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Algeria stages presidential vote amid fierce protests

Algeria stages presidential vote amid fierce protests

Algeria on Thursday held a presidential vote bitterly opposed by a protest movement that sees it as a regime ploy to cling on to power. After almost 10 months of political turmoil, all 61,000 polling stations around the country opened as planned at...

Thursday, 08:35 in World News
 

What time will we know who won? Hour-by-hour election night guide

10pm: The exit poll The exit poll, unveiled on the stroke of 10pm as voting closes, is the first moment of election night to produce a tangible sense of where the voters stand. The prediction is shared by the BBC, ITV and Sky, with the data collected...

Thursday, 08:16 in Politics
 
Putting butter back in the pastry: Patisserie Valerie's road to recovery

Putting butter back in the pastry: Patisserie Valerie's road to recovery

Patisserie Valerie is ditching its trademark can-can dancer logo and revamping stores as the cake shop and cafe chain tries to rebuild its fortunes after one of the fastest and most dramatic collapses in recent corporate history. In October last year,...

Thursday, 08:02 in Business
 
Residents vote against nuclear waste dump near Hawker in South Australia

Residents vote against nuclear waste dump near Hawker in South Australia

Residents in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges have voted narrowly against having a nuclear waste dump in their region. About 52% of the people who took part in the ballot voted against the federal government’s facility being established on land near...

Thursday, 08:02 in World News
 
What the papers say as Britain goes to the ballot box

What the papers say as Britain goes to the ballot box

“Corbyn urges voters to deliver ‘shock to the establishment’” says the Guardian as Jeremy Corbyn hammers home the theme of his Labour leadership. The Guardian (@guardian) Guardian front page, Thursday 12 December 2019: Corbyn urges voters to deliver...

Thursday, 07:30 in Politics
 
What’s happening where you are on polling day?

What’s happening where you are on polling day?

As you go out to vote today we want you to show us what’s happening on the ground. This is the place to share your stories from wherever you are on polling day in words, pictures or video. Show us what’s been happening in your community and at polling...

Thursday, 07:30 in Politics
 
Microfinance lenders in Sierra Leone accused of 'payday loan' interest rates

Microfinance lenders in Sierra Leone accused of 'payday loan' interest rates

The world’s largest NGO has been forced to conduct an internal review of a money-lending scheme it runs for the poor in Sierra Leone after some borrowers amassed significant debts and were reported to police when they couldn’t repay loans. A Guardian...

Thursday, 07:22 in World News
 
Labor calls on Dutton to explain if classified leak over medevac came from his staff

Labor calls on Dutton to explain if classified leak over medevac came from his staff

Labor has called on the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, to explain whether a staff member in his office leaked national security information critical of the now-defunct medevac legislation. While parliament was debating the medevac bill in...

Thursday, 07:22 in World News
 
Why are there so few prisoners in the Netherlands?

Why are there so few prisoners in the Netherlands?

When Stefan Koning, who has a history of psychosis, was found guilty of threatening a stranger with a knife, a long custodial sentence might have felt like the only answer. In fact, after a short spell in jail, he is back at his home in Amsterdam....

Thursday, 07:17 in Science &Technology
 
‘Pay up or else’ threats over unexplained Extra Energy bills

‘Pay up or else’ threats over unexplained Extra Energy bills

I have just received a final demand for £1,258.66 from the administrators for Extra Energy – my former gas and electricity provider, which went into administration in November 2018. They provide no evidence for this sum. One of their agents explained...

Thursday, 07:12 in Lifestyle
 
The 50 best albums of 2019, No 7: FKA twigs – Magdalene

The 50 best albums of 2019, No 7: FKA twigs – Magdalene

Despite a total lack of scriptural evidence, Mary Magdalene is commonly remembered as a penitent former sex worker, a once-sensual disciple of Jesus who straightened out to follow him to his death and beyond. On this album named after her, FKA twigs...

Thursday, 06:53 in Art & Culture
 
Lynn Goldsmith's best photograph: the Patti Smith Easter sessions

Lynn Goldsmith's best photograph: the Patti Smith Easter sessions

It was 1977 and I was shooting Patti Smith for the cover of her album Easter. I was thinking a lot about Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the palette he uses in his painting The Annunciation: white for purity, red for the blood of Christ, blue for the...

Thursday, 06:53 in Art & Culture
 
Start a fire: the best books about political awakenings

Start a fire: the best books about political awakenings

The journey to an awakening, whether of a fictional character, a reader or a writer, is rarely straightforward. In Suncatcher, my narrator’s political awareness begins as a young boy when he reads Trotsky by torchlight. “The Problems of Life” is a...

Thursday, 06:53 in Art & Culture
 
Reach ‘peak meat’ by 2030 to tackle climate crisis, say scientists

Reach ‘peak meat’ by 2030 to tackle climate crisis, say scientists

Livestock production needs to reach its peak within the next decade in order to tackle the climate emergency, scientists have warned. They are calling for governments in all but the poorest countries to set a date for “peak meat” because animal...

Thursday, 06:41 in Science &Technology
 
From a thumping Tory win to a Corbyn coalition – four election scenarios

From a thumping Tory win to a Corbyn coalition – four election scenarios

As Britain heads to the polls here are four possible scenarios for the outcome. 1. Electoral realignment – Conservative majority 70 Boris Johnson wins a landmark victory, taking 360 seats, winning over traditional Labour voters in small cities and big...

Thursday, 06:14 in Politics
 


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