• Brexit deal won't happen tonight, government sources confirm – live news

    No 10 refuses to confirm Boris Johnson’s travel plans but PM could make early Brussels dash to push talks along

    Even if Boris Johnson managed to pull off a Brexit deal, he would still have other problems on his plate as this story on the latest developments on the Arcuri saga by Matthew Weaver shows.

    Related: MPs call for police investigation into Jennifer Arcuri's firm

    Here’s our take on how MP Steve Baker and his allies are warming to a deal after Boris Johnson promised them the UK would leave the customs union and secure a quick free-trade deal with the EU.

    Related: Tory Eurosceptics rally round Boris Johnson as deal nears

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  • Trump claims Kurds are 'no angels' as he praises Turkish offensive

    President’s assertion undercuts US mission to Turkey aimed at urging Erdoğan to halt offensive

    Donald Trump has hailed his decision to withdraw US troops in Syria, paving way for a Turkish offensive, as “strategically brilliant”, declaring that the Kurds he had abandoned were “much safer now” and were anyway “not angels”.

    The president’s remarks contradicted the official assessment of both the state and defence departments that the Turkish offensive was a disaster for regional stability and the fight against Isis.

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  • MPs press minister over Jennifer Arcuri investigation

    MPs say matter should be referred to police if DCMS review finds possible fraud

    MPs have called for a police investigation into a company run by Jennifer Arcuri, the US businesswoman at the centre of conflict of interest row involving the prime minister, if a government review finds that it used deception to obtain a £100,000 grant.

    The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is conducting a review of how it awarded Arcuri’s company Hacker House the money under a scheme aimed at fostering UK cyberskills, amid questions over the company’s tenuous links to the UK.

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  • Fourth man held in campaign fraud case involving Rudy Giuliani associates

    Prosecutors allege David Correia, 44, made outsized political donations to Republican candidates to advance business interests

    A Florida man wanted in a campaign finance case involving associates of Rudy Giuliani is in federal custody after flying Wednesday to Kennedy airport in New York City to turn himself in, federal authorities said.

    Related: Third Rudy Giuliani associate arrested at JFK airport – live

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  • Trump says PM asked him to set up meeting with Harry Dunn family

    President also claims lawyers may have hindered his effort to introduce parents to suspect

    Donald Trump said Boris Johnson had asked him to set up a surprise meeting in the White House between the parents of teenage Harry Dunn and the woman suspected of killing him in a road traffic collision. The president also claimed lawyers may have stymied his efforts to bring them together.

    But a spokesman for Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles blamed Trump’s national security adviser, Richard O’Brien, for the failed stunt, describing him as “a nincompoop”.

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  • LGBT lessons protester 'inflamed tensions' by inviting imam, court hears

    Mullah Bahm claimed schools had anal sex and paedophile ‘agenda’ at protest, video shows

    The lead protester in the row over LGBT equality teaching has been accused of “inflaming tensions” by inviting a controversial imam who claimed anal sex, paedophilia and transgenderism were being taught in schools to a demonstration.

    Shakeel Afsar, who has led a long campaign to halt the lessons, was questioned on the third day of a high court hearingto rule on whether an exclusion zone banning protests around Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham should be made permanent.

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  • Iran to limit inspectors' access to its nuclear facilities

    Move announced by senior MPs represents another step away from nuclear deal signed in 2015

    Iran will further reduce its commitment to the nuclear dealsigned with world powers by limiting international inspectors’ access to its nuclear sites, senior Iranian MPs have said.

    The move, which is expected to take place at the beginning of November, will be the fourth Iranian step away from the deal, and puts pressure on France, Germany and the UK to make some form of counter-move.

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  • £250m in limbo as second Neil Woodford fund frozen

    Administrator closes Income Focus fund to withdrawals to prevent run on its assets

    A second investment fund set up by the failed stock picker Neil Woodford has been frozen, locking up more than £250m of savers’ money.

    The administrator, Link Fund Solutions, said it had closed the Income Focus fund to withdrawals to prevent a run on its assets. The fund’s value has halved to £252m since June, when Woodford’s flagship Equity Income fund was suspended.

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  • Body found in Welsh river during search for missing woman

    Rugby player Brooke Morris, 22, was last seen early on Saturday after night out in Merthyr Tydfil

    Police searching for a woman who went missing after a night out have found a body in a river.

    Brooke Morris was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning after being given a lift home from Merthyr Tydfil town centre by friends.

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  • Emmerdale actor Leah Bracknell dies aged 55

    Soap star who played Zoe Tate for 16 years was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2016

    The Emmerdale actor Leah Bracknell has died aged 55, three years after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

    Bracknell, who played Zoe Tate in the ITV soap for 16 years until 2005, died last month, her manager said on Wednesday.

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  • Coco Gauff: ‘My generation has just decided it is time to speak up’
    The 15-year-old talks of her Wimbledon breakthrough, an ambition to be the best and how it has given her a platform for her passions

    A few hours after winning her first WTA title in Linzand going viral for the umpteenth time, Coco Gauff celebrated her victory the way that most people born in 2004 probably would: on her phone. She fired up her Instagram and turned on a celebratory livestream, bantering with her fans and answering their questions. Before she departed she had one thing to get off her chest: “To everyone who said I couldn’t do it and that I was a one-timer, this was a one-time thing. Joke’s on you!”

    Related: Fitness to finesse: the reasons behind Coco Gauff’s stunning Wimbledon rise | Simon Cambers

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  • Stephen Barclay, a pointless secretary for a pointless Brexit | John Crace

    Everything about Westminster’s invisible man is designed with forgettability in mind

    If Stephen Barclay didn’t exist, would anyone notice his absence? He is Westminster’s very own invisible man. Someone so forgettable that not even his own reflection recognises him. A man who slips in and out of rooms without leaving a trace. No one can even be quite sure if he has human form or if he is just some shape-shifting ectoplasm.

    Everything about him has been designed with forgettability in mind. His voice is liquid valium. Calming to the point of comatose, each word more meaningless than the one before. By the end of a sentence you are far worse informed than if he had said nothing. His ideal job would be a doctor specialising in telling patients that their cancer was now terminal. Because everyone would have either nodded off or died before they had managed to absorb the news.

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  • The Guardian's climate pledge 2019

    Today, we are making a public pledge to ourselves and our readers, that we are committed to taking responsibility for our role - both journalistically and institutionally - on how to impact the climate crisis we are facing.

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  • Regina King on fighting white supremacists in Watchmen: 'My community is living this story'

    The Oscar-winner is playing a cape-swishing superhero in HBO’s revamp of the epic comic book. She talks wage gaps, wardrobe woes and her dreams of becoming a dentist

    Regina Kinghad a hard time convincing some of her friends about Watchmen, her new HBO series inspired by the DC comic book of the same name and featuring the kind of details that make some people run for the exits: time travel, kung-fu fighting, masks and thinly veiled political allegory. “Girl, don’t do this,” said one friend. King could only smile and agree.

    But we would all do well to watch King – in anything. At 48, she is in her prime. While filming Watchmen, King won the best supporting actress Oscar for If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the James Baldwin novel. For years, she has been turning out quietly devastating portraits – in the movies Jerry Maguire and Ray, in the TV show Southland – with little public recognition. Now she has her pick of roles. “I appreciate winning the Oscar,” she says, “but that’s not the ultimate goal. I should be able to use it as currency moving forward.”

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  • Why is caviar still on the menu?

    The demand for its eggs almost made the beluga sturgeon extinct. Even now, when most caviar comes from farms, eating it is controversial. So why do so many restaurants refuse to give it up?

    There are some words that are impossible to say without sounding fancy. “Caviar” is one of them. It’s the hallmark of fine dining; the crown jewel of a canape; one of the last few foods that, in a world of lobster baps and truffle mash, remain flashy. When the Sous Chef website looked at the UK’s two- and three-Michelin-starred restaurants this month, it found that caviar featured on 72% of the menus.

    Yet there is no denying caviar has an image problem. Until just a few decades ago, fishermen would haul beluga sturgeon out of the Caspian and Black seas, cut out the “roe sacks” that held their eggs, and throw the fish back in to die. As a result, sturgeon became critically endangered. The international trade in wild sturgeon from the region has been banned since 2006, and although there are a growing number of sturgeon farms around the world that attempt tomake the process more sustainable, the methods used to extract the eggs, and the morality of dedicating valuable resources toward producing this symbol of luxury, mean the ethics of caviar remain vague.

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  • George Monbiot arrested for defying climate protest ban – video

    The Guardian columnist and environmental activist George Monbiot was arrested on Wednesday for defying a London-wide police ban on Extinction Rebellion protests

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  • How a glitch in India's biometric welfare system can be lethal

    Claimants are given a 12-digit number linked to their data, and if something goes wrong they can be refused food

    Motka Manjhi had been back and forth to the ration shop four or five times, his wife said, but on each occasion he returned empty-handed. His thumbprint, needed to prove his identity, wasn’t registering on the new system.

    He was told to do an online update. But to do so he would need to get to a private centre – a four-mile journey from his village in Dumka, in the state of Jharkhand, north-east India. This would mean missing at least a day’s potential work, which he desperately needed to buy food. And even if he made the trek, there was no guarantee that the system, which often suffers from network outages, would be working properly. What was to be done?

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  • On the frontline as US troops leave northern Syria – podcast

    Martin Chulov, who covers the Middle East for the Guardian, has spent the past week on the frontline of north-east Syria. He describes the fallout from Trump’s shock decision to withdraw US troops. And: Amelia Gentleman on the EU citizens struggling for the right to remain in the UK

    In late 2014, the Kurds were strugglingto fend off an Islamic State siege of Kobani. But with US support, including arms and airstrikes, the Kurds managed to beat back Isis and went on to win a string of victories against the radical militant group.

    Last week, President Donald Trump ordered a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, a decision that has effectively ceded control of the area to the Syrian government and Russia. Martin Chulov, who covers the Middle East for the Guardian, has just returned from the frontline in north-east Syria. He tells Rachel Humphreys that although the handover on show was that between the Kurds and the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the real power shift was between Washington and Moscow, whose reach and influence across the Middle East has now been cemented.

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  • Hong Kong: the story of one protester – podcast

    A Hong Kong protester describes why he has returned to the streets, week in week out, in the face of an increasingly brutal crackdown by the authorities. And: Polly Toynbee on the Queen’s speech

    Hong Kong has been rocked by four months of violent protestsagainst what is seen as Beijing’s tightening grip on the city. The unrest has plunged the city into its worst crisis since Britain handed the territory back to China in 1997. The protests were prompted by a now-abandoned bill that would have allowed extradition of suspects from Hong Kong to China and Communist party-controlled courts. But they have widened into a pro-democracy movement.

    Anushka Asthanatalks to one protester about why he has been returning to the streets, week after week. He discusses his fears over the escalating violence and why people are willing to die for this cause.

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  • What is the truth about vaping? – podcast

    Jamie Doward and Max Sanderson join Anushka Asthana to navigate a way through the haze of the debate around vaping. Is it really safe? Plus: Frances Perraudin on the anniversary of #metoo – what has really changed after two years of the campaign against sexual harassment and sexual assault

    The rapid rise of e-cigarettes has spawned a social media subculture, but in recent months fear has spread about the safety of vaping. A number of deaths in the United States have been linked to vaping with hundreds of apparently healthy young people contracting serious lung disease. Meanwhile in the UK, where regulations are far stricter, e-cigarettes are promoted as an effective way for smokers to quit tobacco. So what is the truth about vaping?

    The Observer’s Jamie Dowardand the Guardian’s Max Sanderson join Anushka Asthana to discuss the rise of e-cigarettes.

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  • At first, I accepted Brexit. Now it’s become clear that we must not leave the EU | Martin Kettle
    The lesson of the past three years is that the referendum dream that voters were sold simply can’t be delivered

    Though we don’t always admit it, lots of us pro-Europeans have spent the years since the Brexit referendum trying to juggle two essentially irreconcilable views of what should happen next. One is that, awful though Brexit is, the leave vote must be honoured in the least damaging way. The other is that Britain’s departure from the European Union is so mistaken that it must be reversed, once again with least damage.

    More than three years on some of us are still juggling, even as Boris Johnson heads to Brussels. The thing that keeps the juggling alive is not, in the end, an inability to make up our minds. I am a remainer. Full stop. The question is how to respondto Brexit in the political circumstances of the moment, in the best long-term interests of the country as a whole? The answer has evolved. But it will soon be make-our-minds-up time.

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  • Nicola Jennings on Boris Johnson's Brexit hurdles – cartoon
  • Labour MPs who vote for a Johnson Brexit deal should lose the whip | Owen Jones

    Supporting an agreement to rip up our rights and protections would mean they could no longer represent the party

    Even a broad church must be bound by a common faith. Labour’s founding purpose was to secure parliamentary representation for organised labour, and to use that power to advance the collective conditions of working people. Sure, there were some interpretations of that historic mission that were more radical than others. Some believed it meant humanising the existing system, others replacing it altogether. (Even New Labour, which struck an accommodation with Thatcherism, invested in public services, the minimum wage tax credits and the decent homes standardundoubtedly to improve the lot of millions of working-class people.)

    A striking exception in Labour history was the premiership of Ramsay MacDonald who, in 1931, attempted to slash public spending and unemployment benefits. When his own party refused to sanction such a remorseless assault on the British working class, MacDonald formed a coalition with the Conservatives, provoking swift expulsion from Labour and leaving his legacy in the history books a byword for betrayal.

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  • The Guardian view on the dash for a deal: Johnson’s Brexit is more dangerous than Theresa May’s | Editorial
    The prime minister ran out of time playing political games, and he wants British workers to pay the price for his bungling

    For Boris Johnson, 31 October is a sacred date, beyond which Britain must not still be a member of the EU. But before 31 October, there was 12 April, and 29 March before that. The approach of a Brexit deadline in confusion and crisis is a sadly familiar feeling.

    The urgency driving Mr Johnson to strikea last-minute deal in Brusselsis a function of political bungling. Time is short because the prime minister squandered it with dangerous games, flirting with no deal and posturing to core supporters. But fear of humiliation in being compelled by law to seek an article 50 extension has focused his mind. He abandoned a convoluted multi-border planfor Northern Ireland in favour of a more realistic approach, closer to options discussed (and rejected) when Theresa May sat in Downing Street.

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  • 'Calm down dear, it’s only an aneurysm’ – why doctors need to take women’s pain seriously

    Female heart-attack victims are half as likely as men to receive treatment. Is ‘hysteria’ still being used to deny women adequate medical care?

    Though arising from the #MeToo movement, the phrase “believe women” is applicable anywhere. Believe women when we say the office is too cold, when we say we’re being paid less and especially when we say we’re in pain.

    Scepticism toward the latter is costing lives: according to a study led by the University of Edinburgh and funded by the British Heart Foundation, women who had gone to A&E after experiencing chest pain (and were later found to be suffering from a heart attack) were half as likely as men to receive the recommended medical treatment. The research comes after it was revealed that entering identical heart symptoms for women and men on Babylon, a virtual GP app praised by the health secretary, Matt Hancock, resulted in different diagnoses. Its artificial intelligence tells a 60-year-old female smoker who reports chest pain and nausea that she is simply having a panic attack. A 60-year-old male smoker with exactly the same symptoms is told that he might be having a heart attack and is advised to go to A&E. Here’s hoping that the researchers from the University of Edinburgh are predominantly male, so that their research is taken more seriously than the anguished cries of women that have rung out since the beginning of time.

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  • After Woodford, where is the contrition from Hargreaves Lansdown? | Nils Pratley

    We expect better than the fan-club tone of the best buy list following its hero’s costly crash and burn

    What does Hargreaves Lansdown, Neil Woodford’s former cheerleader-in-chief, make of its old hero’s decision to throw in the towel?

    Surely this is an ideal moment for the investment platform’s chief executive, Chris Hill, to share the “learnings and improvements” that apply to his own firm. He’s been promising to reveal the fruits of this exercise almost from the moment Woodford’s flagship fund was suspended in June.

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  • Ole Gunnar Solskjær needs more time and respect at Manchester United
    The choice is simple: potential long-term success under Solskjær or guaranteed long-term failure under a load of different managers

    It has been widely reported, not entirely without glee, that Manchester United have had their worst start to a league season since 1989-90. Plenty of those reports have excluded one not insignificant detail; that the manager of the club back then was Alex Ferguson.

    Related: Paul Pogba and David de Gea to miss Manchester United v Liverpool

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  • After the racism in Bulgaria, where do we go from here? – Football Weekly special

    Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay, Troy Townsend, Musa Okwonga, Elliot Rossand Kevin Miles come together to discuss the racist incidents during England’s 6-0 win in Bulgaria and to explore whether the response on and off the pitch is a watershed moment

    Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitterand email.

    With a collection of experts in their field, we take a close look at what happened in Sofia on Monday night, as Bulgarian fans racially abused black English players and the 10-year-old Uefa protocol for dealing with racist incidents was partly followed for the very first time.

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  • The conservative backlash against LeBron James has nothing to do with human rights

    Basketball’s biggest star is under fire after wading into the NBA’s China controversy, but his remarks are being weaponized by bad-faith actors trading in the very hypocrisy they allege

    LeBron James has come under fire like never before after wading into the NBA’s China controversy. On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers star finally broke his silence on the tweet heard around the world: Daryl Morey’s message of support for the Hong Kong protestors that’s threatened to upset the multibillion-dollar relationship between the NBA and the Chinese market it has spent three decades cultivating.

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  • Japan’s speed and skill sets an example but Springboks threaten to smother them | Ben Ryan
    Brave Blossoms’ slick style shows what is possible within existing laws – now World Rugby should clamp down on breakdown infringements

    The breathtaking match between the hosts Japan and Gregor Townsend’s Scotland was effectively a knockout game with a little bit more bite. Held in the wake of a devastating typhoon, it brought a brief respite as Japan’s fans cheered and cried and coerced their beloved Brave Blossoms to a victoryborne on raw emotion and bottled-up energy.

    The speed of ball and movement generated in attack by Jamie Joseph’s side was a joy to behold. It negated any need to throw bodies at breakdowns and kept players on their feet and in the game.

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  • Rugby World Cup power rankings: breaking down all 20 teams in Japan

    England, Ireland and Wales are among the throng pushing to challenge New Zealand as the World Cup enters crunch time

    Normal service has been resumed. After the surreal scenes of the All Blacks not being No 1 (Wales were, then Ireland!) they enter the quarter‑finals back at the top of the rankings, rated by the bookies as twice as likely to win the tournament as the second favourites. Don’t be so sure. It goes without saying they remain the best when on form, but that cancelled game might well be more of a hindrance to them than anyone, given that their last meaningful fixture will have been four weeks before their quarter‑final against Ireland. At least Italy would have been semi-meaningful. These All Blacks are not invincible at the best of times. Current world ranking: 1

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  • Paul Pogba and David de Gea to miss Manchester United v Liverpool
    • Spain goalkeeper will have scan on a groin problem
    • Pogba has been out of action with a foot injury

    Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær also expecting David de Gea will be unavailable. The absence of two of key players for Sunday is a sizeable blow as the manager seeks to arrest a form slump in which United have not won in the league for more than a month.

    Related: Ole Gunnar Solskjær needs more time and respect at Manchester United

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  • Everton's Jean-Philippe Gbamin out for three months in fresh setback for Silva
    • Midfielder has surgery on quadriceps injury
    • Summer £22.5m signing has played twice for Everton

    Everton’s £22.5m summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin has been ruled out for a further three months after undergoing surgery on a thigh injury sustained in August.

    The Ivory Coast midfielder made only two appearances for Marco Silva’s side before damaging a quadriceps muscle in training. Everton had hoped surgery would not be required and the 24-year-old returned to light training this month, only to suffer a setback that necessitated an operation in France on Tuesday.

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  • Lee Ann Walker, unaware of rule, adds 58 penalty strokes at Senior LPGA event
    • Lee Ann Walker hit with 58 penalty strokes over two days
    • Walker unaware of rule change involving caddies on green

    The rules have changed since the last time professional golfer Lee Ann Walker competed in an LPGA-sanctioned event. She found out the hard way.

    Walker shot rounds of 85 and 74 at the Senior LPGA Championship.

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  • Dwarfism and me: 'We're still treated as less than human' – video

    About 90,000 people in America have dwarfism. The writer and podcaster Cara Reedy takes us on a journey to reflect on what it means to be a person with dwarfism – and why America's obsession with little people has left lasting damage

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  • How fracking is taking its toll on Argentina's indigenous people – video explainer

    An oil fire burned for more than three weeks next to a freshwater lake in Vaca Muerta, Argentina, one of the world’s largest deposits of shale oil and gas and home to the indigenous Mapuche people. In collaboration with Forensic Architecture, this video looks at the local Mapuche community’s claim that the oil and gas industry has irreversibly damaged their ancestral homeland, and with it their traditional ways of life

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  • 'We will fight to the last drop of blood': embattled Kashmiris target freedom – video

    Determined to prevent security forces from entering their community, people in the suburb of Anchar, in the disputed region of Kashmir, stand united in their desire to achieve freedom from India. Defying teargas and pellets, they are the last remaining pocket of resistance in the country's only Muslim-majority state

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  • I'll kick out Iain Duncan Smith because of ​'​austerity he inflicted on my ​mum' – video

    Is the chaos in Westminster breeding a new type of politician? We hit the campaign trial with Labour's Faiza Shaheen, who is trying to kick out the Tory grandee Iain Duncan Smith from his Chingford and Woodford Green seat. Shaheen grew up in the area and describes herself as the polar opposite of Duncan Smith. What are her chances of success? And could she be hindered by Labour's Brexit position? 

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  • After Windrush – Paulette Wilson's visit to Jamaica, 50 years on

    A letter from the British government classifying Paulette Wilson as an illegal immigrant shook her sense of identity and belonging. ‘Hostile environment’ policies years in the making meant that Wilson and other victims of the Windrush scandal had their right to residency in the UK called into question. She had been detained for a week pending imminent deportation though she had done nothing wrong. It was devastating, but luckily she was released before she was deported. Here we follow Wilson as she returns to Jamaica for the first time in 50 years, trying to make sense of her place in the world and rebuild a sense of security and belonging

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  • Edward Snowden in exile: ‘you have to be ready to stand for something’ – video

    Edward Snowden has spent the last six years living in exile in Russia and has now decided to publish his memoirs, Permanent Record. In the book he reflects on his life leading up to the biggest leak of top secret documents in history, and the impact this had on his relationship with his partner, Lindsay Mills. The Guardian's Ewen MacAskill, who helped break Snowden's story in 2013, has been given exclusive access to meet him

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  • 'He said: 'I’d break the law for you.' I was 13': calling time on street harassment – video

    Rape threats, racist slurs, being followed home, just some of the things that women and girls are subjected to on a daily basis. But there is a growing generation of young women who are no longer prepared to put up with it and have launched a campaign to make street harassment illegal. On-the-spot fines were introduced in France in 2018, but could it make a difference in the UK?  

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  • Anywhere but Westminster | We must deliver: Brexit, Johnson and the robots of Milton Keynes – video

    As Tory conference cheers Boris Johnson’s do-or-die vision of leaving the EU, Anywhere but Westminster moves to Milton Keynes, a town evenly split between leave and remain, and hurtling into the future. Robots are delivering people’s shopping, but there’s also homelessness and glaring inequality, and clear signs that most people want no part of all the Brexit madness  

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  • Northern rail could be renationalised, says transport secretary

    Grant Shapps says it is not OK for trains to fail to arrive or for Sunday services to be lost

    The Northern rail network could be renationalised after years of late and cancelled trains, according to the transport secretary, who said the current franchise cannot continue as it is.

    Grant Shapps told the Commons transport select committeethat first steps had been taken towards taking the Northern rail network back into public hands.He said he had asked the Northern franchisee, the German-owned Arriva, and the government’s operator of last resort to draw up proposals to improve the service.

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  • Grenfell disaster: London fire chief calls for review of ‘stay put’ advice

    Dany Cotton says new guidance needed as she presents report on post-Grenfell response

    More than two years after the Grenfell Tower disaster, the London fire commissioner has indicated that firefighters still need guidance on what to do if a building is burning out of control and advice to “stay put” is no longer safe.

    Delivering an interim report into how the London fire brigade (LFB) has responded since the 14 June 2017 tragedy claimed 72 lives, Dany Cotton said on Wednesday that a review of stay put policies was needed, admitting “considerable challenges” remained in moving away from the policy that is widely believed to have cost many lives at Grenfell.

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  • Alleged Isis supporter accused of St Paul's Cathedral bomb plot

    Safiyya Amira Shaikh is accused of terrorist act preparation and dissemination of terrorist publications

    An alleged supporter of the Islamic State terror group has appeared in court accused of a plot to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a hotel.

    Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, from Hayes, Middlesex, is accused of the preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications.

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  • Prospect of Turkish rescue of British Steel raises union concerns

    MP fears Turkish military may be ‘enriched on the backs of the labour of UK steelworkers’

    Trade union officials and MPs have voiced fresh concerns about the prospect of British Steel being sold to the Turkish military pension fund.

    Ataer Holdings, owned by the Turkish army retirement fund Oyak, is in exclusive talks to buy British Steel out of liquidation, with the result of discussions likely to be announced within weeks. If it goes ahead, the takeover is expected to secure the future of a site in Scunthorpe, one of the UK’s last two blast furnace steelworks, as well as the jobs of more than 4,000 staff.

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  • Kevin McCloud's property empire suffers liquidations

    Two of the Grand Designs presenter’s businesses have been affected

    Two companies in Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud’s property empire have gone into liquidation, weeks after the Guardian first revealed that investors in his projects faced huge losses.

    KPMG has been appointed to manage the liquidation of HAB Land and subsidiary firm HAB Land Finance.

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  • Paul Dacre's position at Mail in doubt after attack on Geordie Greig

    Senior executives at paper’s parent company furious at former editor’s remarks

    The former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre’s future relationship with the newspaper is in doubt, after he made an extraordinary public attack on his successor, Geordie Greig, which infuriated senior executives at its parent company.

    In a letter to the Financial Times last Friday, Dacre complained that Greig had been “economic with the actualitéwhen he said in an interview that advertisers had returned to the newspaper in recent months. Dacre was furious at Greig’s implication that the Mail had become too toxic under his leadership, before going on to criticise his successor’s journalistic record.

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  • UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system

    Climbdown follows difficulties with implementing plan to ensure users are over 18

    Plans to introduce a nationwide age verification system for online pornography have been abandoned by the government after years of technical troubles and concerns from privacy campaigners.

    The climbdown follows countless difficultieswith implementing the policy, which would have required all pornography websites to ensure users were over 18. Methods would have included checking credit cards or allowing people to buy a “porn pass” age verification document from a newsagent.

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  • Officer in fatal march says he lacked health and safety training

    Capt Colin Nufer tells inquest into death of Joshua Hoole he received no formal guidance

    An experienced army officer who oversaw a course during which a soldier fatally collapsed on a hot summer day has told an inquest he had been given no formal health and safety training.

    Cpl Joshua Hoole, 26, died within an hourof collapsing on an annual fitness test (AFT) in Brecon, south Wales, in July 2016. Three years earlier,three army reservists sustained fatal heat illnessduring an SAS selection march in the Brecon Beacons.

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  • Plans for £110m London film studios on hold because of 'Brexit uncertainty'

    The LA developer Pacifica Ventures and its investors are withdrawing from the 22-acre project in Dagenham until ‘uncertainty has been resolved’

    A Los Angeles-based developer has cited “Brexit uncertainty” as the reason behind its decision to put on hold plans to build an enormous film studio outside London.

    Pacifica Ventures, which owns the studio where Breaking Bad was made, was picked as the preferred bidder for the proposed project in 2018, but, according to Barking and Dagenham council who own the land, failed to “progress matters sufficiently”, and has now lost its status.

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  • Charity launches legal action against NHS fees for pregnant migrants

    Maternity tion says bills of £7,000-plus deter vulnerable women from seeking care

    A charity has launched a legal challenge against the policy of charging vulnerable migrant women £7,000 or more to access NHS maternity care.

    Maternity care falls under “immediately necessary service” in the UK, which means it must never be refused or delayed regardless of a patient’s immigration status.

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  • French government resists calls for school trip headscarf ban

    Far-right politician sparks outrage by telling Muslim woman to remove hers on trip to parliament

    The French government has insisted it will not seek to ban Muslim women who wear headscarves from volunteering to help on school tripsafter outrage when mothers accompanying pupils were told to remove theirs.

    One mother said pupils were distressed and traumatised when a far-right politician told her to take off her headscarf in a regional parliament in eastern France, where she was helping out on a primary school outing for her son’s class.

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  • Turkish Syria offensive raises Greek fears of new refugee influx

    EU states divided over giving Turkey further funds to deter refugees from making crossing

    Turkey’s military push into Syria has sparked fears in Greece, already struggling with a rise in the number of asylum claims in recent months, of a new wave of migration to Europe.

    With camps on Aegean islands at breaking point, Athens has insisted the topic should be discussed at this week’s EU summit. “Europe shouldn’t be caught unprepared again,” Giorgos Koumoutsakos, the Greek minister for migration policy, told local media. “Nobody can be certain what is going to happen.”

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  • #WhatsYourExcuse: Canadian teen with terminal cancer urges others to vote

    Maddison Yetman, 18, tells Canadians on video that despite her ‘limited time’, she managed to cast ballot in the federal election

    After receiving a devastating diagnosis of terminal cancer last week, an 18-year old Canadian woman is using her final days to inspire her fellow citizens to vote in the country’s upcoming election.

    Maddison Yetman was diagnosed with cancer last week after finding strange bruising on her legs. She was told the advanced stage of the sarcoma meant she probably had only days left.

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  • Republicans fear 'suburban revolt' against Trump in 2020

    Secret recording of Texas House speaker and influential conservative indicates worries about waning support in suburbs

    Some Republicans are sounding the alarm over Donald Trump’s devastating effect on their support among suburban voters.

    The latest evidence of panic came in a secret audio recording of a conversation between Dennis Bonnen, speaker of the Texas house of representatives, and an influential conservative activist.

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  • Stop, you can't pop: prosecco Pringles seized in Italy

    250 tubes of wine-flavoured crisps taken in investigation into use of protected name

    The Italian agriculture minister, Teresa Bellanova, has pledged to fight against “identity theft” after hundreds of tubes of prosecco-flavoured Pringles were seized from a supermarket chain in the Veneto region.

    The supermarket had purchased the crisps, officially labelled “prosecco and pink peppercorn flavour”, from a marketing affiliate of Pringles in the Netherlands. The product is among the brand’s “Dinner Party” range.

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  • Three US diplomats held near Russian test site where mystery blast killed five
    • US embassy says trio had proper paperwork to travel
    • August explosion causes radiation levels to surge

    Three American diplomats were briefly detained in Russia near the military test site where a mysterious explosion released radiation in August, several Russia state news agencies have reported.

    The US embassy has confirmed the incident, the Interfax news service reported. But it said the three diplomats had filed the proper paperwork to travel in the area.

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  • Global economy faces $19tn corporate debt timebomb, warns IMF

    Update on markets lists eight leading countries, including US, China and UK, as vulnerable

    Low interest rates are encouraging companies to take on a level of debt that risks becoming a $19tn (£15tn) timebomb in the event of another global recession, the International Monetary Fundhas said.

    In its half-yearly update on the state of the world’s financial markets, the IMF said that almost 40% of the corporate debt in eight leading countries – the US, China, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Spain – would be impossible to service if there was a downturn half as serious as that of a decade ago.

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  • Sandy Hook father awarded $450,000 after suing conspiracy theorist

    Father of boy killed in Newtown school shooting sued James Fetzer and Mike Palacek over their book Nobody Died at Sandy Hook

    The father of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootinghas been awarded $450,000 by a jury in Wisconsin after he sued a conspiracy theorist who claimed the massacre never happened.

    Leonard Pozner, whose six-year-old son Noah was among the 26 victims at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, sued James Fetzer and co-author Mike Palacek over their book Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, which claimed Noah’s death certificate is fake and Pozner lied about his son being dead.

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  • Family found at Dutch farm 'could have been held against their will'

    Police say family was in space that could be locked and may have been there nine years

    Dutch police are questioning an Austrian man after a family of six were found in a secret room at a remote farmhouse in the Netherlands where they are believed to have been living for nearly a decade.

    The five adult siblings, said to be aged between 18 and 25, and an ailing older man they said was their father, were receiving medical treatment after police discovered them at the farmnear the village of Ruinerwold, in the north-eastern province of Drenthe.

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  • Nasa unveils spacesuits to be worn by first woman on the moon

    Next-generation garments for Artemis programme will be used during 2024 lunar mission

    Nasa has unveiled two spacesuits designed to be wornby the first woman to walk on the moon.

    The next-generation suits were made for the Artemis programme, which aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024.

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  • Leonardo's Vitruvian Man can go to the Louvre, court rules

    Challenge by Italian heritage group threatened to disrupt deal with Paris museum

    Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man will join several works at a blockbuster exhibition on the Renaissance artist’s lifeat the Louvre after an Italian court rejected an appeal against the drawing being lent to the Paris museum.

    Italia Nostra, a heritage group, recently filed a complaint saying the drawing, which is kept in a climate-controlled vault at the cademia Gallery of Venice, was too fragile to traveland risked being damaged by lighting in the Louvre if displayed for a long period.

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  • UK Atlantic Records boss resigns over Run-DMC fancy dress

    Ben Cook says he wanted to honour a musical hero but he is sorry costume was offensive

    Ben Cook, a key figure in the success of Ed Sheeran and one of British music’s most powerful figures, has stepped down as the president of Atlantic Records in the UK after an investigation into an “offensive” Run-DMC costume he wore at a party.

    Cook, who worked for 12 years at Atlantic, where he gave Sheeran his first record contract and also signed Stormzy, announced he would be leaving the company after making “a terrible mistake” seven years ago, when he attended a birthday party dressed as one of the New York rappers.

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  • Leah Bracknell obituary
    tor who played Zoe Tate in the long-running TV serial Emmerdale

    The actor Leah Bracknell, who has died of cancer aged 55, made her name on television playing the first lesbian character in a British soap. She joined Emmerdaleas the aspiring vet Zoe Tate, whose family moved into Home Farm, in the fictional Yorkshire Dales village of Beckindale, in 1989.

    Zoe was the daughter of a millionaire haulage firm boss, Frank Tate (Norman Bowler), and stepdaughter of his second wife, Kim (Claire King). Bracknell quickly outgrew life as a satellite character. Zoe took a job at a veterinary practice in the nearby village of Hotton, then left for New Zealand to become a flying vet – giving Bracknell the first of two maternity-leave breaks from the serial.

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  • Peter Handke hits out at criticism of Nobel win

    Writer says he will not talk to media again after repeated questions about his politics

    The Austrian writer Peter Handke has for the first time addressed the controversy over his award of the Nobel prize for literature, saying he will “never again” talk to journalists after being confronted over his stance on the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.

    Speaking to Austrian media on Tuesday night after an informal meeting with municipal leaders in his home town of Griffen, southern Austria, Handke complained that journalists had bombarded him with questions about his political views without trying to engage with his writing.

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  • Top 10 lighthouses in fiction

    These lonely outposts provide stormy literary inspiration to writers from Edgar Allan Poe to Virginia Woolf and PD James

    They warn of danger and yet lighthouses in fiction rarely seem to keep characters safe. Work in one and suffer loneliness or worse. Set foot in one in any capacity and immediately feel your options narrowing. There may be only one way in but there will be two ways out, one of which you don’t want to think about. They rise out of the land – and the sea – with the undeniable power of a symbol, a prophecy.

    In 1998, a friend working in publishing asked me to read a novel that had recently been published in France, Pharricide by Vincent de Swarte, and write a report on it. I fell immediately and deeply in love with it and wrote in my report that not only should the UK publisher obtain the rights, but they should let me translate it. They didn’t obtain the rights and so I spent the next 20 years trying to find a publisher willing to take it on. Finally, I struck lucky with Confingo Publishing, my translation appearing earlier this year – too late for De Swarte, who sadly died in 2006 aged only 42.

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  • Zauberland review – after horrors, a feeling of 'so what' remains

    Linbury theatre, London
    Crimp, Foccroulle, Mitchell and Schumann combine their considerable forces to tell a shocking story, inspired by the Syrian conflict, that fails to have the impact it should

    A young, pregnant woman flees the violence of Aleppo, leaving her family and husband behind. She settles in Cologne, where she can pick up the threads of her career as an opera singer, and where her daughter is born. Sometime later, she dreams of singing Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, and that performance becomes entwined with memories of her life in Syria and the horrors of her escape.

    That’s the starting point for Zauberland, composer Bernard Foccroulleand writer Martin Crimp’s “Encounter with Schumann’sDichterliebe”, staged by Katie Mitchell. First seen in Paris in the spring, the production is touring Europe and the US with soprano Julia Bullockas the protagonist. It is a strange, unsatisfactory piece.

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  • Power dressing: the enduring appeal of a fashion uniform

    From the fashion world to politics, many public figures favour a uniform. And with minimalism the fastest growing sartorial trend, it’s never been more appealing to edit your wardrobe down to a few signature pieces

    One of the biggest trendsetters in fashion this year hasn’t been a designer draping away in a Paris atelier, nor an Instagram influencer with effortless personal style. It’s not even a celebrity whose stylish endorsement spawned sellouts and waiting lists. No. The woman with the biggest impact on the way we dress right now has nothing to do with fashion at all.

    Marie Kondo, Japanese organising consultant and author, has almost single-handedly ushered in a new, minimalist mood. But now minimalism is about more than refined silhouettes and clean lines, it’s about clearing out your closet and editing your approach.

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  • Charming Calgary: a guide to Alberta's cosmopolitan city

    Visitors to Calgary will discover a city with community at its heart, that’s brimming with indie restaurants, cool shops and markets. It’s also surrounded by natural beauty. Annette Christie, who was born and raised in the city, is your guide

    There’s definitely a lot to love about Calgary. For a start, it was ranked the world’s fourth most livable city by the Economist last year. Nestled near the Rocky Mountains, it has natural beauty to spare, from lush forests to rolling farm fields – plus a growing collection of publicly displayed art and innovative architecture within the downtown core. There’s a great NHL team – the Calgary Flames– and every July the city hosts a 10-day party called the Calgary Stampede, as well as an outstanding folk music festival.

    Calgary embodies a rare blend of frontier roots, urban modernity, and has more community spirit than I’ve ever seen. There’s a lot to love here, so what did it take for me to truly appreciate this city?

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  • Could you be an adoptive parent?

    What does it take to raise a child who has been adopted? We asked adoptive parents to share their advice

    “You don’t have to be a superhero,” says Sue Armstrong Brown, chief executive of the charity Adoption UK, the leading voice of adoptive families.

    Armstrong Brown believes that many of the characteristics adoptive parents require are the same as those all parents need. “Warmth, openness and a willingness to accept the unknown are key,” she says. “Adopters need to be emotionally mature, have resilience and problem-solving skills and the ability to prioritise family relationships. And a good sense of humour is essential.”

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  • 'Don't stand on people's skis': 10 top tips for good ski etiquette

    Are you the Emily Post of the slopes, or have you been committing these skiing sins without even knowing?

    Whether you’re new to skiing or boarding or have been on the slopes pretty much since you could walk, there are certain codes of conduct which should be followed. Should you strike up conversation on a chairlift? When is it OK to take a selfie? Is it alright to wear an 80s ski suit? Neilson Mountain Expert Sarah Watson offers some tips.

    The skier in front has right of way
    Forget everything you learned in your Highway Code, the rules of the road count for nothing here. The skier in front (lower down the slope) always has right of way over you. It doesn’t matter how slowly they are going or how wide their traverse might be, you don’t have the right to cut them up. “Remember, you were a beginner once too!” says Watson.

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  • Team older feminist: am I allowed nuanced feelings about #MeToo?

    After #MeToo, I wondered if my real problem with young feminists was how little they seemed to need us older ones. As far as I could see, they didn’t even want to know us

    I remember a woman who screamed like a feral animal. She was leather tan and sinewy. Spiked bleached blonde hair, sculpted biceps, low-slung cargo pants with Doc Martens, veins bursting from her neck, eyes bugging from her drawn face.

    She stood on the sidewalks of New York City with a folding table covered with poster-size images from hardcore pornography: women wearing dog collars, women on leashes, women leaned over and viewed from behind, their backs crosshatched with scars. Much of the time she displayed a blowup of the famous Hustler magazine cover showing a naked woman being fed upside down into a meat grinder.

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  • From chiropractors to Barbie, everyone wants to be an influencer these days

    The public’s appetite for following self-proclaimed experts in every imaginable niche interest knows no bounds. And they don’t even have to be real people

    cording to Wired, chiropractors are the latest group to try their hand at being online influencers, led by chiropractic physician Joseph Cipriano. His back-cracking antics have made him a YouTube sensation over the past 18 months, with more than 880,000 subscribers and millions of viewers watching videos of him perform on his clients. It seems that virtually any hobby, job or activity can have its own influencer. Where there is a niche, there will be an audience for it somewhere. Here are some of the more unusual.

    The bathfluencer

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  • Meet Pete, the world’s first selfie-taking plant
    London Zoo has announced that a maidenhair fern that is part of its Rainforest Life exhibition has taken its own picture. It’s a bit blurry, but at least he’s not camera shy

    Name: Pete.


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  • OnePlus 7T review: the new cut-price flagship king

    Competition-beating performance, super-smooth experience and new 90Hz screen are a steal at £549

    The OnePlus 7T takes the best bits of the brilliant OnePlus 7 Proand condenses them into a smaller, cheaper package.

    Released less than four months after the last version hit the shelves, the new £500 7T doesn’t mess much with the winning formula, simply adding a better camera and market-leading 90Hz screen technology.

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  • Kim-Joy's recipe for multicoloured shortbread buttons

    These vanilla-flavoured treats are easy to make, super-cute and ideal as gifts

    These make great gifts if you thread them together and package them up. You could even thread them with sweets. They are easy to make – just take care not to overwork the dough while adding the colours, as this will result in biscuits that are not as melt-in-the-mouth as they should be.

    Makes: 25-35 buttons

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  • Renaissancecore: why everyone is dressing like Anne Boleyn

    Think square necklines, OTT sleeves and embellished headgear – the 16th-century queen is fashion’s latest muse

    Fashion’s muse for party season 2019 stares coolly from an oil painting in the National Portrait Galleryin London. Her velvety black dress and extravagant headdress are studded with pearls. At her throat is an extraordinarily Carrie Bradshaw-esque accessory: a gold-and-pearl initial-B necklace.

    This is Anne Boleyn, or rather the idea of her as created posthumously in the late 16th century. Her look is also very now – think square necklines, OTT sleeves and embellished headgear. It is all part of a wider trend described as “Renaissancecore” by the style blog Manrepeller.

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  • Brexit: tell us if you are a business owner who's preparing

    We’d like to hear from small business owners about how they are preparing ahead of Brexit

    With the cut-off date to secure a Brexit deal looming, the likely outcome of negotiations this week is still uncertain. While EU sources have expressed “cautious optimism,” anything could happen.

    Last month, a five-page document spelling out the government’s “planning assumptions”warned that no-deal Brexit could result in rising food and fuel prices.

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  • Royal Mail workers: did you vote to strike?

    If you’re a postal worker and CWU member who voted in the latest ballot on industrial action, we want to hear from you

    Royal Mail workers have voted to strike over job insecurity and employment terms and conditions, raising fears there could be walkouts in the run-up to Christmas.

    Communication Workers Union (CWU) members backed industrial action by 97% in a turnout of almost 76%. The vote could potentially lead to the first national postal strike in a decade.

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  • Share your experiences of pregnancy and giving birth while in prison

    Whether you or someone you know has been pregnant or given birth behind bars, we would like to hear from you

    The death of a newborn baby after a woman gave birth alone in her cell last month has prompted a wave of concern from MPs, medical professionals and those working with prisoners. Since the Guardian’s initial reporton the case, 11 separate investigations have been announced aimed at uncovering how this tragedy came about. A central question is how the woman had come to be without medical or emotional support during her labour and the birth of her baby at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey, Europe’s largest female prison.

    There are an estimated 600 pregnant women held in prisons in England and Wales, and about 100 babies are born there each year.

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  • Women's football: have you tried to set up a grassroots team?

    We want to hear from those who have struggled to set up women’s football teams

    Women’s football has seen a score of successes in recent months: England’s top league went professional, the World Cup was watched by record-breaking audiences and crowds during the current FA cup are growing.

    The number of girls and women taking up the sport has also skyrocketed, with 605 new girls youth teams and 260 new adult female clubs registered to play this season.

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  • IMF haunted by fears that history might be about to repeat itself | Larry Elliott

    With corporations loading up on debt, any recession would have dire consequences

    The fear that history is about to repeat itself is haunting the International Monetary Fund.

    In the early 2000s, the body responsible for overseeing the global economy could see banks were taking big risks. Assuming benign market conditions would go on for ever, banks took punts with not much capital in reserve if things went bad. When they did in 2008, the result was the most profound economic shock since the 1930s. Supervision and regulation of banks was tightened, but only when it was too late.

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  • Lights, camera, no action: why we shouldn’t mourn the death of the camcorder
    John Lewis says sales of portable video cameras are ‘non-existent’. This may mark the end of an era defined by the hulking around of VHS monsters to create poor-quality home movies, but the alternative is even more troubling

    Sad news for amateur film-makers; according to John Lewis, camcorders are practically a “non-existent” market, with sales down 33% this year. If they keep tumbling like this, it’s likely that they will soon join other anachronistic items that the department store chain stopped selling this year, such as clutch bags and fish kettles.

    But wait, people are still buying camcorders? In an age when the majority of people permanently carry around a smaller, sharper, better video recorder in their pockets, people are still committed to owning a separate device? Apparently so. Admittedly, many of the camcorders available on the John Lewis websiteinclude functionality not readily available on a phone – almost half are GoPros, which are basically camcorders you can strap to your head, while another has a built-in projector – but really? Camcorders in 2019? Isn’t that a bit of a pain?

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  • Indigenous Ecuadorians too strong to be ignored after deal to end protests

    After days of unrest, president agrees to stop austerity package – showing the political force of Ecuador’s indigenous groups

    Within hours of a deal which ended Ecuador’s worst political unrest in recent memory, thousands of indigenous people – along with student volunteers and local residents – took to the streets of Quito to clean up the city.

    Teams worked their way through El Arbolito park, which was still littered with burning tires and paving slabs that had been used as barricades.

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  • Martin Forwood obituary

    Anti-nuclear campaigner who targeted the Sellafield complex in Cumbria and became a respected expert on the industry

    For 30 years Martin Forwood, who has died of cancer aged 79, was a thorn in the side of the huge Sellafield nuclear complexin Cumbria. With his unrivalled collection of original documents on the nuclear industry he was a more reliable source of information to journalists and campaigners than the government-owned industry British Nuclear Fuels, or anyone in Whitehall.

    But Martin was not just an armchair campaigner; he went in for many imaginative direct actions, including, in 2003, chaining himself to a railway line to halt a nuclear waste shipment from Italy destined for Sellafield. When he came up in court charged with a Victorian-era offence of obstructing the railway, which carried a potential sentence of life imprisonment, the judge acknowledged his sincerity, reduced the charge and fined him.

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  • Is a family eating their pet pig the most 'transgressive' idea on TV?

    Meat the Family challenges our ignorance of the industrial meat complex. But the claims it is more shocking than a reality show offering the chance to win cosmetic surgery shows our warped priorities

    It has been called “one of the most shocking ultimatums delivered on television”: you have been given a lamb, pig, chicken or calf to treat “like a member of the family” for three weeks. Could you bring yourself to kill it, cook it and eat it?

    Meat the Family, Channel 4’s upcoming reality show, challenges audiences to confront how their sausages get made through the personal journey of a family of meat-eaters and their new (potentially fleeting) farmyard friend. The “social experiment” was hailed by analysts as the “most transgressive” concept of the year at the MIPCOM entertainment market in Cannes.

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  • Cosmic gardens and boulder boulevards: the genius of Charles Jencks – in pictures

    From gigantic rippling mounds of grass inspired by space to thrilling modern henge-scapes, we celebrate the visions of the great landscape artist

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  • Firefighters demo and penguin chicks: Wednesday's best photos

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

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  • Wildlife photographer of the year 2019 winners – in pictures

    Hailing from the Chinese province of Qinghai, Yongqing Bao has won the prestigious wildlife photographer of the year 2019 title for his image The Moment, which frames the standoff between a Tibetan fox and a marmot. A powerful frame of both humour and horror, it captures the drama and intensity of nature.

    The images will go on displayat the Natural History Museum in London from 18 October, before touring internationally

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  • Buy a classic David Squires cartoon from our collection

    Our cartoonist looks back at 25 of his favourite strips from down the years, all of which are now available at our Guardian Print Shop, a link to each can be found by clicking on the title of each caption below

    • David Squires is away this week
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  • Venezuelans honour indigenous goddess María Lionza – in pictures

    Thousands trek to Sorte Mountain each year to perform fiery rituals in tribute to the goddess

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  • Raid the saunas! Faces of Soho – in pictures

    Shoeshiners, singers and strippers … Shot in Soho at London’s Photographers’ Gallery celebrates the quarter’s gloriously colourful characters and history at a time when the area is facing radical transformation

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