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  • Trump invokes Nixon and McCarthy in NYT White House counsel report rant

    Donald Trump went on the offensive on Sunday, invoking the spectres of Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy, starkly polarising figures from American history, in a frenzied attack on the New York Times.

    Related: 'Truth isn't truth': Giuliani trumps 'alternative facts' with new Orwellian outburst

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  • Peter Schrank on calls for 'a true Brexiter' to become Tory leader – cartoon
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  • UK woman rescued 10 hours after falling from cruise ship in Adriatic

    Woman taken to hospital in Pula, Croatia, after being found in sea

    A British woman has been rescued after spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night having fallen from a cruise ship, according to Croatia’s coastguard.

    The 46-year-old, who gave her name as Kay in an interview with local media, was taken to hospital in Pula, Croatia, and is understood to be out of danger.

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  • India head for huge lead after Hardik Pandya cuts down England batsmen
    • India 329 and 124-2, England 161
    • Pandya takes 5-28 off six overs in England’s 161

    When Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad left the field contentedly just after midday, having mopped up the last four Indian wickets for a paltry 22 runs, they must have contemplated a gentle day of recuperation for their battle-hardened bodies before their next assault upon the Indian batsmen. Old fast bowlers treasure such opportunities.

    By five o’clock they were back on the field charged with trying to bowl England back into the game having witnessed their batsmen scurrying manically around the crease like shoppers who had invested in only an hour’s worth of parking. The longest time spent in the middle by any Englishman was the 68 minutes that their out-of-sorts captain endured before departing grumpily after reviewing a catch to second slip.

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  • Joel Moon hat-trick helps Leeds Rhinos in their struggle for survival
    • London Broncos 32-48 Leeds Rhinos
    • Leeds close to preserving Super League status

    Leeds Rhinos moved a step closer to preserving their Super League status after surviving a rousing fightback from London Broncos at Ealing.

    This has been a season to forget for Leeds and, though they are still visibly below the levels which took them to Super League glory for the eighth time last October, there are clearly signs of improvement since the arrival of Kevin Sinfield as coach.

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  • Brave and efficient Brighton see off a poor Manchester United effort

    This lamentable effort was enough to remind José Mourinho that he has far more pressing concerns than Manchester City poking fun at him in their Amazon documentary. Manchester United’s budding film critic could only grit his teeth as Brighton & Hove Albion’s supporters informed him that his city is blue. City had swaggered to another victory earlier in the day, sticking six goals past Huddersfield Town, and on this evidence United are lagging behind the league champions in the place that truly matters.

    Mourinho’s pre-match comments about City’s lack off class off the pitch felt like a diversion tactic long the end of this farcical defeat. The most famous club in England never resembled a team with serious designs on winning the title, conceding three goals in a first half for the first time since Louis van Gaal presided over a collapse against Arsenal in October 2015, and a variety of talking points tested their manager’s temper. Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelöf were culpable for two of Brighton’s goals, underlining why Mourinho was aggrieved not to strengthen his central defence in the summer, and Anthony Martial’s listlessness beggared belief. It was difficult to argue with Paul Pogba’s admission that Brighton won because of their superior desire.

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  • 'So much cooler back then': exhibition recreates Berlin techno club culture

    Visitors are promised a taste of the newly reunited city’s 1990s underground music scene

    If you can remember it, you probably weren’t there, as the old adage goes. What was true of the summer of love generation applies also to Berlin’s 1990s techno scene, the subject of the city’s latest blockbuster exhibition.

    The brainchild of the team behind Berlin’s nostalgia-drenched DDR Museum, Nineties Berlin promises thrill-seeking tourists a taste of the fabled parties of the 20th century’s last decade.

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  • The Guardian view on China: unease at home and abroad | Editorial
    There are real and important problems to address, but Donald Trump’s trade war will not solve them

    This has not been the easiest of summers for Xi Jinping and his country. Donald Trump’s tariffs have rattled nerves in Beijing, already unsettled by the slowing economy. The ministry of finance and the central bank have had an open spat over fiscal policy. There are grumblings that the leadership invited trouble with its unabashed projection of might; was too complacent about the risks of US trade action; and is struggling to respond. But even if trade talks make progress when they resume this week, the issue is a channel for frustrations as well as the proximate cause.

    The scrapping of presidential term limits this spring cemented Mr Xi’s extraordinary concentration of power. Yet in doing so it shocked and alienated even some sympathisers. Now there are signs of a pushback: gossip about political intrigue; a scathing essay from a well-known scholar. Meanwhile, a public health scandal over faulty vaccines given to children has undercut his drive to crush corruption and bring the bureaucracy into line: wasn’t it supposed to prevent things like this? The excitement engendered by these developments is in large part a sign of how rare any glimpse of disharmony has become. No one doubts that Mr Xi remains in control. The question is whether he will retain the same leeway in pursuing his course as his nation enters choppier waters. Less than a year ago, Mr Xi spoke of a new era which would see China moving “closer to centre stage and making greater contributions to mankind”, in a decisive break with the long-held maxim that the country should hide its light and bide its time. Now state newspapers warn of the dangers of hubris.

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  • The Guardian view of over-tourism: an unhealthy appetite for travel | Editorial

    The world’s most beautiful places are being loved to death. Tourists ought to think hard about why and how they are travelling

    Last week Cornwall became the latest beauty spot on the planet to admit it was the victim of its own success in attracting tourists. Such is the swell in numbers that there’s barely enough space to place a beach towel on the sands of Porthcurno beach and Kynance Cove. The local tourist board, tasked with getting people to come to the coast, has resorted to pleading with people to stay away. No doubt the long, hot summer sent people scuttling for the coast. But Cornwall’s overtourism problem highlights a number of familiar trends. First is how society now views nature itself as merely one more good to be consumed; second, the shallow, modern need to present a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job in the tight frame of Instagram; last, the influx of “set-jetters”, who seek out the locations of their favourite television dramas or films.

    In the case of Cornwall, the fans of the BBC’s Poldark arrived in such numbers that it threatened what attracted them in the first place: the tranquil sublimity of the Cornish Caribbean. Others have taken more drastic steps to curb fans’ insatiable appetite to visit places depicted on screen. Croatia’s Dubrovnik, used as the fictional King’s Landing on TV’s Game of Thrones, has limited the daily numbers that can enter the historic old town. Thailand’s Maya Bay, location for the film The Beach, was shut to tourists who came in such large numbers that they spoiled the place they were meant to enjoy.

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  • Manchester United start in style with Lizzie Arnot winner at Liverpool
    • Fara Williams hits hat-trick in Reading’s 4-1 win over Durham
    • Manchester City held to draw by Birmingham City

    Manchester United Women’s first competitive game could not have ended in sweeter fashion as they beat Liverpool Women 1-0 in the FA Continental Tyres Cup.

    Their Group Two North game had been a stodgy affair but was settled by a late Lizzie Arnot goal.

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  • Afghan president announces conditional ceasefire with Taliban

    Taliban sources say leaders have provisionally agreed to a four-day truce for Eid al-Adha

    Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, has announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, despite heavy fighting in recent days in the central city of Ghazni.

    Taliban sources said their leaders had provisionally agreed to a four-day truce, although their supreme leader, Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada, still had to give his final approval.

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  • Liverpool council and police apologise for 'victim-blaming' tweet

    City hall and Merseyside force delete ‘know when to step in’ social media posts

    Merseyside police and Liverpool city council have apologised after posts on their social media accounts were criticised for blaming victims for sexual assault.

    The force and city authorities deleted the posts following a backlash and issued a statement on Twitter stating: “The only person ever responsible for making the reprehensible decision to rape is the perpetrator.”

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  • Why Nigel Farage’s return could make a people’s vote more likely | Matthew d’Ancona
    The former Ukip leader – and his snake oil – are back. But there’s a risk to his political showmanship, and he knows it

    Like Sinatra, Slim Shady and measles before him, Nigel Farage is back. Well, let’s be honest: he never really went away, did he? Since he stood down as Ukip’s acting leader in November 2016, a few days after his notorious meeting with the newly elected Donald Trump, he has rarely been off the airwaves. But now, as he revealed in the Daily Telegraph last week, he is going “back on the road to campaign once again”.

    Under the banner of the Leave Means Leave campaign, there will be events, leaflets, street stalls, a battle bus and perhaps even a special-edition pledge card, with all your favourite bogus promises from two years ago, plus a host of new post-truth pledges. It is an exciting prospect: the “bad boys of Brexit” on the road once more, selling snake oil and lies wherever the freedom-mobile leads them.

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  • Peterloo massacre 'could happen again', warns Maxine Peake

    Actor speaks out at rally to mark anniversary of massacre of protesters in Manchester

    An event like the Peterloo massacre, which killed an estimated 15 people 199 years ago, could happen again today, the actor Maxine Peake has said, speaking following a rally to mark the event’s anniversary.

    On 16 August 1819, cavalry charged into a crowd of about 60,000 people who had gathered at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, to demand the reform of parliamentary representation. About 15 people are thought to have been killed, with 11 recorded as dying on the day of the protest and others dying later from their injuries.

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  • Bon 4 Bon review – sweet memories of childhood and mangos

    Dance Base, Edinburgh
    The four brothers that make up Taiwan’s Chang Dance Theatre share stories of family life in a tender and playful show

    One childhood memory recurs in this vivid, bracingly personal show performed by the four brothers who run Taiwan’s Chang Dance Theatre. When their father took mangos from the fridge to prepare them, they would race to the kitchen in excitement. Bon 4 Bon manages to create its own heady rush as the quartet explore their family’s dynamics in a work that is as sweet as their favourite fruit. It’s a short piece, but it captures how siblings tumble through hot, humid days of summer.

    Slices of mango fill a bowl on stage and are stuck to a stool and a mic stand where the men take turns offering recollections: each is an individual memory, yet inseparable from their shared identity. This is a portrait of family life at close quarters, most clearly illustrated by a sequence in which they swap socks and T-shirts as they recall all using the same wardrobe for their clothes.

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  • Beards, prayers and steam rollers: Sunday's top images

    Our picture editors choose the best photos from the past 24 hours

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  • Mountain high: the world’s last great challenges

    Mountaineers came closer than ever to climbing the north ridge of Latok I in Pakistan’s Karakoram range last week. It is not the only peak defying human conquest

    The north ridge of Latok I, the 7,145-metre-high spur of ice and granite in the Karakoram mountains, Pakistan, has defeated climbers for 40 years, after it was it was first tried, in 1978, by an immensely strong American expedition. Earlier this year, Sergei Glazunov from Russia fell to his death on this same route and his partner, Alexander Gukov, was saved in a daring rescue by the Pakistani air force. Reports last week excitedly declared that an expedition had conquered it, but it later emerged that the climbers had got two-thirds of the way up, then judged the top section too dangerous and reached the summit another way. So Latok I technically remains one of the last great challenges of the climbing world.

    Contrary to popular opinion, there are still lots of unclimbed mountains and routes on more familiar peaks that have yet to be done. Many are in the Karakoram and the Himalayas, but there are lots in Alaska, the Andes and Antarctica, too. Some are unclimbed because nobody has bothered yet. Other challenges, like Latok I, have fixed themselves in the climbing world’s imagination: they are so hard or remote, or require such endurance, that only the best need apply.Here are five more.

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  • Tributes paid to 'hero' UK paraglider who died after midair collision

    Innes Powell’s 2008 rescue of another paraglider featured on Discovery Channel

    Tributes have been paid to a respected British paraglider who died after colliding midair with another pilot during a competition in Macedonia.

    Innes Powell, 54, died on Friday after he reportedly swung into Igor Volov, a 56-year-old Ukrainian, before the final race of the British Open in Kruševo, fatally injuring both men.

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  • Manchester City 6-1 Huddersfield Town: Premier League – as it happened

    The champions thumped Huddersfield at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero scoring his 13th hat-trick for the club

    Jamie Jackson’s match report has landed, so I’ll leave you with that. Thanks for your company and emails. Bye!

    Related: Sergio Agüero hits hat-trick in Manchester City’s rout of Huddersfield

    City don’t play a title rival until they go to Anfield in October. By then they could/should have 21 points from seven games.

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  • US supplied bomb that killed 40 children on Yemen school bus
    • Eleven adults also died and 79 people were wounded
    • Bomb sold to Saudi Arabia was made by Lockheed Martin

    The bomb dropped on a school bus in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition warplane was sold to Riyadh by the US, according to reports based on analysis of the debris.

    Related: 'The sound of children screaming keeps replaying': a Red Cross nurse in Yemen

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  • Water levels in Kerala start to fall as rescue efforts continue

    Focus shifts to providing help for 600,000 in relief camps as rain forecast to ease

    Water levels have started to fall in the southern Indian state of Kerala and rain is predicted to ease in the coming days as rescue operations continue to free thousands of people still marooned by the worst flooding in a century.

    With the lull in heavy rain on Sunday, focus began to shift to providing for the more than 600,000 people sheltering in relief camps, with shortages of medicine, fuel and fresh water reported.

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  • Met police deny looser background checks put people in danger

    Up to 20,000 people got DBS certificates without full security checks since force relaxed process in 2016

    The Metropolitan police have rejected claims that the force put children and vulnerable adults in danger by reportedly relaxing its vetting system for thousands of people.

    Up to 20,000 members of the public have been issued with disclosure and barring service (DBS) certificates without full security checks after senior Scotland Yard officers decided to relax the process in 2016 amid criticism over delays, according to leaked documents.

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  • Surrealist exhibition celebrates 'goofiest couple in art'

    Grace Pailthorpe and Reuben Mednikoff were known for vivid and experimental works

    In their day they were feted as two of Britain’s most exciting and important surrealists, but few people today are familiar with the work of Grace Pailthorpe and Reuben Mednikoff.

    Organisers of an exhibition this year want to change that and are bringing together works from public and private collections for what will be the first show in 20 years devoted to the pair, described by one critic as “the goofiest couple in art”.

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  • Kofi Annan obituary

    UN secretary general and Nobel peace prize winner focused on the organisation’s role in fighting poverty, injustice and disease

    The secretary general of the United Nations is charged with the unenviable duty of safeguarding international peace and security, with few tools at his command other than political antennae and the powers of persuasion. Kofi Annan, who has died aged 80, brought strong moral convictions, careful judgment and a quiet determination to the task of demonstrating that the secretary general’s post is relevant to the search for solutions to some of the more acute problems confronting the international community.

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  • Sorry to Bother You: is this the most shocking anti-capitalist film ever?

    Would you run a workforce of slaves if the price was right? Would you give up your freedom for a job, food and a bed for life? Welcome to the chilling, absurdist world of Sorry to Bother You

    A wealthy man once told me that you can’t get really rich unless you have other people working for you. To achieve the American dream of boundless wealth, you need to stand on many other people’s backs. That’s capitalism. But how do you entice them to let you stand on their backs so you can make more money than them, and what do you owe them for that privilege?

    These questions are at the core of Sorry to Bother You, a comedy-drama starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, written and directed by Boots Riley, a rapper with Oakland band the Coup. Sorry to Bother You, set in an alternative version of that Californian city, is one of the most anti-capitalist movies Hollywood has ever produced. We’re used to seeing the rich portrayed as evil, but here we see people sell their souls to ascend the corporate ladder. The film shows how easily people will compromise their principles for money – and, more frightening still, how far owners and management will go to create perfectly obedient workers.

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  • How to Be Both review – Ali Smith's dazzling novel hits the stage

    The Spiegeltent, Edinburgh
    An experiment in presenting fiction beyond panel discussion or onstage interview pays off handsomely

    The title of Ali Smith’s multi-award-winning novel poses a question that cuts to the heart of book festival culture: how to be both serious and fun, serving both readers and an audience. It’s a particular challenge for fiction, which doesn’t profit from the usual talking-heads format in the way of, say, a celebrity autobiography or a topical tome about climate change.

    EIBF supremo Nick Barley has responded with a laboratory strand of semi-staged performances, which may or may not grow into something bigger. In the second of three to be devised this year in partnership with the Lyceum theatre, two writers and three actors had just three days to corral Smith’s dazzling, time-vaulting novel into a 45-minute performance.

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  • Who says the most liveable city is in the west? Culture doesn’t just live in museums | Chibundu Onuzo

    The Economist Intelligence Unit’s index claims Vienna is more cultured than Lagos. But it is flawed and subjective

    A few months ago, I stepped out one morning and saw a coil of animal poo on the doorstep. My mother and I spent a long time trying to figure out what sort of animal had done the deed. We decided, in the end, that a fox was the culprit. But it could also have been a racist. The incident has occurred twice but as we’ve got rid of the evidence both times, we’ll never know.

    I am not the only one who has had a similar experience in London. Just search “poo on doorstep”. It occurs frequently enough to have generated several threads on the internet. Yet, when ranking the world’s best cities to live in last week, the mighty statisticians of the Economist Intelligence Unit didn’t take into account “likeliness to find a turd on your front doorstep”. In the 14 years I lived in Lagos, I never once found faeces in front of my house. Yet Lagos is judged one of the 10 least liveable cities in the world, and London comes much higher in the desirability rankings, at number 48.

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  • Kevin Spacey film takes in just $126 as it flops at US box office

    Billionaire Boys Club, actor’s last film before sexual assault claims, tanks on opening night

    Kevin Spacey’s latest film has tanked at the box office after taking in a record-breaking low of just $126 (£98) on its opening night in US cinemas.

    Billionaire Boys Club was the last film the actor made before sexual assault allegations dating back more than 30 years began to surface against him last October.

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  • Files shed light on alleged efforts to hide 1970s police corruption

    Detective kept files as evidence of how senior officers thwarted Operation Countryman

    Documents retained by a senior detective involved in one of Britain’s biggest police corruption inquiries have shed light on how efforts were allegedly made to prevent the true scale of wrongdoing from coming to light.

    The family of the late DCS Steve Whitby says he kept papers from the Countryman investigation as evidence of how he and his colleagues were thwarted by senior police officers and the then director of public prosecutions (DPP).

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  • Rise in cocaine deaths prompts calls for government action

    Opposition and charities say increase in deaths in England and Wales for sixth year running ‘deeply worrying’

    The government is facing calls to investigate what the opposition has described as a deeply worrying trend in the number of deaths from cocaine use, which has risen for the sixth year running.

    Figures from the Office for National Statistics released earlier this month showed there were 432 deaths related to cocaine in England and Wales in 2017 compared with 112 in 2011, when numbers began to climb from 1.9 deaths per million of the population to 7.5 last year.

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  • World's oldest village cricket green under threat from developers, club says

    Mitcham cricket club in south London wants to resolve status of its 115-year-old pavilion

    A village cricket green believed to be the oldest in the world continuously used to play the game is under threat from developers, players say.

    Mitcham cricket green in south London has reputedly been home to the sound of leather against willow since 1685, but the club it houses believes its long and distinguished innings could shortly come to an end.

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  • Hajj 2018: the annual Islamic pilgrimage – in pictures

    Muslims from around the world have started the yearly ritual in Saudi Arabia, performing rites in and around the holy city of Mecca. Hajj is a religious duty that must be carried out by those adults who are able to at least once in their lifetime

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  • Two-thirds of women worry about sexual harassment at festivals – survey

    Durham University study reveals 30% of women say they have been sexually harassed and 10% sexually assaulted

    Concerns have been raised about the safety of women at music festivals after a survey found that almost seven out of 10 worry about prospect of sexual assault and sexual harassment at events in the UK.

    A further 30% of women said they had been sexually harassed and 10% had been sexually assaulted, the study by Durham University showed.

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  • Fears for environment in Spain as pigs outnumber people

    Official figures show there are 50m pigs to 46.5m humans in country famed for its pork

    Spain’s pigs outnumber the human population for the first time, according to figures released by the country’s environment ministry, which reveal there are now 50 million pigs, 3.5 -million more than humans

    The figures show an increase of about 9 million animals since 2013 and there are growing concerns about the environmental impact of an industry that produced more than 4m tonnes of pork products and generated €6bn (£5.4bn) last year.

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  • Brexit: Tory MPs warn of entryism threat from Leave. EU supporters

    Pro-Brexit group urges supporters to join to back Boris Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg for leader

    Conservative MPs are warning of a risk of entryism in the party as the pro-Brexit group Leave.EU encourages its supporters to become members in order to back Boris Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg in a future leadership contest.

    Conservative party rules mean anyone who has been a member for more than three months can vote in a leadership contest. Grassroots members have the final say between a pair of candidates selected by Conservative MPs in a series of ballots.

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  • Fleeing Venezuelans face suspicion and hostility as migration crisis worsens

    Ecuadorian border town struggling to cope with exodus driven by economic collapse and political turmoil

    Nicolás Maduro has belittled the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing across the Andes as gullible “slaves and beggars” duped into scrubbing foreign toilets by enemies of the Bolivarian revolution.

    The United Nations says 2.3 million people, more than 7% of Venezuela’s population, have left the country since 2015, with most heading to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Half a million have arrived this year in Ecuador alone.

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  • US cardinal accused of concealing abuse pulls out of Dublin event

    Donald Wuerl was to speak at World Meeting of Families, which pope is attending

    A US cardinal has pulled out of a keynote speech at the World Meeting of Families, a global event being hosted by the Roman Catholic church in Dublin, after he was criticised for his handling of child sexual abuse in a damning report.

    Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, concealed abuse and moved known child molesters to new posts when he was bishop of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania from 1988 to 2006, according to the grand jury report.

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  • Nearly half of Russians ignorant invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 – poll

    Experts say survey on Warsaw Pact intervention anniversary reflects resurgence of ‘Brezhnev-era propaganda’

    More than a third of Russians say the Soviet Union was correct to intervene in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and nearly half of the population says it knows nothing about the invasion at all, according to new polling data obtained by the Guardian before its release on the 50th anniversary of the crushing of the Prague spring.

    The polling data reflects the resurgence of “Brezhnev-era propaganda, stereotypes of the Soviet period,” said Lev Gudkov of Russia’s Levada Center, which will release the results on Monday.

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  • Spike in seized grenades fuels fears of weapons stashes in UK

    Authorities recovered 17 devices in first four months of this year, up from 40 seized between 2013 and 2017

    There has been a sharp rise in the number of grenades seized from criminals trying to smuggle the explosives into the UK, according to government figures.

    In the first four months of this year, 17 devices were discovered by UK authorities, compared with 40 seized between 2013 and 2017. The explosives are usually smuggled overland in lorries or underneath cars that arrive by ferry and mainly come from the former Yugoslavia.

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  • Frozen in time: Audrey Hepburn shopping with a fawn, 1958

    Beverly Hills thought it had seen it all – until Audrey Hepburn went to supermarkets and parties with Pippin the deer

    In 1958, Audrey Hepburn was shooting Green Mansions, playing a woman in the Venezuelan jungle who is followed everywhere by a little fawn. In order to bond with Pippin the fawn (Hepburn called her Ip), she was encouraged to care for her, feeding her milk from a baby bottle. “I don’t have any children of my own,” she told a reporter on set, “but I’m learning a lot from Ip.” She took the deer to parties, and slept in bed with her.

    In his book Remembering Audrey, the photographer Bob Willoughby, who followed Hepburn for years, including on this trip to the supermarket, wrote: “Beverly Hills habitués are fairly blasé about what they see, but Audrey being followed around town by this lovely creature stopped everyone in their tracks.” When the film wrapped, she was devastated to give the fawn back; a year later she had a miscarriage. To try and lift her out of depression, her husband tracked down Ip, then, much to the disappointment of her Yorkshire terrier Mr Famous, took her in as a pet. And then she had a baby.

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  • Grand Dishes: the kitchen stories of our grandmothers

    Meet the stars of an award-winning project celebrating the lives and recipes of the true heroes of family cooking

    “She cooks like no one else I know,” says Anastasia Miari of her grandmother, whose name is also Anastasia Miari (her grandchildren call her Yiayia – the Greek for granny) and who lives by herself in a tiny house in Corfu. “She’s pretty ferocious, but she cooks the most phenomenal food over an open fire, aged 80, and really shows her love for me and the rest of my family through the dishes she puts on the table.”

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  • Yorkshire council leaders threaten to pull out of asylum seeker housing scheme

    Home Office ignored concerns over ‘disproportionate concentrations of asylum seekers’, they say

    Council leaders in Yorkshire have threatened to pull out of a scheme to house asylum seekers unless their concerns about the current system are addressed.

    In letter to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, the heads of 14 local authorities said the system was at risk of “catastrophic failure”, and that the Home Office had ignored issues of “cohesion or disproportionate concentrations of asylum seekers” in some places.

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  • The rise and fall of the TV chef | Tim Hayward

    There may never be another Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay. Why would today’s young chefs be interested in working in food television?

    For almost as long as there has been TV, there have been cooks on it – from 1940s original Philip Harben to the Sainted Delia – but it was around 1999 that TV producer Pat Llewellyn, in a blaze of genius, brought Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay to life on our screens, in sweaty whites and clogs, but repositioned as sexy. These weren’t TV presenters with some distant history of cooking or food writing, these were real chefs and we were going to share their lives and love them like rock stars.

    Celebrity chefs with one foot in the kitchen and one on the studio floor became the dominant phenomenon of British media and for a couple of decades, the overwhelming ambition of many young cooks was to break into TV, while the image – mercurial, driven, invariably male, perfectionist, a Marco Pierre White filtered through his scion Ramsay – became a template. All that, though, is suddenly up for grabs. We’re witnessing a change in the peculiar relationship between chefs and celebrity.

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  • Wild sea kayaking adventure in Sweden

    On the third leg of his Scandi trip, Kevin Rushby and son kayak the fjords of a huge archipelago, camp on magical islands – and meet not a single other person
    • Scandi tour: part 2, part 1

    We round the headland and see the island for the first time: a distant ridge of bare granite with a lighthouse on one end. At the same time we hit the swell and the wind sizzles spray off the wave tops, whipping it into our faces as we drive the kayaks forward. For a moment I wonder if this island might be a little far out for us, too far from the safe inner channels that we have been following for two days now.

    Back at our starting point in a kayaking centre on the island of Tjörn, the owner, Patrik, had been very clear about our options, pointing out various camping spots on the 8,000 islands and islets that are scattered to the north of Gothenburg. Each had its advantages: this one was sheltered from easterlies, that one had a grassy flat area. But one particular island had caught my eye: Räbbe Huvud. It was far from any settlements and close to a nature reserve on a much larger neighbouring island.

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  • Ashton Sanders: ‘Black artists still have to work 10 times harder’
    The star of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight talks race relations in Hollywood, working with Denzel Washington, and his eclectic taste in movies

    It’s been a head-spinning couple of years for Ashton Sanders. The 22-year-old actor played the teenage incarnation of the conflicted gay protagonist Chiron in Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight, the tiny-budget art film that became an Oscar-winning emblem of social change in Hollywood. The Los Angeles native has scarcely stopped working since. With some Calvin Klein modelling on the side, he has a host of films lined up, from independent projects to studio blockbusters, beginning with a prominent role opposite Denzel Washington in the shoot-’em-up sequel The Equalizer 2.

    Was it daunting to work with Denzel Washington?
    I think every African American actor somewhat looks up to Denzel. Even taking race out of it, he’s one of those icons that you just have to respect. The range of work that he’s been able to do, and been able to succeed in: it’s insane, he’s a master.

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  • How Brat's Tomos Parry became Britain's hottest chef

    The man behind the year’s most acclaimed restaurant talks fire, fish and vegetables ploughed by horses. Plus, six exclusive recipes

    Tomos Parry often seems a tiny bit bemused. Bemused, for example, by the delirious, unimprovable reviews his restaurant Brat has received since opening in a converted pole-dancing bar in Shoreditch, east London, in March. By the fact that people (like me) now expect him to have an overarching philosophy of food and dining. And, perhaps understandably, that he is presently standing in a field in Cambridgeshire, wearing a jacket on a hot afternoon, waiting for a pair of big-bummed, heavy horses, attached to ancient Amish farm equipment, to lumber into position for a photograph.

    “The thing is, I don’t really understand how to grow anything,” admits the 32-year-old Parry, originally from Anglesey, looking out over neat rows of leeks, salad leaves and edible flowers. “I don’t really want to be somebody who does everything themselves. I like working with other people: having someone who does charcuterie, someone who does the wine … I don’t understand this chef thing, which is a quite recent phenomenon: ‘Oh yes, we do everything in-house.’ It’s borderline arrogance to think you can make everything yourself anyway.”

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  • Government's 'care Isa' plan dismissed by Tory health committee chair

    Dr Sarah Wollaston labels as ‘colossal mistake’ proposed Isa where inheritance tax is axed

    A senior Tory MP has dismissed proposals for a “care Isa” after it emerged that ministers were considering a tax-free personal savings scheme to cover the rising costs of caring for an ageing population.

    Dr Sarah Wollaston, who chairs the Commons health and social care select committee, said the plans were “a colossal mistake” that would only serve as a solution “for a small minority of wealthy people”.

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  • 'Junction Boys syndrome': how college football fatalities became normalized

    There’s no good reason for college football workouts to be dangerous, let alone fatal. Yet tragedies like the death of Maryland lineman Jordan McNair have become numbingly familiar

    When Scott Anderson learned that University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair had died in June following a spring workout, he was saddened – but not surprised. The head athletic trainer at the University of Oklahoma, Anderson has spent roughly two decades studying deaths in college football, coming to a sobering conclusion.

    The sport is needlessly and heedlessly killing athletes with overly intense workouts.

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  • A floppy-haired beast of Brexit walks among us | Stewart Lee
    Legend tells of how other demons of malign intent have been exorcised – but none had their own funny newspaper column to protect them

    The Herefordshire legend of Black Vaughan tells the story of an evil 15th-century nobleman who returns in various spectral forms – a black fly, a black dog, a black bull, some gerbils – to molest farm girls, spill milk, and upset apple carts.

    But the dead aristocratic pest is eventually subdued by 12 priests and a pregnant woman in the Welsh border town of Kington, in a priest/pregnancy-based variant on Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Folklore tells us that we too could defeat our current existential crisis, or Boris Piccaninny Watermelon Letterbox Johnson, as it is commonly known.

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  • Money wars: how sanctions and tariffs became Trump’s big guns
    The president’s hit-’em-where-it-hurts approach to foreign policy is in danger of backfiring as rivals unite against the US

    Some US presidents use military force to impose America’s will on other countries. Most prefer traditional diplomacy and negotiation, or else they ask allies to help them get their way. Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama stressed the importance of moral example in projecting global leadership.

    Donald Trump does things differently. Since taking office last year, he has repeatedly resorted to draconian economic sanctions and trade tariffs, launching them like missiles at countries and people he does not approve of. Trump did not invent the practice but it has become his foreign policy weapon of choice.

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