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West Ham United v Everton: Premier League – live!

50 min: Michail Antonio is penalised for, essentially, being stronger than Seamus Coleman. He’s not happy about the decision.

49 min: Sigurdsson’s cross finds Calvert-Lewin but he can’t put any sense of direction with his header.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 4:39 pm

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit faces disqualification after failed drug test

Churchill Downs has suspended trainer Bob Baffert from entering horses at the track and suggested that it would invalidate Medina Spirit’s Kentucky Derby victory if the results of a failed postrace drug test are upheld.

The track said in a statement on Sunday that failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols jeopardizes the safety of horses and jockeys, the sport’s integrity and the Derby’s reputation.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 4:38 pm

Elections 2021 live: SNP eyes new independence referendum; Labour set for shadow cabinet reshuffle

Latest updates: Sturgeon says No 10 would be ‘absurd’ to block new Scottish independence vote; West Yorkshire mayoral count goes to second ballot

Michael Gove calls Scottish referendum a “massive distraction” from the coronavirus pandemic:

The Green party have won Windmill Hill ward in Bristol from Labour:

Windmill Hill (Bristol) council result:

Grn: 49.0% (+17.4)
Lab: 37.1% (+0.6)
Con: 6.4% (-0.1)
LDem: 5.8% (-14.7)
Oth: 1.7% (-3.2)

Grn GAIN from Lab
More: https://t.co/laSaIRWUOf

Related: 2021 election results: latest from local, Scottish and Welsh votes

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 4:30 pm

Saturday Night Live: Elon Musk stumbles, cast bumbles in brutally awkward episode

This will go down as one of SNL’s worst episodes ever, although it would be wrong to lay the blame entirely at Musk’s feet

Saturday Night Live returned from hiatus with its most controversial episode since Donald Trump hosted back in 2015.

Fittingly, tonight’s host may be the only person on the planet whose ego is a match for the former president: Tesla CEO, and world’s second richest man, Elon Musk.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 4:13 pm

Fran Kirby’s double helps Chelsea beat Reading to secure WSL title

Two goals from the player of the year favourite, Fran Kirby, helped Chelsea retain their Women’s Super League title on the last day of the season with a 5-0 defeat of Reading.

Related: Chelsea pip Man City to Women’s Super League title after 5-0 win over Reading

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 4:11 pm

Many Scots don’t want independence, but a more cooperative union | Gordon Brown

There is an alternative to the dysfunctional status quo – one that gives each nation a say and mobilises our shared resources

No prime ministerial letters, flying visits to Scotland or one-off meetings, however welcome, can wallpaper over the cracks in the United Kingdom. Lying ahead of us are months of constitutional standoffs, court hearings, ultimatums and acrimony. But there is one way that Scotland and the UK can work together again.

An in-depth poll conducted by the thinktank Our Scottish Future (of which I am a founding member), the full results of which are to be published early this week, found that on the same day as 48% of voters opted for the SNP, a far higher number of Scots – 73% – wanted better cooperation between Scotland and the rest of the UK, support that remains as high when it comes to the specifics of addressing the health, poverty, jobs and climate crises we so obviously share in common.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:55 pm

Man stabbed in leg and eight arrested after fight in Selfridges in London

Police are looking for witnesses after the brawl inside the Oxford Street department store

Eight people have been arrested after a brawl inside Selfridges in central London during which a man was stabbed in the leg.

Those arrested include the injured man, a 20-year-old who was treated in hospital after the clash on Saturday at the Oxford Street department store.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:53 pm

Lord Smith of Clifton obituary

Influential Lib Dem politician and academic who was the party’s spokesman on Northern Ireland in the House of Lords

Trevor Smith, who has died aged 83, was an influential figure in Liberal/Liberal Democrat and academic circles for 60 years, more as a “fixer” than as a frontline player. After an early involvement in electoral politics he was appointed a politics lecturer at Hull University in 1962, and rose to become vice-chancellor of Ulster University (1991-99). Throughout he stayed with his party and from 1997 was active as a life peer.

Born in the East End of London, Trevor was the son of Vera (nee Cross) and Arthur Smith, who took his family on his wartime military postings around Britain. Eventually he joined a business making toys and dolls, successfully enough to send Trevor to a succession of indifferent private and state schools.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:51 pm

Frustration and anger at Labour’s election disaster | Letters

Readers respond to the party’s poor performance in the Hartlepool byelection and council polls

It is hard to know where to start as we take in the Hartlepool byelection defeat and council seat losses. One conclusion is that Labour’s historic electoral coalition of progressive and socially conservative voters, particularly the white working class in post-industrial towns, is all but broken. But trying to appeal to their cultural interests as the Tories have will only alienate progressive voters.

The answer is to be progressive, dynamic and radical, pitching to the multi-ethnic working class and the anti-Tory middle class in cities and university towns, while having bold economic policies that show we are on the side of workers. We need to mine the rich seam of young voters and increase turnout. We need to commit to electoral reform, but building an alliance with the pro-remain Liberal Democrats and Greens could be punished. Brexit still has electoral consequences, and Labour needs to show that it has moved beyond this.
Steve Flatley
York

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:47 pm

Israeli settlement ruling delayed as Jerusalem tensions run high

More than 120 injured in continuing Palestinian protests over planned evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah area

Israel’s supreme court has delayed a deeply contentious decision on whether Jewish settlers can evict Palestinians by force from their homes, after hundreds of Palestinians were wounded in confrontations with the police in some of Jerusalem’s worst unrest in years.

A former Israeli defence official described the atmosphere as like a powder keg ready to explode at any time, after more clashes erupted outside the Old City overnight on Saturday.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:33 pm

Covid live news: EU not renewing orders for AstraZeneca jabs after June; third of UK adults fully vaccinated

Latest updates: pressure builds on Indian government to announce national lockdown; third of UK adults now fully vaccinated against Covid-19; Laos records first Covid death

The United States is closer to getting the coronavirus pandemic under control and health officials are focused on the next challenge: getting more Americans vaccinated, the White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Sunday, Reuters reports.

“I would say we are turning the corner,” Zients said in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Italy has reported 8,292 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, against 10,176 a day earlier, Reuters says.

There were a further 139 deaths compared with 224 on Saturday.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:32 pm

Emmanuel Macron: Covid highlights need to ‘beef up’ EU powers

French president speaks of difficulties in coordinating efforts during pandemic due to lack of central powers in health

Emmanuel Macron has said national divisions during the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted the need to “beef up” EU powers, as he opened a consultation on Europe’s future at an event that was almost cancelled due to internal squabbling.

Speaking from a TV studio set up in the middle of the hemicycle of the European parliament in Strasbourg, the French president said he hoped the Future of Europe conference, a rolling series of events and online public opinion surveys, would strengthen EU level decision-making.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:27 pm

Chelsea pip Man City to Women’s Super League title after 5-0 win over Reading

Chelsea have been confirmed as Women’s Super League champions after winning 5-0 at home to Reading. It is the team’s second trophy of the season, following the League Cup, and they could yet end with an unprecedented quadruple.

Related: Fran Kirby’s double helps Chelsea beat Reading to secure WSL title

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:25 pm

Manchester United win at Aston Villa to keep City waiting for league title

For a moment Manchester City must have thought their title triumph would be confirmed. Manchester United appeared to be wilting under the strain of a hectic schedule. But for the ninth time in this season’s Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side staged a second-half turnaround. City will have to wait; and so will Villa, who still have not beaten United in the league at Villa Park since 1995.

Bertrand Traoré’s lovely strike fired Dean Smith’s team into the lead but Bruno Fernandes equalised from a penalty won by Paul Pogba early in the second half and, four minutes later, Mason Greenwood shot United in front. The visitors, previously bedraggled, ran out as comfortable winners as Edinson Cavani came off the bench to make it 3-1.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:21 pm

Labour’s crisis comes from the huge gap between politics and people | John Harris

Out in the real world, grassroots work shows where the left’s renewal will have to start

In some parts of Birmingham, around one in seven people are currently out of work. There are areas of the city in which child poverty is about 50%. And like so much of this country, it is a place now full of empty spaces: pubs, shopping centres – and, atop the redeveloped New Street station, a vast and newly vacant branch of John Lewis.

When the store opened, John Lewis’s managing director was Andy Street. Two years later, against plenty of expectations, he became the Conservative mayor of the West Midlands region. On Saturday, it was confirmed that Street had beaten his Labour adversary, Liam Byrne, and been elected for the second time. Here was proof, as in Hartlepool, that hard times are no barrier to success for the Tories. But his success was also a symbol of something even more significant: a crisis for Labour and the left that goes far beyond the so-called red wall and deep into the past.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:10 pm

Libya’s first female foreign minister pressed to quit

Najla El-Mangoush subjected to personal abuse after demanding withdrawal of Turkish troops and mercenaries

Libya’s first female foreign minister has come under pressure to resign and been subjected to personal abuse seven weeks into the job, after she called for Turkish troops and mercenaries to leave her country.

Najla El-Mangoush, a lawyer and human rights activist, was appointed foreign minister by the country’s interim prime minister, Abdelhamid Dbeibah, after he faced a backlash for backtracking on promises that 30% of ministerial posts would go to women.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:09 pm

Lewis Hamilton rallies to edge out Max Verstappen to win Spanish Grand Prix

• Hamilton’s 98th win maintains remarkable record in Spain
• Verstappen second with Bottas in third place

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix with a magnificent piece of controlled, strategic driving and management by his Mercedes team, after he had lost the lead on the opening lap. He beat the Red Bull of Max Verstappen into second place at the Circuit de Catalunya, with Valtteri Bottas third for Mercedes. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was in fourth with Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez in fifth.

Beaten off the line from his pole position, Hamilton and Mercedes had to orchestrate a superb comeback combining Hamilton’s skill with a strategy that left Red Bull unable to match their rivals.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 3:06 pm

Far-right candidates perform dismally across UK elections

Anti-fascist group says Johnson’s messaging leaves little political space for anti-immigration parties

Anti-fascist campaigners have been celebrating a dismal performance by far-right candidates in elections around the UK, from Scotland to council polls in England.

Their disastrous showing was also attributed to what the organisation Hope Not Hate described as Boris Johnson’s “hyping of a cultural war” and the attraction of former far-right voters to a populist agenda that included strong anti-immigration messaging.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 2:49 pm

Bolshoi Ballet hot favourite for Derby at Epsom after Derrinstown romp

Bolshoi Ballet raced into clear favouritism for the Derby with a runaway victory in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday afternoon.

Following a series of unsatisfactory trials for the Epsom Classic it was normal service for Europe’s leading trainer, Aidan O’Brien, who recorded his 14th win in the race through a commanding victory with his exciting colt.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 2:47 pm

Dodie: Build a Problem review – a sweet, candid debut

(The Orchard)
Dodie Clark proves that she’s more than just a YouTube sensation on this promisingly ambitious first album

Ten years ago, an Essex teenager called Dodie Clark started uploading cover songs and original tracks to her YouTube channel, often replete with ukulele. Though she remained unsigned, in the years that followed, EP releases saw the singer-songwriter charting in both the UK and US – no doubt partly as a result of her already massive online following.

But to frame her success as solely rooted in YouTube fame is to minimise the work and growth evident on Clark’s sweet debut album. Build a Problem comprises cinematic compositions with ripples of strings, piano and guitar, echoes of clarinet, all topped with a mellifluous voice that recalls Regina Spektor without the bite. Clark is unafraid to be messy and tender in candid lyrics that consider relationships with others and herself (“Am I the only one wishing life away? Never caught up in the moment, busy begging the past to stay”).

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 2:15 pm

Rag’n’Bone Man: Life By Misadventure review – a heartfelt follow-up

(Columbia)
Delicate developments are drowned out by stadium songs that mistake volume for passion on Rory Graham’s second album

There’s a lot riding on this second album from bluesman Rag’n’Bone Man, AKA Sussex-born Rory Graham. His 2017 debut, Human, shifted more than 1m copies in the UK. It would have been easy to replicate that album’s rote formula – rootsy production flourishes fused to rugged, stadium-sized MOR remains chart catnip – but instead, Life By Misadventure opens with two delicately plucked, country-tinged singalongs, immediately eschewing Graham’s propensity for the epic.

In fact, aside from galloping lead single All You Ever Wanted, which channels early 00s indie-pop, and the earnest, advert-ready ballad Anywhere Away From Here (a duet with Pink), the songs here feel less eager to please. The pensive Fall in Love Again unfurls delicately, while the darker Party’s Over showcases the album’s main lyrical themes of heartache and emotional rehabilitation.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 2:00 pm

'People got nervous if a bag was left on a chair': Paul Johnson on Northern Ireland

The Guardian’s former deputy editor recalls his time reporting from Belfast during the Troubles

Paul Johnson has a vivid memory of one of his most dispiriting moments as the Guardian’s Ireland correspondent.

It was April 1986 and he was covering a Democratic Unionist party (DUP) conference. A warmup speaker for the party leader, Ian Paisley, electrified the audience with a suggestion.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 2:00 pm

To infinity and beyond: the spectacular sensory overload of Ryoji Ikeda’s art

Incandescent light, the thud of Kyoto nightclubs, particle physics … it all goes into Ryoji Ikeda’s extraordinary sensory symphonies. He talks about his upcoming show at 180 The Strand

Ryoji Ikeda has delivered some dazzling assaults on the senses over his 25-year career: a beach in Rio de Janeiro bathed in his unique palette of light; New York’s Times Square given over to his black and white flickering patterns. But for his next show, the Japanese artist and composer is taking things underground. Ikeda’s biggest exhibition in Europe to date concerns the exposed underbelly of 180 The Strand in London, which he has reimagined as staves, notes and bar lines – with himself as the conductor, “orchestrat[ing] everything into a symphony”.

Beginning with a single light beam piercing the rafters, the exhibition carries the viewer through an incandescent corridor of white light and into a room filled with a ring of immense, super-directional speakers reverberating at concert pitch. To Ikeda, this is “opera” with light and sound. “There’s the intro, the welcome piece, then the crescendo [and] climax. It’s a long journey.”

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 2:00 pm

Labour needs new message as Tories reshape economic policy around towns | Richard Partington

For decades, cities had been prioritised as the engine of growth, with London at the apex

Let the recriminations commence. In the aftermath of electoral defeat in its former industrial heartlands, Labour is in search of yet another new direction. While much of the focus is on the fundamental shifts in our politics, it is worth remembering the economics underpinning them.

Part of the story is about timing. Labour’s punishment at the ballot box comes as most things appear to be going right for the government. There was a time last year when it was a very different scenario, with the botched handling of Covid leading to the highest death rate and worst economic collapse in the G7, ministers doling out contracts to friends, and the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, desperate to make an unemployment crisis worse by closing the furlough scheme.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 1:34 pm

Two more Tory terms? Before the party gets too excited, there is work to be done | Katy Balls

Boris Johnson has promised some big reforms. Now he will have to build the apparatus that can deliver them

When news broke on Friday afternoon that Ben Houchen had been reelected as the Tees Valley mayor with an eye-watering 73% of the vote, the Tory party was in shock. Downing Street aides turned to celebratory drinks, Boris Johnson called Houchen to discuss the size of his majority and ministers started to predict another 10 years of Tory rule.

When the mayoralty first came up, in 2017, the assumption was that Labour would win it; now it’s one of the safest Tory positions in the country. It fits into a pattern emerging from this week’s local elections of the Conservatives not just holding on to support in areas they took from Labour in the 2019 election, but building on it.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 1:22 pm

Madrid mayor decries partying Spaniards as Covid lockdown ends

Calls for restraint as thousands gather to celebrate lifting of nation’s six-month state of emergency

The mayor of Madrid has appealed for people to behave responsibly after thousands of people greeted the end of Spain’s six-month state of emergency by taking to the streets of towns and cities across the country in spontaneous celebration.

At the end of October last year, the socialist-led coalition government of the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, declared a state of emergency that included a nationwide overnight curfew, restrictions on travelling between regions and a ban on gatherings of more than six people.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 1:19 pm

Sit! Stay! Don’t be sad! How to protect your pet from separation anxiety

From dogs and cats to parrots and rabbits, our pets have got used to having us around 24/7 during lockdown. As life gets back to normal, here’s how to save them from loneliness and stress

Like an apocryphal butterfly flapping its wings and unleashing untold chaos thousands of miles away, one miscreant virus particle is all it took to alter the human-pet dynamic across the globe.

In this lockdown era, many animals initially thrived, like my own cat, Junior. Although he had always known me as a commuter who frequently spent nights away from home, he took to my newfound permanence like a duckling following its mother to water. He loved it so much that, when restrictions eased after the first lockdown last summer, he developed a suite of anxiety-related behaviours.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 1:00 pm

Readers reply: how big would Britain have to be for all its meat, milk and eggs to be ethically farmed?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts

How big would Britain have to be for all the meat, milk and eggs we consume to be ethically farmed and free range?
Michael Ryan, Bodelwyddan

Send new questions (with subject: “N&Q”) to nq@theguardian.com.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 1:00 pm

Me and my Guardian: ‘I was hooked from the start’

Guardian readers around the world tell us how they first discovered the paper and what it has meant to them since

It was the late 60s. Every Sunday during term time a small group of us would take the bus into Bristol, to a small coffee bar with a jukebox.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 1:00 pm

Republicans cry big tech bias – on the very platforms they have dominated

Ted Cruz and his allies have spent years criticizing Facebook, even as the network was propelling Donald Trump to victory

When Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook was upheld this week, the howls of bias could be heard from Republicans far and wide. Those shrieks, ironically, came mostly on social media.

Republicans have spent recent years criticizing Facebook and Twitter, demonizing them as biased against the right. But they, not Democrats, have been the most enthusiastic embracers of social media, and the most successful in harnessing its potential.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 12:46 pm

Logistics firm criticised for paying bonuses while claiming UK furlough support

Exclusive: US-owned warehousing and delivery company XPO Logistics has M&S and Asos among its clients

A US-owned delivery and warehousing firm that counts Marks & Spencer and Asos among its clients has come under fire for giving bosses multimillion-pound bonuses while claiming furlough support funded by UK taxpayers.

XPO Logistics paid $6.4m (£4.6m) in cash bonuses for 2020, including $3.3m to Brad Jacobs, the Connecticut-based company’s chief executive and chairman, according to its annual report.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 12:40 pm

Julia James: Kent police given more time to question man

Force has until Monday evening to question man arrested in connection with the death of PCSO

Police have been given more time to question a man arrested in connection with the death of the police community support officer Julia James.

James, 53, was found dead in Akholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, Kent, on 27 April. A postmortem revealed she had suffered significant head injuries and died as a result of blunt force trauma.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 12:36 pm

Buddha’s birthday, cygnets and Sumo wrestlers: the weekend’s best photos

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

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 12:30 pm

Afghans bury their dead after dozens of girls killed in school blasts

Taliban deny responsibility after secondary school targeted in bloody attack in Kabul

Dozens of young girls were buried on Sunday at a desolate hilltop cemetery in Kabul, a day after a secondary school was targeted in the bloodiest attack in Afghanistan in over a year.

A series of blasts outside the school during a peak holiday shopping period killed more than 50 people, mostly female students, and wounded more than 100 in Dasht-e-Barchi, a west Kabul suburb populated mostly by Hazara Shias.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 12:06 pm

Down to earth: how escaping to the country isn’t always what it seems

When Rebecca Schiller swapped the city for a rural dream life seemed idyllic. But however far you go, you can’t escape your self…

Winter has hung around this year as though even the seasons are waiting for government permission to unlock. Despite spring’s late arrival on the smallholding, Amber has gone into labour early. It’s just me and her in the kidding pen; me muttering soft, nonsensical words of encouragement, her bleating through contractions and resting against my hand. She pushes again but nothing happens. The hooves of the emerging kid have been static for too long and the out-of-hours emergency vet is on the way. I give into a two-minute power cry because I don’t know if this day will end with life or death, and then the vet arrives and I snap out of it. “I’ll give her an epidural first,” he says, getting to work matter-of-factly. A goat epidural – of course.

Five years ago I lived in town, had just two cats and barely knew the difference between hay and straw. Now, somehow, I’m a person with an overdue account at the agricultural merchants and I know how to organise a spinal block for a goat.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 12:00 pm

Eileen Agar: the reluctant surrealist

Exhibited in the 1930s alongside the work of friends Nash, Picasso, Breton and co, Eileen Agar’s singular collages, sculptures and paintings tell their own lyrical story in an eagerly awaited show opening later this month

By a quirk of fate, and museum tastes, the British artist Eileen Agar is still best known for a single sculpture in the Tate collection: a magnetically outlandish male head titled Angel of Anarchy (c1936). Constructed from diamante, osprey feathers, cowrie shells and piratical black satin, it resembles a sort of 3D Arcimboldo. But it has a mate called The Angel of Mercy, which is equally stunning, yet practically never seen outside a private collection.

This monumental head, with its whiskered seashell eyes, stone chin and hair like an outcrop of molluscs, looks like an ancient object dragged from the bottom of the Aegean, sea-bleached and crusted. Yet it also appears startlingly modern. Both sculptures will appear together in a forthcoming survey of Agar’s art at the Whitechapel Gallery, which includes more than a hundred works, from early drawings to late constructions. The revelation of this much-anticipated exhibition will be Agar’s gift for making the past feel as new as today, with an art of evergreen imagination and vitality.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 12:00 pm

British Museum to show how Thomas Becket’s murder shook Europe

Rare exhibits on display for first time will reveal widespread impact of archbishop of Canterbury’s death

The murder of Thomas Becket in 1170, cut down inside Canterbury Cathedral by knights of King Henry II’s retinue, sent shock waves throughout England and beyond – an act as scandalous, according to one of his successors as archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as the assassination of JFK or Martin Luther King.

The extent to which those ripples reverberated across Europe will be illustrated by a number of rare exhibits on display for the first time at the British Museum, as part of its forthcoming exhibition later this month about Becket, his murder and its powerful aftershocks.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 11:43 am

‘Irresponsible’: Nasa chides China as rocket debris lands in Indian Ocean

US agency accuses Beijing of failing to meet expected standards regarding its space debris

Remnants of China’s biggest rocket have landed in the Indian Ocean, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit and drawing US criticism over a lack of transparency.

The coordinates given by Chinese state media, citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO), put the point of impact west of the Maldives archipelago.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 11:28 am

Lockdown locks: how the hime haircut zoomed to popularity

Style of Japanese origin with blunt side locks and fringe popular as more of our lives spent on screen

Lockdown has transformed our hair. From the lockdown fringe to the shaggy mullet, multi-purpose hairstyles that translate well on Zoom have grown in popularity, and the latest haircut, the hime, is no different.

The style, featuring bluntly cut straight side-locks and a front fringe, has been worn by Haim at the Grammys and Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez in more feathered versions. It was also seen on the Prada catwalk during their autumn/winter 2021 collection. On TikTok, the hashtag #himecut has about 4m views, while #hime has more than 126m.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 11:28 am

Italian public broadcaster asked to stop promoting ‘intolerable’ content

Activists claim Rai regulary breaks its own code of ethics when it should be setting example to rest of industry

Activists opposed to racism, homophobia, antisemitism and sexism in the Italian media have written to the public broadcaster, Rai, urging it to stop promoting “intolerable” content.

Rai apologised recently for the use of blackface in its shows, and advised editors to stop airing productions in which performers wear makeup to imitate black people, but stopped short of an outright ban.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 11:01 am

Woman ‘sexually harassed’ by ex-Hartlepool MP says Labour failed to support her

Exclusive: former staffer says party ignored her complaints and showed no interest in her wellbeing

A former Westminster staff member has accused Labour of abandoning her after she complained of being sexually assaulted and harassed by the party’s former MP for Hartlepool Mike Hill.

Known as Woman A, she told the Guardian that the party, under both Keir Starmer and Jeremy Corbyn, had shown no interest in her wellbeing for the past 18 months.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 11:00 am

Scottish independence referendum battle is ‘big distraction’ from Covid, says Gove

Minister responds to suggestion that disregarding a pro-independence majority is anti-democratic

Elections 2021 live - latest news and reaction

Hostilities between Holyrood and Westminster have intensified as Nicola Sturgeon said it would be “absurd and outrageous” for Downing Street to block a second independence referendum in the courts as the leader of the Scottish Conservatives accused her of forcing a legal battle to distract from her party’s failure to secure a majority.

The Scottish National party secured a historic forth term at Holyrood on Saturday, but remained one seat short an overall majority after tactical voting by pro-union supporters.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:55 am

Asda tries out delivery system for when people are not at home

Insulated boxes outside that are accessed by passcode can store frozen food for up to four hours

Asda is placing secure delivery boxes outside homes as it readies for a post-lockdown world where shoppers are no longer home to receive grocery orders.

The insulated boxes, which can store chilled and frozen food for up to four hours, are being tested around the country as part of a small trial by the UK’s third-largest supermarket. Drivers access the metal containers using a one-time passcode.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:52 am

‘We’re all marking late at night’: teachers on England’s new grading system

Views on how new teacher-assessed system has affected workload and what it means for pupils

Due to the pandemic’s disruption of pupils’ studies, GCSE and A-level exams have been scrapped in England this summer and replaced with a teacher-assessed grading system.

Five teachers shared their views about the new system, from how it has affected their workload to the potential impact on their students’ grades.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:33 am

A-level and GCSE grade inflation ‘inevitable in English system’

School leaders warn this year’s results likely to see inflation similar to last year despite efforts to make system fairer

School leaders and education experts have warned that GCSE and A-level results this summer will see levels of grade inflation similar to last year despite onerous measures imposed on teachers to try to make the system fair.

Teacher-assessed grades will replace exams in England this summer as part of the fallout of mass school and college closures amid the Covid pandemic. But there are fears that schools with a strong track record for results – such as independent schools and grammars – could benefit disproportionately, submitting more generous grades that escape subsequent scrutiny, while others that exercise caution could lose out.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:31 am

Michael Lewis: ‘We were incentivised to have a bad pandemic response’

In his new book, the author of The Big Short has turned his attention to Covid and the people who could have prevented it sweeping the US – had they been allowed to

An event as large and devastating as the Covid pandemic was always going to attract a rush of authors seeking to uncover the story behind the decade’s biggest story. Leading the pack – not for the first time – is Michael Lewis, the man with an unerring knack for finding narrative gold in the most well-mined territories.

He did it with notable success in the financial crisis of 2008, by smartly identifying the people who made money from the banking collapse, those who bet against the collateralised debt obligation bubble. That was The Big Short, a bestseller that was turned, like a previous book, Moneyball, into a successful Oscar-nominated Hollywood film.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:30 am

Labour wants to move on from Brexit, but English voters just won’t let them

Keir Starmer may have hoped to put the referendum behind him, but its effects on voting patterns seem to be intensifying

Brexit is done. Long live Brexit. The long election weekend started badly for Keir Starmer and Labour, and got worse from there, as the aftershocks of the 2016 referendum decision continued to reverberate through the English electorate.

At 7am on Friday, a massive Conservative victory was announced in the Hartlepool by-election, Peter Mandelson’s former seat and Labour’s for decades hitherto. Even before the Hartlepool result was declared, the evidence from early council results was looking bad for Labour. Under Starmer, the party has sought to move on from Brexit. This, it seems, is not yet something English voters are willing to do. In seat after seat in Leave-voting parts of England, the Conservatives surged and Labour slumped. Leave voters, it seems, remain keen to reward the prime minister who “got Brexit done”.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:30 am

Traffic light travel plan will let new Covid variants into UK, scientists warn

Key advisers are among those who say scheme is flawed as holiday firms report huge rise in bookings

It is inevitable that new Covid variants will continue to enter the country, scientists warned this weekend, claiming there are “obvious flaws” in the government’s system for reopening international travel to and from England.

On Friday ministers decreed that some international travel could resume from 17 May, with travellers from England allowed to return from “green list” destinations without needing to quarantine. Portugal and Israel are on the list, along with South Georgia, the Faroe Islands and the Falklands.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:15 am

Keir Starmer to reshuffle Labour frontbench after election losses

Angela Rayner expected to get significant new role after backlash following her removal as party chair

Keir Starmer is expected to reshuffle his frontbench on Sunday, including finding a significant new role for his deputy, Angela Rayner, after his decision to remove her as party chair and national campaign coordinator caused a backlash.

Rayner’s sacking was criticised as “scapegoating” by the former shadow chancellor John McDonnell, while the newly re-elected Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, tweeted that he could not support it.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:10 am

‘It’s derogatory’: one man’s four-decade fight against his town’s Native ‘mascot’

Ted Trujillo has been fighting for years against the use of the racist ‘Redskins’ mascot in a high school in Morris, Illinois

On a recent Friday evening, the teenage daughter of the then mayor-elect of Morris, Illinois, about 60 miles south-west of Chicago, led her high school’s marching band on to the football field wearing a headdress, face paint and clothes resembling Native regalia.

As the band played the “war cry” for the pre-game event, the student, with her reddish blond hair in braids, stood in a wide stance in the middle of the field with her arms crossed.

It was a familiar scene for Morris Community high school, a school of about 850 students, none of whom are Native, according to a 2019 Illinois report card. Its mascot has long been “the Redskins”, a term widely considered a racial slur against Native Americans.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:00 am

‘He’s like an upside down iceberg’: historian Jon Meacham on Joe Biden

With Biden what you see is what you get, says the Pulitzer prize winner, who has advised the president, but FDR informs his approach to democracy in peril

He has been described as Joe Biden’s “historical muse”, an occasional informal adviser to the US president and contributor to some of his major speeches including the inaugural address.

In March, Jon Meacham put together a meeting between Biden and a group of fellow historians at the White House that lasted more than two hours. What did he learn about the 46th president?

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 10:00 am

‘Fire and rehire’ should be banned, say three-quarters of UK public

Survey for GMB union finds overwhelming support for legal protection from common employers’ tactic

Firing staff only to rehire them on worse pay and employment terms should be outlawed, according to new polling suggesting the public backs a legal ban on the practice.

With union demands for ministers to take action against “fire and rehire” in the forthcoming Queen’s speech, a Survation poll for the GMB union found that 76% of those asked said that it should be against the law. The figure included 71% of Conservative voters. Two-thirds of those polled (67%) suggested that they would be less likely to buy goods or services from a company that used fire and rehire.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:45 am

No shame: the podcast taking on the Arab world’s sex and gender taboos

Eib is now in its seventh season, fearlessly tackling subjects from Beirut’s drag queen scene to Jordanian widows’ rights

Rude, fault or blemish; flaw, disgrace or shame. The word has many shades, but nearly every woman who grows up in Arabic-speaking households knows its singular weight. “Anything related to women is eib,” says Tala El-Issa, from her home in Cairo. “If they want to talk about their bodies, it’s eib, their problems – eib. Just being a woman is almost eib.”

When the team at Sowt, an Arabic podcasting network based across the Middle East, wanted to create a show that charged fearlessly into the region’s taboos around sex and gender, the title was obvious. “Eib” is now in its seventh season, the company’s longest-lasting podcast and its most popular.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:35 am

Nigel Slater’s recipes for baked peppers and blueberry compote

Perfect peppers and early fruits make for a vibrant supper

The local greengrocer’s, where I do much of my shopping, display their fruit and vegetables with an extraordinary generosity. Precarious piles of peppers, a small mountain of aubergines, tray upon tray of tomatoes – crisp and green, golden-shouldered, tiny orange varieties – sit next to rows of asparagus and short, sweet cucumbers. Mint, dill and parsley are sold in fat bunches and they are good, too, for curry leaves, lemongrass and my beloved coriander. These are the most reliable shops to come to for a ripe watermelon in summer and rust-speckled apricots that don’t taste of cotton wool.

I arrive home with peppers, fat and glossy, each one large enough to carry a cargo of minced pork with rosemary and garlic or mushrooms and tarragon, neither of which I have. There is a block of tofu, the fragile, silken variety, to soak up the fruity notes of the olive oil, the salty olives and the tomatoes. The juice that sat in the hollows of the roasted peppers was so good we sponged it up with pieces torn from a white loaf, its soft crust freckled with sesame. This recipe started out with feta in place of the tofu, but I wanted something softer and less salty, and anyway, we eat more than enough cheese in this house.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:30 am

Bill seeks to make Louisiana ‘fossil fuel sanctuary’ in bid against Biden’s climate plans

Republicans and Democrats are introducing bills to push against Biden’s new restrictions on oil and gas companies

Just south of Oil City, where Louisiana representative Danny McCormick is from, is the predominantly Black city of Shreveport. Residents there breathe some of the most toxic air in the country. Oil refineries owned by UOP and Calumet contribute to the town’s toxic emissions, according to the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory.

But McCormick, a Republican, introduced a bill at the Louisiana capitol last week that would protect oil companies and not residents in his district who have to breathe in that air. The bill would establish Louisiana as a “fossil fuel sanctuary state” and ban local and state employees from enforcing federal laws and regulations that negatively impact petrochemical companies.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:30 am

Maldives police arrest prime suspect in blast that wounded former president

Three of four suspects in explosion targeting Mohamed Nasheed in custody as he recovers in hospital

Maldives police have arrested a person believed to be the prime suspect in an explosion that critically wounded the country’s former president and was blamed on Islamic extremists.

Police said on Sunday they had in their custody three of the four suspects in Thursday’s blast targeting the former president Mohamed Nasheed, who is recovering in hospital after multiple operations.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:27 am

‘Big bark but no bite’: Obamas mourn former first dog Bo

Barack and Michelle Obama express sorrow at passing of ‘true friend and companion’

Former President Barack Obama’s dog Bo died on Saturday from cancer, the Obamas said on social media.

News of Bo’s death was shared by Obama and his wife, Michelle, on Instagram, where both expressed sorrow at the passing of a dog the former president described as a “true friend and loyal companion.”

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:21 am

UK government’s heritage culture war is stifling museums, say trustees

Pressure to support Tory position on contentious issues such as colonialism ‘cancels honest debate’

Ministers are facing mounting anger over claims that they are deliberately stifling “honest and open debate” as part of a culture war, with a concerted campaign to purge dissenting voices from positions in Britain’s leading museums, galleries and major cultural bodies.

Trustees, board members and prominent academics have told the Observer there have been demands for them to delete social media posts critical of Boris Johnson or sign “loyalty pledges” backing government policies.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:15 am

Barry Jenkins: ‘Maybe America has never been great’

The Moonlight director on how making his epic TV adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer prize-winning The Underground Railroad compelled him to fully confront the history of slavery, as well as his own damaged childhood

Barry Jenkins first heard the history of the Underground Railroad from a teacher when he was six or seven years old. The school lesson described the loose network of safe houses and abolitionists that helped enslaved people in the American south escape to free states in the north in the 19th century. Jenkins as a wide-eyed kid imagined an actual railroad, though, secret steam trains thundering under America, built by black superheroes in the dead of night. It was an image, he recalls, that made “anything feel possible”. “My grandfather was a longshoreman,” he says. “He came home every day, in his hard hat and his tool belt, and his thick boots. And I thought, ‘Oh, yes, people like my granddad, they built this underground railroad!’”

That childhood image returned to Jenkins, now 41, when he read an advance copy of Colson Whitehead’s novel about that history, which builds on that same seductive idea. That was in 2016. Both Jenkins and Whitehead were on the edge of career-defining breakthroughs: Jenkins’s film Moonlight was about to be released (and would go on to win the Oscar for best picture) and Whitehead’s book The Underground Railroad was about to be published (going on to receive the National Book Award and the Pulitzer prize). All this was to come, though, when the pair met. “I was familiar with Colson as an author,” Jenkins told me last week on a screen from his home in Los Angeles. “And once I read his book, I knew for sure I absolutely want this. And I’m not that guy. Usually I’ll read something and I go, well, that might make a great film, and then I’ll just leave it. But this one, it’s all hands on deck, we have to get this.”

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:00 am

The world needs babies. So we’d better rethink what we expect from mothers | Sonia Sodha

The decision to have a child is a tough one for many women. No wonder the population is falling

It didn’t take long for confident predictions of a Covid baby boom to emerge last spring. Locked up together, with only Netflix for company, what else are couples going to do? (Nudge, wink.) “Haven’t they heard of contraception?” one friend asked drily, as the country waited anxiously to hear about furlough while being warned the NHS was in mortal peril.

Related: It is time to reassess our obsession with women’s fertility and the number 35 | Arwa Mahdawi

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 9:00 am

Celebrities unite to back #StopAsianHate campaign

Marvel film stars Gemma Chan and Benedict Wong among prominent east and south-east Asian people taking action on UK’s wave of Covid-related sinophobia

The Marvel film star Gemma Chan has revealed that she is frightened for her family in the UK after a surge in hate crimes against Chinese, Japanese and south-east Asian people.

Speaking to the Observer to help raise awareness for a national #StopAsianHate campaign, Chan said she was “deeply concerned and disturbed” at police figures revealing that, in London alone, attacks on east and south-east Asian people (ESEA) have tripled over the past year.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 8:46 am

Unseen lockets reveal grief that haunted Charles Dickens’s writing

Tokens of affection were exchanged with sister-in-law whose early death influenced the author’s work

A pair of exchanged lockets might look like evidence of an illicit romance. But two such “highly personal and private” tokens of affection – one containing a lock of Charles Dickens’s hair and the other of his sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth – are actually proof of something more tragic and complex, according to the curator of an exhibition to open next month in Dickens’s former central London home.

“We are enormously pleased to be showing these previously unseen items, which we acquired last year, for the first time,” said Louisa Price of the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street. “They tell a story that had a direct influence on at least one of his best known works – Oliver Twist – which he was writing when his sister-in-law, Mary, suddenly died.”

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 8:45 am

Adam Buxton: ‘We’re in the sad sandwich of life, but it has a surprising zing of pickle’

The comedian and broadcaster on writing a heartfelt memoir, copycat podcasters and dreaming of getting gnarly old guy roles

London-born, Norfolk-based writer, broadcaster and actor Adam Buxton, 51, found fame in a comedy duo with his best friend from school, Joe Cornish – first on their Channel 4 comedy series The Adam and Joe Show, then on radio. Buxton’s film credits include Hot Fuzz, Stardust and Sing. In 2015 he launched the award-winning Adam Buxton Podcast, in which he interviews cultural figures. His memoir, Ramble Book, is out in paperback this week.

Ramble Book isn’t your typical comedian’s memoir. Was that your intention?
For most comedians, a book is a goof. You turn in old receipts, throw together some lists and diary entries, write down a few things you said to the postman, then go “There you go, that’s my book.” I wanted to do something a little bit more substantial. My editor kept pushing me to be more heartfelt, to write about my dad dying and not feel like I had to be funny the whole time. It came alive when I was honest and wrote from the heart. But mainly I’m impressed that I actually finished it. Everything I do tends to be bitty and ad hoc. I’m not good at major projects.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 8:30 am

From the Normandy coast, the Jersey whelk wars look like sabotage

Locals in the port of Granville think the row between France and the UK over fishing makes no sense

If you look out to sea from the Christian Dior museum on the cliffs above Granville, you see the grey outline of what appears to be another part of the Norman coast.

It is. But it isn’t.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 8:15 am

Toby Jones: ‘Nobody is just one thing’

From Chekhov to Capote to Harry Potter, Toby Jones is one of our most brilliantly versatile actors. So why do people keep trying to tell him who he is?

I approach the café from the station side, and there’s Toby Jones under the awning. With anxious charm, he doffs his hat. It’s a week since London reopened for outdoor socialising after another lockdown and we are not yet quite OK: there is graffiti by the gates about a totalitarian regime; an abandoned face mask flies from a tree. Despite doomy weather we have decided to meet in Jones’s local park – it’s a novelty still, the thrill of communicating in person. A pleasure.

But, do I get this, too, he asks, as we sit down with our coffees? “Do you now sort of freak out when you have appointments? Do you find yourself becoming neurotic about them – in a way that is not useful?” He has spoken before about his bafflement at the idea that actors must be interviewed, at the idea that he should be able to package his life and work into a neat and digestible timeline, so interviewing him I am prepared for resistance. What he offers instead, though, is a gentle analysis of how a person becomes themself.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 8:00 am

How private is your Gmail, and should you switch?

You might be surprised how much Google’s email service – and others – know about you. Here’s how to set some boundaries

Most people are aware of the cookies that track them across the web, and the privacy-invading practices of Google search, but did you know Google’s email service, Gmail, collects large amounts of data too?

This was recently put into stark focus for iPhone users when Gmail published its app “privacy label” – a self-declared breakdown of the data it collects and shares with advertisers as part of a new stipulation on the Apple App Store.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 8:00 am

‘Women at risk’ as police in England and Wales miss Clare’s Law deadlines

Quarter of requests for background checks on partners suspected of being abusive are not answered on time

Police took over a month to disclose information about the criminal histories of suspected abusers in almost a quarter of applications for background checks approved last year, Observer analysis has found.

Clare’s Law, introduced in 2014, gives people the “right to ask” their force about any previous domestic violence or offences that mean their partners could pose a risk to them.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 7:45 am

‘Politics can sweep you away’: the 72 hours that changed Britain

Alarm spreads among Labour MPs over future of Starmer leadership as party suffers string of high-profile defeats across England in local elections

The tension in Birmingham’s Utilita arena was palpable on Saturday as the results of the West Midlands mayoral election went down to the wire. There was a brief moment of shock at the count when first preference votes showed a win for Labour’s Liam Byrne. Some initially mistook it as the result for the whole West Midlands combined authority and declared Byrne the winner.

But the confusion was soon corrected. There would be no surprise triumph here for Labour. As the polls had predicted, it turned out to be a comfortable victory for the incumbent, the Tory former boss of John Lewis, Andy Street. Off the back of a hugely successful few days for the Tories, Andrew Mitchell, the Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield, was in a buoyant mood at the count, rubbing salt into Labour wounds. “Andy has done very well indeed in the red wall seats,” he said. “He is a very attractive candidate.”

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 7:30 am

Keir Starmer needs to act more urgently if he is to rescue Labour from its plight | Andrew Rawnsley

The party’s leader can’t afford to wait for a policy review before he starts articulating a compelling vision to the country

Another electoral test, another dismal postmortem for Labour. The least persuasive diagnosis of why the party has suffered some bitter disappointments is that offered by visitors from cloud-Corbyn-land who demand a return to the glorious days of the last leader. Labour has a lot of hard thinking to do, but the party’s mind will be wandering in precisely the wrong direction if it decides that the answer is to re-embrace Corbynism. For those with short memories, that was the suicidal experiment that crushed the party’s parliamentary representation down to its lowest level since 1935 and inflicted deep tissue damage to its reputation that is still hurting today.

There are more useful conclusions that can be drawn. One is that simply hoping that Tory failures will swing the pendulum back to Labour is not a reliable strategy for success. This is essentially the bet Sir Keir Starmer made last year by concentrating his efforts on lambasting the government for incompetence. There was plenty of it to go at. Less than six months ago, when the government’s handling of the pandemic was especially dreadful, every Conservative I spoke to was dreading what they were calling “a Covid election” in the belief that they’d take a beating for their serial bungling.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 7:30 am

Pope adds voice to call for pharma giants to waive vaccine patents

Francis condemns ‘virus of individualism’ that is hampering global vaccination efforts in message to Vax Live concert

Pope Francis has given his backing to the campaign calling for the suspension of coronavirus vaccine patents to boost supplies to poorer countries.

In a video message to the Vax Live event, Francis backed “universal access to the vaccine and the temporary suspension of intellectual property rights”. And he added his condemnation of the “virus of individualism” that “makes us indifferent to the suffering of others”.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 7:15 am

Johnson will vow to repair damaged NHS to lock in election gains

Conservatives celebrate 6 May results, but they know waiting lists could be their achilles heel

Boris Johnson will put repairing the NHS at the heart of his next programme for government, as his team draws up plans to lock in the huge local election gains in the north of England and Midlands.

With more NHS funding inevitable after the damage and delays caused by Covid-19, Downing St wants to neutralise an issue that could undermine progress among voters who have switched to the Tories. The NHS England head, Sir Simon Stevens, has already said cancer care and extra funding needs to be a priority. NHS waiting lists are seen as one of the government’s major vulnerabilities.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 7:01 am

Mission menopause: ‘My hormones went off a cliff – and I’m not going to be ashamed’

An estimated 13 million women in the UK are living with the menopause. So why are so many enduring the turmoil of its symptoms without help and support? It’s about time that changed. Portrait by Suki Dhanda. Illustration by Anna Kiosse

We are witnessing a tipping point: the rise of Menopause Power: a growing activist movement which will change the Change in the same way that Period Power fought period poverty and stigma. On social media, on podcasts and in newspapers, there’s a huge menopause conversation, as confrontational as it is celebratory. I’ve just produced a Channel 4 documentary, Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause, and there’s nowhere we don’t go: losing jobs to hot flushes, vaginal dryness, memory loss, orgasms after menopause, and the shocking misinformation we’ve been fed on hormone replacement therapy.

But above all, we give the menopausal taboo the kicking it has long deserved. As Davina McCall, who’s presented everything from Big Brother to Long Lost Family and had her first hot flush at 44, says: “I was advised not to talk about it, that it was ageing and a bit unsavoury, but clearly that didn’t work out very well, because I’m sitting here talking to you… I’m not going to be ashamed about a transition that half the population goes through.”

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 7:00 am

Parched Taiwan prays for rain as Sun Moon Lake is hit by drought

Taps are now shut off two days a week, and worse is to come unless action is taken on climate crisis

Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake is so low that parts of it have dried and turned to grass. Jetties that normally float are sprawled awkwardly on dry land, and tour boats are crowded at the tail ends of pontoons still in the water.

Usually one of the island’s most famous tourist destinations, the lake has recently become a star of a different kind. Following the worst drought in 56 years, it is now famous for all the wrong reasons. These days, Instagram influencers photograph themselves posing in a dust-coloured, dinghy half-buried in a cracked and cratered lakebed.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 6:45 am

EU countries snub Priti Patel’s plans to return asylum seekers

UN criticises the proposals as so damaging they risked Britain’s ‘global credibility’

Not a single European country has decided to support the UK government’s controversial asylum plans, with the UN on Saturday night criticising the proposals as so damaging they risked Britain’s “global credibility”.

Six weeks after the home secretary, Priti Patel, unveiled a sweeping immigration overhaul that included deporting migrants who enter the UK illegally to safe countries such as “France and other EU countries”, sources have said the Home Office has been unable to persuade any European state to sign up to the scheme.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 6:30 am

The big picture: sandcastles on America’s final frontier

Paul McDonough’s photographs of the US Pacific coast in the 1970s conjure a sense of a society that has run out of road

Joan Didion, philosopher-in-chief of the American west, once observed that the Pacific coast was a place “in which the mind is troubled by some buried but ineradicable suspicion that things better work out here, because here, beneath that immense bleached sky, is where we run out of continent.”

Paul McDonough’s 1970s photographs from that coast, collected in a new book, Headed West, seem to share in that unease. In this picture, from a small resort town in Oregon, the cars on the beach, long noses toward the salt air of the ocean, look impatient to go further; the great American road trip has run out of road. In the foreground, their younger occupants are acting on instincts to make their mark here, however temporary, building castles in the sand to rival that great lump of rock rising out of the sea, and echoing the covered-wagon generations before them who staked unlikely claims to frontier land at the end of the Oregon trail.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 6:00 am

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce: why the over-60s are ‘silver splitters’

Divorce rates may be falling but there is one demographic that bucks this trend … older couples

If the announcement last week that Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced took observers by surprise, it nonetheless conforms to a growing trend of later-life separation. Bill Gates is 65, and his soon to be ex-wife is 56. In the UK the over-65s buck the trend of falling divorce rates. They’ve even earned their own demographic designation: silver splitters.

A grey social revolution is under way with people in their late 50s and 60s increasingly leaving marriages just when they’re expected to be most settled. A number of factors are at play but two in particular stand out. One is children going off to college or leaving home. While the empty-nest syndrome may prompt melancholy, it can also end the obligation to “stay together for the children”. It’s probably no coincidence that the Gateses’ youngest child is 18.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 6:00 am

Democrats renew effort to get Donald Trump’s financial records

House committee is arguing to federal judge that with Trump out of office, he no longer has a viable claim to withhold materials

A powerful Democrat-led House committee is pushing a federal judge to order Donald Trump to comply with a subpoena for his financial records, arguing he no longer has a viable claim to withhold materials now that he is out of office, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The move from the House oversight committee, led by the chair Carolyn Maloney, marks the latest salvo from Democrats in their years-long pursuit to secure Trump’s tax records and related documents, in a case testing the scope and limits of Congress’s oversight authority.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 6:00 am

Revealed: devastation that awaits Syrians facing expulsion by Denmark

Copenhagen will not renew residency rights – and families fear being sent back to homes that no longer exist

Danish authorities say Mesbah Mshleem must take three of his children, the youngest a Danish-born five-year-old, and return to Damascus, to a home that no longer stands, in a neighbourhood destroyed by the war and often shut off to former residents. There is little hope of compensation for those losses.

“I do not know what is left to go back to. How can I protect my children there?” says Mshleem, one of more than 100 Syrians living in Denmark who have effectively lost their refugee status. His lawyer had to challenge an order for his five-year-old to leave the country immediately and alone.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 5:15 am

Mr Ji: ‘Bright lights and sparkly thrills in the heart of Soho’ – restaurant review

Dining out can be a chilly affair at the moment, but Mr Ji’s Taiwanese dishes will warm your soul

Mr Ji, 72 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4UN. Bookings via mrji.co.uk. Small plates £3.95 – £7; all big plates £10. Cocktails £8 – £10

You can learn a lot about a place from a trip to the loo. I once knew a journalist who told me that, if invited into the house of someone he was interviewing, he would always excuse himself at some point to check out the bathroom cabinet for prescription drugs. He said you could obtain vital information about people from the medicines they were taking. I suggested it was odd some journalists were held in such low regard. He agreed with me. I don’t think he quite got sarcasm.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 5:00 am

Canelo Álvarez stops Billy Joe Saunders to unify titles before vast crowd in Texas

The unforgiving nature of boxing was seen in the white towel that Billy Joe Saunders draped around his head as he walked slowly towards a waiting ambulance late on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. He then used the towel to cover his bruised and swollen face.

Twenty minutes earlier, Saunders had cut a similarly forlorn figure in his corner as he told his trainer, Mark Tibbs, he could not see out of his right eye. A brutal uppercut from Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in the eighth round had caused an immediate and horrible bulge. Saunders knew the damage was significant, both to his eye and to his chances of causing a huge surprise by beating Álvarez in their world super-middleweight unification bout. Tibbs turned to the referee to signal the fight was over before the ninth round could begin.

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Posted on 9 May 2021 | 4:41 am

Manchester United lose £200m training kit deal over fans’ anti-Glazers campaign

Manchester United have missed out on a proposed new training kit deal worth £200m over 10 years after the Manchester-based company The Hut Group had concerns about the supporters’ campaign to boycott the club’s commercial partners in protest at the Glazers’ ownership, the Observer understands.

Richard Arnold, United’s group managing director, was told on Friday that THG had pulled out of a contract which was due to start on 1 July.

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 8:48 pm

States turning down Covid-19 vaccine doses as US demand declines

Reduced demand comes as Joe Biden has announced a plan to vaccinate 70% of US adults by the Fourth of July

Declining demand for Covid-19 vaccines in the US is causing states across the country to refuse their full allocations of doses from the federal government, despite concerted efforts to raise national take-up rates.

Reduced demand, which is contributing to a growing stockpile of doses, comes as nearly 46% of the US population has received at least one dose of a two-shot vaccine and about 34% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 7:03 pm

The pandemic captured in patchwork art – in pictures

In Pinochet-era Chile, a group of women known as the Arpilleristas denounced the violent regime by creating patchwork images out of scraps. That movement is the inspiration behind a new show, All in the Same Storm: Pandemic Patchwork Stories ( 19 May-30 August) , a collaboration between the De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex and the local Refugee Buddy Project, founded by Rossana Leal.

The patches, she says, express how people felt in lockdown: “fear, loneliness, gratitude to the NHS”. Created by refugees, volunteers and students, the squares have been sewn together to form four large quilts. De La Warr’s Rosie Cooper says: “The way these quilts capture, by hand, the experiences of people we don’t know is intensely human. It’s storytelling at its most intimate.”

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 4:00 pm

UK high-speed trains cancelled after cracks found in carriages

Passengers face ‘significant’ disruption as GWR and LNER suspend services in order to inspect trains

Rail services on Britain’s main intercity lines were halted and passengers told of potential prolonged disruption ahead, after cracks were found on high-speed trains.

All intercity trains on Great Western Railway and London North Eastern Railway were suspended on Saturday morning, as their entire fleets of Hitachi trains were taken out of service for safety.

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 1:23 pm

1821-2021: the greatest Guardian front pages

Over 200 years, the Guardian has produced more than 54,000 front pages. Here are some of the most memorable

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 9:00 am

Faith during the Covid pandemic – photo essay

Photographer Suki Dhanda documents how different religious beliefs have helped people come through the coronavirus crisis and lockdown restrictions in England

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 9:00 am

Refugees and the Armenian genocide: human rights this fortnight in pictures

A roundup of the coverage on struggles for human rights and freedoms, from Colombia to China

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Posted on 8 May 2021 | 6:00 am

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s win: Brexit is remaking politics | Editorial

Boris Johnson has been forced to discover and explain what he stands for. Keir Starmer cannot, and voters are unimpressed

One can read too much into the Conservative party’s astounding victory at the byelection in Hartlepool, a deprived port town seat in north-east England. But it is rare that a government wins such contests, especially when it has been in power for 11 years and when the seat had been the opposition’s for decades. Now the town with the highest unemployment rate in the country has a Tory MP. This makes for a significant moment. The result represents the first fruits of Boris Johnson’s political strategy, which rests on consolidating the 2016 leave vote and using the state to direct cash and jobs to the parts of “rust belt” England that voted overwhelmingly for Brexit.

Labour might argue that “Super Thursday” was about much more than a single constituency. Elsewhere, devolved and local governments were being chosen. Yet in Scotland, Labour is being steamrolled by the nationalists. The party is clinging on in Wales. But to win power it needs to be competitive in England. At the time of writing, English local government elections seem to point to a revival in voting for the Greens and Liberal Democrats, eating into Labour’s support. This spells real trouble for Sir Keir Starmer, who could be caught in a pincer movement, losing votes on the left and the right. There are about 20 or so “safe” Labour seats, including those of Ed Miliband and Yvette Cooper, where the combined 2019 Brexit and Tory party vote would easily overtake the sitting MP.

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 5:30 pm

20 photographs of the week

Police target drug traffickers in Rio, migrants on the Rio Grande, protests against the government in Colombia and the enduring impact of Covid-19: the most striking images from around the world this week

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 5:28 pm

The Guardian view on secondhand clothes: the thrill of the old | Editorial

Big business is getting in on the act as sales of ‘preloved’ garments boom. But can the trend curb our love for fast fashion?

“Few articles change owners more frequently than clothes. They travel downwards from grade to grade in the social scale with remarkable regularity,” wrote the journalist Adolphe Smith in 1877 as he traced a garment’s journey: cleaned, repaired and resold repeatedly; eventually cut down into a smaller item; finally, when it was beyond all wearability, the fibres recycled into new fabric for the wealthier classes.

That model is almost incomprehensible in the era of fast fashion. The average British customer buys four items a month, often at pocket-money prices; though the low cost is a godsend for the hard-up, many purchases are discarded after a few outings, or never worn at all. Clothes Aid reports that 350,000 tonnes of used but still wearable clothing goes to landfill in the UK each year.

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 5:25 pm

Tell us: how has your life been affected by the Black Lives Matter movement?

We would like to speak to families about how their lives have been affected by the BLM movement

As part of our commemorations for the upcoming one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer, we would like to speak to families about how their lives have been affected by the BLM movement.

We want to hear about how each of your lives has changed – or not changed – over the last year, for example in the workplace, in education, in personal relationships, to reflect on the movement’s impact across different generations.

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 4:12 pm

The Guardian’s 200-year fight for social justice won’t end now | Letters

Readers reflect on the Guardian’s anniversary and share what the publication has brought to their lives

I went to school in Manchester in the 1950s. In the first week of term, we were told that there were two things that all Mancunians should be proud of: the Hallé Orchestra and the Manchester Guardian. The newspaper was available daily in the school library. I had never seen any newspaper at home other than the Daily Mirror. I started to read the Manchester Guardian then and continue to do so. Many congratulations on your birthday.
Liz Newell
Sudbury, Suffolk

• Terrific edition of the Guardian on your bicentenary (Times change but the Guardian’s values don’t: 200 years, and we’ve only just begun, 5 May), with so much history and all the reasons why the Guardian is to be treasured. I gave myself an extra treat and went out and bought the print edition as well. The last copy on the shelves at 9am.

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 3:43 pm

We were there: the Guardian’s most memorable journalism over 200 years

The Guardian has published more than 5m pieces of journalism since 1821. With the help of staff, readers, supporters and alumni we pick 200 of the most powerful, and ask Guardian staff past and present to reflect on their enduring appeal. Day one: investigations, from WikiLeaks to Snowden

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 11:00 am

Tell us: have you had a hair transplant during the pandemic?

We would like to hear from men about their hair transplant experiences and why they underwent the procedure

Hair transplants are booming in popularity and there are signs that demand has grown even faster during the pandemic, partly because people have been able to recover out of sight at home. We would like to hear from men about their hair transplant experiences.

What was the recovery like, physically and emotionally? How much did the procedure cost? Are you satisfied with the results? What would you say to another man considering it?

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 9:18 am

The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction

Children and young adults around the world are demanding action from governments on global heating and the ecological crisis

Sofia Oliveira is one of six young Portuguese people who have filed a lawsuit against 33 countries with the European court of human rights, demanding that governments do more to reduce emissions and safeguard their future physical and mental wellbeing. Last October the Strasbourg-based court granted the case priority status.

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 8:21 am

What we got wrong: the Guardian’s worst errors of judgment over 200 years

Fiercely critical of Abraham Lincoln and at times racist, this newspaper’s leader columns did not always get it right

A daily newspaper cannot publish for 200 years without getting some things wrong. This one has made its share of mistakes.

There will always be errors of news judgment given the nature of the work. Tight deadlines meant the sinking of the Titanic was relegated to a small spot on page 9 in 1912; errors of scientific understanding resulted in a 1927 article that promoted the virtues of asbestos, and others in the late 1970s that warned of a looming ice age.

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 6:00 am

Noel Clarke and the allegations that have shaken the film and television industry – podcast

Journalists Lucy Osborne and Sirin Kale discuss the allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment by 20 women against Clarke

On 10 April 2021, the actor, director and writer Noel Clarke was awarded one of the most prestigious accolades bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the prize for outstanding British contribution to cinema. But 13 days before presenting Clarke with his award, Bafta was informed about the existence of several allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment against Clarke. Bafta does not dispute it received anonymous emails and reports of allegations via intermediaries, but said it was provided with no evidence that would allow it to investigate.

Journalists Sirin Kale and Lucy Osborne tell Rachel Humphreys about their investigation into Clarke. They spoke to 20 women, all of whom knew Clarke in a professional capacity. They variously accuse him of sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying between 2004 and 2019.

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Posted on 7 May 2021 | 2:00 am

Using hydrogen fuel risks locking in reliance on fossil fuels, researchers warn

Electrification of cars and home boilers best choice to fight the climate crisis, say scientists

Using hydrogen-based fuels for cars and home heating risks locking in a dependency on fossil fuels and failing to tackle the climate crisis, according to a new analysis.

Fuels produced from hydrogen can be used as straight replacements for oil and gas and can be low-carbon, if renewable electricity is used to produce these “e-fuels”. However, the research found that using the electricity directly to power cars and warm houses was far more efficient.

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Posted on 6 May 2021 | 3:14 pm

Tell us: how have you been affected by the fishing row in Jersey?

We would like to hear from people living in Jersey about how they feel about the situation. Share your views and experiences

Around 80 French boats have been met by two British naval patrol boats off the coast of Jersey, as French fishers protest over post-Brexit fishing rights.

The French boats gathered at the port in St Helier and are protesting over new licences that restrict the number of days they can operate in shared waters for the first time.

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Posted on 6 May 2021 | 9:05 am

How Jewish parents used Guardian ads to save their children’s lives - podcast

This month is 200 years since the Guardian was first established in Manchester. For the Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, a part of that history is deeply personal. In 1938, there was a surge of classified ads in the Guardian as parents – including his grandparents – scrambled to get their children out of the Reich. What became of the families?

On Wednesday 3 August 1938, a short advertisement appeared on the second page of the Manchester Guardian, under the title “Tuition”.

“I seek a kind person who will educate my intelligent Boy, aged 11, Viennese of good family,” the advert said, under the name Borger, giving the address of an apartment on Hintzerstrasse, in Vienna’s third district.

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Posted on 6 May 2021 | 2:00 am

The fight for Hartlepool – podcast

Hartlepool has sent a Labour MP to parliament in every election since 1964. But as old allegiances fray, Anushka Asthana looks back at how this previously thriving shipbuilding town has lost out over successive governments and wonders if the ‘red wall’ seat could be about to go blue at tomorrow’s byelection

During the 2019 election campaign the formerly safe Labour seat of Hartlepool became the focus of a three-way fight. The Conservatives, who swept away much of Labour’s ‘red wall’ on election day, did not manage to take Hartlepool. Many of the voters it needed voted for the Brexit party instead and the town returned a Labour MP, as it had done in every election since 1964.

This time though, things could be different. With Brexit no longer a focal point, this is now a straight fight between Labour and the Conservatives – and according to recent polling it looks like it could be about to turn blue. Anushka Asthana visits Hartlepool to investigate why this formerly staunch Labour area appears to be falling out of love with the party. It’s a trend that is decades in the making as successive governments have failed to invest and renew the skills, infrastructure and key services in the town.

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Posted on 5 May 2021 | 2:00 am

Manchester United fans: what do you plan to do next?

We would like to hear from fans about their protests against the Glazers and how they want the club to change

Manchester United fans have wanted the club’s owners, the Glazer family, to sell up for years. The club’s recent attempt to join the European Super League has given fans fresh momentum in their bid to drive the owners out of the club. Hundreds of supporters joined a protest against the Glazers on Sunday, forcing United’s match against Liverpool to be postponed.

Yet, despite the strength of opposition from the fans, the Glazers say they have no plans to sell the club. Instead, they want to grow the club into a $10bn business. If you are a Manchester United fan, how do you feel about the Glazers’ plans to stay? Will you keep protesting? Will you stop supporting the club? What action will you take?

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Posted on 4 May 2021 | 11:25 am

The Hindu priest struggling to cremate India’s Covid dead – video

RamKaran Mishra is a Hindu priest who performs the last rites at the Ghazipur crematorium in east Delhi, on the frontline of India's Covid crisis. He's been cremating up to 150 bodies day after day, working long hours into the night. With no end in sight, and feeling abandoned by his government, Mishra must deal with traumatised families and an ever-present smell of burning bodies


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Posted on 1 May 2021 | 6:25 am

Heroin to Holyrood? Man behind 'illegal' drug van runs for Scottish parliament – video

Peter Krykant, who operates a van in Glasgow where people can safely take illegal drugs, is running for Holyrood as part of a campaign calling for the Scottish government to establish legal sites. 

A former heroin addict, he is pushing for drug reform in Scotland, which has a reported drug deaths rate 15 times higher than the European average. "People are dying out there,' says Krykant, who is able to treat addicts who overdose in his van. Could interventions such as his change Scotland's status as Europe's drug deaths capital?

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Posted on 29 April 2021 | 12:31 pm

Protest in a pandemic: voices of young climate activists – video

From flooding the streets with thousands of activists to mass Zoom calls, Twitter storms and isolation, young protesters have had to adapt to a global pandemic and find new ways to push forward their calls for action on the climate crisis.

We spoke to six 'school strikers', all members of Fridays for Future, about the impact the pandemic and social distancing have had on their movement, and what the future could hold for their protests after more than a year of Covid-19

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Posted on 23 April 2021 | 4:39 pm

George Floyd: a landmark moment for justice in America? – video

The murder trial of Derek Chauvin drew the attention of the world to Minneapolis, the focal point of the Black Lives Matter movement after the murder of George Floyd. In some parts of the city people have reclaimed the streets, while others are under military occupation. With the area reeling from yet another recent police killing, Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone spent time with activists, lawyers, witnesses and members of the Floyd family to see how this landmark moment in American racial justice is shaping the city

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Posted on 22 April 2021 | 11:28 am

How the UK government sidestepped the data on coronavirus – video explainer

This time last year, NHS bosses asked doctors and nurses to ‘wear aprons’ and work without protective full-length gowns when treating Covid-19 patients, as hospitals were within hours of running out of supplies.

This is just one example of how the UK government has been slammed for its handling of the pandemic, through a series of missteps, U-turns, lockdowns, denials – and more than 150,000 deaths.

Twelve months on, the Guardian's Pamela Duncan looks at three major areas where officials were out of line with the data on coronavirus infections and deaths available at the time.

A government spokesperson responded, saying: ‘Throughout the pandemic, our approach has been guided by data and the advice of scientific and medical experts … As new evidence emerged, we acted quickly and decisively to implement life-saving measures, including restrictions and lockdowns, to protect lives, livelihoods and our economy. We are doing everything we can to ensure care home residents and staff are protected, including providing more than 9.9 billion items of PPE to the frontline.’

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Posted on 16 April 2021 | 11:37 am

Red, white and green: three ways we can make wine more sustainable

From how it’s grown to where it’s shipped, via waste, water and what packaging it’s sold in, a lot of factors impact how environmentally friendly the wine we drink really is

For many of us, the question “how green is my wine?” won’t go much further than the colour of the bottle. Wine is a natural product, after all, and vines must surely absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis? The reality is rather more complicated, but raising your glass doesn’t have to give the planet a hangover.

Intensive agriculture, crop spraying and the creation of vineyard monocultures are all potential issues before grapes get anywhere near a bottle. Then there’s the use of water and energy in the winery, what to do with the waste it generates and, of course, the carbon footprint created by packaging and then moving the finished product, often to the other side of the world.

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Posted on 29 March 2021 | 4:39 pm

But isn’t all wine ‘natural’? Seven myths about sustainable wine – busted

It might be grown from the earth and bottled in glass, but there are plenty of ways wine can be either more or less sustainable. From what ‘natural wine’ really means to the environmental impact of packaging, here are the facts

1 Wine is all ‘natural’ anyway … so what’s the problem?
Wine has a sense of romance that sets it apart from the likes of wheat, say, or potatoes, but it’s still an agricultural product that is, literally, rooted in the earth. The way a vineyard is managed matters every bit as much as with any other form of farming, and we can choose how “natural” its production is.

Consumers are confronted with a range of different options, but there are some key terms. “Organic” means the grapes are grown without the use of artificial pesticides, fungicides or herbicides, with certain additives also prohibited in the winery. To be sure your wine is organic, look for a logo indicating that it’s officially certified.

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Posted on 29 March 2021 | 4:38 pm

Nose, legs and … carbon footprint? Three things you need to know to pick the perfect wine

There’s a body’s worth of ways to choose a bottle, but where to begin? From grape and provenance to how to gauge a wine’s sustainability creds, start here

There are as many ways to enjoy wine as there are thirsty people, and in moderation, none of them are wrong. If you want an intricate discussion of grape variety, provenance or winemaking technique, there will be a winemaker (or a wine label) delighted to go into detail, but for those who just want to be able to pick a rich red that will work with a slice of beef that is perfectly possible, too.

And, while wine won’t make itself (leave those grapes entirely alone and you’ll get vinegar, or something close), it is very much a natural, agricultural product, and so winemakers have a strong interest in sustainability. After all, if the climate crisis continues unchecked, our wine regions will change irreparably – a possibility worrying enough to drive us all to drink.

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Posted on 29 March 2021 | 4:37 pm

First of the summer wines: how to host the perfect picnic

Mark the start of spring and go alfresco everywhere with top tips for a wonderful picnic: the kit, the classic food and wine combos, and some suitably celebratory wine cocktails

It’s official, spring 2021 is the season of picnic. Picnic central. Restrictions relaxing, we’ll be going alfresco everywhere with even the slightest sniff of sunshine. Whether it’s in a park, on the beach, in our garden or sitting out on the street in folding chairs, we will be there with cooler boxes, rugs and knotted hankies on our heads. It’s going to be like Wimbledon, Glastonbury, Glyndebourne and the Faversham Cherry Festival all rolled into one. Every day.

With 2020 behind us, surely you need no help putting a picnic together, so now’s the chance to up your great outdoor game with advice on which wines to bring and how to serve them, including day-appropriate mixers certain to put a spring in your step.

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Posted on 29 March 2021 | 4:35 pm

Made in Doncaster: I am not your subject – video

In the first episode of Made in Britain, created in collaboration with local communities, three working-class women from Doncaster take us on a journey through 2020. With Brexit, deindustrialisation and the pandemic as the backdrop, the women fight to forge a new identity for themselves and the town – Lindsay McGlone as an Instagram influencer with a tough day job, Pam Johnson as she campaigns for her pension and a voice for older women, and Rachel Horne whose mission is to change Doncaster’s story

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Posted on 22 March 2021 | 12:00 pm

Colette: former French Resistance member confronts fascism and family trauma after 75 years

Colette has won the Academy Award in the category of best documentary short. This has been made possible by people like you supporting The Guardian's independent, audience-funded publishing – we and the filmmakers thank you. Help sustain our future by making a contribution today, from as little as $1


90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine confronts her past by visiting the German concentration camp Mittelbau-Dora where her brother was killed. As a young girl, she fought Hitler's Nazis as a member of the French Resistance. For 74 years, she has refused to step foot in Germany, but that changes when a young history student named Lucie enters her life. Prepared to re-open old wounds and revisit the terrors of that time, Marin-Catherine offers important lessons for us all.

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Posted on 18 November 2020 | 10:59 am