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  • The changing public perception of Nick Kyrgios: still no angel but nor a lost cause | Nick Kyrgios

    The Australian’s improved attitude during his opening three wins at Melbourne Park suggests he may yet become a favourite of the nation

    It is far too early to hail the arrival of the new and improved Nick Kyrgios in school-prefect guise, but not premature to suggest that image-rehabilitation signs are positive. One of the favourite whipping boys of Australian sport is still nobody’s Pat Rafter, but there is a sense, perhaps, that nor is the 22-year-old a lost cause.

    Related: Nick Kyrgios overcomes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach Australian Open last 16

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  • Gaza family kills member who acted as Israeli informant

    Ahmad Said Barhoum accused of supplying information that led to deaths of three Hamas militants

    A family in Gaza has killed one of its own members for allegedly passing on information to Israel that led to the deaths of three Hamas militants, Palestinian sources said.

    Hamas, which rules the territory, held Ahmad Said Barhoum for several months without trial before handing him over to the family, several of whose members belong to the Islamist movement.

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  • Trump is 'obsessed' and 'terrified' of sharks – but his fears are excessive

    You are more likely to die from a bicycle accident, lightning strike, or mauling by alligator or bear than from a shark attack

    The president of the United States does not like sharks.

    Related: Stormy Daniels on Trump: pajamas, unprotected sex and … scary sharks

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  • Homeland security may have violated court order during travel ban – report

    As a report by homeland security’s inspector general into the first ban was made public, the supreme court said it would consider a challenge to Trump’s third ban

    The Department of Homeland Security was almost entirely unprepared for implementing Donald Trump’s January 2017 travel ban, and appears to have violated federal court rulings during the order’s enforcement, a stinging government review has found.

    A report by the department’s inspector general revealed that homeland security – the agency largely responsible for implementing the ban – was given no opportunity to contribute to the draft of Trump’s executive order. According to the report, homeland security officials were “caught by surprise” when the president signed it on 27 January, ordering its immediate enforcement.

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  • Pope Francis says Amazon indigenous people under greater threat than ever
    • Pontiff addresses representatives of 400 indigenous groups in Peru
    • Amazon is ‘cultural reserve’ threatened by new types of colonialism

    Pope Francis has warned that the Amazon’s indigenous people have “never been so threatened in their territories as they are now” and demanded an end to the relentless exploitation of the region’s timber, gas and gold.

    Addressing an indigenous audience in Peru’s jungle city of Puerto Maldonado, the pope expanded on the environmental message of his 2015 encyclical, taking aim at the multiple threats faced by the Amazon rainforest and telling its indigenous inhabitants they were a “call to conscience for a way of life which could not measure its own costs”.

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  • East London primary school backs down over hijab ban

    Chair of governors at St Stephen’s primary school in Newham resigns following complaints from parents

    A primary school that controversially banned pupils from wearing hijabs appears to have backed down after the chair of governors announced his resignation following complaints from parents.

    St Stephen’s primary school in Newham, east London, hit the headlines at the weekend after the Sunday Times reported it had banned Muslim girls under the age of eight from wearing headscarves, to the delight of campaigners who argued it enforces religious conformity on children.

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  • Robin van Persie to re-join Feyenoord after cancelling Fenerbahce contract
    • Dutch champions will complete signing of 34-year-old on Monday
    • Van Persie came through Feyenoord ranks before 2004 Arsenal exit

    Robin van Persie will be returning to boyhood club Feyenoord from Turkish side Fenerbahce next week, the Dutch champions confirmed on Friday.

    Related: Sport picture of the day: Fenerbahce fans go wild for Robin van Persie

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  • C4 calls in security experts after presenter suffers online abuse

    Cathy Newman subjected to ‘vicious misogynistic abuse’ after interview with psychologist

    Channel 4 News has called in security specialists to analyse threats made to presenter Cathy Newman following her interview with a controversial Canadian psychologist who has attracted a following among the “alt-right”.

    Ben de Pear, the editor of Channel 4 News, said Newman had been subjected to “vicious misogynistic abuse”. Having to calling in security specialists was a “terrible indictment of the times we live in”, he said.

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  • Marion Cotillard on Woody Allen: 'The experience we had together was very odd'

    The Midnight in Paris star said she was ‘ignorant’ of stories of alleged sexual abuse and would ‘dig more’ if he asked her to work with him again

    Oscar-winning actor Marion Cotillard has spoken about her experience of working with Woody Allen on the set of Midnight in Paris.

    The star, who won best actress for La Vie En Rose in 2008, was asked to give her thoughts on Allen after his estranged daughter Dylan Farrow reiterated, in a televised interview, her claim that he sexually abused her.

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  • 'How do you sleep at night?' Olympic duo Wieber and Raisman confront Larry Nassar in court
    • Jordyn Wieber fourth member of Fierce Five to break silence
    • Aly Raisman lauds ‘army of survivors’ in impact statement
    • Attorney general to investigate university’s handling of allegations

    Olympic gold medalists Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman said in court on Friday they were among the 140 girls and women who were sexually abused by longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

    Wieber, who helped the USA team known as the Fierce Five to a gold medal at the London Olympics, addressed the abuse for the first time publicly in a victim impact statement on the fourth day of the disgraced former physician’s sentencing hearing in Michigan.

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  • Frank Field demands answers over 'reckless' running of Carillion

    Regulators and pension schemes under scrutiny from MPs investigating £900m deficit

    A committee of MPs has demanded answers from the trustees of Carillion’s pension scheme and regulators as it opened an investigation into how the company collapsed, leaving behind a retirement scheme with a deficit set to hit £900m.

    Frank Field MP, who chairs the work and pensions select committee, said the company’s implosion “begs questions across government” and promised to take evidence from directors and Carillion’s auditor KPMG.

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  • Tim Cook: 'I don't want my nephew on a social network'

    Apple chief talks about tax affairs and overuse of tech at launch of school coding initiative

    The head of Apple, Tim Cook, believes there should be limits to the use of technology in schools and says he does not want his nephew to use a social network.

    Cook was talking at Harlow college in Essex, one of 70 institutions across Europe that will use Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum, it was announced on Friday.

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  • Trump-Russia inquiry is told Nigel Farage may have given Julian Assange data

    Private investigator tells House panel Farage gave thumb drive to Assange, who officials view as a conduit for the Russian government

    Nigel Farage may have given Julian Assange a thumb drive of data and was possibly a more frequent visitor than was publicly known to the Ecuadorian embassy where the WikiLeaks founder lives, according to testimony given to US congressional inquiry into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to the Kremlin.

    Related: The Trump-Russia dossier: why its findings grow more significant by the day

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  • Chelsea’s hunt for a medieval big man adds intrigue to football’s space race | Barney Ronay
    Seeing Andy Carroll or Peter Crouch at Chelsea is too good to hope for as it could confirm suspicions about the basic numbers of effectiveness and opportunity in elite teams

    It is nearly 40 years since a famous photo emerged that left the nascent Indian space programme an object of widespread mockery. The photo, published in 1979, showed India’s brand new state-of-the-art communications satellite being wheeled out for its launch – on a bullock cart.

    For political opponents the picture exposed the space programme as a matter of grandiose ambition undercut by agricultural thinking, a bullock cart culture. That same year the Indian government announced it would also be spending $6bn on bullock cart research, with the idea of entering the white heat of a new industrial age via more efficient bullock carts.

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  • People with mental illnesses refused access to insurance cover

    Exclusive: Insurance firms deny discrimination, with 7/7 victim among those turned down

    Insurers have been accused of depriving access to life insurance and other kinds of cover to people with depression and anxiety, even for physical conditions unrelated to their mental health.

    People who have suffered even mild mental health conditions or one-off episodes say they have been refused life insurance altogether, aggravating their financial insecurity.

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  • Jenny Joseph obituary
    Popular poet with a disarming sense of the oddity and pathos of the human condition

    The poet Jenny Joseph, who has died aged 85, might well have wondered a little ruefully whether WH Auden was altogether correct in maintaining that “poetry makes nothing happen”. Her famous Warning (“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple/ With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me ... ”) was written when she was 28, and after its appearance in an early book went almost unnoticed for 25 years. Then, because of its contention that growing old should be a defiant process, it gradually began to be slotted into serious selections of writing about old age, and for its merit ended up in one or two grander places, such as Philip Larkin’s Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse in 1973.

    With unforeseen consequences. It was eventually spotted by a retired public relations aide to Lady Bird Johnson, widow of the US president Lyndon Johnson, who enthused about it in an article in Reader’s Digest as an encouragement to older women looking to feel defiant and active again after recovering from illness.

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  • Esther McVey makes disability benefits U-turn over payments

    High court ruling says policy was discriminatory against people with mental health issues

    Up to 164,000 people are in line for increased disability benefits after ministers gave in to a high court ruling that said government policy had been “blatantly discriminatory” against people with mental health conditions.

    In a major U-turn, the new work and pensions secretary, Esther McVey, said she would not challenge the December ruling that found changes to personal independence payments (PIPs) could not be justified.

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  • Boris Johnson slams UK's infrastructure record, then proposes Channel bridge

    Foreign secretary criticises systems of planning in Britain and calls Labour mayor of London ‘Sadiq hashtag useless Khan’

    Boris Johnson lambasted the UK’s record at delivering major infrastructure projects just days before raising the prospect of erecting a 22-mile bridge across the English Channel to better connect Britain to the rest of Europe.

    The foreign secretary criticised systems of planning as being “extremely inimical at getting things done at pace and scale” and warned that Britain spent billions more than countries such as France on equivalent projects.

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  • After Carillion we have the chance to build a better country | Jonathan Freedland

    The behemoth’s collapse should shatter taboos about borrowing and could herald a new era of public investment

    Sometimes a single event can destroy not one dogma but two. So it may prove with the collapse of Carillion, the one-time construction company that mushroomed into a behemoth that did everything from paving motorways to managing operating theatres and ladling out school dinners. Most attention has focused on the article of faith that fuelled its rise and rise, and which has been shredded by its fall – the axiom that dominated government thinking for three decades, and which can be distilled into four words: private good, public bad.

    Related: Four lessons the Carillion crisis can teach business, government and us | Larry Elliott

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  • Don’t knock Friends. It’s still relevant, and progressive too | Sarah Gosling

    The show addressed modern masculinity and women’s empowerment. If that’s a problem today, Tory MP Kemi Badenoch is right to call young people puritanical

    Not many things grow better with age: cheese, wine and George Clooney spring to mind. One thing particularly unable to cope with the ravages of time, though, is the situation comedy. The whole point of a sitcom is to take a moment in time and derive from that a whole heap of canned guffaws. A Guardian article once laid waste to a collection of classics: The Office was dismissed as “knowing, ironic idiocy”; The Likely Lads was called out for having an “unreconstructed racist, homophobic misogynist” as a lead character.

    Related: I didn’t grow up with LGBT kids’ TV characters – but I found them elsewhere

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  • Jacinda Ardern: 'New Zealand will help us raise our child'

    Prime minister tells of delight at pregnancy but rejects trailblazer label

    Having found herself in the midst of tough coalition negotiations after a closely fought election, Jacinda Ardern was facing far more than her political colleagues could have guessed.

    Six days before becoming New Zealand’s prime minister-elect, the Labour leader discovered she was pregnant, but was desperate to keep it, and the accompanying morning sickness, a secret during the post-election maelstrom.

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  • Battle of Hastings site launches rival bid for Bayeux tapestry

    English Heritage and local MPs start tug-of-war with British Museum over loan in 2022

    The Bayeux tapestry should be displayed at the site of the battle of Hastings, according to English Heritage, which hopes to launch a rival bid to the British Museum’s plan to show off the medieval masterpiece in London.

    A temporary building at Battle Abbey could showcase the tapestry – which the French president this week offered to loan to the UK – near the spot where King Harold died.

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  • Jacinda Ardern is not the first world leader to be pregnant in office – video report

    Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, has announced she is pregnant. The last time an elected world leader was pregnant in office was in 1990 when Pakistan's prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, had her daughter Bakhtwar

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  • Trump to mark anniversary with Mar-a-Lago bash as thousands get set to protest

    Donald Trump will host a lavish celebration of his first year as US president at his private estate in Florida on Saturday, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair, even as thousands of women take to the streets to protest against his divisive leadership.

    Related: Trump is 'obsessed' and 'terrified' of sharks – but his fears are excessive

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  • Football agent jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

    Peter Morrison sentenced to seven years for killing man on M6 after texting behind wheel

    A football agent who sent a string of text messages before losing control of his car and killing a highways worker has been jailed for seven years.

    Peter Morrison, 37, was driving his Mercedes ML350 4x4 on the M6 near Tebay in Cumbria, on 21 February 2016, when he hit and killed Adam Gibb, 51, and left his colleague, Paul Holroyd, now 53, paralysed from the chest down.

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  • Lumiere London light festival - in pictures

    More than 50 public art installations are on display this weekend for the second year of the light festival in the UK’s capital. Buildings including Westminster Abbey and the National Theatre have been illuminated as part of the event, as works by artists from across the world fill the nighttime streets of London with light and colour

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  • Facebook hires Eurosport chief for multibillion live push

    Appointment made before deadline for bids on rights to stream Premier League matches

    Facebook is poised to appoint a senior broadcasting executive to lead its multibillion-dollar drive to secure streaming rights for top-flight live sport.

    The appointment of Eurosport’s chief executive, Peter Hutton, follows its global search for a head of live sport after being frustrated in a $600m (£433m) bid to secure streaming rights to Indian Premier League cricket matches.

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  • Ukip rocked by another two resignations amid criticism of party leader

    Former general secretary Jonathan Arnott MEP says leader, Henry Bolton, ‘not up to the job’

    Ukip has been rocked by two more resignations, including that of its former general secretary, Jonathan Arnott MEP, who quit saying the party’s leader, Henry Bolton, was “not up to the job”.

    Arnott left hours after a former close aide to Bolton also resigned, citing the leader’s relationship with Jo Marney, who sent racist text messages about Prince Harry’s fiancee, Meghan Markle.

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  • The Guardian view on Jacinda Ardern: pregnant with meaning | Editorial
    New Zealand was the first country to give votes to women. Now it gives childcare to the prime minister’s partner

    Of course it ought not to be news that someone with an important job has a baby and then gets on with their work while their partner gets on with the childcare. Men do it all the time. Even some women do, if they are rich and powerful enough to turn their childcare over to paid help. But the announcement by Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, that she will have a child, take six weeks’ parental leave, and then leave the bulk of the childcare to her partner, Clarke Gayford, is still important. It’s an assertion of everyday equality from the first country in the world to give women the vote.

    Ms Ardern and Mr Gayford are not exactly a couple like any other: she’s the prime minister, and he’s a television presenter, whose show centres on him killing and eating fish. But their relative prominence makes the impact of their decision greater. Even Mr Gayford’s screen persona as a macho outdoor man increases the significance of their announcement. It demonstrates that they recognise there’s an important sense in which neither of their high-powered jobs is going to be as influential as the work they do as parents.

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  • Boris will fight them on the bridges … but is he Churchill? I’m afraid not | Marina Hyde
    This Channel crossing looks like another bid to play the great leader. The only thing he’ll be remembered for, though, is Brexit

    Are doomed bridge ideas cheaper by the dozen? The question arises after infrastructure dilettante Boris Johnson called for a second bazillion-pound bridge, this time stretching between reality and the sunlit uplands of Brexit. Forgive me – between and the UK and France, which may well amount to the same thing. Or, as Boris puts it: “Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections.”

    Related: Boris Johnson proposes a 22-mile bridge across the Channel

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  • Paddington 2 becomes best reviewed film ever

    Bear gets his sticky paws on Rotten Tomatoes record for longest run of positive reviews

    In the lineup of the most critically acclaimed films, Citizen Kane and The Godfather have been bested by a bear from “darkest” Peru. The aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes has declared Paddington 2 to be the best reviewed film in the site’s history.

    The comedy – which is directed by the British film-maker Paul King and stars Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville, – has received 164 consecutive positive reviews from critics.

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  • Experts, industry and PM pour cold water on Boris Johnson's bridge

    No 10 leads criticism of 22-mile roadway to France engineers say would be expensive

    As ideas go, it has not been a resounding success. Architects, hauliers, the maritime industry, and an MP have so far expressed their scepticism about Boris Johnson’s ambition to build a 22-mile (35km) bridge across the Channel - and even the prime minister has signalled it won’t happen.

    The foreign secretary proposed the idea on Thursday, telling the French president that it was “ridiculous” that two of the world’s biggest economies were joined only by a single railway line and later tweeting a picture of the two giving a thumbs-up.

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  • Jewish leaders call for London coroner to be fired over burial delays

    Board of Deputies of British Jews says Mary Hassell has lost confidence of Jewish community

    Jewish leaders have called for a senior London coroner to be sacked, saying she has lost the confidence of the community in a dispute over delays in releasing bodies for burial.

    The Board of Deputies of British Jews met Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for inner north London, after she said she would not prioritise any death for religious reasons.

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  • Scampi and chips, s'il vous plaît – Macron brings fame to a nondescript Hampshire pub

    The French president ate with Theresa May at the renowned Michelin-starred Royal Oak near Maidenhead. But something got lost in translation when the French leader tweeted about a less prestigious venue of the same name

    Name: The Royal Oak.

    Age: Dates back to the 17th century, but in its present incarnation has been going since 2001.

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  • Ain't no sunshine: winter is one of darkest ever for parts of Europe

    Brussels had less than 11 hours of sun last month, while Lille has had less than three in January

    Sunshine is in short supply across a swathe of north-west Europe, shrouded in heavy cloud from a seemingly never-ending series of low pressure systems since late November and suffering one of its darkest winters since records began.

    If you live in Brussels, 10 hours and 31 minutes was your lot for the entire month of December. The all but benighted inhabitants of Lille in France got just two hours, 42 minutes through the first half of January.

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  • 'Dad would be proud': Carl Sargeant's son on standing for his seat

    Jack Sargeant is following his father, found dead after claims of harassment, into Welsh politics

    As a young boy Jack Sargeant used to help his dad by stuffing political leaflets into envelopes, and by the time he was a teenager he was a veteran of the campaign door knock.

    Now a fresh-faced 23-year-old, Sargeant is pounding the streets in and around the north Wales town of Connah’s Quay attempting to follow his father Carl into the Welsh assembly.

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  • Corbyn aide lost GMB backing after inappropriate behaviour allegations

    David Prescott had sought support of trade union to stand as Labour candidate in Mansfield

    A close aide to Jeremy Corbyn lost the endorsement of a prominent trade union in his bid for a parliamentary seat after allegations of inappropriate behaviour were made against him, the Guardian has learned.

    David Prescott, son of the former deputy prime minister John Prescott, was suspended from his role in the Labour leader’s office in November after unspecified allegations were made. He returned to his role a fortnight later. It is understood he was not the subject of a formal complaint and remained a member of the party.

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  • "Dressing in haste": Galliano delivers his first menswear collection for Margiela

    Designer’s bright and optimistic vision dominates the Paris show

    John Galliano’s first menswear collection for Maison Margiela opened with a red and black double-breasted overcoat worn with black, spongy slippers. It closed with a white shredded mackintosh over beige muslin underpants. In between, there were plastic sandals which clonked along the catwalk like ski boots, and several of Margiela’s famous split-toed high-heeled tabi boots and a bright yellow padded jacket, blown up like a pufferfish, paired with a sober midi-length skirt.

    According to notes distributed at the show, the theme was “dressing in haste”. The idea was to merge “past and present house ideas into one forward proposal for a new kind of glamour”.

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  • Banksy painting saved from derelict container on Dungeness beach

    Image, which had been painted over, was at risk after site owners EDF Energy revealed plans to clean up the Kent beach

    An authentic Banksy image has been recovered from a derelict container on Dungeness beach in Kent after fears it could be destroyed by the landowners.

    Related: Banksy artworks up for auction in New York – in pictures

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  • Could a Channel bridge be as bold and beautiful as these marvels?

    From the ‘writhing sea monster’ in Qatar to the magic carpet ride above the clouds in France, there is no shortage of inspiration for magnificent long-span bridges. What could architects create for Boris Johnson’s proposed Channel link?

    The clown king of novelty infrastructure fantasies has once again stolen the limelight with his preposterous plan for a 22-mile bridge across the Channel. As spending priorities go, Boris Johnson’s idea is madness. Most places outside the south-east UK languish with medieval infrastructure – and there’s also the fact that it’s the busiest shipping lane in the world.

    But none of this matters. In a world where Johnson got as far as flushing £37m of public money into the Thames on another fantasy project, the Garden Bridge, a great Channel crossing could easily be conjured into being. No doubt his go-to designer for overpriced public baubles, Thomas Heatherwick, has already rustled up a design.

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  • Davos gathering prompts locals to cash-in and leave

    Rents for homes, shops and hotel rooms skyrocket as the very small Swiss resort hosts the very rich and the very powerful

    Last weekend the vicar of Freie Evangelische Gemeinde, the “English church” in the centre of the Swiss town of Davos was handing out the sacrament.

    This Sunday holy communion is cancelled, because the church is one of more than a dozen Davos buildings that have been rented out to multinational companies for hundreds of thousands of Swiss francs during the World Economic Forum, the annual business “festival” which starts next week.

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  • Five classic songs that got sex right

    Sex has always been a staple in pop – but what artists can get away with in their songs has changed out of all recognition. Here is the evolution of getting in on over five decades of music

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  • A bridge too far? Longest bridges around the world - in pictures

    Boris Johnson has proposed a 22-mile link across the Channel – a distance which sounds impressive, but which is exceeded by many existing bridges. We look at some of the longest and most spectacular around the world

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  • Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki needs all her grit to reach fourth round
    • Dane beats No30 seed Kiki Bertens in two sets
    • ‘I’m just still happy to be alive in the tournament,’ Wozniacki says

    Caroline Wozniacki has always had the smile to charm disbelievers but it is her grit that is driving her through the draw in this Australian Open. In a splintered field, it might be decisive in getting her to the final weekend. On a sweltering day five, the Dane who loves boxing disarmed the 30th seed, Kiki Bertens, in two sets to reach the fourth round against Magdalena Rybarikova.

    Wozniacki, seeded second, won 6-4, 6-3 but it was not as easy as the score suggests. “I’m just still happy to be alive in the tournament,” Wozniacki said. “It’s nice to be back in the fourth round.” Wozniacki also chipped on the heat issue that has gripped the tournament. “I think it can be dangerous,” she said. “I was in my air-conditioned room, watching [Gaël] Monfils against [Novak] Djokovic. I thought it was a shame that the roof wasn’t on because I think that could have been a really high-quality match.”

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  • ‘I began my career as a single mum’: female QCs changing the face of law

    Just 32 women are among this year’s 119 new QCs, but they hope their success will inspire others

    A barrister who forged a career in law while raising her son as a single mother has said she hopes her appointment as Queen’s Counsel will be “an encouraging message to non-traditional applicants” to the prestigious title.

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  • Meditation: how to make yourself sit down and do the damn thing

    Getting distracted isn’t a problem; noticing when you’re distracted is arguably the point

    In the opening pages, they tend to include some phrase like, “First, pick a time when you know you’ll be undisturbed”, and I never find out what comes next because I’ve flung the book across the room in disgust – although not, to be clear, at the baby.

    So it’s a relief to discover Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris, the US newscaster whose earlier book, 10% Happier, chronicled his adventures in meditation following an on-air panic attack. This new book isn’t mainly about how to meditate, but how to actually meditate – how to make yourself sit down and do the damn thing; in that sense, it’s really a manual for cultivating any good habit. Specifically, the book makes the case for transforming how we think about “falling off the wagon”. In most approaches to habit change, unsurprisingly, falling off the wagon is seen as a bad thing. (In Alcoholics Anonymous, which has much to answer for here, it’s exceedingly bad.) But Harris argues that sometimes it’s not just excusable, it’s essential.

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  • Points-based immigration was meant to reduce racial bias. It doesn't | Justin Gest

    While points-based systems are designed to reduce racial bias, they reproduce this bias in more subtle ways

    Donald Trump caused an uproar last week when he labeled Haiti and African countries “shitholes”. This overt racism appalled people across the globe. But without using profanities, some of the world’s most well-regarded admission systems – which have informed Republican proposals here – quietly ensure few people from Haiti, Africa and countries subject to the “Muslim ban” ever immigrate.

    Following the abolition of admission policies that evaluated applicants on the basis of their race and origin until the 1960s and 1970s, Australia, Canada and some countries in western Europe shifted to points-based systems that prioritized immigrants with desirable skills and regional free movement agreements with their neighbors.

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  • The PSG-Neymar show rolls on – but is it more celebrity than sport? | Barney Ronay

    Watching the Brazilian score four goals in PSG’s 8-0 thrashing of Dijon this week was breathtaking but a lack of tension is not good for anyone

    An hour into Paris Saint-Germain versus Dijon at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday there was a scramble in the Dijon penalty area, the thrilling spectacle of three world-class players tussling over the ball in the tightest of spaces.

    Not that this was entirely straightforward. Some might point to the slight oddity that all three players were wearing PSG shirts. Ángel Di María, Edinson Cavani and Neymar tangling furiously with one another in their eagerness to pick up another loose ball and shoot. It is tempting at this point to describe the Dijon goal as “beleaguered”. But this would assume, incorrectly, it was ever actually leaguered in the first place.

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  • Sam Simmonds: ‘England? I didn’t imagine it even a couple of years ago’
    Rapid rise of the Exeter’s No8 from being on loan to Cornish Pirates to playing for England has surprised everybody, including himself

    By his own admission Sam Simmonds does not much enjoy big cities. In his home town of Teignmouth the nearest thing to rush-hour chaos is a bit of traffic on the bridge across the estuary to picturesque Shaldon. The last time he ventured into central London with his Exeter team-mate Henry Slade things did not go well: “We took the tube but we didn’t have a clue where we were going. We got off a couple of times and jumped back on what we thought was the right train, only to discover it wasn’t. I guess I like the simpleness of Devon.”

    Even on a chilly January midweek afternoon this is a man far more at ease on his windswept local beach than he will ever be in Europe’s bustling capitals. His Exeter team-mate Jack Yeandle still remembers driving a scrawny ginger-haired academy kid up to Sandy Park for training and failing to extract a single word from him. “Stone-cold silence, bless him,” recalls the Chiefs captain. “Nerves I think it was. There was a lot less timber on his frame as well. Eddie Jones wants him to put muscle on top of muscle now but there was only skin and bones then.”

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