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After a 12-year legal battle, Sue Smith finds justice for her son who died in a Snatch Land Rover in Iraq.
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Health officials target pizzas, burgers and ready meals to help tackle child obesity in government drive.
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Glasgow University rector Aamer Anwar was caught up in the aftermath of the "horrific" terrorist attack in Barcelona.
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UK food and drink exports rise to £10.2bn in the first half of the year, the largest value on record.
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Theresa May expresses solidarity with Spain after a van ploughs into pedestrians, killing 13.
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Eyewitness Aamer Anwar describes the moment a van hit crowds in Barcelona's Ramblas tourist area.
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A van has ploughed into crowds on the Ramblas tourist area in Barcelona.
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In just over a year Europe has seen seven attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons. Security correspondent Gordon Corera looks at what authorities are doing about it.
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A van ploughing into crowds in Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist area dominates the front pages.
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Hours after van killed 13 people and injured 100 in Las Ramblas, seaside town hit by second vehicle attack, leaving seven wounded

Spanish police have a named a 17-year-old suspect in the Barcelona attack.

Moussa Oukabir, 17, is suspected to be the driver of Las Ramblas van.

Fitzroy Davies, from Wolverhampton, was caught up in the second attack in Cambrils.

He said he was in Spain for a judo camp and in a meeting with the coaches in a bar when the incident unfolded. He told the BBC:

“These girls ran into the bar off the street and then people were running up the road. One of our guys stood up, looked and just said ‘run’, so we all ran.

This guy came running up the road and was shouting something.

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1 hour ago1 hour ago

Urgent appeals made for English, Italian and French translators to make their way to hospitals to assist staff

Citizens from at least two dozen countries have been injured or killed in the van attack in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona and the coastal town of Cambrils, according to Catalan authorities.

Related: Barcelona attack: five suspects killed in Cambrils in second terrorist attack – latest updates

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Maps and graphics show how atrocity in tourist district of Catalan city unfolded, killing 13 people and injuring at least 50

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11 hours ago11 hours ago

In responding more quickly than with Charlottesville, president cites fictitious story of general dipping bullets in pig’s blood before execution of Islamic soldiers

Donald Trump has responded to the Barcelona attack by reviving an already debunked anecdote about a US general dipping bullets in pig’s blood to fight Islamic militants more than a hundred years ago.

After a relatively conventional response to the attack, in which he went on to Twitter to call on the people of Barcelona to be “tough and strong” and offer help from the US, he posted another, more cryptic, tweet, saying: “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”

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11 hours ago11 hours ago

Tourists, workers and residents recount the moment white van was driven down Barcelona boulevard in deadly attack

Turning into Las Ramblas from the Plaça de Catalunya, the white van drove towards the pavement that runs down the centre of the boulevard. Then, to the horror of those nearest to it, the driver revved the engine, mounted the pavement, and began to accelerate. Swerving from side to side, the driver hunted down victims who were trying to escape.

The famous tourist attraction had been as it always is on an August afternoon: packed with stallholders and tourists, lined with human statues and with people enjoying chilled cava outside the many cafes.

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4 hours ago4 hours ago

21st Century Fox boss breaks with father, major Trump ally Rupert Murdoch, to tell staff that president’s reaction ‘concerns all of us as Americans and free people’

James Murdoch – chief executive of 21st Century Fox and son of Donald Trump ally Rupert Murdoch – has become one of the most prominent voices yet to condemn the US president’s response to neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville.

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15 minutes ago15 minutes ago

Documents show how the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company pursued growth and profit amid instability in African and Middle East countries

British American Tobacco (BAT) has promoted sales of its cigarettes in some of the most fragile, war-torn and unstable countries of Africa and the Middle East, documents seen by the Guardian show.

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8 hours ago8 hours ago

Institute for Economic Affairs says UK should resort to WTO rules and strike free trade agreements with trading partners

Leaving the European Union without a deal in place would not spell disaster for the UK economy, according to a free market thinktank advocating trade with the rest of the world over a “hamstrung” deal with Brussels.

Despite repeated warnings that leaving without an agreement would hurt British companies and consumers, the report from the Institute of Economic Affairs, published on Friday, says the UK could remove all import barriers to achieve lower prices for consumers, increased productivity and higher wages.

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1 minute ago1 minute ago

Defence secretary says sorry to family of Phillip Hewett for delay in introducing better-protected vehicles

The defence secretary has apologised to the mother of a British soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb while travelling in a Snatch Land Rover for delays in replacing the lightly armoured vehicle.

In the letter to Sue Smith seen by the BBC, Michael Fallon said bringing better protected vehicles into service “could have saved lives”.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

Ex-criminals tell Co-op Insurance most thieves are opportunists who tend to avoid difficult break-ins

Burglars are most likely to be put off breaking into homes by CCTV cameras and barking dogs, according to a panel of former criminals.

Nearly half of the 12 former burglars consulted by Co-op Insurance said most thieves were opportunists wandering the streets who would avoid difficult break-ins that were likely to attract attention.

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1 minute ago1 minute ago

European markets open lower after Wall Street suffers second biggest drop of the year, with airline shares among biggest fallers

Gold is moving higher as investors seek havens in the wake of the current uncertainties. The precious metal is up $6 an ounce to $1293, its highest level since early June.

Here’e the eurozone current account for June:

#Euro Current Account at €28.1B https://t.co/iWgeVfiiuR pic.twitter.com/SKMnzcAPAH

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3 hours ago3 hours ago

Pact would give Saudi Arabia a leading role in rebuilding war-torn country, and allow it to shepherd Iraq away from its rival Iran

Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad’s credentials across the region.

Meetings between senior officials on both sides over the past six months have focused on shepherding Iraq away from its powerful neighbour and Saudi Arabia’s long-time rival, Iran, whose influence over Iraqi affairs has grown sharply since the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein.

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1 hour ago1 hour ago

Transparency campaigners highlight alleged human rights abuses in Egypt as controversial conflict, stability and security fund comes under scrutiny again

The government is facing questions over transparency after almost £2 million in aid and defence funding was given to security projects in Egypt, including support for policing, the criminal justice system and the treatment of juvenile detainees.

The news comes with Egypt’s security forces under fire from human rights groups for routine disappearances, the torture of detainees, and the jailing of political opponents and journalists.

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8 hours ago8 hours ago

Public Health England widens focus from cutting sugar as children are copying adults in consuming too many calories per day

Public health bosses are urging food manufacturers to make chips, pizzas, crisps and burgers healthier, opening a second front in efforts to tackle childhood obesity.

Public Health England wants to go further than the focus on cutting sugar by demanding firms that make products eaten regularly by children ensure they are far less fattening by reducing the calories in them.

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14 hours ago14 hours ago

Research in mice reveals a new approach to wiping memories from the brain, demonstrating that specific memories can be weakened or strengthened

The eternal sunshine of a spotless mind has come one step closer, say researchers working on methods to erase memories of fear.

The latest study, carried out in mice, unpicks why certain sounds can stir alarming memories, and reveals a new approach to wiping such memories from the brain.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human. By Stephen Metcalf

Last summer, researchers at the International Monetary Fund settled a long and bitter debate over “neoliberalism”: they admitted it exists. Three senior economists at the IMF, an organisation not known for its incaution, published a paper questioning the benefits of neoliberalism. In so doing, they helped put to rest the idea that the word is nothing more than a political slur, or a term without any analytic power. The paper gently called out a “neoliberal agenda” for pushing deregulation on economies around the world, for forcing open national markets to trade and capital, and for demanding that governments shrink themselves via austerity or privatisation. The authors cited statistical evidence for the spread of neoliberal policies since 1980, and their correlation with anaemic growth, boom-and-bust cycles and inequality.

Neoliberalism is an old term, dating back to the 1930s, but it has been revived as a way of describing our current politics – or more precisely, the range of thought allowed by our politics. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, it was a way of assigning responsibility for the debacle, not to a political party per se, but to an establishment that had conceded its authority to the market. For the Democrats in the US and Labour in the UK, this concession was depicted as a grotesque betrayal of principle. Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, it was said, had abandoned the left’s traditional commitments, especially to workers, in favour of a global financial elite and the self-serving policies that enriched them; and in doing so, had enabled a sickening rise in inequality.

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4 hours ago4 hours ago

Anti-corruption campaigner’s claims about Dmitry Peskov’s son are latest salvo in fight against high lives of Russian elite

In 2010, Nikolay Choles was a troubled British youth, jailed for assaulting a man outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Milton Keynes.

By 2017, according to the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Choles had become a fixture on the Moscow social circuit, driving Ferraris and travelling first-class or by private jet.

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What’s the difference between a Nazi and a white supremacist, antifa and alt-left? Steven Poole deconstructs the new political discourse

The left-right spectrum of political speech is getting increasingly crowded. The rise of Donald Trump has popularised the term “alt-right”, which sounds more indie and cool than “far right”. Meanwhile, those on the alt-right have recently begun to describe their opponents as the “alt-left” – a coinage that, asymmetrically, seems to be an attempt to rhetorically downgrade them to a fringe group of eccentrics, rather than a broad coalition of people who don’t like racism much. “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at the, as you say, the ‘alt-right’?” Trump asked, Solomonically, after the clashes in Charlottesville. “Do they have any semblance of guilt?”

Some of the people who actually protest against alt-right protesters in the US are from a group called “Antifa”, short for anti-fascist. Their opponents happily adopt the term, aiming to paint any and all anti-racist liberals as a small militant conspiracy, but their acquiescence in such language seems a bit peculiar when you think about it. American shock-babbler Ann Coulter, for example, tweeted that she hoped Trump would denounce “the violent left-wing Antifa that shut down my Berkeley speech!” If Coulter agrees to call her opponents “Antifa”, does it logically follow that she is happy to identify as a fascist?

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1 hour ago1 hour ago

The young, the old, the slender, the majestic … Ruth Kaplan travelled the world taking shots of bathers lost in thought in hot springs, saunas and public baths

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When the BBC launched 1Xtra in 2002, it was in thrall to US hip-hop and R&B – but emboldened by grime, the station became woven into black Britain

Back in 2002, the cover line of black-music magazine RWD announced to a new generation of radio listeners: “1Xtra: Femme Fatale fronts for the UK’s first national black-music radio station from the BBC”. On the cover was the UK garage DJ in a branded boob tube – it was the early 00s – and inside was jubilation about the conceit: a load of pirate DJs, some with zero radio experience but great music taste, thrown in with broadcast experts.

The hoped-for magic happened, after some initial kinks were ironed out: why the white Femme Fatale was the face of a black-music station, for example, and an initial nervousness about UK talent – music manager Austin Daboh told the Guardian in 2011 that he was “told off for placing two UK tracks back-to-back”. But the station was a firm statement from the Beeb, announcing that black music required space on the spectrum.

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4 minutes ago4 minutes ago

Selection headaches for José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, a glaring omission at Liverpool and might Tottenham Hotspur make a fresh start at Wembley?

Spurs may not have signed anyone this summer but, thanks to Chelsea, they go into their first home match of the season looking stronger than the only team who finished above them last term. Chelsea have made quite the palaver of their start to the campaign, thus inviting rivals to take advantage. With injuries and suspensions forcing Antonio Conte into defensive and midfield changes, Tottenham have an ideal opportunity to make themselves feel at home at Wembley. Will they seize it? Paul Doyle

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9 hours ago9 hours ago

Playing the first Test under the lights was a little discombobulating for spectators but, as the cops and robbers, Mario Brothers and Jamaican bobsleigh team discovered, it did mean they could go on drinking for longer

At a quarter to seven on Thursday evening, just as the sun was starting to dip and the shadows to stretch out towards the wicket, the ground staff switched on the floodlights and shortly after the players walked out for the final session.

Related: Cook and Root shine for England against West Indies in day-night Test

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10 hours ago10 hours ago

England footballer paid £80,000 after bullying complaint, but barrister found insufficient evidence to uphold claims

The Football Association has bowed to growing pressure surrounding the Eni Aluko “hush-money” case by revealing the reasons why the barrister they employed to investigate the matter cleared the England women’s team manager, Mark Sampson, of allegedly making a comment with “racial and prejudicial” connotations to the player.

Related: FA under pressure to explain £80,000 payment to Eni Aluko after bullying complaint

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8 hours ago8 hours ago

• Mauricio Pochettino closes in on Colombia centre-half
• Club officials are thrashing out a deal for the 21-year-old

Tottenham are closing in on their first signing of the transfer window after they agreed a club record fee of up to £42m with Ajax for centre-half Davinson Sánchez, with the Colombia defender now expected to compete his move in the coming days.

Related: Fall of pound means Tottenham face paying more for Davinson Sánchez by the day

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1 hour ago1 hour ago
  • Russian president grants Olympic bronze medallist citizenship
  • Perkins ‘very grateful’ to Putin after executive order signed

Shane Perkins’ switch to Russia has been rubber-stamped after president Vladimir Putin signed an executive order to grant the Australia-born Olympic bronze medallist and dual world champion Russian citizenship.

Perkins, who represented Australia and won individual sprint bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games, applied for citizenship in February after informing Cycling Australia of his intention to switch allegiances last year.

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