Could populism actually be good for democracy?

The long read: A wave of populist revolts has led many to lose faith in the wisdom of people power. But such eruptions are essential to the vitality of modern politics Everyone seems to agree that democracy is under attack. What is surprising is how many of its usual friends…

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Serena Williams covers Divinyls hit for breast cancer awareness

Tennis star strips off and sings I Touch Myself to remind women to self-check Serena Williams has produced a new video to promote breast cancer awareness in which she covers her bare chest with her hands and sings a cover of The Divinyls hit I Touch Myself. The video is…

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The US-China trade war is unlikely to be settled soon | Nils Pratley

Trump needs a quick result but is unlikely to get one without drawing in other nations Jack Mas prediction that the US-China trade war could last 20 years sounds plausible. At the very least, the Alibaba billionaires opening analysis is surely correct: If you want a short-term solution, there is…

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Hawaii’s daredevil surfers grab their boards to ride hurricane’s epic waves

As Hurricane Lane pummelled the Hawaiian islands this week, surfers headed out into the swell, despite official warnings As Hurricane Lane Tom Niland, 67, said: When its like this, sharks make mistakes. Photograph: Breena Kerr Nearby, Tom Niland, 67, of New Jersey, stood with his board on a cliff. He…

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Swedish student’s plane protest stops man’s deportation ‘to hell’

Elin Ersson refused to sit down on Gothenburg flight until man being sent to Afghanistan was removed A lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down until the man was removed from…

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Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels

Bill passed by parliament means more than 300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas will be sold as soon as practicable The Republic of Ireland will become the worlds first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in…

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Britain’s Trumpocracy: who are the president’s biggest cheerleaders?

Donald Trumps UK arrival is expected to be met by protest but some citizens see him as an ally As the US president arrives in the UK, he will be met with a chorus of disapproval but also a smaller number of cheerleaders whose enthusiasm for his leadership is matched…

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Anthony Bourdain, TV chef and travel host, found dead aged 61

CNN, which aired Bourdains show Parts Unknown, confirmed his death and said it was suicide The girlfriend of TV chef Anthony Bourdain has paid tribute to his brilliant, fearless spirit as friends and family reacted with shock to his death at the age of 61. CNN, which hosted Bourdains globetrotting…

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