Thomas Cook travel chaos: firm's collapse leaves 150,000 stranded abroad a live updates
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:13:36 GMT
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A huge repatriation effort has begun after company ceases trading with immediate effect, causing flights to be cancelled

Over in Greece where 50,000 Thomas Cook clients are stranded, the first flights are en route to repatriate passengers holidaying on the islands of Zakynthos, Corfu and Kos.

aItas a huge economic blow to tourism a| itas estimated that there are about 1,800 to 2,000 Britons on our islands. Right now the economic damage is impossible to estimate.a

Stranded passengers booked to fly on cancelled Thomas Cook flights from Manchester Airport have complained that prices to fly on other airlines are mounting.

aI was looking for information but my flight wasnat ATOL protected so I cannot claim for a return flight. I can just ask for my money back, but flights [on other airlines] are very expensive right now. I donat know why my flight wasnat ATOL-protected. Like any normal person, I booked it, and thought it would be okay.a

aI am searching for other flights but I needed to be there today. I donat know what Iall do. It is a difficult situation.a

aThey let me through and sent my bag to JFK, it was on the way and they had to get it back. Iave talked to Condor, thereas no way to get through to Thomas Cook. Thereas nothing, no contact with Thomas Cook, no money back.

aItas just that getting a flight out of here is just hard in general and prices are just going up and up. Everyone is trying to get out of here.a

aIave had no information - I bought an extra bag yesterday, which they charged me for, so I woke up this morning and I came to the airport, I didnat know they were going to be cancelled. The only information is these guys gave me a piece of paper so Iam going to have to buy another flighta.

aI know there had been things on the news, Iad been on holiday the week before so Iad not been following it that closely but Iad not had a phone call or email. My flight was Condor so I was just hoping it would still be running.a

aWhen I arrived at security, my boarding card flashed up to seek assistance. So now Iave got to try to get to New York today from somewhere but the train station is closed.a

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China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:56:36 GMT
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Video shows what appear to be Uighur or other minority prisoners led away by police

Drone footage has emerged showing police leading hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men from a train in what is believed to be a transfer of inmates in Xinjiang.

The video, posted anonymously on YouTube last week, shows what appear to be Uighur or other minorities wearing blue and yellow uniforms, with cleanly shaven heads, their eyes covered, sitting in rows on the ground and later being led away by police. Prisoners in China are often transferred with handcuffs and masks covering their faces.

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Brexit: Unison to vote for 'back remain now' motion at Labour conference in blow to Corbyn - live news
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:15:55 GMT
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Rolling coverage of the Labour conference in Brighton, including the debate to decide if the party will commit to campaigning for remain now and speeches from John McDonnell, Emily Thornberry and Keir Starmer

McDonnell says Labour would end in-work poverty.

Labour has traditionally been committed to full employment. We have always believed that getting a job should be a means to lift yourself out of poverty. But under the Tories the link between work and escaping poverty has been broken.

So I commit today that within our first term of office Labour will end in-work poverty.

McDonnell says article 50 should not be revoked without a referendum.

I warn those who would revoke article 50 without a democratic mandate, ask yourselves what message that sends to our people.

An old professor of mine, Bernard Crick, was once asked to define socialism in one sentence. He said socialism is the achievement of equality through democracy.

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Wales v Georgia: Rugby World Cup 2019 a live!
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:11:53 GMT
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Wales have been excellent. Everything is working well. There is literally nothing to worry about if you are a Wales fan, right now. At this rate, they will trump Ireland, and be top of the Six Nations class after the first round of pool matches. They have scored four tries, so the winning bonus point is secure. Gatland and his coaches are off down the pub.

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Boris Johnson repeatedly declines to comment on claims he 'awarded public funds to friend'
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:25:53 GMT
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Prime minister refuses six times to be drawn on ties to Jennifer Arcuri, who received thousands in taxpayersa money

Boris Johnson has repeatedly declined to comment on reported allegations he failed to declare close personal links to an American woman who received thousands of pounds in public business funding while he was mayor of London.

The prime minister, questioned by reporters on his plane en route to the UN general assembly (UNGA) in New York, refused to answer six questions about his links to Jennifer Arcuri, a US technology entrepreneur.

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Iran says UK-flagged tanker seized in July is free to leave
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:50:54 GMT
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Stena Impero was dramatically seized on 19 July, sparking crisis in shipping in Gulf

The British-flagged tanker seized by Iranas Revolutionary Guards more than two months ago has been released, according to Iranian officials.

aThe legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move,a Ali Rabiei, Iranas government spokesman, said on Monday, according to the official IRNA news agency.

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Call for 1m people to join UK's biggest mass tree-planting campaign
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:22:47 GMT
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Woodland Trust urges volunteers to grab a spade and help tackle the climate crisis

Volunteers are being urged to do their bit to stop the climate emergency by grabbing a spade and signing up for the biggest mass tree-planting campaign in the UKas history.

Plots in suitable sites around the country are being prepared for 30 November, when the Big Climate Fightback campaign will start with pledges sought from 1 million people. Local groups are being encouraged to run tree-planting events and councils are being asked for permission to plant trees on their land, or outside schools and other publicly owned properties. Businesses are also being urged to plant trees on their own premises if possible.

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Five women go on trial over planned Notre Dame car bomb attack
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:15:48 GMT
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Women are accused of trying to spark firebomb in front of busy restaurants in central Paris

Five women go on trial in Paris on Monday over an attempt to set off a car bomb near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in a case that aims to uncover female French jihadistsa active role in homegrown terrorism.

On the night of 3 September 2016, Ines Madani and Ornella Gilligmann parked a grey Peugeot 607 with no number plate on a narrow street in front of busy restaurants near Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris. The car was loaded with six gas canisters. The woman poured fuel over the car and threw a lit cigarette at it.

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Boost for Netanyahu as three Arab politicians refuse to back rival
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:38:26 GMT
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Israeli president tasked with choosing candidate to form Israelas next government after inconclusive election

Benjamin Netanyahuas chances of being chosen to form Israelas next government appear to have improved after three politicians from the countryas Arab minority made clear they would not endorse his rival.

On Sunday, an alliance of Arab parliamentarians who largely represent Palestinian citizens of Israel announced they would endorse ex-military general Benny Gantz.

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NestlA(c) launches made-to-order luxury KitKats for APS14 a bar
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:02:42 GMT
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Tea-break snack gets gourmet makeover for Christmas, with 1,500 flavour combinations

We used to be content just nibbling milk chocolate off KitKat fingers, but soon Britons will be able to snack on a aluxury handcrafteda version a for up to APS14 a bar a as the tea-break staple gets a gourmet makeover.

Bespoke KitKats are expected to be one of this yearas must-have Christmas presents after its owner, the food giant NestlA(c), revealed the upmarket KitKat Chocolatory range.

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Today the world belongs to Fleabag! For once, the Emmys didn't mess up
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:15:46 GMT
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In a rarity for these awards, all the winners actually deserved it a which made Game of Thronesa final triumph after a night of sustained losses feel hollow

aC/ Emmys 2019: Fleabag and Game of Thrones win big at Brit-dominated awards
aC/ Emmys 2019: best of the ceremony, fashion and red carpet a in pictures

God, itas weird to watch the Emmys not screw everything up, isnat it? For decades now, weave been conditioned to expect the worst from the ceremony. The patter would be hacky and ill-advised (hello Sofia Vergara on a rotating plinth). The jury would giddily fling awards at movie stars, however mediocre, who deigned to dip their toes into the low-rent world of television. Modern Family would win things. Itas usually such a mess.

So last night was strange. For the most part, the awards went to people who actually deserved them. Fleabag won. Barry won. Succession won. Killing Eve won. Ben Whishaw won. Chernobyl won. All the shows you wanted to win, but assumed wouldnat because they were slightly more challenging than the usual Emmys fare, all won.

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Why did Thomas Cook collapse after 178 years in business?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:19 GMT
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Woeful merger, sky-high debts and internet revolution all left the venerable firm struggling

Why did Thomas Cook fail after 178 years in business? The immediate answer is that it was unable to secure a APS200m lifeline from its bankers, including government-owned RBS.

But in truth the tour operatoras woes go back much further a a victim of a disastrous merger in 2007, ballooning debts and the internet revolution in holiday booking. Add in Brexit uncertainty, and it was perhaps only a matter of time before the giant of the industry collapsed.

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How we made A Nightmare on Elm Street
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:43:05 GMT
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aThe character has never left me. Sometimes Iall be stuck in traffic in LA and he just comes out. Iall do the Freddy voice and shout: aGet out my wayaa

Before I played Freddy Krueger, I was in a lot of best-friend roles. I needed something more distinctive a and thought this little indie film called A Nightmare on Elm Street might be it. Wes Craven, the director, looked preppy, wearing Ralph Lauren and chinos, but looks were deceiving as he had a visionary mind. Remember: he discovered both Johnny Depp and Sharon Stone. He used to tell me that Freddy was the abastard father of us alla. The character was supposed to signify the loss of innocence, as teenagers turn into adults and become corrupted.

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What is the point of the UN general assembly?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:22 GMT
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As its 74th session looms, we examine the annual meeting where world leaders get their 15 minutes in the spotlight

The UN general assembly is the worldas parliament, where all the UNas 193 member states are represented. Each sovereign state gets one vote so it is not exactly representative of the worldas population but then again, its votes are not binding on the membership, except in budgetary matters.

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Julian Clary: aI was terribly good at heterosexual sex a| I mastered ita
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:23 GMT
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The comedian has spent more than 30 years outraging and educating straight audiences. He recalls his early fame, the infamous Norman Lamont gag a and his brief stab at heterosexuality

In a secluded room in the Guardian offices, Julian Clary is letting me have a look at his ring. Oh, do behave, readers a itas his wedding ring: black, ceramic, studded with a diamond and, as he gleefully points out, rather S&M-looking.

He wed his longtime partner, Ian Mackley, in 2016, although he is not here today to talk about that. The last time he did, telling Attitude magazine that he wasnat sure if he liked married life, he got into heaps of trouble. aYes, I did! So now my mind is always going: aDonat say anything too harsh!aa he says, laughing. aAll I can say, really, is that Iam highly amused by being married.a

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Six ways to stay healthy when you're stressed
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:00:25 GMT
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Keeping on top of your mental health in todayas taxing world can be tough. But a few changes can help lift the burden

Human beings are not built to endure prolonged periods of stress. If you want to see an extreme example of what it can do to a person, observe prime ministers as they enter and exit Downing Street. Before, fresh-faced, they simper for the cameras. Afterwards, they are gaunt, grey and lined. It is like watching an accelerated version of ageing, and a reminder of how stress corrodes the human body.

We live in stressful times, though. More people are scratching a living in the gig economy, without paid leave or long-term job security. Austerity has ripped through communities like bullets through plasterboard, destroying the mental health of those forced into dehumanising encounters with the machinery of the welfare state. The Amazon is burning, a no-deal Brexit is looming and we are hurtling headfirst towards climate catastrophe. It is no wonder that our mental health services are in crisis, more young people are seeking help for anxiety and schoolchildren are being taught mindfulness to cope with the stresses of social media. According to a 2018 study, 75% of Britons experienced such profound stress in the previous year that they felt unable to cope.

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Bolsonaro targets the Catholic church over its 'leftist agenda' on the Amazon
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:30:22 GMT
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Gathering at the Vatican has triggered a political storm in Brazil as bishop denies undermining the government

The Prayer of Saint Francis welcomes worshipers to Adolfo Zonas riverside cathedral in this far-flung Amazon outpost: aLord, make me an instrument of your peace.a

But when the 63-year-old bishop sets off from his Amazonian sanctuary this week and boards a plane for Rome, he will be travelling to the frontline of a smouldering political skirmish between a left-leaning, green-minded Argentine pope and Brazilas far-right, climate skeptic president, Jair Bolsonaro.

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20 best easy autumn recipes: part 1
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:00:22 GMT
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Anna Jonesas apple and pear crisp and Claudia Rodenas tagliatelle a our favourite recipes for when the nights draw in

Of an occasional Sunday evening, Dad would make the most delicious mushrooms on toast. Well, actually, he didnat make toast; rather, he would make the most delicious, perfect squares of immaculately fried bread. It seems obvious when you think about it, for however well-toasted is a slice of bread a even the most accommodating of crusty sourdough a it will, inevitably, begin to slightly sog about halfway through munching. But a nicely thick slice of fried bread will hold its own until the last mouthful. Always the thoughtful and considered cook, my dear old dad.

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The British spy who tried to stop the Iraq war a podcast
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 02:00:15 GMT
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In the weeks leading up to the war in Iraq, Katharine Gun exposed a US plot to spy on the UN in leaks published in the Observer. She joins former Observer journalist Martin Bright to tell their story ahead of a forthcoming Hollywood adaptation. Plus the BBCas Carrie Gracie on how she fought for equal pay

In the weeks before the invasion, Tony Blair and George W Bush continued to make the case for war in Iraq despite the lack of evidence that Saddam Hussein had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. In Cheltenham, a young Mandarin-language specialist at the UK spy agency GCHQ, Katharine Gun, was at her desk when she received an email detailing a secret plan by the US government to spy on the United Nations to try to secure a resolution from the security council to authorise an attack.

In an attempt to prevent a war she believed to be deeply wrong, she leaked the memo and it landed on the desk of the then Observer journalist Martin Bright, who broke the sensational story. The leak was picked up around the world but a mishap by a young Observer newsdesk assistant, Nicole Mowbray, almost killed the story.

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Britainas common ground is lost. But there are glimmers of hope we can find it | John Harris
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:23 GMT
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Media-fuelled Brexit divisions have created a culture of mutual loathing. Grassroots initiatives can help bring us together

aIave given up watching the news,a said the man in the other room. aItas all lies.a

We were both in a hi-fi shop in Bath a me immersed in an arcane conversation about amplifiers, while he asked for help with his internet-enabled flatscreen television. He was sixtysomething, with the look of someone being endlessly annoyed by the world, or what he saw of it. These days, he said, all his information about current affairs came from online videos. What, I wondered, was he watching? Claims of faked bombings in Syria? False warnings about the dangers of vaccines? Or labyrinthine theories about the global cabal intent on stopping Brexit?

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In praise of autumn dawns: aa slice of magic before the winter hella
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:20 GMT
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One of the joys of autumn, and the drawing in of the days, is that even we full-fat shlubs can live through beautiful sunrises

As the nights draw in, temperatures drop and darkness spreads across our lives like so much bad gravy, many of us will become crepuscular. Donat worry, itas not contagious a and there is really very little by way of rashes or twitches to give us away. Rather, like barn owls, bats or skunks, we can often be found haring through the half-light like a well, like a hare.

You see, one of the great joys of our creaking, pink-edged tumble into autumn and the misty creep of winter in the willows is that regular, full-fat, white-flour schlubs can start to live through beautiful sunrises almost every day. Suddenly you donat need to be the sort of person who starts the day with ice baths to get that first-light rush. This week, the sun is rising at 6.45am in the south of England, soon to be 7am. By the end of October, before the clocks change, weall be having crunchy orange dawns at a heady 7.42am. Sure, the lack of daylight may eventually turn us into miserable husks, staring at toaster filaments in lieu of UV rays as our skin turns to clay. But for this moment, this conker-strewn, apricot-sky early autumn, those early mornings are a slice of magic.

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I thought Iad made it when I got to Cambridge University. How wrong I was | Daniella Adeluwoye
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:41:10 GMT
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I was sold a dream of upward mobility. But from cash to culture, itas clear my working-class background still counts against me

Iave always been a diligent worker. Having worked part-time throughout my A-levels in a fish and chip shop, I knew what hard work meant. When I received my offer to study at Cambridge University I was congratulated by my colleagues for finally amaking ita. In the warm heat of June, a few days before my last exam, I thought this would be the last time I would smell the fish in batter mix as it hit the sizzling oil. I reflected on the idea that Cambridge meant I was finally competing on a level playing field with socially and economically privileged students.

Related: Oxbridge summer schools should be for the disadvantaged, not the wealthiest | Ruby Woolfe

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The Trump-Ukraine scandal is a taste of how dirty the US elections will get | Richard Wolffe
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:00:22 GMT
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If youare wondering what the next 14 months of the presidential election looks like, you are already looking at it

America has a grand tradition of the brazenly dumb criminal: the kind who is so desperately needy that he brags about his guilt.

Back in the earliest days of the new media known as newspapers, a certain Chicago mob boss rose to fame by calling a press conference to proclaim everyone elseas guilt, if not exactly his innocence.

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Think America's fate hinges on the 2020 presidential race? You're forgetting something
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:00:25 GMT
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Democrats canat execute a long-term political project without winning state-level races. Yet, the prize of the White House is distracting liberals from this fact

Every day brings more headlines about the game-show-like spectacle of the presidential race. Of course, the 2020 presidential election commands attention because the stakes are so high. The presidential race, however, isnat the only election that will have major ramifications for both the immediate and long-term direction of the nation.

This November, 538 state legislative seats in four states are up for election. Another 4,798 state legislative seats in 44 states will be decided in November 2020. And 14 governors will be elected in the next two years. There is no way for Democrats to execute a long-term pro-active political project without winning in the states immediately.

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Somerset v Essex: County Championship title decider a live!
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:13:46 GMT
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27th over: Somerset 74-4 ( Abell 24, Bartlett 4) OOOOFFF, Bartlett pushes forward and the ball edges to the outstretched paw of Bopara at leg-slip, who canat clutch on. Tricky but possible. Lucky, lucky Bartlett. A breath.

26th over: Somerset 71-4 ( Abell 24, Bartlett 1 ) After two successive maidens, Somerset garner some runs. Just five off Cook this morning from 8 terrific overs, but here Bartlett gets off the mark with a scurried run that might have been dodgy had Nijjaras thrown hit. His reward - heall have to face Harmer next over.

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Make athletics great again: how does Coe ensure casual fans become converts? | Sean Ingle
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:00:24 GMT
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The IAAF president knows the next four years could make or break the sport as interest declines despite the presence of stars such as Mondo Duplantis, Noah Lyles and Dina Asher-Smith

Here is a challenge for anyone with 53 seconds to spare a Google a6.05m slow motion pole vaulta. Then try to stop your jaw hitting the floor as the Swedish teenage athlete Mondo Duplantis soars skyward, jackknifes his body, dances his hands up the pole, and flips a just! a over a height greater than a double decker bus. The new super slow-motion footage of his feat at the 2018 European championships in Berlin has been seen 4.5 million times on Twitter in the three weeks alone. The twist in the tail for athletics is that many viewers havenat the foggiest who Duplantis is.

Related: Katarina Johnson-Thompson goes to Doha on back of abest run-in evera

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekendas action
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:26:34 GMT
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SolskjA|ras diplomacy masks United problems, De Bruyne in the ascendancy and Xhakaas poor form gives Emery a tough choice

Unai Emery is yet to find the right balance for his midfield but the claim of his de facto captain, Granit Xhaka, to be part of it is looking decidedly tenuous. First things first: the Switzerland international is a good player who cares tremendously and does not deserve anything like the negative reception he received upon his substitution against Aston Villa after 72 minutes. But his replacements, Lucas Torreira and the outstanding youngster Joe Willock, helped turbo-charge Arsenalas comeback while MattA(c)o Guendouzi played the second half like a man possessed. Xhaka, by contrast, looked hesitant and off the pace. He is nowhere near automatic selection territory on this seasonas form and Emery, who has delayed formally announcing Arsenalas next club captain, may have a tough decision to make. Nick Ames

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Kick It Out calls for FA action against Bernardo Silva over Mendy tweet
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:09:26 GMT
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aC/ Manchester City midfielderas tweet being looked at by FA
aC/ Silva accused of using aracist stereotypea

Kick It Out has called on the Football Association to take action against a adiscriminatorya tweet by Bernardo Silva in reference to his Manchester City teammate Benjamin Mendy.

Related: FA looking into tweet posted by Manchester Cityas Bernardo Silva

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We need to stop talking about Antonio Brown as a football story
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:30:27 GMT
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The conversations around the NFL staras release have all centered on his future. Itas a problem that goes beyond sports

In the hours following Fridayas announcement that wide receiver Antonio Brown was released by the New England Patriots amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct only 11 days after signing with the team, the media served up a competitive play-by-play on his status. TMZ reported Brown alooking sada as he touched down in Miami. CBS pondered awhy the Patriots could be in trouble if things get any worsea. Iterations of aBrown out. What now?a sprouted up innumerably across the web. Brown, for his part, tweeted eight similar athank youa messages to the Patriots for the opportunity and a aJust got fired on Fridaya with a facepalm emoji. A sizable chunk of the thousands of comments in response to his posts invoked God and prayer for Brownas resolve to stay strong and keep fighting. He capped off his thread with a photo sitting on the hood of a Rolls Royce in front of a private jet, with the caption: Beat the odds.

Brown will not face criminal charges for the accusations leading to his dismissal, including most notably one of rape in a civil lawsuit by his former trainer, Britney Taylor (Brown has denied the allegations). He took again to Twitter on Sunday morning to answer the headlinesa musings himself. He said he was quitting the NFL and took shots at Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his former teammate Ben Roethlisberger. Earlier this week, Taylor spent 10 hours in discussion with the NFL investigation team going over her lawsuit. Her social media profiles have been wiped clean.

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NaGolo KantA(c) is Chelseaas dynamic all-rounder in a team lacking structure | Jonathan Wilson
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:00:24 GMT
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Jorginhoas arrival means the midfielder plays further upfield, displaying new tricks while still excelling in defence

How much can be expected of a single player? That NaGolo KantA(c) is an exceptional footballer is no revelation but there is still something remarkable about the fact that the best holding midfielder in the world has become a totemic Roy of the Rovers figure at Chelsea. There he is darting across his own box to stifle a Liverpool attack. There he is slipping a pass in to the edge of the box and looking for a return. And there he is, drifting in from the right and finding the top corner with an ungainly but nonetheless precise finish. He is their alpha and their omega, their beginning and their end. He is all things to all men and by that means he might save some games a but not this one.

KantA(c) was exceptional against Liverpool, in the second half a blur, the force driving Chelsea forward. Only one Chelsea player made more tackles than him, only one more interceptions than him, only one had more shots than him and nobody completed more dribbles than him. He has, against expectations, transformed himself into a complete midfielder.

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Manchester airport: bomb disposal experts destroy package
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:22:05 GMT
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Man is arrested as trains and buses suspended and nearby offices evacuated

A man has been arrested at Manchester airport as bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a suspect package just after 9.30am.

Police officers rushed to the airportas train station in response to reports of a suspicious package. The airport interchange and surrounding offices were evacuated.

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Man dies after stabbing in west London
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:02:12 GMT
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Victim in early 20s found outside shop in Southall in early hours of Monday

A man has died after being stabbed in west London.

The victim, believed to be in his early 20s, was found injured outside a shop on the Broadway, Southall, at about 4am on Monday, according to Scotland Yard.

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Sports Direct makes APS4m offer for Goals Soccer Centres
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:25:43 GMT
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Mike Ashley firm is already biggest shareholder in five-a-side football company

Mike Ashleyas Sports Direct has pounced on Goals Soccer Centres with an offer to buy out the struggling five-a-side football pitch operator for almost APS4m.

Sports Direct, which is the largest shareholder in Goals with a stake of just under 19%, said it had made an offer for the company worth 5p a share on 5 September, ahead of its expected delisting from the stock market next week. Goals put itself up for sale in late August following a APS12m tax accounting scandal.

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Boris Johnson plays down chance of Brexit breakthrough at UN
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:24 GMT
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Despite a series of planned meetings with European leaders, the PM says there are astill difficultiesa over an agreement

Boris Johnson has cautioned against speculation he could come significantly closer to a revised Brexit deal during a series of talks with European leaders at a UN summit this week, saying aa New York breakthrougha did not seem to be on the cards.

The prime minister, who is scheduled to meet the European Council president, Donald Tusk, and a string of leaders of EU nations over the next two days at the UN general assembly (UNGA), insisted that his overall acautiously optimistica stance of securing a deal remained unchanged.

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Trial over weight-loss pill behind 'up to 2,000 deaths' to start in France
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 04:00:18 GMT
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French drug watchdog along with pharmaceutical firm Servier on trial over Mediator drug scandal

A landmark trial over one of Franceas biggest healthcare scandals will begin on Monday after a weight-loss pill was believed to have killed up to 2,000 people and left many more injured for life.

The trial for manslaughter and deceit will attempt to lift the lid on Franceas massive pharmaceuticals industry.

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Scientists prepare to drill for million-year-old ice in Antarctica
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:03:08 GMT
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Researchers hope to use bubbles trapped in ice to help predict effect of CO2 on the Earthas climate

Million-year-old ice buried deep in Antarctica could hold crucial information about the planetas past and help climate predictions.

And scientists with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) are a step closer to unearthing it.

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Leaked letter suggests US is rallying UN member states to oppose abortion
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:20 GMT
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Attempt to aroll back the clocka condemned as governments are urged to oppose UN support for reproductive rights

The US is understood to have written to UN member states urging them to join a agrowing coalitiona of countries rallying against abortion, in what seems to be the latest attempt by the Trump administration to rollback womenas rights.

A letter, seen by the Guardian, is believed to have been sent to governments deemed sympathetic to the administrationas view on reproductive health.

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Campaign group in Finland crowdsource for 'forgiveness' emoji
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:23 GMT
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Ideas for emoji include vine of leaves on heart and people clasping hands

To err is human, it is said, to forgive divine. And soon that noblest of human qualities will be available in emoji form, following a global effort to find the most appropriate icon.

A coalition of charitable and peace-building organisations in Finland are leading the quest to crowdsource an emoji to be added to the thousands available to smartphone users.

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Saudi Arabia oil attack: Boris Johnson says UK believes Iran responsible
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:19 GMT
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En route to the UN general assembly in New York, prime minister raises possibility that the British military could become involved

The UK now believes Iran was responsible for a major attack earlier this month on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, Boris Johnson has said, also raising the possibility that the British military could become involved in helping secure the Saudis against future aggression.

Speaking to reporters on his plane en route to the UN general assembly (UNGA) in New York, the prime minister said there was aa very high degree of probabilitya that Iran was behind the drone and missile attack two major oil installation on 14 September.

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Gambia's joy gives way to sinking distrust as Barrow clings to power
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:00:29 GMT
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When he ended the brutal 22-year presidency of Yahya Jammeh, he was hailed as a hero. But the hope inspired by Adama Barrowas ascent has long since faded

Almost three years ago, Yahya Jammehas 22-year rule over the small west African nation of the Gambia came to a shock end. Fed up with the constant fear and human rights abuses, a floundering economy and endemic corruption, Gambians voted out one of Africaas most notorious strongmen.

The man who beat him, estate agent, businessman and one-time Argos security guard Adama Barrow, was a political nobody who united a divided opposition in a coalition, promising to create jobs, repeal bad laws and create a level political playing field. He also promised to be only a transitional president, resigning after three years.

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Is Hollywood still in love with the suffering agay icona?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:00:37 GMT
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A new biopic sees RenA(c)e Zellweger star as Judy Garland, an actor who revolutionised LGBT fandom

Thereas a touching scene in the new movie Judy (as in Garland), when the legendary trouper, played by RenA(c)e Zellweger, meets two gay fans after her London show and invites herself back to theirs for dinner. After a comically disastrous meal, the tone turns melancholy, as Garland laments her unhappy life and her hosts reflect on theirs, as closeted partners in pre-legalisation 1960s Britain. Itas a little moment of solidarity that gets to the heart of Garlandas gay appeal.

Judy Garland didnat simply tick the boxes for agay icona, she created those boxes: child stardom, tragic life, big showtunes, drag-friendly stage persona, addictions, comebacks, having sung Over the Rainbow. Not to mention her unfortunate habit of marrying men who turned out to prefer other men (weirdly, her daughter Liza Minnelli did the same). But as that scene in Judy underscores, it was a different era.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare a can this game save the series?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:00:12 GMT
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The return of the Modern Warfare series ends its beta test on a high, with the chaotic Ground War mode and other fresh tweaks giving the reboot a different feel

A couple of hours and several dozen respawns into the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta test and you gradually start to appreciate the changes. The latest title in the multimillion-selling shooter series is being sold as a return to the principles of its near-namesake, 2007as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Developer Infinity Ward is promising gritty, contemporary combat on claustrophobic maps with authentic weapons and skills a and absolutely none of the laser guns or wall-running super powers that have blighted later episodes. The beta tests, held over the last two weekends, have been the first chance to experience this premise on public servers. And it has not been disappointing.

In many ways, the new title does feel very similar to the original Modern Warfare trilogy. We get familiar weapons with familiar effects, such as the super versatile M4A1 assault rifle and the strange-looking AUG with its blisteringly rapid fire rate. There is also a return for killstreaks, where players are specifically rewarded for shooting enemies rather than meeting mission objectives, recalling Modern Warfareas ultra-aggressive roots. Map locations also have a nostalgically grungy and bomb-blasted look. Azhir Cave is a mass of snaking desert tunnels and crumbling villages, while Hackney Yard is all rusted shipping containers, abandoned offices and burned-out police cars.

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Permanent Record by Edward Snowden review a gripping spy story
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:59:23 GMT
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The NSA whistlebloweras account of his life and actions against the US security services is a page-turner

The work ahacka used to be a term of approbation among geeks, as a means of describing an elegant way of circumventing a difficulty that had defeated lesser minds. In the old days, a good hacker was someone constantly on the lookout for better ways of writing code and thereas a sense in which the young Edward Snowden was one of those. At high school, he resented the way homework absorbed valuable time that he would have preferred to spend at a computer. So he analysed the marking system and realised that it could be ahackeda: if he just did the quizzes, he could get enough points to get by. He stopped turning in homework until one day his maths teacher questioned him and discovered his methods. aPretty clever, Eddie,a he said, abut you should be using that brain of yours not to figure out how to avoid work, but to do the best work you can. You have to start thinking about your permanent record.a

Well, eventually Snowden did, and this fascinating autobiography is the result. It tells the story of how an intense, bright, serious boy from a patriotic, quasi-military family (father in the coast guard, mother working as a clerk at the National Security Agency) came to tell the world how his beloved countryas intelligence services had covertly pivoted from protection to mass surveillance in the name of national security. And in the process did us a great service.

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Stark and naked: the striking duet where one dancer is nude
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:21 GMT
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In Lucy Guerinas show Split, two performers a one clothed, one not a slowly trap themselves into a corner

The first thing you notice about Lucy Guerinas award-winning duet, Split, is that one of the dancers seems to have forgotten to put any clothes on. The two performers start moving in unison, identical except for the fact one of them is wearing a grey top and skirt, while the other is totally starkers. It seems like a provocation, but thatas not what this piece is about at all.

In fact, it was more of an afterthought. Originally, Guerin had assumed that since the dancers were doing the same thing, shead dress them in the same outfits. But when it came to designing the costumes, she realised that wasnat right. The piece evolved in her Melbourne studio and the choreographer began to see the two dancers as representing two sides of the same person. She tried various ways of characterising them a one in a unitard, one in office clothes a then alighted on the idea of no clothes at all.

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Hundreds of authors protest after Kamila Shamsie's book award is revoked
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:20:29 GMT
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Nelly Sachs prize was withdrawn over Shamsieas support for boycotting Israel, prompting more than 250 fellow writers to defend her stance

Arundhati Roy, JM Coetzee and Sally Rooney are among more than 250 writers who have defended Kamila Shamsie after a German literary prize withdrew an award over her support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

In an open letter published today in the London Review of Books, the writers, who also include Noam Chomsky, Amit Chaudhuri, William Dalrymple,Yann Martel, Jeanette Winterson and Ben Okri, say that the Nelly Sachs prize has chosen to apunish an author for her human rights advocacya. Michael Ondaatje, a former winner of the award, is one of the signatories to the letter.

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Christeene review a life lessons from drag queen of the apocalypse
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:26:04 GMT
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Barbican, London
With her show The Lion The Witch and the Cobra, Paul Soileauas vivid creation celebrates awarrior womana SinA(c)ad OaConnor and rails against conformity

aThe pigs have infiltrated the palace,a Christeene remarks drily at the outset of this uproarious and profoundly moving show. As the drag creation of Paul Soileau, her appearances tend to be in clubs or dive bars, for confrontational shows full of nudity and blistering electro tracks such as Fix My Dick or Tears from My Pussy. But here, sheas in the main hall of high-cultural temple the Barbican, with dancers and a 10-piece band. She professes confusion at her string quartet a aThey put wood between their legs a| I donat know where they learn this witchcraft!a a and says itas the first time she has ever used anything so square as a mic stand.

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Thomasina Miersa recipe for spiced blackberry and brown sugar crumble cake | The Simple Fix
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:00:26 GMT
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Bulk up the bounty of blackberry season with a crunchy crumble topping a and not an apple in sight

As much as I love a crumble, I have always been squeamish about cooked apples. Although blackberries are in full season, itas hard to pick enough from the hedgerows to make a whole crumble. Instead of mixing them with apple to bulk them out, toss them into this cake instead and top with the irresistible crumble mix. Happy blackberrying.

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A localas guide to Helsinki, Finland: 10 top tips
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:00:29 GMT
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The Finnish capital, which has committed to being carbon neutral by 2035, is great for island-hopping, nightlife, cool design and steaming saunas

Just a 10-minute boat ride from Helsinkias Market Square (JT-Line ferry, round trips and same-day island-hopping tickets from a!7), the island of Lonna is an ecological oasis and a great place to hike and relax in nature. Once used as a storage site for naval mines, Lonna is now a refuge from city life and well-placed for sunset views over downtown Helsinki. Thereas a restaurant serving locally sourced, organic food, as well as a coffee shop, bar, event venue and sauna. Every summer I enjoy a yoga retreat on the island, but itas lovely at any time of year.

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Rachel Roddyas Italian confit chicken recipe | A Kitchen in Rome
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:00:27 GMT
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Confit chicken, or pollo sottaolio, slow-cooked in a bath of fragrant extra-virgin olive oil on a bed of herbs and zest

It is estimated that fragments of 53m terracotta amphorae once containing olive oil make up Monte Testaccio in Rome. The hill was constructed between the first century BC and the third century AD, when billions of litres of oil from Baetica (modern-day Spain), Tripolitania (Libya) and Byzacena (Tunisia) were imported into imperial Rome. This was not simply oil for drizzling on leaves, but fuel for an empire a for lamps, cleaning, balm, perfume and medicine. Once the oil was decanted, the impregnated amphorae couldnat be reused a which is why they were smashed and, in highly organised feats of stacking, made into a hill that rose nonchalantly, the Leonard Cohen of landmarks, in the middle of Rome.

Over the centuries, the hill a which stands at 35m and has a circumference of half a mile a has taken on a life of its own: grass, shrubs and trees have taken root on its slopes; restaurants, nightclubs and mechanics at its base. Depending from where you approach it, Monte Testaccio can look like a woodland wilderness, a hub of charming trattorie, a scruffy and seedy clubland, an urban farm or a neatly stacked exhibit. It is from inside Testaccioas other unlikely landmark, a former slaughterhouse, that you can best understand the monte, the pieces of broken pot visible on the slopes.

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Do I count as a first-time buyer if my wife already owns a home?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:22 GMT
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Iam wondering if Iam eligible for a help-to-buy Isa and stamp duty relief

Q My wife and I are both about 50. When we met 20-plus years ago she had already bought a house which I moved into. We have decided now that we want to move and have started looking for property.

My questions are: am I classed as a first-time buyer, having never been named on a mortgage or deeds, and would I be able to start a help-to-buy Isa to save a bit of the conveyancing fees?

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I was burnt out and lost,A but salsa saved me
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:22 GMT
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When I started dancing in Havana, it felt as if the world was judging and laughing. Now, salsa helps me feel more confident a and less isolated

On a recent trip back to Havana, where I lived for three years, my Spanish teacher told me she thought Cuban music had saved my life. We had been talking, as usual, about the passion that had gripped me in recent years. I had previously dismissed salsa dancing as a marker of a midlife crisis and yet here I was, doing it into the small hours, becoming that cliche. But I had given little thought to the changes that had taken place along the way.

I moved to Havana at the end of 2011 for my wifeas work and I was increasingly beset by feelings of failure. A few years earlier, I had entered my 40s and thought that I had finally found my purpose through writing. With my first book behind me, I began work on a memoir of youth. But rather than release me from the grip of the past, it enmeshed me further in negativity and self-criticism. Nothing I wrote pleased me, probably because the subject was myself. Cubaas sun, rum and palm trees were no medicine. My wife thinks I was in the grip of depression. Reluctantly I have come to accept that she is probably right.

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Have you been affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook? Share your stories
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:47:22 GMT
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If youare a holidaymaker whoas travelled with Thomas Cook and are overseas wead like to hear from you. Weare also interested in hearing from workers

Thomas Cook has ceased trading after talks failed to save the travel company, placing 9,000 British jobs at risk and triggering a huge repatriation effort to bring home 150,000 UK holidaymakers overseas.

The Guardian understands that airlines including British Airways and easyJet will be involved in the repatriation a codenamed Operation Matterhorn, for holidaymakers using Thomas Cook, whose destinations range from mainland Europe to north Africa, the Middle East, the US and the Caribbean.

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'The mystery must be resolved': what befell Swede who saved Hungarian Jews?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 04:00:17 GMT
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Raoul Wallenberg is thought to have saved as many as 30,000 Jews but his descendants do not know how, when or why he died

Seventy-five years after the amateur Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg embarked on his desperate mission to rescue Budapestas Jews, his descendants still do not know how, when or why he died.

This week, they are travelling to Stockholm to demand the government finally does a bit more to help them find out.

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'Organise to resista: the radical posters of the Paddington Printshop
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:28 GMT
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Operating from an old factory in north-west London, John Phillips and the Paddington Printshop revolutionised the promotion of squattersa rights and housing campaigns throughout the 1970s and 80s

John Phillips opened the Paddington Printshop in an old taxi-meter factory off the Harrow Road in 1974, and began making event and campaign posters for everybody afrom the vicar to the anarchistsa a what Phillips describes as the entire arainbow coalitiona of leftwing interests.

In addition to promoting such international causes such as the anti-apartheid movement, many of its posters were about local housing issues in this particular corner of west London, including squattersa rights, housing associations, hostile developers and derelict land.

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Can you solve it? Maths on the back of an envelope
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:10:20 GMT
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Stationery puzzles to get your brain moving

Today, weare pushing the envelope.

1) A piece of paper is folded to make a shape that looks a bit like the back of an envelope, illustrated below. If the paper is unfolded again to make a flat sheet, what shape will it be? Prove it.

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UN secretary general hails 'turning point' in climate crisis fight
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:20 GMT
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  • United Nations hosts climate summit in New York on Monday
  • New data shows 2014-19 warmest five-year period on record

The world may have hit a hopeful aturning pointa in the struggle to tackle the climate crisis despite escalating greenhouse gas emissions and the recalcitrance of major emitters Brazil and the US, according to the United Nations secretary general.

Related: Trump to snub climate summit for religious freedom meeting at UN

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Emmys 2019: Fleabag and Game of Thrones win big on Brit-dominated night
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:46:28 GMT
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Phoebe Waller-Bridgeas comedy was the surprise victor while the final season of HBOas fantasy drama picked up the most Emmy awards

It was a British invasion at the 71st Emmy awards, with Game of Thrones taking home the prize for best drama and Phoebe Waller-Bridgeas Fleabag sweeping most of the comedy awards in a night that saw numerous nods to stars from across the pond.

The biggest question heading into the night was whether Emmy voters would reward perennial juggernaut Game of Thrones for its divisive final season. The show was nominated for 32 awards a the most for any single season of television ever a and had already won 10 Creative Arts Emmys last week. Game of Thrones took home the nightas final prize for outstanding drama series and a best supporting actor nod for American star Peter Dinklage a bringing its total to 12 awards and breaking its own 2015 record for the most awards given to a series a but was otherwise shut out of the telecast.

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China footage reveals hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:56:36 GMT
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Video shows what appear to be Uighur or other minority prisoners led away by police

Drone footage has emerged showing police leading hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men from a train in what is believed to be a transfer of inmates in Xinjiang.

The video, posted anonymously on YouTube last week, shows what appear to be Uighur or other minorities wearing blue and yellow uniforms, with cleanly shaven heads, their eyes covered, sitting in rows on the ground and later being led away by police. Prisoners in China are often transferred with handcuffs and masks covering their faces.

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US briefing: Emmys, UN climate summit and Trump-Ukraine scandal
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:15:14 GMT
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Mondayas top story: Fleabag and Game of Thrones win big at 2019 TV awards. Plus, why Antonio Brownas firing is more than just a football story

Subscribe now to receive the morning briefing by email.

Good morning, Iam Tim Walker with todayas essential stories.

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Boost for Netanyahu as three Arab politicians refuse to back rival
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:38:26 GMT
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Israeli president tasked with choosing candidate to form Israelas next government after inconclusive election

Benjamin Netanyahuas chances of being chosen to form Israelas next government appear to have improved after three politicians from the countryas Arab minority made clear they would not endorse his rival.

On Sunday, an alliance of Arab parliamentarians who largely represent Palestinian citizens of Israel announced they would endorse ex-military general Benny Gantz.

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Bolsonaro targets the Catholic church over its 'leftist agenda' on the Amazon
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:30:22 GMT
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Gathering at the Vatican has triggered a political storm in Brazil as bishop denies undermining the government

The Prayer of Saint Francis welcomes worshipers to Adolfo Zonas riverside cathedral in this far-flung Amazon outpost: aLord, make me an instrument of your peace.a

But when the 63-year-old bishop sets off from his Amazonian sanctuary this week and boards a plane for Rome, he will be travelling to the frontline of a smouldering political skirmish between a left-leaning, green-minded Argentine pope and Brazilas far-right, climate skeptic president, Jair Bolsonaro.

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Boris Johnson repeatedly declines to comment on claims he 'awarded public funds to friend'
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:25:53 GMT
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Prime minister refuses six times to be drawn on ties to Jennifer Arcuri, who received thousands in taxpayersa money

Boris Johnson has repeatedly declined to comment on reported allegations he failed to declare close personal links to an American woman who received thousands of pounds in public business funding while he was mayor of London.

The prime minister, questioned by reporters on his plane en route to the UN general assembly (UNGA) in New York, refused to answer six questions about his links to Jennifer Arcuri, a US technology entrepreneur.

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Five women go on trial over planned Notre Dame car bomb attack
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:15:48 GMT
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Women are accused of trying to spark firebomb in front of busy restaurants in central Paris

Five women go on trial in Paris on Monday over an attempt to set off a car bomb near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in a case that aims to uncover female French jihadistsa active role in homegrown terrorism.

On the night of 3 September 2016, Ines Madani and Ornella Gilligmann parked a grey Peugeot 607 with no number plate on a narrow street in front of busy restaurants near Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris. The car was loaded with six gas canisters. The woman poured fuel over the car and threw a lit cigarette at it.

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'Medication or housing': why soaring insulin prices are killing Americans
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:23 GMT
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Price gouging and other barriers to accessing insulin are symptomatic of a broken healthcare system, and demonstrate the need of systemic reforms, diabetes advocates argue

Jada Renee Louis of Newport News, Virginia, died on 22 June 2019 about a week after requiring emergency hospital care for diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication caused by a lack of insulin, and a foot ulcer. She was 24. A type 1 diabetic, Louis, who did not have health insurance coverage, couldnat afford the cost of her insulin doses and pay her rent. She chose to skip doses in order to pay her rent.

In 1922 Frederick Banting and Charles Best, the Canadian scientists who discovered insulin, sold their patent to the University of Toronto for $1, hoping it would be a cure for diabetes. Today a vial of insulin a which will last 28 days once opened a costs about $300 in the US.

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Could Susan Collins' vote for Kavanaugh help the Democrats flip the Senate in 2020?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:22 GMT
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Republican senatoras support for the conservative justice has Democrats confident they can beat her a and take the Senate

Senate candidate Betsy Sweet addressed a group of about 15 Democratic voters gathered in a circle, sitting on folding chairs in an office on Main Street in the small town of Topsham, Maine.

Related: Trump v California: president tries to turn 'resistance' into 2020 advantage

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We need to stop talking about Antonio Brown as a football story
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:30:27 GMT
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The conversations around the NFL staras release have all centered on his future. Itas a problem that goes beyond sports

In the hours following Fridayas announcement that wide receiver Antonio Brown was released by the New England Patriots amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct only 11 days after signing with the team, the media served up a competitive play-by-play on his status. TMZ reported Brown alooking sada as he touched down in Miami. CBS pondered awhy the Patriots could be in trouble if things get any worsea. Iterations of aBrown out. What now?a sprouted up innumerably across the web. Brown, for his part, tweeted eight similar athank youa messages to the Patriots for the opportunity and a aJust got fired on Fridaya with a facepalm emoji. A sizable chunk of the thousands of comments in response to his posts invoked God and prayer for Brownas resolve to stay strong and keep fighting. He capped off his thread with a photo sitting on the hood of a Rolls Royce in front of a private jet, with the caption: Beat the odds.

Brown will not face criminal charges for the accusations leading to his dismissal, including most notably one of rape in a civil lawsuit by his former trainer, Britney Taylor (Brown has denied the allegations). He took again to Twitter on Sunday morning to answer the headlinesa musings himself. He said he was quitting the NFL and took shots at Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his former teammate Ben Roethlisberger. Earlier this week, Taylor spent 10 hours in discussion with the NFL investigation team going over her lawsuit. Her social media profiles have been wiped clean.

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Google upended Pittsburgh a can the city's working class roots transform the tech industry?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:26 GMT
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An attempt by contract workers to unionize has brought the cityas industrial past crashing into the 21st century

The first time Nabisco tried to close its Pittsburgh factory in 1982, a coalition of labor unions and politicians successfully fought back, preserving hundreds of jobs and the smell of baking cookies in the cityas East Liberty neighborhood. Sixteen years, three free-market presidents and numerous international trade deals later, Nabisco successfully shuttered the plant for good, laying off about 350 workers and leaving behind a hulking brick monument to the Pennsylvania cityas storied industrial past.

Today, the old factory building has been transformed into a shiny testament to Pittsburghas future: the luxuriously renovated Bakery Square is home to hundreds of Google employees, assembly lines and industrial ovens replaced with cubicles, meeting rooms and an indoor bamboo garden, the only hint of the manufacturing past in a few tasteful design flourishes.

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'The mystery must be resolved': what befell Swede who saved Hungarian Jews?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 04:00:17 GMT
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Raoul Wallenberg is thought to have saved as many as 30,000 Jews but his descendants do not know how, when or why he died

Seventy-five years after the amateur Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg embarked on his desperate mission to rescue Budapestas Jews, his descendants still do not know how, when or why he died.

This week, they are travelling to Stockholm to demand the government finally does a bit more to help them find out.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at 50: their charm lives on
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:24 GMT
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The 1969 western paired Paul Newman and Robert Redford to magical effect and remains one of the most undeniably entertaining westerns to date

aThe horse is dead.a

Itas the middle of a tense scene in the 1969 smash Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The town sheriff is attempting to round up a posse to track down Butch and Sundance, leaders of the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang, which has been robbing banks and trains with such impunity that theyave become an embarrassment for lawman across the frontier. Unbeknown to everyone, these celebrity outlaws are watching the scene unfold from a perch across the street, where theyare blowing their loot on liquor and whores, but the sheriffas recruitment efforts were doomed to run aground regardless. There just isnat much appetite for going after an elusive and dangerous pair that seem to be generous in spreading their stolen loot around.

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Jana Hunter: 'I spent most of my life hiding from myself'
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:23 GMT
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The singer, who identifies as transmasculine, talks about his apolitically riskya new album and the difficulties behind his transition

In November of 2005, Jana Hunter released a collection of songs recorded almost entirely alone over a decade, titled Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom. It was Hunteras first solo album after years of collaborating with the 2000s freak-folk mainstay Devendra Banhart. The album contained short songs (mostly hovering around the two-minute mark) that were haunting and wistful, with muddled vocals and warped instrumentation, and earned Hunter glowing reviews and a proper spot in the then blossoming world of blog-approved indie music.

Related: Tegan and Sara: aPeople never talk about women and drug use positivelya

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JR: Chronicles tells the personal stories of 1,128 New Yorkers
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:00:23 GMT
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For each person in the Chronicles of New York City, the artistas new work at the Brooklyn Museum, thereas accompanying audio in which they tell their story

You can start with the train, hurtling beneath a Manhattan street, full of people a arms bent toward the ceiling handle, necks bent to phones. Or you could start on the street level, on the group of people dancing, or a woman holding the perfect angle for a selfie.

No matter where you start on The Chronicles of New York City, a nearly 21 by 32ft mural housed at the Brooklyn Museum itas easy to get a different reading of the mural each time. There are 1,128 faces looking up, down, straight ahead or turned away. One thousand, one hundred twenty-eight distinct New Yorkers, each with their own story and relationship to the city.

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Think America's fate hinges on the 2020 presidential race? You're forgetting something
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:00:25 GMT
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Democrats canat execute a long-term political project without winning state-level races. Yet, the prize of the White House is distracting liberals from this fact

Every day brings more headlines about the game-show-like spectacle of the presidential race. Of course, the 2020 presidential election commands attention because the stakes are so high. The presidential race, however, isnat the only election that will have major ramifications for both the immediate and long-term direction of the nation.

This November, 538 state legislative seats in four states are up for election. Another 4,798 state legislative seats in 44 states will be decided in November 2020. And 14 governors will be elected in the next two years. There is no way for Democrats to execute a long-term pro-active political project without winning in the states immediately.

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The Trump-Ukraine scandal is a taste of how dirty the US elections will get | Richard Wolffe
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:00:22 GMT
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If youare wondering what the next 14 months of the presidential election looks like, you are already looking at it

America has a grand tradition of the brazenly dumb criminal: the kind who is so desperately needy that he brags about his guilt.

Back in the earliest days of the new media known as newspapers, a certain Chicago mob boss rose to fame by calling a press conference to proclaim everyone elseas guilt, if not exactly his innocence.

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The Trump administration's crackdown on campus criticism of Israel is Orwellian | Joshua Leifer
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:00:25 GMT
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Trumpas department of education is using the threat of defunding to achieve its political goals a to great effect

If you criticize Israeli policy, you will lose your federal funding. That is the message the Department of Education is sending with its threat to withdraw federal support for the Consortium for Middle East Studies, operated jointly by Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, if it does not alter the content of its programming.

Just three months after Education Secretary Betsy Devos ordered an investigation into a conference about the politics of the Gaza Strip that the consortium had sponsored a an authoritarian threat, in and of itself a the Department of Education issued a letter demanding that the Duke-UNC consortium remake its curriculum. Or else.

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Trump and Modi are the mainstream faces of the global far-right | Cas Mudde
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:20 GMT
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The US and India are two of the most populous and powerful democracies in the world. And they are both represented by far-right leaders

Even by the standards of the Trump era, the aHowdy Modi!a meeting in Houston, Texas, this Sunday was weird. The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, had invited Donald Trump to be his guest at a massive rally in the American heartland. And, unsurprisingly, giving his submissive behavior towards authoritarian leaders, the president had accepted, happily playing second fiddle to a foreign leader on US soil.

But beyond these remarkable details, the meeting was in many ways symptomatic of what I have called the fourth wave of postwar far-right politics in my new book, The Far Right Today. The fourth wave is characterized by extreme heterogeneity as well as mainstreaming and normalization, all of which were on display in Houston this weekend.

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The Giants were pilloried for picking Daniel Jones. Guess what happened next...
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:30:22 GMT
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The Giants chose a quarterback with a middling reputation to succeed Eli Manning. The Duke product enjoyed a memorable debut

Daniel Jones had a lot of doubters to prove wrong. When the New York Giants selected the Duke quarterback to be Eli Manningas heir apparent with the sixth pick in this yearas draft, experts a actually pretty much everyone a accused them of reaching for someone who was not seen as a future NFL star during his college career. Even with Manning in decline, it was a controversial decision when the Giants decided to make Jones the starter after two games a and two losses a this season. Jones, to put it mildly, failed to give his critics any ammunition on Sunday.

It didnat look like that was going to be the case early on against Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers on Sunday, as Tampa Bay took a 28-10 half-time lead over the Giants, scoring on every single possession. Jones looked like a rookie as an early fumble led to a Tampa Bay touchdown. Worse yet: 2018as Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley went down with what was later diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. The only highlight for the Giants in the first-half was Jones rushing for his first NFL touchdown, showing off an entirely different skill set than the notoriously immobile Manning.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekendas action
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 07:26:34 GMT
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SolskjA|ras diplomacy masks United problems, De Bruyne in the ascendancy and Xhakaas poor form gives Emery a tough choice

Unai Emery is yet to find the right balance for his midfield but the claim of his de facto captain, Granit Xhaka, to be part of it is looking decidedly tenuous. First things first: the Switzerland international is a good player who cares tremendously and does not deserve anything like the negative reception he received upon his substitution against Aston Villa after 72 minutes. But his replacements, Lucas Torreira and the outstanding youngster Joe Willock, helped turbo-charge Arsenalas comeback while MattA(c)o Guendouzi played the second half like a man possessed. Xhaka, by contrast, looked hesitant and off the pace. He is nowhere near automatic selection territory on this seasonas form and Emery, who has delayed formally announcing Arsenalas next club captain, may have a tough decision to make. Nick Ames

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Blaine Scully will lead USA into Rugby World Cup opener against England
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:28:40 GMT
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aC/ Five changes to side that dispatched Canada this month
aC/ Eight players in squad attached to Premiership clubs

Cardiff wing Blaine Scully will lead the USA into their World Cup opener against England at Kobe Misaki Stadium on Thursday. The 31-year-old veteran of 50 Tests spent two years at Leicester until 2015, while there are eight players in the American squad currently attached to Premiership clubs.

Related: Wales v Georgia: Rugby World Cup 2019 a live!

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NaGolo KantA(c) is Chelseaas dynamic all-rounder in a team lacking structure | Jonathan Wilson
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:00:24 GMT
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Jorginhoas arrival means the midfielder plays further upfield, displaying new tricks while still excelling in defence

How much can be expected of a single player? That NaGolo KantA(c) is an exceptional footballer is no revelation but there is still something remarkable about the fact that the best holding midfielder in the world has become a totemic Roy of the Rovers figure at Chelsea. There he is darting across his own box to stifle a Liverpool attack. There he is slipping a pass in to the edge of the box and looking for a return. And there he is, drifting in from the right and finding the top corner with an ungainly but nonetheless precise finish. He is their alpha and their omega, their beginning and their end. He is all things to all men and by that means he might save some games a but not this one.

KantA(c) was exceptional against Liverpool, in the second half a blur, the force driving Chelsea forward. Only one Chelsea player made more tackles than him, only one more interceptions than him, only one had more shots than him and nobody completed more dribbles than him. He has, against expectations, transformed himself into a complete midfielder.

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The British spy who tried to stop the Iraq war a podcast
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 02:00:15 GMT
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In the weeks leading up to the war in Iraq, Katharine Gun exposed a US plot to spy on the UN in leaks published in the Observer. She joins former Observer journalist Martin Bright to tell their story ahead of a forthcoming Hollywood adaptation. Plus the BBCas Carrie Gracie on how she fought for equal pay

In the weeks before the invasion, Tony Blair and George W Bush continued to make the case for war in Iraq despite the lack of evidence that Saddam Hussein had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. In Cheltenham, a young Mandarin-language specialist at the UK spy agency GCHQ, Katharine Gun, was at her desk when she received an email detailing a secret plan by the US government to spy on the United Nations to try to secure a resolution from the security council to authorise an attack.

In an attempt to prevent a war she believed to be deeply wrong, she leaked the memo and it landed on the desk of the then Observer journalist Martin Bright, who broke the sensational story. The leak was picked up around the world but a mishap by a young Observer newsdesk assistant, Nicole Mowbray, almost killed the story.

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Is Hollywood still in love with the suffering agay icona?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:00:37 GMT
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A new biopic sees RenA(c)e Zellweger star as Judy Garland, an actor who revolutionised LGBT fandom

Thereas a touching scene in the new movie Judy (as in Garland), when the legendary trouper, played by RenA(c)e Zellweger, meets two gay fans after her London show and invites herself back to theirs for dinner. After a comically disastrous meal, the tone turns melancholy, as Garland laments her unhappy life and her hosts reflect on theirs, as closeted partners in pre-legalisation 1960s Britain. Itas a little moment of solidarity that gets to the heart of Garlandas gay appeal.

Judy Garland didnat simply tick the boxes for agay icona, she created those boxes: child stardom, tragic life, big showtunes, drag-friendly stage persona, addictions, comebacks, having sung Over the Rainbow. Not to mention her unfortunate habit of marrying men who turned out to prefer other men (weirdly, her daughter Liza Minnelli did the same). But as that scene in Judy underscores, it was a different era.

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How we made A Nightmare on Elm Street
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 10:43:05 GMT
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aThe character has never left me. Sometimes Iall be stuck in traffic in LA and he just comes out. Iall do the Freddy voice and shout: aGet out my wayaa

Before I played Freddy Krueger, I was in a lot of best-friend roles. I needed something more distinctive a and thought this little indie film called A Nightmare on Elm Street might be it. Wes Craven, the director, looked preppy, wearing Ralph Lauren and chinos, but looks were deceiving as he had a visionary mind. Remember: he discovered both Johnny Depp and Sharon Stone. He used to tell me that Freddy was the abastard father of us alla. The character was supposed to signify the loss of innocence, as teenagers turn into adults and become corrupted.

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Succession recap: season two, episode seven a deliciously twisted as ever
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 02:10:15 GMT
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The worldas most offensive family are forced to go on a charm offensive. What a superb episode, with barbs raining relentlessly

Spoiler alert: this recap is for people watching Succession season two, which airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. Do not read on unless you have watched episode seven.

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Thomas Cook travel chaos: firm's collapse leaves 150,000 stranded abroad a live updates
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:13:36 GMT
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A huge repatriation effort has begun after company ceases trading with immediate effect, causing flights to be cancelled

Over in Greece where 50,000 Thomas Cook clients are stranded, the first flights are en route to repatriate passengers holidaying on the islands of Zakynthos, Corfu and Kos.

aItas a huge economic blow to tourism a| itas estimated that there are about 1,800 to 2,000 Britons on our islands. Right now the economic damage is impossible to estimate.a

Stranded passengers booked to fly on cancelled Thomas Cook flights from Manchester Airport have complained that prices to fly on other airlines are mounting.

aI was looking for information but my flight wasnat ATOL protected so I cannot claim for a return flight. I can just ask for my money back, but flights [on other airlines] are very expensive right now. I donat know why my flight wasnat ATOL-protected. Like any normal person, I booked it, and thought it would be okay.a

aI am searching for other flights but I needed to be there today. I donat know what Iall do. It is a difficult situation.a

aThey let me through and sent my bag to JFK, it was on the way and they had to get it back. Iave talked to Condor, thereas no way to get through to Thomas Cook. Thereas nothing, no contact with Thomas Cook, no money back.

aItas just that getting a flight out of here is just hard in general and prices are just going up and up. Everyone is trying to get out of here.a

aIave had no information - I bought an extra bag yesterday, which they charged me for, so I woke up this morning and I came to the airport, I didnat know they were going to be cancelled. The only information is these guys gave me a piece of paper so Iam going to have to buy another flighta.

aI know there had been things on the news, Iad been on holiday the week before so Iad not been following it that closely but Iad not had a phone call or email. My flight was Condor so I was just hoping it would still be running.a

aWhen I arrived at security, my boarding card flashed up to seek assistance. So now Iave got to try to get to New York today from somewhere but the train station is closed.a

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Scientists prepare to drill for million-year-old ice in Antarctica
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:03:08 GMT
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Researchers hope to use bubbles trapped in ice to help predict effect of CO2 on the Earthas climate

Million-year-old ice buried deep in Antarctica could hold crucial information about the planetas past and help climate predictions.

And scientists with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) are a step closer to unearthing it.

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Leaked letter suggests US is rallying UN member states to oppose abortion
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:00:20 GMT
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Attempt to aroll back the clocka condemned as governments are urged to oppose UN support for reproductive rights

The US is understood to have written to UN member states urging them to join a agrowing coalitiona of countries rallying against abortion, in what seems to be the latest attempt by the Trump administration to rollback womenas rights.

A letter, seen by the Guardian, is believed to have been sent to governments deemed sympathetic to the administrationas view on reproductive health.

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Saudi Arabia oil attack: Boris Johnson says UK believes Iran responsible
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:19 GMT
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En route to the UN general assembly in New York, prime minister raises possibility that the British military could become involved

The UK now believes Iran was responsible for a major attack earlier this month on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, Boris Johnson has said, also raising the possibility that the British military could become involved in helping secure the Saudis against future aggression.

Speaking to reporters on his plane en route to the UN general assembly (UNGA) in New York, the prime minister said there was aa very high degree of probabilitya that Iran was behind the drone and missile attack two major oil installation on 14 September.

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Iran to lay out Gulf security proposal at UN general assembly
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 02:12:54 GMT
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Announcement comes as Iran and US fight for diplomatic advantage after Saudi oil attack

Iranas president, Hassan Rouhani, has said he will present a plan for Gulf security at this weekas UN general assembly, as Washington and Tehran fight for diplomatic advantage in the wake of the devastating attack on the Saudi oil industry.

Rouhani made clear the Iranian proposal, dubbed the aCoalition of Hopea, was designed to exclude the US, which would make it unpalatable to Gulf states who see Washington as an ally and protector.

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Trial over weight-loss pill behind 'up to 2,000 deaths' to start in France
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 04:00:18 GMT
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French drug watchdog along with pharmaceutical firm Servier on trial over Mediator drug scandal

A landmark trial over one of Franceas biggest healthcare scandals will begin on Monday after a weight-loss pill was believed to have killed up to 2,000 people and left many more injured for life.

The trial for manslaughter and deceit will attempt to lift the lid on Franceas massive pharmaceuticals industry.

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Six ways to stay healthy when you're stressed
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:00:25 GMT
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Keeping on top of your mental health in todayas taxing world can be tough. But a few changes can help lift the burden

Human beings are not built to endure prolonged periods of stress. If you want to see an extreme example of what it can do to a person, observe prime ministers as they enter and exit Downing Street. Before, fresh-faced, they simper for the cameras. Afterwards, they are gaunt, grey and lined. It is like watching an accelerated version of ageing, and a reminder of how stress corrodes the human body.

We live in stressful times, though. More people are scratching a living in the gig economy, without paid leave or long-term job security. Austerity has ripped through communities like bullets through plasterboard, destroying the mental health of those forced into dehumanising encounters with the machinery of the welfare state. The Amazon is burning, a no-deal Brexit is looming and we are hurtling headfirst towards climate catastrophe. It is no wonder that our mental health services are in crisis, more young people are seeking help for anxiety and schoolchildren are being taught mindfulness to cope with the stresses of social media. According to a 2018 study, 75% of Britons experienced such profound stress in the previous year that they felt unable to cope.

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There's something about autumn: why do people love fall so much?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 05:00:26 GMT
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Pumpkin spice lattes, plaid shirts and trips to the orchard a autumnas superfans are ready for their most cherished season

In 2009, Colin Nissan, a writer for McSweeneyas, published the profanity-laden paean to fall aItas Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckersa. The piece, written from the perspective of a hyper-enthusiastic fan of autumnal home decor, struck a chord with readers: a decade later, itas still the siteas second most-read piece.

Perhaps Nissan unwittingly opened a kind of seasonal Pandoraas Box. In the years since his piece was published, ostentatious love for fall has gone from the fringes to the heart of mainstream culture. Every year, earlier and more predictably than the first red leaf or cold night, harbingers of fall enthusiasts appear: people wearing plaids and scarves, Instagram feeds filling with pictures from trips to the apple orchard, shop displays of stuffed fabric pumpkins and leaf-printed tea towels well before the actual first day of fall.

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Teargas, flames and barricades: Hong Kong's weekend of protest a in pictures
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:25:51 GMT
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Protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating as demonstrators took to the streets in the 16th consecutive weekend of unrest. Tensions are escalating in the run-up to a significant political anniversary for Beijing, and riot police fired teargas, pepper spray and bean bag rounds on protesters who vandalised metro stations and set improvised barricades ablaze.

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