Hunt 'extremely concerned' as Iran seizes two British-linked oil tankers
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:27:42 GMT
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No UK citizens thought to be on either vessel taken by Iranian forces in strait of Hormuz on Friday

Iran seized two oil tankers a one registered in the UK, the other in Liberia a in the strait of Hormuz, marking a dramatic escalation in the worsening standoff in the Gulf.

Iranas Revolutionary Guard claimed to have taken the British-flagged Stena Impero into port, and Iranian officials claimed it had drifted out of shipping lane and turned its satellite locator off.

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Jewish leaders accuse Labour of 'letting off' antisemites
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:14:12 GMT
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Party says it is taking adecisive actiona after leaked draft of disciplinary process sparks further anger

Labour has been accused by the Board of Deputies of British Jews of aletting offa people accused of antisemitism without sanction, after a leaked draft of the partyas disciplinary process showed that some members can avoid punishment in serious cases where they have apologised and agreed to undergo education.

The Board of Deputies, a leading Jewish organisation, said Labouras disciplinary processes were still not good enough and appeared too permissive towards antisemites, following the emergence of a draft of the partyas aantisemitism decision-making matrixa from March.

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Brussels to offer Boris Johnson extension on no-deal Brexit
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:21:49 GMT
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Exclusive: extra time could be used for renegotiation but will be billed as chance for no-deal planning

Brussels is preparing to offer Boris Johnson a no-deal Brexit extension beyond 31 October in an attempt to help him keep the Conservative party together and provide one more chance to strike an agreement deal.

The extra period of EU membership would be used for renegotiation but could be billed to Conservative Brexiters as an opportunity to prepare further for leaving without a deal.

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Trump praises 'incredible' crowd who chanted 'send her back' at Ilhan Omar a live
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:42:30 GMT
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President abandons disavowal of racist chants aimed at the congresswoman, saying asheas lucky to be where she isa

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has launched an inquiry into whether officers properly monitored Jeffrey Epstein while the wealthy financier was participating in a work-release program.

Trump said he and Kanye West had talked about rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been detained in Sweden over an alleged aggravated assault since earlier this month.

The president said he would be in contact with the Swedish prime minister to address the situation.

Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rockyas incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!

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Brexit activist James Goddard admits guilt over Anna Soubry 'Nazi' abuse
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:04:01 GMT
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30-year-old from Cheshire also admits racially abusing police officer outside parliament

A self-styled yellow vest activist has admitted harassing the remain-supporting MP Anna Soubry and racially abusing a police officer in a last-minute change of plea in court.

James Goddard, a 30-year-old pro-Brexit protester, filmed himself hurling abuse at the former Conservative MP and called her a Nazi after claiming she was a atraitora for betraying the countryas vote to leave the EU in 2016.

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London officials ban segregated play areas in future housing developments
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:03:34 GMT
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Exclusive: Move follows Guardian report that social tenants were being banned from using facilities

Segregated play spaces are to be banned in all future London housing developments, the Greater London Authority (GLA) has revealed this week.

The policy, part of the London Plan for developers and local authorities across the city, follows outrage across the political spectrum at the case of the Lilian Baylis estate in Kennington. Guardian Cities reported that families living in the social housing side of the estate were not allowed to use the play area or any communal spaces on the development.

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NHS cancer scans left unread for weeks because of pension row
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:34:19 GMT
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Hospitals cut services as consultants stop doing overtime to avoid huge tax bills

Cancer scans showing the presence or spread of the disease are going unread for as long as six weeks as the impact of the doctorsa pension dispute on patient care worsens.

Hospitals are increasingly having to reduce the services they can provide as thousands of consultants stop doing overtime in order to avoid being hit by unexpected tax bills of up to APS80,000.

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Pro-Brexit activist wins appeal against APS20,000 electoral spending fine
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:01:34 GMT
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Judge overturns fine imposed on Darren Grimes by Electoral Commission

The pro-Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes has succeeded in his attempt to overturn a APS20,000 fine for electoral spending offences during the EU referendum.

In a two-hour judgment delivered at the Central London county court, Judge Marc Dight said the Electoral Commission had set too high a threshold for determining whether Grimesas campaign group, BeLeave, was a genuine organisation for the purposes of electoral law.

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Boeing Max 737: airlines delay plane's return until November
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:59:01 GMT
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Southwest, American and United Airlines all put back return date for troubled jet

The swift return of Boeingas 737 Max aircraft to the skies was put further in doubt this week with airlines signalling that they do not hope to operate the plane any time soon.

With more than four months already elapsed since the plane was grounded by regulators, Southwest and American, two of the jetas main US operators, followed United Airlines in saying they would be taking the Max out of their schedules until November.

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Israeli spraying of herbicide near Gaza harming Palestinian crops
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:00:12 GMT
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Israel sprays buffer zone to deprive potential aterror elementsa of cover, but farmers in Gaza say crops and livelihoods are damaged

Israeli aircraft spraying herbicide beside the buffer zone along the Gaza strip is directly affecting the livelihoods of Palestinians in violation of international standards, a new report claims.

The study tracked the drift of the herbicides on to the Gazan side and concluded it was killing agricultural crops and causing aunpredictable and uncontrollable damagea, according to the reportas main researcher.

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Boris blimp to join 9ft Nigel Farage on anti-Brexit march in London
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:33:03 GMT
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Pro-Europe grassroots groups to voice opposition to a Johnson premiership

Protesters will take to Londonas streets on Saturday for a aNo to Boris. Yes to Europea march days ahead of Boris Johnsonas widely anticipated move into No 10.

In a message aimed at the new prime minister, the March for Change will demand an end to Brexit.

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The Jeffrey Epstein scandal - podcast
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 02:00:42 GMT
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The financier Jeffrey Epstein is back in court on charges of the sex trafficking of minors. Vicky Ward and Ed Pilkington discuss his case. Plus: Aditya Chakrabortty wonders why the French super-rich who promised to donate to Notre Dame havenat paid up yet

Jeffrey Epstein is a wealthy financier and one-time friend to the rich and famous, counting Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton as acquaintances. In 2005 a 14-year-old girl reported that Epstein had molested her in Palm Beach. Others came forward, some of them also minors. But after plea negotiations between Epsteinas legal team and the then US attorney in Miami, Alexander Acosta, Epstein served just 13 months in prison.

This month he was arrested on sex trafficking charges and last week federal prosecutors claimed that lewd photographs of girls as young as 14 had been discovered in a safe in his Manhattan mansion. Epstein, 66, has pleaded not guilty. Journalist Vicky Ward tells Anushka Asthana about meeting Epstein in 2002 when she was profiling him for Vanity Fair magazine, while the Guardianas Ed Pilkington discusses the current case.

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Worse than Cats? The biggest CGI disasters in cinema
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:00:10 GMT
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The trailer for the live-action adaptation has shocked fans but, from Anaconda to Sonic, computer imagery in film has a patchy record

What it was
A horror, a horror movie, a singing violent horror.

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Moon buggies and bags of poo: what humans left on the moon
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:07:32 GMT
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After 50 years of exploration, the lunar junkyard holds nearly 200 tonnes of objects

More than half a century of lunar exploration has left its mark on the moon. What Edwin aBuzza Aldrin described as the amagnificent desolationa of the relentlessly grey surface is littered with clapped-out robots, spacecraft parts, moon buggies (including one with a bible on the dashboard) and technical equipment.

Scattered around the Apollo landing sites are other items that were never meant to come home: a falconas feather, a javelin, bags of human waste, a family photo and an aluminium figure, the Fallen Astronaut, which lies on its side near a plaque bearing the names of 14 men who died in the pursuit of space exploration.

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Sharon Stone: I was forgotten like Princess Diana after I had a stroke
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:25:55 GMT
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Actor says it took seven years to recover from illness that first struck in 2001, during which time the actor says she was treated with abrutal unkindnessa by Hollywood

Sharon Stone has accused Hollywood of being abrutally unkinda in its treatment of her as she struggled to recover from a stroke in 2001.

Stone made the comments to Variety magazine at an event to raise awareness for the Womenas Brain Health Initiative in Los Angeles, after explaining she had had a amassive stroke a| a nine-day brain bleeda.

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Held captive by his carers for four weeks, letas look at Boris Johnsonas best bits | Marina Hyde
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:11:31 GMT
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Barring applying to join a sex cult, we must conclude there is no process as rigorous as the Tory leadership election

T-minus five days off a likely Boris Johnson premiership, I would like to thank all the Conservatives who explained exactly why putting us through the stone-cold shitshow of a campaign was so essential. It was important, these red-trousered political scientists all told us, because the process allowed the candidates to be properly tested. It didnat happen last time, and look how that turned out.

Preach. Had we gone through the whole rigmarole in 2016, we might have found out about teenage Theresa Mayas Betamax crop-circle habit before it was too late. Or that, if asked to state a preference between Midsomer Murders and Sherlock, May would one day simply reply, aIave watched both.a Instead, what happened, happened. I guess you donat make that magnitude of mistake twice.

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Iam 34 and still a virgin. Whatas wrong with me?
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:00:12 GMT
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More reality, less fantasy, will help you understand who you are and what you really want, says Annalisa Barbieri

I am a 34-year-old virgin. This wouldnat be such a big issue were it not for the inevitability of heartbreak. Every now and then, I fall in love with someone a often at work a and I become infatuated before I know them properly. There is always a big conversation in which I admit to my feelings and she says she doesnat feel that way at all. Then Iam heartbroken for about four months. These feelings are purely romantic and I never fantasise about having sex with any of the women. I think I might be asexual but I canat be sure, given that Iave never had a relationship.

I know Iam not normal in how I approach romance, but I donat know exactly what is wrong with me. I canat get help. When Iave tried, I have been taken through the checklist: I am in stable employment, can do everyday tasks and donat have thoughts of suicide, so I donat stand a chance of moving up the long [NHS] waiting lists for counselling. But if I donat find a way out of this cycle, it is only a matter of time before I fall in love again, get rejected and spend another six months listening to sad songs about unrequited love.

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How a Boris Johnson cabinet could shape up
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:15:15 GMT
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Tory leadership favourite would have to keep all sides of the party happy and reward loyal MPs

Boris Johnson has won the backing of more than half of MPs across all factions of the Conservative party, many of whom will be keen to have their enthusiastic outings in the media rewarded with a plum promotion.

But how can Johnson keep the very different wings of the party inside the tent when he has more ambitious backers than jobs to go round a and avoid making enemies by demoting senior supporters?

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BeyoncA(c): The Lion King: The Gift review aA superstar shows impeccable taste
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:12:10 GMT
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Her solo numbers are of varying quality, but BeyoncA(c) gives a valuable platform to African artists in this collaborative Disney spinoff
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At first glance, The Lion King: The Gift doesnat look like a new BeyoncA(c) album so much as a demonstration of the singeras astonishing star power. The Walt Disney Company is a famously unbending organisation, and yet BeyoncA(c) appears to have got it to hand over the assets of the highest-grossing entertainment property in history so she can make an album, released in direct competition with the soundtrack of the new remake, complete with a cameo role for her seven-year-old daughter.

Initially, it seems as if BeyoncA(c) thinks the US writer a who recently opined that what was wrong with The Lion King remake was that they hadnat changed the plot so that BeyoncA(c)as character was the leading role and replaced the songs with songs by BeyoncA(c) a had a point. Her album feels like an alternative soundtrack. The opening Bigger and Find Your Way Back seem like riffs on Circle of Life a the former a slightly rambling self-help ballad that kicks into life three quarters of the way through; the latter an understated pop track underpinned by a rhythm track inspired by Afrobeats.

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From 'sesh mates' to background pals a what your friendships say about you | Emma Garland
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:00:11 GMT
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British people have fewer close friends than other nationalities. Hereas a quick guide to the key relationships

Everyone in the UK is a friendless loser. Not my words, but those (slightly paraphrased) of a recent Snapchat survey that found British people have fewer close mates than other nationalities. With 2.6 abest friendsa on average, compared with the frankly excessive 6.6 boasted by participants in Saudi Arabia, and one in seven of us reporting no best friends at all, the results paint a damning portrait of a seemingly lonely populace. A nation of Briton-no-mates.

Mind you, new research by MIT reckons humans can only cope with a maximum of five close friends, so we wouldnat know what to do with more even if we had them. These findings corroborate 1990s research by the British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who suggested a correlation between brain size and social relationships. In other words: humans are only capable of having a finite number of people in our social sphere at any given time, because weare all a bunch of numpties. Now, Iam no scientist, but based on how dramatically my stress levels spike whenever I receive more than one text message before 11am, Iad say that checks out.

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Boris Johnson uses Sky executive's townhouse as campaign HQ
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:55:49 GMT
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Tory leadership frontrunner has been plotting first 100 days in office from Andrew Griffithas lavish house in Westminster

Boris Johnson has this week been plotting his first 100 days in office in a APS9.5m residential Westminster townhouse owned by the senior Sky television executive Andrew Griffith, who rose to the top of the broadcaster during its Murdoch years.

Johnson has been holed up for at least four days in Griffithas Grade II-listed, five-storey house planning his transition to government, with visitors including senior Tories Jacob Rees-Mogg, Stephen Barclay, Matt Hancock and Gavin Williamson.

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Women more likely than men to view Boris Johnson as dishonest a Guardian quiz
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:59:41 GMT
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More than two-thirds of female respondents view Johnsonas gaffes as an act compared with just over half of men

Women are more likely than men to view Boris Johnson as dishonest, xenophobic and politically calculating, according to a sample of more than 70,000 Guardian readers.

Analysis of participantsa answers to a quiz on the character of the likely next prime minister revealed a consistent gender divide in how respondents viewed him.

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I tried to find an upside to no deal. I couldnat | Jonathan Freedland
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:38:46 GMT
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Awful as it might be, perhaps crashing out will cure the country of its Brexit fever? No a the only option is to fight it

Think of it as a coping strategy. Just as supporters of a team knocked out of the cup console themselves that aNow we can concentrate on the leaguea, so I have tried to reassure myself that a no-deal crash-out from the EU might not be such a disaster. That, you never know, it might even be a good thing.

Related: Tory rebels send stark warning to Boris Johnson over no-deal Brexit

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Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson's bid for the Tory leadership a cartoon
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:04:37 GMT
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Donald Trump is the archetypal far-right charismatic leader. But his magic wonat last | Paul Jackson
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:23:17 GMT
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The US presidentas extreme rhetoric appeals to his supporters. But they will lose interest because his aims are unattainable

First aLock her up!a and aBuild that wall!a, now aSend her back!a. Donald Trumpas record of using such slogans to normalise misogyny and stoke prejudice has become exhaustive, and ever more overtly racist. His Twitter feeds have even recycled content from extreme-right groups that historians of fascism like me consider deeply worrying. Yet this all proves tremulously popular. Academics who study fascism are well placed to see that Trumpas shoot-from-the-hip public persona is a carefully constructed device, designed to consciously and deliberately break liberal taboos, setting an example to others that they can do likewise.

The most recent ratcheting-up of his endorsement of racist language came this week, displaying once again the powerful relationship between the leader who seeks to embody prejudice in the pursuit of power and followers who convey this power on him in their millions. True to form, it started with a tweet. He told four congresswomen of colour to ago homea, fuelling outrage from many who were rightly incensed by this latest attack on decency in public discourse. Then, during a rally in North Carolina a few days later, he focused on one of these congresswomen, Somali-born US citizen Ilhan Omar.

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Gordon Brown wants to save Britain. It might be too late for that | Ruth Wishart
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:20:53 GMT
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The former prime minister is again extolling the virtues of staying British. Scotland isnat buying it

Whatever other quality Gordon Brown may be said to lack, it is not consistency. His announcement this week of a new thinktank to help sustain the UK union is the latest initiative from one of the most vocal supporters of a no vote in 2014. At regular intervals he pops up to extol the virtues of being and staying British.

Itas a clarion call to support the continuation of the four-nation state that has found echoes in Boris Johnsonas pledge to be a aminister for the uniona as well as a prime minister, and the former Tory leadership hopeful Rory Stewartas earnest plea that a post be created to oversee the business of all the devolved administrations.

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How dare a woman breastfeed her baby on a plane! She might offend the bigots | Nell Frizzell
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:02:07 GMT
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When Dutch airline KLM says it may ask nursing mothers to cover themselves if passengers object, misogyny is winning

Well, I for one welcome the news: as of this week, anybody asked to cover up while breastfeeding on a KLM flight can now walk, bare-breasted, across the plane, milk firing into the air, their baby howling at their shoulder, and immediately hand that screaming, hungry, suffering child to the person who made the complaint, who must then look after that baby for the entirety of the journey while the previously breastfeeding passenger lies back, watches a film, reads their book, has a glass of wine or enjoys a much-needed nap.

Because, my friends, that is precisely what I would do if someone asked me to cover myself while breastfeeding. This week, the Dutch airline KLM garnered a lactic tonne of deserved criticism after it put out a tweet stating that ato ensure that all our passengers of all backgrounds feel comfortable on board, we may request a mother to cover herself while breastfeeding, should other passengers be offended by thisa. This was itself a response to one customeras complaint, posted on Facebook, that she had been asked by a flight attendant to cover herself with a blanket a you know, like an actual fire a while breastfeeding her baby because someone else on the plane had complained.

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The Guardian view on moon landings: a new race for space | Editorial
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:25:01 GMT
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The Apollo 11 mission inspired the world. What has happened in the ensuing half-century?

When Neil Armstrong stepped on to the moon 50 years ago, it was down to a giant leap of political and scientific imagination. His footprints on the powdery lunar surface changed the way we saw ourselves, confirming that humanity could escape its earthly coils. The mission unleashed a dream of what we as a species might do. Yet only a dozen people have walked on the moon, all between the summer of 1969 and the end of 1972.

Did we lose our primordial urge to explore? Almost certainly not a though Buzz Aldrin this week decried a50 years of non-progressa, probes have travelled to Pluto and beyond. But times have changed. The cold war rivalry that catalysed the space race vanished. The Soviet Union was first with a satellite, dog and astronaut in space. Today Washington and Moscow play the great game in the Middle East, not the heavens, although both are now contemplating a return to the moon: Donald Trump wants to make America great again by putting astronauts there by 2024, though some think China may get there first; Russia talks of landing cosmonauts by 2030.

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The questionable legacy of Theresa May | Letters
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:26:50 GMT
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Allegra Madgwick challenges the idea that the prime minister is a feminist champion, Hester Doherty questions how she stood up for domestic abuse victims, and Judy Stober thinks we are too kind. Plus letters from Les Bright, Mark Lewinski, Kip Bennett and Tony Cole

The question of whether Theresa May is a feminist champion posed by Martha Gill in her opinion piece (Journal, 15 July), surely depends on what sort of feminism you are talking about. As a socialist feminist, the idea that one of the great movements of human liberation in our times could be reduced to getting a few more female Tory MPs into parliament is truly depressing.

Gill acknowledges that Tory austerity policies have been terrible for working-class women, but makes no mention of how the scandals of Windrush, Grenfell and the hostile policy towards asylum seekers and immigrants, which can be directly traced to Mayas time at the Home Office, show class politics at its most brutal and demonstrate indifference to the lives of the most vulnerable women.

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Farewell, Theresa May. Your best was far from good enough | Gary Younge
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 05:00:50 GMT
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Her shortcomings are many and failures in office self-evident. Her successor is likely to be worse a but she deserves no pity

On Wednesday, in her last major speech, Theresa May lamented a growing culture of absolutism in politics. Introspection was never her strong suit, and this speech to the Chatham House thinktank was no exception. In a scarcely veiled swipe at the populist right, at home and abroad, she bemoaned an ainability to combine principles with pragmatism a| [from those who believe] that if you simply assert your view loud enough and long enough you will get your way in the enda.

This from the leader who produced a deal without consulting other parties, refused to compromise on it, put it to parliament three times and lost every time, and would have tabled it for a fourth time if shead been able.

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Senegal 0-1 Algeria: Africa Cup of Nations 2019 final a live!
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:53:59 GMT
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90+3 min: Danger here! Deliberate handball earns Guedioura a booking and gives Senegal a freekick about 25 yards out, a little to the left. This is their chance to snatch a late equaliser ....

90+2 min: A decent delivery at last! Gueye floats a useful ball into the box from wide on the left. Mbolhi earns the adulation of his teammates by claiming it amid a thicket of bodies.

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aI just want to go home,a says Tiger Woods after missing Open cut
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:33:20 GMT
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aC/ Three-times champion candid after finishing on six over
aC/ aI donat have the flexibility I used to have, and never willa

Tiger Woods looked to be moving into Muhammad Ali territory this summer. He was not Ali in his pomp but the 1974 Rumble-in-the-Jungle Ali, the magician who shook up the world again at 32, convincing millions that destroying George Foreman proved to everyone there was more to come.

Was Tigeras Augusta triumph in April his Kinshasa? Or would there be a Joe Frazier waiting to make him suffer in Portrush this week? Joe was the wind and the rain and one of the best links courses in the world. An underdone Woods, knocked out in the second round, six over, was in no shape to tame his nemesis.

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Alaphilippe extends Tour lead over Thomas with stunning time-trial win
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:24:13 GMT
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aC/ Frenchman extends lead over Thomas to 1min 26sec on stage 13
aC/ Thomas was expected to gain time back on Alaphilippe

Geraint Thomasas hopes of taking the yellow jersey at the foot of the Pyrenees wilted in the heat of the afternoon after his path to a second Tour victory became much more complicated following another extraordinary performance from the overall race leader, Julian Alaphilippe.

On the centenary of the introduction of the yellow jersey Alaphilippeas stage win in the only individual time trial in this yearas race left his rivals slack-jawed with astonishment as he surpassed any prior time-trial showings with an emphatic win that increased his overall lead on the defending champion.

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England set for series defeat with Australia comfortable on sodden day
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:28:55 GMT
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aC/ Australia 341-5 (Ellyse Perry 116)
aC/ Ashes slipping away in the rain at Taunton

England have moved a step closer to certain defeat in the Ashes after the second day of the Taunton Test, in which rain wiped out the entire afternoon and evening sessions.

Australia, fully aware that a draw in this match will see them retain the Ashes, were again content simply to bat out time, with Ellyse Perry spending seven overs in the anervous 90sabefore finally bringing up three figures.

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England face familiar foe New Zealand in netball World Cup semi-final | Emma John
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:42:07 GMT
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Tracey Nevilleas side have played with or against their opponents in Australia and hope to make use of that knowledge

Seven days, six games, 410 goals scored and 188 turnovers: it is fair to say Englandas netballers have earned their rest day before Saturdayas World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. But Jo Harten insisted there would be ano switching offa as the team approach the final weekend of the tournament, knowing this is their best chance of winning the title in its 56-year history.

Harten, the goal attack whose superstar shooting partnership with Helen Housby is the driver of this England team, said England would spend the day studying their semi-final opponents after the victory over South Africa on Thursday confirmed they would face the Silver Ferns. New Zealand finished second in their group after being beaten by Australia in a nailbiting final group game, a match that Tracey Neville and several of the England players had chosen not to view before they took to the court.

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Chelseaas Ethan Ampadu close to joining RB Leipzig on season-long loan
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:55:47 GMT
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aC/ Ampadu has won eight caps for Wales
aC/ Frank Lampard tried to sign him when Derby manager

The Wales international Ethan Ampadu is close to continuing his development at RB Leipzig next season with Chelsea negotiating his departure on a season-long loan to the Bundesliga club.

Ampadu, who has eight senior caps, underwent a medical in Germany on Friday having been omitted from the Chelsea senior squad who are currently in Japan on a two-game pre-season tour.

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Irish cricket comes of age at Lord's after fraught, twisting odyssey
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:44:06 GMT
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World Cup success and clubs founded by immigrants have transformed the image of a game once ostracised as a symbol of Britishness

When Irelandas cricketers play England in their first ever Test match at Lordas next week it will be the latest chapter in that quaintest of things: an Anglo-Irish romance. Whatever the final score the visitors, including thousands of travelling supporters, intend to celebrate with the hosts a shared passion impervious to the toxic political zeitgeist.

aTo see 11 men with shamrocks on their tummy coming out of the tunnel a thatas something I never thought Iad see in my lifetime,a says Heatley Tector, the president of the YMCA cricket club, a venerable club in Sandymount, Dublin. aLordas is where the elite of cricket play. Lordas is the mecca.a

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Half of Premier League clubs to have gambling sponsors for 2019/20
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:52:05 GMT
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  • Clubs stand to earn nearly APS350m from sponsorship
  • 17 of 24 Championship clubs will have gambling sponsors

Half of the Premier Leagueas shirts will be emblazoned with a gambling companyas logo during the 2019/20 season, reigniting concern about the normalisation of betting among young fans.

Premier League clubs stand to earn a record APS349.1m from shirt sponsorship deals in the coming season, a rise of more than 10% compare to APS315.6m in 2018/19.

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Philip Hammond signals he could vote to bring down Boris Johnson
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:15:03 GMT
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Chancellor refuses to rule out supporting no-confidence motion to stop no-deal Brexit

Philip Hammond has suggested he is prepared to vote to bring down a Boris Johnson government should the likely new prime minister push for a no-deal Brexit.

In an outspoken intervention days before Johnson is expected to win the keys to Downing Street, the chancellor said it was aabsolutely necessarya for the UK to extend its EU membership beyond 31 October.

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Sajid Javid praises Nigel Farage in speech on extremism
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:22:00 GMT
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Comments come amid speculation about role Farage might play if Boris Johnson becomes PM

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has singled out Nigel Farage and the Brexit party for praise in a speech in London, saying: aThey are not extremists.a

In an incongruous moment in a speech about countering extremism, Javid said acredita was due to Farage for walking away from his former party, Ukip, as it lurched to the far right. The move will be seen by some as an effort by the Tory party to extend an olive branch to the Brexit party.

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Unions criticise 'selective' public sector pay rises
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:37:37 GMT
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Increase of APS2bn unlikely to benefit essential workers from civil servants to refuse collectors

Unions have criticised Theresa Mayas proposed public sector pay rises as aselective handoutsa that are unlikely to benefit essential workers including teaching assistants, care workers and refuse collectors.

A APS2bn public sector pay rise, the biggest in six years, is expected to be announced by the Treasury on Monday as one of Mayas last acts as prime minister.

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Extinction Rebellion boats banned from London protests
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:06:49 GMT
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Met police impose restriction to limit disruption on final day of summer demonstrations

Police have banned Extinction Rebellion activists from using boats, vehicles or aother structuresa during the final day of their summer protests in London.

A condition was imposed on the civil disobedience movement by the Metropolitan police on Friday morning to prevent disruption to communities.

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Damian Hinds signals extra funds for special needs education
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:05:24 GMT
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Education secretary says the government recognises need to ease pressure on local councils

Spending on children with special educational needs and disabilities is expected to be increased after the education secretary said the government recognised the urgent need to relieve pressures on families, councils and schools.

Although Damian Hinds declined to put a figure on the announcement to be made as early as next week, he said discussions between the Department for Education and the Treasury recognised the aparticular pressuresa caused by the rapid increase in children and young people with Send.

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Residents attack lack of organisation after crash at Stevenage car meet
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:22:59 GMT
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aWeare not boy racers,a says organiser after 17 injured, two seriously, after spectators were hit

Local people and witnesses to a crash at a car meet in Stevenage that left 17 people injured have said the event was not organised or policed properly.

For 17 years, drivers of modified cars have gathered in the Hertfordshire town to parade their vehicles for fellow enthusiasts. Thursdayas event, which was raising money for a charity supporting bereaved parents, turned to disaster when some of the spectators watching from the side of the road were hit following the crash between a Nissan 350Z and a Toyota GT86.

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Scarlett Keeling killer sentenced to 10 years' hard labour
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:58:55 GMT
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Mother of British teenager found dead in Goa welcomes jailing of Samson DaSouza

The mother of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling has welcomed the sentencing of a man to 10 years rigorous labour, after her familyas decade-long fight for justice.

Speaking from Devon, Fiona MacKeown said she hoped her family could move on with their lives. Scarlett was found dead on a beach in Goa in 2008, after a Valentineas Day beach party.

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Manchester mayor proposes aCrossrail-typea railway for city
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:01:09 GMT
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Andy Burnham attacks London-centric transport plans amid delays and rising costs

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has said Manchester should have an underground railway, as the cost of the delayed Crossrail project in London swelled to APS17.6bn.

Burnham proposed a aCrossrail for Manchester-type scenarioa where new railway lines would be built under central Manchester to help people get across the increasingly gridlocked city.

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UK oil executive admits role in international corruption conspiracy
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:22:59 GMT
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Basil Al Jarah pleaded guilty after investigation into alleged bribery involving Monaco firm

A businessman has admitted his part in an international corruption conspiracy following a criminal investigation into alleged bribery in the energy industry.

Basil Al Jarah, 70, from Hull, pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiring to give corrupt payments to public officials to secure commercial contracts in Iraq at Southwark crown court, London.

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Worsening public finances give next PM a sharp 'reality check'
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:12:53 GMT
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Highest June deficit for four years shows economic slowdown is feeding through

Pledges by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to cut taxes and increase spending have come just as the UKas public finances have shown a marked deterioration, according to the latest official figures.

In what analysts called a areality checka for the two Conservative prime ministerial contenders, the Office for National Statistics said the government needed to borrow APS7.2bn last month a more than double the APS3.3bn in the same month a year ago.

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aI feel finea: Merkel dismisses health fears after shaking bouts
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:28:43 GMT
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German chancellor also says she feels solidarity with targets of Donald Trumpas racism

Angela Merkel has sought to assuage concerns about her health after a spate of shaking bouts at public events, saying she is feeling fine and looking forward to a healthy life when she steps down in two years.

aI understand questions about my health, and I have already given an answer to this,a said the German chancellor, who recently turned 65. aIt is important that I commit myself to the responsibility of acting as head of government. I just would say you have known me for some time and I can perform this role.a

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Kyoto Animation studio fire suspect named by police
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:18:06 GMT
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Witnesses say Shinji Aoba claimed he started deadly blaze over plagiarisation dispute

Japanese police have named a 41-year-old man suspected of carrying out an arson attack on an animation studio that killed 33 people.

Witnesses said Shinji Aoba confessed to the massacre as he was arrested. He was allegedly overheard telling police he started the fire because the studio, Kyoto Animation, had copied his ideas and stolen his novel.

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Bolsonaro declares 'the Amazon is ours' and calls deforestation data 'lies'
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:00:01 GMT
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Far-right president said Brazil is open to partnerships exploiting biodiversity and mining in a conversation with journalists

The Amazon belongs to Brazil and European countries can mind their own business because they have already destroyed their own environment, said Brazilas far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who also described his own governmentas satellite data showing an alarming rise in deforestation as aliesa.

aYou have to understand that the Amazon is Brazilas, not yours,a Bolsonaro said on Friday. aIf all this devastation you accuse us of doing was done in the past the Amazon would have stopped existing, it would be a big desert.a

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Give endangered jaguars legal rights, Argentina campaigners ask court
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:28:48 GMT
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With fewer than 20 left in the South American countryas Gran Chaco forest a the big cats could be classed as a anon-human persona

Argentinaas supreme court has been asked to recognize the legal rights of the South American jaguar, of which fewer than 20 individuals remain alive in the countryas Gran Chaco region.

The largest cat in the Americas once roamed the continent as far north as the Grand Canyon, but is now in decline across the entire western hemisphere.

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Man who had leg amputated after being shot by dog reveals how he nearly died
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:08:28 GMT
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  • Ex-college football player Matt Branch shot on hunting trip
  • Labrador Tito stepped on gun and pulled trigger with paw

A former prominent college football player has revealed how he almost died after being shot by a dog during a hunting trip in Mississippi.

Related: Feline queasy: eight urgent questions about the Cats trailer

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Heat warnings across US as experts warn of spike in extremely hot days
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:22:07 GMT
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  • Alerts in place for states as far apart as New Mexico and Maine
  • Climate crisis expected to make heatwaves the anew normala

More than half the US was under excessive heat warnings on Friday amid a brutal heatwave a which experts warned could become the anew normala because of the climate crisis.

Related: Climate crisis: extremely hot days could double in US, study shows

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Jacob Zuma refuses to testify before major corruption inquiry
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:28:15 GMT
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Former South African president claims he was treated unfairly during cross-examination

The former South African president Jacob Zuma has refused to testify before a major corruption inquiry, claiming he was being questioned unfairly.

Zuma was scheduled to give evidence throughout the week. But when the court reconvened on Friday morning after a 48-hour adjournment at his request, the 77-year-oldas politicianas lawyer, Muzi Sikhakhane, said he would take no further part in proceedings.

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Trump praises 'incredible' crowd who chanted 'send her back' at Ilhan Omar a live
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:42:30 GMT
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President abandons disavowal of racist chants aimed at the congresswoman, saying asheas lucky to be where she isa

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has launched an inquiry into whether officers properly monitored Jeffrey Epstein while the wealthy financier was participating in a work-release program.

Trump said he and Kanye West had talked about rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been detained in Sweden over an alleged aggravated assault since earlier this month.

The president said he would be in contact with the Swedish prime minister to address the situation.

Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rockyas incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!

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Hunt 'extremely concerned' as Iran seizes two British-linked oil tankers
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:27:42 GMT
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No UK citizens thought to be on either vessel taken by Iranian forces in strait of Hormuz on Friday

Iran seized two oil tankers a one registered in the UK, the other in Liberia a in the strait of Hormuz, marking a dramatic escalation in the worsening standoff in the Gulf.

Iranas Revolutionary Guard claimed to have taken the British-flagged Stena Impero into port, and Iranian officials claimed it had drifted out of shipping lane and turned its satellite locator off.

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Brussels to offer Boris Johnson extension on no-deal Brexit
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:21:49 GMT
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Exclusive: extra time could be used for renegotiation but will be billed as chance for no-deal planning

Brussels is preparing to offer Boris Johnson a no-deal Brexit extension beyond 31 October in an attempt to help him keep the Conservative party together and provide one more chance to strike an agreement deal.

The extra period of EU membership would be used for renegotiation but could be billed to Conservative Brexiters as an opportunity to prepare further for leaving without a deal.

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Ex-pharma chief charged with flooding Appalachian towns with opioids
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:43:39 GMT
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  • Anthony Rattini accused of ignoring evidence of opioidsa harm
  • Charges mark shift in effort to hold drug firms to account

Federal prosecutors have charged a former president of a major pharmaceutical distributor with flooding parts of Appalachia with millions of opioid pills while ignoring evidence they were driving addiction and death.

Related: Drug makers flooded US with billions of opioid pills as epidemic surged, data shows

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Heat warnings across US as experts warn of spike in extremely hot days
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:22:07 GMT
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  • Alerts in place for states as far apart as New Mexico and Maine
  • Climate crisis expected to make heatwaves the anew normala

More than half the US was under excessive heat warnings on Friday amid a brutal heatwave a which experts warned could become the anew normala because of the climate crisis.

Related: Climate crisis: extremely hot days could double in US, study shows

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Bolsonaro declares 'the Amazon is ours' and calls deforestation data 'lies'
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:00:01 GMT
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Far-right president said Brazil is open to partnerships exploiting biodiversity and mining in a conversation with journalists

The Amazon belongs to Brazil and European countries can mind their own business because they have already destroyed their own environment, said Brazilas far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who also described his own governmentas satellite data showing an alarming rise in deforestation as aliesa.

aYou have to understand that the Amazon is Brazilas, not yours,a Bolsonaro said on Friday. aIf all this devastation you accuse us of doing was done in the past the Amazon would have stopped existing, it would be a big desert.a

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Athens residents flee as strong earthquake shakes Greek capital
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:15:52 GMT
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No immediate news on injuries or damage after 5.3-magnitude quake rattles southern Greece

A strong earthquake has struck near Athens, causing residents of the Greek capital to run into the streets.

The cityas Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 but the US Geological Survey gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.3. The institute said the quake struck at 2.13pm local time, about 14 miles north of Athens.

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Boeing Max 737: airlines delay plane's return until November
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:59:01 GMT
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Southwest, American and United Airlines all put back return date for troubled jet

The swift return of Boeingas 737 Max aircraft to the skies was put further in doubt this week with airlines signalling that they do not hope to operate the plane any time soon.

With more than four months already elapsed since the plane was grounded by regulators, Southwest and American, two of the jetas main US operators, followed United Airlines in saying they would be taking the Max out of their schedules until November.

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Man who had leg amputated after being shot by dog reveals how he nearly died
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:08:28 GMT
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  • Ex-college football player Matt Branch shot on hunting trip
  • Labrador Tito stepped on gun and pulled trigger with paw

A former prominent college football player has revealed how he almost died after being shot by a dog during a hunting trip in Mississippi.

Related: Feline queasy: eight urgent questions about the Cats trailer

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aI just want to go home,a says Tiger Woods after missing Open cut
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:33:20 GMT
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aC/ Three-times champion candid after finishing on six over
aC/ aI donat have the flexibility I used to have, and never willa

Tiger Woods looked to be moving into Muhammad Ali territory this summer. He was not Ali in his pomp but the 1974 Rumble-in-the-Jungle Ali, the magician who shook up the world again at 32, convincing millions that destroying George Foreman proved to everyone there was more to come.

Was Tigeras Augusta triumph in April his Kinshasa? Or would there be a Joe Frazier waiting to make him suffer in Portrush this week? Joe was the wind and the rain and one of the best links courses in the world. An underdone Woods, knocked out in the second round, six over, was in no shape to tame his nemesis.

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Worse than Cats? The biggest CGI disasters in cinema
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:00:10 GMT
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The trailer for the live-action adaptation has shocked fans but, from Anaconda to Sonic, computer imagery in film has a patchy record

What it was
A horror, a horror movie, a singing violent horror.

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Senegal v Algeria: Africa Cup of Nations 2019 final a live!
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:49:01 GMT
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Algeria substitution: Slimani on, Bounedjah off

87 min: Diatta stands over a freekick wide on the left. Senegal sends all their big lads into the box. And Diatta balloons it over the bar. What an an awful freekick.

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Sharon Stone: I was forgotten like Princess Diana after I had a stroke
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:25:55 GMT
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Actor says it took seven years to recover from illness that first struck in 2001, during which time the actor says she was treated with abrutal unkindnessa by Hollywood

Sharon Stone has accused Hollywood of being abrutally unkinda in its treatment of her as she struggled to recover from a stroke in 2001.

Stone made the comments to Variety magazine at an event to raise awareness for the Womenas Brain Health Initiative in Los Angeles, after explaining she had had a amassive stroke a| a nine-day brain bleeda.

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Moon buggies and bags of poo: what humans left on the moon
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:07:32 GMT
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After 50 years of exploration, the lunar junkyard holds nearly 200 tonnes of objects

More than half a century of lunar exploration has left its mark on the moon. What Edwin aBuzza Aldrin described as the amagnificent desolationa of the relentlessly grey surface is littered with clapped-out robots, spacecraft parts, moon buggies (including one with a bible on the dashboard) and technical equipment.

Scattered around the Apollo landing sites are other items that were never meant to come home: a falconas feather, a javelin, bags of human waste, a family photo and an aluminium figure, the Fallen Astronaut, which lies on its side near a plaque bearing the names of 14 men who died in the pursuit of space exploration.

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Astronauts in the Grand Canyon: how Nasa used the west as a moonscape
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 05:00:47 GMT
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Rare photos capture astronauts in the Apollo program training in the rugged canyons, craters and lava fields of Arizona

On 20 July 1969, the world paused as an estimated 600 million people watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon. But few knew they were watching steps those men had long practiced in the canyons, craters and lava fields of Arizona.

Fifty years after the moon landing, Arizonaas role remains a forgotten piece of history a but this pockmarked landscape of high rocky plains once served as Nasaas training ground for astronauts headed to the lunar surface.

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Here's Trump hating on America. Is it time for him to leave?
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:28:58 GMT
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The president says if Democratic congresswomen criticize the US, they should go elsewhere. But mocking America is one of his own favorite pastimes

At a campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, the presidentas attacks against four progressive congresswomen of color culminated in his most overt attack yet. Referring to Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib as ahate-filled extremistsa, he continued his tirade to the delight of his supporters.

aTheyare always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they donat love it, tell aem to leave it,a Trump said to the crowd, who soon erupted into a chant of asend her backa.

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Alec Baldwin: 'You naughty English could fold sex into dentistry'
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 05:01:02 GMT
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Playing the fallen car entrepreneur John DeLorean, skewering Donald Trump on SNL, Woody Allen, #MeToo a| Why is it so hard to pin the actor down on anything?

A conversation with Alec Baldwin feels rather like being in a holding pattern above New York. Not that itas boring: on the contrary, talking with this old-fashioned film star and modern-day sitcom god, this part-time Trump antagonist and full-time schmoozy showbiz personality, is an entirely pleasant experience. You are in business class, perhaps even first, and you are happy and sated and stimulated. Spread out invitingly below you are the twinkling lights of Manhattan, where the 61-year-old actor and his 35-year-old wife, Hilaria, own a penthouse apartment. (They also have an 18th-century farmhouse in the Hamptons.) And yet a question presents itself, not unreasonably, as the plane circles the city and each new circumnavigation seems to bring it no closer to terra firma: are we ever going to land?

It is something to do with the circuitous nature of Baldwinas sentences, the way he riffs and waffles and meanders at will. Nothing can interrupt him, apart from his pets. (aHold on a second,a he says down the line from New York, and then I hear the words aGirls! Come!a before he returns to the phone to tell me he was ajust summoning my dogsa.) It is his appearance in the new docudrama Framing John DeLorean that has occasioned our conversation today. In bite-sized dramatic reconstructions peppered among interviews with the subjectas family and colleagues, Baldwin plays the late automobile executive and inventor, whose gull-winged car was turned into a time machine in Back to the Future but whose life was destroyed by ambition, stupidity and greed. Itas a compelling story that starts with DeLorean relinquishing his position as group executive at General Motors to start his own company and ends with his naive involvement in a cocaine-smuggling operation exposed in an FBI sting.

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Manholes or maintenance holes? The city rejecting gendered language
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 05:00:50 GMT
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Berkeley, California, bids farewell to amaidena names and amanpowera in favor of afamilya monikers and ahuman efforta

aMankinda, amanmadea, ahea as a generic pronoun: English words may not be designated masculine or feminine, but the language still bears the mark of patriarchy. With a bit of care, however, itas easy to even the playing field a how about ahumanitya, asynthetica, and atheya?

Itas simple enough for writers and editors to swap around these words. Itas more remarkable when an entire city government commits to them. Thatas whatas happening in Berkeley, California, where this week the city council committed to gender-neutral language in its municipal code.

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Donald Trump is the archetypal far-right charismatic leader. But his magic wonat last | Paul Jackson
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:23:17 GMT
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The US presidentas extreme rhetoric appeals to his supporters. But they will lose interest because his aims are unattainable

First aLock her up!a and aBuild that wall!a, now aSend her back!a. Donald Trumpas record of using such slogans to normalise misogyny and stoke prejudice has become exhaustive, and ever more overtly racist. His Twitter feeds have even recycled content from extreme-right groups that historians of fascism like me consider deeply worrying. Yet this all proves tremulously popular. Academics who study fascism are well placed to see that Trumpas shoot-from-the-hip public persona is a carefully constructed device, designed to consciously and deliberately break liberal taboos, setting an example to others that they can do likewise.

The most recent ratcheting-up of his endorsement of racist language came this week, displaying once again the powerful relationship between the leader who seeks to embody prejudice in the pursuit of power and followers who convey this power on him in their millions. True to form, it started with a tweet. He told four congresswomen of colour to ago homea, fuelling outrage from many who were rightly incensed by this latest attack on decency in public discourse. Then, during a rally in North Carolina a few days later, he focused on one of these congresswomen, Somali-born US citizen Ilhan Omar.

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Whatas really behind the spread of Lyme disease? Clue: itas not the Pentagon | Peter Beaumont
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:55:27 GMT
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After my tick bite I realised that the climate crisis was a more likely culprit than any conspiracy theory about weaponisation

The first indication Iad picked up a tick-borne disease three years ago was the excruciating arthritic pain in my feet as I hobbled to a dinner party at a neighbouras house in Jerusalem.

Later that night I experienced flu-like symptoms, including a raging fever that, even with antibiotics, would last for more than a week.

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Pardon the rant, but hereas why I love my Mooncup so much | Sophie Wilkinson
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:00:04 GMT
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Menstrual cups are eco friendly, save money and now are officially just as reliable as tampons

If youare a Guardian-reading woman of a certain age, itas likely youall have been party to the evangelical Mooncup rant. In the Mooncup rant, one woman tells the other about a convex piece of medical-grade silicone that has saved her life. She uses it each time she gets her period, and spends the rest of her time talking about it. The cup has saved her thousands, is proof of her eco credentials and is now, essentially, the best thing ever.

Iam relatively new to menstrual cups, turning to them two years ago after an organic tampon companyas cardboard applicators injured my gentlest parts. And Iave got the devotion of a convert, regularly proselytising about my Mooncup with all the spittle-flecked frenzy of a televangelist. A new study published by the Lancet this week has proved my claims. Researchers from the Medical Research Council, the Department for International Development and the Wellcome Trust found that menstrual cups were just as reliable as tampons.

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No deal would be disastrous. Labour must lead a national campaign to stop it | Owen Jones
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:42:11 GMT
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After alienating supporters with its Brexit stance, it can regain the initiative by blocking Boris Johnsonas dangerous fantasy

Off a cliff they march: bowler hat-wearing, besuited Englishmen, left leg raised theatrically a A la Ministry of Silly Walks a over the precipice before they topple into the abyss. This was the front-cover image of the New Yorker sketched in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 Brexit referendum result, but it surely even better captures our current predicament. Sing it gently: Itas Beginning to Look a Lot Like No Deal.

Under Theresa May, this was always an empty threat, even though she paved its way with her inflammatory declaration that ano deal is better than a bad deala. Under the clownish charlatan due to succeed her a drunk on rightwing populism, English nationalism, messianic delusion and Conservative existential angst a it is now a tangible possibility.

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After a crazy summer, who rules the NBA?
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:30:16 GMT
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Following one of the wildest free-agency periods in recent memory, a new world order is taking shape in the NBA. Hereas a look at the eight top contenders heading into next season

The dust has finally settled on one of the most frenetic free-agency periods in NBA history, a fortnight of seismic transactions that looks to have re-shaped the league for years to come. Questions always outnumber answers during the summer, but eight championship contenders stand out in our assessment of basketballas new world order.

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The Open 2019: second round - as it happened
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:47:37 GMT
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Related: Lee Westwoodas girlfriend and caddie Helen Storey proves a major boost

Related: Brooks Koepka insists he can win the Open if he gets the rub of the green | Sean Ingle

Related: aI just want to go home,a says Tiger Woods after missing Open cut

Well, that was an unexpected blast. Heartache for Rory McIlroy, but it was a wonderful day for another Irish star, Shane Lowry, who went out in 31 strokes and grabbed himself a share of the lead at the halfway mark. Moving Day promises to be one heck of a ride, with many of golfas biggest names in with a realistic shout of glory on Sunday. We leave you with a snapshot of the top of the leaderboard, followed by a list of the big names whoall be missing this weekend. Thanks for reading. Nighty night!

-8: Holmes, Lowry
-7: Fleetwood, Westwood
-6: Smith, Harding, Rose
-5: Koepka, Spieth, Putnam, Frittelli
-4: Van Rooyen, Finau, Bjerregaard, Reed, Rahm, Kuchar
-3: Hatton, D Johnson, Noren, Simpson, Stenson, Schauffele, Fowler
-2: An, Sabbatini, Pieters, Olesen, Els, Fitzpatrick, MacIntyre

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NFL wonat suspend Chiefsa Tyreek Hill in domestic violence case involving son
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:00:20 GMT
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  • Hill, 25, cleared to return to Chiefs following investigation
  • Wide receiver had been accused by fiancee of hurting son

Tyreek Hill has been cleared to report to Chiefs training camp next week after the NFL said Friday it would not suspend the star wide receiver under its personal conduct policy after a domestic violence case involving his 3-year-old son.

The league spent eight hours interviewing Hill late last month about the case, which came to light after a recording of Hill and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, aired on television station KCTV5.

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96-year-old Roy Englert runs 42-minute 5K to shatter age-group world record
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:41:49 GMT
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  • Englert, 96, runs 5000m in 42:30.23 to set age-group record
  • Virginia native already held the records in 800m and 1500m

Roy Englert, 96, added yet another world record to his collection at last weekas USATF Masters Outdoor Championships, running the 5000m in 42:30.23 to shatter the existing age-group mark by nearly eight minutes at the Cyclone Sports Complex in Ames, Iowa.

The Virginia native, who already held the 95 to 99 age group records for the 800m and 1500m and is a member of the world record 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams, broke Frank Levineas decade-old record of 50:10.56.

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Pulisic happy with Chelsea tune-up despite defeat by Kawasaki Frontale
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:10:37 GMT
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  • Frank Lampardas side beaten by late Damiao header
  • aIam happy. They were a very good opponent,a says Pulisic

Brazilian striker Damiao consigned Chelsea to a 1-0 defeat in Japan as J-League side Kawasaki Frontale claimed a famous pre-season scalp. The substituteas late effort in Yokohama settled a game into which Frank Lampardas men had gradually grown, but the Premier League side, who brought Christian Pulisic on as a second-half substitute, could not make the breakthrough.

A Chelsea starting lineup which included Willy Caballero, Mason Mount, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi, struggled to break the hosts down with Pedro forcing an early save and sending another shot just over the bar before Kenedy blasted just wide from distance.

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Alaphilippe extends Tour lead over Thomas with stunning time-trial win
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:24:13 GMT
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aC/ Frenchman extends lead over Thomas to 1min 26sec on stage 13
aC/ Thomas was expected to gain time back on Alaphilippe

Geraint Thomasas hopes of taking the yellow jersey at the foot of the Pyrenees wilted in the heat of the afternoon after his path to a second Tour victory became much more complicated following another extraordinary performance from the overall race leader, Julian Alaphilippe.

On the centenary of the introduction of the yellow jersey Alaphilippeas stage win in the only individual time trial in this yearas race left his rivals slack-jawed with astonishment as he surpassed any prior time-trial showings with an emphatic win that increased his overall lead on the defending champion.

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The Jeffrey Epstein scandal - podcast
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 02:00:42 GMT
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The financier Jeffrey Epstein is back in court on charges of the sex trafficking of minors. Vicky Ward and Ed Pilkington discuss his case. Plus: Aditya Chakrabortty wonders why the French super-rich who promised to donate to Notre Dame havenat paid up yet

Jeffrey Epstein is a wealthy financier and one-time friend to the rich and famous, counting Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton as acquaintances. In 2005 a 14-year-old girl reported that Epstein had molested her in Palm Beach. Others came forward, some of them also minors. But after plea negotiations between Epsteinas legal team and the then US attorney in Miami, Alexander Acosta, Epstein served just 13 months in prison.

This month he was arrested on sex trafficking charges and last week federal prosecutors claimed that lewd photographs of girls as young as 14 had been discovered in a safe in his Manhattan mansion. Epstein, 66, has pleaded not guilty. Journalist Vicky Ward tells Anushka Asthana about meeting Epstein in 2002 when she was profiling him for Vanity Fair magazine, while the Guardianas Ed Pilkington discusses the current case.

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Stephen Colbert on Trump: 'Our horror only makes him stronger'
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:54:18 GMT
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Late-night hosts discussed the presidentas desperate attempts to distance himself from his rally crowdas racist chant

Late-night hosts criticised Donald Trumpas desperate attempts to try to separate himself from a racist chant at one of his rallies this week

Related: Seth Meyers to Trump: 'If their country is crime-infested then that's on you'

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: how Netflix totalled Seinfeld's star vehicle
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:00:03 GMT
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It was once a cheap and cheerful YouTube series. But then the streaming giant threw $100m at it and now the low-stakes charm has been lost

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was a nice idea at the time. It was a fun, low-stakes YouTube series where you could spend quarter of an hour watching Larry David or Chris Rock shoot the breeze in a cafe. It wasnat the smartest show. It wasnat the funniest. Its entertainment value largely depended on how much you liked the subject. But that was the fun of it. Jerry Seinfeld didnat need the money, and you didnat need to love it. It was just there as a nice little diversion; something to watch at your desk while you ate a sandwich at work.

Related: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: the five best episodes

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Johnny Clegg obituary
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:14:47 GMT
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Singer-songwriter who used music to defy apartheid in South Africa

Johnny Clegg, who has died of cancer aged 66, was a white singer-songwriter who became a national hero in South Africa by using music to defy the apartheid-era segregation laws. He challenged the authorities by forming mixed-race bands, performing to both black and white audiences, and mixing Zulu influences into songs that brought him international success. Known as the awhite Zulua or umlungu omnyama (athe black white persona), he spoke fluent Zulu and was an energetic and skilful exponent of Zulu dance.

He was best known for the poignant, stirring 1987 anthem Asimbonanga (We have not seen him), a tribute to Nelson Mandela, who was then still in jail, and to other key figures of the anti-apartheid struggle. Twelve years later, soon after he stepped down as president, Mandela joined Clegg on stage in Frankfurt as he was performing the song, in one of the most emotional scenes in political pop history.

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BeyoncA(c): The Lion King: The Gift review aA superstar shows impeccable taste
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:12:10 GMT
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Her solo numbers are of varying quality, but BeyoncA(c) gives a valuable platform to African artists in this collaborative Disney spinoff
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At first glance, The Lion King: The Gift doesnat look like a new BeyoncA(c) album so much as a demonstration of the singeras astonishing star power. The Walt Disney Company is a famously unbending organisation, and yet BeyoncA(c) appears to have got it to hand over the assets of the highest-grossing entertainment property in history so she can make an album, released in direct competition with the soundtrack of the new remake, complete with a cameo role for her seven-year-old daughter.

Initially, it seems as if BeyoncA(c) thinks the US writer a who recently opined that what was wrong with The Lion King remake was that they hadnat changed the plot so that BeyoncA(c)as character was the leading role and replaced the songs with songs by BeyoncA(c) a had a point. Her album feels like an alternative soundtrack. The opening Bigger and Find Your Way Back seem like riffs on Circle of Life a the former a slightly rambling self-help ballad that kicks into life three quarters of the way through; the latter an understated pop track underpinned by a rhythm track inspired by Afrobeats.

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Puerto Rico: top figures in governor's own party urge him to resign
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:59:56 GMT
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  • Ricardo RossellA3 under pressure over abusive chat messages
  • New big protest planned outside mansion on Friday night

Support for Puerto Ricoas governor, Ricardo RossellA3, continued to plunge on Friday, as senior figures in his New Progressive party called for his resignation and demonstrators returned to the streets of San Juan.

Related: Puerto Rico police clash with protesters in wake of governor's sexist texts

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Philadelphia man scales down 19-storey building to escape fire
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:08:35 GMT
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  • Man who scaled down the building did not appear to be injured
  • Fire spread heavy smoke to all floors of the high-rise

A man scaled several floors down the side of a 19-storey building in Philadelphia to escape a fire that injured four residents and three police officers.

The fire at the Holden Tower apparently began in a trash chute about 9:30pm Thursday, causing flames to shoot out and spread heavy smoke to all floors of the high-rise.

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Laquan McDonald: four fired for alleged cover up of white officer's role in killing
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 02:15:32 GMT
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Chicago police board finds the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old to justify his shooting

The Chicago police board on Thursday fired four police officers for allegedly covering up a white officeras 2014 fatal shooting of the black teenager Laquan McDonald.

The nine-member board found the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald to justify his shooting by Jason Van Dyke and voted unanimously for the dismissal of Sgt Stephen Franko and officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes.

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Iowa executive was not sacked for loving Tupac Shakur, says governor
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 01:54:20 GMT
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Kim Reynolds says a anumber of factorsa were behind the dismissal of state human services chief Jerry Foxhoven

The governor of Iowa has denied firing a senior executive because he sent emails to staff praising Tupac Shakur and exhorting them to listen to the late rapperas lyrics.

Kim Reynoldsas decision to sack Jerry Foxhoven after he sent the email to more than 4,000 staff in June set off an explosion of national and interntional interest in Iowaas usually unremarkable state administration.

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Donald Trump offers his backing to Boris Johnson to become PM
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:30:27 GMT
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US president says Conservative party leadership frontrunner will astraighten outa Brexit

Donald Trump has offered his backing to Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become the UKas prime minister next week, saying he will succeed in pushing through Brexit.

The US president, who has been heavily critical of Theresa Mayas attempts to reach a withdrawal deal, has previously sought to align his own populist politics with the UKas vote to leave the EU, for which Johnson was a leading campaigner.

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Jewish leaders accuse Labour of 'letting off' antisemites
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:14:12 GMT
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Party says it is taking adecisive actiona after leaked draft of disciplinary process sparks further anger

Labour has been accused by the Board of Deputies of British Jews of aletting offa people accused of antisemitism without sanction, after a leaked draft of the partyas disciplinary process showed that some members can avoid punishment in serious cases where they have apologised and agreed to undergo education.

The Board of Deputies, a leading Jewish organisation, said Labouras disciplinary processes were still not good enough and appeared too permissive towards antisemites, following the emergence of a draft of the partyas aantisemitism decision-making matrixa from March.

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Give endangered jaguars legal rights, Argentina campaigners ask court
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:28:48 GMT
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With fewer than 20 left in the South American countryas Gran Chaco forest a the big cats could be classed as a anon-human persona

Argentinaas supreme court has been asked to recognize the legal rights of the South American jaguar, of which fewer than 20 individuals remain alive in the countryas Gran Chaco region.

The largest cat in the Americas once roamed the continent as far north as the Grand Canyon, but is now in decline across the entire western hemisphere.

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Kosovo PM resigns before questioning at The Hague
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:03:28 GMT
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Ramush Haradinaj agrees to appear at Serbia war crimes inquiry but not as leader

Kosovoas prime minister has resigned after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the 1998-99 war.

Ramush Haradinaj said he had agreed to be interviewed at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutoras Office next week and did not want to appear there as prime minister.

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Canada to pay nearly C$1bn to sexual misconduct victims in military
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:38:33 GMT
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Government set aside funds for Canadian Armed Forces members but doesnat admit liability following class-action lawsuits

Canadaas government will pay nearly C$1bn ($770m) to members of the military who took part in class-action lawsuits alleging widespread sexual misconduct.

aNo one should feel unsafe in their place of work, in their communities,a Justin Trudeau told reporters on Thursday, according to the CBC. aThere was a lot of negotiation and discussion with both the people concerned and their representatives and we were pleased that we got a settlement that was acceptable to the people involved,a the prime minister said.

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aI feel finea: Merkel dismisses health fears after shaking bouts
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:28:43 GMT
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German chancellor also says she feels solidarity with targets of Donald Trumpas racism

Angela Merkel has sought to assuage concerns about her health after a spate of shaking bouts at public events, saying she is feeling fine and looking forward to a healthy life when she steps down in two years.

aI understand questions about my health, and I have already given an answer to this,a said the German chancellor, who recently turned 65. aIt is important that I commit myself to the responsibility of acting as head of government. I just would say you have known me for some time and I can perform this role.a

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Israeli spraying of herbicide near Gaza harming Palestinian crops
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:00:12 GMT
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Israel sprays buffer zone to deprive potential aterror elementsa of cover, but farmers in Gaza say crops and livelihoods are damaged

Israeli aircraft spraying herbicide beside the buffer zone along the Gaza strip is directly affecting the livelihoods of Palestinians in violation of international standards, a new report claims.

The study tracked the drift of the herbicides on to the Gazan side and concluded it was killing agricultural crops and causing aunpredictable and uncontrollable damagea, according to the reportas main researcher.

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Passengers incensed: Vienna adds perfumed trains to a!1 a day travel
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:35:36 GMT
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Austrian capital follows success of cheap season ticket with another sweet deal for commuters

The rush-hour subway train glides into the station, the doors snap open and passengers move forward to board. As they enter the crowded carriage, they are met not with a musty mix of human odours, but with the subtle aroma of citrus fruit.

A select few trains on Viennaas U-bahn are trialling perfumed carriages following complaints that the cityas subway system was unpleasant during the summer, despite widespread air conditioning.

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Guatemala court upholds request to suspend work at huge nickel mine
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:05:30 GMT
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Campaigners say full consultation was not carried out before 2014 reopening of European-owned Fenix site

Guatemalaas constitutional court has upheld a request from indigenous campaigners to suspend operations at one of the largest nickel mines in Central America, in a battle over the facilityas environmental impact.

The court found in favour of an appeal brought by campaigners who claim the ministry of energy and mines failed to carry out a full consultation with local people when it decided, in 2016, to extend the licence for the Fenix mine.

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Jacob Zuma refuses to testify before major corruption inquiry
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:28:15 GMT
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Former South African president claims he was treated unfairly during cross-examination

The former South African president Jacob Zuma has refused to testify before a major corruption inquiry, claiming he was being questioned unfairly.

Zuma was scheduled to give evidence throughout the week. But when the court reconvened on Friday morning after a 48-hour adjournment at his request, the 77-year-oldas politicianas lawyer, Muzi Sikhakhane, said he would take no further part in proceedings.

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Share - An instagram star at a crossroads - video
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:00:11 GMT
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Tim is an 18-year-old Asian-American with more than 4m followers on Instagram. He lives online, grabbing his phone first thing in the morning and even taking baths with it sometimes. Although Tim usually shares funny memes, he occasionally posts about mental health. In exploring his reasons for these posts, we discover he has created a different persona online than in real life. Will he be able to reconcile the two? Tackling issues of identity, family and communication, the film is a heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story about a Generation Z teenager at an important crossroads in his life

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Big Little Lies: has season two really been a screaming great flop?
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:00:06 GMT
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Fuelled by reports about behind-the-scenes turmoil, armchair experts have torn into the returning HBO drama. But is it really as bad as people say?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a as reliably as Renata Klein sets off any metal detector she walks through in the HBO series Big Little Lies a most modern-day fans will ruin the experience of watching a hit TV programme. We canat help it; we worry away at imperfect character arcs or narrative misfires until the very fabric of the show comes apart in our hands.

The more the first season of a show delivers, the more the armchair commentariat chews through any subsequent offerings, like moths working through cashmere. We saw it most overtly with the final season of Game of Thrones which a while admittedly far from perfect a attracted the sort of furore normally reserved for tax-dodgers or cold callers. Later, the actors who had worked on the flagship HBO show revealed that the experience of seeing the showas final season ripped apart online had been deeply hurtful.

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The Apollo 11 moon landing was a distraction from America's problems
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 06:00:48 GMT
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In researching my latest novel, I discovered how the sinister shadow of Vietnam and racial injustice followed the light of the great show in the sky

On a bright winter morning in 2014, I pressed my head against the glass of my bedroom window and asked a man who had walked on the moon to tell me about the colors there. The black sky as seen from that planet, Alan Bean said, on the phone from Texas, was aglossya like apatent leathera. Itas a recording Iave listened to many times since, trying to understand the particular solitude of the mid-century astronaut, a person who could explore another world while his own spun in flames.

Related: 'We had 15 seconds of fuel left': Buzz Aldrin on the nervy moon landing

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Carbon calculator: how taking one flight emits as much as many people do in a year
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:06:17 GMT
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Even short-haul flights produce huge amounts of CO2, figures show

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How to kickstart a sneaker collection: buy 99 of world's rarest in one go
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:51:20 GMT
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Canadian investor Miles Nadal splurged $850,000 at Sothebyas to snap up their entire auction of sought-after trainers

Some sneakerheads spend their entire lives painstakingly assembling the perfect collection. Others, like Miles Nadal, have a more direct approach: buying them all at once.

Nadal, a Canadian investor and entrepreneur, secured one of the sneaker worldas most impressive hauls this week when he spent $850,000 on 99 of the rarest trainers in the world. The shoes were set to be auctioned by Sothebyas and the digital retailer Stadium Goods before he arranged the deal pre-emptively, he told the Guardian.

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Experience: my dog is a champion surfer
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:00:12 GMT
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The dogs have 10 minutes to catch as many waves as they can. Judges look at length of ride, whether they make it back to shore, and how many tricks they do

When my golden retriever, Ricochet, was born, on 20 January 2008, she took her first breath in my hands. I had launched a non-profit organisation called Puppy Prodigies, to train service dogs for people with disabilities, and I supported her mother while she had her litter. Ricochet was the ninth of 10.

She was a brilliant puppy a high energy and lots of fun; she got her name because she was literally bouncing off the walls. She began service dog training at a few days old and started off well, but at 16 weeks she began to shut down; she was more interested in chasing birds. Luckily she found something else to do.

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Sri Lanka bombings: three months on, tourism workers tell their stories
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:01:59 GMT
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The Easter attacks hit the tourist trade hard. We talk to five Sri Lankans, whose livelihoods depend on visitors, about hardship, recovery and hope

May and June are the low season in Sri Lanka, but this year, following the Easter Sunday bombings, tourism ground to a halt. Hotels were empty, beaches were deserted and popular attractions that had been starting to suffer from overtourism were eerily quiet. The UK Foreign Officeas warning against all but essential travel was issued on April 25, effectively forcing UK holidaymakers to either cancel or postpone bookings.

Visitors in May were down 70% year on year. After the FCO changed its advice six weeks later on 6 June a and other countries lifted their restrictions a visitor numbers rose a little but were still 57% down year on year.

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Iam 34 and still a virgin. Whatas wrong with me?
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:00:12 GMT
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More reality, less fantasy, will help you understand who you are and what you really want, says Annalisa Barbieri

I am a 34-year-old virgin. This wouldnat be such a big issue were it not for the inevitability of heartbreak. Every now and then, I fall in love with someone a often at work a and I become infatuated before I know them properly. There is always a big conversation in which I admit to my feelings and she says she doesnat feel that way at all. Then Iam heartbroken for about four months. These feelings are purely romantic and I never fantasise about having sex with any of the women. I think I might be asexual but I canat be sure, given that Iave never had a relationship.

I know Iam not normal in how I approach romance, but I donat know exactly what is wrong with me. I canat get help. When Iave tried, I have been taken through the checklist: I am in stable employment, can do everyday tasks and donat have thoughts of suicide, so I donat stand a chance of moving up the long [NHS] waiting lists for counselling. But if I donat find a way out of this cycle, it is only a matter of time before I fall in love again, get rejected and spend another six months listening to sad songs about unrequited love.

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Man Assaults Corey Katir