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20/04/2019 16:21:52  
20/04/2019 16:21:19  

Prosecutors launch an inquiry after cash in several currencies is found at Omar al-Bashir's residence
20/04/2019 15:25:32  

Researchers calculated that young adults save £8,000 a year by living at home – and worked out how much they should pay for board each month

The ‘boomerang’ generation still living with their parents

Young adults should be paying at least £100 a month to their parents for living at home, according to a major academic study into the costs of the “boomerang” generation.

The main additional cost is food, say the researchers from Loughborough University and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. They found that on average parents spend an additional £15.86 a week on “cupboard food” and cooked meals for their returning offspring, while the extra gas and electricity added up to £4.78 a week.

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20/04/2019 15:25:28  

Paolo Sorrentino gets uncomfortably close to his subject in this necessarily brash and tawdry biopic of the Italian media tycoon

It’s debatable whether it would be possible to make a film about a politician as tawdry, brash and insincere as former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi without that film sharing at least some of those characteristics. And director Paolo Sorrentino, drawn yet again to the dark sparkle of Italy’s corrupt, wealthy elite, embraces the most unlovely traits of this tacky little man driven by the twin engines of power and vanity. So tight is this embrace that the film at times feels like a VR trip inside Berlusconi’s mind.

And that, perhaps, is part of the reason why this picture feels so markedly inferior to Sorrentino’s other great political opus, Il Divo – about another controversy-dogged Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti, inhabited by the unnervingly versatile Toni Servillo, who also plays Berlusconi here

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20/04/2019 15:25:27  

The Grammy-winning country star talks about Nashville, being inspired by her horse and microdosing with LSD

Earlier this month at the Academy of Country Music awards, there was minor controversy when the host, Nashville grande dame Reba McEntire, performed a new song and everyone got to their feet apart from Kacey Musgraves. Someone tweeted: “Have a little respect… at least for someone who paved the way for you.” It wasn’t the first time Musgraves had made headlines by failing to show rapture at an awards do. Country is worse than rap and pop for pitching its women against each other in imaginary battles. “At this point in my career,” 30-year-old Musgraves says down the line from Nashville, “if you see me at some kind of show, you should enjoy the fact that I’m not a robot. Do you ever see someone analysing Chris Stapleton’s face? Men don’t get that. Everyone needs to drop it.”

In February, Musgraves’s fourth album, Golden Hour, received the Grammy for best album – not just best country album, but best album period. The genre is transforming, the think-pieces said: there are liberal, outspoken young females in Nashville for the first time (as though the Dixie Chicks never happened). There are, of course, the Opry traditionalists. But there are pop artists, too, who like Taylor Swift happened to cut their teeth on Nashville publishing deals and used the occasional banjo in songs. Musgraves, who competed on the TV talent show Nashville Star in 2007, exploited the tension between the old and new worlds with her 2015 song Good Ol’ Boys Club. She exploited it with the title of her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, which pointed to dirt-poor beginnings this daughter of an artist and a print-maker didn’t really have.

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20/04/2019 15:25:26  

Likely election of comedian Zelenskiy will be the result of an anti-establishment vote

“There’s a 90% chance he’ll be a disaster, but I’m going to vote for him anyway,” said Alyona Sych, a 36-year-old nurse, strolling through Kyiv in the spring sunshine and explaining why she plans to vote for an untested actor and comedian in Ukraine’s presidential election. “I know 100% that the current guy is a disaster, so of course I’ll go for the 10% chance we could really change things.”

For three seasons of the popular Ukrainian television show Servant of the People, Volodymyr Zelenskiy has played a frustrated everyman teacher, implausibly propelled to the country’s presidency. Now he’s standing for the job for real, and most polls give him a commanding lead over the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko. By Sunday evening, Zelenskiy could have secured a fourth season as president, but his first one in real life.

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20/04/2019 15:25:26  

Partygoers threw items at officers as they tried to break up gathering in Levenshulme

Police officers were attacked as they tried to eject people from a house party in Manchester. Up to 200 people who had gathered at a rented “holiday property” in Levenshulme were said to have terrified neighbours who reported drunken behaviour and excess noise.

A number of the partygoers became violent when officers arrived at the address in Delamere Road shortly before 10.30pm on Friday.

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20/04/2019 15:25:21  

Science-themed board games are an increasingly popular way to learn about everything from atom building to colonising space

When Elizabeth Hargrave created a board game inspired by her love of birdwatching, she had no expectation it would become a tabletop phenomenon. Yet Wingspan sold out within a week of its release in January, earned glowing reviews and was the subject of a New York Times article.

“It’s just so far beyond what you could ever hope for, right?” says Hargrave, a health policy researcher in Washington DC. Given that most modern board games have geek-friendly fantasy, science fiction or historical themes, she admits she was uncertain as to “how it would go with a theme so far outside the mainstream”. But that theme “got people really excited”, as it turned out.

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20/04/2019 15:25:21  

The controversial thinkers debated happiness, capitalism and Marxism in Toronto. It was billed as a meeting of titans – and that it was not. But it did reveal one telling commonality

The event was billed as “the debate of the century”, “The Rumble in the Realm of the Mind”, and it did have the feel of a heavyweight boxing match: Jordan Peterson, local boy, against the slapdash Slovenian Slavoj Žižek, considering “Happiness: Capitalism vs Marxism” in Toronto.

Peterson, in his opening remarks, noted that scalped tickets were selling at higher prices than the Maple Leafs playoff game happening on the other side of town. He couldn’t believe it. Who could?

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20/04/2019 15:25:19  

Sickness and later retirement endanger health, says teacher who had triple heart bypass

Teachers in the UK run the risk of “dying in their classrooms” if they are forced to work through serious illnesses, a teaching union conference has been told after a member revealed dramatic evidence.

Neil Jeffrey, a secondary school teacher, opened his shirt to show the scars left by a triple heart bypass operation he underwent 10 weeks ago, during a debate on a motion about age discrimination against older teachers.

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20/04/2019 15:25:18  

New party says it has received more than 1,000 applications to stand in Europe elections from defectors from other parties

The anti-Brexit party Change UK will this week unveil its list of 70 candidates for next month’s European elections after receiving more than 1,000 applications from former Labour, Tory, Liberal and Green party activists.

The party’s interim leader, the former Tory MP Heidi Allen, who yesterday challenged other leaders to a TV debate, claimed that the exodus from established parties showed Change UK was now the “natural home of the ‘Remain Alliance’” and of people who wanted a second referendum.

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20/04/2019 15:24:42  

tedlistens writes: One of the most common techniques people think can help hide their activity is the use of an "incognito" mode in a browser," writes Michael Grothaus at Fast Company. But "despite what most people assume, incognito modes are primarily built to block traces of your online activity being left on your computer -- not the web. Just because you are using incognito mode, that doesn't mean your ISP and sites like Google, Facebook, and Amazon can't track your activity." However, there's still a way to brew your own, safer "incognito mode." It's called browser compartmentalization. Grothaus writes: "The technique sees users using two or even three browsers on the same computer. However, instead of switching between browsers at random, users of browser compartmentalization dedicate one browser to one type of internet activity, and another browser to another type of internet activity. Specifically, the article recommends one browser for sites you need to log into, and another for random web surfing and any web searches. "By splitting up your web activity between two browsers, you'll obtain the utmost privacy and anonymity possible without sacrificing convenience or the ease of use of the websites you need to log in to." It recommends choosing a privacy-focused browser like Brave, Firefox, Apple's Safari, or Microsoft's Edge. "As for Chrome: It's made by Google, whose sole aim is to know everything you do online, so it's probably best to stay away from Chrome if you value your privacy." The article is part of a series titled "The Privacy Divide," which explores "misconceptions, disparities, and paradoxes that have developed around our privacy and its broader impacts on society."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

20/04/2019 15:21:27  

Police in the French capital fire tear gas as a number of motorbikes are set on fire by protesters.
20/04/2019 14:25:15  

As his own novel about a Soviet-occupied London is published, Gareth Rubin asks whether writers are changing the past to help us feel better about the present

On the morning of 24 June 2016, as Britain was waking up to the mind-bending news that the country had voted to leave the European Union, my literary agent began sending copies of my novel to prospective publishers. “Do you feel like you’ve woken up in a Britain you just don’t recognise?” read the email header. Within a day, we had requests to publish it, including one from an editor at Penguin with the comment. “Fucking timely book, isn’t it?”

The book, Liberation Square, is a thriller set in Soviet-occupied London in 1952. Britain is split between a democratic north and a communist south, with a wall running through London like a scar. It’s a world turned upside down from the one that we know, positing historical events that turned out diametrically opposite to how we know them to be – an “alternative history”, as they are known. And it’s one of a surge of such books hitting the shelves right now.

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20/04/2019 14:25:14  

Woman claims she and family lost jobs after she rejected Ranjan Gogoi’s advances

The chief justice of India’s supreme court, Ranjan Gogoi, has denied allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances towards a junior court assistant working from his home and that she was subsequently victimised.

“This is unbelievable,” India’s most powerful judge told a special hearing of the court, which he called on Saturday so the allegations could be addressed. “I should not stoop low even in denying it.”

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20/04/2019 14:25:10  

Those of us wishing for an Antiques Roadshow find of our own were heartened by the discovery of two unknown poems

I suspect that those of us of a mildly hoarder-ish persuasion all secretly believe that we’re going to have an Antiques Roadshow moment, when something we’ve held on to, that isn’t one of several hundred branded tote bags, turns out to have been truly worth keeping. Bookish types have had a bumper week of evidence that this discovery fantasy may one day come true.

A handful of poems written by Daphne du Maurier – two previously unknown – have been found in an archive of letters and the unknown ones hidden behind a photograph of the author in a swimming costume. It is believed they have lain untouched for 90 years.

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20/04/2019 14:25:09  

Paris residents looked on in horror as their beloved ‘lady’ went up in flames. Now a new struggle battle begins: how best to rebuild her for the centuries ahead

Most of us will always remember the moment on 15 April when we heard that Notre Dame was on fire.

I was in my kitchen, when something unusual caught the corner of my eye. I turned towards the window to see huge clouds of smoke billowing in the spring breeze. I live on the Left Bank, with a view of the southern flank of the cathedral. I ran outside, on to the Quai de la Tournelle, where throngs of tourists and Parisians had already gathered. It was just after 7pm and the fire had only been discovered 20 minutes earlier.

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20/04/2019 14:25:09  

The 24-year-old half-back waited a long time to play in Super League but a try-scoring debut shows his future is full of promise

Patience is not an attribute that often springs to mind when thinking of rugby league players but it is a trait Cory Aston possesses in abundance. To suggest the 24-year-old has had to bide his time waiting for an opportunity in Super League would be an understatement; after making his long-awaited debut on Thursday night the sense of relief in Aston’s voice was almost palpable.

“There were times when I wondered if this would ever actually happen,” the half-back said minutes after his try-scoring debut for Castleford in their 28-26 win against Wakefield. It was not supposed to be this difficult for Aston who emerged at his hometown club, Sheffield, as a highly rated teenager tipped to follow in his famous father’s footsteps.

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20/04/2019 14:25:08  

Revenge might not be exactly the right word, given that the European dimension of Manchester City’s attempted quadruple was probably the one that mattered most to them, but Pep Guardiola will have been satisfied with the reaction his players showed after the draining events of Wednesday evening in the Champions League.

The City manager had confessed he had no idea how such a cruel late setback might affect his side, though they gave one of their more solid performances of the season to take three points from a gutsy and resolute Spurs team to move back to the top of the Premier League table.

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20/04/2019 14:25:08  

Joe, 15, was an A-grade pupil. Now he’s being groomed, brutalised and terrified by a county lines gang. One family member tells their powerful, traumatic story

I have known Joe as a part of our extended family since he was born 15 years ago. Quieter than his outgoing big sister, he has been the soft, soulful, sometimes unknowable presence in her exuberant shadow. Lately, though, I am kept awake at night by the fear that any day soon I will receive the news that he is dead.

In the past 15 months this previously diligent A-grade student has been slowly but inexorably sucked into a drugs gang in our city. First groomed by an organised criminal network, in a way fine-tuned to play on his naivety and typical adolescent sense of being at odds with the world; then given addictive drugs to tie him in; and now beaten, brutalised and terrified into travelling long distances to sell drugs in a system known by the curiously benign name of “county lines”.

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20/04/2019 14:24:51  

Previously unseen correspondence between the two comedians and musician Alan Clare is to be sold at auction

They were never known for their sense of decorum and linguistic restraint, but a cache of previously unpublished letters by Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers proves – if there were ever any doubt – their humour was not for the fainthearted.

The comic geniuses, who along with Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine made up the cast of the wildly popular Goon Show, deployed their anarchic wit and eccentric punctuation to wincing effect in the letters, which were written to their friend, the jazz pianist Alan Clare.

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20/04/2019 14:21:17  

Reports say dozens of troops loyal to the government have been killed by militants since Thursday.
20/04/2019 14:21:02  

Zara describes the life of a mother with learning disabilities and her fight to protect her baby.
20/04/2019 14:21:00  

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is "desperate" to learn about Nazis after being accused of making an offensive gesture, says Roy Hodgson.
20/04/2019 14:20:59  

Manchester City return to the top of the Premier League as Phil Foden's goal secures a narrow home win over Tottenham.