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3h In Trump's trade war, it's the developing economies caught in the crossfire that we should worry about
The Independent
Capital Economics estimates that the country most affected is Taiwan, which supplies about 10 per cent of Chinese imports of intermediate goods
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3h Labour must do its bit to break this endless Brexit deadlock | Gaby Hinsliff
The Guardian
The ‘crunch’ vote in the House of Commons was just another fudge in an endless war of positionIt has always been about control. Sweep aside all the baffling language, the arcane procedure, the boring technicalities of Brexit’s long and painful grind through parliament; it all comes down to the one thing Vote Leave understood with absolute clarity: that control is what matters. Brexit was originally about who has control over borders, money and decision-making, but it’s increasingly about who controls the controllers, and that’s what Wednesday’s vote was really about. Are the people in charge, and politicians just their servants, or are those servants entitled to say something when the people seem hellbent on shooting themselves in the foot? Is the prime minister in charge of her own negotiating strategy, or is she the prisoner of a warring party and a tiny majority? And who controls what happens if she fails and can’t get a Brexit deal, or gets one parliament won’t accept?
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Today's report has shed a light on what happened at Gosport Memorial War Hospital – the question now is why it happened3h Today's report has shed a light on what happened at Gosport Memorial War Hospital – the question now is why it happened
The Independent
When relatives objected they were consistently let down by those in authority. There would seem to be a culture of misplaced faith in the integrity and professionalism of those responsible for clinical 'care'
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4h Today's vote will change the face of the internet forever, from an open platform to a place where anything can be removed without warning
The Independent
The idea of instituting a regime of petty everyday censorship, that randomly and unfairly damages campaigns, artists and the denizens of the Internet, ought to fill you with rage
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4h Theresa May's narrow win in the Commons today has not strengthened her position when it comes to Brexit
The Independent
May probably calculated it was better to go down fighting the pro-Europeans over the 'meaningful vote' rather than to cave in and anger hardline Brexiteers. The danger is that in trying to hold her party together, she alienates both its factions
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4h An MP was wheeled through the voting lobbies, high on morphine and carrying a sick bucket, the moment Brexit lost the dignity it never had
The Independent
The meaningful vote on the meaningful vote on Brexit still went ahead – it's just that it had been stripped first of its meaning, and then of its basic dignity
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5h Macron's massive fall from grace is perfectly encapsulated in the video of him humiliating a schoolboy
The Independent
Lip-quivering reactionaries – and there are many in France – praised Macron for his uncompromising stand about 'respect'. In fact, the word 'respect' is frequently used as a euphemism for unthinking deference in the country
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5h My friend Alex was a child refugee, failed by the system. Now he’s dead | Benny Hunter
The Guardian
The teenager was a bright light in my life, and had faced awful trauma. But instead of offering sanctuary, the UK let him downTwo summers ago I was volunteering in the migrant and refugee camp in Calais when I met an Eritrean boy called Alex Tekle. He was 16, skinny, with a bushy head of afro hair, a bright smile and a look on his face of total exhaustion. I was with a charity specialising in legal casework and so I asked whether he wanted help to apply to be brought to the UK through a legal route. He said: “Why should I bother? People always say they will help me, but no one helps me.”
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5h XXXTentacion’s brutal life points to the problem with UK drug policy | Suzanne Moore
The Guardian
The murdered 20-year-old rapped about prescription drug addiction but we debate the merits of legalising cannabis The smell of London in the summer is the smell of weed. Or whatever the groovy name for it is now. In the street, in the park, on the bus. It’s just there while the government, in its own alternative reality, argues over the legislation of cannabis oil for severely ill people. Even William Hague, hardly a
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Love Island's Adam is the kind of guy we all have bad memories of6h Love Island's Adam is the kind of guy we all have bad memories of
The Independent
Anyone going on the show must be aware that most contestants are motivated by fame, endorsements and adulation - but even in this context Adam's behaviour was unacceptable
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7h I'm nearly 100 years old, I saw the 1945 refugee crisis firsthand – and I need people to listen to my warning
The Independent
I cannot sit back in good conscience while the world my generation built is left to turn feral in the hands of right-wing populists and indifferent capitalists
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7h The Hogwarts guys make the trains run on time. Why can’t Northern? | Helen Pidd
The Guardian
Rail executives behind the Lake District chaos have been thoroughly shamed by a bunch of steam enthusiastsAre there any words more dispiriting for the regular rail traveller than “bus replacement service”? Worse than leaves on the line, more irritating even than the
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8h The US has a point leaving the UN Human Rights Council, even if Donald Trump's reasoning is flawed
The Independent
The withdrawal surely has much more to do with an ideological distaste for multilateral engagement than a belief that the body is beyond repair – it's another symbol of the America First policy Trump campaigned on
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8h Manu or Mr President? Macron’s double standards show his lack of cool | Pauline Bock
The Guardian
The president’s cutting response to a well-meaning teenager must leave French youth wondering whether he is friend or foe
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While we discuss cannabis oil, we should remember that the government is blocking life-saving research using MDMA and magic mushrooms too11h While we discuss cannabis oil, we should remember that the government is blocking life-saving research using MDMA and magic mushrooms too
The Independent
The government makes it intentionally difficult for researchers to work with drugs like MDMA and psilocybin despite the fact that these drugs could be potential life-savers for those with psychological trauma – that's as important as cannabis oil for epilepsy is
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11h Don’t panic – the debating robots aren’t coming for our jobs, yet | Stefan Stern
The Guardian
An AI machine has made some coherent arguments – that doesn’t mean IBM’s Project Debater would be any good in a boardroomHere is a question you can bring up under Any Other Business at your next meeting: would all this be going better if the robots were in charge? To listen to the claims of some “artificial intelligence” evangelists, the answer to that question might be yes. In California
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Note to news outlets: not every millennial wants to buy a house | James Ball13h Note to news outlets: not every millennial wants to buy a house | James Ball
The Guardian
For many of us, giving up on home ownership represents freedom – we’d rather the focus shifted to improving renting The media has decided to constantly bombard millennials with poor-quality and largely unwanted advice on buying property. We should
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14h Netflix addiction is real – we are entertaining ourselves to death | Arwa Mahdawi
The Guardian
Entertainment has always been about escapism, but the streaming service has made binge-viewing the opium of the masses The World Health Organization
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16h Don’t deny my daughter the cannabis that could save her | Memuna Forna
The Guardian
Like Billy Caldwell’s mother, I want to try anything that might help stop my child’s seizures. At the moment, I can’t Billy Caldwell is a 12-year-old boy with severe epilepsy. Last week, British airport officials confiscated the cannabis oil his mother was using to treat his condition, because the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it contains is illegal in the UK. He ended up in hospital after his seizures intensified. After the intervention of Billy’s doctors, the home secretary, Sajid Javid, has allowed the return of the drug on the grounds that this situation was a “
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Britain needs an investment revolution. Labour will provide it | John McDonnell16h Britain needs an investment revolution. Labour will provide it | John McDonnell
The Guardian
All new governments must be obliged to set productivity targets with a revamped Bank of England, and act on them The last eight years has been a period of almost unparalleled waste and destructiveness in British economic policy. Even the prime minister now admits that the NHS
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Millennials, more face time could save our lives | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett16h Millennials, more face time could save our lives | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
The Guardian
Personal relationships is an area you can have control over: being part of a community is crucial to our health Another depressing study this week, regarding those of us under 35. A
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Steve Bell on what the Conservatives are smoking – cartoon23h Steve Bell on what the Conservatives are smoking – cartoon
The Guardian
The former Conservative party leader William Hague has urged Theresa May to
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We need to consider not only whether, but also how, to legalise cannabis26h We need to consider not only whether, but also how, to legalise cannabis
The Independent
In announcing a review into the medicinal properties of cannabis, Sajid Javid knows that it was the medical use of the drug in the US that led to its broader legalisation
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26h Donald Trump’s child cruelty shocks us, but it shouldn’t surprise us | Hadley Freeman
The Guardian
The policy of separating families has the president’s name written all over it. But it also has an awful American pedigree“This is un-American!” has been one of the more common reactions to the news about the Trump administration’s decision to enthusiastically
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27h Europe’s progressives must unite to prevent a far-right takeover | Natalie Nougayrède
The Guardian
EU liberal values face a direct threat from populist nationalist forces. The democratic-minded have a clear choice to make
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We must come together to fight the resurgent racist right | Letters27h We must come together to fight the resurgent racist right | Letters
The Guardian
Over 50 parliamentarians, trade unionists, faith leaders and anti-racism campaigners sign a letter warning of an emboldened far right and saying we must defend our multicultural societyThe 15,000-strong
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Despair and anger at Donald Trump’s immigration policy | Letters28h Despair and anger at Donald Trump’s immigration policy | Letters
The Guardian
Readers respond to the US immigration policy where children are being separated from their parentsYour article about President Trump’s defence of an immigration policy that separates children from parents (
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Why we shouldn't lump cannabis in with all other drugs when it comes to reform and decriminalisation28h Why we shouldn't lump cannabis in with all other drugs when it comes to reform and decriminalisation
The Independent
There are a huge number of drugs being prescribed to patients that could easily kill them. Some drugs even get approved for clinical use after only one or two trials. Yet we treat cannabinoids differently
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29h As his latest moves with China prove, Donald Trump's tantrums are now hurting the groups he vowed to protect
The Independent
Trump's off-the-cuff decision-making style may have been beneficial to companies when he was slashing taxes. But successful economies aren't built on surprises
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29h As an MP with epilepsy, I welcomed Sajid Javid's announcement today – but I worry progress could be blocked
The Independent
The doctors could not then, and cannot even now, offer an explanation as to what caused me to have a major grand mal seizure in my sleep. For many years I was afraid to sleep alone if my husband was away in case I had attack and there was nobody there
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30h Congratulations, Donald Trump and Theresa May. You've made your countries into centres of state-sponsored child abuse
The Independent
While the world looks on through its fingers in mesmerised disbelief at what America is becoming, each day in Britain brings another parental account of the terror and agony of watching a severely epileptic child nudged closer to death by monumental cowardice and gargantuan imbecility
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Banning plastic microbeads in Britain is a positive step but we need other countries to follow suit30h Banning plastic microbeads in Britain is a positive step but we need other countries to follow suit
The Independent
Even in the UK we are still flushing plastic wet wipes and tampon applicators away – blocking pipes and choking rivers
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31h Enough Brexit fairytales. In the real world spending must increase | Phil McDuff
The Guardian
Leaving the EU won’t result in a bonanza for public services but neither will it plunge them into renewed austerityTheresa May has spent the weekend trying to convince people that there is such a thing as a
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31h I had a breakdown from the stress of being separated from my family when I moved back to the UK – it's not just Trump's US where this happens
The Independent
I spoke to my wife and children every day on Skype after I moved on my own. At first I felt I could cope, but week by week I felt myself growing apart from my family. My daughters were just one and three years old
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31h When it comes to Germany, there’s method in Trump’s madness | Alan Posener
The Guardian
The president’s opportunistic tweets have raised hackles, but no one can deny that Merkel’s coalition is in troubleI’ve given up on trying to find a method in the madness of Donald Trump’s tweets. But his recent attack on the German government at least makes political sense. Under fire over the
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Who should replace the irreplaceable David Dimbleby? Arise, Mary Berry | Sam Delaney33h Who should replace the irreplaceable David Dimbleby? Arise, Mary Berry | Sam Delaney
The Guardian
Question Time is a tetchy show for a tetchy nation. For our sanity, I say we replace one benevolent ringmaster with another
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34h Why won’t ministers come clean about the impact of cuts on disabled people? | Frances Ryan
The Guardian
Being hit by the bedroom tax is bad enough, but losing your sickness benefits too is even harderBack in 2014, armed with only a laptop and phone, disabled campaigners started a hunt for the truth. As policies including the bedroom tax, the abolition of disability living allowance, and the rollout of controversial out-of-work sickness benefits hit, 
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Contrary to popular belief, there's no such thing as an addictive personality and this is why34h Contrary to popular belief, there's no such thing as an addictive personality and this is why
The Independent
Many would argue that the words 'addiction' and 'addictive' are used so much in everyday circumstances that they have become meaningless
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This is what the Bible's Romans 13 actually says about asylum and what Jeff Sessions omitted35h This is what the Bible's Romans 13 actually says about asylum and what Jeff Sessions omitted
The Independent
The Catholic Church has been one of the most vocal opponents of the crackdown on asylum cases
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35h Europe and North America need to stay united – now more than ever | Jens Stoltenberg
The Guardian
Political differences are putting Nato at great risk, but all parties must realise that the transatlantic union makes us safer
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36h Like many gay Muslim people, I have no faith in Pride | Amrou al-Kadhi
The Guardian
The London march is being hollowed out by corporations, and its militant secularism excludes people of faithThroughout June – London Pride month – corporations around the city will boast of their allegiance to the LGBT community. Walk into a Wagamama, and rainbow flags are intended to show solidarity with LGBT citizens. Barclays, Pride in London’s main sponsor, declares its support in the guise of a temporary rainbow filter on its website logo. What udon noodles and contactless payment have ever done to end homophobia will forever remain a mystery. On the surface, London Pride celebrates the city as a place of LGBT equality. But this external display of inclusion belies a core that is routed in exclusion. Once a political protest, Pride has been commodified into a business arena cashing in on “the pink pound”. It’s hard to think of a major corporation that doesn’t have a float at the parade, with everyone from PlayStation to Costa broadcasting their dedication to LGBT customers. The relationship between gay equality and good business even dominates Pride in London’s blog forum.
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How to write the perfect CV – first, refuse to play this stupid game37h How to write the perfect CV – first, refuse to play this stupid game
The Guardian
They are as trustworthy as a dating profile and too often read like something written by the worst of all Apprentice candidates. What are CVs really for in a zero-hours age?
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40h As the Brexit shambles shows, May needs to learn how to do diplomacy | Rafael Behr
The Guardian
Anyone who valued this vital art wouldn’t have made Boris Johnson foreign secretary One reason to imagine that Theresa May has hidden depths is that the thought of the country’s future depending on the visible portion of her ability is so alarming. These are unsettled times, so there is comfort in the idea of a prime minister with a plan – any plan. There is a psychological incentive to suppose that May thinks beyond the end of the day; that her strategy for Brexit is more sophisticated than it looks. Because it looks like
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Italy’s war on migrants makes me fear for my country’s future | Roberto Saviano40h Italy’s war on migrants makes me fear for my country’s future | Roberto Saviano
The Guardian
A wave of hatred has been whipped up, threatening the civil rights of all of usI have never felt a greater need to speak out. I have never felt a greater need to try to explain why this
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