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Shukri Abdi: family of refugee schoolgirl who drowned sues police

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

The family of a 12-year-old refugee schoolgirl who drowned in a river is suing the police force which investigated her death, claiming institutional racism. The body


Unilever to help black groups tackle hair discrimination

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

Unilever, one of the UK’s biggest employers, has announced it will give £170,000 to black grassroots organisations to help tackle racism. The company, which owns Dov


'I have never felt safe': UK shielders on new lockdown

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

K ate Osborn breathed an immense sigh of relief when Boris Johnson advised the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again. Not for h


Mother fears son could die as Brexit stops medical cannabis supply

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

The mother of a nine-year-old boy with a rare and severe form of epilepsy has told how she fears her son could die after the government announced his supply of a life-


How You'll Never Walk Alone came to define Liverpool FC's spirit

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

“It never stops creating goosebumps,” is how Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp describes it. “It never stops feeling really special.” Our team’s anthem – Gerry and the


Geoff Stephens, chart-topping pop songwriter, dies aged 86

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

Geoff Stephens, the prolific Grammy-winning British songwriter behind hits such as Winchester Cathedral and The Crying Game, has died aged 86. In a message confirmin


Why can’t the stormtroopers in Star Wars shoot straight?

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

In the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle it, once and for al


'I passed out with the lack of oxygen': truth of Heathrow stowaways' tragic journey

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

A n almost unbearably painful moment comes halfway through a new Channel 4 documentary about the extraordinary story of a man who survived stowing


Iran seizes South Korean tanker as tensions with US mount

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a South Korean vessel “for polluting the Persian Gulf with chemicals”, amid rising tensions between Iran and the US during the


Subtle and soothing: my obsession with Thai massaman curry – plus the recipe

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

I n 2015 the Observer Magazine sent me to Thailand to interview the novelist Lawrence Osborne. He first went to Bangkok for the cheap dentistry, b


Covid pandemic drives 163% rise in restaurant job losses in UK in 2020

Posted on Jan 04, 2021

UK restaurants and casual dining firms recorded almost 30,000 job losses in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic drove a 163% jump in redundancies. Data compiled by the Cen


Is the leftwing vision of Brexit Britain just fantasy?

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

L arry Elliott is consistent in his criticism of the EU (The left must stop mourning Brexit – and start seeing its huge potential, 31 December). H


Fauci rebukes Trump Covid claims but offers 'no excuses' for vaccine delays

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

The pedestrian pace of Covid-19 vaccinations in the US came under new scrutiny on Sunday, as the pandemic death toll passed 350,000 and experts warned of another surge


'Step up' and face Grenfell inquiry, minister tells cladding firm bosses

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

The UK government has demanded that executives who supplied combustible cladding to Grenfell Tower “step up to the plate” after their refusal to give evidence to the p


'This is where I need to be': the UK women defying fishing stereotypes

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

Superstition among fishing crews has traditionally said that women on ships are bad luck – and it is among many of the reasons women in the fishing industry are in sho


Come clean on logjams at British borders as new Brexit rules kick in, ministers told

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

Ministers are facing demands for more honesty and transparency over any logjams at the UK border in the wake of Britain’s exit from the EU, amid concerns that waves of


Eating out is one of the bright sparks to look forward to this year

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

L et’s start with the good news. For the UK’s restaurant sector, 2021 will be better than 2020. This is only because, short of your actual Godzill


Lethal airstrikes in Yemen ‘left off’ confidential UK record

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

The government is under pressure to explain why a series of air strikes in Yemen, many involving civilian casualties, have not been recorded in its confidential log of


Breakthrough in UK’s slow-brewing move towards an eco-friendly cuppa

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

The Co-op is to launch a range of own-brand plastic-free teabags nearly three years after it first pledged an eco-friendly version of the nation’s favourite brew.


Julian Assange partner: extradition would be ‘unthinkable travesty’

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

Julian Assange’s partner has said a decision to extradite the WikiLeaks co-founder to the US would be “politically and legally disastrous for the UK”, on the eve


The world in 2021 – how global politics will change this year

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

A potent mix of hope and fear accompanies the start of 2021 in most of the world. Scientists have created several vaccines for a disease that did


Stowaway tells how he survived 11-hour flight to UK in new film

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

A South African man who survived an 11-hour flight from Johannesburg to London after hiding in a plane’s undercarriage has told of the last words he exchanged with a f


There’s a darker side to English businesses citing Magna Carta to defy lockdown

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

A s someone who writes about online culture, I spend a fair bit of time researching the internet’s shady corners – and it’s hard to be surpr


Spirituality is all very well but don't let it turn you into a smug monster

Posted on Jan 03, 2021

I t would appear that the mindfulness movement is overrun by preening narcissists. Who could have guessed? A Dutch study by Roos Vonk and Anouk Vi