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Coalition gave out $100m in pre-election grants favouring targeted seats, audit office says 14 Jan 10:24pm Coalition gave out $100m in pre-election grants favouring targeted seats, audit office says
Sport grants were at odds with program guidelines and not assessed on merit, according to auditor general’s report The Coalition awarded $100m in sport grants that were not assessed on their merits in order to favour “targeted” Coalition seats at the May 2019 election, according to a scathing report from the Australian National Audit Office released on Wednesday. The
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Businesses that serve Muslim community in Christchurch closing in wake of massacre 14 Jan 9:46pm Businesses that serve Muslim community in Christchurch closing in wake of massacre
One supermarket has shut and another is struggling to stay viable One supermarket that served the Muslim community in Christchurch has been forced to close and the other is facing an uncertain future amid plummeting sales, 10 months after the deadly terrorist attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city. Those running the stores say the drop in business followed the deaths of breadwinners from dozens of families in
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Plane dumps fuel on Los Angeles schools before emergency landing 14 Jan 9:44pm Updated Plane dumps fuel on Los Angeles schools before emergency landing
Forty children and adults suffer minor irritation after incident as plane makes return to airport A mist of fuel dumped by an airliner with an engine problem as it made an emergency return to Los Angeles international airport fell on several schools Tuesday, causing minor skin and lung irritation to 56 children and adults, officials said. The fuel sprayed out of the plane in two lines and the strong-smelling vapor descended at midday in the city of Cudahy and nearby parts of Los Angeles county, about 13 miles (21km) east of the airport.
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More than 130 dead as avalanches and floods hit Pakistan and Afghanistan 14 Jan 8:38pm More than 130 dead as avalanches and floods hit Pakistan and Afghanistan
Pakistani Kashmir hardest hit as winter storms sweep through region, with more forecast Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather have killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan and left others stranded by heavy snowfall. At least 93 people died and 76 were injured across Pakistan in recent days – with several still missing – while a further 39 were killed in Afghanistan, officials in both countries said on Tuesday.
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Australia urged to stop selling weapons to countries accused of war crimes 14 Jan 8:10pm Australia urged to stop selling weapons to countries accused of war crimes
It’s unthinkable Australia sells arms to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5 million people have been forced to flee, human rights groups say Human rights groups say it is “unthinkable” that Australia has been secretly exporting arms to the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries whose militaries have been consistently accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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Game of Thrones actors among Lord of the Rings TV show cast 14 Jan 7:34pm Game of Thrones actors among Lord of the Rings TV show cast
Amazon announces 15 cast members, including Joseph Mawle, who played Benjen Stark Production on Amazon’s highly anticipated Lord of the Rings television series will begin in New Zealand next month, with the company unveiling a cast that includes two fantasy veterans from HBO mega-hit Game of Thrones. Among the 15 cast members revealed on Tuesday were British actors Robert Aramayo, who portrayed a young Ned Stark, and Joseph Mawle, who played Benjen Stark on HBO’s fantasy series.
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Having more sex makes early menopause less likely, research finds 14 Jan 7:01pm Having more sex makes early menopause less likely, research finds
Study of nearly 3,000 women suggests body may ‘choose’ not to invest in ovulation Women who have sex more often are less likely to have an early menopause, according to research that raises the intriguing possibility that lifestyle factors could play a more significant role than previously thought in determining when the menopause occurs. The study, based on data collected from nearly 3,000 women who were followed for 10 years, found that those who reported engaging in sexual activity weekly were 28% less likely to have experienced menopause at any given age than women who engaged in sexual activity less than monthly.
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French chef Alain Ducasse declares war on dry January 14 Jan 6:54pm French chef Alain Ducasse declares war on dry January
Star chef says he is ‘obsessed with selling wine’ and wants to diners to drink more, not less French chef Alain Ducasse, an outspoken opponent of Dry January, has launched an initiative to entice patrons of his restaurants to drink more during the first month of the year, not less. “I like swimming against the tide,” he told AFP on Tuesday, announcing plans to proffer top bottles of Burgundy and Bordeaux at knockdown prices to encourage diners to order wine by the bottle rather than by the glass.
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Mail on Sunday could call Thomas Markle in high court defence 14 Jan 6:52pm Mail on Sunday could call Thomas Markle in high court defence
Newspaper faces legal action from Duchess of Sussex for publishing excerpts from a letter to her father Thomas Markle could be called to give evidence at the high court against his estranged daughter Meghan, as part of her ongoing legal action against the Mail on Sunday, after it emerged that the paper’s defence appears to rely on his account.
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House announces ‘trove’ of evidence to add to impeachment process – live 14 Jan 6:51pm Updated House announces ‘trove’ of evidence to add to impeachment process – live
Lev Parna, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, provides documents that gives details to Trump’s re-election scheme
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Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert begs Scott Morrison to help get her out of Iranian jail 14 Jan 6:36pm Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert begs Scott Morrison to help get her out of Iranian jail
Letter comes as human rights groups urge foreign governments to take a stronger line with Tehran The imprisoned British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has begged the Australian prime minister to secure her release from an Iranian jail, as human rights groups urge foreign governments to take a stronger line with Tehran. A Cambridge-educated academic specialising in Middle East politics, Moore-Gilbert has been imprisoned in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison since September 2018, after she was arrested at Tehran airport while trying to leave the country after attending an academic conference.
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Government refuses to release briefings for trouble-plagued $200m regional grants program 14 Jan 5:54pm Government refuses to release briefings for trouble-plagued $200m regional grants program
Scott Morrison’s department rejects freedom of information request, saying documents would reveal cabinet decisions The government is refusing to release documents relating to its trouble-plagued $200m regional grants program, claiming release would not inform debate on a “matter of public importance”. Refusing a freedom of information request for written briefings that informed the government’s allocation of grants in the lead-up to the May election, the department claimed a range of exemptions, despite agreeing that disclosure would allow “some oversight of public expenditure”.
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Chemical blast in Catalonia kills one and injures six 14 Jan 5:03pm Chemical blast in Catalonia kills one and injures six
Toxic cloud alert activated following a big explosion near Tarragona A massive explosion at a petrochemical plant in the northeastern Catalan region of
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Trump impeachment: Pelosi to call vote on Wednesday to refer articles to Senate 14 Jan 2:52pm Trump impeachment: Pelosi to call vote on Wednesday to refer articles to Senate
Move of articles approved by House last month means that Senate impeachment trial of Trump could begin later this week
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EU will protect fishing communities in post-Brexit talks 14 Jan 2:41pm EU will protect fishing communities in post-Brexit talks
UK also must maintain higher labour and environmental standards, EU tells diplomats The EU will tell the UK that it must maintain higher labour and environmental standards than some of its own member states and that it will put the “socioeconomic” interests of its fishing communities at the centre of its post-Brexit negotiating strategy, diplomats heard on Tuesday. Diplomats briefed by the European commission on Tuesday were informed that the UK would need to commit to staying beyond the common basic minimum of standards applied to EU member states.
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Revealed: UK concealed failure to alert EU over 75,000 criminal convictions 14 Jan 2:27pm Updated Revealed: UK concealed failure to alert EU over 75,000 criminal convictions
Calls in UK and Europe for inquiries into scandal in which details of crimes by foreigners not passed on
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Mexico: Amlo sought to sell presidential jet, but nobody wanted it 14 Jan 2:13pm Mexico: Amlo sought to sell presidential jet, but nobody wanted it
Luxurious plane will be returned to Mexico after a year on sale in the US where it piled up $1.5m in maintenance costs The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has made selling off the luxurious presidential jet a centerpiece of his austerity program, but there’s just one problem: Nobody wants to buy the white elephant. López Obrador said on Tuesday the Boeing Dreamliner will be returned to Mexico after a year on sale in the United States, where it piled up about $1.5m in maintenance costs.
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The Guardian view on Macron’s pensions retreat: one step forward, two steps back | Editorial 14 Jan 1:29pm The Guardian view on Macron’s pensions retreat: one step forward, two steps back | Editorial
The French president must learn the lessons of the concession he has made on pension reform – or he risks the far right exploiting this battle at the next electionIn the end, Emmanuel Macron seems prepared to compromise. After six weeks of strikes involving rail employees, teachers, nurses, ballet dancers, lawyers, concierges, pilots and drivers on the Paris Métro, the French government
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Storm Brendan strikes southern England – in pictures 14 Jan 1:11pm Storm Brendan strikes southern England – in pictures
Weather warnings remain in force across the country after Storm Brendan brought winds of nearly 90mph to parts of the UK
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Food for thought: the school lunch scheme linking London and Liberia 14 Jan 1:00pm Food for thought: the school lunch scheme linking London and Liberia
By providing free school meals to some of the poorest children on Earth, a UK charity is also ensuring they get an education It’s breakfast time in Domagbamatma (population: 63) in the depths of the Liberian rainforest, but there’s no food in evidence in the home of Massa Kamara. The eight-year-old has been up since dawn, collecting firewood, fetching water. Now she’s ready for school in a crisp white shirt and navy-blue skirt in her family’s muddy, two-room shack.
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Can Thailand provide better dementia care than the UK? | Letters 14 Jan 12:39pm Can Thailand provide better dementia care than the UK? | Letters
Readers respond to news that British families are sending elderly relatives with dementia overseas to Thailand in a small but growing trendIn your report (
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Nancy Pelosi says House will vote to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate – live 14 Jan 12:33pm Updated Nancy Pelosi says House will vote to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate – live
House speaker did not yet name impeachment managers, lawmakers who make the case to the Senate for why Trump should be removed from office
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Trump impeachment: Pelosi to call Wednesday vote to refer articles to Senate 14 Jan 12:14pm Trump impeachment: Pelosi to call Wednesday vote to refer articles to Senate
Move of articles approved by House last month means that Senate impeachment trial of Trump could begin later this week
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Barnier says there will be checks on GB/NI trade after Brexit, despite Johnson denying this - live news 14 Jan 12:02pm Updated Barnier says there will be checks on GB/NI trade after Brexit, despite Johnson denying this - live news
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Boeing reports lowest order numbers in 30 years following 737 Max catastrophes 14 Jan 12:01pm Boeing reports lowest order numbers in 30 years following 737 Max catastrophes
Company reported 87 more cancellations than new purchases in 2019, after two crashes led to worldwide 737 grounding Boeing lost orders last year for the first time in three decades, as the 737 Max crisis impacted the company’s reputation and finances. The aerospace company reported Tuesday that it had 87 more cancellations than new purchases in 2019. The figures included the cancellation of three 787 Dreamliners in December. In the same month, Boeing failed to book any 737 Max orders as customers avoided the model after two fatal crashes that have led to a worldwide grounding.
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Home Office proposes offence of possessing terrorist propaganda 14 Jan 11:53am Home Office proposes offence of possessing terrorist propaganda
Priti Patel in talks over new anti-terror law, though experts fear ‘freedom to think’ at risk A new offence relating to possession of terrorist propaganda that glorifies or encourages extremism could be introduced to toughen up UK anti-terror laws. The Home Office said it was considering fresh legislation in
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Iran calls for expulsion of UK ambassador as arrests made over plane crash 14 Jan 11:46am Iran calls for expulsion of UK ambassador as arrests made over plane crash
Effigy burned on streets of Tehran as diplomat accused of ‘interfering in internal affairs’ Iran’s judiciary has described the UK’s ambassador to Tehran as “persona non grata” and called for his expulsion, while crowds of regime supporters burned his effigy alongside the British flag. The moves came after the envoy, Rob Macaire, was briefly arrested at the weekend and accused of “coordinating” anti-government protests.
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US Secret Service agent shoots pet dog dead on Brooklyn street 14 Jan 11:37am US Secret Service agent shoots pet dog dead on Brooklyn street
Secret Service spokesman said the dog was wearing a leash but no one was holding it when the animal charged the agent Police were investigating after an off-duty US Secret Service agent shot and killed a dog in New York City, authorities said. The shooting happened shortly after 9.30pm on Monday in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.
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Ex-lobbyist used Trump agriculture job to boost industry allies, emails reveal 14 Jan 11:34am Ex-lobbyist used Trump agriculture job to boost industry allies, emails reveal
A former lobbyist for the herbicide industry helped Dow as it sought approval of its seeds in China
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Libya peace talks to go ahead in Berlin despite ceasefire setback 14 Jan 11:31am Libya peace talks to go ahead in Berlin despite ceasefire setback
Conference set for Sunday in Germany as general fails to agree deal to end fighting Germany is to press ahead with a Libya peace conference on Sunday even though talks in Moscow ended fruitlessly, with Libya’s eastern strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar leaving without signing a ceasefire agreement to end nine months of fighting in the country. The German foreign ministry said leaders and heads of state from 12 countries and four multinational organisations, including the United Nations, had been invited to Berlin on Sunday.
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Charities receive an additional $50m from government to help with bushfire relief 14 Jan 11:30am Charities receive an additional $50m from government to help with bushfire relief
The assistance package comes from the $2bn recovery fund and will pay for food, financial counselling and support services The Morrison government will announce an extra $50m for the charity sector to help people affected by bushfires, after welfare groups complained that current assistance was “inadequate”. The package of assistance, which will come from the government’s $2bn recovery fund, will be used for food vouchers, financial assistance and support services to be administered by the charity sector and made “immediately available” to those affected.
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Bristol residents hold vigil in protest at plans to chop down trees 14 Jan 11:22am Bristol residents hold vigil in protest at plans to chop down trees
St Paul’s locals and activists call on city council to prevent maple trees being destroyed Residents and green activists are maintaining a 24-hour vigil in an attempt to protect a line of Norway maple trees in Bristol after developers began chopping them down. People in the St Paul’s area of the city woke early on New Year’s Eve to the sound of workers with chainsaws starting to fell the trees as part of a new housing development.
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James Bond: Billie Eilish to provide No Time to Die theme 14 Jan 11:17am James Bond: Billie Eilish to provide No Time to Die theme
The 18-year-old star becomes the youngest musician ever to provide a Bond theme
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Prosecute officers, says Greater Manchester abuse whistleblower 14 Jan 10:48am Prosecute officers, says Greater Manchester abuse whistleblower
Comments come as report finds police failings allowed many abusers to escape justice Senior police officers should be prosecuted for mishandling a Greater Manchester sexual abuse scandal that resulted in most offenders getting away with their crimes, a whistleblower has said. Margaret Oliver, a former detective constable who led Greater Manchester police’s investigation into child sexual exploitation, said the force had spent years trying to cover up its failures.
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Sturgeon tells PM his rejection of referendum will increase support for Scottish independence - live news 14 Jan 10:32am Updated Sturgeon tells PM his rejection of referendum will increase support for Scottish independence - live news
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UK rebuffs US presentation on Huawei security risks 14 Jan 10:21am UK rebuffs US presentation on Huawei security risks
A source said the threat outlined by US officials had already been ‘factored into our planning’ Britain believes the information dramatically presented by a delegation from Donald Trump’s administration about the risks of using Huawei technology in 5G networks contains nothing its intelligence agencies had not foreseen. The rebuff implies that British intelligence will not alter its assessment that the Chinese company’s technology presents no manageable security risk to British citizens as a final decision by the UK on whether to use Huawei looms.
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Trump impeachment: Pelosi to call vote Wednesday to refer articles to the Senate 14 Jan 10:17am Trump impeachment: Pelosi to call vote Wednesday to refer articles to the Senate
Move of articles approved by House last month means that Senate impeachment trial of Trump could begin later this week
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Dream job? Hundreds apply to work on remote Irish island 14 Jan 10:16am Dream job? Hundreds apply to work on remote Irish island
Caretaker jobs on Great Blasket, Ireland’s most westerly point, draw responses from Alaska to South Africa If a demanding job on a tiny island with no electricity, wifi or hot showers but lots of wind sounds tempting, join the queue. An advert for two caretakers to manage accommodation and a cafe on Great Blasket island, a speck off
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Ireland’s controversial centenaries are exposing the divides deepened by Brexit | Una Mullally 14 Jan 10:00am Ireland’s controversial centenaries are exposing the divides deepened by Brexit | Una Mullally
The difficulties of commemorating Ireland’s complex past makes it clear reconciliation must be agreed on, not imposed The sense that Irish society would struggle to contain a decade of centenaries marking significant events that occurred between 1912 and 1923 including the suffrage movement, the
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House Democrats meet to set details on sending impeachment articles – live 14 Jan 9:49am Updated House Democrats meet to set details on sending impeachment articles – live
Caucus expected to vote on impeachment managers, lawmakers who make the case to the Senate for why Trump should be removed from office
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Two arrested in Sicily over large-scale disability fraud scam 14 Jan 9:48am Two arrested in Sicily over large-scale disability fraud scam
Palermo police also investigating 33 people over cases including feigned paralysis and blindness Police in Sicily have arrested two men and placed 33 people under investigation on Tuesday for a large-scale disability fraud. Investigators in Palermo identified at least 12 cases of so-called
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US citizen dies in Egypt prison following hunger strike 14 Jan 9:43am US citizen dies in Egypt prison following hunger strike
Mustafa Kassem, an Egyptian-born man from New York, died after six-year battle against what he said was wrongful imprisonment Egypt said on Tuesday it would investigate the death in custody of a US citizen who went on a hunger strike as part of a six-year battle against what he insisted was wrongful imprisonment.
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European states trigger dispute mechanism in Iran nuclear deal 14 Jan 9:21am Updated European states trigger dispute mechanism in Iran nuclear deal
Move brings closer the potential collapse of 2015 deal and return of EU sanctions Britain, France and Germany have triggered the dispute resolution mechanism in the
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Conservationists call for enforceable deer cull in Scotland 14 Jan 9:15am Conservationists call for enforceable deer cull in Scotland
Set legal target and expand wealthy trophy shoot to wider community to tackle numbers and biodiversity say groups A coalition of Scottish conservation groups has called for legally enforceable culls of deer to be imposed on private landowners and stalking estates, while raising the prospect of local communities becoming more involved in shooting and killing deer for food. The
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Warren and Sanders row highlights divides before Iowa Democratic debate 14 Jan 9:04am Warren and Sanders row highlights divides before Iowa Democratic debate
Tensions rise to new level among Democratic candidates before vital first caucuses As six Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage here in Iowa on Tuesday night less than three weeks before the vital first caucuses tensions among the contenders have risen to a new level. The non-aggression pact between Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took a hit after news broke the Sanders campaign had been urging volunteers to describe Warren as the preferred candidate of wealthy voters and then appeared to collapse completely in a row over Sanders’ alleged remarks about the viability of a female candidate.
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Total to move financial hub from London to Paris after Brexit 14 Jan 8:47am Total to move financial hub from London to Paris after Brexit
French oil giant will ‘bring cash back to Paris’ along with 60-70 jobs The French oil company Total plans to pull its cash out of the UK after Brexit and return its financial hub to Paris in a show of faith in Europe, according to its chief executive. Patrick Pouyanné announced plans for Total to move its central treasury, including between 60 and 70 jobs, back to the “
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Schizophrenia study finds evidence of reduced links between brain cells 14 Jan 8:42am Schizophrenia study finds evidence of reduced links between brain cells
Pioneering research on living patients could pave way for new and better treatment A groundbreaking brain-scanning technique has uncovered evidence that suggests schizophrenia is linked to a loss of connections between brain cells. Scientists had previously suspected a breakdown in the connections between neurons played a role in the condition, based on postmortem studies. The latest research, the first to find evidence for this in the brains of living people, could pave the way for new and better treatment.
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Irish prime minister calls national election for 8 February 14 Jan 8:29am Updated Irish prime minister calls national election for 8 February
Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael closely matched with fellow centre-right Fianna Fáil in polls The Irish taoiseach
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Trump condemned for retweeting fake Islamophobic image featuring Pelosi 14 Jan 8:21am Trump condemned for retweeting fake Islamophobic image featuring Pelosi
Image retweeted of Democrats Chuck Schumer and Pelosi wearing traditional Islamic clothing standing before Iranian flag Muslim groups in the US have condemned Donald Trump for retweeting a fake image showing leading Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi wearing an approximation of traditional Islamic clothing and standing in front of the Iranian flag.
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Iran makes arrests over shooting down of Ukrainian jet 14 Jan 8:08am Iran makes arrests over shooting down of Ukrainian jet
Judiciary spokesman does not name or say how many have been held over crash that killed 176 Iran’s judiciary says arrests have been made over the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian commercial jet that killed all 176 passengers on board
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Deutsche Welle staff speak out about alleged racism and bullying 14 Jan 7:49am Deutsche Welle staff speak out about alleged racism and bullying
Whistleblowers say workers who raise concerns at German state broadcaster are silenced Sexual harassment, racism, antisemitism and severe bullying
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Australian Open in doubt as bushfire smoke endangers players 14 Jan 7:47am Australian Open in doubt as bushfire smoke endangers players
Player who suffered coughing fit in qualifying match says it should not have gone ahead The future of this year’s Australian Open is in doubt after bushfire smoke forced a player to retire with breathing problems and another match to be abandoned, with air quality in Melbourne dropping to the worst in the world overnight. Winds blew smoke from the fires in east Victoria and New South Wales into the city, with air quality in the centre since categorised as very poor by the Environmental Protection Authority.
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Meghan did not take part in Sandringham summit, say royal aides 14 Jan 7:40am Meghan did not take part in Sandringham summit, say royal aides
Clarification seeks to end speculation Duchess of Sussex was banned from crunch meeting The Duchess of Sussex did not take part in the Queen’s historic Sandringham summit to decide future roles that she and Prince Harry will carve out, it has been revealed. In advance of Monday’s crisis meeting, sources said Meghan was “likely” to be personally involved in the discussions via a conference-call from Canada, where she returned on Thursday following the couple’s bombshell announcement they are to “step back” as senior royals.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out UK and EU failing to strike trade deal by end of 2020 - live news 14 Jan 7:18am Updated Brexit: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out UK and EU failing to strike trade deal by end of 2020 - live news
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US-Iran conflict could lead to slower global growth or even recession | Nouriel Roubini 14 Jan 7:02am US-Iran conflict could lead to slower global growth or even recession | Nouriel Roubini
Stock markets are deluded to think the latest threat to the global economy has been removed Following the US
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Irish prime minister to call national election for 8 February 14 Jan 7:01am Irish prime minister to call national election for 8 February
Leo Varadkar tells ministers he plans to meet president to get approval to start campaign The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, will ask the president, Michael D Higgins, to dissolve parliament on Tuesday in order to call a parliamentary election on 8 February, local media reported. Varadkar said on Sunday that he had made a decision on the timing of a general election but would meet his cabinet on Tuesday and speak to the leader of the main opposition party before ending the uncertainty.
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Boris Johnson refuses to grant Scotland powers to hold independence vote 14 Jan 6:57am Boris Johnson refuses to grant Scotland powers to hold independence vote
Prime minister rejects Nicola Sturgeon’s request for transfer of powers to stage referendum
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US briefing: Democrat tensions, Suleimani killing and heat islands 14 Jan 6:52am US briefing: Democrat tensions, Suleimani killing and heat islands
Tuesday’s top story: Sanders denies Warren camp’s claim that he said no woman could beat Trump in 2020. Plus, the Oscar bait that couldn’t catch a nomination Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.
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Australia fires are harbinger of planet’s future, say scientists 14 Jan 6:13am Australia fires are harbinger of planet’s future, say scientists
Apocalyptic scenes give glimpse of what would be normal conditions in 3C world The
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FedEx mounts big-money push to head off unionization by US workers 14 Jan 5:30am FedEx mounts big-money push to head off unionization by US workers
Teamsters bid to organize employees seeking better pay and benefits as company bombards them with anti-union messages FedEx workers hoping to unionize and get better pay and benefits have met with a well-financed barrage of opposition from the company, according to recordings obtained by the Guardian.
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How Alan Partridge helped Come Out Ye Black and Tans top the charts 14 Jan 5:24am How Alan Partridge helped Come Out Ye Black and Tans top the charts
The Wolfe Tones’ version of a 1920s Irish rebel song briefly knocked Stormzy and Dua Lipa off their familiar iTunes perches In the streaming age, the first singles charts of the new year are reliably predictable. Out goes the Christmas music; back in flood the familiar faces of Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy and Dua Lipa. But for a few hours on 8 January, an Irish rebel song about defying a notorious, 10,000-strong temporary police force sent by Churchill to Ireland in 1920 topped the UK iTunes chart. “Tell them how the IRA made you run like hell away,” runs the refrain of Come Out Ye Black and Tans, this version recorded by traditional Dublin folk band the Wolfe Tones, “From the green and lovely lanes of Killashandra.” Its wildcard success has as much to do with Alan Partridge and a ham advert as it does the legacy of Irish police brutality.
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ECB should be more open and democratic under Christine Lagarde 14 Jan 5:14am ECB should be more open and democratic under Christine Lagarde
Those who set the central bank’s monetary policy should reveal how they cast their ballots The European Central Bank is undergoing a changing of the guard: a new president, a new chief economist, and two new executive board members. And the ECB’s new leadership is facing a contentious year in 2020. For starters, former ECB president
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Police errors may have let abusers of up to 52 children escape justice 14 Jan 5:00am Police errors may have let abusers of up to 52 children escape justice
Report ordered by Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has found failings in the local force Up to 52 children may have been victims of a sex abuse scandal in Greater Manchester, with most offenders getting away with their crimes because of errors by police and children’s services, the Guardian has learned. Some of the police officers involved in the 2004 case are still serving and the police watchdog has been called in to re-examine if there was any wrongdoing.
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Justin Trudeau: US escalation partly to blame for Iran plane deaths 14 Jan 4:32am Justin Trudeau: US escalation partly to blame for Iran plane deaths
Canadian PM says victims would still be alive if not for rising tensions party triggered by US Victims of an Iran-downed jetliner would still be alive if not for a recent escalation of tensions partly triggered by the United States, Justin Trudeau has said. “I think if there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families,” the Canadian prime minister said in an interview with Global television.
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Tehran plane crash: individuals arrested, says Iran 14 Jan 4:08am Tehran plane crash: individuals arrested, says Iran
Judiciary spokesman does not name or say how many have been held over shooting down of plane which killed 176 Iran’s judiciary says arrests have been made over the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board
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Libyan warlord Haftar leaves Moscow without signing ceasefire deal 14 Jan 4:02am Updated Libyan warlord Haftar leaves Moscow without signing ceasefire deal
General had been in Russian capital seeking deal with head of Libya’s UN-recognised government Libya’s eastern strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar has left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement to end nine months of fighting in the country, leaving the future of a fragile truce uncertain.. The commander’s abrupt departure in the early hours of Tuesday was a setback for an international diplomatic push in recent days, though Moscow insisted it would continue mediation efforts.
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Boris Johnson gives first sit-down interview since election - live news 14 Jan 3:35am Updated Boris Johnson gives first sit-down interview since election - live news
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Legal questions complicate how Rural Fire Service can spend donated millions 14 Jan 3:22am Legal questions complicate how Rural Fire Service can spend donated millions
Experts warn donors should be aware that money given to the RFS can’t be used to help bushfire victims or recovery efforts The New South Wales Rural Fire Service trustee may be unable to distribute donated funds, including more than $50m raised by the comedian Celeste Barber, to other states or to bushfire victims, legal experts have warned. At least $70m has been raised for the RFS, other state fire services, the Red Cross and wildlife charities, as part of a global fundraising effort during Australia’s horror bushfire season.
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Trump administration drops labelling China as a currency manipulator 14 Jan 3:01am Trump administration drops labelling China as a currency manipulator
Administration drops charges as the two superpowers move closer to a trade deal The Trump administration has withdrawn its designation of China as currency manipulator, as the two economic superpowers move closer to a trade deal. The decision to drop the designation comes ahead of the announcement of a trade deal between the two sides, expected on Wednesday. The trade dispute has rocked US manufacturing and caused an economic slowdown in China.
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More than 300 human rights activists were killed in 2019, report reveals 14 Jan 3:00am More than 300 human rights activists were killed in 2019, report reveals
Colombia was the bloodiest nation with 103 murders and the Philippines was second, followed by Brazil, Honduras and Mexico More than 300 human rights defenders working to protect the environment, free speech, LGBTQ rights and indigenous lands in 31 countries were killed in 2019, a new report reveals. Two thirds of the total killings took place in Latin America where impunity from prosecution is the norm.
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Malawi police face legal action over failure to investigate alleged rapes 14 Jan 2:00am Malawi police face legal action over failure to investigate alleged rapes
Lawyers move to make headway with inquiry into accusations of police abuses during post-election violence A group of lawyers in Malawi is taking legal action against the police for failing to investigate
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Brexit weekly briefing: UK and EU all smiles but faultlines obvious 14 Jan 2:00am Brexit weekly briefing: UK and EU all smiles but faultlines obvious
Johnson and Von der Leyen hold ‘positive’ talks – then UK is accused of acting ‘like cowboys’ Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing, which, after more than three and a half years and nearly 170 instalments, will be landing in your inbox for the very last time on 4 February, after Britain formally leaves the EU. Full live and daily coverage of the negotiations on the future relationship between the bloc and its first ex-member will, of course, continue in the Guardian as talks advance, while our
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Case of mystery Sars-like illness found outside China for the first time 14 Jan 1:44am Case of mystery Sars-like illness found outside China for the first time
WHO is working with Thai officials after woman who travelled from China is hospitalised with new strain of coronavirus Health authorities have confirmed that a woman travelling from China to Thailand has been infected with a new strain of the coronavirus linked to a worrying outbreak in Wuhan. The World Health Organisation said on Monday it was working with Thai officials after the case was identified and the woman hospitalised on 8 January, marking the first case the mystery illness has been detected outside China.
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Russian hackers targeted Burisma amid impeachment inquiry, cybersecurity firm says 14 Jan 1:31am Russian hackers targeted Burisma amid impeachment inquiry, cybersecurity firm says
A leak of stolen data could potentially affect the impeachment process and the US election contest Russian military hackers tried to steal emails from the Ukrainian energy firm where Hunter Biden, the son of the Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden, had a seat on the board, a US cybersecurity firm said. The energy company Burisma Holdings was at the center of attempts by president
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So long, salt and vinegar: how crisp flavours went from simple to sensational 14 Jan 1:00am So long, salt and vinegar: how crisp flavours went from simple to sensational
It was five decades after crisps were invented that flavouring was applied: cheese and onion. Now you can buy varieties from bratwurst to spiced cola. But what inspired this explosion? When she was a little girl in Essex in the 50s, Linda Miller would go over to her neighbour Barbara’s house every Friday night and together they would sit on the front step eating crisps. There was only one flavour widely available back then – Smith’s plain potato crisps, which came with a small blue sachet of salt that could be sprinkled over them. One Friday night, the two friends struck upon an idea. “We thought we’d invented a new crisp,” says 68-year-old Miller. Inspired by their weekly fish and chip takeaway, the pair “saturated” their plain crisps with a bottle of vinegar. “It was lovely, lovely – very tasty,” Miller says. “When salt and vinegar crisps came out, I remember thinking: ‘They’re not as good as what we do.’” Crisps were first mass-produced in the early 20th century, but the first flavoured crisp was released only in the late 50s, after Joe “Spud” Murphy, the owner of the Irish company Tayto, developed a technique to add cheese and onion seasoning during production. Salt and vinegar crisps were
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Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman resigns in shock announcement 14 Jan 12:47am Updated Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman resigns in shock announcement
Liberal who has been state’s leader since 2014 says he wants to spend more time with his family The Tasmanian premier, Will Hodgman, has announced he will resign from politics to spend more time with his family, in a shock announcement on Tuesday afternoon. Hodgman, who has been premier since 2014, said he believed now was the “right time to allow for new leadership”.
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Belgian doctors go on trial for murder for helping woman end life 14 Jan 12:00am Belgian doctors go on trial for murder for helping woman end life
Medics accused of poisoning Tine Nys, 38, in country’s first euthanasia criminal case Three Belgian doctors go on trial for murder on Tuesday for helping a woman end her life in the country’s first criminal case concerning euthanasia. The doctors, whose names have not been made public, are accused of unlawfully poisoning 38-year-old Tine Nys on 27 April 2010. Prosecutors say Nys did not fulfil the conditions under Belgian law to be euthanised.
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