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A Guardian overview of the news events that have shaped the past year

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A day after ending five-month legal battle, Connie Yates asks court to decide where critically ill boy will spend final moments

Charlie Gard’s mother has returned to court to plead for him to be allowed to die at home, a day after she and her husband ended their opposition to the removal of their critically ill son’s life support system.

Charlie is expected to be removed from his ventilator at Great Ormond Street hospital in the next few days following his parents’ abandonment at an emotional high court hearing on Monday of their legal fight to be allowed to fly him to the US for experimental treatment.

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Decision to build new electric model at Cowley eases fears that German carmaker would shift production outside UK after Brexit

A fully electric version of the Mini is to be built in the UK, giving a huge boost to the British car industry.

The move ends worries the new model could be made overseas after a warning earlier this year from German owner BMW that it may look outside the UK due to the uncertainties caused by Brexit.

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Labour leader among those voicing concern after Guardian revealed secretive world of privately owned public spaces in London

Jeremy Corbyn has called for Britain’s pseudo-public spaces to be reclaimed from corporate interests, after a Guardian Cities investigation revealed the extent to which private ownership and secretive rule-making now dominate many of London’s most prominent squares and parks.

The Labour leader added his voice to a growing chorus of concern from across the political spectrum after the Guardian found that the vast majority of landowners of pseudo-public space in the capital – open areas which look and feel like public space but are actually privately owned and subject to private restrictions – refused to divulge information about what citizens were allowed to do on their sites.

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Politicians and proletarians alike were glued to last night’s series finale. Channel that harmony and we can mend our ailing country

• Ayesha Hazarika was a senior Labour adviser and is now a political commentator

There was only one story in town this week. It wasn’t Brexit. It wasn’t Diana. It wasn’t even the never-ending car crash that is Donald Trump and his weird, creepy family. Having said that, is it just me, or does Jared Kushner look like he’s been cryogenically frozen in his freshman year? Jared, Madame Tussauds called. It needs its waxwork back.

But forget all that. This week, the only thing that mattered was the final of Love Island. The hit ITV 2 show has gripped the nation – including politicians and political commentators. Not since George Galloway donned a leotard, got on all fours and purred, “Shall I be the cat?” has there been so much interest in a reality television show.

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Analysis of inquiries to MoneySuperMarket found that 10% of applicants wanted to borrow more than their annual income

Households in the UK are increasingly relying on borrowed money with one in four people seeking a loan applying for at least half of their annual income, according to new figures that will add to worries about Britain’s mounting personal debt burden.

The latest evidence of a rise in borrowing to fund new car purchases, holidays and to help clear older debts follows a stark warning from the Bank of England that lenders offering money on easy terms risked sparking a fresh financial crisis. Banks, credit card companies and car loan providers could be dicing with a “spiral of complacency”, the Bank’s director for financial stability said on Monday.

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I was first prescribed depression medication five years ago and it’s now part of my self-care routine. It’s good for young people to take control of their mental health

I have been on the antidepressant citalopram for the best part of five years now – popping my pill is as much a part of my morning routine as brushing my teeth or drinking a cup of tea. I used to romanticise it, pretending the water I washed it down with was vodka. Nowadays, I think of it more as an important moment of self-care at the beginning of my day – part of how I have learned to take care of myself and my mental health.

I am also well aware that I am far from unusual. Last year, the NHS prescribed a record 64.7m items of antidepressants in England. I can see this propensity to prescribe everywhere: I know more people who are on antidepressants than those who aren’t.

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Chessington World of Adventures says five adult and three infant Humboldt penguins died when fox got into their enclosure

Eight penguins were killed by a fox at Chessington World of Adventures after it broke into their water enclosure.

Staff at the park say the attack involved five adult and three infant Humboldt penguins, blaming an urban fox for the killings. A ninth penguin at the Surrey resort was also injured.

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Labour should not sign up to come out of the customs union and single market – we know the effect on prosperity and jobs if we do

• Heidi Alexander is the shadow health secretary and Labour MP for Lewisham East

Thirteen months may have passed since the EU referendum, but I have never felt more concerned than I do today about my party’s position on the biggest issue facing our country.

My colleague Barry Gardiner’s contribution to the Brexit debate, in which he argues for the UK to come out of the single market and customs union to facilitate Brexit was, for me, depressing and disingenuous in equal measure.

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Data from NHS Digital shows number of available posts rose 12% over last year, and highlights shrinking nursing workforce

The number of vacancies in the NHS has soared by 12% over the last year, prompting warnings that the service is facing “desperate” problems of understaffing.

Figures released on Tuesday by NHS Digital show that the number of full-time equivalent posts available rose from 26,424 in March 2016 to 30,613 in March 2017 – the highest number on record.

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UK heatwave feeds extra £158m in alcohol sales with huge leap in suncare and ice-cream purchases but signs emerge of consumers starting to tighten belts

Britons downed £158m more alcohol in the last three months compared with 2016, as they enjoyed sunny weather and a string of major sporting events including Wimbledon, the British and Irish Lions rugby and the British Grand Prix.

A 6% rise year-on-year rise in alcohol sales, a continuing boom in sales of sun cream and ice-cream as well as higher prices on essentials including butter and fish all helped boost supermarket sales by more than 3% for the fourth consecutive period, according to the market researcher Kantar Worldpanel.

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Company will increase number of workers focusing on Prime Video service in capital from 450 to 900

Amazon is to double the number of research and development staff it employs in London.

The company is increasing the number of workers at its development centre in the capital from 450 to 900 as part of a drive to expand its UK workforce to 24,000 by the end of 2017.

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Booking a ticket on a low-cost airline kicks off a loveless tango of mutual exploitation. Using children to carry 10kg of luggage is the logical result

• Anne Perkins is a Guardian columnist

“Passengers are taking the piss” says Ryanair’s chief financial officer, Neil Sorahan, commenting on their propensity for dragging more and more luggage on to the plane to avoid charges for checking in bags. Presumably he’s still in recovery after an operation to repair the self-parody bypass which is a precondition for Ryanair executives. What did he expect? Of course they are taking the piss. That’s the point, isn’t it? Flying Ryanair can only be understood as one long regulation-gaming opportunity. It’s the only thing included in the 50p you paid for the ticket.

Related: Travellers are taking advantage of bag rules to avoid fees, says Ryanair

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Arkadiusz Jóźwik was eating pizza with friends in Chelmsford, Essex, when he was attacked and hit his head on ground, jury told

A 15-year-old boy killed a Polish man with a “superman punch” that caused him to fall and hit his head on the ground, a court has heard.

The boy, now 16 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies the manslaughter of Arkadiusz Jóźwik, who was known to his friends as Arek.

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From problems with poor disabled access to restrictions against photographers, readers describe mixed experiences of privately owned public spaces in London following a Guardian Cities investigation

John Law was photographing Canary Wharf at night when he was threatened with arrest. The problem, he was told by security guards, was that he was using a tripod. In truth, it was because he was standing on privately owned land.

A Guardian Cities investigation into pseudo-public spaces in London – open areas which look and feel like public space but are actually privately-owned and subject to private restrictions – has prompted widespread disquiet and debate among city residents.

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Our penal system is overcrowded, underfunded – and unable to deal with inmates’ mental health problems. No wonder suicide rates are soaring

Less than a month after Jamie Wallace gave evidence in court about the dire state of mental health care in the Alabama prison where he was incarcerated, and two days after being taken off suicide watch, he was found dead, alone and unsupervised in his cell after taking his own life. Even by the harsh standards of US prisons, Wallace’s death was disturbing.

Related: Prison suicides are soaring. More inmates should be trained to prevent this, as I was | Jonathan Aitken

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Matt Canavan quits the cabinet on Tuesday night because he is a dual citizen of Italy. His resignation follows the recent resignation of two Greens senators, Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, because of dual citizenships – a controversy that has triggered questions about the eligibility of many other Australian parliamentarians

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iRobot’s chief executive says company could share or sell maps of robot vacuum users’ homes to US tech firms as part of smart home and profit push

The maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum, iRobot, has found itself embroiled in a privacy row after its chief executive suggested it may begin selling floor plans of customers’ homes, derived from the movement data of their autonomous servants.

“There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared,” said Colin Angle, iRobot’s boss.

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Marvyn Iheanacho subjected girlfriend’s son Alex Malcolm to brutal attack in Catford after the boy lost a trainer

A man who battered a five-year-old boy to death in a park for losing a trainer has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years.

Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, flew into a rage and subjected his girlfriend’s son, Alex Malcolm, to a brutal attack in Mountsfield Park in Catford, south-east London.

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Footballer-turned-actor says he had never seen picture of huge pile of dead animals before it was posted on his Twitter feed

Former professional footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones is embroiled in a social media row over a photograph that appeared on his Twitter feed of 100 dead foxes with the caption: “A real night lamping #foxes, anyone beat this?”

Animal campaigners, incensed by the suggestion Jones had shot the animals, immediately condemned the tweet, saying the photograph depicted “nothing less than a massacre”.

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Head of Commons business committee Rachel Reeves aims to question courier executives and their workers on the gig economy

Uber, Deliveroo and other representatives of the “gig economy” face fresh inquiries by British MPs, which will involve their senior executives being grilled by a parliamentary committee over the companies’ working conditions.

Rachel Reeves, the new chair of the House of Commons business committee, told the Financial Times (£) one of her priorities was to look at the world of self-employment. The committee will scrutinise a recent report by Matthew Taylor into modern working practices that demanded better protections for self-employed workers.

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Labour frontbencher says he will not take up paid role at Mishcon de Reya amid criticism of potential conflict of interest

The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has turned down a paid advisory role with the law firm that took the government to court over article 50, following criticism of the potential conflict of interest.

Mishcon de Reya said on Monday that it was in talks with Starmer, who was director of public prosecutions before he entered parliament, about an advisory position.

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Only 72% of Southern passengers were satisfied with their last journey, closely followed by other Govia-operated south-east commuter services

Southern rail continues to have the most dissatisfied passengers in Britain, closely followed by other south-east commuter services operated by Govia, according to the latest national passenger survey (pdf).

However, the transport watchdog pointed to some “fragile green shoots of recovery” as overall satisfaction ratings rose by three percentage points, with Southern and Southeastern recovering from their 2016 nadirs.

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North Wales’ Arfon Jones, a former anti-fracking activist, had queried why his force was helping Lancashire police

The North Wales police and crime commissioner has been accused of “cronyism” after his force withdrew from policing anti-fracking protests following his intervention.

Arfon Jones, a member of Plaid Cymru and former police inspector, was an anti-fracking campaigner before being elected to the police and crime commissioner job last year.

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Connie Yates and Chris Gard ask for privacy after ending legal battle for critically ill boy to receive nucleoside bypass treatment

Charlie Gard’s parents are spending their “last precious moments” with their critically ill son after ending their legal battle to take him to the US for experimental treatment.

After a five-month campaign, Connie Yates and Chris Gard said at an emotional high court hearing in central London on Monday that muscle atrophy meant the treatment no longer offered Charlie the prospect of a meaningful life.

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Sarah Craske found the copy of Metamorphoses in a secondhand bookshop and used bacteria within its pages to create art with her own blood

There was more than poetry trapped between the leather covers of a 300-year-old volume of Ovid’s Metamorphoses: blood, sweat and snot feature in an art installation that displays the bacteria within its pages.

The sweat and the droplets from an ancient sneeze that spattered one page were contributed by centuries of previous owners and readers of the book – but the blood was the artist’s own, donated by Sarah Craske as part of the medium for cultivating the organisms.

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It’s been heartening to see women across the BBC come together to demand action on pay discrimination. The corporation needs a coherent plan – and fast

• Rachel Burden co-presents the BBC 5 Live breakfast programme

A storm has been brewing behind the scenes at the BBC for a number of years now, and this week the skies peeled back and the thunder began to roar. Speak to almost any female journalist at the organisation and they will tell you that there have been concerns about the pay gap between male and female employees for a long time. In many cases, senior managers were directly asked whether women were on the same pay as comparable male colleagues. Few enquiries had a satisfactory outcome – the female journalists were either ignored or belittled.

Related: Female stars urge director general to fix BBC pay gap – full letter

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Staff at wildlife park say killing three-year-old female was a last resort after she escaped from her enclosure

A wolf has been shot dead by staff at Cotswold Wildlife Park after it escaped from its enclosure.

Visitors to the park in Oxfordshire were told to stay indoors after it emerged that the female, called Ember, had managed to get out of the perimeter fence at 11am BST on Friday.

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