Simone Biles and her teammates are the Olympics #BlackGirlMagic we need now | Carol H Hood

For the time being, my niece gets to watch a TV screen filled with achievement by people of color at the Rio games, not stories of bad things that happen to them A week before the Olympics before the US womens team were the toast of the globe after Flo-Jo, who smashed records with her […]

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Scream by Tama Janowitz review memoirs of the reluctantly famous

Her debut novel put her in the Brat Pack of the 80s with Jay McInerney and Bret Easton Ellis. Then she faded from view, a process she tracks in her new memoir Forrest Gump: a series of unlikely brushes with history. At 19, during a year abroad in London, she accidentally attended an early Lawrence […]

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Qatar policy of buying handball team earns no favours at Rio 2016

The Qatar handball team has been hired from around the world and Bertrand Roine won a world championship medal with France before going to Doha but it cut little ice at Rio 2016 Welcome, then, to the Future (Arena) for a glimpse into the direction global sport is heading. A complex brew of politics, globalisation, […]

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Serena Williams crashes out of Olympics after shock defeat to Elina Svitolina

An unpredictable Olympic tennis tournament claimed its biggest scalp of all as Serena Williams crashed out in the third round of the womens singles An Venus lost in the opening round of the singles to Kirsten Flipkens while the sisters Serena won gold in 22nd grand slam singles title at Wimbledon last month. The 34-year-olds […]

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May and Putins first telephone conversation hints at thawing tensions

Leaders of Britain and Russia seek to work on a number of fronts after recent political events cause rift between nations Theresa May has held her first telephone call with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and the two leaders could meet face-to-face in China next month, Downing Street has confirmed. Relations with Russia have been […]

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Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro’s recall vote may not happen until 2017

Authorities have presented a timeline for a potential recall vote, suggesting it will occur next year, when Maduro would likely be replaced by vice-president Authorities in The timing of the recall is critical because recalling Maduro in 2016 will trigger fresh elections. Polls suggest he would lose given discontent over product shortages and triple-digit inflation. […]

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1,000 Cubans attempt journey to US via Panama’s perilous Darien Gap

The Cubans traveling to the US have been stranded since May in miserable conditions in the Colombian town of Turbo near the Panamanian border About 1,000 Cubans intent on reaching the United States have opted to cross into Panama in the perilous Darien Gap jungle region rather than submit to deportation and return to their […]

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Ex-priest pleads guilty to 27 counts of sexual assault against children

Philip Temple, 66, admits charges relating to children in his care in London in 1970s, as well as two counts of perjury A former childrens home worker and Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to sexual assaults against children in the 1970s. Philip Temple, 66, admitted 27 counts of non-recent sexual assault committed against children in […]

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‘This is your brain on drugs’: fried egg PSA is updated for a new generation

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, now renamed as the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, was responsible for the 1987 ad and has made a reboot This is your brain, a man says, holding an egg. Those who saw the public service announcement firsthand in the 1980s likely remember the rest. This is drugs. He points […]

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Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah depart Saturday Night Live cast

The team player and the master impressionist were let out of their contracts after six years on the show, leaving big gaps to be filled fast Cast shakeups are nothing new at Rachel Dratch.) But the departure of were not renewed. Killam joking about his ouster on Twitter.) Jon Rudnitsky, a featured player for one […]

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