Video by campaign group shows a pregnant woman throwing herself down stairs in a bid to terminate her pregnancy

The video shows a woman climbing a stairwell, her belly visibly pregnant, as she offers suggestions: make sure there are no security cameras. Be careful not to look down or you might regret it.

She tumbles backward and the screen goes black. “When you reach the bottom everything will be OK,” she says.

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Amnesty International challenges view Saudi air strikes cause most civilian casualties, but says both sides share responsibility for way conflict is being fought

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have caused the majority of civilian casualties in the nation’s capital Sana’a by firing anti-aircraft munitions that explode after landing in populated areas, a leading human rights watchdog has said in a report published two months into a Saudi-led air war.

Amnesty International said anti-aircraft weapons “were the leading cause of casualties in the capital” in a report released on Thursday, which also blamed the Saudi-led coalition for contributing to the number of civilian casualties by bombing weapons depots near residential areas.

Related: Court dismisses claim of German complicity in Yemeni drone killings

So far both sides have displayed a chilling indifference to the deadly impact of their actions on civilians

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By Kareem Shaheen

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Master French baker Eric Kayser eats bread three times a day, and he thinks you should too. On tour in Sydney, he shares his top tips for the perfect loaf

Eric Kayser has no time for your low-carb diets. The fourth generation French baker and occasional marathon runner has built an empire on a love of bread, a love he believes remains universal in spite of global trends encouraging health-conscious people to step away from the gluten.

For proof, he can point to the success of his own boulangeries. The first opened at 8 Rue Monge in Paris in 1996, now there are 29 Maison Kayser locations in Paris alone and another 50 worldwide, all of which bypass the use of industrial yeast in favour of natural bread starter levain.

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By Calla Wahlquist

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People told to avoid contact with water along nearly seven miles of coastline as scientists look for the source of pollution

Popular beaches along nearly seven miles (11 kilometres) of Los Angeles-area coastline were off-limits to surfing and swimming on Thursday as scientists looked for the source of globs of tar that washed ashore.

The sand and surf on south Santa Monica bay appeared virtually free of oil after an overnight clean-up, but officials weren’t sure if more tar would show up. They planned to assess during low tide at midday.

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The Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark rescues 369 migrants crammed into an overcrowded wooden-hulled boat which was in the waters just north of Libya. The ship sent five of its landing craft to rescue the migrants – 50 of whom were small children – from their unstable ‘double-decker’ craft Continue reading…





By Guardian Staff

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Authorities in Iraq say two separate car bombs have detonated in the car parks of the Babylon and the Meridian hotels in the capital

Two separate car bombs that exploded in the car parks of two hotels have killed 10 people in Baghdad, according to Iraqi authorities.

Police officials say a car bomb exploded in the car park of the Babylon hotel late on Thursday night, killing six people and wounding 14 others.

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Historic Gay Head lighthouse on Massachusetts island is to be relocated to prevent the 160-year-old structure from tumbling down cliffside

A lighthouse on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, among the most endangered historic landmarks in the US, is to begin a trek to a new home further inland.

The $3m project to move the Gay Head Lighthouse will prevent the 160-year-old structure from tumbling down the rapidly eroding cliffside.

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Developing countries will wait to see if rich nations will ‘meet their expectations’ in global warming talks, says Ségolène Royal

Developing countries are “waiting to see” what rich nations will offer them in global warming talks, the French minister of environment has said, ahead of crunch negotiations to be hosted in Paris later this year.

Ségolène Royal, the environment minister and former presidential candidate, will play a leading role in the United Nations conference in December as the French government is working to produce a new “Paris protocol” that would determine the future of global action on climate change for decades beyond 2020.

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By Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

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Shark fins worth up to $1.5m discovered after raids on nine properties in the port city of Manta

Police in the Ecuadorian port city of Manta say they have seized about 200,000 shark fins destined to be illegally exported to Asia where they would fetch up to $1.5m.

Colonel Rommel Tapia, the head of the judicial police in Manta, said on Thursday nine properties were raided in the city and six people were arrested, including one of Chinese nationality. Those arrested face charges of damaging wildlife.

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The actor on being funny, serious and successful – and her delight that the fight against ‘illegal’ sexism in the film industry is finally landing some blows

Rose Byrne is a notorious “breaker” – one of those actors who finds it impossible to keep a straight face opposite a comedic co-star. While she assures me she’s improving, working with her “unpredictable” co-star Melissa McCarthy on their new movie Spy made it almost impossible. “She’ll go on these runs of her bits, so it’s pretty hard not to start laughing. Even the crew guys start laughing.” She adds quickly: “Jude [Law] broke a lot so that made me feel less self-conscious.”

Related: Spy review – uproarious Paul Feig comedy tickles SXSW

Related: Two Hands rewatched – Heath Ledger emerges in offbeat crime caper

It just seems to be more bad news with this government with the arts

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By Alexandra Spring

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