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Naughty Boy launches Zaughty - a collaboration with Zayn Malik

The British producer has riled a legion of One Direction fans who found his promotion of the song I Won’t Mind - which you can listen to now - a little too soon after Malik’s split from the group Producer Naughty Boy has posted a new track featuring the vocals of Zayn Malik. Sharing a song named I Won’t Mind onto Soundcloud, the DJ riled a legion ofbruised One Direction fans on 30 March by at

Malaysia arrests three editors for sedition

Offices of Malaysian Insider raided over news report discussing proposal to amend federal law to introduce Islamic punishmentsMalaysian police have arrested three editors from a news portal and charged them with sedition, their lawyers and authorities have said, over a news report on discussions about punishments meted out under Islamic law. Police and officials from the Malaysian communic

Steve Bell's If … on David Cameron's debating podium

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Flying basketballers and graffiti dragons: the Sony world photography awards youth, mobile and open winners

Featuring a slamdunk that defies gravity and a bomb into the sea that defies the laws of nature, here are the Sony world photography award winners, announced today – with the youngest aged just 14. The open and youth winners were chosen by an expert panel, and the mobile award was decided by public vote Continue reading...

The film that makes me cry: Fantastic Mr Fox

Wes Anderson’s sophisticated hero hides a dark secret beneath his starched collar – he’s neither fully man nor beast. But then, all of us share this tragic qualityMr Fox sits down to breakfast. He’s turned his back on a life of crime and now works as a columnist on a local newspaper. He wears a tie to work, he drops French aphorisms into conversation; he’s upwardly mobile. His wife slips a

Barbershop duets: Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel's Sweeney Todd – in pictures

Tooting Arts Club are already presenting a pop-up pie-shop version of Sondheim’s gory masterpiece in Shaftesbury Avenue. Now another Sweeney is in town: English National Opera presents Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in an acclaimed concert staging at the Coliseum Continue reading...

Enter the Guardian children's fiction prize 2015

Submissions are now open for publishers to enter the Guardian children’s fiction prize 2015. The closing date is midnight Tuesday 21 April 2015The Guardian children’s fiction prize was founded in 1967. It is awarded annually to fiction written for children aged eight and above, and is the only children’s fiction award selected by fellow writers. Continue reading...

Election 2015: 'We have created 1,000 jobs a day' says Cameron – live

Keep up with all the latest election news with Andrew Sparrow and the Guardian politics team, as the battle buses roll out across the UK*Farage to attack Cameron over immigration levels pledge*Cameron’s warning on Labour’s £3,000 ‘tax rise’ is shot down by IFS*Lib Dems pledge £2bn extra funding for mental health*Catch up with our essential morning briefing 8.31am BST Here’s the fu

Nigeria election: Buhari in front after half of results declared

Opposition candidate opens up lead over Goodluck Jonathan based on returns from 18 out of Nigeria’s 36 states and capital city AbujaMuhammadu Buhari took a significant lead over the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday night with half of the results declared in a fiercely contested general election. Buhari, the opposition candidate, led with 8,520,436 votes against Jonathan’s 6,48

Euro falls as Greece bailout deadlock continues - live updates

All the latest economic and financial news, including developments around Greece’s debt negotiations and new eurozone unemployment and inflation data*Euro hit by Greek deadlock*Coming up: Eurozone inflation and jobless data 8.31am BST Veteran investor Mark Mobius has offered Greece some much-needed solidarity today.Mobius, who runs Templeton’s emerging markets fund, told Greek fin

Helen Mirren: it's difficult for women to earn a living in film and TV

Oscar-winning star of The Queen also says she intends to stop working – and admits she still has to combat stage frightDame Helen Mirren has said that female actors still find it more difficult than their male counterparts to find work in film and television.“I’ve been lucky, but if you look at any drama it’s still five-to-one men to women,” she told Radio Times magazine. Continue reading

Iran nuclear negotiations enter final day as deadlock persists

US says prospects of deal on the final day are ‘50-50’ as talks remain stuck on Tehran’s demand for immediate end to sanctions if nuclear programme is haltedHigh-level negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme enter their last day on Tuesday before a deadline for agreeing the outline for a comprehensive settlement, with top diplomats still struggling to overcome persistent obstacles.The US

What to do if your boss is a bully

Speak to a third party, face up to your tormentor, or seek out HR. Just don’t lose your self-confidenceThe clocks have gone forward and spring has officially sprung. For many people, a change in season means making a fresh start in their careers, particularly if they are struggling to cope with a difficult boss or poor management. But should people leave perfectly good jobs just because they

Debt levels among single parents up 105%

More than 60,000 single parents contacted debt charity StepChange in 2014, and as a group are more likely to be in arrears with rent and billsThe number of single parents seeking help with debts has more than doubled in two years, according to advice charity StepChange. Related: Average UK household to be £10,000 in debt by end of 2016 Work isn’t giving single parent families the securi

The Ark review – Noah gets Shameless

This entertaining retelling of the story of Noah was played pretty straight – maybe it could have done with a new twist‘There is violence, arrogance, hatred of those who are different to you, a world run by money-lenders and warmongers, where one man grows fat, yet happily watches whilst another starves, where old men use the bodies of children to feed their desires …”Tory Britain today? C

The life aquatic: shimmering closeups of coral – in pictures

Silvie De Burie photographs the vast treasure chest that is the ocean – and her macro shots of hard corals glow and sparkle with life like the rarest of jewels Continue reading...

Climate change making droughts in Australia worse as rain patterns shift

Climate Council report says projected decreases in average rainfall are linked to reduced agricultural productivity and increased suicide risk in rural areasClimate change is making drought conditions in south-west and south-east Australia worse, with serious ramifications for people’s health and the agriculture industry, a new paper has warned.The Climate Council report states that since

New Zealand's Daniel Vettori confirms retirement from international cricket

*Spinner calls time as New Zealand’s most capped Test and one-day player *World Cup final defeat to Australia proves to be Kiwi’s last game New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori confirmed what many expected in announcing his retirement from international cricket upon the team’s return from the World Cup. The 36-year-old former captain had been widely expected to retire from interna

Borneo man faces death penalty for murder of British medical students

Fishmonger Zulkipli Abdullah faces death penalty over killing of Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger in Malaysian city of KuchingA court on the island of Borneo has found a fishmonger guilty of murdering two British medical students in a case that carries a mandatory death penalty. Related: British medical students' murder in Borneo 'solved' Continue reading...

Cameron’s workers v shirkers scam has at last exposed the Tory law of benefit cuts

With the fictional divide beween deserving and undeserving poor collapsing, the Conservatives’ ugly logic is turning into the one story they truly fearIt was the raw early days of the coalition, and one of David Cameron’s lieutenants was giving a frank answer to my blunt question: what would it take for the government to pull back on its planned cuts? You didn’t need a Mensa membership to see t

The Podemos revolution: how a small group of radical academics changed European politics

Just 15 months after it was founded, Podemos now leads the polls in Spain. Can this grassroots party win power – or is its bubble about to burst?At the start of the 2008 academic year, Pablo Iglesias, a 29-year-old lecturer with a pierced eyebrow and a ponytail greeted his students at the political sciences faculty of the Complutense University in Madrid by inviting them to stand on their cha

Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman quits after Clarkson sacking – reports

In a leaked email Wilman indicates the BBC will try to keep Top Gear going after its controversial host was sacked for allegedly assaulting a producerTop Gear’s executive producer, Andy Wilman, has reportedly quit the programme after its controversial host Jeremy Clarkson was sacked by the BBC for allegedly assaulting a producer.In a purportedly leaked email obtained by the motoring news w

‘Can I go on a cruise?’ really means ‘How long do I have to live?’

The closer a patient comes to death, the less they want to hear about their prognosis. Telling the truth while preserving hope is the greatest challenge of an oncologistIn the last few months, her luck has taken a downturn. There is theoretically a drug or two left to give but not without causing considerable toxicity and there is not even the safety blanket of a clinical trial to cast over h

Mexican man needing heart and liver transplant is granted pass to enter US

After two previous refusals, Jose Chua to be let in on temporary humanitarian grounds but faces long wait for donor organsUS authorities have given a 90-day humanitarian pass to a 20-year-old Mexican man seeking a double heart and liver transplant, his mother has said.The document, which Jose Chua received and a copy of which was shared with the Associated Press, grants him a temporary sta

Jamie Oliver launches global petition to combat childhood obesity

On a visit to Sydney, the celebrity chef launched a global change.org campaign to introduce compulsory food education in schoolsStanding at a table laden with fresh fruits and vegetables outside the Opera House and with the Harbour Bridge in the background, British superstar chef Jamie Oliver kicked off his latest crusade.In Sydney to launch a global change.org petitionto combat childhood

Scientists issue call for urgent controls on e-cigarette sales to children

Survey shows one in five teenagers in north-west England have bought or tried e-cigarettes and found a strong link to to binge drinking Scientists have called for urgent controls on the promotion and sale of e-cigarettes to children after finding high rates of usage among secondary school pupils in the region. Continue reading...

Ashes 2015: Australia select Fawad Ahmed, overlook Glenn Maxwell

*Leg spinner and batsman included in 17-man party*Maxwell misses out despite World Cup performancesPounding Cricket World Cup hangovers may only have just abated but already Australian selectors have turned their focus to the next item on a busy agenda with the announcement of their squad to travel to the Caribbean to face West Indies and then on to England and Wales where they will dispute

MI6 chief says service is in 'technology arms race' with terrorists and criminals

Alex Younger, head of Secret Intelligence Service, defends use of internet and big data to protect the country Britain’s intelligence agencies are engaged in a “technology arms race” with terrorists, cybercriminals and other “malicious actors” bent on causing the country harm, the head of MI6 has warned.Alex Younger said the agencies were facing opponents “unconstrained by consideration of

Taser fired by federal agents kills driver as car is engulfed in flames

*Alex Martin, 25, died in March 2012 when stun gun ignited gas fumes*Video released during family lawsuit against Border Patrol agentsA blue Ford Focus rental car erupted into a ball of flames with 25-year-old Alex Martin inside it, after a US Border Patrol agent broke the car’s passenger side window and shot a Taser into the cab, igniting gas fumes inside.The blast was so strong it blew

'Tampon tests' could be used to track sewage in rivers

Trial using tampons and UV light successfully identified sewage pollution entering rivers from householdsGlow-in-the-dark tampons could be used to show where sewage is seeping into rivers, scientists have suggested.A study has found that tampons absorb even tiny amounts of “brighteners” found in detergents, toothpaste and shampoo and subsequently glow under UV light. Continue reading...


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