Sharp rise in UK Covid cases casts doubt on more lockdown easing before 19 July
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:46:07 GMT
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More than 16,000 new confirmed cases were reported on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since early February

More than 16,000 new confirmed Covid cases were reported in the UK on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since early February, even as the vaccines minister expressed confidence that the next stage of lifting restrictions in England could go ahead in July as planned.

As of 9am on Wednesday, there had been another 16,135 coronavirus cases confirmed by laboratories across the UK, the highest such total since 6 February. By contrast, on Tuesday, there had been 11,625 cases confirmed, and 9,055 on Wednesday a week ago.

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Police officer guilty of manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:38:02 GMT
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PC Benjamin Monk of West Mercia force convicted at Birmingham crown court of 2016 killing

A police officer has been convicted of the manslaughter of the former professional footballer Dalian Atkinson, after firing an electric stun gun into him for 33 seconds and kicking him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.

PC Benjamin Monk, of the West Mercia force, was convicted of the killing by a jury at Birmingham crown court.

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Slovakia 0-5 Spain: Euro 2020 a reaction!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:05:52 GMT
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Spain routed their hapless opponents in Seville to set up a knockout match against Croatia in the Round of 16

That late Sweden goal potentially very good news for England. Path to final could well be France/Germany (admittedly very tough), Sweden q/f and Holland s/f. While other half of draw surely much tougher with Italy, Belgium, Spain and either France/Germany

A quick recap: Spain missed a series of glorious early chances before Martin Dubravka put them ahead in the first half with a comical own goal some time after head saved a penalty from Alvaro Morata. The Spanish doubled their lead courtesy of an Aymeric Laporte header just before half-time. Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres added two more in the second half, before the hapless Juraj Kucka headed past his own goalkeeper to round off the rout.

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CEO of Grenfell Tower landlord blames staff for outdated fire safety plan
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:50:35 GMT
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Documents showed no more than 12 disabled people lived in the tower but it was in fact home to 37 and 15 died in the fire

The chief executive of the landlord of Grenfell Tower has blamed his staff for allowing the blockas fire safety plan to become 15 years out of date so it failed to account for more than two dozen of the disabled people in the block.

Robert Black, the most senior executive at the Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organisation (TMO), told the public inquiry into the disaster that the obsolete plan showing no more than 12 vulnerable or disabled people was caused by staff not carrying out managersa instructions. The tower was in fact home to 37 disabled people and 15 of them died. The inquiry has heard claims from lawyers for the bereaved that the fire was a alandmark act of discrimination against disabled and vulnerable peoplea.

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NHS nurse sacked over weekend working wins landmark ruling
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:23:33 GMT
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Woman fired by North Cumbria NHS trust wins appeal in ruling hailed as victory for womenas workplace rights

A community nurse who was sacked for not agreeing to work weekends has won a alandmarka ruling for working mothers after a judge said employment tribunals must take childcare disparity into account.

Gemma Dobson worked fixed shifts in order to care for her three children, two of whom are disabled. She was fired by North Cumbria integrated NHS foundation trust in 2016 after she was unable to meet a new requirement for community nurses to work flexibly, including some weekends.

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IPCC steps up warning on climate tipping points in leaked draft report
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:34:33 GMT
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Scientists increasingly concerned about thresholds beyond which recovery may become impossible

Climate scientists are increasingly concerned that global heating will trigger tipping points in Earthas natural systems, which will lead to widespread and possibly irrevocable disaster, unless action is taken urgently.

The impacts are likely to be much closer than most people realise, a a draft report from the worldas leading climate scientists suggests, and will fundamentally reshape life in the coming decades even if greenhouse gas emissions are brought under some control.

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Boris Johnson gets first face-to-face weekly meeting with Queen after 15-month hiatus
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:11:50 GMT
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Released video from Buckingham Palace shows monarch discussing UK health secretary as apoor mana

The Queen has held her first in-person weekly audience with the prime minister in 15 months, and revealed that the woes of the beleaguered health secretary Matt Hancock might not have escaped her eye.

In a short video clip of the meeting with Boris Johnson, the Queen informed him she had been speaking to ayour secretary of state for health, poor mana.

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Irish couple to receive damages over advice that led to unnecessary abortion
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:27:36 GMT
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Rebecca Price terminated pregnancy after being mistakenly told foetus had fatal abnormality

A couple in Ireland are to be awarded damages for being mistakenly told their unborn baby had a fatal foetal abnormality, which led them to terminate the pregnancy.

The high court in Dublin will consider the damages to be paid to Rebecca Price and Patrick Kiely on Wednesday after medical personnel and institutions involved in the case admitted liability.

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Carillion collapse: liquidator expected to make APS250m claim against KPMG
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:51:14 GMT
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Lawyers for Insolvency Service likely to allege that KPMG did not examine Carillionas accounts properly

The government liquidator dealing with the fallout from the collapse of outsourcing firm Carillion is expected to make a claim for APS250m against KPMG, the accounting firm that signed off on the former FTSE100 companyas accounts.

Lawyers for the official receiver, part of the governmentas Insolvency Service, have sent a letter before action to KPMG, warning the accounting and consultancy firm to expect a claim related to Carillionas rapid implosion in 2018.

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aHyper-creepya: Gavin Williamson mocked over One Britain, One Nation song
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:25:01 GMT
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Education secretary upsets some parents for encouraging all schools to take part in campaign

For North Korea, it is a rousing anthem with a bold opening line: aLet morning shine on the silver and gold of our land.a For Vladimir Putin, itas a chanson-like melody, Where does the motherland begin?, from his favourite Soviet spy film. And for Gavin Williamson, itas a new apatriotica song with the chorus line aStrong Britain, Great Nationa.

The education secretary has provoked outrage a both real and amused a for suggesting children should sing the song on Friday to mark aOne Britain, One Nationa (OBON) day. Williamson has praised the campaign by a former policeman, Kash Singh, and encouraged all schools to take part. aChildren can learn about our shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect,a the education department tweeted.

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Scientists identify 29 planets where aliens could observe Earth
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:00:30 GMT
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Astronomers estimate 29 habitable planets are positioned to see Earth transit and intercept human broadcasts

For centuries, Earthlings have gazed at the heavens and wondered about life among the stars. But as humans hunted for little green men, the extraterrestrials might have been watching us back.

In new research, astronomers have drawn up a shortlist of nearby star systems where any inquisitive inhabitants on orbiting planets would be well placed to spot life on Earth.

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All UK arrivals in EU should be quarantined, says Angela Merkel
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:33:24 GMT
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German leaderas comments come as disease control agency says Delta variant will account for 90% of EU cases by end of August

Angela Merkel has said travellers from the UK should be quarantined wherever they arrive in the EU, as the unionas agency for disease control forecast that the Delta variant of Covid will account for 90% of cases in member states by the end of August.

Ahead of Thursdayas summit with fellow EU leaders, the German chancellor said she wanted better coordination to fight the spread of the highly transmissible variant that has surfaced strongly in the UK and is now bedding down in the bloc.

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Relaxation of Englandas amber list rules pushed back to August
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:30:09 GMT
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Ministers are nervous that letting fully vaccinated travellers avoid quarantine could spark rush for second jabs

Double-vaccinated travellers will not be allowed to avoid quarantine when returning from amber-list countries until August, given fears that the announcement could spark a huge surge in people trying to bring forward their second dose and put strain on the system.

Ministers are set to announce changes to the traffic-light system of international travel restrictions on Thursday afternoon after a meeting of the Covid operations committee, with Malta once again poised to be added to the green list.

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Mask off: is England ready to ditch face coverings post-Covid?
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:01:29 GMT
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People have mixed feelings regarding reports that mask-wearing and social distancing could be dropped on 19 July

The many masked faces visible outdoors at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre on Wednesday afternoon reflect the fact that, for many, wearing one is a question of choice, routine and personal comfort as much as adherence to government regulations.

Maskwearing is mandated indoors including in shops, supermarkets and on public transport but that could all change amid reports that England is on track to drop social distancing and face mask requirements on 19 July.

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Covid live: Delta variant likely to represent 90% of infections in EU by September, says disease agency
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:15:56 GMT
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European centre for disease control warns it is vital for people to get fully vaccinated as the summer holiday season begins

The share of Covid-19 infections caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus has doubled in Germany in a week and is likely to gain more traction over other variants, the Robert Koch Institute public health agency said.

A whole genome sequencing analysis shows the strain accounting for 15% of infections, the Institute said, adding that athe proportion of variant B.1.617.2 (Delta) continues to increase and the proportion of this VOC (variant of concern) doubled within one week.a

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aExactly what cinema should bea: readers on their films of 2021 so far
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:56:26 GMT
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From the joyous escapism of In the Heights and Cruella to the powerful storytelling of The Mauritanian, our readers reveal their movie highlights of the last six months

aC/ See our criticsa picks of the best films of 2021

aExactly what cinema should bea: arthurpoppy

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Sadia Hussein: the FGM survivor who is saving girls from the knife
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:10:21 GMT
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Being cut, aged 10, led to extraordinary pain and complications in childbirth. Now Husseinas campaign to end mutilation has led to a staggering change in attitudes

Sadia Hussein had been in labour for three days when she felt she could take no more. She could hear her mother crying in the distance, pleading with God to save her daughteras life.

But even though things were clearly not progressing as they should have been, the women in her small Kenyan village were resistant to the idea of sending her to hospital. Her mother told her that doctors would atear her aparta with a pair of scissors; that, at home, they could at least use a razor. aSo now, on top of the overwhelming pain of labour, there was this continuous cutting,a Hussein recalls.

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aAn afterthoughta: why do specs companies ignore the black community?
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:11:34 GMT
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The eyewear industry likes to use black models, but its products are simply not made with black people in mind according to a British company, Kimeze, which has begun designing glasses for black face shapes


The women behind the first company to make glasses specifically for black faces says the eyewear industry treats the black community as an aafterthoughta.

Kimeze was launched by sisters Clare and Christina Kimeze in London last month after being frustrated with the lack of glasses that properly fit the faces of members of the black community. They say that black shoppers are being overlooked by the industry, with the majority of glasses on the high street made with only a Caucasian face shape and size in mind. aNone are made specifically for black features,a says Clare. aAs a community, we have historically been an afterthought.a

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aThe blackest daya: Apple Dailyas demise comes as no surprise
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:46:06 GMT
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Analysis: a palpable chill has run through the Hong Kong media, amid warnings about afake newsa

The fate of Apple Daily, one of Hong Kongas bestselling tabloids, should not come as a surprise. On the day Jimmy Lai, its founder, was sentenced to 14 months in prison in April, a commentary in the pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao called for a ban on Apple Daily in order to aclose national security loopholesa.

The 72-year-old media tycoon and his 26-year-old newspaper have been among the most high-profile critics of Beijing and the controversial national security law (NSL), which they deem adraconiana, but which the authorities say is anecessarya. The law bars secession, subversion and foreign collusion.

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AI helps return Rembrandtas The Night Watch to original size
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:42:21 GMT
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Rijksmuseum reproduces Dutch masteras work in all its glory, 300 years after it was cut to fit between doors

The Night Watch by Rembrandt has enraptured millions visiting Amsterdamas Rijksmuseum and its previous homes over the centuries, dazzling with its scale and fine detail.

But it is only from today, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence to recapture some of the Dutch masteras genius, including the sweep of his brush strokes and perspective of his eye, that it can for the first time in 300 years be enjoyed in its complete form.

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Annoying mispronunciations: do they make you go nucular? Probly
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:24:46 GMT
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How did specific become pacific and neckties become assessories? If youare regularly annoyed by the misuse of language, a new survey shows you are certainly not alone

Name: Annoying mispronunciations.

Age: No pacific age.

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Strawberry moon 2021: how to take a good photograph of the full supermoon on your phone or camera with the right settings
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:19:09 GMT
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Guardian Australia picture editor Carly Earl explains the dos and donats of shooting Juneas super moon

With another full supermoon rising a this time the June astrawberry moona on Thursday night across the world a many people will pull out their mobile phones to try and get an Instagram-worthy photograph, but unfortunately itas really challenging to take a great picture of the moon.

Two reasons: it is very far away and unless you have a telephoto lens (which makes the moon appear closer than it is) it will always appear as a very small glowing dot in the frame.

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Hear me out: why Confessions of a Shopaholic isnat a bad movie
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:27:52 GMT
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The latest in our series of writers defending maligned films is a reconsideration of a critically loathed 2009 comedy

When Confessions of a Shopaholic, directed by PJ Hogan, of Murielas Wedding acclaim, was released in 2009 a a year that brought us the high-octane, male-dominated likes of The Hangover, Sherlock Holmes and Inglourious Basterds a it was the tail end of the romcomas golden age. And, just like its genre-mates released that year a Bride Wars, Heas Just Not That Into You, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past a Shopaholic received a wave of scathing reviews, weighing in at just 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Related: Hear me out: why Ishtar isnat a bad movie

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Johnson loves science when he can crow about Britain. When it demands facts, heas less keen | Rafael Behr
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:55:13 GMT
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He claims he wanted to be a scientist. One shudders to think what his fraudulent character might have unleashed in a lab

This time last year there was no Covid vaccine and none was imminent. Today, about 43 million Britons a 80% of the UK adult population a have had a dose. The ordeal is far from over, but this will be the crux of the story when future generations narrate Britainas pandemic: the virus brought fear and death; science replied with vaccines and hope.

The associated political debates will go on in the margins. The jabs may have transformed Boris Johnsonas poll ratings, but that reflects a feelgood factor, which is not bankable. It cannot be deployed later in the year if voters feel bad about something else. The significance of the smooth vaccine rollout to the prime ministeras longer-term reputation depends on whether it is a late bloom of sustained administrative competence or, as seems likelier, a fluke, to be followed by a resumption of 2020-style disarray and prevarication.

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Why does Keir Starmer keep telling voters that Labour deserves to lose?
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:11:26 GMT
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The opposition leaderas misguided attempt to awin the right to be hearda has only driven away his own base

The news this week that Keir Starmer is parting ways with his director of communications, deputy director of communications, chief of staff, and his political director may bring an end to an unusual experiment in political communications that has been under way inside Labour. This innovative approach to messaging has attracted some attention for its lack of memorable policies (remember aBritish Recovery Bondsa?). But its main feature has been the unconventional insistence, from Starmer and his top team, that voters are right to shun Labour, who deserve to lose, in favour of the Tories, who are frankly doing such an excellent job that they will naturally keep winning.

The seeds of this approach were first sown by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in the aftermath of the 2019 election defeat, when he said the British public got it right by voting Tory. The baton was soon picked up by the shadow foreign secretary, Lisa Nandy, who was keen to stress in her leadership campaign that Labour must achange or diea.

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What do we want? The right to noisy protests. When do we want it? Now! | Deborah Frances-White
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:07:36 GMT
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To be loud and annoying is the definition of a protest, so itas shocking that the new Police Crackdown bill would criminalise this. Time to raise our voices while we can

I am a feminist but one time I went on a womenas rights march, popped into a department store to use the loo, got distracted trying out face cream and when I came out the march was gone. The first time I admitted this in public I was worried I would get kicked out of the feminist club, but I discovered that many, many, many women have left a march at half-time. Some quite famous feminists have told me they have snuck off to the pub for a cheeky half, planning to go back out, and woken up with a hangover. Still, I have to think that going to a protest, being counted and raising your voice is, like many things in life, better than not going at all a even if you get overwhelmed by the crowd and donat quite make it to the finish line.

The British have a reputation for being quiet and polite but thereas a long tradition of us being noisy and annoying. It is how we got everything we treasure, from votes for people who arenat posh landowners to gay weddings. We even protested to get two days off a week and invented the weekend. We have saved libraries, protested both for and against Brexit, and last summer overturned dodgy exam algorithms. We ended the European Super League before it began. Taking to the street with a wry placard that reads: aIam very cross!a or: aI canat believe Iam still protesting this shita is our way of life.

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Are Marine Le Penas chances of becoming French president being exaggerated? | Arthur Goldhammer
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:00:28 GMT
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Recent French regional elections suggest next yearas contest wonat simply be Macron versus the far right

On Sunday, France held the first round of this yearas regional elections a and two-thirds of eligible voters chose to stay home. As the country slowly emerges from lockdown, politics is clearly not a priority for most people. While it may be a foolas errand to try to interpret the voice of the people when the vast majority preferred to remain silent, Sundayas voting has changed the conversation about what lies ahead.

Voters were asked to choose the representatives who will govern Franceas 18 regions (13 domestic and five overseas). In their current form, the regions are only five years old, the product of the most recent of many efforts to add a modicum of decentralisation to Franceas traditionally top-down administrative setup.

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Five years on from the Brexit referendum, the result is clear: both unions are losing
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 09:00:23 GMT
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The UK has been weakened, but so too has the EU. Relations between them need not be this bad

Five years after the fateful referendum on 23 June 2016, what is the current balance sheet of Brexit? Answer: two weakened unions, the British and the European, and bad-tempered relations between them. Lose. Lose. Lose.

The weakening of the British union is obvious. There will be another referendum on Scottish independence within the next few years. Scottish nationalists may win it with the argument that Scotland should leave the British union to rejoin the European one. A vote in Northern Ireland on Irish unification seems more likely than at any point since it was first provided for in the Belfast agreement in 1998. Boris Johnsonas government is full of rhetoric about keeping the union together but has no strategy for doing so.

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Second homes are a gross injustice, yet the UK government encourages them | George Monbiot
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 06:00:20 GMT
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The underlying reason for Britainas housing crisis is not lack of supply. Itas because greed has been allowed to displace need

How big would our housing crisis be if it were not for second homes? Itas a question almost no one in public life wants to ask, let alone answer. But it becomes more urgent every day.

By a second home, I donat mean one continuously rented to another household. I mean a property used either as a personal holiday home or as a place to stay while working away from your main home: in other words, a luxury that deprives other people of a necessity.

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The Guardian view on privatising Channel 4: it makes no economic sense | Editorial
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:37:35 GMT
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The arguments put forward for selling the broadcaster donat add up. The impetus is ideological a and wrong-headed

To sensible Conservatives, Channel 4 should seem a bargain. Owned by the state, it costs the taxpayer precisely nothing. It generates income from advertising a both from linear TV and streaming a that it ploughs back into Britainas lively independent production sector, without the need for it to make a profit for shareholders. It was Margaret Thatcheras government that brought it to fruition, after the seeds of the channel were sown by Lord Annanas 1977 report into the future of broadcasting. It was designed to stimulate independent production beyond the BBC and ITV, reflecting the full diversity of Britainas talent a and so it did. Some would say it has lost much of the iconoclastic spirit that animated it in the 1980s, when it commissioned artists from Peter Greenaway to John Akromfrah and put out pioneering shows such as Brookside. Kinder critics might say that the radicalism is still there, even if it is harder to detect amid the commercial programming that supports its more cutting-edge work. Certainly, Channel 4 remains the originator of brilliant television: it is the channel of the Paralympics, of Russell T Daviesas excellent drama Itas A Sin, of Nida Manzooras innovative comedy about young Muslim women, We Are Lady Parts, of the lockdown cultural triumph Graysonas Art Club.

Now the government a having considered, and rejected, the proposition as recently as 2016 a is talking of privatising Channel 4. The ostensible reason is to help it achieve greater scale in a broadcasting world increasingly dominated by the giant US streaming services. But this argument is weak and wrong-headed. For a start it is unclear what, exactly, the government would be selling. Channel 4 is a publisher of broadcast material; it does not own its shows and is not some asset-rich operation whose sale would raise significant amounts for the public purse. Privatisation is certainly not the kind of ahelpa that those running Channel 4 desire, or say they need a especially after a pandemic year in which it defied doom-laden predictions. In the process of establishing a secondary headquarters in Leeds, the channel says it is likely to hit its target of spending half its budget outside London in 2021, two years ahead of schedule. The broadcaster is, then, achieving some of the governmentas stated policy of spreading investment beyond London. But its regional hubs would almost certainly look indulgently expensive to a putative buyer. The government says it wants to protect what Channel 4 does. But the way to preserve the quiddities of a very particular British institution is certainly not to allow it to be subsumed into an international media company such as ViacomCBS or WarnerMedia, or even into, say, ITV.

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The Guardian view on Tories and Scotland: beware muscular unionism
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:36:22 GMT
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Boris Johnsonas political tactics against Labour in England might have unintended consequences north of the border

Boris Johnsonas method for protecting the union from Scottish independence is not a secret. He will say no to a second referendum. Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, this week confirmed as much, saying he could not envisage circumstances in which the prime minister would yield to any demand Nicola Sturgeon might make for a plebiscite in the current parliament.

The first independence vote in 2014 was arranged by the coordination of Holyrood and Westminster parliaments. An order under section 30 of the Scotland Act was granted, paving the way for referendum legislation. David Cameron understood how dangerous it would be if an English prime minister used Westminsteras legal supremacy to sabotage Scottish National party plans. It would go against the principle of consent on which the union is founded, inflaming the grievance that most drives support for independence a a feeling that Scots lack control over their national destiny.

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Tory lessons on class, privilege and poverty | Letters
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:14:06 GMT
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The education report has sparked a culture war rather than addressing real problems, according to Labour members of the select committee Fleur Anderson, Aspana Begum, Kim Johnson and Ian Mearns. Plus letters from Prof Diane Reay, Alexander Verney-Elliott, Chris Hughes, Jack Gingell, Michael Pike and Bill Dhadli

As members of the education select committee, we have spent months listening to evidence from experts for the report on education and white working-class pupils (Tory MPs accused of adding fuel to aculture wara in education report, 21 June). There is no doubt in our minds that there are children in this country that have been badly let down, but as Labour members on the committee we decided to vote against it.

The evidence we received clearly indicated that the main determining factors of poor educational outcomes were class and regional inequalities caused by more than a decade of austerity. Put simply, where a child is born and raised has much more of a bearing on academic outcomes than their ethnicity does. Despite this, the Tory committee members decided to include a whole section on awhite privilegea.

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In praise of stillness | Brief letters
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:13:02 GMT
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Social care | Life after 70 | Country diary and birds | Cure for Hiccups

Would it be unfair to suggest that the cabinetas ado or diea social care meeting was cancelled (Report, 21 June) because Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock still have no idea what to adoa and consider that the adiea bit was quite adequately covered in the first weeks of the pandemic?
Mike Hine
Kingston upon Thames, London

aC/ Being a non-active seventysomething can be good (Letters, 22 June)! After a busy life, for the last decade I have been grounded by a painful foot. I love the stillness, the emptiness, and watching the skies and the seasons change from day to day.
Rosa Davis
Stroud, Gloucestershire

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Claessonas late strike for Sweden seals top spot with victory over Poland
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:03:24 GMT
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In the end it was failure for Poland, but at least it was gallant failure. A campaign that had seemed to be fizzling disappointingly away suddenly came to life in its final 30 minutes as Robert Lewandowski, almost single-handed, inspired a fightback. Poland came from 2-0 down to level, but as they desperately sought the goal that would have taken them through, Viktor Claesson snatched the winner for Sweden.

So Sweden, their air of clinical control shattered in the frantic final minutes, topped the group above Spain and they will play a best third-place team in the last 16 in Glasgow on Tuesday.

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Portugal v France: Euro 2020 a live!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:03:10 GMT
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Santos has moved decisively to address the shortcomings that Portugal showed in midfield in their opening games, with Fernandes and Carvahlo replaced by Moutinho and Sanches. That should make Portugal more coherent and creative. Meanwhile, France have made three personnel changes - changing both their full-backs and replacing Rabiot with Tolisso in midfield. They also look set to make a slight adjustment to their formation, switching from a midfield diamond to 4-2-3-1 in an effort to get their high-grade frontline firing. That means that Portugalas right-back, Semedo - who was overrun against Germany - will find himself having to try to keep tabs on MbappA(c). Bon courage!

Portugal: Patricio; Semedo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Danilo, Sanches; Silva, Ronaldo, Jota

Hello. Itas only a showdown between the world champions and the European champions, with qualification for the Last 16 on the line. France are already through a they just need to find out in which position a but Portugal are living on the edge, still capable of winning the group or being ousted from the tournament. Fernando Santos has copped plenty of flak for the way Portugal have performed so far a like a strangely fractured side with no serious midfield a and if he doesnat find a way for his team to get at least a point today, then he could find himself relying on intricate calculations to go through as one of the best third-placed teams (and that could ultimately be decided by disciplinary record or even Uefa coefficient).

France havenat quite clicked yet either and Didier Deschamps is expected to make changes as he tries to finetune his formula and ensure Les Bleus justify their labels as tournament favourites. There would be no better way to prove they are growing into the tournament than by beating the team who spoiled their party at Euro 2016. That victory in the final was the only time Portugal have beaten France in 13 meetings since 1976: now would be a good time to repeat the trick. And then the countries could meet again in this yearas final. They may have to beat England to get there: because whoever finishes second in Group F will face Gareth Southgateas team at Wembley in the Last 16. Intrigue? You bet. Thrills? Hope so. Kickoff? Coming soon. Brace yourselves, this could be epic!

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Germany v Hungary: Euro 2020 a live!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:14:43 GMT
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Germany are obviously huge favourites this evening. But it was not always that way. Ferenc Puskas and his Mighty Magyars were the overwhelming favourites to beat West Germany in the 1954 World Cup final having hammered them 8-3 just a few months earlier. But the game did not follow the script as John Ashdown makes clear in this wonderful re-telling of the Miracle of Bern.

Related: World Cup stunning moments: the Miracle of Bern

Germany (3-4-3): Manuel Neuer (captain); Antonio Rudiger, Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter; Robin Gosens, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, Joshua Kimmich; Kai Havertz, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Subs: Halstenberg, Volland, Werner, Leno, Musiala, Sule, Neuhaus, Goretzka, Trapp, Can, Koch, MA1/4ller.

Hungary (3-5-2): Peter Gulacsi; Endre Botka, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai; Loic Nego, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Adam Nagy, Andras Schafer, Attila Fiola; Roland Sallai, Adam Szalai (captain). Subs: Lang, Kecskes, Holender, Dibusz, Lovrencsics, Roland Varga, Siger, Kevin Varga, Bogdan, Nikolic, Schon, Bolla.

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aI just enjoy myselfa: Jack Grealish adapting to big stage with England
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:46:26 GMT
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  • England midfielder has no fears about playing at top level
  • aCrazya that Mount and Chilwell are being forced to isolate

Jack Grealish has no doubts about his ability to shine on the international stage after his impressive performance against the Czech Republic helped England reach the last 16 as winners of Group D.

Gareth Southgate has faced calls to make Grealish a prominent part of his team and the winger took his chance after being handed his first start of Euro 2020 on Tuesday night, running at the Czechs and creating Raheem Sterlingas early winner with a fine cross.

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New Zealand beat India to win World Test Championship final a live!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:13:55 GMT
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And hereas the winning captain, Kane Williamson. aVery special feeling,a he says, though, as ever, he has the air of a person treating those two impostors just the same. aObviously a couple of close ones and nice to get one under the belt.a In no time, heas thanking aVirat and the Indian teama. Asked if this is the biggest moment in New Zealand cricket history, he says itas hard to say. Spoiler: it is.

aBig congratulations to Kane and his team,a says Virat Kohli, afor winning in what was really three days. Big credit to them for sticking to their processes long enough to put us under pressure. The Kiwi bowlers executed their plans to perfection today and we were 30 or 40 short.a

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England v Sri Lanka: first T20 international a live!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:15:56 GMT
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8th over: Sri Lanka 50-3 (de Silva 1; Perera 16) Liam Livingstone, with a fresh haircut, does the business in his very first over with one that hits Mendis low as he bends for the sweep. An optimistic review.

The third ump looks, and looks again, for evidence of bat or glove, but there isnat any. The ball would have clopped middle stump, Perera must go.

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Tour de France 2021: full team-by-team guide
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:00:26 GMT
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Our in-depth look at every team, the main riders to watch and the cast of characters tearing through France

aC/ Stage-by-stage guide: our lowdown on the 2021 Tour route

Mainstays of the Tour since the 90s, transformed this winter with arrival of iconic car company sponsor, departure of long-time leader Romain Bardet and signing of several pricey foreign imports. Ben OaConnor has provided best value so far and BenoA(r)t Cosnefroy is one of Franceas up and coming names.

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Norwich close to signing Billy Gilmour on loan from Chelsea
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:01:33 GMT
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  • Scotland midfielder wants more regular first-team action
  • Other clubs could attempt to hijack proposed transfer

Norwich are closing in on a deal to sign Billy Gilmour on a seasonas loan from Chelsea. The Scotland midfielder has been targeted by several Premier League clubs and Norwich are emerging as his likeliest destination.

Chelsea have plenty of competition for places in midfield and Gilmour found himself below NaGolo KantA(c), Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho last season. The 20-year-old, who is isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, was restricted to five appearances in all competitions after Thomas Tuchelas arrival at Stamford Bridge last January and he is keen to continue his development on loan.

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ParalympicsGB say work is still needed to ensure athlete safety in Tokyo
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:45:29 GMT
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  • Athletes heading to the unknown in terms of training set-up
  • Paralympics opening ceremony in Tokyo due in 62 days

Team GB preparations for the Paralympic Games are still being revised on a week-to-week basis, with aan awful lot of work still to doa to make the event safe and secure for athletes.

As the first names on the GB athletics team for Tokyo were confirmed, the chef de mission, Penny Briscoe, said she still could not be certain of what training arrangements will be in place for athletes on their arrival in Japan and admits the task of ensuring all athletes are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 has been a massive undertaking.

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Team GB name 11-strong Olympic boxing squad packed with talent
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:51:18 GMT
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  • Seven men and four women will be in the ring in Japan
  • World junior champion Dubois among medal hopefuls

Boxing is likely to be one of the sports that offers Team GB the best opportunity to win medals at the Tokyo Olympics and Wednesdayas announcement of the squad of seven men and four women confirmed its depth and quality. Olympic boxing often resembles a lottery because so much depends on wayward judges and the vagaries of the draw. Yet this squad looks to be at least as strong as its London 2012 counterpart which won five medals.

The GB team then relied heavily on Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell and Nicola Adams, who all won gold, while the 2021 squad has a much deeper pool of talent. All 11 British fighters in Tokyo can claim to be in medal contention, if they get the right draw, and that was not true of the GB teams in London and then at Rio in 2016 when three medals were won.

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UK students miss out on university offers amid fear of admissions boom
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:12:47 GMT
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Some schools report students expecting three As have had no offers at all

Students are missing out on offers for popular courses as UK universities fear a repeat of last yearas pandemic admissions boom, with some making between 10% and 20% fewer offers to avoid potential overcrowding.

Some schools have reported students expecting three As failing to receive a single offer this year.

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Pigeon fanciers lobby for change to Brexit rules on cross-Channel races
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:38:17 GMT
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Pigeon races would be hampered by 21-day rule and need for health certificate, government told

Five years on from the Brexit vote, there is one group whose right to smooth travel to EU countries from the UK has been overlooked, according to a shadow minister: pigeons.

New post-Brexit conditions stopping cross-Channel pigeon races unless the birds have the necessary paperwork must be overturned, the government has been told.

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Lloyds Banking Group to close 44 more branches
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:46:36 GMT
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Unions criticise decision to shut 29 Lloyds and 15 Halifax branches, taking closures to 100 this year

Lloyds Banking Group is shutting a further 44 Lloyds and Halifax branches, sparking criticism from trade unions which say the lender is denying vulnerable consumers and small businesses of essential services.

The latest closures a due to take place by November a means Lloyds will have shut a total of 100 branches in 2021, having already closed 56 sites in the spring, a year into the Covid crisis.

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Environment Agency needs return of APS120m grant to protect rivers, says CEO
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:39:04 GMT
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Cut of APS80m hindering effort to monitor sewage discharges and farming activity, MPs told

The head of the Environment Agency has called for the government to reinstate a APS120m grant to help increase surveillance of water companies and cut pollution in rivers.

Sir James Bevan, the chief executive of the agency, told MPs that water companies and the farming industry, the two main polluters of rivers, were not doing enough to protect the environment.

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Barbican boss to step down after ainstitutional racisma row
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:34:39 GMT
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Barbican denies Sir Nicholas Kenyonas departure was prompted by claims organisation was ainsidiouslya racist

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, the Barbicanas managing director for 14 years, is to stand down in September with the move coming shortly after criticism from the organisationas own staff that it was ainstitutionally racista.

In a statement Kenyon confirmed he would be leaving in the autumn, adding that it had been an immense privilege to lead the arts centre and he had been planning the move for some time.

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Twisted Toys campaign highlights dangers for children in digital playgrounds
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:16:30 GMT
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Campaign is producing satirical video ads and made-up product descriptions to bring awareness to dangers of digital playgrounds

Parents, advocates and lawmakers would be outraged if teddy bears tracked childrenas sleep patterns, toys spewed racist vitriol, or walkie-talkies linked up children with sexual predators.

But online, according to a new awareness campaign launching Wednesday, young people are constantly immersed in a digital playground designed without safety in mind, leaving them vulnerable to bullying, unwanted contact and exploitation.

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Keir Starmer castigates PM over record low rape prosecutions
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:55:37 GMT
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Boris Johnson criticised for ajabbera response as Labour leader attacks austerityas impact on justice system

Keir Starmer has accused the government of failing rape victims by making cuts to the criminal justice system during a decade of austerity.

aOn the prime ministeras watch, rape prosecutions and convictions are at a record low, court backlogs are at a record high,a the Labour leader told an often noisy House of Commons during prime ministeras questions on Wednesday.

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High court ruling on puberty blockers abased on partisan evidencea
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:32:27 GMT
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Appeal judges hear NHS trustas challenge to landmark judgment on gender reassignment for under-16s

A landmark judgment that children under the age of 16 considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to be prescribed puberty-blocking drugs undermined their entitlement to make decisions for themselves and was based on apartisan expert evidencea, the court of appeal has heard.

Tavistock and Portman NHS trust, which runs NHS Englandas only gender identity development service for children, is challenging a high court ruling last year in a case brought against the service by Keira Bell, a 24-year-old woman who began taking puberty blockers when she was 16 before detransitioning. The other applicant was the unnamed mother of a teenage autistic girl on the waiting list for treatment.

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Stonehenge road tunnel go-ahead unlawful, high court told
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 09:34:01 GMT
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Judicial review hears Grant Shapps did not properly consider damage to ancient sites and artefacts

The transport secretaryas decision to allow a road tunnel to be built near Stonehenge was unlawful because it did not properly consider damage that would be done to a string of prehistoric sites and many thousands of ancient artefacts, the high court has been told.

Campaigners including archaeologists, environmental groups and the druids who regard the great Wiltshire stone circle as a sacred site have launched a judicial review calling for the decision by Grant Shapps to allow the APS1.7bn road scheme, including the two-mile tunnel, to be quashed.

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Persimmon and Aviva to refund leaseholders after UK rent inquiry
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 07:51:37 GMT
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Housebuilder and insurer agree to make payments after watchdog uncovers evidence of overcharging

Thousands of leaseholders will be refunded unfair ground rents and allowed to buy the freehold of their property at a discounted price after a crackdown on property developers by the competition watchdog.

Persimmon Homes and Aviva have agreed to offer the refunds after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) uncovered atroubling evidencea that leasehold homeowners and prospective buyers were overcharged and misled by the UKas biggest housebuilders.

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Police corruption and the unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan a podcast
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 02:00:15 GMT
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The brutal murder of a private investigator in 1987 has become the UKas most investigated killing a but 34 years later it remains unsolved and mired in new official findings of police corruption

On 10 March 1987, a 37-year-old private investigator named Daniel Morgan was found dead in a south London pub car park with an axe embedded in his head. Despite the arrests of several men, the initial investigation did not lead to any charges and the murder has gone unsolved amid allegations of police corruption.

The Metropolitan police have previously accepted that corrupt officers shielded the killers. But a new panel inquiry concluded last week that the crime was probably asolvablea had it not been undermined. The force was described as ainstitutionally corrupta and its commissioner, Cressida Dick, personally censured for obstruction by an independent inquiry.

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UK denies Russia fired warning shots at Royal Navy ship off Crimea
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:08:46 GMT
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MoD contradicts Moscowas assertion that shots were fired at destroyer and bombs dropped nearby

Britain was unexpectedly embroiled in a diplomatic and military dispute with Russia on Wednesday after Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender briefly sailed through territorial waters off the coast of the disputed territory of Crimea.

The warship sailed for about an hour in the morning within the 12 mile limit off Cape Fiolent on a direct route between the Ukrainian port of Odesa and Georgia, prompting Russian complaints and a disagreement about whether warning shots were fired.

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Progressives criticize Biden and Harris for not doing more to help voting rights
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:59:54 GMT
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Risk of a first major public rift with Democratsa progressive wing if a breakthrough is not found soon

When the New York Democratic congressman Mondaire Jones, a freshman, was at the White House last week for the signing of the proclamation making Juneteenth a national holiday, he told Joe Biden their party needed him more involved in passing voting legislation on Capitol Hill.

Biden ajust sort of stared at mea, Jones said of the US presidentas response, describing an aawkward silencea that passed between the two.

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Supreme court sides with cheerleader punished by high school over Snapchat post a live
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:05:36 GMT
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Donald Trump, who is scheduled to visit the US-Mexico border with Texas governor Greg Abbott and a group of House Republicans next week, has already jumped on the news that Kamala Harris will be paying a trip to the southern border on Friday.

aIf Governor Abbott and I werenat going there next week, she would have never gone!a he wrote to supporters in an email.

INBOX - Five! minutes after Harrisas office announced the border visit, a statement from Trump: aAfter months of ignoring the crisis at the Southern Border, it is great that we got Kamala Harris to finally go and see the tremendous destruction and death that they've created.a

White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to provide specific details about Kamala Harrisa upcoming trip to El Paso at a press briefing, saying broadly that the trip will be part of the vice presidentas efforts to aaddress the root causes and work in continuation to get the situation under controla.

Psaki pushed back from a reporteras question on the timing of the announcement, saying that Harris has said publicly that she would be open to going to the border at an aappropriate timea.

Asked if the White House wanted Harris to visit the border before Donald Trump does, Psaki replies: "We made an assessment within our government about when it was an appropriate time."

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Britney Spears will directly address Los Angeles court on conservatorship
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 05:00:18 GMT
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Singer will offer rare testimony on controversial arrangement that has given Spearsas father control over much of her life for 13 years

Britney Spears will directly address a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday, offering rare testimony in the case of the controversial conservatorship that has governed the pop staras life for 13 years.

The hearing has drawn interest from fans across the globe, who have for years organized a campaign under the hashtag #FreeBritney to protest the unusual legal arrangement that has stripped the singer of her independence since 2008. The conservatorship has given her father, Jamie Spears, control over her estate, career and other aspects of her personal life.

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Scientists identify 29 planets where aliens could observe Earth
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:00:30 GMT
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Astronomers estimate 29 habitable planets are positioned to see Earth transit and intercept human broadcasts

For centuries, Earthlings have gazed at the heavens and wondered about life among the stars. But as humans hunted for little green men, the extraterrestrials might have been watching us back.

In new research, astronomers have drawn up a shortlist of nearby star systems where any inquisitive inhabitants on orbiting planets would be well placed to spot life on Earth.

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How Chicago is reimagining the future of local journalism as papers decline
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:00:26 GMT
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Cityas thriving web of news and information mends many of the coverage holes often left by legacy media such as the Tribune

Alden Global Capital has wasted no time living up to its reputation for squeezing costs since acquiring Tribune Publishing last month, quickly offering a buyout to newsroom employees at the Chicago Tribune, among the largest daily newspapers in the country. The $630m deal makes the New York-based hedge fund the second-largest newspaper owner in the US, behind Gannett, publisher of USA Today. And it also hands Alden, known for cost cutting at the expense of journalism, control of some of the countryas most-storied big-city dailies a the Tribune, the New York Daily News and the Baltimore Sun.

aIt was their second day in full control when they started to do what we warned that they would do a start slashing newsrooms,a said Gregory Pratt, president of the Chicago Tribune union, adding that the newspaper has lost 30% of its unionized staff since 2018, much of that after Alden became the majority shareholder of Tribune Publishing in 2019.

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IPCC steps up warning on climate tipping points in leaked draft report
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:34:33 GMT
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Scientists increasingly concerned about thresholds beyond which recovery may become impossible

Climate scientists are increasingly concerned that global heating will trigger tipping points in Earthas natural systems, which will lead to widespread and possibly irrevocable disaster, unless action is taken urgently.

The impacts are likely to be much closer than most people realise, a a draft report from the worldas leading climate scientists suggests, and will fundamentally reshape life in the coming decades even if greenhouse gas emissions are brought under some control.

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US Capitol attack: first defendant in 6 January riot expected to be sentenced
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 10:00:25 GMT
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Anna Morgan-Lloydas sentence could indicate what kind of punishments judges will impose on those involved in breach

Three years of probation, 40 hours of community service and $500.

That is the punishment federal prosecutors have requested for the first Capitol rioter expected to be sentenced in court, Anna Morgan-Lloyd, a 49-year-old Donald Trump supporter from Indiana.

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Andrew Yang drops out of New York mayoral race as Eric Adams leads
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:52:04 GMT
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  • Early frontrunner and presidential candidate slumped in polls
  • Adams remains long way from nomination due to ranked voting

Andrew Yang, who led the polls in the New York mayoral election in the early months of the race, conceded defeat on Tuesday night, after results from the first vote count showed him slumping and former police officer Eric Adams in the lead.

Related: Morgan Stanley to bar unvaccinated staff from New York offices

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Trump hoped Covid-19 would atake outa former aide John Bolton, book claims
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:03:03 GMT
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  • Nightmare Scenario details final year of presidency
  • Washington Post reportersa book one of several on Trump

Donald Trump wanted Covid-19 to atake outa his former national security adviser John Bolton, a new book is set to reveal, as a heated summer of further colourful revelations about the controversial former president spills out from competing tomes.

The forthcoming Nightmare Scenario will stake out the claim, in addition to telling of how Trump advocated shipping Americans who contracted coronavirus while abroad to the prison at GuantA!namo Bay.

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UK denies Russia fired warning shots at Royal Navy ship off Crimea
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:08:46 GMT
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MoD contradicts Moscowas assertion that shots were fired at destroyer and bombs dropped nearby

Britain was unexpectedly embroiled in a diplomatic and military dispute with Russia on Wednesday after Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender briefly sailed through territorial waters off the coast of the disputed territory of Crimea.

The warship sailed for about an hour in the morning within the 12 mile limit off Cape Fiolent on a direct route between the Ukrainian port of Odesa and Georgia, prompting Russian complaints and a disagreement about whether warning shots were fired.

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Michael B Jordan renames rum after accusations of cultural appropriation
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 10:25:53 GMT
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The Creed and Black Panther actor has agreed to scrap the brand name JaOuvert after criticism from Nicki Minaj and the government of Trinidad and Tobago

Michael B Jordan has issued an apology, in the fallout from his announcement over the weekend that he was launching a line of rums called JaOuvert.

The term signals the start of carnival in the Caribbean and is a cornerstone of tradition in Trinidad and Tobago; Jordanas use of the word was felt by many to be cultural appropriation.

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Covid live: Delta variant likely to represent 90% of infections in EU by September, says disease agency
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:15:56 GMT
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European centre for disease control warns it is vital for people to get fully vaccinated as the summer holiday season begins

The share of Covid-19 infections caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus has doubled in Germany in a week and is likely to gain more traction over other variants, the Robert Koch Institute public health agency said.

A whole genome sequencing analysis shows the strain accounting for 15% of infections, the Institute said, adding that athe proportion of variant B.1.617.2 (Delta) continues to increase and the proportion of this VOC (variant of concern) doubled within one week.a

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Delta Plus Covid variant: what is it and should we be concerned?
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:28:41 GMT
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Same mutation of Delta Plus is found in Beta variant, which is partially resistant to vaccines

One of the latest coronavirus variants to raise concern is the Delta Plus. But what is it and why is it a potential problem in the fight to suppress the virus?

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WHO voices concerns over Sputnik V Covid vaccine plant
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:33:55 GMT
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WHO reports issues with quality control data and test results as Slovakia announces it is offloading 160k doses

The World Health Organization has said it has concerns about the methods used at one plant producing the Sputnik V vaccine, as Slovakia announced it would sell or donate 160,000 of the 200,000 doses it has ordered of the Russian shot.

The WHO, which along with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reviewing Sputnik V for eventual approval, said in a report on Wednesday it had issues with the integrity of quality control data and test results at one of the four production sites it had seen.

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Morgan Stanley to bar unvaccinated staff from New York offices
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 08:57:13 GMT
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Bank warns staff they have less than three weeks to take both Covid jabs or continue working from home

Employees and visitors to Morgan Stanley will be barred from entering the bankas New York offices unless they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from next month, as the Wall Street firm prepares to get staff back to their desks by early September.

The banking company told staff and clients that they have less than three weeks to receive both coronavirus jabs before visiting its buildings in New York City and Westchester from 12 July a or keep working from home.

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Portugal v France: Euro 2020 a live!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:03:10 GMT
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Santos has moved decisively to address the shortcomings that Portugal showed in midfield in their opening games, with Fernandes and Carvahlo replaced by Moutinho and Sanches. That should make Portugal more coherent and creative. Meanwhile, France have made three personnel changes - changing both their full-backs and replacing Rabiot with Tolisso in midfield. They also look set to make a slight adjustment to their formation, switching from a midfield diamond to 4-2-3-1 in an effort to get their high-grade frontline firing. That means that Portugalas right-back, Semedo - who was overrun against Germany - will find himself having to try to keep tabs on MbappA(c). Bon courage!

Portugal: Patricio; Semedo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Danilo, Sanches; Silva, Ronaldo, Jota

Hello. Itas only a showdown between the world champions and the European champions, with qualification for the Last 16 on the line. France are already through a they just need to find out in which position a but Portugal are living on the edge, still capable of winning the group or being ousted from the tournament. Fernando Santos has copped plenty of flak for the way Portugal have performed so far a like a strangely fractured side with no serious midfield a and if he doesnat find a way for his team to get at least a point today, then he could find himself relying on intricate calculations to go through as one of the best third-placed teams (and that could ultimately be decided by disciplinary record or even Uefa coefficient).

France havenat quite clicked yet either and Didier Deschamps is expected to make changes as he tries to finetune his formula and ensure Les Bleus justify their labels as tournament favourites. There would be no better way to prove they are growing into the tournament than by beating the team who spoiled their party at Euro 2016. That victory in the final was the only time Portugal have beaten France in 13 meetings since 1976: now would be a good time to repeat the trick. And then the countries could meet again in this yearas final. They may have to beat England to get there: because whoever finishes second in Group F will face Gareth Southgateas team at Wembley in the Last 16. Intrigue? You bet. Thrills? Hope so. Kickoff? Coming soon. Brace yourselves, this could be epic!

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AI helps return Rembrandtas The Night Watch to original size
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:42:21 GMT
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Rijksmuseum reproduces Dutch masteras work in all its glory, 300 years after it was cut to fit between doors

The Night Watch by Rembrandt has enraptured millions visiting Amsterdamas Rijksmuseum and its previous homes over the centuries, dazzling with its scale and fine detail.

But it is only from today, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence to recapture some of the Dutch masteras genius, including the sweep of his brush strokes and perspective of his eye, that it can for the first time in 300 years be enjoyed in its complete form.

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Stop! In the name of style a Diana Rossas best looks
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 05:11:19 GMT
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As the Supremes singer prepares to release her first new album in 15 years, we look back on her effortless, classic fashion

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Moving on: why the EU is not missing Britain that much
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 04:15:17 GMT
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On the 5th anniversary of Brexit, commentators reflect on the EUas success at rallying together after Britainas exit

On the night of 23 June 2016 a storm broke over Brussels. Rain poured, thunder rolled and lightning flashed over the headquarters of the European Unionas institutions.

Then in the small hours came a political thunderbolt almost no one had forecast: the UK had voted to leave the union. Five years on, the Brexit tempest has subsided a in Brussels, if not in London.

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NFTs and me: meet the people trying to sell their memes for millions
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 05:00:19 GMT
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Once, people who owned viral photos made little money from them. Now, the aoriginala can potentially sell for an enormous sum. But are buyers savvy investors a or unwitting dupes?

The photographer Jeff McCurryas favourite Harambe memes are the ones where the dead gorilla is in heaven, Photoshopped alongside Diana, Princess of Wales, Tupac and Muhammad Ali. aItas like: wow,a says McCurry. aWhat greater spot can you be placed in? Harambeas at the top of the hill, waiting to meet you there.a

McCurry took the photograph of the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla that went on to become a meme. In it, Harambe kneels, projecting a fearsome aura of strength, nobility and calm. A former volunteer photographer at Cincinnati zoo, McCurry was there on 28 May 2016, the fateful day a three-year-old boy climbed into the gorillaas enclosure, forcing zookeepers to shoot Harambe dead. aIt didnat seem real at first,a says McCurry, who was a regular visitor to the zoo. aWhen any of your friends die, itas hard to process. I was in shock.a

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The 15 greatest video games of the 1990s a ranked!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 10:45:25 GMT
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It was the decade Sonic the Hedgehog, the original PlayStation, the Nintendo 64 and so much more entered the world a here are the 15 best games of this golden age of gaming

Of all LucasArtsa memorable, quip-fuelled point and click adventures a from dark afterlife comedy Grim Fandango to the surrealist Day of the Tentacle a itas Monkey Island 2 that gets the most love nowadays, and justifiably so. The puzzles were just on the right side of deliberately obscure, the characters were strange and colourful, and the music unforgettable. And that ending still sparks discussion, 30 years on.

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People are quitting their jobs in record numbers. Companies should take note a and treat them better | Arwa Mahdawi
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 06:00:20 GMT
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Labour shortages are causing widespread disarray. Perhaps employers might consider something radical: paying people more and exploiting them less

Got an advanced degree? Twenty years of experience in your field? The ability to drop everything to respond to work emails? Great! Then you meet the qualifications for an entry-level job paying miserable wages. But youall need to have a gazillion interviews and write a thank-you letter after each one to have any chance of getting it, of course.

Thatas an (only slightly exaggerated) reflection of what the job market has looked like for a long time. Wages have been stagnant for decades. Companies have been demanding more, and offering less: the power has been very much in employersa hands. Now, in the US at least, the power balance may be shifting; people are quitting their jobs in record numbers. Almost 4 million Americans quit their jobs in April: the highest numbers since government record-keeping for labour turnover began in December 2000. Meanwhile, in the UK, a lot of people are seriously thinking about quitting a one study found 38% of employees are looking to change roles in the next year.

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The American economy is perilously fragile. Concentration of wealth is to blame | Robert Reich
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 10:23:25 GMT
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The imbalance is more extreme than itas been in over a century. We need to fix this structural problem before itas too late

Policymakers and the media are paying too much attention to how quickly the US economy will emerge from the pandemic-induced recession, and not nearly enough to the nationas deeper structural problem a the huge imbalance of wealth that could enfeeble the economy for years.

Related: aWhen is this going to end?a: US factory town devastated by jobs moving overseas

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Billionaire defenders say their tax avoidance is perfectly legal. But is it? | David Sirota
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:39:04 GMT
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A presumption of innocence is never afforded to poor people accused of petty theft. Yet billionaires benefit from it every day when it comes to taxes

In the wake of ProPublicaas recent disclosure of how billionaires avoid income taxes, a narrative has been manufactured: we are told that while the mogulsa schemes to reduce tax liability may be immoral, the tactics are all aperfectly legala, in the words of ProPublica, an idea that was then echoed by the Associated Press, the New York Times and the pundit world.

This conventional wisdom a depicted as unquestionable fact throughout corporate media a is held up as donat-hate-the-player-hate-the-game proof that we should be angry only at the tax system, but not necessarily at the oligarchs getting rich off it. In fact, the only person so far presumed to be worthy of any law enforcement scrutiny is not any of the billionaires avoiding taxes, but the whistleblowing source of the IRS leak.

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Five years on from the Brexit referendum, the result is clear: both unions are losing
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 09:00:23 GMT
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The UK has been weakened, but so too has the EU. Relations between them need not be this bad

Five years after the fateful referendum on 23 June 2016, what is the current balance sheet of Brexit? Answer: two weakened unions, the British and the European, and bad-tempered relations between them. Lose. Lose. Lose.

The weakening of the British union is obvious. There will be another referendum on Scottish independence within the next few years. Scottish nationalists may win it with the argument that Scotland should leave the British union to rejoin the European one. A vote in Northern Ireland on Irish unification seems more likely than at any point since it was first provided for in the Belfast agreement in 1998. Boris Johnsonas government is full of rhetoric about keeping the union together but has no strategy for doing so.

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Allyson Felix wins another victory for mothers by claiming Tokyo Olympics spot | Andy Bull
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:00:27 GMT
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After the traumatic birth of her daughter the 35-year-old took on both Nike and the US government before earning a shot at a record 10th Olympic medal on the track

Some mornings the car wonat start, the babyas crying, the girl wonat eat her breakfast, the boy canat remember where he left his shoes, and you forgot to sign the form you promised to bring in to the school last week. Some mornings the showeras running cold, the babyas got a temperature, the girlas run out of clean shirts, the boyas having a raging tantrum because someone knocked over his Lego tower, and all you want to do is crawl back to bed because the dayas just about beaten you already. Some mornings, I wonder if Allyson Felix has mornings like these.

You may have missed it in all the excitement, but late last Sunday, hours after Walesa defeat to Italy in the Euros, Max Verstappenas victory at the French Grand Prix, Matteo Berretini had beaten Cameron Norrie in the final at Queenas, Jon Rahm had won the US Open at Torrey Pines, and Ishant Sharma had dismissed Devon Conway in the final of the World Test Championship, an even better sports story was unfolding in front of a small crowd at Haywardas Field in Eugene, Oregon, where Felix was settling into the starting blocks for the final of the womenas 400m at the US Olympic trials.

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Slovakia 0-5 Spain: Euro 2020 a reaction!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:05:52 GMT
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Spain routed their hapless opponents in Seville to set up a knockout match against Croatia in the Round of 16

That late Sweden goal potentially very good news for England. Path to final could well be France/Germany (admittedly very tough), Sweden q/f and Holland s/f. While other half of draw surely much tougher with Italy, Belgium, Spain and either France/Germany

A quick recap: Spain missed a series of glorious early chances before Martin Dubravka put them ahead in the first half with a comical own goal some time after head saved a penalty from Alvaro Morata. The Spanish doubled their lead courtesy of an Aymeric Laporte header just before half-time. Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres added two more in the second half, before the hapless Juraj Kucka headed past his own goalkeeper to round off the rout.

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Sweden 3-2 Poland: Euro 2020 a as it happened!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:09:22 GMT
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Two goals from Robert Lewandowski werenat enough to save Poland, who fought hard but still go home; Sweden, on the other hand, top the group and now wait to see who they meet next

However! Peep what weave got for you next! Dive in folks, and thanks for your company and comments this afternoon. Enjoy the evening.

Related: Portugal v France: Euro 2020 a live!

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So that, Iam afraid, is Group E. Sweden win it and will meet the Czech Republic next I think but I could be wrong, while Spain come second and will face Croatia. Slovakia and Poland, despite brave efforts, are off hame.

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Before Christian Pulisic there was Jovan Kirovski
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 09:00:24 GMT
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The first American to win the Champions League did so at a time when US soccer players were seen as little more than novelties

Three years ago, the US menas team were watching the World Cup on television instead of playing in it. But with the 2022 edition in sight, things are looking much more encouraging. Christian Pulisicas successive victories in the Champions League and Concacaf Nations League finals are symbolic of the teamas revival. He is far from alone though. Alongside him stand the likes of Giovanni Reyna, Weston McKennie, and SergiA+-o Dest, all of whom play for some of the best clubs in the world. This kind of success in Europe was unprecedented just five years ago for Americans, before Pulisic established himself as a young phenomenon at Borussia Dortmund.

But it wasnat the first time weave seen an American lift the most coveted trophy in club soccer, nor is it the first time Dortmund have helped American soccer players break into European competition.

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Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe headline US womenas soccer Olympic team roster
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:53:58 GMT
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  • Lloyd, Rapinoe headline veteran USWNT roster for Tokyo
  • Tobin Heath also headed to Olympics for fourth time

Carli Lloyd is headed to her fourth Olympics after all.

The 38-year-old Lloyd had vowed after the 2019 World Cup that she would push to make the team for Tokyo before stepping away from the sport. But then the games were pushed back a year because of the coronavirus, and Lloyd needed surgery on her knee.

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Tour de France 2021: full team-by-team guide
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:00:26 GMT
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Our in-depth look at every team, the main riders to watch and the cast of characters tearing through France

aC/ Stage-by-stage guide: our lowdown on the 2021 Tour route

Mainstays of the Tour since the 90s, transformed this winter with arrival of iconic car company sponsor, departure of long-time leader Romain Bardet and signing of several pricey foreign imports. Ben OaConnor has provided best value so far and BenoA(r)t Cosnefroy is one of Franceas up and coming names.

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Germany v Hungary: Euro 2020 a live!
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:14:43 GMT
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Germany are obviously huge favourites this evening. But it was not always that way. Ferenc Puskas and his Mighty Magyars were the overwhelming favourites to beat West Germany in the 1954 World Cup final having hammered them 8-3 just a few months earlier. But the game did not follow the script as John Ashdown makes clear in this wonderful re-telling of the Miracle of Bern.

Related: World Cup stunning moments: the Miracle of Bern

Germany (3-4-3): Manuel Neuer (captain); Antonio Rudiger, Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter; Robin Gosens, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, Joshua Kimmich; Kai Havertz, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Subs: Halstenberg, Volland, Werner, Leno, Musiala, Sule, Neuhaus, Goretzka, Trapp, Can, Koch, MA1/4ller.

Hungary (3-5-2): Peter Gulacsi; Endre Botka, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai; Loic Nego, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Adam Nagy, Andras Schafer, Attila Fiola; Roland Sallai, Adam Szalai (captain). Subs: Lang, Kecskes, Holender, Dibusz, Lovrencsics, Roland Varga, Siger, Kevin Varga, Bogdan, Nikolic, Schon, Bolla.

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Police corruption and the unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan a podcast
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 02:00:15 GMT
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The brutal murder of a private investigator in 1987 has become the UKas most investigated killing a but 34 years later it remains unsolved and mired in new official findings of police corruption

On 10 March 1987, a 37-year-old private investigator named Daniel Morgan was found dead in a south London pub car park with an axe embedded in his head. Despite the arrests of several men, the initial investigation did not lead to any charges and the murder has gone unsolved amid allegations of police corruption.

The Metropolitan police have previously accepted that corrupt officers shielded the killers. But a new panel inquiry concluded last week that the crime was probably asolvablea had it not been undermined. The force was described as ainstitutionally corrupta and its commissioner, Cressida Dick, personally censured for obstruction by an independent inquiry.

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Arrested development: why canat millennial nostalgia reboots get it right?
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 06:30:20 GMT
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A new series of the beloved Nickelodeon preteen show iCarly is one of many retreads stuck in an eerie ongoing adolescence

For about five seconds in Paramountas revival of iCarly, the Nickelodeon tween show that ran from 2007 until 2012, thereas a glimpse of the self-aware resuscitation that could have been. In one of the final scenes of the premiere, the twentysomething former webcaster Carly Shay, a role reprised by a now 28-year-old Miranda Cosgrove, once again stands in front of the camera a this time, an iPhone, filming the intro to her rebooted web series iCarly, which drew thousands of fictional young teenage fans on a show which once attracted 11.2 million live viewers. aWelcome to the new iCarly,a she says. aThis is still iCarly, but itas grown up now.a

Related: Rebels with a cause: how teens on screen grew up and found their voice

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Thelma & Louise stage musical in the works
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 09:55:00 GMT
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The writer of the 1991 feminist road movie has revealed a musical version is in progress, but will be aa completely different animala

A musical based on Thelma & Louise, the Oscar-winning 1991 film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, is in preparation, it has emerged.

The filmas writer, Callie Khouri, told the Hollywood Reporter at a 30th anniversary screening that the project was in its avery early stagesa. aWeave got a book and weave got music but because of the pandemic, we havenat all been together in a very, very long time. So, itas still in its nascent stages, but itas very promising.a

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Kimmel on Trump asking advisers to stop comedians: aHe canat take a jokea
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:32:16 GMT
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Late-night hosts react to news that the former president asked advisers if the justice department could stop comedians from making jokes at his expense

Jimmy Kimmel ripped the former presidentas thin skin on Tuesday evening, hours after the Daily Beast reported that in the middle of his presidency, Donald Trump pressed advisers and lawyers to use whatever means necessary a Federal Communications Commission, justice department or otherwise a to stop Saturday Night Live, Kimmel and other late-night hosts from mocking him.

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The Man Standing Next review a a thrilling scramble for political power in 70s South Korea
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:00:26 GMT
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Based on a real 1979 military coup, this yearas Oscars submission from South Korea captivates with alliances, betrayals a and a climax worth waiting for

This is a suspenseful but fiendishly complex political thriller from South Korea, which was the countryas submission for best international film for the most recent Oscars, though it didnat make the final five shortlist. That doesnat necessarily mean itas not a solid film, but viewers whose introduction to Korean cinema was director Bong Joon-hoas Parasite, which rightly won all the big prizes the year before, should be warned not to expect anything quite as audacious or accessible here.

In fact, director Woo Min-hoas drama feels aimed more at a domestic audience, covering as it does the tense days in 1979 when a military coup and an assassination determined who would ultimately come to power. Although based on actual events, a disclaimer at the beginning warns that some dramatic licence has been taken to tell the story, which was in turn based on a novel. At the centre of the story is President Park (played by Lee Sung-min), who has been the top dog for 18 years. His de facto second in command is the head of the Korean CIA, Kim Gyu-pyeong (Lee Byung-hun, excellent), a narrow-faced civil servant who shuttles diplomatically between Seoul and Washington DC, where another compatriot, Park Yong-gak (Kwak Do-won), is testifying before a US congressional committee and threatening to publish a memoir that will spill the beans about corruption in the highest ranks of the government.

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Hear me out: why Confessions of a Shopaholic isnat a bad movie
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:27:52 GMT
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The latest in our series of writers defending maligned films is a reconsideration of a critically loathed 2009 comedy

When Confessions of a Shopaholic, directed by PJ Hogan, of Murielas Wedding acclaim, was released in 2009 a a year that brought us the high-octane, male-dominated likes of The Hangover, Sherlock Holmes and Inglourious Basterds a it was the tail end of the romcomas golden age. And, just like its genre-mates released that year a Bride Wars, Heas Just Not That Into You, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past a Shopaholic received a wave of scathing reviews, weighing in at just 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Related: Hear me out: why Ishtar isnat a bad movie

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Edgar Wright and Kenneth Branagh to premiere latest at Toronto film festival
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:00:29 GMT
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The festival, which is often a major launchpad for Oscar-aiming movies, will return to an in-person edition reliant on health and safety precautions

New films from Kenneth Branagh and Edgar Wright have been announced as part of this yearas Toronto film festival.

The festival, which is typically seen as a major launchpad for films aiming for Oscars, will return to an in-person iteration this year after last yearas was mostly online as a result of the pandemic.

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The Broken House by Horst KrA1/4ger review a growing up under Hitler
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 10:00:25 GMT
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A German former soldier recalls his childhood in a 1966 memoir that has a chilling lesson for our own era

Horst KrA1/4ger (1919-1999), a German journalist and writer, originally wrote this evocative memoir in 1966 after attending the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials, where 22 former SS camp guards and lower officials were brought to justice for their part in the deaths of more than a million people.

Looking round the courtroom, KrA1/4ger saw only ordinary men who had built a solid and respectable existence for themselves after the war, their appalling crimes forgotten until uncovered by a courageous state prosecutor, Fritz Bauer. Here for example was Wilhelm Boger, aan upright, reliable bookkeepera, aa man you could depend on, who readjusted to life, who was able to sleep at night and who certainly had colleagues and friends and a familya. And yet, the court was told, apart from participating in countless selections, gassings, mass shootings and executions, he was personally responsible for aholding a sixty-year-old cleric in the prisonersa kitchen under water until he was dead; shooting a Polish couple with three children with a pistol from a distance of about three metres; kicking to death the Polish general Dlugiszewski, who had been starved until he was practically a skeletona, and many other similar acts of sadism and brutality.

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Michigan Republicans find no voter fraud and say Trump claims aludicrousa
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:00:12 GMT
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Report finds no evidence of dead voters or Detroit ballot dump that benefited Biden, and denounces baseless allegations

An investigation into the Michigan election by state Republican lawmakers has concluded that there is no evidence of widespread fraud and dismissed the need for an Arizona-style forensic audit of the results.

The news comes amid a broad push by many Republicans a from Donald Trump to state parties a to push unfounded lies about Joe Bidenas victory, often promoting baseless conspiracy theories and evidence-free accusations of fraud.

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Police investigate Chris Brown over alleged battery of woman in LA
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:36:15 GMT
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Los Angeles police were called to San Fernando Valley residence where a woman alleges the R&B star hit her

R&B singer Chris Brown is being investigated for the alleged battery of a woman in Los Angeles.

A police spokesperson told NBC News that Brown is accused of hitting the unnamed woman during an argument. Officers had been called to a residence in the cityas San Fernando Valley area on Friday 18 June.

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Twisted Toys campaign highlights dangers for children in digital playgrounds
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:16:30 GMT
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Campaign is producing satirical video ads and made-up product descriptions to bring awareness to dangers of digital playgrounds

Parents, advocates and lawmakers would be outraged if teddy bears tracked childrenas sleep patterns, toys spewed racist vitriol, or walkie-talkies linked up children with sexual predators.

But online, according to a new awareness campaign launching Wednesday, young people are constantly immersed in a digital playground designed without safety in mind, leaving them vulnerable to bullying, unwanted contact and exploitation.

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US Navyas powerful shock exercise harms marine mammals, expert says
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:58:20 GMT
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Recent blast registered as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake off Florida coast and is enough to have outsized effects on marine life in area

The US navy set off a massive explosion last week, detonating a 40,000lb blast as part of a test to determine whether its newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, is ready for war. The test, known as a full ship shock trial, is just the first of three planned blasts over the coming months.

But the amount of explosive used a 40,000 lbs a is enough to have outsized effects on any marine life in the area, said Michael Jasny, who directs the Natural Resources Defense Councilas Marine Mammal Protection Project, working on the law and policy of ocean noise pollution.

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Brazil police use teargas and rubber bullets against indigenous protesters
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:44:43 GMT
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aC/ Three protesters injured and three police hit by arrows

aC/ Congress mulls diluting protection for indigenous territories

Riot police have fired teargas and rubber bullets at indigenous activists protesting outside Brazilas congress against new legislation that would undermine legal protections for indigenous territories, and open them up to commercial agriculture and mining.

Thick clouds of teargas enveloped the demonstrators, including children and the elderly, as police attempted to clear the camp in BrasAlia on Tuesday where they have been protesting for the past two weeks.

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Boris Johnson gets first face-to-face weekly meeting with Queen after 15-month hiatus
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 18:11:50 GMT
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Released video from Buckingham Palace shows monarch discussing UK health secretary as apoor mana

The Queen has held her first in-person weekly audience with the prime minister in 15 months, and revealed that the woes of the beleaguered health secretary Matt Hancock might not have escaped her eye.

In a short video clip of the meeting with Boris Johnson, the Queen informed him she had been speaking to ayour secretary of state for health, poor mana.

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Brexit has weakened and isolated the UK, says EU vaccine chief
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 04:00:17 GMT
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Thierry Breton, who is also single market commissioner, believes downsides of leaving bloc are exposed by pandemic

Brexit has proved an aaberration that has weakened and isolated the UKa, the EUas single market commissioner, Thierry Breton, has said, with any concrete benefits for Britain ahard to seea and multiple downsides cruelly exposed by the pandemic.

Breton, a former French finance minister in charge of the blocas Covid vaccination programme, now outpacing Britainas, said that five years after the referendum, Brexitas promised outcomes were afar from realitya.

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Hungaryas OrbA!n cancels Euro 2020 trip to Munich after rainbow row
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:11:59 GMT
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Hungarian PM pulls out of attending match in Germany as Uefa criticised over ban on stadium illumination

The Hungarian prime minister, Viktor OrbA!n, has cancelled a trip to Munich for the Euro 2020 football match between Hungary and Germany in response to widespread criticism of his government over anti-LGBTQ+ legislation it passed last week.

OrbA!n made his announcement hours after the European football governing body, Uefa, turned down a request from Munich city council to illuminate the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community, in particular in Hungary.

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aHorrifica: Singaporean woman jailed for 30 years after maid tortured and killed
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 01:06:50 GMT
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Judge says Gaiyathiri Murugayan was mentally ill but understood what she was doing in abusing Piang Ngaih Don from Myanmar

Singaporeas high court has sentenced a woman to 30 years in prison for killing her Burmese maid after more than a year of abuse that included starving, torture and beatings.

Singaporean Gaiyathiri Murugayan pleaded guilty in February to culpable homicide among 28 charges related to her abuse of Piang Ngaih Don, who was 24 and subjected to 14 months of beating that culminated in her death in 2016.

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Hong Kongas first anational securitya trial begins without jury
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:44:46 GMT
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First trial under the new law is a landmark moment for the financial hubas fast-changing legal traditions

Hong Kong has begun its first trial under the cityas new national security law, sweeping aside a long tradition of trial by jury, with a panel of judges set to decide the case.

Tong Ying-kit, 24, allegedly drove his motorcycle into a group of police officers during protests on 1 July last year, hours after the wide-ranging law came into force.

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Police officer guilty of manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 15:38:02 GMT
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PC Benjamin Monk of West Mercia force convicted at Birmingham crown court of 2016 killing

A police officer has been convicted of the manslaughter of the former professional footballer Dalian Atkinson, after firing an electric stun gun into him for 33 seconds and kicking him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.

PC Benjamin Monk, of the West Mercia force, was convicted of the killing by a jury at Birmingham crown court.

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Assad forcesa shelling in Syria causes 5,000 civilians to flee
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 04:00:17 GMT
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At least 31 people killed since start of June amid government attacks on Idlib area

About 5,000 civilians in the north-west of Syria have once again been forced to flee their homes after a new wave of government shelling targeting the contested area, a local aid agency said.

At least 31 people have died since the beginning of June as Bashar al-Assadas forces have hit civilian infrastructure in southern Idlib province, including a hospital, displacement camp school, and a civil defence headquarters. The number of dead includes three children and a civil defence worker who was killed in an attack on the town of Qastoun on Saturday.

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Hong Kongas Apple Daily, symbol of pro-democracy movement, to close
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:19:25 GMT
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Tabloid founded by Jimmy Lai and targeted by police raid last week will print final edition on Thursday

Hong Kongas largest pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, will shut down online at midnight on Wednesday and print its final edition on Thursday, in a move observers fear signals the death knell for press freedom in the territory.

The paper and its activist founder, Jimmy Lai, had become symbols of the pro-democracy movement and a thorn in the side of Hong Kongas government and police, making it a prime target in the governmentas efforts to stifle Hong Kongas media.

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BeyoncA(c)as 4 at 10: the album that set the stage for her cultural domination
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:00:26 GMT
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Her first album since she split from her manager father, 4 marked the beginning of BeyoncA(c)as artistic freedom, creative control and business empire

In February 2010, BeyoncA(c) performed in Trinidad, insisted on making an appearance at one of the hottest clubs in Port of Spain (much to the obvious dismay of her bodyguards), and flew home. It was the final stop on her I Am a| World Tour. A few months earlier, she had cancelled two subsequent dates without explanation. If she regretted it, it didnat show.

A year later, in the documentary short Year of 4, she explained her decision. aAfter I finished the last tour, I was a bit overwhelmed and overworked. And my mother was the person that preached to me, and almost harassed me every day a| aYou really need to live your life and open your eyes, and you donat want to wake up with no memories.aa

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My husband thinks oral sex a for me a is unnecessary. How do I convince him otherwise?
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 07:00:21 GMT
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He says he has no issues with it, but I want to be as sexually satisfied as he is and feel rejected

My husband and I have been married for two years. We have a relatively healthy sex life but he does not reciprocate with oral sex. When confronted, he said he has no issue surrounding it, he just feels it is not necessary. I feel rejected and that the focus is primarily on him reaching an orgasm, with no focus on my enjoyment. How can I have a conversation with him without him getting defensive? I have never had an orgasm through penetrative sex and, in previous relationships, I have loved receiving oral sex.

Your husband needs to be educated regarding your precise needs and the nature of female arousal and orgasm in general. It seems as if you have been extremely patient and accommodating until now, so it is probably no wonder he sees no reason to change his style. And he may be afraid he will not know exactly what to do, so you will have to help him by being very specific about what feels good. Try to frame your request for oral pleasuring in a highly seductive, playful manner a so that he realises he will be rewarded for his efforts. Once he learns that your arousal is a great turn on for him, he will be more motivated to complete the task.

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Man Assaults Corey Katir