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Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.<p>It doesn't take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative …

If Zuckerberg wants to rule the world, does he even need to be president?

The Facebook CEO’s 5,700 word post advocated a strong civil society and ended quoting Lincoln. Is he pitching for office, or already an unofficial Potus?<p>It is not normal for a technology chief executive to announce a new product roadmap in the form of a 5,700 word blogpost that begins with a …

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There was a grand party the other week, launching BBC radio’s Christmas schedule and introducing the new Director, Radio, James Purnell. He won’t be running the BBC’s 10 radio networks but holds the title as part of a wider portfolio of other executive duties. Responsibility for everything that’s …

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In the past, whenever a poet was considered particularly fine, their work would inevitably be performed by a Shakespearean actor with a plummy voice. It’s less fashionable now, but hasn’t entirely died out.<p>And so it was on New Year’s Day, when we were treated to a day-long feast of poetry in <b>Jeremy</b> …

Nigel Farage to host new nightly LBC radio show

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is to host a new weeknight talk show on LBC, beginning on Monday.<p>Announcing the news on Twitter, the MEP and Brexit campaigner promised his show would be "full of opinions", and would offer callers the chance to "challenge" him on current affairs.<p>Speaking to the …

Caitlin Moran's Desert Island Discs was an inspiring tale of talent triumphing over circumstances – review

I believe in giddy, deluded, intoxicated optimism,” Caitlin Moran has written. <b>“</b>Because that’s the fuel that will keep you going long after anger, righteousness and fear have burned out. I look everywhere for things to make me optimistic.”<p>Well, her edition of Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4) was …

David Beckham on Desert Island Discs: musical surprises, soppy stories and gossip about Posh - review

Goldenballs just got sandy. For the 75th anniversary edition of <b>Desert Island Discs</b> <i>(BBC Radio 4),</i> Kirsty Young’s castaway was footballer-turned-underpant model David Beckham. How would a man who has spent his entire adult life in the glare of the global spotlight cope on a remote island? Pretty …

Radio 4 presenter Steve Hewlett gets married in hospital after being told he 'only has weeks to live'

Steve Hewlett, the Radio 4 broadcaster, has married in hospital in a ceremony organised in just one hour, after learning his cancer can no longer be treated.<p>Hewlett, who has been documenting his treatment for oesophageal cancer, has disclosed he is now on a programme of palliative care after being …

Marlborough racing tips for Friday, February 17

Fakenham<p>1.30 Changing The Guard<br>2.00 Mr Mix<br>2.30 Ckalco des Loges<br>3.00 Raktiman<br>3.35 Petite Power<br>4.05 Warden Hill<br>4.35 Potters Sapphire<p>Newcastle<p>2.20 Spiritofhayton<br>2.50 Dazacam<br>3.25 Sennockian Star<br>3.55 After Tonight<br>4.25 Footlight<br>4.55 Worlds His Oyster<br>5.25 Buccaneers Vault<p>Sandown<p>1.40 Smart Catch<br>2.10 …

Why 30-somethings are fleeing London, plus the growth of rabbit-hutch Britain

Also, the looming car loans crisis and the fans left hundreds of pounds out of pocket after buying gig tickets through Viagogo<p>Hello and welcome to this week’s Money Talks – a roundup of the week’s biggest stories and some things you may have missed.

The £600 pension advice giveaway - and how to claim it

The Government has handed higher-rate taxpayers a £600 tax-perk in the form of free financial advice.<p>The new Pension Advice Allowance, first talked about in the Autumn Statement last year, will be launched in April this year. It means that pension savers can take up to £1,500 out of their pension …

Women who work nightshift may be damaging fertility, as study shows they have fewer eggs

Women should ‘stick to the day job’ if they want to have children after a study found those who work nightshift have fewer eggs.<p>Researchers at Harvard University followed 500 women who were seeking fertility treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital and found those who worked unsociable hours, or …

Ireland refuse to gamble on Johnny Sexton for Six Nations clash with Italy in Rome

Joe Schmidt has resisted the urge to make wholesale changes to his Ireland team to face Italy, sticking with 13 of the 15 players who produced such a disappointing first-half performance against Scotland at ­Murrayfield last Saturday and challenging them to do much better.<p>Donnacha Ryan, in for the …

First British woman to fight Isil in Syria says she's willing to die for the cause

A former Maths student from Blackburn has become the first British woman to join the fight against Islamic State in Syria and has said she is willing to die for the cause.<p>Kimberley "Kimmie" Taylor, 27, left the UK last March to join the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), the all-female …

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It didn’t take long for my prediction a fortnight ago to come true. The shareholders of Ladbrokes Coral are now picking up considerable legal bills in the High Court as a result of their executives pirating races from The Racing Partnership [TRP] racecourses.<p>Last week TRP filed a claim in the High …

Archbishop of Canterbury joins MPs in attack on Government's child refugee 'cap'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has joined a wave of Conservative MPs attacking the Government after it decided to cap the number of lone child refugees being brought to Britain.<p>At least three senior Tory MPs have openly criticised the Government over the issue, with one even calling for a Judicial …

Twitter misses out on ‘Trump bump’ as shares plummet and losses widen

Twitter's position as Donald Trump’s platform of choice has failed to reverse its decline, with the company reporting its first fall in advertising revenue.<p>Shares nosedived on Thursday as Twitter reported a widening $167m (£133m) loss. Revenue grew by just 1pc - the slowest on record - with …

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Refugee children 'devastated' by end of Dubs scheme

Aid workers in Europe say children will risk their lives to cross the Channel as hope of legal route to the UK is removed<p>Aid workers in France, Greece and Italy said unaccompanied refugee children would be devastated by the curtailment of the Dubs scheme, and would respond by risking their lives to …

Nioh Co-op Changed in Final Game Because It Was "Too Easy"

Nioh no-no.<p>PS4 Dark Souls-alike, Nioh included full drop-in co-op in its three demo versions, but the main game doesn't include the same feature. …

Cosmic "spoon" may be an entirely new class of black hole

All the black holes discovered currently fall into two categories: there's the stellar-mass black holes, weighing between about five and a few dozen …

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It’s official: Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made reusability de rigueur for big rockets

Two years ago, the CEO of the world’s primary commercial rocket company thought Elon Musk’s idea of re-using rockets to bring cargo to space was “very uncertain.”<p>“Loss of performance related to recovery, lower industrial rate, cost of rehabilitation of the stage, difficulty in convincing customers …

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Elton John will help curate new vinyl subscription service

Experience Vinyl will send subscribers the favourite albums of its star curators, including Quincy Jones and Talib Kweli<p>Elton John is among the curators for a new vinyl subscription service based around the favourite records of the stars. Experience Vinyl, a US-based service, is to launch in April, …

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Get your house fully connected with a smart light switch

Out of all the home appliances you'd expect could be smart-ified as part of the connected home, the classic light switch might be last on the list. …

Oprah Winfrey to star in Lee Daniels' Terms of Endearment remake

The Butler director to reunite with talk show host for role which won Shirley MacLaine an Oscar in 1983<p>The multi-Oscar-winning family drama Terms of Endearment is to be remade with Oprah Winfrey in the role that won Shirley MacLaine an Academy award for best actress in 1983.<p>According to the Wrap, …

Mega: how German chancellor hopeful Martin Schulz became a meme

A semi-satirical subreddit is home to some of the most ardent supporters of The Schulz – but can memes influence the Bundestag elections?<p>Donald Trump has r/the_Donald. Bernie Sanders has his dank meme stash. Ed Miliband has Milifandom.<p>Now, German politician Martin Schulz has his own meme-making …

The story of cities, part 1: how Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world

In the first in a 50-part series charting the history of the planet’s urbanisation, Jack Shenker explores the ancient metropolis of Alexandria, which set a powerful precedent for future cities all over the world<p>The secret to Alexandria, if classical historians are to be believed, lies in a golden …

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How Scott Kelly's year in space may have changed his body

The body reacts in strange ways to microgravity<p>NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is returning to Earth tonight, wrapping up a 340-day-long stay aboard the International Space Station. It's the longest amount of time an American astronaut has lived in space, says NASA. The extended stay is part of the …

Best Books About Manhood and Masculinity | The Art of Manliness

In every time period, and all across the world, men have been very interested in the question of what it means to be a man. Some of their answers …

A look into how much it costs to fly America's military planes per hour

The US Defense Department's latest financial-management report on reimbursement rates offers a glimpse of how much it costs to fly America's Air Force and Navy planes per flight hour.<p>The annual report from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) lists rates for "other DoD …

World-First in Ukraine as 'Three-Parent' Baby Born to an Infertile Couple

Three parents, one baby, and a lot of controversy.<p>Doctors in Ukraine have announced a world-first, with a 'three-parent' baby being born to an …

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