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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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‘Drop hard Brexit plans’, leading Tory and Labour MPs tell May

'Drop hard Brexit plans', leading, Tory, Labour MPs, May

Senior Tory and Labour MPs called on Theresa May to forge a new cross-party approach to Brexit as fears grew that the prime minister’s weakness could lead to the imminent ...

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Harry Kane denies Scotland win over England after Griffiths sparks frantic finish

Harry Kane, denies, Scotland, win, England, Griffiths

The only word to describe it is bedlam. It was certainly difficult to make sense of that extraordinary finale other than to say that, ultimately, Harry Kane showed everyone right ...

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Anti-Muslim rallies across US denounced by civil rights groups

Anti-Muslim, rallies, US, denounced, civil rights groups

A wave of anti-Muslim rallies planned for almost 30 cities across the US on Saturday by far-right activists has drawn sharp criticism from civil rights groups and inspired counter-protests nationwide. ...

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