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  • Synthetic opioid crisis in US serves as warning for the world, says UN

    Fentanyl, which is 50-100 times more potent than morphine, was recently tied to the deaths of 60 people in the UK – and a growing number of deaths in Australia

    Efforts to combat the opioid addiction crisis in the US have been weakened by the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which a top UN drug official has warned could infiltrate Europe and Australia in a similar way.

    “Other countries with opiate problems should be concerned because fentanyl could quickly be pushed into their supply,” Jeremy Douglas, regional representative of the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to Southeast Asia and the Pacific, told the Guardian.

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  • Alastair Cook’s mighty 243 puts England firmly in control against West Indies

    • First Test, day two: England 514-8 dec; West indies 44-1
    • Cook reaches his fourth double Test century

    The great players tend to play in the same way whatever the situation. Hence anyone meandering into Edgbaston on Friday afternoon when the electronic scoreboard was dutifully satisfying some sponsor rather than showing the relevant numbers would have had no real idea about the state of the game.

    Related: England v West Indies: day-night Test at Edgbaston, day two – as it happened

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  • Martin Rowson on the Barcelona van attack – cartoon
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  • Bruce Forsyth, king of UK gameshows, dies aged 89

    Forsyth, known as host of Play Your Cards Right, Strictly Come Dancing and The Generation Game has died

    Sir Bruce Forsyth, best known for hosting The Generation Game and Strictly Come Dancing, has died at the age of 89.

    The TV entertainer died at his home on Friday afternoon, with his wife, Wilnelia, and his children beside him. He had recently contracted bronchial pneumonia.

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  • Not to be sniffed at: long-lost Banksy artwork is rediscovered

    Snorting Copper was missing for a decade after being vandalised and boarded up – now it has been uncovered in east London

    A Banksy painting that appeared on a public toilet block in east London, only to disappear after it was vandalised, spray-jetted by the local council and then painted over, has been rediscovered over a decade later.

    Known as the Snorting Copper and considered an exemplary image by the elusive graffiti artist, it shows a uniformed policeman on his hands and knees snorting a line of cocaine.

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  • Misha Voikhansky: unlikely jockey who spent years behind the Iron Curtain
    The subject of a four-year diplomatic wrangle between Britain and the USSR, he started race-riding at 50 and recently rode his first winner

    The fourth-placed runner in a Nottingham handicap for amateur riders seems an unlikely source for the day’s best racing story but such was definitely the case on Friday. In urging Pretty Jewel past tiring rivals to earn £194 in prize money, Dr Misha Voikhansky was achieving the latest of many successes over the obstacles put in his way more than 40 years ago.

    Voikhansky was just nine when his mother, who had spoken out against the abuse of psychiatry in Soviet hospitals, fled to London. For four years, young Misha was prevented from joining her and lived instead with his grandmother in Leningrad.

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  • Leonard Barden on Chess
    The Norwegian’s second place at the Sinquefield Cup, combined with failures from Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So, was enough to keep him clear at the top

    Magnus Carlsen fought off two challenges to his world No1 ranking at last week’s Sinquefield Cup but gone are the halcyon years when the Norwegian, now 26, outclassed his rivals with rating leads of 50 points or more.

    At one stage in the elite tournament in St Louis Carlsen’s edge had diminished to under 10 points, a slim margin which could have disappeared in a single game, but his second-place finish, coupled with failures by his US rivals Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So, meant the world champion slightly increased his advantage over the player who is now No2.

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  • Turku stabbing: two dead in Finnish city after market square attack

    Police say it is unclear if incident was related to terrorism, as people warned to stay away from city

    Finnish police say two people have died and six people have been injured after a stabbing attack in a market square in the south-western city of Turku.

    It was unclear if the incident was related to terrorism, said police, who shot at and arrested one man after the attack. Contrary to earlier reports, police said they were not looking for other suspects.

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  • Judge backs Michael Barrymore in damages claim against police

    Court rules that entertainer should receive more than nominal payment for wrongful arrest over death of man found in his pool

    Entertainer Michael Barrymore is entitled to more than nominal damages from Essex police over a wrongful arrest that he says destroyed his career, a high court judge has ruled.

    Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, sitting in London on Friday, ruled against the force, which had argued that the star should only receive a nominal payout. Barrymore, 65, who was not present for the decision, values his claim at more than £2.4m.

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  • UK retailers say government must be tougher on obesity

    British Retail Consortium says government must move beyond voluntary agreements if it wants to make a difference

    British retailers have called for the government to take tougher action on tackling obesity and consider mandatory measures to ensure more companies make their products healthier.

    Public health bosses have urged food manufacturers to make chips, pizzas, crisps and burgers healthier, and ministers are expected to issue “strong guidance” on how to reformulate products popular with children.

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  • Cambridge University Press blocks readers in China from articles

    Academics and contributors dismayed after hundreds of CUP articles in China Quarterly become inaccessible in country

    Cambridge University Press has blocked readers in China from accessing hundreds of academic articles – including some published decades ago – after a request by Chinese authorities, arguing that it did so to avoid its other publications from being barred.

    The publisher confirmed that hundreds of articles in China Quarterly, a respected scholarly journal, would be inaccessible within China, after a letter from the journal’s editor protesting against the move was published.

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  • Tottenham in advanced talks to sign Juan Foyth from Estudiantes
    • Argentinian centre-back would cost around £9m
    • Spurs confirm they have agreed a deal for Davinson Sánchez

    Tottenham are hoping to conclude a deal for Juan Foyth after entering advanced talks with the centre-back’s club Estudiantes. Spurs were in contact with the Argentinian club last month but have now firmed up their interest and are hoping to sign the 19-year-old for around £9m.

    Spurs, however, will have to fend off interest from Paris St-Germain and Internazionale if they are to sign the Argentinian Under-20 international.

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  • Spain terror cell planned Barcelona bombing rampage

    After 14 die in Las Ramblas, further Catalan atrocity only thwarted by accidental detonation of explosives, say police

    The terrorist cell which killed 14 people in Catalonia on Thursday was planning to mount a bombing attack in Barcelona that was only abandoned when they accidentally blew up the house where they were stockpiling explosives.

    Thirteen people were killed and more than 130 injured after a white Fiat van ploughed along Las Ramblas in the Catalan capital on Thursday. Eight hours later, another person was killed and six were hurt after a car thought to be carrying five members of the same cell ran down pedestrians in the coastal town of Cambrils. All five terrorists were shot dead by police officers.

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  • The Guardian view on attacks in Spain: fighting terror means protecting freedom | Editorial
    Terrorism will win unless defending freedom is part of the answer

    Most Europeans have rarely lived amid such peace and plenty, and take prosperity and security for granted. It is that assumption of established wellbeing that makes a terror attack the more shocking, and the fear it inspires the more contagious. This is most true on the streets of a place like Barcelona, whose ancient buildings belie its reputation as one of the youngest, liveliest and loveliest of European cities.

    It is partly this international, cosmopolitan character that makes it a terrorist target: what happened here on Thursday afternoon has not only left a city in mourning. The waves of terror and grief for children, mothers, fathers, lovers and pensioners ripple out to the 34 different countries from which they came, and far beyond. After a related attack along the coast in Cambrils, holidaymakers of every nationality, faith and ethnicity will be more anxious, more fearful and less trusting.

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  • The Guardian view on Confederate statues: they must fall | Editorial
    Toppling symbols of hate is not an assault on the past but a defence of the future

    One Friday afternoon in September 1994, a statue was pulled down from in front of provincial government offices in what was then the Orange Free State in South Africa. It depicted Hendrik Verwoerd, the country’s prime minister from 1958 to 1961, administrative architect of “apartheid” and a vicious racist. No one who grasps the barbarism that his doctrines imposed laments the removal of monuments in his honour.

    Is the morality of statues honouring heroes of the Confederacy in the US civil war any more complicated? The south fought to preserve a social order founded on white racial supremacy, and economically dependent on industrial-scale slavery – a vast crime. Monuments now targeted for removal were erected not in ignorance of that atrocity but in defiant celebration of it. Their message was simple: while the law now forbids slavery, the oppression of African-Americans, their exclusion from civil rights and intimidation by a culture of casual and institutional racism will endure. It is precisely because that message has a willing audience in the US that the statues are so toxic.

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  • Centrists and the left in a polarised world | Letters
    Readers respond to recent articles by Guardian columnists Owen Jones and Simon Jenkins

    The most effective deceits are those that are wrapped up in a kernel of truth and Owen Jones is certainly right that postwar consensus-based politics has been damaged by the weakening of the role of the state in a mixed economy and the acceptance of increasing inequality (Centrists attack the left, but they are the true extremists, 17 August).

    But that political central ground is defined by the acceptance that there is not a monopoly on truth and thus a willingness to compromise to try to find common ground with those who share core attitudes of openness, toleration and respect for all in our society. That feeds into solid commitments to parliamentary democracy, gradualism, internationalism and the similar seeking of common ground and partnerships with open societies in Europe and elsewhere.

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  • 'Unraveling our national fabric': Romney condemns Trump after Charlottesville

    Republicans’ 2012 presidential nominee writes on Facebook that Trump’s comments ‘caused racists to rejoice’ and ‘minorities to weep’

    Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, warned of an “unraveling of our national fabric” on Friday as he excoriated Donald Trump over his defence of people involved in a neo-Nazi rally.

    Nearly one week after white nationalists led a bloody protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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  • Spain attacks: Italian man died in front of wife and children in Las Ramblas

    First named victims from Las Ramblas are Italians Bruno Gulotta and Luca Russo, Belgian Elke Vanbockrijck and Spaniard Francisco López Rodríguez

    An Italian man was holding the hand of his five-year-old son moments before he was killed in the terror attack in Las Ramblas, it has emerged.

    Bruno Gulotta, 35, was named on Friday as one of 13 people who died when a van ploughed into crowds on the boulevard in Barcelona. Another person injured in a separate attack in the Catalan seaside town of Cambrils was also confirmed dead on Friday morning.

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  • Stoke City v Arsenal: match preview

    Stoke City’s recruitment of Jesé Rodríguez on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain means Mark Hughes now has five Champions League winners in his squad, more than any other Premier League club. The winger is expected to be involved at some stage against Arsenal, 4-1 winners here in May and eager to secure a return to Europe’s elite club competition after finishing fifth last season. Rich Flower

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  • Tanzanian police believe wildlife activist may have been tracked by his killer

    A police insider has told the Guardian that the killers of Wayne Lotter may have been following him

    Police believe Wayne Lotter’s killer may have followed and targeted the conservationist when he was shot on Wednesday, according to inside sources.

    Lotter was stopped and then fatally shot while travelling by taxi from Dar es Salaam airport to a hotel. He had been working in Tanzania for many years, exposing and jailing wildlife poachers and traffickers, and he had received a number of death threats. Tanzania’s director for criminal investigation, Robert Boaz, said a murder investigation was underway.

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  • China moves to curb overseas acquisitions as firms' debt levels rise

    Beijing imposes restrictions to try to stem global buying spree that has included entertainment firms and football clubs

    The Chinese government has served notice on the country’s foreign investment spree in football clubs, skyscrapers and Hollywood as it moves to curb rising levels of debt among domestic companies.

    The announcement of restrictions in a range of sectors follows a buying spree around the globe during which Chinese firms and business tycoons have taken control of assets including Legendary Entertainment, the US film producer behind Jurassic World and Warcraft, buildings such as the Cheesegrater in London, and English football clubs including Southampton and Aston Villa.

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  • New Shakespeare's Globe chief promises far more diverse casting

    Actistic director Michelle Terry says it ‘will be gender blind, race blind, disability blind’, with 50-50 split between men and women

    The new artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre has promised much more diverse casting in terms of race and disability, with a 50-50 split between men and women. But the jury is still out on the issue of class.

    Michelle Terry said diversity would be an important part of her tenure as she spoke for the first time since being named successor to the ousted Emma Rice.

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  • Manchester United give us a nostalgic view of simpler boom times | Barney Ronay
    A rejuvenated Man Utd remind us of Premier League’s thrilling years but even their renewed strength cannot stop the feeling the football landscape is changing

    In the 1940 edition of Wisden, RC Robertson-Glasgow wrote that looking back at the last pre-war summer of 1939 was “like peeping through the wrong end of a telescope at a very small but happy world”. The cricket season had ended with handshakes and a round of draws on the first of September, the day Germany invaded Poland. It would be seven years before Wisden was published again, cricket having resumed in earnest with the “Brylcreem summer” of 1946, when Dennis Compton batted like a lord at a picnic and spectator sport helped the nation forget what a parched, ramshackle, soot-stained state it was in behind the sheen of pageantry.

    On the face of it there isn’t a great deal of shared ground between Robertson-Glasgow’s beautiful, war-shadowed image of a more vital sporting world, and the unusually strident overreaction last weekend to Manchester United’s impressive performance against West Ham on the opening day of the Premier League season. On the face of it, anyway.

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  • Stephen Hawking blames Tory politicians for damaging NHS

    Exclusive: Physicist criticises ministers over funding cuts, privatisation and pay caps before address revealing his reliance on health service

    Stephen Hawking has accused ministers of damaging the NHS, blaming the Conservatives in a passionate and sustained attack for slashing funding, weakening the health service though privatisation, demoralising staff by curbing pay and cutting social care support.

    The renowned 75-year-old physicist was speaking to promote an address he will give on Saturday outlining how he owes his long life and achievements to the NHS care he received, and setting out his fears for a service he believes is being turned into “a US-style insurance system”.

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  • Burnley v West Bromwich Albion: match preview

    Burnley have never made a better start to a Premier League campaign, or perhaps any campaign. It took them 18 games to win away last season and now they have recorded one at the first attempt, at the home of the champions, no less. Expectations will be high at Turf Moor but Tony Pulis’s side are unlikely to fall apart like Chelsea. The two sides appear evenly matched, and while Albion’s away form is not great either, it would not be an enormous surprise to see the points shared, as happened last season when Burnley came back down to earth after their win at Crystal Palace. Paul Wilson

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  • Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist, removed from role

    White House press secretary issues statement saying chief of staff John Kelly and Bannon ‘have mutually agreed’ that today would be Bannon’s last day

    Steve Bannon has been removed from his post as White House chief strategist, ending his highly contentious career at the center of the Trump administration.

    Related: Steve Bannon's work is done. Donald Trump can fire him now | Justin Gest

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  • Bournemouth v Watford: match preview

    Eddie Howe will be looking for a reaction from his side after an underwhelming performance in the 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion last weekend. Jermain Defoe could make his first start for Bournemouth since May 2001 and Jordon Ibe may return to the starting lineup. “We need to get our momentum going and get our tempo going and if we can do that then hopefully we will get a result,” Howe said. Watford, who drew 3-3 with Liverpool in their entertaining season opener, should have their captain, Troy Deeney, available following groin surgery. Ben Fisher

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  • Ukip politicians condemn leadership candidate's '£9,000 to leave UK' idea

    Peter Whittle says John Rees-Evans’s suggestion of paying dual-nationals to leave is ‘utterly and entirely wrong’

    Senior Ukip politicians have condemned a party leadership candidate’s suggestion that British dual-nationals could be paid up to £9,000 to leave the UK.

    Related: Nigel Farage: the biopic. A disaster movie no one is waiting for | Stuart Heritage

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  • Break Up: could you spend five hours in the company of this bunch of bananas?

    Performed by people dressed as bananas, Break Up is a marathon improv show about a relationship in crisis. Our writer sits down to watch – and wishes she’d brought along a bottle of whisky

    It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when I lost the will to live. It could have been four minutes in, or possibly four hours. The cast of five were improvising a relationship break-up in real time, over the course of five hours, while dressed as bananas. When people roll their eyes at the Edinburgh fringe, this is often the kind of thing they’re talking about. Except, the show’s not actually all that ludicrous. At times it’s pretty funny – and the banana costumes are not even close to being the strangest part of the evening.

    Five droll New Zealanders – Ralph Upton, Joel Baxendale, Fiona McNamara, Rachel Baker and Oliver Devlin – make up the cast of Break Up (We Need to Talk) and the format is simple: four sit on the back chairs representing one half of the couple, while a single person sits in the front representing the other half. Over five hours, each takes a turn in the front seat, as they slowly improvise a scene about a couple who begin the night happy and in love and end it distraught and single. There is no script and the rules are simple: a break-up must happen at some point over the five hours, and each of the actors must speak in a specific order. Then it’s just a case of letting the romance and the chaos run free.

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  • The State: can this show about British jihadis avoid justifying extremism?

    With its rapes, beheadings and joyous celebrations of martyrdom, Peter Kosminsky’s unflinching drama goes right to the heart of Isis. But how do you keep viewers onside when every major character is a jihadist?

    One job of fiction is to travel to the places where reporting fails because the participants can’t or won’t talk. As Islamic State doesn’t run much of a PR effort (apart from posting videos of desert executions) it’s almost impossible for documentary-makers to get access to either the leaders of the jihadist group or those educated young European men and women who – inexplicably to most in the west – are willing to travel to Syria to face, if men, death; and, if women, rape.

    The State, which will be on Channel 4 for four nights from Sunday, uses drama to enter this otherwise impenetrable head-space. The Syrian scenes were shot in Spain, a location that brings a shiver now that the country has become, on the eve of transmission, again a target for terrorist attacks apparently in the name of Isis.

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  • 'It's a terribly fine line': the stunt performers risking their lives for Hollywood

    This summer, two Hollywood stunt performers were killed on set in the first stunt-related fatalities since 2002. How will these tragedies affect the industry?

    If there’s one common denominator among the highest-grossing films of the 21st century, it’s that most include tremendously elaborate action sequences. There are the colossal sinking ships of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the explosive pyrotechnics of Michael Bay’s Transformers, and the street bikes, crashing through glass and whizzing beneath 18-wheelers, of The Dark Knight.

    With each year these sequences become bigger, faster, more ambitious and more expensive. Inevitably, they turn more dangerous, too. And the people who bring them to life – the invisible, undervalued warriors of Hollywood, whose days consist of car hits and fire burns and jumps from death-defying altitudes – are the stunt performers.

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  • Berlin police tighten security for neo-Nazi march after Charlottesville attack

    Special measures to be taken across city to protect 1,000-strong neo-Nazi march and counter-rally from possible terrorism

    Up to 1,000 neo-Nazis from Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic are expected to march through Berlin this weekend to commemorate the death of Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess.

    Authorities say a counter-demonstration opposing the rightwing extremism has also been registered.

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  • Five books to shed light on America's problem with white supremacy

    As the events in Charlottesville serve as yet another bleak reminder of how racial divisions persist in the US, history professors and community leaders recommend vital texts

    It took Donald Trump two days to condemn the white supremacists who held the recent alt-right rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of civil rights activist Heather Heyer.

    The US president’s response? To sympathize that members of this group of white nationalists are “fine people”. But as Seth Myers noted, no one gets accidentally caught up in a white supremacist rally. Even though the march, as captured in photos, looks like a throwback to Ku Klux Klan rallies of the 1920s, hate groups are unfortunately not a thing of the past. Since 2014 their number across the country has risen 17% to a total of 917 groups in the US, according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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  • Weaker sterling attracts record number of foreign tourists to UK

    ONS figures show 3.5m trips made in June – up 7% on previous year – with spending by those visitors up 2% to £2.2bn

    Sterling’s plunge after the EU referendum is making Britain more attractive for foreign holidaymakers, resulting in a record number of overseas visitors in June.

    Non-UK residents made 3.5m visits to Britain in June, an increase of 7% from a year ago and a record for that month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). European and North American visitors led the way, while spending by visitors from overseas increased by 2% from a year ago to £2.2bn.

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  • John McDonnell: ‘The government could collapse at any time. We’ve got to divide and demoralise them’
    Labour’s shadow chancellor is a lifelong radical, a confirmed eurosceptic and an ardent critic of austerity. Now he is ready to seize power from the ‘incompetent’ Tories

    John McDonnell is sunk deep in a leather sofa in a corner of the bustling cafe bar of Norwich Playhouse, clutching a mug of tea. The shadow chancellor has taken a break from his regular holiday boating on the Norfolk Broads with his wife and a revolving cast of other family members to pop into the city for a chat.

    It’s no secret that many of his colleagues view McDonnell as controlling, and see him and Jeremy Corbyn as fossilised relics of a politics they thought was consigned to the past. But the 65-year-old, a veteran of many picket lines who cut his teeth in his 20s working with Ken Livingstone in the lefty bastion of the Greater London Council, argues that the economic impact of the financial crash and its aftermath have become a fertile breeding ground for his brand of political radicalism.

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  • John McDonnell hints at deal on Labour leadership rule changes

    Shadow chancellor restates he will not run for leadership and calls for conference focus on getting members more involved

    John McDonnell has signalled there could be a compromise on proposed changes to the Labour leadership election rules as he said the “heat is off” on the need to reduce MPs’ influence on the process.

    The shadow chancellor said there was “less of a sense of urgency” around the need to pass an amendment at the party’s autumn conference to allow candidates to stand with the support of fewer MPs, because the nature of the parliamentary party had changed.

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  • Barcelona attack witnesses tell of terror as van sped towards crowds

    Tourists and residents describe how they ran for their lives after attack in centre of Spanish city

    Shocked Spaniards and tourists have described how they ran for their lives to escape the van that into a crowded street in central in Barcelona on Thursday in the first of two terror attacks to hit Spain in the space of 24 hours.

    On Friday, the country began three days of national mourning after the double terrorist atrocity that left 14 people dead and more than 100 injured.

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  • Swansea City v Manchester United: match preview

    Everything fell into place for Manchester United against West Ham last Sunday and it will be a surprise if José Mourinho’s team fail to pick up another three points . Mourinho’s only real selection dilemma revolves around whether he should set up a bit more conservatively away from home and recall Ander Herrera. As for Swansea, they are still without Fernando Llorente, who is building up his fitness after breaking an arm. Roque Mesa could make his debut in place of Leon Britton, who is struggling with a back problem. Stuart James

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  • Neo-Nazis love media attention. But ignoring them isn't an option | Bob Garfield

    There is a genuine conflict of two public interests: the collateral damage of publicity versus the right to know. But one must prevail

    This is about the media’s role in the rise of grassroots fascism, but first a quick review of the week in tele-sociopathy is in order.

    First there was the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where crowds of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists and assorted alt-right mouthbreathers were televised chanting racist and antisemitic slogans and roughing up counter-protesters, culminating in the death of one woman.

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  • Share your tributes and memories of Bruce Forsyth

    The king of UK gameshows whose career spanned 75 years has died aged 89. Share your memories with us

    The TV entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth, known for presenting shows such as Play your cards right and Strictly Come Dancing, has died at the age of 89 after contracting bronchial pneumonia.

    We’d like you to share your tributes and memories as part of our coverage. What is your favourite Bruce Forsyth moment? Perhaps you met him, or have photographs from when you were on one of his shows? We will publish the most interesting responses on the Guardian site.

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  • England’s Lucy Bronze joins European champions Lyon from Manchester City
    • Bronze nominated for Fifa women’s player of the year
    • German forward Pauline Bremer moves in opposite direction

    The England defender Lucy Bronze has left Manchester City Women to join the European champions, Lyon, after admitting she “needed a new challenge”.

    The 25-year-old right-back was nominated on Thursday for Fifa’s women’s player of the year award and is the current Professional Footballers’ Association women’s player of the year.

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  • Tudor mansion arsonist jailed after being caught by single match

    Jeremy Taylor, 28, sentenced to four and a half years after DNA links him to fire at Wythenshawe Hall in Manchester

    An arsonist who caused £5m worth of damage to a Tudor mansion has been jailed for four and a half years after being caught by a single match.

    Shopworker Jeremy Taylor, 28, set fire to newspapers he stuffed around drainpipes and doors at Grade II-listed Wythenshawe Hall, a 16th-century timber-framed manor house.

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  • No flight of fancy: female stone skimmer limbers up for throw-off with the men

    British champion Charlotte Greenway has been heralded as a role model for women in stone skimming, a sport traditionally dominated by men

    Charlotte Greenway does not necessarily look like a top sportswoman as she limbers up by Windermere in her distinctive Jackie O sunglasses. But the 32-year-old is a rising star in the traditionally male-dominated pursuit of stone skimming.

    The winner of the British women’s stone skimming championships in Shropshire is preparing for another competition – the all-England stone skimming championships at Fell Foot on Windermere’s southern tip.

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  • Thomasina Miers’ recipe for Moroccan chicken tray bake

    Bring the scents and flavours of Morocco into your home with this cinch of a chicken recipe

    Imagine yourself sitting in a sun-soaked, dappled courtyard filled with lemon trees, an intricate mosaic underfoot. Whether or not you are able to go abroad this summer, one way to evoke a real sense of somewhere else is through its food. So this week, I bring you Morocco, by means of a heady mix of aromas, tastes and textures. If you think the recipe looks too much from the length of its list of ingredients, think again: it is no more than a simple job of assembling a few aromatic spices, slathering them all over some chicken legs and sticking the lot in an oven to bake. This is one for romantics who, while they may not have a tagine (a traditional Moroccan clay cooking pot with a conical lid), still want to feel as if they’re having lunch on the Formica table of some north African souk, complete with hot black mint tea.

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  • Tesco to sell tiny avocados in response to fruit's global shortage

    Supermarket will offer egg-sized versions for only a few weeks after buying 10,000 boxes of undersized crop from South Africa

    Egg-sized avocados are the latest weapon in the battle to meet growing demand for the creamy green fruit amid a global squeeze on supply.

    The mini fruits, which weigh about 70g – nearly a third of the size of an average avocado – will be on sale at Tesco for only a few weeks.

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  • Andy Murray set to play at US Open after overcoming hip injury
    • Scot has not played since he was beaten in Wimbledon quarter-finals
    • Murray will be No2 seed behind Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadow

    Andy Murray is on track to play in the US Open at the end of August as he steps up his recovery from the injury that has sidelined him since Wimbledon.

    His participation in the last grand slam event of the year at Flushing Meadow had looked in doubt when he pulled out of back-to-back Masters 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati in the past fortnight. But the Scot is due to travel to New York early next week and barring any last-minute problems he will take his place in the draw, with the tournament set to begin on 28 August.

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  • The week in wildlife – in pictures

    Brown bears fishing, a rare white moose, and a puma found in a São Paulo office block are among our images from the natural world this week

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  • Police inaction over Ian Watkins left child at risk of abuse, says watchdog

    IPCC says South Yorkshire officers failed to take seriously complaints about sex images and would have faced misconduct cases

    The inaction of South Yorkshire police officers left a child at risk of being abused for months by the former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins, the police watchdog has said.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the force had failed to take seriously complaints made about Watkins by his ex-partner between March and May 2012.

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  • José Mourinho dispels talk of Manchester United ‘dream team’
    • Mourinho encouraged by 4-0 opening-day win against West Ham
    • Portuguese repeats wish for transfer deadline to be mid-August

    José Mourinho has denied Manchester United are now a “dream team” following Sunday’s 4-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford.

    The victory was arguably the best display of the Portuguese’s 12-month tenure as a Romelu Lukaku double plus strikes from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba made United the early Premier League leaders on goal difference.

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  • Charlottesville mayor opposes Robert E Lee statue: 'A lightning rod' for terrorism

    Michael Signer will announce a plan to convince state lawmakers in Virginia to reform laws that restricts the removal of war memorials by city governments

    As Charlottesville’s mayor Michael Signer sat in the front row of Wednesday’s memorial service for Heather Heyer, the victim of an alleged white supremacist terror attack on Saturday, he said he had a moment of clarity.

    Signer, who met with the Guardian during the aftermath of the violence that took place in the liberal campus city in Virginia, described the memorial service as “one of the most powerful and profound experiences I’ve ever had in public or private life”.

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