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Rare Van Gogh sketches go on public display for first time in 100 years
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:07:45 GMT

Drawings, together with works by Govert Flinck, on show at the Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands

Art lovers are in for a rare treat as four forgotten works by Dutch masters Vincent van Gogh and 17th-century painter Govert Flinck have gone on display, after gathering dust for more than 100 years.

The works include a never-before-seen Van Gogh drawing, which had been in private hands until now.

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Emmanuel Macron 'agrees to loan Bayeux Tapestry to Britain'
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:22:23 GMT

French president to allow artefact to leave the country for first time for 950 years

The Bayeux Tapestry will be loaned to Britain after the French president agreed to let it leave his country for the first time in 950 years, the Guardian understands.

Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce that the artefact depicting the Norman conquest of England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 will be moved from its current location in Normandy to the UK at an Anglo-French summit on Thursday.

Related: The sun may never set on British misconceptions about our empire | Ian Jack

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Irish police apologise to women falsely accused of murdering baby
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:29:40 GMT

DNA evidence proves Joanne Hayes was not mother of ‘Baby John’, who was found dead on a Co Kerry beach in 1984

Irish police have apologised to a woman they falsely accused of murdering a baby on a Co Kerry beach more than three decades ago.

New forensic DNA evidence has proved that Joanne Hayes was not the mother of a child known as “Baby John”, whose remains were found at a beauty spot on the southwest Irish coastline in 1984.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg to lead influential group of Tory Eurosceptic MPs
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:13:35 GMT

Election as chair of European research group comes after vow to help government make a success of Brexit

Jacob Rees-Mogg has been elected chair of an influential backbench group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs after promising to help Theresa May carry out the type of Brexit she originally promised.

The MP for North East Somerset will lead the European research group (ERG), which was formed to support Conservative MPs as the party delivers Brexit.

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Russian film stars offer support to director in fraud case
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:43:52 GMT

Kirill Serebrennikov, an outspoken Kremlin critic accused of embezzlement, has house arrest extended

Some of Russia’s most famous actors and directors have rallied around an award-winning film and theatre director who faces up to 10 years in prison on fraud charges that critics allege are Kremlin payback for his outspoken views.

Kirill Serebrennikov, 48, is accused of embezzling 133m roubles (£1.7m) in government funds allocated to his Platforma theatre project. A Moscow court on Tuesday extended his house arrest, which he has been under since August, until 19 April.

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Peter Madsen formally charged with murder of Kim Wall on submarine
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:31:34 GMT

Danish prosecutor says inventor cut Swedish journalist’s throat or strangled her on board vessel

The Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been formally charged with the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, a public prosecutor has said.

Jakob Buch-Jepsen said the 46-year-old either cut Wall’s throat or strangled her after she boarded his self-built submarine for an interview in August last year.

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European parliament votes to end electric pulse fishing
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:37:24 GMT

Campaigners hail movement towards prohibiting the controversial practice but warn other measures will leave European waters in a worse state

The European Union’s parliament has voted to prohibit the controversial practice of electrical pulse fishing within EU waters, to the approval of some groups of small-scale fishermen and green campaigners.

However, a series of other measures designed to prevent overfishing and preserve the marine environment were voted down. Campaigners say the rejection will have a damaging effect on Europe’s fisheries for many years.

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EU declares war on plastic waste
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:50:22 GMT

Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up plan that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030

The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.

Following China’s decision to ban imports of foreign recyclable material, Brussels on Tuesday launched a plastics strategy designed to change minds in Europe, potentially tax damaging behaviour, and modernise plastics production and collection by investing €350m (£310m) in research.

Related: Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

Related: The place where plastic is a dirty word | Patrick Barkham

Related: May’s plastic plan is big on gimmicks, but it won’t cut waste | George Monbiot

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Fictional Catalan region of Tabarnia appoints first president
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:22:36 GMT

Tabarnia movement, which parodies Catalan independence demands, has grown increasingly popular on social media

The fraught business of installing a new Catalan government begins on Wednesday but in the meantime Tabarnia, a fictitious but increasingly popular region that wants independence from Catalonia, has sworn in an actor and theatre producer as its first president.

The move by the broad coastal strip from Tarragona to Barcelona – hence the name – is a good-humoured backlash against what many see as the imposition of an independence agenda on a part of Catalonia that has never voted for secessionist candidates.

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France will not allow another refugee camp in Calais, says Macron
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:16:52 GMT

French president warns people trying to reach UK from northern France that they are at ‘dead end’

Emmanuel Macron has vowed there would never be another large refugee camp in Calais and warned those people remaining in the area who hope to reach Britain that they were at a “dead end”.

The French president also accused certain organisations of lying about police brutality and encouraging people to remain in Calais and attempt the crossing to the United Kingdom.

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