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Prince Harry visits Lesotho where helped to set up the charity Sentebale ‘Touching Tiny Lives’ which provides healthcare and education to vulnerable children in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, southern Africa. The particular theme of his visit was to check...
From: The Guardian | By: Guardian Staff | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Government wanted new gas-fired power stations to be built but 68% of the capacity is to be provided by existing power stationsConsumers will need to stump an extra £1bn a year in 2018 to encourage power stations to stay open and keep the lights on,...
From: The Guardian | By: Terry Macalister | Friday, December 19, 2014
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‘Clearly she isn’t the real problem: it’s your boyfriend’I have been with my boyfriend for seven years, but he still lives with his mother and has never shown any sign of wanting us to move in together, even though I have said that’s what...
From: The Guardian | By: Molly Ringwald | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Agence France-Presse photographer Aref Karimi covered saffron cultivation in Herat, western Afghanistan. The industry employs about 6,000 people, 4,000 of them women, in the province. Saffron is grown on 800 acres (325 hectares) of land, and the...
From: The Guardian | By: Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images | Friday, December 19, 2014
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This photograph is as arrogant as any colonial portrait. Harry may as well have a gun in his hand and a dead lion at his feetPrince Harry squints like a serious photographer as he points his £729 Fuji X100 camera at a Lesotho herder. The red walled...
From: The Guardian | By: Jonathan Jones | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Asian stock markets rise after Bank of Japan presents more upbeat view on economy 8.16am GMT China has revised the size of its economy by $308.8bn – adding the equivalent of Malaysia’s economic output. This makes the debt of the world’s second-largest...
From: The Guardian | By: Julia Kollewe | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Principal photography on highly anticipated new Australian film The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, has concludedThe first photograph of Kate Winslet starring in the Australian film production The Dressmaker has been released. Based on a 2000 Australian...
From: The Guardian | By: Monica Tan | Friday, December 19, 2014
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This isn’t about a half-baked Seth Rogen comedy. It’s about the folly of letting bullies have their wayMy heart sinks, to be honest, at the prospect of having to watch The Interview. Judging from the trailers, it’s the kind of crass, juvenile...
From: The Guardian | By: Gaby Hinsliff | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Each indebted customer owes an average of more than £300, and 550 households had electricity cut off and 84 lost gasA simmering row about high domestic energy prices was reignited on Thursday after figures from the industry regulator, Ofgem, showed...
From: The Guardian | By: Terry Macalister | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Overseer of ‘stop the boats’ strategy moves to social services, while Sussan Ley in health becomes second woman on frontbench and David Johnston is dumped from defence Continue reading......
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Scott Morrison moves to social services, replaced by Peter Dutton in immigration, while Sussan Ley takes on health portfolio Continue reading......
From: The Guardian | By: Staff and agencies | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Court hearing held at bedside of accused woman, 37, who remains in hospital after discovery of bodies on FridayQueensland police have charged a 37-year-old Cairns woman with murdering eight children, including her own four sons and three daughters.Police...
From: The Guardian | By: Joshua Robertson in Cairns | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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With a growing economic crisis and less money to share among the oligarchs, there is talk of splits in the Kremlin elite that could undermine the president’s power ■ How other oil exporting countries are being affectedWhen Vladimir Putin was asked...
From: The Guardian | By: Shaun Walker in Moscow | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Study finds that people are more willing to donate when an emergency – such as a tsunami or earthquake – is seen as beyond human controlFewer than a third of British people believe in the humanitarian principle that we have a duty to help everyone...
From: The Guardian | By: Tracy McVeigh | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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A new book offers a damning insight into conditions for low-paid, non-union, immigrant workers helping to feed our huge appetite for cheap meatMaria Lopez will never forget that day. It was 2004, the middle of an ordinary shift on the line at Hormel...
From: The Guardian | By: Ted Genoways | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Unfashionable areas of study face funding cuts under new proposalsMinisters have been warned of a potential “brain drain” of researchers away from smaller universities and a further concentration of talent in London and the south-east if they go...
From: The Guardian | By: Daniel Boffey, policy editor | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Scientists begin £5m study to explore link between immune disorders and mental illness in the search for new treatmentsScientists at seven UK universities are to set up a research consortium aimed at exploiting a newly discovered link between immune...
From: The Guardian | By: Robin McKie, science editor | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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9 August: Riots follow the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, by a policeman in Ferguson, MissouriI first heard about the shooting through social media. Throughout the protests, social media played a big role in telling the real story and not...
From: The Guardian | By: Patricia Byrnes, Democratic committeewoman | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Threatening North Korea is not the way to solve the crisis over The InterviewSony Pictures’ decision to cancel the release of The Interview, its much-trailed comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong-un, the eccentric North Korean dictator, has raised...
From: The Guardian | By: Observer editorial | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Nigel Farage’s party moves to ban unauthorised use of Ukip logo after embarrassing string of gaffesNigel Farage is cracking down on Ukip supporters’ social media activity after a series of scandals over racist comments. The party has changed its...
From: The Guardian | By: Daniel Boffey, Policy Editor | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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The BBC and Wimbledon have gone together like strawberries and cream for nearly 80 years, but tennis went the way of cricket, football and rugby long ago‘Flog Wimbledon to pay-TV and you sell off a piece of Britain’s soul”, cries the Daily Mail,...
From: The Guardian | By: Peter Preston | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Homelessness can be solved, but only if there is the political will for changeWhile congratulations should go to the activists on the New Era estate who successfully fought off the potential loss of their homes to an American property developer, the...
From: The Guardian | By: Observer editorial | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Lower oil prices will hit the Russian economy, the US fracking industry and Iran, but could be good for shoppers and firms in the UK, and delay the long-expected interest rate riseJohn Paul Getty’s formula for success was to rise early, work hard and...
From: The Guardian | By: Phillip Inman, economics correspondent | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Floral neckerchiefs and sparkly jumpers as well as hi-tech waterproofs for pampered pets are flying off the shelvesIt’s tough on the high street as fashion chains struggle to offload winter woollies and coats after the warm autumn, but business has...
From: The Guardian | By: Sarah Butler | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Decades of state support for jihadis has led to national confusion over who the real enemies are. But the latest attack might be a watershedIt is not just the survivors of Tuesday’s assault on Peshawar’s Army Public School who have been reliving...
From: The Guardian | By: Jon Boone in Islamabad | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Police expect to lay charges against 37-year-old woman over the killing of seven of her own children and a teenage niece Queensland police have said a “much clearer picture” has emerged of circumstances around the killings of eight children in Cairns...
From: The Guardian | By: Joshua Robertson in Cairns | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Officers named by commissioner as Wenjin Liu and Rafael RamosSuspect named as Ismail Brinsley, linked to shooting in BaltimoreTwo New York City police officers were shot and killed on Saturday afternoon, as they sat in their patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant...
From: The Guardian | By: Amanda Holpuch and Nicky Woolf in New York | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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From gloriously messy pop to avant-garde techno and a symphony for eight hands, the Observer’s critics pick some of the releases that didn’t get the acclaim they deserved in 2014Xylouris White: Goats(Other Music) Continue reading......
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The season final was another showstopper of sidesteps, smiles and spray-tans – with a visit from the ever-shrinking Take ThatThis year’s final of Strictly Come Dancing came at the end of what we aficionados like to term an “interesting” season....
From: The Guardian | By: Barbara Ellen | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Officials tell New York Times approach is part of ‘proportional response’US-China relations have been strained over cybersecurity issuesNorth Korea demands joint investigation into Sony Pictures hackOpinion: Can we all calm down about cyberwar with...
From: The Guardian | By: Dominic Rushe in New York | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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As Raúl Castro and Barack Obama made their historic announcements, the streets were quiet, but the parties were being held at homeOn Wednesday evening, after the US announced its plans to normalise relations with Cuba, I went for a stroll along Havana’s...
From: The Guardian | By: Carrie Gibson | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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• Moore: “If it could happen, I would want it to happen”• 25-year-old striker without a club since release from prison• Hartlepool MP leads vocal opposition to signing EvansThe Football League’s bottom club are facing a backlash after their...
From: The Guardian | By: Guardian sport and agencies | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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For Tom BetGeorge and his 100,000-light festive display nothing says Christmas quite like sound of lightsabersResidents of a California town are growing accustomed to the sound of lightsabers blasting through their neighborhood each night, as synchronised...
From: The Guardian | By: Amanda Holpuch in New York | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Live updates from the Club World Cup final in MoroccoEmail your thoughts to Nick.Miller@theGuardian.comOr if you prefer pith, tweet @NickMiller79 8.19pm GMT Well, it’s been a punishing half of football, with the Argentineans supposedly on the side...
From: The Guardian | By: Nick Miller | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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As the closest ever contest reaches its climax, will Frankie, Caroline, Mark or Simon walk away with the Strictly glitterball? 7.15pm GMT Showdance time! For the uninitiated, Showdances are about showing off the various styles of dance you’ve learned...
From: The Guardian | By: Heidi Stephens | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s guilt in killing of 270 people in 1988 Pan Am bombing remains unchallenged by Crown OfficeScotland’s top prosecutor has reaffirmed Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s guilt in the killing of 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing and has...
From: The Guardian | By: Press Association | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Apache helicopters arrived this week to support counter-terrorismDelivery had been on hold since coup against elected president last yearEgypt received 10 Apache helicopters from the US in the past week, security sources said on Saturday, in a sign of...
From: The Guardian | By: Reuters in Cairo | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Official: ‘Repatriation reflects commitment to closing facility’Release follows six men sent to Uruguay earlier this monthPrisoners released to Uruguay: ‘We’re so happy to be here’Want to know the reality of US torture? Ask Shaker AamerThe...
From: The Guardian | By: Martin Pengelly in New York | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The Vatican was bathed in an array of new lights on Friday as it kicked off its annual Christmas celebrations.The lighting of the tree in St. Peter's Square traditionally marks the start of the Christmas celebrations at the Vatican and, this year, coincided...
From: The Guardian | By: Guardian Staff | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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• Ex-captain: ‘It is likely to take a while to get over the disappointment’• ECB’s Downton: ‘If a plan’s not working you eventually have to change it’• Cook passes the baton – but the bat is England’s worryAlastair Cook declared...
From: The Guardian | By: Vic Marks | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Extravagant Christmas lights are part of a tradition that has been around in the UK for the last two decades. So why are they going out? Tess Reidy suggests it could be snobberyFor a brief period of December the A3, that great, dreary long road that...
From: The Guardian | By: Tess Reidy | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Singer says songs are ‘an early Christmas gift’ for fansMadonna calls leak of song from forthcoming album ‘artistic rape’Madonna has reacted to the leak of demos from her new album – which she described earlier this week as “artistic rape”...
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Nielsen BookScan says sales of autobiographies and memoirs are down almost 4% compared with 2013• The publisher’s year: hits and misses of 2014Readers have grown tired of the slew of celebrity memoirs, with titles by Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and...
From: The Guardian | By: Chris Johnston | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Online donors have pledged more than £3bn to help science studiesYou can take a role in testing the effect of warming skin on memory. Or you can involve yourself in Britain’s first bid to land a spaceship on the Moon. Or you can help researchers understand...
From: The Guardian | By: Nicola Davis and Robin McKie | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Three weeks after trailing Chelsea by nine points, Manchester City have caught José Mourinho’s men with only the latter’s superior goal difference keeping them ahead in a championship race that is warming up nicely.On 29 November Chelsea stood on...
From: The Guardian | By: Jamie Jackson at the Etihad Stadium | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Former Scottish first minister says English referendum needed to ‘clean out the stables’ and provoke a ‘constitutional revolution’Alex Salmond has called for a “peasants’ revolt-type” referendum in England to abolish the House of Lords.The...
From: The Guardian | By: Chris Johnston | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Speeding up the game is the modern mantra for popularity but it is not right nor necessary – rhythm is a key ingredient in the drama of truly great sportThe Slow Food movement began in Rome in 1986 when a man called Carlo Petrini objected to the building...
From: The Guardian | By: Tim Adams | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Nasa released video on Friday of the Orion spacecraft breaking through the Earth's atmosphere before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Orion made the near-bullseye splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on 5 December after wrapping up a flawless, unmanned...
From: The Guardian | By: Guardian Staff | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Although she always maintained that she had never seen Scandal, the film’s producer has revealed her role in its makingMandy Rice-Davies – who has died at the age of 70 – always maintained that she had never seen Scandal, the film that introduced...
From: The Guardian | By: Ben Quinn and James Meikle | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Updates from the early kick-off at the Etihad StadiumSend festive cheer to ian.mccourt@theguardian.comOr do it over on the Twitter @ianmccourtFollow the live scores from around Britain and Europe 12.15pm GMT Manuel Pellegrini has opted against starting...
From: The Guardian | By: Ian McCourt | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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