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School fire kills 23 students in Kuala Lumpur 13 Sep 11:14pm School fire kills 23 students in Kuala Lumpur
Two adult wardens also among the dead after blaze ripped through religious academy in Malaysian capital Twenty-five students and two wardens died when a blaze tore through a Malaysian religious school in what officials described as one of the country’s worst fire disasters for years. The blaze broke out before dawn on Thursday in the two-storey building of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school, located in the centre of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
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Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya conservation area 13 Sep 11:09pm Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya conservation area
A pair of giraffes with leucism, a condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, have been filmed by conservationists for the first time A pair of rare white giraffes have been spotted in Kenya, to the delight of local residents and conservationists. The reticulated giraffes, a mother and child, suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells. Unlike albinism, animals with leucism continue to produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, which explains the white giraffes’ dark eyes and other colouring.
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Lionel Murphy files: secret papers reveal allegations of links with crime boss Abe Saffron 13 Sep 10:46pm Lionel Murphy files: secret papers reveal allegations of links with crime boss Abe Saffron
Former high court judge was asked to address allegations he asked Saffron to intimidate witness and to find out if police were bribable, documents reveal Former high court judge Lionel Murphy was asked to address allegations that he had sought to get Kings Cross crime figure Abe Saffron to intimidate a witness and made inquiries about whether federal police were bribable, documents from the 1980s released on Thursday reveal. The “Class A papers” published after 31 years, reveal 14 allegations were put to Justice Murphy for his response back in 1986 by a parliamentary commission of inquiry. But many more were investigated by the commission. The documents reveal in total 33 allegations that were investigated by the commission of three judges.
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Senior Democrats say agreement reached with Trump to protect young immigrants 13 Sep 10:39pm Senior Democrats say agreement reached with Trump to protect young immigrants
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi emerge from dinner with president claiming a plan to pair the DREAM Act with border security measures, excluding the wall Senior Democrats stunned Washington on Wednesday by announcing that they had agreed with Donald Trump to a plan to protect immigrants brought illegally to the US as children. Senator minority leader Chuck Schumer and House counterpart Nancy Pelosi, who dined with the president at the White House, said they had reached an agreement to quickly enshrine into law protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from Barack Obama’s
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Coalition agrees to investigate Google and Facebook in media reform package – politics live 13 Sep 9:50pm Updated Coalition agrees to investigate Google and Facebook in media reform package – politics live
The government secures media deal after a night of wheeling and dealing, but energy still looms large and questions remain over the former ABCC boss
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Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin asked for a government jet for his honeymoon 13 Sep 8:47pm Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin asked for a government jet for his honeymoon
The treasury department is investigating the secretary’s request for a $25,000-per-hour US air force plane to fly him and his wife, Louise Linton, around Europe Steven Mnuchin, the US treasury secretary, requested the use of a government jet for his European honeymoon, it was reported on Wednesday. The treasury department’s inspector general is investigating Mnuchin’s request for a US air force plane – with a reported operating cost of around $25,000 per hour – to transport him and his wife,
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Google and Facebook to be investigated in exchange for media reforms – politics live 13 Sep 8:29pm Updated Google and Facebook to be investigated in exchange for media reforms – politics live
The government secures media deal after a night of wheeling and dealing, but energy still looms large and questions remain over the former ABCC boss
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Farewell, competitive commuting: TfL paints zones where tube doors open 13 Sep 8:19pm Farewell, competitive commuting: TfL paints zones where tube doors open
Transport for London trials green paint to indicate where to board in bid to ease congestion – but has provoked the ire of some combative passengers Seasoned London Underground commuters have complained green platform markings indicating where carriage doors will open have ruined their “competitive advantage” at being first on trains. The trial on the Victoria line at Kings Cross station is designed to reduce congestion by encouraging people to avoid green areas on the platform while waiting for passengers to depart the train.
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Google and Facebook to be investigated in exchange for media reforms - politics live 13 Sep 7:28pm Updated Google and Facebook to be investigated in exchange for media reforms - politics live
The government secures media deal after a night of wheeling and dealing, but energy still looms large and questions remain over the former ABCC boss
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Martin Shkreli headed to jail after bail revoked in securities fraud case 13 Sep 6:28pm Martin Shkreli headed to jail after bail revoked in securities fraud case
Government called for former pharmaceutical CEO’s bail to be revoked after he offered to pay $5,000 for a Hillary Clinton hair with the follicle
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Trump hides gift for rich in tax pitch | The minute 13 Sep 5:45pm Trump hides gift for rich in tax pitch | The minute
‘The rich will not be gaining at all’, president says … but can he sell it? ... analysts sees boon for Trump personally ... Get the day’s politics news in 60 seconds every weekday. By Tom McCarthy
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Australia Day celebrations axed by third Melbourne council 13 Sep 5:23pm Australia Day celebrations axed by third Melbourne council
Moreland city council votes in favour of dropping all references to Australia Day and to join the push to change the date A third Melbourne council will dump official Australia Day celebrations, with one councillor calling the day “grossly insensitive”. But Moreland city council will continue to hold citizenship ceremonies on the date to avoid losing its right to host them altogether.
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Canada chess officials protest after player condemned for wearing shorts 13 Sep 4:30pm Canada chess officials protest after player condemned for wearing shorts
Anton Kovalyov, a Ukrainian-born Montrealer, says he was called a gypsy before forfeiting the tournament: ‘The issue was not the shorts, but how I was treated’ Canada’s
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One dead and others injured in Washington state high school shooting 13 Sep 3:30pm One dead and others injured in Washington state high school shooting
A shooter was in custody according to police after opening fire at a high school in the tiny town of Rockford, south of Spokane A shooter opened fire at a high school in Washington state Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least three others, authorities said. Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department told reporters that one person died at Freeman High School in the tiny town of Rockford, south of Spokane, and three injured victims were taken to a hospital.
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French baby boy banned from having name containing tilde 13 Sep 3:28pm French baby boy banned from having name containing tilde
Brittany court rules name’s spelling cannot feature non-French characters (ñ) even though region has its own language A French court has banned a couple from giving their baby a name containing a tilde, ruling that the “n with a squiggle over it” was incompatible with national law. The couple from Brittany wanted to call their newborn boy Fañch, a traditional name in the northwestern region which has its own language.
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Philip Hammond tells the City he will protect its global position 13 Sep 3:00pm Philip Hammond tells the City he will protect its global position
UK chancellor hints he won’t tolerate protectionist measures from EU aiming to lure business away The UK will not water down rules to protect its financial services sector in the wake of Brexit, the chancellor said on Wednesday as he sent a message to his counterparts in the EU that he would not tolerate protectionist measures being imposed to lure business way. Philip Hammond also told his audience of financiers in a set-piece speech in the City that his priority was to devise policies that would allow the UK to retain its place as a leading global financial centre.
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The Guardian view on Cambodia: a local crisis and a regional shift | Editorial 13 Sep 2:46pm The Guardian view on Cambodia: a local crisis and a regional shift | Editorial
The government has charged the opposition leader with treason and silenced independent media as strongman Hun Sen tries to hold on to power. But its actions reflect a broader dynamicCambodia’s Hun Sen is one of the world’s longest standing leaders. His party has been happy to hold elections as long as it knows it is going to win, and to embrace underhand tactics or
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Might not right: betting firms get their due on fixed-odds machines 13 Sep 2:27pm Might not right: betting firms get their due on fixed-odds machines
Gambling firms could have spent less energy on belligerent lobbying, and more on containing the dangers of FOBTs The gambling firms’ defence of fixed-odds betting terminals has failed. It is now an odds-on probability that the government will cut the maximum stake from £100. How did this happen to an industry that, despite compelling evidence of social harm done by their machines, seemed to have might on its side? The bookies were able to point to the substantial sums of tax they pay the Treasury. They warned, with justification, that thousands of employees could lose their jobs if more high-street premises were to become uneconomic to run. They argued – again, soberly – that lower stakes on the high street may drive some problem gamblers toward the wild west of the internet.
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Ten things we learned from Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened 13 Sep 2:21pm Ten things we learned from Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened
Clinton’s memoir holds back little, from her disgust with Donald Trump and his divisive campaign, to what was running through her mind on election night Hillary Clinton’s
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Bloodstained ice axe used to kill Trotsky emerges after decades in the shadows 13 Sep 2:06pm Bloodstained ice axe used to kill Trotsky emerges after decades in the shadows
Weapon used in 1940 assassination to go on display next year – but why did Ramón Mercader, armed with a gun and a dagger, resort to the ice pick? On the evening of 20 August 1940, a man known as Frank Jacson called at a large house in the suburbs of Mexico City, and asked to see the ‘Old Man’ – as everyone called its celebrated resident, Leon Trotsky.
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Turnbull signs Coalition statement urging marriage equality yes vote 13 Sep 2:01pm Turnbull signs Coalition statement urging marriage equality yes vote
Prime minister joins 23 other Coalition members calling on Australians to vote yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey Malcolm Turnbull has joined 23 Coalition parliamentarians urging Australians to vote yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey, and highlighting their support for equality, freedom and individual rights. The statement, released on Thursday, is signed by at least 24 Liberal and National MPs and senators including cabinet ministers Simon Birmingham, Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Kelly O’Dwyer, Darren Chester, Greg Hunt, Josh Frydenberg, Marise Payne, Scott Ryan, Nigel Scullion and Arthur Sinodinos.
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Victims of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson granted £37m compensation 13 Sep 1:40pm Victims of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson granted £37m compensation
Spire Healthcare to contribute £27.2m to fund for private patients who underwent uneccessary operations About 750 victims of botched or unnecessary breast operations carried out by rogue surgeon Ian Paterson are to receive £37m in compensation.
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The Grenfell residents still living in hotels: ‘This is no normal life’ 13 Sep 1:39pm The Grenfell residents still living in hotels: ‘This is no normal life’
Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, only two families have been found permanent homes while 150 are still waiting, scattered across 36 hotels. Now, their patience is wearing thin The cafe outside the Copthorne Tara hotel off Kensington High Street in west London is known informally as Grenfell HQ. Three months
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Tory Brexit is doomed. Corbyn has a chance to build the Europe he wants | John Palmer 13 Sep 1:31pm Tory Brexit is doomed. Corbyn has a chance to build the Europe he wants | John Palmer
Austerity is being rejected across Europe. Labour could recommit Britain to a Europe based on jobs and growth“This year? Next year? Sometime? Never?” These lines from the old children’s rhyme When Will I Marry? could well be applied to the prospects for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Political realities are becoming ever more complex and the final outcome is still uncertain. The most immediate battle facing Theresa May’s government is securing comprehensive parliamentary approval for its “great repeal bill”, which transfers all EU laws and regulations into UK law. Although the House of Commons this week gave assent to the first stage of this unprecedentedly complex and detailed legislation it still faces serious challenges in the final stages of the bill’s approval.
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13 Sep 1:10pm Support for Iranians on hunger strike | Letters
Reza Shahabi and other labour activists should be freed from prison at once, say
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Myanmar says 40% of Rohingya villages targeted by army are now empty 13 Sep 1:05pm Myanmar says 40% of Rohingya villages targeted by army are now empty
Government spokesman says 176 villages inhabited by Muslim minority have been cleared by army, as Aung San Suu Kyi pulls out of UN general assembly Scores of villages that were inhabited by Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority are completely empty, a government spokesman has said.
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Watchdog warns over police database of millions of facial images 13 Sep 12:52pm Watchdog warns over police database of millions of facial images
Biometrics commissioner says 20m photos held despite retention of images of innocent people being unlawful An official watchdog has issued a fresh warning over the police’s use of more than 20m facial images on their searchable databases, more than five years after the courts ruled that the inclusion of images of innocent people was unlawful. Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, says in his annual report that the police’s use of facial images has gone far beyond their original use for custody purposes and forces are using facial recognition software to try to identify individuals in public places.
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Myanmar violence sees hundreds of Rohingya villages left deserted 13 Sep 12:46pm Myanmar violence sees hundreds of Rohingya villages left deserted
Aung San Suu Kyi spokesman says 176 areas inhabited by Muslim minority have been cleared by army as criticism mounts Scores of villages that were inhabited by Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority are completely empty, a spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi has said.
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Tobacco company launches foundation to stub out smoking 13 Sep 12:12pm Tobacco company launches foundation to stub out smoking
Philip Morris International say their Foundation for a Smoke-Free World aims to accelerate the end of smoking, but anti-tobacco campaigners are sceptical
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Canada’s first skateboarding police officer rolls into action – video 13 Sep 11:47am Canada’s first skateboarding police officer rolls into action – video
Thierry Hinse-Fillion has become Canada’s first skateboarding police officer. Stationed on the outskirts of Montreal, the 32-year-old successfully pitched the idea to the
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Lawyer died after fire at untidy London flat, inquest hears 13 Sep 11:34am Lawyer died after fire at untidy London flat, inquest hears
Ian Paton died from carbon monoxide poisoning hastened by heart disease after small blaze at cluttered property A senior criminal barrister who was “notoriously untidy” died after piles of paper in his cluttered London flat caught fire, an inquest has heard. Ian Paton, 66, who also sat as a crown court recorder, was found by firefighters unconscious in his bedroom on 20 December. There was evidence of a small blaze around a halogen stove.
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Teachers face suspension over videos showing abuse of pupils in South Africa 13 Sep 11:14am Teachers face suspension over videos showing abuse of pupils in South Africa
Teaching staff in KwaZulu-Natal province under investigation as mobile phone footage implicating them in savage attacks on students circulates online Seven teachers face suspension in South Africa after a series of videos emerged showing staff abusing students. Elijah Mhlanga, spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, said he was “shocked and disgusted” by the films, which are taken in KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province.
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Strong Island’s Yance Ford: ‘I have no interest in giving my brother’s killer any space in this film’ 13 Sep 11:00am Strong Island’s Yance Ford: ‘I have no interest in giving my brother’s killer any space in this film’
Ten years in the making, Ford’s award-winning Netflix documentary started as an intimate film about his brother’s murder in 1992. But it has become part of a national argument about whether young black men can feel safe in the US“Black lives are too easy to take in America because we don’t want to question why people are so afraid of black and brown people to begin with,” says Yance Ford, bluntly. “And that’s what I want Strong Island to do.” When Ford began making his documentary, 10 years ago, this was not a question that the US was particularly interested in asking itself. In the intervening years, following a succession of slayings of innocent and unarmed African Americans, it has become part of a national conversation – although it is turning into more of a national argument. What began for Ford as an intimate, personal film now finds itself part of that argument.
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Birmingham bin strike could extend into next year 13 Sep 10:56am Birmingham bin strike could extend into next year
Unite members to decide whether to renew industrial action after council voted to stick with plans to cut 106 jobs Birmingham’s bin strike could continue until next year if refuse collectors vote to renew industrial action in
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Edith Windsor, icon of gay rights movement, dies aged 88 13 Sep 10:55am Edith Windsor, icon of gay rights movement, dies aged 88
Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the 2013 US supreme court case that paved the way for America to legalize same-sex marriage across the country in 2015
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UK to provide further £25m aid to Hurricane Irma-hit BVI and Anguilla 13 Sep 10:41am UK to provide further £25m aid to Hurricane Irma-hit BVI and Anguilla
Theresa May announces extra funds after Boris Johnson visit to British overseas territories and shakes off criticism over response The UK is to provide a further £25m aid to the hurricane-wrecked British overseas territories of Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands. Theresa May announced the extra funds as the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, made a visit to the British Caribbean islands. Johnson said: “It is clear this place has been through an absolutely hellish experience, and there is no doubt at all that you need help with power generation, with getting the hospital back up and running, getting the airport back up and running, and schools properly set – all kinds of things need to be done.”
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Forget Clooney, Jolie and Denzel: I’ve found the real stars of Toronto’s film festival | Peter Bradshaw 13 Sep 10:39am Forget Clooney, Jolie and Denzel: I’ve found the real stars of Toronto’s film festival | Peter Bradshaw
I came for the movies, but now I’m hooked on the TLC provided by the T-shirted volunteer army. Just like London in 2012, every city needs oneI am in
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Sadiq Khan should hit London arms fair with policing bill, say Greens 13 Sep 9:57am Sadiq Khan should hit London arms fair with policing bill, say Greens
Party says Met has ‘better things to do than defend profit margins of arms dealers’ with DSEI cost expected to be higher than ever The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been urged to pass on the cost of policing the world’s biggest arms fair to its organisers, with
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Rashan Charles death: Met police officer investigated for gross misconduct 13 Sep 9:38am Rashan Charles death: Met police officer investigated for gross misconduct
IPCC says officer is being investigated over death of young black man who died after being restrained by police in north-east London A Metropolitan police officer is being investigated for gross misconduct over the death of Rashan Charles, a young black man who was restrained after a police chase in north-east London, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has said. Charles, 20, whose death on 22 July sparked protests and violent clashes with officers in east London, was seen running into a shop on Kingsland Road in Dalston, where he was apprehended by a police officer.
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Grenfell Tower: executive still on full pay despite resignation 13 Sep 9:07am Grenfell Tower: executive still on full pay despite resignation
Robert Black believed to be receiving six-figure salary despite resigning from job at tenants management organisation The chief executive of the organisation that managed Grenfell Tower is still being paid his full salary despite resigning from the top job in the wake of the blaze that claimed at least 80 lives, the Guardian understands. Robert Black remains on the books of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation and is believed to be receiving a six-figure salary while he helps the organisation respond to to multiple investigations.
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Victims of rogue breast surgeon to be compensated from £37m fund 13 Sep 8:32am Victims of rogue breast surgeon to be compensated from £37m fund
Spire Healthcare to contribute £27.2m to fund for private patients of Ian Paterson, convicted of carrying out needless operations About 750 private patients treated by rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson will receive compensation from a £37m fund. Spire Healthcare, which runs private hospitals across the UK, will contribute £27.2m to the fund, which is intended to halt legal proceedings by patients against the group and account for any new claims.
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Best photos of the day: acrobats and young pioneers 13 Sep 8:21am Best photos of the day: acrobats and young pioneers
A selection of images from around the world including Boris Johnson in Anguilla, lightning over the Golden Gate bridge, and a baby Sumatran orangutan
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Modern slavery at UK Traveller site may be tip of iceberg, warns judge 13 Sep 8:18am Modern slavery at UK Traveller site may be tip of iceberg, warns judge
Timothy Spencer QC, sentencing 11 people from one family, says such abuse could be happening nationwide on ‘shocking scale’ Travellers across Britain may be exploiting thousands of victims of modern slavery “on a shocking scale”, a judge has said. Timothy Spencer QC said he feared the “chilling” abuse of vulnerable men by a Lincolnshire family was being replicated at other Travellers’ sites.
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More clarity needed from Britain in Brexit talks, says Macron ally 13 Sep 8:18am More clarity needed from Britain in Brexit talks, says Macron ally
Benjamin Griveaux says failure to reach a deal would be felt across Europe but would be worse for Britain Britain needs to show “more clarity and less ambiguity” in Brexit negotiations, a French government minister has said, warning that the consequences of failure to reach a deal would be felt across Europe but “even worse in Britain”. Benjamin Griveaux, a junior economy minister and a member of Emmanuel Macron’s inner circle who helped launch his political movement, La République En Marche, said the current uncertainty was not good for business on either side of the Channel.
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Globe-trotting replica theatre pops up in Melbourne with rare Shakespeare experience 13 Sep 8:00am Globe-trotting replica theatre pops up in Melbourne with rare Shakespeare experience
Pop-up Globe theatre is the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of London’s second Globe from the 1600s Shakespeare compared breasts to globes in The Rape of Lucrece, and used a globe in the punchline of a fat joke in The Comedy of Errors. The Pop-Up Globe that’s appeared in the grounds of Melbourne’s Myer Music Bowl serves a kinder purpose, if one no less Shakespearean. It will be staging four of Shakespeare’s plays and a contemporary work with a Shakespearean theme over the course of a repertory season that opens on 21 September and runs until 12 November. The Globe, of course, was Shakespeare’s own famous London playhouse. Built in 1599, it was destroyed by fire in 1613, resurrected in 1614, and “closed by (the) ordinance” of the dastardly Puritans in 1642. By 1645, the history’s dullest religious zealots had had the vocational home of Britain’s greatest theatremaker razed to the ground to make way for tenement buildings. But one should never underestimate the patience of British vengeance; in 1997, a replica Globe was erected in London not too far from the original site and has served as a working theatre ever since. But Melbourne’s present pop-up owes its existence not to this theatre, so much as it does the depiction of the same in a picture book for children.
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Make up your mind about Brexit, Britain. The EU is getting bored with you | Guntram Wolff 13 Sep 7:50am Make up your mind about Brexit, Britain. The EU is getting bored with you | Guntram Wolff
If the UK wants to shake itself out of its self-absorption make a success of its departure, it needs to take a look at itself in a European mirrorIt is official: Brexit is boring – at least on the continent. As the European commission president,
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How are you dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma? 13 Sep 7:39am How are you dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma?
If you’ve been affected by the storm and its effects you can share your story, pictures and videos with us here
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Ralph Lauren makes his cars the stars in elitist extravaganza 13 Sep 6:39am Ralph Lauren makes his cars the stars in elitist extravaganza
The designer invited just 300 guests to his New York fashion week show which was a celebration of affluence and exclusivity The late 19th-century arbiter of Manhattan society Samuel Ward McAllister coined the phrase “The Four Hundred” to describe the number of people who really matter in New York at any given time. Ralph Lauren, who has built a personal fortune of $5.8bn (£4.4bn) by distilling the top notes of affluent east coast society into blazers, polo shirts and perfumes, revived this concept on Tuesday evening with an ultra-exclusive runway show, bucking the inclusive, consumer-facing direction that has defined most of New York fashion week. In contrast to Alexander Wang’s Saturday night event, staged guerilla-style on downtown streets, Ralph Lauren selected just 300 guests to be chauffeur-driven out of the city for one glamorous evening, staging a runway show and black-tie dinner upstate among a personal collection of valuable vintage sports cars.
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Picture released of man suspected of pushing woman into path of bus 13 Sep 6:30am Picture released of man suspected of pushing woman into path of bus
Police investigating assault of woman pushed into road by jogger on Putney Bridge in London put out CCTV image Detectives investigating the assault of a woman who was pushed in front of a London bus by a jogger have released a further CCTV image of the suspect.
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Polish death metal band Decapitated accused of kidnap and rape 13 Sep 6:30am Polish death metal band Decapitated accused of kidnap and rape
The celebrated four-piece are alleged to have raped a woman they invited on their tour bus following a concert in Spokane, Washington Polish metal band Decapitated have been accused of kidnapping and gang rape while on tour in the US. The band, one of the most celebrated in the “technical death metal” subgenre, were arrested in Los Angeles after a woman claimed she was held against her will and raped in the band’s tour bus, following a 31 August concert in Spokane, Washington.
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Government to pay legal fees after ABCC head Nigel Hadgkiss resigns 13 Sep 6:29am Government to pay legal fees after ABCC head Nigel Hadgkiss resigns
Hadgkiss has told the federal court he directed that Labor changes to right-of-entry laws not be published in 2013, breaching the Fair Work Act The Turnbull government will pick up the legal costs for the former head of the building watchdog, who resigned after he admitted to contravening the Fair Work Act. The government confirmed on Wednesday night that legal assistance would be provided to Nigel Hadgkiss in accordance with normal practice.
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Bitcoin is a fraud that will blow up, says JP Morgan boss 13 Sep 6:26am Bitcoin is a fraud that will blow up, says JP Morgan boss
Jamie Dimon claims cryptocurrency is only fit for use by drug dealers, murderers and people living in North Korea Bitcoin is a fraud that will ultimately blow up, according to the JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon, who said the digital currency was only fit for use by drug dealers, murderers and people living in places such as North Korea. Speaking at a banking conference in New York, Dimon said he would fire “in a second” anyone at the investment bank found to be trading in bitcoin. “For two reasons: it’s against our rules, and they’re stupid. And both are dangerous.”
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China-born New Zealand MP denies being a spy 13 Sep 5:57am China-born New Zealand MP denies being a spy
Yang Jian criticises ‘smear campaign’ after it emerges he studied and taught at Chinese universities linked to intelligence services A China-born MP for New Zealand’s ruling party has denied being a spy after it emerged that he had spent years studying and teaching in universities with links to Chinese intelligence services.
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Aung San Suu Kyi to miss UN general assembly amid criticism over Rohingya crisis 13 Sep 5:51am Aung San Suu Kyi to miss UN general assembly amid criticism over Rohingya crisis
Nobel laureate’s reputation as rights defender in ruins over Myanmar’s violent crackdown on Muslim minority which has fuelled a humanitarian crisis Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the UN general assembly later this month, her spokesman has said, as the Nobel laureate faces a barrage of criticism over her failure to speak up for Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state. A crackdown by Myanmar’s army, launched in response to Rohingya militant attacks on 25 August, has sent some 370,000 Rohingya refugees scrambling across the border to Bangladesh in less than three weeks.
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Storm Aileen batters Britain with high winds causing power cuts and travel chaos 13 Sep 5:31am Storm Aileen batters Britain with high winds causing power cuts and travel chaos
Weather warnings issued and drivers told to take extra care on the roads as first named storm of the year hits UK Thousands of homes have been left without power and travel was disrupted as Storm Aileen hit Britain. The first named storm of the year brought heavy rain and high winds overnight, and commuters have been warned to take care following the severe weather.
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Twitter founder: Trump presidency is product of short attention spans 13 Sep 5:19am Twitter founder: Trump presidency is product of short attention spans
Evan Williams says US president helps highlight how social media platforms are helping to ‘dumb entire world down’ Donald Trump is a symptom of a media environment based on short attention spans that is making the world dumber, one of the founders of Twitter has said. Evan Williams, one of the co-founders of the network, said Trump’s election highlighted a wider issue about how social media platforms were helping to “dumb the entire world down” and undermining our sense of truth.
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The UN is failing – we must give its leader real power to act | Helen Clark 13 Sep 5:00am The UN is failing – we must give its leader real power to act | Helen Clark
The former New Zealand premier and top UN official says the organisation cannot hope to end today’s crises while it is hamstrung by micro-management In a world facing many grave challenges across many spheres, people look to the United Nations to play a key role in resolving them.
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Jean-Claude Juncker plays down Brexit in EU state of union speech 13 Sep 4:46am Jean-Claude Juncker plays down Brexit in EU state of union speech
European commission president says bloc should strike new trade deals and vows to ‘move forward once Britain leaves’ The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Wednesday that the “wind is back in Europe’s sails” as he issued a rallying call a year after the shock of the Brexit vote.
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Sister hack: chainsaw-wielding nun helps clean up Hurricane Irma damage – video 13 Sep 4:38am Sister hack: chainsaw-wielding nun helps clean up Hurricane Irma damage – video
Sister Margaret Ann uses a chainsaw to help cleanup efforts in Miami after it was hit by Irma. The Catholic nun uses the tool to hack away at tree branches felled by the storm
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‘We’ll figure it out’: faith amid the flood in Florida after Irma - video 13 Sep 3:59am ‘We’ll figure it out’: faith amid the flood in Florida after Irma - video
Over 6.4 million people in the south-eastern US were warned to evacuate as Hurricane Irma ripped through communities across Florida. As the residents of Bonita Springs clean up Irma’s devastation, they turn to their faiths and to each other to find a way forward
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Only 2% of UK’s council tower blocks have full sprinkler system 13 Sep 3:19am Only 2% of UK’s council tower blocks have full sprinkler system
On eve of Grenfell fire inquiry, figures reveal only one in 50 of UK’s social housing tower blocks have full sprinkler systems Only 2% of the UK’s social housing tower blocks have a full sprinkler system, figures released under freedom of information have revealed on the eve of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. The request by BBC Breakfast related to half of the tower blocks owned by councils and housing associations across the UK. It found that just one in 50 had full sprinkler systems and only one in three had more than one staircase though which residents could be evacuated.
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Labor attacks Michaelia Cash for taking no action over ABCC head Nigel Hadgkiss – politics live 13 Sep 2:50am Updated Labor attacks Michaelia Cash for taking no action over ABCC head Nigel Hadgkiss – politics live
ABCC head Nigel Hadgkiss resigns after admitting ‘recklessly misrepresenting union rights to employers for more than two years’; the blame game over power prices continues; and marriage campaign safeguards pass the Senate despite Cory Bernardi’s objections. Follow it live …
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Australian welfare recipients spend proportionately less on alcohol – ABS 13 Sep 2:46am Australian welfare recipients spend proportionately less on alcohol – ABS
Basics such as food, energy, health, transport and housing account for more than half of Australian household spending Welfare recipients spend proportionally less of their total spending on alcohol than all other Australians, new figures show. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released its six-yearly
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Storm Aileen batters Britain with high winds and power cuts 13 Sep 2:28am Storm Aileen batters Britain with high winds and power cuts
Gusts of up to 75mph expected and drivers told to take extra care on their way to work as first named storm of the year hits UK Commuters are being warned to brace for rush-hour chaos and thousands have been left without power as Storm Aileen batters the UK.
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Anger in Singapore as first female president is elected without a vote 13 Sep 2:04am Anger in Singapore as first female president is elected without a vote
Halimah Yacob did not have to face an election after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria An establishment stalwart has been named Singapore’s first female president but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism that her selection was undemocratic after she was handed the job without a vote.
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Grenfell campaigner calls for return of local assets as reparation 13 Sep 2:00am Grenfell campaigner calls for return of local assets as reparation
Edward Daffarn says council should restore services of library, college and stables as atonement for years of neglect
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How will leaving the EU affect universities and research? Brexit Means ... podcast 13 Sep 2:00am How will leaving the EU affect universities and research? Brexit Means ... podcast
Jon Henley and guests discuss the potential impact of Brexit on higher education, from lecturers to students to funding
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Bushfires and record temperatures herald arrival of forecast spring heat 13 Sep 1:49am Bushfires and record temperatures herald arrival of forecast spring heat
Sydney logs hottest September day on record, Hunter Valley bushfires threaten houses and bureau warns of worse to come An out-of-control bushfire in the New South Wales Hunter Valley was threatening houses on Wednesday as firefighters battled a number of fires amid unseasonable heat with Sydney experiencing its hottest September day on record.
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Blame game over power prices dominates question time – politics live 13 Sep 1:35am Updated Blame game over power prices dominates question time – politics live
ABCC head Nigel Hadgkiss resigns after admitting ‘to recklessly misrepresenting union rights to employers for more than two years’; and marriage campaign safeguards pass the Senate despite Cory Bernardi’s objections. Follow it live …
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Free movement: a circle that cannot be squared in the Brexit debate 13 Sep 1:00am Free movement: a circle that cannot be squared in the Brexit debate
Tony Blair is among those hoping a deal on immigration can keep Britain in the single market, but EU leaders are unconvinced Tony Blair is only the latest politician to attempt to square the Brexit circle: rewriting the European Union’s basic rules to allow Britain to stay in the single market and regain control of immigration. The debate that the former UK prime minister reopened is most acute for the Labour party. When Keir Starmer set out the
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Philippines MPs vote to slash budget of agency investigating drug war to £15 13 Sep 12:27am Philippines MPs vote to slash budget of agency investigating drug war to £15
The Commission of Human Rights has condemned thousands of police killings and has been criticised strongly by President Rodrigo Duterte Philippine legislators allied with President
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Head of Australian Building and Construction Commission resigns – question time live 13 Sep 12:26am Updated Head of Australian Building and Construction Commission resigns – question time live
Nigel Hadgkiss had earlier admitted ‘to recklessly misrepresenting union rights to employers for more than two years’; marriage campaign safeguards pass the Senate despite Cory Bernardi’s objections. Follow all today’s events in and around parliament
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