Covid: mystery person with Brazil variant in England traced to Croydon
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:40:06 GMT
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Previously unknown individual who tested positive for variant located in south London after massive search

A person who tested positive for the Brazilian variant of Covid has been tracked down to Croydon and appears not to have infected anyone else, the health secretary has said. Matt Hancock sought to reassure the public after a week-long search to identify the mystery individual.

The effort took a team of 40 people and was launched in an attempt to prevent the mutation, which is believed to be more transmissible and have greater resistance to vaccines, from spreading.

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Wales: girl, 16, dies in reported stabbing in village
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:30:34 GMT
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Two men arrested in connection with tragedy in Ynyswen, Rhondda Cynon Taf

A 16-year-old girl has died after emergency services were called to reports of a stabbing in a small Welsh village.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the tragedy in Ynyswen in Rhondda Cynon Taf and were themselves taken to hospital and receiving treatment for serious injuries.

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British Vogue covers celebrate black joy with sculpted hair
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:00:12 GMT
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Resurgence in gravity-defying dos follows Black Lives Matter movement

The intricate art of sculpted hair celebrating black identity is front and centre of British Vogueas April issue. Made up of four different covers around the theme of ajoya, each edition features different models (Achenrin Madit, Precious Lee, Mona Tougaard and Janaye Furman) with their hair moulded into spherical, coloured balls.

But the trend is not new. aIn the 60s and 70s hair sculpture became part of the black consciousness movement,a says Prof Carol Tulloch, the author of The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African ciaspora. aGravity-defying hair creations contributed to the black is beautiful [ideology] and revelled in the beauty of black hair.a

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Leak reveals UK Foreign Office discussing aid cuts of more than 50%
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:00:12 GMT
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Internal reports show projected cuts including 59% in South Sudan, 60% in Somalia and 67% in Syria

Some of the poorest and most conflict-ridden countries in the world will have their UK aid programmes cut by more than half, according to a leaked report of discussions held in the last three weeks among Foreign Office officials.

The cuts include slashing the aid programme to Somalia by 60% and to South Sudan by 59%. The planned cut for Syria is reported at 67% and for Libya it is 63%. Nigeriaas aid programme would be cut by 58%.

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Soldier dies after being injured in live-fire training exercise in Wales
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:15:51 GMT
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Welsh Guards sergeant fatally wounded at Castlemartin training area in Pembrokeshire

A sergeant in the Welsh Guards has died after being injured in a live firing exercise in south-west Wales.

It is understood the incident, first reported by the Sun newspaper, occurred at the Castlemartin training area in Pembrokeshire.

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Scottish government discounted legal advice to give up fight with Salmond
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:50:40 GMT
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Latest documents to be released reveal former first minister had Nicola Sturgeon ain the crosshairsa

Legal advice to concede in the court battle with Alex Salmond was adiscounteda by senior figures in the Scottish government, including the first minister, according to newly released documents which also reveal a stark warning that the former first minister had his successor, Nicola Sturgeon, ain the crosshairsa.

The latest documents to be released to the Holyrood inquiry into the handling of sexual harassment complaints against Salmond include a joint note from external counsel on 17 December 2018, several weeks before the government finally conceded in the judicial review of the process brought by Salmond.

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Tesla share price plunge knocks $267bn off market value
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:41:59 GMT
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Decline wipes billions off Elon Muskas fortune as investors fear firm is vastly overvalued

A sharp decline in Teslaas share price has wiped more than $250bn (APS193bn) off the value of the electric car company, and dragged down the value of an Edinburgh-based investment fund that is one of Teslaas biggest backers.

The shares dropped by 7.5% in early trading in the US on Friday to $575 a setting them on course to close down 16% this week and 35% below their record peak of $883 on 26 January.

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Mail on Sunday must publish front-page Meghan statement, court rules
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 14:17:30 GMT
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High court makes ruling after Duchess of Sussexas victory in copyright claim against paper

The Mail on Sunday must publish a front-page statement declaring the Duchess of Sussexas victory in her copyright claim against the newspaper over its publication of a letter to her estranged father, a high court judge has ruled.

In another win for Meghan in her privacy battle against Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL), publisher of the MoS and Mail Online, it has also been ordered to print a notice on page three of the newspaper, stating it ainfringed her copyrighta by publishing parts of her letter to Thomas Markle.

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NHS may face a million long Covid patients after pandemic
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:00:11 GMT
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Health service under pressure to care for significant number of patients with ongoing debilitating symptoms

Senior doctors are braced for up to a million people needing treatment for long Covid after the pandemic, putting huge extra pressure on an already overstretched NHS, the Guardian can reveal.

Long Covid is a significant problem affecting huge numbers of patients that will confront the NHS for many years to come, one of the serviceas expert advisers on the fast-emerging condition said.

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Number of people with Covid at home in UK falls further
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:29:16 GMT
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Declines in all four nations, with infections in England lowest since October

The number of people with Covid-19 continued to fall in households across the UK at the end of February, though the picture was uncertain in some parts of England, data showed.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated that about one in 220 people in private households in England had coronavirus between 21 and 27 February, the equivalent of 248,100 people.

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Covid fightback: the critical role of HIV experts
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 19:00:13 GMT
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The speed and cooperation of the Covid response has been honed by decades of dealing with athe biggest pandemic the world has ever seena

When Dr Anthony Fauci spoke at the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne in 2014, his appearance garnered little media attention.

Nearly seven years later, the HIV expert and director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has become a household name throughout the world as the adviser to the White House on the Covid-19 pandemic, appearing in the media daily and speaking plainly about the science and the nature of the virus.

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Pollution fears over mink buried after Covid culling in Denmark
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:51:01 GMT
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Signs of pollution detected at burial sites but no water contamination, says environmental agency

Mink carcasses that were buried hastily after a mass culling sparked by fears over a mutated coronavirus strain are causing pollution, Denmarkas environmental protection agency has said.

The government agency, which published results of a preliminary environmental study, added, however, that there was no risk of drinking water becoming contaminated.

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Boris Johnson faces testing time as schools prepare to reopen
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:42:52 GMT
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PM will have anxious few weeks before Covid impact of return to classrooms in England is known

Pubs may not open until April, nightclubs until June, but for millions of frazzled parents across England, Monday will be the most eagerly awaited landmark on the long road back to normal life, when schools reopen their doors to all pupils.

However, for Boris Johnson it will be the start of an anxious few weeks as the governmentas health experts monitor the impact of the abig banga reopening on Covid infection rates.

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Covid: UK scientist says asubstantiala degree of mortality inevitable in future
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 08:41:58 GMT
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Sage professor says death toll will reduce over time and life will aget back to normala

Prof Andrew Hayward, a member of the UK governmentas Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), has said society will have to live with a degree of mortality that will be asubstantiala, but added that we will aget back to normala.

He told Times Radio: aI think, you know, given the societal trade-offs, we are going to have to live with a degree of mortality that will be substantial a| it will get less over time as more people get vaccinated and as more people get immune, and I do believe that weave been through the worst of this.a

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'All I've wanted is to give mum a hug': four families kept apart by Covid
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 09:32:01 GMT
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People tell how they have been affected by travel rules stopping them from meeting loved ones

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, various global restrictions on travel and socialising have kept many families apart a some for more than a year.

Four people who have not seen loved ones for months at a time have spoken about how such separations have affected them.

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Versace promises a return to glamour in its autumn collection
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:30:33 GMT
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Both Hadids turned up for the digital show in which the outfits showed a hankering for the return of parties and nightclubs

In recent years, Versace have owned the ayou had to be therea fashion show. See a surprise appearance by Jennifer Lopez in 2019, and a surfeit of original supermodels in 2017. But, in the midst of a pandemic, even Donatella Versace a that icon of party-ready glamour a has had to settle for an at-home audience, possibly in sweatpants, and a digital show.

The brandas autumn collection was shown as part of a digital Milan Fashion Week, via a film starring Bella and Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk. It featured shiny minidresses, crop tops and va-va-voom LBDs for women, and flowing silk shorts and shiny vinyl textures for men. Also included were a new print and a version of the Medusa logo with a smiley face, which the press release called aa symbol of celebration, freedom and dancefloor communitiesa. Versaceas collection is ready when a and if a nightclubs open on 21 June.

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'Men are like dogs': what I was taught about sexual assault at my Catholic private school
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 19:00:15 GMT
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We didnat learn about alcohol and consent, because we didnat learn about consent at all. We learned about sin and shame and how avoiding sexual assault was a female responsibility

When a petition recently went viral, documenting over 3,000 cases of sexual assault by boys at Sydney private schools, I was saddened and sickened a but not surprised a to find a testimonial from a female student at my former high school. I was also struck a but not surprised a by the then-16-year-old girl saying that she was ashamed to tell anyone about her sexual assault.

I understood her shame. It was a feeling I learned through the 13 years I spent at a private girlsa school in Sydney, run by an ultra-conservative faction of the Catholic church.

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Deutschland 89 review a the end of history? Not quite
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 22:05:15 GMT
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Western hubris is unpicked as a new series of the hit German drama explores the deeper consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Itas midnight on 9 November 1989 and the mood in the American embassy in East Berlin is smug. aThis is the end of the cold war,a West German agent Brigitte Winkelmann tells CIA counterpart Hector Valdez. A few streets away, the Berlin Wall has been breached by East Germans bent on trading up from Trabants to the KaDeWe department store. Border guards are experiencing something new a being hugged by their compatriots. All that remains, youad think, is for Francis Fukuyama to proclaim that history is over and the west has won.

aHopefully not,a retorts Hector drily. aWead have to find a new enemy and who would that be?a In a matter of years, according to Samuel Huntingtonas Clash of Civilisations, the west would find an Islamist surrogate for red peril, but for that moment, history was poised. aI donat know, I mean everybody loves America,a Brigitte counters, proving, not for the first time in this show, that Germans can do sarcasm.

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The very private life of Sir Chris Hohn - the man paid APS1m a day
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:03:45 GMT
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The hedge fund manager earns Britainas biggest salary. He also avoids meat, likes yoga and supports Extinction Rebellion

Hedge fund manager Sir Chris Hohn once made a point of telling a high court judge that he was an aunbelievable moneymakera. This week Hohn proved his point a definitively a when it was revealed that he paid himself just shy of APS1m-a-day last year.

Hohn collected $479m (APS343m) in annual dividend payments from his The Childrenas Investment (TCI) fund in the biggest ever personal payday in the UK after doubling profits at his Mayfair hedge fund, run from an office a couple of doors down from Louis Vuittonas flagship store.

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Poly Styrene's inspiring sensitivity should be the true legacy of punk
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:00:05 GMT
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Mixed race, with braces on her teeth, Poly broke the mould of UK punk. A new documentary explores her struggle to find meaning in the Day-Glo chaos of modern life

The moment I heard that Marianne Elliott-Said, AKA Poly Styrene, had died, I was at band practice. We put on X-Ray Spex and jumped around, screaming along to Identity, Oh Bondage Up Yours! and Germ Free Adolescents. On that day in 2011 we lost one of punkas greatest heroes and one of the few who really looked and sounded like me. She broke the mould of UK punk stereotypes. She was brown, chubby, weirdly dressed and had braces on her teeth. Even in an era when quirky, abrasive style was all the rage, she stood out.

Poly Styrene embraced this. She played with the attention her weirdness attracted, making a cartoon of herself. To be an artist is often to feel like a shiny trinket a hip and trendy one moment and disposable the next a and Poly had a fascination with all things garish and throwaway. She knew that through selling her art, she herself would inevitably become the product. Consumer culture overwhelmed and horrified her at times but she poured those thoughts and feelings into surrealist, confrontational art and music.

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'I don't want to upset people': Tom Cruise deepfake creator speaks out
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:38:58 GMT
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Visual effects artist Christopher Ume reveals he made TikTok fakes with help from Cruise impersonator

Joining TikTok has become something of a trend for Hollywood celebrities stuck at home like everyone else. So it wasnat necessarily surprising to see Tom Cruise on the app, sharing videos of himself playing golf and pratfalling around the house.

But the strange thing is that Cruise never actually made the videos. And the account that posted them, DeepTomCruise, wore that on its sleeve: it was openly the work of a talented creator of adeepfakesa, AI-generated video clips that use a variety of techniques to create situations that have never happened in the real world.

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Genesis Owusu: 'I'm Prince, if he were a rapper in 2020s Australia'
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 19:00:12 GMT
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Inspired by everyone from the Purple One to Kendrick Lamar, the maverick staras bold new album confronts depression and racism

Genesis Owusuas freaky, funky marvel of a debut album bears the patina of a time-worn fable. Smiling With No Teeth a a 15-track collection of post-punk thrums; synths that scream and sigh; and sometimes crooned, sometimes snarled vocals a is its own world, with a distinct geography, iconography and ideology. And before its creator launches you into it, he handily offers a prologue in the form of new wave-y lead single The Other Black Dog: aA tale of Black dogs with golden leashes a| Broken stories, told facetious a| Whoas the pet and whoas the teacher?a

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Gifts from my partneras mother have strings attached. How do I stop her?
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:00:08 GMT
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You are uncomfortable because you feel youare being manipulated, says Annalisa Barbieri. These presents are about control

Iam struggling with the avalanche of presents my partneras mother sends: expensive gifts, often in duplicate and triplicate. Iave thanked her and tried to say that itas more than enough, but things keep coming. I feel as if the gifts have strings attached.

Iam uncomfortable saying anything more to her about it, as my partneras relationship with her is complicated (he had an abusive childhood); she lives abroad with her new husband. My partner previously cut her out of his life for some years, and the past few years have been an uneasy truce. I donat see any of this as my business, but unfortunately she continually involves me, making it clear that she prefers me to my partner, and addressing most of the presents to me.

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The lawyer who fought to free GuantA!namo's highest-value detainee - Pt 2
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 03:00:23 GMT
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Nancy Hollander has taken on many difficult cases in her career, but none quite like that of the GuantA!namo detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi

By the time Mohamedou Ould Salahi was brought from his home in Mauritania to the GuantA!namo Bay detention facility in Cuba in 2002, he had already experienced a series of harsh interrogations in Jordan and Afghanistan. Now he was in the hands of the Americans he thought his experience might improve, but he quickly discovered he was wrong. In GuantA!namo, Salahi was tortured and held without charge for 14 years. His story, first published in his 2015 memoir GuantA!namo Diary, is the subject of a new Hollywood film, The Mauritanian.

In the second of two episodes about his story, Salahias lawyer, Nancy Hollander tells Anushka Asthana how she came to represent the man who was, at one time, GuantA!namoas most high-value detainee. And Salahias friend and former prison guard, Steve Wood, wonders what it will take to close his former workplace for good. Woodas friendship with Salahi is the subject of a new Bafta-longlisted Guardian documentary, My Brotheras Keeper.

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England's Dom Bess horribly exposed as good fortune runs out in India | Andy Bull
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:00:10 GMT
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Spinner was in luck and in wickets earlier in the tour but will need to dig deep to recover from the mauling he received here

Tea-time on day two, and the match is in the balance. India are 153 for six, 52 runs behind, with Rishabh Pant at one end and Washington Sundar the other. England are one wicket away from the tail, and four cheap ones from a lead. So Joe Root decides to open the bowling in the evening session with Dom Bess. It is a show of faith.

Bess hasnat bowled well, but both batsmen are left-handed and, since Bess will have the advantage of turning the ball away from them, Rootas hoping this is his moment. His first ball floats up, a full toss, Sundar swats it off his hip for four. Bess looks up at the sky, scrunches up his eyes, wipes the sweat from his brow with the back of his hand, turns, comes again.

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Harry Maguire free to focus on United and Euros with Greek hearing delayed
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:00:13 GMT
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  • Defender could have faced a hearing before the summer
  • Maguireas appeal unlikely to be heard in 2021, official says

Harry Maguire is unlikely to be summoned to court for his appeal hearing in Greece this year amid a backlog in the countryas judicial system because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the Manchester United and England defender free to focus on his football, including the European Championship this summer.

Maguire was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery in August 2020 following a holiday on Mykonos and it was believed he would be called before the summer for an appeals court hearing on Syros, the capital of the Cycladic island chain.

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Ilkay GA1/4ndogan: 'A surgeon wanted to put a big screw in my back' | Donald McRae
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 21:00:14 GMT
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The Manchester City midfielder on his sideas remarkable winning run, coming back from injuries and how an NBA player ignited his desire to help others

Ilkay GA1/4ndogan lives alone in Manchester and, during the past strange and solitary year, there have been times when a yearning for other people has left an ache inside him. Apart from one fleeting trip to Turkey in August to visit his family, he has not seen the people he loves most for more than a year. It is even longer since he was able to be with his closest friends in Germany. And so, when he has not been training or travelling to and from games or enjoying the purer pleasure of playing football for Manchester City, GA1/4ndogan has often been lonely.

At the same time, the 30-year-old midfielder has been in the form of his life, scoring 11 goals in 21 Premier League appearances. Even more notably, City are in the midst of a record-breaking run of 21 successive wins. aItas great,a GA1/4ndogan says of Cityas sustained blue streak. aItas extraordinary, especially with the difficulties this season brings. And itas maybe unexpected, also for us, because I remember struggling at the beginning of the season.a

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Gordon Elliott handed one-year training ban over dead horse photograph
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:48:46 GMT
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  • Six months of Irish traineras punishment are suspended
  • No runners under Elliottas name at Cheltenham Festival

Gordon Elliott, one of racingas most successful trainers, has been banned from training for 12 months by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB), with the final six months suspended, over a photograph which showed him sitting on a dead horse on his gallops which emerged last Saturday. The penalty will come into force on 9 March, a week before the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival where Elliott has twice been the leading trainer.

The IHRBas verdict concluded an eight-hour hearing of the case on Friday, and could lead to a new trainer taking temporary control of Elliottas yard in County Meath before the Festival meetings at both Cheltenham and Aintree, where the stable is likely to have runners in the Grand National on 10 April.

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Lions rule out Australia and may yet play in empty South African venues
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 22:00:15 GMT
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  • Lions want government guarantees to host tour at home
  • Virimi Vakatawa could return for France at Twickenham

The fate of the British & Irish Lions tour this summer remains up in the air with a final decision having been deferred until next week. Lions officials, however, have ruled out any prospect of relocating the tour to Australia, and shifting it to the UK and Ireland will only happen if the government agrees to underwrite any potential losses in the event of another Covid-19 surge.

Until now staging the tour behind closed doors in South Africa in July and August had been viewed as a last resort but organisers may yet be left with little other option. Holding the matches in empty stadiums would be a passion killer on many fronts but it would enable the three-Test series to proceed as originally scheduled.

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Pozzi rues Brexit rules that threaten Olympic hopes as Markovc takes gold
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:43:50 GMT
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  • Briton may be forced to quit training base in Italy
  • Amy-Eloise Markovc takes stunning gold in 3,000m

Britainas world champion hurdler Andrew Pozzi fears his Olympic ambitions are under threat because of new Brexit rules that could force him to quit his training base in Italy.

On a day when Amy-Eloise Markovc rose from obscurity to win Britainas first gold of these European Indoor Championships, Pozzi revealed he was desperately trying to get permanent residency to remain training with the Cuban hurdling guru Santiago Antunez a whom he credits with revitalising his career a in Formia.

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Tiger Woods was found unconscious by passerby after SUV crash, affidavit says
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:52:38 GMT
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A man found Tiger Woods unconscious in a mangled SUV after the golf star crashed the vehicle in Southern California, authorities said in court documents obtained Friday.

The man, who lives near the site in Rolling Hills Estates, heard the crash and walked to the SUV, Los Angeles county sheriffas Deputy Johann Schloegl wrote in an affidavit.

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Does Arsenal's Visit Rwanda shirtsleeve deal remain a 'compelling fit'? | Barney Ronay
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:00:10 GMT
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David Luiz might well recommend a holiday in Rwanda, but with the situation there of international concern this sponsorship looks increasingly strange

In January this year the Foreign Office urged the Rwandan government to look into allegations of adeaths in custody, enforced disappearances and torturea. The logistics of this shouldnat be too difficult. The allegations are against the Rwandan government itself.

Six months ago Paul Rusesabagina, the hotelier whose peaceable role in the 1994 genocide was portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda, was bundled on to a plane in Dubai to face what his family have called a sham trial on terrorism charges.

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How many nurses' salaries does it take to redecorate Downing Street? | Marina Hyde
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:53:30 GMT
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Itas the standard unit of measurement for top football signings a and can be usefully applied to political expenditure too

Thereas no point demanding a retrospective VAR review on the footage of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak clapping for the NHS last year. Footballers can be booked for sarcastic applause, but ministers canat. Even so, news the government proposes a mere 1% pay rise for NHS workers a a real-terms pay cut a suggests the prime minister and chancellor werenat so much clapping for the NHS as clapping back at it. Or maybe they were doing the sort of begrudging we-pay-your-wages clap that you sometimes see in the stands, a reminder that the NHS would be nothing a NOTHING a without the fans.

Either way, itas right that top-flight football is the only profession where the figures involved are perpetually discussed in terms of how many nursesa salaries they could cover. A new club signing who youad hope would bring pleasure to countless fans of all ages must always be tutted at as though he is being paid out of the critical care budget, as opposed to by some Delaware investment banker. But the fact weave just blown 13 nursesa salaries on Priti Patelas right to be a shit to her staff must escape similar comparisons. Incidentally, that tally is without the legal costs. If you add those, we could scare you up even more hospital staff. (Not literally scare them, of course a weare not the home secretary.)

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For Meghan Markle, leaving Britain must seem more and more like the right choice | Afua Hirsch
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:54:38 GMT
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The Duchess of Sussex, a woman of colour, has faced relentless media attacks a and had no protection from the palace

Racism is a lucrative business. When it comes to Meghan Markle, the mediaas strategy is transparent. Tabloids pillory her with a range of mostly ludicrous allegations a her baby bump is too prominent, her avocados are not awokea, her earrings are drenched in blood a and then networks double up with manufactured debates in which anti-racist commentators try to push back on those narratives.

Itas no wonder that, in the teaser for his forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry referred to history repeating itself. We saw a similar strategy of obsession and vilification play out with his mother. The genius of it then and now a from a tabloid perspective a is that they as perpetrators are also the major beneficiaries, as their endless coverage racks up clicks and newspaper sales.

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Martin Rowson on Rishi Sunak's budget backlash - cartoon
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:00:13 GMT
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Now we health workers know how empty Boris Johnson's 'clap for heroes' really was | Rachel Clarke
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:34:50 GMT
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Weave had a traumatic year and lost patients and colleagues. But all he offers us is a derisory 1% pay offer

  • Rachel Clarke is a palliative care doctor and the author of Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic

When the NHS saved his life last April, Boris Johnson could not have reacted more fulsomely on social media. aOur NHS is the beating heart of this country,a he waxed lyrical in a widely posted video. aIt is the best of this country. It is unconquerable. It is powered by love.a The prime minister made a point of singling out two of his intensive care nurses by name, Luis Pitarma and Jenny McGee, whose courage, devotion and duty left him struggling ato find words to express my debta.

Those of us risking our lives at the time a making the daily choice to brave hospital wards, general practices and care homes steeped in Covid a watched askance as the media lapped it up. We remembered all too well the footage in 2017 of Conservative MPs in the House of Commons literally cheering as they voted down a proper pay rise for nurses. Boris Johnson was, of course, among them, as were Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock and the rest of the current cabinet.

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A 'me first' approach to vaccination won't defeat Covid | Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:04:54 GMT
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Of the 225m vaccines administered so far, most have been in a handful of rich nations. This has to change, for all our sakes

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is director general of the World Health Organization

Vaccines manufactured in India for the global vaccine access programme, Covax, have reached Ghana, Ivory Coast and Colombia over the past 10 days. This was undoubtedly a moment of celebration that the miracle of science was being shared a but it was offset by the shame that many countries hit hard during the pandemic have still not received any vaccines.

Safe and effective vaccines have been developed and approved at record speed, giving us a crucial new way, in addition to traditional public health measures, to protect people from the virus. Now we must ensure theyare available to everyone, everywhere. Sharing doses, boosting manufacturing by removing barriers and ensuring that we use data effectively to target left-behind communities is key to ending this crisis.

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Scottish independence isn't going away. Will the Tories be its curators a or victims? | Simon Jenkins
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:04:19 GMT
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Boris Johnson cannot deny the Scots the government they want a and helping them achieve it will save him much trouble

Passionate unionist Boris Johnson must be thanking his lucky stars for the spat between the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, and her predecessor, Alex Salmond. There was a sudden dip to 50-50 this week in poll support for Scottish independence.

But I doubt if it will last. Whatever happens in the coming May elections to the Scottish parliament, the issue of independence is not going away. Once the idea takes hold of a nationas political soul it is never satisfied until, in some sense, it is achieved. That has been the lesson elsewhere in Europe, of Ireland, of the former nations of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. Britainas quarter-hearted devolution in 2000 has not worked, because London could not be trusted to keep its sticky hands off the levers of central power. This week alone Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, took control of all post-pandemic subsidies, deciding who gets what aid and which industries are financed. Unpopular lockdown was devolved to Edinburgh, nice recovery is centralised to London.

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After months of nothingness, Iam desperate to do things worth remembering | Zoe Williams
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:13:24 GMT
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What have I achieved in the 347 days since the UK first went into lockdown? A great deal on Diet Coke and victory in the war on nits

It is 347 days since the first lockdown started in the UK, which seems the right time to commemorate things. If we wait any longer, it will turn into a year, which will give a false sense of order and logic. Mr Z has put himself in charge of household morale. He roams about, inviting everyone to count all the things that have changed. I see myself as the Theresa May in this scenario.

aNothing,a I insist.

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After a year without nightclubs, I canat wait to go dancing again | Laura Bettinson
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:52:42 GMT
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Covid has killed the live music industry. DJs like me are hoping that 21 June will be a new start

  • Laura Bettinson is a producer, DJ and songwriter

If youad told me at the end of 2019 a a year I spent DJing in Mexico, the US, China and Europe a that a total ban of clubs, live music and communal singing was imminent, I wouldave told you to check your tinfoil hat. Yet here we are, almost 12 months into a global lockdown that has turned life into a modern-day Footloose, that 1980s classic set in a town where dancing is illegal a albeit with less Kevin Bacon and more hand sanitiser.

I first moved to London from a small commuter town in the Midlands aged 18, hungry for new experiences beyond the tourist traps Iad encountered on school trips. The decade of uninterrupted partying that followed, as both a performer and a punter, made the transition to Covid-compliant weekends in front of the TV almost welcome at first. While the disruption of an album campaign for my group, UltraAsta, was a huge disappointment, at least lockdown provided a break from the relentless pace of trying to balance my career, life and leisure.

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The Guardian view on ending fixed-terms: Johnson grabs the crown | Editorial
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:21:28 GMT
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Restoring the royal prerogative for calling elections transfers power from parliament to a prime minister who cannot be trusted to wield it honourably

Two primary checks on a British prime minister are parliament and character. The countryas highest executive office is restrained by the legislature; the incumbentas actions are, ideally, conditioned by natural decency.

Neither has much bearing on Boris Johnson. His party has an 80-seat majority in the Commons, which means he can mostly enact legislation of his choosing. Even his friends recognise that probity and self-restraint are not dominant features of his temperament.

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The Guardian view on an NHS pay offer: looks like contempt for Covid heroes | Editorial
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:22:04 GMT
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The government does not think key workers, without whom society would have ground to a halt during the pandemic, are worth rewarding

After the first world war, it was said of the soldiers that they were alions led by donkeysa, with the donkeys being the uncaring, inept generals responsible for thousands of frontline deaths through callousness. NHS staff lost hundreds of colleagues fighting the virus, often without adequate protective equipment. Ministers who think they only deserve a stingy 1% cash pay rise in England risk being branded Covid donkeys. After a summer when the country clapped for NHS workers, ministers today seem contemptuous of yesterdayas heroes.

There is talk of strike funds being set up, raising the extraordinary prospect of a health service stopping work when the country has yet to escape the pandemic. But it represents a warning about the level of anger engendered by a decade of public sector austerity. The Royal College of Nursing says the pay of an experienced nurse has fallen by 15.3% in real terms over the past 10 years. Such a grievance may not gain much traction in the private sector, where last year workers lost jobs and had their pay cut drastically.

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Vaccinate all teachers and care home staff | Letters
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:06:30 GMT
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Rosie Oliver makes a case for putting teachers and all education staff in priority groups for Covid-19 vaccines, while Ruth Gilbert wonders whether vaccinations for care home workers should be mandatory

Friday 5 March must have felt like aGood Fridaya in many homes a the final day to get through home schooling! But for many school staff it may well have felt like aBad Fridaya. Next week many teachers will face the influx of their long-awaited pupils, having had no vaccines offered to them, and with no mandatory rules set on face coverings (Secondary schools ask for clarity from UK government on face masks, 2 March).

Teachers and university lecturers have worked hard to deliver quality online lessons over the last few months, and while they may be looking forward to having their students back in the classroom, without the protection vaccines could have given adults in teaching establishments, itas going to be a risky time. The virus could have a field day a only time will tell.

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Give credit to Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish democracy | Letters
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:08:01 GMT
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Keith McLeay suggests the first ministeras successes are deserving of more recognition, John Warburton says the Scottish government is spending Scottish money, Adam Rennie argues that accountable parliamentary democracy is alive and well, and Liam Stewart addresses the use of ayousa

Martin Kettleas article on Rishi Sunak and Nicola Sturgeon (Nicola Sturgeon and Rishi Sunak were both playing for Scotlandas future, 3 March) was thoughtful, but he reinforces the oft-repeated UK media narrative that Sturgeonas popularity during the pandemic is solely due to her presentational skills, in referring to aSturgeonas successful presentation of herself as Scotlandas national crisis managera.

Clearly she is a consummate performer, probably the best in the UK currently. However, given that England has a Covid-19 death rate that is significantly higher than Scotlandas, it is clear that Sturgeon has achieved a better outcome and saved many Scottish lives over the course of the pandemic.

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New watchdog tells England's high-rise builders to 'get your act together'
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:00:09 GMT
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Chief inspector of buildings says he hopes new regime prevents anything like another Grenfell

High-rise builders with poor fire safety records will be targeted by a new watchdog with the power to mount civil and criminal prosecutions, its chief inspector has said in his first interview.

Peter Baker said he was adetermined that the new building safety regime prevents anything like the Grenfell tragedy from ever happening againa and he hoped to avoid any repeat of the building safety crisis that has landed hundreds of thousands of leaseholders with huge bills to fix fire safety faults.

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UK foreign policy review will focus on China's growing power
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:41:25 GMT
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Post-Brexit reset of priorities likely to seek greater diplomatic and military influence in east Asia and India

Downing Streetas delayed post-Brexit review of defence and foreign policy will be published on 16 March, which promises to reset Britainas international priorities with an Indo-Pacific tilt aimed at creating a democratic counterweight to China.

The integrated review is expected to argue for a strengthening of the UKas military and diplomatic position in south and east Asia at a time of heightened concern on the Conservative benches about the growing power of Beijing.

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Liverpool mayoral race in chaos as Anna Rothery sues Labour
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:35:27 GMT
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Party is warned it could lose control of city, as councillor removed from its shortlist takes legal action

A councillor is suing the Labour party after she was removed from the shortlist to become the partyas mayoral candidate in Liverpool, along with two other female councillors.

The legal action a brought by Anna Rothery, who holds the ceremonial position of lord mayor of Liverpool a is the latest messy chapter in what one local MP described as the ashitshowa surrounding Labouras handling of one of its most loyal cities, which has not elected a Tory MP since the 1970s.

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Walker 'stunned' to see ship hovering high above sea off Cornwall
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:06:02 GMT
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David Morris encounters rare optical illusion known as superior mirage while out on coastal stroll

There are only so many polite words that come to mind when one spots a ship apparently hovering above the ocean during a stroll along the English coastline.

David Morris, who captured the extraordinary sight on camera, declared himself astunneda when he noticed a giant tanker floating above the water as he looked out to sea from a hamlet near Falmouth in Cornwall.

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Windrush victim denied UK citizenship despite Home Office admitting error
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:57:33 GMT
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Trevor Donald, 65, told he has spent too long out of country after being wrongfully denied re-entry

A man who was prevented from returning home to the UK for nine years by the Windrush scandal has been refused British citizenship because of his protracted absence from the country a despite an acknowledgment from the home secretary that the government was to blame.

The case highlights the Home Officeas failure to provide justice to some of those affected, almost three years since ministers first promised to right the wrongs caused by the immigration scandal.

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Arlene Foster accuses EU of inflexibility over Northern Ireland
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:10:56 GMT
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DUP leaderas comments are latest salvo in partyas campaign to dilute or ditch Northern Ireland protocol

Arlene Foster, Northern Irelandas first minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist party (DUP), has accused the EU of belligerence and inflexibility in its application of post-Brexit arrangements for the region.

The EU commission was disrupting supply chains and damaging the Good Friday agreement through a adisproportionatea application of the Northern Ireland protocol, the part of the Brexit deal that keeps the region in the blocas single market, she said on Friday.

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Salmond inquiry having 'chilling effect' on women, say experts
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:24:16 GMT
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Campaigners believe Holyrood crisis may prevent women from coming forward to report harassment

The Salmond inquiry is having a significant impact on the momentum for change brought about by the #MeToo movement, according to experts and campaigners on workplace harassment.

They have told the Guardian the political crisis convulsing Holyrood has also had a achillinga and ademoralisinga effect on women in terms of their confidence in reporting unacceptable behaviour.

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Pride in London rejects ban on Met police taking part in parade
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 09:03:17 GMT
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Exclusive: Move follows plea from commissioner to allow LGBT+ officers to be able to march

Pride in London has voted against a motion to ban the Metropolitan police from taking part in the procession at the annual parade following pleas from the commissioner to allow her officers to be able to march.

The force, like every other organisation, is now free to apply to take part in the next parade, which has been scheduled for September.

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Prince Philip transferred back to King Edward VII's hospital after surgery
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:56:13 GMT
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Duke leaves St Bartholomewas NHS hospital after asuccessful procedurea for heart condition

The Duke of Edinburgh has left the NHS hospital where he had heart surgery and been moved back to the private King Edward VIIas hospital for continuing treatment, Buckingham Palace has said.

Philip, 99, had a successful procedure for an existing heart condition at St Bartholomewas hospital in the City of London on Wednesday, three months before his 100th birthday.

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Beware of 'frothy' US investment firms, LSE boss warns
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 19:40:05 GMT
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David Schwimmer warns of risk from special purpose acquisition companies a Spacs a if plans to liberalise market rules go ahead

A afrothya US market for so-called aSpaca investment companies could end poorly for some investors, with the trend a risk to UK investors if plans to liberalise market rules go ahead, according to the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange.

The proposals regarding special purpose acquisition companies (Spacs) a ablank chequea shell companies that raise money first and seek businesses to buy later a were announced earlier this week as part of a sweeping package of reforms designed to attract more fast-growing companies to list in London, in an attempt to maintain the UKas position as a leading global financial centre post-Brexit.

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Sanders' minimum-wage effort looks doomed as Covid bill hits roadblocks
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:55:09 GMT
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Bidenas $1.9tn relief package struggles through Senate but majority leaders vows passage ahowever long it takesa

A fiery speech and last-ditch effort by Bernie Sanders to secure a place for a federal minimum wage hike in the $1.9tn coronavirus relief package appeared as good as doomed on Friday, as Joe Bidenas flagship legislation hit grinding delays in the Senate.

As Senate Democrats reluctantly moved past that battle, they lurched into another roadblock as an apparent deal between progressives and moderates over unemployment benefits threatened to derail the sweeping stimulus bill.

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Sanders' minimum-wage effort looks doomed as Covid bill hits roadblocks
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:55:09 GMT
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Bidenas $1.9tn relief package struggles through Senate but majority leaders vows passage ahowever long it takesa

A fiery speech and last-ditch effort by Bernie Sanders to secure a place for a federal minimum wage hike in the $1.9tn coronavirus relief package appeared as good as doomed on Friday, as Joe Bidenas flagship legislation hit grinding delays in the Senate.

As Senate Democrats reluctantly moved past that battle, they lurched into another roadblock as an apparent deal between progressives and moderates over unemployment benefits threatened to derail the sweeping stimulus bill.

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US experts warn new Covid variants and states reopening may lead to fourth wave
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:31:29 GMT
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Cases could plateau at a point equivalent to summer 2020 peak, while vaccines have reached relatively few people

Public health experts encouraged Americans to continue social distancing and wearing masks at a potentially critical inflection point in the pandemic a one in which highly effective vaccines could provide relief, but fervor to reopen public life could unintentionally spread new Covid-19 variants.

The warnings come the same week Texas and Mississippi flung open the doors to normal social life in their states.

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'It's not fair!' Capitol suspect who put feet on Pelosi's desk has court outburst
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:14:16 GMT
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Richard Barnett, charged over January attack, complains after judge rules he must remain in jail until next court date in May

Of all the pictures that were taken during the insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January, one of the most famous is of a man sitting on a chair with one foot on the desk of the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

That man, Richard Barnett, was told by a judge on Thursday that he is to remain in jail until his next court date in May.

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Former Cuomo aide says he is 'textbook abuser' and details alleged harassment
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:22:33 GMT
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Charlotte Bennett told CBS Evening News that New York governor was trying to proposition her for sex in auncomfortablea encounter

A former aide to Andrew Cuomo who has accused the New York governor of sexual harassment has said she believes he is a atextbook abusera who knew she was a survivor of sexual violence and nevertheless made inappropriate advances.

Charlotte Bennett, 25, Cuomoas former executive assistant and health policy adviser, told CBS Evening News on Thursday that Cuomo was trying to proposition her for sex during an auncomfortablea encounter in his office last spring, and that she felt she ahad to get out of this room as soon as possiblea.

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Rethink or reset? Joe Biden's dilemma over Mohammed bin Salman
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:33:33 GMT
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US president has chosen to arecalibratea relations with Saudi Arabia, but some say a rupture is required

In late 2019, as Joe Biden stood on a debate stage and boldly vowed to make Saudi Arabia a pariah if he was elected president, a little-known former aide and Middle East expert was examining what exactly a aprogressivea post-Trump stance towards the oil-rich kingdom might look like.

Daniel Benaim, a policy wonk who had worked for Biden as a speechwriter, and for Hillary Clinton and John Kerry before that, first travelled to Saudi Arabia and then began interviewing dozens of Democratic and progressive policy experts to come up with a blueprint.

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'Only we know what weave seen': migrants re-enter US after Biden lifts Remain in Mexico
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:00:34 GMT
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After several 11th-hour delays, people are now starting to depart camp to argue their asylum cases in the US

A dusty soccer ball lay idle and forgotten a few days ago at an empty dwelling that had been knitted together from billowing, fraying plastic tarps tied to dead trees in the Mexican city of Matamoros.

The vignette of the abandoned shelter is expected to replicate across the makeshift migrant camp in the coming weeks, wedged between the edge of the city and the swirling Rio Grande, across the border from south-east Texas.

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Anti-virus mogul John McAfee charged with fraud over crypto promotion
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:52:03 GMT
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McAfee indicted in federal court over schemes that promoted cryptocurrency offerings on social media

John McAfee, the antivirus software pioneer whose former company still bears his name, has been indicted on fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges stemming from two cryptocurrency schemes, the US Department of Justice said on Friday.

Authorities accused McAfee and his bodyguard, Jimmy Gale Watson Jr, of exploiting McAfeeas large Twitter following to artificially inflate prices of aaltcoinsa through a pump-and-dump scheme, and concealing payments McAfee received from startup businesses to promote initial coin offerings.

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The only Republican to vote in favor of George Floyd bill said it was an accident
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:45:12 GMT
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  • Lance Gooden said he pushed wrong voting button on police bill
  • Conservative from Texas has now amended the official record

When the US House of Representatives tallied up lawmakersa votes on Wednesday for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, all but a single Republican had opposed the bill.

No, that Republican representative was not taking a stand against the tide of his party. Instead, he says now, his fingers slipped.

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Mail on Sunday must publish front-page Meghan statement, court rules
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 14:17:30 GMT
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High court makes ruling after Duchess of Sussexas victory in copyright claim against paper

The Mail on Sunday must publish a front-page statement declaring the Duchess of Sussexas victory in her copyright claim against the newspaper over its publication of a letter to her estranged father, a high court judge has ruled.

In another win for Meghan in her privacy battle against Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL), publisher of the MoS and Mail Online, it has also been ordered to print a notice on page three of the newspaper, stating it ainfringed her copyrighta by publishing parts of her letter to Thomas Markle.

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Walker 'stunned' to see ship hovering high above sea off Cornwall
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:06:02 GMT
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David Morris encounters rare optical illusion known as superior mirage while out on coastal stroll

There are only so many polite words that come to mind when one spots a ship apparently hovering above the ocean during a stroll along the English coastline.

David Morris, who captured the extraordinary sight on camera, declared himself astunneda when he noticed a giant tanker floating above the water as he looked out to sea from a hamlet near Falmouth in Cornwall.

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Covid: Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to stop 'whining' as deaths top 260,000
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:42:57 GMT
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  • Far-right president: aHow long are you going to keep on crying?a
  • Critics condemn Bolsonaro as aincurable sociopatha

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has triggered a wave of revulsion by telling citizens to stop awhininga about a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 260,000 people.

The far-right populist made the inflammatory declaration on Thursday, as Brazilas already dire Covid situation deteriorated and its average daily death toll rose above that of the United States.

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'Thereas a lot of nasty stuff': the people living with long Covid
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:00:11 GMT
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Sufferers say they have had little specialist help despite NHS England setting up dedicated clinics

aItas not that I feel I have been abandoned, I think that is perfectly obvious,a says Rachel Pope. aIf you speak to any long Covid patient, they have been abandoned.a

Until exactly a year ago a 5 March 2020 a Pope was aan incredibly fit womana. A senior lecturer in European prehistory at the University of Liverpool, her work and lifestyle were very active. But after falling ill to Covid, she spent four months unable to walk, then three more when she could manage little more than aa sort of shufflea.

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The sororities and fraternities helping Black Americans get vaccinated
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:00:33 GMT
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Hundreds of people have gotten shots thanks to a partnership between the Arkansas health department and historically Black social groups

Soon after Arkansas began allowing people over 70 to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in January, Wanda King heard from her aunt and cousin, who fell in that age group, that they were struggling to get their shots. They live in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, a rural town in the eastern part of the state with a population of about 650. The town has a medical clinic, but no pharmacy.

Related: US racial inequities in vaccination raise risk of new Covid hotspots and variants

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Backcountry skiing sees resurgence a and the deadliest week for avalanches since 1910
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:32 GMT
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Fifteen people died in seven days as more people hit the slopes during pandemic

There was no warning from the snow: no thump as it broke, no roaring as it gained speed, no shaking like an earthquake as it rushed toward the bottom. Maurice Kervin, 25, just noticed a huge crack had appeared beneath his snowboard and shot like a silent lighting bolt down No Name Peak in the Colorado Rockies. As he turned to look uphill, he was hit by a cascade of white that confirmed his worst fears. He was caught in an avalanche.

aA huge slab starts breaking out below me,a Kervin said. aRight at that moment it was like, weare in it to win it now.a

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Otto Dixas aapocalyptica depictions of life on western front up for auction
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 14:52:40 GMT
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Der Krieg portfolio among extensive collection created by first world war veteran and anti-war artist

One of the most extensive collections of prints by Otto Dix is to be offered at auction this month in which the German artistas unique perspective of fighting in the first world war and coping with its aftermath is given expression in some of the most poignant images of 20th-century Europe.

The works a which include Dixas early prints and rare, complete portfolios from drypoint etchings to to wood cuts and aquatints a are considered valuable rarities, having been produced only in limited runs.

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British Vogue covers celebrate black joy with sculpted hair
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:00:12 GMT
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Resurgence in gravity-defying dos follows Black Lives Matter movement

The intricate art of sculpted hair celebrating black identity is front and centre of British Vogueas April issue. Made up of four different covers around the theme of ajoya, each edition features different models (Achenrin Madit, Precious Lee, Mona Tougaard and Janaye Furman) with their hair moulded into spherical, coloured balls.

But the trend is not new. aIn the 60s and 70s hair sculpture became part of the black consciousness movement,a says Prof Carol Tulloch, the author of The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African ciaspora. aGravity-defying hair creations contributed to the black is beautiful [ideology] and revelled in the beauty of black hair.a

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Versace promises a return to glamour in its autumn collection
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:30:33 GMT
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Both Hadids turned up for the digital show in which the outfits showed a hankering for the return of parties and nightclubs

In recent years, Versace have owned the ayou had to be therea fashion show. See a surprise appearance by Jennifer Lopez in 2019, and a surfeit of original supermodels in 2017. But, in the midst of a pandemic, even Donatella Versace a that icon of party-ready glamour a has had to settle for an at-home audience, possibly in sweatpants, and a digital show.

The brandas autumn collection was shown as part of a digital Milan Fashion Week, via a film starring Bella and Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk. It featured shiny minidresses, crop tops and va-va-voom LBDs for women, and flowing silk shorts and shiny vinyl textures for men. Also included were a new print and a version of the Medusa logo with a smiley face, which the press release called aa symbol of celebration, freedom and dancefloor communitiesa. Versaceas collection is ready when a and if a nightclubs open on 21 June.

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aThe river was stolen from usa: a tribe's battle to retake the Skagit River
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:00:33 GMT
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The Upper Skagit Indian tribe are fighting Seattle to remove the Gorge Dam, and return the river to the section the city de-watered

Scott Schuyler doesnat need to see the Skagit River to know something is wrong. As he walks down the riveras steep embankment, wet rock and moss under each step, he can hear the problem. aThe river should be singing to us right now, it should be free flowing,a Schuyler says as cold February rain drops silently disappear into his quilted blue jacket. The riverbed below him, once home to one of Washingtonas greatest rivers, sits eerily quiet and nearly empty of water, even in the middle of the stateas famously wet winters.

As Schuyler explains it: aThe river has been stolen from us. It has been harvested for money.a

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Hear me out: why The Happening isn't a bad movie
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 14:18:27 GMT
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The latest in our series of writers defending hated films is a plea to reconsider M Night Shyamalanas human v nature thriller

M Night Shyamalanas critically lambasted sci-fi mystery The Happening isnat so-bad-itas-good, itas just plain good.

Related: Hear me out: why King Arthur: Legend of the Sword isn't a bad movie

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Andrew Cuomo was never a hero. Karma is coming for him, with a vengeance | Ross Barkan
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:30:34 GMT
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The media puffed up Cuomo as a pandemic savior and anti-Trump. Now heas accused of sexual harassment and concealing nursing home deaths

For so long, television was good to Andrew Cuomo.

Related: The Cuomo sexual harassment claims appear to follow a disturbing pattern | Moira Donegan

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For Meghan Markle, leaving Britain must seem more and more like the right choice | Afua Hirsch
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:54:38 GMT
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The Duchess of Sussex, a woman of colour, has faced relentless media attacks a and had no protection from the palace

Racism is a lucrative business. When it comes to Meghan Markle, the mediaas strategy is transparent. Tabloids pillory her with a range of mostly ludicrous allegations a her baby bump is too prominent, her avocados are not awokea, her earrings are drenched in blood a and then networks double up with manufactured debates in which anti-racist commentators try to push back on those narratives.

Itas no wonder that, in the teaser for his forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry referred to history repeating itself. We saw a similar strategy of obsession and vilification play out with his mother. The genius of it then and now a from a tabloid perspective a is that they as perpetrators are also the major beneficiaries, as their endless coverage racks up clicks and newspaper sales.

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Dr Seuss's legacy of kindness has only been bolstered by his estate's decision
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 01:47:41 GMT
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We make changes to childrenas books all the time. Itas important to ask: does the cultural value of this book outweigh the potential harm?

Childrenas literature sits at an awkward crossroads, where it is expected to be art, education and moral instruction. Childrenas books are designed to teach our kids to read, to teach them about the world, about themselves and their bodies, about how to be kind, about societyas morals and values.

This is true of all childrenas literature, but it is particularly true of books by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss), which do all these things deliberately and explicitly. Which is why Iam not at all surprised that Seussas estate has decided to cease publication of six titles due to their racist portrayal of people of colour. To do otherwise would be disrespectful to Seussas legacy of kindness and empathy.

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A 'me first' approach to vaccination won't defeat Covid | Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:04:54 GMT
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Of the 225m vaccines administered so far, most have been in a handful of rich nations. This has to change, for all our sakes

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is director general of the World Health Organization

Vaccines manufactured in India for the global vaccine access programme, Covax, have reached Ghana, Ivory Coast and Colombia over the past 10 days. This was undoubtedly a moment of celebration that the miracle of science was being shared a but it was offset by the shame that many countries hit hard during the pandemic have still not received any vaccines.

Safe and effective vaccines have been developed and approved at record speed, giving us a crucial new way, in addition to traditional public health measures, to protect people from the virus. Now we must ensure theyare available to everyone, everywhere. Sharing doses, boosting manufacturing by removing barriers and ensuring that we use data effectively to target left-behind communities is key to ending this crisis.

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The Bon AppA(c)tit and Reply All saga shows how far behind we still are in Australia | Osman Faruqi
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 00:32:20 GMT
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I lost count of the number of people who messaged me saying that this exact story could be done about their own media workplace

The editor of a well-known food publication resigns after numerous staff speak out about an alleged toxic work culture where people of colour are underpaid, underrepresented in senior roles and regularly face racism.

The team behind a wildly successful podcast decide to launch a new series investigating what happened. But halfway through the series the producers are themselves accused of contributing to a toxic work culture where people of colour are alleged to be underpaid, underrepresented in senior roles and regularly face racism. Key staff suddenly quit, the podcast is suspended, apologies are issued and everyone following the story is left dazed and confused.

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Now we health workers know how empty Boris Johnson's 'clap for heroes' really was | Rachel Clarke
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:34:50 GMT
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Weave had a traumatic year and lost patients and colleagues. But all he offers us is a derisory 1% pay offer

  • Rachel Clarke is a palliative care doctor and the author of Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic

When the NHS saved his life last April, Boris Johnson could not have reacted more fulsomely on social media. aOur NHS is the beating heart of this country,a he waxed lyrical in a widely posted video. aIt is the best of this country. It is unconquerable. It is powered by love.a The prime minister made a point of singling out two of his intensive care nurses by name, Luis Pitarma and Jenny McGee, whose courage, devotion and duty left him struggling ato find words to express my debta.

Those of us risking our lives at the time a making the daily choice to brave hospital wards, general practices and care homes steeped in Covid a watched askance as the media lapped it up. We remembered all too well the footage in 2017 of Conservative MPs in the House of Commons literally cheering as they voted down a proper pay rise for nurses. Boris Johnson was, of course, among them, as were Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock and the rest of the current cabinet.

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Nikola JokiA: from EuroLeague reject to the NBAas center of attention
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:32 GMT
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The Serb was an afterthought when he was drafted in 2014. Since then he has helped evolve a position that some thought was becoming obsolete

Earlier this week the Denver Nuggets visited the Milwaukee Bucks for a dog-day NBA clash that few could have predicted would leave fans panting. On one side there was reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, aka the Greek Freak; on the other, a supremely talented Serbian named Nikola JokiA. But in todayas NBA, Jokic, a center who still plays with his back to the basket, is the real freak.

In the era of positionless basketball, JokiA doesnat just stand his ground; he holds the line for the generations of big men who preceded him. While Antetokounmpo picked-and-rolled his way to a respectable 27 points and eight rebounds, it was JokiA who ultimately grabbed headlines with his 37-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist night. It was the ninth triple-double for Jokic this season and the 50th of his career. The only center who has more is Wilt Chamberlain, not the easiest numbers-to-numbers comparison these days a especially not in the decades since big men have drifted farther and farther from the paint as the NBA has evolved from a bruising battle into a run-and-gun game.

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Tiger Woods was found unconscious by passerby after SUV crash, affidavit says
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:52:38 GMT
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A man found Tiger Woods unconscious in a mangled SUV after the golf star crashed the vehicle in Southern California, authorities said in court documents obtained Friday.

The man, who lives near the site in Rolling Hills Estates, heard the crash and walked to the SUV, Los Angeles county sheriffas Deputy Johann Schloegl wrote in an affidavit.

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Alex Smith dropped by Washington after storybook comeback season
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:46:41 GMT
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  • Washington release veteran after return from lengthy rehab
  • Former No 1 pick helped lead team to NFC East title in 2020

Washington released Alex Smith on Friday, a move that was expected after a season in which he was voted the NFLas Comeback Player of the Year but still provides a cold ending to the veteran quarterbackas storybook tenure with the organization.

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Kobe Bryant, Dale Earnhardt and the fight to keep athletes' deaths private
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 08:30:30 GMT
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Families of celebrities can face additional pain after a tragedy: the circulation of photos of the death of their loved ones

This past weekend, Kobe Bryantas widow, Vanessa, called on the Los Angeles county sheriffas department to reveal the names of people who took or shared photos of the helicopter crash site where nine people, including her husband and daughter, Gianna, died. Bryant is suing the sheriffas department, claiming in a lawsuit that afaced with a scene of unimaginable loss, no fewer than eight sheriffas deputies at the crash site pulled out their personal cell phones and snapped photos of the dead children, parents and coaches. The deputies took these photos for their own personal gratification.a

It has been more than a year since the crash and yet there are parallels to another high-profile sports tragedy. In February 2001, Nascar superstar Dale Earnhardt was coming on in the final lap of the Daytona 500 when his car became caught up with another vehicle and shot up the side of the track and into the surrounding wall. A third car then impaled Earnhardtas and together they spun around and slid in a T-formation through the other cars on the track and onto the infield.

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Alaska's Iditarod sled dog race shoves off with coronavirus-altered course
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:04:18 GMT
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  • Worldas most famous sled dog race starts on Sunday in Alaska
  • Only 47 mushers have entered this yearas race amid pandemic

The word aIditaroda derives from an indigenous Alaskan name for a afar distant placea. Due to precautions made necessary by the Covid-19 pandemic, this yearas Iditarod Trail sled dog race, which starts on Sunday, will be an especially distanced event.

The trail for the worldas most famous sled dog race has been drastically rerouted to avoid almost all the communities that normally serve as checkpoints, and the traditional ceremonial start in Anchorage has been eliminated.

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Ilkay GA1/4ndogan: 'A surgeon wanted to put a big screw in my back' | Donald McRae
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 21:00:14 GMT
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The Manchester City midfielder on his sideas remarkable winning run, coming back from injuries and how an NBA player ignited his desire to help others

Ilkay GA1/4ndogan lives alone in Manchester and, during the past strange and solitary year, there have been times when a yearning for other people has left an ache inside him. Apart from one fleeting trip to Turkey in August to visit his family, he has not seen the people he loves most for more than a year. It is even longer since he was able to be with his closest friends in Germany. And so, when he has not been training or travelling to and from games or enjoying the purer pleasure of playing football for Manchester City, GA1/4ndogan has often been lonely.

At the same time, the 30-year-old midfielder has been in the form of his life, scoring 11 goals in 21 Premier League appearances. Even more notably, City are in the midst of a record-breaking run of 21 successive wins. aItas great,a GA1/4ndogan says of Cityas sustained blue streak. aItas extraordinary, especially with the difficulties this season brings. And itas maybe unexpected, also for us, because I remember struggling at the beginning of the season.a

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Gordon Elliott handed one-year training ban over dead horse photograph
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:48:46 GMT
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  • Six months of Irish traineras punishment are suspended
  • No runners under Elliottas name at Cheltenham Festival

Gordon Elliott, one of racingas most successful trainers, has been banned from training for 12 months by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB), with the final six months suspended, over a photograph which showed him sitting on a dead horse on his gallops which emerged last Saturday. The penalty will come into force on 9 March, a week before the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival where Elliott has twice been the leading trainer.

The IHRBas verdict concluded an eight-hour hearing of the case on Friday, and could lead to a new trainer taking temporary control of Elliottas yard in County Meath before the Festival meetings at both Cheltenham and Aintree, where the stable is likely to have runners in the Grand National on 10 April.

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Chess: Levon Aronian switches to US as new regime in Armenia cuts support
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 08:00:29 GMT
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Bobby Fischer admirer Rex Sinquefield enlists the world No 5 in team for Moscow 2022

Armeniaas world No 5, Levon Aronian, has upped sticks and announced that he will quit his native Yerevan and represent the United States in future. The 38-year-old, who memorably led his national team to Olympiad gold ahead of the Russian and American favourites at Turin 2006, Dresden 2008 and Istanbul 2012, will transfer to the billionaire Rex Sinquefieldas global centre at St Louis, venue of the annual elite Sinquefield Cup which Aronian has already won twice.

Aronianas neighbours in town will include the world No 2, Fabiano Caruana (ex-Italy), and the world No 15, Leinier DomAnguez (ex-Cuba), while his other new teammates will be the world No 7, Wesley So (ex-Philippines), the five-time US champion Hikaru Nakamura, and the rising star Jeffery Xiong, 20.

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The lawyer who fought to free GuantA!namo's highest-value detainee - Pt 2
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 03:00:23 GMT
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Nancy Hollander has taken on many difficult cases in her career, but none quite like that of the GuantA!namo detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi

By the time Mohamedou Ould Salahi was brought from his home in Mauritania to the GuantA!namo Bay detention facility in Cuba in 2002, he had already experienced a series of harsh interrogations in Jordan and Afghanistan. Now he was in the hands of the Americans he thought his experience might improve, but he quickly discovered he was wrong. In GuantA!namo, Salahi was tortured and held without charge for 14 years. His story, first published in his 2015 memoir GuantA!namo Diary, is the subject of a new Hollywood film, The Mauritanian.

In the second of two episodes about his story, Salahias lawyer, Nancy Hollander tells Anushka Asthana how she came to represent the man who was, at one time, GuantA!namoas most high-value detainee. And Salahias friend and former prison guard, Steve Wood, wonders what it will take to close his former workplace for good. Woodas friendship with Salahi is the subject of a new Bafta-longlisted Guardian documentary, My Brotheras Keeper.

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Poly Styrene: I Am a ClichA(c) review a riveting take on British punk heroine
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 09:00:30 GMT
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The X-Ray Spex singer is revealed as a mystic, rebellious working-class woman of colour in this valuable film

The siren-wail of Poly Styreneas voice was the authentic sound of punk: derisive, subversive, yearning and romantic. No one could have been less of a cliche. This riveting and valuable documentary is co-directed by Paul Sng and the musicianas daughter Celeste Bell, and evidently structured in a similar way to Bellas book, Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story, published last September. Hearing X-Ray Spex again is a madeleine and an intense pleasure.

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Seth Meyers to Democrats: 'Stop behaving like your own opposition party'
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:51:14 GMT
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Late-night hosts discussed the Democrats struggling to get two major bills passed and Bidenas Fox News-enraging aNeanderthala comment

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host took time to remind his viewers that Donald Trump was abad at pretty much everything when it came to politicsa despite him claiming the opposite.

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Hero's welcome: Liam Neeson to greet audiences for his new film in New York
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:46:28 GMT
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Star adds affability to his very particular set of skills to meet weekend punters for The Marksman at the AMC Lincoln Square

As cinemas in the US start to reopen, distributors and exhibitors are hoping to coax audiences back in front of screens with promises of enhanced safety, unmissable movies a and a personal welcome from the stars.

Liam Neeson will personally greet cinemagoers who go and see his latest action thriller, The Marksman, at the AMC Lincoln Square in New Yorkas Upper West Side before screenings on Friday.

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From Babylon Berlin to Borgen: 10 of the best foreign-language TV dramas
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 09:00:31 GMT
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Featuring the highs and lows of the Weimar republic, a deep dive into the Camorra syndicate and an affecting Danish family saga

Since 2016, Channel 4as Walter Presents portal has offered an intriguing TV window on the world. Deutschland 83 was its first big swing, a cold war infiltration mission that doubled as an artfully framed showcase for 1980s German fashion from both sides of the Berlin wall. The recently launched third season picks up the tale in a notably tumultuous year.

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Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion review a elegant essays spanning four decades
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 09:00:31 GMT
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Rejection letters, California dreams and clear reflections on writing in a collection that explores self-doubt

In the first essay of this new volume of previously uncollected pieces, Joan Didion makes a case against newspapers. Too often, she argues, their reporting style rests on aa quite factitious a objectivityaa, which alends the entire venture a mendacitya by failing to make explicit the writeras own particular set of influences and biases. Didion praises instead magazines that cultivate a personal voice, and which aim to impart character and atmosphere rather than straightforward information: aThey assume that the reader is a friend, that he is disturbed about something, and that he will understand if they talk to him straight; this assumption of a shared language and a common ethic lends their reports a considerable cogency of style.a Often, she concludes, the real story is athe story not in the newspapera.

This could be read as a slanted manifesto for Didionas own style. Across her 60-year career, from her landmark essay collections Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and The White Album (1979), through her formally innovative novels, to her devastating 2005 memoir The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion has established a way of narration that focuses not so much on events as on subtexts, atmospheres and perceptions. She is usually present in her essays as a voice rather than a character, observer rather than participant a though the boundaries regularly blur. Yet even when sheas not saying directly what sheas feeling, itas there in the architecture of every cool, clear sentence, in the sounds, gestures and images on which she chooses to focus her attention.

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Genesis Owusu: 'I'm Prince, if he were a rapper in 2020s Australia'
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 19:00:12 GMT
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Inspired by everyone from the Purple One to Kendrick Lamar, the maverick staras bold new album confronts depression and racism

Genesis Owusuas freaky, funky marvel of a debut album bears the patina of a time-worn fable. Smiling With No Teeth a a 15-track collection of post-punk thrums; synths that scream and sigh; and sometimes crooned, sometimes snarled vocals a is its own world, with a distinct geography, iconography and ideology. And before its creator launches you into it, he handily offers a prologue in the form of new wave-y lead single The Other Black Dog: aA tale of Black dogs with golden leashes a| Broken stories, told facetious a| Whoas the pet and whoas the teacher?a

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Roger Robinson: 'I read Chris Rock's memoir on a flight, tears of laughter streaming down my face'
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:33 GMT
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The poet on the Bernardine Evaristo book he wishes he wrote, the influence of Kwame Dawes and his love for Banana Yoshimoto

The book I am currently reading
About 10 years ago I was recommended a Colum McCannas Dancer but I never got around to reading it. That is why I was glad to finally read his new book Apeirogon a and what a book it is. A fiction based on real characters, politics and lives, it is a hybrid that tests the boundary of what a novel can be. What I like about it most is the way in which its multivoiced perspectives hold so much poetry, music and imagery.

The book that changed my life
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo by Ntozake Shange is a strange bricolage of a book that includes menus, spells, recipes and journal entries. It allowed me to connect with whatas magical in my own community, and showed me that a novel can comment on art, be politicised and also magical. Its voice was so unique and had nothing to do with industry or trends. The book also gave me a clear picture about the struggles involved with living by your art.

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Marvel directors the Russo brothers: 'The Avengers films were a powerful political tool, at the right time'
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 08:00:29 GMT
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The men behind the highest-grossing films of all time on how superheroes can instruct world leaders, and changing direction to make a bleak experimental opioid drama a starring Spider-Man

Where do you go after you have just directed the highest grossing movie in history and your past three movies brought in a combined haul of $6bn? Only two people have had to grapple with this question. Joe and Anthony Russo have spent nearly a decade immersed in the Marvel universe, weaving together a tangle of plot strands, marshalling an enormous cast, staging ever more spectacular action scenes, and bringing the whole saga in to land against gale-force headwinds of expectation.

As well as the concluding Avengers Endgame and Infinity War, the Russos directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2016), the latter of which introduced Chadwick Bosemanas Black Panther and Tom Hollandas Spider-Man. On the one hand, you could say they have won Hollywood, but now they face the challenge of life after Marvel, which could be even tougher.

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'Itas devastating': Margaret Atwood on a musical project honouring women killed by partners
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:00:09 GMT
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In 2015, Nathalie Warmerdam was killed by an ex-partner. Now her brother Joshua Hopkins has teamed up with the author to write a song cycle highlighting such everyday atrocities

Five years ago, Nathalie Warmerdam was murdered by her ex-partner in one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. The 48-year-old was Basil Borutskias third victim that day; he also killed two other former partners, Anastasia Kuzyk and Carol Culleton. Boruktski was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 2017.

Warmerdamas brother Joshua Hopkins, an acclaimed baritone, was rehearsing in Ottawa when he received the call.

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Dave Stewart and Joss Stone team up for Time Traveller's Wife musical
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:40:17 GMT
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The pair will contribute original music for adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger bestseller expected on stage by early next year

With UK venues closed because of the pandemic, theatregoers would love to travel forward in time to see a new show. One of the new musicals waiting for them will be The Time Travelleras Wife, an adaptation of Audrey Niffeneggeras bestselling novel, with original music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Joss Stone. It is set to open in the UK at the end of this year or in early 2022.

Stewart and Stone, who collaborated on the SuperHeavy album in 2011 and other recordings, have created the songs for the romance between Clare, an artist, and Henry, whose genetic disorder sends him hurtling into his past and future. In a statement, the songwriters said the experience had thrown them ainto an eddy of emotive melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics to go with the push and pull of this unusual love story. We all time-travel in our relationships and in our lives in general, but to write something that people will see and hear happening live on stage is thrilling to imagine.a

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Rightwing 'super-spreader': study finds handful of accounts spread bulk of election misinformation
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:32 GMT
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Tackling the most powerful social media accounts a such as Donald Trumpas a could be key to halting false narratives, researchers say

A handful of rightwing asuper-spreadersa on social media were responsible for the bulk of election misinformation in the run-up to the Capitol attack, according to a new study that also sheds light on the staggering reach of falsehoods pushed by Donald Trump.

A report from the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), a group that includes Stanford and the University of Washington, analyzed social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok during several months before and after the 2020 elections.

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US Capitol attack: former Trump state department aide charged
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:42:59 GMT
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  • Federico Klein aassaulted officers with dangerous weapona
  • Klein held top secret security clearance but quit on 19 January

A former state department aide in Donald Trumpas administration has been charged with participating in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January and assaulting officers who were trying to guard the building, court papers show.

It is the first known case to be brought against a Trump appointee in connection with the Capitol attack, which led to Trumpas historic second impeachment.

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US gains 379,000 jobs as more states reopen economies
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:45:57 GMT
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Number was the largest gains recorded since November but US is still 10m jobs short of position pre-pandemic

The US economy bounced back strongly in February, adding 379,000 jobs as more states reopened for business and more vaccines against the coronavirus became available.

The number was the largest gains the Department of Labor has recorded since November and came after jobs were lost in December and a lackluster January report when just 49,000 new jobs were added. The unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.2%.

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Dallas police officer faces capital murder charges for 2017 killings
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 02:15:04 GMT
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Police say a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at officer Bryan Riseras instruction

A Dallas police officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder, more than a year and a half after a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at the officeras instruction in 2017, authorities said.

Bryan Riser, a 13-year veteran of the force, was arrested Thursday morning and taken to the Dallas county Jail for processing, according to a statement from the police department. Riser was not listed in online jail records Thursday evening and a lawyer for him couldnat immediately be identified.

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'Hong Kong is crumbling': seven days that crushed city's last resistance
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:30:09 GMT
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Dozens of pro-democracy politicians and activists have been rounded up, charged and denied bail in fresh crackdown on opposition to China

The phones rang on Friday, one month earlier than expected. More than 50 pro-democracy politicians and activists across Hong Kong received a call from the authorities: they were to report to police on Sunday.

Expecting to be charged and held for lengthy jail terms, many spent the weekend making last-minute preparations. They picked out books to take into custody, arranged for pets to be taken care of, said goodbye to their loved ones. Tiffany Yuen, 27, spent the day at home, where she was photographed cuddling a Buzz Lightyear toy, before visiting constituents in Tin Wan.

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'No experience needed': Russian riot police launch recruitment drive
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:47:49 GMT
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Number of online ads surges after nationwide protests against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Russiaas riot police have launched an online recruitment campaign in the weeks since nationwide protests erupted over the jailing of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Police forcefully dispersed tens of thousands of people who took part in three protests in January and early February, when Navalny returned to the country from Germany and was later jailed for two and half years.

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Japan tsunami: remains on beach identified as victim of 2011 disaster
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 04:19:38 GMT
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Family of Natsuko Okuyama aextremely happya after remains identified as those of 61-year-old woman who went missing 10 years ago

Skeletal remains found on a beach have been identified as those of woman who went missing 10 years ago in the 2011 Japan tsunami.

Dental and DNA analysis this week revealed the remains to be those of Natsuko Okuyama, a 61-year-old from Higashimatsushima in the north-eastern Miyagi prefecture who disappeared when the waves swept in on 11 March 2011, a police spokesman said.

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Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad for risky, historic Iraq tour
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:43:18 GMT
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Pontiff, 84, begins visit amid tight security and concerns about rising Covid infection rates

Pope Francis has arrived in Baghdad for the first ever papal visit to Iraq amid tight security and concerns about the impact of his trip on rising Covid infection rates.

His presence was aa duty towards a land that has been martyred for so many yearsa, Francis said shortly before landing. A Vatican spokesperson said the trip was aan act of love to a country that has suffered terribly over recent decadesa.

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Wisdom the albatross, the world's oldest known wild bird, has another chick at age 70
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 06:27:37 GMT
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The remarkable bird has outlived mating partners, and even the biologist who first placed a band on her in 1956

At 70 years of age, Wisdom the Laysan albatross has hatched another chick.

Regarded as aoldest known wild bird in historya, Wisdom has outlived previous mating partners as well as the biologist Chandler Robbins, who first banded her in 1956.

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China's five-year plan could push emissions higher unless action is taken
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:45:37 GMT
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Target is in line with previous trends and could mean greenhouse gas emissions continuing to rise

China has set out an economic blueprint for the next five years that could lead to a strong rise in greenhouse gas emissions if further action is not taken to meet the countryas long-term goals.

The 14th five-year plan, published in Beijing on Friday, gave few details on how the worldas biggest emitter would meet its target of reaching net zero emissions by 2060, set out by President Xi Jinping last year, and of ensuring that carbon dioxide output peaks before 2030.

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Astronomically hard: French stargazers hunt for meteorite the size of apricot
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 00:38:43 GMT
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The space debris was spotted falling to Earth near Bordeaux but astronomer admits to aneedle in a haystacka search

Franceas ranks of amateur astronomers have been urged to help find an apricot-size meteorite that fell to Earth last weekend in the south-west of the country.

The rock, estimated to weigh 150 grams (just over five ounces), was captured plunging through the atmosphere by cameras at an astronomy education facility in Mauraux, and landed at exactly 10.43pm on Saturday near Aiguillon, about 100km (62 miles) from Bordeaux.

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