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France’s drug laws have failed to stop crack cocaine users disrupting life on the streets of Paris. A small but very visible number of addicts have been making life difficult for residents in the north of the capital, and there is disagreement of whether they're criminals or victims in need of treatment. A few hundred people wearing ripped and dirty clothes are living amid piles of garbage in a park in the north of Paris.They’re a mix of crack addicts and dealers and it’s hard to tell them apart
A microscope Charles Darwin gave his son Leonard and which has remained in the family for nearly 200 years is headed for auction in December, and is expected to fetch up to $480,000. The instrument was designed by Charles Gould for the firm Cary around 1825 and is one of six surviving microscopes associated with the British naturalist, according to auction house Christie's. The date of its manufacture coincides with the time when Darwin was studying zoophytes, organisms such as coral and sea anemone.
The Biden administration is once again urging courts to step in and suspend a new Texas law that bans most abortions. This latest wrangling comes after an appeals court reinstated the law after a brief 48-hour window. The legal showdown between the state of Texas and the Biden administration is likely to wind up in the US Supreme Court. We take a closer look.
Stirring image of striking worker Jason Schultz praised for being ‘worth a thousand words’
IN THE PRESS – Thursday, October 14, 2021: Papers in Lebanon look into why Hezbollah and its Shiite allies are pushing to oust the judge investigating the 2020 Beirut port blast. In France, Le Figaro examines Russia's push to bring mercenaries to Mali. An Algerian website reports that Algeria wants to help Mali pay for the Russian fighters, a claim Algeria denies. We also look at tensions between Emmanuel Macron and Olympic athletes, as well as a chihuahua found hidden in its owners' suitcase!
Priti Patel threatening to use X-rays to verify asylum seekers’ agesNationality and borders bill would allow for ‘scientific’ measuring of bones or taking of DNA samples Priti Patel arrives for a regional cabinet meeting in Bristol on Friday. The Home Office claims most asylum seekers who say they are children are adults. Photograph: Steve Parsons/AP
A New Zealand woman did her best Bruce Bogtrotter impression in Auckland, eating an entire three-tier Japanese cheesecake in under five minutes.Auckland-based competitive eater and model Nela Zisser can often be found making her way through outrageous food challenges.“It’s, like, so creamy,” Zisser says in the video as she eats the cheesecake, which she bought from Uncle Tetsu’s and decorated herself.She managed to scarf down the dessert in just four minutes and 55 seconds without the help of any liquids.Zisser’s YouTube account chronicles such food feats as wolfing down 10 Burger King Whoppers in 17 minutes, devouring a 1-kg burrito in just under 100 seconds, and consuming a 2.2-pound jar of Nutella in under four minutes. Credit: Nela Zisser via Storyful
Christmas has come very early to Soham in Cambridgeshire. Helen and John Attlesey have covered their house with hundreds of Christmas decorations to raise money for charity. They started it ten years ago when their grandson was first diagnosed with epilepsy. This year though the light display comes in the middle of an energy crisis but Helen is reluctant to tell John how much the electricity bills are.
An Asian deer's comeback from the brink of extinction marks a rare success for China's conservation efforts, which have long faced criticism for focusing on only a handful of flagship species.
England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty speaks at the Royal College of GPs' annual conference in Liverpool, before receiving a standing ovation. He warned of a difficult winter for the NHS.
Traditional publishing needs to be more open to new voices.
Tom Daley said stories of “beatings, kidnappings and torture of gay people” played a part in his decision to avoid a 2014 diving competition in Russia.
X-ray body scanners have prevented more than 10,000 attempts to smuggle contraband - including weapons, drugs and phones - into prisons in just over a year. The government introduced the equipment in men's prisons in England and Wales in 2020. The 74 scanners allow prison staff to check whether inmates are hiding anything inside their bodies and have detected drugs including spice and morphine that were destined for prison wings.
Here's 30 glorious seconds of Josh O'Connor posing on the red carpot at the Mothering Sunday premiere at BFI London Film Festival. You're welcome! .
An abandoned city bus that people sometimes went on deadly pilgrimages to Alaska’s backcountry to visit can now safely be viewed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while it undergoes preservation work
The Guardian view on English football governance: in need of a moral compass . Deals such as the Saudi takeover of Newcastle United should be subject to the scrutiny of an independent regulator
Tucker Carlson has spouted more unashamedly bigoted nonsense, mocking Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave and claiming he is “trying to figure out how to breastfeed”.
A gunfight broke out during a protest in Beirut on Thursday, killing at least five people and injuring many more. Exchanges of fire involving snipers, pistols, Kalashnikovs and rocket-propelled grenades marked a dramatic and bloody escalation of tensions over the domestic probe. The protest outside the Justice Palace was called for by the powerful Hezbollah group which is demanding the removal of Judge Tarek Bitar.
Government plans to publish league tables for GP surgeries and allow patients to rate their performance via text message do not "make any sense to me whatsoever", the head of the Royal College of GPs has told Sky News. Professor Martin Marshall said a new package of support for GP surgeries in England, which ministers say will help them "see more people face-to-face and more promptly", fails to "address the fundamental problems" facing practices.
Around a quarter of a trillion dollars worth of goods will have passed through Los Angeles port by the end of December 2021