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French interior minister investigated over daughters' holiday jobs

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:02

Bruno Le Roux admits paying his children €55,000 over seven years as François Fillon ‘fake jobs’ investigation continues

France’s interior minister is under attack for employing his teenage daughters as parliamentary assistants during their school holidays as investigations continue into the former presidential frontrunner François Fillon paying family members from public funds.

Bruno Le Roux was summoned to explain himself to the prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, on Tuesday after admitting he paid his children €55,000 (£48,000) of public money over seven years to work as his parliamentary assistants.

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Best photos of the day: Maradona mural and Prince Charles's new glasses

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:59

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including flowers in bloom in China and soft toy collector

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East Libyan forces accused of Benghazi executions

Aljazeera - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:58
Forces of renegade general Khalifa Haftar to investigate abuses after video emerges of troops parading with corpses.
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Doctors go on strike in Mumbai after assaults on hospital staff

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:54

Hospitals in chaos after hundreds of junior doctors boycott wards claiming emotional distress and fear of assault

Thousands of doctors have gone on strike in Mumbai to protest against violence in hospitals, after three medics were attacked on wards in the last week.

At least 2,000 junior doctors at 17 government hospitals have taken unpaid leave for the second day in a row, claiming emotional distress and fear of assault.

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UK set to ban laptops on flights from Middle East countries

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:46

Government to announce similar limits to US, which allows no electronic devices apart from mobile phones in cabins

Britain is set to follow the US cabin-luggage ban on laptops and other electronic devices on UK flights from Middle East countries, with new regulations expected to be announced imminently.

Government sources told the Guardian the UK rules would not exactly mirror the ban issued by the US, which forbids airlines from eight countries from allowing passengers to carry electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and even cameras larger than mobile phones into the plane cabin. Passengers must check in any such devices in their hold luggage.

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I’m a furry. And I’m finally at home with my wild side | Brian Switek

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:24
We’ve been stigmatised, but choosing a wolf, bear or jaguar ‘fursona’ isn’t a fetish. It’s just a playful expression of the animal nature we all share

If I could be anything, I’d be a jaguar. And not just any jaguar. One with a dark coat, blue spots, but my general humanoid shape intact along with the feline features. That’s because I’m a furry.

It took me a long time to admit that to anyone. More than 15 years. That’s because I had always heard the word “furry” as a pejorative, a term practically synonymous with fetish. At best, being open about it would open me to ridicule and at worst, well, I didn’t even want to think about the reactions of friends and family. Despite the proliferation of nerdy pop culture – from anime to cosplay – furries have always been pushed out to the fringes.

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Identity politics and intolerance a barrier to development, says UN report

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:23

Annual human development index cites Brexit as an example of a nationalist agenda that could hold back progress on the global goals

Nationalism and identity politics – of which Brexit is one of the latest examples – are barriers to development among the most marginalised groups in society, according to a UN report.

The annual human development index said that at a time when global action and collaboration were imperative in achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030, exclusion and intolerance could prevent progress reaching everyone. “Brexit is one of the most recent examples of a retreat to nationalism … ” the report said. “Intolerance of others in all its forms – legal, social or coercive – is antithetical to human development.”

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Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:08

Trees and green spaces are unrecognised healers offering benefits from increases in mental wellbeing to allergy reductions, says report

People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report.

Middle-aged Scottish men with homes in deprived but verdant areas were found to have a death rate 16% lower than their more urban counterparts. Pregnant women also received a health boost from a greener environment, recording lower blood pressures and giving birth to larger babies, research in Bradford found.

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Germany great Lukas Podolski set for perfect sendoff, says Joachim Löw

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:00
• Winger to captain Germany against England for 130th and final cap
• Lukas Podolski ‘one of the greatest players ever to come out of Germany’

Lukas Podolski will receive an appropriate farewell when Germany meet England in their friendly on Wednesday, the winger having become one of the country’s greatest ever players, their coach, Joachim Löw, said.

The game in Dortmund is expected to provide a perfect stage for Podolski to earn his 130th and final cap and start as captain for the first time.

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Police to examine 'Global Laundromat' money laundering allegations

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:52

Minister tells MPs FCA and police will look closely at Guardian reports that UK banks processed $740m from Russian operation

The Financial Conduct Authority and fraud police will examine allegations that Britain’s high street banks processed nearly $740m from a vast money laundering operation run by Russian criminals, a Treasury minister has told MPs.

Simon Kirby, the economic secretary to the Treasury, said the government would pursue anyone seeking to abuse the financial system but also claimed the UK was doing more than any other country to tackle money laundering.

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6,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean

Aljazeera - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:51
The refugees and migrants were rescued on the Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy in the last few days, IOM says.
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EU to hold first Brexit summit a month after article 50 notice

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:43

Council president Donald Tusk says main priority for negotiations is to ensure UK’s departure is least painful for EU

The European Union will not hold its first Brexit summit until 29 April, a month after Theresa May triggers article 50, underlining how Britain will no longer be in control of the process.

Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, announced that he would call a summit on the last Saturday in April to allow the EU’s 27 remaining members to agree on Brexit guidelines, a broad-brush outline of the political principles that will guide them through the next two years of negotiations.

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Mario Götze: the ‘once in a century talent’ who is now fighting to save his career | Philip Oltermann

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:42
His artistry made Germany World Cup champions but a debilitating muscle disorder and an unfavourable public image have disrupted the progress of the Dortmund midfielder who will play no part in the friendly against England

Some goals are replayed so often it can blind us to their brilliance. Germany’s winner in the 2014 World Cup final is a case in point.

To meet Andre Schürrle’s cross in extra time, Mario Götze had sprinted to the top-right corner of the six-yard box. As he cushioned the ball mid-jump with his chest, the midfielder had his back to Sergio Romero in the Argentina goal and momentum threatened to push him over the goalline.

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To censor or not to censor? YouTube's double bind

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:36

Google’s video platform is being attacked by advertisers for not censoring enough and by creators for censoring too much. But don’t feel sorry for it just yet

YouTube has found itself fighting battles on two fronts this week.

Advertisers have launched a concerted attack against the video-streaming platform for its devil-may-care attitude to extremist content. They argue it is too hard to guarantee that advertising spend won’t end up going to the likes of far-right group Britain First, and have decided to boycott the platform en masse until YouTube can confirm changes.

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'Please don't forget us': the hellish search for Syria's lost prisoners

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:30

A new documentary hears from those who made it out of Assad’s prisons – and their gruesome quest to identify others who have died in custody

“I still remember their last words to me: ‘Please don’t forget us’. This rings in my ears every day like church bells, like a daily call for prayer.”

Mansour al-Omari, a Syrian human rights activist, recalls the moment his name was called by the jailer after spending nine months in detention. He was lucky to be released, but is haunted by those he left behind.

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Martin McGuinness: Can political violence be justified?

Aljazeera - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:24
Mehdi Hasan challenges Martin McGuinness, exploring the definition of terrorism and when to negotiate with the enemy.
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Climate change is happening now – here’s eight things we can do to adapt to it | Missy Stults

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:23
Donald Trump has rejected global leadership on the issue, so now it’s down to us as individuals to plan, and push through new policies change where we can

A little girl sits outside on her front stoop, watching the cars go by and the people trot to work in the early hours of the morning. She wears a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and sneakers. Nothing is particularly shocking about this image, except the fact that it’s December in New York City (or Detroit, or London). In a “traditional” year, this girl would be wearing her winter coat, a hat that covers nearly her entire head, and potentially snow boots. But not in 2016. Or 2015. Or 2014. It’s simply too warm for all those clothes.

Related: Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

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The world's northernmost surf school – in pictures

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:22

Unstad, located among the Lofoten Islands off Norway’s west coast, is an increasingly popular spot for Arctic surfing. The magnificent light conditions and turbulent waters in this wilderness outpost lure artists and sports enthusiasts alike. Instead of encountering sharks like in tropical waters, surfers in Lofoten are more likely to see a colony of seals and, if they are lucky, the northern lights

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Rebels launch second Damascus attack in three days

Aljazeera - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:16
Government forces and rebels engaged in fresh fighting as rebel offensive near Jobar neighbourhood enters third day.
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Grindr's gaymoji: pierced aubergines, a peach on a plate – and a banned ‘T’

The Guardian - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:15

The gay dating app has introduced its own, quite graphic, graphics to help their users communicate. But one symbol went a little too close to the bone

Name: Gaymoji.

Appearance: Bright, cute, lewd.

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