May's emotional farewell kicks off battle for Tory leadership
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 18:06:34 GMT
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Prime minister remains in office until successor has been chosen by her party

Theresa May has given an emotional farewell to athe job that it has been the honour of my life to holda, pledging to step aside as Conservative leader on 7 June and kicking off a frantic scramble to become Britainas next prime minister.

Calling time on a turbulent three-year premiership punctuated by revolts and resignations, May said she would leave awith no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I lovea.

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Boris Johnson: UK will leave EU in October, deal or no deal
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:32:50 GMT
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Tory leadership frontrunner sets out hardline Brexit stance after Theresa Mayas resignation

Boris Johnson has thrown down the gauntlet to his Conservative leadership rivals by insisting the UK must leave the EU by the end of October with or without a deal, as he set out a hardline Brexit stance just hours after Theresa May announced her resignation.

Johnson is the favourite among Conservative members to take over as prime minister by the last week of July, but he will face competition from as many as 20 rivals.

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Who should be the next Tory leader? Our panel responds | Polly Toynbee and others
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 11:03:16 GMT
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Theresa May will leave No 10 on 7 June. Her replacement will have a job on their hands to reunite the Conservatives

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Deal or no deal: what next for Brexit, the Tories and the country?
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:00:00 GMT
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Things will have to move fast if the new PM is to take the UK out of the EU before 31 October

Now that Theresa May has announced her resignation date, what happens next?

Initially nothing. She will remain in post to bear the burden of the European election results, which will be announced on Sunday night and are widely expected to be grim for the Tory party.

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Theresa May saved her tears for herself. If only shead shown this humanity before | Suzanne Moore
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 13:20:26 GMT
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I admit to feeling a touch of sympathy, but the prime minister is broken because Britain is too

She cried the wrong tears. So shredded is Theresa Mayas credibility that as she started to crack, to show some actual feelings, during her resignation speech, many people immediately said they were the wrong feelings. If anything has changed during her time as prime minister it is the waning of empathy. The millisecond in which one might feel for another person, even if they are different from you, is now just political weakness. What a world. The land of tears is a secret place, as Antoine de Saint-ExupA(c)ry said, and Mayas tears may only have been for herself; simple registers of the shattering of her delusion, but there they were.

Make no mistake, she has been an absolutely dreadful prime minister, impervious to reality, deeply unsympathetic, utterly tone deaf. Missing any chance to actually compromise. Anyone who has met her will tell you that she doesnat really do human. I remember a miserable lunch with her years back and being mystified ever since that anyone ever thought that she could negotiate any kind of deal. A walk-in freezer has more warmth. Interesting necklaces do not make a personality. More importantly she doesnat do dialogue, she simply repeats her lines and her mantras until people are so bored they possibly agree with her. Or she pretended they did.

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At least four more die on Everest amid overcrowding concerns
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:54:53 GMT
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Latest deaths, including an Irish climber, come as others report ainsanea delays at the peak

Four more deaths have been reported on Everest as concerns grow about the risks posed by the severe overcrowding on the worldas highest mountain this year.

Kevin Hynes, 56, from Ireland, died in his tent at 7,000 metres early on Friday, having turned back before reaching the summit. The father of two was part of a group from the UK-based 360 Expeditions.

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LGBT lesson protests hijacked by religious extremists, MPs say
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:04:26 GMT
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Schools described as aunder siegea as actions spread from Birmingham to north-west

Protests against LGBT lessons in schools have been hijacked by those with a areligious, extremist agendaa who are holding schools aunder siegea, MPs have said, as the number of schools being targeted has grown.

Anderton Park primary school, in the Moseley area of Birmingham, has become the latest site of demonstrations against the teaching of LGBT rights, following similar protests at other schools in the city. On Friday, the last day before the half-term holiday, staff were forced to send children home after another protest. Earlier this week, protesters claimed 600 of the schoolas 700 pupils were withdrawn by parents, a figure disputed by the school, which said more than half remained in attendance.

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IVF couples could be able to choose the asmartesta embryo
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 14:24:37 GMT
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US scientist says it will be possible to rank embryos by apotential IQa within 10 years

Couples undergoing IVF treatment could be given the option to pick the asmartesta embryo within the next 10 years, a leading US scientist has predicted.

Stephen Hsu, senior vice president for research at Michigan State University, said scientific advances mean it will soon be feasible to reliably rank embryos according to potential IQ, posing profound ethical questions for society about whether or not the technology should be adopted.

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Schoolchildren go on strike across world over climate crisis
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:25:47 GMT
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Hundreds of thousands walk out of lessons in 110 countries demanding urgent action

Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across the world have gone on strike in protest at the escalating climate crisis.

Students from 1,800 towns and cities in more than 110 countries stretching from India to Australia and the UK to South Africa, walked out of lessons on Friday, the organisers of the action said.

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Jayme Closs: man gets life sentence for kidnapping teen and killing her parents
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 21:20:06 GMT
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Jake Patterson pleaded guilty in March to intentional homicide and kidnapping, after Closs was held for 88 days

A Wisconsin man was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents in a case that mystified authorities until the girl made a daring escape from the remote cabin where she was held for 88 days.

Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the familyas home near Barron, about 90 miles north-east of Minneapolis.

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Alastair Campbell says he voted for aremain partya in EU elections
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 22:36:30 GMT
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Former spokesman for Tony Blair admits he didnat vote Labour for first time in his life

Alastair Campbell has admitted shunning Labour in the European elections to vote for an aunequivocally pro-remaina party.

Campbell told BBC Radio 5 Live that the election on Thursday was the afirst time in my lifea he did not vote Labour. aI voted for one of the unequivocally pro-remain, pro-Peopleas Vote parties and I did that because I think thatas the right thing for the country,a he told Stephen Nolan.

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Two boys found dead and four children injured in Sheffield
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 14:30:08 GMT
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Two adults held on suspicion of murder of boys, 13 and 14, as others taken to hospital

Two teenage boys have died and four other children are receiving hospital treatment after a aserious incidenta in Sheffield, police said.
Officers were called to a house in the Shiregreen area of the city at 7.30am on Friday.

South Yorkshire police said the boys, aged 13 and 14, had died and the other children, aged 11, 10, three, and seven months, were conscious in hospital.

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Vince Cable to step down as Lib Dem leader on 23 July
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:02:27 GMT
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Contest begins to succeed former business secretary amid partyas resurgence at polls

Vince Cable has set the date for his departure as Liberal Democrat leader, saying he will hand over a abigger, stronger partya to his successor on 23 July.

With the party expected to do well when the results of Thursdayas European elections are announced on Sunday, Cable said it was time to fulfil his promise to step aside.

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Police seek suspect after package bomb explosion in France
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 22:16:40 GMT
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Twelve people injured in incident described by Emmanuel Macron as an attack

Police in France were hunting a suspect following a blast in a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon that wounded more than a dozen people just two days before the countryas fiercely contested European parliament elections.

The president, Emmanuel Macron, called Fridayas explosion, apparently from a package packed with shrapnel and placed in the street, an aattacka and sent his interior minister, Christophe Castaner, to Lyon.

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ACLU and Planned Parenthood file lawsuit against Alabama abortion ban
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:14:24 GMT
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Groups filed lawsuit to block extreme ban before it can take effect as Missourias governor signed an eight-week ban into law on Friday

Civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit to stop Alabama from implementing a law making abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy.

The lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood Federation of America on behalf of Alabama abortion providers, seeks to block the near-total abortion ban before it can take effect.

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The end of May: are we headed for Boris Johnson as prime minister?
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 02:00:18 GMT
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Theresa May has entered the final phase of her leadership, with rivals waiting to pounce on the chance to succeed her. Patrick Wintour lays out the route ahead but can anyone stop the clear favourite? Also today: Claire Armitstead on the outpouring of love for childrenas author Judith Kerr who died on Thursday at the age of 95

Whether she clings on for now or announces her resignation plans, Theresa Mayas premiership appears to be in its final phase. But as rival candidates push themselves forward to succeed her, there is one overwhelming favourite: Boris Johnson.

The Guardianas diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, has watched Johnson up close for years a from his time as an opposition MP, to mayor of London to foreign secretary. But, as he tells Anushka Asthana, discerning Johnsonas true political beliefs is not simple; he memorably wrote two newspaper columns arguing the opposing sides on the EU referendum in 2016 before finally deciding to back Brexit.

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Naomi Wolf admits blunder over Victorians and sodomy executions
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 19:15:17 GMT
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Death sentences in 1800s were hardly ever carried out, despite claim in authoras book Outrages

It was only published this week, but already the writer Naomi Wolf has admitted an error at the heart of her latest book. Instead of being aactually executed for sodomya in 1859, as the writer claims in Outrages, Thomas Silver was apparently aparoled two years after being convicteda.

Silver, who was 14 when he was convicted, is just one of several cases cited in the book but, according to the writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, the error stems from a simple misreading of a historical record and raises wider questions about the argument Wolf puts forward.

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Flawed, foul-mouthed and funny: how cerebral palsy became TV comedy gold
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:16:33 GMT
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From the riotous office humour of Jerk to the satirical genius of Special, TV is finally embracing characters with cerebral palsy. We ask the stars of this new wave: is this a watershed moment?

aIt took years to convince someone to make this show,a says Ryan OaConnell. aFirst of all, my book flopped and sold two copies.a Called Iam Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, the book was a moving and hilarious account of something he had been hiding in the popular blogs he had written about his life as a gay millennial. Like 17 million other people around the world, OaConnell has cerebral palsy, a condition affecting muscular coordination.

Four years on, Special, the comedy series based on his book, is airing on Netflix to great acclaim. Written by and starring OaConnell as a fictionalised version of himself, Special follows the writer as he interns at a clickbait journalism site called Eggwoke that publishes confessional blogs headlined a50 Ways to Hate Myselfa or aWhy Do I Keep Finding Things in My Vagina?a When his colleagues assume his condition is the result of a car accident, and not cerebral palsy, he goes along with it.

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Assange's indictment escalates Trumpas attacks on free speech, experts say
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 15:12:19 GMT
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Charges against WikiLeaks founder come as Trump assails journalists daily and brands media the aenemy of the peoplea

The Trump administration has launched one of the most potent attacks on journalism and the first amendment in US history by indicting Julian Assange on Espionage Act charges, free speech advocates have warned.

Assange had previously been charged with computer-related crimes and accused of a conspiracy with the former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to steal classified information by offering to help crack a password.

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The Archers tour: 'listeners complain if we pour cold water to evoke tea'
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:54:26 GMT
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No branded chutney, sadly, but fans can recreate iconic scenes from the BBC Radio 4 soap

Ever since Granada closed the Coronation Street tour 20 years ago, thereas been a gap in the market. Many have yearned for British broadcastingas answer to Disneyland, a soap-related simulation offering actors in costume, trivia about how it was made, a really competitive general knowledge quiz and an experience culminating in a gift shop featuring, ideally, branded chutney.

Related: Nancy Banks-Smith on The Archers' Joe Grundy: farewell from me and the ferrets

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Lust in translation: France makes its own version of Fleabag
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 13:01:18 GMT
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Adaptation set in Paris follows Phoebe Waller-Bridgeas hit series almost scene for scene

France so loved Phoebe Waller-Bridgeas hit series Fleabag that it has made its own version, about the life of a woman called Mouche (Fly).

Rather than subtitle the seemingly singularly British comedy, French producers wanted to faithfully recreate a Parisian version, complete with guinea pigs, a salon de thA(c), dysfunctional family and the same emotional pitfalls, but set against a backdrop of bridges over the Seine.

It is becoming increasingly common to adapt scripted formats for foreign audiences, as opposed to the long standard practice of copying reality TV formats such as Big Brother. An Indian Luther, and Russian and French Doctor Fosters are among many in the works. Their success, however, is far from guaranteed.

Mouche, which broadcasts on 3 June, has been described as a faithful adaptation of Waller-Bridgeas original a recapturing the series almost scene for scene.

The writer and director, Jeanne Herry, told France Inter radio this week: aThe English version is excellent, so I donat see why youad change it.a She said she added only a handful of extra scenes a developing Moucheas relationship with her best friend and adding a scene from her motheras funeral.

One difference at the start of the French series is that Moucheas object of sexual fantasy is not Barack Obama but BenoA(r)t Hamon, the former French Socialist party presidential candidate running in the European elections.

Under the contract, Herry was allowed to add two or three scenes per episode. aI didnat want to be adding things in,a she said. aIt was about making sure it sounded right in France, so that it really seemed anchored in France.

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If I had to endure a fraction of May's failure I'd have quit long ago | John Crace
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 10:46:25 GMT
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Towards the end, every day must have been an ordeal of personal humiliation for the limpet-like PM

The Chelsea flower show opened with photos of Prince William and Kateas three children generally being angelic and useful in the garden their parents had helped create. Iam not quite sure how they became that well-trained. I was always desperate for my kids to take an interest in the garden, but not even bribes helped. Their attitude was always: aItas your garden, you fix it.a I think one of them might have once spent 10 minutes during the past 25 years helping me to unwrap the winter fleeces from the bananas and the agave, but thatas about it. Chelsea always brings out mixed feelings in me. Iave been several times and, apart from it always being so rammed you have to queue for everything, itas always felt as if there were two shows taking place in parallel. One for posh people from the shires for whom it was an essential part of the summer season and one for people who just liked gardening. Iave also often been rather underwhelmed by the so-called star attractions of the show gardens and have spent most of the day in the vast tent where growers from all over the world display their plants. As someone who has stuffed the front garden with palms, grasses and semi-tropical plants a my wife gets to choose what goes in the back a I have never failed to find some amazing specimens Iave seldom seen elsewhere. Naturally, I canat resist them. Some have died within a year, but others have done well. No thanks to my children.

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'Swept up on a tide': disaffected voters flock to Brexit party across north-west
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 05:00:07 GMT
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Supporters look to Nigel Farage to unite nation and introduce adown-to-eartha politics, says our Paris correspondent

As the glitterball twinkled and the raffle table heaved with prizes in a Lancashire pub in the former mill village of Bamber Bridge, Margaret West was feeling happier than she had for months. The Blackpool rockanaroll dancer and former education worker had been so angry and stressed over Brexit shead lost sleep over it, felt ignored by politicians and unfairly insulted online for voting to leave. But then something came along that made her feel represented, athat gave me a sense of excitement, something new and worthy like the Suffragette movementa, she said. It was Nigel Farageas Brexit party.

West had never been involved in politics and had voted Labour before switching to Conservative. Now she is one of more than 100,000 Brexit party supporters who donated online, put stickers in their windows and went to Farageas roadshow rallies. At this Brexit party pub night south of Preston, supporters were looking ahead to planning a Westminster election campaign. aItas like being swept up on a tide,a West said. aThereas such a great atmosphere. Iave never been to the football but when Nigel walks out at a rally, I imagine thatas the feeling you get when your team scores a goal.a

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Macron's vision for Europe faces test in French EU elections
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 08:53:59 GMT
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Campaign is being dominated by power struggle between far right and presidentas centrist agenda

In a restaurant in northern Paris with European flags pinned to the walls, the former French Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau warned female voters that the rise of the far right threatened their fundamental rights.

aMarine Le Pen just met an Estonian interior minister who believes that childless women over 27 are a waste for society,a she said. Gasps of horror spread through the crowd. Abortion rights, she warned, could not yet be taken for granted in Europe: aAbortion is banned in Malta and restricted in Poland and the UK.a More gasps came in response to Northern Irelandas laws.

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Virgil van Dijk: aIam never nervous. If youare nervous, you limit your qualitya
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 23:01:26 GMT
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Liverpoolas APS75m defender tells Donald McRae about his unshakable manner, his slow rise to the top, that atotally crazya night against Barcelona and the trauma of a burst appendix

In the dappled shade, away from the glare of the Spanish sun, Virgil van Dijk thinks about words such as tension and nerves with a little smile. This is meant to be the hardest time, with the days moving slowly between the end of the regular season and Liverpoolas Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid next Saturday night.

Van Dijk was named PFA player of the season by his fellow professionals, after his imperious form at the heart of Liverpoolas defence helped ensure his club lost just one match in a league campaign that earned them 97 points. They still finished a point behind Manchester City, and their wait to win the league title rolls over into a 30th year.

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Fear and loathing in cricket's fraying heartland | Andy Bull
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 18:00:20 GMT
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There is a cost to tinkering with formats and selling the game to Sky a cricketas very life is at stake

The barman at the Bat and Ball isnat sure whether or not he likes cricket. aNever seen it,a he says, anever played it.a Itas a pity, because the game grew up by his pub. Itas a hook over the road from Broadhalfpenny Down, where they played the very first game of first-class cricket in 1772. The landlord then was Richard Nyren, captain, secretary, and star turn of the famous Hambledon team who often played and beat All-England. They used to have 20,000 here for those matches. This particular Saturday Hambledonas third XI are playing Portsmouthas. There are five people watching. The players are all old men and young kids, starting their first or last seasons in senior cricket.

Hambledon had a job getting a side out. A lot of the younger boys were away playing for their private schools, the older ones were already back at university, and everyone else was in Southampton watching England play Pakistan. They werenat the only club struggling. There were eight forfeits across the league that weekend. It used to be the local rule that a side who forfeited three game in a season would be demoted, but they had to scrap it. Too many teams would have suffered.

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Danny Cipriani aims to keep climbing and lead Gloucester into final
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 21:00:23 GMT
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The maverick fly-half could still earn an England World Cup spot if he can help his club to a semi-final victory at Saracens

As he stood clutching his latest prestigious prize, up on the brightly lit stage at the Premiership Rugby Awards in London this week, Danny Cipriani was asked about the atrials and tribulationsa he has overcome. Quick as a flash a aTrials and tribulations?a a he had the entire room laughing knowingly with him. Say what you like about Cipriani but his ascent from a Jersey prison cell back to rugbyas sunlit uplands has been this seasonas most colourful tale.

A failure because he cannot make the England squad? It recalls the vintage line delivered to a partying George Best in the 1970s a aTell me, George, where did it all go wrong?a a by a room-service waiter entering his Park Lane suite. Even the most talented and successful of athletes can be pigeon-holed purely on the basis of reputation and few onlookers have ever associated Cipriani with dull conformity or monastic abstinence.

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Fran Kirby: aTwo semi-finals we lost still hurt a weall use it as motivationa
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 21:30:24 GMT
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Striker insists Lionesses are focused on reaching the final of the Womenas World Cup a and are enjoying the trappings of fame

Fran Kirby has not watched the Lionessesa Euro 2017 semi-final defeat by the Netherlands. She canat. aIt was silent,a she recalls of the dressing room after England lost 3-0 to the eventual champions. aPeople were crying, upset, gutted that we couldnat give the account of ourselves that we wanted.

aWe had had a positive Euros. Iave not watched it back, no. I feel we let ourselves down as players. That was the hardest part a we didnat give enough.a

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Katie Boulter makes clumsy, belated withdrawal from French Open
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:02:04 GMT
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aC/ British No 3 misses Roland Garros with back injury
aC/ Boulter left name in draw, then pulled out next day

Katie Boulter sent a ripple of bemusement through Roland Garros on Friday without hitting a ball, when she revealed the day after leaving her name in the draw that she was withdrawing from the tournament to rest her injured back.

The British No 3 and world No 112 will collect about APS20,000 a half the first-round prize money a even though she indicated nearly three weeks ago that the injury she exacerbated in helping Great Britain beat Kazakhstan in the Federation Cup in London last month was not healing quickly enough for her to be fit for the French Open.

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England expect Eoin Morgan to be fit for World Cup opener after finger fracture
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 18:27:00 GMT
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aC/ X-ray confirms aflake fracturea from training at Ageas Bowl
aC/ England captain should be fit to face South Africa

England are confident Eoin Morgan, their captain, will be fit for the opening match of the World Cup against South Africa next week despite fracturing and dislocating a finger.

The World Cup hosts were given a major injury scare just six days before the start of the tournament when Morgan took a blow to his left index finger while practising slip catching from a bowling machine before Saturdayas World Cup warm-up match against Australia at the Ageas Bowl.

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Football plays with fire as it merrily fans the flames of hate and division | Barney Ronay
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:00:38 GMT
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There is rapacious ambition in so many parts of this industry now, albeit often concealed behind the same mask of sickly piety worn by Sven-GAPran Eriksson and his ball project

aThe horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was that it was impossible to avoid joining in.a

It is 16 years since Sven-GAPran Eriksson and Nancy DellaOlio unveiled their Kick A Ball For Peace initiative, a campaign in which they transported a single hope-filled ball across the continents so that world leaders in war-torn hotspots could kick it around in front of a camera crew. There was a grand launch starring Kofi Annan, with Nancy beaming on and Sven lurking in the background looking, as ever, like a kindly provincial bank manager who goes carol singing at Christmas, volunteers at the local rotary club and keeps a severed badgeras head in his briefcase.

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Talking Horses: Too Darn Hot can land vintage Irish 2,000 Guineas
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 23:01:25 GMT
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The John Gosden-trained coltas turn of foot should be decisive in a clash with the Newmarket Guineas winner Magna Grecia

Immediate redemption awaits Too Darn Hot (3.35), who lost his unbeaten record but ran to a high level in the Dante, when asked to make up a lot of ground. Returning to a mile should help and he can land the Irish 2,000 Guineas at The Curragh, provided he can pick his way through a 14-strong field.

On the face of it the Newmarket Guineas worked out well for Magna Grecia, when he was one of three to race against the standsa rail. He might lack Too Darn Hotas turn of foot. It will be interesting to see whether Phoenix Of Spain can build on what he did last year, when he was runner-up to both Too Darn Hot and Magna Grecia; he did look the type to do better again at three.

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Now itas a fight to the finish between a no-deal Brexit and remain | Jonathan Freedland
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:53:18 GMT
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Theresa Mayas departure and the rise of the Brexit party may have ended any prospect of a compromise with the EU

Itas now all or nothing. Theresa May has gone, most likely taking with her the possibility of a negotiated exit from the European Union. It means that the choice that will soon face the country is starker than before: a no-deal Brexit a or no Brexit at all.

In her parting address outside Downing Street, May made a better case for compromise between those two positions than she ever had before. aLife depends on compromise,a she said, quoting the Kindertransport rescuer and hero, Nicholas Winton. It sounded hollow coming from her, given that her brittle personal style, incapable of emollience, and her inept grasp of political tactics had together made her a byword for inflexibility (right until the moment, which came often, when she would cave entirely). Her epitaph will be the inadvertent slogan of her calamitous 2017 election campaign: aNothing has changed.a

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Martin Rowson on the Tory hopefuls lining up for the leadership race a cartoon
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:53:06 GMT
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Labour is right: itas crucial that children are taught about climate breakdown in school | Lola Okolosie
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 15:00:15 GMT
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Today I am climate striking with my pupils. This policy puts the greatest threat to their future at the heart of their learning

Itas no longer possible to deny or ignore: we are in a climate crisis. The truth of the emergency announces itself regularly in our papers, on our phones, tablets and TVs. A headline about the worldas leading scientists declares millions will suffer drought, floods and be plunged into deeper poverty if carbon emissions arenat halved by 2030 and global heating remains within 1.5C. Another reports that climate breakdown will likely increase the destructive power of storms like Cyclone Idai, which devastated Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe earlier this year a 2 million people were affected by what, according to the UN, may be the southern hemisphereas worst weather-related disaster. And yet another reveals the destruction of coral reefs while calculating that 1 million species already face extinction. The silver lining, however tarnished, is that now we can do away with the noxious denial that has brought us to the edge of this precipice.

Related: Labour pledges to put climate emergency on school curriculum

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The Guardian view on Julian Assange: send him to Sweden | Editorial
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:50:50 GMT
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The founder of WikiLeaks faces charges of espionage in the US and rape in Sweden. He should stand trial for rape

The US government has brought further charges against Julian Assange now that he is prison in London. These charges, under the Espionage Act, cover his dealings with Chelsea Manning in 2010 and 2011, when Ms Manning was still serving in the US army. After she had sent him some files for her own reasons, Mr Assange, according to the indictment, urged Ms Manning to get hold of and pass over further classified documents, which WikiLeaks published almost unredacted. The Guardian disapproved of the mass publication of unredacted documents at the time, and broke with Mr Assange over the issue. But whether or not the documents should have been published, their publication should not be punished by the American justice system, which could impose a cumulative sentence of 180 years on the latest charges.

Mr Assange is an unattractive character who has quarrelled with almost all his former supporters. Few will be enthusiastic about defending him. Yet he must be defended against this extradition request because the indictments against him threaten to damage freedom and democracy in both Britain and the US.

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Exit Theresa May. Stand by for a summer of Tory fratricide and country-shafting | Marina Hyde
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 11:51:37 GMT
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Downing Streetas Norma Desmond is out. Now for a leadership contest thatas like July 2016 with many more things broken

Eyes down, ye players of apocalypse bingo, as we move beyond a European elections campaign where we learned that milkshakes are apolitical violencea and rape threats are asatirea. Theresa Mayas premiership has literally ended in tears, following an audaciously self-parodic speech about compromise. The Tories have signed on for several weeks of leadership contest a a sort of summer camp for excluded adults, where activities include aggravated fratricide, country-shafting and horrifying unforced errors in truth or dare.

Like her cricketing hero Geoff Boycott, and also Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, May has spent weeks refusing to be given out. Multiple final gambits included a speech this week in which she served up her same withdrawal agreement for consideration yet again. Unsurprisingly, even her supporters declined this shit sandwich, which they believe is distinguished by being the sort of shit sandwich where the bread is also made of shit.

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Yes, these EU elections werenat good enough. This is why | Bob Posner
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:12:49 GMT
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The Electoral Commission warned politicians a last-minute election risked issues such as EU citizens struggling to vote

aC/ Bob Posner is chief executive of the Electoral Commission

The European parliament election that was never going to happen is now behind us, and we await the results which will emerge from Sunday evening once polls have closed across all member states. It is an anomaly for our politics to have to wait that long for the results, but it is not the only thing that is unusual about this election. They are delivered on a different, regional structure only used in Great Britain for this purpose; the voting and counting system used reflects this; and there are different processes that have to be completed to ensure people are properly registered and able to vote.

Related: European elections: UK government may face court action after EU citizens denied vote

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UN poverty expert hits back over UK ministers' 'denial of facts'
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 10:45:19 GMT
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Exclusive: Philip Alston says he thought government response to his report might be a spoof

The United Nations expert whose warning of deepening poverty in Britain was this week dismissed as abarely believablea by ministers, has said the governmentas denial is as worrying as the poverty itself.

Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, published his final report on the state of Britain on Wednesday. In it he accused the government of the asystematic immiseration of a significant part of the British populationa. Ministers responded that it was aa completely inaccurate picture of our approach to tackling povertya and instead claimed the UK was among the happiest countries in the world.

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Police take hard line on arrested Extinction Rebellion protesters
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:57:22 GMT
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Met assembles team of 30 officers to investigate disruption by activists

Police say they may seek to get charges brought against 1,100 Extinction Rebellion supporters they arrested last month as they warned officers would be stretched by a wave of environmental, Brexit and anti-Trump demonstrations this year.

Related: A fortnight with Extinction Rebellion a in pictures

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'Nick' lied to police about VIP abuse ring murders, court told
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:16:32 GMT
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Carl Beech made up story about ex-Tory MPs Harvey Proctor and Leon Brittan, jury hears

A former nurse accused of lying about a VIP paedophile ring claimed the gang murdered three boys, including one who was stabbed, raped and strangled by the ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor, a court has heard.

Carl Beech a known by the pseudonym aNicka a told a Scotland Yard detective that Proctor murdered the unnamed boy before laughing at his corpse.

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European elections: UK regulator urged to count late postal votes
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 14:30:04 GMT
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Group of MEPs writes to Electoral Commission over reports of ballot paper delays

The Electoral Commission has been asked to permit late postal votes for the European parliament elections to be counted as reports continue of many British nationals living abroad receiving their ballot papers too late to return on time.

A group of 10 MEPs has written to the regulator to say that it should consider any postal vote that arrives by Sunday when the polls close across Europe. aWe cannot permit lousy disenfranchisement like this,a said the Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, who wrote the letter to the commission.

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GP 'did not follow guidance' for suicidal Bristol University student
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 10:52:55 GMT
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Coroner says GP gave Natasha Abrahart medication but no follow-up appointment

A senior coroner has expressed concern about how a studentsa health service prescribed anti-depressants to a deeply stressed 20-year-old who went on to kill herself, the Guardian can reveal.

The Bristol University physics student Natasha Abrahart, who had severe social anxiety, was found hanged at her student flat on the day of an oral test she had been dreading.

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Thames Water boss sacked by board over failure to reduce leaks
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:55:09 GMT
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Steve Robertson fired after his aunconvincinga plans were singled out by watchdog Ofwat

The boss of Thames Water, who was in line for APS3.75m bonus for fixing leaks, has been sacked with immediate effect after a row over his failure to reduce leakage, it is understood.

Steve Robertson, who has led the UKas biggest water company serving 15 million people since 2016, was fired after a board meeting on Friday afternoon. A source at the company said Robertson was asked to leave because the board had decided aheas not the person to see the business through to the future.a

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Arcadia closures to 'substantially exceed' 23 originally expected
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:43:26 GMT
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Philip Greenas rescue plan reveals store closures and job losses will be far higher than stated

The number of stores set to close as part of Philip Greenas rescue plan for his Arcadia retail empire will be substantially higher than the 23 previously thought, with the Evans and Miss Selfridge chains likely to bear the brunt.

The number of closures will be at least double the number set out in the rescue documents, resulting in several hundred more job losses in addition to the 520 announced on Thursday.

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Ten staff arrested over alleged patient abuse at Co Durham hospital
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 13:25:59 GMT
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Undercover BBC Panorama documentary alleged abuse and neglect at Whorlton Hall

Ten staff members have been arrested in connection with the alleged abuse of patients at Whorlton Hall hospital in north-east England following a BBC Panorama documentary, Durham police said.

Seven men and three women, all members of staff who worked at the unit, were arrested at addresses in Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Stockton on Friday morning, police said.

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Father of Isis suspect said in email he blamed himself
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 14:59:52 GMT
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John Letts said he had alosta son, court hears in trial of pair accused of sending son money

The father of a Muslim convert, who left Oxford to live under Islamic State, blamed himself and begged his son not to risk his life and aleave us only photosa, a court heard.

In an emotional email John Letts, 58, an organic farmer, told a friend he felt he had alosta his son, Jack, now 23, who was believed to be in Syria.

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Bank of England warns over risky lending in mortgage market
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 15:31:57 GMT
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Regulation chief says stricter rules could be imposed as price war threatens stability

The Bank of England has raised a red flag over the state of the mortgage market, warning lenders that stricter rules could be imposed if they take on too much risk.

The head of the Bankas Prudential Regulation Authority, which is responsible for stability in the financial sector, said it was aentirely unsurprisinga that competition across the mortgage market had forced lenders to take on riskier clients.

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Federal judge blocks strict abortion law in Mississippi a live updates
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 22:54:22 GMT
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The Trump administration has informed Congress that it will circumvent its objections and complete the sale of more than $8bn in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirate and Jordan, according to a new report by Reuters.

Per Reuters:

Members of Congress had been blocking sales of offensive military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for months, angry about the huge civilian toll from their air campaign in Yemen, as well as human rights abuses such as the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Lawmakers and congressional aides warned earlier this week that Trump, frustrated with Congress holding up weapons deals including the sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia, was considering using a loophole in arms control law to go ahead by declaring a national emergency ...

Governor Jay Inslee became the latest Democratic candidate to qualify for the debates by receiving donations from 65,000 people, he announced today.

Big news from the #ClimateStrike in Las Vegas: We've officially hit the 65,000 donor mark and secured a spot on the debate stage in June. Thank you to every single person who's brought us this far. Let's go get 'em and let's defeat climate change together. pic.twitter.com/LjbXvhpypx

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Kenya court upholds ban on gay sex in major setback for activists
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 15:48:00 GMT
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Judges in Nairobi say they had not seen enough evidence of discrimination to change law

LGBT campaigners have reacted with anger and dismay after judges at Kenyaas high court rejected a bid to repeal colonial-era laws criminalising gay sex.

The ruling has dealt a major setback to campaigners, who hoped that scrapping the laws would inspire other countries in Africa a where discrimination is widespread a to do the same.

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Scientists pursue universal snakebite cure using HIV antibody techniques
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 08:00:05 GMT
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British specialist among those aiming to develop anext generationa treatment that could help millions of victims each year

Scientists in five countries, including the UK, hope to find a universal cure for snakebite using the same technology that discovered HIV antibodies.

A new consortium of venom specialists in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Britain and the US will locate and develop antibodies to treat critical illness from snakebites, which harm nearly 3 million people worldwide each year.

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Julian Assange: Australian government urged to intervene
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 22:19:59 GMT
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Filmmaker James Ricketson, who was jailed in Cambodian on spying charges, says Assange is being used as aan examplea in attack on media

The Australian film-maker who spent 15-months in a Cambodian jail on spying charges says he fears Julian Assange is being used as an aexamplea to other journalists as part of what he described as aa fundamental attack on the fourth estatea.

James Ricketson spent more than a year inside the overcrowded Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on spying charges before his release last September after a public outcry and lobbying by the Australian government.

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Calls for Europe to review border controls after blacklisted Russian visits 70 times
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 07:00:06 GMT
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Despite ban from three EU member states, Andrei Pavlov managed to travel widely

Europe is under pressure to review its border controls, after it emerged that an individual sanctioned over his alleged role in Russiaas biggest ever tax fraud has visited member states more than 70 times in the past four years.

The case, which has embroiled the current premier of the Caribbean island of Nevis, raises fresh concerns about the golden passports trade. Countries in the Caribbean a including St Kitts and Nevis a are offering citizenship for cash to individuals seeking easy access to EU member states. Their passports, which confer visa-free travel to the EU for up to 90 days, are popular with individuals wanting to skirt travel restrictions.

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'I wanted to look him in the eye': serial killer's survivor witnesses execution
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 22:36:12 GMT
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Lisa Noland, who helped police capture Bobby Joe Long, was 17 when he abducted her

A woman who survived an attack by a notorious Florida serial killer, and helped police to capture him, watched on Thursday evening as he was put to death for his crimes.

Lisa Noland looked on from the front row as Bobby Joe Long, whose 1984 killing spree claimed the lives of 10 women, was executed by lethal injection at Florida state prison.

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Diehard Bolsonaro supporters prepare to march as criticism of his rule intensifies
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 04:00:21 GMT
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As his approval ratings plunge, critics say Brazilian presidentas approach has been ashockinga

Hardcore supporters of Brazilas president, Jair Bolsonaro, have urged his followers to flood the streets in defence of their leader on Sunday amid mounting conservative angst over the far-right populistas anarchic opening act in office.

Bolsonaro swept to power last October, his insurgent campaign turbocharged by widespread revolt at the corruption and economic misrule of the Brazilian left.

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May's emotional farewell kicks off battle for Tory leadership
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 18:06:34 GMT
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Prime minister remains in office until successor has been chosen by her party

Theresa May has given an emotional farewell to athe job that it has been the honour of my life to holda, pledging to step aside as Conservative leader on 7 June and kicking off a frantic scramble to become Britainas next prime minister.

Calling time on a turbulent three-year premiership punctuated by revolts and resignations, May said she would leave awith no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I lovea.

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Federal judge blocks strict abortion law in Mississippi a live updates
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 22:54:22 GMT
From https:

The Trump administration has informed Congress that it will circumvent its objections and complete the sale of more than $8bn in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirate and Jordan, according to a new report by Reuters.

Per Reuters:

Members of Congress had been blocking sales of offensive military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for months, angry about the huge civilian toll from their air campaign in Yemen, as well as human rights abuses such as the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Lawmakers and congressional aides warned earlier this week that Trump, frustrated with Congress holding up weapons deals including the sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia, was considering using a loophole in arms control law to go ahead by declaring a national emergency ...

Governor Jay Inslee became the latest Democratic candidate to qualify for the debates by receiving donations from 65,000 people, he announced today.

Big news from the #ClimateStrike in Las Vegas: We've officially hit the 65,000 donor mark and secured a spot on the debate stage in June. Thank you to every single person who's brought us this far. Let's go get 'em and let's defeat climate change together. pic.twitter.com/LjbXvhpypx

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At least four more die on Everest amid overcrowding concerns
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:54:53 GMT
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Latest deaths, including an Irish climber, come as others report ainsanea delays at the peak

Four more deaths have been reported on Everest as concerns grow about the risks posed by the severe overcrowding on the worldas highest mountain this year.

Kevin Hynes, 56, from Ireland, died in his tent at 7,000 metres early on Friday, having turned back before reaching the summit. The father of two was part of a group from the UK-based 360 Expeditions.

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Facebook refuses to delete fake Pelosi video spread by Trump supporters
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 19:04:42 GMT
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Footage of House speaker deliberately slowed down to make her appear drunk or ill

Facebook says it will continue to host a video of Nancy Pelosi that has been edited to give the impression that the Democratic House speaker is drunk or unwell, in the latest incident highlighting its struggle to deal with disinformation.

The viral clip shows Pelosi a who has publicly angered Donald Trump in recent days a speaking at an event, but it has been slowed down to give the impression she is slurring her words. Several versions of the clip appeared to be circulating.

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Schoolchildren go on strike across world over climate crisis
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:25:47 GMT
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Hundreds of thousands walk out of lessons in 110 countries demanding urgent action

Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across the world have gone on strike in protest at the escalating climate crisis.

Students from 1,800 towns and cities in more than 110 countries stretching from India to Australia and the UK to South Africa, walked out of lessons on Friday, the organisers of the action said.

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US to strafe crucial nesting area for 3m birds with poison to eradicate mice
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 05:00:17 GMT
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Midway Atoll to be bombarded with rodenticide after scientists and volunteers discovered seabirds with open wounds

Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean was the scene of a crucial naval battle in the second world war. It is now set for a very different sort of conflict a a bombing campaign to rid the area of mice.

The US government is moving ahead with a plan to strafe Midway with poison aimed at eradicating mice that are on a deadly rampage through one of the worldas most important sites for seabirds.

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Police seek suspect after package bomb explosion in France
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 22:16:40 GMT
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Twelve people injured in incident described by Emmanuel Macron as an attack

Police in France were hunting a suspect following a blast in a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon that wounded more than a dozen people just two days before the countryas fiercely contested European parliament elections.

The president, Emmanuel Macron, called Fridayas explosion, apparently from a package packed with shrapnel and placed in the street, an aattacka and sent his interior minister, Christophe Castaner, to Lyon.

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IVF couples could be able to choose the asmartesta embryo
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 14:24:37 GMT
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US scientist says it will be possible to rank embryos by apotential IQa within 10 years

Couples undergoing IVF treatment could be given the option to pick the asmartesta embryo within the next 10 years, a leading US scientist has predicted.

Stephen Hsu, senior vice president for research at Michigan State University, said scientific advances mean it will soon be feasible to reliably rank embryos according to potential IQ, posing profound ethical questions for society about whether or not the technology should be adopted.

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Jayme Closs: man gets life sentence for kidnapping teen and killing her parents
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 21:20:06 GMT
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Jake Patterson pleaded guilty in March to intentional homicide and kidnapping, after Closs was held for 88 days

A Wisconsin man was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents in a case that mystified authorities until the girl made a daring escape from the remote cabin where she was held for 88 days.

Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the familyas home near Barron, about 90 miles north-east of Minneapolis.

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Naomi Wolf admits blunder over Victorians and sodomy executions
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 19:15:17 GMT
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Death sentences in 1800s were hardly ever carried out, despite claim in authoras book Outrages

It was only published this week, but already the writer Naomi Wolf has admitted an error at the heart of her latest book. Instead of being aactually executed for sodomya in 1859, as the writer claims in Outrages, Thomas Silver was apparently aparoled two years after being convicteda.

Silver, who was 14 when he was convicted, is just one of several cases cited in the book but, according to the writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, the error stems from a simple misreading of a historical record and raises wider questions about the argument Wolf puts forward.

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Moby's treatment of Natalie Portman is a masterclass in nice-guy misogyny | Arwa Mahdawi
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 11:01:09 GMT
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While the musician might not spout misogynistic lyrics, heas no feminist

If someone had said the word aMobya a week ago, chances are the first thing youad have thought is aDick.a That probably hasnat changed a but now youad likely be referring to the 90s musician rather than the 19th century whale. Over the past few days, Moby has been stress-testing the adage that aall publicity is good publicitya by repeatedly insisting that he and Natalie Portman used to be an item, even if she says they werenat.

In his new memoir, When It Fell Apart, Moby claims that he dated Portman when he was 33 and she was 20, after they met backstage at one of his concerts. A memoir is traditionally considered a work of non-fiction, however it would seem that the 53-year-oldas book strays into fantasy: Portman has denied the pair ever had a romantic relationship.

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Cannes 2019: Peter Bradshaw's picksA a and Palme d'Or predictions
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 13:12:37 GMT
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Our chief criticas considered verdict on new movies from big-hitters AlmodA3var, Tarantino, Malick and Loach, as well as the buzz around homegrown talent CA(c)line Sciamma

This has been an excellent Cannes, despite a middling opener from Jim Jarmusch a a tongue-in-cheek zombie comedy called The Dead Donat Die, which was moderately amusing when we were hoping for immoderately.

It is not merely that great work has been presented by the established old-stagers and silverback gorillas of the festivalas history; there has been great work from newer names and younger voices, too. There were outstanding films by Pedro AlmodA3var, Ken Loach and Quentin Tarantino, each of whom delivered thoroughly characteristic work, but deeply satisfying for all that. AlmodA3varas Pain and Glory is a complex, absorbing auto-fiction based on the directoras own life. Ken Loachas Sorry We Missed You, with its well-researched screenplay by Paul Laverty, is an angrily passionate denunciation of zero-hours Britain. And Quentin Tarantino gave us a showstopper with his extraordinary late-60s LA exploitation thriller Once Upon a Time a| in Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Cannesa youngest master, that remarkable 30-year-old veteran Xavier Dolan, had me utterly romanced with his complex love story Matthias & Maxime.

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What/If review a RenA(c)e Zellweger in deranged gender-flip of Indecent Proposal
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 05:00:02 GMT
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Netflixas absurd new drama doesnat reinvent the morality tale, but it is tremendous fun

It is my contention that any programme that chooses to demonstrate the bone-deep villainy of its protagonist by having her practise archery in her office is the best programme. All others can go home. Iam not here for your subtle touches, your careful building of characters. Bad people have big offices, and use them to zing arrows at priceless wooden sculptures. QED, my friends, QED.

Welcome, then, to Netflixas What/If, a proudly deranged drama that asks: what if we gender-flipped Indecent Proposal and turned it into a 10-part series starring RenA(c)e Zellweger, even though the main part is crying out to be played by the original proposee, Demi Moore? The premise owes so much to Indecent Proposal that the couple about to be torn asunder even remark how much it reminds them of athat moviea.

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Retirement should not mean hardship a but many older Americans live in poverty
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 10:00:08 GMT
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As inequality has grown, American seniors have been exposed to financial distress in ways that often go unnoticed

Vivian Majors spent her life cleaning houses while her husband, Martin, worked as a carpenter. Their bodies broke down in their 60s. She is now 71, living on her own and struggling to pay her bills. He is in a nursing home and has Parkinsonas disease. She survives on a $960 monthly social security check and $50 in food stamps. Hardened by years of physically taxing work that left her hovering around the poverty line, Majors, now retired, is girding herself for more years of financial hardship.

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'Democracy has been hijacked by white men': how minority rule now grips America
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 06:00:05 GMT
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The US is becoming more diverse and progressive, but white menas grip on power is being exercised via the courts, gerrymandering and dark money in politics

The exercise of political power by legislative majorities of white, male elected officials in ways that disproportionately exclude or harm women and people of color is such a familiar part of the American political landscape that it sometimes goes underremarked.

That was not the case last week after 25 white Republican men in Alabama voted for a near-total abortion ban in the state, an act that focused the national attention and sparked fears of a broader assault on womenas rights.

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'What they did to me was so horrific': brutal silencing of a Saudi feminist
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 06:00:09 GMT
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To the outside world, Loujain al-Hathloul is regarded as one of the most influential women on the planet a but in her own country, she is seen as a threat who must be stopped

Loujain al-Hathloul always likes to ask questions, her brother Walid says. aGrowing up, she always pointed out the hypocrisy around driving in Saudi Arabia, trying to understand why women were banned from driving. She kept questioning.a

But when Hathloul, now 29, was pulled over while driving in neighbouring United Arab Emirates last April before being deported back to Saudi Arabia, the kingdomas rulers began the latest in a series of increasingly brutal efforts to silence her.

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Neil Gaiman: aGood Omens feels more apt now than it did 30 years agoa
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 08:00:09 GMT
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Before Terry Pratchett died, Gaiman told his friend he would adapt their novel about an angel and a devil stopping the apocalypse. As Good Omens starts on TV, he discusses fame, politics and honouring that promise

Youad never know from watching Good Omens, Neil Gaimanas effervescent apocalyptic comedy of errors, that he started writing it fresh off the plane from the funeral of his friend Terry Pratchett, when anothing seemed funnya. After aall of the fanciest writers that we could find and think ofa had turned the job down, Gaiman promised to adapt their co-written 1990 novel himself; and when Pratchett died in the spring of 2015, asuddenly it was a last requesta.

Having made the pledge, Gaiman said when we met recently in New York, he aknew that I couldnat just invent it, write it down and give it to somebody and go: aOK, Iam done,a because at that point anything could happena, so he plunged in as showrunner, making all the creative calls himself and cast it partly from amy address booka. The result is a delightful, hectic and aridiculously personala confection, brimming with jokes and stars a Benedict Cumberbatch is Satan, Frances McDormand plays God a which aspires, despite its lavish Amazon budget, to aa handmade feela. Gaiman briefed the designers to bring him all the ideas they might assume were aa bit too mad, but a|a and gleefully embraced athe little clunky bitsa: there are pointedly old school graphics and a pre-credit sequence in episode three that spans much of world history and goes on for nearly half an hour. If you look carefully at the scenes set in a second-hand bookshop, you might spot Pratchettas hat and scarf, ajust hanging therea in tribute.

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Sperm counts are on the decline a could plastics be to blame?
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 06:00:06 GMT
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A recent study that tested both men and dogs added to concerns that chemicals in the environment are damaging the quality and quantity of sperm

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Surprising new research into dog sperm has reproductive biologists concerned about the fate of their own species. In a March study, scientists at Nottingham University found that two chemicals common in home environments damage the quality of sperm in both men and dogs.

The culprits implicated are diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), used to make new plastics more pliable, and polychlorinated biphenyl 153 (PCB153), found in older plastics and electrical equipment. Companies stopped producing PCBs in the late 1970s due to their health risks a including a possible increased risk of cancer, hormone disruption, liver damage and behavioral or cognitive deficits in children exposed to the chemical in utero a but the chemical persists in the environment.

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Now itas a fight to the finish between a no-deal Brexit and remain | Jonathan Freedland
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:53:18 GMT
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Theresa Mayas departure and the rise of the Brexit party may have ended any prospect of a compromise with the EU

Itas now all or nothing. Theresa May has gone, most likely taking with her the possibility of a negotiated exit from the European Union. It means that the choice that will soon face the country is starker than before: a no-deal Brexit a or no Brexit at all.

In her parting address outside Downing Street, May made a better case for compromise between those two positions than she ever had before. aLife depends on compromise,a she said, quoting the Kindertransport rescuer and hero, Nicholas Winton. It sounded hollow coming from her, given that her brittle personal style, incapable of emollience, and her inept grasp of political tactics had together made her a byword for inflexibility (right until the moment, which came often, when she would cave entirely). Her epitaph will be the inadvertent slogan of her calamitous 2017 election campaign: aNothing has changed.a

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Shocked by the rise of the right? Then you werenat paying attention | Gary Younge
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 05:00:08 GMT
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The seeds of Trump, Brexit and Modias success were sown by endemic racism and unfairness. Tackling that is the answer

The morning after both Donald Trumpas victory and the Brexit referendum, when a mood of paralysing shock and grief overcame progressives and liberals on both sides of the Atlantic, the two most common refrains I heard were: aI donat recognise my country any more,a and aI feel like Iave woken up in a different country.a This period of collective disorientation was promptly joined by oppositional activity, if not activism. People who had never marched before took to the streets; those who had not donated before gave; people who had not been paying attention became engaged. Many continue.

Almost three years later the Brexit party, led by Nigel Farage, is predicted to top the poll in European parliament elections in which the far right will make significant advances across the continent; Theresa Mayas imminent downfall could hand the premiership to Boris Johnson; Trumpas re-election in 2020 is a distinct possibility, with Democratic strategists this week predicting only a narrow electoral college victory against him. aDemocrats do not walk into the 2020 election with the same enthusiasm advantage they had in the 2018 election,a said Guy Cecil, the chairman of Priorities USA, the largest Democratic political action committee.

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The Guardian view on Julian Assange: send him to Sweden | Editorial
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:50:50 GMT
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The founder of WikiLeaks faces charges of espionage in the US and rape in Sweden. He should stand trial for rape

The US government has brought further charges against Julian Assange now that he is prison in London. These charges, under the Espionage Act, cover his dealings with Chelsea Manning in 2010 and 2011, when Ms Manning was still serving in the US army. After she had sent him some files for her own reasons, Mr Assange, according to the indictment, urged Ms Manning to get hold of and pass over further classified documents, which WikiLeaks published almost unredacted. The Guardian disapproved of the mass publication of unredacted documents at the time, and broke with Mr Assange over the issue. But whether or not the documents should have been published, their publication should not be punished by the American justice system, which could impose a cumulative sentence of 180 years on the latest charges.

Mr Assange is an unattractive character who has quarrelled with almost all his former supporters. Few will be enthusiastic about defending him. Yet he must be defended against this extradition request because the indictments against him threaten to damage freedom and democracy in both Britain and the US.

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Bisphenol: what to know about the chemicals in water bottles and cans
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 06:00:06 GMT
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Though its health effects are still debated, the EPA says it is concerned about bisphenol (such as BPA) because ait is a reproductive, developmental and systemic toxicanta

Bisphenols are a group of chemicals used to manufacture plastics, epoxy resins and other products since the 1960s. Bisphenol-A (BPA), the most infamous of the group of 40 or so chemicals, was initially investigated for pharmaceutical use as synthetic estrogen in the 1930s. Many plastic products marketed as BPA-free contain similar replacement chemicals.

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Modern life is toxic. Here are four tips for how to stay healthy | Katie Wells
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 19:07:48 GMT
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We are surrounded by harmful chemicals but a few small practical steps can pay dividends for our wellbeing

I remember when I first realized how widespread harmful chemicals were in everyday products. I had just given birth to my first baby and was sitting in the waiting room at my six-week follow-up appointment when I read in a magazine that for the first time in two centuries the current generation of children would have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Looking at my perfect newborn, I wondered why that might be and began researching.

That was 12 years ago now, and since then, Iave founded an award-winning wellness blog and am the author of three bestselling books on how to live a healthy life. While Iam not a doctor, Iave become a trusted source of wellness advice to millions of people. Thatas largely because all of the health tips I share with readers are evidence-based and reviewed by our medical team of experts.

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Hurley Haywood on life as a gay racing champion: 'I didn't have any male role models'
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 08:06:08 GMT
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The three-time Le Mans champion was pictured with blondes and sponsored by Penthouse. But he lived a very different life away from the track

When Hurley Haywood emerged in the racing scene 50 years ago he looked like someone out of central casting. He had the trim frame, the sandy locks, the sapphire eyes. He was the total package, a Paul Newman type who would go on to win titles and Le Mans and race in the Indy 500.

But unlike Newman, who took up racing late in life as preparation for the lead in the 1969 classic Winning and willed himself into a first-rate wheelman, Haywood was a natural. He showed as much while dusting the field in premier endurance races at Le Mans and Daytona. All the while, images of Haywood celebrating victory with a smiling blonde on his arm pervaded, and Penthouse even signed on as a sponsor. Haywood looked like he was living his dream. But to hear him recall that period in his life now, it sounds more like a nightmare. aI was afraid,a he tells the Guardian. aI didnat want it to get out.a

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Raptors edge Bucks and move to brink of NBA finals behind Kawhi's 35
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 03:34:49 GMT
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  • Raptors knock off Bucks to take 3-2 series lead in East finals
  • Kawhi Leonardas game-high 35 points power Toronto in win

Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Leonard showed no obvious signs of the leg soreness that bothered him in Torontoas victories in the previous two games, hitting the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the series. He made five three-pointers and had seven rebounds and nine assists.

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Cameron Norrie defends Nick Kyrgios over late withdrawal from French Open
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 18:08:31 GMT
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aC/ Kyrgios pulls out before first-round clash, citing illness
aC/ Norrie will now play French qualifier Elliot Benchetrit

Nick Kyrgios, who pulled out of the French Open on Friday through illness, three days before his match against Cam Norrie and a few days after saying the tournament aabsolutely sucksa, has not improved his popularity in certain parts of the game through deed or word lately.

Norrie, however, is not about to join the lynch mob perennially on the prowl for the Australianas hide.

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Frank Lampard describes rumours over Chelsea job as an aeasy linka
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 21:30:23 GMT
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aC/ Derby manager says focus is solely on play-off final
aC/ aWeave got a game coming up and theyave got a managera

Frank Lampard will hold crucial talks with Mel Morris, the Derby County owner, about the clubas future in the wake of Mondayas Championship play-off final against Aston Villa, but his own position as manager is also likely to be high on the agenda in response to rumours that Chelsea could make a move for him.

Lampard described the reports in relation to the Chelsea job as an aeasy linka given the 13 years he spent there as a player and insisted that now was not the time to talk at length on that subject. He pointed to the fact that Maurizio Sarri, whose position has been under scrutiny for some time, is the Chelsea manager, and said his focus is solely on trying to lead Derby to promotion to the Premier League in the APS170m showdown at Wembley.

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Lance Armstrong: 'It wasn't legal but I wouldn't change a thing'
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 01:57:25 GMT
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  • aWe did what we had to do to win,a says 47-year-old
  • Interview with former cyclist to be aired next week

Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong has said he awouldnat change a thinga about the doping that led to him being stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles, according to details of an interview that will air next week.

NBCSN, owned by NBC Sports Group, said on Thursday it would broadcast a 30-minute interview next Wednesday called Lance Armstrong: Next Stage in which the 47-year-old American discusses his career and the decisions he made.

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Champions League win could spark Tottenham trophy spree, says Mourinho
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 09:23:29 GMT
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aC/ Mourinho says for Klopp to lose third final would be areally harda
aC/ Former Chelsea manager expects Eden Hazard to leave club

JosA(c) Mourinho believes Tottenham could go on a trophy spree if they win the Champions League final against Liverpool.

aSpurs is not winning titles and to win the first one, the biggest one of all, would be, of course, fantastic and would mean to win other domestic trophies [is easier] because the Champions League is the biggest one of all,a Mourinho told Sky Sports. aI think, big match, of course, with huge levels of pressure. We used to say finals are not to play, finals are to win.a

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French Open menas form guide: the players to watch at Roland Garros | Jacob Steinberg
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 11:18:44 GMT
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Rafael Nadal is the favourite to win a 12th French Open title but several players could challenge the champion in Paris

Untouchable when he won his 15th major at the Australian Open, the world No 1 can make more history in Paris. Three years after completing the career slam at Roland Garros, a second French Open title would make Djokovic the first man to hold all four grand slam titles on two separate occasions. But while victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid secured the 32-year-oldas first title on clay since the 2016 French Open, he needs to recover from defeat by Rafael Nadal in the Italian Open final.

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The end of May: are we headed for Boris Johnson as prime minister?
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 02:00:18 GMT
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Theresa May has entered the final phase of her leadership, with rivals waiting to pounce on the chance to succeed her. Patrick Wintour lays out the route ahead but can anyone stop the clear favourite? Also today: Claire Armitstead on the outpouring of love for childrenas author Judith Kerr who died on Thursday at the age of 95

Whether she clings on for now or announces her resignation plans, Theresa Mayas premiership appears to be in its final phase. But as rival candidates push themselves forward to succeed her, there is one overwhelming favourite: Boris Johnson.

The Guardianas diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, has watched Johnson up close for years a from his time as an opposition MP, to mayor of London to foreign secretary. But, as he tells Anushka Asthana, discerning Johnsonas true political beliefs is not simple; he memorably wrote two newspaper columns arguing the opposing sides on the EU referendum in 2016 before finally deciding to back Brexit.

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Trevor Noah: Trump acting like 'a dictator accused of war crimes'
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:15:37 GMT
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Late night hosts discussed Trumpas juvenile behavior after Wednesdayas curt meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

Late-night hosts focused on Donald Trumpas Memorial Day travel plans, the fallout from Trumpas heated Wednesday meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and Donald Trump Jras newly announced book deal.

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Flawed, foul-mouthed and funny: how cerebral palsy became TV comedy gold
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 17:16:33 GMT
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From the riotous office humour of Jerk to the satirical genius of Special, TV is finally embracing characters with cerebral palsy. We ask the stars of this new wave: is this a watershed moment?

aIt took years to convince someone to make this show,a says Ryan OaConnell. aFirst of all, my book flopped and sold two copies.a Called Iam Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, the book was a moving and hilarious account of something he had been hiding in the popular blogs he had written about his life as a gay millennial. Like 17 million other people around the world, OaConnell has cerebral palsy, a condition affecting muscular coordination.

Four years on, Special, the comedy series based on his book, is airing on Netflix to great acclaim. Written by and starring OaConnell as a fictionalised version of himself, Special follows the writer as he interns at a clickbait journalism site called Eggwoke that publishes confessional blogs headlined a50 Ways to Hate Myselfa or aWhy Do I Keep Finding Things in My Vagina?a When his colleagues assume his condition is the result of a car accident, and not cerebral palsy, he goes along with it.

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Lust in translation: France makes its own version of Fleabag
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 13:01:18 GMT
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Adaptation set in Paris follows Phoebe Waller-Bridgeas hit series almost scene for scene

France so loved Phoebe Waller-Bridgeas hit series Fleabag that it has made its own version, about the life of a woman called Mouche (Fly).

Rather than subtitle the seemingly singularly British comedy, French producers wanted to faithfully recreate a Parisian version, complete with guinea pigs, a salon de thA(c), dysfunctional family and the same emotional pitfalls, but set against a backdrop of bridges over the Seine.

It is becoming increasingly common to adapt scripted formats for foreign audiences, as opposed to the long standard practice of copying reality TV formats such as Big Brother. An Indian Luther, and Russian and French Doctor Fosters are among many in the works. Their success, however, is far from guaranteed.

Mouche, which broadcasts on 3 June, has been described as a faithful adaptation of Waller-Bridgeas original a recapturing the series almost scene for scene.

The writer and director, Jeanne Herry, told France Inter radio this week: aThe English version is excellent, so I donat see why youad change it.a She said she added only a handful of extra scenes a developing Moucheas relationship with her best friend and adding a scene from her motheras funeral.

One difference at the start of the French series is that Moucheas object of sexual fantasy is not Barack Obama but BenoA(r)t Hamon, the former French Socialist party presidential candidate running in the European elections.

Under the contract, Herry was allowed to add two or three scenes per episode. aI didnat want to be adding things in,a she said. aIt was about making sure it sounded right in France, so that it really seemed anchored in France.

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Morrissey: California Son review a clumsy covers with a troll-like spirit
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 07:37:09 GMT
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A week after Morrissey appeared on a late-night talk show wearing a badge in support of an anti-Islam, far-right minor political party (not to mention the preceding decade of contentious proclamations), it is impossible to hear a number of the covers on California Son in anything but a chilling light. Dylanas Only a Pawn in Their Game, about the US governmentas weaponising of poor white people in the civil rights movement, takes on a sinister tone. When Morrissey sings aYou can do whatas right or you can do what you are told,a on Days of Decision, it resonates less as Phil Ochsas original appeal to fairness than a slimy warning against falling in line with political correctness.

Related: World's oldest record store bans Morrissey sales over far-right support

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How do you write a play about the climate crisis?
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 07:00:04 GMT
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As part of a new initiative, playwright Bess Wohl was tasked with writing a play about climate crisis, a daunting proposition thatas morphed into the off-Broadway drama Continuity

Time. Comedic timing. The freezing of time. How much time humanity has left before certain catastrophe.

In Continuity, the new off-Broadway play from the award-winning playwright Bess Wohl and Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin, time is the central theme, affecting each character in different ways. Told through the frame of a Hollywood film set, the play tackles how humans are supposed to deal with the magnitude of climate crisis, even as their lives become weighed down with personal drama.

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Stopped in his tracks: New York 'subway bandit' suspect arrested for brake chaos
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 15:55:30 GMT
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Isaiah Thompson, 23, was charged for allegedly activating the brakes of a 2 train amid a recent pattern of subway disruption

A suspect has been arrested in the case of the mysterious asubway bandita who has wreaked havoc on New Yorkersa rush-hour commutes by pulling train emergency brakes, causing delays and stranding riders at peak times.

New York City police announced the arrest of Isaiah Thompson, 23, of Brooklyn, on Friday morning. He was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing, after allegedly activating the brakes of a 2 train on Tuesday. (He is also charged with public lewdness for a separate incident of exposing himself to people on a train platform on 16 May.)

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'I wanted to look him in the eye': serial killer's survivor witnesses execution
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 22:36:12 GMT
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Lisa Noland, who helped police capture Bobby Joe Long, was 17 when he abducted her

A woman who survived an attack by a notorious Florida serial killer, and helped police to capture him, watched on Thursday evening as he was put to death for his crimes.

Lisa Noland looked on from the front row as Bobby Joe Long, whose 1984 killing spree claimed the lives of 10 women, was executed by lethal injection at Florida state prison.

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Trump to intelligence: afully cooperatea with inquiry into Mueller report origins
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 15:22:44 GMT
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President steps up effort to ainvestigate the investigatorsa amid growing Democratic calls for impeachment

After years of shrugging his shoulders at the Russian attack on the 2016 election, Donald Trump has accelerated an inquiry into the US intelligence agencies whose investigation of the Russian plot ultimately focused on his presidential campaign.

The president gave the attorney general, William Barr, the unilateral authority to declassify intelligence documents and ordered the US intelligence community to aquickly and fully cooperatea with Barras work, in an official memorandum issued late on Thursday.

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Harvey Weinstein and accusers 'reach tentative $44m compensation deal'
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 15:31:21 GMT
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The agreement would resolve lawsuits and compensate the Hollywood produceras alleged victims

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44m deal to resolve several lawsuits and compensate women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, according to reports.

The settlement a reached with his accusers, his former film studioas board members and the New York attorney generalas office a was reported by the Wall Street Journal and Associated Press.

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Kenya court upholds ban on gay sex in major setback for activists
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 15:48:00 GMT
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Judges in Nairobi say they had not seen enough evidence of discrimination to change law

LGBT campaigners have reacted with anger and dismay after judges at Kenyaas high court rejected a bid to repeal colonial-era laws criminalising gay sex.

The ruling has dealt a major setback to campaigners, who hoped that scrapping the laws would inspire other countries in Africa a where discrimination is widespread a to do the same.

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Police take hard line on arrested Extinction Rebellion protesters
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 16:57:22 GMT
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Met assembles team of 30 officers to investigate disruption by activists

Police say they may seek to get charges brought against 1,100 Extinction Rebellion supporters they arrested last month as they warned officers would be stretched by a wave of environmental, Brexit and anti-Trump demonstrations this year.

Related: A fortnight with Extinction Rebellion a in pictures

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Facebook plans to launch 'GlobalCoin' cryptocurrency in 2020
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 07:37:59 GMT
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Mark Zuckerberg met governor of Bank of England last month to discuss decision

Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries.

The currency, dubbed GlobalCoin, would enable Facebookas 2.4 billion monthly users to change dollars and other international currencies into its digital coins. The coins could then be used to buy things on the internet and in shops and other outlets, or to transfer money without needing a bank account.

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Scientists pursue universal snakebite cure using HIV antibody techniques
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 08:00:05 GMT
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British specialist among those aiming to develop anext generationa treatment that could help millions of victims each year

Scientists in five countries, including the UK, hope to find a universal cure for snakebite using the same technology that discovered HIV antibodies.

A new consortium of venom specialists in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Britain and the US will locate and develop antibodies to treat critical illness from snakebites, which harm nearly 3 million people worldwide each year.

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India kills Kashmir's 'most wanted militant'
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 07:56:36 GMT
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Zakir Musa dies in gun battle with security forces, leading to protests and school closures

Indian security forces have killed an influential Kashmiri militant who led the first al-Qaida-affiliated cell in the disputed region, sparking protests and fears of wider unrest.

Zakir Musa, 25, was part of a new generation of young militants with large followings on social media and more affinity with global jihadist groups such as al-Qaida than with Pakistan, the traditional patron of anti-India fighters in the region.

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Trudeau exonerates Cree leader 130 years after wrongful conviction
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 08:39:23 GMT
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The revered Chief Poundmaker tried to negotiate with Canadian officials when he was falsely accused of treason

The Canadian government has formally exonerated a prominent Cree leader, the revered Chief Poundmakera known to his people as PA(r)htokahanapiwiyina nearly 130 years after he was falsely accused and convicted of treason.

Canadaas prime minister, Justin Trudeau, absolved the chief of any crime in an emotional ceremony at Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan province on Thursday,

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Guardian spurs media outlets to consider stronger climate language
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 10:42:08 GMT
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Use of terms aclimate crisisa and aglobal heatinga prompts reviews in other newsrooms

The Guardianas decision to alter its style guide to better convey the environmental crises unfolding around the world has prompted some other media outlets to reconsider the terms they use in their own coverage.

After the Guardian announced it would now routinely use the words aclimate emergency, crisis or breakdowna instead of aclimate changea, a memo was sent by the standards editor of CBC, Canadaas national public broadcaster, to staff acknowledging that a arecent shift in style at the British newspaper the Guardian has prompted requests to review the language we use in global warming coveragea.

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Diehard Bolsonaro supporters prepare to march as criticism of his rule intensifies
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 04:00:21 GMT
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As his approval ratings plunge, critics say Brazilian presidentas approach has been ashockinga

Hardcore supporters of Brazilas president, Jair Bolsonaro, have urged his followers to flood the streets in defence of their leader on Sunday amid mounting conservative angst over the far-right populistas anarchic opening act in office.

Bolsonaro swept to power last October, his insurgent campaign turbocharged by widespread revolt at the corruption and economic misrule of the Brazilian left.

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The fairest of them all? Two cheers for Aladdin's browner Princess Jasmine
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 10:00:08 GMT
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Ethnic casting has moved on from Disneyas last stab at the story in 1992 but Naomi Scottas star turn is not without controversy

aYou look like Princess Jasminea is a popular pickup line used on ethnic women with genetically natural tans and long, dark hair. It exoticizes us while making grasps at a comparison to one of the few brown women in mainstream media.

On 24 May, Princess Jasmine comes to life in the live-action revival of 1992as Disney cartoon Aladdin, and news of the film has been met with excitement and anticipation a particularly from Middle Eastern and south Asian women who grew up with the film. Aladdin was a nod of approval from Disney to girls, including my younger self. It was as if Disney said brown was beautiful, too, just like the snow white princesses that had come before.

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Praise be: how cycle of sycophancy boosts books about Trump
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 21:22:55 GMT
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Donald Trump Jr is writing a book and if itas obsequious enough can expect a sales bump from a glowing tweet by his father

The Donald Trump book club is about to gain its newest and perhaps most inevitable member.

Trumpas eldest son, Don Jr, has struck a book deal with Center Street Press, a Hachette imprint, for a title likely to be published later this year. He will reflect on the agreat achievementsa of his fatheras administration, a press release said.

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Fear and loathing in cricket's fraying heartland | Andy Bull
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 18:00:20 GMT
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There is a cost to tinkering with formats and selling the game to Sky a cricketas very life is at stake

The barman at the Bat and Ball isnat sure whether or not he likes cricket. aNever seen it,a he says, anever played it.a Itas a pity, because the game grew up by his pub. Itas a hook over the road from Broadhalfpenny Down, where they played the very first game of first-class cricket in 1772. The landlord then was Richard Nyren, captain, secretary, and star turn of the famous Hambledon team who often played and beat All-England. They used to have 20,000 here for those matches. This particular Saturday Hambledonas third XI are playing Portsmouthas. There are five people watching. The players are all old men and young kids, starting their first or last seasons in senior cricket.

Hambledon had a job getting a side out. A lot of the younger boys were away playing for their private schools, the older ones were already back at university, and everyone else was in Southampton watching England play Pakistan. They werenat the only club struggling. There were eight forfeits across the league that weekend. It used to be the local rule that a side who forfeited three game in a season would be demoted, but they had to scrap it. Too many teams would have suffered.

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Trump v Pelosi: how a 'stable genius' president met his match
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 11:27:20 GMT
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With calls for an intervention on his behalf, the House speaker has knocked an aextremely calma leader off balance

It has been almost four years since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign from the gilded escalator of Trump Tower. In that time he has come to be feared by Democrats and Republicans alike for his personal attacks that always seem to supremely rile his opponents.

Now he has finally met his match.

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Midnight Cowboy at 50: why the X-rated best picture winner endures
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 06:00:08 GMT
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The unlikely buddy drama, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, remains a compelling study of poverty and loneliness

Midnight Cowboy was the first and only X-rated film to win the Academy Award for best picture, a fact thatas useful to know on trivia night, but otherwise needs to be appended by about five or six asterisks. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) originally rated the film an R, changed it to an X for its depiction of prostitution and homosexuality, and then changed it back to an R only two years later, a tacit acknowledgement that the board had gotten it right the first time. Seeing the film today, 50 years later, the ratings controversy seems all the more curious, given the relative timidity of its nude scenes and a gay hustle at a Times Square theater thatas all uncomfortable glances and implication.

Related: From Blow-Up to Bonnie and Clyde a why the 1960s is my favourite film decade

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From high fives in the pub to nods between walkers, itas great to bond with a stranger | Hannah Jane Parkinson
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 06:00:09 GMT
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It is not uncommon for me to end up playing Scrabble with people on the next table over, exchanging niceties and numbers

I am often in agreement with Jean-Paul Sartreas idea that hell is other people, particularly other people on a sweaty, height-of-summer bus, or in a bar queue, or awhisperinga in cinemas. But this makes it all the more pleasing when I find commonality and shared enjoyment with strangers.

One of the best examples of this is when watching sporting events. I cannot tell you the number of high fives given and received with fellow Liverpool fans in random pubs a my best mates for 90 minutes, and without the lifelong lie of pretending to like their spouse. I have hugged people from every walk of life after a ball ricocheted off the crossbar and over the line in the final minute.

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On the arsonistas trail: inside Australiaas worst bushfire catastrophe
Date: Fri, 24 May 2019 05:00:14 GMT
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One day in 2009, fires swept across Victoria, leaving 173 dead. It became known as Black Saturday. When it emerged that not all of these disasters were natural, local detectives sprang into action. By Chloe Hooper

The patient had been in a coma for 12 days. Strange dreams were all he could remember. He dreamed he was in a red room, then a green room, and when, finally, he woke, the walls were orange. There was flame even in the paint colour, and he knew without being told that his wife was dead. He checked his hands and was surprised to find that his fingers a put back together now, bandaged a had been saved.

His children sat next to his bed while a young police officer had positioned his chair further away, towards the back of the hospital room. All of them were waiting to hear what had happened to him two weeks earlier, on the day of Australiaas worst recorded natural disaster. It would become known as Black Saturday: 400 separate fires had burned across the southern Australian state of Victoria, giving off as much energy as 1,500 atomic bombs.

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Man Assaults Corey Katir