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Natalie Bennett speaks at Green party spring conference: Politics Live blog

Rolling coverage of the Green party’s spring conference in Liverpool, including Natalie Bennett’s party leader speech 10.55am GMT Someone once claimed that the most scary words that a politician can hear are: “Michael Crick is in the lobby to see you.”. But it’s good to see that he is welcome up here.Just came out of the toilets and saw @MichaelLCrick. We're not in Kansas anymore...! #g

India v West Indies: Cricket World Cup – live!

*Cricket World Cup 2015 updates from the day-night game at the Waca*West Indies 182 all out off 44.2 overs, India require 183 to win*Exclusive: Ashes heroes facing large bills for tax avoidance schemes*Email or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.54am GMT Game on! Ish! West Indies have a wicket, as Taylor finds Dhawan’s edge and Sammy takes the catch at second slip.

Palestinian motorist rams pedestrians in Jerusalem

Police say driver got out of vehicle and tried to stab passersby before he was shot and wounded by security guardA Palestinian motorist rammed his vehicle into a group of people standing near a tram stop in Jerusalem, injuring at least five, including four security officials, Israeli police said. None were seriously injured. The incident, which police said they were treating as a terroris

Eurozone QE drives euro to 11-year low - business live

All the latest economic and financial news, including February’s US unemployment report and Greek bailout developments *Latest: Euro weakens against dollar and pound*Bond yields at record low*Greece meets IMF loan repayment*Nikkei hits highest level since April 2000*The Agenda: It’s non-farm payroll day 10.43am GMT 10.24am GMT So, Greece has sent a new letter to Brussels w

Crufts dog show 2015 - in pictures

It’s a dog’s life in Birmingham as the Crufts dog show opens. Crufts is the largest show of its kind in the world with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Continue reading...

Kingsley Amis: 45 ways of being annoying

Some writers obsess about love, or memory – Amis built an empire out of irritation. In Ending Up, he presented a group of people who turned annoying one another into a fine art. Craig Brown salutes the laureate of exasperationIrritation is generally considered a minor emotion, less noble than anger, less operatic than rage. Over the centuries, it has inspired no great poem, speech or drama, tho

Mexico has a human rights crisis, so why welcome its president with open arms?

The west shouldn’t be under any illusion about the consequences of our double standards in Latin America: the region’s most vulnerable people sufferLet us bid us a fond farewell to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, who has been in the UK this week as part of a state visit. During his time here, he has travelled across the country, from London to Aberdeen, meeting the UK’s most important rep

Ecologically disastrous dams may get the go-ahead

Eighteen months after the catastrophic Uttarakhand floods, dams repeatedly vetoed by experts for causing irreparable ecological damage are likely to be approvedIn mid-February, the ministry of environment and forests virtually approved six hydropower dams. This is the latest in an 18-month-long debate on the ecological impact of dams in Uttarakhand.In June 2013, floods severely damaged par

Chris Bryant webchat – post your questions now

With the general election looming, post your questions for the shadow culture minister about Labour’s plans for the arts, ahead of a live webchat on Monday 9 March at 1pm GMT 10.20am GMT Ahead of the 2015 general election, the Guardian will be running live webchats with each of the main parties’ culture ministers to gauge their stance on the arts. From how they plan to allot funding, to ho

The Joy of Six: no-look football passes

From Ronaldinho’s static masterclass to Michael Laudrup making a mockery of defences, the no-look pass is much more than a bit of pointless trickeryWhen Jay Sherman needed a quick way of dodging a furious Rainier Wolfcastle, he pointed at his shoes and told him that his laces were undone. On closer inspection, they were loafers, but Sherman’s sleight of hand emphasised that if you need to avoid

Harrison Ford hospitalised after crashing his plane on golf course

Actor known for roles in Indiana Jones, Blade Runner and Star Wars films reportedly conscious and breathing after crashing small plane on golf course in CaliforniaHarrison Ford has been injured and hospitalised after crashing a small plane onto a golf course near Los Angeles.The 72-year-old actor suffered “moderate” injuries after crashing the vintage two-seater plane he was piloting on to

Virgin voters: generation rent on the horrors of housing

Young people are struggling with the cost of renting – and many see home ownership as a pipe dreamIn our new “Virgin voters” series, we listen to what young people and first-time voters have to say about the election issues that matter most to them. This week, following David Cameron’s housing speech, we talk about housing.Labour’s commitment to reforming the rent system could sway my vote

Isis extremists bulldoze ancient Assyrian site near Mosul

Iraq’s ministry of tourism and antiquities says militants ‘defy will of world and feelings of humanity’ but does not state extent of damageIslamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government said, in their latest assault on some of the world’s greatest archaeological and cultural treasures. A tribal source from the nearby city of Mosul

Feminism and fiction - quiz

To celebrate International Women's Day we have a fiendish quiz to test your knowledge of feminist issues in fact and fiction.We are holding a live Twitter chat on feminism with authors including Holly Smale, Anita Naik and Louise O'Neill, come and join on us Sunday 8 March from 7-8pm #Gdnteenfeminism @GdnChildrensBks Continue reading...

Tajik opposition leader Umarali Ku​vatov shot dead in Istanbul

Head of Tajikistan’s Group 24 opposition movement, who had been living in exile in Turkey, gunned down by unknown assailant on streetTajik opposition leader Umarali Kuvatov has been shot dead by an unknown assailant on an Istanbul street, a Turkish news agency has said. Kuvatov, who had been living in exile in Turkey and was head of the Group 24 opposition movement, was killed with a singl

FA Cup quarter-finals: breaking down each of the last-eight ties

How will Bradford handle being favourites now they’re on TV? Will Villa do the double over West Brom? Rodgers and the risk of resting Moreno and Arsenal bid to finally win at Old TraffordThere’s a certain irony to Cup underdogs Bradford City finally being given a live slot on free-to-air TV for an FA Cup game – and then being built up as favourites. The TV appeal was in their plucky status. Wit

Schoolboy barred from World Book Day over Christian Grey costume

Liam Scholes was banned from photos of the event at his Manchester school and had to change Fifty Shades character to James Bond Serial killers, wicked witches and evil warlords were all permitted, but when a pupil turned up in school for World Book Day as the BDSM-addicted protagonist from Fifty Shades of Grey, teachers drew the line.Liam Scholes, 11, was told by Sale high school that he

Madonna says guardian angels of the metaphysical world saved her after Brits fall

Singer says both the physical world and the metaphysical world were at work to protect her after she tumbled down steps while singingMadonna “wouldn’t have survived that fall” during her performance at the Brit awards if she had not been in good shape, she has said. In an interview with the New York Times, the singer attributed her remaining relatively unscathed to her knowing how to fall as

Banh xeo – dairy-free recipe

A deliciously crisp and lacy pancake from Vietnam, served with a sharp dipping sauceBanh xeo is a crisp and lacy pancake from Vietnam. This savoury crepe is traditionally filled with pork and prawns (though for an easy lunch I’ve left out the pork), vegetables and bean sprouts. Depending on where you are in Vietnam, it is made with or without coconut milk. I was taught to make it with just wa

I'm a porn addict who masturbates four times a day. How can I kick the habit? – video

Psychotherapist and agony aunt Philippa Perry responds to a young man who says he is addicted to porn. He wants to know how he can salvage his hopes for the future and kick the habits of his addiction.If you would like to leave Philippa Perry a voicemail, please call her Guardian phone line on +4420 -3353 3841. By leaving a message you are consenting to your voicemail being used in the series. A

Nicola Sturgeon says Trident conflict would not stop SNP backing other Labour policies

Scottish first minister says party’s support for minority Labour government would not be conditional on Ed Miliband scrapping nuclear missile systemNicola Sturgeon has dropped demands that a minority Labour government must cancel a new Trident nuclear weapon in return for the Scottish National party’s backing at Westminster.The SNP leader said that her party could comfortably vote for Labo

World Book Day costumes: cats, rats, hats - your pictures

We asked for your pictures of World Book Day costumes. Here are just some of the hundreds that poured in … Continue reading...

Doctor, I've got this thing in my ... but it might not be a thing ...

Difficulties in describing symptoms and understanding medical jargon can create barriers between doctors and their patientsMany of us are rubbish at talking about problems in our nether regions. And the linguistic barrier can preclude our seeking the right help.If I tear a muscle, or incur a less-than-ordinary-sized cut or bruise, I’m brilliant at talking to my GP. I’ll sit down, inquire a

Joyce Smith: 'I stopped running when I was 74. You don't pick up your feet as much'

One of Britain’s distance running greats on keeping fit at 77, the frustrations of not being allowed to race long distances as a woman and jelly beans, lemon squash and chocolate_Joyce Smith began running in the 1950s, at which time the longest distance for women in international competitions was 800 metres. She broke the world record for 3,000m in 1971, and ran at the 1972 Olympic Games. In

People hit by council tax support cuts are broke, but the system is broken

Court rooms are clogged with people who have fallen behind on payments since support funds were axed, yet the rich still fail to pay their fair share of the taxSometimes news stories are so predictable, you find yourself checking the publication date to check the findings aren’t one, two or three years old. That was the case for this week’s news that affordability of housing is ranked as the

Ruby Wax: Sane New World review – mirth and mindfulness in standup’s seminar

St James theatre, LondonIs it a showbiz tale or a workshop for the audience? It’s hard to tell but the comic’s interactive stage show does feel therapeuticI’ve seen a lot in comedy, but I’ve never ended a show as a participant in a (not remotely ironic) mindfulness workshop. Suffice it to say that Ruby Wax’s Sane New World isn’t comedy – or theatre, for that matter – in any normal sense. But w

Lung cancer stem cell therapy to be trialled in UK

Trial will involve 56 patients with metastatic lung cancer who will undergo treatment using genetically modified bone marrow stem cellsBritish patients will be the first in the world to receive a pioneering cell therapy that scientists hope will transform the treatment of lung cancer.The treatment uses stem cells taken from bone marrow that have been genetically modified to find and destro

Kurt Cobain's childhood home has sale price cut by $100,000

The house in Abderdeen, Washington – featuring a hole in the wall punched by young Kurt – can now be yours for just $400,000Do you hanker to live like Kurt Cobain? Now you can – at a specially discounted price. The Nirvana frontman’s childhood home is for sale, and it can be yours for $400,000 (£263,000) – a 20% drop on when Cobain’s mother put it up for sale in 2013.The four-bedroom home,

Migrant population in England increased by 565,000 in three years – study

University of Oxford researchers estimate two-thirds of arrivals were from EU countries, with 200,000 of them moving to London The migrant population in England is estimated to have increased by more than half a million in three years, research from the University of Oxford has revealed.Around two-thirds of the 565,000 migrants thought to have come to the country between 2011 and 2014 were

Mobile fashion trucks, the latest US shopping sensation

Inspired by the success of gourmet food trucks, mobile boutiques are springing up on US streets. Suzanne Bearne talks to some curbside fashionistasIn the Meatpacking District in New York, surrounded by fashion designer stores Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney and Moschino, lies Styleliner. Previously a potato truck, it has been reborn as a mobile fashion boutique stocking an eclectic mi

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