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  • Detained, grilled, denounced: Tania Bruguera on life in Cuba – and her Tate show

    Whenever she leaves Cuba, the authorities tell her not to come back. What does the Cuban artist have in store for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall? Will the mounted police have to be called out again? Tania Bruguera, the Cuban artist and activist, is sort of talking about a project she shouldn’t talk about. She is the latest artist to take on Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall commission – its details a secret until the installation is opened with theatrical flourish on 2 October. And she is enjoying the...

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  • Here’s how to beat the populists: stop talking about immigration

    The way to take on Orbán and Salvini is to point out the dangers they pose to everyday freedoms and the rule of law While the British Brexit debate rages on, it continues to ignore entirely a more important European political battle: the search for the best way to defeat populists on the continent within the next eight months – the time left before the EU parliamentary elections. That little of this seems to get factored into internal British discourse is not surprising: for all the headlines...

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  • UK and Irish teenagers among worst in Europe for problem drinking

    Figures in WHO study of 15-year-olds also show large declines in proportion of those who have been drunk at least twice Young teenagers in the UK and Ireland are among the worst in Europe for drunkenness, health experts say, although alcohol consumption in the age group has fallen significantly across the continent in recent years. A World Health Organization (WHO) study found that a greater proportion of 15-year-old girls in the UK and Ireland had been drunk at least twice in their lives than...

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  • Corbyn vows to end 'greed-is-good' capitalism in UK

    In conference speech Labour leader to lay out plans to change direction of economy Jeremy Corbyn will on Wednesday attack the “greed-is-good” capitalism that he claims has resulted in large swaths of the UK being left behind, promising a raft of new policies including a “green jobs revolution” that will create 400,000 new positions. The Labour leader will attempt to reset the theme of the Labour conference which has so far been dominated by deep divisions over its Brexit stance and return to his...

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  • Theresa May rules out an autumn general election before Brexit

    Election will not be in nation’s interest says prime minister at start of New York visit On arrival in New York on Tuesday, Theresa May ruled out the idea of another general election before Brexit day, saying it “would not be in the national interest”. Speculation about the idea of an autumn election to break the Brexit deadlock within the government has increased since theprime minister’s Chequers plan got a cool reception from EU leaders in Salzburg. Continue reading...

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  • Arlene Foster: Martin McGuinness knew of 'cash for ash' warnings

    DUP leader claims deputy first minister at time was aware of concerns about energy scheme Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist party leader, has claimed Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness knew of warnings about a botched green energy scheme that cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds. A public inquiry into the “cash for ash” scandal heard evidence from Foster on Tuesday that she had told the late deputy first minister about a note from a whistleblower that claimed people were abusing the...

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  • Labour delegates back Keir Starmer push for public vote on Brexit

    Shadow Brexit secretary applauded after saying ‘nobody is ruling out remain’ Labour conference delegates overwhelmingly backed the party’s Brexit policy on Tuesday after Keir Starmer sparked a burst of sustained applause for dropping into his conference speech the line that “nobody is ruling out remain as an option”. Brexit has been among the most contentious issues in Liverpool. Labour’s members are overwhelmingly pro-remain; but some MPs from leave seats in the party’s traditional heartlands...

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  • British study reveals fall in muscle strength of 10-year-olds

    Children becoming physically weaker found team who measured handgrip, arm-hangs and sit-ups in Essex children Schoolchildren are becoming physically weaker, according to researchers who have studied how the muscle strength of 10-year-olds has changed over recent years. The team says 10-year-olds have become heavier and taller since 1998, meaning that on average their body mass index (BMI) has remained fairly stable. However their strength and endurance have declined. Continue reading...

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  • 'Treated like pariahs': contaminated blood victims tell their stories

    Those infected or affected hope inquiry into the scandal will finally reveal the truth Walton married her husband, Bryan, in 1983. He died a “terrible, horrendous” death 10 years later having passed the HIV virus on to her. Continue reading...

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  • No-deal Brexit better than Canada-style deal, says Theresa May

    Prime minister says basic trade deal touted by hardline Tories would risk breakup of UK A no-deal Brexit would be better for the UK than any Canada-style free trade agreement allowed by the EU, Theresa May has argued as she arrived at a United Nations summit determined to regain control of the narrative after some bruising recent days for her own Chequers proposal. At the start of a two-day trip to New York, the prime minister knocked down the possibility of a more basic free trade deal with the...

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  • Hand-drawn map of Dunkirk evacuation among war documents published for first time

    New book showcases second world war papers, including a sketch of Dunkirk evacuation plans and Churchill’s annotated End of the Beginning speech From a hasty sketch detailing the plan for one regiment’s escape from Dunkirk, to the handwritten annotations on Winston Churchill’s End of the Beginning speech, a clutch of rarely seen documents from the second world war are being published – many for the first time - by the Imperial War Museum. The museum’s head of documents Anthony Richards sorted...

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  • Roman Abramovich posed threat to public security, Swiss police said

    Police reported ‘suspicion of money laundering and presumed contacts with criminal organisations’ Switzerland’s federal police advised that the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich posed a “threat to public security and a reputational risk” to the country if he became a resident, it has emerged. The Chelsea football club owner on Tuesday lost a seven-month legal battle against a newspaper publisher to prevent the publication of information on the reasons for his failure to secure Swiss residency....

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  • Tuesday's best photographs: birdsong and sailor's rescue

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world including Paris fashion and an early morning handshake at the UN Continue reading...

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  • Brexit transition period too short unless deal on table soon, says Merkel

    German chancellor says terms of trade deal need to be made ‘concrete’ in next eight weeks Angela Merkel has warned the British government that the 21-month Brexit transition period will not be long enough if the terms of a future trade deal with the UK are not made clear and concrete in the next eight weeks. In a speech to industrialists, the German chancellor gave her support to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who wants to avoid a vague political declaration on the terms of a future...

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  • England has more than 200,000 empty homes. How to revive them?

    New schemes are taking derelict homes and resurrecting them. Some even create apprenticeships for young people in the process Ask most people about England’s epidemic of empty homes and they are likely to think of lavish vacant mansions in London owned by absent foreign billionaires. In fact, the majority of empty properties are in post-industrial areas, where poverty rates are high and house prices languish well below their pre-crash levels. Such a place is Stockton-on-Tees, near Middlesbrough,...

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  • Brexit weekly briefing: May picks herself up after Salzburg bruising

    Prime minister licks her wounds after mauling at EU summit and comes out fighting Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing, bringing you the top stories of the past week in Brexitland arranged in a way that might – hopefully – allow you to make some sense of them. Talking of making sense of Brexit, this might help too – Brexit: the final deal, a Guardian Live event on 11 October featuring Alison McGovern, the Labour MP for Wirral South; Anand Menon, thedirector of UK in a Changing...

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  • Michael Kors buys Versace in $2.1bn deal

    Donatella Versace to stay on at Italian label and US fashion group to rebrand as Capri Michael Kors has confirmed its acquisition of the Italian fashion house Versace for $2.1 bn (£1.6bn). Donatella Versace, the brand’s artistic director and sister of founder Gianni Versace, will continue to lead the creative side of the business. Continue reading...

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  • Grenfell Tower should not have been lived in, fire chief tells inquiry

    Andrew O’Loughlin says firefighters never expected the blaze to spread as it did Grenfell Tower was not fit for people to live in, a senior London fire brigade officer has told the public inquiry into the disaster that claimed 72 lives. Its deputy assistant commissioner, Andrew O’Loughlin, the most senior officer present when the advice for residents to stay put was changed to evacuate, said the building should have protected people who were staying where they were and he could not understand...

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  • Rising oil prices fuel fears of damage to global economy

    Experts warn emerging markets could suffer as crude prices hit four-year high of $82 The global economy could be damaged if oil prices return to $100 (£76) a barrel, experts have warned, after crude prices hit a four-year high of $82. Some market watchers have predicted prices between $90 and $100 by the year’s end after Opec last weekend rebuffed Donald Trump’s demands for the oil cartel to rein in prices by expanding production. Continue reading...

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  • Contaminated blood scandal: many medical records disappeared, inquiry hears

    Victims’ QC says many patients believe their experiences amount to evidence of cover-up Evidence of medical cover-ups in the NHS’s contaminated blood scandal must be investigated and those responsible encouraged to apologise, the infected blood inquiry has been told. On its second day, Aidan O’Neill QC, representing nearly 250 victims and relatives, told the inquiry that the medical treatment records of many patients had either disappeared or, in some cases, had “false information” added....

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  • Oil prices hit fresh four-year high above $82 – business live

    $100 a barrel would ‘annihilate’ oil demand growth – analystRetailer Next sets out detailed contingency plans for no-deal Brexit 11.51am BST Returning to the rise in Brent crude above $82 a barrel (up 1% on the day), Ashley Kelty, oil & gas research analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, believes that Opec will take its time before it takes any action. The US has become the world’s biggest producer, although it is reaching peak output as infrastructure constraints are beginning to bite. These...

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  • Brexit: Labour likely to vote down May's deal, says Starmer

    Shadow Brexit secretary says Labour will vote against ‘blind Brexit’ as he predicts May’s deal will fail his six tests Labour is likely to vote down any withdrawal agreement Theresa May reaches with the EU, even if the alternative she presents is crashing out without a deal, the party’s Brexit spokesman has said. Keir Starmer predicted the deal the prime minister was likely to secure in the coming weeks would fail Labour’s six tests, so the party was preparing to reject it in parliament....

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  • Labour 'increasingly likely' to vote down May's Brexit deal, Starmer says

    Rolling coverage of the Labour conference in Liverpool, including the debate on Brexit and a second referendum 8.28am BST Q: Do you agree with the government that EU nationals and non-EU nationals should be treated the same after Brexit? Starmer says there is deep resentment about non-EU nationals not being treated the same. But, that notwithstanding, there is case for discussing these rules as part of the deal with the EU. The UK wants a close relationship with the EU. So this would have to be...

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  • Mike Hall inquest: two other drivers almost hit ultra-endurance cyclist, court hears

    Hall was competing in 5,500km race in Australia when he died from massive head injuries after being hit by a car near Canberra Two motorists almost hit an elite ultra-endurance cyclist on the morning he was killed near Canberra during an extreme race. Respected British rider Mike Hall was competing in the 5,500km Indian Pacific Wheel Race on 31 March when he died from massive head injuries after being hit by a car. Continue reading...

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