The truth about cats and Trump’s puppies: civil discourse required

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Digested week: When Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a puppy on Twitter, some still managed to be shocked Monday The question of how to cover the revelations of Omarosa Manigault Newman, a woman who sorely tests the principle of my enemy’s enemy is my friend, twisted US journalists into caveat-issuing pretzels this week. She is […]


Sergei Skripal’s cat and guinea pig succumb after police seal home

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Two guinea pigs found dead at Salisbury home of ex-spy while a cat needed to be put down Two guinea pig belonging to Sergei Skripaldied and his cat was put down after the Salisbury nerve agent assault, the government has uncovered. A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs( Defra) said the […]


What you see in this painting says more about you than the kangaroo | Stephen Moss

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Whatever the animal was demonstrating empathy, sexual exploitation or something else one certainty is the human impulse to anthropomorphise It was a photograph that touched the world. An intimate portrait of a succumbing mom kangaroo being gently cradled by her mate, while with her last breath she reached out to caress her innocent baby. Yet, […]


Boris Johnson ‘sees no reason’ to withdraw Trump state visit invitation

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Foreign secretary backs Sadiq Khan after US chairpeople criticism but tells visit hosted by the Queen should go ahead Boris Johnson has said he sees no reason to rescind the invitation to Donald Trump for a state visit, despite the US chairmen assaults on the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, after Saturdays terror attack. The […]


Isis leader probably in favour of Britain leaving EU, tells David Cameron

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PM constructs remark as Boris Johnson ratchets up accusations that he is colluding with big business to swing result for remain Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, is likely in favour of Britain leaving the EU, David Cameron has said. The prime minister induced the claim as he argued that allies such as […]


2016 in metaphors: dead turkey, frozen moose and human excavating his own tomb

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The year has become so maligned that Twitter is awash with posts listing the strange and terrible things that 2016 can be compared to For many people 2016, which brought the planet Brexit, the Donald Trump election victory, the deaths of Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen and the brief union that was Twiddleswift, has […]