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Australian women win landmark vaginal mesh class action against Johnson & Johnson

World news | The Guardian

The case was launched on behalf of 700 women who had pelvic mesh and tape products implanted to treat common complications of childbirth

Hundreds of women left in debilitating pain by faulty transvaginal mesh devices have won a landmark case against multinational giant Johnson & Johnson.

The Australian class action against companies owned by Johnson & Johnson – watched closely across the world – was initially launched on behalf of 700 women who had mesh and tape products implanted to treat pelvic prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, both common complications of childbirth.

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November 20th 2019, 8:02 pm

Oxford Dictionaries declares 'climate emergency' the word of 2019

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Usage of the term increased 100-fold in the space of 12 months, dictionary says

Oxford Dictionaries has declared “climate emergency” the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate.

Defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it”, Oxford said the words soared from “relative obscurity” to “one of the most prominent – and prominently debated – terms of 2019.”

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November 20th 2019, 7:46 pm

Democratic debate: Warren, Sanders, Biden and Buttigieg to go head to head in Atlanta – live

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Fifth primary debate set to begin as ten presidential candidates will face off while impeachment inquiry intensifies

The Democratic National Committee’s decision to hold this debate in Atlanta marks the first time a Democratic primary debate has happened in Georgia since 1992. This state has been solidly Republican for over two decades, when it comes to presidential elections, but many in the Democratic mainstream think that might be about to change.

This is a rapidly diversifying state, with a booming creative economy and a growing African American voting base. Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic leader of the Georgia house minority, ran a gubernatorial campaign here that captured the imagination of progressives around the country.

Hours before the start of tonight’s debate, Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris released an ad casting herself as a direct contrast to Donald Trump.

During the next break we need to discuss how Kamala Harris‘s new ad is absolute

Very good ad by the Harris team, positioning her as the “anti-Trump” in key ways. https://t.co/OBgpXnZDoW

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November 20th 2019, 7:46 pm

World's donkeys being 'decimated' by demand for Chinese medicine

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Half global population could be slaughtered in next five years for ejiao industry, warns report

Half the world’s donkey population could be wiped out in the next five years, as millions are slaughtered for their hides to meet rising demand for a traditional Chinese medicine.

It is estimated that 4.8m donkey hides a year are needed to satisfy demand for a gelatin-based traditional medicine called ejiao, according to a new report from the Donkey Sanctuary. At the current pace, the global donkey population of 44m would be halved over the next five years, the report warns.

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November 20th 2019, 7:46 pm

Scott Morrison says no evidence links Australia's carbon emissions to bushfires

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PM suggests Australia could increase emissions without worsening current fire season, and says government finalising plans to crack down on environmental protests

Scott Morrison has argued there is no direct link between Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and the severity of fires ravaging the continent, even suggesting Australia could increase its emissions without making the current fire season worse.

Under pressure due to a record season of early bushfires and the accusation by a coalition of former fire chiefs that the government has avoided the issue of climate change, Morrison said on Thursday there was no “credible scientific evidence” that cutting Australia’s emissions could reduce the severity of bushfires.

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November 20th 2019, 7:02 pm

New Zealand v England: first Test, day one – live!

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24th over: England 56-1 (Burns 34, Denly 0) Burns gets down on one knee to de Grandhomme, not to sweep, nor even to propose, but to square-drive. That brings him three, and again, as in the Ashes, Burns is managing to start a series well. And although he’s had one big let-off, he hasn’t played nearly as many false shots as he did that day at Edgbaston.

23rd over: England 53-1 (Burns 31, Denly 0) Out comes Joe Denly, so instead of having bum-out stances at both ends, we have moustaches. England will clearly be putting on a production of Journey’s End during lunch.

An email arrives from Brisbane. “Thoroughly enjoying the austere Victorian-style grinding going on out in the middle,” says Alex Coe. “Much-needed backbone to our previously limp upper order. However, on an unrelated topic, am I alone in thinking that Colin’s surname sounds like a brand of supersized French letter?”

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November 20th 2019, 7:02 pm

'What happened was a massacre': grief and rage in Bolivia after day of deadly violence

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Eight young Bolivians were killed in El Alto on Tuesday, and locals say the interim government of Jeanine Áñez is to blame

Tears filled Primitivo Quisbert’s bloodshot eyes as he contemplated his son’s swollen, lifeless face – and why someone else’s struggle for political supremacy had condemned his child to an early grave.

“It’s so painful, señor. So very painful,” the 61-year-old carpenter sobbed. “Just look at what they have done to my boy.”

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November 20th 2019, 6:02 pm

Justin Trudeau unveils new cabinet with focus on national unity

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PM tasked Chrystia Freeland with preventing provincial feud from becoming national crisis as minister of intergovernmental affairs

Justin Trudeau has unveiled a new cabinet which will prioritize warding off threats to national unity and combatting climate change, as he attempts to navigate the politically-fraught landscape of a minority government.

As Canada’s western provinces take an increasingly combative stance against the prime minister’s environmental policies and demand support for the struggling oil and gas industry, Trudeau has tasked Chrystia Freeland with preventing a provincial feud from becoming a national crisis.

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November 20th 2019, 5:46 pm

Trump press secretary backtracks claim Obama officials left 'You will fail' notes

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Stephanie Grisham retracted claim she and her colleagues encountered notes after rejection from ex-Obama staffers

The White House press secretary has backed down from her claim that Obama administration officials left behind notes for Trump staffers saying “You will fail” and “You aren’t going to make it”, after a number of aides denied the allegation.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Stephanie Grisham said she and her colleagues had encountered the notes upon entering White House offices.

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November 20th 2019, 3:02 pm

Prince Andrew to step back from public duties 'for foreseeable future'

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Duke of York issues statement amid criticism over relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

The Queen has given permission for Prince Andrew to “step back from public duties for the foreseeable future” amid criticism over his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the duke said in a statement.

The Duke of York also said he was “willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required” over the Epstein probe.

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November 20th 2019, 1:13 pm

'We couldn’t hesitate': escaping Hong Kong's university siege

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People trapped inside campus are using increasingly desperate measures to escape

Yanny Man, 23, had no time to think about it before crawling over the ledge of a bridge, eight metres high, grabbing a rope and pushing off toward the ground below.

Behind her people shouted: “Just go, just go!” Police trying to stop them had paused from shooting teargas and were likely to fire again.

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November 20th 2019, 1:13 pm

French nun misses out on retirement home place over veil ban

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Woman was told she would not be allowed to wear religious attire at council-run home

A French nun was forced to turn down a place in a state retirement home because she was told she would have to stop wearing her religious habit and headscarf.

The case has reopened the row over secularism in France just weeks after a Muslim woman was asked to remove her headscarf while accompanying a school outing.

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November 20th 2019, 11:43 am

Sondland's bombshell testimony blows holes in Trump's Ukraine defence

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A star witness at the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump has testified to the existence of a quid pro quo with Ukraine and insisted: “We followed the president’s orders.”

In a major blow to the president, Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, said in bombshell evidence he was forced to work with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani against his will, and criticised the White House and state department for failing to provide records.

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November 20th 2019, 11:43 am

Aung San Suu Kyi to defend Myanmar against genocide charge at The Hague

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Burmese leader will lead delegation to international court of justice next month

Aung Sang Suu Kyi will travel to The Hague to defend Myanmar against allegations of genocide, her office has announced.

The Burmese leader, once an icon of democracy but now tainted by her association with what UN investigators have described as crimes against humanity, will lead a delegation to the international court of justice (ICJ) next month.

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November 20th 2019, 11:43 am

Ten arrested in London on suspicion of £15m money laundering plot

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Cash, drugs and luxury cars seized after series of raids

Ten suspected members of an organised crime group have been arrested on suspicion of flying an estimated £15.5m out of the UK to Dubai hidden in suitcases.

The National Crime Agency, whose officers made the arrests in a series of raids across London on Wednesday morning, said the suspects were also suspected of trying to smuggle 17 people into the UK this summer.

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November 20th 2019, 11:43 am

Extinction Rebellion founder’s Holocaust remarks spark fury

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German politicians accuse Roger Hallam of downplaying significance of genocide

Roger Hallam, the co-founder of the environmental campaign movement Extinction Rebellion, has sparked anger in Germany after referring to the Holocaust as “just another fuckery in human history”.

Hallam has been accused of downplaying the Nazis’ genocide of 6 million Jews – a crime in Germany – by arguing in an interview that the significance of the Holocaust had been overplayed.

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November 20th 2019, 11:43 am

Boris Johnson lets slip manifesto pledge to cut national insurance

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PM’s apparent blunder over £12,000 threshold could benefit him amid ‘factchecking’ row

Boris Johnson has said he wants to raise the national insurance threshold to £12,000, letting slip a major Tory tax cut from the manifesto as he was speaking to workers in Teesside.

The prime minister said he wanted to cut tax for working people as he was pressed by an employee at a fabrication yard about whether he would help “people like us”, not just the rich.

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November 20th 2019, 11:43 am

Exiled vice-president blames ‘racist backlash’ for Evo Morales's forced exit

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Álvaro García Linera concedes mistakes pair made but branded the toppling of Morales as an anti-indigenous, rightwing ‘coup’

Evo Morales’s closest political adviser has admitted that the Bolivian leader’s failure to groom a successor contributed to the political crisis engulfing the South American nation but slammed the “racist backlash” he blamed for the toppling of its first indigenous president.

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November 20th 2019, 9:40 am

Migrants detained in Libya for profit, leaked EU report reveals

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Exclusive: document calls for ‘immediate action’ to save lives after EU renews deal with coastguard

The EU has admitted in a leaked report that it cannot monitor the Libyan coastguard and that the detention of migrants is a “profit-making business” for Libya’s government, with whom it has recently renewed a controversial deal to stem migration to Europe.

The report details the fate of refugees fleeing for Europe who have been picked up by the Brussels-backed Libyan coastguard and put in detention camps run as a “profitable business model” by the government of the war-torn state.

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November 20th 2019, 9:40 am

China's appetite for coal power returns despite climate pledge

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Capacity rose by 42.9GW in 18 months, far outpacing global efforts to cut use of fossil fuel

China’s growing appetite for new coal-fired power stations has outstripped plant closures in the rest of the world since the start of last year, data shows.

Elsewhere countries reduced their capacity by 8GW in the 18 months to June because old plants were retired faster than new ones were built. But over the same period China increased its capacity by 42.9GW despite a global move towards cleaner energy sources and a pledge to limit the use of coal.

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November 20th 2019, 9:11 am

Impeachment inquiry: Sondland expected to say Giuliani was expressing Trump's wishes – live news

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The US ambassador to the EU, who has already had to revise previous testimony, could offer firsthand account of president’s role on Ukraine

With so many witnesses describing Sondland speaking with the president and pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations on multiple occasions, it might seem difficult for Sondland to deny his role in the alleged plot.

Sondland’s strategy: blame Rudy.

“Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States,” Sondland said. “We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders.”

“Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky,” Sondland’s statement says. “Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server and Burisma. Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President.”

The hearing is scheduled to begin in about 15 minutes, at which time the video player atop the blog here will be bringing you all the action.

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November 20th 2019, 9:11 am

Son of former German president fatally stabbed in Berlin

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Man arrested after killing of Fritz von Weizsäcker during medical lecture

The son of Germany’s former president Richard von Weizsäcker has been stabbed to death in Berlin.

Fritz von Weizsäcker, a prominent doctor and the head of a private Berlin clinic, was attacked while giving a medical lecture on Tuesday night.

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November 20th 2019, 8:37 am

Greece to replace island refugee camps with 'detention centres'

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Government announces plans to relocate 20,000 people from islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos by early 2020

Greece has announced plans to close its three largest migrant camps and replace them with facilities on the mainland that campaigners have likened to detention centres.

People living in overcrowded camps on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos will be moved to closed complexes for identification, relocation and deportation with a capacity of at least 5,000 people each.

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November 20th 2019, 8:26 am

Zimbabwe riot police fire teargas at opposition supporters

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Baton attacks on crowd waiting to hear speech by Movement for Democratic Change leader

Zimbabwean police with riot gear fired teargas and struck people who gathered to hear a speech by the country’s top opposition leader amid growing frustration with the collapsing economy.

Dozens of people ran and dodged baton blows in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday. Officers cordoned off the Movement for Democratic Change party headquarters before Nelson Chamisa’s speech and patrolled with water cannon.

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November 20th 2019, 7:55 am

Police investigating Caruana Galizia murder arrest businessman on yacht

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Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by car bomb on Mediterranean island in 2017

A prominent Maltese businessman has been arrested aboard his yacht as it was heading out to sea, in an operation linked to the murder of the Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Armed forces personnel boarded a vessel at around 5.30am on Wednesday morning and detained Yorgen Fenech.

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November 20th 2019, 7:25 am

Colombia to close its borders in attempt to contain mass protests

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Border closures, curfews and bans on sale of alcohol announced as tens of thousands are expected to march amid wave of turmoil

Colombia’s government has announced plans to close its borders, part of a string of measures to contain mass strikes and protests planned this week amid sweeping unrest in South America.

Tens of thousands are expected to join protests on Thursday against the rightwing government of Iván Duque, whose popularity has dwindled steadily since he took office in August last year.

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November 20th 2019, 5:55 am

Former UK official in Hong Kong 'tortured in 15-day China ordeal'

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Simon Cheng, who worked at consulate, alleges repeated mental and physical abuse

A former employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong has alleged he was tortured while being detained in China, during a 15-day ordeal in which he said he was branded “a British spy and secret agent” and held in solitary confinement.

The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has summoned the Chinese ambassador to demand an explanation after Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British government for two years, went public with his account of repeated physical and mental torture.

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November 20th 2019, 5:35 am

Israel opposition leader nears deadline to form coalition government

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Benny Gantz must strike deal by midnight, but suggests no progress made in negotiations

The Israeli opposition leader, Benny Gantz, has until midnight to form a government that could end Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic tenure or risk pushing the country towards an unprecedented third round of elections.

Paralysed for months by inconclusive ballot results, the political stalemate has played out during a fraught time for Israel as an increasingly open conflict heats up with Iran, its arch-enemy and a regional powerhouse.

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November 20th 2019, 4:51 am

Fossil fuel production on track for double the safe climate limit

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‘We’re in a deep hole over the climate crisis and we need to stop digging,’ warn experts

The world’s nations are on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas as can be burned in 2030 while restricting rise in the global temperature to 1.5C, analysis shows.

The report is the first to compare countries’ stated plans for fossil fuel extraction with the goals of the Paris climate agreement, which is to keep global heating well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and to aim for 1.5C. It exposes a huge gap, with fossil fuel production in 2030 heading for 50% more than is consistent with 2C, and 120% more than that for 1.5C.

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November 20th 2019, 4:51 am

BT says it will not work with company linked to Prince Andrew

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Pressure on royal grows as telecoms firm becomes latest to distance itself from prince

BT has said it will not work with a company that counts Prince Andrew as patron, amid a growing exodus away from the royal.

Andrew’s disastrous interview about his friendship with the convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and alleged sexual encounter with a teenager has already led a number of prominent businesses and organisations to sever ties with his entrepreneurial scheme, Pitch@Palace.

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November 20th 2019, 4:51 am

Twitter accuses Tories of misleading public in 'factcheck' row

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Conservatives under fire after rebranding account as factchecking service during leaders’ debate

Twitter has accused the Conservatives of misleading the public after they rebranded one of their official party accounts to make it look like a factchecking service during the ITV leaders’ debate.

The party was widely criticised on Tuesday night when it temporarily changed the name of its Conservative Campaign Headquarters press office Twitter account, which is followed by nearly 76,000 users, to factcheckUK from its usual CCHQPress.

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November 20th 2019, 3:48 am

Oxford Union president steps down in wake of blind student row

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Brendan McGrath resigns from debating society after student forcibly removed from event

The president of the Oxford Union has resigned his position after a blind student was forcibly removed from a debate event by a security guards.

Ebenezer Azamati, a postgraduate student, was taken from the venue by a security guard when he tried to return to his seat before the debate last month.

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November 20th 2019, 2:49 am

General election: Tories misled public with 'factcheck' stunt, says Twitter – live news

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Leaders will try to steer campaign back to their key messages in wake of ITV leaders’ debate

Twitter has released a statement saying the Conservative party has misled the public by styling its press office account as a factchecking operation during the televised leaders debate, the BBC has reported.

In an almost unprecedented political intervention by the social network, Twitter said it would take “decisive corrective action” if a similar stunt was attempted again.

Twitter is committed to facilitating healthy debate throughout the UK general election. We have global rules in place that prohibit behaviour that can mislead people, including those with verified accounts. Any further attempts to mislead people by editing verified profile information – in a manner seen during the UK election debate – will result in decisive corrective action.

Both parties trumpeting success in last night's ITV leaders' debate to those on their email lists.

(Note: the Conservative email also asked supporters for donations, but I couldn't fit the request in the screenshot). pic.twitter.com/svbZdNpVC1

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November 20th 2019, 2:49 am

Tottenham Hotspur: José Mourinho named new manager of Spurs

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of José Mourinho as head coach on a contract that will run until the end of the 2022-23 season.

Mourinho has previously managed teams including FC Porto, Internazionale, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

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November 20th 2019, 2:19 am

Two Australian universities sever ties with Prince Andrew charity after Epstein interview

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The announcement by Bond University and RMIT follows the royal’s interview about his links to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Two Australian universities have severed ties with a business mentoring charity founded by Prince Andrew after the royal’s train-wreck interview about his links to the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The Pitch@Palace program – founded by the prince in 2014 – supports entrepreneurs and start-up companies and gives them the opportunity to pitch their idea to business leaders at places including Buckingham Palace.

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November 20th 2019, 12:04 am

Shinzo Abe weathers scandals to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister

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Analysts say Abe has benefited from a weak opposition and a desire for stability among voters

Shinzo Abe has become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, but the milestone came amid a political scandal and doubts over his ability to realise his dream of revising the country’s postwar “pacifist” constitution.

Abe has spent a total of 2,887 days as leader during two periods in office, beating the previous record set by Taro Katsura more than a century ago.

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November 19th 2019, 11:48 pm

Grace Millane murder trial: experts give evidence on modern sexual practices

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Defence closes with experts discussing how BDSM practices have become more mainstream and socially acceptable

The defence has finished laying out its case in the Grace Millane murder trial, putting forward an expert in modern sexual practices who told the court BDSM has become more mainstream and socially acceptable.

The 27-year-old man accused of murdering the British backpacker, whose name is suppressed, has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers say Millane, 21, was strangled to death by accident during consensual sex. The prosecution say she was murdered.

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November 19th 2019, 11:35 pm

Emilia Clarke: Game of Thrones nude scenes were 'terrifying'

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The actor who played Queen Daenerys says she’s been pressured to shoot naked since the show, but is ‘a lot more savvy’ now

Emilia Clarke has revealed she felt uncomfortable acting in some of her nude scenes in Game Of Thrones.

The British actress played queen Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s sprawling epic, which became notorious for its explicit portrayal of sex and violence.

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November 19th 2019, 11:03 pm

Bohemian Rhapsody and a BBQ: Stephen Colbert visits Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand

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Prime minister collects chat show host from the airport in first episode of ‘The Newest Zealander’

The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert engaged in potentially copyright-infringing carpool karaoke with prime minister Jacinda Ardern and pranked Lorde at a barbecue – aka a “New Zealand state dinner” – as he made good on a promise to get as far away as possible from news about Donald Trump.

The chat show host got straight to it in his sit-down interview with the New Zealand prime minister for Tuesday night’s opening episode, called the “Newest Zealander”, pleading to become a citizen and offering to marry Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford.

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November 19th 2019, 10:18 pm

Key witnesses tell of concern over Trump's 'inappropriate' Ukraine call

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Kurt Volker, witness requested by Republicans, says the investigations Trump requested amounted to ‘conspiracy theories’

Two witnesses in the impeachment inquiry have described their concern over an “unusual” call between Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president in July, in which Trump ignored official talking points about fighting corruption to instead “demand” an investigation tied to Joe Biden.

Related: Donald Trump has dragged America's global reputation to an all-time low | Simon Tisdall

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November 19th 2019, 9:02 pm

My beloved Hong Kong has become a war zone and daily life is full of anxiety

World news | The Guardian

As another week of violence grips the city, normal life is on hold - people cannot work, schools are closed, roads are paralysed and children are terrified

The ongoing political crisis in Hong Kong is probably the biggest challenge of my life. I don’t remember having lost sleep and appetite and not being able to think about anything else for months on end ever before.

Like many other Hongkongers, I have been overwhelmed by an acute sense of helplessness and anxiety during the past five months as I have watched our home descend in to a war zone every few days.

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November 19th 2019, 7:31 pm

Election debate: Johnson and Corbyn clash over NHS future

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Labour leader claims service will be sold by PM, who keeps repeating Brexit mantra

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over which of them is best placed to safeguard the NHS if they win the general election, with the Labour leader accusing the prime minister of being ready to sell it off to US corporations.

In a testy live debate on ITV, during which the prime minister repeatedly returned to the claim that he would “get Brexit done”, both men lavished praise on the NHS, but Corbyn said Johnson would put it up for sale.

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November 19th 2019, 5:58 pm

Austria to turn Adolf Hitler's birthplace into police station

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The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station, Austria’s interior ministry has announced, after years of legal wrangling as the government looks to prevent the building from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

The yellow corner house in the northern town of Braunau on the border with Germany, where Hitler was born on 20 April 1889, was taken into government control in 2016.

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November 19th 2019, 4:58 pm

France: pregnant woman killed by dogs out with a hunt

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Animal rights activists urge halt to hunting season after body found near Villers-Cotterêts

A pregnant woman has been killed by dogs while walking her own dog in a forest in northern France during a hunt with hounds, investigators have said.

The body of the 29-year-old woman was found on Saturday in a forest outside the town of Villers-Cotterêts, about 90km (55 miles) north-east of Paris, the prosecutor’s office in nearby Soissons said.

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November 19th 2019, 4:58 pm

Dozens of migrants found in refrigerated container on ferry

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Twenty-five people reportedly found on ship travelling from the Netherlands to the UK

Dutch authorities have discovered 25 migrants stowed away inside a refrigerated container on a ferry bound for England.

According to a statement published on a local government website, all those found onboard were alive, with one of them thought to be a child.

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November 19th 2019, 4:58 pm

Mauricio Pochettino sacked as Tottenham manager amid poor results

World news | The Guardian

• Daniel Levy says decision not ‘taken lightly, nor in haste’
• Tottenham 14th in the Premier League

Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Tottenham after a dreadful run of results. The Argentinian manager, who enjoyed such progress since moving to north London in 2014, culminating in reaching last season’s Champions League final, has watched his fortunes slump after a difficult summer.

Pochettino’s team have taken 14 points from 12 matches this season and, in a larger sample size back to February, 25 from 24 games – in other words, relegation form. Pochettino departs along with his assistants Jesús Pérez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jiménez.

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November 19th 2019, 3:57 pm

Bolivia clashes leave one dead as security forces break fuel blockade

World news | The Guardian

At least one person has been killed and eight injured after Bolivian police and military forces used armored vehicles and helicopters to unblock access to a major fuel plant that had been blockaded by supporters of former president Evo Morales.

Smoke rose from burning tyres and a military helicopter was seen flying over the area near the the Senkata gas plant on Tuesday, after security forces ended the blockade which had cut off fuel supply to nearby La Paz.

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November 19th 2019, 3:57 pm

Sotheby’s pulls ‘stolen’ Banksy sculpture The Drinker from auction

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Last-minute move follows claim by artist Andy Link that he is rightful owner

A Banksy sculpture called The Drinker, a comic riff on Rodin’s The Thinker, has been withdrawn at the last minute from a major London auction – two days after an allegation it was stolen.

The artist Andy Link, also known as Art Kieda, said the sculpture, which is more than 180cm tall was taken from his garden a number of years ago and he regarded himself as the rightful owner.

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November 19th 2019, 3:10 pm

Trump denies heart attack prompted sudden hospital visit

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‘I had a very routine physical,’ Trump insists as speculation intensifies after he stayed out of the public eye for two days following hospital trip

As speculation over Donald Trump’s unscheduled trip to the hospital last weekend continued, the president denied he had suffered a heart attack.

“I had a very routine physical,” Trump insisted to reporters on Tuesday morning before a cabinet meeting, adding: “I was out of there very quickly and got back home.”

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November 19th 2019, 2:27 pm

Labour would rewrite rules of UK economy, says John McDonnell

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Shadow chancellor criticises corporate excess but rules out windfall tax on oil and gas firms

John McDonnell has promised that a Labour government would “rewrite the rules of our economy” as he announced proposed reforms to business regulation that he said would help workers “take back control”.

In a speech that made a series of attacks on corporate excess, the shadow chancellor ruled out imposing a windfall tax on oil and gas companies – a policy Labour had been seriously considering in recent days.

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November 19th 2019, 1:27 pm

Vegan sues Burger King for grilling Impossible burger and meat on same grill

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Phillip Williams argues he wouldn’t have bought the burger if he’d known it was ‘covered in meat by-products’

When Burger King announced the Impossible Whopper (a vegan alternative to their best-selling burger), they did so with the tagline: “100% Whopper, 0% Beef.”

Turns out, the statement may have been misleading. At least, that’s what customer Phillip Williams, who is vegan, has claimed in a lawsuit filed against the fast-food giant in South Florida on Monday.

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November 19th 2019, 12:04 pm

UN urges restraint over reports of multiple deaths in Iran protests

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Concerns raised over alleged use of live ammunition against petrol price demonstrators

The United Nations has urged Iran to end its shutdown of the internet and ensure its security services show restraint after the “clearly very serious” extent of casualties in protests that have swept the country in response to steep rises in petrol prices.

The office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights said it was “deeply concerned” about reports of live ammunition being used against demonstrators.

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November 19th 2019, 11:06 am

French directors' guild begins moves to suspend Roman Polanski

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The ARP is proposing expulsion for members convicted of sexual violence, with 200 film-makers set to vote at a special meeting

A French organisation of more than 200 film-makers said on Monday it will propose new rules regarding members charged or convicted of a criminal offence, particularly of a sexual nature, which could lead to the suspension and expulsion of French-Polish director Roman Polanski.

The board of the ARP directors’ guild voted to present “new procedures to suspend any member facing legal charges, and expel any member convicted, especially for crimes of a sexual nature,” said Pierre Jolivet, the organisation’s president.

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November 19th 2019, 10:20 am

'Sardines against Salvini': Italians pack squares in protest against far right

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Thousands converge in bid to beat numbers drawn to League leader’s pre-election rallies

An estimated 7,000 people have crammed together in the northern Italian city of Modena as part of a growing “sardines” movement against the politics of the far-right leader, Matteo Salvini, in which opponents attempt to beat the numbers he draws to his rallies.

Protesters converged under the rain at Piazza Grande on Monday night as the former interior minister campaigned in the city before crucial regional elections in Emilia-Romagna, a leftwing stronghold.

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November 19th 2019, 10:20 am

Socialist ex-presidents of Andalucía guilty in €680m fraud case

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Verdicts against two PSOE members embarrassing for Spain’s acting prime minister

Two former socialist presidents of the southern Spanish region of Andalucía have been found guilty of misconduct and misuse of public funds over their roles in a decade-long, €680m (£582m) fraud that led to one of the country’s biggest corruption trials.

The verdicts will be acutely embarrassing for the Spanish Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE) as its leader, acting prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, struggles to form a government after winning another inconclusive election nine days ago.

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November 19th 2019, 10:20 am

Impeachment hearings: witnesses to give firsthand accounts of Trump's Ukraine call – live news

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Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams to testify publicly about Trump’s July conversation with Volodymyr Zelenskiy – get the latest live

In her opening statement, Jennifer Williams recounted her memory of Trump’s July call with the Ukrainian president, which kicked off the impeachment inquiry.

Williams says she found President Trump's call with Ukraine's president "unusual" because it "involved discussion of what appeared to be a domestic political matter" https://t.co/OZ2lHu07Z6 pic.twitter.com/h4wBl0odqI

Lt Col Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams have now been sworn in to testify in today’s public impeachment hearing. Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, is currently delivering her opening statement.

Vindman and Williams are sworn in. pic.twitter.com/TmZGBfb09D

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November 19th 2019, 9:50 am

Jeffrey Epstein: two New York prison guards arrested

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Two New York correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself have been arrested, it was reported on Tuesday.

Related: New Epstein accuser sues estate and calls on Prince Andrew to share information

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November 19th 2019, 9:50 am

Bahraini dissident says he was victim of London murder attempt

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Moosa Mohammed told police embassy staff tried to throw him off roof

A Bahraini dissident who claimed he was beaten and threatened with being thrown from the roof of the country’s embassy in London by staff in July has lodged a complaint with police, saying he was a victim of attempted murder.

Moosa Mohammed visited Charing Cross police station with his lawyers on Tuesday morning to file a statement, in which he accused embassy staff of trying to push him off the roof while one threatened him with “execution”.

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November 19th 2019, 9:20 am

Gerry Adams was interned illegally during Troubles, supreme court told

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Wrong minister approved order, court hears during appeal to overturn convictions for escaping Maze prison in 70s

The former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was interned illegally at the height of Northern Ireland’s Troubles because the wrong minister approved his detention order, the supreme court in London has been told.

In an attempt to overturn two criminal convictions for escaping from the Maze prison in 1973 and 1974, lawyers for the 71-year-old are challenging the way he was originally held under emergency legislation.

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November 19th 2019, 9:20 am

Global heating supercharging Indian Ocean climate system

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Indian Ocean dipole events, linked to bushfires and floods, are becoming stronger and more frequent, scientists say

Global heating is “supercharging” an increasingly dangerous climate mechanism in the Indian Ocean that has played a role in disasters this year including bushfires in Australia and floods in Africa.

Scientists and humanitarian officials say this year’s record Indian Ocean dipole, as the phenomenon is known, threatens to reappear more regularly and in a more extreme form as sea surface temperatures rise.

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November 19th 2019, 8:50 am

Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

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Prosecution authority says it will not proceed with investigation into WikiLeaks founder

The alleged rape investigation involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently in prison in Britain, has been discontinued, a Swedish prosecutor has said.

“I want to inform about my decision to discontinue the preliminary investigation,” deputy chief prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told a news conference.

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November 19th 2019, 8:36 am

Olympic committee's deal with Airbnb angers Paris authorities

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Mayor of 2024 host city has promised to rein in website, blamed for pushing up rents

Paris city authorities have reacted angrily to what they call a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term tourist rental company Airbnb.

Officials in the French capital, which will host the 2024 summer Games, blame Airbnb for causing a shortage of long-term rental property in the city, pushing up rents and forcing the middle class out.

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November 19th 2019, 7:20 am

Prince Andrew: Huddersfield to consult students after union votes for duke to quit

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University’s reaction to students’ union vote is latest blow for duke under pressure over Jeffrey Epstein ties

The University of Huddersfield has said it will consult its student body over Prince Andrew’s position as chancellor after a panel voted unanimously to lobby for the duke’s resignation from the post.

On Sunday evening the university had defended the Duke of York, stressed his “long ties” with the institution and praised his “enthusiasm”, which made him “a natural fit with the work of the University”.

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November 19th 2019, 6:46 am

Professor who is expert on corruption charged with laundering money

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Bruce Bagley, from University of Miami, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted

A US professor of international studies who co-wrote a book about organised crime and is an expert on money laundering and corruption in South America has been arrested on charges of laundering corruption proceeds from Venezuela.

Bruce Bagley, 73, of Coral Gables, Florida, was released on bail for $300,000 (£230,000) after appearing at Miami federal court.

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November 19th 2019, 6:34 am

Moscow court rejects appeal of US man held on espionage charges

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Paul Whelan, who has been held for 11 months, has called his case a ‘hostage situation’

A Moscow court has upheld the arrest of Paul Whelan, an American citizen being held in Russia on espionage charges who has called his case a “hostage situation”.

The court rejected Whelan’s appeal to be released from Russia’s notorious Lefortovo prison, where he has been held for more than 11 months, in a hearing closed to the press because his case is classified.

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November 19th 2019, 5:16 am

Taliban say US and Australian hostages freed in prisoner swap

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Timothy Weeks and Kevin King have spent more than three years in captivity

The Taliban say they have released an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day.

Australian Timothy Weeks, 50 and American Kevin King, 63 were released in southern Zabul province, ending their more than three years in captivity.

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November 19th 2019, 5:16 am

Jordan says US settlement decision is 'entrenching occupation'

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US said on Monday Israeli settlements on West Bank were no longer considered illegal

Jordan has accused the US of entrenching the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, after Washington announced it did not consider Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank to necessarily be illegal.

Ayman Safadi, the Jordanian foreign minister, slammed the US decision, saying settlements “kill the two-state solution”, the most widely accepted blueprint for Middle East peace.

“Entrenching the occupation and its injustice, and violating the resolutions of international legitimacy will not achieve peace, and will not guarantee security and stability,” he said, according to state media.

“Nothing changes the illegal reality of settlements that the international community is unanimous in condemning,” he added.

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November 19th 2019, 5:16 am

Bill Gates backs startup using sunlight to create 1,000C-plus heat

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Heliogen uses mirrors to concentrate solar energy that can power heavy industry

Bill Gates is backing a new venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1,000C that could help replace fossil fuels.

The world’s richest man is joining investors behind Heliogen, the first company to concentrate sunlight to reach temperatures that are high enough to power heavy industry without carbon emissions.

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November 19th 2019, 5:04 am

Burglars take £1m of jewellery from London home in 'brazen' heist

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Woman and children were in house when it was ransacked by unknown number of people

Jewellery worth more than £1m has been stolen in a “brazen” heist from a mansion in north London.

An unknown number of suspects broke into the property in Hampstead Lane in Haringey at about 5pm last Thursday , while a woman in her 30s and her children were inside, police said.

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November 19th 2019, 5:04 am

Doctors warn of danger of 'feather duvet lung'

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Medical team say people’s unexplained breathlessness could be down to bedding dust

As winter approaches it might be tempting to curl up under a thick feather duvet, but experts have warned it might lead to more than just warm toes.

Doctors have reported a case of “feather duvet lung” – a lung inflammation caused by breathing in dust from the feathers in bedding – and have called for medical professionals to be on the alert if patients turn up with unexplained breathlessness.

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November 19th 2019, 5:04 am

Suspected middleman in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder arrested

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Maltese government may offer pardon if suspect can reveal mastermind behind killing

A man suspected of being the middleman in the murder of Malta’s most prominent anti-corruption journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, has been arrested, a police source has told Reuters.

The man is believed to have linked the person suspected of commissioning the murder of Caruana Galizia to the men accused of carrying out the killing, as well as those who helped procure the explosive device used in the operation.

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November 19th 2019, 3:47 am

US settlement announcement prompts Israeli calls for takeover

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‘Now is the time to apply our sovereignty to these communities,’ says former Israeli justice minister of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories

Washington’s announcement that it no longer considers Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank illegal has elicited a wave of euphoria from Israeli rightwing figures and indignation from Palestinians.

Senior Israeli officials and settler groups said the shift in US policy meant the time was ripe for Israel to take permanent control of the settlements – a move that is largely seen as an end to Palestinian aspirations of statehood.

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November 19th 2019, 3:02 am

General election 2019: NHS bosses say poor staffing is endangering patients – live news

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Dramatic intervention by senior health service bosses comes ahead of Johnson and Corbyn’s first TV debate

Labour’s focus today will be on skewering Boris Johnson on what it describes as the Tories’ £100bn tax giveaway to billionaires. The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, will tell a campaign event in central London today that Labour intends to “rewrite the rules of our economy”. He outline party analysis that claims to show 48 of the country’s 151 billionaires have donated to the Tories since 2005 while the government is on course to hand out £100bn in tax breaks and other giveaways by 2023/24.

“Someone on the national minimum wage would have to work 69,000 years to get paid £1bn and a newly qualified nurse would have to wait 50,000 years. No one needs or deserves to have that much money, it is obscene,” he will say, telling his audience that Boris Johnson is on the side of “the billionaires, the bankers and big business”.

Let’s take a look at today’s papers, and the Guardian splashes on the NHS staffing crisis.

GUARDIAN: Staffing crisis putting safety of patients at risk warn NHS chiefs #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/wIvVEprJCG

FT: ⁦@BorisJohnson⁩ shelves corporation tax cut #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/MwqYjSdRjx

TELEGRAPH: Businesses and charities abandon ⁦@TheDukeOfYork#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/CzL3w96vZm

I: Election ignites #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/WLoQJzkE60

The UK Sun's headline on 19 November 2019: "Net closes in on Andy" pic.twitter.com/yV0aCZoXZx

MIRROR EXCLUSIVE: ⁦@TheDukeOfYork⁩ ‘s accuser films BBC interview #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/WTvhzPaLl8

EXPRESS: Queen backs ⁦@TheDukeOfYork⁩ despite backlash #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/BeVmz0vHBN

MAIL: ⁦@TheDukeOfYork⁩ out in the cold #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/evJsjTzbGo

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November 19th 2019, 1:31 am

Accused far-right terrorist says how-to massacre document was 'satire'

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Phillip Galea is standing trial for allegedly plotting attacks on anarchist and socialist groups to ‘eliminate the leaders of the left’

A man accused of plotting terror attacks in Melbourne says his how-to document referring to “building destruction” and a “massacre” was intended to be a Monty Python-esque satire.

Phillip Galea has also described himself as a self-taught electrical engineer, but insists he has never used his scientific knowledge to harm anyone.

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November 19th 2019, 1:01 am

Impeachment witness: I've never heard anything like Trump-Sondland Ukraine call

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In newly released transcript, state department official details exchange in which Trump raised Ukraine investigations

David Holmes, a state department official, said he had “never seen anything like” the phone call he overheard between Donald Trump and Gordon Sondland, the EU ambassador, in which Trump personally raised the investigations he had requested from Ukraine.

The call, which Holmes overheard during a lunch with Sondland in Kyiv, was so distinctive that no one needed to refresh his memory, according to testimony released late on Monday in the impeachment inquiry.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Holmes told House investigators, “someone calling the president from a mobile phone at a restaurant, and then having a conversation of this level of candor, colorful language. There’s just so much about the call that was so remarkable that I remember it vividly.”

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November 18th 2019, 11:11 pm

Marie Kondo sparks consternation with online homeware store

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Decluttering guru looks to clean up but says ‘if the bowl you’re using currently sparks joy for you, I don’t encourage replacing it’

The Japanese tidying guru Marie Kondo appears to have adopted a new approach to decluttering: rid your home of things that don’t “spark joy”, then replace them with items from her new online store.

Kondo – who rose to international fame for encouraging people to declutter their homes and minds using the KonMari method – launched the store on her website earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

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November 18th 2019, 10:11 pm

Hong Kong protests: hundreds surrender to police after university standoff

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Carrie Lam says no children have been arrested but they may face further investigation

About 600 protesters who were trapped by police inside a Hong Kong university have surrendered to the authorities chief executive Carrie Lam has said.

Lam said that among those who had given themselves up to police were 200 children.

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November 18th 2019, 10:11 pm

Grace Millane trial: defence witnesses tell jury of UK backpacker's dating past

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Defence lawyers say accused had ‘no motive’ for murder

Defence lawyers for the New Zealand man accused of murdering Grace Millane have put the British backpacker’s sexual history at the centre of their case, bringing forward witnesses who spoke about her dating past.

The jury was told that Millane was a member of a number of BDSM dating websites, and had practised choking in the past.

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November 18th 2019, 9:58 pm

House investigating whether Trump lied to Robert Mueller in written answers

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General counsel has urged judges to order the release of still-secret material redacted from the report

The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal court on Monday that the House is investigating whether Donald Trump lied to the special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s investigation.

The president provided Mueller with written answers to some of the special counsel’s questions but refused to sit for an interview with his team. Mueller also wrote in his final report that he considered some of Trump’s answers to be incomplete or imprecise.

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November 18th 2019, 9:28 pm

New Epstein accuser sues estate and calls on Prince Andrew to share information

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Woman says sex offender committed ‘vicious, prolonged sexual assault’ against her when she was 15

A woman who claims Jeffrey Epstein committed a “vicious, prolonged sexual assault” against her when she was 15 has called on Prince Andrew to come forward with information about the convicted sex offender.

The new accuser, who identifies herself as “Jane Doe 15”, appealed to the Duke of York at a press conference on Monday, where she and the lawyer Gloria Allred announced her lawsuit against Epstein’s estate. She is one of about a dozen women suing the late financier’s estate for alleged sexual abuses.

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November 18th 2019, 9:28 pm

Sydney smoke: city covered in thick haze as more than 50 bushfires burn across NSW

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People with asthma or respiratory illness should stay inside, health authorities warn

Sydney woke up to a thick blanket of smoke over the city on Tuesday as New South Wales headed into the first of two “tough days” this week, with temperatures likely to rise to the 40s and little-to-no rainfall forecast.

Most of the state’s east coast was under severe or very high fire danger ratings, with more than 50 bushfires burning, of which 28 remained uncontained.

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November 18th 2019, 8:58 pm

Kylie Jenner makes $600m from selling majority share in her beauty company

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Coty, which also owns Max Factor and Sally Hansen, has bought a 51% stake in Kylie Cosmetics

Kylie Jenner is selling a stake of her beauty business to the CoverGirl owner Coty, in a deal that values the reality TV star’s company at about $1.2bn.

Coty said on Monday that it would pay $600m for a 51% stake in Kylie Cosmetics.

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November 18th 2019, 7:42 pm

'Meth. We're on it' – South Dakota's new public health ads raise eyebrows

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State launches series of ads to help tackle methamphetamine addiction – but tagline causes amusement on social media

South Dakota’s governor, Kristi Noem, was hoping a new ad campaign would draw attention to methamphetamine addiction in her state. It worked, but perhaps not in the way she intended.

The campaign’s slogan, unveiled this week, bluntly, if not quite clearly, lays out the issue: “Meth. We’re on it.” The words are laid over the outline of the state in one poster, and appear on pictures of people from various walks of life in others.

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November 18th 2019, 6:54 pm

Renewable energy: climate crisis 'may have triggered faster wind speeds'

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Windfarms could be able to generate more energy due to phenomenon, says report

The global climate crisis could lead to more renewable electricity being generated by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according to research.

Scientists have discovered that the world’s shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered a rapid increase in wind speeds over the last 10 years.

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November 18th 2019, 6:24 pm

Taylor Swift cleared to perform old songs at AMAs after label backs down

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Taylor Swift has been cleared to perform Shake It Off and her older hit songs at Sunday’s American Music Awards (AMAs) after her former record label backed away from an increasingly bitter row with the music star.

Related: Taylor Swift's former label denies blocking her from performing

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November 18th 2019, 3:54 pm

US says Israeli settlements no longer considered illegal in dramatic shift

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US declaration marks rejection of 2016 UN resolution that settlements on the West Bank are a ‘flagrant violation’ of international law

The US has declared that Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land are not necessarily illegal, in a dramatic break with decades of international law, US policy and the established position of most US allies.

“Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace,” said Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state. “The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.”

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November 18th 2019, 3:24 pm

Iran begins payments to 60 million as petrol price protests continue

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Government claims it is switching subsidies from petrol consumption to households

Iran’s government has begun rushing out promised direct payments to 60 million Iranians, in a sign that the regime has been spooked by the scale of protests against petrol price rises announced last week.

In some cases petrol prices are being raised by as much as 300%. Unrest continued throughout Iran on Monday and internet access remained blocked for a second day.

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November 18th 2019, 3:07 pm

KPMG ends its backing for Prince Andrew's mentorship scheme

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Accountancy firm not renewing sponsorship, it emerges, after much-criticised TV interview

The accountancy giant KPMG is not renewing its sponsorship of Prince Andrew’s entrepreneurial scheme Pitch@Palace, it has emerged, in the wake of his much-derided interview in which he defended his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York has been heavily criticised as having shown neither contrition nor sympathy for Epstein’s child victims in the BBC Newsnight interview and his suitability as patron to scores of charities and organisations has been called into question as a result.

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November 18th 2019, 3:07 pm

Neo-Nazi terror group threatened ‘to find and harm’ US activist in Germany

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Activist says German police were warned by US authorities of AWD member who went to Germany with possible intention to harm her

An expatriate US activist who was targeted by the neo-Nazi terror group Atomwaffen Division (AWD) has told the Guardian that German police were last year warned by US authorities of “a specific threat to find me and do me harm”.

The activist, who moved to Germany in part because of the threats she was receiving from the far right in the US, was told last November that German Federal Criminal Police had been warned by US federal authorities about an AWD member who had traveled to Germany with the possible intention of harming her.

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November 18th 2019, 2:22 pm

Russia accused of hostage diplomacy over jailed foreigners

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Brother of American detainee says Russia drawing out case ‘to see what they can get’

Relatives of foreign citizens in Russian prisons have accused Moscow of engaging in hostage diplomacy and say they are concerned about their family members being used as bargaining chips to exchange for Russians detained abroad.

The brother of Paul Whelan, an American arrested on spying charges 11 months ago who returns to court on Tuesday, said he believed Russia was drawing out his case to “see what they can get from the United States for him”.

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November 18th 2019, 11:49 am

Amazon deforestation 'at highest level in a decade'

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10,000 sq kms lost in year to August according to new data from Brazilian government

Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has hit the highest annual level in a decade, according to new government data which highlights the impact the president, Jair Bolsonaro, has made on the world’s biggest rainforest.

The new numbers, showing almost 10,000 sq kms were lost in the year to August, were released as emboldened farm owners scuffled with forest defenders in Altamira, the Amazonian city at the heart of the recent devastation.

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November 18th 2019, 11:36 am

Scientists develop slippery toilet coating to stop poo sticking

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Spray-on surface could prevent bacteria building up and reduce household water use

The toilet brush need never leave its holder again. Scientists have created a super-slippery coating that helps usher excrement on its way without leaving traces behind.

The spray-on coating, which is slipperier than Teflon, reduces adhesion of even tenacious faeces by up to 90%, tests suggest, so far less water is needed to flush them away and leave the toilet clean.

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November 18th 2019, 11:36 am

US chemistry professors accused of making meth in university lab

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Two chemistry professors in Arkansas are accused of making methamphetamine in a lab at their school.

According to a statement from Clark County sheriff Jason Watson, Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland, of Henderson State University, were arrested and charged with manufacturing meth and use of drug paraphernalia.

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November 18th 2019, 11:06 am

Impeachment hearings: Trump says he will 'strongly consider' testifying – live

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Meanwhile, on the 2020 campaign trail, it was a very mixed weekend for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

On the plus side, the Indiana mayor surged into first place in a CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers. Buttigieg has hit 25 percent in the first caucus state -- putting him 9 points ahead of Elizabeth Warren and 10 points ahead of Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.

Related: Can Pete Buttigieg's moderate message win over purple Iowa?

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer echoed House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion that Trump come testify in the impeachment inquiry.

Trump should testify in impeachment investigation: Schumer. Follow updates: https://t.co/HNWWM5kfHT pic.twitter.com/ehdyU8ZiF4

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November 18th 2019, 9:48 am

'Call me Robin Hood': mystery patron pays debts of Istanbul's poor

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Benefactor pays bills to ‘earn God’s blessing’ after suicides blamed on rising cost of living

Poor neighbourhoods of Istanbul have been visited by an anonymous benefactor paying off debts at grocery stores and leaving envelopes of cash on doorsteps, at a time when desperation at the spiralling cost of living has been blamed for recent suicides.

Residents of Tuzla, a largely working-class shipbuilding district on the Asian side of the city, were overjoyed last week to find their shopping bills in several grocery stores had been cleared by an unknown male benefactor.

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November 18th 2019, 9:48 am

Italian art police arrest 23 over archeological artefacts trafficking

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Raids in four countries, including the UK, as part of operation to recover relics

Italian art police have searched houses and buildings in four countries, including Britain, and arrested 23 people on charges of trafficking archeological artefacts.

The Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, a branch of the Italian carabinieri responsible for combatting art and antiquities crimes, believe the suspects are members of an criminal gang operating in Calabria that trafficked ancient items, such as antique jars, jewellery and vases from the 4th and 2nd century BC and worth millions of euros.

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November 18th 2019, 9:48 am

French bridge collapse kills 15-year-old girl

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Several feared missing after suspension bridge falls into river near Toulouse

A 15-year-old girl was killed after a suspension bridge over a river in south-west France collapsed, causing a car, a truck and possibly a third vehicle to plunge into the water, local authorities said.

Four people were rescued but several others were feared missing after the collapse of the bridge between Mirepoix-sur-Tarn and Bessières, 18 miles north of Toulouse, said the Haute-Garonne department’s security chief, Étienne Guyot.

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November 18th 2019, 9:48 am

Pernod Ricard staff allege firm's 'drinking culture' made them ill

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French company denies accusations after employees complain about alcohol intake

Staff at the French wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard claim they were under constant pressure to drink at work to the point of damaging their health.

One former salesman told how he felt obliged to knock back up to 12 glasses of the popular aniseed-flavoured eponymous apéritif a day and drove his car while drunk. Another spoke of three-day binges.

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November 18th 2019, 9:04 am

China threatens Sweden after Gui Minhai wins free speech award

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Embassy hits out at judges and warns of ‘consequences’ after the Tucholsky prize goes to jailed Hong Kong publisher

Sweden’s prime minister has rejected threats from China that Sweden will “suffer the consequences” for awarding a freedom of speech prize to the detained Chinese-born Swedish publisher Gui Minhai.

Gui was one of the five Hong Kong-based publishers and booksellers who disappeared in 2015 having printed books critical of the Chinese government. He reappeared in 2016 in custody, saying on Chinese state television that he had surrendered after fleeing a fatal drink-driving incident 11 years before. Released in 2017 but prevented from leaving China, Gui was seized by plainclothes police while travelling to Beijing with two Swedish diplomats in January 2018. Since being filmed making what supporters believe was a confession under duress, he has been imprisoned.

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November 18th 2019, 8:02 am

Saudi Aramco scales back preparations for initial public offering

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Saudi state oil firm scraps plans to market shares to investors outside Middle East

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil corporation has scaled back preparations for its public listing by scrapping plans to market shares in the company to investors outside the Middle East.

Saudi Aramco has reportedly ruled out a formal investor roadshow across Asia, the US and Europe just weeks ahead of a planned initial public offering on Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange.

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November 18th 2019, 8:02 am
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