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  • Australian Open 2018: Angelique Kerber v Maria Sharapova – live!

    First set: Sharapova* 1-4 Kerber (*denotes server) Phwoar! Kerber goes 30-0 up at the end of a brutal exchange of cross-court power-hitting from both players, which ends when Sharapova moves across to cover a shot down the line, and is wrong-footed when it goes the other way, and she doesn’t release he grip on the game from there. Sharapova eventually surrenders it with an overhit backhand.

    First set: Sharapova 1-3 Kerber* (*denotes server) Kerber wins the first three points in double-quick time but then has to fight for a fourth, ending the longest point of the match so far by reaching an imperfect drop shot and touching the ball down the line. Meanwhile on the Margaret Court Arena, Djokovic started slowly but improved, and how: from 2-2 and struggling to hold serve, he won the first set 6-2.

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  • Fraserburgh hoping Rangers cup tie can help repair town’s image problem | Jake Warren
    The Highland League team are looking to create positive headlines for a town better known for its heroin epidemic than football

    Fraserburgh, or the Broch as locals refer to it, is a small town in north Aberdeenshire with a population just shy of 13,000. It is a place not much paid attention to by the outside world and a cursory Google search will highlight two main points of interest. One, it is a historic fishing port which still provides 60% of employment to the area and has Scotland’s first recorded lighthouse; and two, throughout the 90s and early 2000s it suffered from a heroin epidemic.

    Tagged with the unfortunate title of the heroin capital of Britain, Fraserburgh had more than 300 known addicts, which amounted to around 4% of the town. A former local GP, Dr Sandy Wisley, who struggled to deal with the scale of the heroin problem, once remarked: “If I threw a stone now” while driving through the streets, “there’s a one-in-three chance I’d hit a junkie.”

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  • From Monica Lewinsky to Tonya Harding, 90s outcasts are finally getting their due

    These women were exploited – first by men, then by the global media

    Last week marked the 20th anniversary of what was once known as the Monica Lewinsky scandal but is now, rightly, referred to as the Bill Clinton scandal – and my goodness, in today’s new post-Weinstein light, Lewinsky’s story looks almost unrecognisable. There was a time when it seemed she would for ever be known for a blowjob she gave her boss when she was 22. Trapped on her knees in history’s amber, Lewinsky’s legacy was decided not by the politicians and so-called friends who so eagerly betrayed her, but the media, and especially, it pains me to say, by female writers. Novelist Erica Jong expressed concern about all the “attacks” the president suffered from “the young women in the office. And particularly the ones who are a bit father-obsessed... and feel neglected.” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who won a Pulitzer for her coverage, described Lewinsky as “a ditzy, predatory White House intern who might have lied under oath for a job at Revlon”.

    Twenty years seems to be the amount of time it takes for the world to take a breath and re-evaluate a demonised woman. Now 44, Lewinsky has built a reputation for herself as an anti-bullying advocate, and many of her earlier critics have apologised. The 90s was dominated by women who became tabloid punchlines, and many are now benefiting from long overdue reassessments. Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the 1995 OJ Simpson trial, and for so long a byword for bad hair, was finally refashioned as the moral centre of Ryan Murphy’s 2016 miniseries The People Vs OJ Simpson. Murphy showed us a Clark who was the victim of a misogynistic public mood, which mocked her divorce and her perm, instead of listening to her righteous arguments – just as it allowed Simpson’s celebrity to obscure his long history of domestic abuse. (Murphy is now planning a miniseries about Lewinsky and Clinton.)

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  • Andy Murray delivers positive recovery update: 'Much better than I expected'
    • Former world No 1 holds impromptu Q&A session on Twitter
    • Recovery going ‘really well … Much better than I expected so far’

    Andy Murray held a pre-dawn Twitter question-and-answer session on Saturday that revealed, among major and minor secrets, that he is recovering more quickly than he anticipated from his recent hip injury and expects to return to tennis, “very soon”.

    The jetlagged former world No 1, who withdrew at the last minute from the Australian Open and returned to the UK after a hip operation in Melbourne, initiated the exchange with his fans at 4.01am GMT. Calls came from all parts of the world and found Murray in jovial mood.

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  • Red Star: the oldest, hippest and most political football club in Paris

    Jules Rimet set up the club 121 years ago and now ex-Manchester United striker David Bellion is giving it fresh life

    By Mark Godfrey for In Bed With Maradona

    The Stade de Paris – or the Stade Bauer as it is more commonly known – sits on an unremarkable street in a small suburb on the northern fringes of Paris. The ground does not dominate its surroundings either in size or importance. If it weren’t for the floodlights peering over the humble main stand, one could be forgiven for walking past and not knowing that a football club of great historical importance ever existed there. Indeed, for most out-of-towners the main draw of the area is the famous flea market just a few blocks away.

    Saint-Ouen is not one of the capital’s most salubrious neighbourhoods. It’s more urban shabby than shabby chic and is in stark contrast to the area around the Parc des Princes, home of Paris Saint-Germain – which boasts wide tree-lined avenues, plush apartments and unapologetically corporate brand signage. But this largely residential suburb is the home of Red Star, the football club founded in a small café 121 years ago by the 24-year-old Jules Rimet, Fifa’s longest serving president and the man in whose honour the original World Cup trophy was named.

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  • Women’s March organisers issue rallying call to Britons

    Sunday’s protests on anniversary of Trump inauguration aim to capitalise on #MeToo campaign

    The UK organisers of the global Women’s March have called on people to once again gather in protest, a year after millions marched in seven continents.

    Saying it is time for a “conscious revolution”, they have urged women to capitalise on the momentum created in 2017 by rallying outside Downing Street at 11am on Sunday – a year and a day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, which sparked the initial protests. Other UK rallies are being held in Bristol and Sheffield.

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  • Mexico's leftwing frontrunner laughs off Russia jibes and says: I'm no Moscow stooge

    As the presidential election nears, Andrés Manuel López Obrador – known as Amlo – has been forced to deny claims of Russian support

    It could be a scene from a John Le Carré novel: under a leaden sky, a grey-haired man in an overcoat looks out to sea and chuckles quietly at the prospect of a Russian submarine bearing a shipment of gold.

    But the image came in a video this week by the leftwing frontrunner in Mexico’s presidential election, as he laughed off claims that he is receiving covert support from Moscow.

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  • ‘I don't do cheat days’: Dina Asher-Smith's work/life balance

    The 22-year-old sprinter on being in bed by 10.30pm, food as fuel and needing to grow up

    Sleep
    I’m always in bed by 10.30pm, and my phone is off by 11pm. Sleep and training are my highest priorities and I need a minimum of eight hours’ sleep. You can train yourself to be better at it; I won’t lie on my bed unless I’m going to sleep. If I’m travelling to a different time zone, I’ll start adjusting before I leave. I’ll get up at 4am, even if I’m a zombie.

    Eat
    Food is functional for me, rather than a pleasure. When I’m training, for this April’s Commonwealth Games, say, food is fuel: high protein, low carbs. Breakfast is three scrambled eggs, spinach, a yoghurt and black coffee. Lunch is protein – fish or chicken. Dinner is what my mum cooks. I don’t do cheat days and I don’t drink. But I like a nice meal out. I’ve cut out all unnecessary sugar, but sometimes eat Haribo Tangfastics before a race.

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  • 'She is the Queen, whereas you are Joe Shmuck': Clive James on The Crown

    How to recover from my latest hospital stay? Watch The Crown – twice, and remember a royal meeting of my own

    As my latest stay in hospital came to an end, the second series of The Crown was just starting on Netflix. Since my prescribed formula for rehabilitation consisted mainly of the instruction just to lie there and shut up, I had nothing to do except maintain the horizontal position and watch the delightful Claire Foy plough onward in her role of Queen. I thought she coped nobly.

    So nobly, in fact, that when the second series was all used up, I reverted to the first episode of the first series and watched the whole thing again. It would be worth it just for the cars. As piloted by the suave Matt Smith, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Lagonda is an impeccable example of one of the most beautiful objects ever manufactured in Britain. You could say the same of the Queen herself, still looking imperturbably shiny even as the duke drives off to yet another raucous lunch with his ghastly pals.

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  • Trapped in Yemen: Dave Eggers on one man’s astonishing fight to get home to America

    On a business trip to Yemen in 2015, Californian Mokhtar Alkhanshali was stranded when civil war broke out. Abandoned by his government and the airport bombed, he was forced to find his own way home …

    In the spring of 2015, I met Mokhtar Alkhanshali outside the Blue Bottle Coffee headquarters in Oakland, California. He had just returned from Yemen, having narrowly escaped with his life. An American citizen, Mokhtar was abandoned by his government and left to evade Saudi bombs and Houthi rebels. He had no means to leave. The airports had been destroyed and the roads out of the country were impassable. There were no evacuations planned, no assistance provided. The United States state department had stranded thousands of Yemeni Americans, who were forced to devise their own means of fleeing a blitzkrieg – tens of thousands of US-made bombs dropped on Yemen by the Saudi air force. The way Mokhtar escaped was brazen and astonishing, but was only the last in a series of remarkable leaps of courage and self-invention that Mokhtar had made in a few short years. He had grown up poor, in a Yemeni-American family of nine living in a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district – in many ways the city’s most troubled neighbourhood. While trying to get a college degree, he took a job as a doorman in a residential high-rise called the Infinity. It paid adequately but he was uninspired, and he spent his days vibrating, expecting great things of himself but unsure what shape his dreams would take.

    One day a friend told him that across the street from his desk at the Infinity was an enormous statue of what appeared to be a Yemeni man with his hands raised overhead, drinking from a cup of coffee. This seemed to be the kind of sign he was looking for. It turned out that the statue was the old symbol of Hills Brothers coffee, their headquarters having been in downtown San Francisco for decades. The statue began a feverish journey of discovery, on which Mokhtar learned that coffee had first been cultivated in Yemen, and that for centuries the port of Mokha was the centre of the world’s coffee trade. The Yemeni coffee trade had fallen on hard times, though – it was known now for its unreliable quality and the few remaining farmers still growing coffee were largely aimless and impoverished.

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  • US government goes into shutdown after Senate rejects funding bill

    White House calls Democrats ‘obstructionist losers’ as federal agencies head into the first closure for five years

    The United States has its first government shutdown in nearly five years after senators failed to reach a deal to keep the lights on.

    An effort by Republicans to keep the government open for one month was rejected in a vote on Friday night after they failed to address Democratic concerns about young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.

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  • What are your experiences of eating disorder treatment? Tell us

    We want to hear about the care you have received in England. Share your stories with us

    More than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by eating an disorder, according to a 2015 report commissioned by the charity Beat.

    But getting help can be hard and experts have warned that NHS specialist services are struggling to cope with a growing caseload. Funding can be an issue and a recent report found that Mental health care providers continue to receive far smaller budget increases than hospitals.

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  • Elena Ferrante: 'I loved that boy to the point where I felt close to fainting'

    In the first of a new weekly series, the novelist recalls her first love

    Some time ago, I planned to describe my first times. I listed a certain number of them: the first time I saw the sea, the first time I flew in an aeroplane, the first time I got drunk, the first time I fell in love, the first time I made love. It was an exercise both arduous and pointless.

    For that matter, how could it be otherwise? We always look at first times with excessive indulgence. Even if by their nature they’re founded on inexperience, and so as a rule are not very successful, we recall them with sympathy, with regret. They’re swallowed up by all the times that have followed, by their transformation into habit, and yet we attribute to them the power of the unrepeatable.

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  • 'We had death threats': the defiant return of Will & Grace

    The groundbreaking TV show returns to tackle Trump, butt doubles and Madonna-bashing millennials

    When it debuted on TV, Will & Grace was revolutionary. Not only was it the first mainstream LGBTQ sitcom on TV, but it was one in which gay life was portrayed in a naturalistic way; where the characters weren’t walking cliches but just … existed.

    Related: Will & Grace review – welcome return for smart, irrepressible foursome

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  • After the rescue: what does the future hold for California's Turpin children?

    Trauma experts are divided over the prospects of the 13 children who escaped alleged parental abuse – but recent survival stories offer some hope

    The 13 siblings are safe now, ensconced in the folds of California’s medical care, and it is their parents’ turn to be shackled.

    A family that inhabited its own secluded world in a tile-roofed suburban house, a world of alleged violence, suffering and depravity, suddenly faces two very different paths.

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  • Voters should be able to change their minds on referendums, says Speaker

    John Bercow says people on the losing side do not have to accept their case is lost for ever

    John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, has warned democracy is under threat and said those on the wrong side of a referendum result do not have to accept their case has been lost forever, in remarks welcomed by campaigners for people’s right to change their mind on Brexit.

    The Speaker is duty-bound to remain neutral on political issues, but his comments appeared to make a thinly veiled reference to the EU referendum, defending the right for people to argue for a second vote.

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  • Should I shred my old bank statements?

    I’ve got years of old paperwork – I’m not sure how to dispose of it or not

    Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

    This week’s question:

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  • Use of sand vests to calm children with ADHD sparks concern

    Experts divided over heavy weights adopted by 200 schools in Germany to curb students’ restlessness

    German schools are increasingly asking unruly and hyperactive children to wear heavy sand-filled vests in an effort to calm them and keep them on their seats, despite the misgivings of some parents and psychiatrists.

    The controversial sand vests weigh between 1.2 and six kilograms (2.7 – 13Ib) and are being used by 200 schools across Germany.

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  • Fit in my 40s: can a running coach make me go faster?

    The personal trainer Matt Roberts is so high-end that David Cameron was a client. He’s going to assess my running style

    I feel about the word “runner” the way I felt about “mother” when I’d just had a baby – that it was completely fraudulent. You can’t call yourself a runner until you can run for longer than 90 seconds at a time. But you can’t force yourself out running when you’re not a runner. It’s a puzzler, right?

    That’s why I went to see Matt Roberts, a personal trainer so high-end that David Cameron was a client; that’s him you could see in the background of paparazzi shots, looking like a security detail, but actually monitoring the PM’s glute engagement. Roberts is my age and I remember him starting out, when I was at the London Evening Standard and all we talked was his abs, the Atkins diet and Zoë Ball. Anyway, 21 years pass and – wham! – he looks exactly the same and I look like his portrait in the attic, the spirit animal who’s done his ageing for him.

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  • The UK’s capital of ‘right-to-buy-to-let’ landlords

    More council houses have been sold to private landlords in the town than anywhere else – then rented at up to triple the price

    The floor in Elina Apse’s house on the Netherfield council estate in Milton Keynes is so cold that when one of her four children spills anything it freezes by the morning. She cannot phone the council to complain because she is renting from one of the town’s many private landlords, who have taken advantage of the right-to-buy policy to hoover up social housing and turn them into highly profitable rental investments.

    “I would love a place I could call home – this is just a house to me. When we first moved in we put a lot of effort into making it nice but my landlord could give us a section 21 notice and we would be out in a couple of months,” she says, curled up on a small couch in her sitting room to keep warm.

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  • A letter to you and me, five years ago

    Looking back on life after our child’s cancer diagnosis: the letter you always wanted to write

    It’s New Year’s Eve, and you’re getting ready to pop out and celebrate with friends. You’re not ready for what’s about to happen.

    Shortly before midnight, you’ll open the door to an emergency doctor clutching your elder son’s blood test results. She’ll tell you to get him to hospital immediately.

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  • Andreas Gursky review – godlike visions from the great chronicler of our age

    Hayward Gallery, London
    From raves to road trips, from the icecaps to the trading floor, from Amazon to the Rhine, these breathtaking panoramas take aim at globalism – and reinvent the very notion of photography

    Over the last two decades, Andreas Gursky has become the most significant image-maker of our time. Not just for the topicality of his subject matter – the scale and reach of global capitalism, the thrust of 21st-century commerce and the fragility of the planet – but for his grand-scale, digitally driven reinvention of the very notion of the photographic image. In his epic panoramas, from the frenzied activity on the Chicago stock exchange to the painterly stillness of the Rhine, nothing is as it initially appears. Often what you are seeing is a digitally created composite image: several photographs seamlessly knitted together. It is photography but not as we know it.

    Indeed, if you look closely at certain images – May Day IV, for example, his depiction of a vast German rave – you can pick out the same person appearing more than once. In the vast Ocean 11, satellite images are used in the creation of an overhead shot of an area so enormous it defies “normal” photography. Gursky’s digitally enhanced, almost godlike vision is the main reason he so disturbs traditionalists. But the issues of authenticity that concerned many of his contemporaries as they made the move from analogue to digital seem never to have entered his mind.

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  • The Amazon worker: paid £18,000 to shift 250 items an hour

    Aaron Callaway is 24 and works four nights a week alongside robots in the retailer’s warehouse

    If I’ve learned anything from doing this job, it’s that money can’t replace time. I work four nights a week in an Amazon warehouse near my home in Southend-on-Sea. It’s quite a cold place to work and, apart from two half-hour meal breaks, I’m on my feet for 10 and a half hours. I scan the items the trucks bring in from distributors and place them into the right cart for the robots to take to the correct place in the warehouse.

    I have to put away each item in 15 seconds or less, and get through 250 in an hour, or I’ll be given a warning by a manager. Stepping away from my station to, say, get a drink of water can have a big impact on my performance.

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  • 20 of the best adventure travel challenges for 2018

    Marathon cycles meet epic swims and uplifting hikes in our guide to the best breaks that, from the Lake District to the Sahara, will get you off the sofa and into the great outdoors

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  • Thai police arrest notorious wildlife trafficking suspect

    Exclusive: Boonchai Bach allegedly ran tusk and horn smuggling route from Africa

    Police in Thailand have arrested one of the world’s most notorious wildlife traffickers, allegedly involved in the smuggling thousands of tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns from Africa to Asia, the Guardian has learned.

    Boonchai Bach, who goes by multiple aliases including Bach Mai Limh, was arrested at his operational base in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Phanom, next to the Mekong River on Thursday.

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  • After a year of Donald Trump, there is still hope amid the horror | Jill Abramson

    The president has exceeded my worst expectations, but women have been galvanised more profoundly than if Hillary Clinton had won

    ‘Trump,” the man growled, as he pushed by me on the Amtrak regional train last summer. I was travelling with my two-year-old granddaughter in her stroller, and a suitcase. A conductor had just told me that we needed to move cars to exit at our station. He helped us. But when we rolled into the right car, the most convenient seat – in the front, with extra room – was occupied by a middle-aged man.

    The conductor asked him if he would mind moving to one of the many empty rows nearby. Obviously unhappy, he did as he was asked, but as he passed by me he expressed his fury in a single, angry word: “Trump”. The president’s name is an epithet. This is the legacy of his first year in office.

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  • Breaking Bad: 10 years on, TV is still in Walter White's shadow

    Vince Gilligan struggled to get the show off the ground and sustain it – until Netflix stepped in. Now the streaming giant is on top, and Breaking Bad’s legacy is assured

    Ten years ago, Breaking Bad made its TV debut. A comic drama starring the dad from Malcolm in the Middle, it answered the question middle-aged men had asked of themselves for generations: what would happen if I quit my boring job and became an outlaw? The answer, it appeared, involved drugs, mobile homes and being stranded in the desert in your pants.

    First impressions of Vince Gilligan’s now seminal drama may have been misleading, however. By the end of the pilot episode the protagonist, Walter White, had murdered a man. His initial adventures may have had a slapstick air to them, but it soon became difficult to laugh.

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  • Sundance 2018: Keira Knightley and the new wave of progressive costume drama

    With Knightley starring as Colette – alongside Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic and Daisy Ridley as Hamlet’s Ophelia – the period drama has never looked so interesting

    The Sundance film festival has sold itself for 40 years as the champion of cutting-edge, radical independent cinema; not a natural habitat for the stiffly costumed and perfectly spoken habits of the literary-inflected costume drama. But this year a choice selection of such films have found their way to Sundance, at a time when the period film has gained considerable currency as an illuminator of contemporary social issues. The Happy Prince, Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic about the writer’s final years will be joined at the festival by Ophelia, a reworking of the Hamlet story starring Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, and Colette, a biopic of the transgressive French literary icon that stars costume-pic veteran Keira Knightley.

    All three can claim to be part of a new wave of socially conscious period films: The Happy Prince examines Wilde’s years in exile after his release from jail in 1897, as he struggled with impoverishment and social disgrace, before dying in 1900. Everett, who directs as well as stars as Wilde, said the writer was his “patron saint” and that Wilde “is a kind of Christ figure in a way for every LGBT person now on their journey”. An adaptation of the young-adult novel by American writer Lisa Klein, Ophelia puts the celebrated “mad” Shakespeare character centre stage, in a reimagining that will clearly strike a chord with the #MeToo generation. And Colette, which emerges from the same production stable as the groundbreaking lesbian romance Carol, focusses on the French author and sexual boundary-pusher, best known for the boarding school Claudine series as well as Gigi, the 1944 novel about a convention-defying young woman who is trained to be a “courtesan”.

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  • Alexis Jay: ‘I’ve never needed therapy – I did get angry in Rotherham though’
    In 2016, she became the fourth chair in two years of the troubled inquiry into child sex abuse. From her early career as a social worker in Glasgow to investigating the Rotherham scandal, how has she been affected by the horrors she has witnessed?

    Whenever student journalists ask me how I choose which words to quote, I tell them to pick ones that capture the interviewee’s voice. Verbal informality and vernacular bring the speaker’s personality alive on the page, whereas any line that could have been lifted from the text of an official document does not belong inside speech marks. Sitting opposite Prof Alexis Jay, however, I realise that, were I to follow my own advice this week, her voice would be almost entirely absent from her own profile.

    I don’t think I have ever met anyone so fluent in the carefully dry register of judicial process. She talks like a transcript of a court document and seldom deviates from the approved vocabulary of statutory services. For example, when I ask about the Muslim men of Pakistani origin in Rotherham who were involved in child sex grooming, she refers to them as “the minority ethnic grouping identified by many victims as part of the exploitation network”.

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  • A year after a county flipped for Trump, support has been lost – but isn't gone

    After a year of interviews in Northampton County, which voted twice for Obama before supporting Trump, the Guardian’s project ends at the closed-down furnaces of Bethlehem Steel

    A year after the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, the furnaces of Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania sat quiet, as they have since the plant closed in 1995.

    On a frozen January morning, three former steelworkers – third- and fourth-generation employees who had literally shut the place down – gathered beneath the stacks to talk about the old days.

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  • Word of the week: witch-hunt

    Rider Haggard coined it, George Orwell popularised it and now Liam Neeson is using it about the #MeToo campaign. But is it in the right context?

    The #MeToo campaign against sexual violence and harassment by powerful men has become “a bit of a witch-hunt”, mused craggy action star Liam Neeson, echoing Catherine Deneuve. Which is slightly confusing, since the targets of the alleged witch-hunt are all men. Shouldn’t it be a wizard-hunt?

    The first appearance of “witch-hunt” in the OED, though, makes it clear that such sport is gender-inclusive. In Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines of 1885, we find it announced: “To-night ye will see. It is the great witch-hunt, and many will be smelt out as wizards and slain.” As a political metaphor, “witch-hunt” was popularised by George Orwell, and then widely used for Senator Joseph McCarthy’s obsessive investigations into supposed communists.

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  • Blind date: ‘She was thoughtful enough to wear a necklace with her name on’

    How did 25-year-olds Thom, an auditor, and Grace, a learning coordinator, get along?

    What were you hoping for?
    Interesting conversation.

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  • ‘Discovering my true sexual self’: why I embraced polyamory

    My husband and I were together for 12 years and had two children – but while he was happy with one person, I needed more

    It was the hardest thing I’d ever had to say to my husband, Marc. Three years ago, I sat down and told him: “The idea of having sex just with you for the next 40 years – I can’t do it any more.” But I had come to realise that my life was built around something I didn’t believe in: monogamy.

    We had been together for 12 years and had two children, now nine and seven. I love being a mother and I set the bar high from the start – cloth nappies and cooking from scratch. But I needed something more in my emotional and sexual life.

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  • Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens review – a heady tour of earthly delights

    Monty discovers how his great-great-great-grandmother made pots of money from marmalade on his fragrant trip to gardens inspired by the Qur’an

    Looking out at a miserable rectangle of urban waste, AKA my garden, I’m hoping for inspiration from Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens (BBC2), which is about gardens that were themselves inspired by the Qur’an. Maybe I too can bring a bit of eternal heaven to earth. Specifically, an insalubrious corner of north-west London.

    Monty’s journey around great Islamic paradise gardens begins in southern Spain (where presumably he’s known as Don Monty). In the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, he learns about key features of Islamic gardens: water to reflect stars and architecture; the number four, into which spaces are often divided to represent the four elements, the four seasons, and the four rivers of paradise flowing with water, milk, honey and wine.

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  • One year on, has Trump kept his promise? A Pennsylvania county gives its verdict – video

    Members of Donald Trump’s base in Northampton County, which supported him in 2016 after twice backing Barack Obama, remain passionate – but some voters appear to be moving away from the president.

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  • Yes, we love ready meals – but Britain is still a foodie nation | Ian Jack

    While top chefs such as Angela Hartnett draw on European cuisine, black pudding and pies have a rich history too

    There can surely never have been a time in Britain when food was more various, more savoured, more discussed, more enthused over or condemned, more written about, more watched on television. Never before – even when classical statues made of sugar were the centrepieces of Renaissance feasts, or bad acting was rewarded with rotten cabbages – has it provided so much entertainment as well as sustenance.

    Who, seated forlornly before a stale fruit scone in an ABC tearoom in the 50s, could have imagined this transformation?

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  • Tim Dowling: am I bananas for agreeing to do an interview for French television?

    ‘The question at the top of the journalist’s notebook appears to say, “Would you like to touch my banana?”’

    Some years ago, a television crew came to my house to interview me about men and crying. They seemed determined to portray me as someone who thought men shouldn’t cry. I maintained that I’d wept only the night before, while watching a programme about children being sent to boarding school. “Which is weird,” I said, “because I probably wouldn’t cry about sending my own kids to boarding school.” This statement was greeted by a stony silence.

    “Well, not in front of them,” I added. “I mean, I would probably cry later, about the money.”

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  • Bushfire forces closure of Sydney's Royal national park

    Emergency warning issued and firefighters are also battling a blaze in the Southern Tablelands

    Firefighters are battling several big bushfires in New South Wales – one is threatening homes in the Southern Tablelands, and the other has forced the closure of the Royal national park in Sydney’s south.

    An emergency warning has been issued for an out-of-control bushfire south of Bundeena in the park.

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  • Italy election: governing party to follow Macron's pro-EU playbook

    PD minister Sandro Gozi says party will seek to repeat success of French president in putting Europe at centre of campaign

    The pro-European, anti-populist campaign of Emmanuel Macron will be the inspiration for Italy’s governing centre-left PD party’s pitch to voters in the upcoming general election, Sandro Gozi, Italy’s minister for Europe, has said.

    Gozi, a friend of Macron and close ally of the PD leader, Matteo Renzi, told the Guardian at the campaign launch in Milan on Friday: “The election is an Italian choice, but Europe will be issue number one in this general election, and its result affects everyone in Europe”.

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  • Weirdest photos of Trump's year one, from the Saudi orb to a big truck's cab

    On the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, we look back at some of the strangest photos from his first year as president

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  • Simona Halep survives marathon 28-game final set against Lauren Davis
    • World No1 beats American 4-6, 6-4, 15-13
    • Players on court for three hours and 44 minutes

    Simona Halep saved three match points and served for victory four times in an extraordinary encounter against Lauren Davis before eventually booking her spot in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

    The top seeds in the women’s tournament have all had their dramas this week but none quite like this. American Davis traded toe to toe with the world No1 for three hours and 44 minutes but Halep finally forced a match point and took it for a 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 victory.

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  • Oscar winner Dorothy Malone, mom on Peyton Place, has died

    Malone died in an assisted living center from natural causes days before her 94th birthday, daughter says

    Actress Dorothy Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap Peyton Place, died on Friday in her hometown of Dallas at age 93.

    Malone died in an assisted living center from natural causes days before her 94th birthday, said her daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten.

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  • World trade rules too weak to stop China distorting market – US

    Trump administration steps up its attack on rival, saying terms for Beijing’s membership of the WTO were too lenient

    The United States mistakenly supported China’s membership of the World Trade Organisation in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration has said.

    Related: Why Donald Trump can't bully China on trade

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  • Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says

    Musician’s wife and daughter say a fractured hip led to ‘over use of medication’ and voice hope report will contribute to opioid discussion

    Tom Petty’s family said his death last year was due to an accidental drug overdose.

    His wife and daughter released the results of Petty’s autopsy via a statement on his Facebook page on Friday night.

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  • Judge: collapse of sex crime trials could lead to rapists going free

    Series of blunders by police and CPS may see juries doubting evidence, says Lord Judge

    The notable collapse of a series of rape trials could endanger future convictions of genuine rapists because of reduced public trust in the justice system, the former head of the judiciary has warned.

    Lord Judge, who was lord chief justice in England and Wales from 2008 to 2013, said juries may start doubting the quality of evidence presented to them in court after several high-profile rape cases collapsed owing to blunders by police and the CPS.

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  • Fast & Furious Live review – a stinker in both senses

    With vehicles belching fumes at 7mph, car chase franchise fails to translate to stage

    Outside of Jaws, it would be tough to think of a movie idea less suited to the theatrical treatment than the rubber-burning, tarmac-eating 2001 car chase spectacular The Fast and the Furious and its seven sequels. But the F&F franchise has overcome terrible dialogue, the loss in 2013 of one of its lead actors (Paul Walker, who died in a car crash) and the recent criticisms of another regular, Michelle Rodriguez, who promised to “say goodbye” to the franchise if it didn’t become more female-friendly. The challenge of reproducing white-knuckle driving stunts in a confined space must have seemed like small beer.

    On the evidence of Fast & Furious Live, a £25m arena show featuring 11 stunt performers and around 20 vehicles, Universal Studios has overestimated the goodwill toward its hit franchise. Large sections of seating in the O2 were closed off; entire rows in the rest of it were empty. And no wonder. It would be nice to say the worst thing about the show was the exhaust fumes that fill the venue shortly after Vin Diesel has walked off stage following his introductory speech. But the show stinks in both senses.

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  • Theresa May told to 'raise her game' in Tory MP's outburst

    Nick Boles hits out over release of John Worboys, the housing crisis and NHS funding

    Theresa May has been ordered to raise her game by a Conservative MP and former minister who says her government is guilty of “timidity and lack of ambition”.

    Nick Boles launched an extraordinary attack on his party leader on Twitter, listing the controversy over the release of John Worboys, the housing crisis and NHS funding as key areas of concern.

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  • Roy Hodgson: ‘Coaching is a sadistic pleasure – the suffering never stops’

    Palace manager has revived the Eagles and his reputation, while his appetite is as keen as ever at 70 – despite the torment the job brings

    Roy Hodgson is not one for sentimental reflection. Looking back has never really been his thing. If it were, as he admits, he might linger on his life going full circle in restoring him to the club he supported as a boy, “walking with my dad to watch the reserves one week, the first team the next” from their regular vantage point on the bleak concrete of the Holmesdale Road terrace. Or hoarding programmes, a youngster craving an audience with Johnny Byrne or Terry Long “and waiting to collect autographs by the changing rooms”.

    It had been a sense of Crystal Palace’s underlying ambition, and a desire to fling himself back into work 14 months after leaving his role with England, that convinced him to return to the club where a career spanning more than half a century had begun with evening sessions in the youth team. Yet, when Hodgson allows himself a second to contemplate, he can acknowledge some would spy romance in last autumn’s return.

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  • Facebook to prioritize 'high quality', trustworthy news, Zuckerberg says
    • Facebook chief to change news feed to combat ‘sensationalism’
    • ‘There’s too much misinformation and polarization in the world’


    Facebook will begin to prioritize “trustworthy” news outlets on its stream of social media posts as it works to combat “sensationalism” and “misinformation”, its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said on Friday.

    The company, which has more than 2 billion monthly users, said it would use surveys to determine rankings on how trustworthy news outlets are.

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  • East London primary school backs down over hijab ban

    Chair of governors at St Stephen’s primary school in Newham resigns following complaints from parents

    A primary school that controversially banned pupils from wearing hijabs appears to have backed down after the chair of governors announced his resignation following complaints from parents.

    St Stephen’s primary school in Newham, east London, hit the headlines at the weekend after the Sunday Times reported it had banned Muslim girls under the age of eight from wearing headscarves, to the delight of campaigners who argued it enforces religious conformity on children.

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