40 years of Stars Wars why the blockbuster saga is a galactic soap opera

With an evil father, a love triangle and a servant class, the George Lucas universe is full of melodramatic tropes and theres no sign that the storylines are running out How far has Star Wars penetrated our culture, our language, our frames of reference? The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, reportedly dismissed Theresa […]

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Hassan Rouhani’s attacks on rivals for president cross Iran’s red lines

Moderate hits out at conservative challengers Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and Ebrahim Raisi as well as Revolutionary Guard The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has taken a combative tone in campaigning as conservative rivals pull out all the stops to prevent him from being re-elected. The favourite among reformists of the six candidates running for president on […]

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Blowing in the wind: why do so many cities have poor east ends?

From London to Paris, New York to Helsinki, poverty tends to cluster in the east. A new study sheds light on this global pattern of poverty The question is so obvious that you could easily forget to ask it: why do cities so often have a poor east side? To be clear, the mystery is […]

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Myanmar army allegedly left Rohingya refugees with bullet wounds and burns

Shocking photographic evidence showing children among the injured adds weight to claims that military committed atrocities against Rohingya people Photographs have emerged that show Rohingya refugees, some of them children, bearing bullet wounds and burn scars apparently suffered during a Myanmar army crackdown. The new evidence, documented by humanitarian agencies and rights organisations, adds credence […]

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Thailand threatens Facebook with legal action over anti-monarchy posts

Junta, which has led a focused crackdown since it took power in a 2014 coup, gives the site until Tuesday morning to remove 131 illicit posts Thailand has threatened Facebook with legal action unless it removes 131 pages it considers illegal, including posts critical of the monarchy, within four days. If even a single illicit […]

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BT to shed 4,000 jobs in new overhaul – BBC News

In January, BT was forced to write down the value of its Italian unit after years of overstating profits. ‘Challenging year’ The head of the Global Services division, Luis Alvarez, is being replaced by Bas Burger. It has already been announced that Corrado Sciolla, head of continental Europe, is stepping down over the affair. BT […]

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Why reducing sleep makes you hungry – BBC News

To find out more we asked Dr Eleanor Scott, who works at the University of Leeds, to help us. We recruited a group of healthy volunteers and, under her supervision, fitted them with activity monitors and continuous glucose monitors, so we could see what was happening to their blood sugar levels, every five minutes or […]

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Trump and Putin to meet in July, Russian state media says

(CNN)US President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July as part of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Russian state media said Thursday. If confirmed, it would be the two men’s first meeting since Trump took power in January. The White House has yet to confirm. The announcement came as Trump’s campaign […]

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24 hours of craziness in Trump’s Washington

Washington (CNN)You couldn’t make it up. In the confusing hours when up seemed down and down seemed up, the White House appeared to be defending Hillary Clinton, the FBI chief was among the last to know he was gone, and there was a cameo performance by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his ice skates. It […]

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Form and function: An Italian encounter with the new McLaren 720S

(CNN)McLaren is relatively new in the supercar market compared to the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. The British marque launched its first supercar, the McLaren F1, in 1992 and has been playing catch-up since then. But with the arrival of the 720S, launched at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, McLaren has not only caught […]

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