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Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste reportedly released

theguardian.com — Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, imprisoned in Egypt 400 days ago on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, will be deported to his native Australia on Sunday, Egypt's state news agency reported. Two security officials confirmed that an order had been given for Greste's release.
Feb 01, 2015

This sounds like very good news indeed. RT Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste released (via @guardian) - gu.com/p/45dxn

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Kim Sears wears Explicit Content T-shirt for Andy Murray’s Australian Open final

theguardian.com — Kim Sears, the fiancee of Andy Murray, responded to the outcry that followed her swearing outburst during the Australian Open men's semi-final by wearing a Parental Advisory T-shirt during the final itself. Sear's expletive-laden rant went viral on social media after Murray had broken back in the first set against Tomas Berdych.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @guardian_sport: Kim Sears wears Explicit Content T-shirt for Andy Murray’s Australian Open final gu.com/p/45cqn/stw (Photo: EPA) pic.twitter.com/x6G2ZRElg5

Feb 01, 2015

Kim Sears wears Explicit Content T-shirt for Andy Murray’s Australian Open final gu.com/p/45cqn/stw pic.twitter.com/CD8pTX6C7X

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Kobani: destroyed and riddled with unexploded bombs, but its residents dare to dream of a new start

theguardian.com — The concrete eagle in what used to be Freedom Square still surveys Kobani imperiously. But around it almost nothing stands. Buildings have vanished during months of heavy shelling, replaced by snarls of steel and rubble, and the yawning craters left by US air strikes.
Feb 01, 2015

Kobani: destroyed and riddled with unexploded bombs, but its residents dare to dream of a new start gu.com/p/45cn7/stw

Feb 01, 2015

Kobani: destroyed and riddled with unexploded bombs, but its residents dare to dream of a new start gu.com/p/45cn7/stw

Feb 01, 2015

History shows how defeating a siege can turn tide in a war / Kobani: destroyed, but residents dream of new start gu.com/p/45cn7/stw

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Abortion in Brazil: a matter of life and death

theguardian.com — Born five years apart, sisters Joyce and Jandyra Magdalena dos Santos Cruz lived together in a simple low-rise in Guaratiba, a poor neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, with Joyce's four children, Jandyra's two daughters, and their mother, Marie Ângela. Like many Brazilian families, their lives were inextricably meshed by economies of scale.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @elizondogabriel: Brazil: Estimated 200,000 women a year are hospitalized after bungled abortions. theguardian.com/world/2015/feb… (Excellent report by @DonnaBow)

Feb 01, 2015

Brazil: Estimated 200,000 women a year are hospitalized after bungled abortions. theguardian.com/world/2015/feb… (Excellent report by @DonnaBow)

Feb 01, 2015

RT @DonnaBow: After Jandyra died during an illegal abortion, she was mutilated, dumped and burnt. We need to talk about abortion bit.ly/1EXpnFU

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Mornings are dark, and I lie in bed, wrapped in fatigue. I cry often

theguardian.com — Sometimes it begins with a pimple. A large shiny spot appears on my forehead. Or it begins with a feeling of heaviness, and I long to wear only loose-fitting clothes. Then my mood plunges, my lower back aches, my insides turn liquid. Stomach cramps come in spasms so painful I sometimes cry out.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @svaradarajan: After @deepikapadukone, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about depression: Mornings are dark, and I lie in bed crying gu.com/p/4xabv/stw

Feb 01, 2015

RT @svaradarajan: After @deepikapadukone, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about depression: Mornings are dark, and I lie in bed crying gu.com/p/4xabv/stw

Feb 01, 2015

RT @raziakkhan: 'I want to say that I am a strong Igbo woman,a strong Nigerian woman,a strong African woman, +we don’t do depression' gu.com/p/4xabv/stw

Feb 01, 2015

RT @Nadiab31: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Mornings are dark, and I lie in bed, wrapped in fatigue. I cry often gu.com/p/4xabv/stw

Feb 01, 2015

Acclaimed Nigerian novelist writes for the first time about her struggle with depression theguardian.com/news/2015/feb/…

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Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic: Australian Open men's final - live!

theguardian.com — Morning. Feeling optimistic? Then let's begin with a brief recap of Andy Murray's Australian Open record against Novak Djokovic. In 2011, Djokovic won. In 2012, Djokovic won. In 2013, Djokovic won. Hmm. That's not particularly promising, is it. Hmm indeed. And the misery doesn't end there.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @CristinaNcl: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in Australian Open men's final – as it happened gu.com/p/45cn4/stw

Feb 01, 2015

for those of you similarly in office today, the Guardian is live blogging the Aus Open final here: theguardian.com/sport/live/201…

Feb 01, 2015

RT @emilyhwilson: Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic: Australian Open men's final – live! gu.com/p/45cn4/stw

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

theguardian.com — The 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 home secretary Theresa May's plans to ban extremists from speaking on university campuses.
Feb 01, 2015

Lord Butler criticises Theresa May’s plan to ban extremist speakers at universities gu.com/p/45d26/stw

Feb 01, 2015

RT @arusbridger: Ex cabinet secretary Lord Butler criticises May’s plan to ban extremist speakers at universities gu.com/p/45d26

Feb 01, 2015

Ex cabinet secretary Lord Butler criticises May’s plan to ban extremist speakers at universities gu.com/p/45d26

Syriza’s cleaners show why economics needs a new broom

theguardian.com — Among the most uplifting images from Syriza's victory in Greece last week were the elated faces of a small group of fiercely determined women: the public sector cleaners who were laid off during the country's brutal budget cuts and had been told they would be swiftly re-hired by the new government.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @D_Blanchflower: very good by @heatherstewart3 on economics' big miss Syriza’s cleaners show why economics needs a new broom gu.com/p/45cv8/stw

Feb 01, 2015

Goodread: anyone says response to debt crisis is slash spending/structural reform either masochistic or downright mad gu.com/p/45cv8/stw

Feb 01, 2015

RT @nichol_ian: “@heatherstewart3: My column: Syriza's cleaners show why economics needs a new broom gu.com/p/45cv8” We need more Economic Women!!

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Mother of Japanese journalist beheaded by Islamic State leads tributes

theguardian.com — The mother of Kenji Goto has led tributes to the Japanese journalist, after Islamic State (Isis) released a video purportedly showing his beheading and carrying a warning that Japan was now a target for the militant group. As newspapers issued special editions bringing news of Goto's death, his mother, Junko Ishido, led the tributes to her son.
Feb 01, 2015

Mother of Japanese journalist beheaded by Islamic State leads tributes #IAmKenji gu.com/p/45dvv/stw

Feb 01, 2015

RT @guardian: Mother of Japanese journalist beheaded by Islamic State leads tributes trib.al/L4zbDhM

Feb 01, 2015

RT @justinmccurry: Mother of Japanese journalist beheaded by Islamic State leads tributes gu.com/p/45dvv/stw

Feb 01, 2015

Mother of Japanese journalist beheaded by Islamic State leads tributes gu.com/p/45dvv/stw

If a stranger in the street looked like they needed help, would you intervene?

theguardian.com — Last summer was one of the hottest on record. The streets were full of prams and teenagers, pavements sticky with melted Twisters. I have a friend who has a friend called Rose who, in August, was waiting for a bus into Camden.

Fire in major Russian library destroys 1m historic documents

theguardian.com — A fire that ripped through one of Russia's largest university libraries is believed to have damaged more than 1m historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural "Chernobyl".
Feb 01, 2015

"A cultural Chernobyl" -- upwards of 1 million documents damaged in a fire at a Russian library theguardian.com/world/2015/jan…

Feb 01, 2015

RT @pourmecoffee: Awful. Russian library fire destroys a million historic documents dating back to 16th century theguardian.com/world/2015/jan… pic.twitter.com/TZ6j36p791

Jan 31, 2015

RT @mbk_center: The tragic "cultural Chernobyl" that destroyed the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (Inion). ow.ly/IhsIw

Jan 31, 2015

This is very sad: Fire in major Russian library destroys 1m historic documents - a "cultural Chernobyl" gu.com/p/45cpf/stw

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Peter Greste's family say they have no information his release is imminent

theguardian.com — Peter Greste's family say they have no information that the jailed Australian journalist will be imminently freed from prison and deported from Egypt. Rumours began early on Sunday Australia time that a presidential decree had been hastily issued in Cairo, ordering him released from prison on Sunday and deported from the country.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @MatthewKeysLive: Peter Greste’s family: No confirmation jailed Al Jazeera journalist will be released, deported - bit.ly/1Kh6ejl #FreeAJStaff

Jan 31, 2015

Peter Greste’s family: No confirmation jailed Al Jazeera journalist will be released, deported - bit.ly/1Kh6ejl #FreeAJStaff

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Chris Christie heads for London in trip to boost 2016 credentials

theguardian.com — New 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 presidential election.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @janinegibson: Chris Christie is in London! We must make him welcome with Springsteen and troubling tales of local corruption. theguardian.com/us-news/2015/f…

Feb 01, 2015

Chris Christie is in London! We must make him welcome with Springsteen and troubling tales of local corruption. theguardian.com/us-news/2015/f…

Isis video purports to show beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

theguardian.com — Islamic State (Isis) militants have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of the Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. The video, called A Message to the Government of Japan, featured a militant who looked and sounded like a man with a British accent who has taken part in other Isis.
Feb 01, 2015

Isis video purports to show beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto gu.com/p/45cpv

Jan 31, 2015

Updated: Isis video purports to show beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto gu.com/p/45cpv/stw

Jan 31, 2015

Isis video purports to show beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto gu.com/p/45cpv/stw

Jan 31, 2015

Rest in peace, Kenji Goto -- by all accounts a spectacular journalist and human. theguardian.com/world/2015/jan…

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Follow the money and you’ll find the future of news

theguardian.com — Suddenly, in the way of the world, two buses come along at the same time. Destination: the future of journalism. One (encompassing newspapers, magazines and the net) is driven by the wonderful Emily Bell, once business editor in this parish and now in charge of the digital Tow centre at Columbia University, New York.
Feb 01, 2015

MT @jason_cumming: "News mission 2 inform can’t be met by ... aggregators if theres nothing left 2 aggregate" ow.ly/2U7jmq

Feb 01, 2015

"Any traditional newspaper mission to inform can’t be met by ... aggregators if there’s nothing left to aggregate" ow.ly/2U7jmq

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests - in pictures

theguardian.com — Thousands of protesters demanding free elections took to Hong Kong's streets on Sunday in the first large rally since demonstrators brought the city to a standstill last year

Queensland election: government yet to be formed as LNP without leader - live

theguardian.com — The result of the ballot is still to be determined, with neither party winning enough seats yet to claim government. Follow the updates here
Jan 31, 2015

Queensland same-sex couples could soon again be allowed state sanctioned ceremonies for civil unions #qldvotes theguardian.com/australia-news…

Jan 31, 2015

Tony Abbott downplays federal impact on #qldvotes "determined to ensure Australia does not join the weak govt club" theguardian.com/australia-news…

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This is not the time for Labour to indulge in a scrap in its own navel

theguardian.com — A house divided against itself cannot stand. It is one of the basic laws of politics that visibly disunited parties don't win elections. The voters are signalling a strong disinclination to make anyone a clear victor in May and that may have something to do with the fact that all the parties are split.
Feb 01, 2015

Commentators really seem to believe that a pro-Miliband speech from Blair would strengthen Labour's chances theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Feb 01, 2015

Some pointed advice from Andrew Rawnsley for Tony Blair - time to say whose side you are on. gu.com/p/45cn2/stw

Rex and Mariano: restaurant review

theguardian.com — 2 St Anne's Court, London W1 (020 7437 0566). Meal for two, including wine and service: £80 This week's restaurant comes from the people who brought us Beast. You remember Beast. The one with the king crabs and the Nebraskan steaks and the over-engineered tables and the bill that made me feel like my scrotum had been put in an un-lubricated vice.
Feb 01, 2015

RT @Goodman_london: Its true. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes! One of our restaurants got a good review from @jayrayner1.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Feb 01, 2015

From the people who brought us Beast comes seafood restaurant Rex and Mariano. It's nothing like Beast. It's great. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…