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Spanish deputy PM urges investigation into Catalan spyware claims

The Spanish deputy prime minister, Pablo Iglesias, has become the most senior political figure to call for a parliamentary investigation into the use of spyware to target prominent members of the Catalan independence movement, saying such practices are “unacceptable in a democracy”. A joint investigation this week by the Guardian and El País has revealed […]

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US carries out second execution in a week, killing man lawyers say had dementia

The United States on Thursday carried out its second federal execution this week, killing by lethal injection a Kansas man whose lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed. Wesley Purkey was put to death at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. He spoke out against capital punishment from the […]

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Oil spill from Yemen tanker ‘would be four times worse than Exxon Valdez’ – UN

Time is running out to prevent a disastrous oil spill from a deteriorating tanker loaded with 1.1m barrels of crude that is moored off the coast of Yemen, the UN’s environment chief has said. Inger Andersen told the UN security council that a spill from the FSO Safer, which has had no maintenance for more […]

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Tasmania shark attack: boy survives being ‘grabbed’ by a shark from a fishing boat

A boy who was grabbed by a shark from a boat off Tasmania’s north-west coast has suffered arm, head and chest injuries. The 10-year-old was taken to hospital on Friday afternoon following the attack near Stanley. “The boy … was aboard a six-metre vessel on a fishing expedition about 5km from shore with his father […]

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‘I am Germany’: Berlin Alexanderplatz gets new hero in cinematic adaptation

The story of a man who tried to be good “but then ran out of money”, Alfred Döblin’s classic novel Berlin Alexanderplatz has been described as a parable about the futility of ambition and morality in the twilight years of the Weimar Republic. However, a cinematic reinterpretation premiering in Berlin this week finds more hopeful […]

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The Chicks: Gaslighter review former Dixies dish on divorce

The band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks are getting with the programme. Last month, after 30 years in the business, the Texas trio decided to drop “Dixie”, a term with racist overtones due to its connection with the antebellum south. It’s a move that coincides with the release of their first album in 14 […]

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The power of touch: I wasn’t able to hold my daughter until she was three days old

Ihad to wait three days after my daughter Seneca was born to hold her. She arrived punctually just before sunrise on her due date, a fact I have interpreted as her over-accommodating me, because it enabled me to drive to UPS and mail off my tenure dossier on time. Nine hours later, as my partner, […]