Remember Andrew Graystone? He's the chap who stood outside his local mosque in Manchester on the day of the Christchurch terrorist attacks with a placard bearing the handwritten message: “You are my friends. I will keep watch while you pray.” The 57-year-old is now standing in the upcoming European elections to take a stand against far-right candidate Tommy Robinson. Graystone is concerned that while few people in the north-west want Robinson to represent them in Europe, it could be allowed to happen simply if "people of goodwill" in the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities stay at home. After criticising "clenched-fist" politics, he says it's now "time for the politics of the open hand.”
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Donald Trump has imposed higher tariffs on $200bn (£154bn) of Chinese goods in an ongoing trade war with the country. These are only the latest tariffs imposed in the tit-for-tat dispute as Washington put tariffs on some Chinese goods sold in the US about a year ago. They are being used as leverage in talks with China where Trump is seeking changes to Beijing’s trade policy that will better benefit the US.
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Ahmad Rahman was shot in the leg when he was eight-months-old after fighting broke out between the Taliban and Afghan government. His leg had to be amputated, but the Red Cross clinic fitted him with a replacement (this is his fourth as he needs new replacements as he grows). More than a million people in Afghanistan suffer some form of disability, many through injuries from four decades of war.
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Venezuela has faced a turbulent few years. Nicolás Maduro's government has tossed opponents into prison, the economy has flatlined and thousands of citizens have streamed into neighbouring countries each day for lack of food and medicine. As a coup attempt by lawmaker Juan Guaidó stalls, the fate of Venezuela is unclear.
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This boat is being displayed at the Venice Biennale exhibition as a reminder of one of the Mediterranean's most shocking tragedies. It is estimated that up to 1,100 people lost their lives when it sank four years ago between Libya and Italy. There were only 28 survivors. Artist Christoph Büchel is behind the project and plans to exhibit the boat as a “garden of memory” in the Sicilian town of Augusta.
Photos: Mirco Toniolo/ AGF/REX/Shutterstock +
Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images +
Andrea Merola/EPA + David Levene/The Guardian
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When writer Talia Jane received inappropriate messages online from a Seattle Times reporter, she didn’t hesitate to point out it was unacceptable, emailing several editors at the Times about his predatory behaviour. But many women don’t report online harassment – and then regret their silence. Follow the link in bio to read Jane's full piece.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have revealed their son's name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The name was announced shortly after the Queen met her eighth great-grandchild for the first time at Windsor Castle.
Photo: Chris Allerton / Sussex Royal
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Think England is divided? The statistics show that this is true in more ways than one.
The divisions between London and the rest of the country are particularly pronounced. Measures such as house prices, air pollution levels and the rates of certain illnesses show a marked contrast between the capital and the areas outside.
Tap the link in bio to see how your area compares.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex showed their newborn son to the world on Wednesday. Meghan said the two-day-old child had "the sweetest temperament,” and that the couple were looking forward to spending some “precious time with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up”.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken a moment from the "sleep deprivation society" (as Prince William described it) to share their baby with the world.
Photos: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for their reporting of the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims have been released after spending more than 500 days in jail. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were originally sentenced to seven years, but were pardoned after growing pressure from human rights organisations. Reuters editor Stephen J Adler said the journalists have become "symbols of the importance of press freedom around the world." Photo: Ann Wang/AFP/Getty Images
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The biggest planetary health check ever undertaken has found that the Earth’s natural life-support systems are in an accelerating decline at a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10m years. This is all largely as a result of human actions.
The report includes plenty of recommendations, including limiting the expansion of unsustainable agriculture and mining and reducing fertiliser use that can contaminate other environments. The scientists hope their assessment will push the nature crisis into the global spotlight in the same way climate breakdown has surged up the political agenda in recent months.
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Photos: Poelzer Wolfgang/Alamy + Chris J Ratcliffe / WWF + Antonio Busiello / WWF + Andy Rousenna / WWF + Emmanuel Rondeau / WWF + Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace
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