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Southampton v Swansea: Premier League – live!

*Premier League updates from the 4pm GMT kick-off at St Mary’s*Email ian.mccourt@theguardian.com | Tweet @ianmccourt*Get all the latest live scores across Europe 5.35pm GMT 78 mins Another corner to Southampton. Another one wasted. Meanwhile, Mané tries one from long-range. Fabianski saves it easily. 5.34pm GMT 76 mins Elia, who has been a joy to watch today, makes a mockery of N

Meet the Muslim superhero fighting bigotry on San Francisco buses

Ms Marvel has been drafted in by culture jammers in San Francisco to protest against Islamophobic adverts – it’s the latest chapter in comic book diversityAt the start of the year, the extremist anti-Islamic group the Freedom Defense Initiative purchased 50 controversial ads to be displayed on San Francisco city buses. The ads – perceived as out of step with the city’s largely liberal metropoli

Can my child’s peanut allergy be cured?

Researchers think they may have found a key to a cure for this potentially life-threatening condition. For now, though, it’s imperative that parents continue to follow recommended guidelinesWho wouldn’t want to get rid of their child’s peanut allergy? Headlines last week of the “key to a cure”were compelling reading for those who live in constant fear of a life-threatening reaction. Reports on

All-female mosque unveiled in Los Angeles - video

Muslim women gather at the Pico Union interfaith centre in Los Angeles, to pray in what could be America's first all-female mosque. More than 150 women gather at the Women's Mosque of America, some travelling from as far as New Jersey. The traditional Friday prayer is scheduled to happen once a month, but the women hope to eventually gather weekly Continue reading...

Fire breaks out on Eastern & Oriental Express in Thailand

Front locomotive of tourist train catches fire shortly after leaving town of Kanchanaburi, but no one is injuredA fire broke out on a luxury tourist train in Thailand on Sunday in a region known for inspiring the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai, but no one was injured, police said.The front locomotive of the plush Eastern and Oriental Express caught fire shortly after leaving Kanchana

More than two dozen killed in eastern Ukraine in only 24 hours

Hopes of a ceasefire evaporate after peace negotiations in Belarus collapse againThirteen government soldiers and at least as many civilians have been killed in 24 hours in eastern Ukraine’s separatist conflict after the collapse of peace talks, a spokesman for the Kiev authorities said.Hopes of easing the situation evaporated on Saturday with Ukraine’s representative and separatist envoys a

Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land by Robert Crawford – digested read

The biography of the dancing, smiling, velocipede-riding future poet is condensed to a more rhythmic 700 wordsTS Eliot was never young. That, at least, is the impression many readers get both from his work and from the biographies written about him. Yet, while though this appearance of early senescence may be quite understandable, it is not true. Thanks to the meticulous librarianship of his wi

New Mexico toddler shoots both parents with one bullet after finding gun

Negligence charges possible for father and pregnant mother wounded after 3-year-old boy apparently reached for iPod but found loaded weaponA 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother’s purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said.According to investigators, the toddler apparently reached for an iPod but found the loaded wea

Mugged pensioner tells of amazement at well-wishers’ £220,000 donations

Alan Barnes was attacked on his doorstep in Gateshead last Sunday and aims to buy house with money raised for himA disabled pensioner who was violently mugged outside his home has spoken of his amazement after well-wishers raised more than £220,000 for him to move house.Alan Barnes, 67, who is 4ft 6in and visually impaired, suffered a broken collarbone when he was attacked on his doorstep in

Boesch/Vignoles review – Austrian baritone works wonders with rarely heard Krenek

Wigmore Hall, LondonFlorian Boesch and Roger Vignoles proved their exceptional talents in this unforgettable recital of a 1929 work by Austrian modernist Ernst Krenek“The fewer men, the greater share of honour,” Florian Boesch said, quoting Henry V as a comment on the smallish audience before him. Currently the Wigmore’s artist in residence, the Austrian baritone and his pianist Roger Vignoles

Primary school pupils face new maths and grammar tests under Tories

Education secretary says under Conservative rule, children would memorise times tables and be able to read a novel by age 11Education secretary Nicky Morgan has backed a new set of punitive policies ahead of the election, saying that pupils should have memorised the times tables by the end of primary schooling or face having their school’s leadership replaced.Morgan’s self-proclaimed “war

Stephen Fry calls God an ‘evil, capricious, monstrous maniac’

Comedian delivers tirade on Irish TV programme when asked what he would say to the almighty at the gates of heavenStephen Fry has denounced God as “utterly evil, capricious and monstrous”, if he were to exist.The comedian’s attack on the notion of a deity will be heard on an Irish religious affairs programme on Sunday night. Continue reading...

Balloonists complete record flight across Pacific Ocean - video

A gas-filled balloon co-piloted by an American and a Russian finishes its record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean. Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev landed near La Poza Grande in the Mexican State of Baja California Sur, after six days, 16 hours and 37 minutes in the air. The men have unofficially beaten the previous distance record for gas balloons of 8,383 km set in 1981 Continue readin

Laura Marling review – an intimate show that proves her talents are still growing

Silver Bullet, LondonAt just 25, Laura Marling is about to release her fifth album, and this tiny gig suggests it’s going to be something pretty special“It’s my birthday tomorrow,” confides Laura Marling as her set nears its end, and the sardine-tight audience serenades her with a massed Happy Birthday. Marling has been a bewitching musical presence for so long that it seems remarkable she is

Celtic push past feeble Rangers in first Old Firm game for three years

This was to prove an Old Firm oddity. That is, an end-result which both teams – secretly of course – would probably have accepted before a ball was kicked.This fixture was never about who would book a place in the League Cup final in mid-March. The resumption of hostilities between Celtic and Rangers after almost three years made the game notable, not only in Glasgow but on a global scale.

Germany creates laws for driverless cars

Competition from Google has created a strong will in the German government and car industry to get there firstThe German transport minister will be laying down legal guidelines for the use of driverless cars on the country’s autobahns.Alexander Dobrindt said driverless or robot cars would probably become a feature on German roads within a few years, but insisted that some rules needed to be

Celtic 2-0 Rangers: Scottish League Cup semi-final – as it happened

Celtic reached the Scottish League Cup final with a straightforward victory over Rangers in the first Old Firm derby for almost three years 3.33pm GMT Ronny Deila heads over to the Celtic fans and leads the celebrations with a series of fist-pumps which the crowd respond to with roars. His side are top of the league and into the season’s first cup final. Scott Brown was Roy Keane-esque in

Arsenal run through their repertoire against game-but-limited Aston Villa

Another win for Arsenal and with it the growing sense that this will be another season in which they at the very least qualify for the Champions League. Doing so has become their speciality and here was a special performance from Arsène Wenger’s men as they cut open a willing but ultimately beleaguered Aston Villa side at near will.The home side were at their rapier best with goals from Olive

Lord Butler criticises Theresa May’s plan to ban extremist speakers at universities

Former head of civil service says the government is going too far in trying to limit free speech in its counter-terrorism and security billThe former head of the civil service has criticised the government for treating universities as if they were schools, before an attempt by peers to stop plans by the home secretary, Theresa May, to ban extremists from speaking on university campuses.Lord

Arsenal v Aston Villa: Premier League – as it happened!

Arsenal picked up a deserved three points with an impressive victory over Villa, who are now in some real trouble 3.22pm GMT They do win! Huzzah for them. Not so for Villa. You’d have to be pretty worried about them. That’s it from me. I’ll be over here in a few minutes. See you there. Thanks for all the emails and tweets. Bye! 3.20pm GMT Cazorla was hanging outside the Villa box, do

US-led task force launches 34 air strikes against Isis in Iraq and Syria

US and allies continue attacks on Isis targets and claim mission is working as Kurdish forces in Syria have driven out militantsThe US and its allies have carried out 26 air strikes in Iraq and eight in Syria since Saturday in continued attacks on Islamic State (Isis) targets, the US military said on Sunday. The bulk of the strikes were near the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, while in Syria mos

Jeffrey Epstein: charities turning backs on financier accused in sex case

*Three grant recipients of Epstein’s money said they would accept no more gifts*Rutgers professor and friend: ‘I don’t see these acts as so heinous’Some charities that have received money from the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein say they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage

The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend including floods in Venice and snow in North Yorkshire Continue reading...

The ebook is dead. Long live the ebook

Reports that physical books are gaining ground at the expense of digital are just plain wrongHas the ebook had its day? If you’ve skimmed a newspaper over the past month you could be forgiven for thinking just that. “The physical book market is making a comeback after years of decline,” announced the _Times_, citing a rise in Christmas trading at Foyles. “Sales of books are eclipsing digital al

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste released

TV reporter imprisoned by Egypt for ‘aiding terrorisim and making false news’ to be deported to Australia, say officialsOne of the three al-Jazeera English journalists jailed in Egypt, Peter Greste, has been deported to Australia after 400 days in an Egyptian jail, the interior ministry has told the Guardian.An interior ministry spokesman told the Guardian: “A presidential decree has been is

Venice’s carnival of delights - video

Fantasy creatures come to life in one of the world's oldest festivals: the Venice Carnival. The 17-day event kicked off on Saturday with a floating parade through the Italian city's famed canals. Tourists pack the banks of the waterway to help celebrate this year's event, which is titled: The Most Delicious Feast in the World Continue reading...

Man washed out to sea while scattering ashes in north Cornwall

He was with a group of people – two of whom tried to save him – but it is not known whose ashes he was scatteringA 51-year-old man is missing at sea after being swept off his feet by a large wave while scattering ashes in north Cornwall.The man was swept out to sea in stormy conditions at Trebarwith Strand, near Tintagel, on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading...

Chris Christie heads for London in trip to boost 2016 credentials

*New Jersey governor begins three-day trade mission to UK*Scott Walker set to follow as Republicans seek foreign policy creditNew Jersey governor Chris Christie on Sunday began a three-day trade mission to the UK. The trip is meant to bolster his state’s economic and cultural ties with the UK, though it has the added benefit of burnishing his foreign policy credentials ahead of the 2016 pre

How do you grieve when you lose an internet friend?

Social media makes possible to develop friendships with people we’ve never met. When they’re gone, there’s no set of traditions, and no roadmap to closureSomebody I didn’t know died last week.I’d never met her in real life – or, I think I never met her, but I suppose I could have. We shared some of the same friends and acquaintances, some of whom I knew in person and some of whom I didn’t.

TĀLĀ: songwriter and producer hitting gold with potent Alchemy

Continent-crossing EP showcases her fusion of pop, R&B and breakbeat with sounds of Iran and the Middle EastIn a dark studio space in London, the air thick with the heady scents of jasmine, citrus and peppermint, a small audience stands in hushed anticipation. As the lights go up, the haunting notes of iconic Arabic singer Fairuz’s song Ana La Habibi fill the venue and a petite figure, dressed


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