MPs seize control of Brexit process by backing indicative votes amendment
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:25:23 GMT
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Amendment giving MPs a series of votes on alternatives to Mayas Brexit deal passes 329 votes to 302

MPs have inflicted a fresh humiliating defeat on Theresa May, voting to seize control of the parliamentary timetable to allow backbenchers to hold a series of votes on alternatives to her Brexit deal.

An amendment tabled by former Tory minister Oliver Letwin passed, by 329 votes to 302 on Monday night, as MPs expressed their exasperation at the governmentas failure to set out a fresh approach.

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Democrats refuse to retreat on Trump legal issues despite Mueller disappointment
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 23:22:05 GMT
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House committee chairs call on attorney general William Barr to send them full Mueller report by 2 April

As Donald Trump declared victory following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Muelleras investigation, Democrats showed no signs of backing down from the numerous legal questions encircling the president and his associates.

The completion of the highly anticipated Mueller report prompted an intense debate in Washington over how to proceed as Democrats said a summary of its findings by the attorney general, William Barr, araises as many questions as it answersa, even though it probably laid the issue of collusion with Russia firmly to rest.

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Too poor to play: children in social housing blocked from communal playground
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:48:16 GMT
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In a move reminiscent of the apoor doorsa scandal, a London developer has segregated play areas for richer and poorer residents

At least one multimillion-pound housing development in London is segregating the children of less well-off tenants from those of wealthier homebuyers by blocking them from some communal play areas.

Guardian Cities has discovered that developer Henley Homes has blocked social housing residents from using shared play spaces at its Baylis Old School complex on Lollard Street, south London. The development was required to include a mix of aaffordablea and social rental units in order to gain planning permission.

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Israeli military bombs Gaza after rocket strike
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:19:00 GMT
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  • Five wounded as Israel strikes aHamas terror targetsa
  • Hamas says Egypt has helped arrange a ceasefire

Israeli forces and Hamas exchanged rocket fire on Monday night amid fears of a new conflict in Gaza.

Israeli forces carried out strikes against what they called aHamas terror targetsa across the Gaza Strip, after an earlier rocket attack that destroyed a family home and wounded seven people in a neighbourhood north of Tel Aviv. The army also said it was reinforcing troops along the Gaza border and calling up reserves.

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Apple unveils TV subscription service with help from Oprah Winfrey
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:35:17 GMT
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Steven Spielberg and Big Bird on hand as company reveals new services including credit card and gaming platform

Apple unveiled a host of new subscription services at a star-studded event in Cupertino, California, on Monday morning.

The event marked the debut of a new era for a company that built its brand on hardware and software; just last week, Apple announced new products with little fanfare, saving its firepower for Mondayas celebration of services, from its attempt to take on Netflix to a new Apple credit card.

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British Airways flight to DA1/4sseldorf lands in Edinburgh by mistake
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:31:44 GMT
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BA blames paperwork error after pilot flies 500 miles in wrong direction

A British Airways plane scheduled to travel from London for DA1/4sseldorf mistakenly flew its passengers to Edinburgh instead.

Rather than head east from City airport across the Channel into Europe, the plane flew due north to the Scottish capital. But the mistake was only spotted while landing, when passengers were welcomed to Edinburgh.

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Outsourced schools: the Essex mums fighting back a podcast
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:00:07 GMT
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When Waltham Holy Cross primary school was given a failing report it was immediately under threat of a private takeover in the governmentas academisation drive. But parents have fought back a and may yet prevail. The Guardianas Aditya Chakrabortty explains how.

Plus: Mark Rice-Oxley on why we should embrace the four-day working week

Shaunagh Roberts and Jayshree Tailor never considered themselves campaigners. But when the education watchdog, Ofsted, said their childrenas school was failing and would be taken over by an academy trust they had never heard of, they started asking questions. Now the campaign to keep Waltham Holy Cross school under local authority control is growing and parents are hopeful they can halt the forced outsourcing of the school to a private contractor.

Aditya Chakrabortty has been following the campaign for months and tells Anushka Asthana he is astounded by the resourcefulness of the campaigners, working from from their kitchens with little more than cracked phones and broken laptops.

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aBeing a woman is scarya: the unspoken danger of declining a manas advances
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:00:04 GMT
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It shouldnat be a problem for women to decline attention from men, but it often is, as Jameela Jamilas experiences show

When the actor Jameela Jamil tweeted about her negative experiences of rejecting unwanted advances, she unleashed a torrent of similar stories from other women. Many men, on the other hand, seemed completely shocked.

aWas out at the shops with my friend,a Jamil wrote. aMan ogles me. Man then approaches me to give me his number. I explain I have a boyfriend but thank him for the offer. Man then threatens my career, saying I better remember that I rejected him. And then shouts at me that Iam low class a|a

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Gender pay gap expert among top professors quitting Brexit Britain
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:00:02 GMT
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Leading academics in climate policy and economics have also had enough of hostility a and funding goes with them

When the EU referendum result was announced Vera Troeger, professor of quantitative political economy at Warwick University, was at an academic conference in Brussels. She spent the whole day crying. Today she has had enough, and is leaving the country where she has built her career.

Troeger, an expert on the gender pay gap and the impact of parental leave policies on productivity, was associate editor of one of the most highly ranked academic journals in political science. She has been in the UK for 14 years and loves Warwick, but she has accepted a professorship at the University of Hanover. After more than two years of uncertainty, she says other European colleagues, too, are preparing to go.

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Not ready for Marmite peanut butter? Taste-testing five other spread combos
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:53:09 GMT
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The yeast-extract brand has launched a variety blended with nuts, provoking strong reactions on social media. But there are plenty of other unfamiliar combinations to try

Marmite began taunting the public with a new product last week: Marmite peanut butter. Twitter responded in typically sanguine fashion a with the vomit emoji, a gif of Johnny Depp dry heaving, and aNOa repeated several times. Marmiteas brand manager, Camilla Williamson, called the flavour athe most exciting product launch since the conception of the brand in 1902a. Apparently, Marmite has taken the lead from punters who have been mixing these spreads on toast for ages. It assures the country that we will love it. But peanut butter and Marmite sounds like trouble, particularly when Britons tend to enjoy simpler breakfast spread combinations (butter with Marmite, butter with jam). Of course, there are plenty of alternatives, so I tried a few.

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Apple TV+: less a rival to Netflix, more a smug religious cult
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:51:06 GMT
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The launch event for the tech giantas streaming service featured Oprah, Spielberg and plenty of self-indulgence, but little evidence it can catch up with the market leader

If the shows on Appleas new TV service turn out to be as smugly evangelistic, self-indulgent and editorially undisciplined as the launch event for the product, streamed from California on Monday, then it will be very bad news for Apple subscribers and very good news for Netflix, the current market leader.

The boring, sprawling 100-minute broadcast ended with Apple CEO Tim Cook tearing up as he delivered a namaste to Oprah Winfrey, the last of a string of A-list contributors, also including Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Aniston, who, live on the stage of the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, previewed shows they are making for the new Apple TV app.

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Would you run 100 miles in brogues? The worst cases of lost luggage
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:41:25 GMT
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A waylaid bag recently forced an athlete to run an ultramarathon in smart shoes a but he is not the first person to be caught short at the carousel

The UK needs heroes amid its Brexit nightmare. It has found one in Peter Messervy-Gross, who has managed one of those feats of pointless derring-do beloved of the British.

Messervy-Gross, a 47-year-old UK-New Zealand citizen, recently competed in a 100-mile ultramarathon across a frozen lake in Mongolia. Itas the sort of thing done by crazed 47-year-olds who may be enduring a midlife crisis, but circumstances put Messervy-Grossas feat (and feet) under particular strain when the airline lost his endurance kit and special footwear en route to Ulan Bator. Unable to find replacement hiking boots or even trainers for his size-13 feet, he did the whole thing wearing brogues and jeans. (He got his gear back in the end, but not before it was too late.)

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Art 50: The Sound of Britain review a can art stop the Brexit madness?
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:30:06 GMT
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This series of cultural responses to Brexit and national identity kicked off with music and dance a but failed to give us enough of either

I guess you might as well use art to try to make sense of Brexit. Nothing else seems to work. Sky Artas Art 50 is a series of 50 projects funded by the broadcaster on the topic of national identity. Created by new, emerging and established artists and communities up and down the country, it is showcased during festivals at venues including the Barbican Centre in London and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. The Sound of Britain concentrated on music and dance and will be followed by creations a from film to visual art a attempting to make sense of the accruing madness.

First of all, it disobeyed the statute that a if there was any justice in the world a should be known as Fred Astaireas First Law of Dance, which reads in its entirety: aShow the dancing.a For his films, Astaire insisted on being shown full-length with as few cutaways as possible. Television wholly reverses this policy, partly because it so frequently has to deal with dancers of sub-Astairean talent and apply the camerawork equivalent of Auto-Tune to their efforts; and partly because they have lost the confidence or ability to treat dancers any other way.

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Theresa May shows clean pair of heels as the Usain Bolt of failure | John Crace
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 23:28:21 GMT
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Not even MPs on stupidity steroids can hope to get near to the prime minister during her descent into incoherence

The sprint to the bottom is now parliamentas blue riband event. But in a highly competitive field, Theresa May is still streets ahead of the opposition. She is the Usain Bolt of failure, someone who in her prime not even MPs on stupidity steroids can hope to get near to. Even so, the Leader in Name Onlyas descent into incoherence must surely now be reaching terminal velocity. Peak Lino.

We are well past the point where we can expect to be no better informed at the end of one of the prime ministeras speeches than we were when she started. Weare now actually going backwards. Every time Lino speaks, we actually know less than we did when we started. Timeas Arrow. Politics at faster than the speed of light, where the best chance of leaving the EU is to race back to the early 1970s when we were never in it.

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Martin Rowson on the Mueller report and Russian interference a cartoon
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:41:36 GMT
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Theresa May a and Britain a remain locked in Brexit purgatory | Rafael Behr
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 23:30:12 GMT
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Yet another crunch vote. Yet another defeat for the PM. How long can this deadlock last?

There was a time when government defeats in parliament were unusual. It was in that same bygone era when prime ministers who couldnat reliably command a majority in the House of Commons resigned. Also in those distant days of yore, former Labour and Tory cabinet ministers did not conspire from the backbenches to seize control of parliamentas agenda. Ministers did not quit to help them. It was another epoch, all of two years ago.

The rules are different nowadays. By a margin of 27, the Commons has endorsed a plan under which MPs will grab the parliamentary steering wheel from the government. Downing Street was opposed. Alistair Burt, a Foreign Office minister, Richard Harrington, a junior in the business department, and Steve Brine, a health minister, resigned to side with the rebellion.

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The Guardian view on parliament and Brexit: take back control | Editorial
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:54:06 GMT
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By refusing to compromise with MPs over her Brexit plan, Theresa May sinks her premiership

Brexit is a revolution, so expect revolutionary consequences. It appears the UK has reached a potentially decisive turning point in the direction of the constitutional order. Parliamentary government is essentially a government by means of party, yet the complete breakdown in discipline on the Conservative benches sees ministers of the crown being guided by the decisions of parliament rather than guiding them. Once party organisation fails, leaders can no longer make a parliamentary assembly act steadily. Hence the tragedy of Theresa Mayas premiership turning into farce.

The chaos is a direct result of a referendum imposing a decision to leave the European Union upon a parliament that had not worked out how to do so. The trouble is that no one can agree what the terms of departure ought to be. Theresa Mayas deal has been resoundingly rejected twice; parliament does not want to leave without a deal and MPs are attempting to work out what the Commons could support. These options Mrs May described as her Brexit, no Brexit, or slow Brexit. She also said a hard Brexit would be taken off the table, which is a very good thing. Less encouraging was that Mrs May saying she will not pursue a softer Brexit, even if MPs vote for it, because no one would asupport an option which contradicted the manifesto on which they stooda. This is counterproductive and wrong.

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Theresa May is effectively gone. She is a leader in name only | Michael Heseltine
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:10:34 GMT
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This is a national humiliation, made in Britain, made by Brexit. And the prime minister has no control over events

Brexit is the biggest peacetime crisis we have faced and a no-deal Brexit could provoke a national emergency. The depth and scale of the divisions and the narrowness of the majority in favour of leaving the EU mean that the most sensible step would be to put the issue on hold, complete the negotiations and then hold a referendum. Sadly, that option is not available.

Related: PM concedes lack of support for deal as MPs seek to take control

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Ravi Ashwin criticised for controversial IPL Mankad dismissal of Jos Buttler
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:44:45 GMT
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aC/ Ashwinas Mankad helps Kings XI to win over Rajasthan
aC/ Eoin Morgan says bowler has set aterrible example for kidsa

Jos Buttleras controversial dismissal overshadowed Kings XI Punjabas 14-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. The England batsman was run out backing up at the non-strikeras end by Ravichandran Ashwin after an impressive 69 during a match in Mohali that also marked the return of Steve Smith.

Related: 'Nervous' David Warner clubs 85 on IPL return to give Australian selectors a headache

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Mick McCarthy urges angry Republic of Ireland fans not to stage protests
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:30:05 GMT
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aC/ Manager fears anti-FAI protests could distract team
aC/ Ireland face tricky Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia

Mick McCarthy has appealed to Republic of Ireland fans not to stage protests that overshadow the Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia on Tuesday. Supporters have mooted a variety of demonstrations a ranging from hurling tennis balls at the pitch to boycotting the game a to demand change after a week of revelations about curious financial dealings at the Football Association of Ireland.

aI hope itas not the case [that fans protest], itas not going to help us play better, thatas for sure,a McCarthy said. aThey are fabulous fans and Iad like them to support the team. They give us the best chance when they get behind us. If they have to demonstrate, then Iad like if they do it somewhere else at another time. But I canat do anything about it, Iam not going to bring a tennis racket.a

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'Embarrassing and strange': Boxer kisses female reporter on lips during interview
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:49:33 GMT
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  • Kubrat Pulev ends interview with Jennifer Ravalo with kiss
  • Bulgarian had just beaten Bogdan Dinu in Las Vegas

Bulgarian heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev had distinguished himself by knocking out Bogdan Dinu in Las Vegas on Saturday night, his 27th victory in his 28th professional fight. What was to follow was less glorious.

He was interviewed by Vegas Sports Daily reporter Jennifer Ravalo after the bout. At the end of the interview Ravalo asked Pulev if he deserves a shot at Britainas former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury. The 37-year-old responded with a firm aYesa, before forcibly kissing Ravalo on the lips and walking off camera. Ravalo was later asked about the incident on Twitter and said it was aembarrassinga and astrangea.

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Robert Garrigus drug ban sums up a PGA policy that seems only to catch unknowns | Ewan Murray
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:20:51 GMT
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The small list of golfers who have fallen foul of the US Touras anti-doping policy is notably short on household names

Brad Fritsch, Vijay Singh, Doug Barron, Bhavik Patel, Mark Hensby, Scott Stallings, Robert Garrigus. Spot the odd man out.

It is Singh who stands apart, the only one of those to have publicly fallen foul of the US PGA Touras anti-doping policy who is a widely known golfer. Even then there is a caveat. The Fijian, a former world No 1, served legal papers on the Tour after it had rescinded a three-month ban he had been given.

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Michael Schumacheras son to make F1 debut in Ferrari test next week
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:40:37 GMT
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aC/ Mick to drive for Ferrari on 2 April a after the Bahrain GP
aC/ 19-year-old was the European Formula 3 champion last season

Michael Schumacheras son, Mick, will make his Formula One debut in a test for Ferrari on 2 April, after the Bahrain Grand Prix, it is understood. Ferrari have yet to confirm the test but Schumacher is expected to drive for them on one day and Alfa Romeo, with whom Ferrari have a partnership, on the next.

Schumacher was signed to the Ferrari driver academy in January. The 19-year-old, who was the European Formula 3 champion last season, will compete for Prema Racing in the F2 championship in the first round of the series in Bahrain. The test is a preliminary step to potentially joining the team with whom his father enjoyed such success.

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Newcastle forward Calum Green cited for allegedly biting opponent
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:28:25 GMT
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aC/ Second-row could be banned for rest of the season
aC/ Worcester ban supporter under police investigation

Newcastle, who are at the bottom of the Premiership despite winning their past three matches, face losing Calum Green for the rest of the season after he was cited for allegedly biting the Sale hooker Rob Webber last weekend.

The incident occurred in the 22nd minute at St Jamesas Park when Green was held in a headlock by Webber, who has received a citing commissioneras warning for that act, at a ruck. Sale claim that Green responded by biting Webber on the hand.

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John Gosden calls Nick Rustas foxhunting analogy aextremely unwisea
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:01:58 GMT
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aC/ Trainer says BHA chief executiveas comment amakes no sensea
aC/ Gosden: aThereas a lot of love and care for race horsesa

Comments made by Nick Rust in a discussion of racingas equine welfare policies have been described as aextremely unwisea by the leading trainer John Gosden.

During a media event at his stable to promote the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayersa Million, Gosden did not refer to the chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority by name but criticised a line of argument he made during last weekas appearance on Racing TV, when Rust suggested racing risked finding itself in a similar situation to foxhunting.

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Where the River Runs Red - a mining community caught between the past and a sustainable future
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:04:01 GMT
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In the isolated west of Tasmania an ominous red river divides the small mining town of Queenstown. A result of copper run-off from a closed mine, it is an ever-present reminder of the townas history of environmental and industrial disaster. Where the River Runs Red explores a community in an economically crippled area caught between the past and a future that is less reliant on a mining economy

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Schools funding shortfall of APS5.4bn 'worse than estimated'
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:30:44 GMT
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Deficit for past three years in England reflects aintolerablea situation, say unions

There has been a APS5.4bn shortfall in school funding in England over the past three years, according to an analysis of official figures by unions which says the deficit is worse than previously estimated.

The School Cuts coalition of unions representing teachers and school support staff claims the latest analysis represents the most comprehensive examination of school funding to date.

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Brexit supporter who assaulted Jeremy Corbyn jailed for 28 days
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:56:54 GMT
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John Murphy, 31, hit Labour leader with egg during visit to London mosque this month

A Brexit supporter who attacked Jeremy Corbyn with an egg during a mosque visit while yelling arespect the votea has admitted an assault charge and been sentenced to 28 daysa imprisonment.

John Murphy, hit the Labour leader in the head with the egg during the visit to Finsbury Park mosque and Muslim Welfare House in his north London constituency as part of the annual Visit My Mosque Day initiative.

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Automation threatens 1.5 million workers in Britain, says ONS
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:40:54 GMT
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Women and part-timers most at risk, while supermarket checkout jobs fall by 25%

About 1.5 million workers in Britain are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation, according to government estimates, with women and those in part-time work most affected.

Supermarket checkout assistants have already borne the brunt of the phenomenon, the Office for National Statistics found, with 25.3% of jobs disappearing between 2011 and 2017.

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PM considered separate vote on Brexit withdrawal agreement, Labour claims
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:09:00 GMT
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Labour spokesman says there is no basis for holding third meaningful vote as Downing Street rejects view of meeting

Labour has claimed an increasingly desperate Theresa May suggested severing the Brexit withdrawal agreement from the forward-looking political declaration on Monday, as she made a fresh bid to win Jeremy Corbynas backing for her deal.

The Labour leader held an hour-long meeting with the prime minister at Westminster on Monday, alongside the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay, and his shadow, Keir Starmer, with the two partiesa chief whips.

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Birmingham mosque attacks not far-right or terror-related, say police
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:43:53 GMT
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Man held under Mental Health Act for damage at five mosques, which are not linked to latest attack

The Birmingham mosque attacks are not being treated as acts of far-right extremism or terrorism, police have said.

There have been at least six attacks on Birmingham mosques in recent weeks.

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CPS under fire for delay in charging man accused of raping boy, 12
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:21:42 GMT
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Man admitted to crime but CPS took year and a half to sift through victimas data

The Crown Prosecution Service has come under fire for waiting nearly a year and a half to charge a man accused of raping a 12-year-old boy despite him admitting to the crime.

The child and his family were devastated by the lengthy delay as the CPS insisted on trawling through 40,000 files of the victimas personal data.

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Catalogue of failings led to death of 'gentle' man at detention centre
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:10:54 GMT
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Inquest jury examines role of various agencies after killing of Tarek Chowdhury in 2016

A catalogue of failings contributed to the killing of a agentle and politea man in immigration detention, an inquest jury has found.

The jury at West London coroneras court examined the role of the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, health professionals and detention centre subcontractors in the death of Tarek Chowdhury, from Bangladesh.

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Macron under fire for 'patronising' injured gilets jaunes protester
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:50:01 GMT
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French president tells 73-year-old woman, whose skull was fractured, she is afragilea

Emmanuel Macron has been accused of patronising a 73-year-old gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protester who sustained a fractured skull after riot police charged demonstrators in an off-limits area of Nice.

GeneviA"ve Legay was taken to hospital with serious head injuries on Saturday. Jean-Michel PrAatre, the Nice public prosecutor, said an investigation had been opened but it appeared Legay had hit her head on a concrete bollard as police tried to clear protesters.

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Canadian man stands trial after wife alleges abuse following family's Afghan kidnapping
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:40:58 GMT
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Joshua Boyle began trial on Monday for offences including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering death threats

A Canadian man who was kidnapped in Afghanistan and held hostage for five years with his wife and children has gone on trial for 19 offences including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering death threats. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Joshua Boyle, 35, entered an Ottawa courtroom dressed in a dark blue jacket, a pink shirt and black pants. He was accompanied by his father.

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'Now I own my life': Saudi sisters who fled family granted asylum
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:33:05 GMT
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Pair, given asylum in undisclosed country, faced recriminations in kingdom

Two Saudi sisters who say they were beaten and treated like slaves by their brothers and father have been granted asylum in an undisclosed country.

The women, aged 18 and 20, ran away from their family last September while on holiday in Sri Lanka and have been stranded in Hong Kong since an abandoned attempt to reach Australia, where they hoped to secure asylum.

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Dr Dre says daughter got into USC 'all on her own' a then fans point out $70m donation
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:30:46 GMT
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  • Dre deletes Instagram picture after fans remind him of gift
  • Mogul donated cash in 2013 to create academy of arts and tech

Dr Dre has never been afraid to rap his own praises. He claimed on 2015as Medicine Man, for example, that his return to making solo material after a short hiatus was aa sign of the revelationa. So itas no surprise that, like most proud parents, he enjoys boasting about his kids too.

Related: College bribery scandal: students sue elite schools in class action

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IMF chief joins calls for big tech firms to pay more tax
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:45:11 GMT
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Christine Lagarde says governments must address corporation taxation concerns

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund has joined the growing clamour to further tax tech firms Google, Facebook and Amazon as part of a wider review of aoutdateda global corporation tax rules.

In a speech in Washington, Christine Lagarde said governments must react to growing concerns that digital companies pay little tax in most countries where they operate, which denyies exchequers vital funds for public services and welfare.

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Packets of hot sauce save two people's lives in one month
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:10:29 GMT
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Man in Oregon trapped in his car for five days ate hot sauce, and moments after a Taco Bell customer got up from his seat to retrieve some hot sauce, a car burst through the restaurantas wall

Donat throw out those sauce packets collecting in your fridge. They just might save your life.

At least two people owe their lives to Taco Bell hot sauce after near-death experiences in recent weeks.

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Mexico demands Spain apologize for colonial abuse of indigenous people
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:07:14 GMT
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In letter to Spanish king, President Obrador cites massacres and oppression during conquest of Mexico

Mexicoas president AndrA(c)s Manuel LA3pez Obrador has written to Spanish King Felipe VI and Pope Francis urging them to apologize for the aabusesa of colonialism and the conquest.

In a video filmed at the ruins of the indigenous city of Comalcalco, in southern Mexico, the anti-establishment leftist called on Spain and the Vatican to recognize the rights violations committed during the conquest of Mexico, which began 500 years ago, and the colonial period that followed.

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Childish Gambino review a rap's greatest showman is too good for goodbye
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:10:29 GMT
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O2 Arena, London
Donald Glover has suggested heas retiring his musical alter ego, but this epic performance shows he has the talent to continue it

Donald Glover opens with a visual sleight of hand. A light show bounces off a curtain, which dramatically drops to reveal an empty stage. Glover has instead appeared in the middle of the audience, at the end of a catwalk. To some observers at least, that would seem perfectly apt. The show ostensibly forms part of his musical alter ego Childish Gambinoas farewell a aBoo?a he asks quizzically, when the crowd express displeasure at his announcement that this is athe very last Childish Gambino toura a and the retirement itself looks a little like a sleight of hand. Glover has been talking about it for two years, and yet, here he still is, clad in the same outfit he wore in last yearas game-changing This Is America video, debuting new material, with commentators confused as to whether heas intending on quitting music entirely or simply planning on releasing more under a different name.

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Van Gogh watercolour not as dreary as it looks, Tate discovers
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:06:02 GMT
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Paint has faded because cash-strapped Van Gogh used cheap pink pigment, conservators say

A Van Gogh watercolour that appears to show a midday scene of the French countryside under a dreary sky is something markedly more exciting, conservators at Tate Britain have discovered.

Related: Van Gogh and Britain review a gaslit London inspired his starry night? Come off it!

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Scott Walker obituary
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:36:41 GMT
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Pop singer who rose to fame in the 1960s and went on to become an enigmatic solo artist

The career of Scott Walker, who has died aged 76, followed one of the most extraordinary trajectories in popular music. It took him from chart-topping 1960s pop star to reclusive creator of albums such as Tilt (1995), The Drift (2006) and Bish Bosch (2012), which were works of experimental strangeness that dared critics to try to define them. Nonetheless they commanded the respect and even awe of other artists. aHeas been my idol since I was a kid,a said David Bowie, while Radioheadas Thom Yorke, Brian Eno and Jarvis Cocker were similarly inspired.

Walker, whose later work was more likely to provoke comparisons with Francis Baconas paintings than with other musicians, professed himself content to walk his own unique path.aI have long since stopped worrying about fitting in in any way,a he told the Observeras Sean OaHagan in 2008. aIam an outsider for sure. That suits me fine. Solitude is like a drug for me. I crave it.a

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Did you solve it? Turn it up to 11
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:00:07 GMT
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The solutions to todayas puzzles

Earlier today I set you the following two puzzles:

1) Why is every even digit palindrome divisible by 11? (An even digit palindrome is a palindromic number that contains an even number of digits, like 1221, or 678876.)

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Rafi Eitan obituary
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:56:28 GMT
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Former Israeli spymaster who captured the SS officer Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires in a daring 1960 secret mission

On 11 May 1960 Israeli agents kidnapped a middle-aged man called Ricardo Klement while he was walking home from a bus stop in a suburb of Buenos Aires; Klement was bundled into a car and taken to a safe house, where he admitted that his real name was Adolf Eichmann, the SS officer who played a leading role in implementing Hitleras afinal solutiona.

In charge of the snatch squad was Rafi Eitan, who was to become a leading figure in Israelas intelligence community. The capture of Eichmann and his subsequent trial in Jerusalem marked a great leap forward in popular understanding of the Holocaust.

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Van Gogh and Britain review a gaslit London inspired his starry night? Come off it!
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:15:00 GMT
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Thereas a good show trapped within this flabby blockbuster, which suggests Britainas peasoupers and smoky tube stations inspired Van Goghas light-filled hymns to life

I never thought Iad see Vincent van Goghas Sunflowers wilt. Yet, in this exhibition about his relationship with Britain, this incandescent painting is embalmed in a kind of floral chapel of rest. Dull homages to Van Goghas blooms by such early 20th-century British painters as Frank Brangwyn, Matthew Smith and Samuel Peploe only serve to smother the power and heat of the painting they imitate. How could the curators think this is a good way to show Van Goghas art?

This version of the Sunflowers normally hangs in the National Gallery, London, where itas surrounded by revolutionary art made in late-19th-century France. Thatas how we picture Van Gogh, staggering in the ProvenASSal sun with his easel and brushes, in search of his vision. CA(c)zanne is at work a few miles away; Gauguin comes to stay. This exhibition wants to shift that familiar scenery. Forget cypresses waving in the heat haze. Think pea-soupers and smoky underground stations. The curators even suggest Van Goghas glorious blast of gold and blue, the Musee daOrsayas version of Starry Night, is inspired by gaslit London. Somehow weare supposed to agree that in 1888, when he painted this ecstatic nocturne of the lights of Arles reflected in the river RhA'ne under a cloudless southern night that shudders with celestial energy, he was thinking of the Thames embankment. We are supposed to swallow the idea that the true genesis of Van Goghas art lies in a youthful sojourn in Victorian England.

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Is it normal for couples to swap sides? How to share a bed and be happy
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:01:44 GMT
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Where does the dog sleep? Who gets to turn the light off? And what can you eat in there? When the bedroom becomes a battleground, here are some ground rules to help restore tranquility

By definition, your bedroom should be the most peaceful place in the house, with bed the apex of that harmony. You should no more use your bed as a battleground than you should think of taking a shower over your PS4. Avoid conflict at any cost, even if that means a moratorium on all conversations that arenat about sex or bitching about other people.

Humans being what they are, however, means we are capable of arguing endlessly about even the core traits of the place where we intend never to argue. Last week, a Twitter user sparked heated debate when he innocently mentioned that he and his partner alternated sides of the bed: aSome nights I like to sleep by the window, some nights the door. Itas not really that unusual, is it?a Letas establish some ground rules, shall we?

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Sweaty, not stirred: is Daniel Craig really doing 12-hour workouts?
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:54:33 GMT
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The new James Bond movie starts filming soon, so the 51-year-old star has apparently been hitting the gym like never before

Name: The nameas 12-hour routine, Daniel Craigas 12-hour routine.

Appearance: Sweaty, not stirred.

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Bish, bash, boosh: how The Mighty Boosh started to believe its own hype
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:00:11 GMT
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Noel Fielding and Julian Barrattas odd-couple sitcom started out joyously quotable but soon descended into smug nonsense

Picture, if you will, a scene. It is 2004. Hot new rock sensation Kings of Leon are causing a acheck shirt and bearda epidemic to engulf the entire middle class of the UK. People are actually saying things like: aDid you see Lost? I canat wait to see what theyave got planned for the ending!a And you, thumbs still raw from a gruelling Mario Kart: Double Dash marathon, are idly flicking through the channels one evening, and you stumble across an odd little BBC sitcom called The Mighty Boosh. Within minutes, you have decided The Mighty Boosh is the greatest thing you have ever seen.

It was, however, difficult to describe. aSo, right, thereas these two zoopkeepers,a youad yammer, aonly oneas like a rock star and the otheras a jazz weirdo, and thereas a talking gorilla called Bollo and a shaman called Naboo a yes, like the planet in The Phantom Menace a and they go on magical adventures and do these songs, proper songs, but also these weird made-up sort of raps.a The person youare talking to generally then asked you to go away. Occasionally, though, very occasionally, their beady little eyes lit up. aYes!a theyad honk. aThe Boosh!a And then, apropos of nothing but your sheer companionable joy, you both broke into an off-the-cuff rendition of Calm a Llama Down.

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Extreme loneliness or the perfect balance? How to work from home and stay healthy
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:00:09 GMT
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More and more people are working where they live, attracted by the promise of flexibility, efficiency and no commute. But does this come at a cost to their wellbeing?

When Sean Blanda started working remotely in 2017, the allure of a adigital nomada lifestyle a working at your laptop on the beach, say a wasnat lost on him. The ability to work flexibly, be that at home or wherever else life may take you, is the dream for every disgruntled employee who has to fit in school pickups, dentist appointments and long commutes around office hours.

But after two years of working from home, Blanda, an editorial director for a tech company based in Philadelphia, knows only too well the many pitfalls of this way of life, with the greatest being isolation.

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UK watchdog orders Spanish car hire firms to reveal hidden costs
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:54:55 GMT
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CMA takes cross-border action against companies accused of misleading practices

Britainas competition authorities have for the first time taken cross-border action against Spanish car hire firms, after widespread complaints about misleading practices.

Two large hire firms operating in Spain, Centauro and Record Go, have been ordered by the UKas Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to change the way they tell customers about charges. Goldcar, another big player in the Spanish holiday car market, has also been brought under a separate enforcement regime that applies to the big five car hire companies in Europe, after its recent acquisition by Europcar.

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Rachel Roddy's recipe for pasta with tomatoes and anchovy sauce | A Kitchen in Rome
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:00:11 GMT
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Why tinned tomatoes are the ultimate safety-net ingredient

If I had to choose, my top 10 foods in tins (in reverse order) would be: custard, Spanish olives stuffed with almonds, sweetcorn, peas, pear halves, borlotti beans, sardines, anchovies, chickpeas, tuna and, coming in at number one, tomatoes. As rankings go, this was a lot harder to choose than I had imagined. Iam quite relieved this is only hypothetical, so I donat have to worry about snubbing mackerel, baked beans, peaches, cannellini, pineapple, corned beef, evaporated milk and tomato soup. I also donat have to dwell on the tuna/chickpea positioning (on reflection, maybe they should be joint third).

What wasnat difficult, though, was choosing which tin should clinch the number one spot: the unchallenged queen of the cupboard, tinned tomatoes. As my partner Vincenzo, the grandson of a Sicilian tomato farmer, once noted: aThey smile at you from the shelf as if to say, aI have your back.aa

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'Theyare film scores to his imagination': music stars pay tribute to Scott Walker
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:04:25 GMT
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Damon Albarn, David Sylvian, Cosey Fanni Tutti and more pay exclusive tribute to the late Scott Walker

I never got to see him perform a but I performed for him. I sang Farmer in the City [at Drifting and Tilting: The Songs of Scott Walker at the Barbican in 2008]. Heas lovely, a gentle sweetheart. He wasnat a recluse a heas a very engaging, articulate person, with a great sense of humour. Heas just not conventional; Scott was unorthodox. Thereas a sort of richness to his voice that I donat really think anyone else ever had, and when you met him physically, he was a much smaller frame than his voice, so there was that otherworldliness about him, too.

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aThe Tories are institutionally Islamophobica: Miqdaad Versi takes on MPs and the media
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:00:12 GMT
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Miqdaad Versi monitors Islamophobia in the British media. He talks about the coverage of the Christchurch massacre, anti-Muslim prejudice a and why he is an optimist

Miqdaad Versi is the UKas one-man Islamophobia media monitor. And he has never had more monitoring to do than over the past week. We meet six days after the Christchurch terror attack, in which 50 Muslims at prayer were murdered by a gunman. Although the massacre happened on the other side of the world, its repercussions have been felt everywhere a not least in the UK, where the killer called for the death of London mayor Sadiq Khan in his amanifestoa. Versi has been concerned by the tone of much of the reporting in the UK.

Last Wednesday, the countryas counter-terrorism chief Neil Basu said that far-right terrorists were being radicalised by mainstream newspaper coverage, criticising outlets such as Mail Online for uploading the amanifestoa of the Christchurch gunman, and sites including the Sun and the Mirror for showing his footage of the attack. The following night five mosques were attacked in Birmingham. On Friday, it was revealed that the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes reported across Britain increased by 593% (95 incidents, according to the charity Tell Mama) in the week following the New Zealand massacre. Yesterday, Sadiq Khan challenged the Conservatives to adopt a new definition of Islamophobia, already accepted by Labour and the Lib Dems, that has been drawn up by the all-party parliamentary group for British Muslims. Barely an hour seems to pass without Versi being called upon to cast his well-trained eye on another inaccurate or inflammatory statement about Islam.

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An image of hope: how a Christchurch photographer captured the famous Ardern picture
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:00:07 GMT
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Kirk Hargreaves reveals lucky break behind a picture of the New Zealand prime minister that symbolised the nationas grief

In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, stunned residents were looking for images of hope.

They found it in a photograph of prime minister Jacinda Ardern, clad in a black headscarf and overlaid with flowers reflected on the glass outside.

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Democrats refuse to retreat on Trump legal issues despite Mueller disappointment
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 23:22:05 GMT
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House committee chairs call on attorney general William Barr to send them full Mueller report by 2 April

As Donald Trump declared victory following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Muelleras investigation, Democrats showed no signs of backing down from the numerous legal questions encircling the president and his associates.

The completion of the highly anticipated Mueller report prompted an intense debate in Washington over how to proceed as Democrats said a summary of its findings by the attorney general, William Barr, araises as many questions as it answersa, even though it probably laid the issue of collusion with Russia firmly to rest.

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The Mueller report explained: what we learned from Barr's letter to Congress
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:19:05 GMT
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Whatas revealed by the attorney generalas summary of the Trump-Russia investigation? And will the report be made public?

William Barr: Although my review is ongoing, I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and to summarize the principal conclusions reached by the Special Counsel and the results of his investigation.

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MPs seize control of Brexit process by backing indicative votes amendment
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:25:23 GMT
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Amendment giving MPs a series of votes on alternatives to Mayas Brexit deal passes 329 votes to 302

MPs have inflicted a fresh humiliating defeat on Theresa May, voting to seize control of the parliamentary timetable to allow backbenchers to hold a series of votes on alternatives to her Brexit deal.

An amendment tabled by former Tory minister Oliver Letwin passed, by 329 votes to 302 on Monday night, as MPs expressed their exasperation at the governmentas failure to set out a fresh approach.

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Apple unveils TV subscription service with help from Oprah Winfrey
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:35:17 GMT
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Steven Spielberg and Big Bird on hand as company reveals new services including credit card and gaming platform

Apple unveiled a host of new subscription services at a star-studded event in Cupertino, California, on Monday morning.

The event marked the debut of a new era for a company that built its brand on hardware and software; just last week, Apple announced new products with little fanfare, saving its firepower for Mondayas celebration of services, from its attempt to take on Netflix to a new Apple credit card.

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Mexico demands Spain apologize for colonial abuse of indigenous people
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:07:14 GMT
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In letter to Spanish king, President Obrador cites massacres and oppression during conquest of Mexico

Mexicoas president AndrA(c)s Manuel LA3pez Obrador has written to Spanish King Felipe VI and Pope Francis urging them to apologize for the aabusesa of colonialism and the conquest.

In a video filmed at the ruins of the indigenous city of Comalcalco, in southern Mexico, the anti-establishment leftist called on Spain and the Vatican to recognize the rights violations committed during the conquest of Mexico, which began 500 years ago, and the colonial period that followed.

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Israeli military bombs Gaza after rocket strike
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:19:00 GMT
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  • Five wounded as Israel strikes aHamas terror targetsa
  • Hamas says Egypt has helped arrange a ceasefire

Israeli forces and Hamas exchanged rocket fire on Monday night amid fears of a new conflict in Gaza.

Israeli forces carried out strikes against what they called aHamas terror targetsa across the Gaza Strip, after an earlier rocket attack that destroyed a family home and wounded seven people in a neighbourhood north of Tel Aviv. The army also said it was reinforcing troops along the Gaza border and calling up reserves.

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Parkland students mourn the deaths of two more after apparent suicides
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:48:04 GMT
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Police investigate death of another teen who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school and was said to have had PTSD

Students of a Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last year are mourning the deaths of what they consider two more victims of the tragedy a teenagers who apparently died in suicides one week apart.

Related: aA Parkland every five daysa: project tells stories of the children lost to gun violence

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'Embarrassing and strange': Boxer kisses female reporter on lips during interview
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:49:33 GMT
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  • Kubrat Pulev ends interview with Jennifer Ravalo with kiss
  • Bulgarian had just beaten Bogdan Dinu in Las Vegas

Bulgarian heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev had distinguished himself by knocking out Bogdan Dinu in Las Vegas on Saturday night, his 27th victory in his 28th professional fight. What was to follow was less glorious.

He was interviewed by Vegas Sports Daily reporter Jennifer Ravalo after the bout. At the end of the interview Ravalo asked Pulev if he deserves a shot at Britainas former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury. The 37-year-old responded with a firm aYesa, before forcibly kissing Ravalo on the lips and walking off camera. Ravalo was later asked about the incident on Twitter and said it was aembarrassinga and astrangea.

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aBeing a woman is scarya: the unspoken danger of declining a manas advances
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:00:04 GMT
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It shouldnat be a problem for women to decline attention from men, but it often is, as Jameela Jamilas experiences show

When the actor Jameela Jamil tweeted about her negative experiences of rejecting unwanted advances, she unleashed a torrent of similar stories from other women. Many men, on the other hand, seemed completely shocked.

aWas out at the shops with my friend,a Jamil wrote. aMan ogles me. Man then approaches me to give me his number. I explain I have a boyfriend but thank him for the offer. Man then threatens my career, saying I better remember that I rejected him. And then shouts at me that Iam low class a|a

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Who keeps buying California's scarce water? Saudi Arabia
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:00:07 GMT
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Saudi-based Almarai owns 15,000 acres of an irrigated valley a but what business does a foreign food production company have drawing resources from a US desert?

Four hours east of Los Angeles, in a drought-stricken area of a drought-afflicted state, is a small town called Blythe where alfalfa is king. More than half of the townas 94,000 acres are bushy blue-green fields growing the crop.

Massive industrial storehouses line the southern end of town, packed with thousands upon thousands of stacks of alfalfa bales ready to be fed to dairy cows a but not cows in Californiaas Central Valley or Montanaas rangelands.

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Apple TV+: less a rival to Netflix, more a smug religious cult
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:51:06 GMT
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The launch event for the tech giantas streaming service featured Oprah, Spielberg and plenty of self-indulgence, but little evidence it can catch up with the market leader

If the shows on Appleas new TV service turn out to be as smugly evangelistic, self-indulgent and editorially undisciplined as the launch event for the product, streamed from California on Monday, then it will be very bad news for Apple subscribers and very good news for Netflix, the current market leader.

The boring, sprawling 100-minute broadcast ended with Apple CEO Tim Cook tearing up as he delivered a namaste to Oprah Winfrey, the last of a string of A-list contributors, also including Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Aniston, who, live on the stage of the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, previewed shows they are making for the new Apple TV app.

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Don't use it as an alarm clock! Five ways to cut down on phone use
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 08:00:02 GMT
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Many of us rely on our devices for everything from rousing us in the morning to staving off boredom. But there are ways to break the habit

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What happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them | Anonymous
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:00:06 GMT
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A professor at an elite US school says an influx of unskilled and entitled students is monopolizing faculty time: aThey will eat you alivea

  • If you have an experience or story tip on this topic to share with the Guardian, contact college.admissions.tips@theguardian.com

If you think corruption in elite US college admissions is bad, what happens once those students are in the classroom is even worse.

I know, because I teach at an elite American university a one of the oldest and best-known, which rejects about 90% of applicants each year for the small number of places it can offer to undergraduates.

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Packets of hot sauce save two people's lives in one month
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:10:29 GMT
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Man in Oregon trapped in his car for five days ate hot sauce, and moments after a Taco Bell customer got up from his seat to retrieve some hot sauce, a car burst through the restaurantas wall

Donat throw out those sauce packets collecting in your fridge. They just might save your life.

At least two people owe their lives to Taco Bell hot sauce after near-death experiences in recent weeks.

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The confusion around Russian ameddlinga means theyare already winning | Gabriel Gatehouse
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:00:04 GMT
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Among the legitimate questions is a swirl of speculation. Vladimir Putin and Vladislav Surkov have got in our heads

It is the fashion these days, in certain circles, to see the hand of Moscow behind all of the political turbulence of the present moment: Brexit, Trump, the rise of the European right. John McCain once even suggested that Russiaas real aim in Syria was ato exacerbate the refugee crisis and use it as a weapon to divide the transatlantic alliance and undermine the European projecta.

Vladimir Putin must be delighted. Setting aside the question of the extent to which Russia is actually pulling the strings (Robert Mueller will soon tell us what he thinks about the Trump presidential campaign; the arguments around Russiaas role in Brexit rage on), the very fact that people believe in his power to drive massive population movements, bewitch electorates and divide allies is a win for the Kremlin. It is a form of hypnosis in its own right, and Russia tried it out on its own population first before exporting it abroad.

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Why the silence around the scandal threatening Justin Trudeau? | Jack Bernhardt
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:00:07 GMT
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The Canadian prime minister is fighting for his political life. But youad never know it from British media coverage

It must be great being Canadian. Instead of Greggs, theyave got Tim Hortons. Instead of the cartoonist Matt, theyave got Kate Beaton. Instead of an economy on the edge of a cliff edge and the prospect of mass chaos, theyave got moose. And best of all, instead of a malfunctioning robot who veers between doing impressions of insurance-obsessed mongooses and Mussolini, theyave got Justin Trudeau! Perfect, beautiful Justin Trudeau, the woke Ken doll of the G8 a who last week apologised for eating a chocolate bar in the Canadian parliament! What a little scamp! While we have to deal with warring MPs and a failing democracy, the worst scandal the Canadians have to deal with is over a Twix!

Related: Justin Trudeauas disgrace is like watching a unicorn get run over | Leah McLaren

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The Blue Planet effect: the plastics revolution is just the start | Fiona Gell
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:40:39 GMT
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If people knew the wonder and beauty of the UKas marine habitats they would want to protect them

The life of a conservationist often feels like one long struggle, taking little-known challenges and trying to make them mainstream. How do environmental issues move from niche interests to global concerns? The explosion of action on marine plastics has been a success story on an unprecedented scale. Film producer Jo Ruxton spent years raising funds and doing research for her film A Plastic Ocean, described by David Attenborough as aone of the most important films of all timea. But it was not until last yearas Blue Planet II series, and the plastics campaign by this and other newspapers, that concerns around marine litter began to be more widely shared.

Having worked in conservation for more than 20 years, I was delighted by the sea-change in attitudes. But, like other environmentalists, I am concerned that other challenges are not getting the attention or resources they need. This isnat about downplaying the threat of marine plastics, but about how we can learn from the plastics story and apply these lessons elsewhere.

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Jacob, Boris and the so-called coup aA what really happened at Chequers? | Hannah Jane Parkinson
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:37:26 GMT
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I thought if anything would finally see off Theresa May it would be a blizzard of white men in expensive cars. Apparently not

On Sunday, in a sit-down meal probably a shade more horrific but less cerebral than that scene in Hannibal when a corrupt official is served a slice of his own brain to eat, Theresa May invited some of her cabinet to Chequers for Sunday lunch.

The guest list, Iam sorry, was just a roll call of those now familiar basic white-boy names: David Davis, David Lidington, Damian Green, Dominic Raab, Steve Baker, Steve Barclay. Michael Gove, Alistair Burt and Boris Johnson were also invited, as were those excess-syllabic numpties Jacob Rees-Mogg and Iain Duncan Smith: so awful they named them both three times. I am not sure if there was a specific dress code, but you were not allowed to come if you were not an older white man (collectively known as a blizzard).

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Outsourced schools: the Essex mums fighting back a podcast
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:00:07 GMT
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When Waltham Holy Cross primary school was given a failing report it was immediately under threat of a private takeover in the governmentas academisation drive. But parents have fought back a and may yet prevail. The Guardianas Aditya Chakrabortty explains how.

Plus: Mark Rice-Oxley on why we should embrace the four-day working week

Shaunagh Roberts and Jayshree Tailor never considered themselves campaigners. But when the education watchdog, Ofsted, said their childrenas school was failing and would be taken over by an academy trust they had never heard of, they started asking questions. Now the campaign to keep Waltham Holy Cross school under local authority control is growing and parents are hopeful they can halt the forced outsourcing of the school to a private contractor.

Aditya Chakrabortty has been following the campaign for months and tells Anushka Asthana he is astounded by the resourcefulness of the campaigners, working from from their kitchens with little more than cracked phones and broken laptops.

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England put five past Montenegro but win marred by racial abuse from stands
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:51:06 GMT
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By the time they had finished, it was just a pity that Gareth Southgate had more to address than the latest evidence showing why Englandas followers can trust this team in a way that scarcely felt possible not too long ago.

They had played, again, with freedom and confidence and the occasion deserved better than to be scarred by the primitive aooh-ooha chants that told us Montenegroas supporters had decided there was one last way to get at the victorious players. The black players, with a grim inevitability.

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Rob Gronkowski played the goofball but few can doubt his greatness
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:06:30 GMT
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The Patriots star was a revolutionary, simultaneously the NFLas best blocking tight end and an unguardable receiver. His place in the Hall of Fame is assured

The New England Patriots had an inkling Rob Gronkowski might leave. The finality still hurt. On Sunday afternoon, the fun-loving frat-boy turned NFL superstar walked away from football before his body completely betrayed him.

Gronkowski was beloved because he was himself. He was an unapologetic meathead; the ultimate football bro. Not even the many fans with disdain for the Patriots could fully turn against Gronkowskias, umm, idiosyncrasies. This is a man who says he made his collegiate choice based on romantic choices rather than program pedigree, turning down Ohio State and legendary coach Jim Tressel in favor of Arizona. The weather was also nicer. aIf you ever went to a pool party at Arizona, youad understand,a he told his dad.

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Michael Schumacheras son to make F1 debut in Ferrari test next week
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:40:37 GMT
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aC/ Mick to drive for Ferrari on 2 April a after the Bahrain GP
aC/ 19-year-old was the European Formula 3 champion last season

Michael Schumacheras son, Mick, will make his Formula One debut in a test for Ferrari on 2 April, after the Bahrain Grand Prix, it is understood. Ferrari have yet to confirm the test but Schumacher is expected to drive for them on one day and Alfa Romeo, with whom Ferrari have a partnership, on the next.

Schumacher was signed to the Ferrari driver academy in January. The 19-year-old, who was the European Formula 3 champion last season, will compete for Prema Racing in the F2 championship in the first round of the series in Bahrain. The test is a preliminary step to potentially joining the team with whom his father enjoyed such success.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Ronaldo injured as Portugal are held at home by Serbia
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:40:00 GMT
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aC/ Portugal forward leaves field with apparent hamstring injury
aC/ Kosovo earn point against Bulgaria in first ever Euro qualifier

Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off with an apparent hamstring injury during the first half of Portugalas Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia, which finished 1-1.

His Juventus side face Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals on 10 April with the return leg in Turin the following week, and the forward will now undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury. aIam not worried, I know my body,a Ronaldo said later. aI should be back in one or two weeks.a

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Fight erupts after bikes clash in Costa Rica motorcycle race aA video
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:19:29 GMT
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Two motorcyclists have been suspended for two years following a fight that erupted when the pair clashed during a race last month. Jorge MartAnez threw the first punch at competitor Marion Calvo after blaming the rider for causing him to lose his balance during the first stage of Costa Rica's National Motorbike Championship in February.

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How the NFL still treats doping almost as seriously as domestic violence
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:19:57 GMT
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The NFLas eight-game suspension for Kareem Hunt for assaulting a woman is a step in the right direction. But only by the standards the NFL has set itself

The NFL handed Kareem Hunt an eight-game suspension 10 days ago, after concluding its investigation into the running backas involvement in a fight at a resort last June. The league was forced into action after TMZ released video footage showing Hunt pushing a woman to the floor and then kicking her, before being held back by two other men. Hunt was not arrested and did not face charges for his actions. In its statement, the NFL said the ban was also in connection with aphysical altercationsa at Huntas residence last February.

The eight-game ban is significant as itas the first time the NFL has punished a player by more than the abaseline suspensiona of six games as stipulated in its Player Conduct Policy for first-time offenders, which it updated in December 2014. Before the NFL ruled on Hunt, the average suspension for first-time offenders of domestic violence, assault, child abuse or sexual abuse had been 3.7 games, since the league updated its policy after its botched handling of the Ray Rice scandal in 2014.

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Joshua, Fury, Wilder a big cats kept apart while accountants rule jungle | Kevin Mitchell
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:24:10 GMT
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Heavyweight names cash in with little risk but fight fans are missing out on the spectacle they want

Romeo and Juliet had an easier time getting together than Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have experienced lately. The courting of the voluble Gypsy King as the perfect ticket-selling foil for the sweet-talking triple-belt world heavyweight champion continues behind the scenes, while each prepares for marking-time bouts against fighters with clean but thin records.

Yet again boxing fans will miss out on the spectacle they want, as Fury prepares to deliver the obscure young German, Tom Schwarz, his first defeat in 25 bouts when they meet in Las Vegas on 15 June. It will be the Mancunianas debut for ESPN, after signing a staggering APS80m, five-fight deal. Fury told MTK Global: aVegas next, baby. We want to give the fans something to travel to for an event this summer.a

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'It will rock your house!' Inside the Iranian electronic underground
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:00:12 GMT
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Ten years ago, electronic music in Iran was suppressed by the government. But now these strange, often punishing sounds are finding their way into the world

Ten years ago Bahman Ghobadias film No One Knows About Persian Cats followed a young Iranian songwriting duoas efforts to form a band with other underground musicians in Iran. It presented a country in which music deemed politically or culturally incendiary was prohibited, since artists hoping to perform or distribute their work had to acquire permission from the Iranian ministry of culture and Islamic guidance, or risk arrest.

Western journalists seized upon a narrative of sensitive outlaws holed up in underground studios, but today a new story is emerging: of a visionary music community now able to openly share its strange creations. Increasingly, Iran is becoming recognised as a hub for some of the worldas most vital, forward-thinking experimental music.

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'Theyare film scores to his imagination': music stars pay tribute to Scott Walker
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:04:25 GMT
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Damon Albarn, David Sylvian, Cosey Fanni Tutti and more pay exclusive tribute to the late Scott Walker

I never got to see him perform a but I performed for him. I sang Farmer in the City [at Drifting and Tilting: The Songs of Scott Walker at the Barbican in 2008]. Heas lovely, a gentle sweetheart. He wasnat a recluse a heas a very engaging, articulate person, with a great sense of humour. Heas just not conventional; Scott was unorthodox. Thereas a sort of richness to his voice that I donat really think anyone else ever had, and when you met him physically, he was a much smaller frame than his voice, so there was that otherworldliness about him, too.

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Dr Dre says daughter got into USC 'all on her own' a then fans point out $70m donation
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:30:46 GMT
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  • Dre deletes Instagram picture after fans remind him of gift
  • Mogul donated cash in 2013 to create academy of arts and tech

Dr Dre has never been afraid to rap his own praises. He claimed on 2015as Medicine Man, for example, that his return to making solo material after a short hiatus was aa sign of the revelationa. So itas no surprise that, like most proud parents, he enjoys boasting about his kids too.

Related: College bribery scandal: students sue elite schools in class action

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Inside the Lou Reed archive: 'You can walk directly into his world'
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:10:51 GMT
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The singeras widow Laurie Anderson talks about the mountains of material preserved at the new archive launched at the New York Public Library

When Lou Reed died in 2013, he left behind a mountain of material. aBut he didnat leave any instructions about what to do with anything, not one word,a explains his widow, the artist Laurie Anderson, to the Guardian. aHe gave them all to me and I didnat know what to do with it, all of these papers and sounds.a

Related: Ezra Furman on Lou Reed's genius: 'Queerness is defined by continual transformation'

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Diana Ross calls for end to criticism of Michael Jackson
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:36:09 GMT
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Ross describes Jackson as aa magnificent incredible forcea, following extensive allegations of child sexual abuse against him

Diana Ross has voiced support for Michael Jackson in the wake of the explosive Leaving Neverland documentary, which features extensive allegations of child sexual abuse by Jackson.

Ross, who duetted live with Jackson and knew him for many years, wrote on Twitter: aThis is whatas on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is a magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.a She called on people to stop the criticism of Jackson, writing aStop in the name of lovea, a reference to the title of one of her biggest hits with the Supremes.

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Edible marijuana sends outsize number of people to hospital, Colorado study finds
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:00:06 GMT
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University researchers say effects of edibles can be longer lasting than people realize after study reveals astriking resultsa

Edible marijuana products are a small slice of cannabis sales in Colorado, but were linked to a large proportion of cannabis-related emergency room visits in the state, according to a study published on Monday.

From January 2012 to December 2016, edibles accounted for 10.7% of emergency room visits attributable to cannabis use at the University of Colorado Health emergency department in Aurora, Colorado, though they only accounted for 0.32% of cannabis sales in that same period, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine study.

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Father of Sandy Hook victim has killed himself, police say
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:21:51 GMT
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Jeremy Richman, 49, was the father of first-grader Avielle Richman, who was killed in the Sandy Hook attack

Police in Connecticut said on Monday the father of one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 had been found dead in an apparent suicide.

Related: Parkland students mourn the deaths of two more after apparent suicides

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Pete Buttigieg: 2020 Democratic candidate surges to third place in new poll
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:09:39 GMT
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Pete Buttigieg has surged to third place in a new poll of Democratic presidential candidates, ahead of Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and BetoaRourke.

Related: Shortest Way Home review: Pete Buttigieg as president in waiting

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Sackler Trust halts new philanthropic giving due to opioid lawsuits
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:46:05 GMT
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Sackler familyas Purdue Pharma faces hundreds of lawsuits over its drug OxyContin

A trust that has donated millions to medical science, healthcare, education and the arts in the UK has announced it is pausing all new giving as its members stand accused of helping to fuel the US opioid drug crisis.

The Sackler Trust is run by the Sackler family, members of which own Purdue Pharma, a company selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin. The business is facing hundreds of lawsuits in the US over its alleged role in the countryas opioid crisis, which kills more than 100 people a day.

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Death of second Parkland student being investigated, police say
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:53:47 GMT
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  • Police say, aIt hasnat been confirmed as a suicidea
  • Second death of a Parkland survivor in about a week

A second student from the Florida high school targeted in a mass shooting has died in little more than a week, police said on Sunday.

The boy was believed to be a survivor of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas school on 14 February 2018 in which 17 people were killed and 17 wounded.

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British Airways flight to DA1/4sseldorf lands in Edinburgh by mistake
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:31:44 GMT
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BA blames paperwork error after pilot flies 500 miles in wrong direction

A British Airways plane scheduled to travel from London for DA1/4sseldorf mistakenly flew its passengers to Edinburgh instead.

Rather than head east from City airport across the Channel into Europe, the plane flew due north to the Scottish capital. But the mistake was only spotted while landing, when passengers were welcomed to Edinburgh.

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Canadian man stands trial after wife alleges abuse following family's Afghan kidnapping
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:40:58 GMT
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Joshua Boyle began trial on Monday for offences including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering death threats

A Canadian man who was kidnapped in Afghanistan and held hostage for five years with his wife and children has gone on trial for 19 offences including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering death threats. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Joshua Boyle, 35, entered an Ottawa courtroom dressed in a dark blue jacket, a pink shirt and black pants. He was accompanied by his father.

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Macron under fire for 'patronising' injured gilets jaunes protester
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:50:01 GMT
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French president tells 73-year-old woman, whose skull was fractured, she is afragilea

Emmanuel Macron has been accused of patronising a 73-year-old gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protester who sustained a fractured skull after riot police charged demonstrators in an off-limits area of Nice.

GeneviA"ve Legay was taken to hospital with serious head injuries on Saturday. Jean-Michel PrAatre, the Nice public prosecutor, said an investigation had been opened but it appeared Legay had hit her head on a concrete bollard as police tried to clear protesters.

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Woman who sheltered Edward Snowden is granted asylum in Canada
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:06:42 GMT
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  • Vanessa Rodel and daughter due to arrive from Hong Kong
  • Rodel hosted the former CIA analyst in her apartment in 2013

Canada has granted asylum to a woman who helped Edward Snowden hide in Hong Kong after his leaks exposed US global surveillance programs, a refugee rights association said on Monday.

Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana were scheduled to arrive in Toronto later on Monday on a flight from Hong Kong, the non-profit organization For the Refugees said.

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Anti-stall system was 'in play' on Ethiopian's Boeing 737 Max
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:30:33 GMT
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MCAS feature also highlighted by investigation into earlier crash of Lion Air plane

The anti-stall system that pilots battled before the crash of a Lion Air-operated Boeing 737 Max in October was also likely to have been activated before 157 people were killed this month on a flight of the same model leaving Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Airlines chief executive has said.

The new feature of the 737 Max, the manoeuvring characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), has been highlighted by an investigation into the previous crash, in which 189 people were killed when their plane went down in the Java Sea off Indonesia 12 minutes after takeoff.

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'Now I own my life': Saudi sisters who fled family granted asylum
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:33:05 GMT
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Pair, given asylum in undisclosed country, faced recriminations in kingdom

Two Saudi sisters who say they were beaten and treated like slaves by their brothers and father have been granted asylum in an undisclosed country.

The women, aged 18 and 20, ran away from their family last September while on holiday in Sri Lanka and have been stranded in Hong Kong since an abandoned attempt to reach Australia, where they hoped to secure asylum.

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'Coal is on the way out': study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:00:09 GMT
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Around 75% of coal production is more expensive than renewables, with industry out-competed on cost by 2025

Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study.

aEven without major policy shift we will continue to see coal retire pretty rapidly,a said Mike OaBoyle, the co-author of the report for Energy Innovation, a renewables analysis firm. aOur analysis shows that we can move a lot faster to replace coal with wind and solar. The fact that so much coal could be retired right now shows we are off the pace.a

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Sweaty, not stirred: is Daniel Craig really doing 12-hour workouts?
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:54:33 GMT
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The new James Bond movie starts filming soon, so the 51-year-old star has apparently been hitting the gym like never before

Name: The nameas 12-hour routine, Daniel Craigas 12-hour routine.

Appearance: Sweaty, not stirred.

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Not ready for Marmite peanut butter? Taste-testing five other spread combos
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:53:09 GMT
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The yeast-extract brand has launched a variety blended with nuts, provoking strong reactions on social media. But there are plenty of other unfamiliar combinations to try

Marmite began taunting the public with a new product last week: Marmite peanut butter. Twitter responded in typically sanguine fashion a with the vomit emoji, a gif of Johnny Depp dry heaving, and aNOa repeated several times. Marmiteas brand manager, Camilla Williamson, called the flavour athe most exciting product launch since the conception of the brand in 1902a. Apparently, Marmite has taken the lead from punters who have been mixing these spreads on toast for ages. It assures the country that we will love it. But peanut butter and Marmite sounds like trouble, particularly when Britons tend to enjoy simpler breakfast spread combinations (butter with Marmite, butter with jam). Of course, there are plenty of alternatives, so I tried a few.

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Humans can make new brain cells into their 90s, scientists discover
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:19:46 GMT
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Study may help diagnose and identify people at risk of developing Alzheimeras much earlier

Humans can make fresh brain cells until they are well into their 90s, but the production of new neurons falls in those with Alzheimeras, even when the disease has recently taken hold, scientists have found.

The findings may help doctors to diagnose Alzheimeras at an earlier stage, and identify those most at risk who may benefit from exercise and other interventions that could boost the production of new brain cells.

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Is it normal for couples to swap sides? How to share a bed and be happy
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:01:44 GMT
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Where does the dog sleep? Who gets to turn the light off? And what can you eat in there? When the bedroom becomes a battleground, here are some ground rules to help restore tranquility

By definition, your bedroom should be the most peaceful place in the house, with bed the apex of that harmony. You should no more use your bed as a battleground than you should think of taking a shower over your PS4. Avoid conflict at any cost, even if that means a moratorium on all conversations that arenat about sex or bitching about other people.

Humans being what they are, however, means we are capable of arguing endlessly about even the core traits of the place where we intend never to argue. Last week, a Twitter user sparked heated debate when he innocently mentioned that he and his partner alternated sides of the bed: aSome nights I like to sleep by the window, some nights the door. Itas not really that unusual, is it?a Letas establish some ground rules, shall we?

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Hopes rise for male contraceptive pill breakthrough
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:00:15 GMT
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Trial of once-daily capsule appeared to reduce sperm count with few side-effects

Hopes for a male contraceptive pill have increased after a trial showed a once-daily capsule appeared to work with no significant side-effects.

The drug aims to suppress levels of hormones that drive the production of sperm and testosterone in the testes.

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Extreme loneliness or the perfect balance? How to work from home and stay healthy
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:00:09 GMT
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More and more people are working where they live, attracted by the promise of flexibility, efficiency and no commute. But does this come at a cost to their wellbeing?

When Sean Blanda started working remotely in 2017, the allure of a adigital nomada lifestyle a working at your laptop on the beach, say a wasnat lost on him. The ability to work flexibly, be that at home or wherever else life may take you, is the dream for every disgruntled employee who has to fit in school pickups, dentist appointments and long commutes around office hours.

But after two years of working from home, Blanda, an editorial director for a tech company based in Philadelphia, knows only too well the many pitfalls of this way of life, with the greatest being isolation.

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'They don't think we're human': Buenos Aires market traders fight eviction
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:06:35 GMT
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A recent protest by street vendors was met with a violent crackdown a but was their eviction necessary to aordera the cityas public space?

An unsettling quiet has fallen over a stretch of the usually noisy Feria de San Telmo Sunday market. Artisans should be lining these cobbled streets selling intricate macrame jewellery and Argentinian leather purses to crowds of tourists from all over the world. Deafening percussion bands, accompanied by dancers, and street vendors selling empanadas and arepas should be making their way up the road.

The market is one of the largest handicrafts and antiques fairs in Buenos Aires, popular with tourists and locals alike, and runs the length of Defensa, the main thoroughfare in the barrio of San Telmo.

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Nowruz festival marks 100 years of Afghan independence
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:03:12 GMT
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Afghans have been taking part in Nowruz new year celebrations, which have coincided with the countryas centenary of independence. Stefanie Glinski visited the northern city of Mazar-e-sharif to photograph the festivities

Huge crowds have gathered on the streets of Afghanistan to join Nowruz new year/spring equinox celebrations, which in 2019 coincide with the countryas centenary of independence.

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An image of hope: how a Christchurch photographer captured the famous Ardern picture
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:00:07 GMT
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Kirk Hargreaves reveals lucky break behind a picture of the New Zealand prime minister that symbolised the nationas grief

In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, stunned residents were looking for images of hope.

They found it in a photograph of prime minister Jacinda Ardern, clad in a black headscarf and overlaid with flowers reflected on the glass outside.

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Scott Walker a a life in pictures
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:44:35 GMT
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From his teen idol days with the Walker Brothers in swinging London to his later experimental pop, we chart the life of Scott Walker

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Women on the frontline: female war photographers a in pictures
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:08 GMT
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There is a long history of female photographers working in war zones, with many playing a decisive role in shaping perceptions of armed conflict. An exhibition in DA1/4sseldorf, Germany, features about 140 works by acclaimed photographers including Carolyn Cole, Susan Meiselas, Lee Miller and Gerda Taro taken over the past 80 years

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Rocket strike and a super bloom: Monday's best photos
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:41:20 GMT
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The Guardianas picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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