The Guardian 30 March 2018

Palestinians die in clashes with Israeli forces during major border protest

Israel says thousands of Palestinians ‘rioting’ on first day of planned six-week demonstration over right of return for refugeesAt least seven Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli forces in Gaza, Palestinian medics have said, as protesters kicked off a planned six-week demonstration demanding the right of return for refugees.Israel’s military said 17,000 Palestinians were “rioting” in six locations in the Gaza strip on Friday, rolling burning tires at the security fence and its troops, which it said were “responding with riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators”. Continue reading...

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Schoolgirls seized by Boko Haram tell of Christian friend's escape bid

Freed Dapchi girls tell Guardian the one girl still captive got away briefly, but nomads sent her backThe only Christian among the 110 schoolgirls abducted last month by Boko Haram ran away from her kidnappers but was caught and brought back three days later, according to fellow captives speaking in their first face-to-face interview since they were returned to their families last week.Leah Sharibu is the only one of the Dapchi girls that Boko Haram refused to hand over after negotiations with the Nigerian government, apparently because she refused to renounce her faith and convert to Islam. She is still held by the group. Continue reading...

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New Zealand likely to become a republic in my lifetime, says Jacinda Ardern

Prime minister says although there is no agitation for a break with the British monarchy it is a possibilityFull interview: Ardern on life as a leader, Trump and selfies New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said that she expects her country could become a republic within her lifetime.In a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian before she flies to London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (Chogm), Ardern said there was great fondness for the members of the royal family whenever they visited New Zealand. Continue reading...

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Wayward Belgian prince’s endowment cut despite plea to MPs

Prince Laurent’s emotional three-page appeal for clemency rejected by parliament after series of embarrassing incidentsAn emotional letter to parliament from the Belgian king’s wayward brother, in which he claimed he was the most exploited man in the country, has been dismissed by MPs who have fined him 15% of his endowment after a series of embarrassing incidents.A three-page appeal for clemency by Prince Laurent, younger brother to King Philippe, was read out by the Speaker of the House on Thursday, before a vote on the sanction. Continue reading...

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Vatican scrambles after pope appears to deny existence of hell

Repubblica founder Eugenio Scalfari has misrepresented pontiff’s words, says VaticanThe Vatican has scrambled to clarify comments made by Pope Francis to a well-known Italian journalist that appeared to deny the existence of hell.The Holy See issued a terse statement saying a lengthy article published in La Repubblica on Wednesday by Eugenio Scalfari, 93, the newspaper’s founder, was “the fruit of his reconstruction” and not “a faithful transcription of the Holy Father’s words”. Continue reading...

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Hackers steal data of 150 million MyFitnessPal app users

Parent firm Under Armour says email addresses and scrambled passwords among stolen dataPersonal details of about 150 million users of the MyFitnessPal app were compromised in one of the biggest hacks in history, its owner has confirmed.US sportswear brand Under Armour said user names, email addresses and scrambled passwords were among the stolen data. However, payment card data was not affected. It urged customers to change their passwords immediately. Continue reading...

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Scammers try to steal Brigitte Macron's identity to access VIP events

Fraudsters tried to wangle invitations to luxury hotels and tickets to Australian Grand PrixThe French president’s wife, Brigitte Macron, has filed a legal complaint after fraudsters attempted to steal her identity to get into expensive restaurants and events around the world.The scammers sent dozens of emails from an address purportedly linked to the Élysée Palace – [email protected] –requesting tables, tickets or VIP treatment. The address is similar to that used by the French presidency. Continue reading...

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A Dreamer’s impossible dilemma: where to die?

With USCIS unable to grant parole, Ángel Martínez must choose between receiving medical care – or going to Mexico to say goodbyeÁngel Martínez did not choose to leave his native Mexico at the age of seven for a life in the United States. But now, nearly 20 years later, he faces a wrenching choice: where to die?Does he stay in the country that is his home, and receive palliative care to relieve the pain of his terminal medical condition? Continue reading...

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Here lies danger. Hungary is on the verge of full-blown autocracy | George Szirtes

Viktor Orbán presumes victory and threatens vengeance to anyone who opposes him. Europe must see what he is doingHaving bussed tens of thousands of supporters into Budapest for a pre-election “peace march” on 15 March, prime minister Viktor Orbán addressed them, promising that after his victory on 8 April he will deal with those who oppose him by “moral, political and legal means”.But who are his opponents? Is it the ragbag of small parties who cannot unite in opposition and who have, in any case, been deprived of the platforms required to reach the electorate? Is it the NGOs and other human rights associations who have been looking after those most badly affected by his policies? Is it perhaps the Central European University, Hungary’s most highly ranked university, which produces ideas that might be critical of him? Is it perhaps the refugees he depicts as a tide of migrants ready to drown the country with their alien, menacing ways? And if it is all these, at whose door does he lay the blame? Continue reading...

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'Gender ideology': big, bogus and coming to a fear campaign near you

The phrase is neither a legitimate academic term, nor a political movement but conservatives use it to sell a false narrative and to justify discrimination Costa Rica goes to the polls this weekend for a presidential runoff election in which economic concerns have unexpectedly been overshadowed by a debate over gay marriage. The current frontrunner – rightwing evangelical candidate Fabricio Alvarado – leapfrogged 12 rivals to win February’s first-round vote, largely thanks to his pledge to ignore an Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling which warned Costa Rica that it must guarantee same-sex couples equal rights to marriage. Continue reading...

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Trans visibility is greater than ever – but that's a double-edged sword | Shon Faye

Along with increased profile comes media hostility and divisive theoretical debates. Even so, there’s much to celebrate “To you the press, I say shame, shame on all of you.” The words of Michael Singleton, coroner for Blackburn, Hyndburn and Rossendale, as he closed the inquest into the suicide of trans teacher Lucy Meadows still resound five years later, as trans people remain targets of often vicious media commentary. Yet just five years ago, it was possible for an ordinary, private trans person to be hounded to death by the British media – just for simply returning to work as her authentic self.A few months earlier, the Observer had to a remove a piece by writer Julie Burchill in which she had referred to transgender women as “bed wetters in bad wigs” after complaints from trans people – this was the kind of language that once made it past editors, routinely. Continue reading...

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South Africa v Australia: fourth Test, day one – live!

Updates from the final match of the series in JohannesburgAdam Collins on Steve Smith, David Warner and the futureEmail [email protected] 2.49pm BST 65th over: South Africa 213-2 (Markram 137, de Villiers 18) Cummins is the kind of man who could do a 14-hour shift on a building site and then spend an hour benchpressing, erm, lots. Why, my brain seems to have momentarily forgotten how benchpressing is measured.Anyway, Cummins ends another good over with a full, straight delivery that is flicked sweetly for four by the marvellous Markram. 2.44pm BST 64th over: South Africa 205-2 (Markram 129, de Villiers 18) That’s more like de Villiers, a sweetly timed push down the ground for two off Sayers.“With Selvey’s solution, what’s to stop a bowling team from literally just rubbing the ball on the pitch until one side of it is completely ragged?” says Phil Harrison. “I mean, maybe that’s the idea but taken to its extreme, it could get a bit ridiculous, no?” Continue reading...

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Cardiff v Burton, Norwich v Fulham and more: Football League – live!

Live scoreboard! Follow all of the day’s goals and gamesMcCarthy and Ipswich call it a day – to relief all roundAnd feel free to email John or ping him a tweet here 2.38pm BST A revenge mission for Cardiff in mind? Burton have already won at the Cardiff City Stadium this season in the League Cup, a 2-1 win in August, though perhaps Neil Warnock might not have been too fussed about that. Promotion, which would come against the odds considering the budget Warnock works on, is the only game in town. 2.32pm BST Wigan are now 3-0 up in the Lancashire derby with Oldham. Nick Powell on the mark to follow goals from Grigg and James Vaughan. Continue reading...

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Jonny Bairstow keeps England afloat on day one of second Test in New Zealand

England 290-8Jonny Bairstow unbeaten on 97 and Mark Wood hits vibrant 52As the tampering saga begins to recede – or is this just a little lull? – it is no longer possible to hide the fact that England’s Test team is undergoing a good old-fashioned crisis, stemming from a lack of runs, rather than integrity, among their batsmen.Fortunately for Joe Root his all-rounders came good in the final session at the Hagley Oval to keep England afloat. In this case it was Jonny Bairstow, who steered England to a total approaching respectability with an excellent, unbeaten 97. His chief ally was Mark Wood, who we can elevate to all-rounder status for a while, after he hit a vibrant 52, his best score in Test cricket. We know about Bairstow’s refined belligerence down the order but there were times in their partnership when the quality of Wood’s strokeplay made it hard to distinguish them. Continue reading...

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What's it like to spar with Carl Froch? – video

Guardian sport’s Gregg Bakowski faces a few rounds of body sparring with Carl Froch at his hometown gym, the Phoenix Boxing Gym in Nottingham. Gregg tests his limited boxing craft on the former world champion, trying to land a body blow on the former super-middleweight whilst taking a barrage of blows.• Sky Sports Box Office will exclusively show the Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker unification fight on 31 March. Available to buy now at www.sky.com/orderboxoffice Continue reading...

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

José Mourinho could have Portuguese problem, Nathaniel Clyne might make return and will Arsenal rest their best?Poor José Mourinho! Once he was king but now he cannot even claim to be the Premier’s League best Portuguese manager. Carlos Carvalhal certainly has a stronger case for that accolade at the moment. It is hard to imagine that any other manager could have turned Swansea around as impressively as he has done since taking over in late December, when the Welsh club seemed doomed. Now they are out of the relegation zone and within reach of survival. Even Mourinho must admire the solidity that Carvalhal has introduced to Swansea, who will not give up chances easily at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba performed well for France in Tuesday’s victory in Russia but will he be restored to the starting lineup for United? PD• Eric Devin: Pogba was colossal for France Continue reading...

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Why is the Miami Open moving to a 65,000-capacity NFL stadium?

The tournament is leaving behind the cramped confines of Crandon Park. But will it lose its famous atmosphere in a cavernous new home?When the last ball is hit at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne this weekend, tennis sentimentalists will shed a tear. For the past 32 years Crandon Park has hosted a tournament once heralded as the ‘fifth slam’, a moniker which has weakened along with the decay of a venue badly in need of an update it will never get.Instead, with upgrades blocked by legal wranglings and environmental concerns, the tournament will move north to the recently renovated Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. Continue reading...

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Loyola Chicago's Final Four run: how an underdog restored a city's basketball glory

A city once synonymous with basketball excellence has had little to cheer about in the two decades since Michael Jordan left town, but the Ramblers’ Cinderella run to the Final Four has changed thatThere was a time when Chicago was synonymous with basketball excellence, a major point of civic pride. Michael Jordan and the Bulls of the 1990s ruled the city and inspired a generation of devout fans. As one of them myself, I loved every minute of the Bulls’ glory years, and spent countless hours in my driveway pretending to be Scottie Pippen tasked with hitting a last-second shot or Dennis Rodman snagging a tough rebound. Basketball gave me a sort of joy that I hadn’t known before, and it was all thanks to the Bulls’ dominance. Related: Sister Jean: how a 98-year-old nun became the hottest property in basketball Continue reading...

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Antigua Guatemala city guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

Thousands of visitors descend on Antigua for its famous Semana Santa celebrations over Easter, but this colonial gem is worth a visit at any time of yearCobblestone streets lined with brightly coloured colonial buildings, a jacaranda-wreathed central plaza, 16th-century ruins and with volcanoes surrounding it … Few cities in Latin America can match Antigua Guatemala (usually referred to as just Antigua) for postcard prettiness. But this Unesco-listed city is about much more than surface-level charm and Instagram opportunities.Founded in 1543 as the seat of Spanish power in the region, it served as its cultural, religious and economic centre for more than 200 years. The city was largely destroyed by earthquakes in the 17th century but many of the colonial buildings were rebuilt and have since been renovated. The remnants of others dot parks and gardens across the city. Continue reading...

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My life in sex: the 50-year-old bi-curious gay man

My fantasies now flip between being caught at the bottom of a naked rugby scrum and wondering what it would be like to pleasure a woman I’ve identified as a gay man since my early teens. I’ve always been happy in my identity and – give or take bullying at school, the nasty experience of coming out to my parents (long since healed), and being diagnosed HIV positive 20 years ago – life has been happy and fulfilling. I’ve had two long-term relationships and have now been with my husband for 19 years (still no kids, though we keep trying).We’ve opened up our relationship and are doing well, having negotiated rules and boundaries. I’ve had a lot of fun: hot sex with guys – both known and anonymous – as well as deep and meaningful connections with casual partners and my husband. There isn’t much I haven’t tried and je ne regrette rien. Continue reading...

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Cathay Pacific completes two-leg journey, letting women wear trousers

Airline becomes one of few in Asia giving its female flight attendants an alternative to skirtsAfter more than 70 years of requiring its female flight attendants to wear skirts, one of Asia’s largest airlines has said it will let them don trousers instead. Cathay Pacific has reached the agreement with flight attendant unions. It also covers other uniformed staff. The Hong Kong-based carrier said: “Choice for our people is as important as for our passengers. Continue reading...

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Brexit means eggs sit: Ferrero warns of stale Easter chocolate

Thorntons owner says leaving single market and customs union could cause shortages and delays It might be a good year for Britons to stock up on Easter eggs, after a major chocolate manufacturer warned of the risk of shortages, higher prices and products turning stale after Brexit if the government goes ahead with pulling out of the single market and customs union.The Italian confectionery giant Ferrero, which owns the Thorntons brand among others, has told MPs that much of the chocolate it sells in Britain is manufactured in Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Italy. Continue reading...

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Arresting architecture: New York's police stations – in pictures

Kris Graves has photographed all 77 of New York City’s precinct station houses. So what do the buildings tell us about how the NYPD has changed over time?Essay and portfolio originally published on Urban Omnibus Continue reading...

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Giant puppets and marking Good Friday and Passover: Friday's best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...

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California's Museum of Selfies – in pictures

The newly opened Museum of Selfies in Glendale, California, explores the history and cultural impact of the selfie, which has roots dating back 40,000 years. Visitors can explore the origin of the selfie through the lens of art, history, technology, and popular culture. Or they can instead take yet more selfies using the venue’s interactive installations Continue reading...

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