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19 апреля, 22:50

World's smallest baby boy at birth to leave hospital in Japan

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Mother of Ryusuke Sekino said: ‘It seemed he would break if I touched him. I was so worried’When Ryusuke Sekino was born last October, his mother feared that even touching him could prove dangerous for his tiny frame.Six months later, Ryusuke, believed to be the world’s smallest surviving baby boy, is preparing to leave hospital in central Japan on Saturday after his weight increased from 258g (9.1oz) at birth – roughly the weight of a pack of butter – to more than 3kg. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 22:30

For 13 years Spurs have tried to be more like Arsenal. It’s time to do the opposite | Barney Ronay

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Arsenal used to be in a strikingly similar position to Tottenham now but Spurs don’t want to follow their rivals’ path since 2006the short interval since Tottenham’s wild, fun, chancy away-goals victory at Manchester City in the Champions League there has been a shared urge to draw the starkest of comparisons between the two clubs: their finances, their structure, the various degrees of faux-humble Jedi-cardigan fraudulence exhibited by their managers. It is in many ways a meaningless exercise. This is a comparison of two entirely separate things, entirely separate ways of trying to reach the same point, not to mention one that is inevitably flattering to Spurs and inevitably bruising for Pep Guardiola and the football-style soft-power project operating in the east of Manchester.You know the drill by now. City have spent £150m on defenders in the past two seasons. By comparison Spurs ended the game at the Etihad with a pair of fishing waders at left-back and a carrier bag full of discounted supermarket meat playing defensive midfield. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 21:55

Boy aged six hurt in shotgun attack at home in Wolverhampton

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Child was injured when a group of men opened fire on a house in Eastfield area on FridayA six-year-old boy has been injured after a group of men opened fire with a shotgun on a house, police have said. The boy is thought to have been inside the house in Wolverhampton when the shots were fired and he sustained non life-threatening injuries to his back and hand.The incident happened shortly before 4pm on Friday afternoon at a house on Ashbourne Road in the Eastfield area of the city. West Midlands police have launched an investigation and increased patrols in the area. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 21:20

Police hunt killer of Lyra McKee as leaders unite in condemnation

Northern Ireland’s six main parties say they reject those responsible for journalist’s deathA police hunt is under way in Derry for the dissident republican gunman who killed journalist Lyra McKee in an attack that immediately prompted warnings that political violence must not be allowed to take hold in Northern Ireland again.As family, friends and supporters gathered on Friday at a vigil to mourn the 29-year-old investigative journalist and activist, police said dissident republicans from a group known as the New IRA were likely to be responsible for the killing and launched a murder investigation. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 21:10

Extinction Rebellion day five centres on tussle for control of Oxford Circus

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Protesters’ boat becomes focus of action as movement gains impetus from Greta Thunberg and Emma ThompsonThe siege of the Berta Cáceres started started shortly after noon when police in high-vis jackets surrounded the bright pink boat in Oxford Circus, central London, with two cordons and then steadily peeled off the Extinction Rebellion activists stuck to it.Officers with angle grinders cut through the bars below the hull of the vessel, named after the murdered Honduran environmental activist, which protesters had chained and glued themselves to. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 21:05

Ukraine's presidential rivals trade insults in raucous stadium debate

Polls suggest comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is due to score an overwhelming victory in Sunday’s voteA noisy, boisterous standoff in a cavernous stadium. A police cordon separating the two rival fan sections, rock music pumping and insults flying. It had the feeling of a boxing grudge match, but instead it was the final act of Ukraine’s chaotic, unpredictable election campaign.Polls suggest that despite a complete lack of political experience, the 41-year-old comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy is due to score an overwhelming victory over the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, in Sunday’s vote. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 21:00

Munster aim to overcome Champions Cup semi-final sticking point

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• Munster have lost past six at this stage in the cup• Saracens’ Mako Vunipola fit for Ricoh Arena semi-finalThe last time Saracens won the European Champions Cup, in 2017, they defeated Glasgow in the quarter-finals and Munster in the last four to set up a date with Clermont Auvergne in Edinburgh.Glasgow were seen off last month and Munster again stand in the way of another trip north, although not quite as far with the final being staged next month in Newcastle. It is the Irish province’s third consecutive semi-final and a record 14th in the competition but they have lost their past six since winning the tournament in 2008. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 20:56

California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing 12 children

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David and Louise Turpin sentenced during hearing that saw some of the children speak publicly about the abuse for the first timeA California couple who pleaded guilty to years of torture and abuse of 12 of their 13 children have been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after 25 years.David and Louise Turpin were sentenced on Friday during an emotional hearing that saw some of the children speak publicly about the abuse for the first time. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 20:53

Hope amid tragedy: reaction to Lyra McKee's death is glimpse of another Northern Ireland

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Vigil at Creggan estate in Derry, attended by Arlene Foster, carries message of moving forwardAn atrocity had befouled the city, shrouding it in shock and shame. And then there was a moment of beauty.Hundreds of people gathered at the Creggan estate in Derry on Friday afternoon to honour Lyra McKee, yards from where she was shot, in the sort of vigil all too familiar from the Troubles. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 20:49

Norwich City v Sheffield Wednesday: Championship – live!

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Updates from the 7.45pm BST game at Carrow RoadWigan stun Leeds to blow promotion race openAnd email Ben or tweet him to get in touch 9.38pm BST 90+2 min: Hernández is replaced by Timm Klose, and the giant defender’s first act will be to try and get on the end of a Norwich corner. 9.37pm BST 90+1 min: Onel Hernández darts in off the right flank and cannons a low ball across goal, but Wednesday clear. Norwich are chasing an equaliser! Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 20:25

The Guardian view on switching off: seize the day – your smartphone can wait | Editorial

The long weekend is a rare chance for unmediated contact with the world and with our friends. Don’t miss itSpring has come to the UK. The weather invites us to feel it on the skin and not through a window or a screen. Get out there into it, and go there without a phone – unless you’re walking in the mountains and might need to contact the emergency services. For the rest of us, being without a phone is not in itself an emergency, even though it might feel like one at first. Phones do provide us with helpful information all the time. They keep us oriented in the physical world, and position us in the social world, albeit while sharing all this with advertisers. But life was possible without them even as recently as 10 years ago, and sometimes it is worth a visit to that lost age when maps were made of paper and video was something people watched together.There are two reasons at least for trying to make time away from screens this bank holiday. The first is that it is, and ought to be, a true break from work. Anyone who works in an office knows now that email, messaging and phone calls mean that both the office itself and the people who want to deal with it can follow you anywhere, at any time. There is never a moment when you can feel that you have actually accomplished everything that could reasonably be expected. Continue reading...

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19 апреля, 20:09

Neus Català obituary

Fighter against fascism in Spain, France and GermanyNeus Català, who has died aged 103, was a lifelong fighter against fascism. A communist who had escaped over the Pyrenees at the end of the Spanish civil war, then joined the French resistance, she was eventually captured and sent to Ravensbrück, the Nazi death camp for women in northern Germany. She was then moved to the Flossenbürg camp, where she was set to work in the Holleschein munitions factory. Català was one of a group of women who sabotaged the bombs and shells being manufactured, by spitting in gunpowder or spilling oil in the machinery.Her memories of the extermination camp, she said, were always in black and white, never in colour. She survived because of her determination and because “there was great solidarity among the women”. Català was critically ill when the camp was liberated in April 1945 (“We were just skulls with eyes”), but she recovered to continue her fight against fascism. Continue reading...