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Transfer deadline day live!

*Transfer window latest before the deadline at 11pm BST*Arsenal and Manchester City battle for £55m Radamel Falcao*Interactive: see how much Premier League clubs have spent*Email jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com or tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.33am BST Heres what Paul Lambert had to say about Tom Cleverleys possible move to Aston Villa: Theres no update on that. Hes still a Manchester Unit

London parents want local councils to have more powers over schools

New research finds support for boroughs having greater influence over governance concerns and the provision of extra places Pinch, punch, its the start of that month when the kids go back to school after the long summer break. There will be grumbling and trepidation but also many justified high hopes, thanks to so many London schools doing so well. But who do London parents turn to if and whe

New mining tax repeal bill sends parliament into chaos politics live

The Abbott government was under pressure to allow the parliament to debate Australias role in the Iraq after the prime minister committed to supplying arms to Kurdish fighters. Follow parliament live... Continue reading...

Fifty years of famous faces: David Farrell shoots the stars in pictures

The Rolling Stones, Judi Dench, Louis Armstrong ... before his death last year at the age of 93, British photographer David Farrell shot them all. His pictures are a fascinating 20th-century hall of fame*See them at Osborne Samuel gallery in London until 20 September Continue reading...

The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is just the beginning

There will always be another leak, because there is always curiosity in the bodies of nude celebrity women. There is always danger in being an Other Continue reading...

Destiny: behind the scenes of the world's most expensive video game

When Destiny launches next week, 10 million players will be let loose in an intricate, beautiful, interplanetary gaming playgroundOn the wall are multiple LCD displays showing graphs, maps and streams of data; this small windowless box, hidden away in a cavernous converted multiplex in Washington, is crowded with serious-looking people hunched over keyboards, amid a mass of cables and high-spec

Pessimism wont do. We need an energy revolution

Government could achieve so much, like investment in tidal or solar tech. But the parties offer only petty measuresThe interesting thing about energy policy, as it comes into focus for the start of manifesto season, is that it gives each party the chance to be dreadful in its own unique way. The Conservatives are going with the line that bills are too high (they are), this is because of Labours

As leaders of UK Jews and Muslims we say: we are two faiths with one message

War in Gaza and Israel has strained Muslim-Jewish relations. But well work together to stop differences over that conflict defining usA few days ago the organisations we represent the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain published an unprecedented joint statement. There should be little controversial in what it said about opposing antisemitism and Islamophobia, or

The Hundred-Foot Journey: cute foodie movie leaves a sour taste

Lasse Hallströms latest piece of food porn will only be popular among critics looking to ram more metaphors down our throatsThe Hundred-Foot Journey is a tough slog across acres of corn and oceans of syrup and has provoked the worlds movie critics into an orgy of awful culinary metaphors in their reviews: lacking piquancy, not quite _al dente_, undercooked, over-egged, expensive ingredients l

Two Amigos: A Gaucho Adventure review the sordid reality of mid-life crises happening abroad

If only there were some way of revoking this demographic's passports while they're away, our austerity years would be overIn part 27 of the BBC's occasional series The Decline of British Masculinity, comedians John Thomson and Simon Day appeared as two middle-aged gringos bent on reupholstering their effete derrieres to become hard-assed gauchos. Or at least having a jolly in Argentina at the l

The daily quiz: Ps and Qs

Today's quiz tests your knowledge of Scrabble words, magazines, James Bond and Cluedo Follow @GuardianQuiz on Twitter for daily notifications Would you like to set the quiz? Email 10 questions to daily.quiz@theguardian.com along with your name, and they may be used in the weekly Friday readers' edition Continue reading...

Parents of Ashya King may face extradition hearing in Madrid

In a YouTube video posted before his arrest, Ashya's father defended his actions and said the police hunt was 'ridiculous'The parents of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, who fled to Spain with him, are due to appear in court on Monday as police rejected criticism they had been heavy-handed in the complex and sensitive case. Ashya King was found in Málaga and his parents were arrested fo

First Dog on the Moon on ... Dirk Blowhard's visit to Islamington

An intrepid reporter decides to visit a local Muslim community. You won't believe what didn't happen next First Dog talks through the cartoon Having trouble viewing this cartoon? Clickhere. Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Continue reading...

Toilets unveiled in Indian village where girls were killed in fields after dark

Sanitation charity donates 108 toilets to Uttar Pradesh village in campaign to protect women and improve health standards Decorated with marigolds and ribbons, 108 toilets were unveiled on Sunday in the Indian village where two schoolgirls were found hanging from a tree in May. The girls are thought to have gone out into the fields after dark because their home, like most in their district

Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others posted online by alleged hacker

Website user publishes list of 100 mostly female actors, singers and celebrities of whom they claim to have explicit imagesImages of more than 100 well-known actors, singers and celebrities, including what appear to be nude photos and videos, may have been exposed by a hacker in a major breach of privacy.On Sunday a user on the 4chan website posted a list of mostly female actors and public

If you click on Jennifer Lawrence's naked pictures, you're perpetuating her abuse

Actors may offer their image to public consumption as their professional practice, but what they are not trading is their intimacy. To merely look is an act of sexual violation Continue reading...

Charlie Sheen says Danish authorities are complicit in pilot whale slaughter

Actor had donated boat used by activists who were arrested after trying to save pod of 33 pilot whales in Denmarks Faroe IslandsHollywood star Charlie Sheen has criticised Danish authorities over the arrests of 14 anti-whaling activists in the North Atlantic.Sheen donated one of three inflatable boats used by Sea Shepherd members to try to save a pod of 33 pilot whales being driven toward

US Open: Roger Federer survives early hiccup to down Marcel Granollers

*No2 seed beats Spaniard 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1*David Ferrer loses to Gilles SimonRoger Federer recovered from dropping his first set of the tournament to race into the fourth round of the US Open. The second seed made a slow start in a match interrupted by a thunderstorm but was hugely impressive thereafter in beating Spains Marcel Granollers 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Federer came into this tourn

Death toll rises in Paris apartment block explosion

At least six dead, including two children, in blast initially thought to have been caused by a gas leakSix people were killed on Sunday when an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said.The bodies of a child described as about 10 years old, a boy aged 14-18 and two women were recovered from the remains

Terror attack warning text messages a hoax, police say

Text messages and social media posts claiming the London Underground was to be targeted circulated across the weekend Continue reading...

David Cameron gives spy agencies power to vet airline flight lists

New access granted as Saudi king says Europe faces attack unless it acts fastDavid Cameron will make it easier for intelligence agencies to access information about airline passengers and announce measures to intensify cooperation with Turkey and Germany as the government moves to stem the flow of British-born jihadis travelling to and from Syria and Iraq.As the king of Saudi Arabia warned t

US urges Israel to reverse appropriation of land for West Bank settlement

Israel has claimed almost 1,000 acres near Bethlehem, in a move Palestinians say will only increase tensionThe United States has criticised Israels announcement of a land appropriation for possible settlement construction in the occupied West Bank as counterproductive to peace efforts, and urged the Israeli government to reverse the decision. Israel laid claim to nearly 1,000 acres (400 he

Boris Johnson: third runway at Heathrow would be a 'disaster'

Johnson is calling for new Thames estuary airport, saying Heathrow expansion would cause too much noise pollutionBoris Johnson has rebuffed calls to back a third runway at Heathrow, saying it would be a "disaster".The London mayor said the expansion plans were "desperately short-sighted" and "barbarically contemptuous of the rights of the population", whose health he said would be put at ris

Gordon Brown blamed for Labour's lost credibility on economy

Chuka Umunna criticises former prime minister and admits party is struggling to make breakthrough on economyGordon Brown dealt a blow to Labour's economic credibility by wrongly giving the impression in his final year as prime minister that the party failed to understand the importance of tackling Britain's unprecedented peacetime budget deficit, the shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, has

David Hockney's blues and sunshine moments come out in new biography

Author Christopher Simon Sykes given access to Hockney's inner circle for biography detailing artist's life since 1975Of all the times you don't want your dog to embarrass you, drinks with Dennis Hopper in his stunning, ultra-cool, Frank Gehry-designed house in Venice, California, would rank pretty high.David Hockney's dachshund did just that, prompting a furious reaction from the actor who,

Plants in offices increase happiness and productivity

Study suggests that minimalist offices produce miserable employees because 'sometimes less is just less'Offices devoid of pictures, souvenirs or any other distractions are "the most toxic space" you can put a human into, say psychologists in a paper publishedon Monday, which says workers perform better when household plants are added to workplaces.Dr Chris Knightfrom Exeter University and hi

George Brandis's religious liberty is really about the right to define marriage

The Catholic churchs inclination to censor opposing views on sexuality reveals the limits of its supposed tolerance Continue reading...

Child abuse campaigner: Rotherham scandal is part of a 'vastly wider issue'

Hilary Willmer worked with families in Rotherham in the late 1990s and blames the police and council for not actingChild abuse is far more widespread than has previously been acknowledged, with "huge numbers" of victims, a child protection campaigner who tried to draw attention to the Rotherham scandal more than 10 years ago has warned.Hilary Willmer, the chair of trustees at the charity Par

Pakistan's army instructs prime minister Sharif to act without violence

Protests led by Imran Khan continue while the government is at pains to avoid an ugly standoff with demonstratorsPakistan's army has instructed the country's embattled government to solve its political crisis without violence on Sunday following a night of clashes in the capital between police and thousands of protesters demanding the prime minister step down. The demand came after an emergency

Jermain Defoe wanted by QPR as Toronto consider selling £6.6m striker

Ryan Nelsen sacked as head coach by Toronto Defoe interested in reunion with Harry Redknapp Transfer interactive: how much has your club spent? Continue reading...


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