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Greek unemployment could cause 'social crisis' – business live

All the latest business and economics news, as the International Labour Organisation issues a new report on the Greek jobless crisis.*Latest: ILO demands new strategy to fight Greek unemployment*Earlier: German business climate improves*Global business confidence hits five-year low since 2009*Spanish 10-year yields hit record low below 2% 2.11pm GMT The Bank of England has appoint

Iran nuclear talks: deadline extended to June 2015 – live

Rolling coverage as Iran and world powers push back midnight deadline on final day of talks to strike deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme and the lifting of sanctions*Iran nuclear talks – the Guardian briefing 2.00pm GMT Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani will give a televised address to the Iranian people later on Monday, the state news agency IRNA has said; it’s not clear at what time t

The 2014 American Music Awards - in pictures

From Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez’s Booty showstopper to the bombastic blast of Jessie J’s Bang Bang, here’s some of the biggest performances from the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles Continue reading...

Prince Charles letters: minister’s veto of publication was lawful, court told

Supreme court hears QC James Eadie open the government’s latest effort in its nine-year campaign to keep the letters secretA senior government minister acted lawfully when he overrode a court and vetoed the publication of secret letters written by Prince Charles, the supreme court heard on Monday.James Eadie, QC for the government, rejected suggestions that the use of the veto by Dominic G

Sun journalists aware of payments to public officials for stories, court told

Jamie Pyatt, a reporter at the tabloid, says it was an ‘open secret’ that police and other officials were paid for informationPaying public officials for stories was an “open secret” throughout the newsroom at the Sun newspaper, a court has heard.The paper’s Thames Valley reporter, Jamie Pyatt, said payments to police officers and other public officials were common knowledge among journalist

Alisher Usmanov accuses Arsène Wenger of not learning from mistakes

• Second largest shareholder questions manager’s principles• Usmanov also says Arsenal must strengthen in all departments• Match report: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United• Arsène Wenger: why didn’t manager go out on FA Cup high?Alisher Usmanov, Arsenal’s second largest shareholder after Stan Kroenke, has accused Arsène Wenger of failing to learn from his mistakes and claims the Gunners must stre

Swiss museum accepts part of Nazi art trove

Bequest from Cornelius Gurlitt to be housed in Kunstmuseum Bern with exception of any suspected of having been lootedA Swiss fine art museum is to accept the controversial collection of modernist masterpieces recently discovered in the home of a German recluse.The collection of Cornelius Gurlitt – hundreds of works amassed during the Nazi era, including paintings and drawings by Marc Chaga

Oxford and Cambridge need colleges exclusively for state school pupils

We’ve had women-only colleges. If Oxbridge is serious about tackling inequality, state school colleges are the logical next stepEvery year, around this time, the admissions process at the elite universities of Oxford and Cambridge gets underway. Every year, concerns are raised about access for students from “non-traditional backgrounds” (only in Oxbridge could being a member of an ethnic minori

Dressing for the barricades? Follow the celebrity class warriors!

Whether it’s Myleene Klass and her oversized Chanel bag or Russell Brand and his eco-warrior chic, there’s a style leader for either side in the great struggleI am a B-list celebrity and am interested in becoming a class warrior. What should I wear?_Doncha K.N.O. Whoiam, The Groucho Club_ Continue reading...

Top Gear special row: Argentina ambassador criticises BBC response

Alicia Castro accuses Danny Cohen of ‘perfunctory’ rejection of apology request and says Jeremy Clarkson fell below standardsThe Argentinian ambassador has accelerated her argument with the BBC over a controversial Top Gear special filmed in the country.Alicia Castro, the country’s ambassador to the UK, has written to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead expressing her “discontent” after a meeti

Prince William to visit China next year

Duke of Cambridge will travel to country early in 2015 but duchess is thought unlikely to accompany himThe Duke of Cambridge is pay a visit to China next year, sources have said.Prince William will travel to the country early in 2015, but the Duchess of Cambridge, who is pregnant, is thought unlikely to accompany him. Continue reading...

Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, dockers on strike in Belgium, and a Vermeer out on the street in Rome Continue reading...

William Gibson webchat – as it happened

The author of Neuromancer and new novel The Peripheral answered readers’ questions – from AI to the influence of Blade Runner in our belief in the future to why he didn’t predict cellphones 12.39pm GMT Thanks very much to everyone who asked questions and very special thanks to William for his fascinating answers. Cheers! 12.38pm GMT Paul Hill asks:What would you say to someone sta

Vladimir Putin: I don’t want to rule Russia for life

President says he will step down by 2024, and accuses the west of trying to punish Russia for being strong and assertiveVladimir Putin does not want to rule Russia for life, but may well run for another six-year term in 2018, he has said.In an interview with a Russian state news agency, Putin, who has ruled as either president or prime minister since 2000, said he would base any decision to

UK counter-terrorism bill to include campus ban on extremists

Home secretary Theresa May will be able to order universities to exclude radical speakers under measures unveiled this weekNew powers for the home secretary to order universities to ban extremist speakers from their campuses are to be included in the counter-terrorism bill to be published on Wednesday, Theresa May has announced.The bill will also place a statutory duty on schools, colleges,

Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy files appeal

Asia Bibi was found guilty of insulting the prophet Muhammad four years ago after incident in June 2009A Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy has filed an appeal in the country’s top court , her final legal recourse after being found guilty of insulting the prophet Muhammad four years ago.A high court in Lahore confirmed the death sentence of Asia Bibi last month, dashi

A good life: Alice Waters’ final meal

The chef-proprietor of Chez Panisee would enjoy a locally sourced grass-fed fillet steak with garlic fried potatoesThe season would dictate my last meal. But if I got to choose when it was, it would be the end of September. Continue reading...

When everyone is a feminist, is anyone?

It’s suddenly cool to be a feminist. But what does that mean for feminism as a movement?Feminists are everywhere these days. Beyoncé performed in front of the f-word in towering lights, feminism is being celebrated on magazine covers the world over, and every young female celebrity gets put through the “are you or aren’t you” feminist bona fides test.In some ways, feminism’s current popula

Iran nuclear talks likely to be extended, diplomats say

Negotiations may resume next month if deal unable to be reached in Vienna over uranium enrichment and sanctionsNegotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme are likely to be extended with a resumption next month, according to western diplomats at the talks in Vienna.An extension would mean the final week of scheduled talks, due to end at midnight on Monday, had failed to achieve a breakthrough.

Scotland has an equal gender cabinet - how does it compare to the UK?

Scotland’s new female first minister Nicola Sturgeon has introduced a cabinet in which there are as many women as men. That is much better than the UK as a whole but its parliament is not so far aheadAs well as getting its first female leader, the Scottish government now has a cabinet on which both genders are equally represented.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her cabinet was: A cl

Why the National newspaper in Scotland may well be a success

A pro-independence newspaper can capture the mood of the 45% of Scots who voted yesA new paper, the National, launches with a pilot week in Scotland today. Given the parlous state of the newspaper industry, the fight for advertising and the near endless prospect of austerity, that’s pretty amazing. The fact it’s a pro-independence paper looks even more astonishing. After all, Scots voted no jus

Sweet Peach won't make vaginas smell like fruit or taste of Diet Coke

Probiotic supplement Sweet Peach will analyse micro-organisms and has nothing to do with peach, roses or soft drinks – or the men who introduced itRemember Sweet Peach? The “personalised probiotic supplement” announced just last week, which was supposed to make vaginas smell like peach? Well, it turns out the supplement all about “personal empowerment”, which aims to prevent yeast infectio

What should you do with all your old spices?

A recent survey suggests that there are millions of pounds’ worth of unused spices sitting on our shelves. What should you do with those dusty jars of cumin, coriander and cayenne?We called it the “Ottolenghi effect”. Where once our spice cupboard was really just half a shelf housing dried basil and mild curry powder, suddenly that forgotten corner of the kitchen was playing host to harissa and

Abkhazia, inside the rebel republic – in pictures

As Vladimir Putin meets Abkhazian leaders today to sign an ‘integration agreement’, Georgia fears that Moscow is edging closer to annexing its breakaway territory. Photographer Amos Chapple has been traveling the region and offers a glimpse inside the separatist state that depends on Russia to survive Continue reading...

The truth about airport security during the holidays: we know your snow globe is not a bomb

Take it from someone who worked the x-ray machine: there are too many convoluted rules and senseless restrictions for anything but dangerous chaosEvery November around the least wonderful time of the year, government higher-ups at airport security checkpoints around the world like to start passing down memos: it’s the holidays, which means the annual _increased risk of terrorist attacks_; off

Theresa May's speech on counter-terrorism: Politics Live blog

Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s counter-terrorism speech 12.04pm GMT _Q: What impact will stopping insurance companies paying ransom have?_May says the government is clarifying the law. It is putting it beyond doubt. 12.03pm GMT _Q: If a British subject has no access to any other citizenship, how will you stop them r

Stephen Lawrence murder: insufficient evidence to prosecute sixth suspect

CPS confirms no further action will be taken against man who was arrested last December and who has not been namedA sixth man held over the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence will not be prosecuted due to insufficient evidence.The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed no further action will be taken against the suspect, who has not been named and was arrested 11 months ago. Continu

Yasiin Bey review – the artist formerly known as Mos Def disappoints

Forum, LondonThe hip-hop star gives a glimpse of just how great he can be – which makes this bizarre, patchy show all the more frustratingWe are firmly on hip-hop time tonight. It’s an hour past the advertised show time when the artist formerly known as Mos Def finally appears in this impatient sweatbox, wearing a nifty fedora and a hugely superfluous scarf, with no explanation for his latenes

It’s class, not whether a baby is breastfed, that determines life chances

Paying working-class women to breastfeed doesn’t address the reasons for their choice, or the economic factors that are really driving inequality“New mums bribed to breastfeed” ran headlines last week, as the Lancet reported that a pilot scheme offering women shopping vouchers worth up to £200 if they breastfed their babies will now be extended to more than 4,000 women. The ensuing debate worri

Your love of language – in pictures

In our recent Witness assignment we asked you to share a picture of an everyday item and tell us what it is called in your home language. From ‘cup’ in Welsh to ‘love’ in Bulgarian, we had almost 100 submissions from across Europe and beyond. Here’s a few of our favourites *View the full gallery here Continue reading...


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