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I’ve been trying milk substitutes in my tea – it’s a stomach-churning experience

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Following my bleating about the ethical complexities of milk, I have been experimenting with plant-based options, prompted by many helpful suggestions from non-dairy evangelists. This has involved numerous sacrifices ...

How the 2001 northern riots boosted the far right – and reshaped British politics

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Twenty years ago this summer, a series of riots broke out in parts of northern England that would have a profound effect on British politics. They began in Oldham in late May 2001, spreading to Burnley in June, and Br...

Blood brother: the Kashmiri man who is India’s biggest donor

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Shabir Hussain Khan was taking an afternoon nap when he heard a commotion outside his house. A friend had been injured in a football match and had lost a lot of blood. Khan, who did not have any transport, rushed to t...

‘Identity crisis’: will the US’s largest evangelical denomination move even further right?

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Thousands of Southern Baptists from across the US are heading to Tennessee this week to vote for their next president, a choice laced with tension that could push America’s largest evangelical Christian denomination e...

How Bo Burnham’s Netflix special Inside set the bar for quarantine art

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Last week, the comedian Bo Burnham released Welcome to the Internet, his first video on his channel in four years and the leading single, of sorts, for Inside, the virtuosic Netflix special he wrote, directed, perform...

Scientists convert used plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring

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Plastic bottles have been converted into vanilla flavouring using genetically engineered bacteria, the first time a valuable chemical has been brewed from waste plastic. Upcycling plastic bottles into more lucrative m...

The Celebrity Dating Game: haven’t we suffered enough already?

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As we are all aware, linear broadcast TV is on the ropes. The advent of streaming means that it now takes something truly special for network television to cut through all the noise of the millions of choices constant...

Tuesday briefing: Australia-UK trade deal served up

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Hello, Warren Murray here, and you will have heard by now that England’s unlocking has been put back a month – more on that further in. But for now, some recently netted prawns on the barbie of news … Details of a po...

TV tonight: a remarkable film about the women who joined Islamic State

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A remarkable documentary from the film-maker Alba Sotorra Clua interviewing a group of women who reflect on their decisions to join Islamic State and exploring the role of propaganda and grooming in their radicalisat...

South Korea-Japan ties sour amid fresh military drills near disputed islands

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South Korea has begun annual military drills near a pair of remote islands that are also claimed by Japan, as the long-running territorial dispute threatened to sour preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. The exercises ...

Coronavirus live news: Covid outpacing vaccines, WHO warns; US nears 600,000 deaths

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Bolsonaro asks Pfizer to speed up vaccine delivery; WHO warns G7 billion vaccines pledge not enough; US death toll remains the highest worldwide

Copa América: Lionel Messi free-kick cancelled out as Chile hold Argentina

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Lionel Messi scored one of his trademark free kicks in the first half but Eduardo Vargas equalised for Chile as their Copa América Group A opener in Rio de Janeiro ended in a 1-1 draw. With 33 minutes played at Estádi...

Headteachers call for 75% examination fee rebate in England

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Headteachers in England are calling for examination fee rebates of at least 75% to reflect the additional workload teachers have taken on this year as a result of the cancellation of A-level and GCSE exams for the sec...

Southbank Centre to showcase art made by Britons shielding from Covid

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More than 600 pieces of art created by thousands of people who were shielding and in extreme isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic will tour this year as part of a Southbank Centre exhibition that aims to showcase th...

How can women trust British police when so many have been accused of abuse?

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Hardly a day passes without another report highlighting violence against women. It’s a symptom of a toxic culture that allows far too many serious crimes to go unpunished, including thousands of rapes. Yet hundreds of...

China hits back at ‘slanderous’ Nato claim it poses threat to west

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China’s mission to the European Union has urged Nato to stop exaggerating the “China threat theory” after the group’s leaders warned that the country presents “systemic challenges”. Leaders from the transatlantic secu...