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Boris Johnson sends unsigned request to Brussels for Brexit delay

PM sends photocopy of request required by Benn act to Donald Tusk with a conflicting view in a second letter

Boris Johnson has sent a letter to European council president Donald Tusk requesting a further Brexit delay beyond 31 October.

Despite the prime minister’s insistence that he would not “negotiate” a further extension of the UK’s membership of the EU, he confirmed on Saturday evening that he had sought such a prolongation.

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What does the Letwin amendment mean for Brexit timetable?

Will Boris Johnson still try to get his deal through – and will he ask the EU for an extension?

What happens now the Letwin amendment has passed?

The former Tory minister Oliver Letwin’s amendment passed 322 to 306. This means Boris Johnson did not get the clean yes or no vote on his Brexit deal that he had hoped for in Saturday’s “super sitting” and must by law request an extension. In short, it pushes the focus of Brexit decision-making into next week.

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People’s Vote march: from every corner of the land they came, to join a very British rebellion in the rain

They were charity assistants, health professionals, teachers and parents … all demanding a final say in their future

As the news of the success of the Letwin amendment filtered out to the hundreds of thousands who had once again marched to Parliament Square to demand a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal, there was the most reassuringly British of reactions: widespread applause in the rain.

Related: Voices from the People’s Vote march

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Voices from the People’s Vote march
Protesters explain why they want a second referendum on EU membership

from the Black Forest in Germany, lives in Malvern, works in social housing; and her daughter Maya, 13

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Boris Johnson's Super Saturday bubble bursts

‘Trust me, I’m Boris,’ the PM had said, and to his astonishment 322 MPs decided they didn’t

Boris Johnson isn’t good at deferred gratification. Sulk wants. Sulk must have. Jennifer Arcuri had driven him mad by insisting he stick to Google Hangouts when he’d been dying to move on to spreadsheets. But today of all days he had been certain nothing could spoil his triumph. He’d looked the EU in the eye and he had blinked first. It took some skill to go back to Brussels and negotiate an even worse withdrawal agreement than Theresa May, but somehow – against all the odds – he had defied the gloomsters and pulled it off.

So this was to have been his Super Saturday. A day to go down in the history books, when parliament met for the first time on a weekend in 37 years and he, the World King, would be carried aloft along the Tory benches as the “Man who Delivered Brexit”. OK, it would almost certainly be a short-lived triumph once everyone realised that he’d promised polar opposites to different groups of MPs and the real arguments would only emerge once the UK had left the EU, but he could live with that. He wasn’t a man used to taking responsibility for the long-term consequences of his actions.

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Catalan president calls for talks with Spain's government after unrest

Quim Torra urges dialogue for democratic solution to tensions following fifth consecutive night of violence

Catalonia’s president, Quim Torra, has called for talks with the Spanish government. Speaking on Saturday morning, Torra again condemned the violence of recent days, adding: “Violence has never been our flag.”

He urged talks with Spain’s acting government “to open a dialogue to find a democratic solution and a political and democratic” way out of the crisis over regional independence.

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Republican congressman announces retirement after saying he is open to Trump impeachment
  • Francis Rooney said he wanted ‘do right thing’ with his vote
  • A day later, he says he will step down

A day after telling reporters he would consider voting to impeach Donald Trump, the Florida Republican Francis Rooney told Fox News he had decided to retire from Congress.

Related: McConnell condemns Trump over Syria as impeachment inquiry ramps up

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Chile's president reverses fare increase as unrest continues

Sebastián Piñera suspends public transport price hikes that sparked widespread protests

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera announced on Saturday that he would reverse public transport fare hikes which had caused widespread protests in the country.

Related: Chile protests: state of emergency declared in Santiago as violence escalates

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Portland school district criticizes release of video of coach disarming student

Surveillance footage shows emotional moment when Keanon Lowe encountered student in Oregon city

A Portland, Oregon, school district has criticized the release of video footage that shows a high school football coach disarming a suicidal student, then hugging and comforting the teen.

The surveillance video, first obtained by the CBS affiliate KOIN 6 News, shows the Parkrose high school football coach Keanon Lowe encountering Angel Granados-Diaz, then 18. While Lowe’s actions in the May incident had been extensively reported, the video provided visual documentation of his quick thinking and compassion.

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Haringey players walk off after racism allegations in Yeovil FA Cup tie
  • Match abandoned over alleged ‘disgusting’ racist abuse
  • Football Association ‘deeply concerned’, pledges action

The Football Association says it is “deeply concerned’’ after the FA Cup fourth-qualifying-round tie between Haringey Borough and Yeovil was abandoned following allegations that home players were racially abused.

Yeovil were leading 1-0 with just over an hour played when Haringey’s players, under the direction of manager Tom Loizou, walked off the pitch. The initial target of the abuse was reported to be Haringey’s goalkeeper Valery Pajetat.

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Five youths among six arrested over south-east London murder

Youngsters, aged between 14 and 17, detained alongside 18-year-old over death of Clinton Evbota

Five youths have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of an 18-year-old man in south-east London on 10 October, police have said.

The youngsters, aged between 14 and 17, were detained alongside an 18-year-old man over the death of Clinton Evbota, who was stabbed to death on the Brandon Estate in Camberwell, south-east London.

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Hong Kong activist stabbed handing out pro-democracy leaflets at 'Lennon Wall'

A 19-year-old democracy activist was allegedly stabbed by a man shouting pro-China slogans

A man handing out leaflets for a Hong Kong pro-democracy protest was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant who slashed his neck and abdomen on Saturday, days after a leading activist was left bloodied in another street attack.

The injured 19-year-old, wearing black clothes and a black face mask, was knifed near one of the large “Lennon Walls” that have sprung up around the city during months of demonstrations, police said.

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Thousands take to streets in Rome for far-right rally

Matteo Salvini’s League joins rightwing parties in ‘Italian pride’ protest

Thousands of Italians descended on Rome for a far-right rally labelled “Italy pride”, evoking connotations to the “march on Rome” held on 27 October 1922 that marked the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s rise to power.

The rally on Saturday had been in the making since Matteo Salvini, the leader of the League, was spectacularly ousted from government in late August.

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Quentin Tarantino won't censor Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for China – report

Sources tell Hollywood reporter Bruce Lee’s daughter raised concerns over the film’s portrayal of the martial arts star

Quentin Tarantino will not edit Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to placate Chinese censors, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Related: Bruce Lee's daughter hits out at father's portrayal in Tarantino film

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'A couple of drinks with dinner': Chicago police chief found asleep in his car
  • Eddie Johnson says incident related to medication
  • Mayor’s comments differ from first official explanation

The top police officer in Chicago told the mayor he had “a couple of drinks with dinner” before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home on Thursday, an incident the chief contends was related to a change in his blood pressure medication.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson did not mention having anything to drink when he spoke to reporters on Thursday night and a department spokesman said then officers who responded to a 911 call reporting a man asleep in a car at a stop sign did not observe any signs of impairment.

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Resisting drought's day zero: the NSW towns close to running dry

After water restrictions and emergency infrastructure, the final drought strategy is sheer perseverance

People have started visiting the outback town of Pooncarie just to see a place that’s running dry.

Josh Sheard, the publican at the Pooncarie hotel, says the remote town in far south-west New South Wales needs the attention.

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Rivals in the scramble to be the world’s 21st-century superpower

After Donald Trump’s troop withdrawal from Syria, it is clear that America’s global dominance is under threat. We look at what could come next

The US troop withdrawal from Syria, the betrayal of the west’s Kurdish allies, and subsequent advances by Russian, Iranian and Syrian regime forces have been widely interpreted as a dramatic “watershed moment” both for the Middle East and for American global influence.

Excited analysts claimed that last week’s Syrian upheaval foreshadowed an end to US regional leadership, even to Washington’s international dominance. A commentator for The Hill, a website reporting on American politics, compared the withdrawal to another famous turning point – Britain’s “east of Suez” retreat in 1968.

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Fall of Neil Woodford puts future of fund management under scrutiny
Once dubbed ‘the man who can’t stop making money’, the demise of the star stock picker has left investors reeling and the sector scrabbling to salvage public trust

The implosion of former star stock picker Neil Woodford’s investment empire – which has left hundreds of thousands of pensioners and small investors nursing big losses – has plunged rival fund managers into crisis mode as they try to salvage the reputation of an industry that finds itself under the scrutiny of regulators and politicians.

“We have seen the complete demise of the most famous fund manager the UK has seen for years,” said Adrian Lowcock, head of personal investing at stockbroker Willis Owen. “Investors knew the scenario was bad but the indication from Woodford thus far had been that the fund would reopen. Sadly, many people will be looking at significant losses.”

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Doubting death: how our brains shield us from mortal truth

Brain seems to categorise death as something that only befalls other people

Warning: this story is about death. You might want to click away now.

That’s because, researchers say, our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. A study found that the brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.

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'The perfect combination of art and science': mourning the end of paper maps

Digital maps might be more practical in the 21st century, but the long tradition of cartography is magical

“Some for one purpose and some for another liketh, loveth, getteth, and useth Mappes, Chartes, & Geographicall Globes.”

So explained John Dee, the occult philosopher of the Tudor era.

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Reggie Yates: ‘I could get George Clooney to say stuff he’d never said before’

From presenting CBBC to confronting neo-Nazis in Russia, Reggie Yates has moved smoothly from kids’ TV to becoming one of the country’s most respected documentary makers. He talks to Sam Wolfson about what he’s learned in almost 30 years in the spotlight

From Leonardo da Vinci to Iron Man’s Tony Stark, the ultimate ambition of madcap inventors has always been the personal flying machine. Last year, filming in China, TV presenter Reggie Yates saw that ambition finally realised when a young tech entrepreneur he was interviewing for a documentary climbed on to his drone motorbike and calmly pootled off and up, 50m or so into the sky.

Viewers watching the feat will be astounded. But Yates, 36, adopts neither Palinesque awestruck wonderment nor Therouxvian outsider awkwardness. Instead, he turns to the inventor’s wife and asks her how working on the machine has affected their family. Not great, it turns out. They’ve had to sell their home to fund his research and she’s terrified about him having an accident. It’s an unusual conversation: matter-of-fact and personal, not the kind of thing you often see on TV.

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Naming and shaming the polluters – podcast

Global environment editor Jonathan Watts discusses the Guardian’s investigation into the fossil fuel industry, and the structures that need to change to halt the climate emergency. And: Gary Younge on Donald Trump’s mental health

The Guardian’s global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, tells Anushka Asthana about the polluters series, which identified 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

The project shows many of the worst offenders are investor-owned companies that are household names around the world and spend billions of pounds on lobbying governments and portraying themselves as environmentally responsible. They discuss the systemic changes that would need to take place to change the way the world produces and uses fossil fuels.

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Will parliament vote for a Brexit deal?

Jennifer Rankin and Polly Toynbee discuss the dilemma facing MPs as the government edges towards a Brexit deal. Plus, Cara Reedy on what it means to be a person with dwarfism

Boris Johnson has spent frantic hours trying to get a Brexit deal that would be acceptable to the EU as well as a majority of MPs in parliament. Late discussions centred on the arrangements for Northern Ireland, which have long been a stumbling block for a deal.

Joining Anushka Asthana are the Guardian’s Brussels correspondent Jennifer Rankin and columnist Polly Toynbee. If a deal can be agreed at this week’s EU summit, the focus will switch to parliament where the prime minister cannot guarantee a majority. So is there still a path to a final Brexit deal by the end of this month as Johnson has promised?

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On the frontline as US troops leave northern Syria – podcast

Martin Chulov, who covers the Middle East for the Guardian, has spent the past week on the frontline of north-east Syria. He describes the fallout from Trump’s shock decision to withdraw US troops. And: Amelia Gentleman on the EU citizens struggling for the right to remain in the UK

In late 2014, the Kurds were struggling to fend off an Islamic State siege of Kobani. But with US support, including arms and airstrikes, the Kurds managed to beat back Isis and went on to win a string of victories against the radical militant group.

Last week, President Donald Trump ordered a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, a decision that has effectively ceded control of the area to the Syrian government and Russia. Martin Chulov, who covers the Middle East for the Guardian, has just returned from the frontline in north-east Syria. He tells Rachel Humphreys that although the handover on show was that between the Kurds and the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the real power shift was between Washington and Moscow, whose reach and influence across the Middle East has now been cemented.

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Wales’s Josh Adams happy with favourites tag for France quarter-final

Warren Gatland, in his last World Cup as Wales coach, is looking to profit from ‘lost causes’ against Les Bleus

Wales and Warren Gatland will head into uncharted waters on Sunday morning. As favourites for their World Cup quarter-final with France at Oita Stadium, they are in a position previous Welsh teams have found both uncomfortable and rare.

It is one this side is happy with, though. Gatland’s class of 2019 are enjoying the best shot of global glory the country has ever had. Overcome France and a semi-final with South Africa or the hosts, Japan, awaits. Both are beatable which means two winnable games stand between Wales and the final – and with that comes its own pressure.

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Almighty All Blacks lay waste to the side that inspired their rebuild | Liam Napier
Youthful exuberance was at the heart of a new-look New Zealand’s stunning quarter-final win over their recent nemesis

Sympathy is rarely felt for a rival rugby nation yet it was impossible to suppress pangs of exactly that emotion for Ireland. The cruel, crushing nature of this seventh World Cup quarter-final exit has never been so severely inflicted. As the Ireland coach, Joe Schmidt, exclaimed, the scars of this defeat will remain for some time. There could be no more brutal way to sign off his tenure.

While Ireland knew the All Blacks would respond after two defeats in their last three meetings, they were powerless to stop it. Four years ago it was a similar theme. The All Blacks arrived at the World Cup quarter-finals to meet France, their supposed World Cup nemesis. Playing at the same Cardiff venue, memories of 2007 were rolled out in the build-up. The All Blacks bottled that fury and produced one of their best performances on this stage, sweeping France aside to win 62-13.

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Dynamic duo Sam Underhill and Tom Curry give England comic-book gusto

For all England’s skilful touches, it was Eddie Jones’s Kamikaze Kids who dominated Australia with 36 hard-hitting tackles

Eddie Jones calls them his Kamikaze Kids, which fits – because the way Tom Curry and Sam Underhill play is right out of a comic book. You could picture it in Roy Lichtenstein prints. Pop! Pow! Whaam! Boom! They made 36 tackles between them against Australia, none better than the one Underhill put in on the strapping No 8, Isi Naisarani, early in the first half, which was one of those blows that seem to reverse the entire flow of a game. It was in the 15th minute, or thereabouts, and Australia had made a hot start, thinking that they would catch England napping after that two-week break since they beat Argentina. It worked.

Related: England into World Cup semi-finals after bruising victory over Australia

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VAR chaos distracts from Pochettino’s relief as Spurs’ Alli pegs back Watford

Was this a point to be savoured, or another match best quickly forgotten? Spurs fans will probably spend the weekend mulling it over after a late poke from Dele Alli – one that required, and was eventually granted, the approval of VAR – hauled Mauricio Pochettino’s misfiring team back, just, from a deficit they had laboured under since the opening minutes.

For Watford this was one of those so-near-yet-so-far days, but the commitment from his players gave heart to Quique Sánchez Flores. The league’s bottom side were far from the rabble of early season here and, had they been more decisive in one of several counterattacking opportunities, they might yet have secured their first win of the season.

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Manchester United’s Katie Zelem takes second early derby in her stride

Midfielder was drawn back to her childhood club after a successful year in Italy

When Katie Zelem left Liverpool for Juventus she did not expect to be back in England so soon, but after one season in Italy, and the Serie A title, there was only one club capable of turning her head.

On Sunday, the 23-year-old midfielder is set to captain her childhood club, Manchester United, in a second derby when the Reds welcome City to Leigh Sports Village in the Continental League Cup.

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Andy Murray battles past Ugo Humbert to reach European Open final
• Former world No 1 wins 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in Antwerp
• Murray will play Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final

Andy Murray stayed on course for his first ATP Tour title since 2017 by beating Ugo Humbert in three tough sets at the European Open in Antwerp.

Murray was forced to call on all his reserves at times against a French opponent 11 years his junior before prevailing 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in just over two-and-a-half hours.

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Magical battles home to win first Champion Stakes at Ascot for Aidan O’Brien
• Hot favourite holds off Addeybb in gruelling ground
• Trainer celebrates Champions Day successes at Ascot

She may not rack up extended winning streaks like her old rival Enable – her career strike-rate, in fact, is below 50% – but Aidan O’Brien still felt able to describe Magical as “the ultimate racehorse” after a typically resolute success in the Champion Stakes gave the trainer his first success in the race here on Saturday. “Every day, she wakes up with a total clean sheet,” O’Brien said. “She accepts everything on the chin and says what do you want me to do today? It’s internally with her, it’s her mind. She never says no.”

Related: Champions Day 2019 at Ascot – live updates!

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Manchester United must be tempted to look at Jürgen Klopp and wonder: what if? | Jonathan Wilson

Ole Gunnar Solskjær, having leapt several steps of the managerial ladder, does not have a preferred style and it shows

O n this weekend four years ago, Jürgen Klopp got off the bus at White Hart Lane before his first game as Liverpool manager to an extraordinary clamour. Fans packed the street outside the car park just to see him, and journalists packed the opposite pavement just to see them. The sense of excitement and expectation was palpable – and it has been justified. Liverpool have undergone a remarkable transformation since.

Liverpool went into that fixture 10th in the Premier League table; they go into Sunday’s game at Old Trafford as league leaders and European champions. Of Klopp’s 18-man match-day squad four years ago, three – James Milner, Adam Lallana and Divock Origi –are still at the club. There has been a radical overhaul of personnel and playing style.

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The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s sorry Brexit deal | Observer editorial

Parliament must act to ensure that voters have the final say on our departure from the European Union

Boris Johnson is a prime minister without a mandate. He has never faced an election and has lost every vote he has put to the House of Commons. Yet time and again he has proved his willingness to ride roughshod over parliament in order to get his way.

Yesterday was no different: MPs were disgracefully given just a few hours to scrutinise the terms of the most important decision the country has faced in decades. But he miscalculated badly. Parliament reasserted its sovereignty, voting to withhold approval of his EU deal until MPs have a chance to scrutinise the relevant legislation, effectively forcing him by law to request an extension from the EU.

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Rebel amendment defeat is yet another painful bellyflop for Boris Johnson

Prime minister was stopped dead in his tracks from bulldozing deal through parliament with no scrutiny

The prime minister nose-dives again, yet another painful bellyflop among the many in his 88 short days in power. He takes the same humiliating punishment he inflicted on his predecessor in order to snatch her seat: she was gracious, but you could see the inner smirk.

Today he was stopped dead in his tracks from bulldozing an EU deal through parliament. An act that would cement Britain’s fate for decades to come was insultingly put to parliament without time for scrutiny, with no Treasury economic impact assessment, and its 553-page legal text only handed to MPs in the morning as the debate began.

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We marched with hope but few expectations. Yet history will side with us | Will Hutton
For the prime minister’s Europhobe supporters, Brexit has become nothing less than a religion. But it will never be the road to paradise

This was the third People’s Vote march I have joined – the most sombre, with the blackest humour. We could all read the runes: the best we could hope for was deferring the vote. Instinctive Tory tribalism and Jeremy Corbyn’s endless temporising had delivered insufficient momentum to muster parliamentary support for a second referendum.

Still, we cheered at the news that Oliver Letwin’s procedural deferment to avoid no deal had passed. But we knew that in a few weeks, barring Boris Johnson’s lies being quickly exposed, or his misplaying of the politics again, it could all be over – and a new fight that could last years would begin. To rejoin.

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If you like AOC, you should like Bernie too | Bhaskar Sunkara

Ocasio-Cortez is endorsing Sanders on Saturday because they share a vision of working-class politics. And that’s more important than tribalism

On the face of it, it’s not so surprising. A longtime democratic socialist runs an inspiring campaign for office around popular demands for economic justice; a young organizer joins that campaign, embraces that vision of change, and runs for office herself. Four years later, the longtime democratic socialist gives it another try and the newcomer endorses the effort.

That’s the short version of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “stunning” embrace of Bernie Sanders. She’ll officially endorse the Vermont senator on Saturday at a rally in Queens, after telling him of her decision while Sanders recovered in a Nevada hospital.

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Boris Johnson's siren song – cartoon

Somewhere in the middle of the Irish Sea, a mermaid is luring us to our doom

• You can buy your own print of this cartoon

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Jennifer Aniston: The One Where She Breaks the Internet | Rebecca Nicholson
Friends? She’s got a few, thanks to her presence now on Instragram

If Instagram were a TV series, then it is in the middle of one of those season highlights that you know everyone will be talking about the next day. It’s the explosion episode of Bodyguard, Game of Thrones’s Red Wedding, any season finale of Succession.

After the previous week gave birth to the thriller of the year, the Rooney/Vardy you-dunnit, last week provided another blockbuster moment. Jennifer Aniston signed up, posted a selfie with fellow Friends cast members and promptly broke the internet, without so much as a champagne glass poised perilously on a gravity-defying backside.

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A mea culpa from Pharrell Williams? Truly we live in an era of delayed woke | Barbara Ellen
The pop star has seen the light about his ‘rapey’ lyrics. Just a shame it took so long

Musician Pharrell Williams says he is now “embarrassed” by Blurred Lines, his controversial hit with Robin Thicke. He says that he has only belatedly realised that such sentiments as “I know you want it” and guest rapper TI’s lyric: “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two” could be considered “rapey”. Now Williams says: “Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed… It just took a lot of time and growth to get there.” Williams adds: “I realised that we live in a chauvinist culture… Didn’t realise that [some] of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind.”

And there you have it, folks – behold the pop-cultural phenomenon of Delayed Woke. The generally male, conveniently belated mea culpa of sexism, which seems to say that you can behave as you like as long as you’re very apologetic at some unspecified point in the future.

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@realDonaldTrump shows Twitter knows which side its bread is buttered | John Naughton

No one else would get away with the things the US president tweets but he is so very good for the (social media) business

When Donald Trump first appeared on Twitter, two thoughts came to mind. The first was that he was an absurd candidate for the presidency. The second was that he had a remarkable intuitive understanding of the possibilities of 140-character discourse. In a public lecture some time after his election, I rashly opined that “Trump is to Twitter as Michelangelo is to sculpture”.

As ice formed on the upper slopes of my (predominately liberal) audience, I realised that this was not a tactful observation. Michelangelo’s genius, one infuriated listener pointed out, was deployed in creating uplifting works of art, whereas Trump’s tweets merely plumbed the depths of human nastiness. Which was spot on. But it nevertheless remained true that Trump is surpassingly good at what he does, which is polluting the public sphere, infuriating his opponents and pandering to the inner demons of his supporters.

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Observer Food Monthly Awards 2019 – highlights video

The biggest event in the food calendar, the Observer Food Monthly Awards celebrate Britain’s leading chefs, restaurateurs, food producers and much more. This year’s awards took place on 17 October at the Freemasons Hall in London, hosted by Nigella Lawson and Jay Rayner. Jamie Oliver collected the award for Best Food Personality, Claudia Roden took home Lifetime Achievement and Refugee Community Kitchen won Outstanding Achievement.

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Canadian elections: can Justin Trudeau hold on to power? – video explainer

The Canadian prime minister’s progressive shine is looking tarnished and shop-worn as the country heads to the polls on 21 October  –  and Justin Trudeau is now in the fight of his political life.

In 2015, Trudeau was a proudly progressive candidate who promised to fight the climate crisis, repair a broken relationship with indigenous people and resettle Syrian refugees, but fours years of scandals have left young voters uncertain of Trudeau’s promise to do politics differently, as the Guardian’s Canada correspondent, Leyland Cecco, explains

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Could Donald Trump actually be impeached? – video

Things are getting serious for Donald Trump. The swiftly unrolling Ukraine scandal could cause him to become only the third president to be impeached.But what is impeachment? How does it work? And how likely is it to happen? Adam Gabbatt has the answers

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After Windrush – Paulette Wilson's visit to Jamaica, 50 years on

A letter from the British government classifying Paulette Wilson as an illegal immigrant shook her sense of identity and belonging. ‘Hostile environment’ policies years in the making meant that Wilson and other victims of the Windrush scandal had their right to residency in the UK called into question. She had been detained for a week pending imminent deportation though she had done nothing wrong. It was devastating, but luckily she was released before she was deported. Here we follow Wilson as she returns to Jamaica for the first time in 50 years, trying to make sense of her place in the world and rebuild a sense of security and belonging

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I'll kick out Iain Duncan Smith because of ?'?austerity he inflicted on my ?mum' – video

Is the chaos in Westminster breeding a new type of politician? We hit the campaign trial with Labour's Faiza Shaheen, who is trying to kick out the Tory grandee Iain Duncan Smith from his Chingford and Woodford Green seat. Shaheen grew up in the area and describes herself as the polar opposite of Duncan Smith. What are her chances of success? And could she be hindered by Labour's Brexit position? 

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Dwarfism and me: 'We're still treated as less than human' – video

About 90,000 people in America have dwarfism. The writer and podcaster Cara Reedy takes us on a journey to reflect on what it means to be a person with dwarfism – and why America's obsession with little people has left lasting damage.

[Supported by Ford Foundation]

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'We will fight to the last drop of blood': embattled Kashmiris target freedom – video

Determined to prevent security forces from entering their community, people in the suburb of Anchar, in the disputed region of Kashmir, stand united in their desire to achieve freedom from India. Defying teargas and pellets, they are the last remaining pocket of resistance in the country's only Muslim-majority state

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'He said: 'I’d break the law for you.' I was 13': calling time on street harassment – video

Rape threats, racist slurs, being followed home, just some of the things that women and girls are subjected to on a daily basis. But there is a growing generation of young women who are no longer prepared to put up with it and have launched a campaign to make street harassment illegal. On-the-spot fines were introduced in France in 2018, but could it make a difference in the UK?  

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How fracking is taking its toll on Argentina's indigenous people – video explainer

An oil fire burned for more than three weeks next to a freshwater lake in Vaca Muerta, Argentina, one of the world’s largest deposits of shale oil and gas and home to the indigenous Mapuche people. In collaboration with Forensic Architecture, this video looks at the local Mapuche community’s claim that the oil and gas industry has irreversibly damaged their ancestral homeland, and with it their traditional ways of life

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Extinction Rebellion: police release activist who scaled Big Ben's tower

Ben Atkinson, 43, climbed scaffolding around clock tower dressed as Boris Johnson

An Extinction Rebellion activist who scaled Big Ben’s tower and evaded capture for more than three hours has been released by police.

Ben Atkinson, 43, climbed the scaffolding surrounding the clock tower dressed as Boris Johnson – complete with a blond wig, shirt, jacket and tie – at about 3.30pm on Friday.

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Ukip attempts to suspend leader amid fresh power struggle within party

Richard Braine disputes party chair’s authority to oust him

Ukip has moved to suspend its leader Richard Braine amid a fresh power struggle within the party.

On Saturday Braine confirmed that Ukip’s national executive committee (NEC) and the party chair, Kirstan Herriot, had attempted to oust him but questioned whether she had the authority to do so.

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Manchester police arrest man after security incident at Arndale centre

Greater Manchester force detain 26-year-old under Mental Health Act

A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after a major security incident at the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester.

Police descended on the centre at 8.55pm on Friday to reports of a man with a knife. The alert comes a week after two people were stabbed by a man in a random attack at the shopping centre.

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Forget campfires… today’s scouts focus on climate crisis and homelessness

Spurred on by the likes of Greta Thunberg, the movement is now engaging with social problems

Inspired by a wave of youth activism, scouts from across Britain are setting aside campfires and hobby badges to tackle some of the UK’s biggest social issues, from homelessness and the climate crisis to migrants and mental health.

The 112-year-old movement has enlisted the support of British astronaut Tim Peake to lead its campaign, in part spurred on by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

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NHS to scrap paper prescriptions under plan to save £300m

Electronic service will be rolled out in England next month in bid to achieve savings by 2021

Paper prescriptions will be scrapped next month under an NHS plan to save £300m over two years, with Jo Churchill, the primary care minister, announcing all prescriptions across England will be digitised.

The electronic prescription service (EPS) will be rolled out nationally after a trial run in 60 GP practices and hundreds of pharmacies.

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Man, 78, charged with attempted murder after shooting in Suffolk

Kier Huxtable charged after a man in his 40s was shot in upper arm in Brandon

A 78-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a shooting in Suffolk.

Kier Huxtable, of Weeting, Suffolk, has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent by means to endanger life, Suffolk police said.

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'Pivot point' for Scotland as Brexit boosts independence bid

Polling suggests breakup of union increasingly likely and thoughts turning to aftermath

That the union is under greater stress than at any time in its 300-year history is something that everyone from Scotland’s first minister to former Conservative and Labour prime ministers and Whitehall thinktanks agree upon.

Nicola Sturgeon told delegates at the SNP conference in Aberdeen on Tuesday that successive Westminster governments had “shattered the case for the union” and that she would demand within weeks the legal powers to hold a second independence referendum in 2020.

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Man charged with murder of one-year-old girl in Bury

James Chadwick, 21, arrested and charged after incident in Radcliffe on Wednesday

A man has been charged with the murder of a one-year-old baby girl.

James Chadwick, 21, of Radcliffe, had been arrested along with Chelsea Crilly, 19, from Atherton, both in Greater Manchester.

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Period of debt-fuelled expansion 'may have caused Thomas Cook collapse'

Institute of Directors advises MPs investigating firm’s downfall to look at tenure of former CEO Manny Fontenla-Novoa

The debt-fuelled expansion of Thomas Cook between 2007 and 2011 may have caused its downfall, the Institute of Directors has said, as the tour operator’s former bosses prepare to give evidence to MPs investigating its implosion.

The business, energy and industrial select committee will question former chief executives Manny Fontenla-Novoa and Harriet Green on Wednesday, building on evidence given last week by directors who were in charge when the travel agent collapsed.

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Food scandal fears after Chinese antibiotics seized at UK airport

Exclusive: drugs are suspected to have been heading for Northern Ireland poultry farm

A large consignment of Chinese antibiotics suspected to be destined for unregulated use on a poultry farm in Northern Ireland has been seized at a British airport, raising fears of a new food scandal.

The Guardian has learned that medicine, believed to be the antibiotic amoxicillin, was intercepted at a British airport this week. Enforcement authorities in Northern Ireland were alerted and have begun an investigation into a large poultry farm company.

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Erdogan threatens to 'crush the heads' of Kurdish fighters refusing to withdraw

Turkey-US deal asks Kurdish forces to vacate designated ‘safe zone’ in northern Syria during five-day ceasefire

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, has said his country would “crush the heads” of Kurdish militants if they did not withdraw from a planned “safe zone” in northern Syria.

On Thursday following an intervention from the US, Turkey agreed to pause its military offensive in north-eastern Syria for five days while Kurdish fighters withdrew from the safe zone.

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Cracks appear in Lebanon's governing coalition after third day of protests

A Christian party has quit Lebanon’s coalition government after more protests against tax rises and alleged corruption

A Lebanese Christian party quit the coalition government on Saturday after tens of thousands of people took to the streets for a third day of protests against tax increases and alleged official corruption.

After protesters marched in Beirut, Tripoli and other cities, the head of the Lebanese Forces party, Samir Geagea, said his group was resigning from the government.

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Afghanistan mosque bombing: death toll rises

State blames Taliban for blasts targeting worshippers during Friday prayers

Police and local residents were searching for bodies in the rubble of a mosque in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, after bomb blaststhat killed at least 69 people during Friday prayers.

The explosives had been placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district.

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McConnell condemns Trump over Syria as impeachment inquiry ramps up

President faces new pressure after Senate majority leader – with key role in impeachment process – issues foreign policy rebuke

After another tumultuous week in Washington, with the prospect of impeachment growing by the day, Donald Trump faced a stinging rebuke from the man who holds the president’s fate in his hands: the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell.

Related: Trump the predator

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Dam collapses at Siberian gold mine, killing at least 15 people

Investigation launched into safety regime at alluvial mine in remote Krasnoyarsk region

At least 15 gold miners were killed when a dam collapsed, flooding a mining encampment in a remote part of Siberia, officials have said.

Heavy rains weakened the dam and water broke through, sweeping away several cabins where the miners lived, about 100 miles south of the city of Krasnoyarsk.

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López Obrador and Trump speak in aftermath of El Chapo son shootout

Mexico’s foreign minister said on Saturday that the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Donald Trump had agreed to take swift action to stem the flow of illegal weapons from the US into Mexico.

Related: 'We do not want war': Mexico president defends release of El Chapo’s son

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Campaign launched to catch 'Europe's most wanted women'

Crime Has No Gender website shows suspects hidden behind masks, which users remove

Europe’s policing agency has launched a campaign to catch the continent’s most wanted female criminals.

Europol’s new website, called the Crime Has No Gender campaign, reveals the faces of fugitives wanted by 21 EU countries in an interactive way. Eighteen of them are women.

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Hong Kong protests: bring back app or risk 'complicity' in repression, Apple told

US lawmakers including Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez write to Tim Cook urging him to restore HKMapp app

A bipartisan group of prominent US lawmakers has urged Apple chief executive Tim Cook to restore the HKMap app used in Hong Kong, as protesters push ahead with plans for another unsanctioned mass rally on Sunday.

Earlier this month, Apple removed the app that helped track police and protester movements, saying it was used to target officers.

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Chile protests: state of emergency declared in Santiago as violence escalates

President announces order in televised address after fare-dodging protest by students in capital widens

A state of emergency has been declared in the Chilean capital after simmering protests against a rise in metro fares spilled out into widespread vandalism and violence fuelled by rising cost-of-living pressures.

As ordained by Chile’s dictatorship-era constitution, the state of emergency will apply to Santiago and can last for 15 days. It grants the government additional powers to restrict citizens’ freedom of movement and their right to assembly. Ominously, soldiers will return to the streets for the first time since an earthquake devastated parts of the country in 2010.

Related: Chile students' mass fare-dodging expands into city-wide protest

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Archaeologists discover 30 ancient coffins in Luxor

Intricately carved coffins with mummies from 1000BC ‘biggest such find in over a century’

Egypt has revealed details of 30 ancient wooden coffins with mummies inside, which were discovered in the southern city of Luxor in the biggest find of its kind in more than a century.

A team of Egyptian archaeologists found a “distinctive group of 30 coloured wooden coffins for men, women and children” in a cache at Al-Asasif cemetery on Luxor’s west bank, the ministry of antiquities said in a statement on Saturday.

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Restored to glory: How a 16th-century nun regained her place in art history

Confined to a monastery by her parents, Plautilla Nelli became one of the Renaissance’s few female artists. Her forgotten masterpiece, The Last Supper, has now been resurrected

In a city dripping with Renaissance jewels, the restored Last Supper unveiled last week looks at first glance like just another masterpiece by one of the great artists of the 16th century.

Which it is. But look a little closer, and you notice one astonishing detail – the name on the canvas. The artist who signed it was female. She was Plautilla Nelli: a contemporary of Michelangelo, Titian and Tintoretto; a native of Florence who spent her entire life in the city in which her greatest work has now been rediscovered; a woman who managed to paint at a time when women were effectively forbidden from doing so; and a nun.

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Nam June Paik review – encounters with a true visionary

Tate Modern, London
A teeming retrospective of the Korean-American artist spans half a century, from Fluxus and Nixon to Bowie and MTV

Tate Modern leans into its avant garde edge with this big, pleasurable sweep through Korean-born international artist Nam June Paik’s career. Paik was born in 1932 and died in 2006. Living and working in Japan, Germany and the US, he explored music, film, performance, theatre and the media in a long career notable for his collaborations with longstanding pals including Joseph Beuys, musician John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham.

Initially, Paik was interested in chance, malfunction and accidental breakage. In the 1960s he doctored old pianos so that playing them would result in clanking and dud notes, while in Zen for Wind in 1963 he strings random objects from a plank so hitting them produces different sounds. These early works have a charming hint of Pritt Stick, yellowing paper and unintended rust, yet even so there are dashes of sophisticated invention. In Random Access, users can run a receptor over bits of magnetic tape stuck to the wall to produce chopped-up, distorted sounds.

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Spiral recap: season seven, episodes three and four – not tonight, Joséphine

Laure’s parenting hits a new low, and there are facepalms all round as Ms Karlsson makes a visit to Judge Wagner

Spoiler alert: this recap is for people watching Spiral on the BBC. Do not read on unless you have watched season seven, episodes three and four.

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Titian expert says lauded painting is not by the master

Top art historians clash over authenticity of Apsley House treasure

A painting thought to be by Titian, which will be included in a touring exhibition to begin at the National Gallery in London next March, has been dismissed as a “dud” by a leading art historian.

Professor Charles Hope, a Titian expert, told the Observer that The Danaë, an early 1550s picture on a mythological subject, is “a later pastiche” and should be downgraded from being attributed to the 16th-century Italian master to that of a minor hand.

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Romesh Ranganathan takes on his family at Fortnite: ‘I have everything on the line’

After an expert training session for me and my mum, will this be a bonding experience? Or will my boys request a new father?

A while ago, I wrote a column about the division in my family that Fortnite was creating, with my kids playing it nonstop and then allowing me to play before confirming that I was, as I feared, a “noob” (translation: someone without skill in the area of gaming).

This was distressing, as I have always considered myself a gamer. Admittedly I became slightly disenfranchised when online gaming emerged, which allows you to play anyone from anywhere, as, for me, the whole point of gaming is escapism. And escapism, to my mind, is not being repeatedly beaten at a game by an 11-year-old from Ohio while he calls me a “little bitch”.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon review – an emotional ride

Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen are a dream double act in this unlikely buddy movie

It could have been so corny. The heart of The Peanut Butter Falcon beats to a rhythm that harks back to the ragged romanticism of a Huck Finn adventure, a time when outlaws were armed with charm rather than a tyre iron. Set in the North Carolina Outer Banks, it goes all out on bluegrass economy, a story plucked out on a twanging banjo and the audience’s heartstrings. But, perhaps against the odds, this shambling buddy movie really works.

It’s largely thanks to the casting. In the central role of Zak, a young man with Down’s syndrome who has a dream of a future bigger than the drab institution in which the authorities have parked him, is newcomer Zack Gottsagen. The role was written specifically for him after writer-directors Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz were floored by his talent at a camp for actors with disabilities. Gottsagen delivers on that promise with an emotionally persuasive performance that anchors this backwater yarn.

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Dame Julie Andrews: ‘My biggest disappointment? Losing my singing voice’

The star of stage and screen on painful memories, over-apologising and eating cornflakes in the middle of the night

Born in Surrey, Julie Andrews, 84, began performing at 12. In the 50s, she made her Broadway stage debut in The Boy Friend and then starred in My Fair Lady. She played the title role in the 1964 film Mary Poppins, winning an Academy Award, and in 1965 made The Sound Of Music. Her second memoir, Home Work, has just been published. Andrews raised five children with her late husband, Blake Edwards, and lives on Long Island, New York.

What is your earliest memory?
Sitting on my mother’s lap in the car and, as my father pulled up to our little house in Walton, saying what they tell me is my very first word – home.

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Patti Smith: ‘Reading Mark Twain gave me such anxiety I threw up’

The author and musician on Jean Genet, Little Women and crying over Charlotte Brontë

The book I am currently reading
I have just begun Space Invaders by Nona Fernández. It looks intriguing and is translated by the great Natasha Wimmer.

The book that changed my life
The character of Jo March in Little Women drew me to decide to be a writer, and leave all scientific dreams behind.

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Festival city: your guide to Edmonton, Alberta's vibrant capital

Hometown devotee Jen Mallia chats with city ambassador Linda Hoang and photographer extraordinaire Emilie Iggiotti for the inside scoop on Edmonton, Alberta’s buzzing capital

People are super nice here, like 'small village nice'

Edmonton boasts an arts scene that won’t quit and a banging array of places to eat and drink, plus opportunities to commune with nature, shop indie boutiques or visit the largest mall on the continent. It’s a welcoming city on the prairies of roughly a million people – a home for artists, tradespeople, academics, government workers, and people from around the world. Edmonton is the place you didn’t know you belonged!

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Niagara Falls to the Festival of Lights: top 10 wintery experiences in Ontario – in pictures

From seeing the legendary Toronto Maple Leafs in their home arena to skating through the heart of Canada’s capital along the frozen Rideau Canal, Ontario is full of unmissable winter adventures

Start planning your visit to Ontario this winter with Canadian Affair

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Quiz: How well do you know the weird and wonderful side of Canada?

Canada is big, beautiful and incredibly quirky. Take this quiz to find out if you can separate its outlandish facts from fiction

What percentage of the world’s freshwater does Canada have?




In Canada you can play ice hockey on the Atlantic Ocean?



Per capita, Canada has the most …

Doughnut shops

Bicycle shops


Ogopogo is…

The name of the oldest tree in Canada

A traditional Canadian dish

A monster that lives in a lake

Québec produces two-thirds of the world’s maple syrup?



Who has a home address in Canada?

Santa Claus



What is unusual about cars in the Northwest Territories?

They are all electric

They are required by law to be fitted with special snow ploughs during the winter

They have polar bear-shaped number plates

What was once used as an emergency currency?



Playing cards

6 and above.

You're a wise old moose. You must have been here before, right? Time to come back and discover Canada in a new light

3 and above.

You're a seldom seen Ogopogo. Obviously you're ready to discover more of Canada's hidden gems

0 and above.

You're a real rookie. Time to hop on a plane for your first Canadian adventure

Fly WestJet to discover (and enjoy!) the weird and the wonderful things in Canada

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Nova Scotia: Crystal Cresent and other gems of Canada's coastal province

Whether it’s visiting wine country by doubledecker bus, rafting on a tidal bore or tucking into a lobster feast, there are memories to be made in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is the kind of place where strangers stop to talk and smiles come easy. It’s also where this famous east-coast hospitality, fresh seafood, good wine and pristine beaches all come together to create memorable summer holidays. Just a six-hour flight from the UK, there’s no shortage of things to do, from exploring historic fishing villages to world-class surfing. Here are our top 10 recommendations.

Line up a lobster
Whether it’s fish and chips from a food truck or fresh oysters from a trendy downtown restaurant, there is no shortage of seafood here. Although Nova Scotia is renowned for its lobster, other seafood options are extensive and menus are constantly evolving, but for a traditional lobster feast, you can take your pick from a lineup of restaurants along the Halifax waterfront. The most famous local lobster experience, however, can be found at the Shore Club, located by the shore 30 minutes outside of the city in Hubbards. The club has been around for more than 80 years and is popular with locals, while the restaurant serves a daily lobster dinner throughout the summer.

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Knitty gritty: patterned jumpers for men - in pictures

Bold and bright, this season it’s all about winning shapes and striking angles when it comes to knitwear

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Yin and yang: what's the difference between a shallot and an onion?

Though recipes frequently use them interchangeably, shallots are a different beast from onions – and you can even use them in desserts

Let’s be clear: a shallot is not an onion. You could be forgiven for thinking they are the same, and substituting them for onions in a recipe. Very few recipe writers will specify shallots for this reason, myself included sometimes. It’s so much more convenient just to say “onion”.

Editors will say to me: “No one will know the difference, so why fuss?” But you should fuss, because shallots have a completely different flavour profile. Shallots are yin to the onion’s yang.

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Palazzo of dreams

Living above Leonardo’s Milanese vineyard is a constant source of inspiration for fashion designer Massimo Alba

Not many people can say that they share an address with Leonardo da Vinci, but Massimo Alba can. The fashion designer’s Milan apartment is part of the Casa degli Atellani, an elegant palazzo and one of the city’s most celebrated museums. It is also home to the vineyard gifted to da Vinci by the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Maria Sforza, in 1498.

“Every time I come home, I feel privileged to be living in this terrific place, surrounded by good energy,” says Alba as he leads the way through the museum to the garden where the Renaissance artist tended to his vines.

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Questlove: bagels with Amy Winehouse, fish and chips with the Roots

The drummer and frontman on food and music, his friendship with Anthony Bourdain and much, much more

What we know as southern soul food, which was primarily survival food for a lot of black people in the US, has now become pricey. If you go to Sylvia’s in Harlem, the chances are it will be filled to the brim with tourists from Australia and Japan. Pretty much the exact meal we had as a family decades ago in Philadelphia now has a bill of $300-$400. Meanwhile, there’s a generation of the inner-city poor who survive pretty much on take-out Chinese now.

Our biggest family meal was Thanksgiving. The process always started on a Thursday, when my aunts used to soak the dessert in brandy or sherry for three days. On Friday they’d do the meats and on Saturday the vegetables. I’d snap the beans while watching Soul Train, or National Geographic, with my Uncle Jim. On Sunday it was church. Then, at 4pm, 16 of us could start having the feast. The problem was how obedient me and my cousin were in the run-up to it. How you didn’t fight over licking the leftover cake batter or frosting off grandmother’s spoon and never touched the pies or cobbler. If you were going to sneak a scoop of ice cream from the refrigerator you’d better pray no one saw you.

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'Do you wind it up?': today’s teens tackle rotary phones, FM radio and map reading

Their smartphones do everything, but can teenagers master old tech and life skills – from reading a map to setting an alarm clock?

Three 15-year-old school children are on the phone, in class. No, it’s OK, they’re supposed to be; they’ve been told to, by me, with permission from their teacher. And they’re not actually on the phone, because they don’t know how to use it. It’s an old-fashioned rotary telephone, finger-in-the-dial variety. They’re tapping it, prodding at the holes. Hahahaha – they haven’t got a clue.

Loxford is an academy in Ilford, east London. I’ve come here with a suitcase stuffed full of the past, tech from my own childhood, mostly borrowed from nostalgic hoarder colleagues. Everything in the case is obsolete: it’s all been shrunk to fit into the smartphones today’s 15-year-olds almost all have. It’s a kind of social experiment, about different generations, lost skills, changing technology – what Loxford media studies teacher Mr Rushworth calls “convergence”. OK, and it’s also about having a laugh; and getting my generation’s own back for those times we’ve had to go crawling to a teenager for technical assistance, such as asking how to make the video on WhatsApp work.

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How the Victorians turned mere beasts into man’s best friends

Plucky, steadfast, loyal – the rise of pampered pets began in the 19th century when artists and writers saw their many benefits

They can be expensive, noisy and annoying, yet today’s pampered pets have never been more cossetted and adored. Now new research reveals that it is the Victorians who were responsible for changing attitudes towards domestic animals.

Historians are combing the historical archives for evidence of when familial, emotional attachments to pets became commonplace and socially acceptable in Britain. The work is part of a five-year project that will culminate in a book and an exhibition at the Geffrye Museum in east London.

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The Guardian's climate pledge 2019

Today, we are making a public pledge to ourselves and our readers, that we are committed to taking responsibility for our role - both journalistically and institutionally - on how to impact the climate crisis we are facing.

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Guardian climate pledge 2019: 'With air travel, it's best to take a flexitarian approach'

Guardian travel editor Andy Pietrasik explains how a flexitarian approach can enable us to enjoy exploring the planet without increasing our carbon footprint

We recently published a guide to Helsinki in which we gave details of how to get there and back without flying. In the comments below the article, a reader wrote: “I think you have to concede that it’s a little disingenuous to pretend that people will be going to Helsinki by train and boat … very few will be willing to allocate six days of the holiday just for the journey. It’s simply not a practical suggestion.”

The rise of low-cost flights over the past 20 or so years means we have become so accustomed to flying everywhere for our holidays and short breaks that the idea of taking so long over a journey has become unthinkable. We expect to maximise our time in a location and minimise our time in transit. But maybe that has to change.

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Today we pledge to give the climate crisis the attention it demands | Katharine Viner

The Guardian’s editor-in-chief explains why support from our readers is crucial in enabling us to produce fearless, independent reporting that addresses the climate emergency

At the Guardian we believe the climate crisis is the most urgent issue of our times. And we know that Guardian readers are equally passionate about the need for governments, businesses and individuals to take immediate action to avoid a catastrophe for humanity and for the natural world.

Today the Guardian is making a pledge to our readers that we will play our part, both in our journalism and in our own organisation, to address the climate emergency. We hope this underlines to you the Guardian’s deep commitment to quality environmental journalism, rooted in scientific fact.

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Why we're rethinking the images we use for our climate journalism

Guardian picture editor Fiona Shields explains why we are going to be using fewer polar bears and more people to illustrate our coverage of the climate emergency

At the Guardian we want to ensure that the images we publish accurately and appropriately convey the climate crisis that we face. Following discussions among editors about how we could change the language we use in our coverage of environmental issues, our attention then turned to images. We have been working across the organisation to better understand how we aim to visually communicate the impact the climate emergency is having across the world.

Related: The Guardian's climate pledge 2019

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Social care: are you fighting to live independently in your own home?

We would like to speak to people about their experiences of social care and independence as part of a new video project

Social care is a key victim of current political turbulence, with critics saying the crisis was only paid “lip service” in this week’s Queen’s speech.

Overall there are an estimated one million disabled people living without the social care they need – according to research by the disability charity Leonard Cheshire. An increasing number of working age disabled people are even being told they must move into residential care against their wishes, rather than live independently in their own homes, due to cuts in care.

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Women's football: have you tried to set up a grassroots team?

We want to hear from those who have struggled to set up women’s football teams

Women’s football has seen a score of successes in recent months: England’s top league went professional, the World Cup was watched by record-breaking audiences and crowds during the current FA cup are growing.

The number of girls and women taking up the sport has also skyrocketed, with 605 new girls youth teams and 260 new adult female clubs registered to play this season.

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Have you taken part in Extinction Rebellion events?

If you have protested with the group in the UK we would like to hear about your experiences

People have been taking part in Extinction Rebellion events, from a ‘nurse-in’ in London to an activist climbing a plane at London City airport, as part of two weeks of climate protests by the group.

The Guardian view on the protests said: “The movement’s three demands in these October protests are that the government does more to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis; that it legally commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2025; and that a citizens’ assembly be convened to oversee the changes”.

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Brexit: tell us if you are a business owner who's preparing

We’d like to hear from small business owners about how they are preparing ahead of Brexit

With the cut-off date to secure a Brexit deal looming, the likely outcome of negotiations this week is still uncertain. While EU sources have expressed “cautious optimism,” anything could happen.

Last month, a five-page document spelling out the government’s “planning assumptions” warned that no-deal Brexit could result in rising food and fuel prices.

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Led By Donkeys: ‘There is a political power in laughing at these people’

On billboards, beaches, buildings, and Twitter, four activist friends have wittily exposed the hypocrisies of Brexit politics. As they publish a book about their campaign, they reflect on their rollercoaster year

• Read an extract from Led By Donkeys’ book here

The campaigning group Led By Donkeys is always on the lookout for what it calls “thermonuclear hypocrisy” in politics, and specifically on Brexit. So when, in August, its founders belatedly came across an article that Michael Gove had written for the Daily Mail in March 2019, they felt they had hit the jackpot. In it, Gove, who is now chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster – or more prosaically, the man charged with making Brexit happen, deal or no deal – had noted: “We didn’t vote to leave without a deal. That wasn’t the message of the campaign I helped lead.”

“It was like, ‘Hang on a second: that should be the iceberg to the government’s no-deal Titanic,’” exclaims 45-year-old Ben Stewart, one of the four founders of Led By Donkeys. “The leader of the campaign, the person charged with no-deal planning has said there is no mandate for this. And now they are claiming a mandate for it. So I felt and we all felt: we need to make that quote famous.”

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'Older generations can't understand': XR Youth on being heard

For young Extinction Rebellion members, there is an urgency they say others struggle to fully grasp

When five members of Extinction Rebellion’s youth faction climbed on top of the entrance to YouTube’s HQ on Wednesday, they were protesting against a problem that has particular relevance for their generation.

In a letter to the company, they demanded that YouTube changes what the group claims is its disproportionate platforming of climate denial, on a site which is the most watched platform for 16-24-year-olds.

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Mortgages: 40-year terms are becoming the norm – but watch out

First-time buyers could end up paying a lot more – and not be mortgage-free until their 70s

Mortgages with a maximum term of 40 years are now becoming the norm, according to new data this week. However, with the average age of a first-time buyer standing at 32, that raises the prospect of a generation of homeowners not achieving mortgage-free status until they are in their 70s.

Latest research from the data experts at Moneyfacts.co.uk shows that 57% of the residential mortgage products currently available have a standard maximum term of up to 40 years – up from just under 36% in March 2014.

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Dr Sarah E Hill: ‘We have a blind spot about how the pill influences women’s brains’

The social psychologist’s new book tackles the tricky subject of how oral contraceptives may affect women’s minds

At a time when women’s reproductive freedoms are under attack, any suggestion that the birth control pill could be problematic feels explosive. But Sarah E Hill, a professor of social psychology at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas argues we need to talk about how oral contraceptives are affecting women’s thinking, emotions and behaviour. How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control is her new book about the science behind a delicate subject.

Some US states have recently made it harder to get an abortion and the Trump administration is doing its best to chisel away at access to birth control. Is your book trying to dissuade women from using the pill?
My institution was founded as a Christian school, but it doesn’t have a particular religious bent now. My goal with this book is not to take the pill away or alarm women. It is to give them information they haven’t had up until now so they can make informed decisions. The pill, along with safe, legalised abortions, are the two biggest keys to women’s rights. But we also have a blind spot when it comes to thinking about how changing women’s sex hormones – which is what the pill does – influences their brains. For a long time, women have been experiencing “psychological” side-effects on the pill but nobody was telling them why.

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'Just don't waste': David Attenborough's heartfelt message to next generation

At launch of BBC nature series Seven Worlds, One Planet, Attenborough says message is finally getting through

David Attenborough has delivered a heartfelt message to children around the world on how they can help save the planet: “Live the way you want to live but just don’t waste.”

At the first screening of the BBC’s forthcoming blockbuster nature series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, the 93-year-old offered his advice to a five-year-old in the London audience. The boy was overwhelmed by nerves when handed the microphone, so his father asked his question on his behalf: “What can he do to save the planet?”

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'We will fight back': how the police killing of a black woman in Texas sparked fear and anger

The officer who shot Atatiana Jefferson was charged with murder – but as police killings continue across the country, communities say the system itself needs to change

Adarius Carr watched the video of his sister’s killing and struggled to understand.

A police bodycam recorded the Fort Worth officer Aaron Dean in the dead of night pulling open the gate to Atatiana Jefferson’s back garden. He had a torch in one hand and a gun in the other. The policeman looked around suddenly wheeled about to shine the light on a window and shout: “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!”

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Chasing the sun: the World Solar Challenge 2019 – in pictures

The World Solar Challenge, celebrated biennially since 1987, saw teams from around the world set off from Darwin on a 3,000km race to Adelaide by solar-powered car. Belgian team Agoria took first place this year after Dutch rivals Vattenfall caught fire 250km from the finish line

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Hundreds of thousands join 'people's vote' march in London – in pictures

Campaigners take part in ‘Together for the Final Say’ event calling for a second Brexit referendum

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Textile art inspired by vintage photographs of African Americans – in pictures

Since 2017, New Jersey artist Bisa Butler has been creating a “quilted fabric album”: large textile portraits drawn from old black-and-white photographs; her most recent series is inspired by images of African Americans taken by the government during the second world war.

The materials she uses – kente cloths and other traditional African fabrics – nod to African American heritage, including Butler’s own as an American of Ghanaian descent.

See more of Butler’s work on Instagram and at Claire Oliver Gallery

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20 photographs of the week

Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish forces, the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, and Eliud Kipchoge breaking the two-hour marathon barrier – the past seven days, as captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

A plucky otter, a mysterious blob and a Florida panther on the prowl

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Living colour: the intricacy and beauty of budgies – in pictures

Leila Jeffreys started photographing birds in 2008. In this series she takes the birds out of their natural habitat, and by stripping the environment back to the bare minimum and using neutral backgrounds she shows the intricacy and beauty of the feathered creatures. Her latest exhibition, High Society, is on at the the Olsen Gallery, Woollahra, Sydney from 16 October until 9 November

Birds of a green and yellow feather flock together in artistic glory
• You can vote for the budgie in the Guardian/Bird Life Australia 2019 bird of the year poll from 28 November

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