Britain’s island mentality is making the Calais migrant crisis all the more difficult | Deborah Orr

It’s only when we’re trying to keep other people out that we realise how much we think of the English Channel as a moat. If we stopped thinking of migrants as invaders, we might remember how heroic they are

First Clemantine Wamariya chose an appropriate political moment to publish a long and dazzling article about her childhood as a Rwandan refugee and asylum-seeker, and her adulthood as a US citizen and Yale graduate. She cloaked those words, “refugee” and “asylum seeker” – words that have become effortlessly dehumanising – in the raiments of her fierce, complex, open individuality, and did that not only for herself, but for everyone who has ever been described that way.

Admittedly, though, appropriate political moments for such writings come along pretty regularly. Sometimes, it feels as if it’s only when the nation is discussing ways of ensuring other people don’t come here that we all remember we’re lucky to live on the island of Great Britain: a moat of sea around us that must never be allowed to hamper our own travels through the world, but must also be a fortification against the troubles of the rest of the planet.

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Glasgow council has lost bin lorry crash driver’s references, inquiry told

Inquiry has heard that Harry Clarke suffered ‘blackout’ at wheel in previous job and was disciplined over absences, but missing references said to be ‘satisfactory’

The driver of a bin lorry that crashed and killed six people had “satisfactory” references when he joined Glasgow city council, but they are no longer held on record, an inquiry has heard.

Harry Clarke was driving the council truck in Glasgow city centre on 22 December last year when it went out of control after witnesses reported he appeared to lose consciousness at the wheel.

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Prisoner escapes and kills woman before recapture, say Pennsylvania police

  • Robert Crissman walked away from a work-release program
  • Police say he stole friend’s car and killed acquaintance Tammy Long

An escaped inmate was captured on Friday, after police said he walked away from a work-release program in western Pennsylvania while serving jail time for a probation violation and killed an acquaintance who lived nearby.

Pennsylvania state police tweeted news of Robert Crissman’s apprehension on Friday morning, about 26 hours after he fled the Armstrong County jail while delivering meals to other inmates. They did not immediately provide details of his capture.

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Janice Dickinson on Bill Cosby: ‘They can fling all they want at me. I did not consent.’

Ex-model and reality TV star Janice Dickinson is one of more than 40 women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault. His lawyer has called her a liar. Here, she talks about a tough childhood, her fightback and the case that is gripping America

Janice Dickinson is in a silk robe, smoking a cigarette and descending a flight of steps in her garden, which is built into a hillside in Beverly Hills. She is, at one level, in her element, surrounded by photographers and stylists, a happy reminder of her heyday as a supermodel in the late 1970s. At the same time, she can’t be seen to be enjoying herself too much: the 60-year‑old reality TV star is meeting me in her capacity as one of the scores of women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault – accusations the actor has either not responded to or denied.

“She’s more successful than him anyway, now,” says her assistant, Stephen, as they re-enter the house.

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Janice Dickinson on Cosby and rape: ‘We as woman should band together to make Obama change the law’

Former model and reality star tells the Guardian of her consolation in renewed scrutiny of the comedian: ‘You hit him where he breathes: his pocketbook’

Janice Dickinson has renewed her allegations against Bill Cosby, raising new details of the 1982 night when she claimed the comedian drugged and raped her while calling on Barack Obama to use the increasing pressure on Cosby as cause for sexual assault reform.

Related: Janice Dickinson on Bill Cosby: ‘They can fling all they want at me. I did not consent.’

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Alexander Litvinenko lawyer points finger at Putin as inquiry ends

Lawyer for the family of the spy poisoned in London in 2006 labels Russian president a ‘tinpot despot’ and asks judge to formally implicate him in murder

The family of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko have made a final plea to the judge presiding over the inquiry into his death to formally implicate the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in his murder.

On the last day of the exhaustive public inquiry, Ben Emmerson QC, representing Litvinenko’s widow, Marina, and son Anatoly, said the evidence heard by the inquiry proves Putin personally ordered the murder of the Russian dissident on the streets of London.

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African rich get richer even as poverty grows and inequality deepens | Ami Sedghi and Mark Anderson

Campaign group criticises development strategies as research shows the number of millionaires in Africa has more than doubled since 2000

Africa is now home to more than 160,000 people with personal fortunes worth in excess of $1m (£642,000), a twofold increase in the number of wealthy individuals since the turn of the century that highlights the problem of deepening inequality as some of the world’s poorest nations register strong economic growth.

The combined wealth holdings of high-net-worth individuals – those with net assets of $1m or more – in Africa totalled $660bn at the end of 2014, according to a report by New World Wealth, a South African market research firm.

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Indian pop video honours activist’s 1940 killing of British official

Animated film tells story of how Udham Singh shot a colonial official who had said 1919 massacre of protestors in Amritsar was justified

An Indian pop group has made a music video honouring an independence activist who assassinated a British official in revenge for a 1919 massacre, at a time of renewed calls in India for reparations from Britain for excesses during colonial rule.

The animated video tells the story of Udham Singh, who shot dead former British colonial official Michael O’Dwyer in 1940. O’Dwyer had said the killing of hundreds of protesters during a demonstration at Jallianwala Bagh in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, had been justified.

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Windows 10: Microsoft faces criticism over privacy

From personalised ads in Solitaire to an address book-reading personal assistant, some users are unhappy with Windows 10’s approach to privacy

Windows 10 is under attack over default settings which users say compromise their privacy, just days after the operating system’s successful launch saw more than 14 million installs in the first 24 hours.

Hundreds of commenters on sites such as Hacker News and Reddit have criticised default settings that send personal information to Microsoft, use bandwidth to upload data to other computers running the operating system, share Wi-Fi passwords with online friends and remove the ability to opt out of security updates.

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Do mothers need to be in bikinis to push their Bugaboos?

A Vogue magazine shoot of 23-year-old model Ymre Stiekema pushing her pram caused a ruckus this week. Plus, we look at Jeremy Corbyn’s feminist manifesto and Macy Gray’s ode to her vibrator Bob

If you thought that a picture of a woman pushing a pram would be hard-pressed to cause controversy, then you clearly haven’t seen this photo. . In it, 23-year-old model Ymre Stiekema is jogging with her two-year-old daughter in Bugaboo’s Runner – a pram designed to help mums get fit. So far, so normal (for those people used to seeing people jogging with prams.) But add the fact that Stiekema is only wearing a bikini, and the photo (shot for Vogue Netherlands) becomes a lot sillier.

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