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The Brexit journey has been filled with drama and spectacle. Here are all the key moments from one of the most memorable periods in British history, from the lols to the lows. What moment will you remember the most?

The Brexit journey has been filled with drama and spectacle. Here are all the key moments from one of the most memorable periods in British history, from the lols to the lows.  What moment will you remember the most?
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The coronavirus panic is turning the UK into a hostile environment for east Asians, argues @samphan96. He tells us what it feels to experience casual racism on a daily basis. Video: @katyaochagavia agavia + @samphan96

The coronavirus panic is turning the UK into a hostile environment for east Asians, argues @samphan96. He tells us what it feels to experience casual racism on a daily basis.  Video: @katyaochagavia agavia + @samphan96
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On 11 November last year, 11 million trees were planted by volunteers in more than 2,000 sites across Turkey. The government-backed programme broke the world record for the most trees planted in one hour in a single location, with 303,150 saplings planted in the northern Anatolian city of Çorum. But the country’s agriculture and forestry trade union claimed that the majority of the saplings have died because of insufficient water. Speaking to the Guardian, a representative attributed the deaths to the saplings being planted at “the wrong time” and “not by experts”, as well as a lack of rainfall. Turkeys ruling AK party claims it has planted more than 4.5bn saplings in its 17 years in power. However, its environmental policies continue to attract criticism, most recently over the razing of forests to build Istanbul’s new airport, and over plans to create a 45km (28-mile) canal to divert shipping traffic from the Bosphorus.

On 11 November last year, 11 million trees were planted by volunteers in more than 2,000 sites across Turkey.  The government-backed programme broke the world record for the most trees planted in one hour in a single location, with 303,150 saplings planted in the northern Anatolian city of Çorum.  But the country’s agriculture and forestry trade union claimed that the majority of the saplings have died because of insufficient water.  Speaking to the Guardian, a representative attributed the deaths to the saplings being planted at “the wrong time” and “not by experts”, as well as a lack of rainfall.  Turkeys ruling AK party claims it has planted more than 4.5bn saplings in its 17 years in power. However, its environmental policies continue to attract criticism, most recently over the razing of forests to build Istanbul’s new airport, and over plans to create a 45km (28-mile) canal to divert shipping traffic from the Bosphorus.
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If youre in a part of the world thats been starved of sunlight this January, look no further. A solar telescope in Hawaii has captured the highest resolution images of the solar surface ever taken. Its the first time weve been able to see the suns turbulent, patchwork surface in such sharp focus. The granular structures look like gold nuggets and are each about the size of France!

If youre in a part of the world thats been starved of sunlight this January, look no further.  A solar telescope in Hawaii has captured the highest resolution images of the solar surface ever taken. Its the first time weve been able to see the suns turbulent, patchwork surface in such sharp focus. The granular structures look like gold nuggets and are each about the size of France!
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We have decided that we will no longer accept advertising from fossil fuel extracting companies. We are the first major global news organisation to institute this outright ban and hope others will join us soon. Environmental groups have long argued that energy companies use expensive advertising campaigns to “greenwash” their activities, paying to highlight relatively small investments in renewable energy while continuing to make the vast majority of their revenue from extracting fossil fuels. Advertising makes up 40% of our revenue, so it remains a key way to fund our journalism. Our acting chief executive, Anna Bateson, and chief revenue officer, Hamish Nicklin, said "it’s true that rejecting some adverts might make our lives a tiny bit tougher in the very short term. Nonetheless, we believe building a more purposeful organisation and remaining financially sustainable have to go hand in hand.” They acknowledged that some readers would like us to turn down advertising for any product with a significant carbon footprint, such as cars or holidays, but explained that this isnt financially sustainable while the media industry’s business model remained in crisis. @Greenpeace welcomed the move, calling it “a watershed moment".

We have decided that we will no longer accept advertising from fossil fuel extracting companies.  We are the first major global news organisation to institute this outright ban and hope others will join us soon.  Environmental groups have long argued that energy companies use expensive advertising campaigns to “greenwash” their activities, paying to highlight relatively small investments in renewable energy while continuing to make the vast majority of their revenue from extracting fossil fuels.  Advertising makes up 40% of our revenue, so it remains a key way to fund our journalism.  Our acting chief executive, Anna Bateson, and chief revenue officer, Hamish Nicklin, said "it’s true that rejecting some adverts might make our lives a tiny bit tougher in the very short term. Nonetheless, we believe building a more purposeful organisation and remaining financially sustainable have to go hand in hand.” They acknowledged that some readers would like us to turn down advertising for any product with a significant carbon footprint, such as cars or holidays, but explained that this isnt financially sustainable while the media industry’s business model remained in crisis.  @Greenpeace welcomed the move, calling it “a watershed moment".
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Well, this is an awkward day for Donald Trump. The US presidents "big, beautiful wall" between the United States and Mexico has blown over in high winds. The steel panels, more than nine metres (30ft) high, began to lean at a sharp angle on the border between the Californian town of Calexico and Mexicali in Mexico amid gusts on Wednesday. Follow the link in bio for more details.

Well, this is an awkward day for Donald Trump.  The US presidents "big, beautiful wall" between the United States and Mexico has blown over in high winds.  The steel panels, more than nine metres (30ft) high, began to lean at a sharp angle on the border between the Californian town of Calexico and Mexicali in Mexico amid gusts on Wednesday.  Follow the link in bio for more details.
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Wuhan, the Chinese city identified as the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, has been on lockdown since 23 January. We spoke to people currently in the city about what its like living in quarantine.

Wuhan, the Chinese city identified as the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, has been on lockdown since 23 January.  We spoke to people currently in the city about what its like living in quarantine.
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These are exciting times for northern lights enthusiasts. Auroras are produced when charged particles are ejected by the sun and funnelled towards the Earth’s poles by our planet’s magnetic field.

These are exciting times for northern lights enthusiasts.  Auroras are produced when charged particles are ejected by the sun and funnelled towards the Earth’s poles by our planet’s magnetic field.
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The glass is looking half empty as the rise in global temperatures threatens the worlds wine supplies. Researchers looked at the land suitable for 11 popular varieties of wine grape and found that 2C (3.6F) of warming above pre-industrial levels – a rise the world is on track to exceed – would result in a 56% loss of suitable land within current wine-growing regions compared with the 1970s, before the most serious impacts of global heating. The researchers said some countries might be more affected than others, with countries already warmer and less able to compensate for future losses. For example, land loss could hit 90% for Italy and Spain under 4C of heating. They also found that new areas around the world – including parts of the UK – would become suitable for wine grapes as the planet continues to heat, with early-ripening varieties such as pinot noir moving north.

The glass is looking half empty as the rise in global temperatures threatens the worlds wine supplies.  Researchers looked at the land suitable for 11 popular varieties of wine grape and found that 2C (3.6F) of warming above pre-industrial levels – a rise the world is on track to exceed – would result in a 56% loss of suitable land within current wine-growing regions compared with the 1970s, before the most serious impacts of global heating.  The researchers said some countries might be more affected than others, with countries already warmer and less able to compensate for future losses. For example, land loss could hit 90% for Italy and Spain under 4C of heating.  They also found that new areas around the world – including parts of the UK – would become suitable for wine grapes as the planet continues to heat, with early-ripening varieties such as pinot noir moving north.
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A fluorescent pink slug, found only on a single mountain in New South Wales, has survived the bushfires that burnt through much of its habitat. Around 60 Mount Kaputar slugs were spotted after recent rainfall. Some of the fluorescent slugs survived the fires by creeping into rock crevices, but around 90% of the slug population, which also hibernates in bark and trees, were killed. Slugs and snails play an important role in our ecosystems as a main food source for many animals and birds. Ecologist Chris Dickman has estimated that more than a billion animals have died due to Australias bushfire crisis – a figure that excludes fish, frogs, bats and insects. Photo: Michael Murphy/AFP

A fluorescent pink slug, found only on a single mountain in New South Wales, has survived the bushfires that burnt through much of its habitat. Around 60 Mount Kaputar slugs were spotted after recent rainfall.  Some of the fluorescent slugs survived the fires by creeping into rock crevices, but around 90% of the slug population, which also hibernates in bark and trees, were killed. Slugs and snails play an important role in our ecosystems as a main food source for many animals and birds.  Ecologist Chris Dickman has estimated that more than a billion animals have died due to Australias bushfire crisis – a figure that excludes fish, frogs, bats and insects.  Photo: Michael Murphy/AFP
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Sumo fans in Japan are celebrating after the lowest-ranked wrestler beat incredible odds to emerge victorious at the first main tournament of the year. Tokushoryu shoved and threw his way through a succession of “superior” opponents in Tokyo, ending the 15-day contest with an unassailable 14 wins and one defeat. His heroics, along with displays of emotion not usually seen in the conservative sumo world, captivated fans more accustomed to watching titles go to elite wrestlers. He said that he "might have cried too much, but at that moment I felt relieved from all the pressure. Deep down I’m feeling like, is it okay for me to win the championship? I was the lowest-ranking fighter, so I had nothing to fear. I just had to give it everything I had.”

Sumo fans in Japan are celebrating after the lowest-ranked wrestler beat incredible odds to emerge victorious at the first main tournament of the year.  Tokushoryu shoved and threw his way through a succession of “superior” opponents in Tokyo, ending the 15-day contest with an unassailable 14 wins and one defeat.  His heroics, along with displays of emotion not usually seen in the conservative sumo world, captivated fans more accustomed to watching titles go to elite wrestlers.  He said that he "might have cried too much, but at that moment I felt relieved from all the pressure. Deep down I’m feeling like, is it okay for me to win the championship? I was the lowest-ranking fighter, so I had nothing to fear. I just had to give it everything I had.”
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Gianna Bryant had dreamt of playing basketball professionally like her father, but on 26 January they were both killed, along with seven others, in a helicopter crash in California. Over the past few months Kobe and Gianna were often spotted courtside watching NBA games and Kobe often talked about his daughter’s passion for basketball. Video: @nikhitachulani

Gianna Bryant had dreamt of playing basketball professionally like her father, but on 26 January they were both killed, along with seven others, in a helicopter crash in California.  Over the past few months Kobe and Gianna were often spotted courtside watching NBA games and Kobe often talked about his daughter’s passion for basketball.  Video: @nikhitachulani
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Its official: Britain leaves the European Union this Friday. The date marks the start of what is likely to be an uphill battle to get a trade deal done by the end of the year. So whats likely to happen? Swipe for key details.

Its official: Britain leaves the European Union this Friday. The date marks the start of what is likely to be an uphill battle to get a trade deal done by the end of the year. So whats likely to happen? Swipe for key details.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have cut the royal purse strings and need a new source of income. Will it be from their social media presence? Guardian writer @elle_hunt explores the couples influencer potential.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have cut the royal purse strings and need a new source of income.  Will it be from their social media presence?  Guardian writer @elle_hunt explores the couples influencer potential.
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Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, has died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash. His talent was obvious from an early age, attracting national attention even before he finished high school. Unlike most NBA players, he went straight from school to the NBA, foregoing a college career. He played his entire, 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won five championships with the team, retiring in 2016 as the NBA’s third-highest all-time scorer. After his retirement, he won an Oscar for best animated short for a film called Dear Basketball, based on a poem he wrote about his retirement from the game. In a statement, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said “Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning", adding that "he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability."

Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, has died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash.  His talent was obvious from an early age, attracting national attention even before he finished high school. Unlike most NBA players, he went straight from school to the NBA, foregoing a college career.  He played his entire, 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won five championships with the team, retiring in 2016 as the NBA’s third-highest all-time scorer.  After his retirement, he won an Oscar for best animated short for a film called Dear Basketball, based on a poem he wrote about his retirement from the game.  In a statement, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said “Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning", adding that "he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability."
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Members of Frances CGT union performed a flash dance wearing costumes inspired by Rosie The Riveter in Paris today, as protests against the governments proposed pension reforms entered its 51st consecutive day. It is the longest industrial action in the country for over 50 years. Transport networks and public services continued to be affected. Under the proposed reforms, Frances 42 different pension schemes would be replaced by one points-based system, but critics say people will be forced to work longer and for less money.

Members of Frances CGT union performed a flash dance wearing costumes inspired by Rosie The Riveter in Paris today, as protests against the governments proposed pension reforms entered its 51st consecutive day. It is the longest industrial action in the country for over 50 years. Transport networks and public services continued to be affected.  Under the proposed reforms, Frances 42 different pension schemes would be replaced by one points-based system, but critics say people will be forced to work longer and for less money.
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Each year, UK households waste 4.5m tonnes of edible food a year, a new study has found. The wasted food is worth £14bn - thats roughly £700 for an average family with children. Though total food waste in the UK has fallen over the last three years, the report by the governments waste advisory body warned more needs to be done. Marcus Gover, chief executive of the Waste and Resources Action Programme, said: “This really matters because it is untenable that we carry on wasting food on such a monumental scale when we are seeing the visible effects of climate change every day, and when nearly a billion people go hungry every day."

Each year, UK households waste 4.5m tonnes of edible food a year, a new study has found.  The wasted food is worth £14bn - thats roughly £700 for an average family with children.  Though total food waste in the UK has fallen over the last three years, the report by the governments waste advisory body warned more needs to be done.  Marcus Gover, chief executive of the Waste and Resources Action Programme, said: “This really matters because it is untenable that we carry on wasting food on such a monumental scale when we are seeing the visible effects of climate change every day, and when nearly a billion people go hungry every day."
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The @Guardians health editor answers some of the most common and pressing questions surrounding the recent coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Video: @katyaochagavia and @foreignbodyfilm

The @Guardians health editor answers some of the most common and pressing questions surrounding the recent coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.  Video: @katyaochagavia and @foreignbodyfilm
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