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England v New Zealand: second Test, day two – live!

*Second Test over-by-over updates on the second day at Headingley*England’s Jimmy Anderson admits surreal feeling of 400 Test wickets*Email niall.mcveigh.casual@theguardian.com or tweet @niallmcveigh 11.58am BST 4th over: England 10-0 (Lyth 6, Cook 4) Lyth drives down the ground, beyond Southee’s half-hearted dive, but Brendon McCullum is on hand with a sterling piece of field work at

Andy Murray v Nick Kyrgios: French Open 2015 – live!

*French Open third round latest from the men’s singles at Roland Garros*And feel free to email les.roopanarine@theguardian.com 11.59am BST Third set: Murray* 2-2 Kyrgios (sets 2-0) At 30-15, Murray produces arguably his best shot of the match so far, flicking a running, volleyed forehand pass from the baseline – if you please – beyond the stranded Kyrgios. It sets up a comfortable hold.

Sepp Blatter comes out fighting after re-election as Fifa president – live

Head of football’s world governing body holds press conference in Zurich after winning a fifth term and blasting US authorities’ Fifa investigation and what he calls Europe’s ‘hate’ campaignSepp Blatter blasts US authorities over investigation into Fifa corruption 11.57am BST Some reaction from the members of the media in attendance:Sepp Blatter faced media questions for 18 minutes.

Golden ales come of age as flavour of the British summer

Big brewers react to trend for paler beers as younger drinkers turn their backs on lagerIt is the beer that no brewer can afford to ignore and is being credited with spearheading the real ale revival. Golden ale, a light, more hoppy cousin of bitter, is stealing drinkers away from lager to such an extent that it is now being described as a game-changer in brewing circles.Demand for the ale h

London should be treated as city state, says Labour mayoral hopeful

Former trade minister Gareth Thomas wants capital to have tax-raising powers equivalent to those given to Scotland, to ‘deal with the tragedy of our poverty’London should be treated as a city state and given tax-raising powers to match its equal standing with the four nations of the UK, according to a potential Labour candidate for mayor.Gareth Thomas, a former trade minister who hopes to

I want the city state of London to join the other nations reshaping the union

Londoners should have powers to make our own decisions over the wealth we create – we didn’t vote for the Tory cuts about to be imposed London has the wealth and London has all the power. That is the view which most of the rest of the UK has about our capital city and it is one I seek to challenge.Yes, London creates more of the wealth than any other region or nation in this country. But w

Minister worked as spin doctor for tobacco giant that paid workers £15 a month

Priti Patel worked for PR firm Shandwick on improving BAT’s image over Burma factory, and also lobbied MEPs against EU tobacco regulationsThe employment minister, Priti Patel, was part of a team of spin doctors paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to help a tobacco giant counter negative publicity, including that surrounding its joint venture with one of the world’s most brutal military regimes

Justin Gatlin rejects ‘ridiculous’ claims about steroid effects

• Sprinter reacts angrily to questions about long-term impact of doping• ‘I’m not sure why you would match a laboratory mouse to a human being’• Gatlin was not kicked out of Beijing event, say organisersJustin Gatlin has dismissed suggestions that he is still benefitting from anabolic steroids nearly a decade after taking them as “ridiculous”.Gatlin was banned from athletics for four years

Can Mars One colonise the red planet?

Alexandra Doyle has signed up for a one-way trip to Mars. What makes her, and 99 others, so ready to leave Earth behind? Meet the red planet’s would-be pioneers – and the man who promises he can get them thereWhen Nasa’s first rover set down on the surface of Mars in 1997, its streamed colour images caused an early internet sensation. After centuries of dreaming, here we were, at eye level to

David Nicholls: the book that saved me

PJ Kavanagh’s classic memoir The Perfect Stranger tells of an uncertain young man seeking adventure and finding love. The author of One Day and Us first read it when he was a failing actor and bad bartender – it changed his lifeSome books seem to come along at just the right moment, and become so entwined with memories of a particular time and place that you revisit them at your peril.PJ K

Government 'shocked' by report of Dignitas link to struck-off doctor

Daily Mail reports that unregistered psychiatrist is assessing patients who want to go to Swiss assisted dying clinicThe Department of Health has described claims an unregistered doctor is giving medical assessments to patients who want to go to Dignitas as shocking.The Daily Mail reported that the Swiss assisted dying clinic was referring patients who wanted to end their lives to a Britis

UK boy in court charged with two Colchester knife murders

Youth aged 16 to appear in court over murders of Nahid Almanea and James Attfield in Colchester last yearA 16-year-old boy accused of killing two people, allegedly stabbing one more than 100 times, was remanded in custody as he appeared in court today.The teenager was arrested on Tuesday at the same riverside footpath in Colchester where he allegedly stabbed a student to death last year.

Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri

Witnesses say hundreds of Islamist gunmen tried to advance on north-eastern city, but security sources say situation is under controlNigeria’s military has repelled a Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri, a day after the country’s new president vowed to strengthen the defences of the key north-eastern city that was the birthplace of the militant group.The Islamists’ assault on the Borno state ca

Joséphine de La Baume: meet Hollywood's new French dream girl

She plays the fantasy girlfriend in a hip new film, all Gitanes and Gallic attitude – but the model-actor-singer (and DJ Mark Ronson’s other half) says she’s a tomboy at heartFrench women. Wow. One would prefer to believe it’s all a cliche: the black eyeliner, the Gitanes purr, the wind-you-round-their-chipped-Chanel-nail-varnished-little-finger pout. Except here I am, perched at one end of a

‘The more deprived and edgy, the better’: the two sides of London’s property boom

The day after the election, the capital’s luxury flat market soared, as the global elite rushed to buy a piece of ‘real’ London life. Here, long-term residents and estate agents in one of Britain’s poorest inner-city boroughs count the costIn the hours after the Conservatives won a majority at the general election, London estate agents reported a surge in luxury property sales. Shares in Foxt

Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig on Spy: 'When it works, it works like jazz'

Bridesmaids and The Heat marked out them out as a distinctive actor-director duo willing to explode lazy stereotypes about funny women. As they discuss their new secret agent comedy, the pair explain how they’re only getting startedPlease spare a thought for the plight of the middle-aged actress in Hollywood. Undervalued, underpaid and underemployed, these women are marooned in a youth-worshi

I found love at 88: three true romances

What’s it like to fall madly in love in your 80s? Three couples who found each other late in life talk romance, regret and second chancesThe first time Ron kissed Barbara, she wasn’t overly impressed. She was in her late 80s, he was four years younger, and a long-standing friendship was developing into something more. But that first kiss wasn’t, well, quite what Barbara had been expecting. C

Cancer drugs rankings suggest many are of little benefit to patients

Leading experts call on pharmaceutical industry to focus on coming up with meaningful drugs and boost levels of effectivenessMany modern cancer drugs are of very little benefit to patients, according to a group of leading European experts, who have devised a way to score them.More and more medicines have been going on to the market with lower and lower levels of benefit Continue reading..

How Ireland was robbed of Hugh Lane's great art collection

The Irish art collector Hugh Lane, who drowned on the Lusitania 100 years ago, left his priceless impressionist paintings to the people of Dublin. So why are they in the ownership of the National Gallery in London?In 1937 the poet WB Yeats visited the Municipal Gallery in Dublin, and was moved to think back to the Irish literary revival around the turn of the century. “I sat down after a few

My son said no to drugs

He’d been taking recreational drugs since his teens, so when his own 14-year-old son took a hard anti-drugs line with his friends, one father wondered if his boy was needlessly making life hard for himself“They’re arseholes who don’t know what’s right or wrong.” So said my 14-year-old son the other day, dismissing his school friends with a characteristically sweeping summary. Until recently,

HMRC waives tax return penalties 'whenever someone appeals'

Too costly to investigate reasons for missing self-assessment deadline, staff are told, so £100 fine should be cancelled if an excuse is givenPeople who filed late tax returns have been let off a £100 fine for missing the deadline, it has been reported.Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has waived the penalty for those who provided a “reasonable” excuse for being late, according to t

Emilia-Romagna guide: what to see, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

This Italian region lacks the intense tourism of Tuscany or Veneto, yet travellers will enjoy superb foods, fine wines, rich history and great value for money*Food and fantasy: a road trip in Emilia-RomagnaLiving as I do in Venice, I have always thought it a shame that relatively few among its daily invasion of tourists make it as far as the next-door region of Emilia-Romagna. It easily ma

Help stop poaching: go on safari in Africa

As tourist numbers in east and southern Africa fall due to terrorism fears, local incomes and anti-poaching patrols drop too – which is when the poachers step inRead the Foreign Office advice on travel to Kenya and you’d be forgiven for avoiding the place altogether. Words like terrorism, piracy, kidnapping and violence are splattered through it like bullets. Although this advice refers to th

Why did the Boston marathon bombers do it? An interview with Masha Gessen

Vladimir Putin’s biggest critic talks about exile, conspiracy theories and the uncomfortable truth about the Tsarnaev brothers and their ‘radicalisation’Masha Gessen is the first journalist to fully lay bare contemporary Russia, “a country where political rivals and vocal critics are often killed, and at least sometimes the order comes directly from the president’s office”. Gessen wrote these

Sex with Marc again – this time he was keen to take off my clothes

It should have been sexy, but it made me feel even more awkward than the first time. And when I put my giant shirt on afterwards, he asked why I was trying to hide from himMarc and I went to the cinema when his mother went home. We ate popcorn and he held my hand on his lap. When we came out, he asked, “Are you coming back to mine?” I said I was and we smiled at each other. We drank red wine in

How I got back from anorexia

At 15, Nancy Tucker went to her GP about her problems with food. She felt fobbed off and spiralled out of control – she and her mother talk about why turning to the medical profession was a disasterWhen Nancy Tucker was 15, her mother, Jessica realised that she had a problem with food. Nancy had gone on a diet, but the diet seemed to be going on and on, she seemed more and more obsessed with wh

Texas flooding: Obama signs disaster declaration after 24 people killed

Hundreds are staying in shelters after the floods turned streets into rivers, ripped homes off their foundations and swept over thousands of vehiclesRescue teams have recovered more bodies in Texas, bringing the total death toll to 24 in the storm-lashed state.The US president, Barack Obama, signed a disaster declaration late on Friday for areas in the state hammered by severe weather that

Fifa corruption: Sepp Blatter blasts US authorities over investigation

Re-elected president of world football’s governing body suggests arrests were timed to interfere with Zurich congress, while IRS official warns of more chargesThe re-elected Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has said he was “shocked” at the way US authorities targeted football’s world body and slammed what he called a “hate” campaign by Europe’s football leaders.In an interview with Swiss tele

Amir Khan fights off spirited challenge from Chris Algieri

*British boxer wins on unanimous points decision*American puts on aggressive show in front of home crowd*Khan v Algieri: as it happenedAmir Khan outpointed Chris Algieri to stay on course for a September showdown with Floyd Mayweather, but failed to deliver the statement that might have made the fight a mandate.Khan overcame a spirited challenge from Algieri to win a unanimous decision

Take the biscuit with these jammie dodger and bourbon cream recipes

Old-school biscuits are hard to beat – unless, that is, you’ve made them yourself. These twists on two all-time favourites – the jammie dodger and the bourbon cream – make teatime treats so good you’ll have a hard time not scoffing the lotI would love to be able to tell you that these biscuits evoke nostalgic memories of erstwhile days. However, I would be lying; I eat far too many of these f


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