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Fleabag and Game of Thrones reign at Brit-dominated Emmys

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy was the surprise victor while the final season of HBO’s fantasy drama picked up the most 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-Bridge’s 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 – the most for any single season of television ever – and had already won 10 Creative Arts Emmys last week. Game of Thrones took home the night’s final prize for outstanding drama series and a best supporting actor nod for American star Peter Dinklage – bringing its total to 12 awards and breaking its own 2015 record for the most awards per series – but was otherwise shut out of the telecast.

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September 23rd 2019, 12:32 am

Thomas Cook travel chaos: insolvency leaves 150,000 stranded on holidays – live updates

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A huge repatriation effort has begun after company ceases trading with immediate effect, causing flights to be cancelled

The CAA’s website dedicated to providing information for travellers who are stuck keeps crashing, but the CAA says just to keep refreshing and it should be fixed shortly.

There is also a phone number for people to call.

Thomas Cook Group, including the UK tour operator and airline, has ceased trading with immediate effect.

All #ThomasCook bookings, including flights and holidays, have now been cancelled.

Visit: https://t.co/g4G2b6RlHc pic.twitter.com/BxJMv5Yaw1

I’ve had a few people tweet in with questions (please get in touch if you’re affected, share your story, pics of your situation, questions etc - kate.lyons@theguardian.com or on Twitter).

We have put together an article addressing some of these questions. There is more information in the full article, but here are some answers to the most common questions I’ve received – about how to get home and what happens to already-booked holidays.

Related: Thomas Cook collapse: your questions answered

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September 22nd 2019, 9:45 pm

Countries must triple climate emissions targets to limit global heating to 2C

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United in Science report ahead of UN summit says climate is changing faster than forecast, and current plans would lead to ‘catastrophic’ global temperature rise

An assessment backed by the world’s major climate science bodies has found commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions must be at least tripled and increased by up to fivefold if the world is to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The report, launched as leaders gather at a UN climate action summit in New York on Monday, says current plans would lead to a rise in average global temperatures of between 2.9C and 3.4C by 2100, a shift likely to bring catastrophic change across the globe.

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September 22nd 2019, 8:28 pm

No-deal Brexit will have 'seismic' impact, says European car industry

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Carmakers fear disorderly exit would cripple the just-in-time supply chain, investment and lead to tariff barriers

The European car industry has warned of catastrophic effects of a no-deal Brexit, saying it would have a “seismic” impact on making cars in Europe.

In a rare joint statement, chiefs from 23 automotive business associations across Europe joined forces to caution against a brutal exit from the bloc by Britain, where auto giants BMW, Peugeot PSA and Japan’s Nissan have factories.

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September 22nd 2019, 8:28 pm

Emmys 2019: the winners, the speeches, the surprises – live!

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The biggest night in TV sees Game of Thrones aiming for victory with a record 32 nominations but can a divisive final season dominate the night?

Who wore it better?

Same Energy #Emmys pic.twitter.com/vqMUZ9hYzQ

Ava DuVernay is here with the Central Park Five and her Netflix drama, When They See Us, about the injustices they faced is set to be one of the night’s big winners:

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September 22nd 2019, 7:58 pm

Corbyn on collision course with Labour members over Brexit

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Leader in conference bid to stop party campaigning for remain at general election

Jeremy Corbyn has risked the wrath of Labour’s membership after he moved to stop the party campaigning to remain in the EU at a general election.

Before a crucial vote on Monday on whether it should explicitly back remain in any election, Labour’s autumn conference descended into factional rows with rebellious MPs privately threatening another leadership challenge.

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September 22nd 2019, 7:28 pm

Israeli Arab parties back Gantz for PM in bid to oust Netanyahu

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Joint List alliance endorse ex-military chief although say they don’t support his policies

Israeli Arab political parties have broken with longstanding precedent and endorsed the ex-military chief Benny Gantz for prime minister, in a bid to prevent the incumbent, Benjamin Netanyahu, from forming the next government.

The dramatic move came after the mainly Arab Joint List alliance won 13 seats in Tuesday’s polls, making the bloc the third-largest force in the 120-seat parliament.

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September 22nd 2019, 3:24 pm

Brazilians blame Rio governor's shoot-to-kill policy for death of girl

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Hundreds protest over killing of Ágatha Félix, 8, shot in back by police bullet in favela

The photo shows a smiling eight-year-old girl dressed as Wonder Woman, beaming through gap teeth and crossing her small clenched fists into an X. Shocked Brazilians shared the image of Ágatha Félix online after she was shot in the back in a Rio de Janeiro favela on Friday night by what residents said was a bullet from a police officer’s rifle. She later died in hospital.

She was the fifth young child to be killed in Rio favelas this year. Favela activists, politicians, the public defenders’ office and the president of Rio’s bar association blamed the shoot-to-kill policy of the Rio governor, Wilson Witzel. “He is responsible for the murder,” tweeted Guilherme Boulos, a leftist politician.

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September 22nd 2019, 3:09 pm

Thomas Cook travellers still boarding as clock ticks down on talks

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UK check-in desks operating normally despite anxiety over risk of cancelled return flights

Thomas Cook customers at Gatwick and Manchester airports rushed to board their flights on Sunday amid growing anxiety ahead of crunch talks between the embattled tour operator and its creditors which could lead to bankruptcy.

On Saturday night, the travel firm had reassured customers that flights would continue to operate as normal and although people steadily checked in their bags at Thomas Cook desks, some uncertain holidaymakers said they had brought extra return flights home with another airline in case Thomas Cook went bust.

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September 22nd 2019, 12:04 pm

Hundreds of Egyptians arrested in latest wave of protests against Sisi

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Younger generation takes to the streets in defiance of six-year ban on demonstrations

Hundreds of Egyptians have been swept up in a campaign of arrests targeting protesters, as demonstrations against president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi’s rule continued.

The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), a Cairo-based NGO, reported on Sunday that at least 220 people had been arrested since protests began on Friday night. The organisation said it had set up “an emergency room,” to deal with the arrest spike, anticipating that at least 100 more people would be detained at protests in Suez, Alexandria and Giza on Saturday night. On Sunday another NGO, the Egyptian Centre for Economic & Social Rights stated it had also recorded at least 274 arrests since demonstrations began.

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September 22nd 2019, 11:52 am

English people living in Wales tilted it towards Brexit, research finds

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Areas of Wales with big English communities saw larger leave vote in 2016, according to study

The question of why Wales voted to leave the European Union can in large part be answered by the number of English retired people who have moved across the border, new research has found.

Despite being one of the biggest beneficiaries of EU funding, Wales voted leave by a majority of 52% to 48% in the 2016 referendum – a result that took some analysts by surprise.

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September 22nd 2019, 11:21 am

Spain's supreme court ruling on Franco exhumation expected to cause upset

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Fascist dictator’s remains likely to be removed from Valley of the Fallen, but next destination can prove controversial

Spain’s supreme court is expected to announce on Tuesday whether General Franco’s remains can be exhumed from the vast mausoleum outside Madrid where they have lain since the dictator’s death in 1975.

Removing Franco’s body from its tomb in the Valley of the Fallen has been one of the key priorities of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE) since it came to power in June last year.

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September 22nd 2019, 11:04 am

Iran warns presence of foreign powers in Gulf raises 'insecurity'

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President Hassan Rouhani says international forces should ‘stay away’ to de-escalate regional crisis

Iran has accused foreign powers of raising Gulf’s “insecurity”.

President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of international powers in the Gulf, adding that Iran would propose a peace plan, after the US ordered reinforcements to the region.

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September 22nd 2019, 10:52 am

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani will 'lay out evidence' on Biden and Ukraine

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Rudy Giuliani went on the offensive on Sunday, over what he and Donald Trump claim is corruption involving Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine.

Related: Ukraine furore confirms Giuliani as Trump's most off-kilter advocate

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September 22nd 2019, 9:34 am

Elizabeth Warren overtakes Joe Biden in new Iowa poll

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Elizabeth Warren leads Joe Biden in Iowa for the first time, according to a new poll in the early voting state.

Related: How Trump could lose the popular vote again – and hold the White House

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September 22nd 2019, 8:51 am

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests turn violent again

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Police fire teargas at protesters after they deface a Chinese flag, set fires and vandalise a station

Protesters in Hong Kong trampled a Chinese flag, vandalised a subway station and set a fire across a wide street on Sunday as pro-democracy demonstrations took a violent turn once again.

The day’s action began peacefully as protesters filled a shopping mall in the Sha Tin district and made a large display of folded paper origami cranes.

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September 22nd 2019, 8:51 am

Corbyn suggests UK could be better off after Brexit if deal is right

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Labour leader risks infuriating activists and MPs as he plays down splits at party conference

Jeremy Corbyn has suggested a Labour Brexit deal could be preferable to remaining in the EU, putting himself on a collision course with activists and MPs pushing for the party to campaign for remain.

In an appearance on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show before a contentious debate on Brexit at the party’s conference in Brighton, Corbyn sought to play down Labour divisions after an aborted attempt to ditch Tom Watson’s job and the resignation of a key policy aide, Andrew Fisher.

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September 22nd 2019, 8:01 am

Boris Johnson urged to justify 'awarding public funds to close friend'

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PM allegedly gave money and access to trade missions to US entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri while mayor

Boris Johnson is under pressure to explain why he allegedly failed to declare an interest in the allocation of public money to a close friend while he was mayor of London.

The Sunday Times reported that a company run by Jennifer Arcuri, an American technology entrepreneur and friend of Johnson, was given tens of thousands of pounds in public funds and access to overseas trade missions led by Johnson during the prime minister’s time as mayor.

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September 22nd 2019, 7:48 am

England v Tonga: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

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Takalua puts the resulting penalty through the middle of the posts. Tongan tails could be up here.

11 mins. A lot of textbook stuff from both teams in terms of kicking and recycling. They trade possession a couple of times before Zane Kapeli absolutely clatters Vunipola in midfield and then latches on to get the penalty.

That was an astonishing hit that rocked Vunipola back onto his posterior. It was also very much on the borderline of being illegal as he led with the shoulder a bit.

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September 22nd 2019, 6:48 am

Thomas Cook in last-ditch talks to avoid collapse

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Up to 150,000 UK holidaymakers affected with 9,000 British jobs at risk as firm looks for £200m in funds

Thomas Cook is holding last-ditch talks with key players on Sunday morning in a bid to avert a collapse that will affect 150,000 UK holidaymakers abroad and put 9,000 British jobs at risk.

The travel company is at risk of falling into administration imminently unless it finds £200m in extra funds. The government and the UK aviation watchdog are preparing to launch a rescue plan codenamed Operation Matterhorn.

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September 22nd 2019, 6:17 am

Labour conference: Corbyn says he will serve full term as key aide quits - live news

World news | The Guardian

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including events from the Labour conference in Brighton

Q: If the conference votes for Labour to be unequivocally a remain party, will you accept it?

Corbyn says he will accept what the party decides.

Q: Are you ignoring the views of those who want a “clean-break Brexit”?

Corbyn says the views of these people do matter to him.

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September 22nd 2019, 4:47 am

UN Yemen envoy welcomes Houthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

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Proposal by Iran-backed rebels ‘could send message of the will to end the war,’ says Martin Griffiths

The United Nations envoy for Yemen has welcomed an offer from the country’s Houthi rebels to halt all attacks on Saudi Arabia, saying it could bring an end to years of bloody conflict.

Implementation of the initiative by the Houthis “in good faith could send a powerful message of the will to end the war,” special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said.

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September 22nd 2019, 3:47 am

‘Voting means you’re crazy’: fear of Taliban haunts Afghanistan’s ballot

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There have been attacks on a campaign rally and a candidate: voters say they are afraid for their lives

Afghanistan must choose a new president this week, but every election over the last decade has been riddled with fraud and marred by violence, and fears are growing that the poll on may be the worst yet.

It comes as the war is raging with unprecedented intensity. Last week alone, dozens were killed when the Taliban flattened a hospital in an attack in the south, and a US drone strike hit a group harvesting pine nuts in the east. And looming over the poll is the future of controversial US efforts to negotiate a troop withdrawal with the Taliban, suspended after a tweet by President Donald Trump but not entirely dead.

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September 22nd 2019, 3:47 am

Dallas: murder trial to begin of ex-officer who shot black man dead in his home

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Amber Guyger, 26, claims she entered Botham Jean’s apartment by mistake and acted in self-defense, in case that has inflamed racial tensions

Testimony is to begin on Monday in the trial of a former Dallas police officer who claims she killed an unarmed black man after entering his apartment by mistake.

Related: Video shows Dallas police mocking man killed as they pinned him down

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September 22nd 2019, 3:00 am

How Trump could lose the popular vote again – and hold the White House

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Hillary Clinton won a majority but lost the presidency in the electoral college. A close election could bring a repeat

Some defeats never lose their sting. In Washington this week, Hillary Clinton summed up her bid for the White House in 2016.

“You can run the best campaign. You can have the best plans. You can get the nomination. You can win the popular vote. And you can lose the electoral college and therefore the election.”

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September 22nd 2019, 2:00 am

Supreme court poised to rule against Boris Johnson, say legal experts

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Framing of verdict on prorogation of parliament may set off ‘constitutional eruption of volcanic proportions’

Boris Johnson would have no option but to recall MPs to Westminster if the supreme court rules he misled the Queen, senior legal sources told the Observer yesterday.

There is a growing belief in the legal community that the court will find against the government when it hands down its momentous verdict on Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament.

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September 22nd 2019, 2:00 am

US man drowns while proposing marriage to his girlfriend in Tanzania

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Underwater proposal gone tragically wrong was recorded and posted to Facebook

A woman has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her boyfriend, who drowned while proposing marriage to her in Tanzania.

Kenesha Antoine posted a video on Facebook of her boyfriend, Steven Weber, swimming up to the window of their underwater room at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, off Tanzania.

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September 22nd 2019, 2:00 am

Protesters and police clash in Egypt for second day running

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Teargas and live rounds fired at demonstrators in Suez after crowds call for the removal of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egyptian security forces have clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez in a second day of demonstrations against the Sisi regime, firing tear gas and live rounds.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday, the epicentre of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities on Friday called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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September 21st 2019, 10:42 pm

‘Gossip’: Morrison sidesteps claim Hillsong pastor snubbed by White House

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Prime minister dismisses reports he lobbied unsuccessfully to have Brian Houston attend state dinner

Scott Morrison has sidestepped questions about whether he wanted the Hillsong Church pastor Brian Houston to be a guest at Friday night’s glittering black-tie state dinner hosted by Donald Trump, characterising the reports as “gossip”.

Asked whether it was true that he had lobbied to have Houston attend the dinner and been knocked back by the White House, the Australian prime minister told travelling reporters: “I don’t comment on gossip. It’s all gossip.”

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September 21st 2019, 10:42 pm

Iran says it will destroy any aggressor as tensions build in Gulf

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Iran’s foreign minister not confident war can be avoided, but promises any conflict will not be ‘limited’

Iran has threatened to pursue and destroy any aggressor, and says war may be unavoidable in the wake of drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oilfields and a US troop build-up in the Gulf.

A day after the head of Iran’s elite Republican Guards said on state TV that “limited aggression will not remain limited,” the Iranian foreign minister told American network CBS that he was not confident that war could be avoided, while again denying Iranian involvement in the attacks on Saudi Arabia.

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September 21st 2019, 9:58 pm

Scott Morrison to unveil $150m support for Trump's mission to Mars

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PM says five-year commitment designed to make Australia ‘partner of choice’ to support expeditions to moon and Mars

Scott Morrison has used a visit to Nasa on Saturday local time to unveil a $150m investment in Australian businesses and new technology to support the American space agency launch expeditions to the moon and to Mars.

The Australian prime minister on his second day in the American capital visited Nasa, and also laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. Morrison visited the graves of Australian military personnel and visit the tomb of The Unknown Soldier.

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September 21st 2019, 8:56 pm

Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia fetches more than $180,000 at auction

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A watch and a shotgun were among the items connected to outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker

Several personal items related to 1930s Texas outlaw Clyde Barrow have sold at a Boston auction for nearly $186,000.

RR Auction officials say the Bulova watch that Barrow wore when he and Bonnie Parker were killed in 1934 sold on Saturday for $112,500. Parker and Barrow, who were immortalised in a 1967 film starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, were fatally shot by officers in Louisiana.

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September 21st 2019, 8:12 pm

Brexit divisions threaten to plunge Labour party conference into chaos

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Senior shadow ministers publicly defy Jeremy Corbyn with calls for Labour to back remain

Jeremy Corbyn was struggling to contain an open revolt by some of his most senior shadow ministers, MPs and party activists on Saturday night as anger over his refusal to back a policy of remaining in the EU threatened to wreck the Labour conference.

Related: What should Labour do about Brexit? Five key party voices

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September 21st 2019, 3:40 pm

Israel: Wounded Netanyahu in desperate battle for political survival after poll shock

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Israel’s president to meet PM and opposition leader Benny Gantz in bid to resolve election stalemate

Israel’s president is set to begin two days of consultations with political parties after a deadlocked election last week plunged the country into uncertainty over who will lead the next government.

Near-final results from Tuesday’s poll showed the opposition chief, Benny Gantz, marginally ahead of the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with his Blue and White party taking 33 seats out of parliament’s 120. The ruling Likud party has 31.

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September 21st 2019, 12:08 pm

Taylor Swift cancels Melbourne Cup performance after criticism from animal rights groups

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Racing organisers have blamed ‘changes to her Asian promo schedule’ for singer’s withdrawal

Taylor Swift has cancelled her scheduled performance at this year’s Melbourne Cup, with racing organisers blaming a scheduling issue.

On Saturday, the chief executive of the Victoria Racing Club, Neil Wilson, released a statement that Swift was “now unable to make the trip to Australia”.

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September 21st 2019, 11:08 am

'It's nothing' says Trump but pressure mounts over call with Ukraine president

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Trump reportedly urged Volodymyr Zelenskiy ‘eight times’ to investigate Joe Biden’s son as Biden pushes for transcript release

Donald Trump dined with the Australian prime minister on Friday. Away from the pomp and ceremony, questions swirled about the latest scandal to hit an extraordinarily embattled White House.

Related: Ukraine imbroglio confirms Giuliani's as Trump's most off-kilter advocate

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September 21st 2019, 9:20 am

Family of murdered Maltese journalist raise concerns over public inquiry

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Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family request meeting with Maltese PM over concerns about impartiality of panel

The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the anti-corruption journalist killed by a car bomb in Malta in October 2017, have raised concerns about the impartiality of individuals appointed to lead a public inquiry into her death.

The Maltese government announced a wide-ranging inquiry late on Friday, six days before the expiry of a three-month deadline set by the Council of Europe.

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September 21st 2019, 8:04 am

Paris on high alert as protesters try to revive gilets jaunes movement

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Gendarmerie deployed to contain anti-government protests on annual heritage weekend

Paris is under high security this weekend as anti-government protesters try to revive the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement against perceived economic injustice and the French president Emmanuel Macron’s government.

A few hundred anti-government protesters started marching through the Paris streets on Saturday morning.

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September 21st 2019, 6:50 am

Ukraine imbroglio confirms Giuliani's as Trump's most off-kilter advocate

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The man once called America’s Mayor has become the loosest of cannons, embroiling his boss in an election-meddling furore

On Thursday night Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and troubleshooter-in-chief, went on CNN to defend his boss against the latest scandal swirling round him.

Related: Rudy Giuliani's quest for dirt on Biden via Ukraine – a timeline

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September 21st 2019, 2:00 am

Egyptians shout 'Leave Sisi' in rare protests against president

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Security forces fire tear gas on protesters in Cairo but many stayed on the streets

Hundreds of Egyptians have protested in central Cairo and several other cities against president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, responding to an online call for a demonstration against government corruption, witnesses said.

Protests have become very rare in Egypt following a broad crackdown on dissent under Sisi, who took power after the overthrow of the former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

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September 21st 2019, 12:12 am

Pro-China supporters tear down Hong Kong's 'Lennon Walls'

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Action against symbol of democracy protests could lead to renewed trouble on city’s streets

Groups of pro-China supporters have pulled down “Lennon Walls” of anti-government protest messages in Hong Kong, raising the possibility of clashes with democracy supporters and another weekend of trouble.

By mid-morning on Saturday, dozens of demonstrators vowing support for Beijing had started to tear down the large mosaics of colourful posted notes calling for democracy and denouncing perceived Chinese meddling in the former British colony.

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September 21st 2019, 12:12 am

Climate strikes: hoax photo accusing Australian protesters of leaving rubbish behind goes viral

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The image was not taken after a climate strike and was not even taken in Australia

A hoax photo that claims to show rubbish left behind by Australian climate strike protesters is circulating on Facebook, despite being revealed as fake months ago.

Though it lacks any verification, and was debunked in April, the image and false caption have been shared 19,000 times in 12 hours, and thousands of times from copycats.

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September 20th 2019, 11:28 pm

At least four Chinese-speaking tourists killed in Utah bus crash

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A bus carrying 30 tourists lost control about seven miles from Bryce Canyon National Park

At least four people have been killed and up to 15 others critically injured when a bus transporting Chinese-speaking tourists crashed near Bryce Canyon national park in the western US state of Utah, local authorities said.

The Utah highway patrol said the crash took place Friday morning about seven miles from the park entrance, forcing the road to be shut as ambulances and rescue vehicles rushed to the site.

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September 20th 2019, 11:28 pm

'The men who plundered Europe': bankers on trial for siphoning €60bn

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Martin Shields and Nick Diable are accused of tax fraud in ‘cum-ex’ scandal that exposes City’s pursuit of profit

They have been called “the men who plundered Europe”: a group of cowboy traders, seasoned tax lawyers and mathematical whizz kids who are alleged to have conspired in the heart of the City of London to siphon at least €60bn in taxpayers’ money from the state coffers of several EU countries.

In Britain, the so-called “cum-ex” scandal, named after the complex derivatives juggling act employed, gained little attention amid the frenzied debate around the UK’s departure from the European Union when the fraud scheme was discovered in 2017.

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September 20th 2019, 9:28 pm

US to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia after attack on oil industry

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Trump has for now decided not to authorize an immediate military strike on Iran in response to attack

The Pentagon says the US will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as Donald Trump has at least for now decided against any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.

Related: Iran threatens 'all-out war' if action taken over Saudi oil strike

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September 20th 2019, 9:12 pm

Across the globe, millions join biggest climate protest ever

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Young and old alike took to the streets in an estimated 185 countries to demand action

Millions of people demonstrated across the world yesterday demanding urgent action to tackle global heating, as they united across timezones and cultures to take part in the biggest climate protest in history.

In an explosion of the youth movement started by the Swedish school striker Greta Thunberg just over 12 months ago, people protested from the Pacific islands, through Australia, across-south east Asia and Africa into Europe and onwards to the Americas.

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September 20th 2019, 8:41 pm

Facebook suspends thousands of apps over privacy issues

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Removals are part of inquiry into how developers use data, which the company started after the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps from the platform for privacy reasons, it announced in a blogpost on Friday.

The removals come as part of an ongoing investigation into how developers use data, which the company started after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March 2018. The news also reveals that the platform is home to more problematic apps than previously thought.

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September 20th 2019, 4:38 pm

Trump denies Hillary Clinton claim he sought foreign help for 2020 election

World news | The Guardian

Donald Trump on Friday denied an accusation from his political rival Hillary Clinton that he sought help from a foreign government to help his bid for re-election – a potential replay of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The White House was rocked this week by a whistleblower’s complaint that included a private conversation between the US president and a foreign leader. Some of the allegations appear to centre on Ukraine, according to reports in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Related: Pelosi: whistleblower complaint raises 'urgent concerns for national security' – live

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September 20th 2019, 3:09 pm

Prince Andrew was an abuser, Epstein accuser says in TV interview

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Virginia Giuffre claims prince was participant in disgraced financier’s exploitation of her

An accuser of Jeffrey Epstein has alleged Prince Andrew was “an abuser, a participant” in the disgraced US financier’s exploitation of her as a teenager, in her first television interview.

Virginia Giuffre, formerly Roberts, who was pictured with Prince Andrew in a now notorious photograph, spoke to the US network TV station NBC News about her involvement with Epstein, a convicted sex offender who killed himself in a New York jail in August while facing fresh child sex trafficking charges.

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September 20th 2019, 1:53 pm

Trudeau tries to shift focus from brownface images to gun control

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Canadian PM unveils pledge to restrict handguns on reelection campaign trail in Toronto

Justin Trudeau has tried to focus attention back on his reelection after a dramatic week in Canadian politics, in which the prime minister admitted to multiple images of him in brownface and not recalling how many times he had worn it.

The embattled Trudeau spent Friday walking the streets of east Toronto, posing for photos with residents and unveiling his party’s newest campaign pledge: a move to restrict handguns, ban assault-style rifles and begin buying back military-grade weapons that were legally purchased. He made the announcement near to the site of a gun rampage last year, when Faisal Hussain shot 15 people, killing two.

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September 20th 2019, 1:07 pm

Trump to attend religious freedom meeting at UN during climate summit

World news | The Guardian

Exclusive: Senior UN official confirms White House booked a room so Trump can attend a gathering in same building as the summit

Donald Trump is set to attend the United Nations headquarters during Monday’s key summit on the climate crisis – but will be there to take part in a meeting on religious freedom instead.

A senior UN official confirmed to the Guardian that the White House has booked one of the large conference rooms in the New York headquarters on Monday so that the president can address a gathering on religious freedom.

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September 20th 2019, 1:07 pm

Russian court frees actor Pavel Ustinov after public backlash

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Ustinov is accused of injuring a police officer when he was arrested at a protest

A Russian court has released an actor from jail after a public backlash led by Moscow’s theatre community turned his case into a cause celebre.

Pavel Ustinov, who was detained at last month’s anti-government protests, still faces three and a half years in prison for allegedly injuring a police officer during his arrest, but analysts expect a judge will suspend the sentence, effectively granting Ustinov parole.

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September 20th 2019, 10:34 am

Thomas Cook: plans made for biggest UK peacetime repatriation

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Travel firm holding last-ditch talks to avert bankruptcy that could happen this weekend

The government and the aviation watchdog are drawing up plans for the biggest UK peacetime repatriation if Thomas Cook collapses, with 150,000 British customers currently on holidays overseas with the travel company.

Thomas Cook is holding last-minute talks to stave off a bankruptcy that could happen as soon as this weekend unless it secures £200m in extra funding.

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September 20th 2019, 10:05 am

'Out of control police department': Vallejo faces new claims of racial profiling and brutality

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Behind the killing of Willie McCoy lies a pattern of discrimination and brutality exhibited by police, allege residents suing the city

The Vallejo police department has been under intensifying scrutiny since the fatal shooting of Willie McCoy, the 20-year-old who had been sleeping in his car when police unleashed a barrage of 55 shots.

But behind the 6 March killing lies a pattern of racial discrimination and brutality routinely exhibited by police, allege a group of Vallejo residents who are suing the city. These incidents don’t make international headlines, but they amount to constitutional violations by the California city’s police force, say civil rights attorneys.

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September 20th 2019, 10:05 am

Group of US women sue 'amateur' porn producer over 'coercion and lies'

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San Diego court hears GirlsDoPorn released ‘amateur-style’ films of the women online, despite allegedly promising they would only be seen on specialist DVDs

US porn makers are being sued for $22m (£17.5m) over allegations that they lied and coerced a group of young women into making “amateur-style” pornographic films.

In court this week, a woman known as Jane Doe 1 described how the humiliation led to her abandoning her career in law and drove her to two suicide attempts.

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September 20th 2019, 9:04 am

Chinese journalists to be tested on loyalty to Xi Jinping

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On-site, closed-book exam will test journalists on president’s thoughts on socialism

Chinese journalists will soon be required to pass a test grading their understanding of Xi Jinping Thought, the socialist teachings espoused by the country’s leader.

A notice from China’s media regulator has been sent to more than a dozen state-owned news organisations in Beijing over the last month. It instructs employees to prepare to take an exam on the “study Xi” propaganda app, launched earlier this year, in order to have their press credential renewed.

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September 20th 2019, 8:18 am

Child deaths double inside six months at Syria's al-Hawl camp

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Aid agency calls for urgent upscaling of inadequate healthcare at refuge housing women and children displaced by fall of Isis

The number of children under five dying in the al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria has more than doubled since March, according to data from the International Rescue Committee.

Figures show that child mortality at the camp, which houses women and children displaced following the fall of Islamic State, rose from 142 deaths as of mid-March to 313 by the start of September.

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September 20th 2019, 7:04 am

'Pepsi vs Coke': Gaza finds little difference between Israel's deadlocked parties

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Palestinian PM says neither candidate has any agenda to end occupation

An inconclusive election in Israel, in which many feel the soul of the nation is at stake, has mesmerised the country with its almost-hourly twists and turns as politicians desperately jockey for power. Binge-watching the newsis no longer the preserve of obsessives.

But for Palestinians, the deadlocked vote and its seemingly-dramatic aftermath, where no party won a majority or has an obvious path to form governing coalition, is the equivalent of a bad show on television where you already know the ending.

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September 20th 2019, 6:48 am

Pakistani women's rights activist flees to US

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Gulalai Ismail escapes after months in hiding and seeks political asylum

A prominent Pakistani activist, whose campaigns to empower girls have won her international awards and recognition, has defied a travel ban and fled to the US.

Gulalai Ismail said she feared for her life after speaking out against sexual violence and disappearances allegedly carried out by the army in north-western Pakistan.

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September 20th 2019, 6:48 am

Fresh Brexit talks row as UK asks EU to keep its proposals secret

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Downing Street tells Brussels negotiators documents must not be shared with 27 states

Downing Street’s secrecy over its “underwhelming” Brexit proposals has caused a fresh rupture in the negotiations in Brussels.

The row centres on a demand that the EU’s negotiating team treat a long-awaited cache of documents outlining the UK’s latest ideas as “Her Majesty’s government property”.

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September 20th 2019, 6:34 am

Mass protests in Spain after 19 women are murdered by partners

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‘Feminist emergency’ demonstrations follow series of high-profile rape cases

Protesters will take to the streets of more than 250 towns and cities across Spain on Friday to declare a “feminist emergency” after a series of high-profile rape cases and a summer in which 19 women were murdered by current or former partners.

Organisers are aiming to “turn the night purple” – the colour of the feminist movement – to raise the alarm and protest against apathy, indifference and a lack of attention from politicians and the media.

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September 20th 2019, 6:04 am

Climate scientists prepare for largest ever Arctic expedition

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Hundreds of researchers will spend year on ship improving understanding of sea ice

Researchers from more than a dozen nations are preparing to launch the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic – a year-long journey through the ice they hope will improve the scientific models that underpin our understanding of climate change.

The €140m (£123m) Mosaic expedition will see 600 scientists from 19 countries including Germany, the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China work together in one of the most inhospitable regions of the planet.

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September 20th 2019, 4:44 am

US and Canada have lost three billion birds since 1970

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More than one in four birds have been lost across diverse groups and habitats, in what researchers describe as a ‘wake-up call’

The US and Canada have lost more than one in four birds – a total of three billion – since 1970, culminating in what scientists who published a new study are calling a “widespread ecological crisis”.

Researchers observed a 29% decline in bird populations across diverse groups and habitats – from songbirds such as meadowlarks to long-distance migratory birds such as swallows and backyard birds like sparrows.

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September 20th 2019, 4:32 am

Zimbabwe union leader found alive after reported abduction

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Peter Magombeyi, who was overseeing a doctors’ strike, turns up confused and in pain

A doctor and labour activist in Zimbabwe whose reported abduction led to widespread protests by medical staff has been found, disorientated and in pain but alive.

Peter Magombeyi, the acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), disappeared at about 10pm (2100 BST) local time on Saturday. The union leader sent a short message to colleagues saying he believed he was being kidnapped before all communications ceased.

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September 20th 2019, 4:14 am

Taiwan loses second ally in a week as Kiribati switches to China

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Pacific nation changes allegiance to Beijing just days after Solomon Islands also cut ties with Taipei

Taiwan has lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a week after the Pacific nation of Kiribati moved to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish foreign relations with China.

The decision comes after the Solomon Islands announced it was breaking away from Taiwan on Monday, and means that in just a week the number of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies has dropped from 17 to 15.

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September 20th 2019, 3:02 am

Hong Kong protests: tech war opens up with doxxing of protesters and police

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Campaigns to expose personal details of those on both sides of protests skyrocket, with nearly 1,000 cases being investigated

Hong Kong has seen an unprecedented wave of doxxing – the malicious spread of private information online – since anti-government protests began in early June.

Social media forums such as LIHKG, a Reddit-like website, and encrypted apps such as Telegram have played a critical role in organising the leaderless protest movement but are now being used to share names, photos, phone numbers, ages and the occupation of individuals on both sides of the protest line.

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September 20th 2019, 3:02 am

Indonesia: hundreds of thousands protest at plan to outlaw extramarital sex

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Petition gathers more than 300,000 signatures in 24 hours after details of draft criminal code emerge

A proposed new criminal code that could see state critics and people who have extramarital sex imprisoned is causing uproar in Indonesia, with hundreds of thousands of people urging the president to intervene.

In the past 24 hours more than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the president, Joko Widodo, to step in and stop the draft penal code from being passed.

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September 20th 2019, 2:32 am

Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school students lead climate crisis protest – live updates

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Millions of people from Sydney to Manila, Delhi to London and New York will march for urgent action on climate breakdown

This from the headmaster of Sydney's Newington College, on why he allowed his students to attend #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/R2JiXuTvsr

We have 3 demands:
1. No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine.
2. 100% renewable energy generation, and exports by 2030
3. Fund a just transition and job creation for all fossil-fuel workers and communities#ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/4DUCqbjudt

They’ve finally started marching in Melbourne. And here’s our video wrap of the hundreds and thousands on the streets today.

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September 20th 2019, 2:32 am

Australia may ban Boeing 737 Max even if US gives it all-clear

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Civil Aviation Safety Authority says it will make its own call on the 737 Max, which was grounded after two crashes left 346 dead

Australia’s air safety regulator may refuse permission for Boeing 737 Max planes to fly even if its US counterpart revokes an order grounding the aircraft, which has crashed twice, leaving 346 people dead.

A Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman said that the decision of the US Federal Aviation Administration would be an important factor in deciding whether to allow the Max to fly, but Casa would also take into account other information before making its decision.

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September 20th 2019, 12:10 am

New Zealand insect named after hobbit Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings

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The newly classified species Psylla Frodobaggins is found on the South Island, where the Tolkein movies were filmed

New Zealand researchers have named an insect after JRR Tolkein’s famous hobbit character Frodo Baggins. Like the famous literary character, the insect is smaller than its relations and is found in New Zealand’s South Island, the location where the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed.

The Psylla frodobagginsi was identified by Francesco Martoni and Karen Armstrong, who examined the psyllid insects during research for Martoni’s PhD, with the New Zealand’s Bio-Protection Research Centre.

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September 19th 2019, 10:10 pm

South Korea serial killer suspect found after 30 years, but won't face prosecution

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DNA technology links man to Hwaseong murders that inspired a film, but the statute of limitations has expired

South Korean police have identified a suspect more than 30 years after one of the country’s most notorious serial murder cases, but are unable to launch proceedings because it’s too long ago.

Between 1986 and 1991 a record number of police officers were mobilised to try to find the person who raped and murdered women in rural parts of Hwaseong, south of the capital, Seoul.

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September 19th 2019, 9:38 pm

Mosquito fumigation may have caused mystery 'Havana syndrome', study says

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Trump administration had charged that cognitive ailments of Canadian and US diplomats were caused by use of a secret weapon

Fumigation against mosquitoes and not “sonic attacks” may have caused the mysterious illness which afflicted some 40 US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba, according to a new study commissioned by the Canadian government.

The incidents took place from late 2016 into 2018, causing the administration of Donald Trump to charge that diplomats had been attacked by some sort of secret weapon. Canada has refrained from such charges.

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September 19th 2019, 4:36 pm

US dials back Iran rhetoric and seeks 'peaceful resolution' over Saudi attack

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Mike Pompeo says goal is to ‘get back on the diplomatic path’ following Trump’s remarks that the US was ‘locked and loaded’

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has said Washington and its allies were seeking a “peaceful resolution” with Iran in the wake of the attack on Saudi oil facilities, making clear that Washington would limit its initial response to further sanctions.

Pompeo’s remarks, made on his return trip to Washington after visits to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, mark a significant cooling of rhetoric after Donald Trump had warned the US was “locked and loaded” and Pompeo had said the attack, which he blamed on Iran, was “an act of war”.

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September 19th 2019, 2:36 pm

Judges urged to back MPs' recall if they rule against prorogation

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Final arguments of supreme court hearing raise questions as to who has power to summon parliament back

Parliament should be allowed to reassemble next week, the supreme court has been urged, as the legal battle over Boris Johnson’s five week suspension threatened to escalate into a constitutional crisis over who has authority to recall MPs and peers.

At the end of the third and final day of an emergency hearing over the lawfulness of the prime minister’s advice to the Queen to suspend debates, the 11 justices were asked to encourage the speakers of the Commons and Lords to reconvene the parliamentary session.

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September 19th 2019, 1:49 pm

Kamila Shamsie’s book award withdrawn over her part in Israel boycott

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Nelly Sachs prize was given to Shamsie this month, but its German jury has reversed decision because of the novelist’s pro-Palestinian activism

Kamila Shamsie has said that it is a “matter of outrage” that the Israel boycott campaign should be held up as something shameful after a German jury reversed its decision to award her the €15,000 (£13,000) Nelly Sachs prize over her support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The eight-member jury had decided on 6 September to make the British-Pakistani author their latest winner, citing writing that “builds bridges between societies”. But when they learned of Shamsie’s support for the BDS movement, they announced that they would cancel their original vote and withdraw the award.

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September 19th 2019, 12:18 pm

Hong Kong police show 'alarming pattern' of violence in protests

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Amnesty International report cites beatings, arbitrary arrests and ‘thirst for retaliation’

Amnesty International has warned of an “alarming pattern” of violence used by Hong Kong police at anti-government demonstrations over the past three months, with officers reportedly beating protesters before and after arrest.

Based on interviews with 48 people, including lawyers and 21 arrested protesters, Amnesty International’s East Asia director, Nicholas Belequin, said the human rights group had shown that “time and time again, officers meted out violence prior to and during arrests, even when the individual had been arrested or detained”, contrary to international human rights law.

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September 19th 2019, 12:18 pm

US drone strike intended for Isis hideout kills 30 pine nut workers in Afghanistan

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Forty were also injured in the Wednesday attack which struck farmers and labourers who just finished work, Afghan officials say

A US drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan has killed at least 30 civilians who were resting after harvesting pine nuts.

Forty people were also injured in the attack on Wednesday night which struck farmers and labourers who had just finished their day’s work at the mountainous Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province, three Afghan officials told Reuters.

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September 19th 2019, 11:31 am

Ben Ali: Tunisian autocrat ousted in Arab spring dies in exile

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Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled Tunisia in January 2011, dies days after his country’s presidential election

Tunisia’s ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile in Saudi Arabia, days after a free presidential election in his homeland, his family lawyer said.

“Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia,” the lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, told Reuters by phone.

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September 19th 2019, 11:17 am

Trump's 'troubling' promise to foreign leader prompts House panel briefing – live

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Intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson to appear in closed-door briefing on whistleblower complaint

Emily England Clyburn, the wife House majority Jim Clyburn, has died at the age of 80. They met after he was jailed in a civil rights protest and were married for nearly 60 years.

“Emily Clyburn was a champion of equality and opportunity who made a difference for countless young people in her beloved South Carolina,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “As a librarian, she intimately understood the power of learning to transform lives, and dedicated decades to ensuring that every child, servicemember, veteran and worker could access a good education that would allow him or her to climb the ladders of opportunity in America. Her extraordinary leadership, together with Jim, to increase learning opportunities at their beloved alma mater South Carolina State will stand always as an enduring tribute to her beautiful life and legacy.”

Emily England Clyburn, known to most as Ms. Emily and a driving force behind some of her husband, @WhipClyburn's, biggest moments in his political and personal life, has died at the age of 80: https://t.co/tRQj48fwO1

.@WhipClyburn’s wife Dr. Emily England Clyburn passed away this morning. The couple, married for 58 years, met in jail after he was arrested in a civil-rights protest. The House won’t be in session on Monday so members can attend her funeral, per @heatherscope

As expected, the Trump administration said on Thursday that it would revoke California’s authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards and bar states from establishing their own regulations.

The decision is likely to set off a furious legal battle.

Our message to those who claim to support states' rights is: don't trample on ours. Doing so would be an attempt to undo the progress we've made over decades. cc @EPAAWheeler #CleanerCars

Hi, @realDonaldTrump. Let me break it down in simple terms for you...

Reducing emissions:
-Protects our air & health
-Is good for the economy
-Allows families to pay less at the pump

We’re here in the 21st century. Let us know when you decide to join us. https://t.co/gZzUjXeFxo

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September 19th 2019, 10:47 am

Campaigners urge UN to endorse global fracking ban

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Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo among signatories of open letter to secretary general

A global campaign backed by 450 activist groups and celebrities, including actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo, is calling on the UN to endorse a global end to fracking before the industry torpedoes efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

The open letter to UN secretary general António Guterres includes signatures from individuals representing global environmental movements, universities and faith groups.

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September 19th 2019, 10:47 am

Justin Trudeau: details emerge of third blackface incident

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Undated video clip shows Trudeau in blackface, waving, with his arms and legs also appearing to be painted

A third incident in which Justin Trudeau wore blackface has been reported, in yet another damaging blow to the Canadian prime minister’s image, just weeks ahead of the country’s general election.

In a short, undated video clip published by Global News on Thursday, Trudeau is seen in blackface, waving. His arms and legs also appear to be painted.

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September 19th 2019, 9:47 am

Commonwealth ministers look to revitalise progress on gender equality

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Women’s affairs officials meet in Nairobi to devise fresh strategy on ending inequality

Ministers from across the Commonwealth are meeting in Kenya this week to discuss ways to accelerate efforts to end gender inequality.

Gender and women’s affairs ministers from 53 states will explore the gains and the gaping holes in progress in several key areas, including women in leadership, ending violence and increasing access to family planning services.

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September 19th 2019, 9:17 am

Trade unions around the world support global climate strike

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Adults, businesses and trade unions asked to join youth climate campaign

Trade unions representing hundreds of millions of people around the world have come out in support of what is expected to be the biggest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen.

The global climate strike on Friday is set to see thousands of walkouts and demonstrations in cities on every continent except Antarctica.

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September 19th 2019, 8:47 am

Iran threatens 'all-out war' if action taken over Saudi oil strike

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Foreign minister’s comments further inflame tensions in Persian Gulf after oil attacks

Iran’s foreign minister has warned any attack on his country in response to its alleged role in a drone and missile strike on Saudi oil facilities would result in “all-out war”, further heightening tensions across the Persian Gulf.

Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments are the starkest warning yet by Iran after a summer of oil tanker seizures and attacks following the collapse of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, over a year after Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the accord.

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September 19th 2019, 8:31 am

Fastest-growing UK terrorist threat is from far right, say police

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Seven of 22 major plots since March 2017 driven by extreme rightwing ideology

Police have said the fastest-growing threat of terrorist violence to the United Kingdom comes from the far right, with seven of the 22 plots to cause mass casualties since March 2017 being driven by extreme rightwing ideology.

They said referrals to anti-radicalisation programmes of those feared to be at risk of committing far right terrorist acts had doubled between 2016 and 2018, and were expected to rise further.

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September 19th 2019, 8:17 am

'We live in a narco-state': murder of Dutch lawyer prompts fear and fury

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Lawyers in gangland cases given emergency protection after unprecedented killing

Lawyers and prosecutors in major gangland drugs cases in the Netherlands have been given emergency protection after the unprecedented murder of a top defence lawyer prompted police and the media to claim that government naivety was turning the country into a narco-state.

Derk Wiersum was gunned down in the street as he left his home in the Amsterdam suburb of Buitenveldert on Wednesday morning. Police are searching for a 16- to 20-year old man in a black hooded top who fled the scene on foot.

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September 19th 2019, 8:01 am

Austria rejects EU-Mercosur trade deal over Amazon fires

World news | The Guardian

Concerns about threats to farming sector also featured in Austrian parliament debate

The future of the trade deal between the EU and South America’s Mercosur bloc has been further thrown into doubt as Austria is expected to veto the pact over concerns about Amazon fires and threats to the national farming sector.

Lawmakers on the Austrian parliament’s EU subcommittee on Wednesday almost unanimously voted to reject the draft for a free trade agreement, thus obliging their government to veto the pact at EU level, where all 28 member states and their parliaments must agree to trade deals.

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September 19th 2019, 7:47 am

Outcry as Saga travel firm advertises cruise ‘exclusively for Brits’

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Over-50s holiday company apologises for brochure after Twitter backlash

Saga, the insurance and travel company aimed at the over-50s, has been criticised after customers were sent a brochure advertising a cruise “exclusively for Brits”.

Twitter user Anthony Bale, who is a university professor, said his mother was “outraged” after being sent the magazine, the front page of which outlined the characteristics of the cruise.

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September 19th 2019, 7:47 am

Pilot caught on electricity line as F-16 jet crashes in France

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Emergency workers reportedly extracting pilot from high-voltage line after Belgian jet crashed

French authorities say a Belgian F-16 fighter jet has crashed in western France and one of its pilots is caught on a high-voltage electricity line.

A spokesman for the regional prefecture, or administration, told the Associated Press that the plane crashed on Thursday in the town of Pluvigner in Brittany. He said one pilot was safely rescued and emergency workers were extracting the other pilot from the electricity line.

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September 19th 2019, 7:12 am

Thieves steal €2m of jewels and cash from French chateau

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Police seek six suspects who tied up owners of the opulent Vaux-le-Vicomte near Paris

Six unidentified thieves have broken into one of France’s most opulent chateaus, tied up its owners and escaped with at least €2m (£1.8m) worth of jewels and cash, according to French authorities.

The prosecutor Béatrice Angelelli-Lamotte said on Thursday police were hunting for the perpetrators after the overnight robbery at the Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau, south-east of Paris.

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September 19th 2019, 7:12 am

World economy faces weakest growth since financial crisis, warns OECD - business live

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Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as the OECD slashes its growth forecasts

Here are some charts from the OECD’s new economic outlook report, showing how economic uncertainty and trade tensions are hurting growth and investment:

The OECD has also downgraded its growth forecast for several advanced economies, including the UK.

Here’s the details

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September 19th 2019, 6:29 am

Tiny penguin released back into wild after swimming from New Zealand to Australia

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Fiordland penguin found 170km west of Melbourne recuperates for eight weeks after 2,500km swim

A New Zealand penguin that washed up on a beach in Victoria has been released back to the wild to complete a 2,500km swim home.

The emaciated Fiordland penguin was found struggling against rocks in the shallows at Kennett River, 170km west of Melbourne, on 10 July.

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September 19th 2019, 6:29 am

Greta Thunberg: ‘We are ignoring natural climate solutions’

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Film by Swedish activist and Guardian journalist George Monbiot says nature must be used to repair broken climate

The protection and restoration of living ecosystems such as forests, mangroves and seagrass meadows can repair the planet’s broken climate but are being overlooked, Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have warned in a new short film.

Natural climate solutions could remove huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as plants grow. But these methods receive only 2% of the funding spent on cutting emissions, say the climate activists.

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September 19th 2019, 6:29 am

Brexit: John Major tells supreme court it would be 'naive' to believe Boris Johnson on prorogation -

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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the final day of the supreme court hearing to determine if Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament was lawful

Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, has said Brussels needs to show more flexibility in its approach to Brexit negotiations. Speaking to business leaders while on a visit to Spain, he said:

A rigid approach now at this point is no way to progress a deal and the responsibility sits with both sides to find a solution.

We are committed to carving out a landing zone and we stand ready to share relevant texts. But it must be in the spirit of negotiation with flexibility and with a negotiating partner that itself is willing to compromise.

As a Daily Telegraph columnist in the 1990s Boris Johnson was one of the many journalists on the Tory right who used to treat the then prime minister, John Major, with scorn. More than 20 years on Major finally has the chance to get his own back because we are going to witness the extraordinary spectacle of a former Conservative prime minister going to court to argue that the current Conservative prime minister has not been telling the truth. The word extraordinary is cropping up rather frequently in Brexit coverage at the moment, but it is very hard to think of a precedent for this.

Major will not actually be addressing the court himself. The supreme court is an appeal court, and it does not take evidence from witnesses. But Edward Garnier QC, now Lord Garnier, a former Tory solicitor general, will be making a submission on his behalf. It is not clear yet whether or not Major himself will be in court to listen to the proceedings.

The current factual picture, on the material which is available and with regard to the absence of evidence which ought to be available but has not been provided, is deeply concerning. The court is under no obligation to approach this case on the artificially naïve basis that the handful of disclosed documents, the contents of which nobody has been prepared to verify with a statement of truth, should nevertheless be assumed to be entirely accurate and complete when even members of the cabinet do not appear to believe them ... It would also be wrong to proceed on that basis, because it would mean that the real issue that has arisen on the facts would not be resolved.

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September 19th 2019, 4:59 am

Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to join him in unity government

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Spokeswoman for former general has no immediate response to PM’s surprise offer

The Israeli prime minister has called on his main rival, the former general Benny Gantz, to join him in a broad, governing coalition after Israel’s election ended with no clear winner.

A spokeswoman for Gantz, the leader of the centrist Blue and White party, had no immediate response to the surprise offer from Benjamin Netanyahu.

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September 19th 2019, 4:59 am

US-China trade war imperils efforts to beat poverty, warns Bill Gates

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Microsoft billionaire says economic strife undermines ‘world’s ability to work together’

The ongoing trade battle between the US and China poses a major threat to efforts to tackle inequality and poverty, according to billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

In an interview with the Guardian, the world’s second richest man said the economic conflict between the two superpowers could prove a “real setback” to solving some of the biggest global problems.

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September 19th 2019, 4:29 am

Taliban car bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan

World news | The Guardian

Hospital patients caught in blast intended for intelligence officials, says defence ministry

A Taliban truck bomb has killed at least 20 people and wounded 95 others when it exploded near a hospital in southern Afghanistan, an official has said.

The Taliban, who have been carrying out near-daily attacks since peace talks with the US collapsed this month, said the target was a nearby government intelligence building in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province.

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September 19th 2019, 2:41 am

Umbrella jammed in door locks workers out of office for days

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A tweet bearing photo evidence of the predicament quickly went viral, inspiring many to suggest solutions

How many co-workers does it take to open a door? More than a handful, members of the shared office space WeWork found out this week.

Employees of an unnamed company renting space in a Washington DC WeWork building returned to work after the weekend to find they were unable to enter the office – an umbrella had fallen sideways, jamming the door.

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September 19th 2019, 2:41 am

Fans of China's own 'Loch Ness monster' deflated as beast turns out to be airbag

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Pictures and video of a huge snake-like object in the Yangtze river viewed tens of millions of times online

A mysterious long, black object that was captured on video in the Yangtze river, and ended up captivating China with theories of its own Loch Ness monster, has been revealed as 20 metre-long industrial airbag.

Grainy footage showing what appeared to be a long black sea creature slithering among the waves near the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province circulated widely on Chinese social media. On Weibo, the video and a discussion thread about it has been viewed more than 32m times since it emerged on Friday. The video was covered by most major media, including the party paper Beijing Youth Daily and state broadcaster CCTV and China Daily.

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September 19th 2019, 1:10 am

Fukushima disaster: Japanese power company chiefs cleared of negligence

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Three executives at Tepco acquitted, marking the end of the only criminal action over the disaster

Three former executives at the company that runs the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been acquitted of failing to take action in anticipation of the March 2011 nuclear meltdown, in the only criminal action resulting from the disaster.

Tsunehisa Katsumata, a former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and former vice presidents Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro, had apologised for the triple meltdown at the plant, but said they could not have foreseen the disaster.

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September 19th 2019, 1:10 am
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