Talented and resilient: the Wild Boars footballers trapped in Thai cave

Boys trapped underground include Chanin Wiboonrungrueng, 11, the youngest in the squad, and left-winger Adul Sam-on, 14, whose English skills have earned him admiration at home When, on Monday, members of the Wild Boars football club spotted a light emerging from the watery depths that had confined them to a pitch-black chamber in Tham Luang […]

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The 20 photographs of the week

Pollution in China, Europes refugee crisis, the aftermath of Storm Desmond the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week Read more: www.theguardian.com

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The next Tokyo? Scheme for ‘flood-defence city’ boasts first mile-high skyscraper

City connects: An ambitious proposal to protect the Japanese capital, the rise of night mayors and a greener Madrid all feature in this weeks roundup of the best city narratives from around the web This weeks collecting of urban gems takes us all the way from Tokyo to Porto Alegre via Amsterdam and Copenhagen and […]

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Bike-sharing revolution aims to set China back on two wheels

From Shanghai to Sichuan, strategies are being rolled out to slash congestion, cut air pollution and spin a profit Even through Beijings nicotine-tinged smog you can make out the multi-coloured frames, gliding through the pea soup towards a greener future. In recent months an unmissable fleet of fluorescent orange, canary yellow and ocean blue bicycles […]

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606 pairs of empty shoes: the growing toll of suicide in New Zealand

Suicide is New Zealands silent epidemic. The country has the highest youth suicide rates in the developed world and some people want to talk about it It has been simply over a year since Georgia MacBeath succumbed, when life supporting was turned off at the hospital where she was taken. Georgia had been determined unconscious […]

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Air pollution rising at an ‘alarming rate’ in world’s cities

Outdoor pollution has risen 8% in five years with fast-growing cities in the developing world worst affected, WHO data shows Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past five years, with billions of people around the world now exposed to dangerous air, according to new data from more than 3,000 cities compiled by […]

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New Zealand hotel bans cyclists in Lycra to cut out ‘bulges’ at breakfast

Cyclists vexed after owner of Plough Hotel in New Zealand says unsightly shapes put over customers and is insisting trousers be worn A hotel in New Zealand has banned Lycra cycling shorts as it determines the bumps and protrusions inappropriate and unsightly. In an effort to raise dress standards the Plough Hotel in Rangiora has […]

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Bike-sharing revolution aims to set China back on two wheels

From Shanghai to Sichuan, schemes are being rolled out to slash congestion, cut air pollution and spin a profit Even through Beijings nicotine-tinged smog you are able to make out the multi-coloured frames, gliding through the pea soup towards a greener future. In recent months an unmissable fleet of fluorescent orange, canary yellow and ocean […]

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Around the world in 123 days: New Zealander transgresses cycling record

Andrew Nicholson, a former Olympic skater, traversed the globe two days faster than Englishman Alan Bate did in 2010 A New Zealand speed skating Olympian has cycled around the world in 123 days which if ratified will beat the current record by a full two days. Andrew Nicholson, 45, a part-time gym instructor and primary […]

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