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The homophobic murder in Cucumber is so scary because it taps into a grim reality

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As gay viewers know only too well, most of the world would prefer us not to exist. Men’s sexual insecurity means we’re always at risk“To live as a gay man in the world, even in the west, means skirting round violence every day.” So says Russell T Davies, the creator of the increasingly harrowing LGBT drama Cucumber. Last night’s episode was surely one of the most unsettling pieces of drama to grace our TV screens in recent times: judging by ... more

CPAC 2015 wants you to know: you are in terrible danger

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From warmongers to conspiracy theorists, all of those present can agree that America needs to be afraidWelcome to the Conservative Political Action Conference, a three-day-long performance from an improv troupe whose hat has only has one statement in it: you’re in terrible danger. But that doesn’t mean you’re in terrible danger right now. Right now, there are seminars. About the danger. I have been to them, as part of my quest to be America’s Most Impervious Man. I don’t even ... more

FGM: more than 2,600 treated by the NHS since September

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Official figures reveal nearly 500 women and girls treated in January, as Equality Now warns that this is the ‘tip of the iceberg’More than 2,603 women and girls who went through female genital mutilation have been treated by the NHS since September, according to updated official figures. Related: The Guardian view on the failed FGM prosecution: right idea, wrong case | Editorial Continue reading...

Madagascar's frogs at risk as killer fungus found on island for first time

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A fungus that devastates amphibian populations – often to extinction – is now widespread on the island and could threaten its 500 frog species, say scientists Scientists say a fungus that has devastated global frog populations has reached Madagascar, putting the island’s 500 endemic frog species in danger.The amphibian-rich islands of Madagascar, Borneo and New Guinea have remained conspicuously free of the Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) fungus, which has caused population crashes on every continent where amphibians occur. Continue reading...

Prince William reveals he dreamed of being an astronaut

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Duke of Cambridge talks to Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi about childhood dream jobs at launch of Innovation is Great campaign in TokyoThe Duke of Cambridge has revealed that like every little boy he had dream jobs. But rather king – the role he was born to do – the occupations he dreamt of were astronaut, policeman and firebreather.The second-in-line to the throne, who starts his job as an air ambulance pilot in the summer, spoke about alternative jobs when he ... more