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Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:37:59 GMT2016-09-30T08:37:59Z

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Shimon Peres funeral: leaders gather for burial of former Israeli PM

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:58:46 GMT2016-09-30T07:58:46Z

Bill Clinton describes Peres as an ‘optimistic dreamer’ who encompassed an ‘endless capacity to look beyond even the most crushing setbacks’

The funeral of former Israeli president, prime minister and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres has begun in Jerusalem amid an “unprecedented” security operation, with more than 70 world leaders and dignitaries in attendance.

Among those at the ceremony at Mount Herzl cemetery were Barack Obama, former US president Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and the French leader, François Hollande, along with other heads of state and 15 foreign ministers.

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Rosetta space probe to end mission with comet landing - live

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:31:47 GMT2016-09-30T08:31:47Z

ESA’s Rosetta space mission is to end today with a touchdown on its target comet. Follow this daring manoeuvre live

What do you call this moment? The spacecraft will touch the comet’s surface with a speed of about 90 cm/s, or about walking pace. Is it a landing? Not really, because the spacecraft is descending too fast. Is it a crash? Not really, because the spacecraft is descending too slowly. People here seem to be calling it a controlled descent.

At 90 cm/s, Rosetta is touching the comet at the same speed that the Philae lander did in November 2014. Back then, Philae bounced across the surface for hours before finally coming to rest. Opinion is divided about whether the same will happen to Rosetta today. Some think it will come gently to rest others expect some spacecraft acrobatics to take place.

The countdown to the end of the mission is displayed on clocks throughout European mission control.

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Born in early 80s? Then you're half as wealthy as 1970s' children, says IFS

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:42:57 GMT2016-09-30T05:42:57Z

Stagnant wages, falling home ownership, weaker pensions and low interest rates widen generational divide, says thinktank

A slump in home ownership and less generous pensions have left those born in the early 1980s with only half the wealth of those born a decade earlier by the same stage of their lives.

In fresh evidence of the UK’s growing inter-generational divide, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has reported that people in their early 30s had average net household wealth of £27,000 from equity in their homes, the value of their pensions and other financial investments.

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Rodrigo Duterte vows to kill 3 million drug addicts and likens himself to Hitler

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:14:36 GMT2016-09-30T05:14:36Z

‘If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have ...,’ the president said, pointing to himself

Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president, appears to have compared himself to Hitler, saying he would be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts in his bloody war on crime.

During a press conference in his home city of Davao, the former prosecutor told reporters that he had been compared to a “cousin of Hitler” by his critics.

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Archbishop of York says EU countries are 'shunting migrants' towards UK

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:02:49 GMT2016-09-30T00:02:49Z

John Sentamu said Schengen countries should take responsibility for Calais refugee camp and ‘resolve the problem’

The archbishop of York has accused European countries of pushing migrants towards Britain and warned that the UK should not be regarded as a “soft touch”.

John Sentamu said the refugee camp in Calais only existed because the Schengen free-travel zone allowed migrants to move from the Middle East or Africa through Europe to the edge of the Channel without passport checks.

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London mayor launches unprecedented inquiry into foreign property ownership

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:42:14 GMT2016-09-30T05:42:14Z

Exclusive Sadiq Khan tells the Guardian he will carry out ‘the most thorough research on this matter ever undertaken’ amid widespread concern over rising housing costs and gentrification

London mayor Sadiq Khan is to launch the UK’s most comprehensive inquiry into the impact of foreign investment flooding London’s housing market, amid growing fears about the scale of gentrification and rising housing costs in the capital.

Khan said there are “real concerns” about the surge in the number of homes being bought by overseas investors, adding that the inquiry would map the scale of the problem for the first time.

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Nissan demands Brexit compensation for new UK investment

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:09:06 GMT2016-09-30T08:09:06Z

Carmaker fears it could face tariffs to export UK-assembled cars to EU markets in the event of a ‘hard Brexit’

Nissan wants Britain to pledge compensation for any tax barriers resulting from its decision to leave the European Union, or the Japanese automaker could scrap a potential new investment in the UK’s biggest car plant.

Remarks made by Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s chief executive, reflect growing concern among global carmakers that Britain could be heading towards a so-called “hard Brexit”, which would leave them paying tariffs to export UK-assembled cars to EU markets.

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Deutsche Bank fears rattle stock markets as shares slide again – business live

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:33:02 GMT2016-09-30T08:33:02Z

Reports that 10 hedge funds have cut their exposure to Deutsche Bank are worrying investors

Deutsche Bank’s share prices has climbed back over the €10 mark, after John Cryan’s memo to staff was published.

But it’s still down almost 7% at €10.11.

LATEST: Deutsche Bank is strong and there's no basis for speculation, CEO John Cryan says https://t.co/nGy2ly11O7 pic.twitter.com/MEdwQIIMoe

Reuters have now translated John Cryan’s memo into English.

Here’s the key quote from the Deutsche Bank boss, blaming market speculation for undermining the company:

“There are forces now under way in the market that want to weaken confidence in us,

Our job now is to ensure that this distorted perception does not more strongly influence our day-to-day business.”

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Mental illness soars among young women in England – survey

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:00:20 GMT2016-09-29T20:00:20Z

NHS study finds 12.6% of women aged 16-24 screen positive for PTSD, 19.7% self-harm and 28.2% have mental health condition

Sexual violence, childhood trauma and pressures from social media are being blamed for dramatic increases in the number of young women self-harming and having post-traumatic stress disorder or a chronic mental illness.

An inquiry into the state of mental health in England found alarming evidence that more women aged from 16 to 24 are experiencing mental health problems than ever before. “Young women have become a key high risk group,” it concluded.

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Thousands of lorries could be banned from London for cyclist safety

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:00:02 GMT2016-09-30T08:00:02Z

Mayor wants ratings system that would bar heavy goods vehicles with poor driver’s cab visibility from capital’s roads

Thousands of lorries could be banned from London under plans to make the capital’s roads safer for cyclists.

The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, wants to introduce a rating system from zero to five stars for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) based on the level of vision the driver has from the cab.

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Worse than Guantánamo? Ex-prisoner struggles with new life in Kazakhstan

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:12 GMT2016-09-30T06:00:12Z

Sent to a remote border town in a strange country, Lutfi Bin Ali describes an isolated existence haunted by 13 years in the world’s most notorious prison

On really bad days, Lutfi Bin Ali retrieves his Guantánamo Bay suit from under a pile of clothes and pulls it on. The outfit, which by this point has faded from its infamous orange colour to more of a salmony pink, reminds him he was once worse off than he is now, and helps him to calm down.

Sometimes, though, he wonders if his current predicament might actually be even worse than the 13 years he spent in the notorious prison. Lonely and isolated in the Kazakh steppe, the 51-year-old Tunisian has found life since his release from Guantánamo no easier than life inside.

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This is modern Britain – no wonder young women have PTSD | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:54:11 GMT2016-09-29T14:54:11Z

Women’s mental health is under increasing pressure, from body image to pornography, domestic violence to debt. But amid the gloom, there is hope

Most people know that when it comes to mental health there is something of a gender gap. But what you might not know is that it appears to be widening. Every seven years, the NHS carries out a rigorous assessment of Britain’s mental health and its citizens’ corresponding access to treatment services. The latest shows an alarming spike in psychiatric disorders – treated and untreated – in young women. While the prevalence of mental illness remained stable for men, it rose for women. Young women in particular have been dubbed a high-risk group.

For young women, this is unlikely to come as a surprise. There are positives to be taken from the survey: better access to mental health services, improved diagnosis and less stigma will mean more mental health problems are reported. But the fact remains that we face a unique set of pressures living in modern Britain (which is not to say that young men do not face pressures of their own – a point I will come to). Though young women outperform young men academically and often earn more, there are plenty of contextual factors that make our lives more difficult, and us more vulnerable to mental health problems.

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Why has golf, once favoured by writers, gone out of fashion?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:12 GMT2016-09-30T06:00:12Z

Despite the continuing pull of the Ryder Cup, modern novellists seem to regard Scotland’s national sport with disdain

With its combination of thought and sport, nature ramble and rivalry, golf once seemed the ideal pursuit for a writer. Agatha Christie and Ian Fleming played regularly and put it into their fiction (in Murder on the Links and Goldfinger, respectively); Arthur Conan Doyle conceived The Hound of the Baskervilles during a round. Yet this week, despite the prompts of the Ryder Cup and the death of Arnold Palmer, literary golfers have been hard to spot. What went wrong in literature’s affair with the Scottish game?

The romance was at its height, usually in crime and comic writing, in the peaceful 1920s, 30s and 50s, when PG Wodehouse penned golf stories incessantly (sometimes featuring Bertie Wooster, but also dozens narrated by the Oldest Member); other mystery writers followed Christie in turning courses into crime scenes, and John Betjeman wrote his “Seaside Golf” – an evocation of scoring a par three on a Cornish course that ends ecstatically with “splendour, splendour everywhere”).

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A different ball game: Bangkok's crooked football pitches

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:30:56 GMT2016-09-30T06:30:56Z

Asymmetrical pitches built in a densely-populated district of the Thai capital

Throw the FIFA pitch requirements handbook out the window. In hodgepodge Bangkok, football fields don’t even need to be rectangular.

A Thai real estate developer has built four misshapen pitches in Khlong Toei, an extremely densely-populated area of the capital where the proliferation of high and low-rise apartments have left little space for parks or play areas.

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Wonder Woman writer confirms superhero is queer

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:01:41 GMT2016-09-30T05:01:41Z

Social media celebrates after writer Greg Rucka says the character had ‘obviously’ been in love and relationships with other women

Wonder Woman is queer, her writer has confirmed: “I don’t know how much clearer I can make it”.

Greg Rucka, who worked on Wonder Woman for DC Comics throughout the 2000s, returned to DC Comics this year for the new Rebirth series commemorating her 75th year in print.

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Free State of Jones review – Matthew McConaughey rages through civil war

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:45:02 GMT2016-09-29T21:45:02Z

This audacious, visceral, beautifully shot story of a real-life outlaw in Louisiana’s swamps is one to watch out for in awards season

Matthew McConaughey stars in this startling, fiercely violent, superbly photographed and structurally audacious civil war drama, directed by Gary Ross. McConaughey plays the real-life Confederate soldier Newton Knight, who leads a band of deserters and runaway slaves to form a Robin-Hood outlaw group in the Louisiana swamp and attempts to make Jones county secede from Mississippi and the confederacy to form the “free state of Jones”. He allies himself with slave Moses (Mahershala Ali), marries freed woman Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and after the war takes a lead on democratic reform: this legendary figure has already been the subject of a 1948 movie, Tap Roots, with Van Heflin and Susan Hayward.

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England needs almost double the number of marine zones to ensure healthy seas

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:01:11 GMT2016-09-30T05:01:11Z

Conservationists say 48 new protected areas are needed to fill the gaps in the ‘blue belt’ coastal network to ensure wildlife can flourish

Conservationists have called for the creation of a further 48 protected areas in English waters that would “fill in the gaps” of a national network designed to ensure healthy and productive seas.

If designated, they would add to the 50 existing marine conservation zones (MCZs) and create an “ecologically coherent network” where habitats and wildlife could flourish, according to a report from the Wildlife Trusts.

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Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition – thank goodness Kirstie Allsopp is keeping an eye on the nation’s diet

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:31:43 GMT2016-09-29T17:31:43Z

The eagle-eyed TV presenter is right: bad food is not healthy for us, just like a soul-destroying obsession with property

I don’t know about you, but Lost in Showbiz can’t get enough of anyone with lots of Twitter followers taking their personal struggles with broadband installation/tardy dishwasher delivery/carry-on baggage rules public. However self-effacingly unspoken it is, we know they’re out there for the rest of us, and even as we have to wade through a seemingly endless stream of tweets to which the handle @British_Airways or @VodafoneUK is magisterially appended like it’s the effing Bat-Signal, I think we all emerge the richer for it. They lift us all. My washing machine is because theirs is.

One of the great veterans of this type of conflict is Location, Location, Location presenter Kirstie Allsopp, whose Homemade guide to Being A Celebrity Conservative has yet to air, but will presumably eventually be spewed out of the Great Channel 4 Format Flogger. They get around to all of them in the end.

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Scintillating Ryder Cup can pull golf clear from unfavourable swirl of gloom

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:38:59 GMT2016-09-29T19:38:59Z

The game has endured an inauspicious few months and Hazeltine needs to provide some special entertainment – perhaps with a United States win

The problem with golf’s time in the spotlight is the recent propensity for that focus to be negative. Never before has this sport, apparently in the midst of a scrap for relevance and identity, so needed a scintillating Ryder Cup. All that is good about golf, from the values it provides to the scope for such a wide range of society to partake in it, has been lost in an unfavourable swirl.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:03:02 GMT2016-09-30T08:03:02Z

First meets second as Manchester City visit Spurs, Theo Walcott looks to continue his hot streak and will this be the last we see of Francesco Guidolin?

Given that the tactic of trying to absorb pressure had not worked for any of Manchester City’s opponents, it made sense for Swansea to try something different last weekend, as the Welsh side attempted to disrupt the league leaders’ momentum by squeezing their centre-backs when they had the ball. It did not work, of course, because City were still too sharp in attack. Yet Tottenham Hotspur’s feverish high press could yield greater rewards at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Both sides are without key attacking players – Harry Kane for Spurs, Kevin De Bruyne for City – but a match between the league’s top two promises to be fascinating from a tactical perspective. Will Tottenham’s favoured approach fluster City? Or will Pep Guardiola’s side simply play around them and take advantage of the space further up the pitch? JS

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Corrupt behaviour has become endemic in football's culture | Jonathan Booker

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:51:41 GMT2016-09-29T19:51:41Z

Instead of defusing this ticking time bomb football now finds itself dealing with the aftermath and serious collateral damage surrounding agents

After a few days in football that have shocked many I have to say that, like many others in the industry, I’m not actually that shocked at the allegations of corruption. In my opinion football has required a stark wake-up call for some time now.

Having formerly been an FA licensed agent for nearly six years and then reclassified as an FA-registered intermediary since April 2015, I can say that the sad truth is allegations and stories of corruption in football are common. These can, of course, be merely rumour or bravado but my own experiences confirm there is widespread wrong practice.

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England to select Nathan Hughes and Mike Williams for autumn Tests

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:00:01 GMT2016-09-29T21:00:01Z

• Eddie Jones gives foreign-born pair international bows
• World Rugby discussing rule change to extend residency period

England will select the Fiji-raised Nathan Hughes and Zimbabwe-born Mike Williams in their preparatory squad on Friday for this autumn’s internationals despite high-level support within the Rugby Football Union for stricter qualification criteria to deter players from switching allegiance to other countries.

Hughes, who qualifies under the three-year residency rule having relocated to England in 2013 to join Wasps, and Leicester’s Williams, born and bred in Bulawayo but eligible via a grandfather from Sussex, are physical back-row forwards keen to slot in alongside the Tonga-reared Vunipola brothers, the former Samoa league international Ben Te’o and, possibly, Bath’s Fijian soldier Semesa Rokoduguni in an increasingly cosmopolitan England dressing room.

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FA red-faced as England players receive Sam Allardyce postcards

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:13:13 GMT2016-09-30T00:13:13Z

• Postcards sent out on the day the manager lost his job
• Headline read: the journey has begun

Related: Gareth Southgate’s call reassures Wayne Rooney on England captaincy

Timing is everything. The Football Association and Sam Allardyce suffered further embarrassment on Thursday when all the players received postcards from their now ex-manager under the headline ‘The journey has begun’. The message to the players who defeated Slovakia in their opening World Cup qualifier read: “Well done! Our journey has begun with our first win together. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Sam Allardyce.”

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Danny Willett fears becoming ‘target’ for Ryder Cup fans after brother’s article

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:05:17 GMT2016-09-29T21:05:17Z

• Masters champion says comments ‘centred attention a bit more upon myself’
• Willett omitted from opening-day foursomes after controversy

Danny Willett fears he has become a “target” for American fans at his maiden Ryder Cup with the Masters champion also conceding his experience has been tarnished and his focus hard to maintain. A midweek magazine column by Willett’s brother included a string of offensive comments towards American golf fans.

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José Mourinho hits out at backroom staff before Manchester United victory

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:20:23 GMT2016-09-30T08:20:23Z

• Portuguese was involved in furious exchange on touchline on Thursday
• ‘Obviously I want my assistants to take care of all the details’

José Mourinho has admitted he rebuked members of his backroom staff during Manchester United’s Europa League tie with Zorya Luhansk on Thursday after confusion over his team’s organisation at set-pieces.

Both sets of players were out on the pitch and ready to kick off the match, which United went on to win 1-0, when Mourinho noticed that Zorya’s players were deployed in a different formation to the instructions provided to him by his coaches.

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Football Association will speak to police as part of its corruption investigation

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:30:14 GMT2016-09-29T20:30:14Z

• Ruling body waiting for Telegraph evidence
• Chris Coleman urges life ban for wrongdoers

The Football Association has revealed that it will meet City of London police next week as it begins its investigation into alleged corruption.

In a week during which Sam Allardyce left his position as England manager, Tommy Wright was sacked by Barnsley and football managers are alleged to have taken bungs in the Daily Telegraph’s investigation, the FA has been frustrated in its attempts to gather information from the newspaper.

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Jos Buttler: Security is an issue but we can start thinking about cricket

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:00:01 GMT2016-09-29T21:00:01Z

• Mark Wood out injured as England leave for Bangladesh
• Captain insists he is keeping seat warm for Eoin Morgan

After two withdrawals for security reasons and a couple more over the past 24 hours owing to injury, England’s tour of Bangladesh is now under way with the one-day squad flying to Dhaka on Thursday under their new – but very much temporary – captain in Jos Buttler.

The 26-year-old spoke before the team’s departure from Heathrow, once again stressing he is merely keeping the seat warm for Eoin Morgan, who along with Alex Hales, pulled out following security concerns, and that the attacking philosophy the Middlesex left-hander has instilled in the side over the past 18 months will be continued.

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Warrington come from behind to beat St Helens and reach Grand Final

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:02:58 GMT2016-09-29T22:02:58Z

• Warrington 18-10 St Helens

Tony Smith praised his side’s character and insisted Warrington have handed themselves a glorious opportunity to win the Super League Grand Final after victory against St Helens in a thrilling yet controversial play-off semi-final.

It is probably a measure of how laboured parts of the Super Eights had become that nobody quite knew what to expect from the opening play-off semi-final of 2016. Yet both sides put on a fine display, with Warrington emerging victorious after overturning a half-time deficit to reach Old Trafford for the first time in three years.

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NFL week four predictions: Jaguars' Wembley visit to end in another defeat

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:00:02 GMT2016-09-30T08:00:02Z

The Colts look well placed to defeat the Jaguars in London, and the Seahawks should have too much to beat the Jets. Plus, take part in our tipping contest

Life is full of little mysteries. Why does the cat beg to be let out, but then refuse to do so once the back door has been opened? What is the flavour of Irn-Bru? And if Tom Brady didn’t want to tan his butt, then wouldn’t it have been easier just to keep his shorts on in the first place?

If you’re seeking answers, then you could probably do worse than turning to downthewikihole, Ledzeparuba, ProfessorAwesome, SaintJames, Simpson9087, and Steve Mansfield – the only people to correctly predict every game in week three of our Pick Six contest. You can give them a pat on the back while you’re at it.

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McLaren’s Jenson Button admits he is getting towards the end of the road in F1

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:50:49 GMT2016-09-29T14:50:49Z

• 2009 world champion contests 300th grand prix in Malaysia on Sunday
• British driver hints that Abu Dhabi will be his last race, in November

Jenson Button will become the third driver to start 300 Formula One races when he competes in the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and he has given the clearest indication yet he will not be seen on the grid again after this season.

Button signed a two-year contract with McLaren at the start of this month and will be replaced by Stoffel Vandoorne for 2017 while the British driver takes a sabbatical.

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Birmingham bids to host 2026 Commonwealth Games

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:01:04 GMT2016-09-29T23:01:04Z

City hopes for £390m economic windfall from event and points to £740m generated for Scottish economy by Glasgow games

Birmingham is bidding to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, which it hopes could result in a £390m economic windfall.

Civic leaders said the sporting event would be able to “showcase the very best” of the city and deliver a “huge economic impact” to the West Midlands.

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How an obsession with Football Manager could earn you a career in the game

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:15:19 GMT2016-09-29T10:15:19Z

Matt Neil started compiling reports for the Football Manager game at the age of 15. After progressing from Truro City to Plymouth Argyle, his work was noticed by the League Two club and he was given a job as one of their football analysts

By Matt Stanger for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network

After starting out as a researcher for Football Manager when he was just 15, Matt Neil’s eye for talent was picked up by Plymouth Argyle. He now works as the League Two club’s lead first team analyst, providing data on player performance, opposition reports and potential transfer targets. Here’s Matt’s story, as told to Matt Stanger:

I initially applied for the Truro City researcher job eight years ago, which was advertised on the Football Manager website. I went to five or six Truro games a season back then because it was only about three quid on the train and the ticket was about six quid. I already knew quite a bit about some of the players because they’d been at Argyle, so I thought I’d try to help out in that area because nobody had been doing it for a couple of years.

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Eddie Alvarez has what Conor McGregor wants – and he's not giving it up easily

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:00:40 GMT2016-09-29T10:00:40Z

The proud Philadelphian visits New York in November and will stand shoulder to shoulder with UFC’s biggest star – and he’s not in a hurry to relinquish his belt

On 27 September 2014, Eddie Alvarez stumbled after stepping into the Octagon.

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A warning to Corbyn: the centre ground hasn’t disappeared, it is being reshaped | Martin Ketle

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:59:12 GMT2016-09-30T05:59:12Z

Theresa May has a superior grasp of centrism, culturally and politically. That’s why she is winning

It is less than 18 months since Ed Balls was one of the big beasts of British politics. Yet how long ago that era seems when one reads his agonised account of the May 2015 election in his memoir, Speaking Out.As a Financial Times reviewer pungently put it, the Balls generation already “reeks of yesterday.”

Labour lost last year, Balls writes, because it was not sufficiently trusted on the economy, and because Ed Miliband was not credible enough as a potential prime minister. This is what most politicians, as well as most political scientists, election analysts and commentators, myself included, believed at the time and believe now.

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My message to the HSBC boss who says dialect is dying: Get real, ya wallapur| Ian Pattison

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:36:00 GMT2016-09-30T08:36:00Z

In 2066, when Rab C Nesbitt tells his car to drive to Waitrose for corn-fed radicchio, I hope it replies ‘Nae bother, big yin’ – not like an American Dalek

By 2066 all dialect words and regional pronunciations will be no more – consumed, according to a new report, by a tsunami of Americanisms and machine speak and sloshed down the clarty drain to oblivion – according to a new report.

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This child abuse inquiry debacle shines a harsh light on Theresa May | Gaby Hinsliff

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:45:07 GMT2016-09-29T19:45:07Z

As home secretary, she fought hard to set up this review. We’ll learn much as the now prime minister strives to stop it unravelling

How must it feel, to have been let down as a child by those you were taught to trust, and then in adulthood to be let down all over again?

It’s hard to imagine how painful the turmoil inside the government’s child abuse inquiry must be for survivors of abuse. Already on its fourth chair, the inquiry has now suspended its counsel Ben Emmerson QC over unnamed allegations about his leadership – hours after reports that Emmerson was considering resigning because he felt the scope of the inquiry was impossibly wide. On Thursday evening Emmerson did resign. The inquiry’s second most senior lawyer, Elizabeth Prochaska, has quit too.

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Don’t blame globalisation for poverty | Liam Fox

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:00:11 GMT2016-09-30T05:00:11Z

Provided corruption is kept in check and governance improves in the developing world, free trade can benefit everybody, even the world’s poorest people

Two hundred and forty years ago, Adam Smith published one of the most important texts ever written. The Wealth of Nations set out his vision of free trade as a pathway to opportunity and prosperity for all; and that in a true open global economy no one need lose out – we all could benefit.

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Corbyn is an atheist – but his ideas are true to the Bible | Giles Fraser | Loose canon

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:54:46 GMT2016-09-29T15:54:46Z

Unlike Peter Mandelson, the Bible is not intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich

Readings in the Church of England and the Roman Catholic church are set in advance on a three-year cycle. That’s partly to stop priests from constantly picking their favourite bits and partly to make sure all parts of the Bible are covered, even the tricky passages. Which means that, last Sunday, up and down the country, the same readings were read out to congregations. First we heard a stinging condemnation of wealth from the book of Amos: “Alas for those who lie on beds of Ivory, and lounge on their couches.” Then a psalm about God sustaining the widow and the orphan. Then a long passage about money – “Those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction” – from Paul’s first letter to Timothy. Then, to top it all off, the story from Luke of a rich man (“who was dressed in fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day”) burning in hell and a poor man, who lived homeless at his gate, being carried off to heaven by the angels.

Absolutely nothing that has been said by Jeremy Corbyn over the past few months is anything like as hostile to the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few as the Bible. Indeed, compared to the book of Amos and the gospel of Luke, the campaign group Momentum are a bunch of bland soft-pedalling apologists for the status quo. So how, then, can middle England sit through these readings without storming out, but apparently find Corbyn unelectable? Have they not been listening?

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A Labour party of the future is beginning to emerge | John Harris

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:40:30 GMT2016-09-29T19:40:30Z

As left and right squabbled in the Liverpool conference centre, at Momentum’s festival down the road a new, modernised movement was taking shape

Anyone expecting the revolution will surely have walked into Liverpool’s gleaming Convention Centre and wondered where it was. The Labour party conference might now be Jeremy Corbyn’s domain, but it was all surprisingly familiar: a great wall of men in dark suits, fringe meetings with titles like “What’s ahead for consumers in a digital future?” – and, by way of a cruel pantomime, the disoriented sons and daughters of the Blair-Brown years, still wondering how to respond to what has happened – and, on the evidence I glimpsed, not getting much further than mouthing such tired tropes as the need for “an over-arching narrative”.

In glaring contrast, the most fulfilling and enjoyable event in Liverpool was The World Transformed, the five-day “festival of politics, art and culture” put on across town by Momentum. Here, most of the sessions – spread around a church-turned-arts centre, which felt as homemade and human as the official conference was cold and alienating – were designed to allow as much participation as possible, and thereby spark the maximal level of debate. You could tell something exciting was afoot by the hubbub that extended from the tiny reception area out into the street, and beyond.

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Do you live in a Trump bubble, or a Clinton bubble? | Timothy Garton Ash

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:42:07 GMT2016-09-29T19:42:07Z

The myths, exaggerations and lies of our fragmented media have distorted reality for both left and right. This is eroding our democracy

‘Trump wears deception as a foreskin.” Thus said Nathan, a small-business owner, when talking to me in Chicago the other day. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

A recent analysis concluded that Donald Trump averaged one lie or inaccuracy for every five minutes of speaking. There’s a great debate raging here about how the American media should cover this narcissistic, bragging, mendacious, ignorant, dangerous demagogue. But what’s happening to the media themselves is part of the problem.

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Who should be the next Metropolitan police commissioner? | Duncan Campbell

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:20:03 GMT2016-09-29T16:20:03Z

It’s the biggest job in UK policing. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe’s successor will have to get to grips with terrorism, cybercrime and media relations

Another day another departure. If it’s not a prime minister, a party leader or a national football manager, it’s a police chief. The news that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will be leaving his job as commissioner of the Metropolitan police is just the latest indication that it’s tougher at the top these days than in the gentler times when senior coppers slipped quietly away after a jolly retirement party at Scotland Yard.

Sir Bernard took on the job five years ago in the wake of the departure, in quick succession, of Ian Blair and Paul Stephenson, the former destabilised by the then mayor, Boris Johnson, the latter in the wake of what was deemed to be a poor police response to the hacking scandals exposed by the Guardian. To that extent he has at least lasted the course and will doubtless soon be able to find himself a comfortable home in the security industry, away from the daily crises that come with his current post.

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Stop Brexit and save the EU

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:14:01 GMT2016-09-29T15:14:01Z

The EU face five crises that could destroy it, and Brexit could be the detonator. But only modest changes could stop an implosion

“Never let a crisis go to waste” has always been one of the European Union’s guiding principles. What about five simultaneous crises? Today, the EU faces what Frans Timmermans, the European commission vice-president, describes as a “multi-crisis”: Brexit, refugee flows, fiscal austerity, geopolitical threats from east and south, and “illiberal democracy” in central Europe. Rather than wasting its crises, the EU could be laid to waste by them.

If so, Brexit will be the detonator for that demolition. By legitimising the concept of an EU breakup, and so turning a fantasy among political extremists into a realistic option of mainstream politics throughout Europe, Brexit threatens to trigger an irresistible disintegration process. It will also transform economics, by paralysing the European Central Bank in the next euro crisis. The ECB can always defeat market speculation, but it is powerless against breakup pressures from voters.

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Forget Gary Johnson. Trump's presidency would be one long 'Aleppo moment' | Dave Schilling

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:36:51 GMT2016-09-29T19:36:51Z

The Libertarian is lampooned for gaps in his knowledge, but he looks like an amateur next to the giant ignoramus who actually has a chance of winning

What does Gary Johnson know? After yet another easily avoidable televised blunder in which the Libertarian presidential candidate failed to name even one leader of a foreign country that he was fond of, it’s a fair question.

If, by some miracle, Johnson were able to cobble together enough support to reach the 15% threshold to qualify for the debates, that would be the only question I would want answered. Just two minutes of Johnson rattling off things he does know. How many eggs in a dozen? That’s a snap, Anderson. It’s 12. Where are babies made, Mr Johnson? Well ... something about mommies and daddies loving each other, right? Who let the dogs out? Wow, that’s a tough one, Anderson. Can I get back to you after I consult with my advisors? I happen to be heavily courting the dogcatchers’ union.

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The Guardian view of Vogue v the bloggers: business is winning | Editorial

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:09:12 GMT2016-09-29T18:09:12Z

Vogue accuses the fashion bloggers of selling out. The fashion bloggers ask how would Vogue know (and why would they care?)

There is a picture on Instagram that perfectly captures the current row about who decides what is fashion. The dispute is between Vogue magazine, fashion’s ultimate arbiter for the last 100 years, and the fashion bloggers regarded by their millions of social media followers as the real deal. The picture, posted by the blogger Caroline Vreeland, was taken during Milan’s fashion week. It shows the editor of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, timelessly chic, being followed down the street by a much younger woman in a shiny vinyl coat, black shorts and fishnets. She is pointing and laughing at Ms Wintour’s unresponsive back. Street style challenges high fashion; digital unsettles analogue; democracy threatens elite.

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Who needs a coherent plan for Brexit when you have dreams and fantasies? | Polly Toynbee

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:02:10 GMT2016-09-29T11:02:10Z

While ministers spout unfounded claims and fanciful notions about how trade and security will work once we leave the EU, the UK is becoming a laughing stock

The world seems to be spinning out of control into realms of fantasy, if not downright insanity. Fanciful notions and striking imagery overrule all else. Forget the boring but serious everyday business of fact-based government. When Donald Trump has a good chance of becoming US president and Boris Johnson is foreign secretary, globe-trotting in our name, then maybe all bets on rationality are off.

Within its first week back, on 11 October, parliament will be debating Brexit: no, not the plodding details of what the hell to do next, but whether Brexit means it’s time to bring back the royal yacht Britannia. Requiring a crew of 240, the 1952 floating palace has a state drawing room and state dining room for entertaining dignitaries around the world; it is a place, the Queen once said, where “I can truly relax”.

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The Guardian view on targeting medics in wartime: protect those who serve | Editorial

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:11:58 GMT2016-09-29T18:11:58Z

Attacks on hospitals and clinics are increasing. But international law is clear: deliberate or reckless assaults are a crime

Just as doctors have a duty of care and respect to their patients, so the rest of us have an obligation to doctors. It is a basic tenet of civilised societies that medics should be allowed to care for the sick and wounded in wartime as well as in peace. The concept of medical neutrality was enshrined in the first Geneva convention more than a century and a half ago, and over those years it has offered countless doctors, nurses and their patients a degree of protection in the cruellest times. Attacking medical facilities, transport and personnel intentionally is outlawed.

No one should need to be reminded of that; yet it appears that we must be – repeatedly. In May, the security council adopted a resolution to strengthen protection for healthcare workers, the sick and wounded, and hospitals and clinics in war zones. The measure was prompted by increasing assaults on such facilities; according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, 959 people were killed in 600 such attacks in 2014 and 2015 alone. It has proved fruitless. The strikes are now so frequent they are in danger of being normalised. On Wednesday the United Nations secretary general was forced, for the second time in four months, to spell out international law’s protection of medical services and its demand that the wounded and sick, whether civilians or fighters, be spared: “Deliberate attacks on hospitals are war crimes. Denying people access to essential healthcare violates international humanitarian law.”

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How Putin's high-risk Syria gamble is paying off | Oleg Kashin

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:48:29 GMT2016-09-29T10:48:29Z

One of Russia’s most prominent journalists argues the protracted conflict has been a gift to the president whose expansionism in Ukraine had left his country weakened

Read a version of this article in Russian

In a famous poem by the writer Yevgeny Yevtushenko, an ant crawling on the face of a Russian soldier killed in Afghanistan asks the dead man: “What can you give to my impoverished homeland if the shops in your country have no food?”

It’s a scene that symbolises contemporary Russia’s greatest fear: getting caught up in another unwanted conflict in a faraway country, a concern clearly informed by Russia’s disastrous 10-year war in Afghanistan.

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Chemical weapons are being used against the Darfuris. This is a war crime | Salil Shetty

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:00:40 GMT2016-09-29T10:00:40Z

Despite being under the watch of an African Union-UN peacekeeping mission, civilians in Darfur continue to be subjected to horrifying attacks

The images are enough to turn your stomach. Photographs of young children and babies, their tiny limbs blistered and covered in lesions, their faces contorted in pain. Some of those in the photographs died shortly after they were taken, we learned.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s critics must decide: unity or terminal decline | Owen Jones

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:00:34 GMT2016-09-29T05:00:34Z

One good speech is not enough on its own, but after Labour’s summer of pain there is a moment of clarity – and all sides must seize it

Jeremy Corbyn has relaunched a leadership that was staring into the abyss. Consider what has happened since he last took to the podium at Labour conference. Britain voted to leave the EU, a prime minister who seemed unassailable was toppled, Jo Cox was brutally killed, and Labour collapsed into its worst internal crisis since its foundation. Corbyn’s speech yesterday had two key aims: to bring a divided party together and to appeal to a public that regards Labour’s current situation as a baffling mess. He is a leader who has sustained a relentless media onslaught and a revolt from almost the entire parliamentary party. Perhaps Elton John’s I’m Still Standing would have been an appropriate song to welcome the re-elected Labour leader to the stage.

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FA unsteady and unprepared for role as guardian of the game’s standards

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:39 GMT2016-09-29T09:00:39Z

Global expansion of the game, lubricated by billions spent by fans and the ambitions of individuals, companies and countries, has ushered in a world that has spun far beyond the FA’s control

Shortly after the bathetic sight of Sam Allardyce slinking out of Wembley without having ever sat in its dugout as England manager, the Football Association’s recently appointed chairman emerged blinking into the flashbulbs for a traditional rite of passage. Greg Clarke spent six years as chair of the diverse, constantly squabbling tribe of 72 clubs that make up the Football League and so is not exactly an ingenue.

Down among the desperate at the sharp end of the domestic game there are all kinds of allegations of sharp practice, dodgy deals, rampant self-interest and dubious land grabs. But the sudden crisis of the past 48 hours has been of a different order of magnitude in terms of the unforgiving spotlight it has placed on the game.

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I love working at 5am. But my schedule wouldn’t suit every mother | Annie Ridout

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:34:02 GMT2016-09-29T12:34:02Z

The idea that early rising is key to the perfect work-life balance is foolish. When it comes to juggling career and children, parents have to find what suits them

Last year, with no job to return to after maternity leave, I set up The Early Hour – an online lifestyle magazine with articles published at 5am, aimed at people who are up early. It was in response to that long, lonely period of the morning when new parents are awake – feeding or soothing babies – and crave something interesting to read that connects them to the wider world.

Much of my planning, writing and editing was done while my daughter, Joni, lay sleeping in bed – oblivious to the graft taking place in our kitchen. This is why I can empathise with American author Samantha Ettus advocating – in her latest book The Pie Life – an early start for parents who might benefit from working, uninterrupted, before the kids wake up. As many of us know, the early part of the day can be ideal for quiet, reflective time spent brainstorming or catching up with emails. And for working parents with no formal childcare arrangement this time is like gold dust, because there may be no other child-free hours during the day.

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To challenge antisemitism, Labour must first admit that it is not immune | Rachel Shabi

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

Instead of dismissing the issue, true progressives will – like Naz Shah – give careful consideration to suggestions that their language or views can be offensive

The Corbyn-supporting Momentum movement was this week accused by some Labour MPs of downplaying antisemitism. Then it got worse, as Jackie Walker, the group’s vice-chair – already suspended from the party once over antisemitism – made cringe-inducingly unpleasant criticisms of Holocaust Memorial Day and more. Rightly, she now faces calls to resign.

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Can Hillary Clinton win in Never Trump land? – video

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:35 GMT2016-09-29T06:00:35Z

Months after Republicans in Colorado fomented the ‘Never Trump’ movement, the GOP nominee is neck-and-neck with Clinton in the crucial swing state. Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone explore whether Trump’s candidacy has been damaged by his party’s civil war

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Rosetta space mission: a European success story – video explainer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:55:21 GMT2016-09-29T12:55:21Z

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission is about to come to a dramatic end. It has spent years successfully gathering data on 67P, a comet 317 million miles away from Earth that scientists hope may contain clues on the creation of the universe. This week it will be set on a collision course with the comet to end the mission

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Imagine: Steve Bell draws Corbyn and Watson as John and Yoko – video

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:14:20 GMT2016-09-29T08:14:20Z

Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell draws Jeremy Corbyn during his closing speech at Labour’s party conference in Liverpool on Wednesday. Inspired by the cover of the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album, Bell draws Corbyn as the ex-Beatle ... and turns Tom Watson into Yoko Ono

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Owen Jones at Labour conference: can Corbyn unite the party? – video

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:10:08 GMT2016-09-28T18:10:08Z

It’s been a tumultuous year for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party. A huge surge in party membership has been tempered by a rebellious parliamentary party and an attempted coup. Following Corbyn’s second win in a leadership contest, Owen Jones travels to the 2016 Labour conference to ask whether the party can get behind its leader and reunite to fight the Tories

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Emily Blunt on The Girl on the Train: 'The vomit was not my own' – video interview

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:10:18 GMT2016-09-29T11:10:18Z

Emily Blunt talks about the forthcoming film adaptation of The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins’ bestseller about an unemployed alcoholic who witnesses a disturbing event from a train window. Blunt discusses simulated sick and the differences in drinking culture between the US and UK. Co-stars Luke Evans and Haley Bennett also discuss voyeurism

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

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

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

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

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How they definitely didn't make Fifa 17 – video

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

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

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Vagina Dispatches episode one: the vulva – video

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

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

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Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado on Trump: 'I know what he can do' - video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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US golf legend Arnold Palmer dies aged 87 – video obituary

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

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

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Michael Mansfield willing to replace Emmerson in abuse inquiry

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:15:15 GMT2016-09-30T08:15:15Z

But top barrister questions credentials of child abuse inquiry’s current chair and says ‘appalling appointments’ have been made

Michael Mansfield QC says he is willing to replace Ben Emmerson as the top lawyer on the inquiry into institutional child abuse, but only if the inquiry is broken up.

Mansfield, a prominent barrister whom many of the survivors of child abuse have nominated to lead the process, said the inquiry had been “chaotic from beginning” and dogged by “catastrophic appointments”.

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Liam Fox: globalisation needs to be championed more vigorously

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:00:11 GMT2016-09-30T05:00:11Z

Trade secretary says benefits are tremendous, citing decline in extreme poverty in developing world

Globalisation is becoming “increasingly misunderstood” and needs to be championed more vigorously, Liam Fox has said after praising Brexit as a “golden opportunity” for international aid.

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Hundreds of thousands call for legal protection of UK parks

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:12 GMT2016-09-30T06:00:12Z

Threat of budget cuts and developers prompts mass submissions to government consultation and 220,000-strong petition

Hundreds of thousands of people have called on the government to grant legal protection to the UK’s parks, amid growing fears that the green spaces are in danger of being lost.

More than 180,000 people submitted evidence to the communities and local government committee’s parliamentary consultation, which closes on Friday, calling on the government to make it a statutory duty for councils to protect and maintain the country’s 27,000 public parks. Separately, 220,000 people have signed a petition calling for legal protection and 115,000 have completed a survey, both of which were organised by the campaign organisation 38 Degrees.

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Tories choose John Lewis boss as West Midlands mayoral candidate

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:58:49 GMT2016-09-29T22:58:49Z

Andy Street will step down from role he has held at retailer for nine years to compete for newly created position in May’s vote

The boss of John Lewis had been confirmed as the Conservative mayoral candidate for the West Midlands.

Andy Street will step down as managing director of the department store chain after being chosen by the Tories to compete for the region’s newly created role of metropolitan mayor.

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Survivors of abuse in C of E to protest at bishop of Oxford's inauguration

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:12 GMT2016-09-30T06:00:12Z

Michael and Joe will hand out leaflets at Steven Croft’s consecration accusing church of failing to act on their claims

Two high-profile survivors of sexual abuse in the Church of England are to mount a protest during the enthronement of the bishop of Oxford in response to what they claim is the church’s failure to act on their disclosures.

Michael (not his real name), an ordained C of E priest, made a formal complaint of misconduct earlier this year against Steven Croft, the new bishop, claiming that he failed to properly respond to accusations of rapes allegedly committed by a serving priest in 1984.

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Momentum likely to oust Jackie Walker over Holocaust remarks

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:05:48 GMT2016-09-29T19:05:48Z

Steering committee wants to remove Walker as vice-chair after remarks made at Labour antisemitism training session

The steering committee of Momentum is seeking to remove its vice-chair, Jackie Walker, after widespread criticism of comments she made about Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Guardian understands her removal from the post is likely to be confirmed when the committee meets on Monday. A spokesperson for the leftwing grassroots movement, which was set up to support Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party, confirmed members wanted her to go.

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Experts warn home 'gene editing' kits pose risk to society

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:01:04 GMT2016-09-29T23:01:04Z

Nuffield Council on Bioethics report finds materials to perform basic experiments are now available to ‘garage scientists’

The simplicity and low cost of tools to edit the genetic code means “garage scientists” - or amateurs with some skill - can now perform their own experiments, posing a potential risk from the release of GM bugs, a new report suggests.

In a report published on Friday, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics said that the rise in precision “gene editing” tools had revolutionised biomedical research over the past ten years and could potentially have a dramatic impact on human society.

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Two men sought after Oxford girl abducted and raped on way to school

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:08:11 GMT2016-09-29T11:08:11Z

Thames Valley police appeal for witnesses who may have seen two white men and silver car in which attack took place

Police are searching for two men who raped a 14-year-old girl in a car after abducting her on her way to school in Oxford.

Thames Valley police are appealing for witnesses after the victim was found at midday on Wednesday knocking on doors in the Marston area of the city.

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Unexploded second world war bomb found in Portsmouth harbour

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:34:41 GMT2016-09-29T22:34:41Z

The 500kg device will be towed 1.5 miles east of the Isle of Wight and destroyed by controlled explosion

A unexploded second world war bomb has been discovered on the seabed of Portsmouth harbour.

The German device, which weighs 500kg (1,100lb), was found by a dredging barge at the port in Hampshire, a spokesman for the Royal Navy said.

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Philip Hammond ditches Osborne's help-to-buy homes scheme

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:34:28 GMT2016-09-29T12:34:28Z

Another of former chancellor’s flagship initiatives bites the dust, as successor says mortgage guarantee scheme’s aims are met

Philip Hammond has confirmed that the government’s help-to-buy mortgage guarantee scheme will be closed by the end of the year, another of former chancellor George Osborne’s flagships now abandoned by the Treasury.

In a letter to Bank of England governor Mark Carney, the chancellor said the scheme had a “specific purpose that has now been successfully achieved”.

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Hinkley Point: ministers sign go-ahead for nuclear power plant

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:44:03 GMT2016-09-29T16:44:03Z

Representatives of British, Chinese and French governments attend ceremony giving final authorisation for power station

The UK has signed its £18bn contract with France and China to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, giving the final go-ahead for construction at the site in Somerset.

The deal was finalised at a low-key ceremony in London, just two months after Theresa May alarmed her French and Chinese counterparts by putting the entire project under review. EDF, the French nuclear contractor, and its Chinese partners had to cancel their previous plans for a signing ceremony at the last minute when the review was announced in July.

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Pair held on suspicion of murder after baby found on London bus

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:00:14 GMT2016-09-29T16:00:14Z

Three-month-old girl pronounced dead after being found in unresponsive state on bus in Stratford

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after an unresponsive baby was found on a bus in east London, police have said.

Paramedics called the police after the three-month-old girl was found at 10.20am on the bus at the junction of High Street and Carpenters Road in Stratford, Scotland Yard said.

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House prices on Britain's most expensive street drop by £4m

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:01:04 GMT2016-09-29T23:01:04Z

The average property value on Kensington Palace Gardens in west London stands at £38.3m, down from £42.6m in 2015


The ultra-wealthy owners of homes on Britain’s most expensive street have each typically seen more than £4m wiped off the value of their property in the space of 14 months, according to new research that suggests post-Brexit uncertainty has cost them dear.

Despite losing some of its lustre over the last year or so, Kensington Palace Gardens in west London managed to hold on to the top spot on the property website Zoopla’s list of the most expensive streets in Britain, with an average property value of £38.3m. This compares with a figure of £42.6m recorded in July 2015.

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UK government works ‘hand in glove’ with arms firms, say campaigners

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:11:31 GMT2016-09-29T17:11:31Z

Anti-arms trade group tracked more than 1,000 meetings between officials and businesses in last six years

The British government and the UK arms industry have a “politically intimate and hugely compromising relationship” that sees government officials working “hand in glove” with companies promoting weapons exports, according to campaigners who have tracked thousands of meetings between officials and arms trade representatives.

Officials from the government’s dedicated arms export department, the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO), attended more than 1,000 meetings since the 2010 election – more than a third of all meetings recorded by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which has published data on contact between the government and the arms industry.

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'Fake Sheikh' had no motive to alter witness statement, jury hears

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:28:51 GMT2016-09-29T17:28:51Z

Mazher Mahmood on trial for tampering with evidence in collapsed drugs case of singer Tulisa Contostavlos

The undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood is “undoubtedly a controversial figure” but his journalistic techniques, though some might find them “distasteful”, are not on trial, an Old Bailey jury has been told.

The journalist, known as the “Fake Sheikh”, with a reputation as the “king of the sting”, had no motive to conspire to change a witness statement in the collapsed trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos, said his defence lawyer, John Kelsey-Fry QC.

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Man charged with murder of two Matalan workers in Cardiff

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:06:20 GMT2016-09-29T18:06:20Z

Andrew Patrick Saunders, 20, will appear before magistrates accused of killing Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons

A man has been charged with the murder of two Matalan workers who were stabbed close to the Cardiff store where they worked.

Andrew Patrick Saunders, 20, was accused of killing Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmons, 33, in Queen Street on Wednesday.

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Blair harboured hopes of top EU job amid Brown turmoil, says Campbell

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:06:44 GMT2016-09-29T18:06:44Z

Ex-PM considered leaving No 10 in 2004 over tension with Brown and sounded out EU politicians about European commission job, former spin doctor reveals

Tony Blair was sounding out the possibility of becoming president of the European commission three years before he stood down as prime minister, his former spin doctor Alastair Campbell has claimed.

In the latest instalment of his diaries, Campbell also says that Blair decided to walk away from No 10 in 2004 because of the tension with Gordon Brown. Blair eventually stood down in 2007.

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G4S equality helpline contract raises serious concern, high court told

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:50:19 GMT2016-09-29T18:50:19Z

Human rights groups seek rethink of decision to hand Equality Advisory and Support Service to scandal-hit security firm

Awarding global security firm G4S the contract to run a national discrimination helpline raises “serious and legitimate grounds for concern” and risks undermining the service’s credibility, the high court has been told.

A judicial review challenge supported by human rights groups and the Law Centres Network has called on the government to delay transferring operation of the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) to G4S.

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English universities to be ranked gold, silver and bronze

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:24:19 GMT2016-09-29T18:24:19Z

Ratings form part of government’s teaching excellence framework and will come into force from the middle of next year

Students in England will take their pick from gold, silver and bronze universities after the government said it would create new league tables based on teaching quality.

But unlike at the Olympics, bronze will be a booby prize, awarded to universities found to be “significantly below” benchmark standards in some areas – a decision unlikely to be popular with vice-chancellors.

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Revived British Steel back in profit 100 days after Tata sale, says boss

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:31:59 GMT2016-09-29T17:31:59Z

Executive chairman Roland Junck says the business is back in profit at an underlying level and is targeting a 10% profit margin

The boss of the revived British Steel has claimed that Tata Steel “lost interest” in the Scunthorpe steelworks, one of only two left in Britain, and that the site is back in profit just three months after it was sold by the Indian company.

Roland Junck, executive chairman of British Steel, said the Scunthorpe steelworks had become “inward-looking” and “stopped comparing themselves with the best”.

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Scottish visa dispute threatens to separate mother from children

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:31:46 GMT2016-09-29T17:31:46Z

Indian-born wife of Scottish former soldier faces deportation, which would leave their daughters in the care of their grandparents

The Indian-born wife of a Scottish former lance corporal is facing deportation following a visa dispute described as “madness” by the MP who helped to resolve a similar case involving an Australian family only last week.

Related: Australian family win fight against deportation from Scotland

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Adoption numbers drop steeply as government's flagship policy falters

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:45 GMT2016-09-29T17:00:45Z

Fall of 12% put down to local authorities misinterpreting a 2013 family court ruling that adoption should be a last resort

The government’s flagship adoption policy is showing signs of faltering, with the latest figures showing a 12% drop in the number of vulnerable children matched with adoptive parents over the past year.

Adoption numbers in England have risen in recent years after David Cameron introduced reforms designed to “tear down the barriers” preventing children from being matched with parents.

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Sectarian fighters mass for battle to capture east Aleppo

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:49:53 GMT2016-09-29T17:49:53Z

Hundreds of Syrian troops and an estimated 5,000 foreign Shia fighters plan imminent advance into besieged area of city

As the most intensive air bombardment of the war has rained down on opposition-held east Aleppo this week, an army of some 6,000 pro-government fighters has gathered on its outskirts for what they plan will be an imminent, decisive advance.

Among those poised to attack are hundreds of Syrian troops who have eyed the city from distant fixed positions since it was seized by Syrian rebels in mid-2012.

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US will 'sharpen military edge' in Asia Pacific, says Pentagon chief

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:04:14 GMT2016-09-30T03:04:14Z

Defense secretary Ash Carter signals US intention to remain the dominant power in the region despite China’s rising might

The US has promised to “sharpen its military edge” in Asia Pacific in order to remain the dominant power in a region feeling the effects of China’s rising military might, defense secretary Ash Carter said.

Carter made the pledge on Thursday in a speech aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in San Diego.

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Deutsche Bank's share price approaches 30-year low

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:36:57 GMT2016-09-29T22:36:57Z

Slump occurs as Germany’s second-biggest bank, Commerzbank, announces plans to cut 10,000 jobs

Deutsche Bank shares collapsed by nearly 7% taking it close to a 30-year low on Thursday evening following reports that hedge funds were pulling assets from it amid suggestions the German government may be forced to bail it out.

Related: Deutsche Bank: how did a beast of the banking world get into this mess?

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Saudi Arabia agrees compromise on inquiry into Yemen abuses

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:50:47 GMT2016-09-29T17:50:47Z

Instead of an independent inquiry, UN investigators will be attached to Yemeni inquiry, which some say is substandard

Saudi Arabia and other Arab states have fended off the threat of an independent UN-sanctioned inquiry into human rights abuses in Yemen, but have been forced to accept that UN investigators will be tasked with documenting rights violations.

The tortuous compromise, after days of behind-the-scenes negotiations at the UN human rights council in Geneva, was described by Human Rights Watch and the EU as a limited step forward. Others said it represented a flagrant failure of accountability.

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Trump violated Cuba embargo in 1998 business venture, report claims

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:58:24 GMT2016-09-29T19:58:24Z

Clinton camp seizes on Newsweek report Republican nominee spent $68,000 on investigation of business opportunities, which US law made illegal

The Clinton campaign on Thursday attacked Donald Trump over reports of an historic violation of the Cuba embargo, hours after Newsweek alleged that the Republican nominee spent at least $68,000 in the island dictatorship in 1998, while investigating potential business opportunities.

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Iceland: northern lights replace street lights in Reykjavik

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:03:38 GMT2016-09-30T03:03:38Z

Authorities turned off lights in the capital for an hour to ‘maximise the darkness’ and allow residents a better view of the beautiful aurora borealis

Street lighting in Reykjavik has been switched off for an hour to give residents of the Icelandic capital a better view of the aurora borealis.

Most parts of the world’s northernmost capital city, including the centre, went dark from 10pm on Wednesday.

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Don't say cheese: French court upholds ban on passport photo smiling

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:33:18 GMT2016-09-29T19:33:18Z

Court rules that even enigmatic Mona Lisa smile, with lips together and corners of mouth turned up, is not permitted

If you are having your passport photo taken in France, do not – under any circumstances – crack a smile.

In a ruling that threatens to cement a national reputation for cheerlessness, a French court has decided to uphold a ban on smiling in pictures taken for passports or identity papers.

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Former New Zealand PM Helen Clark expected to battle on for UN top job

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:01:23 GMT2016-09-30T02:01:23Z

Despite her poor polling, ‘Aunty Helen’ could still win thanks to being the least unpopular candidate in the race

Helen Clark, the former New Zealand prime minister, is expected to continue battling for the UN top job despite a groundswell to give a candidate from eastern Europe the role.

With Clark already fighting against perceptions that she is too closely tied to the traditional UK-US power axis, Bulgaria’s European Commission vice president Kristalina Georgiev has emerged as a frontrunner after taking up the country’s nomination this week.

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Nightmare before Christmas: Siberia plans to cull 250,000 reindeer amid anthrax fears

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:04:24 GMT2016-09-30T00:04:24Z

One third of world’s largest reindeer herd could be killed in an effort to prevent the spread of the ‘zombie’ disease in the Russian tundra

A cull of a quarter of a million reindeer by Christmas has been proposed in northern Siberia in a bid to reduce the risk of an anthrax outbreak.

There are thought to be more than 700,000 animals in the Yamalo-Nenets region, in the arctic zone of the West Siberian plain – the largest herd in the world.

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India says troops cross Kashmir border to attack as crisis escalates

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:26:10 GMT2016-09-29T17:26:10Z

Pakistan says two of its soldiers are killed and an Indian soldier captured on its side of contested territory’s border

Elite troops have launched “surgical strikes” on Pakistan-based terrorists in the contested territory of Kashmir, India said on Thursday, in a major escalation of a deepening crisis between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The Indian army said troops conducted multiple nighttime raids across the line of control (LOC), the ceasefire line agreed in 1972 that divides the Himalayan region, to attack militants preparing to cross into Indian-controlled territory.

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Saudi Arabian teen arrested for online videos with American blogger

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:02:42 GMT2016-09-29T23:02:42Z

A teenager known online as Abu Sin is in custody after engaging in ‘unethical behaviour’ in live-streaming videos with California personality Christina Crockett

A male Saudi Arabian teenager has been arrested in Riyadh over a series of online videos of conversations between him and a female Californian streaming-video star that went viral.

A Riyadh police spokesperson, Colonel Fawaz Al-Mayman, said the teenager, known online as Abu Sin, was arrested on Sunday for engaging in “unethical behaviour” in videos with Christina Crockett, a popular broadcaster on the conversational live-streaming site YouNow. Abu Sin’s real name is not known.

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Suspected US drone strike targeting Isis killed civilians in Afghanistan, UN says

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:26:20 GMT2016-09-29T19:26:20Z

Officials did not mention the US specifically, but said the airstrike had been carried out by an international drone – which only the US military operates

A drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, intended to target Islamic State fighters, has killed at least 15 civilians and injured another 13, according to the United Nations.

The American strike took place early Wednesday morning in Achin, a district of Nangarhar under Isis control.

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Mystery Zika case in Utah may have been spread via tears or sweat

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:37:19 GMT2016-09-29T11:37:19Z

Experts examine whether virus can be passed on in sweat or tears after man appears to catch Zika at father’s bedside

Experts are investigating the possibility that the Zika virus can be passed on in sweat or tears, after the infection of a 38-year-old man in the US who appears to have caught the virus at his father’s hospital bedside.

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Pedro Sánchez insists he is still in charge of Spanish Socialist party

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:46:53 GMT2016-09-29T18:46:53Z

More than half of his party’s executive committee have quit in protest at his tactics – but he has ignored them and says he will not step down

Pedro Sánchez ignored calls to step down as leader of the Spanish Socialist party (PSOE) on Thursday, insisting he was still in charge despite an attempted coup that saw more than half the party’s executive committee quit in a bid to topple him and break Spain’s nine-month electoral deadlock.

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