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North Korea now able to miniaturise nuclear warheads – Japan defence report 20 Aug 11:23pm North Korea now able to miniaturise nuclear warheads – Japan defence report
Upcoming review out of Tokyo will reportedly say missile programme poses ‘serious and imminent threat’ Japan’s government will reportedly state that
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Trump backs further away from tightening gun controls – as it happened 20 Aug 10:50pm Trump backs further away from tightening gun controls – as it happened
President tells reporters he was elected by strong supporters of the second amendment
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College of Physicians could have charity status revoked following investigation 20 Aug 10:16pm College of Physicians could have charity status revoked following investigation
Regulator has concerns over Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ use of charity funds The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has been warned its charity status could be revoked if it fails to address regulator concerns about the use of charity funds for legal advice, hiring practices, and concerns about its handling of complaints. The college
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Trump postpones meeting with Danish PM after she says Greenland is not for sale – as it happened 20 Aug 9:39pm Trump postpones meeting with Danish PM after she says Greenland is not for sale – as it happened
President blames move on Mette Frederiksen’s comments ‘that she would have no interest in discussing purchase’
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Trump cancels Denmark trip after PM says Greenland is not for sale 20 Aug 9:39pm Trump cancels Denmark trip after PM says Greenland is not for sale
President says he is postponing meeting with Mette Frederiksen because she was not interested in discussing transaction Donald Trump has cancelled his trip to Denmark and postponed his meeting with the Danish prime minister after she said that Greenland was not for sale.
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Cardinal George Pell loses appeal on child sexual assault conviction – live 20 Aug 9:17pm Updated Cardinal George Pell loses appeal on child sexual assault conviction – live
Appeal dismissed by a majority of two to one for the 78-year-old who will remain in prison until October 2022. He was sentenced in March for sexually assaulting two choirboys in 1996
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Trump cancels trip to Denmark over Greenland purchase – live 20 Aug 8:56pm Trump cancels trip to Denmark over Greenland purchase – live
President blames move on Mette Frederiksen’s comments ‘that she would have no interest in discussing purchase’
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Trump postpones meeting with Danish PM over Greenland purchase 20 Aug 8:50pm Trump postpones meeting with Danish PM over Greenland purchase
President blames rescheduling on Mette Frederiksen’s comments ‘that she would have no interest in discussing purchase’
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Big irrigators take 86% of water from Barwon-Darling, report finds 20 Aug 8:50pm Updated Big irrigators take 86% of water from Barwon-Darling, report finds
Lower Darling pushed into drought three years early because of sheer volume of water extraction by just a few licence holders A handful of big irrigators are responsible for 86% of water extracted
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Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro confirms months of secret US talks 20 Aug 8:45pm Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro confirms months of secret US talks
‘Various contacts’ made, says embattled president, amid reports he is negotiating a way to stand down Nicolás Maduro has confirmed top Venezuelan officials have been talking to members of Donald Trump’s White House, after reports his second-in-command had been negotiating his downfall with the United States. “I confirm that for months there have been contacts between senior officials from Donald Trump’s government and from the Bolivarian government over which I preside – with my express and direct permission,” Venezuela’s authoritarian leader said in
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Australia to join US military effort to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz 20 Aug 8:41pm Australia to join US military effort to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz
Troops, planes and warships to help guard the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East where tensions are flaring with Iran Australia will send troops, planes and warships to help guard the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, said Australia would make a “modest and time-limited” contribution to international efforts to protect freedom of navigation in the region.
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Cardinal George Pell appeal: decision due on child sexual assault conviction – live 20 Aug 7:26pm Updated Cardinal George Pell appeal: decision due on child sexual assault conviction – live
The 78-year-old has been in prison since being sentenced in March for sexually assaulting two choirboys in 1996 when he was archbishop of Melbourne. Follow live as the judgment is handed down
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Trump uses antisemitic trope to question loyalty of Jewish Democrats – live 20 Aug 7:17pm Updated Trump uses antisemitic trope to question loyalty of Jewish Democrats – live
Trump criticizes Jewish Americans who support the Democratic party, saying they show ‘great disloyalty’
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Police thwarted six mass shootings and white supremacist attacks since El Paso 20 Aug 7:09pm Police thwarted six mass shootings and white supremacist attacks since El Paso
Several of the alleged foiled plots appeared to involve men espousing far-right viewpoints and racist ideologies In the two weeks since a gunman
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Two tigers seized from traffickers every week, report finds 20 Aug 7:01pm Two tigers seized from traffickers every week, report finds
Closure of tiger farms among urgent steps needed to protect species, wildlife summit hears Two illegally smuggled tigers per week are being seized by officials, according to a report, but this represents only a tiny fraction of those being killed. The report, by the
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Trump accuses Jewish Americans of ‘disloyalty’ for voting Democratic, in antisemitic trope 20 Aug 6:57pm Trump accuses Jewish Americans of ‘disloyalty’ for voting Democratic, in antisemitic trope
President’s remarks seemed to refer to a perception that Jewish Americans have a dual loyalty to both America and Israel Donald Trump used an apparently antisemitic trope when accusing Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats as showing “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty”. The remarks came as part of a barrage of disparaging comments that threaten to re-ignite an ongoing feud with Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib. They
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Cardinal George Pell appeal: judges to rule on sexual assault conviction 20 Aug 6:30pm Cardinal George Pell appeal: judges to rule on sexual assault conviction
The 78-year-old has been in prison since being sentenced in March for sexually assaulting two choirboys in 1996 when he was archbishop of Melbourne
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Airline under fire for allegedly refusing to accommodate passenger with autism 20 Aug 6:14pm Airline under fire for allegedly refusing to accommodate passenger with autism
Man says crew of Delta connecting partner SkyWest did not allow his brother, who has nonverbal autism, to sit with a family member Delta and their connection partner airline, SkyWest are the latest airlines to come under fire for discrimination, over an incident involving a passenger with autism. Ayo Isola said he was traveling from Detroit back home to Houston with his mother, sister and brother, Tayo, who has nonverbal autism and often experiences sensory overload. Upon boarding their flight, Isola realized his family was not seated together.
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British child dies on the Costa del Sol after reports of balcony fall 20 Aug 6:00pm British child dies on the Costa del Sol after reports of balcony fall
Foreign Office says it is offering support to family of child, understood to be a boy aged 13 A British child has died in a holiday town on the Costa del Sol in Spain, the Foreign Office has confirmed. According to reports, the child was a 13-year-old boy who fell from an apartment block.
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Morning mail: early drought, Instagram censorship, more Epstein lawsuits 20 Aug 4:59pm Morning mail: early drought, Instagram censorship, more Epstein lawsuits
Wednesday: Lower Darling pushed into early drought because of water extraction, report finds. Plus: Australia one win away from retaining Ashes Good morning, this is Stephen Smiley bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Wednesday 21 August.
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Trump renews support for Russia to rejoin G8 – live 20 Aug 4:48pm Updated Trump renews support for Russia to rejoin G8 – live
President said it’s ‘much more appropriate to have Russia in’ days before annual G7 meeting
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Trump renews call for Russia to rejoin G7 days before annual meeting – live 20 Aug 3:34pm Trump renews call for Russia to rejoin G7 days before annual meeting – live
President says it’s ‘much more appropriate to have Russia in’ as eighth member and that Johnson will be ‘far superior’ UK PM to May
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New species of stegosaurus uncovered in Moroccan dig 20 Aug 3:29pm New species of stegosaurus uncovered in Moroccan dig
Scientists believe dinosaur dates back to 168m years ago during the middle Jurassic period A new species of one of the most recognisable types of dinosaur is also the oldest of its kind ever discovered, British scientists believe. Remains of a stegosaurus, an armoured dinosaur instantly recognisable by the plate-like bones protruding from its spine and spikes on its tails, were studied by a team from the Natural History Museum and belong to a new genus that walked the earth around 168m years ago.
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Spain sends warship to pick up migrants stranded in Italian waters 20 Aug 3:21pm Updated Spain sends warship to pick up migrants stranded in Italian waters
Intervention comes as desperate migrants try to swim to Lampedusa from Open Arms rescue vessel Italian prosecutors have ordered that 83 migrants onboard a charity vessel that has been anchored off the island of Lampedusa for 19 days must be immediately disembarked, citing the “explosive’’ psychological and medical condition of the passengers. The rescue ship, operated by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, has been refused permission to dock by Italy’s far-right interior minister,
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French musician killed by bear in Canada 20 Aug 3:21pm French musician killed by bear in Canada
Julien Gauthier, 44, was on an expedition recording sounds of nature for his music A French artist who used sounds of nature in his music has been killed by a bear in Canada. Friends said Julien Gauthier, 44, was the victim of an attack after a bear entered a camp near the village of Tulita, in the Northwest Territories, in the early hours of Thursday last week. The police have not yet publicly identified the victim.
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Trump moves away from supporting stricter gun background checks – live 20 Aug 3:16pm Trump moves away from supporting stricter gun background checks – live
President says in the Oval Office that US has ‘very, very strong’ background checks and that expanding is a ‘slippery slope’
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Is James Bond about to die? What the new 007 title might mean 20 Aug 3:13pm Is James Bond about to die? What the new 007 title might mean
The 25th outing for the superspy is called No Time to Die, which brings up a number of different theories It has been a long road to get to the title of Bond 25. For a while the film was variously rumoured to be Eclipse (too generic), A Reason to Die (too much like low-hanging fruit for bored critics) and Shatterhand (too much like a worryingly graphic description of someone trying to manually catch their own diarrhoea). But now, finally, the truth is out. The next James Bond film will officially be called No Time to Die.
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CPS investigates GMP officers after man found unresponsive in police van 20 Aug 2:47pm CPS investigates GMP officers after man found unresponsive in police van
Manchester officers could face criminal charges after Andre Moura was pronounced dead in hospital Five police officers are under investigation by the Crown Prosecution Service after a man was found unresponsive in a police van in Oldham and later pronounced dead in hospital. Andre Moura was found unresponsive in custody after being arrested in July 2018.
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Trump lashes out at Rashida Tlaib after her emotional remarks on Israel trip – live 20 Aug 2:43pm Updated Trump lashes out at Rashida Tlaib after her emotional remarks on Israel trip – live
President tweets ‘I don’t buy’ Michigan representative’s tears after she was barred from entering Israel alongside Ilhan Omar
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Man arrested at Home Office building over alleged death threats 20 Aug 2:28pm Man arrested at Home Office building over alleged death threats
Police hold man on suspicion of possessing weapon, days after attack on civil servant
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Italy and Matteo Salvini face uncertainty after PM’s resignation 20 Aug 2:03pm Italy and Matteo Salvini face uncertainty after PM’s resignation
President could call snap election, seek new coalition or install caretaker government “This government ends here,” said Giuseppe Conte, as he
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EU citizens in UK demand clarification of status as no deal looms 20 Aug 1:45pm EU citizens in UK demand clarification of status as no deal looms
EU nationals cancel travel plans amid confusion over potential sudden end to free movement Citizens from other EU member states living in Britain have called on the government to provide more clarity urgently on their status in the event of a sharp end to free movement following a no-deal Brexit. Although 1 million EU nationals resident in the UK have already applied for settled status, at least a further 2.6 million have yet to apply. More than 100 people in this situation contacted the Guardian on Tuesday to express fears about what their status would be immediately after a no-deal Brexit.
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Man was sleepwalking when he sexually assaulted woman, jury finds 20 Aug 1:38pm Man was sleepwalking when he sexually assaulted woman, jury finds
Judge at York crown court tells Dale Kelly, 21, he may need treatment as jury finds he was not responsible for his actions A 21-year-old man with a history of sleepwalking has been told he may need treatment after a jury found he was asleep when he sexually assaulted his friend’s girlfriend. Dale Kelly was found not guilty of sexual assault by penetration by reason of insanity after he sleepwalked into the couple’s bedroom, got into their bed and touched the woman intimately.
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EU firmly rejects Boris Johnson request to remove backstop 20 Aug 1:29pm EU firmly rejects Boris Johnson request to remove backstop
Johnson says MPs who claim they can prevent no deal are to blame for hardline EU response
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Nasa mission to Jupiter moon Europa moves step closer to launch 20 Aug 1:16pm Nasa mission to Jupiter moon Europa moves step closer to launch
Mission that could shed light on possibility of life on icy rock is expected to lift off in 2025 A Nasa mission to explore the most tantalising of Jupiter’s 79 moons has been given the green light to proceed to the final stages of development. Europa, the smallest of Jupiter’s moons – slightly smaller than our own – has long been considered a possible candidate in the hunt for alien life. Evidence suggests there is an ocean below the moon’s thick, icy crust that might be tens of miles deep. Scientists believe this body of water could contain the right chemical cocktail for life and could even be home to some form of living organisms.
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Rebels withdraw from key Syrian town as pro-Assad troops advance 20 Aug 1:14pm Rebels withdraw from key Syrian town as pro-Assad troops advance
Move by insurgents in Khan Sheikhun marks a milestone for Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold Insurgent groups have withdrawn from Khan Sheikhun in north-west Syria, clearing the way for pro-government forces to enter the town, in a milestone moment in the war for Idlib province, the country’s last major rebel stronghold. The development came hours after Turkey
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Strong wind blows dozens of air mattresses through Denver park – video 20 Aug 1:00pm Strong wind blows dozens of air mattresses through Denver park – video
Dozens of inflatable mattresses cartwheeled across a park in the US city of Denver on Saturday as strong winds whipped through the neighbourhood. Robb Manes, who filmed the bizarre spectacle, described it as the ‘great mattress migration of 2019’. According to local reports, the mattresses had been set out for an open-air film screening called the Bed Cinema later that day
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Rights groups challenge UK police over mobile phone monitoring 20 Aug 12:46pm Rights groups challenge UK police over mobile phone monitoring
Activists try to overturn ruling allowing police to neither confirm nor deny use of surveillance technology The refusal by police forces to disclose whether they are exploiting covert surveillance technology to track mobile phones is to be challenged at a tribunal next week. Privacy International, represented by lawyers for the civil rights organisation Liberty, will attempt to overturn a ruling allowing the Metropolitan police and seven other forces to “neither confirm nor deny” use of the controversial equipment.
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We must never forget Peterloo | Letters 20 Aug 12:18pm We must never forget Peterloo | Letters
Readers suggest ways to commemorate the Peterloo massacre on its 200th anniversaryYour coverage of the 200th anniversary commemorations in Manchester of the Peterloo massacre was superb (
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Brazilian police sniper kills bus hijacker in Rio de Janeiro 20 Aug 12:13pm Brazilian police sniper kills bus hijacker in Rio de Janeiro
All 37 hostages onboard hijacked bus on bridge across Guanabara Bay survive ordeal Brazilian security forces have shot dead a man who hijacked a bus on a bridge across Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro and took nearly 40 people hostage. The hijacking began at about 5am on Tuesday when a masked man commandeered a commuter bus on the bridge, which connects Rio with the city of Niterói. The man took 37 people in the bus hostage before freeing six of them, officials said.
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Sleepwalking man cleared of sexually assaulting woman 20 Aug 12:08pm Sleepwalking man cleared of sexually assaulting woman
Judge at York crown court tells Dale Kelly, 21, he may need treatment after jury finds him not guilty by reason of insanity A 21-year-old man with a history of sleepwalking has been told he may need treatment after a jury found he was asleep when he sexually assaulted his friend’s girlfriend. Dale Kelly was found not guilty by reason of insanity of sexual assault by penetration after he sleepwalked into the couple’s bedroom, got into their bed and touched the woman intimately.
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Trump accuses Rashida Tlaib of fake tears over Israel trip – live news 20 Aug 12:05pm Trump accuses Rashida Tlaib of fake tears over Israel trip – live news
President tweets ‘I don’t buy’ Michigan representative’s tears after she was barred from entering Israel alongside Ilhan Omar
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‘We need to survive’: Stevenage’s small business owners reveal Brexit fears 20 Aug 11:45am ‘We need to survive’: Stevenage’s small business owners reveal Brexit fears
From the greengrocer’s to the local gift shop, residents brace for the prospect of crashing out of the EU without a deal “You see the melons over there?” said Ali Ahmed, pointing across his extensive display of fruit and vegetables at his greengrocer’s in Stevenage town centre. “They come from Spain. Most of the apples come from Poland. The tomatoes are from Holland.” Ahmed, who has been running Star Groceries for about five years, gets most of his fresh produce from New Spitalfields market. “We’ve spoken to the wholesaler and [if there is a no-deal Brexit] they say it’s going to be very, very, very hard. But we have no idea what’s going to happen. I don’t know what I can do. You can’t stock up on fresh fruit and veg, so I’m just hoping they get a deal.
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Italian PM Giuseppe Conte announces resignation - video 20 Aug 11:35am Italian PM Giuseppe Conte announces resignation - video
Conte has told Italy’s senate he is stepping down because of a decision by the far-right League, which is led by the interior minister, Matteo Salvini, to pull the plug on its populist alliance with the anti-establishment
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UN postpones anti-torture conference in Cairo after backlash 20 Aug 11:19am UN postpones anti-torture conference in Cairo after backlash
Human rights campaigners criticised ‘whitewashing’ of Egyptian government’s abuses The UN has postponed an anti-torture conference due to take place in Cairo, following an outcry from human rights activists who accused the organisation of “whitewashing” the Egyptian government’s abuses. The conference on “defining and criminalising torture in the Arab region” was scheduled for 4 and 5 September. A draft copy of the agenda listed participants including the UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, as leading discussions on the prohibition of torture alongside Egyptian government officials.
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Family of UK resident jailed in Iran urge No 10 to secure her release 20 Aug 11:14am Family of UK resident jailed in Iran urge No 10 to secure her release
Relatives of Aras Amiri say sentence passed in May was upheld without a hearing The family of a UK resident detained in Iran on spying charges have urged the UK government to do more to secure her release after a 10-year prison sentence against her was upheld without a hearing. Aras Amiri, 33, a British Council employee, was
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Cameroon anglophone separatist leader handed life sentence 20 Aug 11:09am Updated Cameroon anglophone separatist leader handed life sentence
Self-proclaimed president of ‘Ambazonia’ and nine followers convicted of charges including ‘terrorism and secession’ A military court in Cameroon has sentenced 10 leaders of the country’s anglophone separatist movement to life imprisonment in what activists have described as a sham trial. The head of the movement, Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, and nine of his followers were convicted of charges including terrorism and secession and given a fine of $350m (£286m) after an all-night sitting by the court.
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Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version 20 Aug 10:41am Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version
Vulnerability could be exploited to gain control of iPhone, users are warned Apple users are being warned to exercise particular caution over their cybersecurity for the next few days, after the company mistakenly reopened a security flaw in the latest version of iOS. In iOS 12.4, released last month, Apple
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UK officials to skip most EU meetings from next month 20 Aug 10:39am UK officials to skip most EU meetings from next month
Slashing attendance by half will ‘unshackle’ staff to prepare for Brexit, minister says
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Female Democrats rally around Planned Parenthood amid abortion rule dispute 20 Aug 10:34am Female Democrats rally around Planned Parenthood amid abortion rule dispute
2020 candidates decried restrictions as organization’s acting president and CEO predicted many will ‘delay or go without care’
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Toddler injured after falling from hotel window in Blackpool 20 Aug 10:28am Updated Toddler injured after falling from hotel window in Blackpool
Two-year-old girl in serious condition at Alder Hey children’s hospital A toddler has sustained multiple fractures after falling from the second floor of a hotel in Blackpool. Emergency services were called to the Rooms Inn hotel, in the town centre, shortly before 9am on Tuesday to reports of a baby having fallen from a window.
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Donald Tusk rejects Boris Johnson request to remove backstop 20 Aug 9:26am Donald Tusk rejects Boris Johnson request to remove backstop
No 10 hits back at Tusk claim that those not proposing realistic alternatives in effect back re-establishing border
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Russia refuses to share data on blast that caused radiation spike 20 Aug 9:22am Russia refuses to share data on blast that caused radiation spike
Monitoring stations ceased transmitting data two days after the 8 August blast Russia has told international nuclear test ban monitors that it does not have to share information on the blast that caused a brief spike in radiation levels in Arkhangelsk region, bolstering speculation that Russia may have tampered with monitoring stations that failed to transmit scientific data after the accident. Two Russian-operated monitoring stations for the
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Asylum seekers crammed into rat-infested rooms 20 Aug 8:32am Asylum seekers crammed into rat-infested rooms
‘Guest houses’ provided by Home Office contractor unfit for habitation, say lawyers Hundreds of asylum seekers have been crammed into a network of “guest houses” provided by a Home Office contractor overrun by cockroaches, rats and mice, the Guardian has learned. Lawyers shown footage recorded by the Guardian – which reveals that families of four are sharing small double beds and are being crammed into spaces so small that they are barely able to walk around their rooms – said that the conditions could constitute statutory overcrowding and an environment unfit for human habitation.
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Brexit free-movement cutoff plans worse than Windrush, says Abbott 20 Aug 8:24am Updated Brexit free-movement cutoff plans worse than Windrush, says Abbott
Senior Labour MP says no-deal Brexit proposal would create chaos for EU citizens in UK
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El Salvador rape victim Evelyn Hernández cleared over stillborn baby’s death - video 20 Aug 8:07am El Salvador rape victim Evelyn Hernández cleared over stillborn baby’s death - video
A young rape victim who was suspected of having an abortion and charged with homicide after having a stillborn child has been acquitted by a judge at a retrial in a case that drew international attention to El Salvador’s strict abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hernández, now 21, had served 33 months of a 30-year prison sentence when her conviction was overturned in February for lack of evidence
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Phil Neville calls for social media boycott to combat racist abuse 20 Aug 7:49am Phil Neville calls for social media boycott to combat racist abuse
England women’s coach responds to Pogba abuse on Twitter
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Russian and China warn US missile test could revive arms race 20 Aug 6:59am Russian and China warn US missile test could revive arms race
Beijing urges US to ‘let go of cold war mentality’ after it fires nuclear-capable weapon Russia and China have warned a new US missile test had heightened military tensions and risked triggering an arms race, weeks after Washington
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Italian PM expected to resign as political chaos deepens 20 Aug 6:16am Italian PM expected to resign as political chaos deepens
Giuseppe Conte to address Senate, two weeks after deputy PM pulled plug on coalition The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, is widely expected to resign on Tuesday after delivering a blistering attack against Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League. Conte, a law professor who was plucked from obscurity last year to steer the coalition between Salvini’s League and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), will address the Senate at 3pm local time, almost two weeks after Salvini
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Amazon under fire for new packaging that cannot be recycled 20 Aug 5:42am Amazon under fire for new packaging that cannot be recycled
Use of plastic envelopes branded a ‘major step backwards’ in fight against pollution Amazon has been criticised by environmental groups and customers after introducing a range of plastic packaging that cannot be recycled in the UK. While supermarkets and other retailers have been reducing their use of
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Home and Away star Ben Unwin dies aged 41 20 Aug 5:02am Home and Away star Ben Unwin dies aged 41
Actor, who played Jesse McGregor in the soap and directed Chumbawumba’s Tubthumping video, was found dead last week Home and Away actor Ben Unwin has died aged 41, New South Wales police have confirmed. The actor, who appeared as cult character Jesse McGregor in the long-running soap opera, was found dead close to Australia’s eastern Gold Coast on 14 August. The cause of death is currently unknown.
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Alan Jones says advertisers who leave his program will be replaced by others 20 Aug 4:59am Alan Jones says advertisers who leave his program will be replaced by others
Total of 19 big advertisers have dropped his breakfast program after comments he made about Jacinda Ardern
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Anti-abortion groups rally after decriminalisation bill delayed until September 20 Aug 4:43am Anti-abortion groups rally after decriminalisation bill delayed until September
A vote on the bill to decriminalise abortion had been expected this week but opponents have campaigned furiously against it Hundreds of anti-abortion protesters have rallied outside the NSW parliament after opponents of a bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales successfully delayed a final vote on the legislation until next month. The parliament’s upper house began debating the reproductive healthcare reform bill on Tuesday,
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At least 11 die on Papua New Guinea mountain pilgrimage 20 Aug 4:36am At least 11 die on Papua New Guinea mountain pilgrimage
Grim conditions and terrain claim pilgrims hiking to religious festival in Morobe province At least 11 people have died and three remain missing after groups of pilgrims hiking to a religious celebration in Papua New Guinea got lost in the mountains. At least 21 people were rescued by helicopter on Sunday and Monday from the Sarawaget range in Morobe province. They had been attempting to reach Indagen for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Lutheran missionaries.
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Rebels withdraw in key Syrian town as pro-Assad and Turkish troops gather 20 Aug 3:59am Rebels withdraw in key Syrian town as pro-Assad and Turkish troops gather
Move by insurgents in Khan Sheikhun marks a milestone for Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold Insurgent groups have partially withdrawn from Khan Sheikhun in north-west Syria, clearing the way for pro-government forces to enter the town. The development marks a milestone in the war for Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria, and came hours after Turkey
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Man shot dead at petrol station in Co Down 20 Aug 3:07am Man shot dead at petrol station in Co Down
The victim, who was believed to be a loyalist, was found in his car in the village of Waringstown A man has been shot dead at a petrol station in Co Down, police have said. The shooting took place on Main Street in the village of Waringstown on Monday night.
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Radio stations for the blind could go off air over NDIS funding shortfall 20 Aug 3:06am Radio stations for the blind could go off air over NDIS funding shortfall
Vision Australia Radio faces a $700,000 gap after disability funding was transferred to the NDIS The non-profit that runs a network of radio stations for Australia’s blind and low vision community says it will be off the air by next year unless the government intervenes to restore its funding. Vision Australia, which operates 10 radio stations across Victoria, southern New South Wales, Adelaide and Perth, says it is facing a $700,000 shortfall after responsibility for disability funding was transferred to the national disability insurance scheme.
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Review calls for sugar labels to show images of teaspoons of sugar 20 Aug 3:01am Review calls for sugar labels to show images of teaspoons of sugar
There is pushback from the beverages industry to the proposal to show how many teaspoons of sugar there are in sweetened drinks Pictures showing how many teaspoons of sugar there are in sweetened drinks could be made compulsory under a proposal health ministers have earmarked for further investigation. The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation last week ordered a review into the proposal, which has been welcomed by public health experts and parents’ groups but has already received pushback from the beverages industry.
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Life after apartheid: images from the new South Africa 20 Aug 2:00am Life after apartheid: images from the new South Africa
Thabiso Sekgala’s solo show features work taken by the late South African photographer offering nuanced, alternative narratives about life in contemporary Africa. His work focused on the idea of home and the personal, political or economic conditions that determine our relationship to it.
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Nevada casino workers fight an uphill battle to get – and keep – their unions 20 Aug 2:00am Nevada casino workers fight an uphill battle to get – and keep – their unions
Despite winning six union elections, the opposition continues through legal appeals and stalled contracts Michael Wagner has worked as a bartender at the Green Valley Ranch Casino Resort in Henderson, Nevada since it first opened in December 2001. Wagner and other workers at the casino
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The cult of Columbine: how an obsession with school shooters led to a murder plot 20 Aug 1:00am The cult of Columbine: how an obsession with school shooters led to a murder plot
How two lonely outsiders met online and discovered their passion – planning a massacre at a shopping mall. By Rachel MonroeIt was an extremely online romance, as many were in 2014: they followed each other on Tumblr, then they became Facebook friends, then they started chatting. James Gamble was 19, aimless and unemployed. Lindsay Souvannarath was 22, with a newly minted degree from a small liberal arts school in Iowa and vague plans to join the Peace Corps. Over the next seven weeks, Lindsay and James would come to feel that their meeting was part of some great cosmic plan. They were in similar places in their lives: young adults still living with their parents, socially awkward, virgins. They did not spend much time talking about the mundane building blocks of adulthood – school, family, work – in part because those parts of life had felt hostile to both of them for a long time. Instead, they discussed the other things they had in common – how they both walked stiffly and too fast; how as soon as they entered a room, other people could sense that something about them did not quite fit. How they could tell that strangers were afraid of them. How they had grown to like it, in a way, the perverse kind of power that came from being the kind of person everyone else wanted to stay away from.
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Death, blackouts, melting asphalt: ways the climate crisis will change how we live 20 Aug 1:00am Death, blackouts, melting asphalt: ways the climate crisis will change how we live
From power cuts to infrastructure failure, the impact of climate change on US cities will be huge – but many are already innovating to adapt Between record heat and rain, this summer’s weather patterns have indicated, once again, that the climate is changing. US cities, where more than 80% of the nation’s population lives, are disproportionately hit by these changes, not only because of their huge populations but because of their existing – often inadequate – infrastructure.
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Families of missing Uighurs use Tiktok video app to publicise China detentions 20 Aug 12:18am Families of missing Uighurs use Tiktok video app to publicise China detentions
Short messages campaign for information on loved ones held in Xinjiang camps Uighurs are sending out messages on social media video app Tiktok showing family members who have gone missing, in their latest attempt to raise awareness about the estimated 1 million Uighurs who have been detained in camps that have sprung up across China’s Xinjiang region. The videos, many of which are over eery music, show images of missing people, with a photograph or video of the person posting the clip superimposed over the top. Many of those posting the videos are crying.
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NSW abortion bill delayed until September amid Liberal division 20 Aug 12:13am NSW abortion bill delayed until September amid Liberal division
A vote on the bill to decriminalise abortion had been expected this week but opponents have campaigned furiously against it Opponents of a bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales have successfully delayed a final vote on the legislation until next month. The parliament’s upper house is due to begin debating the reproductive healthcare reform bill on Tuesday,
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When it comes to choosing the US or China, perhaps our chickens are coming home to roost | Peter Lewis 20 Aug 12:13am When it comes to choosing the US or China, perhaps our chickens are coming home to roost | Peter Lewis
Essential poll finds Australians less emphatically American than many would have predicted – is economic self-interest winning? Australia’s diplomatic imperative of strategic avoidance, its quest to not have to choose between the last remaining superpower of the 20th century and the emerging one of this century, is coming under increasing pressure. With a bellicose White House whipping up a trade war, the Red Army bearing down on Hong Kong and the rising influence of China in the Pacific, a series of flashpoints are challenging Australia’s determination not to have to pick a team.
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