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Today we're releasing a guide to sex at every stage of life to help you navigate a subject that's still relatively mysterious and confusing. You can pick up a copy in Saturday's newspaper or follow the link in bio (we'll be publishing articles over the next few days so keep checking back).
Grumpy Cat's downturned mouth and unimpressed expression became the universal digital shorthand for displeasure and was one of the first reaction gifs. Though many other social media “petfluencers” followed in her trail, Grumpy Cat remained supreme and was named one of Time’s 10 most important animal accounts this year.
The Eiffel Tower burst into colour last night, as Parisians were treated to a laser show to mark its 130th anniversary. Initially built as a temporary structure for the 1889 World Fair, the Tower has become a global symbol of France. More than 300 million tourists have visited over its lifetime.
Ice losses are rapidly spreading deep into the Antarctic, according to new research by Leeds University. More than 100 metres of ice thickness has already been lost in the worst-hit areas of the West Antarctic ice sheet. A complete loss of its ice would drive up global sea levels by about 5 metres, drowning coastal cities around the world. The scientists behind the report say current losses are doubling every decade. “The speed used to be spoken in terms of geological timescales,” said Prof Andy Shepherd. “But that has now been replaced by people’s lifetimes.”
Alabama's Republican-controlled state senate has passed the most restrictive abortion law in the US. It offers exemption only when a woman's life is at serious risk – not in cases of incest or rape. While the 25 Republicans who voted for it were all men, Alabama's four female representatives spoke powerfully against it. Here's what some of them had to say.
Fancy a swim at the top of Notre Dame? France has launched an international competition to restore the cathedral to its former glory and president Emmanuel Macron says he's open to a "contemporary gesture". A Swedish architecture firm has proposed replacing the roof with a swimming pool while other ideas include a giant greenhouse roof, a park and a pyramid-shaped spire in crystal and stainless steel. If you were in charge what would you do? Photos: UMA/u-m-a.se; Clément Willemin; Studio Fuksas; Alexandre Chassang
New Zealand prime minister @JacindaArdern says she can't understand America’s failure to ban automatic and semi-automatic guns, despite dozens of mass shootings in recent years. She's been lobbying countries and global tech companies to sign the Christchurch Call pledge, which aims to eradicate terrorist and violent online content following the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s modern history. The US isn't planning to sign the pledge.
These are the 25 men who voted to pass the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, outlawing the procedure at all stages of pregnancy. The near-blanket ban contains an exemption for when a woman's health is at serious risk, but not for rape or incest. Doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison. It’s the sixteenth state this year to place restrictions on abortion rights. Just four women sit in the Alabama senate, all of whom are part of the Democratic party minority and voted against the bill. For more stories like this follow @guardian_us
A security bug in the popular Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has been discovered, allowing hackers to install spyware through an infected WhatsApp voice call. Here's what you need to do to keep your device safe.
How far would you go to win a race? University track star Infinite Tucker fought for every inch to win the 400m hurdles in Arkansas, performing a spectacular ‘Superman dive’ to cross the finish line in first place. Tucker, who attends Texas A&M, claimed an unusual source of inspiration for his technique. Watch the video to find out what he said. Follow @guardian_sport for more.
Cuban LGBTQ activists took to the streets of Havana over the weekend, defying the government’s attempt to cancel its annual gay pride parade. Authorities had blocked the event at the last moment, claiming outside groups wanted to use it as a “weapon” against the Communist party, and the unauthorised march was blocked by police who arrested at least three activists. Since 2018, Cuba’s evangelical churches have led unprecedented protests against gay marriage on the island, stoking fears of a return to a dark past in a country which once sent gay people to labour camps. “Nothing and nobody will be able to force us back into the closet,” said activist Francisco Rodríguez Cruz.