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  • 2 days Omani student among three dead in London stabbings in 12 hours TheGuardian
    Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Araimi, 26, was attacked in KnightsbridgeAn Omani student has been named as one of three young men killed in a series of unrelated stabbings in London in a little over 12 hours.Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Araimi, 26, was was stabbed in a suspected robbery near Harrods in Knightsbridge, west London, as he and a friend made their way home from a nearby restaurant late on Thursday evening. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Sale’s Marland Yarde defies medical opinion with his rapid return TheGuardian -Sport
    The wing was told he might never play again after suffering a horrific knee injury but was lining up for his club within a yearWhatever Marland Yarde goes on to accomplish in a career that has earned him 13 England caps, nothing in his mind will match lining up for Sale against Wasps in the Premiership Cup one day before the first anniversary of a knee injury so horrific he was warned he may never play again. There were five minutes to go against Newcastle when Yarde slipped and two players fell on his left leg, dislocating and rupturing every ... more
  • 2 days Russia involved in leak of papers saying NHS is for sale, says Reddit TheGuardian -Tech
    Documents, believed to be genuine, were used by Jeremy Corbyn to lambast Tory partyGeneral election latest - live newsAn anonymous online poster who disseminated documents later brandished by Jeremy Corbyn as evidence the Conservatives would put the NHS “on the table” in US trade talks was part of a campaign directed by Moscow, the site hosting the papers has said.On Friday evening, Reddit confirmed it has banned 61 accounts; including that of a user called Gregoriator, who it believes was part of a Russian information operation known as Secondary Infektion. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Liverpool’s Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar to be moved with venue not ready TheGuardian -Sport
    • Education City Stadium opening postponed until early 2020• Semi-finals and final will now be held at nearby Khalifa StadiumFifa has announced that Qatar’s Education City Stadium, the planned venue for Liverpool’s Club World Cup semi-final, will not host any matches in the tournament.Liverpool’s semi-final, the final and third-place play-off have all been moved to the nearby 40,000-seat Khalifa International Stadium. The official opening of Education City has now been postponed until early 2020. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Celtic fans fear Steven Gerrard’s Rangers can end their supremacy | Ewan Murray TheGuardian -Sport
    The Liverpool legend has given his side hope and is looking for his first trophy as a manager in the Scottish League Cup finalIt would be natural for Celtic supporters to have spent recent days in a state of apprehension. For the prospect of their domestic dominance being halted by their Old Firm rivals Rangers is galling. Were Aberdeen, Dundee United or Motherwell to end Celtic’s consecutive trophy haul, which currently stands at nine, there would be joy for the underdog and widespread shock. If Rangers break the spell, the mutual impact would be considerable. For all that Celtic should ... more
  • 2 days South Western Railway strike: delays as action begins during works TheGuardian
    Cancellations take place during busy Christmas shopping weekendPassengers are facing travel problems this weekend as engineering works take place during a strike over rail workers’ long-running dispute regarding guards on trains.Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on South Western Railway (SWR) walked out on Saturday for the sixth time since last Monday as part of 27 days of industrial action. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Andy Ruiz Jr bigs up being small and slick in Anthony Joshua rematch | Bryan Armen Graham TheGuardian -Sport
    The Mexican-American giant-killer, who cut his teeth fighting bigger opponents, says the Briton’s style is perfect for himThe superficial differences in the physiques of Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua were laid bare even more dramatically than six months ago at Friday’s weigh-in on a sun-splashed afternoon outside the Al Faisaliyah Centre in downtown Riyadh.The doughy Ruiz came in at 20st 3lb (283lb) for Saturday’s rematch, more than a stone above the svelte-for-him 268lb of their encounter in June, while the slimmed-down yet still-sculpted Joshua weighed 16st 3lb (237lb), down 10 pounds from the worst night of his boxing life. ... more
  • 2 days Austerity, racism, the NHS and Brexit: Corbyn and Johnson clash in BBC debate – video highlights TheGuardian
    Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn clashed over whether the future of Britain should be capitalist or socialist as they presented two wildly different visions for the country in the final leaders' debate. From austerity and the NHS to Brexit and racism, these are the highlights of the nightJohnson v Corbyn: who won the day?BBC debate: Corbyn hits out at Johnson's ‘racist remarks’ Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Christmas jumper day goes green to cut down on plastic waste TheGuardian
    Save the Children urges people taking part in its charity event to source sweaters through clothes swaps and vintage shopsSave the Children is calling on people to hold clothes swaps and scour vintage shops rather than buy new Christmas jumpers, after research found that 95% of the novelty items for sale contained plastic.The appeal for consumer “sustainability” comes ahead of the charity’s annual Christmas jumper day on Friday, when it encourages supporters to buy and wear festive pullovers. Research by the environmental charity Hubbub estimates that 12m jumpers will be bought this year, triggering huge amounts of plastic ... more
  • 2 days Where is your club’s next manager? Coaching the youth team TheGuardian -Sport
    Fifteen of the 20 managers in the Premier League started out coaching youth teams, reserves or part-time sidesBy Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsThree Premier League teams will be led by temporary managers this weekend – and all three learned the ropes by coaching younger players at those clubs. Duncan Ferguson first coached as a volunteer in Everton’s academy under David Moyes; Hayden Mullins was working as the Watford Under-23s coach when Quique Sánchez Flores was sacked this week; and Freddie Ljungberg started his coaching career with Arsenal Under-15s back in 2006, before returning to the club to lead ... more
  • 2 days Frankie Boyle’s election countdown: ‘You’ll be praying they prorogue the next parliament’ TheGuardian
    From a Dickensian Tory cabinet to the ghosts of Brexit promises past, the comedian brings you his take on the electionAs the body politic convulses, as the abyss avoids our gaze, we near the end of another election at the behest of a political class that has paid as much attention to David Cameron’s fixed terms as he did to people with emphysema slowly dying over a wood lathe. Christmas seems a strange time for a Tory government to call an election; possibly they guessed that it would be hard for Labour to sell hope in winter; possibly they judged ... more
  • 2 days It’s not ‘free stuff’ – what Labour is really offering is universalism | Rachel Shabi TheGuardian
    Ignore the cynics. Labour’s pledges on basic public services show the way towards a fairer, more efficient society“Do you accept that a lot of this free stuff that you’re talking about, it sort of reeks of desperation?”That question was put to Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, on Radio 4’s World at One earlier this week. And it has become a typical response to the party’s raft of policies on issues ranging from adult social care to tuition fees, train fares to broadband. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Tory vote share stays at peak of 42% a week to go before election day TheGuardian
    Johnson’s polling mirrors that of May’s in 2017. No wonder the Conservative message is to warn against complacencyA week to go before the election and the Conservative vote appears to have peaked. The party’s share hit 42% about a fortnight ago and has not advanced since – a level that is intriguingly similar to the 42.34% result achieved by Theresa May in the last general election.The party now dominates the leave vote – with a 69% share according to ICM’s analysis published this week – following the effective surrender of Nigel Farage in the early part of the campaign. Essentially, ... more
  • 2 days ‘They want the money’: the real reason boxing is going to Saudi Arabia TheGuardian -Sport
    Joshua v Ruiz bout exposes argument that kingdom is ‘sportswashing’ rights abusesFor boxing fans it is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. But Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight fight against Andy Ruiz Jr is also rapidly becoming the most controversial.Joshua will earn a career-high fee of about £60m when he faces Ruiz in the ancient Saudi Arabian city of Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyadh, on Saturday. He insisted this week that the country was “trying to do a good job politically”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days ‘I lost my £193,000 inheritance – with one wrong digit on my sort code’ TheGuardian -Biz
    When Peter Teich’s money went to another Barclays customer, the bank offered £25 as a token gestureIt is the stuff of financial nightmares. You get one digit wrong on the sort code, and send a huge amount of cash to the wrong person. They refuse to return it, and the bank washes its hands of the matter, blaming you for the mistake.That’s what happened to Peter Teich in a case that reveals shocking lapses in Britain’s banking system. Just hours after a solicitor sent the Cambridge resident his £193,000 inheritance after the death of his 100-year-old father, it became apparent ... more
  • 2 days ‘The insurer won’t pay our claim because our teenager had acne’ TheGuardian -Biz
    A family struggled to get a refund after they were forced to abandon a holiday when their son was diagnosed with hepatitisA London couple who were forced to cancel a trip to Uganda after their son was unexpectedly diagnosed with hepatitis have described their incredulity after InsureandGo refused their £1,440 cancellation claim because he had a pre-existing condition: teenage acne. Tom Bennett* and family say InsureandGo, one of the biggest travel insurers, used a clause buried in its terms and conditions to say that because he was being treated for the skin condition before they bought the policy, it won’t ... more
  • 2 days ‘Frozen’ pensioners need Labour largesse more than Waspi women TheGuardian -Biz
    It’s shameful how the Tories have ignored Windrush pensioners, and a pity that Corbyn won’t do moreWhen the Empire Windrush docked in Tilbury in 1948, it brought 802 passengers from the Caribbean. Any who returned to Jamaica after a life spent working in England and paying national insurance rightly received a UK state pension, and it went up every year. It still does for the estimated 13,000 British retirees in Jamaica. But if those from the Windrush generation returned to Antigua or St Lucia, they faced a special cruelty: their UK state pension was frozen at the level on the ... more
  • 2 days Can you ask family to contribute financially at Christmas? TheGuardian -Biz
    My brother and his partner always come to us and we’re wondering if it’s fair to ask them to chip inEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.My brother and his partner (in their early 30s) live in a one-bed flat and never host the family Christmas – they always come to us. We’ve never asked for cash before, but it’s quite a burden, given they eat and drink a lot, and stay for a ... more
  • 2 days Utility Warehouse: is its ‘life-changing’ scheme really ab fab? TheGuardian -Biz
    The supplier is out to persuade people they can earn up to £1m a year – but that could be £12 a weekA money-making scheme being promoted by Joanna Lumley says it can help people achieve a “life-changing” income – and claims those who climb to the top of the “Stairway to Success” can earn up to £1m a year. Yet Guardian Money found that the average amount being earned is less than £12 a week – and that’s before costs are taken into account.This “opportunity of a lifetime” is offered by energy and communications company Utility Warehouse, which says ... more
  • 2 days Plaid Cymru calls for trans-Wales railway to boost economy TheGuardian
    Adam Price says improving rail routes could stop brain drain of young Welsh peopleThe leader of Plaid Cymru, Adam Price, has called for a trans-Wales railway to boost the country’s economy and culturally unite the north and south.Sitting in a cramped two-carriage train trundling from Cardiff to Holyhead, Price expressed frustration that it was not possible to travel between south and north Wales by train without crossing into England. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Christmas shoppers warned of danger of fake toys TheGuardian
    Unsafe toys expected to flood market before Christmas as ‘must-have’ products sell outChristmas shoppers are being warned not to buy fake and potentially dangerous toys, which can contain toxic materials, damage hearing and pose choking or strangulation hazards.The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, is warning that counterfeit, unsafe toys typically flood the market in the run-up to Christmas as criminals exploit a surge in demand for “must-have” and sold-out items. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Talking Horses: Janika the solid tip in competitive Tingle Creek TheGuardian -Sport
    The step back in distance helped Janika score at Exeter and he ilooks ready for a step up to the highest level at SandownIn the absence of Altior the Tingle Creek at Sandown has a very competitive look and there is hope for fans of the veteran Un De Sceaux, the upstart Defi Du Seuil and the rarely spotted Waiting Patiently. But all three may be outdone by Janika (3.00), whose form over the past year looks all the more solid because it has often been in handicaps.After joining Nicky Henderson from France he was a beaten favourite in all ... more
  • 2 days Russia involved in leak of papers saying NHS is for sale, says Reddit TheGuardian
    Documents, believed to be genuine, were used by Jeremy Corbyn to lambast Tory partyAn anonymous online poster who disseminated documents later brandished by Jeremy Corbyn as evidence the Conservatives would put the NHS “on the table” in US trade talks was part of a campaign directed by Moscow, the site hosting the papers has said.On Friday evening, Reddit confirmed it has banned 61 accounts; including that of a user called Gregoriator, who it believes was part of a Russian information operation known as Secondary Infektion. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days BBC debate: Corbyn accuses Johnson of making ‘racist remarks’ – video TheGuardian
    Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson clashed on racism during the final televised debate between the two rivals before the 12 December general election. Corbyn hit out at Johnson for having used ‘racist remarks’ after the prime minister accused the Labour leader of a ‘failure of leadership’BBC debate: Johnson and Corbyn clash over Brexit, NHS and racist language – live news Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Labour vows to electrify England’s entire bus fleet by 2030 TheGuardian
    Jeremy Corbyn says Tories have left people ‘isolated and stuck at home’ All the day’s politics news – liveThe Labour party has pledged to electrify England’s entire bus fleet by 2030, promising to bring services “into the future”.Jeremy Corbyn said “the Westminster bubble” didn’t care about buses, despite the fact that so many people rely on them. He said the Conservatives had overseen the cancellation or reduction of 3,000 routes across the country leaving people “isolated and stuck at home”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Temporary manager Duncan Ferguson wells up as he sweats on Everton future TheGuardian -Sport
    • Former player charged with arresting Everton’s alarming slide• ‘I am here to steady the ship until they find whoever’It was an incongruous sight and a press conference to shatter preconceptions. There sat Duncan Ferguson, fearsome slayer of Pascal Chimbonda, Fredi Bobic and Steffen Freund to select just a few who regretted upsetting the former Everton centre-forward during his playing days, nervous and emotional as he joked with the media he once loathed.Several times he choked up while discussing his promotion to Everton temporary manager following Marco Silva’s dismissal: once when recalling the reaction of his children, season ticket holders ... more
  • 2 days Anthony Joshua fine-tuned and ready to claim redemption in Riyadh | Sean Ingle TheGuardian -Sport
    Briton has had chance to step back and reassess after defeat in June while Andy Ruiz Jr may have gone full Buster DouglasWhen Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr face off on Saturday night in the most controversial world heavyweight title fight for more than 40 years, their rules of engagement will be those of the Marquis of Queensberry and not Mr Olympia. But as the two men touched the scales in Saudi Arabia it was impossible to ignore their respective physiques. Joshua sported a six-pack. His opponent looked as if he had just drunk one.Joshua has been relaxed all ... more
  • 2 days Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson can succeed at Anfield TheGuardian -Sport
    • Wales international has scored six goals for Bournemouth• ‘All the players we sent on loan have the chance to make it’Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool would have sold Harry Wilson last summer if he did not believe he had a first-team future at Anfield.The 22-year-old has impressed on loan at Bournemouth this season with six goals for Eddie Howe’s side, who host the unbeaten Premier League leaders on Saturday. The Wales international, who is ineligible to face his parent club, spent last season on loan at Derby County and was a permanent transfer target for several top-flight teams in ... more
  • 2 days I do not know what Manchester City are missing, admits Pep Guardiola TheGuardian -Sport
    • City trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by 11 points• ‘I would like to discover the reason for this big gap’Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City’s 11-point deficit to Liverpool is because the champions are missing something he cannot identify.The manager was asked whether being so far behind was solely because Liverpool have dropped only two points or whether there may have been a slight subconscious drop in performance after winning the Premier League two years in a row. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Patrick Reed handed two-stroke penalty for improving his lie TheGuardian -Sport
    • Texan punished during third round of Hero World Challenge• Reed says he was practice swinging and denies it was deliberatePatrick Reed found himself embroiled in a rules controversy during the third round of the Hero World Challenge, with the former Masters champion issued with a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie in a sanded waste area. Footage of Reed’s actions on the 11th hole at Albany went viral on social media, with rules officials informing the 29-year-old of his punishment during a five-minute post-round discussion. Reed claimed to have been totally unaware of the affair until that point.As per ... more
  • 2 days Lying liar lies some more as Boris Johnson braves BBC studio for debate TheGuardian
    Jeremy Corbyn tries, but fails, to bring leaders’ live televised face-off back to some kind of realityThe truth is a foreign country. The US. This has been an election dictated by the Sunbed God’s kinks, where the bigger the lie and the more often it is repeated, the more chance you have of getting away with it. Just replace one overweight blond sociopath with another. When no one believes a word most politicians say, you might as well go for broke. Fantasy is so much more thrilling.The Conservatives have consistently thought big. The only person in the whole of Britain ... more
  • 2 days BBC debate: Corbyn hits out at Johnson’s ‘racist remarks’ TheGuardian
    Labour and Conservative party leaders clash over racism and NHS in final before polling dayJohnson v Corbyn: who won the debate?Factcheck: How credible are Corbyn and Johnson’s claims?Jeremy Corbyn accused Boris Johnson of having made “racist remarks” as the pair clashed over Islamophobia and antisemitism in their parties in a crucial head-to-head debate less than a week before polling day.Corbyn made the allegation during the BBC One leaders’ debate on Friday as he defended himself against Johnson’s charge that his handling of antisemitism complaints within Labour was a “failure of leadership”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Moeen Ali’s Test break to continue with absence from England squad for South Africa TheGuardian -Sport
    • All-rounder met Joe Root and England management this week• Moeen set to play in Pakistan Super League next yearMoeen Ali is expected to continue his break from Test cricket despite talks with Joe Root and the England management this week.Ed Smith, the national selector, will name England’s squad for the series in South Africa on Saturday, with Jonny Bairstow, Jimmy Anderson and Mark Wood tipped to return after missing out on the 1-0 series defeat in New Zealand. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days How Northampton were turned back into a force to be reckoned with | Robert Kitson TheGuardian -Sport
    A pioneering coach and a blunt-talking chief executive have helped to transform Saints’ fortunesUp in his modest office overlooking the Weedon Road, Northampton’s chief executive, Mark Darbon, does not mince his words. “We were just insular,” he says, reflecting on his early days at the club currently top of the Premiership. “We didn’t really look beyond our own boundaries and if we did it was to glance up the road at Leicester Tigers. We didn’t need to engage with third parties; we thought we could do it ourselves.”In the two and a half years since Darbon’s arrival, the resurrection of ... more
  • 2 days Bath head towards exit after Clermont Auvergne cruise to victory TheGuardian -Sport
    • Bath 17-34 Clermont Auvergne• Spanish wing Samuel Ezeala claims debut doubleNothing less than victory was going to save Bath in Europe this season and the guillotine has in effect now fallen. Three straight defeats in Pool 3 before a trip to the Massif Central is not the stuff of Champions Cup dreams and their great Heineken Cup days of yore are an increasingly distant memory.Clermont only rarely had to shift much beyond third gear to claim a comfortable bonus-point win, sealed with three final-quarter tries, two of them from their debutant winger Samuel Ezeala, who also set one up ... more
  • 2 days Dillian Whyte cleared after UK Anti-Doping withdraws steroid charge TheGuardian -Sport
    Errant sample consistent with contamination, say UKADWhyte will fight Mariusz Wach on Ruiz-Joshua undercardUK Anti-Doping has withdrawn a charge against Dillian Whyte after clearing the British boxer of any wrongdoing.The 31-year-old provided a sample on June 20 - a month before his heavyweight title fight with Oscar Rivas at the O2 in London - that contained “trace amounts” of steroid metabolites. Related: Dillian Whyte reawakens career after sleeping through his moment on plane Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Johnson v Corbyn: who won the day? TheGuardian
    Our verdict on the final debate between the main party leaders before Thursday’s general electionFactcheck: How credible are Corbyn and Johnson’s claims?This was billed as the final showdown – or at least the final chance for Jeremy Corbyn to shift the polls away from bookmakers’ predictions of a Boris Johnson majority. As such, the stakes were high, and the setting dramatic, with the two party leaders almost facing each behind lecterns. So who came out on top, and will it make any difference? Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days How credible are Corbyn and Johnson’s BBC debate claims? TheGuardian
    We look at the plausibility of party leaders’ arguments in final head-to-head debateJohnson v Corbyn: who won the debate?Claim: Johnson says the Parole Board and probation were not involved in the release of Usman Khan, the terrorist behind the London Bridge attack on 29 November. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Marcus Rashford can take cue from Raheem Sterling’s development at City | Jonathan Liew TheGuardian -Sport
    Manchester United striker has just turned 22 and, like Sterling before him, needs to add ugly goals to his repertoireFor a moment all is stillness. Marcus Rashford grinds to a halt. Old Trafford pauses with him. Rashford waits. There’s a wiggle of the toes. And then the explosion.Rashford’s second goal against Tottenham on Wednesday night was, in many ways, a distillation of everything he does best. As Serge Aurier closed him down on the left flank, Rashford paused for an instant, waiting for his opponent to commit. A twitch of the boot was enough to convince Aurier that Rashford was ... more
  • 3 days British diplomat in US resigns, saying she can’t ‘peddle half-truths’ on Brexit TheGuardian
    Alexandra Hall Hall, Brexit counsellor in Washington, described UK government’s ‘use of misleading or disingenuous arguments’The British diplomat in charge of explaining Brexit to the US government, Congress and public, has resigned, saying she was no longer prepared to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust”.Alexandra Hall Hall, the Brexit counsellor at the UK embassy in Washington, had been frustrated with the job for some time, according to friends and colleagues. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Sam Kerr the best in the world? Tell us something we don’t know | Samantha Lewis TheGuardian -Sport
    Judged this week by the Guardian as the best female footballer on the planet, Matildas captain Sam Kerr now has her chance to prove it on the European club stageAcross all the years I’ve watched Sam Kerr play football, there’s one moment that stands out as a true illustration of her character, as an example of why she’s been voted The Guardian’s Best Female Footballer of 2019.It’s not a goal, or a back-flip celebration, or a gesture of kindness towards a fan. It’s a moment of failure. One of the biggest in her career, perhaps, and one that feels more ... more
  • 3 days PSG’s Neymar-Mbappé era will end soon, but there is still time for glory | Barney Ronay TheGuardian -Sport
    A half-a-billion pound project to bring their talents together and the Champions League to Paris has failed thus far but with both strikers now fit can they deliver at the last?“Le grand Paris reste une idée, un fantasme qui tourne dans nos rêves mais ne se traduit pas vraiment dans les matchs.”Some things just sound better in French. See for example the above, taken from a report in Le Parisien of Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 home win against Nantes in midweek. This is definitely best read in the original, ideally in the sad, sonorous tones of Uncle Monty from the film ... more
  • 3 days Drill rapper among three London stabbing deaths in 12 hours TheGuardian
    Attacks were unrelated with one involving a suspected robbery near Harrods in KnightsbridgeA member of the south London drill group Harlem Spartans has become the third young man to be stabbed to death in the capital in a little over 12 hours.Crosslom Davis, 20, also known by his rap name Bis, was the second Harlem Spartans member to be stabbed to death. He used to perform alongside Latwaan Griffiths, who was murdered in August 2018 at the age of 18. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days The Guardian view on schools for the future: no thanks to more of the same | Editorial TheGaurdian – Edu
    The Conservatives’ promise to replace lost funding should not be allowed to mask the paucity of their ideasSchool cuts proved to be an achilles heel for Theresa May in the 2017 election, and Boris Johnson learned from her mistake. In September, the Conservatives announced a £4.4 billion per year increase in funding for English schools (education is a devolved issue) that was calculated to neutralise Labour attacks. Polling suggests that education has declined in importance for voters over the past two years. Schools do not have the totemic significance for the current party leaders that they did for Tony Blair ... more
  • 3 days Support network and disguises helped Joseph McCann evade police for so long TheGuardian
    The serial rapist convicted of a string of horrific crimes sparked one of Britain’s biggest manhuntsOn 21 April, at half past three in the morning, Joseph McCann abducted a young woman outside a nightclub. He was not caught until more than two weeks, and 36 offences, later. By then he was the most wanted man in the country.The search for McCann, who was convicted for a series of horrific crimes against women and children on Friday, ended with a manhunt involving hundreds of officers and the wanted man finally discovered hiding in a tree. For the 15 days between, as ... more
  • 3 days Teenager pleads guilty to throwing child off Tate Modern balcony TheGuardian
    Jonty Bravery, 18, admits attempted murder of French boy, 6, at London gallery An autistic teenager has pleaded guilty to attempted murder after throwing a six-year-old boy from a viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery.Jonty Bravery, who turned 18 in October, told police he carried out the attack because he wanted to be on the news. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days PM’s single mother remarks ‘disgusting’, says Angela Rayner TheGaurdian – Edu
    Shadow education secretary says comments reveal Tory stigmatisation of working classAll the day’s politics news – liveAngela Rayner, who had her first baby at 16, has launched a furious attack on Boris Johnson for his past comments criticising single mothers.The senior Labour figure said his words were “disgusting”, reminded her of school bullies and were part of the Tories’ historic stigmatisation of the working class. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Bournemouth v Liverpool: match preview TheGuardian -Sport
    It is still early doors but Liverpool look head and shoulders above the rest in the Premier League. They are unbeaten in 32 games – a club record – and can win with explosive attacking power or with defensive grit and determination. Bournemouth’s chances of even a point look grim considering their best player this season – Harry Wilson – is unavailable to face his parent club. Liverpool have won their last four meetings by an aggregate score of 14-0. Graham SearlesSaturday 3pm Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Too little has been done since the Grenfell Tower fire | Letters TheGuardian
    Readers respond to an article stating that a lack of action means thousands of people in the UK still live in towers with combustible claddingMy heart goes out to Sandra Ruiz and I welcome her support, and that of others, who are trying to get the government to recognise a huge national problem (There will be more fires like Grenfell, and lives will be lost, Journal, 4 December).It is not only buildings covered in cladding that are putting residents’ lives at risk. There are 79 Greater Manchester tower blocks that still do not meet fire safety standards. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Leaked Brexit paper negates PM’s Northern Ireland claims – Corbyn TheGuardian
    Labour says Treasury document undermines notion of no border in Irish SeaAll the day’s politics news – liveLabour has accused Boris Johnson of misrepresenting the impact of his Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, as Jeremy Corbyn revealed a leaked Treasury document that suggested prices will rise and businesses will struggle to bear the costs of border checks.The Labour leader said the document revealed the “cold, hard facts” about the impact of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on Northern Ireland. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Private contracts at the heart of the NHS crisis | Letter TheGuardian
    NHS experts and campaigners including Melvyn Bragg, Ken Loach and Joan Bakewell call for legislation to end the marketisation of servicesThe NHS crisis isn’t just about lack of adequate funding. Over the last 30 years the NHS has been structurally dismantled under successive governments, leading to many of the serious failings that we are witnessing. US companies like Kaiser Permanente, McKinsey, Centene and United Health/Optum have been significantly involved in this, and in the delivery of NHS services.US-HMO style “integrated care systems” are now being installed throughout England, although they are not statutory bodies and have no legal basis. These ... more
  • 3 days Record number of over-45s giving birth in England TheGuardian
    More than 2,000 women in this age group had babies last year, ONS figures showThe number of women aged 45 and over giving birth is at the highest level since records began 80 years ago, figures show.The number of live births in this age group rose from 1,619 a decade ago to 2,366 in 2018. In 1938, when records began, there were 2,085 births to women over 45, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Thirty Britons believed to be among Isis fighters held in Syria TheGuardian
    Whitehall analysis suggests there are about 2,000 foreign fighters in Kurdish jailsThirty British men are among an estimated 2,000 foreign Isis fighters being held by Kurdish forces in jails in north-east Syria, according to the latest Whitehall analysis of the threat posed by the terror group following the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.The foreign fighters are considered the most dangerous group of all Isis fighters held in jails – totalling around 20,000, when Iraqis and Syrians are included – and politicians are effectively being warned not to be complacent just because the terror group has lost its leader ... more
  • 3 days Joseph McCann case is about the system not the sentence TheGuardian
    Arguments about sentencing ignore the crisis in the probation and prison serviceThe offences committed by Joseph McCann are among some of the most horrific imaginable. His many victims and their families, left with the lifelong consequences of his barbaric actions, will rightfully want answers as to how he was free to commit them.McCann was jailed in 2008 for aggravated burglary, a violent offence, under an imprisonment for public protection sentence. IPPs were introduced by the Labour government in the mid-2000s and were designed to protect the public from serious offenders whose crimes did not merit a life sentence. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Champions Cup preview: Munster expect monster crowd for Saracens visit TheGuardian -Sport
    • Holders leave most of England stars at home• Northampton unbeaten at home since start of AprilDan Biggar returns at fly-half for Northampton in the match of the round between teams who have lost one match between them in the league and Europe this season. The Wales international was a late withdrawal from the side that defeated Leicester last weekend, along with Courtney Lawes who remains out. Leinster’s last defeat was in last May’s Champions Cup final against Saracens in Newcastle. Eight of the starting lineup that day will take the field at Franklin’s Gardens but Rob Kearney, Luke McGrath ... more
  • 3 days Anthony Joshua insists Andy Ruiz’s burgeoning weight not important TheGuardian -Sport
    • Ruiz tips scales at 20st 3lb for Saturday’s fight in Riyadh• Joshua: ‘For heavyweights the weigh-in doesn’t really matter’Anthony Joshua, his body again looking as if it could have been sculpted by Phidias, weighed in at his lightest since 2014 for Saturday night’s WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. But while a slimline Joshua tipped the scales at 16st 13lb, 10lbs less than he was for the pair’s first meeting in June, Ruiz came in at a gargantuan 20st 3lb – 15lb more than six months ago when he shocked the world at Madison ... more
  • 3 days Baby P’s mother should not be freed, says Parole Board TheGuardian
    Tracey Connelly, whose child died after months of abuse, will remain in prisonTracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, should not be freed from jail or moved to an open prison, the Parole Board has decided.In a statement, the board said a “key intervention remained to be completed” and that the benefits of releasing Connelly were “outweighed by the remaining risks that [she] represents”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Tottenham v Burnley: match preview TheGuardian -Sport
    Tottenham were strangely passive in defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday – the first bump in the road for José Mourinho. It felt as though the players were preoccupied by what United might do, rather than how they might impose themselves. Had Mourinho’s pre-match instructions been too reactive? Spurs will need greater positivity against a Burnley team who have lost five out of seven but always make life difficult. David HytnerSaturday 3pm Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Staff warn of ‘intimidatory’ tactics at Liverpool University after strike TheGaurdian – Edu
    Staff who went on strike over pay and pensions asked to work for free or face penalties as university employers refuse to discuss low wagesThe University of Liverpool has told staff who went on strike over pay and pensions this week that they must catch up on missed work or risk penalties, despite already having their pay deducted over the eight-day industrial action.In an email sent by pro vice-chancellor Gavin Brown, members of the University and College Union were told that failure to reschedule teaching missed during the strike period would represent partial performance of their contracts, which “the university ... more
  • 3 days Everton v Chelsea: match preview TheGuardian -Sport
    There will be a rare bond of unity between the Everton crowd and technical area on Saturday when Duncan Ferguson takes temporary charge against Chelsea following the dismissal of Marco Silva. For all the goodwill that will come Ferguson’s way, his promotion is not a cause for celebration but a symbol of Everton’s malfunction under the erratic ownership of Farhad Moshiri. A club that has spent over £450m on players since Moshiri’s arrival finds itself in the bottom three and led by a sixth different coach in under four years. Chelsea will relish the opportunity. Andy HunterSaturday 12.30pm BT Sport ... more
  • 3 days Newcastle University faces student backlash over stalker’s return TheGaurdian – Edu
    Petition calls for reversal of decision to readmit offender whose victim still studies thereNewcastle University is facing a growing backlash from students over its decision to allow a convicted stalker to continue his studies despite the objections of his victim.A petition calling on the university to remove anyone convicted of stalking from campus has attracted more than 1,200 signatures. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Sports quiz of the week: clothes, coins and a heavyweight contest TheGuardian -Sport
    Who is flying the flag? Who lost his job? Who is a hypocrite?Duncan Ferguson will take charge of Everton for their match against Chelsea this weekend after Marco Silva was sacked. Which of these statements about Ferguson is false?He once scored a hat-trick of headers in the Premier League He was in the Everton team the last time they won a trophyHe has scored more goals in the Premier League than any other Scottish playerHe is Scotland’s all-time top goalscorerVivianne Miedema had an eventful afternoon when Arsenal played Bristol City in the Women’s Super League last weekend. What did she ... more
  • 3 days Hitachi signs £350m deal to supply Avanti West Coast trains TheGuardian
    British-built InterCity trains will supplement older models operated by First TrenitaliaGoodbye then Virgin, but will we miss you?British-built trains will supplement the refurbished Pendolinos on the new Avanti West Coast service, after the rail operator First Trenitalia announced a £350m contract with Hitachi Rail.The manufacturer will supply and maintain 10 electric and 13 bi-mode InterCity trains from its County Durham assembly plant. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Opec to slash oil production to help prop up prices TheGuardian -Biz
    Cartel will axe further 500,000 barrels a day to prevent supply glut as global economy faltersOpec and its allies have agreed to cut an extra 500,000 barrels of oil a day from the global market next year to help prop up prices amid fears of an economic slowdown.The alliance decided at a meeting in Vienna to deepen its production cuts after reining in output for three years to prevent an oversupply of crude from dragging down prices. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Ademola Lookman keeps World Cup options open as he waits on England TheGuardian -Sport
    RB Leipzig’s forward discusses his ‘serious decision’ for 2022, who he turns to in tough times and listening to Denzel WashingtonWhen Ademola Lookman has felt in need of reassurance – and there have been a few such occasions over the years – he calls up two men who know him better than almost anyone.Des and Felix coached him from the ages of 11 to 16, during an extended teeth-cutting process playing Sunday league football for Waterloo FC, and beyond that he has counted both as “mentors” for as long as he can remember. If uncertainty began to take root during ... more
  • 3 days The Fiver | Yes, it’s Middlesbrough v Charlton! Or Woodgate v Bowyer TheGuardian -Sport
    Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It’s the big one this weekend, folks. The one you’ve all been waiting for. A footballing duel like no other. Yes, it’s Middlesbrough v Charlton! Or Woodgate v Bowyer, if you’re wondering why The Fiver is bothering to get the weekend started by previewing 20th v 17th in the Championship instead of the Manchester derby. You see, the former Nasty Leeds players have a history and back when The Fiver was listening to the Strokes and pretending we had a future, we’d have bet all our Tin money on ... more
  • 3 days Labour has a strong economic plan. But it still has to shift voters’ faith in austerity | Larry Elliott TheGuardian -Biz
    It makes sense to borrow when interest rates are low. Yet much of the public is still attached to the slogans of 2010A lost decade for the British economy is coming to a suitably downbeat end. The latest snapshots of business activity point to stagnant growth in the final three months of the year and it could be even worse than that. If the economy decides elections, the Conservatives should be heading for a thumping defeat next week. They have been in power for nine years, their record is unimpressive, confidence is low, and they are offering little in the ... more
  • 3 days Selling James Bond: why No Time to Die is a product placement dream TheGuardian -Biz
    The trailer is not only a shopfront for the film but also for some of the world’s priciest brandsThe official trailer for the new Bond film, No Time to Die, was released only on Wednesday but has already been viewed tens of millions of times, which is an efficient sales job for a film its producers hope will make at least $1bn.Appetites have been whetted and nerves calmed in the run-up to the film’s release in April after a bumpy production. The budget for the movie – Daniel Craig’s last in the lead role – is estimated to have exceeded ... more
  • 3 days Sri Lankan official fined over throat-slitting gestures in London TheGuardian
    Brigadier Priyanka Fernando convicted of public order offences in private prosecutionA senior member of the Sri Lankan military has been convicted of public order offences in London and fined thousands of pounds after a court ruled he is not protected by diplomatic immunity.Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was filmed making throat-slitting gestures towards Tamil protesters outside the Sri Lankan high commission in London on 4 February 2018. The demonstrators were highlighting concerns about human rights violations against Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority. Footage of the incident went viral. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Tilting tech and talking toilets: the good and bad of Virgin Trains TheGuardian -Biz
    Virgin Trains reaches the end of the line on Saturday. How will it be remembered?At 13 minutes to midnight on Saturday the last Virgin Trains service, after 22 years, will roll into Wolverhampton station. The trademark red carriages have already been painted white and stripped of all their Virgin branding. Starting Sunday, they will be repainted green, as a new name in British train travel, Avanti, takes over the west coast mainline from London to Glasgow.Virgin Trains has been in operation for almost the whole of the privatised rail era and the brand has become a byword for the best ... more
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