The Guardian 1 April 2018

Gambia accuses ex-president's supporters of sheltering rebels

Government says supporters of Yahya Jammeh are attempting to destabilise west African countryThe Gambia’s new government has accused supporters of the former president, Yahya Jammeh, of welcoming foreign rebels into their homes in an attempt to destabilise the country.Residents of Foni, the Gambian region where Jammeh had a vast farm and allegedly “bunkers and treasure”, have been hosting members of a rebel group that for three decades have been fighting for the secession of their region from Senegal. Continue reading...

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'I might go to jail tomorrow' – Thai tycoon takes on junta

Party founded by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has grabbed headlines, but can it make a lasting impression?It is rare, under Thailand’s oppressive military regime, for political feathers to be publicly ruffled. Campaigning is banned and dissidents and activists are regularly thrown in jail. But Thai newspapers were abuzz last week with talk of democracy and political accountability thanks mainly to one man, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.Charismatic and wealthy, Thanathorn is the co-founder of Future Forward, which was formed in March after the electoral commission allowed new parties to register for the first time in five years, with a view to a possible election in 2019. Continue reading...

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Pope Francis delivers Easter plea for peace after Gaza deaths

Pontiff calls for peace in Holy Land days after 15 Palestinians killed on Israeli-Gaza borderPope Francis, in his Easter address, has called for peace in the Holy Land two days after 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border, saying the conflict there “does not spare the defenceless“. The pontiff made his appeal in his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome to tens of thousands of people in the flower-bedecked square below where he earlier celebrated a mass. Continue reading...

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Texas woman jailed for five years for voting while on probation

Crystal Mason, 43, cast ballot for Democrat Hillary ClintonTexas Republican leaders search for rare convictionsA Texas woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to vote in the 2016 presidential election when she was ineligible because she was on probation. Related: Texas woman fights harsh voter fraud sentence: 'I just wanted them to hear my voice' Continue reading...

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The unstoppable rise of veganism: how a fringe movement went mainstream

Health, climate change, animal welfare... what’s driving more people and brands to embrace a plant-based lifestyle? We investigate, and, below, four vegans explain their choiceLate on a Thursday afternoon in early March, just off Brick Lane in the heart of London’s nightlife hotspot Shoreditch, 23-year-old Louisa Davidson is taking calls and co-ordinating cables and scaffolds, as shocking pink Vegan Nights banners are hung around the expansive courtyards of the Truman Brewery. There is a chill in the air, quickly warmed by a buzzing atmosphere more like a music festival than an ethical food fair, as BBC Radio 1Xtra and House of Camden DJs play records, cocktails are poured and entrepreneurs sell zines and street wear alongside the vegan sushi, patisserie and “filthy vegan junk food”.Davidson had been running weekend markets at the venue when she noticed a sharp increase in the number of vegan food businesses and vegan menus on offer. So last September, with her colleagues, she decided to put on a one-off vegan night market, with music, drinks and food. “On the day there were queues around the corner,” she says. “We were not prepared for it at all! There was so much interest that by Christmas we decided to make it a monthly thing. It’s all happened very quickly.” Inspired by its success, and the traders she was working with, Davidson switched from vegetarian to a vegan diet in January. Continue reading...

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'I went to death row for 28 years through no fault of my own'

Anthony Ray Hinton endured almost three decades behind bars, wrongly convicted by Alabama’s racist judiciary system. Here, he tells his incredible storyAnthony Ray Hinton was going out of his mind on Alabama’s death row as he repeatedly churned over the iniquities of the shambolic trial that put him there. So he started a book club.The prison warden wasn’t keen but after Hinton told him that it was better to have inmates applying their minds to reading than to ways of causing disruption, he reluctantly agreed. The book club began with a handful of death row prisoners meeting in the jail’s law library, and for a few years the numbers grew as word spread that reading was as good an escape as any of them could expect. But then the numbers shrank again as each of the members was executed until only Hinton remained of the original group. His cell was so close to the electric chair he could smell the burning flesh of the men he’d been debating the writings of James Baldwin and Harper Lee with. Continue reading...

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

Updates from the final match of the series in JohannesburgSouth Africa lead by 267 on first inningsVic Marks on the week Australian cricket fell apartVince makes his case as England build leadFeel free to email [email protected] 2.46pm BST 32nd over: South Africa 84-2 (Elgar 29, de Villiers 1) Amla ends the series with 196 runs at 24.50. AB de Villiers is the new batsman. The old batsman, Elgar, blasts a short delivery from Lyon through the covers for four. 2.44pm BST Lyon deserves that wicket. Amla fences a big-spinning delivery round the corner towards leg slip, where Mitchell Marsh dives to his left to take a good two-handed catch. Continue reading...

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Arsenal v Stoke City: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 1.30pm kick-off at the EmiratesArsenal not prepared to break bank to keep Jack WilshereEmail Nick at [email protected] or tweet: @NickAmes82 2.48pm BST 61 min: Berahino replaces Diouf, then, and Arsenal make a change of their own – Alexandre Lacazette is back, and on for Welbeck. That’s an upgrade, for sure. 2.47pm BST 60 min: Diouf is down, Ozil sportingly putting the ball out to facilitate treatment during an Arsenal attack. On will come Saido Berahino! He couldn’t *score*, could he? Continue reading...

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Anthony Joshua talks over Deontay Wilder fight to ‘start next week’

• Barry Hearn also suggests that Joshua could fight in the US• ‘It is a fight Joshua really wants and I think he wants it this year’Promoter Barry Hearn expects negotiations for a world heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder to begin next week.Joshua is now eyeing Wilder’s WBC belt having added Joshua Parker’s WBO title to his WBA and IBF titles with a points victory over the Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday. Continue reading...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's theatre of the absurd comes to MLS on thrilling debut

The Swede scored a stunning first goal for LA Galaxy before heading the winner in a 4-3 victory over local rivals LAFC. It’s what we’ve come to expectIt looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic has arrived in LA then.Just over a decade ago, David Beckham made his LA Galaxy debut in a friendly against Chelsea. Clearly carrying an injury, he came off the bench for a cameo in front of the ESPN cameras that was short on running, let alone goals. The chief excitement was caused by his very presence – with the network even running a BeckhamCam that mainly showed the Englishman on the bench adjusting his ankle strap. Continue reading...

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James Vince makes his case as England build a lead of 231 over New Zealand

• England 307 and 202-3; New Zealand 278• Vince and Mark Stoneman hit half-centuries on day threeBy the time England play their next international match, the Lord’s Test against Pakistan in May, they will have a new chief selector in place. He or she might have expected that an initial task just before the announcement of the squad would be to make a phone call that began along the lines of “I’m sorry to have to tell you, James …” – but after James Vince’s second-highest score for England, a tantalising 76, that may not be necessary, after all.Vince’s winter tour now has some substantial bookends. In Brisbane in November he hit 83 in the first innings of the Ashes series before he was run out. In a more relaxed atmosphere here in Christchurch four-and-a-half months later the cover drive was still working well and looking good. The trouble is there have not been many runs in between even though Vince has always looked polished until his cover drive sends the ball to the slip cordon, which was how he was dismissed on Sunday. His tally this winter is 326 runs from 11 innings, which is neither calamitous nor compelling. He may just hang on even though he still promises more than he produces. Continue reading...

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Ashley Giles turns down approach to be ECB’s new national selector

• Former England spinner remains Warwickshire sporting director• Andrew Strauss revealed selection process overhaul two weeks agoAshley Giles has turned down an approach from the England and Wales Cricket Board to become its new national selector.Andrew Strauss, the England team director, announced an overhaul to the selection process after – but apparently not in spite of – the 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, with James Whitaker stepping down after 10 years on the panel, of which four were spent in the lead role. Continue reading...

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Damien Hirst hates sausages! How Instagram became art's new playground

Twisted selfies from Cindy Sherman, strange fruit from Wolfgang Tillmans, skull revelations from Damien Hirst … as artists muscle in on the app, what have we learned about them?‘Got my blonde on,” writes Cindy Sherman in a recent Instagram post. In the photo, a woman with a blond wig and a computer-generated symphony of neck wrinkles, faces down the viewer. “Looks like some women I saw at Mar-a-Lago,” reads one comment. Good point: Sherman seems to have tapped into the Trump era’s gaudy glitz and glares. But there’s more to this. “Yeah and?” the surly tilt of her head seems to be saying, even if her eyes – poised between vulnerability and defiance like so many Sherman-created women – tell a different story. It’s odd that it took Sherman so long to put her work on Instagram. For decades, she was doing Instagram before Instagram. From Untitled Film Stills (1977-80) onwards, her art has dealt with all the stuff that captivates and disgusts about the photo-sharing site: the narcissism, the perils and pleasures of self-exhibition, the cunningly filtered fantasies masquerading as the real thing. Continue reading...

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham takes week off after David Hogg comments

11 companies boycott The Ingraham Angle over Twitter attackNaomi Wadler: the 11-year-old helping lead a protest movementThe Fox News host Laura Ingraham announced late on Friday that she would take the next week off, after 11 advertisers dropped her show over her mockery of a teenage survivor of the Florida school shooting. Related: Florida school shooting survivors march on unfazed by personal attacks Continue reading...

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UK archaeologists help Iraqis restore their Isis-ravaged heritage

The British Museum is training female archaeologists on the site of the world’s oldest bridgeThe world’s oldest known bridge, an ancient Sumerian structure in Iraq, is to be used by the British Museum as a training site to teach two groups of female archaeologists the skills to restore the country’s Islamic State-damaged heritage.After a conflict that saw Isis jihadists destroy large parts of Iraq’s archaeological heritage – including the historic sites at Nimrud and Nineveh – the museum will in April begin a training programme for eight women from the Mosul area, most of whom have been living as refugees. Continue reading...

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Major Jewish private donor ditches Labour over antisemitism

Sir David Garrard voices dismay at party leadership’s conduct, while top official quits NEC after criticismOne of Labour’s biggest private donors has said he no longer feels “any affinity or connection” with the party, and accuses its leadership of failing in its response to “the most blatant acts of antisemitism”.As Labour struggles to quell a renewed outcry over the issue, Sir David Garrard, who has donated about £1.5m since 2003, said the party he had supported “no longer exists”. Despite funding Labour under three leaders before Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the post, he had now left the party, he revealed. He told the Observer that he had watched the current handling of the issue with “growing dismay and foreboding”. Continue reading...

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Readers' travel photography competition: March – the winners

The snowy north, a crafty goat, a Spanish funfair ... this month’s entries were as varied as they were strong. Scroll to see the winner – chosen by Mick Ryan of fotoVUE – who receives a £200 voucher for an i-escape holiday property. The overall 2018 prize is a nine-night West Greenland trip with Wild Photography Holidays• Enter our April competition Continue reading...

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