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Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:23:46 GMT2017-08-16T13:23:46Z

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Sarah Champion distances herself from Sun article on British Pakistani men

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:02:19 GMT2017-08-16T13:02:19Z

Labour MP says her opening paragraphs were edited and ‘stripped of nuance’ but the tabloid says her team approved it

The Labour shadow minister Sarah Champion has distanced herself from a column in the Sun in which she wrote: “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”

The shadow women and equalities minister, who is MP for Rotherham, said her piece had been altered and should “not have gone out in my name”. The newspaper said the MP’s team had fully approved the article.

Related: Tabloid hate is damaging our society. The Sun’s advertisers must help stop it | Richard Wilson

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Daily Stormer forced on to dark web while Reddit and Facebook ban hate groups

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:55:44 GMT2017-08-16T09:55:44Z

Action by technology companies and hacking group Anonymous removes neo-Nazi site from open web, while social media steps up anti-hate actions

American neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer has moved on to the so-called dark web in an attempt to stay operational, following cyber-attacks by hacker group Anonymous and the cancellation of the site’s original domain name.

GoDaddy – the internet domain registrar and web hosting service – and Google cancelled the Daily Stormer’s domain name registration on Sunday, saying they prohibit clients from using their sites to incite violence. The Daily Stormer helped organise the violent neo-Nazi gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday at which a civil rights activist died.

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Obama's anti-racism tweet after Charlottesville is most liked ever on Twitter

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:47:21 GMT2017-08-16T08:47:21Z

More than 3 million people have endorsed the tweet, which quoted Nelson Mandela, after far-right rally in which woman was killed

A tweet by Barack Obama condemning racism in the aftermath of a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has become the most liked tweet ever, with more than 3 million social media users so far endorsing the sentiment.

The tweet, quoting the late South African president Nelson Mandela, read: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.”

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Seven West Media posts $744m loss and cuts chief Tim Worner's pay

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:37:40 GMT2017-08-16T02:37:40Z

Loss comes after damaging legal stoush with Worner’s former lover and Seven executive assistant, Amber Harrison

Seven West Media has posted a $744m loss for the 2017 financial year and cut the pay of its chief executive, Tim Worner, by $450,000.

The loss comes just one month after the end of a damaging legal stoush with Worner’s former lover and Seven executive assistant, Amber Harrison.

Related: Amber Harrison's battle with Seven lifts lid on a cowboy corporate culture | Richard Ackland

Related: Amber Harrison ordered to pay costs of Seven West Media

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Donald Trump on Steve Bannon's future: 'We'll see what happens'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:49:09 GMT2017-08-16T00:49:09Z

Facing questions over Charlottesville, Trump distanced himself from the controversial chief strategist and downplayed his role: ‘He came on very late’

Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that the days were numbered for Steve Bannon, the controversial White House chief strategist who has so far survived several rounds of staff upheaval and repeated calls for his removal.

The president refused to offer assurances about Bannon’s fate during an extraordinary press conference in which the president watered down his criticism of far-right protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, by suggesting that an “alt-left” was also to blame for deadly violence that erupted there over the weekend.

Related: Key moments from Trump's most extraordinary press conference yet

Related: Late-night TV on Trump's Charlottesville remarks: 'Did he order his spine on Amazon Prime?'

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Of all things qualifying us to make art, where we 'really' come from shouldn't define us | Sunil Badami

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:37:56 GMT2017-08-16T00:37:56Z

I’m a husband, father, son, friend, teacher and writer, and I have Indian ethnicity and Australian heritage. I won’t be labelled by just one aspect of my identity

  • Sunil Badami is a writer, academic and broadcaster

My children love MasterChef, and having endured a number of episodes this past season, I’ve been struck how contestants – in addition to usually hoping their “food journey” will “open doors” for them in the culinary arts as they weep at unrisen soufflés or spilt milk – are always “heroing” an ingredient while cooking up another “fusion” dish by melting different cuisines into the pot or sous vide machine.

I suppose I’m what the judges might call a “fusion” dish (or what my Indian-born mother would call a “masala”) of many different ingredients, from my Indian ethnicity to my Australian upbringing and everything in between.

Related: 'Go back to where you came from' is an ugly trademark of Australian racism | Antoun Issa

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Key moments from Trump's most extraordinary press conference yet

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:34:25 GMT2017-08-15T21:34:25Z

It was supposed to be about his plans to overhaul the country’s infrastructure. Then the questions on Charlottesville startedDonald Trump blames ‘both sides’ for Charlottesville at press conferenceHere are excerpts from Donald Trump’s news conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday afternoon, with video clips by MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin.Trump: "I didn't wait long. I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct." (It took him 48 hours.) I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long. I wanted to make sure unlike most politicians that what I said was correct. Not make a quick statement ... It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts and it’s a very, very important process to me ... You don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts ... When I make a statement I like to be correct ... Before I make a statement, I need the facts ... so making the statement when I made the statement, it was excellent. In fact the young woman who I hear was a fantastic young woman ... her mother wrote me and said, through I guess Twitter, social media, the nicest things and I very much appreciated that ... Her mother on Twitter thanked me for what I said. And honestly if the press were not fake and were honest, the press would have said what I said was very nice. I’d do it the same way and you know why? Because I want to make sure when I make a statement that the statement is correct. Trump on Charlottesville: "I didn't know David Duke was there. I wanted to see the facts." (via CBS) didn’t know David Duke was there, I wanted to see the facts ... everybody said ‘His statement was beautiful,’ he could’ve made it sooner ... there’s still things that people don’t know. Trump on the Charlottesville attack: "You can call it terrorism, you can call it murder, you can call it whatever you want." (via ABC) driver of the car is a disgrace to himself his family and this country. And ... you can call it terrorism, you can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want. I would just call it as the fastest one to come up with a good verdict, that’s what I would call it ... The driver of the car is a murderer, and what he did is a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing. I never spoke to Mr Bannon about it ... I like Mr Bannon, he’s a friend of mine. But Mr Bannon came on very late, you know that ... I like him, he’s a good man, he is not a racist ... But we’ll see what happens. He’s a good person and I think the press treats him frankly very unfairly.Trump: "What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?" (via ABC) you say the ‘alt-right’, define alt-right to me. You define it. What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, excuse me, what about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at as you say the ‘alt-right’, do they have any semblance of guilt? They do. What about the fact that they came charging swinging, they had clubs in their hands. Do they have any problem? I think that they do. As far as I’m concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day. Wait a minute, I’m not finished, fake news. That was a horrible day. I will tell you something. I watch the shots very closely. You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say that right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent. Trump "Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists.” (aia ABC) all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me, not all of those people were white sup[...]

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Future forecasts: Met experts ask for your ideas

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:30:20 GMT2017-08-15T20:30:20Z

Meteorology experts open the floodgates as they ask for public views about what makes for a satisfying weather prediction

What do you want from a weather forecast? Is it the local weather over the next few hours, or do you want to know what’s in store in your region for the week ahead? Is it useful to know how confident forecasters are with their predictions?

Would you like to see information about how the weather might affect health? Do you like to hear the context and understand the bigger climate picture? And how do you like to access forecasts – on your phone, the radio or TV?

Related: Weatherwatch: Forecasts are more accurate than many people think

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Iran freezes assets of BBC Persian staff in crackdown on journalists

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:00:10 GMT2017-08-15T14:00:10Z

Broadcaster condemns Tehran’s block on Iranian employees’ financial transactions after re-election of Hassan Rouhani

The BBC has criticised Iran for imposing an asset freeze on staff at its London-based Persian-service, the latest crackdown against the corporation’s Iranian employees.

Tehran’s judicial authorities have issued a court order listing more than 150 BBC Persian journalists and former contributors, preventing them from conducting financial transactions or selling properties in their homeland because of their affiliation with the British media organisation.

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Who has fanned the flames of fascism? Our politicians and newspapers | Owen Jones

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:26:22 GMT2017-08-15T12:26:22Z

We mourn a brave hero like Bernard Kenny, while the rightwing racists boldly rise. Blame those marching in Charlottesville, but look to the real perpetrators

They pour the petrol and then wonder why it burns. Fascism is on the rise in the west, and it is emboldened, legitimised and fuelled by “mainstream” politicians and newspapers. When we mourn a hero like Bernard Kenny – who courageously tried to stop a fascist terrorist murdering Jo Cox – we have to ask ourselves: who are those with power and influence who helped create the conditions in which racists and fascists breed?

“Cannot believe we’re seeing Nazi salutes in 21st century America,” tweets Nigel Farage about Charlottesville, dragging a can of petrol behind him. Perhaps next the chief executive of a fast-food company will express disbelief at levels of obesity; or a tobacco company will issue a press release spluttering about lung cancer deaths. Farage: the man who stood, arms outstretched, in front of a poster featuring dark-skinned refugees and the words “Breaking Point”. Farage: the man who expressed his “concern” at having Romanians move in next door, and made apocalyptic warnings of Romanians and Bulgarians flooding Britain. Farage: the man who cheered on the ascendancy of Donald Trump, a US president whose most fervent supporters are now triumphantly chanting “Heil Trump!” as they menace minorities and progressives.

Related: Trump can prove his words on white supremacy aren't hollow. Here's how | David Schanzer

Who coined the term 'alt-right'?

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Julian Assange: software developer, whistleblower ... and ‘edgewalker’?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:15:06 GMT2017-08-15T12:15:06Z

A friend of the WikiLeaks founder has said that he describes himself using the term, coined in a book about people on the ‘cutting edge of human evolution’

Name: Edgewalkers.

Age: 11.

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Tabloid hate is damaging our society. The Sun’s advertisers must help stop it | Richard Wilson

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:49:02 GMT2017-08-15T11:49:02Z

Trevor Kavanagh’s attack on Muslims is the latest in a line of articles that risk legitimising hatred. Companies must stop using our money to fund them

Hateful words can have hateful consequences. Experts have repeatedly warned that the drip-drip of negative stories in the UK press about migrants, Muslims and other groups has fuelled hate crime on our streets. The situation has become so extreme that UK newspapers have been called out by the United Nations over their coverage.

This week, in an article about Brexit and immigration, the Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh cites the horrific sexual abuse cases in Rotherham to suggest that “Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem”. He concludes by asking “What will we do about The Muslim Problem”.

While the Sun may be impervious to public pressure, the brands we shop with do care what their customers think

Related: Lego 'not planning' any future tie-ins with Daily Mail after protests

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Good Omens: David Tennant and Michael Sheen to save the world in TV adaptation

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:41:52 GMT2017-08-15T11:41:52Z

Terry Pratchett would be ‘over the moon’ at the casting according to his estate, while co-author Neil Gaiman reminds Hollywood to give both equal credit

The late Terry Pratchett would have been “over the moon” at the “dream” casting of David Tennant as the demon Crowley in the forthcoming adaptation of Good Omens, according to the Discworld author’s long-time assistant Rob Wilkins.

Amazon confirmed that Michael Sheen will play the angel Aziraphale, and Tennant will take on the role of Crowley, in Amazon Studios’ six-episode adaptation next year. Co-authored by Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the 1990 fantasy bestseller Good Omens tells of Crowley and Aziraphale’s attempts to prevent the apocalypse, following the birth of the antichrist, Adam, in Lower Tadfield, Oxfordshire.

My job as Executive Producer on #GoodOmens is primarily to remind the world the book had TWO FECKING AUTHORS @Variety.

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Coronation Street must hire more BME writers, says show boss

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:01:08 GMT2017-08-14T23:01:08Z

Kate Oates admits more needs to be done to ‘bring out the truth’ of life in the street amid focus on diversity in TV industry

Coronation Street must hire more black and Asian writers to improve its diversity behind the scenes as well as on-screen, its producer has admitted.

Kate Oates, who took charge of the ITV soap a year ago, said the show needed a broader pool of writers to “bring out the truth” of its minority ethnic characters.

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Sandi Russell obituary

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:36:53 GMT2017-08-14T16:36:53Z

Hearing Martin Luther King preach and Malcolm X speak on her own street shaped the identity of the jazz singer, writer and educator Sandi Russell, who has died aged 71.

Born in New York City, she grew up in Harlem during the civil rights era. Her mother, Etta (nee Adkins), was descended from Native Americans who befriended the first English settlers in Virginia; her father, James, was descended from enslaved Africans.

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Lovefilm pushed the envelope for movie buffs – Netflix and Amazon don't come close

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:34:32 GMT2017-08-14T16:34:32Z

The postal DVD service, set to close after 15 years, catered for film fans with specific tastes, a far cry from the bargain-bin offering of the streaming giants

It was only a matter of time. This morning Lovefilm finally announced that, after 15 years, it was closing down its postal DVD service. At some point in the past you probably used Lovefilm or a service like it. Chances are that you stopped a few years back and only realised it still existed when you read that it was being discontinued. But there were a hardy few of us who stuck with it throughout.

My pile of Lovefilm envelopes recently became a running joke among my friends. “Why stop there?” one asked recently, as they all laughed at how old-fashioned I was. “Why not get them to send you MiniDiscs via smoke signal?” When a product prompts open mockery, its days are likely numbered.

Related: Netflix and Amazon on edge as Disney plans own streaming service

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What Netflix comedy Atypical gets right and wrong about autism

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:30:07 GMT2017-08-14T16:30:07Z

The series avoids certain cliches yet still falls victim to a certain inauthenticity, following in the footsteps of so many other films and TV shows

Back in the mists of 2009, in the opening scene of the film Bruno, the fashion-obsessed Austrian-accented title character, created and played by Sacha Baron Cohen, and his decorative female colleague posit that autism was “so cool at ze moment” because “it’s funny”. Therefore, it falls into the “in” column on Bruno’s In and Out list (unlike poor chlamydia, which was “out”).

Related: Atypical review – by-numbers autism comedy – with added penguins

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Daily Mail targets 96% of US population with new TV show

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:24:12 GMT2017-08-14T15:24:12Z

DailyMailTV, hosted by former American football player Jesse Palmer, will focus on topics popular with Mail Online readers

The Daily Mail’s parent company is to launch its own television programme to be syndicated across the US, it has been announced.

DailyMailTV will be hosted by former American football player Jesse Palmer, who has joined from the US broadcaster ABC News, where he contributed to Good Morning America.

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Message showing apparent hack appears on Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:51:11 GMT2017-08-14T13:51:11Z

Twitter account linked to the Anonymous network of hackers says apparent hack might be a stunt initiated by neo-Nazi site

A message purportedly posted by hackers has appeared on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, saying the site has been taken over in response to an article criticising a woman who died during violence at far-right rally in Virginia over the weekend.

The post on the website’s homepage said the international hacking network Anonymous had taken control of the site, which was founded and is edited by Andrew Anglin, who endorsed Donald Trump for president.

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HBO: hackers leak unaired Curb Your Enthusiasm and Insecure episodes

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:22:16 GMT2017-08-14T09:22:16Z

HBO says it doesn’t want to feed hacker’s desire for publicity, but experts say network may eventually give in after Ballers, Barry and The Deuce also leaked

Hackers have leaked a trove of unaired episodes of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Ballers, Barry and The Deuce, as they continue to in their efforts to extort the US television network.

The leaks over the weekend did not include any further episodes of Game of Thrones, but did include the latest episode of Insecure, which was due to be broadcast on Sunday evening, and several episodes of the highly anticipated new series of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is due to return in October.

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