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Chinese state media downplays coronavirus as Xi strikes positive tone 23 Jan 11:36pm Chinese state media downplays coronavirus as Xi strikes positive tone
Spread of illness reported down-bulletin on state TV but private outlets allowed more freedom to cover outbreak It has been splashed all over the front pages of newspapers around the world for days. But the outbreak of coronavirus, which has left at least 25 dead and infected more than 800, has been largely missing from China’s major state-run media. .
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Coronavirus: death toll rises to 25 in China, with 830 infected – live news 23 Jan 11:23pm Updated Coronavirus: death toll rises to 25 in China, with 830 infected – live news
Possible cases being tested in Scotland and Belfast; World Health Organisation committee says ‘too early’ to declare emergency
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Democrats appeal to history, but senators struggle to sit through lesson 23 Jan 11:02pm Democrats appeal to history, but senators struggle to sit through lesson
Three days into impeachment trial, some senators are restless as managers seem ready to exhaust the time they have to make their case Like students in a high school history class, 100 US senators, confined to their desks for another long day of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, squirmed, stretched and slumped in their seats as the minutes ticked down until the next break. They passed notes back and forth, doodled on legal pads, stifled yawns and laughter, and at least one member twirled a fidget spinner – a gift from the North Carolina senator Richard Burr to his Republican colleagues. The lesson on day three of the Senate trial began with a primer on America’s constitutional democracy.
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Last asylum seekers held in Papua New Guinea detention centre released 23 Jan 10:15pm Last asylum seekers held in Papua New Guinea detention centre released
Final 18 men moved from Manus Island to the Bomana facility are now in hotels but some are so ill they can not eat Eighteen men who were held in isolation and poor conditions in Papua New Guinea’s Bomana immigration detention centre have been released. In August,
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China steps up coronavirus clampdown as chaos hits hospitals - video 23 Jan 9:48pm China steps up coronavirus clampdown as chaos hits hospitals - video
After preventing travel from Wuhan, China has locked down several more cities as it attempts to contain the deadly coronavirus. Footage online reveals the quarantine measures the country is taking to prevent the spread
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Firefighters battle south coast blaze into the night – in pictures 23 Jan 8:25pm Firefighters battle south coast blaze into the night – in pictures
Just before Christmas, Horsley Park RFS firefighters Andrew O’Dwyer and Geoffrey Keaton were killed while working at the Green Wattle Creek fire
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Australian bushfires to contribute to huge annual increase in global carbon dioxide 23 Jan 8:18pm Australian bushfires to contribute to huge annual increase in global carbon dioxide
Atmospheric concentration of major greenhouse gas forecast to hit 417 parts per million in May with bushfires contributing 2% of increase Australia’s bushfire crisis is expected to contribute up to 2% of what scientists forecast will be one of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide on record. The atmospheric concentration of the heat-trapping gas is projected to peak at more than 417 parts per million in May, and average about 414.2 parts per million for the year, according to the forecast by the British Met Office. It is a 2.74ppm increase above the 2019 average.
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China coronavirus: US investigates suspected case as first death confirmed outside Hubei province – live news 23 Jan 7:31pm Updated China coronavirus: US investigates suspected case as first death confirmed outside Hubei province – live news
Patient in Hebei has died; possible cases in Scotland and Belfast come as World Health Organisation committee says ‘too early’ to declare emergency
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Tasmania miner ‘highly unlikely’ to have survived Henty gold mine collapse, police say 23 Jan 7:03pm Tasmania miner ‘highly unlikely’ to have survived Henty gold mine collapse, police say
Tasmanian miner has been missing since early Thursday morning when colleagues were unable to contact him Police say it is highly unlikely a missing miner has survived an earth collapse at Henty gold mine on Tasmania’s west coast. “The amount of earth and rock and the situation that presents tells us that it is highly unlikely he could have survived,” Tasmania Police said in a statement on Friday morning.
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Welsh slate mining landscape nominated as world heritage site 23 Jan 7:01pm Welsh slate mining landscape nominated as world heritage site
Government backing raises hopes of preserving ‘place that roofed the world’
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Harry Dunn: US rejects extradition request for Anne Sacoolas 23 Jan 6:33pm Harry Dunn: US rejects extradition request for Anne Sacoolas
Home Office ‘urgently considering options’ after decision by secretary of state Mike Pompeo An extradition request for the US woman charged
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Central American migrants meet with armed guardsmen at Mexico border 23 Jan 6:15pm Central American migrants meet with armed guardsmen at Mexico border
Mexico continues with efforts to contain the procession under pressure from the Trump administration National guardsmen in riot gear have corralled hundreds of Central Americans and hauled them onto buses as Mexico continues with efforts to contain mass migration,
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China coronavirus: six tested in UK as first death confirmed outside Hubei province - live news 23 Jan 5:05pm Updated China coronavirus: six tested in UK as first death confirmed outside Hubei province - live news
Patient in Hebei has died; possible cases in Scotland and Belfast come as World Health Organisation committee says ‘too early’ to declare emergency
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Australia fires live: homes feared lost in NSW south coast bushfires as tributes flow for US plane crew – latest updates 23 Jan 5:01pm Updated Australia fires live: homes feared lost in NSW south coast bushfires as tributes flow for US plane crew – latest updates
Conditions expected to ease slightly on Friday with lower temperatures forecast, NSW premier offers condolences for three US firefighters kills in C-130 crash and as Sydney covered in thick smoke haze. Follow all the latest updates
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UK court allows Saudi dissident to sue kingdom over alleged hacking 23 Jan 3:56pm UK court allows Saudi dissident to sue kingdom over alleged hacking
Satirist Ghanem Almasarir, who brought case in Britain, says he was targeted in 2018 – shortly after alleged hack of Jeff Bezos The high court has given a green light to a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia that has been brought by a prominent dissident living in London who has claimed he was the victim of a sophisticated hacking campaign by the kingdom. Lawyers for Ghanem Almasarir, who is believed to live under police protection in the UK, said the decision to allow them to serve the claim against Saudi Arabia showed he had an “arguable” and legitimate case.
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Johnson met Murdoch on day he signalled general election bid 23 Jan 3:28pm Johnson met Murdoch on day he signalled general election bid
News Corp owner was the only media baron the prime minister saw in his first three months Boris Johnson saw Rupert Murdoch for a “social meeting” on the day he signalled his intention to seek a general election last year, according to new transparency disclosures. Johnson saw the media billionaire on 2 September, the day when
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Saudi dissident in London sues kingdom over alleged hacking 23 Jan 2:59pm Saudi dissident in London sues kingdom over alleged hacking
Satirist Ghanem Almasarir, who brought case in Britain, says he was targeted in 2018 – shortly after alleged hack of Jeff Bezos The high court has given a green light to a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia that has been brought by a prominent dissident living in London who has claimed he was the victim of a sophisticated hacking campaign by the kingdom. Lawyers for Ghanem Almasarir, who is believed to live under police protection in the UK, said the decision to allow them to serve the claim against Saudi Arabia showed he had an “arguable” and legitimate case.
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Texas school district bars black student from graduating with dreadlocks 23 Jan 2:50pm Texas school district bars black student from graduating with dreadlocks
Outrage over Deandre Arnold, a senior, being prevented from walking across graduation stage in May unless he cuts his hair A Texas school district is coming under fire for suspending a black prospective graduate over his refusal to cut his hair.
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Isabel dos Santos responds to Luanda Leaks investigation 23 Jan 2:11pm Isabel dos Santos responds to Luanda Leaks investigation
Former Angolan president’s daughter and her husband deny corruption accusations
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Arron Banks drops two parts of libel claim against Carole Cadwalladr 23 Jan 2:09pm Arron Banks drops two parts of libel claim against Carole Cadwalladr
Action will proceed but only over statements made in TED talk last year and one tweet Arron Banks, the insurance businessman who co-founded the pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign, has dropped two elements of his libel claim against the investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr. His decision means the action will still proceed but only over statements made in a public TED talk last year and in one related tweet. Her full defence is due to be delivered to the court this month.
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EU tech regulator backs UK plans for digital tax, despite Trump threats 23 Jan 2:09pm EU tech regulator backs UK plans for digital tax, despite Trump threats
Margrethe Vestager says EU will also tax tech firms who ‘create value but do not pay taxes’ The European Union’s leading tech regulator has thrown her weight behind the British government’s plans to press ahead with a digital tax despite threats from Donald Trump.
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Executive at Portuguese bank co-owned by Isabel dos Santos is found dead 23 Jan 1:58pm Executive at Portuguese bank co-owned by Isabel dos Santos is found dead
Lisbon police say they are prepared to help with Angolan corruption investigation after death of EuroBic manager Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha A senior manager at a Portuguese bank co-owned by Isabel dos Santos, the Angolan businesswoman at the centre of the
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China virus: five cities locked down and Beijing festivities scrapped 23 Jan 1:47pm Updated China virus: five cities locked down and Beijing festivities scrapped
Residents in cities affected by coronavirus hoard supplies and isolate themselves at home
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British businessmen on trial over bribes for oil contracts in Iraq 23 Jan 1:45pm British businessmen on trial over bribes for oil contracts in Iraq
Three men accused of using $6m of bribes to secure contracts worth $800m to rebuild Iraqi oil industry Three British businessmen conspired to pay bribes totalling $6m (£4.6m) to win huge contracts in the oil industry, a court has heard. The trio are accused of using the bribes to secure contracts worth $800m to rebuild the run-down Iraqi oil industry after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
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China coronavirus: six tested for virus in UK as first death confirmed outside Hubei province - live news 23 Jan 1:44pm China coronavirus: six tested for virus in UK as first death confirmed outside Hubei province - live news
Patient in Hebei has died; possible cases in Scotland and Belfast come as World Health Organisation committee meets for second day
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Oxfordshire couple starved man to death for windfall, court hears 23 Jan 1:34pm Oxfordshire couple starved man to death for windfall, court hears
Vulnerable landlord had been living in ‘foul, unhygienic cell’, Reading crown court told A vulnerable landlord allegedly starved to death by his tenants had been living in a “foul, unhygienic cell”, a court heard. James Anthony Sootheran was found dead in his bedroom at High Havens Farm in South Newington, Oxfordshire, on 18 March 2014.
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China coronavirus: five tested for virus in UK as first death confirmed outside Hubei province - live news 23 Jan 1:25pm China coronavirus: five tested for virus in UK as first death confirmed outside Hubei province - live news
Patient in Hebei has died; possible cases in Scotland come as World Health Organisation committee meets for second day over China virus
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China coronavirus: three tested for virus in UK as first death confirmed outside Hubei province - live news 23 Jan 1:18pm Updated China coronavirus: three tested for virus in UK as first death confirmed outside Hubei province - live news
Patient in Hebei has died; possible cases in Scotland come as World Health Organisation committee meets for second day over China virus
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French and Dutch police arrest 23 suspected people smugglers 23 Jan 1:08pm French and Dutch police arrest 23 suspected people smugglers
Europol detains alleged members of group responsible for trafficking 10,000 migrants into Britain Authorities in France and the Netherlands have arrested more than 20 suspected members of a people-smuggling gang responsible for transporting as many as 10,000 migrants from France into Britain, the European police agency has said. The network is believed to have made about €70m (£59m) from its human trafficking operations, which used refrigerated lorries to smuggle Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi-Kurdish and Syrian migrants into the UK.
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China coronavirus: first death outside Hubei province as four tested for virus in Scotland - live news 23 Jan 12:30pm China coronavirus: first death outside Hubei province as four tested for virus in Scotland - live news
Patient in Hebei has died; possible cases in Scotland come as World Health Organisation committee meets for second day over China virus
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Coronavirus outbreak: first death outside Hubei province as four tested for virus in Scotland - live news 23 Jan 12:20pm Coronavirus outbreak: first death outside Hubei province as four tested for virus in Scotland - live news
Patient in Hebei has died; possible cases in Scotland come as World Health Organisation committee meets for second day over China virus
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The sports grants scandal that could bring down a minister 23 Jan 12:00pm The sports grants scandal that could bring down a minister
Last week the auditor general delivered a scathing report on a government sports grants program. Since then there’s been allegations that millions of dollars were misused for political gain. Today on Full Story – where did the money go? And who will be held accountable for the scandal? You can read Paul Karp’s latest report on the
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Davos 2020: Greta Thunberg hits back at US treasury secretary - live updates 23 Jan 11:54am Updated Davos 2020: Greta Thunberg hits back at US treasury secretary - live updates
Rolling coverage of the third day of the World Economic Forum in Davos
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Chinese tourist says she evaded coronavirus checks to fly to France 23 Jan 11:46am Chinese tourist says she evaded coronavirus checks to fly to France
Chinese embassy in Paris urges citizens to comply after woman tells of travelling from Wuhan
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Brexit bill receives royal assent and becomes law – live news 23 Jan 11:45am Updated Brexit bill receives royal assent and becomes law – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen
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Coronavirus outbreak: four tested in Scotland after arriving from Wuhan - live news 23 Jan 11:33am Coronavirus outbreak: four tested in Scotland after arriving from Wuhan - live news
Possible cases in Scotland come as World Health Organisation committee meets for second day
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Coronavirus: five Chinese cities locked down and Beijing festivities scrapped 23 Jan 11:23am Coronavirus: five Chinese cities locked down and Beijing festivities scrapped
Residents in affected cities hoard supplies and isolate themselves at home
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Prince Charles greets dignitaries at World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem – video 23 Jan 11:21am Updated Prince Charles greets dignitaries at World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem – video
Prince Charles greets world leaders at the Holocaust remembrance day at fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. The British royal addressed politicians on Thursday during commemorations marking the 
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Coronavirus: four tested in Scotland after arriving from Wuhan - live news 23 Jan 11:19am Updated Coronavirus: four tested in Scotland after arriving from Wuhan - live news
Possible cases in Scotland come as World Health Organisation committee meets for second day
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World leaders gather at Holocaust event in Jerusalem 23 Jan 10:50am World leaders gather at Holocaust event in Jerusalem
United front against rise of antisemitism is hindered by political tensions Dozens of monarchs, presidents and prime ministers travelled to Jerusalem to remember the
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Lake District plan to moor holiday boats on Grasmere withdrawn 23 Jan 10:41am Lake District plan to moor holiday boats on Grasmere withdrawn
Move hailed as huge win for community activism against ‘commercialisation’ of national park Plans to moor holiday boats on the shores of Grasmere in the Lake District national park have been withdrawn in a move described as a huge victory for community activism. Thousands of protesters are still expected to descend on the Lake District next month to demonstrate over what they say is the
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China’s response to the coronavirus shows what it learned from the Sars cover-up | Thomas Abraham 23 Jan 10:30am China’s response to the coronavirus shows what it learned from the Sars cover-up | Thomas Abraham
Beijing is determined to crush this disease as firmly as it crushes dissent. But there is no guarantee a lockdown will work A new disease arrives in a Chinese winter – is history repeating itself? At the end of 2002,
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Turkish activists oppose amnesties for child rapists 23 Jan 10:01am Turkish activists oppose amnesties for child rapists
Draft law could see release of men jailed for child abuse if they marry their victim Turkey’s ruling party has begun a second attempt at introducing a law to grant rapists amnesty as long as they marry their victim, four years after a similar bill sparked outrage at home and internationally. The legislation, which was first debated by parliament on 16 January, would give men suspended sentences for child sex offences if the two parties get married and the age difference between them is less than 10 years.
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Davos 2020: US treasury secretary, Apple and Microsoft chiefs refuse comment on Bezos hack - live 23 Jan 9:34am Updated Davos 2020: US treasury secretary, Apple and Microsoft chiefs refuse comment on Bezos hack - live
Rolling coverage of the third day of the World Economic Forum in Davos
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新型冠状病毒:现在武汉的情况怎么样? 23 Jan 9:23am 新型冠状病毒:现在武汉的情况怎么样?
我们想知道在武汉的市民(居民和访客)目前在武汉的情况,以及其他市民在你所在被封锁城市的情况
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Greece urged to move 140 ill children from Lesbos refugee camp 23 Jan 8:54am Greece urged to move 140 ill children from Lesbos refugee camp
Charity says Athens depriving minors of adequate medical care for chronic illnesses Greece’s government has been urged to order an immediate evacuation of more than 100 sick children from a notorious refugee camp on Lesbos. Médecins Sans Frontières accused Athens of “deliberately depriving” at least 140 minors of adequate medical care for what it described as chronic, complex and life-threatening diseases and said it was urgent they were moved to the mainland or to other EU member states.
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Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England 23 Jan 7:58am Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England
Pastoral guidance also calls for Christians in gay or straight civil unions to be abstinent The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that Christians in gay or straight civil partnerships should be sexually abstinent. Bishops have issued
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Italy’s anti-trafficking tactics fail again as Eritreans released 23 Jan 7:56am Italy’s anti-trafficking tactics fail again as Eritreans released
Five men acquitted of human trafficking as country seems to be losing war on smugglers A judge in Sicily has acquitted five Eritrean men of participating in a human-trafficking ring, marking another failed attempt by Italian investigators to tackle migrant smuggling at source. Despite anti-mafia expertise and international police cooperation, Italy seems to be losing its war against smuggling networks. Countless innocent people continue to end up in prison, while the smugglers’ businesses remain largely intact.
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Knife crime at record high as overall charge rate falls 23 Jan 7:41am Knife crime at record high as overall charge rate falls
Labour says decline in suspects being charged or summonsed is ‘indictment’ of Tory cuts The proportion of recorded crimes in England and Wales that resulted in a suspect being charged or summonsed to court has fallen again, figures reveal, as knife crime surges to a record high. In the year to March 2019, 7.8% of all recorded offences resulted in a charge or a summons, against 9.1% the previous year, figures on crime outcomes from the Home Office show.
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Coronavirus: three Chinese cities locked down and Beijing festivities scrapped 23 Jan 7:37am Coronavirus: three Chinese cities locked down and Beijing festivities scrapped
Residents in Wuhan, Ezhou and Huanggang hoard supplies and isolate themselves at home Three Chinese cities with a total population of 20 million have been
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Coronavirus: Chinese cities in lockdown in effort to contain virus 23 Jan 7:32am Coronavirus: Chinese cities in lockdown in effort to contain virus
Residents in Wuhan, Ezhou and Huanggang hoard supplies and isolate themselves at home Three Chinese cities with a total population of 20 million have been
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Woman on trial in Middlesbrough accused of murdering her father 23 Jan 7:29am Woman on trial in Middlesbrough accused of murdering her father
Jessica Breeze says she stabbed Colin Brady to protect her mother when he attacked them A woman has gone on trial accused of murdering her “violent and controlling” father following a family row. Nursery worker Jessica Breeze has denied murder, telling police that she had been trying to protect her mother after her father attacked them.
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The Luanda Leaks reveal the misery inflicted by the theft of national wealth | Tom Keatinge 23 Jan 7:27am The Luanda Leaks reveal the misery inflicted by the theft of national wealth | Tom Keatinge
The winners amass vast sums while the losers face poverty, disease and eviction. Governments must act to tackle illicit financeIn recent years, a series of leaks has revealed the extent to which the financial system continues to be abused by the rich. The
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A year on, Juan Guaidó’s attempt at regime change in Venezuela has stalled | Tony Wood 23 Jan 6:51am A year on, Juan Guaidó’s attempt at regime change in Venezuela has stalled | Tony Wood
An underestimation of Chavismo’s resilience means the US-backed drive to topple Nicolás Maduro has fizzled outA year ago, on 23 January 2019, Juan Guaidó, chairman of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly,
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Coronavirus: panic spreads in China with three cities in lockdown 23 Jan 6:47am Updated Coronavirus: panic spreads in China with three cities in lockdown
Residents in Wuhan, Ezhou and Huanggang hoard supplies and isolate themselves at home Three Chinese cities accounting for an area of 20 million people have been
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Teacher allegedly abused pupils despite previous charge, court hears 23 Jan 6:31am Teacher allegedly abused pupils despite previous charge, court hears
Recruitment agency failed to communicate previous unproven allegations to school A supply teacher allegedly abused six primary school pupils after a recruitment agency failed to disclose he had previously been charged with child sexual assault, a court has heard. Jonathan Clayton’s new employers were unaware of previous claims made against him when he was put forward for the job by Visions for Education.
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Detective Chinatown 3 review – majestically madcap buddy-cop whodunnit 23 Jan 6:00am Detective Chinatown 3 review – majestically madcap buddy-cop whodunnit
Martial arts star Tony Jaa joins the zany police franchise as our heroes head to Tokyo for more no-holds-barred slapstick action Asian cinema’s wackiest buddy-comedy action franchise is now at the threequel stage and after a period of bewilderment I’ve begun to enjoy its eccentric hyperactivity. The two zany Chinese cops, Qin Feng (Haoran Liu) and Tang Ren (Baoqiang Wang), have already clocked up some misadventures in Bangkok for the first film and New York for
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Gray wolves, once nearly extinct, could be coming back to Colorado 23 Jan 6:00am Gray wolves, once nearly extinct, could be coming back to Colorado
Conservationists are applauding a ballot measure to reintroduce the gray wolf to the state. But ranchers and hunters are putting up a fight The gray wolf, once numbering in the tens of thousands throughout North America, have faced
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Police watchdog slammed over Boris Johnson-Jennifer Arcuri inquiry delay 23 Jan 5:55am Police watchdog slammed over Boris Johnson-Jennifer Arcuri inquiry delay
IOPC accused of dragging its feet over decision expected before general election The police watchdog is facing accusations that it is dragging its feet over a decision about whether to investigate Boris Johnson for possible criminal misconduct over his friendship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri when he was London mayor. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) insists that it has come under no pressure from the government over the decision, which had been
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Greta Thunberg told to study economics by US treasury secretary 23 Jan 5:34am Greta Thunberg told to study economics by US treasury secretary
Steven Mnuchin takes swipe at activist’s call for immediate fossil fuel divestment Donald Trump’s treasury secretary has dismissed
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Davos 2020: US treasury secretary says Greta Thunberg should go study economics - live 23 Jan 5:28am Updated Davos 2020: US treasury secretary says Greta Thunberg should go study economics - live
Rolling coverage of the third day of the World Economic Forum in Davos
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Germany bans neo-Nazi group Combat 18 Deutschland 23 Jan 4:58am Germany bans neo-Nazi group Combat 18 Deutschland
Country’s top security official says move is ‘clear message’ against far-right extremism Germany is banning the neo-Nazi group Combat 18 Deutschland in what the country’s top security official said was a “clear message” against
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NSW bushfires: three people dead in waterbombing plane crash as fires flare in soaring temperatures 23 Jan 4:36am NSW bushfires: three people dead in waterbombing plane crash as fires flare in soaring temperatures
NSW Rural Fire Service aware of property losses in the south coast towns of Moruya and Bermagui Three US firefighters have been killed after their waterbombing plane crashed as they battled bushfires in southern New South Wales. About 2pm on Thursday authorities said they had lost contact with the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, which was being used in waterbombing operations in the Snowy Monaro area.
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Davos 2020: US treasury secretary says Greta Thunberg should study economics - live 23 Jan 4:17am Davos 2020: US treasury secretary says Greta Thunberg should study economics - live
Rolling coverage of the third day of the World Economic Forum in Davos
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Australia fires live: three people dead in NSW air tanker crash as bushfires close Canberra airport - latest updates 23 Jan 4:12am Updated Australia fires live: three people dead in NSW air tanker crash as bushfires close Canberra airport - latest updates
ACT residents near bushfire south of Canberra told to seek shelter as contact lost with large water-bombing plane fighting New South Wales bushfire. Follow latest news and live updates
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Teesside shaken by 3.0-magnitude earthquake 23 Jan 4:11am Teesside shaken by 3.0-magnitude earthquake
Police say no reports of injuries as Stockton residents describe rumble and shaking People on Teesside were woken on Thursday by a 3.0-magnitude earthquake. The quake was recorded by the British Geological Survey and the US Geological Survey in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, just before 6am. The BGS recorded it as 3.0 magnitude while the US monitor said it was 2.8. Cleveland police said no one was injured.
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Davos 2020: US treasury secretary says Greta Thunberg should go and study economics - live 23 Jan 4:02am Updated Davos 2020: US treasury secretary says Greta Thunberg should go and study economics - live
Rolling coverage of the third day of the World Economic Forum in Davos
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Three US firefighters killed in air tanker crash fighting bushfires in Australia 23 Jan 3:48am Three US firefighters killed in air tanker crash fighting bushfires in Australia
New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian expresses condolences to families of the firefighters on board Three American firefighters have died after a waterbombing air tanker crashed while fighting fires in New South Wales. The NSW Rural Fire Service said in a statement that “contact had been lost with a Large Air Tanker which was working in the Snowy Monaro area” on Thursday afternoon.
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Australia fires live: Canberra airport closed, reports of air tanker crash in NSW bushfires – latest updates 23 Jan 3:23am Updated Australia fires live: Canberra airport closed, reports of air tanker crash in NSW bushfires – latest updates
ACT residents near bushfire south of Canberra told to seek shelter as contact lost with large water-bombing plane fighting New South Wales bushfire. Follow latest news and live updates
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Davos 2020: Javid, Merkel and Soros in spotlight – business live 23 Jan 2:59am Updated Davos 2020: Javid, Merkel and Soros in spotlight – business live
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Wuhan in lockdown as residents barred from leaving Chinese city stricken by coronavirus – video 23 Jan 2:47am Wuhan in lockdown as residents barred from leaving Chinese city stricken by coronavirus – video
Authorities have shut down public transport and airports to prevent Wuhan's 11 million residents from leaving the city as they look to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Police have been seen patrolling railway stations and setting up roadblocks
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PwC under growing scrutiny as scandal engulfs Isabel dos Santos 23 Jan 2:41am PwC under growing scrutiny as scandal engulfs Isabel dos Santos
Critics says PwC’s work for Angola’s state oil firm raises conflict of interest concerns PwC, the global accounting firm battling to distance itself from a financial scandal engulfing Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, was auditing the books of Angola’s state oil company during a period that is now under criminal investigation. Critics says PwC’s work for Sonangol, the government-owned oil group that underpins Angola’s economy, raises conflict of interest concerns because the firm appears to have been retained to check the company’s accounts while at the same time collecting fees to advise on a major restructure.
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The Rescue review – turbulent Chinese air-rescue adventure 23 Jan 2:00am The Rescue review – turbulent Chinese air-rescue adventure
Despite some dazzling, nail-biting chopper stunts, there’s an excess of pointless rushing around in this hymn to China’s emergency services This goofy event movie is vying for the attentions of the Chinese lunar new year audience: a frenetic, exhausting mix of soap and spectacle. It’s overseen by Dante Lam, a sometime cult director confirming the transition into commercial respectability he made with the state-sanctioned seat-filler Operation Red Sea (2018). The pitch was presumably Top Gun with air-rescue workers. Heroic winchman Gao (Eddie Peng) is introduced swinging through a collapsing oil rig and winds up in fraught navigation of a stricken ship. Yet, once back on dry land, Lam proves just as preoccupied with Gao’s curly-haired moppet Congcong (Zhang Jingyi) and his progress through toilet training.
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Qatar eases exit rules but concerns linger over abuse of domestic workers 23 Jan 2:00am Qatar eases exit rules but concerns linger over abuse of domestic workers
Exit permits to be scrapped, but requirement for domestic workers to give employers 72 hours’ notice is ‘problematic’, say activists Domestic workers in Qatar must give their employers advance notice before leaving the country, in a new policy that campaigners say raises concerns for those trapped in abusive situations. As pressure mounts on Qatar to tackle labour exploitation ahead of the 2022 World Cup, it
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Royals for rent: will Harry and Meghan become the world’s biggest influencers? 23 Jan 1:00am Royals for rent: will Harry and Meghan become the world’s biggest influencers?
They have cut the royal purse strings and need a new source of income – monetising their social media followers could be their first step The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were never going to be king and queen of the United Kingdom. And now they have been
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Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s ordeal: a story of British arrogance, secret arms deals and Whitehall infighting 23 Jan 1:00am Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s ordeal: a story of British arrogance, secret arms deals and Whitehall infighting
While his wife suffers in an Iranian jail, Richard Ratcliffe fights on for her release. But he fears she cannot cope for much longer. By Patrick Wintour On a cold October night, Richard Ratcliffe, not for the first time, was watching a play about his wife’s ordeal in an Iranian prison. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual-national British-Iranian, has been in detention in Tehran since her arrest on 3 April 2016. She is accused of spying – a charge she denies. The play was being staged in the London Metropolitan University on Holloway Road, where Zaghari-Ratcliffe, on a scholarship from Iran, studied communications management between 2007-2008. Ratcliffe was sitting in the front row. Beside him sat Ana Diamond, a woman who was incarcerated in the same prison as Nazanin until 2016, and Diamond’s father. As the play unfolded, Diamond’s father, who had also spent years in an Iranian prison, broke into loud sobbing, making it nearly impossible to hear the dialogue. Even though he and his daughter were now free, watching the play forced him to relive the trauma of imprisonment.
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Coronavirus: panic and anger in Wuhan as China orders city into lockdown 23 Jan 12:45am Coronavirus: panic and anger in Wuhan as China orders city into lockdown
Supermarket shelves are empty and face masks have sold out as residents of city at the centre of the deadly virus hoard supplies and retreat inside A sense of panic has spread in Wuhan as the central Chinese city was
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