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Wayne Burns mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:47:16 GMT
Action against illegal fishing falls after cuts at enforcement agency

Data released to Greenpeace in response to FoI requests show number of prosecutions has dropped significantly in recent years

Far fewer pirate fishermen are being caught in English and Welsh waters, with prosecutions, warnings and inspections all plummeting in recent years following cuts at the enforcement agency.

The reduction in action against illegal fishing, a multimillion-pound activity, is putting marine life at risk and allowing “blackfish” to become a normal catch for some rogue operators, according to experts. Those convicted of major fishing crimes are also free to continue fishing afterwards.

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Alan Rivera mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 17:50:10 GMT
Lukewarm reception greets Chris Evans's revamped Top Gear

New incarnation of BBC2 show attracts mixed reviews and fewer viewers than hoped as airs on bank holiday weekend

Comparisons between Chris Evans’s and Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear are not appropriate, programme insiders said in the aftermath of disappointing viewing figures and tepid reviews for Sunday night’s debut of the relaunched show.

The BBC2 programme attracted 4.4 million viewers – below the 5 million Evans had hoped for – but sources said that it was unfair to make judgements based on the first episode’s ratings because that did not take into account the impact of the bank holiday and the numbers catching up online.

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Steven Reyes mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:32:24 GMT
Eton provost threatens to quit Tories over 'social engineering' agenda

Lord Waldegrave says he will resign the party whip in protest at plan to ask job candidates if they went to private school

Moves to make employers ask job candidates if they went to fee-paying schools have led to threats from the provost of Eton college to quit the Tory party whip in the Lords.

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill, the crown-appointed provost of David Cameron’s old school and a former Conservative cabinet minister, is unhappy at the plans, which form part of the government’s “life chances” agenda.

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Jesse Martin mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:54:42 GMT
'Legendary' first edition of Alice in Wonderland set for auction at $2-3m

The edition is one of only 22 known copies in existence, after Lewis Carroll withdrew the print run because of a problem with the illustrations

A “legendary” first edition of Alice in Wonderland – one of just 22 known copies in existence, after Lewis Carroll withdrew the entire print run – is due to be auctioned in New York next month, where it is anticipated to fetch between $2m and $3m (£1.3-£2m).

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Mark Simmons mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:43:21 GMT
Duke of Edinburgh to miss Jutland memorial on medical advice

Buckingham Palace says Princess Royal will represent family at battle commemoration in Orkney

The Duke of Edinburgh will not attend commemorations marking the Battle of Jutland in Orkney, following medical advice.

A statement from a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “Following doctors’ advice, the Duke of Edinburgh has reluctantly decided not to attend the commemorations marking the Battle of Jutland tomorrow in Kirkwall and Hoy. The Princess Royal, who was already attending the events, will represent the royal family.”

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:44:21 GMT
Gordon Ramsay eyes first UK restaurants outside London

Celebrity chef’s firm is considering sites in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, and is also set to open three new US ventures

Gordon Ramsay is looking to open his first UK restaurants outside London after the celebrity chef’s company increased sales and narrowed losses.

Ramsay is considering potential sites in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. He is also set to open three new restaurants in the US over the next 12 months, including a chippy in Las Vegas called Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips. The US restaurants will extend Ramsay’s partnership with Caesars Palace, the casino operator with which he already operates four outlets in the US.

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Chad Cooper mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 15:04:29 GMT
BHS: MPs set to quiz tycoons and advisers who backed takeover

Two parliamentary committees are investigating the collapse of BHS, which was owned for 15 years by Sir Philip Green

The property tycoons and advisers who backed Dominic Chappell’s BHS takeover are set to face questions from MPs over their involvement with the department store chain.

The influential parliamentary committees investigating the collapse of BHS will consider calling Guy and Alexander Dellal, who control Allied Commercial Exporters (Ace), when MPs return from recess next week. They could also summon David Roberts of the law firm Olswang and Paul Martin at the accountancy firm Grant Thornton again.

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Jeffery Bryant mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 23:01:17 GMT
Number of UK landlords rises to 1.75 million

HMRC data shows 7% rise in 2013-14 but figure likely to be higher after recent buy-to-let lending surge

The rapid pace of growth in buy-to-let investments has been illustrated by new figures showing the number of landlords rising by 7% in 2013-14 to reach 1.75 million.

Figures from estate agent ludlowthompson based on data from HM Revenue & Customs showed 1.75 million people declared income from property during the year, up from 1.63 million in 2012-13, as they chased returns on their cash that outstripped other investments.

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Jeff Ellis mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
Elliott Johnson inquest is just start of battle for justice, say his parents

Ray and Alison Johnson hope hearing will acknowledge influence of alleged bullying by Tory aide Mark Clarke on their son’s death

The parents of Elliott Johnson, the young political activist who is believed to have killed himself after allegedly being bullied by a Tory election aide, have said the inquest into his death is “just the beginning” of a battle for justice for their son.

Johnson, 21, was found on railway tracks on 15 September 2015 after leaving behind three letters, in one of which he alleged that former parliamentary candidate Mark Clarke had bullied him and political journalist Andre Walker had betrayed him. Both Clarke and Walker strongly deny the allegations.

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Jeff Mitchell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:58:57 GMT
Jailed for false retraction, rape victim to challenge reduced compensation

Accused of perverting course of justice, woman to appeal against 70% cut in compensation for her ordeal

A woman who was jailed for falsely retracting a true allegation of rape is to challenge the compensation awarded to her by a tribunal.

The woman, known by the pseudonym Sarah, was sentenced to eight months in 2010 for perverting the course of justice, but she was released on appeal after serving two weeks.

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Earl Patterson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:15:11 GMT
Ken Clarke: 'absurd' that defunct prison scheme still keeps people in jail

Case of James Ward, who has mental health issues and was jailed under indeterminate sentencing scheme, highlighted by BBC

The former justice secretary Ken Clarke has criticised as “absurd” the situation where a defunct scheme for sentencing prisoners to indeterminate sentences means a man given a 10-month term is still in prison almost 10 years later.

The case of James Ward, now 31, was highlighted by BBC Radio 4’s Today after he wrote to the programme saying he felt “trapped in a box” over his continued incarceration under a sentencing programme which was abolished as a failure in 2012.

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Henry Boyd mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:52:36 GMT
Rotherham council draws up 'child-centred' strategy

Officials set to agree plan putting children ‘at heart of everything’ following damning 2015 report on abuse in the town

Rotherham council has said it hopes to put the past behind it as it prepares to agree a new strategy that aims to “put children at the heart of everything it does”.

In response to a scathing 2015 report on its handling of widespread child sexual exploitation – which declared the council “not fit for purpose” – power was taken away from the town’s elected officials and put in the hands of government commissioners.

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Earl West mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 18:51:38 GMT
Brexit 'dummies' blamed for anti-German motorway poster

Second world war smear on billboards along the M40 was not part of official campaign, claims Vote Leave

Homemade posters proclaiming: “Halt Ze German Advance: Vote Leave” and placed in fields overlooking one of the busiest motorways in England have forced the official Brexit campaign team to disown them and claim they were put up by “dummies on our side”.

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Patrick Gibson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:03:15 GMT
Corbyn hints Ed Miliband could get shadow cabinet job

Labour leader describes predecessor, who has kept a low profile since the general election, as a ‘great asset’

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has hinted that he would like to see Ed Miliband serve in his shadow cabinet, after appearing alongside the former party leader during a pro-EU event and in interviews.

In an interview broadcast on Sunday, Corbyn said his predecessor was “a great friend” and “a great asset” and he refused to rule out offering him a job. Asked if he wanted to see Miliband back in the shadow cabinet, Corbyn told Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live: “That is all for the future.”

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Earl Mason mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 00:12:10 GMT
Slurs on David Cameron will backfire for Brexit camp, says Frank Field

Questioning PM’s integrity a mistake, says Labour MP, after Boris Johnson and Nadine Dorries call Cameron ‘corrosive’ and ‘a liar’

The highly personalised attacks on David Cameron by Brexit campaigners have been condemned by one of their number.

Labour former minister Frank Field warned that “putting sticky fingers into people’s souls” would backfire for those pushing for Britain to leave.

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Walter Thompson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 04:44:29 GMT
Revealed: cancer scientists' pensions invested in tobacco

Pension fund for academics funded by Cancer Research UK invested £211m in British American Tobacco last year

Scientists funded by Cancer Research UK who spend their lives hunting for cures for the disease are among thousands of academics whose pensions are invested in the tobacco industry, the Guardian can reveal.

The latest annual report for the university staff’s pension fund shows it had £211m invested in British American Tobacco in the year to 31 March 2015 – its fifth biggest listed equities holding.

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Lawrence Thompson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 15:17:51 GMT
Tigers seized from Thailand temple over wildlife trafficking claim

Officials remove three animals following raid at temple, which has been investigated for animal abuse in recent years

Wildlife authorities in Thailand have raided a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away three of the animals and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking.

The Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, has more than 100 tigers and has become a tourist destination where visitors take selfies with tigers and bottle-feed their cubs.

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Brian Boyd mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:18:57 GMT
Texas flooding death toll rises to six as several people remain missing

Woman killed after car carrying three people swept from street by flooded creek, as rain prompts evacuations and widespread damage

Authorities in central Texas have found two more bodies along flooded streams, bringing the death toll from flooding in the state to six.

It was unclear late on Sunday whether a body found in Travis County near Austin was one of the two people still missing in Texas. An 11-year-old boy was still missing in central Kansas.

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Jesse Martin mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 07:28:37 GMT
Iceland plans Airbnb restrictions amid tourism explosion

Move to tax people who rent out properties through website as officials and residents express concerns over visitor impact

Iceland is poised to curb an Airbnb explosion as it tries to balance record tourist numbers with the protection of its spectacular unspoilt landscape and traditional lifestyle.

Proposed legislation, which could become law this week, seeks to restrict the number of days residents can offer Airbnb rentals in their properties to 90 days a year before they must pay business tax.

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Peter Jordan mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:54:57 GMT
Four dead after severe floods hit southern Germany

Girl of 13 who was struck by a train while sheltering from the rain and volunteer firefighter among those killed

Four people died and several more were injured in southern Germany after violent storms with torrential rains caused severe flooding, authorities said.

One of those killed was a 13-year-old girl who was hit by a train on Sunday while seeking shelter from the rain under a railway bridge.

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Anthony West mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 17:22:08 GMT
Chad's Hissène Habré found guilty of crimes against humanity

Verdict in Senegal makes Habré first former head of state to be convicted of the charge by the courts of another country

Hissène Habré’s victims waited 26 years for justice, and on Monday they got it.

At the culmination of a landmark trial of the powerful by the weak, the former dictator of Chad was found guilty of crimes against humanity, summary execution, torture and rape.

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Jerry Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:36:00 GMT
Chinese engineer and driver injured in Karachi separatist bombing

Little-known independence group vows to sabotage Chinese investment in Pakistan after attack that will alarm government

A Chinese engineer and his driver have been injured in a bombing in Karachi that was claimed by a little-known separatist group vowing to sabotage China’s multibillion-dollar investment programme in the country.

The unusual targeting of a Chinese worker in the sprawling port city will alarm the government, which is betting heavily on the $46bn China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) to transform Pakistan’s moribund economy.

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Daniel Richardson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:10:54 GMT
Irish prime minister says border controls could return if Britain exits EU

Enda Kenny urges Irish voters in Britain to back remain campaign as pro-EU group launches bid to mobilise Irish voters

The Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, has raised the prospect of border controls being reimposed between Northern Ireland and the Republic as he directly appealed to hundreds of thousands of Irish people living in Britain to vote to remain in the EU.

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Carl Lee mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:57:54 GMT
Former Zurich Insurance CEO killed himself, says company

Switzerland’s biggest insurer says it was stunned and deeply shaken by Martin Senn’s death last Friday

The former chief executive of Zurich Insurance has killed himself, the company said, less than three years after its chief financial officer killed himself.

The death of Martin Senn, who was born in 1957, takes the number of suicides by executives at Switzerland’s biggest companies to five in just eight years.

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Henry White mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:38:15 GMT
'Human stupidity' caused crocodile attack, says Warren Entsch

MP for northern Queensland region where woman is feared dead says: if you swim there at night you’re going to get consumed

A woman is missing and feared dead after she apparently was grabbed by a crocodile while swimming late at night at a beach in the Daintree national park in northern Australia.

The woman, widely named in reports as Cindy Waldron, 46, from New South Wales, was in waist-deep water with a friend at Thornton beach in Queensland on Sunday, emergency services said.

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Kevin Patterson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 21:59:40 GMT
Donald Trump a conquering hero for bikers at Rolling Thunder rally

Among thousands of blue-collar bikers wearing patches that called Jane Fonda a traitor, Donald Trump was received rapturously.

Related: Endless war: Trump and the fantasy of cost-free conflict

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Vincent Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 09:48:24 GMT
Syrian peace talks in peril after opposition's chief negotiator quits

Mohammad Alloush says Geneva talks have failed to secure release of detainees or to push political transition without Assad

The prospects of a negotiated peace settlement in the Syrian civil war have been dealt a serious blow as the opposition’s chief negotiator in UN-brokered talks in Geneva resigned, describing them as a waste of time on security and humanitarian fronts.

Mohammed Alloush, a member of the Saudi-backed rebel group Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam), condemned the international community’s “inability to enforce resolutions, in particular regarding humanitarian issues, [such as] the lifting of sieges, access to aid, the release of prisoners and adherence to the ceasefire”.

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Lawrence Phillips mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 09:00:30 GMT
Shinzo Abe postpones Japan tax rise after warning of economic slump

PM moves to stave off potential drag on consumer spending as doubts rise over ‘Abenomics’ programme

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is to postpone an unpopular tax rise in a last-ditch attempt to breathe life into the economy, reports said on Monday, days after he told fellow G7 leaders that the world was on the brink of a crisis comparable to the Lehman shock.

Abe reportedly told senior members of the Liberal Democratic party (LDP) that an increase planned for next April in the consumption, or sales tax, from the current 8% to 10%, would be delayed until October 2019.

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Vincent Warren mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 20:00:13 GMT
Most coral dead in central section of Great Barrier Reef, surveys reveal

As mass bleaching sweeps the world heritage site, scientists also find an average of 35% of coral dead or dying in the northern and central sections of the reef

The majority of coral is now dead on many reefs in the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, according to an underwater survey of 84 reefs, in the worst mass bleaching event to hit the world heritage site.

An average of 35% of coral was now dead or dying in the northern and central sections, according to the surveys led by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

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Louis Owens mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 05:15:15 GMT
Kangaroo attacks and injures two cyclists in South Australia

The suspected male buck jumped on to Sharon Heinrich and her friend when they paused on a cycle tour of the Reisling Trail in Clare Valley

Two women have been attacked by a kangaroo while cycling in South Australia’s wine country.

Sharon Heinrich, 45, suffered cracked ribs and internal injuries while Helen Salter, 47, was concussed after being attacked along the Riesling Trail in Clare Valley.

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Gregory Peterson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 07:08:31 GMT
Nova Peris: NSW chiropractor charged over racist Facebook comments

NSW police arrest 64-year-old osteopath Chris Nelson on the central coast over allegedly making comments on social media directed at outgoing senator

NSW police have charged a central coast man over allegedly posting racist comments on the Facebook page of outgoing Labor senator Nova Peris.

Woy Woy-based chiropractor and osteopath Chris Nelson was arrested on Monday afternoon following an investigation by detectives from Brisbane Water local area command.

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Craig Robinson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 04:27:00 GMT
The Emoji Bible has arrived ... sometime after God created heaven and earth

One of the most widely translated works in history has been given a 21st-century update with millennials in mind

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, and then some time later created emoji .

One of the most widely translated works in history has been given a 21st-century update with the publication of the Emoji Bible.

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Kyle Washington mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:11 GMT
University league tables 2017

Find a course at a UK university

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Chris Martinez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:45:25 GMT
Finding Dory’s lesbian characters are only a big deal when it's not a big deal

The trailer for the Finding Nemo sequel features a brief shot of two women with a baby – leading to excited speculation that Disney-Pixar is swimming with the LGBT tide

Name: Dory.

Appearance: Blue with yellow fins.

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Shawn Lee mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 09:00:29 GMT
Emmy the Great: 'It’s time to retire English as pop’s lingua franca'

The Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter Emmy the Great asks why more and more musicians, from Gwenno Saunders to Maria Usbeck, are turning to their first languages for their lyrics

In May this year I released two music videos for the same song – one in English the other in Mandarin. After a decade as a singer-songwriter, it was my first time releasing music in Chinese.

Around the time that I began to translate my songs into Chinese, two of my fellow multilingual musicians had embarked on similar journeys. In 2015, Gwenno Saunders, who began her career in the Pipettes, released her debut solo album made up of songs written and performed in her first languages, Welsh and Cornish. Meanwhile Maria Usbeck, formerly of the band Selebrities, was recording Amparo, an album composed in a variety of minority languages from Spanish-speaking nations. Both artists had emerged on their respective scenes by performing their music in English, but, like me, spoke a different language to their mothers. Hearing their albums, each immersive and moving in its own way, I wanted to understand the reasons for our similar decisions, and the sense of change that came with them.

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Glenn Lewis mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
Mars makes closest approach to Earth for 11 years

The red planet draws to within 75 million kilometres of Earth this evening. Previous close approaches have led to searches for life: tonight is no exception

Mars reaches its closest approach to Earth for 11 years this evening at 21:35 GMT. The red planet will be just 75 million kilometres away.

Mars has been steadily approaching, tripling its apparent diameter as seen through telescopes since January. But don’t be deceived by any internet messages claiming that it will appear larger than the full moon. The moon is just 384 thousand kilometres away; Mars will never come that close.

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Johnny Perez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:02:55 GMT
#SayHerName: why Kimberlé Crenshaw is fighting for forgotten women

More than 70 black women have died at the hands of the police in the past three years. Professor and activist Crenshaw, who coined the term ‘intersectionality’ in the 1980s, is determined they will be remembered

When she speaks at public meetings, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw has a trick. She asks everyone to stand up until they hear an unfamiliar name. She then reads the names of unarmed black men and boys whose deaths ignited the Black Lives Matter movement; names such as Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin. Her audience are informed and interested in civil rights so “virtually no one will sit down”, Crenshaw says approvingly. “Then I say the names of Natasha McKenna, Tanisha Anderson, Michelle Cusseaux, Aura Rosser, Maya Hall. By the time I get to the third name, almost everyone has sat down. By the fifth, the only people standing are those working on our campaign.”

The campaign, #SayHerName, was created to raise awareness about the number of women and girls that are killed by law enforcement officers. For Crenshaw – who coined the term “intersectionality” in the 1980s to describe the way different forms of discrimination overlap and compound each other – it is a brutal illustration of how racism and sexism play out on black women’s bodies.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:53:10 GMT
Character building: meet the understudies who steal the show

Sheridan Smith and Glenn Close are among the stars whose stand-ins have recently wowed audiences. From the panic to the euphoria, understudies describe the delirious experience of replacing an A-lister

Who grows up wanting to be an understudy? Most nights they slip in and out of theatres unnoticed, while someone else’s name is in lights. But in recent weeks, two actors have proven that understudies can not only save the show – they can steal it too.

Related: Bring on the understudy! Does it matter if the star isn't in the show?

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Alan Cooper mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:48:36 GMT
Skrillex and Justin Bieber on Sorry copyright claims: 'We didn't steal this'

Producer of Bieber’s No1 denies using loop from Casey Dienel’s song Ring the Bell

Skrillex has responded to a lawsuit filed by the artist Casey Dienel which claims he and Justin Bieber stole a loop from the vocalist’s song to use as part of their 2015 single, Sorry.

“SORRY but we didn’t steal this,” Skrillex tweeted on Friday, adding a video which showed how the section of the song was produced. Bieber retweeted him, adding the hashtag “#wedontsteal”.

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Douglas Washington mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:25:44 GMT
Symphony to a Lost Generation review – war epic should keep calm and carry on

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Adam Donen’s music scrabbles around trying to illustrate holographic images, like a hapless cinema pianist accompanying a silent movie

There’s no doubting Adam Donen’s sense of scale and ambition. Symphony to a Lost Generation is a five-movement epic, arranged for a full orchestra and choir, which attempts to document the horrors of the first world war. To complicate things further, the orchestra and choir aren’t actually here. They’re pre-recorded, accompanying a lavish holographic presentation that is projected on to an empty stage, giving the illusion of a theatrical performance.

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Wayne Mason mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 05:20:25 GMT
Monday’s best TV: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Springwatch

There’s a ravishing take on Shakespeare’s fairy fantasy from Russell T Davies, the return of the natural history favourite and a look at what life was really like in Versailles. Plus the day’s best film and sporting action

8pm, BBC2

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Ryan Gibson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 16:00:08 GMT
Should I sleep-train my child?

New research suggests letting infants cry for short periods until they settle can help both parent and child sleep better. But is it emotionally harmful?

I am confident that one day our six-year-old will sleep through the night. It may not be this week; it may take until secondary school. If we had sleep trained her, it might have been different, but I just couldn’t bear the tears. This makes me eligible to join the latest guilt trip after research in pediatrics showed that delaying bedtime and letting infants cry for short periods until they settle may be an act of kindness. Rather than causing emotional harm, it can help both parent and child sleep better.

It’s a debate that gets incredibly heated. Nearly half of mothers with babies over six months say their child has sleeping problems. Dr Michael Gradisar, lead author of a recent Australian study, says opponents tried to get the ethics committee to shut it down. The researchers randomized 43 infants with sleep problems between the ages of six and 16 months to either a usual routine, graduated extinction (allowing babies to cry for short periods over several nights) or fading (where the baby is put to bed a quarter of an hour later).

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Ronald Martinez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:00:25 GMT
Charged for an Argos order, but the goods never arrived

Almost £300 was taken from my account, but despite getting in contact I’m still unable to sort it out

In January I went on the Argos website and ordered a washing machine and TV, entering my debit card details. It stated it would take five days to deliver. But when I rang customer services a man told me it does not accept debit cards, contrary to what it says on the website.

Then when I received my bank statement in February I noted that a payment of £286 was taken from my debit account by Argos, but I still haven’t received any goods. How do I retrieve my money? Argos seems to be lax in its customer services and even emails do not seem to make any impact. I’d be very grateful for your help. PB, London W6

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Jeff Clark mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 15:03:17 GMT
Rosena Allin-Khan: meet the doctor who could be Labour's 100th female MP

A&E medic is fighting to win Sadiq Khan’s Tooting seat, campaigning on housing, diversity and uniting communities

Labour needs more women from diverse, non-political backgrounds who understand the lives of real people if it wants to be successful at the next general election, says the party’s candidate to replace Sadiq Khan at Westminster.

Rosena Allin-Khan, an A&E doctor and local councillor selected to stand in Tooting after Khan became mayor, adds that she has had to rent so she can stay in the area and complains that the tabloid media attention she has had could make people like her not want to become an MP.

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Ronald Martinez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 17:12:29 GMT
Mike Mignola: Why I'm ending Hellboy to go paint watercolors instead

As the final Hellboy comic is published, Mike Mignola discusses how he started, how Hollywood didn’t kill his creation and why he is embracing ‘blur and mush’

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is one of the most widely-praised and visually distinctive comics of the last three decades, spawning two critically acclaimed Guillermo Del Toro movies, several spinoff comic books and assorted paraphernalia from action figures to video games.

Now, the character’s high-contrast, minimalist adventures are concluding with the hero ending his days where he began them: hell itself, where Mignola says he has found unexpected artistic freedom. The final issue ships this Wednesday, 1 June.

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Roy Phillips mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:56:11 GMT
Venice architecture biennale pavilions – a souped-up pre-school playground

Uruguay opens a swap shop, Australia makes a splash with its pool while Germany and Austria’s pavilions tackle the refugee crisis with varying success – the architectural equivalent of a UN summit is as kooky and curious as ever

“I’ve come to collect my soil,” says a man wearing a green plastic sack, hauling a five-litre bucket of yoghurt up the steps of the Uruguayan pavilion. “I stole it from the Germans when they weren’t looking.” Close behind him come three more people in green plastic, like a gaggle of cut-price Jedis, each carrying booty pilfered from some of the 30 national pavilions in the Venice Biennale’s giardini – the park where participating countries compete in little cultural embassies.

In a mischievous twist on this year’s theme, Reporting from the Front, the Uruguayans are encouraging visitors to forage for items from rival exhibitions, while dressed in plastic “invisibility cloaks”, and bring them back. The reward is a vacuum-packed bag of soil dug from a hole in their gallery floor. All items will be taken back and exhibited in Montevideo, they say, as a way of “reporting back from Venice”. Confused? You will be by the end of a day in the giardini.

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Glenn Simmons mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:06:47 GMT
Game of Thrones: old favourites finally fight back

Peace more or less reigned this week, so rather than watching bodies pile up, we saw beloved characters have grotesque awakenings – then find their nerve

Spoiler alert: this episode assumes you’ve seen episode six of Game of Thrones season six. Don’t read on if you haven’t

It was a weird week: nobody died. There was a corpse on a slab having its face carefully peeled off, sure, and a few skeletal wights got a flaming mace through the ribs, but in both cases they’re already dead anyway. Otherwise, peace more or less reigned. As Daenerys wheeled around on her pig-ugly dragon to close the episode, the body count was no higher than when we opened it. (I don’t think so, anyway: look away for a moment in this show and you are, of course, always liable to miss a significant dismemberment.)

Thus deprived of quality murders and saddled with the bloodless military-political machinations of Essos and King’s Landing, we turned elsewhere for life: to the small and strikingly human concerns of Arya and Sam. I hope these two become friends. Superficially different though they are – one a small girl who keeps a list of all the people she would like killed, the other a large man who would just like to get back to the library now, please – I think they’d be fond of each other. Both are defiant of a society that lumbers them with low expectations. Both are touchingly loyal to the people they love. And, this week, both remembered who they really were just before it was too late.

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Benjamin Mason mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:13:31 GMT
Weight-loss surgery stories: 'It was the end for my marriage. But I'm much happier' | Guardian readers and Sarah Marsh

Surgeons say more operations would improve health and save the NHS money in the long term. Two women who have had the procedure discuss whether it was a wise choice

What is the best way to tackle the rise in obesity in the UK: education, counselling or surgery? If you think we should focus on that last option, you’re not alone. In the British Medical Journal this month, bariatric surgeons warned that the UK was lagging behind other countries in Europe when it came to offering weight-loss surgery. They argued that the procedures could help 2.6 million obese people in the UK.

But what do those who have had the surgery say? Here two women discuss the benefits – and pitfalls.

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Kyle James mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:00:04 GMT
David Means: ‘You can’t take a story and just stretch it out – that does not a novel make’

The celebrated short story writer on getting to grips with the longer form, history as fiction and trying to capture the absurdity of Vietnam

A really excellent short story is a thing that refuses to be faced head on. It folds into itself, circles you back to its beginning and replays endlessly, while some part – the maddening, mesmerising part – remains impenetrable. The American writer David Means, whose four collections span 25 years, is the master of this kind of refusal. His stories, which evoke lives rather than the neat, lone epiphany that’s become the form’s standard, usually operate around an inner concealment, some careful reticence that reveals and compels grace.

“What you hope for,” he offers, speaking in Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library, “is that you radiate the past behind the story and the future in front of it. You want to end in a way that makes the reader go back and reread and pushes them forward into eternity or whatever the hell’s out there. With a novel you actually have the opposite – you’ve gotta wrap things up.”

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Gregory Martin mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 08:40:04 GMT
Kenya's new front in poaching battle: 'the future is in the hands of our communities'

In a country hit by a devastating poaching surge for rhino horn and elephant ivory, local people are turning the tide – but the wider problems of demand, corruption and organised crime remain

“It’s hard work. I cut their tusks off with an axe,” said Abdi Ali, a northern Kenyan pastoralist who became a full-time poacher at 14. With three other men it took him about 10 minutes to kill each of the 27 elephants he poached, cutting off the trunk, splitting the skull and removing the ivory that would later fetch 500 Kenyan shillings (£3) a kilo.

But while he became rich compared with the cattle herders, who mostly live on less than $1 (68p) a day, he did not find happiness. “Much as I had money, it was money I couldn’t enjoy in peace, because I was on the run.”

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Alfred Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 13:00:04 GMT
Pete Souza: photographing the real Barack Obama

Over two historic terms, official White House photographer Pete Souza has chronicled the most intimate, candid and comical moments of Barack Obama’s presidency

It was a tale of two Americas. In Las Vegas the casinos were humming with a hell-yes tide that was about to sweep the manic Donald Trump to his most pumped-up victory yet. In Washington DC, civilisation still existed. In the week Trump’s xenophobic bid to be the Republican presidential candidate began to look unstoppable, the man whose Americanness he has questioned was meeting 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin. In Pete Souza’s official White House photograph of their get-together, President Barack Obama cracks a delicious smile as the first lady dances with McLaurin, who was invited to visit the White House in recognition of community work she has done for decades in the US capital. The meeting was also a celebration of Black History Month – and Souza’s picture manages to be both intimate and historic. Here are three African Americans in the White House. The room they are in – the Blue Room – is opulently decorated with gold stars, Empire-style furniture, and a portrait of some grand national father who holds a white handkerchief in his white hand.

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Alan Jackson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:00:00 GMT
El Niño is over – but it leaves nearly 100 million people short of food

Scientists say sea temperatures are back to normal, but from southern Africa to southern Asia, droughts and heatwaves have left a trail of devastation

The strongest El Niño in 35 years which has seen long droughts, scorching temperatures, water shortages and flooding around the world is officially over. But the consequences of a second year of extreme weather will be seen for many more months in food shortages for nearly 100 million people, the loss of income for millions of poor farmers and higher prices in cities, say the UN and leading meteorologists.

According to Australian and US government scientists, sea surface temperatures in the Pacific, which warm significantly every few years, have cooled to normal levels and are unlikely to rise again this year. This marks the end of an 18-month global weather hiatus which has created social and ecological turmoil in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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Craig Gray mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:30:01 GMT
'Keep the quirk': rebuilding a famed New Age resort, clothing still optional

Seven months after Harbin Hot Springs in California burned down, the community is wrestling with the blank slate on which to imagine a new home

Tucked away in its own canyon on Butts mountain, Harbin Hot Springs was bucolic and blissful, with shimmering dry air. Stressed-looking city folk in black sunglasses unloaded European cars in the parking lot of the famously clothing-optional resort, eager to strip down and loll in the hot pools, the cold pools, or on the shady lawn; or maybe to attend an “unconditional dance” class, or a Watsu massage (a Harbin original, administered while afloat in a pool).

There were painted cabins and arcaded, two-story hotel buildings, a gazebo and a swooping wooden temple, and everyone speaking quietly – whispering, even.

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Brandon Dixon mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 10:00:00 GMT
'A wake up call': child-related shootings fuel Detroit's tough gun safety stance

Filing charges against adults may be difficult – as families are already grieving – but prosecutor Kym Worthy and others argue shootings are ‘entirely’ preventable

Daylen Head’s older sister found a sawn-off shotgun in a bedroom closet. While mimicking a video game, prosecutors say, she shot her nine-year-old brother dead.

Frankie Navarrette, 11, discovered his father’s loaded shotgun and shot himself in the buttocks. He survived.

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Patrick James mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 14:00:06 GMT
Everything you ever wanted to know about vertigo (but were too dizzy to ask)

Is it the result of stress? Or an ear infection? And will it actually go away if rest is avoided?

Up to one in 10 people will experience vertigo, dizziness or unsteadiness in any given year. In the vast majority of cases, the symptoms are unpleasant but harmless, and get better without treatment. Vertigo is used by health profressionals to describe the feeling that you, or the world around you, is moving when it is not: Alfred Hitchock’s masterpiece Vertigo is actually about a man’s morbid fear of heights (acrophobia) and not true vertigo, although the terms are often used interchangeably.

Have I got dizziness or vertigo?

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Chris West mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 08:00:28 GMT
A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution by Travis Elborough – review
There’s plenty to look at in this enjoyable stroll through the history of our public parks, despite a few omissions

In 1850, Frederick Law Olmsted, an American journalist and farmer, arrived in Liverpool from New York. Perturbed to find some of the other guests at his temperance hotel smoking, he and his companions soon moved on to Birkenhead, then a genteel but rapidly expanding new town. There, he tried to buy some buns, only to be told by the baker that he should on no account leave Birkenhead without seeing its wondrous new park, a 226-acre quasi pastoral paradise designed by Joseph Paxton on what had previously been a gorse-infested common prone to “unhealthy mists”. In 1847, some 56,000 people had attended its opening, a figure substantially bigger than the town’s then population.

The plight of many parks is obvious: gates are closed, lavatories remain out of order, litter is an increasing problem

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Wayne Reyes mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:32:51 GMT
Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them

Long time, no see, everyone! On this dreary bank holiday in the UK, it’s lovely to welcome everyone again to this week’s blog. Here’s a roundup of your comments and photos from the last two weeks, including chats about translation, tackling classics and funny books.

Vieuxtemps has embarked on a mammoth pile of classics: The Other House by Henry James, broken open a Primo Levi boxset, Tales of Mystery by Elizabeth Gaskell, and Heart of Darkness and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad, which they called “excellent and creepy”.

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Peter Torres mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:43:00 GMT
How was your weekend running?

Come and share your long weekend of racing, running or resting below the line as always: bank holidays are no excuse

Apologies for the late debrief this morning, I’m just back at the computer after the formerly-known-as-Bupa-10km. Now known as the Vitality 10km, but I can’t quite get my head around that. I’d forgotten quite what a massive race it is – a huge field, starting more or less exactly where the London Marathon finishes, and looping around central London to St Paul’s and back.

Theoretically – and certainly for other people – it’s a fast course, though it never seems to work out that way for me. I made the mistake of starting too far back and spent the first two miles – a fair proportion of the race – trying to get past people. Then again, I’m not sure my heart was really in a proper “go for a PB race”, so perhaps I’m just making excuses. I finished in a negative split, which has to be a first for a 10km race for me, and a nowhere-near-PB time that still, I reckon, just about qualifies as a hard training workout. I’ve realised from previous summers of 10km races that I need a good run up at these things – starting with a good tempo run, building on that in a series of races through the summer. So let’s call this a season opener …

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Peter Gray mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 07:30:27 GMT
The Soweto uprising: share your experiences, pictures and perspectives

Forty years ago apartheid police killed hundreds of children protesting in the Johannesburg township. Were you there? We want your help telling this story

Wednesday 16 June 1976 was a day that would change South Africa, when some 10,000 black children and teenagers took to the streets of Soweto to protest against being forced to study in Afrikaans, the language of their white oppressors.

As apartheid police responded to the march with force, the protest turned violent. By the end of the day, around 176 young people had been killed and thousands more injured when police fired live ammunition into the crowd.

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Philip Butler mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 07:30:27 GMT
Your ideas: tell us what you want to read about this week

Have you seen a news story you think we should be covering – or is there a more timeless idea you’d like to read about? Let us know here

Last week brought us Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, news of London’s Tower for Toffs and a viral letter from a graduate who felt cheated by the government over high interest rates on his loan. But what would you like to read about this week?

Tell us about the stories that have caught your eye recently – in the news or on more timeless topics. What would you like to read about the subject? Is there a voice you think is missing in the discussion?

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Jacob Watson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:00:01 GMT
My husband lied about visiting a lapdancing club – how do we regain trust?

This isn’t the first time he’s lied to me about his behaviour – I also discovered he had been paying for porn

My husband and I have been having relationship problems, but I thought we were doing OK until I found out he has been lying. He went away for a long weekend with friends and they visited lapdancing clubs. I knew as soon as I picked them all up at the airport – they looked so guilty. But when I asked him later he lied, first about visiting a lapdancing club, then about having a lap dance, then about how much he spent on lapdances, and about physical contact during the lapdance. One of his other friends told his wife all the details, and so the rest made a pact to keep it secret from their wives.

He expects me to just get over it but I am so hurt by his behaviour that I can’t. It’s not the first time: previously, I discovered he had been paying for porn – again, when I confronted him he denied it until I showed him the credit card statement. I don’t feel we really recovered from this but stayed together anyway. There have been several other times when he has stayed out all night with no explanation, sent porn emails around his office and inappropriate texts to women at work, and got into fights – he’s been charged with assault more than once. All this he blames on drinking too much and not feeling like he has grown up. I don’t know how we can regain trust, or get over this yet again.

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Marvin Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 21:30:15 GMT
Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'acrobatic'

Wherever you are in the world, we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘acrobatic.’ Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘acrobatic.’ So if it’s a night at the circus, a gymnastics event or a moment of flexibility share your photos of what acrobatic means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 2 June at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 5 June and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Chad West mail: | web: | when: Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:26 GMT
What can my daughter buy her form tutor as a leaving gift?

We don’t even know if this is still the done thing

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

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Wayne Gibson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:51:39 GMT
Underwhelmed by the EU referendum? Share your pics to prove it

Are you bursting with referendum fever or getting on with life usual? Either way, we want to see your photos

Apathy and ennui are not our friends. With the little free time we have, too many of us become trapped in patterns of empty behaviour, forever scrolling through our social media feeds or the offerings of our preferred streamed entertainment service. Eventually, the outside world - which we feel, dimly, involves us somehow - becomes a kind of background hum.

Occasionally, we notice something. For example, some of you may be aware that a referendum on Britain’s future of the European Union is taking place soon.

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Jacob Boyd mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 15:21:21 GMT
What impact do shocking and dramatic photos have on you?

On the frontpage of many papers today is a picture of a boat carrying migrants capsizing in the Mediterranean sea. How do such photos affect you?

It’s likely that today you were confronted with the arresting image of a boat, which carries migrants, capsizing in the Mediterranean.

It tipped over “due to overcrowding and instability caused by the high number of people on board”, the Italian navy said in a statement. Those on board clung desperately to the deck or dropped into the sea, with five found dead.

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Edward Roberts mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 19:00:10 GMT
Readers recommend: share songs with extraordinary vocals

Our reader suggests Janis Joplin or Freddie Mercury as jumping off points: make your suggestion in the comments and they’ll pick a playlist next week

This week we want your musical recommendations with unusual or extraordinary vocals. Maybe the voice is extraordinary or distinctive to begin with, or a particular vocal performance is out-of-this-world? Either way, and however you interpret what the word ‘extraordinary’ constitutes – pick your tune and make your suggestions now.

Related: Janis: Little Girl Blue – a heartfelt account of a remarkable talent

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Carl Howard mail: | web: | when: Thu, 26 May 2016 09:49:15 GMT
Will Cristiano Ronaldo break his own scoring record against Atlético Madrid?

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in the Champions League this season – as many as Atlético Madrid – but Saturday’s opponents have Europe’s best defence

By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Real Madrid secured La Décima in 2014 after chasing their 10th European Cup for 12 years. Sergio Ramos’ header deep into second-half injury time cancelled out Diego Godin’s opener to set Real Madrid on their way against Atlético Madrid, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo finishing off the 4-1 victory in extra time. The clubs meet again on Saturday as Real Madrid chase La Undecima. Atlético, meanwhile, are hoping to secure their first European Cup, having lost two finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s form will be key in Milan. He scored his 17th goal of the 2013-14 competition when he tucked a penalty past Thibaut Courtois in the dying minutes of the final in Lisbon, becoming the competition’s record scorer in the process. With 16 goals in this season’s Champions League – more than any other player and as many as Atlético have scored in their 12 matches – Ronaldo can break his own record this weekend.

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Clarence Powell mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:45:00 GMT
Revisiting Roots: how was your family affected by the slave trade?

A new adaptation of Alex Haley’s book Roots airs at the end of May. If the transatlantic slave trade had an impact on you or your family, we’d like to hear from you

An adaptation of Alex Haley’s story of an African who is sold into slavery in America, the original series of Roots won nine Emmys. It was seen by 100 million viewers – among the most watched TV broadcasts of the past 40 years. Now, nearly 40 years on a remake of the epic drama is returning to our screens. Covering the American Revolution, Civil War and emancipation, it chronicles the life of Kunta Kinte and the life of his family over the years.

Documenting the appalling plight of African America’s slave ancestors the new show follows films such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Addressing those who questioned why he made the film McQueen said, “people want to close their eyes on some subjects. They want to keep on going, they don’t want to look behind them.”

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Lawrence Ramos mail: | web: | when: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:52:49 GMT
Lost and found: share photos and stories about the objects that have changed you

To coincide with Cornelia Parker’s latest exhibition, we’d like to see photos of objects close to your heart and the stories behind them

This summer, artist Cornelia Parker is curating a group exhibition at The Foundling Museum in London, in which more than 60 artists, writers and composers have been asked to respond to the word “found,” by contributing a found object that means something to them. To coincide with the exhibition we’d like to see photos of your own items that hold a special value to you.

Do you have a special object that you have found that tells a specific story in your life? Maybe it was something you thought you’d lost long ago only to rediscover it when having a clear out or moving house? Whether it’s an item found on the street, a charity shop or an object of sentimental value that has been passed down to you from older generations, share your found objects with us, and tell us the stories behind them.

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Ryan Campbell mail: | web: | when: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:38:27 GMT
Europeans: what do you like about living and working in the UK?

If you’re a European in the UK we’d like to hear what you do for a living and why you enjoy living in the UK

Ahead of the EU referendum economists have been scrutinising how jobs will be affected if the UK was to leave Europe, and what Brexit might mean for employment rights.

Related: Work after Brexit: the biggest winners and losers for UK jobs

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:07:15 GMT
Is your family at war over the EU referendum?

If disagreements over Britain’s impending EU vote are souring your family relations, we would like to hear from you

Polling cards have started to arrive in households across the UK, as the EU referendum heads into view. With a month to go, one criticism of the referendum debate has been that it has been dominated by rowing members of the Conservative party, making the whole thing seem more like an internal family matter rather than a cool-headed assessment of what’s best for the future of the country.

We wouldn’t for a moment wish to suggest any similarities between your clan and the Tories, but we would like to know whether the referendum has had any impact on your family relationships.

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Clarence Howard mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 15:13:10 GMT
Stanley Kubrick was planning children's film before his death

Director of Spartacus and Eyes Wide Shut wanted to do version of Pinocchio for grandchildren and second world war movie

Stanley Kubrick was planning his first children’s film and his first second world war movie shortly before his death in 1999, his friend and former assistant has revealed.

Emilio D’Alessandro, Kubrick’s trusted personal assistant and friend for more than 30 years, told the Guardian that the director wanted to tell the story of Pinocchio and to shoot a movie about Monte Cassino, one of the most bitter and bloody battles of the second world war.

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Carl Reynolds mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 12:27:49 GMT
The Egyptian Lover: 'I only started singing so people would know the track names'

The electro producer also known as Greg Broussard recalls the studio techniques and diverse influences that made his records club hits in the 80s, and explains why the sound will never die

Greg Broussard is explaining how he found his voice – a purr of a voice; a slick, calm invitation. It’s the voice of his musical alter ego, the Egyptian Lover, and he owes the voice to Prince.

“On a long version of one of his songs, Controversy, he’s saying [Broussard goes into an impression here]: ‘People call me rude / I wish we all were nude.’ I liked that chant style, so I tried to be cool with it. I started lowering my voice, trying different things, and it just fit along with the songs. It wasn’t screaming or overpowering, more a seductive way of talking to women.”

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Jason Cruz mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 08:00:28 GMT
Melissa McCarthy: why Hollywood’s first lady of funny is hit and miss

When she’s working with Paul Feig she’s a scream. But as her new film The Boss proves, other directors aren’t so lucky

Related: Melissa McCarthy fights off critics, Batman and Superman to top US box office

What’s not to love about Melissa McCarthy? She’s a superstar in a comedy universe dominated by boys’ clubs and sylphs, and she’s funny as hell. She stole Bridesmaids, and Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, with a bracingly foul-mouthed cameo. And now she has four box-office hits under her belt, a near-unbroken run from Identity Thief through to The Boss.

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Gregory Rivera mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 08:00:28 GMT
Duncan Jones on Warcraft: 'If you get it wrong, people are going to be upset'

The director son of David Bowie on his £100m franchise movie and the downside of geek culture

Related: Duncan Jones: 'Warcraft will right the wrongs of game movies'

You’ll believe an orc can cry. There are many difficult things Duncan Jones’s new $100m movie is trying to pull off – from launching a fresh Hollywood franchise to making that rarest of things, a half-decent computer game movie – but getting an audience of both kids and adults to empathise with massive green monsters is up there. Massive green monsters with tartar-covered tusks and computer-generated nasal hair to boot.

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Kenneth Campbell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:00:25 GMT
Kevin Lane on life after prison: ‘I won’t stop until I clear my name’

Lane served 20 years for the gangland killing of Robert Magill in 1994. Now free, he is determined to prove he is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice

Kevin Lane is wearing a blue Italian suit. His white shirt is ironed, his shoes polished and his handshake firm. At this smart London restaurant, he seems out of place among the businessmen and women – but only because he has the physique of a bodybuilder, and a deep voice that draws attention when he raises it.

Which he does, very occasionally, when he’s animated – as he is now, talking about his new businesses and how he has just bought a new Mercedes. He’s doing OK. But there’s something nagging at him, and when he is upset, his voice drops. Days earlier, Lane was pictured in a newspaper outside a nightclub with the former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona. A source quoted by the Daily Mail said the pair were “all over each other”, and there was talk of them dating. The story, he says, is nonsense.

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Henry Gordon mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:34:32 GMT
Emilia Clarke nominates herself as a Jane Bond contender (and DiCaprio as a 'Bond boy')

Game of Thrones star says playing a gender-swapped version of the 007 agent is an ‘unrealised dream’ and says DiCaprio would be her ‘ultimate leading man’

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has thrown her name into the ring to play a female version of 007.

In an interview with the UK’s Daily Star, Clarke said, “I have a lot of unrealised dreams. I would love to play Jane Bond. My ultimate leading man would be Leonardo DiCaprio. No doubt about it.”

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Benjamin Martinez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 04:45:46 GMT
David Bailey threatened to unzip his flies while taking my portrait

Writer Brigid Keenan worked for a spell with the seminal 60s photographer and his girlfriend Jean Shrimpton

Being a journalist married to a diplomat has meant I’ve had more than my fair share of encounters with interesting people. I have danced with a president, shaken hands with prime ministers, princes and a pope, and chatted to Gregory Peck and Mother Teresa – but none of them would remember me. With the photographer David Bailey, though, I had more than a brush. We had a friendship back in the 60s when I became young fashion editor of the Sunday Times. I was 21, Bailey (as we always called him) was 23.

In fact I’d first met him before that, when he was an assistant to the legendary photographer John French. I came from a middle-class family, was educated at convents, only knew young men in cavalry twill and tweed, and had never met anyone like this leather-jacketed, confident, cocky Londoner. I was petrified of him. But when I found myself having to produce a weekly Young Fashion column, familiarity bred friendship and I worked with him and Jean Shrimpton, who was his girlfriend then, all the time.

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Adam Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 07:00:27 GMT
Bob Crowley: 'I’m not sure you can set Shakespeare anywhere, or at any time'

Lesley Manville as a post-punk shepherdess, Juliet Stevenson in pinstripes and a forest of silk … the designer behind the RSC’s As You Like It in 1985 explains his approach to the plays

When you’re designing a Shakespeare play, there’s always a central issue you have to address. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it’s how you do the fairies. In Macbeth, it’s the witches – what are they going to look like, what world do they come from? In Lear, it’s how you do the storm. Those are the iconic moments that everyone remembers, and how they manifest themselves on stage is the first question you try to answer. They give the whole production its character.

In As You Like It, the issue is the Forest of Arden. Early in the play, the heroine Rosalind and her cousin Celia disguise themselves and flee there – it’s where her father and his supporters have been living in banishment, away from his evil brother Duke Frederick, who has taken over the court. In Shakespeare’s day, the forest was real enough, in the middle of Warwickshire (his mother’s maiden name was Mary Arden), but on stage it’s more of an illusory space, I think: somewhere you find liberation, discover who you are. It’s not so much a place as a state of mind.

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Jerry Jordan mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 17:03:09 GMT
Economist editor: ‘We don’t want to be the grandpa at the disco’

Zanny Minton Beddoes on new owners, battling Brexit, and making a 173-year-old title work online

Zanny Minton Beddoes’ office may have a worn and old-fashioned feel, indeed it wouldn’t be surprising if it turned out it hasn’t had a makeover since the Economist’s arrival in 1964, but she couldn’t be more focused on the shiny digital future.

“We don’t want to be the grandpa at the disco,” says Minton Beddoes, the first female editor in the business magazine’s 173-year history. “The bedrock of this place is the weekly Economist but in the 21st century that is no longer enough.”

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Craig Owens mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 15:12:18 GMT
The annual Wiener Dog 100 race - in pictures

During Memorial Day weekend more than 60 dogs took part in the annual Wiener Dog 100 race at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, helping to raise funds for the Connecticut Dachshund Rescue and Pet Services

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Carl Marshall mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:49:57 GMT
Best photographs of the day: snakes fighting, a rocket festival and gay pride

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including snakes fighting in India, wellington boots in Berlin, gay pride in Rio and a rocket festival in Laos

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Jimmy Dixon mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:45:56 GMT
The 12 most visually arresting games on Xbox One

From the scenic grandeur of The Witcher and Rise of the Tomb Raider, to the handcrafted beauty of Ori and the Blind Forest, here are some of the most evocative visual experiences on Microsoft’s latest console

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Fred Rivera mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 07:09:56 GMT
Cindy Sherman: clowning around and socialite selfies – in pictures

Highly influential New York artist Cindy Sherman made taking selfies an art form before the word even existed. Throughout her career she has experimented with costume, prosthetics, makeup and digital photography to create highly exaggerated and ofttimes grotesque character studies. A new exhibition at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane includes more than 50 large-scale works by Sherman. The images draw from her series Clowns (2003–04), made in the aftermath of the 2001 US terrorist attacks; Society portraits (2008), and work made in conjunction with fashion houses Balenciaga and Chanel

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Brandon Martinez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:02:25 GMT
The 30 best summer buys for men – in pictures

Is your wardrobe ready for the summer holiday season? Here are 30 updates, from Saint Laurent-inspired palm prints to Japanese denim and suede shoes, to keep you looking sharp

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Brian Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 08:20:18 GMT
Eyewitness: How bumblebees find pollen

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 01:47:51 GMT
Giro d'Italia 2016: stages 16-21 – in pictures

As the 99th Giro d’Italia comes to an end, we take a look back at the best images from the final six stages of the race

Click here for the best images from stages 10-15
Click here for the best images from the first nine stages

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Joshua Ramos mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 06:00:25 GMT
Paws galore: vintage photos of Fido and friends – in pictures

First world war soldiers with their hounds, sepia-toned Victorians with their pooches, and family dogs playing dress-up … Libby Hall spent three decades trawling auctions and car-boot sales for photos of people and their pets, some dating back to the 1850s

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Fred Cruz mail: | web: | when: Mon, 30 May 2016 03:35:15 GMT
Australian peacock spiders that behave 'like dogs and cats' – in pictures

Several new species of peacock spider – just a few millimetres long and featuring extraordinary colours – have been discovered in Western Australia and South Australia. Sydney biologist Jürgen Otto, who discovered the seven new species, has compared their behaviour to that of cats and dogs

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Antonio Harris mail: | web: | when: Sun, 29 May 2016 18:19:14 GMT
Monaco Grand Prix - in pictures

The best images from the Monaco Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton wins in Monte Carlo after starting third on the grid in the rain, his 44th victory and his favourite number

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