Rent rises force revered LGBT bookshop out of Paris’s gay district

Les Mots à La Bouche’s move from the Marais shows loss of cultural heritage, activists say

In the window of France’s best-known gay bookshop, above the display of Lucian Freud art books, opera singer Maria Callas’s memoirs and a history of the Pride movement, a poster warns in giant red letters: “Cultural heritage in danger.” An urgent note on the door adds: “We need your help!”

Les Mots à La Bouche, a 40-year-old Paris institution, is the top LGBT bookshop in France and considered one of the best in the world – a focal point of Paris’s historic gay neighbourhood in the Marais district. But as property speculation in central Paris reaches dizzying heights – it is estimated that at certain times of year there are more Airbnb rentals than residents in the Marais – the bookshop is being forced out by rising rents.

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Bushfires crisis: firefighters try to contain 90,000ha blaze in Victoria’s alpine region

Warnings to Nug Nug and Buffalo River downgraded but residents told to be on high alert for wind changes

Firefighters are backburning around the northern edge of a 90,000ha fire in Victoria’s alpine region after residents were ordered to evacuate to escape spotfires in the hills around Mount Buffalo.

About 130 firefighters from the Country Fire Authority and Forest Fire Management Victoria were working on the fire ground, after warnings to the communities of Nug Nug and Buffalo River were downgraded from an emergency alert to a watch and act alert in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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California: one person killed in avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort

  • One person was also seriously injured, officials say
  • Storm dumped up to 25in of snow at Alpine Meadows resort

A morning avalanche at a Lake Tahoe ski resort in northern California has killed a 34-year-old skier and severely injured another, according to the Placer county sheriff’s office.

The injured victim was transported by ambulance to Tahoe Forest hospital in Truckee where he was undergoing surgery.

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Queensland flash flooding: highways cut and residents stranded among torrential rain

Gold Coast hit hardest with 325mm of rain falling at Loders Creek and more than 200mm in hinterland

Major highways were cut and residents flooded in as more than 300mm of torrential rain bucketed down on south-east Queensland overnight.

Two people were stranded after trying to drive through floodwater on the Gold Coast, with police receiving more than 50 reports of flooded roads across the city on Saturday morning.

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Trump administration to roll back school lunch rules and allow more pizza

Proposal to ease Michelle Obama guidelines would let schools cut the amount of vegetables required

The Trump administration took further steps on Friday towards rolling back healthier standards for school lunches in America championed by Michelle Obama, proposing rules to allow more pizza, meat and potatoes over fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

The new proposals would allow schools more flexibility, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement, adding: “Because they know their children best.”

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Yellow Wiggle Greg Page collapses after heart attack during bushfire relief concert

Wiggles member recovering in hospital after falling to ground when leaving stage at Castle Hill RSL

Original Wiggles member Greg Page has collapsed and gone into cardiac arrest at a bushfire relief concert in Sydney.

The original Yellow Wiggle was taken to hospital after falling to the ground as he left the stage at Castle Hill RSL on Friday night.

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Australian mother of five stripped of citizenship, leaving two children potentially stateless

Woman in northern Syrian camp received letter this week confirming decision had been backdated three years

An Australian mother of five held in the deteriorating al-Hawl camp of northern Syria has been stripped of her citizenship – retroactive by three years – leaving two of her children potentially stateless and potentially permanently splitting her family.

The woman, who held Australian and Lebanese citizenship, was informed by letter this week her citizenship has been extinguished, backdated more than three years.

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Jean-Paul Gaultier bows out as fashion designer after 50 years

Gaultier says his high-end fashion and perfume business will continue along with a new concept as yet to be revealed

The renowned designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is bowing out from creating clothes after a 50-year career, he has said. But he has told fans not to worry, because he will be turning his hand to other creative projects.

Related: Jean Paul Gaultier, challenging those who churn out fast fashion | Rebecca Nicholson

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