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Brexit: top Tories would bring down any PM who backs no deal

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Philip Hammond and senior party figures warn that MPs are prepared to take drastic action

Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab have been warned that Tory MPs would be prepared to bring down any prime minister backing a no-deal Brexit, triggering a general election, amid fears the leadership hopefuls will veer to the right in response to a surge in support for Nigel Farage at the European election.

A string of senior Conservatives, led by Philip Hammond, the chancellor, delivered a sobering message to candidates that many Tory MPs are prepared to take drastic action to stop a no-deal Brexit.

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May 26th 2019, 4:33 pm

Woman found alive in Hawaii forest says she struggled not to give up

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Amanda Eller, who went missing on 8 May during a hike in the Makawao Forest Reserve, said she fell off a cliff during her ordeal

A woman who was found alive in a forest on Maui on Friday after going missing when out hiking more than two weeks ago has said she struggled not to give up.

Amanda Eller told the New York Times that at such moments, she told herself: “The only option I had was life or death.

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May 26th 2019, 4:20 pm

Robocrop: world's first raspberry-picking robot set to work

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Autonomous machine expected to pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day, outpacing human workers

Quivering and hesitant, like a spoon-wielding toddler trying to eat soup without spilling it, the world’s first fruit-picking robot is attempting to harvest a raspberry.

After sizing it up for an age, the robot plucks the fruit with its gripping arm and gingerly deposits it into a waiting punnet. The whole process takes about a minute for a single berry.

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May 26th 2019, 2:19 pm

Top UK scientist urges people to take vitamin D supplements

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Geneticist Steve Jones, formerly a sceptic, says case for doing so is overwhelming

One of Britain’s leading scientists has urged people to take vitamin D supplements, particularly children, who spend an hour less outside than they did 10 years ago.

The geneticist Steve Jones told the Hay literary festival in Wales the health case for taking them was now overwhelming. “I never thought I would be a person who would take vitamin supplements, I always thought it was absolute nonsense, it’s homeopathy. I now take vitamin D every day,” he said.

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May 26th 2019, 12:17 pm

Stan Lee: ex-business manager arrested on charges of elder abuse

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Keya Morgan sought to capitalize on the late comic book author’s wealth and exert influence over him, say authorities

A former business manager of the late comic books author Stan Lee was arrested on Saturday, on charges of elder abuse.

Lee died in November, at the age of 95. He was a co-creator of characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men, which have populated a film series that has grossed more than $11bn worldwide. At his death, Lee’s own net worth was about $80m.

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May 26th 2019, 12:17 pm

'A show, not a sport': Russian face-slapping champion becomes YouTube star

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Siberian farmer Vasily Kamotsky fells opponents with a single blow – attracting hilarity and outrage

Vasily Kamotsky does not so much slap his opponents as cudgel them with his massive palm. He was crowned the slapping champion at the Siberian Power Show, a competition so esoteric and objectionable that it seems tailor-made to be stumbled upon during a 3am YouTube binge.

However, Kamotsky was clear-eyed when it came to what he thought had prompted his sudden rise to prominence. “Two knockouts,” he said when reached by phone in his small town along the Trans-Siberian railroad. “I don’t think anyone had seen that before.”

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May 26th 2019, 12:17 pm

Novelist Pat Barker hits out at 'fashionable' diversity schemes

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Prize-winning author says she distrusts post-Brexit interest in regional and working-class voices

The Man Booker prize-winning author Pat Barker says she “distrusts” London publishing’s recent burst in diversity initiatives, calling the rise in interest in regional and working-class voices a “fashionable” move motivated by fear after the Brexit referendum.

Speaking at the Hay festival on Sunday, the Durham author said she had observed an increased appetite for authors based outside London, or from working-class and minority ethnic backgrounds, over the last three years.

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May 26th 2019, 12:03 pm

UK show revives lost work of photographer who fled Nazis

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Gerty Simon photographed Albert Einstein and Nye Bevan, but was forgotten after war

Lost photographs from Weimar-era Berlin and 1930s London are to go on display, telling the remarkable story of a refugee fleeing the Nazis who has fallen through the gaps of art history.

Gerty Simon was an accomplished and successful photographer who staged exhibitions in Germany and Britain, but is barely known today.

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May 26th 2019, 10:33 am

Buttigieg slams Trump for considering war crime pardons

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Veteran and 2020 candidate said Trump’s willingness to pardon soldiers ‘undermines the very foundations ... of this country’

Donald Trump’s willingness to consider pardons for US soldiers accused or convicted of war crimes “undermines the very foundations, legal and moral, of this country”, Democratic candidate for president Pete Buttigieg said.

Related: Buttigieg accuses Trump of faking disability to avoid Vietnam draft

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May 26th 2019, 10:33 am

Trump fetes sumo champ in Japan before grappling with trade

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Visit to sumo wrestling’s spiritual home followed by golf and burgers as Abe tries to keep president on side

On one side of the sumo ring stood a tall, hefty man with an unconventional hairstyle, bowing and smiling as the crowd applauded; opposite Donald Trump stood a professional wrestler, who on Sunday became the first recipient of a winner’s trophy awarded by the US president during his state visit to Japan.

Trump had been spared the agony of watching the last five bouts of the 15-day tournament in the customary manner – seated cross-legged on a thin cushion. Instead, sumo authorities broke with tradition and provided near-ringside armchairs for the president and the first lady, Melania, and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzō Abe, and his wife, Akie.

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May 26th 2019, 9:16 am

Hammond warns leadership candidates not to ignore parliament on Brexit

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Chancellor says ‘a prime minister who ignores parliament cannot survive’

Philip Hammond has warned Conservative leadership candidates they will not be prime minister for long if they pursue a no-deal Brexit, hinting that he and other Tories could be prepared to vote down the government in a confidence motion to prevent that outcome.

In a forthright interview, the chancellor reminded the hardline Brexit candidates – Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Esther McVey – that parliament was “vehemently opposed” to leaving the EU without a deal.

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May 26th 2019, 7:45 am

Michael Gove joins crowded Tory leadership race – live news

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Follow live updates as the battle to lead the Conservative party is played out in a round of broadcast interviews with some of the key contenders

Former education secretary, Justine Greening, has suggested she would be prepared to back a vote of no confidence in the government if the new leader goes for a no-deal Brexit.

Greening, confirmed that she will not be standing the contest and refused to say who she will back.

“The danger is that a government with an unviable strategy on Brexit is destabilising itself. The choice is going to be quite simple ... either we end up with a general election which Jeremy Corbyn would likely win. I don’t think he’ll win it with a majority. He’s likely to have a coalition partner who is likely to demand some kind of a second referendum. Or we can chose to break the Brexit deadlock through giving people a vote. We are going to have to bite the bullet.”

Esther McVey has said there will be no further extensions and the UK will leave the EU on 31 October 31, with or without a deal.

The former work and pensions secretary told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that the UK must start preparing for a no-deal exit straight away. She said:

“October 31 is the key date and we are coming out then, and if that means without a deal then that’s what it means.

“We won’t be asking for any more extensions.

'This is the best thing we can do, prepare for no-deal' - @EstherMcVey1 sets out her position on Brexit talks with the EU saying the 'withdrawal agreement boat has sailed.'#Ridge

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May 26th 2019, 5:15 am

Russia launches new nuclear-powered icebreaker in bid to open up Arctic

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Russia is overhauling ports as it readies for more traffic via Northern Sea Route due to warmer climate cycles

Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker on Saturday, part of an ambitious programme to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential.

The ship, dubbed the Ural and which was floated out from a dockyard in St Petersburg, is one of a trio that when completed will be the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world.

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May 26th 2019, 1:42 am

Sajid Javid condemned for ‘criminalising’ fighters against Isis

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Families of those killed say the home secretary must distinguish between jihadists and others fighting with Kurdish forces

More than 40 international volunteers – a third of them British – who fought in Syria against the Islamic State terror group have written to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, to condemn his plans to prosecute UK citizens who remain in the country.

Four British families whose sons or daughters were killed fighting Isis have also signed the letter, raising concerns that Javid is “criminalising” those who risked their lives supporting the US-led coalition which two months ago defeated the IS caliphate.

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May 26th 2019, 1:42 am

Final votes cast as EU awaits parliamentary election results

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France, Germany, Italy and others go to polls on Sunday, with gains expected for nationalist parties

The western world’s largest democratic exercise is nearing its finale as tens of millions of EU citizens in 21 countries go to the polls on Sunday, the last of four days of voting in European parliament elections that will shape the bloc’s future.

Polls suggest the vote will produce a more fragmented parliament than ever before, with the two centre-right and centre-left groups that have dominated Europe’s politics forecast to lose their joint majority for the first time, and nationalist and populist forces to make gains.

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May 26th 2019, 1:42 am

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O’Neill resigns

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O’Neill says recent changes to political allegiances in parliament had shown a ‘need for change’

Peter O’Neill, the prime minister of Papua New Guinea, has resigned.

O’Neill told a news conference in Port Moresby that recent changes to political allegiances in parliament had shown a “need for change”.

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May 26th 2019, 12:42 am

Swimmer dies after shark attack in Hawaii

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65-year-old Californian man attacked off coast of Maui in first such death since 2015

A man has died in Hawaii after being attacked by a shark, local officials have said, the first such fatality in the state in four years.

The victim, a 65-year-old from California, is believed to have been swimming in clear, flat conditions about 60 yards from the shore at on the west coast of Maui on Saturday morning when the attack happened.

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May 25th 2019, 10:55 pm

Real IRA founder who plotted bombing while Prince Charles was in Ireland dies in prison

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Seamus McGrane died from a suspected heart attack while serving an 11½-year sentence for directing terrorism

One of the founders of the Real IRA, who planned a bomb attack during Prince Charles’s visit to Ireland in 2015, has died in prison.

Seamus McGrane died from a suspected heart attack while serving an 11½-year sentence for directing terrorism, the Irish Times has reported.

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May 25th 2019, 10:55 pm

Snake mistake: CSIRO says it's a myth that Australia is home to world's deadliest species

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Australian science agency says there are a ‘negligible number of human deaths’ from snake bites in Australia

The popular suggestion that Australia is the home of the world’s deadliest snakes is largely a myth with the risk of bites and death far greater across Asia, Africa and South America, the CSIRO says.

Herpetologist Ruchira Somaweera said the myth was born a few decades ago and came out of a study of the relatively high toxicity levels found in Australian species, such as brown snakes.

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May 25th 2019, 10:25 pm

Trump brushes off North Korea's launch of 'some small weapons'

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President says recent missile tests bother some people, but not him, and praises regime for calling Joe Biden ‘a fool of low IQ’

Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about North Korea’s recent missile tests, calling them “small weapons”, a day after his national security adviser said there was no doubt the launches violated UN security council resolutions.

The US president tweeted on Sunday: “North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me”.

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May 25th 2019, 9:55 pm

Jews in Germany warned of risks of wearing kippah cap in public

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Government commissioner says lifting of inhibitions and rise of uncouthness are factors behind rising incidence of antisemitism

Germany’s government commissioner on antisemitism has warned Jews about the potential dangers of wearing the traditional kippah cap in the face of rising anti-Jewish attacks.

“I cannot advise Jews to wear the kippah everywhere all the time in Germany,” Felix Klein said in an interview published Saturday by the Funke regional press group.

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May 25th 2019, 8:38 pm

Moby apologises to Natalie Portman for being 'inconsiderate'

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Musician says recent criticism of him is ‘very valid’ after actor said he had been ‘creepy’ with her when she was young

Musician Moby has publicly apologised to Natalie Portman days after she claimed he had been “creepy” with her in her younger years.

In his new memoir Then It Fell Apart, Moby, 53, had alleged that that he met Portman when she was 20 and that they dated briefly.

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May 25th 2019, 7:36 pm

Identity politics is dividing Britons, warns equality commission chief

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David Isaac says people’s growing tendency to define themselves by faith, gender or race is diminishing empathy

The increasing tendency for people to define themselves by their faith, gender, sexuality or race is undermining empathy among Britons, says the chair of the country’s equality watchdog.

David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told the Observer that identity politics had been hugely important in advancing the civil rights of many groups. But he warned of a danger that “individual interests” were narrowing people’s views and diminishing their connection to wider society.

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May 25th 2019, 7:36 pm

Trump arrives in Tokyo and digs Japan for 'substantial edge' on trade

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Donald Trump kicked off his state visit to Japan on Saturday by urging Japanese business leaders to increase investment in the US – but he also complained about his own central bank and knocked his hosts for having a “substantial edge” on trade, which he said negotiators were trying to even out.

Related: 'Queen of shade': five times Nancy Pelosi got the better of Trump

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May 25th 2019, 7:20 pm

Stop Boris campaign launched by Tory moderates opposed to no-deal Brexit

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Former foreign secretary attacked as dishonest by leadership candidate Rory Stewart

A campaign to stop Boris Johnson becoming prime minister and taking the country into a no-deal Brexit was launched by moderate cabinet ministers on Saturday as the first shots were fired in the Tory contest to succeed Theresa May in Downing Street.

After May bowed to pressure on Friday and announced she would resign as Tory leader within two weeks, justice secretary David Gauke and international development secretary Rory Stewart condemned Johnson’s readiness to embrace a no-deal, saying it would be hugely damaging to the national interest.

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May 25th 2019, 4:06 pm

Bong Joon-ho's Parasite wins Palme d'Or at Cannes film festival

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Black-comic thriller from South Korean director of Okja and Snowpiercer takes the top honours at the 72nd edition of the festival

The awards – live!

Bong Joon-ho has won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival for his black comic thriller Parasite.

The South Korean director is best known for previous films Okja and Snowpiercer, and earned rave reviews for his new film, which is about a poor family who insinuate themselves as servants into a much richer one. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw described it as “a luxuriously watchable and satirical suspense drama [that] runs as purringly smooth as the Mercedes driven by the lead character”.

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May 25th 2019, 4:06 pm

Afghan security forces kill six civilians during insurgent raid

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The deaths come as UN reveals pro-government forces killed more civilians than insurgents in first three months of 2019

Afghan security forces have killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, in a night raid on insurgents, government officials said.

The group were in a car and soldiers mistook them for Taliban trying to escape the area, a spokesman for the provincial governor told the Associated Press. Attahullah Khogyani said 10 militants were also killed in the attack, in eastern Nangarhar province.

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May 25th 2019, 2:20 pm

Cannes 2019: the winner of the Palme d'Or to be announced – live

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Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodóvar are among those competing for the top prize as the film festival draws to a close. Follow all the action as it happens

On the past two occasions that I’ve been behind the wheel of this ‘ere liveblog, I’ve failed to give the eventual winner even a passing mention (sorry The Square and Shoplifters). To insure myself against a similar embarrassment happening this time around, here’s a quick run-down of the remaining 15 films in selection:

Bacarau (dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles) Brazilian horror-western taking aim at Bolsonaro. In with a shout of a prize, perhaps even the Palme. Review

We know about the Palme d’Or, of course, but there are a number of other awards up for grabs, in the main ceremony, including the Grand Prix prize (which essentially acts as a silver medal) and the Jury prize (which is the equivalent of bronze), plus best actor, actress, screenplay and director prizes.

Note: if a film picks up one of those prizes, it’s highly unlikely to win the Palme, due to Cannes’ unwritten policy of not giving multiple awards to the same film (though sometimes multiple smaller prizes are handed out, as was the case with Lynne Ramsay winning best director and Joaquin Phoenix claiming best actor for You Were Never Really Here in 2017).

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May 25th 2019, 12:49 pm

Women are happier without children or a spouse, says happiness expert

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Behavioural scientist Paul Dolan says traditional markers of success no longer apply

We may have suspected it already, but now the science backs it up: unmarried and childless women are the happiest sub-group in the population. And they are more likely to live longer than their married and child-rearing peers, according to a leading expert in happiness.

Speaking at the Hay festival on Saturday, Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics, said the latest evidence showed that the traditional markers used to measure success did not correlate with happiness – particularly marriage and raising children.

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May 25th 2019, 11:20 am

'Jim gets it': Acosta says in new book Trump war on press started as an act

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Donald Trump’s war with the US press began as an act in the absence of effective Democratic opposition then spiraled out of control, according to an eagerly awaited new book by one of the chief targets of the president’s fury.

Related: 'Queen of shade': five times Nancy Pelosi got the better of Trump

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May 25th 2019, 11:20 am

Ramaphosa heralds 'new era' as he begins South African presidency

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New leader says country’s challenges can be solved as he is sworn in for five-year term

Cyril Ramaphosa told South Africans on Saturday that “a new era had dawned” as he was sworn in for a five-year term as president, but said the troubled country was at a defining moment in its history.

“It is time for us to make the future we yearn for … It is through our actions now that we will determine our destiny,” Ramaphosa said, after taking the oath of office in front of 30,000 people in the administrative capital, Pretoria.

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May 25th 2019, 10:01 am

EU citizens denied vote in European elections to sue UK government

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Exclusive: Campaign groups prepare legal challenge following ‘systemic denial’ of suffrage

The government is facing the prospect of being sued by campaigners for EU citizens in the UK and British nationals abroad who were denied a vote in the European parliament elections.

John Halford, a public law specialist at Bindmans, said this week’s electoral fiasco was something a democracy should not tolerate.

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May 25th 2019, 9:31 am

Friends of Lyra McKee begin peace walk from Belfast to Derry

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Hundreds take park in three-day walk in memory of murdered journalist

Friends of Lyra McKee have started a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Derry, almost six weeks after the journalist was murdered while watching clashes between police and dissident republicans.

At Writer’s Square in Belfast on Saturday morning, hundreds turned out, many wearing T-shirts in her memory and carrying flags bearing messages of peace.

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May 25th 2019, 8:31 am

British climber latest to die on Everest amid overcrowding

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Several climbers have died after enduring long waits to reach summit

A British climber has been named as the latest fatality on Everest, in a season marred by poor weather and overcrowding on the world’s highest mountain.

The death of Robin Fisher, who reportedly collapsed while returning from the mountain’s summit, was disclosed in a statement by Mira Acharya, the director at the Nepalese Department of Tourism, which details fatalities on the mountain.

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May 25th 2019, 8:14 am

Matt Hancock says he will stand for Tory leadership

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Health secretary throws his hat into ring as Rory Stewart rules out serving in a Boris Johnson cabinet

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has become the latest cabinet minister to declare he will stand for the Tory leadership after Theresa May’s resignation.

“Yes. I’m going to run to be the next prime minister,” Hancock told the BBC on Saturday morning. He said he would be “the servant of parliament” in delivering a Brexit deal – a conundrum that destroyed May’s leadership.

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May 25th 2019, 8:14 am

UK's first black police chief asks why he remains the only one

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Michael Fuller, who led Kent force, says many women have broken into top ranks but not black officers

Britain’s first black chief constable has questioned why no one has been given the opportunity to follow his path, despite the talent available.

Michael Fuller was expressing his concerns to an audience at Hay festival, where he also asked why the Football Association had not done more to combat racism against players, and revealed he was approached to join the Masons.

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May 25th 2019, 7:44 am

Spice Girls fans complain of 'awful' sound at Dublin gig

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Mel B acknowledges complaints about Croke Park comeback performance

The Spice Girl Mel B has said she hopes the sound “will be much, much better” at the reformed band’s next show, following complaints about the first gig of their stadium reunion tour.

More than 70,000 fans attended the concert at Croke Park in Dublin on Friday night, many of whom paid more than £100 to see the pop group take the stage for the first time in seven years. However, footage posted on social media showed that many could barely hear the hit songs.

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May 25th 2019, 7:14 am

EU fraud watchdog considering Nigel Farage investigation

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Olaf agency is carrying out an assessment of payments made by Arron Banks

The European Union’s anti-fraud watchdog is considering whether Nigel Farage should be investigated for any illegal activity over lavish payment from Arron Banks, the Guardian has learned.

The agency, which goes by its French acronym, Olaf, revealed it was carrying out an assessment, which could lead to a formal investigation. This “initial assessment … does not mean that the individuals in question are guilty of any wrongdoing”, it said.

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May 25th 2019, 6:01 am

Woman found alive after two weeks in Hawaii forest park

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Amanda Eller was spotted in the bed of a creek on Maui island by helicopter search team

A woman has been found alive in a forest on Hawaii’s Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago.

Amanda Eller was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the Maui News reported on Friday.

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May 25th 2019, 4:41 am

Spanish socialists aim to consolidate general election win

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‘Super Sunday’ of city, regional and European elections could inflict further damage on traditional party of Spanish right

Spain is heading to the polls for a “super Sunday” of European, regional and municipal elections this weekend that will see Madrid and Barcelona’s city councils up for grabs and the socialist PSOE party hoping to repeat its victory in last month’s general election.

Twelve of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions will be voting to choose new governments, including the Madrid region, which has been in the hands of the conservative People’s party (PP) since 1995, despite a series of corruption scandals.

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May 25th 2019, 2:28 am

Unseen Anne Frank letters illuminate life before confinement

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Translated into English for the first time, letters to grandmother and others reveal context of birthdays, boys and braces as well as the rising Nazi menace

• Anne Frank at 90: Costa-winner Bart Van Es looks at the girl behind the diary

A younger, lighter version of Anne Frank – a little girl with braces, who doesn’t want to have her hair cut and who has “no lack of companionship as far as boys are concerned” – has been revealed for the first time in English, through a series of previously unpublished letters written to her grandmother.

Part of the forthcoming Anne Frank: The Collected Works, the letters have never been published in full, or in English, before. They were written between 1936 and 1941, before Anne began the diary she kept from her 13th birthday on 12 June 1942, until the moment just over two years later when the Nazis raided the secret annexe where she had been living in hiding with her family.

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May 25th 2019, 2:28 am

North Korean missile tests violated UN resolutions, says John Bolton

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Trump national security adviser makes remark as US president heads to Japan for talks on nuclear issue

The US national security adviser, John Bolton, has said North Korea’s recent missile tests violated UN security council resolutions, the first time a senior US official has made such a statement.

“The UN resolution prohibits the launch of any ballistic missiles,” Bolton said on Saturday. North Korea’s test firings included short-range ballistic missiles and so there was “no doubt” it was a violation, he added, urging its leader, Kim Jong-un, to return to denuclearisation talks.

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May 25th 2019, 12:55 am

Alexis Tsipras may call early election if his Syriza party is defeated

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Greek prime minister declares European parliament poll a vote of confidence in his government

The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is the first to say he relishes a fight. And, true to form, he upped the ante on Friday when he declared this weekend’s European parliament poll a vote of confidence in his government.

In comments that sent ripples through a political arena already at fever pitch, the leftist leader hinted that early elections could be in the offing if, as surveys suggest, his Syriza party is beaten at the ballot box.

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May 25th 2019, 12:41 am

Dozens of Venezuelan prisoners killed in clashes with police

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Authorities say incident in Portuguesa state was a failed escape attempt, but activists call it a massacre

Twenty-nine detainees were killed and 19 police officers were wounded during a confrontation in a police cell block in north-western Venezuela.

The incident, which took place in the town of Acarigua in the state of Portuguesa, was described by state official as a failed escape attempt, but human rights groups have called it a massacre.

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May 25th 2019, 12:11 am

Indonesia election: presidential rival challenges Widodo victory in court

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Prabowo Subianto files lawsuit in constitutional court in Jakarta, scene of fatal clashes between protesters and police this week

The defeated candidate in Indonesia’s presidential election has filed a challenge against the result in the country’s top court, just days after seven people died in rioting by his supporters in the capital.

The legal move is the latest step in what analysts say has been a months-long campaign by former general Prabowo Subianto to discredit the election.

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May 24th 2019, 11:11 pm

US to deploy 1,500 troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

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The US will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon has said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the US and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials on Friday publicly blamed Iran and its proxies for recent tanker bombings near United Arab Emirates and a rocket attack in Iraq.

Donald Trump told reporters Friday that the 1,500 troops would have a “mostly protective” role as part of a build-up that began this month in response to what the US said was a threat from Iran.

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May 24th 2019, 11:11 pm

Judge bars Trump from building border wall sections with emergency funds

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Ruling immediately halts administration’s efforts to use money secured with declaration of national emergency

A federal judge has blocked Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency.

On Friday, the US district judge Haywood Gilliam Jr put an immediate halt to the administration’s efforts to redirect military-designated funds for wall construction. His order applies to two projects, scheduled to begin as early as Saturday, to replace 51 miles of fence in two areas on the Mexican border.

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May 24th 2019, 11:11 pm

$2.1m Novartis gene therapy to become world's most expensive drug

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US approves the one-time treatment for deadly spinal muscular atrophy in infants

Swiss drugmaker Novartis has received US approval for its spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy Zolgensma – pricing the one-time treatment at a record $2.125m.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Zolgensma for children under the age of two with SMA, including those not yet showing symptoms. The approval covers babies with the deadliest form of the inherited disease as well as those with types where debilitating symptoms may set in later.

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May 24th 2019, 10:24 pm

Mount Agung: flights cancelled after Bali volcano erupts

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Volcano spews ash over popular tourist island but authorities yet to raise alert level

Bali’s airport has cancelled flights following an eruption of the Mount Agung volcano, which spread ash over the south of the Indonesian island.

The national disaster agency said Friday night’s eruption lasted four minutes and 30 seconds, spreading lava and incandescent rocks about 3km from the crater.

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May 24th 2019, 8:40 pm

'I wanted to look him in the eye': serial killer's survivor witnesses execution

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Lisa Noland, who helped police capture Bobby Joe Long, was 17 when he abducted her

A woman who survived an attack by a notorious Florida serial killer, and helped police to capture him, watched on Thursday evening as he was put to death for his crimes.

Lisa Noland looked on from the front row as Bobby Joe Long, whose 1984 killing spree claimed the lives of 10 women, was executed by lethal injection at Florida state prison.

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May 24th 2019, 7:54 pm

Donald Trump wants investigation into Australia's role in 'Russian hoax'

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This is the first time the US president has publicly named Australia while discussing the FBI inquiry into his election campaign

Donald Trump has said he wants Australia’s role in setting off the FBI inquiry into links between Russia and his election campaign examined by the US attorney general, William Barr.

It is a potentially explosive development for the historically solid US-Australian alliance and the first time Trump has publicly named Australia while discussing what he calls the “Russia hoax” and “witch hunt”.

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May 24th 2019, 7:54 pm

Jayme Closs: man gets life sentence for kidnapping teen and killing her parents

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Jake Patterson pleaded guilty in March to intentional homicide and kidnapping, after Closs was held for 88 days

A Wisconsin man was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents in a case that mystified authorities until the girl made a daring escape from the remote cabin where she was held for 88 days.

Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family’s home near Barron, about 90 miles north-east of Minneapolis.

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May 24th 2019, 6:24 pm

Several people injured in suspected package bomb blast in France

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Police evacuate Lyon street after incident described by Emmanuel Macron as an ‘attack’

Several people have been wounded by a suspected package bomb blast on a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon in the south-east of France, the local prosecutors’ office said.

The area where the explosion occurred on Friday, on the narrow strip of land between the Saône and Rhone rivers in the historic city centre, has been evacuated.

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May 24th 2019, 1:33 pm

Vince Cable to step down as Lib Dem leader on 23 July

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Contest begins to succeed former business secretary amid party’s resurgence at polls

Vince Cable has set the date for his departure as Liberal Democrat leader, saying he will hand over a “bigger, stronger party” to his successor on 23 July.

With the party expected to do well when the results of Thursday’s European elections are announced on Sunday, Cable said it was time to fulfil his promise to step aside.

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May 24th 2019, 1:33 pm

At least four more die on Everest amid overcrowding concerns

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Latest deaths, including an Irish climber, come as others report ‘insane’ delays at the peak

Four more deaths have been reported on Everest, the world’s highest mountain, as concerns grow over the risks posed by the severe overcrowding on its slopes this year.

Kevin Hynes, 56, who was from Ireland, died in his tent at 7,000 metres early on Friday after turning back before reaching the summit. The father of two was part of a group from UK-based climbing company 360 Expeditions.

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May 24th 2019, 1:21 pm

Schoolchildren go on strike across world over climate crisis

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Hundreds of thousands walk out of lessons in 110 countries demanding urgent action

Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across the world have gone on strike in protest at the escalating climate crisis.

Students from 1,800 towns and cities in more than 110 countries stretching from India to Australia and the UK to South Africa, walked out of lessons on Friday, the organisers of the action said.

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May 24th 2019, 1:21 pm

ACLU and Planned Parenthood file lawsuit against Alabama abortion ban

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Groups filed lawsuit on behalf of state’s abortion providers to block extreme ban before it can take effect

Civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit to stop Alabama from implementing a law making abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy.

The lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood Federation of America on behalf of Alabama abortion providers, seeks to block the near-total abortion ban before it can take effect.

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May 24th 2019, 11:35 am

IVF couples could be able to choose the ‘smartest’ embryo

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US scientist says it will be possible to rank embryos by ‘potential IQ’ within 10 years

Couples undergoing IVF treatment could be given the option to pick the “smartest” embryo within the next 10 years, a leading US scientist has predicted.

Stephen Hsu, senior vice president for research at Michigan State University, said scientific advances mean it will soon be feasible to reliably rank embryos according to potential IQ, posing profound ethical questions for society about whether or not the technology should be adopted.

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May 24th 2019, 11:05 am

Kenya court upholds ban on gay sex in major setback for campaigners

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Judges tell packed courtroom in Nairobi that they had not seen enough evidence of discrimination to change the law

Judges at Kenya’s high court have rejected a bid to repeal colonial-era laws criminalising gay sex, in a major setback to LGBT campaigners across Africa.

A bench of three judges told a packed courtroom that they had not seen sufficient evidence of discrimination caused by the laws, which they said were constitutional because they represented the values and views of the country.

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May 24th 2019, 10:34 am

European elections: UK regulator urged to count late postal votes

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Group of MEPs writes to Electoral Commission over reports of ballot paper delays

The Electoral Commission has been asked to permit late postal votes for the European parliament elections to be counted as reports continue of many British nationals living abroad receiving their ballot papers too late to return on time.

A group of 10 MEPs has written to the regulator to say that it should consider any postal vote that arrives by Sunday when the polls close across Europe. “We cannot permit lousy disenfranchisement like this,” said the Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, who wrote the letter to the commission.

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May 24th 2019, 10:34 am

Lust in translation: France makes its own version of Fleabag

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Adaptation set in Paris follows Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit series almost scene for scene

France so loved Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit series Fleabag that it has made its own version, about the life of a woman called Mouche (Fly).

Rather than subtitle the seemingly singularly British comedy, French producers wanted to faithfully recreate a Parisian version, complete with guinea pigs, a salon de thé, dysfunctional family and the same emotional pitfalls, but set against a backdrop of bridges over the Seine.

It is becoming increasingly common to adapt scripted formats for foreign audiences, as opposed to the long standard practice of copying reality TV formats such as Big Brother. An Indian Luther, and Russian and French Doctor Fosters are among many in the works. Their success, however, is far from guaranteed.

Mouche, which broadcasts on 3 June, has been described as a faithful adaptation of Waller-Bridge’s original – recapturing the series almost scene for scene.

The writer and director, Jeanne Herry, told France Inter radio this week: “The English version is excellent, so I don’t see why you’d change it.” She said she added only a handful of extra scenes – developing Mouche’s relationship with her best friend and adding a scene from her mother’s funeral.

One difference at the start of the French series is that Mouche’s object of sexual fantasy is not Barack Obama but Benoît Hamon, the former French Socialist party presidential candidate running in the European elections.

Under the contract, Herry was allowed to add two or three scenes per episode. “I didn’t want to be adding things in,” she said. “It was about making sure it sounded right in France, so that it really seemed anchored in France.

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May 24th 2019, 10:04 am

ACLU and Planned Parenthood file lawsuit to block Alabama abortion ban – live

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Organizations filed a lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers in the state challenging the extreme law passed earlier this month

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of Alabama and Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a lawsuit today on behalf of Alabama abortion providers challenging an extreme law passed earlier this month, which bans abortion in nearly every case and punishes doctors with up to 99 years in prison for providing care.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law on May 15, making Alabama the fifth state this year to enact an outright abortion ban.

The Guardian’s media editor Jim Waterson writes today that Facebook says it will continue to host a video of Nancy Pelosi that has been edited to give the impression that the Democratic House Speaker is drunk or unwell, in the latest incident highlighting its struggle to deal with disinformation.

The viral clip shows Pelosi – who has publicly angered Donald Trump in recent days – speaking at an event, but it has been slowed down to give the impression she is slurring her words.

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May 24th 2019, 10:04 am

Media outlets follow Guardian to reconsider language on climate

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Use of terms ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’ prompts reviews in other newsrooms

The Guardian’s decision to alter its style guide to better convey the environmental crises unfolding around the world has prompted some other media outlets to reconsider the terms they use in their own coverage.

After the Guardian announced it would now routinely use the words “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” instead of “climate change”, a memo was sent by the standards editor of CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, to staff acknowledging that a “recent shift in style at the British newspaper the Guardian has prompted requests to review the language we use in global warming coverage”.

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May 24th 2019, 9:17 am

Facebook leaves fake Nancy Pelosi video on site

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Footage of House Speaker deliberately slowed down to make her appear drunk or ill

Facebook says it will continue to host a video of Nancy Pelosi that has been edited to give the impression that the Democratic House Speaker is drunk or unwell, in the latest incident highlighting its struggle to deal with disinformation.

The viral clip shows Pelosi – who has publicly angered Donald Trump in recent days – speaking at an event, but it has been slowed down to give the impression she is slurring her words.

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May 24th 2019, 8:30 am

UN poverty expert hits back over UK ministers' 'denial of facts'

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Exclusive: Philip Alston says he thought government response to his report might be a spoof

The United Nations expert whose warning of deepening poverty in Britain was this week dismissed as “barely believable” by ministers, has said the government’s denial is as worrying as poverty itself.

Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, published his final report on the state of Britain on Wednesday in which he accused the government of the “systematic immiseration of a significant part of the British population”. Ministers responded that it was “a completely inaccurate picture of our approach to tackling poverty” and instead claimed the UK was among the happiest countries in the world.

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May 24th 2019, 8:01 am

Morrissey posters banned by Liverpool's Merseyrail transport network

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Network says advertising ‘does not reflect the organisation’s values’ after member of the public said posters were offensive

Posters advertising Morrissey’s new album, California Son, have been removed from Liverpool’s Merseyrail public transport network, following a complaint from a member of the public.

Morrissey has recently been criticised for his support of far-right party For Britain Movement, whose leader, Anne Marie Waters, is opposed to Islam. He has previously spoken out against halal and kosher meat production as well as immigration into the UK, and once described the Chinese as a “sub-species”. Toxteth resident Jack Dotchin told the Liverpool Echo that Morrissey’s opinions “offend me and a lot of other people. He’s very far right these days, going on about immigrants and being pseudo-racist. It’s just strange to think Merseyrail, being a public service for the people, is advertising someone with his views.”

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May 24th 2019, 6:43 am

School climate strikes expected to be largest yet – live coverage

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Students around the world are walking out of lessons in order to demand politicians take urgent action on climate change

Are you taking part? Share your photos, videos and experiences

In Birmingham, people are meeting at Victoria Square. Young people have been sharing the message that there are bigger stories than the prime minister Theresa May resigning. “Like the planet bordering on ecological collapse,” one person said.

Each month the #Birmingham #StrikeForClimate gets stronger!

I guess the @VICE, @i_D, @UKSCN1 after-strike party could be seen as a gathering of the future world leaders!#Fridays4Future pic.twitter.com/xjjvQH5L4J

Preparing for the fourth #Birmingham #Fridays4Future #SchoolStrike4Climate!

"There are bigger stories than #TheresaMayResign! Like the planet bordering on ecological collapse!"

"I'm missing my friend's birthday party for this. This has to stop! Time to end the #ClimateCrisis" pic.twitter.com/iDYb9ZZDy0

Fridays For Future Rojava!!!! Around 50 people joined the action today in Qamislo, Syria! #FridaysForFuture @GretaThunberg @FridayForFuture #Rojava #Syria pic.twitter.com/Vz0GlzOT06

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May 24th 2019, 5:43 am

Trudeau exonerates Cree leader 130 years after wrongful conviction

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The revered Chief Poundmaker tried to negotiate with Canadian officials when he was falsely accused of treason

The Canadian government has formally exonerated a prominent Cree leader, the revered Chief Poundmaker— known to his people as Pîhtokahanapiwiyin— nearly 130 years after the Cree leader was falsely accused and convicted on treason charges.

In an emotional ceremony at Poundmaker Cree Nation in the province of Saskatchewan on Thursday, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau absolved the chief of any crime.

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May 24th 2019, 4:59 am

Scientists pursue universal snakebite cure using HIV antibody techniques

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British specialist among those aiming to develop ‘next generation’ treatment that could help millions of victims each year

Scientists in five countries, including the UK, hope to find a universal cure for snakebite using the same technology that discovered HIV antibodies.

A new consortium of venom specialists in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Britain and the US will locate and develop antibodies to treat critical illness from snakebites, which harm nearly 3 million people worldwide each year.

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May 24th 2019, 4:43 am

Theresa May expected to announce her resignation – live news

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Latest news as prime minister widely expected to bow to pressure from Tory MPs and reveal the date she will leave Downing Street

Not the resignation we’ve been waiting for ...

It is with regret that I have today resigned as @Conservatives Vice Chair for Communities. Now is the time for new leadership to deliver Brexit and unite our Party and our Country. pic.twitter.com/vNzRi0MYTK

Regrettably, I must now give notice of my resignation because I wish to actively and openly support one of the new leadership candidates and would not want there to be any perception of a conflict between the candidate’s campaign and my role at CCHQ.

Here are some pictures of May arriving at 10 Downing Street with her husband, Philip.

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May 24th 2019, 4:30 am

Calls for Europe to review border controls after blacklisted Russian visits 70 times

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Despite ban from three EU member states, Andrei Pavlov managed to travel widely

Europe is under pressure to review its border controls, after it emerged that an individual sanctioned over his alleged role in Russia’s biggest ever tax fraud has visited member states more than 70 times in the past four years.

The case, which has embroiled the current premier of the Caribbean island of Nevis, raises fresh concerns about the golden passports trade. Countries in the Caribbean – including St Kitts and Nevis – are offering citizenship for cash to individuals seeking easy access to EU member states. Their passports, which confer visa-free travel to the EU for up to 90 days, are popular with individuals wanting to skirt travel restrictions.

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May 24th 2019, 4:30 am

India kills Kashmir's 'most wanted militant'

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Zakir Musa killed in gun battle with security forces, leading to protests and school closures

Indian security forces have killed an influential Kashmiri militant, sparking protests and fears of wider unrest, who led the first al-Qaida-affiliated cell in the disputed region.

Zakir Musa, 25, was part of a new generation of young militants with large followings on social media and more affinity with global jihadist groups such as al-Qaida than with Pakistan, the traditional patron of anti-India fighters in the region.

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May 24th 2019, 4:30 am

Diehard Bolsonaro supporters prepare to march as criticism of his rule intensifies

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As his approval ratings plunge, critics say Brazilian president’s approach has been ‘shocking’

Hardcore supporters of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, have urged his followers to flood the streets in defence of their leader on Sunday amid mounting conservative angst over the far-right populist’s anarchic opening act in office.

Bolsonaro swept to power last October, his insurgent campaign turbocharged by widespread revolt at the corruption and economic misrule of the Brazilian left.

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May 24th 2019, 4:30 am

Sultan of Brunei returns Oxford degree after backlash over anti-gay laws

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The oil-rich south-east Asian state sparked an outcry when it proposed the death penalty for gay sex and adultery

The sultan of Brunei has returned an honorary degree awarded by Oxford University after a backlash led by celebrities including George Clooney and Elton John for proposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.

Nearly 120,000 people had signed a petition by April calling on Oxford University to rescind the honorary law degree awarded in 1993 to Hassanal Bolkiah, the world’s second-longest reigning monarch and prime minister of the oil-rich country.

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May 24th 2019, 1:30 am

Pelosi v Trump: how a 'stable genius' president met his match

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With calls for an intervention on his behalf, the House speaker has knocked an ‘extremely calm’ leader off balance

It has been almost four years since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign from the gilded escalator of Trump Tower. In that time he has come to be feared by Democrats and Republicans alike for his personal attacks that always seem to supremely rile his opponents.

Now he has finally met his match.

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May 23rd 2019, 11:14 pm

Lance Armstrong: 'It wasn't legal but I wouldn't change a thing'

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Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong has said he “wouldn’t change a thing” about the doping that led to him being stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles, according to details of an interview that will air next week.

NBCSN, owned by NBC Sports Group, said on Thursday it would broadcast a 30-minute interview next Wednesday called Lance Armstrong: Next Stage in which the 47-year-old American discusses his career and the decisions he made.

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May 23rd 2019, 10:14 pm

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

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Parliament became the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage last week

Taiwan’s first official same-sex weddings kicked off on Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia and the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality.

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan, a couple who fell in love at college, were the first to arrive at a government office in downtown Taipei.

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May 23rd 2019, 10:14 pm

Trump to intelligence: ‘fully cooperate’ with inquiry into Mueller report origins

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President steps up effort to ‘investigate the investigators’ amid growing Democratic calls for impeachment

Donald Trump is directing the US intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with attorney general William Barr’s investigation of the origins of the multi-year inquiry into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.

The move marks an escalation in Trump’s efforts to “investigate the investigators”, as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry amid mounting Democratic calls to bring impeachment proceedings.

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May 23rd 2019, 9:56 pm

Latest global school climate strikes expected to beat turnout record

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Organisers say more than 1.4 million young people are set to protest about the climate crisis

Hundreds of thousands of children and young people are walking out of lessons around the world on Friday as the school strike movement continues to snowball.

Climate strikes are planned in more than 1,400 cities in more than 110 countries. Organisers say the number of young people taking part is set to top the 1.4 million people who participated in the global day of strikes in March.

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May 23rd 2019, 9:26 pm

Harvey Weinstein and accusers reach tentative $44m compensation deal

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The agreement would resolve lawsuits and compensate the Hollywood producer’s alleged victims

Harvey Weinstein, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office have reached a tentative $44m deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter.

The deal, if finalized, would resolve a civil rights lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general’s office last year that accuses Weinstein Co’s executives and board of failing to protect employees from a hostile work environment and Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, the Journal said.

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May 23rd 2019, 9:26 pm

'Elusive and cryptic lizard': hunt on in Melbourne for endangered grassland earless dragon

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Newly discovered species could soon be the first reptile on the Australian mainland to be declared extinct

A newly reclassified species of lizard that is native to areas now paved by Melbourne’s suburbs could become the first reptile on mainland Australia to be declared extinct.

A taxonomic survey of the grassland earless dragon, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal this week, discovered that the species classified as Tympanocryptis pinguicolla was in fact four species – one of which has not been seen since 1969.

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May 23rd 2019, 9:14 pm

Woman, 102, suspected of killing care home neighbour, 92

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The suspect, who told staff she had ‘killed someone’, has been placed in psychiatric care after the incident in France

A woman aged 102 has been placed in psychiatric care in north-eastern France after she was suspected of murdering her 92-year-old neighbour in a care home, prosecutors said.

The victim was found dead on Saturday night in her room at the care home in the town of Chezy-sur-Marne. Her face was swollen.

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May 23rd 2019, 9:14 pm

American Airlines union: blaming pilots for Boeing 737 Max crashes 'inexcusable'

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Allied Pilots Association says jetmaker’s anti-stall software forced plane into such an aggressive dive pilots could not recover

American Airlines’ pilots’ union has hit back at Boeing for insinuating that some responsibility for the two crashes of its 737 Max jets lies with the pilots, and claimed AA pilots made several suggestions to Boeing to fix the plane’s anti-stall systems before the second crash.

Describing Boeing’s position as “inexcusable”, Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, accused Boeing of unfairly blaming foreign pilots involved in the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.

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May 23rd 2019, 7:55 pm

English test students may have been wrongly accused, says watchdog

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Home Office ‘did not have the expertise’ to check data used to accuse students of cheating

A government watchdog has criticised the Home Office for failing to protect students wrongly accused of cheating in an English language test that they were required to sit as part of a visa application process.

About 2,500 students have been forcibly removed from the UK after being accused of cheating in the exam and a further 7,200 left the country after being warned that they faced detention and removal if they stayed. Many have protested their innocence; 12,500 appeals have been heard in UK courts, and so far 3,600 people have won their appeals.

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May 23rd 2019, 7:55 pm

Global markets rocked as US-China trade and tech rift deepens

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Shares fall sharply in Asia, Europe and North America in intensifying war of words

The deepening trade and technology war between the US and China has sent global stock markets sharply lower and prompted a warning from the IMF of the increasing risks to the global economy.

Shares fell sharply in Asia, Europe and North America on a day that saw investors alarmed by the intensifying war of words between Washington and Beijing, poor news on the American economy, and political chaos in Britain.

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May 23rd 2019, 7:08 pm

New US charges against Julian Assange could spell decades behind bars

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Julian Assange could face decades in a US prison after being charged with violating the US Espionage Act by publishing classified information through WikiLeaks.

Related: Julian Assange: US charges WikiLeaks founder with violating Espionage Act – live

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May 23rd 2019, 5:54 pm

Julian Assange: US charges WikiLeaks founder with violating Espionage Act – live

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Eighteen-count DoJ indictment alleges Assange, who was arrested last month in London, ‘risked serious harm’ to America

The indictment says that Assange, 47, was complicit with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence officer and whistleblower, in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to national defense.

Assange conspired with Manning; aided and abetted her in obtaining classified information and received and attempted to receive classified information, according to the indictment.

The Justice Department just announced WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange has been charged with violating the Espionage Act in an 18-count indictment that said he “risked serious harm” to the US.

Assange is currently jailed in London, where he was arrested last month after spending several years in the Ecuadorian embassy there.

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May 23rd 2019, 4:37 pm

Congestion on Everest leads to backlog of climbers in 'death zone'

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Local media cites recent deaths of three people as cause for hours-long queue in freezing temperatures

Hundreds of climbers hoping to make it to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain were forced to queue for hours in freezing temperatures at high altitude this week as congestion built up on Mount Everest.

The delays have been linked to the deaths of at least three people on the mountain, according to local media. An American man and an Indian man and a woman all died as they descended, various sources said.

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May 23rd 2019, 4:23 pm

Bittersweet no more: Rolling Stones pass Verve royalties to Richard Ashcroft

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An acrimonious copyright dispute meant Ashcroft was forced to give up royalties to Bitter Sweet Symphony, but a ‘kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith’ passes rights to him

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones have ended one of the most acrimonious copyright disputes in British pop history, by granting Richard Ashcroft all future royalties from his 1997 song Bitter Sweet Symphony, performed by the Verve.

Ashcroft announced the news on the same day he won an Ivor Novello award for outstanding contribution to British music. In a statement he said:

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May 23rd 2019, 4:23 pm

Donald Trump to bring adult children on UK state visit, reports say

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President will be accompanied by wife, four adult children and their partners in June

When Donald Trump makes his state visit to the UK next month he will bring his own version of a royal court, in the form of all his adult children and their spouses, according to US news reports.

Neither Buckingham Palace nor the White House has confirmed the guest list for the state banquet dinner on 3 June, but ABC News reported the US president would be accompanied by his wife, Melania, his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner – who both work in the White House – as well as his other daughter, Tiffany, his sons Donald Jr and Eric, and Eric’s wife, Lara.

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May 23rd 2019, 4:07 pm

British man arrested on suspicion of giving bleach-based 'cure' to Ugandans

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Sam Little arrested after Guardian exposed massive distribution network of MMS in Uganda that was being supervised by US pastor

A British man has been arrested in Uganda on suspicions of “intoxicating the public” after he claimed to have carried out a trial of a “miracle cure” on local villagers using industrial bleach.

Sam Little, 25, from Arlesey in Bedfordshire was picked up by Ugandan police at 6am on Thursday in a village church in Kitembi, a few miles outside Fort Portal in western Uganda. Also arrested were two Ugandans who are suspected of being involved in the distribution of the bleach, which is known by advocates as MMS or Miracle Mineral Solution.

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May 23rd 2019, 3:40 pm

‘Worse than Ronaldo’s’: fans mock George Best statue in Belfast

World news | The Guardian

Artwork joins list of footballers’ bronzes that received less than glowing reviews

From Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Maradona, a dubious likeness in bronze has become almost de rigueur for any self-respecting football superstar.

Now the late, great George Best has been added to the list, after fans heaped criticism on a life-size bronze statue of the Manchester United legend that was unveiled in his native Belfast this week.

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May 23rd 2019, 2:08 pm

Rahul Gandhi loses his seat in Congress party landslide defeat

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Party leader’s north Indian constituency was bastion of support for his famous family

As India’s opposition Congress party went down to a landslide defeat on Thursday, its leader, Rahul Gandhi, was also convincingly beaten in his own parliamentary seat – a north Indian constituency that had sent three of his family members to parliament in the past half-century.

The loss of the family bastion seat of Amethi underscored the dwindling relevance of south Asia’s most famous political dynasty in Narendra Modi’s “new India”, alongside the decline of the pluralistic vision of India that has been synonymous with the Nehru-Gandhi family for the past seven decades.

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May 23rd 2019, 12:08 pm

‘We need everyone’: youth activists call on adults to join climate strikes

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A general strike globally on 20 September could be a ‘turning point in our history’, they say

Greta Thunberg and leading youth strikers for climate action from across the world have called for all adults to join a global general strike on 20 September.

They are asking citizens to walk out of work just ahead of a crucial UN summit at which nations are being urged to declare much stronger ambition to tackle the climate emergency.

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May 23rd 2019, 12:08 pm

Outcry after Trump officials reveal sixth migrant child died in US custody

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Ten-year-old girl from El Salvador died on 29 September ‘due to fever and respiratory distress’ after complications with surgery

The Trump administration has been forced to reveal that a 10 year-old migrant girl died in its custody more than seven months ago, sparking further outcry after a spate of recent migrant child deaths while detained by the US government.

The 10 year-old girl from El Salvador is the sixth child to die in custody in the past eight months amid the immigration crisis. Her death was not previously reported by authorities and was only made public late on Wednesday after a report by CBS News.

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May 23rd 2019, 10:37 am

US mafia explosives expert 'helped Sicilian mob kill judge'

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Informant says American helped Cosa Nostra assassinate Giovanni Falcone in 1992

New York’s powerful Gambino mafia family sent a bomb expert to Sicily to train Cosa Nostra mobsters to assassinate an anti-mafia investigator, a former hitman has claimed.

Maurizio Avola, 56, who is believed to have killed about 80 people before becoming a pentito (informer) told prosecutors in Caltanissetta, Sicily, that an American man came to Palermo in 1992 to help the Sicilian mafia kill the prosecuting magistrate Giovanni Falcone, murdered in a car bomb the same year.

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May 23rd 2019, 9:07 am

Theresa May to hold talks with ministers in bid to stave off exit

World news | The Guardian

PM clinging on despite extreme pressure from her party to quit as soon as EU elections are over

Theresa May is trying to slow her departure from No 10 by meeting cabinet ministers to discuss rewriting her withdrawal bill, despite extreme pressure from her party to quit as soon as the European elections are over.

The prime minister will delay publication of the legislation until the first week of June while she listens to the concerns of the cabinet about it opening the door to a second referendum. There is heavy speculation May will announce a timetable for her departure on Friday, after European elections polling day.

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May 23rd 2019, 8:50 am

Eurovision: UK's dire points haul of 16 revised down to 11

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Organisers say meagre points total for Bigger Than Us was in fact inflated due to error

The UK’s last-place finish in the Eurovision song contest was a national humiliation – but it turns out the result was even worse than previously thought.

Michael Rice’s song Bigger Than Us performed disastrously in the contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday, with viewers told it had won just 16 points from national juries and public votes across Europe. However, organisers discovered an error and have now revised this downwards to 11 points – compared with 498 points for the winning Dutch entry.

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May 23rd 2019, 8:50 am

Botswana lifts ban on hunting elephants

World news | The Guardian

Country with Africa’s largest elephant population says its growth is affecting farmers

Conservationists have reacted with outrage and concern to a decision by Botswana to lift its ban on elephant hunting.

The southern African country said the move was justified by an increase in population and its impact on farmers’ livelihoods.

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May 23rd 2019, 8:32 am

EU citizens in UK complain of being denied right to vote

World news | The Guardian

People are reportedly being turned away from European election polling booths due to admin errors

A disturbing picture is emerging of EU citizens in the UK being denied their democratic right to vote in the European parliament elections because of administrative errors by local councils.

Reports are coming in from across the country of EU nationals turning up at polling booths and finding their names crossed out and being told by officials they are not eligible to vote.

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May 23rd 2019, 8:32 am
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