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Published: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:09:41 GMT2017-09-20T04:09:41Z

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Mexico earthquake: at least 149 dead after powerful quake – latest updates

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:57:02 GMT2017-09-20T03:57:02Z

Death toll is expected to rise after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes 120km from Mexico City, collapsing buildings and killing more than 149 people

At least 21 children and four adults have died at the Enrique Rebsámen elementary school, the public education undersecretary has confirmed.

Elevent children have been rescued, but Animal Politico said at least 28 were still missing.

Two children are pulled from the rubble by rescuers at Colegio Enrique Rebsamen, which partially collapsed after the earthquake in Mexico pic.twitter.com/SmNN9N16Mj

#LoÚltimo Se han encontrado 22 cuerpos y hay 30 niños desaparecidos en colegio Enrique Rébsamen: @EPN. https://t.co/LU5uITUG8f pic.twitter.com/ynLjJsgjcE

El Presidente @EPN recorrió la zona de derrumbe en la Escuela Enrique Rébsamen en la Ciudad de México. #FuerzaMéxico pic.twitter.com/NgBeGDyPDk

The death toll has been revised again, with 149 people confirmed to have been killed in the earthquake.

Head of the Mexican civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente, gave the update a short time ago.

#Corrección, al momento se reportan 149 fallecidos: 55 en #Morelos, 49 en #CDMX, #32 en #Puebla, 10 en #Edoméx y 3 en #Guerrero.

Hasta las 8:30 pm se han registrado 11 réplicas (la mayor de M 4.0) del sismo M 7.1 del día 19 de septiembre.

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Boris Johnson: I won't quit over Theresa May's Brexit speech

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:08:09 GMT2017-09-19T21:08:09Z

Exclusive: In wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, foreign secretary says story about him quitting is a ‘great snore-athon’

Boris Johnson has insisted he will not be resigning from the cabinet over Brexit but said he hoped the prime minister would avoid hitching the UK too closely to the European Union after its departure.

In an interview with the Guardian in New York, the man who last year fronted the Vote Leave campaign said it was about time people heard what he had to say on Brexit and played down reports that he might quit this weekend.

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Hurricane Maria: category 5 storm lashes Virgin Islands – live

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:06:11 GMT2017-09-20T04:06:11Z

Storm heads for US territories of St Croix and Puerto Rico, leaving island of Dominica devastated

The midnight advisory from the NHC notes that sustained winds of 75mph (120km/h), with gusts of up to 114mph (183km/h) have been recorded in the western part of St Croix, the largest and southernmost of the US Virgin Islands.

Maria is currently 20 miles (35km) south-south-west of St Croix.

The US National Hurricane Center has issued another update as midnight strikes along with Hurricane Maria in the Virgin Islands:

Sustained hurricane-force winds reported on St Croix.

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Donald Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea in UN speech

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:56:33 GMT2017-09-19T18:56:33Z

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, in a bellicose first address to the United Nations general assembly in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries and called on “righteous” countries to confront them.

Related: US and China agree to 'maximise pressure' on North Korea

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Millennials spend three times more of income on housing than grandparents

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:01:30 GMT2017-09-19T23:01:30Z

David Willetts warns of ‘housing catastrophe’ as he launches study that lays bare intergenerational inequality

Millennials are spending three times more of their income on housing than their grandparents yet are often living in worse accommodation, says a study launched by former Conservative minister David Willetts that warns of a “housing catastrophe”.

The generation currently aged 18-36 are typically spending over a third of their post-tax income on rent or about 12% on mortgages, compared with 5%-10% of income spent by their grandparents in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite spending more, young people today are more likely to live in overcrowded and smaller spaces, and face longer journeys to work – commuting for the equivalent of three days a year more than their parents.

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Relatives of Parsons Green tube attack suspect voice shock at his arrest

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:28:01 GMT2017-09-19T20:28:01Z

Man, 25, held in counter-terrorism raid in Wales, as family of suspect Yahyah Farroukh speak of their shock over his arrest

A third man has been arrested in connection with the last week’s attempted bombing of a London Underground train.

The 25-year-old was arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act at about 7pm at an address in Newport, south Wales.

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Three people held in Brazil on suspicion of British kayaker's murder

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:33:29 GMT2017-09-19T20:33:29Z

Police investigating disappearance of Emma Kelty, 43, say they have arrested two 17-year-olds and another man are looking for four others

Three people have been arrested over the murder of a British woman who went missing in Brazil while kayaking alone from the source of the Amazon to the Atlantic.

Emma Kelty, a 43-year-old primary school headteacher, was last heard from when she triggered a distress signal last Wednesday while in a notoriously dangerous area.

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May calls on internet firms to remove extremist content within two hours

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:52:54 GMT2017-09-19T23:52:54Z

Prime minister to meet Google, Facebook and Microsoft executives during UN summit as concerns grow about easy availability of terrorist content online

Theresa May is to urge internet companies to take down extremist content being shared by terrorist groups within two hours, during a summit with the French president and the Italian prime minister.

May is meeting senior executives from Google, Facebook and Microsoft on the sidelines of the UN in New York on Wednesday alongside her French and Italian counterparts, Emmanuel Macron and Paul Gentiloni.

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Prince William discusses 'massive question' of legalising drugs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:35:48 GMT2017-09-19T23:35:48Z

Duke of Cambridge chatted about topic with people during a visit to drug addiction charity the Spitalfields Crypt Trust in east London

The debate around the legalisation of drugs has been raging for decades with everyone from rock stars to the British Medical Journal wading in. Now a member of the royal family has joined the discussion.

But it was neither Prince Harry, famous for being a bit of a hellraiser, nor his notoriously outspoken father Prince Charles who brought the subject up but the normally reserved William who asked former addicts the “massive question” – should the ban on drugs be lifted?

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New Zealand jet fuel 'debacle' disrupts election campaign and chokes off exports

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:21:28 GMT2017-09-20T01:21:28Z

Broken fuel supply pipe results in 3,000 people a day being affected by cancelled flights as fuel rationing is expected to continue until next Thursday

New Zealand’s jet fuel crisis is worsening by the day with airlines restricting ticket sales, politicians limiting travel to essential flights only on some routes in the final days of the election campaign and all but the most critical exports halted.

Rationing is set to continue for another week after a digger on Thursday struck the sole jet fuel, diesel and petrol supply pipe to Auckland, the country’s biggest city and major transport hub for international visitors.

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Yoko Ono halts sale of John Lemon lemonade

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:07:08 GMT2017-09-19T19:07:08Z

Polish company agrees to change its name to On Lemon after legal letters saying drink infringed copyright

Yoko Ono Lennon has stepped in to rescue the name of her husband from fizzy pop reinvention, taking legal action to halt the sale of a lemonade called John Lemon.

The Polish company which sells the beverage, set up five years ago, has agreed to change its name to On Lemon after legal letters were sent by Ono Lennon’s lawyers to the parent company and its distributors across Europe.

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Public inquiry needed into UK's £200bn debt crisis, say senior MPs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:50:07 GMT2017-09-19T12:50:07Z

Select committee chairs join leading figures voicing concern over impact of debt on households already facing squeeze

The chairs of two powerful parliamentary committees have urged the government to set up an independent public inquiry into the £200bn of debt amassed by households.

The call by Rachel Reeves, the Labour chair of the business select committee, and Frank Field, the Labour head of the work and pensions select committee, comes as the Conservative-led Treasury select committee plans to hold meetings around the country to examine the impact of debt on individuals and households.

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51% of young women have to borrow to make cash last until payday

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:32:12 GMT2017-09-19T17:32:12Z

Survey finds a quarter of millennials are constantly in debt, thanks to low pay, zero-hours contracts and rising prices

More than half of young women have to borrow to make their cash last to the end of the month, highlighting the impact of stagnating wages, insecure work and rising prices on millennials.

A survey of 4,000 people aged 18-30 shows that 51% of young women and 45% of young men regularly use credit to stretch their finances until payday. The report also found that a quarter of young people in the UK are constantly in debt.

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There’s no crisis of free speech. Milo’s campus crusade is rank hypocrisy | David Shariatmadari

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:50:53 GMT2017-09-19T14:50:53Z

Yiannopoulos’s latest stunt is dressed up as the defence of a noble ideal. But the right is protecting its own moral codes, not freedom of expression

If you’re curious as to what a basket of deplorables looks like in real life, perhaps you should head over to Berkeley next week, where Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and friends will gather for a “festival of free expression” at the University of California campus. Maybe they’ll oblige by arriving in a hot air balloon, to render the metaphor entirely literal.

The fact is, they may not arrive at all: Yiannopoulos, who is helping stage the series of events, has made a point of selecting “everyone who has been prevented from speaking at Berkeley in the last 12 months”. But “prevented” should be taken with a pinch of salt. Anti-immigrant firebrand Coulter, for example, decided of her own accord to cancel an appearance in April after the authorities allocated her a time slot designed to minimise the likelihood of a disturbance. “It’s a sad day for free speech,” she lamented, apparently without irony. This time around, the university administration has complained that deadlines for booking venues have been missed and fees remain unpaid. Yiannopoulos calls it a “coordinated bureaucratic mission to silence conservative voices”. Is it possible that the organisers would like nothing more than for Berkeley to insist on reasonable measures to ensure order, before flouncing off and crying censorship? Surely not.

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Basquiat review – the hungry chronicler of broken America

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:26:15 GMT2017-09-19T16:26:15Z

Barbican Art Gallery, London
This dazzling retrospective reveals the savage sweep of Jean-Michel Basquiat, an artist whose blood-spattered mouths and grinning human skulls captured the tragic arc of American history

If the brilliantly promising artist whose paintings delight and dazzle the eye and mind in this retrospective were still alive, he’d be celebrating his 57th birthday come December. What kind of middle-aged artist might Jean-Michel Basquiat make? It’s hard to imagine him getting any older than 27, the age when drugs took his life. It is like trying to picture a Van Gogh who never shot himself, a Keats who recovered from tuberculosis and lived to be poet laureate.

The young face of Basquiat looms large in this exhibition, in giant photographs and videos. He sits with Andy Warhol, who has his arm around his protege, in a clip from Warhol’s TV show. They talk about New York clubs, but what if the picture were reversed? Instead of an old Warhol embracing a young Basquiat, I’d like to see old man Basquiat dispensing advice to the young. More to the point, I think it might be good advice.

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Chewing Gum's Susan Wokoma: 'The door shuts firmly on us a lot quicker'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:35:33 GMT2017-09-19T16:35:33Z

She was a demon hunter, stole scenes as Michaela Coel’s sister and is in a farce about Labour’s identity crisis. But Susan Wokoma is turning to her own family to write her next roles

‘You’re quite chatty, shut up, go use your energy somewhere else.” Susan Wokoma is explaining how she ended up as an actor by imagining how her teachers saw her. “I’m from quite an opinionated bunch of Nigerians. I’m the second youngest, and to make your space in that group of people is really hard. At school I had the space to be funny.” Her school suggested she use up her excess energy by joining theatre groups. It’s easy to see why. When we first meet, she makes the story of the “ugly jumper” she’s wearing, a cross between festive knitwear and something in a Swedish crime thriller, into a highly entertaining mini-saga.

Wokoma, 29, has had an astonishingly busy few years since graduating from drama school in 2010. As well as a stage career that took her to New York with the Donmar’s all-female Julius Caesar and Henry IV, she’s appeared on TV in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s pre-Fleabag comedy Crashing and was the lead in witty supernatural teen drama Crazyhead. She also played devout, Ludo-loving Cynthia in Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum, which took her to some eye-opening places: meticulously planning to lose her virginity to a stranger who then robs her house, for example, or using olive oil as a lubricant while preemptively breaking her own hymen.

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Boris Johnson is an insult to the nation. His plotting led to this horror show | Owen Jones

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:27:48 GMT2017-09-19T11:27:48Z

For the last two years, Britain has been held hostage by the Tories’ disastrous scheming. Now acrimony is erupting and Brexit looks ever more shambolic

A Stephen King film set to the Benny Hill theme tune: that’s Britain’s current political plight. It feels like a horror show without end yet it is simultaneously preposterous and absurd. For the last two years, Britain has been held hostage by the Tories’ disastrous scheming, plotting and manoeuvring: the EU referendum campaign, the chaotic aftermath, the snap general election. Boris Johnson – and goodness knows what we all did in a past life to deserve him – opportunistically backed Brexit as a career move. Despite his demonstrable buffoonery, he is astute enough to realise that Tory Brexit is spiralling into disaster. He risks going down in the history books as one of the principal architects of a national catastrophe. So now he plots and schemes, helping to plunge an already politically crippled Tory administration into further turmoil as Britain navigates through its postwar greatest crisis.

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Doctor Foster recap: series two, episode three – a carnival of hate-sex

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:00:28 GMT2017-09-19T21:00:28Z

This show is shocker piled upon shocker, with new battle lines drawn and a face-shoving, finger-biting ‘love’ scene that will long be talked about. Pure theatre

It’s all about Poor Tom this week as his snitty, self-regarding parents finally turn their attention to the broken mess they are making of their blameless son. But only briefly before drawing new battle lines that see him switching sides back to the woman who promises him unconditional loyalty, no matter what he’s done.

Simon’s pivot from selfishly wanting his family under one roof to casting Tom out into the night is jaw-dropping and a clear sign that his interest in his son was political and not at all heartfelt. What a bastard. Simon sinks lower every episode until the point where it’s just his head sticking out of the ground.

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Fluffy slippers and fancy Marigolds: how suburban style stole London fashion week

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:07:56 GMT2017-09-19T17:07:56Z

Royal Doulton china, kebab boxes and supermarket carrier bags are this season’s references on the London catwalks. What does this new down-to-earth vibe mean for our real-life wardrobes next spring?

A few snapshots from this London fashion week. Christopher Kane backstage after his show talking about the smell of bleach in his house that accompanies having a new French bulldog puppy, and the frills of the Royal Doulton figurines that his mum used to polish obsessively when he was growing up in Glasgow. Cindy Crawford’s model children, Kaia and Presley Gerber, catwalking at Burberry in check caps past a photography exhibit that included Martin Parr’s 1981 shot of Dubliners hunched under flimsy umbrellas as they battle rush-hour rain. (As an image of fashion in the rain, that shot is about as far from the romantic iconography of the raindrop-dappled, collar-popped Burberry trench as it is possible to imagine.) Plasticky bucket hats at Donatella Versace’s Versus show. The deadpan tones of Neil Tennant singing Pet Shop Boys’ West End Girls, a song that emerged as the unexpected theme tune for the season when it opened both the Burberry and Topshop shows. A skirt and a top made from rough linen tea towels at JW Anderson, frilly cushion-handbags at Mother of Pearl, a silver clutch bag moulded from the shape of a polystyrene kebab box at Anya Hindmarch. Designer Richard Malone cheerfully naming the bright colour palette of his dresses as a homage to supermarket carrier bags: Tesco blue, Co-op turquoise.

This is street style, but not as fashion usually knows it. This is not the peacocking Insta-bait that has become the default uniform of London fashion week, all thousand-pound tracksuits and limited-edition bumbags. This is street as in ground-level, not street in the sense of being the coolest kids on the block. Actual real life, not a performative version of it. And this is different. Because from its beginnings as a breath-of-fresh-air backlash against the stuffiness of the catwalk, the street-style arm of fashion has over the past few years calcified into a bloodless beauty contest driven by cold, hard cash. One survey released on the eve of fashion week estimated that micro-influencers – those with about 10,000 social media followers – can command a fee of £3,000 a post, with many of these posts clustered around the venues and hashtags of fashion week.

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Britain's 21st-century housing catastrophe bears an eerie resemblance to my childhood

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:52:33 GMT2017-09-19T15:52:33Z

In the 1920s, Harry Leslie Smith was shunted from one cold, dirty, overcrowded hovel to the next, fleeing by night when his father could no longer pay the rent. Nearly a century on, little has changed for many working-class families

On my many recent trips across Britain, I’ve seen on a few occasions families being put into the street by a bailiff, which is not surprising because in 2015 there were 15,000 such occurrences.

When it comes to housing, we have moved beyond crisis in 21st-century Britain and snuggled up to catastrophe. Low wages, along with curtailed government benefits, have made more than 82,000 tenants two months in arrears on their rent. It’s worse for universal-credit tenants: three in four of them are in serious arrears for their lodgings.

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Medieval porpoise 'grave' on Channel island puzzles archaeologists

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:08:40 GMT2017-09-19T14:08:40Z

Animal may have been placed in carefully cut hole to preserve its meat or have had some sort of religious significance

Archaeologists digging at an island religious retreat have unearthed the remains of a porpoise that, mystifyingly, appears to have been carefully buried in its own medieval grave.

The team believe the marine animal found on the island of Chapelle Dom Hue, off the west coast of Guernsey, was buried in the 14th century.

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Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp ‘really sick’ after Leicester punish poor defending

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:23:20 GMT2017-09-19T22:23:20Z

• Liverpool conceded both goals against Leicester after set-pieces
• ‘We have to defend these situations better,’ the manager said

Jürgen Klopp said he feels “really sick” with Liverpool’s defending after they conceded two poor goals, both on the back of set pieces, during a damaging defeat against Leicester City that ended their interest in the Carabao Cup and extended the club’s disappointing run of results.

Shinji Okazaki scored Leicester’s first after Liverpool could only half-clear a corner and Islam Slimani added the second following a throw-in, leaving Klopp lamenting familiar failings.

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Rio Ferdinand comes out fighting after move into boxing raises eyebrows

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:32:19 GMT2017-09-19T21:32:19Z

The former England footballer believes boxing can give him a new focus and has dismissed those who claim the move is a PR stunt

London’s York Hall is an East End institution where champions like Lennox Lewis and Audley Harrison honed their craft. The decor is charmingly worn, paint chipping and curtains fraying, but authenticity was somewhat lacking as Betfair moved in its branding on Tuesday.

Rio Ferdinand, flanked by the bookmaker’s communications head, Barry Orr, insisted his move into the fight game at the age of 38 was a genuine sporting endeavour. Orr said Ferdinand’s health was the company’s primary concern, not a significant boost in brand awareness from having its name attached to one of the country’s most recognisable sportsmen.

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Jonny Bairstow century guides England to routine ODI win over West Indies

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:33:28 GMT2017-09-19T19:33:28Z

• First ODI: West Indies 204-9; England 210-3
• Yorkshireman makes unbeaten 100 from 97 balls

Jonny Bairstow in his latest role as a one-day international opening batsman – and wizard boundary fielder – shepherded his side to the simplest of victories in the first match of the series. England cruised home by seven wickets on the nearest we are likely to come to a balmy Manchester evening at this time of year. Bairstow hit a fluent, unbeaten 100, his first ODI century, which means that it will take a while for the displaced Jason Roy to regain a place in England’s best team.

“It’s a long time since I made my debut at Cardiff [six years ago] so I’m really delighted,” said Bairstow, who must regard this as a landmark innings that is likely to forge a new career for him as an ODI player.

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England rout of Russia shows on-field unity but sparks criticism from Eni Aluko

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:19:17 GMT2017-09-19T20:19:17Z

• England Women 6-0 Russia Women
• Aluko says celebrations with manager Mark Sampson were ‘disrespectful’

England showed they will not be distracted from their goal of reaching France 2019 with an emphatic World Cup qualifying rout of Russia, but off-the-field distractions remain unavoidable for Mark Sampson. The beleaguered England manager received a timely display of unity from his players at Prenton Park, in performance and deed, yet their actions prompted fresh accusations of division.

Nikita Parris sent England on their way to a convincing victory and pointedly celebrated her goal by racing to the dugout to embrace the manager at the centre of allegations of bullying and racism. Every one of her team-mates joined in the throng. Sampson looked sheepish.

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British women’s bobsleigh team loses funding ahead of 2018 Winter Olympics

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:11:00 GMT2017-09-19T21:11:00Z

• Top female driver forced to plead for money on crowdfunding website
• Three men’s teams escape cuts imposed by British Bobsleigh

The crisis at British Bobsleigh has worsened with news that the women’s team is to be stripped of all funding five months before the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Already beset by allegations of bullying, racism and harassment, the sport’s governing body now faces being accused of sexism in the way it allocates its funding.

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Ian Botham calls for transfer system after Durham lose Paul Coughlin

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:58:30 GMT2017-09-19T16:58:30Z

• Former England captain questions ‘conflict of interests’ over Notts move
• Keaton Jennings could be the next to leave embattled north-east club

Sir Ian Botham, the chairman of Durham, has angrily questioned conflicts of interest within the England selection panel and called for the introduction of a transfer system in cricket after seeing Paul Coughlin, a talented all-rounder, opt to leave the embattled club for Nottinghamshire.

In a pointed statement issued on Tuesday announcing Coughlin’s decision to leave for a three-year deal at Trent Bridge, Botham expressed his frustration at losing a home-grown player and while not naming him directly, highlighting the fact that one of the draws of Nottinghamshire is that their director of cricket, Mick Newell, is also on the national selection panel.

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Tottenham thankful for Dele Alli winner to see off Barnsley at quiet Wembley

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:58:09 GMT2017-09-19T20:58:09Z

It was an unusual vibe, with the stadium containing 23,926 supporters, and Mauricio Pochettino having made it plain the Carabao Cup was a long way down his trophy wishlist. But Tottenham Hotspur will continue in the competition after Dele Alli found a way to break Barnsley’s resistance midway through the second half.

There is seemingly no way to keep the 21-year-old out of the limelight, whether for good or, sometimes, bad and he was on hand to shoot low past Adam Davies from close range for his third goal of the campaign.

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McConvilles given three-year bans after injecting horse at Cheltenham

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:48:03 GMT2017-09-19T18:48:03Z

• Father and son are found guilty of breaching doping rules
• Anseanachai Cliste given a compound with banned substances

A father and son who injected what they hoped would be performance-enhancing drugs into their runner before the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham on Gold Cup day in March were banned from racing for three years at a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary hearing in London.

Stephen McConville, the trainer of Anseanachai Cliste, and his son Michael, who was due to ride the 33-1 outsider at Cheltenham, injected the horse with Hemo 15, a compound containing the banned substance cobalt, and also adrenaline, about seven hours before Anseanachai Cliste was due to line up for the Foxhunter on 17 March. However, the gelding was scratched from the race on the orders of the stewards after bloodied syringes and empty medication bottles were found during a random search of their bag by BHA integrity officers.

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Lionel Messi hits four to lead rampant Barcelona’s hammering of Eibar

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:23:56 GMT2017-09-19T22:23:56Z

Lionel Messi turned on the style once again with four goals as Barcelona maintained their 100% start in La Liga with a crushing 6-1 win over Eibar at the Camp Nou. The Argentinian launched a devastating second-half display to sink the visitors, with further goals coming from Denis Suárez and Paulinho, while Sergi Enrich replied.

Ernesto Valverde made a number of changes, with Luis Suárez dropping to the bench and the new signing Ousmane Dembélé ruled out for four months with a hamstring injury. There were few signs of the performance to come as the hosts once again struggled in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind. Enrich raced clear on to a David Juncà through ball with just three minutes on the clock but fired a tame shot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Crystal Palace’s Bakary Sako kickstarts Roy Hodgson reign against Huddersfield

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:48:50 GMT2017-09-19T20:48:50Z

The League Cup is fast becoming Crystal Palace’s principal source of cheer. Roy Hodgson ended the night as the second manager within a few weeks to have secured the first win of his tenure at the club in this competition, courtesy of an anxious squeeze beyond Huddersfield Town, on an occasion when the locals revelled less in progress and more in the return of Pape Souaré. The hope is that Hodgson builds on this to enjoy a more productive and protracted spell in charge than the sacked Frank de Boer.

Souaré, recovered from the horrific car crash that had threatened his career, emerged for the second half here and made fine blocks to repel dangerous centres from Aaron Mooy and Scott Malone as the home side rather clung to the slender lead chiselled out back when they had been dominant. Not that Hodgson, Souaré or any of the first-team squad will care.

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France promises to prevent ‘death of rugby’ if awarded 2023 World Cup

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:00:28 GMT2017-09-19T21:00:28Z

• France bidding for 2023 tournament with Ireland and South Africa
• French bid leader: ‘I think rugby will die in five-10 years if we do nothing’

France has promised to prevent the “death of international rugby” if it is awarded the 2023 World Cup and has claimed a successful bid would help in attempts to stop its Top 14 clubs luring southern hemisphere players to Europe.

France, whose bid includes a guarantee to World Rugby of nearly £500m, is vying with Ireland and South Africa to host the 2023 tournament and each will make presentations to the voting unions next Monday before a final decision is revealed on 15 November.

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Antonio Conte rings changes at Chelsea with Ethan Ampadu set for Carabao Cup

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:30:28 GMT2017-09-19T21:30:28Z

• Teenager from Exeter City called up to face Nottingham Forest
• Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck sidelined for at least a month

Antonio Conte has promoted Ethan Ampadu, the teenager signed from Exeter City over the summer, to his senior squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round tie against Nottingham Forest, with Chelsea set to make a host of changes for the game at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League champions are expected to field an all-Belgian front line of Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda, a 20-year-old forward whose previous involvement has been limited to cameos from the bench in the Community Shield and in the opening-day loss against Burnley. Dujon Sterling, a two-times FA Youth Cup winner, may also be in the squad, with Ampadu likely to start among the substitutes.

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Attention (some) Manchester United fans: all racial stereotyping is racist | Marina Hyde

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:05:59 GMT2017-09-19T12:05:59Z

The song about Romelu Lukaku’s penis is not just ‘banter’ because the trouble with supposedly positive stereotypes is that they tend to be accompanied in the minds of those who hold them by distinctly less complimentary ones

Why is it racist to say Jews are careful with their money? Why is it racist to say Asians are good at maths? Why is it racist to say black men have 24-inch penises? Guys, these are compliments! Your lot are never satisfied, are they?

And so to some Manchester United fans’ chants about their striker Romelu Lukaku, which a totally encouraging number of people simply cannot see are racist. To be super-clear (and apologies to those who realised this in 1964 or whenever): any assumption about someone made solely on the basis of that person’s race is racist. It may also be banter – but it is racist banter. And if anyone’s still struggling with the logical underpinnings of that incredibly simple rule of thumb, we’ll be diving deeper into why in a minute.

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Danny Cipriani’s hopes of England recall ended by knee ligament tear

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:07:00 GMT2017-09-19T21:07:00Z

• Cipriani out for eight to 12 weeks with injury suffered against Harlequins
• Wasps No10 at best fifth in Eddie Jones’s fly-half pecking order

 Danny Cipriani may be out of action until December after sustaining a medial knee ligament tear in Wasps’ Premiership defeat by Harlequins. He is not expected to resume playing for between eight and 12 weeks, ending the fly-half’s already remote hopes of a recall to England’s preliminary autumn training squad.

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Game changers: Rio Ferdinand and the stars who swapped sports

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:38:00 GMT2017-09-19T16:38:00Z

The ex-Manchester United defender has taken up boxing – following in the footsteps of such sports multi-taskers as Victoria Pendleton, Ian Botham and Michael Jordan

When former footballer Paolo Maldini bowed out of his nascent tennis career after a solitary chastening afternoon on clay, he summed up the difficulties with the elegance of a man more used to taking effortless command of the defences of Italy and AC Milan.

“It was like writing a poem after studying years of maths,” Maldini said after suffering a 6-1, 6-1 doubles defeat at the Aspria Tennis Cup in June.

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PGA Tour threatens to remove Tiger Woods’s tournament from schedule

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:17:56 GMT2017-09-19T18:17:56Z

• Quicken Loans has seemingly dropped out and venue will change
• Woods’s agent: ‘We have leads and are talking to sponsors daily’

The PGA Tour has threatened to remove the tournament hosted by Tiger Woods from its schedule after the loss of a title sponsor. Quicken Loans has failed to extend its four-year association with the June event, of which Woods’s charity is a beneficiary, with the PGA Tour duly cutting ties with Congressional in Washington DC, where it was to be held in 2018.

The Tour released a 49-tournament schedule for the 2017-18 season on Tuesday. Included in it is “The National” from 25 June, with venue yet to be decided. Speaking at East Lake, where the FedEx Cup will conclude on Sunday, the PGA Tour’s commissioner, Jay Monahan, admitted necessary glances towards a plan B.

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Two years to Japan’s World Cup and rugby union is in a state of confusion | Robert Kitson

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:09:15 GMT2017-09-19T11:09:15Z

Empty stadiums, threats to the 15-a-side game and the decline of the Springboks and Wallabies means that the possibility of only two teams being genuinely in contention come Japan 2019 is very real

Exactly two years from Wednesday, the Rugby World Cup will kick off in Japan, and World Rugby is starting to twitch, judging by its public warnings to local organisers about the sluggish pace of preparations. Get your pagoda in order now has been the theme before this week’s two-years-to-go extravaganza at Shibuya 19 in central Tokyo.

Normally this would be a high-profile story but, right now, there seem to be more serious concerns, not least that Japan is at the heart of global geopolitical tension with North Korea given a second missile test fired over the 2019 host country in the past week. Rugby, meanwhile, has its own worrisome long-term problems to fret about. Those South Africans still shaking their heads at last Saturday’s 57-0 thrashing by the All Blacks are not alone: the scoreline sent a shiver down every traditional rugby spine, from Bloemfontein to Buenos Aires. The Springboks were supposed to be improving, the men in black still rebuilding. What if this yawning gap widens further between now and 2019? Only the most sand‑obsessed ostrich could ignore the possible ramifications.

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The west wanted Aung San Suu Kyi to be a saint. It’s no surprise she is not | Alan Davis

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:52:28 GMT2017-09-19T16:52:28Z

The adulation heaped on the Nobel laureate recalled the treatment of Mother Teresa. But her failure to act on the Rohingya crisis has destroyed the myth

Aung San Suu Kyi’s PR account might as well have been managed by Bell Pottinger in recent weeks. Pro-democracy icons and Nobel peace prizewinners are not supposed to have hearts of stone and turn out to be, well, racist. They certainly aren’t supposed to be de facto leaders of countries charged with ethnic cleansing.

Speaking for the first time on the targeting and displacement of the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority on Tuesday, Aung San Suu Kyi told Myanmar’s parliament that “There have been allegations and counter-allegations … We have to make sure those allegations are based on solid evidence before we take action.” It was an attempt at catch-up – and yet it is likely that the move to speak came as a result of a huge flurry of diplomatic activity and pressure from international donors rather than from personal inclination. Her behaviour was the same in January, when she was silent for days after the assassination of Ko Ni, her own party’s top lawyer and constitutional adviser, who just happened to be a Muslim.

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The real marker of adulthood is admitting you need sleep

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:45:49 GMT2017-09-19T17:45:49Z

A new report claims a good night’s rest is the route to happiness. And after years maintaining that going to bed was boring, I’ve finally succumbed to this modern obsession

News this morning to file under the genre marked, “No shit, Sherlock!”: money doesn’t bring you happiness, but good sleep does! I mean, having enough of the first will go a good way to making sure you don’t lose much of the second, but hold that thought: a decent night’s sleep, says a study by Oxford Economics, “outweighs sex, chatting, going for a walk, eating with family” when it comes to measuring personal wellbeing. Gloss over the “science”, commissioned as it was by Sainsbury’s, and there’s a nagging truth that I have only recently, reluctantly, come to accept: the sleep-industrial complex is real. The more you get, the more you crave, the more you become susceptible to the machinations of Big Sleep. Talk of sleep apps, sleep routines and clean sleeping become normalised; you’ll read press releases from duvet companies claiming “our love of bed and sleep has seen bedtime move from functional must-have to a complete lifestyle trend” without flinching.

If you had asked me three months ago, I would have ranked “fun, all categories of” several priorities higher than lying in bed comatose for a third of the week. But unlike the gains you expect to make in getting older – primarily, in weight and wisdom – no one really tells you that your accumulated lack of sleep will creep up on you with a sudden blow. One minute, you’re careening around town until the very early hours, still operating as a human and holding down a job, a life and a deep affinity with 3am research projects. The next, years of being peppy and annoying take their revenge and a single birthday later, an internal switch flicks so you emerge slug-like, incapable of adapting to this debilitating need for five, six – eight! – hours of uninterrupted shut-eye.

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Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel | George Monbiot

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:12:46 GMT2017-09-19T19:12:46Z

Ignore her reputation for supporting green initiatives. The German chancellor’s record on environmental policy has been a disaster

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame: Angela Merkel.

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The Guardian view on Trump at the UN: bluster and belligerence | Editorial

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:02:25 GMT2017-09-19T18:02:25Z

The US president is wrong to think that nations acting in their own self-interest would on their own create a more stable world. Countries need to work together under rules to which they agree to adhere

Whatever its difficulties, the United Nations must surely be cherished. Founded in 1945 under US leadership after the defeat of Nazism and imperial Japan, the UN remains the central pillar of the global order. At its core has stood the ambition that peace, international security and human rights would be better protected than they were by the 1930s League of Nations (whose founding treaty the US Senate refused to ratify). The UN is the only existing forum where the representatives of all nation states can be brought together to try to address crises and common challenges.

Donald Trump’s first address to the organisation’s annual general assembly was anticipated with dread by many – and rightly so. This US president is after all the first in history to have made heaping scorn on the UN something of a pastime. His views on the subject have ranged from crude hostility to abject ignorance. The speech he delivered was scripted – not the ramblings of a maverick whose taste for rash tweets and cheap provocations have become an almost daily routine. It was deeply worrying all the same. Unlike his eloquent predecessor, President Trump trades in crass belligerence. His speech will be remembered for its ominous language.

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Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong | Guy Hewitt

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:07:38 GMT2017-09-19T19:07:38Z

Hurricane Maria has wrought terrible destruction in the Caribbean, yet OECD guidelines say that the islands are ineligible for assistance
Hurricane Maria – live updates

In a manner reminiscent of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams, dark clouds of despair and destruction hover yet again over the Caribbean with the passage of Hurricane Maria.

The most recent version of our recurring ecological nightmare included Hurricane Harvey followed by Hurricane Irma, the latter setting a new record of three consecutive days as a category 5 storm with maximum wind speeds of 185mph, and leaving a trail of devastation British foreign secretary Boris Johnson described as “absolutely hellish”.

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The Guardian view on the Lib Dem conference: keeping calm and carrying on | Editorial

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:59:04 GMT2017-09-19T17:59:04Z

Vince Cable’s party is positioning itself for a change in the political weather

For a party so badly scorched by its experience of power, and with only a fifth of the seats it held three years ago, the Liberal Democrats had some cause for optimism as they gathered in Bournemouth this week. In Vince Cable they have a new yet experienced and well-respected leader. The vote for Brexit gave them a renewed sense of purpose and encouraged a surge in members, taking their numbers to over 100,000. Despite their poor showing in this year’s general election, they boast a markedly stronger parliamentary team, including Sir Vince, his deputy Jo Swinson and newcomer Layla Moran.

The leader highlighted their two opportunities in his speech on Tuesday. Labour’s divisions over the EU created the Liberal Democrats’ opportunity with remainers; but the more recent evolution of its policy gives them hope that a hard Brexit can be avoided if “political adults” work together. Though Sir Vince has pledged that his party will not be “Ukip in reverse”, he hopes its pro-European stance will place it on the right side of history, as opposition to the Iraq war did.

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If Vince Cable is the Lib Dems' saviour, they don't seem entirely convinced | John Crace

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:46:15 GMT2017-09-19T16:46:15Z

The leader won polite applause – no more – for a conference speech to a far-from-packed hall

Four days at a Liberal Democrat conference can feel like three days too many. There aren’t many heavyweights to go round and by the time the conference reaches its final day, most of them have already said most of what they came to say several times over at different events. Stay for long enough and you can feel as if you are in an echo chamber, and not just because there aren’t that many people in the audience.

Come the buildup to the leader’s closing speech, even the most committed Lib Dems were beginning to look a bit vacant. Sarah Olney was given a special consolation prize for losing her seat to Zac Goldsmith in the general election, while Layla Moran, who unseated the Tory Nicola Blackwood, was dragged on stage during the annual whip-round – hear the sound of one coin clapping – to share her love of Disney theme parks with a Lib Dem strategist called Sean.

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Trump calls Kim the aggressor – while trying to take down the Iran nuclear deal | Peter Westmacott

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:53:51 GMT2017-09-19T17:53:51Z

The 2015 deal is a much-needed force for good. It’s vital that Britain and other nations convince the US hawks to retain it

In his speech to the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday, Donald Trump put “rocket man”, as he likes to call North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on notice that America stands ready to destroy Kim and his country if forced to defend itself or its allies.

Neither Trump nor any other rational being wants nuclear conflict in east Asia. But his remarks were a further sign of how dangerous the crisis caused by Kim’s provocative behaviour has become. Diplomats are going to have their work cut out.

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If Amber Rudd can’t explain why she defied the courts, she should go | Charles Falconer

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:47:12 GMT2017-09-19T13:47:12Z

The Home Office ignored judges on three occasions to deport asylum seeker Samim Bigzad. It’s hard to overstate the significance of this

Amber Rudd confused herself with a 16th-century monarch last week, seemingly believing she has a divine right to rule, irrespective of the law. Three times the courts told her to return Samim Bigzad, a 23-year-old asylum seeker who was cowering in a hotel room in Kabul, threatened with beheading by the Taliban. Three times she refused, thinking she knew best and the courts had got it wrong. It displayed a disdainful arrogance for the courts and the law. Unless she has an explanation, she has to go as home secretary. And the person who has a duty to see that the home secretary operates within the rule of law is the lord chancellor, David Lidington. This is as much a test of him as it is of her.

The story of Samim Bigzad is chilling. He came to the UK from Afghanistan in 2015. His father was already here, and suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Samim initially entered illegally, but then claimed asylum. He had worked on US construction projects in Kabul, hence the Taliban threat.

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Angelina Jolie has found a powerful voice as a director. It’s time we listened | Bidisha

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:06:02 GMT2017-09-19T16:06:02Z

Jolie’s latest film, set in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, continues her unflinching portrayal of male violence against women and children

Just how many powerful, impressive films does a woman need to make before she’s taken seriously? In Angelina Jolie’s case the answer is four, over a timespan of six years. Her most recent, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, has just been announced as Cambodia’s official entry for the foreign language category at the Oscars, following a successful premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Based on Loung Ung’s memoir, it stars Srey Moch as the young protagonist trying to survive the genocidal violence, forced child conscription and labour camps of the Khmer Rouge’s terrorisation of civilians in Cambodia in the 1970s.

Related: First They Killed My Father review – Angelina Jolie's triumph spotlights casualties of war

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Social media trolls may be vile – but they shouldn’t be barred from voting | Abi Wilkinson

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:12:00 GMT2017-09-19T12:12:00Z

The Electoral Commission’s suggestion that online abusers should lose their vote undermines not just the principle of universal suffrage, but democracy itself

The British government’s claim to legitimacy rests entirely on the existence of universal suffrage. Theoretically, at least, we accept the state’s power to fine, imprison and otherwise penalise us not only because it happens to be the best at wielding power, but because all adult citizens have some input into the laws we are governed by. That’s pretty much the central principle of representative democracy.

Voting rights are not a special privilege. They are not something the state should be able to take away as a form of petty discipline, like a parent deciding an obstinate child should go to bed without dessert. So it’s worrying to see the Electoral Commission recommend that “social media trolls” be punished in this manner, treating a core civil right as something that can be blithely withdrawn.

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Theresa May will get no sympathy for Brexit in Italy | Natalie Nougayrède

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:34:40 GMT2017-09-19T09:34:40Z

As her Europe speech nears, Florence is baffled as to why it is the stage for an internal British dispute gone awry. And a highly tedious one at that

Theresa May’s trip to Florence this Friday will make for some nice images, but the beauty of Tuscany will hardly be enough to soothe her Brexit woes. The British prime minister will need more than a Baedeker to find a way of convincing Europeans that Britain is leaving the EU but not Europe, and that it is realistic about the process.

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The Tories are in chaos, so Labour must stand ready | Polly Toynbee

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:09 GMT2017-09-19T05:00:09Z

Jeremy Corbyn’s party has the chance to lighten the Brexit darkness with a New Deal. He must seize it

Ten years ago Northern Rock collapsed, and anxious savers were queueing outside the bank, a sight unseen in anyone’s lifetime. “It’s awful. Why did no one see it coming?” the Queen asked academics at LSE as the world economy tumbled.

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Why were HBOS auditors cleared? We need a full explanation | Nils Pratley

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:56:47 GMT2017-09-19T17:56:47Z

Financial watchdog the FRC has closed its investigation into accountancy firm KPMG – we need a full report on the case

In its annual report and accounts for the year ending 31 December 2007, HBOS reported a profit before tax of £5.5bn. Those accounts were issued in February 2008. Eight months later, the bank was bust. HBOS was the second biggest failure in the British banking history. When the accounts for 2008 were published they showed a thumping loss of £11bn, including an impairment charge of £12bn.

As the official report into the collapse noted dryly: “The deterioration in the quality of HBOS’s loan book, and the speed with which it all happened, are a notable part of the HBOS story.” It was therefore not surprising that parliament – like everybody else – wanted a good explanation of what the auditors, KPMG, were thinking when they deemed HBOS to be a going concern in February 2008. It was a question for the Financial Reporting Council.

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Why central banks are not hitting their 2% inflation target | Nouriel Roubini

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:30:05 GMT2017-09-19T13:30:05Z

Growth and inflation are out of sync in most developed nations, causing bubbles and crises

Since the summer of 2016, the global economy has been in a period of moderate expansion, with the growth rate accelerating gradually. What has not picked up, at least in the advanced economies, is inflation. The question is why.

In the United States, Europe, Japan, and other developed economies, the recent growth acceleration has been driven by an increase in aggregate demand, a result of continued expansionary monetary and fiscal policies, as well as higher business and consumer confidence. That confidence has been driven by a decline in financial and economic risk, together with the containment of geopolitical risks, which, as a result, have so far had little impact on economies and markets.

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UK debt is explosive – and it only needs a spark to light the fuse | Larry Elliott

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:26:02 GMT2017-09-18T17:26:02Z

The Bank of England is right to warn over consumer borrowing – even if the central bank itself has been partly responsible

Britain’s debt timebomb is primed and ready to go off at any time. From never-never spending on credit cards to car loans, from overdrafts to payday loans, there is enough high explosive to devastate the economy for a second time in decade. All that is required is for the fuse to be lit.

The Bank of England is aware of the risks and has been issuing ever-more explicit warnings about debt as the summer has worn on. One of Threadneedle Street’s senior officials told lenders in July that they were dicing with a spiral of complacency by encouraging people to borrow money they might not be able to pay back.

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The F-word: feminism must be reclaimed by today’s teens – they’re our future

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:50:37 GMT2017-09-19T10:50:37Z

With feminism a dirty word for some, the suffragettes’ struggle to secure rights we take for granted is not only inspiring history – it’s a guide for other fights

When I was a teenager, I knew little about the suffragettes. I’d heard of Emmeline Pankhurst, and had a vague idea of women in silly hats hitting things with toffee hammers and going on hunger strikes, but that was about it. So when I started researching early feminism for a novel I was writing, I was astonished. The suffragettes were bloody amazing. They flew in dirigibles and got themselves posted to Downing Street. They wrote suffrage speeches, newspapers, novels and plays. They organised a woman’s peace congress in 1915, with representatives from all warring nations, and met world leaders including Woodrow Wilson to try to negotiate peace. The British government was so worried about their activity that it cancelled all North Sea shipping until the congress was over. Did you know about that? I didn’t.

It may be the case that today’s teenagers don’t know about it either: two years ago, the government announced that it was axing feminism from the politics A-level. While it reversed the decision a few months later after a public outcry, it is a worrying sign of how little women’s history is valued today.

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Labour NEC paves way for potential leftwing leadership candidates

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:15:22 GMT2017-09-19T18:15:22Z

Ruling national executive committee accepts deal to reduce selection threshold from 15% of MPs and MEPS to 10%

Jeremy Corbyn has secured a significant victory after Labour’s ruling body agreed to proposed changes that will make it easier for a leftwing candidate to run for the party leadership.

The national executive committee accepted a compromise deal on the so-called McDonnell amendment, named after the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, who is in favour of reducing the number of MPs needed to nominate a leadership candidate.

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Women who had relationships with police spies criticise inquiry

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:23:28 GMT2017-09-19T18:23:28Z

Women deceived by undercover officers request urgent meeting with home secretary over fears public inquiry lacks openness

Women who were deceived into sexual relationships with undercover police officers have called for an urgent meeting with the home secretary over fears the official public inquiry lacks openness and fails to recognise claims of institutional sexism within the Metropolitan police.

In an open letter to Amber Rudd, 13 women who had relationships with men they did not know were undercover officers criticise delays and raise concerns over the suitability of the new chair of the undercover policing inquiry, Sir John Mitting QC.

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One in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14, study reveals

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:01:30 GMT2017-09-19T23:01:30Z

Data from government-funded research prompts fresh questions about effect of social media and school stresses on young people’s mental health

One in four girls is clinically depressed by the time they turn 14, according to research that has sparked new fears that Britain’s teenagers are suffering from an epidemic of poor mental health.

A government-funded study has found that 24% of 14-year-old girls and 9% of boys the same age have depression. Their symptoms include feeling miserable, tired and lonely and hating themselves.

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Poorest London children face health risks from toxic air, poverty and obesity

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:45:24 GMT2017-09-19T15:45:24Z

Schools in capital worst affected by air pollution are in most socially deprived areas with high levels of obesity, finds study

Tens of thousands of the poorest children in London are facing a cocktail of health risks including air pollution, obesity and poverty that will leave them with lifelong health problems, according to a new report.

The study found that schools in the capital worst affected by the UK’s air pollution crisis were also disproportionately poor, with high levels of obesity.

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Lib Dems will not succeed as reverse Ukip, says Vince Cable

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:07:45 GMT2017-09-19T14:07:45Z

Leader signals break with Farron years in conference speech, and says party must not be consumed by Brexit

Sir Vince Cable has said the Liberal Democrats will not succeed as a one-issue “reverse Ukip” party, pledging that they will develop radical proposals for economic reforms including taxes on second homes and changes to tuition fees.

The new Lib Dem leader attempted to put clear water between his leadership and the two years under his predecessor Tim Farron, declaring he wanted to re-establish the Lib Dems as a serious party of government, in his closing address to their autumn conference.

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Tom Watson urges newspapers to boost number of female political journalists

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:16:42 GMT2017-09-19T18:16:42Z

Just 25% of front-page stories in dailies in June and July were written by women, damning report shows

The Labour deputy leader has called on British newspapers to ensure that half of their political journalists are women by the end of the parliament, as more evidence emerged that the industry is dominated by men.

Tom Watson said the lack of women in journalism is woeful and “should set alarm bells ringing for readers as well as reporters and editors across the country”, after the industry body Women in Journalism published a highly critical report.

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Music's 'million sellers club' updated to include streaming

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:02:26 GMT2017-09-19T19:02:26Z

Charts arbiter brings together streaming and physical sales to see how today’s artists compare with pre-digital stars

The “million sellers club”, the elite ranks of musicians who have sold more than a million copies of their singles, has been given a modernising shake-up by incorporating streaming for the first time.

The Official Charts Company (OCC) has brought together streaming and traditional sales in Britain for the first time to reveal which records have been the most popular, ensuring the likes of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran are now rated alongside Elton John and Queen.

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Scottish and Welsh leaders seek to ward off Westminster 'hijack' of powers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:02:15 GMT2017-09-19T18:02:15Z

Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones table 38 amendments to EU withdrawal bill to avert what they see as a post-Brexit power-grab

The Scottish and Welsh first ministers have attempted to increase the pressure on the UK government over Brexit by jointly publishing a series of amendments to the EU withdrawal bill.

Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones are working together to try to fight off what they see as a bid by Westminster to grab powers that will be returning following Brexit.

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Ryanair offers pilots £12,000 bonus to tackle cancelled flights fiasco

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:33:20 GMT2017-09-19T17:33:20Z

Internal memo offers tax-free bonus to staff not to take time off after ‘rota mess-up’ led to hundreds of cancelled flights

Ryanair has offered pilots a one-off bonus of up to £12,000 to forfeit holidays, according to a memo seen by the Guardian, as it battles to prevent further flight cancellations caused by a “mess-up” in its rota system.

The Irish airline’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, apologised this week after saying that up to 50 flights a day would be cancelled until 31 October, affecting about 400,000 passengers.

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Hull firefighters return to scene of acid leak at King George dock

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:22:27 GMT2017-09-19T17:22:27Z

Vapour cloud formed after leak meant emergency services had to return to east of city, but health risk said to be minimal

Emergency crews have attended a large-scale acid leak in Hull, which caused a vapour cloud to form over a dock in the east of the city.

The fire service had initially warned nearby residents to close their doors and windows as a precautionary measure after a tank containing 580 tonnes of hydrochloric acid sprang a leak at the King George dock late on Monday.

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Classic film posters used as carpet underlay sold for £72,000

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:52:29 GMT2017-09-19T14:52:29Z

Cache of posters from 30s and 40s, including one for John Ford’s Stagecoach, were kept under carpet of Penarth house for three decades

A stash of beautiful cinema posters dating from the 1930s and 40s that were used as a makeshift carpet underlay have sold at auction for £72,000.

Two builders found the posters, for films starring Hollywood greats such as Laurence Olivier, Boris Karloff, Vivien Leigh and John Wayne, when they renovated the house of a relative of a Cardiff cinema owner.

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Can we turn the Whitechapel fatberg into biodiesel?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:31:51 GMT2017-09-19T15:31:51Z

The human-waste bomb recently found clogging up a London sewer has an unlikely admirer – a Scottish renewable energy company

For a 130-tonne mass of grease, bound as hard as concrete by thousands of tampons, wipes and used tissues, the Whitechapel fatberg is in surprisingly high demand.

Last week, the Museum of London announced it wants to display a chunk of the human-waste bomb, recently unearthed in east London, as a way “to raise questions about how we live today”. Now, a Scottish biodiesel company is taking a piece to turn into fuel.

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Cadbury staff get sweet relief from inflation with new pay deal

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:03:18 GMT2017-09-19T17:03:18Z

Workers at three sites win inflation-linked pay deal for the next two years, and also get an increase in maternity pay

Workers at three Cadbury plants have won an inflation-linked pay deal for the next two years, bringing employees relief from the squeeze on British households amid the rising cost of living.

About 1,300 staff at sites in Bournville in the West Midlands – the historical home of the chocolate maker – Chirk, near Wrexham in Wales, and Marlbrook in Herefordshire, voted in favour of the pay deal, according to the Unite union. It said the two-year deal was designed to counter rising inflation, and also includes an increase in maternity pay.

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Lack of compensation for child sexual abuse victims 'unacceptable'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:29:05 GMT2017-09-19T16:29:05Z

Children’s commissioner for England calls for rewrite of rules that withhold payments from children who ‘consented’ to abuse

The children’s commissioner for England has condemned draft government rules that mean children as young as 12 could miss out on compensation because they “consented” to their own sexual abuse.

Anne Longfield called for the justice secretary, David Lidington, to rewrite the “deeply shocking” child sexual abuse guidelines drawn up by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

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Grenfell Tower: police may consider individual manslaughter charges

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:26:14 GMT2017-09-19T15:26:14Z

Scotland Yard also says death toll from fire may fall slightly from current estimate of about 80

The criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster may consider individual as well as corporate manslaughter charges, Scotland Yard has said.

The news came as the latest victim of the disaster was named as eight-year-old Mehdi el-Wahabi – one of a family of five all believed to have died in the fire.

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Liverpool council chief suspended on full pay after arrest

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:44:14 GMT2017-09-19T11:44:14Z

Police are investigating alleged financial irregularities at Lancashire county council when Ged Fitzgerald was in charge

The chief executive of Liverpool city council has been suspended on full pay five months after he was arrested as part of a fraud investigation.

Ged Fitzgerald was arrested in May by police investigating alleged financial irregularities at Lancashire county council when he was in charge there.

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Robots 'could take 4m UK private sector jobs within 10 years'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:34:36 GMT2017-09-19T10:34:36Z

Royal Society of Arts survey suggests technology could phase out mundane roles, raise productivity and bolster wages

Four million jobs in the British private sector could be replaced by robots in the next decade, according to business leaders asked about the future of automation and artificial intelligence.

The potential impact amounts to 15% of the current workforce in the sector and emerged in a poll conducted by YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts, whose chief executive, Matthew Taylor, has been advising Downing Street on the future of modern work.

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Man detained in mental health unit for carrying knife outside parliament

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:05:38 GMT2017-09-19T13:05:38Z

Judge sentences Eniola Mustafa Aminu, 27, who was found with kitchen knife and struggled with police, to detention

A man found with a knife outside the Houses of Parliament has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Eniola Mustafa Aminu, 27, was arrested outside the Carriage Gates entrance, yards from where PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death in a terrorist attack in March.

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Labour set to ease path for leftwing Corbyn successor

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:28:22 GMT2017-09-19T07:28:22Z

Party’s national executive committee plans to reduce number of MPs and MEPs needed to nominate candidate

Labour’s national executive committee is poised to agree to a rule change that will make it easier for another leftwing candidate to run for the party leadership after Jeremy Corbyn.

Sources said the party’s ruling body was ready to accept a compromise deal on the so-called McDonnell amendment, named after the shadow chancellor, who is in favour of reducing the number of MPs needed to nominate a leadership candidate.

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Bare mountain: man who climbed peak in underwear gets hypothermia

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:27:35 GMT2017-09-18T22:27:35Z

Nathan French, 19, tackled Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales – wearing nothing but Superman briefs

People planning to climb Snowdon are being urged to dress appropriately after a teenager developed hypothermia after hiking up the mountain in just his underwear.

An ambulance crew were called after 19-year-old Nathan French from Halewood in Merseyside completed the 1,085-metre climb of the highest mountain in Wales but became unwell at the summit.

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Too few antibiotics in pipeline to tackle global drug-resistance crisis, WHO warns

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:00:29 GMT2017-09-19T22:00:29Z

Nowhere near enough new drugs are currently in development says report, which calls for urgent investment and responsible use of existing antibiotics

Too few antibiotics are in the pipeline to tackle the global crisis of drug resistance, which is responsible for the rise of almost untreatable infections around the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warns.

Among the alarming diseases that are increasing and spreading is multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), which requires treatment lasting between nine and 20 months. There are 250,000 deaths a year from drug-resistant TB and only 52% of patients globally are successfully treated. But only two new antibiotics for the disease have reached the market in 70 years.

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Aung San Suu Kyi award suspended by UK union over Myanmar crisis

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:42:54 GMT2017-09-19T18:42:54Z

Unison one of a number of institutions in Britain to withdraw honours in response to humanitarian crisis

One of Britain’s largest trade unions has suspended an award given to Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner, as international criticism mounts over her tepid response to Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis.

The move comes as a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honours bestowed on Aung San Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar’s oppressive military junta.

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Avril Lavigne most 'dangerous' celebrity to search for online

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:02:53 GMT2017-09-19T15:02:53Z

A cybersecurity company has released its annual survey of online celebrity searches associated with malware, with the Canadian singer topping the list

Cybersecurity firm McAfee has released its annual report on the most dangerous celebrities to search for online, with singer Avril Lavigne topping the list.

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Azerbaijan Laundromat: Merkel ally 'received cash from regime'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:33:57 GMT2017-09-19T13:33:57Z

Allegations against Karin Strenz drag scandal over payments to European politicians into German election campaign

Revelations over payments by Azerbaijan to European politicians have seeped into the German election as it emerged that a close ally of Angela Merkel allegedly received money from the authoritarian regime.

The revelations are embarrassing for the German chancellor who on Tuesday was due to campaign with Karin Strenz, a Christian Democrat member of parliament, in the Baltic port city of Wismar.

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Brazilian judge approves 'gay conversion therapy', sparking national outrage

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:33:46 GMT2017-09-19T16:33:46Z

The ruling overturns a national psychology council decision in 1999 forbidding psychologists from offering treatments claiming to ‘cure’ gay people

A Brazilian judge has approved gay “conversion therapy” in a ruling which prompted widespread outrage and raised fears of a conservative backlash.

Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital of Brasília, overruled a 1999 decision by the Federal Council of Psychology that forbade psychologists from offering widely discredited treatments which claims to “cure” gay people.

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HPV screening better at detecting cervical cancer than pap smear, trial shows

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:42:02 GMT2017-09-19T23:42:02Z

Results come less than three months before five-yearly HPV test replaces the two-yearly pap test in Australia

Australia’s new national cervical cancer screening program has received a boost, with a large clinical trial showing screening for the human papillomavirus is significantly better at detecting potential precancerous cells than the traditional pap smear.

“We found that the HPV test was substantially more effective at picking up high-grade abnormalities compared to the pap test,” said Prof Karen Canfell, director of research at Cancer Council New South Wales.

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Turkish president: Trump apologized for indictment of security staff in brawl

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:25:35 GMT2017-09-20T00:25:35Z

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says Trump called him about US legal action targeting 19 people involved in clash with peaceful protesters in Washington this year

After the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, claimed Donald Trump called to apologize for the US indictment of 15 Turkish security officials over a violent brawl with peaceful anti-Erdoğan protesters in Washington this year, the White House issued a denial.

In an interview with PBS’s Judy Woodruff to air Tuesday night, Erdogan said, according to a translator: “President Trump called me about a week ago about this issue. He said that he was sorry and he told me that he was going to follow up on this issue when we come to the United States within the framework of an official visit.”

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Three Democratic congressmen arrested at Trump tower Daca protests

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:42:19 GMT2017-09-19T19:42:19Z

US representatives Raúl Grijalva, Luis Gutiérrez and Adriano Espaillat joined demonstrators in refusing to move from Fifth Avenue in New York

Three Democratic members of Congress were arrested outside Trump Tower on Tuesday, at a protest against the president’s cancellation of protections for so-called Dreamers, undocumented migrants brought to the US as children.

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Russian helicopter accidentally fires rocket at onlookers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:52:00 GMT2017-09-19T13:52:00Z

Three people injured after rocket from passing rotorcraft explodes near group of men during Zapad war games in Luzhsky

A Russian attack helicopter accidentally fired at least one rocket into a group of people during large-scale military exercises close to Nato’s borders, Russian media has reported.

Three people were injured in the incident at the Zapad 2017 drills, a source close to the Russian Ministry of Defence told RBC news agency. “They weren’t civilians,” the source said.

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UK to suspend training of Burmese military over treatment of Rohingya

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:45:21 GMT2017-09-19T15:45:21Z

Theresa May says all engagement with Myanmar’s military will end until action against civilians in Rakhine state stops

Theresa May has announced that the UK will suspend the training of Burmese military amid concerns about the treatment of the Muslim Rohingya population.

Speaking at the UN general assembly in New York, she said the UK would end all engagement with the Burmese military until military action against civilians in Rakhine state had stopped.

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Children who take up American football early 'at greater risk of brain impairment'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:38:48 GMT2017-09-19T14:38:48Z

Boston University researchers find those who start playing before 12 twice as likely to develop emotional and cognitive difficulties as those who start later

Children who start playing American football before the age of 12 are twice as likely to develop emotional and cognitive difficulties compared with those who start later, a Boston University School of Medicine study found.

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30ft-high statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:55:40 GMT2017-09-19T10:55:40Z

Russian creator of the AK-47, used to kill an estimated 250,000 people a year, celebrated in controversial ceremony

A statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, has been unveiled in central Moscow in a controversial ceremony that merged military pomp with religious ritual.

The nine-metre (30ft) monument depicts Kalashnikov clutching his eponymous automatic weapon. Tuesday’s event was attended by high-ranking Russian officials including Vladimir Medinsky, the culture minister, and Petr Biryukov, Moscow’s deputy mayor.

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Melania Trump ads removed from Croatian capital after legal threat

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:15:46 GMT2017-09-19T14:15:46Z

Zagreb language school’s marketing campaign tried to persuade Croats to emulate first lady by learning English

Billboards featuring Melania Trump and the slogan “Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English” have been removed from the Croatian capital after her lawyer threatened legal action.

The billboards were part of a marketing campaign by a private language school in Zagreb, which tried to persuade Croats to learn English by reminding them of the Slovenian-born US first lady’s personal experience.

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Fox News commentator files lawsuit saying she was raped by Charles Payne

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:02:17 GMT2017-09-19T15:02:17Z

Scottie Nell Hughes alleges the host ‘pressured his way’ into her hotel room in New York in July 2013 and raped her, then blacklisted her as a guest

Fox News has been hit with another lawsuit after Scottie Nell Hughes, a political commentator, alleged she was raped by host Charles Payne and that the broadcaster subsequently blacklisted her as a guest.

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Georgia Tech: three held after protest over police shooting of student

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:48:13 GMT2017-09-19T16:48:13Z

  • Police vehicle damaged and two officers injured as violence follows vigil
  • Scout Schultz, 21, was shot dead by campus police on Saturday

Three people were arrested during a protest that followed a vigil for a Georgia Tech student who was shot dead by campus police, a university spokesman said.

Related: Georgia Tech officer overreacted in shooting LGBTQ activist, lawyer says

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Porn-actor-turned-spy who posed as jihadist gets suspended sentence

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:29:31 GMT2017-09-19T14:29:31Z

Former German intelligence agent named as Roque M faced charge of attempting to share state secrets

A former German intelligence agent who was also once an actor in gay pornography has been given a one-year suspended sentence for attempting to share state secrets while pretending to be a jihadist online.

The 52-year-old, named as Roque M, was arrested last November in what initially appeared to be a case of an Islamist mole at work in Germany’s domestic spy agency.

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Israel: 'We have shot down Iranian-supplied Hezbollah drone'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:11:16 GMT2017-09-19T12:11:16Z

Military sources say device took off from Damascus hours before Netanyahu is to address UN on the threat to Israel from Iran

Israel has shot down what it claims was an Iranian-supplied Hezbollah reconnaissance drone over the Syrian border only hours before a speech at the UN by the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he is expected to warn of the growing threat from Iran and its proxies on Israel’s northern border.

The drone, which Israeli military sources claimed took off from an airfield close to the Syrian capital, Damascus, was shot down by a Patriot missile from a battery deployed near the town of Safed just north of the Sea of Galilee.

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Equifax: credit firm was breached before massive May hack

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:53:25 GMT2017-09-19T09:53:25Z

Maligned Atlanta-based agency finally goes public on earlier data breach, which happened in March, following reports company only notified payroll customers

Equifax, the credit monitoring agency that lost personal data of 143 million US customers in a massive hack in May, has revealed that it was also the victim of an earlier breach in March.

The earlier breach was serious enough for the company to notify customers, and bring in the information security firm Mandiant to investigate. But the millions of Americans whose personal data the company stockpiles to power its services are not technically customers of the company, and so it did not inform them.

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Latest figures reveal more than 40 million people are living in slavery

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:10 GMT2017-09-19T06:00:10Z

Forced marriage is included for first time in worldwide statistics that show ‘money and debt’ to be at the heart of the exploitation

An estimated 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2016, a quarter of them children, according to new global slavery statistics released today.

The figures, from the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, show 24.9 million people across the world were trapped in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage last year. Children account for 10 million of the overall 40.3m total.

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Curfew imposed in Iraqi city before Kurdish independence vote

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:05:03 GMT2017-09-19T10:05:03Z

Authorities erect checkpoints and impose nighttime curfew in contested city of Kirkuk after deadly clashes

Iraqi authorities in the northern city of Kirkuk have imposed a nighttime curfew to prevent a deadly dispute from developing into ethnic clashes before a referendum on Kurdish independence, local residents have said.

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Portugal's biggest wildfire: 'We all thought we were going to die' – video

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:11 GMT2017-09-19T07:00:11Z

On 17 June, a fire swept through the forests of central Portugal, killing 64 people and destroying more than 480 houses. After a summer of record numbers of wildfires across southern Europe, the Guardian travelled to devastated villages in Portugal to find out why the June fire was so deadly, and what can be done to prevent it happening again

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'We are the outcasts': my day with the Juggalos - video

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:31:57 GMT2017-09-18T08:31:57Z

Fans of the Insane Clown Posse - otherwise known as Juggalos - were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. They have been fighting the label ever since, claiming they are just music fans and have no ties to criminal activity. The Guardian spent the day with the Juggalos as they protested in Washington DC.

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'I'll be here until I die': Florida Keys residents on life after Hurricane Irma

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:12:50 GMT2017-09-18T13:12:50Z

A week on from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Florida Keys residents are finding strength in one another as they try to piece together their homes and make sense of what happened

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Cassini's final mission: death plunge into Saturn's rings – video

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:41:16 GMT2017-09-14T16:41:16Z

During its 20-year mission to Saturn, Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft revolutionised our understanding of the ringed planet and its moons, and captured some breathtaking images. Now it has undertaken its final mission, to steer to its destruction through the planet's rings, capturing data until the very last moment

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