Wellcome Trust could become first big employer to launch four-day week
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:49:38 GMT
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Exclusive: research foundation is largest company yet considering cut in staff hours

That Friday feeling could soon be switched to Thursday, at one major employer at least. The science funding foundation the Wellcome Trust is considering moving all of its 800 head office staff to a four-day week in a bid to boost productivity and improve work-life balance.

A trial of the new working week at the APS26bn London-based biomedical research foundation could start as soon as this autumn, giving workers Fridays off to do whatever they want with no reduction in pay. Some parts of the organisation already operate a no-emails policy in the evenings or at weekends, but this would mark a more dramatic change.

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Sweden gets new government four months after election
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:02:59 GMT
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Stefan LAPfven given second term in office at head of centre-left minority administration

Swedenas parliament has voted to give the Social Democrat leader, Stefan LAPfven, a second term in office at the head of a new centre-left minority government, ending more than four months of deadlock following an inconclusive election.

The caretaker prime minister will take office on Monday, governing in a coalition with the Green party and with the parliamentary backing of the Centre and Liberal parties, formerly members of the four-party centre-right opposition Alliance.

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Boris Johnson falsely denies issuing Turkey warning in Brexit campaign
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:46:48 GMT
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Letter undermines Johnsonas claim he adidnat make any remarks about Turkey, matea

A speech by Boris Johnson designed to burnish his leadership credentials has been overshadowed by his incorrect claim that he adidnat say anything about Turkeya during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.

The former foreign secretary tried to argue he had no need to apologise for Vote Leaveas warnings that Turks could come to the UK if the country were to join the EU, because he had not made them himself.

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Women's March set to proceed under cloud of controversy
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:51:00 GMT
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Event on Saturday set to be smaller after several major sponsors withdrew following allegations of antisemitism

Just two years after leading the largest recorded protest in US history, the third annual Womenas March on Saturday is set to proceed under a cloud of controversy.

Related: Theater project lets women who accused Trump tell their stories

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Home Office refuses to let great-grandparents remain in UK
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:04:38 GMT
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Iranian couple rely on family for support and help care for their autistic grandson

The Home Office is trying to separate a couple from their four British children, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild by forcing them to return to Iran.

The 83-year-old great-grandfather and 73-year-old great-grandmother, who bought their flat in Edinburgh in 1978, live near their close-knit family and depend heavily on their daily support. But they also act as co-parents to one of their grandchildren, a teenager with severe autism who requires constant supervision. Their help enables the boyas mother a a single parent a to continue her work as an NHS nurse.

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Trump reportedly directed Cohen to lie to Congress about Moscow project a live news
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:56:19 GMT
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President told former lawyer to lie about negotiations to build a Trump Tower, BuzzFeed reports, as shutdown enters day 28

If presidential crime and punishment discussions arenat going away any time soon, neither is the issue of the US-Mexico border.

Starting off in the ayou have to laugh or youad crya zone, here is the latest cover of the New Yorker.

An early look at next week's cover: "Walled In," by John Cuneo: https://t.co/LDeCz3ycb4 pic.twitter.com/nAaY4iJlXE

We wonat sidetrack for more than a moment on Cohenas father-in-law Fima Shusterman, but as Trump keeps bringing him up, hereas a quick recap.

Shusterman, was charged with two other men in 1993 with conspiring to defraud the IRS in connection with his New York taxi business. He pleaded guilty to a related charge that same year, and was placed on probation for two years.

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Indonesia to free radical cleric linked to Bali bombings
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:40:56 GMT
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President confirms early jail release of atrocityas alleged mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir

Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical Muslim cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, will be granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds, Indonesiaas president has said.

Bashir, 81, who is considered the spiritual leader of the Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), was convicted in 2010 under anti-terrorism laws for links to militant training camps in Aceh province and jailed for 15 years.

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Three men jailed for murder of five in Leicester shop blast
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:51:23 GMT
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Aram Kurd, Hawkwar Hassan and Arkan Ali plotted APS300,000 insurance scam

Three men who murdered five people by causing an explosion at a Leicester shop in a APS300,000 insurance scam have been jailed for life.

Aram Kurd, Hawkar Hassan and Arkan Ali blew up a supermarket and a flat above, in Hinckley Road on 25 February last year.

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Woman denied abortion in Dublin despite new legislation
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:33:39 GMT
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Hospitalas decision has raised questions over introduction of abortion services in Ireland

A hospital in Dublin has refused an abortion to a woman with a fatal foetal abnormality, raising questions over Irelandas recent introduction of abortion services.

The Coombe hospital, a leading maternity facility that has signed up to the service, reportedly declined to terminate the pregnancy because it did not afall neatlya into a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis.

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Violent crime rises by 43% in three years on London Underground
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:20:28 GMT
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RMT blames government cuts to TfLas budget for increase in number of incidents

Violent crime on the London Underground has risen by more than 43% in the past three years, figures have shown.

Data from British Transport Police (BTP) showed 2,838 reported incidents took place between November 2017 and September 2018. Between November 2015 and October 2016, there were 1,980.

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Banksy artwork found on garage in Wales sold for six-figure sum
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:40:23 GMT
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Garage owner sells Seasons Greetings to expert but it will stay in Port Talbot for now

A Banksy artwork that appeared on a nondescript garage in a Welsh town has been sold to a dealer for a six-figure sum.

The garageas owner, Ian Lewis, has sold the piece, Seasons Greetings, to the Essex-based Banksy expert John Brandler but it will stay in Port Talbot, at least for the time being.

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Is there a Democrat who can oust Donald Trump?
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:00:06 GMT
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The Democrats are already fighting for the opportunity to take on Donald Trump a but can any of them hope to unseat him? Plus: Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai on what she would like to tell the US president about building walls

The Democrats are gearing up for the 2020 US election. After being crushed by the 2016 result, this is a party still struggling to define itself a with a fierce battle under way between candidates from its more traditional and radical wings.

Anushka Asthana talks to the Guardianas US political reporter Sabrina Siddiqui about some of the Democrats who are weighing up a presidential run. They discuss whether the US will ever be ready for a female president and the best tactics to take on Trump.

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'Aren't you going insane?': readers' questions from beyond Brexitland
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:38:34 GMT
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Jon Henley answers Brexit queries from confused readers around the world

Having asked those of you living outside the UK if you were confused by the latest news from Brexitland, I got so many responses (thank you all) that I have grouped and paraphrased the most common ones so as to be able answer, at least approximately, as many as possible.

And Iave mostly stuck to factual questions on the Brexit process. aWill Brexit finally teach Britain it no longer rules the world?a from (among others) Steve Norman in Canada, Ferdy in Dublin and Thijs in the Netherlands, warrants a book-length response, but not now.

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Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris on her gruelling 83-hour win: aI just had one job to do'
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:20:53 GMT
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The winner of the brutal Montane Spine Race on how hiking with her baby helped her to smash the menas record a despite having to express milk along the way

It is Britainas most brutal running race a 268 miles non-stop along the Pennine Way, from Edale in Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders, in January. Jasmin Paris, who is still breastfeeding her 14-month-old daughter Rowan, and was expressing milk along the way, this week beat 136 other competitors a including 125 men a from 15 different countries, to win the Montane Spine Race outright. In the process, on Wednesday, she smashed the menas course record by more than 12 hours.

Paris, who is a vet working at the University of Edinburgh and studying acute myeloid leukaemia, told the Guardian she had planned to wean her daughter before the race began, but two back-to-back viral infections meant baby Rowan refused to take anything except milk for five days, and so by the time of the race she was still breastfeeding to avoid mastitis.

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Bling and beauty: Dakar's fashion comes of age a photo essay
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:19 GMT
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Photojournalist Finbarr OaReilly has been covering Dakar fashion week for over a decade. He charts the cityas burgeoning style scene

Alongside its golden beaches, glitzy nightclubs and vibrant music scene, Senegalas capital, Dakar, is emerging as a key African fashion hub.

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The Commons touch: the artist making MPs finger-paint Brexit
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:30:23 GMT
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Elaine Robinson is in Westminster, making a snapshot of the UK using MPsa fingerprints. Will May pull her finger out? Will Boris play identity politics? We join her exploits on a historic day

Westminster, the day before Theresa Mayas supposedly meaningful vote, and the atmosphere is tense. Not among the MPs, who all seem fairly sure of their decision by this point, but at the art stall Elaine Robinson has set up in the Commonsa upper waiting room. Sheas embarking on an ambitious project a to collect the fingerprints of MPs, Lords and other Westminster workers and create an artistic statement of unity during this especially fractious week a but thereas a problem. Upstairs, away from the main action, sheas at the mercy of whichever MPs happen to be wandering past, and most of them seem to be rather busy at the moment.

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'Why Jay?': Chigozie Obioma on the haunting death that inspired his novel
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:20 GMT
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The Man Booker shortlisted author is back with The Orchestra of Minorities, a novel that grew from a life-changing event during his student days in Cyprus

When Chigozie Obioma came up with the idea of writing a novel from the point of view of a personas achia a the animating spirit that, in Igbo cosmology, every living thing contains a his heart sank. It seemed to the 33-year-old that as a writing exercise it was too weird and too hard, besides which, how would he even describe it? aReally I didnat want to do it that way at all,a he says, in the restaurant of a New York hotel. aThatas the thing with me; any time I come up with an idea for a novel, Iam drawn to a very grand, almost cosmic structure that I try to push away. But as time goes on, and as the story builds, itas almost as if without this frame it would not make sense. So I would just go ahead, even though I knew it would be very difficult to navigate.a

The result is An Orchestra of Minorities a Obiomaas second novel after his Man Booker-shortlisted debut The Fishermen a an Odyssey-like story in which a poultry farmer from Nigeria undertakes a journey to prove himself worthy of the woman he loves. Chinonso, a man whose chi dithers constantly over how much to interfere in his hostas fortunes, falls in love with a wealthy woman called Ndali, whom he saves from jumping off a bridge and in so doing aligns his destiny with hers. The novel is a study in what happens when a man loses control of his life and is subject to forces a in this case, the corrupt middlemen who persuade Chinonso to hand over lots of money for a place at university in northern Cyprus, and the racism he confronts on arrival a greater than his own.

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Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far?
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:00:11 GMT
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Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the worldas euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequences

By Christopher de Bellaigue

Last year a Dutch doctor called Bert Keizer was summoned to the house of a man dying of lung cancer, in order to end his life. When Keizer and the nurse who was to assist him arrived, they found around 35 people gathered around the dying manas bed. aThey were drinking and guffawing and crying,a Keizer told me when I met him in Amsterdam recently. aIt was boisterous. And I thought: aHow am I going to cleave the waters?a But the man knew exactly what to do. Suddenly he said, aOK, guys!a and everyone understood. Everyone fell silent. The very small children were taken out of the room and I gave him his injection. I could have kissed him, because I wouldnat have known how to break up the party.a

Keizer is one of around 60 physicians on the books of the Levenseindekliniek, or End of Life Clinic, which matches doctors willing to perform euthanasia with patients seeking an end to their lives, and which was responsible for the euthanasia of some 750 people in 2017. For Keizer, who was a philosopher before studying medicine, the advent of widespread access to euthanasia represents a new era. aFor the first time in history,a he told me, awe have developed a space where people move towards death while we are touching them and they are in our midst. Thatas completely different from killing yourself when your wifeas out shopping and the kids are at school and you hang yourself in the library a which is the most horrible way of doing it, because the wound never heals. The fact that you are a person means that you are linked to other people. And we have found a bearable way of severing that link, not by a natural death, but by a self-willed ending. Itas a very special thing.a

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'I have lost my wallet and brother': reuniting at Kumbh Mela, the world's largest festival
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:09:23 GMT
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As an estimated 15m Hindus gather at convergence of holy rivers in India, the huge lost-and-found centres go digital

Day and night, through crackling loudspeakers, the announcements ring out. aIt is Babu speaking,a says a shrill voice. aI have lost my wallet and brother. Please come here the moment you hear this.a

aLal Ram is here,a a woman says a few times. aCome and collect him from the yellow tower.a

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Why are people cheering for no deal? Because theyare thinking about it the wrong way | Anand Menon
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:16:54 GMT
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In an encounter with a Question Time audience in Derby I tried to explain that Brexit is no ordinary transaction

There are moments in life when your heart sinks. I had one last night, right at the start of my terrifying debut on Question Time. Isabel Oakeshott had just said we should leave the EU with no deal. And the audience cheered. Not a subdued, start-of-the-evening, not-quite-warmed-up cheer. But a roar. A loud one. Shit, I thought. Do I dare point out the problems with this? Because there are problems aplenty.

Metaphors matter. And Brexit has become a metaphorical cornucopia (if you see what I mean). Perhaps nowhere is this more true, and more damagingly and misleadingly so, than when it comes to the question of ano deala.

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These Steiner afailuresa are really a failure of the free school agenda | Zoe Williams
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:00:23 GMT
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It turns out that letting anyone open a Steiner school wasnat one of Michael Goveas best ideas

Ofsted inspectors have found three of the UKas four Steiner state schools ainadequatea, in reports that will be published this week. Their core concerns are believed to be safeguarding, bullying and a lack of support for children with special educational needs. A number of private Steiner schools have also been deemed inadequate.

In a brilliant primer written in 2014, when free schools were still a jewel in the crown of the coalition government, the BBC journalist Chris Cook described the core controversies that might be thrown up by Steiner schools. At that point, and to this day, these are mainly private schools. In a way, the handful that opened on the stateas dollar were the apotheosis of Michael Goveas promise to parents: if you want to replicate a private education, even at its very wackiest, and you have the energy, you have our blessing.

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Cutting tuition fees wonat help poorer students a reduce interest rates instead | David Blunkett
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:02:29 GMT
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The governmentas university funding review must not cut fees a that would damage teaching and help only richer students

aC/ David Blunkett is a former education secretary

Recent research has shown that higher education students from wealthier families are paying off tuition fees in England upfront, in order to avoid debts and asky-higha interest rates. The findings, from the Intergenerational Foundation, showed that the abank of mum and dada was once again intervening in a world of deep inequality and unfairness.

The thinktank called for changes to the current fees system a however, this is unlikely to benefit those being disadvantaged by it.

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Cate Blanchettas S&M play is just the shock that tepid theatre needs | Suzanne Moore
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:27:51 GMT
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When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other is brutal, unsparing and made an audience member faint. How brilliant

If you love theatre and want to read a measured review of a play that you can go and see, stop right here. The play that I am talking about, Martin Crimpas When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, which I feel could be the title of much of what I have sat through in the theatre, is one you are unlikely to see either. It is at the National Theatre and is completely sold out. Tickets could only be obtained by public ballot. It stars Cate Blanchett, who is of course bloody wonderful, and is full of sex and violence.

I am not a theatre buff (though I have been a film critic), but most of what I have seen in the theatre in the last 40 years has been mediocre beyond belief. I love Beckett and recently loved the Pinter revival. But what is so brilliant about Pinter is how much fear and menace he conjures just off stage. Every line a threat, every character is implicit in the horror. Its not in your face, it just gets in your head.

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It was never about Europe. Brexit is Britainas reckoning with itself | Fintan OaToole
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:00:13 GMT
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Brexit is just the vehicle by which a fractured state has come to realise that its politics are no longer fit for purpose

At least the Sun thrives on chaos. The savage parliamentary mauling of Britainas withdrawal agreement with the European Union allowed Rupert Murdochas pet tabloid to unveil on Wednesday morning a front page of grandly gleeful malevolence. Under the headline Brextinct, it conjured a creepy chimera of Theresa Mayas head pasted on to the body of a dodo. But the thing about such surreal pictures is that it is not easy to control their interpretation. From the outside, this one seemed to suggest much more than the immediately intended message that both May and her deal are politically dead. When, it prompted one to ask, did Brextinction really happen? Was this strange creature ever really alive or was it not always a grotesquely Photoshopped image of something else, a crisis of belonging that has attached itself to the wrong union? Do the events of this week point us, not towards the EU, but to the travails of a radically disunited kingdom?

Related: Theresa Mayas survival is just a Tory confidence trick | Gary Younge

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When my parents split, I was told 11 was a bad age. Maybe itas true | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:00:16 GMT
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Yes, divorce happens, you just get on with it. But there can be scars, as new research indicates, and children need support

I was 11 when my parents separated. A abad agea, people sometimes say, in that sagacious tone, when the topic comes up. It rarely does any more, because to have divorced parents is unexceptional these days.

A abroken homea (file this term in the glossary along with abad agea and achild of divorcea) leaves an indelible mark on a person, we are told. Yet alongside the many false assumptions peddled about the impact of absent or single parents on childhood, there are also pieces of research about divorce that are worthy of our attention. The latest, from the Institute of Education, suggests that parental separation is more likely to harm the mental health of children if they are aged at least seven when the split occurs. It looked at 6,245 children and young people in the UK and found that minors aged between seven and 14 at the time of the split exhibited a 16% rise in emotional problems such as anxiety and depressive symptoms and an 8% increase in conduct disorders.

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Katelyn Ohashi's perfect 10 reminded America life could be fun again
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:24:15 GMT
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The gymnastas unbridled exuberance and joy set off a floor routine that captivated millions around the world as a message of hope to all in the face of adversity

Thereas a reasonably good chance youave already seen the video of the American gymnast Katelyn Ohashias floor exercise from a quad meet in Anaheim last weekend. The two-minute clip of the UCLA senior tumbling and swaying and launching her 4ft 10in form into the air to a frenetic mashup of 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s hits became a viral smash almost immediately after it was posted to the teamas Twitter feed and has since racked up more than 40m views and counting.

Virality is an unpredictable cocktail and the widespread appeal of the 21-year-oldas routine, which earned the sixth perfect score of her collegiate career and helped the Bruins to a first-place finish over California, Michigan State and UC Davis, is not down to any one ingredient. Her technical skill and extraordinary athleticism are obvious a the double layout with a split is a kicker rarely seen on the college level a but hardly unparalleled. Her charisma and showmanship are palpable but not without precedent, nor are the nostalgia-drizzled musical choices of Ike & Tina Turner and Earth, Wind & Fire along with the Jackson 5 and Michael and Janet Jackson.

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Arnautovic dropped by West Ham, team news and transfer latest a live!
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:51:51 GMT
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Nuno Espirito Santo has been talking about his approach to the midseason transfer window:

I agree that itas more difficult to sign players in January. You donat have the same numbers of players available. It doesnat make sense to bring someone in that you donat find different to what you already have.

The other point is knowing what you sometimes want, or the profile you want, is not available in the transfer window because they are doing well in other teams and they donat want to sell. Itas the same as us. If someone comes knocking on my door and asks for some kind of player, the answer will be anoa, because we are building, we are trying to maintain the core, and other teams have the same approach, so it becomes very hard to make deals during this transfer window.

News from Bolton, where John McGinlay, who scored over 100 goals during a five-year spell at the club in the 1990s and is widely cherished as a club legend, has been banned from reporting on their game against West Brom. In an interview a couple of weeks ago he was asked about the clubas current state. aItas an embarrassment,a he said. aItas a disgrace the way this club has been run.a His criticism of the clubas ownership has been cited as a reason for the decision.

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Bolton Wanderers have rejected a request for @JohnMcGinlay10 to be part of @BBCRadioManc's commentary team for Monday's game against West Brom.#BWFC pic.twitter.com/Z9u2FlcniI

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Stuart Lancaster: aI havenat decided if Iall go to watch England play Irelanda
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:59:18 GMT
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The Leinster coach on the bruising aftermath of his 2015 England exit, finding fulfilment in Dublin and the pain of his fatheras death

aPretty much everything has been given to Leinster and, indirectly, to Ireland,a Stuart Lancaster says when he considers how the knowledge he gained during seven years at the heart of English rugby has been jettisoned by his own country. The Leinster coach speaks without bitterness and, having reflected movingly on the recent death of his father and the bruising aftermath of being sacked by England after the 2015 World Cup, he sounds philosophical.

Related: Englandas Six Nations squad has tools to be hard, direct and ruthless

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Home hopes lifted as Ashleigh Barty earns shot at Maria Sharapova | Kevin Mitchell
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:25:42 GMT
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The Queenslanderas run has provided a boost for Australian tennis after Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomicas spat

Ashleigh Barty, who strips down many of her trophies and gives them to friends to recycle for juniors at a Brisbane club, writes the sort of story Australian tennis badly needs right now.

While various stars of the menas game here, faded and flickering, former and current, embarrass themselves on an almost daily basis by bickering in public over private rows, the 22-year-old Queenslander with the open smile and rock-solid game has been quietly working her way to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen halves 21 games in a row to set unwelcome record
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:20:26 GMT
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The Norwegian, 28, managed to keep the No 1 ranking he has held for more than seven years, despite the long winless run

It will be a sore statistic with Magnus Carlsen for years to come. The world champion has just emerged from a run of 21 consecutive draws which threatened to derail his achievement of staying No 1 in the global rankings since July 2011.

Carlsen halved his final five rounds at the European Club Cup in October, famously drew all 12 classical games in his world title match with Fabiano Caruana in November, then this week halved his first four rounds at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee, where the international tournament continues this weekend and can be viewed online, with grandmaster and computer commentaries, from 12.30pm daily.

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NFL championship round predictions: Saints slay Rams, Patriots stumble
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:00:14 GMT
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The four best teams in the NFL play each other on Sunday. And both games are likely to be decided by the finest of margins


Los Angeles Rams (No2 seed) @ New Orleans Saints (No1 seed). Sunday, 3.05pm EST/8.05pm GMT

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When Liverpool gave Crystal Palace their biggest ever defeat 30 years ago
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:35:18 GMT
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Eight different players scored in the 9-0 thrashing at Anfield, but that was not the last Liverpool saw of Palace that season

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

When Crystal Palace made the daunting trip to Anfield in September 1989, Liverpool were still hurting from that Michael Thomas moment in the previous campaign and were in no mood to show mercy to a newly promoted team. What looked a tough examination on paper for Palace proved to be even worse on grass. It was to be a day their fans and players would never forget.

At least Steve Coppellas team made the journey north on the back of a win. Having picked up just one point from their first three league games, Palace beat Wimbledon 2-0 a few days before their trip to Liverpool in their first of many south London derbies that season; 1989-90 remains the only campaign in which all four local sides a Palace, Wimbledon, Charlton and Millwall a have played in the top flight.

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Dakar Rally 2019: Sand, sea, helicopters and canines a in pictures
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:01:20 GMT
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After 10 stages and more than 5,000 kilometres of brutal racing on a giant loop rally-route entirely in Peru, 70% of which was across desert, we bring you some of our favourite images from this yearas Dakar Rally

Click here to check out images of the rally from yesteryear

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What's the difference between news and opinion? Gary Younge tells us about his role - video
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:00:13 GMT
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The Guardianas editor-at-large on being a columnist and how analysing stories can help others think more about the news, plus advice to future journalists

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Professional boxer, 21, shot dead in South Yorkshire
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:02:21 GMT
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Tom Bell, who had won all six of his professional fights, killed at Maple Tree pub in Doncaster

A 21-year-old professional boxer has been shot dead at a pub in South Yorkshire.

Tom Bell, described as an aoutstandinga talent, was shot at the Maple Tree pub in Doncaster on Thursday night.

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North Yorkshire police commissioner says she was raped as teenager
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:23:34 GMT
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Julia Mulligan says she wanted to reveal assault to let victims know she is aby their sidea

A police and crime commissioner has revealed that she was raped as a teenager, saying she wanted to encourage other victims to speak out.

Julia Mulligan, who has overseen policing in North Yorkshire since 2012, told the Yorkshire Post she was raped when she was 15 and had kept it secret for 36 years.

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UK retail sales fall; markets rally on trade hopes - business live
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:02:12 GMT
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Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

Earlier:

Bloomberg is reporting that China has offered to ramp up its purchases of U.S. imports over six years to reach more than $1 trillion per year.

Theyare citing officials familiar with the negotiations.

LATEST: China has offered to go on a six-year buying spree to ramp up imports from the U.S., in a move that would reconfigure the relationship between the worldas two largest economies https://t.co/mmXAk9KAMd

As stocks rise on Wall Street, Jasper Lawler of London Capital Group says the markets are ahanging on every headlinea about the US-China trade talks.

This would not be the first time that we have heard reports of thawing trade tensions. The markets have been here before, so there is going to be a level of caution.

That said, the jump higher reflects the extent of the damage trade tensions are causing from the markets view. Any evidence that the US and China are close to a trade agreement will result in a sustained move higher in riskier assets.

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Mother of alleged Isis killer loses legal fight against Home Office
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:55:58 GMT
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Judges rule decision to share evidence with US without death penalty assurances not unlawful

The mother of an alleged hostage killer for Islamic State has lost her legal challenge against a Home Office decision to share evidence with the US without seeking assurances that her son and another suspected jihadist terrorist would not face the death penalty.

El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are accused of belonging to a group of Isis members, nicknamed the Beatles because of their British accents, responsible for killing a number of western captives.

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Birmingham University in row over 'racist' treatment of non-EU staff
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:54:17 GMT
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University accused of pursuing discriminatory monitoring of international academics

The University of Birmingham has been criticised over plans to more strictly enforce immigration controls for international staff, with unions and campaigners accusing it of pursuing draconian and discriminatory monitoring of non-EU academics.

This week, the university issued guidelines stating that non-EU staff will be required to arecord their attendance in the new system each day, by completing a time card. At the end of the week their line manager, will be required to validate the time card.a

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Britain experiences coldest night of winter so far
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:47:40 GMT
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Yellow warnings for snow and ice after temperatures plunge to as low as -10.7C

Thursday night was the coldest of the winter so far as temperatures plunged to as low as -10.7C (12.7F).

The low was recorded by the Met Office at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, beating the previous mark of -10.5C (13.1F) recorded on 3 January in Braemar.

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Times owner seeks to relax editorial independence rules
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:39:30 GMT
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Murdoch publisher wants to remove guarantees to allow it to share content and staff

Rupert Murdochas News UK has asked the government to relax undertakings he gave guaranteeing the editorial independence of the Times and Sunday Times when he acquired the titles almost three decades ago.

Murdoch was forced to provide guarantees of editorial independence to gain approval of the then News Internationalas takeover of the titles in 1981. A year after doing so, the Times editor, Harold Evans, was forced out, claiming Murdoch interfered with the running of the paper.

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Recalls of apotentially lethala US meat and poultry nearly double since 2013
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:49:19 GMT
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Products withdrawn because of serious contamination are on the rise, report finds

The number of meat and poultry products recalled in the US for potentially life-threatening health hazards has nearly doubled since 2013, according to a report by a consumer watchdog group.

The US Department of Agriculture logged 97 meat recalls for serious health hazards in 2018, ranging from 12 million pounds of raw beef that made close to 250 people ill with salmonella to the withdrawal of 174,000 pounds of chicken wraps for possible contamination with listeria.

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Climate change threat to Germansa need for speed on Autobahn
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:19:01 GMT
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Draft environmental measures include proposal that would impose motorway speed limit

The days of unlimited speeding on Germanyas famously fast autobahns could be over if the government adopts draft proposals on climate protection put forward by its committee on the future of transport.

Charged with devising recommendations on reducing the environmental harm caused by transport, the committee also proposed fuel tax hikes and electric vehicle quotas to help Germany finally meet European Union emissions targets.

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Tesla to cut more than 3,000 jobs because cars 'still too expensive'
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:07:25 GMT
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Elon Musk says he has no choice but to reduce electric car manufactureras headcount

Tesla is cutting more than 3,000 jobs, or 7% of its workforce, after experiencing a year its founder, Elon Musk, said was both its most challenging and most successful.

The chief executive of the electric car manufacturer told staff on Friday that athe road ahead is very difficulta because its products were not yet affordable for most people and it was up against a big incumbent industry.

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Trump intensifies feud with Pelosi by calling off her trip abroad
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:20:32 GMT
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President denied speaker the use of a military aircraft to visit US troops day after she suggested he postpone State of the Union

Donald Trump has dramatically escalated his feud with House speaker Nancy Pelosi amid the US government shutdown by canceling her previously undisclosed trip abroad and denying her the use of a military aircraft to visit American troops in Afghanistan.

Related: Rudy Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' by Trump campaign

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Male TV stars' earrings censored on Chinese site, say viewers
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:46:22 GMT
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Web users report that images have been blurred on Netflix-like iQiyias TV shows

Editors of television programmes streamed on Chinaas Netflix-like iQiyi site appear to be blurring the earlobes of male actors with earrings, according to web users in the country.

Doctored images of male actors on a show called Sisters Flower Shop alongside earlier footage where they were sporting earrings have been posted online. In another show, I, Actor, the earlobes of the actor and singer JCng BA3rA!n also appear to have been edited.

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Grimes and Azealia Banks subpoenaed in Elon Musk lawsuit
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:46:44 GMT
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Musicians ordered to preserve evidence related to a tweet by Musk that shareholder plaintiffs claim caused financial losses to Tesla

The US district court of northern California has granted a motion to subpoena the musicians Grimes (AKA Claire Boucher) and Azealia Banks in the ongoing lawsuit against Tesla founder Elon Musk brought by a group of the companyas shareholders.

Additional subpoenas will be served against the publications Business Insider, the New York Times and tech website Gizmodo. The subpoenas will instruct the parties to preserve certain documents, including Twitter and Instagram messages and other potential evidence relating to the lawsuit, which the filing argues are ahighly subject to deletiona.

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African Union calls on DRC to delay election announcement
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:36:19 GMT
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Bloc has aserious doubtsa over vote, for which declared runner up has called a recount

The African Union has issued a surprise last-minute demand for the Democratic Republic of the Congoas government to suspend the announcement of final results of the deeply disputed presidential election.

DRCas constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge filed by the electionas declared runner-up. Martin Fayulu has requested a recount, alleging fraud.

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Gold prices gleam amid Brexit and US shutdown uncertainty
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:19 GMT
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Futures rose more than 7% in fourth quarter amid stock market struggles as analysts offer sparkling outlook

The longest government shutdown in US history shows no sign of ending, Brexit is roiling Europe, trade wars are still in the offing and the stock market is acting like a spooked cat. And once again, gold is shining.

Gold often shines in times of trouble. The last time there was a showdown between a US president and Congress over government spending, gold prices shot up to an all-time high, about $1,925 an ounce. That was when a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, led by John Boehner, sparred with Barack Obama over whether to lift the debt ceiling or risk the US Treasury defaulting on its payments.

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Hardeep Pandhal: the rapping artist who works with his mum
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:05:47 GMT
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His cartoon creations unravelling identity and empire have made him a rising star. Now heas going global a and taking Punjabi lessons so he can speak to his nearest and dearest

You can learn a lot about Hardeep Pandhal from the title of his new solo exhibition, Paranoid Picnic: The Phantom BAME. Thereas the ever-present wordplay, the tense yet humorous relationship to race and identity, and even a reference to the Glasgow-based artistas taste in video games (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is known for having an absurdist streak amid its violence).

Pandhal describes the show as astraddlinga two Nottingham art venues: Primary a a repurposed school building that suits Pandhalas DIY approach a and the more typical, white-walled New Art Exchange. That term could also apply to his work, which straddles the complexities of identity as a British-Indian man. For Pandal, identity is rife with conflict, but also something he approaches with an acidic sense of humour, to poke holes in the tension.

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From femme fatale to cattle rancher: how Barbara Stanwyck bucked convention
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:57:14 GMT
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Her versatility made her a star of Hollywoodas golden age, but Stanwyckas best characters were always fighters who, like herself, had tasted lifeas bitterness

Even Barbara Stanwyck struggled to pin down her appeal. aWhat the hell,a she blustered at critic Rex Reed, when he asked her to take a stab. aWhatever I had, it worked, didnat it?a She was right, of course, and you can forgive her inarticulacy. Stanwyck a who is the subject of a BFI season, Starring Barbara Stanwyck a was not just unusually streetsmart and independent for a Hollywood star of the golden age, but superbly versatile, too.

Many of her directors tried to put the magic into words. aStanwyck doesnat act a scene. She lives it,a said Frank Capra, who directed her in the early 1930s breathtaking emotional films such as The Miracle Woman and Forbidden. For Billy Wilder, who directed her in ice-cold noir Double Indemnity, it was simple: aShe was the best.a Perhaps Sam Fuller, who gave her a memorable late film role as a fearsome rancher in Forty Guns, summed up the Stanwyck touch most completely as athe happy pertinence of professionalism and emotiona. She could summon performances that were as still and steady as Bogart or Mitchum.

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Salvador DalA: In Search of Immortality review a portrait of a gloriously eccentric artist
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:20 GMT
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David Pujolas documentary includes some bizarre moments, including DalAas seduction of his wife-to-be with a paste made of goat excrement and fish glue

Produced by the Gala-Salvador DalA Foundation, this documentary about the relentlessly eccentric Spanish painter benefits a as you would hope it would a from plentiful archive access and a scholarly level of appreciation. So on the one hand we get some utterly bizarre footage of DalA explaining how he seduced his wife-to-be Gala with a paste made of goat excrement and fish glue (Gala nodding quizzically alongside); and on the other a tight little knot of DalA connoisseurs discussing the artist with each other while studiously avoiding the camera. The latter certainly elevates the film, but also hampers it; itas pretty dry stuff compared with the slick Exhibition on Screen films we have become used to in cinemas. Some awkward translations and some rough sound edits are also a little off-putting.

But, in aiming to go above and beyond the standard-issue profile, this film (directed by David Pujol) gets into some interesting areas. It focuses mostly on the buildings in DalAas life: the fishermanas hut in the Catalan town of Port Lligat where he built his first studio, the villa he eventually transformed it into, the imposing castle in nearby PAobol he bought for Gala, and the gallery in Figueres where he spent his final months and where he is buried.

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French rap star MHD arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:23:21 GMT
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French media report arrest following the death of a 23-year-old man in July 2018, which involved a dozen individuals

MHD, one of the most successful rappers in France, has been arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter alongside three other men in connection with a death in Paris.

A 23-year-old named as LoA-c K was killed in July 2018 in the north-east of the city, in an act described as apurely gratuitousa by French police a he was kicked, beaten and stabbed during the attack from a dozen individuals in what has been reported as a fight between gangs from the 10th and 19th arrondissements. MHD (AKA 24-year-old Mohamed Sylla) hails from the 19th arrondissement, and named an album 19. His car was allegedly witnessed at the scene.

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Stonewall defends 'vital' LGBT children's books after spate of ban attempts
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:43:40 GMT
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In the last week, separate moves in Canada and the US threatened to restrict young readersa access to LGBT-themed illustrated stories

UK campaign group Stonewall has warned that childrenas books depicting LGBT people are vital for the wellbeing of young people exploring their sexual orientation and gender identity, following a spate of attempts around the world to remove titles depicting gay or transgender characters from library shelves.

Earlier this week in Canada, the Ottawa Catholic School Board was reported to have pulled Raina Telgemeieras acclaimed graphic novel Drama from the shelves of primary schools, moving it to middle and high schools where it would amore appropriately target 13+ studentsa. Aimed at children aged 10 and older, the book follows a girl who wants to help with her school play, and features a side story in which two boys kiss. It has proved controversial in the US in the past, with the American Library Association naming it as one of the countryas most challenged books.

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Flo & Joan: aI had a recurring nightmare Marilyn Manson would chase me on a horse'
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:01 GMT
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The British musical comedy sisters on the things that make them laugh the most

Nicola Dempsey: Our friend Al trod on a bird at a bird sanctuary.

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Trump reportedly directed Cohen to lie to Congress about Moscow project a live news
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:56:19 GMT
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President told former lawyer to lie about negotiations to build a Trump Tower, BuzzFeed reports, as shutdown enters day 28

If presidential crime and punishment discussions arenat going away any time soon, neither is the issue of the US-Mexico border.

Starting off in the ayou have to laugh or youad crya zone, here is the latest cover of the New Yorker.

An early look at next week's cover: "Walled In," by John Cuneo: https://t.co/LDeCz3ycb4 pic.twitter.com/nAaY4iJlXE

We wonat sidetrack for more than a moment on Cohenas father-in-law Fima Shusterman, but as Trump keeps bringing him up, hereas a quick recap.

Shusterman, was charged with two other men in 1993 with conspiring to defraud the IRS in connection with his New York taxi business. He pleaded guilty to a related charge that same year, and was placed on probation for two years.

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Women's March set to proceed under cloud of controversy
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:51:00 GMT
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Event on Saturday set to be smaller after several major sponsors withdrew following allegations of antisemitism

Just two years after leading the largest recorded protest in US history, the third annual Womenas March on Saturday is set to proceed under a cloud of controversy.

Related: Theater project lets women who accused Trump tell their stories

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Flint water crisis: hope for justice as top Democrat vows to review investigation
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:00:19 GMT
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Critics say there was little accountability when Republicans headed the investigation and its targets have been let off lightly

New Democratic leadership in the investigation into the Flint water crisis has sparked hope among activists that a tougher line will be taken on prosecuting officials and compensating victims of the environmental disaster.

The move comes after three years of Republicans leading the investigation saw 15 state and city officials face criminal charges or be prosecuted over decisions that led to at least 12 deaths, and likely sickened thousands more. At the same time, hundreds of civil lawsuits representing tens of thousands of victims are working their way through state and federal courts.

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Gold prices gleam amid Brexit and US shutdown uncertainty
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:19 GMT
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Futures rose more than 7% in fourth quarter amid stock market struggles as analysts offer sparkling outlook

The longest government shutdown in US history shows no sign of ending, Brexit is roiling Europe, trade wars are still in the offing and the stock market is acting like a spooked cat. And once again, gold is shining.

Gold often shines in times of trouble. The last time there was a showdown between a US president and Congress over government spending, gold prices shot up to an all-time high, about $1,925 an ounce. That was when a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, led by John Boehner, sparred with Barack Obama over whether to lift the debt ceiling or risk the US Treasury defaulting on its payments.

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Prince Philip car crash: Norfolk police to investigate
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:25:37 GMT
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Two women in other car needed hospital treatment and a baby boy was uninjured

Norfolk police are to investigate the Duke of Edinburghas car crash, which left two people requiring hospital treatment, saying appropriate action will be taken.

Prince Philip, 97, was recovering at the Sandringham estate on Friday as further details emerged of the crash on Thursday that left him avery shaken and shockeda, but otherwise uninjured.

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Woman denied abortion in Dublin despite new legislation
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:33:39 GMT
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Hospitalas decision has raised questions over introduction of abortion services in Ireland

A hospital in Dublin has refused an abortion to a woman with a fatal foetal abnormality, raising questions over Irelandas recent introduction of abortion services.

The Coombe hospital, a leading maternity facility that has signed up to the service, reportedly declined to terminate the pregnancy because it did not afall neatlya into a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis.

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Recalls of apotentially lethala US meat and poultry nearly double since 2013
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:49:19 GMT
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Products withdrawn because of serious contamination are on the rise, report finds

The number of meat and poultry products recalled in the US for potentially life-threatening health hazards has nearly doubled since 2013, according to a report by a consumer watchdog group.

The US Department of Agriculture logged 97 meat recalls for serious health hazards in 2018, ranging from 12 million pounds of raw beef that made close to 250 people ill with salmonella to the withdrawal of 174,000 pounds of chicken wraps for possible contamination with listeria.

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BogotA! blast blamed on one-armed bomb expert linked to rebel group
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:43:35 GMT
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  • JosA(c) Aldemar Rojas of ELN also died in Colombia car bombing
  • Explosion at police academy left 21 dead and 70 wounded

Colombian authorities said that a one-armed explosives expert belonging to the countryas last remaining rebel group carried out a car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead and more than 70 wounded.

The chief prosecutor, NA(c)stor MartAnez, said at a press conference on Friday that the man who carried out Thursdayas brazen attack, the deadliest in 15 years, was a longtime member of the National Liberation Army, or ELN.

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Arizona officer kills teen boy carrying replica gun
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:53:17 GMT
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Tempe police say the boy burglarized a car and made a threatening move as police chased him, prompting an officer to shoot

Police in a Phoenix suburb say a burglary suspect shot to death by an officer earlier this week was a 14-year-old boy carrying a replica gun.

Officers in the city of Tempe on Tuesday chased a suspect they believed burglarized a car and ran away holding what appeared to be a handgun, authorities say.

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Bolsonaro pressures Venezuelan leader with vow to 're-establish democracy'
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:30:22 GMT
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Brazilian president said he will do aeverything for democracya in a video message as his son called NicolA!s Maduro a acancera

Brazilas rightwing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has piled further pressure on Venezuelaas embattled leader, NicolA!s Maduro, vowing to do aeverything for democracy to be re-establisheda.

Related: Rightwing Venezuelan exiles hope Bolsonaro will help rid them of Maduro

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Grimes and Azealia Banks subpoenaed in Elon Musk lawsuit
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:46:44 GMT
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Musicians ordered to preserve evidence related to a tweet by Musk that shareholder plaintiffs claim caused financial losses to Tesla

The US district court of northern California has granted a motion to subpoena the musicians Grimes (AKA Claire Boucher) and Azealia Banks in the ongoing lawsuit against Tesla founder Elon Musk brought by a group of the companyas shareholders.

Additional subpoenas will be served against the publications Business Insider, the New York Times and tech website Gizmodo. The subpoenas will instruct the parties to preserve certain documents, including Twitter and Instagram messages and other potential evidence relating to the lawsuit, which the filing argues are ahighly subject to deletiona.

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'Aren't you going insane?': readers' questions from beyond Brexitland
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:38:34 GMT
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Jon Henley answers Brexit queries from confused readers around the world

Having asked those of you living outside the UK if you were confused by the latest news from Brexitland, I got so many responses (thank you all) that I have grouped and paraphrased the most common ones so as to be able answer, at least approximately, as many as possible.

And Iave mostly stuck to factual questions on the Brexit process. aWill Brexit finally teach Britain it no longer rules the world?a from (among others) Steve Norman in Canada, Ferdy in Dublin and Thijs in the Netherlands, warrants a book-length response, but not now.

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Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far?
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:00:11 GMT
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Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the worldas euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequences

By Christopher de Bellaigue

Last year a Dutch doctor called Bert Keizer was summoned to the house of a man dying of lung cancer, in order to end his life. When Keizer and the nurse who was to assist him arrived, they found around 35 people gathered around the dying manas bed. aThey were drinking and guffawing and crying,a Keizer told me when I met him in Amsterdam recently. aIt was boisterous. And I thought: aHow am I going to cleave the waters?a But the man knew exactly what to do. Suddenly he said, aOK, guys!a and everyone understood. Everyone fell silent. The very small children were taken out of the room and I gave him his injection. I could have kissed him, because I wouldnat have known how to break up the party.a

Keizer is one of around 60 physicians on the books of the Levenseindekliniek, or End of Life Clinic, which matches doctors willing to perform euthanasia with patients seeking an end to their lives, and which was responsible for the euthanasia of some 750 people in 2017. For Keizer, who was a philosopher before studying medicine, the advent of widespread access to euthanasia represents a new era. aFor the first time in history,a he told me, awe have developed a space where people move towards death while we are touching them and they are in our midst. Thatas completely different from killing yourself when your wifeas out shopping and the kids are at school and you hang yourself in the library a which is the most horrible way of doing it, because the wound never heals. The fact that you are a person means that you are linked to other people. And we have found a bearable way of severing that link, not by a natural death, but by a self-willed ending. Itas a very special thing.a

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IO review a post-cataclysmic Netflix adventure aims high, lands in middle
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:01:12 GMT
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Margaret Qualley and Anthony Mackie add gravity to a sci-fi drama about a dying Earth that marries admirable ambition with inconsistent plotting

In promotional blurbs, Netflix describes its newest original film, IO, as set on apost-cataclysmica Earth. Itas a fitting description a somewhere between calamity and full apocalypse a for a film that doesnat quite know what it wants to be. Too measured and sedate for a post-apocalyptic thriller, yet too barren for a Christopher Nolan-style space and time travel epic, IO appears most akin to The Martian in that it focuses primarily on one personas grit and resourcefulness to endure and grow plants in an unforgiving place.

Related: Fyre review a viral festival disaster relived in shocking Netflix documentary

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How Trump has changed America in two years
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:00:11 GMT
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Guardian reporters chart the presidentas impact on foreign policy, the economy, the judiciary, the environment and immigration

If there has been one defining trait in the foreign policy of the Trump era, it is confusion a not only in the frequent gaps between the paths taken by the president and his own administration, but also in the morass of contradictions and U-turns in his own impulses.

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Fermentation is back: how will living organisms reshape your plate?
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:00:20 GMT
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From coffee to ketchup, bread to sausage, wine to cheese, fermented foods are all around us a but we donat have to be so afraid of them

There is a moment in the life of fruits and vegetables that has always puzzled and fascinated me. Put out a dish of strawberries, and in days some darker spots will appear. Maybe a thin tendril of mold sprouts out from the strawberryas body. At this point, you can still eat it, simply by cutting off the moldy bit. But all of a sudden, the strawberry has clearly died. Itas inedible, sour. It has passed over into the world of bacteria, mold and minerals a it is no longer a self-regulating organism. It has stopped being an individual, but has become multitudes.

Related: Kombucha: can the fermented drink compete with beer at the bar?

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aFema isnat the cavalrya: when will the US shift focus to disaster preparedness?
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:18 GMT
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Every $1 spent on hazard mitigation saves the nation $6 in future disaster costs, yet billions are still spent on recovery efforts

How prepared is the United States for the inevitable next disaster?

Hurricane Florence killed 50 and caused $22bn in damages last year; shortly after, Hurricane Michael killed 36 and left hundreds without homes. The California wildfires erupted the following month, destroying thousands of structures and leaving 89 dead. As climate change causes more intense superstorms and at a higher frequency, things are only likely to get worse.

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From femme fatale to cattle rancher: how Barbara Stanwyck bucked convention
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:57:14 GMT
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Her versatility made her a star of Hollywoodas golden age, but Stanwyckas best characters were always fighters who, like herself, had tasted lifeas bitterness

Even Barbara Stanwyck struggled to pin down her appeal. aWhat the hell,a she blustered at critic Rex Reed, when he asked her to take a stab. aWhatever I had, it worked, didnat it?a She was right, of course, and you can forgive her inarticulacy. Stanwyck a who is the subject of a BFI season, Starring Barbara Stanwyck a was not just unusually streetsmart and independent for a Hollywood star of the golden age, but superbly versatile, too.

Many of her directors tried to put the magic into words. aStanwyck doesnat act a scene. She lives it,a said Frank Capra, who directed her in the early 1930s breathtaking emotional films such as The Miracle Woman and Forbidden. For Billy Wilder, who directed her in ice-cold noir Double Indemnity, it was simple: aShe was the best.a Perhaps Sam Fuller, who gave her a memorable late film role as a fearsome rancher in Forty Guns, summed up the Stanwyck touch most completely as athe happy pertinence of professionalism and emotiona. She could summon performances that were as still and steady as Bogart or Mitchum.

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Stop calling the Democratic party the 'party of women' | Jessa Crispin
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:00:16 GMT
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Itas time to have a real conversation about who women really are, what our interests are, and how politicians can help us live with dignity

With the most high profile Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential campaign all women a so far, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard, and Kirsten Gillibrand have all announced or strongly hinted their intentions to seek the nomination a the rhetoric of the Democratic party being the aparty of womena has returned.

Coming off the historic 2018 midterm elections, with 102 women elected to the House of Representatives, 14 women elected to the Senate, and nine women elected governor, it appears the Democratic party is looking to ride the womenas wave all the way to the White House.

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Republicansa lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth | Ross Barkan
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:43:37 GMT
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The rightwing, anti-government forces which first took root in the Republican party more than 40 years ago are now in full bloom and Trump is their willing avatar

The government shutdown, now in its fourth miserable week, shows few signs of ending. Donald Trump, obsessed with curtailing immigration at all costs, wants money for a border wall House Democrats wonat give to him. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, has been content to do Trumpas bidding, twice blocking Democratic bills to reopen the government.

Related: Stop calling the Democratic party the 'party of women' | Jessa Crispin

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It was never about Europe. Brexit is Britainas reckoning with itself | Fintan OaToole
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:00:13 GMT
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Brexit is just the vehicle by which a fractured state has come to realise that its politics are no longer fit for purpose

At least the Sun thrives on chaos. The savage parliamentary mauling of Britainas withdrawal agreement with the European Union allowed Rupert Murdochas pet tabloid to unveil on Wednesday morning a front page of grandly gleeful malevolence. Under the headline Brextinct, it conjured a creepy chimera of Theresa Mayas head pasted on to the body of a dodo. But the thing about such surreal pictures is that it is not easy to control their interpretation. From the outside, this one seemed to suggest much more than the immediately intended message that both May and her deal are politically dead. When, it prompted one to ask, did Brextinction really happen? Was this strange creature ever really alive or was it not always a grotesquely Photoshopped image of something else, a crisis of belonging that has attached itself to the wrong union? Do the events of this week point us, not towards the EU, but to the travails of a radically disunited kingdom?

Related: Theresa Mayas survival is just a Tory confidence trick | Gary Younge

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Civilised aconscious uncouplinga is now out of control | Anouchka Grose
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:00:12 GMT
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Actor Anna Faris has volunteered to officiate at her exas wedding. Isnat that going a bit far?

As if itas not enough for famous people to have better skin, better bodies and better houses than the rest of us, it seems these days they are also liable to demonstrate how much better they are at getting in and out of relationships. aConscious uncouplinga is a celebrity-endorsed attitude towards separation, made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. The aim is to be as generous and reasonable as possible about the end of the affair, in both public and private.

The current queen of gracious divorcees is Anna Faris, who poured out her happiness about ex-husband Chris Prattas engagement to Katherine Schwarzenegger on Instagram this week, saying, aIam so happy for you both!!a before offering to perform the wedding ceremony herself (ostensibly a genuine proposition, given that she is an ordained minister).

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More trees are the answer to cool down our cities | Marco Amati and Lauren Rickards
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:24:07 GMT
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Leaving trees in the ground and planting new ones could help future proof new development sites against extreme heat

Urban life can be an insulated existence, consisting of circling between one temperature-controlled space after another. But cities are not invulnerable to climatic changes. Indeed, when it comes to heat, they can fare worse. They are also far from homogenous. Counter to the images of adomed citiesa that Buckminster Fuller proposed for Manhattan in the 1960s and that Dubai is touted to be pursuing, cities do not have equally distributed temperatures. Even if they do, the risk those temperatures represent are far from equally perceived or experienced.

Related: Australia heatwave: overnight minimum of 35.9C in Noona sets new record

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Is there a Democrat who can oust Donald Trump?
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:00:06 GMT
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The Democrats are already fighting for the opportunity to take on Donald Trump a but can any of them hope to unseat him? Plus: Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai on what she would like to tell the US president about building walls

The Democrats are gearing up for the 2020 US election. After being crushed by the 2016 result, this is a party still struggling to define itself a with a fierce battle under way between candidates from its more traditional and radical wings.

Anushka Asthana talks to the Guardianas US political reporter Sabrina Siddiqui about some of the Democrats who are weighing up a presidential run. They discuss whether the US will ever be ready for a female president and the best tactics to take on Trump.

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NFL championship round predictions: Saints slay Rams, Patriots stumble
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:00:14 GMT
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The four best teams in the NFL play each other on Sunday. And both games are likely to be decided by the finest of margins


Los Angeles Rams (No2 seed) @ New Orleans Saints (No1 seed). Sunday, 3.05pm EST/8.05pm GMT

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Katelyn Ohashi's perfect 10 reminded America life could be fun again
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:24:15 GMT
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The gymnastas unbridled exuberance and joy set off a floor routine that captivated millions around the world as a message of hope to all in the face of adversity

Thereas a reasonably good chance youave already seen the video of the American gymnast Katelyn Ohashias floor exercise from a quad meet in Anaheim last weekend. The two-minute clip of the UCLA senior tumbling and swaying and launching her 4ft 10in form into the air to a frenetic mashup of 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s hits became a viral smash almost immediately after it was posted to the teamas Twitter feed and has since racked up more than 40m views and counting.

Virality is an unpredictable cocktail and the widespread appeal of the 21-year-oldas routine, which earned the sixth perfect score of her collegiate career and helped the Bruins to a first-place finish over California, Michigan State and UC Davis, is not down to any one ingredient. Her technical skill and extraordinary athleticism are obvious a the double layout with a split is a kicker rarely seen on the college level a but hardly unparalleled. Her charisma and showmanship are palpable but not without precedent, nor are the nostalgia-drizzled musical choices of Ike & Tina Turner and Earth, Wind & Fire along with the Jackson 5 and Michael and Janet Jackson.

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Arnautovic dropped by West Ham, team news and transfer latest a live!
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:51:51 GMT
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Nuno Espirito Santo has been talking about his approach to the midseason transfer window:

I agree that itas more difficult to sign players in January. You donat have the same numbers of players available. It doesnat make sense to bring someone in that you donat find different to what you already have.

The other point is knowing what you sometimes want, or the profile you want, is not available in the transfer window because they are doing well in other teams and they donat want to sell. Itas the same as us. If someone comes knocking on my door and asks for some kind of player, the answer will be anoa, because we are building, we are trying to maintain the core, and other teams have the same approach, so it becomes very hard to make deals during this transfer window.

News from Bolton, where John McGinlay, who scored over 100 goals during a five-year spell at the club in the 1990s and is widely cherished as a club legend, has been banned from reporting on their game against West Brom. In an interview a couple of weeks ago he was asked about the clubas current state. aItas an embarrassment,a he said. aItas a disgrace the way this club has been run.a His criticism of the clubas ownership has been cited as a reason for the decision.

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Bolton Wanderers have rejected a request for @JohnMcGinlay10 to be part of @BBCRadioManc's commentary team for Monday's game against West Brom.#BWFC pic.twitter.com/Z9u2FlcniI

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Think boxers need meat to succeed? Vegan fighter Bryant Jennings disagrees ...
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:30:15 GMT
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At least two vegetarians have captured world titles but meat has long been associated with vitality in the fight game

Boxing fans are used to idols with unusual eating habits. Former junior welterweight title-holder Ruslan Provodnikov went in for raw moose liver. Junior bantamweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is partial to a spot of grilled rat. And Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez once ate a breakfast of two dozen raw quail eggs washed down with a glass of his own urine.

But to some, Bryant Jenningsa diet might seem even more unlikely: since 2015 the Philadelphia heavyweight has been a strict vegan.

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Maria Sharapova ends Caroline Wozniacki's Australian Open defence
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:08:17 GMT
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  • Sharapova beats defending champion 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
  • Russian will face Australian Ashleigh Barty in fourth round

Caroline Wozniackias reign as Australian Open champion ended with a three-set defeat by Maria Sharapova in the third round.

The battle of two of the biggest names in the game did not disappoint but in the end Sharapovaas fierce hitting won the day as she surged to a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory on Rod Laver Arena.

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Dakar Rally 2019: Sand, sea, helicopters and canines a in pictures
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:01:20 GMT
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After 10 stages and more than 5,000 kilometres of brutal racing on a giant loop rally-route entirely in Peru, 70% of which was across desert, we bring you some of our favourite images from this yearas Dakar Rally

Click here to check out images of the rally from yesteryear

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Showboat: billionaire NFL team owner installs Imax cinema on superyacht
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:13:00 GMT
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Dan Snyder made a aspecial and unusuala request when ordering Lady S from Dutch boatbuilder

Dan Snyder, the American billionaire owner of the Washington National Football League (NFL) team, is taking delivery of a new superyacht, complete with the worldas first floating private Imax movie theatre a at an additional $3m (APS2.3m) cost.

You may think that sailing a 93-metre (305ft) yacht to the worldas most extraordinary locations would be the ultimate luxury experience. However, up-close encounters with penguins on the GalA!pagos Islands or sharks off the coast of South Africa do not appear to be immersive enough for Snyder.

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Best supportive wife: how female characters fare at the Oscars
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:00:14 GMT
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This year, Amy Adams is set to face off against Claire Foy for their roles as wives of important men from history, a long-running Academy tradition

It is often said, only semi-jokingly, in Hollywood that the best supporting actress Oscar has the incorrect moniker. Best supportive actress is closer to the mark for an award frequently handed to women playing the stoic, loyal wives or partners of great and/or troubled men a often in that most Oscar-favoured of genres, the biopic.

Related: Why a no-host Oscars could be a gang show of grisliness

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A nude direction: why is Avril Lavigne posing naked with a guitar?
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:20 GMT
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The singer has adopted the mysterious naked instrument shot for her new record. What does it reveal about her artistic ambitions?

It doesnat half get warm when youare a Woman in MusicaC/. Frankly, this is the only reason we can find for so many having to resort to the rockanaroll equivalent of the Ladies Laughing With Salad stock photo. Yes, itas the never knowingly empowering Lady Posing Naked Behind a Guitar trope. The latest extremely limited variation on a theme dreamed up by a middle-aged record label exec in need of some fresh thrills after his wife ditched him for a hench personal trainer from Potters Bar comes courtesy of Avril Lavigne.

Now 34 years old, the Sk8er Woman is expressing her maturity by appearing on the cover of Head Above Water, her first album in five years, in moody black and white, like a Camden High Street busker as directed by Fellini. Stripping off, jumping in a large puddle and strategically manoeuvring her body behind an acoustic guitar, we can see neither nipples nor pudenda but plenty of leg, a smidge of sideboob and a Brigitte Bardot bouffant. aI can play this thing,a says this brand of pose, abut playing this thing isnat my priority; my priority is trying to make sure the photographer doesnat get too handsy when he moves the bugger.a

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Banksy artwork found on garage in Wales sold for six-figure sum
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:40:23 GMT
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Garage owner sells Seasons Greetings to expert but it will stay in Port Talbot for now

A Banksy artwork that appeared on a nondescript garage in a Welsh town has been sold to a dealer for a six-figure sum.

The garageas owner, Ian Lewis, has sold the piece, Seasons Greetings, to the Essex-based Banksy expert John Brandler but it will stay in Port Talbot, at least for the time being.

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The tracks of the weeks reviewed: Lana Del Rey, Westlife, Axl Rose
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:00:20 GMT
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Lana Del Rey sings an ode to herself, Westlife release their first track in eight years, and Axl Rose teams up with Bugs Bunny

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Tesla to cut more than 3,000 jobs because cars 'still too expensive'
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:07:25 GMT
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Elon Musk says he has no choice but to reduce electric car manufactureras headcount

Tesla is cutting more than 3,000 jobs, or 7% of its workforce, after experiencing a year its founder, Elon Musk, said was both its most challenging and most successful.

The chief executive of the electric car manufacturer told staff on Friday that athe road ahead is very difficulta because its products were not yet affordable for most people and it was up against a big incumbent industry.

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Brexit: Boris Johnson says he would be 'utterly amazed' if UK could not get EU to drop backstop - Politics live
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:00:32 GMT
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Rolling coverage of the dayas political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnsonas Brexit speech

Anand Menon, the academic who runs the UK in a Changing Europe project, has written a good article for Guardian Comment explaining what he felt when he was on the Question Time panel last night and the audience loudly cheered the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

Here is an extract.

Metaphors matter. And Brexit has become a metaphorical cornucopia (if you see what I mean). Perhaps nowhere is this more true, and more damagingly and misleadingly so, than when it comes to the question of ano deala.

When you hear the phrase, itas natural to think of some kind of commercial exchange. So, for example, Iave decided to trade my old car in. I take it to the garage to part-exchange it, and the person makes me an offer I can easily refuse. So I drive the old car home.

Related: Why are people cheering for no deal? Because theyare thinking about it the wrong way | Anand Menon

Liam Fox has also reaffirmed his opposition to the UK staying in the customs union for good, saying that would anot be delivering Brexita, the BBC reports.

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Anti-Assad activist killed in Germany in suspected axe attack
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:28:56 GMT
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Mohamed Jouneas killing may be related to his Syrian political activities, say friends

A Syrian activist has died after a brutal attack in Hamburg, raising questions over whether he was targeted for political reasons.

Mohamed Joune, 48, collapsed on the street on Tuesday night after stumbling out of a building. He was bleeding from a severe head wound but still conscious when paramedics rushed him to hospital. He later died from his injuries.

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North Korean envoy may meet Trump to discuss second summit
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:39:02 GMT
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Kim Yong-chol visit could clear way for further denuclearisation talks

North Koreaas lead negotiator in nuclear diplomacy with the US is expected to hold talks with the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and could also meet President Donald Trump on Friday during a visit aimed at clearing the way for a second US-North Korea summit.

Kim Yong-chol arrived in Washington on Thursday evening. It is his first visit since last June when he arrived before a landmark meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore. Efforts made since then to get Pyongyang to denuclearise appear to have stalled.

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Indonesia to free radical cleric linked to Bali bombings
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:40:56 GMT
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President confirms early jail release of atrocityas alleged mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir

Abu Bakar Bashir, the radical Muslim cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, will be granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds, Indonesiaas president has said.

Bashir, 81, who is considered the spiritual leader of the Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), was convicted in 2010 under anti-terrorism laws for links to militant training camps in Aceh province and jailed for 15 years.

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Sweden gets new government four months after election
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:02:59 GMT
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Stefan LAPfven given second term in office at head of centre-left minority administration

Swedenas parliament has voted to give the Social Democrat leader, Stefan LAPfven, a second term in office at the head of a new centre-left minority government, ending more than four months of deadlock following an inconclusive election.

The caretaker prime minister will take office on Monday, governing in a coalition with the Green party and with the parliamentary backing of the Centre and Liberal parties, formerly members of the four-party centre-right opposition Alliance.

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Male TV stars' earrings censored on Chinese site, say viewers
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:46:22 GMT
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Web users report that images have been blurred on Netflix-like iQiyias TV shows

Editors of television programmes streamed on Chinaas Netflix-like iQiyi site appear to be blurring the earlobes of male actors with earrings, according to web users in the country.

Doctored images of male actors on a show called Sisters Flower Shop alongside earlier footage where they were sporting earrings have been posted online. In another show, I, Actor, the earlobes of the actor and singer JCng BA3rA!n also appear to have been edited.

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Australia heatwave: overnight minimum of 35.9C in Noona sets new record
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:42:18 GMT
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On fifth day of record-breaking extreme weather, temperatures in parts of Victoria, ACT and NSW forecast to soar above 40C, including in Sydneyas west

Extreme temperatures are persisting a and even peaking a in Victoria and New South Wales on the fifth day of Australiaas extraordinary, record-breaking heatwave with Noona in western NSW recording a minimum temperature of 35.9C, a new Australian heat record.

On Friday, parts of NSW and the ACT were again forecast to soar above 40C a for the fifth day in a row.

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Find out which Brexit deal is right for you
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:18:26 GMT
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Set out your own red lines on free movement, frictionless trade and other questions, to find out which of the much-discussed Brexit options could get your approval. Will it be WTO, Canada or Norway plus?

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Vote 'Dildo for Indonesia': rivals for president find young voters hard to please
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:34:56 GMT
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As elections loom, millennials tired of leaders who do not represent them find happiness in spoof social media personalities

With their moustaches, traditional headwear and big campaign promises, Nurhadi and Aldo resemble almost any other politician. But, as Indonesia heads towards a presidential election, looks can be deceiving.

The two presidential candidates are in fact fictional.

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My therapist helped me manage my negative thought goblins | Coco Khan
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:22 GMT
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As Blue Monday approaches, Iam sharing my best adult learning yeta|

The first time I went to see a therapist, she asked me why I had come. I said, aMy goblins are hyperactive.a My negative thoughts a or as I call them, my goblins a were running riot. Any time Iad try to write, a goblin would pop up in my mindas eye: a snarling, pot-bellied widget (imagine the antithesis of a helpful Microsoft paperclip).

aI see youare writing a resignation letter,a it would say.

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'I have lost my wallet and brother': reuniting at Kumbh Mela, the world's largest festival
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:09:23 GMT
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As an estimated 15m Hindus gather at convergence of holy rivers in India, the huge lost-and-found centres go digital

Day and night, through crackling loudspeakers, the announcements ring out. aIt is Babu speaking,a says a shrill voice. aI have lost my wallet and brother. Please come here the moment you hear this.a

aLal Ram is here,a a woman says a few times. aCome and collect him from the yellow tower.a

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My life in sex: aI used to think HIV was a curse. Now my sex life is better than evera
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:00:18 GMT
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The straight man with HIV

Donat get me wrong, having HIV sucks. Use condoms, get tested, donat get it. Following my diagnosis aged 31, I lost two years to depression. Plagued by doubts, my insecurities curdled into hatred for the women who rejected me once they found out my status. I felt poisonous, dirty and stained. I became a monster.

But while I used to think of HIV as a curse, after years of therapy and the reassurance of an ex-girlfriend, my sex life is better than ever. Before I was diagnosed, I took sex for granted. During my darkest days, I craved intimacy, but had no idea how to achieve it. Now, a new appreciation and humility has dawned on me; I enjoy sex more because Iave learned its worth.

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Experience: I talked a man down from a bridge
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:00:18 GMT
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I was babbling, saying anything to alter his mood, to convince him I cared and his life still mattered

It was the May bank holiday last year, and my husband, David, and I were taking our dog, a cavapoochon called Joey, for his evening walk. We were on our way home, heading towards Red Road bridge in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, when I heard a commotion ahead.

As we approached the bridge, dusk was starting to fall and I could see a figure hunched over on the ground, uncomfortably close to the wall. It was a young man, clearly in distress, crying and shouting, his whole body shaking. I froze, suddenly aware of the gravity of the situation. The bridge ran over a high-speed train track and was a well-known suicide spot. A local family had lost their teenager in that exact place a few weeks earlier.

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Snow sculptures and hot-air balloons: Friday's best photos
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:26:12 GMT
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The Guardianas picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world

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Bling and beauty: Dakar's fashion comes of age a photo essay
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:19 GMT
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Photojournalist Finbarr OaReilly has been covering Dakar fashion week for over a decade. He charts the cityas burgeoning style scene

Alongside its golden beaches, glitzy nightclubs and vibrant music scene, Senegalas capital, Dakar, is emerging as a key African fashion hub.

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India's Kumbh Mela festival a in pictures
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:00:12 GMT
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Thought to be the worldas largest human gathering, more than 20 million Hindu pilgrims ritually bathed on the opening day of the festival

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