From Edinburgh's tram to Boston's Big Dig: readers' urban white elephants

By Elle Hunt and Guardian readers

Our list of ill-conceived civic expenditure, topped by Toronto's costly subway stop, spurred Guardian Cities readers to share suggestions for more …

Colin Horgan's roundup of urban white elephants prompted many Guardian Cities readers to suggest some he might have missed, revealing a veritable herd of the things the world over – including some perhaps prejudged. Call them calves.

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How an exhibition of prayer rugs aims to stand up against Trump's travel ban

By Anna Furman

Artists, including Ai Weiwei, have designed 36 rugs that symbolize the importance of migration, stating that ‘borders themselves are a fiction'

In a sun-dappled chapel perched atop San Francisco's decommissioned military base Fort Mason, the well-trodden wood floors are lined with prayer rugs. Shoeless visitors can traipse across, kneel or lay on the four-by-six wool rugs, which are kaleidoscopic in color, and neither spartan nor sumptuous in texture.

Related: Ai Weiwei launches controversial public art project focused on immigration

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Jenny Saville’s Entry: humanness reduced to meat

By Skye Sherwin

Hailed as an heir to Soutine, Bacon and Freud thanks to her fleshy way with paint, the English artist seeks subjects whose appearances challenge the norm

Jenny Saville's 1990s breakout work with obese female bodies on supersized canvases – as seen on the Manic Street Preachers' Holy Bible cover – were discovered by Charles Saatchi, who supported her for 18 months before exhibiting the results as part of Young British Artists III when she was 23. She has since sought other subjects whose appearance challenges the norm, including people fresh from cosmetic surgery.

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Sam Maiden v Kristina Keneally … grammar Nazis … journos arrested in Myanmar …

By Emily Watkins

Sky News' Samantha Maiden and Bennelong candidate and former Sky presenter Kristina Keneally have faced off in a fiery interview on the network.

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Rundle: Chinese influence is hardly the biggest threat to our democracy

By Guy Rundle

Foreign capital is not the problem; the structure of our politics is, a semi-democratic system at best, cloaked by a detached parliamentary system.

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What the American net neutrality decision means for Australia

By Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

Ajit Pai's destruction of net neutrality has ramifications beyond the American economy into the realm of human rights.

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