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French leftwing parties form ‘Popular Front’ to contest snap election
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 08:19:34 GMT

Socialists, Greens, Communists and France Unbowed to have joint platform with a candidate in every constituency

France’s four main leftwing parties have agreed to form a “Popular Front” (NPF) to contest the snap election, campaigning on a joint platform and fielding a single candidate in every constituency.

The Socialist party (PS), Greens, Communists, and France Unbowed (LFI) led by the hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon said they had reached agreement after several days of difficult talks and would present their manifesto later on Friday.

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Joe Biden says ‘democracies can deliver’ as G7 agree $50bn Ukraine aid deal
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 20:22:15 GMT

President hails breakthrough as US and Ukraine also announce 10-year bilateral security agreement

Joe Biden claimed “democracies can deliver” as he announced the leaders of the G7 western economies had finally reached an agreement that will mobilise an extra $50bn (£39bn) of aid to Ukraine using frozen Russian state assets.

Speaking at the G7 summit in Puglia, Italy, on Thursday, Biden hailed the breakthrough as he met Ukraine’s president Volodymr Zelenskiy and announced the two countries had also signed a 10-year bilateral security agreement, ending 12 months of difficult negotiations.

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Middle East live: Hamas official says nobody knows how many of the remaining hostages are alive
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 08:58:53 GMT

Speaking to CNN, Hamas spokesperson says any deal to release the hostages would need to include a permanent ceasefire

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An Israeli court has confirmed and extended for 35 days the government’s shutdown of Qatar-based television news channel Al Jazeera, the justice ministry said on Friday, according to Reuters.

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US and South Korea sound warning amid reports Putin is headed to North Korea
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:37:12 GMT

Civilian aircraft have been cleared from Pyongyang’s airport and there are signs of preparations for a possible parade in Kim Il-sung Square

The US and South Korea have warned Vladimir Putin against forging closer military ties with North Korea, as speculation grows that the Russian leader will visit the secretive state in the coming days.

Putin is planning to meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in a reciprocal visit following Kim’s weeklong trip to Russia last September, media reports said. During that trip, the two leaders are believed to have agreed that North Korea would receive Russian help with its space programme in return for providing Russia with armaments for the war in Ukraine, in violation of UN resolutions.

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Prominent China #MeToo journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin sentenced to five years in jail, supporters say
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:16:10 GMT

Sophia Huang Xueqin, who reported on #MeToo movement and Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, sentenced along with labour activist Wang Jianbing

A Chinese court has sentenced the prominent #MeToo journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin to five years in jail and the labour activist Wang Jianbing to three and a half years, almost 1,000 days after they were detained on allegations of inciting state subversion, according to supporters.

On Friday, supporters of the pair said the court had found them guilty and given Huang the maximum sentence. The jail terms would take into account the time they had already spent in detention. A copy of the verdict said Huang was also deprived of political rights for four years and fined $100,000 RMB (£10,800). Wang faced three years of deprivation of political rights and was fined $50,000 RMB.

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South Africa’s ANC pushing to set up coalition before election of president
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:20:14 GMT

Party chair says Democratic Alliance is onboard as Cyril Ramaphosa hopes to be voted back in as leader on Friday

South Africa’s African National Congress is still trying to hammer out a coalition government deal before parliament votes for the country’s president on Friday, after the party’s chair said the second-largest party, the pro-business Democratic Alliance (DA), was onboard with a “government of national unity” (GNU).

The ANC lost its parliamentary majority in 29 May elections for the first time since the former liberation movement swept to power in 1994 at the end of apartheid. Its vote share collapsed from 57.5% in 2019 to 40%, as supporters defected to breakaway parties amid chronic unemployment and worsening public services.

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Sunak warns of Labour ‘blank cheque’ as Tories fall behind Farage in poll
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 08:07:32 GMT

PM says he is still fighting for every vote as Reform UK overtakes Tories in pre-election survey for first time

Labour would be handed a “blank cheque” if current polling were replicated at the election, Rishi Sunak has said after Nigel Farage’s party overtook the Conservatives for the first time.

The prime minister said he was still fighting for every vote after a YouGov poll put the Tories in third place behind Labour and Reform UK, dealing a fresh blow to his struggling campaign.

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Neil Jordan claims ex-taoiseach told him of money-for-endorsement agreement
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:00:41 GMT

Irish director says Garret FitzGerald said he was expecting payment from Warner Bros for endorsing Michael Collins biopic – which son refutes

When the Irish film director and screenwriter Neil Jordan’s biopic of Michael Collins was released in 1996, it unleashed criticism from historians and politicians who contested its depiction of the rebel leader and Ireland’s war of independence.

Some disputed Liam Neeson’s portrayal of the doomed, charismatic guerrilla chief and his romance with a character played by Julia Roberts. Others cited inaccuracies in the film’s depiction of the 1919-21 conflict with Britain and ensuing Irish civil war.

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Europol smashes Balkan cartel shipping drugs from South America
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:53:13 GMT

Eight tonnes of cocaine seized and 40 people arrested after four-year investigation led by Spain’s Guardia Civil

• How big is Europe’s cocaine problem – and what is the human cost?

Forty people have been arrested and eight tonnes of cocaine have been seized as a result of a four-year international police operation targeting a criminal network that trafficked large quantities of the drug from South America to Europe via west Africa and the Canary Islands.

The long-running investigation – which was led by Spain’s Guardia Civil force and coordinated by Europol’s operational taskforce – discovered that a Balkan cartel was using logistical hubs in west Africa and the Canaries to smuggle cocaine from Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador into EU countries.

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Visitors to Greece appear ill informed about heatwave risk, warn rescuers
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 18:44:13 GMT

Call for better trail signage and backing for walking clubs as concerns grow over tourists encountering searing heat

With Greece gripped by unusually high temperatures, fears are growing that foreign visitors are not aware or being properly informed of the risks posed by overexertion in the searing heat.

Over the past week, three search and rescue operations have been started for tourists who have gone missing during treks on far-flung islands, including one for the popular TV presenter Michael Mosley, who was found dead on the island of Symi.

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‘Crime is out of hand’: how young people turned to far right in east German city
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:00:40 GMT

Germans under 25 gave the AfD 16% of their vote in the European elections, with particular support in the east

Paul Friedrich, 16, could not wait to cast his first ballot and had no doubt which German party had earned his support in the watershed European elections.

“Correct, I voted AfD,” he said proudly in the bustle of the commuter railway station in Brandenburg an der Havel, an hour from central Berlin.

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Undeniable beauty of football’s summer show can briefly unite a fractured Europe | Barney Ronay
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 20:00:30 GMT

Swathes of the continent will attempt to pull together over four weeks around what should be a thrilling tournament

“We will be United In The Heart Of Europe. Over four weeks.” Looking back, it was probably wise of Uefa’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, to add that neat little disclaimer while announcing the official slogan of Euro 2024, to dial back just a touch the tournament’s contractual peace, love and unity obligations.

Three years on from the big unveil in Munich, Uefa is still out there shunning (some) despots, eradicating intolerance everywhere (apart from in major European football leagues) and reaching out with a single trembling hand, Michael Jackson-style, to lower the rifle barrel of the nearest infantryman. But only, let’s be clear on this, for the next four weeks. And we will have to insist everyone promises to keep their eyes fixed on the screen and closes their ears to the noises through the wall.

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Empty classrooms, silent halls: Taiwan’s declining birthrate forces schools to close
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:42:04 GMT

Authorities fear looming economic crises caused by an expanding elderly population without enough workers to support them

In the courtyard of the Chung Hsing private high school, desks and chairs are piled high like a monument or an unlit bonfire. Mounds of debris cover the play area, as two construction workers pull more broken furniture from empty classrooms, throwing them towards a pickup truck.

The central Taipei private school closed in 2019 after failing to reverse financial problems caused by low enrolment, and was sold to developers. The school was an early victim of a problem now sweeping across Taiwan’s educational institutions: decades of declining births mean there are no longer enough students to fill classrooms.

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Amy Poehler: ‘If we want young people to fix everything, why do we make fun of them?’
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:00:43 GMT

She’s the voice of Joy in Pixar’s Inside Out 2 – but Poehler has more complicated emotions on her mind. The SNL star talks teen angst and clueless grownups in a non-binary world

Britain is ruled by three emotions, says Amy Poehler: “Sadness, anger, fear.” Plus some disgust, too. She’s kidding! She’s also not kidding. But we can take it, right?

“Frankly, I think the UK is excellent at gentle teasing that I really love,” she says. “It feels very familiar. You have to give it to each other in a good way. That’s how you respect each other. You don’t poke fun at people you don’t think can take it.”

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‘Nobody is coming to help us’: Afghan teenage girls on life without school
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 06:00:42 GMT

Barred from school for 1,000 days, girls in Afghanistan face forced marriage, violence and isolation with no end in sight

Just over three years ago, Asma’s* future contained many possibilities. Aged 15, she was at secondary school. After that lay the prospect of university and then onwards, striding forwards into the rest of her life.

Like many Afghan girls, she understood that education was her route out of the isolation and repression that had constricted the lives of her mother and grandmother under the previous Taliban regime. She was part of a new generation of Afghan women who had the chance to build independent and economically autonomous lives.

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French elections: who are the key players and what is at stake?
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:00:41 GMT

Emmanuel Macron’s snap legislative poll could have big consequences, even propelling the far-right National Rally into government

France’s snap legislative election is one of the most consequential in decades for both the country and the rest of Europe, potentially propelling the far-right National Rally (RN) to a parliamentary majority and therefore into government.

The two-round election will take place on 30 June and 7 July. How will it work, what are the stakes and what is the result likely to be?

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Too ill to work, too poor to get better: how debt traps families working at India’s kilns
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 03:00:38 GMT

Forced to travel far to find gruelling work making bricks, women and children fall sick but cannot access healthcare

The phrase “khat rahein hain” (“being worn down”) is how Suma Devi describes her 16 years of labouring at the brick kilns near the city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, more than 500 miles from her own state of Bihar.

Six years ago Devi had just given birth to her baby daughter when she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and put on a nine-month course of antibiotics. It is an effective way to treat TB but Devi had to abandon the course halfway through to find work at the Madhav brick kiln in Naujheel, far from her home in a village near the city of Gaya.

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Experience: I sang at Madonna’s wedding
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 09:00:47 GMT

Afterwards, I spoke to Sting. He said I’d done so well and laughed that it was a tough crowd

I knew it wasn’t a normal phone call. A man was asking if I could sing at a wedding he was organising. It was in 2000. Only a few years before, I’d become one of the first female priests ordained in the Church of England. There had been a lot of press coverage – positive and negative. For a time, it seemed I was the public face of the controversy around female priests and I didn’t like it.

What piqued my interest was that the man I was speaking to wouldn’t tell me who was getting married, just that it was very high-profile. I was intrigued, but it was the run-up to Christmas and I knew I’d be busy, so I said no.

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Forget about who will win Euro 2024. Which is the best kit?
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:43 GMT

With 24 teams competing in the tournament, there are not just lots of matches – but lots of kits to look at. Here’s our first XI

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Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah: ‘A group is hard to keep together – people get jealous’
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:45 GMT

The celebrated MC takes your questions on losing his brothers to muscular dystrophy, converting to Islam and making an album no one can listen to

What do you feel is the most important aspect to a truly great rapper? Is it flow, wordplay or storytelling? Or is it non-technical things like their worldview, their upbringing or the people they surround themselves with? Dylandep
It’s all of the above. You gotta really practise and then you got to understand your flow, understand wordplay, how to use your vocabulary. It do depend on where you’re at in your life and the life that you’re living. But as long as you know what you’re talking about, and you’re talking the truth and you got a nice flow, you could make it.

How did living with disability in your family [his younger brothers had muscular dystrophy and died young] affect your art and aspirations? moniquita
That was a big part of my life. You’re a reflection of how you came up – you can’t ever shake that. Now I’m older, I can really understand the situation. But back then I was like: damn, once a person could walk and do everything like normal and now they can’t walk no more, they can’t function or operate like they used to. That’s a drastic change. It was hard to see – it really affected me.

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You be the judge: should I have to tell my husband who I’m voting for in the general election?
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:47 GMT

Mandy does not want to discuss politics with Barry, while he is irritated by her evasiveness. But you get the final vote in this dispute
Find out how to get a disagreement settled or become a juror

The prosecution: Mandy

Barry is very leftwing and wants to change my views. But I have a right to keep my thoughts to myself

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How far-right parties seduced young voters across Europe | Albena Azmanova
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 06:00:44 GMT

Young people abandoned mainstream parties in last weekend’s European elections – a sign that their anxieties are not being heard

That far-right parties fared well in the European elections came as no surprise – surveys had consistently foretold their triumph. The populist right has been on the rise in Europe – through democratic elections – for the past two decades. Thus, 2024’s vote is a natural culmination of a long trend. The combined vote for far-right parties secured them a fourth of the seats in the European parliament – on par with the largest group, the centre-right European People’s party.

But we are nonetheless witnessing something new: the first signs of a populist insurrection of the young. In both European and national elections, voters under 30 have given their support to far-right parties such as Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Germany, Rassemblement National (National Rally) in France, Vox in Spain, the Brothers of Italy, Chega (Enough) in Portugal, Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) in Belgium and the Finns party in Finland.

Albena Azmanova is author of Capitalism on Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia

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Hope is not enough: people want to know that Keir Starmer can fix things | Gaby Hinsliff
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 05:00:41 GMT

Labour’s downbeat manifesto for a downbeat nation reflects the feeling that voters want action now – not grandiose words

“Look at that,” said a middle-aged woman delightedly, stopping halfway down the street in Great Yarmouth to nudge her friend. “Life is crap!”

She was pointing to a stall selling slogan T-shirts for a fiver, all bearing those three words in several bleak variations: life is crap because your ex got the house, life is crap because you’re out of wine, or … well, fill in your own version. I heard plenty over three days of travelling up the east coast, where Labour is targeting a string of Tory-held former fishing ports and seaside resorts where life for many is no holiday.

Gaby Hinsliff is a Guardian columnist

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Men are less able to identify eating disorders – I called mine ‘cutting weight’ | Tom Usher
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 09:00:48 GMT

Male body dysmorphia has rocketed – maybe because we’re desperate to assert a sense of control over our chaotic lives

Looking back, it was probably when I started checking how many grams of carbohydrates were in red onions and broccoli that my eating disorder began. I say “eating disorder” now, but, of course, as a man, I didn’t think of it as that at the time. It was just “cutting weight”.

I was 22 and had signed up for my first white-collar boxing match. Even though the weight classes were loose and barely enforced, I was determined to get into the best shape of my life – which I believed meant getting down from my natural weight of 90kg to 80kg. That’s like going from 36in to 32in jeans in the space of a month.

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It’s eerie, it’s excruciating … Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer, please stop talking about football | Joel Golby
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:47 GMT

They may well like the game, but as an England fan, I don’t want my big Euros summer sullied by performative politics

Field report from east London, weekend of 9 and 10 June 2024: Rishi Sunak has destroyed the Adidas Samba. Possibly for ever, possibly irreparably. You will of course recall that the Samba was the unanimous “shoe of the summer” for two years running until its appearance on the prime minister’s Instagram page at the start of April, at which point it became shoesona non grata among London’s cool, interesting-sunglasses-wearing elite. Since then, I and most people with east London postcodes have had a tricky relationship with the Samba. I hold my own personal pair up every time I get dressed (you can’t argue with that silhouette! The colourway goes with everything!), imagine Sunak wearing them with a shirt, black socks and chinos (insane!), then promptly put them down again. I bravely wore a pair to the local park, London Fields, over the weekend in an attempt to “reclaim” them, but they went down with a clunk and I’m not sure I can show my face there again.

Why is this relevant? Well, I think it illustrates quite neatly what a dark kiss of death politicians can put on something cool by expressing even a mild interest in it or appreciation of it (arguably Rishi killing the Samba is the most tangible change he has enacted as PM). I think often and fondly about the time Tom Watson quit Labour’s shadow cabinet on a massive Glastonbury comedown, and signed off his resignation letter with a plea to Ed Miliband: “If you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge.” Why would you say that? Don’t say that. I want my politicians to wear black suits that don’t fit very well, know what Hansard is and nothing else, and once every five years one of the particularly ghoulish-looking ones who sits at the back gets in a funny sex scandal. Stop wearing trainers! Stop listening to Drenge! Do your job!

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Meloni in the pink as she consoles procession of dead men walking | Patrick Wintour
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 14:56:13 GMT

Italian PM was all smiles at start of G7 summit as she met parade of haunted-looking statesmen, most of whose days in power are numbered

Never has a host had so little in common with her guests. Standing serene in a salmon pink trouser suit having topped the poll in the European parliamentary elections, Italy’s far-right leader, Giorgia Meloni, waited to greet her fellow G7 leaders. She stood on a small stage under an awning and an azure sky with the backdrop a suspiciously imported-looking olive tree, a pointless rustic water pipe and the brash G7 flags discreetly put to one side so they did not spoil the view’s centrepiece – Meloni herself.

To her right was a large stone arch that acts as the entranceway to Borgo Egnazia, the purpose-built “medieval” holiday complex giving celebrities an authentic sense of Puglia’s rural life, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, spas and wellness clinics.

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The international criminal court should investigate Israel’s hostage rescue raid | Kenneth Roth
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 14:56:26 GMT

If it’s true that more than 100 women and children died in the IDF’s rescue of four hostages, Israel violated international law

The enormous loss of Palestinian life attendant to the Israeli military’s 8 June rescue of four hostages held by Hamas cries out for investigation. Hamas’s abduction and detention of these four civilians was a clear war crime, but that does not exempt the Israeli military from the duty to comply with international humanitarian law in the rescue operation. The available evidence suggests that Israel fell short in several deadly respects.

The Gaza health ministry, whose numbers have generally proved reliable, says that at least 274 Palestinians were killed in the operation and more than 600 wounded. The ministry does not distinguish combatants from civilians, but it reports that the dead included 64 children and 57 women, or 44% of the total. Given that many of the men who were killed in the course of the operation were in a nearby market, we must assume that a good proportion of them were civilians as well. That is a horrible civilian toll.

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Euro 2024 kick-off: Germany and Scotland prepare to get party started – live
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 09:13:47 GMT

Julian Nagelsmann spoke of the transformation of Scotland’s national team under Steve Clarke: “Most of the time [before his tenure] it was a lot of long balls,” said the Germany manager. “Only fighting … now they can do every part of the game in a good way.”

On Toni Kroos’s continued presence in the national setup, he took some persuading, Nagelsmann says: “It took a period of time to convince him … in one of our first phone conversations he said to me he’d only be part of the team if he has a feeling the team can win something … [then] he said – yes, I’ll be part of, and ‘Let’s rock’.”

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Germany team must turn nation from doubters into believers | Jonathan Liew
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:44 GMT

Recent tournaments have been calamitous, but side can reconnect with public in Euro 2024 opener against Scotland

If only the Germans had a word for “zeitgeist”. There’s a football tournament starting here on Friday, not that you would necessarily know it. Indeed, from a cursory trawl of Thursday’s media what was most striking of all was the absence of Euros-buzz, the suspicion that there are bigger priorities out there. “CANCER,” screamed the front page of Bild, just in case you were thinking of getting too excited. Chancellor Olaf Scholz is missing the opening game to attend the G7 in Italy. The sports bulletins were dominated by the sudden resignation of the Borussia Dortmund coach, Edin Terzic. On the Kicker website, the first Euro 2024 news appeared some way below a story about RB Leipzig’s summer transfer business.

None of which should necessarily be mistaken for pure apathy. Rather, there is a more complex melange of emotions at work here. Euro 2024 is still very much present, as long as you know where to look: the big town squares where overseas fans have begun to congregate, the television ad breaks where Joshua Kimmich is shaving his chin baby-smooth with a next-generation razor. Tickets for Germany’s open training session in Jena sold out in 10 minutes.

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Political football: how multicultural Hungary contrast Orbán’s dogma
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:48 GMT

Viktor Orbán’s country has become an epicentre of nativist thought – the Euro 2024 squad is a counterpoint to that

A white, 20-something man, sporting a blue puffer jacket, tight jeans and carbon-grey rectangular sunglasses flaunts a large disc to the camera with a beaming smile: “Woke Zero,” the disc reads. “Woke” on the disc is inscribed with a red flourish in the classic Coca-Cola font. Just to the right, outside a conference-centre room, is a towering sign: “Let’s drain the swamp! WOKEBUSTERS.”

For those able to gain entry to the conference room, a who’s who of the anti-globalist elite await. Figures such as the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders and Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of the former president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, are here delivering talks with titles such as Save the West, Protect the Borders.

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Euro 2024 team guides part 23: Portugal
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 23:01:34 GMT

Roberto Martínez’s side compiled a perfect record in qualifying and can call on the resurgent Cristiano Ronaldo

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2024 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.

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England take just 3.1 overs to thrash Oman and stay alive in T20 World Cup
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 21:26:26 GMT

England could scarcely have wished for a better outcome from part one of the push to keep their T20 World Cup defence alive, not simply beating Oman but crucially massaging their net run-rate like it was a prized Wagyu cow.

It took an hour and 42 minutes for Jos Buttler’s men to complete the job at hand, a hard, bouncy pitch – and victory at the toss – having set the stage for a full-blown annihilation of their opposition. After Oman were skittled for 47 in 13.2 overs, the batters then opened up the possibility of sundowners on one of Antigua’s 365 beaches by knocking off the target, two down, in just 19 balls.

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Rory McIlroy shares US Open lead after opening with a bogey-free 65
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 23:01:49 GMT
  • Patrick Cantlay level with Northern Irishman
  • McIlroy finishes with a birdie at Pinehurst

They tried to tell us. That you don’t attack Pinehurst No 2 as much as survive it. That the signature slippery greens of this Donald Ross gem in the shape of inverted saucers are up against the outer limits of fairness. That there will be blood.

Someone forgot to tell Rory McIlroy, who made a roaring start in his latest bid to end a decade-long chase for a fifth major title with a five-under-par 65 to match the lowest round ever shot in a US Open at Pinehurst, where America’s national championship is taking place for the fourth time since 1999.

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Could Louie Hinchliffe be Team GB’s breakout Olympic athletics star?
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:43:02 GMT

Britain enjoyed a successful European championships but a bigger story may be emerging across the Atlantic

As the British team bid arrivederci to Rome, and turned their sights towards July’s Olympics in Paris, the mood was cautiously upbeat. True, no one in the squad lit up the Eternal City with a performance for the ages. But 13 medals were won, and the biggest names delivered when their backs were against the wall.

The way Dina Asher-Smith ran a sub 11-second 100m, after the worst start of her career, to win individual gold left a lingering impression. Keely Hodgkinson also deserves enormous credit for rising from her sickbed and using her street smarts to retain her 800m title. There is also a growing sense that the women’s 4x100m squad – Asher-Smith, Amy Hunt, Desiree Henry, Asha Phillip and Daryll Neita – could do something special at the Stade de France.

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Raducanu copes with windy conditions to breeze into Nottingham last eight
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 15:32:52 GMT
  • Former US Open champion beats Daria Snigur 6-2, 6-2
  • Cameron Norrie shocked by qualifier Pinnington Jones

Emma Raducanu defeated Ukraine’s Daria Snigur to reach her first WTA Tour quarter-final on grass at the Rothesay Open in Nottingham. The former US Open champion produced a solid display in cool, windy conditions to triumph 6-2, 6-2, with 11 aces proving very useful.

Raducanu had complained strongly about the line calls in her first-round win over Ena Shibahara, and there were a few more disputes here, with several overrules and both players voicing their unhappiness. She struggled to find her range and timing in the first couple of games against 22-year-old Snigur, who is ranked 127th and proficient on grass having won the junior title at Wimbledon five years ago.

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Chess: Carlsen and Nakamura dominate in Stavanger, while Ding falters again
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:44 GMT

Magnus Carlsen continued his winning streak in Norway as Hikaru Nakamura gained the No2 ranking and a 2800 rating, but China’s world champion finished a poor last of six

Norway Chess, last weekend’s $161,000 event in Stavanger, was Magnus Carlsen’s 10th victory in his last 11 starts, and also a significant success for Hikaru Nakamura. The 36-year-old streamer regained a 2800 rating, and passed Fabiano Caruana to take over as No 2 in the Fide world rankings.

Carlsen assessed it as “a good performance, not a sparkling performance by any means, but I feel I was quite professional in the way that I handled the last seven games or so. My mindset went from trying to play fun chess, which wasn’t fun at all, to more of a slow, grinding style.”

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A 0-3 NBA finals comeback may be Kyrie Irving’s biggest conspiracy theory
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 12:40:42 GMT

The point guard has kept his off-court opinions to himself and rejuvenated his career in Dallas. But he has been unable to stop the relentless Celtics so far

Late in Game 3 of the NBA finals on Wednesday night, the Dallas Mavericks were on the brink. They had mostly clawed back a 21-point deficit to get within three points of the Boston Celtics. Then Luka Dončić, the Mavs’ superstar scorer, fouled out – the first time he’d ever done so in a playoff game.

That left Kyrie Irving, the Deadpool to Dončić’s Wolverine, to carry the day. And when he went on to score Dallas’s next four points, including an 18ft jump shot that cut the Boston lead to one, it looked as if the Mavericks might actually make this a competitive series. But it was not to be. Boston are simply too good and too tough. The result, a 106-99 Celtics victory on Dallas’s home floor, puts the Mavericks in a 0-3 series hole, a margin from which no NBA team has ever come back. And it came just when Irving, who scored a game-high 35 points, had two quiet games to start the series.

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Chelsea move ahead in race to sign Michael Olise from Crystal Palace
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:38:58 GMT
  • Blues enquire about France winger’s £60m release clause
  • Olise also has interest from Arsenal and Manchester City

Chelsea have made contact with Crystal Palace in an attempt to steal a march in the race to sign Michael Olise and find out more about the winger’s release clause.

Olise, who is understood to be open to the move, also has interest from Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle.

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Edin Terzic resigns as Borussia Dortmund coach, citing ‘new era’
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:20:00 GMT
  • Terzic’s last match was Champions League final defeat
  • Lifelong fan says it has been ‘a very difficult decision’

Edin Terzic has resigned as the coach of the Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund. Terzic said he wanted Dortmund to start a “new era” with a new coach but there was no immediate word on a successor amid reports in the German media that his assistant Nuri Sahin could take over.

Terzic’s last game was the 2-0 defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League final at Wembley on 1 June.

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Clean v green: ‘disgust wins out’ over eco ideals when doing laundry, study finds
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 18:00:28 GMT

Fear of being seen as unclean drives overwashing of clothes at expense of environment, Swedish scientists say

How often should you wash your clothes? Doctors don’t really know, but the decision is more cultural than medical, anyway. Worried about leaving the house in sweaty shirts or stained shorts, people often chuck clean clothes in the laundry basket after wearing them just once.

But the urge to avoid whiffy garments carries a climate cost that has largely been ignored. New research shows that feelings of disgust and shame encourage excessive clothes washing even among those who care about their carbon footprint.

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Eagle attacks, red invaders and a genetic bottleneck: inside the fight to save arctic foxes
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 04:00:19 GMT

Captive breeding in Norway has built up numbers endangered by the climate crisis and golden eagles but only a more diverse population will survive in the long term

Deep in the Norwegian mountains, amid a vast expanse of bright snow and howling winds, Toralf Mjøen throws a piece of meat into a fenced enclosure and waits for a pair of dark eyes to appear from the snowy den.

These curious and playful arctic foxes know Mjøen well. He has been the caretaker at this breeding facility for 17 years, going up the mountain daily to feed them at their enclosures near the small village of Oppdal, about 250 miles north of Oslo.

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Russia’s war with Ukraine accelerating global climate emergency, report shows
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 04:00:20 GMT

Most comprehensive analysis ever of conflict-driven climate impacts shows emissions greater than those generated by 175 countries in a year

The climate cost of the first two years of Russia’s war on Ukraine was greater than the annual greenhouse gas emissions generated individually by 175 countries, exacerbating the global climate emergency in addition to the mounting death toll and widespread destruction, research reveals.

Russia’s invasion has generated at least 175m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e), amid a surge in emissions from direct warfare, landscape fires, rerouted flights, forced migration and leaks caused by military attacks on fossil fuel infrastructure – as well as the future carbon cost of reconstruction, according to the most comprehensive analysis ever of conflict-driven climate impacts.

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Dirty waters: how the Environment Agency lost its way
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 04:00:20 GMT

Having created a watchdog for the environment, the government took its teeth out and muzzled it. Can public outrage rouse the Environment Agency to action?

When Helen Nightingale joined the National Rivers Authority, the predecessor to the Environment Agency, in 1991, she thought of her work as a calling. She had been fascinated by nature since she was a child, when she used to poke around in the earth on her father’s allotment, looking for worms and beetles. In her job, Nightingale spent most of her time walking along the rivers in Lancashire and Merseyside, taking water samples and testing oxygen levels. She was responsible for protecting rivers, and she often learned about sewage and pesticide pollution from members of the public who called a dedicated hotline. “They’d phone you up and say, ‘There’s something wrong.’ And you would go out straight away,” she recalled. “You stood a much better chance of figuring out what was wrong if you could get there quickly.”

Nightingale, who has a Lancastrian accent and curly blond hair, investigated pollution like a hard-nosed police detective inspecting a crime scene. She would visit dairy farms, industrial estates and sewage treatment plants, dressed in a raincoat and boots with steel toe caps, and usually started with the same question: “Can I look at your drains?” The work was demanding, and the pay, when Nightingale started, was just £9,500 a year (the UK average at the time was around £12,000), but she was proud to be protecting the environment. “It was a dream job,” she told me. “If we sat in the office, our boss would say, ‘Why are you here? Go out and look at something.’”

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Brazil seeks pro-Bolsonaro rioters who fled to Argentina
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 19:14:44 GMT

Country asks Argentina to identify rioters’ whereabouts and status before deciding to request extraditions

Brazil has asked Argentina for information about dozens of supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro seeking refuge in the neighboring country to avoid legal consequences for rioting in Brasília last year as part of an alleged coup attempt.

Brazilian police officials said the request was a precursor to possible extradition requests.

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US supreme court unanimously upholds access to abortion pill mifepristone
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 21:14:30 GMT

FDA still has the power to give expanded access to mifepristone in major victory to abortion rights supporters

The availability of a common abortion pill will remain unchanged, the US supreme court ruled on Thursday in a unanimous 9-0 decision, handing a major victory to abortion rights supporters who feared that the court that overturned Roe v Wade just two years ago would further hack away at access to the procedure.

Conservative bloc

Alito – Majority

Barrett – Majority

Gorsuch – Majority

Kavanaugh – Majority

Roberts – Majority

Thomas – Majority

Jackson – Majority

Kagan – Majority

Sotomayor – Majority

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Rayner and Mordaunt clash again in heated seven-way TV debate
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 21:24:34 GMT

Tax and spending plans central themes as same lineup of panellists given second televisual outing

Angela Rayner and Penny Mordaunt have clashed again in a second seven-way TV debate, one which also featured representatives from smaller parties turning their attacks on Labour as they seem set for government.

Labour’s deputy leader repeatedly had her answers on subjects including public services and the economy interrupted as Mordaunt, the leader of the Commons, accused Labour of wanting to raise taxes, while also saying the party had no economic plans.

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Tesla shareholders approve CEO Elon Musk’s $45bn pay package
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 21:13:47 GMT

Billionaire tells shareholders ‘hot damn, I love you guys’ after retaining largest-ever executive pay package at US-listed firm

Tesla shareholders have approved a $45bn (£35.3bn) pay deal for CEO Elon Musk, following a fiercely contested referendum on his leadership.

The result, announced on Thursday, comes as the billionaire tycoon fights to retain the largest-ever compensation package granted to an executive at a US-listed company.

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Russia trying to meddle in Moldovan polls, say UK, US and Canada
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 15:26:22 GMT

Three governments accuse Russia at G7 of ‘spreading lies’ relating to presidential election and EU referendum

The UK, US and Canada have accused Russia of a plot to interfere in Moldova’s presidential election and referendum on EU membership later this year.

In a pointed joint statement issued on the first day of the G7 summit in Italy, the three governments accused Russian actors of “spreading lies” and “seeking to undermine Moldovan democratic institutions” in a campaign of political interference stretching back years.

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Jailed journalist Evan Gershkovich to soon stand trial, Russian prosecutor indicates
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:06:49 GMT

Wall Street Journal reporter faces ‘false and baseless charge’ and ‘sham trial’, say paper’s publisher and editor in chief

Russian authorities have indicated that the jailed American reporter Evan Gershkovich will soon stand trial in Ekaterinburg more than a year after his arrest on espionage charges that he, his employer, and the White House have decried as politically motivated.

Gershkovich, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has been held in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison since last March in the highest-profile arrest of an American journalist in Russia since the cold war.

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Pelosi condemns Trump’s Capitol visit: ‘Returning to the scene of the crime’
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 20:09:27 GMT

Former House speaker says ex-president has ‘cemented his legacy of shame’ over January 6 attack, prompting bizarre riposte from Trump

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic former House speaker, mounted a forceful denunciation of Thursday’s first visit to the US Capitol by Donald Trump since he incited a mob to attack it on January 6 2021, accusing him of returning with “the same mission of dismantling our democracy”.

In remarks that triggered a fresh war of words between the pair, Pelosi said the former president’s visit to discuss strategy with congressional Republicans in advance of the election amounted to a symbolic return to the scene of a crime that he deliberately initiated.

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ECJ to fine Hungary €1m a day until it complies with EU refugee laws
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 12:15:24 GMT

European court also orders Budapest to pay €200m for ‘unprecedented’ breach of rules

Hungary has been ordered to pay a €200m (£169m) fine for its refusal to uphold the rights of asylum seekers in what was described as an “unprecedented” breach of EU law by the bloc’s highest court.

The European court of justice in Luxembourg also ordered Budapest to pay €1m a day until it complies with EU laws guaranteeing refugees the right to claim asylum inside Hungarian borders.

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Philippines increases South China Sea patrols as Beijing set to roll out new trespass laws
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 01:30:18 GMT

Manila has previously described new regulations, which allow Chinese coast guard to detain foreigners, as ‘an escalation of the situation’

The Philippines has stepped up patrols in the disputed South China Sea ahead of the rollout of a new Chinese regulation that empowers its coast guard to detain foreigners accused of trespassing.

The regulation, which is effective from Saturday, marks a further escalation in tensions in the fiercely contested waterway, which is one of the world’s most economically important and busiest trading routes

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Anti-malarial drug may help treat polycystic ovary syndrome, study suggests
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 18:00:28 GMT

Herbal extract artemisinin, used in Chinese medicine, appears to stop excess testosterone production

An antimalarial drug used in ancient Chinese medicine could be an effective treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a groundbreaking study suggests.

The herbal extract artemisinin appeared to stop the ovaries producing too much testosterone, and women who took the drug for 12 weeks had more regular periods. The findings from the small trial by a Chinese team have been hailed as a potential breakthrough that could lead to an entirely new approach to treating the condition that affects around one in 10 women.

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Don’t you know who I am? Why vox-poppers failing to spot celebrities is such a good thing
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 14:44:20 GMT

Henry Winkler praised his rescuers, Chloë Sevigny talked us through her outfit, Baz Luhrmann gave dating advice – all without being recognised! They are just like us after all

Henry Winkler has long had a reputation as one of the nicest men in Hollywood. There is no situation that his presence cannot brighten up, something that was proved this week during a fire at Dublin’s 200-year-old Shelbourne Hotel.

Although the fire was by no means catastrophic, it did involve the evacuation of all the hotel’s guests, some of whom were met by reporters as they left. And one of them, you guessed it, was Winkler. “I called downstairs and the woman said in a very calm voice, ‘Yes! We’re all evacuating! You must evacuate right now!’,” he told RTÉ News. See? Charming.

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The Hutsul Provody: the comfort of centuries-old traditions during war in Ukraine
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 06:00:43 GMT

In the Ukrainian Carpathians the Provody – a communal commemoration of the dead – takes on a new dimension during the war, to become a way of working through group mourning

The afternoon sun falls on a small wooden hut in a green orchard. People are hanging around. Some enter the yard, others leave the house. They talk and move quietly; mourning is going on. Inside lies an open, decorated coffin containing the body of an old woman. In the corner, a cantor reads psalms in a monotone. The others pray in silence. The house is visited by anyone who knew Hanna Tomashchuk. Whole families, along with children, pay their respects. The presence of the dead body does not embarrass anyone.

Kryvoryvnia residents celebrate the holidays in traditional Hutsul costumes during the Easter blessing of food.

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The Truth vs Alex Jones review – so viscerally wrong it will fry your mind
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 22:15:33 GMT

This unsensationalist documentary maps the appalling suffering a demagogue caused parents whose children died in the Sandy Hook shooting – and their legal fight against him. It is dizzying

On 14 December 2012, an armed man entered Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. He shot and killed 20 children aged between six and seven and six members of staff.

It is impossible to imagine a worse thing, isn’t it? The massacre of children and those trying to protect them. And yet it did get worse, thanks to a rightwing bloviator with merch to sell. The Truth vs Alex Jones maps, in painful, unsensationalist detail, the additional suffering the bereaved families were caused when Jones began to call the shooting a hoax. This, he told viewers of his “alt-right” internet show Infowars, was the “false-flag operation” he had been warning them about – a fake shooting orchestrated by gun control advocates to give the left the leverage it needed to come for patriots’ weapons. Conspiracy theorists took everything he said and ran with it.

The Truth vs Alex Jones aired on Sky Documentaries and is on Now in the UK. It is available on HBO Max in the US and Binge in Australia.

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The End We Start From to Federer: Twelve Final Days – the seven best films to watch on TV this week
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 08:00:45 GMT

Jodie Comer stars as a refugee in dystopian Britain in a stirring drama full of peril, plus a farewell to the tennis great that will make you weep

When Britain is hit by extreme storms, Jodie Comer’s unnamed first-time mum, her husband (Joel Fry) and their newborn son flee flooded London for his parents’ rural home. But as supplies run out and the population descends into anarchy, she finds herself a refugee in her own country. Comer is magnetic as a woman forced to make snap decisions about the important things in life, while hugging her baby through moments of peril. Dystopian fiction is a handy way to distil human morality to its essentials, and in Mahalia Belo’s stirring drama, it all comes down to the meaning of home, motherhood – and how best to connect with the world.
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Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O: True Story review – emotive South African jazz with a bite
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 08:00:45 GMT

(Mushroom Hour/New Soil)
The latest album by Jiyane, of collective Spaza, wades into darker territory to reflect the reality of poverty in the country

The South African jazz scene has exploded with fresh talent in recent years, from artists such as Johannesburg collective Spaza, who have developed an urgent form of social consciousness free jazz, to pianist Thandi Ntuli’s minimal and affective melodies and drummers Asher Gamedze and Tumi Mogorosi’s thrashing maximalism.

At the softer end of the spectrum sits trombonist and Spaza member Malcolm Jiyane. Harking back to the country’s popular jazz pioneers in the mid-tempo, melodically rich work of Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela, Jiyane’s 2021 debut Umdali found its strengths in subtlety, building bright, emotive soundscapes from group vocals, horn fanfares and undulating rhythms.

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Star Wars: Hunters review – the force is not that strong in this one
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:45 GMT

Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android; Zynga/Lucasfilm Games
Essentially Overwatch with wookiees, this fun team-based online shooter can be tense and exciting but lacks any truly original features

Announced three years ago at a Nintendo Direct livestream, Star Wars: Hunters is one of those games that you can’t imagine suffered a long and difficult pitch process. Someone just had to say “It’s Overwatch but in Star Wars” and the development budget was in their account that afternoon. It is a no-brainer, and of all the entertainment projects the Star Wars brand has been slathered on to over the past three years, it’s certainly among the most understandable and well crafted.

Set after the fall of the Galactic Empire, Hunters is a four-v-four team-based online shooter, which, like Overwatch, allows players to choose from a selection of hero fighters, each with their own abilities and strategies. You can be a minigun-wielding Stormtrooper, firing 500 rounds a minute into rebel scum, or a Miralukan sharpshooter with a long-range sniper rifle, or perhaps a Rebel warrior with team-healing gadgets. Basically it’s the standard team-shooter classes – tank, sniper, healer, etc – but with sillier names.

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Homes for sale for cyclists – in pictures
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 06:00:43 GMT

From properties close to picturesque cycling routes to a London new-build, these homes will tempt city dwellers into the saddle this National Bike Week

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Cats, rants and envy scrolling: 27 time-sucking online rabbit holes – and how to avoid them
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:00:42 GMT

From tracking your nemesis to chuckling at pets, there are myriad ways to waste time on the internet. We identify some of the worst and what you should do instead

In 2024, no one needs another reminder they’re spending too much time on their phone; that the internet, and specifically social media, is designed by thousands of Silicon Valley geniuses to keep us scrolling, helpless pawns in the attention economy, blah blah blah. But let’s get granular: what are the worst ways to be in thrall to your small shiny rectangle and its big brother, the larger electronic rectangle? I asked about people’s most irresistible, life-consuming, pointless and occasionally poisonous internet rabbit holes. Then I tried to work out what they (and I) could do instead.

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‘We drifted downriver and camped where we liked’: readers’ favourite lake and river breaks in Europe
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 06:00:44 GMT

Go with the flow on these tranquil river and lake trips from Sweden to Romania

In the hills above Riva del Garda in Trentino is Lago di Tenno, a beautiful blue-green mountain lake. It’s small enough to walk around in under an hour, enclosed on all sides with lovely mountain views, but it’s the swimming that will bring you back again and again. The clear waters may be a tad chilly at first toe-dangle, but goosebumps are soon forgotten as you swim across the small gap to the grassy island. Relaxing, mountain air, beautiful views. The village of Tenno, with its medieval hilltop castle, has a few hotels and there’s a fine campsite close to the lake.

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José Pizarro’s recipe for broad beans with chorizo and crisp fried manchego
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 09:00:47 GMT

Who could resist lemony beans, garlicky chorizo and fried breaded cheese?

Broad beans, or habas, are one of the highlights of the vegetable calendar. The season is short, though, so make the most of them, especially when they’re young, small and tender. I’m lucky enough to be able to pick habas in both the Spanish and British seasons, and they are always a great combination with chorizo. That pairing is particularly delicious with manchego, which is magnificent in any form, especially when it’s fried in a golden crumb.

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Why the chunky hiking sandal is this summer’s fashion choice | Jess-Cartner Morley
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 09:00:48 GMT

Don’t be put off by words such as ‘walking’, ‘backpacking’ and ‘tourist’ – this is a sandal you should take seriously

What do you call this type of sandal? Is it a hiking sandal? A walking sandal, maybe? It is a “tourist shoe” to some, a chunky sandal to others. What is it to you?

The correct answer is it’s a very fashionable sandal. This summer’s most fashionable sandal, in fact. An It sandal, if you like. Once a quirky choice of summer shoe, this is now the star of the show. Bit like the tale of the Ugly Duckling, but for shoes. The chunky, Velcro-tabbed sandal that was designed for coastal paths and backpacking trips is now hanging out at the beach bar, invited to the coolest parties. It is to summer now what a Havaiana flip flop was to the summers of the 1990s.

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Ever-brilliant glycerin is finally having its moment in the sun | Sali Hughes on beauty
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:49 GMT

It adds moisture and unclogs pores, making this long-overlooked wonder ingredient a best friend for any skin type

Glycerin. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride – until now.

When I was little, my father told me that in Hollywood, actors’ tears were often not real – they were glycerin, smeared lightly under eyes then dropped on to an actor’s made-up face. The tears looked like water, but rather than drying out like water does, they stayed wet, ready to roll slowly down a slick actor’s cheek.

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People in France: what are your biggest concerns and current political views?
Mon, 10 Jun 2024 10:17:38 GMT

We’re keen to hear from people in France which political issues they care about the most, and how they’re planning to vote in the French general election

After suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Marine Le Pen’s far right National Rally (RN) in the European parliamentary elections, French president Emmanuel Macron on Sunday unexpectedly announced a snap general election that will be held within the next 30 days.

We’d like to hear from people in France who are eligible to vote in the upcoming French election which political issues are most important to them today, and how they are planning to vote.

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Euro 2024: how well will your team perform at the tournament?
Wed, 05 Jun 2024 23:00:35 GMT

Is your country in good form? What is the mood like at home? Which players should we look out for in Germany?

Are you feeling confident? Euro 2024 begins next Friday night, with Scotland taking on Germany in Munich. The hosts have struggled for consistency over the last few years but, come 14 July, who would be surprised to see them crowned champions of Europe for a record fourth time?

Germany are not the favourites, though. That honour – or burden – belongs to England, with France, Spain and Portugal not too far behind. It’s going to be an intriguing and absorbing month of football.

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Tell us about your best friend and your favorite things about them
Thu, 30 May 2024 14:30:52 GMT

We want to hear about how you and your best friends met and how you became close

There’s no way to say this without sounding overly corny but: friends are the best. Life can be difficult and confusing, but good friends make it feel more manageable.

Friendship has very real health benefits. According to the American Psychological Association, people who have friends and close confidants are “more satisfied with their lives and less likely to suffer from depression”, as well as “less likely to die from all causes, including heart problems”.

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Tell us: are you splurging on luxury goods you can ill afford?
Mon, 29 Apr 2024 15:35:57 GMT

We’d like to hear from people who have been purchasing luxury goods and experiences in recent years, and how they feel about their spending habits

We’re interested to hear about people’s spending habits in the area of upmarket or luxury goods, services and experiences, and whether they are generally happy with their spending on non-essentials.

We’d like to know whether you have spent money on expensive non-essential items such as designer clothing, high end housewares, luxury holidays, expensive beauty or wellness treatments, or exclusive dining, for instance, in the past year, and if so, whether you have struggled to afford this.

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Rightwing media decried Trump’s trial. What about Hunter Biden’s?
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 10:00:18 GMT

Trump’s was a ‘made-up charge’, while Hunter Biden was ‘convicted of a real crime’, conservative commentators say

Two weeks, two big trials, two convictions. After Donald Trump was found guilty of falsifying business records at the end of last month, Hunter Biden, son of Joe, was convicted on Tuesday of buying and owning a gun while being a user of crack cocaine.

The rightwing media had howled in anguish when a jury ruled that the former US president was guilty of 34 felony charges: commentators claiming that the justice system was rigged, that the conviction was political persecution, and that Joe Biden had wielded undue influence in Trump being prosecuted.

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Rare cancers, full-body rashes, death: did fracking make their kids sick?
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 10:00:19 GMT

Pennsylvania families worry about rising cases of rare cancer with well pads near homes and stalled House bills

One evening in 2019, Janice Blanock was scrolling through Facebook when she heard a stranger mention her son in a video on her feed. Luke, an outgoing high school athlete, had died three years earlier at age 19 from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

Blanock had come across a live stream of a community meeting to discuss rare cancers that were occurring with alarming frequency in south-western Pennsylvania, where she lives.

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Brazil’s devastating floods hit ‘Black population on the periphery’ hardest
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 10:00:19 GMT

Porto Alegre’s poorest neighborhoods, often closest to rivers and with the worst infrastructure, bore brunt of crisis

It had been raining for nearly a week when the floodwaters first reached Marcelo Moreira Ferreira’s home in Porto Alegre, the capital of Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul.

His wife and their four children left to seek shelter with relatives, but Ferreira, 51, wanted to stay: his father had built the modest one-storey structure and he had lived there his entire life.

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‘Everywhere is dangerous’: Russia’s attacks on Kharkiv’s homes, shops and resorts
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:35:05 GMT

Since Kremlin staged fresh incursion on 10 May, strikes have increased threefold, destroying buildings and killing dozens

The apartment at 24 Liubovi Maloi avenue was an eerie ruin. Its roof and outer walls had disappeared. In one corner a row of suits hung in a wardrobe. There was a TV, a coffee cup, a maroon jacket on a peg. And a black and white photo album with old family snaps taken in communist times.

The flat’s inhabitants – Svitlana Vlasenko and her grown-up daughter Polina – were not coming back. The Russian missile that fell on their building on a Friday night killed them and six of their neighbours. Twenty-six people were injured, two of them children.

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Kelp help? How Scotland’s seaweed growers are aiming to revolutionise what we buy
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 12:00:20 GMT

Farmed kelp could produce plastic substitutes, beauty products and food supplements. Just steer clear of seaweed chocolate

Think sun, sea, Skye – and seaweed. It’s early summer off the west coast of Scotland, and Alex Glasgow is landing a long string of orangey-black seaweed on to the barge of his water farm. It emerges on what looks like a washing line heavy with dirty rags, hoicked up from the depths. And yet, this slippery, shiny, salty substance might, just might, be going to save the planet.

When it comes to sustainability, seaweed is about as shipshape as it gets. Minimal damage to the environment, check. No use of pesticides, check. Diversifies ocean life, check. Uses no land, check. And, in the case of Skye’s seaweed farm, spoils no one’s view, check.

Kyla Orr and Martin Welch of KelpCrofters check the crop from their boat

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Broken toilets, bed bugs and rats: US firefighters are in a housing crisis
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:00:21 GMT

A recent survey found 86% of respondents have lived in their cars and crashed on couches while they fight fire

The bathrooms in Ben McLane’s barracks haven’t worked for the last three years. It’s just one of several “embarrassing” problems with the living quarters offered by the US government to the federal fire captain’s poorly paid crew. Along with having to rely on portable toilets, this season his firefighters have also had to grapple with bed bugs and rodent infestations.

Issues like these are common in the dilapidated and aging facilities that federal land management agencies rent out to many of their workers across the US. It’s a problem felt particularly by federal firefighters, who get by on incomes as low as $15 an hour.

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‘The gangs never used to kill children, now they do’: how cocaine created Argentina’s first narcocity
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:15:19 GMT

The river port of Rosario lies on the route between cocaine-producing Peru and Bolivia and lucrative markets in Europe. The result is terrifying violence and addiction

Máximo Jérez was not on any hitlist. On his way home from a birthday party, the 11-year-old stopped to buy juice from a small store in the Los Pumitas district of Rosario, Argentina, unaware that narcos embroiled in a turf war were also on their way.

Witnesses say the gangsters showered bullets from a car, killing Máximo and injuring three other children.

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‘Perilous for democracy, good for profits’: is big business ready to love Trump again?
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:00:20 GMT

Once-critical CEOs have reasons to back a second Trump term, with plans for tax breaks and reduced worker power

Chief executives of some of America’s largest companies will meet privately with Donald Trump later on Thursday, and many CEOs who were once critical of his unprecedented conduct appear increasingly open to the former president’s return to office, a Guardian analysis has found.

The private audience with the former president will take place at the quarterly gathering of the Business Roundtable, a powerful Washington lobbying group that advocates for the interests of chief executives of big US firms. Joe Biden was also invited; his chief of staff will attend while the US president is abroad, a Business Roundtable spokesperson said.

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China’s maritime militia: the shadowy armada whose existence Beijing rarely acknowledges
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 03:41:35 GMT

They look like simple fishing boats but are capable of swarming in huge numbers to help Beijing stake its territorial claims in the South China Sea

Chinese fishing boats started swarming the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in mid May. Some had already been drifting around the picturesque reef in the Philippines exclusive economic zone for some time.

However, the Chinese boats were not regular fishing vessels, and they weren’t there to fish. They were there to counter a Philippine aid flotilla aiming to deliver supplies to fishers near the disputed shoal. In the end, the aid flotilla turned back before it reached the shoal.

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‘I need your help saving koalas’: how Australians banded together to build wildlife corridors
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 05:00:18 GMT

Bangalow Koalas and private landholders have planted more than 377,000 trees across the region

In 2016 a friend phoned Linda Sparrow about a 400-metre stretch of koala trees on the western edge of Bangalow, a small regional town in northern New South Wales.

The landscape in the region had long since been cut back by loggers and farmers, and there were precious few eucalyptus trees left to provide refuge for koalas looking for food or shelter.

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Republicans struggle to respond to Hunter Biden’s conviction - podcast
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:00:40 GMT

On Tuesday, Hunter Biden was found guilty on all three criminal charges relating to buying a handgun while being a user of crack cocaine. His father – the president – was firm in his support for his son, but also in his belief in the justice system.

After Donald Trump was convicted in a New York court last month, rightwing pundits and Republican politicians were lining up to accuse the Biden administration of rigging the justice system for political advantage. Yet now the courts have convicted Biden’s own son.

Jonathan Freedland is joined by Susan Glasser of the New Yorker to look at how the right has decided to spin this latest historical conviction.

Archive: ABC News, CBS Chicago, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC, Reuters

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From low-level drug dealer to human trafficker: are modern slavery laws catching the wrong people? – podcast
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 04:00:40 GMT

When I heard that a boy from my primary school had been convicted of trafficking, I had to find out what had happened to make him fall so far.

By Francisco Garcia

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The phone-free, 12-hour school-day experiment
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 02:00:37 GMT

A school in west London is trying to give children their childhood back – by extending its hours from 7am to 7pm. Will it work? Helen Pidd reports

From the isolating effect of the Covid pandemic, to austerity and the cost of living crisis, schools are on the front line of the problems facing the communities that surround them. And on top of those challenges in recent years worries have been going of the effect that mobile phones and social media are having on the mental health of pupils. Now, one school has decided to take drastic action.

For the last seven weeks, All Saints Catholic college in Ladbroke Grove has been opening its doors to children from 7am to 7pm. It’s part of a pilot scheme running for 10 weeks with the aim of addressing some of the problems teachers have seen grow over the past few years. The school is in the shadow of Grenfell Tower, many children are eligible for free school meals – and it is thriving. Now it wants to help parents ensure their children do their homework, play games and socialise face to face.

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Election Extra: Labour’s plan - podcast
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:24:02 GMT

Labour published its manifesto today with no surprise announcements. But is it the whole story of the party’s plan for government? Heather Stewart reports

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Are cold and wet UK summers here to stay? - podcast
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 04:00:20 GMT

Here in the UK talking about the weather is already a national pastime, but this month the water-cooler weather chat has ramped up a notch as rain, grey skies and biting temperatures have put summer firmly on hold. Ian Sample talks to Matt Patterson, a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, to find out what’s causing the chilly weather, whether it’s really as unusual as it seems, and whether any sun is on the horizon for the UK

Find out more about what’s going on with the weather in First Edition

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Love Island and looksmaxxing: how are male beauty standards changing?
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 04:00:20 GMT

As Love Island returns, Chanté Joseph speaks to former contestant Nas Majeed and Guardian writer Simon Usborne, about the increasing pressure to achieve the perfect male body

Archive: Tik Tok, ITV

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Politics Weekly Westminster: Starmer and Sunak face audience in Grimsby - podcast
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 04:00:19 GMT

The Guardian’s Pippa Crerar and Kiran Stacey discuss how Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak performed at the Sky News special leaders’ event in Lincolnshire

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Will sewage in the Thames hurt the Tories? The view from Henley and Thame – video
Tue, 11 Jun 2024 13:58:25 GMT

In the run-up to July's general election, the Guardian video team is touring the UK looking at the issues that matter to voters. After swimmers and rowers fell sick from sewage discharges into the River Thames we went to the seat of Henley and Thame to see how environmental concerns rank for voters in a seat that has been Conservative for more than 100 years

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Five young players at Euro 2024 you need to know – video
Mon, 10 Jun 2024 16:29:16 GMT

The Guardian's Jamie Jackson picks five young players to watch at Euro 2024. Jamal Musiala, Armando Broja, Benjamin Sesko, Charles De Ketelaere and Rasmus Højlund have all had success at club level and will bring plenty of experience to the tournament, hoping to drive their countries forward. From height to speed to having the X factor, Jackson explains why these players are ready to make a splash on the international stage

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EU elections fallout: a shock snap vote, resignations and the far right – video report
Mon, 10 Jun 2024 16:36:36 GMT

Emmanuel Macron stunned politicians and the public by announcing a snap general election after the far-right National Rally party won about 32% of the French vote. But it wasn’t just in France that the far right was celebrating. In Germany and Austria, parties on the populist right made stunning gains. Despite that, the pro-European centre appeared to have held in a set of results likely to complicate EU lawmaking

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Exclusive: The Guardian interviews President Zelenskiy
Wed, 05 Jun 2024 09:48:04 GMT

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, revealed the tactics and traits that help him face the daily frustrations of leading a country at war for more than two years.

Within a ceremonial room inside Kyiv’s presidential compound, Zelenskiy spoke for nearly an hour with a Guardian team, including the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. The interview took place during perhaps the toughest time for Ukraine since the early days of the war. Russia is on the offensive in Kharkiv, an advance that follows months of delay in the US Congress over the passing of a major support package, limiting Ukraine’s battlefield capabilities

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The fake news divide: how Modi’s rule is fracturing India – video
Thu, 30 May 2024 09:31:48 GMT

Ahead of the election in India, the Guardian’s video team travelled through the country to explore how fake news and censorship might shape the outcome.

Almost one billion people are registered to vote. The country's prime minister, Narendra Modi, has been in power for more than 10 years, and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) is seeking a third term.

But critics of Modi and the BJP say his government has become increasingly authoritarian, fracturing the country along religious lines and threatening India’s secular democracy. At the same time, the space for freedom of speech has been shrinking while disinformation and hate speech has exploded on social media.

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Old Lesbians: reclaiming old age and queerness through storytelling
Wed, 22 May 2024 13:01:58 GMT

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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David Copperfield ‘was in my nightmares’: the women alleging sexual misconduct - video
Thu, 16 May 2024 14:22:15 GMT

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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Four kids left: The Thai school swallowed by the sea – video
Wed, 15 May 2024 10:47:18 GMT

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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What it takes to prove genocide – video
Thu, 09 May 2024 11:19:24 GMT

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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‘The Greens are our enemy’: What is fuelling the far right in Germany?
Tue, 30 Apr 2024 11:42:56 GMT

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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Week in wildlife – in pictures: a comedy seal, a cricket-loving owl and hairy pigs on Exmoor
Fri, 14 Jun 2024 07:00:48 GMT

The best of this week’s wildlife photographs from around the world

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Firefighting in Iraq and a Swat team rescue: photos of the day – Thursday
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 12:47:13 GMT

The Guardian’s picture editors select photographs from around the world

Warning: graphic content

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Bubbling up! Portrait of Humanity prize winners – in pictures
Thu, 13 Jun 2024 06:00:18 GMT

From acid attack survivors to death-defying date farmers, these images capture the human race at its bravest and most vulnerable

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Farmer Annie and her prize-winning sheep: Joanne Coates’ best photograph
Wed, 12 Jun 2024 14:20:26 GMT

‘Sheep are Annie’s passion. She won an award with this north country cheviot. It’s put on a stand to keep it still’

I moved back home to rural North Yorkshire in 2016, where I met my partner, a farmer. When you spend a lot of time on a farm, you end up helping out. I’m not from a farming background so I joined a Facebook group for women in farming to feel a bit more supported. You can ask about practical things – no question is a stupid one.

I was photographing working-class women in agriculture when I started a residency with the Maltings in Berwick for my series Daughters of the Soil. I put out a call in that Facebook group asking if any women there would be up for being involved. Only five responded but there was a snowball effect: each one directed me to someone else.

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The work of Sam Hanna, the ‘Lowry of film-making’ – in pictures
Wed, 12 Jun 2024 06:00:17 GMT

Sam Hanna (1903-96), a pioneering film-maker from Burnley, Lancashire, was once called the ‘Lowry of film-making’. His work depicts people of all ages as they lived and worked in a region that was rapidly losing its economic role and industrial identity in postwar Britain. A collection of his work is available to view at the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University

Round Our Way: Sam Hanna’s Visual Legacy by Heather Norris Nicholson is published by Pendle Press

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Doggy dazzlers! Colourful Japanese street scenes – in pictures
Wed, 12 Jun 2024 06:00:18 GMT

Peeping pooches, five-year-old photobombers and a guest appearance from the Fab Four all feature in Shin Noguchi’s vibrant photography

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