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Sea sponge the size of a minivan discovered in ocean depths off Hawaii

2 hours 3 min ago
pResearchers believe the creature found by scientists 2,100m below the surface of the ocean is the largest of its kind ever documented/ppScientists on a deep-sea expedition in the waters off Hawaii have discovered what they say is the world’s largest known sponge./ppThe creature, roughly the size of a minivan, was discovered about 2,100m (7,000ft) down in a marine conservation area off the shores of the north-western Hawaiian -islands. The rare sponge, with a bluish-white colour and brain-like appearance, stunned scientists when it appeared in the remote cameras attached to their underwater rover./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/28/sea-sponge-the-size-of-a-minivan-discovered-in-ocean-depths-off-hawaii"Continue reading.../a
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Netherlands gives green light for growing human embryos

2 hours 23 min ago
pDutch government sanctions ‘limited research’ to help infertile couples and to tackle hereditary or congenital diseases/ppThe Dutch government has announced it wants to allow growing human embryos “under strict and limited conditions” for scientific research, thereby giving hope to parents struggling to conceive.br/ppThe Dutch health minister, Edith Schippers, said she “wants to allow the creation of embryos for scientific research – and under very strict conditions to give people the possibility of (healthy) children”./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/28/netherlands-gives-green-light-for-growing-human-embryos"Continue reading.../a
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Radiohead review: textured set that flits between medicinal bliss and fractious fury

3 hours 40 min ago
pstrongRoundhouse, London/strongbrThe second of the Oxford band’s three sold-out shows in the north London venue sees them start slow but build to a life-affirming close/ppFriday night in grimy Camden town; there are kazoo conventions less cacophonous. Yet pin-drop silence fills north London’s Roundhouse; a venue rammed with a few thousand fans tentatively absorbing Thom Yorke’s ghostly vocals which ascend during Daydreaming’s quiet climax. /ppHere lies a most respectful audience – including the likes of a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/oct/18/kate-bush-on-camera"Kate Bush/a, PJ Harvey, a href="https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/feb/20/chris-morris-comeback-stewart-lee-comedy-vehicle"Chris Morris/a and Julian Barratt – enamoured with the prospect of sharing the same orbit as these celestial beings; phones barely held aloft, whispered conversations rarely had. The second night of Radiohead’s relatively intimate return to the city is a complex, textured set which flits from moments of medicinal bliss to fractious fury, a sense of burgeoning chaos never quite erupting but constantly adding to the delicious suspense./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/28/radiohead-review-textured-set-which-flits-between-medicinal-bliss-and-fractious-fury"Continue reading.../a
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Ed Miliband warns Britain could leave EU if young people don't vote

4 hours 51 min ago
pFormer Labour leader warns against complacency and admits remain campaign has been too Tory and too male/ppEd Miliband says his own experience of losing the 2015 general election shows the polls can be wrong and that there is a serious risk of Britain voting to leave the EU. Speaking to the Guardian, he warned against complacency and said that it was essential to get young people to turn out in force if the remain camp was to win the vote. /ppHe said the remain campaign had been “too Tory and too male” and that it was important for the Labour case for Britain remaining in the EU to be heard more vocally in the final weeks of the campaign./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/28/ed-miliband-warns-britain-could-leave-eu-if-young-people-dont-vote"Continue reading.../a
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Tony Blair: Corbyn government would be a dangerous experiment

4 hours 51 min ago
pFormer prime minister says he worries about populist politicians such as Labour leader in harshest comments yet/ppTony Blair has said it would be a “very dangerous experiment” if Jeremy Corbyn or a populist politician like him were to form a government./ppIn an interview with the BBC, the former Labour prime minister said populist politicians, whether on the left like Corbyn or on the right, were worrying and he spent a lot of time thinking about how people in the centre should respond./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/28/tony-blair-corbyn-government-dangerous-experiment"Continue reading.../a
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WHO urged to consider moving Rio Olympics because of Zika

4 hours 55 min ago
pHealth experts write to UN agency expressing concern that event will speed up spread of virus linked to birth defects/ppAlready hit by recession and political turmoil, Brazil has come under more pressure as 150 health experts called for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to be postponed or moved because of the Zika epidemic.br/ppIn an open letter to the World Health Organisation, the signatories, who included a former White House science adviser, said the current plans for the Games needed to be revised “in the name of public health”./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/27/who-urged-to-consider-moving-rio-olympics-due-to-zika-outbreak"Continue reading.../a
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Gareth Bale: ‘Before I came to Madrid maybe I would have hidden’

5 hours 7 min ago
Welshman ready to prove he is still one of world’s best on return to San Siro for Champions League final against Atlético MadridpSo to San Siro. When Gareth Bale walks on to the pitch on Saturday there will be something familiar about it all. Another European Cup final against Atlético Madrid for Real Madrid and back where it all began for him. For the first time Bale returns to the stadium where he scored a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/2010/oct/20/internazionale-tottenham-hotspur-champions-league" title=""emthat /emhat-trick against Internazionale/a: the prelude to another meeting in which the destruction of the defender was so complete that not only did White Hart Lane call a taxi for Maicon but he would have happily taken it, too. The prelude for an entire career, in fact./ppThat, certainly, is how Bale sees it. Something shifted at San Siro; something started, too. “We lost in Milan,” the Welshman says, easing into a chair in the small room where he takes Spanish lessons at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas headquarters, “but it felt like we won and that game was the reason I wanted to play in the Champions League. It was the game that gave me the confidence to know I could play against the best. To score a hat-trick against the reigning European champions … my confidence grew, belief. And I haven’t looked back from there, really.”/p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/may/27/real-madrid-gareth-bale-san-siro-champions-league-final-atletico-madrid-football"Continue reading.../a
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Homes in converted schools – in pictures

5 hours 7 min ago
pDo your homework before picking from a listed cottage in Scotland and a flat in south Londonbr/p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/gallery/2016/may/27/homes-in-converted-schools-in-pictures"Continue reading.../a
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The daily scare tactics beggar belief – they’re not working

5 hours 16 min ago
pThe Europe debate is an unsavoury mixture of vicious rhetoric and petty squabbles – and it’s time to grow up /ppOne of the best expressions of sheer frustration that’s stuck with me over the years came from the comedian Tony Hancock, who in moments of extreme disquiet repeated the words oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Now the mere mention of the dreaded referendum and those words are what spring to mind. Oh dear indeed.br/pp spanRelated: /spana href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/27/the-guardian-view-on-the-leave-campaign-show-some-respect-for-truth"The Guardian view on the Leave campaign: show some respect for truth | Editorial/a /p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/27/the-daily-scare-tactics-beggar-belief-theyre-not-working"Continue reading.../a
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Older drivers should carry on until 75 before renewing licence, says review

5 hours 16 min ago
pThe Older Drivers Task Force says current ruling can lead to depression among over-70s and a great burden on care system/ppOlder motorists should be able to carry on driving until they are 75 before renewing their licence, an official review is reportedly expected to conclude.br/ppThe Older Drivers Task Force, established in 2014 to support people later in life to drive safely, will recommend to the government in July that the current mandatory renewal age of 70 is raised.br/p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/27/older-drivers-should-carry-on-until-75-before-renewing-licence-says-review"Continue reading.../a
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Argentina's last military dictator jailed over role in Operation Condor

5 hours 32 min ago
pReynaldo Bignone sentenced to 20 years in prison for his part in running international death squad in 1970s and 80s/ppArgentina’s last military dictator, 88-year-old former general Reynaldo Bignone, was today sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in Operation Condor, under which an international death squad was set up by six South American military dictatorships during the 1970s and 80s. The plan allowed death squads from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to cross into one another’s territory to kidnap, torture and kill political opponents who had fled across the border./ppMost of the 105 cases of “illegal arrest” followed by death covered by the trial involved foreign nationals – 45 Uruguayans, 22 Chileans, 13 Paraguayans and11 Bolivians – killed while living in exile in Argentina./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/27/argentinas-last-military-dictator-jailed-over-role-in-operation-condor"Continue reading.../a
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The Azaelea: the dress for the selfie generation

5 hours 32 min ago
pThe instantly accessible dress has caught the attention of both A-listers and Instagrammers and is set to dominate the summer/ppAn era-defining piece of clothing can tell us about the times we are living in. The miniskirt became a metaphor for the women’s lib movement in the 60s, the slip dress synonymous with subversive sexuality in the 90s, and Roland Mouret’s Galaxy dress became an identifier of mid-noughties celebrity culture. In 2016, the Azaelea dress is acquiring the mantle of the dress for the selfie generation./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/may/27/the-azaelea-the-dress-for-the-selfie-generation"Continue reading.../a
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Man accused in bomb plot at Heathrow gets 40 years for al-Qaida support

5 hours 46 min ago
pMinh Quang Pham was sentenced after pleading guilty in January to charges he provided material support to the terrorist group’s Arabian Peninsula affiliate/ppA Vietnamese-born man who US authorities say was instructed by a top figure with al-Qaida’s Yemen affiliate to carry out a suicide attack at London’s Heathrow airport was sentenced to 40 years in prison.br/ppa href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/03/london-man-al-qaida-extradited-new-york-faces-life-sentence" Minh Quang Pham/a, 33, was sentenced by US district judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan after pleading guilty in January to charges he provided material support to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the US and other nations as well as the UN./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/27/london-heathrow-airport-suicide-attack-attempt-minh-quang-pham"Continue reading.../a
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Andrew Davies: my Les Misérables will be nothing like 'shoddy farrago' musical

5 hours 59 min ago
pSpeaking at Hay festival, veteran writer, who adapted War amp; Peace for the BBC, said Victor Hugo’s novel needs a champion/ppAndrew Davies’s next historical novel adaptation for the BBC will be Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables – but nothing like the “shoddy farrago” of the musical./ppThe adapter of Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch and a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/08/war-and-peace-literary-long-reads-recommendations"most recently War amp; Peace /agave his frank opinion of the stage and film musical to an audience at the second day of the a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/guardian-hay-festival"Hay Festival/a./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/27/andrew-davies-my-les-miserables-will-be-nothing-like-shoddy-farrago-musical"Continue reading.../a
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David Cameron: Boris Johnson still a contender for next PM

6 hours 22 min ago
pDespite split on EU, Cameron stands by comments he made last year namechecking Johnson as potential successor/ppDavid Cameron has said Boris Johnson remains one of the main contenders to succeed him as prime minister when he steps down./ppAsked about comments he made last year, before the pair took opposing sides in the EU referendum campaign, Cameron said: “I wouldn’t withdraw any of the things I’ve said – the Conservative party is lucky to have big, substantial figures within it.”/p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/27/david-cameron-boris-johnson-contender-prime-minister"Continue reading.../a
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Blues Eyes finale recap – goodbye Gustav the meek terrorist

6 hours 42 min ago
pIt was a strangely downbeat denouement to the topical Swedish show that’s had multiple murders and a neo-Nazi terrorist attack. At least the gang leader got his comeuppance/ppThe title of the final episode of Blue Eyes – “A Sunday in September” – let us know what we were in for. After all the pre-election violence, this was going to be elegiac, wistful, downbeat. Apart from the murder of justice minister Gunnar’s bodyguards, that is.br/ppTo be honest, most of the time I didn’t have a clue what was going on as loose ends in the grand political conspiracy were tied up. It didn’t help that I had entirely forgotten Veronika Strömstedt (a key player in the conspiracy). A high-up in the governing Coalition party, clearly; a close chum of Indal boss Erik Hilte; and someone up to her neck in the murders of those who got too close to unravelling the mysterious deal the politicians and big business were stitching up over uranium mining in Uddevalla.br/p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/may/27/blues-eyes-finale-recap-goodbye-gustav-the-meek-terrorist"Continue reading.../a
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Exeter and Rob Baxter’s pitchfork rebels have eyes on Premiership prize

6 hours 52 min ago
Chiefs’ coach and his father talk of club’s beginnings and explain why this team are fired up to take the fight to Saracens in Twickenham finalpFor the definitive pre-final verdict the place to call is the Baxter family farm on the outskirts of Exeter. “The sky’s the limit as long as you keep your feet on the ground,” cautions the 71-year-old John, father of Rob, as he prepares to join the West Country exodus up to Twickenham for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final against a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/may/26/saracens-favourites-premiership-final-exeter-surprise" title=""Saracens./a Baxter Sr, like his son, is not the type to count any Devon chickens before they hatch into fully fledged English champions./ppAlmost everyone else in the region, however, is going Chiefs bonkers. Every train seat to London is booked out, any spare coaches or mini-buses have been commandeered. For anyone with a rural background it is a pilgrimage to savour, perhaps the most evocative since Somerset brought scrumpy and haystack chic to one-day Lord’s cricket finals in the late 70s and early 80s./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/may/27/exeter-chiefs-rob-baxter-premiership-final-saracens-twickenham-rugby-union"Continue reading.../a
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Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney fire England to win over Australia

7 hours 4 min ago
pFor Marcus Rashford this was another occasion to add to his increasingly impressive portfolio of outstanding moments. Rashford had reiterated his Euro 2016 credentials before any of the players had a single grass stain on their kit. In the process he became the youngest scoring debutant in England’s history and, of most significance, a boy who started the season in Manchester United’s under-18s might have secured a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for France./ppHodgson certainly does not have a shortage of attacking options bearing in mind his team’s latest win came on a night when Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy were excused duty. Wayne Rooney showed some refined touches after coming on for the second half, including a thumping shot to score for the 52nd time in England’s colours, and Raheem Sterling’s confidence should be lifted by the fact that he set up both England’s goals before Eric Dier inadvertently helped out Australia with a diving header into his own net./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/may/27/england-australia-international-friendly-match-report"Continue reading.../a
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Oldham Athletic's Jack Tuohy charged with child sex offences

7 hours 12 min ago
pFootballer, 19, accused of crimes including engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15/ppAn Oldham Athletic footballer has been suspended by the club after being charged with grooming and child sex offences./ppJack Tuohy, 19, has been charged with two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15, three counts of inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and meeting a girl under 16 years of age following grooming./p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/27/oldham-athletics-jack-tuohy-charged-with-child-sex-offences"Continue reading.../a
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Civilians flee the offensive on Fallujah – in pictures

7 hours 16 min ago
pRefugees have been urged to leave Fallujah as conditions worsen in the besieged Iraqi city. The US-led coalition has carried out four days of airstrikes, killing more than 70 insurgents and Isis fighters/p a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2016/may/27/civilians-flee-the-offensive-on-fallujah-in-pictures"Continue reading.../a
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