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Ruby Tandoh on the Great British Bake Off: it's the editors who are 'sort of unacceptable'

The Twitterstorm focusing on Diana who was probably innocent and has had to leave the show through illness is the fault of the show's cavalier producers Continue reading...

UK house prices rise 0.8% in August; Tesco warns on profits - business live

Nationwide house prices rise more than expected, while Tesco cuts full-year profit forecast to £2.4bn-£2.5bn from £2.8bn 7.49am BST Annual house price inflation over the past couple of years looks like this according to Nationwide 7.46am BST Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the financial markets, the world economy, business and finance.There are no signs of a c

Rotherham: police spent 'great deal of time' trying to disprove victim abuse

Labour MP John Mann says government should run South Yorkshire if police commissioner Shaun Wright fails to resignA longstanding culture of disregard for victims of rape, sexual assaults and other major crime was exhibited by the police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal, the official watchdog concluded on Thursday.As its embattled police commissioner, Shaun Wright, ref

Ukraine crisis: emergency Nato, UN and EU meetings after Russian invasion claim

Nato says 1,000 Russian troops fighting in Ukraine as Kiev accuses Moscow of de facto invasion and opening second frontWorld powers have called a succession of emergency meetings to step up the international response to Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of a de facto invasion and of opening up a second front in the conflict in eastern Europe.The UN security council was meeting in emergency se

Carswell's Ukip defection puts pressure on Cameron

Tory whips scramble to secure party against further departures after hardline Eurosceptic MP triggers Clacton on Sea byelectionDavid Cameron was forced to interrupt a pre-referendum trip to Scotland on Thursday as the Conservative leadership scrambled to deal with the surprise defection of a hardline Eurosceptic MP to Ukip, triggering an early byelection.A major operation by the Conservative

Yes We Tan: Barack Obama's eyebrow-raising suit - in pictures

Barack Obama walked into a White House press conference to talk about Ukraine/Russia relations, the Middle East and the child migration crisis. But on social media all anyone could talk about was his choice of suit Continue reading...

Viral Video: Doctor Who, Benedict Cumberbatch and Harry Styles

Mitchell Johnston smashes the press box, stars smash ice with their heads and has Bryan Cranston got another smash hit?We start this weeks chart witha whirlwind tour around the world with Doctor Who. New Doctor Peter Capaldi and his assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman met fans from around the globe before the launch of the latest BBC series. While the Doctor was making new friends, old pals were g

Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidenceThe observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices o

Political crisis in Pakistan as media, politics and the military join the fray

As Imran Khan's supporters stage a sit-in on the streets of Islamabad, he reserves some of his ire for the Geo TV stationHamid Mir, one of the few remaining famous faces on what was until recently Pakistan's most watched television station, runs a nightly gauntlet to get to his Islamabad studio. For weeks the street outside has been full of rowdy supporters of Imran Khan, an opposition politici

Not everyone will rejoice at the passing of the tax disc

Many dont even know that the iconic discs will become redundant in October, but for one collector, their demise will be something of a reliefNeil Jones admits it was a bit of a relief when the government announced the end of the tax disc in last years autumn statement. While this week a survey claimed that half of drivers are not aware that the paper version is being phased out from October,

Iceland aviation on red alert again after more volcanic activity

No ash detected, but authorities raise warning to the highest level and close airspace to 18,000 feetAuthorities have raised the warning code for aviation to red following a volcanic eruption near Icelands Dyngjujokull glacier, but no volcanic ash has been detected, Icelands authorities said. There has been heightened seismic activity in the area for about a week. Red the highest level ind

Douglas Carswells defection leaves Camerons strategy in tatters

After Carswells jump, Tories who want Britain out of Europe may start viewing Ukip as the better betDouglas Carswell is not an ordinary politician. He grew up in Africa, where his parents were doctors. He did not go to Oxford or Cambridge. He is a boat-rocking libertarian with a chisel-jawed faith in a small state and the power of the little man transmitted through the internet. He writes books

Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice review: a great advert for the decency of humanity

An emotional reunion with Educating Yorkshire's Musharaf Asghar and inspiring encounters with other stammerers as they fight to overcome their disabilityDuring the final episode of Channel 4's outstanding school documentary Educating Yorkshire, Musharaf Asghar, a pupil with a severe stammer, applied tactics his teacher Mr Burton had picked up from The King's Speech (listening to music on headph

The daily quiz: speculators and aviators

In our weekly reader-set quiz, David Black tests your knowledge of guitarists, children's TV and Amy Johnson 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...

Ravens and raptors revel over the South Downs

Wepham Down, West Sussex: Six black birds with heavy bills and black, diamond-shaped tails climb into the skyGrey fingers of rain reach down from the cloud and touch the horizon to the north, but sunshine is warming the hillside in front of me. Buzzards and red kites soar, hover and float over the fields, using the thermal updraughts from the slopes for lift. Others perch in the trees or hedger

Tony Abbott says first fleet arrival is the defining moment in Australian history

Its British settlement that has most profoundly shaped the country that we are, says prime minister Continue reading...

Google joins Amazon in testing home delivery drones

Tech company explores the potential for self-flying aircraft but FAA regulations remain an obstacle to commercialisationGoogle has become the latest tech giant to get into the drone business.The company announced late on Thursday that its advanced-research arm, Google X, is developing a system of drones to deliver goods. Amazon announced a similar scheme to great fanfare but little actual

First Dog on the Moon on ... baby governmental reviews in the wild

What happens when the review of the renewable energy target is released into the wild? First Dog on the Moon finds out 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...

Politicians pull out of conservative World Congress of Families conference

Social services minister Kevin Andrews and Victoria attorney general Robert Clark among those to cancel appearances Continue reading...

Russia strikes back at Canada in Twitter war of the maps over Ukraine

Apparently frivolous exchange masks gravity of Nato concern at Russian incursions across Ukraine borderRussia has struck back in the Twitter war of the maps after Canada offered some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labelling Ukraine as not Russia.Canadas NATO Twitter account posted the map on Wednesday with the explanation: Geography can be to

Andy Murray eases through to US Open third round with straight-sets win

*Murray defeats Germanys Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 6-3, 6-4*Scot largely untroubled despite stubborn challenge *Now faces unseeded Andrey KuznetzovOn the first day of this US Open, Andy Murray was hot, bothered, drained of all energy and virtually on his knees, a shell of a former champion as he scraped past the uneven challenge of the Dutchman Robin Haase. In the cool of the New York ni

US Open 2014: Andy Murray beats Matthias Bachinger as it happened

*Murray beats German world No235 6-3, 6-3, 6-4*Faces Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia in third round Continue reading...

Second plane diverts after passenger dispute over reclining seat

Allegedly disruptive passenger charged after American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris is diverted to Boston Continue reading...

Nick Kyrgios v Andreas Seppi: US Open 2014 as it happened

Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios beat Andreas Seppi in straight sets to go through to the third round Continue reading...

Walking a mile a day can cut risk of dying from cancer by 40% study

Exercise can reduce chance of dying from breast or prostate cancer and help with treatment side-effects, says MacmillanPeople with two of the most common forms of cancer can cut their risk of dying from the disease by as much as 40% simply by walking for a mile a day, Macmillan Cancer Support has claimed.Those with breast cancer or prostate cancer can reduce their chances of dying if they wa

Retailers at their most optimistic for 12 years after August sales surge

CBI says sentiment at its strongest since May 2002, while latest market research shows consumers' mood also on the riseRetailers are ending the summer on a high and are feeling more confident than at any time in the last 12 years following a sales surge in August.Optimism within the industry about business prospects for the coming three months was the strongest since May 2002, the CBI said i

Pulled Apart By Horses: Blood review from subtle to skull-rattingly loud

(Best of the Best)Pulled Apart By Horses emerged from the ashes of the NME-constructed New Yorkshire scene, along with other Leeds bands such as Dinosaur Pile-Up producing a mix of slacker and stoner rock and doing it with a sense of humour. On their third album, this quartet stick with the formula that's worked for them so far: QOTSA-style riffing (Hot Squash), daft song titles (ADHD in HD) an

Ukraine crisis: Obama says US 'not taking military action' as it happened

*US president says Russian incursion plain for world to see*Declines to use the word invasion*UN security council holds emergency meeting*Russian envoy: Everybody knows Russian volunteers in Ukraine*Obama: additional steps may follow Nato summit*Read a summary of news in this blog Continue reading...

Roy Hodgson calls up four new boys as England start to fight apathy

Only 20,000 tickets sold for Norway friendly Switzerland follow on in Euro 2016 qualifier Rooney named new England captain Hodgson asks to stay on as managerRoy Hodgson admitted that Englands national team are fighting public apathy as he faced down questions that they are in danger of sliding further into mediocrity after their worst performance at a World Cup.Hodgson began his preparati

Wayne Rooney stands tall in shallow end of Englands shrinking talent pool

Roy Hodgson acknowledged the lack of alternatives when announcing Wayne Rooney as the new England captain and also admitted the dearth of quality players at his disposal Wayne Rooney named as Englands new captain Louise Taylor: How will Rooney measure up?It was the night of Manchester Citys game against Liverpool when Roy Hodgson arranged to pull off the M56 a few junctions early for a secret


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