The Guardian 2 April 2018

China retaliates against Trump tariffs with levy on US food imports

Responding to US president’s tariffs on steel and aluminium, China targets 120 US products including a 25% tariff on frozen pork China has implemented retaliatory tariffs of up to 25% on $3bn in food imports from the US, raising uncertainty over the possibility of a trade war between the two countries.China’s ministry of commerce said it would be “suspending tariff concessions” on 120 US food products. Fresh and dried fruits, almonds, pistachios and wine would be subject to an additional 15% tariff. Eight other items, including frozen pork, would be subject to a 25% tariff. The tariffs would begin on Monday, the ministry said. Continue reading...

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France braces for mass rail strikes as Macron's reforms face opposition

SNCF workers to stage first walkout in biggest wave of industrial unrest since electionFrance is braced for the start of three months of rolling rail strikes, the first in a series of walkouts affecting services from energy to refuse collection as Emmanuel Macron’s reform agenda comes up against resistance.Staff at state rail operator SNCF will walk out from 7pm on Monday, kicking off a series of stoppages on two out of every five days, which unions warn will cause major disruption for France’s 4.5 million train passengers. Continue reading...

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Why the writing's on the wall for Berlin's murals

Growing number of artworks painted on buildings are vanishing from German capital as developers fill in empty lotsTourists heading to Berlin for a culture fix this spring will not have to pay an entrance fee to a gallery to view the German capital’s best-kept art secret.On the corner of Kurfürstenstrasse and Budapester Strasse, just across from the Berlin aquarium, visitors can admire a rarely seen black and white work by the pop art pioneer Eduardo Paolozzi, lost to the world for three decades until its re-emergence earlier this year. Continue reading...

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Israel agrees to scrap plan to deport African asylum seekers

Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says it has agreed with UN to settle people in western countriesIsrael has said it has agreed with the UN to scrap plans to deport African asylum seekers, and will instead resettle many in western countries.On Monday, Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said it had reached “unprecedented understandings” with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, under which Israel would send more than 16,000 migrants to countries willing to accept them. Continue reading...

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Iranian detention reaches two-year mark

MP criticises Foreign Office for offering husband Richard Ratcliffe ‘false hope’ before Johnson’s Iran visitThe husband of a British-Iranian woman being held in an Iranian jail said the case had now gone beyond his worst fears, with the two-year anniversary of her detention due to pass on Tuesday without any sign of her release.The MP Tulip Siddiq said she believed Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, had been given false hope by the Foreign Office in the run-up to Boris Johnson’s visit to Iran late last year. Continue reading...

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Relative of priest accused of abuse seeks headstone's removal

Deirdre McCormack says Catholic church covered up claims by Oxford academic later detailed in acclaimed bookThe next of kin of a senior Catholic priest who was accused of sexual abuse before his death wants the headstone she paid for to be removed and destroyed.Deirdre McCormack said she was “outraged and disgusted” at the allegations made by an Oxford academic against Canon Dermod Fogarty, and said the church had tried to sweep the disclosures “under the carpet”. She is seeking the urgent removal of the headstone. Continue reading...

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Students demand UK universities take urgent action against racism

Exeter University students who say they were subject to racist abuse call for systemic change in handling of prejudiceStudents at the University of Exeter are calling for urgent changes after a spate of racist incidents, which they say are happening on campus and within student societies. Chris Omanyondo, Arsalan Motavali and Roman Ibra, all 21, have come forward to the Guardian to describe incidents of racism, including one in which they allege Ibra was called a “nigger” by a group of fellow students, who also allegedly used the word “Paki” and made offensive comments about burqas and 9/11. Continue reading...

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'I have no thought of escaping': inside the Brazilian prisons with no guards | Jo Griffin

In a country where jails are seen as ticking timebombs, a system of self-rule among inmates has proved a striking successRenato Da Silva Junior harbours ambitions of becoming a lawyer. There is just one obstacle: he is a quarter of the way through serving a 20-year jail sentence for murder. “My dreams are bigger than my mistakes,” says Da Silva, a slightly built man with a broad smile. “I am doing everything to get out of here as soon as I can.” Continue reading...

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Easter celebrations around the world - in pictures

Christians around the globe have been marking Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Continue reading...

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How Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte fought racism arm in arm

Petula Clark was an uncool 60s pop star on the rise when, 50 years ago today, she held on to Harry Belafonte’s arm on US television, and sparked a race relations furoreHad you asked anyone in 1968 to pick the British female singer most likely to become embroiled in a race-related TV scandal, no one would have said Petula Clark. Not “Pet”. Not pop’s prim Miss Jean Brodie to the St Trinian’s brass of Sandie, Cilla and Lulu. Not the “Singing Sweetheart” of the wireless era.Clark’s elocutionary voice was first immortalised on shellac in 1949 and filed under “easy listening” ever since, whether it was her first UK No 1, Sailor, in 1961, or her signature anthem Downtown. The latter swam with the tide of the Beatles-led British Invasion to top the US charts in early 1965, helping her become the first British female singer to win a Grammy. That it was also written by the man later responsible for the theme to Neighbours, Tony Hatch, says much about Clark’s immunity to the Vidal Sassoon cool of her younger, earthier pop peers: she was an anomalous supper club chanteuse for whom the 60s often shone but never swung. Continue reading...

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50 years of 2001: A Space Odyssey – how Kubrick's sci-fi 'changed the very form of cinema'

As Stanley Kubrick’s monolithic movie celebrates its half century, special effects gurus, directors and those who worked on the film consider its legacy Continue reading...

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No wonder the pope has caused confusion. Heaven and hell are a state of mind | Andrew Brown

Only our minds can experience eternity and no one who has experienced bliss or anguish could doubt they existIf, and it’s a big if, Pope Francis did say that hell does not exist, what might he have meant? To say that hell does not exist is clearly not a statement about geography or cosmology. Neither Francis nor any other sane and educated person believes that a space probe will come back with a report of heaven, or that an overenthusiastic fracking company will tap into a source of heat much larger than any survey had estimated, shortly before all the management and shareholders are sucked down inside it by ravening demons. Related: Vatican scrambles after pope appears to deny existence of hell Continue reading...

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The UK justice system is in meltdown. When will the government act? | Simon Jenkins

Rising violence, a creaking court and prison system – drastic cuts have brought us to this crisis. They must be reconsideredBritain’s criminal justice system is in disarray. The head of the crown prosecution service, Alison Saunders, is resigning amid rows over failed convictions. The head of the Parole Board has been forced to resign over the Worboys case. London’s murder rate has overtaken New York’s, with fatal stabbings in Britain at their highest level since 2010. Prison violence and suicide are rising. If this was local government, Whitehall would have sent in commissioners to sort it out. Related: John Worboys’ victims weren’t only failed by the Parole Board | Sonia Sodha Continue reading...

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LGBT people need to rediscover their rage in this age of protest | Caspar Salmon

As the film 120 Beats per Minute shows, queer activism is at its best when it’s angry and combative – and there’s no shortage of causes to helpWhen director Robin Campillo won the prize for best film last month at France’s César awards, he used the opportunity to plead for the rights of French sex workers, drug users and migrants. The star of 120 Beats per Minute, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, upon winning a César for most promising actor, spoke out on the subject of abortion rights in his home country of Argentina. This is all to say that the film, released in the UK last week, has politics coursing through its veins. In a time of great political division, its clarion call for protest and its questions about queer identity are perhaps more urgent than ever.The film tells the story of a group of Parisian activists in the 1990s who form the French arm of the protest group ACT UP. Consisting of HIV and Aids sufferers and assorted queer folk, the collective takes radical action to remind society of the savage Aids epidemic that predominantly affected gay men, and to campaign for better laws and access to medication. The film underlines divisions between group members who are unsure about whether to be more radically queer and in-yer-face, or whether that belligerence undermines their efforts for recognition. What is unmistakable, however, is a vigour and excitement about the idea of protesting: there is a nostalgia for the concept of marching together, for the camaraderie of hatching plans. The film proposes homosexuality as a vibrant and questioning counterpoint to polite society; its protagonists are young, aware and angry. It could not be more burningly topical. Continue reading...

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How to solve the aid sector crisis? Don’t employ expats | Emma Nicholson

My charity is locally built, managed and sustainable, but most small organisations like us receive no government support I can guarantee that the charity I have been running in Iraq for the past 26 years will not be embarrassed by the shocking behaviour of our expat staff, as recently highlighted in the press. We don’t have any expat staff.I founded Amar International to help the many thousands of Iraqis maimed by chemical weapons, the Marsh Arabs forced into tented exile in Iran, and the countless other victims of Saddam Hussein’s genocidal regime. Continue reading...

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

Updates from the final match of the series in JohannesburgSouth African set Australia target of 612 to win Feel free to get in touch with [email protected] 2.47pm BST 7th over: Australia 12-0 (Renshaw 2, Burns 8) This is some fine new-ball bowling from Rabada and Philander, especially as they are both carrying injuries. An inside-edge saves Burns from being LBW to Rabada; he responds with a stunning flat pull for six. What a shot! 2.44pm BST 6th over: Australia 6-0 (Renshaw 2, Burns 2) Renshaw is dropped by Bavuma, a straightforward low chance at gully off the bowling of Philander. I don’t think he fields at gully very often; even so, I’m surprised he put that down. Continue reading...

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Without Messi, Barça looked beaten; with him, they look unbeatable | Sid Lowe

Sevilla had been agonisingly close to beating Barcelona but substitute Lionel Messi came on after an hour to score an equaliser in the dying minutesIt took FC Barcelona 358 days to lose their record and 54 seconds to get it back again. Saturday night, week 30 in La Liga and Sevilla were 2-0 up at the Sánchez Pizjuán, but it could have been three, four or five. They had overrun their opponents and although they were exhausted they didn’t have long to hang on now. On the touchline, the fourth official was fiddling with the board; high above him, the scoreboard crept beyond 87 minutes, and there would only be two more added. Alongside the time were two names: goalscorers Franco Vázquez and Luis Muriel. Easter is special in Sevilla, alright. There, at last, Barcelona were defeated; unbeaten in the league since last April, 36 games ago, they were about to be stopped by the same side that eventually stopped Real Sociedad’s record-breaking team in May 1980 – only Barcelona were falling two games earlier.It had to happen sometime. As it turned out, it will have to happen some other time, although now they’re asking: why does it have to happen at all? After all, if it didn’t happen this time … “We want the perfect season,” Ivan Rakitic said afterwards, disbelief in the air, the thought forming that they could even become the first team to go an entire league without losing. As for Sevilla, this was hard to take. “I won’t sleep tonight,” said manager Vincenzo Montella. “If the game had finished five minutes earlier, we would have won.” Half that would have done it. Half decent finishing would have done it, too. “Frustrating,” Muriel called it. Sevilla had 21 shots, eight of them his. As the game went into the 88th minute, there was time for two more, both of them Barcelona’s and both of them goals. Continue reading...

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Football League clockwatch: Championship, League One and Two action – live!

Rolling coverage of all of Easter Monday’s Football League gamesSaturday’s Football League roundup: Shrewsbury slip at RochdaleEmail [email protected] or tweet @benfisherj 2.46pm BST Some headline Championship team news: Aden Flint is back from a three-game suspension for Bristol City at home to Brentford, while Ollie Watkins returns up front for Dean Smith’s side. Jonny Howson moves into the Middlesbrough starting line up, while at Portman Road, Millwall are unchanged as they look for a seventh straight away win. 2.39pm BST Gary Rowett questioned whether some of his Derby County squad lacked the “bottle when the chips are down” but they have shown some mettle to record victory this afternoon. Billy Bodin had a half-hearted effort saved by Scott Carson late on but Preston never showcased the belief that has propelled them into the play-off picture. Three defeats from their past four matches might put pay those slim top-six hopes. Continue reading...

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England Roses can bloom at Commonwealth Games

New Zealand are faltering so it is time for England to end the decades-long Antipodean stranglehold on world netballEngland are in the box seat to end the decades-long Antipodean stranglehold on world netball at the Commonwealth Games, according to one leading analyst.The former England international Tamsin Greenway believes that with New Zealand, the world’s No 2 side, faltering of late it is time for the Roses to finally bloom on the international stage. Continue reading...

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Dan Carter rolls back years while Pro14 dominance leaves England on outside | Paul Rees

Former All Black is gunning for European Champions Cup glory before he goes to Japan but obdurate Munster stand in his wayRacing is not a word associated with Dan Carter’s running style, which is more a languid glide as he assesses his options with defenders wrong-footed, but his cameo from the bench at Clermont Auvergne on Sunday took Racing 92 into a semi-final with Munster in Bordeaux.Racing were trailing 17-16 when the fly-half, who moved to Paris after winning the 2015 World Cup with New Zealand, came on to transform the match. Within five minutes his break set up a try for the wing Marc Andreu, although Clermont’s protest that the pass was forward was not shared by the TMO, to give the 2016 finalists the lead. Continue reading...

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Brutal Bayern Munich made to wait for their title … but not for long | Andy Brassell

Bayern Munich have one hand on the title but Borussia Dortmund’s display against them called into question their right to be part of Der Klassiker“Die Bundesliga ist für uns vorbei.” Pep Guardiola’s infamous declaration in a 2014 press conference, with the title in the bag, that Bayern Munich’s league campaign was over might have been off the cuff, but he spent a long time afterwards trying to live it down. The drop in intensity that followed his words prefaced a pair of sluggish performances in the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid, and Guardiola would later openly admit his error. It was probably the biggest mistake of his enthralling three-year spell at the Allianz Arena. Jupp Heynckes is not about to make the same mistake. Three days before the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Sevilla, the coach picked a devilishly attacking line-up to face Dortmund in Der Klassiker on Saturday evening. They swarmed over their opponents, supposedly their most dangerous domestic adversaries, like a pack of wolves left unfed for days. Continue reading...

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Serie A title battle may have turned on a clerical error over Matteo Politano | Paolo Bandini

The winger looked set to join Napoli from Sassuolo in January but the paperwork never arrived and his goal for the Neroverdi in a draw leaves the Partenopei trailing in wake of JuventusDid the title race turn on a clerical error? Matteo Politano looked set to join Napoli from Sassuolo this January, with terms reportedly agreed on a transfer worth €28m. The player was keen, yet, as the final seconds ticked away on deadline day, the paperwork never came through.Two months later, Politano scored a goal that stopped Napoli from going back to the top of Serie A. The Partenopei travelled to Sassuolo on Saturday knowing a win would vault them into first – heaping pressure on to Juventus before their evening kick-off against a Milan who were yet to suffer domestic defeat in 2018. Continue reading...

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The making of Ederson: a goalkeeper with twinkling feet and cold blood

Manchester City play Liverpool in the Champions League knowing they finally have a keeper good enough to match their ambitions. But Ederson’s route to the top was not plain sailingPep Guardiola was a few months into his Manchester City adventure when his team lost 4-0 at the Camp Nou. City had done OK until the 52nd minute when the goalkeeper Claudio Bravo attempted to play the ball out of defence. It backfired terribly as possession went straight to Luis Suárez and Bravo made matters even worse by handling the Uruguyan’s attempted lob outside his area to get sent off.It was not Bravo’s first mistake in City colours, nor his last. But Guardiola made clear that night that he would never abandon his strategy of playing from the back. “I’m sorry but until the last day of my career as a coach I will try to play from our goalkeeper,” he said. Continue reading...

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From Heathers to Thoroughbreds: what next for teen nihilism?

In the wake of #NeverAgain and a generation of politicised youth, the mean-scheming adolescents found in films feel out of date Related: Heathers trailer: TV remake flirts clumsily with identity politics “This is Amanda: she feels nothing. This is Lily: she feels everything.” This is teenhood in a nutshell. And this is the crawl from the trailer of Thoroughbreds, a delightfully nasty new movie in which two privileged Connecticut schoolgirls hatch a plot to kill Lily’s stepdad. They are perfect partners in crime, although the crime, inevitably, does not go perfectly. They are also perfect symbols for the two poles of teenhood and, by extension, teen movies: on the one hand, studied, borderline sociopathic numbness; on the other, an acute sensitivity that makes every experience, like, the most intense thing EVER. Continue reading...

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Joe Lycett review – pansexual gadfly tickles the pompous

Royal and Derngate, NorthamptonThe naturally funny panel-show regular inhabits a small world, but he makes those narrow horizons teem with possibility and comic lifeWhen Mark Thomas engages in activist comedy, he won’t be satisfied until laws are revoked or politicians’ heads roll. For Joe Lycett, it’s fine if he gets a few retweets or if the branch manager of the local bank gets the slight hump. A rage for change isn’t what powers panel show regular Lycett: you’d have a job finding a comic happier with himself and how things are. Pottering away in his home in a suburb of Birmingham, he craves no greater impact than to make people laugh, pester killjoys and lay bare how bad guys aren’t just bad, but usually humourless, too. And he does it really well. If one marker of good comedy is making it seem effortless – not an artifice at all, just a naturally funny person chatting from the stage – then Lycett is among the best we’ve got. In his touring show, he has nothing urgent to communicate and few jokes, while his routines rarely seem to go anywhere. But he’ll have you chuckling near-constantly with perky tales of setting up in aspirational Kings Heath, pranks sprung on him by his schoolfriend Peter and by his various juvenile online tricks to peeve the slightly powerful or bring down scoundrels by a peg or two. Continue reading...

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When good TV goes bad: the time MTV Unplugged went nu-metal

Whether a proving ground for nascent acts or an opportunity for the old guard to win new fans, the acoustic staple was unmissable. Until Korn showed upFrom Toys R Us to the state of Gary Lineker’s upper lip and chin, many things fared better in the 90s. This includes the acoustic performance show MTV Unplugged, which, for a while, showcased stripped-back and often surprising performances from a range of worthy musicians.It was where Nirvana offered up obscure cover versions and the adorable sight of Dave Grohl trying his damnedest to drum quietly. Pearl Jam made a feminist statement when their singer scrawled “pro-choice” on his arm in magic marker. Alice in Chains had their own Woody Guthrie moment via a bass guitar emblazoned with a slogan denouncing Metallica’s short hair. Continue reading...

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Ready Player One – do you buy Spielberg's vision of virtual reality? Discuss with spoilers

The director has received positive reviews for his first sci-fi movie in over a decade. But do you find his digital wonderland convincing or overly corporate?This article contains spoilersThere are so many potential competing narratives to discuss when looking at Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, so many ghosts in the machine vying for our attention. This is Spielberg’s first science fiction movie since 2005’s War of the Worlds, unless you count the CGI aliens in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is a movie that has largely impressed the critics, yet has led to much navel-gazing, largely linked to the widespread reappraisal of its source novel in the wake of Gamergate. It is a vision of the digital future that seems more corporate and branded than those we have seen on the big screen in the past, yet it also feels closer than ever before to the (virtual) reality we are just beginning to enter.What did you think of Ready Player One? Here’s your chance to give a verdict on the movie’s key talking points. Continue reading...

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My boyfriend has difficulty climaxing. Is it because he masturbates too much?

He says he used to masturbate very regularly and believes he has become desensitised. The situation is taking its toll on him and I would dearly like to do something to helpI have been with my boyfriend for a while, and we have had plenty of sex but he has a hard time finishing. He says that he is very close to ejaculating but just can’t. We have each done research online, and looked into switching condoms, lubes, taking supplements and more. He often says that he used to masturbate very regularly and thinks that he may have become desensitised. The frustration is taking a toll on him and it would be so nice to find something that will help him.Your sexual connection has been erroneously labelled “a problem”. Unless you need to become pregnant tomorrow, it is really not. Many people think there is only one right pattern to follow for lovemaking: a bit of foreplay followed by a session of intercourse that should lead to climaxing for both partners – ideally, at the same time. But any couple that sets such a goal will face disappointment. The human sexual response pattern can take many forms, and it is better to do what is most exciting at any given moment rather than try to fit a pattern. Continue reading...

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Anna Jones’s recipes for spring greens

Cabbage, chard and cavolo nero move over: this season, it’s time for lemony sorrel, peppery watercress, wild garlic and verdant nettlesGreens occupy an ever-present spot on the bottom shelf of my fridge, making their way into almost every meal I cook. Now the cavolo nero, cabbage and chard that saw me through winter are making way for more delicate, subtle and quicker-cooking greens: lemony sorrel, peppery watercress, verdant nettles and, my fleeting favourite, wild garlic. Using a few of these greens in one dish will amp up the flavours in your cooking, just think of the likes of a plate of good salad leaves, each bite has a unique flavour profile thanks to the different leaves your fork lands upon each time, using a few individually flavoured greens in your cooking will do just the same. Don’t worry though if picking nettles is a stretch or if your chances of finding a bunch of sorrel or or wild garlic are slim, supermarket greens will also make these dishes sing; try watercress, spinach and spring greens. Continue reading...

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How was your weekend running?

Read all about it, read all about it! Shocking news just in from the University of Running Studies! This just in from the University of Running Studies: early experiment results suggest that chocolate egg-based fuelling strategies may not be entirely successful. Yes, I know! Shocking, right? Who would have thought an entirely chocolate-based nutrition plan would not be ideal? Next they’ll be trying to prove that cake isn’t the perfect carb-loading food. I know, I know. But these scientists, they have these crazy theories ... The long weekend has seen plenty of races, though top marks to any runners at the Maidenhead 10 miler who managed to stay in their rhythm despite the Prime Minister attempting to steer them further right (sorry). For myself, the weekend consisted of a track session with my club, followed by a Sunday feeling rather sore. Having spent a month or so taking it reasonably easy post-marathon, my running muscles are protesting at being made to do anything beyond plod pace. That, and that alone, is clearly why this morning’s run commute at easy pace didn’t feel particularly easy. Absolutely nothing to do with approximately 421 Mini Eggs. Nope. Nothing at all. Continue reading...

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EU official seeks 'clear game plan' on social media and elections

British commissioner wants more transparency and limits on harvesting data for political endsA senior EU official has called for action against internet companies that harvest personal data, as Brussels prepares to move against those spreading “fake news” following the Cambridge Analytica revelations.Sir Julian King, the European commissioner for security, wants “a clear game plan” on how social media companies are allowed to operate during political campaigns to be ready for the 2019 European elections. Continue reading...

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Weinstein accusers to speak with Ronan Farrow at Women in the World summit

Asia Argento and Ambra Gutierrez will speak publicly for the first time about sexism in Italy and the effects of #MeTooTina Brown has revealed to the Guardian that, at her annual Women in the World summit later this month, Harvey Weinstein accusers Asia Argento and Ambra Battilana Gutierrez will appear on a panel with Ronan Farrow, one of the reporters who broke the story of the Hollywood producer’s sexual harassment in the New Yorker last fall.Argento, who has appeared in films such as Land of the Dead and Marie Antoinette, accused Weinstein of rape and forcibly performing oral sex on her in 1997 at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Continue reading...

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NTSB 'unhappy' with Tesla for releasing information about fatal crash

National Transportation Safety Board criticises self-driving car firmWei Huang, 38, died in California while car was in Autopilot modeThe National Transportation Safety Board is “unhappy” about Tesla’s decision to release information from an investigation of a fatal crash involving its Autopilot system. Related: Tesla car that crashed and killed driver was running on Autopilot, firm says Continue reading...

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Wave of teachers' wildcat strikes spreads to Oklahoma and Kentucky

After a successful unofficial strike in West Virginia, educators in Kentucky walked out on Friday and Oklahoma is poised to follow suitOn Easter Sunday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, those not found in the church could be found touring the Woody Guthrie center downtown. Easter weekend is a time for families and this weekend Oklahoma’s have one thing on their mind: on Monday, teachers in over 100 school districts in Oklahoma are poised to go on strike demanding higher pay.America is poised to see a wildcat strike wave not seen since the days of the Great Depression when the Oklahoma native Woody Guthrie toured the country, writing songs like This Land is Your Land and Union Maid, inspired by the role of women in a 1940 Oklahoma oil workers’ strike. Continue reading...

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'His ancestral home is a tip': the Californian restoring Rochdale's grandest house

Hopwood DePree’s family occupied Hopwood Hall until the 1920s, now the film producer has persuaded the council to back his renovation With his blinding white smile, tanned skin and bleached blond hair, the new American owner of one of the north of England’s most important manor houses does not travel incognito.“Mr Hopwood, is that you?” The middle-aged women walking their dogs were very excited to encounter Hopwood DePree driving down the crater-filled lane to Hopwood Hall in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Continue reading...

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On climate change, zero-sum thinking doesn't work | Joseph Robertson

There are win-win solutions to this problem.Democracy is not a zero-sum game. Behaving as if it is degrades democratic process and our personal political sovereignty. A zero-sum game is a contest for control of finite resources. Whatever one gains, another must lose. When two or more candidates compete for a single public office, only one can win, so many people view politics as bloodsport, applying “winner takes all” thinking to everything political. But elected officials are not conquerors; they are sworn servants to all their constituents. Continue reading...

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Monday's best photos: April snow and Easter celebrations

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights, including the Costa Rican election, April snowfall in the UK, and taekwondo in Pyongyang Continue reading...

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