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Column: Mother's Day memories – the challenges, fears and joys of bringing up baby
‘I would steal daffodils for my mother from the neighbour’s garden. I’d fill my hands with the stems until I could hold no more and run all the way home, longing to please the most important woman in my life.’
Column: Living for love, dying because of hate – the rising tide of homophobia in Africa
Jean-Claude Roger Mbebe died an untimely death last week, after his family allegedly prevented him from receiving necessary medical treatment. He had been previously been convicted of “homosexuality and attempted homosexuality” and imprisoned.
Column: Let's talk about sex (maybe)
Why does sex education in schools address so little about real-life relationships, sexuality, and the practicalities of obtaining contraception?
Column: "They put a gun to my head and told me to shut up or they would blow it off"
Miriam Isaura López Vargas was a mother and housewife going about her daily business when she was grabbed off the street by soldiers, tortured and raped. She is just one of the many caught in the crossfire between Mexico’s police and drug gangs.
Extract: The strikers and scabs of the Dublin 1913 Lockout (photos)
During the 1913 Lockout in Dublin, tens of thousands of workers became involved in the most severe industrial dispute the country has ever seen. A new book of essays, edited by Franics Devine, shows how the dispute led to riots, bankruptcy and death.
# Budget 2013
In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil
The full text of the speech given by Michael Noonan to the Dáil, as prepared in advance of delivery.
# low hopes
Champion-littered Spanish cycling team 'not the favourites' for world title
Spanish coach Jose Luis de Santos believes his team, containing Alberto Contador, will play third fiddle behind Belgium and Italy.
# Clear Out
Rio 2016: Favela dwellers face eviction as Olympic highway is planned
“Our government wants to act like Robin Hood, but the other way around,” says one resident, “take from the poor to give to the rich.”
# speedy spaniard
Dani Pedrosa dominates the field to win the Indianapolis MotoGP
The Spaniard started the race in pole position and never looked back.
# un punto
La Liga: Real Madrid begin title defence with draw at Bernabeu
Gonzalo Higuain put the league champions ahead but Jose Mourinho’s men wasted a host of scoring chances.
# feat
Quadruple amputee completes icy swim across the Bering Straits
Frenchman Phillippe Croizon braved near-freezing temperatures to swim the 4k stretch that links America and Asia.
# I heart chad
Le Clos encounter: School-dodging pupil earns a dance date with Gold Medallist swimmer
It took a lot of glitter, cardboard and sticky-back paper but Melanie Olhaus’ poster charmed the returning South African hero.
# six appeal
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake to go head to head... on the cricket field?
The Sydney Sixers are looking to add some Jamaican gold to their line-up after the Melbourne Stars approached the 100m sprint champion
# Bledisloe Cup
No room for Quade Cooper in Australian squad to face All Blacks
Berrick Barnes has been rewarded for his exemplary form against Wales and starts at fly-half.
# Mistake
Olympic walking champion booted out of games after failed drugs test
“I wanted to be stronger for this Olympics, I was wrong,” said the Beijing 2008 gold medallist Alex Schwazer, from Italy.
# Get In
Bradley gears up for USPGA defence with Bridgestone WGC victory
The American poured in a 15-foot putt on the last to dash the hopes of compatriot Jim Furyk and clinch a spot at the Ryder Cup.
# London 2012
Finger lickin' good: Draft pick Davis Kentucky fries Tunisians
The New Orleans Hornets have snagged a decent player for the new NBA season.
# Close quarters
Winning start for Newco Rangers after extra-time win over Brechin City
All McCoist’s men technically pulled off a shock by defeating their opponents from Scotland’s Second Division.
# short lived
Controversy reigns in judo competition as judges overturn winning decision
Cho Jun-Ho of South Korea thought he was through to an Olympic semi-final. He was wrong.
# World Series
'World' Baseball Classic loses reigning champions Japan over money wrangle
We’ll be rooting for Cuba in 2013.
# noisy
Former Republic of Ireland international Sean O'Driscoll to coach Nottingham Forest
Don’t pack up your commentators’ microphone just yet Roy.
# London 2012
Double standards: Australian women's basketball team fly economy as men travel business class
The Sports Minister in Oz has called for a review after outcry over gender inequality in Olympics build-up.
# Skid Row
End of the road for Nurburgring? Famous German track veers towards administration
Sebastian Vettel says it ‘would be an embarrassment’ not to race at the track, which is in danger of going bust.
# Winning
Lorenzo back on the winning track with dominant performance at Italian MotoGP
The Spaniard overtook pole sitter Dani Pedrosa at the second corner and sauntered to victory.
# Bad Boys
Gavin Henson signs with London Welsh while Danny Cipriani trains with Sale
The Wales centre is surely at the last chance saloon but would be well advised to avoid the spotlight.
# Big Hitter
Luis Suarez included in Uruguayan Olympic football squad
The striker’s new coach, Brendan Rodgers, may not be too pleased that one of his star players will miss Liverpool’s pre-season.
# Japan
Fukushima accident a 'man-made' disaster
The Fukushima accident was a man-made disaster caused by a culture of “reflexive obedience”, a new report says.
# Apple
Apple settles $60m Chinese iPad trademark case
The US technology giant was involved in a long-running dispute over the iPad trademark in China, but the court said it was resolved “in a satisfactory manner”.
# Google
Google glasses take a dive
Google tested its new eye wear with a skydive, streaming live video during the jump.
# Cyber
Cyber attacks lead to €64 million stolen from banks
A newly released joint report by Guardian Analytics and McAfee said the operation was led by criminals attacking cloud-based servers in a global fraud campaign.
# Bad Morning
Lara disqualified after caddy tries to hide an extra club in the bushes
Anything much happening at the BMW International Open today?
# Opening Drive
PGA Tour: Ace Mathis takes Travelers lead
Padraig Harrington opened with a one-under-par 69, five shots off the lead after day one of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
# Preview
Wales on salvage mission against Wallabies
The Welsh have had a week to reflect on their devastating last-kick defeat to the Australians in Melbourne last Saturday.
# error
Hungarian ref admits Ukraine goal blunder
The official said that after the game he “realised straight away that we made a mistake”.
# Euro 2012
Protest at pen of Kiev's prognosticating porker
Funtik the pig is one of a number of apparently “psychic” animals vying to assume the mantle of Paul the Octopus, who correctly predicted the results of the German team in the last World Cup.
# Going nowhere
No talks between Bayern and Guardiola - agent
Jose Maria Orobitg said that “five or six big clubs” had been in touch about the prospect of hiring Guardiola as manager.
# R.I.P.
Mayor of Bydgoszcz asks UEFA for minute's silence to remember James Nolan
Rafal Bruski appeals to UEFA, as Irish tricolours are flown throughout the city to mark the death of the 21-year-old.
Johnny Hoogerland back for Tour de France
Hoogerland had 33 stitches inserted to close deep gashes in his leg after he was hit by a car on the ninth stage last year.
# Gloves off
Pacquiao: WBO ruling restores faith in boxing
The WBO said it could not overturn the result of the fight or ask Bradley to surrender the belt, but that it could authorise a rematch.
# Euro 2012
Sound familiar? Ben Arfa told coach to send him home - report
“Hatem you don’t need to be ringing your family in here!” Blanc reportedly told the Newcastle midfielder after the defeat to Sweden.