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Allegations against philanthropist Anthony D’Offay, reported in the Observer, place art world in the spotlight

At least 10 investigations into sexual misconduct have taken place at Britain’s largest galleries and museums over the past four years.

The inquiries included two at the V&A, in 2011-12 and 2015-16, which were accompanied by police investigations. They led to the dismissal of two staff members after one verdict of sexual misconduct and another of “stalking and gender violence”.

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Singer already living with hockey player who helped him recover from 2015 cycling accident


Singer Ed Sheeran has shared news of his engagement and added that “our cats are chuffed as well”. The musician revealed he and girlfriend Cherry Seaborn are engaged on Instagram.

Sharing a photograph of them together with his more than 18 million followers, Sheeran wrote: “Got myself a fiance just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx.”

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When Tjalling van den Burger accepted a job in London, he needed to find a place to live – and like a growing number of young people faced with sky high rents, he turned to co-living. So what’s it like sharing a communal space with more than 500 people?

“Searching for a flatshare in London while still living in the Netherlands was almost impossible,” says Tjalling van den Burger. He had accepted a job with a tech company in London and was faced with the daunting prospect of arriving with nowhere to live – until a friend recommended he try The Collective.

A sleek 10-storey tower in Old Oak, west London, The Collective claims to be the world’s largest co-living scheme, with about 550 residents. It aims to give tenants, whose average age is 28, a communal life, with every aspect – from utility bills to entertainment – taken care of. It’s much like a university halls of residence for young professionals, albeit a very luxurious one.

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If you’ve told yourself you’ll get your money matters in order ‘later down the line’, you could miss out on some serious cash when you’re older. Follow these easy steps for a more secure future

According to the American playwright Tennessee Williams, it’s far easier to be young without money than it is to be old without it, and sadly we’d have to agree with him. Setting up your future finances sooner rather than later won’t just help you sleep more soundly, it should pay off in the long term too. And the good news is, it doesn’t take too much effort. Here are some ideas you might want to consider:

Be consistent
When was the last time you checked your credit rating? It’s a good idea to check it annually, since your rating can affect the options available to you, from which credit card is obtainable to whether you’re offered a mortgage. Experts say the key to having a good credit rating is showing lenders you’re a “stable bet”, so ensure you pay bills and credit card statements on time. Ensure you’re registered to vote (you can get on the electoral roll by visiting gov.uk) and aim to avoid changing your address too often. To check your rating, look up Equifax, Experian or Callcredit – they’re the three main UK credit agencies who send data about us to lenders.

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If unexpected bills are inducing panic, take some time before you act, work on a strategy and share your worries. Two psychology experts reveal their tips for overcoming the emotional stress of a cashflow problem

When you’re hit by a sudden, unexpected expense, you can think about little else. It can happen in any number of ways: a broken boiler that needs replacing, a hefty bill you forgot to budget for, a sudden unexpected change in your housing situation. How can you avoid that stress spiralling out of control? Kim Stephenson, financial psychologist and author of Finance Is Personal, and Nigel Nicholson, professor of organisational behaviour at London Business School, suggest ways to help you cope with the ups and downs of dealing with bank balance panic. Here are six key tips.

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Riots in Tunisia echo the events of 2011, when unrest swept the Middle East

When the people of Balta wanted to protest, they had to leave town. “This place is so small that blocking the road is like sitting in your own hall – no one notices,” said Wathik Balti, a 19-year-old student.

So in December, they headed to the nearest motorway, where dozens of them blocked an important junction for hours and called on the government to do something about the lack of jobs, the chronic corruption and the faltering public services that blight the picturesque village.

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Afghan special forces storm the building to flush out attackers and rescue staff and guests reportedly taken hostage

Afghan special forces have stormed the Intercontinental hotel in Kabul to try to flush out gunmen who attacked the building, killing five people and reportedly taking hostages.

Related: Its dreams of a caliphate are gone. Now Isis has a deadly new strategy | Hassan Hassan

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Deuce on the Schwartzman serve as Nadal looks to get the job done, in a game that’s gone on for seven minutes. Nadal chases down a drop shot at lightning speed to set up break point, but Schwartzman responds with a couple of hefty serves. Nadal goes long on the next, and Schwartzman is hanging on, cutting the gap to 4-3 in the fourth.

Two break points for Edmund on the Seppi serve, but the experienced Italian digs in to save them. A ferocious backhand down the line gives Edmund another chance, but he fires long and Seppi holds. That was a useful hold, with Edmund in a purple patch just now.

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  • Manchester United value Mkhitaryan at around £35m
  • Both players set to undergo medicals at new clubs

Manchester United have finally agreed to sign Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan to move in the other direction in what is understood to be a straight swap deal. This means that as there would not be any money exchanged between the clubs, United valued Mkhitaryan at around £35m, the fee Arsenal were demanding for Sánchez.

Sánchez, who was out of contract at Arsenal this summer, is expected to sign terms at United that will make him their highest-paid player, with speculation he could earn as much as £14m-a-year after tax or £500,000-per-week.

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In different circumstances, Manchester City might have been parading Alexis Sánchez as their new A-list signing and Sergio Agüero, one assumes, might have been left wondering what it meant for his own position. It is all hypothetical now Sánchez is heading Manchester United’s way but, on this evidence, it does seem perplexing that Agüero’s place had ever come under threat and that Pep Guardiola felt it necessary to investigate changing his attacking options.

Related: Manchester United and Anthony Martial dig deep to battle past Burnley

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Defending our constitution requires more than outrage

Blatant dictatorship – in the form of fascism, communism, or military rule – has disappeared across much of the world. Military coups and other violent seizures of power are rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die, but by different means.

Since the end of the Cold War, most democratic breakdowns have been caused not by generals and soldiers but by elected governments themselves. Like Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, elected leaders have subverted democratic institutions in Georgia, Hungary, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Mark Zuckerberg has clearly decided that real news has become too troublesome to bother with any more

Connoisseurs of corporate cant have a new collector’s item: Mark Zuckerberg’s latest Epistle to his Disciples. “We built Facebook,” it begins, “to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us. That’s why we’ve always put friends and family at the core of the experience. Research shows that strengthening our relationships improves our wellbeing and happiness.”

Quite so. But all is not well, it seems. “Recently,” continues Zuck, sorrowfully, “we’ve gotten feedback from our community that public content – posts from businesses, brands and media – is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other.”

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Underbidding for contracts to bring in cash – if that is what has happened – is a dangerous practice. We need to know

The collapse of Carillion, the building and outsourcing company, throws up so many questions about the state of UK business and government services it is difficult to know where to begin.

Lifting the lid on Carillion’s strategic plans, it is clear that the company’s board mistook tactical nous for strategy. Not that there was much common sense in taking a building company and morphing it into a conglomerate that tries to meld together the management of prisons, hospitals and schools as if they were all the same.

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Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, has announced she is pregnant. The last time an elected world leader was pregnant in office was in 1990 when Pakistan's prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, had her daughter Bakhtwar

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Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist and activist who was appointed to the CNNum, the national digital council at the end of last year. Her appointment sparked controversy due to some of her opinions about state racism and Charlie Hebdo, and the French government bowed to pressure to remove her from the board. She speaks with Iman Amrani about what happened, how she feels President Emmanuel Macron, and freedom of speech

Une version de la vidéo en français peut être visionnée ici

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Reopening after a two-year refurbishment, the true glories of the once-despised South Bank gallery are revealed

• Read Laura Cumming’s review of the Andreas Gursky exhibition at the revamped Hayward

It is said that when a footballer returns from a long period of injury it’s like getting a new player. With Feilden Clegg Bradley’s renewal of the Hayward, it’s like getting a new art gallery. Its cleaned-up, robust exterior advances and recedes into the winter sun with new vigour. Its interiors breathe. You can enjoy again its sequences of contrasting volumes, its changes of level, its noble stairs, the glimpses outside, the odd but effective decision to install big, shiny brass handrails in what is mostly a rugged aesthetic.

Contemporary art galleries often over-rely on walls of plasterboard, a material coy about how solid it is, which makes spaces fade into indeterminate nothingness. At the Hayward, plaster is punctuated with concrete, now lovingly cleaned with techniques more often used on classical statues. The material gives a reference point, a sense of strength and personality. It also gives the inside an outdoors feel, a continuation of the Southbank Centre’s terraces and stairs into a space that happens to be roofed.

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Jez Butterworth’s imperial epic for Sky Atlantic is a triumph of loopiness, but BBC One can’t quite pull off dystopian crime

Britannia (Sky Atlantic/Now TV)
Hard Sun (BBC4) | iPlayer
McMafia (BBC1) | iPlayer
Inside No 9 (BBC2) | iPlayer

Britannia, all of which splurged on to our screens on Thursday courtesy of Sky Atlantic, is a thing of fine madness. Ostensibly, acclaimed playwright Jez Butterworth’s singular take on the second Roman invasion of Britain – this is the Claudian one of 43AD, 98 years after Julius Caesar first sniffed the food and turned tail – it looks like Jez has been allowed to loose both big-budget barrels of a gloriously loopy imaginarium on history itself. If only history itself was this much fun.

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Jane Garvey and co’s series on menopause was insightful and witty, while a new US true-crime podcast wisely takes its time to build a narrative

Woman’s Hour: The Menopause (Radio 4) | iPlayer
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I do love middle-aged women. For many years, the woman d’un certain age was dismissed as pathetic – mutton dressed as lamb, the butt of mother-in-law jokes – but as I myself morph into one of these derided figures, I find myself caring little about how I’m viewed. And I also find other middle-aged women really interesting. They talk straight, mostly because none of them has much time. Honesty is bracing.

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A well-intentioned adaptation of EM Forster’s classic lacks complexity

EM Forster’s 1924 novel explores complex relations among and between Britons and Indians in India before the first world war; his authorial voice takes the reader into the minds of characters male and female; Christian, Hindu, Muslim and atheist. Forster’s ironic - even caustic - presentation of the British occupation of India chimes with today’s anticolonial spirit. His imagining of Indian characters and interactions, however, although intended to be sympathetic, now appears Orientalist and othering.

Simon Dormandy’s adaptation intensifies Forster’s critique of the British (characters are simplified into stilted posturings). It also reduces the complexity of the Indian characters and the number of scenes in which they feature - they become bit players whose function is to convey particular attitudes. Forster’s backgrounding to Dr Aziz’s behaviour and actions in the early scenes - when he interacts with visiting English ladies Mrs Moore and Miss Quested and with the resident schoolmaster, Fielding - is not communicated: the audience laughs as if he were a comic turn (no fault of actor Asif Khan’s delicate characterisation). A late scene, where the company impersonates worshippers at a religious celebration, comes across as cultural misappropriation.

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Observer poll finds majority of existing and potential voters back Britain remaining in single market and customs union

Jeremy Corbyn is under huge pressure to shift party policy on Brexit as an exclusive poll for the Observer reveals a substantial majority of existing and potential Labour voters want him to back permanent membership of the EU’s single market and customs union.

Four times as many Labour supporters favour that option as oppose it. The survey by Opinium also finds that more than twice as many in this group want Corbyn to support a second referendum on the eventual Brexit deal as reject it.

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