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A day of difference for Comment is free

theguardian.com — Notice anything different about the Comment section today? As an editor, I hope the answer's yes. But part of me also hopes it's no. Today, the final day of Britain's Black History Month, we've given our section, and our website Comment is free, over to black contributors.
Oct 31, 2014

Delighted to see this from my much-missed colleagues: @josephharker on a day of difference for @commentisfree gu.com/p/43vvy/tw

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Millionaire landlords Fergus and Judith Wilson begin evicting large families

theguardian.com — Britain's most controversial landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson, whose property empire extends to nearly 1,000 homes in Kent, have begun evicting families with more than two children, banned tenants on zero-hours contracts and thrown out extended families where the grandmother comes to stay.
Oct 31, 2014

UK buy-to-let moguls evict large families, E. Europeans. bit.ly/107fSoB @guardian Time we adopted Swedish model on home rental.

Oct 31, 2014

Millionaire landlords Fergus and Judith Wilson evicting large families & those on zero hr contracts gu.com/p/42qth/tw via @chakrabortty

Oct 31, 2014

Millionaire landlords Fergus and Judith Wilson are evicting large families and banning tenants on 0-hour contracts theguardian.com/money/2014/oct…

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Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' - UN

theguardian.com — The United Nations is warning that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on "an unprecedented scale" and from countries that had not previously contributed combatants to global terrorism. A report by the UN security council, obtained by the Guardian, finds that 15,000 people have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State (Isis) and similar extremist groups.
Oct 31, 2014

'Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq & Syria on 'unprecedented scale' says UN.' theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 31, 2014

Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' – UN gu.com/p/42tmd

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Makdissi: Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' – UN gu.com/p/42tmd/stw

Oct 31, 2014

Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' – UN gu.com/p/42tmd

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Creepy vintage Halloween costumes - in pictures

theguardian.com — Today's Halloween outfits come from supermarkets and chain stores, but vintage pictures show homemade creations that are darker and much scarier than their modern equivalents
Oct 31, 2014

Vintage Halloween outfits. Such weirdness. Haribo wouldn't do for this lot. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/g…

Oct 31, 2014

I love this! Halloween in black and white, and downright spooky. RT Creepy vintage Halloween costumes – in pictures gu.com/p/42jx2/stw

Oct 31, 2014

@PaulTOwen: If you only click on one piece about Hallowe'en today gu.com/p/42jx2/stw” > Scary. Ofish.

Oct 31, 2014

If you only click on one piece about Hallowe'en today (and I admit that may be one more than you were planning to)... gu.com/p/42jx2/stw

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Julia Gillard did not commit any crime, inquiry's counsel assisting says

theguardian.com — Julia Gillard did not commit any crime in relation to the setting up of an Australian Worker Union (AWU) slush fund, the counsel assisting an inquiry into trade union corruption has said, but he has called into question her professional conduct as a lawyer.
Oct 31, 2014

Julia Gillard did not commit any crime, inquiry's counsel assisting says gu.com/p/43v56/stw

Oct 31, 2014

@GuardianAus: @JuliaGillard didn’t commit any crime in relation to setting up of AWU slush fund,counsel says gu.com/p/43v56/au

Oct 31, 2014

RT @GuardianAus: BREAKING NEWS: @JuliaGillard didn’t commit any crime in relation to setting up of AWU slush fund,counsel says gu.com/p/43v56/au #auspol

Oct 31, 2014

RT @lenoretaylor: Julia Gillard did not commit any crime, inquiry's counsel assisting says gu.com/p/43v56/tw via @guardian

Oct 31, 2014

Gillard did not commit any crime, inquiry counsel assisting says, while questioning conduct as lawyer gu.com/p/43v56/tw via @shalailah

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BBC now has more staff outside London than in the capital

theguardian.com — The BBC now has more staff outside London than in the capital for the first time following the relocation of more than 2,000 posts to Salford, finally reaching a target first set in 2004.

Journalists must be free to hold Asio to account, Kate McClymont says

theguardian.com — The investigative journalist Kate McClymont has called for a "public interest" exemption to be added to the government's new anti-terrorism laws which restrict reporting on security operations. "It is totally repugnant that incidents such as [a bungled Asio training exercise] would not be able to be reported because of the government's new anti-terror laws," the award-winning Fairfax journalist said in her Andrew Olle media lecture in Sydney on Friday night.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @GuardianAus: Journalists must be free to hold Asio to account, Kate McClymont says trib.al/g1af96W

Oct 31, 2014

Journalists must be free to hold Asio to account, Kate McClymont says gu.com/p/43v4n/stw

Oct 31, 2014

Journalists must be free to hold Asio to account, Kate McClymont says gu.com/p/43v4n

When the time comes, who will succeed Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?

theguardian.com — In a closely-guarded compound in central Tehran, often referred to simply as Beyt (the house), lives a 75-year-old man whose tenure as Iran's supreme leader will expire only on the day he dies. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, one-time revolutionary, has maintained his job-for-life as the politician with ultimate power in Iran for nearly 25 years.
Oct 31, 2014

When the time comes, who will succeed Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei? gu.com/p/43vxk/tw via @guardian

Oct 31, 2014

When the time comes, who will succeed Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei? nzzl.me/1nVF0cI

Oct 31, 2014

Who will succeed Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (when the time comes) @saeedKD gu.com/p/43vxk/tw

How journalists are facing up to ever-shrinking newsrooms - research study

theguardian.com — We know the "news industry", as some still like to call it, is undergoing digital disruption. We also know that journalists are facing up to enormous changes. But how are they coping with ever-shrinking newsrooms? A group of American academics has been trying to find out and have published a research paper with a lengthy title, "Newswork within a culture of job insecurity: producing news amidst organisational and industry uncertainty."
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ToTheVictor: Academic study on how journalists are coping with ever-shrinking newsrooms theguardian.com/media/greensla…

Oct 30, 2014

Study identifies four types of "newsworkers": Hopeful, Obliging, Fearful and Cynical. I can think of a few others. gu.com/p/42q7k/stw

Oct 30, 2014

RT @guardian: How journalists are facing up to ever-shrinking newsrooms - research study gu.com/p/42q7k/stw

Oct 30, 2014

How journalists are facing up to ever-shrinking newsrooms - research study fb.me/3c15ZpzNV

Oct 30, 2014

RT @raju: News job insecurity has led to 4 types of journalists--new study: Hopeful, Obliging, Fearful, Cynical theguardian.com/media/greensla… h/t @iron_emu

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Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola infection: ‘The world is not safe’

theguardian.com — All over Freetown, buildings, vehicles and people are being commandeered in the fight against Ebola. In the suburb of Wilberforce, in an old building for the telecommunications company Airtel, a dozen students loiter on a wall waiting to relieve staff from the trauma at the Ebola hotline they are manning.
Oct 31, 2014

Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone: ‘The world is not safe’ gu.com/p/43vvz/tw via @guardian

Oct 31, 2014

@guardian: Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone: ‘The world is not safe’ bit.ly/1rYZ3U5

Oct 31, 2014

Red tape and patronising NGOs fighting for attention are helping spread Ebola. 'All we need is chlorine + burn pits' gu.com/p/43vvz/stw

Oct 31, 2014

Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola infection: ‘The world is not safe’ gu.com/p/43vvz

Oct 30, 2014

RT @guardian: ‘The world is not safe while Ebola remains anywhere’ – special report from Sierra Leone gu.com/p/43vvz/tw

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Want to get paid more? Get thin, study shows

theguardian.com — If you're a woman, and overweight, you can probably stop reading right now. Because odds are that you're experiencing what I'm about to write about. People - probably employers - expect you to hide. If a woman is overweight, employers are less likely to select her to fill a higher-wage job that involves interacting with the public.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @raziakkhan: For women, being 13 pounds overweight means losing $9,000 a year in salary gu.com/p/42pkc/stw

Oct 30, 2014

The academic who compiled stats showing fat women earned less was told it's not surprising bec "fat men are fun" gu.com/p/42pkc/stw

Oct 30, 2014

RT @moorehn: Being only 13 pounds overweight is enough to slice $9,000 off a woman's yearly pay. theguardian.com/money/us-money…

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Education study finds in favour of traditional teaching styles

theguardian.com — Schools need to put more effort into evaluating what makes effective teaching, and ensure that discredited practices are rooted out from classrooms, according to a new study published by the Sutton Trust and Durham University.

Morgan Rees appointed as Empire editor-in-chief

theguardian.com — Morgan Rees, the former editor of Men's Health magazine, has been appointed editor-in-chief of British film magazine Empire. Rees replaces Mark Dinning who left after eight years heading the title to become editor of Time Out Dubai. "It's incredible to be working on a brand that I've followed - with a good degree of jealousy - for so many years," said Rees.

The Guardian Film Show: Mr Turner, Nightcrawler, The Overnighters and Horns - video reviews

theguardian.com — Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the latest cinema releases.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @XanBrooks: Here's this week's Guardian film show. @PeterBradshaw1 & @HenryHBarnes are the oil paintings in the frame http://t.co/UOssga…

Oct 31, 2014

Here's this week's Guardian film show. @PeterBradshaw1 & @HenryHBarnes are the oil paintings in the frame gu.com/p/43v94/stw

Oct 31, 2014

BREAKING: The Guardian Film Show love not one, not two, but THREE films this week. So close!: theguardian.com/film/video/201…

San Diego's real-life superhero squad - in pictures

theguardian.com — With names like Light Fist, Midnight Highwayman and Fallen Boy, the Xtreme Justice League is a team of volunteers who have patrolled the streets of San Diego since 2006 dressed as superheroes. Reuters photographer Mike Blake has been following them as they patrol street fairs, break up fights and help people with directions.
Oct 31, 2014

San Diego's real-life superhero squad – in pictures gu.com/p/42pmn/stw

I’m Bengali and I’m black - in the same way that my parents were

theguardian.com — Before I was Asian, I was black. No, I haven't since undergone some Jacko-style operation, or doused myself in Fair & Lovely. Rather, black was one of the terms my family and I used to describe ourselves. I grew up in 80s London, which still echoed with the Anti-Nazi League's chant of "We are black, we are white, together we are dynamite".
Oct 31, 2014

V good read RT @chakrabortty: I’m Bengali and I’m black – in the same way that my parents were. My col theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Oct 31, 2014

I’m Bengali and I’m black – in the same way that my parents were. My col theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Oct 31, 2014

"I’m Bengali and I’m black – in the same way that my parents were" -- great column by @chakrabortty gu.com/p/43vv6/tw via @guardian

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ILotem: gu.com/p/43vv6/stw @chakrabortty 's fab piece: anti-racism isn't about policing "representations" but changing oppressive structures

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Homeopaths offer services ‘to help fight Ebola epidemic’

theguardian.com — Homeopaths have offered their services to prevent and treat Ebola in west Africa, claiming their scientifically unproven remedies can work in serious epidemics of infectious disease. "Homeopaths worldwide have been mobilising their efforts toward gaining entrance in those countries affected," the National Center for Homeopathy in the US said on its website.
Oct 31, 2014

Depressed to see homeopaths claiming to be able to treat ebola gu.com/p/42qn9/tw via @guardian

Oct 30, 2014

My sister is quoted as an expert in this piece on Ebola! gu.com/p/42qn9/tw

Oct 30, 2014

"to travel to West Africa on a ‘homeopathic mission’ is to disclose the insane delusions that affect many homeopaths" theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 30, 2014

Oh dear: Homeopaths offer services ‘to help fight’ Ebola epidemic in west Africa gu.com/p/42qn9

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UK bonds that financed first world war to be redeemed 100 years later

theguardian.com — The UK government is to repay part of the nation's first world war debt - 100 years since the start of the war. The Treasury said it would pay off £218m from a 4% consolidated loan next February, as part of a redemption of bonds stretching as far back as the eighteenth century.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @kevinf8: War has a lasting impact, debt even longer - UK bonds that financed Napoleonic, Crimean & WW I to be repaid http://t.co/LUaTIS…

Oct 31, 2014

UK bonds that financed first world war to be redeemed 100 years later theguardian.com/business/2014/…

Tony Blair warns curbing immigration would be disaster for Britain

theguardian.com — Tony Blair has warned Ed Miliband not to chase Ukip to win over voters and insisted that curbing immigration would be a "disaster" for Britain. The former prime minister said Labour must be "really careful" of saying things that suggested Nigel Farage 's party was justified in its policies.
Oct 31, 2014

Tony Blair warns curbing immigration would be disaster for Britain gu.com/p/42qka/tw via @guardian

Oct 31, 2014

Tony Blair warns curbing immigration and Ed Miliband pandering to Ukip voters would be disastrous (and he's right) gu.com/p/42qka/tw

Oct 31, 2014

for once, I agree with tony blair - curbing immigration would be disaster for Britain gu.com/p/42qka/tw