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1h 21m Portland rally: Proud Boys vow to march each month after biggest protest of Trump era
The Guardian
Oregon city sees sporadic violence and a dozen arrests as Donald Trump and Proud Boys chairman denounce anti-fascists Portland saw its largest far-right demonstration of the Trump era on Saturday, as 500 rightwingers traveled from around the country to march back and forth across the city’s bridges, and briefly occupy a patch of its waterfront. By making extensive accommodations for the unpermitted rightwing protest, including close police escorts, concrete barriers, and reopening a bridge to allow them to leave the downtown area, Portland authorities succeeded in preventing head-on confrontations between it and a much larger counter-protest.
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1h 28m Afghanistan wedding hall blast: more than 60 killed, 180 injured
The Guardian
Explosion in packed Kabul venue comes as Donald Trump talks up prospects of peace deal with Taliban An explosion ripped through a wedding hall on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan’s capital, leaving more than 60 people dead and more than 180 injured, a the interior ministry has said. More than 1,000 people were believed to be inside. Interior ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told the Associated Press there was no immediate information on the cause of the blast.
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1h 36m New Zealand police seek dashcam footage after murder of Sean McKinnon
The Guardian
Drivers asked to check for any images of hitchhikers near Hamilton where the Australian tourist’s body was found New Zealand authorities are asking drivers to check their dashcam for footage of any hitchhikers near where the Australian surfer Sean McKinnon was killed in the middle of the night while his Canadian fiancee ran for her life. A man has
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1h 43m Brexit: PM to tell EU leaders to renegotiate deal
BBC
Boris Johnson will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron later this week.
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2h Afghanistan: Bomb rips through wedding in Kabul
BBC
Many casualties are feared in the suspected suicide attack in the west of the Afghan capital.
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2h Portland rally: Far-right and antifa groups face off
BBC
At least 13 arrests are made in Portland as a right-wing rally is confronted by left-wing protesters.
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3h Labor says government failing to lead on China as more backbenchers speak out
The Guardian
Penny Wong calls for mature discussion as Liberal MPs warn Australian universities must protect free speech MPs and senators should receive foreign affairs and national intelligence briefings about China to remedy the government’s failure to discuss Australia’s relationship with the emerging superpower, Penny Wong has suggested. Labor’s shadow foreign affairs spokeswoman made the call on Sunday, citing the growing number of Coalition backbenchers raising concerns about China and free speech at Australian universities as evidence the government has failed to lead the conversation.
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3h ‘Our people are dying’: Australia’s climate confrontation in the Pacific
The Guardian
Leaders at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum couldn’t disguise their anger over Canberra’s climate crisis ‘red lines’ It was always going to be a showdown on the climate crisis. As leaders from the Pacific gathered in Tuvalu for their annual Pacific Islands Forum, there was one subject destined to dwarf all others and which pitted Australia, with its increasing emissions and plans for new coalmines, against its small island neighbours.
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4h Sandwich River Stour search resumes for boy aged 6
BBC
The child fell into the River Stour in Sandwich, Kent, on Saturday lunchtime.
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The 17 Tories who could bring down the PM4h The 17 Tories who could bring down the PM
Daily Mail
The list, compiled by Johnson loyalists, reveals 17 potential rebels, including ex-Chancellor Philip Hammond, veteran Europhile Ken Clarke (pictured) and Brexit critic Dominic Grieve.
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Tesco drops pork suppliers after animal rights campaigners release footage of shocking abuse4h Tesco drops pork suppliers after animal rights campaigners release footage of shocking abuse
Daily Mail
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Tesco banned meat from Hogwood Farm in Warwickshire after activists from Viva! filmed images they claim expose 'systematic animal abuse'.
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5h Lime and soda? No thanks, say non-drinkers
BBC
Diageo's investment in alcohol-free spirit maker Seedlip shows how big firms want to reach non-drinkers.
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5h Can big investors save the world?
BBC
Will the big polluters clean up their acts if the people who actually own them say they must?
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5h The New Yorker reviving Jewish life on a holiday island
BBC
Dani Rotstein arrived in Majorca knowing nothing of its hidden Jewish past. Now he's helping reinvigorate its Jewish community.
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5h Portland braced for far-right rally and antifa counter-demo
BBC
Police are mounting a major operation to keep marchers apart from left-wing counter protesters.
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6h PC Andrew Harper: tributes flood in for killed officer
The Guardian
Ten held as forensic teams continue search of site in Berkshire where officer was dragged to his death Detectives were granted an extra 36 hours on Saturday to question 10 suspects arrested on suspicion of murdering a newlywed policeman who died after being “dragged for a distance” by a van after responding to reports of a rural burglary. Forensic teams meanwhile continued
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6h Isis suspect Jack Letts stripped of British citizenship – report
The Guardian
Muslim convert, 24, has had his British citizenship revoked, according to the Mail on Sunday The Muslim convert Jack Letts, who is suspected of leaving Britain to join the Islamic State, has been stripped of his British citizenship, it has been reported. Jack Letts was 18 when he left his Oxfordshire home in 2014 before marrying in Iraq and moving to Raqqa in Syria. Captured by Kurdish forces as he attempted to flee to Turkey in May 2017, the 24-year-old, dubbed “Jihadi Jack”, has since been held in jail in northern Syria.
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6h Afghanistan: Bomb rips through wedding in Kabul
BBC
Many casualties are feared in the suspected suicide attack in the west of the Afghan capital.
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6h Updated Afghanistan: Bomb rips through wedding in Kabul
BBC
Many casualties are feared in the suspected suicide attack in the west of the Afghan capital.
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7h The road to hell, where children are left to fall through the cracks | Sophie Trevitt
The Guardian
I’m told lawyers aren’t meant to have these fierce, protective feelings for their clients, but the law isn’t meant to torture children either Who knew the drive to hell would be so beautiful and that hell would be so small? It’s not far out of town, but it’s far enough away to be deliberate. We drive out towards the airport – through the gap in the red ranges and down the gum-flanked Stuart Highway. The trunks shift from pale and shimmery to rich red and back again as we pass the racecourse, the billboards and the old Ghan Train by the side of the road.
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7h 'Our country is on the brink': More than 100 MPs ask Boris Johnson to recall parliament
The Independent
'You have used the language of fascism and authoritarianism,' cross-party group says to PM
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8h Dozens feared dead or wounded after Afghan wedding hall blast
The Guardian
Explosion in packed Kabul venue comes as Donald Trump talks up prospects of peace deal with Taliban An explosion ripped through a wedding hall on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan’s capital, leaving dozens of people dead or wounded, a government official has said. Hundreds of people were believed to be inside. Interior ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told the Associated Press there was no immediate information on the cause of the blast. Both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State terrorist group have carried out attacks in the capital.
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8h Jeremy Corbyn pleads with MPs: back me now before it’s too late
The Guardian
Britain stands on precipice, warns Labour leader, as 100 MPs tell Boris Johnson to recall parliament
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9h Updated PC Andrew Harper inquiry: police get more time to question suspects
The Guardian
Ten held as forensic teams continue search of site in Berkshire where officer was dragged to his death Detectives were granted an extra 36 hours on Saturday to question 10 suspects arrested on suspicion of murdering a newlywed policeman who died after being “dragged for a distance” by a van when he responded to reports of a rural burglary. Forensic teams meanwhile continued
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9h Police forces halt trials of facial recognition systems
The Guardian
Government attempts to use the controversial surveillance technology are thwarted by UK forcesPolice forces are pushing back against Home Office attempts to roll out facial recognition systems, dealing a harsh blow to government plans to introduce the controversial technology. Kent Police and West Midlands Police were named by ministers in June as collaborating with the Home Office to trial the technology to trace “missing and vulnerable persons”. The announcement prompted concern that UK forces were eager to embrace a technology condemned for infringing privacy and increasing state surveillance.
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9h World’s nations gather to tackle wildlife extinction crisis
The Guardian
Giraffes, sharks, glass frogs - and the woolly mammoth - may get boosted protection at summit From giraffes to sharks, the world’s endangered species could gain better protection at an international wildlife conference. The
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10h Dayton mayor given security detail after spat with Donald Trump sparked deluge of hate messages
The Independent
A two-person team of detectives watched the mayor around the clock for six days
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10h VFS: Who is the company subcontracted by the Home Office to process visa applications?
The Independent
The Dubai-based firm handles some of the most sensitive personal data held by dozens of governments around the world, including the bulk of UK visa applications – but it remains largely unknown
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10h Ashes 2019: Fast bowlers star as second Test evenly poised - day four highlights
BBC
Watch highlights as England end on 96-4 taking their lead over Australia past 100 on a thrilling fourth day in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.
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10h Missed flights, 'aggressive' sales and long delays: The reality of Britain's expensive visa extras
The Independent
One couple paid £450 for a priority service to visit the UK to see the Cricket World Cup – but the documents arrived three days after their flight
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10h How Home Office makes millions a week from outsourcing visas to Dubai-based firm accused of exploitation
The Independent
Exclusive: UK government made £438.1m in the last year alone after outsourcing operations to a Dubai-based firm that has been deluged with complaints
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10h Search for boy missing in River Stour in Sandwich
BBC
A Coastguard helicopter is helping fire crews and police looking for the child in the River Stour.
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11h Ashes 2019: England-Australia second Test set for thrilling conclusion
BBC
The second Ashes Test is poised for a thrilling conclusion after a memorable fourth day in which the fast bowlers of England and Australia illuminated Lord's.
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11h 'Saved from a horrible fate': Legal heroin prescribed to hundreds of UK drug users, figures reveal
The Independent
'Vital' treatment threatened by cuts to addiction services, risking 'untold damage', expert warns
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11h Liverpool hold on at Southampton despite Adrian blunder
BBC
Liverpool defeat Southampton to secure an 11th successive top-flight victory despite a howler by goalkeeper Adrian.
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11h America is close to ‘deal’ with Taliban, hints Trump
The Guardian
With a president eager to bring US troops home, many question what Afghan ‘peace’ would look likeDonald Trump has met his peace envoy to Afghanistan and top security advisers to discuss progress in the latest round of talks with the Taliban, fuelling speculation that a deal to end America’s longest war might be within reach. “Many on the opposite side of this 19-year war, and us, are looking to make a deal – if possible!” Trump tweeted after the meeting at his golf club in New Jersey, where the group is believed to have discussed a draft peace plan.
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Chancellor Sajid Javid hints he could slash taxes within months11h Chancellor Sajid Javid hints he could slash taxes within months
Daily Mail
Britain's Chancellor Sajid Javid suggested he could cut taxes in the upcoming Budget - including for higher earners, claiming that maximising revenue does not necessarily come from increasing taxes.
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11h Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams dies at 86
BBC
Richard Williams won two Oscars and a Bafta for his work as animation director on the 1988 hit film.
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12h Search for child missing in River Stour in Sandwich
BBC
A Coastguard helicopter is helping fire crews and police looking for the child in the River Stour.
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12h Hong Kong protests: Eerie calm descends as demonstrators avoid clashes with police
The Independent
Once-respected law enforcement teams 'have used obvious excessive force and inhumane actions', say activists
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12h British hunters 'paying to kill endangered giraffes in Africa', campaigners say
The Independent
Countries across world meet to discuss proposals to protect threatened giants
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12h Bangladesh fire leaves '50,000 people homeless' after slum destroyed in capital of Dhaka
The Independent
Mayor says victims will be looked after in temporary shelters after blaze
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12h Jean-Claude Juncker cuts short holiday to have urgent surgery
The Guardian
Outgoing European commission chief has returned home to have gall bladder removed The outgoing head of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has cut short a holiday to undergo urgent surgery, his press team has said. “Jean-Claude Juncker had to shorten his holiday in Austria for medical reasons. He was taken back to Luxembourg where he will undergo an urgent cholecystectomy [surgical removal of the gallbladder],” the team said on Saturday of what is normally a routine medical procedure.
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12h Portland on high alert as duelling far-right and extremist groups prepare to protest
The Independent
Authorities have asked residents not to call 911 unless it's a life-threatening emergency and to stay away from the heart of the downtown area
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13h Fears grow that WW2 wreck could explode on Kent coast
The Guardian
Experts divided over risk from US munitions ship that sank 75 years ago near SheernessIt is 75 years this Tuesday since the SS Richard Montgomery sank off the Kent coast on its way to allied-occupied France. But the remains of the US cargo vessel, which went down on 20 August 1944, with more than 6,000 tonnes of munitions on board, continue to haunt the Thames estuary. With politicians and salvage experts divided over the extent of the threat that the most monitored wreck in British waters poses beneath the waves, there are fresh fears that the ship is breaking up, leading to concerns its potentially explosive cargo could be scattered across the seabed.
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Jeremy Corbyn calls for vacant high street shops to be given to community projects13h Jeremy Corbyn calls for vacant high street shops to be given to community projects
Daily Mail
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is visiting Bolton today, wants councils to be given the power to reopen abandoned shops which have been vacant for 12 months or more.
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13h Peter Duncan: Murder charge over Newcastle stabbing
BBC
A 17-year-old boy is charged with murdering "devoted father" Peter Duncan in Newcastle.
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13h Bangladesh fire: 15,000 homes destroyed in Dhaka slum
BBC
About 15,000 homes are destroyed in a shanty town in Dhaka - but no deaths have been reported.
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13h Peter Duncan: Youth charged with screwdriver murder
BBC
A 17-year-old boy is charged with murdering "devoted father" Peter Duncan, who was stabbed in Newcastle.
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14h Wales will top world ranking after defeating England
BBC
George North's try helps Wales to a 13-6 win over England in their World Cup warm-up in Cardiff and will see them top the world rankings for the first time.
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14h Peter Duncan murder: Teenager charged over man stabbed to death with screwdriver in Newcastle Greggs
The Independent
A 17-year-old had been charged with the murder of a "devoted father" who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver outside a Greggs in Newcastle.
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14h If global markets are unsettled, they have good reason to be so
The Guardian
Last week’s upheavals in bond values were an all-too-rational response to a cocktail of economic troublesEvery year the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosts a symposium in the Grand Teton resort of Jackson Hole. Some years, guests have little to do but chew the fat and listen to distinguished speakers explain points of economic importance. Sometimes, though, the conclave in Wyoming takes place with a crisis looming. One such year was 2008. This year is shaping up to be another. Global financial markets certainly fear the worst. Share prices
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14h PC Andrew Harper murder inquiry: police search caravan site
The Guardian
Newlywed officer, due to go on honeymoon next week, was killed after being struck by vehicle Forensic officers are searching a caravan site three miles from where a newlywed policeman died in the line of duty after being dragged by a vehicle as he responded to reports of a burglary. PC Andrew Harper, who was due to go on honeymoon next week, was killed late on Thursday evening when he was struck by a vehicle after leaving his car at the crossroads on the A4 near Sulhamstead village, Berkshire.
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14h Brexit: Corbyn hits back at MPs refusing to support him as PM
The Guardian
As leader of ‘largest opposition party by far’ Corbyn insists he is right person to lead caretaker government Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at leading Tory MPs orchestrating efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit who are refusing to back him as a caretaker prime minister to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU. Corbyn’s hopes of forming a unity government are fading as a number of
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14h Iran tanker: US issues warrant to seize Grace 1 supertanker
BBC
A judge in Gibraltar had ordered the release of the detained tanker a day before the warrant was issued.
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14h Brexit: Corbyn hits back at MPs refusing to back him as interim PM
The Guardian
As leader of ‘largest opposition party by far’ Corbyn insists he is right person to lead caretaker government Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at leading Tory MPs orchestrating efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit who are refusing to back him as a caretaker prime minister to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU. Corbyn’s hopes of forming a unity government are fading as a number of
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14h Trump administration says transgender workers aren't protected by civil rights, Supreme Court filing reveals
The Independent
Employees should only be protected from discrimination based on their 'biological sex', government argues
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14h Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams dies at 86
BBC
The 86-year-old won two Oscars and a Bafta for his work as animation director on the 1988 hit film.
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15h Philip and Caroline Welch are married but have never lived together
BBC
Philip lives in Somerset while Caroline lives in Bristol.
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15h Back me to stop Salvini: Renzi casts himself as Italy’s saviour
The Guardian
As political turmoil grips Rome, the former prime minister tells the Observer
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15h Blind hedgehog stolen in Leeds van theft
BBC
Stephen the hedgehog's owners plead with thieves for his safe return after a van he was inside is taken.
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15h Court blocks Trump plan to halt asylum applications at Mexico border
The Independent
Partial win for administration as court stops short of applying ruling nationwide
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16h Sudan opposition and military sign final power-sharing accord
The Guardian
Deal paves way for transitional government after overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir Sudan’s main opposition coalition and the ruling military council have signed a final power-sharing agreement, paving the way for a transitional government following the
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16h Trump to drop out of 2020 race within months, former aide Scaramucci claims
The Independent
'He's got the self-worth in terms of his self-esteem of a small pigeon,' and will be unable to handle defeat
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16h Sudan conflict: Army and civilians seal power-sharing deal
BBC
The power-sharing agreement comes after months of protests following the toppling of the president.
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16h Tory MP accuses Boris Johnson of causing death threats against him in damning condemnation of 'demagogue' prime minister
The Independent
PM's 'populism' leading to 'really vile emails' from public, Dominic Grieve warns - after accusation of 'collaboration' with Brussels to block Brexit
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16h Nora Quoirin family condemn 'distressing' comments about teenage daughter's death
The Independent
People claiming to speak on behalf on family 'causing confusion and distress'
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17h Christian Wade: Ex-rugby union star beats five NFL players in dazzling run
BBC
Ex-rugby union player Christian Wade continues to impress for the Buffalo Bills, evading several tackles in a 48-yard run against the Carolina Panthers in a pre-season game.
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17h Hands off our treasured railway, say locals in Sóller, Mallorca
The Guardian
Anonymous investors have launched a hostile €25m bid for Sóller’s locally owned heritage train link to PalmaIndignant residents of the Mallorcan town of Sóller have said their railway is not for sale after a group of investors launched a hostile takeover bid. The town has been linked to the capital, Palma, with a picturesque narrow-gauge railway since 1912. The train, with its wooden carriages, has been in continuous use ever since, climbing 200 metres and passing through 13 tunnels on its 27km journey.
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17h Andrew Harper death: Ten males aged 13 to 30 arrested
BBC
Newly-wed PC Andrew Harper was dragged along a road by a vehicle while investigating a burglary.
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17h Safe injection rooms are key to halting rise in drug deaths – expert
The Guardian
Former drugs tsar says Home Office must end opposition to ‘fixing’ spaces to tackle issueThe Home Office must abandon its opposition to safe injection rooms if it wants to reduce drug-related deaths, now at record levels, a former government drugs chief has said. David Nutt, who was chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, said that failure to respond to last week’s
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17h Brexit: Tory MP Oliver Letwin rejects Corbyn as caretaker PM
BBC
But Oliver Letwin urges talks in the Commons to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.
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17h Mormons ban vaping, green tea and any drinks ending in 'ccino'
The Independent
Followers of church believe God revealed the foods that are good and bad for people in 1833
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17h Unprecedented heatwave 'kills thousands of fish' in Alaska
The Independent
'We're seeing not just stressful temperatures for salmon, but lethal temperatures,' experts say
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17h Ferry runs aground in Costa Blanca, forcing hundreds to evacuate
The Independent
Coastguards rescue passengers travelling from Mallorca and Ibiza in early hours of morning
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17h 'He's rattled': Trump fears looming economic collapse will lose him 2020 election
The Independent
'We're on that steady march to inevitable recession,' says bank's chief economist
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18h Portland prepares for far-right rally expected to lead to violence
The Guardian
Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson surrenders but Proud Boys to fore in event expected to attract ‘antifa’ counter-protest As Portland
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18h Brexit: Tory MP Oliver Letwin rejects Corbyn as caretaker PM
BBC
But Oliver Letwin urges talks in the Commons to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.
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18h Meet the Hondurans trying to forge their own American dream
The Independent
Beyond the Border: In third part of a series from Honduras, The Independent speaks to Hondurans struggling to create a future in their own country
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18h Ashes: Stuart Broad makes early breakthrough removing Matthew Wade
BBC
England's Stuart Broad claims the first wicket of the morning after Matthew Wade edges to Rory Burns on day four of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.
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18h Hong Kong: three rallies mark 11th weekend of protests
The Guardian
Demonstrators aim to show public support for movement remains strong Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong, as they sought to show their movement still had public support even after two months of increasingly violent clashes. Protesters, clad in their signature black and holding umbrellas, marched down major streets in Kowloon, chanting: “Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our time!” Volunteers handed out herbal tea and juice, while some shops that had closed for the day left boxes of drinks out for protesters.
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18h Sajid Javid pledges £600m for 50,000 new homes but fails to say where money is coming from
The Independent
First housing announcement since Boris Johnson reached No 10 - with government miles from its target of 300,000 annual starts
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18h Climbing World Championships: Ludovico Fossali and Aleksandra Miroslaw win speed golds
BBC
Watch as Aleksandra Miroslaw and Ludovico Fossali win the speed golds at the Climbing World Championships.
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18h Andrew Harper death: Ten males aged 13 to 30 arrested
BBC
Newly-wed PC Andrew Harper was dragged along a road by a vehicle while investigating a burglary.
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19h Ruaridh McConnochie: Bath wing ruled out of Wales game
BBC
Bath wing Ruaridh McConnochie will miss England's second Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Wales on Saturday.
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19h Brexit: no-deal exit edges closer as key Tories refuse to back Corbyn
The Guardian
Oliver Letwin becomes latest figure to reject call for unity government led by Labout leader
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19h Thailand's beloved baby dugong sea animal dies of shock and ingesting plastic
The Independent
'She must've thought these plastics were edible,' marine expert says
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19h Peter Fonda, star of Easy Rider, dies aged 79
BBC
The 1969 cult classic, which Fonda also co-wrote and produced, earned him an Oscar nomination.
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19h Brexit: Tory MP Oliver Letwin rejects Corbyn as caretaker PM
BBC
But Oliver Letwin urges talks in the Commons to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.
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19h White supremacy-fuelled killings to be classed as domestic terrorism under new law proposed in New York
The Independent
'This is not just repulsive. This is not just immoral. This is not just anti-American. It is illegal,' says state's governor
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20h Brexit: Voters firmly reject Boris Johnson's plan to crash out of EU with no deal, poll finds
The Independent
Just 34 per cent of voters want a Halloween no deal if no agreement possible – blowing hole in prime minister's claim of a mandate
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20h Brexit: Tory MP Oliver Letwin rejects Corbyn as caretaker PM
BBC
But Oliver Letwin urges talks in the Commons to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.
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20h Mystery lung illness linked to vaping reported in nearly 100 people
The Independent
Medical authorities say it is unclear whether patients will fully recover
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20h Thailand's beloved baby dugong sea animal dies of shock and ingesting plastic
The Independent
'She must've thought these plastics were edible,' marine expert says
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20h US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker
The Independent
Justice Department condemns shipping firm's alleged terrorist links one day after Gibraltar orders supertanker's release
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21h Morrison’s ‘arrogance’ on climate blasted as Australia accused of ‘trying to destroy’ Pacific islands
The Guardian
Labor says PM has trashed Australia’s standing as former Kiribati president urges review of Australia’s membership Labor has accused Scott Morrison of trashing Australia’s standing in the Pacific and alienating its friends at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu, while a former president of Kiribati has urged Australia’s membership to be reviewed. Anote Tong said the forum should consider possible sanctions or suspension of Australia for its continued “protestations” on coal and climate.
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21h Met Police was asked to probe sex trafficking claim by girl in Prince Andrew photo
Daily Mail
Scotland Yard was asked to launch a probe into claims that a girl was trafficked to the UK for sex by Jeffrey Epstein, it emerged last night.
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21h Andrew Harper death: Ten males aged 13 to 30 arrested
BBC
Newly-wed PC Andrew Harper was dragged along a road by a vehicle while investigating a burglary.
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21h Conservative MP admits Commons cannot agree on plan to stop Boris Johnson forcing no-deal Brexit
The Independent
'I'm not terribly optimistic about all this, because I don't see yet emerging an agreement', Oliver Letwin warns
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22h Sydney cliff fatality: woman falls to death at popular selfie spot
The Guardian
Emergency services called to Diamond Bay in Vaucluse but woman died at scene A woman has died after she fell from a cliff in Sydney’s eastern suburbs known for being a popular selfie destination, with witnesses telling police she may have been taking photos at the time. Emergency services were called to Diamond Bay Reserve in Vaucluse about 11.20am on Saturday following reports a woman had fallen 30 metres on to rocks below, police said.
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23h Grace 1: US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil supertanker
BBC
A judge in Gibraltar had ordered the release of the detained tanker a day before the warrant was issued.
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23h New life flows into Great Yarmouth as waterways reopen
The Guardian
Volunteers hope restoration will return UK seaside town to its former glory and reverse its decline There was a time, when Clare Cooper was a child, when she thought
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23h UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast
The Independent
Watch the latest UK weather forecast from the Independent for today.
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23h Aduriz, 38, scores stunning last-minute scissor-kick as Athletic Bilbao beat Barca
BBC
Champions Barcelona suffer defeat on the opening day of the La Liga season after a sublime winner by Aritz Aduriz hands Athletic Bilbao victory.
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23h Sydney cliff fatality: woman falls to death at popular selfie spot
The Guardian
Emergency services called to Diamond Bay in Vaucluse but woman died at scene A woman has died after she fell from a cliff in Sydney’s eastern suburbs known for being a popular selfie destination. Emergency services were called to Diamond Bay Reserve in Vaucluse about 11.20am on Saturday following reports a woman had fallen 30 metres on to rocks below, police said.
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23h Andy Murray loses to brother Jamie in Cincinnati
BBC
Andy Murray will switch attention back to his singles comeback after losing to older brother Jamie in the Cincinnati Masters quarter-finals.
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24h Fiji PM accuses Scott Morrison of ‘insulting’ and alienating Pacific leaders
The Guardian
Exclusive: Frank Bainimarama says Australian leader is pushing nations towards China Scott Morrison has been accused of causing an extraordinary rift between Australia and Pacific countries by the prime minister of Fiji, who said the Australian prime minister’s insulting behaviour while at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu would push nations closer to China. In an exclusive interview with Guardian Australia after the conclusion of the PIF, Frank Bainimarama, the prime minister of Fiji and a political heavyweight in the region, said Morrison’s approach during the leaders’ retreat on Thursday was “very insulting and condescending”.
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25h Seafront healing: Marvin Gaye museum mooted in Belgian town he loved
The Guardian
Ostend tourist board plans tribute to singer who spent 18 months recovering from his addictions in faded fishing town Ostend, the blowy Belgian resort on the North Sea, has international aspirations and Marvin Gaye, the late prince of Motown, has emerged as central to realising them. In February 1981, struggling with drink and drug dependency and being chased by the IRS over a multimillion-dollar tax bill, the 42-year-old
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16 Aug 11:37pm Grace 1: US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil supertanker
BBC
A judge in Gibraltar had ordered the release of the detained tanker a day before the warrant was issued.
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16 Aug 11:19pm Police warning after pro-Hong Kong rally in Melbourne turns violent
The Guardian
Victoria police say they will not tolerate ‘those who break the law or engage in antisocial or violent behaviour’ A second pro-Hong Kong rally has been held in Melbourne’s CBD after clashes with Chinese nationalists on Friday night sparked a police warning that violence would not be tolerated. More than a hundred people gathered outside the State Library on Swanston Street on Saturday for a peaceful rally in solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong. Among them were members of Melbourne’s Uyghur community as well as Tibetan and Vietnamese groups, carrying flags, posters and signs reading “We love Hong Kong! We love Australia” and “Step Down Carrie Lam Puppet. Let the HK people vote.”
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16 Aug 10:07pm Andrew Harper death: Ten males aged 13 to 30 arrested
BBC
Newly-wed PC Andrew Harper was dragged along a road by a vehicle while investigating a burglary.
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16 Aug 9:15pm Xinjiang activist freed in Kazakh court after agreeing to stop campaigning
The Guardian
Serikzhan Bilash, who fought for victims of China’s internment camps, pleaded guilty in return for freedom A rights activist in Kazakhstan who faced seven years imprisonment over his outspoken opposition to neighbouring China was unexpectedly freed on Friday as public and international pressure over his case mounted. Serikzhan Bilash, whose activism in defence of Muslim and Turkic minorities in Chinese region of Xinjiang earned him global media attention, told AFP he struck a plea bargain with the court that allowed him freedom but will end his activism.
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16 Aug 9:11pm US unveils warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar dispute
The Guardian
A day after Gibraltar judge allows vessel’s release, US condemns ‘scheme to unlawfully access US financial system’ The US justice department on Friday unveiled a warrant for the seizure of the Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a weeks-long diplomatic dispute, one day after a Gibraltar judge allowed the release of the detained vessel.
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16 Aug 8:49pm Candida auris: The new superbug on the block
BBC
The fungus was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now a problem in hospitals across the world.
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16 Aug 8:45pm Elephant protection debate to dominate conservation meeting
BBC
Some countries are seeking extra protection while others want to re-open ivory markets at key trade meeting in Geneva.
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16 Aug 8:11pm Peter Fonda, star of Easy Rider, dies aged 79
BBC
The 1969 cult classic, which Fonda also co-wrote and produced, earned him an Oscar nomination.
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16 Aug 7:43pm US customs outage delays thousands of travelers in airports across country
The Guardian
Social media posts show serious congestion as ‘temporary’ issue affects hubs including JFK and LAX Thousands of travelers at major US airports faced congested terminals and long lines on Friday due to a temporary computer outage that affected the US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) processing systems.
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16 Aug 7:17pm Man charged over murder of Australian tourist in New Zealand
The Guardian
Killer fled with body while tourist’s Canadian partner ran several kilometres to get help A man has been charged over the murder of Australian surfer Sean McKinnon, who was shot in a random attack while camping in New Zealand. The 23-year-old man will face Hamilton district court on Saturday charged with murder, aggravated robbery and threatening to kill, New Zealand Police said.
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16 Aug 7:15pm Captain of Iranian supertanker no longer wants command, lawyer says as US issues warrant for seizure
The Independent
'He wants to go home, because he wasn't happy to go back and pick up the broken piece,' says Richard Wilkinson
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16 Aug 7:12pm Andy Murray loses to brother Jamie in Cincinnati
BBC
Andy Murray will switch attention back to his singles comeback after losing to older brother Jamie in the Cincinnati Masters quarter-finals.
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16 Aug 7:00pm Brexit: Voters firmly reject Boris Johnson's plan to crash out of EU with no deal, poll finds
The Independent
Just 34 per cent of voters want a Halloween no deal if no agreement possible – blowing hole in prime minister's claim of a mandate
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