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  • Post-Brexit trade deals 'threaten UK's animal welfare standards'

    House of Lords report warns farmers will be pressured by imports from countries that use cheaper methods to produce food

    “Overwhelming” support in the UK for high animal welfare standards is under threat from Brexit, an influential parliamentary committee has said.

    The report from the House of Lords warns the standards of UK producers could be put under pressure by demands from other countries to allow an influx of cheap and lower-standard food as part of trade deals.

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  • These squares are our squares: be angry about the privatisation of public space

    Public space is a right not a privilege; yet Britain is in the midst of the biggest sell-off of common space since the enclosures of the 17th and 18th century

    The public spaces of London, the collective assets of the city’s citizens, are being sold to corporations – privatised – without explanation or apology. The process has been strategically engineered to seem necessary, benign and even inconsequential, but behind the veil, the simple fact is this: the United Kingdom is in the midst of the largest sell-off of common space since the enclosures of the 17th and 18th century, and London is the epicentre of the fire sale.

    Cities shape our experiences. As we drift through the winding streets of our capital, our mood is affected by the bustling, menacing or inert environments we encounter. Stumbling upon a quiet square in the middle of a busy day can feel like finding water in the desert. In the days and weeks that follow, we might seek that spot instead of chancing across it, making it ‘ours’ in a meaningful way. Over years living in a city, we all weave mental maps of the squares, parks, paths and gardens where we pause, recharge, and meet. These are our public spaces.

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  • Venezuela elections: all you need to know

    Nicolás Maduro has convened a national vote on 30 July to elect a group to redraft the constitution – a move that his many opponents call a power grab

    Related: Venezuela's chief prosecutor becomes hate figure for Maduro supporters

    Tensions are near breaking point in Venezuela ahead of a vote on 30 July which the beleaguered president, Nicolás Maduro, says will stabilize the flailing country – home to the world’s largest oil reserves – and which the opposition describes as a bald-faced power grab.

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  • Why suspicion remains over Polish president's veto of contentious laws

    Fears Duda is not defending of rule of law but coordinating response with ruling party to eventually put judiciary under its control

    The Polish president Andrzej Duda’s decision to yield to street protests and veto two of three bills that threatened to give the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) control of the country’s judicial system was as surprising as it was dramatic.

    A former PiS MEP and relative unknown before his election to the presidency in 2015, Duda, as the country’s head of state, is nominally above party politics. In practice, however, he has played an instrumental role in his former party’s hostile takeover of public media outlets and the country’s highest constitutional court. Critics have accused him of violating his oath to uphold the Polish constitution on innumerable occasions.

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  • Crouching tiger, hidden hairdo: World Illustration awards – in pictures

    From a Hokusai-inspired wave resembling Donald Trump’s combover to a philosophical picture book for children, the World Illustration awards exhibition recognises the bold and colourful work by illustrators around the world

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  • Here’s why every capitalist should connect with nature | Patrick Barkham
    I’ll tell you what others won’t. An appreciation of the natural world could save you – and us – a lot of money

    • Patrick Barkham is a Guardian columnist

    A third of people can’t identify a barn owl and three quarters don’t recognise a hawthorn tree. One in six have never had the pleasure of seeing a toad. And 13% say they haven’t visited the countryside for more than two years.

    The findings of a new survey are unsurprising but they remind us that, instead of wringing hands about children’s disengagement from nature, we must encourage adults. Nearly four in 10 parents admit they don’t know enough to teach their children about wildlife, according to the research for Jordans Cereals. Sceptics might ask exactly how identifying a hawthorn equips us for the global race. There’s a romantic riposte, but I’ll offer a purely practical answer.

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  • 'As it dies, I die also': your Microsoft Paint creations

    Our readers share paens to MS Paint, which is not long of this world

    Microsoft Paint is soon to head to the great bitmap in the sky, so we asked our readers to share their own images created using the venerable graphics editing program.

    Some contributions were deeply odd and must never be seen by human eyes. Of the others, we have carefully rounded up our favourites and present them to you below.

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  • Large rise in takeaway shops highlights dominance of fast food in deprived areas

    New data shows number of fast food outlets in England has increased by 4,000 since 2014, sparking fears that councils are losing battle to limit obesity levels

    The total number of takeaway food shops in England has risen by 4,000 in the past three years, an increase of 8%, sparking fears that councils are losing the battle to limit obesity levels via planning rules that restrict new fast food outlets.

    According to new figures provided to the Guardian by Cambridge University’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research (Cedar), there are now 56,638 takeaways in England – more than a quarter of all the country’s food outlets – with some of the heaviest concentrations of fast food found in England’s poorest and most deprived neighbourhoods.

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  • SFO says it is investigating Rio Tinto over Guinea operations

    Mining group says it will ‘fully cooperate’ with authorities investigating suspected corruption

    The Serious Fraud Office has opened an investigation into how the mining company Rio Tinto conducted business in the Republic of Guinea.

    “The Serious Fraud Office has opened an investigation into suspected corruption in the conduct of business in the Republic of Guinea by the Rio Tinto group, its employees and others associated with it,” the SFO said in a statement on Monday.

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  • TNT parcels 'backed up to ceiling' in wake of massive cyberattack

    Customers voice frustration as FedEx-owned courier admits it is struggling to deal with impact of NotPetya attack

    Parcels are backing up at TNT depots in their thousands after the company admitted it is still struggling to deal with the aftermath of June’s cyber-attack that crippled IT systems around the world.

    Frustrated customers trying to get news of their undelivered parcels have been told by TNT’s UK staff that consignments at its East Midlands hub are “going up to the ceiling” as international shipments are still having to be processed by hand.

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  • Alien species invasions and global warming a 'deadly duo', warn scientists

    Foreign animals and plants can cause huge damage, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example of how climate change is boosting the threat

    Invasions by alien species and global warming form a “deadly duo”, scientists have warned, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example. The public are being asked to be on alert for invaders such as the raccoon dog and Asian hornet, as eradication can be near impossible after a species becomes established.

    As trade and human travel has become globalised many thousands of species have crossed oceans or mountain ranges and become established in new regions, with some causing “invasional meltdown” and over a trillion of dollars of damage a year.

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  • Tuesday briefing: The next financial crisis is parked out front

    Car finance, credit cards and personal loans pose risk of crash, says Bank of England … Israel to remove al-Aqsa metal detectors … and rescuing the Isis sex slaves

    Good morning – Warren Murray here with your Tuesday briefing.

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  • Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

    When Isis rounded up Yazidi women and girls in Iraq to use as slaves, the captives drew on their collective memory of past oppressions – and a powerful will to survive. By Cathy Otten

    The day before Isis came was a holiday in Sinjar district, northern Iraq. Yazidis gathered to celebrate the end of a fasting period. It was 2 August 2014. Harvested wheat fields stood short and stubbly under the shadowless sun. People slaughtered sheep and gathered with their relatives to celebrate the holiday, handing out sweets and exchanging news and gossip. In the past, they would have invited their Muslim neighbours to join the celebrations, but more recently a distance had grown between them, leading the villagers to keep mostly to their own.

    The atmosphere was restless and the temperature peaked above 40C (104F). The top of Mount Sinjar, just north of the town of Sinjar itself, appeared to be shimmering in the heat, and the people living below mostly avoided travelling until after the sun had set, when the streets were filled with neighbours trading fearful rumours, and men patrolling with guns.

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  • ‘Avoid dark areas’: are music festivals doing enough to tackle sexual assault?

    Reports of rape and other attacks are on the rise but, from grassroots groups to industry efforts, measures are being undertaken to keep attendees safe

    Festival season is a time of joy, sunburn and sloshing about in muddy fields. However, this booming industry – which attracts millions of attendees each year and contributed to the £4bn revenues generated by the UK’s live music industry in 2016 – has a dark side. From family-oriented Latitude to the largely tweenage V festival, few British festivals seem to be immune from allegations of rape and sexual assault. Between 2014 and 2016, eight sexual assaults were reported at Reading festival, a post-GCSE venue for many teens. In 2013, a male nurse was convicted of attacking two women in the medical tent at Wilderness. Just last week, police announced that “inquiries continue” regarding a sexual assault on a bridge close to Glastonbury’s Silver Hayes dance field, and an alleged assault by a security guard at London one-dayer Lovebox has also been well publicised.

    While many attacks happen out of the way of the main arenas of such events, others occur in the thick of the festival; in 2011, a 15-year-old alleged that she had been raped close to the main stage of Bestival on the Isle of Wight. I was also at the festival that year, and while thankfully I had a safe trip, I was flashed as I exited a toilet, again close to the main stage. Along with more serious cases, the incident compounded my fear that maybe festivals weren’t the safe, escapist realms I had hoped they were.

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  • Dark knight rising: why Ben Affleck's Batman is the key to DC's movie future

    Last year’s Batman v Superman almost trashed the Batmobile, but DC needs to harness the Batfleck’s potential to connect its slate of Extended Universe films

    Related: Ben Affleck says he will be The Batman despite report he would relinquish role

    If the Marvel Cinematic Universe really does come to a close following the events of 2019’s as-yet-untitled Avengers: Infinity War sequel, as president Kevin Feige has been hinting, it will have achieved something historic. Apart from the odd bump in the road – anyone remember Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk? – it might just be possible for fans to rewatch more than 20 movies, stretching back to 2008’s Iron Man, which are all to a greater or lesser extent internally consistent with each other.

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  • Hackers undermine Russia's attempts to control the internet

    Authorities have blacklisted thousands of sites for political dissent since Putin’s re-election in 2012 – but activists have subverted the system

    Moscow’s attempt to control the internet inside Russia has come unstuck following a campaign by hackers who have subverted a system of blacklisting sites deemed inappropriate.

    Since Vladimir Putin’s re-election in 2012, authorities have banned thousands of sites – some for promoting “social ills”, others for political dissent – by inscribing their particulars on a blacklist and forcing internet service providers (ISPs) to block them.

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  • Labour should exploit the Tories’ disarray on Europe, not copy it | Polly Toynbee

    International trade secretary Liam Fox’s fantasy is unravelling. Now is not the time for the left to back the calamity of a hard Brexit

    • Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist

    Liam Fox is the American bridge, dashing to forge a trade agreement that Donald Trump has promised will be “a very, very big deal, a very powerful deal”. The Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom in Washington promises Fox will “send a powerful message to Europe and the world that Britain is back as a great sovereign trading power”. Tally-ho.

    Related: Brexit means leaving the single market and the customs union. Here’s why | Barry Gardiner

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  • Trump's speech to Boy Scouts: fake news, crowd size and New York's hottest people

    The US president addressed the Boy Scouts at their jamboree, but amid the scripted praise of scouting values, there were some familiar ad libs

    On Monday evening, Donald Trump gave a speech to the 19th National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Although he came armed with a prepared speech about the merits of scouting – each US president serves as the group’s honorary president – and declared at the start that he would not talk about politics, Trump went predictably off-script to talk about some favourite topics. And politics.

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  • Scandals threaten Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's grip on power

    Once seemingly unassailable, Abe is now dogged by plunging polls and allegations of giving favours to two school operators

    Shinzo Abe is fighting for his future as Japan’s prime minister as scandals drag his government’s popularity close to what political observers describe as “death zone” levels.

    Apart from clouding Abe’s hopes of winning another term as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) when a vote is held next year, the polling slump also undermines his long-running push to revise Japan’s war-renouncing constitution.

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  • Macron attempts to broker Libyan peace with meeting of leaders

    French president convenes talks between heads of rival factions in attempt to increase conflict-ravaged country’s political stability

    The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is to convene face-to-face talks in Europe between the leaders of the rival Libyan factions in an attempt to bring peace and political stability to the country.

    A stable Libya is a precondition for ending the flow of refugees through the Mediterranean that has upended Italian politics and has the potential to undermine support for the European Union.

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  • 'Out of control': saltwater crocodile attacks terrorise Solomon Islands

    Steps to control protected reptiles have seen 40 killed this year and could bring an end to the ban on exporting their skins

    A growing number of crocodile attacks is forcing police in the Solomon Islands to shoot the animals and to consider lifting a 30-year ban on exporting their valuable skins in order to control the population.

    There have been more than 10 crocodile attacks on people this year, as well as dozens of assaults on livestock and domestic animals around the Solomon Islands, which is home to 600,000 people.

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  • New swimming spot on Paris canal closed due to pollution

    ‘Unsatisfactory’ water quality sparks bathing ban at three floating pools on Canal de l’Ourcq that were intended to help Parisiens beat the heat

    A new public bathing area on a Paris canal that has been helping residents keep cool during the summer has been temporarily closed due to pollution just a week after opening.

    The city of Paris tweeted that three floating pools on the Canal de l’Ourcq were closed because the water quality was “unsatisfactory”.

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  • EasyJet to hire more than 1,000 cabin crew staff

    Budget airline announces largest cabin crew intake in its 21-year history, taking total to 8,100

    EasyJet has announced the largest cabin crew intake in its 21-year history, with plans to hire more than 1,000 staff. More than 1,200 men and women will be given permanent and fixed-term positions at the budget airline. This will increase its total number of cabin crew to 8,100.

    Earlier this year, the Luton-based carrier revealed that it was recruiting more than 450 pilots and providing opportunities for its first officers to be promoted to captaincy roles.

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  • Not so fast: Despacito singers tell Nicolás Maduro to stop using remixed song

    Venezuelan president’s attempt to co-opt the global hit for political purposes backfires with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee calling the use ‘illegal’

    Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro’s attempt to use Latin hit Despacito - which means “slowly” – to inject some cool into his controversial new congress has backfired quickly.

    Maduro’s unpopular leftist government on Sunday promoted a remixed version of Despacito to encourage Venezuelans to vote for the Constituent Assembly, which will have powers to rewrite the national charter and supersede other institutions.

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  • Israel to remove metal detectors from holy site in Jerusalem

    Late-night announcement regarding al-Aqsa mosque comes after days of violent confrontations that have claimed seven lives

    Israel has announced it will remove controversial metal detectors from entrances to the sensitive compound that houses the al-Aqsa mosque.

    The late-night announcement by the office of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is designed to end the crisis over the holy site. Days of violent confrontations have claimed seven lives.

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  • Trump commission can resume collecting voter data, federal judge rules

    Facing privacy lawsuit, president’s election integrity commission had paused its request that states provide names, partial social security numbers and more

    A federal judge on Monday cleared the way for Donald Trump’s commission on election fraud to resume collecting detailed voter roll information from the states.

    The commission asked states last month to provide publicly available data including registered voters’ names, birth dates and partial social security numbers, but it later told them to hold off until a judge ruled on a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic) in Washington.

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  • Euro 2017: Holland beat Belgium to qualify as Norway crash out to Denmark
    • Belgium 1-2 Holland: hosts win all three games to top Group A
    • Norway 0-1 Denmark: goal from Katrine Veje sees off 2013 finalists

    Holland became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2017 with a 2-1 win over their neighbours Belgium.

    The tournament hosts took the lead through their captain, Sherida Spitse, who scored a 27th-minute penalty, before Belgium’s Tessa Wullaert hit a bizarre long-range strike to level the scores, the first goal Holland have conceded all tournament.

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  • Foreign governments must 'pressure South Sudan to end epidemic of rape'

    NGO urges donor countries to speak out about sexual violence in South Sudan, following Amnesty report detailing scale of atrocities

    Donor countries should be pressuring the government of South Sudan to end the sexual violence being carried out on a mass scale and with impunity in the country, say campaigners

    Karen Naimer, a director at advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights, said countries that give aid must hold the recipient government’s “feet to the fire”by speaking publicly about atrocities and insisting they do the same.

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  • Half of children needing summer food bank support are in primary school

    Under-fours made up 27% of the children receiving emergency food supplies last July and August, Trussell Trust research shows

    Half of the children needing help from food banks last summer were in primary school and more than a quarter were under the age of five, according to research.

    The UK’s biggest food bank network, the Trussell Trust, has revealed that 67,500 three-day emergency food packages went to children in July and August 2016 – 4,000 more than in the preceding two months.

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  • Secret transgender Victorian surgeon feted by Heritage England

    Dr James Barry, who concealed the fact that he was a woman throughout successful medical career, recognised by Historic England

    He died in 1865 and his gravestone reads simply “Dr James Barry, Inspector General of Hospitals”. However, he was one of the most renowned of all Victorian surgeons, and because he was born Margaret Ann Bulkley, he holds an important place in the UK’s transgender history.

    The site is being marked by Historic England, which on Tuesday announces a slew of heritage listings and relistings of places which are part of the nation’s LGBTQ story. In total there are two new listings and 14 relistings, announced to mark this week’s 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which, albeit partially, decriminalised homosexuality.

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  • Leaseholds on new-build houses in England to be banned

    Ground rents on flats could also be cut to zero under proposals to be outlined by communities secretary Sajid Javid

    Builders are to be banned by the government from selling houses as leasehold in England and ground rents on flats could be cut to zero following widespread outrage over exploitative contracts.

    In a blow for major housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon, communities secretary Sajid Javid will on Tuesday set out plans to “ban new-build houses being sold as leasehold as well as restricting ground rents to as low as zero”.

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  • Women in TV aren't trusted as writers, claims Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright

    Sally Wainwright, who also wrote for Coronation Street, speaks out about inequality in the broadcasting industry

    The creator of the BBC crime drama Happy Valley has spoken about gender discrimination in the TV industry, claiming that men are “trusted more” and that women “have to prove they’re going to be good at it”.

    Sally Wainwright said the atmosphere on Coronation Street, which she used to write for, was “overwhelmingly male” and that the industry remains tough.

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  • Bookie in plea to Gambling Commission over ‘matched-betting’ activity
    • Geoff Banks claims his website was flooded by falsified registrations
    • John Gosden will decide in midweek if Enable runs in the King George

    Geoff Banks, a prominent figure in bookmaking for the past 20 years, said on Monday that he has lodged a complaint with the Gambling Commission over the activities of a “matched betting” website, which recently flooded his own website with punters hoping to exploit a promotion to make guaranteed profits.

    “Matched betting” allows backers to lock in profits by balancing free bets or offers of bets at inflated odds against “lay” bets on a betting exchange such as Betfair. Banks is a critic of the “bonus culture” in modern gambling, which uses promotional bets to entice new customers, and would like to see such incentives banned, but says he is forced to operate such schemes to compete for new clients.

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  • Former leaders of religious sect found guilty of practicing polygamy in Canada

    Winston Blackmore, 61, one of the former bishops of a breakaway Mormon community in British Columbia, reportedly fathered at least 146 children

    A Canadian court has found two former leaders of a breakaway religious sect guilty of practicing polygamy, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said, after a decades-long attempt to arraign members of the group.

    Winston Blackmore and James Oler, former bishops of the breakaway Mormon community of Bountiful in south-eastern British Columbia, were found guilty by a British Columbia supreme court judge of one count of polygamy each.

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  • England Women’s World Cup triumph should transform fortunes of the players

    • Exposure from victory could lead to advertising and sponsorship deals
    • Win described as ‘watershed moment’ by Anya Shrubsole and Clare Connor

    The lives of England’s World Cup-winning team and future generations of female cricketers will be transformed by the victory, according to leading agents and sport marketing experts.

    Anya Shrubsole, whose incredible bowling turned almost certain defeat into victory against India, said it felt like a “watershed moment” for the sport played out before a capacity crowd at Lord’s. The £512,000 prize-money has been split equally among the 15-strong squad, meaning £34,000 a player. For players on central contracts worth around £50,000 plus match fees and bonuses, that represents a huge increase in their annual income.

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  • Kem and Amber win Love Island: The Final – as it happened

    The couple fought off competition from Jamie and Camilla to be crowned king and queen of the Love Island villa. Then the show got recommissioned for another series and everyone below the line was happy!

    • Sun, sex and mugging off: is it wrong to be watching Love Island?

    So there’s to be more Love Island next year and, based on user feedback, another liveblog just like this. Who said 2017 was all bad news? Thanks for reading everyone and see you in 2018!

    Judging by the comments (I’m paraphrasing here, but they were basically “love the liveblog Tim – an interesting subject that you’ve brought to life with your incisive prose”) I know that everyone will be very sad that Love Island is now over. Which is why I am here to share some VERY GOOD NEWS with you from Press Association ...


    A new batch of singletons looking for romance will enter the Love Island villa when the hit reality show returns for a fourth series in 2018.

    The show has been recommissioned for another run next year as the third series comes to an end. The seven-week show, in which young people pair up in a villa in Majorca, has been a ratings hit for ITV2. The channel says the show is its most successful format among 16-34s.

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  • Keir Starmer in talks for role with law firm that represented Gina Miller

    Tory MP raises possible conflict of interest over shadow Brexit secretary having paid advisory post with Mishcon de Reya

    The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, is in talks over a possible role with the law firm that represented Gina Miller in her court battle with the government over article 50, leading a Conservative MP to raise the question as to whether it could involve a conflict of interest.

    Starmer, a barrister and director of public prosecutions before he entered parliament, is discussing the possibility of the paid advisory role with Mishcon de Reya, the firm said.

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  • Amateur boxing’s president set to be forced out amid financial turmoil
    • Allegations of financial irregularities at world governing body Aiba
    • Motion of no confidence passed against its president, Wu Ching-kuo

    The president of amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, is set to be ousted from his position with instability and financial turmoil growing at the organisation.

    Wu Ching-kuo will be asked to step down after 13 members voted to pass a motion of no confidence in the president with a further two abstaining from voting at a meeting of executive committee members in Moscow on Monday. There will also be an extraordinary congress in the coming months where Wu will be asked to explain alleged financial irregularities at the organisation, concerns first raised by individuals speaking to the Guardian.

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  • Swansea reject second Everton bid worth £45m for Gylfi Sigurdsson
    • Swansea stand firm in £50m valuation for Iceland international
    • Everton’s initial £40m bid rejected but negotiations remain open

    Swansea City remain resolute in their £50m valuation of Gylfi Sigurdsson, having rejected a second bid worth up to £45m from Everton for the Iceland international.

    Everton had a £40m offer for the 27-year-old rejected a fortnight ago, when Sigurdsson stunned Swansea officials and team-mates by pulling out of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, and an improved deal met a similar fate on Monday. That bid is understood to have been £40m plus £5m in add-ons.

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  • Ben Proud follows Adam Peaty’s example as Great Britain claim two golds
    • Peaty secures second successive 100m breaststroke world title
    • Proud takes surprise first place in 50m butterfly in 22.75sec

    The Olympic champion Adam Peaty claimed an expected title before proving the inspiration for his Great Britain team-mate Ben Proud to secure a surprise gold medal at the world championships in Budapest on Monday night.

    Peaty bettered his own championship record to finish in 57.47sec but his own world record of 57.13, set last August in winning Olympic gold in Rio, was beyond him.

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  • Angry protesters challenge police over death of Rashan Charles

    Stand Up To Racism vigil blocks east London high street after a 20-year-old black father died following a police chase

    Demonstrators have brought a busy London high street to a standstill in protest at the death of a black man after a police chase.

    Unverified footage on social media appeared to show at least one police officer attempting to restrain Rashan Charles, 20, on the floor of a convenience store on Kingsland Road, east London, on Saturday at 1.45am.

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  • Premier League’s missing men: where have all the Scottish managers gone?
    For the first time since England’s top division rebranded there will not be a Scottish manager in charge of one of its clubs when the season gets under way. In 2011 there were seven, so why has their star fallen?

    It was a high point at the most curious of times. In 2011, long after Scotland’s national team had slid away from finals participation and its players had been revered in the English top flight, a mini coaching phenomenon was in play. Seven of the Premier League’s 20 managers were Scottish.

    To say nothing lasts forever is gross understatement in these short-term football times but the onset of season 2017-18 still provides a grim line in the sand. There will not be a single manager from north of the border when England’s top division gets under way, breaking a record of at least one per seasonal start which stretches back to the league’s 1992 rebranding. The run is technically even longer, given Sir Alex Ferguson took over at Manchester United six years earlier. Context is of course necessary; only five of those in Premier League office are English.

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  • Martin Rowson on the Tories' new energy policy – cartoon
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  • Surge in vehicles being clamped since tax disc abolition, data shows

    DVLA says in past three years there has been 166% rise in clamping of vehicles because of a failure to pay vehicle duty

    The number of drivers whose vehicles have been clamped for failing to pay vehicle excise duty (VED) has more than doubled since tax discs were abolished, figures have shown.

    The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said there had been a 166% increase in wheel-clamping operations in the three years to April.

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  • Pressure on Ofcom grows to force BBC to increase diversity

    Groups call on media regulator to introduce diversity targets for number of BAME off-screen staff at BBC

    Ofcom, the media regulator, is facing new pressure to use its powers to force the BBC to increase the diversity of its workforce after the corporation published the pay of its top stars last week.

    Submissions to Ofcom, part of a consultation into how it will regulate the BBC, call on the body to introduce diversity targets for the number of BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) staff working behind the scenes.

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  • Those who failed Sarah Reed must be held to account | Lee Jasper
    Her tragic death was entirely avoidable. Though she had a mental illness, her treatment in Holloway prison was harsh and she took her own life

    • Lee Jasper is a member of the Sarah Reed Justice Campaign

    There were from time to time gasps, cries and exclamations coming from the public, the family and the jury as we sat through Sarah Reed’s inquest at the City Of London coroner’s court, which ended last week.

    Sarah died on 11 January 2016 while on remand at Holloway women’s prison, London. She was on the medical wing of the prison and was reportedly found, at around 8am, lying on her prison bed. The crown asserted, and the jury agreed, that Sarah had killed herself through “self-strangulation”.

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  • The Guardian view on the single market: a viable Brexit path | Editorial
    The referendum mandate leaves many possible avenues for interpretation. None should be closed off prematurely

    The instruction expressed by last year’s referendum does not get more detailed over time. It was as precise and as vague as the question on the ballot paper. A slim majority backed exit from the EU, but anything beyond that is a matter of interpretation.

    There is no precedent. There are European countries that have close economic and political ties to the bloc without full membership. But none is neatly analogous in size or history to the UK. Arrangements that work for Iceland, Switzerland or Norway, cannot be plucked from a Brussels shelf and applied to Britain.

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  • Nelson Mandela book withdrawn after outrage from widow

    Graça Machel had threatened legal action over book by Mandela’s doctor revealing family disputes over his care

    A new book detailing Nelson Mandela’s last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his widow, the publisher Penguin Random House has announced.

    The book by Mandela’s physician, Vejay Ramlakan, was released last week to coincide with the late South African anti-apartheid leader’s birthday, 18 July, which is marked each year as Mandela Day.

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  • Anya Shrubsole: ‘It is quite hard to remember everything that happened’
    England’s hero from the Women’s World Cup final victory over India says she was so focused during the match the scale of her achievement took time to sink in

    The power of recall among sports people is a peculiar thing. Perhaps it is because their work relies on reaction and instinct but many are prone to misremembering their own spectacular feats: forgetting dates, venues or even the details of the performance itself. For example, in cricket, it is common for batsmen looking back on their careers to recall an early breakthrough knock as a century when it may have only been a match-winning 60. Slowly but surely the sands of time scrape away at authentic memory.

    During England’s celebrations deep into the London night, after the most miraculous of World Cup wins against India at Lord’s, Anya Shrubsole, player of the match award stuffed in her bag after a match-winning six for 46 (such is her modesty her medal was buried deeper instead of around her neck), was given a piece of advice: to write something down – her feelings, her emotions or simply the thoughts running through her head; to commit to paper a moment that deserves permanency.

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  • Tesco to extend same-day online delivery service across UK

    Service will cover more than 99% of UK households, says supermarket as fears grow over Amazon’s foray into groceries market

    Tesco is going head to head with Amazon by extending its same-day online grocery delivery service across the UK.

    Britain’s biggest supermarket chain said on Monday that the service, which is only available in London and rest of the south-east, will now be rolled out across the country, covering “over 99% of UK households”.

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