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‘He lives freely, I live in fear’: the plight of India’s abandoned wives

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Kamala Reddy*, 33, a software engineer from Andhra Pradesh, married Vijay Kumar* in a traditional Hindu wedding in 2012. Kumar, who was working in the UK, was chosen by Reddy’s family. “But he didn’t take me to the UK...

Facebook is a harmful presence in our lives. It’s not too late to pull the plug on it

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Facebook is in perpetual crisis mode. For years now, the company has confronted waves of critical scrutiny on issues caused or exacerbated by the platform. Recent revelations have lengthened the charge sheet. That lis...

‘Bad art friend’: should fiction writers ever lift stories from other people’s lives?

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Name: The muse. Age: Ancient. Appearance: Let’s start with “complicated”. Before we start, can I tell you something strange that happened to me recently? No, you can’t! Please don’t. Why? Because I guarantee that som...

‘I feel a bit rusty’: Has Covid killed our sex lives?

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This year was meant to be a replay of the roaring 20s, your hot girl or boy summer. We’d be hedonistic, bacchanalian and, above all, getting laid. All the pent-up energy of lockdowns, the only time it has ever been il...

The great sperm heist: ‘They were playing with people’s lives’

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For 40 years, Catherine Simpson thought she knew who she was: a nurse, a mother of three, a daughter and a sister. She looked like her mother, Sarah, but had the same temperament as her father, George: calm, unfluster...

Delaying UK novichok poisonings inquiry ‘could put more lives at risk’

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The family of a woman killed in the Wiltshire novichok poisonings has warned that delaying the start of a full judge-led investigation into her death could put more lives at risk and is calling on the home secretary, ...

‘The immensity of our loss’: 650,000 white flags show American lives lost to Covid

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A sea of more than 650,000 white flags is lining the National Mall near the Washington monument in the nation’s capitol to represent the American lives lost so far to Covid-19. The outdoor art installation titled, In ...

Dennis Billups: he helped lead a long, fiery sit-in – and changed disabled lives

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“My mother used to tell us we had to be really good,” says Dennis Billups. “There were always two strikes against us – so you had to hit the third strike out of the park.” The “strikes” were being Black and being blin...

Lord of the Rings actors praise Italian man who lives as a hobbit

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Lord of the Rings actors including Elijah Wood have expressed their support for the project of an Italian man who lives as a hobbit and is building his personal “shire” from JRR Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth in Ita...

The Pigs, Norfolk: ‘Lives up to its name’ – restaurant review

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The Pigs, Edgefield near Holt, Norfolk NR24 2RL (01263 587634). Starters £4.50 or £8 per head for a selection, mains £14-£15.50, desserts £6.25, wines from £21 Restaurant names matter. If you reference hedgerows, peta...

Queen supports Black Lives Matter, says senior royal representative

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The Queen and the royal family are supporters of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, one of the monarch’s representatives has said. Sir Ken Olisa, the first black Lord-Lieutenant for London, revealed to Channel 4 t...

Greenville residents find remnants of former lives as they return home after Dixie fire

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As some families in Greenville, California started to return home this week after the Dixie fire tore through this town of about 800 residents, they were confronted by burnt remnants of their former lives. Some return...

Police officer who killed Capitol rioter says he fired gun to ‘save countless lives’

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The police officer who shot and killed the Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt during the US Capitol attack in January has said he fired his gun to “save the lives of members of Congress and myself and my fellow officers”. ...

Number of UK children unhappy with their lives rises – report

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Growing numbers of British children are unhappy with their lives, with many worrying about school, friends and how they look, a report reveals. The number of 10- to 15-year-olds who say they are not happy rose from 17...

Lockdown spirit lives on as neighbour groups become swap shops

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They started as a way of doing the right thing by vulnerable neighbours during the pandemic: WhatsApp groups asking if anybody along the street needs help, for example with shopping. A year and a half later, these com...

Beware state surveillance of your lives – governments can change for the worse

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In the summer of 2013, shortly after Edward Snowden’s revelations about the surveillance capabilities of the American National Security Agency (NSA) began to appear, I had a private conversation with a former cabinet ...

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