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Human foot washes ashore in Canada for 13th time in a decade

Canadian Mike Johns made grisly find on Vancouver Island coastline Another dozen feet have washed up in British Columbia since 2007<p>Canadian officials are investigating after a human foot washed up on the shores of British Columbia – marking the 13th time in the past decade that tides have carried a …

Canada

Doug Jones’s victory over Roy Moore could mean a dramatic shift in Congress

Democrats now have a plausible path to a House majority in 2018, while Republican control of the Senate rests precariously on the narrowest seat margin<p>Doug Jones’s stunning victory over Roy Moore in Alabama, which handed Democrats a rare win in the deep-red Republican South, threatens to imperil …

Elections

Venezuela’s opposition wins EU’s prestigious human rights prize

Julio Borges accepts prize and urges world to keep a close eye on Venezuela’s presidential election, where it hopes to end two decades of socialist rule<p>Venezuela’s opposition has won the EU’s prestigious Sakharav prize for human rights and urged the world to keep a close eye on an upcoming …

Venezuela

Claiming disability benefit? Don’t ever dare shake hands

Bethen Thorpe greeted her assessor the traditional way and promptly had her support axed. It seems people with disabilities now have to kiss cheeks instead<p>Do you shake hands? I do – with people I’m meeting for the first time, and often meeting up with people I already know really well. But the …

Rupert Murdoch

Choose your own adventure – how tech is changing TV

Streaming networks such as Twitch and Amazon are working on interactivity - the industry’s next big thing<p>At the start of the latest season of a hit TV detective series, interviews are taking place to find a new recruit to the murder squad. As the DCI grills the contenders, viewers decide, via an …

TV

The top 10 architecture and design events of 2017

It was a year that celebrated new dawns. From plywood to postmodernism, from the return of council housing to a Cornish art gallery, our critic picks his highlights<p><b>10. Postmodernism bounces back</b><p>Just as the general public has (almost) learned to love brutalism, the next aesthetic challenge raises …

Artists

Terry Scholes obituary

My father, Terry Scholes, who has died aged 85, was an outstanding British street photographer for several decades. His images documented and celebrated community and cultural events, mainly in the north of England.<p>Born in Barton-upon-Humber, north Lincolnshire, to Terry, an electrical engineer, …

Street Photography

The top 10 photography exhibitions of 2017

The refugee crisis became a sci-fi dystopia, a handful of dust took us to the moon and back, a Polish pioneer had suggestive fun with hot dogs and love returned to the Left Bank. Our critic picks his 2017 highlights<p><b>10. Natalia LL</b><p>Roman Road Gallery at Photo London<p>This small show of the work of …

Artists

FA will have no CCTV footage of Old Trafford tunnel bust-up to study

• Deadline for FA investigation submissions extended to Friday • City and United expected to argue they were the passive party<p>The Football Association’s prospects of discovering who was culpable for the fracas between players and staff of Manchester United and Manchester City on Sunday may be …

Jose Mourinho

Can Jordan get a million Syrians into work?

Women are at forefront of economic experiment in Jordan to find work for Syrians fleeing war<p>Every day at 6am, Fatima waits outside the gates of Jordan’s largest refugee camp for a bus that takes her and 18 other Syrian refugee women to work in a factory an hour’s drive away.<p>It is the first job the …

Refugees

John McCracken obituary

My friend and former colleague John McCracken, who has died aged 79, was an outstanding academic and Malawi’s leading historian.<p>Born in Edinburgh, the second son of two GPs, Kenneth McCracken and his wife, Marjory (nee Davidson Kelly), John was brought up in Kelso and went to St Mary’s school, …

Africa

Surgeon admits marking his initials on the livers of two patients

Simon Bramhall pleads guilty to two counts of assault following operations in 2013 where he used argon gas to sign ‘SB’ on the patients’ organs<p>A surgeon has pleaded guilty to marking his initials on the livers of two patients while performing transplant surgery.<p>In a hearing at Birmingham crown …

Medicine

Indian 'happiness minister' wanted over alleged murder

State politician tasked with keeping citizens happy goes missing after court orders his arrest in relation to 2009 death<p>Indian police have launched a manhunt for the country’s only “happiness minister” after the state politician vanished when a court ordered his arrest over an alleged murder.<p>Lal …

India

First hygge, now còsagach – but has our obsession with cosiness gone too far?

A Gaelic word has been rebranded in an attempt to promote a Scottish version of the Danish lifestyle philosophy. It’s time for something less twee<p>How do you like your feeling of contentment? Is it stern and herring-flavoured, a wispy Danish cream cake, a downy pillow of sushi or …

Hygge

Birmingham couple who plotted terrorist knife attack jailed

Madihah Taheer, 22, told Ummar Mirza, 21: ‘I want you to kill for me. I have a list,’ and he agreed to do so on their wedding day<p>A couple who used a lifelike dummy and a combat knife to plot a UK terrorist attack have been jailed.<p>Madihah Taheer, 22, encouraged her husband, Ummar Mirza, by telling …

Extremism

Dismay, excuses, backstabbing: conservative media on Roy Moore's loss

Infowars, Breitbart, National Review and even Steve Bannon himself responded to Roy Moore’s shocking defeat in the Alabama Senate election<p>Matt Drudge has run the most read conservative website in the country for years, but he almost never tweets. This morning, even he was moved to sink the boot …

Steve Bannon

'He began to eat Hermione's family': bot tries to write Harry Potter book – and fails in magic ways

After being fed all seven Potter tales, a predictive keyboard has produced a tale that veers from almost genuine to gloriously bonkers<p>JK Rowling must be thanking Dumbledore that she has her Cormoran Strike series to fall back on, after a predictive keyboard wrote a new Harry Potter story using her …

Harry Potter

Don’t like talking to people? Automation will save us from the hellscape of human interaction

From getting a taxi to buying condoms, there are countless interactions that are improved by reducing human interaction<p>From what I can tell, as I watch my few remaining follicles wither and die, male pattern baldness is a phenomenon almost entirely without merit. First you have hair that bounces …

Leonardo Dicaprio

Brighton at forefront of FA plans to revolutionise English women’s football

• Club have application to join new professional Super League accepted • Sunderland’s have decided not to remain at vanguard of domestic game<p>Brighton will be at the forefront of the Football Association’s bold plans to revolutionise women’s club football in England after their application to join …

English Premier League

New Orleans man sues Saints for refund over national anthem protests

Season-ticket holder sues Saints for refund over anthem protests Lee Dragna says protests create ‘borderline dangerous’ atmosphere<p>A season-ticket holder for the New Orleans Saints has sued the team for a full refund and attorneys’ fees claiming the protest of the national anthem by some players …

Colin Kaepernick

Mountain: a movie that reaches new peaks of cinematography

Prepare to be taken to dizzying heights as a new documentary explores the physical beauty of the world’s highest places in ‘an exhilarating game of vertical pinball’<p>The world’s high places are having a moment. Not only is there a minor publishing boom in books about our fascination with mountains, …

Willem Dafoe

What are British values? And are faith schools really undermining them?

Ofsted’s latest report has given the critics of faith schools another excuse to attack them – and again they refuse to distinguish between good and bad<p>It was in the green room at the BBC that I first experienced the antipathy that faith schools inspire. Just as I was about to talk about religion on …

Education

'There's a lot of grief to process': how the #MeToo movement gripped Art Basel Miami

This year’s collection of installations and exhibits showcased a variety of female artists using their work to speak out against rape culture<p>Contrary to how Art Basel Miami may appear on Instagram, the debaucherous art fair does not take place inside a bubble. The tumult of our political climate …

Feminism

Will the end of the housing boom come with a bang or a wimper?

The housing boom has mostly been about Sydney, so it’s significant that housing prices are falling there. The question is how sudden the end will be<p>The Australian economy for the past four years has been dominated by two booms – the end of the mining investment and the housing price one. The latest …

Economy

‘C’mon, knock him over’ – the day Aussie sledging stopped me in my tracks

Australia have hinted they will bring up the Ben Duckett affair in the third Ashes Test against England in Perth as they demonstrate their love of the art of mental disintegration that goes back a long way<p>It took an awfully long time to bowl my first ball in Australia. I was playing grade cricket …

Peter Capaldi

Norway becomes first country to end national radio broadcasts on FM

Digital switchover means that only the country’s local radio stations continue to use FM frequencies<p>Norway has completed its transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM network.<p>The country’s most northern regions and the Svalbard …

Norway

Facebook criticised for response to questions on Russia and Brexit

Chair of Commons committee says firm has not answered questions put to Mark Zuckerberg about ‘troll army’ activity<p>Facebook has been slammed for failing to do any extra work in its investigation into Russian influence on the EU referendum, after the company’s inquiry found just 97¢ of ad spending …

Brexit

'When I heard the news I burst into tears': readers react to Doug Jones's Alabama win

We asked you to tell us what you think about Jones’s shock win over controversial Republican Roy Moore in Alabama. Here’s what some of you said<p>Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama in 25 years on Tuesday night when he beat the controversial Republican former judge …

Elections

Four people arrested in UK raids over ticket touting

National Trading Standards seizes computers and phones as part of investigation into secondary ticketing market<p>Four people have been arrested on suspicion of breaching consumer laws related to ticket touting following dawn raids by the government’s consumer protection body.<p>Officers from the eCrime …

Consumer Protection

Alkan: 12 Etudes, Op 35 review – Viner rises to Alkan's extraordinary challenges

Mark Viner (Piano Classics)<p>The piano music of Charles-Valentin Alkan is no longer regarded as the preserve of a handful of zealous specialists. Over the last two decades a whole raft of young pianists have emerged keen to take on the challenges presented by the French composer’s keyboard writing, …

Orchestras