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Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:11:26 GMT2016-09-28T11:11:26Z

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Two Aleppo hospitals bombed out of service in 'catastrophic' airstrikes

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:04:47 GMT2016-09-28T10:04:47Z

Doctors say they sheltered in basement before emerging to treat wounded amid ‘unprecedented’ assault on Syrian city

The two largest hospitals in besieged eastern Aleppo have been put out of service in airstrikes overnight and on Wednesday morning, the latest in a devastating week-long bombing campaign that has claimed hundreds of lives.

The M2 and M10 hospitals, codenames used by local doctors to obscure the locations of the facilities, were hit at about 4am and then again at around 10am in what one health official described as a bombing campaign that was “catastrophic and unprecedented in modern history”.

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Allardyce speaks of his sadness at losing England manager job to ‘entrapment’

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:11:57 GMT2016-09-28T08:11:57Z

• Allardyce says he attended meetings to help agent Scott McGarvey
• Former Bolton and West Ham manager is taking an overseas holiday

Sam Allardyce, who left his post as England manager following revelations in an undercover newspaper investigation, spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning about his sadness at losing the job.

Allardyce, who was leaving for an overseas holiday with his family, said: “On reflection it was a silly thing to do. I was trying to help someone out I knew for 30 years and unfortunately it was an error in judgment on my behalf. Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that.”

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Labour conference: shadow cabinet split over Corbyn's immigration comments - Politics live

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:59:22 GMT2016-09-28T10:59:22Z

Rolling coverage of all the day’s developments at the Labour conference in Liverpool, including Jeremy Corbyn’s keynote speech

Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary, is addressing the Labour conference now at the end of the home affairs debate. I have missed some of the earlier speeches, because I’ve been otherwise tied up, but I will post highlights soon. And I’ll post a summary of Burnham’s speech when I’ve seen the text.

The Labour MP Stephen Kinnock has rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that Labour should not worry about the number of EU migrants coming to the UK. Speaking on the Today programme Kinnock said:

The only way we’re going to solve that is by saying ‘we’ve got a handle on this, we’ve got this under control’ ...

I think we have a defining challenge of our age now, which is to address this problem, tackle it ...

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Serena Williams speaks out against police killings: 'I won't be silent'

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:32:01 GMT2016-09-28T00:32:01Z

In a Facebook post, the tennis champion said she fears her nephew could become the next victim of police brutality against African Americans

Serena Williams spoke out against police killings of African Americans in a heartfelt Facebook post, writing: “As Dr Martin Luther King said ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal’. I won’t be silent.”

Related: Richard Sherman on anthem protests: 'People are still missing the point'

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Judge bars publication of Pippa Middleton iCloud photographs

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:35:17 GMT2016-09-28T10:35:17Z

Duchess of Cambridge’s sister taking court action after her account was allegedly hacked and pictures taken

A high court judge has made an order barring publication of photographs allegedly hacked from an iCloud account belonging to the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister.

Pippa Middleton took civil court action against a “person or persons unknown” after pictures were allegedly taken from her account.

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'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood declines to give evidence at his trial

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:22:35 GMT2016-09-28T10:22:35Z

Sun journalist and his driver are on trial for allegedly tampering with evidence after a sting involving singer Tulisa Contostavlos

Mazher Mahmood has declined to give evidence in his trial for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case of the singer Tulisa Contostavlos.

Mahmood and his driver, Alan Smith, are accused over their role in the collapse of the former X Factor judge’s drugs case in July 2014.

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Woman wins right to review of Northern Ireland sex work law

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:54:06 GMT2016-09-28T10:54:06Z

Sex worker Laura Lee granted right to judicial review of law that allows for people in region to be convicted for paying for sex

A sex worker has won the right to have a judicial review over a law that makes it illegal to pay for sexual services in Northern Ireland.

Laura Lee, from Dublin, was granted leave for a legal challenge to the Human Trafficking Act at the high court in Belfast on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump boasts after first debate against Clinton: 'I didn't want to embarrass her'

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:36:39 GMT2016-09-28T06:36:39Z

Insisting every poll showed him as the winner, Republican nominee blasts ‘corrupt media’ and recounts what he felt were his best lines

Donald Trump has told a crowd of 7,500 that he was holding back during the first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton because he did not want to embarrass her.

He insisted that every poll showed him winning the debates but cited only internet surveys to prove this; every scientific poll taken in the aftermath of the debate showed a majority of viewers believing the Democratic nominee had won.

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Deutsche Post agrees to buy UK Mail for £242.7m

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:07:40 GMT2016-09-28T11:07:40Z

German company’s acquisition strengthens its grip on European postal market and will put further pressure on Royal Mail in UK

Deutsche Post has agreed to buy UK Mail for £242.7m, in a deal that will intensify competition in Britain’s postal market, putting further pressure on Royal Mail.

The deal strengthens the Germany company’s grip on the European postal market and will enable UK Mail to capitalise on Deutsche Post’s greater financial and operational firepower.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to get humans to Mars in six years

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:42:09 GMT2016-09-28T06:42:09Z

SpaceX founder tells meeting of astronautical experts that his only purpose is to ‘make life interplanetary’, revealing plans for reusable ship to Mars

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has outlined his highly ambitious vision for manned missions to Mars, which he said could begin as soon as 2022 – three years sooner than his previous estimates.

However, the question of how such extravagantly expensive missions would be funded remains largely in the dark.

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D-day landings put at risk by double-agent's homesick wife

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:49 GMT2016-09-27T23:01:49Z

Released files show wife of Spanish agent working for UK and Germany threatened to expose his work so she could return home

The success of the D-day landings was imperilled by the marital problems of the double agent at the heart of Britain’s elaborate wartime deception operations, newly declassified MI5 files have shown.

Juan Pujol García, a Spaniard who was working for MI5 under the codename Garbo, had tricked his German spymasters into believing he ran a network of agents in Britain. He told them they had established that the landings would take place at Pas de Calais rather than Normandy.

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Shimon Peres obituary

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:20:54 GMT2016-09-28T04:20:54Z

Last surviving member of Israel’s founding generation of politicians, he served as president, prime minister and foreign minister

Ever since the state of Israel was created in 1948, Shimon Peres, who has died aged 93, was at or near the centre of action. A protege of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, Peres became premier himself on three occasions, foreign minister for another three, and state president from 2007 until 2014. He fashioned alliances with France in the 1950s, and planted the seeds for Israel’s embryonic electronics and aircraft industries. During the 60s, he honed the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and secretly amassed Israel’s nuclear weapons.

For 15 long years after it fell from power in 1977, Peres led the Labour party. In the early 80s, he resuscitated Israel’s economy, and in 1994 shared the Nobel prize for his role in the efforts to create peace in the Middle East through the Oslo accords. In the same year, he cemented Israel’s peace treaty with Jordan. Defeated at the polls in 1996, he returned in 2001 as foreign minister, thereby giving Israel’s controversial new premier, Ariel Sharon, a much-needed veneer of respectability. And in 2006, he left Labour, his home for five decades, to help Sharon set up his powerful new breakaway faction, Kadima.

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Alicia Machado, Miss Universe weight-shamed by Trump, speaks out for Hillary Clinton

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:57:53 GMT2016-09-28T08:57:53Z

Clinton made the former Miss Universe turned actor and activist a talking point of the first debate, criticizing Trump’s public comments about her weight

Alicia Machado became an American citizen just in time to vote against Donald Trump. It’s a vote that has been a long time coming.

In May 1996, the Venezuelan beauty queen was just 19 years old when she was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant, which had recently been bought by the Manhattan business mogul. That year should have been one of sheer happiness and possibility for Machado, and for a moment it was. “I remember I hug my mom and I tell her, now our lives is going to be changed forever,” she told the Guardian in an interview in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles.

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10 Labour supporters on what the party should do next

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:12:44 GMT2016-09-28T08:12:44Z

As Corbyn prepares to address party conference, Labour voters from all wings of the party debate where the party needs to go from here

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Wildlife butchers of Belén: the town that serves up rare species for a few dollars

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:42:29 GMT2016-09-28T10:42:29Z

In this Peruvian shanty town endangered wildlife is sold daily at market, live or freshly cooked in gory detail by traders flouting lax enforcement. Stopping this growing illegal trade will be key to discussions at Cites this week

Where a confluence of rivers meet the Peruvian city of Iquitos, the world’s largest city to be inaccessible by road, lies Belén, a partially floating shanty town and market where endangered monkeys change hands for a few dollars and wildlife traffickers take orders to stock informal zoos or private collections with the abundant fauna from the world’s largest rainforest.

Wildlife is part of the town’s daily trade. A ban on selling bushmeat is openly ignored in Belén’s market. Deep-auburn slabs of the smoked meat of the endangered South America tapir (Tapirus terrestris) are stacked high on trestle tables. The protruding hoof of a peccary or the paw of an agouti betray the fact that there is hunted game on sale.

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Damned review – Jo Brand brings black humour to children’s social services

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:00:57 GMT2016-09-28T06:00:57Z

Brand is back with another celebratory, respectful, mucky sitcom. Plus: observational documentary Ambulance and an unsuccessful expedition in Fishing Impossible

It’s not an obvious source for laughs – the office of a council children’s services department, which is where Jo Brand’s Damned (Channel 4) is set. But then nor was the hospital ward that was the setting for her wonderful sitcom Getting On. Brand, who again co-wrote and stars, looks beyond the obvious, to difficult places where the only way the underpaid and underthanked people who work there can get by is to employ black humour.

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'Ashley Madison? We thought about her as a Hollywood star gone wrong'

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:59:37 GMT2016-09-27T18:59:37Z

After details of the infidelity website’s 33m members were leaked online, Rob Segal and James Millership had a job on their hands to salvage the damaged brand

Can Ashley Madison shake off her bad reputation? “We talk about her as Lindsay Lohan,” says Rob Segal, chief executive of Ruby, the company behind the infidelity website hacked last year. “People are interested in her good and bad.”

People are definitely interested in her. Despite last year’s calamitous security breach which saw the confidential account details of 33 million members of the site – which used the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair” – leaked online, it attracted close to 5 million new subscribers in the months that followed.

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Greenland's receding icecap to expose top-secret US nuclear project

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:06:51 GMT2016-09-27T18:06:51Z

Camp Century – part of Project Iceworm – is underground cold war network that had been thought buried forever, until climate change made that highly unlikely

A top-secret US military project from the cold war and the toxic waste it conceals, thought to have been buried forever beneath the Greenland icecap, are likely to be uncovered by rising temperatures within decades, scientists have said.

The US army engineering corps excavated Camp Century in 1959 around 200km (124 miles) from the coast of Greenland, which was then a county of Denmark.

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Sam Allardyce: a history of suspicion and a dream job that ended after 67 days

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:19:32 GMT2016-09-28T10:19:32Z

The appointment by England of a manager who had unanswered questions regarding transfers in the mid-2000s hanging over him was unusual and perhaps we should not be surprised he has gone so swiftly

Somewhere in the Football Association’s Wembley archives, next to the battered bid books for the failed attempts to host 2006 and 2018 World Cup tournaments and Charles Hughes’s coaching manual, sit the files from a series of investigations in the middle of the last decade into a unique period in football’s recent history.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics set to stage some sports 270 miles from city centre

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:01:18 GMT2016-09-28T11:01:18Z

• Rowing and canoeing to be moved to Tome City, according to reports
• Tokyo won bid for 2020 Olympics in 2013 on promise for compact Games

Tokyo’s original plans for a compact Olympics in 2020 continue to fall by the wayside with a government panel set to propose moving more venues outside of the city – including hundreds of miles away – in order to save money.

Among the venues being reviewed are those for volleyball, swimming, rowing and canoe sprint, the Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday, the latest in a series of changes since the Japanese capital was awarded the games three years ago.

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RFU tells New Zealand to 'build a bigger stadium' if it wants more money

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:00:46 GMT2016-09-27T21:00:46Z

• RFU chief Ian Ritchie digs in heels about sharing autumn revenue
• Ritchie also denies falling out with New Zealand counterpart Steve Tew

England are refusing to make big financial concessions to their cash-strapped southern hemisphere rivals and will oppose the idea of sharing the vast revenues generated by autumn Twickenham internationals. Instead Ian Ritchie, the Rugby Football Union’s chief executive, has advised New Zealand and Australia to “go and build a bigger stadium” if they wish to boost their profits.

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Davis Love III: If USA keep losing, people are going to quit watching the Ryder Cup

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:41:49 GMT2016-09-27T16:41:49Z

America’s captain admits they need a win after three straight defeats but despite home pressure expects the USA to have fun at Hazeltine

The perception the United States have to reclaim the Ryder Cup to keep the event relevant is one thing. For the captain, Davis Love III, to concede as much in advance of the 41st staging of the tournament, is quite another.

“If we keep losing then the American fans are going to say: ‘To heck with that, we’ll go and watch something else,’” Love says. “You know American sports fans; we are bandwagon jumpers. We have some cities that are loyal, Chicago to the Cubs, New York to their teams but in general we are a ‘what’s in it for me right now?’ society. If we keep losing, people are going to quit watching. You will still have your golf fans but will it continue to grow like the last 20 years? No. We need a win.”

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Brendan Rodgers’ treatment of Craig Gordon could backfire on Celtic | Ewan Murray

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:29:55 GMT2016-09-28T09:29:55Z

The manager may have added to the pressure on the former No1 for Manchester City’s visit, given the goalkeeper has been left short of first-team action

Should Brendan Rodgers succeed where José Mourinho did not, namely by spending post-match time in the company of Pep Guardiola, the pair will find common ground.

The key similarity relates to goalkeeping matters. Guardiola’s consigning of Joe Hart to the substitutes’ bench and subsequently Torino was high profile on account of the England No1’s status but Rodgers has taken controversial steps of his own.

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England shake up central contract structure to reward one-day players

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:23:11 GMT2016-09-27T12:23:11Z

• Strauss leads overhaul that includes ‘white-ball deals’ for non-Test players
• Contracts for 2016-17 will have a balance between all formats of the game

Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, will on Wednesday announce the most significant overhaul of the central contract structure since its inception with the introduction of new “white-ball” deals that, in some cases, could triple the amount of money paid to limited-overs specialists.

Strauss is keen to address an imbalance that has previously seen the Test side given priority over the one-day and Twenty20 teams, having long spoken about the issue since his appointment in May last year following England’s harrowing World Cup campaign.

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When the FA Cup had a third-place play-off and its first penalty shootout | The Knowledge

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:01 GMT2016-09-28T09:00:01Z

Plus: tankards with dents in, top-flight top scorers without hat-tricks and international half-century tridents. Send your questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU

“Between 1970 and 1974, five matches were played by the losing semi-finalists for the honour of being officially third or fourth in the FA Cup,” writes Neil Stacey. “The matches were scrapped in 1975. The players involved in these matches were apparently given ‘a memento’ by the FA, but I have no idea what that was, or what the clubs won for coming third. Please can you put the details on the website sometime, so we can find out what the full story is.”

When it comes to universally unpopular football innovations, the FA Cup third-place play-off is up there with Greg Dyke’s League 3 and Andy Townsend’s Tactics Truck. Brought in to replace England v England Youth internationals as a Cup final warm-up, it took place five times between 1970 and 1974, and then never again. The results aren’t even included on the FA’s official website.

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Willie Mullins loses 60 Gigginstown Stud horses after training fees row

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:33:49 GMT2016-09-28T10:33:49Z

• Michael O’Leary removes string after first rise in payments for 10 years
• Owner’s decision blow to County Carlow handler’s championship chances

Willie Mullins, whose string has dominated top-class National Hunt racing in both Ireland and Britain in recent seasons, suffered a debilitating blow on Wednesday morning when Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud removed all 60 of its horses from his County Carlow yard following what is claimed to be a row over training fees.

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Tottenham’s Son Heung-min speaks of South Korea’s Olympic disappointment

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:00:57 GMT2016-09-28T11:00:57Z

• Forward has scored five goals in as many appearances this season
• Son unsure whether he will have to complete 21-month military service

Son Heung-min has spoken of the heartbreak he felt at South Korea’s failure to win a football medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but the Tottenham Hotspur forward believes that he is stronger for the experience.

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How Chemie Halle's European dream ended in tragedy 45 years ago today

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:04:06 GMT2016-09-28T11:04:06Z

The night before Chemie Halle were meant to play PSV Eindhoven in a Uefa Cup tie a fire tore through their team hotel, killing one player and injuring others. The game was cancelled and the club have not qualified for Europe since

By Craig McCracken for Beyond The Last Man, of the Guardian Sport Network

A best-ever Oberliga placing for modest Chemie Halle should have represented the highpoint in the East German club’s history, yet tragically it was nothing more than the catalyst for an event that shocked European football and brought a terrible human cost for the club.

That third-place finish in the 1970-71 season was a welcome break from the club’s habitual middle-order ranking and earned them the bonus of European football the following season for just the second time in the club’s history. Drawn to play PSV Eindhoven in the opening round of the Uefa Cup, Halle performed valiantly to hold the Dutch side to a scoreless draw at home. There would be no second leg however.

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Riyad Mahrez passes Champions League test to show he belongs in the elite

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:13:09 GMT2016-09-27T22:13:09Z

Leicester’s playmaker has waited for the big stage and did not waste his chance against Porto, creating Islam Slimani’s winner with typical skill and vision

Before kick-off there was slightly wild crackle in the air round the open stands of the King Power Stadium. “FEARLESS FOREVER” read the banner at the Kop end, either side of a huge pair of scarily bloodshot Skittles-and-vodka fox’s eyes. Leicester have promised to take an adrenal fast-forward approach to this European adventure. But for all the first-night excitement it was a moment of cold, cool execution from Riyad Mahrez that forced a 1-0 defeat of Porto their way, the high point of a fine and indeed significant performance from the Premier League’s player of the year.

Related: Leicester City see off Porto thanks to club-record signing Islam Slimani

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Million Pound Game a disgrace and a danger to mental health, says player

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:20:01 GMT2016-09-27T19:20:01Z

• Hull KR full-back Ben Cockayne launches outspoken attack
• Super League relegation decider will leave ‘people without a job’

Ben Cockayne has labelled the Million Pound Game concept a “disgrace” and warned the Rugby Football League players’ welfare will be a major issue in the fallout of the sudden-death match between Hull KR and Salford on Saturday for the final place in Super League next season.

Cockayne will be in the Hull KR side aiming to preserve their top-flight status at the expense of Salford at the KC Lightstream Stadium but he has hit out at the one-off Million Pound Game which, for the first time in its short history, will guarantee a Super League side will be relegated to the Championship.

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Sam Allardyce sting: agent Mark Curtis has history of controversy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:01 GMT2016-09-28T09:00:01Z

Mark Curtis has been fined, investigated by the FA and accused by players including Ravel Morrison and Kevin Kilbane during 21 years as Allardyce’s ally

“While refs are often perceived as the bad guys, that is nothing compared to agents who get such a bad press yet are so important to every club in the world,” wrote Sam Allardyce in his autobiography Big Sam. “There are good and bad ones and my man Mark Curtis is one of the good ones.”

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Britain is no paragon of sporting virtue – let’s stop pretending otherwise | Mary Dejevsky

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:16:27 GMT2016-09-28T10:16:27Z

As the latest scandal involving now ex-England manager Sam Allardyce and questions over cyclists’ drug exemptions show, the UK plays no fairer than anyone else

It started on the Iffley Road running track in Oxford, with Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile. It continued with Chariots of Fire, the filmed version of the same, and it was reinforced in the national consciousness with London 2012, the glorious festival of sport that everyone thought was going to be a disaster, but wasn’t. Along the way came England’s victory (over Germany) in the 1966 World Cup, whose anniversary has been celebrated this year with mawkish nostalgia. And when the medals kept on coming, in this year’s Olympics and the Paralympics in Rio, the self-image of the UK as a highly successful, and, of course, squeaky clean, sporting nation seemed secure.

Related: Fifa is awful, but the Olympics takes the gold medal for sleaze | Marina Hyde

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The new politics isn’t just protest – it’s about change from the ground up | Hilary Wainwright

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 GMT2016-09-28T08:00:00Z

Community-led initiatives supported by groups such as Momentum challenge rule from above, and help to pave the way for a Labour-led government

Those who dismiss the grassroots movements that look to Jeremy Corbyn for a political voice as unable to go beyond protest seem unable to understand how much politics beyond the Westminster elite has changed – especially on the left. The thousands of Momentum supporters who are signing up to the World Transformed festival to coincide with the Labour conference in Liverpool are just the tip of the iceberg of an imaginative new politics.

The initiatives of generations of women since the early 1970s exemplify the direction of this change and what it could mean in the future. To categorise decades of feminist activities simply as “protest” is to miss out entirely on how feminism has changed the lives of millions of women in the here and now. They have protested and made demands on government, for sure. But what has been decisive is women organising themselves to find collective solutions through mutuality and collaboration – in providing childcare, setting up domestic violence or rape crisis centres, and achieving changes in health provision. These initiatives have subsequently been the basis for leftwing councils using public funds to support this de facto expansion of public services.

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For The Fall to get off TV's critical list, Paul Spector must die

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:01:19 GMT2016-09-28T11:01:19Z

As the divisive detective drama comes to a crossroads, only the death of the Belfast Strangler can get it back on track – and stop the misogynistic violence

For how long is it reasonable to leave a TV audience waiting for justice? In the case of The Fall, it is now more than three years since we first met Jamie Dornan’s serial killer Paul Spector, and almost two since we saw DSI Stella Gibson finally meet him over the interview table, then later witness his shooting. Did he survive? Did his victim, Rose, locked in the boot of her car for four days? Does anyone even care any more, save those people who weirdly get off on fancying a killer Dornan?

None of these questions currently feel pressing; unsurprisingly, given writer Allan Cubbitt’s entirely relaxed attitude to answering them in the confines of his series. The last outing finished less on a cliffhanger than a demand to the BBC to renew the series.

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Why the occupation of this empty building highlights the housing crisis | Frank Freeman

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:46:49 GMT2016-09-28T09:46:49Z

This is the former HQ of property management company Camelot, which provides ‘guardians’ to stop squatting – while we are desperate for social housing

There have been a few ironic chuckles about the occupation of the former Camelot Europe headquarters by a group of squatters.

Camelot provides property guardians, who move into empty buildings to prevent them from being squatted. It is embarrassing for the company that it failed to protect its own former premises from being squatted and doubly embarrassing that this luxury building, in far better shape than many of the buildings they fill with property guardians, has been left empty when it could have provided low-cost, temporary accommodation – complete with tasteful carpets, luxury shower, high-speed Wi-Fi and air conditioning – to several people priced out of the extortionate London rental market.

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No fracking, drilling or digging: it’s the only way to save life on Earth | George Monbiot

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:10:43 GMT2016-09-27T18:10:43Z

The Paris climate change agreement is worthless. Politicians can’t possibly honour it unless we stop developing all new fossil fuel reserves

Do they understand what they have signed? Plainly they do not. Governments such as ours, now ratifying the Paris agreement on climate change, haven’t the faintest idea what it means – either that or they have no intention of honouring it.

For the first time we can see the numbers on which the agreement depends, and their logic is inescapable. Governments can either meet their international commitments or allow the prospecting and development of new fossil fuel reserves. They cannot do both.

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The west has to look beyond Aleppo’s agony | Adrian Hamilton

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:00:57 GMT2016-09-28T06:00:57Z

The outside world is powerless to help Syrians trapped under bombardment. Our duty now is to find another way to stop Assad winning the war

It’s a terrible thing to say, let alone to think, but anyone who cares about the plight of the civilians in Aleppo, and particularly the children, has to wonder now whether the best thing to bring the suffering to an end would be a quick victory for Bashar al-Assad.

The prospect may be indigestible. By any standards of humanity it is. But the fact is, the game is nearly over in Syria’s second city, and the president looks like being the winner. Not since the Nazis retook Warsaw in 1944 has the world seen an assault of such total ferocity as we are witnessing in Syria’s second largest city. And just as in that case, however stubborn and well-planned the resistance, military might seems bound to prevail in the end.

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It's morally wrong to tie food aid to a defence contract

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:00:57 GMT2016-09-28T06:00:57Z

The government wants to scrap aid and reroute funds into trade. But aid is meant to cut poverty, not bribe poor countries into doing business with Britain

If anything sums up the Tory party’s attitude to international aid, it has to be Theresa May’s appointment of Priti Patel as secretary of state for international development. She is, after all, a Tory ideologue through and through. She even advocated the abolition of the very department she now oversees.

Patel comes from a long line of Tories who are sceptical about humanitarian and development aid programmes. Their remedy for grinding poverty and oppression in developing economies is straightforward: sell off public assets to private companies, charge fees for social services such as education and health and sign free trade agreements.

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Academic staff: we graduate teaching assistants need you to fight for us

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:32:32 GMT2016-09-28T09:32:32Z

The plight of broke PhD students doing hours of unpaid work is scandalous. We need permanent staff and unions to acknowledge this, and help

A significant proportion of teaching at UK universities is undertaken by PhD students, who are mostly paid by the hour as graduate teaching assistants. Because research funding is so scarce, many of these students are paying for their own studies – so teaching forms a crucial part of their income.

Related: Teaching at a university means constant pressure - for about £5 an hour

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It’s now clear there’s a schism among Jeremy Corbyn’s cheerleaders | Rafael Behr

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:56 GMT2016-09-28T05:00:56Z

As the confusion over Trident policy showed, some of the Labour leader’s supporters are pragmatists - others will refuse any compromise

Mountaineers call it the death zone. Above a certain altitude, the atmosphere becomes so thin that a human body ceases to function properly. For intrepid climbers, it is worth attaining such lethal heights for the elation of looking down on the world from above.

Jeremy Corbyn has reached that dizzy peak. Owen Smith’s rival team had neither the tools nor the agility to catch him. The rebels are stranded on the sunless rock in isolated, shivering bands without ideas or reinforcements. Most disown Smith’s campaign as a botched attempt to woo Corbyn supporters with faint praise for their champion – depicting the incumbent as virtuous but incompetent. Right mountain, wrong route.

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Banning nuclear weapons is crucial for global health

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:37:41 GMT2016-09-28T07:37:41Z

Less than 1% of the nuclear weapons in the world today could put two billion people at risk of starvation. World-leading health experts have called on the UN to introduce a ban treaty as a global health priority

Before this year ends, the United Nations general assembly can take a decisive step toward ending one of the most urgent threats to public health and human survival in the world today. UN member states can and must mandate negotiations on a new treaty that prohibits nuclear weapons.

The dangers posed by these weapons are utterly unacceptable, and the only sure way to prevent an unthinkable catastrophe is to eliminate them completely. That’s not only possible, it’s essential and long overdue.

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We Labour moderates lost. Let’s stop sniping and move on | Ayesha Hazarika

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:20:40 GMT2016-09-27T19:20:40Z

For Owen Smith voters, like myself, defeat to Jeremy Corbyn is a blow. But we can become supportive in an authentic way

As someone who voted for Owen Smith, this week’s Labour party conference has been tough.

The coup or non coup or whatever you want to call it was a disaster and it never should have happened.

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Imagine if Donald Trump was a woman. You simply can’t | Hadley Freeman

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:59:27 GMT2016-09-27T14:59:27Z

Hillary Clinton triumphed in the first presidential debate, but she faces an opponent far more formidable than the absurdist Republican candidate – sexism

Earlier this month Hillary Clinton gave probably her most revealing interview, – not to CNN, not to the New York Times, but to the blog Humans of New York, which posts photos and short interviews with New Yorkers. Clinton’s interview, sui generis as she is, could not really be described as representative of the average New Yorker, but it did sum up the problems faced by high-profile women today, still, and nowhere more so than in politics.

“What works for them [men] won’t work for you [women],” she said. “Women are seen through a different lens. It’s not bad. It’s just a fact.” She then detailed precisely how, if it’s not bad, it’s certainly outrageous: “I’ll go to these events and there will be men speaking before me, and they’ll be pounding the message and screaming about how we need to win the election. And I want to do the same thing. I love to wave my arms, but apparently that’s a little bit scary to people. And I can’t yell too much. It comes across as ‘too loud’ or ‘too shrill’ or ‘too this’ or ‘too that’.”

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Scientists are giving advice, but are governments listening?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:14:21 GMT2016-09-28T06:14:21Z

This week a global summit will take stock of the impact of evidence and expertise on government policy. But it’s already clear that there’s still a long way to go

Tomorrow, six hundred policymakers, practitioners and researchers from seventy-two countries will assemble in Brussels for a meeting of the International Network for Government Science Advice. All this week, hundreds more have been participating in the What Works Global Summit in London. If conferences are anything to go by, these are boom times for evidence and expertise in policymaking. But the mood of many participants will be sober rather than celebratory.

There’s certainly progress to point to. In the past decade, policymakers from Beijing to Brussels, Prague to Pretoria, and Wellington to Washington D.C., have experimented with new institutions for scientific advice and evidence-informed decision-making. More established advisory bodies – such as the US Office for Science and Technology Policy, which recently celebrated its fortieth birthday – have become increasingly sophisticated and multi-disciplinary. An expanding cohort of scientific academies and learned societies is investing in policy capacity at a national level, and networking to influence global agendas, through new collaborations like the InterAcademy Partnership and the European SAPEA platform.

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To sustain hope while preserving honesty is the greatest challenge in oncology | Ranjana Srivastava

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:56:44 GMT2016-09-28T03:56:44Z

Why was I so bothered by the relentless optimism of my terminal cancer patient? Was it his denial of the disease that troubled me or something in me?

“You know I am going to beat this.”

“No, you aren’t,” I think despondently.

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Life is richer when we talk to strangers | David Ferguson

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:43:27 GMT2016-09-27T19:43:27Z

Next time you’re in an elevator, strike up a conversation with the person you’re riding with. It could do you good


I think I must have a kind face. People always talk to me. I’m the guy who always gets asked for directions, even in cities where I’m a tourist. When people need help reaching something at the grocery store, they ask me. Something about my expression must say: “I mean you no harm.”

I’m all right with that. When I was younger, I always wanted to be one of those devastatingly good-looking people who stopped strangers in their tracks. I worked at a coffee shop with a guy named Alan who was so beautiful that once when he was wiping down the tables out front, a driver rear-ended another car because she was so distracted by the sight of him.

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It's easy to be seduced by UFC but violence will grow from legitimising the cage | Anthony Panegyres

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:56:25 GMT2016-09-27T23:56:25Z

When you remove the veil of smooth marketing and the charismatic characters, what we are left with is a barbaric blood spectacle that should be banned

A few years ago, a couple asked me to watch their apartment while they honeymooned in sunny Tahiti. As I didn’t have a TV at the time – and they had Foxtel – I obliged. I watched plenty of David Attenborough and Aussie Rules, and then I caught myself mesmerised by a blood sport: UFC. Well-trained gladiatorial athletes in combat in front of a ravenous crowd. I was hooked by not only the tactics but also the level of savagery.

This was actual blood being sprayed all over the place, not the stuff of Hollywood. I was observing an ancient rite straight out of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novella Monarch of the Glen, two ancient enemies eternally fated to be locked in combat. The combatants’ intense concentration along with their heavy breathing, wasn’t too distant from the predators I’d just seen on Attenborough either.

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'I've got the power,' sang Super Sadiq | John Crace

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:04:04 GMT2016-09-27T18:04:04Z

‘Look at me,’ he said. ‘This is what Labour in power looks like.’ Backstage, Tom Watson also wanted some of this power

A flash of red spandex flew across the stage and the audience roared its delight. Super Sadiq had landed. He raised one hand to acknowledge the acclaim; the other clutched a copy of his speech. Having seen the difficulties Clive Lewis had got into the previous day, he wasn’t going to take the risk of finding his autocue being rewritten in mid-flow. A quick slug of some Powerade and he was ready to go.

“Look at me,” he said. The conference looked. “This is what Labour in power looks like. Pretty good, huh.” He turned towards Jeremy Corbyn who had his head down, checking emails on his phone on the other side of the stage. “That’s what Labour out of power looks like. Not so good.”

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Racist bar brawl? Let me write a review | Tim Dowling

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:13:46 GMT2016-09-27T18:13:46Z

A family’s trip to the pub landed them in court after a bouncer was racially abused. But the mother’s TripAdvisor review still appears online

Last February the Yerkess family of Lancashire – successful businessman Vernon, wife Theresa and their two sons – decided to drop by Brady’s Bar, in Whalley, for a nightcap. When the younger boy, 18, was asked for ID, he made the unfortunate decision to racially abuse the Asian-looking doorman. After he was subsequently barred from entry, his brother hurled more racial abuse. A messy street brawl commenced, and the police were called. Yerkess Sr began shouting, and his wife hit an officer round the head with one of her shoes. They were subsequently arrested.

Related: Five stars – says who? My trouble with TripAdvisor | Marina O’Loughlin

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Could John McDonnell’s ‘real’ living wage do more harm than good? | Donald Hirsch

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:58:24 GMT2016-09-27T14:58:24Z

Although the living wage is based on my research, I would caution against its reckless application. It would need to be monitored as part of an integrated low-pay policy

British political attitudes to compulsory minimum wages have undergone an astounding transformation. A generation ago, any sort of minimum was viewed with suspicion not just by free-market economists, but also by many in the labour movement. The former argued that unaffordable wages would cost jobs. The latter knew that negotiation through collective bargaining had a better track record in improving pay for groups of workers than relying on public bodies to set minimum rates. Some trade unionists also feared a narrowing of differentials in a “levelling down”.

But by 1999, when the national minimum wage (NMW) was introduced by the Labour government, the decline of unions and collective bargaining made this a valuable win. The Tories still vigorously opposed it, and arguments that it would cost jobs caused it to be set at a ridiculously cautious, low level, policed for any sign of economic unsoundness by the Low Pay Commission.

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Why Stephen Hawking is light years from the truth about ‘dangerous aliens’ | Seth Shostak

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:20 GMT2016-09-27T07:00:20Z

Hawking fears that if we made contact with unearthly beings, they could respond with hostility. It’s a bit late to worry about that

The physicist Stephen Hawking is convinced that intelligent extraterrestrials populate space, a view shared by many scientists. But his ruminations on this prospect have shifted from the aliens’ existence to their deportment. Maybe they’re dangerous.

In a film recently released online, Hawking points to the potential peril in broadcasting signals to other star systems. After all, we don’t know who is out there, and they might not be well-intentioned. If we betray our presence with signals, maybe the aliens will fire up their interstellar artillery and take us out.

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Labour’s new economic vision offers a chance to win votes. It must be seized | Owen Jones

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:47:19 GMT2016-09-27T10:47:19Z

The party must now build on the lessons of the Brexit referendum: voters can be inspired by a vision that overcomes their worries about the economy

The left has often been accused of having a far clearer idea of what it is against rather than what it is for. It would be perhaps a bit unfair – but not unjustified – to say that our economic vision has long amounted to slogans against cuts and privatisation, without any overarching idea about what sort of economy would be built. The rise of Thatcher’s New Right, trade union defeats, globalisation and the end of the cold war – which was spun as the death of any alternative to free market capitalism – reduced the left to a defensive posture, committed more to defending existing gains than offering a coherent alternative.

Related: John McDonnell announces £10 an hour living wage plan

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Canadians are not vassals of the British crown – it’s time we severed our ties | Jordan Tannahill

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:36:20 GMT2016-09-27T10:36:20Z

The royal tour exposes the anachronism of Canada having the Queen as head of state. It’s a symbol of conquest, class and dominance that we need to ditch

The leading news story following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s arrival in Victoria, Canada, on Saturday was the unreturned high five Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau offered up to three-year-old Prince George. The press on both sides of the ocean fawned over this five-second encounter – our superstar prime minister, down on one knee, trying first for a top-down high five, then a classic straight-on one, then a handshake, as the dapper little prince looked on, unmoved.

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Fat people, rise up! We could swing this election | Lindy West

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:29:30 GMT2016-09-27T13:29:30Z

It’s time white supremacist whoopee cushion Donald Trump was hurled back into obscurity by a coalition of women, Muslims, veterans, LGBT people and fat people

Midway through the first presidential debate, just before snivelling racist air horn Donald Trump assured the US that he’s the only candidate who’s up and ready to cyber, the Republican nominee made this remarkable statement: “Nobody knows that it was Russia that broke into the DNC – she’s saying ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ – but I don’t, maybe it was! I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK? You don’t know who broke into DNC.”

While I do want to congratulate Trump on one of his few successful deployments of the English language last night – buddy put words in an order that conveyed a vaguely decipherable meaning, much like Franklin Delano Roosevelt! – the phrase “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds” raises a vital question.

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How do Labour and the unions make themselves relevant in the 21st century? | Abi Wilkinson

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:33:09 GMT2016-09-27T13:33:09Z

With zero-hours contracts and other forms of casualisation, workers need representation more than ever. But both unions and Labour seem stuck in the past

At the Labour conference I’ve listened to a string of trade union chiefs proclaim that the union movement is still the beating heart of the party. Though that might be true, it’s a pulse that has grown increasingly feeble over the years – which might explain the feeling shared by many in attendance that the party’s best times are already behind us.

The bitter conflict that seems to have engulfed Labour did not begin with Jeremy Corbyn. It’s simply the most visible manifestation of an identity crisis that has been simmering under the surface for several decades. The question that really needs answering is: what is the role of a political party that emerged from the industrial revolution in a post-Fordist economy?

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The global economy is caught in a trap. The only way out is creative destruction | Hans-Werner Sim

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:28:56 GMT2016-09-27T16:28:56Z

Monetary policy is preventing the bubble from bursting and forcing central banks into more radical measures. The sooner the purge, the milder it will be

Almost eight years ago, the Lehman Brothers collapse plunged the global economy into recession. The interbank market collapsed, and the entire industrialised world was thrown into the worst crisis since the end of the second world war. Though central banks have maintained ultra-low interest rates, the crisis hasn’t yet been fully overcome. On the contrary, numerous economies, such as the southern European countries and France, simply aren’t making any headway. And Japan has been on the ropes for a quarter of a century.

Some economists believe that this is evidence of “secular stagnation”, a phenomenon described in 1938 by the American economist Alvin Hansen, who drew on Karl Marx’s Law of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall. Owing to the gradual exhaustion of profitable investment projects, according to this view, the natural real interest rate has continued to fall. Stabilising the economy thus is possible only by an equivalent decline in policy interest rates.

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Think only low–paid workers get the Sports Direct treatment? You’re wrong | Aditya Chakrabortty

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:00:18 GMT2016-09-27T06:00:18Z

It’s not just shop assistants: university staff also say their rights are being eroded by Ashley-fication

Running through the debate around Sports Direct is a comforting, dangerous delusion. It is that such horrors are never visited on People Like Us. Victorian workhouses? Staff so terrified of losing their jobs they dare not protest their abuse? Terrible – but (guilty whisper) it only happens to the low-paid and the low-skilled, at dead-end jobs and in left-behind colliery towns. Right?

Wrong. Mike Ashley, with his wad of fifties and his helicopter commutes, makes an easy newspaper grotesque. But it’s his treatment of employees that is the really grotesque thing. And those practices are creeping into the lives of more and more workers – even those with the whitest of collars and the longest string of letters after their names. Think your job can’t be Ashley-fied? Then come to one of the most admired universities in Britain, and meet a group of lecturers who say they’ve just been given the full Sports Direct treatment.

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Scrap this pupil data collection: it’s a divisive threat to our children’s safety | Dermot Bryers

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:00:35 GMT2016-09-27T13:00:35Z

As a teacher and a parent I’m boycotting the government’s scheme to collect children’s nationality and country of birth. This data should be sacrosanct

Earlier this year the Department for Education decided to try to collect nationality and country of birth information for all young people in education in England. As a parent and as a teacher, I feel deeply uncomfortable with this development. No one was consulted on the policy change, which would add this data to the existing national pupil database: not parents, not teachers, not parliament. That database is already made available – including identifying information – to third parties such as universities, the media, the police and the Home Office. This new information on young people could just as easily fall into the wrong hands.

So what’s it for? A government better disposed to helping migrants and their children, you might imagine, could be asking these questions to help support schools in areas where higher numbers of pupils need help with English as an additional language. But, of course, many children who were born abroad or have non-British citizenship speak fluent English, and there are children born here who need that help, so it would be a utterly inaccurate way of getting the right data.

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Why the Daily Telegraph's Sam Allardyce sting was justified

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:33:29 GMT2016-09-27T12:33:29Z

There was a clear public interest in the newspaper’s use of subterfuge in order to expose the England football manager’s dealings

The Sam Allardyce story puts the journalistic use of subterfuge under the spotlight once more. Was the Daily Telegraph right to launch what amounts to a sting operation to expose the England football manager?

My unhesitating answer, based on my reading of the newspaper’s articles (and not on any extra inside knowledge) is yes.

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Why can’t I get behind Corbyn, when we want the same things? Here’s why | Polly Toynbee

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:17 GMT2016-09-27T05:00:17Z

At the Labour conference I am besieged by good people who feel they are part of a great wave for a better society. My response to this passion sounds cynical – but realistic

On his office balcony Jeremy Corbyn has a small olive tree, and he once promised branches for his opponents. But the little tree need not fear being stripped bare: not one branch has yet been proffered. The man of peace shows no magnanimity in his great victory. Instead his gentler, kinder politics is bent on securing an absolute grip on the party, seizing all levers through control over the party’s rule-making body – the national executive committee (NEC). His calls for “unity” are only a call for capitulation and obedience.

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First the UK deports people, then it denies them justice | Lotte Lewis Smith

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:05:52 GMT2016-09-27T12:05:52Z

From Jamaica to Albania, the victims of Britain’s mass deportations are dumped destitute – and, as the Home Office is aware, usually unable to exercise their right to an ‘out-of-country appeal’

One morning this month the families of more than 40 people deported on a private charter flight to Jamaica experienced the overwhelming loss of relatives being taken thousands of miles away from the communities where many had lived for decades.

But what’s next? Many on the charter plane were issued with a so-called right to appeal after being deported. This is increasingly issued to people removed on an individual basis via commercial flights, and to the many deported to countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Jamaica, Pakistan and Albania. However, while the British Home Office recently commissioned a “returns reception centre” for deportees arriving in Nigeria, it offers no further support for those who wish to continue their legal battle after removal.

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Tim Burton: 'When I first came to England I thought, Wow! I'm home!' – video interview

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:58:26 GMT2016-09-27T13:58:26Z

Director Tim Burton talks about his new movie, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and how the ‘texture, weather, seasons and age’ of the UK struck him as sympathetic after the sun and colour of a childhood in California. He also speaks about his background in animation and the appeal of the freaky narrative

• Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opens on 29 September

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How they definitely didn't make Fifa 17 – video

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:57:43 GMT2016-09-28T08:57:43Z

With EA Sports gearing up to release the latest edition of the big-money football computer game franchise, Fifa 17, we figured we’d try out our own motion-capture animations, celebrations and cut-scenes. Unfortunately none of our submissions were used in the final version

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Vagina Dispatches episode one: the vulva – video

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:00:01 GMT2016-09-23T06:00:01Z

Think you know about vaginas? Think again. In the four-part series running from now through November, we find out that even the most basic of body knowledge is lacking – people still don’t understand what vaginas look like or how they function. In episode one, we build a giant vulva, then talk to a gynecologist, a labiaplasty surgeon and a trans woman, to find out what vulvas really look like.

  • WARNING: contains images of vulvas and strong language
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Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado on Trump: 'I know what he can do' - video

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:29:14 GMT2016-09-27T17:29:14Z

In the first presidential debate in New York on Monday, Hillary Clinton spoke about Machado, whom Donald Trump called ‘Miss Piggy’ and publicly humiliated following her 1996 Miss Universe win, and continues to criticize now. Now an actor, singer, entrepreneur and activist, Machado is speaking out about her experiences with Trump and campaigning for Clinton

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Daniel Radcliffe: 'I'm pretty handy. I put a desk together' – video interview

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:43:05 GMT2016-09-26T07:43:05Z

Actor Daniel Radcliffe talks about his two new movies: Swiss Army Man, in which he plays a flatulent corpse employed by shipwrecked Paul Dano to try to get to safety; and Imperium, in which he plays a detective who goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of white supremacists

• Imperium is on release and Swiss Army Man is out on 30 September

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US golf legend Arnold Palmer dies aged 87 – video obituary

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:04:31 GMT2016-09-26T11:04:31Z

A look back at the life of golfer Arnold Palmer, who died on Sunday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, aged 87. ‘The King’ won seven majors, helping bring golf to a mainstream TV audience and democratising the game

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Trump v Clinton: an analysis of debate styles

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:29:44 GMT2016-09-24T12:29:44Z

How important are the forthcoming presidential debates? Todd Graham, director of debate at Southern Illinois University, says they could just decide the election. Graham breaks down the relative strengths and weaknesses of both candidates, and what they need to do to win

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Jeremy Corbyn: the second coming – video

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:21:49 GMT2016-09-22T17:21:49Z

Fans call him a political messiah: passionate, persuasive and, above all, authentic. Opponents say he is a divisive and unelectable figure who has reopened Labour’s door to the hard left. But whatever the critique, Corbyn is cruising to another victory, this time against Owen Smith. The question is: what happens next for a divided Labour party?

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Trump, trade and racism: economic decay is dividing Ohio Democrats – video

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:00:42 GMT2016-09-22T06:00:42Z

Decades of industrial decline are prompting white, working-class Democrats to reassess their political loyalties, and now many plan to vote for Donald Trump. In the first in a series of election videos, Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone discover the racial consequences of a divisive election

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The changing portrait of gun ownership in America – video

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:00:43 GMT2016-09-19T11:00:43Z

As the percentage of overall US gun owners shrinks, their piles of guns are growing, with half of all guns owned by 3% of Americans – as gun ‘super-owners’ have amassed an average of 17 guns each. Meanwhile, the gender gap in gun ownership is shrinking

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Only three out of 700 firms prosecuted for paying below minimum wage

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:56 GMT2016-09-28T05:00:56Z

More than 13,000 workers underpaid by over £3.5m since 2014, but HMRC prosecution rate remain paltry despite employers breaking law

Just three employers have been prosecuted for paying workers below the minimum wage despite HM Revenue and Customs finding 700 who have broken the law in the past two and a half years.

Since February 2014, the government has “named and shamed” 700 employers who have underpaid more than 13,000 workers by over £3.5m. But less than a quarter of a percent of them have been prosecuted under laws that in theory provide for prison sentences in the most extreme cases of wilful non-compliance.

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Man arrested after two bodies found in Cardiff city centre

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:44:02 GMT2016-09-28T08:44:02Z

Queen Street cordoned off following discovery of man and woman in the early hours of Wednesday morning

A man has been arrested after the bodies of a man and a woman were found on one of Cardiff’s main shopping streets.

The two people were found on Queen Street at about 5.50am on Wednesday. There were unconfirmed reports the two had been stabbed.

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Camber Sands council 'considering all options' on lifeguard provision

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:10:33 GMT2016-09-28T08:10:33Z

Rother district council in talks with RNLI but no deal agreed yet, a month after deaths of five men at East Sussex resort

The council responsible for Camber Sands, where five young men drowned last month, has confirmed it is considering bowing to pressure to employ permanent lifeguards at the beach.

Nitharsan Ravi, Inthushan Sriskantharasa, Gurushanth Srithavarajah and brothers Kobi and Ken Nathan, all from London, died after being pulled from the sea during a day trip to the East Sussex resort on 24 August.

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Counsel to child sexual abuse inquiry believed to be close to resigning

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:39:05 GMT2016-09-27T23:39:05Z

Doubts over continued involvement of Ben Emmerson QC add to uncertainty following resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard last month

Fresh doubts about the future of the beleaguered independent inquiry into child sexual abuse have arisen amid concerns that its most senior lawyer is about to quit.

Ben Emmeron QC, who is counsel to the inquiry, is believed to be preparing to resign against the backdrop of differences with the body’s chair, Alexis Jay, who took up her position following the resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard last month.

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Scottish cadets reach Singapore after weeks stranded at sea

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:06:27 GMT2016-09-28T09:06:27Z

Four officer cadets had been due to leave Hanjin vessel on 2 September but firm’s collapse prevented it from docking

A ship carrying four officer cadets from a Scottish college has been allowed to dock in Singapore after it was stranded in the Indian Ocean when its owner filed for bankruptcy.

It is understood Singapore’s high court granted a temporary reprieve for Hanjin ships to dock without fear of being seized.

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Bail time limit proposals questioned by police standards body

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:23:25 GMT2016-09-28T10:23:25Z

Plan to restrict police bail without charge to 28 days could pose ‘significant problems’ for investigations, says College of Policing

Plans to impose a time limit on police bail could pose “significant problems” to investigation work, according to the industry’s professional body.

The government wants to restrict how long people can be on police bail without being charged to 28 days.

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North Sea oil difficulties unlikely to go away, says Mark Carney

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:43:43 GMT2016-09-28T08:43:43Z

Bank of England governor warns that ‘challenging environment’, which has seen revenues plunge, is likely to persist

Pressure on the North Sea oil industry is likely to persist, according to the Bank of England governor, as the sharp drop in prices takes its toll on the wider economy.

Mark Carney suggested that there was no respite in sight for the oil and gas industry, where the downturn has led to the loss of thousands of jobs.

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Hospital overcrowding caused by 'political maladministration', say MPs

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:49 GMT2016-09-27T23:01:49Z

Governments’ failure to link health and social care means ‘bed-blocking’ patients are stuck on full wards or are sent home too soon, report warns

Hospitals have become dangerously full and discharge patients too soon as a direct result of “political maladministration” by successive governments, according to a committee of MPs.

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Theresa May accused of trying to alter immigration report before Brexit vote

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:55:26 GMT2016-09-27T15:55:26Z

Emails show Lib Dems claimed prime minister was determined to paint a negative picture of Britain’s relationship with Europe

Theresa May faced accusations from within government that she tried to remove evidence about the positive impact of immigration on the British economy from a critical report that was published before the EU referendum.

Correspondence seen by the Guardian lays bare a six-month tussle between Conservative and Liberal Democrat advisers over the study, which was part of a government-wide exercise into the pros and cons of EU membership.

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Anti-begging posters banned over 'negative stereotypes'

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:55:26 GMT2016-09-28T06:55:26Z

Nottingham City Council campaign implied all beggars were ‘disingenuous and undeserving’, says ad watchdog

Anti-begging posters put up by Nottingham City Council have been banned after complaints they implied that all homeless people were engaged in criminal and antisocial behaviour.

Over the summer the council ran a series of five posters to persuade the public to stop giving money to beggars.

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Gardeners may be spreading lethal frog disease throughout UK, study warns

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:56 GMT2016-09-28T05:00:56Z

Suburban homeowners stocking their garden ponds with frogs, fish or spawn from other ponds or aquatic centres are helping the ranavirus move around

British suburban gardeners may be unknowingly driving the spread of a lethal frog disease by stocking their ponds with exotic or wild aquatic species, research shows.

Scientists from ZSL and Queen Mary University of London say their findings could explain the rapid spread of ranavirus across UK amphibian populations in recent decades.

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Pippa Middleton takes high court action against ‘person or persons unknown’

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:04:27 GMT2016-09-27T17:04:27Z

Court hearing follows arrest of man in Northamptonshire over alleged hacking and theft of 3,000 images

The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister has taken high court action against a “person or persons unknown”.

Pippa Middleton is listed as the claimant in a case to be heard in London on Wednesday. The case is listed as “Middleton & anr v The Person or Persons Unknown”. Court officials identified the claimant as Pippa Middleton but gave no indication of what the case was about.

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Sainsbury's sales fall further as it cuts prices to take on discounters

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:20:52 GMT2016-09-28T07:20:52Z

Supermarket reports 1.1% decline in sales values in three months to 24 September, despite seeing more customers at its tills

Sainsbury’s sales have dropped further after it was forced to cut prices amid heavy competition from discount rivals.

Sales at stores open for more than a year fell by 1.1% in the three months to 24 September, compared with the 0.8% decline reported for the previous three months.

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Historian EP Thompson denounced Communist party chiefs, files show

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:49 GMT2016-09-27T23:01:49Z

Declassified MI5 records reveal party member thought leaders misled rank and file over Stalin’s crimes at height of cold war

EP Thompson, one of the most influential historians of the 20th century, wrote an impassioned denunciation of the leadership of the British Communist party at the height of the cold war, but few outside MI5 knew anything about it after the agency intercepted the letter.

The party’s leaders, Thompson said, were despotic and untrustworthy, and would sweep away long-cherished political freedoms if they ever achieved power.

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HBOS banker allegedly received bribes to pay prostitutes at Marylebone flat

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:45:10 GMT2016-09-27T21:45:10Z

Court hears claims Lynden Scourfield, accused of corruption, was given envelopes stuffed with cash by financially distressed clients

A senior HBOS banker accused of corruption allegedly received regular bribes in the form of envelopes stuffed with thousands of pounds in cash to pay for prostitutes at a flat in Marylebone, central London, a court has been told.

Lynden Scourfield, who dealt with many of HBOS’s most financially distressed borrower clients, is accused of playing a central role in a multimillion pound corruption plot along with a former venture capitalist David Mills, a jury at Southwark crown court has been told.

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Liam Fox speech hints at government confusion over Brexit

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:50:21 GMT2016-09-27T16:50:21Z

International trade minister’s WTO speech was billed as hard Brexit push, but critics say lack of detail sends mixed messages

Liam Fox has used a speech to the World Trade Organisation to portray post-Brexit Britain as a “proud and outward-looking trading nation” that would battle for liberalised commerce outside the EU.

The address in Geneva was billed in advance as the international trade secretary making a significant push for a so-called hard Brexit, taking the UK outside the EU’s single market. However, critics said the lack of any new details on the terms of Brexit indicated confusion in the government over the issue.

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Nicola Sturgeon to reopen Dalzell steelworks in Motherwell

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:49 GMT2016-09-27T23:01:49Z

Scotland’s first minister calls revival ‘very positive signal’, with former employees making up majority of workers at rescued plant

Motherwell’s Dalzell steelworks, which were closed last winter amid an industry-wide crisis, will be formally reopened by Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on Wednesday.

The international industrial group, Liberty House, which rescued the plant in March, confirmed that at least 70% of those starting work at Dalzell this week are former employees.

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More women in top jobs would help high street, says Next founder

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:49 GMT2016-09-27T23:01:49Z

George Davies believes women have more vision and work quicker and harder than men, who after 30 just dress like their dads

Retail grandee George Davies has called for more women to be appointed to top jobs in British fashion, a move he believes will help boost the high street.

The veteran retailer, founder of Next and the man behind George at Asda and Marks and Spencer’s Per Una range, said women have “more vision than men” and that men over 30 “dress like their dads”.

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Concern over bowel cancer patients with symptoms year before diagnosis

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:49 GMT2016-09-27T23:01:49Z

Researchers found a fifth of those who received an emergency diagnosis had symptoms that might have seen disease caught earlier

A fifth of bowel cancer patients who received an emergency diagnosis in one year in England had characteristic symptoms the year before, suggesting their disease could have been caught earlier, researchers say.

With the majority of patients having seen a doctor in the 12 months before their diagnosis, whether emergency or non-emergency, the authors of the new study say multiple factors could be behind the finding.

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Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry charged with embezzlement

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:28:08 GMT2016-09-27T16:28:08Z

Police inquiry linked to alleged disappearance of money donated to campaign group Women for Independence

Natalie McGarry, the MP for Glasgow East, has been charged with embezzlement after a 10-month police investigation.

Police Scotland’s inquiry related to allegations that she was linked to tens of thousands of pounds in missing donations from Women for Independence (WFI), the campaign group she helped found.

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Jeremy Corbyn loses majority support of Labour NEC

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:30:06 GMT2016-09-27T16:30:06Z

Nominations from Scottish and Welsh Labour leaders tip executive committee balance in favour of anti-Corbyn faction

Jeremy Corbyn has lost his majority on Labour’s national executive committee after a fierce debate at the party conference, where there were accusations of attempts to rig the balance of the party executive.

Conference voted on Tuesday to adopt controversial rule changes to let Labour leaders in Scotland and Wales nominate one person each to sit on the NEC. The Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, will now join the committee as a full member and the Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones, will also choose a representative.

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Channel 4's Bake Off swoop aids those seeking its privatisation, says BBC boss

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:15:59 GMT2016-09-27T17:15:59Z

C4’s creative chief insists it ‘didn’t take’ hit show as James Purnell claims rival is too lightly regulated

The row over the BBC’s loss of the Great British Bake Off has broken into the open after a senior BBC executive said Channel 4 should be more tightly regulated and that the £75m raids made it more likely to be privatised.

James Purnell, director of strategy and education at the BBC and a former culture secretary, was highly critical of the raid by a publicly owned, commercially funded broadcaster. Channel 4 was “too lightly regulated”, he said, calling for the “chasm” between the two publicly owned broadcasters to be closed.

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Clive Lewis: 'I could have easily shot a civilian' in Afghanistan

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:04:12 GMT2016-09-27T20:04:12Z

Shadow defence secretary reveals incident in speech criticising law firms for hounding British soldiers over actions in Iraq

The shadow defence secretary, Clive Lewis, has revealed he nearly shot a civilian while serving as a soldier in Afghanistan.

The former territorial army officer, who suffered depression after returning from his three-month tour, admitted the incident while criticising law firms for hounding soldiers over their roles in Iraq.

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Alton Towers owner fined £5m over Smiler rollercaster crash

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:02:52 GMT2016-09-27T14:02:52Z

Merlin sentenced after managers were criticised for ‘catastrophic failure to assess risk’ at £18m Staffordshire ride

The owner of Alton Towers has been fined a record £5m for the “catastrophic” rollercoaster crash that left five passengers with life-changing injuries and others seriously hurt.

The judge, Michael Chambers QC, said Merlin Attractions Operations’ safety procedures were “woefully inadequate” and a “shambles” in scathing criticism over the Smiler crash on 2 June last year.

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Man arrested over 1965 murder of schoolgirl Elsie Frost

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:06:48 GMT2016-09-27T17:06:48Z

West Yorkshire police arrest 78-year-old man in Berkshire on suspicion of murdering 14-year-old girl in Wakefield 51 years ago

Police officers investigating the murder of a schoolgirl who died more than 50 years ago have arrested a man in his 70s.

Elsie Frost, a 14-year-old school prefect, was walking alongside a canal towpath in her bright red jacket, floral skirt and new shoes when she was stabbed in her back and head on 9 October 1965.

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Charity urges MSPs to give free tampons to women on benefits

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:15:41 GMT2016-09-27T18:15:41Z

Scottish parliament hears about women and girls using newspaper and socks as ‘period poverty’ is debated for first time

Tampons and other sanitary products should be given free to women receiving working age benefits, the Trussell Trust charity has said as the Scottish parliament held its first debate on “period poverty”.

Ewan Gurr, the Scotland development officer for the trust, called on the SNP government to consider making feminine hygiene products available free to women in receipt of certain targeted benefits.

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Northern Ireland is happiest place in UK, finds wellbeing survey

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:04:31 GMT2016-09-27T18:04:31Z

Office for National Statistics’ regional poll reveals Londoners to be the most anxious and least satisfied in the country

Northern Ireland is the most contented region of the UK, while London is the most anxious and least satisfied, according to statistics on local wellbeing published on Tuesday.

It will be little comfort to stressed-out, dissatisfied Londoners that their overall satisfaction has improved faster than other parts of the country.

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Man who killed his unborn baby during attack loses appeal against life sentence

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:24:23 GMT2016-09-27T13:24:23Z

Teaching assistant assaulted heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend in Peckham, south London, after she refused to have an abortion

A man who attacked his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend, killing their unborn baby, has lost his appeal against a life sentence.

At the Old Bailey in December 2015, teaching assistant Kevin Wilson, 23, was convicted of child destruction and causing grievous bodily harm to Malorie Bantala.

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