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Inside the giant panda research centre - in pictures

theguardian.com — Photographer Ami Vitale was allowed exclusive access into China's giant panda research centre as it trains pandas to be released into the wild. While only about 1,600 giant pandas exist in the wild, the centre has bred over 300 babies by mimicking conditions of their natural habitats and is teaching them to survive once out in the wild.
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The Hamid Mir case: 'In Pakistan, they used to censor journalists - now they shoot us'

theguardian.com — More than a hundred bouquets line the lobby of the private ward of Karachi's posh, private Aga Khan Hospital. Outside, dozens of policemen with bulletproof vests and automatic weapons look at every visitor suspiciously, officers speaking urgently into their walkie-talkies. The Karachi police force is really good at strutting about after a high-profile crime has happened.
The Hamid Mir case: 'In Pakistan, they used to censor journalists – now they shoot us' gu.com/p/3zjp3/tw via @guardian
'In Pakistan, they used to censor journalists – now they shoot us' - @mohammedhanif, on the Hamid Mir shooting. j.mp/1nHTU1O
The Hamid Mir case: 'In Pakistan, they used to censor journalists – now they shoot us' gu.com/p/3zjp3/tw via @guardian
RT @FreedomofPress: A harrowing read: "In Pakistan, they used to censor journalists – now they shoot us" gu.com/p/3zjp3
'In Pakistan, they used to censor journalists – now they shoot us' gu.com/p/3zjp3
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The female 'confidence gap' is a sham

theguardian.com — Despite an ongoing, glaring lack of equality for women in culture and in policy, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman's new book, The Confidence Code, argues that what's truly holding women back is their own self-doubt.
RT @NishaChittal: "If we want women to be more confident...then we can start by creating a culture that values self-assured women." j.mp/1mFLYAM
"If we want women to be more confident...then we can start by creating a culture that values self-assured women." j.mp/1mFLYAM
Beat the confidence gap and stay clueless. "The truth is, if you're not insecure, you're not paying attention." goo.gl/0RcZI0
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Nauru guards accused of assaulting children

theguardian.com — Security guards at the family camp on Nauru have been accused of verbally and physically abusing child asylum seekers in a letter of concern from staff at the centre. The letter by a Save the Children Australia worker to the charity's Nauru contractors expresses "extremely alarming" allegations of "mistreatment and inappropriate behaviour" directed at asylum seekers by guards employed by Wilson Security, also now contracted at the Manus Island facility.
Social workers in Nauru say kids being verbally and physically assaulted by guards in Australian detention centre theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
RT @bairdjulia: Good grief. RT @alison_m_martin truly appalling: Nauru guards accused of assaulting children, writes @oliverlaughland gu.com/p/3zj6f/tw
Good grief. RT @alison_m_martin truly appalling: Nauru guards accused of assaulting children, writes @oliverlaughland gu.com/p/3zj6f/tw
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North Korea's fashion police

theguardian.com — She fell in love the moment she saw them. Black, high-heeled and zipped up the side, the boots were irresistible - even with their sizeable price tag and dangerous air of novelty. "They were pretty, and new, and everyone was curious," Song Eun-byul said, recalling the stir that her purchase had made in her North Korean hometown, close to the Chinese border.

We can handle the truth - give us the insights, the nitty-gritty

theguardian.com — The hardest thing to achieve in political journalism is to get to a truth. Truths are there, but they tend to lurk implacably behind formulations and talking points. It's genuinely exciting when you hear something of the person inhabiting the profession, the person's authentic voice.
RT @sspencer_63: Nice work from the ever readable @murpharoo Dear politics: please tell us the truth about politics gu.com/p/3zk36/tw
Nice work from the ever readable @murpharoo Dear politics: please tell us the truth about politics gu.com/p/3zk36/tw
Because I headbutted the keyboard, take two. Dear politics: please tell us the truth about politics gu.com/p/3zk36/tw A new Dispatch.
RT @murpharoo: Dear politics: please tell as the truth about politics gu.com/p/3zk36/tw My latest Dispatch.
Dear politics: please tell as the truth about politics gu.com/p/3zk36/tw My latest Dispatch.

London private school in child abuse investigation after teacher's confession

theguardian.com — An elite London school has become embroiled in an FBI-led international child abuse investigation into a highly regarded teacher who is believed to have molested more than 90 boys. William Vahey, a 64-year old American who taught at the Southbank International School in Westminster between 2009 and 2013, killed himself in Minnesota in March after confessing to drugging and molesting children while on field trips.
RT @Robert_Booth: Elite London Southbank school in FBI and Met child abuse investigation. It hired convicted paedophile without knowing theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/a…
"They said he was very willing to take school trips but with what we know now that is not as positive as it was.." bit.ly/RMtbqY
RT @Claire_Phipps: London private school in child abuse investigation after teacher's confession in FBI-led investigation theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/a…
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Oklahoma governor says executions to proceed despite court-ordered stays

theguardian.com — A day after the Oklahoma supreme court issued a stay of execution for two convicted killers, the governor issued her own order on Tuesday that the state would carry out their sentences next week, setting up a possible legal confrontation over constitutional powers.
I just, what? How does Mary Fallin think she can do this? bit.ly/1lGgKFH
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is apparently the judge, jury, and executioner theguardian.com/world/2014/apr…
RT @GuardianUS: Oklahoma governor says executions to proceed despite court-ordered stays trib.al/ATwpATU vine.co/v/MnpePXPDVtW
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First Dog on the Moon on why the royals should beware of Australia - cartoon

theguardian.com — Think of the baby! Australia may not be a suitable country for a tiny, cute royal offspring! First Dog on the Moon explains why
First Dog on the Moon on why the royals should beware of Australia - cartoon gu.com/p/3zk2y/tw via @guardian
RT @NickEvershed: GOD HATES CAMPING via @GuardianJessica: This is a cartoon about all the poisonous sh*t that lives in Australia. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
He's so good! @firstdogonmoon on why the Royals should be careful in Australia... There are things that bite... theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Stop your sons joining war in Syria, urges Metropolitan police

theguardian.com — Police battling to prevent young Muslims heading to Syria to fight in the country's bitter civil war will gamble that they can persuade women in the community to inform on family members determined to head to the war zone.

Chelsea give José Mourinho permission to rest key names at Liverpool

theguardian.com — The Chelsea hierarchy have given José Mourinho the green light to field a team at Liverpool on Sunday that reflects the club's priority as being the Champions League semi-final against Atlético Madrid three days later.

Why we must defend Josie Cunningham's right to an abortion

theguardian.com — Like many British women, model and celebrity-wannabe Josie Cunningham had a decision to make about her pregnancy. She could have had the baby she didn't want, by a man she didn't love, and abandoned the career she craved; or she could put her career first, gain financial security, and think about family later, when she was ready.
Why we must defend Josie Cunningham's right to an abortion | Martin Robbins gu.com/p/3zj9a/tw via @guardian
"The moment you introduce the language of "deserving", you invite others to judge just how deserving you are" gu.com/p/3zj9a/tw
Why we must defend Josie Cunningham's right to an abortion | Martin Robbins gu.com/p/3zj9a/tw via @guardian
Why we must defend Josie Cunningham's right to an abortion | Martin Robbins gu.com/p/3zj9a/tw
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US journalist Simon Ostrovsky held by pro-Russian militia in Ukraine

theguardian.com — Pro-Russian gunmen in Ukraine confirmed on Wednesday that they had taken hostage an American journalist, whom they were holding according to "war rules", they said, in the town of Slavyansk. Simon Ostrovsky, a correspondent for Vice News, had not been seen since early Tuesday.

If 'stunt foods' are attention-trolling, then foodie criticism is concern-trolling

theguardian.com — A noteworthy poultry restaurant founded more than 80 years ago in the heart of Appalachia is reinventing the French classic chicken cordon bleu. The decadent dish - revised for the modern American palette - features smoked, cured pork belly bursting with umami and topped with two semi-hard Californian cheeses.
Why do we cheer the cronut but boo the KFC Double Down? Class, per @sfgnyc. Nice piece in the @Guardian: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
RT @GuardianUS: Shouldn't the food critics horrified by KFC's Double Down also be upset by Americans' poor access to healthy food? trib.al/2WpI6CY
Interesting fact in here,, the Cronut has more fat and calories than a KFC Double Down. gu.com/p/3zj2z/tw via @guardian
Double-reverse trolling? MT @sullduggery Doubling down on Double Down: "criticism is merely concern-trolling" theguardian.com/commentisfree/….
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The World Cup and Olympics threaten to overwhelm Rio - yet there is time to create a sensation out of disaster

theguardian.com — Has Rio de Janeiro the guts? The city is now desperately behind schedule for its 2016 Olympics - one insider put it at 10% ready, where London was 60% ready at the same stage. But a visit earlier this month left me with an intriguing question. Could Rio's chaotic planners make virtue of necessity?
The World Cup and Olympics threaten to overwhelm Rio – yet there is time to create a sensation out of disaster bit.ly/1hqavBO
The World Cup and Olympics threaten to overwhelm Rio yet there is time to create a sensation out of disaster:... bit.ly/1tCTf66
RT @owen_g: The World Cup and Olympics threaten to overwhelm Rio – yet there is time to create a sensation out of disaster gu.com/p/3ztbf/tw
The World Cup and Olympics threaten to overwhelm Rio – yet there is time to create a sensation out of disaster gu.com/p/3ztbf/tw
The World Cup and Olympics threaten to overwhelm Rio – yet there is time to create a sensation out of disaster gu.com/p/3ztbf/tw
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