Steven Peterson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:01:26 GMT
Brexit live: Labour MPs to hold no confidence vote in Jeremy Corbyn

Politico has published an inside account of the PLP meeting this evening in which, they say, Corbyn “fought for his political life.”

In notes from an MP who was inside the meeting, they say that Alan Johnson MP said “I fought the [EU referendum] campaign and I take my responsibility, but you’ve got to take yours. Your office did not even turn up for the weekly meetings.”

One of the most alarming effects of the EU referendum has been the rise in racially-charged attacks across the country over the weekend.

In utter shock: just been called p**i in my home town! Haven't heard that word here since the 80s..!

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Douglas Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:24:22 GMT
UK loses triple-A credit rating after Brexit vote

Standard & Poor’s issues downgrade and pound hits 31-year low despite chancellor’s attempts to soothe markets

Britain loses triple-A credit rating – live updates

The UK has been stripped of its last AAA rating as credit agency Standard & Poor’s warned of the economic, fiscal and constitutional risks the country now faces as a result of the EU referendum result.

The two-notch downgrade came with a warning that S&P could slash its rating again. It described the result of the vote as “a seminal event” that would “lead to a less predictable stable and effective policy framework in the UK”.

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Jerry Powell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:46:45 GMT
It's time to put Welsh independence on agenda – Leanne Wood

Plaid Cymru leader says EU referendum vote has changed everything – and ‘redesigning’ UK is the only option

The leader of Plaid Cymru has called for the people of Wales to start discussing the possibility of the country becoming independent.

Leanne Wood said Brexit was an opportunity to break free from the UK – and though Wales voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU she argued that its citizens would think again if the country became independent.

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Ryan Martin mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:05:30 GMT
Family rifts over Brexit: ‘I can barely look at my parents’

The EU referendum result has thrown many thousands of people, particularly young adults, into bitter conflict with the closest members of their families – divisions that ‘won’t heal any time soon’

I’m worried Brexit has made me ageist,” a friend said, following the shock of the referendum result on Friday morning. “I saw this older couple in the street and just felt this sudden, enormous wave of fury towards them and their generation. It was almost physical.”

In the immediate aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, emotions have been running high. Since YouGov reported that 75% of 18- to 24-year-olds and 56% of 25- to 49-year-olds voted in favour of remain, versus 44% of 50- to 64-year-olds and 39% of those over 65, the extent of the generational gulf between Generation Y and the so-called baby boomers and their parents has been palpable. As has the anger many younger people including my friend, are feeling.

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Johnny Ward mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:58:25 GMT
The leave campaign made three key promises – are they keeping them?

Even Iain Duncan Smith has admitted that ‘our promises were a series of possibilities’, but just how possible are they in reality?

The Vote Leave campaign made at least three key promises that were the basis of their victory. But since Thursday night leading figures appear to have played down their status.

As Iain Duncan Smith said on Sunday: “Our promises were a series of possibilities.” So what is their status now?

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Allen Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:16:00 GMT
Don’t blame all babyboomers for Brexit | Linda Grant
My generation didn’t have it as easy as people think, so when it came to the referendum, many voted with nothing to protect

I didn’t personally vote in the 1975 referendum on what we then called the common market, though a vote was fraudulently cast in my name. In the middle of university finals I was barely aware of what the common market was, let alone that there was a referendum about it. I answered the door to a member of the International Socialists – the precursor to the Socialist Workers party – who said they’d heard I wasn’t voting and could they have my polling card to vote in my place.

Related: Mum what have you done? Families try to resolve differences over EU vote

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Ronald Gordon mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:39:32 GMT
This is now Project Betrayal – and we are all victims | Polly Toynbee
The blame falls entirely on the Tories for this referendum – and on Boris Johnson for his despicable campaign. Did the voters take back control? No

This is the great betrayal. Just about everyone feels betrayed from every possible perspective. As the pound plunges, sending oil and food prices up while wages stagnate, with shares and pension values falling, the country is seeing the consequences of being mortally betrayed – by the self-indulgent members of a government who brought this calamity down on all of us.

Related: Boris Johnson broke Britain. So why should he be in charge of mending it? | Adam Bienkov

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Carl Foster mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:33:08 GMT
Whether Jeremy Corbyn goes or not, Britain’s progressives need to stick together | Frances Ryan
Politics is about more than any one individual, be it Corbyn or anyone else. We cannot disintegrate into factions just when Britain’s hard right is bolstered

Live: Labour MPs criticise Corbyn as his supporters rally outside Commons

As Labour’s shadow cabinet continues to shrink, there may be another exodus brewing: Labour members are pledging to quit if Jeremy Corbyn goes. “I’d leave if Corbyn’s ousted,” is currently a common statement on social media. “If Corbyn goes, it’s all gone,” a friend told me (perhaps as a symbol of Labour’s problem, I’ve also had friends tell me that they’ll leave the party if Corbyn stays). Even before the events of the past 24 hours – indeed, straight after the referendum result – there were Labour members announcing similar intentions. As one signatory on the petition of confidence in Corbyn put it: “Force him out and I will personally organise a burning of membership cards outside [Labour] HQ.”

Related: Ignoring its members could condemn Labour to irrelevancy for a generation | Dawn Foster

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Kevin Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:31:59 GMT
Britain faces leaderless turmoil. But don’t worry, Boris is back from the cricket | Marina Hyde
You’d think leave’s career fibbers would have a plan to get out of the lies they told before the referendum. Instead they say they’ve had enough of promises

Nothing indicates quite what a bloody nose the referendum was for the establishment like discovering that Boris Johnson spent Sunday playing cricket with Earl Spencer and writing his £250,000 a year column for the Daily Telegraph. Given that the victory speech he and Michael Gove made on Friday looked more like a hostage video, the chief purpose of Johnson’s column seemed to be to assure Britain he had Taken Back Control of his sphincter muscles.

Amusingly, after the emotive and divisive campaign he headed, Johnson’s team were briefing that he would be running for the Tory leadership as a “unity candidate” – Unity Mitford?

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Nicholas Ramos mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:24:58 GMT
No one has a plan but all will be hunky-dory, say Dave and George

With the Commons as divided as the rest of the country, efforts to reassure the nation that all was well backfired spectacularly

Blue on blue: as Peter Bone shuffled along the benches towards his seat, Nicholas Soames gave him a decidedly unfriendly slap. Red on red: after walking over to shake the hand of Jeremy Corbyn, Dennis Skinner gave the finger to the Labour backbenchers who were doing their best to depose their leader. As David Cameron prepared to try to reassure the nation that everything was basically going to be hunky-dory even though it wasn’t, the Commons was every bit as divided as the rest of the country. From chaos to more chaos.

Before Dave got things under way, the new Labour MP for Tooting, Rosena Allin-Khan, was formally introduced to the house. “Sign her up,” shouted the Tory benches. Corbyn looked even angrier than usual. Having just added one of the dinner ladies from Portcullis House to his frontbench team, his shadow cabinet was complete for at least the next half hour. If not in person. New shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis had been unable to take questions earlier in the afternoon because he was still at Glastonbury.

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Henry Richardson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:22:44 GMT
How to stop Brexit: get your MP to vote it down | Geoffrey Robertson

We don’t need another referendum. Members of parliament have every right to vote against repeal of the act that led us into Europe

It’s not over yet. A law that passed last year to set up the EU referendum said nothing about the result being binding or having any legal force. “Sovereignty” – a much misunderstood word in the campaign – resides in Britain with the “Queen in parliament”, that is with MPs alone who can make or break laws and peers who can block them. Before Brexit can be triggered, parliament must repeal the 1972 European Communities Act by which it voted to take us into the European Union – and MPs have every right, and indeed a duty if they think it best for Britain, to vote to stay.

Related: Petition for second EU referendum may have been manipulated

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Marvin Parker mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:51:06 GMT
The global order is dying. But it’s an illusion to think Britain can survive without the EU

What happens when the investment banks move to Frankfurt and poor English people must pick strawberries in Kent? We have to find an alternative economic model

We’ve done it before. In September 1931, faced with a 25% pay cut mandated by government austerity, the Royal Navy mutinied at the Scottish port of Invergordon. Sailors on HMS Rodney refused duties, dragged a piano on deck and sang a medley of pub songs. Other ships followed. It was not exactly Battleship Potemkin – but it went on to destroy the economic order of the world.

A run on the pound began, forcing Britain to become the first major country to leave the gold standard. One after another, states abandoned gold and went for economic nationalism. The effect on Britain was benign: interest rates were slashed, austerity eased and – with the pound devalued – exports recovered. But the flight from gold killed the global economic system.

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Steve Cruz mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:53:58 GMT
Corbyn once used my ideas, but I have lost faith in his vision | Richard Murphy
The Labour leader is principled but he has failed to grow into his role. Now the party needs to embrace pragmatism, infused with idealism

Last summer I was described by some as Jeremy Corbyn’s economic guru. I was not. He just borrowed some of my ideas and used them during his campaign to be leader of the Labour party even though I was not, and am not, a party member. They may or may not have helped him achieve his victory; we will never really know and that’s not the question of the moment which is, as many of his shadow ministers desert him, whether he can or should survive as leader of his party.

If I was not an idealist I would not have created the ideas that Corbyn borrowed from me. And if I was not a pragmatist I would not be writing now. My appeal at this moment is for Labour to embrace these two positions simultaneously. That is because whatever Labour’s pragmatic need might be it must be infused with a new sense of idealism. If not it is wasting its time and those fighting its internal wars will end up with the prize of perpetual irrelevance.

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Billy Harrison mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:19:36 GMT
Why did Wales shoot itself in the foot in this referendum? | Richard Wyn Jones
Half-hearted campaigning for remain and a weak media contributed to a leave vote in a part of the UK that benefits most from EU membership

Turkeys, it seems, do vote for Christmas – at least if they’re Welsh. There can be no doubt that, financially speaking, Wales has been one of the parts of the UK that has benefited most from EU membership. At a very conservative estimate, Wales enjoys an annual net benefit of £245m from the UK’s relationship with the EU. That’s before any of the wider benefits of the single market and, yes, free movement is factored in.

Given that even the UK government accepts that the failings of the Barnett formula leave Wales under-funded to the tune of some £300m per annum compared with similar English regions, the fact that some 52.5% of the Welsh electorate chose to further impoverish their country by voting to exit the European Union appears to be bizarrely self-defeating. That leave supporters were concentrated precisely in those parts of Wales that have most to lose financially from a Brexit merely adds to the bemusement of external observers. What did the Welsh think they were doing?

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Earl Campbell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:07:37 GMT
Post-referendum chaos shows the inadequacy of our political class

Today’s politicians lack the intellectual heft and stature of our bygone leaders

Britain’s self-harming Brexit crisis, its unsettling outcome made worse by the feeble incoherence of the political class’s response, again highlights a wider problem for us all. What has gone wrong with quality control on the production lines of leadership in public life?

It’s not just our problem, of course, any more than aggressive populism tinged with nationalism is unique to Brexit, though parochial Brexiters may think so. There are people like them, thinking the same, in every country; that’s the point. Our national mood, angry and resentful, is part of a bigger malaise. Let’s call it Trumpery.

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Daniel Gray mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:55:06 GMT
Brexit has given voice to racism – and too many are complicit | Miqdaad Versi

Since the EU referendum I have collated more than 100 racist incidents. Politicians and the media are fuelling this fire

When Shahesta Shaitly asked a cabbie in the Midlands at the weekend: “Why did you vote leave?” she was told: “To get you lot out of here.”

Her case is unfortunately not unique. It is one of more than 100 reports of racist incidents since the EU referendum that I have collated for the Muslim Council of Britain. The result seems to have unleashed a Pandora’s box of bigotry and Islamophobia – one that will require strong collective action to close.

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Shawn Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:10:51 GMT
Steelworkers urge government to resolve concerns over Tata sale

EU referendum result could put off bidders spooked by potential impact of Brexit, says Community union

The steelworkers’ union Community has urged the government to resolve “question marks” over the sale of Tata Steel’s UK business in the light of the vote to leave the European Union.

Related: Pound hits new 31-year low, as Brexit fears grip markets – business live

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Shawn Boyd mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:11:04 GMT
England v Iceland: Euro 2016 – live!

54 min: Dele Alli picks up the ball on the halfway line, scurries forward a few metres and gives it away.

53 min: Jack Wilshere plays another long ball into the Iceland penalty area for Dele Alli to chase. It’s a decent delivery, but Hannes Halldorson is, once again, first to the ball.

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Peter Campbell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:38:11 GMT
Mother of Alice Gross questions UK's ability to protect its citizens

Mother of schoolgirl killed by convicted murderer from Latvia tells inquest she is stunned authorities had not known about his record

The mother of Alice Gross, the schoolgirl killed in London by a convicted murderer from Latvia, has told an inquest jury her daughter’s death destroyed her faith in the UK’s ability to protect its citizens.

Police told the inquest Arnis Zalkans, a builder with a conviction for murder in his home country, murdered Alice before killing himself.

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Jerry Watson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:09:28 GMT
Strict Texas abortion law overturned in major supreme court ruling

Huge legal victory for reproductive rights activists paves way to overturn dozens of measures that curtail access to abortion providers across the country

The US supreme court on Monday struck down one of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country and potentially paved the way to overturn dozens of measures in other states that curtail access, in what might be the most significant legal victory for reproductive rights advocates since the right to abortion was established in 1973.

The 5-3 ruling will immediately prevent Texas from enforcing a law that would have closed all but nine abortion clinics. But in a coup for abortion rights supporters, the court also in effect barred lawmakers from passing health measures backed by dubious medical evidence as a way of forcing large numbers of abortion clinics to close.

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Clarence Fisher mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:50:56 GMT
Man jailed for 10 years for dozens of child abuse offences

Dean Farrar, 49, from Rochdale contacted thousands of underage girls on social media in attempt to persuade them to perform sexual acts on camera

A serial child abuser who contacted 11,000 minors across the world on social media in attempt to get them to perform sexual acts has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Dean Farrar, 50, from Rochdale, pleaded guilty to a catalogue of sexual abuse crimes, including inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, causing a child under the age of 13 to watch sexual activity, and possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

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Harold Parker mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:15:09 GMT
Spanish elections: Mariano Rajoy struggles to build coalition

After conservative People’s party falls short of majority, acting prime minister rules nothing out as he seeks necessary support

Spain’s conservative leader is struggling to build a new “grand coalition” government after defeated rivals in Sunday’s vote refused to work with him.

Spain, which has been without a government since 20 December, remains deeply fragmented after the country’s second inconclusive election in six months, in which Mariano Rajoy’s conservative People’s party (PP) increased its seat count but fell well short of the 176 needed to secure a majority in the 350-seat congress of deputies.

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Earl Ward mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:50:17 GMT
Paedophile campaigners convicted of sexual assaults against boys

Douglas Slade and Christopher Skeaping, who campaigned for legalisation of sex with children, caught after victims spoke out

Two men who were involved with a notorious group that campaigned for the legalisation of sex between adults and children have been convicted of abusing young boys.

Douglas Slade, 74, and Christopher Skeaping, 72, who were members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), were caught after five victims, now middle-aged men, spoke out about how they were abused.

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Walter Crawford mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:30:13 GMT
MPs launch inquiry into sharia courts in UK

Home affairs committee to consider sharia courts’ compatibility with British law, in parallel with Home Office inquiry

MPs on the Commons home affairs committee have launched an inquiry into the operation of sharia courts in the UK to ensure their principles are compatible with British law.

The announcement follows the establishment of a similar investigation by the Home Office last month.

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Jerry Parker mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:23:56 GMT
Ex-BHS shareholder says £850,000 owed to him after retailer's collapse

Richard Caring tells MPs their inquiry is important but he had no role in retailer’s dividend policy or pension scheme

The former BHS shareholder Richard Caring has said he was owed more than £850,000 when the retailer collapsed, as he told MPs looking into the matter that he was unable to attend parliament this week.

Caring, the multi-millionaire owner of London restaurants including The Ivy and Le Caprice and clubs including Annabel’s and Harry’s Bar, had been invited to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into the demise of BHS on Wednesday.

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Chad Turner mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:42:29 GMT
Two Britons plead guilty to trying to smuggle Albanians into UK

Mark Stribling, 35, and Robert Stilwell, 33, both from Kent, were rescued along with 18 migrants when their boat ran into trouble

Two Britons have pleaded guilty to illegally attempting to help 18 Albanians into the country on a boat that had to be rescued in the Channel.

Mark Stribling, 35, from Farningham in Kent, and Robert Stilwell, 33, from Dartford, admitted the offences under section 25 (1) of the Immigration Act 1971.

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Nicholas Ramos mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:08:36 GMT
Microsoft pays out $10,000 for automatic Windows 10 installation

Company withdraws appeal leaving it liable for $10,000 compensation judgment after botched automatic upgrade of travel agent’s computer

A Californian woman has won $10,000 in compensation from Microsoft after Windows 10 automatically tried and failed to install on her Windows 7 computer.

The automatic install of Windows 10 failed, leaving her with a unstable and often unresponsive computer used to run her travel agency from an office in Sausalito, California.

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Billy Turner mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:36:30 GMT
Three children badly hurt in Scottish rollercoaster crash

Youngsters among 10 people hospitalised when Tsunami ride at M&D’s theme park in Motherwell derailed

Three children have been seriously hurt in a theme park rollercoaster crash in which a total of 10 people were hospitalised.

The Tsunami ride derailed and hit the ground at M&D’s amusement park at Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, near Glasgow, on Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said people were trapped upside down when the ride came off the rails at about 3.40pm.

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Shawn Butler mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:00:10 GMT
Floating hotel to open in London as part of social enterprise project

From September, Newham’s Royal Docks will be the base for The Good Hotel, a 144-room property offering training to unemployed people, and a chance to find long-term work

A floating hotel that aims to help long-term unemployed people get back into work is to open in London this autumn. The Good Hotel will take up a berth in Newham’s Royal Docks in September, after being transported across the North Sea from its current base in Amsterdam with the help of tug boats and a submerged barge.

The 144-room hotel, built on a large floating platform, opened in Amsterdam in June 2015 as a pop-up social enterprise project. Among its aims is to give opportunities to local people who have struggled to find employment and are receiving welfare support.

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Ronald Owens mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:00:10 GMT
Muirfield golf club to hold second vote on female membership

Scottish club that lost right to host Open championship after refusing to allow women to join will run second ballot

The first vote was certainly conclusive, but the consequences so devastating that those with an eye on the broader interests of unity and equality have decided to hold a second ballot.

Beleaguered supporters of Britain remaining in the EU must take heart this morning from the actions of Muirfield golf course, which has announced it is to hold another vote on allowing female members to join the clubonly weeks after members rejected the proposal.

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Allen Jordan mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:54:25 GMT
Ehic applications unavailable – but NHS says it's nothing to do with Brexit

The website and phone number for European health insurance card registration is expected to be unavailable until Monday afternoon, leaving last-minute applicants in the lurch

Holidaymakers trying to apply for their European health insurance card (Ehic) have been alarmed to discover that the online service is “currently unavailable”.

However, the NHS, which runs the service, told the Guardian that it was almost certainly a technical glitch rather than “anything to do with the referendum … It’s an unhappy coincidence”.

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Earl Ramos mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:35:00 GMT
Beyoncé's star formation: from Destiny's Child to Queen Bey

Beyoncé’s new tour finds her at the height of her artistic powers. What makes her sound, her dance moves, her image and her feminism so distinctive?

Of late, some music writers have got into the habit of referring to Beyoncé as Queen Bey. It doesn’t exactly imply a great deal of critical distance, but you can see why the nickname has stuck. It is hard to think of a recent album that feels more commanding and imperious than Lemonade, not just in its lyrics – where defiant woman-scorned wrath meets righteous social anger – but in its music. It sounds not like an R&B record, but a push to dominate all of pop. “Country, alt-rock, left-field electronics, hoary Jack White blues-rock? I can do the lot.” That seems to be one of its messages.

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Steve Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:30:06 GMT
The rise and fall of great world cities: 5,700 years of urbanisation – mapped

Recent research provides a better understanding of urban populations throughout history, digitising almost 6,000 years of data for the first time

Urbanisation is one of the defining processes of modern times, with more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, and new mega-metropolises mushrooming in Asia, Latin America and Africa. But a comprehensive, digitised database of city populations through world history has been lacking, with the United Nations’ dataset only extending as far back as 1950.

That was until recent research, published in the journal Scientific Data, transcribed and geocoded nearly 6,000 years of data (from 3700BC to AD2000). The report produced a gargantuan resource for scholars hoping to better understand how and why cities rise and fall – and allowed blogger Max Galka to produce a striking visualisation on his site Metrocosm.

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Antonio Phillips mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:51:31 GMT
The appeal of narcissists: why do we love people who'd rather love themselves?

A recent study found that people who rated highly for narcissism also tend to be perceived as most desirable in dating scenarios. Here are three reasons why

Two kinds of people won’t be surprised to learn this week that science has demonstrated that narcissists are more attractive for dates than non-narcissists: people who’ve had the misfortune of being romantically involved with narcissists, and narcissists themselves – because believing that they are very attractive is a key symptom of their character.

This breakthrough was published by an Austrian researcher, who ran an experiment with speed daters. He indexed people’s narcissistic characteristics against the frequency with which their speed-dating partners indicated that they’d like to see them again. His finding: those with the highest scores on the narcissism scale also tended to be perceived as most desirable by members of the opposite sex.

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Lee Mcdonald mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:05:47 GMT
Glastonbury 2016 verdict: Muse, Adele, Coldplay and more

Alexis Petridis watched as Worthy Farm’s vast audiences were swept away by preposterous pomp, moments of magic and real emotional connection

There was a time, before smartphones and broadband, when you could happily spend the Glastonbury weekend cut off from the outside world. News of what was going on beyond the festival’s boundaries tended to arrive in the form of profoundly unreliable rumours: for some reason, on annual basis in the mid-90s, these included one about the sudden death of Cliff Richard. Now, you can’t get away from current events. Early arrivers on Thursday take part in a gathering in memory of MP Jo Cox; a tribute video, featuring Portishead’s sombre version of Abba’s SOS, is shown before proceedings begin on the Pyramid stage on Friday morning. Over in the NYC Downlow, DJ Roger Sanchez interrupts his set to read out the names of the victims of the Orlando massacre.

While you would have a hard time arguing that Friday morning’s news about Brexit plunges the festival’s mood into shellshocked reflection or anger – indeed, if it affects it at all, you get the feeling that people who have paid a lot of money to be here might have been even more determined than usual to enjoy themselves before returning home to face an uncertain future – it would have taken an almost superhuman effort to avoid it altogether.

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Kenneth Garcia mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:30:50 GMT
FGM survivors on Cuttin' It: 'I remember that smell of disinfectant too'

Cuttin’ It is a play about British Somali girls and female genital mutilation. Three women who have been cut give their verdicts

Cuttin’ It – streetwise drama evolves into fierce FGM statement

Hibo Wardere, author of Cut: One Woman’s Fight Against FGM in Britain Today

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Lee Gonzalez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:57:34 GMT
Three rules the Absolutely Fabulous movie must follow to avoid being awful

Spin-off movies of TV sitcoms do not have a great track record – and many of them fail for the same, endlessly repeated reasons

Related: Jennifer Saunders: ‘It's still easier for a gang of boys to get a TV show’

The Absolutely Fabulous movie might be brilliant. Given the general state of the world at the moment, the sight of two ungracious old codgers wobbling around anarchically on a screen for an hour and a half might be exactly what everyone needs.

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Jeffery Thompson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:16:12 GMT
From Julia Gillard to Hillary Clinton: online abuse of politicians around the world

Analysis of abuse of politicians in the US, UK and Australia sheds light on a problem often dismissed as par for the course

by Elle Hunt, Nick Evershed and Ri Liu

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Chad Bryant mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:00:06 GMT
Treasury of historic clothing revealed at Westminster Abbey

Undressing of royal and aristocratic funeral effigies for conservation work gives costume historians the chance to examine extraordinary collection

Poor King Charles II cuts a forlorn figure in Westminster Abbey, arms and chest stripped down to scrawny straw, sacking and wood, head gone just like his father – but his lower body is still covered in magnificent blue silk stockings, and a dainty pair of cream silk underpants, tied with a bow at the back.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like them – but there is no reason to think they are not original to the figure. There’s no proof that they actually belonged to Charles himself, but it’s certainly possible,” said textile conservator Zenzie Tinker.

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Billy Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:26:42 GMT
The Hogboon review – lively launch for Maxwell Davies' uneven folk opera

Barbican, London
Professional and amateur performers join Simon Rattle and the LSO for opera premiere

Peter Maxwell Davies – Max to just about everyone in the classical world – died three months ago. One of his last completed works was The Hogboon, an opera characteristic of his output in a couple of ways. It was written for both professional and amateur musicians – this premiere brought together six professional soloists, a boy treble, adult and children’s choirs and students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, plus the London Symphony Orchestra, all under its music director designate, Simon Rattle. And it is also typical in being inspired by the Orcadian culture from which much of Max’s work derived following his move to Hoy in 1971.

The Hogboon was composed at what must have been an enormously difficult time, its libretto begun after the composer learned that the leukaemia from which he was in remission had returned. He completed the score six months before his death.

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Roy Phillips mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:56:24 GMT
Insider's guide to Palermo: mafia architecture, music and lamb guts

From architecture built under mafia dominance, to the challenges brought about by the refugee crisis in Sicily, journalist Anna Ditta gives us a tour of her flavourful hometown, stopping off for some questionable local dishes on the way

Iced granita under palm trees.

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Fred Ramos mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:00:05 GMT
Batman: A Telltale Series – a very new take on the Dark Knight

Telltale is back with a story-focused spin on DC’s most famous hero. But this time the mask is off

Telltale Games has always been an ambitious studio. It started making episodic adventure games back in 2007 with the Sam & Max titles, but later graduated to big movie tie-ins Jurassic Park and Back to the Future. It’s breakthrough though was Walking Dead, a dialogue-based thriller with just as much dramatic punch as the frantic and emotional zombie comic series. Since then it has managed to convert both RPG shooter Borderlands and building sim Minecraft into unlikely adventure hits, appeasing two highly invested fanbases.

But Batman: A Telltale Series may be its most audacious project yet. For a start, it follows countless adaptations of DC’s defining hero, from Ocean’s 1986 action adventure, to the likes of Lego Batman, Injustice and, of course, the hugely acclaimed Arkham trilogy. It’s quite a legacy to live up to.

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Philip Gonzales mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:00:07 GMT
Dwayne Johnson: a graceful and complex comedy heavyweight

The Rock was the funniest man in WWF, now he’s the main attraction in otherwise over-familiar buddy movie Central Intelligence

The bad news about Central Intelligence is that you’ve seen it all before. It’s a mismatched buddy-buddy pic in the line of heritage that stretches all the way back to 48 Hrs (or back to Two Rode Together, if that’s your bag), and their many, many rip-offs and retreads. It works the racial-difference angle, even though its leads are both, technically speaking, people of colour. And it adds the now obligatory post-Apatow bromantic sweetness element between its male leads, along with what looks like a lot of material improvised on the set. It’s the same movie as Melissa McCarthy’s Spy, released this time last year, and we could probably go back 10 years and find its counterpart in every summer release schedule. Many of them are simply other Kevin Hart vehicles.

Related: Central Intelligence review – broad, brainless and impossible to dislike

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Travis Butler mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:00:06 GMT
The secret life of a wedding gift list adviser: I help thankless couples bickering over china | Anonymous

There’s never a dull moment advising clients wanting a £11,000 cooker (and a spatula). The job has taught me marriage is about so much more than presents

Can you list the brands of dishwasher detergent that are compatible with fine china? I know them all by heart. Want to know which vacuum cleaner comes with the best guarantee? I’m your woman.

I am a gift list adviser for a large department store, and I know way too much about wedding presents. I assist soon to-be-weds with the gift selection process, advise their guests as they choose presents, and then make sure they are delivered in one piece for the big day.

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Vincent Cox mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:30:04 GMT
I'll be damned! Beavers are Devon’s latest visitor attraction

After an absence from England of at least 500 years, beavers have been found living in the wild in east Devon. But the rodents aren’t keen on the spotlight

The farmer knelt down by one of the dead sheep and pointed to the tell-tale signs of a lynx kill. “Damn rewilding experts!” he growled. “These beasts are natural born killers. My kids don’t go outside any more.” As if on cue, the howling started: not lynxes, but the Devon wolfpack, in the shadows and hungry. The bears would be on their way too, no doubt. Raising their flaming torches, the farmers cocked their automatic rifles. “Them bears took a man off the high street in Budleigh Salterton last night. We’d best be getting back to the fort.”

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Melvin Gray mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:04:45 GMT
Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pellè end Spain’s European reign

Perhaps this game did not live up to its billing, perhaps it never could, but the result was huge. Far from invincible any longer, much less invulnerable against Italy, Spain are on their way home. Whether that counts as a shock depends on how stern a view one takes of their fall from grace in Brazil two years ago, though what is indisputable is that Italy were superior in almost every department with the possible exception of finishing.

Related: Italy 2-0 Spain: Euro 2016 – live!

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Melvin Owens mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:13:12 GMT
Wimbledon 2016: Marcus Willis defies ranking to upset Ricardas Berankis
• Briton ranked 772 in world wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
• In line for £50,000 and match against Roger Federer

Fairytale wins for British players at Wimbledon generally happen only in films but yesterday Marcus Willis, a 25-year-old qualifier from Slough, ranked 772, who was ready to quit tennis until he met the perfect girl, produced a story line straight out of Hollywood. The left-hander, once teased for his weight and once warned about his conduct by the LTA when he was a teenager, stunned Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, the world No54, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to earn by far the biggest cheque of his career and set up a meeting with Roger Federer.

“This is a bit scary,” Willis said as he walked into the press conference room shortly after a win that guarantees him at least £50,000. “The story has all got a bit out of hand. Goran [Ivanisevic, the champion in 2011] just came and shook my hand and he is my hero. Three or four years ago, I would have agreed with you [that he didn’t have the drive or dedication]. But I have worked really, really hard behind the scenes. This is all a bit surreal. It’s amazing.”

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Louis Clark mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:50:55 GMT
Lionel Messi and Argentina: will his latest international low really be the end? | Jonathan Wilson

The 29-year-old has said he will quit the international game after another final defeat, but there is still time for a glorious ending and to emulate Diego Maradona

The vast majority of lives, in football and elsewhere, end in failure. The poignant farewell, the reminder of the transitory nature of the gloria mundi, are familiar parts of the narrative. But still, there would be something desperately sad, desperately unfulfilling, desperately banal, if Lionel Messi’s international career were to end with a penalty blazed over the bar in East Rutherford.

The MetLife Stadium in New Jersey may be excellently appointed, but it is not one of football’s great arenas. The Copa América Centenario may have proved more engaging than many imagined, but it is not one of football’s great tournaments – it is not even, Conmebol decided last week, a Copa América. This was not a place for Lionel Messi to say goodbye.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:03:45 GMT
Crystal Palace agree €38m fee with Marseille for Michy Batshuayi
• Belgium striker is also wanted by West Ham and Juventus
• Palace also trigger Andros Townsend’s release clause

Crystal Palace have agreed a fee €38m (£31.6m) with Marseille for Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, with the Premier League club also hopeful of completing deals for France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and Newcastle’s Andros Townsend.

Related: West Ham and Juventus in running to sign Michy Batshuayi from Marseille

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:01:00 GMT
Tammy Beaumont hits another century to blast England past Pakistan
• England Women 366-4, Pakistan Women 164
• England Women won by 202 runs

Occasionally when challenged a ruling power asserts its authority with a vigour that serves a warning to all. England have done just that, at the considerable expense of Pakistan.

This 202-run drubbing bore similarities to the 212-run margin in Worcester on Wednesday, the visitors again brutalised. Tammy Beaumont, with an unbeaten 168, the second-highest score by an England woman in an ODI, completed a neat sequence: maiden half-century in game one, ton in game two, then 150 in the finale. The 342 runs she made across the week is the most in any three-game series.

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Jerry Watson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:40:43 GMT
How the British & Irish Lions may line up on 2017 New Zealand tour
Despite Brexit, the power of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland can be harnessed for next year’s series against the All Blacks, with a number of names in the frame after this month’s internationals

Is there life after Brexit? Well, the British & Irish Lions will tour New Zealand next year and for now the power of the four home nations can still be gloriously harnessed. What kind of Test team are shaping up? Following an intriguing series of June internationals, here is a potential starting Test XV.

Related: England’s Eddie Jones saddles up to learn from Tour but warns of burnout

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Marvin Martin mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:00:09 GMT
Tour de France 2016: Chris Froome chases history as Paris invites new heroes | William Fotheringham

Last year’s runner-up Nairo Quintana has enjoyed as smooth a buildup as Froome but the Briton must also beware a cast of dangerous riders led by Vincenzo Nibali if he is to become a three-times Tour winner

A fortnight of unprecedented sporting intensity starts here for France, with the knockout phase of Euro 2016 coinciding with the buildup to the Tour, and its opening nine days. The last time French minds were split between the football and the Tour was 2000, in what now seems like a different world: it was the heyday of Zinedine Zidane and company, Lance Armstrong was beginning the second year of his dominant if ultimately provisional reign and terrorism was largely a dark memory, anything but a threat to the world’s greatest cycle race.

The Tour, famously, has always gone ahead apart from in the darkest years of world war, no matter what the national background, most notably when the government insisted that amidst the uprising of 1968 there should be no question of shelving it for a year, so important was the need to demonstrate that life in France was still on a normal footing.

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Melvin Flores mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:44:27 GMT
End of era for Spain after energetic Italy steal their thunder
Dethroned champions’ identity is challenged by an Italy team who completed more passes than opponents they had not beaten at a tournament since 1994

Iker Casillas stood alone at the side of the bench watching as Spain’s era came to an end. At the final whistle in the Stade de France he walked slowly on to the pitch, gloves tucked under his arm, and sought out Gianluigi Buffon. On the eve of this game, Buffon had insisted that in that four-year spell when Spain won everything there was to win, becoming champions of the world and double champions of Europe, only Italy had made them sweat. Now, at last, they had made them cry. Spain’s era definitively closed against Italy, their opponents the day it opened.

Related: Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pellè end Spain’s European reign

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Nicholas Warren mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:30:15 GMT
PSG part company with manager Laurent Blanc
• Sevilla’s Emery linked with a job vacated after three years
• Blanc failed to take PSG past Champions League quarter-finals

Paris Saint-Germain have parted company with their manager Laurent Blanc.

Blanc, 50, failed to guide PSG past the quarter-final of the Champions League last season and has paid the price, despite much success in Ligue 1. The former France coach won three league titles, and domestic trebles in the past two years, having been appointed three years ago.

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Vincent Mason mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:38:12 GMT
Novak Djokovic moves past James Ward and into Wimbledon second round
• Djokovic wins in straight sets 6-0, 7-6, 6-4
• No1 seed shakes off cobwebs in just over two hours

Apart from revealing he is a serial towel thief and a reprimanded cyclist, Novak Djokovic showed his rivals little they did not know about him already in negotiating an entertaining three-setter against James Ward on the first day of the championships.

He will move on to a perhaps similarly straightforward examination of his first‑week form against the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who defeated Kyle Edmund handily on Court 2, while Ward is left to contemplate what probably will be his only match on Centre Court against the best player in the world.

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:15:02 GMT
F1 team bonus payments could be more equal, says Bernie Ecclestone

• Big teams such as Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren have received more
• Ecclestone considering system like Premier League football’s

Formula One’s top teams could lose tens of millions of pounds in payments after Bernie Ecclestone revealed he plans to scrap the current bonus scheme.

Teams such as Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes have historically been paid more than others in a system intended to keep them locked into the series.

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Ronald Long mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:45:37 GMT
Southampton set to appoint former Nice coach Claude Puel as manager
• Puel expected to be named as Ronald Koeman’s successor this week
• Puel, 54, led Nice to fourth in Ligue 1 last season

Southampton are closing in on the appointment of Claude Puel as their manager. A deal to hire the 54-year-old as the replacement for Ronald Koeman following the Dutchman’s move to Everton is expected to be concluded by the end of the week.

Puel has never worked outside of France, having spent his playing career at Monaco, where he was coached by Arsène Wenger, before making his management debut in the principality. He won Ligue 1 in 2000 and then went on to enjoy a six-year spell at Lille, before taking over at Lyon and leading them to the Champions League semi-finals. He has spent the last four years as the coach of Nice, who last season finished fourth in Ligue 1.

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Glenn Fisher mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:19:15 GMT
Chile's super-predators are now South America's most dangerous team

While Argentina and Brazil have problems on and off the field, La Roja’s Copa America win showed once again they are a fearless, united group of players

Football is strange. Chile are Copa América champions for the second time in their history ... and for the second time in the space of 12 months. And they beat Argentina in successive finals without scoring a goal. It was enough to force Lionel Messi’s shocking resignation from the national team.

But while much of the focus will now turn to Messi’s decision to quit, we should acknowledge Chile’s achievements. Both finals showcased a team who imposed their pace on the game and deserved to win: the games in Santiago and in New Jersey were played exactly as Chile wanted – with hard-fought, extremely intense football with no open space and no chance for some of the world’s most dangerous strikers to play freely. More importantly, it’s Argentina who changed their style in order to face Chile, not the other way around. Argentina were still cautious despite the 2-1 win over Chile in the group stages.

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Ronald Perez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:19:13 GMT
BHA backs down over jockey’s application by Jim Best defence witness
• Regulator has delayed response for five months
• Paul Cooley backed trainer at disciplinary hearing

Racing’s ruling body has caused further controversy in relation to the vexed Jim Best case by telling a defence witness that his application for a jockey’s licence would not be considered until the case was concluded, a position that it has now abandoned. Paul Cooley, who works as head lad at Best’s Lewes stable, applied in January for a licence to ride as an apprentice in Flat races but has been repeatedly told to wait, even though there is no suggestion of wrongdoing against him.

Related: Jim Best conviction to be quashed following BHA climbdown

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Steve Boyd mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:51:11 GMT
Is Hillary Clinton a neocon? | Trevor Timm

Many Republicans have endorsed her. It could be because GOP stalwarts are terrified of Donald Trump. Or it could be that her policies align with theirs

Another week, and another set of Republicans have endorsed Hillary Clinton. Is it because of existential threat of Donald Trump, or could it be because many of Clinton’s potential policies conveniently line up with theirs?

Longtime Republican foreign policy stalwart and Iraq warmonger Robert Kagan became the latest neoconservative to endorse Clinton for president last week. He has even offered to host a fundraiser on her behalf, as Foreign Policy Magazine first reported on Thursday. Kagan has followed the likes of former Bush deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage and a slew of lower-profile officials in their endorsement of Clinton over Trump.

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Daniel Ward mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:01:12 GMT
Universities have survived wars and dictatorships. They will survive this too
Despite the vote I remain an optimist – a cross-border European community of scholars predates the EU by centuries

The referendum will be regarded as a good day for Ukip and a bad day for British universities. But it is not as simple as that. Ukip is itself the child of a UK university. Its first leader, Alan Sked, was the LSE’s head of European studies. In that role, he convinced himself the EU was “mad, undemocratic, a waste of money, profligate, [and] a bad bargain for Britain both economically and politically”. A UK university begat Ukip, which begat Nigel Farage.

Nonetheless, strongly Eurosceptic views are rare in British higher education. In the referendum campaign there was a broad consensus in favour of remain among vice-chancellors, staff and students. This unity was a strength but also a weakness. Groupthink meant the pro-EU arguments were a little lazy, typically focusing on universities’ income rather than more outward-looking points. Moreover, the limited support for Brexit on campus prevented the arguments from being sharpened in the cut and thrust of open debate. In a recent poll by the Higher Education Policy Institute, one-quarter of students said Ukip members should be barred from campuses.

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Gregory Patterson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:45:55 GMT
My Polish father-in-law did more for Britain than any graffiti-spraying racist | David Taylor

He fought the Nazis, liked a lunchtime pint and enjoyed the roses in his garden. I’m sickened at the reports of abusive graffiti at the London club he attended

My father-in-law died at the Polish club that was reportedly targeted this weekend by Brexit-inspired racists creeping around in the night to daub “Go home” graffiti on its glass doors.

Zygmunt Nowicki, a second world war hero, shot down by the Germans, survivor of a terrifying air crash in an Italian vineyard after his crew’s B-24 Liberator had completed a mercy drop of supplies on blockaded Warsaw.

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Douglas Jackson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:00:04 GMT
Brexit was the headliner – but Glastonbury restored my faith in Britain

Who cares about a music festival when the country is falling apart? Actually, says Hadley Freeman, it is one of the best places to be when the real world succumbs to panic, prejudice and outright lies

Full coverage of Glastonbury 2016

This year’s Glastonbury, I assumed beforehand, would have little to distinguish it. If anything, it looked like it would be remarkable for being so unremarkable. After a run of a fair few years in which the festival hosted attention-grabbing, controversy-courting and genuinely exciting performers – respectively, the Rolling Stones, Kanye West and Dolly Parton – this year’s headliners were such an uninspired selection, they looked as if they had been chosen by an algorithm created by Q magazine.

You don’t have to be a muso snob to feel less than excited about the prospect of standing in mud on a Friday night to watch Muse – AKA Queen without the sense of humour – let alone Coldplay, who have headlined Glastonbury so many times now they probably have a room on permanent hold at Babington House, the nearby Soho House-owned hotel. As for Adele, well. No one would ever doubt her talent, but it was hard to imagine how on earth a singer in a long black dress standing still would work on the Pyramid stage, a venue that lives and dies by spectacle, as Kanye West learned to his cost last year, and he at least moved around occasionally. The truth is, with both Rihanna and Beyoncé touring Britain, it seemed as though the most talked-about performances would be happening off-site.

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Gregory West mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:43:33 GMT
The young put Jeremy Corbyn in, but he betrayed them over Brexit | Jonathan Freedland

The Labour leader and his team were guilty of ‘deliberate sabotage’ of the remain campaign. Members should remember this if they’re asked to re-elect him

Let’s get one thing straight. The blame for last week’s Brexit vote rests with David Cameron – both for calling a referendum for which there was no widespread public demand, purely to manage internal strife within the Conservative party, and for the way he timed and framed that vote. Blame belongs too with the leave campaign, who won their mandate on a false prospectus – dishonestly promising that a British departure from the EU would bring a £350m weekly windfall to the NHS and would halt EU immigration. Bogus promises which won over many millions of voters but which were cheerfully discarded within hours of victory. History will not forgive them.

Let’s get another thing straight. What matters most in the coming months and years is the reshaping of Britain’s relationship with the European Union. For that reason, it matters who will be doing the reshaping – which is why the contest for the Tory leadership is significant. Compared to both of those, the current psychodrama of the opposition Labour party is a mere sideshow.

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Anthony Boyd mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:20:37 GMT
Osborne can say what he likes. Uncertainty is here and poisoning our economy | Duncan Weldon
No amount of reassurances from the chancellor – nor even the arrival of a post-Brexit strategy – will prevent catastrophic cuts to investment

The chancellor on Monday morning sought to reassure the markets with a hastily arranged press conference a few hours after dawn. Of course, the very fact that the chancellor felt the need to take this step is itself far from reassuring. George Osborne’s message was drawn from the same script as that of Bank of England governor Mark Carney last Friday – the fundamentals of the UK economy are sound and the financial system is healthy. The issue is that the fundamentals are no longer really sound.

Markets have continued to be volatile in the immediate aftermath. Share prices are down (although some exporters are doing well), the pound has hit a fresh 31-year low against the dollar, and the cost of government borrowing has fallen to a record low as investors seek safety in supposedly ultra-safe assets like UK government bonds.

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Kevin Martin mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:00:03 GMT
Austerity is the cause of our economic woes. It’s nothing to do with the EU | Mariana Mazzucato
The referendum shows how far Britain’s economic failures have divided the country, but Brexit will only make them harder to address

I was one of 150 academic economists, including 12 Nobel prize winners, who warned of the risks of Britain leaving Europe: recession, job losses, higher costs of living, lower investment, lower innovation and worsening public finances.

We did this not because we were part of Project Fear, but because of our understanding of the problems in the UK’s economy, and their real causes. These include low investment, weak productivity and high inequality, problems that will not be solved by a Brexit.

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Allen Clark mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:37:55 GMT
Pay close attention to who our children are – not who we want them to be | Lucy Clark

My daughter’s unexpected struggle with one-size-fits-all schooling became an article and then a book on our vanishingly narrow concept of success

I never really went in for the concept of learning from one’s children. Every time a celebrity with a freshly baked newborn would gush about how much the little bundle had taught them I would roll my eyes and think oh, come on! Not only did this half-blind creature not ask to be brought into the world, they have to provide you, the parent, with all the answers too? What a burden.

It’s supposed to be the other way round, right? Fill the empty vessels with your hard-won wisdom, teach them well, watch them tick off their milestones at the mandated moments, mould them into strictly regulated versions of oneself, and look forward to a life of martyrdom and smug pride in your supreme parental efficacy. This is the program.

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Arthur Boyd mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:38:09 GMT
In a world of fear and loathing, we need art more than ever

Attempts to downgrade the importance of art in education are plain wrong. Creativity is transforming lives, and always will

This has been a grisly week, and the future looks rather a mess, so as light relief I’d like to report on something uplifting and beautiful I saw in London last week – an exhibition by artists working with the charity Intoart of ceramics, prints and paintings. It included a stunning 48-piece tiled frieze by Mawuena Kattah, full of energy, colour, wit, and all about who and what she loves. I stood gazing at it and listening to how she had done it – a very complex procedure using photos, stencils, transfers, tracings, ceramic tiles, firings, paintings and slips, and all the more adventurous because she’d never done ceramics before, and has a learning disability, like all of Intoart’s artists.

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Paul Crawford mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
I spent my life in debt. Now I know childhood trauma was to blame | Jody Allard

My financial mistakes were early coping skills gone awry – not ingrained character flaws

I can’t remember a time when I had confidence in my ability to make financial decisions. For years, I was ashamed of my bad credit and precarious finances. No matter how hard I tried, I could never seem to keep my head above water. It took decades for me to realize my financial instability was really just a symptom of a deeper problem. I didn’t need more willpower or a fancy new budget app to get my finances under control – I needed to go to therapy.

Related: Tell us about your life in the red: how do you survive with debt?

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Jacob Warren mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:45:57 GMT
Together we Icelanders can conquer storms – England had better watch out | Guðmundur Steingrímsson
English football is our obsession, so our Euro 2016 match against England is monumental. And our smallness is no obstacle

Today is not exactly an ordinary Monday at the office. Iceland are playing against England in the last 16 of Euro 2016. I don’t know about England, but this is probably the biggest sports event in the history of Iceland.

The excitement is almost unbearable. I am among those Icelanders who are still at home, guarding the island while the others are in Nice. We elected a new president, by the way, last Saturday, but nobody talks much about that. His name is Guðni Jóhannesson. He will be fine. Back to football.

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Harry Cole mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:56:00 GMT
Farage’s ‘breaking point’ posters were indefensible – but I’m glad we voted leave | Douglas Carswell
The Brexit campaign prevailed because we focused on an upbeat, optimistic bid for change. We are witnessing the death of political deference

This was not supposed to happen, according to almost all the politicians and pundits. Remain was going to win. From the Bank of England to the Church of England, our leaders all seemed to agreed on what the outcome ought to be.

But the people did not see it that way. By a clear million-plus majority Britain has voted to leave the European Union. What happens now?

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Jeff Kennedy mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:47:05 GMT
We must step up the struggle for LGBTI rights | Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah

Civil society groups are winning important rights victories, but we need a broad-based alliance to end discrimination

Every generation has its iconic struggle for equality, from the civil rights movement to the push towards gender parity. Today, that struggle is for LGBTI rights. For our generation, this debate sits at the vanguard of society’s efforts to achieve greater equality and inclusivity. But it is a struggle that divides us, perhaps more deeply than those that have come before.

It strikes at the heart of religious and social norms, exposing deep rifts even within our most progressive societies. However, thanks largely to the efforts of civil society, the last 20 years have brought remarkable gains in LGBTI equality.

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Walter Patterson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:25:13 GMT
Sri Lanka wants the world to forget about justice for war victims. Please don't | Nirmanusan Balasundaram

With the Sri Lankan government winding back commitments to reconciliation and justice measures, it’s up to the international community to hold them to account

In October 2015 the government of Sri Lanka co-sponsored, along with the US, a resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, which was adopted at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council. However, this very same government has since been backsliding from implementing its own commitments, promises and obligations made at the UNHRC.

In contradiction to the adopted resolution, which called for international involvement, including that of international judges to investigate wartime atrocities during the final stages of the war, Sri Lanka has instead insisted on setting up a domestic-only mechanism.

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Paul Simmons mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:08:26 GMT
Crafty yoghurts: can your tastebuds be tricked? – video

Studies have proven that colour plays a vital role in setting our expectations of taste and flavour in foods. But what happens when colour defies expectation? We put food colouring into vanilla yoghurt and challenged people to guess the flavour. Will they all be duped or might someone see through our ruse?

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Bruce Evans mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:04:22 GMT
'I cried': London's Europeans react to Brexit — video

Following the EU referendum result, European immigrants in London’s Soho give their reactions to Brexit. As well as shock, upset and confusion, there is also fear for the future and disappointment in the UK’s decision

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Johnny Cox mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:07:58 GMT
David Cameron: a political obituary – video

As UK prime minister David Cameron steps down from his post after defeat in the EU referendum, the Guardian charts the highs and lows of his political career, from fresh-faced upstart to European failure. Cameron’s legacy includes legislation on gay marriage, ideals of the ‘big society’ and post-2008 austerity and cuts

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Daniel Martin mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:50:24 GMT
EU referendum: how Britain voted for Brexit – video

A look back at how events unfolded on EU referendum night. From the moment polls closed at 10pm to David Cameron’s resignation speech, watch to see how Britain voted to leave the European Union

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Steve Dixon mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:00:04 GMT
Stanley Spencer's art: ‘what is rubbish to some people is not to me’ – video

As a child, Stanley Spencer was always rummaging in dustbins – a broken tea pot, jam tin and cabbage stalk seemed to him a wondrous holy trinity. In this short film, made for the opening of the Hepworth Wakefield’s major new exhibition of his art, Spencer’s paintings are brought vividly to life with words from the artist’s notebooks

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Travis Simmons mail: | web: | when: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:00:28 GMT
'Donald Trump does not want to be president' – video

Trump’s candidacy was a protest, with his team hoping for just 12% of the Republican vote, argues New Yorker writer Mark Singer. Even Trump himself believed his undisciplined and impulsive rhetoric would keep him out of reach of the White House. But, says Singer, the monster rose from the laboratory table and walked

Trump and Me by Mark Singer is published by Penguin

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Mark Harrison mail: | web: | when: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:31:16 GMT
EU referendum: welcome to the divided, angry Kingdom – video

As the big vote approaches and many voices say the EU referendum has whipped up the politics of hate, John Harris and John Domokos go on a five-day road trip from post-industrial Labour towns to rural Tory heartlands. In Birmingham, Leave voters cross racial and cultural divides; in Manchester, students uniformly back Remain; while people in the city’s neglected edgelands want out. And one fact burns through: whatever the result, the UK’s grave social problems look set to deepen

EU referendum live: remain and leave make final push in last day of campaign

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Ronald Patterson mail: | web: | when: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:35 GMT
Gun owners on why they oppose background checks – video

The US Senate failed to pass new restrictions aimed at curtailing gun violence on Monday, voting down four separate measures including basic amendments to background checks. So why is there such opposition to expanded checks? The Guardian spoke to several gun owners about that very issue in May during the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky

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Marvin West mail: | web: | when: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:33:00 GMT
The weight of light: how gravity is illuminating sub-Saharan Africa – video

Off-grid communities such as those in sub-Saharan Africa can pay thousands of times as much as the rest of us for their energy. Designer Jim Reeves has developed a simple, low-cost gear-train and generator that uses a descending weight to power a perpetual light source. Children can do their homework and study, families and friends can eat together and interact after dark adding new dimensions and possibilities to their lives

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Wayne Gray mail: | web: | when: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:12:03 GMT
Anne-Marie Duff is Miranda's mother in a rewritten Tempest – video

The words of a treasured letter ring in Miranda’s ears as she explores her island home in this re-imagining of The Tempest, written and directed by Teresa Griffiths and narrated by Anne-Marie Duff. Miranda’s Letter is the fifth in the British Council’s series Shakespeare Lives 2016, a global programme celebrating William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Glenn Cox mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:40:02 GMT
Donald Trump predicts breakup of EU

Would-be US president also says Europe would be unrecognisable within decade without strict migration controls

Donald Trump has predicted the breakup of the European Union and warned Scotland against the risks of a second independence referendum.

During a visit to Scotland hours after Britain opted to leave the EU in a historic referendum, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said that without strict migration controls Europe would be unrecognisable within a decade.

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Sean Powell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:02:57 GMT
Erdoğan has apologised for downing of Russian jet, Kremlin says

Statement cites Turkish president as saying Ankara ‘never had the desire and the intention’ to down warplane

The Kremlin has said that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has apologised over the downing of a Russian jet last year that ruined the countries’ relations and highlighted the grave dangers of rising regional tensions over the war in Syria.

Erdoğan expressed regret to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, over the incident, insisting that Turkey “never had the desire or deliberate intention of shooting down the Russian federation’s plane” and was ready to do everything possible to restore friendly ties, according to a Kremlin statement on Monday.

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Adam Jordan mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:37:22 GMT
Israel and Turkey end six-year standoff

The animosity began when nine Turkish activists on a flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip were killed by Israeli forces

Israel and Turkey have announced a reconciliation deal to end a six-year diplomatic standoff that started when Israeli naval commandos shot dead nine Turkish activists travelling on an aid flotilla making for the Gaza coast.

A deal negotiated in Rome on Sunday will restore full ambassador-level relations, provide for about $20m in compensation for the families of those killed and wounded aboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010, and clear the way for potentially lucrative contracts for Israel to transmit natural gas to Turkey.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:01:22 GMT
The Economist prompts outrage as it backs 'minor FGM'

Campaign groups have condemned an editorial that argues allowing some forms of the practice may prevent extreme harm

An article in the Economist magazine has angered anti-FGM campaigners by suggesting that some forms of female genital mutilation (FGM) should be permissible. Campaign groups have condemned the leading article, which argues that allowing “minor” forms of the practice might prevent girls from more extreme harm.

The London-based FGM charity Orchid Project has called the article “grossly irresponsible” and started a petition calling for the Economist to retract its position on FGM.

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Johnny Simmons mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Secretive Alphabet division aims to fix public transit in US by shifting control to Google

Exclusive: Documents reveal Sidewalk Labs is offering cloud software Flow to Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade bus and parking services – and bring them under Google’s management

Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.

Its high-tech services, which it calls “new superpowers to extend access and mobility”, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber. But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google’s own technologies, experts fear.

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Clarence Burns mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:50:13 GMT
Voters approve controversial French airport relocation

Majority in the local referendum on the Nantes Atlantique airport ends long battle between environmental activists and the government

Voters in western France gave the go-ahead Sunday to a controversial airport development that has been at the centre of a years-long battle between environmental activists and the government.

The local referendum on the new Nantes Atlantique airport passed with a 55% majority, ending a 50-year argument that saw the government’s environment advisers resign in 2014.

Authorities argue that the new airport will provide a major boost to tourism in western France, but environmental campaigners have fiercely opposed the plans to build it on protected swampland just outside Nantes.

Related: Nantes airport: thousand-strong protest over farmer eviction court hearings

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Kyle Warren mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:45:26 GMT
Maldives court upholds jail sentence against former president

Mohamed Nasheed, who is living in exile in Britain, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after conviction on terror-related charge

The Maldives supreme court has upheld a 13-year prison sentence passed last year on the country’s first democratically elected president, who is living in exile in Britain.

Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced in March 2015 after he was convicted on a terror-related charge that the United Nations said was politically motivated.

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Arthur Harrison mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:21:21 GMT
South African president ‘should refund state for home improvements’

Jacob Zuma should repay £380,000 in scandal over upgrades to his private home, according to treasury report

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, should reimburse the state for 7.8m rand (£380,000) in a scandal over upgrades to his private home, according to a report by the national treasury.

The money amounts to a “reasonable percentage” of costs for improvements to Zuma’s Nkandla home that were unrelated to security, including a visitors’ centre, a swimming pool and a chicken run, said the report, which was delivered to the constitutional court on Monday.

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:10:26 GMT
Indian police arrest schoolgirl in exam cheating scandal

Seventeen-year-old who got best mark in the state detained by authorities after it emerged she couldn’t spell ‘political science’

Police have arrested a schoolgirl in north-east India for allegedly cheating during exams that saw her come top in the state.

Authorities in the impoverished state of Bihar have come under intense pressure to crack down on cheating this year during crucial school-leaving exams sat by hundreds of thousands of students.

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Henry Foster mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:38:29 GMT
Georgia abolishes conscription

Defence minister says Georgian men who do not want to serve country will no longer be forced into uniform

Georgia is abolishing conscription, becoming one of the first former Soviet republics no longer to require men to serve in the military.

The defence minister, Tina Khidasheli, signed the order on Monday, saying all Georgian men should still want to serve their country but those who do not want to do so would no longer be forced into uniform.

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Mark Lewis mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:53:39 GMT
$4 Indian smartphones 'will ship this week'

Ultra-cheap Ringing Bells Freedom 251 Android phone previously thought to be scam will ship in batch of 200,000 – but company will make loss on each handset

The $4 Indian phone that some thought might never materialise reportedly does exist, but only because the startup producing it is making a loss on each one.

The Ringing Bells Freedom 251, initially announced at a price of £5, is apparently set to ship this week to customers who preordered the phone in February for – ($3.70 or £2.77). At that price – the one the company originally pledged – it is losing the Indian startup Rs 150 ($2.2 or £1.65) on each smartphone.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:36:46 GMT
Teenager in serious condition after hyena attack in South Africa

The 15-year-old was attacked in his tent by a hyena at Kruger National Park while visiting with family

A teenager is in a serious condition after he was attacked by a hyena in South Africa.

The 15-year-old boy was sleeping alone in a compartment of his family’s tent in Kruger national park on Sunday when the animal attacked him.

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Glenn Torres mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:08:46 GMT
Panama canal reopens with hopes for trade boost as 'center of the Americas'

Thousands welcomed the first vessel passed through the newly expanded landmark Sunday despite concerns over shipping industry and Panama Papers

Thousands of people, many waving paper fans to fend off the humidity and heat, gathered at Cocolí locks outside Panama City on Sunday to watch a colossal container ship bearing 9,472 containers become the first vessel to officially pass through the newly expanded Panama canal and, hopefully, usher in a new era of trading prosperity for the Central American country.

The opening of the expansion of the 102-year-old landmark after a controversial and delayed $5.25bn refit comes at a difficult moment for the shipping industry. International trade has slowed as China’s economic growth has stalled. In Egypt the Suez canal – Panama’s main rival – recently lowered tariffs in an attempt to keep its traffic.

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Anthony Cruz mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:00:05 GMT
Kenya clamps down on journalists covering war on al-Shabaab

In an attempt to keep news of troop deaths quiet, government arrests reporters circulating information online

On a cold January evening, journalist Yassin Juma was walking to his local pharmacy when he was stopped by four men from the Kenyan police.

They escorted him back to his house, where he found 14 people ransacking the place in front of his wife and children. “They were looking for electronics, for laptops,” Juma recalls.

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Nicholas Torres mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:03:10 GMT
UK should rethink China friendship over human rights, Tory group urges

Human rights commission’s report details crackdown on human rights lawyers, Hong Kong booksellers and journalists

Britain should reconsider its “golden” friendship with China as a result of the unprecedented human rights crisis unfolding under president Xi Jinping, Conservative party MPs will warn this week.

In a report set to be launched in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon, MPs and activists will chronicle the rapidly deteriorating situation since Xi took power in late 2012.

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Edward Warren mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:59:07 GMT
Teachers fired for derogatory Slack messages about pupils

Rhode Island school employees fired after private chat referring to particular pupils as “dumb”, “idiots” and “toxic” was leaked

The old adage, don’t write anything down in an email you wouldn’t say publicly, appears to apply to chat now too, after three teachers were fired for calling their pupils “idiots” in a private chat.

The Rhode Island school teachers were using Slack – the darling of Silicon Valley that pitches to be better than email – when their messages were leaked.

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Benjamin Harris mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:11:20 GMT
Regrets, I've had a few: Kelvin MacKenzie and the great Brexit U-turn

The former Sun editor has admitted to feeling ‘buyer’s remorse’ after voting for Britain to leave the EU

As reverse ferrets go, it is strictly of the rapid reaction variety. Sun columnist and prominent Brexit cheerleader Kelvin MacKenzie has said he now feels “buyer’s remorse” over the vote to leave the EU and is “fearful” of what lies ahead.

Related: Did the Mail and Sun help swing the UK towards Brexit?

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Jimmy Henry mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:57:38 GMT
Why America’s coffee drinkers can’t resist a shot of civil litigation

Two Californians are suing Starbucks for underfilling their cups – but they’re not the first to take US coffee vendors to court ...

If the US loves anything, it loves a hot cup of joe in the morning and civil litigation. Good news then for the country’s ranks of attorneys that the twain shall meet. Often. And in court.

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Travis Howard mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:00:53 GMT
From Rab C Nesbitt to Patti Smith: five unlikely style icons from Paris menswear

Broken suits, hipster campers and disturbing fairy tales were big themes at the Paris menswear collections

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Wayne James mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:20:04 GMT
Monday’s best TV: Wimbledon, Game of Thrones and The Great British Sewing Bee

A day of battles – for the tennis hopefuls on the grass courts, among the characters in Westeros, and between the final four needle-wielding stitchers

With the Battle of the Bastards settled and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) back in the saddle in Meereen, the series six finale is free to focus on other storylines still strewn across Westeros – principally, the judicial smackdown between Cersei (Lena Headey) and the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). Some fans claim HBO’s fantasy mega-hit has lacked pace this season, but it remains in a class of its own. Who else is even attempting screen storytelling on such an exhilaratingly ambitious scale? Graeme Virtue

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Fred Cole mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:01:10 GMT
Coldplay’s LED wristbands: a slush-ballad lighter experience for the e-cig generation

The band’s audience accessories illuminated the crowds at Glastonbury – but how do they work, and what’s next for crowd interaction?

When they played Yellow, they went yellow. It doesn’t take a genius to programme Coldplay’s Xyloband wristbands, but the effect – at a Glastonbury that even the normally Pollyanna-ish Michael Eavis dubbed the “muddiest ever” – was to add a touch of closing-night glamour to a sodden Worthy Farm.

The Xylobands have become a proprietary part of Chris Martin’s sets, filled with red, yellow and blue LEDs. These are synched to a radio transmitter, allowing them to be manipulated in time with the music, creating vast rivers of coloured light, like the slush-ballad mid-set lighter experience for the age of the e-cig. Their inventor, Jason Regler, claims to have had the idea while watching Coldplay perform their mid-set slush-ballad Fix You.

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Johnny Bryant mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:59:31 GMT
The Snowbot: how Edward Snowden gets around his exile

Thanks to a ‘telepresence robot’, the expelled whistleblower can virtually attend galleries, festivals and talks in the US. Just don’t try to give him a hug

Name: Snowbot.

Age: Four years old.

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Paul Jackson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:12:32 GMT
Disney princesses contribute to 'body esteem' issues among young girls, finds study

Pretty as a Princess, which examines studio’s output, discovers ‘princess culture’ leading to less experimentation and increased self-consciousness

It’s official: Disney princesses reinforce “limiting” gender stereotypes in young girls, and contribute to “body esteem” issues.

Related: How Disney’s princesses got tough

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Fred Perez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:53:17 GMT
Tour de France will use thermal cameras to detect motors on bikes
• Organisers say Tour cheats using hidden motors ‘can be worried’
• French government requested introduction of thermal technology

Thermal cameras will be used at the Tour de France to detect motors in bikes, according to the French secretary of state for sport.

In a joint news conference with the Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, the French cycling federation president David Lappartient and the International Cycling Union (UCI) head Brian Cookson, Thierry Braillard explained that there would be random checks on the July 1-24 Tour.

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Kevin Perez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:00:08 GMT
A carbon fibre bicycle made for one

British bike builder Filament promises custom-made comfort for riders of every shape and size

• Chapeau! Stylish cycling gear for the road

Visitors to the Bespoked Handmade UK Bicycle Show in Bristol earlier this year would have noted how bike building in the UK is undergoing a renaissance. On a floor of 100 exhibitors, dominated by custom steel and titanium bikes, one builder stood out because of his choice of material: carbon fibre.

While the majority of road bikes are carbon fibre these days, custom frames built from the lightweight material are rare because of the technical challenges involved. However, from his workshop in Worcestershire, Richard Craddock is overcoming these barriers.

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George Gray mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:58:56 GMT
Do I want to dress like Kate Middleton?
Everyone knows that celebrities don’t buy their own clothes, right? We can’t applaud the Duchess of Cambridge for her fashion sense when she has a stylist

Do I want to dress like Kate Middleton? A fashion website that I like recently suggested I should, but I’m not convinced.

Paula, north-east London

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Nynke Van der louw mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:56:03 GMT
Top Gear gets back on track as ratings rise by 300,000

Chris Evans’ BBC2 motoring show watched by 2.68 million on Sunday evening after suffering record low audience for previous outing

Chris Evans’ Top Gear may have turned a corner in the overnight ratings after it bounced back from last week’s record low – with a little help from Jeff Lynne’s ELO.

The BBC2 show was watched by 2.68 million viewers, a 12.5% share of the audience, from 8pm on Sunday.

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Rosemarie Perdok mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:00:06 GMT
Chuk Iwuji on playing Henry VI: 'There's nothing wimpy about him'

From trying out the trapeze to finding his own moral compass, the actor on the challenges of playing Shakespeare’s flawed king in the RSC’s history cycle

My older brother died when I was finishing at drama school in the US. One of the last conversations we had was just after David Oyelowo had played Henry VI for the RSC in 2001 – the first time the company had cast a black actor as an English king. He said: “This might be a good time to come back to London.” It was my last promise to him. Five years to the day, I went to audition for Hotspur in the director Michael Boyd’s cycle of history plays. But Michael asked me to read Henry VI’s “molehill” speech from Part 3. Rather than panic, I experienced total calm – I knew I would play that role.

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Glenn Campbell mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:08:51 GMT
Undercover at Sports Direct: rewarding, exhilarating and sometimes petrifying

To expose working conditions at Mike Ashley’s retail empire, financial reporter Simon Goodley had to be invisible, even if wasn’t quite like The Night Manager

“Engaging in misrepresentation or subterfuge … can generally be justified only in the public interest and then only when the material cannot be obtained by other means.”

So says the editors’ code of practice, which newspapers sign up to. In my job as a financial journalist, it is a condition that is normally pretty easy to stick to.

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Anthony Peterson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:12:18 GMT
The real reason you still shop at Ikea - and probably always will

‘Home’ feels too uncertain a notion to invest in these days – decoratively and emotionally – and sometimes decor becomes an afterthought

I’ve spent much of my adult life amid other people’s decor, housesitting or renting places furnished with the things they left behind. I have left things behind myself – Ikea nightstands and dollar store mirrors – and seen subsequent tenants happily scoop them up.

For the most part, my comfort with impermanence has outweighed the discomfort of sleeping on someone’s used couch. For better or worse, I think of myself as an explorer of domestic spaces, rather than a true inhabitant. And I’m not alone.

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Lawrence Rodriguez mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:30:09 GMT
The man accused of starting the 2011 riots – and what he did next
Marcus Knox-Hooke was at the heart of the 2011 riots sparked by the death of his friend Mark Duggan in a police shooting. A new documentary examines what happened and follows him as he struggles to rebuild his life

Did you start the Tottenham riots? Marcus Knox-Hooke thinks about this for a moment. “I suppose. You could say so. But if they hadn’t shot Mark, there would have been no riots.” He pauses. And then: “It’s not something I’m proud of.” Mark was Mark Duggan, the 29-year-old who was shot dead by police on 4 August 2011 – the spark that lit the flame of the Tottenham riots, which became the London riots and then the 2011 British riots as the violence spread first around the capital and then to cities across the country. Five people ended up dead and more than £200m of damage was done to businesses and property. And when the police studied the CCTV footage and pieced together the sequence of events, they alleged that it ultimately led all the way back to one man: Marcus Knox-Hooke. They accused him of instigating the first act of violence – violence that then spread nationwide – and charged him with eight counts of violent disorder, burglary and robbery. “It’s not something I’m proud of,” he repeats. The accusation of starting the riot was eventually dropped – though he was found guilty of four other charges, including burglary and robbery, and sentenced to 32 months in jail – but he doesn’t deny it. “There were a lot of innocent lives that got lost. A lot of innocent businesses got harmed. A lot of people’s homes got destroyed. I’d like to say sorry. It wasn’t my intention, you hear me? I had no idea it was going to escalate in such a way.”

But then no one could have known it would escalate in such a way. It was the worst civil disturbance in a generation. And the second time a major riot had kicked off, not just in Tottenham, but involving the inhabitants of the Broadwater Farm estate. This August marks the fifth anniversary of that last riot, and while the burnt-out shops have been rebuilt and half a dozen reports, inquests and special inquiries have published their findings, arguably not a whole lot has changed.

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Gregory Harrison mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:52:00 GMT
Who needs fake blood? Eye-catching ways to play dead on stage

Theatre has found all sorts of lively ways to represent death – it’s been done with butchered cabbages and even bright pink blancmange

Bugsy is back in town. I mean Bugsy Malone, Sean Holmes’s stage revival of Alan Parker’s 1976 movie in which moppets play mobsters in gangland Chicago during Prohibition. The production was a summer hit last year and should deliver this time round. Holmes’s trick is to find the playfulness in the show while taking the whole thing deadly seriously. Death may be delivered via splurge guns shooting pink blancmange – but that doesn’t make it any less serious.

Related: Bugsy Malone review – a sassy, grab-you-by-the-tear-ducts production

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Kyle Bryant mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Burger King’s Mac n' Cheetos: a logical step in America's quest for innovation

Fast food chain shock foods follow what America has always done – from colonization, to privatization of public utilities to the dawn of the gig economy

With crispy skin of an obviously artificial hue, the KFC Double Down was initially launched as an April Fool’s prank in 2010. But the allure of the sandwich, a piece of fried chicken topped with melted cheese and special sauce slapped between two pieces of fried chicken (in the place of a bun), proved so ineluctable, the valence of absurdity was dissolved. The Double Down quickly became a legitimate meal-choice for millions of consumers. Over 10m were sold in the US in its first month alone, and after being taken off the menu in late 2010, it returned to the market in 2014.

If that storyline sounds familiar – a joke candidate mutated into a nightmare reality – it isn’t just because of the US election cycle. Across the world, as food has transitioned from fuel into spectacle and its production from individuals to profit-driven corporations, we have edged toward the extremes of what we can be convinced we want to eat. Good taste was once a virtue. Now it is a sign of weakness.

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Jeff Lee mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:08 GMT
Glastonbury through the years: the mother of all festivals
As Glastonbury 2016 draws to a close, our man in the field recalls his first ‘miraculous’ visit in 1994, and the music, madness and magical transformation that have seen him return 17 times

The first time I went to the Glastonbury festival it healed me. Truly. It was 1994. Three weeks earlier I’d been attacked in the street of my university town, knocked to the pavement and kicked in the head several times. I woke up in hospital with bruises and concussion, then drifted through each day feeling sluggish and distant, like I was underwater. Still, I wasn’t going to miss my first Glastonbury. That would have been foolish.

I had managed to secure a last-minute ticket through a friend of a friend who played for the local rugby club in Glastonbury town. The club members volunteered as festival stewards and one of them was ill, so I took his identity and reported for work on the Friday, despite looking like a feeble excuse for a rugby player. After my first shift I was told to come back on Saturday night, but this was when the techno duo Orbital were playing. A dilemma.

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Chad Cole mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:03:20 GMT
Star Wars leads charge as Sky gears up for an attack on its empire

Sky Cinema and eSports projects launched to counter threats from entertainment rivals Netflix, Amazon and BT

Sky’s jewel in its movie deal crown, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, deals with a new threat to the galaxy far, far away. Closer to home, within the media constellation that contains Sky, new threats are emerging to the pan-European broadcaster, and spurring it into action.

Earlier this month the company announced Sky Movies would rebrand as Sky Cinema. Days later it announced an investment in eSports. The two moves exemplified twin concerns occupying Sky – cementing its role as a premium pay-TV channel and adapting to new tastes and consumption habits. On paper, Sky’s business has never been healthier. Across the five countries it operates in since its British arm acquired the Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia offshoots (UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria), it has around 21 million subscribers and annual revenues of about £11bn. It has a combined programming budget of £4.9bn which goes on premium deals such as its recently renewed and extended arrangement with Game of Thrones maker HBO and the retention of rights to show football from Germany’s Bundesliga.

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Kyle Parker mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:09 GMT
David Baddiel: ‘I have no gene for shame. I just want to tell people the truth’

With his show, My Family, due for a West End transfer, the comedian tells us why he has no regrets about sharing his parents’ intimate secrets on stage

David Baddiel’s one-man show includes both stories about his mother and stories about masturbation, but although it would be customary at this point to add the phrase “of course, not together”, that is not in this case possible. There is, indeed, a quite extraordinary “anecdote” – we’ll come on to mystifying quotation marks in due course – about his mother masturbating; we also hear about her belief that her father used to sally into Soho looking for prostitutes, her ability to terrify the teenage Baddiel’s friends with her loud enjoyment of the pleasures of the marriage bed, and – crucially – her lengthy and barely concealed affair with David White, a trader in golfing memorabilia.

But over the course of a couple of hours in an intimate south London studio theatre, in which he flits from swipes at the madness of Twitter to clips from the genealogical TV programme Who Do You Think You Are?, he also tells us about his mother’s sudden death, 18 months ago, and its shattering aftermath; about her escape from Nazi Germany, at the age of five months; about how, when he was around 12, she explained to him that she had another name apart from Sarah. It was Frommet, and it was imposed on her by the Third Reich as part of their naming laws for Jews. She always hated it. My Family: Not the Sitcom is, in various ways, a show about resisting the identity others seek to force on you – and about how Sarah Baddiel did that by living a life of exuberant and unfettered idiosyncrasy.

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Chris Crawford mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:07:20 GMT
Cindy Gallop: ‘Advertising is dominated by white guys talking to white guys’

Former BBH boss on the lack of women creatives, the slow pace of change in gender equality, and sex tapes

In the freebie bag given to every delegate at the Cannes Lions advertising festival last week was a book, The Case for Creativity. Cindy Gallop sat down to read it, saw that in the list of advertising experts quoted there was not a single woman and tweeted her dismay. The book’s author James Hurman responded apologetically, saying his “heart sank” when he saw Gallop’s tweet, and that he had “never thought about it”. He added it was “a case of unconscious bias. And that’s the problem, huh.”

Or one of them. Gallop, former president of the global agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in New York and once one of the most senior women in advertising, now adds unconscious bias to the list of barriers she goes through when she gives talks on the ad industry’s gender gap. “Every female creative arriving at Cannes is given this book which basically says ‘don’t even bother because we don’t want to hear from you even if you manage to get to the rarefied heights’,” she says, rapid-fire and direct.

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Arthur Nelson mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:14:55 GMT
How midlife internships are helping workers back into top jobs after a long career break

Schemes aim to bridge the gap between former professionals and companies who want to increase diversity among their staff

Former professionals, some of whom have spent over a decade away from the workplace, are being enticed back by the growing popularity of midlife internships.

The schemes aim to help highly qualified and experienced workers get back into top jobs after a long career break, typically – but not exclusively – taken for childcare reasons.

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Jacob Cooper mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:08 GMT
Yannis Philippakis of Foals: ‘There’s something feral in me’

Foals’ brand of fierce, amorphous rock has brought them rare success as a guitar band in the age of the solo artist. As they prepare to headline Reading and Leeds, frontman talks touring, fighting - and DIY

It’s 3pm, sunny. “Are you drinking?” asks Yannis Philippakis, lead singer of the Oxford-born rock band Foals, looking hopeful. Go on then. “Great. I’ll have a pint and a vodka soda,” he instructs his PR. She raises an eyebrow. He smiles, and wanders off towards the garden of the Old Nun’s Head pub in south London: “It’ll save you coming out twice.”

At a time when you could accuse indie musicians of going soft, Philippakis takes the job description of “frontman” very seriously. He is notoriously gobby, surly, or both; in one noteworthy outburst he complained about old-timers clogging up festival lineups and depriving bands like Foals of their rightful headline spot. On stage, he’s a beast: no Foals gig is complete without him diving headlong into the crowd from the stage, from speakers, from a balcony. When a security guard tried to stop him once, they had a punch-up. To put it another way: Philippakis is a separated-at-birth Gallagher brother – but one whose route into music included a period studying English at Oxford university.

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Jimmy Gordon mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:08 GMT
Disco's Saturday Night Fiction

Based on a ‘real’ story, the hit John Travolta film Saturday Night Fever became the prism through which the world viewed disco. Twenty years later it was revealed that the actual inspiration was a British mod called Chris...

Picture it: a writer pens a magazine article and it’s an instant sensation. Producers come calling, he sells the rights for tens of thousands, the tabloids give him a nickname, acquaintances greet him as a friend, cheques flood in, he attends the premiere of his film in Los Angeles with a famous disco singer on his arm. It’s glitzy, it’s glam, it’s Hollywood, baby. But as he makes his way through the frenzy outside the theatre, through security, paparazzi and screaming teenage girls, he is filled with moral panic. Why?

Saturday Night Fever was released in 1977, and has since grossed $285m worldwide. The soundtrack became one of the bestselling film album of all time after staying at No 1 for 24 consecutive weeks, reinvigorating the Bee Gees’ career, and its star, John Travolta, became one of the youngest actors to be nominated for the best actor Oscar. Decades on, not many remember that the phenomenon was down to one man: British rock critic Nik Cohn and his report of 7 June, 1976 for New York magazine, Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Nights, which was published 40 years ago this month.

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Melvin Rivera mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT
Antarctica's tourism industry is designed to prevent damage, but can it last?

Companies must book pre-approved sites in advance to minimize the impact on the local environment but as the number of visitors keeps growing, some countries are clamoring for tighter regulation

At 3pm on 29 June, Antarctica will undergo its equivalent of basketball’s college draft or football’s transfer deadline day.

Right at that moment, the 40-odd companies who run cruises to the continent – ranging from tiny yachting firms to cruise lines – will log on to the website of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and try to book landing sites for the year ahead, effectively carving up the Antarctic peninsula between them.

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Antonio Patterson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:30:03 GMT
'The plotters should be ashamed': Labour voters on why Corbyn should stay – or go

We asked Labour party supporters and members to explain what they thought should be next for the party’s leadership and why. Here are some of their views

Jeremy Corbyn is preparing for a leadership contest following a wave of resignations from his shadow cabinet. He plans to address a rally of grassroots supporters at the gates of parliament on Monday evening.

Related: Ignoring its members could condemn Labour to irrelevancy for a generation | Dawn Foster

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Jason Jordan mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:35:08 GMT
Euros quiz: who did it?

Do you remember the dirty shirts and headbutts from previous tournaments?

• The ultimate Euro 2016 quiz
• Euro 2016 quiz: spot the real ball
• Euros quiz: who said it?

Which player was sent home for saying his coach was "too deep in the ass" of his captain in 1996?

Christophe Dugarry

Edgar Davids

Guillermo Amor

Marco Bode

Which team pulled out of the tournament in 1960 due to political reasons?





Which striker was substituted during his country's final game of Euro 92 while he was just one goal short of his country's goalscoring record?

Anders Limpar

Brian Laudrup

Gary Lineker

Marco van Basten

Which Holland player (allegedly) celebrated beating Germany in the Euro 88 semi-finals by wiping his rear with a swapped shirt?

Ruud Gullit

Ronald Koeman

Hans van Breukelen

Marco van Basten

Which France player headbutted Stuart Pearce at Euro 92?

Emmanuel Petit

Basile Boli

Eric Cantona

Laurent Blanc

Which Portugal player handled the ball in the box to allow Zinedine Zidane to score a golden goal from the penalty spot in the Euro 2000 semi-finals?

Rui Costa

Abel Xavier

Paulo Sousa

Vítor Baía

Which manager requested 1,000 crumpets for his team's training base during Euro 2004?

Dick Advocaat

Jacques Santini

Sven-Göran Eriksson

Morten Olsen

Who saved a penalty from Marco van Basten on the way to winning Euro 92?

Bruno Martini

Peter Schmeichel

Bodo Illgner

Thomas Ravelli

Greece shocked the continent when they won Euro 2004. Which German manager led them to glory?

Michael Skibbe

Rudi Völler

Berti Vogts

Otto Rehhagel

Which Czech Republic player secured a move to the Premier League after a breathtaking chip at Villa Park during Euro 96?

Karel Poborsky

Patrick Berger

Jan Stejskal

Vladimir Smicer

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Benjamin Ward mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:42:49 GMT
How has the EU referendum affected ethnic minorities and immigrants?

Central to the EU referendum leave campaign was the topic of immigration, we want to know how this has left many people feeling

As the dust settles after Britain’s shock exit from the European Union (EU), many are now asking – what next?

Central to the leave campaign was the topic of immigration, with Nigel Farage one of many Brexiteers who won over voters by claiming that the UK needed to take back control of its borders. Farage even posed in front of a controversial poster showing a queue of migrants and refugees, warning of the supposed implications of a remain vote.

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Melvin Bryant mail: | web: | when: Mon, 18 May 2015 15:34:46 GMT
Are you seeking a second passport or nationality because of concerns over the UK’s EU status?

We’d like to hear from people who are considering moving or getting dual nationality because of the EU referendum decision

This call out was first published in August 2015, but as people are finding it and contributing again since Thursday’s EU referendum vote, we have updated this article to reflect the latest events. Please do contribute.

With Britain’s membership of the EU more precarious than at any point for 40 years, we want to hear from people actively considering moving or getting citizenship to cover for all eventualities.

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Mark Owens mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:11:54 GMT
Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

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

Welcome to this week’s blog. Here’s a roundup of your comments and photos from last week, including a sprawling historical novel, wonderful Wodehouse and a tip for how to strategically leave a book in a public place for others to enjoy.

paulburns had a good reading experience, thanks to a recommendation on TLS:

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Brian Ellis mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:37:17 GMT
Was Croatia v Portugal the worst match at a major tournament?

After 120 minutes of stultifying play, Portugal beat Croatia to reach the last eight at Euro 2016. Has there been a bigger snorefest on the international stage?

Anyone who sat through the full 120 minutes of “action” that masqueraded as the last-16 meeting between Croatia and Portugal may be asking a simple question: was it the worst game in history at a major tournament?

Related: Iceland commentator whose Euro 2016 euphoria went viral loses day job

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Donald Richardson mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:47:47 GMT
Labour supporters: what next for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership?

As the Labour party suffers from a destabilising wave of shadow cabinet and ministerial resignations, we want to hear your views on its leadership

Tom Watson has told the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, that he has lost his authority within the parliamentary party and that if there was a leadership election then members would be voting with that knowledge.

But Corbyn remained defiant, with his team reiterating his words on Sunday night: “Those who want to change Labour’s leadership will have to stand in a democratic election, in which I will be a candidate.”

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Melvin Powell mail: | web: | when: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:00:05 GMT
My wife is physically abusive, resents marrying me and is six months pregnant

I haven’t told anyone about the abuse and don’t know what to do. Should I leave her?

I am a man in my mid-30s, and my wife is physically abusive. This is difficult to talk about, not just because of the man-woman thing, but also because I’m from a more traditional country, and things aren’t the same there. My wife started pushing and slapping me early in our marriage, but this has descended to scratching, kicking and punching. When co-workers see me with a black eye, I make excuses. She complains that I don’t spend enough money on her. Recently, she told me that she resents marrying me and finds me ugly. She is also six months pregnant, and has never had a job. I haven’t told anyone about the abuse and don’t know what to do. My father was very abusive to my mother and I vowed never to be the same, but it takes a lot of restraint. Should I leave my wife?

• When leaving a message on this page, please be sensitive to the fact that you are responding to a real person in the grip of a real-life dilemma, who wrote to Private Lives asking for help, and may well view your comments here. Please consider especially how your words or the tone of your message could be perceived by someone in this situation, and be aware that comments that appear to be disruptive or disrespectful to the individual concerned will be removed.

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Edward Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:13:08 GMT
What do you think about the UK's political leaders?

Following the UK’s vote on Brexit, the political landscape is changing fast. We’d like to find out your views on the UK’s political leaders and your hopes and fears for the future

After the dramatic events of the last few days, the UK political landscape is shifting dramatically. David Cameron has resigned and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party has been challenged. In Scotland, the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has called for a second independence vote and has announced she will seek to enter into “immediate discussions” with Brussels to “protect Scotland’s place in the EU.”

We’d like to find out what you think about the UK’s political leaders? Who do you feel represents your views? If you’re a Conservative voter, who would you like to lead the party now? If you’re a Labour supporter, do you agree that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership should be challenged? Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron has said he will fight the next general election with a pledge to take Britain back into the EU, do you think this is possible? You may support other political parties, how do you feel they can best represent your views in the wake of the Brexit vote?

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Arthur Harrison mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:00:06 GMT
Are there any non-iron shirts and blouses that don’t look terrible?
My wife and I need to look smart but we both loathe ironing

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

This week’s question:

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Chad Jackson mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:55:07 GMT
Sports quiz of the week: Euro 2016, Lionel Messi and Wimbledon

This week’s quiz wishes the EU referendum had been as fun as the Euros

• Euro 2016 quiz: spot the ball
• European Championship: who said it?

Two teams qualified from the Euro 2016 group stage without conceding a goal. Germany are one; who are the other?





How many of the 24 teams at Euro 2016 won all three of their group games?





Who was talking about what when he said: 'I hope [they] do not produce condoms'?

Novak Djokovic on Head, whose racquet strings kept breaking at Queens

Fernando Santos on his Portugal defence, which let Hungary slip through to score three goals against them

Xherdan Shaqiri on Puma, who make the shirts Switzerland are wearing at Euro 2016

Michael Phelps on his own company, whose goggles were leaking in his Olympic warm-up races

Only 10% of the population is left-handed. What percentage of Wimbledon singles titles have been won by left-handed players?





Lionel Messi scored his 55th goal for Argentina this week, breaking whose record?

Diego Maradona

Gabriel Batistuta

Hernán Crespo

Gonzalo Higuaín

Spain's defeat to Croatia was their first at a European Championship for a long time. Who was the Prime Minister when they last lost a match at a finals?

John Major

Tony Blair

Gordon Brown

David Cameron

Who said: 'Man of the match award? I'd split it in 11 pieces, one for each team-mate. That's how I see football'?

Gareth Bale

Andrés Iniesta

Michael O'Neill

Gylfi Sigurdsson

What does Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan want the NFL to investigate?

The existence of UFOs

The popularity of Donald Trump

The medical benefits of cannabis

The Adnan Syed case discussed on the Serial podcast

Which team was dumped out of the Copa América Centenario after a 7-0 defeat?





Who said: 'I don't go to the gym, if I did it will slow me down. I don't go in for weights or anything like that'?

Tyson Fury

Jamie Vardy

Wladimir Klitschko

Lionel Messi

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Ronald Foster mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:38:38 GMT
Britain votes for Brexit: how do you feel about the result?

Tell us what you think as Britain digests a victory for the Leave campaign

Britain has voted to leave the European Union. A high turnout saw more than 30 million people turn out to vote - the highest turnout at a UK-wide vote since 1992. Yet despite last minute opinion polling showing a swing to remain, 17,410,742 compared to 16,141,241 decided to end Britain’s relationship with the EU.

Related: Your photos of EU referendum polling day

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Jerry Warren mail: | web: | when: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:01:28 GMT
Win: tickets to see Massive Attack at British Summer Time

See the trip-hop pioneers in VIP style at the London summer gig series courtesy of the Observer and Barclaycard British Summer Time

The Observer is offering five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to Massive Attack at Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park on 1 July 2016, with support from Young Fathers, Patti Smith and her band, TV on the Radio, Warpaint, Ghostpoet and more. To enter, simply fill in your details below, answer the question and click ‘submit form’. The closing date is 23.59 on Monday 27 June, and winners will be notified Tuesday June 28.

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Harry Evans mail: | web: | when: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:00:04 GMT
Readers recommend: share your songs about anticipation

Make your nomination in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week. You have until Monday 27 June

Do you have in mind a song that fits the theme? Then what are you waiting for? We anticipate a heap of recommendations, but you’ll have to stick around til next week to see if they make the final rundown.

You have until 11pm on Monday 27 June to post your nomination and make your justification. Regular RR contributor suzi will then select from your recommendations and we’ll publish the playlist on Thursday 30 June.

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Wayne Fisher mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:14:42 GMT
The Painted Wagon Wild West show – in pictures

Giffords Circus’s show is touring the UK. Photographer Tom Pilston goes behind the scenes to meet the performers

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Steven Ramirez mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:51:46 GMT
Glastonbury cleanup begins – in pictures

It’s the Monday after the muddiest ever Glastonbury and for many the hangover is kicking in. The litter pickers are out in force on Worthy Farm and festivalgoers are embarking on the long and messy journey home

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Kevin Simmons mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:00:05 GMT
Born in the Bayou: a crime thriller in 21 photos – in pictures

For his series Born in the Bayou, British photographer Matt Henry headed to Louisiana and hired costumes, makeup artists and improvising actors. The result is a sinister narrative in still images

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Travis Clark mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:33:14 GMT
The Indian doctor fighting to change attitudes towards women – in pictures

In Pune, India, Dr Ganesh Rakh is providing free medical care for new and expectant mothers as part of a bid to change societal attitudes towards women. In a country where a traditional preference for boys has skewed the gender ratio, Rakh waives delivery fees for girls and celebrates their births

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Henk Jongmans mail: | web: | when: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:00:32 GMT
BET awards 2016: Prince tributes and a show-stopper from Beyoncé – in pictures

The 2016 BET awards, celebrating achievements in black entertainment, honored a host of stars and included a stunning performance by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar

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Jacob Long mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:00:08 GMT
Simone Lia on mobile phone addiction
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Carl Mason mail: | web: | when: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:09 GMT
A lifetime of stories from Michael Morpurgo – in pictures

We celebrate the manuscripts, photos, notebooks and memorabilia being exhibited at the Michael Morpurgo exhibition at Seven Stories in Newcastle, starting July 2016

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Daniel Dixon mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:17:43 GMT
Pride in London 2016 - in pictures

Sadiq Khan joins revellers in London at the annual LGBT+ parade

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Gregory Robinson mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:08:02 GMT
World's ugliest dog competition 2016 – in pictures

Sweepee Rambo has been crowned the world’s ugliest dog, but the annual competition at the Sonoma Marin fair in California is proof that anyone can be loved

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Carl Harrison mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:43:55 GMT
Brexit front pages - in pictures

Newspapers from around the world react to the European Union referendum result and David Cameron’s resignation

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Todd Cole mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:00:07 GMT
How drones are sparking a transport revolution – in pictures

You may have seen miniature drones flying above your neighbourhood and parks – but the ways in which they can be used go far beyond the casual and recreational. Here is how they could affect the transport industry of the future

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Jacob Parker mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:45:10 GMT
Reasons to wear... a print mash-up

Dries Van Noten is a master of the artful print clash. For his SS16 collection he mixed the unlikely combo of Salvador Dalí lobsters, Marilyn Monroe and tropical palms to great effect. Follow his lead and shake up your wardrobe with an injection of print, tempered with sophisicated neutrals

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Harold Morales mail: | web: | when: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:57:08 GMT
The 20 photographs of the week

Britain votes for Brexit, David Cameron resigns, the final group matches at Euro 2016, the continuing violence in Syria – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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