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The TV shows and novels that will help you understand the weirdness of European politics right now

Reality, in the world of European politics, truly is stranger than fiction.<p>With the divisive Brexit referendum and the surprise results to the recent snap election, the UK has lately been battered by political change. In Finland, a three-party governing coalition recently collapsed over differences …

TV shows

The London Tower Blaze Exposes a Divided Britain

The black, smoldering shell of a London apartment block is the harrowing symbol of everything locals say has gone wrong in their city.<p>The inferno …

Investors warm to the idea of a hung parliament

BEFORE the election Britain had already been looking increasingly unattractive to investors. With the Brexit negotiations still to begin, the economy …

Now five men own almost as much wealth as half of the world’s population

<b>(Alexander Kalina via Shutterstock)</b><p>While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with the fruits of our labor<p>Paul Buchheit<p>June 15, 2017 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Last year it was eight men, then down to six, and now almost five.<p>While Americans fixate …

Jeff Bezos

What does Robert Mueller's team tell us about the Russia investigation?

Seasoned lawyers with a depth of experience that includes the investigations into Watergate, Enron and the bombings of the US embassies in east Africa won’t be intimidated by the intense spotlight, experts say<p>Even before the special counsel’s inquiry has begun in earnest into links between the …

Donald Trump

While Trump grabs headlines, Texas Republicans launch new wave of assaults on LGBT rights

<b>Dan Patrick (AP/Eric Gay)</b><p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sparks new “bathroom bill” and effort to curtail same-sex couples’ rights in Houston<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>January 26, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>For understandable reasons, Donald Trump and his cadre of Beltway Republicans are dominating the news cycle. But it's also …

LGBTQI

Just say no: On both political and moral grounds, Democrats should oppose all Trump appointees

<b>(Getty/Tom Pennington/Reuters/Scott Audette/GettyJustin Sullivan)</b><p>Voting no on Trump’s nominees is largely symbolic — but as Hillary Clinton’s defeat proves, symbolism matters<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>January 26, 2017 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Donald Trump has coasted into the White House on an Electoral College …

Emoluments: Trump's Coming Ethics Trouble

The president-elect’s lawyers have explained why they don’t think he’ll violate the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause—but their arguments fall apart under closer scrutiny.<p>Last week, President-elect Donald Trump’s lawyers issued a brief, largely unnoticed memo defending Trump’s plan to …

Donald Trump

'Terrible' Cameron put party before country - Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman laid into "pretty terrible prime minister" David Cameron in a late-night television appearance - blasting his EU referendum record as "well-nigh unforgivable".<p>The acerbic ex-Newsnight presenter took aim at the former PM, saying he put the Conservative Party ahead of the UK.<p>Mr Paxman, …

Anti-ageing breakthrough as scientists find enzyme for youthful skin

Finding a way to restore the enzyme ‘mitochondrial complex II’ should reverse the damage caused by ageing, scientists believe<p>Powerful anti-ageing treatments which banish wrinkles for good are a step closer after scientists found the enzyme responsible for youthful skin<p>For the first time, scientists …

Babies see things we can’t: The incredible science behind our evolving vision

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Japanese research indicates 3- and 4-month-old children possess a unique sensitivity to variant information<p>Susana Martinez-Conde<p>February 7, 2016 9:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Take a look at the red chips on the two Rubik cubes below. They are …

The 20 Best Films Of 2015

<i><br>You hear “cinema is dead” constantly. You also hear that movies are exclusively focused on superheroes and teen dystopias, and anyone wanting</i> …

David Foster

10 facts the government doesn’t want you to know about Syria

Flickr/The Prime Minister's Office, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0<p>Following the Paris terrorist attacks on 13 November 2015, the British government has got its wish …

Monday’s best TV: Panorama; London Spy; The Murder Detectives; The Walking Dead; Fargo; Coming Oot!

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Roald Dahl's greatest philosophical quotes ever

Not only did legendary writer Roald Dahl create unforgettable characters, he also put words of wisdom into their mouths! Discover our favourites here and tell us your favourites on Twitter @GdnChildrensBks or by email childrens.books@theguardian.com<p>Everything we ever needed to know about how to …

Books

Why is the Sun so determined to destroy Jeremy Corbyn? Because he could be prime minister

The paper’s sickening “gotcha” headline about Remembrance Day just underlines how much they fear the Labour leader.<p>I knew that I would be writing a …

Great Britain

'The Expanse': An Epic Sci-Fi Glimpse Into Our Future

As I get older, I’m getting increasingly cynical about the quality of science fiction shows and movies. Sure, there’s always the various “Star Trek” …

Women are either bisexual or gay but 'never straight'

A study has found that most women who say they are straight are in fact aroused by videos of both naked men and naked women<p>Most women are either bisexual or gay but "never straight", a study suggests.<p>"This shows us that how women appear in public does not mean that we know anything about their …

Sexuality

US takes different path from Europe on end-of-life laws

As Germans consider end-of-life legislation, so-called "death with dignity" laws are set to expand in the United States. Miriam Widman reports from …

Police Commissioners Threaten To Sue The Government Over Cuts To Services

Police chiefs are reportedly threatening to sue the Government over further funding cuts.<p>Seven police and crime commissioners, who were elected for …

The Walking Dead: season six, episode four – Here’s Not Here

Morgan’s backstory was a tame installation in the series, but one that restored some faith and optimism to the bleak landscape<p><i>Spoiler alert: this blog is published after The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the US on Sundays. Do not read on unless you have watched season six, episode four (which airs in</i> …

High-power sound waves used to blast cancer cells

British doctors develop revolutionary new therapy that can precisely target tumours without surgery<p>British doctors are developing a revolutionary new therapy for cancer and associated conditions based on the use of high-powered beams of ultrasound.<p>The researchers – working at the Institute of …

Cancer

Texpand for Android saves you keystrokes unintrusively

Filling forms or typing long messages can be a pain on mobile devices, and sometimes you don’t have much of a choice. Texpand aims to lighten your load by expanding text shortcuts as you type, in just about any Android app.<p>All you need to do is create a few shortcuts and enter the phrases you want …

More children go to inadequate free schools and academies than others, Labour says

Party draws attention to Ofsted figures showing 16,984 more children attend academies and free schools deemed inadequate than local authority schools<p>Approximately 17,000 more children attend inadequate free schools and academies than attend inadequate local authority schools, the Labour party has …

Russian female astronauts asked how they would cope in space without men and makeup

It was inspiring news at first: Russia announced that starting this week, six female astronauts would live in a mock-spacecraft in Moscow for eight days, to test out the physical and psychological effects of long-term spaceflight. The women, ages 22 to 34, are trying out for a Russian Moon mission …

Space Exploration

Study Suggests Autism Is Being Overdiagnosed

Autism may be overdiagnosed in as many as 9 percent of children, U.S. government researchers reported Friday.<p>It might be because autism covers such a broad range of symptoms and behaviors and is difficult to diagnose, and it may also be because increasing awareness about autism means there are …

‘TTIP is death:’ Over 100 arrested in Brussels at US-EU trade deal protest (VIDEO)

At least 100 people have been arrested in Brussels, where hundreds more protested against TTIP, an impending free trade deal between the US and the …

Tories laugh when Jeremy Corbyn raises housing crisis with David Cameron

Conservative MPs have been criticised for laughing as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn put voters’ concerns about the housing crisis to David Cameron.<p>The …

Here's how World War Three could start tomorrow

There is an old adage that militaries set themselves up for failure by preparing to fight the last war. When it comes to 21st Century warfare, the problem however may not be with looking back, but that we aren’t looking back far enough.<p>For the last two decades, leaders in London and Washington have …