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Nigel Slater’s carrot and cardamom soup with herb ricotta dumplings recipe

A light, main-course vegetable soup with tantalising ricotta dumplingsScrub and roughly chop 400g of carrots. Cut 2 ribs of celery into short lengths. Peel and roughly chop an onion. Put the carrots, celery and onion into a deep pan with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and cook over a moderate heat for 10 minutes. Add a couple of bay leaves and 6 black peppercorns to the pan then crack o

'There's no life without music': the Malian musicians fighting Islamists with songs – video

All music was banned in northern Mali in 2012 by Islamist militants. But musicians such as Songhoy Blues and Khaira Arby refused to accept it, joining together under the banner They Will Have To Kill Us First. The last two years have seen a collective of musicians taking Mali's rich musical heritage across the country, transforming the Festival in the Desert into a Caravan of Peace, bringing song

Ben Jennings on Cameron's housing pledge – cartoon

David Cameron has pledged to build 200,000 cut-price new homes in England to be sold to young first-time buyers, while lifting the obligation on developers to provide affordable housing Continue reading...

No party has clear policies about the care of older people

None of the main parties is having an honest debate about relieving the distress and discomforts of people living longer with failing health“Be careful what you wish for”, says Charlie, ever the cynic.Pre-bingo coffee time in the community centre and we’d been discussing the election and what the different parties had on offer for our generation. Charlie clearly did not trust them. Nor did w

Eurozone break-up fears hit two-year high - business live

Rolling economic and financial news, as a new survey finds that investors are more concerned about Greece leaving the eurozone*Bank of England’s Carney and Habgood at TSC*Latest: Greek reform bills could be delayed*Sentix: 38% of investors see eurozone break-up this year*Grexit fears highest since autumn 2012*Stunning German retail sales figures 11.50am GMT Factoid of the day:

Aaron Ramsey back in Arsenal’s squad for QPR trip

• Arsenal midfielder set to return after third hamstring injury of season• Francis Coquelin will play in protective mask if selected• David Ospina optimistic of finishing above Manchester CityAaron Ramsey will return to the Arsenal squad for Wednesday night’s Premier League match at Queens Park Rangers, while Francis Coquelin will have to wear a protective face mask if he features in the game

Tory minister criticises 'inhuman inflexibility' in benefit sanctions

Business minister Nick Boles says system needs to be looked at after election, despite colleagues’ defence of sanctionsA senior Conservative minister has criticised the “inhuman” application of benefit sanctions, despite the government’s official position that there is no need for a further review of the penalty system.Nick Boles, a minister of state for business and education, told consti

Which club will finish third in the Premier League?

Best XIs from the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and Bundesliga, plus analysis of which English clubs will qualify for the Champions LeagueBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe League Cup final stole the headlines over the weekend but the battle for the Champions League places continued to intrigue in the latest round of Premier League fixtures

Urgent Commons question on child abuse report: Politics Live blog

Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s LBC phone-in*Boris Johnson’s LBC phone-in - Summary 11.35am GMT There will be an urgent question at 12.30pm in the Commons on the report into child sexual abuse in Oxfordshire published this morning.Here’s my colleague Sandra Laville’s story about the report. And here’s how it starts.

Professionals blamed Oxfordshire girls for their sexual abuse, report finds

Police and social services mindset that six girls were ‘difficult’ contributed to years of rape, torture and extreme sexual violence, serious case review saysPolice and social services blamed vulnerable girls who were being subjected to sexual torture and abuse for years by older men in Oxfordshire for putting themselves at risk, an independent report into the failure to stop their exploitati

Mo'Nique says she was 'blackballed' by Lee Daniels after Oscar win for Precious

Director wanted to teach her a lesson after she failed to thank him on awards night, claims actorThe Oscar-winning star of Precious, Mo’Nique, has claimed Lee Daniels began a professional boycott after she failed to mention the director during her 2010 acceptance speech for the best supporting actress prize.Mo’Nique, 47, and 55-year-old Daniels have been locked in a highly public spat surr

South Africa hit 400 again to overwhelm Ireland in Cricket World Cup

• South Africa 411-4; Ireland 210• Hashim Amla leads the charge with 159 in Canberra• As it happened: Dan Lucas and Simon Burnton’s OBO reportHashim Amla struck a career-best 159 as South Africa thrashed Ireland by 201 runs in their World Cup Pool B match in Canberra.South Africa amassed 411 for four from their 50 overs thanks to the free-flowing scoring of the opening batsman Amla and Faf

Boko Haram beheadings video echoes Isis techniques

Video is first from Nigerian group to use advanced graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of Islamic State footageThe Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram has released a video that purportedly shows militants beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques reminiscent of footage from Islamic State. The film, released on Monday, shows two men on

Critical, Wolf Hall, The World at War, The Great Painting Challenge and others: TV review – video

This week, telly addict Andrew Collins checks his pulse and wheels himself into new, real-time medical trauma drama Critical on Sky1; laments the end of Mark Rylance's face-acting in the sublime Wolf Hall on BBC2; celebrates Laurence Olivier's pronunciation on The World At War; watches acrylic dry with The Great Painting Challenge on BBC1; and enjoys the ride with Reginald D Hunter for Songs Of Th

Ireland v South Africa: Cricket World Cup 2015 – as it happened

South Africa won by 201 runs after scoring more than 400 for the second consecutive match to bat Ireland out of the game 11.05am GMT That’s all from me. Another fearsome performance from South Africa’s batting line-up gave Ireland no chance of victory. I’ll leave you with a bit of post-match AB De Villiers quotage: Bye! There’s been a lot of 100s over the last 12-18 months. We want to k

Let’s go to … Glasgow

This month’s comedy festival in Glasgow is the biggest in Europe: here’s what to see, do, eat and drink when your aching sides can’t take any more laughsGlasgow in winter … are you having a laugh?No, but you could be at the Glasgow Comedy Festival, the largest in Europe (even bigger than that Fringe thingy in another Scottish city that will remain nameless). Now in its 13th year, it will fea

Why Britain should have an ambassador for the Arctic

This isn’t some kind of empire throwback: having a voice in the land-grab going on between world powers in the north would be a prudent step for the UKDeep in a Lords select committee report published last week, at the 390th bullet point, was a recommendation that the UK should be more active in Arctic affairs. The committee recommended that “the government should follow the example of others i

Foreign officials barred from Boris Nemtsov funeral

Polish and Latvian officials denied entry to Russia to attend funeral of opposition politician murdered on Moscow streetMourners in Moscow are paying their respects to the Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered on Friday.Nemtsov’s body has been laid out in a coffin in the Sakharov Centre – named after the late Soviet-era dissident and Nobel peace prize laureate, Andrei S

Into the groove: Madonna screens Whiplash for her children

Singer says children were ‘mesmerised’ and ‘speechless’ at the violent Oscar-winning jazz drama – in the week she actually suffered whiplash from her Brits tumbleAdding to her ‘cool mom’ credentials following her Instagrams of her son Rocco pictured with a bottle of gin, Madonna has screened the Oscar-winning drama Whiplash for her children.In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, she says sh

Neill Blomkamp on Chappie: 'The planet is a place of inhumane action' - video interview

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp talks to Ben Child about robotic sentience, destroying Johannesburg and putting guns in all his movies. Chappie, a science fiction thriller about a robot who learns violence after living in a state of childlike innocence, is released in the UK and US on Friday Continue reading...

Police release 'shocking' CCTV footage of stabbing of London teenager

Appeal for help in identifying suspects after Alan Cartwright, 15, died after being attacked when cycling with friends in Caledonian Road, IslingtonPolice have released “shocking” CCTV footage showing the moment a teenager was stabbed in the chest as he was cycling with friends along a busy road.Alan Cartwright, 15, managed to continue cycling a short distance after the attack in Caledonia

Russell Tovey says sorry for effeminate actor comments

Actor widely criticised for saying he was lucky he hadn’t gone to the kind of drama school that would lead him to ‘prance around’The actor Russell Tovey, known for his role in the History Boys and star of a new BBC drama, has apologised after being widely criticised for suggesting drama school students “prance around” being “effeminate”.Tovey said he had been “branded the worst gay ever” a

Why the OED are right to purge nature from the dictionary

Martin Robbins: Attacking a dictionary for removing archaic words is like punching your thermometer when it’s too cold. If the pen is mightier than the sword then words are probably more lethal than bullets, and that makes the Oxford English Dictionary the most powerful military force in the world. This metaphor helps explain two things: why I’m not a very successful writer, and why a group o

Opposition mocks Tory renewal of failed migration target

Theresa May accused of trying to repeat old trick with fresh pledge to cut net migration, despite missing target during this parliamentTheresa May has been accused of “taking people for fools” after she announced that the Conservatives would make a fresh commitment to a net migration target missed by the government during this parliament.As Ukip mocked the home secretary by saying it was “

'Significant development' in Becky Watts search, say police

Police to reveal latest development in case of Bristol teenager who went missing 12 days ago as man and woman remain in custodyPolice searching for the missing Bristol teenager Becky Watts say there has been a “significant development” in the inquiry.Detectives were continuing to question a man and woman arrested on suspicion of the kidnap and murder of the teenager.Someone out there mi

How well do you know these 80s remakes? – quiz

With Brewster's Millions now joining the seemingly endless list of 80s films heading for a remake, here's your chance to put your childhood-pillaging anger aside for a few minutes and show how much you know about other 'reimaginings' from the era Continue reading...

Pakistan’s mobile phone owners told: be fingerprinted or lose your sim card

Government launches mass drive to gather biometric data from mobile owners in attempt to combat terrorismMobile phones didn’t just arrive in Pakistan. But someone could be fooled into thinking otherwise, considering the tens of millions of Pakistanis pouring into mobile phone stores these days.In one of world’s largest efforts to collect biometric information, Pakistan has ordered mobile pho

Samsung Galaxy S6 sacrificed what it does best in its war with Apple

Pursuit of premium design and slender profile have come at the cost of losing what made the company’s smartphones interesting and different The announcement of Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones has caused quite a stir, with a new design, interesting features, and a stripped back approach – but the company has lost what made its phones different in its war with Apple.Samsung has

Suge Knight tells LA court he is going blind

Former rap mogul is hospitalised for third time since being charged with murder, and sacks his lawyersSuge Knight told a Los Angeles court on Monday that he was nearly blind and “can’t really comprehend what was going on”. He was taken to a prison infirmary after the hearing, at which he also announced he had fired his lawyers and claimed he was receiving inadequate medical care in prison.

Mohammed Emwazi tapes: '9/11 was wrong'

Isis militant known as ‘Jihadi John’ gave interview to advocacy group Cage in 2009 in which he claimed that MI5 said they would keep ‘a close eye’ on himMohammed Emwazi, the west London man unmasked as the Islamic State’s knife-wieldingkiller, said he was told by MI5 five years ago that they would keep a “close eye” on him despite his denials that he was involved in extremist militancy.Tra


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