Aleppo siege looms as pro-Assad forces cut opposition supply lines

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Around 400,000 people who remain in Syria’s largest city face humanitarian crisis if pro-government forces set up blockadeHundreds of thousands of Syrians face the prospect of a brutal siege inside Aleppo, after Syrian government and Russian forces cut the last secure supply line into rebel-held areas of the city, aid and human rights groups have warned.Up to 70,000 people have fled towards the border with Turkey, where they are cramming into already overcrowded refugee camps, hoping that Istanbul will open ... more

The 20 photographs of the week

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The Zika virus in Latin America, protests in Greece, Curiosity on Mars, the earthquake in Taiwan – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week Continue reading...

Original Observer photography: January 2016

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Actors Tom Hiddleston, Maxine Peake and Aziz Ansari, film director Alejandro González Iñárritu and post-punk band Savages feature in this month’s showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer Continue reading...

Feeding cats, collecting dentures: what the Red Cross does to get patients home

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Team helps free up beds in Dorset by offering practical and emotional support to vulnerable people to plug the gap between hospital and social careAs a part-time Red Cross worker at Poole hospital in Dorset, Anne Sawyer takes people home after treatment to help them settle in. It sounds straightforward, but the job carries enormous significance for the patient, usually elderly, fragile and confused. Sawyer has found herself doing a variety of tasks.“I’ve done everything from ringing the plumber if ... more

Dramatic licence: broadcasters buy into big-budget TV boom

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Demand for television drama is surging, and the BBC, ITV and their online rivals are rushing to meet itThere will be more TV drama on British screens than ever before in 2016 as broadcasters and streaming services seek to satisfy a growing public appetite with shows such as royal epic The Crown and the return of 90s favourite Cold Feet.Big-budget shows such as BBC 1’s The Night Manager, starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston in an adaptation of the John ... more