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10/24/2017 12:09 PM
European council president suggests Brexit could be halted - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

At Treasury questions Hammond says the government will continue to deduce the deficit in a “measured” way.

The French president Emmanuel Macron and the Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar have been speaking to journalists after talks in Paris. According to the Reuters snap, Macron said it was up to the UK to come up with concrete proposals on Ireland/UK border issues.

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10/24/2017 10:06 AM
Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China's change to constitution

Rare accolade puts Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics into Communist charter and sets him on course for indefinite spell in power

Is Xi or isn’t Xi? Who said it - Jinping or Mao Zedong?

Xi Jinping has been consecrated as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution.

The symbolic move came on the final day of a week-long political summit in Beijing – the 19th party congress – at which Xi has pledged to lead the world’s second largest economy into a “new era” of international power and influence.

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10/24/2017 07:00 AM
Universities deplore ‘McCarthyism’ as MP demands list of tutors lecturing on Brexit

Tory whip writes to every vice-chancellor to ask for syllabus and any online material

Academics are accusing a Tory MP and government whip of “McCarthyite” behaviour, after he wrote to all universities asking them to declare what they are teaching their students about Brexit and to provide a list of teachers’ names.

Related: How will leaving the EU affect universities and research? Brexit Means ... podcast

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10/24/2017 10:18 AM
Briton who fought Isis killed in Raqqa a week after city liberated

Mother of Jac Holmes, 24, who left Bournemouth IT job to volunteer with Kurdish fighters in Syria, says he died on Monday

A British former IT worker who went to Syria to fight Islamic State has been killed in Raqqa a week after the militants’ de facto capital was liberated, his mother has said.

Jac Holmes, 24, from Bournemouth, was one of the longest-serving volunteers with Syria’s Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), having travelled to northern Syria three times since 2015, and he featured regularly in the international media.

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10/24/2017 11:35 AM
Weinstein ex-aide breaks confidentiality agreement over alleged harassment

Zelda Perkins tells FT she is running risk of legal action in order to aid debate about ‘egregious’ non-disclosure agreements

A British former assistant to Harvey Weinstein has said she has broken a confidential agreement to speak out about alleged sexual harassment by the disgraced Hollywood producer.

Zelda Perkins said in an interview with the Financial Times that she was breaking the non-disclosure agreement (NDA), said to have been made in October 1998, to shine a light on the workings of the secretive legal arrangement.

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10/24/2017 10:19 AM
Death of Maltese journalist 'linked to fuel smuggling network' says Italian prosecutor

Sicily chief prosecutor says he ‘could not exclude’ possibility that alleged crime syndicate may be behind murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

There are possible links between the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb in Malta last week, and an Italian investigation into an illicit fuel-smuggling network, according to a senior Italian prosecutor.

Carmelo Zuccaro, a chief prosecutor in Sicily who is leading the fuel-smuggling inquiry, told the Guardian he “could not exclude” the possibility that some of the men targeted in his investigation – which spans Libya, Malta, and Italy, and allegedly involves an organised crime network in Sicily – could be behind Caruana Galizia’s murder.

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10/24/2017 10:46 AM
Chaotic scenes at re-enactment of Kim Jong-nam killing

Suspects Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong pushed around Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport in wheelchairs

Two women accused of killing the North Korean leader’s half-brother made a chaotic three-hour tour of the Malaysian airport where the alleged crime took place.

Handcuffed and wearing bullet-proof vests, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, of Vietnam, walked around the crime scene on Tuesday, surrounded by dozens of balaclava-clad police who attempted to hold back journalists.

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10/24/2017 07:39 AM
Singapore: no more cars allowed on the road, government says

The number of buses and goods vehicles will be allowed to continue growing but the growth cap for private cars will be cut to zero in 2018

Singapore, one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a vehicle, has announced it will freeze the number of private cars on its roads from next year but vowed to expand public transport.

The growth cap for all passenger cars and motorcycles will be cut from 0.25% a year to zero with effect from February, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said.

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10/24/2017 10:09 AM
Deathbed confession may crack case of the 'Crazy Brabant Killers'

Ex-policeman allegedly admitted before he died that he was ringleader of Belgian gang that killed 28 people in the early 1980s

A murder mystery that has gripped Belgium for 30 years may be on the verge of being solved after a former policeman apparently confessed on his deathbed to being one of the “Crazy Brabant Killers” – a group that killed 28 people in a string of robberies in the early 1980s.

During a three-year spree, the Brabant Killers staged more than a dozen raids on supermarkets, hostels and a gunsmiths, during which they shot customers, staff and even children. They suddenly ceased their activities and disappeared in 1985.

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10/24/2017 10:56 AM
Men in UK enjoy more leisure time than women, study shows

ONS reveals men take 40 minutes more per week on average than women, with mass media people’s main indulgence

Men take more leisure time than women in the UK, a study of the nation’s work-life balance has shown.

Men spend six hours and nine minutes a day on leisure pursuits, compared with five hours and 29 minutes for women, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found.

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10/24/2017 11:33 AM
The 10-year-old US soccer sensation and social media star snapped up by Roma | Lawrence Ostlere
Alessandro Cupini has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram and his own pitch in his basement in Kansas City which he will soon be leaving to join the Serie A club, getting around Fifa’s youth regulations thanks to dual-citizenship

In the south of Kansas City on a corner of 43rd Avenue there is an Italian restaurant called Cupini’s. Eddie Cupini and his father, Franco, have dedicated nearly 15 years to serving up the best pasta in town (“just like my mom used to make,” says Franco), earning a few awards along the way. But soon they will be leaving behind the restaurant and the life they have built in America.

Eddie’s 10-year-old son, Alessandro, has signed up to Roma’s esteemed academy. Alessandro is something of a social media sensation with more than 40,000 followers on Instagram and a dedicated YouTube channel showcasing his prodigious talent, all managed by his father. He even has a nickname: The Wolf. “A lion and a tiger are mean but you can’t take a wolf to the circus,” Eddie explains.

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10/24/2017 11:51 AM
From Arsedestroyer to Zoogz Rift: 50 underground albums you've never heard of

Sexed-up Canadian synthpop, Japanese junglism, ritualistic Finnish bear hunting music … our writers select treasures from the darkest corners of their record collections. Please share your own curios in the comments below.

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10/24/2017 07:00 AM
‘I view the hurtful messages as sadism’ – what it's like to be Instagram famous

Making a career out of a hobby might look easy, but living the dream online comes at a cost. Six influencers reveal what it’s like to be a woman on Instagram, and the truth behind their artfully stylised feeds

Interviews and portraits by Sophie Wedgwood

In her 1970s book On Photography, Susan Sontag describes the role of the camera in everyday life as a means to construct “a portrait-chronicle of itself – a portable kit of images that bears witness to its connectedness”. She could, of course, be talking about Instagram in 2017, except that we are becoming increasingly less connected to the images themselves. Through filters, colour washes and crops, the images we post can be little more than projections of how we want to be seen by the outside world; an ideal self. And in many cases this image bears only a passing resemblance to the reality.

But what happens when Instagram becomes more than just a pastime? When it becomes a way to make a living? What happens when your followers start to objectify you, or your friends unfollow you because of what you post, or it starts to affect your mental health? What happens when you realise you’ve become “content”? Do you stop? Do you heck. From the biomedical scientist who tries to balance university life with makeup posts to the model who is asked to promote slimming pills, Instagram has a very real, often dark side. And these women should know. Morwenna Ferrier

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10/24/2017 08:20 AM
‘Like running a marathon – with 100 sharks on your tail’: behind the scenes of Blue Planet II

Cannibal squid, submarine leaks at 450 metres and a poisonous stonefish sting … the producers of David Attenborough’s new series share stories of life and death underwater

I’ve spent more than 500 hours in submersibles 1,000 metres under the sea – the maximum depth technology can take us. You can’t go to the toilet the whole time you’re down there, so you have to hold it for 10 hours. The comms come and go, too. You’d always rather be in constant radio contact – it’s not great when somebody goes quiet. But I’ve spent long enough down there to not get flustered, and to keep faith. Most people say they could never go down in a sub, but it doesn’t bother me at all. If someone could figure out how to make a submarine I could live in and just drive around on the sea floor, I would.

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10/24/2017 06:00 AM
‘Reality shrivels. This is your life now’: 88 days trapped in bed to save a pregnancy

Months before she was due to give birth, disaster struck for Katherine Heiny. Doctors ordered her to lie on her side in bed and not move – and gave her a 1% chance of carrying her baby to term

When I was five years old, my parents decided they could no longer watch the nightly news. Or rather, they could no longer watch it if I was in earshot. The coverage of the attack at the Munich Olympics had caused me to have such an intense fear of being killed by gorillas that I couldn’t sleep. No matter how many times my parents explained the difference between terrorist guerrillas and primate gorillas –and that there were no gorillas in Michigan anyway – I remained sleepless with worry late into the night for weeks. My parents eventually gave up and subscribed to the afternoon paper as well as the morning one.

The problem is not just that I am a champion worrier. It’s that I court worry – I seek it out, I invite it into my home, never remembering how hard it is too dislodge it from its comfortable chair by the fire. I watch true-crime documentaries when I’m alone. I Google photos of black widow spider bites. I know the statistics about paracetamol overdoses. I have memorised the beaches with dangerous riptides. I have installed a carbon monoxide detector in every house I have ever lived in. And when I got pregnant with my first child, I bought What to Expect When You’re Expecting – and the chapter titled What Can Go Wrong was the one I read first.

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10/24/2017 11:18 AM
My daughter will be born stateless – in the UK | Sayed Alwadaei
I fled torture in Bahrain, and my family suffers endlessly because of my human rights work. The British government knows of our plight and does nothing

My wife is due to have a baby at the end of this week. Like many expectant parents, my wife and I have chosen a name, honouring her grandmother. We have bought her clothes, toys, and prepared our home to welcome her, but one thing is still unknown: what nationality she will have. If the Home Office further delays our application, she could be born stateless.

For defending democracy and human rights in my home country, Bahrain, during the Arab spring, I endured torture, imprisonment and was forced into exile in the UK. But, until now, I hadn’t seen the consequences of my activism torment the people closest to me.

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10/24/2017 06:00 AM
Ten scandals since 2010 that show Britain is ruled by the loony right | Polly Toynbee
From failed schools to the east coast main line to the NHS, the Tory party in power has been a tale of ideological disasters – costing the taxpayer billions

This is what bad government looks like. Do civil servants ever dare stop it, and who is ever held to account? Evidence-free policy-making by rightwing ideologues has been the history of this government since 2010.

Related: Collapsing academy trust ‘asset-stripped its schools of millions’

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10/24/2017 10:07 AM
And the Oscar goes to ... Wonder Woman! Can a superhero film take home best picture?

Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster torpedoed sexist stereotypes and triumphed at the box office. Now it faces its biggest challenge: winning over Academy voters

Dickens’s line, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” seems strangely appropriate to the world of comic-book movies in 2017. Over the past couple of years we’ve seen some of the worst superhero films ever committed to celluloid , among them Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Yet we’ve also been treated to more glowingly reviewed comic-book films than ever before.

Rotten Tomatoes rates X-Men spin-off Logan, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Lego Batman Movie all among the year’s best-reviewed films. And that’s to not mention Marvel’s new effort, Thor: Ragnarok (amazingly at 98% at the time of writing) and Patty Jenkins’ groundbreaking Wonder Woman (92%).

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10/24/2017 11:39 AM
‘Pretty high on the bucket list’: BT Sport team relish Ashes debut
BT Sport’s commentator Alison Mitchell and anchor Matt Smith chat to the Spin about the channel’s plan to be ‘right in amongst it’ in Australia

Last week BT Sport announced its lineup for the forthcoming Ashes series, the first it will broadcast. Michael Vaughan and Ricky Ponting, who were both involved in the station’s first toe-dip in the cricketing pool a year ago, are back, along with Graeme Swann, Geoffrey Boycott, Damien Fleming, Michael Slater and Adam Gilchrist. But while the network is still fairly new to this particular game the team behind the team are no ingenues; the coverage will be produced by Sunset + Vine, which has been working on cricket since taking charge of Channel 4’s first Test broadcasts in 1999 and is currently the International Cricket Council’s official production partner.

A few weeks before they all head off to Australia the Spin got to sit down for a chat with Matt Smith, who will anchor the coverage, and the commentator Alison Mitchell. Mitchell’s cricketing chops are well established, while Smith is more of an all-rounder, most commonly associated with football although he helmed ITV’s coverage of the Indian Premier League with aplomb.

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10/24/2017 10:23 AM
Eni Aluko and Colin Kaepernick are contrasting rebels with noble causes | Suzanne Wrack
By challenging the powers that be in their sports the England footballer and the NFL quarter-back have rendered future players a valuable service

In the summer of 2016, during pre-season, the NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat alone on a bench during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers’ friendly against the Green Bay Packers.

His action marked the beginning of a remarkable season of protest in the league, in which he knelt during the anthem for all 17 games, and triggered a movement that has continued into this season.

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10/24/2017 11:36 AM
Sam Burgess hits back over Rob Andrew claim World Cup call-up was ‘blunder’
• ‘I’m very proud of my performance for England’ says former centre
• Rob Andrew criticised Sam Burgess’s inclusion in squad in new book

Sam Burgess has hit back at claims that his selection for the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup by then coach Stuart Lancaster was an “almighty blunder”.

Burgess, who had never played union before joining Bath in October 2014, was controversially fast-tracked into the England squad less than a year after switching codes. When England failed to reach the quarter-finals in their home World Cup, Burgess, playing at centre, was made one of the primary scapegoats. His selection was bitterly criticised in a new book by the former Rugby Football Union director of professional rugby, Rob Andrew, who said: “Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell have always defended their position on this, but as far as I’m concerned they can say what they like: Burgess was a rogue ingredient in the mix, both before the tournament and during it, and his inclusion had a negative effect.”

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10/24/2017 11:39 AM
Wales squad: Gatland signals end of Warrenball with major shuffle
• Jamie Roberts and Scott Williams left out of autumn Tests squad
• Gatland looks to replicate Lions’ successful midfield strategy

Warren Gatland has changed course tactically in his squad for Wales’s four autumn internationals by including four outside-halves in his squad and omitting one of the main planks of the physical approach that delivered two Six Nations titles this decade, Jamie Roberts.

Related: Master motivator Alan Jones has point to prove with the Barbarians | Robert Kitson

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10/24/2017 10:00 AM
Master motivator Alan Jones has point to prove with the Barbarians | Robert Kitson
The 76-year-old, who coached the brilliant Australia team of 1984, will pit his old-style attacking wits against the current Wallabies team on Saturday

Rare is the coach who not only wins but talks a world-class game, too. Eddie Jones is the modern prototype but three decades ago there was another Australian guru named Jones with an even sharper tongue. Alan Jones was in charge of the 1984 grand slam-winning Wallabies, one of the finest teams to tour these islands, and makes today’s front men sound like quiet suburban accountants.

Not so long ago Jones suggested the best thing Australia’s then coach, Robbie Deans, could do to assist the national side was to shut up and stay at home in bed. He has been equally scathing about the head honchos at the Australian Rugby Union from the pulpit of his Sydney radio talkback show, although a serious health scare in June did briefly remove him from the airwaves. Jones, now 76, spent a week in intensive care being treated for septicaemia, an experience which left him “feeling like I’ve gone 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali”.

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10/24/2017 11:16 AM
Ronald Koeman says he is ‘disappointed’ by Everton sacking but thanks players
• Koeman also pays tribute to club’s directors and fans following dismissal
• Everton confirm David Unsworth has been placed in temporary charge

Ronald Koeman has said he is “disappointed” at his sacking by Everton. The manager was dismissed on Monday with the club in the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Everton have confirmed David Unsworth has been placed in temporary charge and he is due to address the media on Tuesday afternoon, in advance of the Carabao Cup match at Chelsea.

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10/24/2017 08:00 AM
Bristol City’s Hordur Magnusson: ‘The Iceland mentality is quite different’ | Ben Fisher

Bristol City’s Hordur Magnusson recalls Iceland’s shock win over England as Roy Hodgson, the beaten manager that day, brings Crystal Palace to Ashton Gate

Hordur Magnusson is speaking about an unforgettable 18 months playing for Iceland when he is reminded that Roy Hodgson will be on the touchline when Crystal Palace travel to Bristol City in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening. The mere mention of Hodgson gets the juices flowing as Magnusson relives the tale of Euro 2016, when he was part of the thunderclapping Iceland squad that eliminated England from the tournament in Nice. “I think I will get a flashback when I see him tomorrow,” Magnusson says.

He is compelling company and makes a point of insisting there is no rush to get this interview, inside an immaculate Ashton Gate, over and done with. As a result the conversation moves from leaving his hometown Reykjavik as a teenager to tackling Alessandro Del Piero, from free-kick practice with Andrea Pirlo while at Juventus to a spot of sightseeing across the West Country, and even takes in his cavapoo dog, Tango, who loves his ball so much he sleeps with it in his mouth.

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10/24/2017 10:08 AM
Drugs cheats in British sport will not face jail, says sports minister Tracey Crouch

• Doping is a criminal offence in Australia, France and Italy
• Crouch believes criminalising doping would not help fight against it

Drugs cheats in British sport will not be jailed, the sports minister Tracey Crouch has said after a review of the UK’s anti-doping rules.

Recent scandals have led to calls for the UK to follow the example of Australia, France and Italy in criminalising doping.

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10/23/2017 11:48 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lieke Martens take Fifa player-of-the-year awards

• Real Madrid player wins men’s vote for fifth time after stellar year
• Holland international who starred at Euro 2017 takes women’s prize

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lieke Martens were named Fifa men’s and women’s player of the year respectively at the governing body’s annual ‘The Best’ football awards, which took place in London on Monday night.

The Real Madrid forward retained the title he won in 2016 – again finishing ahead of Lionel Messi in a vote between national team players, coaches, media and fans – meaning that he has now been named Fifa’s top male footballer five times. He took 43.16% of the total vote, reflecting a year in which he won a Champions League and La Liga double with Real Madrid, continuing to put top-class opponents to the sword with astounding regularity. His two goals against Juventus in Cardiff helped Real achieve continental supremacy for the 12th time and he had already scored a hat-trick against Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals.

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10/24/2017 09:19 AM
Talking Horses: Can Yanworth make the switch from hurdles to fences? | Greg Wood

Yanworth may be the highlight at Exeter but some top-class hurdlers never manage to make the adjustment to fences

Yanworth’s debut over fences is the undoubted highlight of today’s cards, and while the betting suggests that he will scarcely break sweat on the way to an easy success, the switch from hurdles to fences is never one to be taken for granted. Efficiency outweighs accuracy over a hurdle, whereas over a fence, it is the other way around, and some top-class hurdlers never manage to make the adjustment.
Sternrubin is the only horse in today’s six-runner field at Exeter who promises to give Yanworth any sort of a test, but the 1-4 favourite ran no sort of a race when favourite for last season’s Champion Hurdle, from which he was subsequently disqualified after failing a drugs test.

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10/23/2017 07:55 PM
Wada is accused of sitting on mass China doping claims for five years
Chinese doctor Xue Yinxian gave an interview in 2012 alleging that more than 10,000 athletes had used banned substances

The World Anti-Doping Agency has come under fire for taking five years to begin investigating allegations of systematic doping in China that were first made by a whistleblower in 2012.

On Sunday the Chinese doctor Xue Yinxian told the German broadcaster ARD that more than 10,000 Chinese athletes had used banned substances during the 1980s and 90s, including every medal winner in every major championships – claims that Wada has now referred to its intelligence unit for scrutiny.

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10/23/2017 09:56 PM
Lewis Hamilton eyes fourth title after showing composure and maturity | Giles Richards
The Briton knows how to play the game and stay out of trouble as he progresses to the threshold of another drivers’ crown with his triumph in Austin

Despite being beaten off the line by Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton once again displayed the composure and race craft that has all but secured his fourth Formula One world championship. There was no problem with the British driver’s start but Vettel had it hooked up exceptionally well and had the inside line going into turn one. Hamilton went to squeeze him but recognised he could not hold the place and avoided any potentially race-ending contact. The contrast with Vettel’s reaction to being jumped by Max Verstappen in Singapore could not be clearer. The crash that ensued is one of the moments that has cost Vettel his title challenge. Hamilton knew to play the long game, as he did when choosing not to defend aggressively against Verstappen in Malaysia. It paid off again. Vettel worked his tyres too much in the early stages and was powerless as Hamilton sailed past him on lap six. His Mercedes was on song in Austin but these are the moments that dictate how championships are won and so it proved. The title is all but in his hands.

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10/23/2017 04:17 PM
Iron woman Lucy Charles: ‘I kept willing my body to fight that little bit longer’ | Sean Ingle
The 24-year-old from Essex talks about London 2012 swimming frustrations, taking up triathlon and coming second at the Ironman World Championship

“In the last five miles my legs were screaming at me to stop and I was praying I wouldn’t cramp up,” admits Lucy Charles, Britain’s new iron lady, as she reflects on her shock podium finish in her first Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, last week. “I kept willing my body to keep fighting that little bit longer, kept telling it ‘you can do this; just think about getting to the next aid station, then the next’ until the finish line finally arrived.”

At that moment Charles, a 24-year-old from Essex, lifted her arms to the sky and roared in delight – the pain and strain of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run in 30C heat giving way to dizzying exhilaration. Few had expected her to be a contender. Instead she led for much of the race and shattered her personal best to finish in 8hr 59min 48sec. Charles eventually came second to Switzerland’s Daniella Ryf, who retained the title she won in 2015 and 2016.

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10/23/2017 10:34 PM
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus closes on unbeaten year as Wolves approach
• Brazilian striker has not endured defeat since 29 October 2016
• City host the Championship leaders in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday

Gabriel Jesus is nearly there – a whole 12 months without tasting defeat in a competitive match, for club or country. The Manchester City striker is just two fixtures shy of achieving the feat and given City’s form, as well as his own, he should get there with relative ease.

The countdown begins on Tuesday evening as the Premier League leaders switch attention to the Carabao Cup and a fourth‑round home tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Midlands side arrive at the Etihad Stadium in fine form, leading the Championship after winning nine of their opening 13 fixtures, but they are likely to be overpowered by a City side in scintillating, free-scoring form.

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10/23/2017 07:51 PM
Cracksman pulls in viewers but ITV figures for Ascot still fall short
• Disappointment despite improvement on Channel 4’s average in 2015
• Way below average for the final Champions Day on BBC1 in 2012

There were many positives to take away from Ascot after the seventh British Champions Day last weekend, not least the fact that 31,000 racegoers ignored the possible arrival of Storm Brian to see some of British racing’s biggest stars in the flesh. There were memorable performances too, not least from Cracksman and Frankie Dettori, still the most bankable star in the game, in a devastating Champion Stakes success which promised even better to come next year.

There was generous coverage on the main news broadcasts on Saturday evening too, and a distinctly youthful demographic among the crowd at the track, offering further encouragement that Champions Day is slowly finding the new audience it was designed to attract. The only negative, perhaps, was the somewhat disappointing viewing figures for ITV Racing’s coverage of the day, with an average audience of 0.5m viewers and a peak of 0.8m for Cracksman’s exceptional success in the Champion Stakes.

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10/23/2017 08:47 PM
Dylan Hartley among three forwards cited on damaging weekend for England

• Joe Marler and Nathan Hughes will also face disciplinary panel
• Incidents may cause disruption to Eddie Jones’ autumn plans

Eddie Jones’s plans for the autumn Tests are in danger of being severely disrupted after three of his strongest forwards were cited following the weekend’s European fixtures. England’s captain, Dylan Hartley, the prop Joe Marler and the No8 Nathan Hughes must all now attend disciplinary hearings in London on Wednesday.

Hartley, no stranger to judicial panels having racked up 60 weeks in suspensions during his career, has been cited for striking the head of the Clermont Auvergne prop Rabah Slimani as he cleared out a ruck in the first half of Northampton’s defeat on Saturday. The 31-year-old was sent to the sin-bin but World Rugby’s zero tolerance policy on head injuries has prompted the citing official, Scotland’s Douglas Hunter, to decide the hooker has a fresh case to answer.

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10/23/2017 07:15 PM
WTA Finals: Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep make winning starts
• Wozniacki beats Elena Svitolina 6-2, 6-0 in Singapore
• World No1 Halep defeats France’s Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-2

Caroline Wozniacki made an emphatic statement with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of Elina Svitolina in their WTA Finals opener on Monday but the Danish former world No1 insisted revenge was not her motivation against a player she had never previously beaten.

Wozniacki is making her fifth appearance at the year-ending eight-player event and her experience of both the venue and tournament enabled her to breeze past her Ukrainian opponent, who appeared frozen by stage fright on her debut.

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10/23/2017 04:47 PM
Deep-lying or forward-thinking, Dele Alli is Tottenham’s total footballer | Barney Ronay
The England international showed another side to his game in a more central role against Liverpool, producing a sublime display on his return to the team

There was a fascinating moment during Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 shellacking of Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday; a moment made all the more so by the fact it didn’t involve Harry Kane gorging himself, flesh‑eating zombie-style, on some poor dawdling defender, Son Heung-min leading another brutal counterattack or any of the other stuff that took up most of the highlights reel.

Related: Tottenham show José Mourinho how counter-attacking game should work | Jonathan Wilson

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10/24/2017 12:01 PM
Philip Pullman's swearwords are a useful lesson for children

His children’s book La Belle Sauvage has scandalised some with its use of bad language. But learning how and when to curse will enrich young readers’ lives

Philip Pullman Litters New Children’s Book With Swear Words.” So ran the Daily Mail’s headline introducing pearl-clutching coverage of his bad language in the newly published La Belle Sauvage. Its 500 words of faux outrage (fauxtrage?) over a novel containing the words “bollocks”, “bastards” and “fuck” began with with the stunning news that: “By his own admission, some of [his] fans are as young as seven”, seemingly inviting us to imagine some poor, innocent cherub asking: “Mummy, what is bollocks?”

What’s bollocks is the idea that a seven-year-old doesn’t have a firm grip on at least the rudiments of bad language. This degree of manufactured ire is comical to anyone familiar with the latest research about children and their swearing habits. The vast majority of kids know (and use) taboo language fluently by the time they leave nursery.

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10/24/2017 12:00 PM
Could science fiction save NHS data and improve our health? | Anne Perkins
The most persistent fear for healthcare in 2100 was about the exploitation of genetic data. But health data could be a huge force for good. We need an open debate now

The NHS lurches its way through funding crises and organisational dilemmas. It faces the challenge of antibiotic resistance and it must ponder the deeply conflicted question of the uses and abuses of new technology. Its short-term horizon is so thronged with urgent problems that it would be a surprise if anyone had the spare capacity to consider how things could look by the end of the century.

A new social enterprise, Kaleidoscope Health & Care, however, decided it would be useful to try to raise the collective medical gaze into the very long term. Last year it organised a science fiction short story competition and invited writers to consider healthcare in 2100. The winners are announced on Thursday.

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10/24/2017 12:00 PM
Civic crowdfunding is privatisation masquerading as democracy

Sadiq Khan is the latest public figure to support crowdfunding to pay for city projects, from libraries to swimming pools. But who does this leave out?

It occurred to me that the bounds of crowdfunding might be changing when a potential student suggested she might crowdfund to pay for a place on the master’s course I run.

Effective crowdfunding fizzes with the energy and creativity of the self-motivated. Musicians, filmmakers, artists, writers and product designers or startups routinely call for contributions through digital platforms such as Kickstarter. The success of crowdfunding in the creative and business sectors has cash-strapped councils wondering if it’s not the answer to their problems, too.

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10/24/2017 09:45 AM
We must stop this tragic farce – Brexit can be reversed | Caroline Lucas
I believe we need to start thinking about how we can halt Brexit, and how a better kind of Britain could function within a reformed EU

Brexit is a disaster. We’re seeing consistent antagonistic leaks from the negotiating room, economists predicting extreme headwinds and continued delay of the withdrawal bill in parliament. A smooth transition of any sort was always a pipe dream – and we’re now facing the very real prospect of a “no deal” scenario. The prime minister might yesterday have been hailing progress in the talks, but the truth is that the whole process is a giant tragedy playing out as a daily farce – and it is young people who are likely to suffer its worst effects.

Related: May implies UK will not implement Brexit transition unless trade deal agreed too - Politics live

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10/24/2017 06:00 AM
Britain can’t prosper as a tax haven. It has to stop these hollow threats | Nicholas Shaxson
Brexiteers fantasise about a new offshore status outside the EU, but it would bring in dirty money not wealth creation

Britain’s economic strategies have been dogged for many years by an elusive concept called “competitiveness”. Back in January Philip Hammond even tried to use it as threat in the Brexit negotiations. “If Britain were to leave the European Union without an agreement on market access,” he said, “we could be forced to change our economic model... to regain competitiveness.” Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn last week pledged to repudiate the model.

Related: Why becoming a tax haven would be bad news for Britain

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10/24/2017 11:00 AM
Google wants to run your city. That's not a world we should live in | Jathan Sadowski

A new initiative will see Alphabet – the parent company of Google – take charge of redeveloping a waterfront district in Toronto. Here’s why that’s troubling

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, does not suffer from a lack of ambition. Its subsidiaries are tackling topics ranging from autonomous vehicles to smart homes, artificial intelligence to biotech life extension. So perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that Alphabet has decided it will plan, build, and run a city, too – well, part of a city. It’s a bit more surprising that a major city is happily handing Alphabet a neighborhood of prime real estate to call their own.

The project announced last week is a partnership between Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet subsidiary focused on urban technology, and Toronto. Sidewalk Labs will be in charge of redeveloping a waterfront district called Quayside.

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10/24/2017 07:00 AM
Only a Labour no-confidence motion in the Tories can avert a Brexit disaster | Stephen Kinnock
The government is making an utter shambles of negotiations. My party, united under Jeremy Corbyn and with no Europhobic baggage, is Britain’s only hope

Brexit is often portrayed as just another episode in the long-running and seemingly endless Tory soap opera about Europe – who’s up, who’s down, and who is stabbing whom in the back this week. But the reality is that the outcome of these negotiations will define the future trajectory of our country. From jobs to the value of the pound in your pocket, national security, immigration, food safety and supply, public services funding, employment rights and environmental standards, these talks will shape almost every area of daily life for generations to come.

So we are well within our rights to ask if the people conducting these vital negotiations are up to the job.

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10/24/2017 06:10 AM
Steve Bell’s If ... Theresa May's head on an EU plate
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10/24/2017 08:00 AM
I was an eyewitness to the Mogadishu bomb. I’m alive, but heartbroken | Faarah Adan

Last week’s devastating blast claimed hundreds of lives, ruined many more, and dashed hopes that the country might be on the way back to normality

It was a bright Saturday afternoon in Mogadishu, a clear sky glowing blue above the once beautiful city. The busy K5, or Zoobe Junction, one of Mogadishu’s vital arteries, with its string of shops, hotels and restaurants, was teeming with people from all walks of life. Heavily loaded donkey-carts, rickshaws, cars, buses and trucks all jostled for space through the tightly crammed streets. Across the street, tea women ground their spices at a makeshift tea-stall as a group of elderly men with henna-dyed beards and multi-coloured sarongs were engaged in a deep conversation.

It was my first visit to Mogadishu since I left the country more than 20 years ago. The bustle, the pristine beaches and the scores of returning Somali expatriates all gave me a sense of hope that the “pearl of the Indian Ocean” was, at last, beginning to return to its former glory. Everything seemed quite normal. Intuitively, however, I refused to be at ease just yet, for I have learned during my short stay here that things in Mogadishu can change quite abruptly. And that’s exactly what they did.

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10/24/2017 10:55 AM
UK housing crisis is hitting older people as well as the young | Claudia Wood

The government is set to make matters worse for older people by drawing supported housing into the quagmire of universal credit

Britain’s housing shortage is never far from the top of the political agenda. But the narrative focuses almost entirely on first-time buyers when there is an even more serious and overlooked shortage in suitable housing for older people.

This paucity affects both older homeowners stuck in unsuitably large family properties and unable to find smaller homes, and people renting social housing when they need sheltered or supported accommodation. In both cases, government policy is stifling the supply of the kind of housing older people want and need, while at the same time increasing the bill for health and social care.

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10/24/2017 06:45 AM
Dear Ms Greening, why won’t your boss give up on new grammar schools?| Michael Rosen
We all thought Theresa May had finally got the message – but it turns out she has a plan B

Did you ever play that game when you were a child, where someone dragged you along on a rug sliding over a shiny floor? Then you’ll remember that sensation of the ground appearing to slip underneath you. Does your job feel like that? I ask, because the main people announcing education policy at the moment are Theresa May and Nick Gibb.

Perhaps it works like this: the prime minister is headteacher; you are deputy and Nick Gibb is the ambitious assistant head. The PM has her time taken up dealing with playground fighting between two year 9 boys, Hammond and Johnson, while Mr Gibb is doing his usual job of telling people they’re not good enough.

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10/24/2017 07:00 AM
'Don't be ashamed' – readers' tips for improving mental health at work

From mindful meditation to changing jobs, readers share their tips on dealing with mental health problems at work

In a previous job I experienced bullying at work which affected my mental health. At my worst, I would come home everyday and cry about work. My self esteem began to suffer and even though I was getting compliments about my work from co-workers, my bully kept humiliating me in front of colleagues and eventually I left.

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10/23/2017 05:39 PM
Yes, Gunpowder is brutal and sickening. Just like 17th-century Britain | Rebecca Rideal
Extreme and bloody violence was a part of people’s everyday lives – and it is only through understanding this that we can begin to understand our history

‘Unnecessarily gruesome and brutal”, “sickening” and “gore-filled” are just some of the ways Kit Harington’s new BBC series, Gunpowder, has been described by viewers and critics.

The series follows the events of the plot to blow up the House of Lords in 1605 and, during the first episode, we saw a Catholic woman crushed to death as punishment for her faith, and a Jesuit priest hanged, drawn and quartered. We saw the blood. We saw the guts. We saw the pain. Unsurprisingly, some viewers were shocked, and have argued that the explicit violence was gratuitous and too much for a Saturday night TV show.

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10/23/2017 10:46 PM
In our focus on the digital, have we lost our sense of what being human means? | Genevieve Bell

We have a moral obligation to start talking about our future and the role of technology in it. We are more than just intelligence and data

Three decades ago I left Australia to study anthropology in America. That journey took me to the heart of Silicon Valley. My job was to put people back into the process by which technology is made. Eight months ago I came back to Australia.

My time in Silicon Valley has left me with the distinct sense that we need to keep reasserting the importance of people and the diversity of our lived experiences into our conversations about technology and the future. It is easy to get seduced by all the potential of the new and the wonders it promises. There is a lot of hype and not so much measured discussion. So it is time for a conversation about our possible digital and human futures and about the world we might want to make together. What actions can we take, individually and collectively? Is there a particular Australian thread we could follow? I want to suggest four things we should do in Australia.

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