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From the archive: Alf Garnett offers tips on self-improvement

From the archive: Alf Garnett offers tips on self-improvement

The rather bizarre cover of the Observer Magazine on 2 March 1969 (‘Self Improvement’) features a knighted Alf Garnett giving an after-dinner speech. ‘It’s hard to imagine Alf Garnett… making friends and influencing people,’ it says. ‘Yet if he joined...

today, 06:34 in Lifestyle
 
Cambodia seizes record three-tonne haul of African ivory

Cambodia seizes record three-tonne haul of African ivory

Cambodia seized more than 3.2 tonnes of elephant tusks hidden in a storage container sent from Mozambique, a customs official said on Sunday, marking the country’s largest ivory bust. The discovery of 1,026 tusks at the Phnom Penh port followed a tip...

today, 06:21 in World News
 
Canelo Álvarez pours it on in three-round destruction of Rocky Fielding

Canelo Álvarez pours it on in three-round destruction of Rocky Fielding

Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez did exactly what he was supposed to against an overmatched opponent: he closed the show. The 28-year-old superstar dropped Liverpool’s Rocky Fielding four times in a little over eight minutes on Saturday night at Madison Square...

today, 06:13 in Sport
 
China: seven miners killed after skip plummets down mine shaft

China: seven miners killed after skip plummets down mine shaft

Seven miners were killed and three others injured in an accident at a coal mine in south-western China, state media reported. The accident occurred at around 6pm local time on Saturday after the connecting segment of a mining skip broke, causing it to...

today, 03:35 in World News
 
Strasbourg shooting: police release four members of Chérif Chekatt’s family

Strasbourg shooting: police release four members of Chérif Chekatt’s family

Four family members of the gunman who went on a deadly shooting spree at a popular Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg were released from custody on Saturday, the Paris prosecutor’s office said. Three more people close to the attacker...

today, 02:33 in World News
 
Split reaction to Australian recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Split reaction to Australian recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's capital

The Australian government’s recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has attracted mixed international reaction. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, confirmed the decision in a speech in Sydney on Saturday following months of speculation. The...

today, 02:33 in World News
 
Putin rap: Kremlin should 'take charge' of music not shut it down, president says

Putin rap: Kremlin should 'take charge' of music not shut it down, president says

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has said the Kremlin should play a leading role in Russian rap music and youth culture, rather than trying to shut it down. His comments on Saturday follow a spate of concert cancellations by venue owners and local...

today, 02:11 in World News
 
Canelo Álvarez v Rocky Fielding: WBA super middleweight championship – live!

Canelo Álvarez v Rocky Fielding: WBA super middleweight championship – live!

Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s his lookahead to tonight’s main event. On paper it is an opportunity for Álvarez, the sport’s biggest star, to move up to super middleweight and earn a title in a third weight class while fighting for...

today, 01:32 in Sport
 
'Trust deficit': UK's top envoy to Australia on diplomacy in the WikiLeaks era

'Trust deficit': UK's top envoy to Australia on diplomacy in the WikiLeaks era

A couple of decades ago, when Menna Rawlings joined the foreign office after university, the profession was a closed circle. No one thought about private cables finding their way to the public domain. That changed in 2010, when WikiLeaks dumped more...

today, 01:06 in World News
 
Senior Tories urge free vote on second referendum

Senior Tories urge free vote on second referendum

Theresa May is being urged to give her MPs free rein to vote for a second referendum, with a new group of ministers poised to back another public ballot on Brexit. Cabinet ministers are making fresh pleas for a new approach after the prime minister’s...

today, 01:06 in World News
 
Observer killer sudoku

Observer killer sudoku

Click here to access the print version. Normal Sudoku rules apply, except the numbers in the cells contained within grey lines add up to the figures in the corner. No number can be repeated within each shape formed by grey lines. Buy next week’s...

today, 01:02 in Lifestyle
 
Children in special needs education face £1.6bn cash shortfall

Children in special needs education face £1.6bn cash shortfall

A crisis in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities could result in a £1.6bn funding shortfall and a surge in parents resorting to legal action for help, the Observer can reveal. The latest figures come as the government...

today, 00:58 in Learning
 
Hundreds of trafficked children ‘lost’ by local authorities

Hundreds of trafficked children ‘lost’ by local authorities

A quarter of trafficked children who were in the care of local authorities in the UK last year have going missing from the system, according to new research by two British charities that work with vulnerable children. The new figures raise serious...

yesterday, 23:39 in Politics
 
Matthew Walls and Fred Wright claim silver in Madison at track World Cup

Matthew Walls and Fred Wright claim silver in Madison at track World Cup

Great Britain claimed a silver medal in the men’s Madison on the second day of the Track Cycling World Cup in London. Matthew Walls and Fred Wright followed up Friday’s team pursuit bronze medals by sealing second place, 16 points behind Denmark. The...

yesterday, 23:04 in Sport
 
Michael van Gerwen showered with beer at PDC World Championship

Michael van Gerwen showered with beer at PDC World Championship

Michael van Gerwen, the world No 1, had beer thrown in his face by a fan before his PDC World Championship match against Alan Tabern. The Dutchman was visibly shocked by the incident and returned backstage to compose himself. Once he returned to the...

yesterday, 22:48 in Sport
 


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