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Watch our film critics Kate Muir and Kevin Maher discuss the latest big releases. This week, cultures clash in the...
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The first President Bush has made a blistering critique of his son’s White House, rebuking top architects of the 2003...
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President Erdogan has revived his bid to change Turkey’s constitution and tighten his grip on power, following his party’s surprise...
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Vladimir Putin plans to rebuild a Soviet-style empire and must be thwarted by making Ukraine a bulwark against Kremlin expansionism,...
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Cheesemakers in France have been told to beef up their security after a spate of thefts blamed on a booming...
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Bob Dylan completists will need to take a deep breath and have a little lie down before approaching The Cutting...
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The fossil of a giant feathered dinosaur has been discovered in South Dakota. Scientists said that the newly named Dakotaraptor...
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Binyamin Netanyahu is facing calls to dismiss his new spokesman, who called President Obama an antisemite and suggested that the...
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A hospital in Afghanistan that was attacked by American aircraft was treating at least 20 Taliban fighters, the aid agency Médecins...
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The Finns, a famously taciturn people, have unveiled the world’s first official national emojis, the icons used in electronic messages...
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Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader, declared yesterday that she would be “above the president” if her party...
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Southern Europe faces a mounting threat from Russian military expansion and of terrorist attacks by jihadist groups allied to Islamic...
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The US communications watchdog has begun an inquiry into whether a radio station that broadcasts news to Washington is being...
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A one-eyed former fascist terrorist is among 46 people on trial in Rome yesterday, accused of belonging to a mafia clan...
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There could be opera on the Mersey if Liverpool gets its way. The city has plans to build its equivalent...
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Teenagers, some as young as 14, make up most of the thousands of hackers monitored by the National Crime Agency....
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Three million more migrants are expected to seek refuge in the European Union by the end of 2017, according to...
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A divorcee who spent more than £250 a month on sausage rolls and other unnecessary food for her sick mother has...
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Penguin Books is to pay undisclosed compensation to the Ministry of Defence’s former chief legal adviser. The payment is over...
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American commanders have claimed a groundbreaking victory in northern Syria after unleashing two of the most fearsome ground-attack aircraft in...
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Internal report offers details of medical staff’s frantic efforts to alert Kabul and Washington, only to receive a text 30 minutes later: ‘I’m sorry to hear that’

As an American gunship unleashed burst after burst of cannon fire on Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, medical staff inside the building frantically tried to alert military headquarters in Kabul and Washington DC.

When they finally received a reply, a massacre had already happened.

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Prehistoric carnivores had 9.5in ‘sickle claw’, and quill knobs on lower arm bones are first documented evidence that a large raptor had feathers

A dinosaur discovered in South Dakota had feathers on a raptor’s body, large claws and wings, according to a study published by the University of Kansas Paleontological Institute.

“It really was the Ferrari of competitors,” said Robert DePalma, head of the research team that discovered the fossils and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History.

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However, more than two-thirds of Chinese people support global deal to reduce emissions, part of marked support seen in all but one of 40 countries surveyed

Concern about climate change among people in China – the world’s biggest carbon polluter – has plummeted in the past five years, according to new research. The Chinese were the least concerned among 40 nations surveyed.

Only 18% of Chinese citizens are seriously concerned about the issue, a drop of 23 points since 2010, the US Pew Research Center report published on Thursday shows.

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Is it a gait, cut of the jib, garb or charismatic charm? Sift through your musical wardrobes for songs that mention qualities of magnetism, prestige or allure

“I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time,” announces Lady Gaga, planning, no doubt, to wear only 5,000 shimmering sequins in her next creation. But now word has got out, in the glamorous world of music, fashion and culture, what this week’s topic is, the Readers Recommend cocktail bar is suddenly flooded with celebrities eager to have their say. Blimey. I’d better order more champagne. And rather nervously, I’ve just touched the gloved hand of Grace Jones, who tells me, darling, how “I simply love those classic figures fro the 30s and 40s … Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart, Rita Hayworth. They had such glamour and style.” Whatever you say Grace, I agree. You’re not only right but you’re equally glamorous too. Just don’t hit me. Or get me to howl at the moon.

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Economic migrants from Africa not ‘lesser cause’ than Syrians fleeing war, shadow international development secretary says

Economic migrants coming to Britain should be treated with the same sympathy as refugees fleeing war, Diane Abbott has said.

The shadow international development secretary also said it is wrong and racist to claim, as some of her colleagues in the Labour party had done previously, that eastern European immigrants were the cause of wage cuts for English workers.

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TV presenter Achol Deng said she found 13-month-old Nyalou Thong resting on chest of unconscious man upon arriving at scene of crash that killed 37 people

A 13-month-old baby and a man found cradling the infant were the only survivors of a cargo plane that crashed soon after taking off from a South Sudan airport, killing 37 people, a witness and relatives said Thursday.

Stephen Warikozi, who heads South Sudan’s Civil Aviation Authority, said the plane was not authorized to carry passengers.

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Parliament has blocked legislation banning discrimination at work that was condition set by European Union

Ukraine’s parliament has on Thursday scuppered the country’s chances of visa-free travel to most EU nations by blocking legislation that would have banned discrimination against gay people in the workplace.

The pro-EU leadership that replaced the Moscow-backed president last year has made it a priority to join the Schengen zone – a club of EU countries that allows visa and passport-free travel.

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Five reception centres to be established inside Germany instead after coalition partner denounces proposed zones on Austrian border as detention camps

Angela Merkel has suffered a setback in her attempt to stabilise the influx of refugees into Germany by setting up “transit zones” on the border with Austria.

The zones, denounced as detention camps by the Social Democrats (SPD), the German chancellor’s junior coalition partner, were rejected at crisis talks in Berlin on Thursday. Instead, her government announced it would establish up to five reception centres inside Germany for the swifter processing of asylum claims and the prompt deportation of those with little chance of obtaining refugee status, mainly people from the Balkans.

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Flu cases soared to 93,000 this year as vaccine makers scrambled to update strains in response to a bad flu season in the northern hemisphere

Australians most vulnerable to the flu will get free access to stronger vaccines in 2016 following a record number of cases this year.

The federal government’s national immunisation program will now include a vaccine that covers four flu strains instead of three, including two influenza B strains that were particularly severe in the 2015 flu season.

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Hello sold 1.1m downloads within seven days of release on 23 October, and also broke records on music video site Vevo

Adele’s new single, Hello, has sold 1.1m downloads in the US, and becomes the first song with more than a million downloads within its first week.

The single, released on 23 October, is the first from the British performer’s third album, and debuted at No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a position she also holds on the UK singles chart.

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Talk of armed conflict is clearly an exaggeration, but the refugee and migrant crisis is testing Europe’s borderlands and values

Is Europe’s old flashpoint, the Balkans, rearing its head as a worry once again? A recent statement by Angela Merkel may have deserved more attention than it got. Speaking to some of her party members, the chancellor warned that if Germany closed its border with Austria, the outcome might be an escalation of already rising tensions in the Balkans. “I don’t want to see military conflicts becoming necessary,” she said.

With the approach of winter and the continuing inflow of refugees and migrants, Europe’s south-eastern flank will certainly be the place to watch in the coming weeks and months. But are we really talking about the outbreak of war? Merkel has been under sustained political pressure for opening the door to refugees two months ago. She has been trying hard to convince her domestic constituency, especially in Bavaria, that her policies are sound.

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It’s not only young women who need to be taught early about the impact parenthood can have on their career

Remember that story about the male headteacher of the prestigious boys’ school, embroiled in a row over how hard it is for men to have it all? The one where he controversially advised his pupils that it’s fine to have a family instead of a career?

No, of course you don’t, because I made it up. Parents don’t send their sons to Eton to be taught that reaching the top is really difficult, any more than best-selling newspapers prey on their male readers’ anxieties by suggesting there’s something subtly wrong about being a “career man”. That’s just not what we tell boys.

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Hassan Rouhani says hardliners ‘misusing’ remarks by supreme leader Ali Khamenei on possible spread of US influence in Iran

The Iranian president has criticised the recent arrests of journalists amid an ongoing crackdown on expression by the country’s hardliners.

According to a report on Thursday in the state-owned daily IRAN, Hassan Rouhani said hardliners “misuse” remarks by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on the possible spread of US influence in Iran as an excuse for the detentions.

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Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has landed in London on a state visit, but who is the man behind the official title? Despite sweeping to power in the 2014 elections, it wasn’t without controversy. The former military man from Cairo faces allegations of abuses of human rights, stifling political opposition and the challenges of an increasingly fraught domestic agenda

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Malala Yousafzai’s moving story is one of great courage in the face of the Taliban, as she campaigned for the right of women to be educated in Afghanistan

The “he” of the title is Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Pakistan’s teenage Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai. He named her after the Afghan folk heroine Malalai – a Joan of Arc figure who rallied Pashtun fighters against the British in 1880. So perhaps defiance was her birthright.

Part of the many pleasures of Davis Guggenheim’s outstanding documentary tribute is the light it casts on her relationship with her father, as well as on the nuances of history, on the British, on the question of who the oppressors are now. Moral courage and moral heroism are rare enough, but Malala Yousafzai’s story is especially moving. As a 15-year-old in north-west Pakistan’s Swat Valley, she had been a precocious campaigner for the right of girls to be educated; the grotesque bullies of the Taliban boarded her school bus and shot her in the head – grown men with guns against unarmed schoolgirls. She survived, was airlifted to the UK with her family where, after a number of operations, she made a remarkable recovery, mastered English and continued her staggeringly ambitious, now global campaign. She is as yet only 18.

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When one of our commenters shared the story of how he was given a trial by Howard Kendall, we decided to ask readers if they had met any other footballers. It turns out that you are on first-name terms with most of the greats in the game. Thanks for sharing all of your tales – even the exaggerated ones

A couple of years ago I was working at Edinburgh University. We offered Pelé an honorary degree and he said yes, so we put on a fancy ceremony in London at the V&A. Pelé came on, said some stuff and was given the degree. It was my job to get him off the stage and to his car.

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I don’t want to let this person get away – but she lost her father recently and I don’t know whether to make my feelings clear or wait

I began getting to know someone earlier in the year, just before she lost her father after a short illness. Since then, we have met up once or twice, and we text a lot. She hasn’t really opened up to me to me about her loss or how her need to grieve might affect our prospects, nor had we got to the point of acknowledging that we liked each other before tragedy struck. But I’m still keen, because I think we have the makings of a really good relationship. I want to make sure I don’t come on too strong or scare her away as she goes through this difficult time, but I don’t want to let this one get away. What do you suggest?

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Last week we published the sex histories of real people. Then we asked you to tell us your experiences. We had over 400 responses: here is a selection

Warning: adult content

‘It was four years from my first experience to my first orgasm (thanks, David)’
I grew up in the 70s when we were being urged all the time by the media and the guys – “You can, so why don’t you?” For a long time, I did it because it was expected. It was four years from my first experience to my first orgasm (thanks, David).

There were a couple of long, dry spells caused by location and friend groups. But the internet has helped a lot now. And I’ve had the chance to explore, leading to my discovery that I also like sex with women. Not a lot – my preference is men – but I like sex.

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Wherever you are in the world, we’d like to see your pictures of ‘wet.’ Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘wet’. So whether it’s singing in the rain, splashing in puddles or sealing an envelope, share your photos of what wet means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 5 November at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 8 November and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Erdoğan’s AKP made a convincing return to majority rule on Sunday. Here, opposition supporters explain why they cast their vote elsewhere

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Islamic­ conservative Justice and Development party (AKP) swept to a convincing majority rule in Turkey’s latest elections on Sunday. It returned to single-party rule that Erdoğan presided over for more than a decade until the inconclusive election on 7 June.

The main reason for the AKP’s loss of power in June was the unexpected vote for the leftist, pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic party (HDP), which entered parliament for the first time by surmounting Turkey’s unusually high election threshold of 10%. It beat all expectations with 13% of the vote and 80 seats. Support fell for the HDP in Sunday’s vote, and it only just managed to scrape past the 10% threshold.

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Roy Hodgson was saddened by the incident that saw Andros Townsend punished by Tottenham, but insists it had nothing to do with his exclusion from the latest ...
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Best-known for his bestselling concentration camp story The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Boyne returns to Nazi Germany in this affecting morality tale. Aged seven, Pierrot is sent from his home in Paris.
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A razor-wielding madman attacked two men on the New York City subway on Tuesday, before police finally brought him down a few blocks away.
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One of the most compelling things about the fantasy genre is the sense it gives of other realities existing a mere hair's breadth from our own - its practitioners constructing entire worlds.
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If crime writers are to be believed, Christmas is a popular time for murder. The warning signal is an invitation to spend the holiday in a large country house, invariably snow-bound.
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Ruling party candidate Jovenel Moïse led voting in Haiti's Oct. 25 presidential election with 32 per cent, followed by form...
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Expelled BJP MP and noted jurist Ram Jethmalani targeted Union Minister Arun Jaitley over his ‘tyranny of unelected’ remark that was made upon the Supreme Court’s decision to scrap NJAC.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined thousands of demonstrators Thursday demanding equal tre...
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Nov 5 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the UEFA Europa League Group H matches on Thursday Thursday, November 5 Besiktas (Turkey) 1 Lokomotiv ...
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The 54-year-old actress took a fashion risk to attend the UK premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 in London's Leicester Square on Thursday evening.
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Nov 5 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the UEFA Europa League Group L matches on Thursday Thursday, November 5 Athletic Club (Spain) 5 Partiz...
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Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, 35, spoke to the media for the first time since seeking treatment in October, describing why he chose to leave his team for rehab, saying, 'It was just the time'.
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As many as 24 food testing laboratories across India are running without notification with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India under the Union Health Ministry.
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By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Nov 5 (Reuters) - The outgoing United Nations envoy to Libya on Thursday urged Libya's rival factions to halt their atte...
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You could call this a shaggy dog story, but on second thoughts, it’s more of a shaggy penguin story. Back in the mid-Seventies, Tom Michell was young, free, single and keen to see the world.
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According to the ‘360 Well- Being Score’ online survey conducted on the state of workplace health and wellness in India, 51 per cent of employees working in the Capital are happy their place of work.
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FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The revelation that a "hero" police officer stole money and killed himself in a way that made it appear he was gunned down in the line ...
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