Exclusive: Bolsonaro is turning back the clock on Brazil, says Lula da Silva
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:30:19 GMT
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The former union leader and two-term president said his mission now was to abattle for democracya

i>>?Brazilas former president Luiz InA!cio Lula da Silva has vowed to spearhead opposition to the countryas far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro, warning that his country is backsliding on years of hard fought progress.

aBolsonaro has already made clear what he wants for Brazil: he wants to destroy all of the democratic and social conquests from the last decades,a he told the Guardian.

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Grace Millane trial: New Zealand man found guilty of murdering British backpacker
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 04:47:59 GMT
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A jury in Auckland has decided a 27-year-old, whose name has been suppressed, knowingly killed the British tourist

A 27-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of Grace Millane, a British backpacker who disappeared a year ago in Auckland after going on a date.

A jury of seven women and five men took just five hours to unanimously agree that the accused, who cannot be named, had murdered Millane in the hotel room where they had gone after their night out.

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General election 2019: Nigel Farage launches Brexit party's policies a live news
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:02:32 GMT
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All the latest from the campaign as Brexit party and Plaid Cymru launch their manifestos, Labour sells its own plan and Tories are to announce 3% extra stamp duty for foreign property buyers

The Telegraphas Christopher Hope raises a pertinent question after the Brexit party proposed to allow referendums if more than five million people wished to vote on something.

Does a commitment to referendums if more than 5million want one mean that Nigel Farage is inadvertently opening the way to a second in/out EU referendum? a|@brexitparty_uka(c) #GE2019 pic.twitter.com/r0PT3urycv

Nigel Farage says it's a "lie" to suggest he wants to privatise the NHS.

Here's what he really thinks. pic.twitter.com/n2dcDdJETG

Farage needs no manifesto. His only policy is being pro-Farage. He's immoral enough to have built a lucrative career on his hobby of enthusiastic xenophobia. Naturally he wants to keep it going. But he should never be treated as anything other than a talented amateur fascist.

This is from PA Media on the Brexit partyas contract launch.

Nigel Farage has called for a cap on immigration, a 50% cut in the foreign aid budget and the scrapping of HS2 as he set out the Brexit partyas policy platform for the general election.

Launching the partyas acontract with the peoplea, Farage said all the partyas demands were underpinned by the need to secure a aclean-break Brexita with the EU.

Brexit party launch has begun. Itas by no means a huge auditorium, but Iad guess itas about half full. pic.twitter.com/X3Iv3ScgkT

Iam at the Brexit party launch event in Westminster for their acontract with the peoplea - a very slimline manifesto that runs to just 21 pages. No costings I can see. pic.twitter.com/9pWzLQAuot

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Cybertruck: Tesla unveils new pickup truck but windows shatter during demo
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:38:18 GMT
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Elon Musk says model essential to sustainable energy a but is embarrassed when aarmour glassa windows break

Elon Muskas glitzy unveiling of the first Tesla acybertrucka descended into farce when a PR stunt testing the abulletproofa body strength of the electric vehicle resulted in smashed windows.

The Blade Runner-meets-cyberpunk themed launch of the $39,900 (APS30,000) futuristic armoured vehicle was meant to take aim at the traditional Detroit carmakers, proving that Tesla could make a credible electric version of Americaas favourite vehicle, the pickup truck.

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Scooter Braun pleads for resolution with Taylor Swift following death threats
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:14:57 GMT
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Owner of label embroiled in dispute over master recordings says he has been trying to contact singer for six months

Scooter Braun, the former manager of Taylor Swift a whom she accused of forbidding her to perform her own music a has asked her to resolve their dispute.

In a lengthy message posted to Instagram, Braun says his family have received anumerous death threatsa in the wake of the dispute with Swift, including a phone call to his wife threatening the safety of their children. He posted a screengrab of one of the threats.

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'Not cool': telescope faces interference from space-bound satellites
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:37:35 GMT
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Disruption will hamper efforts to unlock secrets of universe, say scientists

A flagship observatory that will map the heavens in spectacular detail and search the skies for asteroids on a collision course with Earth faces serious disruption from a new wave of satellites bound for space, the Guardian has learned.

Astronomers on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a state-of-the-art observatory due to open in Chile next year, have discovered that its views of the night sky will be marred by thousands of highly reflective communications satellites being launched by SpaceX, Amazon and other firms.

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Light pollution is key 'bringer of insect apocalypse'
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:13:59 GMT
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Exclusive: scientists say bug deaths can be cut by switching off unnecessary lights

Light pollution is a significant but overlooked driver of the rapid decline of insect populations, according to the most comprehensive review of the scientific evidence to date.

Artificial light at night can affect every aspect of insectsa lives, the researchers said, from luring moths to their deaths around bulbs, to spotlighting insect prey for rats and toads, to obscuring the mating signals of fireflies.

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UK weather: flood-hit areas face new Met Office warnings
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:49:09 GMT
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Heavy, persistent rain forecast in south-west and north-east England and parts of Scotland

The Met Office has issued four weather warnings across the UK for Saturday, including parts of north-east England where heavy flooding has caused significant disruption in previous weeks.

Heavy and persistent rain is due to start in south-west England from 12pm on Friday and last until 6pm on Saturday a meaning a deluge for roughly 30 hours.

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Neil Young quits Facebook in response to 'false information given to public'
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:47:06 GMT
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Companyas sponsorship of Federalist Society gala prompts action from singer who says site aconfuses readers regarding truthfulnessa

Neil Young has deleted his Facebook artist page in response to the companyas sponsorship of the annual gala dinner of the Federalist Society, the powerful rightwing legal group behind the nomination of the conservative supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Young also cited the afalse information regularly supplied to the public on Facebook, with its knowledgea as his reason for removing the account.

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LGBT travel index puts Sweden top, and warns against some popular destinations
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:00:23 GMT
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Canada and Norway make top three of new ranking for gay and trans travellers, which also warns of ill-treatment in some countries favoured by tourists

Sweden has been named the most LGBT-friendly country in the world for travellers according to new research into gay rights in 150 countries.

The LGBTQ+ Danger Index was created by ranking the 150 most-visited countries using eight factors, including legalised same-sex marriage, worker protection and whether, based on Gallup poll findings, it is a good place to live.

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Top target seats in the 2019 general election aA interactive
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:43:41 GMT
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Which party is hoping to win where, and which results are worth watching out for?

The UK may be divided into 650 constituencies, but the next election will be decided in somewhere between 50 and 100 of them a roughly a tenth of the total.

Last time around, in 2017, 70 seats changed hands, and the Conservatives lost their overall majority, ending up with 317 seats while a resurgent Labour took 262.

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Does earning APS80,000 or more put you in top 5% of UK earners?
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:40:13 GMT
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Labouras claim was challenged by an audience member on Question Time

Anyone earning APS80,000 or more is in the top 5% of earners in the UK.

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Quiz: the Guardian general election memory test
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:30:22 GMT
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How much of the quirkier side of this weekas election campaign have you taken in?

Can there really still be 20 days to go? It feels like the country has been gripped (or not) by election fever for months. Politicians have been putting a lot of effort into campaigning this week, but how much attention have you been paying? Find out with the Guardian general election memory test.

Thereas no prize a it is just for fun a but let us know in the comments how you got on.

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Twitter v Facebook: campaign groups in digital head-to-head
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:00:24 GMT
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The most popular campaign video on Twitter was shared by Jeremy Corbyn, with 4.5m views

The first head-to-head debate has taken place and the party manifestos are coming in thick and fast. But as much as the big parties would like to control the narrative, they arenat the only organisations whose messages are gaining traction in this campaign.

In our latest take on the digital election trail, we look at the outriders: the campaign groups using their platforms and/or spending power to help shape the outcome.

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Secret bunkers and mountain hideouts: hunting Italy's mafia bosses
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:00:24 GMT
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The Cacciatori unit searches the rugged landscape of Calabria for fugitives who have dug themselves deep into the earth

On the slopes of the Aspromonte mountains, Pasquale Marando, a man known as the Pablo Escobar of the Calabrian mafia, the feared aNdrangheta, built a secret bunker whose entrance was the mouth of a pizza oven.

Less than 10 miles away, Ernesto Fazzalari, who allegedly enjoyed trap shooting with the heads of his decapitated victims, lived in a 10 square-metre hideout in the formidable southern Italian range. When authorities came for him in 2004, Fazzalari, then the second most-wanted mafia boss after Matteo Messina Denaro of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, had already escaped through a secret tunnel under the kitchen sink.

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Luxury hoodies and unmissable bottoms: 10 looks that defined the decade
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:00:26 GMT
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From feminist Ts to Love Island bodies, this is how fashion looked in the 2010s

With Michelle Obamaas signature look a a sleeveless dress that made a feature of her worked-out arms a she reset the dial for alpha females. For a speech to launch her Letas Move campaign, encouraging young people to be fit and healthy, she wore a chic sheath dress and a string of pearls (so far, so Camelot) but her bare arms grabbed the fashion headlines. Beneath the sniffy controversy over whether the look lacked gravitas was an establishment unease with this new kind of first lady, who radiated energy and strength rather than decorative decorum. Where Michelle led, a decade of glamour players followed. (See also: Gwyneth Paltrow, CEO with killer abs.)

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Real Madrid: film festival puts city's forgotten district on map
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:45:25 GMT
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Residents of the CaA+-ada Real, Europeas largest shantytown, are hoping the 16kms festival will challenge the areaas fearsome reputation for drug dealing and poverty

Just 15 minutes from the centre of Madrid lies Europeas largest shantytown: 16km of thousands of houses, shacks and tents lining the roaring M-50 motorway. The CaA+-ada Real has been the Spanish capitalas forgotten neighbourhood for decades, both thriving and suffering in the cityas blind spot.

This multicultural community is home to about 7,300 people living in six sectors a but it is Sector 6 that has given it its somewhat fearsome reputation. Here, drug addicts shuffle along listlessly as the dealers flag them a and passing journalists a down to offer cannabis, cocaine and heroin.

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What I have learned from my suicidal patients
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:00:18 GMT
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A GP has minutes to try to convince a person that life is worth living. Itas a challenge that brings rare rewards. By Gavin Francis

Edinburghas old Royal Infirmary has been abandoned for more than a decade, its doors boarded up, its gutters overgrown with buddleia and fireweed. Through the scaffolding you can just about make out the way to the old ward 1 and its annexe, ward 1A, where urgent medical admissions were once wheeled on trolleys directly from A&E. It was unusual for a ward to have an annexe, but 1A was set up for a particular clientele: it was the designated ward for anyone who had attempted suicide. I trained in medicine in the hospital throughout the 1990s, worked for a while in the adjacent A&E, and it is not far from the GP practice where I work now.

There was a whiteboard in 1Aas office: the names of the inpatients were listed in a column down one side, then in rows from left to right was written each patientas date of birth, supervising consultant, any outstanding tests and, last of all, the bleak roll call of the drugs each had taken. Occasionally in place of a drug combination would be written ajumpera, and an estimated height of fall. The beds were arranged in a rough circle; some patients lay with covers pulled over their heads a from a feeling of indignity, perhaps, or to escape the glare of the lights. Others lay hardly aware, the black liquid charcoal they had been obliged to swallow dripping from their mouths, mingling with rivulets of mascara-soaked tears. There was a palpable sense of misery and despair in the small space.

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How Cynthia Erivo took the US by storm a with a little help from Aretha and Oprah
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:00:18 GMT
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The British star of Harriet, the new biopic of the great slave-turned-emancipator Harriet Tubman, Erivo first conquered Broadway a and now has Hollywood at her feet

You would hesitate to call it an image problem, but the anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman has had some representation issues lately. In May, the Trump administration abruptly postponed plans to feature Tubman on the new $20 bill. She would have been the first African American to appear on a US banknote, and the first woman in 150 years. The Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, made excuses about asecurity issuesa; Donald Trump had already described the plan, hatched in the Obama era, as apure political correctnessa.

In this light, a biopic of Tubman should be something to applaud, although the fact that the movie, Harriet, is the first major film about her (and took 25 years to reach the screen) tells its own story about representation. As does the screenwriter Gregory Allen Howardas recent revelation that, when he was first pitching the story, one studio suggested the ideal actor to play Tubman would be Julia Roberts.

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'This is meant to be a caring country?': refugees battle the cold in Madrid
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:30:38 GMT
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Having fled violence in Venezuela, El Salvador and beyond, migrants are facing a fresh struggle in Spain

On Monday night, a group of newcomers to Madrid put their children to bed. In the absence of a roof, walls or mattresses, they wrapped them in blankets and tucked them into open suitcases to guard against the cold of the streets.

Had it not been for the intervention of a neighbourhood volunteer network who paid for a hostel, the two families who had fled violence in their home country of El Salvador would have spent the whole night outside the cityas overwhelmed emergency shelter coordination centre.

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Experience: I learned to play the piano without a piano
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:00:23 GMT
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I Googled the dimensions of a keyboard, drew the keys on to a piece of paper and stuck it on my desk

I was 11 years old when I asked my mum for piano lessons, in 2010. We were in the fallout of the recession and shead recently been made redundant. She said a polite anoa.

That didnat deter me. I Googled the dimensions of a keyboard, drew the keys on to a piece of paper and stuck it on my desk. I would click notes on an online keyboard and aplaya them back on my paper one a keeping the sound they made on the computer in my head. After a while I could hear the notes in my head while pressing the keys on the paper. I spent six months playing scales and chord sequences without touching a real piano. Once my mum saw it wasnat a fad, she borrowed some money from family and friends, and bought me 10 lessons.

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Tapas Revolution, Westfield Stratford, London E20: aIs this punishment for Brexit?a a restaurant review | Grace Dent
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:30:21 GMT
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There are great ideas and good intent hiding somewhere in this growing chain, but in the rush to expand, flavour and care have taken a hit

The assertively titled Tapas Revolution in Westfield Stratford suggests that some sort of military junta is afoot, determined to make us enjoy jamA3n serrano while sitting just south of Uniqloas gilet section. Full disclosure: I do not need martial law to make me enjoy shopping-centre food. I eat a lot in what the kids are calling malls. Iam in there frequently, mooching, running errands and generally hiding from life.

It is, of course, fashionable to express dismay about any time spent inside these neon-lit retail kingdoms, and about their food offerings in particular. Nevertheless, as Christmas approaches, be sure that you will at some point find yourself in a multi-storey car park gridlock while heading to the festive stampede for Victoriaas Secretas two-for-one gift thongs, which is when the likes of massaman curry at Rosaas Thai will suddenly feel like refuge. As will the weeping tiger jay tofu at Busaba, or even just a pleasant scone in the Waitrose cafe while observing jabby-elbowed cardholders rinsing the free coffees.

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Windrush: the scandal isn't over - podcast
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 03:00:13 GMT
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Hubert Howard, a prominent Windrush victim, died recently without receiving compensation or a personal apology. Amelia Gentleman discusses his case. Plus: Polly Toynbee on the boldest Labour manifesto for a generation

Hubert Howard died on 12 November, three weeks after finally being granted British citizenship having arrived in London 59 years earlier. Howard spent much of the last two months of his life fighting for citizenship from his intensive care bed in hospital. He was granted it at the end of October when his lawyer informed the Home Office that he was critically ill and highlighted the urgency of his case.

Anushka Asthana talks about Howardas life with the Guardianas Amelia Gentleman, who recently met his friend Tyrone and his daughter Maresha and heard them describe the devastating impact his treatment by the Home Office had on his life. Amelia discusses why so many of the Windrush victims are still waiting for compensation and an apology from the government.

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A brighter, more equal future is Labouras greatest manifesto pledge | Gary Younge
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:00:18 GMT
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The party has painted a picture of a greener, fairer society a and reminded us of the values that made Corbyn party leader

In 2007, the renowned intellectual of the left Stuart Hall was asked if it was hard for him that the more equal world he had argued for his entire life seemed increasingly remote. aI feel the world as stranger to me than I ever felt before,a he replied. aShould we have a political party that believes we should tune ourselves up to the global economy? Of course we should a but not two, or two and a half! Itas when everyone is operating in so many of the same parameters that the only debate you can have is a sort of Swiftian debate ... shall we eat the children now or later on?a

Related: Jeremy Corbyn launches most radical Labour manifesto in decades

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Weave already got a climate crisis a leta not turn it into a culture war | Alice Bell
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:01:59 GMT
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Shouting slogans wonat change anyoneas mind. We activists must engage even with those whose views we find abhorrent

Just 2% of the election debate was spent discussing the climate crisis. That includes the second Jeremy Corbyn gave it in his opening statement. When it was finally discussed a for a scant 45 seconds in the last 10 minutes a Corbyn was heckled after highlighting the effects our changing climate would have on the worldas poorest, with a jeer of aOh, here we go!a. For those of us who work on raising awareness and finding solutions to the climate crisis, it was chilling. Corbyn himself looked shocked and seemed to gesture to the audience as if to say, aSee what Iam working with?a

The urgency required to deal with our environmental crisis means this has to be the climate election

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These are the days of JosA(c) and Priti. All I can think about is survival | John Crace
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:42:39 GMT
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Memories of Mauricio Pochettino, John Major, and now even Gordon Brown, fill me with a sense of loss

Monday

There was a time whenever I felt ill, I would diagnose myself with something fatal. I once managed to spoil an entire Christmas by insisting I had mad cow disease a an episode that ended with admission to a mental hospital. (Thereby proving my point, I thought.) Curiously, now Iam of an age when any symptoms are more likely to be serious, I find my hypochondria has morphed into hypochondria by proxy. It may yet be another form of projection or denial a life skills, I call them a but I spend more time worrying about others dying than I do about myself pegging out.

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Surprised about Mark Zuckerberg's secret meeting with Trump? Don't be | Siva Vaidhyanathan
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:41:24 GMT
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The Facebook CEO views all politics as merely instrumental to the fortunes of his company

What are Mark Zuckerbergas politics? Based on recent events, one might assume the young billionaire favors American conservatism, even explicit Republican positions.

On Thursday, NBC News revealed that the CEO of Facebook had a secret dinner at the White House in October with President Donald Trump. Zuckerberg was accompanied by Facebook board member and long-time mentor Peter Thiel. Thiel is notorious among Silicon Valley billionaires for explicitly endorsing Trump in 2016 and speaking at the Republican National Convention that year. Thiel, a libertarian who runs a company that enhances government surveillance efforts, has also questioned the value of women voting.

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Iam Jewish and Iam voting Labour in the general election. Hereas why | Jonathan Lis
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:31:00 GMT
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Yes, antisemitism exists in Labour, as in other parties. But we can tackle it and still elect a progressive government

In three weeksa time I will do something that shocks many of my closest friends and relatives. The mere mention of it can provoke amazement or outright hostility. In many cases the unspoken a or spoken a accusation is that I am throwing my community under the bus. Why? I am Jewish, and in the general election I will be voting Labour.

In the Jewish community, there is genuine fear about a Jeremy Corbyn-led government and anguish that this fear is not being taken seriously. Earlier this month, the Jewish Chronicle appealed to non-Jewish people to vote against Labour. One prominent rabbi emailed his congregation to request they avote for whichever party is most likely to defeat Laboura.

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There are no votes in prisons a literally. So the system is left to rot | Francisco Garcia
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:00:21 GMT
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If those behind bars had a stake in the democratic process, politicians would have to listen to their concerns

At the end of 2018, I interviewed the prominent QC and defence barrister William Clegg about his recently released memoir. He spent much of the conversation excoriating the state of the British justice system: things, he said, were worse than they ever had been. Courts were closing because of cuts, legal aid had been obliterated, prisons were in crisis, and the Ministry of Justice budget had been slashed by 40% since 2010 a a rate that many in the legal profession have flagged as far deeper than those suffered by other Whitehall departments.

Why had this been allowed a or promoted a by those in power? His answer was clear enough: there are no votes in prisoners.

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Klopp welcomes Mourinho, Scotland draw Israel in Euro 2020 play-off aA live!
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:56:14 GMT
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And with that, Iam away to get fed and watered. Back in a bit. In the meantime, Luke McLaughlin will be your guide.

While weare on the subject of Southampton, hereas the epic story of their south-coast rivalry with Portsmouth. A tale of war, tragedy, violence and football. Enjoy, enjoy.

Related: Southampton v Portsmouth: the strange story of the south coast derby

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Englandas Sam Curran felt ableaka before delivering Kane Williamsonas wicket
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:42:41 GMT
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aC/ England 353 all out; New Zealand 144-4
aC/ Williamsonas late dismissal gives tourists the edge

The virtue of being an all-rounder means you are never out of the game. And so while Sam Curran felt ableaka after the second golden duck of his Test career, it was also the driving force behind his golden arm delivering the cherished wicket of Kane Williamson.

Curranas previous first-baller came against Sri Lanka in Pallekelle last winter but a side injury sustained earlier on in the match meant he wasnat able to bowl in the fourth innings as Englandas spinners wrapped up a 57-run victory.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:34:37 GMT
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Wilfried Zaha is a threat to injury-hit Liverpool, JosA(c) Mourinho checks in at Spurs, and Chelsea can make a statement

It has been 50 weeks since the Sun led with the back-page headline aAPS40m to get Pocha, in which they detailed how Mauricio Pochettino was poised to take over from JosA(c) Mourinho at Manchester United. aThe Tottenham boss is the ONLY contender to replace Mourinho next summer,a they insisted, adding that aDaniel Levy faces a huge battle to keep his managera. Mourinho did indeed leave United, and some time sooner than the summer, but he has since pulled off a complete reversal of fortunes. Now it is Pochettino who is out of a job, and Mourinho who was headhunted to replace him. Mourinho spoke warmly and generously of his predecessor on Thursday in his first Tottenham press conference, but a person as proud as the Portuguese will surely take some pleasure at the situation. Mourinho will face West Ham in his first game as Tottenham manager, just as Pochettino did, and Tim Sherwood before him. SB

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Transformation from nice to nasty is one Spurs must undergo to be winners | Eni Aluko
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:54:48 GMT
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Hiring of JosA(c) Mourinho shows Daniel Levy has changed his mindset and the players must do so too if they are to succeed

Tottenham have been a likeable club for such a long time. From David Ginola to Christian Eriksen they have had gifted players and allowed them to play nice football, without winning very much. There have been two League Cups in the past 20 years: this is a team that have not trod on many peopleas toes. Outside Arsenal and Chelsea, and even then just for tribal reasons, nobody can really hate Spurs. I certainly like them a lot. This is not a bad image to have, but it is one that is about to change a because Tottenham have just decided to get ugly.

Once they fully adopt JosA(c) Mourinhoas win-at-all-costs mentality there is going to be a big change in how the neutral perceives them. But first, their players are going to have to go through a huge mindset shift. They are going to change from being a squad of individuals who everyone likes and respects, people like Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura who play with a smile, to a team nobody particularly likes, led by a manager who deliberately antagonises his rivals.

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Centurion David Warner clicks with Joe Burns as Australia take control of first Test
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:53:42 GMT
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  • Opener rides luck at times on way to 151 not out
  • Partner Burns falls just short of ton with 97 at Gabba

Australia have found their answer at the top, with centurion David Warner and Joe Burns hitting the teamas highest opening stand in four years in their pummelling of Pakistan. Warner went to stumps at 151 not out and Joe Burns struck 97 at the Gabba as Australia finished Fridayas second day on 312-1, in reply to Pakistanas 240.

Marnus Labuschagne also joined the run-fest, unbeaten on 55 at the close. Warner and Burnsas 222-run stand was the teamas biggest at the top since the same pair put on 237 against New Zealand in 2015 at the same venue. In the time since, Australia have used no less than 13 opening combinations.

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Welcome back JosA(c): football photographers such as me are delighted
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:29:01 GMT
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When Mourinho is in the dugout you have to keep one eye on the pitch and one on the touchline. He is pure box office

On Thursday I bumped into a couple of friends of mine, both dyed-in-the-wool Spurs fans. Before I even spoke to them, their shoulders slumped in unison and they let out a joint groan. It was as if they had just been summoned for collective root canal surgery.

aIts not going to end prettily,a they grumbled. aHang on,a I said. aHe hasnat even started.a

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Charlie Martin: aBeing visible as a trans woman at Le Mans a a lot of good can come from thata
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:01:10 GMT
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Stonewall spokeswoman aims to become the first transgender driver to contest the French classic, seven years after facial and reconstruction surgery

Charlie Martin is a driver with grand ambition, her aspirations undaunted by anything the world of motor racing can throw at her. Martin has faced the very heart of darkness in preparing to take her own life before choosing to embrace a new one through the arduous process of gender transition. Now she stands as a role model, one of the latest achampionsa chosen by Stonewall to promote its LGBT Rainbow Laces campaign.

Martin lives and drives with the passion and exuberance of someone who has already decisively conquered their greatest fears and for whom every moment is simply a joy to be seized. Unsurprisingly she has embraced her new position as a spokesperson for Stonewallas campaign, which begins on Friday, aimed at encouraging the LGBT community into sport.

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen awonat counta Norway league games in record streak
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:44:00 GMT
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World champion calls them aTivi-esquea in dig at Sergei Tiviakov, the rival claimant to the longest run in classical without defeat

Magnus Carlsen is aiming for a record 111-game unbeaten streak, but the world champion has just made it harder for himself by announcing that he will exclude his Norwegian league games from his total.

The No 1 thought he had established a new record when he surpassed Ding Lirenas 100-game mark against elite opposition, but then the Russian-Dutch GM Sergei Tiviakov volubly promoted his own 110-game unbeaten run achieved in 2004-05 against weaker opponents. Tiviakov attributes his defensive skills to studying the games of the legendary aIron Tigrana Petrosian, who rarely lost.

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Loot boxes increasingly common in video games despite addiction concerns
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:51:50 GMT
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aForm of gamblinga now appears in 71% of top games on Steam platform, drawing calls for regulation to protect children

aLoot boxesa are becoming increasingly prevalent on computer video games despite rising alarm over the early exposure of children to gambling, new research suggests.

Research by academics at the University of York indicates that the prevalence of loot boxes a virtual bundles of random items exchanged for real-world money a is continuing to grow on desktop games: in the group of top games studied, the presence of loot boxes has increased from about 4% to 71% over the past nine years.

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TSB struck by new IT glitch just months after APS330m meltdown
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:27:39 GMT
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Bank says no one will be out of pocket as customers cut off from wages, benefits, pensions

TSB is facing a fresh IT glitch after customers failed to receive wages, benefits, pensions and other payments into their accounts.

The latest technical issue is likely to affect thousands of customers and comes just days after the publication of a scathing report into the handling of a computer meltdown last year that left 1.9 million customers locked out of their online accounts.

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Man from Northern Ireland arrested in Essex lorry deaths case
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:25:39 GMT
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Twenty-three-year-old arrested on M40 on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people

Police investigating the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found in a refrigerated lorry container in Essex have arrested a man from Northern Ireland.

The man, 23, was held on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

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Man found guilty of killing pregnant ex-wife with crossbow
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:10:41 GMT
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Sana Muhammad died after 2018 attack by Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo but unborn son survived

A 51-year-old man has been found guilty of shooting his heavily pregnant ex-wife dead with a crossbow.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo killed 35-year-old Sana Muhammad at her home on the morning of 12 November 2018.

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Labour would return Chagos Islands, says Jeremy Corbyn
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:36:21 GMT
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UK criticised for defying UN deadline to hand over control of Indian Ocean territory

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to renounce British sovereignty of the remote Chagos Islands and respect a UN vote calling for the archipelago to be handed back to Mauritius.

In comments that appear to commit Labour to return the Indian Ocean islands, the partyas leader said on Friday he intended to aright one of the wrongs of historya.

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British hotels accused of 'lack of effort' on forced labour and sexual exploitation
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:00:19 GMT
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Government urged to bolster anti-slavery legislation after damning review accuses firms of failure to protect workers

The British government has been urged to strengthen modern slavery legislation after hotels were accused of a alack of efforta in preventing forced labour and sexual exploitation.

In a damning report published this week, human rights group Walk Free said three out of four hotels in the UK failed to comply with basic legal measures intended to protect workers from debt bondage and other forms of modern-day slavery.

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Graham Norton to host 2020 Baftas ceremony
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:49:29 GMT
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The chatshow star will emcee next Februaryas ceremony following a widely panned two-year run by Joanna Lumley

Graham Norton will host next yearas Baftas ceremony, taking over the role from Joanna Lumley, who hosted for two years following the departure of longtime emcee Stephen Fry.

Norton, 56, is best known as the host of the UKas leading late-night chatshow, broadcast on Friday nights, which regularly features a starry lineup of guests. He hosted the TV Baftas 15 years ago, but this will be his first appearance introducing the film awards.

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Home of one of first Bibles printed in Welsh saved from flood risk
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:00:19 GMT
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Hydropower scheme at William Morganas 16th-century house to keep humidity levels in check

One of the most important sites in the history of the Welsh language is being protected from the threat of flooding and heavy rainfall by harnessing the element that is putting it at risk.

The upland farmhouse TA* Mawr Wybrnant in Snowdonia, north Wales, is the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, whose translation of the Bible in the 16th century was a key moment for the Welsh language.

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UK companies endure sharpest downturn since Brexit vote aA business live
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:27:46 GMT
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Rolling news coverage of markets, economics and business as purchasing managers indices show economy in decline

Just after midday, the FTSE 100 has gained ground slightly. Itas now up by 1.2%, as traders take some comfort from positive rhetoric on trade from Chinaas Xi Jinping.

Glencore is among the biggest winners, with the commodities miner up by 3.3%. British Gas owner Centrica has also risen by 3.2%.

TSB now says the payment problems have been resolved.

Overnight some payments were delayed in and out of TSB accounts. This has now been resolved and the payments have been completed. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Itas beyond belief that customers have experienced more problems as a result of yet another IT glitch from TSB, hot on the heels of a damning report into the bankas system failure last year.

With banks increasingly trying to move customers online, these IT glitches are still far too common across the industry, and itas clear that people need access to cash as a back-up.

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Former staff at Soho restaurant say they are owed wages
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:00:17 GMT
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Ex-employees at Marthaas say they are owed sums ranging from APS45 to more than APS1,500

A Soho restaurant is facing pressure to pay former employees who claim they have been left out of pocket, after photos of one of them standing outside it holding a protest sign went viral.

Marthaas, which launched this year with an expensive public relations push, is the focus of a campaign bringing together young EU nationals who worked there, local drag queens and trade unionists.

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Indian city's cow dung ban leaves a bitter taste for street food vendors
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:22:10 GMT
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Stall owners fear for livelihoods, saying burning dung essential to flavour of Bihari favourites

The tantalising scent of freshly cooked dough rises from Brij Bihari Raias food stall outside Patna zoo. Sitting on top of the grill is Raias specialty, litti chokha, stuffed wheat flour balls tossed in ghee and served with mashed aubergine or potato on the side. But there is another ingredient, Rai says, that is essential to the dishas distinctive flavour.

aCow dung flame, smoke and ashes add a special taste to this dish and thatas why food lovers rush to our stall to relish the food,a he said.

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Outcry as conservative South Korean MPs seek to curtail LGBT rights
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 04:01:03 GMT
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Campaigners condemn attempt to remove protection for asexual orientationa from legislation

Campaigners in South Korea have condemned an attempt by conservative MPs to remove homophobia and transphobia from a list of violations of an anti-discrimination law.

An amendment submitted this month by Ahn Sang-soo, a member of the main opposition Liberty Korea party, seeks to remove sexual minorities from groups protected by the law, sparking protests by rights groups and members of the LGBT community.

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SNL producer and film-maker are latest to accuse YouTube of anti-LGBT bias
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:00:23 GMT
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The 12 complainants in the class action lawsuit say an algorithm that restricts content is an attempt to push them off the platform

Four LGBT YouTubers have joined a class action lawsuit suing YouTube for discrimination, deceptive business practices and unlawful restraint of speech.

The 12 complainants in total allege that the algorithm YouTube, and its parent company Google, uses to promote, censor and pair advertising with videos is discriminating against LGBT content just because it is made by and for LGBT people.

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Trump aide Stephen Miller told Bannon immigration would 'decimate' America
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:00:18 GMT
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Radio interview from 2016 in which Miller said US could lose its sovereignty reveals further evidence of white nationalist themes

The under-fire White House adviser Stephen Miller said in a 2016 radio interview that immigration could see America lose its sovereignty and be adecimateda, echoing racist and white nationalist themes at the heart of a current scandal that has seen growing demands for him to resign.

Related: Stephen Miller is no outlier. White supremacy rules the Republican party | Cas Mudde

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How Hong Kong's local elections have become a proxy vote on the protests
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 02:59:22 GMT
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This weekend the government and protest movement claims of public support will be put to the test at the polling booth

This Sunday Hong Kong holds district council elections. Normally a sleepy affair with low turnout, this year they have become a focus of intense interest.

Nearly six months of protests have upended daily life, and the poll is expected to serve as a kind of proxy referendum on the movement and its calls for greater democratic rights.

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BTS K-pop band members must do military service, South Korea says
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 05:19:55 GMT
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Countryas football stars have been exempted but culture ministry says first member of group must enlist next year

They may be South Koreaas most successful cultural export and the first K-pop act to top the US album sales charts, but BTS must still perform military service, the government has said, defying calls from the bandas fans for their idols to be granted an exemption.

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men must start almost two years of military service by the time they are 28, although exceptions are made for classical musicians and athletes who win international competitions.

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Fame at last a was this the world's first film star?
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:00:18 GMT
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He was an influence on Charlie Chaplin and wrote his own movies a so why has Max Linderas true status in cinema history only just come to light?

Time was, according to Norma Desmond, when the cinema didnat need dialogue, because it had faces. Very famous faces, that are less familiar to us now. And, according to new research, the very first film star face belonged to a French slapstick comedian, who died young in terrible circumstances and then was largely forgotten for decades. Max Linder was a dapper, handsome actor from the early silent era who not only starred in films but also directed, wrote and produced them.

Andrew Shail, senior lecturer in film at Newcastle University, has uncovered what appears to be the first film-star marketing: a poster for a PathA(c) FrA"resa film featuring Linder called Le Petit Jeune Homme, released in Europe in September 1909. Whereas Linder had been known on-screen as a first-name-only character called aMaxa since 1907as The Skateras Debut, this poster uses his full name, and is thus the earliest surviving European evidence of publicity for a regular film performer. The poster was found in the personal collection of Linderas daughter, Maud, but it took Shail almost a year to date the exact release of the film. After this poster, Linderas name and image were consistently used to sell his films to the public. aThis makes Linder a as far as we can tell a the first film star anywhere,a says Shail. aPathA(c) FrA"resa decision rippled out and changed the way film-makers marketed their wares. The effects of their decision can still be seen on posters and billboards around the world.a

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Blue Story review a inner-city drama told with rap, rhythm and confidence
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 08:00:19 GMT
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This carefully told morality story about life in the shadow of gang violence in south-east London is a strong debut for Andrew Onwubolu, AKA Rapman

YouTube hasnat been the best breeding ground for cinematic talent, as 2010as Fred: The Movie, which grew out of a hit on the video-sharing platform, will attest. This much-hyped inner-city drama a the debut of Rapman, AKA Andrew Onwubolu, whose web series, Shiroas Story, reached 10m hits a is an assured and capably performed morality play.

Related: Rapman: the London film-maker who gatecrashed Hollywood in style

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Exclusive: Bolsonaro is turning back the clock on Brazil, says Lula da Silva
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:30:19 GMT
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The former union leader and two-term president said his mission now was to abattle for democracya

i>>?Brazilas former president Luiz InA!cio Lula da Silva has vowed to spearhead opposition to the countryas far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro, warning that his country is backsliding on years of hard fought progress.

aBolsonaro has already made clear what he wants for Brazil: he wants to destroy all of the democratic and social conquests from the last decades,a he told the Guardian.

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Trump aide Stephen Miller told Bannon immigration would 'decimate' America
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:00:18 GMT
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Radio interview from 2016 in which Miller said US could lose its sovereignty reveals further evidence of white nationalist themes

The under-fire White House adviser Stephen Miller said in a 2016 radio interview that immigration could see America lose its sovereignty and be adecimateda, echoing racist and white nationalist themes at the heart of a current scandal that has seen growing demands for him to resign.

Related: Stephen Miller is no outlier. White supremacy rules the Republican party | Cas Mudde

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Cybertruck: Tesla unveils new pickup truck but windows shatter during demo
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:38:18 GMT
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Elon Musk says model essential to sustainable energy a but is embarrassed when aarmour glassa windows break

Elon Muskas glitzy unveiling of the first Tesla acybertrucka descended into farce when a PR stunt testing the abulletproofa body strength of the electric vehicle resulted in smashed windows.

The Blade Runner-meets-cyberpunk themed launch of the $39,900 (APS30,000) futuristic armoured vehicle was meant to take aim at the traditional Detroit carmakers, proving that Tesla could make a credible electric version of Americaas favourite vehicle, the pickup truck.

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SNL producer and film-maker are latest to accuse YouTube of anti-LGBT bias
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:00:23 GMT
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The 12 complainants in the class action lawsuit say an algorithm that restricts content is an attempt to push them off the platform

Four LGBT YouTubers have joined a class action lawsuit suing YouTube for discrimination, deceptive business practices and unlawful restraint of speech.

The 12 complainants in total allege that the algorithm YouTube, and its parent company Google, uses to promote, censor and pair advertising with videos is discriminating against LGBT content just because it is made by and for LGBT people.

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Christian group wrote legislation eerily similar to Ohio religious liberty bill
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:30:23 GMT
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Critics suspect hand of Project Blitz in draft passed by Ohio house which they fear could let studentsa religious beliefs trump science

An Ohio state bill which could allow studentsa religious beliefs to trump science-based facts is almost identical to model legislation backed by an evangelical, anti-gay Christian group.

The Student Religious Liberties Act, which passed the Ohio house last week, instructs schools to neither apenalize or rewarda students on the basis of their religious speech. It also stipulates schools must provide opportunities for religious expression ain the same manner and to the same extenta as secular speech. Critics argue the bill would provide protect students from bad grades based on religion.

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NYC police's aquality of lifea strategy for subways: arrest food vendors
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 08:00:19 GMT
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Clip of police handcuffing a woman selling churros at a subway station went viral as over-policing becomes a hot-button issue

Along with cat videos and TikToks, a relatively new type of clip has become fodder for thousands of users on social media: police in the New York City subway.

A growing archive of videos and pictures on social media have been held up as proof that the cityas subway system, run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is under excessive policing after it was announced in September that the MTA would be hiring 500 officers to join its police force.

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'Not cool': telescope faces interference from space-bound satellites
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:37:35 GMT
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Disruption will hamper efforts to unlock secrets of universe, say scientists

A flagship observatory that will map the heavens in spectacular detail and search the skies for asteroids on a collision course with Earth faces serious disruption from a new wave of satellites bound for space, the Guardian has learned.

Astronomers on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a state-of-the-art observatory due to open in Chile next year, have discovered that its views of the night sky will be marred by thousands of highly reflective communications satellites being launched by SpaceX, Amazon and other firms.

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Light pollution is key 'bringer of insect apocalypse'
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:13:59 GMT
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Exclusive: scientists say bug deaths can be cut by switching off unnecessary lights

Light pollution is a significant but overlooked driver of the rapid decline of insect populations, according to the most comprehensive review of the scientific evidence to date.

Artificial light at night can affect every aspect of insectsa lives, the researchers said, from luring moths to their deaths around bulbs, to spotlighting insect prey for rats and toads, to obscuring the mating signals of fireflies.

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Scooter Braun pleads for resolution with Taylor Swift following death threats
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:14:57 GMT
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Owner of label embroiled in dispute over master recordings says he has been trying to contact singer for six months

Scooter Braun, the former manager of Taylor Swift a whom she accused of forbidding her to perform her own music a has asked her to resolve their dispute.

In a lengthy message posted to Instagram, Braun says his family have received anumerous death threatsa in the wake of the dispute with Swift, including a phone call to his wife threatening the safety of their children. He posted a screengrab of one of the threats.

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Secret bunkers and mountain hideouts: hunting Italy's mafia bosses
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:00:24 GMT
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The Cacciatori unit searches the rugged landscape of Calabria for fugitives who have dug themselves deep into the earth

On the slopes of the Aspromonte mountains, Pasquale Marando, a man known as the Pablo Escobar of the Calabrian mafia, the feared aNdrangheta, built a secret bunker whose entrance was the mouth of a pizza oven.

Less than 10 miles away, Ernesto Fazzalari, who allegedly enjoyed trap shooting with the heads of his decapitated victims, lived in a 10 square-metre hideout in the formidable southern Italian range. When authorities came for him in 2004, Fazzalari, then the second most-wanted mafia boss after Matteo Messina Denaro of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, had already escaped through a secret tunnel under the kitchen sink.

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Crossroads of the West: inside the last gun show in San Francisco
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:00:23 GMT
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The Cow Palace arena has announced it would discontinue the event on the property beginning 1 January 2020

Paul Stamp has been selling acountry foodsa a beef jerky, dried fruit, roasted nuts a alongside gun holsters and firearm ammunition for about 30 years. As a longtime vendor at the San Francisco Bay areaas Crossroads of the West gun show heas come to see similar faces, and even considers some of his customers to be family. However, last weekas gun show will likely be the last time Stamp sees this particular clientele.

In April of this year, the board of directors for the Cow Palace arena, the longtime venue of the gun show in Daly City, announced it would discontinue gun shows at the property. In their monthly meeting, the nine-person body voted to uphold the prohibition which will take effect on 1 January 2020.

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Dolly Partonas Heartstrings review a country legend sells us a bum steer
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:00:19 GMT
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This rhinestone-studded schmaltzfest on Netflix inspired by the staras greatest songs is a terrible misstep. What she was thinking we will never know

Dolly Parton wrote Jolene and I Will Always Love You in the same night. The same night. She wrote 9 to 5 while she was bored in her trailer during the filming of, well, 9 to 5 then came out and sang it to her co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, using her long red fingernails as percussion. She refused (regretfully) to let Elvis cover I Will Always Love You because his manager, Colonel Parker, demanded half the publishing rights and Dolly does not relinquish the rights to her songs. Not then, right at the start of her career; not now, not ever. She owns everything pertinent to every one of them, with the possible exception of the first she ever wrote, Little Tiny Tassletop. It was about the dolly her father had made Parton, the fourth of 12 children living in a one-room cabin in the Smoky Mountains, out of a corn cob. That was in 1951 and she was five.

Every Dolly fan has these facts inscribed on their heart (along with black loathing for Porter Wagoner, the man who gave her her start and thought that entitled him to have his agirl singera stay with him for ever). Every non-fan should be apprised of them as well, so that they may start the short journey from ignorance to adoration and meet us all at Locust Ridge for the annual diamante jamboree. She is a phenomenon, a role model musically and philanthropically (her Imagination Library charity sent out its 100 millionth childrenas book last year), a honky tonk angel, an eagle when she flies and altogether a legend.

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Can Elizabeth Warren fix her problem with African American voters?
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 03:57:39 GMT
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Protesters interrupted a speech at a historically black college, as the 2020 hopeful struggles to attract essential support

Elizabeth Warren was only a couple of minutes into her prepared remarks celebrating the history of black female protesters when modern-day protesters, many of them also black women, decided to cut her off.

Just as the Massachusetts senator was about to launch into her reflections on the Atlanta washerwomenas strike of 1881, stomping feet and shouting were heard from the corner of Clark Atlanta Universityas gymnasium. Soon, Warrenas prepared speech was eclipsed by cheers of aOur children, our choice!a and aWe will be heard!a

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Masked balls and gay uprisings: Queer Maps is a guide to 150 years of LGBTQ history
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:00:24 GMT
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Online tool highlights 800 locations across Los Angeles, where many landmark institutions have closed their doors

A theater for masquerade balls and avile orgiesa. An all-night diner where gay teens once gathered. A bar for black lesbians who called themselves ahard dressersa.

These are some of the 800 historic LGBTQ institutionsthat have found new life this week with the launch of Queer Maps, an interactive website that has catalogued 150 years of gay history in the Los Angeles region.

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Leonard Cohen: Thanks for the Dance review a a sublime final statement
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:30:21 GMT
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This posthumous album finds the poet and singer on reflective, insightful, deadpan form, asettling accounts of the soula

After finishing You Want It Darker, which was released just 19 days before his death in 2016, aged 82, Leonard Cohen still wanted to add to his tower of song. Thus, he kept on writing and recording as life ebbed away, and the result is this beautiful posthumous collection. His songwriter son Adam has assembled a stellar cast of musicians, such as Daniel Lanois, Jennifer Warnes and Spanish guitarist Javier Mas, to do justice to the unfinished home recordings. However, the sparse, sublime instrumentation never takes the focus away from Cohenas inimitable voice, which is lush, deadpan, warm and poetic, with a hint of frailty adding to the sense of a final statement.

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aWe were sold offa: WeWorkas support staff face uncertain future as company collapses
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:00:18 GMT
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Workers say they were pressured into accepting job offers with outside contractors or face termination as part of restructuring

In many ways it was the little things that helped WeWork build its office rental business into the biggest private landlord in New York and London.

WeWork amembersa a as the company calls its tenants a gather to gossip around the fruit water coolers lined with fresh slices of pineapple or strawberries and kiwi on each floor. They hold meetings fueled by La Colombe coffee served up in endless supply of clean WeWork mugs, stamped with the logo aDo What You Lovea. They network over IPAs at the always replenished beer taps.

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What I have learned from my suicidal patients
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:00:18 GMT
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A GP has minutes to try to convince a person that life is worth living. Itas a challenge that brings rare rewards. By Gavin Francis

Edinburghas old Royal Infirmary has been abandoned for more than a decade, its doors boarded up, its gutters overgrown with buddleia and fireweed. Through the scaffolding you can just about make out the way to the old ward 1 and its annexe, ward 1A, where urgent medical admissions were once wheeled on trolleys directly from A&E. It was unusual for a ward to have an annexe, but 1A was set up for a particular clientele: it was the designated ward for anyone who had attempted suicide. I trained in medicine in the hospital throughout the 1990s, worked for a while in the adjacent A&E, and it is not far from the GP practice where I work now.

There was a whiteboard in 1Aas office: the names of the inpatients were listed in a column down one side, then in rows from left to right was written each patientas date of birth, supervising consultant, any outstanding tests and, last of all, the bleak roll call of the drugs each had taken. Occasionally in place of a drug combination would be written ajumpera, and an estimated height of fall. The beds were arranged in a rough circle; some patients lay with covers pulled over their heads a from a feeling of indignity, perhaps, or to escape the glare of the lights. Others lay hardly aware, the black liquid charcoal they had been obliged to swallow dripping from their mouths, mingling with rivulets of mascara-soaked tears. There was a palpable sense of misery and despair in the small space.

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Surprised about Mark Zuckerberg's secret meeting with Trump? Don't be | Siva Vaidhyanathan
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:41:24 GMT
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The Facebook CEO views all politics as merely instrumental to the fortunes of his company

What are Mark Zuckerbergas politics? Based on recent events, one might assume the young billionaire favors American conservatism, even explicit Republican positions.

On Thursday, NBC News revealed that the CEO of Facebook had a secret dinner at the White House in October with President Donald Trump. Zuckerberg was accompanied by Facebook board member and long-time mentor Peter Thiel. Thiel is notorious among Silicon Valley billionaires for explicitly endorsing Trump in 2016 and speaking at the Republican National Convention that year. Thiel, a libertarian who runs a company that enhances government surveillance efforts, has also questioned the value of women voting.

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Pete Buttigieg has a race problem. So does the Democratic party | Malaika Jabali
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:51:23 GMT
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Like many centrist Democrats, Buttigieg has focused on white midwesterners and not the many black Americans facing poverty and insecurity

During Wednesdayas Democratic debate, the newscast displayed a graphic illustrating the contrast between Pete Buttigiegas lead in an Iowa CNN/Des Moines Register poll and the candidateas polling at 0% among black voters in the latest South Carolina Quinnipiac poll.

Related: 'They barely mentioned us': Atlanta's black voters frustrated by Democratic debate

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Iam a multimillionaire a and I think the tax system doesnat serve most Americans | Stephen Prince
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:14:23 GMT
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As a CEO, itas clear my peers do not take their tax savings and reinvest it in higher wages and job creation a they tend to keep it all for themselves

I am a multimillionaire in Tennessee, one of the more deeply conservative states in America. In my circle of friends here, Iam often met with scorn for wanting to tax myself and all of my fellow wealthy friends. Iam called a aclass traitora by some, and altruistic by others, but neither are quite true.

The way I see it, the reason for any law is to temper the worst vices of individual human nature, so our society can work for everybody. Not just for the rich or the poor or even just for the middle class a but for everyone.

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A brighter, more equal future is Labouras greatest manifesto pledge | Gary Younge
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 06:00:18 GMT
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The party has painted a picture of a greener, fairer society a and reminded us of the values that made Corbyn party leader

In 2007, the renowned intellectual of the left Stuart Hall was asked if it was hard for him that the more equal world he had argued for his entire life seemed increasingly remote. aI feel the world as stranger to me than I ever felt before,a he replied. aShould we have a political party that believes we should tune ourselves up to the global economy? Of course we should a but not two, or two and a half! Itas when everyone is operating in so many of the same parameters that the only debate you can have is a sort of Swiftian debate ... shall we eat the children now or later on?a

Related: Jeremy Corbyn launches most radical Labour manifesto in decades

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Critics such as me thought Jon Gruden's Raiders were a joke. We were wrong
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:00:21 GMT
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The veteran head coach appeared to be building a backwards-looking laughing stock. But now the team look like they have a bright future

The Oakland Raiders are a playoff contender and Jon Gruden deserves the bulk of the credit.

Twelve months ago, the Raiders and their $100m head coach were a laughing stock. They had traded the teamas two best players, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. The teamas owner was battling with the teamas current landlords in Oakland, was uprooting the team to Las Vegas, and didnat have the cash to sign mega-money player extensions or to even contemplate letting Gruden out of his contract for at least seven years.

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Did Bradley Wright-Philips' success show MLS's weakness or its strength?
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:35:17 GMT
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The Englishman routinely tore through defences in North America after a humdrum career in Europe. But his Red Bulls career was far from a joke

Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robbie Keane, Wayne Rooney, David Villa a| they all left their mark on Major League Soccer, but none quite as profound (at least statistically) as Bradley Wright-Phillips. Thatas right, the same Wright-Phillips who failed to make the grade at Manchester City before becoming a lower-league journeyman at Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic and Brentford. The same Wright-Phillips who was best known in England for being the brother of Shaun.

They see Bradley in a rather different light in the United States. They see him as a two-time MLS Golden Boot winner, a legend who scored 126 goals in 240 appearances over six years, the leagueas all-time leading European goalscorer and in the words of the New York Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett, aone of the best forwards in MLS history.a

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:34:37 GMT
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Wilfried Zaha is a threat to injury-hit Liverpool, JosA(c) Mourinho checks in at Spurs, and Chelsea can make a statement

It has been 50 weeks since the Sun led with the back-page headline aAPS40m to get Pocha, in which they detailed how Mauricio Pochettino was poised to take over from JosA(c) Mourinho at Manchester United. aThe Tottenham boss is the ONLY contender to replace Mourinho next summer,a they insisted, adding that aDaniel Levy faces a huge battle to keep his managera. Mourinho did indeed leave United, and some time sooner than the summer, but he has since pulled off a complete reversal of fortunes. Now it is Pochettino who is out of a job, and Mourinho who was headhunted to replace him. Mourinho spoke warmly and generously of his predecessor on Thursday in his first Tottenham press conference, but a person as proud as the Portuguese will surely take some pleasure at the situation. Mourinho will face West Ham in his first game as Tottenham manager, just as Pochettino did, and Tim Sherwood before him. SB

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Charlie Martin: aBeing visible as a trans woman at Le Mans a a lot of good can come from thata
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:01:10 GMT
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Stonewall spokeswoman aims to become the first transgender driver to contest the French classic, seven years after facial and reconstruction surgery

Charlie Martin is a driver with grand ambition, her aspirations undaunted by anything the world of motor racing can throw at her. Martin has faced the very heart of darkness in preparing to take her own life before choosing to embrace a new one through the arduous process of gender transition. Now she stands as a role model, one of the latest achampionsa chosen by Stonewall to promote its LGBT Rainbow Laces campaign.

Martin lives and drives with the passion and exuberance of someone who has already decisively conquered their greatest fears and for whom every moment is simply a joy to be seized. Unsurprisingly she has embraced her new position as a spokesperson for Stonewallas campaign, which begins on Friday, aimed at encouraging the LGBT community into sport.

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Copa Libertadores final emerges from flames of unrest
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:00:21 GMT
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The meeting between River Plate and Flamengo is a one-off affair for the first time in the competitionas history. It has had a troubled birth

The decision to play this yearas Copa Libertadores final, the first ever one-legged decider in the competitionas history, in Santiago appeared logical. The cityas Estadio Nacional was newly renovated and Chile hadnat had a finalist since 1993, so a comfortable and neutral ground for the final was all but assured. And, perhaps more importantly, Chile was still the mark of dependability in a perennially unstable region.

After all, Chileans are known as the Germans of Latin America a the stereotype portrays them as stoical and organised a and economically the country saw a drop in its poverty rate from 30% to 6.4% in just 17 years. Conmebol was desperate to right last yearas debacle that forced the final from Argentina to Madrid, and Santiago looked like the perfect venue for the association to showcase its premier product to the global market.

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'Hey horsey!': England rugby star Joe Marler bucks trend of dull sporting interviews
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:50:30 GMT
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It started with the usual cliches. But then things took a turn for the bizarre a|

In a sporting world of such intense scrutiny where athletes are media trained to within an inch of their lives lest they say anything remotely interesting, the same old dull, platitudinous interviews are par for the course. Rarely is a pre-match interview worth the effort of listening.

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Windrush: the scandal isn't over - podcast
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 03:00:13 GMT
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Hubert Howard, a prominent Windrush victim, died recently without receiving compensation or a personal apology. Amelia Gentleman discusses his case. Plus: Polly Toynbee on the boldest Labour manifesto for a generation

Hubert Howard died on 12 November, three weeks after finally being granted British citizenship having arrived in London 59 years earlier. Howard spent much of the last two months of his life fighting for citizenship from his intensive care bed in hospital. He was granted it at the end of October when his lawyer informed the Home Office that he was critically ill and highlighted the urgency of his case.

Anushka Asthana talks about Howardas life with the Guardianas Amelia Gentleman, who recently met his friend Tyrone and his daughter Maresha and heard them describe the devastating impact his treatment by the Home Office had on his life. Amelia discusses why so many of the Windrush victims are still waiting for compensation and an apology from the government.

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21 Bridges review a Chadwick Boseman takes Manhattan
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:00:24 GMT
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A New York detective pursues a deadly hunt for cop killers, in a slick crime thriller that teams the Black Panther star with a fierce Sienna Miller

Irish director Brian Kirk takes the helm of this perfectly serviceable New York crime thriller, co-written by Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan. Chadwick Boseman plays Detective Andre Davis, an NYPD officer who as a kid lost his cop dad to violent criminals and now has a Dirty Harry reputation when it comes to deciding on the order in which to shoot and ask questions.

When eight of his uniformed comrades are slaughtered one night by a couple of lowlifes with assault rifles in the course of robbing a cocaine baron, the hardbitten police chief (JK Simmons) gives Davis the nod to track down the culprits with extreme prejudice and assigns a similarly fierce narcotics officer (Sienna Miller, vocally channelling Edie Falco from The Sopranos) to help him. Davis takes the decision to close Manhattanas 21 bridges and seal off the island for his manhunt a which reveals a murky world of conspiracy and the time-honoured MacGuffin of a aUSB drivea.

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Neil Young quits Facebook in response to 'false information given to public'
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:47:06 GMT
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Companyas sponsorship of Federalist Society gala prompts action from singer who says site aconfuses readers regarding truthfulnessa

Neil Young has deleted his Facebook artist page in response to the companyas sponsorship of the annual gala dinner of the Federalist Society, the powerful rightwing legal group behind the nomination of the conservative supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Young also cited the afalse information regularly supplied to the public on Facebook, with its knowledgea as his reason for removing the account.

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Imelda Staunton set to replace Olivia Colman in Netflix's The Crown
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:04:48 GMT
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Oscar-nominated 63-year-old will reportedly play the Queen in seasons five and six of drama

i>>?Imelda Staunton will reportedly replace Olivia Colman as the Queen in Netflixas The Crown.

The 63-year-old actor will take the role for seasons five and six of the critically acclaimed show, according to the Daily Mail.

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Fame at last a was this the world's first film star?
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:00:18 GMT
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He was an influence on Charlie Chaplin and wrote his own movies a so why has Max Linderas true status in cinema history only just come to light?

Time was, according to Norma Desmond, when the cinema didnat need dialogue, because it had faces. Very famous faces, that are less familiar to us now. And, according to new research, the very first film star face belonged to a French slapstick comedian, who died young in terrible circumstances and then was largely forgotten for decades. Max Linder was a dapper, handsome actor from the early silent era who not only starred in films but also directed, wrote and produced them.

Andrew Shail, senior lecturer in film at Newcastle University, has uncovered what appears to be the first film-star marketing: a poster for a PathA(c) FrA"resa film featuring Linder called Le Petit Jeune Homme, released in Europe in September 1909. Whereas Linder had been known on-screen as a first-name-only character called aMaxa since 1907as The Skateras Debut, this poster uses his full name, and is thus the earliest surviving European evidence of publicity for a regular film performer. The poster was found in the personal collection of Linderas daughter, Maud, but it took Shail almost a year to date the exact release of the film. After this poster, Linderas name and image were consistently used to sell his films to the public. aThis makes Linder a as far as we can tell a the first film star anywhere,a says Shail. aPathA(c) FrA"resa decision rippled out and changed the way film-makers marketed their wares. The effects of their decision can still be seen on posters and billboards around the world.a

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General election 2019: Nigel Farage launches Brexit party's policies a live news
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:42:19 GMT
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All the latest from the campaign as Brexit party and Plaid Cymru launch their manifestos, Labour sells its own plan and Tories are to announce 3% extra stamp duty for foreign property buyers

This is from PA Media on the Brexit partyas contract launch.

Nigel Farage has called for a cap on immigration, a 50% cut in the foreign aid budget and the scrapping of HS2 as he set out the Brexit partyas policy platform for the general election.

Launching the partyas acontract with the peoplea, Farage said all the partyas demands were underpinned by the need to secure a aclean-break Brexita with the EU.

Brexit party launch has begun. Itas by no means a huge auditorium, but Iad guess itas about half full. pic.twitter.com/X3Iv3ScgkT

Iam at the Brexit party launch event in Westminster for their acontract with the peoplea - a very slimline manifesto that runs to just 21 pages. No costings I can see. pic.twitter.com/9pWzLQAuot

Earlier, Scottish Labour unveiled a pledge to provide free meals for every pupil at every state secondary and primary school throughout the year.

Richard Leonard, Scottish Labouras leader, said:

It cannot be right that in the fifth biggest economy in the world, one in every four children in Scotland is living in poverty. After a decade of Tory austerity and SNP complacency, it is time for real and radical change.

But itas not enough to only provide free school meals to those on low incomes. We need a plan that tackles the stigma that can prevent some children accessing free meals and the barriers that we know eligibility and registration create.

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Grace Millane trial: New Zealand man found guilty of murdering British backpacker
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 04:47:59 GMT
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A jury in Auckland has decided a 27-year-old, whose name has been suppressed, knowingly killed the British tourist

A 27-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of Grace Millane, a British backpacker who disappeared a year ago in Auckland after going on a date.

A jury of seven women and five men took just five hours to unanimously agree that the accused, who cannot be named, had murdered Millane in the hotel room where they had gone after their night out.

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LGBT travel index puts Sweden top, and warns against some popular destinations
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:00:23 GMT
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Canada and Norway make top three of new ranking for gay and trans travellers, which also warns of ill-treatment in some countries favoured by tourists

Sweden has been named the most LGBT-friendly country in the world for travellers according to new research into gay rights in 150 countries.

The LGBTQ+ Danger Index was created by ranking the 150 most-visited countries using eight factors, including legalised same-sex marriage, worker protection and whether, based on Gallup poll findings, it is a good place to live.

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BTS K-pop band members must do military service, South Korea says
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 05:19:55 GMT
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Countryas football stars have been exempted but culture ministry says first member of group must enlist next year

They may be South Koreaas most successful cultural export and the first K-pop act to top the US album sales charts, but BTS must still perform military service, the government has said, defying calls from the bandas fans for their idols to be granted an exemption.

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men must start almost two years of military service by the time they are 28, although exceptions are made for classical musicians and athletes who win international competitions.

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Indian city's cow dung ban leaves a bitter taste for street food vendors
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:22:10 GMT
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Stall owners fear for livelihoods, saying burning dung essential to flavour of Bihari favourites

The tantalising scent of freshly cooked dough rises from Brij Bihari Raias food stall outside Patna zoo. Sitting on top of the grill is Raias specialty, litti chokha, stuffed wheat flour balls tossed in ghee and served with mashed aubergine or potato on the side. But there is another ingredient, Rai says, that is essential to the dishas distinctive flavour.

aCow dung flame, smoke and ashes add a special taste to this dish and thatas why food lovers rush to our stall to relish the food,a he said.

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Outcry as conservative South Korean MPs seek to curtail LGBT rights
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 04:01:03 GMT
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Campaigners condemn attempt to remove protection for asexual orientationa from legislation

Campaigners in South Korea have condemned an attempt by conservative MPs to remove homophobia and transphobia from a list of violations of an anti-discrimination law.

An amendment submitted this month by Ahn Sang-soo, a member of the main opposition Liberty Korea party, seeks to remove sexual minorities from groups protected by the law, sparking protests by rights groups and members of the LGBT community.

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How Hong Kong's local elections have become a proxy vote on the protests
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 02:59:22 GMT
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This weekend the government and protest movement claims of public support will be put to the test at the polling booth

This Sunday Hong Kong holds district council elections. Normally a sleepy affair with low turnout, this year they have become a focus of intense interest.

Nearly six months of protests have upended daily life, and the poll is expected to serve as a kind of proxy referendum on the movement and its calls for greater democratic rights.

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'My duty as a black man': the artist preserving gazebo where police killed Tamir Rice
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:00:20 GMT
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Visual artist Theaster Gates collects neglected black cultural objects in the hopes of preserving and displaying complicated history of race in America

Three years ago, Chicago visual artist Theaster Gates acquired the gazebo 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed under by a police officer. The object, which Gates describes as asacreda, has become the centerpiece of a garden, flowers blooming around the site of pain and tragedy. Gates is quick to say he does not want the gazebo. That it belongs in Cleveland, Ohio, where Tamir lived and died. But the city was set on removing the object a now symbolic of the scores of young, unarmed black men killed by our police force a from Clevelandas Cudell Recreation Center.

aCaring for this gazebo felt like my duty as a black man,a Gates said. aBut it should not be in Chicago. Itas in Chicago, in some ways, because of the anxiety that mounts when bad things happen [somewhere].a

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Experience: I learned to play the piano without a piano
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:00:23 GMT
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I Googled the dimensions of a keyboard, drew the keys on to a piece of paper and stuck it on my desk

I was 11 years old when I asked my mum for piano lessons, in 2010. We were in the fallout of the recession and shead recently been made redundant. She said a polite anoa.

That didnat deter me. I Googled the dimensions of a keyboard, drew the keys on to a piece of paper and stuck it on my desk. I would click notes on an online keyboard and aplaya them back on my paper one a keeping the sound they made on the computer in my head. After a while I could hear the notes in my head while pressing the keys on the paper. I spent six months playing scales and chord sequences without touching a real piano. Once my mum saw it wasnat a fad, she borrowed some money from family and friends, and bought me 10 lessons.

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Anna Jonesa clementine recipes | The Modern Cook
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:00:25 GMT
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Celebrate the first fruit of the clementine season with a crunchy-topped citrus cake and a curd that will put sunshine on your toast for weeks

When it comes to sweet things, I love the balance of sweet and sharp: lemon drizzle cake, margaritas, rhubarb crumble.

Normally, I reach for a lemon, but this week, with the first of the clementines, mandarins and tangerines around, Iave gone for those instead.

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Victoria's Secret cancels annual televised fashion show as viewers turn off
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:21:54 GMT
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aEvolutiona of marketing strategy comes as audiences for the runway show have slumped

The annual Victoriaas Secret televised fashion show, known for its jewel-encrusted bras and supermodels sporting angel wings, will not be held this holiday season, according to an announcement by parent company L Brands Inc.

The official confirmation comes months after Shanina Shaik, an Australian model and Victoriaas Secret Angel, told the Daily Telegraph the show would not be going ahead.

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Trump impeachment inquiry: powerful testimony on final day of public hearings a video
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 01:18:56 GMT
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The fifth day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump saw powerful testimony from Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council official and former top Russia expert in the White House, and David Holmes, a state department aide in Kyiv.

Both spoke of Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, as Holmes described a cellphone conversation in which he overheard Trump ask Sondland about 'investigations' and heard Sondland tell Trump the Ukrainians had agreed to them.

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El Salvador: a nation held hostage a a photo essay
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 07:00:19 GMT
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El Salvador is commonly considered the deadliest place in the world that is not a war zone, but it may as well be one. The defence ministry estimates that as many as 500,000 of the countryas 6.5 million people are involved in gangs

El Salvador is commonly considered the deadliest place in the world that is not a war zone, but it may as well be one. The horrific gang culture that has evolved since the end of the 12-year-long civil war in the 1980s is unmatched for its brutality and scale of violence. The defence ministry estimates that in the small countryas 6.5 million population, as many as 500,000 Salvadorans are involved in gangs, either through direct participation or through coercion and extortion by relatives, amounting to 8% of the population.

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Despair and destruction at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University - in pictures
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:51:20 GMT
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Anti-government protesters and students armed with bricks and bows and arrows took over the campus a week ago. A dwindling core remain

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