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Tom Watson tells Corbyn: ‘We must back members on new Brexit vote'

Labour party deputy speaks out as poll shows 86% of members want second referendum

Labour must be ready to throw its full support behind another referendum on Brexit, its deputy leader Tom Watson says today, as a new poll shows 86% of party members want the British people to be given a final say on the UK's future relationship with Europe.

In an interview with the Observer, Watson says that with the likelihood of a general election growing after Theresa May's humiliation at the EU summit in Salzburg last week, it is vital the Labour leadership and membership unite to maximise the chance of dislodging the Tories from office.

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(22/09/2018 @ 18:09)

Ministers warn harder EU exit risks breaking up Britain

Senior Conservatives fear diplomatic disaster ‘on scale of Suez crisis' is brewing

Theresa May is being warned by cabinet colleagues that a shift towards a harder Brexit will hasten the break-up of the UK, amid a renewed attempt by Brexiters to secure a clean split from the European Union.

With senior Tories warning that the prime minister now risks a diplomatic calamity on the scale of the Suez crisis, following her disastrous Salzburg summit, she is facing a renewed campaign among ministers and influential backbenchers to ditch her current plans and back a looser free trade deal with the EU.

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(22/09/2018 @ 16:05)

Mike Ashley to close three House of Fraser stores

Sports Direct tycoon has been unable to agree terms with landlords of outlets in Edinburgh, Hull and Swindon

The troubled retailer House of Fraser is to shut three stores and is considering the closure of a fourth after its new owner, Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley, failed to agree terms with their landlords.

Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United Football Club, recently bought the department store chain out of administration for £90m. Following negotiations with landlords around Britain, 20 House of Frasers have so far been saved from closure, safeguarding around 3,500 jobs.

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(22/09/2018 @ 19:02)

Comcast outbids Rupert Murdoch's Fox to win control of Sky

US cable giant wins auction with offer of £30bn, ending years of Murdoch control

Rupert Murdoch's control of Sky is likely to end after three decades after his 21st Century Fox company was outbid by US rival Comcast, which offered £30bn to take full control of the British-based broadcaster in a high-stakes auction.

The announcement on Saturday that Comcast has emerged on top was made after both companies submitted blind bids in a highly unusual process overseen by the Takeover Panel following a two-year bidding process. Comcast bid at £17.28 per share, substantially more than Fox's £15.67 offer.

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(22/09/2018 @ 16:06)

Vapers tricked into buying synthetic cannabis-laced product

An Observer investigation finds a synthetic cannabis substance hidden in liquid

Drug producers are capitalising on the rise of vaping to sell a liquid form of “spice” – an illegal synthetic substance nicknamed “zombie” – to unwitting customers.

Suppliers of Kronic Juice, which is being shipped into the UK labelled as a harmless e-liquid, refuse to disclose the ingredients, referring only to a “patent pending flavour enhancer”. However, laboratory tests commissioned by the Observer found it to contain a strain of synthetic cannabis that was banned in 2016.

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(22/09/2018 @ 11:51)

Pompeo suggests Rosenstein in danger after report he discussed taping Trump

Deputy attorney general ‘ought to find something else to do', secretary of state and key Trump ally hints to Fox News Sunday

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has hinted that Rod Rosenstein could be in jeopardy, after reports on Friday said the deputy attorney general discussed wearing a wire to record conversations with Donald Trump and the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment to remove the president.

Related: Rod Rosenstein disputes report he discussed removing Trump under 25th amendment

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(22/09/2018 @ 16:02)

Brett Kavanaugh accuser ready to testify as supreme court drama goes on

Christine Blasey Ford still wants to negotiate terms of testimony, lawyers say, after meeting Republican deadline to commit

A lawyer for the woman who has accused supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has said she is ready to testify to the Senate next week – but still wants to negotiate terms of her testimony.

Related: Kavanaugh sexual assault accusation has both parties 'on a knife's edge'

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(22/09/2018 @ 16:38)

Tanzania ferry disaster: divers pull survivor from capsized ship

Engineer found near engine of upturned vessel, which sank on Lake Victoria

A survivor has been rescued by divers from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry two days after it capsized on Lake Victoria, killing at least 218 people.

An engineer was found near the engine of the upturned vessel, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella said. The Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation reported he had shut himself into the engine room. His condition was not immediately clear.

Navy divers resumed the search operation inside the sunken MV Nyerere early on Saturday after hearing sounds that suggested signs of life. They pulled a man out of the overturned ship and he was taken to hospital, a witness said, while bodies continued to float to the surface around the vessel.

Tanzania's president, John Magufuli, has ordered the arrest of the managers of the ferry, which may have been carrying as many as 300 people when it capsized near the dock on the Ukara Island. The precise number was unknown, however, because the ticket-seller had drowned and the machine recording sales had not been found.

During a speech on public television on Friday night, Magufuli referred to negligence and said he had ordered the arrest of all those involved in the management of the ferry. “It appears clear that the ferry was overloaded,” he said, adding that the arrests had already begun.

The president also declared four days of national mourning.

The works, transport and communication minister, Isack Kamwelwe, said the government was sending sophisticated equipment to aid the rescue. “This equipment will increase efficiency in the rescue operation and we will continue with the search until we are satisfied that we have rescued everyone,” he told Reuters. At least 40 people were brought to safety on Thursday as dozens of security forces and volunteers wearing gloves and face masks spent the day hauling bodies into wooden boats.

Tanzanian ferries often carry hundreds of passengers and are overcrowded, and there are shifts in weight as passengers move to disembark. The Nyerere was crowded because it was a market day.

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(22/09/2018 @ 16:27)

US 'won't hesitate' to impose sanctions if North Korea fuel embargo breached

Apparent warning to Russia comes days after US ambassador to UN accused Moscow of supplying oil

The US State Department says Washington would not wait to impose sanctions on any shippers helping to get fuel to North Korea, in an apparent warning to Russia days after the US ambassador to the United Nations accused Moscow of cheating on the measures.

North Korea continues to employ tactics to evade UN sanctions, Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement, adding that UN member states are required to prohibit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum fuel to the hermit country

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(22/09/2018 @ 22:11)

Africa all-nighter: DJ to play Toto song on repeat in Bristol for charity

Michael Savage will spin 1982 hit on vinyl to raise money in fundraiser for Temwa

The song Africa by Toto will be played on repeat all night at an event in Bristol to raise money for a charity that works to reduce poverty in remote communities in Malawi.

The DJ Michael Savage will play the track on vinyl for five hours continuously at the Exchange in Bristol on 30 November, with people variously being sponsored to attend the event in its entirety – and not to go at all.

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(22/09/2018 @ 13:12)

Liverpool impress, Ronaldo ridiculousness and cows, cows, cows – Football Weekly Extra

Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Jonathan Wilson to discuss the Champions League, Ronaldo's red, the timekeeping skills of cows and Mark Hughes's elusive smile

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Jonathan Wilson to discuss the first round of Champions League group stage fixtures, starting with Manchester City's shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon.

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(20/09/2018 @ 09:10)

Marianne Faithfull: ‘This is the most honest record I've made. It's open-heart surgery, darling'

Fifty years since first rocking the establishment, Marianne Faithfull's intimate new album finds her still at glorious odds with the world

To get to Marianne Faithfull's apartment above a Montparnasse boulevard, you go up four floors in a tiny art deco lift, the kind in which two people have to get to know each other pretty well. The door is opened by Miriam, Faithfull's twentysomething helper who comes every morning, staying until 6pm (she's an aspiring film-maker, and killer coffee-maker). Books teeter everywhere in piles, on the floor next to shelves, and all over the dining table. An orchid also flowers opulently on it (stolen from a hotel room by Faithfull's friend, Roger Waters), and a framed letter from Faithfull's father stands next to it. It was sent just after the publication of her 1994 memoir. “It was a strange wartime marriage of two people that produced you, darling,” it goes. “I feel proud, not only of your achievement in making a successful career, but of your success in growing into such a nice and mature person. Lots of love, your Dad.”

A voice to raise terror, full of rattle and coal dust, suddenly roars down the hall. “MIRIAM!” A few minutes later, Marianne Faithfull appears – but she's not terrifying at all. Her smile beams as she hobbles slowly; she smiles almost constantly today, despite being in obvious pain. She fell and broke her back in 2013, then fell and broke her hip the following summer. Its replacement was done badly, leading to an infection around the prosthesis. Her shoulder requires an operation this autumn, then there's the arthritis in her left arm and hand – her writing hand.

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(22/09/2018 @ 10:00)

Utà¸ya survivor: Anders Breivik massacre films 'don't tell full story'

Victim's sister speaks out over Paul Greengrass's acclaimed movie 22 July

Survivors of the atrocity on the Norwegian island of Utà¸ya in July 2011 will never need reminding of the shootings that killed 69 young people. The detail of their frightening ordeal will stay sharp and stark.

But for Lara Rashid, a survivor who lost her elder sister, Bano, that summer's day, the arrival of two major films telling the actions of the killer, Anders Behring Breivik, is a difficult test.

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(22/09/2018 @ 10:00)

Cabinet at war after May's humiliation in Salzburg

Norway? Canada? Chequers? The PM's disastrous week will prompt further division – and perhaps a leadership challenge

On Friday morning, as Tory MPs discussed the humiliation that had befallen their prime minister hours earlier, the party's febrile mood tipped over into outright panic. Rumours swirled that a cabinet minister was about to walk out. Others talked about seizing the moment to force Theresa May into a decisive break from the EU and a hard Brexit.

The news that the prime minister's team was planning a hastily arranged statement in Downing Street was the final straw for some, who had palpitations about the prospect of another election. “The thought of another Theresa May manifesto is enough to make anyone reach for the bottle,” said a former minister.

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(22/09/2018 @ 13:45)

Bodyguard's police adviser defends TV portrayal of state corruption

Ex-Met commander David Zinzan insists hit BBC series has not damaged force's image

The finger of suspicion and the taint of corruption may have lingered over senior police officers, played by Gina McKee and Pippa Haywood, in BBC One's hit drama Bodyguard – but the police adviser of the show insists it has not damaged the service's reputation.

As followers of the show, watched by 11 million viewers, wait to find out who is unmasked as the villain on Sunday night in a final 75-minute episode, former Metropolitan police commander David Zinzan told the Observer he wanted to reassure the public that corruption was not widespread.

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(22/09/2018 @ 16:19)

The lunar gateway: a shortcut to Mars?

Nasa plans to put a module in orbit around the moon as a springboard for missions to the red planet – and beyond

Spaceflight will mark an important milestone this year – when Nasa celebrates the 50th anniversary of US astronauts reaching the moon. In December 1968 Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders – on Apollo 8 – swept over the lunar surface and captured bright blue images of Earth rising above the grey plains of the moon. It was one of the most dramatic space missions ever flown. Manned landings followed, but after a few years, the US lost interest in lunar space flights.

But now Nasa has revealed plans to return to the Moon and has asked European scientists and industry leaders to join the agency in a bold plan aimed at rebooting humanity's conquest of the solar system - in the form of an international manned station that will orbit the moon within the next decade.

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(22/09/2018 @ 09:00)

I never set out to stick my knife into a restaurant – but some just deserve it

The Observer restaurant critic's most biting reviews have now been collected in a book. Here, he defends the art of negative criticism – after all, it's just a part of the job

Experienced journalists are rarely taken by surprise by the impact of their work. We know exactly what we are doing and why. As I trudged down the marble steps of the George V Hotel in Paris, one chilly spring evening in 2017, I knew what I was going to do and I knew what the impact would be. If I claimed otherwise, attempted to feign innocence, I would be lying.

OK, I didn't quite anticipate the international newspaper headlines and the talking points and the outbreaks of glee. But if, in the days leading up to the publication of my review of Le Cinq on 9 April 2017, anyone had asked me what I thought the response was going to be, I would have been straight with them. I would have told them it was probably going to be the most read article of my career. So it proved.

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(22/09/2018 @ 10:00)

A pint of mindful, please: festival makes it cool to be teetotal in Glasgow

As public health concerns mount, Scotland's first major alcohol-free festival aims to challenge stereotypes

It has all the offerings of a typical drinks festival: beer on tap, live music, cocktail masterclasses and competitions to find the best bartender. But the mindful drinking festival coming to Glasgow next month is missing one key ingredient: alcohol.

Billed as Scotland's first alcohol-free drinks festival, the event is organised by Club Soda, a mindful drinking movement with 23,000 members across the UK, and aims to meet growing demand from pubs and bars keen to learn more about alternatives amid rising concern about the health risks of alcohol abuse.

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(22/09/2018 @ 13:00)

Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker: ‘My guiltiest pleasure? Drinking half a bottle of wine every day'

The new Doctor on having her tongue pierced, her love of Coldplay, and her most embarrassing moment

Born in West Yorkshire, Jodie Whittaker, 36, graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005. The same year, she made her professional stage debut at Shakespeare's Globe in The Storm; in 2006 she earned best newcomer nominations for her performance in the film Venus. She appeared in the critically acclaimed ITV drama Broadchurch and is the first female Doctor, in the new series of Doctor Who, starting on 7 October. She is married with a daughter and lives in London.

What is your earliest memory?
I fell into a pool in Benidorm when I was about three, and in the panic I was convinced a mysterious giant got me out: it was my father.

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In today's Britain, compromise is spurned in a bid for brutal victories | Nick Cohen

Zealots of left and right yearn for crushing wins and see no point in other perspectives

Politics before the crash was based on the understanding that you couldn't have it all. The free-market right had won the economic war, ran the cliche of the time, while the left had won the culture war. Centre-left governments were “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich”, said Peter Mandelson, “as long as they pay their taxes”. Not only leftish politicians, however, but many on the centre-right were not remotely relaxed about racism, sexism and homophobia. On these issues at least, cultural conservatives, as we so euphemistically call them, had to accept that the world had changed.

Now Britain is a country where political movements believe they need not accept any limits on their ambitions. They do not just want to beat their opponents – they want to crush them. They do not just want to win – they yearn for the religious ecstasy of victories achieved without compromise. It is barely noticed that centrists are just as likely as the extremists of the Brexit right and far left to turn into Cosmo girls and demand to have it all. The people's vote movement believes, with ample reason, that the Leave campaign was a confederacy of charlatans that sold the public a pack of lies. Reasonably and patriotically, it is trying to protect the country by reversing the damage. It is not a criticism of an idea with which I have every sympathy to say that it has turned away from compromise.

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(22/09/2018 @ 13:00)

The Chequers deal runs out of puff – cartoon

How Salzburg dealt Theresa May a crippling blow

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If a negotiated settlement cannot be reached, then a no-deal Brexit is not the answer

The former Conservative party vice-chairman argues that a free trade model means we would leave the EU but protect jobs and our economic future

The prime minister showed a new face on Friday when she delivered her statement after the “impasse” in Salzburg. She suddenly became “Tough Talking Theresa”, condemning the EU for not agreeing to her Chequers plan and demanding respect.

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(22/09/2018 @ 13:59)

A former teacher gets in touch, nostalgic about the past. I remember it differently

His breezy email says he ‘greatly enjoyed our encounters'

I hesitated before writing this, then realised my hesitation only helped those who should not be helped. So here we go.

I recently received an email from a publicist asking if I would like to meet to talk about his clients. I often get these requests, but this was different: I knew the publicist.

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(22/09/2018 @ 04:00)

Oh, please, give me a break! I don't have time for all your dramatising | Sophie Heawood

What is it about today's cultural offerings? Wherever you look, we've lost the art of brevity

Immensely pleasing to see the chairman of the Booker prize judging panel, on announcing its shortlist, admit the judges had to read an awful lot of waffle to get to that point.

“We occasionally felt that inside the book we read was a better one – sometimes a thinner one – wildly signalling to be let out,” said Kwame Anthony Appiah. It's not that he's opposed to long books – the man went on to emphasise that The Overstory, by Richard Powers, is 500 pages long, one of the very longest they read, and it proved brilliant enough to make it to the final six. What they were surprised by was the amount of woolly waffle that judicious editors had not pruned out of other books. “The chastening pencil has its role and subtraction can be as potent as addition,” said Appiah.

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(22/09/2018 @ 13:30)

Kanye West: followers galore, yet social media's unlikely critic | Rebecca Nicholson

The American rapper is raising essential points about how we intereact with sites such as Twitter

Kanye West has tweeted a series of thoughts on social media and self-esteem, along with a screen grab of a conversation with Jack Dorsey, Twitter's CEO, who agrees that it's time to change a system that no longer works as it should or once did. “Social media can be good but we have to hold the heads responsible for the psychological damage it sometimes causes,” wrote West, linking to a video, posted to Instagram, of Denzel Washington saying that young people should turn off social media.

Perhaps as a test run for his promised 2024 US presidential bid, instead of simply observing the problem, West offered a solution: “We should be able to participate in social media without having to show how many followers or likes we have. Just like how we can turn off the comments, we should be able to turn off the display of followers. This has an intense negative impact on our self-worth.” You could view that as someone with more than 28 million followers realising that it's hard to have a proper conversation over a cacophony of bots, bros and snowflakes, but it sounds like the start of a sensible and practical discussion about change.

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(22/09/2018 @ 10:00)

Anthony Joshua demolishes Alexander Povetkin to keep heavyweight titles

• WBA, WBO and IBF champion wins in seventh round
• Russian unable to defend himself during final barrage

Anthony Joshua, for six rounds of his sixth defence, looked as if he might have chosen the wrong old guy to help towards retirement but a right cross on the unattended chin of Alexander Povetkin sparked a savage finish that left the 39-year-old Russian in a heap, stopped for the first time in an illustrious career.

Nearly 18 months after retiring 42-year-old Wladimir Klitschko in the same ring – in front of many of the same adoring fans – the smiling gift to the heavyweight division resumed his knockout run and now awaits his seventh challenger in his 23rd fight. If there is any logic in boxing, it will be the WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, and a near unanimous response to that effect came from the 75,000 fans who had ignored the light rain when their champion asked from ringside: “Who do we want to fight here on 13 April?” “Wilder!” they screamed back.

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(22/09/2018 @ 17:58)

Gary Speed's family will always live with tragedy but football is learning

At times it is hard to read Unspoken, the new book written with Gary Speed's widow. But at least more of those in the game struggling with depression now feel able to come forward

It is the family stuff, the detail that would usually remain private, that provides some of the toughest passages from the newly released book Unspoken, in which the people who knew Gary Speed the best try to make sense out of a tragedy none of them will ever properly understand.

The story, for example, his widow, Louise, tells of the long, unimaginable battle to start functioning again and the shattering effects of what she describes, more than once, as being put on the scene of a horror film. It was Louise who found her husband in the garage, who had to cut him down and will always have to live with that image. “As time goes on,” she says, “you hope it's a film that fades.” But there was also a long period when she could not even eat, when she drank to numb the pain and lost so much weight she describes herself as a walking skeleton.

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(22/09/2018 @ 09:13)

José Mourinho laments players' attitude after Wolves draw at Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson was back where he belongs – at Old Trafford – for the first time since recovering from a brain haemorrhage but he witnessed a disappointing draw for a Manchester United team who failed to turn dominance into three points. At the close Wolves came close to stealing victory when David de Gea saved a shot from Adama Traoré with a foot and the winger then blasted wide in added time.

This left José Mourinho again bewailing his players' mindset, stating those of Wolves possessed a “World Cup final” attitude and his did not.

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(22/09/2018 @ 12:14)

Tiger Woods one round from first win in five years after 65 at East Lake

• Woods takes three-shot lead into Tour Championship finale
• Rose and McIlroy leading the charge from the 30-man field

The moment the golf world has been waiting for – not long after it collectively doubted it could ever happen – is tantalisingly close. Tiger Woods, seeking a first win for five years after waves of personal and professional turmoil, will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake. Woods's 80th PGA Tour success, if it comes, will unquestionably be his most significant.

Woods's 12-under-par aggregate sees Justin Rose and a resurgent Rory McIlroy as his closest challengers. A Saturday 65 for Woods was the lowest in the 30-man field. More significant is his position at the head of affairs; history tells us Woods does not slip up from here. In the present, however, he has the pressure attached to looking to secure such a long-awaited success.

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(22/09/2018 @ 19:13)

Danny Cipriani faces Owen Farrell but his real England rival is George Ford

Cipriani's Gloucester meet Farrell's Saracens on Sunday but Ford is the man the man standing between the 30-year-old and a recall by Eddie Jones

A montage on the wall of the Gloucester team room at their Hartpury training base is centred around the acronym B.R.A.V.E. As the club's fly-half Danny Cipriani ponders his latest omission from an England squad before a confrontation on Sunday at Allianz Park with Saracens and Owen Farrell, one of the players preferred to him, he can reflect on what the letter B stands for: belong.

The 30-year-old has spent most of his international career as an outside-half on the outside. He has started only one match for England since 2008, the final Test against South Africa this summer when he helped secure victory with a typically sublime moment of skill, an act that a number of former internationals assumed would cement his place in the squad. But Cipriani will not be at England's training camp in Bristol this coming week.

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(22/09/2018 @ 17:00)

David Warner starts slow rebuild with instant coffee and a rapid hundred

Steve Smith joined his disgraced teammate in returning to Australian cricket in lowly surroundings

Sydney grade cricket is strong. Its 20 clubs produce players for New South Wales, which in turn feeds the Australia team. It is the same across the land. In Victoria, Queensland, WA, metropolitan clubs develop talented teens who move into the state system and upwards and, if they are special, into the holy order of the baggy green. Clubs are the base bricks of the great Australian cricket pyramid.

But with year-round international, first-class and franchise cricket, the top players rarely, if ever, turn out for their clubs. There was a time when Jeff Thomson and Lenny Pascoe played for Bankstown and frightened the pants off many Mosman accountants. But today, for a Test man to play for his club, stars must align.

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(22/09/2018 @ 16:00)

Mohamed Salah strikes as Liverpool cruise to victory over Southampton

As Jà¼rgen Klopp is fond of telling, it takes greed, aggression, talent and a phenomenal work-rate to succeed on his terms yet Liverpool are making the hard art of victory look routine. The Premier League summit was reclaimed with ease against Southampton, a seventh straight win stretching a flawless start as well as the idea that healthy competition exists between the best and the rest.

Liverpool ended the contest before half-time as a Wesley Hoedt own goal, Joël Matip header and Mohamed Salah tap-in brought an emphatic interval lead over Mark Hughes' visitors. If Charity Shield results are included, this is now the finest start to a campaign in Liverpool's illustrious history. They are raking up wins while in second gear, have kept eight consecutive clean sheets at home in the Premier League and have two points more than Manchester City did at the corresponding stage of last season. Not that anyone at Anfield is looking too far ahead, of course.

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(22/09/2018 @ 12:01)

Érik Lamela's sucker punch seals win for Spurs over spirited Brighton

There are times when any win will do and, for Tottenham, this was certainly one. The vultures had been circling after three defeats and the historians leafing all the way back to the spring of 2004, the last time they lost four consecutive games in a single season. Mauricio Pochettino needed his players to stand tall at what has become one of the Premier League's more testing venues for the bigger clubs; they did that and, while this performance fell some way short of their fluent best, a few suggestions of a return to form flickered, too.

Foremost among them was their second, ultimately decisive goal, scored by Érik Lamela after the kind of rapier-like attack Tottenham have made their trademark under Pochettino. Lamela had replaced Son Heung-min eight minutes before taking possession just inside the Brighton half and, via Lucas Moura, working the ball to Danny Rose. He kept running and was rewarded with an accurate cutback that, without breaking stride, he swept beyond Mat Ryan.

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(22/09/2018 @ 14:33)

Brexit breakdown part 3: can we put Britain back together again?

In the third part of their summer-long quest to get to the heart of the UK's condition, John Harris and John Domokos head to Boston in Lincolnshire. They find Brexit voters who still think no one is listening to them and Polish people feeling ever more unwelcome. But in London, protesters against Donald Trump offer a ray of hope and the prospect of something that might finally heal the country's wounds

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(21/09/2018 @ 08:05)

Brexit breakdown part 2: 'We've lost control'

As their new series continues, John Harris and John Domokos meet Jeremy Corbyn's army of activists, teachers and parents at a Walsall school hit by funding cuts and protesters at a London march in support of a second Brexit referendum. They seem to live in different worlds but everyone has one thing in common: a sense that Britain has to change, before it's too late

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(19/09/2018 @ 05:13)

Brexit breakdown part 1: Why are the Tories winning Walsall?

With Brexit fast approaching, John Harris and John Domokos have spent four months sampling the mood of the country. In episode one of this new series, they spend time in the Midlands town of Walsall, where despite cuts and Tory chaos, Labour isn't breaking through

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(17/09/2018 @ 04:07)

Bill Gates: 'Trump is open-minded' – video

As the Gates Foundation launches its report on progress in the fight against poverty, the philanthropist talks to Polly Toynbee about the challenges ahead. Gates discusses the US president's approach to foreign aid, sharing his hopes for Trump ‘as a human being who cares about other human beings'

  • The Now generation is a series produced in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. You can read more about it here

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(18/09/2018 @ 00:00)

'Actors don't black up, so why do they still crip up?' – video

The actor Adam Pearson has a similar condition to Joseph Merrick, whose story was told in The Elephant Man. When the BBC was remaking the biopic, he did not even get an audition. This is why he calls cripping up the 2018 version of blacking up

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(10/09/2018 @ 08:14)

Healing the scars of war: the women rebuilding Mozambique's national park - video

In the heart of central Mozambique, Gorongosa park was destroyed in the crossfire of the country's civil war. Now women are leading the way in its restoration, helping to heal the scars left by the conflict and inspiring young girls from the surrounding communities, through an education programme that offers them the promise of a brighter future

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(07/09/2018 @ 02:00)

Spike Lee talks to Gary Younge about BlacKkKlansman​ and racism under Trump​ – video

Spike Lee's latest film is about a black cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Based on a true story, BlacKkKlansman draws clear parallels with racial tensions in modern America. With Donald Trump in the White House, the rise of white supremacy, and a spike in racist attacks, what does a film about a black man going undercover with white terrorists tell us about the state of contemporary America and beyond?

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(23/08/2018 @ 04:35)

The disturbing truth about teaching in America – video

'I've had hungry students who couldn't concentrate; I've filed tax returns for kids' parents. You're the only adult they trust – the only adult that talks to them like they're a person': a perspective of life as a teacher in two different US states

• Share your story: what's your experience of teaching in America?

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(07/09/2018 @ 06:00)

Mary and Giles from Gogglebox: ‘Fame hasn't changed us. We fly under the radar'

The TV regulars talk about free-range childhood, the vice of reading the Daily Mail, and a drunken chat with Mick Jagger

Mary We have a zero-tolerance policy on swearing. There's so much on telly, I don't want it in my own cottage. Giles swears occasionally because he's always having minor accidents. Our children turn on him and tell him off. Poor Giles.

Giles I had a free-range childhood. Absolutely no element of stranger danger. I remember getting lost in the fog, wandering around terrified and disoriented. Eventually I stumbled into a farm. They just put me in a Land Rover and delivered me home. That freedom's been lost. Youngsters don't play in the dirt or roam fields any more. Childhood has been de-natured.

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(22/09/2018 @ 09:00)

Christine and the Queens: ‘I've just discovered sex, I can't stop yet!'

Héloïse Letissier's 2016 debut made her a global star. She's spent the years since evolving her alter-ego Chris, idolising Madonna, making ‘horny' pop, and being misunderstood in France

Midway through an hour-long conversation touching on Rihanna, the mainstreaming of queer identity and Madonna, Chris, AKA the artist formerly known as Christine and the Queens (and born Héloïse Letissier) stops suddenly. “What does ‘wanky' mean, precisely?” she queries, a raised eyebrow brushing her newly cropped fringe. After asking for advice on how best to describe her multiple “characters”, as she calls them, I had dismissed my suggestions as too “wanky”, too earnest. And so here we are: one of the most rule-breaking pop stars of the last five years is rolling “wanky” around her mouth like a chewy sweet. “I've learned a new word!” she says, beaming.

Chris is in London on a whistle-stop visit ahead of the release of her self-produced, Michael and Janet Jackson-inspired second album, also called Chris. It is the funkier follow-up to 2016's Chaleur Humaine, an album of bilingual chamber pop that originally entered the UK chart at No 132, but finished the year – thanks in part to a joyous, Brexit vote-cleansing Glastonbury performance – as the biggest-selling debut. She apologises for being glued to her phone; there is a video edit that needs approving and she has to be the one to do it. “It's good but it's constant,” she says of her hectic schedule. Today's look – loose suit jacket, pinstriped red-and-white shirt – is very much the uniform of someone who means business.

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(22/09/2018 @ 04:59)

Michael Lewis: The Big Short author on how Trump is gambling with nuclear disaster

Government positions left empty, cronyism, anti-government ideology – everything about Trump's administration makes America more vulnerable to risk

Michael Lewis began thinking about his new book, The Fifth Risk, in late 2016 or early 2017 during the weeks before Donald Trump's inauguration. He was bedridden after surgery and was “laying there going crazy about Trump,” he recalls. Lewis had just published his latest bestseller, The Undoing Project, about two Israeli psychologists, the Nobel prize-winner Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, who studied how people grapple with risk. “One of the insights that dropped out of some of their experiments was: people don't,” Lewis says. “When you change something that has a one in a million chance of happening to a one in ten thousand chance, people don't feel that.”

One way to think about the US government, Lewis realised, was as a manager of big risks – from military conflict, to financial collapse, to natural disaster. As risk-manager-in-chief, Trump now had the frightening ability to boost the odds of catastrophe from, say, one in a million to one in ten thousand “over a vast portfolio of risks”. “People sense an unease,” Lewis continues, “but nobody quite puts it that way.”

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(22/09/2018 @ 04:00)

Book clinic: what can I read to tackle a midlife crisis?

Fortunately, there's no shortage of fiction on the subject – and nonfiction as well – says our expert

Please can you recommend some books that will show me which way to turn in the full-on storm of an all-questioning midlife crisis?
Anonymous, 46, London

Sam Leith, author, journalist and literary editor of the Spectator, writes:
I'm a bit in the dark, here, questioner. I don't even know if you're male or female. And what sort of midlife crisis are we talking about? Sexual redundancy? Professional disappointment? Gibbering fear of death? The “full-on storm” suggests there's more to this one than buying a leather jacket. Good news: all literature is your friend, one way and another.

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(22/09/2018 @ 13:00)

Yan Lianke: ‘The situation for writers in China is complex'

The Chinese author on his new novel The Day the Sun Died, writer's block and his regard for Graham Greene

Yan Lianke published his first story in 1979 at the age of 21, and has gone on to produce a formidable body of work. Some of Yan's novels have been banned in his native China for their satirical take on contemporary life, including his latest work, The Day the Sun Died, which had to be published first in Taiwan. The novel, about 14-year-old Li Niannian, who tries to save his fellow townsfolk from themselves during one dreadful night of “dream walking”, has been read in the west as a critique of Xi Jinping's “Chinese dream” of national greatness. Yan has won the Man Asian literary prize and the Franz Kafka prize, has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker international prize, and has been widely tipped for the Nobel. Born in Henan province, he lives in Beijing, where many of his novels are set.

What was the idea behind the novel?
I had experienced some instances of sleepwalking myself, and I kept seeing reports on my phone of other people sleepwalking. The idea for the novel came from this. I wanted to write about people's inner worlds, and how they might manifest themselves if they behaved according to their innermost, most secret, desires.

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(22/09/2018 @ 13:00)

Rihanna appointed ambassador for her native Barbados

The singer will promote investment, tourism and education in the country

Rihanna has been given an ambassadorial role in her native Barbados.

The singer and entrepreneur will promote education, tourism and investment in her home country.

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(22/09/2018 @ 06:25)

Key autumn/winter 2018 trends on the high street - in pictures

From checks to grunge, here's how to style the key looks for less

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(22/09/2018 @ 18:45)

‘I wanted a truncheon in my pants': the rise of the penis extension

More and more men are opting for surgical penis enlargement. Is it a confidence boost, or a con?

It has been more than a year since the operation, but Alistair is still furious about the results. “I paid £8,000 and they mutilated me,” he says. “It was butchery. My partner said it looked like a war wound. My erection is basically ruined.”

In July 2017, the 55-year-old decorator, from London, became one of a growing number of British men to have a surgical penis enlargement. Talk of enhancement was once the preserve of promotional spam mail for bizarre-looking pills and pumps; now, it is serious clinical business. British clinics, which have taken consultancy rooms in Harley Street and in UK cities including Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Leeds, report record numbers of patients calling on their services. One practice, the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery, has gone from performing a handful of penis procedures annually when it opened in 1990 to more than 250 in 2017. Between 2013 and 2017, members of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery carried out 45,604 penis enhancements worldwide. Previous numbers are unknown; the procedure was considered such a minority concern that it wasn't included in surveys. This increase in demand seemingly caters to a growing anxiety about penis size, but it is by no means a risk-free procedure. For Alistair, dreams of a larger penis were overtaken by infections, lumps and an erection that no longer rises above a 45-degree angle. And he is not alone. In recent years, the General Medical Council has recorded stories of “wonky penises” and erectile dysfunction following surgery. In Stockholm, last summer, a 30-year-old man died after suffering a cardiac arrest following an operation to enlarge his penis.

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(22/09/2018 @ 05:00)

Italy's Missoni survives 65 years in fashion as a family affair

The ‘zigzag' label has been led for 21 years by its founders' daughter, Angela. She talks here about her designs on the future

To many people, the Missoni name stands for zigzags. But to Angela Missoni, who for 21 years has led the label her parents founded in 1953, the first word that springs to mind is “survival”.

“It feels like a miracle that we are still here,” said the designer in her Milan showroom, where she was finessing looks for a catwalk show and gala dinner on Saturday night to celebrate Missoni's 65th year in fashion. “In my career, I have seen so many names come and go, including some that I thought would be around for ever.”

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(22/09/2018 @ 16:30)

Ann Cleeves on north Devon: ‘I remember family days on the beach, picnics and space'

Friends, first love and freedom … the crime writer recalls the great happiness of life in Devon

We moved around a bit when I was a child so it's hard to tell what made me. My dad was a teacher in tiny rural primary schools, at first in Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border. Beautiful places that gave me a sense of the romantic, of being an outsider, or at least that I was always an observer looking in. It's hard to be the headmaster's kid in a school of 30 pupils, most of whom have grown up together. I remember it as a time of solitary wandering, watching and listening, but perhaps that's a romantic idea too. I often featured in my own stories.

When I was 11 we landed up in north Devon. I'd moved to the grammar school in Barnstaple and for the first time made real friends. Looking back, I remember the summers, family days on the beach, picnics and space. The hit of a good wave as I body-surfed towards the shore. I was never a sporty girl, but I loved the shock of cold, salt water, the magic of swimming in the sea.

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(22/09/2018 @ 07:00)

Fit in my 40s: ‘It's not Grand Theft Auto thrilling. But VR running is incredible' | Zoe Williams

There might be a 5k for beginners starting in 15 minutes, and when you join it you can see all these avatars running with you

Zwift began as a virtual cycling idea: video graphics programmer and amateur triathlete Jon Mayfield invented it after the birth of his first child, his PR told me, “when he found himself very time poor”. Training on an exercise bike is famously boring, so Mayfield added a gaming element, connected all the time-poor cyclist fathers across the world on the internet, and lo… one in India could race another in Australia up a virtual Alpine mountain. And pretty soon, Zwift cyclists were logging a million miles a day, which makes me wonder what the time-poor new mothers thought of it.

The running version is very new, requires less tech (you don't need a bespoke static bike) but is not without its complications. You need a Bluetooth footpod (I had a Stryd, which costs just over £220, although cheaper options are available), and a not inconsiderable IQ to figure out how to attach it to your trainers. Obviously, you need to be on a treadmill. You download the app on to your phone, though an iPad is better for the virtual scenery. To set it up, you need to teach it your pace by doing some test running. All told, it's probably the hardest I've had to concentrate since I did my A-levels, but you only have to do it once.

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(22/09/2018 @ 02:00)

How to grow new plants from cuttings

It's free and easy. Here's how

It is a simple, but magical, act: take a little bit of stem and, with a few careful cuts, create a new plant. That magic, the ebb and flow of hormones and auxins, is on your side: once severed of its root, the plant is desperate to take hold again. All you have to do is give it a go. Right now, the window for semi-ripe cuttings is drawing to a close, but it is not shut: this weekend, for 15 minutes' worth of effort, you can take those tired lavenders that have become leggy, or that woody rosemary, and strike a few cuttings so you have new plants for spring for free. Hyssop, thyme, bay, sage, lemon verbena, rue, scented pelargoniums, penstemons and verbenas are suitable for semi-ripe cuttings.

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(22/09/2018 @ 06:00)

What ‘masculinity' means when you're gay, bi or trans …

We're in the middle of a ‘genderquake' where the qualities traditionally associated with men are changing daily. So how do three LGBT guys define manliness in 2018?

By Joe Stone

What does it mean to be a man? Right now, masculinity is under the microscope like never before. But one group that is used to navigating the tricky terrain of gender norms is the LGBT community. In a recent survey by Attitude, Britain's best-selling gay magazine, 69% of readers admitted they'd been made to feel “less of a man” because they are gay, bisexual or queer. More troubling still, 41% said that at some point they themselves thought that they were less of a man too.

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(19/09/2018 @ 10:22)

Period poverty: meet the women behind the campaigns to end it

A growing number of organisations and activists are working to end a phenomenon that's depriving vulnerable young women of time in education. At the same time, efforts are under way to eliminate tampon tax and taboos around menstruation

From the time we're old enough to get our periods, girls can be made to feel ashamed of them. Everyone who sat in a classroom through those strange, secretive years will remember the absolute horror and dread of being caught short or having to ask a teacher for menstrual products. We learn not only to come prepared but to be silent about what's going on too. It's second nature for us to conceal the very fact that we have periods at all – hiding tampons and pads on the way to the bathroom, stuffed into pencil cases, bras, sleeves.

If it was difficult for those of us fortunate enough to always have these products to hand, it's shocking to consider the girls among us who are forced by poverty to go without them entirely. Several years ago the concept of period poverty began to rise in public consciousness in the UK. The Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake, a harrowing account of the realities of poverty in modern Britain, sent awareness of this particular struggle soaring. After its release, food bank managers around England reported that a scene in which a young woman named Katie is forced to shoplift pads sent toiletry donations skyrocketing.

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(03/09/2018 @ 10:55)

Want to prep like a pro chef? It's time to give your spice drawer a makeover

Having a well-stocked larder is essential for any aspiring home cook, but what key herbs and spices should you always have to hand – and what combinations work best?

Open the menu at a fashionable restaurant and you will probably find a sprinkle of sumac or a touch of turmeric. While the adventurous 1970s cook would have doused a piece of cod in a parsley sauce, today's might opt for a za'atar rub.

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(30/08/2018 @ 12:14)

Eight of the best coastal walks in Wales

Whether you fancy a stroll with fabulous sea views or a long-distance hike past a medieval castle, you'll find it all on the coast of Wales

The Welsh coastline has been described as one of the best places on Earth to visit, and it's not hard to see why. From rugged clifftop peaks to sprawling, serene beaches; puffins to porpoises ­â€“ natural beauty of incredible variety and scale is everywhere. Wales is the only country in the world that boasts a walking trail spanning its entire coastline. The really dedicated can tackle the whole 870 miles. You can even run it – the current record is 23 days.

For those more inclined towards a gentle hike or a relaxed amble, taking in glorious sunsets from castles or viaducts, here are eight of the best coastal walks.

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(19/07/2018 @ 10:37)

DUP cannot have veto on Brexit border deal, says Ireland

Deputy leader Simon Coveney says power cannot be given to one party in Northern Ireland

The Democratic Unionist party cannot be allowed to veto any Brexit deal on the Irish border, Ireland's deputy prime minister has said.

Simon Coveney spoke out after Theresa May disclosed that she was considering the option of giving the Northern Ireland devolved government a veto on any proposed regulatory barrier between itself and the rest of the UK.

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(22/09/2018 @ 10:54)

As Glasgow University owns up to slavery wealth, others urged to follow

The institution is making reparations after admitting it had made £200m from the transatlantic trade

Sir Geoff Palmer, Scotland's first black professor, has welcomed a groundbreaking report into how Glasgow University benefited from the proceeds of slavery. He said it posed “uncomfortable questions” for British society as a whole and called on institutions that had profited from the slave trade to make amends.

The report, published last week by Glasgow University, is based on more than two years of research and reveals that the institution benefited directly from the slave trade in Africa and the Caribbean in the 18th and 19th centuries to the tune of almost £200m in today's money.

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(22/09/2018 @ 11:29)

Transatlantic rower in homemade boat rescued off Cornish coast

Duncan Hutchison, who set off from New York in May, was raising money for WaterAid

A rower has been rescued off the coast of Land's End after attempting a solo trip across the Atlantic in a homemade boat.

Duncan Hutchison set off from New York in May on his 3,500-mile journey to Lochinver, north-west Scotland. He was carrying out the journey in a 23ft wooden rowing boat and has raised more than £18,000 for the charity WaterAid.

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(22/09/2018 @ 12:27)

Chas and Dave singer Chas Hodges dies aged 74

Duo's official Twitter account announces death of Chas Hodges, who had been diagnosed with oesophagal cancer

Chas Hodges, of the musical duo Chas and Dave, has died at the age of 74. A statement on the pair's Twitter account said: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our very own Chas Hodges.

“Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning.”

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(22/09/2018 @ 09:59)

NHS sued for failure to help transgender patients with fertility

Equality watchdog insists on the right to start a family later in life

NHS England is to be taken to court by the UK's equality watchdog for failing to offer fertility services to transgender patients.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will launch a high-profile judicial review action, a legal manoeuvre that is likely to prove controversial at a time when the NHS is struggling to balance budgets and provide core services.

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(22/09/2018 @ 09:00)

Owners of Manchester flats face huge bills after forced evacuation

Claim for £16m lodged after fire officers banned people from living in five-storey block

Owners of flats in a Manchester complex which was marketed as an “outstanding” investment opportunity are facing huge losses after the fire brigade banned people from living there.

The first residents moved into New Lawrence House in 2009 but were forced to move out the week after the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 after serious safety faults were identified.

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(21/09/2018 @ 17:08)

Glamping goes Tudor: historians to remake Henry VIII's opulent tent

A spectacular temporary palace designed to impress the king of France is to be reconstructed at Hampton Court

Tudor monarchs did not travel light. Vast tents – with great halls and multiple chambers, sumptuous furniture and fabrics of gold and velvet – used to accompany them on their journeys to far-flung areas of the realm, and even to battlefields. But not a single remnant of these extraordinary displays of wealth and power has survived, and little, if any, research has been done on their design.

Now Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) has launched an ambitious project to reconstruct a huge section of one of Henry VIII's tents, an edifice whose spectacular appearance is hinted at by a surviving design in the British Library. Covered in exquisite red cloth, it is decorated with Tudor roses and has tent poles topped by “king's beasts”, including heraldic antelopes.

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(22/09/2018 @ 11:00)

Petrol price war looms after 3p per litre drop in wholesale costs

Correction in pump prices, currently at four-year high, could be imminent

Fuel retailers may be about to engage in a price war, the AA has said.

A 3p per litre slump in wholesale costs this month suggests pump prices could be about to drop, according to the AA. This would be welcome relief for motorists who are being hit by prices at a four-year high after 11 consecutive weekly increases.

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(22/09/2018 @ 07:02)

Terrorists kill Iranian children and soldiers in military parade attack

Children among dozens killed after assailants open fire on Revolutionary Guard event in Ahvaz

At least 29 people, including children, have been killed in a terrorist attack on a military parade in south-west Iran, responsibility for which has been claimed by both Islamic State and a separatist group.

Four assailants disguised as military personnel opened fire from behind the viewing platform during the parade in Ahvaz to mark the anniversary of the eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s.

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(22/09/2018 @ 10:18)

Sibling devilry: Republican hits back after family records ad for opponent

Arizona representative Paul Gosar says ‘Stalin would be proud' of ‘leftist' siblings backing Democrat in November midterms

Political attack ads can be vicious – but the jabs don't normally come from the candidate's own family. That, though, is what has happened to the Arizona Republican Paul Gosar. And then some.

Related: Beto O'Rourke v Ted Cruz: debate heats up in Texas Senate race

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(22/09/2018 @ 17:29)

Beto O'Rourke v Ted Cruz: debate heats up in Texas Senate race

Turning the Lone Star state blue is a Democratic dream. And so, on Friday night in Dallas, the Republican came out fighting

It underlines America's strange and turbulent political moment that the highest-profile and most intriguing battle in November's midterm elections is in one of the most predictably Republican states.

Related: The midterms start here: early voting begins, plus mafia whispers

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(22/09/2018 @ 07:33)

Trump officials move to restrict immigrants who use public benefits

Proposals mean permanent residence applicants could be judged a burden for receiving legal benefits like food aid

The Trump administration on Saturday said it would propose making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to qualify for permanent US residency if they have received public benefits such as food aid, public housing or Medicaid.

The proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security would instruct immigration officers to consider whether a person has received a range of taxpayer-funded benefits to which they are legally entitled in determining whether a potential immigrant is likely to become a public burden.

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(22/09/2018 @ 20:40)

Vatican signs historic deal with China – but critics denounce sellout

Agreement with Beijing on nominating bishops is step in Pope Francis's bid to repair diplomatic relations

The Vatican and China said yesterday they had signed a historic agreement on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that for decades fuelled tensions between the Holy See and Beijing and thwarted efforts toward diplomatic relations.

The provisional agreement, which was signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was described by the Vatican as “the fruit of a gradual and reciprocal rapprochement”, following a long process of careful negotiation, and subject to periodic review.

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(22/09/2018 @ 11:26)

Cue fireworks as ‘lord of misrule' Donald Trump chairs UN security council

The US president will lead a crucial assembly in New York, raising fears of global backlash over Iran

In medieval English folklore, the lord of misrule was an anarchic, half-crazed clown who presided over an annual Feast of Fools. This week the UN security council, that most august and sober of international bodies, looks set to revive the tradition with its own riotous diplomatic banquet. In the chair and wielding the gavel for the first time: none other than Donald Trump, 45th US president, former reality TV host, and modern-day lord of misrule.

Trump will be in New York for the annual UN general assembly of world leaders. Some 84 heads of state, 44 heads of government and senior ministers from the UN's 193 sovereign states are due to attend. Like other presidents and premiers, Trump will address the assembly on Tuesday. Last year he stole the show when he tore up protocol, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, and mocked its leader, Kim Jong-un, as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission” – before performing a dizzying U-turn this year.

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(22/09/2018 @ 09:00)

Afghan roadside bomb kills several children in Faryab province

At least eight children killed and six more wounded in blast in Shirin Tagab district, Afghan official says

At least eight children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Faryab province, an Afghan official has said.

Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said six other children were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district.

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(22/09/2018 @ 09:37)

Rotterdam prepared for worst when Britain crashes out of EU

In Rotterdam, everyone assumes the UK will leave the single market and customs union. We went to see how it plans to cope with the upheaval

Europe's largest port, Rotterdam, is counting down to Brexit. “In about 200 days' time, if nothing else happens… we will need to supervise all the goods coming in and out of the UK market,” says Roel van 't Veld, Brexit coordinator at the Dutch customs authority.

Hard Brexit or soft? Chequers dead or alive? Does “max-fac” make any sense? The feverish debate in Westminster is distant for officials in Rotterdam, who are working on the assumption the UK will leave the EU's single market and customs union on 29 March 2019.

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(22/09/2018 @ 11:00)

‘Without drug traffickers, we'd have peace': Colombian villagers flee new killings

Two years after the end of the guerrilla war that killed 220,000, other players have moved in on the drugs trade, with poor local children now being bribed to take up arms

In a schoolhouse in Cabeceras in Colombia on the banks of the San Juan river, village leaders, teachers and others gather for a ceremony to mark what they hope will be a turning point in their lives. A large peace banner is unfurled and raised to waist height. Each person touches it, as if the sign, to establish their territory as an internationally protected “humanitarian zone”, is sacred.

A solemn blessing is read and repeated: a memorial to those who have been “disappeared”, murdered, silenced and displaced; those whose names they know, those they don't.

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(22/09/2018 @ 11:59)

Is Matera's crumbling beauty ready for its year in Europe's cultural sun?

Roads and venues remain unbuilt as the southern Italian city struggles to be the 2019 capital of culture

When the southern Italian city of Matera found out it had been selected as the 2019 European capital of culture, its ancient streets echoed with cheers. Thousands gathered in October 2014 to watch the announcement live from Brussels in a central piazza. “It reminded me of the day when Napoli announced it had acquired Diego Maradona,” said Daniele Kihlgren, an Italian-Swedish businessman who has invested in a hotel in Matera. “The same uproar was heard throughout the town.”

But the euphoria was quickly replaced by a sense of anxiety. “After the celebrations,” said Eustachio Nicoletti, Matera's secretary for Italy's largest labour union, the CGIL, “people began to wonder, ‘and what the hell are we going to do now?'”

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(22/09/2018 @ 08:00)

Millions of dead chickens and pigs found in hurricane floods

In North Carolina 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs have been confirmed killed as massive lagoons are discharging fecal soup

Eric Phelps steered a small, battery-powered pontoon boat over the tops of cornstalks and into the eastern North Carolina town of Wallace on Thursday afternoon. The smell of floodwater under a hot sun – a mix of oil, manure and mold – was overwhelming.

Gliding across the surface, Phelps saw something even more unsettling: dead chickens, hundreds of them, lodged against people's fences, stuck in the tops of bushes, lapping up against front porch steps.

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(22/09/2018 @ 02:00)

'Nasty, nasty man': Guardian reporter on being insulted by Trump and breaking the Snowden story

Ewen MacAskill, who has retired after 22 years at the Guardian, recalls encounters with MPs, spies and presidents

During his time with the publication, MacAskill has been chief political correspondent, diplomatic editor, Washington bureau chief, New York-based reporter, and defence and intelligence correspondent, as well as part of the Guardian team who won a Pulitzer Prize for our coverage of the Edward Snowden story.

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(22/09/2018 @ 04:00)

‘We will get regular body upgrades': what will humans look like in 100 years?

Mechanical exoskeletons, bionic limbs, uploadable brains: six experts' visions of 2118

Predicting the future is a fool's game at the best of times. Right now it's madness – so much is up in the air technologically, politically, economically, ecologically and spiritually, it seems as likely we'll be shivering in caves as enjoying our new bionic exoskeletons by 2118. For all the talk of humans living longer, life expectancy has flatlined in recent years. The near future doesn't look younger and fitter so much as older and fatter, as the median age in the developed world powers past 40 towards the middle of the century.

But of all the developments emerging now, it's technology focused on the human body that would appear to introduce the most chaos into the system. California biotech startups talk of making death “optional”. Facebook is working on telepathic interfaces. Bionic limbs will soon outperform human limbs. Crispr-Cas9 gene-editing technology theoretically allows us to fiddle around with genomes. We could look, think and feel in radically different ways.

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(22/09/2018 @ 07:00)

Build a wall across the Sahara? That's crazy – but someone still did it

Since Morocco invaded Western Sahara it has built a 1,700-mile desert barrier keeping Sahrawis out of the resource-rich west

Donald Trump was widely ridiculed earlier this week for suggesting that Spain emulate his $25bn dream for the US-Mexico border and “build a wall” across the Sahara desert.

Related: Donald Trump urged Spain to 'build the wall' – across the Sahara

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(22/09/2018 @ 03:00)

Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin – in pictures

Anthony Joshua beats Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds to retain his IBF, WBA Super, WBO & IBO heavyweight titles

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(22/09/2018 @ 18:39)

The displaced indigenous communities of Colombia - in pictures

Cocaine trafficking and the battle to control land in the country's Valle del Cauca department are forcing indigenous and Afro-Colombian people to flee their homes

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(22/09/2018 @ 11:11)

The 20 photographs of the week

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, London fashion week, Hurricane Florence in the US and Theresa May isolated in Salzburg – the week captured by the world's best photojournalists.

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(22/09/2018 @ 03:34)

A celebration of red architecture – in pictures

“A good painter needs only three colours: black, white, and red,” said the painter Titian. The same might be said of architects, according to a new book celebrating the use of red in buildings across the world. “Red is fundamental to the human condition,” says art historian Stella Paul, who wrote the book's introduction. “After all, it circulates through our bodies as blood, colouring our thoughts and desires, signalling our emotions, and sustaining vitality.” The book's locations, from imposing skyscrapers to the humble hut, reflect the colour's versatility.

Red: Architecture in Monochrome (Phaidon, £29.95) is published on 12 October

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(22/09/2018 @ 12:00)

Chas Hodges – a life in pictures

The musician, one half of ‘rockney' duo Chas and Dave, has died after a short illness

• Chas and Dave singer Chas Hodges dies aged 74

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(22/09/2018 @ 10:26)

Time magazine covers – in pictures

Meredith recently announced that it was selling Time magazine for $190m in cash to Marc Benioff, one of four co-founders of Salesforce, and his wife Lynne. Here's a look back at some of the magazine's most memorable covers

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