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Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama

theguardian.com — On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: "Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals' communications?"
Edward Snowden: why I asked Putin about surveillance in Russia & why his answer was evasive theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
One nose pad of Edward Snowden's glasses contains more courage than all his critics back home combined theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
RT @AndreiSoldatov: Great that Snowden and I may comment on each other's comments, hope one day he'll be ready to talk to Rus journalists h…
RT @jason_corcoran: Edward Snowden of the Guardian parish tries to defend his appearance on the annual Putin telethon yesterday http://t.co…
Edward Snowden of the Guardian parish tries to defend his appearance on the annual Putin telethon yesterday theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
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My wife was murdered by a 'monster' - but most perpetrators of violence are normal guys

theguardian.com — One of the most disturbing moments of the past 18 months of my life was hearing my wife's killer form a coherent sentence in court. Jill had been murdered almost six months earlier, and Adrian Bayley's defence team were presenting a rather feeble case for a four-week adjournment of his committal hearing.
My wife was murdered by a 'monster' – but most perpetrators of violence are normal men || Tom Meagher gu.com/p/3zgnv/tw via @guardian
RT @suzanne_moore: My wife was murdered by a 'monster' but most perpetrators of violence are normal men | Tom Meagher http://t.co/uehkapBp…
RT @Okwonga: If any male followers of mine read and share any link that I post this week, I would like it to be this one. http://t.co/cNiNo…
RT @MartinShovel: My wife was murdered by a 'monster' – but most perpetrators of violence are normal men | Tom Meagher http://t.co/LIUJrViq…
RT @Okwonga: If any male followers of mine read and share any link that I post this week, I would like it to be this one. http://t.co/cNiNo…
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Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election

theguardian.com — Barack Obama's most influential adviser during two presidential victories has been hired to advise Labour on its 2015 election campaign, ensuring that Ed Miliband will put inequality and the break between family finances and economic growth at the centre of his election campaign.
RT @JonathanHaynes: Are Labour about to get some policies? => Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election http://t…
Are Labour about to get some policies? => Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election gu.com/p/3zgk9/tw
After Twice Electing Obama, Axelrod Now Crazily Decides To Try To Help Ed Miliband What Srsly? | The Guardian theguardian.com/politics/2014/…
RT @DAlexanderMP: Delighted to announce that David Axelrod is joining Labour's GE campaign. tinyurl.com/kms8cmz
RT @Taniel: Obama aide Jim Messina had gone to work for Tory David Cameron; now Axelrod will work for Labor's Millibrand. http://t.co/VGgKR…
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Gabriel García Márquez obituary

theguardian.com — Few writers have produced novels that are acknowledged as masterpieces not only in their own countries but all around the world. Fewer still can be said to have written books that have changed the whole course of literature in their language.
RT @KathViner: Here's a short piece I wrote about the week I spent with the great Gabriel García Márquez (at end of obituary): http://t.co/…
Here's a short piece I wrote about the week I spent with the great Gabriel García Márquez (at end of obituary): gu.com/p/3zgyd/tw
RT @KathViner: Short piece on the week I spent with the great Gabriel García Márquez, possibly with working link (scroll down) http://t.co/…
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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

theguardian.com — The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel 100 Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87, a person close to the family has said. García Márquez had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia.
Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87 gu.com/p/3zez7/tw via @guardian could write...
The Guardian's usual immaculate job RT Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87 gu.com/p/3zez7/tw via @guardian
What a loss: Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87 gu.com/p/3zez7/tw via @guardian
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Gabriel García Márquez in quotes

theguardian.com — It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination."
RT @axrenton: “He soon acquired that forlorn look one sees in vegetarians" Gabriel García Márquez in quotes gu.com/p/3zgm2/tf
A few words on life, love, sex, secrets, ageing, dreaming, sorrow, joy, death. The works. García Márquez in quotes gu.com/p/3zgm2/tw
“He soon acquired that forlorn look one sees in vegetarians" Gabriel García Márquez in quotes gu.com/p/3zgm2/tf

Jill Meagher husband: forget the lone monster myth, society has a role in rape

theguardian.com — Men need to break their silence on the root societal causes of male violence against women rather than perpetuate a "monster myth" that merely places blame upon evil individuals, according to Tom Meagher. Meagher's wife, Jill, was raped and murdered by Adrian Bayley in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick in 2012.
Jill Meagher husband: forget the lone monster myth, society has a role in rape gu.com/p/3zgn8/tw via @guardian
Forget the lone monster myth; society has a role in rape, says husband of murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher ow.ly/vUMq2

Monument Valley: impossible architecture game builds success

theguardian.com — Monument Valley is a beautiful thing: an architectural puzzle game for iPhone and iPad where you twist and drag bits of geometrically-impossible monuments to guide a princess named Ida through its eerie world. Released earlier in April, the game has won critical acclaim from reviewers - journalists and App Store raters alike.

Edward Snowden defends decision to question Vladimir Putin on surveillance

theguardian.com — Edward Snowden has defended his decision to appear on live Russian television, insisting his question to Vladimir Putin on mass surveillance was designed to hold the Russian president accountable and not, as critics have suggested, an act of compliant propaganda.
Kremlin patsy? "Edward Snowden defends decision to question Vladimir Putin on surveillance" gu.com/p/3zgn6/tw via @guardian
Edward Snowden defends decision to question Vladimir Putin on surveillance gu.com/p/3zgn6/tw via @guardian
RT @guardian: Edward Snowden defends decision to question Vladimir Putin on surveillance: gu.com/p/3zgn6/tf
And here's a @Guardian news roundup on Snowden's question, Putin's answer, criticism of both, and his response: theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…

Old bloodlines meet as Cambridges put the royal into Sydney's Easter show

theguardian.com — The balls on the merino were enormous. In the sheep and fleece pavilion at the Royal Easter show, the offspring of two old bloodlines met face to face. The duke sized up the ram. He was impressed. The duchess fed it a little hay. It has to be said, she is better with children.
RT @gabriellechan: "The balls on the merino were enormous". Not often you get a lead like that. Old bloodlines meet by David Marr http://t.…
RT @lenoretaylor: Never before have I read a royals story that starts "the balls on the merino were enormous" gu.com/p/3zgnh/tw via @g…
Never before have I read a royals story that starts "the balls on the merino were enormous" gu.com/p/3zgnh/tw via @guardian

Ukraine: diplomats meet in Geneva in bid to ease crisis - live coverage

theguardian.com — The Guardian's Alec Luhn, who is in Slavyansk, has more details on the clash in the port of Mariupol. At least two people were killed when pro-Russian protesters attacked a military base in Mariupol on Wednesday night, raising the confirmed fatality count in eastern Ukraine to at least four as unrest continues to spread.
Obama: "It is our belief that Russia's hand is in the disruption and chaos that we've been seeing." Live blog: theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
Obama's take on Geneva deal: "We're not going to know whether... there's follow-through... for several days." theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
RT @TonyKaron: Not surprisingly, pro-Russian side insists Maidan protest camp be dismantled under Geneva deal gu.com/p/3zfzj/tw
Not surprisingly, pro-Russian side insists Maidan protest camp be dismantled under Geneva deal gu.com/p/3zfzj/tw
RT @GuardianUS: #Ukraine crisis: the key points of the Kerry and Lavrov news conferences trib.al/BwK3ZpW via @teemcsee http://t.co/W…
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Mount Everest avalanche: climbers feared missing

theguardian.com — Officials say about five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to climb the world's highest peak. An official from Nepal's tourism ministry, Madhu Sudan Burlakoti, said the avalanche hit the area just below Camp 2 about 6.30am local time on Friday (2am BST).

George Brandis: sidelining climate change deniers is ‘deplorable’

theguardian.com — George Brandis says it is "deplorable" deniers are being excluded from the climate change debate and people who say the science is settled are ignorant and medieval. The attorney general called the leader of the opposition in the Senate, Penny Wong, the "high priestess of political correctness" and said he did not regret his comment that everyone has the right to be a bigot in an interview with the online magazine Spiked.
Australia's attorney-general: people who say the science on climate change is settled are ignorant + medieval theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
George Brandis: people who say the science on climate change is settled are ignorant and medieval theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
RT @mikewsc1: George Brandis accuses those who accept climate change science of being 'mediaeval'. That's accept, not reject. http://t.co/…
RT @mikewsc1: George Brandis accuses those who accept climate change science of being 'mediaeval'. That's accept, not reject. http://t.co/…

South Korean ferry: transcript of conversation between ship and shore

theguardian.com — 8.55am Sewol: Harbour affairs Jeju, do you have reception of the Sewol? Jeju VTS: Yes, Sewol, this is harbour affairs Jeju Sewol: Please notify the coast guard. Our ship is in danger. It's listing right now. 8.56am Jeju VTS: Where's your ship? Yes, got it. We will notify the coast guard.
@guardian: South Korean ferry: transcript of conversation between ship and shore: gu.com/p/3zgnq/tf
South Korean ferry: transcript of conversation between ship and shore gu.com/p/3zgnq/tw via @guardian

Syrian rebels warn of potential Homs massacre as regime troops advance

theguardian.com — Syrian government forces stepped up efforts to advance on opposition areas of the central city of Homs on Thursday amid warnings of a potential massacre following months of siege and starvation. But reports from the scene described rebels clinging to their positions despite tank shelling, sniper fire and air strikes mounted to help government troops recapture several enclaves in the old city.
After months of siege and starvation come warnings of a coming massacre in #Homs overshadowed by crisis in Ukraine theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
RT @whitney_hurst: Syrian rebels warn of potential Homs massacre as regime troops advance gu.com/p/3zgjt/tw via @guardian
RT @whitney_hurst: Syrian rebels warn of potential Homs massacre as regime troops advance gu.com/p/3zgjt/tw via @guardian
RT @ian_black: Syrian rebels warn of potential Homs massacre as regime troops advance bit.ly/1j8dCj5
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