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Posted by Emmanuel Akinwotu

In his first state address since returning from three months’ medical leave in the UK, Muhammadu Buhari criticises calls for Biafra secession

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari condemned growing calls for secession in his first live broadcast on state television since taking three months’ medical leave in the UK.

The president returned to Abuja on Saturday, after leaving Nigeria in May for his second course of treatment in Britain. He did not refer to his illness in the broadcast, but instead criticised calls for secession and regional divisions.

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Posted by Press Association

Adrian Brown, 38, was having a ‘psychotic episode’ when he attacked Muhammed Ali on the London Overground, a court heard

A schizophrenic man launched an unprovoked knife attack on a train passenger after yelling “I want to kill all the Muslims”, a court has heard.

Adrian Brown, 38, was said to be suffering a “severe psychotic episode” when he stabbed Muhammed Ali in a London Overground carriage on December 12.

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Posted by Malcolm Jack

Glanusk Park, Brecon Beacons
Skinny-dipping revellers were treated to ale, acid techno and a dramatic outing from PJ Harvey during a weekend overflowing with generosity and warmth

Green Man’s absurdly lush site nestles in the palm of a long verdant Welsh valley, with the River Usk snaking through it and the Black Mountains scooping steeply upwards into the mist behind the main Mountain Stage, one of the most beautifully positioned in all festivals.

The festival turns 15 this year with another 20,000-capacity sellout. Strong headliners have undoubtedly done their part to help shift tickets, but the roots of Green Man’s popularity lie in what it stands for: a booking policy plotting a path from the bucolic to the banging, commercialism without aggressive corporate sponsorship, a self-policing ethos of looking out for one another, and love for the land. In a world where such values are hardly winning right now, it feels like a valuable micro-experiment in a kinder and more sustainable society.

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Posted by Agence France-Presse in Stockholm

Dane Peter Madsen, who previously denied any role in disappearance of Kim Wall, now says he dumped her body at sea

A Danish inventor says a Swedish journalist missing since 11 August died in an accident onboard his self-built submarine, and that he dumped her body in the sea, police have said.

The inventor, Peter Madsen, had previously claimed he last saw Kim Wall when he dropped her off on the tip of an island off Copenhagen late on 10 August. He had denied playing any role in her disappearance.

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Posted by Dan Roberts Brexit policy editor

Demand for continued protection on departure highlights growing mistrust between London and Brussels

The UK has called on the European Union to prevent sensitive government information leaking out after Brexit, in a tit-for-tat proposal that underlines the increasing distrust between London and Brussels.

In the latest in a series of position papers outlining the two sides’ legal obligations upon separation, British officials have demanded that any information marked classified before Britain leaves the EU should continue to enjoy similar protection after Brexit.

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Posted by Agence France-Presse in Moscow

Deputy foreign minister, seen as a tough negotiator, to replace Sergei Kislyak as Moscow-Washington ties continue to strain

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has named the deputy foreign minister, Anatoly Antonov, as the country’s new ambassador to the US, replacing Sergei Kislyak.

“By presidential decree, Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov is appointed Russian ambassador to the United States,” the Kremlin announced on Monday.

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Posted by Steve Richards

There is no option of a ‘soft’ Brexit, and Labour’s mockery of the Conservative government’s position rings hollow when its own position is a mess

• Steve Richards is a political commentator and broadcaster

Unsurprisingly, the Labour leadership is scathing of the government’s Brexit strategy, mocking the internal divisions and delusions that fuel ministerial statements. There is, though, one big problem with its attempt at mockery: Labour’s position on Brexit is more or less the same as the government’s. As far it has a position, Labour also wants to have its cake and eat it. The party seeks to be out of the EU by 2019 and yet have tariff-free “access” to the single market and the customs’ union. Sometimes Labour does not rule out full membership of the single market and the customs’ union; sometimes it does.

Related: Chuka Umunna: Labour must distance itself from Tories on Brexit

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Posted by Roland Kelts

The latest film, Resurgence, shows mass destruction while Japan’s citizens are too paralysed by dependency to speak out on their own

Five years before the release of Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla), the first Japanese-made Godzilla movie in more than a decade, Japan’s north-east coastline was slammed by a massive earthquake and tsunami, causing a meltdown at the region’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. Citizens were either misinformed or kept in the dark about the damage: the government would not even use the term “meltdown” until three months later. In an interview with a national newspaper in 2014, novelist Haruki Murakami diagnosed a national character flaw: irresponsible self-victimisation.

Related: Shin Godzilla review – Japan's great monster rises from the deep once more

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Posted by Jessica Elgot Political reporter

Bell chimes for last time before it is silenced for £29m renovation of Elizabeth Tower that has proved controversial

The bongs of Big Ben have sounded for the final time before they are silenced for a four-year period of restoration workon the Elizabeth Tower.

The tower is undergoing a £29m programme of renovation until 2021, but the prime minister and several MPs have raised concerns over the plan to silence the bell.

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Outlander Forum -- new community!

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:55 am
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Calling all fans of the Outlander books and/or TV series!

I don't have any clever graphics because I am not a clever-graphics person, but with the season 3 premiere fast approaching (September 10!), I invite all Outlander fans to join [community profile] outlander_forum, a discussion community for fans of the Starz TV adaptation and/or Diana Gabaldon's books. Please note that at this time, this is aiming to be purely a discussion forum, not a forum for fanworks (icons, fanfic, etc.) as there are other venues for that. This might change down the road, but for now, the focus will be on discussing the show, the books, and related issues.

All welcome!

I Can See Clearly Now... And... EW

Aug. 21st, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

I don't remember my 2012 slang very well - was this an actual thing people said?

"You're eggs is prego."

There are so many things wrong with that sentence, my brain just imploded.


Still, at least it was a "closed belly" shower.

What does that mean?



The "Peek-A-Boo, I Eat You" Appetite-Suppress-Inator!

(Have I been watching too much Phineas and Ferb reruns? Yes, yes I have.)


Now, that's pretty good, but you must admit: the baby-embedded-in-clear-gelatin is kind of hard to see.

So for maximum "Inator" effectiveness, we're gonna need to open that baby (belly) up.


[head tilt]

Hmmm, but is it possible to make the whole thing shinier?

You know, in a more seeping, moist, and gelatinous kind of way?


Just think, with these Appetite-Suppress-Inators, soon, Cake Wrecks will RULE the ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA! Mwuah-ha-haaaa!


Thanks to Rish, Rachel G., Karen Q., & Diana M., who'd all look adorable in brown fedoras, I just know it.


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Posted by Ars Staff

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Higher and widescreen resolution. Redone character portraits. Real-time lighting. Less compressed audio. That's about the long and short of what's new in StarCraft: Remastered. For $15 you can bolt these nicer-looking and sounding features onto your existing copy of the 1998 classic. (Which, even if you somehow avoided buying a Battle Chest compilation for nearly 20 years, is now free in its unaltered form.)

I'll admit that this latest excuse to play the original StarCraft and its expansion, Brood War, appealed to me. Maybe it's because I was eight years old at the time, but the campaign's dark, sometimes comedic, sometimes horrific tale of space rednecks fighting giant bugs and psychic plant people has stuck with me like few games of the era. It certainly made more of an impression than the nonsensical science-fantasy soup that the series became across the StarCraft 2 trilogy.

Part of the StarCraft competitive scene is in the same boat, albeit for different reasons. "Quality of life" improvements, like better hotkeys and user interface options, made SC2 a fundamentally different experience than the first game and its expansion. It's more accessible for casual fans (like me), but high-level players have long expressed frustration that the sequels automate too much of Brood War's hands-on design. There's resurging interest in the original game among pro players and casters as a result.

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Solar Eclipse Day!

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:30 am
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

image of a solar eclipse

It has finally arrived — the much-discussed day on which parts of the United States will be able to witness a total solar eclipse. In case you haven't heard yet, DON'T LOOK AT IT WITH YOUR NAKED EYES!

Care of NASA, here is a video (no audio) showing the path of the eclipse across the U.S.:

At the L.A. Times, Jon Schleuss has everything you need to know about the eclipse, including a countdown clock to when it'll be over your head, and what percentage of the eclipse you'll see.

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link] And at Time, Jeffrey Kluger writes on "The Beauty and Science of a Total Solar Eclipse."

Please feel welcome and encouraged to share neat things you've been reading on the eclipse, how you plan to spend the day, whether you're going to make an effort to see it, and any other eclipse-related goodness in comments!
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Posted by Will Stroude

Two Leicester City fans have been arrested on suspicion of “homophobic related offences” following the football club’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday (August 19)

Police confirmed that two arrests had been made after a group of supporters were ejected from the King Power Stadium during Leicester’s 2-0 home win over the Seagulls on Saturday (August 19) for homophobic chanting.

According to witnesses, a group of Leicester City supporters began chanting homophobic slurs at Brighton supporters around 20 minutes before the end of the match.

One fan, who did not want to be named, said the scenes harked back to the football hooliganism which marred the game during the late 20th century.

“We’ve encountered abuse over the years, but it’s all but gone from the game,” the fan told the Leicester Mercury.

“However, a group of around 20 to 30 Leicester City fans close to Brighton supporters suddenly started chanting vicious homophobic abuse and making homophobic gestures.

“It was like something out of the 1970s, and this sort of bigoted, small minded behaviour needs to be stopped and those involved ejected from the ground.”

A 44-year-old man has been charged with indecent chanting under Section 3 of the Football Offences Act and is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (August 24), the BBC reports.

A second man aged 21 was arrested on suspicion of making obscene gestures was given a caution.

Leicester City have been quick to condemn the fans’ behaviour, and praised stadium stewards for swiftly removing those responsible.

A spokesperson said: “We are committed to creating a passionate, inclusive, welcoming environment at King Power Stadium, in which everyone is free to enjoy the matchday experience.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to educate our staff, senior King Power Stadium stewards undertook specialist training during the summer in effectively identifying offensive behaviour, including contributions from Leicester’s LGBT Centre on recognising homophobic abuse.

“While disappointed that such abuse took place during Saturday’s match, we are satisfied that our stewards reacted swiftly and appropriately, which led to the responsible minority being ejected from the stadium and reported to the police.”

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