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Photo highlights of the day - http://www.theguardian.com/news...
The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including a Banksy mural, cow showroom and protests in Hong Kong Continue reading...
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Hillsborough officer: I regret not asking for kick-off delay - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Supt Roger Marshall tells inquest he could have asked for delay when congestion occurred outside stadium before match The South Yorkshire police officer who was in command outside the Leppings Lane terrace at Hillsborough when 96 people died in a crush at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final has said he profoundly regrets not having asked for the match kick-off to be delayed. Supt Roger Marshall, giving evidence to the new inquest into the disaster, said that as he was in charge of the 24,000 Liverpool supporters arrival and access to the Leppings Lane end, he could have asked for the kick-off to be delayed when congestion occurred outside. Continue reading...
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Camera shy: the religious community that shuns the limelight - http://www.theguardian.com/artandd...
Bolivias Mennonites have forsaken the modern world, but Jordi Ruiz Cireras new book of striking portraits captures the beauty of their austere lives In 2010 and 2011, Jordi Ruiz Cirera photographed the Mennonites of Santa Cruz, east Bolivia. He was fascinated by their austere lifestyle in a dusty, windswept landscape where farming was a daily struggle. The huge extensions of land, the isolation and the remote communities, was strongly related to their relation with God, he writes in the foreword to his forthcoming book, Los Menonos. Like the cattle and the pastor all together, all united. Slowly, Ruiz Cirera won the trust of people in the community, many of whom were so suspicious of photography that theyd never had their picture taken. He befriended Franz Banner, a patriarch in the community, who told him how he had left Canada at 25 with his parents, because they thought his growing worldliness threatened their beliefs. Educated at a public school, Banner found it hard at first to...
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Oak processionary moth population exploding in London - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
Toxic caterpillars now spreading beyond their infestation zone, afflicting trees in parks and gardens in new areas Populations of toxic oak processionary moth (OPM) exploded this summer despite control efforts, spreading from west London to as far as Stratfords Olympic Park. Children at a school have been affected and arborists at Kew Gardens have developed rashes after being stung by the poisonous hairs shed by the moths caterpillars, which appear from late spring to early summer. Continue reading...
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Gitmo hunger strikes are a cry for help. Why is the US fighting back with secret torture? - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Force-feeding at Guantánamo shames America not just in the bad old days of George W Bush, but today, in 2014. And you deserve to hear the truth, loud and clear Safe, Humane, Legal, Transparent: so goes the slogan of the worlds most famous offshore prison. Its an Obama-era rebrand, a bid by Gitmos PR people to persuade Americans that todays is a kinder, gentler Guantánamo Bay. Theres just one wrinkle: Gitmo is stilldangerous, nasty, lawless and secretive and the evidence just keeps piling up. At the forefront of this war over the truth is the first-ever trial concerning the practice of force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike, due to start Monday. My client, Abu Wael Dhiab a Syrian man who has never been charged, and indeed has been cleared to leave Guantánamo by the US government for more than five years has been fighting for over a year to reform the way he and other hunger-strikers have been treated. Hes finally about to have his day in court. They want all of us to be invisible:...
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That's it: we've officially lost all human interaction. Apple has won. I give up - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
What happens when you can reach out and digitally touch someone? We forget how to interact face-to-face, thats what Apple didnt simply shrink the iPhone and strap it on your wrist, Tim Cook insisted. Because you wear it, we invented new, intimate ways to connect and communicate. Intimate? Continue reading...
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Olivier Giroud signs two-year contract extension at Arsenal despite injury - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
French striker has committed his future to club until 2018 Giroud currently out injured until the end of 2014 at least Arsène Wenger left to rue injuries after derby draw Aaron Ramsey out for at least a month Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year extension to his current Arsenal contract. The French striker, currently recovering from surgery on a broken left tibia, is expected to be out of action until at least the end of December but has committed his future to the north London club until 2018. Girouds absence is one of several being keenly felt by Arsène Wenger, although the signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United late in the summer transfer window could provide stern competition for the Frenchman when he returns. Continue reading...
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Nicaragua canal will wreak havoc on forests and displace people, NGO warns - http://www.theguardian.com/global-...
Forests of the World says shipping firms must pressure Nicaragua and Chinese backer to limit canals impact Shipping firms should pressure the Nicaraguan government and the Chinese backer of a proposed canal to ensure that the project does not force indigenous people off their land and inflict massive environmental damage on the countrys ecosystem, an environmental advocacy group has urged. The proposed 178-mile waterway seeks to rival the Panama canal by offering an alternative Atlantic-Pacific passage which cuts voyage times. Construction is scheduled to begin in December with $50bn (£31bn) funding from the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company (HKND), which is owned by Chinese lawyer Wang Jing. Continue reading...
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Kosovo is fully behind Americas fight against Isis - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
As prime minister, I reject suggestions that we are a safe haven for radicals we are taking decisive action to destroy jihadi networks Fifteen years ago, leading democratic states of the world intervened against the Serbian forces of the dictator Slobodan Milosevic to stop him in his attempts to eradicate Kosovo Albanians and other minorities from their ancestral homeland. In the short campaign of terror between 1998 and 1999, and also during the years of political oppression that preceded the war, Serbia murdered more than 12,000 people. Twenty thousand women were raped, while more than 1 million people were ethnically cleansed from their homes. In March 1999, Nato, led by US and European allies, intervened militarily and ended the war, which meant the people of Kosovo finally tasted their long-deserved freedom. I have followed with interest mentions of Kosovo in the international media in recent years. From intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, to Libya and Syria, the case of Kosovo...
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Alex Corbisiero to miss Englands autumn Tests with shoulder injury - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Corbisiero hurt during Saints victory over Bath Parling out until December with concussion Match report: Northampton defy Bath fightback Alex Corbisiero will miss Englands autumn Tests after suffering a shoulder injury. The Northampton prop was hurt during Saints 31-24 Premiership victory over Bath at Franklins Gardens last Saturday. And Leicesters director of rugby Richard Cockerill has also announced that England second row Geoff Parling is expected to be out until December with concussion. Continue reading...
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Tamil film industry begins fast in support of jailed ex-state chief minister - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Protests in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa Jayaramto sentenced to four years in prison for corruption The film industry in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has launched an eight-hour fast in support of political leader Jayalalithaa Jayaram, who was jailed for four years following a lengthy corruption case. Some 3,000 directors, actors, producers and others were taking part in the hunger strike on Tuesday for the ex-film star turned politician, while the industry itself shut down for the day throughout Tamil Nadu. Continue reading...
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California governor likely to approve statewide ban on plastic bags - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Legislation, set to be signed by Jerry Brown, will prohibit large grocery stores from carrying single-use bags starting in July 2015 The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nations first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways. SB270 is one of the last major bills pending Tuesday, the deadline for the governor to sign or veto the hundreds of bills sent to him during the final weeks of the legislative session. Continue reading...
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Strictly for the super-rich: the worlds most expensive penthouse - http://www.theguardian.com/artandd...
Its got a cinema, a marble disco, an infinity pool with waterslide, a bedroom the size of two tennis courts and tables upholstered in stingray skin. Got £260m? Then the penthouse in Monacos new Odeon Tower could be for you Its just another day in sun-kissed Monaco, the supercharged playground of the super-rich. In the harbour, gigantic yachts are jostling for position, while, outside the casino, souped-up sports cars growl their way along the boulevards. But there is a new arrival to this hottest of global wealth hotspots. Rising above the orgy of oligarchs toys, the Odeon Tower now stands as the definitive beacon of super prime property. It is one of the tallest residential towers in Europe topped with what is being marketed as the most expensive penthouse in the world. For those who already have it all, the Odeon Tower has a little bit more. When it is completed next year, the penthouse will have its own gym, sauna, cinema, library, whisky bar and billiard room, plus a master...
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Theresa May vows Tory government would introduce snoopers charter - http://www.theguardian.com/politic...
Home secretary accuses Lib Dems of irresponsibility for torpedoing communications data bill Theresa May has accused the Liberal Democrats of outrageous irresponsibility for torpedoing the communications data bill known as the snoopers charter, and vowed that a Conservative government will introduce it. The Liberal Democrats responded by revealing that they had blocked the immediate implementation of the home secretarys new proposals to ban extremists from the web and the airwaves because she had provided no evidence that they would be effective or were necessary. Continue reading...
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America's beautiful wilderness in pictures - http://www.theguardian.com/travel...
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the USs Wilderness Act, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC is exhibiting winners of the Wilderness Forever photography competition, run in collaboration with Natures Best Photography magazine. Here are some of our favourite images Continue reading...
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China hopes to revive the Silk Road with bullet trains to Xinjiang - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
High-speed rail link from Lanzhou to Urumqi will also help Beijing impose its will over the restive Muslim-majority region The bullet train slices past the edge of the Gobi desert, through gale-swept grasslands and past snowy peaks, a high-altitude, high-speed and hi-tech manifestation of Chinas re-imagined Silk Road meant to draw the countrys restive west ever tighter into Beijings embrace. With growing determination, China is spreading its wings across its own vast province of Xinjiang, and towards central Asia and its huge reserves of oil and natural gas. Continue reading...
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Lewis Hamilton wants straight battle with Nico Rosberg for F1 title - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Three points between drivers going into Japanese Grand Prix Hamilton anxious to match greats with first win at Suzuka Max Verstappen to become youngest driver at an F1 weekend Rosbergs Singapore retirement due to freak contamination Lewis Hamilton is looking to join the greats of Formula One by winning at Suzuka this week with the Mercedes driver hoping for a straight battle for the championship against team-mate Nico Rosberg. Although he won at Fuji in his debut season in 2007, Hamilton has finished on the podium only once at Suzuka which returned to the calendar in 2009 - and that was on the bottom step. However, on the back of consecutive race wins, the Brit heads to Japan with a three-point lead at the top of the championship standings following Rosbergs retirement in Singapore. Continue reading...
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BBC Radio 1 and 2 play too much mainstream music, claims study - http://www.theguardian.com/media...
Commercial rivals say BBC backs artists such as One Direction and Gary Barlow but specialist content fails to make impact The commercial radio sector has called for tougher regulation of BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 to strike a new balance between specialist content and mainstream artists such as One Direction and Gary Barlow. The Radio Centre, the commercial radio sectors trade body, has published research which showed that only a fifth of listeners could remember any specialist music shows on either station, with fewer still able to name any documentary or comedy programmes on the networks. Continue reading...
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Brooks Newmark sex sting is matter of urgent public concern, says Ipso chair - http://www.theguardian.com/media...
Sir Alan Moses says press regulator will deal with complaint against Sunday Mirror quickly, but he will not rush to judgment The chairman of the new press regulator has said the Sunday Mirrors Brooks Newmark sex sting is a matter of urgent public concern and indicated it would look to speed up the resolution process following a formal complaint. However, Sir Alan Moses said the paper was entitled to a fair hearing and declined to rush to judgment at the start of a full investigation into the scandal. Continue reading...
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Apple Watch at Paris fashion week five things we learned - http://www.theguardian.com/fashion...
The fashion editors were invited to have a play with the new Apple Watch in Paris. Here are five things of note from a morning of madeleines and wearable tech 1. You will definitely want one. To be specific, the one were going to want is the rose gold one, with the white strap. I suspect this, inevitably, will be the most expensive one. The $349 (a UK price has not been announced) rubbery one is nice, but its all about the gold. Sorry. 2. Jony Ive and Marc Newson are power players in fashion now. Forty-five minutes before the Chanel show was due to start, Karl Lagerfeld himself arrived at the Apple Watch preview, and sat down with Anna Wintour to try on a watch and be talked through the functionality by Ive and Newson. If thats not Apple flexing some powerful fashion muscle, I dont know what is. The breakfast launch was impeccably fashion-week-worthy: it took place at Colette, the most famous boutique in Paris, with espressos and Evian and miniature madeleines. Further proof that...
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Apple may have to repay millions from Irish government tax deal - http://www.theguardian.com/technol...
European commission opens formal investigation into sweetheart tax deal from 1991 that ran for 16 years Apple may have to repay the tens of millions of euros that it received as illegal state aid through a sweetheart tax deal with the Irish government between 1991 and 2007. The European commission (EC) on Tuesday formally opened an investigation into the deals, with the outgoing competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, warning that the recipient of any state aid would be liable to repay it. Continue reading...
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The US farm that teaches Yiddish to the world video - http://www.theguardian.com/educati...
The US farm that teaches Yiddish to the world  video
On a farm in upstate New York people from all over the world come to learn Yiddish. Participants learn the historical Jewish language by living and working on the farm, speaking only Yiddish for the duration of their stay. The farm's founders, Yisroel Bass and Naftali Ejdelman, say the immersive course connects the learners to the historical and cultural roots of the language. Their hope is that the vernacular language will be embraced not only by the old or the ultra-orthodox, but among the young and the wider community. Continue reading...
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Breaking Bad plot was fantasy, says woman accused of trying to kill mother - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Kuntal Patel tells court she saw herself as a TV show character but never really tried to poison her mother A woman who allegedly poisoned her mother in a Breaking-Bad-inspired murder plot has said she imagined herself as a character in the TV series or a Mexican drug warlord. Kuntal Patel, 37, confessed that she had fantasised about killing her magistrate mother Meena, after she forbade her to marry her boyfriend, Niraj Kakad. Continue reading...
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Your iPhone is now encrypted. The FBI says it'll help kidnappers. Who do you believe? - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Apple and Google have finally encrypted your phone data by default. And thats a bad thing? Much of the world has been enthralled by the new iPhone 6, but civil liberties advocates have been cheering, too: Along with iOS 8, Apple made some landmark privacy improvements to your devices, which Google matched with its Android platform only hours later. Your smartphone will soon encrypted by default, and Apple or Google claim they will not be able open it for anyone law enforcement, the FBI and possibly the NSA even if they wanted to. Predictably, the US government and police officials are in the midst of a misleading PR offensive to try to scare Americans into believing encrypted cellphones are somehow a bad thing, rather than a huge victory for everyones privacy and security in a post-Snowden era. Leading the charge is FBI director James Comey, who spoke to reporters late last week about the supposed dangers of giving iPhone and Android users more control over their phones. But as usual,...
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Inherent Vice trailer: watch Joaquin Phoenix in the first look at Paul Thomas Anderson's Thomas Pynchon adaptation video - http://www.theguardian.com/film...
Inherent Vice trailer: watch Joaquin Phoenix in the first look at Paul Thomas Anderson's Thomas Pynchon adaptation  video
Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, Inherent Vice, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a drug-addled private investigator drawn into a plot of farce and danger by an ex-lover. Co-starring Reese Witherspoon and with appearances from Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson, Inherent Vice has its world premiere at the New York film festival this week Continue reading...
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Indecent images of pupils found on computer of dead Essex teacher - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Police say Martin Goldberg had almost 600 images of boys in swimming pool and changing rooms Hundreds of indecent images of pupils have been found on the computer of the deputy head of an Essex school who was recently found dead, police say. Essex police discovered nearly 600 indecent images of boys taken secretly in the swimming pool and changing rooms by Martin Goldberg, 46, a maths teacher at Thorpe Hall school in Southend. Continue reading...
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Talking Horses: Best bets for Tuesdays racing plus our competition - http://www.theguardian.com/sport...
Tiggy Wiggy will not take her chance in the Prix de lAbbaye at Longchamp on Sunday Tony Paley: Tiggy Wiggy has been ruled out of Sundays Group One Prix de lAbbaye sprint, with trainer Richard Hannon announcing that his star filly has run her last race of the campaign. Continue reading...
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Xavi Hernández, the football romantic, set to make Champions League history - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Sixteen years after making his Champions League debut the man who defined his football by saying Thats what I do: I look for spaces. All day is set to make a record 143rd appearance Xavi on his football and the greatness of Paul Scholes When I was a kid I used to watch him on the television. Playing alongside him today was a pleasure. Saturday evening at the Camp Nou and the Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto is talking about team-mate Xavi Hernández. It is no exaggeration. When Xavi made his debut in the Champions League against Manchester United in September 1998, Sergi Roberto was six. Tonight in Paris both men will probably begin on the bench. If Xavi does get on, it will be his 143rd appearance in the competition, taking him one ahead of Raúl. From Old Trafford to the Parc de Princes, Xavi will have played more Champions League games (not including qualifiers) than anyone else in history. He will be a substitute tonight and he was a substitute back then, coming on in the 67th...
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On the frontlines with US drone pilots: a console but no video game - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
The remote Grand Forks air force base is a command centre for Global Hawks surveillance drones, and the futuristic base from which pilots fly over far-flung nations by way of controls, keyboards and monitors Lieutenant Matthew, 23, is the face of the new generation of US fighter pilot. He dresses in the familiar single-piece olive green uniform worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun, and like Cruises character, Maverick, he flies missions over war zones with multi-million dollar aircraft. But Matthew due to air force security rules, he did not give his last name has never felt the G-forces of a fighter jet or flown at supersonic speeds. His background is not in flying, but in civil engineering. He sits behind a bank of digital screens rather than in a cockpit. And instead of a control stick, he uses a mouse. Continue reading...
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Ed Sheeran review choirmaster builds to a climax but keeps his shirt on - http://www.theguardian.com/music...
iTunes festival, Roundhouse, London The multimillion-selling star stretches English self-deprecation to the limits while creating a whole bands worth of noise all by himself Im a singer you never wanna see shirtless, raps Ed Sheeran during Take It Back, stretching English self-deprecation to the limits of believability. He may cling to the idea that hes the cuddly ginger kid nobody fancies, but he has only to look at the screen behind him, on to which is projected his hugely magnified face and checked red shirt, to be assured that hes part of 2014s pop elite. Twitter has been clogged all day with young fans actually crying as one puts it because they didnt win tickets to this show; those who did are Instagramming their good luck from the minute Sheeran kicks off with Im a Mess, from current album X. The first time Sheeran played the iTunes festival supporting Bruno Mars in 2011, he remembers with the cheeriness of someone whos since sold 6m albums hed released one quiveringly sincere...
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