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Peace in Colombia relies on tackling systemic violence against women

Colombia’s first National Day for the Dignity of Women Victims of Sexual Violence is a welcome step in the fight against gender abuse

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Alt.gardening: The Chelsea Fringe Festival comes of age

A new generation of gardeners are cottoning on to the Chelsea Fringe Festival, now in its fourth year. Amicia Demoubray rounds up some of this year’s highlights

Dubbed the fastest growing fringe festival ever by the World Festival Network, the Chelsea Fringe, now in its 4th year, is firmly established as a highlight of the gardening calendar.

“I wanted to create a sort of Salon de Refuses by pushing the boundaries,” says its founder, the garden writer Tim Richardson. “The Fringe is not about medals or display gardens. I wanted to harness the energy of a new generation of gardeners who don’t necessarily approach gardening from a traditional background such as mine but look upon it as a mild form of environmental activism. Many of those involved share the major cultural fear of our age, that of an environmental armagaddeon.”

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Dress codes: When smart casual isn’t good enough

Women in flat shoes were turned away from the Cannes red carpet last week – barmy dress codes or all part of the fun?

The debacle on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival last week – where women were turned away from the gala screening of Todd Haynes’s Carol for not wearing high-heeled shoes – was rightly hailed as sexist dress-code policy.

It’s 2015. We are the most liberal generation ever – and yet we cling to anachronistic dress codes (written and unwritten) to help us navigate bewildering social events from white tie dinners to fetish clubs. And we’ve all suffered the fancy dress party where the zero-size hostess wants us all in bikinis.

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Cribs twins Gary and Ryan Jarman on their intertwined lives

There are three brothers in the Cribs – and two of them are twins. Gary and Ryan Jarman explain how their special connection helps their music

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Gardens: lilac season

It doesn’t last long but the lilac season is stunning. Chose your varieties carefully – and enjoy their moment in the sun

May is one of our most beautiful months. The hedgerows fatten once the hawthorn has flowered and cow parsley narrows the lanes. Our lightest months in early summer are also the season of some of our most flamboyant flowering shrubs, many of which eclipse their companions for a glorious flurry. Once-flowering roses and sweetly scented Philadelphus may only be with us for a moment, but they are worth it for that feeling of time slowing down.

In Russia, lilac grows wild on the fringes of woodland to spill into the sunshine. They can be a hungry neighbour in a mixed planting, but if you have the right place you will be happy you have planted one. This year I have promised myself that I will get to see a national collection, to pick a couple with just the right tone of lilac and grace in the branches.

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German woman aged 65 gives birth to quadruplets after IVF treatment

Three boys and one girl are born prematurely at 26 weeks but chances of survival are good, says TV channel following Annegret Raunigk’s pregnancy

A 65-year-old German woman has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, it was revealed on Saturday. The woman, Annegret Raunigk, already has 13 children.

The quadruplets – three boys and a girl – were born prematurely at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital but have “good chances of surviving”, according to the entertainment channel RTL, which has negotiated exclusive rights to the woman’s story.

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Ireland on course to be first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote

Although final result in historic vote on marriage equality is not expected until Saturday afternoon, voters are thought to have strongly backed change in law Ireland is on course to become the first nation in the world to legalise gay marriage by popu…
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Screen time v play time: what tech leaders won’t let their own kids do

Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive designed some of the world’s most desirable tech – but imposed strict limits on their own children using it. What rules do others set?

When a technology journalist suggested to Steve Jobs, in 2010, that his children must have loved the just-released iPad, he replied flatly: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” His former righthand man, Jonathan Ive, whose design for the iPad is so simple that toddlers can operate it, recently revealed that he sets strict limits for his 10-year-old twin boys.

Steiner Waldorf schools, which exclude screen time before the age of 12 in favour of physical activity, art and experiential learning, are particularly popular with Silicon Valley executives and their UK counterparts. Kevin Avison, executive officer of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship in the UK, says that when he was teaching near Reading, “nearly 50% of parents of children in the class worked at Oracle or other hi-tech computer companies”.

There isn’t an intent to harm children, but there’s an intent to keep them engaged

We do a terrible thing if she’s playing up in a restaurant: we’ll use the iPad as a digital pacifier

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Modern tribes: the Labour leader contender

‘Don’t get me wrong, Ed’s a friend. Even though I didn’t vote for him and thought his message was catastrophically narrow and negative’

For me, one of the big challenges for Labour after that defeat, and make no mistake, it was a terrible, massive defeat, will be getting outside Westminster and winning back the trust of people who shop at Waitrose. Not just the ones who want the free coffees. Because Labour only win when they reach out to people who didn’t vote for them. That’s why the mansion tax sent out all the wrong messages. Same with the referendum. And immigration. The bedroom tax. Russell Brand. And yes, the stone. But mainly we forgot about aspiration. Something that used to be at the very heart of the soul of our vision. Did I say this at the time? No, I have never been about factional politics. Privately, I thought Ed was wrong about absolutely everything.

Labour needs a leader whose voice can carry into all the nations and regions of the UK, that’s why Watford Gap services seemed the right place for me to come and explain why I think I can do better than someone who has to be dragged kicking and screaming out of Primrose Hill. I like football. My mum is working class. Don’t get me wrong, Ed’s a friend. Even though I didn’t vote for him and thought his message was catastrophically narrow and negative.

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Long tail: dogs may have lived with humans for 30,000 years

New fossil evidence suggests dogs emerged as a separate species from wolves far earlier than scientists previously believed

Domestic dogs may have a pedigree that dates back almost 40,000 years to when modern humans started colonising Europe and Asia, new research has shown.

Previous studies have indicated that the ancestors of modern-day dogs diverged from wolves no more than 16,000 years ago, after the last ice age. But new evidence – from a small bone found in a remote region of Siberia – indicates that the special relationship between man and dog is much older.

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