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Published: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:32:32 GMT2017-11-20T21:32:32Z

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Electoral Commission launches inquiry into leave campaign funding

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:37:50 GMT2017-11-20T18:37:50Z

Watchdog has ‘reasonable grounds to suspect offence was committed’ by Vote Leave and student campaigner who received £625,000 from group

The Electoral Commission is to investigate Vote Leave for a potential breach of spending limits during the EU referendum campaign, and a student campaigner who received £625,000 from the organisation.

The watchdog will investigate whether the officially designated Brexit campaign during the referendum, fronted by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, breached the £7m legal spending limit and whether it filed its return correctly.

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Merkel hints fresh elections preferable to minority government as talks fail

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:51:27 GMT2017-11-20T18:51:27Z

German chancellor says she is ‘sceptical’ as president calls for parties to resume efforts after coalition talks collapsed

Angela Merkel has indicated that she would rather have fresh elections than try to rule in a minority government as the collapse of German coalition talks posed the most serious threat to her power since she became chancellor more than a decade ago.

Merkel, who has headed three coalitions since 2005, said she was “very sceptical” about ruling in a minority government and suggested she would stand again as a candidate if elections were called in the new year, telling public broadcaster ARD she was “a woman who has responsibility and is prepared to take responsibility in the future”.

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Zimbabwe in confusion as Robert Mugabe ignores latest deadline to leave

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:23:31 GMT2017-11-20T19:23:31Z

Draft impeachment motion published by Zanu-PF party but support of opposition parties may be necessary after arrest or flight of some MPs

Robert Mugabe faces being stripped of his office by parliament if he does not resign as president within days, as the political crisis triggered by a military takeover in Zimbabwe moves into a second week.

The 93-year-old had been given a deadline of noon local time on Monday to resign as head of state or face impeachment when parliament reconvenes on Tuesday.

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Paperchase apologises for Daily Mail promotion after online backlash

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:33:20 GMT2017-11-20T20:33:20Z

Stationery chain vows to end relationship with newspaper after receiving hundreds of complaints over gift-wrap giveaway

Paperchase has said it will not run any more marketing campaigns with the Daily Mail after an online backlash over an offer on the newspaper’s front page.

The stationery chain received hundreds of complaints on social media over the weekend over its promotion in Saturday’s Daily Mail offering readers free wrapping paper.

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Russian 'troll army' tweets cited more than 80 times in UK media

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:23 GMT2017-11-20T17:00:23Z

Posts from accounts said by Twitter to be Russian trolls quoted in coverage ranging from breaking news to humorous listicles

Members of a Russian “troll army” were quoted more than 80 times across British-read media outlets before Twitter revealed their identity and banned them, a Guardian investigation has shown.

Some posts from the accounts were embedded in articles to provide apparently local reportage and pictures from the sites of disasters and crime scenes around the world. In fact, Twitter claims, all the accounts were run from the offices of the Internet Research Agency in St Petersburg, alleged to be the headquarters of Russia’s troll army.

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Argentina's navy detects fresh noises as hope revived in hunt for missing sub

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:45:10 GMT2017-11-20T20:45:10Z

  • Sounds detected by two Argentinian navy ships searching for ARA San Juan
  • News brings fresh hope after navy warned search had entered ‘critical phase’

Argentina’s navy has detected sounds from the bottom of the ocean that could be from a submarine which has been missing in rough seas for five days, renewing hopes for the vessel and its 44 crew.

The sounds were detected by two Argentinian navy ships searching the area where ARA San Juan went missing and by sonar buoys dropped by a US P8 surveillance plane that has joined the search, said navy spokesperson Enrique Balbi.

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One in seven councillors in English rental hotspots are landlords

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:38:58 GMT2017-11-20T15:38:58Z

Findings raise questions over whether dual role makes councils less inclined to regulate standards in private rental sector

Hundreds of local councillors in England’s rental hotspots are landlords or own second properties, including more than a third of members in some town halls, analysis for the Guardian has revealed.

More than 300 councillors in the 40 boroughs with the largest proportion of private homes for rent own multiple properties. One in seven elected representatives in the areas are landlords, according to declarations of interest.

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Gaia Pope death: police face questions as family pay tribute

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:31:05 GMT2017-11-20T17:31:05Z

19-year-old’s mother remembers ‘wise magnificent soul’ as relative of arrested trio criticises detectives

Police are facing questions over the handling of the search for Gaia Pope, whose body was found near a coastal path 11 days after she vanished from a Dorset seaside town.

Three members of one family arrested last week on suspicion of murdering the 19-year-old have been released from further investigation after a postmortem found no indication that anyone else was involved in Pope’s death.

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Eurotunnel renamed Getlink in preparation for post-Brexit era

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:40:23 GMT2017-11-20T16:40:23Z

Company says rebrand to ‘very Anglo-Saxon’ name is needed because it owns businesses beyond the Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel is preparing for the post-Brexit era with a corporate rebrand, with the company being renamed Getlink.

The French company, which operates the Channel Tunnel, has chosen the admirably Anglo-Saxon name to “mark the group’s passage into an exciting new era for mobility infrastructures”.

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Man who murdered adopted daughter was 'Jekyll and Hyde' character

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:46:17 GMT2017-11-20T19:46:17Z

Family court judge raises concerns about how injuries sustained by Elsie Scully-Hicks were dealt with

A senior family court judge has described a man convicted of murdering his adoptive baby daughter as a “Jekyll and Hyde character” who appeared calm when others were around but in private could not control himself if the child played up.

In a family court judgment, Mr Justice Moor raised concerns about how injuries that Elsie Scully-Hicks sustained in the months before her father Matthew Scully-Hicks killed her were dealt with by professionals involved in her care.

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Beer goggles? Gordon Ramsay under fire over Korean TV advert

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:41:11 GMT2017-11-20T12:41:11Z

‘Bloody fresh,’ said the chef as he downed a glass of Cass, but critics say he is endorsing ‘maybe the worst beer in the world’

Gordon Ramsay routinely berates contestants – often in the most colourful terms – on his television shows for their poor sense of taste.

But this week it is the celebrity chef’s own tastebuds that are being called into question after he appeared in a TV advert promoting a South Korean beer that can politely be described as bland.

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A mission for journalism in a time of crisis

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:00:03 GMT2017-11-16T19:00:03Z

In a turbulent era, the media must define its values and principles, writes Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner

‘No former period, in the history of our Country, has been marked by the agitation of questions of a more important character than those which are now claiming the attention of the public.” So began the announcement, nearly 200 years ago, of a brand-new newspaper to be published in Manchester, England, which proclaimed that “the spirited discussion of political questions” and “the accurate detail of facts” were “particularly important at this juncture”.

Now we are living through another extraordinary period in history: one defined by dazzling political shocks and the disruptive impact of new technologies in every part of our lives. The public sphere has changed more radically in the past two decades than in the previous two centuries – and news organisations, including this one, have worked hard to adjust.

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'It's just mistake after mistake' – stories from the universal credit catastrophe

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:22:27 GMT2017-11-20T18:22:27Z

It was introduced to simplify benefits and encourage people to work. Yet from a bungled rollout to Kafkaesque rules and the infamous six-week payment delay, universal credit has caused untold misery. John Harris meets people who have had their lives turned upside down. Photograph by Mark Pinder for the Guardian

Sue hit her lowest point at the end of 2016. Unable to buy food and behind with her rent, she phoned the finance company about the debt on her car. She and her family live in a town between Bristol and Bath, the kind of place where getting around with three children – not least to the nearest jobcentre, which is nine miles away – makes having your own transport essential. But she hadn’t met her repayments for three months.

“The lady on the line said, ‘You sound really down – are you OK?’” she recalls. “She could hear I was distressed. And I basically said: ‘No – I’m going to go upstairs and slit my wrists.’ She said: ‘Don’t do that – stay on the line. I’m going to put you through to someone you should talk to.’ It was a counsellor. And I spoke to them for nearly two hours.”

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Pop culture’s dark obsession with Charles Manson – from Guns N’ Roses to Mad Men

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:23:56 GMT2017-11-20T17:23:56Z

The cult leader has inspired thoughtful works of art and literary novels but is more often used as a hackneyed shortcut to outrage. Why the fascination with a white supremacist and misogynist who masterminded the murder of seven people?

Charles Manson dies aged 83 | Obituary | Opinion: Suzanne Moore

There is a certain grim irony in the fact that Charles Manson’s trial and conviction on seven counts of first-degree murder got him what he wanted. He finished up on the front of Rolling Stone magazine, a cover apparently designed to make him look exactly like the rock star he had always dreamed about becoming. His music got a wider audience. Before the trial was over, Manson’s debut album had been released, albeit on a tiny label set up expressly for the purpose by his friend, record producer Phil Kaufman, rather than one of the major companies he had courted in the late 60s.

That was an era when Neil Young attempted to interest Warner Bros Records in Manson’s “unbelievable” music; an offshoot of MCA had been sufficiently interested to pay for Manson to record some demos; and Dennis Wilson had mooted him as a potential artist for the Beach Boys’ own label Brother, successfully lobbying the band to record one of his songs, Cease to Exist, under the title Never Learn Not to Love. And the Beatles, with whom he was obsessed, finally heard about him. “I don’t know what I thought when it happened. I just think a lot of the things he says are true,” said John Lennon when an interviewer brought up Manson’s name. “That he’s a child of the state, made by us. That he took their children in when nobody else would … But of course he’s cracked, all right … he’s barmy.”

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How China made Victoria's Secret a pawn in its ruthless global game | Paul Mason

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:04:19 GMT2017-11-20T19:04:19Z

The lingerie brand’s star model Gigi Hadid got into trouble over a gaffe that a more seasoned business traveller to China might have anticipated. So what hope for future forays into this repressive state?

As a movie plot, it would work better for Johnny English than James Bond: the lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret saw its launch in China mired in controversy when the People’s Republic refused to issue visas to invited celebrities and journalists. Katy Perry was barred for seemingly supporting the independence of Taiwan, while model Gigi Hadid transgressed by squinting in a way some Chinese people thought was racist, while posing with a fortune cookie that looked like Buddha. Add in China’s standard unpredictability when it comes to issuing press visas and you have loss of face all around.

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A ‘festive garbage clam’: the problem with Ivanka Trump’s Thanksgiving centrepiece

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:51:57 GMT2017-11-20T16:51:57Z

The first daughter’s extreme, but by no means exceptional, example of the form has been widely ridiculed on Twitter. But she won’t be the only one going over the top this year

‘Have no idea how to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Problem solved,” read the tweet from Ivanka Trump HQ. But the link to what her website described as a “bold and unexpected Thanksgiving tablescape” looked more like a problem created: a giant clamshell filled with little grey pumpkins, moss, pine cones and driftwood. Welcome to the weird and twisted world of the Thanksgiving centrepiece.

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Mandatory balaclavas and posh nibbles: Pussy Riot pop-up is the worst kind of misery-porn

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:17:59 GMT2017-11-20T18:17:59Z

Two members of Pussy Riot were in London to tell their story in opposing ways. One felt pointless and cynical, the other powerful and exhilarating

Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were both in London last week, albeit on opposite sides of the capital. Pussy Riot’s feted figureheads were in town to stage different live retellings of how their Russian performance art collective became a cause celebre in 2012, when a 35-second guerrilla punk gig in Moscow Cathedral earned Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and fellow performer Yekaterina Samutsevich two-year prison sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”.

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Interstellar object confirmed to be from another solar system

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:59:13 GMT2017-11-20T19:59:13Z

Astronomers have named interstellar asteroid ’Oumuamua and found it to be rich in organic molecules

Astronomers are now certain that the mysterious object detected hurtling past our sun last month is indeed from another solar system. They have named it 1I/2017 U1(’Oumuamua) and believe it could be one of 10,000 others lurking undetected in our cosmic neighbourhood.

The certainty of its extraterrestrial origin comes from an analysis that shows its orbit is almost impossible to achieve from within our Solar System.

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Bristol's housing crisis: 'The idea you would own a home is ridiculous'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:28:46 GMT2017-11-20T18:28:46Z

Soaring property prices, rising rents, austerity and an influx of London émigrés are putting the squeeze on young people

Bristol’s economy has flourished in recent years, fuelled in part by its proximity to the capital’s booming economy and overheating housing market. The west of England, and the city of Brunel and Banksy, is an increasingly expensive place to live with the highest private sector rental costs outside London, according to the Resolution Foundation thinktank.

Bristol’s burgeoning youth population is bearing the brunt, in a part of the world known not just for its heritage as a cornerstone of the industrial revolution but for its cultural scene. With typical house prices more than 10 times the average salary, that might make it tougher for the next Massive Attack or Portishead to emerge.

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Canadian American family on surviving Taliban captivity: 'We tried to make it fun'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:37:54 GMT2017-11-20T19:37:54Z

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle used lessons about British history and constellations to help their children after being abducted in Afghanistan

An American woman kidnapped in Afghanistan and held for five years said she and her Canadian husband did all they could to make captivity as fun as possible for their three children, concocting games out of garbage and teaching their eldest son British history to diminish his fears around beheadings.

“We tried to make it fun for them, as best we could,” Caitlan Coleman, 31, told ABC News in an interview released on Monday. “We would just teach them to use things like bottle caps, or bits of cardboard – garbage essentially – but what we could find to play with, tell them these are toys, we can make a game with this.”

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Stoke City: Premier League – live!

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:31:46 GMT2017-11-20T21:31:46Z

73 mins: Gross, on the left wing, takes on Zouma. He goes down the line and turns back; Zouma eventually catches up. He goes up the line and turns back again; Zouma eventually catches up. He goes down the line and turns back again, gets the ball muddled between his feet, and gives away a throw-in. Still, it was fun.

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No one will forget the day it came right for Jana Novotna at Wimbledon

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:56:14 GMT2017-11-20T14:56:14Z

Jana Novotna, who has died at the age of 49, ended her wait for SW19 glory in 1998. Writing in the Guardian that year, Stephen Bierley recalled a famous day

One of the most compelling images in tennis during the closing decade of this century was one born of loss. In the 1993 Wimbledon women’s singles final, and leading 4-1 in the third set, Jana Novotna dramatically crumpled to defeat against Steffi Graf and then, unable to contain her emotions, wept lingeringly on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent.

Four years later Novotna was on Wimbledon’s Centre Court again, losing in three sets to the 16-year-old Swiss Martina Hingis. No tears this time, but playful resignation masking her disappointment as she snatched the silver rosewater dish away from Hingis and made as if to run off with it.

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Amanda Staveley’s consortium offers around £300m for Newcastle United

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:46:41 GMT2017-11-20T20:46:41Z

• Ashley wanted around £400m when he went to market
• Rafael Benítez’s future in doubt unless he gets January funds

Amanda Staveley’s Dubai-based financial advisory firm PCP Capital Partners has formally offered Mike Ashley a sum in the region of £300m for Newcastle United after conducting preliminary due diligence on the club’s finances.

Newcastle’s owner, who wanted nearer £400m, is pondering his next move and on Monday night was still to accept the bid in principle. Should the Sports Direct owner do so a period of exclusivity would be entered into during which specialist lawyers would undertake a period of formal due diligence. This process usually takes around a month, dictating that a final deal could theoretically still be negotiated and completed by Christmas, although a new‑year completion seems more likely.

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England’s Dawid Malan ready to ‘enjoy’ Australia pace attack at the Gabba

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:15:11 GMT2017-11-20T18:15:11Z

• Jake Ball expected to be fit to play in Brisbane after recovering from injury
• Malan looking forward to Ashes debut against hosts’ pace trio

England were served the briefest injury scare on their day off as Stuart Broad was struck on the lower back by a wayward ball while on the putting green at Brisbane Golf Club. He earned a bruise, just as most players did when paintballing in Townsville last week, but nothing more. Broad is fine for the first Ashes Test on Thursday and so, happily, is his touring room-mate and county team-mate, Jake Ball, who has recovered from his ankle ligament strain and appears favourite to beat Craig Overton to the fourth seamer’s spot.

Overton has performed admirably, fulfilling many roles (although not managing to score a run), in the tour matches and appeared set to benefit from Ball’s injury, sustained in Adelaide 11 days ago. Ball’s recovery, though, has been swift and impressive, partly because England’s medical team were initially intentionally overzealous with their protection of him. “I’m 100% confident that I can get through a five-day Test,” Ball said. “From the second I did it, we’ve had a plan to be fit for the first Test and everything has gone to plan, if not better. I’m in a really good position.”

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Aiba’s Wu Ching-kuo steps down amid financial mismanagement allegations

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:17:37 GMT2017-11-20T20:17:37Z

• Wu suspended last month but investigation set to be dropped
• Franco Falcinelli, currentlyAiba’s senior vice-president, to take over

The suspended leader of amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has announced he is stepping down amid allegations of financial mismanagement but remarkably will be named as the organisation’s honorary president.

Wu Ching-kuo’s resignation follows a divisive 11-year reign, characterised by a bitter power struggle in recent times. Last month Aiba’s disciplinary commission voted unanimously to suspend the 70-year-old. He was alleged to have accumulated debt of 15m Swiss francs for the organisation through poor financial management and auditing. He was also accused of trying to depose the members of the executive committee who challenged his leadership.

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Escape artist Tony Pulis runs out of time after West Brom fans lose patience | Barry Glendenning

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:08:43 GMT2017-11-20T20:08:43Z

West Bromwich Albion turned to Tony Pulis when they were in danger of the drop but after three years of uninspiring football and a £40m summer outlay, the club’s fans and owners expected progress

The signs were ominous. The conspicuous presence of Guochuan Lai, West Bromwich Albion’s usually absent Chinese owner, for his team’s Premier League defeat at the hands of visiting Chelsea spoke volumes and the emphatic nature of the scoreline was enough to seal the fate of Tony Pulis. The Welshman, who took over in January 2015 , had the air of a dead man walking in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 gubbing. He was duly sacked on Monday and leaves the club a point and a place above the relegation zone.

Fans who have long been bored witless by an unattractive brand of football that was no longer yielding the kind of results that led to finishes in 13th, 14th and 10th over the past three seasons have finally got what they wanted. The question now is whether they will regret the decision to sack the first man they would almost certainly approach with a view to extracting them from the current pickle if it was not he who had got them into it in the first place.

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Examples of Steve Smith and Joe Root point to less Ashes antagonism | Geoff Lemon

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:35 GMT2017-11-20T17:00:35Z

Starting with their leaders, Australia and England look like teams that have realised they’re better suited to another way

They look like a couple of nice boys. Wheatfield hair, slightly awkward smiles. Helpful at charity days, polite at press conferences, respectful about others in their field. Not quite with the cherubic aspect they had when beginning their current vocation, but hints of those chubby dimply faces remain.

Steve Smith and Joe Root, Ashes captains, don’t fit the mould. It’s supposed to be all tough guys and hard bastards, sledging and chuntering, flint-eyed glares and “broken fucken arms”. Chappell, Border, Illingworth, Jardine, a legacy built on rough words and wads of brutalised chewing gum.

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Pulis gone, Arsenal's bragging rights and Buffon's broken heart – Football Weekly

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:32:57 GMT2017-11-20T17:32:57Z

Max Rushden and co predict managerial merry go round movement, review the latest action and find out if Roman Burki has hit the headlines in Germany

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Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Mark Langdon on his debut have plenty to get their teeth into on the day that Tony Pulis was sacked by West Brom, who were hammered 4-0 by Chelsea at the weekend.

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Warren Gatland hits back at New Zealand media before Wales v All Blacks

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:04:26 GMT2017-11-20T18:04:26Z

• Head coach fully expects more ribbing from New Zealand press
• We weren’t trying to pull a fast one, he adds of the finale to Georgia match

As Warren Gatland prepares Wales to face his native New Zealand for perhaps the final time he says the flurry of blows landed by the local media before the Lions met the All Blacks last summer made him mentally tougher, although there were “one or two people” he would not mind getting into the corner of a room with.

Gatland, who was depicted as a clown by one New Zealand paper before the Lions rallied from 1-0 down to share the series, expects more demeaning caricatures this week but said anyone looking to turn Saturday’s encounter at the Principality Stadium into a feud between him and the All Blacks’ head coach, Steve Hansen, would be wasting time.

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West Brom consider Alan Pardew and Nigel Pearson after sacking Tony Pulis

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:32:00 GMT2017-11-20T16:32:00Z

• Martin O’Neill also considered a potential candidate
• Assistant coach Gary Megson to take temporary charge

West Bromwich Albion are prepared to take time to consider their options after Tony Pulis was relieved of his post on Monday following a poor run of results that culminated in the 4-0 home thrashing by Chelsea on Saturday, with Nigel Pearson, Alan Pardew and Martin O’Neill among the potential candidates to succeed him.

Gary Megson, who was manager between 2000 and 2004 and returned to the club in the summer as Pulis’s assistant, has been put in caretaker charge and is expected to take control for at least this weekend’s trip to face Tottenham at Wembley. But with West Brom currently only a point clear of the relegation zone after 13 matches, the club’s hierarchy are aware of the importance of making a swift appointment, with the home fixture against Newcastle United next Tuesday quickly followed by the visit of the bottom side, Crystal Palace.

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Michael Cheika facing World Rugby investigation for conduct during England v Australia

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:44:30 GMT2017-11-20T16:44:30Z

• Governing body looking into coach’s post-match comments at Twickenham
• Cheika is expected to discover his fate on Tuesday

Michael Cheika’s conduct during Australia’s 30-6 defeat by England at Twickenham has been referred for investigation by World Rugby.

The Wallabies head coach was infuriated by a number of refereeing decisions and when a Michael Hooper try was disallowed in the first half, he appeared to mouth “fucking genius” in reference to the decision made by the referee Ben O’Keeffe.

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John Stones injury will test Manchester City squad depth, admits Pep Guardiola

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:42:09 GMT2017-11-20T19:42:09Z

• City centre-back out for up to six weeks with hamstring injury
• Eliaquim Mangala to play against Feyenoord in Champions League

Pep Guardiola believes the loss of John Stones will present Manchester City with a tough examination of their title credentials. Stones, whose outstanding form led him to play back-to-back 90-minute games for England against Germany and Brazil, now faces six weeks out with the hamstring injury sustained in the win at Leicester on Saturday.

The return of the captain, Vincent Kompany, after his own lay-off is timely but, given the Belgian’s patchy fitness record, the Premier League leaders appear short of cover in central defence. Nicolás Otamendi is back after a one-game domestic ban but the only other specialist options are Eliaquim Mangala and the largely untried youngster Tosin Adarabioyo.

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David Haye’s rematch with Tony Bellew postponed due to arm injury

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:53 GMT2017-11-20T16:30:53Z

• Haye suffered injury to biceps during training for 17 December bout
• Promoters hoping to reschedule fight for 24 March or 5 May

David Haye has been forced to postpone his rematch with Tony Bellew after tearing his biceps during training. The injury‑prone heavyweight, 37, has withdrawn from the match-up scheduled for 17 December at London’s O2 Arena but is not considering retirement and hopes to fight his rival on 24 March or 5 May instead.

“I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed until March 25 or May 5, subject to scheduling,” Haye said. “Despite the recent injury rumours, I was in perfect condition with an incredibly strong training camp, weighing lighter than I have for more than five years, I couldn’t wait to get back in the ring. I was ready to rewrite the ending of the Haye-Bellew saga.”

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Nolito: ‘Comments hurt you and your family. Being insulted isn’t part of the job’

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:46:00 GMT2017-11-20T13:46:00Z

Nolito, who faces Liverpool with Sevilla on Tuesday, opens up on Pep Guardiola, explains how a joke about the English weather led to all sorts of trouble and reveals who he thinks is the best player at Manchester City

Nolito says he was “joking”, which he often is, as another cheeky grin sweeps across his face and he starts laughing again. “Bloody hell,” he says, which is something he says a lot – or its slightly ruder Spanish equivalent anyway. And then he continues: “But it was for real, eh! I had to give her vitamin D, the poor thing. We’d go outside but the sun just never came out. Even I ended up pale …” A quick glance up and he adds, giggling: “Just like you!” And just like his daughter Lola, aged nine, and one‑year‑old twins, Lara and Alegría.

Towards the end of his first season in England, by which time he knew it would be his last, the former Manchester City player, now back in Spain with Liverpool’s Champions League opponents Sevilla, said his daughter had changed colour. “She looks like she’s been living in a cave,” he said then. He says now: “It got misinterpreted. It was just a joke, a throwaway line. And it was true: there was no sun and the paediatrician said: ‘Try this …’

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Arsenal appoint Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:27:20 GMT2017-11-20T17:27:20Z

• Mislintat had recruited Lewandowski and Dembélé for Bundesliga club
• Chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down from his post after 25 years

Arsenal have secured Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment. The Gunners have drafted in the highly rated 45-year-old, who will start in December. Steve Rowley has stood down as chief scout after 25 years with the north London club.

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Chris Coleman vows to introduce ‘no excuses’ culture at lowly Sunderland

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:48:25 GMT2017-11-20T17:48:25Z

• New manager fired up by challenge of life on the ‘cliff edge’
• Faces tough first Championship assignment at Aston Villa on Tuesday

Chris Coleman stepped on to the stage, smiled at the television cameras and announced a manifesto for change centred on humility, honesty and hope.

Sunderland’s ninth manager in six years was unveiled at the Academy of Light, the club’s training ground, on Monday morning and looked genuinely thrilled to be confronted with the challenge of lifting his new team off the bottom of the Championship.

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Terry Glenn, former Patriots and Cowboys receiver, dies aged 43

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:42:16 GMT2017-11-20T16:42:16Z

  • Glenn caught Tom Brady’s first ever NFL touchdown pass
  • Wide receiver also played for Green Bay Packers during career

Terry Glenn, the wide receiver who caught Tom Brady’s first ever touchdown pass, has died at the age of 43. According to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office Glenn was killed in a “suspected motor vehicle accident” in the early hours of Monday morning.

Glenn was the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft after a brilliant final year of college football at Ohio State. He played six seasons for the Patriots before joining the Green Bay Packers in 2002, and spent the final years of his career with the Cowboys before retiring in 2007.

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Gordon Elliott’s Outlander joins Sizing John in Irish raid on Betfair Chase

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:41:47 GMT2017-11-20T16:41:47Z

• Elliott says £1m big-race hat-trick offer plays no part in Haydock decision
• Jessica Harrington: ‘Sizing John’s as ready as we can get without having a race’

Outlander has become the second Irish-trained horse to be committed to Saturday’s Betfair Chase but the Jockey Club’s £1m lure apparently played no part in the decision. “No, I don’t care about the million, to be honest,” said his trainer, Gordon Elliott, at his stables here in Ireland. “I won’t be getting it.”

The £1m is on offer to any horse who wins the Betfair, the King George on Boxing Day and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, a hat-trick that Kauto Star pulled off a decade ago. But Elliott denied having been told to go in pursuit of the pot by Outlander’s owner, who has famously made a fortune through his association with a budget airline. “I don’t think the million would interest Michael O’Leary too much,” Elliott said, wryly.

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Charles Manson’s prosaic and ugly life is over. But his loser cult lives on | Suzanne Moore

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:21:42 GMT2017-11-20T16:21:42Z

A man full of violence, rage and manipulation, his fantasy was of race war, and now his warped logic holds sway at the highest levels of US society

Charles Manson is finally dead. There is no resting in peace for such a person. At his trial, Manson told the prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi that he was already dead. He had said previously that he had been dead for 2,000 years, part of the confused allusions he made to being Christ. The terrible murders he committed in 1969 and his courtroom testimony transfixed America. The cult leader was finally starring in his own movie, strutting and fretting his hour upon the stage – a short, long-haired man full of violence, rage and manipulation.

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The Guardian view on Germany’s political crisis: the start of the post-Merkel era? | Editorial

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:55:34 GMT2017-11-20T15:55:34Z

The failure of the three-party coalition talks in Germany may make it difficult for the chancellor to stay on

Nearly two months after Germany’s general election, talks aimed at forming a three-party coalition between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU), the Free Democratic party and the Greens have collapsed. The FDP walked out of a late-night round of negotiations on Sunday, saying it had been impossible to reach a compromise on migration and the environment. Unless the three-party deadlock is somehow ended, Germany could go one of three ways: Mrs Merkel might try to form a coalition with the opposition Social Democrats (SPD), which the SPD has ruled out; she might form a minority government, presumably with only one other party, which would be a new experience for postwar Germany; or, new elections might eventually be called.

This is an important moment. Each of these scenarios produces considerable political uncertainty in Europe’s powerhouse. The reverberations are sure to be felt not just in Germany itself, where the impact could be destabilising or could shock the country back together in some way. It is also certain to impact on the EU’s prospects of rebooting its project, at a time when the eurozone, security, migration, Vladimir Putin’s meddling, relations with Turkey, democratic backsliding in Poland and Hungary, and Brexit all need attending to. Monday’s nervous market reaction hinted at some of what is at stake.

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Youth prisons don’t deter criminals. They enable them | Shauneen Lambe

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:16:17 GMT2017-11-20T17:16:17Z

Young offender institutions are cruel and counterproductive. Cressida Dick’s call for ‘harsher’ sentencing reveals her ignorance of the evidence

In 2003 I visited Feltham young offender institution for the first time. Freshly returned from death row in America, I was feeling smug about civilised Britain. I walked down a concrete corridor with no walls – just bars – the wind whipping through a derelict garden with a small pond where a plastic heron lay prone, beak down in the sludge. Then, an enormous, brightly lit visitors’ room with tables nailed to the floor, and in the corner a holding cell, three sides of which were glass, holding at least 10 children. None of them were talking.

I had never been in an environment so eerily quiet. Anyone who has spent any time in schools knows that kids are noisy. Yet here were 10 teenagers sitting together, and none of them had anything to say.

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This budget will make things even worse for women and the disadvantaged | Dawn Butler

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:11:43 GMT2017-11-20T14:11:43Z

So much for Theresa May acting on Britain’s ‘burning injustices’. The Tories must U-turn on austerity

• Dawn Butler is shadow minister for women and equalities and Labour MP for Brent Central

Austerity, the Tories’ failed economic project, has hit women and ethnic minority communities the hardest. Today, we say: no more. This week’s budget must not be another veiled attack on marginalised and disadvantaged groups.

The government is well aware of structural and systemic gender and racial inequalities across our society, from discrimination in the workplace, unemployment and underemployment, the gender and racial pay gaps, to the over-representation of black people in the criminal justice system and under-representation of women and people of colour in public life.

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The Guardian view on Black Friday: a triumph of imagination | Editorial

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:18:55 GMT2017-11-20T19:18:55Z

Recreational shopping is not about collecting objects so much as experiences

On Thursday, nothing out of the ordinary will happen in Britain. Millions of people will get up and go to work as normal; families will remain widely dispersed; shops will be open as usual; and at the end of the day the nation will gather for its traditional meals of takeaway and microwaved convenience foods eaten in front of a screen. In the US, by contrast, it will be the feast of Thanksgiving, when the whole country shuts down and families gather from across vast distances for a ritual meal celebrating America’s founding myth. An anthropologist might well suppose that this was the most important festival of the year, far more so than Christmas. No one would dare declare a war on Thanksgiving. So it makes a kind of sense that the day after be given over to the frenzy of shopping.

It makes no sense at all for Black Friday to be transplanted to Britain. There is nothing at all special about the day in the British social calendar. Even in the retail calendar it falls squarely in the middle of the runup to Christmas, which nowadays starts some time in early October, so that there are already angels watching over the crowds in Oxford Street in central London, while in Bradford the Christmas decorations went up even earlier.

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What does Germany’s political crisis mean for Brexit? | Martin Kettle

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:41:19 GMT2017-11-20T13:41:19Z

With coalition talks collapsing, Angela Merkel has problems at home to sort. The idea she could magic a Brexit solution favourable to the UK is simply for the birds

The British political class, like much of the British media, remains foolishly obsessed with America to the exclusion of all other foreign countries. As a result, both refuse to pay consistent attention to German politics, or indeed to the internal politics of any other European country at all. So the news that Angela Merkel may not, after all, continue in office as Germany’s chancellor will have come as a rude shock to many of them.

The British have always blithely assumed that Merkel would somehow ride to the UK’s rescue over Brexit like the Prussians at the battle of Waterloo. David Cameron thought this would happen in the negotiations preceding the referendum in 2015-16. Now Theresa May, and certainly David Davis, seem to have a similar hope over Brexit. It is a foolish error.

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How to repair our environment, one species at a time | Patrick Barkham

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:51:05 GMT2017-11-20T15:51:05Z

Bringing back rare beetles and butterflies might sound self-indulgent, but it proves that individuals can make an impact

The swelteringly hot summer of 1976 was the last gasp for the chequered skipper, a dynamic little butterfly that once buzzed along the rides of the ancient royal hunting forest of Rockingham in Northamptonshire.

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Has British Gas conjured up a magic solution to energy bills? | Nils Pratley

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:53:04 GMT2017-11-20T16:53:04Z

Talk of an energy price cap has spurred the big six into action, but Centrica’s ban on pricey tariffs looks cosmetic

It’s amazing what can happen when the government threatens to impose a price cap on energy bills. Suddenly the big six suppliers, who have spent the three decades since privatisation wedded to their poor-value standard variable tariffs, or SVTs, become a whirr of activity. Centrica, parent of British Gas, is the third to declare it will abolish SVTs.

Iain Conn, the Centrica chief executive, says the timing is unrelated to the government’s threat to cap SVTs, a claim that will convince almost nobody. This looks like an 11th-hour bid to persuade ministers to change their mind.

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Theresa May is closer to a transitional deal than you might think | Piet Eeckhout and Oli Patel

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:17:13 GMT2017-11-20T12:17:13Z

The prime minister and David Davis are already edging us towards a status quo transition – and doubling the Brexit divorce bill would enable that

They may not see eye to eye on the big issues such as trade and migration, but Theresa May and EU leaders may be closer than you think to agreeing the terms and scope for a transition period.

If the latest reports are correct, the prime minister may be about to double her offer on the financial settlement to £38bn in order to unblock the talks before the December summit of EU leaders.

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Don’t feel sorry for Hammond – this is a budget of great opportunity | Torsten Bell

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:30:27 GMT2017-11-20T10:30:27Z

Our acute economic problems could be a blessing for the chancellor. If he creates a mood for consensus, he can bring the changes Britain badly needs

Feeling sorry for Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer is all the rage. Philip Hammond is an unlucky man we’re told, having to prepare next week’s budget with a weakening economy, fears over public finances, and pressure to relaunch a government that’s had a tough autumn.

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These sexual assault scandals are horrific. But they’ve made me feel safer | Sarah Gosling

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:21:01 GMT2017-11-20T11:21:01Z

Like most women, I always knew there were monsters lurking in the shadows. These days men are more likely to believe it – and watch out for them – too

Spacey. Westwick. Hoffman. Seagal. Blaine. CK. Weinstein (Harvey and Bob). Affleck (Casey and Ben). The list goes on. In the past few months, seemingly half of Hollywood and half of government have stood accused. Since the New York Times and the New Yorker exposed Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour, the floodgates have opened as more and more women have felt that finally here was the chance they needed: to make accusations about the wolf without being told they were just crying.

In all the conversations that I’ve had with men about what I’m terming “man-fear”, I’ve heard the same comment time and again: “It can’t be that bad”. Women can’t be scared all the time, can’t be constantly looking over their shoulders, looking out for the next could-be predator about to graze their behind and “accidentally” squeeze while reaching for his drink. Because not all men are like that you see. Well, thanks to this ongoing pile-up of scandals, all’s gone a bit quiet on the “it’s not all men” front.

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Republican tax cuts will hurt Americans. And Democrats will pay the price | Bruce Bartlett

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:10:56 GMT2017-11-20T14:10:56Z

The consequences of the tax program will shelve support for the Republicans, but once in power the Democrats’ hands will be financially bound for years

I think many Democrats and independent political observers are puzzled by the intensity with which Republicans are pursuing their tax cut. It’s not politically popular and may well lead to the party’s defeat in next year’s congressional elections. So why do it?

The answer is that Republicans are pushing the tax cut at breakneck speed precisely because they know they are probably going to lose next year and in 2020 as well. The tax cut, once enacted, however, will bind the hands of Democrats for years to come, forcing them to essentially follow a Republican agenda of deficit reduction and prevent any action on a positive Democratic program. The result will be a steady erosion of support for Democrats that will put Republicans back in power within a few election cycles.

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Why is Donald Trump launching a withering attack on nonprofits? | David Callahan

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:59:14 GMT2017-11-20T13:59:14Z

The administration’s tax proposals are a blunt attack on civil society that will ultimately damage American life

Not so long ago, conservative thinkers and Republican leaders were strong champions of private charity. George HW Bush talked about a “thousand points of light”, while his son created a new White House office to engage nonprofits.

But lately the right’s love affair with philanthropy and civil society has fizzled. Donald Trump – whose claims of generous giving were debunked during the campaign – has shown no interest in forging partnerships between government and philanthropy since taking office. He has wooed a parade of business executives and minor celebrities while largely ignoring leaders from the nonprofit world – save for allies on the religious right such as Jerry Falwell Jr.

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Constipation killed Elvis – here’s how to avoid his fate | Michele Hanson

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:29:14 GMT2017-11-20T13:29:14Z

It is no fun to feel clogged up with cement – and, as history teaches us, it can be fatal. But we need to learn to talk about it

My friend has frightful constipation. I’ll call her X because she’s embarrassed by it. She staggered to the chemist and asked to speak to the pharmacist. “You can tell me what’s wrong,” said the assistant. “He’s out the back. I’ll tell him.”

“Constipation,” whispered my friend.

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A gold star for the nurseries that have stopped being glitter bugs | Jules Howard

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:00:26 GMT2017-11-20T10:00:26Z

As well as polluting our seas with microplastics, the devilish dandruff turns up all over my house and about my person – I applaud those schools banning it

What will the rocks record about the lives we lead? What might a future palaeontologist, human or otherwise, make of the structures that will come to signify these moments in which you and I live our lives? They will notice extinctions, of course. Fossils of mammals’ tusks and horns will abound in the rocks, only to disappear when we humans turn up. They will come across our mines – enormous trace fossils, perhaps the largest ever to have existed. They will see, by studying fossil pollen, that the climate changed. They will find our discarded KFC bones and they will wonder how the world supported so many chickens. And there, among it all, they will probably find that most awful of human inventions: glitter. Oodles of it – purples, pinks and reds – crushed into rocks the world over. Mineralised madness. Our lowest ebb. What will those future palaeontologists make of it? What will glitter say about us?

Perhaps this is our mark in the geological strata. A post-glitter epoch that all started with a handful of nurseries

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A budget to increase national debt? That would be a pay rise for Britain | Phil McDuff

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:57:00 GMT2017-11-20T11:57:00Z

Getting rid of deficits is disastrous for economies – as Bill Clinton proved in the 1990s. But don’t expect Philip Hammond to ditch this crazy obsession

Philip Hammond is in a bind as he prepares for the autumn budget. On the one hand, with Theresa May reeling from ministerial resignations and facing rebellion from the right of her party over Brexit, the chancellor is under pressure from his own MPs to ginger the budget horse. On the other hand he is being stalked by John McDonnell’s popular (and sensible) policies. And the only defence Hammond can mount is the increasingly threadbare invocation of the “fiscal rules”, of keeping the deficit low and maintaining “credibility”.

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Family of detained Briton Laura Plummer apologise to Egypt

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:22:45 GMT2017-11-20T11:22:45Z

Relatives express gratitude for ‘fairness’ justice system has shown towards woman accused of trafficking painkillers

The family of the detained British citizen Laura Plummer have issued an apology to the Egyptian government.

Speaking to the Guardian, Plummer’s sister Rachel presented a statement on behalf of her family. “I would like to place on record our gratitude for the fairness and just manner the Egyptian justice system has shown Laura,” it says.

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Vice-chancellor of Bath University called on to resign after report

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:40:23 GMT2017-11-20T20:40:23Z

Universities watchdog finds governance of senior pay lacked transparency, and says reputation of Bath has been damaged

Staff at the University of Bath have demanded the immediate resignation of the vice-chancellor and board of governors after the publication of a damning report into senior pay and governance at the university.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) said oversight of the vice-chancellor’s pay, which is governed by a remuneration committee, lacked transparency and that the reputation of the university had been damaged.

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John Lewis plagiarism row gives Christmas sales boost to Mr Underbed

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:46:08 GMT2017-11-20T15:46:08Z

After Chris Riddell pointed out the similarity of the retailer’s seasonal TV ad to his picture book, demand for the latter has rocketed

Copies of Chris Riddell’s picture book about a friendly blue monster who lives under a little boy’s bed, Mr Underbed, have sold out in the days since the former children’s laureate accused John Lewis of “help[ing] themselves” to the story for their Christmas TV ad.

Riddell pointed out the similarities between his debut picture book, which was published in 1986, and John Lewis’s commercial, which features the monster Moz, last Thursday. “John Lewis help themselves to my picture book,” tweeted Riddell, adding: “The idea of a monster under the bed is by no means new but the ad does seem to bear a close resemblance to my creation – a big blue unthreatening monster who rocks the bed and snores loudly.”

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Charities received record £1.83bn from £1m-plus donors last year

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:56:53 GMT2017-11-20T18:56:53Z

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge has encouraged donations, research by Coutts and University of Kent finds

Rich people, foundations and companies in the UK donated a record £1.83bn to charities last year, as high profile philanthropy schemes such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge have encouraged more wealthy individuals to give away a portion of their fortunes.

Research by Coutts, the private bank used by the royal family, and researchers at the University of Kent found that 310 UK people and organisations made donations of £1m or more last year. The number of £1m-plus donations increased from 189 in in 2007, when Coutts produced the first edition of the Million Pound Donors report.

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Barnier says EU will not compromise standards in future UK trade deal

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:46:38 GMT2017-11-20T13:46:38Z

Chief Brexit negotiator says any move to abandon European laws and regulations will complicate agreement

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said that any move by a British government to abandon European-style policies will complicate the agreement of a post-Brexit trade deal in national and regional parliaments across the bloc.

The EU was ready to offer the UK the “most ambitious” partnership on trade possible, he said, but was not going to compromise its standards on fair competition, tax, labour law, environmental and food safety.

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Fourth death at Lincoln immigration removal centre prompts inquiry

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:40:21 GMT2017-11-20T17:40:21Z

Death of 27-year-old Iraqi man at Morton Hall immigration removal centre is fourth fatality at centre in a year

An investigation has been launched into the fourth death at a Lincoln immigration removal centre in the last year.

A 27-year-old Iraqi man died at Morton Hall immigration removal centre on Sunday morning. He is thought to have killed himself.

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Queen and Prince Philip portraits released to mark 70th anniversary

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:42:14 GMT2017-11-20T08:42:14Z

First British monarch to celebrate platinum wedding anniversary is pictured with her husband at Windsor Castle

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been pictured in three more photographs as part of a series of portraits released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

The photographs, taken by British photographer Matt Holyoak, show Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November.

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'Welcome to sunny Preston': city welcomes students displaced by Irma

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:17:34 GMT2017-11-20T17:17:34Z

Civic ceremony held for 700 trainee medics from devastated island of Dutch St Maarten who say Lancashire residents ‘could not have been warmer’

When 700 students arrived en masse in Preston two months ago, having been uprooted from their Caribbean island by Hurricane Irma, few knew what to make of their less tropical new home. They needn’t, it seems, have worried.

“Everyone makes the same joke: ‘Welcome to sunny Preston!’” said Nathaniel Minigh, 25, one of the hundreds of American and Canadian trainee medics who have taken quickly to student life – and constant references to the weather – in the Lancashire city.

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Cambridge student died in fall after taking legal high, inquest told

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:39:52 GMT2017-11-20T14:39:52Z

Thomas Millward, 19, died in hospital after sustaining ‘traumatic’ brain injury in stairwell of Girton College, court hears

A first-year Cambridge student was found naked and unconscious after taking a legal high and falling down a stairwell, an inquest has heard.

Thomas Millward was found injured at the bottom of stairs after police were called to 148-year-old Girton College on 5 March last year.

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British Gas owner scraps controversial standard variable tariff

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:45:00 GMT2017-11-20T11:45:00Z

Centrica becomes third of big six suppliers to end SVT for new customers, with rivals expected to follow suit

British Gas owner Centrica is to scrap its widely criticised standard variable tariff (SVT) for new customers from April, and other energy companies are expected to follow suit.

The company is the third of the big six suppliers to announce the end of its SVT following announcements from E.on and Scottish Power.

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Children in the UK feel more disempowered than those in India

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:06:21 GMT2017-11-20T17:06:21Z

Unicef says young people feel their voices are unheard on global issues, as study finds prospects for 180 million worldwide bleaker than those of their parents

A poll of children from 14 countries reveals how deeply worried they are about terrorism, poverty and poor education, and how mistrustful of adults and leaders in making good decisions for them.

Children in Britain and South Africa feel the most disenfranchised when it comes to decisions made that affect them, while those in India feel the most empowered, according to the Unicef survey. Analysis by the UN agency, released on Monday, also found that despite global progress, one in 12 children – or 180 million worldwide – still live in countries where their futures look bleaker than those of their parents.

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Belief that customs system will be ready for Brexit ‘borders on insanity’

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:03:54 GMT2017-11-20T18:03:54Z

Logistics company CEVA says delays could lead to ‘calamitous situation’ at Dover, and warns it may already be too late

One of the world’s biggest logistics companies, whose clients include Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Primark, has said it is “bordering on insanity” to think new Brexit customs systems will be in place for 2019.

Leigh Pomlett, the executive director of CEVA Group, which specialises in road, air and ocean-going freight, said Downing Street and the Treasury did not understand how difficult it would be to have a system in place in 15 months’ time, when the UK leaves the EU.

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Most women in UK who have Islamic wedding miss out on legal rights

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:15:23 GMT2017-11-20T15:15:23Z

Poll for Channel 4 documentary finds 61% have not had separate civil ceremony to make marriage legal under British law

Six in 10 women in the UK who have had a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony are not in legally recognised marriages, depriving them of rights and protection, according to a survey.

It found that nearly all married Muslim women have had a nikah, a religious marriage ceremony, but 61% had not gone through a separate civil ceremony which would make the marriage legal under UK law.

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Ramin Gray of Actors Touring Company faces harassment allegations

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:52:26 GMT2017-11-20T16:52:26Z

Eight women describe alleged cases of historic harassment against director who called for search for ‘Weinstein of British theatre’

A leading director who called for a search for “the Weinstein of British theatre” is facing allegations of harassment from eight women.

Ramin Gray, the artistic director of Actors Touring Company (ATC), gave an interview to theatre writer Carl Woodward to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. After Gray said in the interview that “the search for who is the Weinstein of British theatre is an honourable search”, Woodward said that he was contacted by the women, who described alleged cases of historic harassment.

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Watership Down author's personal library reveals precious treasures

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:39:30 GMT2017-11-20T13:39:30Z

Richard Adams’s books, going to auction in December, include a first edition of Jane Austen’s Emma, Shakespeare’s Second Folio and Boswell’s Life of Johnson

The vast library of the late Richard Adams, which ranges from a rare copy of Milton’s epic poem Lycidas to a first edition of Jane Austen’s Emma, is to be sold at auction next month.

Running to thousands of books, the Watership Down author’s collection includes a rare copy of the Shakespeare Second Folio of 1632, Boswell’s Life of Johnson and a Bible that once belonged to Charles II. Adams, who died last year aged 96, also owned a host of first editions by 19th-century English novelists including Austen, George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope.

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Taxi driver who murdered his two children jailed for life

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:21:45 GMT2017-11-20T13:21:45Z

Endris Mohammed sentenced to at least 33 years after smothering eight-year-old and six-year-old and trying to kill his wife

A taxi driver who killed his two young children by smothering them with a petrol-soaked rag has been been jailed for life with a minimum term of 33 years.

Endris Mohammed was unanimously convicted last week of the murders of Saros Endris, aged eight, and his six-year-old sister, Leanor, who both died of airway obstruction after receiving chemical burns to their faces.

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Second woman comes forward to say Al Franken inappropriately touched her

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:27:30 GMT2017-11-20T17:27:30Z

Lindsay Menz, 33, said the senator grabbed her buttocks in 2010 while the two were posing together for a photo at a state fair in Minnesota

A second woman has come forward and accused Al Franken of inappropriately touching her, this time since he took office as senator from Minnesota.

According to CNN, Lindsay Menz, 33, said Franken grabbed her buttocks in 2010 while the two were posing together for a photo at a state fair in Minnesota.

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Babies may be able to link certain words and concepts, research suggests

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:00:38 GMT2017-11-20T20:00:38Z

Study indicates infants as young as six months old may realise certain words are related – and that interaction with adults boosts understanding

Babies as young as six months old may have an inkling that certain words and concepts are related to each other, say scientists in research that sheds new light on how infants learn.

The study also found that babies who were more often exposed to adults talking to them about items in their vicinity did better at identifying a picture of an object when the item was said out loud.

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Call to stub out on-screen smoking in French films

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:02:06 GMT2017-11-20T15:02:06Z

Injecting morality into films is ‘like pouring cola into a Château Lafite’, one critic of idea declares

The French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo spent almost an entire film – the 1960s classic À Bout du Souffle (Breathless) – with a Gauloise dangling from his lips. Audrey Tautou portrayed the designer Coco Chanel pinning haute couture dresses while smoking. Jacques Tati was rarely without his pipe and Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Alain Delon all puffed their way through decades of movies.

Hardly surprising then that a call for French directors to stub out smoking on screen has been greeted with a mix of disbelief and outright ridicule. It has also prompted the existential question: what would French cinema be without the cigarette?

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It's Frankfurt … and Paris: Goldman Sachs names post-Brexit hubs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:14:48 GMT2017-11-20T15:14:48Z

Lloyd Blankfein says cities would be main hubs for handling business no longer possible in London, with American staff ‘probably preferring Paris’

Goldman Sachs has stepped back from identifying a single European city as its post-Brexit EU home and has instead chosen to split its business between Frankfurt and Paris.

Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman’s chief executive, said the German and French cities would be the main centres from which the US investment bank would handle business that can no longer be conducted in London after March 2019.

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Donald Trump plans to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:12:03 GMT2017-11-20T21:12:03Z

  • President says move is part of US ‘maximum pressure campaign’
  • US officials cite killing of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother at Malaysian airport

Donald Trump has announced that the US will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the US “maximum pressure campaign” against Pyongyang. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.

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Australian employers ripping off backpackers and foreign students: study

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:00:37 GMT2017-11-20T19:00:37Z

Survey reveals systemic exploitation of visitors to Australia, including criminal behaviour by employers

A third of backpackers and a quarter of international students in Australia are being routinely ripped off by employers who are paying them $12 an hour or less, about half the minimum wage.

A comprehensive survey of 4,322 people on temporary migrant visas, by three universities in Sydney, has painted a grim picture of systemic exploitation of visitors to Australia, with some cases detailing criminal behaviour by employers such as confiscating passports or demanding part of wages back in return for keeping a job.

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Turkish LGBTI activists condemn 'illegal' ban on events in Ankara

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:18:12 GMT2017-11-20T13:18:12Z

Authorities’ move follows ban on a festival of German-language gay films in Turkish capital

Rights groups have condemned as illegal and discriminatory a ban on LGBTI events in the Turkish capital one week after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described empowering gay people as being “against the values of our nation”.

The Ankara governor’s office said on Sunday night it was imposing a ban on all LGBTI cultural events until further notice, citing threats to “public order” and the fear of “provoking reactions within certain segments of society,” days after it banned a festival on German-language gay films in the capital city.

The ban is the latest in a series of attempts by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party to curtail the activities of Turkey’s LGBTI rights movement, and to impose what critics say is a public morality rooted in Islam.

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White House says true cost of opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:25:18 GMT2017-11-20T13:25:18Z

  • New study puts cost at more than six times previous estimate
  • Report factors in illicit opiods like heroin as well as prescription drugs

The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn, or roughly half a trillion dollars.

In an analysis to be released on Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 private study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse and dependence in the US in 2013 cost $78.5bn. Most of that was attributed to healthcare and criminal justice spending, along with lost productivity.

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Kenya court upholds President Kenyatta's election victory

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:23:21 GMT2017-11-20T13:23:21Z

Supreme court dismisses challenge to re-run poll, but opposition, which boycotted the vote, says government is illegitimate

Kenya’s supreme court has upheld the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in last month’s controversial re-run of presidential elections, clearing the way for the 55-year-old leader to be sworn in for a second and final term next week.

After hearing two days of arguments, a six-judge bench said two petitions demanding the cancellation of the polls were “without merit”.

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Uber plans to buy 24,000 autonomous Volvo SUVs in self-driving push

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:54:51 GMT2017-11-20T15:54:51Z

‘It only becomes a commercial business when you can remove the vehicle operator from the equation,’ says ride-hailing firm battling Lyft and Waymo

Uber is planning to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, the company has announced, moving from its current model of ride-sharing using freelance drivers to owning a fleet of autonomous cars.

Following the three-year self-driving partnership with Volvo, the non-binding framework could give Uber a boost in its ambitions to perfect self-driving systems to replace human drivers, following setbacks and lawsuits over trade secrets and talent.

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Roy Moore sexual assault accuser tells of struggle to regain self-esteem

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:47:56 GMT2017-11-20T16:47:56Z

Leigh Corfman, who accused the Alabama Senate candidate of attack in 1979 when she was 14, said: ‘It took years for me to regain confidence in myself’

The woman who first spoke out to accuse Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 14 said on Monday it took her a long time to get her self-esteem back after she blamed herself for what she says happened.

Leigh Corfman was 14 in 1979 when she alleges Moore, then 32, took her to his house, removed most of her clothes, groped her and put her hand on his genitals. He took her back to her home when she told him she was uncomfortable and wanted to leave, but she was emotionally scarred for decades after, she said.

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France warned of Christmas foie gras shortage

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:58:39 GMT2017-11-20T14:58:39Z

Stocks of controversial and seasonal goose and duck liver delicacy seriously hit for second year in a row by avian flu

Christmas would not be Noël in France without a fat goose liver on the festive table.

But farmers say stocks of foie gras – enjoyed over the festive period by an estimated 80% of France’s population – have been seriously hit by avian flu for the second year in a row.

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Nebraska regulators approve Keystone XL pipeline route

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:59:27 GMT2017-11-20T18:59:27Z

Pipeline plan clears last major regulatory hurdle after vote in Nebraska, but legal challenges and protest likely to follow

A panel of Nebraska regulators have voted narrowly in favor of allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to follow a path through the state, removing the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial project.

The Nebraska public service commission voted 3-2 to approve a permit for the pipeline, which will stretch for 1,200 miles and carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day. The vote saw one of the four Republicans on the commission, Mary Ridder, join with the Democrat, Crystal Rhoades, in opposing the permit. Rhoades said she was concerned about the impact upon landowners and that there was “no evidence” the pipeline would create jobs in Nebraska.

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Daughter of Haitians, 10, urges Trump to extend families' protected status

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:00:25 GMT2017-11-20T09:00:25Z

Ronyde Christina Pontieux issues video calling on president not to divide families like hers by ending protections: ‘They are hardworking, honest people’

Any 10-year-old who records her own video address to a United States president is usually seeking high marks in fifth grade civics. For Ronyde Christina Ponthieux, the message is much more poignant – a personal appeal to Donald Trump not to tear her family apart.

While Ronyde is an American citizen, born and raised in Miami, her parents are not, and they face deportation if Trump follows an expected path and ends the temporary protected status (TPS) of more than 50,000 Haitian immigrants living legally in the US.

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The night Barbuda died: how Hurricane Irma created a Caribbean ghost town

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:00:23 GMT2017-11-20T07:00:23Z

Two and a half months after Barbuda was battered by 185mph winds, the island remains ruined and largely uninhabitated. Now locals are questioning if people will ever return

Walking the streets of the small Caribbean island of Barbuda on a Friday afternoon, you are likely to see more goats than humans.

Dogs, cats and horses, all of which roam freely about the island now that fences are down, also seem to outnumber people. The streets are empty and the houses – at least the ones still standing – are abandoned. The island is like a ghost town.

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Why is first Ashes day-night Test and pink ball a big deal? – video explainer

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:21:34 GMT2017-11-20T18:21:34Z

When Australia host England at the Adelaide Oval on 2 December it will be the first day-night Test in an Ashes series. But just what are day-night Tests all about and why do they use a pink ball? Here we reveal all

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Be very afraid … robots can now do backflips - video

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:35:40 GMT2017-11-17T10:35:40Z

Not content with simply walking or carrying objects, Atlas, made by the robotics firm Boston Dynamics, can now jump across gaps, jump and spin 180°, and – most impressive of all – it can backflip, even using its arms to balance after landing just like a real gymnast

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Joseph Stiglitz on why Trump is unfit to be US president - video

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:30:30 GMT2017-11-16T14:30:30Z

The economist and author of Globalisation and its Discontents talks to the Guardian's Larry Elliott about why he considers Donald Trump unfit to be US president. He says stagnant incomes, the opioid crisis and falling life expectancies all pointed towards a political problem in the US but no one imagined it leading to a Trump presidency

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Robert Mugabe: life of a dictator – video profile

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:46:45 GMT2017-11-20T12:46:45Z

The Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, is under house arrest in Harare following a military takeover. The 93-year-old has led Zimbabwe's since independence from Britain. In recent years disastrous policies have led to hyperinflation, international sanctions and economic ruin

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Residente: Latin America's most successful rapper on race and Trump's America – video

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:28:16 GMT2017-11-16T10:28:16Z

Puerto Rican rapper, writer and film-maker Residente is one of the most successful Latino artists of his generation, winning 24 Latin Grammys as one half of internationally renowned group Calle 13. No other Latin artist has matched that record – and he's nominated in a further nine categories this year following the release of his solo album, Residente. He speaks with Iman Amrani about the influence of politics in his music, his family and Donald Trump

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What are the challenges facing away fans in the age of televised football? – video

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:58:53 GMT2017-11-13T10:58:53Z

The away-day experience for thousands of football fans is becoming increasingly difficult due to the number of games that are rescheduled for television. Some kick-off times require fans to take time off work and broadcasters only need to provide six weeks' notice when moving fixtures, leaving some supporters unable to book cheap travel and hotels. We follow three sets of travelling fans to gain an insight into away days in the age of televised football

• Away days: on the road to Ayr United with Hibs fans

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Wrangling Russia: the American cowboys heading east - video

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:00:19 GMT2017-11-13T08:00:19Z

Miratorg is the largest single holder of black Angus cattle in the world; handling 500,000 heads of cattle on 65 farms across Russia. In 2011, the company began recruiting American cowboys to help restart a national beef industry that had been destroyed during the Soviet era

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Gary Younge interviews Richard Spencer: 'Africans have benefited from white supremacy' - video

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:05:21 GMT2017-11-06T21:05:21Z

In a dramatic interview, the Guardian's Gary Younge speaks to white supremacist Richard Spencer about why he wants to create an 'ethno-state' for white people, and why he believes that Africans have 'benefited from white supremacy'

Watch the full-length documentary Angry, White and American on Channel 4 on Thursday 9 November at 10pm

• Gary Younge: My travels in white America – a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain


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'We slept on the buses': Britain's homeless children – video

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:05:23 GMT2017-11-02T09:05:23Z

When families with small children fall through the social safety net, they can find themselves sleeping rough – in bin sheds, hospital receptions or night buses

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I'm a Celebrity returns – and Stanley Johnson makes it a must-watch

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:41:47 GMT2017-11-20T14:41:47Z

Boris’s dad looks like he’ll be guaranteed entertainment. And with Ant McPartlin returning from rehab and the inclusion of former Scottish labour leader Kezia Dugdale, season 17 in the jungle is leaving other reality TV shows in the dust

With the 14th seasons of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s The X Factor showing the risk of reality TV shows becoming repetitive, the 17th run of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, launched by ITV on Sunday night, felt impressively interesting.

This freshness is helped by a rush of publicity resulting from bad and good luck. The misfortune was the addiction rehab to which co-host Anthony McPartlin had to submit this summer. The good chance was the more happily newsworthy coup of including among the jungle-mates Stanley Johnson, at the precise time that his son, foreign secretary Boris, may hold the futures of the British government and the European Union in his slippery hands.

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OnePlus 5T review: premium full-screen experience at half cost of iPhone X

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:31 GMT2017-11-20T14:00:31Z

OnePlus has done it again, producing a smartphone with almost its rivals’ high-end features, including 36-hour battery life, at an affordable price

The OnePlus 5T propels the Chinese company into the brave new era of full-screen smartphones, with a new 6in minimal bezel display squeezed into the body of a 5.5in device.

The 5T is OnePlus’s fourth phone in two years. Unlike the OnePlus 3 to 3T upgrade in 2016, the internal components for the 5T have mostly stayed the same as those of the OnePlus 5, with the screen and camera the biggest differences.

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The Rake's Progress review – new company makes Stravinsky sing in stylish staging

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:26:27 GMT2017-11-20T12:26:27Z

Wilton’s Music Hall, London
OperaGlass Works’ production of the Hogarth-inspired tale is direct and inventive, with an impressive cast relishing every arch, ironic word

If ever an opera belonged in Wilton’s Music Hall it is The Rake’s Progress. Stravinsky’s Hogarth-inspired work, in which the Devil draws lazy Tom Rakewell to the capital and the word “London” is rarely sung without a shudder of distrust, is right at home in this East End alleyway theatre, whose peeling layers of balcony stucco seem to reflect the way Stravinsky plundered previous centuries for his musical score.

It has been brought here by OperaGlass Works, the newest in a wave of tiny but ambitious outfits filling the gaps left by cut-down programming at the big opera companies. Corners have not been cut here. With a list of supporters that reads like a Who’s Who of the theatre world, Selina Cadell and Eliza Thompson have co-produced a staging that uses the limited space beautifully, moralising from under a delicately raised eyebrow.

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Rhiannon Giddens review – contagious delight and furious defiance

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:19:10 GMT2017-11-20T13:19:10Z

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, LondonFrom slavery to the civil rights struggle, Giddens’s material covers solemn material but her history lessons are thrilling and delivered with pure enjoyment‘History is my biggest teacher,” says Rhiannon Giddens, introducing At the Purchaser’s Option, written after her research into slavery uncovered a chilling advert from the 1830s. It announced the sale of a “smart healthy Negro Wench”, and added, “she has a child about nine months old, which will be at the purchaser’s option”. Giddens transformed this bleak discovery into a furious cry of defiance, the most pained and powerful song of a triumphant and varied set.After several years playing pre-war African-American string band music with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens has expanded her range with dramatic results. Two years ago, her first solo album reworked songs by great women singers from Bessie Smith to Patsy Cline; this year’s Freedom Highway is dominated by her own material and its stories of the civil rights struggle. Continue reading...[...]


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Jaws of death: the Jarman prize winner on her excruciating look at dying in the digital age

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:00:39 GMT2017-11-20T21:00:39Z

Oreet Ashery, who has just won the film-making award, talks about asking Syrian refugees to converse in a darkened room – and her frequently hilarious examination of today’s death industry‘For a long time,” says Oreet Ashery, “I was motivated by utter rage.” The winner of the 2017 Derek Jarman film-making award is remembering growing up in Jerusalem, where she was born in 1966. “I had rage about everything,” she recalls, “and got involved in activism.” It’s a spirit that lives on in her art which, as well as film-making, spans photography, performance, workshop, text and music.We are speaking shortly before her Jarman win is made public. Ashery has just staged, in the run-up to the announcement, a short fragment of her ongoing project NoNothing Salons in the Dark, a series of collaborative storytelling works, at the Whitechapel gallery, London. The fragment contained stories of Syrian refugees and the people trying to help them, recorded in a darkened room in Thessaloniki, Greece, earlier this year. “I was interested in how people work together,” she explains, “telling stories in a darkened room. Even if no one speaks, that is a story, too.” Continue reading...[...]


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