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Sri Lanka v England: third Test, day four – live!

78th over: England 337-9 (Anderson 8, Foakes 60) Some off spin from Dilruwan Perera from at the other end. Sri Lanka faff about setting the field for an age but what of it? Foakes takes a fancy to his second ball, shimmies, and wellies it over said fielders for six. England’s lead now 591.

77th over: England 328-9 (Anderson 8, Foakes 51) Five dots from Akila Dananjaya’s over but some comedy fielding by Sri Lanka on the boundary, misreading the spin on a sweep from Anderson, and England get four.

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 4:25 am

Stink hits darts grand slam as match features flatulent end

Gary Anderson and Wesley Harms both deny responsibility for ‘rotten’ fart smell during Wolverhampton tournament

The world of professional darts has been rocked by two players accusing each other of repeatedly breaking wind during a match.

Gary Anderson of Scotland and Dutch man Wesley Harms blame each other for “rotten” farts during their clash in the Gland Slam of Darts.

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 4:02 am

Apec leaders at odds over globalisation and free trade

Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad warns economic integration leaving many behind but Australia, China and Russia condemn protectionism

Fault lines were quick to emerge over the future of free trade as leaders gathered for the Asia-Pacific summit on Saturday, with some calling for radical change while others argued for a return to the status quo on globalisation.

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Papua New Guinea, the Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, warned that globalisation was leaving some people behind and fuelling inequality.

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 3:33 am

California: Camp fire death toll rises to 71 with more than 1,000 missing

About 52,000 people displaced amid the country’s deadliest fire in a century, as list of missing jumps by hundreds once again

Rescue workers said on Friday they were searching for more than 1,000 people reported missing in a northern California town reduced to ashes by the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, as the death toll increased to 71.

The sheriff’s “unaccounted for” list from the Camp fire leapt by hundreds of people for a second successive evening, up from 631 missing a day earlier.

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 2:43 am

Indonesia's love affair with its dying natural disaster spokesman

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who has stage 4 cancer, guides the country through 2,300 disasters each year and has become a national treasure

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho is the busiest man in Indonesia. As the spokesman for the national disaster agency, he deals with an average of 2,300 emergencies a year. This year has been the busiest in more than a decade – with a string of deadly earthquakes, a tsunami and, last week, a plane crash.

But Sutopo is also battling his own personal disaster. Less than a year ago he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Now, riddled with pain, and 21 kilograms lighter after the latest bout of chemotherapy, he says the nation’s relentless stream of tragedies keeps his mind off his own struggle.

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 2:09 am

CIA finds Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi killing – report

Washington Post says Mohammad bin Salman’s brother, the Saudi ambassador to the US, advised journalist to attend Istanbul consulate

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, the Washington Post has reported.

The Post said US officials expressed high confidence in the CIA assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that he was not involved.

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 12:10 am

Impressive England thrash South Africa to close in on World T20 semi-finals

• South Africa 85, England 87-3; England win by seven wickets
• Shrubsole claims hat-trick as bowlers turn on the style

Anya Shrubsole started her 2018 learning that she would be the first woman featured on the front cover of Wisden for her heroics in last year’s World Cup final. Now, becoming just the second player of her gender to take a hat-trick at the World T20, she has the chance to finish it with a second major trophy in two years with England all-but guaranteed progress to the final four after eliminating an abysmal South Africa by seven wickets with 35 balls to spare after bowling them out for 85.

The achievement capped an immaculate all-round performance from Heather Knight’s side with the ball, not least from Shrubsole’s fellow seamer Nat Sciver who took three for four to make six for 15 from 7.3 overs between England’s frugal and effective openers.

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 12:02 am

Co-op own-brand champagne better than Moët, says Which?

Supermarket’s bubbly deemed as good as Mumm and best value for Christmas

Co-op’s own-brand champagne is as good as Mumm Cordon Rouge and better than Moët & Chandon, according to tests by Which? naming it as the best value deal for Christmas bubbly.

The Co-op Les Pionniers NV champagne sells for £19, almost half the price of a bottle of Moët, but scored joint top with Mumm Cordon Rouge in blind tests by Which? experts.

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 12:01 am

Bug grub: Sainsbury's to stock edible insects on shelves in a UK first

Supermarket will start selling roasted crickets in 250 of its stores from Monday

Barbecued bugs are are going on the shelves of British supermarkets as Sainsbury’s becomes the first big UK grocer to stock edible insects.

The retailer will start selling roasted crickets – described as “crunchy in texture with a rich smoky flavour” – in 250 of its stores from Monday, capitalising on the growing prominence of bush tucker in the global warming debate. The damaging environmental impact of global meat production has spurred interest in bugs – which can be bred in significant numbers without taking up large amounts of land, water or feed – as an alternative, sustainable food source.

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 12:01 am

Talking Horses: Rather Be can lift BetVictor Gold Cup for Henderson

The first major race of the new jumps season can fall to the champion trainer

The first major race of the new jumps season can fall to champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who has not won the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham since Fondmort landed him the prize in 2003. The Lambourn handler has a fine chance with Rather Be (2.25) and, while the betting market is well aware of this horse’s ability, odds of 5-1 remain acceptable, with the possibility that he may edge out a bit as punters look for value elsewhere.

Related: Count Meribel survives bad mistake to make his mark at Cheltenham

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 12:01 am

Owner of the Scotsman and i newspapers enters administration

Johnston Press, which also owns the Yorkshire Post, has debts of £220m and failed to find a buyer

Johnston Press, the owner of the i, the Scotsman and Yorkshire Post, has gone into administration after being brought to its knees by debts of more than £200m.

The publicly-listed newspaper publisher, which put itself up for sale last month in a last-ditch effort to save the business from going under, has gone into administration admitting that its shares are now worthless.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 11:45 pm

Patisserie Valerie chair hires former SFO investigator as his lawyer

Cafe chain’s executive chairman Luke Johnson likely to be questioned by fraud investigators

Luke Johnson, Patisserie Valerie’s executive chairman, is understood to have hired a former top prosecutor at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) amid an investigation into the cafe’ chain’s finances.

Johnson has hired John Gibson, who joined the American law firm Cohen & Gresser in September after serving for five years at the fraud investigator.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 11:42 pm

Netherlands secure victory over France to condemn Germany to relegation

• Wijnaldum and Depay on target for Dutch in Nations League
• World champions’ unbeaten run ended after 15 games

Germany were relegated from Group A1 of the Nations League after the Netherlands earned a surprise 2-0 win over France. Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay crowned a dominant display from the Dutch in Rotterdam which in turn ended the world champions’ 15-game unbeaten run.

Friday’s result leaves Joachim Löw’s winless Germany rooted to the bottom of the table and heading to League B. And the Netherlands will have the chance to qualify for the finals of the competition ahead of France when they complete the group stage against the Germans in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. Victory would see Ronald Koeman’s men top the group, while a draw would also be sufficient because of their superior goal difference.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:34 pm

Magnus Carlsen narrowly avoids Fabiano Caruana stunner in Game 6 epic

Magnus Carlsen narrowly avoided a devastating upset on Friday in the sixth game of his world championship match with Fabiano Caruana in London, scratching back from the brink to save a miraculous draw after 80 moves.

Related: Magnus Carlsen barely saves draw as Fabiano Caruana misses win in Game 6 epic – live!

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:24 pm

Statues, All Blacks and 6am training: lifting the lid on rugby in Japan

As the hosts of the 2019 World Cup come to Twickenham for the first time, it is worth understanding the impact Eddie Jones had on rugby in Japan

When Eddie Jones was the coach of Japan he once cancelled a training session and gave everyone the day off. In response, he had never seen his players so upset.

Related: Japan plot fast route to ‘emotionally smash’ Eddie Jones’s England

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 9:36 pm

North Korea expels US citizen who attempted to enter illegally

Lawrence Bruce Byron, who claimed to be under CIA command, had been in custody after crossing in from China on 16 October

North Korea has expelled a US citizen who tried to enter illegally, an unusually swift resolution of a case that could have further complicated reconciliation moves between the two countries.

The man, identified as Lawrence Bruce Byron, had been in custody after crossing into North Korea from China on 16 October, the official Korean Central News Agency said.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 9:14 pm

I knew I'd get postnatal depression. The reality was nothing like what I expected

I’ve come to know my brain through trial and error. But PND was different, like having a neurotic couch-surfing aunt come to stay

Before I had PND, I already had a psychotic illness. I’ve had it since I was about ten, existing in the gaps between reality and unreality. It’s confusing and distressing. I often go out in my car and forget how to drive and also what a car is and why streets exist. Sometimes I panic to the point of total dissociation, which is like seeing yourself replayed in a movie you can’t remember shooting.

I had presumed, being mental already, that I’d get postnatal depression. How could I avoid it? I could barely go to the supermarket without crying (why are there so many kinds of yoghurt for the love of God!). While I was pregnant, I’d already conceded defeat, getting my black dog a new bed and a fancy ceramic bowl.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 9:00 pm

When Tillmans met Britten: a radical War Requiem – in pictures

The Turner prize-winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has collaborated with ENO to design the set for Benjamin Britten’s devastating war piece. Here are his exclusive images of the production

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 9:00 pm

UN peacekeepers killed in fight with Islamist militias in DRC

At least seven peacekeepers and 12 Congolese soldiers killed in clashes with ADF

At least seven UN peacekeepers and 12 Congolese soldiers have been killed in clashes with militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The fighting took place near Beni, in the east, and close to the centre of the country’s worst Ebola outbreak.

The peacekeepers were supporting an offensive by local forces against an Islamist group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), officials said.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 7:10 pm

French woman jailed for keeping baby in car boot

‘Wilful neglect’ by Rosa Maria Da Cruz contributed to youngest child developing autism

A French court has sentenced a woman who kept her baby hidden in the maggot-infested boot of her car to two years in jail for negligence causing mental disability.

Rosa Maria Da Cruz, originally from Portugal, kept her daughter Serena – the youngest of her four children – hidden away until she was nearly two. Her lawyers said she had never accepted falling pregnant again.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 7:04 pm

'Merkel Muss Weg': far-right protests target German chancellor in Chemnitz

Up to 1,200 demonstrators gather as German chancellor visits city, which has become a hotbed of aggression

It had been dubbed a stop on “Angela Merkel’s farewell tour” by the far-right, who promised to give the German chancellor a “good send off” when she visited Chemnitz on Friday.

Benjamin Jahn Zschocke, of the rightwing movement Pro Chemnitz, said: “We will use the opportunity to celebrate her departure and of course we see it partly as our success.”

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:59 pm

Ben Jennings on Theresa May's survival as Tory leader – cartoon

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:39 pm

Britain's worst landlord to take nine years to pay off string of fines

Property owner, with a multimillion pound portfolio, has at least 60 convictions for housing offences

The fines cases heard at Highbury Corner magistrates court differ markedly.

It may host hearings for north London residents being chased for non-payment of their TV licence fee – where penalties as low as £55 prompt defendants to plead with magistrates to allow them to pay £2.50 a week.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:24 pm

Butcher, baker and revenue-maker: Crickhowell named UK's best high street

Brecon Beacons town is fighting the dominance of supermarkets

HJ and D Webb and Sons (motto: everything for your home and garden) has been trading in the market town of Crickhowell since 1936. As you pass the shop’s windows, the eye is caught by items ranging from comfy sofas to chainsaws.

Mike Webb, who runs the store with his two brothers, said: “Shopworkers and workers do what they do because they love it. That makes a difference. Everyone pulls together. When we did a litter pick and clean-up in the high street recently more than 150 people turned out. I think our regular customers and our visitors feel that this is a special place.”

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:19 pm

Trump says he has answered Mueller's questions but not submitted them

President said on Friday he answered the written questions ‘very easily’ but did not indicate when he would turn them in

Donald Trump said on Friday that he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but has not yet submitted them.

Related: Jeff Flake threatens to block judicial appointments over Mueller inquiry bill

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:09 pm

European lawmakers ask Amazon to stop selling Soviet-themed merchandise

Members of the European Parliament have called on the Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, to stop selling Soviet-themed merchandise on the global online shopping platform insisting that it is offends victims of the regime, according to an open letter.

Related: The man who made Russian fashion cool

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:05 pm

As a Labour MP, if it’s a deal or no-deal Brexit I know where my duty lies | Caroline Flint

Voters want to know why we haven’t left the EU yet. We in Westminster have a duty to restore public trust

Parliament’s approach to the draft European Union withdrawal agreement can either reaffirm or undermine public trust. Observing the manoeuvring around it, I despair at the insincerity of some. The UK held a referendum in 2016 with huge participation; and a subsequent general election at which Labour and the Conservatives promised to respect the outcome. My pledges in 2017 included: “When Britain leaves, I will work for a deal that works for Doncaster … I don’t support a second referendum. We need to bring people together, whether they voted Leave or Remain.”

Related: John McDonnell: people's vote on Brexit still on table

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:00 pm

Melania is now top Trump – Ivanka should sleep with one eye open

The first lady has emerged from the shadows to see off Mira Ricardel. What next? If I were Ivanka, I’d be wary

It is always the quiet ones, isn’t it? And, until recently, Melania Trump was a very quiet one. The first lady of the US preferred to stay out of the public eye and kept a profile so low that there was speculation this year about whether she had gone missing. But now Melania seems to have overcome her aversion to political life. Over the past few months, she has stepped out of the shadows and started to make her voice heard. She has also shown that you cross her at your peril because, if Melania Be Best at anything, it is revenge.

Exhibit one: the cold-blooded murder of Mira Ricardel’s career. Ricardel was appointed as Donald Trump’s deputy national security adviser in April and, since that time, apparently earned the enmity of the first lady. Tensions between the two reportedly reached boiling point during Melania’s trip to Africa in October, when they argued over the seating plan on the plane. Peace in the middle seat being a pressing issue of national security.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:55 pm

Melania Trump's ousting of aide ramps up White House reality TV feel

The first lady’s public call for Mira Ricardel’s dismissal was an unprecedented move for a president’s wife

It was a remarkable moment even for a White House that has drawn repeated comparisons to a reality television show.

Melania Trump, who as first lady has kept a relatively low profile, issued a stunning rebuke of one of Donald Trump’s top national security officials this week, calling publicly for her firing.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:52 pm

UK austerity has inflicted 'great misery' on citizens, UN says

Poverty envoy says callous policies driven by political desire for social re-engineering

‘I’m scared to eat sometimes’

Women reveal impact of cuts

Children tell UN: ‘It’s unfair’

The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found.

Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ended a two-week fact-finding mission to the UK with a stinging declaration that levels of child poverty were “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”, even though the UK is the world’s fifth largest economy,

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:40 pm

Amber Rudd returns to Theresa May's cabinet as work and pensions secretary

Prime minister shores up her support as Michael Gove decides to stay

Theresa May has drafted staunch supporter Amber Rudd back into the cabinet as the work and pensions secretary and took personal control of the final phase of Brexit negotiations.

The prime minister sought to shore up her support hours after Michael Gove decided to remain in the cabinet, despite having told her on Thursday he believed her Brexit deal was “not a runner” and will not get through parliament.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:31 pm

The Guardian view on the Tories and Brexit: the fantasy is finished | Editorial

The rightwing Brexiters have been exposed. They lied. They had no practical solutions. So they resigned. There is very little time left to rescue Britain from the damage they inflicted

Midway through Theresa May’s three-hour Commons grilling by MPs over her Brexit deal on Thursday, the former cabinet minister Stephen Crabb asked a rare sympathetic question about the “cold reality of hard choices and compromise” that now face the government. Mrs May’s reply was frank and even, in its way, eloquent. “The challenge for all of us in this house,” she said, “is to make those choices not according to what we wish the world could be like but according to the reality of the world that we see, and to make those choices pragmatically and in the interests of the British people.”

The history of Brexit is the history of a refusal to face the truths Mrs May expressed in those words. She herself has not always faced them either. That was especially true in her early months as prime minister, when she recklessly embraced a cherry-picking hard Brexit that divided the public, was never going to be negotiable with the EU and would damage the country economically, socially and politically. Gradually, however, and especially since she lost her majority in 2017, Mrs May has found herself compelled to soften, and to make the choices and compromises that now make up the humiliating mongrel deal agreed by officials this week.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:29 pm

Rotherham: six men jailed for sexually exploiting teenage girls

Group used drugs and alcohol to rape and sexually assault their victims, court hears

Six men have been given jail sentences of between 10 and 23 years for sexually exploiting five teenage girls, after the biggest prosecution of a Rotherham grooming gang by the National Crime Agency.

A court heard how the group targeted the vulnerable schoolgirls, using drugs and alcohol to rape and sexually assault their victims between 1998 and 2005.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:26 pm

Len McCluskey rival drops unfair dismissal claim against Unite

Gerard Coyne claimed he was unfairly sacked by union over data misuse

A rival of Len McCluskey, Jeremy Corbyn’s close ally, has dropped a claim of unfair dismissal against the union Unite, it has emerged.

Gerard Coyne, the union’s former West Midlands regional secretary, withdrew a claim on Wednesday that he was unfairly sacked for misuse of data.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:14 pm

The weight is over: kilogram redefined at 'emotional' conference

Historic vote means unit of measurement will no longer be defined by a piece of metal first conceived in 1889

The weight is finally over. Nearly 130 years after the kilogram was first defined by a lump of metal in a vault in Paris, scientists have voted for change and a new system that redefines the global measure of mass in terms of a fundamental constant of nature.

Following a historic vote on Friday at the General Conference on Weights and Measures, in Versailles, the kilogram will no longer be defined by the international prototype kilogram (IPK), a platinum alloy cylinder fashioned in 1889, but by Planck’s constant, a number that is deeply rooted in the quantum world.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:03 pm

'It's a farce isn't it?': The view from Manchester, a remain stronghold

After a 60.4% vote to stay, locals admit Brexit confusion and grudging respect for May

Manchester had the strongest vote to stay in the EU in the north-west, with 60.4% voting to stay. But after a week of chaos in Westminster there was little sign of schadenfreude among the city’s remainers.

“It’s a farce isn’t it?” said Michelle Hinds, self-medicating against Brexit with the help of a glass of wine on Friday afternoon. “To be totally honest, I’ve switched off from it. I voted to remain and I was completely devastated at the referendum result. I never thought for a second we would leave.”

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:59 pm

In this Westminster battle of the bastards, we’re all going down with the ship | Marina Hyde

MPs playing the Brexit game of thrones couldn’t give one-eighth of a toss about boring little car-plant workers

I cannot self-terminate,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 says to Sarah Connor at the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. “You must lower me into the steel.” The same appears to be true of Theresa May. No matter how judgmental all this week’s judgment days seem to be for the prime minister, the unit is incapable of overriding its programming. So who’s going to press the button, staring mournfully into its eyes as the molten metal claims it, because this is the only way it can end?

Related: The Tory MPs known to have sent a letter of no confidence in May

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:57 pm

Jeff Bezos tells employees 'one day Amazon will fail'

Tech giant’s founder made surprise warning in staff meeting when addressing question about Sears, according to a recording

Amazon is going to fail, Jeff Bezos, the tech company’s founder, told staff recently.

Related: What cities offered Amazon: helipads, zoo tickets, and a street named Alexa

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:29 pm

Let’s move to Portobello, Edinburgh: ‘It has a Rio-like promenade’

Sand, sea ... shame about the climate

What’s going for it? I always forget Edinburgh has a seaside. This would make the city perfect (all the best cities have a seaside), were it not for the distinctly un-Rio-like climate. Instead it’s almost perfect. For, although Portobello lacks Copacabana and 30C year-round heat, it does have sandy beaches and a Rio-like promenade peopled with joggers and lovers arm-in-arm, rollerbladers and scooter kids fronting a sweeping landscape of knobbly hills and a sea of blue (on a good day). But who needs balmy seas when you have a newly restored Victorian Turkish baths to poach in? Who needs the work of Oscar Niemeyer when there are beautiful 19th-century stone villas? Who needs The Girl From Ipanema and an ice-cold caipirinha when you can meet the girl from St Andrews chippy over a bag of scraps and whisk her off for a sundowner pint at The Espy on the seafront?

The case against It’s rather cut off from the rest of the city, with the railway viaducts and the roaring Sir Harry Lauder Road. It feels as if it needs just a little more love (and money).

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:29 pm

Brexit deal: take it or leave it, EU tells Britain

EU member states collectively rule out any redrafting of withdrawal agreement

European leaders have launched a campaign to sell the Brexit deal struck with Theresa May on a “take it or leave it” basis as EU ambassadors in Brussels collectively agreed it would be impossible to make major changes.

Putting aside the anxieties of some about the 585-page withdrawal text, the 27 member states collectively ruled out a redrafting of the agreement by either side during a meeting with Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:29 pm

John Kerry: ‘People are going to die because of the decision Trump made’

The former US secretary of state has looked on as Donald Trump has dismantled the Paris climate agreement. Now, 14 years after losing his presidential bid, he is considering another

To look back at the moment John Kerry entered US public life, addressing the Senate foreign relations committee on 22 April 1971, is to be struck by many things. There are the famous words, of course: “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” There is the shock of dark, Beatles-inspired hair, the distinctly British-tinged accent. Above all, there is the self-possession. Even though, as he describes it in his new book, Every Day Is Extra, he had not realised he would be the only witness until he had walked in the door, breathless and young and late; even though he was describing a situation about which he was deeply angry, he did not hurry his delivery.

Perhaps – after the vivid pointlessness of months spent in Vietnam, captaining vulnerable “swift boats” up muddy rivers; after being shot at and experiencing the deaths of friends; after watching a wounded Vietnamese soldier bleed to death in a US medical tent, surrounded by well-meaning soldiers who could not give him the most basic words of comfort in his own language, in his own country – the committee held little fear. Perhaps it was his upbringing, as the son of a state department lawyer and a mother whose extended family owned estates in Brittany, France, and an island off Cape Cod in Massachusetts; as a boy who attended elite boarding schools in Switzerland and the US; as a young man who, while a competitive debater and athlete at Yale, once went to visit a girlfriend (Jackie Kennedy’s half-sister) and found himself sailing with JFK for an afternoon. Or perhaps, as he puts it in his publisher’s offices in London, eyes watchful, tired from jetlag and an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, it comes from “being a little kid on the train to Berlin, travelling home alone from school”, a kid who by eighth grade had attended seven schools. “It was just – survival. I am confident. I have a confidence about things.”

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:06 pm

The Crimes of Grindelwald: do JK Rowling fans really want to read a script?

With the Fantastic Beasts script having sold more than 420,000 copies, fans seem up for buying the Harry Potter author’s work in any format – but is it any good?

It’s 11pm on a Thursday night and a gaggle of twentysomethings are crowding around a tub of Lego in London’s Waterstones Piccadilly, making wands. It’s an hour before the latest JK Rowling adventure, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is released in UK cinema screens. At the same time, Rowling’s script is being released as a handsome hardback on its own. Perhaps no other author could publish their jaunts into screenwriting as bestselling books, but this is Rowling, after all: the one author who can inspire adults to don school uniforms at midnight and head back to class – albeit one where they can drink Voldermorjitos.

More than 20 years since the first book was published, there is still no equal to Harry Pottermania in literature or the flood of merchandise it has spawned: backpacks, chess sets, pyjamas, Lego, wands, soft toys. Even scripts published as books, a strange if lucrative endeavour (421,000 copies of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have sold in the UK alone) continue to attract fan excitement and marketing pizzazz. With Crimes of Grindelwald, booksellers up and down the country are preparing for a huge weekend of sales, with Waterstones holding more than 240 events across three days – efforts that even some fans feel more befits a fully fledged novel.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:54 pm

Make Us Dream review – the agony behind the ecstasy for Steven Gerrard

A revelatory documentary about the Liverpool stalwart, whose explanation of his career ups and downs make for fascinating viewing

Apart from a somewhat redundant top-and-tail sequence in which Steven Gerrard is seen putting his feet up in a plush LA pad as he plays out his final months for the LA Galaxy, there’s a lot to admire about Sam Blair’s profile of the former Liverpool midfield dynamo who is currently embarked on the Herculean task of restoring Rangers to their former glory in the Scottish Premier League. Football documentaries often sacrifice quite a bit in return for access to their subjects (and there’s certainly significant amounts of “legend/icon/genius” burbling in Make Us Dream), but it’s Gerrard’s own readiness to open up and reveal something of the agony behind the permascowl he was famous for as a player that marks this film out.

Gerrard, of course, is indelibly associated with Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League win, inspiring a comeback from three goals down against AC Milan. But it is his status as the main man of a team that never quite lived up to its supporters ambitions – or the sensational achievements of Liverpool’s 1970s and 80s vintages – that has come to define him, and Gerrard reflects on this at length: the oppressive sense of personal responsibility for the team’s fortunes, the persistent attentions of Jose Mourinho who repeatedly tried to sign him away, the pervading sense of disappointment as Liverpool kept on losing players and falling short. Gerrard is also surprisingly open about his disappointment with certain individuals, particularly Michael Owen’s decision to leave Liverpool for Real Madrid in 2004, and his “cold” relationship with manager Rafael Benitez.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:51 pm

Lancashire fracking has stopped since small earthquakes, say locals

Cuadrilla won’t say if it has halted Preston New Road exploration, at cost of £94,000 a day

The shale gas firm Cuadrilla has refused to confirm whether it has halted fracking after triggering a series of minor earthquakes near Blackpool, raising questions over the operation’s future prospects.

Dozens of small tremors have been registered near the company’s Preston New Road site, after it started pumping high volumes of water underground in October to explore for gas.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:49 pm

Why schools are right to ban pupils from wearing designer coats

A headteacher in Merseyside has ruled that jackets by the likes of Canada Goose, Moncler or Pyrenex are off limits. Is she interfering unnecessarily or maintaining a valuable principle?

Just when I thought my trust in authority had hit the skids and would never be restored, a story popped up to remind me: I love headteachers. Woodchurch high school in Birkenhead has banned its pupils from wearing designer coats – the named brands are Canada Goose, Moncler and Pyrenex. It is not because kids are stupid, lose things or steal off each other (or that a big-ticket item more or less guarantees the worst possible result: mothers fighting in playgrounds). Rather, it is because of inequality. If some kids are walking around in £1,000 coats, those who cannot afford to “feel stigmatised, they feel left out, they feel inadequate”, says the school’s headteacher, Rebekah Phillips.

The idea that teachers are all inveterate lefties is a lingering niggle in the culture wars; when Michael Gove labelled the entire profession and all its acolytes “the blob”, his lack of regard didn’t come from nowhere. Education is widely perceived as a hotbed of anti-establishment political radicalism, starting at teacher training college, ending in the inculcation of dangerous socialism into unformed minds. While on the one hand, this is ridiculous – most teachers wouldn’t attend the revolution because they have marking to do – there is an eye of truth to it.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:43 pm

Butch Cassidy and Princess Bride scriptwriter William Goldman dies aged 87

Key member of 1970s New Hollywood generation won two Oscars for his screenplays

The Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, best known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride, has died aged 87. Deadline reported that he died in his sleep at his home in New York, and his daughter Jenny confirmed his death was the result of colon cancer and pneumonia.

Goldman was key figure of the 1970s New Hollywood generation who revolutionised the American film industry with a string of major films to his credit, but will probably be memorialised for a short aphorism that opened his 1983 memoir Adventures in the Screen Trade: “Nobody knows anything.”

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:40 pm

Funeral prayers for Jamal Khashoggi ring out in absentia

Thousands of mourners pay respects to journalist, whose body has still not been found

Thousands of people across the world have gathered to pay their respects to Jamal Khashoggi, reciting funeral prayers in absentia because the journalist’s body has still not been found.

Six weeks after his killing by agents from Riyadh at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, prayers for the writer rang out at the prophet’s mosque in the holy Saudi Arabian city of Medina on Friday morning.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:21 pm

Hockney hits a new high and Spandau Ballet capture the cold war – the week in art

Hockney’s swimmer breaks a record, the Spands feel the chill and Fernand Léger imagines a female utopia – all in our weekly dispatch

Gainsborough’s Family Album
This artist who made a living profiling the rich painted some of his greatest portraits for himself, to record his love of his family.
National Portrait Gallery, London, until 3 February.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:17 pm

Does Apple's sales slump mean the firm has finally peaked?

The company’s $1tn valuation has fallen 20% and fewer people are buying its iPhones

At the start of October Apple was on top of the world. The company had hit a record-breaking valuation of $1tn (£770bn), just released its fastest – and most expensive – iPhone and its chief executive, Tim Cook, was hammering rival Facebook over yet another privacy scandal.

Two months on and the shine appears to have worn off the largest company in the world. Its valuation has fallen by nearly 20%. This is partly because key suppliers have issued their own profit warnings, suggesting fewer people are buying the company’s phones than expected.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:14 pm

My dad is being made redundant and I fear for his mental health

It’s hard to urge a parent to get help, says Annalisa Barbieri, but he needs support to adapt

My father is in his 50s and has a senior position in a global company, but he has just been told that he’s being made redundant. He worked his way up from nothing. His own family didn’t have much money, and his own father used to talk him down, which he’s admitted diminished his confidence. He has the strongest work ethic of anyone I know and is remunerated well; he and my mother have a good standard of living. He would do anything for his family – practically and emotionally, he’s been a great support.

At times when Dad and I have been alone, he has talked about the huge responsibility he feels in paying the mortgage and making sure he and my mum have enough money for retirement. He wishes he could retire early, but says it can’t happen any time soon. My mother looks after their finances and has told me they are fine financially, and that if he wanted to, they could take early retirement and be comfortable.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:00 pm

Crémant: the party fizz to to replace prosecco | Fiona Beckett on wine

It’s the sparkling wine alternative that won’t break the bank

I don’t know if anyone else finds Christmas interminable, but assuming you’re not as big a grouch as I am, chances are you’ll be having – or at least planning – a party over the next few weeks. At which you will be drinking… what? Prosecco is my guess and, of course, there’s plenty of that around.

But what else is an option if you’re after sparkling wine? Apart from cava, which is the only fizz that can compete with prosecco on price, there’s not a great deal of choice under a tenner. (Tesco’s Finest Vintage Reserve Cava is a good buy, even at its full price of £9, though it’s often on offer.) There’s pignoletto, which is obviously on the shelf because supermarkets have sussed that anything beginning with “p” and ending with an “o” sells shedloads. If you haven’t tried it, Waitrose has the pleasantly fruity Chiarli Vecchia Modena Pignoletto Spumante Brut (11.5%) on offer at £7.99 at present, and it has far more character than the average prosecco.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:00 pm

Mickey Mouse, fireworks and Florence: Friday's best photographs

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the past 24 hours

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:52 pm

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Starlings over Rome and the ‘smiling angel’ of the Yangtze are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:00 pm

Jessie Cave: ‘I can’t remember jokes. It’s a problem socially … and in my career’

The standup, actor and cartoonist on the things that make her laugh the most

Alfie Brown in his show Scissor. He has a bit about falling in love that is very, very funny.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:00 pm

Former Co-op executive wins her equal pay and unfair dismissal claims

Exclusive: Tribunal finds Sam Walker faced discrimination

A former executive at the Co-operative Group has won her equal pay and unfair dismissal claims against the company.

Sam Walker, a company director in charge of HR, argued that she was dismissed after raising issues about her own pay and warning leading figures in the company that it could be paying men and women at a different rate for the same roles.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 2:00 pm

Schmidt’s Ireland sense All Blacks scalp as world’s best brace for collision

Ireland are unbeaten at home in 10 games as they prepare for what is potentially the year’s most compelling 80 minutes

It is not every day that Ireland are a good bet to beat the All Blacks. Not just any old bunch of silver ferns, either, but a team unbeaten in Tests on European soil since 2012 and still the world’s No 1 side. New Zealand are knocked from their rankings perch about as often as Steve Hansen fancies doing Strictly Come Dancing.

Ireland, though, are increasingly sure-footed on the game’s biggest stages. At home they have not lost in their last 10 Tests, dating back to New Zealand’s contentious 21-9 victory two years ago. Under Joe Schmidt they now march to a different tune to previous Irish squads. The 40-29 victory over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016 will always be celebrated but their ambitions remain far from satisfied.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 1:55 pm

Disgraced former Macedonia PM 'helped by Hungary to avoid jail'

Nikola Grevski fled country days before he was due to be jailed for corruption

The mystery over how Macedonia’s disgraced former prime minister Nikola Gruevski fled his homeland, days before he was due to be jailed for corruption, has deepened amid claims Hungary lied about having helped him escape.

As officials in the capital, Skopje, digested the news of Gruevski’s escape, Albanian authorities announced late on Thursday that he was aided and abetted by Hungarian diplomats.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 12:58 pm

The best party outfits for all ages – in pictures

How to hit the festive circuit with style

‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint’: top tips for doing the gruelling seasonal circuit

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 12:24 pm

The only way out of May’s Brexit chaos is for Labour to force an election | Owen Jones

The Tories have caused this mess, but they are unable to fix it. Britain urgently needs a new government

The Conservatives have plunged Britain into a state of chaos unprecedented in the postwar era. From a party that fought the past two general elections as a bulwark of stability against the mayhem of its opponents, this must never be forgotten. The Tories are responsible for flinging Britain into a tailspin. From David Cameron for calling the referendum to resolve an internal faction fight and Tory Brexiteers for running a campaign based on bigotry and lies to Theresa May for her red lines and “no deal is better than a bad deal”. They are all in this together, to coin a phrase, and their party must never be forgiven or absolved of guilt for what happens next.

May’s worst-of-all-worlds Brexit cannot pass parliament without the support of some Labour MPs. This is a critical fact that must dictate what happens next. May is likely to win any vote of no confidence within her party, because Tory MPs not utterly drunk on delusion understand that there is no plausible successor, and that a shift in leadership will not alter the impossible parliamentary arithmetic. Her victory will be portrayed by some as a great triumph: don’t let them get away with it. A campaign of hysteria will follow to bludgeon MPs into voting for the deal, with apocalyptic warnings of what will happen if they do not, made all the more tragicomic by May’s previous claims that no deal would not be “the end of the world”. If it is voted down, the potential ensuing market chaos – and warnings of imminent national catastrophe – will be used to coerce MPs to vote it through a second time, perhaps with some presentational concessions to sweeten the surrender.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 12:12 pm

The big sleep: how the world's most troubled country is beating a deadly disease

Beset by war, violence and political instability, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is not the ideal place to be trying to stamp out sleeping sickness, a killer illness. But that is what is happening

The Kasai river slides far across the plain. When the rains come, the sandbars in the middle – where fishermen have built temporary encampments consisting of straw huts – will disappear, making the river wider still.

Local people will tell you it’s just a rivière; in this country, they reserve the word fleuve, a big river, for the mighty Congo alone.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 12:08 pm

BBC women complain after Andrew Neil tweet about Observer journalist

Senior female journalists say deleting comment about Carole Cadwalladr not enough

Senior female BBC journalists have complained to executives at the corporation about the presenter Andrew Neil, after he failed to apologise for calling an Observer journalist a “mad cat woman”.

Neil, the host of the late night show This Week and one of the corporation’s most high-profile political interviewers, made the comment about Carole Cadwalladr – whose work helped expose the Cambridge Analytica scandal – as part of a string of tweets posted in the early hours of Tuesday.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 11:57 am

'You feel ungrateful': the sisters who gave back a Michelin star

It was a tricky decision but the Checkers restaurant in Wales is prioritising family over fine dining

It was a very tricky call for the team at the Checkers restaurant in Wales to make. Seven years after their remote restaurant and B&B close to the English border was awarded a Michelin star they picked up the phone to the revered guide and explained they were handing back the coveted award.

“That felt like a big deal for us,” said front-of-house supremo Kathryn Francis. “You feel you’re almost being ungrateful. It wasn’t that. The star had always been super positive but we made the call and told them what we were going to do. The guide has to be accurate and you have to be respectful to it. But we felt we had to put family first.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 11:55 am

Sony's PlayStation pulled from E3 event in 2019

World’s biggest video game show loses prominent exhibitor as Sony Interactive Entertainment opts to skip June event

The world’s biggest video game event will be missing one of its major exhibitors next year. Sony will not be attending the show for the first time in the event’s 23-year history.

The company has traditionally held a major PlayStation press conference on the Monday before the event, and has occupied acres of space in the LA Convention centre, where the show takes place every June. Considered the Cannes of the gaming world, E3 is the centre of the gaming calendar, attracting more than 65,000 visitors, with millions more watching live broadcasts of the show. E3 is where big publishers and console manufacturers reveal major new titles and where next-generation hardware is shown for the first time.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:12 am

Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds

Ranking of countries’ goals shows even EU on course for more than double safe level of warming

China, Russia and Canada’s current climate policies would drive the world above a catastrophic 5C of warming by the end of the century, according to a study that ranks the climate goals of different countries.

The US and Australia are only slightly behind with both pushing the global temperature rise dangerously over 4C above pre-industrial levels says the paper, while even the EU, which is usually seen as a climate leader, is on course to more than double the 1.5C that scientists say is a moderately safe level of heating.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:00 am

Experience: I dropped two nuclear bombs

The sky lit up; 10,000ft above our eye level was a writhing molten mass. I was in awe

I became aware of Operation Grapple in July 1956. There wasn’t a big Top Secret stamp on it. Everyone in the country had an idea that Britain was trying to become a nuclear power. I was a 22-year-old co-pilot in the RAF, just happy to be chosen for the mission.

My main role was to monitor the flight instruments to make sure the captain was flying correctly. We practised dummy drops for months, flying Valiant bombers from Wittering airbase on the Cambridgeshire/Northamptonshire border to a range over Orford Ness.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 9:59 am

Homes in former train stations – in pictures

Get on the right track with these five properties, from East Sussex to North Yorkshire

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 7:00 am

'The woman was really nervous': curious rise of axe throwing as a first date

Axe-throwing is now in vogue on the dating circuit, spawning several bars and a world championship contest in Chicago

It’s a test of nerve. Of accuracy. And of guile. And, apparently, hurling a sharpened axe around is now in vogue as a first date.

Axe-throwing, once the preserve of action film protagonists and YouTube idiots, is becoming an increasingly popular pastime in New York City.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:00 am

The paranoid fantasy behind Brexit | Fintan O'Toole

In the dark imagination of English reactionaries, Britain is always a defeated nation – and the EU is the imaginary invader

Before the narrative of Len Deighton’s bestselling thriller SS-GB begins, there is a “reproduction” of an authentic-looking rubber-stamped document: “Instrument of Surrender – English Text. Of all British armed forces in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland including all islands.” It is dated 18 February 1941. After ordering the cessation of all hostilities by British forces, it sets down further conditions, including “the British Command to carry out at once, without argument or comment, all further orders that will be issued by the German Command on any subject. Disobedience of orders, or failure to comply with them, will be regarded as a breach of these surrender terms and will be dealt with by the German Command in accordance with the laws and usages of war.”

Written amid the anxieties of Britain’s early membership of the European Communities and published in 1978, Deighton’s thriller sets up two ideas that will become important in the rhetoric of Brexit. Since there is no sense that Deighton has a conscious anti-EU agenda, the idea seems to arise from a deeper structure of feeling in England. One is the fear of the Englishman turning into the “new European”, fitting himself into the structures of German domination. His central character is a harbinger of the “rootless cosmopolitan” who cannot be trusted to uphold English independence and English values, and who therefore functions as the enemy within, the quisling class of pro-Europeans. This is the treason of the elite, the puppet politicians and sleek mandarins who quickly accommodate themselves to the new regime.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:00 am

Apec summit in Papua New Guinea begins – in pictures

Chinese president Xi Jinping has arrived in the capital of Port Moresby, the first of many foreign leaders attending the meeting

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:58 am

A day of Brexit chaos

Anushka Asthana joins her colleagues in Westminster on a chaotic and extraordinary day in British politics as Theresa May attempted to build support for her Brexit deal while members of her cabinet resigned in protest. Plus: in an exclusive extract from her autobiography, Michelle Obama reveals how she met her husband, Barack

Theresa May lost two of her Brexiter cabinet ministers in a frenzied morning at Westminster. Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, and Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, resigned in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit deal.

Anushka Asthana headed straight to Westminster for one of the most chaotic days in British politics in years. The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh explains how the hard Brexiters are gathering letters of no confidence in a bid to remove May, while the Labour party stands ready to take power if the government collapses and a general election is required.

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:00 am

The Empire of the Eagle: the world's most graceful bird – in pictures

The Empire of the Eagle: An Illustrated Natural History, by Mike Unwin and David Tipling, is published by Yale University Press and celebrates the world’s 68 eagle species in all their magnificence and beguiling diversity

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Posted on 15 November 2018 | 12:51 pm

Why our readers' support is vital to the Guardian's future

By supporting our journalism, you can become part of a global community of over a million Guardian readers with a shared set of core values and a vision for a more hopeful world

Thank you to the 1,000,000 Guardian readers who have offered us their support over the past three years. Many readers haven’t stopped at financial support; tens of thousands have shared their thoughts on our journalism, on world events and told us detailed personal stories. Many have articulated their reasons for supporting independent journalism, and why it matters in their own lives. Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to write to us or respond to our call-outs for your viewpoints – your input continues to be enlightening and is fundamental to our work shaping an approach to the Guardian’s sustainability that works for us all.

Related: Katharine Viner: 'The Guardian's reader funding model is working. It's inspiring'

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Posted on 15 November 2018 | 11:00 am

'There's a lot of power in being young': Hamilton lead actor Jamael Westman on making change - video

Jamael Westman, the lead actor in the West End production of Hamilton, talks to the Guardian's Iman Amrani backstage at the Victoria Palace Theatre, discussing the power of youth to make change, whether Hamilton is part of a wider 'black renaissance' and what theatre can do to attract a more diverse audience.  This film is part of a new ongoing series, 'Fresh Voices' presented by Iman Amrani

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Posted on 15 November 2018 | 7:00 am

The legacy of Islamic State in Iraq

Two years on from the ‘liberation’ of Fallujah from Isis control, the Guardian’s Peter Beaumont has returned to the Iraqi city. Plus: Polly Toynbee on the one thing everyone can agree on when it comes to Brexit

Almost a year ago, the Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State terror group, who for three years had gained control of large areas of the country. Millions lived under their brutal rule and many thousands died.

Two years on from the ‘liberation’ of the city of Fallujah by US and Iraqi forces, the Guardian senior reporter Peter Beaumont has returned to see if normal life has resumed.

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Posted on 15 November 2018 | 3:00 am

The climate protesters ready to go to prison for the planet – video

With only 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, according to a UN report, a group of activists called Extinction Rebellion ​have launched a campaign of civil disobedience across London in an attempt to provoke action

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Posted on 14 November 2018 | 4:12 pm

The new green superpower? Oil giant Kazakhstan tries to wean itself off the black stuff – video

Kazakhstan is rich with oil, gas and coal but Nursultan Nazarbayev, its president for life, has committed the country to a dramatic shift from fossil fuels to green energy. Is this huge nation, which is beset by rural poverty, major infrastructure challenges and environmental crises, able to realise his vision? Phoebe Greenwood travels to  the Kazakh capital, Astana, and the Aral Sea region

Many thanks to Kunzberg spatial communications for the use of music from the Future Astana Expo installation

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Posted on 14 November 2018 | 10:56 am

'More than just a newspaper': Guardian writers thank readers for their support

As we reach the milestone of 1 million supporters globally, our journalists explain how your support has had an impact on their reporting and the real world beyond our pages

One million thank yous to all our wonderful Guardian supporters. Where would we be without you? No, literally: where? You’re the lead in our pencil, the oil in our engine, the wind beneath our … my God, I sound like Boris Johnson. I can’t apologise enough. I will endeavour to continue writing columns that DON’T sound like Boris Johnson – though may sometimes be about him – as long as you will have me.
Marina Hyde, Guardian columnist

I never cease to be amazed at the loyalty, strength and passion of Guardian supporters and I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. Without your incredible support it would be that much harder to fund the painstaking work of investigations – such as the work we did recently into the treatment of rape survivors in the criminal justice system. Knowing that our readers support our work helped make that series of stories possible, and feedback from our readers gives us the motivation to keep on pushing to find out more and do our part to challenge injustice.
Alexandra Topping, senior reporter

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Posted on 14 November 2018 | 10:41 am

The plastics conspiracy: who is to blame for the waste crisis?

The world is waking up to the danger posed by single-use plastics to the environment. But consumer pressure is not enough to reverse the decades of plastic waste that litter the globe and clog up the oceans. Stephen Buranyi tells Anushka Asthana how an anti-plastic revolution is under way but the plastics industry is in no mood for retreat. Plus: George Monbiot on why climate change is a crisis that requires a response of civil disobedience

Who is really to blame for the crisis in plastic waste across the globe? And is it too late to fix it? Stephen Buranyi explains how the rise of the plastics industry since the 1960s created a culture of disposable consumerism that has generated a global crisis of plastic waste. He describes how the industry in response poured money into anti-littering campaigns, but did not apply the same standards of waste control to itself.

Plus: the Guardian environment correspondent, Matthew Taylor, explains who is responsible for the “tsunami of plastic” coming our way and what may be our only hope to stop it.

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Posted on 14 November 2018 | 3:00 am

Share your Caribbean highlights for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucher

Send us a tip on affordable experiences in the Caribbean, be they places to stay, activities and attractions, or bars and restaurants

Palm-fringed beaches, rum punch and infectious reggae beats … Carnivals, rainforest and a laid-back vibe … The Caribbean is one of the world’s most alluring holiday destinations, and we want to hear your highlights – especially for those not on an A-lister budget. It might be a cosy guesthouse, a hidden beach, a seafood shack or a wildlife-rich jungle trail.

Please be specific about locations, and include prices and websites were appropriate.

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Posted on 13 November 2018 | 4:19 pm

From Iceland to India: the global community supporting the Guardian

Our interactive map shows the countries where Guardian supporters are, and why some decided to help fund our work

Since 2015, the number of Guardian supporters has grown to include readers, listeners and viewers from across the world.

Thanks to their financial support, we have been able to keep our quality, independent journalism open to everyone, free of charge, wherever they are.

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Posted on 13 November 2018 | 12:06 pm

Katharine Viner: 'The Guardian's reader funding model is working. It's inspiring'

The Guardian’s editor-in-chief reflects on the state of media today and explains how the support of 1 million readers has enabled us to report and investigate the most important stories of our time

Three and a half years ago, when I took over as editor-in-chief, we were faced with the urgent challenge of how to make the Guardian sustainable.

The situation looked bleak across the media. Print advertising was in steep decline, and digital advertising growth was going almost entirely to Google and Facebook. News organisations everywhere were searching for answers to the challenge that they were being read more than ever before, but with fewer ways to cover costs. Month by month, more and more news outlets went behind a paywall.

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Posted on 12 November 2018 | 9:32 am

Beto 2020? Why some think Beto O'Rourke has what it takes to become president - video profile

O'Rourke's bid to unseat Ted Cruz in the US midterms narrowly failed – but his audacious grassroots campaign sprinkled seeds of Democratic rebirth and has drawn whispers of a presidential run. What is it that makes people think the Texas congressman has what it takes to get into the White House?

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Posted on 10 November 2018 | 10:28 am

Tell us: who do you share your home with?

As part of a new series in the Guardian’s Weekend magazine we are looking for interesting pairs who live together

Our notion of the traditional household is changing. Today, the place we call home can include extended families, friends, and even strangers. Our new series of columns celebrates the many ways we choose to live together – and we’re looking for your input.

Related: 'I worried my grandson would get into trouble if I didn't take him in'

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Posted on 10 November 2018 | 6:45 am

Arron Banks: the man who bankrolled Brexit – podcast

Carole Cadwalladr has been covering the biggest pro-leave donor for nearly two years. As each revelation sparks a new investigation, Arron Banks rubbishes her journalism. But those investigations are beginning to bite. Also today: Eva Wiseman on our obsession with true crime

It’s been more than a year since the Guardian and Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr started investigating Arron Banks and his unofficial Brexit campaign Leave.Eu. She tells Anushka Asthana how each new story brought with it a hail of criticism and ridicule.

But now the National Crime Agency has said it is investigating Banks amid concerns that he was “not the true source” of £8m in funding to the Leave.EU campaign.

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Posted on 9 November 2018 | 3:00 am

Fight or flight: the veterans at war with PTSD - video

One hundred years on from the end of the first world war, a group of veterans in Dorset are torn between their pride in their military careers and their anger over the lack of psychological support provided to them by the Ministry of Defence. With many feeling abandoned and left to battle significant mental health issues such as PTSD alone, former soldier Andy Price decides to take matters into his own hands, launching the Veteran’s Hub, a peer-to-peer support network for veterans and their families. Over the course of a year, the Guardian’s Richard Sprenger follows Andy on his journey.

You can contact the Veterans Hub here.

In the UK, contact the Samaritans for free from any telephone on 116 123.

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14.

Other international suicide helplines can be found at

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Posted on 8 November 2018 | 12:03 pm

La caravana: On the road with the migrant caravan – video

Thousands of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala head north hoping to find work and a better life in the US. The largest Central American caravan in decades keeps growing as thousands more join this journey – but when they reach Mexico, the migrant caravan starts taking different directions

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Posted on 5 November 2018 | 3:44 pm

More than a million readers contribute financially to the Guardian

Business model showing way for journalism to ‘regain its relevance’, says editor-in-chief

More than a million people worldwide have contributed to the Guardian in the last three years, with 500,000 paying to support the publication on an ongoing basis, according to Guardian News and Media’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner.

She said the business model was showing a new way for journalism to “regain its relevance, meaning and trusted place in society”.

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Posted on 5 November 2018 | 3:40 pm

Looking for cheap rent? Try a haunted house – video

Comedian Tanishi Matsubara has an unusual system for renting cheaply in Osaka - he seeks out 'stigmatised property': places in which the previous inhabitant has died. In Japan, the belief that such properties are haunted has even led to a law which means potential tenants must be informed

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Posted on 31 October 2018 | 7:00 am

Why we should be paying more for parking – video explainer

Charging more for parking could save the environment, ease congestion and inject energy back into the high street. But how? The Guardian's Peter Walker explains that we've been thinking about parking all wrong: it's not a right, but rather an over-subsidised waste of space

Sources: The High Cost of Free Parking (2011) - Donald Shoup; Psychology of the Car (2017) - Stefan Gössling; Research into the Use and Effectiveness of Maximum Parking Standards - Department of Transport

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Posted on 30 October 2018 | 11:24 am

Visiting Julian Cole: the man paralysed after being tackled outside a nightclub - video

In 2013 Julian Cole was arrested by six police officers outside a nightclub in Bedford. His neck was broken. He is now paralysed and suffers from severe brain damage. 

In this film, made in 2016, his mother, Claudia, continues her years of visiting him in a care home twice a day. His friends also drop by. We experience these visits with Claudia and three of Julian’s closest friends, witness the trauma this event has caused in their lives and wait with them as they hold out hope that justice will come from the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

In 2018, three police officers were sacked for lying in relation to this incident.

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Posted on 25 October 2018 | 1:09 pm

'Absurd and degrading': how universal credit can ruin lives – video

The government's controversial welfare overhaul has been plagued with difficulties from the outset. Payment delays have left people with mounting debt and facing eviction as demand for food banks soars. Trent from Doncaster tells us how he has been affected

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Posted on 24 October 2018 | 1:01 pm

Slavoj Žižek tells Owen Jones: 'Clinton is the problem, not Trump' - video

The philosopher Slavoj Žižek says the collapse of the centre-left welfare state consensus has led to the global rise of the new right. He argues the left 'ceased to question the fundamentals of the system' and that the crucial political battleground in the US is within the Democratic party

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Posted on 24 October 2018 | 12:02 pm

Tell us: is your school facing budget cuts?

With banners at some school gates we want to hear what cuts mean and how they are being explained to parents and community

A cursory look at recent headlines speaks of deep problems in school funding in England. Special needs funding is at crisis point, sixth form and FE funding has fallen by a fifth since 2010, children are raising money for their own education and headteachers are using cash for disadvantaged pupils to prop up budgets.

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Posted on 20 September 2018 | 11:15 am

'I resent the job-for-life notion': why everyone wants a side hustle

Apparently, the age of the side hustle is upon us, but just what is it? And why should we care? Author of The Multi-Hyphen Method, Emma Gannon, explains

Now ubiquitous on either side of the Atlantic, the US term “side hustle” refers to a passion project that falls outside of your primary job. You probably knew that. You may even have one. According to Henley Business School, one in four Brits do. By 2030, they predict that figure will have risen to 50%.

There are plenty of reasons someone would start a side hustle. With studies stating that more than 50% of UK workers are unhappy in their jobs, we’re looking elsewhere for the fulfillment, development and income missing from our careers. That’s why so many side hustles start as hobbies (48% of them, according GoDaddy).

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Posted on 23 August 2018 | 11:19 am

'I couldn't go to the jobcentre - I didn't have a CV': building my business as a refugee

When Moh Agha fled the war in Syria and arrived in the UK, he started selling books on ebay to support his family. Now he stocks more than 3,500 items and runs training courses for other refugees. This is how he got back in business

Moh Agha had a lot to take in when he first arrived in the UK with his young family in November 2013. “It’s not easy moving to a new country with a wife and two small children,” he says. “Everything was unfamiliar. We had no friends or family, it was very cold and people spoke very fast and with a strong accent.”

Back in Damascus, before the war broke out, Agha had built up a successful importing business. He travelled regularly between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Lebanon and Syria for work. “Our turnover was around $25m [£19.2m] a year,” he says. “People think the war only affected people physically, but because we couldn’t renew our passports or get visas, my business couldn’t operate.”

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Posted on 13 August 2018 | 10:38 am

Is your local council facing cuts? Share your tips

We’d like your help to find out more about current or future cuts to UK council services. If you’re aware of any where you live, please get in touch

This summer Northamptonshire county council, which is technically insolvent, published proposals that could lead to drastic loss of jobs and cuts to all its services over the next few months including core services such as children’s and adult social care. East-Sussex county council, has said it was preparing to cut back services to the bare legal minimum to cope with a cash shortfall that could leave it bankrupt within three years.

We would like to find out if there are any other councils around the UK that are experiencing or about to undergo cuts to services because of financial pressures. If you have knowledge about council services where you live, we would like to know the following:

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Posted on 8 August 2018 | 3:14 pm

Meet the former banker changing how women dress for business

After eight years as an investment banker, wearing dispiriting, constrictive suits, Joanna Dai swapped finance for fashion, launching her label DAI ­to create stylish, comfortable clothes that work for work

Joanna Dai, 32, remembers the eureka moment when she came up with the idea for her clothing label DAI. As an investment banker at JP Morgan, she was used to gruelling hours and frequent business travel, but wearing uncomfortable suits for 20 hours a day was the final straw. “I was on a night flight back to Heathrow from Stockholm, having got dressed that morning at 4am. I was sitting there with my waistband digging in, a blazer where my arms couldn’t go above my head and I just thought: ‘Why couldn’t there be something that looked like a power suit, but felt like my yoga kit?’”

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Posted on 15 June 2018 | 1:58 pm

Five simple dos (and five definite don'ts) for budding entrepreneurs

Struggling to sift through the cliched self-help quotes and business jargon for something constructive? Entrepreneurial experts share their hard-learned lessons, from the genuinely useful to what to avoid

Don’t get lost in the crowd
You may think your product is better than everything else, but without something distinctive about it, it’s not going to stand out. “When I do consultancy work occasionally and, say, someone’s made a new T-shirt, I’ll say: ‘What’s so good about it?’” says Kuldip Singh Sahota, founder and chief executive of Mr Singh’s chilli sauces and crisps. “They’ll say, the fabric or design, but that’s what everyone says. What’s going to make you stand out? That’s where your brand and authenticity comes in, especially in such a crowded market.”

Dave Bailey, a business coach and entrepreneur, agrees: “When you’re starting a new business, you have to get people to believe what you believe. And they’re never going to believe someone they think is fake or doing it for the wrong reasons.”

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Posted on 8 June 2018 | 4:05 pm