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Gaza crisis: US condemns fatal attack on UN school, says culprit unknown - live

*Strike on UN school kill at least 16; more than 100 wounded*UNs Ban: all available evidence points to Israeli artillery*Israeli military says it was responding to fire*Separate strike on busy market kills 17, wounds scores, officials say*Dozens killed elsewhere in second night of intense bombardment*Read the latest blog summary Continue reading...

Commonwealth Games 2014: day seven live!

*Live updates from day seven of the Glasgow Games*Bolt denies calling Games a bit shit*Andy Bull: whatever Bolt said, Games are a hit*Highlights and schedule for day seven in Glasgow*Send thoughts to 7.29pm BST Only four men have cleared 2.25m in the mens high jump; theyre falling like flies. Australias Brandon Starc is the latest. 7.27pm BST

US economy bounces back with 4% GDP growth in second quarter

Economy rebounds from rough winter with better-than-expected growth as first quarter numbers revised upwardsThe US economy bounced back strongly in the spring, shaking off the effects of an unusually harsh winter, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, grew by 4% on an annual basis, better than the average of 3% predicted by e

YouTube star Dapper Laughs lands his own ITV2 dating show

Video blogger named Daniel O'Reilly is first to turn internet fame into a show on terrestrial televisionThey are some of the biggest celebrities you've never heard of a community of people with a million-strong fanbase and global followings.Now, one of Britain's most popular internet video bloggers or vloggers is breaking away from the niche world of Vine and YouTube to move on to terrestria

Manchester to have first statue of woman since Queen Victoria

Public to choose from famous Mancunians to mark women's suffrage centenary, with Emmeline Pankhurst a favouriteManchester is to get its first statue of a woman since Queen Victoria, following a unanimous vote from councillors who said they were appalled that the "widow of Windsor" is the city's only female sculpture.Of the city centre's 16 existing statues, 15 depict men, including Abraham L

Secret language of penguins decoded

Six distinctive calls made by African or 'jackass' penguins express the birds' ecstasy, love, hunger, anger and lonelinessAfrican penguins communicate feelings such as hunger, anger and loneliness through six distinctive vocal calls, according to scientists who have observed the birds' behaviour in captivity.The calls of the "jackass" penguin were identified by researchers at the University

Egypts decision to side with Israel has cost Gaza dear

The countrys hardened stance against Hamas led to the bolstering of the Gaza blockade and the collapse of talksLast week a convoy carrying medical supplies to Gaza from Egypt was turned back by Egyptian soldiers over 100km from the border. The convoys organisers knew they risked being stopped but that was part of the point. It was expected, said Salma Said on her return home. They do not want E

BA pilot charged with child abuse offences took his own life, coroner rules

Simon Wood, 54, died after being struck by a train while awaiting trial on charges of child abuse in the UK and AfricaA British Airways pilot who was struck by a train after he was charged with child abuse offences took his own life, a coroner has ruled .First Officer Simon Wood, 54, allegedly molested children in African schools and orphanages after claiming he was carrying out charity work

Ebola outbreak: Britain has expertise to cope, say ministers

Spread of virus that has killed more than 600 people since February can be contained, says Hammond after Cobra meetingMinisters said Britain had the expertise and resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus should it come to the UK, after holding an emergency Cobra meeting on Wednesday to consider the threat from the disease's deadliest ever outbreak.Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary,

Where does your waistband sit on the Trouser Index?

On the catwalk, waistbands for men are moving up, while one US city is banning sagging trews. Were calling it the Trouser Index - but how low, or high, do you go?Ocala city in Florida has just announced a ban on sagging pants in public. First-time offenders will receive a warning; multiple-offenders could face up to six months in prison and a $500 fine.The ban was non-gender specific, but

This means war: why the fashion headdress must be stopped

The Native American headdress is a common sight at festivals. It has also been appropriated by fashion brands and stars such as Pharrell Williams. But many are now fighting back against what they see as a crude act of racial stereotypingThe right to dress like an idiot is a fundamental principle of festival culture, but at this weekend's Bass Coast electronic music festival in British Columbia,

Eastbourne pier engulfed in flames - video

A large fire engulfs the front section ofEastbourne pier in East Sussex on Wednesday. It is believed the blaze broke out behind some wood panelling in the arcade building. The landmark, built in the 1870s, today houses a number of cafes, bars and a nightclubs. The pier has been evacuated and there are no reports of any injuries Continue reading...

Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert second debt default in 13 years

Hopes raised by intervention of Argentina's banking association, but insiders say agreement is still some way offArgentina was engaged in a last-ditch attempt to avert its second debt default in 13 years on Wednesday night as tense negotiations with bondholders ran to the wire ahead of a midnight deadline in New York.Markets were optimistic that a deal could be hammered out at the eleventh h

Matalan donates to Rana Plaza victims' trust fund one day before deadline

Retailer had been the only major British retailer not to contribute to UN-backed fund to compensate victims of factory collapseUK clothing chain Matalan has bowed to pressure and made a donation to the UN-backed fund to compensate the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse one day before the deadline for payments. The retailer, however, refused to say how much money it had offered to the fu

Feminism makes women 'victims'? I think you've mistaken us for the sexists

Women_ are_ victimized in our society. #WomenAgainstFeminism doesnt change that terrible realityAn old canard about feminists is that, in addition to being hirsute bra-burners, we want to turn all women into victims and thanks to Women Against Feminism, this particular accusation has gained some moderately mainstream traction in recent weeks. But feminism doesnt make women victims. Sexism

Weird Al Yankovic: 'I think Robin Thicke was glad I just mocked his grammar'

After 30 years in the music business, Weird Al Yankovic has finally broken through. Hadley Freeman asks the cult hero what it's like to be number one"If you'd asked me 30 years ago whether I'd still be making parody albums, I'd have laughed," Weird Al Yankovic chortles. "And if you said the records would be selling more than ever, I'd have thought you were crazy."The past few weeks, however,

London orbital railway on mayor's £1.3tn wishlist

Boris Johnson says London Infrastructure 2050 plan is a wake-up call to stark needs of London over next half a centuryBlueprints for a new orbital metro-style railway around London are being drawn up by the city's transport authorities as part of a massive proposed infrastructure investment to keep the capital moving as the population soars in coming decades.Around £200bn of spending on tran

Commonwealth Games 2014: Englands Nicola Adams beats Erandi de Silva

Unanimous verdict guarantees confident flyweight a medal Next opponent will be Canadas Mandy Bujold in semi-finalNicola Adams guaranteed a Commonwealth medal to add to her collection after easing into the flyweight boxing semi-finals at the SECC in Glasgow.A unanimous verdict over Erandi de Silva of Sri Lanka did not tell the whole story as Adams dominated the contest, landing crashing hook

Lib Dems suggest putting forests in trusts to avoid privatisation

Party is committed to planting 3.5m trees if they stay in power in attempt to woo back voters from the Greens and LabourThe Liberal Democrats hope to place Britain's forests in a protected trust to stop them ever being sold off and have committed to planting more than 3.5m trees in towns, cities and villages over the next parliament if they remain in power, Dan Rogerson, an environment minister

Samuel L Jackson's sweary supercut plus the rest of today's breaking pop culture news

*Were halfway through the working week so lets celebrate with loads of pop culture nonsense.*Well include videos, daft pictures and some of our own musings.*Theres the aforementioned supercut, plus loads of new music from FKA Twigs, Banks, Beck and Sufjan Stevens.*Get in touch via the comments or tweet us @guideguardian. 5.32pm BST Thats it from the blog today - Ill leave you with so

First world war ministers were warned of eternal stalemate in January 1915

Cabinet papers show Lloyd George despairing of throwing away Kitcheners citizen army as cabinet colleagues searched for a blow to end the war once and for allDavid Lloyd George, Britains then future prime minister, despaired within months of the outbreak of the first world war that the conflict risked continuing indefinitely as war ministers searched in vain for a blow that would end the war on

Glasgow 2014: Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch happy with diving silver

Canadas Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion win gold Couch: Were really pleased to come secondEnglands Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch were satisfied with Commonwealth Games silver despite having led the womens synchronised 10m platform going into the last round. The Plymouth pair were in front after four of their five dives on day one of diving at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.In

HSBC shuts accounts of Muslim organisations, including Finsbury Park mosque

The organisations all received near-identical letters from HSBC saying their services fell 'outside of our risk appetite'Three Muslim organisations, including the Finsbury Park mosque, are demanding answers from HSBC after being told by the bank that their accounts were being shut down.The organisations, also including the Ummah Welfare Trust (UWT) and the Cordoba Foundation thinktank, all r

England v India: third Test, day four live!

*Updates from cricket at the Ageas Bowl*Email*Or get in touch via Twitter: @John_Ashdown*Jacques Kallis retires from all forms of cricket 6.15pm BST 38th over: India 98-4 (Rohit 3, Rahane 7) A bit of block, a bit of leave from Rohit and Rahane as Broad bends his back once more. 6.12pm BST 37th over: India 96-4 (Rohit 2, Rahane 7) Rahane biffs the fi

Should we be worried about an Ebola outbreak in the UK?

The mortality rate is staggeringly high and there is no specific treatment. The good news, though, is that the virus is quite hard to catchThe current Ebola virus outbreak is by far the largest so far. The first recorded cases were in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in southern Sudan. In the current west African outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia (with one case import

India landslide kills at least 17 people in Maharashtra state

Up to 200 feared trapped as emergency forces rush to remote Malin village, where debris from a hill collapsed after heavy rainA landslide has struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, killing at least 17 people and leaving up to 200 trapped, officials said.Emergency forces rushed to the remote Malin village in the Pune district of Maharashtra state, where debris from a

Assassin's Creed Unity the most gruesome game trailer ever?

A promotional animation for Ubisofts forthcoming stealth adventure game has had tongues wagging and heads falling offWhen Ubisoft commissioned horror director Rob Zombie and Walking Dead artist Tony Moore to make a promotional short for Assassins Creed Unity, it must have known what to expect. Blood. And lots of it. Released over the weekend and premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con, the four-

Why girls need imperfect role models

Hurrah for the death of Little Miss Perfect campaign. Women afflicted by perfection anxiety need to hear this message loud and clearMothers like to hand down helpful advice, and this is a snippet that stayed with me: why should you be perfect when no one else is? For a young woman struggling with the pressures of perfection to get good grades, to have a body that manages to be a flawless mix of

Banksy's GCHQ artwork vandalised in Cheltenham

Part of the artists image of three spies tapping a phone box near GCHQ has been scratched out, while a seven-figure bidding war rumbles onBanksys artwork of three spies tapping a Cheltenham phone booth, which is currently part of an international bidding war, has been vandalised.The Gloucestershire Echo reported that a name has been scratched on the sunglasses of the spook to the right of

Shots fired at Northern Ireland police car in Derry city

Suspicion falls on new IRA after two shots hit armoured police landrover in Bogside area of DerryPolice officers had a narrow escape when bullets struck their patrol vehicle in Derry city on Wednesday morning.Two shots hit an armoured police landrover in the Bogside area but no one was injured, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said. Continue reading...

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