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Sri Lanka church and hotel attacks: at least 100 killed in Easter Sunday explosions – live

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Many more injured as explosions hit three hotels and three churches in and around Colombo as well as at Batticaloa in the east of the country

10.09am BST

The UK prime minister, Theresa May, and the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, have both condemned the attacks.

The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time.

We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear.

I’m appalled by the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka, on Easter Sunday, the most important day in the Christian calendar. I stand with the victims, their families, the people of Sri Lanka and Christians around the world. We must defeat this hatred with unity, love and respect.

The Easter Day service my family and I were at in Colombo today was cut short following explosions in churches and hotels.

Our prayers for the victims of these evil attacks, and for their families. Our thoughts are with the medical staff, police and all involved in the response.

Plusieurs explosions à Colombo (églises et grands hôtels). Tenez-vous éloignés des lieux publics. Évitez tout déplacement.

10.07am BST

By contrast to the other three hotels hit by explosions, which were all luxury establishments, the target of the latest explosion appears to have been a much more modest guesthouse.

BREAKING NEWS - Two dead and few injured following 7th blasts inside Topical Inn Guest House near the Zoo

2 dead in an explosion took place inside a small hotel in Dehiwela pic.twitter.com/wR5wMinueb

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First family of mountain biking prepare to open a new front at the World Cup | Simon Burnton

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Siblings Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton have dominated the sport for years and in Slovenia the family will race on their own brand of bikes for the first time

The Athertons’ ride started when Dan, then 15 and the eldest of three siblings, first took to the BMX tracks around their home near Exeter and encouraged his brother, Gee, and sister, Rachel, to join in. A decade or so later, on 1 June 2008 in the Andorran resort of Vallnord, four Mountain Bike World Cup races were held and the Athertons won three of them.

The family’s assault on the sport has continued ever since, with new fronts opening this year as they launch their own brand of bicycles and a bike park near their Welsh base.

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Carlsberg’s honest new ad campaign leaves a funny aftertaste | David Mitchell

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The brewer’s ballsy relaunch raises a few questions…

What went through Orson Welles’s mind, I wonder, when he first growled the line “Probably the best lager in the world” into a microphone? He may have been pondering his fee. He may have reflected on how well suited his distinctive gravelly voice was to the slogan’s understated confidence. It may have made him fancy a drink. It probably didn’t make him think that Carlsberg was probably the best lager in the world, because it probably isn’t. And last week its manufacturers admitted it.

In fact, they launched a new slogan: “Probably not the best beer in the world. So we’ve changed it.” This marketing admission raises a few questions, the first of which is: “How likely is it to be the best this time?” I mean, they’ve been calling their previous version “probably the best” for 46 years. It doesn’t feel like they’re adherents to a rigorously self-doubting approach to product development.

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Airstrikes hit Tripoli as Haftar steps up assault on Libyan capital

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Not clear whether aircraft or unmanned drones were behind strike, which follows US statement in support of Haftar

Several airstrikes and explosions shook Tripoli overnight in an escalation of an assault on the Libyan capital by the warlord Khalifa Haftar.

A Reuters reporter and several residents said they saw an aircraft circling for more than 10 minutes over the city late on Saturday, and that it made a humming sound before opening fire on several areas.

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Firefighters battle blaze on Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire

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Twelve crews tackle the fire using a helicopter, water jets and beaters

A helicopter is being brought in to help fight a large fire burning on the famous Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire.

More than 70 firefighters were at the scene, south of the town of Ilkley, and police have being deployed to keep people away from the area.

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Maxine Peake: ‘I’m sure people say: don’t hire that big red raving loony’

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The actor on her new role as a woman undergoing IVF, the trouble with being outspoken and why she called her dog Castro

Maxine Peake’s roles range from a transgender Hamlet to a sharp lawyer in the BBC series Silk to, most recently, an early 19th-century matriarch from Manchester in Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo. Now she is about to star in a stage adaptation of Julia Leigh’s harrowing memoir of IVF treatment, Avalanche: A Love Story, as part of the Barbican’s Fertility Fest about “the science of making babies and modern families”.

You have made no secret of your attempts at IVF; was it personal experience that drew you to this piece?
What I like about this piece is that there is no happy ending. It is so difficult for people for whom IVF has not been positive to find stories that do not end well. I wish I could have read Avalanche when I was going through IVF. My experience was not successful. I did three rounds and that was me done. I felt I’d been through the mill. And I felt guilt. I felt: do I want a child enough? What people do not understand is that you are pumping your body with hormones. I felt I don’t want to do this again, thank you very much.

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Make your mark: the enduring joy of drawing

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From the Lascaux caves to the notepad doodle, we have always been drawn to draw. On the eve of the UK’s first art fair dedicated to drawing, we celebrate the freest and first of all art forms

Art starts with a drawing – specifically a drawing by a clever young girl named Kora, otherwise known as the Maid of Corinth. Kora is a teenager in ancient Greece who has fallen in love with a soldier. Alas he is called up to war. Desperate to keep hold of him, or some memory of his handsome presence, Kora asks him to stand against a wall in bright sunlight so she can draw the outline of his shadow. His trace remains, held there for ever by her perfect line. And thus drawing is born, at least according to Pliny.

It’s a tall story. We all know that drawing goes right back to the wild horses running across the caves of Lascaux, to the prehistoric riders of Bhimbetka and the magnificent bison of Altamira. There are drawings on ice-age animal skins and ancient Egyptian papyruses. But the story of Kora endures, partly because she has a name, but also because she is driven to drawing by love: you might say that the Maid of Corinth is, like many of us, a passionate amateur.

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