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The 10 Best American Martial-Arts Movies

<b>Keanu Reeves brings his sword</b> and samurai colleagues to the battlefield in this week's <i>47 Ronin</i>. It's not Reeves's first foray into martial-arts epics, nor is it the first time Americans have tried their hand at Asia's fighting techniques — for years, Hollywood has been making dramas and actioners …

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The 55 best mobile games to download now

There is no trend that has changed how we use computers more than the app. And video games are one of the most popular and diverse types. Here are 55 of the best to download and try right now.<p>Real Racing 3<p>Free; iPhone, iPad and Android<p>Simply the best racing game you’ll find on mobile, Real Racing …

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Whistleblower Snowden warns of worse than '1984' in Alternative Christmas message

American whistleblower Edward Snowden gave Britain’s Alternative Christmas message.<p>Formerly a contract worker with the National Security Agency, he revealed details of surveillance by both the UK and US.<p>He says the spying is worse than in the dystopic book 1984:<p>“Great Britain’s George Orwell warned …

Brainwashed by the cult of the super-rich

Followers, in thrall to Harrods and Downton Abbey, repeat the mantra that the greed of a few means prosperity for all<p>Last week, Tory MP Esther McVey, Iain Duncan Smith's deputy, insisted it was "right" that half a million Britons be dependent on food banks in "tough times". Around the same time, …

Britain 'will become biggest economy in Europe'

A global forecast shows Britain will become the most successful economy in the West after the United States over the next fifteen years<p>Britain is on track to overtake France and Germany to become the biggest economy in Europe, according to an authoritative global forecast.<p>A rapidly growing …

Shoppers rush for bargains at UK Boxing Day sales

Some 60 million euros could be spent in London’s West End alone on Thursday as shops slashed prices for traditional Boxing Day sales.<p>Would-be shoppers travelled from far away places such as China, Nigeria and Israel for a chance to scoop up some bargains.<p>Some stores opened at 6am.<p>“I have never been …

U.S. regulator fines Barclays over decade of records failures | Reuters

(Reuters) - Barclays Plc has been fined $3.75 million (£2.28 million) by a U.S. regulator over its alleged decade-long failure to properly keep electronic records, emails and instant messages.<p>Bicylces for hire, sponsored by Barclays, are lined up in a rack in London October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Toby …

Best portraits of 2013 – in pictures

From artists to activists and politicians to personalities, a selection of the best portraits taken by Guardian photographers this year