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Davos 2017: Joe Biden calls on richest 1% to pull their weight, and criticises Russia - live updates

The Guardian - 3 hours 39 min ago

Rolling coverage of the second day of the World Economic Forum in Davos

12.21pm GMT

While Joe Biden was criticising Russia, his predecessor Al Gore was speaking at the Davos Arctic Camp - set up by climate scientists to focus attention on global warning.

"If we don't act quickly it could be just the beginning of climate refugees." @algore in reference #Syria #WEFLIVE https://t.co/WJNRETitB2 pic.twitter.com/fElonuAD7I

12.03pm GMT

Here’s our economics editor Larry Elliott on today’s top-level panel on the middle class crisis.

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has called for urgent action to tackle a middle-class crisis as she warned that inequality, distrust and a lack of hope were fuelling growing political populism.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Lagarde said she had first highlighted the dangers of rising inequality four years ago but had been ignored. “I hope people will listen now,” she said.

Related: Middle classes in crisis, IMF's Christine Lagarde tells Davos 2017

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Australian Open 2017: Andy Murray beats Rublev and Bernard Tomic in action – live!

The Guardian - 3 hours 46 min ago

12.15pm GMT

Victor Estrella Burgos earns a set point and he takes quite brilliantly, standing up to an array of stinging forehands from Bernard Tomic before reaching a drop volley from the Australian and pinging a forehand down the line that’s too hot to handle. The Dominican deserves that. He trails 7-5, 7-6, 4-6 and he’s definitely not out of this yet.

12.08pm GMT

Estrella Burgos holds to lead 5-4. Tomic will serve to stay in the third set.

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Boris Johnson: no WW2-style punishment beatings over Brexit

The Guardian - 3 hours 49 min ago

British foreign secretary evokes dark period of French history as he warns François Hollande against trying to hurt UK

Boris Johnson has warned François Hollande, the French president, against trying to “administer punishment beatings” in the manner of “some world war two movie” to any country that tries to leave the EU.

The foreign secretary evoked the darkest period of France’s recent history as he rejected comments by an adviser to Hollande who said Britain should not expect a better trading relationship outside Europe than it currently enjoys inside.

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On Nato, Donald Trump needs a history lesson | Benjamin Haas

The Guardian - 3 hours 52 min ago

The president-elect claims Nato isn’t geared up to fight terrorism. But that’s exactly what it’s been doing since article five was invoked after 9/11

When I arrived in Afghanistan in 2011 for the first time, I proudly displayed several patches on my shoulders. One was the flag of the United States, the country I love so much. Another was the 10th Mountain Division insignia, representing the unit with which I had been deployed. But there was also one more: the Isaf patch, signifying participation in Nato’s International Security Assistance Force.

So, when President-elect Donald Trump claimed in a recent interview that Nato is obsolete in part because it “didn’t deal with terrorism,” I was dismayed. Trump’s assertion is patently untrue, and it disrespects the efforts that fellow Nato members have made to combat this threat.

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Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo review – high hopes, big city

The Guardian - 4 hours 1 min ago

Fugitives and dreamers make a new start in an impressive, if wishful, portrait of Nigerian life

The Lagos novel has become a genre in itself, with an outstanding list of practitioners: Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, Wole Soyinka, Sefi Atta, Ben Okri, Teju Cole ... It is almost a rite of passage for Nigerian authors, for Lagos is Nigeria in microcosm, and there is no understanding the country without understanding the city. With her new book, Chibundu Onuzo (right) appears to be seeking to redefine the genre. Her debut novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, also set in Lagos, but its territorial ambition was modest compared with Welcome to Lagos. The classic African novel has always idealised the village, mostly casting it as the repository of order and tradition, while the city is portrayed as its antithesis – chaotic and corrupt, if not downright evil. It is a contest of worldviews: the modern versus the traditional, the foreign versus the indigenous, the old against the new.

Related: Chigozie Obioma: who should I write for – Nigerians, Africans, or everyone?

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Will Karl Lagerfeld or Ralph Lauren dress Melania Trump for the inauguration?

The Guardian - 4 hours 2 min ago

To dress such a divisive figure as the incoming first lady will be a bold and controversial statement

Who Melania wears at the inauguration on Friday will be as important, if not more so, than what she wears. There is little doubt that she will look polished, expensive and chic in her two outfits – a day outfit for the swearing-in, and a ballgown for evening. Anyone expecting an excess of cleavage or bling has not been paying attention to the makeunder (tone-it-down makeover, as also undergone by Kim Kardashian) that has seen Trump embrace a new look: neutrals (the camel coat she wore on election day), on-trend statement sleeves (the white Roksanda dress she wore last summer) and unexpected fashion flourishes (who can forget the Pussygate pussy bow?).

But to dress such a divisive figure is a bold fashion statement that will put a designer in direct opposition to Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs, two very influential figures in the American fashion world, who have both said they will not dress her. So, her choice of designer name is a loaded one.

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Police officer and Israeli Arab man killed in home demolition clashes

The Guardian - 4 hours 5 min ago

Police and residents offer conflicting accounts of incident at Umm al-Hiran village early on Wednesday morning

An Israeli police officer and an Israeli Arab have died during clashes over a court-ordered operation to demolish homes in an Arab Israeli village in the south of the country.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a local man sped toward the forces deployed to the Umm al-Hiran village early on Wednesday as they were securing the area ahead of its planned demolition. He said a jeep raced toward the police, killing officer Erez Levi, 34. Police opened fire at the driver, killing Yaakub Abu al-Qiyan, 50, who Israeli officials later said belonged to an Islamist group. The clashes continued, and several police officers were wounded.

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Edward Snowden's leave to remain in Russia extended for three years

The Guardian - 4 hours 26 min ago

Former US intelligence contractor’s Russian lawyer also says Snowden can apply for country’s citizenship from next year

Edward Snowden’s leave to remain in Russia has been extended for three years, his lawyer has said, as a Russian official said the whistleblower would not be extradited to the US even if relations improved under the incoming president, Donald Trump.

Related: Intelligence experts urge Obama to end Edward Snowden's 'untenable exile'

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William Onyeabor, cult Nigerian musician, has died aged 70

The Guardian - 4 hours 31 min ago

The enigmatic electro-funk pioneer, who released nine albums between 1977 and 1985 before distancing himself from music, has died peacefully at home

William Onyeabor, groundbreaking synth funk musician, has died at the age of 70.

The Nigerian artist died on 16 January, according to a statement released by David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop. Describing him as “the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer”, the statement explained that Onyeabor died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Enugu, Nigeria, following a short illness.

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Japan hotel chain angers China over book's denial of Nanjing massacre

The Guardian - 4 hours 56 min ago

APA group is lambasted by Chinese government officials, newspapers and social media users over guestbook

One of Japan’s biggest hotel chains has sparked fury in China after placing a book in guest rooms claiming that the 1937 massacre of Chinese troops and civilians by Japanese soldiers in Nanjing was a “fabrication”.

Chinese media and government officials lambasted the Tokyo-based APA hotel group for distributing and selling the book, in which its chief executive, Toshio Motoya, disputes Chinese claims that the Japanese imperial army killed 300,000 people after it invaded the eastern city in December 1937.

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Smoke and mirrors: how Trump manipulates the media and opponents

The Guardian - 5 hours 1 min ago

The president-elect has a number of tactics – including empty words, misleading spectacles, and ‘gaslighting’ – in his arsenal

Donald Trump has been called a “master media manipulator” by the New York Times, a “genius” tactician by Kanye West and a “master wizard” of persuasion by the creator of Dilbert. Whether or not that is the case, there are certain patterns of language and action the president-elect uses to try to dominate the media, win political debates, and intimidate enemies. Here the Guardian examines some of them.

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Alt-writing: how the far right is changing US publishing

The Guardian - 5 hours 2 min ago

Rightwing writers, ranging from conservative to lunatic fringe across all genres, have long been a lucrative books market. Will the new era see it grow?

He compares feminism to cancer, called transgender people “retarded” and once labelled a BuzzFeed reporter a “thick-as-pig-shit media Jew”. So when “alt-right” figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos, who relentlessly delights in wild provocation, landed a $250,000 (£203,000) book deal with Simon & Schuster, the publisher understandably – and almost immediately – issued a statement distancing itself from the views of the writers they publish: “The opinions expressed therein belong to our authors, and do not reflect either a corporate viewpoint or the views of our employees.”

Related: UK publishers shy away from 'alt-right' star Milo Yiannopoulos

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Police confirm more than 500 potential victims in football sexual abuse scandal

The Guardian - 5 hours 11 min ago
• National Police Chiefs’ Council says number of clubs involved is now 248
• Referrals identify 184 suspects; 22 referrals were non-football related

The number of clubs affected by British football’s historical child sexual abuse scandal has grown to 248, according to figures released on Wednesday by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

This is an increase of 100 clubs, amateur and professional, since the last update four weeks ago.

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Dan Evans beats Marin Cilic in Australian Open for biggest grand slam win

The Guardian - 5 hours 17 min ago
• Evans beat world No7 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
• Before match Evans had been downbeat about his chances

Dan Evans has pulled off the biggest win of his grand slam career after knocking Marin Cilic out of the Australian Open in the second round.

Related: Australian Open 2017: Dan Evans beats Marin Cilic; Andy Murray and Bernard Tomic in action – live!

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Chaos at Mestalla: Valencia's journey from Champions League to utter disarray

The Guardian - 5 hours 38 min ago

Peter Lim was hailed as a saviour when took over Valencia in 2014 but – seven managers later – the fans now want him out. How did it come to this?

At a press conference held in a Valencia hotel two weeks ago, Jesús “Suso” García Pitarch was asked why Peter Lim had bought the city’s football team in the first place. It was a loaded question, one supporters have pondered often over the last couple of years, and the answer, or the lack of one, felt loaded as well. Pitarch, the sporting director recently back from Singapore where he had met with the owner to discuss plans for the club only to resign soon after, replied that he had never asked and had no explanation either. “I don’t know,” he said. “I suppose he likes football.”

Related: Sevilla end Real Madrid's run as Sergio Ramos shows sense of theatre again

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Globalisation has made the world a better place | Jim O'Neill

The Guardian - 5 hours 53 min ago

Trade has led to higher living standards in Asia and elsewhere. Are globalisation’s critics against eradicating global poverty?

I was recently in beautiful Chile for a Futures Congress, and I had a chance to travel south to the very tip of Latin America. I also recently made a BBC radio documentary called Fixing Globalisation, in which I criss-crossed the UK in search of ideas for improving certain aspects of it and discussed topical issues with well-known experts. In both cases, I saw things that convinced me that it is past time for someone to come to globalisation’s defence.

Chile today is Latin America’s richest country, with per capita GDP of about $23,000 – similar to that of central European countries. This is quite an achievement for a country that depends so heavily on copper production, and it sets Chile apart from many of its neighbours. Like many other countries, Chile is facing economic challenges, and its growth rate leaves something to be desired; but it also has many promising opportunities beyond its borders.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – 10 of the best

The Guardian - 6 hours 1 min ago

With a new album due in March, we look back over the career of East Kilbride’s favourite feuding brothers

It’s difficult now to imagine just how outré the Jesus and Mary Chain would have sounded in 1984, and how incongruous they would have been among the Thompson Twins and Nik Kershaws of this world. It was a desire to hear the Shangri-Las and Einstürzende Neubauten on the same record that drove them to form in the first place, and they were quickly fulfilling that ambition with Upside Down, their debut single. Indeed, the screeching, uncompromising feedback juxtaposed against Jim Reid’s placid murmur still grabs you by the throat, even 33 years on.

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Theresa May’s Brexit plan has potentially disastrous gaps in it | Keir Starmer

The Guardian - 6 hours 2 min ago
The prime minister’s speech brings into question her commitment to a whole host of social, economic and workplace rights. Labour will fight to protect them

In the debate about the government’s Brexit strategy, a good deal of ink has been spilt on the finer distinctions of the single market and the customs union.

Related: Our panel’s verdict on Theresa May’s Brexit speech

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Japan to end tourists' toilet trouble with standardised buttons

The Guardian - 6 hours 14 min ago

System of eight symbols is designed to save Olympic visitors from unnerving surprises using Tokyo’s high-tech WCs

Navigating the array of buttons on Japan’s high-tech toilets can be a disconcerting experience for the uninitiated, who, expecting to hear a familiar flushing sound, are instead subjected to a sudden, and unwanted, cleansing of the nether regions.

As Japan prepares for an influx of overseas visitors during the 2019 rugby World Cup and the Tokyo Olympics the following year, the country’s sanitation industry has agreed to standardise pictograms on toilets so users know for certain if they are about to receive a blast of warm air or a jet of water.

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Indigenous Canadians face a crisis as climate change eats away island home

The Guardian - 7 hours 1 min ago

Rising sea levels mean that Lennox Island has lost more than 400 acres in just a few generations. Now its First Nations community wonders if it has a future

His hands tucked tightly in the pockets of his jeans, Gilbert Sark nodded at the ice-covered bay stretched out before him.

Decades ago, his grandfather – at the time one of the few in this First Nations community to own a truck – would spend winters ferrying people across the frozen bay to Prince Edward Island. One wintry day, the truck hit a patch of soft ice, sending it plunging into the frigid waters below.

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