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Greek bonds and shares slide as ECB 'mulls reining in support' - business live

All the latest economic and financial news, including developments around Greece’s debt talks*Bloomberg: ECB losing patience with Greece*Greek stock market hits lowest level of 2015*Bond yields hit new highs*Gazprom chief heading to Athens 12.09pm BST Royal Bank of Scotland’s analysts believe the crisis could lead to a third bailout, an exit from the Eurozone or a new government.

Irvine Welsh webchat – live now

The ferocious bard of Scotland’s underbelly is with us for a live webchat now – post your questions for him in the comments below*See Irvine Welsh in conversation with Jesse Armstrong at a Guardian Live event at the Bloomsbury theatre, London 12.09pm BST boooky asks:How does it feel to see your works make it on the screen? I find your books so visual and visceral anyway that it is am

Election 2015 live: Labour is a class-based, divisive party, says John Major

*Sturgeon calls Major comments ‘affront to democracy’*Ed Miliband accuses Cameron of ‘threatening integrity of UK’*PM has given up attempting to win majority, Labour leader says*Nigel Farage says Ukip would reduce TV licence fee to £50 12.01pm BST Meanwhile, the Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has joined the chorus of politicians accusing David Cameron of deliberately hyping th

County cricket – live!

• Glamorgan v Surrey; Sussex v Worcestershire; Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire*County cricket: the week’s final over 12.03pm BST Ali Martin writes from Cardiff Wild celebrations here at the Swalec as Matt Dunn, who has previously been guilty of not making the batsmen play enough, cleans up Will Bragg for 37 for the first breakthrough of the day. The left-hander went to clip one down fine

Why the hysteria over Nicola Sturgeon?

The SNP leader is not only authentic, she also exposes the stalemate of the old two-party systemShe’s King Herod. She’s Lady Macbeth. She’s Attila the Hun. Nicola Sturgeon has_ really_ caught Boris Johnson’s eye. Piers Morgan is more circumspect. For him, Sturgeon is merely “the most dangerous woman in Britain”. This, says Sturgeon, is “possibly one of the nicest things the Mail has ever said a

Pulitzer prize for fiction goes to All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr’s ‘imaginative and intricate’ novel of the second world war takes $10,000 honourAnthony Doerr’s second world war novel All the Light We Cannot See has won the Pulitzer prize for fiction.Worth $10,000 (£6,700), the fiction Pulitzer – which goes to “distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life” – has been won in the past by writers includin

Beatboxing birdsongs of New York state

In these fascinating videos, we see how one man’s quest to merge two passions -- bird watching and beatbox music – has created an experimental new form of musicI love beatboxing, but as an ornithologist and birder, I am absolutely delighted by this amazing experiment that a fellow New Yorker, Ben Mirin, is working on: he is using birdsong produced by birds that can be found in New York state

What are we waiting for? Publish the Chilcot report as soon as the polls close

The Iraq war was more than a decade ago and the public have a right to know what the charge-sheet saysWhen the chairman of the Iraq inquiry, Sir John Chilcot, appeared before MPs in February, he declined to say exactly when his report would be published. So the idea that it would appear immediately after the 7 May general election was always a bit of a red herring. The BBC has now learned that

Marathons by numbers: running the data

Which countries have the most marathon runners? Where is the split between male and female runners most even? And how likely are you to complete the London marathon?A few months ago, I reported the findings of research that showed that female marathon runners are better than men at maintaining their pace. Now Jens Jakob Andersen from Copenhagen Business School and has done some

Vitamin supplements can increase risk of cancer and heart disease

Researchers reviewing trials involving thousands of patients say taking extra vitamins and minerals does more harm than goodDietary supplements, such as over-the-counter multivitamins, do “more harm than good” and can increase the risk of developing cancer and heart disease, according to research in the US. The study by the University of Colorado, which reviewed several trials involving th

Eyewitness: Delhi, India

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Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison

Cairo court’s sentence over killing of hundreds of protesters in 2012 comes as ousted leader faces two other trialsEgypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the killing of demonstrators outside his palace in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country’s first freely elected leader.Elected president the year after Egypt’s 2011 revoluti

Shoe Zone profits hurt by ankle boots

Company sounds profit warning and cuts dividend after unseasonal weather prompts shoppers to buy cheaper ankle boots over dearer knee-high varietyA profit warning and dividend cut from Shoe Zone has sent its shares plunging by almost a third. The discount retailer, which has 541 stores, said while sales volumes increased, revenues were down in the six months to 4 April because of an unusua

Nigel Slater’s pearl barley with peas and smoked mackerel

A quick kedgeree-type mealPut 200g of pearl barley into a saucepan with 500ml of vegetable stock and bring it to the boil. Lower the heat to an enthusiastic simmer and leave to cook for about 20 minutes until almost all the stock has been absorbed. Continue reading...

Poor children with disabilities have been betrayed by Cameron’s policies

How could the father of a severely disabled child who died oversee policies that have left other severely disabled children hungry, cold and stigmatised? ‘The idea any government led by David Cameron would make the lives of the disabled worse makes no sense,” Michael Gove told Newsnight last week. Gove was responding to a question about Conservative cuts to disability benefits.It was an odd

Midwives in Northern Ireland vote to strike over pay rise exclusion

Four-hour stoppage this month will be first in RCM’s 134-year history, with further action threatenedMembers of the Royal College of Midwives have voted to strike in Northern Ireland for the first time in the organisation’s 134-year history.The RCM said on Tuesday its members in the region would stop working for four hours on 30 April. Continue reading...

Libyan people smuggler derides EU plan for military action

Exclusive: ‘Hajj’, who handles illegal crossings from Zuwara, says EU help with infrastructure in north Africa would stop people wanting to leaveOne of the leading smugglers at the main departure point for Mediterranean migrant crossings in Libya has scoffed at plans to launch a military campaign against people traffickers, and recommended that the EU provide more support for his marginalised

Chilcot inquiry into Iraq war may be delayed beyond 2015

Inquiry is mired in arguments about criticism it intends to make of some individuals, including Tony Blair and Jack StrawThe long-awaited Chilcot report into the 2003 invasion of Iraq may be delayed until next year because the inquiry is mired in increasingly heated argument about the criticism it intends to make of some of the leading individuals involved, including Tony Blair, his foreign s

Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record with 600km/h test run

The seven-car ‘magnetic levitation’ train hit a top speed of 603km/h less than a week after breaking a 2003 record of 581km/hJapan has again demonstrated its prowess in high-speed rail travel after its state-of-the-art maglev train set a world record of just over 600km/h (373mph), just days after it broke its previous 12-year-old record. The seven-car maglev – short for “magnetic levitation

Emily Bitto wins 2015 Stella prize for her debut novel, The Strays

Judges describe the debut writer’s work as ‘moving and sophisticated; well-researched and original; intellectually engaging and emotionally gripping’The Melbourne author Emily Bitto has won the 2015 Stella prize for women’s writing for her debut novel, The Strays, set in an Australian artists’ colony in the 1930s.Awarded with the $50,000 cheque at a ceremony on Tuesday night, Bitto called

Wonga weighs up a name change as it slumps into the red

Series of scandals and tougher lending rules prompts £37m loss and talk of brand overhaul at UK’s largest payday lenderWonga, Britain’s biggest payday lender, has slumped into the red by £37m and said it is considering changing its name after a series of scandals last year that led to a clampdown on payday lenders.Executive chairman Andy Haste, who joined last July to overhaul the controve

Snapchat's cheeky attempts to poach rivals' employees revealed

‘Not sleeping well?’ social networking firm asks Airbnb employees – before suggesting they apply for a jobSnapchat is using its own app to hint to employees of rival firms that they should leave their jobs and work in Los Angeles with the social network.The firm has inserted cheeky geofilters – visual overlays optionally applied to snaps sent from a specific location – for pictures sent fr

Serbian president's plane plunge caused by co-pilot's coffee spill

Co-pilot accidentally activated emergency slot extension when trying to clean liquid from instruments panel, inquiry showsAn investigation into the sudden plunge of the Serbian president’s plane last week has revealed that it was due to the co-pilot spilling coffee on the instruments panel.The co-pilot accidentally activated the emergency slot extension when trying to clean the coffee from

Arsène Wenger, the Martyr of Islington

Judgments on Arsène Wenger say far more about the judges than they do about him – about our comfort with the idea that sport, or football, or life itself, can be worth our while even if it doesn’t end in victoryIn November, things were going badly at Arsenal: they’d conceded three times in the last 30 minutes to draw at home against Champions League minnows Anderlecht, lost away to Swansea af

Ed Miliband's slow walk to cool

From revelations about his love life to his popularity with hen parties, the Labour leader has become an icon of effortless masculinity. Just don’t let him go too farAccording to the Independent, Rupert Murdoch is furious. The Sun isn’t doing enough to keep Ed Miliband from power, it says. You can see his point. So far, the paper’s worst attack has involved turning the Labour leader into a ch

Star Wars Battlefront – the quest to capture fan nostalgia

Electronic Arts has promised gaming’s most authentic Star Wars experience, but can its new shooter compete with the vastness of the movie universe?We’re in a tiny closed-off area at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. It is, of course, decked out like a Rebel Alliance briefing room. Journalists from around the world are waiting to see a video of the new Star Wars shooter, Battle

Game Of Thrones, The Jinx, Last Week Tonight, Newzoids and more: TV review – video

This week, Andrew Collins reviews the return of Game of Thrones for its fifth season; also from HBO, The Jinx, a six-part true-crime saga with drama production values; on ITV, new satirical puppet show Newzoids, which draws inevitable comparisons; the BBC's Election Debate (with two leaders missing); and Gogglebox doing the Grand National, with hysteria the result Continue reading...

Charlie Hebdo attack: Sky cleared over clip of police officer’s murder

Media regulator rules that broadcaster ‘appropriately limited’ footage of Ahmed Merabet’s death during attack on satirical magazine in JanuarySky News has avoided censure for showing a clip of the murder of a police officer during the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, after an investigation by the UK broadcast media regulator cleared the graphic footage.Sky News broadcast footage of the gunme

Three female critics nominated for Pulitzer prize

Mary McNamara of the LA Times took the top honour, over film critics Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice and Manohla Dargis of the New York TimesLA Times writer Mary McNamara has won the Pulitzer prize for criticism. The prize, which carries a reward of $10,000, is designed to promote the best of newspaper and online arts writing. Continue reading...

Israel adds name of murdered Palestinian boy to cemetery wall

Decision to commemorate Mohammed Abu Khdeir on Mount Herzl is criticised by Israeli group representing victims of terrorism The name of a Palestinian boy who was murdered by Jewish extremists in east Jerusalem last summer has been added to an official memorial wall in the city’s Mount Herzl cemetery.The defence ministry announced the addition, which was criticised by an Israeli group repre

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