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Scots Gaelic could die out within a decade, study finds

Language is used routinely only by a diminishing number of elderly islanders A casual visitor to Scotland might assume that the Gaelic language is thriving, with every police car carrying the word poileas and every ambulance ambaileans. Yet in the few places where it is spoken, the language is in a profound, potentially terminal crisis. Without radical action, Scots Gaelic will be dead within a decade, according to a study. The language is rarely spoken in the home, little used by teenagers, and used routinely only by a diminishing number of elderly Gaels dispersed across a few island communities in the Hebrides. Continue reading...
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Unseen Picasso portrait of lover and muse to appear at auction

Sotheby’s will auction 1931 charcoal drawing that shines light on artist’s affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter A tender and largely unseen portrait by Picasso of his lover and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter, which the artist personally kept until his death, is to appear at auction for the first time. The 1931 charcoal drawing shines light on one of the great love affairs of the 20th century and was made by Picasso when his affair with Walter was still a closely guarded secret. Continue reading...
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'No kissing': Amsterdam's red light district reopens after coronavirus shutdown

Sex workers welcome the chance to earn again but with strict rules about face-to-face contact, hygiene and making clients check for symptoms * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Amsterdam’s famed red light district has reopened after a long coronavirus shutdown, with sex workers and clients having to observe new rules to prevent infection. The Netherlands ordered all brothels closed in mid-March and had originally planned to keep them shut until September, but recently brought the date forward as Covid-19 cases dropped. Continue reading...
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‘I don’t let regret in’: Pierce Brosnan on love, loss and his life after Bond

He has worked with Tennessee Williams, Robin Williams – and, controversially, Roman Polanski. The former 007 discusses fatherhood, family and the lonely childhood that shaped him I am 10 minutes into my Zoom interview with Pierce Brosnan when his son Dylan arrives off-screen with his father’s coffee. “Did you put sugar in this?” he says to the 23-year-old. “Some more milk, please, I don’t take mine black.” Dylan is sent back to correct it. “He’s a wonderful musician and a great academic,” Brosnan says. “He just graduated from USC film school.” The graduation, like so many others, was cancelled. “We got him a cap and gown and sat here watching it [the online ceremony] on the sofa”. Continue reading...
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US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir

No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at least * Coronavirus – latest US updates * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world. Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider implications, for instance in the event of a vaccine becoming available. The Trump administration has already shown that it is prepared to outbid and outmanoeuvre all other countries to secure the medical supplies it needs for the US. Continue reading...
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Gas explosion at Iran medical clinic kills 19

Gas leak at Sina At’har clinic in northern Tehran kills 15 women and four men, say fire officials An explosion from a gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran has killed 19 people, Iranian state TV has reported. Video posted online appeared to show more than one explosion and thick black smoke rising from the Sina At’har clinic. Continue reading...
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Covid-19 intensifies elder abuse globally as hospitals prioritise young

Older patients turned away or left untreated, while domestic abuse is also rising, leading charity reports * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage When Souzi Bondeko’s grandfather started showing symptoms of Covid-19 and was struggling to breathe, she took him to a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, where he was put on a ventilator. She dashed home to get some food and returned to be told by a member of staff that he had been taken off the machine as it it was needed elsewhere. Continue reading...
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Oldest surviving photograph of Māori discovered in Australia

Picture of Hemi Pomara posing in London in 1846 was discovered at the national library of Australia by researchers The oldest surviving photograph of a Māori person has been discovered in the national library of Australia, a historical “scoop” being lauded on both sides of the Tasman. Hemi Pomara was kidnapped from his home on the Chatham Islands in the early 1840s by British traders, after his family were slaughtered by a rival Māori tribe. Continue reading...
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White House: 'Dissenting opinions' from intelligence community on Russian bounty reports – video

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says there are dissenting opinions within the intelligence community on reports Russia offered a bounty for attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump denied being briefed on the alleged bounty program from Russia, later adding intelligence officials told him the threat was not ‘credible’. He has since by contradicted by McEnany, who said there was no consensus among the intelligence community in a media briefing on Monday * White House briefs House Republicans on ‘Russian bounties’ intelligence Continue reading...
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Poland should get less from Covid-19 fund due to rights record, claim EU member states

Danish PM among those who say rule of law and LGBT rights issues mean a tougher line should be taken with Poland The EU’s pandemic recovery fund risks being derailed after an outcry within the bloc that Poland is set to be one of the biggest recipients despite its government’s attacks on the judiciary and LGBT community. The Polish economy has been one of the least affected by the coronavirus crisis and Warsaw has faced heavy criticism over its approach to the rule of law but estimates suggest Poland will still only be behind Spain as the major winner from the rescue fund. Continue reading...
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Italian fashion needs to confront its racism, say industry insiders

Scandals including Gucci’s blackface jumper point to colonialist ideas about identity How culpable is Italy in fashion’s current race crisis? Very, according to black members of the Italian fashion industry. When the media cites examples of fashion houses co-opting centuries-old racist imagery and making it new (Gucci’s blackface jumper, Prada’s golliwog trinket, Dolce and Gabbana’s pizza advert) one commonality is often overlooked: Gucci, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana are Italian companies. Continue reading...
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Russian mining giant admits pumping wastewater into Arctic tundra

Norilsk Nickel suspends workers at metals plant who dumped the water in ‘flagrant violation of operating rules’ A Russian mining giant said on Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby Arctic tundra. Independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta published videos from the scene showing large metal pipes carrying wastewater from the reservoir and dumping foaming liquid among nearby trees. Continue reading...
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France's oldest nuclear reactor to finally shut down

Environmentalists have welcomed news that the 43-year-old Fessenheim reactor will close, nine years after it was first planned France’s oldest nuclear power plant will shut down on Tuesday after four decades in operation, to the delight of environmental activists who have long warned of contamination risks, but stoking worry for the local economy. The Fessenheim plant, opened in 1977 and already three years over its projected 40-year life span, became a target for anti-nuclear campaigners after the catastrophic meltdown at Fukushima in Japan in 2011. Continue reading...
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Only 13% of UK working parents want to go back to ‘the old normal’

Survey shows people want to continue with more fulfilling and family-friendly work environments * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Whatever the new normal is post Covid-19, we don’t want it to be anything like the old one. At least, when it comes to earning a living. Lockdown has given people a chance to sample new ways of balancing their jobs and family lives and they have concluded that something must change. Just 13% want to go back to pre-pandemic ways of working, with most people saying they would prefer to spend a maximum of three days in the office. Continue reading...
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