Human fish and the 10-stone toddler: the weird world of British Pathé

British Pathé has uploaded 3,500 hours of historic footage to YouTube. Stephen Moss dives into the archive and discovers the mind-boggling strangeness of our recent past. Read more

“The more women of any age who are in control of their own orgasm the better”
Fay Schopen: Why is Good Housekeeping’s ‘intimate test’ on vibrators so shocking?

Syrian rebels warn of potential Homs massacre as regime troops advance

Syrian government forces stepped up efforts to advance on opposition areas of the central city of Homs on Thursday amid warnings of a potential massacre following months of siege and starvation.

But reports from the scene described rebels clinging to their positions despite tank shelling, sniper fire and air strikes mounted to help government troops recapture several enclaves in the old city. Full story

Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict

The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have reached an agreement aimed at pulling eastern Ukraine back from the brink of war.

The deal calls for the disarming of all illegal groups, who will have to vacate all occupied government buildings and public spaces. Full story

Pictured: Seven hours of negotiations in Geneva ended in agreement on a series of ‘concrete steps’. Photograph: Eric Bridiers/EPA

Mount Everest avalanche leaves at least six Nepalese climbers dead

An avalanche on Mount Everest early on Friday has killed at least six local climbers and left several others injured. 

Nine climbers are still missing, according to local authorities, and the death toll appears likely to rise in coming hours. Four bodies have so far been recovered, local police officials said. Full story 

Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election

Barack Obama’s most influential adviser during two presidential victories has been hired to advise Labour on its 2015 election campaign, ensuring that Ed Miliband will put inequality and the break between family finances and economic growth at the centre of his election campaign. Full story

Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel 100 Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87, a person close to the family has said. García Márquez had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia. Full story

Pictured: Gabriel García Márquez at his house in Mexico City, 2010. Photograph: Miguel Tovar/AP

Cleo a white Bengal tiger looks through the glass of her enclosure at the Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina,. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP

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“The statistics on domestic violence, for instance, or the disproportionate impact of austerity on women, or the peculiar predicament of women from ethnic minorities are not a matter for national shame and urgent attention – until a female foreigner of a certain age points them out. Then we must get busy saying well, at least we aren’t as bad as South Africa, or – and here we really clutch at the flimsiest of straws – Saudi Arabia.”
Tanya Gold: Britain may have a sexist culture – but at least it’s British sexism, eh?