Jesus’s tomb to be unveiled to public after $4m restoration

Wednesday’s ceremony will mark completion of nine-month renovation of most sacred monument in Christianity

The newly-restored tomb in which Jesus’s body is believed to have been interred after his crucifixion will be unveiled to the public at a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday.

A team of Greek scientists and restorers has completed the nine-month renovation project, which focused on a small structure above the burial chamber, known as the Edicule. It is the most sacred monument in Christianity.

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We need to stop being coy about periods and tampons

You’d think the public-health authorities in the UK would supply women in need with basic necessities. But, no. Perhaps they think periods are a breeze because we never talk about them

Periods are no fun, even when you’re safe at home with a drawer full of tampons, pads and a hot-water bottle. So it’s little surprise that some girls are missing school because they can’t afford the right equipment. Imagine the mess, anxiety and shame they could be facing. And that’s on top of all the other unpleasantness. This being on the women’s pages of the website, you’re probably already familiar with it: unpredictable bleeding – sometimes seeping, sometimes in worrying great blurts – the aches, smells and dealing with a part of your body that you may not be too keen on. But perhaps the people in charge of public happiness, health and hygiene don’t know all this. Maybe they think that periods are a breeze.

Related: Never mind free tampons – what schoolgirls need is education about periods | Chella Quint

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Is Rex Tillerson the weakest secretary of state of all time? | Isaac Stone Fish

He has seemingly met with roughly the same number of heads of state over the last few months as Trump’s daughter Ivanka

The audio transcript of Tillerson’s first sit-down interview since becoming secretary of state, with a reporter from the conservative news agency the Independent Journal Review, makes for uncomfortable listening.

The interview, which took place last week during Tillerson’s first overseas trip, to Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing, began with a discussion over why the secretary of state did not dine with a South Korean delegation in Seoul.

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YouTube changes restrictions on gay-themed content following outcry

Tegan and Sara are among protesters who complained about having had YouTube videos classified as restricted, seemingly for being LGBTQ-themed

YouTube has altered its classifications of some LGBTQ-themed videos, following protests from users, including the musicians Tegan and Sara. The site had been criticised for having non-explicit videos featuring LGBTQ themes classed as restricted, which filters out “potentially inappropriate” content.

Tegan and Sara, who are both openly gay, were among those who complained about the policy, pointing out its absurdities in a series of tweets: “If you put @YouTube on restricted mode a bunch of our music videos disappear. … LGBTQ people shouldn’t be restricted. SAD!” Several of the Canadian sisters’ videos had been classed as restricted, despite the content being non-sexual, whereas others that were sexual but LGBTQ-themed were still available.

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‘Bank’ the turtle dies after swallowing 900 coins thrown by tourists

‘Bank’, a 25-year-old sea turtle in captivity in Thailand, has died after surgery to remove hundreds of coins from its stomach

A sea turtle nicknamed “Bank” has died after complications from surgery to remove nearly 1,000 coins she swallowed during captivity, vets in Thailand have said.

The cause of death was blood poisoning from the loose change, doctors at the veterinary faculty at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University confirmed.

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What makes Norway the world’s happiest country?

If you live in Norway we’d like to know why you think it’s considered the happiest country in the world

Norway has moved up four places to knock Denmark off the top spot as the world’s happiest country, with Iceland and Switzerland rounding out the top four.

According to the World Happiness Report 2017, Norway ranked highly on the main factors found to contribute to happiness: “caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance”.

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Good social workers are invaluable. So let’s give them proper support | David Brindle

Research reveals that some think social workers are there to pop to the shops for you. It’s time to restore some prestige

About three in every 10 people in Britain think social workers help with household chores like cooking and cleaning, with personal care like washing and dressing, and with childcare. Two in 10 reckon they will nip to the shops for you. Asked to choose from a given list of professionals they consider important providers of mental health support, 69% of people identify psychiatrists and 65% GPs – but only 41% pick social workers.

Related: The secret life of a social worker: you just have to get used to letting people down | Anonymous

Related: Social care is in desperate need of a champion | David Brindle

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Good social workers are invaluable. So let’s give them proper support | David Brindle

Research reveals that some think social workers are there to pop to the shops for you. It’s time to restore some prestige

About three in every 10 people in Britain think social workers help with household chores like cooking and cleaning, with personal care like washing and dressing, and with childcare. Two in 10 reckon they will nip to the shops for you. Asked to choose from a given list of professionals they consider important providers of mental health support, 69% of people identify psychiatrists and 65% GPs – but only 41% pick social workers.

Related: The secret life of a social worker: you just have to get used to letting people down | Anonymous

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Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings

Indian court cites the Whanganui in New Zealand as example for according status to two rivers considered sacred by nearly a billion people

A court in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has granted the same legal rights as a human to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, considered sacred by nearly a billion Indians.

The Uttarakhand high court ordered on Monday that the two rivers be accorded the status of living human entities, meaning that if anyone harms or pollutes the rivers the law would view it as no different from harming a person.

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One Nation set to block the government’s omnibus welfare bill

Pauline Hanson has given the government 24 hours to propose changes to the bill which contains welfare cuts

Pauline Hanson has said One Nation intends to block the Turnbull government’s omnibus welfare bill because it cuts “too deeply and too broadly” – but she has given the government 24 hours to improve its current offer.

In a statement on Tuesday Hanson linked the proposed welfare cuts in the omnibus bill to the issue of multi-national tax avoidance, saying the government needs to realise companies must “pay their way ... before those with the least are asked to tighten their belts”.

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Jamal Edwards breaks taboos around men’s mental health – video

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Jamal Edwards, founder of film-making company SBTV, asks why so many men are taking their own lives, and whether society’s stereotypes of masculinity have stopped men from seeking help with depression

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Argentina warns Trump: ‘Nationalism will not make your economy richer’

Finance minister Nicolás Dujovne said recent protectionist trade strategies did more harm than good and was keen on attracting inward investment from Britain

Argentina, which is poised to take over the leadership of the G20 group of developed and developing nations later this year, has warned Donald Trump that protectionist trade strategies do not work.

Nicolás Dujovne, the country’s finance minister, said that Argentina’s own recent anti-free trade policies showed that closing borders did more harm than good.

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