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14 Oct

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Hector Xavier Monsegur,

Computer hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known by his screen name ‘Sabu,’ walks out of Manhattan’s Federal Court after his sentencing in New York Photograph: Getty Images

Chat logs reveal FBI informant’s role in hacking of Sun newspaper

Spy agency faces questions after records show Lulzsec leader, who was informant at time, helped attack which closed UK sites

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kurds

Kurdish forces are seen fighting Isis on the streets of Kobani in this unverified footage obtained from social media

Turkey denies new deal reached to open airbases to US

Prime minister’s office says talks are continuing on the subject, in comments that run contrary to US defence officials’ statement

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Artur Mas, the Catalan president, at a rally in May.

Artur Mas, the Catalan president, at a rally in May. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Catalonia looks for alternatives after cancelling independence referendum

Regional government decides not to hold vote, challenged in court by Madrid, and moves to announce an alternative process

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Palestine debate

Young Jewish men argue with pro-Palestinian supporters in Parliament Square as MPs debate the recognition of Palestine. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

MPs vote to recognise Palestinian state, adding to pressure on Israel

13 Oct 2014: Ed Miliband among MPs who back symbolic move in emotional debate in House of Commons

More on the Middle East

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A pro-democracy protester sits in front of Hong Kong police deployed following a removal of outer barricades.

A pro-democracy protester sits in front of Hong Kong police deployed following a removal of outer barricades. Photograph: ROLEX DELA PENA/EPA

Hong Kong protests: police remove barricades and gather at main site

Police say pro-democracy demonstrators can remain on streets but officers mass in Admiralty district

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Kim Jong-un using a walking stick in a photograph from North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper.

North Korea says pictures show Kim Jong-un back in action

Regime head shown using walking stick during official visits that follow weeks of speculation about his health and whereabouts

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Ferguson protests clergy

Professor Cornel West along with clergy members march to the Ferguson police station. Photograph: Joshua Lott/AFP /Getty Images

Clergy members arrested in Ferguson

Hundreds marched on Ferguson police station in ‘Weekend of Resistance’ to protest killing of unnarmed teenager Michael Brown

Police arrested more than 50 people, including members of the clergy and the radical intellectual and activist Cornel West, during a day of civil disobedience protests on Monday over the killing in Ferguson of an unarmed 18-year-old African American man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer two months ago.

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Opinion

christopher columbus propaganda

Were you taught about the “noble” Christopher Columbus, shown here frightening indigenous people into compliance? Photograph: Frederic Lewis/Getty Images

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue … and slaughtered the indigenous peoples he found

You told us: This Christopher Columbus didn’t appear in your history books. The lesson: happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

The recent student and teacher protests in Colorado have a lot of people asking: what is American history? The local school board talked patriotism. The people actually in school demanded higher standards.

But on Columbus Day, it’s worth considering whether the standards of this particular history lesson have been debased by patriotism itself, and whether we’ve turned a false history into an inappropriate holiday.

We asked readers: how did you learn the history of Christopher Columbus? And how should we consider this day going forward? Your responses, from Oklahoma to Harvard, were resounding: it’s time to celebrate differently…………………….

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