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  • Sri Lanka v England: third ODI – live!

    Rashid on a hat-trick! He tosses one up and Perera can’t resist trying to give it everything, but hammers it high, high, high in the air. A few years ago that would have been a 50:50 catch for the man running around from long-on, but Roy takes it diving, and you never really thought he’d drop it. Smashing take.

    Oh no. Oh no no no. Rashid bowls one that flamboyantly slips out of his hand, so full a full toss that it took a late flight dip not to be a no ball. Samarawickrama’s eyes light up and he tries to batter a sweep, but top-edges it and floats a delicate catch to Woakes at short fine-leg. Mercy.

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  • West Ham inquiry into Mark Phillips to see if he brought club into disrepute

    • Youth coach attended Democratic Football Lads Alliance march
    • DFLA has been condemned by anti-racism campaigners

    West Ham’s investigation into the youth coach who went on a march organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by anti-racism campaigners, will focus on whether he has brought the club into disrepute.

    Related: West Ham suspend coach who went on Democratic Football Lads Alliance march

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  • Danny Dyer to 'inject fun' into history for BBC1

    EastEnders actor – and descendant of William the Conqueror – to explore 800 years of history

    He recently hit the headlines with an expletive-laden attack on David Cameron and his daughter’s appearance on Love Island but Danny Dyer is crowning a high-profile year with a role fronting a history series for BBC1.

    The EastEnders actor is presenting Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family as the corporation tries to “inject fun” into some of its factual programming and create so-called event TV to combat streaming rivals such as Netflix.

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  • Crewe suspend academy coach over safeguarding issue and spark FA inquiry
    • Head of foundation Carl Everall’s behaviour investigated
    • Crewe back in spotlight after Gradi and Bennell cases

    Crewe Alexandra have suspended their head of foundation because of a safeguarding issue that has led to the club notifying the Football Association.

    Carl Everall, who has been coaching in the club’s academy since 2013, is also understood to have been suspended from all football-related activities by the FA while the governing body conducts inquiries into allegations relating to his behaviour. “This is a safeguarding and police matter so therefore the FA is not in a position to comment,” an FA spokesman said.

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  • Sea urchin is in demand. It’s the ocean’s foie gras: delicious, but not entirely ethical

    Fresh, salty and creamily opulent, this rust-coloured paste, known in Japan as uni, is a meal I’ll remember for the rest of my life

    There are only going to be a handful of meals you think about on your deathbed. It doesn’t matter how many times you have sampled the latest deep-fried insect limbs or unicorn smoothie – ultimately, you will be left with four or five things seared on your brain. On my list, right up there alongside fillet steaks from Hawksmoor and the wines of Bekaa Valley, would be uni, the Japanese name for sea urchin, as it’s more widely known in the UK.

    I first came across the delicacy in California a few years back, when it was all the rage in sushi bars. Had somebody told me that what I was eating were the sea creature’s gonads, scraped from within its cracked-open shell, I might not have felt quite so peckish. But, blissfully unaware, I popped the rust-coloured paste – wrapped in seaweed and dabbed with wasabi – into my mouth.

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  • Vast archive of tweets reveals work of trolls backed by Russia and Iran

    Two misinformation campaigns spent years sowing discord in US and elsewhere

    More than 10m tweets sent by state actors attempting to influence US politics have been released to the public, forming one of the largest archives of political misinformation ever collated.

    The database reveals the astonishing extent of two misinformation campaigns, which spent more than five years sowing discord in the US and had spillover effects in other national campaigns, including Britain’s EU referendum.

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  • England blow as Mako Vunipola joins Eddie Jones’s injury list
    •Calf tear rules Saracens prop out of Autumn internationals
    •Eddie Jones has now lost 15 key players for November Tests

    England’s injury crisis for next month’s autumn internationals has deepened after Mako Vunipola was ruled out for up to six weeks. With brother Billy among 15 other frontline players missing Eddie Jones’s plans for England’s November series are in turmoil and his options at loosehead prop particularly bleak.

    Saracens have confirmed that Mako Vunipola will be sidelined for around six weeks with a calf tear suffered against Glasgow last weekend, ending his chances of featuring in Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. “Mako’s got a calf injury, so it looks like it’s going to be around six weeks,” said the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall.

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  • V&A to stage UK’s largest ever Christian Dior exhibition

    Princess Margaret’s birthday gown will feature in Designer of Dreams show in London

    A V&A exhibition celebrating the life and work of the fashion designer Christian Dior is expected to be the largest retrospective on the French fashion house ever staged in the UK when it opens next year.

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  • No retrial for teacher accused of having sex with pupil on plane

    Jury foreman says ‘no realistic prospect’ of reaching majority verdicts on Eleanor Wilson

    A teacher who was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old pupil in a plane toilet as they returned from a school trip will not face a retrial.

    Jurors at Bristol crown court failed to agree a verdict last week in the trial of Eleanor Wilson, 29, who had been accused of beckoning the boy into the cubicle during the night flight and having sexual intercourse with him.

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  • Indian minister resigns over #MeToo allegations

    Mobashar Jawed Akbar has filed criminal defamation charges against one of his accusers

    An Indian minister accused of sexual harassment by more than 20 women has resigned as India’s #MeToo movement widens.

    Mobashar Jawed Akbar, a junior foreign minister, submitted his resignation on Tuesday, saying it was appropriate to step down while he presses defamation charges against one of his accusers.

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  • Stephen Colbert on Trump's 'stupid and delusional' defence of Saudi Arabia

    Late-night hosts criticised the president’s latest attempt to defend Mohammed bin Salman while he also found time to criticise Stormy Daniels again

    Late-night hosts discussed Donald Trump’s attack on Stormy Daniels and his continued defence of Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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  • France says Britons could need visa to visit after no-deal Brexit

    Government publishes draft bill outlining areas of concern relating to hard Brexit

    The French government has said a no-deal Brexit would leave Britons needing visas to visit France and put UK nationals already living there in an “irregular” legal situation.

    It has published a draft bill aimed at addressing the consequences of the UK crashing out of the EU without any agreement. British citizens living in France would immediately become “third-country nationals”, preventing them from holding certain jobs and limiting access to healthcare and welfare, and passenger travel and freight movements across the Channel would be delayed.

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  • Looters target Florida homes left in dark from Hurricane Michael, authorities say

    Authorities are arresting around 10 suspected looters every night in the Florida Panhandle since Michael crashed ashore a week ago

    Law enforcement authorities are arresting around 10 suspected looters every night in an area of the Florida Panhandle left in the dark since Hurricane Michael crashed ashore a week ago.

    Bay county sheriff’s office has warned that looters are targeting homes and businesses in the devastated region – and they’re almost always armed, the Panama City News Herald reported.

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  • Baby-saving drug wins $3m prize in 'Oscars for science'

    Treatment for rare genetic disease to receive one of seven $3m Breakthrough awards at glitzy ceremony

    New techniques for peering into the intricate innards of cells and a discovery that has given hope for infants with a deadly genetic condition are among the developments that are being lauded in this year’s “Oscars for science”.

    The 2019 Breakthrough prize will see seven winning discoveries each celebrated with a $3m award for those behind the research to share, with a further six “New Horizons” prizes of $100,000 also going to young researchers in maths and physics and a $400,000-worth award of educational scholarships to a teen prodigy.

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  • Crimea college hit by deadly homemade bomb and shooting attack

    Many reported killed and injured after ‘armed rampage’ in Kerch polytechnic

    At least 18 people have been killed and many more wounded at a college in Crimea after at least one attacker launched an assault using a gun and a homemade bomb.

    Several witnesses described a gunman stalking the halls of the school and shooting students and teachers before detonating a bomb in the college’s cafeteria.

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  • Asos beats the heatwave to increase UK sales by 23%

    Online retailer reports strong summer sales of activewear and beauty products

    Asos’s UK sales increased over the summer as its 20-something shoppers bagged its new beauty range and sporty clothing.

    The online retailer said sales rose 23% in the UK in the year to 31 August, “accelerating as the year progressed”.

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  • New York’s Museum of Pizza is too cheesy by half

    This pop-up experience is a non-stop Instagram photo-op, but the happy snappers inside are paying a hefty price to help big brands sell more grub

    I went to the Museum of Pizza and all I got was this lousy feeling that capitalism has gone too far and we all deserve to die.

    I love pizza. I respect pizza. I always try to treat pizza well. Nevertheless, 20 minutes at New York’s first ever Museum of Pizza almost broke me. I entered feeling vaguely optimistic about life; I left with a crushing sense of existential despair. The Museum of Pizza, which opened in a fancy Brooklyn hotel on 13 October, is the latest in a string of Instagram-friendly “museums” popping up in major metropolises. It comes hot on the heels of The Egg House, an interactive New York “eggventure” for people who love eggs (seriously), the Museum of Ice Cream, the Museum of Candy and the Rosé Mansion. All of which are inane experiences designed, it would appear, purely to provide Instagram backdrops for young people with more disposable income than sense. #latecapitalism #dyinginside

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  • Canelo Álvarez signs richest contract in sport history, worth $365m
    • Boxer agrees 11-fight contract with streaming service DAZN
    • Mexican fighter faces Britain’s Rocky Fielding on 15 December

    Canelo Álvarez has signed the largest contract in the history of sport, agreeing a five-year, 11-fight deal worth at least $365m with streaming service DAZN.

    The move comes after DAZN, which only launched in the US in September, looks to exploit a gap in the market after HBO announced it will end its 45-year history of broadcasting boxing at the end of 2018. Álvarez has a huge following in Mexico and the United States and his fights have pulled in hundreds of millions of dollars on pay-per-view. However, his fights on DAZN will not be part of a pay-per-view deal but will instead be accessible to viewers who pay $9.99 a month for a streaming service showing a package of combat sports. The Mexican fighter can also earn money on top of his deal if he helps bring in a certain number of subscriptions during his contract.

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  • Wembley will not be sold by the FA after Shahid Khan withdraws offer

    • Fulham owner pulls out of proposed deal to buy stadium
    • FA says stadium will stay under its ownership

    Wembley stadium will not be sold by the Football Association after Shahid Khan withdrew his offer.

    The FA had been poised to sell the stadium to the billionaire owner of Fulham football club in an extraordinary deal worth almost £900m.

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  • Bank of England raises alarm over surge in high-risk lending

    Central bank draws parallels to 2008 financial crisis in warning about leveraged loans

    The Bank of England has issued a stark warning over the rapid growth in lending to indebted companies around the world, drawing parallels with the US sub-prime mortgage market that triggered the 2008 financial crisis.

    Threadneedle Street said Britain was not immune from a global boom in risky lending that had alarmed financial regulators around the world this year, with the US market for such loans more than doubling since 2010 to surpass $1tn (£763bn).

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  • Universal credit will drive left-behind Britons to the far right | Rosie Carter
    The hard end of the political right has exploited genuine anxieties in communities hurt most by globalisation and austerity

    Universal credit plans won’t only make people poorer. They will open the door for the far right.

    On a visit to Grimsby, a man tells me that hope is a buffer between himself and abject poverty. It doesn’t sound like asking for much. But take that buffer away, as universal credit looks set to do for millions across Britain, and you make room for hate.

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  • Can the language of the Vikings fight off the invasion of English?

    Icelandic has retained its literary vigour since the Sagas, but TV and tourism are a growing threat

    “Coffee and kleina,” reads a large sign at a roadside coffee shop by one of the main roads in Reykjavik. Not so many years ago, such a billboard would simply have read: “Kaffi og kleina” – in the language of the Vikings, the official language of Iceland.

    It is a privilege of the few to be able to read and write Icelandic, a language understood by only around 400,000 people worldwide. Icelandic, in which the historic Sagas were written in the 13th and 14th centuries, has changed so little since then on our small and isolated island, that we can still more or less read them as they were first written.

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  • Danske Bank's choice of chief blocked by Danish regulator

    Head of wealth management Jacob Aarup-Andersen had been backed by board for role

    Danske Bank, which is reeling from a €200bn ((£176bn) money-laundering scandal, was dealt another humiliating blow on Wednesday when the Danish financial regulator blocked its candidate to become chief executive.

    The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) intervened to stop the appointment of Jacob Aarup-Andersen, warning that the internal candidate did not have enough experience to lead the country’s biggest lender, which has been plunged into crisis by what the European commission said in September was “the biggest scandal” in Europe.

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  • Fracking protesters walk free after court quashes 'excessive' sentences

    Cheering supporters greet activists at prison gates after sentences are overturned

    Three protesters jailed for blocking access to a fracking site walked free on Wednesday after the court of appeal quashed their sentences, calling them “manifestly excessive”.

    The activists, Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Rich Loizou, 31, had been jailed after a four-week trial last month led to their convictions for causing a public nuisance for a protest at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site in Lancashire.

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  • Blair, Clegg and Heseltine: why we need another EU referendum | Tony Blair, Nick Clegg and Michael Heseltine
    As leaders from different political traditions in Britain, we are united in defending shared European values

    It would be an understatement to say that the negotiations to take Britain out of the European Union have not gone well.

    For all the promises made during the referendum, the advocates of leaving the EU both underestimated the fundamental importance of Britain’s integration into the European-wide economy and failed to explain the sacrifices that Brexit inevitably involves.

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  • Why is Saudi Arabia under fire over Jamal Khashoggi, but not Yemen?

    The alleged killing of a dissident journalist has had more global impact than unchecked Saudi aggression in Yemen

    The alleged killing of the royal court insider turned journalist Jamal Khashoggi has rightly triggered a diplomatic crisis for Saudi Arabia, but it would appear it has not jeopardised any of the multibillion-dollar arms deals between the US, Britain and the House of Saud.

    Many journalists working on the story, business people pulling out of Saudi conferences and politicians preparing diplomatic responses knew Khashoggi personally. He was a fixture of the thinktank circuit and a habitué of elite London and Washington parties. His former colleagues feel genuine empathy for Khashoggi over his apparently grisly end, because it requires little imagination for them to put themselves in his shoes.

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  • The celebrity montage is a time-honoured American artform

    Many have criticised Andy Thomas’s painting of Trump drinking with other Republican presidents as “tacky” but such paintings have a long artistic tradition

    In his 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, Donald Trump suggested his defense secretary might soon leave the White House and claimed climate change would “change back”. But little he said attracted as much interest as a brief glimpse of a picture hanging on a White House wall.

    Related: Artist 'astounded' to see his Trump painting hung in the White House

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  • May vows 'very serious' response to Commons bullying report

    PM’s comments came after Labour MP used PMQs to highlight case of constituent

    Theresa May has promised a “very serious” response to a report on workplace bullying in parliament after a Labour MP used prime minister’s questions to highlight the case of a constituent who complained of sexual harassment while working in the Commons.

    Two days after a report by Dame Laura Cox disclosed the scale of bullying and harassment in parliament, the vast majority targeting female employees, Teresa Pearce raised a new example.

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  • The inside story of judging the Man Booker prize 2018 | Val McDermid

    Novelist and judge Val McDermid reports that, contrary to award lore, the drama was restricted to the books at this year’s deliberations

    So that’s it for another year. Anna Burns has deservedly been crowned winner of the Man Booker prize 2018, and life returns to normal for everyone except her. No more gatherings of judges, no more anxiety for long- and shortlisted authors, no more sniping from the sidelines by critics, publishers and anybody who feels entitled to an opinion, whether informed by reading or not.

    We five judges met for the last time on Tuesday, to consider the remaining six books from the 171 offered for our scrutiny. It was clear very early in the selection process that some of those many books were not going to win. (There was one, and only one, about which I remarked it would not win the Man Booker if it was the sole contender.) The basic separation of sheep and goats was relatively straightforward.

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  • A bread train and a human chain: Wednesday's best photos

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

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  • Any Labour MP who votes for this Brexit deal deserves to be deselected | Michael Chessum

    There are no excuses when the party has the chance to bring down the government, or even stop Brexit

    For all the huffing and puffing, for all the complex games of bluff over the Irish border and the transition period, the important facts of the Brexit deal remain relatively simple. Between the red lines of the DUP, the Tory right and the Tories’ liberal wing, there ought to be no deal which can get a majority in the House of Commons. This situation should bring down the government, or stop Brexit from taking place, or both.

    The only way that Theresa May can be sure of delivering a majority is with Labour assistance. The Labour leadership will not wobble in its resolve to oppose the deal – doing so would pass up a golden opportunity to bring down the government and tear the Corbyn project apart. The Labour MPs who might back the deal are almost all from the centrist wing of the party, and fall into three categories: genuine Leavers, timid MPs representing Leave seats and those who profess concern about a no-deal scenario arising from a government defeat.

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  • Are republicans allowed to be interested in Meghan Markle’s pregnancy?

    The announcement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has triggered a royal soap opera of petty squabbling and appalling behaviour. Bring it on

    I am a Guardian reader with republican principles. Does this mean I can’t take an interest in the current royal shenanigans? Daria, by email

    Hell, no! Just as being empowered currently means whatever a woman wants it to (“I love Instagramming photos of my boobs because it totally empowers me!!!!”), then the inclusive, equality-minded Guardian must be inclusive of those who love a royal soap opera. So buckle up, principled readers, I’m about to get all Hello! on your principled arses.

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  • PMQs verdict: Theresa May gets off more lightly than she deserved

    Jeremy Corbyn had one excellent question but his failure to follow up cost him

    Jeremy Corbyn kicked off a very noisy PMQs this week by paying tribute to Patricia Hollis, the Labour peer who died this week.

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  • Tensions high in Kerala as Hindu temple opens gates to women

    Protests intensify around Sabarimala shrine after India’s supreme court overturns ban

    A standoff is under way in the south Indian state of Kerala, where mainly female protesters are attempting to stop other women from entering the Sabarimala temple.

    On Wednesday, the Hindu shrine will open its gates for the first time since 28 September, after the supreme court struck down an entry ban on women of menstruating age. The judges ruled the ban against girls and women aged between 10 and 50 as discriminatory and, therefore, unconstitutional.

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  • Tory MP's victory over Farage 'might have been void if expenses accurate'

    Craig Mackinlay was complicit in overspend on campaign to beat Ukip leader, court told

    The election of a Conservative MP could have been declared void if he had filed accurate returns that showed he had overspent on his campaign to beat Nigel Farage, a court has heard.

    Craig Mackinlay, an accountant, stands accused along with his election agent and a party official of deliberately submitting “woefully inaccurate” expenditure returns.

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  • Manchester United takeover tale puts wrong spotlight on Saudi Arabia | Marina Hyde
    The widely carried rumours are the latest example of social media concoctions that swell well beyond their substance

    Even in dark times, the idealism of some football fans remains a beautiful thing to behold. Suggestions over the past week that the Glazer family were considering selling Manchester United to a certain party were greeted with delight in various quarters. As one United supporter positively willing the deal to happen put it: “We deserve better”. Better, in this case, would be Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman, a man whom journalistic cliche demands we style as “in the news for all the wrong reasons”. But hey – nobody’s perfect.

    Related: José Mourinho charged with improper conduct after Newcastle match

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  • Arsène Wenger ‘ready to work again’ with several job options on table
    • Former Arsenal manager expects to start work in new year
    • Wenger: ‘There are enquiries from all over the world’

    Arsène Wenger says he has received “enquiries from all over the world” as he plans a return to football in January.

    Related: Football transfer rumours: Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid?

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  • Man arrested after David Bowie statue vandalised for second time in six months

    Ziggy Stardust sculpture in Aylesbury has been covered in blue paint, following an earlier attack in March

    A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after a statue of David Bowie was defaced for the second time since it was unveiled in March in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

    The original incident came 48 hours after the statue was erected, with the words “Feed the homeless first” spray-painted on the pavement, “RIP DB” painted on the wall behind and paint sprayed on the work itself, according to reports. The sculpture was funded through grants and a £100,000 crowdfunding campaign led by the music promoter David Stopps.

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  • Suspected Spanish drug boss arrested after music video cameo

    Francisco Tejón, turns himself in, stripping major smuggling gang of its top level, say police

    One of Spain’s most wanted men has surrendered to police days after he surfaced in a reggaeton video featuring scantily clad women, a Bentley and a swimming pool.

    The arrest of Francisco Tejón, who is alleged to lead the Castañas gang that dominates the hashish trade between Morocco and southern Spain, is likely to bolster officers tackling drug-related violence in and around the troubled town of La Línea de la Concepción.

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  • UK teenager on solo cycle trip around world has bike stolen

    Charlie Condell, 18, says loss of ‘Colin’ in Townsville, Australia, is ‘sub-ideal’

    A British teenager who is trying to become the youngest person to cycle solo around the world has had his bike stolen in Australia.

    Charlie Condell, 18, has pedalled through Europe and Asia since embarking on an eight-month, 18,000-mile journey in July.

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  • MPs have forgotten the victims in the Commons bullying row | Rafael Behr

    A powerful report is being hijacked for the usual shabby political point-scoring

    There are always gaps in politics between what is known and what is declared. It is not a secret, for example, that many Conservative MPs despise John Bercow, the Commons Speaker. Bercow’s views on Brexit are not a mystery either. He dislikes it. It is also known, but theoretically unrelated, that some MPs are tyrants.

    Related: MPs disagree about asking John Bercow to quit over bullying row

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  • Video shows off-duty Chicago police officer shooting unarmed, autistic man

    Sgt Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes in 2017 incident initially described as an armed confrontation

    Video footage released on Tuesday by a civil rights group shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting an unarmed, autistic man during an incident initially described as an armed confrontation.

    Sgt Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes as he walked on the city’s South Side. Hayes had wandered away from his home around 5am on 13 August 2017, according to a lawsuit over the shooting filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). His caretaker called police, informing them he was autistic.

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  • Life after bowel surgery: I was like the Pompidou centre, my pipes on the outside

    In his early 20s, the author William Fiennes had an operation that left him with a spout of open intestine. For the next two years, he marvelled at the strangeness of his own body

    The pain began when I was 18: cramps like a torsion in the bowels, shock splashes of blood in the toilet bowl, the weakness after a dozen bouts of diarrhoea. I would feel porous, ghostly, like cirrus, as if solid things could pass straight through me. When I was a child, I thought illness was just an interval, at worst a few days in bed, my mother stirring glucose powder into fresh orange juice, using a kettle to fill the bedroom with steam, the world waiting outside until you were ready to step back into it. But this was a new region of experience and language: my abdomen inflating like a balloon as doctors pumped air in via sigmoidoscopes, plastic tubes threaded down my nose and throat into the stomach and ileum, litres of heavy barium milk betraying the sausagey coils of my intestines to x-rays, the “sharp scratch” mantra of phlebotomists after fixing the tourniquet and pressing a latex finger to the vein, the companionship of drip-stands, the quick taste of metal before you went under; canulas and endoscopes; the splenic flexure and the Houston valve; ulcer, granuloma, Crohn’s disease.

    There are things we only think about when they go wrong: the fanbelt, the combi boiler, the bowel. Before illness I must have imagined a gummy muddle behind my navel, but now gastroenterologists drew me a tube stretching 20ft from mouth to anus, air and light at each end, an ingenious pipework that incorporated oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, ileum, colon and rectum, and contained 100m nerve cells or neurons, more than in the spinal cord, as well as 95% of the body’s serotonin. I began to feel, specifically, the topography of the colon or large bowel sitting across my abdomen – the ascending, sigmoid and descending colon, the bends at spleen and liver known as the splenic and hepatic flexures – which, when healthy, is a brilliant gourd absorbing 10 litres of liquid a day (water, saliva, gastric acids, biliary secretions, pancreatic juice), but which in my case had become the messy red bioscape of ulcers, inflammation and scar tissue I saw in photographs from colonoscopies, a tiny mobile eye with its miner’s headlamp probing the dark, curving tunnels.

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  • Golden Goal: John Barnes for Liverpool v QPR (1987)

    Barnes epitomised the tag of ‘flying winger’ in the late-80s and never more so than with the nimble footwork that rounded off a 4-0 win to replace QPR at the top of the table

    The spreadsheet is the new diary. Modern life is defined as much by numbers as feelings. Likes, retweets, calories, steps, pints. Yet there is no metric for euphoria, at least not yet, and so the richest human experiences are largely data-proof. Love, the arts, the humble orgasm – or its football equivalent. Few things in life compare to the moment when you – or more likely your team – score a goal of such brilliance or importance that you instantly know its memory will last forever.

    Related: On Second Thoughts … John Barnes | Gregg Bakowski

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  • How to cook the perfect piri piri chicken – recipe

    Preparing the nation’s favourite dish at home begins with tracking down that all-important chilli

    A Portuguese dish with its roots in Angola and Mozambique, popularised in the UK by a Johannesburg-based restaurant chain, piri piri chicken may have a complicated past, but its present is crystal clear: we absolutely love it. That “cheeky” chain, Nando’s, has been described as “one of the most successful cults in Britain”, having carved itself an unlikely, but undeniable niche in our national identity. In perhaps the ultimate sign of its success, piri piri has now been added to the list of dubious attractions at my local Texan fried chicken shop, too. It seems we just can’t get enough spicy grilled poultry.

    Popularity, however, breeds contempt – and, even leaving aside questions of animal welfare, not all this piri piri has the vim and vinegar of the salty, sizzling stuff shoved through the hatch of your average Lisbon kiosk or churrascaria. Fortunately, however, if you can grill chicken, you can make much better piri piri chicken at home.

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  • Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams: 'I'm still petrified of my peers'

    Her role as Arya Stark won her millions of fans but left her bullied at school. Now the 21-year-old is making her stage debut, starring in a Marvel horror – and finally getting her fingernails painted

    Maisie Williams is wearing big round glasses, leopard-print boots and a baker boy hat, all of which makes her look like she’s just stepped out of Carnaby Street in 1969. As she sips a massive cup of herbal tea, she explains she is trying to cut down on coffee. “I drink a lot,” she says. “Like, you look away and the filter pot is empty. People say you can just cut down, but I don’t understand what that means. I’m an all or nothing kind of person.”

    At 21, Williams is about to make her stage debut at Hampstead theatre in London, where we meet. She is starring in I and You, a teen-tilted drama by Lauren Gunderson who, after Shakespeare, was the most produced playwright in America last year. When I first met Williams, she was 15 and her mum sat in on the interview. We were in Bath, where she spent a large part of her teens, to talk about the upcoming third season of Game of Thrones. As Arya Stark, the quick-witted grudge-bearer who’s handy with a sword, she was already a fan favourite. Even then, she talked about how much she’d like to try acting on stage.

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  • Court rules boy, six, can sue Scottish ship firm over father's death

    Lex Warner died near Cape Wrath in 2012 after dive from Scapa Flow Charters vessel

    A boy who was less than a year old when his father died while diving off the northern coast of Scotland has won the right to sue a ship-chartering company for negligence.

    In a unanimous judgment at the supreme court, five justices ruled that Scapa Flow Charters will have to defend the legal action following the death of Lex Warner, 50, near Cape Wrath in 2012.

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  • Cheaper chocolate and meat drive down UK inflation in September

    ONS says consumer price index fell to 2.4% last month from 2.7% in August

    UK inflation dropped further than expected last month as the falling price of meat and chocolate helped reduce some of the pressure on cash-strapped British consumers.

    The Office for National Statistics said the consumer price index (CPI) fell to 2.4% in September from 2.7% the previous month, confounding City analysts’ forecasts for a more modest reduction to 2.6%.

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  • Could carbon-capture technology be a silver bullet to stop climate change?

    Few companies specialize in carbon removal and the tools they produce are currently still expensive

    Peter Fiekowsky, a physicist and entrepreneur, hates silver bullets.

    But at a climate summit in California last month he found himself pitching one. In partnership with the company Blue Planet, he was demonstrating a low-tech-looking machine that can pull carbon dioxide from the air and store it in construction materials.

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  • 'It’s part of who I am': proposed Quebec law could push hijab-wearers out of jobs

    The incoming provincial government wants to outlaw wearing of religious symbols by government workers

    As an elementary school teacher in Montreal, Maha Kassef should be in high demand: the city is in the midst of a teacher shortage, resulting in overflowing classrooms and classes without teachers.

    Yet because she wears a hijab, Kassef, 35, might soon be out of a job. The incoming provincial government, led by the nationalist Coalition Avenir Québec party, has announced plans to outlaw the wearing of religious symbols by any public employees – including teachers.

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