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Vatican versus: how cricket united Catholics, Anglicans and Muslims

In September 2016, three unique cricket teams played a tournament unlike any other. The hosting side were the Archbishop of Canterbury’s XI, a team made up of Anglican vicars. One visiting team, Mount, was composed mostly of Muslim players from Yorkshire. The other, the St Peter’s XI, had come to Birmingham from the Vatican....

The upside of visible homelessness in Orange County: We can’t pretend we’re better than everyone

Marnie Alcaraz at her encampment in the shadow of the Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana on Sept. 2, 2016. (Los Angeles Times) Whenever I see homeless people somewhere in Orange County where I’ve never noticed them before — say, inside a tent at the Tustin Civic Center, begging for money off the 5...

Chester Bennington: five of his best Linkin Park performances

One Step Closer Linkin Park emerged at the tail end of the late 90s’ landfill-grunge period, their crisp and confident melding of rap and metal a world away from the sloppy fuzz-worship of their peers. It was frontman Chester Bennington’s dynamic range that really pushed them ahead of the pack though, and on debut...

Trump takes aim at a longtime ally, AG Jeff Sessions

Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before... In March, when the House Republicans’ health care bill initially failed, White House aides told Politico that Donald Trump was largely unfazed. The president, the staffers said, was far more upset about Attorney...

Macron under fire over defence spending, tax cuts and leadership style

When the French president Emmanuel Macron donned an air force uniform and boarded a military jet on Thursday, stressing his respect for the armed forces, it was his first big damage-limitation exercise. While he has spent recent weeks polishing his international image – entertaining the US president, Donald Trump, and holding forth at major...

Emily Maitlis mocks BBC pay gap as agent fights for new deal

Emily Maitlis’s agent has criticised the BBC’s “madness” as she negotiates a new contract after the Newsnight presenter did not feature on the corporation’s first ever list of stars who earn more than £150,000 – while her male colleague Evan Davis did. The BBC is facing a backlash from its female talent over pay...

Steve Bannon and the occult: The right wing’s long, strange love affair with New Age mysticism

Steve Bannon is back in the news. In its first day on sale, a narrative of his role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Joshua Green’s “Devil’s Bargain,” has hit number one in book sales on Amazon. We’re republishing this story from April which highlights a unique aspect of Bannon’s political life, one not found...

Rally driver tells how car somersaulted in fatal crash at Inverness race

A rally driver has told an inquiry how his car crashed into spectators during a race in Inverness, killing a 51-year-old woman. Graeme Schoneville, 31, was speaking during an inquiry into the deaths of four motor sport fans at two separate rallies in Scotland. Joy Robson died of multiple injuries sustained at the Snowman...

Labour is taking on the crisis of Englishness with a bold campaign

Identity is one of the most powerful forces in politics today, yet in England Labour has danced around it – until now. The launch of the English Labour Network is bold and overdue. Its radical potential needs mining fast. In the last Labour government, I was a leading advocate of “Britishness” – a debate...

José Mourinho aims to warrant a ’15-year’ stay at Manchester United

José Mourinho wants to be Manchester United manager for “15 years”, though he admits the pressures of the job would make such a lengthy tenure at Old Trafford difficult. The Portuguese is in his second term in charge, having led the club to Capital One Cup and Europa League successes in his first. United...
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