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Brexit campaign chief must be hauled before Commons: Mps (3 mn)

Shahmir Sanni, who exposed the overspending by the Vote Leave campaign that was confirmed by the Electoral Commission’s verdict last week. Photograph by Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer Anger ...


Number of NHS beds for mental health patients slumps by 30% (3 mn)

The number of hospital beds for people with acute mental health conditions, where a consultant psychiatrist is on hand to oversee treatment, has fallen by almost 30% since 2009 despite repeated cla...


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Labour MPS and peers plan to defy Corbyn as antisemitism row grows (4 mn)

Luciana Berger speaks at a protest against antisemitism in the Labour party in Parliament Square. PA Wire Members in both houses want vote on changing party rules – which puts them at odds with le...


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Maindy flyer to maillot jaune: Wales cheers on Geraint Thomas (4 mn)

Geraint Thomas, wearing the leader’s yellow jersey, on the 14th stage of the Tour de France yesterday. Photograph by Marco Bertorello/ Getty The Sky rider held on to the lead in the Tour de France...


May tells ministers: tour EU capitals to sell them my Brexit deal (3 mn)

PM adopts a high-risk strategy a s dead line for an agreement looms An embattled Theresa May has ordered senior cabinet ministers to go on mini European tours during parliament’s summer break to ...


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Nigel who? Farage kept out of sight at Republican bash (3 mn)

Only some blurry photographs revealed Farage’s presence at the pro-Trump event in the small town of Harveys Lake. Out on the stump in Pennsylvania, the former Ukip kingpin was smuggled into a Trum...


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Huge cocaine haul seized from yacht off Cornish coast (2 mn)

Two Dutch nationals charged after boat is escorted into Newlyn Two men have been charged after a yacht carrying what is thought to be the second biggest haul of cocaine found in the UK was interce...


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Arts experts tell of ‘heartache’ at legal case against National Gallery (4 mn)

The Sackler Room in the National Gallery. The gallery laid off 27 expert guides in October. Alamy Former lecturers Richard Stemp, Karly Allen and Linda Bolton. Photograph by Katherine Anne Rose/Ob...


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Elon Musk and farting unicorn artist clear the air over motif (2 mn)

A Colorado artist says he has reached a settlement with Elon Musk after challenging the Tesla tycoon’s use of a farting unicorn motif that he had drawn as an ironic tribute to electric cars. Musk ...


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I nearly quit ‘ugly’ social media, says Kuenssberg (2 mn)

BBC’s political editor tells of being plagued by online abuse and threats Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, no longer reads online comments about her broadcast coverage and has been clo...


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Sri Lankan ‘war criminals’ used as UN peacekeepers (3 mn)

Confidential report says officers implicated in the abuse of Tamils were deployed in Africa The UN has been sending alleged war criminals to act as peacekeepers in conflict zones, a confidential re...


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Women in white turn summer dress code back to Victorian era (2 mn)

Picnic at Hanging Rock, above. Melania Trump, right, at the Nato summit. BBC/Fremantle Media, Rex Martha Ward, left, and actress Drew Barrymore, below left, in the all-white look . Below, a model ...


Star defends director fired by Disney over offensive tweets (1 mn)

Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista defended film-maker James Gunn yesterday after he was fired by Disney for a string of recently resurfaced offensive tweets. Alan Horn, chairman of Walt D...


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Too little money, too few beds. Why mental health is in crisis (4 mn)

Despite a £1.4bn cash boost, the number of patients being detained has soared by 47%, revealing a system that is no longer working What was once a taboo subject is now the stuff of commercials and...


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Here are the things i wish i’d done before depression picked me out from the crowd... (3 mn)

We are fighting the wrong war. People are suffering from mental distress on a scale perhaps never seen before. They wait months for cursory medical intervention, and have to travel hundreds of mile...


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What drove the whistleblower to expose hate of neo-Nazi plotters (5 mn)

National Action supporters demonstrating in Bolton in 2016. LNP The former activist’s account of life inside the banned group National Action paints a chilling picture of life in Britain’s far rig...


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A breakfast club is make or break for too many working parents (5 mn)

Parents queue outside Ysgol Y Berllan Deg primary school in Cardiff to register for the breakfast club. Media Wales Photos of mothers and fathers queuing from 3 am for a place revived memories of...


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Smart, cool ... and in print: how indy mags became all the rage (4 mn)

Whether you identify as a ‘free spirit’ or one of the ‘gentlefolk’, there’s a handsome new journal for you, It started as a rebellious trend: a stylish stand against the march of technology and the...


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The great academies scandal (10 mn)

Academies were hailed as education’s great leap for ward. But, across England, the trusts that run them are failing – and parents want to k now why. Kinsley Academy may officially be less than thre...


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Fears for dolphins under gove’s new fishing plan (1 mn)

Many dolphins die after becoming trapped in fishing nets. Protection for dolphins and seabirds will be weaker under plans for Brexit than if Britain stayed in the EU, according to environmental gro...


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Fur faces total ban over labelling trick (2 mn)

Outlawing all use of fur in fashion and furnishing should be option, say MPs Ministers should consider an all-out ban on fur because consumers have been tricked into buying animal fur labelled as f...


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From street kid to Emmy host: ‘Mom’s just happy i’m not sleeping on a bench’ (5 mn)

Che on stage at a comedy festival in San Francisco. He begins a short tour of the UK next week. FilmMagic Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che is to tour Britain before tackling one of the hottest jo...


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Drills and thrills make for happy summer campers (3 mn)

Children take part in a ‘mission’ at The Hive in Eltham. Photograph by Andy Hall/ Observer More activities at The Hive. Such high-end immersive summer camps can cost up to £73 a day. Children’s h...


Army admits: we failed our young cadets who were stranded on mountains (1 mn)

Children as young as 12 were marooned on mountains in treacherous conditions with inadequate supervision and clothing after a series of failures by expedition organisers, documents seen by the Obse...


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Comment and analysis : Fear of dystopia should not blind us to the huge potential of gene editing (5 mn)

Photo : Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, at 20 months old. She turns 40 this week. Photograph by Jane Bown for the Observer If we had given in to such hysteria over IVF, Louise Brown wou...


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Generation Z ‘We have so much more to do than just drink and take drugs’ (6 mn)

Amelia Coulthard The 22-year old student’s photographs, above and top left, reveal her love of travel, her dogs and time with friends. From sex to exams, post-millennials have different attitudes, ...


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Longest lunar eclipse of century to give UK a rare celestial treat (2 mn)

A blood moon, or lunar eclipse, rising behind Glastonbury Tor in 2015. Photograph by Matt Cardy/Getty Spectacular blood moon will be visible from Friday night until next morning Britain will witne...


May’s housing funds pledge not enough, council chiefs say (2 mn)

PM’s promise undermined by borrowing controls as building hits a new low Councils have warned that a £2bn funding pot finally made available to them will not be enough to deliver the new generation...


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Rise and shine: the bakery that gives ex-cons a fresh start (3 mn)

Freedom bakery helps offenders go straight – and their bread is in the city’s best restaurants In the shadow of five pillaring, dusky pink high-rises in the East End of Glasgow sits a series of pal...


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Refugees cling to life on Golan Heights as Assad’s net tightens (5 mn)

A Russian airstrike last week on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Photograph by Atef Safadi/EPA Thousands of Syrians are trapped between the regime’s missiles and minefields along the dispute...


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Putin holds the winning cards as war heads for a showdown in idlib refuge (3 mn)

Israeli and Saudi fears over Ira n have resulted in the survival of Assad The surrender of rebel forces in south-west Syria , following the fall of eastern Ghouta and other regime successes, streng...


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Biker nun on a mission to free rural Tanzania from grip of HIV (3 mn)

Sister Kate takes to the road in Tanzania in her fight against HIV. Photographs by Barak Kassar/ Gilead Sciences Sister Kate is one of a team promoting treatment that could save millions of lives....


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Italy’s farmers turn to cow dung to save beloved olive trees from ruin (4 mn)

Olive trees surround Ostuni in Puglia. The blight has cost Italy’s olive oil industry €1bn. Alamy As disease threatens the olive oil industry in Puglia, Lorenzo Tondo in Galatone reports on a plan...


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Artistic, diverse, energetic – California’s fast-changing city takes a starring role (5 mn)

Two forthcoming films by local directors explore life in their hometown – once a byword for activism and inequality, but now gentrifying at a startling pace Film-maker Nijla Mu’min ’s debut produc...


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Arrests and intimidation fuel growing fears of ‘dirty’ election in Pakistan (3 mn)

Human rights activists claim military are trying to swing Wednesday’s vote in favour of Imran Khan Widespread allegations that the military is working to swing Pakistan’s election this week in favo...


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Parents’ anger at ‘cruel’ US after five months apart from baby (4 mn)

Baby Johan is reunited with his parents in San Pedro de Sula, Honduras, on Friday. Photograph by Esteban Felix/AP Reunited Honduran family tell of suffering over son’s fate a s he became symbol o...


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Victims in duck boat sinking ‘told not to wear lifejackets’ (2 mn)

A woman who lost nine relatives when the amphibious vehicle carrying her and her family sank in an American lake says the captain told passengers not to bother with life jackets. Tia Coleman told ...


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‘Nobody’s in jail, or been called to account. But i lost almost everything’ (12 mn)

Photograph by Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer Shahmir Sanni exposed Vote Leave’s overspending. Within days he was outed and asked to leave his job. Now, after last week’s Electoral Commission...


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The world on fire (5 mn)

America Wildfire engulfs a farm in California. Canada and the US have both been badly hit. PA After more than 50 forest blazes, the country had to appeal for international help to fight the fires....


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Unsung heroes: the stories of the men who stood trial with Mandela (6 mn)

Nelson Mandela and Andrew Mlangeni with a young Cyril Ramaphosa, soon after their release from prison in February 1990. Getty Jailed at Rivonia (from top, left to right): Nelson Mandela, Walter Si...


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The changing face of funerals Why we did it our own way... (5 mn)

When Harriet Sherwood lost her father, her family joined a growing number of bereaved relatives rejecting a traditional ceremony One beautiful summer evening last month, as sunlight streamed throug...


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RIP Shoreditch How hipster heaven is falling prey to ‘cultural cleansing’ (5 mn)

It really is The Last Days of Shoreditch ... the pop-up diner about to close. It was once an edgy home for the capital’s coolest artists and clubbers. Now big money is moving in and taking over, I...


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A social democratic alternative to populism is emerging. Look south (5 mn)

Pedro Sánchez applauds as the Spanish parliament passes a no-confi dence motion in Mariano Rajoy’s government last month. AFP/ Getty In Spain, Portugal and beyond, progressives are embracing ‘popu...


Democracy under threat from evasion and cheating (4 mn)

As parliament breaks for recess this week, our political system has perhaps never felt less up to the gargantuan task of paving a way out of the Brexitrelated stalemate the country finds itself in....


Pakistan elections : Whether Khan wins or not, the army must not trump the people (2 mn)

It seems all but impossible to discuss last week’s national elections in Pakistan without resorting to cricketing metaphors. That’s because the candidate who is widely tipped to win, Imran Khan , i...


HPV Vaccine : Life-saving jabs (1 mn)

The news that hundreds of thousands of British teenage boys could soon be given the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is to be welcomed. For a decade, schoolgirls have been given it to ward off c...


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Desperate deadlock triggers the search for a miraculous escape (7 mn)

The parliamentary year ends not with a bang, but with a whimper of relief from Downing Street that Mrs May is staggering into the summer break still able to call herself prime minister, a howl of i...


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Where do I stand on Ireland? That’s a difficult question (3 mn)

Being a child of ‘the border’ means that my allegiances can never be clear cut Arriving at Heathrow from Belfast a couple of years ago, an entire planeload of us were mistakenly directed to intern...


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Run into a Trump apologist in your local cafe and what exactly should you say? (4 mn)

Piers Morgan with Donald Trump on Air Force One earlier this month. Twitter Instead of hiding behind civility, maybe it’s time for us to shame those flouting decency and norms Should Trump hirelin...


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The pairing scandal matters – Our democracy relies on trust and integrity (6 mn)

Illustration by Dom McKenzie Civilization is underpinned by a fragile set of rules that we abuse at our peril The most dramatic moment of James Graham ’s play This House shows the Labour whips dis...


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People : The stories behind the names in the news (12 mn)

Emelia Holden Refusing to grin and bear the groping One spectacle more satisfying than any blockbuster appeared last week in the form of a brief clip of CCTV footage, which showed a customer in a ...


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After Cliff Richard, what price privacy and the public’s right to know? (6 mn)

Cliff Richard outside the high court after his award against the BBC. PA Mr Justice Mann’s judgment was more nuanced than some of his critics allowed You can see it from Cliff Richard’s point of v...


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Yes, plastic is an eco nightmare. But it’s also tired, old technology (5 mn)

Plastic fantastic: a Tupperware party in the 1950s. Getty Surely it’s not beyond the wit of science to give us a hi-tech green alternative Everybody is moved by the plastic pandemic, but whenever...


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Technology giants get their chance to change the subject (4 mn)

An Amazon warehouse in Dortmund. Founder Jeff Bezos was named the richest man in modern history last week. Photograph by Friedemann Vogel/EPA Agenda After a torrid period for Silicon Valley’s repu...


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Netflix revolutionised the small screen. But is its crown beginning to slip? (7 mn)

Matt Smith and Claire Foy in The Crown, a £100m jewel in Netflix’s portfolio of original content. AP Disney intends to withdraw all its content, including the Star Wars films, from Netflix as a pr...


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It has changed the way we consume television for good (3 mn)

Netflix’s first step into original programming was described as “the biggest gamble in its 14-year history” . In 2011, it outbid HBO and AMC to acquire David Fincher’s remake of the political drama...


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The IMF's warnings are not ‘project fear’ – hard brexit is an international threat (6 mn)

The Nissan production line in Sunderland. Car manufacturing relies on frictionless trade. Photograph by Oli Scarff/Getty There is always a sense of “they would say that, wouldn’t they?” when a stat...


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Everyone’s bound to be caught in Hammond’s tax-rise net (3 mn)

Philip Hammond, under pressure to ease austerity, must spend the summer preparing the ground for sweeping tax rises that catch everyone in their net. A tax on the rich is not going to be enough to...


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Plan early and avoid debit cards: how to get the most from your holiday money (5 mn)

Make sure your holiday does not end up being an expensive one by using the right plastic. Getty As families begin their summer break, here are some tips to help beat the weak pound As children fi...


Your problems : Zero tolerance from justpark over my penalty (4 mn)

When I parked in Brighton Metropolitan College car park the voice recognition system used by its payment app refused to let me input a letter ‘O’ for my registration plate, repeatedly insisting it ...


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Five of the best : Places to take the kids this summer (1 mn)

From museums to theme parks via books and bees, here are five great family day trips around the country for the school holidays 1. Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight This is the UK’s oldest theme par...