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01/22/2018 08:00 PM
Cyber-attack on UK a matter of 'when, not if', says security chief

Exclusive: Ciaran Martin says Britain fortunate so far to avoid major, crippling attack

The head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has warned that a major cyber-attack on the UK is a matter of “when, not if”, raising the prospect of devastating disruption to British elections and critical infrastructure.

In remarks underlining newly released figures showing the number of cyber-attacks on the UK in the last 15 months, Ciaran Martin said the UK had been fortunate to avoid a so-called category one (C1) attack, broadly defined as an attack that might cripple infrastructure such as energy supplies and the financial services sector.

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01/23/2018 12:01 AM
Brussels could pay EU nationals' application fees to stay in UK

Juncker said to sympathise with proposal to cover expected £72 cost to seek ‘settled status’

Brussels could seek the moral high ground by covering the application costs of EU nationals who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, under proposals being discussed at the highest levels of the European commission.

The UK Home Office has threatened to charge a £72 fee for applicants seeking so-called “settled status” in the UK, which grants them indefinite leave to remain. Applicants will have to demonstrate five years’ continuous residence and pass a criminal record test.

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01/22/2018 09:07 PM
Henry Bolton: I won't quit as Ukip leader – and may get back with Marney

Bolton insists he will stay to ‘drain the swamp’ within party despite mass resignations

Henry Bolton has refused to quit as Ukip leader and signalled he may rekindle his romance with a young activist who sent racist text messages, despite mass resignations from the party’s senior team over his handling of the affair.

The Ukip leader insisted he wanted to stay in post to “drain the swamp” within the party, even though at least 15 of his spokespeople have now quit their jobs in protest at his behaviour.

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01/23/2018 12:51 AM
Snow falling on leaders: 'exceptional' winter weather delays VIP arrivals to Davos

Heaviest snowfall for 20 years disrupts traffic, slips up business chiefs and threatens to block the landing of VIP helicopters

Heavy snowfall has hampered the arrival of world leaders, business executives and charity bosses at this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

The exclusive ski resort was snow-bound on Monday after the heaviest precipitation in two decades.

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01/22/2018 07:34 PM
Experts all agree NHS needs more money, Boris Johnson tells May

Failure on issue will let Corbyn win, cabinet told – but reference to experts may raise eyebrows

Boris Johnson will tell cabinet colleagues that all experts are agreed on the need for an urgent financial boost for the NHS, as he warns that Conservative failure to act will result in Jeremy Corbyn winning the next election.

Allies of the foreign secretary suggested that he would not stop making the argument for more money – with a particular demand for £100m extra per week after Brexit – until Theresa May concedes.

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01/22/2018 11:55 PM
Stay silent during rape and attackers may assume consent, warns DPP

Comments from Alison Saunders come after the collapse of a series of rape prosecutions

Rape victims have been warned by the director of public prosecutions that if they stayed silent during the assault their attackers may have assumed consent was given and therefore could escape being charged.

Alison Saunders’ comments come in the wake of the collapse of a series of rape prosecutions. Her implication that silence or apparent acquiescence can amount to consent is likely to prove controversial among those who monitor sexual assaults.

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01/22/2018 09:57 PM
Senate passes short-term funding bill to end government shutdown

Senate Democrats on Monday voted to end the three-day government shutdown.

After a standoff over the fate of Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, Democrats agreed to fund the government for three weeks in exchange for a promise of a future Senate vote on immigration.

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01/22/2018 10:27 PM
Netflix valuation breaks $100bn for first time

Video streaming service announces it added 8.33m subscribers in final three months of 2017, including 6.36m internationally

New subscribers drawn in by shows including Stranger Things, Bright and The Crown helped push the valuation of Netflix past $100bn on Monday for the first time.

Releasing its latest quarterly figures the video streaming service announced it had added 8.33 million subscribers in the three months to the end of December.

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01/23/2018 12:00 AM
Premier League has 14 of the 30 highest-earning clubs in the world

• Manchester United biggest earners in world football with £581m
• Leicester City’s share of TV billions help puts them at No 14

The Premier League makes so much more money from its multibillion-pound sales of television rights, tickets and commercial income that 14 of its clubs are in the highest-earning 30 in the world.

According to European football clubs’ 2016-17 financial information, collated by the accountants Deloitte, Manchester United made the most money of any club on the planet last year, £581m in total.

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01/22/2018 06:18 PM
Venice authorities step in after four tourists charged £1,000 for meal

Quartet of Japanese tourists ordered steak, grilled fish and water and were charged €1,100 in restaurant

The police chief and mayor of Venice have pledged action after four Japanese tourists said they were presented with a bill of €1,100 (£970) for four steaks and a plate of mixed grilled fish, washed down with water.

Another three women in the same group suspected they might be taken for a ride at the restaurant near St Mark’s Square and ate elsewhere, the Ansa news agency reported, but still ended up paying €350 (£308) for three dishes of seafood pasta.

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01/22/2018 07:00 PM
How the sushi boom is fuelling tapeworm infections

As eating raw fish has become more popular, gruesome tapeworm tales have emerged. But how worried should sashimi lovers be – and how else might we become infected?

The good news, said A&E doctor Kenny Bahn, was that the patient who had turned up at the emergency department was not dying. That is about the only happy element of the story Bahn, who works at a hospital in California, went on to tell on This Won’t Hurt a Bit, a medical podcast, about a man who arrived at hospital carrying a plastic bag. Inside the bag, wrapped around the cardboard tube of a toilet roll, was a 1.7-metre (5ft 6in) tapeworm. Bahn measured it once he had unravelled it on the hospital floor.

The patient had complained of abdominal pain. During a bout of bloody diarrhoea, reports Bahn, “he says: ‘I look down and I look like there’s a piece of intestine hanging out of me.’ What’s racing through his mind is he thinks he’s dying … He grabs it and he pulls on it and it keeps coming out. ‘What is this long piece of entrail?’ And he picks it up and looks at it and what does it do?” There is a dramatic pause to enhance the horror. “It starts moving.”

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01/23/2018 12:50 AM
Is this the greatest boundary catch of all time? – video

Adelaide Strikers players Ben Laughlin and Jake Weatherald combine to pull off one of the all-time great boundary catches to send Dwayne Bravo on his way in the Big Bash League in Melbourne

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01/22/2018 05:45 PM
‘Trump hasn’t just done a good job, he’s done a great job' – the view from Muncie, Indiana

Gary Younge spent a month in the ‘archetypal’ US town before last year’s election. The people swung for Trump, but how do they feel a year on?

Griffin Timmerman, six, is a runner. Given the opportunity, the small, lively boy, who has autism and prefers to play on his own, would just keep going. He once ran into the road; this is one of the reasons why his family moved out of Muncie, Indiana, to the country, giving him more space and free rein for his energy.

It is also why his family paid $20,000 (£14,500) in health insurance last year, which they bought on the Obamacare exchange. For that they got, among other things, a regular assistant for Griffin, who accompanied him to school and helped him integrate socially with his peers. “It’s crazy,” says Kelsey, his father, who is an author. “It’s our biggest expense as a family. But since it got Griffin what he needed, we were prepared to pay it again this year.”

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01/22/2018 09:00 PM
Panorama – White Fright: Divided Britain review – the people let down by a decade of policy failure

Bake Off’s Nadiya has done more for British Muslims in the last 10 years than government action, says one expert in this devastating report from Blackburn

Blackburn, Lancashire: a town with about 100,000 white British people and 40,000 Asian or British Asian people, many of whom are Muslim. Ten years ago, Panorama went to find out how Blackburn’s two biggest ethnic groups were getting along. The answer, in short: they weren’t. “We’re living two different lives here, aren’t we?” taxi driver Muhammad Nawaz said to taxi driver Ian Goodliffe. “We’re just going to grow apart, and it’s going to get worse.”

Now Panorama has gone back to see if Muhammad’s prediction has come true. The answer, in short: it has.

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01/22/2018 10:48 PM
Chelsea Manning says she attended far-right pro-Trump event 'to gather intel'

Former whistleblower pictured at party thrown by conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich, but she insists it was purely for intelligence gathering

Chelsea Manning, the former whistleblower who is now running for the US Senate, is defending herself against accusations that she has forged links with the far right after she appeared at a pro-Trump party thrown by notorious conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.

Related: Chelsea Manning: 'I'm a very different person than I was 10 years ago'

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01/22/2018 02:43 PM
From footballer to head of state: George Weah takes power in Liberia

Crowds flock to hear new president vow to tackle corruption and help the poor

It was not the first time George Weah had packed out a football stadium, but perhaps it was the most significant.

Liberians queued for miles to see the inauguration of the former footballer as their new president, celebrating their country’s first peaceful, democratic transition of power in 47 years by dancing as they waited.

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01/22/2018 08:26 PM
Alexis Sánchez at the piano in Manchester United video – but is it their new star playing?

United confirmed the arrival of the Chilean with a video purportedly showing him playing ‘Glory Glory Man United’ on the piano

Manchester United finally confirmed the arrival of Alexis Sánchez on Monday in unusual fashion – with a video purportedly showing the Chilean forward playing ‘Glory Glory Man United’ on the piano.

The club confirmed the deal in a tweet headed: “Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. Introducing #Alexis7#GGMU #MUFC” and tagging the player in. The 30-second video attached appears to show Sánchez playing the piano in his full kit, before walking down the Old Trafford tunnel and surveying the pitch.

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01/22/2018 05:53 PM
‘​I’d have gone back to him’: why women’s refuges can’t afford more cuts

The stories of abuse survivors offer a window on to the crisis in the women’s sector. So why is the government considering funding changes that are a matter of life and death?

Fifteen years ago, when Lynn fled her abusive partner with her six-month-old baby, she was housed in a homeless shelter because there was no space at a women’s refuge. When she arrived, staff asked her where her possessions were, allotted her a single knife, fork and spoon and begrudgingly dragged a dirty cot out of the garage. The cot was crawling with spiders and riddled with their eggs. Crying, Lynn taped bin bags over the infested mattress to lay her child down.

But she was lucky. Ten days later, a space at a women’s refuge became available. The first question she asked on arrival was: “I don’t suppose you’ve got any sanitary towels?”

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01/22/2018 03:20 PM
I founded Ukip. It’s a national joke now and should disappear | Alan Sked
Senior figures are quitting over the love life of leader Henry Bolton. Ukip lacks all credibility and should dissolve itself

I founded the Anti-Federalist League in 1991 to take Britain out of what became the European Union. The party was renamed Ukip - the UK Independence party – in 1993 and was a thoroughly mainstream one. It had policies on a wide range of issues but not immigration, not then seen as being controversial. Its membership form stated it had no prejudices against foreigners or lawful minorities of any kind. All that changed after I resigned as leader in 1997 to devote myself exclusively to academic life.

Before I left, I expelled Nigel Farage and two others from the party. They had convened a public convention in Basingstoke to examine why I had not won the 1997 general election. Media representatives and others were invited but not me. I, of course, would have explained that with fewer than 200 candidates, only £40,000 in the bank, no media coverage or name recognition, and with a wealthy Referendum party as well as the major ones to fight, there was never any chance of winning an election.

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01/22/2018 05:54 PM
Martin Rowson on Ukip's latest leadership shambles – cartoon
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01/22/2018 05:32 PM
Nigella is right – here's the truth about why women mollify men | Suzanne Moore

What lies beneath Lawson’s comments about not making men feel bad about themselves? Fear of what some of them do

The knowledge passed from mother to daughter should be a beautiful thing, but often it’s ugly. The undertow of what women pass on is to stop us going under. “Ask who it is,” I tell my teenage daughter, before she answers the door, “especially when you are on your own”. I don’t say anything more. I don’t want her to think everything is a threat. I just want her to be “sensible”.

Bad stuff still happens to sensible women and I speak as an insensible one. God knows I wonder about the times I didn’t fight back or say anything, because of fear, tiredness or wanting to be considered “fun”. All of this has been put down to experience. Them’s the breaks. You live with the past. You live with the present. Where shall I sit on the tube to avoid being targeted? Where can I walk? Must I smile at the idiot innuendo from an optician when I get my eyes tested? Must I continue to work in places where men are humoured by women far cleverer than them?

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01/22/2018 07:13 PM
Cometh the hour, cometh Henry Bolton, prime minister | John Crace

The Ukip leader will not resign. Far from it – he’s putting himself forward as the man to unite all the different leave campaigns. Theresa who?

One by one, the resignations had come. People no one had ever heard of, quitting jobs that no one knew existed. By mid-afternoon, more than half the Ukip frontbench team had done a bunk in protest at Henry Bolton’s continued leadership of the party. At least, that was a best guess figure; it was hard to keep an exact tally of who had gone and when, since a few members had to reannounce their resignations as no one had noticed when they had done so the first time around last week.

All the while, Bolton remained holed up in a Folkestone hotel room. Just around the corner from his apartment. No one was going to take him alive. Bolton was genuinely perplexed. His only crime had been to fall in love with a woman half his age with racist views, who had happened to join a party that attracted racists of which he was leader. What could possibly be more normal than that? Now, if he had copped off with someone in her 50s who supported immigration and was pro-EU, that would have been a story. People were just jealous of his pulling power.

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01/22/2018 05:39 PM
The Guardian view on Germany’s social democrats: no easy options | Editorial
Germany’s main centre-left party has voted for more talks about going back into government with Angela Merkel. But the SPD’s acute divisions remain

Germany has now been without a government for more than three months, and it could be at least the end of February before Angela Merkel can start her fourth term as chancellor – if she ever can. It is surely significant that two successive elections have each been followed by record-breaking difficulties in forming a government. It is a reminder that the once seemingly commanding large parties are dwindling in Germany, just as they have dwindled elsewhere in Europe. German party politics is fragmenting: there are now six different party groupings in the newly elected Bundestag or parliament.

Following the weekend vote by the social democrats (SPD) to begin detailed coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU-CSU bloc, normal political business may now reassert itself to some degree. Nevertheless, there are still major hurdles to jump, of which the largest will be a referendum among SPD members on the deal, and success is not guaranteed. Even without serious hitches, it may be fully six months before a new government is finally formed in Europe’s richest and most important country. This may not do much to shake Germany’s economic credibility. But it is putting unfamiliar pressures on Germany’s party and governmental systems. The fact that Mrs Merkel has long been Europe’s dominant leader in spite of never having secured an overall majority should not disguise the importance of these new signs of weakness.

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01/22/2018 06:28 PM
Bossy diet advice won’t save the NHS | Dawn Foster
The idea that disadvantaged people place undue strain on the system won’t go away. But the problem is underfunding – not people who eat too many chips

Anyone still observing dry January may be on to something: last week the Big Issue’s founder, John Bird, launched the magazine’s “NHS pledge”: a request for readers and supporters to “volunteer for the NHS by staying healthy” and not become “a drain” on its time and resources. The depiction of individual people as a drain on resources understandably left many of us bridling – as it fits the narrative promoted by the government and its supporters that the key problem facing our healthcare system is too much demand, rather than too little funding.

Yes, we could all do more to take responsibility for our own health. But health and the decisions we make about health are complex, as any doctor will tell you, and poverty is a crucial factor. Such admonishments about personal responsibility are invariably directed at the poor, so that the deserving/undeserving poor become deserving/undeserving patients. Eating habits in particular are endlessly scrutinised, with the “let them eat gruel” trope regularly trotted out. Why on earth do poor people go hungry, wonder rich people, when porridge is so cheap?

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01/22/2018 06:05 PM
Alexis Sánchez joins Manchester United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan seals Arsenal move
• Sánchez hits out at former Arsenal players after joining United
• Mkhitaryan describes move to Arsenal as ‘a dream come true’

Alexis Sánchez settled into his new surroundings at Manchester United and immediately took aim at former Arsenal players.

The swap deal which had been talked of exhaustively finally came to fruition on Monday with Sánchez making the move to Old Trafford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to north London.

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01/22/2018 10:00 PM
Alfie Mawson has lowly Swansea singing after denting Liverpool’s high hopes

For Liverpool it is jarring anomalies like these that have blighted their attempted transition into title contenders. Jürgen Klopp’s side badly lacked mojo on a night when they lost their 18-match unbeaten run against Swansea City, the Premier League’s bottom club.

Carlos Carvalhal had said his team must make do with buying sardines and not lobster at the start of this month but this courageous performance, to earn only their fifth league win of the season, threw Liverpool behind the trawler.

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01/22/2018 08:55 PM
Chelsea racism allegations: four more players to take legal action against club
• More former youth-team players claim they were racially abused
• Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams deny the allegations against them

Another four former Chelsea academy players are set to take legal action against the club over racist abuse they allege they were subjected to by the coaches Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams.

One player claimed he had been left so scarred by taunting he received during his time at Chelsea as a young teenager that he felt unable to eat a banana publicly during his first job outside football.

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01/22/2018 07:20 PM
Tennys Sandgren forced to deny far-right sympathies at Australian Open
  • US player follows a number of ‘alt-right’ figures on Twitter
  • Says far-right views clash with his Christian beliefs

Tennys Sandgren, the last remaining American in the Australian Open men’s singles draw, has denied he is an alt-right sympathiser.

The 26-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the tournament after an upset victory over the No5 seed, Dominic Thiem, on Monday but questions over his political views have swirled over the weekend and he was challenged at a post-match press conference.

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01/22/2018 05:35 PM
Larry Nassar survivor: mother billed for sessions at which I was abused
  • Hearing continues for USA Gymnastics doctor who abused athletes
  • Nassar faces up to 125 years in prison after admitting to crimes
  • Three members of USA Gymnastics board resign over case

The sentence hearing for the former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has heard one survivor’s mother is still being billed for sessions at which she was sexually abused.

Nassar spent nearly 30 years with the USA Gymnastics program as well as treating athletes at Michigan State University. He faces up to 125 years in jail after admitting sexually abusing women and girls in his care.

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01/22/2018 07:00 PM
How Sir Stirling Moss dodged the goats to win unique 1957 Pescara Grand Prix | Richard Williams
Fifteen miles of country lanes, no safety precautions of any sort and Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel of a Vanwall – the scene was set for a historic victory

The silver trophy, about 18 inches high, took the form of a figurine of a racing driver, and there was no difficulty in recognising the man on whom it had been modelled with impressive accuracy: the incomparable Sir Stirling Moss. As I knocked on the door of his Mayfair house one morning last summer, carrying a bag holding the figurine safely packed in bubble-wrap, it was with the poignant feeling that I might be delivering the last trophy of his phenomenal career.

His retirement from public life was announced the other day, reminding us that between 1948 and 1962 he entered 529 speed events of all kinds, winning 212 of them. Many of the trophies are on display in his house. The one I delivered was to commemorate a race he had won 60 years earlier: the Pescara Grand Prix of 1957, the only world championship race held on the longest circuit ever to feature in the series.

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01/22/2018 06:00 PM
Joe Root to miss Twenty20 series against Australia and New Zealand
• Root had hoped to use T20s to develop his white-ball cricket
• ‘Trevor is mindful of it being a very long summer,’ says captain

Joe Root will miss the Twenty20 series against Australia and New Zealand next month after discussions with Trevor Bayliss.

The England coach had voiced his hope the Test captain would sit out the triangular series that begins on 7 February and Root will now rest at home for a fortnight before the New Zealand one-day series starts.

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01/22/2018 11:10 PM
Australia remain unbeaten in Quad Series after win over England
• England 46-50 Australia
• Teams will now travel to South Africa for final match of series

England fell narrowly short against Australia at the Copper Box Arena in London as they lost 50-46 in their second Quad Series match.

Related: Evolution of netball is key to game's survival in crowded sports market | Erin Delahunty

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01/22/2018 07:00 AM
Trump's 'global gag rule': how women are fighting back – video

One year after Donald Trump reinstated a ban on US aid funding for overseas organisations that provide abortion services, opposition is mounting. Rallying under the banner She Decides, women around the world have united to bridge the funding gap created by the US president’s expanded version of the ‘global gag rule’, which has already forced the closure of hundreds of clinics that provided life-saving family planning services

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01/20/2018 06:00 AM
One year on, has Trump kept his promise? A Pennsylvania county gives its verdict – video

Members of Donald Trump's base in Northampton County, which supported him in 2016 after twice backing Barack Obama, remain passionate – but some voters appear to be moving away from the president.

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01/21/2018 04:54 PM
Rally against sexual harassment held in London – video

Crowds gathered in central London on Sunday to protest against sexual harassment and support the Time’s Up movement that was launched in the US. Helen Pankhurst, a women's rights activist and the great-granddaughter of the suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, addressed the rally and called for 2018 to be the year that inequality is stamped out

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01/19/2018 04:58 PM
Jacinda Ardern is not the first world leader to be pregnant in office – video report

Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, has announced she is pregnant. The last time an elected world leader was pregnant in office was in 1990 when Pakistan's prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, had her daughter Bakhtwar

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01/18/2018 03:19 PM
Donald Trump's first year: in his own words - video

Donald Trump's first year as US president has seen a daily battle with the media, a federal investigation into his campaign team and a series of domestic and diplomatic bust-ups. In his own inimitable way he describes the events as he sees them

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01/17/2018 01:04 PM
Rokhaya Diallo: 'As a black woman, my freedom of speech didn't have value'

Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist and activist who was appointed to the CNNum, the national digital council at the end of last year. Her appointment sparked controversy due to some of her opinions about state racism and Charlie Hebdo, and the French government bowed to pressure to remove her from the board. She speaks with Iman Amrani about what happened, how she feels President Emmanuel Macron, and freedom of speech

Une version de la vidéo en français peut être visionnée ici

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01/16/2018 10:29 AM
Sucker punch: small town boxing in rural America is going mainstream - but who benefits?

Rough N Rowdy offers local hopefuls, most with limited skills and little training, the chance to win $1,000 and make a name for themselves in the boxing ring. The event is being broadcast by Barstool Sports, whose CEO, Dave Portnoy, refers to boxers taking part as 'rednecks' 

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01/18/2018 05:46 PM
Drone rescues swimmers in Australia in world first – video

Help came from the air for two teenage swimmers struggling in powerful surf, in what the local authorities called a 'world first'. A member of the public spotted the 16- and 17-year-old boys caught in a rip current in rough seas off Lennox Head, a New South Wales beach popular with surfers. A Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone was quickly launched and directed to their location, where it deployed a life raft then used by the pair to get back to safety. Australia, whose 24 million people live mostly on the coast, had 291 drowning deaths in the year ending 30 June 2017

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01/15/2018 07:33 AM
We Have Lift-off | Made In Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent residents are fed up with it being known as the 'Brexit capital of Britain'. After being swamped by negative media stories during the referendum and recent byelection, local people are fighting back against the stereotypes

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01/15/2018 07:34 AM
£1 for a house: made in Stoke-on-Trent

This is the Portland street estate, a community ravaged by years of cuts. The council made a bold move in an attempt to turn the estate around – but how did the £1 homes experiment turn out?

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01/15/2018 07:34 AM
Prevail | Made in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent’s cultural quarter is growing fast, with an independent and DIY spirit, but how does this affect the rest of the city? An answer is found in the remarkable story of Vixta, an artist about to go public for the first time

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01/15/2018 07:35 AM
A Potted History | Made In Stoke-on-Trent

Paladin Works is a time capsule of a building that embodies the history of Stoke-on-Trent. It began life as a pottery factory, but since that went bust it has hosted manufacturing, sales teams and even a cannabis farm. Does it hold the key to Stoke's future?

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01/22/2018 06:06 PM
Yardie review – Idris Elba's directorial debut is an uneven disappointment

Despite flashes of brilliance the crime drama, set in Jamaica and the UK, has a plodding narrative and lacks emotional resonance

It gives me zero pleasure to report that Idris Elba’s first go as a feature film director, Yardie, is a disappointment. It was one of those screenings where you go in with your fingers crossed – who doesn’t love Idris Elba? – but eventually you have to stop kidding yourself. This movie isn’t just patchy: it simply doesn’t work.

This isn’t to say there aren’t moments that crackle. How could any film that includes Carlton and the Shoes’ 1968 song Love Me Forever on the soundtrack be all bad? That gorgeous tune breezes in during a prologue set in Jamaica in 1973. Our narrator D (Aml Ameen) is still a kid, and his big brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary) is hosting an ad-hoc block party to force peace between two rival gangs. For a brief moment when the entire neighborhood is dancing, Jerry Dread is toasting and the two kingpins shake hands, all is right with the world. Then a gunshot rings out, and Jerry Dread is dead.

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01/22/2018 07:21 PM
How we made Starship Troopers

‘I borrowed from the films of Leni Riefenstahl to show that these US soldiers were like something out of Nazi propaganda. I even put one in an SS uniform. But no one noticed’

Robert Heinlein’s original 1959 science-fiction novel was militaristic, if not fascistic. So I decided to make a movie about fascists who aren’t aware of their fascism. Robocop was just urban politics – this was about American politics. As a European it seemed to me that certain aspects of US society could become fascistic: the refusal to limit the amount of arms; the number of executions in Texas when George W Bush was governor.

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01/22/2018 10:00 PM
Lady Windermere's Fan review – Saunders simmers at Wilde's West End party

Vaudeville theatre, London
Jennifer Saunders and Samantha Spiro find genuine emotion among the epigrams in Kathy Burke’s production

Appearances can be deceptive. That, of course, is one of the themes of Oscar Wilde’s 1892 play about young Lady Windermere, who flees her own birthday party because she mistakenly believes her husband is having an affair with Mrs Erlynne, a woman with a past. Wilde’s play, which borrows from the conventions of Victorian melodrama and never entirely subverts them, offers its own deceptions, too. It is not as exquisitely constructed as his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, which will be produced later this year as part of the same Oscar Wilde season in London’s West End. But there is a delicacy beneath the play’s creakiness and its avalanche of epigrams; a great revival can cut through the brittleness to reveal genuine feeling.

This is an uneven production, directed by Kathy Burke, but it has its moments, most particularly when Samantha Spiro’s Mrs Erlynne, discovering an unlikely capacity for self-sacrifice, sadly observes how easily love is killed. Dripping charm and diamonds, Spiro is superb as a scarlet woman doing unarmed combat with Victorian moralism. There is a real sense of desperation behind her pasted-on smile.

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01/22/2018 11:00 PM
Jane Eyre review – gripping, good-hearted and full of gothic terror

Octagon, Bolton
Jessica Baglow captures the plain-speaking pragmatism of Charlotte Brontë’s heroine in a light and lucid adaptation directed by Elizabeth Newman

The first thing that anyone who read Charlotte Brontë’s proto-feminist romance at a formative age will tell you about the story is the red room. There’s something about this baroque bedroom where the infant Jane is sent as punishment that haunts the imagination. Its mahogany pillars, red damask curtains and crimson bedding make her solitary confinement all the more cruel.

In truth, the room occupies only half a dozen pages of the 1847 novel, much as it is just one incident among many in the Octagon’s lively adaptation. Yet its gothic terror seems to bubble up from the depths of Amanda Stoodley’s skeletal set. Not only do Chris Davey’s lights flare through the grating beneath the feet of the young Jane (a ferocious Emma Catterall the day I saw it), but the later scenes involving the deranged Bertha Mason (Leah Walker cackling in the gantry above our heads) have the same hellish hue. Red is also the colour of Bertha’s dress.

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01/22/2018 10:01 PM
Seeing Allred review – Gloria Allred documentary offers mixed evidence

There’s a long list of impressive achievements in this in-depth look at the lawyer and gender equality advocate but there’s a level of grit that’s missing

To many Americans, especially residents of California, the attorney Gloria Allred has been a household name for many years, a tiny-in-stature, massive-in-personality voice for women’s rights, as well as the rights of minorities and LGBT people. An early, headline-making case from 1979 saw her suing Sav-On drugstore in order to stop them having aisles designated “boys’ toys” and “girls’ toys”. She represented dozens of clients seeking damages for sexual discrimination in the workplace, almost always winning the cases. In the 1990s, she was particularly visible in fighting for the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, who were allegedly killed by OJ Simpson and felt they were getting short shrift from the legal process surrounding Simpsons trial.

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01/22/2018 11:56 AM
Razzies 2018 – Transformers: The Last Knight leads worst films nominations

The Mummy and Fifty Shades Darker are also key contenders for the Golden Raspberry awards, as nominations for Hollywood’s annual list of bad movies are announced

The Mummy, Fifty Shades Darker and the latest Transformers movie, The Last Knight, are the leading contenders for Hollywood’s annual worst films list, the Golden Raspberry awards – AKA the Razzies.

All three principal actors of the revival of the 1930s monster pic The Mummy have been nominated: Tom Cruise for worst actor, and Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella for worst supporting actor and actress. The Mummy has seven nominations, including one for worst remake, ripoff or sequel.

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