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Women of 2015: where are the cracks in the glass ceiling?

Photograph: Yui Mok/PA<p>Harriet Harman with some of Labour’s new intake of MPs after the May 2015 general election.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/9c3c463a551dac63f88efcfbf0cbc82f686393cc/0_44_3500_2101/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images<p>Sheryl …

Syria imposes shawarma 'sandwich tax' among raft of measures to pay for war

Syria’s government has brought in a new tax on shawarma sandwiches and a raft of other levies on everyday life as it struggles to fill its coffers more than four years into a grinding civil war.<p>Syria: Assad question means common front against Isis still a long way off<p>Read more<p>The shawarma, a …

Turner prize winners Assemble: 'Art? We're more interested in plumbing'

Turner prize 2015,Turner prize,Art,Culture,Awards and prizes,Art and design,Architecture<p>It’s been declared the death of the Turner prize: a bunch of radical young architects winning instead of an artist. Are Assemble bothered? No – they’re too busy working out how to change the world over a few …

Man charged with murder at Poundland shop

A man has been charged with the murder of a customer at a branch of Poundland.<p>Thames Valley police were called to reports that a man had been stabbed at the shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, on Monday morning.<p>The victim is believed to be 61-year-old Justin Skrebowski, from Oxford, who is thought to …

Plastic bag usage down 78% since introduction of 5p charge, says Tesco

Online shoppers are also opting to cut down on plastic, says supermarket, with the number of ‘bagless’ deliveries increasing by half<p>The introduction of the 5p charge has prompted shoppers to use almost 80% fewer single-use plastic bags, Tesco said.<p>Figures from the supermarket show online shoppers …

In search of a European Google

Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo<p>Silicon Valley dominates the world’s technology sector, but its origins lie in a unexpected confluence between hippies, academics and the military.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/d9d01045524d41035f3e2c80490d918f64124055/0_335_5099_3058/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Fabrizio …

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Damages for 'sexting' awarded in landmark case involving ex-vice principal of Princess Diana's former school

William Whillock has been sued for psychological harm done to female teenage pupil who he encouraged to send sexually-charged pictures<p>Damages for so-called "sexting" have been awarded for the first time, in a case involving the ex-vice-principal of Diana, Princess of Wales's former school.<p>William …

Pupil questioned over alleged stabbing of 'caring' boy at Aberdeen school

Bailey Gwynne, 16, died in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after incident at Cults Academy<p>A “gentle and caring” 16-year-old boy has died following an alleged stabbing at a school in Aberdeen.<p>Police had been called to Cults Academy in the west of the city at 1.30pm on Wednesday after reports of a serious …

Newsnight journalist’s laptop seized by UK police under Terrorism Act

BBC says police accessed communications between Secunder Kermani and Isis member in Syria, in move criticised by press freedom campaigners<p>Police have used special powers from the counter-terrorism laws in order to seize a laptop that belongs to a journalist from BBC Newsnight, it has emerged.<p>The …

Nadiya won The Great British Bake Off and Daily Mail readers aren't having any of it

<b>Nadiya Hussain cemented her place as queen of the nation's hearts when she was announced as the winner of The Great British Bake Off.</b><p>The mum-of-three …

Driverless robot taxis to be tested in Japanese town

Fujisawa residents will be ferried in driverless cars, which, if successful, could be used to transport spectators for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics<p>Dozens of people in Japan will be whisked to the local shops in driverless taxis from next year in an experiment with robot technology that could be fully …

Polish priest with Vatican ties sacked after revealing he is gay

Father Krzysztof Charamsa has urged the Catholic church to change its “backwards” attitude to homosexuality<p>A Polish priest who has worked for the Vatican for more than a decade has been sacked after he revealed he was gay and had a partner.<p>Father Krzysztof Charamsa, 43, who held a post in the …

‘Working-class people don’t get to tell their own stories any more, in Westminster or on the TV’

“How,” said my son when the tweet story broke, “did an Instagram of a white van get to be a bigger embarrassment for Labour than the fact that they have completely embraced a Tory cuts agenda? How is that a bigger betrayal?” Perhaps Dan Ware is not a Labour voter. In previous times it would have …

Doctors advised to wait longer before diagnosing miscarriages

Experts say hospital guidelines need to be updated so women always get second ultrasound scan two weeks after first if gestational sac is small<p>Doctors are being advised to wait longer before they diagnose a miscarriage in order to avoid the risk of ending a pregnancy that might have been …

Kelly Gissendaner: Georgia executes first woman for 70 years despite last-minute appeals

Letter on behalf of Pope Francis and video from three of her children pleading for clemency did not sway authorities in the state<p>Georgia has executed Kelly Renee Gissendaner with a fatal injection for the slaying of her husband, despite a plea for clemency from their children.<p>Last-minute appeals …

There will be protests until Irish women have the legal right to choose abortion | Una Mullally

Same-sex marriage has become law by public vote in Ireland. Now there’s a growing push for the country’s eighth amendment to be repealed

Our TV talent is world-beating, so why are the Tories strangling it? | Armando Iannucci

The UK’s successes in the Emmy awards make a nonsense of talk of cutting back the BBC and selling off Channel 4<p>With teacher recruitment at crisis levels, eastern Europe’s borders in turmoil, and welfare reform threatening to pull the country into militant armies of haves and have-nots, it might …

Don’t we GPs also deserve good health and a decent quality of life? | Rebecca Jones

By cutting the pay of trainee doctors, health secretary Jeremy Hunt runs the risk of exacerbating staff shortages<p>Dear Jeremy Hunt<p>You may remember me. I am a newly qualified general practitioner, but I spoke at an NHS Alliance meeting last year when I was still in training. You heard me talk about …

The rise of ad-blocking could herald the end of the free internet

More and more people are using software to turn off irritating website advertisements – but without them, smaller sites might go under<p>There is, alas, no such thing as a free lunch. What’s even more depressing is that there is no such thing as a free internet service. Most people nowadays probably …

Helen Mirren: ‘Do I feel beautiful? I hate that word’

She swears like a trooper, won’t have her photographs retouched and couldn’t care less what anyone thinks. Actor Helen Mirren talks modelling, marriage and why manners matter<p>Helen Mirren hates the Guardian, and she hates female journalists. Before I meet her, I am told this a lot, by colleagues; …

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The phones that track our eye movements

Advertisers are aiming to target where we look when we use the camera on our phone. By Daniel Glaser<p>Apps that block online adverts have never been so popular - they are the most-downloaded on Apple’s new operating system, iOS 9, which launched last week. But if you already find big banners and …

Artificial Intelligence is not able to 'press the delete key' on humanity just yet | Colin Conwell

Computers are immensely capable, but certain things we humans do almost effortlessly an artificial intelligence has immense difficulty achieving<p>Artificial intelligence seems to be the neighborhood menace these days: in the presence of responsible adults, it smiles, is polite and offers to do the …

8 Tips for Beating a Claw Machine

Unless you’re small enough to climb inside, grabbing a prize out a claw machine can be pretty tough. But Daily Beast entertainment reporter Jen …

Security services accused over Aamer's lengthy detention

Supporters of Briton’s last Guantánamo detainee celebrate as questions remain as to why his release took so long<p>The post 9/11 world was just a few days old when Shaker Aamer was first imprisoned. Captured by Afghan bounty hunters while attempting to flee from Kabul with his pregnant wife and their …

The Syrian war is prompting the first-ever withdrawal from the doomsday seed vault

First built in 2008, the Global Seed Vault sits on a remote island between mainland Norway and the North Pole and acts an insurance against any dramatic loss of worldwide crop diversity from natural or manmade disasters.<p>It’s been built to withstand even a nuclear war, but it’s the devastating …

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Too few chefs: how a staffing crisis could change what we eat

Photograph: PR<p>The new food: a lobster roll from Burger & Lobster.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/17/1442511504350/9af8d804-33d5-4aea-93d8-1470245484b0-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>The new food: a lobster roll from Burger & …

Keep the dream alive: why waking up later is good for us all

Dr Paul Kelley says children are losing 10 hours of sleep a week – and it’s all down to a clash between school start times and teenage body clocks

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Border stand-off worsens as Croatia buses migrants to Hungary border

Hungary said more than 4,400 people had crossed from Croatia in 24 hours before it closed the final stretch of a new razor wire barrier along the frontier<p>Croatia has bused hundreds of migrants to its border with Hungary, ratcheting up tensions in Europe’s refugee crisis as police fired tear gas to …

Mother and daughter killed themselves after being targeted in elaborate scam

A mother and daughter died in a suspected suicide pact after being targeted in a tortuous con trick by a woman who used a string of fake personas, a bogus stem-cell trial and a fictional government coverup to extort money from the pair.<p>Margaret McDonough, 52, and her daughter, Nicola, 23, died …

Chinese men urged to donate sperm to earn money for the new iPhone 6S

Social media set alight after adverts appeared encouraging donors to visit sperm banks in order to afford the iPhone 6S, reports said<p>Chinese men are being encouraged to donate sperm in order to earn enough money to buy the latest iPhone, according to reports.<p>The adverts, from sperm banks in several …

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