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Hong Kong activist says he was ‘stapled’ over Lionel Messi photo

Hong Kong, activist, 'stapled', Lionel Messi, photo

A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist says he was beaten and had his legs stapled by Chinese agents because he was planning to send a signed photo of Lionel Messi to ...

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Blue shark captured following Mallorca beach panic

Blue shark, captured, Mallorca, beach, panic

A blue shark whose presence in shallow waters off the coast of Mallorca caused panic over the weekend and led to the evacuation of beaches on the Balearic island, has ...

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Paolo Maldini courts new love to join grand band of sport switchers

Paolo Maldini, courts, new love, grand band, sport, switchers

It was the kind of story that made one do a double take. The Paolo Maldini? The retired footballer? The five-times European champion, former Italy captain and devilishly handsome H&M ...

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‘Life is like a ball of wool’: how Iranian poetry brought me closer to my father

A couple of years ago I decided to collaborate with a poet on a piece of music I’d written – three melancholy minutes of me on piano, my friend Nick ...

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Fears grow for reciprocal rights of EU citizens and Britons abroad

Fears, reciprocal, rights, EU, citizens and Britons abroad

Theresa May’s promised “generous offer” on EU citizens’ rights at the start of the Brexit talks this week will fall short of protection of the status quo, meaning a difficult ...

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Abandoned and abused: the forgotten Syrian refugee children on a Greek detention island

Syrian, refugee, children, Greek, detention, island

Rasha went missing late afternoon last Saturday. Her peers describe hanging out as normal with the 20-year-old Syrian in the Greek refugee detention camp. Then she vanished. Last Tuesday her ...

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Naomi Klein: ‘Trump is an idiot, but don’t underestimate how good he is at that’

Naomi Klein, Trump, idiot, underestimate

The fact that Naomi Klein predicted the forces that explain the rise to power of Donald Trump gives her no pleasure at all. It is 17 years since Klein, then ...

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‘I created this character called Katy Perry. I didn’t want to be Katheryn Hudson. It was too scary’

character, Katy Perry, Katheryn Hudson, scary

In among the typical recording detritus of New York’s Jungle City Studios – boxes of foam ear plugs, rolls of tape, untouched buttons on a soundboard the size of a ...

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Jeff Sessions agrees to appear before Senate intelligence committee

Jeff Sessions, agrees, appear, Senate, intelligence, committee

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has agreed to appear before the Senate intelligence committee next week as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election. In a letter ...

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Venezuela’s mass anti-government demonstrations enter third month

Venezuela, mass, anti-government, demonstrations, enter, third month

There is a pattern to the protests that have rocked Venezuela for the past two months. Anti-government demonstrators set off on a march to the government buildings in Caracas’s city ...

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