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04/25/2018 12:07 PM
Peter Madsen sentenced to life for murdering journalist Kim Wall

Swedish journalist’s dismembered remains were found at sea after she failed to return from trip on Madsen’s submarine

A Danish inventor has been sentenced to life in prison for the premeditated murder and sexual assault of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall in August last year.

The judge, Anette Burkø, and two jurors found Peter Madsen, 47, guilty of all three of the main charges of premeditated murder, aggravated sexual assault and desecrating a corpse.

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04/25/2018 02:58 PM
Len McCluskey accuses 'dismal' Labour MPs of 'smearing' Corbyn over antisemitism - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs, Amber Rudd giving evidence to MPs on Windrush and David Davis giving evidence to MPs on Brexit

Len McCluskey, the Unite general secretary and Jeremy Corbyn’s most powerful ally in the trade union movement, has launched a blistering attack on those Labour MPs who have criticised Corbyn for not doing enough to tackle antisemitism. In an article for the New Statesman, he says some MPs are “working overtime trying to present the Labour party as a morass of misogyny, antisemitism and bullying”. He also says their behaviour has strengthened the case for mandatory reselection.

The full McCluskey article does not appear to be online yet, but George Eaton has written up the highlights here. Here is an extract from Eaton’s article. Eaton says that McCluskey:

Condemns the “few” antisemites in Labour (“any is too many”) and argues that “combating their views is not merely legitimate, but essential”. McCluskey adds: “I have fought antisemitism and antisemites all my life, including physically on the streets on occasion, and I need no lectures from anyone else on the subject. I am not sure that some of the voluble backbench critics of Jeremy Corbyn can say as much.”

Denounces Labour MPs “such as Chris Leslie, Neil Coyle (my own MP), John Woodcock, Wes Streeting, Ian Austin and others” as “a dismal chorus whose every dirge makes winning a Labour government more difficult”. He accuses them of “working overtime trying to present the Labour party as a morass of misogyny, antisemitism and bullying”.

You would have to go back a long way to find such a sustained smearing by MPs of their own leader and their own party as we are seeing now ...

Their determination to divide the party into pro- and anti-Corbyn factions, despite the huge increase in Labour’s vote secured last year ... ultimately pollutes everything it touches. That includes the work against antisemitism ...

David Davis has opened the door to parliament agreeing to the demand that we get a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal.

His admission that the government will have to respect any decision by parliament to amend any motion or legislation on the final Brexit deal makes it clear that while Brexit is a big deal, it’s not a done deal.

We have made considerable changes to the bill to reflect issues raised by members and by the devolved administrations. It is indeed disappointing that the Scottish government have not yet felt able to add their agreement to the new amendments and we sincerely hope they will reconsider their position.

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04/25/2018 01:43 PM
Jeremy Corbyn calls for Amber Rudd to resign over Windrush scandal

Labour leader lambasts Theresa May and ministers for failure to realise ‘hostile environment’ led to crisis

Jeremy Corbyn has called for the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to resign over a “cruel and misdirected” immigration policy that the Labour leader said was responsible for the hardships faced by the Windrush generation.

Using all of his time at prime minister’s questions to focus on Windrush for the second successive week, the Labour leader lambasted Theresa May and her ministers for what he said was an inadequate response to the crisis, and a failure to realise her so-called hostile environment immigration stance had triggered it.

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04/25/2018 11:42 AM
Help-to-buy agency writes down loan on flat over Grenfell-style cladding

Woman whose London flat has slumped in value is told she can pay back £10,000 of £95,000 loan

The government has agreed to virtually wipe out a help-to-buy loan on an apartment in a London block with cladding similar to that used at Grenfell Tower, it has emerged.

It will make the write-down on the grounds that the value of the flat in Greenwich has been reduced from £500,000 to £50,000 because the developer has no plans to remove the cladding.

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04/25/2018 02:34 PM
Israeli policeman jailed over 2014 death of Palestinian teenager

Nine-month sentence described as ‘ridiculous’ by father of 17-year-old who posed no threat

An Israeli border policeman who fatally shot a Palestinian teenager at a demonstration while the boy was posing no threat to soldiers has been sentenced to nine months in prison after a protracted court process.

The father of 17-year-old Nadeem Nawara, whose case was covered by the Guardian and other international media four years ago, described the sentence for causing death by negligence as “ridiculous” and claimed that the officer, Ben Deri, had murdered his son.

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04/25/2018 08:54 AM
Toronto van attack: Facebook post may link suspect to misogynist 'incel' subculture

Post appears to connect alleged killer with ‘incel’, or ‘involuntary celibate’, communities that have made sexual frustration the basis for misogyny

Shortly before a rented van ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and wounding 14 others, a short and cryptic message was posted on the Facebook account of Alek Minassian, the man accused of carrying out the attack.

The post referred to another mass killer – Elliot Rodger, who shot dead six people and wounded 13 others in Isla Vista, California, in 2014 – and said that the “incel rebellion has already begun. We will overthrow all the Chads and the Stacys”.

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04/25/2018 01:28 PM
David Davis rules out extending membership of customs union

Finding solution to hard border problem can wait until autumn, says Brexit secretary

David Davis has said he would consider it a failure if the UK was forced to extend its membership of the EU customs union, amid mounting concern among MPs that time is running out for talks on alternative solutions.

Ruling out this possible compromise route for minimising a hard border for Northern Ireland, the Brexit secretary instead insisted that the problem did not need solving until at least October.

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04/25/2018 02:12 PM
Yacht firm's director acquitted of manslaughter over Cheeki Rafiki sinking

Douglas Innes found not guilty of manslaughter of four sailors who died when boat capsized mid-Atlantic

The director of a yachting management company has been acquitted of the manslaughter of four sailors who died when the Cheeki Rafiki yacht sank mid-Atlantic.

A jury found Douglas Innes, of Southampton, not guilty following a retrial at Winchester crown court after a previous jury failed to reach verdicts on the charges.

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04/25/2018 01:26 PM
Roma condemn fans' behaviour after attack on Liverpool supporter

Club criticises ‘small minority’ as two held for attempted murder at Champions League semi-final

Roma have condemned “the abhorrent behaviour” of some of the team’s travelling fans, after two men were arrested for attempted murder following an attack on a Liverpool supporter before the Champions League semi-final.

Merseyside police said two men from Rome, aged 25 and 26, had been arrested after a 53-year-old man was assaulted outside the Albert pub, next to the Kop end of Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, on Tuesday evening.

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04/25/2018 11:00 AM
Guardian on track to break even as company halves its losses

Publisher reports smaller than expected loss of £19m as benefits of tabloid switch filter through

The publisher of the Guardian and Observer halved its losses in the last financial year, and the company is on track to break even this year.

Guardian News & Media (GNM) reported a £19m loss in the year to the end of March, half the £38m loss recorded in the previous financial year.

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04/25/2018 03:13 PM
Hank Azaria on the Apu controversy: 'Stepping aside feels like the right thing to do'

The actor, who voices the role, says he could be replaced by an Indian or south Asian actor and called for more diverse voices in the show’s writing room

The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria, who provides the voice for Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, has said he would be willing to give up the role and be replaced by an Indian or south Asian actor after calling for more “inclusion” and diversity in the show’s writing room.

He made the comments on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show, where he called for the creators of The Simpsons to listen to the criticism over Apu, who has been called “a noxious pastiche of south Asian stereotypes”.

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04/24/2018 04:33 PM
Bezos's empire: how Amazon became the world's biggest retailer
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04/24/2018 04:32 PM
The two-pizza rule and the secret of Amazon's success

Jeff Bezos’s firm is good at selling things to shoppers, but that is the tip of its commercial iceberg

In the early days of Amazon, Jeff Bezos instituted a rule: every internal team should be small enough that it can be fed with two pizzas. The goal wasn’t to cut down on the catering bill. It was, like almost everything Amazon does, focused on two aims: efficiency and scalability. The former is obvious. A smaller team spends less time managing timetables and keeping people up to date, and more time doing what needs to be done. But it’s the latter that really matters for Amazon.

The thing about having lots of small teams is that they all need to be able to work together, and to be able to access the common resources of the company, in order to achieve their larger goals.

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04/25/2018 10:00 AM
Kyotographie in Japan – photo essay

The Kyotographie photography festival, now in its sixth year, uses unique spaces to showcase the work of 15 leading international photographers, including Alberto García-Alix, Gideon Mendel and Masahisa Fukase

As the cherry blossom fades in Kyoto, attention turns to a visual spectacle of a different kind: the annual Kyotographie photo festival. Showing the work of 15 leading international photographers in unique locations, this year’s theme, Up, centres on a subtle call to action. The festival’s directors, Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi, say participants were asked to illustrate how social change can be encouraged through self-awareness, action and creation.

The use of unusual architectural spaces, from a disused printing works to the sanctuary of a temple, gives the festival a distinct flavour and adds another atmospheric dimension to each photographer’s work.

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04/25/2018 02:52 PM
The art of the feel: why Trump is master of the awkward greeting

From clinging on to Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May to grappling with the Japanese prime minister, the US president has turned handshakes and hand-holding into diplomatic incidents

Wherever he goes, or whoever visits him, Donald Trump’s handshake style makes headlines. Following the latest awkward incarnation while the US president was meeting his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, we have analysed five of his key handshake techniques.

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04/25/2018 12:30 PM
Lifting the veil: who will design Meghan Markle’s wedding dress?

With less than a month to go until the royal wedding, speculation is mounting, with Stella McCartney, Erdem and Christopher Bailey among the runners and riders

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04/25/2018 12:00 PM
Swedish archaeologists uncover brutal 5th century massacre

A three-year dig has uncovered the shocking violence with which the inhabitants of the coastal village of Sandby Borg were struck down


Archaeologists in Sweden have uncovered startling evidence of a massacre more than 1500 years ago, when the inhabitants of a small village were struck down in their houses or as they fled along the street, and their bodies left to rot where they fell – with their treasures including beautiful jewellery and Roman gold coins.

At Sandby Borg on the shore of Öland island, off the south-east coast of Sweden, there was no escape. In one house an old man was smashed on the skull so that he fell into the fire in the open hearth, where his body was charred to the bone. In another a teenage boy, possibly trying to flee, tripped over a body lying on the floor, and died where he fell.

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04/25/2018 12:19 PM
Who are the 'incels' and how do they relate to Toronto van attack?

Suspect appears to have links to misogynistic online community for the ‘involuntarily celibate’

Hours before the Toronto van attack, a post on the Facebook profile of the chief suspect declared that “the incel rebellion has already begun, we will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys”.

The message has brought new-found attention to the so-called incel movement, one of the stranger offshoots of the “alt right”, and led to calls for the attack to be recognised as an act of far-right terrorism.

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04/25/2018 01:29 PM
TSB customers share their experiences of IT crisis

From cancelled food deliveries to accounts showing in US dollars, Guardian readers have their say

The IT crisis engulfing TSB has entered a sixth day, with customers still experiencing problems accessing their accounts despite assurances from the bank that its internet and mobile services are now up and running.

Guardian readers affected by the banking fiasco have been writing in to share their experiences.

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04/25/2018 11:41 AM
If incels’ violent misogyny had a role in Toronto, we mustn’t downplay it | Emer O’Toole

A Facebook post supposedly from the killer claimed support for ‘incels’. We ignore this online poison at our peril

On 6 December 1989, a misogynist who claimed he was “fighting feminism” shot dead 14 women, mostly engineering students, at Montréal’s École Polytechnique. I won’t use the murderer’s name. These men want us to use their names.

The women were Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz. They were pioneers – paving a path for themselves and other women in male-dominated fields, facing sexism every day, proving anyone who thinks that women can’t do maths wrong with each successful semester. That is why they were murdered.

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04/25/2018 01:53 PM
Living the dream (so we don’t have to): the boy who ran off to Bali | Sam Leith
Most parents will have been horrified at the 12-year-old’s jaunt, but I like to think he did it on behalf of all us more timid souls

When Jonah, my four-year-old son, gets in a bate – usually either because I’ve put cheese on his pasta, or because I haven’t – he is prone to stomp to the front door and announce: “I’m fed up with all of you. I don’t want to be in this family. I’m going to live somewhere else for ever.”

By “somewhere else”, it turns out he means “on the front doorstep in East Finchley”; by “live” he means “stand sulking”; and by “for ever” he means “45 seconds”. There’s my little chip off the old block! He really has inherited his father’s rugged individualism, defiance of convention and hunger for distant horizons.

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04/24/2018 05:07 PM
The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs | Hannah Jane Parkinson

It’s the first state visit of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the power foursome have really delivered the goods

Never will we be gifted such a dream set of press photos as the three day Macron-Trump tête-à-tête, the first day of which has seen the foursome visit the former home of George Washington and awkwardly plant a tree. As presents from France to the US go, some have pointed out that this tree is not exactly up there with the Statue of Liberty. The tree is more of a flowers-from-the-petrol station sort of effort. (It is, though, apparently significant foliage, in that the oak grew on one of France’s former first world war battlefields).

The Macrons’ trip is the first state visit from foreign leaders to Trump, who is the first president in 100 years not to have held a state visit in his first year of office. It’s difficult to be a good host, between watching Fox & Friends, tweeting relentlessly and egregiously offending most sections of society at a whim. But Trump chose the Macrons as a return invitation after he and Melania spent Bastille Day with the Macrons in Paris. Let us take a closer look at the latest couples’ minibreak.

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04/25/2018 12:41 PM
Boris Johnson doesn’t care about Windrush – only about himself | Jonathan Freedland
The reason for his reported clash with Theresa May is coldly political. He knows the scandal will damage Tories at the polls

Which Boris Johnson is your favourite? Are you, perhaps, an admirer of today’s apparently more liberal foreign secretary, who reportedly clashed with the prime minister as he demanded a wider amnesty for Caribbean immigrants from the Windrush generation? Or are you a devotee of the Johnson who led the leave campaign to victory, thanks in large part to opposition to immigration?

Related: PMQs: Corbyn calls for Amber Rudd to resign over Windrush scandal - Politics live

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04/25/2018 06:00 AM
The school that shows good food is not just for posh kids | Aditya Chakrabortty
In England’s poorest town, schools are teaching their children to embrace a healthy diet. Our new economics series looks at the lessons from Oldham

• Listen to Aditya Chakrabortty talking about game-changing economic models on The Alternatives podcast

Should you ever need cheering up, I can recommend 11am at Stanley Road primary in Oldham. That’s when lunch starts for the youngest children and it is pure excitement; the kind you used to have when horizons were short, days were long and nothing else needed bothering about. First comes the babble of voices, far bigger than the little bodies that follow, swaddled in plump anoraks despite the sun outside. They take crockery, these four- and five-year-olds who, back in September, didn’t know how to hold a knife and fork – and get down to the serious business of choosing.

Behind the counter stands Sheena Fineran: black hat, big specs, magenta polo and, after 30 years as a dinner lady, in complete mastery of her domain. “When I started, it was lumpy mash. It was liver. It was cheap, fried, nasty food.

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04/25/2018 02:09 PM
Arsène Wenger says timing of Arsenal departure ‘not really my decision’

• Speaking before Atlético tie, manager says he will not retire
• ‘With two or three additions, this team can fight for title’

Arsène Wenger has provided the clearest indication yet that he did not want to leave Arsenal by revealing the timing of the decision was not down to him. The manager of almost 22 years announced last Friday he would depart at the end of the season, with the understanding being he jumped before he was pushed.

The club’s chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, offered a telling line last Friday evening. “There’s been a conversation, Arsène has made his decision and now that process [regarding a successor] begins.”

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04/25/2018 12:40 PM
Moeen Ali: 'I probably should have been dropped from Test side earlier'

The England all-rounder’s appraisal of his Ashes and New Zealand tour reveals something of an identity crisis but he is relishing the IPL

When Moeen Ali was taken aside by Joe Root in Christchurch last month and told he would sit out the final instalment of England’s troubled Test winter, the overriding emotion that followed was not one of frustration.

Having never before been dropped during a 50-cap run in the side – one that was interrupted only once by injury – Moeen actually thanked Root for his honesty and sticking by him for so long. But by his own admission, this hook from the stage should have come sooner.

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04/25/2018 01:01 PM
Jürgen Klopp’s thrilling Liverpool are unlikely to fear a Roma fightback
The manager’s measured assessment of the exhilarating 5-2 Champions League semi-final victory contrasts with the blame game of his Roma counterpart Eusebio Di Francesco

The awe and wonder from a remarkable Anfield night has not diminished the day after. Fifteen minutes to play in a Champions League semi-final and Jürgen Klopp thinks of Stoke. Almost 60% remains of a tie to decide the cream of Europe’s elite and it is Bruno Martins Indi, Erik Pieters and Mame Biram Diouf that enter the Liverpool manager’s head as he withdraws Mohamed Salah to safeguard against injury. What’s more, he admits it too. “I’m not thinking of one game,” Klopp explained. The thought was justified, and another measure of Liverpool’s astonishing command over Roma. Respite from Salah is only temporary.

Uefa ranked Liverpool the No1 team in Europe in February 2009 based on a five-year period of success and consistency under Rafael Benítez. A month later they revelled in that status with a 4-0 destruction of Real Madrid that took Benítez’s team into the Champions League quarter-finals, following a semi-final appearance in 2008, a runners-up spot in 2007 and the ultimate triumph in 2005.

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04/25/2018 01:00 PM
Tennis has ‘serious integrity problem’ with betting, says independent review
• Review recommends no sponsorship with betting companies
• Problems of match-fixing are at lower levels of the sport

Professional tennis has a “serious integrity problem” and should immediately ban sponsorship from betting companies and gambling on lower-level matches, a multi-million pound report has warned.

The Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis, set up in January 2016 following reports of match-fixing, also found that the sport provided a “fertile breeding ground” for corruption and accused authorities of not doing enough to heed warnings of the problem – although it did not discover any evidence of a cover-up.

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04/25/2018 10:00 AM
'These are the white stairs': the enduring insults of golfing while black

Last weekend police were called after a group of black female golfers were accused of slow play. Unfortunately, the incident came as little surprise

You don’t need to wait too long to be reminded how slow golf has been to evolve in America. The latest incident came last weekend after police were called on a group of black female golfers in Pennsylvania who had apparently been playing too slowly. (If that’s really a crime, most middle-aged white businessman in America would have been arrested at some point in their lives.)

Not that the incident surprises me. I’m a golfer. I’ve also worked in corporate America in spaces where I was the only woman, and sometimes the only person of color. I’ve developed a thick skin, and that skin has been tested with all kinds of ignorance over the years – some of it, sadly, on the golf course. Like the time a course’s general manager told me I couldn’t take a certain set of stairs because “these are the white stairs”. A joke, he said. Or the email I received with the subject line “Jigga Boo”. Just one email of many like it. Or the foursome who paused to watch our group of black women play out of a bunker and told us “we didn’t know y’all could play like that.” Or the time I was standing in line at the grocery store with a Black Girls Golf polo on and the man behind me said, “Black Girls Golf? Y’all ain’t gotta ask for permission to do nothin’ no more.” I could go on.

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04/25/2018 12:00 PM
Leeds United, their Myanmar muddle and football’s most boggling tours | Marina Hyde
Leeds’ planned trip to Myanmar highlights the malarial atmosphere of the modern game, yet Dallas Tornado’s 1967 world tour may remain football’s most unfathomable odyssey

By the time you read this column, ideally, it will have been overtaken by fast-moving events involving Leeds United and the Myanmar regime accused of ethnic cleansing and multiple human rights abuses. However, at the time of going to so-called press, Leeds had delightedly announced they had booked a two-match tour of Myanmar, with planned friendlies in Yangon and Mandalay. The games were due to take place shortly after the domestic campaign ends, with the players apparently “very excited for the chance”. As rewards for a season go it tends toward the idiosyncratic, though some Leeds fans may have judged it much deserved.

Related: Leeds United branded 'disgraceful' after announcing Myanmar tour

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04/25/2018 12:00 PM
Unbeaten Brazil claim women’s Copa América but everyone leaves happy

Brazil met expectations but hosts Chile, who have now qualified for the World Cup, hope to have transformed women’s football in the country

Over two weeks in Chile, South America’s finest female footballers faced off in the Copa América Femenina. The tournament was a huge success thanks to the efforts of the players promoting the women’s game on and off the pitch. The authorities watched in amazement at the continent’s overwhelmingly positive reaction.

Brazil won all their games en route to a seventh title. The chemistry between the experienced Marta and Cristiane, who have played together since they were teenagers, was the catalyst, while Formiga, in her 23rd year wearing the yellow jersey, commanded the midfield, with veterans aided by the younger players such as Bia and Monica.

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04/25/2018 11:00 AM
'I feel so blessed': Mo Eisa on his journey from Sudan to the Football League

The striker is thriving at Cheltenham after leaving Sudan and the parallel rise of his brother Abo at Shrewsbury was highlighted when both scored in the same minute last Saturday

On the edge of the Cotswolds there is another Mohamed making waves in red and white. Unlike Mo Salah, though, this is Mo Eisa’s first taste of professional football after swapping the Ryman South for League Two with Cheltenham Town last summer. Eisa is making history in his maiden season, all the more impressive given that 12 months ago he was at eighth-tier Greenwich Borough, giving Godalming Town the runaround in front of 156 spectators.

Finding the net is in the family; Eisa’s younger brother, Abobaker, signed for Shrewsbury Town in January after impressing at Wealdstone. At 3.13pm last Saturday Mo and Abo scored in the same minute, the latter getting his first for the club, an eerie oddity and another step on an extraordinary journey for brothers who left Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, for Camden at the age of nine.

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04/24/2018 02:00 PM
Unfit for office? How the 25th amendment could remove Trump – video explainer

Political dramas Homeland and Designated Survivor have recently explored how a president could be removed from office using the 25th amendment to the US constitution. It can only be triggered if the president is deemed 'unfit for office'. But how would it work in reality? Who would be needed to trigger it? And why has it never been used before? The Guardian's US political reporter Sabrina Siddiqui explains

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04/23/2018 05:23 PM
Sit-ins and picket lines: why Armenia has been protesting – video explainer

Armenia's prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, has resigned after days of protests in the country's capital, Yerevan. Demonstrations began after Sargsyan took the role of prime minister immediately after two terms as president. Protesters accused him of stealing power

Serzh Sargsyan resigns as Armenia's prime minister after protests

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04/20/2018 09:25 PM
Swedish DJ Avicii dies at 28 – video obituary

Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, has been found dead in Muscat, Oman at the age of 28. The DJ, from Sweden, retired from live performances in 2016 due to a string of health issues. Bergling's representative who announced the death has said 'no further statements will be given'.


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04/20/2018 11:34 AM
Stonewall's Ruth Hunt tells Owen Jones: 'My heart breaks for trans communities' – video interview

The Stonewall chief executive, Ruth Hunt, talks to Owen Jones about her shock at the level of vitriol directed at transgender and non-binary people. She says the scale of abuse in the UK has contributed to high levels of self-harm, mental illness and suicidal thoughts in trans communities

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04/18/2018 09:44 AM
How was Daphne Caruana Galizia murdered? – video

Six months after the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, police investigators are building a detailed picture of what they believe happened. After three suspects were arrested in December last year, mobile phone data and CCTV footage is providing valuable evidence in determining how Caruana Galizia was killed

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04/16/2018 03:11 PM
How half a million hens were saved from slaughter – video

There's a growing trend in the UK for re-homing chickens, with tens of thousands finding new homes across the country every year. Many of the hens ​come from farms where they share cages with up to 90 other birds, and have never seen daylight or breathed fresh air

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04/15/2018 06:09 PM
How Pep Guardiola's tactics made Manchester City Premier League champions – video

Pep Guardiola has guided Manchester City to an emphatic Premier League title. With the league title wrapped up a month from the end of the season and City on course for a record number of both points and goals it seems business as usual for Guardiola, if so are we only in the middle of his usual cycle. Can he defy his three-year rule and build a dynasty?

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04/14/2018 02:34 PM
What you need to know about the Syria strikes – video report

The US, UK and France launched a joint military strike against Syrian chemical weapons facilities following the poison gas attack in Douma last week, which killed at least 42 people. Theresa May described the strikes as the 'right and legal' option, which has been challenged by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn

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04/25/2018 10:00 AM
The Handmaid's Tale: season two review – a menacing, harrowing return

The small-screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s disturbing dystopia remains intensely frightening, fleshing out its fascist theocracy with an extraordinary Elisabeth Moss at the center

After its formidable first season debuted in spring 2017, the small-screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale rode a wave of timely, Trump-era resonance all the way to Emmy awards glory, securing victories for best drama, directing and writing, as well as most of the acting awards. That a series as grim and unforgiving as this one could pull off an awards-season sweep spoke to how felicitous its timing was, premiering as the then months-old Trump administration was kicking into high gear.

The resistance, too, was beginning to crystallize, and the image of handmaids in blood-red robes and white vision-constricting bonnets became totemic, a kind of pop-political call to arms. At anti-Trump demonstrations women sported the shapeless handmaid’s cloak, suggesting wokeness or political dissent.

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04/25/2018 02:28 PM
Will Tom Hardy's Venom be the darkest ever Marvel movie?

The trailer for Sony’s first step into its new movie universe hints at a visceral grisliness very different to the Avengers’ smiling saviours

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A penny for the thoughts of Sam Raimi, director of the original Spider-Man movies, should he have happened to watch the new trailer for Sony’s Venom this week. For the first instalment in the studio’s own Marvel universe (not to be confused with Marvel’s own Marvel Cinematic Universe, owned by Disney) looks like just the sort of movie Raimi would have chopped his own hand off to be given the chance of directing.

Raimi was cast aside by Sony after the critical drubbing received by 2007’s Spider-Man 3, even though that movie’s well-documented problems (mainly involving Venom) were allegedly not all of his making. He appears to have been in the directorial sin-bin since 2013’s middling Oz the Great and Powerful, so it is ironic that the studio now seems to be moving its superhero movies in the kind of comedy-horror direction that would have been second nature to the creator of Evil Dead II and Drag Me to Hell.

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04/25/2018 03:00 PM
The Deminer review – heartstopping tale of heroic bomb disposal expert

Hair-raising moments punctuate this home-movie-like documentary about a Kurdish officer disarming booby-trap devices set by jihadis in Iraq

There are moments of great tension in this film about the work of an extraordinarily brave mine-disposal expert, or “deminer”, in Iraq. It is of real value in the raw archive material it presents, though often frustrating in that its footage is mostly presented without editorial perspective, almost like a rough assemblage of videotape.

Col Fakhir Berwari was a Kurdish army officer who was a US military liaison officer in Iraq between 2003 and 2008, disarming booby-trap devices set by jihadi insurgents using little more than a pair of pliers to snip the wires.With no small sense of his own heroism, Fakhir got a subordinate to film him with a videocamera (though this documentary never comments on the secondary heroism of this camera operator) and it gives us some hair-raising moments from this video cache that his son Abdulla later discovered.

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04/25/2018 02:08 PM
Avengers: Infinity War review – colossal Marvel showdown revels in apocalyptic mayhem

Supersized set pieces, sharp one-liners and surprising deaths abound in the Russo brothers’ utterly confident comic-book movie mash-up

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Not infinity perhaps, but a really, really big finity war. Colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous – and always surreally entertaining in the now well-established Marvel movie tradition. It’s a gigantic showdown between a force of cosmic wickedness and a chaotically assembled super-team of Marvel superheroes made more complicated by Doctor Strange’s tendency to multiclone himself in moments of battle stress.

There are some very unexpected family relationships that we had no idea about – potentially compromising unity in the face of encroaching evil. There are also some very surprising deaths – of which, of course, the less said the better. There are, moreover, some surprising omissions in the cast list. Or are there?

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04/25/2018 12:53 PM
Julian Opie: 'It's only when you are bored that you can see'

The artist explains how he created the crows, Cornish vistas and 3D cityscapes of his most recent work

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04/25/2018 11:00 AM
2 Fast 2 Furious 2 Animated: in praise of the cartoon spin-off series

News that the Fast and Furious franchise will head to Netflix with a new animated series recalls the 80s and 90s, when such spin-offs were commonplace

In all honesty I’ve been on the fence about the Fast and Furious series until now. Vin Diesel couldn’t do it for me. The Rock couldn’t do it for me. Jason Statham, Tokyo Drift and Charlize Theron’s aggressively unconvincing onscreen kissing technique couldn’t do it for me. By all accounts I was a total lost cause.

Related: Bourne again: can Treadstone work without Jason Bourne?

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04/25/2018 01:55 PM
A woman's guide to loving fashion – without submitting to the patriarchy

It’s heartening that younger readers should care about patriarchal brainwashing, says our fashion fixer, but we should trust our individual agency

I dress in ways that I choose to because I am influenced by a society and fashion industry that tells me what is attractive and in many ways (I still believe) is aimed at the male gaze. Therefore, can this be counted as my own, semi-empowered choice, or am I kidding myself and submitting to the patriarchy?
Lia, age 15

What a terrific question, Lia! I often think that all those tedious oldsters who wang on about how young people today are narcissistic snowflakes who only care about how many likes they get on Instagram really should spend some time with actual young people instead. Because, if they did, they would see that young people are so much more engaged and curious about the world than any teenagers I knew in the 1990s, primarily including myself there. I mean, I kept myself busy as a teenager: wondering whether I fancied Graham or Damon more (Graham, always); clearing my Friday nights for a big night in watching Whose Line is it Anyway? and Eurotrash; or getting various parts of my body pierced at Kensington Market. But worrying about patriarchal groupthink I was not.

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04/25/2018 06:00 AM
Older women are victims of domestic violence, too
More than 10% of women killed by a partner or ex-partner are aged 66 or over but they are the group least likely to leave their abuser and seek help

Shortly before she reached retirement age, Marie Burke’s husband had a stroke. After a week in intensive care, he was moved to a care home to aid his recuperation. So that he didn’t have to go into care permanently, Burke (not her real name) agreed to leave her job two years early and become his full-time carer. Then the problems in their relationship began.

Her husband would pore over bank statements, demand she hand over receipts for all expenditure and raise his voice if she couldn’t account for any small sums. “I paid for two cappuccinos, a juice and some cake in Starbucks, forgot to get a receipt and he accused me of lying,” Burke says. “He was convinced I’d been meeting another man, not my daughter-in-law. When I texted her asking her to tell him it was true, he said I was trying to make him look mad.” The controlling behaviour escalated: her trips outside of the home were timed, and all but non-essential outings were banned. Barely a day went by without her husband shouting at her, complaining about her cooking, her spending, her appearance, her housekeeping and her cooking. “He even said my breathing was too loud and kept him awake, so I slept on the sofa.”

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04/25/2018 12:04 PM
Gmail set for 'entire rewrite' in biggest overhaul for five years

Smart replies, greater offline access, expiring emails and improved safety features headline Google’s major redesign

Google is implementing the biggest overhaul of its popular Gmail webmail service in five years, bringing a new look, advanced AI-powered features and improved privacy.

Two years in the making, the redesign is intended to help Google better compete with Microsoft’s Outlook on the business side and modernise consumer email by bringing features from its Inbox email client into the main Gmail experience.

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04/25/2018 12:40 PM
Jeremy Coste’s recipe for poké bowl with chicken

Fried chicken replaces raw fish in this Hawaiian dish, served with a Korean barbecue sauce that brings tenderness and smoky flavours

I wanted to create a poké bowl with a cooked protein and, when well prepared, chicken is extremely tender – a similar consistency to the sashimi-grade fish traditionally used in this Hawaiian dish.

Hawaiian cuisine is heavily influenced by Asia, and using a Korean sauce preparation is delicious. Gochujang paste is versatile and, used lightly, lets the rest of the ingredients in the poké shine through, while adding pan-roasted corn brings both texture and smokiness to the dish.

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