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www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/feb/18/final-days-of-the-isis-caliphate-photo-essay

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New Zealand financial services company Perpetual Guardian switched its 240 staff from a five-day week to a four-day week last November and maintained their pay. An analysis of the results showed an increase in productivity and engagement, while the amount of work didn't drop. People used the additional day off for some of the same leisure activities they would have done at the weekend, but new activities emerged too, such as spending time with parents, studying and cleaning the house. A branch manager who was part of the trial said "we've been treated like adults and I think as a result everyone is behaving like adults."

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For the past week, Syrian Democratic Forces have been trying to defeat the last remnants of Islamic State that fortified themselves in a small town near the Iraqi border. Photojournalist @achilleaszavallis has been covering the collapse of Isis in Syria and the displacement of families as a result. Click the link in bio to see his photo essay.

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A statue of the US sailor famously photographed kissing a female stranger at the end of the second world war was vandalised shortly after his death at age 95. Police in Sarasota, Florida found '#MeToo' written in red spray paint across the woman's leg on Monday. The image of George Mendonsa kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman in Times Square became a symbol of the joy of when the war ended, but it has come under scrutiny recently. In 2005, Friedman spoke of her shock at being grabbed and kissed by Mendonsa. She said it was non-consensual, but understood that it was a "jubilant act." Her son later said she didn't view the kiss negatively. The graffiti has since been removed.
Photos: @florida_has_my_heart + Sarasota Police Department/EPA

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A Chavista collective have been occupying a revolutionary bakery in Caracas, Venezuela since March 2017 in an attempt to provide their local community with affordable food. Tap the link in bio to watch a documentary about a community struggling to survive in a country facing economic meltdown.

Video: @susy.pena.vzla, @katyaochagavia and @irenebaque
Production: @gatonegromedia and @girlsinfilm_gif
Music: @akilinmusic

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Bernie Sanders is running for president again. Here's why.
Video: @nicholaswilliamsvideo

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Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has passed away at the age of 85. He began his career as an assistant to designer Pierre Balmain in 1955 and joined Chanel in 1983, where he spent a record-breaking 36 years. "I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth", he once said.

Photos: Charles Platiau + Dominique Charriau + Bertrand Rindoff Petroff + Pierre Vauthey + Pierre Guillaud

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Four years ago, 24-year-old Hoda Muthana left her family in the US to travel to Syria to join Islamic State. Now, after being captured by Kurdish forces, she is pleading to return home to Alabama. Subscribe to our Today in Focus podcast to listen to the full interview on Tuesday's episode.

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Jackson Yamba, the father of a 10-year-old boy whose new home was spray-painted “no blacks”, has said he is overwhelmed by the widespread condemnation “against this evil act”. His son David said he was too afraid to live in his own home after the racist message appeared on three doors in their small block of flats in Salford, Greater Manchester. Yamba reported the incident to police on the same day but it wasn’t until he tweeted about it that the force launched a hate crime investigation. The tweet was shared more than 12,000 times and prompted a fundraising page which raised nearly £2,000 for a new front door, while others offered their spare rooms to the pair. On Monday, Yamba said his son felt safer after the public support: “He now believes that people are there for us."
Photo: Christopher Thomond

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Seven MPs have resigned from the Labour party and announced they will form a new independent group in parliament. They said the party was “institutionally racist” and betraying its members over Brexit. Former shadow cabinet minister Chuka Umunna said the established parties “cannot be the change because they have become the problem”, and put party interests above the national interest. He said it was “time we dumped this country’s old-fashioned politics” and created an alternative. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was disappointed the MPs felt unable to work together for “policies that inspired millions at the last election”. Are the gang of seven right to split from Labour? Follow the link in bio to read our writers’ verdicts.

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When a #schoolstrike4climate march stops you in your tracks, roll with it 👌
Video: @eloisejones1044

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Thousands of young people marched across the UK urging politicians to act over climate change today. Head to our Instagram story to hear their views.

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Thousands of young people are joining climate strikes across the UK today to express their concern about the escalating environmental crisis. At least 60 towns and cities are taking part in an attempt to force politicians to take urgent action. Young people in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Japan, the US and more than a dozen other countries have held protests, which were inspired by 17-year-old @GretaThunberg, who has now been striking for 26 weeks.

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