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  • Barcelona v Sevilla: La Liga – live!

    Barcelona are now top of La Liga but that is a fraction of the story from the Nou Camp tonight. Firstly, Messi went off injured with a nasty looking arm injury when Barcelona were two goals ahead. The score makes it look like they dominated but they were reliant on Ter Stegen producing some great saves, as Sevilla repeatedly got beyond Barcelona’s weak defence.

    That has tired me out.

    A lovely consolation goal. Sevilla broke on Barcelona, resulting in Muriel getting the ball in space on the left and curling a precise shot around Ter Stegen into the corner.

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  • Witches, goblins and the quest to solve the mystery of dark matter
    This Halloween, scientists across the globe will celebrate the mysterious material they believe holds the universe together

    Lovers of the dark and the unseen will soon have a new cause to celebrate. They will be able to honour, on Halloween, the hunt for dark matter, the mysterious, invisible material that is thought to permeate space and hold galaxies together.

    Across Britain, the US and Europe, talks, demonstrations and parties highlighting this great astronomical search will be held on 31 October – which has been designated Dark Matter Day by scientists who are seeking to discover the make-up of this elusive material.

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  • Trump says US will withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia
    • President says: ‘We are going to terminate the agreement’
    • John Bolton had been pushing for withdrawal from INF treaty

    Donald Trump said on Saturday the US will “terminate” a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

    Related: John Bolton pushing Trump to withdraw from Russian nuclear arms treaty

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  • Republicans break ranks with Trump over Saudi dissident’s death
    Senator calls account of Jamal Khashoggi’s demise in fist fight ‘bizarre’

    Scorn and disbelief at Saudi Arabia’s official explanation of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi mounted over the weekend, despite US president Donald Trump dubbing Riyadh’s belated confession that he had died “credible”.

    In America it became increasingly clear that top Republicans did not share their president’s view of Saudi claims. Riyadh said the journalist was killed in a “fist fight” as part of a rendition attempt gone wrong, after denying for weeks that he had come to any harm in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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  • John Bercow must resign if Westminster is to reform – Labour MP
    Jess Phillips says Commons Speaker should quit after damning report on ‘bullying’ workplace culture

    Labour MP Jess Phillips has called for the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand down following a damning report into Westminster’s workplace culture.

    Writing in the Observer, Phillips praises Bercow for being “a reformer and a progressive”, but concludes that he should now go.

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  • Almost 700,000 march to demand ‘People’s Vote’ on Brexit deal

    Huge London demonstration was largest since the anti-Iraq war protest in 2003

    The centre of London ground to a halt as an estimated 700,000 people from all over the UK marched peacefully on parliament to demand a second referendum on Brexit. It was the biggest outpouring of public opposition to government policy since the anti-Iraq war protest in 2003.

    The number who descended on the capital to call for a “people’s vote” exceeded all expectations of both the organisers and police. Addressing the crowds, which included dozens of MPs from all political parties, the TV personality and food writer Delia Smith said Brexit threatened to cause “unmitigated chaos”.

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  • Donald Trump and Joe Biden exchange blows in Nevada as midterms loom
    • President stages MAGA rally in support of Senator Dean Heller
    • Former VP tells union workers Trump ‘shredding’ US values

    Joe Biden took the fight to Donald Trump in Las Vegas on Saturday, before the president staged a rally in rural Nevada and on the day early voting began in the state ahead of the 6 November midterm elections.

    Related: John James: ‘Battle-tested, ready to lead’ … and a black American for Trump

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  • Alex Lewington’s late try adds gloss to Saracens’ routine win over Lyon

    • Saracens 29-10 Lyon
    • Maro Itoje opens scoring as Saracens make it two wins from two

    This is no time to be sniffy if you are an Englishman in Europe, so two wins from two for Saracens, English flag-bearers, is on balance an achievement to celebrate. But the faithful of north London remained largely in their seats throughout this mundane exercise in result collection.

    No one thought for a moment that Saracens would not win; nor did they have to do a whole lot for victory. Alex Lewington’s try with three minutes remaining brought the garnish of a bonus point – and was by some distance the most pleasing element.

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  • Trafficking drama Joy wins best film award at London film festival

    Jury calls director Sudabeh Mortezai’s film a ‘devastating portrait of resilience’

    Joy, a “raw, fresh view” of sex trafficking across Europe, has scooped the London film festival’s award for best film. The drama, from the Austrian director Sudabeh Mortezai, follows the difficult life of a young Nigerian woman, Joy, who works on the street to pay off her debts and support her family back home.

    The winner, recipient of this year’s bronze Star of London award, was announced on Saturday night in Leicester Square in front of a crowd of cinema fans before a special surprise screening of the winning film was staged.

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  • Mohamed Salah strike settles nervy Liverpool win over Huddersfield

    With this victory Liverpool equalled the 23 points from nine games of 10 seasons ago that is their best in the Premier League era. The good news for Jürgen Klopp’s side is that the cliche of grinding out wins can be evoked because they struggled throughout. While the three goals they have conceded is a also a record for this stage of a campaign, the manager did admit concern.

    “The last pass wasn’t good. How can I explain that?” Klopp said. “I need to look back at the game. The players weren’t great with their last pass. The performance wasn’t 100%, it looked like we could have scored in six or seven situations.”

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  • Afghan voters brave bloodshed and chaos to cast their votes

    At least 28 people killed as nearly 200 attacks mar parliamentary elections

    Multiple deadly attacks and administrative chaos marred Afghanistan’s long-delayed parliamentary elections, but large numbers of voters have still braved the threats and long queues to cast their ballots.

    There was bloodshed around the country, with nearly 200 attacks near polling stations or security checkpoints, at least 28 people killed and scores more injured, the interior minister, Wais Barmak, said. Perhaps the biggest blast in Kabul, late in the day, killed at least 15.

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  • First Macavity the cat, now Molly the mutt: the sequel TS Eliot dreamed of writing
    Eighty years after Old Possum, a companion collection of dog poems pays tribute to the literary giant

    From Macavity to Rum Tum Tugger, TS Eliot’s poems about cats, originally intended as gifts for his godchildren, have thrilled generations of children and adults alike, becoming a cultural phenomenon in the process.

    Now Eliot’s publishing house Faber & Faber is marking next year’s 80th anniversary of the publication of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats with a long-dreamt-of sequel. Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs, which contains 22 new poems by Costa award-winning poet and former Faber poetry editor Christopher Reid, is out this month, kickstarting a year of celebrations as the publisher heads towards its 90th year.

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  • Stanley Kubrick never paid for my early work as a composer, childhood friend reveals

    Gerald Fried, who scored five of the director’s films, on the auteur’s insecurities as a boy and demanding working methods

    They were childhood friends who collaborated on five films, including one of cinema’s most powerful anti-war movies, Paths of Glory. But Stanley Kubrick refused to pay Gerald Fried for the music he wrote for their first film, the composer has now revealed.

    That film was the 1951 Day of the Fight, a short documentary following a day in the life of middleweight Irish boxer Walter Cartier.

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  • John Bercow is not the man to fix the house. He should go | Jess Phillips
    It pains me to say it, but the Speaker is not up to the job of ending the culture of bullying at Westminister

    A fish rots from the head, apparently. I have no idea if this is fact or a fiction that makes for a brutal metaphor, one that I heard again and again in parliament last week. The fish is parliament and the head is the Speaker, John Bercow.

    Dame Laura Cox’s report into bullying and harassment had no need for putrefying metaphors. The language was clear, the message simple. In parliament, there are “systemic or institutional failings and a collective ethos in the house that have, over the years, enabled the underlying culture to develop and to persist”.

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  • Nicola Sturgeon quits BBC event over Steve Bannon invitation

    Scotland’s first minister objected strongly to inclusion of Donald Trump’s former aide

    Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of a conference being jointly hosted by the BBC next month after learning that Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon had been invited to take part.

    Scotland’s first minister said that allowing Bannon to freely express his opinions risked “legitimising or normalising far-right, racist views”.

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  • Bath’s Alex Davies misses late penalty in a 10-try draw with Wasps

    • Wasps 35-35 Bath
    • Todd Blackadder’s Bath fail to gain vital win in Pool One

    Bath want to replay last week’s Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse and their owner, Bruce Craig, would doubtless love this result to be amended as well. On balance neither side deserved to lose a frenetic 10-try thriller but, for the second Saturday in a row, a late Bath penalty miss deprived them of a crucial win in Pool 1.

    On this occasion it was Bath’s replacement fly-half, Alex Davies, who missed from a wide angle, with Freddie Burns having hobbled off injured six minutes earlier.

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  • Observer archive - Dennis Hopper, 24 October 1982

    When the actor and director came to London to promote his film The Last Movie, Philip French spoke to him and Jane Bown captured him.

    Dennis Hopper has been in London to introduce The Last Movie, the picture he directed and starred in. It won the first prize at the 1971 Venice Festival and was then withdrawn from distribution by Universal Studios after being panned by American critics. After a legal battle lasting several years, Hopper gained possession of his film, and can now show what is perhaps the best-known unseen picture of the past 20 years wherever he wishes. It opens at the ICA on Thursday.

    Hopper’s appearance belies his reputation as the Hollywood outsider who carried on rebelling both with and without a cause after the death of his friend James Dean. “Maybe I once did try living up to people’s preconceptions of Dennis Hopper after a few drinks,” he remarks, taking another sip of Perrier, the strongest thing he touches now. The young of present day America, as conformist as the Eisenhower years against which he first rebelled, tend to see him “as something BC – you know, before computers.”

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  • Trapped at the border: the forlorn Hondurans hoping to reach the US

    As some of would-be migrants head home, 4,000 remain at the Guatemala-Mexico border

    Dozens of Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence abandoned their efforts to cross through Mexico to the US amid mounting fear and exhaustion, more than a week into the gruelling journey north.

    As many as 4,000 Hondurans, including pregnant women and children, remain trapped at the Guatemala-Mexico border awaiting permission to continue the long journey to the US.

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  • Maggie Aderin-Pocock: ‘On a Chilean peak-top observatory, I’d go out and eat with the moon’

    The astronomer and Sky at Night presenter on alien diets, 3D food printers and living with a severe dairy allergy

    My parents split up when I was four. I sometimes lived with my mum, sometimes with my dad. At one point my mother lived above a sweet shop, which was exciting – BlackJacks and Fruit Salads were half a penny each – then she married a vicar. My diet changed, from my father’s traditional Nigerian food to the more English cooking of my mother. Maybe because I comfort ate, I put on a lot of weight at my mother’s. When I moved back to my father’s, I lost it.

    I went to 13 different schools while I was growing up, which made me very adaptable to most things. I loved hot sweet tea at home, but then went to boarding school aged seven and exclaimed, “This isn’t tea! It tastes like dishwater.” And Nigerians don’t traditionally eat salad or veg, so I’d say, “Some of those leaves, please.”

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  • Akwaeke Emezi: ‘I’d read everything – even the cereal box’

    The Nigerian-born writer on their acclaimed debut novel, the appeal of fantasy worlds, and the existence of multiple realities

    Akwaeke Emezi, 31, is a writer and video artist of Nigerian and Malaysian heritage and a “nonbinary trans and plural person”. Nigerian-born and raised, they currently live in Brooklyn. In 2017 Emezi won the Commonwealth short story prize (for Africa region) for Who Is Like God? Their highly acclaimed first novel, Freshwater, is a coming-of-age story that follows Ada from a troubled childhood in Nigeria to an American university where a traumatic event takes place. The book is about sexual, spiritual and emotional awakening and the negotiating of many inner voices inside a multiple self. The New York Times has hailed it a “remarkable and daring debut novel” and the New Yorker as an “indigenous fairytale”. Emezi’s children’s book, Pet, is to be published in 2019, and their second adult novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, is also due for publication.

    Your central character, Ada, is a Nigerian student in America who is inhabited by ogbanje, which I understand to be spirits in Igbo
    Ogbanje are children who die over and over again. They are considered to be tricksters, torturing their parents who hope they will stay alive. Ada is a spirit child, or ogbanje. She is not possessed by spirits; people think in binaries a lot, so that one thing has to be possessed by another. But with ogbanje, these things are collapsed.

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  • Book clinic: what books might ease my despair about the world’s state?
    From Mary Oliver’s verse to a touching tale by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, reading can be a salve for the soul

    Q: What books do you recommend to help me combat my growing misanthropy caused by despair over the increasingly gloomy outlook for our planet?
    Anonymous teacher, 55, US

    Alex Preston, author and Observer critic, writes:
    I think, in fact, that reading as a whole is a cure for misanthropy. There’s nothing like a book to persuade you that you’re not alone. John Steinbeck said: “We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story, begging the listener to say – and to feel – ‘Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.’”

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  • The People's Vote – cartoon

    As campaigners march against Brexit, a child voices the question asked by millions

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  • David Cameron led us to this calamity. Yet he stays quiet and hides in his hut | Nick Cohen
    As ex-prime minister, he has a duty to offer a solution on Brexit, but lacks the guts

    John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have warned of the dangers of Brexit. But where is the former prime minister who called the referendum that will blight Britain for as far ahead as anyone can see? Whatever happened to that likely lad? David Cameron doesn’t want to talk about it, one of his friends tells me. “He doesn’t defend the referendum, but won’t say he made a mistake either. Europe is like a family scandal. We know what’s happened but we don’t say a word: it’s his no-go zone.”

    At a personal level, the consequences swirl around him. I may be exhausting your capacity for compassion but the smallest of the casualties of Brexit has been the good fellowship of the Chipping Norton set. Naturally, the Cotswolds’ wealthy Leavers are grateful. But Cameron must resent them. He must know that he has been the useful idiot who succumbed to the demands of Rupert Murdoch’s Rebekah Brooks, a member of the local nouveau gentry by virtue of her converted barn, in the crashingly stupid belief that no harm would come from his surrender.

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  • Maurizio Sarri admits Chelsea in wrong while José Mourinho accepts apology

    • Assistant coach made ‘big mistake’ provoking United manager
    • Mourinho dismisses Marco Ianni’s actions as ‘bad education’

    Maurizio Sarri apologised to Manchester United and admitted Chelsea were in the wrong after one of his coaches sparked a furious touchline row with José Mourinho.

    Mourinho leapt from his seat on United’s bench to confront Marco Ianni after Sarri’s assistant coach celebrated Ross Barkley’s dramatic late equaliser for Chelsea by pumping his fists in front of the away dugout at Stamford Bridge. The dispute spiralled into the tunnel, forcing stewards to intervene, and led to heated exchanges between members of both benches.

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  • Good grief! Artists reimagine Peanuts – in pictures

    From 1950 to 2000, Charles M Schulz’s daily comic strip Peanuts took the adventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and Peppermint Patty around the globe. The cultural effect was profound: Snoopy was US astronauts’ official mascot, and in the 60s there was a campaign to elect him president. “Peanuts was more than just a charming comic strip,” says Claire Catterall, curator of a new exhibition celebrating Schulz’s creation. “It addressed some of life’s more dark and complex themes, such as anxiety, depression and failure, but did it in a way that was gentle and funny.” The show features the work of 20 contemporary artists. “These artists have all grown up with Peanuts,” says Catterall. “I hope their work inspires a new generation to discover it.”

    Good Grief, Charlie Brown! is at Somerset House from Thursday to 3 March 2019. An exhibition catalogue is available for £20.

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  • On the verge of F1 greatness: now Lewis Hamilton targets glamorous new empire

    He is racing to clinch his fifth title – but now there’s his fashion and music too


    In two social media posts last week, the British racing driver Lewis Hamilton showed where he has come from and how far he has travelled. The first was a link to an eight-minute Blue Peter tribute, in which he appears for approximately two seconds. The feature was on radio-controlled cars and Hamilton displays a focus and determination that would prove handy in later life by thrashing presenter John Leslie. He was seven at the time, living with his mum on an estate in Stevenage. “Remember being on Blue Peter like it was yesterday,” the 33-year-old wrote on Twitter.

    In the next post, Hamilton is in New York, filming himself last week on his phone in front of a giant billboard on which he appears in full racing garb. “Mamma I made it,” he comments, “that’s me on the Nasdaq building in Times Square.”

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  • Look on the bright side: inside a psychedelic Margate home

    Cartoon colours clash with animal prints in this flamboyant house inspired by Del Boy and Changing Rooms

    The exterior of Amy Exton’s Margate home is painted an innocuous shade of cream. From the outside, there’s no hint of what’s to come. But entering Exton’s house is like stepping into a psychedelic screensaver. Acidic yellows, pinks, blues and purples coat the floors, walls, stairs and ceilings. The effect is disorientating: 3D shapes are rendered 2D and, as the light changes, new colours emerge from every surface. Once your eyes have adjusted to the onslaught, you can start to take in the details: the cherubic lamp stands, porcelain leopards, kitsch side tables and plinths – the kind of objects that remain unsold at car boot sales. “How did this happen?” I ask.

    “I don’t come from an interior design background,” says Exton, who studied fine art at Central Saint Martins. “I haven’t got all these rules to follow. I’m just kind of doing what I think looks good.” She cites Only Fools and Horses and the 1990s TV series Changing Rooms as the inspiration behind her “trashy aesthetic”. “Most things that I like would look terrible in most interiors, but the whole grey trend just isn’t for me.”

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  • How to make it big in tech and still keep the demons at bay
    In a testosterone-laden field, many leaders hide their anxieties to avoid looking weak ... but a new culture of openness is growing

    At a mentoring session for founders of early-stage startups last year, Asi Sharabi broached a topic rarely discussed – at least frankly and in public – by the tech community: the daunting personal and psychological challenges faced by (often very young) entrepreneurs.

    “The biggest challenge on a day-to-day basis is what I call managing your own psychology: the pressure, the anxiety and all the faces you have to put on,” he told a roomful of founders selected to be part of Tech Nation’s growth programme. “I realised there are a lot of balancing acts to being a founder, especially when we decided to play the venture [capital]-backed game.”

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  • Why the lies, Boris? The best banners from the People's Vote march

    From Brexcrement and Brexshit to a Banksy-inspired placard, protesters get creative

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  • Lizzo would be a sea witch to make us all live happily ever after | Rebecca Nicholson

    The American rapper seems a natural for the remake of The Little Mermaid

    The singer and rapper Lizzo, from Minneapolis, set Twitter’s amateur casting agency ablaze when she posted her “audition tape” to play Ursula in Disney’s forthcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. “Bye bitch,” she waves, as she’s driven away from the camera wearing a dreamlike rainbow dress, chuckling in such an Ursula-esque manner that it will be an outrage worthy of mass protest if she isn’t at least considered.

    In the frantic gossip factory of the internet, Lady Gaga has been rumoured to be in line for Ursula, but there has been concern that it would be slimming down the part. Actually, it may be one of the rare situations where Gaga might not be camp enough – the look of the original 1989 Ursula was based on the drag queen Divine and Disney, apparently, couldn’t decide whether to reach out to Joan Collins or Bea Arthur for the role. (She was played, in the end, with an inimitable fag-ash croon by Pat Carroll.)

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  • Charlie Sloth leaves Radio 1 after invading stage at awards ceremony

    Rap show host swore at fellow presenter Edith Bowman after losing out to her for a prize

    The Radio 1 DJ Charlie Sloth has left the station after jumping on stage and swearing at a fellow presenter during an awards ceremony.

    He had been due to leave his Radio 1 weekday evening show The 8th in the coming weeks but his time with the station has come to an immediate end after the incident on Thursday night.

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  • Blood tales: the magic liquid that keeps us alive

    It travels 60,000 miles around our body providing energy and healing powers – so why is blood such a taboo?

    I go running around a lake and brambles scratch me. The wounds should heal quickly on my legs, but they don’t, because I scratch the scratches, and I scratch and scratch. I have always been this brutal with healing injuries, but usually my skin healed them fine. Now that I am menopausal, and my collagen is affected by my fluctuating hormones, the injuries stay as scars and reminders. I can plot every fell run, every fall, from the white lines. I know this, yet still I scratch. And I ask myself, why do I like to see the blood?

    A man I talk to at a party begins to look green after he asks what I’m working on. I don’t like to see blood on screen, but I don’t understand haemophobes and fainters. I love my blood. How could I not? This is what it does for me: it carries oxygen to my organs and tissues; it gives me the strength to run up hills and carry shopping; it removes carbon dioxide and waste products so I won’t die; it carries the white blood cells that rush to repel invaders and infection, and usually defeats them; it travels around my body along a circulation of veins, arteries and capillaries that, stretched out, would measure 60,000 miles, twice round the earth and more. All those scars and scratches: each time, my blood rushes to the injury, performs what is called, beautifully, a clotting cascade, yet doesn’t clot anywhere else.

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  • Allergies: the scourge of modern life?

    Our ancestors didn’t suffer from hay fever and food allergies were extremely rare even a few decades ago. What is causing the steep rise in their incidence now?

    To anyone from Generation X or older, it often feels like food allergies are far more common today than in their youth. While they remember them being rare or nonexistent in their school days, their own children will have classmates with allergies or they may have one themselves.

    According to the Food Standards Agency, estimates suggest that about 5-8% of children and 1-2% of adults are affected by food allergies in the UK. The recent headlines about fatal allergic reactions, such as that of two Pret a Manger customers, heighten the impression that food allergies are more commonplace.

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  • Fahrenheit 11/9 review – Michael Moore gets his voice back

    The documentarist uses his trademark style to make an alarmingly persuasive case that US democracy is under threat

    It had become a little too easy to dismiss documentarian Michael Moore, on the strength of his fairly scattershot recent offerings. Sicko made a persuasive case for socialised medicine in America, but rather undermined its own cause by wilfully misinterpreting the healthcare systems in other countries. The message of Where to Invade Next was partially obscured by all the grandstanding gimmickry.

    But with this searing, broad-ranging account of the political trends in the US, Moore reaffirms himself as one of the essential voices offering commentary on the world today. It’s just a shame that that voice frequently sounds so glib. It takes a while to realise that the anger and outrage that power this film are unfeigned.

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  • No more silence: how our film helped give Franco’s victims a voice at last

    Stolen babies, torture, mass graves … Spain’s historic scandals have been hidden by decades of ‘national amnesia’. A new documentary aims to change all that

    On Christmas Eve 1981, an 18-year-old girl from the Spanish town of La Línea de la Concepción, just over the border from Gibraltar, was admitted to hospital. She was young, pregnant and unmarried – sinful in the eyes of a conservative society only just emerging from 40 years of dictatorship.

    María Mercedes Bueno never saw her baby. The doctor put her to sleep during labour. When she came round, he informed her that her baby had been stillborn and that the hospital would take care of the burial. Twenty-eight years later, she discovered the truth: she and her daughter were among the tens of thousands – some estimate hundreds of thousands – affected by Spain’s “stolen children” scandal, an eugenics-inspired programme which had its origins in the early years of Franco’s rule.

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  • No one is convinced by the Saudi story of a ‘fistfight’ that went wrong
    Jamal Khashoggi’s death leaves the crown prince’s reputation in the west in tatters, however much Trump says otherwise

    This is where truth and realpolitik collide. Saudi Arabia’s belated, incomplete and highly tendentious explanation for the death of Jamal Khashoggi is barely credible, and will certainly be dismissed by critics of the Saudi regime and by the journalist’s friends and supporters as an ugly fabrication or, at the very least, a gross distortion of the facts.

    But for western governments, first and foremost the US, the statement in the early hours of Saturday from Riyadh claiming that Khashoggi was unintentionally killed in a “fist fight” offers a possible way out of a diplomatic crisis that has threatened to disrupt, or even destroy, a political, security and financial relationship they regard as vital to their national interests.

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  • Danny Cipriani sent off for shoulder to face as Munster beat Gloucester

    • Pool 2: Munster 36-22 Gloucester
    • Gloucester fly-half apologises after being shown red card

    Danny Cipriani capped a bad week with a first-half red card for a high tackle that sent 14-man Gloucester spinning to defeat against at Thomond Park. Cipriani, snubbed by Eddie Jones on Thursday when England’s autumn series squad was named, was sent off in the 28th minute by the French referee Alexandre Ruiz after the fly-half’s right shoulder made contact with the head of the Munster centre Rory Scannell.

    Tries from Mike Haley and Rhys Marshall then gave Munster a 15-3 half-time lead. The Irish province had their bonus point by the 55th minute thanks to Joey Carbery’s first European try in the red jersey and a Sam Arnold score.

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  • Elizabeth Warren defends releasing DNA test to show Native American heritage

    Decision criticised by some Native American groups but senator says she is not claiming to be a citizen of any tribal nation

    In a Massachusetts senatorial debate on Friday night, Elizabeth Warren defended her decision to release this week DNA test results that provide some evidence a Native American is in her bloodline, saying: “I am an open book.”

    Related: Donald Trump rains insults on Elizabeth Warren after DNA test

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  • Romesh Ranganathan: ‘If someone says “did you enjoy that?” I know I’ve died on my arse’

    The comedian, 40, talks about being a maths teacher, a near-death experience and trying to be funny when he met Jack Dee

    Being a comedian wasn’t ever the plan. I loved stand-up, but I never thought you could do it as a job. It’s like saying: “I’m going to be a Hollywood actor.” It doesn’t feel like a career path. The ambition was to be a teacher who had comedy as a hobby.

    I chose to be a maths teacher because I thought the marking would be easy. You’d just tick and cross, whereas if you’re an English teacher, you’ve got to read essays. Then they said I had to analyse the methodology. It takes an eternity, it’s insane!

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  • The steps to gender equality are more than male Trump voters can handle | Arwa Mahdawi

    A recent poll found Trump voters think men are one of the most persecuted groups in the US. Really?

    The Week in Patriarchy is a weekly roundup of what’s happening in the world of feminism and sexism. If you’re not already receiving it by email, make sure to subscribe.

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  • Priced out of flats, now moved on in their vans: Bristol’s rent crisis
    Hundreds of low-paid workers across Britain are forced to live in vehicles. But they face an uncertain future

    Brian Meekle’s caravan is parked beside the M32 motorway that cuts through the eastern half of Bristol. Meekle has been living there for the past two months because he doesn’t earn enough from the 33-to-45-hour weeks he works at a nearby retail warehouse to pay the rent for a flat.

    “The rents in Bristol have rocketed,” he says above the roar of lorries and cars. “I am doing agency work but it could dry up on Monday. It’s all minimum wage stuff.” Meekle’s temporary home is in a ramshackle line of 16 caravans and vans. There are at least seven other vehicle encampments in the city, including in wealthy neighbourhoods such as Clifton Down. Bristol city council estimates that around 200 people are sleeping in vehicles across the city.

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  • Man whose allegations sparked Westminster abuse inquiry in court

    The 50-year-old man ‘Nick’ has been remanded in custody until next month

    The man known as “Nick” whose allegations sparked the Westminster VIP sex abuse inquiry has appeared in court charged with lying to police and fraudulently receiving £22,000 in compensation.

    The 50-year-old – whose real identity cannot be revealed for legal reasons – is accused of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.

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  • John James: ‘Battle-tested, ready to lead’ … and a black American for Trump

    African Americans overwhelmingly oppose the president but the West Point grad, fighting for a Senate seat in Michigan, insists race is no bar to being a Republican

    Ted Nugent filled the cavernous hangar with a rasping, distortion-heavy rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, inverting the politics of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Donald Trump Jr, accompanied by girlfriend and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, emulated his father’s raucous circus act with jibes, untruths and a question: “Honestly, what do you have to lose?”

    Related: UK joins chorus of disapproval after Trump praises assault on Guardian reporter

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  • Minor earthquakes detected near fracking site in Lancashire

    One tremor was magnitude 0.3, the level beyond which experts say fracking has to proceed with caution

    A series of small earthquakes have been detected in Lancashire close to the site where fracking operations began this week.

    The British Geological Survey (BGS), which provides impartial advice on environmental processes, recorded four tremors in the vicinity of the energy firm Cuadrilla’s site on Preston New Road near Blackpool on Friday.

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  • Joe Root and Eoin Morgan clinch England series win in Sri Lankan rain
    • Sri Lanka 237-7; England 132-2. England by 18 runs (DLS)
    • Victory in fourth ODI seals series 3-0 with one to play

    It was probably always going to be the case that this soggy one-day series between Sri Lanka and England would be settled by another downpour.

    At 3.45pm local time, and with Eoin Morgan on 31 and Joe Root on 32 having steered the tourists to 132 for two from 27 overs in pursuit of 274, the rain began to fall. Light at first, within moments it was clear this was no passing shower but instead a tropical storm.

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  • 'We never used to have fires like this': the human cost of California's wildfires

    Photographer Gideon Mendel documents the residents of Shasta county as they return to their fire-ravaged homes. Interviews by Federica Armstrong

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  • Two men appear in court charged with Battersea murder

    Michael Swan, 45, and Gary Beech, 48, are accused of killing Ian Tomlin, 46

    Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a 46-year-old man in south-west London.

    Michael Swan, 45, and Gary Beech, 48, appeared at Wimbledon magistrates court over the death of Ian Tomlin.

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  • BepiColombo spacecraft launches on mission to Mercury

    Experts say planet could offer new insights into how solar system formed

    A British-built spacecraft fitted with Star Trek-style “impulse engines” is on its way to Mercury, the planet closest to the sun.

    BepiColombo blasted into space from the European space port at Kourou, French Guiana, at about 2.45am UK time on Saturday. It was carried on top of an Ariane 5, the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) most powerful rocket.

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  • Sajid Javid lambasted for 'Asian paedophiles' tweet

    Home secretary criticised for noting the ethnicity of the grooming gang in Huddersfield

    The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has been rebuked by MPs and human rights campaigners for tweeting about “Asian paedophiles”.

    Javid highlighted the case of a grooming gang in Huddersfield that raped and abused girls as young as 11. The group of men were found guilty on Friday of more than 120 offences against 15 girls.

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  • Viola Davis: 'I stifled who I was to be seen as pretty. I lost years'

    Success hasn’t come easy for the Oscar-winning star. She talks to Benjamin Lee about the limited roles black actors are offered, why The Help was a missed opportunity, and how she learned to take the lead – in life and on screen

    In the opening scene of Widows, the new thriller from artist-turned-director Steve McQueen, Viola Davis lies in bed, passionately kissing her on-screen husband, Liam Neeson. A kiss between a married couple might not seem remarkable, but for Davis it is a groundbreaking moment.

    “For me, this is something you’ll not see this year, last year, the year before that,” Davis says, sitting in her living room in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles. “That is, a dark-skinned woman of colour, at 53 years old, kissing Liam Neeson. Not just kissing a white man,” she adds, “Liam Neeson, a hunk. And kissing him sexually, romantically.”

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