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Following feedback from our readers, we've begun wrapping the magazines in our printed edition in biodegradable material. If you pick up a copy today, you’ll find an iconic photo capturing the moment Mo Farah realised he’d won gold for Britain at the 2012 Olympics. Check back next week for another free sports print.
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Just before Christmas, this Banksy artwork appeared on a garage in a Welsh town. Since then round-the clock-security has been introduced to protect the artwork with an estimated 20,000 people thought to have visited. From one angle, it shows a child in a bobble hat with a sled, enjoying a snow shower and trying to catch the flakes on their tongue. But from another, it becomes clear that what is falling on the child is a shower of ash. The artwork has sold for a six-figure sum to Essex-based Banksy expert John Brandler. The artwork is expected to stay in Port Talbot, at least for the time being.
Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
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As British politics turns chaotic over Brexit, a voice of calm has been found in John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons. Bercow’s thunderous calls for order have become the subject of memes and profiles in European newspapers. One Dutch newspaper said "the only order in British politics comes from John Bercow's mouth".
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Taking to the house floor for the first time, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lambasted the government shutdown, saying it's “not normal to shutdown the government when we don’t get what we want”. President Donald Trump triggered the shutdown after the Senate failed to approve more funding for a long-promised wall on the US-Mexico border. The shutdown is entering its 27th day and is the longest in US history. Thousands of government workers haven't received their wages with many still expected to work.
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A thick sandstorm hit Cairo this week turning parts of the city orange. The Middle East has experienced a harsh weather front this week with dusty winds, rain and extremely cold weather affecting the region. Many parks and zoos in the Egyptian capital were forced to close, and the low visibility has also disrupted travel.
Photos: Joey Shea/Twitter + Xinhua/Barcroft Images + Amr Nabil/AP + Mohamed Hossam/EPA + Khaled Elfiqi/EPA
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These billboard posters featuring quotes by Theresa May and pro-Brexit politicians have popped up around Dover, Essex and north-east London as part of a campaign to remind the public of Brexit promises and predictions made by MPs. By Donkeys, the pro-remain group behind the campaign, said it was "important to remember if these people are qualified or not to take us on this Brexit journey, and in many respects it's clear they are not."
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Some people are comparing this giant ice disc to the moon. It’s almost 100 metres wide, moves in a counter-clockwise direction and is currently being used as a big raft for the local ducks and birds. Scientists say the formation of ice discs is rare but natural and is caused by changing water temperatures.
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18 months ago, Gina Martin went to the police to report a man she claims took photos up her skirt at a music festival. But gaps in the law meant that the photo wasn't illegal. The experience led Martin to launch a campaign to make upskirting a sexual offence. Yesterday, her campaign paid off as the House of Lords passed legislation to make it a crime punishable by up to two years in prison. Upskirting has been covered by legislation in Scotland since 2010.
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Theresa May has faced a historic defeat after MPs rejected her Brexit deal by a majority of 230. Government defeats by more than 100 votes are incredibly rare; the only ones recorded in the past century happened in 1924. So what happens next? May will face a vote of no confidence on Wednesday. Depending on the outcome, she's said she’ll go back and renegotiate with the EU to avoid a no-deal Brexit. At this point everything from a general election to a second referendum could happen. Follow the link in bio for a list of potential scenarios and the likelihood of each happening.
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Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi woman who captured the world’s attention by barricading herself in a Thai hotel room after fleeing abuse in her own country, has spoken out after being given asylum in Canada at the weekend. She was greeted on arrival by Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. The 18-year-old's story quickly gathered momentum and support around the world, after she used Twitter to publicise her plight, abuse and her decision to renounce Islam. Qunun hopes her ordeal encourages other women to be "brave and free." In Saudi Arabia women are still denied basic freedoms and are not allowed to work, marry and travel without the permission of a male guardian. Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is a country that "understands how important it is to stand up for human rights, to stand up for women’s rights around the world." But Qunun's family have released a statement saying they have disowned her and described her as "mentally unstable." Photos: Cole Burston/Getty Images + Carlos Osorio/Reuters
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Thousands of people have gathered in cities across Poland to mourn the death of Paweł Adamowicz, who was stabbed on stage at a charity concert. Adamowicz had been mayor of Gdańsk since 1998 and was a powerful liberal voice in a country governed by the rightwing Law and Justice party since 2015. He had long been considered a hate figure in far-right circles for his vigorous defence of migrants and refugees, supporting sex education in schools and LGBT rights, but no evidence has emerged that the attack was politically motivated.
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Wojtek Strozyk/AP + Adam Warlawa/EPA