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Ukraine war briefing: Poland to restrict Russian diplomats’ movements

Move comes after arrest of people accused of planning sabotage attacks on behalf of Moscow security services. What we know on day 825

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28th May 2024 02:11
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North Korea spy satellite explodes in flight as latest launch fails

Cause of accident was ‘operational reliability of engine’, says Pyongyang, after two failed attempts last year

North Korea’s latest attempt to put a spy satellite into orbit ended in a mid-air explosion, Pyongyang said late Monday, hours after its announcement of a planned launch was criticised by Seoul and Tokyo.

Japanese broadcaster NHK ran footage of what appeared to be a flaming projectile in the night sky, which then exploded into a fireball. NHK said the footage was taken from northeast China at the same time as the attempted launch.

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28th May 2024 01:57
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What causes turbulence on flights and which routes around the world are most affected?

After the fatal Singapore Airlines incident and injuries to passengers above Turkey, we explain what’s behind the phenomenon

A Qatar Airways flight has encountered turbulence above Turkey, injuring 12 passengers and crew. The flight from Doha to Dublin landed safely after the episode, which caused people to “hit the roof” of the plane.

The news comes just five days after the death of a British passenger and injuries to 104 others after a Singapore Airlines flight hit sudden turbulence above Myanmar, causing it to dramatically lose altitude.

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28th May 2024 01:52
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Pope Francis allegedly used offensive slur during discussion about gay men

Bishops say pontiff made remark during closed-door debate on admitting homosexual men into seminaries

Pope Francis allegedly used an offensive slur during a discussion with bishops over admitting homosexual men into seminaries, several Italian newspapers have reported.

The pontiff, 87, is alleged to have made the remark during a closed-door meeting with bishops in Rome last week, where they were reportedly discussing whether out gay men should be admitted to Catholic seminaries, where priests are trained, a topic that the Italian bishops conference (CIE) is said to have been pondering for some time.

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27th May 2024 23:45
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Sunak struggles to control Tory party on chaotic fifth day of election campaign

Prime minister campaigns in Buckinghamshire as his military service plan is criticised and MP defects to Reform

Rishi Sunak struggled to keep control of his fractured party on a chaotic fifth day of the Tory election campaign, as one MP defected to Reform and a minister criticised the prime minister’s pledge to bring back national service.

Sunak was in Buckinghamshire as he sought to get back on the front foot after a bruising start to the snap election, with Tory insiders increasingly worried about his strategy and performance.

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27th May 2024 23:31
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Police deploy divers and dog in search for mother and baby after evidence of birth found on Sydney riverbank

Officers urge woman to go to hospital to receive care for herself and her child

Police have deployed divers and a blood detection dog in the search for a mother and her newborn baby after finding evidence she may have given birth by a Sydney riverbank.

Emergency services were called to the Cooks River at Earlwood in the city’s south-west on Monday afternoon after a resident walking his dog found what police believe to be a placenta and umbilical cord. Police said tests on the organs had revealed them to be human.

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27th May 2024 23:11
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The Sympathizer review – Robert Downey Jr thunders around in prosthetics in this stylish Vietnam drama

This ambitious identity-and-imperialism saga sees the American actor take on several different roles – and demands your full attention

Robert Downey Jr really Robert Downey Jrs the hell out of The Sympathizer. He thunders around in a vast array of prosthetics, giving off that weird, intense aggro-magnetism, and it might be the sheer Robert Downey Jr-ness of him that explains why it took me until halfway through the second episode to realise that he wasn’t playing the same character in disguise, but several different characters, and that The Sympathizer is very much that kind of show. Still, given that it is an adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel and has been directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden), it would have been foolish to turn up and expect its cerebral identity-and-imperialism saga to be handed to you in easily digestible chunks.

Naturally, it makes you work, demanding that you follow along as it peacocks and pirouettes around the plot and its themes, which is largely thrilling and occasionally a little wearying. The timeline jumps all over the place, but it begins roughly four days before, and four months after, the fall of Saigon. The anonymous Captain (Hoa Xuande) is a half-French, half-Vietnamese police chief and loyal enforcer of the Southern Vietnamese General (Toan Le), while also being mentored by CIA agent Claude (Downey Jr, in the first of his multiple roles), except that he is also, also, a spy for the Communist North, embedded deep in the regime that he opposes.

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27th May 2024 23:10
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Kill Zone: Inside Gaza review – heartbreaking human stories within the carnage and chaos

Made by 12 Palestinian film-makers who risked their lives to depict the ongoing assault, this documentary confronts us with the loss and suffering of people whose gaze we have met

Citizens of the world have not needed regular broadcast media to show them the horror of Israel’s seven-month assault on Gaza. Social media has delivered a stream of clips, almost in real time, each video seemingly more shocking than the last. As if to provide a macabre illustration of the point that traditional television has not kept up, the broadcast on Channel 4 of the Dispatches documentary Kill Zone: Inside Gaza arrived the day after smartphones lit up with footage of an attack on a refugee camp in Rafah, and a picture that might define this shameful episode in human history: against a background of tents on fire, a man holds up the body of an infant, perhaps one or two years old, perhaps younger. It is hard to tell the child’s exact age, since they have no head.

Kill Zone is inevitably a harrowing, heartbreaking programme, made with skill and care by 12 Palestinian film-makers who must have been in grave peril throughout, filming over 200 days in the period following Hamas’s heinous attack on Israeli civilians on 7 October 2023. But what is its role, when pictures that would be deemed unbroadcastable on television are already imprinted on our brains, jabbing at our consciences, flaring in our nightmares?

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27th May 2024 23:10
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Marcus Rashford plans to ‘reset mentally after challenging season’

  • Manchester United forward to take time away from social media
  • Thanks the fans ‘that stood by me through a difficult period’

Marcus Rashford is planning to take some time to reset mentally after acknowledging he has endured a “challenging season”. The England forward was left out of Gareth Southgate’s training squad for Euro 2024 after scoring just eight goals in all competitions for a struggling Manchester United side who finished eighth in the Premier League.

But after helping his club end the season on a high by beating Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup final, the 26-year-old will now look to make the most of his summer of rest.

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27th May 2024 22:59
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‘Serial slingshot’ suspect who terrorized California neighborhood arrested

‘We’re not aware of any kind of motive other than just malicious mischief, say police, of 81-year-old man who was arrested

An 81-year-old man who investigators say terrorized a southern California neighborhood for years with a slingshot has been arrested, police said.

While conducting an investigation, detectives “learned that during the course of 9-10 years, dozens of citizens were being victimized by a serial slingshot shooter”, the Asuza police department said in a statement.

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27th May 2024 22:35
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Swiatek sets up battle royale with Osaka after quick French Open start

  • World No 1 beats Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
  • The Pole and Osaka have eight grand slam titles between them

Iga Swiatek, the world No 1, began her pursuit of a third consecutive French Open title by easing through an efficient 6-1, 6-2 first-round win over Leolia Jeanjean, a French qualifier, to set up a highly anticipated contest with Naomi Osaka.

The match will see the two most successful players in the draw, both four-time grand slam champions, go head to head for the first time in two years. Osaka, who is unseeded as she continues her return from maternity leave, reached the second round on Sunday with a narrow 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win over Lucia Bronzetti and she will be a significant underdog against the tournament favourite.

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27th May 2024 22:27
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Biden honors troops on Memorial Day as Trump lashes out at his ‘human scum’ enemies

In divergent messages, president pays tribute to fallen heroes, while Trump fulminates on social media against opponents

Joe Biden and Donald Trump marked the Memorial Day national holiday honoring America’s war dead with jarringly divergent messages that promised to foretell the forthcoming US presidential election campaign as a contest of sharply contrasting characters.

In a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Biden paid tribute to the fallen as heroes who sacrificed themselves in the service of American democracy and ideals. Meanwhile, Trump, taking to his Truth Social site, took a very different tack – bestowing holiday wishes on those he branded “human scum” and accused them of trying to destroy the country.

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27th May 2024 21:57
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Chelsea ready to offer five-year deal to Leicester’s Enzo Maresca

  • Chelsea have been granted permission to speak to Italian
  • Leicester will want around £10m to release their manager

Chelsea are ready to give Enzo Maresca a five-year deal after being granted permission to speak to the Leicester manager. Maresca, who is expected to agree to take the job, has emerged as the favoured candidate to succeed Mauricio Pochettino after an intense weekend of talks.

Chelsea and Kieran McKenna, who is poised to snub Brighton and sign a new deal at Ipswich, cooled their interest in each other and the Stamford Bridge club have not moved forward with Brentford’s Thomas Frank. Senior figures have repeatedly played down suggestions of interest in Roberto De Zerbi and believe that Maresca’s heavy focus on possession will suit a squad full of technically gifted players.

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27th May 2024 21:52
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Rafael Nadal loses to Alexander Zverev in what may be his French Open farewell

  • Dominance ends with three-set defeat to 4th seed
  • Spaniard says ‘big percentage’ he will not be back

On the 115 occasions that Rafael Nadal had previously stepped out to compete on the courts of Roland Garros, he had lost just three times. Across two decades, he had orchestrated one of the greatest eras of dominance in sporting history, pushing the art of clay court tennis to unimaginable heights. For so long, his success in Paris seemed so inevitable.

Now it may be over. As Nadal returned this year unseeded, days away from his 38th birthday and desperately searching for form of old, his brutal first-round draw against Alexander Zverev pitted his ­muscle memory of greatness against a top contender with ideal form and preparation.

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27th May 2024 20:34
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At least 21 people dead as storms leave path of destruction across central US

Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas saw hundreds injured and homes obliterated as storms move into Georgia and South Carolina

Powerful storms were moving into the eastern half of the US on Monday, after killing at least 21 people, injuring hundreds, obliterating homes, and leaving a path of destruction that spread across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas over the Memorial weekend.

As the weather system moved into Georgia, the Storm Prediction Center issued a severe thunderstorm watch for more than 7 million people in the state and South Carolina. Heavy rain is expected to drench parts of the East Coast, where damage from strong winds is also possible. Intense heat will also hit parts of the south.

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27th May 2024 20:24
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RAF grounds Spitfire fleet after death of pilot in Battle of Britain air display

Announcement raises questions about aircraft’s participation in national D-day event in Portsmouth

The RAF has grounded a fleet of Spitfire planes after the death of a pilot over the weekend, raising the prospect of the legendary aircraft being absent from the 80th anniversary of the D-day landings next month.

Sqn Ldr Mark Long – a Typhoon pilot based at RAF Coningsby – was killed in a crash while flying a Spitfire belonging to the Battle of Britain Memorial Fleet as part of a memorial event.

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27th May 2024 19:46
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Global shock after Israeli airstrike kills dozens in Rafah tent camp

At least 45 people, including many women and children, killed in assault that prompts international outcry

An Israeli airstrike that caused a huge blaze at a tented area for displaced people in Rafah has killed 45 people, medics have said, with images of charred and dismembered children prompting an outcry from global leaders and putting ceasefire talks in jeopardy.

Bombing overnight that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said targeted senior Hamas militants in a precision strike appears to have ignited fires that spread quickly through tents and makeshift accommodation, overwhelming a nearby field hospital operated by the International Committee of the Red Cross and overstretched local hospitals.

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27th May 2024 19:39
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Mike Tyson ‘doing great’ after health issue on flight to Los Angeles

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson suffered an apparent medical scare on a flight from Miami to Los Angeles on Sunday

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson suffered an apparent medical scare on a flight from Miami to Los Angeles on Sunday. The incident came in the run-up to a scheduled July bout between the 57-year-old and YouTuber turned fighter Jake Paul in Dallas.

According to In Touch Weekly, passengers heard an announcement asking for medical professionals roughly 30 minutes before the plane landed in LA. Passengers were reportedly delayed from disembarking for 25 minutes after the flight landed so paramedics could attend to Tyson.

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27th May 2024 19:29
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Morgan Spurlock obituary

American film-maker best known for his acclaimed 2004 documentary Super Size Me

Few film-makers can say that their work has made a change to the real world, but Morgan Spurlock had a stronger claim than most. His 2004 documentary Super Size Me, an exposé of how the fast food industry was fuelling America’s obesity epidemic, appeared to have direct repercussions for the world’s largest fast food chain, McDonald’s.

Shortly before the film came out in May that year, the company introduced its Go Active! menu, which included salad items; six weeks after its release, the company abolished its supersize portions entirely.

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27th May 2024 19:05
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Spain to give Ukraine €1bn in military aid in decade-long defence deal

Pedro Sánchez, the prime minister, says the funding will improve Kyiv’s air defences, just days after Russia killed 18 people in Kharkiv

Spain will provide Ukraine with €1bn in military aid this year after the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, and Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, met in Madrid to sign an “enormously important”, decade-long defence and security deal.

Although the precise details of the agreement have not been made public, the Spanish government said its assistance would “allow Ukraine to prioritise its capacities, including its air defences”.

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27th May 2024 18:47
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Real Madrid in ‘Champions League mode’ as they aim for 15th title

  • Carlo Ancelotti is preparing for his sixth UCL final as a coach
  • Real face Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday

Carlo Ancelotti has described Real Madrid as being in “Champions League mode” as they begin a week that is there to be enjoyed, at least until Saturday when the cold sweats will start.

The Italian and his team have been here before – the match against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley will be his sixth European Cup final as a coach, Real’s sixth in 10 years, and the 1,324th game Ancelotti has taken charge of in his career – and he says the nerves are normal, his routine ready to see him through. “I like to eat,” Ancelotti said.

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27th May 2024 18:43
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Trump tells donors he will crush pro-Palestinian protests if re-elected

Presumptive Republican nominee calls demonstrations against Israel’s war in Gaza part of a ‘radical revolution’

Donald Trump has told a group of wealthy donors that he will crush pro-Palestinian protests on university campuses if he is returned to the White House.

The former president and presumptive Republican nominee called the demonstrations against Israel’s war in Gaza part of a “radical revolution” and promised the predominantly Jewish donors that he would set the movement back 25 or 30 years if they helped him beat Joe Biden in November’s presidential election.

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27th May 2024 18:33
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Is Rishi Sunak actively trying to lose the election? Let’s consider the mounting evidence | Zoe Williams

All the mishaps, unforced errors, pratfalls – they only make sense if we assume the prime minister has a secret and unspoken plan up his sleeve

For a man who wants to win an election, Rishi Sunak’s first week of campaigning has been bizarre, a little bit frightening, like getting trapped in someone else’s anxiety dream. He went to the king for signoff before he told the cabinet, and presented 4 July to them as a fait accompli. Even if they had agreed with the decision, they wouldn’t have liked that, but they didn’t and they hated it. Only Oliver Dowden thought it was a good idea, which is a category of disaster all its own: “things only Oliver Dowden thinks are a good idea”.

So Sunak enters the fray alone. I’ve genuinely never seen a prime minister so isolated, so undefended. I can almost hear David Attenborough narrating over each appearance: “Separated from his herd, the antelope has just days to escape the plain before the hyenas catch his scent.”

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27th May 2024 18:19
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The problem with the nudge effect: it can make you buy more carrots – but it can’t make you eat them

It has long been thought that psychological tactics can persuade consumers to adopt much healthier habits. But it turns out there is a hitch …

Name: Behavioural nudges.

Age: Nudge theory was popularised by the 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. But the term nudge had been used in cybernetics, the science of communications and automatic control systems, in the 1990s.

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27th May 2024 18:18
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Trump revives false claim that Biden authorized ‘deadly force’ for Mar-a-Lago search

Claim rests on a misquoted section of FBI policy in a legal motion, and moreover, Trump was not in Florida during search

Donald Trump’s campaign has issued another extraordinary fundraising request to supporters by doubling down on a false claim that rival Joe Biden was prepared to hurt or kill him by authorizing the use of deadly force during an FBI search for classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago compound in August 2022.

The claim has become a currency among some Trump supporters and is widely described by them as an “attempted assassination” – but rests on a misquoted section of FBI policy in a legal motion. Moreover, Trump was not even in Florida during the search.

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27th May 2024 17:49
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François Hollande’s ‘love scooter’ fetches over €20,000 at auction

Former French president’s bike, on which he was snapped riding to visit his lover in 2014, sells for double its listed price

It was the vehicle that sparked a French presidential scandal, the end of a secret love affair and legal action from a bodyguard nicknamed “Croissant Man”.

The former French president François Hollande’s scooter was sold for more than €20,000 (£17,000) at auction this weekend, double its listed price and many times more its secondhand value.

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27th May 2024 17:01
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‘I have to be honest – even if it’s nasty’: the jaw-dropping fetish flamenco of Rocío Molina

She has danced pregnant, in bondage gear, and drenched in what looks like menstrual blood – all to unleash the monsters lurking within her and all of us. We meet the unstoppable performer rocking the flamenco world

‘Since I was little, I’ve always been told that I am the weird one,” says Rocío Molina. “Like an alien,” she adds, speaking through a translator over video call from Spain. Weird in the world of flamenco, she means, where Molina is, at 39, now one of the art form’s major international stars.

She started dancing aged three in Málaga. “I was different physically,” she says. “I wasn’t tall. I wasn’t slim. I wasn’t flamenca enough, you know? I didn’t have a Gypsy face.” But even as a child she decided she didn’t care about that, and put all her focus into dance. “For me it was difficult to live in the world the way it was presented to me. And dancing was a way to escape. I felt like I was running away constantly, and my way of doing that was through dance.”

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27th May 2024 16:51
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Women advised to pair effective contraception with ‘skinny jabs’

Amid baby boom reports linked to drugs such as Wegovy and Ozempic, experts say it would be ‘wise’ to take extra precautions

Claims that “skinny jabs” are fuelling an unexpected baby boom have led experts to warn women to pair their use with effective contraception.

Medications such as Wegovy and Ozempic, both of which contain semaglutide, have become hugely popular, not least because they can help people lose more than 10% of their body weight.

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27th May 2024 16:11
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Hobbyist archaeologists identify thousands of ancient sites in England

Exclusive: Bronze age remains and Roman roads among 12,802 sites discovered using latest technology

Bronze age burial mounds, Roman roads and deserted medieval villages are among almost 13,000 previously-unknown ancient sites and monuments that have been discovered by members of the public in recent months, it will be announced this week.

Truck drivers and doctors are among more than 1,000 people who participated in Deep Time, a “citizen science project” which has harnessed the power of hobbyists to scour 512 sq km (200 sq miles) of Earth Observation data, including high-resolution satellite and lidar – laser technology – imagery.

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27th May 2024 16:04
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‘I woke up face down on a Hollywood lawn’: Bran Van 3000 on Drinking in LA

‘After a night of drinking, I came to in the hot sun with the words and melody in my head. The irony of the song later being used for a beer ad was hilarious’

My father owned clubs in Montreal, so I was DJing by the time I was 15. And then I started making music videos. Propaganda Films called me to go to work in Los Angeles – which for a young director was like a soul singer being called to Motown. But I would always fly back to the east coast and hit the DJ booth: Drinking In LA is the culmination of that journey back and forth.

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27th May 2024 16:03
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Sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan album to be played to the public for first time at Mona

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the ‘world’s rarest album’ once sold for $2m to Martin Shkreli, will be loaned to Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the Wu-Tang Clan album that exists in a single physical copy that was once bought by disgraced pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli for US$2m, will finally be available to hear – if you can get to Tasmania.

The Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart has acquired the album on loan from the digital art collective Pleasr for its upcoming exhibition Namedropping, which will explore status, celebrity and notoriety.

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27th May 2024 16:01
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Wedding without waste: how I got married without the usual 400lb of trash

  • Read more from My DIY climate hack, a new series on everyday people’s creative solutions to the climate crisis

Among food, travel, decor and single-use items, parties can create an enormous amount of waste and weddings are among the most egregious offenders.

For Cindy Villaseñor, 33, that reality just didn’t sit right with her eco-conscious mindset. So when it came time to plan her own wedding, she and her partner agreed to do things differently.

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27th May 2024 16:00
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Starmer’s macho talk on asylum seekers will only lead to more tragedy. Where is his humanity? | Maya Goodfellow

The way to ‘stop the boats’ is to create safe routes of travel. Instead, the Labour leader is obsessed with trying to appear tough

Keir Starmer isn’t interested in “gimmicks”, “talking tough” or, God forbid, protesting. He wants to roll up his sleeves and get things done – on this much he has been clear. Except, that is, for the times when it suits him to indulge in some “gesture politics”. This is especially true for asylum: Labour is headed into the snap July election promising to be tough on the “small boats crisis” and, if Starmer’s speech in Dover earlier this month is anything to go by, its plans are not good.

Gimmicks – the policies behind which could do untold damage – seem to be all Labour has. Starmer swapped Rishi Sunak’s “stop the boats” slogan for “border security”. He invoked the widely peddled myth that the UK, which has an incredibly strict asylum system, is a “soft touch” – suggesting deporting people more quickly would serve as a deterrent. And he promised a new border security command, which seems strangely similar to the small boats operational command. Granted, Labour does not look set to be quite as harsh as the Tories in every respect; Starmer committed to scrapping the Rwanda scheme. But that is the very least it could do, given how unpopular the policy is with the broader public. Look beyond the headline announcements and you find more of what we’ve had for decades – more borders, more brutality, more suffering.

Maya Goodfellow is an academic at City, University of London, and the author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats.

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27th May 2024 16:00
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Le Pen invites Meloni to form ‘super-group’ in European parliament

French far right leader suggests alliance of ID and ECR groups, including Italian PM’s Brothers of Italy

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has suggested the Italian prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, join forces with her in a new alliance, as the EU’s resurgent but divided nationalist parties gear up for European parliamentary elections next month.

The move came as European centre-left parties reiterated a warning to the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, that they would not support her bid for a second term if it entailed the backing of hard-right parties – including Meloni’s.

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27th May 2024 15:44
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Scarlett Johansson’s OpenAI clash is just the start of legal wrangles over artificial intelligence

Hollywood star’s claim ChatGPT update used an imitation of her voice highlights tensions over rapidly accelerating technology

When OpenAI’s new voice assistant said it was “doing fantastic” in a launch demo this month, Scarlett Johansson was not.

The Hollywood star said she was “shocked, angered and in disbelief” that the updated version of ChatGPT, which can listen to spoken prompts and respond verbally, had a voice “eerily similar” to hers.

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27th May 2024 15:33
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Lost Caravaggio that was nearly sold for €1,500 goes on display at Prado in Madrid

Museum’s experts realised painter’s Ecce Homo had been misattributed in auction catalogue

Four centuries after it was painted, three and a half centuries after it arrived in Spain and three years after it came perilously close to going under the hammer for just €1,500, a lost, luminous and lovingly restored Caravaggio has gone on display at the Prado in Madrid.

The Ecce Homo, painted in the Italian master’s dark and desperate last years, made headlines around the world after experts at the museum spotted it in an auction catalogue and rang Spain’s culture ministry to share their suspicions that the painting had been misattributed.

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27th May 2024 15:31
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Major League Cricket’s expansion plan poses a threat to English competitions

  • US tournament’s expansion from six to 10 teams will mean clash
  • ‘In 10 years you’ll see a different landscape,’ says chief executive

Major League Cricket has announced ambitious new expansion plans for the sport in the US. In a move that will have significant implications for the landscape of the professional sport in England, MLC, which began with a 19-game season, has confirmed it will expand to 34 games by 2025.

The US league now has six franchises but plans to launch two more in the near future, and two more soon after that. The announcement comes just after MLC has been fully legitimised by the news that its matches have been awarded List A status by the International Cricket Council.

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27th May 2024 14:49
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Lizzo reacts to South Park storyline on Ozempic: ‘I showed the world how to love yourself’

The singer expresses pride in episode in which her music is prescribed as an alternative to weight loss drugs

Lizzo has expressed pride on seeing a South Park episode dedicated to her, saying: “I really showed the world how to love yourself.”

The singer filmed herself watching the episode of the long-running satirical comedy entitled The End of Obesity, which features a storyline in which listening to her music is prescribed as an alternative to expensive new weight-loss drugs such as Ozempic.

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27th May 2024 14:46
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Monaco GP under pressure to change after Leclerc’s processional victory

  • Starting top 10 on Sunday finished race in the same order
  • ‘It’s not racing as such,’ says Red Bull principal Christian Horner

The Monaco Grand Prix is under pressure to find ways to adapt after a ­strikingly uneventful procession on the streets of Monte Carlo was won by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on Sunday.

The Monégasque’s first victory at his home race was delivered with calm command from pole, including a restart after a horrific opening-lap accident, in which the Red Bull of Sergio Pérez was all but destroyed. However, with the race red-flagged, the teams were able to change tyres, removing the requirement for a pit stop; what ensued was 75 laps of a turgid train to the finish line.

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27th May 2024 14:08
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Moosa Lane review – loving cinematic bridge between two countries and cultures

Shot over 15 years between Denmark and Pakistan, the film-maker captures day-to-day life in Karachi, and explores how freedom and human rights are not doled out equally

Shot over the course of 15 years, Anita Mathal Hopland’s documentary provides a cinematic bridge between two countries. Born in Denmark to a Norwegian mother and a Pakistani father, the director lived in Copenhagen yet found herself unmoored between cultures. Camera in hand, Hopland makes several trips to Moosa Lane, the street in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, where 25 members of her father’s family share a single dwelling. Through her lens, she lovingly documents the colourful day-to-day lives of her relatives. In the face of diasporic longing, the act of filming embodies a desire to connect and set roots in a world divided by borders.

Focusing on three of her family members, Hopland’s film also observes changing cultural attitudes among Pakistani youths. Readying herself for an arranged marriage, Hopland’s niece Saima is content to follow tradition. Meanwhile, Alishba, who was only two years old when shooting started, has grown into a spirited teen who dreams of pursuing financial and professional independence. A ball of energy, Alishba approaches the dangerous streets and the beautiful open beaches with the same zest for adventure. As Hopland’s camera zigzags between Karachi and Denmark, the montage articulates how the idea of free movement is reserved only for the privileged. Her journeys to Pakistan had always been one-sided, as it was nearly impossible for her relatives to travel to Europe, for economic and visa reasons.

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27th May 2024 14:00
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Manchester United lift the FA Cup as Saints march back to the big time – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Nooruddean Choudry, John Brewin and Ben Fisher for a Wembley special

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On the podcast today; the underdogs did it - Manchester United won the FA Cup after beating rivals Manchester City. It was an excellent performance but what does it mean for Erik ten Hag?

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27th May 2024 13:38
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‘A small respite in the face of horror’: Sudanese artists fleeing war find a safe haven

An arts centre in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, has given some of Sudan’s best known creatives a chance to work in peace – and find inspiration again

Among the paintings that Nusreldin Eldouma left behind when he fled Sudan is a watercolour portrait showing a Sufi sage, a popular figure from Sudanese folklore. Painted last year – just before Sudan was dragged into war after a power struggle between two factions of the country’s military – it shows the 17th-century sheikh Farah wad Taktook, an icon of peace, says Eldouma. Now he only has photographs to show, the canvases that are his life’s work left behind in the ruins of the city of Khartoum.

Photographs of Nusreldin Eldouma’s work displayed at 32° East (above) and his watercolour of a Sufi man, entitled Inner Peace (below; image courtesy of the artist)

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27th May 2024 13:17
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A grieving mother and a Senegal surfer: Photos of the day – Monday

The Guardian’s picture editors select some of the most powerful photos from around the world

Warning: graphic content

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27th May 2024 13:11
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Alien? Mission: Impossible? Toy Story? What is the greatest movie franchise ever?

With new chapters in the worlds of Mad Max and Planet of the Apes out now, Guardian writers have picked their favourite big screen franchises to date

When a blockbuster franchise is seven movies in (and counting), and the consensus choice for worst entry was directed by John Woo, arguably the most influential action film-maker of his time, you’re looking at an uncommonly consistent series. Though the Mission: Impossible movies have cycled through many directors – one apiece for Brian De Palma, Woo, JJ Abrams and Brad Bird, before settling on Christopher McQuarrie – the first film, particularly the astounding Langley break-in sequence, established the franchise as a showcase for impeccable crafted set pieces. The plots may be an enjoyably hokey tangle of global threats and clever unmaskings, but the series’ determination to keep topping itself, leaning on the physicality of stunt work and practical effects, has provided reliable thrills for approaching three decades. With each film, Tom Cruise continues to outrun his own mortality and another classic sequence or two is added to the inventory, from Cruise dangling from the Burj Khalifa high-rise during a sandstorm in Ghost Protocol to him zipping off a cliff on a motorcycle in Dead Reckoning Part One. It’s a high-wire act that has yet to tumble off the line. Scott Tobias

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27th May 2024 13:00
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‘Heads, we win; tails, you lose’: how rightwing hush-money trial coverage boosts Trump

The New York court’s camera ban provides room for Trump to shape the narrative, with conservative media eager to help

Donald Trump has retained much of his political support amid his ongoing hush-money trial in part due to a combination of the courtroom’s ban on cameras and conservative media echoing his claims that both the prosecutor and judge are corrupt, media analysts say.

The experts suggest that the former president could retain political support on the right even if the jury determines he is guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records related to his reimbursements to Michael Cohen for a payment to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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27th May 2024 13:00
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Humanity’s survival is still within our grasp – just. But only if we take these radical steps | David King

Reduce emissions, build resilience, repair ecosystems, remove greenhouse gases: these are the four Rs that can save us

  • David King is chair of the global Climate Crisis Advisory Group

In 2008, the late American climate scientist Wally Broecker warned of the global repercussions of polar ice loss. Today, his predictions echo louder than ever as Greenland ice haemorrhages at an alarming rate, threatening rapid sea-level rise. Over the past 15 years, the Arctic Circle region has been heating up at four times the global average; it’s now more than 3C above levels in the 1980s. In 2023, we witnessed a staggering loss of Antarctic Sea ice.

Over the past year, land and ocean temperatures have soared, far beyond what was anticipated for an El Niño year. Global average temperatures have breached the 1.5C mark, indicating that climate transition has been unleashed. From record-breaking wildfires across continents to catastrophic floods threatening to submerge major cities, extreme climate events have become the new norm, causing massive loss of life and economic damage worldwide.

David King is the founder and chair of the global Climate Crisis Advisory Group

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27th May 2024 12:32
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The US attempt to ban TikTok is an attack on ideas and hope | Dominic Andre

A TikTok ban threatens to destroy millions of jobs and silence diverse voices. It would change the world for the worse

I’m a TikTok creator. I’ve used TikTok to build a multimillion dollar business, focused on sharing interesting things I’ve learned in life and throughout my years in college. TikTok allowed me to create a community and help further my goal of educating the public. I always feared that one day, it would be threatened. And now, it’s happening.

Why does the US government want to ban TikTok? The reasons given include TikTok’s foreign ownership and its “addictive” nature, but I suspect that part of the reason is that the app primarily appeals to younger generations who often hold political and moral views that differ significantly from those of older generations, including many of today’s politicians.

Dominic Andre is a content creator and the CEO of The Lab

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27th May 2024 12:15
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Rachel Roddy’s recipe for barbecue-baked cheese with oregano and honey | A kitchen in Rome

Little pouches of cheese, oregano and honey melted to stringy, gooey perfection


A few weeks ago, there was a cheese fair at the back of the old slaughterhouse here in Testaccio. Thirty cheesemakers set up stalls in two of the conference rooms that look out on to what was, from 1891 until 1975, Campo Boario, a 13-acre cattle market and trading area overlooked by a circular control tower. The cheese fair, on the other hand, was controlled from a long office table by a point-of-sale machine: €6 a ticket to taste cubes and slices of artisan cheese from all over Italy, with the option of buying them, too.

“Set out your stall” was one of my grandad’s favourite expressions, often used at night to remind us not only to lay out our school uniforms and pack our bags, but to get our thoughts ready for the next day. As a kid, I wished that laying out thoughts was as straightforward and satisfying as picking out socks and sharpening pencils. I still do. Maybe I should be running a market stall? Or maybe I should just admire and inhale the work of others. In the ex-slaughterhouse conference room, some cheesemakers had brought wooden cabinets, others crates, while many simply relied on stacking for height, the rounds and barrels of cheese like vertebrae on a spine. The ricotta-makers lined up their tubs side by side; the mozzarella-makers stood by tubs of bobbing balls; while caciocavallo-makers had poles, so their pot-bellied creations with tiny heads could hang like decorative teardrops.

Discover Rachel’s recipes and many more from your favourite cooks on the new Guardian Feast app, with smart features to make everyday cooking easier and more fun

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27th May 2024 12:00
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Teenage boys are becoming high-end fragrance fans. So what’s that ugly smell? | Emma Beddington

Forget looksmaxxing. Boys are now scentmaxxing. But some of the perfume influencers they follow leave a lot to be desired

You think teenage boys smell of Lynx Africa, musty trainer and gummy bear vape? In 2024, it might be Tom Ford Neroli Portofino or Acqua di Parma’s Sardinian juniper, because, according to the New York Times, they – and younger boys – are becoming high-end fragrance fiends.

This TikTok-fuelled trend is the boy equivalent of 12-year-old girls dropping fortunes on unnecessary retinoids, but apart from the expense (you’d need an extra-lucrative paper round to finance this hobby), it feels cheerier than an obsession with nonexistent wrinkles. Lads who just want to smell nice debating aldehydes, vetiver heart notes and the sillage (lingering scent trail) of fragrances created by or bearing the names of extremely successful gay men? That feels like a breath of fresh (OK, heavily scented) air compared with the fetid misogynistic manosphere they’re also exposed to.

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27th May 2024 12:00
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De Niro, Clooney … Chuck Norris? Biden and Trump seek star power for election boost

President, Republican rival and RFK Jr eager to recruit big names whose reach is bigger than ever – will it be decisive?

Once heard, never forgotten, the voice is familiar to admirers of The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Heat, The Irishman and countless others. “Trump wants revenge,” says Robert De Niro, “and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.”

This was an ad released on Friday by Joe Biden’s campaign to remind voters of Donald Trump’s dark and divisive presidency and warn that his return to power could be even worse. The use of De Niro – a fierce Trump critic – as narrator was no accident but a reminder of the power of celebrities at the ballot box in America.

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27th May 2024 12:00
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Papua New Guinea disaster agency tells UN 2,000 people are buried after landslide

Unstable terrain, remote locations and damaged roads have been hampering relief efforts in the aftermath of the landslide, the UN said

The Papua New Guinea national disaster centre has said that Friday’s landslide in a remote village in the northern part of the country buried more than 2,000 people, and has formally asked for international help.

Unstable terrain, remote locations and damaged roads have been hampering relief efforts in the aftermath of the landslide, the United Nations said on Monday.

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27th May 2024 11:48
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World has ‘moral responsibility’ to help small island states survive climate crisis – UN agency chief

Vulnerable economies must be supported with finance and practical aid to find long term solutions, says Jorge Moreira da Silva of Unops

The world has a “moral responsibility” to support the fight for survival being faced by small island states, according to a leading UN agency chief.

Ahead of the fourth annual conference of small island developing states (Sids) being held in Antigua and Barbuda this week, Jorge Moreira da Silva, the executive director of the (Unops), called for recognition of the problems faced by what he called “some of the most vulnerable economies in the world” who contributed less than 1% to global carbon emissions.

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27th May 2024 11:47
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Weather tracker: Cyclone Remal lashes coast of Bangladesh and India

Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated while red alerts issued for unrelenting heat across north-western India and Pakistan

During the early hours of Saturday morning, an area of low pressure over the east-central Bay of Bengal intensified, and has been named Cyclone Remal.

Cyclone Remal made landfall between Sagar Island in West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh’s Khepupara region late on Sunday as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued warnings for heavy rain, strong winds, storm surges, and rough seas. Cumulative rainfall totals through the first half of this week could reach 200-300mm across the majority of Bangladesh, north-eastern states of India, and West Bengal. More than 150mm is also possible across southern parts of Bhutan and western Myanmar.

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27th May 2024 11:33
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May design news: a car that runs on plastic, food art and the history of the Paralympic Games

Nike creates a cape that transforms into a tent, stone makes a comeback, and a recipe book that doubles as an art lesson

In this month’s design news, you can learn how how to make bees out of sushi, bricks out of stone and how to make a car that runs on waste plastic.

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27th May 2024 11:00
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The life sabbatical: is doing absolutely nothing the secret of happiness?

Few of us have the money to take a long pause from work or caring responsibilities. But, as I found, even a day can make a difference

You might imagine that escaping from your everyday life would involve relocating to a Hebridean croft or attending a series of rejuvenating retreats. But, according to Emma Gannon’s new book project, A Year of Nothing, it could be as simple as staying at home. “I did nothing,” writes Gannon. “I stopped replying to emails. I used my savings. I slept. I borrowed a friend’s dog. I ate bananas in bed. I bought miniature plants. I read magazines. I lay down. I did nothing. It felt totally alien to me.”

For Gannon, the sabbatical was enforced after she experienced burnout, caused by chronic exhaustion from occupational stress. “All the while, I was keeping diaries,” she says. “Writing down the ‘nothingness’ of my days. I journalled all the things I noticed, the stuff I usually ignored, the people I met, the kindness of strangers, the magical coincidences – the smallest, tiniest uplifting glimmers.”

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27th May 2024 11:00
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Party like it’s 1999: 10 movies that encapsulate one of the greatest years for cinema

It was the year when arthouse brains met Hollywood brawn. But what made the last 12 months of the 90s so special? These films tell the story

In 1999, cinemagoers flocked to watch The Talented Mr Ripley, in which Jude Law smoked cigarettes in a lazily buttoned linen shirt. The same year, they could also watch the actor getting a socket stamped into the base of his spine so he could play a video game. In David Cronenberg’s Existenz, Law’s character is fitted with a gnarly looking “UmbyCord” and hooked up to a creepy, pulsing virtual reality game “pod” that mines his nervous system for data as he plays. While plugged in, the player is unable to take stock of the “real” world outside. “You won’t be able to stop yourself, so you might as well enjoy it,” says the game’s creator, a line that feels spookily resonant today.

I am certainly not the first person to notice that 1999 was a great year for film. At the time, Entertainment Weekly ran a piece with the headline: 1999: The Year That Changed Movies, declaring it the year “all the old, boring rules about cinema started to crumble”. It’s not that films such as The Virgin Suicides, The Sixth Sense and Fight Club are better than everything else that came before or after, but that 1999’s harvest was a bumper crop. That year’s freakish climate saw cross-pollination between Hollywood studios with money and independent-minded film-makers with vision. It was a period that saw cinema creating the culture instead of second-guessing it.

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27th May 2024 10:00
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Female artists have always been practically invisible – a groundbreaking show is putting that right | Katy Hessel

Finally, with an exhibition spanning 400 years, female artists are getting their due. How did history get away with depriving us of these artists for so long?

There’s a painting from 1857 called Nameless and Friendless. It’s by Emily Mary Osborn and depicts people in an art dealer’s shop like a theatrical scene. Rain pours outside and men are up on ladders, writing down records, or wearing top hats with their faces lit up as they peer over newspapers, all directing our gaze to the main event.

Standing in the middle is a woman in a Victorian dress. She looks forlorn, worn-down, helpless, exhausted. A small boy stands by her side, far more upright, with rosy cheeks in drastic contrast to hers, which are ghostly pale. She’s waiting nervously for a response from an older man, who stands behind a bureau, inspecting a small canvas. Could this belong to her, or could this be by her? Judging by his curious look, he isn’t impressed.

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27th May 2024 09:00
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The 20 best easy chicken recipes

From Nigel Slater’s pot roast with almonds to Rachel Roddy’s polpette – recipes to lift the humble chicken out of the ordinary

Twenty best easy chicken recipes! Five words to fill you with joy. From Claire Thomson’s Thai-inspired chicken soup to Gill Meller’s roast bird, we have rooted through some of our most treasured cookery books to bring you the finest meals we can find. Presenting Khanh Ong’s bang bang Sichuan chicken, Sri Owen’s adobo with rice, and Kitty Coles’ unbeatable bun. Featuring our favourite recipes from some of our favourite food writers: Joe Trivelli, Georgia Levy, Rachel Roddy, and OFM’s own Nigel Slater. Twenty simple-to-make meals that will taste simply brilliant.

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27th May 2024 09:00
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India elections: PM Narendra Modi claims he has been chosen by God

Indian leader tells interviewer God ‘just keeps making me do things’ but that he ‘cannot dial him directly’

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has said he believes he has been chosen by God, as the multi-stage Indian election nears its completion.

“I am convinced that ‘Parmatma’ (God) sent me for a purpose. Once the purpose is achieved, my work will be one done. This is why I have completely dedicated myself to God,” he told NDTV news channel on Sunday.

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27th May 2024 08:56
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Faking it: counterfeit luxury fashion in south-east Asia – a photo essay

As counterfeit fashion gets cool, the photographers Miguel Hahn and Jan-Christoph Hartung investigate the prevalence of luxury labels in south-east Asia, where high-end fashion blends with traditional and modern clothing

In some countries in south-east Asia, including Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, a distinctive street style has emerged, characterised by counterfeit luxury fashion. Here, many people sport counterfeits of labels such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

Bangkok, Thailand

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27th May 2024 08:00
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A new start after 60: I always battled with my body image – until I became a bodybuilder at 64

After two divorces and an eating disorder, Marlene Flowers knew a change was needed. Her son suggested she start building her strength and she soon found her self-confidence growing ...

In 2021, at 64 years old, Marlene Flowers entered her first bodybuilding competition. Oiled, tanned and wearing a bikini, the auto repair shop owner from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, found herself under bright lights on stage, twisting and contorting to show off her taut muscles alongside people half her age. Once the flexing was over, she then performed a one-minute posing routine to the theme song from Flashdance, one of her favourite films. “I was terrified to get out there but as soon as I did, I realised everyone was so encouraging and supportive,” she says. “We all wanted each other to succeed and I walked away with a trophy.”

If you had told Flowers when she was in her 50s that she would be inviting people to judge her figure, she would have laughed in your face. She had a natural aptitude for freestyle swimming as a child, but struggled with her body image. Self-conscious and often shy, Flowers went on to marry and divorce twice. “It all affected my self-esteem and I ended up with an eating disorder for many years,” she says. “It was getting worse and worse until I was hospitalised for issues relating to my weight loss at 58. That was my wake-up call.”

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27th May 2024 08:00
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In dismissing calls for Netanyahu’s arrest, the west is undermining its own world order | Nesrine Malik

Holding actors like Putin to account relies on international law. If Israel’s allies flout it, how can they convince others to respect their rules?

Since its inception, the international criminal court (ICC) has charged 50 people, 47 of whom were African. Its investigations have also been overwhelmingly focused on war crimes and crimes against humanity in African nations. What has long been understood but never stated is that the court and its processes, to put it bluntly, target a certain type of political leadership that is easier to go after. “The court is built for Africans and thugs like Putin,” is what one appalled elected senior leader reportedly told the ICC prosecutor, Karim Khan, when his team made a recent application for arrest warrants for Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, its defence minister, Yoav Gallant, and three Hamas leaders.

Again, blunt, but not revelatory. At least not to the parts of the world that are more familiar with the court and its investigations. The lineup of suspects and defendants has long solidified the impression below the equator that the ICC is a court for Africans, and lately maybe Russians. How can that not be the takeaway when, in the years since the court was founded, the US – often with British support – has calamitously invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, established an extrajudicial prison for terror suspects, and created a CIA torture and detention network? African conflicts are seen as intimate, tribal and intentional in a way that those in other places are not. The underlying suggestion is that civilians in western wars are killed and illegally detained by accident, while other countries do this on purpose.

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27th May 2024 07:00
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‘We are divided’: unity in Israel fades as war in Gaza approaches ninth month

Morale is dropping as talks to free hostages collapse and more believe ‘total victory’ over Hamas is impossible

In what appears to be a burnt-out building in Gaza, with Hebrew graffiti on the walls reading “Kach” and “Kahane”, references to an infamous Jewish supremacist and his outlawed political party, a masked soldier addresses Israel’s defence minister.

“Yoav Gallant, you can’t win the war. Quit. You can’t command us,” the man says in a long clip posted to social media on Saturday, in which he pledges loyalty to the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Another 100,000 reservists would mutiny, he warned, if wavering elements of the government such as Gallant scuppered Netanyahu’s goal of “complete victory” over Hamas.

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27th May 2024 07:00
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‘Putin’s patience snapped’: Insiders marvel at Russia’s military purge

Under new defence minister Andrei Belousov, FSB is tackling corruption aggressively with serious implications for Ukraine

In the weeks since Vladimir Putin sacked his longtime defence minister Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s FSB security service has pursued a series of high-level corruption cases against a deputy minister and department heads in what many insiders are now calling a purge in the defence ministry.

Andrei Belousov, the technocrat economist appointed to replace Shoigu, has a mandate to reduce corruption in the defence ministry and streamline military production for a long war against Ukraine that could largely be decided by industrial output.

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27th May 2024 06:00
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‘He likes scaring people’: how Modi’s right-hand man, Amit Shah, runs India – podcast

For 40 years, Amit Shah has been at Narendra Modi’s side – his confidant, consigliere and enforcer. Today he is India’s second-most powerful man, and he is reshaping the country in radical ways. By Atul Dev

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27th May 2024 06:00
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Damien Hirst and the dates that don’t add up - podcast

Guardian investigations correspondent Maeve McClenaghan discusses her investigation into some of the work of the artist Damien Hirst that has been dated to the 1990s, years before it was actually made. Art critic Jonathan Jones discusses the impact Hirst’s work has had on him

The Guardian investigative reporter Maeve McClenaghan tells Today in Focus host Michael Safi about four Damien Hirst sculptures that were made by preserving animals in formaldehyde that appear to have been dated by his company to the 1990s even though they were made in 2017.

Hirst also produced 10,000 paintings for a series called The Currency, each comprising colourful hand-painted dots on A4 paper. It was born from the idea of creating a form of money from art. At least 1,000 paintings that Hirst said were “made in 2016” were created several years later, McClenaghan has also found.

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27th May 2024 04:00
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Lithuania President Nausėda wins landslide re-election in vote shaped by Russia fears

Incumbent, who beat challenge from prime minister Ingrida Šimonytė, says Lithuania’s independence a ‘fragile vessel that we must cherish’

Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda has won re-election, official results showed, in a vote marked by defence concerns over neighbouring Russia.

The count published by the electoral commission showed that Nausėda won 74.6% of votes with 90% of ballots counted after polls closed on Sunday in the second-round vote.

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27th May 2024 03:33
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In the pink: the colour of the Giro d’Italia – in pictures

Italy may be more associated with the red, white and green of its tricolore, but in May there is only one colour that matters to cycling fans

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26th May 2024 11:02
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What the last veterans can teach us all as D-Day fades from memory

Nearly 80 years since the Allied invasion, the testimony of Charles Shay, a 99-year-old former US army medic, reminds us of the significance of that day

Next month will see the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France, when about 156,000 troops crossed the Channel to fight their way on to five Normandy beaches.

No one who took part in that day, 6 June 1944, the largest seaborne assault in history, would ever forget the experience. Indeed, many were haunted by memories of it for the rest of their lives. Yet no matter how momentous an event might be – in this case it amounted to nothing less than the securing of western Europe’s liberty – a kind of societal amnesia inevitably deepens with each new generation.

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26th May 2024 09:00
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‘They call us Nazis’: inside the wealthy German town where the far right is on the rise

Counter rallies in Kaufbeuren show split between supporters of AfD and locals who acknowledge the Bavarian town’s Nazi past

Soaring church spires, the 1,000-year-old town centre unblemished by second world war bombing or graffiti, snow-capped Alps in the middle distance – Kaufbeuren, in Bavaria, can count many blessings.

Unemployment is in the low single digits, the Luftwaffe backed away from plans to move its training school for Eurofighter and Tornado jet technicians elsewhere and crime is at a historic low.

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26th May 2024 06:00
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Belfast’s sectarian murals up close and less personal – in pictures

Before, during and after the 1998 Good Friday agreement, Gareth McConnell went around Belfast photographing the sectarian murals that characterise the city’s streetscapes. “The murals are everywhere, and they’re huge,” says the Northern Irish photographer and publisher. “For years now, taxi drivers have been taking people on tours of them.” McConnell photographed murals from both sides of the conflict, but focused on such small details that they are not identifiable. “I wanted to explore the language of form and colour,” he says. “Abstraction as a means of accessing a different kind of spiritual realm, trying to tap into a deeper, more universal understanding.”

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25th May 2024 18:00
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‘I always aim to show the beauty, power and free will of Iranian women’: Forough Alaei’s best phone picture

The photographer had to gain the trust of women in south Iran to capture this image

Iranian photographer Forough Alaei has a special interest in women’s rights: she has documented female football fans prohibited from entering her country’s stadiums, and for this project spent a month on Hengam Island. Alaei explains that here, in the south of Iran, “the women have a major role in the economy of the family. While they are very traditional and do housework, they also do fishing and crafts, and have jobs. This is Marziyeh; she’s 38 and a chef in an independent restaurant serving delicious, spicy seafood to the increasing number of tourists in the region.”

Alaei stayed for an extended period in order to gain the women’s trust, and found it easiest to document their lives and work using a phone. “They’re familiar objects,” she says. “Digital cameras can be intimidating or off-putting to people in the small, traditional regions.”

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25th May 2024 11:00
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America’s premier pronatalists on having ‘tons of kids’ to save the world: ‘There are going to be countries of old people starving to death’

Elon Musk (father of 11) supports their cause. Thousands follow their ideology. Malcolm and Simone Collins are on a mission to make it easier for everyone to have multiple children. But are they really model parents?

The Collinses didn’t tell me Simone was eight months pregnant when we were making plans for me to spend a Saturday with them at home in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, but I guess it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. They are the poster children of the pronatalist movement, on a mission to save humanity by having as many babies as possible.

Malcolm, 37, answers the door of their 18th-century farmhouse with four-year-old Octavian George, who is thrilled to have a visitor, bringing toy after toy to show me like an overexcited golden retriever. His little brother, two-year-old Torsten Savage, is on his iPad somewhere upstairs. Simone, 36, in an apron that strains across her belly, has her daughter, 16-month-old Titan Invictus, strapped to her back. The imminent arrival of their fourth child, a girl they plan to name Industry Americus Collins, turns out to be only the first in a string of surprises – and one really shocking thing – that I will encounter during my day with the pronatalists.

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25th May 2024 08:00
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Stephen Merchant on his ‘preposterous’ trajectory; the trouble with the Zoe nutrition app; and when does drinking become a problem? – podcast

Comedian, writer and actor Stephen Merchant on standup, fame and the pressures of cancel culture; testing the ‘world-leading science’ claims behind the Zoe nutrition app; and the point when writer Harriet Tyce realised she didn’t want to be remembered only as a drinker

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25th May 2024 06:00
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Nearly 175 arrested as climate protesters target France’s TotalEnergies and key investor

Demonstrators gathered outside Paris meetings of energy giant and Amundi, with some forcing their way into fund manager’s tower block

The head of TotalEnergies has told shareholders that new oilfields have to be developed to meet global demand, as the annual meetings of the French energy giant and one of its biggest shareholders were picketed by climate activists.

Police said they detained 173 people among hundreds who gathered outside the Paris headquarters of Amundi, one of the world’s biggest investment managers and a major TotalEnergies shareholder.

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25th May 2024 05:02
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The week around the world in 20 pictures

War in Gaza, the Russian offensive in Kharkiv, Rishi Sunak in the rain and Cate Blanchett in Cannes: the last seven days as captured by the world’s leading photojournalists

Warning: this gallery contains images that some readers may find distressing

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24th May 2024 20:04
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Footage from nearby building captures Rafah airstrike shortly after ICJ ruling – video

Residents and Palestinian media reported a series of airstrikes hitting roads and homes in the Shaboura neighbourhood of central Rafah shortly after the international court of justice ruling was read out in The Hague, Reuters reports. The Israel Defense Forces said they had carried out airstrikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday. This video captures the moment of an airstrike from inside a nearby building

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24th May 2024 19:11
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‘We are very emotional’: keffiyeh-maker’s bittersweet reaction to surge in demand

Global desire to show solidarity for Palestinian cause boosts demand for traditional scarf

There has been very little by way of political dressing at the Cannes film festival now taking place in the south of France, but the model and wellness entrepreneur Bella Hadid bucked the trend. Walking along the seafront on Thursday, she wore a dress crafted out of red and white keffiyehs.

While earlier in the week Cate Blanchett wore a dress that some saw as a pro-Palestinian statement, others as an optical illusion, Hadid’s dress, which is apparently the work of the artist and designer Hushidar Mortezaie, left no room for doubt.

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24th May 2024 12:34
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Andy Burnham on the infected blood scandal - Politics Weekly UK – podcast

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal finally got some of the justice they have been seeking this week when Sir Brian Langstaff published the final report of his inquiry. The Guardian’s John Harris speaks to the Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, who has campaigned for those affected by the disaster and was the health secretary from 2009-10

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24th May 2024 06:00
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Guatemala’s baby brokers: how thousands of children were stolen for adoption – podcast

From the 1960s, baby brokers persuaded often Indigenous Mayan women to give up newborns while kidnappers ‘disappeared’ babies. Now, international adoption is being called out as a way of covering up war crimes. By Rachel Nolan

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24th May 2024 06:00
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What should kids be taught about sex and relationships?

The sex and relationships educator Jo Morgan discusses what she believes a sex education curriculum should look like

Last week, Rishi Sunak’s government issued new draft guidance on sex education. It included a ban on teaching sex education before children are nine years old and a ban on teaching “gender ideology”.

Jo Morgan is the author of Empowering Relationships and Sex Education: a Practical Guide for Secondary School Teachers and the founder of the consultancy Engendering Change.

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24th May 2024 04:00
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Footage of female Israeli soldiers detained on 7 October released by families – video

Excerpts from footage released by a group representing the families of hostages held in Gaza show the capture of five female Israeli soldiers by Hamas from a military base during the 7 October attacks.

A three-minute edit, released on Wednesday, was taken from a two-hour video filmed by Hamas militants' body cameras. It showed the women, some bruised and bloodied, with their hands tied after their capture from the Nahal Oz base in southern Israel.

About 250 people were taken hostage when Hamas militants attacked Israel, killing at least 1,200 people. As a result of Israel’s retaliatory offensive on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, at least 35,386 people have been killed and 79,366 have been wounded, according to the Gaza health ministry

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23rd May 2024 13:57
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Ecstatic Atalanta fans go wild at Europa League victory – video

The Atalanta fans in Bergamo went wild in celebration after the Italian side won the 2024 Europa League title, ending Bayer Leverkusen's unbeaten season. Ademola Lookman's stunning hat-trick fired Atalanta to their first silverware since 1963 and only their second trophy in their 116-year history, over six decades after the Bergamo side had won the Coppa Italia.

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23rd May 2024 13:52
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Old Lesbians: reclaiming old age and queerness through storytelling

From first crush to first love, from the closet to coming out and from loss to connection. For the last 25 years, retired schoolteacher Arden Eversmeyer travelled from Houston across the US to record hundreds of oral 'herstories' from a rapidly disappearing population. Old Lesbians honours Arden’s legacy by animating the resilient, joyful voices she preserved in the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project – a powerful reminder of the strength, resilience and unwavering spirit of these remarkable women

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22nd May 2024 15:01
The Guardian
People in New Caledonia: how have you been affected by the unrest?

If you live in New Caledonia, or have family and friends there, we would like to hear about the situation on the ground

New Caledonia has been convulsed by unrest for a week, sparked by French plans to impose new rules that would give tens of thousands of non-Indigenous residents voting rights.

The French territory off north-east Australia, with a population of about 270,000, has long been riven by pro-independence tensions, but this is the worst violence in decades.

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21st May 2024 02:33
The Guardian
David Copperfield ‘was in my nightmares’: the women alleging sexual misconduct - video

A Guardian US investigation is reporting allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour by illusionist David Copperfield. Testimonies from two women, both of whom are portrayed by actors, describe their alleged experiences and the impact it had on their lives. Copperfield denies all of the allegations and has never been charged with criminal wrongdoing

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16th May 2024 16:22
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Four kids left: The Thai school swallowed by the sea – video

Ban Khun Samut Chin, a coastal village in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, has been slowly swallowed by the sea over the past few decades. This has led to the relocation of the school and many homes, resulting in a dwindling population. Currently, there are only four students attending the school, often leaving just one in each classroom. The village has experienced severe coastal erosion, causing 1.1-2km (0.5-1.2 miles) of shoreline to disappear since the mid-1950s

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15th May 2024 12:47
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British surgeon in Gaza speaks out as Israel offensive deepens in Rafah – video

British surgeon Dr Omar El-Taji has been in Gaza for more than a week with medical nonprofit Fajr Scientific, working in one of Gaza’s largest remaining hospitals as Israel’s invasion of Rafah deepens. The European hospital, which was founded by Unrwa with a grant from the EU, has limited resources and fewer local staff to deal with high numbers of patients being admitted with devastating injuries. ‘These people have gone through this for six to seven months now, they cannot go through this any more,’ says El-Taji, who is currently living at the hospital after the medical team’s safe house was evacuated. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has so far rejected US pressure to hold off on a full-scale attack, claiming Rafah is the last stronghold of Hamas and that Israel can only achieve its war aims by killing militants and leaders in the city

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14th May 2024 19:49
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New Caledonia: curfew imposed as violence spreads before French debate – video

New Caledonia has imposed a curfew and banned public gatherings in the capital, Nouméa, after a day of protests against plans to expand the territory's voter roll to include more French citizens. The protests, which have been simmering for weeks, were organised by the pro-independence field action coordination committee (CCAT) in response to plans by France to expand voter eligibility in local elections to include French nationals who have lived on the island for more than 10 years. The move, which is due to come up for debate in the French parliament on Tuesday, is strongly opposed by leaders of the Indigenous Kanak population, who see it as an attempt to further minimise their influence

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14th May 2024 13:49
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Why genocide is so hard to prove – video

South Africa's case against Israel over allegations of genocide before the international court of justice has raised a central question of international law: what is genocide and how do you prove it? It is one of three genocide cases being considered by the UN's world court, but since the genocide convention was approved in 1948, only three instances have been legally recognised as genocide. Josh Toussaint-Strauss looks back on these historical cases to find out why the crime is so much harder to prove than other atrocities, and what bearing this has on South Africa's case against Israel and future cases

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9th May 2024 13:19
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‘The Greens are our enemy’: What is fuelling the far right in Germany?

The far right are on the march in Germany and the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany has become the most popular party in several states. Immigration and a sense of being economically left behind have been driving factors in the rise in popularity but the Green party and the federal government’s climate policies have also borne the brunt of public anger. The Guardian travelled to Görlitz, on the German border with Poland, to find out to what extent Germany’s green policies are fuelling the far right

How climate policies are becoming focus for far-right attacks in Germany

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30th April 2024 13:42
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People in India: share your thoughts on the election

The Guardian would like to hear from people in India on their thoughts on the 2024 general election, in particular young people who are voting for the first time

The world’s largest election has begun, with nearly a billion people eligible to vote in India’s marathon poll taking place over the next few weeks.

The elections have been described by analysts as the most predictable polls India has held in decades, with prime minister Narendra Modi and his BJP widely expected to win a third term in power. Amid a crackdown on the opposition, analysts and opponents have warned this could be the most one-sided election in India’s history

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24th April 2024 02:19
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Ukrainians: share your reaction to your country qualifying for Euro 2024

We would like to hear your thoughts on what Ukraine reaching the Euros means to you

Ukraine has qualified for its first major tournament since the beginning of their war with Russia. On Tuesday, Mykhailo Mudryk’s late winner against Iceland secured a place for Ukraine at Euro 2024.

Before the match, midfielder Volodymyr Brazhko said: “Making the Euros will help the world to not forget about Ukraine.” This year, the tournament will be hosted by Germany in June, and Ukraine will be in Group E along with Belgium, Romania and Slovakia.

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27th March 2024 13:04
The Guardian
Share your wedding disaster stories

If things went wrong on your big day, we want to hear about it

As wedding season approaches, we would like to hear about your stories of how things went wrong on your big day.

Perhaps your beach wedding was ruined by a hailstorm, or one of you got the flu? Did your best man get stuck in traffic?

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20th March 2024 15:55
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The Taiwanese civilians training for a Chinese invasion – video

Kuo Chiu, known as KC to his friends, teaches urban design at Tunghai University in Taiwan. He’s also one of many of the country's citizens who practises rifle skills in his spare time, in case of a Chinese invasion.

The population of Taiwan has long grown familiar with Beijing’s pledge to one day ‘unify’ what it claims is a breakaway province. But recently, there has been a significant increase in aggressive and intimidatory acts.

Taiwan’s 160,000 active military personnel are vastly outnumbered by China’s 2 million-member armed forces, leading many civilians to turn to voluntary medical and combat training to protect themselves.

The Guardian's video team spent time with KC to see how he is preparing

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10th January 2024 10:05