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Trevor Noah to succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show

The 31-year-old South African comedian will fill Stewart’s shoes on Comedy Central’s satirical news program later this yearTrevor Noah has been selected to replace Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s satirical news program The Daily Show, it was announced on Monday. Related: Can Trevor Noah fill Jon Stewart's big shoes for 'Indecision 2016'? No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together wit

Dozens killed in air strike at Houthi camp in northern Yemen

At least 45 killed in strike at Mazraq refugee camp in province that borders Saudi ArabiaAn air strike at a camp for displaced people and refugees in Houthi-controlled northern Yemen on Monday killed 45 people and wounded 65, the International Organisation for Migration said. The strike hit the vicinity of the Mazraq refugee camp in northern Yemen, spokesman Joel Millman said, citing IOM s

Islam Karimov re-elected Uzbekistan's president in predicted landslide

Election criticised by Western observers for irregularities and lack of competition as Karimov wins more than 90% of preliminary voteIslam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s strongman president since 1990, has won re-election in a predictable landslide victory that will put him in office for another five years.According to preliminary results announced today by the Central Asian state’s electoral commi

Crown Prosecution Service considers News of the World journalist retrial

Court of appeal overturned conviction of journalist and two co-defendants who were arrested as part of Metropolitan Police’s Operation ElvedenA crunch meeting at the Crown Prosecution Service is taking place on Monday to decide whether to retry a journalist over leaks from a public official.The former News of the World journalist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had their conviction

Welfare-to-work company employees to be sentenced for fraudulent claims

Action 4 Employment (A4e) workers made up files, forged signatures and falsely claimed they had helped people find jobs, costing taxpayers £300,000Sentencing has begun for 10 employees of a recruitment company that aimed to get people back into work who fraudulently claimed nearly £300,000 from taxpayers.The staff members worked for Action 4 Employment (A4e), which was contracted by the go

Brain development in children could be affected by poverty, study shows

Scans show that brain regions crucial for the development of language, memory and reasoning skills tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgroundsBrain scans of children and young adults have revealed that specific brain regions tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgrounds than those born into wealthier families.The effects were most striking among the poorest families who took

Tracey Emin: 'Bed shows the absolute mess and decay of my life' – video

After a breakdown in 1998, Emin spent four days near unconscious in her bed surrounded by the detritus of youth: vodka, cigarettes, condoms, contraceptive pills and tiny-waisted belts. As her now-notorious artwork Bed goes on public show at Tate Britain, she reflects on this time capsule of her 'complete, absolute' collapse – and the visceral reaction she wants it to spark in people• Tracey Emin

So Sia hides herself? So do Daft Punk. The only difference is she's a woman

Pop operates a double standard: when men conceal their identity, it’s part of their art. When women do it, the web demands to know whyThe fact that Sia doesn’t show her face anymore – on television, on the red carpet, in publicity photos – seems to fascinate and offend people in equal measure. Put the words “Sia” and “face” into a Twitter search, and you’ll see a tidal wave of people who seem

Why I am still sabotaging fox hunts 10 years after they were banned

A lack of interest by the police and judiciary means hunters are getting away with ripping apart animals in the name of ‘sport’As a hunt saboteur, I spend every Saturday during the hunting season intervening to save wildlife. During August and September, when the hunts are training their young hounds to kill fox cubs, this means getting up at 3am to be in position for when they start their vile

Can Trevor Noah fill Jon Stewart's big shoes for 'Indecision 2016'?

The South African’s appointment is welcome – but as an outsider, can he cover the 2016 presidential campaign as convincingly as Jon Stewart would have done?This morning, Comedy Central officially announced 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah as the third host of its flagship late-night show, The Daily Show. Noah has been slowly working his way up the ladder of US comedy over the la

JK Rowling's life advice: ten quotes on the lessons of failure

The Harry Potter author’s new book is based on an inspirational speech she gave to Harvard students. Here are some of the best quotesJK Rowling has some inspirational advice for graduating students – or for anyone in this universe, really. Her new book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, out on 14 April, is her 2008 commencement speech at Harvar

Policeman who crashed car into force HQ gates had stress disorder from Iraq

Army veteran Kevin Szabo gets non-custodial sentence after attempt to confront chief constable in the belief Cheshire police had not supported him during illnessA policeman who crashed his patrol car through the gates of his force’s HQ has walked free after a court heard the Iraq war veteran was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.PC Kevin Szabo, 40, from Prestatyn, north Wales, w

You can’t exploit me: just like Stephen Hawking®, I’ve trademarked myself

If it is good enough for the theoretical scientist or the author JK Rowling, it’s good enough for me, which is why I am now Stuart Heritage®I’ve never really seen myself as a person. People are weak. People are fallible. People lack a major edge in increasingly competitive markets. No, deep down I have always been a brand. A hard-as-nails, legally enforceable brand, zooming through the jetstr

The fossil fuel path is immoral and financially imprudent

What was right once, is now wrong. If John D Rockefeller were alive today, he’d be as visionary about green energy as once he was about black crudeI am proud of the legacy of John D Rockefeller, who built the greatest fossil fuel enterprise in history. In his day, fossil fuel was a liberating force – it literally changed the face of the earth, freeing many people from toil. The family busines

Tracey Emin's messy bed goes on display at Tate for first time in 15 years

Artists wants visitors to view her once shocking installation My Bed as ‘sweet’ moment of history and ‘a portrait of a younger woman’Tracey Emin’s best known work, her 1998 monument to the heartache of a relationship breakdown, My Bed, has gone on display at Tate Britain for the first time in 15 years.The work, which Emin now describes as a portrait of a young woman, was bought last year b

Hugh Jackman says next Wolverine movie will be his last

Actor confirms on Instagram that he will only get his claws out one more timeHugh Jackman has confirmed the next solo Wolverine film will mark his final turn as the adamantium-clawed comic book anti-hero.Jackman posted an image to Instagram featuring three of Wolverine’s claws with the caption: “WOLVERINE ... ONE LAST TIME. HJ.” The photograph is believed to refer to Twentieth Century Fox’

Simon Danczuk MP has watched porn – why should we care?

He’s a flawed human being but so are we all. We shouldn’t expect perfection from our politicians when it’s their judgment that countsSimon Danczuk has watched porn, as have virtually all men. In one of the most important and closely fought elections in a generation, this apparently qualifies as a news story. Rochdale’s Labour MP has aroused much attention because of his Twitter habits: the deep

Sifis the Cretan crocodile is found dead – defying his hunters to the last

Experts on Greek island believe long harsh winter did it for 6ft-long reptile that evaded capture, and was given Facebook page by admirersA crocodile on Crete that became an overnight sensation when it outwitted all attempts at “arrest” has been found dead, eight months after the reptile’s mysterious appearance in an artificial lake.Sifis, who was 6ft long, was discovered belly-up on the b

Motorcyclist banned after clocking 148mph on M11

Paul Roberts admits dangerous driving after hitting what is believed to be highest speed ever recorded in UK by rider carrying pillion passengerPolice have released shocking footage of a motorcyclist reaching 148mph while carrying a passenger on a busy motorway.Paul Roberts, 43, was followed and filmed by an Essex police motorcycle officer as he rode south on the M11. His top speed is beli

The truth behind Costa Rica’s renewable energy

The bulging reservoirs that have given Costa Rica its green energy surge are likely to be attributable to climate changeThis month, Costa Rica’s state-run electricity company announced that the country had gone 75 days using only renewable resources for electricity. Costa Ricans are the first in the world to power their country for so long without the use of fossil fuels, and the record-breakin

Mary Clarke obituary

Distinguished dance critic of the Guardian and editor of Dancing Times for 45 years, she also wrote several influential books about the art form she lovedThough many girls harbour ambitions of becoming dancers, Mary Clarke, who has died aged 91, always knew that she was “born audience”. However, she did not just observe, but reported what she saw. An article in Dancing Times in December 1943 ev

Germanwings co-pilot was treated for suicidal tendencies

Andreas Lubitz had psychotherapy years before becoming a pilot, prosecutors in Düsseldorf revealGerman prosecutors have said the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps had received treatment for suicidal tendencies.Officials in Düsseldorf said Andreas Lubitz had psychotherapy “with a note about suicidal tendencies” for several years before becoming a pilot. Cont

Stephen Fry quits Instagram: 'Hounded off. Goodbye'

Move by comic and actor, who has 92,000 followers on the picture-sharing site, follows his break from Twitter last NovemberStephen Fry has quit the social media site, Instagram, telling his fans he was “hounded off” it.The comic and actor, who has a huge following on social media with 92,000 followers on the picture-sharing website alone, said: “Newspapers, as ever, suck all the joy out of

Gordon Brown pledges £800m a year for social justice in Scotland

Former PM fights to attract ex-Labour voters away from SNP with Glasgow pledge to spend more on NHS, youth jobs and students from low-income familiesGordon Brown has renewed Scottish Labour’s attempt to claw back votes in its former Glasgow heartlands by pledging his party would spend £800m a year fighting social inequality and ill-health.The former Labour leader and prime minister unveile

Angela Merkel warns Greece that reform plan must add up - business live

All the latest economic and financial news, as the Greek government struggles to persuade its lenders to release much-needed funds before the eurozone crisis erupts again*Latest: Merkel discusses Greek situation*Summary: Talks resume, but no deal*Germany: No reform plan from Greece yet*European economic sentiment hits 44-month high 3.23pm BST Bloomberg is reporting more details of

Forget the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy wardrobe – the woman is a superhero

Why is the media obsessed with how Kate is dressing during her difficult pregnancy? It’s a miracle she can even smile in public, let alone wear anything other than a giant sackNow that the second royal baby is almost here, what’s the verdict on the Duchess of Cambridge’s maternity wardrobe this time round?_Demented women’s magazine writer, your newsagent_ Continue reading...

'Gay cake' bakery discriminated against client over sexual orientation, court told

Judge says case is not straightforward, reserving judgment in third day of trial at Northern Ireland high court The Evangelical Christian owners of a bakery that refused to make a gay-themed cake discriminated against a client on grounds of his sexual orientation, Northern Ireland’s high court has heard.A lawyer for an LGBT activist suing the bakery, Ashers, said that “but for the word gay

The selfie museum: why big art galleries should take it seriously

Selfiemania has hit new heights with a wacky dedicated museum. So why are traditional galleries enforcing selfie stick bans – when it could put them out of business?Selfiemania in art galleries has reached new heights of surreal comedy at a museum in Manila. Art in Island is a museum specifically designed for taking selfies, with “paintings” you can touch, or even step inside, and unlimited,

Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Washiqur Rahman’s murder is latest attack on country’s independent writers following similar killing in February of American atheist bloggerA blogger known for his atheist views has been stabbed to death in Bangladesh, in the latest of a series of attacks on independent writers in the developing south Asian nation.Washiqur Rahman, 27, died of serious injuries inflicted in the assault on Mo

What would be in your party manifesto for the general election?

What are the key policy commitments that would help swing your vote? Share your ideas and we’ll build alternative manifestos for each partyThe Conservatives pledged to build the “Big Society”. Labour would ensure a “future fair for all”. The Lib Dems, meanwhile, guaranteed “change that works for you”.Sound familiar? These were the pitches made by these parties in their election manifestos

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