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The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited, owned by Alexander Lebedev since 2010. Nicknamed the Indy, it was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers.

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Venezuela Aid Live is playing out an international proxy war on the border

Just hours before the music festival is due to open, thousands continue to cross into Colombia from Venezuela on foot draped in their vibrant tricolours and hats which quickly identify them as excited concertgoers. Many hope to get a good spot to catch the lineup of some of the biggest names in the Colombian, Venezuelan and pan-Latin American music scenes, but they are expecting something more than just pop tunes and some fun.
By Luke Taylor
The Independent

Lauri Love loses appeal to reclaim computer equipment

Alleged cyber-hacker Lauri Love has lost an appeal to reclaim his computers from the National Crime Agency (NCA). A district judge at Westminster Magistrates Court ruled on Tuesday it was not in the public interest for the computer scientist to have his equipment returned. Mr Love, who represented himself, used the Police Property Act 1897 to launch legal action against the NCA to reclaim his computers. In a court document cleared for reporting, Judge Coleman said: "Although the hardware is t
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

This is why environmental activists are protesting at London Fashion Week

Protests erupted at London Fashion Week (LFW) on Sunday afternoon as environmental activists called on organisors at the British Fashion Council to use its platform to tackle climate change and declare a “climate emergency”. The protest was organised by activism group Extinction Rebellion, which blocked roads outside a fashion show at the Tate Britain in a bid to disrupt the biannual event. Speaking to The Independent, organiser Sara Arnold explained that the fashion industry has the potential
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Hundreds protest against BP sponsorship of British Museum exhibition

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the British Museum to demonstrate against an exhibtion sponsored by oil giant BP. Around 350 activists and artists were among the crowd expressing their anger against the display entitled "I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria". Earlier in the week they had already staged their own exhibtion at central London’s P21 Gallery, scheduled to run until 2 March, and called "I am British Petroleum, King of Exploitation, king of Injustice". At the “fl
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Venezuelans transform banknotes into art in bid to give them value

Venezuelan migrants in Colombia are giving their devalued currency a new lease of life by recycling near-worthless bolivars into artworks. Food and job shortages have spurred more than three million Venezuelans to emigrate since 2015. But migrants from the country in the Colombian city of Cucuta have tapped into their creative power to make a living by folding notes into model cars, swans, handbags and purses. The handicrafts are then sold on stalls at a significant markup from the bolivar’s b
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Alleged hacker Lauri Love begins legal battle to get computers back

Lauri Love, the computer scientist who won a landmark appeal against extradition to the US for allegedly hacking into American government websites, has begun a legal battle to try to get his seized computers back. District Judge Margot Coleman told Hendon Magistrates’ Court in north London, that the matter could be heard in public but that only limited details of it could be published. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said there was an ongoing criminal investigation in the UK. But Mr Love, who
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

10 best maternity jeans

A good pair of jeans are every woman’s wardrobe staple but when you’re pregnant, things can get a little trickier. Do you just opt for the next size up and hope for the best? Or undo your top button and cross your fingers nobody notices? Luckily, the answer is neither: there are more maternity jeans options than ever before – that are perfectly made to suit you and your growing bump. There’s plenty of variety too. Whether you’re looking for a basic jeggings or an immaculately cut designer pai
By jenna farmer
The Independent

Barcelona’s ‘alternative community’ rallies round to shelter refugees

On a narrow back street in Barcelona, locals and African asylum seekers laugh over shared plates of steaming chicken and rice as Afro-beat and Hispanic soundscapes fill the air. They are celebrating outside La Teixidora, a squat dubbed “Casa Africa”, on Carrer Maria Aguilo in the neighbourhood of Poblenou, known as the “Manchester of Catalonia“ for its historic industrial past. Warehouse parties, underground raves, graffiti artists and squatters have given the district a new lease of life o
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

8 of the best Belfast hotels

Not so long ago, finding a quality hotel in the Northern Irish capital required a single phone call. During the Troubles and for some time afterwards, The Europa was the only place in the city that offered anything even approaching international levels of service and comfort. No longer. This fabled old behemoth is still a trusty steed of the Belfast accommodation scene. But sublime slumbers abound these days: from uber-sleek boutique hotels to bijoux family run B&Bs that punch well above their
By Kristina Test
The Independent

These train services are affected by the Northern Rail strike this Saturday

Northern Rail services will be disrupted again on Saturday 12 January, with the train operator running a much-reduced schedule in response to a planned strike. Very few trains will run after 5pm on Saturdays throughout January. This latest round of industrial action started on Saturday 25 August, and was called as part of an ongoing dispute over the role of train guards and rail safety involving the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union. Travellers were also affected by bouts of industrial
By Kristina Test
The Independent

Death toll from Philippines landslides rises to 85

The death toll across the Philippines is rising following the impact of Storm Usman, triggering landslides and floods which left 85 people dead and 20 still missing. New Year's celebrations were disrupted on Monday night when landslides struck after days of heavy rain in several provinces in the centre of the country. The devastation came less than two weeks after the​ Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait erupted and partially collapsed into the sea, causing a tsunami which killed 437 peo
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Muslim youth charity aims to deliver 7000 meals to homeless by New Year's Day

A Muslim youth charity has beaten its own record by delivering more than 5,000 meals to homeless people at major cities across the UK, and aims to reach the 7,000 mark by New Year's Day. Charing Cross, one of Central London’s homeless hotspots was rife with rough sleepers over the weekend, where volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) were busy distributing food and supplies, including water, gloves and winter hats. Sabah Ahmedi, who at 25 is one of Britain’s youngest Ima
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Five things to do in Lapland when there's no snow

I must have checked the weather forecast in Lapland an average of 20 times a day in the run-up to our Christmas trip of a lifetime. For months, I had told my five-year-old that we were going to visit Santa in the North Pole (although, technically Finnish Lapland is nowhere near). Except, as the forecast and news articles kept telling me, there was no snow this year. Lapland has experienced the mildest November for 60 years. When my family and I touched down on the runway at Rovaniemi Airport la
By Matilda Battersby
The Independent

10 of the Best Hotels in Stockholm

Open, modern and diverse, yet still with an eye to preserving spots like the historic Gamla Stan district, Stockholm combines both old-world European splendour and clean contemporary design. Here, you’ll find a palace and museums cosied up to trendy vegan restaurants committed to sourcing local produce and beautiful minimalist souvenirs that are too good to give away. Here are my top hotel picks in Stockholm...
By Fiona Tapp
The Independent

‘I’m not sex deprived. I’m love deprived’: In conversation with an incel

Mo (not his real name) will be alone his whole life. He is, ironically, not alone. Since he surrendered to the draw of online incel communities, he has joined other men who wallow in the certainty of their future in celibacy and solitude. ​Incels were thrown into the spotlight most recently in April, when Alek Minassian drove a van on to a pavement in Toronto, killing 10 pedestrians. The night before the attack, he wrote on his Facebook page: “The Incel Rebellion has already begun!” Four years p
By Tilly Gambarotto
The Independent

Almost 85,000 children under five may have starved to death in Yemen

As many as 85,000 children have starved to death in Yemen, according to Save the Children with the charity warning that up to 14 million people are at risk of famine if a ruinous war does not end soon. Since 2015, when the fighting first broke out the group has estimated that at least 84,700 children under the age of five may have died from malnutrition. That is the equivalent of every child in Birmingham, Britain’s second biggest city, the group added. The devastating statistic came as fighti
By Mohammed Awadh
The Independent

Almost 85,000 children under five may have starved to death in Yemen

As many as 85,000 children have starved to death in Yemen, according to Save the Children with the charity warning that up to 14 million people are at risk of famine if a ruinous war does not end soon. Since 2015, when the fighting first broke out the group has estimated that at least 84,700 children under the age of five may have died from malnutrition. That is the equivalent of every child in Birmingham, Britain’s second biggest city, the group added. The devastating statistic came as fighti
By Mohammed Awadh
The Independent

Five things to cut out of your diet if you want a better night’s sleep

Nothing beats waking up from a good night’s sleep yet, for many of us, the idea of that happening seems like a dream. Sleep deprivation can affect your memory, productivity and overall happiness, so it is essential that you are well-rested. Eating earlier in the day, preparing light meals for dinner and altering your diet are just a few simple changes that could revolutionise your sleeping pattern...
By Florrie Andrew
The Independent

10 best women’s dressing gowns

As the nights get longer and colder, nothing says cosy quite like a dressing gown. From the moment the clocks go back, it becomes more and more acceptable to choose nightwear over clothes, and suddenly the dressing gown becomes a vital piece in your autumn/winter wardrobe. Whether you’re a traditionalist looking for an added layer on those cold nights, or you’re looking for the perfect housecoat to throw on the moment you get home, we’ve rounded up the cosiest, cutest and most festive dressing
By Chloë James
The Independent

Meet the former Farc rebels using their jungle knowledge to become tour guides

“Look, monkeys!”, says Nestor Farfan, today’s enthusiastic 24-year-old tour guide, with an infectious grin of excitement, acknowledging the family of white-faced Colombian squirrel monkeys endemic to the country’s tropical plains. “The Belgian [tourist] didn’t see them, you’re very lucky!”
By Luke Taylor
The Independent

The Independent: What I Learned From Pitching WAITROSE Food

Last week, I pitched an article to my favourite food magazine. Inspired by Waitrose’s announcement that plant-based sales had soared 85 per cent, I emailed Waitrose Food‘s editor, William Sitwell, about a new series on vegan food: plant-based recipes, tips from vegan chefs, new ways of cooking with new ingredients.
By Selene Nelson
The Independent

As a migrant, London offered me freedom – now the violence unleashed by Brexit is taking that away

Brexit and the collateral damage it has created, is getting worse. People have been assaulted and verbally abused and we as a society must act now before someone gets killed, all because they come from another country, speak a language other than English or have an accent. Last week, a woman was violently punched by a man for talking on her mobile phone in Spanish while on the London Overground. In April, two women assaulted a Spanish-speaking woman on the tube because according to them she shou
By Amancay Tapia
The Independent

Oscars 2019: 7 of the best hotels in Los Angeles

LA is truly massive, a sprawl of separate cities connected by the winding tentacles of ridiculously wide freeways. The downside of this is that travel times between areas can be long but the payoff is a colourful variety of neighbourhoods, from blissful beaches to the glamour of Beverly Hills.
By Joel Porter
The Independent

Opinion: Now that Meghan Markle is a ‘geriatric mum’, maybe we can drop this offensive and sexist term once and for all

Kensington Palace announced this morning that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby due next spring. The happy news made headlines all over the world, and royal baby fever has officially started. Today’s announcement is also good news for all those women who live under the pressure of a ticking biological clock. How many times have we heard that past 35 your chances of having a baby are very low? And, of course, that even if you do, you will probably have a high-risk pregnancy and
By Amancay Tapia
The Independent

Why your next Italian city break should be to Turin

It may boast grand boulevards, cobbled streets and ancient ruins, but Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region of northern Italy, remains relatively under the radar. While comparisons are often made with Vienna and Paris, Turin lacks the self-consciousness (and ultimately hordes of tourists) of both its feted foreign counterparts and its neighbouring city, Milan. It’s primarily celebrated for being home to superbrands Fiat and Juventus and for its strong industrial heritage, but Turin’s reputat
By Kayleigh Rattle
The Independent

Navaratri - the devotional Hindu festival celebrates the Goddess Durga and gets millions dancing

One of the most vibrant Hindu celebrations of the Indian subcontinent, Navaratri is a festival of whirling dance and incessant drumming to mark the victory of good over evil. It is held in honour of the Goddess Durga, who is revered as a divine being of cosmic intelligence with the power to conquer the negative forces of the universe. While it is celebrated over 10 days, Navaratri is Sanskrit for nine (nav) nights (ratri). Nine of the 10 days are spent dancing in circles with handheld sticks, s
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Terminally ill ‘Dr Death’ Gunther von Hagens wants his corpse displayed in his exhibition of dissected human bodies

The creator of a controversial new exhibition of dissected human body parts has reiterated how he wants his corpse to be posed in its entrance with his hand outstretched to greet visitors. Gunther Von Hagens spoke to The Independent ahead of the opening of the Body Worlds exhibition in London, which will put on permanent display human limbs, organs and skeletons preserved through the “plastination” process he pioneered. Dr Von Hagens was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago, leaving
By Tilly Gambarotto
The Independent