Ministers close to deal that could end Chinaas role in UK nuclear power station
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 14:27:28 GMT
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Exclusive: deal in which UK government would take stake in Sizewell C would risk inflaming geopolitical tensions

Ministers are closing in on a deal that could kick China off a project to build a APS20bn nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast and pump in tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer cash instead a a move that would heighten geopolitical tensions.

The government could announce plans to take a stake in Sizewell C power station, alongside the French state-backed power giant EDF, as early as next month, ahead of the Cop26 climate summit.

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Starmer faces wave of anger over Labour conference chaos
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:27:01 GMT
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Labour leader bids to stem damage after defeat on rules as deputy Rayner furious over unnecessary conflict

Keir Starmer is battling to restore authority over the Labour party after a bruising defeat at the hands of unions and the left sparked a storm of criticism over his performance as leader.

Ahead of a conference billed as the moment when Starmer would introduce himself as a future prime minister to the British people, the Labour leader on Saturday was forced to withdraw plans to limit the role of party members, and increase that of MPs, in selecting future party leaders, after the unions united in opposition to block the move.

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European lorry drivers awill not want to come to UKa, warn haulage chiefs
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 21:30:01 GMT
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Emergency visa plan will not resolve Britainas road transport crisis, says industry as majority blame Brexit in poll

The governmentas emergency programme to issue temporary visas to thousands of lorry drivers is far too little to resolve Britainas supply-chain crisis and is unlikely to attract them to the UK, haulage chiefs have warned.

Downing Street on Saturday night confirmed hastily compiled plans to add 5,000 HGV drivers and 5,500 poultry workers to a visa scheme until Christmas, to help the food and fuel industries with shortages.

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Sabina Nessa killing suspect atried to hide reflective red itema
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:18:28 GMT
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Police hunting killer of teacher, 28, in south-east London study CCTV footage of mystery figure

Detectives hunting a man of interest in the Sabina Nessa murder inquiry believe that a areflective red itema the suspect was seen carrying on the night of her death may have been used in the attack.

CCTV footage of the figure shows him looking over his shoulder, putting up his hood and attempting to conceal the red item on the night of Nessaas death in Kidbrooke, south-east London.

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Oleksandr Usyk defeats Anthony Joshua to claim world heavyweight title
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 22:45:40 GMT
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  • Ukrainian wins unanimous points decision after gruelling fight
  • Joshua outclassed in front of estimated 67,000 crowd in London

Oleksandr Usyk is the new WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion of the world after, in a riveting display of skill and nerve, he outpointed Anthony Joshua to win a clear and unanimous decision. His commanding victory was not a shock because the unbeaten Ukrainian is a former undisputed world cruiserweight champion and, before the fight, there was widespread consensus among boxingas cognoscenti that Usyk is a much more natural and gifted fighter than Joshua.

The supremely confident new champion showcased his enviable ringcraft throughout the fight and, long before the end, Joshua looked dispirited and a little lost. The outgoing championas huge physical advantages over Usyk mattered little on a night when intelligence and skill trumped brute force. In the end it was Joshua who was being pummelled on the ropes and looking close to being stopped. He stuck out his tongue at Usyk but it was a forlorn gesture of defiance. Usyk simply poured on more pressure before the final bell confirmed his victory.

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Child refugees were adumpeda in unsafe hotel, claims Brighton council
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 15:11:41 GMT
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Law firm says attempts to evaluate a 15-year-old Afghan held in a hotel had been prevented, breaching the childas rights

Fresh concern over the plight of thousands of refugees living in UK hotels has emerged after a council requested that the Home Office shut down temporary accommodation housing child refugees over asafeguarding concernsa and a lawyer revealed how he had been blocked from assessing unaccompanied minors.

Brighton and Hove city council has asked the Home Office to stop using a hotel holding scores of child refugees, claiming that no initial Covid-19 risk or safeguarding assessment had been carried out. Meanwhile, a law firm said that attempts to evaluate a 15-year-old Afghan held in a hotel had been prevented, breaching the childas rights, with other unaccompanied minors subject to aunlawful forced imprisonmenta.

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Prison guards, but not mother, get counselling after baby dies in cell
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:03:42 GMT
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Exclusive: Report from the ombudsman found that the guards who failed to help were offered bereavement support but not the grieving teenager

A vulnerable 18-year-old whose baby died after her calls for help were ignored as she gave birth alone in a prison cell was not provided with bereavement support a but the prison guards who failed to get her medical assistance were offered counselling, the Observer can reveal.

The details were buried in a devastating report from a prison watchdog published last week that described how the teenager was found in bed cradling her dead baby more than 12 hours after pressing her cell bell and telling staff at the privately run HMP Bronzefield that she needed an ambulance.

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German election on knife edge as months of coalition wrangling loom
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:44:11 GMT
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The country faces aDutch-stylea political era with main parties neck and neck before Sundayas poll

Germany is braced to enter a new aDutch-stylea political era after federal elections on Sunday, as a knife-edge vote points to months of complicated coalition wrangling.

Outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel joined the campaign trail at a rally in the western city of Aachen on Friday night in an attempt to help her designated successor from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Armin Laschet, close the gap on the centre-left Social Democratic party (SPD).

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Taliban publicly display bodies of alleged kidnappers in Herat
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:21:37 GMT
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Four corpses taken to main square and hung from cranes by Afghanistanas Islamist regime

Taliban authorities in the western Afghan city of Herat killed four alleged kidnappers and hung their bodies up in public to deter others, a local government official has said, in a sign of Afghanistanas new rulersa return to their harsh version of Islamic justice.

Graphic footage shows the dead bodies of at least four men with their clothes covered in blood hanging from cranes in the cityas main squares as people watch.

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Channel 4 goes off-air after outage caused by technical problem
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 19:31:43 GMT
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Several TV channels including Channel 5, Film 4 and More 4, lost output

Half a dozen TV channels including Channel 4 and Channel 5 suffered an outage during prime time on Saturday evening because of a technical problem.

Channel 4 and its sister channels, More 4, Film 4 and 4 Music, were down for more than an hour. Channel 5 was briefly affected but the output returned.

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Back for another bite: why classic 70s and 80s screen classics are new stars of the stage
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:58:21 GMT
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The boat in Jaws, the flashy car in Back to the Future, and the kitchen in The Good Life: it seems we all want to recapture those moments a but in the theatre

Thereas a lot of talk about Britain in the 1970s and 80s a and not much of it good: warnings of a awinter of discontenta to match that of 1978-79, talk of rampant inflation, predictions that the financial fallout from the pandemic may make the crash of the late 1980s look like a picnic. All these conjure grimness and greyness to match a past analogue age.

Strange, then, that a strong wave of nostalgia for these same eras is driving audiences back into the nationas reopening theatres. Shows based on screen hits from the 70s and 80s are now top box office. The demand for such a comforting form of time travel became clear when the backers of the newly-opened musical version of Robert Zemeckias Back to the Future extended its West End run to July 2022.

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Amanda Gorman: aI wanted my words to re-sanctify the steps of the Capitola
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 09:00:39 GMT
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The youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history on Toni Morrison, the power of language and her debut childrenas book

My earliest reading memory
My mom bought me a Hooked on Phonics reading kit when I was in early elementary school. I quite literally got hooked on reading and raced through as much material as I could.

The book that influenced me growing up
In third grade my teacher read us Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It was the first time Iad heard a metaphor in such a way, and my mind was blown. It was a watershed moment for the way I viewed the power of language.

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David Olusoga: aBlack people were told that they had no historya
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:00:02 GMT
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The historian and TV presenter on the story of former slave Olaudah Equiano and the significance of Black History Month

Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga has been the face of a decolonial turn in British broadcasting that, in recent years, with series including the Bafta-winning Britainas Forgotten Slave Owners, A House Through Time and Black and British: A Forgotten History, has inspired new conversations about injustice in the story of Britain and Britishness in living rooms across the country. Anticipating this yearas Black History Month (October), he has contributed a foreword to the republication by Hodder & Stoughton of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, the memoir of an 18th-century formerly enslaved man that is also widely recognised as a foundational text of Black British literature.

What led you to get behind this republication of Equianoas memoir?
Itas a book I read at university and that has been part of my life for 30 years. I think itas the most important of the British narratives of people who were enslaved. Equiano is someone who managed to purchase his way out of slavery, to travel the world as a Black person in an age where you could be kidnapped and transported back into slavery. He was a skilled sailor, a political operator. He became a public figure when this country was the biggest slave-trading nation in the North Atlantic. There are many voices that come out of the experience of British slavery but none of them have the same impact as Equiano.

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How standup comedy helped me conquer anxiety, depression a and fear of public speaking
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 15:00:46 GMT
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Finding a humorous angle to some of my darkest episodes a and sharing them with strangers a was strangely cathartic

aHave you gone mad?a asked one friend. aYouare so brave. I could never do that. Wouldnat meditation be wiser?a said another. For someone with a long history of depression and anxiety, plus a morbid fear of public speaking, taking up standup comedy might seem like a masochistic decision. Yet to me it makes perfect sense. Excruciating fear of failure is at the heart of most peopleas aversion to attempting to make a room full of strangers laugh. But controlling that fear, and not succumbing to it, is the central reason Iave chosen to expose myself in this very public and potentially humiliating way.

I grew up in comfortable, middle-class suburban Hertfordshire in the 1970s and 80s, but my upbringing was a complex one of emotional uncertainty. Years of therapy have lent me an understanding of how I learned to cope over the years. To avoid facing difficult issues during my childhood and teenage years I buried my emotions, and that evasion only escalated in adulthood. By my early 20s, I was mentally ill-equipped to deal with lifeas thornier challenges.

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Janet Ellis: aHaving a famous mum was a high value currency when I was littlea
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 11:00:41 GMT
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For this new series, the pop star recreates a childhood photo with her Blue Peter presenter mother, as they talk clothes, careers and childhood friendships

Born in Hounslow, west London in 1979, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is the daughter of the broadcaster Janet Ellis and the director and producer Robin Bextor. The sunny face of childrenas TV a notably Blue Peter a Janet spent most of her career on screen, until releasing The Butcheras Hook, the first of two acclaimed novels, in 2016. Meanwhile Sophieas artistic pursuits began as an indie darling in the band Theaudience, before the stratospheric summer hit Groovejet (If This Ainat Love) catapulted her into the mainstream in 2000. During the UK lockdown in 2020, her live-streamed kitchen discos saw her perform songs from her six solo albums. Her memoir, Spinning Plates: Thoughts on Men, Music and Motherhood, is released on 7 October. She lives in London with her husband and their five sons; Janet lives nearby.

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aI feel a bit rustya: Has Covid killed our sex lives?
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:00:43 GMT
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The end of lockdown was supposed to herald an explosion of pent-up desire and a bonkbuster of a summer. But itas been way more complicated than that

This year was meant to be a replay of the roaring 20s, your hot girl or boy summer. Wead be hedonistic, bacchanalian and, above all, getting laid. All the pent-up energy of lockdowns, the only time it has ever been illegal for people from different households to have sex, would explode in one helluva bonkbuster summer. But has it panned out that way? Or has Covid ruined our sex lives?

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Greta Thunberg: aI really see the value of friendship. Apart from the climate, almost nothing else mattersa
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 07:00:37 GMT
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The worldas most famous teen activist opens up about how sheas been transformed since she started her school climate strike in 2018

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Could whistling shed light on the origins of speech?
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:00:00 GMT
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Whistled languages exist on every inhabited continent a now some scientists think similar dialects could have preceded the spoken word

For centuries, shepherds from the small village of Aas in the French Pyrenees led their sheep and cattle up to mountain pastures for the summer months. To ease the solitude, they would communicate with each other or with the village below in a whistled form of the local Gascon dialect, transmitting and receiving information accurately over distances of up to 10 kilometres.

They aspokea in simple phrases a aWhatas the time?a, aCome and eat,a, aBring the sheep homea a but each word and syllable was articulated as in speech. Outsiders often mistook the whistling for simple signalling (aIam over here!a), and the irony, says linguist and bioacoustician Julien Meyer of Grenoble Alpes University in France, is that the world of academia only realised its oversight around the middle of the 20th century, just as the whistled language of Aas was dying on the lips of its last speakers.

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Britainas Covid-era university students may suffer aimpostor syndromea
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 12:47:03 GMT
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New intake of undergraduates could feel like frauds, says study, because they didnat sit A-level exams

New students are more likely to suffer aimpostor syndromea because they have won their place at university on the back of teacher-assessed A-level grades and not exams, a new study has warned.

Undergraduates arriving on campuses this week may afeel like a frauda as they have not had the chance to aearna their grades in public examinations, said the study from the University of Leeds. Such perceptions could particularly affect students from disadvantaged backgrounds, leaving some at risk of dropping out, it warned. A strong sense of belonging at university is associated with the feeling that a student adeservesa their place, said the Psychology Learning and Teaching journalas study.

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Dutch protesters march through The Hague against acorona passa
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 12:02:03 GMT
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PM sacks minister who questioned new policy requiring proof of vaccination or negative test in public venues

Protesters gathered to march against the introduction of a acorona passa in the Netherlands on Saturday as proof of Covid-19 vaccination became compulsory to get into bars, restaurants, theatres and other venues.

Hours after the requirement to show the pass or a recent negative coronavirus test took effect, the government of caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte sacked a cabinet minister who had publicly questioned the measure.

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Voices from Australiaas Covid frontline: the shop owner and the customer
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 20:00:06 GMT
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A childrenas book seller and a mother of two have developed a strong sense of community during Melbourneas long stretches in lockdown

The Little Bookroom owner, Fitzroy North, Melbourne

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Boxing fans revel in cathartic energy of Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk | Sachin Nakrani
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 23:05:44 GMT
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Even the challengeras win couldnat ruin the atmosphere among a raucous 68,000 crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Speak to those who were lucky enough to be at fights in this country and elsewhere at the height of the pandemic and many will tell you they did not feel that lucky at all. As was the case in other sports, the lack of spectators made for an eerie experience, but in boxing it also led to something altogether more disturbing a the sound of pain.

Related: Oleksandr Usyk defeats Anthony Joshua to claim world heavyweight title

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Struggling neighbours offer Spurs a grim warning of their own mediocre future | Jonathan Wilson
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 19:00:04 GMT
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Tottenham play mid-table football in a shiny new stadium and fail to bridge the gulf to the rich elite a just like their derby rivals

The phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached Spurs. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing visible save one outstretched hand. It pointed to the south-west and in that moment Spurs understood. Spurs looked at Arsenal and saw not a rival but their own future. Could it be that Arsenal are a vision of Tottenham yet to come?

This is a tale of Daniel Levy, of course, and of Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane and dozens of others, but it is also about the broader sweep of history. Football, as we know it today, may have been born in London with the formulation of the Football Association at the Freemasons Arms near Covent Garden in 1863 and the codification of the laws that still form the basis of the modern game, but after professionalisation it quickly left.

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Jack Grealish finds a different rhythm to dance Chelsea into submission | Barney Ronay
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:00:01 GMT
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In a match between two rigorously drilled systems, Manchester Cityas APS100m man provided a vital element of maverick flair

There were four minutes to play as Jack Grealish left the pitch. Manchester City were still deep in the boiler room, seeing out a 1-0 lead in a game they had for long periods dominated to a strangulating degree. But there was time still for a round of hand-clasps, back-pats and buttock slaps, the most significant from his replacement Raheem Sterling, who had sat for 85 minutes watching Grealish produce a quiet masterpiece on the flank that had been Sterlingas own private strip of turf for long periods last season.

There was nothing from Pep Guardiola, although Grealish did sneak an eager, lingering look at the maniacal figure in black, who was at that moment caught up with whirling his arms and barking out assorted thoughts, ideas, tweaks, fears, counter-theories.

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Liverpool held to thrilling draw at Brentford after Wissa grabs his chance
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:35:28 GMT
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At the final whistle, JA1/4rgen Klopp could not stop shaking his head in disbelief. Somehow his Liverpool side had contrived to throw away victory against a Brentford side that simply never stopped believing.

While Klopp can console himself with the fact that they are a point clear at the top after Mohamed Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal for the club, he will know his defence must improve considerably as their weaknesses were exposed time and again. Salah would certainly have sealed the victory had he not spurned a golden opportunity when his side were leading 3-2 but this was all about the pulsating performance from Thomas Frankas new boys that sparked into life with Ethan Pinnockas opener and was rounded off by Yoane Wissaas equaliser eight minutes from time.

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Emma Raducanu commits to Australian Open despite strict quarantine laws
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 22:01:09 GMT
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  • aWhatever needs to be done, Iall do it,a says US Open champion
  • Raducanu says she should not be among the favourites


Emma Raducanu is happy to comply with whatever demands are made of players competing in the Australian Open but shrugged off suggestions she will be among the favourites for the trophy.

The 18-year-old returned to training in London this week as she turns her attention to building on her spectacular grand slam breakthrough victory at the US Open. She is yet to announce when she will play next but must decide in the coming days whether to request a wild card into the prestigious WTA Tour event in Indian Wells beginning on 6 October.

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Debutant Ali Crossdale scores two tries in Waspsa eye-catching win over Bristol
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:23:10 GMT
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  • Wasps 44-8 Bristol
  • Scrum-half Dan Robson lights up Waspsa first game of season

It was a fashionably late entrance to this seasonas Premiership by Wasps but a performance that suggests they have substance to back up their style. They scored six tries a two from the debutant Ali Crossdale a and, with a vintage performance at scrum-half by Dan Robson, produced the kind of showing that pockmarked their run to the final the season before last. It made you wonder just what Lee Blackettas side may be capable of when their injury problems clear.

Bristol would have been long odds indeed to be bottom of the Premiership after two matches with just one try to show for their efforts and while two late tries for Wasps put a layer of gloss on the result, they were emphatic victors. Brad Shields, who was sent off late on for a second yellow card, Dan Frost, Tom Willis and Zach Kibirige were also among the scorers on their first match of the new campaign a they were the a13th teama last week and as a result had a bye a but Robson was the architect.

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Elisa Balsamo beats tearful Marianne Vos to world road race title
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:03:43 GMT
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  • Italian pips Dutch legend at world championships in Flanders
  • Britainas 17-year-old Zoe BA$?ckstedt wins gold in junior road race

Ripping up the script written by the Dutch women in the past four world championships, the Italian Elisa Balsamo snatched the road race title from under the noses of a dominant Netherlands squad. One of the sportas greatest of all time, Marianne Vos, finished in tears, less than a bike length behind after a gruelling 157km around Flanders.

Balsamo, the 2016 world junior champion, and the rest of the Italian team played a tactical blinder by lying low in the final 50km before the finish in Leuven as the Dutch squandered their strength in a constant series of fruitless moves a and other nations squandered theirs with constant responses a as the peloton was whittled down to a front group of about 25.

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Dump the New Labour playbook, Keir Starmer, and set out your programme for radical change | John McDonnell
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 19:00:04 GMT
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The Labour leader must offer a new voice and new vision if he is to win the next election

When Jeremy Corbyn and I stood down from the leading positions in the Labour party, we agreed Keir Starmer should not be treated the way we were by some Labour MPs, doing all they could to undermine us.

Although it was a bit tongue in cheek, I said I would become an elder statesman and until this last week that is exactly the role I have tried to play, offering constructive, and occasionally critical, support to the new leader and his team.

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Why canat we tackle Covid and climate heating? Nationalism and stupidity | Nick Cohen
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:00:02 GMT
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The rich world promises much but delivers nothing. How crass
and self-defeating

Even if you think humans are nothing more than a selfish, tribal species who care little for anyone beyond our clans and ourselves, the failure to vaccinate the world remains astonishing. It is not only a moral affront that rich nations are leaving millions to die needless deaths but an assault on our own self-interest.

The International Monetary Fund estimates that the world economy risks losing $4.5tn (APS3.3tn) by 2025 if Covid-19 spreads unchecked. Gordon Brown, the World Health Organizationas new ambassador for global health financing, tells me the cost of supplying enough vaccines to inoculate all poor nations is about APS70bn.

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Laugh at the outrage over asexy seahorsesa a but thereas nothing funny about conservatives trying to rewrite history | Arwa Mahdawi
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:00:43 GMT
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The rightwing playbook: outrage, leading to the passage of deliberately vague laws and advocacy groups diligently weaponizing those laws

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The looming winter of discontent a cartoon
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:00:01 GMT
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Fuel poverty, cuts to universal credita| so much for good King Wenceslas

aC/ You can order your own copy of this cartoon

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Automation can be our friend, but we must not let it turn into a foe
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:00:03 GMT
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The growth of mechanisation brings many benefits, yet vigilance is needed to keep it in check


What the economic historian Aaron Benanav calls the aautomation discoursea has been going ever since the luddites smashed textile machinery in Nottingham in 1811.

At issue is whether machines destroy or create jobs. The first case is easiest to understand. Machines are labour-saving; and labour saved means labour unemployed. Fear of unemployment has always been the dominant response of the workforce to the introduction of machinery.

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Labour must use this conference to go further in rooting out antisemitism | Marie van der Zyl
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:00:03 GMT
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Many Jews who felt unwelcome at past party gatherings look to the new leadership to turn the page on a painful period

As the Labour party conference begins in Brighton, I find it difficult to avoid a feeling of trepidation.

The last few Labour conferences to take place in person were all marked by incidents that appeared to indicate to most Jews that they were extremely unwelcome. Whether that was the then Unite general secretary Len McCluskey in 2017 dismissing antisemitism within Labour as amood music created by people trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyna, or the sight of Luciana Berger in 2018 being accompanied by police protection, or the antisemitic posters and flyers outside the conference centre in 2019, the atmosphere has felt markedly unpleasant for many Jewish people.

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Roald Dahlas universe might not be a golden ticket for the writeras fans | Rebecca Nicholson
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 14:00:44 GMT
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Netflix has snapped up the authoras entire estate but could struggle to do justice to the fantastic world of his imagination

It has been a lucrative week for the estate of Roald Dahl and an expensive one for Netflix, which purchased the Roald Dahl Story Company for a reported APS500m and though neither organisation would confirm the exact sum involved, Iam sure the frobscottle corks were popped. In a statement, the streaming service said its planned adaptation of Matilda the Musical and its forthcoming animated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory series had aopened its eyes to a much more ambitious venture a the creation of a unique universe across animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products and morea.

Whew. Itas going to be Frozen all over again, isnat it? I donat have children, but I do have nephews and nieces and have learned through them that there is nothing you canat embellish with Anna and Elsa. A fork? Frozened. Trainers with sparkly laces? Frozened. There are Frozen potties, Hula Hoops, bed frames, tents. There are more snowflakes on childrenas toys than there are people angrily typing the word on Twitter. Surely itas only a matter of time before we get Miss Trunchbull-branded javelins, Mr Twit beard combs or a Grandpa Joe-themed bedspread.

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Ever-changing dialects keep English moving a but grammar is its north star | Simon Jenkins
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 09:00:38 GMT
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Protesting that abada grammar should not hold someone back will not stop it from doing so. Accuracy is in everyoneas interest

I say tomahto and you say tomayto. My wife says dahrling and I say my dear. We all speak differently, and some of us speak different. Does it really matter?

Things matter if people think they do. I remember being with a group of Manchester businessmen whose bitterest complaint was that London stole their brightest young people and carried them off south. And not just that. As the young migrated south, they dropped their regional accents to conform to what London called astandarda English. When they came home they sounded like foreigners.

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Swedenas green dilemma: can cutting down ancient trees be good for the Earth?
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 14:56:21 GMT
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The countryas model for managing its trees is bad for biodiversitya| and political unity

Forest-owner Lars-Erik Levin doesnat seem like an environmental villain. As he walks through his 80 hectares (198 acres) of woodland in southern Sweden, he identifies goldcrests by their song, points out a cauliflower fungus and shows off the aspen in his wood that grouse feed on. This year heas picked more than 100kg of chanterelles, and even more bilberries.

But this is the part of the property he manages by so-called continuous cover forestry, where he claims he only fells trees with trunks so thick his arms no longer reach around them. On the other side of his farmhouse is a wide-open space the size of two football pitches, where, five years ago, he cut the forest to the stumps. Little now remains but grass, brambles and young, waist-high spruce. aAnimals and birds have legs and wings, they can move a little,a he protests when asked what happened to the wildlife.

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The Secret Negotiator: Cop26 must leave the old diplomacy behind
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:00:37 GMT
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An insider reveals what is going on behind the scenes of the climate conference

So far, all the preparation work we have done has been beating around the bush a not much that is substantial is happening yet. The homework has been done very well, but only on the issues that are not very substantive for this Cop, such as technical issues to do with the Paris agreement. We need to discuss now the issues which are most substantive: ambition, and climate finance.

Ambition means how much we are going to cut emissions, in line with the Paris agreement targets a and that means how much are developed countries and the biggest developing countries going to cut emissions. Since the IPCC report in August, this has become even more urgent.

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Cop26: Women must be heard on climate, say rights groups
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:00:36 GMT
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Those worst hit by global heating are left out of talks, says feminist coalition calling for systemic change

Women must be enabled to play a greater role at the Cop26 summit, as the needs of women and girls are being overlooked amid the global climate crisis, a coalition of feminist groups has said.

The Global Womenas Assembly for Climate Justice has laid out a call for action at the UN general assembly, including demands that world leaders meeting at Cop26, in Glasgow this November, must end fossil fuel expansion and move to 100% renewable energy.

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Long, cold winter ahead for Britain could keep gas prices soaring to record levels
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:27:11 GMT
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Meteorologists and energy market experts predict a grim season for hard-pressed and vulnerable families

The UK faces a greater than normal risk of cold winter weather this year, according to meteorologists, which threatens to ignite greater demand for gas and keep gas market prices sky-high until 2023.

Both meteorologists and energy market experts are predicting a grim season ahead for UK households, millions of which could lose their energy supplier as companies collapse under the pressure of rising gas prices.

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UK care homes face funding crisis as banks refuse loans
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 14:04:36 GMT
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Providers say lenders have ano appetitea for industry battered by Covid and staff crisis

Care homes are facing a credit crunch with banks refusing to lend money or provide new services for fear that the care sector is about to crumble, senior care leaders have warned.

A survey of care providers in Hampshire found that 20% had been told their bank was concerned about their long-term viability. Several reported that their bank said they had ano appetite for the care industrya and had refused basic services such as additional accounts.

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Chilled food delivery group collapses putting over 400 jobs at risk
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:09:33 GMT
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EVCL Chill goes into administration hit by severe driver shortages and loss of customers

More than 400 jobs are at risk after a chilled food delivery business collapsed into administration a in part as a result of the driver shortage.

EVCL Chill, based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, had struggled after the loss of a number of customers over the past year and severe driver shortages, administrators PwC said.

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Call of the wild: planned Dartmoor crackdown awill penalise campersa
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 12:55:54 GMT
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Move to restrict where people can sleep under canvas will reverse the publicas hard-won right to enjoy the national park

Shamus McCaffery, 53, who lives in the heart of Dartmoor and wild camps there three or four times a month, is among many who are worried about an imminent threat to their freedoms.

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Boy, 12, dies after suffering serious injuries at indoor ski centre
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 07:39:44 GMT
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Ambulance crew called to SnowDome in Tamworth on Friday evening but was unable to save boyas life

A 12-year-old boy has died after being seriously injured at an indoor ski centre.

West Midlands ambulance service and Staffordshire police were called to reports of the child being seriously injured during an activity in the SnowDome in Tamworth at about 6.35pm on Friday.

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Matt Ratana: memorial service to be held for Met officer killed in line of duty
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 12:27:42 GMT
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Service on 29 November will take place more than a year after he was shot dead at south London custody centre

A special memorial service for the Metropolitan police sergeant Matiu aMatta Ratana, who was shot and killed on duty last year, will be held so police officers get the chance to say a final farewell to their colleague.

A memorial service is to be held on Monday 29 November, more than a year after Ratana was shot dead at a south London custody centre, in place of a usual full force funeral, which could not be held because of Covid-19 restrictions.

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Teesside airport runway closed after three hurt in light aircraft incident
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:18:00 GMT
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Runway to remain closed auntil further noticea after incident that resulted in three people needing emergency care

Teesside airportas runway is closed after an incident involving a light aircraft left three people in hospital.

The airport said in a statement on Twitter that the incident occurred at 9.39am on Saturday and the pilot and two passengers on board needed emergency care.

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Police to investigate four deaths at flagship Glasgow hospital
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:26:54 GMT
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Investigation into deaths of three children and one adult could lead to fatal accident inquiry or criminal charges

Police are investigating four deaths at the flagship Queen Elizabeth university hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow, it has emerged.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) a which has a duty to investigate all sudden, unexpected and unexplained deaths a has instructed officers from Police Scotland to act.

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Blood donation drive begins in memory of Richard Okorogheye
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:59:24 GMT
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Campaign created in memory of black teenager with sickle cell disorder who was found dead in Epping Forest

A blood donation drive has begun in memory of a black teenager with sickle cell disorder who was found dead in Epping Forest.

Evidence Joel, the mother of Richard Okorogheye, 19, whose body was found in Essex on 5 April is backing the donation drive beginning on Saturday a called Bonded by Blood: A Motheras Story. It has been created by a group of black health charities including the ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust), along with community organisations Unsickle My Cells (CIC) and SickleKan.

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Pelosi: Biden spending plan, infrastructure deal and funding amust passa next week
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 21:59:52 GMT
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  • Speaker sends letter to party at mercy of warring factions
  • One reporter observes: aWell, this is raising the stakesa

In a letter to Democrats on Saturday the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, set her sights high, saying Joe Bidenas $3.5tn spending package, a bipartisan infrastructure deal worth $1tn and a measure to expand government funding amust passa next week.

Related: aWe couldnat be more inconsistenta: discordant Democrats imperil Bidenas agenda

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La Palma residents warned of aevolution of volcanic emergencya
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:24:59 GMT
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People evacuated from three towns are told they cannot return as volcano has entered new explosive phase

The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma was closed on Saturday because of an ash cloud spewing out of a volcano that has been erupting for a week, and scientists said another volcanic vent had opened up, exposing islanders to possible new dangers.

The eruption began on 19 September and has increased in intensity in recent days, prompting the evacuation of three further villages on La Palma. Almost 7,000 people have had to abandon their homes.

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Fresh calls for Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson over areplacement theorya
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:42:45 GMT
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Host dismisses Anti-Defamation League after organization urges network to drop him

After the Anti-Defamation League renewed its call for Tucker Carlson to be fired from Fox News for voicing the racist agreat replacementa theory about immigration, the primetime host had a pithy response: aFuck them.a

Related: aRudy is really hurta: Giuliani reportedly banned from Fox News

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McConnell wonat rule out blocking Biden supreme court pick
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:36:05 GMT
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Senate minority leader says he will across those bridges when I get therea as expert says court may have reached a aturning pointa

At the end of a week in which Mitch McConnell refused to rule out blocking a Joe Biden supreme court pick if Republicans take the Senate next year, an expert said the court may have reached a aturning pointa regarding public perception of its politicisation and need for reform.

Related: Amy Coney Barrett says the supreme court arenat apartisan hacksa. Oh really? | David Sirota

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Mogadishu car bomb blast near presidential palace kills eight
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 12:39:55 GMT
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Al-Shabaab jihadist group claims responsibility for suicide attack

A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near Somaliaas presidential palace killing eight people, police said, as the al-Shabaab jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bombing took place on Saturday within 1km (0.6 miles) of Villa Somalia, the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

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Chinaas act of ahostage diplomacya comes to end as two Canadians freed
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:26:47 GMT
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Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were released hours after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was freed in Canada

The more than 1,000-day ordeal of two Canadian citizens, detained by Beijing in what critics had labelled an act of ahostage diplomacya over a Chinese executive arrested on US fraud charges, came to an end on Saturday, with all parties arriving back on their respective home soil.

The plane carrying Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor arrived in Calgary, a location which had not been publicly disclosed. The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, embraced them on the tarmac. The plane had left Chinese airspace just hours after US authorities reached an agreement allowing Chinese Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, to return to China in exchange for admitting wrongdoing in a fraud case.

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New York Cityas Covid vaccine mandate for school staff blocked by judge
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:04:24 GMT
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Judge granted temporary injunction and referred the case to a three-judge panel while mandate was set to go into effect Monday

New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcing a vaccine mandate for teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge, days before it was to take effect.

Related: CDC overrides advisory panel to back Pfizer booster for Americans with high-risk jobs

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Pelosi: Biden spending plan, infrastructure deal and funding amust passa next week
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 21:59:52 GMT
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  • Speaker sends letter to party at mercy of warring factions
  • One reporter observes: aWell, this is raising the stakesa

In a letter to Democrats on Saturday the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, set her sights high, saying Joe Bidenas $3.5tn spending package, a bipartisan infrastructure deal worth $1tn and a measure to expand government funding amust passa next week.

Related: aWe couldnat be more inconsistenta: discordant Democrats imperil Bidenas agenda

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aLaw and ordera views linger in Del Rio after migrant encampment cleared
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:12:18 GMT
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Some residents of the small west Texas city responded to the migrants with hate and fear. Others directed anger at politicians

Carmelita was still trying to understand why so many migrants were allowed into Del Rio, Texas, where they camped in squalor under a bridge near her home.

aI felt terrified,a she said. aThere were, like, a lot of nights where I could not sleep.a

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aIt was never about saving Newsoma: how Latino voters played a major role in California
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:00:40 GMT
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About 30% of Californiaas registered voters are Latino, and it appears they voted largely Democrat a but some say it was aabout ensuring this state didnat move backwarda

Luis SA!nchez worked overtime to rescue Governor Gavin Newsom in Californiaas recall race. His group PowerCA Action reached more than a quarter-million voters ahead of election day, encouraging young Latino Californians to head to the polls.

Related: aStudy Newsomas playbooka: what Democrats a and Republicans a can learn from Californiaas recall

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Taliban publicly display bodies of alleged kidnappers in Herat
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:21:37 GMT
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Four corpses taken to main square and hung from cranes by Afghanistanas Islamist regime

Taliban authorities in the western Afghan city of Herat killed four alleged kidnappers and hung their bodies up in public to deter others, a local government official has said, in a sign of Afghanistanas new rulersa return to their harsh version of Islamic justice.

Graphic footage shows the dead bodies of at least four men with their clothes covered in blood hanging from cranes in the cityas main squares as people watch.

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aHe knows he losta: Georgia Republican braces for Trump rally in Perry
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:00:35 GMT
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Top voting official Brad Raffensperger dismayed that the former president uses his lies to fundraise

The top election official in Georgia, a Republican, said Donald Trump unequivocally lost the state in 2020, a day before a rally there on Saturday night at which Trump is set to repeat baseless accusations of voter fraud.

Related: Arizona Republican aaudita finds even bigger lead for Biden in 2020 election

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New York Cityas Covid vaccine mandate for school staff blocked by judge
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:04:24 GMT
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Judge granted temporary injunction and referred the case to a three-judge panel while mandate was set to go into effect Monday

New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcing a vaccine mandate for teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge, days before it was to take effect.

Related: CDC overrides advisory panel to back Pfizer booster for Americans with high-risk jobs

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McConnell wonat rule out blocking Biden supreme court pick
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:36:05 GMT
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Senate minority leader says he will across those bridges when I get therea as expert says court may have reached a aturning pointa

At the end of a week in which Mitch McConnell refused to rule out blocking a Joe Biden supreme court pick if Republicans take the Senate next year, an expert said the court may have reached a aturning pointa regarding public perception of its politicisation and need for reform.

Related: Amy Coney Barrett says the supreme court arenat apartisan hacksa. Oh really? | David Sirota

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Fresh calls for Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson over areplacement theorya
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:42:45 GMT
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Host dismisses Anti-Defamation League after organization urges network to drop him

After the Anti-Defamation League renewed its call for Tucker Carlson to be fired from Fox News for voicing the racist agreat replacementa theory about immigration, the primetime host had a pithy response: aFuck them.a

Related: aRudy is really hurta: Giuliani reportedly banned from Fox News

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La Palma residents warned of aevolution of volcanic emergencya
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:24:59 GMT
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People evacuated from three towns are told they cannot return as volcano has entered new explosive phase

The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma was closed on Saturday because of an ash cloud spewing out of a volcano that has been erupting for a week, and scientists said another volcanic vent had opened up, exposing islanders to possible new dangers.

The eruption began on 19 September and has increased in intensity in recent days, prompting the evacuation of three further villages on La Palma. Almost 7,000 people have had to abandon their homes.

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California: firefighters hope cooling temperatures will aid wildfire battle
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:31:12 GMT
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Woman, 30, arrested on suspicion of starting Fawn fire while nearly 2,000 under mandatory evacuation orders

Firefighters hope shifting winds and cooling temperatures will aid efforts to battle a wildfire in a forest in far northern California that has displaced thousands and burned at least 100 structures.

Related: Fresh California wildfire prompts evacuations as forest blazes grow

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William Shatner will boldly go into space with Bezosas Blue Origin a report
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 15:14:44 GMT
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Neither actor nor Blue Origin has commented on mission as some point out report appears same day as promotion for his new album

He was once Starfleetas youngest captain, a fearless explorer leading the USS Enterprise on an intergalactic odyssey. Now the actor who famously portrayed Captain James Tiberius Kirk on Star Trek for four decades is reportedly set to boldly go on a real-life space adventure a at the age of 90.

Related: aTake it easy, nothing matters in the enda: William Shatner at 90, on love, loss and Leonard Nimoy

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Ryder Cup: day two a USA lead 11-5 going into singles
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 23:26:34 GMT
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The US team had the upper hand again at Whistling Straits, leaving Europe hoping for a Sunday miracle

Thatas the end of another long day, and another painful one for Europe. Theyare staring down the barrel now, and although nobody ever takes anything for granted in the Ryder Cup, theyall need to improve on the Miracle of Medinah if theyare to keep hold of their trophy ... and this team have never looked capable of anything like that. Pity poor Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, though, who have been clocking up the points in what looks a futile if admirable effort. Thanks for reading this blog. Hope to see you tomorrow for the USA procession!

Fleetwood nearly trundles in a chip; Hovland nearly drains his long birdie putt. But itas too little, too late, and they pick up DeChambeauas marker. Easy in the end, though that end came quickly with a four-hole salvo.

3&1 Scheffler/DeChambeau v Fleetwood/Hovland (F)
USA 11-5 Europe

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German election on knife edge as months of coalition wrangling loom
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:44:11 GMT
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The country faces aDutch-stylea political era with main parties neck and neck before Sundayas poll

Germany is braced to enter a new aDutch-stylea political era after federal elections on Sunday, as a knife-edge vote points to months of complicated coalition wrangling.

Outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel joined the campaign trail at a rally in the western city of Aachen on Friday night in an attempt to help her designated successor from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Armin Laschet, close the gap on the centre-left Social Democratic party (SPD).

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Judge recommends tribe be allowed to hunt gray whales off Washington state
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 14:30:40 GMT
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Makah chairman welcomes ruling opposed by animal welfare groups and says: aWeare doing it for spiritual and cultural reasonsa

An administrative law judge has recommended that a Native American tribe in Washington state be allowed to hunt gray whales a a major step in its decades-long effort to resume the ancient practice.

Related: Horror at the Faroes dolphin slaughter is only human a but it risks hypocrisy | Philip Hoare

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The great sperm heist: aThey were playing with peopleas livesa
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 05:00:35 GMT
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Paul was in his 80s when someone called to say she was his daughter, conceived in a fertility clinic with his sperm. The only problem? Head never donated any

For 40 years, Catherine Simpson thought she knew who she was: a nurse, a mother of three, a daughter and a sister. She looked like her mother, Sarah, but had the same temperament as her father, George: calm, unflustered, kind.

Then her father died. There was a dispute over his will, and that led her mother to call and tell her something that made the ground dissolve beneath her feet. George had had a vasectomy long before Catherine was born. She and her brother had been donor conceived in Harley Street using the sperm of two different anonymous men. George was not her biological father.

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Marina AbramoviA: aI think about dying every daya
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:00:44 GMT
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The artist, 74, talks about embracing mortality, her purely emotional art, spirituality and communism, and sex getting better after the menopause

Iall be 75 in November. My grandmother, who lived to be 103, told me that 70 is when life starts to be really interesting. Youare free to do whatever you want, you have all the wisdom to do that. What sucks is if youare sick; but if youare healthy then life at this stage is incredibly enjoyable.

I think about dying every single day. Itas only when you think about dying that you fully enjoy your life. It means you canat bullshit; everything thatas not important falls away, and you know death can happen any minute, any time a you are in the last act. You have to think about what youare going to leave society: as an artist you have that obligation. Because if you have a gift, you have to handle it carefully. The gift isnat given to you personally, itas given to you to give to society. You have to think carefully about how youare going to leave meaningful work behind.

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aI feel a bit rustya: Has Covid killed our sex lives?
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:00:43 GMT
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The end of lockdown was supposed to herald an explosion of pent-up desire and a bonkbuster of a summer. But itas been way more complicated than that

This year was meant to be a replay of the roaring 20s, your hot girl or boy summer. Wead be hedonistic, bacchanalian and, above all, getting laid. All the pent-up energy of lockdowns, the only time it has ever been illegal for people from different households to have sex, would explode in one helluva bonkbuster summer. But has it panned out that way? Or has Covid ruined our sex lives?

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Jonathan Franzen: aI just write it like I see it and that gets me in troublea
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 11:00:41 GMT
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Twenty years on from The Corrections, Americaas most lauded author is back. But will he put his foot in it again?

IT IS 11AM PACIFIC TIME and Jonathan Franzen has just turned on the light. aSpecial occasion,a he says drily of our video call. A sliver of sunshine dares to creep under the venetian blind at the window. aIam vampiric for the first six hours of the day. I do not like bright light,a he says. aAlso, if I had the blinds open there would be birds and they would distract.a Franzen likes birds, a lot.

Five years ago he gave up his studio office on New Yorkas 125th Street for this monastically bare room in Santa Cruz university. He has spent part of each year here since he met his partner, writer Kathy Chetkovich, athe Californiana of his essays, in 1998. But after aa massive tug of wara, they moved here permanently so she could be closer to her elderly mother. aIt was a war I was happy to lose, because Iad been in New York for 25 years and Iad had enough,a he says. aThat season of my life was over.a He tried one autumn in New York without Chetkovich before realising it wasnat going to work, aso I just threw in the towel, and now Iam a Californiana.

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Greta Thunberg: aI really see the value of friendship. Apart from the climate, almost nothing else mattersa
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 07:00:37 GMT
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The worldas most famous teen activist opens up about how sheas been transformed since she started her school climate strike in 2018

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Amanda Gorman: aI wanted my words to re-sanctify the steps of the Capitola
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 09:00:39 GMT
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The youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history on Toni Morrison, the power of language and her debut childrenas book

My earliest reading memory
My mom bought me a Hooked on Phonics reading kit when I was in early elementary school. I quite literally got hooked on reading and raced through as much material as I could.

The book that influenced me growing up
In third grade my teacher read us Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It was the first time Iad heard a metaphor in such a way, and my mind was blown. It was a watershed moment for the way I viewed the power of language.

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Ireland ends mandatory hotel quarantine a as it happened
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 22:55:54 GMT
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Thanks for following along a this blog is now closed.

Thatas it from me, Robyn Vinter. Hereas a summary of whatas been happening over the last 24 hours:

Mexicoas health ministry on Saturday reported 9,697 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country and 596 additional deaths, bringing the total number of official infections since the pandemic began to 3,628,812 and the death toll to 275,299.

Health ministry officials have previously said the real coronavirus numbers are likely significantly higher.

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Gabby Petitoas death is tragic. But I wish missing women of color got this much attention | Akin Olla
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:30:40 GMT
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Considerable resources were dedicated to finding Petitoas body. Yet Indigenous people in Wyoming are more likely to disappear and to be killed, and their cases are barely noticed

The apparent murder of 22-year-old Gabby Petito has been a consistent part of the American news cycle since she disappeared on 11 September. Her YouTube presence and participation in the Instagram #vanlife subculture, which involves young people travelling around the country living aesthetically appealing lives in vans and converted buses, provided plenty of content for internet detectives on sites like TikTok and Reddit to consume. Her story is heart-wrenching, especially after police footage has emerged of Petito and her fiance, Brian Laundrie, who is now a aperson of interesta in her death, having a domestic crisis.

But the story also feels eerily familiar a so familiar, in fact, that there is a term for it: amissing white woman syndromea. White women, particularly conventionally attractive middle- or upper-class white women, tend to receive disproportionate media coverage when they go missing. Petitoas case is tragic, but the media attention it has attracted replicates a systemic pattern.

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Laugh at the outrage over asexy seahorsesa a but thereas nothing funny about conservatives trying to rewrite history | Arwa Mahdawi
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:00:43 GMT
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The rightwing playbook: outrage, leading to the passage of deliberately vague laws and advocacy groups diligently weaponizing those laws

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My transition to womanhood? Itas been a long, winding journey | Imma Asher
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:25:40 GMT
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Transitioning isnat always linear. My journey involved many surprising twists and turns

Imagine running a race where the finish line continually relocates itself. This is the best way I can describe my transition into womanhood.

I was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. I started my medical transition at the age of 29. During those years, I underwent a multitude of gender-affirming surgeries, which included a rhinoplasty, a chin, jaw and brow-bone shave along with multiple breast augmentations.

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Roald Dahlas universe might not be a golden ticket for the writeras fans | Rebecca Nicholson
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 14:00:44 GMT
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Netflix has snapped up the authoras entire estate but could struggle to do justice to the fantastic world of his imagination

It has been a lucrative week for the estate of Roald Dahl and an expensive one for Netflix, which purchased the Roald Dahl Story Company for a reported APS500m and though neither organisation would confirm the exact sum involved, Iam sure the frobscottle corks were popped. In a statement, the streaming service said its planned adaptation of Matilda the Musical and its forthcoming animated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory series had aopened its eyes to a much more ambitious venture a the creation of a unique universe across animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products and morea.

Whew. Itas going to be Frozen all over again, isnat it? I donat have children, but I do have nephews and nieces and have learned through them that there is nothing you canat embellish with Anna and Elsa. A fork? Frozened. Trainers with sparkly laces? Frozened. There are Frozen potties, Hula Hoops, bed frames, tents. There are more snowflakes on childrenas toys than there are people angrily typing the word on Twitter. Surely itas only a matter of time before we get Miss Trunchbull-branded javelins, Mr Twit beard combs or a Grandpa Joe-themed bedspread.

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As world leaders gather at the UN, the violation of Palestinian rights must be on the agenda |
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:00:37 GMT
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The UN played a crucial role in defeating South African apartheid a it is time to investigate Israelas unequal regime

This week, world leaders have gathered in New York for the 76th session of the United Nations general assembly, struggling to prove its continued relevance in a bruised world. The major themes so far have been the climate crisis, vaccinating the world against Covid-19 and the new regime in Afghanistan a and rightly so. But there is another issue that also demands our attention, where progress could restore faith in the general assemblyas ability to act: the deepening regime of Israeli Jewish supremacy over millions of Palestinians, which has been recognised by more and more observers as a regime of apartheid. We join many global leaders in calling for the general assembly to investigate this regime, and consequently take the necessary measures of accountability to dismantle it.

Last year, in response to Israelas plans to annex further land in the occupied Palestinian territory, we were joined by tens of Arab civil society leaders and diplomats in calling for sanctions against Israel and defending the right of Palestinians to engage in legitimate resistance, including through boycott, divestment and sanctions. This is to safeguard not just the inalienable rights of the people of Palestine, particularly to self-determination, but also the sanctity of the international rule of law.

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The climate crisis has made the idea of a better future impossible to imagine | Ian Jack
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 07:00:37 GMT
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Despite all the analogies for this possibly terminal emergency, it is unlike anything that has come before

Writing in 2003, the American environmentalist Bill McKibben observed that although asome small percentagea of scientists, diplomats and activists had known for 15 years that the Earth was facing a disastrous change, their knowledge had almost completely failed to alarm anyone else.

It certainly alarmed McKibben: in June 1988, the scientist James Hansen testified to the US Congress that the world was warming rapidly and human behaviour was the primary cause a the first loud and unequivocal warning of the climate crisis to come a and before the next year was out, McKibben had published The End of Nature, the first book about climate change for a lay audience. But few others seemed particularly worried. aPeople think about aglobal warminga in the way they think about aviolence on televisiona or agrowing trade deficitsa, as a marginal concern to them, if a concern at all,a he wrote in 2003. aHardly anyone has fear in their guts.a

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Oleksandr Usyk defeats Anthony Joshua to claim world heavyweight title
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 22:45:40 GMT
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  • Ukrainian wins unanimous points decision after gruelling fight
  • Joshua outclassed in front of estimated 67,000 crowd in London

Oleksandr Usyk is the new WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion of the world after, in a riveting display of skill and nerve, he outpointed Anthony Joshua to win a clear and unanimous decision. His commanding victory was not a shock because the unbeaten Ukrainian is a former undisputed world cruiserweight champion and, before the fight, there was widespread consensus among boxingas cognoscenti that Usyk is a much more natural and gifted fighter than Joshua.

The supremely confident new champion showcased his enviable ringcraft throughout the fight and, long before the end, Joshua looked dispirited and a little lost. The outgoing championas huge physical advantages over Usyk mattered little on a night when intelligence and skill trumped brute force. In the end it was Joshua who was being pummelled on the ropes and looking close to being stopped. He stuck out his tongue at Usyk but it was a forlorn gesture of defiance. Usyk simply poured on more pressure before the final bell confirmed his victory.

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Emma Raducanu commits to Australian Open despite strict quarantine laws
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 22:01:09 GMT
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  • aWhatever needs to be done, Iall do it,a says US Open champion
  • Raducanu says she should not be among the favourites


Emma Raducanu is happy to comply with whatever demands are made of players competing in the Australian Open but shrugged off suggestions she will be among the favourites for the trophy.

The 18-year-old returned to training in London this week as she turns her attention to building on her spectacular grand slam breakthrough victory at the US Open. She is yet to announce when she will play next but must decide in the coming days whether to request a wild card into the prestigious WTA Tour event in Indian Wells beginning on 6 October.

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Gabriel Jesusas deflected strike seals Manchester City win over Chelsea
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:41:28 GMT
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This was a reminder there are few more uplifting sights than a Pep Guardiola team playing at the point of maximum expression in a big game. There was never any chance of Manchester City letting go of their ideals. The champions were bold and inventive from start to finish, breaking Chelseaas sheen of defensive invulnerability with a beautiful exhibition of passing and movement, and even Thomas Tuchel looked short of inspiration as he tried to find a way of countering Guardiolaas swaggering football.

It had the feel of City showing the chasing pack they remain the team to beat. Much has been made of their failure to strengthen their attack by signing Harry Kane, but their lack of an elite striker made no difference against the European champions. Phil Foden caught the eye as a false nine, Bernardo Silva sparkled in midfield and though City were wasteful at times Guardiola was delighted to see Gabriel Jesus continue his reinvention as a right-winger by settling an absorbing game with a deflected winner early in the second half.

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Liverpool held to thrilling draw at Brentford after Wissa grabs his chance
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:35:28 GMT
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At the final whistle, JA1/4rgen Klopp could not stop shaking his head in disbelief. Somehow his Liverpool side had contrived to throw away victory against a Brentford side that simply never stopped believing.

While Klopp can console himself with the fact that they are a point clear at the top after Mohamed Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal for the club, he will know his defence must improve considerably as their weaknesses were exposed time and again. Salah would certainly have sealed the victory had he not spurned a golden opportunity when his side were leading 3-2 but this was all about the pulsating performance from Thomas Frankas new boys that sparked into life with Ethan Pinnockas opener and was rounded off by Yoane Wissaas equaliser eight minutes from time.

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European roundup: Real Madrid held by Villarreal, PSG extend winning run
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 21:38:53 GMT
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  • La Liga leaders draw 0-0 at home; PSG ease past Montpellier
  • Paolo Maldinias son Daniel inspires Milan win over Spezia

Real Madrid missed the chance to go five points clear at the top of La Liga as they were held 0-0 by Villarreal at the BernabA(c)u. It was a frustrating affair for the hosts where clearcut chances were few and far between, with the final ball too often lacking.

Arnaut Danjuma looked most likely to score for the visitors, forcing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into a couple of smart stops in each half. Real defender Ader MilitAPSo sent a header wide after the break from a Marco Asensio free-kick as the hosts struggled to make a breakthrough.

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Aston Villaas Kortney Hause wins it as Manchester United blow penalty
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:40:39 GMT
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Breathless and riveting: Manchester United and Aston Villa put on a show that was half-football, half-basketball and which ended with the surreal sight of Bruno Fernandes hacking over an added-time penalty that would have shared the points.

After Ole Gunnar SolskjA|ras moan that spot-kicks had dried up for United since JA1/4rgen Klopp complained in January that they were being awarded a surfeit, Fernandesas miss offered a comical and cruel irony for the Norwegian.

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The Cause: a history of the American revolution for our own troubled time
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 05:00:34 GMT
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In his new work on 1776 and all that, Joseph Ellis sees the roots of anti-government intransigence and conspiracy theories

A word to know: semiquincentennial, which will appear with increasing frequency as the 250th anniversary of American independence approaches. Joseph Ellis, author of well-regarded biographies of Americaas founders, is out early with a history of the revolution.

Related: Travels with George review: Washington, Americaas original sin a| and its divided present

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Itas No Time to Die: but is it time to revoke James Bondas licence to kill?
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 09:00:38 GMT
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In the 1960s, 007 was a glamorous antidote to postwar austerity, but now heas more laughable than heroic. Can the Bond brand survive, post-Brexit?

These blithering women,a said James Bond, awho thought they could do a manas work? Why the hell couldnat they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave menas work to the men?a

Ian Fleming wrote this in his spyas first adventure, 1953as Casino Royale, starting as he meant to go on. Dr No, published five years later, sees Bond and Honeychile Rider incarcerated in the eponymous evil geniusas lair. aHoney, get into that bath before I spank you,a Bond says, and Rider obediently does. aShe said provocatively: aYouave got to wash me. I donat know what to do. Youave got to show me.aa

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Armando Iannuccias epic Covid poem: aItas my emotional response to the past 18 monthsa
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 07:00:37 GMT
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When Covid stalled his film work, the writer took revenge on the virus in the form of a poem about Britain, Brexit and the pandemic a exclusively extracted here

Where do you start with the pandemic? It may have been one of the most universally shared moments in history but that collective experience was instantly refracted into billions of entirely unique memories. How also do you address the weird paradox that for many the pandemic was an uncomfortable blend of positive and negative? aMe being at home was great for the children, but weave had to close our business.a aIt was nice to spend more time with the family, but we lost my uncle.a Itas a mesh of contradictions; the cheerful banging of pans mingling with the distant screech of an ambulance siren. The pre-pandemic era feels both a long time ago and yesterday. As we emerged from lockdown, everything was both totally different and kind of the same.

And how do I respond to the pandemic as a writer and a director? Like many working in film and television, I had mixed fortunes. My film, The Personal History of David Copperfield, never made cinemas around the world, but it got shown on streaming platforms. As a writer, Iam used to working at home anyway, and, though work slowed, it never went away. Iam currently starting up a shoot we shut down eight months previously and I feel both blessed and guilty to have been one of the lucky ones. Strangely, although I thought about it often, my response to the pandemic wonat be a film or TV show. Unexpectedly, itas emerged spontaneously as a poem.

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Wole Soyinka: aThis book is my gift to Nigeriaa
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:00:38 GMT
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The Nobel laureate has produced plays, poems, essays and even inspired a pop duo but he hasnat written a novel for nearly half a century - until now

At 87, Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian icon. His plays have been performed around the world, his poems anthologised, his novels studied in schools and universities, while his nonfiction writing has been the scourge of many a Nigerian dictator. He was imprisoned for 22 months during the Nigerian civil war in the late 1960s for attempting to broker peace; his activism led him again into exile two decades later during the era of General Sani Abacha, military ruler of Nigeria, when the environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged.

In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel prize in literature and became the first African laureate, but his status in Nigerian letters was secured long before then. For a generation of young Nigerian writers, his work has been transformative. It has inspired artists, too a in Lagos, many display their skill by painting famous faces, his among them. There was even a musical duo called Soyinkaas Afro.

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Bernardine Evaristo on a childhood shaped by racism: aI was never going to give upa
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:45:38 GMT
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My creativity can be traced back to my heritage, to the skin colour that defined how I was perceived. But, like my ancestors, I wouldnat accept defeat


When I won the Booker prize in 2019 for my novel Girl, Woman, Other, I became an aovernight successa, after 40 years working professionally in the arts. My career hadnat been without its achievements and recognition, but I wasnat widely known. The novel received the kind of attention I had long desired for my work. In countless interviews, I found myself discussing my route to reaching this high point after so long. I reflected that my creativity could be traced back to my early years, cultural background and the influences that have shaped my life. Not least, my heritage and childhood

Through my father, a Nigerian immigrant who had sailed into the Motherland on the aGood Ship Empirea in 1949, I inherited a skin colour that defined how I was perceived in the country into which I was born, that is, as a foreigner, outsider, alien. I was born in 1959 in Eltham and raised in Woolwich, both in south London. Back then, it was still legal to discriminate against people based on the colour of their skin, and it would be many years before the Race Relations Acts (1965 and 1968) enshrined the full scope of anti-racist doctrine into British law.

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aIam angry, Iam raginga: how Raye took on her record label a and won
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:00:40 GMT
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After Polydor refused to release her album, the rising pop star spoke out. Now, newly independent, she's ready for a fresh start

Towards the end of June, while waiting to be interviewed on Channel 4as Sunday Brunch, Raye found herself desperately trying not to cry on live TV. With more than 17 million monthly listeners on Spotify, seven Top 20 hits to her name and songwriting credits for the likes of BeyoncA(c), John Legend and Little Mix, the south Londoneras career appeared to be going from strength to strength. But then, on a lumpy turquoise sofa in a Shepherdas Bush studio, the rictus pop star smile started to wobble. There to promote her dance bop Call on Me, a the latest in a long line of make-or-break singles a she found an innocuous query about the status of her elusive debut album triggering emotions she had suppressed for years. Two days later, sitting alone in her bedroom, she opened Twitter and shattered the illusion for good.

aI have been on a 4 ALBUM RECORD DEAL since 2014,a she vented to her 50,000 followers. aAnd havenat been allowed to put out one album.a She detailed how her amusic sat in folders collecting dusta, and were being gutted, with songs passed on to other artists abecause I am still awaiting confirmation that I am good enough to release an albuma. Aware there was no turning back with her label, Polydor, she added: aIam done being a polite pop star.a In mid-July, she announced she had been released from her contract: aToday I am speaking to you as an independent artist.a

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The Many Saints of Newark review a the making of Tony Soprano
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 14:00:44 GMT
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Michael Gandolfini follows in his fatheras footsteps as the young Tony in a prequel that will resonate far more with fans of the TV series

This Sopranos origin story lands midway between a dysfunctional family reunion and a acome as your favourite television gangstera freshersa week costume party. Either way, itas undeniably entertaining stuff, but this choppy collage-style portrait of the formative figures in the life of the young Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) is better suited to the needs of existing fans rather than those of Sopranos neophytes. Itas poignant casting a Gandolfini is the son of the late James Galdolfini, who played Tony in the TV series a but the role can feel a little peripheral, as if Tony is on the sidelines of his own tale.

Fans are more likely to forgive the crude characterisation of some of the younger versions of Sopranos stalwarts: Junior Soprano is defined by his distinctive glasses and near-limitless capacity to bear grudges; Silvio Dante by his horseshoe mouth and thinning hair; Paulie Walnuts by his vanity. But without a background knowledge of the series, these could feel more like caricatures than textured characters.

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How to eat a whole fish, nose to tail | Waste not
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 05:00:36 GMT
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We commonly waste up to 70% of a fish, but the fillets arenat the only bits that are both edible and delicious

Like chicken, a whole fish, from fin to scale, is greater than the sum of its parts. The cheeks, jowl and even the skin are all delicacies when cooked well, each with their own unique texture and flavour. Tail meat tends to be firmer, because thatas where the fishas muscles have to work the hardest, while the belly is soft and fatty, to protect its internal organs.

The fillets are just a small part of a fishas total weight and, depending on the species, can make up only about 30% of its weight. Throwing 70% of an animal in the bin is a crazy example of todayas wasteful world. After filleting, the rest of the fish will have lots of meat and offal left on it. Hereas a short guide to using the whole fish from nose to tail:

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How standup comedy helped me conquer anxiety, depression a and fear of public speaking
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 15:00:46 GMT
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Finding a humorous angle to some of my darkest episodes a and sharing them with strangers a was strangely cathartic

aHave you gone mad?a asked one friend. aYouare so brave. I could never do that. Wouldnat meditation be wiser?a said another. For someone with a long history of depression and anxiety, plus a morbid fear of public speaking, taking up standup comedy might seem like a masochistic decision. Yet to me it makes perfect sense. Excruciating fear of failure is at the heart of most peopleas aversion to attempting to make a room full of strangers laugh. But controlling that fear, and not succumbing to it, is the central reason Iave chosen to expose myself in this very public and potentially humiliating way.

I grew up in comfortable, middle-class suburban Hertfordshire in the 1970s and 80s, but my upbringing was a complex one of emotional uncertainty. Years of therapy have lent me an understanding of how I learned to cope over the years. To avoid facing difficult issues during my childhood and teenage years I buried my emotions, and that evasion only escalated in adulthood. By my early 20s, I was mentally ill-equipped to deal with lifeas thornier challenges.

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Gardening can save the planet. How? Start with your soil | Alys Fowler
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:00:40 GMT
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Sustainable gardening isnat hard: nurture your soil, save your seeds a| and compost

The dictionary has it wrong. Gardening isnat about plants, itas about everything else: the soil, the insects, the birds, mammals and reptiles, and how you sit in this world. The plants are the final flourish, the gift of reciprocity from all the others.

This is why, if your aim is just growing plants, gardening can be frustrating: the garden (AKA all of the above) will often laugh at you and send you slugs or bindweed. For a garden to be successful it has to acknowledge the desires of the non-humans, too. In this way, gardening becomes less an act and more a relationship with your soil and the many things she supports.

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A localas guide to MA!laga: five great things to do
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:00:40 GMT
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Great places to shop, walk, eat and drink, as selected by Mark Holness, a cafe owner who moved from London to the sunny Spanish city

After moving to the Costa del Sol six years ago, Mark Holness opened CafA(c) de Estraperlo, close to the harbour in MA!laga, with his associate JosA(c) Luis Gallardo. A popular meeting point for malagueA+-os and visitors alike, the cafe also exhibits works by local artists.

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Beauty hacks test: Is aslugginga the secret to perfect skin?
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 11:00:41 GMT
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In our new column, we test the webas biggest DIY treatments. First up, is it worth adding an extra layer of product to your moisturiser?

The hack
Korean-inspired skincare trend slugging involves applying a thick layer of something like Vaseline over your usual products or on its own, usually at night.

The promise
The idea is to prevent moisture loss. It sounds simple but slugging (due to its resemblance to a slugas trail) has divided opinion. Some call it a cost-effective hack, others fear it could cause acne.

The test
Most slugging-friendly products are made from cosmetic-grade petroleum jelly. I rate Epaderm (APS13), Vaseline (APS1.50) and Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm (APS9; it also contains glycerine and lanolin). I cleansed my skin twice, applied moisturising serum to my face, neck and upper chest and then, after a few minutes, added a pea-sized amount of Vaseline to each area.

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aWe couldnat be more inconsistenta: discordant Democrats imperil Bidenas agenda
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:00:34 GMT
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Divisions between progressives and moderates in Congress are threatening to scuttle a $3.5tn social spending program and a $1tn infrastructure bill

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cannot have been surprised that wearing a aTax the Richa dress to New Yorkas Met gala would trigger performative outrage from the right. But it also earned blowback from closer to home.

Eric Adams, a Black police veteran who won the partyas mayoral primary by appealing to its centre, argued that awhen you talk about just blanketly saying atax the richa in this citya, it would potentially drive away firefighters, teachers and other taxpayers on whom the city depends. He advocated cutting wasteful spending instead.

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Disenchanted Move members have quit the Black liberation group
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:00:35 GMT
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Three top figures say the organisation became a cult and allege girls were pressured into child marriage

Three of the most prominent members of Move, one of the oldest Black liberation groups in the US, have grown so disenchanted with the alleged abuses and cult-like behavior of the leadership that they have broken ties with the organization.

In a three-hour interview with the Guardian, Mike and Debbie Davis and their son Mike Africa Jr spoke publicly for the first time about their long-held concerns about the groupas direction. They said they had grown increasingly disturbed by the way children had been treated within Move in the 1980s and 90s, with some kids kept out of school and girls as young as 12 allegedly cajoled into child marriages.

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Chinaas act of ahostage diplomacya comes to end as two Canadians freed
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:26:47 GMT
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Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were released hours after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was freed in Canada

The more than 1,000-day ordeal of two Canadian citizens, detained by Beijing in what critics had labelled an act of ahostage diplomacya over a Chinese executive arrested on US fraud charges, came to an end on Saturday, with all parties arriving back on their respective home soil.

The plane carrying Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor arrived in Calgary, a location which had not been publicly disclosed. The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, embraced them on the tarmac. The plane had left Chinese airspace just hours after US authorities reached an agreement allowing Chinese Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, to return to China in exchange for admitting wrongdoing in a fraud case.

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Sabina Nessa killing suspect atried to hide reflective red itema
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:18:28 GMT
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Police hunting killer of teacher, 28, in south-east London study CCTV footage of mystery figure

Detectives hunting a man of interest in the Sabina Nessa murder inquiry believe that a areflective red itema the suspect was seen carrying on the night of her death may have been used in the attack.

CCTV footage of the figure shows him looking over his shoulder, putting up his hood and attempting to conceal the red item on the night of Nessaas death in Kidbrooke, south-east London.

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aFree and opena: Quad leaders call for astablea Indo-Pacific in veiled China dig
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 02:40:27 GMT
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Joe Biden meets leaders of Australia, India and Japan in latest effort to cement US leadership in Asia

US president Joe Biden and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan highlighted their Quad groupas role in safeguarding a stable, democratic Indo-Pacific in a veiled dig at rival China.

The first in-person summit of the Quad held on Friday marked Bidenas latest effort to cement US leadership in Asia in the face of a rising China.

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China clamps down on cartoons in latest morality move
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:00:54 GMT
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Entertainment industry told to uphold atruth, goodness and beautya and remove vulgar and violent content

Chinaas broadcasting regulator said it will encourage online producers to create ahealthya cartoons and clamp down on violent, vulgar or pornographic content, as Beijing steps up efforts to bring its thriving entertainment industry to heel.

The National Radio and Television Administration said in a notice posted late on Friday that children and young people were the main audience for cartoons, and qualified agencies need to broadcast content that aupholds truth, goodness and beautya.

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Cop26: Women must be heard on climate, say rights groups
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:00:36 GMT
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Those worst hit by global heating are left out of talks, says feminist coalition calling for systemic change

Women must be enabled to play a greater role at the Cop26 summit, as the needs of women and girls are being overlooked amid the global climate crisis, a coalition of feminist groups has said.

The Global Womenas Assembly for Climate Justice has laid out a call for action at the UN general assembly, including demands that world leaders meeting at Cop26, in Glasgow this November, must end fossil fuel expansion and move to 100% renewable energy.

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aPsychedelics renaissancea: new wave of research puts hallucinogenics forward to treat mental health
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 20:00:07 GMT
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In whatas been described as a aparadigm shiftera for psychiatry, Australian clinical trials are exploring the therapeutic benefits of illegal substances

It was out of desperation that Michael Raymond found himself sitting in a remote retreat in the Peruvian Andes, sipping a cup of bitter tea.

Raymond had reached breaking point. His 16-year career as an electrical engineer in highasecurity situations for the Australian air force had seen him deal with near-death experiences, crashes, casualties and athe aftermath of human remainsa.

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Could new evidence help Ireland learn who killed Michael Collins?
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:30:35 GMT
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Historians, film-makers and forensic scientists try to answer question once and for all as centenary nears

It is the shot that a century later still echoes around Ireland as an unanswered question: who killed Michael Collins?

On this much, everyone agrees: a bullet to the head killed the revolutionary leader on 22 August 1922 near BA(c)al na BlA!th, a village in County Cork, during Irelandas civil war. Who did it, and why, remains a source of controversy and speculation that now bubbles as strong as ever.

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Can we talk to aliens? And should we colonise space? We ask the expert
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 11:00:41 GMT
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Astrophysicist Jacco van Loon on the hunt for alien life, why logic can solve the climate crisis and what happens when the sun becomes a red giant

For years, astrophysicists have been saying that alien life must exist, but finding out where and in what form has proved elusive. We may be edging closer: a team from the University of Cambridge has discovered a new class of habitable planets they claim will lead to evidence of life in the next three years. Is ET out there? Or is this search, like that for the holy grail, more about us than them? I asked Jacco van Loon, astrophysicist and director of Keele Observatory in Staffordshire, for his opinion.

Hi Jacco! Explain your job as though I were five years old.
I study stars, and the space between them. Space is relatively empty, but not completely.

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