US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own investigation to avoid repeating mistakes

UKs investigation into Iraq invasion is instance of what we could do with political gallantry, tells codirector of Iraq Veterans against the War Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veteran and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation. […]

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How millions of trees brought a broken scenery back to life

After 25 years, the decision to site the National Forest amid derelict coal and quarry runs has borne spectacular fruit Twenty-five years ago, the Midlands villages of Moira, Donisthorpe and Overseal overlooked a gruesome scenery. The communities were surrounded by opencast mines, old clay quarries, spoil heaps, derelict coal functionings, polluted waterways and all the […]

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Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet?

The long read: For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality but will it spell the end for dictionaries? In February 2009, a Twitter user called @popelizbet issued an apparently historic challenge to someone called Colin: she asked if he could “mansplain” a concept […]

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Charlie Webster out of coma after nearly dying, mother says

TV sports presenter remains in Rio hospital after contracting rare strain of malaria during charity cycle ride to Olympics Television presenter Charlie Webster virtually succumbed after falling ill with a rare strain of malaria at the opening ceremony of the Olympics, according to her mother, shortly after completing a 3,000 mile charity ride to make […]

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Exclusive: royal family considering dramatic Brexit intervention

Royals are believed to be willing to risk a potential constitutional crisis to express their rage over the leave campaign The royal family is seriously considering making a dramatic intervention in the referendum debate with an announcement that it subsistences Britain remaining inside the European Union. That the royals are prepared to danger eliciting a […]

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Could Chicago’s floating cycle track defy the doubters and reconnect the city?

Plans for a continuous road along the Chicago River include cycling on floating pontoons like the controversial Thames Deckway in London. But with the US citys cycle numbers growing, this long-held aspiration could yet be realised Cycling is no stranger to invention, from the steady swell of Kickstarter campaigns to the nearly innumerable cycleways dreamed […]

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The 20 photographs of the year

Europes refugee crisis, the Paris attacks, pollution in China, the continuing violence in Israel and Syria – the worlds leading photojournalists describe how they captured 20 defining images in 2015 Read more: www.theguardian.com

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