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Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:51:09 GMT2017-10-20T21:51:09Z

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Children waiting up to 18 months for mental health treatment – CQC

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:00:00 GMT2017-10-20T18:00:00Z

NHS watchdog’s report sounds alarm that accessing care for under-18s in England takes so long, amid self-harm concerns

Children with mental health problems are waiting up to 18 months to be treated, a government-ordered report will reveal next week, in an indictment of the poor care many receive.

A Care Quality Commission report into child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) will warn that long delays for treatment are damaging the health of young people with anxiety, depression and other conditions.

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Theatre director Max Stafford-Clark was ousted over inappropriate behaviour

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:00:02 GMT2017-10-20T17:00:02Z

Exclusive: Out of Joint founder was forced out in September after formal complaint that he made lewd comments to a female member of staff

One of the most influential directors in British theatre was forced to stand down from the company he founded after being accused of inappropriate, sexualised behaviour, the Guardian has learned.

Renowned director Max Stafford-Clark – the former artistic director of London’s Royal Court theatre – was forced out of the Out of Joint theatre company after a formal complaint that he made lewd comments to a member of staff.

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Emmanuel Macron accuses Brexiters of bluffing over no-deal divorce

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:05:36 GMT2017-10-20T17:05:36Z

French president tells EU leaders’ summit that Theresa May has never raised cliff-edge Brexit as an option during any discussions

Emmanuel Macron has accused Brexiters of seeking to “bluff” the EU into softening its negotiating stance by championing a no-deal scenario.

In a dramatic intervention at a summit of European leaders in Brussels, the French president said such an outcome was “in no case” part of the discussions, in an apparent reference to reports that the Brexit secretary, David Davis, was planning to positively present a plan to the UK cabinet for Britain to strike out of the EU without a deal.

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Oxbridge 'failing to address diversity', David Lammy says

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:21:39 GMT2017-10-20T18:21:39Z

MP says universities put pressure on journalists to change stories about lack of black students getting places rather than addressing concerns

Oxford and Cambridge have been accused of failing to engage in serious debate over their lack of diversity by the former education minister David Lammy, who first highlighted the issue with data obtained by freedom of information requests.

The Labour MP said the universities had been “trying to make journalists change their stories” rather than address how little progress they were making in recruiting talented students by race, social class and location in England and Wales.

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List of Harvey Weinstein's accusers grows as ripple of effects spread globally

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:06:14 GMT2017-10-20T17:06:14Z

Lupita Nyong’o claims Weinstein harassed her when she was a film student, as police in three cities continue investigations and #metoo gains momentum

The Los Angeles police department has opened an investigation into sexual assault allegations made against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as famous victims continued to come forward, including 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o, who published a powerful personal essay detailing her alleged harassment in the New York Times.

An Italian actress and model, whose name has not been released, told the LAPD on Thursday that she was raped by Weinstein in a hotel near Beverly Hills in 2013, police confirmed on Thursday.

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Trump feud continues as Florida congresswoman calls John Kelly a liar

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:01:27 GMT2017-10-20T16:01:27Z

  • Frederica Wilson says Kelly lied about her during press briefing on Thursday
  • Kelly called Wilson an ‘empty barrel’ and lashed out over condolence call

Frederica Wilson, the Democratic congresswoman who criticized Donald Trump’s call to the widow of a US soldier killed in Niger, has accused the White House chief staff, John Kelly, of lying about her in remarks about the handling of military families.

Related: Emotional John Kelly lashes out at Trump critics over military deaths

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Four police officers cleared over death of teenager in moped crash

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:38:39 GMT2017-10-20T16:38:39Z

Panel clears Met officers of gross misconduct over Henry Hicks’s death in collision while being followed by unmarked police cars

Four police officers have been cleared of gross misconduct after a teenager died in a moped crash as he tried to evade them.

Henry Hicks was fatally injured when his scooter collided with cars in Islington, north London, on the evening of 19 December 2014.

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Labour MP Clive Lewis apologises for 'get on your knees' comment

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:33:49 GMT2017-10-20T18:33:49Z

Female MPs criticised Lewis for language used at a conference fringe meeting, with Tories urging Corbyn to condemn remarks

The Labour MP Clive Lewis has apologised for using a misogynist phrase at a Labour party conference fringe event last month after being criticised by several prominent female colleagues.

Video from the Momentum event in Brighton surfaced on Friday in which Lewis, the MP for Norwich, told the actor Sam Swann to “get on your knees bitch”. The language attracted widespread condemnation from politicians on all sides but Swann later described the situation as “jovial”.

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Policeman and former England athlete jailed for secretly filming sex

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:47:56 GMT2017-10-20T17:47:56Z

Jayson Lobo, who represented England at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, secretly filmed sex with eight women he met online

A policeman and former champion runner has been jailed for three years after secretly filming himself having sex with women he met on an internet dating site.

Jayson Lobo, who won the British 800m title in 1998 and represented England at the Commonwealth Games, secretly filmed eight women and stored the “library of personalised pornography” in secret, password-protected folders on his mobile phones, Liverpool crown court heard.

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Solange Knowles tells Evening Standard: 'Don't Touch My Hair'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:37:41 GMT2017-10-20T18:37:41Z

Singer calls out paper’s magazine after it apparently digitally removed a braided crown from her head for its cover image

The singer Solange Knowles has called out the London Evening Standard for apparently digitally altering an image of her for the cover of its weekly magazine.

The Evening Standard Magazine appears to have removed a braided crown from Knowles’s head in its cover image this week. Knowles subsequently published the original image including the braids on Instagram with the caption “dtmh”, an abbreviation of Don’t Touch My Hair, the name of a song on her latest album.

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Labour’s Tom Watson: ‘Do Jeremy Corbyn and I get on better now? Yes, a lot’

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:13:34 GMT2017-10-20T17:13:34Z

Only a year ago Labour’s deputy leader was stricken at his party’s dysfunctional disarray. Now he’s making parallels to Blair’s 1997 landslide and is convinced the Tories are on the brink of collapse. But will his bitter row with Unite’s Len McCluskey ever be resolved?

The first time we met, in 2014, Tom Watson was essentially operating a one-man child abuse hotline out of his parliamentary office. His reputation as a champion of phone-hacking victims made him one of the few politicians alleged victims would trust with their stories, and Watson found enough of them credible to take claims of a VIP Westminster paedophile ring very seriously. “There is no doubt in my mind,” he told me, “that at least one politician abused kids.”

When we met again, in the summer last year, Labour was in dysfunctional disarray, reeling from the aborted coup against Jeremy Corbyn. Watson was barely even on speaking terms with his leader, and looked stricken. He said that entryist “old Trots” were infiltrating Momentum to hijack control of the party, which got him into hot water with Corbynistas. He didn’t seem to mind upsetting them, though, which made me think he assumed they’d soon be finished off by inevitable electoral defeat anyway.

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Dead serious: what The Walking Dead needs to come back to life

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:09:21 GMT2017-10-20T16:09:21Z

As the eighth season of the ailing zombie show returns, what needs to be done to stave off the stench of creative inertia?

It’s time for a reckoning. Not the one foretold in the last and increasingly fatuous season of The Walking Dead, between Rick’s “Alexandrians” and their diabolical oppressors, but something far more radical. Sure, everybody enjoys seeing guys who look like white supremacist throwbacks getting eviscerated (apart, presumably, from white supremacists), but that will not be enough to save the ailing zombie show.

No, the reckoning I have in mind involves a cull of leading characters. Only through that kind of bloodletting can The Walking Dead stop the zombified plod of the last season. Only through being creatively unfaithful to the source material can The Walking Dead stop losing viewers and critical favour at the rate it did this spring.

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#MeToo: how a hashtag became a rallying cry against sexual harassment

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:13:36 GMT2017-10-20T17:13:36Z

Actor Alyssa Milano’s online call after the Harvey Weinstein revelations became a conversation about men’s behaviour towards women and power imbalances

It started with an exposé detailing countless allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But soon, personal stories began pouring in from women in all industries across the world, and the hashtag #MeToo became a rallying cry against sexual assault and harassment.

The movement began on social media after a call to action by the actor Alyssa Milano, one of Weinstein’s most vocal critics, who wrote: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

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Oh yes, May’s ‘sticking it’ to Brussels. Like a zebra sticking it to a lion pack | Marina Hyde

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:11:36 GMT2017-10-20T17:11:36Z

The prime minister’s pleas to EU leaders haven’t fully paid off, it seems. Her captors’ response is that the torture bit isn’t over yet

Theresa May is now contractually obliged to appear only in footage that can be soundtracked by Coldplay singing, “Nobody said it was easy … ”. Watching her in scenes from the European council summit in Brussels, it sometimes seems she’s already biting her lip and turning away in slow motion, sparing the News at Ten the task of editing it for the montage.

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Geostorm review – Gerard Butler's dull disaster movie is a washout

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:54:06 GMT2017-10-20T20:54:06Z

An ill-timed action thriller about a rogue weather-controlling system is as clunky as its premise and dumber than a street full of hailstones

When writer-director Dean Devlin titled his handsomely budgeted new action tentpole Geostorm, he entered into an unspoken pact with his prospective audience. He chose a goofy, make-believe word, and in doing so, promised a goofy, make-believe movie. Nobody’s walking into the auditorium looking for lofty insights on the complexities of the human condition, or even a commentary on how the timebomb that is climate change continues ticking away due to political gridlock. It ain’t Citizen Kane and it ain’t An Inconvenient Truth, and there’s no sport in expecting it to be. All parties involved should understand the terms of this tacit agreement, an “if you build it, they will come” proposition in which “it” refers to nothing short of a natural apocalypse. All Devlin needed to do was deliver a storm, and no ordinary storm – a storm of geo-proportions. To put it in the parlance of our times, you had one job.

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After the News succeeds on its own unimpressive terms

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:42:20 GMT2017-10-20T20:42:20Z

ITV’s topical talkshow competes with Newsnight for ratings and conjures the idea of ‘two bald men fighting over a comb’

The launch of After the News was a surprise, coming only six months after a previous ITV late-night topical talkshow, The Nightly Show, crashed in the ratings and was slashed by critics.

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If the police give up on low-level crime, we all pay a high price | Deborah Orr

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:10:00 GMT2017-10-20T18:10:00Z

When the blue light becomes a white flag, what message does it send to victims and criminals?

Crime reduction remains one of Britain’s recent success stories. Back in 1995, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, about 40 in 100 adults reported being victims of crime. By 2007 that figure was down to 24. The latest figures suggest it’s now 15.

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Thrive: the new showing off online is showing off that you’re not online

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:16:30 GMT2017-10-20T15:16:30Z

Arianna Huffington’s upcoming app stops you receiving notifications, so you can concentrate on other things. But is it the best way to break free of technology?

Name: Thrive.

Appearance: Dark, sleek, slightly sinister.

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Glenn Murray’s double for Brighton puts West Ham’s Slaven Bilic on the rack

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:57:02 GMT2017-10-20T20:57:02Z

For Slaven Bilic, it was a form of torture. For Brighton & Hove Albion, however, the anger that started to rain down from the home sections as the final whistle approached was music to their ears. They have waited a long time to experience the feeling of winning away in the top flight again – 34 years to be precise – and how they cherished putting that statistic to bed at the London Stadium.

It was March 1983 when Brighton won 2-1 away to Swansea City in the old First Division. The scoreline was far more emphatic here. Brighton executed Chris Hughton’s plan to perfection, with two goals from Glenn Murray and a fine effort from José Izquierdo moving them into the top half, and the taunts from the away end spoke volumes for their dominance over West Ham, who could be back in the bottom three by the end of the weekend. Bilic will be a worried man after this capitulation.

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England’s women sunk in friendly by Viviane Asseyi’s late goal for France

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:09:08 GMT2017-10-20T21:09:08Z

• France 1-0 England
• Viviane Asseyi scores only goal in 89th minute

England may not be finding life after Mark Sampson that easy but they found a sanctuary of sorts on the pitch before succumbing to Viviane Asseyi’s late winner for France.

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The good ship Lionel Messi feels too massive to be moved | Barney Ronay

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:15:18 GMT2017-10-20T17:15:18Z

The prospect of the Argentinian and all that is built around him leaving Barcelona would create such a frenzy it is difficult to imagine it being possible

We all have our favourite Victorian engineering folly. Mine is the SS Great Eastern, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s super-ship powered by a hundred furnaces, a vessel so vast it could carry 10,000 passengers, so vast it became a symbol of grandiose, stovepipe-hatted ambition, and so vast that it turned out it couldn’t actually sail anywhere.

Completed in November 1857, the Great Eastern stayed moored at Millwall on the Thames for two months, unable to move because of its own mind-boggling size. Several times a launch was attempted and then abandoned. Eventually the Great Eastern left its dock with the help of an unusually powerful tide and from there set off on its ill-fated shortened lifespan.

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Papa Massata Diack ‘tried to lock African votes’ to take 2020 Olympics to Tokyo

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:03:38 GMT2017-10-20T19:03:38Z

• Son of Lamine Diack accused of trying to fix bidding for 2020 games
• Massata Diack said to be on the run from Interpol in Senegal

Papa Massata Diack, the man accused of being at the heart of the corruption racket to fix the bidding for Tokyo to win the 2020 Olympics, is reported to have sent an email on the day of the vote warning of the need to “lock” African votes to prevent them going to Madrid instead.

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, Diack emailed his father Lamine, an influential figure in the International Olympic Committee, to warn him: “Information coming from your African colleague, it seems that Sheikh Ahmad is doing all he can to get the Africans to vote for Madrid! We need to lock this before the pause.”

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Cricket is rotting away. Everything worthwhile is being destroyed

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:51:45 GMT2017-10-20T13:51:45Z

The authorities are ruining so much of the game many love as they concentrate on T20 money and power – and the ludicrous Test final is the last straw

Thirty years ago, when he was newly retired as a player and before he was canonised (if not yet knighted) for his performances as a jolly old card on Test Match Special, Geoffrey Boycott appeared on the Radio 4 programme In the Psychiatrist’s Chair.

The interviewer, Dr Anthony Clare, casually mentioned that cricket was a team game. Boycott denied it. “No, it’s 11 individuals as a team.” What a giveaway, thought the massed ranks of cricket-loving, Radio 4-listening, amateur psychiatrists. Boycott had finally admitted what his contemporaries always claimed: that he played for himself.

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A decade after Indy joy Lewis Hamilton is looking for another US win

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:23:52 GMT2017-10-20T18:23:52Z

The suggestion of joining NFL’s kneeling protests at the Grand Prix in Austin is of little interest to the title-chasing Mercedes driver

Lewis Hamilton may have the numerical advantage heading into this weekend’s US Grand Prix but one thing is clear: he has no intention of allowing mere figures to influence his charge to a fourth world championship.

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José Mourinho: Serial winners will always attract more criticism

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:33:11 GMT2017-10-20T21:33:11Z

• ‘Other people have different standards but that’s not my problem’
• Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to return for Manchester United in December

José Mourinho believes the teams he has managed receive more criticism than others because they are serial winners and other people have “different standards” to the Manchester United manager.

Following United’s goalless draw at Liverpool Mourinho and his side were viewed as having adopted negative tactics, yet they are second in the Premier League after eight matches, head their Champions League group with maximum points and are unbeaten in all competitions.

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‘Leicester’s Matt Toomua: ‘My mind is firmly here, I want a few good years here’

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:01:00 GMT2017-10-20T21:01:00Z

The Australian centre talks about a year on the sidelines, being apart from his cricketer wife Ellyse Perry and why he is putting Leicester before his country

Midweek in Leicester and Australian accents are everywhere. Heading up the operation this season is Matt O’Connor, fluent Strine speaker with extensive coaching experience in both hemispheres. Finally fit again after a frustrating nine-month absence is the Wallaby centre Matt Toomua, perhaps the Premiership’s most creative overseas back now Kurtley Beale has gone home. Short of signing Dame Edna Everage and swapping to green and gold jerseys, the Tigers have every Australian base covered.

Toomua, in an effort to make himself useful while recovering from a major knee operation, has even assumed the role of in-house barista, serving up flat whites so good that the entire squad form an orderly queue. “When I was injured, training would be done by about 10.30am so I thought: ‘I’ve got to do something for the guys,’” he says. “We got a commercial espresso machine installed in the club, I started making coffees for everyone and it kind of took off.

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Pochettino says Liverpool should prepare to be surprised by Spurs tactics

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:13:52 GMT2017-10-20T19:13:52Z

• ‘Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t work,’ says Spurs manager
• Pochettino not beaten Liverpool in seven games as manager

Mauricio Pochettino has suggested Jürgen Klopp and his players should be prepared to come up against a surprise change in formation and tactics when Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday, with the manager emboldened by the success he enjoyed in changing Spurs’ approach against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

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Wheelchair access at Premier League grounds improved after campaigning

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:03:04 GMT2017-10-20T19:03:04Z

• Fourteen of 20 stadiums now comply with guidelines
• Target met after legal action was threatened by fans

Fourteen of the 20 Premier League clubs have now built enough wheelchair spaces to meet official guidelines, having undertaken substantial development work in response to a relentless campaign by disabled supporters’ representatives and threats of legal action.

In 2015, only two clubs provided the recommended access for disabled people in proportion to their stadium capacity, set out in the Accessible Stadia guide, which the clubs agreed to implement almost 20 years ago. That September, the Premier League clubs pledged they would meet the guidance within two years, given the £8.4bn 2016-19 windfall from TV rights.

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Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool are not ‘500 miles’ behind Manchester City

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:30:12 GMT2017-10-20T21:30:12Z

• Manager admits 5-0 defeat by City affected Liverpool badly
• Liverpool will improve ‘if we become more ruthless and clinical’

Jürgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool are not “500 miles” behind Manchester City but have yet to show the ruthlessness of Pep Guardiola’s league leaders.

Liverpool recorded the biggest away win in their European history in midweek when they defeated Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League. That demolition was in stark contrast to recent Premier League performances when Klopp’s team, who visit Tottenham Hotspur , have struggled to turn dominant displays into maximum points. They have scored an average of 1.6 goals per Premier League game this season compared with City’s remarkable 3.6 per game.

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Bath fly flag in Europe after Rhys Priestland puts boot into Scarlets

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:21:39 GMT2017-10-20T21:21:39Z

• Scarlets 13-18 Bath
• Fly-half Priestland lands six penalties

Even by the standards of these parts this was a wild, rain-lashed evening but Bath successfully rode the intense Friday night storm. Two wins from their opening two European games have set them up nicely in Pool 5 and their forwards ultimately proved too strong for a winless Scarlets side who now face an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout stages.

It is not mathematically impossible for a team to qualify having lost their first two fixtures but, for the second successive week, Scarlets discovered that Europe is an unforgiving playground. Home defeats are grievous blows and six penalties from their former fly-half Rhys Priestland was enough to deliver Bath a sodden but quietly satisfying outcome. “We couldn’t argue on the day, they were the better side,” admitted the Scarlets’ head coach, Wayne Pivac.

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Kevin De Bruyne: the stubborn boy who developed into a world beater

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:33:22 GMT2017-10-20T13:33:22Z

The Manchester City midfielder, nicknamed the ‘tumble dryer’ by his friends because of his dry responses on WhatsApp, has gone from being a perceived troublemaker to one of the best players in the world. How did he do it?

‘He just held on to one of the posts and refused to let go. He was in a rage. Three of us tried to pull him away from it but we didn’t manage.”

Kevin De Bruyne’s youth coach at Genk, Frank De Leyn, remembers the incident well. A young De Bruyne had been reprimanded for not helping to clear up the pitch after training and became so infuriated at being told off that he grabbed one of the posts and refused to let go.

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Moto GP thriller and Deeney’s desire expose crassness of Warner’s ‘war’ | Richard Williams

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:22:39 GMT2017-10-20T14:22:39Z

Using your sporting ability and showing mutual respect while defeating an opponent shows up those who prefer crass trash-talk

How badly do you want it? That’s a question to be directed at an opponent in the form of a challenge, stated or implied. Does that challenge have an acceptable limit? In their different ways, and with very different responses, the Australian cricketer David Warner and the English footballer Troy Deeney both asked the question this week.

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British Cycling’s Julie Harrington: ‘Jess speaking out has been the catalyst for change’

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:55:58 GMT2017-10-20T13:55:58Z

Chief executive of British cycling is confident she can oversee a change of culture, after the bullying and sexism allegations, without damaging the medal count

Julie Harrington is watching youngsters hurtle round the BMX track inside the National Cycling Centre on the outskirts of Manchester. She has walked up the biggest ramp before, several years ago when she came here on a coaching development day while working for the Football Association.

“I was encouraging people to look outside the game for best practice,” she says. “I invited the likes of Sir Dave Brailsford to St George’s Park to talk about how football might do things differently, ironically.”

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Sean Dyche: ‘I’m not running from Burnley. I’ve never said I want to move’ | Paul Wilson

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:03:00 GMT2017-10-20T16:03:00Z

The seventh-longest-serving manager in England, who admits he will need a little luck at Manchester City on Saturday, discusses being linked with Leicester and why he swears by honesty and simplicity

Burnley’s away form against some of the leading Premier League teams this season has taken them to the top half of the table, last term’s relegation concerns and 35-match wait for a win on the road now a distant memory. Which is probably just as well, since Saturday brings the trip even a side with an unbeaten away record must find daunting.

Stoke City’s Mark Hughes admitted after last week’s seven-goal pounding that even in the depths of despair he could not help but admire Manchester City’s attacking play. So accurate and imaginative was their passing he feared some of their goals might have been undefendable. Napoli ended up unlucky on Tuesday in the Champions League, though even the Serie A leaders came close to finding themselves in Stoke’s position, three down in under half an hour.

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The Fiver | Even yarg has its uses. Nutritionally imperfect, but ever so tasty

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:08:13 GMT2017-10-20T16:08:13Z

In today’s Fiver: Leicester’s players take the biscuit, Javier Mascherano thanks a witch and Andrew Durante gets disconnected

What a confusing time this is to play for Leicester. In February the players engineered the sacking of an unpopular manager, and in October they failed to avert the sacking of a popular one. So what exactly is going on? Are their opinions important or are they not? What is their role in this world? And what is the answer to life, the universe and everything?

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Everton give life ban to child-holding fan who attacked Lyon player

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:29:38 GMT2017-10-20T11:29:38Z

• Everton also lodge complaint with police over supporter’s conduct
• Merseyside police looking into violence at Europa League match

Everton have said they will ban for life the fan who appeared to hit the Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes while holding a young child during a melee at Goodison Park on Thursday.

The club said they had identified the supporter following an internal investigation into the disturbances and registered a formal complaint against the individual with Merseyside police.

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Huddersfield’s Jonas Lossl: ‘What I’ve noticed is how friendly people here are’

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:21:32 GMT2017-10-20T15:21:32Z

The Danish goalkeeper jumped at the chance to join David Wagner in Yorkshire and says his side have the togetherness to ride out slumps in form

Zlatan Ibrahimovic cannot face Huddersfield Town on Saturday but he may tell his Manchester United team-mates that the hosts’ goalkeeper Jonas Lossl is capable of extraordinary saves.

The pair met in December 2014 when Lossl, then of Guingamp, helped inflict a first defeat of the Ligue 1 season on the Swede’s seemingly invincible Paris Saint-Germain. Ibrahimovic thought he would avert that defeat when, with PSG trailing 1-0 as full-time loomed, he unleashed a powerful volley from six yards out. But Lossl threw up his arms to bat the ball away and preserve the win, showing “reflexes from another world”, according to the report in Le Parisien.

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Godolphin gear up for Champions Day under the watchful eye of Joe Osborne

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:30:07 GMT2017-10-20T14:30:07Z

The racing operation’s new chief executive travels to Ascot on Saturday to watch Harry Angel, Ribchester and Barney Roy bring down the Flat curtain

How many horses does one need before one can hope to have three fancied runners on a £4m card like British Champions Day at Ascot? The answer, if the Godolphin experience is any guide, is 4,000. “That’s everything around the world – mares, foals, yearlings and racehorses,” says Joe Osborne, who took over as chief executive in June and has spent much of the intervening time travelling to see Godolphin bases in France, the US, Australia and Japan.

How on earth does one begin to manage the careers of so many animals, bearing in mind that the good ones must be identified by the time they are two years old or three at the absolute latest? “It’s about having good people managing them,” responds the unruffled Osborne, a 54-year-old Irishman with decades of experience in bloodstock, “and we’ve good people all the way through the ranks, every job that they do. Having good people makes it work. Once you have proper people and proper systems, everything else should fall into place.”

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With hardcore Brexiteers urging ‘no deal’, Labour’s duty is clear | Jonathan Freedland

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:54:32 GMT2017-10-20T18:54:32Z

Theresa May’s government is divided and vulnerable. If the opposition steps up, it could end this madness

Some of you will be old enough to remember when the choice was leave or remain. How quaint it seems now. Because once the country voted in June 2016, we faced a new choice. For the true believers, simply leaving the European Union was not good enough: it had to be a hard, rather than a soft, Brexit. Now even a hard departure is not sufficient for the most devout Brexiteers. Demonstrating the purity of their faith, they yearn for a no-deal Brexit.

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The Catalan case is persuasive. But that way lies ruin | Natalie Nougayrède

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:33:26 GMT2017-10-20T18:33:26Z

Though separatists are asking Europeans for their support, the last thing we need is more nationalism

Watching Catalonia and Spain feels like watching a Pedro Almodóvar movie where all the characters start to act freakily. It could be Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (in this case, a country on the verge of a nervous breakdown) or Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (a film about what, in the end, ties us to one another rather than separates us). Don’t get me wrong. Catalonia is a serious matter. But it is also hard not to see the hysteria, the hyperbole, the manipulation. Emotions sweep away reason; radical gestures lead to more radical gestures; passion drenches everything; the picture becomes one great confusing swirl. Can anyone still get a grip?

To sum up the current situation: we now have full-on confrontation. Not armed confrontation but political, legal, and cultural. And with large street pressure involved. The Spanish cabinet is due to meet on Saturday after the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, indicated he wanted to trigger article 155 of the constitution, which allows the imposition of direct rule. Catalonia’s regional institutions could be disempowered.

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'Christ, she’s hard work,' said Pot Plant One as Theresa left the room | John Crace

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:29:25 GMT2017-10-20T12:29:25Z

Told by her green advisers to make her Brexit speech short and meaningless, Maybot perked up. That she could do

Theresa May was in her customary position around the table in Brussels. Alone. She sat with her shoulders slumped, trying to catch the eye of the four pot plants in front of her. After several minutes of uncomfortable silence, she said: “How do you think that went?”

“Could have been worse,” replied Pot Plant One. “At least the EU have agreed to hold talks about holding talks to advance the negotiations sometime after Christmas.”

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The Guardian view on Oxbridge admissions: race, place and class matters | Editorial

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:50:49 GMT2017-10-20T17:50:49Z

It would be fairer to judge A-levels in the light of the socioeconomic context in which they were achieved

Earlier this month Oxford University put up a plaque to celebrate its first black graduate. Christian Cole read classics and went on to become the first African-origin barrister in the English courts in the 1880s. Where Mr Cole once blazed a trail, few unfortunately have followed. Data extracted by Labour MP David Lammy shows that 10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not award a place to a black British pupil in 2015. Oxford’s great rival Cambridge University fared little better: six colleges failed to admit any black British A-level students in the same year. Britain’s most elitist universities could put a plaque up for every black person they admitted and still have room for Cecil Rhodes statues.

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The NFL protests are being diluted. Here’s how players can change that | Chiraag Bains

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:58:30 GMT2017-10-20T17:58:30Z

More players need to say unequivocally and consistently that these protests are about policing, criminal justice, and the value of black lives

NFL players who have been protesting racism and police violence are under attack. Earlier this month, vice-president Mike Pence made a show of leaving a Colts-49ers game when twenty San Francisco players kneeled during the national anthem. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to bench any player who does not stand. Some fans have booed or burned jerseys.

More important than the risk of being benched or booed, however, is the hijacking of the players’ message. Donald Trump has been the hijacker-in-chief. He has insisted that the protests disrespect the flag, the military, and “everything that we stand for.” Trump called for owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who takes a knee, and asked fans to boycott games. When the NFL declined this week to mandate standing, the president lashed out at the league on Twitter.

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Channel 4’s ‘brownface’ documentary is no way to portray Muslims | Radhika Sanghani

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:59:08 GMT2017-10-20T13:59:08Z

I once spent 24 hours in a niqab to explore racist attitudes. But My Week As a Muslim tips a worthy idea into the realm of stereotype and cliche

Katie Freeman is being given a prosthetic nose. It is larger, thicker and wider than her existing nose. Next come a selection of teeth covers – all of which appear slightly yellower and more crooked than her existing teeth – and brown contact lenses. Then the piece de resistance: her white skin is covered up with a dark layer of makeup.

This is not a tasteless Halloween costume. It is a scene from Monday’s Channel 4 show My Week As a Muslim, where a white woman is “transformed to look like she’s of Pakistani origin”. The idea is for Freeman, a 44-year-old British healthcare assistant who genuinely wonders whether every woman in a burqa might be covering up a suicide belt, to spend a week undercover in Manchester’s Muslim community.

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Yes, the House of Lords needs reform. Why not create vocational peerages? | Maurice Glasman

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:27:13 GMT2017-10-20T16:27:13Z

Forget term limits. The vital role played by the second chamber would be enhanced with peers from every walk of life – including cleaners and nurses

As we crawl towards Brexit, it is inevitable that our attention will turn towards our institutions of national self-government. As parliamentary sovereignty is reasserted, the anomalies of the UK’s ancient constitution will re-emerge. Not the least of these is the House of Lords. There was a suggestion this week that there should be 15-year terms for newly appointed peers to limit their overall numbers. This does not really get to the point. The dilemma is that the unelected nature of the Lords supports the supremacy of the Commons. If it were elected it would lead to legislative conflict by undermining the democratic mandate of MPs. Paradoxically, the unelected Lords strengthens the democratic authority of the Commons.

While there is undoubted experience, expertise and not a little excellence in the Lords, it nonetheless remains a vestige of cronyism and patronage in our polity that requires reform.

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Insectageddon: farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown | George Monbiot

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:11:00 GMT2017-10-20T11:11:00Z

The shocking collapse of insect populations hints at a global ecological meltdown

Which of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above. Almost incredibly, I believe that climate breakdown takes third place, behind two issues that receive only a fraction of the attention.

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The best result from the Czech elections would be chaos | Jakub Patočka

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:00:51 GMT2017-10-20T16:00:51Z

Stable for so long, the Czech Republic looks likely to lurch to the right with a ruthless oligarch on the brink of power

For a long time, the Czech Republic stood out as an exceptionally stable democracy among the post-communist European states. Of course there were the occasional embarrassments with the two presidents who succeeded the democratic revolutionary Václav Havel: first the notorious climate-change-denying, pen-stealing, corruption-pardoning Václav Klaus, and then the even more despicable Miloš Zeman, who is almost cartoon-like in his vile manners. But presidents have no significant power in the Czech Republic and, viewed from outside, Czech parliamentary politics looked stable, solidly pro-European and firmly democratic. Until now.

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The Women's Convention is worse off without Bernie Sanders | Jamie Peck

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:39:31 GMT2017-10-20T16:39:31Z

By inviting Bernie Sanders, the Women’s Convention was strengthening its project and appeal. It’s a shame he is no longer going to attend the event

Since Bernie Sanders was first announced as an opening-night speaker at the upcoming Women’s Convention in Detroit, a small but vocal group of people started expressing their outrage. Fueled by misleading headlines like “Bernie Sanders Headlining An Event Called The Women’s Convention Is Peak 2017”, citizens and professional pundits maintained it was bad to let Sanders, a man, speak at a convention devoted to the political advancement of women’s rights.

There was even a Change.org petition, which was successful at getting Sanders moved to a panel. It may or may not shock you to learn that despite my intense commitment to feminism, I do not share their anger. In fact, I’m a little annoyed the organizers caved. (After all this, Sanders announced on Thursday that he would be skipping the event altogether in order to visit Puerto Rico.)

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Sarah Solemani: 'The TV and film industries are toxic – and it starts in the audition room'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:00:07 GMT2017-10-20T12:00:07Z

The Harvey Weinstein scandal puts us at a crossroads. Can we remake the industry?

My first experience of sexism in showbusiness came early, when I was 19. I was invited to the director’s house for dinner, just the two of us. He cooked. It was delicious. He’d had practice, to be fair, being in his 50s. After dinner he asked how I felt about nudity. Another role in the project we were working on had involved nudity, so it didn’t feel a strange question, being 19 and ever so keen.

“Oh, but your story needed it,” I gushed. “It was brilliantly done.”

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The blood on George W Bush's hands will never dry. Don't glorify this man | Ross Barkan

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:21:03 GMT2017-10-20T14:21:03Z

George W Bush caused far more harm to the country and planet than Trump has so far, and maybe ever will

For liberals across the spectrum, the temptation is real to lionize George W Bush now. Donald Trump is our child-king, slobbering over the country and embarrassing us all. He is parody made real, a lackey for rightwing billionaires everywhere. It’s not hard to find a talking head on the left who will say he is, without question, the worst president America has ever had.

But don’t make that easy mistake. Especially not now as Bush, our 43rd president, rears his head from retirement to denounce his bombastic successor. At a speech in New York on Thursday, Bush set Democratic heartstrings aflutter when he declared that “we’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty”.

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Ignore the naysayers. The Brexit negotiations are going better than EU leaders can let on | Henry Newman

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:24:29 GMT2017-10-20T13:24:29Z

The EU and Britain are like a couple who’ve been on a few dates. It’s too soon to go further but they’ll get there eventually

The European council’s decision to tell Theresa May to, in effect, “Go back, try harder” is no surprise. It always seemed overwhelmingly likely that the 27 heads of government would rubber-stamp the recommendation of their lead negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, that the UK has not yet made “sufficient progress” to talk trade. And (whisper it) EU leaders seem to be rather enjoying the theatre of all this – why release the pressure when you can keep the squeeze on the Brits?

But the simple truth is that there is probably relatively little that the UK could have done that would have persuaded the EU to green-light trade talks at this summit. Officials had already determined the outcome of the summit weeks ago. So the British team should be thinking Keep Calm and Carry On rather than crying May day.

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Is violent crime on the rise – or do the latest figures mask a different story? | Simon Jenkins

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:10:40 GMT2017-10-20T10:10:40Z

The unbelievable ONS statistics scream of an alarming crime surge, but they only reflect reporting activity. These misleading figures should be banned

The Home Office should ban the Office for National Statistics from issuing “police-recorded crime figures”, the latest batch of which were published yesterday. These statistics are part of a concerted campaign by police forces in England and Wales to resist cuts, boost budgets and bias workloads. Headlines indicate knife crime “highest for six years, “alarming increase in violent crime” and “crime surges”. Who says?

Apparently in one year gun crime is “up by 27%”, knife crime by 26% and robberies by 25%. As for stalking and harassment, it has risen by a phenomenal 36%. Violence in South Yorkshire rose by 49%. Apart from being unbelievable, these figures do not record crimes at all, they reflect reporting activity in police stations. This is governed by political policies, media-driven priorities and staff accessibility and numbers.

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All speeches should be shorter but I wouldn't dare tell that to Xi | John Crace

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:22:02 GMT2017-10-20T13:22:02Z

It’s been a week of mindfulness, a marathon monologue and a merry mission to Madrid

Warning: one diary entry may be uncharacteristically upbeat with little hint of the writer’s usual predisposition towards depression. Do not be alarmed, normal service will almost certainly be resumed by the end of the week.

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Russia without Putin? We should try to at least imagine the prospect | Mary Dejevsky

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:53:45 GMT2017-10-20T10:53:45Z

Former TV star Ksenia Sobchak has thrown her hat into next year’s presidential election. But even those who dislike Putin must concede he is a known quantity

A frisson of excitement touched the early skirmishing for next year’s Russian election with this week’s announcement by Ksenia Sobchak that she intended to run for the presidency. Not only was there the novelty of a woman, and a young woman at that – she turns 36 next month – throwing her hat in the ring, but there was the brazenness of anyone, at this early stage, or at all, mounting an electoral challenge to Vladimir Putin.

Outside Russia many might ask “Ksenia who”? But not inside the country, where Sobchak’s name is recognised nationwide, thanks to an early career in reality television which she used as a springboard for a more varied, and serious, media career. She joined the opposition protests of 2011-12, and there had been speculation for a while that she might consider a presidential bid in 2018.

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The architect who reminds us council housing can be beautiful | Paul Karakusevic

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:34:04 GMT2017-10-20T13:34:04Z

Neave Brown has long been a beacon of hope. Now he has been awarded architecture’s highest honour, we should learn from him to reimagine social housing

  • Paul Karakusevic is founder of Karakusevic Carson Architects

When I was a student in the early 1990s, discovering the work of architect Neave Brown was revelatory. At a time when council housing and domestic architecture was at a low ebb, his housing estates, such as the Alexandra Road estate for the London Borough of Camden, designed in the 1970s, were beacons of hope.

Brown’s estates were robust reminders of the dramatic progress public housing in the UK had made over the course of the 20th century. Barely 100 years since Charles Booth shone a light on the living conditions of the most needy in London, Brown and his team built on the progressive traditions of public housing in the UK to create some of the best, most innovative homes this country has ever seen.

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Storm Brian incoming: 70mph gusts expected

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:43:07 GMT2017-10-20T21:43:07Z

Storm caused by ‘weather bomb’ of low pressure in Atlantic due to hit western parts of UK at 4am

Communities across the British Isles are battening down the hatches in anticipation of Storm Brian, just days after three people died in hurricane-force winds and hundreds of thousands were left without power by Storm Ophelia.

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UK may consider electric vehicle subsidy to increase cycling

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:28:43 GMT2017-10-20T14:28:43Z

Roads minister Jesse Norman says government could push councils to do more to fight pollution and inactive living

The UK government could potentially consider providing subsidies for electric bicycles and electric cars as part of a concerted policy effort to get more people cycling, the roads minister, Jesse Norman, has said.

With the UK facing health crises from pollution and inactive living, other plans could include using electric cargo bikes to deliver packages from internet retailers rather than vans, Norman told the Guardian.

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Lord Nelson’s rotating gems recreated decades after original was stolen

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:00:02 GMT2017-10-20T17:00:02Z

Royal Navy museum in Portsmouth to display replica of admiral’s ‘bizarre’ diamond-laden plume on Trafalgar Day

One of Admiral Lord Nelson’s most treasured possessions, which must have provoked stifled giggles when he switched on the clockwork mechanism and the great diamond in his hat rotated, has been recreated from the original designs more than half a century after it was stolen.

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Brexit talks: has the balance of power shifted and what happens next?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:15:59 GMT2017-10-20T16:15:59Z

Negotiations are still at square one but all sides now say they expect a breakthrough before December

After the chilliness of recent Brexit negotiations, there was a flurry of warm words at the summit of EU leaders in Brussels this week. Evidence of actual progress was harder to find, but there were important clues about how it could be achieved.

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Phones 4U founder 'felt bereaved' after partner's expenses claims, high court hears

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:25:37 GMT2017-10-20T17:25:37Z

John Caudwell gives evidence against former business partner Nathalie Dauriac who denies fiddling £33,000 worth of expenses

John Caudwell, the founder of Phones 4U, said the breakdown of his relationship with a trusted business adviser who he regarded as a “best friend” was like suffering a “bereavement”, the high court has heard.

Caudwell was giving evidence at the high court on Friday in his legal battle with French businesswoman Nathalie Dauriac, the former chief executive of Signia Wealth, which helped to manage his personal fortune. Dauriac has been accused of fiddling her expenses.

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Dulwich Park attacker convicted at Inner London crown court

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:13:21 GMT2017-10-20T21:13:21Z

Jermaine McDonald, 26, found guilty of attacking man who remains in hospital six months later with multiple injuries

A man has been convicted of a robbery in a south London park in which he stabbed the victim in the side of his head, leaving him hospitalised nearly six months after the attack.

Jermaine McDonald, 26, was found guilty of assault causing grievous bodily harm, robbery and attempted robbery at Inner London crown court on Friday for the attack in Dulwich Park in April.

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Drug dealer caught with stolen £1m Sir Stanley Spencer painting jailed

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:32:31 GMT2017-10-20T17:32:31Z

Harry Fisher sentenced to almost nine years for offending including handling stolen goods and conspiracy to supply class A drugs

A drug dealer caught with a stolen Sir Stanley Spencer painting worth £1m and £450,000 worth of drugs has been jailed for nearly nine years.

Harry Fisher, 28, was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison at Kingston crown court on Friday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, acquiring criminal property, and handling stolen goods.

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David Blaine accused of raping model in London in 2004

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:37:37 GMT2017-10-20T12:37:37Z

Met police confirm allegation of rape under investigation after Natasha Prince claimed magician assaulted her when she was 21

The American magician David Blaine has been accused of raping a model in a London house more than a decade ago.

The star’s lawyer said he “vehemently denies” the allegation made by former fashion model Natasha Prince.

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Trader who sold TV Kodi boxes enabling free streaming of paid content avoids jail

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:13:48 GMT2017-10-20T17:13:48Z

Brian Thompson, 55, from Middlesbrough, receives suspended sentence after selling illegally pre-configured set-top boxes to stream sports and films

A trader who made about £40,000 selling set-top TV boxes allowing viewers to watch Premier League matches and movies for free has avoided a jail term.

Shop owner Brian Thompson, 55, advertised what are often called Kodi boxes on the front of his Middlesbrough outlet with a sign saying “Sick of paying monthly subscriptions? Free Sky, Virgin, Box Nation, Racing UK.”

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Millennial railcard to launch next year offering a third off fares

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:09:28 GMT2017-10-20T13:09:28Z

Card for people aged 26-30 is expected to offer benefits similar to the 18-25 railcard but will only be available digitally

A new railcard for people aged 26-30 is to be launched early next year offering a third off most train fares as part of a wider government initiative to offer better deals for hard-pressed millennials.

It is understood that the chancellor, Phillip Hammond, is preparing to unveil a package of giveaways in his November budget aimed at shoring up support among younger voters, who have been among the hardest hit groups since the 2007-08 financial crisis.

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Trump links UK crime rise to 'spread of Islamic terror'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:40:36 GMT2017-10-20T13:40:36Z

In latest Twitter outburst US president makes terrorism link even though annual figures cover all police-recorded offences

Donald Trump has erroneously linked a rise in recorded crime in England and Wales to the “spread of radical Islamic terror” in his latest outburst on Twitter.

“Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.’ not good, we must keep America safe!” wrote the US president.

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Electroconvulsive therapy mostly used on women and older people, says study

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:39:18 GMT2017-10-20T14:39:18Z

Findings are a cause for concern and symptom of the ‘over-medicalising of human distress’, says co-author of report using NHS data

The use of electroconvulsive therapy to treat serious mental health problems is more prevalent in women and older individuals, researchers have found.

The study, which looked at data from a group of NHS trusts in England between 2011 and 2015, found that, on average, two thirds of recipients of ECT were women, and 56% were people aged over 60.

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Elsie Scully-Hicks jury hears 999 calls by father accused of her murder

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:07:43 GMT2017-10-20T13:07:43Z

CPS releases recordings of calls made by Matthew Scully-Hicks on day Elsie allegedly suffered fatal injuries and two months earlier

Harrowing recordings of two 999 calls made by a father accused of murdering his 18-month-old adoptive daughter have been released.

During a call made by Matthew Scully-Hicks on the day Elsie allegedly sustained fatal injuries, he described her as being “floppy and limp” and the operator can be heard instructing him to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

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Customs declarations to treble after Brexit – leaving staff struggling

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:27:26 GMT2017-10-20T15:27:26Z

Auditors paint bleak picture of Britain’s readiness to cope with extra workload at the border as staff numbers are cut

Customs declarations are expected to more than treble after Brexit while immigration officials face making more than double the number of decisions, Whitehall’s official spending watchdog has found.

As Theresa May’s government prepares to leave the EU, the National Audit Office has warned that the extra workload will come as staff numbers at the border are being cut and increasing reliance on outdated technology.

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Paedophile who had 3,000 abuse images jailed for two years

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:46:25 GMT2017-10-20T14:46:25Z

Matt De Vere was member of online paedophile ring that used Skype to share images of children being raped and abused

A man who shared sexual abuse images of children as young as eight months has been jailed for two years.

Matt De Vere, 34, a deputy pub manager, was part of an online paedophile ring that shared images of children being raped, Chelmsford crown court heard.

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Bad weather and Brexit cloud big-ticket buys at John Lewis

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:41:20 GMT2017-10-20T16:41:20Z

Chain says home furnishings face ‘real challenge’ as housing markets stalls but group finds solace in booming sales of ‘little pleasures’

The recent downturn on the high street is largely down to the weather but the uncertainty of Brexit continues to dampen demand for big household purchases, according to the boss of John Lewis.

“October is going to look pretty grim for the market,” said Paula Nickolds, managing director of the department store, ahead of the opening of the company’s first new store in a year, in Oxford.

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Home Office reverses decision to make stroke victim's wife leave UK

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:56:59 GMT2017-10-20T11:56:59Z

Leah Waterman was earlier told she must return to Philippines, leaving severely disabled husband to care for children

The wife of a British stroke victim told by the Home Office that he must become the sole carer for their two young children has been told she will receive a right to remain visa after the Guardian highlighted their plight.

The Home Office had previously insisted Leah Waterman had to return to the Philippines, leaving her husband, Simon – who uses a wheelchair, requires 24-hour supervision to keep him alive and cannot speak, write or reliably understand what is said to him – as the sole carer for their two young British children.

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Lloyds was not bullied into buying HBOS, high court hears

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:29:48 GMT2017-10-20T15:29:48Z

Former directors reject claim by bank shareholders that Gordon Brown’s government pushed bank into buying HBOS to avoid nationalisation

Lloyds Bank and five of its former directors “emphatically reject” allegations they were bullied into taking over HBOS, their QC has told the high court.

Helen Davies was responding to claims made by 6,000 Lloyds shareholders, who have brought a £600m compensation claim that they were not given a true picture of the financial health of HBOS when they voted through the takeover in November 2008.

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Oxford accused of 'social apartheid' as colleges admit no black students

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:00:34 GMT2017-10-19T20:00:34Z

Labour MP attacks university where one in three colleges failed to admit a black British student with A-levels in 2015•

Nearly one in three Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student in 2015, with the university accused of “social apartheid” over its admissions policies by the former education minister David Lammy.

The data shows that 10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not award a place to a black British pupil with A-levels in 2015, the first time the university has released such figures since 2010. Oriel College only offered one place to a black British A-level student in six years.

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Dozens killed in twin bombings of mosques in Afghanistan

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:03:51 GMT2017-10-20T18:03:51Z

Suicide bombings in capital Kabul and Ghor province leave at least 70 dead, the latest in a series of attacks across the country

More than 70 people have been killed in twin suicide bombings on mosques in Afghanistan, government officials said.

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Trudeau on Quebec face-cover ban: not our business to tell women what to wear

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:07:00 GMT2017-10-20T21:07:00Z

Canadian prime minister responds to province’s law obliging niqab or burqa wearers to unveil on public transit or while receiving government services

Justin Trudeau has said it is not the government’s business to tell a woman what or what not to wear after the Canadian province of Quebec passed a law – believed to be the first of its kind in North America – obliging women wearing the niqab or burqa to unveil when riding public transit or receiving government services.

On Wednesday, Quebec’s Liberal government flexed its majority to vote in a law banning face coverings for those offering or receiving services from government departments, as well as municipalities, school boards, public health services and transit authorities.

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Women take top three jobs in Norway's government

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:59:19 GMT2017-10-20T15:59:19Z

Ine Eriksen Søreide joins prime minister Erna Solberg and finance minister Siv Jensen in rightwing coalition government

Norway’s defence minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide, has became the country’s first female foreign minister, in a cabinet reshuffle that put the three most senior government jobs in the hands of women.

Søreide, 41, replaces Børge Brende, who is stepping down to take over as president of the World Economic Forum.

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More US-Canada border crossers granted refugee status amid fears under Trump

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:36:44 GMT2017-10-20T19:36:44Z

New data shows asylum seekers are obtaining refugee status at higher rates as fears increase under the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown

Asylum seekers who illegally crossed the US border into Canada this year are obtaining refugee status at higher rates, new data shows, as authorities accept claims from people who say they feared being deported by Donald Trump’s administration.

More than 15,000 people have crossed the US-Canadian border illegally to claim refugee status in Canada this year. Many were in the United States legally and some interviewed by Reuters said they might have stayed were it not for an immigration crackdown.

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Spanish PM vows to end Catalonia standoff and force region to obey law

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:55:47 GMT2017-10-20T14:55:47Z

Mariano Rajoy to hold emergency talks to decide exact nature of Spain’s intervention in Catalonia as crisis reaches ‘critical point’

The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has vowed to return Catalonia to the rule of law as his government prepares to announce unprecedented measures to head off the independence crisis by imposing direct rule from Madrid.

Speaking at the EU summit in Brussels on Friday, a day after he confirmed that article 155 of the Spanish constitution would be invoked to begin the process of suspending key elements of Catalonia’s self-rule, Rajoy said his government had two clear aims.

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Irish-Egyptian man freed after four years in jail in Egypt over protest

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:56:38 GMT2017-10-20T17:56:38Z

Ibrahim Halawa’s release comes after court acquits him of charges including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons

An Irish-Egyptian man detained in Egypt for more than four years on charges related to a 2013 Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo has been released.

Ibrahim Halawa’s release early on Friday, announced by his laywer, Darragh Mackin, came about a month after an Egyptian court acquitted him of charges including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons.

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Close schools and send our children to war, urges Yemeni minister

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:37:10 GMT2017-10-20T15:37:10Z

Youth minister Hassan Zaid proposes suspending classes in war-torn country and arming pupils and teachers

The youth minister in war-torn Yemen’s rebel government has proposed suspending school classes for a year and sending pupils and teachers to the front.

Hassan Zaid, the minister for youth and sports in an administration set up by Iran-backed Huthi rebels, suggested pupils and teachers could be armed.

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Pope writes rare letter of condolence after murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:24:50 GMT2017-10-20T12:24:50Z

In highly unusual gesture from the Vatican, Pope Francis writes to say he is praying for journalist’s family and Maltese people

Pope Francis has sent a rare letter of condolence to Malta following the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, amid calls from her sons for the island’s prime minister to resign and mounting pressure for an international investigation.

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Catherine Deneuve questions anti-harassment campaign in wake of Weinstein scandal

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:29:03 GMT2017-10-20T11:29:03Z

While expressing sympathy for victims of harassment, the actor has expressed doubts about the usefulness of social media outpourings and hashtag activism

Catherine Deneuve has become a rare dissenting voice in the sexual harassment scandal that has convulsed the film industry in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

Arguably France’s most celebrated screen performer, with nearly 60 years of acting behind her, Deneuve questioned the point of the internet campaign against harassment, which in France is coalescing around the Twitter hashtag #balancetonporc (“expose your pig”).

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Hurricanes and earthquakes will cost insurance industry £72bn

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:47:37 GMT2017-10-20T18:47:37Z

2017 will be one of the worst years for insurance claims for natural disasters, says Hiscox, as reinsurance firm Swiss Re says its bill will be around £2.7bn

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, along with two recent earthquakes in Mexico, will cost the insurance industry $95bn (£72bn), according to estimates released on Friday.

Swiss Re, one of the world’s biggest reinsurance companies, made the estimate as it admitted its own bill for the natural disasters would be around $3.6bn.

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EU 'running out of money' to stop migrants travelling from Africa

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:16:57 GMT2017-10-20T10:16:57Z

Fund used to pay African countries to deter migration to Europe needs emergency injection of cash, officials say

The EU is running out of money to pay African countries to take action to stop would-be migrants travelling to Europe, diplomats have warned.

European Union leaders set up a fund in 2015 to pay for border security and other measures aimed at preventing African citizens leaving their countries of origin.

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Land of milk and money: Qatar looks to farms to beat the Gulf boycott

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:30:04 GMT2017-10-20T10:30:04Z

Emirate’s drive for food security is symbolic of its determination to make efforts to isolate it ‘a blessing inside a calamity’

John Dore is off to Doha’s vast and luxurious Hamad International airport to greet the 8pm flight from Los Angeles via Liège, Belgium.

Wearing a straw hat with a small metal shamrock badge in homage to his Irish roots, his imminent visitors are neither family nor friends. Nor are they human at all, but rather a herd of 120 cows.

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Lyft taxi app boosted by $1bn investment from Google-led consortium

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:46:43 GMT2017-10-20T11:46:43Z

Funding round led by CapitalG takes valuation of ride-hailing company up to $11bn

The US ride-hailing company Lyft has secured a $1bn (£760m) investment from a Google-led consortium, a considerable war chest that will help finance its challenge to Uber in the US – and possibly overseas.

The funding round was led by CapitalG (formerly known as Google Capital), the strategic investment arm of Google’s corporate parent Alphabet, and takes the valuation of Lyft up to $11bn.

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Hokkaido releases manga comic to combat North Korean threat

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:24:08 GMT2017-10-20T07:24:08Z

Weeks after missiles overflew Japanese island, officials produce comic advising residents what to do in event of test launch

Schoolchildren take cover beneath their desks, while a farmer jumps out of his tractor and crouches face down in a field. Off the coast, the crew of a fishing boat hide behind their vessel’s wheelhouse.

The characters are fictional, but they are playing out a scenario that in recent months has become frighteningly real: a North Korean missile strike.

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Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:14:22 GMT2017-10-20T12:14:22Z

Ministry of Health declines to endorse proposals to tackle teen pregnancy rates, with distribution of contraceptives to 15-year-olds branded an ‘erosion of morals’

A row has broken out in Uganda over proposals to extend sex education to 10-year-olds and give some 15-year-olds access to family planning services.

The Ministry of Health has refused to endorse the guidelines, which were designed to tackle the country’s high teenage pregnancy rate, objecting that they are morally wrong and would encourage promiscuity and abortions.

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New York's Chinatown hits back at Omer Fast's 'poverty porn' art exhibition

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:00:08 GMT2017-10-20T13:00:08Z

The Israeli artist Omer Fast has become embroiled in an argument over whether his exhibition – which resembles a Chinatown storefront – is racist

On Sunday, a group of protesters stormed an art gallery in New York’s Chinatown with signs that read “Chinatown lives are not poverty porn” and “Racist art has no business here”. They stood together to hold up a large, yellow banner that said “Racism Disguised as Art” written in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

The group was led by the Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB), a group of art activists targeting the James Cohan Gallery, where the Israeli artist Omer Fast has changed the outside to look like an old Chinatown storefront.

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New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern sets out priorities: climate, inequality and women

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:47:24 GMT2017-10-20T04:47:24Z

The prime minister-elect has also agreed to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use by 2020

New Zealand’s prime minister elect Jacinda Ardern has laid out her priorities for the country, saying she plans to urgently address climate change, tackle inequality and improving women’s lives in the home and workplace.

On Thursday, NZ First leader Winston Peters threw his support behind Ardern’s Labour party, allowing them to form a coalition government with a slim majority.

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Italian regions go to the polls in Europe's latest referendums on autonomy

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:45 GMT2017-10-20T05:00:45Z

€55m votes in Lombardy and Veneto are non-binding, but could send strong message to Rome

Two of Italy’s richest regions are holding referendums on greater autonomy on Sunday, in the latest push by European regions to wrest more power from the centre.

Lombardy and Veneto, between them home to a quarter of Italy’s population, are seeking semi-autonomy, giving them more control over their finances and administration.

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Millennials on screen may be broke, but they're living the dream

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:41:33 GMT2017-10-11T16:41:33Z

From Girls to Fleabag and now Daphne – how film and TV finally paid its dues to generation rentThere’s a moment in Girls that hits very close to home for many millennials. When Hannah (Lena Dunham) finally lands a job at GQ, after endless interning, it marks a huge turning point for a character who up until now has depended on the bank of mum and dad, had to calculate how long she could survive without buying lunch, and recently considered a job in McDonald’s for the free fries. “This is how much money I make a week? This is a lot more than my rent. This is insane, I’m just gonna like walk into a store in the Meatpacking District and make it rain!” It’s a line that at once encapsulates not only how much of their salary Generation Y are used to parting with to cover rising rental costs, but also their first instinct on what to do with whatever’s left over – splurge.In the halcyon days of the 1990s we liked our films and TV shows to be as “aspirational” (read: unrealistic) as possible, with not a whiff of financial struggle. Things could only get better, after all. It’s now a well-worn trope to question how an out-of-work actor and a waitress could afford those vast Manhattan apartments in Friends – maybe Joey and Rachel had trust funds they just didn’t talk about? While Sex and the City fans have long puzzled over how Carrie “I like my money where I can see it – in my closet” Bradshaw funded her lifestyle of Cosmopolitans and Manolos with a single weekly column. So much [...]


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Inside the world’s largest co-living space: ‘You’ve got a whole community under one roof’

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:52:10 GMT2017-10-18T10:52:10Z

When Tjalling van den Burger accepted a job in London, he needed to find a place to live – and like a growing number of young people faced with sky high rents, he turned to co-living. So what’s it like sharing a communal space with more than 500 people?

“Searching for a flatshare in London while still living in the Netherlands was almost impossible,” says Tjalling van den Burger. He had accepted a job with a tech company in London and was faced with the daunting prospect of arriving with nowhere to live – until a friend recommended he try The Collective.

A sleek 10-storey tower in Old Oak, west London, The Collective claims to be the world’s largest co-living scheme, with about 550 residents. It aims to give tenants, whose average age is 28, a communal life, with every aspect – from utility bills to entertainment – taken care of. It’s much like a university halls of residence for young professionals, albeit a very luxurious one.

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Generation rent: how did we get here and where might we end up?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:41:21 GMT2017-10-11T16:41:21Z

Co-living is catching on among twentysomethings, attracted by chance to live with like-minded people in properties to be proud of

Owning her own home was never a dream for Lyndsey Yates. The freelance graphic designer and her partner Mark, a web designer, have always hankered after something more flexible, more exotic.

“When we first got together we were convinced we would never buy a house because we wanted our freedom, to move around wherever we wanted to,” she says. They both had good careers. Freelancing gave them flexibility. Life in Spain or Switzerland looked like fun. “At one point we were learning Dutch because we were thinking of moving to Holland.”

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Generation rent: how are you adjusting to the ‘new normal’?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:41:24 GMT2017-10-11T16:41:24Z

Have you been creative with your career or embraced shared living to navigate your way through the challenging financial landscape? Share your solutions by filling in this form

There used to be a “normal” financial lifecycle. You got a student account, a graduate loan, saved up to get married, got a mortgage to buy a house and then got a pension to enjoy it all when you retired.

But for a generation of rising metropolitans in generation rent, it can feel like you’re doing everything in a different order – if you’re even thinking about these traditional life markers at all.

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Who is Jacinda Ardern? – video explainer

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:11:45 GMT2017-10-19T14:11:45Z

Jacinda Ardern has become New Zealand’s youngest prime minister, 26 days after the country went to the polls. The kingmaker, Winston Peters, said on Thursday that his New Zealand First party would support Ardern’s Labour party to create a coalition, displacing Bill English’s National party.

Jacinda Ardern to be New Zealand's next PM after Labour coalition deal

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'He was slippery like a snake': Katy Tur on covering Donald Trump's lies - video

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:39:07 GMT2017-10-18T12:39:07Z

The journalist Katy Tur's new book focuses on the balancing act that is covering Donald Trump. Here, she talks about what he wants most of all: to be loved, feted and celebrated

• 'Come here, Katy': how Donald Trump turned me into a target

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