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  • Doubts over academic credentials of proposed Italian PM

    New York University says it has no record of Guiseppe Conte’s attendance – report

    The nomination of Giuseppe Conte to serve as prime minister of the incoming populist government of Italy was hit by doubts after questions arose about the accuracy of the law professor’s academic résumé.

    Conte, a virtually unknown law professor in Florence who has served as a personal attorney to Luigi Di Maio, the head of the Five Star Movement (M5S), has stated on his public CV that he “refined” his legal studies at New York University in 2008 and 2009.

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  • Ken Livingstone’s petulant sign-off is the last act of a very sad spectacle | Gaby Hinsliff
    Even now, he’s clinging to his theory about Hitler. When did such a shrewd, likeable politician become such a liability?

    Ken Livingstone is not enormously sorry. That much seems evident from his resignation statement, a classic of the “if anyone was offended by my perfectly reasonable behaviour, then … ” genre. Even now, he can’t seem to grasp why repeatedly insisting that Hitler was a Zionist was so damaging to his party and to his own reputation. What a waste of a once formidable political talent – for whatever you make of his ideas, he was an outstanding communicator of them, one of the most naturally gifted politicians I’ve ever interviewed.

    Related: Ken Livingstone's resignation statement in full

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  • Tory MP reports Bercow to Commons standards commissioner over 'stupid woman' Leadsom jibe - Politics live

    Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

    Treasury questions was relatively uneventful. Politico Europe’s Charlie Cooper has tweeted a couple of lines from it.

    Hammond at Treasury questions just now on customs union: "I have consistently sought arrangements that will protect our existing trade with the EU," wants "minimum possible friction at border" ... "We don't believe it necessary to be in a customs union to achieve that."

    Hammond asked about Carney's comments on Brexit and household incomes. Chancellor repeats pledge that MPs will have government economic analysis when they vote on Brexit deal, and that future trajectory of household incomes "will depend in part" on how good that deal is

    According to the Telegraph (paywall), the Conservative MP James Duddridge has submitted a formal complaint to Kathryn Stone, the parliamentary commissioner for standards about the reports that John Bercow, the Commons speaker, called Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, a “stupid woman”.

    In his letter to Stone, seen by the Telegraph, Duddridge said:

    I am writing in order to make a formal complaint concerning the behaviour of the speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, on Wednesday 16th May 2018, and his comments concerning the Leader of the House, the Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP.

    He is alleged to have called her a “fucking stupid woman” and a “liar”. He has not denied these allegations.

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  • Grenfell Tower fire inquiry: second day to hear more tributes to victims – live updates

    Follow live updates on the second day of the Grenfell Tower inquiry as it continues to hear tributes to the 72 people who died

    When so many people have been killed, the destruction of possessions can seem relatively unimportant. But some objects mean a huge amount to people - Pily Burton’s parents’ ashes, referred to in her husband Nicholas Burton’s love-filled tribute this morning, are an example. Their loss, he said, deeply distressed her. Pily died in January, making her the disaster’s 72nd victim.

    Last year I met another survivor, Adriana Zymberaj, who described how she lost all her stuff in the war in Kosovo in the 1990s, before coming to London and building a new life here.

    An incredibly moving filmed interview of Rasha was played to the inquiry. She mothered her sister Rania who was four years younger, according to the subtitled film.

    “She used to love live so much, she was all about being positive and active. She was happiness walking on earth. No one would sit with Rania and not smile. As soon as I spoke to her on the phone. If felt It got positive energy I needed to continue with life. Now that I’ve lost that. I feel older and weaker. I feel broken.”

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  • The Script sue James Arthur for copyright infringement

    The Irish band say the former X Factor winner’s 2016 single Say You Won’t Let Go is too similar to their The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

    Irish band the Script are suing James Arthur for copyright infringement. The group claim that the X Factor winner’s 2016 comeback single Say You Won’t Let Go rips off their 2008 single The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Arthur denies all of the claims.

    The Script are being represented by Richard Busch, the lawyer who represented Marvin Gaye’s estate in its successful lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the song Blurred Lines.

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  • Akram Khan: the master mover who redefined dance

    The astonishingly expressive performer, who can conjure both charged stillness and whirling energy, is taking on his final major stage role

    When Akram Khan was complimented by Mikhail Baryshnikov on the beauty of his dancing, it was one of the proudest but most ambivalent moments of his career. “Misha said he really admired the quality of my stillness,” Khan recalls. “And I was like, I’m so touched by this, but what about my turns?”

    Any dancer might blanch at having their hard-won movement skills overlooked in favour of their ability to do essentially nothing. Yet when I think back over the three decades of Khan’s adult performing career, it’s those charged moments of stillness I remember with greatest awe. As a dancer he could rev his performance up to a vortex of whirling, stamping, strobing energy yet, in an instant, he could also switch himself down to a quietness so pure that the world seemed to be holding its breath.

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  • Nationwide's mortgage lending slumps by a third

    Building society’s profits fall amid fierce competition and tightening of buy-to-let loans

    Nationwide has reported declining profits for the second year in a row, as net mortgage lending slumped by a third amid intense competition.

    The UK’s largest building society reported a 7.3% drop in statutory profits to £977m for the year to 4 April, down from £1.05bn the previous year. Profits include the £116m cost of buying back debt.

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  • Cheap Nando’s for young Tories? The Conservatives are really winging it | Coco Khan
    The eatery crushed the Tory scheme. But after austerity, it will take more than a chicken discount to make young people join the party

    People are always sniping about the cesspit that is social media, but credit where credit is due, the good people of Twitter really showed some restraint on Monday. This story started on Sunday when the Times revealed that the Tories – in a bid to compete with Labour’s growing membership and in particular their increase in youth numbers – were considering offering discounts at high-street restaurants such as Nando’s. Unfortunately for the Conservatives, no one seemed to have checked this plan with the much-loved eatery. The plan was promptly dispatched by Nando’s, who stated that the brand has “no political affiliation” and that a political discount card does not exist.

    Related: The Conservatives’ problem with young members started way before Ben Bradley | Katy Balls

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  • Chinese-Australian billionaire involved in UN bribery case, MP claims

    Andrew Hastie tells parliament Chau Chak Wing has links with Chinese Communist party and tried to bribe former UN president John Ashe

    The chair of Australia’s intelligence and security committee has taken the extraordinary step of using parliamentary privilege to identify one of Australia’s biggest political donors of conspiring to bribe one of the United Nation’s top diplomats.

    Andrew Hastie used a speech in the parliament’s Federation Chamber to identify Chinese-Australian billionaire Chau Chak Wing, as “co-conspirator 3” in a 2015 American bribery case, which alleged John Ashe, the former president of the United Nations General Assembly, had been paid to assist in the smooth progress of business deals.

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  • Former police race adviser accused of racially abusing man in bookmaker

    Judah Adunbi, a former adviser to Avon and Somerset police, denies charges relating to incident in Bristol in March

    A former race relations adviser to the police is to be tried for a racially aggravated public order offence.

    Judah Adunbi appeared at Bristol magistrates court on Tuesday, where he denied two counts of intentionally causing distress to Luke Littlechild, one count of which was racially or religiously aggravated, during an alleged incident at a William Hill bookmaker on Stapleton Road, Bristol, on 29 March.

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  • Marks & Spencer to close 100-plus stores by 2022 in ‘radical’ plan

    Retailer, which has already axed 22 outlets, reveals 14 more that will shut in the next year
    Full list of M&S store closures announced so far

    Marks & Spencer is closing one in three of its core clothing and home branches in a dramatic retreat from the UK high street that will trigger thousands of job losses.

    M&S on Tuesday revealed the locations of the latest 14 stores to shut, affecting more than 600 jobs. It said the closures were vital for the future of the struggling retail business but Usdaw, the shopworkers’ union, accused M&S of “salami slicing”, as staff came to terms with a third wave of store closures.

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  • Salisbury shopping centre to reopen 11 weeks after poisoning

    Council says reopening of The Maltings site is an important milestone for city’s recovery

    The riverside park and shopping centre in Salisbury where the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia collapsed after a nerve agent attack has been declared safe and is expected to reopen this weekend.

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  • A Change Is Gonna Come: Music for Human Rights review – musical depths in cliche-free protest songs

    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
    This celebration of political anthems – performed by Carleen Anderson, Speech Debelle, Nikki Yeoh and Nubya Garcia – transformed them into compelling art

    The soulful protest song has proved difficult to master but easy to parody. Even the classics are problematic: Billie Holiday’s desiccated, tuneless, unswinging Strange Fruit is easier to admire than love; Prince’s Sign O’ the Times and the Stylistics’ People Make the World Go Round are filled with reactionary gibberish; while Timmy Thomas’s Why Can’t We Live Together and Marvin Gaye’s Mercy Mercy Me string together laughably vague platitudes. It’s what made Flight of the Conchords’ Think About It such a satisfying pastiche.

    Fortunately, tonight’s celebration of the protest song, led by singer Carleen Anderson and featuring performance poet Speech Debelle, manages to avoid the cliches, choosing a broad selection of political anthems and, with the help of a remarkable house band, transforming them into compelling art.

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  • Nigel Slater’s grilled lamb, broad beans and soured cream recipe

    Succulent and tasty meat with sweet and sour contrasting accompaniments

    Peel 1 large onion, or 2 medium-sized ones, and slice thinly into rings. Warm 3 tbsp of olive oil in a shallow pan, then fry the onions over a low heat for about 20-25 minutes. Stir the onions regularly, until they are soft, translucent and pale gold in colour.

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  • Rudy Giuliani won deal for OxyContin maker to continue sales of drug behind opioid deaths

    The US government secured a criminal conviction against Purdue Pharma in the mid-2000s but failed to curb sales of the drug after Giuliani reached a deal to avoid a bar on Purdue doing business

    The US government missed the opportunity to curb sales of the drug that kickstarted the opioid epidemic when it secured the only criminal conviction against the maker of OxyContin a decade ago.

    Purdue Pharma hired Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor and now Donald Trump’s lawyer, to head off a federal investigation in the mid-2000s into the company’s marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller at the centre of an epidemic estimated to have claimed at least 300,000 lives.

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  • Great British Bee Count 2018 - in pictures

    As the fifth annual Great British Bee Count gets under way, wildlife and gardening experts are calling on the public to grow weeds to help Britain’s bees. The count, which will provide the first national health check for wild bees and other pollinators, runs until 30 June

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  • Donald Trump shuns iPhone security because it's 'inconvenient', reports say

    US president reportedly resisted White House security checks for Twitter phone for ‘as long as five months’

    Donald Trump is reportedly shunning security advice by using at least two iPhones, refusing to allow some of them to be screened for hacking attempts because it is “too inconvenient”.

    The US president, who has not used email while in office, has one iPhone capable only of making calls and another that is used as his Twitter phone, with access to a series of news sites and the social network, according to White House officials talking to Politico.

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  • Official World Cup song to feature Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi

    Diplo will produce the track that is slated for release this Friday, according to a Billboard report

    Will Smith is making a return to music, recording the official 2018 World Cup anthem with Colombia-based reggaeton star Nicky Jam, and Kosovar pop singer Era Istrefi.

    According to reports in Billboard and other publications, the track is to be released on 25 May, and is being produced by Diplo, the US producer behind hits with his group Major Lazer including Lean On and Cold Water.

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  • What would get you on your bike? Here’s a chance to change your streets | Laura Laker
    More walking and cycling would improve everything from the UK’s air quality to its health. The government is listening – send a message

    Imagine if, with an email, you could help to start a national conversation about cleaning up the air where you live, improving the health of your community, boosting the local economy and making your neighbourhood a happier place to be. Well, you can – and you’ve got until 1 June.

    This is the government consultation on its cycling and walking safety review, its purpose, “to help make cycling and walking the natural choices for shorter journeys”.

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  • David Squires on … the FA Cup final and the dying embers of the football season

    Our resident cartoonist enlists the help of a royal correspondent to look back at the Wembley showpiece

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  • How the Iowa anti-abortion bill eyes Roe v Wade - and the supreme court

    Activists helped legislators pass a law banning abortion after fetal heartbeat is detected – and hope to challenge a landmark ruling

    Inside the Family Leader’s office near Des Moines, Iowa, photographs of Republican presidential contenders past grace the walls. Housing secretary Ben Carson, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, Texas senator Ted Cruz all stand frozen onstage, informing visitors of the Family Leader’s influence.

    Alongside them is groups president Bob Vander Plaats, a member of a coalition of abortion foes who worked in Iowa to pass one of the industrialized world’s most restrictive bans on abortion. In one portrait, Donald Trump’s face looms over Vander Plaats speaking to a congregation, heads bowed.

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  • Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

    In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup

    At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

    On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.

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  • From colonial outpost to modern metropolis: Yangon then and now – in pictures

    These fade-in shots show how Myanmar’s former capital has changed over time, from Churchill Road – named after Winston’s father – to the breathtaking Sule Pagoda. Photographs from the Yangon Time Machine

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  • Why the stories of those who died at Grenfell are so important to hear | Seraphima Kennedy
    The successful fight to put Grenfell’s 72 victims at the heart of the inquiry shows that lessons from Hillsborough can be learned

    There is a drawing of Grenfell Tower created by children who lived there in 2015. It shows the tower before the cladding was added. It features a union jack, illustrations of the tower covered in stars, and detailed drawings of the low-rise walkways, football pitches and green spaces around the Lancaster West estate. One of the children has written “Grenfell Tower”. Another, “Live, laugh, love”.

    Related: Grenfell Tower fire inquiry: second day to hear more tributes to victims – live updates

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  • Pop artist Robert Indiana, creator of LOVE, dies aged 89

    The reclusive artist’s stacked-letter Love sculptures were instantly recognisable, overshadowing his other work – though he had a retrospective at New York’s Whitney

    American pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s Love series, has died at his island home off the coast of Maine. He was 89.

    Indiana died on Saturday from respiratory failure at his Victorian home in a converted Odd Fellows hall, a fraternal order lodge, where he had lived for years on Vinalhaven Island, said James Brannan, his attorney.

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  • Has one league ever dominated European football like La Liga? | The Knowledge

    Plus: the team that hit the woodwork seven times in a game; and did Real Madrid really sack a manager after winning the European Cup? Mail us here or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

    “Atlético Madrid’s win against Marseille in the Europa League final means eight of the last nine major European finals have been won by Spanish teams – and Real Madrid could make that nine out of 10,” begins Claire Miller. “Has one country ever dominated European football like this before?”

    The Premier League marketing department may have trademarked the phrase “best league in the world”, but not even they have the brass neck to claim it is the strongest. La Liga has dominated European competition throughout the 2000s, and especially in the last five years.

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  • While the city sleeps: London after hours – a photo essay

    Photographer Sean Smith captures the city at night, from cabaret stars to road maintenance workers, homeless people to fire wardens

    In the changing rooms backstage at Proud Cabaret in London, half a dozen performers are crammed together preparing themselves for the evening’s shows. As one liberally applies eye makeup, another fills the air with a cloud of hairspray. There are nipple tassels, high heels, leather and wigs. It’s 8pm and the night is about to begin.

    “There’s always a buzzing atmosphere while everyone prepares for the doors to open,” says Fiona Jay-Brown, one half of the acrobatic duo Deux Ailes.

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  • Tony Blair refuses to apologise to Libyan torture victim Abdel Hakim Belhaj

    Former UK prime minister says he knew nothing about case until after he left office

    Tony Blair has refused to personally apologise to the Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who was tortured in a jail in Libya following a rendition operation mounted with the help of MI6, saying he knew nothing about the case until after he left office.

    Blair, speaking about the case for the first time since Theresa May’s government apologised to Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, said he was “content to go along with” that apology, but did not express any personal remorse.

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  • Manchester United appointing Casey Stoney would be a very smart move | Suzanne Wrack

    With her standing in the game and experience, the former England captain would be the ideal candidate to lead United’s relaunched women’s side

    After weeks of quiet rumblings, it is now being widely reported that the announcement that former England captain Casey Stoney will be the manager of the new Manchester United women’s team is imminent.

    Related: Casey Stoney: ‘My life would be a hell of a lot simpler if I was straight. Being gay isn’t a choice’

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  • Terry Crews: Marvel, toxic masculinity and life after #metoo

    The Deadpool 2 star made his name as the NFL player-turned-comedic gentle giant. Now, in the wake of his own sexual abuse allegations, he’s become the voice of the male #metoo movement

    Terry Crews sits in the cabana of his Pasadena mansion looking out at a spectacular view of the San Gabriel mountains. With mounting emotion, he speaks with trepidation about the future of his career: “Lincoln freed the slaves but was killed. Martin Luther King did the I Have a Dream speech and he was murdered. Hollywood has seen a couple of murders, too. The mindset is: sit tight, we’ll get you. Retaliation is real. You say something now but there will be backlash against anybody who comes forward.”

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  • San Luis Obispo, California: America's happy valley

    This historic college town between California’s mountains and its rugged Pacific coast seems to have it all. No wonder Oprah raves about it

    A few years ago my husband and I rented a bungalow in the Californian mission town of San Luis Obispo. We lived next to a firefighter and an octogenarian cowboy named Webb. There were annual block parties, potluck suppers, a coveted tomato growing prize (the champion donning a flowing silk cape, parading around our cul-de-sac). Saturday nights at the Sunset Drive-In, one of the few remaining outdoor cinemas in California, we swung our legs from our car boot, wrapped in blankets, radio tuned in for the movie. On the giant screen a cola bottle sang and danced with a tub of popcorn. We couldn’t believe our luck.

    But, as the song goes, nothing ever lasts forever. When word got out we were moving, Webb came by with a bottle of moonshine. “Goddamn,” he said, leaning against his farm truck, shaking his head. “Los Angeles?” He had a demonic view of big city life. This was a bad business. Webb gazed into the middle distance in the direction of his cattle ranch. Why in the world, he pondered, would anyone be stupid enough to leave San Luis? It was a good question.

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  • HIV drug shortage puts hundreds of thousands of lives at risk in Uganda

    Scarcity of antibiotic Septrin drives fears of weakened immunity among patients, setting back efforts to end Aids by 2030

    The lives of hundreds of thousands of Ugandans living with HIV are being put at risk as the country runs out of a drug given to people on antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to fight infections.

    Sarah Achieng Opendi, state minister for health, told the Guardian the country’s national medical stores were running out of the antibiotic Septrin, which is used to treat and fight conditions like flu, malaria, diarrhoea and tuberculosis.

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  • Rapid staff turnover suggests unrest around Eddie Jones’ England | Robert Kitson
    Paul Gustard’s departure little more than a year before the World Cup illustrates that all is not well at Twickenham

    At first glance the story sounds entirely straightforward: England defence coach takes new job at Harlequins. Paul Gustard is perfectly entitled to seek work wherever he wishes and moving to Quins allows him to be the boss rather than a mere assistant. Nothing to see here has been the message from the Rugby Football Union, Gustard’s present employers.

    Fans of Sherlock Holmes will already have spotted the nagging flaw in this supposedly mundane piece of employment news. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story Silver Blaze it is the dog’s curious failure to bark in the night-time that ultimately solves the mystery.

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  • World Cup stunning moments: Gazza cries as England lose at Italia 90

    Paul Gascoigne’s bottom lip wobbled as he was ruled out of a World Cup final England would never reach, and Gazzamania was born

    “I got the ball in the centre circle and bundled my way forward. Then, as Matthaus tried to nick it off me, I nudged the ball out of his reach, but overran it. I had to stretch as Thomas Berthold came across. I was giving it 110%. It was the World Cup semi-final and I didn’t want to give them anything for free. To this day I honestly don’t think I touched him, but down he went, rolling around as if in agony. I crouched down to make sure he was OK, and at that stage I wasn’t thinking I was in trouble. There was nothing in the challenge. Then everything turned to slow motion.”

    For all the uplifting moments in England’s march from the foyer of ignominy to the doorstep of greatness in 1990 – David Platt’s goal against Belgium, Gary Lineker’s equaliser against West Germany, Paul Gascoigne’s own phenomenal turn to leave Holland’s Ronald Koeman trailing in the group stages – we have chosen to define it by this one. The swell of unexpected hope experienced by the English coincided with the blossoming of Gascoigne’s rare and fragile talent; they rose together, they fell together – quite a bit sooner than either would have liked – and frankly everyone’s still a bit bitter about it.

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  • Hawaii power plant shut down as lava nears geothermal wells

    Crews cap wells at Puna Geothermal Venture plant on Big Island as lava from Kīlauea volcano flows on to site

    Lava from the erupting Kīlauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has flowed on to a geothermal power plant site, forcing workers to shut down the facility to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases.

    Related: Hawaii volcano fills sky with acid plumes and glass shards as lava hits sea

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  • MH370: Australian official rejects theory that pilot ditched aircraft

    Investigator says captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was probably unconscious when MH370 crashed into Indian Ocean

    The official in charge of Australia’s search for MH370 has rejected new claims that the pilot was conscious in the flight’s final moments, saying even with emergency oxygen, decompression sickness would have knocked him out within minutes.

    At a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Tuesday, Peter Foley from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau outlined a possible theory – which he stressed was one of many – for the plane’s disappearance four years ago.

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  • Attorney general defies call to give £400m windfall to UK charities

    Jeremy Wright wants high court to unfreeze National Fund and use the money to reduce national debt

    The attorney general has applied to the high court to free up at least £400m from a fund that has effectively been frozen, in order to reduce the UK’s massive national debt.

    The legal manoeuvre was launched by Jeremy Wright QC following criticism over delays about what to do with the National Fund, which was established in 1928 with the aim of paying off the country’s accumulated financial liabilities.

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  • When we cheer the royals, democracy suffers. What a retrograde moment | Suzanne Moore

    Meghan Markle brings glamour to the royals, and they benefit enormously, but Broken Britain can’t be patched together by pageantry and a kiss

    A friend texts from the US: “Is the monarchy safe for another 100 years now?” Yes, I tell him, I think it is. Saturday was a sunny day and we were brought a vision of ourselves as open, inclusive, free of politicians, full of celebs and horses; this was balm itself. The two people at the centre of it all radiated love, there was a gospel choir and a preacher, and a single mother sitting all alone with immense dignity. I was happy for them.

    Meghan is a self–declared feminist, while Harry is a besotted prince. Thus the institution renews itself and there is a mood of self-congratulation. Look at us! We are not a mean-spirited, racist country, because we have let a little bit of the “other” into our theme-park monarchy. This is symbolically important: a woman does not have to be white to get her prince. The fairytale opens the door and in slips the wondrous Meghan.

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  • Harry Kane named as England captain for World Cup
    • Gareth Southgate announced news in meeting on Monday
    • England manager says Kane has ‘outstanding personal qualities’

    Harry Kane will captain England at the summer’s World Cup finals after Gareth Southgate formalised his appointment and praised his “outstanding personal qualities”.

    The Tottenham Hotspur forward, who boasts 12 goals from his 23 caps, had emerged as the favourite for a role Southgate has shared among his senior players to date. Kane first captained his country in last summer’s qualifying draw in Scotland, when his stoppage-time equaliser secured a point, and had worn the armband in three games since.

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  • Wind of change at Arsenal blows in another left-field appointment | Amy Lawrence
    Ian Wright may be perplexed by Unai Emery but history shows that shock choices are not that unusual for Arsenal

    Well, that took a very sudden left turn. In keeping with the Arsenal tradition of appointing unexpected managers, it seems the board have lurched from favouring a 36-year-old former player who had never managed a game to a totally new face in the frame which provoked a stunned Ian Wright to query: “Where’s Unai Emery come from?” As a reaction it is not quite in the realms of Arsène Who? but it captures the mood of curious bewilderment.

    Related: Unai Emery set to be named as new Arsenal manager

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  • 'Elitist den of hate': Silicon Valley pastor decries hypocrisy of area's rich liberals

    Gregory Stevens resigns after tweets about Palo Alto, slamming tech industry greed and empty social justice promises

    A Silicon Valley pastor has resigned from his church after calling the city of Palo Alto an “elitist shit den of hate” and criticizing the hypocrisy of “social justice” activism in the region.

    Gregory Stevens confirmed Monday that he had stepped down from the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, an LGBT-inclusive congregation, after his personal tweets calling out the contradictions of wealthy liberals in northern California surfaced at a recent council hearing.

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  • Irish abortion vote: 'propagandistic' use of children with Down's syndrome condemned

    Father, doctor and pro-choice campaigner accuses anti-abortion lobby of exploiting ‘vulnerable group’ in referendum

    A doctor, author and father of a son with Down’s syndrome has hit out at Ireland’s anti-abortion lobby for using children with the condition during campaigning for Friday’s referendum.

    With only days left before the Irish electorate votes on whether to introduce limited abortion into the state’s hospitals, Dr Chris Kaposy has condemned the “propagandistic use” of children like his son by anti-abortion campaigners.

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  • Manchester Arena attack: thousands to mark anniversary

    Series of events across city including a mass singalong are being held one year on from terrorist attack

    Ten thousand people are expected to join a mass singalong in Manchester on Tuesday night to mark the first anniversary of the Arena attack.

    Bells across the city will ring at 10.31pm to mark the exact time Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb after an Ariana Grande concert, killing himself and 22 others.

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  • Trump backer who owned 'inhumane' housing picked to be Belgium envoy

    Ron Gidwitz, who helped fund president’s campaign, faces court case over Illinois project condemned by Obama and others

    A major financial backer of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, who once owned a housing estate in which low-income tenants were said to endure “inhumane” living standards, has been nominated as the US ambassador to Belgium.

    Ron Gidwitz, a 73-year-old businessman from Chicago gave Trump and other Republicans $700,000 in 2016, and acted as the presidential candidate’s campaign finance chair in Illinois. He will now undergo a month in a US state department “ambassadorial school” before making the move to Brussels.

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  • How can 2,000 schools be protected from Britain’s toxic air?

    A London prep school has spent tens of thousands on filters to combat pollution – but not all heads can pay for clean air

    It is a bright spring morning in west London. There’s a light wind, the sky is blue, studded with puffed white clouds, and the air seems – for the capital at least – clear and fresh. It is not. Overhead heavy traffic snakes along the raised carriageway of the A40 Westway while at ground level a stream of buses, cars and lorries passes by ceaselessly.

    Notting Hill Preparatory (NHP) school in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea is situated on a busy main road just a stone’s throw from the flyover. It may be one of the capital’s most fashionable private schools, but it is not immune from the blight of air pollution.

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  • Is anyone really desperate to see Solo: A Star Wars Story?

    The Han Solo prequel is one Star Wars movie we don’t really need. No wonder excitement levels around it are unexceptional, to say the least

    This week marks the release of a new Star Wars movie, focusing on arguably the most loved character in the history of the franchise – swashbuckling cosmic bad-boy Han Solo. Everything about Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests it should be steaming into cinemas on the back of a roaring hype train, but that’s not so. Compared with the rabid fan anticipation that preceded The Force Awakens in 2015 and last year’s divisive The Last Jedi, the publicity build-up to Solo is muted, like Chewbacca with a sore throat.

    Related: Solo: A Star Wars Story review – Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance

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  • The fall of 'Italy’s Stalingrad': symbol of left wages war on migrants and poor

    The closure of its factories hit Sesto hard, but when the perpetrator of the Berlin truck attack was shot there, the former leftwing stronghold turned right

    Gramsci Avenue, May Day Square, Karl Marx library … even today the streets of Sesto San Giovanni recall its past as the “Stalingrad of Italy”. For more than seven decades, this suburb of Milan was ruled by the Communist party and its political heirs, but things have radically changed since the election of the new rightwing mayor, Roberto Di Stefano.

    Begging, bivouacking in parks or streets and drinking alcohol in the open have all been banned. Those breaking the rules are expelled, and over the past year that has been the fate of more than 200 people – most of them homeless, street vendors or migrants.

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  • Bohemians and boxers: August Sander's Germany – in pictures

    Early 20th-century androgyny, rural conservatism and dapper aviators make up pioneering photographer August Sander’s portrait of pre-Weimar Germany

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  • 'Dynamic' Dundee earns place on Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2018 hotlist

    The Scottish city has a top 10 slot on this year’s list – along with Emilia-Romagna and Cantabria – as the guidebook publisher looks to reflect concerns about overtourism

    The “thriving, creative” city of Dundee has been rated as one of the best places in Europe to visit this year by Lonely Planet. The travel guide publisher has attempted to tackle the issue of overtourism in its annual holiday hotlist, by highlighting lesser-visited destinations across the continent.

    Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city and is sixth on Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2018 list. It earned the spot for its “head-turning” urban redevelopment, including the transformation of its historic waterfront and the opening of a new branch of the V&A this September .

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  • 'Weird, odd, a dumpster fire': Trump's North Korea summit coin ridiculed

    Coin marking nuclear talks that might not happen yet criticised as premature and giving Kim Jong-un unwarranted status

    Stony faced, Donald Trump stares down a smiling Kim Jong-un in a high-stakes scene, unfolding entirely on the surface of a coin.

    Related: South Korea's Moon heads for Trump talks to try to keep summit on track

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