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9 Terrible Habits You Need to Stop Immediately

Author Tim Ferriss suggests some common bad habits you should definitely add to your not-to-do-list.<p>Perhaps you’ve heard of a “not-to-do list.” CEOs …

Remembering Andrzej Wajda, Unflinching Observer of Modern Poland

Andrzej Wajda, who died this week at age 90, was Poland’s greatest filmmaker, as well as a union activist, a supporter of dissidents and for a time a senator, but he was something more.<p>Born in a country that, several times obliterated, cast its poets as interpreters of national identity, Mr. Wajda …

The crime family at the centre of Asia's animal trafficking network

There is a simple reason why there is always trouble in Nakhon Phanom. It is the reason why the US air force came here during the Vietnam war, and the reason why this dull and dusty town in north-east Thailand now serves as a primary gateway on the global animal trafficking highway. It is all to do …

Revealed: the criminals making millions from illegal wildlife trafficking

A major investigation into global wildlife crime today names for the first time key traffickers and links their illegal trade to corrupt officials at the highest levels of one Asian country.<p>The investigation, published by the Guardian, exposes the central role of international organised crime …

Countryman obituary

Fisherman whose appearances in a Rolling Stone cover story and the film Countryman helped to spread the ideas of Rastafarianism<p>By appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in July 1973, Edwin “Countryman” Lothan, who has died of cancer aged 70, helped spread the notion of Rastafarianism, of which he …

Imperium review – Daniel Radcliffe as undercover Nazi fails to convince

FBI agent Michael German’s infiltration of white-power groups is the inspiration for this flawed drama, with Toni Collette as Radcliffe’s maverick superior<p>Imperium is based on the experiences of FBI agent Michael German, who infiltrated neo-Nazi white-power groups with a view to uncovering …

Emmanuel Adebayor denies smoking and asking for whisky in Lyon meeting

• Togo striker rejects claims made by French journalist<br>• ‘I only drank water at this meeting and did not ask for whisky’<p>Emmanuel Adebayor has rejected claims he smoked cigarettes and asked for a shot of whisky in his coffee during a meeting with Lyon over a potential move to the French …

De Palma review – engaging, alarming and very entertaining tribute

This genial, celebratory interview with the director – richly interspersed with movie clips – hits a note of excitable cinephilia throughout<p>Related: Brian de Palma: 'Film lies all the time … 24 times a second'<p>Is the jury still out on whether Brian De Palma is America’s greatest neglected auteur? …

Airbnb raises at least $500m in new funding at $30bn valuation

Airbnb is worth more than Hilton Hotels, but its controversial business model depends on local authorities allowing it to operate outside of hotel laws<p>Sleeping in other people’s beds has turned out to be a goldmine for rental startup Airbnb. The controversial Silicon Valley company has raised …

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney: I can deal with ‘rubbish’ criticism

• England captain says he is used to being scrutinised by media<br>• Rooney: ‘I’ve worked hard and tried to do my best for the team’<p>Wayne Rooney has admitted he is under greater scrutiny than ever before in his career after a testing start to the season but the Manchester United captain believes he can …

Black Market to Bong Appetit: the dos and duds of Vice's new TV channel

From today, Viceland will fulfil all your cannabis-TV needs, with weed cuisine and huggable highs. But it also has the best food shows on the market – and beautiful documentaries by Omar from The Wire<p>If the world seems slightly edgier today, it’s probably because Vice has its own TV channel now. As …

Salad days: how author Charlotte Mendelson transformed her patio into a garden larder

I grow more than 100 things to eat, including eight or nine types of tomato, five varieties of kale, three kinds of raspberry, various sorrels, 10 kinds of lettuce and a few flowers, all edible<p>If you are a frustrated enthusiast-in-waiting, with only a tiny growing space, or nothing at all; if other …

Ronaldo at 40: his legacy is diminished because in his pomp he was unstoppable | Rob Smyth

The Brazilian will be 40 on Sunday and while many remember his injury-blighted latter years, at his fearsome peak for PSV, Barcelona and Internazionale he was arguably the most dangerous striker the world has ever seen<p>A footballer’s career does not end when he retires. The reputation of a player …

Two American Dreams: how a dumbed-down nation lost sight of a great idea

Every child had a pretty good shotTo get at least as far as their old man gotBut something happened on the way to that placeThey threw an American flag in our face.<p><i>Billy Joel, Allentown</i><p>Donald Trump: the madman in his castle<p>Read more<p>It’s one of the greatest inventions of all time, and just like it …

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Advanced Analytics: Insights Produce New Wealth

As the digital revolution continues to gather pace, organizations of all kinds have come to realize that they must find new ways to innovate in order to flourish and grow.<p>But in a digital world, the well-worn phase ‘information is power’ is just as pertinent. As Gary Hamel, founder of Strategos, …

Santi Cazorla injury-time penalty gives Arsenal win against Southampton

Welcome back to the gripping, high tension of the Premier League. The sands were slipping away at the end of a match of frantic chances, it was heading towards a draw, well into stoppage time, when Southampton’s José Fonte grappled with Olivier Giroud in the penalty area. Frankly, the pair had been …

Oliver Stone on Snowden relevance: 'The US government lies all the time'

The Oscar-winning director talks about his Edward Snowden biopic as the film premieres to mixed reviews at the Toronto film festival<p>Oliver Stone has taken aim at the US government for deceiving people about the levels of surveillance that exist in the country.<p>The Oscar-winning director was speaking …

Pep Guardiola backs Claudio Bravo after serene start turns into horror show | Jamie Jackson

Mixed afternoon for manager’s £17m goalkeeper but Guardiola says Bravo was ‘amazing’ and ‘I am happy for him’ after the Manchester derby<p>As this 172nd Manchester derby began, the chief subplot centred on how Claudio Bravo would fare on his City debut as Joe Hart’s replacement. His £17m acquisition …

Novak Djokovic pushes use of trainer to limit before US Open final

World No1 will play Stan Wawrinka in final but fitness issues have led to questions over whether having so much on-court treatment has been fair<p>Whatever Novak Djokovic’s protestations to the contrary, the prevailing sentiment around Flushing Meadows, supported by the visual evidence, is the …

Trespass Against Us review: even Fassbender and Gleeson can't make every criminal charming

Adam Smith’s debut film could be an evocative slice of life about Irish travellers in the west country – in fact it’s an indulgent, arm’s-length muddle that fails to convince you its leading men are sympathetic<p>The suspension of disbelief is key to watching films, but at some point you have to have …

The end of the road in Croatia: time to Split

Kevin Rushby brings his month-long odyssey to a close in Croatia’s most charismatic city, exploring its Roman vaults with a guide whose explanations are as ribald as they are revealing<br>• <b>Read more of Kevin’s Croatian adventures</b><p>My guide Dino is not a man to mince his words. “Coming here and not seeing …

'A constitutional crisis': the CIA turns on the Senate

Tensions flare between the CIA and the Senate in the fight to release the report on torture – leading the agency to spy on its own legislative overseers<p>Support the Guardian’s fearless journalism by making a contribution or becoming a member<p>It was 11pm, in the chill of January, but Daniel Jones …

‘It hits you over the head’: can I survive my midlife crisis?

Faced with the challenges of middle age, many people crash and burn. But is there another way?<p>• Help! My partner’s having a midlife crisis<p>As a well-adjusted middle-aged man, I like to define myself by the things I don’t have. I don’t have a scarlet Lamborghini or a conspicuous tattoo or a …

Watching Gaza

We may think we have been here before, but we haven’t. The images of escalation are the same: exhaust tracing through Israeli skies; Gazans frantically picking through rubble; Israelis glued to their televisions, reduced to observers of spectacle, some poised to run for shelter but most affecting …

Top 8 unusual luxury retreats

There are countless beautiful hotels these days, with luxurious interiors and perfect locations making them pretty hard to beat. But we’ve been …

Scouted: The Serbian dribble wizard who could be Premier League bound

Tom Kundert profiles the Serbian sensation that has Chelsea - among other Premier League clubs - gazing longingly from a distance....<p>Published<p>14 …