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NHS pays out millions to patients of surgeon convicted of needless breast operations
Consultant Ian Stuart Paterson carried out unnecessary procedures on 10 patients but could have more than 1,000 victimsThe NHS has been forced to pay out almost £10m in compensation to more than 250 patients of a rogue surgeon found guilty of carrying out needless breast operations on patients who were left traumatised and scarred.Consultant surgeon Ian Stuart Paterson, 59, was convicted on Friday of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women and one man. He was also convicted of three further wounding charges. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:37:07 GMT)

Westminster terror suspect is 27-year-old British national
Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, 27, is understood to be a British national from Tottenham, north LondonA 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempting to carrying out a terror attack in Westminster has been named as Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali.He is understood to be a British national from Tottenham, north London, who was born overseas. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:38:09 GMT)

Theresa May accused of hiding from public at activist-filled event
Staff member says local people were excluded from campaign speech at Leeds centre that helps former prisonersJeremy Corbyn has criticised Theresa May for speaking at a Leeds community regeneration project to a crowd of Conservative activists, rather than users of the building who said they had left for the day before she arrived.The prime minister spoke to around 150 cheering Tory activists gathered at Shine, which houses small businesses in the local area. Corbyn accused May of “hiding from the public” by speaking only to her activists. Richard Burgon, the area’s Labour MP, said the prime minister had missed an opportunity to speak to users of the project, who include female former prisoners. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:17:53 GMT)

EU leaders to insist UK pays its Brexit bills as precursor to trade talks
Summit to toughen stance as one diplomat says Britain is not only on a different planet but in a different galaxy over divorceEU leaders will toughen their stance on Britain paying its Brexit bills when they agree negotiating guidelines at a special summit on Saturday.EU diplomats have agreed unanimously that Britain must settle its bills before embarking on trade talks. The position has been set out by EU leaders from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, to the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, but this will be the toughest statement yet from all 27 countries. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:49:18 GMT)

Man who raped stranger hours before his wedding given life term
Derry McCann subjected woman to two-hour ordeal in east London park while on parole for similar crime A bridegroom who raped a stranger hours before his wedding after being released on parole for a similar crime was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday and must serve a minimum of nine years.Derry McCann, 28, raped a 24-year-old woman as she walked back from an art show hours before he married his pregnant girlfriend in January. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:16:33 GMT)

Donald Trump warns of a 'major, major conflict' with North Korea
US president says he wants to seek a diplomatic solution to crisis in Korea and reveals China is helping to pressure Kim Jong-un Donald Trump has said that a “major conflict” is possible with North Korea though he would prefer to solve the standoff over the country’s nuclear and missile programmes through diplomacy.Trump’s warning on Thursday came towards the end of a week where the administration has made a concerted effort to restrain Pyongyang from carrying out major new weapons tests. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:05:11 GMT)

Weak pound melts the British dream of a place in the sun
Demand from Britons for holiday homes in Spain and Greece has fallen sharply as Brexit uncertainty and the fall in sterling drive house hunters awayBrits abroad? Not so many, it seems. Uncertainty about the future of Britain in Europe and the fall in the value of the pound are taking their toll on the number of UK buyers investing in a little place in the Mediterranean sun.A report by Spain’s Association of Land and Commercial Registrars last week revealed British demand for second homes in Spain was down nearly 30% on last year’s pre-referendum levels. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:03:49 GMT)

Headteacher and deputy send resignation letter to parents
Couple Alex and Peter Foggo say direction of education policy is why they are leaving Longparish primary school in HampshireA couple working as headteacher and deputy head at a Hampshire primary school rated as outstanding have written to parents saying they are quitting because they are so disillusioned by the direction of education policy.In their letter, Alex and Peter Foggo said they were so profoundly opposed to recent changes in England’s schools that the only morally honest course open to them was to resign from their jobs at Longparish primary school. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:02:05 GMT)

EU and Nato plead for calm in Macedonia after protest at parliament
Nationalist protesters attacked politicians and journalists in an attempt to prevent election of an ethnic Albanian as speakerThe EU and Nato have pleaded for calm in Macedonia after nationalist protesters stormed the parliament in Skopje on Thursday, attacking politicians and journalists in an attempt to prevent the election of an ethnic Albanian as speaker.The protesters, supporters of former prime minister Nikola Gruevski’s conservative, Russia-backed VMRO party, demanded new elections. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:08:38 GMT)

'Europe's dirty secret': officials on Chios scramble to cope with rising tensions
Frustration mounts among locals on the Greek island, where refugees feel like prisoners with no hope of getting to mainland EuropeOn a clear day the channel dividing Chios from the Turkish coast does not look like a channel at all. The nooks and crevices of Turkey’s western shores, its wind turbines and summer homes could, to the naked eye, be a promontory of the Greek island itself. For the men, women and children who almost daily make the crossing in dinghies and other smuggler craft, it is a God-given proximity, the gateway to Europe that continues to lure.Samuel Aneke crossed the sea almost a year ago on 1 June. Like those before him, and doubtless those who will follow, he saw the five-mile stretch as the last hurdle to freedom. “You could say geography brought me here,” said the Nigerian, a broad smile momentarily dousing his otherwise dour demeanour. “But it was not supposed to keep me prisoner.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:21:21 GMT)

Britain's Iron Man: inventor takes flight in jet-powered suit
Gravity founder Richard Browning demonstrates his ‘Daedalus’ flight suit at TED conference in VancouverRichard Browning, the British inventor dubbed “Wiltshire’s Iron Man”, successfully demonstrated his personal flight suit on the shores of Vancouver harbour, with mini jet engines on his hands.Inspired by the Marvel comic superhero Iron Man, Browning flew in a circle and hovered a short distance from the ground using thrusters attached to his arms and back, captivating attendees at the Vancouver TED conference. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:14:34 GMT)

The garden bridge is dead – now £37m of public money must be repaid
Despite its exclusivity and rickety economics, the garden bridge project went far further than it should have thanks to Boris Johnson’s disregard for planning rulesVarnished with a Kevlar coating of celebrity sparkle, Bullingdon Club backing and architectural fairy dust, the garden bridge has always seemed capable of surviving every missile of common sense thrown at it. For three years it has been fiercely opposed by supporters of gardens and bridges alike, of which this vanity project was clearly never either. But now it seems its invincibility cloak has finally worn off, as London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has refused to guarantee further funding for his predecessor’s misguided folly. Related: Thames garden bridge scrapped by Sadiq Khan Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:22:06 GMT)

Brigitte Macron: ever present beside France's presidential hopeful
Emmanuel Macron’s drama coach when he was 15 is set to break new ground by having a formal description as first ladyLast July, when Emmanuel Macron was economy minister in François Hollande’s government and his barely hidden presidential ambitions were dismissed as a naive fantasy by the political class, he held his first rally at a smart venue on Paris’s Left Bank. Before the crowds arrived, he took to the stage to rehearse his speech in front of a handful of volunteers from his new political movement En Marche! (On the Move), a “neither right nor left” grouping he said would revolutionise French politics. “We are the party of hope,” he told the almost empty auditorium, captured by the film-maker Pierre Hurel, who was discreetly documenting his rise. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:46:34 GMT)

With Theresa May’s snowflakes in charge, this is health and safety gone mad | Marina Hyde
Dalek soundbites and dodging debates may secure a Tory election win, but contempt for voters could backfire in the end‘I think everyone is finding this concept of safe spaces quite extraordinary,” declared Theresa May last year. In which case, why is she conducting her election in one? Everything for which May specifically lambasted university students – terror of debate, a sense of entitlement, a failure to embrace what this country was built on – could have come straight from her campaign team’s playbook. Related: Theresa May accused of hiding from public at activist-filled event Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:11:43 GMT)

A third of schools in England are underfunded by more than £1m
A new report shows that while money has been found to build 500 new free schools, thousands of existing schools do not have enough funds to keep their buildings in a ‘satisfactory’ conditionA report by a cross-party committee of senior MPs released this week condemned the government’s funding of its free schools programme as incoherent and wasteful.“While the department is spending significant funds in creating 500 more free schools, even in areas with no shortage of places, existing schools struggle to live within their budgets and carry out routine maintenance,” the Public Accounts Committee report stated. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:26:57 GMT)

After-dinner mint: how ex-politicians hit paydirt with public speaking
Barack Obama, George Osborne and David Cameron can all now command six-figure sums for a few pithy bon mots from the podium. But what do their audiences get out of it? When Barack Obama banks the cheque for $400,000 he will receive for talking to an audience of Wall Street bankers and their most important clients in September, the former president might like to quietly thank the statesman who did so much to pioneer the idea of the celebrity political speaker: Winston Churchill.More than 70 years ago, in March 1946, Churchill – recently ousted as prime minister – turned up at Westminster college in Fulton, Missouri to present his views on the state of the world. The audience in Fulton certainly got more than it bargained for, because Churchill used his lecture to coin the phrase that came to describe the cold war: Britain’s wartime premier– with US president Harry Truman in the audience – described how an “iron curtain” had descended across Europe, from Stettin on the Baltic Sea to Trieste on the Adriatic. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:20:26 GMT)

Stranded in the Bahamas: luxury Fyre festival turns to 'chaos'
Tickets cost up to $12,780 for music event endorsed by influencers on Instagram but social media reports suggest ‘disaster’It was billed as an Instagram-worthy luxury festival in the Bahamas – but the supposedly glamorous Fyre festival seems to be anything but.Tickets for the festival, which was co-organised by the rapper Ja Rule, cost up to $12,780 for a luxury four-person package. Festivalgoers were promised “a cultural moment created from a blend of music, art and food”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:03:36 GMT)

From Zac to Jack: high-profile names line up for election battle
Tory Zac Goldsmith and Lib Dem Vince Cable want their old seats back, and Jack Monroe is considering an independent runTheresa May’s announcement of a snap general election sent aspirant politicians across the parties scrambling. The Conservatives and Labour are seeing the fiercest selection fights because few of their candidates had already been picked, while the Liberal Democrats have a string of former MPs ready to go into battle for their old seats. Here are some of the high-profile names seeking to enter the House of Commons: Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:50:15 GMT)

10 things we've learned from the election campaign this week
Theresa May finds her inner Ed Miliband, Scottish voters will get a leaders’ debate and a Johnson insult overshadows a policy launch General election 2017 – live updates10 things we learned last weekWeek two – in picturesWith parliament wrapping up this week, the election campaign is still not running at full pelt, but it’s getting there. Here are 10 takeaways from the week. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:00:37 GMT)

Paul Nuttall is hostage to Ukip – and he doesn't look happy about it | John Crace
His words were willing but Nuttall’s lack of Farage-style bluster could not lift the melancholic atmosphere of Ukip’s election launch Just four days after being held hostage in the Marriott hotel on Westminster Bridge where he had been introducing his “integration agenda”, the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, returned to the crime scene for the launch of his party’s general election campaign. Nuttall looked understandably frayed. He might have led the raid on Dieppe in 1942 and the SAS assault on the Iranian embassy in 1980, but no amount of wet ops training could prepare you for the surprise of being taken hostage by yourself.Removing himself from himself had taken it out of him. Where four days previously Nuttall had been upbeat about Ukip’s chances, now he appeared as if he couldn’t wait for the whole campaign to be over – so he could resume his career as a professional footballer. The words were willing, but the flesh was weak. He could talk about being up for the fight, but his lacklustre tone suggested otherwise. Defeat seeped out of every pore. He just didn’t have the bluster of Nigel Farage. Then again even Nigel no longer has Nigel’s usual optimism. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:32:47 GMT)

Spurs are on their way to Wembley … home switch confirmed for rebuild
• Wembley a temporary move as Spurs build new 61,000-seat ground• Tottenham will spend 2017-18 campaign at the national stadiumTottenham have confirmed they will leave White Hart Lane at the end of the season and spend the 2017-18 campaign at Wembley while their new 61,000-seat stadium is being completed.The club said in a tweet: “We can confirm that, following a Board meeting today, we’ve taken the decision to activate our option with Wembley National Stadium Limited. We’ll play all our home games at @WembleyStadium for the 2017/18 season whilst we complete the construction of our new stadium development.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:50:04 GMT)

Dele Alli, Twitter loneliness and the cautionary tale of Renato Sanches | Barney Ronay
The Bayern midfielder increasingly looks a candidate for the title of most startlingly strange meteoric 24-month first-team career ever. Wonderkids bewareAmong the many doomed and dreadful writing projects I occasionally pretend to be working on is a Bret Easton Ellis-style football novel about a hip, talented, existentially glazed and clueless wonderkid being passed around Europe’s super-clubs by the shady financial powers that run the world game.The lead character is an interchangeable young star, probably Portuguese, called something generic like Rui Pinto or José Costa. Tattooed and glossed, garlanded with premature honours, his entire private and professional life is owned by a Gestifute-style talent agency. He wears sunglasses and huge headphones and speaks mainly in emojis, while being shuttled from elite subs bench to seven-star hotel, generating endless income without any noticeable interaction with the human world. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:27:03 GMT)

Ilie Nastase apologises and says Serena Williams comment was ‘spontaneous’
• Romanian has been provisionally suspended by ITF• Nastase criticises Johanna Konta for complaint during Fed Cup matchIlie Nastase has issued an apology for his conduct during Romania’s Fed Cup tie against Great Britain last weekend. The 70-year-old former world No1 has already been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation after a series of incidents in Constanta.Nastase was overheard making an apparently racist comment about Serena Williams’ unborn baby as well as asking the GB captain, Anne Keothavong, for her hotel room number. During the first day, Nastase then verbally abused the chair umpire Jaume Campistol and the referee Andreas Egli before calling Keothavong and the British No1, Johanna Konta, “fucking bitches” as he was sent from the court. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:35:42 GMT)

Klitschko might not be a spent force – Joshua needs to pace himself | Dominic Ingle
Kell Brook’s trainer looks at where Saturday’s Wembley sellout world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and the 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko may be won and lostI am not convinced, as many people seem to be, that Anthony Joshua will blast through Wladimir Klitschko. Of course, it could happen. But if Klitschko has anything left in the tank, I expect him to drag Joshua deeper into the trenches than ever before. The Ukrainian may even be able to spring a surprise late on – if he can navigate the early rounds.I know that puts me in the minority. But I keep wondering whether too much has been made of Klitschko’s defeat by Tyson Fury. Yes, he looked awful that night: slow and flat-footed and desperately trigger-shy. The question is: how much of that was down to age and how much to Fury bamboozling him? Because, make no mistake, the Gypsy King fought an exceptionally smart tactical fight, which was very different to what everyone expected. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:27:46 GMT)

Chris Hughton: ‘I have a thirst for knowledge. I won’t always be a manager’
In an exclusive interview, the Brighton manager talks about the ‘shocking’ imbalance between white and BAME managers in England and his hopes for Brighton in the Premier League next season“‘It is shocking and the more we speak about it, and reflect on it, the more it hits home that there’s an incredible imbalance,” Chris Hughton says as he addresses the grievous lack of black managers in English football. His only current managerial contemporary is Keith Curle, in charge of Carlisle United in League Two, and Hughton’s quietly spoken words carry even more impact now that he has led Brighton & Hove Albion into next season’s Premier League.Brighton’s inspiring promotion, after decades of strife in which the club became homeless, bankrupt and on the brink of losing their place in the Football League, was guaranteed last week. Their 58-year-old manager is now determined to win the Championship title on Saturday, with a game to spare, by beating Bristol City at home. But first, on a cold evening at the Amex Stadium, before his players participate in their annual awards, it is striking how he sidesteps beaming celebrations or personal vindication. Hughton, instead, confronts more important issues with a social conscience that is often missing from English football. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:34:00 GMT)

Sharapova edges closer to French Open while Murray reaches Barcelona semis
• Russian wins 6-3, 6-4 against Anett Kontaveit at Porsche Grand Prix• Andy Murray gains revenge on Albert Ramos-Viñolas to reach Barcelona semisMaria Sharapova needs one more win to book her place in French Open qualifying after beating Anett Kontaveit to reach the semi-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, while Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open after gaining revenge on Albert Ramos-Viñolas.Sharapova is yet to drop a set following her return from a 15-month doping ban and saw off the spirited challenge of the Estonian qualifier Kontaveit 6-3, 6-4. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:52:08 GMT)

Why Arsène Wenger finally decided a back three was Arsenal’s way forward | Jonathan Wilson
One of Wenger’s first acts at Arsenal was to shun the system but 21 years on it is in fashion and – partly out of desperation – his team are employing wing-backsIn late September 1996, Arsenal travelled to face Borussia Mönchengladbach in the second leg of a Uefa Cup tie. Arsène Wenger had been confirmed as manager but was supposed to have only a watching brief, formally taking over after the following weekend’s match against Sunderland. At half-time, with the score 1-1 and Arsenal trailing 4-3 on aggregate, he came down from the stands to the dugout where, according to the caretaker, Pat Rice, he offered “one or two ideas”.Arsenal had begun the game with three central defenders (given the wing‑backs were Martin Keown and Nigel Winterburn, it was a back five rather than a back three) but, as Rice explained, Wenger advised him “to go to a back four and add extra width to the attack, and of course I took his advice”. Four minutes after the break, Paul Merson put Arsenal 2-1 up on the night, but as they chased a third they were twice caught on the break and ended up losing 3-2. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:00:37 GMT)

Exeter’s Harry Williams: ‘The idea of international rugby is forming a bit more’
The Chiefs prop may have been a late developer but, with an England cap on the horizon, there is a lot more to the 25-year-old than meets the eyeIn Exeter they do not mind what their rugby players look like. “We’re not big ones for the colour of a player’s boots or hairstyles or tattoos,” says Rob Baxter, the Chiefs director of rugby, glancing over at his distinctively pony-tailed, 20-stone prop Harry Williams. “We’re happy for them to be their own men as long as they buy into what we want to achieve as a club. He can wear white boots and have whatever hairstyle he wants as long as he trains well and plays well.”A sense of stylistic freedom has clearly done Jack Nowell no harm from a Lions perspective and following his call-up to the senior England squad for this summer’s tour to Argentina, the idiosyncratic Williams is the latest example. While Eddie Jones is not an instant fan of his new tighthead’s barnet – “He needs a haircut so I will have to chat to him about that” – he will soon discover there is a heap more to the 25-year-old than meets the eye. Taking the clippers to Samson’s locks did not end well and it might work best to keep England’s new giant-sized recruit away from the barbers. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:46:43 GMT)

Premier League and much more: 10 things to look out for this weekend
Romelu Lukaku has a big chance to make an impact against Chelsea, Hull City battle against history and Rangers seek to end Old Firm derby drought Related: Tottenham clash with Arsenal takes Pochettino back to another demolition derby | David Hytner Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:22:28 GMT)

Wayne Rooney may play in midfield for Manchester United against Swansea
• José Mourinho says injuries and suspension may force rethink• ‘We have Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick and nothing else’José Mourinho said Wayne Rooney may have to play in midfield against Swansea City because of Marouane Fellaini’s suspension for head-butting Sergio Agüero in the Manchester derby and Paul Pogba’s continuing absence through injury.Fellaini will miss three Premier League matches, so in addition to Swansea’s visit on Sunday, he is unavailable for the trips to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:30:40 GMT)

Wenger rejects Arsenal-Spurs power shift: ‘One year can’t make up for 20’
• Tottenham in line to finish above Arsenal for first time since 1995• Wenger admits Dele Alli was on his radar at Milton Keynes DonsArsène Wenger says Tottenham may be favourites for Sunday’s derby but insists there is no power shift taking place between the north London rivals.Arsenal make the short trip to White Hart Lane with Spurs still in the title race whereas Wenger’s side face a battle to finish in the top four. Tottenham have not finished above their neighbours in the Premier League since 1995. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:02:11 GMT)

Hartlepool need to kickstart great escape with or without Jeff Stelling’s help | Nick Ames
The harsh truth is that factors far beyond the Sky presenter or Dave Jones are behind the club’s decline and a survival-boosting win at Cheltenham is a mustIf the howls of anguish coming from the Soccer Saturday presenter’s chair are a little louder than normal this weekend there may be a justifiable reason for it. Hartlepool United’s 96-year grip on a Football League place is in grave peril and a defeat at Cheltenham Town, two places and four points above them in League Two, may be enough to apply the final wound with a game to spare. The club’s plight should be familiar to anybody who has regularly seen Jeff Stelling, their most visible fan, in action this season and should the worst happen at 4.50pm it is reasonable to assume the nation will soon be well apprised.Hartlepool took steps to improve their chances of survival this week but Stelling has found himself implicated in their decision. On the face of things there was little surprise, particularly in the context of a scattergun hiring strategy in recent years, when the unpopular Dave Jones – who had only been appointed on 18 January – was removed from his position on Monday. The team had taken only 13 points from his 17 games in charge; Jones had made a poor impression all round and a dire 2-0 home defeat by Barnet last Saturday was the cue for an urgent round of discussions among the club’s board, who opted to cut the cord. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:55:47 GMT)

Talking Horses: Friday racing tips for Sandown and Punchestown
Atty Persse (1.50) is definitely worth a bet in the opener at Sandown on Friday on the basis of his sole successful outing last seasonIt was fun when the late-April meeting at Sandown Park mixed Flat and National Hunt racing on the same afternoon, but it is difficult to argue with the move to partition the meeting into separate days for the two codes when it produces a card as deep and intriguing as the one at the Esher track today.From the Esher Cup at the top of the card, when the Derby-entry Atty Persse (1.50) makes his seasonal debut, to the handicap at the other end, which was won by the subsequent Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs two years ago, there are fascinating and potentially significant races throughout the afternoon. Atty Persse is definitely worth a bet at around 3-1 on the basis of his sole, successful outing last season, when he won over today’s course and distance in a very impressive time for a maiden event, and Naseem (5.10) should take the closer for John Gosden, who saddled Jack Hobbs two years ago and also holds a strong hand in the Classic Trial earlier in the afternoon. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:47:45 GMT)

The Fiver | The right to brag about being the best team in London below Chelsea
In today’s Fiver: Tottenham v Arsenal, $tevie Mbe’s physicality and moreMore than once The Fiver has spotted a wistful tear well up in the eye of Weird Uncle Fiver as he laments the ceaseless passage of time. “What do you mean you’re closing?” he has often been heard to bawl. “Get your effin’ hands off me! Don’t you know who I … Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!” Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:56:43 GMT)

Sunderland v Bournemouth: match preview
Sunderland will be relegated from the top flight should they lose and 17th-placed Hull City either draw or win against Southampton. David Moyes’s side won at the Vitality Stadium earlier this season and Bournemouth’s away form has been in a slump ever since. Sunderland must be looking at this match as the last possible chance of redemption for the weary fans of Wearside. Jacque TalbotKick-off Saturday 3pm Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:04:37 GMT)

Crystal Palace v Burnley: match preview
Burnley’s quest for an elusive first away win of the season will continue without Joey Barton at Selhurst Park and with recent poor form – one victory in 11 games – anchoring their mood. Yet one more win should ease the lingering nerves at both clubs, and the visitors will hope to exploit Crystal Palace’s crippling injury list at centre-back. Much may depend on how Palace recover from their midweek exertions against Tottenham Hotspur. Dominic FifieldKick-off Saturday 5.30pm Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:12:04 GMT)

Southampton v Hull City: match preview
Hull City need an away win having lost six and drawn one of Marco Silva’s seven league games and can call on Oumar Niasse, who had his red card rescinded for last week’s sending off, as they battle for safety with Swansea, who are at Manchester United on Sunday. Saints are on 40 points, have lost their last two but have yet to knock off if their efforts in the 4-2 defeat at Chelsea are to be believed. Mark TallentireKick-off Saturday 3pm Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:31:26 GMT)

Macron’s rise shows that extremism – whether left or right – is not inevitable
Yes, nationalism is resurgent; but if Emmanuel Macron wins on 7 May, it will show that there is appetite for robust centrism too. Britain should take noteGeorge Orwell once wrote that the British were not sufficiently interested in intellectual matters to be intolerant about them. The French, on the other hand, enjoy nothing less than a high-minded, lofty debate over abstract concepts – or so it is believed. The British ask: “It works in theory, but does it work in practice?” The French ask: “It works in practice, but does it work in theory?” So the joke goes.As a London-based French citizen watching my own country heading for a rancourous presidential runoff on 7 May and Britain preparing for its first post-Brexit general election, I’m not sure the supposed differences between us are as marked as we like to think. And I see lessons for the UK from what is happening across the Channel. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:22:10 GMT)

We owe our planet this climate march. But we also owe it – very faint – hope | Bill McKibben
Trump is the worst thing that could have happened to the planet. That’s all the more reason to fight on - and celebrate even the smallest successesThere is no upside to the Trump presidency. To be in DC – I’ve come for Saturday’s giant climate march – is to be reminded up close what all Americans have known for months: we’ve put the country in the hands of a man completely unequal to the task. A man so cluelessly over his head that he keeps telling reporters he’s in over his head. But if you want a few grayish linings to the dark-orange cloud, you can find them. In fact, the last few days have given those of us in the climate fight a few glimmers of light. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:17:01 GMT)

Spice ruins lives and costs taxpayers a fortune. It doesn’t have to be this way | David Nutt
Antidotes to these dangerous, destructive synthetic drugs are desperately needed. But the government is standing in the way of their developmentLast year I wrote to the health and home secretaries with suggestions on how antidotes for spice could be developed. Their replies revealed a complete lack of appreciation of the magnitude of the synthetic cannabinoid problem and lack of interest in the idea of an antidote.Spice-induced “zombie” outbreaks in New York and in Manchester have hit the headlines in the past year. Use of these new damaging and powerful forms of synthetic cannabinoids is rife in our prisons and by homeless people, with estimates of up to 50 deaths last year. They can produce extremely strong psychotic states often with very violent behaviour. Sometimes a frozen unconscious state results. Either of these outcomes are health emergencies that consume vast amounts of police, prison officer and health professionals time, and so waste a huge amount of public money. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:15:56 GMT)

Could Trump’s diplomacy resolve his North Korea crisis? There’s hope | Simon Jenkins
The threat of conflict is no property negotiation, but the president is conducting it with all his skills as a dealer, craving the eventual shake of the handSo Kim Jong-un is just a 27-year-old millennial for whom it must have been “very hard” to lead his country at such an age. His ally, China’s president Xi Jinping, is a “very good man who I got to know really well and loves his country”. He is trying hard to resolve the “very difficult” Korean crisis. Of course Xi “doesn’t want to see turmoil and death and would like to do something to resolve things”. But “perhaps it’s possible he can’t”. So muses Donald Trump at the end of “opening bids” of his North Korean crisis. Related: Donald Trump warns of 'major, major conflict' with North Korea Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:28:01 GMT)

Why banning David Irving books from university libraries would achieve little | Keith Kahn-Harris
Irving, a Holocaust denier, and his ilk pose a bigger threat now than they have previously, but the problem of misinformation and radicalisation goes far deeperThe effort to get the University of Manchester to remove David Irving’s books from open display, now backed by Rowan Williams, reminded me of my own experiences browsing through library stacks as an undergraduate. While I never encountered Holocaust denial, I did stumble upon the complete works of Kim Il-sung, a pamphlet praising the Khmer Rouge and a book arguing that the Armenian genocide never occurred.Libraries are, ideally, fundamentally amoral places. The presence of works on their shelves is not an endorsement of their views. As someone who runs an online research repository archive, I can testify to having happily uploaded some lousy works of scholarship to its holdings. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:17:23 GMT)

This Yemeni city risks becoming the next Aleppo. Will America be complicit? | Maged Al-Madhaji
Houdeidah’s port is Yemen’s lifeline. The US shouldn’t be supporting any Saudi- and United Arab Emirates-led military attacks to take it backMy life in Yemen is dominated by fear. As director of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, and one of the few remaining independent voices in Yemen, I have been detained, seen colleagues assassinated, and buried friends killed by Saudi airstrikes. Now, half of my country faces famine.Even as Defense Secretary James Mattis calls for a political solution to the war in Yemen, he has not warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE against taking the critical Yemeni port city of Houdeidah, which is currently controlled by Houthi forces. Although debated within US policy-making circles, attacking Houdeidah would be a catastrophic error because it would expand the war and deepen the humanitarian crisis. It would allow al-Qaida and Isis to expand their influence in Yemen’s coastal areas. For the United States, that would amount to a strategic defeat. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:30:50 GMT)

A moment that changed me: the loss of my brother to alcohol-related illness | Eve Ainsworth
For so long, I questioned why drink always won, without realising that for Kev it was never a question of winning or losing, it was just about survivingThis year it will be 17 years since my brother died, aged 40. I have so many regrets – regret not only for Kev, who was finally killed by the addiction that overtook him, but regret that I didn’t try to understand him more when he was alive. It is only now that I have begun to appreciate the pain and entrapment inflicted by alcohol addiction and how the man I thought I knew became swamped by this misunderstood and deadly condition. My brother deserved so much more. For so long, I questioned why drink always won, without realising that for him it was never a question of winning or losing. It was just about surviving each day. Related: 'I loved and hated her in equal measure' – life with an alcoholic mother Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:00:05 GMT)

Iran's people care about elections. The so-called democratic fringe doesn't | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Trump’s hard talk has buoyed Iran’s exiled opposition, like the son of the late Shah and the shadowy MEK. But these intemperate voices are not to be trustedIn Donald Trump, opponents of the Iranian establishment bent on regime change have identified a new hope. The US administration, which often talks tough on Iran, has rejuvenated fringe exiled Iranian opposition groups who are irrelevant to modern Iran, yet appeal to gullible Americans. One such group is led by Reza Pahlavi, who gets attention mainly because he is the son of the late Shah, who was exiled during the revolution in 1979. An “advocate of secularism, human rights, and parliamentary democracy in Iran” as he puts it on his Twitter profile, he reached out to Trump to congratulate him when he won the election, asking him to to engage “with the ‎secular and democratic forces” to defeat “political Islam”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:52:50 GMT)

We all grow old - don’t let the age industry stigmatise it | Gaby Hinsliff
It’s great that we can live healthily beyond middle age; bad if the need to defy time becomes a tyrannyOnce upon a time, the consolation for reaching middle age was being allowed to go cheerfully to seed. What bliss, in a way, to finally let yourself go; throw away the hair dye, buy a bigger size, stop feeling bad about never doing any exercise, and gratefully give up the pretence of keeping up with fashion or music. Just throw on a cardigan, and let it all hang out. Liberation indeed.But times have changed, and the era newly rebranded as “midlife” – so much less frumpy-sounding – is no longer such a comfortable place to hide. Welcome to the world of the new old, where the over-50s are almost as heavily bombarded as their teenage children by advice on staying leaner, meaner and hotter for longer. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:02 GMT)

Tactical voting, cross-party alliances and Brexit – catch up on our live look at the week
Look back on a broad-ranging discussion on everything from the state of play in UK election campaigning to aliens wanting to meet our leadersTake our poll: should Labour enter into cross-party alliances? 4.30pm BST Thanks for taking part in the discussion today, for clicking on our poll or just reading along with us. We’ll be back next week with another opportunity for you to tell us what you’d like to talk about and to respond to some of our writers, who will again be here to talk about some of their favourite stories of the week.In the meantime you can continue the discussion in the comments or email us on [email protected] or [email protected] – we’ll look forward to hearing from you. 4.16pm BST If you’re just arriving, here’s a poll readers have been voting in based on discussion below the line regarding cross-party alliances. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:30:02 GMT)

Should over-the-counter medical abortion be available? | Daniel Grossman
At the moment, the idea of over-the-counter access to medication abortion in the United States sounds crazy. But preliminary data suggests it is safeThe coat hanger – often with a red line through it – is a powerful feminist symbol. Conjuring images of women suffering unspeakable consequences of unsafe abortion, the coat hanger sends a foreboding message about a past we must not return to. The implications are clear: abortions women give themselves when they cannot access legal services are dangerous. Related: Abortion: the new litmus test for Democratic candidates? Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:49:11 GMT)

Will Lloyds chief enjoy plain sailing or will he jump ship? | Nils Pratley
Lloyds is riding high, but allure of global stage could prove enough to entice António Horta-Osório away from comfortable gigLloyds Banking Group’s bad and impaired loans stand at historically low levels. Its net interest margin – the best measure of a bank’s profitability – is the highest in the UK sector, and still rising. It is generating capital faster than expected. The end is in sight on PPI provisions. And the state’s stake has been reduced to 2%, with the last of the shares to be sold in coming weeks. A good moment, then, for chief executive António Horta-Osório to bow out after six years at the helm? Horta-Osório says he’s happy in his post and there is more to do. Not everybody is convinced by that answer, since six years counts as a long innings for a FTSE 100 chief executive and he’s constantly linked with the vacancy at HSBC. An exit can’t be ruled out. But, actually, committing to a couple more laps of the track at Lloyds is surely a highly attractive prospect. With a 25% share of the UK retail market, the bank is currently playing in a league of its own and can expect to do so for years. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:56:34 GMT)

Be bold Labour: promise to abandon this ruinous Brexit | Jonathan Steele
By offering an unambiguous plan to abort Brexit, the party would be back on the side of the 48%Labour’s Brexit policy has been widely criticised on two main fronts, and rightly so. Its spokesman Keir Starmer doesn’t offer the electorate anything substantially different from what the Tories are proposing, and ducks a clear answer to the question of what a Labour government would do if parliament dislikes the final deal offered by the EU. Does Britain step into a void, the so-called cliff-edge route, or does it remain an EU member?Even at this late stage, there is a chance for Labour to produce a better alternative. The manifesto should say that an incoming Labour government would abort the negotiations immediately. There will be no Brexit and no talks about how to achieve one. Continue reading...
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:50:15 GMT)

Hipsters, heritage and housing – how cities can escape London’s shadow | Simon Jenkins
The mayors about to be elected in Birmingham and Manchester must use ‘soft power’ to get their regions on the mapNow it is Birmingham’s turn. After two years in which Manchester has hogged the headlines as England’s “second city”, Birmingham is out to reclaim what was once its title. Next Thursday, both cities and four others are choosing elected mayors in what is billed as a rehearsal for the 8 June general election. The vote is also a chapter in the devolution of Britain, and in Theresa May’s “rebalancing” of the economy away from London.With Manchester looking a shoo-in for Andy Burnham, the focus is on Birmingham. Here the contest is neck-and-neck, between the Labour stalwart Siôn Simon and former John Lewis boss Andy Street. The Birmingham Mail last week had Simon slightly ahead after second preferences. Whoever wins will have the biggest personal mandate of any politician, apart from the London mayor. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:40:00 GMT)

Bristol: the city that lauds the slave trader | David Olusoga
The city has started to cut its attachment to the infamous Edward Colston – but it still has much further to go in confronting its pastAfter 150 years, Bristol’s prime music venue is to finally change its name and thereby cut its link to the infamous slave trader Edward Colston. The charity that runs Colston Hall – Bristol Music Trust – announced this week that it would think up a new name before the venue reopens in 2020.Perhaps the trust was influenced by a decision made earlier this week in New Orleans. In the dead of night, that city removed four memorials to Confederate soldiers and politicians. If a city on the banks of the Mississippi, which was once home to the largest slave market in America, can today recognise the toxicity of slavery, Bristol’s continuing memorialisation of a slave trader would appear even more difficult to defend. Continue reading...
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:58:53 GMT)

Community is an empty word if my parishioners increasingly live in China | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
Foreign-owned, unoccupied apartments are turning my part of London into a ghost town. And our politicians seem powerless to actFew words get more bandied about at election time than the word “community”. It used to refer to the social togetherness contained within a particular geographical area. Its key stations were the pub, the church, and the shops. In the general hubbub of such places, a magical chemistry of mutual attachment would soften the hard shells of our defensive individualism and bind otherwise very different people in a sense of common enterprise. And when people get to know each other like this they tend to look out for each other, including the most vulnerable among them. That’s probably why the church likes community: historically, it has easily been the most effective delivery mechanism for organised goodness and social care.But in many places the very existence of community is under threat. My parish in south London is a case in point. On the Elephant and Castle edge of this parish is one of the largest property developments currently under way in the capital. It’s an attractive place for developers as it is a run-down area, some of it with a zone 1 postcode. Which is why the skyline is full of cranes and the cafes full of men in hi-vis jackets. Continue reading...
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:40:03 GMT)

The valley rebels: the French farmer helping refugees cross Europe – video
Cédric Herrou is a farmer who supports and houses African refugees in the alpine village of Breil-Sur-Roya in southern France. Some regard him as a heroic good samaritan, but others – including the French border police and state prosecutor – denounce him as the leader of a band of smugglers, bringing migrants from Italy into France while flouting official border controls. As Cedric moves from one prosecution to another, why do he and his fellow activists feel compelled to defy the authorities? Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:00:38 GMT)

Tory MP's complaint that prize for writers of colour was unfair to whites dismissed
Philip Davies had complained to the Equality and Human Rights Commission that the Jhalak prize breached discrimination rulesA Conservative MP who claimed that a book prize set up to address the lack of diversity in British publishing was discriminatory against white people has had his complaint dismissed.Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission in January, claiming that the Jhalak prize for writers of colour discriminated against white writers. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:45:50 GMT)

Thames garden bridge scrapped by Sadiq Khan
London mayor pulls plug on controversial project, saying he would not give financial guarantees for construction work to beginThe mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has pulled the plug on the controversial plan for a garden bridge across the Thames, announcing that he would not provide the vital financial guarantees needed for construction to begin.In a letter to the Garden Bridge Trust, the charity leading the much-delayed project, Khan said he had taken the decision because of a continuing shortfall in fundraising for the scheme and the lack of the necessary land use agreements despite three years of talks. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:44:25 GMT)

Europe could allow a united Ireland to join EU after Brexit
Leaders expected to discuss statement at weekend summit that if the island reunifies, the north will automatically regain EU membershipEuropean leaders may be preparing to recognise a united Ireland, in a declaration that would pave the way for the north to swiftly rejoin the European Union. At their first Brexit summit on Saturday, the EU’s 27 leaders are expected to discuss a text stating that if Ireland unified, the north would automatically become part of the EU.The inclusion of the text is a victory for the Irish government, which had pressed for the inclusion of a “GDR clause”, a reference to the integration of the former east German state into the European Community after the fall of the Berlin wall. The declaration is bound to raise fears that Brexit could trigger the unravelling of the UK, although there is no majority in Northern Ireland for unification. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:04:57 GMT)

Willesden armed raid was to foil active terrorist plot, say police
Elite firearms officers stormed London house and woman was shot, in operation in which six people have been arrested An second active terrorist plot has been foiled in London on the same day, after armed police raided a house in the north-west of the capital, shooting one of the female suspects. A woman in her 20s was shot and injured by counter-terror officers in the raid, which started just after 7pm on Thursday with CS gas being fired into the Willesden property. Witnesses said the injured woman, who was wearing a long dress and hijab, shouted at paramedics not to touch her body as she was treated at the scene. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:26:22 GMT)

Manchester cancer hospital fire 'may have destroyed vital research'
Cancer Research UK institute likely to have lost millions of pounds of life-saving equipment in blaze, says its directorYears of research and millions of pounds of life-saving equipment are feared to have been destroyed in a devastating fire at a cancer hospital in Manchester, its director has said.Prof Richard Marais, the head of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, said researchers had been able to save 25 years of clinical samples, but that other vital work was lost in the “heartrending” blaze at Christie hospital. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:34:14 GMT)

RBS and Lloyds IT faults cause online banking frustrations
Banks apologise after customers complain of slow services ahead of UK public holiday long weekendMillions of Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group customers have had difficulty accessing their accounts after the banks suffered IT meltdowns before the long weekend.On Friday, when RBS was trying to focus on its first quarterly profit since the third quarter of 2015 and Lloyds on the news that the taxpayer’s shareholding had fallen to less than 1%, both banks instead faced questions about their digital operations. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:24:55 GMT)

Surrey students offered meningitis B jab after undergraduate's death
First-year physics student John Igboanugo died and two others were treated in hospital after contracting illnessStudents living on campus at the University of Surrey are being offered the meningitis B vaccine after a student died and two others were taken to hospital with the bug.John Igboanugo, a first-year physics undergraduate, died earlier this month after a sports trip to Rimini, Italy. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:09:23 GMT)

Personal insolvencies soar to highest level in three years
Households facing financial pressure from debt, weak pay growth and inflationThe number of individuals applying for insolvency jumped to the highest level in almost three years in the first three months of 2017, in a further sign of the mounting financial pressure facing UK households.Personal insolvencies in England and Wales totalled 24,531 between January and March, up 6.7% on the previous quarter and 15.7% higher than the same period a year earlier. It was the highest number of individual cases since the second quarter of 2014, according to the Insolvency Service, which published the figures. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:34:07 GMT)

Man found fatally stabbed on London bus
Man in his 40s declared dead at the scene after being found wounded on 189 bus in Marylebone after midnightPolice are investigating the death of a man found stabbed on a bus in central London – the fifth fatal stabbing in the capital in a week.The man, aged 48, was found on the 189 bus in Gloucester Place, near Dorset Square in Marylebone in the early hours of Friday. Paramedics tended to the man but he was declared dead at the scene. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:16:21 GMT)

Power plants will have to cut toxic emmisions under new EU rules
New rules to limit air pollutants such as nitrogen oxide and mercury could save more than 20,000 lives a year, say NGOsPower plants in the EU will have to cut the amount of toxic pollutants such as nitrogen oxides they emit under new rules approved by member states and widely applauded by environmental groups. Friday’s decision imposes stricter limits on emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, mercury and particulate matter from large combustion plants in Europe. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:51:44 GMT)

Sir Martin Sorrell's pay package plunges from £70m to £48m
UK’s best-paid chief executive has now received about £210m in total remuneration from WPP since 2012Sir Martin Sorrell received £48m in remuneration last year as WPP, the marketing and advertising company he founded and runs, moved to curb the level of his future payouts to avoid further clashes with investors.Sorrell, who has been on the receiving end of a string of shareholder voting revolts at WPP’s annual meetings in recent years, received total pay, bonuses and incentive scheme payouts of £48.1m in 2016. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:36:49 GMT)

Cancer Drugs Fund condemned as expensive and ineffective
Treatments approved by David Cameron’s scheme were not worth money, extended life very little and often had adverse side-effects, study findsThe Cancer Drugs Fund, set up by the government to pay for expensive medicines that the NHS would not normally finance, failed to benefit patients and may have resulted in some of them suffering unnecessarily from toxic side-effects, experts say.An analysis in a leading cancer journal has found that the fund paid out £1.27bn from 2010 to 2016 – an amount that would have paid for an entire year of mainstream cancer drugs for the NHS. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:30:03 GMT)

Thousands of cancer patients denied wish to die at home
For 38% of UK patients, life ends on a ward despite only 1% preferring that to staying at home, finds Macmillan charityTens of thousands of people with cancer are dying in hospital every year even though they would rather spend their final days at home or in a hospice.Although only 1% of cancer patients say they would prefer to die in hospital, 38% do, according to research by Macmillan Cancer Support, equating to 62,000 people a year across the UK. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:01:02 GMT)

Marine A, who killed wounded Taliban fighter, released from prison
Alexander Blackman freed having served three and a half years after murder conviction replaced with diminished responsibility manslaughter Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine sergeant jailed for killing a wounded Taliban fighter, spent a “relaxing” first day of liberty after serving three and a half years in prison. Blackman – known as Marine A during his original court martial – and his wife, Claire, were whisked away to a country hideaway after he was smuggled from prison in Wiltshire hiding under a blanket in the back of a police car. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:26:07 GMT)

Barclays chief admits he 'made a mistake' over whistleblowing case
Jes Staley says he has not offered to resign over scandal, as bank reports profits doubled to £1.6bn in first quarterJes Staley, the chief executive of Barclays, has admitted he made a mistake in his repeated attempts to unmask a whistleblower but said he did not offer his resignation over the scandal.The American is under mounting pressure after a shareholder advisory service, ISS, advised investors to abstain from backing his re-election to the board at next month’s annual general meeting because of the ongoing investigation by the City regulators into breaches of whistleblowing rules. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:27:59 GMT)

Tory MP's aide denies parliament rape charges
Sam Armstrong pleads not guilty to four charges relating to alleged incident in the Houses of Parliament last OctoberA Conservative MP’s aide has denied raping a woman in the Houses of Parliament.Sam Armstrong, who has been suspended as chief of staff to the South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, pleaded not guilty at Southwark crown court on Friday to four charges including two counts of rape, one count of sexual assault by penetration and one count of sexual assault. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:06:05 GMT)

UK economy is being sucked into London and south-east, says TUC
Unions say industrial strategy now more important than ever as two regions will account for 40% of GDP by 2022The TUC has called on political parties to spell out plans to spread prosperity to all Britain’s regions after warning that economic activity is becoming ever more concentrated in London and the south-east.On current trends, the TUC said, the two most prosperous regions would account for 40% of national output by the end of the next parliament in 2022. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:44:57 GMT)

Italy fears Isis fighters slip into Europe posing as injured Libyans
Italian intelligence document reveals how group has infiltrated Europe using scheme meant to treat wounded Libyan soldiersItalian investigators believe that a number of Islamic State fighters from Libya have slipped into Europe by infiltrating a scheme designed to give hospital treatment to wounded regular Libyan government soldiers.A Italian intelligence document seen by the Guardian reveals a complex network in which, from 2015, members of Isis and others linked to jihadi movements have infiltrated Europe pretending to be injured, so as to be treated in clinics and then freed to move elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:00:24 GMT)

Congress averts a government shutdown hours before deadline
House and Senate approve stopgap spending measure while negotiators work to reach an agreement over a longer-term funding packageHours before a midnight deadline, Congress averted a government shutdown – at least for now – ensuring that the lights will stay on in Washington as Donald Trump marks his 100th day in office.But the feat comes with a trade-off. Republicans failed to secure enough votes to advance their healthcare replacement plan despite pressure from the White House to hold a vote on the bill before the symbolic 100-day mark. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:35:31 GMT)

Investigation yet to find cause of 11 mystery deaths at Liberia funeral
Chief medical officer rules out return of Ebola after deaths of 11 people linked to attendance at funeral of religious leader, but no clear answer has been foundEleven people have died and five are in hospital in Liberia after contracting a mystery illness the World Health Organisation (WHO) said was linked to their attendance at the funeral of a religious leader, officials have said. “We are still investigating. The only thing we have ruled out is ... Ebola,” said Liberia’s chief medical officer, Francis Kateh, adding that samples from the victims had been sent abroad for further testing. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:44:05 GMT)

Council of Europe assembly leader stripped of powers after Assad visit
Members of human rights body’s parliamentary assembly pass vote of no confidence in Spaniard Pedro AgramuntThe leader of the parliamentary assembly in Europe’s oldest human rights body has been stripped of his powers after being accused of tarnishing his office by meeting the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.In a move unprecedented in the 68-year history of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace), senior MPs passed a vote of no confidence in the president, Pedro Agramunt. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:07:00 GMT)

Facebook and Google were conned out of $100m in phishing scheme
Not even two of the biggest US technology firms are safe from fraud, as the social network and the search company named as victims of sophisticated attackGoogle and Facebook were phished for over $100m, it has been reported, proving not even the biggest technology companies in the world are immune from the increasingly sophisticated attacks of online scammers.Last month it was reported that two major tech companies were tricked by a Lithuanian man into sending him over $100m (£77m). Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, was charged with wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft for impersonating Quanta Computer – a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer that includes Google, Facebook and Apple as clients. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:27:56 GMT)

Tanzania dismisses 9,900 civil servants over forged college certificates
Crackdown on corruption continues with almost 10,000 to lose job after nationwide verification of academic credentialsThe president of Tanzania has ordered the immediate dismissal of more than 9,900 civil servants after a nationwide verification of academic credentials uncovered workers with forged school and college certificates.Elected in October 2015, John Magufuli has also dismissed several senior officials, including the head of the government’s anti-corruption body, the tax chief, a senior rail official and head of the port authority as part of a wider anti-corruption drive. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:50:11 GMT)

US economy turns in weakest quarterly performance in three years
Commerce Department data shows first-quarter GDP growth of just 0.7%Analysts believe slowdown is temporary and economy will reboundThe US economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result repeats a pattern that has characterized the recovery: lacklustre beginnings to the year. Related: US economic growth falls to lowest rate since 2014 - business live Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:54:36 GMT)

Temperature-boosting El Niño set for early return this year
The climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is 50-60% likely in 2017, says World Meteorological OrganizationThe El Niño climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is set for an early return, according to a forecast from the World Meteorological Organization. Related: What is El Niño? Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:19:34 GMT)

40 years later, the mothers of Argentina’s 'disappeared' refuse to be silent
Decades after the military murdered thousands, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo warn that the current era of alternative facts poses a new threatHaydée Gastelú was among the first to arrive. “We were absolutely terrified,” she recalls. On the afternoon of 30 April 1977, 14 courageous women set aside fear – and their families’ warnings – and left their homes to confront the dictatorship that had stolen their children. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:00:06 GMT)

Facebook admits: governments exploited us to spread propaganda
Company will step up security to clamp down on ‘information operations’Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in France before presidential electionFacebook has publicly acknowledged that its platform has been exploited by governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries – including during the presidential elections in the US and France – and pledged to clamp down on such “information operations”. Related: Facebook urged to step up fake news fight before UK election Continue reading...
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:38:17 GMT)

East coast braces for fresh climate fight as Trump eyes more offshore drilling
President signed an executive order to review areas potentially rich in fossil fuels that were put out of reach of drilling by the Obama administrationCommunities along the east coast are steeling themselves for a fresh round of angst and protest over offshore drilling, with Donald Trump set to throw open vast swaths of the Atlantic seaboard to oil and gas companies. Related: The climate change battle dividing Trump’s America Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:00:38 GMT)

Murder of Spanish wildlife rangers spurs ​calls for armed service
Double shooting a stark reminder of dangers facing agents who monitor hunting and fishing and protect endangered speciesPaco Morales brings his patrol car to a halt on a windy and almost deserted stretch of road smack in the heart of Spain. In the hot spring sky overhead, eagles, vultures and kites wheel, idly scanning the land’s mid-morning menu.“This guy looks a bit pissed off,” says the veteran forest ranger, nodding towards the figure on the verge. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:30:03 GMT)

China convicts rights lawyer Li Heping of 'subversion of state power'
Li, once told that China considered him ‘more dangerous than Bin Laden’, sentenced in secret trial to three years in prison with a four-year reprieveA respected Christian human rights lawyer has been convicted of “subversion of state power” at a secret trial in China, almost two years after he was first detained in a sweeping crackdown.Li Heping was sentenced to three years in prison with a four-year reprieve, the court in the eastern city of Tianjin said on an official social media account, meaning he should be released but could be arrested and jailed at any point. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:47:28 GMT)

Fourth and final Arkansas inmate Kenneth Williams executed
Kenneth Williams put to death by lethal injection after appeal to US supreme court fails to secure a stay on his sentenceArkansas has carried out its fourth execution within a week, bringing to a troubling end the state’s controversial attempt to run a “conveyor belt of death” in an aggressive burst of killings unseen in the US for more than half a century. Related: Dear governor, please don't execute the man who murdered my father tonight | Kayla Greenwood Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:01:47 GMT)

Doctor dragged off United Airlines flight reaches undisclosed settlement
David Dao’s lawyers praise United for ‘taking full responsibility’ for incident in which he was injured while being forcibly removed from flightA Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to employees of a partner airline reached a settlement on Thursday with United for an undisclosed amount of money. Related: United Airlines to offer up to $10,000 for passengers to give up seats Continue reading...
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:51:18 GMT)

Macedonia: protesters storm parliament and attack MPs
Demonstrators break into assembly after election of speaker despite months-long deadlock in talks to form new governmentAround 200 demonstrators, many wearing masks, broke through a police cordon and entered Macedonia’s parliament, attacking MPs in protest at the election of a new speaker despite a months-long deadlock in talks to form a new government. The protesters stormed parliament on Thursday night after the country’s opposition Social Democrat party and others representing Macedonia’s Albanian ethnic minority voted for a new speaker. Shouting and throwing chairs, the protesters attacked MPs, including the opposition leader, Zoran Zaev. Continue reading...
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:02:20 GMT)

'I know he is alive': wife of Taiwan activist seized by China pleads for release
Lee Ming-che has been detained by Beijing authorities amid a targeting of activists, dissidents and scholars based abroadThe wife of a Taiwanese human rights activist detained in China for over a month without charge has vowed to take her fight for justice to the US and European Union, urging them to pressure Beijing to release him. It has now been 40 days since Lee Ching-yu’s “partner, best friend and confidante” suddenly disappeared while travelling to visit friends in Guangzhou, southern China. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:21:13 GMT)

How to make a Spotify playlist the whole family will love
You needn’t give up your love of music as a parent – just convince your children they’ve discovered the classics. Here’s how to pick tracks that everyone can get down to Win a year’s Spotify Family subscription Making a playlist to satisfy every member of the family is a harder task than it sounds. I say this as a parent who loves all kinds of music, and loves living in a blissfully easy age for sharing songs with our kids. I especially love it when a track pops into my head from my past that I can quickly pop on, and watch my child dance to instantly, like a madcap devotee. (His most approving move at the moment is going down on all fours, lifting one foot in the air, and wiggling his bum – although Soft Cell’s Tainted Love has always had that effect on me.)But still there are songs that bring out the grumpy mid-20th-century dad in us all, aghast at that orange-haired androgyne on Top of the Pops wrapping his arm around a boy, singing about someone waiting in the sky (thankfully, David Bowie’s Starman has the opposite effect on all generations in 2017). Ed Sheeran’s oeuvre, with a few notable distractions, has me tutting at the radio like I’m mainlining Werther’s Originals (but even I enjoy Sing, which sounds to me like Justin Timberlake by way of the theme tune to Flight of the Conchords). Certain songs on children’s film soundtracks also drive me to teeth-gnashing distraction – if I hear I Like to Move it from Madagascar one more time, for example, I will probably go postal. Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:31:02 GMT)

'The city's waiting outside your door': taking a springtime walk in London
For social historian Emma Dabiri, spring is a perfect time to don some walking shoes and start exploring. She finds history at every turn in the city, from William Blake’s resting place to the pub that inspired the nursery rhyme Pop Goes the Weasel Related: Go outdoors and embrace spring: tips on how to enjoy the new season During a period of convalescence in Dublin, Patrick Kavanagh’s walks along the city’s Grand Canal reacquainted the poet with nature, reigniting his artistic vision and inspiring some of his most feted work. Continue reading...
(Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:35:07 GMT)

Blurred lines – how music bridges the generation gap
The latest music borrows heavily from the past and collaborations and remakes are adding to its cross-generational appeal. For Peter Robinson, though, pop mustn’t lose its ability to provoke When it comes to the way families consume music, some rituals have always been sacred: the tribalist mentality that pits one brother or sister’s favourite act against another’s; the solidarity achieved when siblings come together to rebel against their parents’ taste; that belief that if you’re older your taste is more sophisticated, and if you’re younger your taste is more cutting edge. Then there’s the legendary tableau of the long family car journey: trips in which one adult may wish to listen to the radio while the other demands a carefully chosen playlist, only for the kids to inevitably win control of the stereo, even though they’re both plugged into tablets. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:29:03 GMT)

Sydney’s top 10 beaches and outdoor swimming spots
Fringed by the Pacific and home to a stunning natural harbour, Sydney arguably has the best beaches and swimming spots of any major city in the world. Here are the ten you can’t miss Related: Go walkabout: the best way to save on domestic flights on your trip to Australia Bondi beachWhile it’s worth looking beyond Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand, it’s easy to understand Bondi’s allure. This is where the city meets the sea; a golden beach with a lively mix of cafes, restaurants and bars nearby. Avoid the tourist traps on the beachfront and instead explore the options around Hall Street. For those prepared to brave the queue, Messina’s hole-in-the-wall gelato shop is a Sydney institution. Continue reading...
(Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:14:27 GMT)

Rise of the sex robots – video
Advances in computer science and engineering have lifted animatronic lovers from the realms of science fiction to reality; the first models are due to go on sale by the end of the year. Jenny Kleeman meets the men who are making the sex robots, the customers who want to buy them – and the critics who say they are dangerous Continue reading...
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:32:07 GMT)

Hollywood's homeless Superman: 'I was put in my own living hell' – video
Superhero impersonators Tyler Watts and Christopher Dennis struggle with homelessness as they ply their trade along Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, earning money by posing for pictures with tourists. Character work can be tough work, but many say it’s the only thing keeping them goingIn Hollywood, superheroes and villains delight crowds – and sleep on the streets Continue reading...
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT)

100 days of Trump: orders, tweets, leaks and military attacks - video
The US president’s first 100 days in office have seen a flurry of executive orders, tweets, leaks and military attacks in the Middle East. But his domestic agenda has been thwarted at every turn, with healthcare plans, travel bans and the Mexican wall ensnared by other branches of government Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:28:15 GMT)

Don't buy the lie. To oppose the government is not sabotage – video
Paul Mason says the Daily Mail headline, calling those who oppose the government ‘saboteurs’, is sinister. He argues that this tactic is commonplace in dictatorships and autocracies, but to see it in a democracy is alarming. He says meaningful opposition to the Tories is necessary for the country and for democracy Continue reading...
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:52:03 GMT)

'It's like a circus here': Leyton Orient fans furious with owner after relegation – video
Just under three years ago, Leyton Orient were within a penalty shoot-out of gaining promotion to the Championship. Following a 3-0 loss at Crewe on Saturday, Orient have dropped out of the Football League for the first time in their history. We talk to fans of the Os, who place the blame firmly at the feet of their Italian owner, Francesco BecchettiYou’ve been relegated from League Two. What happens next? Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:13:39 GMT)

A brief history of nuclear near-misses – video
With Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un rattling their nuclear sabres, the Guardian looks back at 70 years of near-misses in the atomic age. We’ve been on brink on several occasions – most worryingly when mistakes both human and technical have been the cause Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:07:53 GMT)

Late-night hosts on Obama's $400,000 speech: 'Continuing Hillary's legacy'
Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah discussed Barack Obama’s lucrative Wall Street speech and ‘Zombie Trumpcare’Late-night hosts took on Barack Obama’s lucrative Wall Street-funded speech, “Zombie Trumpcare” and impending nuclear war. Related: Late-night TV hosts on Trump: turning the Oval Office into 'a dream treehouse' Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:30:53 GMT)

Gwyneth Paltrow launches Goop as glossy Condé Nast magazine
Actor turned wellness guru who introduced world to vaginal steaming is to bring Goop brand to volatile magazine marketGwyneth Paltrow, having conquered the worlds of acting, macrobiotic cookery and high-end fashion, is to launch a quarterly magazine published by Condé Nast. The magazine, named Goop after Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, will be available on newsstands from September. The magazine will focus on wellness – a trillion-dollar industry of which Paltrow has long been at the vanguard. Continue reading...
(Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:10:16 GMT)

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