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Posted by Associated Press in Moscow

Crowds gather in major cities to protest against corruption in largest anti-government demonstrations for five years

Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner, has been detained in Moscow as unsanctioned protests against the government were held across the country.

Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation had called for the protests, which attracted crowds of hundreds or thousands in most sizeable Russian cities, from the far east port of Vladivostok to the European heartland.

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Posted by Sam Jones in Madrid

PSOE starts selling original 40-year-old design again after American brand uses the logo on its clothes

The Spanish socialist party (PSOE) may have slumped to its worst election results in 40 years, dumped its leader in a very bloody and public coup, and ceded much of its political turf to the anti-austerity Podemos movement, but things are finally looking up, if only sartorially.

The party’s logo – a left fist clenched around a red rose – is undergoing something of a fashion renaissance after being used on a range of T-shirts in the US.

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Posted by Giles Richards at Albert Park

• Vettel beats Hamilton by 9.9secs to win opening race of season in Australia
• Mercedes driver fears changes to aerodynamics has made overtaking harder

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have said they anticipate a long fight for the Formula One world championship after they finished first and second at the season-opening Melbourne Grand Prix in Australia. However the British driver sounded a note of caution that, as he had feared, one of the effects of the changes in regulations introduced for 2017 has made overtaking more difficult.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team have dominated the sport for the past three years and it was hoped the rule changes would make the field more competitive and the win for Ferrari – based on genuine pace – has delivered that at this early stage. However the inherent danger in the new focus on aerodynamics was always that it would create more turbulent air in the wake of cars – making close racing and passing more difficult.

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Posted by Simon Burnton

The Manchester United midfielder has taken the long route to the top and believes Gareth Southgate’s young squad can compete with the world’s best

Everything is happening in a hurry for Jesse Lingard. First picked in a Manchester United matchday squad by Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 18, he waited nearly three more years to make his debut, which was curtailed by injury after 24 minutes, and was a couple of months short of his 23rd birthday before he made a second first‑team appearance for United. Those four years brought four loan spells and enormous uncertainty about his future at the club of his childhood dreams – but then the doors started to open. And they kept opening.

Within a year of that second match he had played 46 more, scored an extra-time winner in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace and another goal on his return to Wembley for the Community Shield, and made his full international debut. Now he has played in four of England’s past five games (he was an unused substitute in the other) and is expected to win a fifth cap against Lithuania on Sunday afternoon. He says of footballing success that “it can come quick, but other times you’ve got to be patient and wait for your chance” and it is a lesson borne of personal experience. “Marcus [Rashford] got straight in and then stayed there,” he says of his friend and team‑mate. “Others like myself had to take the long route.”

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A lone shooter is believed to be responsible and one person was killed, say police in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Anthony Crolla will consider moving up to Ricky Burns' weight class following his rematch defeat by Jorge Linares.

Dozens injured in Wirral explosion

Mar. 26th, 2017 12:27 pm
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Two people are seriously injured and 32 others are taken to hospital after a blast on Merseyside.
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The trouble with being called Kevin in France, and other stories you may have missed in the past seven days.

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This is one of the best fic memes that I've seen. I love most of these questions.

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Posted by Helen Pidd North of England editor

Home Office revokes initial refusal after realising the extent of Samira Kitman’s profile, once voted Afghan business woman of the year

An artist and entrepreneur once voted Afghan business woman of the year has been granted asylum by the Home Office after being featured in the Guardian last week.

Samira Kitman, 32, who lives in Lancaster in the north-west of England, had originally been refused asylum but was due to appeal on Monday. Late last week Home Office officials changed their mind, saying they hadn’t realised the extent of Kitman’s profile in Afghanistan and internationally.

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Posted by Helen Pidd North of England editor

Teenagers who died at Saltburn-by-the-Sea are believed to be best friends Harry Watson and Alex Yeoman

The mother of one of two 17-year-old boys found dead at the bottom of cliffs in Teesside has paid tribute to her son, “one of the gifts in life”.

The names of the boys have not been officially released, but they are understood to be best friends Harry Watson and Alex Yeoman, according to the Northern Echo. It is not clear how they fell from the cliffs at Saltburn-by-the-Sea on Friday night.

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Posted by Caroline Sullivan

O2 Arena, London
Date night is sold out for the UK garage pioneer who proves he has moved beyond Bo’ Selecta! with humility and DJing ability

It’s date night at the O2: thousands of long-established – by the look of things – couples are gearing up for a Saturday night with the man who could well have provided the playlist for their first kisses. As with half the shows on Craig David’s first arena tour in 15 years, this one is sold out, and, throughout, there’s a sense of release for both fans and David himself. As he advances from the back of the stage in a white tracksuit, a wave of emotion breaks: the crowd are on their feet, singing an album track with him, and David gazes back, a mixture of chastened Romeo and reinvigorated popster-about-town.

Having illustrated the maxim about pride coming before a fall, he’s a different person these days. His way back from the ignominy of collapsing sales and merciless mockery on the Noughties sketch show Bo’ Selecta! has been a one-step-at-a-time affair, helped along by a second career as a DJ under the moniker TS5; there’s humility now where once there was arrogance. Moistly emerging from the triple-whammy opener of Ain’t Giving Up, What’s Your Flava and Fill Me In – the latter two buoyant reminders that he helped to establish UK garage – he repeatedly says: “Thank you so much”, and seems to mean it. “One minute I was up here,” – he reaches over his head as his band revs up the 2002 single Rise & Fall – “and the next I was down here,” pointing to the floor. “But to be onstage at the O2 16 years later, performing this song … ”

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Posted by Simon Burnton

The Manchester United midfielder has taken the long route to the top and believes Gareth Southgate’s young squad can compete with the world’s best

Everything is happening in a hurry for Jesse Lingard. First picked in a Manchester United matchday squad by Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 18, he waited nearly three more years to make his debut, which was curtailed by injury after 24 minutes, and was a couple of months short of his 23rd birthday before he made a second first‑team appearance for United. Those four years brought four loan spells and enormous uncertainty about his future at the club of his childhood dreams – but then the doors started to open. And they kept opening.

Within a year of that second match he had played 46 more, scored an extra-time winner in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace and another goal on his return to Wembley for the Community Shield, and made his full international debut. Now he has played in four of England’s past five games (he was an unused substitute in the other) and is expected to win a fifth cap against Lithuania on Sunday afternoon. He says of footballing success that “it can come quick, but other times you’ve got to be patient and wait for your chance” and it is a lesson borne of personal experience. “Marcus [Rashford] got straight in and then stayed there,” he says of his friend and team‑mate. “Others like myself had to take the long route.”

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Posted by Peter J Walker

Four teenagers arrested after incident in Islington, which is not being treated as terror attack

Three people are in hospital and four teenagers are in custody after a car crashed into pedestrians outside a busy north London pub.

The Peugeot Partner collided with at least two men and a woman outside the Old Queen’s Head on Essex Road in Islington shortly before 10.55pm on Saturday.

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Posted by Andrew Sparrow Political correspondent

After Westminster attack, home secretary says tech firms must not give terrorists ‘place to hide’ with encrypted messaging

Technology companies should no longer be able to provide encrypted messaging services that cannot be accessed in emergencies by the security services, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, said on Sunday.

Speaking after it emerged that the police were investigating reports that Khalid Masood had used the encrypted WhatsApp service just before he launched the attack in Westminister, in which he killed four people, Rudd said it was “completely unacceptable” that the police and security services were shut out from messages of this kind.

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Messaging apps which are encrypted must be accessible to those fighting terror, the home secretary says.
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British Olympian Lawrence Okolie wins his professional debut in 20 seconds with a knockout victory over Geoffrey Cave.

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