The Guardian

    • Charles Jenkins, US soldier who defected to North Korea, dies at 77
      1h 35m 15s ago

      Jenkins became an unlikely celebrity in Japan after his wife, a victim of the regime’s cold war abductions, was freed in 2002

      Charles Jenkins, a US soldier who defected to North Korea and later married a Japanese victim of the regime’s cold war abductions, has died in Japan aged 77.

      Jenkins, a native of North Carolina, became an unlikely celebrity in Japan after his wife, Hitomi Soga, was freed by North Korea in 2002 and returned to her native country. Two years later, he and the couple’s two daughters, Mika and Brinda, joined Soga and settled in her hometown on the remote Sea of Japan island of Sado.

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    • Manhattan subway explosion 'was attempted terrorist attack', says mayor
      2h 38m 15s ago
      • Four total injuries reported in blast on subway near Port Authority
      • 27-year-old Akayed Ullah named by police as suspect

      A 27-year-old man was in custody on Monday after allegedly detonating a pipe bomb in a New York City subway station during the morning commute.

      The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was one of four people injured in the explosion, which occurred at about 7.20am in a passageway near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, in midtown Manhattan near Times Square, New York City police said.

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    • Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart
      3h 5m 15s ago

      Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works’

      A former Facebook executive has said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”, joining a growing chorus of critics of the social media giant.

      Chamath Palihapitiya, who was vice-president for user growth at Facebook before he left the company in 2011, said: “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.” The remarks, which were made at a Stanford Business School event in November, were just surfaced by tech website the Verge on Monday.

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    • Austria stubs out looming smoking ban in name of 'freedom'
      3h 16m 16s ago

      Plan to ban smoking completely in bars and eateries from 2018 scrapped by far-right Freedom party in coalition talks

      Austria’s far-right Freedom party has announced that a planned ban on smoking in all bars and restaurants that was due to come into force in 2018 will be scrapped.

      Party chief Heinz-Christian Strache said the reversal was agreed in ongoing talks to form a coalition with the conservative People’s party (OVP) following elections in October.

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    • Doctors 'not told about full risk of vaginal mesh implants'
      3h 40m 16s ago

      BBC Panorama investigation also found pharmaceutical giant Ethicon launched a product having only tested it on 31 women and a sheep

      One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies failed to update doctors on the full extent of risks posed by vaginal mesh implants, an investigation by Panorama has found.

      Known as trans-vaginal tape (TVT), the implant is a small mesh support that is used to treat urinary incontinence or prolapse occurring after childbirth. For the majority of women the procedure is quick and successful, however some patients have suffered debilitating complications such as severe pelvic pain, the mesh eroding through the vaginal wall or perforating organs.

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    • 'It looks like someone's gran': Diego Maradona statue unveiled in India
      3h 52m 16s ago
      • Bronze likeness ridiculed after unveiling in Kolkata
      • ‘I’m not a god of football’ says former Argentina player

      Another football icon has been honoured by a statue with a bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, unveiled at a club in Kolkata, although the dubious likeness to the 1986 World Cup winner has attracted online ridicule.

      The 12-foot statue features the 1986 World Cup winner with a healthy head of hair and holding aloft the trophy he helped Argentina win in Mexico, but bears little resemblance to the then 25-year-old captain of the side.

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    • Offer cash incentives to mothers to promote breastfeeding – study
      4h 0m 16s ago

      Trial offering shopping vouchers to 10,000 mothers in northern England resulted in significant rise in breastfeeding levels

      Cash incentives should be given to mothers to encourage breastfeeding, according to a “pioneering” pilot study.

      More than 10,000 new mothers across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and north Nottinghamshire were involved in the trial, which offered shopping vouchers worth up to £120 if babies received breast milk – either by breastfeeding or with expressed milk – at two days, 10 days and six weeks old. A further £80 of vouchers were given if babies continued to receive breast milk at up to six months.

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    • Damian Green inquiry to examine influence of Daily Mail article
      4h 11m 16s ago

      Cabinet Office investigation will include potential influence by Green or allies into article by Mail’s Andrew Pierce about accuser Kate Maltby

      The Cabinet Office inquiry into the conduct of Damian Green is set to examine whether allies of the first secretary of state influenced a negative Daily Mail article about the woman who accused him of harassment, the Guardian understands.

      The inquiry into Green, who is de-facto deputy prime minister, is due to conclude this week. Conservative activist and writer Kate Maltby, who is 30 years younger than Green, has told the inquiry she believes Green appeared to solicit sex from her in exchange for political mentoring.

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    • Theresa May puts tackling climate change back on Tory agenda
      4h 25m 16s ago

      Prime minister says there is a ‘moral imperative’ to help vulnerable countries as she prepares for summit in Paris

      Theresa May has declared that tackling climate change and reducing its effects on poorer countries is a “moral imperative”, as the Conservative party renewed its push to portray itself as environmentally friendly.

      Related: It’s Britain’s duty to help nations hit by climate change

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    • Tyson Fury fails to turn up for crucial Ukad doping hearing in London
      4h 32m 16s ago
      • Former heavyweight champion fails to appear before tribunal
      • Fury charged after testing positive for a banned steroid in 2015

      Tyson Fury failed to turn up for his UK Anti-Doping hearing on Monday, the agency has confirmed.

      Athletes accused of anti-doping rule violations do not have to attend hearings in person but the 29-year-old former world heavyweight champion was expected at Ukad’s London headquarters on Monday morning. Members of the tribunal were sent home after 3pm but Ukad would not say if the hearing officially started or not.

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    • Guardian and Observer scoop three prizes in British Journalism Awards
      4h 39m 16s ago

      Daniel Taylor, Carole Cadwalladr and Aditya Chakrabortty scoop prizes for sports, technology and comment respectively on Monday night

      The Guardian and the Observer have won three British Journalism Awards, including sports journalism of the year for Daniel Taylor for exposing sexual abuse in football.

      The Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr won the technology journalism award for her investigation into Russia’s influence on the Brexit referendum while Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty scooped the award for comment journalism.

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    • Theresa May stable gag wins Christmas cracker jokes competition
      4h 40m 16s ago

      Brexit, Donald Trump and Catalonia also feature in groan-inducing selection of jokes sought by TV channel Gold on Twitter

      Brace yourself. Here is the most hilarious topical Christmas cracker joke of 2017: “Why was Theresa May sacked as nativity manager? She couldn’t run a stable government.”

      Not convinced? How about the second most side-splitting: “Why don’t Southern Rail train guards share advent calendars? They want to open the doors themselves.”

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    • EU leaders complicit in torture of refugees and migrants, Amnesty says
      4h 40m 16s ago

      Rights group claims EU is financing Libyan system that routinely acts in collusion with militia groups and people traffickers

      European leaders stand accused by Amnesty International of being knowingly complicit in the torture and exploitation of thousands of migrants and refugees by the EU-financed Libyan coastguard and officials running the country’s detention camps.

      In an attempt to stem the flow of people across the Mediterranean to Europe, the EU is financing a system that routinely acts in collusion with militia groups and people traffickers to “make money from human suffering”, a report from the human rights group claims.

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    • Sexual harassment 'rife' in schools but largely unreported, study says
      4h 40m 16s ago

      More than one in three girls in mixed secondary schools say they have been sexually harassed and many teachers are ill-equipped to tackle problem

      Sexual harassment of girls is rife in schools but goes largely unreported and unaddressed, with many teachers ill-equipped to tackle the problem, research has found.

      More than one in three girls (37%) in mixed secondary schools told a survey they have been sexually harassed while at school and 24% have been subjected to unwanted physical touching of a sexual nature.

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    • Theresa May: It’s Britain’s duty to help nations hit by climate change
      4h 41m 16s ago

      The benefits of clean growth lay at the heart of our industrial strategy. But we must be at the forefront of the effort to keep global temperature rises at manageable levels

      Tackling climate change and mitigating its effects for the world’s poorest are among the most critical challenges the world faces. That is why I will join other world leaders gathering in Paris today for the One Planet Summit.

      There is a clear moral imperative for developed economies such as the UK to help those around the world who stand to lose most from the consequences of manmade climate change. But by putting the UK at the forefront of efforts to cut carbon emissions and develop clean energy, we can also make the most of new economic opportunities. And by taking action to create a secure natural environment, we are fulfilling a duty we owe to the next generation.

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