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16 Apr 6:57pm Tiktok: India bans video sharing app
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Activist group launched case against Chinese-owned app which it said encouraged paedophiles and pornography The Indian government has ordered Google and Apple to take down the Chinese-owned Tiktok video app after a court expressed concerns over the spread of pornographic material. Tiktok has already been banned in neighbouring Bangladesh and hit with a large fine in the United States for illegally collecting information from children.
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16 Apr 6:51pm Asylum seekers at border cannot be released on bond, Barr says – live
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William Barr strips right from asylum seekers, requiring them to be held in mandatory detention instead
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16 Apr 5:25pm Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United (4-0 agg): Champions League quarter-final – live reaction
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Two goals from Lionel Messi, and a terrible error from David de Gea, helped Barcelona into the semi-finals of the Champions League
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16 Apr 5:04pm Trump 2020 team spending almost half of Facebook ad budget to target seniors – live
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Trump camp is spending 44% of its Facebook ad budget to target users 65 years and older, Axios reports, while top 12 Democrats have allotted 27%
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16 Apr 4:47pm Morning mail: water buyback questions, Notre Dame donations, university sacking
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Wednesday: Mysteries still surround companies chosen for $200m of Murray-Darling water buybacks. Plus: millions to rebuild French cathedral Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Wednesday 17 April.
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16 Apr 4:08pm Trump 2020 team spending almost half of Facebook ad budget to target seniors – live
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Trump camp is spending 44% of its Facebook ad budget to target users 65 years and older, Axios reports, while top 12 Democrats have allotted 27%
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16 Apr 2:30pm Notre Dame was ‘15 to 30 minutes’ away from complete destruction
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Firefighters risked their lives to stop the raging fire spreading to the two belfry towers Notre Dame Cathedral was within “15 to 30 minutes” of complete destruction as firefighters battled to stop flames reaching its gothic bell towers, French authorities have revealed. A greater disaster was averted by members of the Paris fire brigade, who risked their lives to remain inside the burning monument to create a wall of water between the raging fire and two towers on the west facade.
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16 Apr 1:52pm Bureaucratic glitch: UK suspends visa enrolment for American citizens
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Americans applying for work, study or settlement visas have been turned away because of a ‘technical issue’, Home Office says Biometric enrolment for American citizens seeking to move to the UK has been suspended for more than two weeks because the British government missed a payment to the Department of Homeland Security, according to sources familiar with the bureaucratic glitch. Americans applying for work, study or settlement visas
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16 Apr 1:45pm Extinction Rebellion set to disrupt London rail and tube lines
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Climate protesters warn they will escalate action after blockading capital landmarks Climate change protesters, who police say have caused “serious disruption” affecting half a million people in London over the past two days, have said they are planning to escalate their protests to disrupt rail and tube lines. Thousands or people have taken part in the
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16 Apr 1:41pm The Guardian view on resurrecting Notre Dame: the struggle for meaning | Editorial
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Catholic conservatives are trying to recruit the disaster as a symbol of their cause. They will failTo be a Christian is to be attentive to signs of God’s action in the world, and this is especially true in Holy Week and at Easter, when – the faithful believe – Jesus by his death and resurrection revealed the nature of God’s relationship with humanity. For some Christians, the most important part of the lesson is that Jesus accepted death and offered his innocence as a gift; for others, or at other times, the point is that the gift was accepted and he was in the end resurrected. Either way, the symbolism has been unavoidable in reactions to the dreadful blaze in
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16 Apr 12:40pm Egyptian parliament vote could keep Sisi in power until 2030
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MPs back longer presidential term of six years, while public opposition is suppressed The Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, moved a step closer to extending his rule after lawmakers approved sweeping constitutional amendments that could enable him to remain in power until 2030. The proposed changes lengthen presidential terms to six years instead of four, including Sisi’s current mandate. They also increase his control over the judiciary and confirm the military’s role in politics.
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16 Apr 11:59am Notre Dame fire is devastating – but iconic cathedral will live on
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Edifice joins long list of culturally significant buildings with history of destruction The history of beloved, culturally significant buildings is inextricably connected to a history of destruction – and very often fire. Less than a century after building of the present Notre Dame began in 1163, fire damage is thought to have prompted the remodelling of parts of the cathedral. The Gothic structure replaced an earlier church that had been built on the site of a Roman temple to Jupiter. By the 19th century the building was in a state of deep neglect: almost a ruin and lacking its spire.
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16 Apr 11:57am US deports husband of soldier killed in Afghanistan – then lets him back in
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José González Carranza was arrested by Ice officers and deported to Mexico, but brought back after an Arizona paper reported on it US immigration officials deported the husband of a soldier killed in Afghanistan – then reversed course and let him back into the country. José González Carranza, 30, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) officers last week at his home in Arizona and quickly deported to Mexico, he and his attorney
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16 Apr 11:07am Forget Brexit and focus on climate change, Greta Thunberg tells EU
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Teenager who started school strike movement urges MEPs to ‘wake up and take action’ The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has chided EU leaders for holding three emergency summits on Brexit and none on the threat posed by climate change. In a clarion call to Europe’s political leaders ahead of European parliament elections in May, the
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16 Apr 10:56am Mastercard ruling: almost every UK adult could receive payout
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Lawsuit could benefit 46 million people even if they have never owned the credit card Almost every adult in the UK could receive a payout of up to £300 from Mastercard after a court ruling paved the way for a £14bn class action lawsuit. The legal action taken by former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks claims that 46 million UK consumers paid higher prices in shops over a 16-year period because of allegedly excessive transaction fees charged by Mastercard.
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16 Apr 10:53am Bernie Sanders draws enthusiastic cheers in surprising Fox News town hall
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The setup looked potentially hostile but became a free, hourlong commercial for the Sanders candidacy, broadcast to Fox viewers At every turn they clapped and cheered, enamored with the candidate’s prescriptions for universal healthcare, a humane attitude toward immigrants and the rejection of climate change denialism. Bernie Sanders was the candidate, and the people clapping and cheering were audience members who turned out in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for a televised town hall on Monday night sponsored by none other than Fox News.
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16 Apr 9:09am Assessing the damage at Notre Dame Cathedral – in pictures
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After Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed by flames on Monday, work has begun to assess the damage to the 850-year-old building
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16 Apr 8:58am Court castigates Home Office over misuse of immigration law
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Damning verdict says use of terrorism-related rule to refuse applications is legally flawed
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16 Apr 8:14am Police begin second wave of arrests in London climate protests
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Disruption in capital by Extinction Rebellion demonstrators continues into second day after more than 100 people were arrested overnight
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16 Apr 7:02am Russian court jails Norwegian for 14 years on spying charges
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Former border guard Frode Berg to request pardon from Vladimir Putin A Russian court has jailed a Norwegian man for 14 years after finding him guilty of spying on nuclear submarines, a verdict that could strain ties between Moscow and its Nato-member neighbour. Frode Berg, 63, a retired former guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in Moscow in December 2017 and tried behind closed doors this month. He pleaded not guilty to charges of espionage on behalf of Norway.
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16 Apr 5:42am Donald Tusk chastises MEPs over criticism of 31 October Brexit delay
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European council president reacts to suggestions the delay will ‘poison’ EU elections Donald Tusk, the European council president, has turned his fire on senior MEPs after he was accused of dividing the EU and prolonging the Brexit crisis for Europe by delaying it to 31 October. The European parliament’s Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, had warned during a Brexit debate that the EU27’s decision last week would “poison” the European elections, in which Britain would
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16 Apr 4:00am Bureaucratic glitch: UK suspends visa enrolment for American citizens
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Americans applying for work, study or settlement visas have been turned away because of a ‘technical issue’, Home Office says Biometric enrolment for American citizens seeking to move to the UK has been suspended for more than two weeks because the British government missed a payment to the Department of Homeland Security, according to sources familiar with the bureaucratic glitch. Americans applying for work, study or settlement visas
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16 Apr 3:14am More than 100 people arrested in London climate change protests
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Disruption in capital continues into second day following Extinction Rebellion actions
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16 Apr 3:00am Nicaragua: one year after protests erupt, Ortega clings to power
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Opposition calls for a return to the streets as talks between government and civil society leaders stall Juana Lesarge’s three sons had packed their bags and borrowed $300 for their escape when police and hooded gunmen surrounded their grandmother’s home in the town of Carazo on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. “They were preparing to flee the country,” said Lesarge, 48. “At that time everyone was trying to get out. We knew our children were in danger. The dictator had ordered his forces to kill.”
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16 Apr 2:30am European spies sought lessons from dictators’ brutal ‘Operation Condor’
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CIA files show intelligence services wanted to learn from South America’s 1970s campaign of terror against leftwing subversion British, West German and French intelligence agencies sought advice from South America’s bloody 1970s dictatorships on how to combat leftwing “subversion”, according to a newly declassified CIA document. The European intelligence services wanted to learn about “
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16 Apr 1:33am Notre Dame fire: Macron pledges to rebuild devastated Paris cathedral
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Fire brought under control on Tuesday but spire of centuries-old landmark destroyed after flames burst through the roof A fire that devastated Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris was brought under control by firefighters in the early hours of Tuesday morning, though officials warned there were still residual fires to put out. Thousands of Parisians watched in horror from behind police cordons as a ferocious blaze devastated Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday night, destroying its spire and a large part of the roof.
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16 Apr 1:24am New Zealand suffers egg shortage as farmers scramble to go free-range
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Supermarkets are struggling with supply as the nation’s hen flock decreases and demand for eggs soars New Zealand is in the grip of an egg shortage as the industry undergoes a massive period of disruption while it transitions to free-range farming. The shortage has also been caused by an increased appetite for eggs, with New Zealanders consuming 230 eggs per person last year, compared to 200 per person a decade ago.
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16 Apr 1:00am Historic lost garden in Kent to be opened to the public
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Walmer Castle’s overgrown glen, dating from the 19th century, has been revived An abandoned chalk pit, which has been an impenetrably dense jungle of bramble, gorse and fallen trees for more than a century will this month be revealed as an extraordinary lost garden created by two former prime ministers. The lost garden of
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16 Apr 1:00am How Scotland erased Guyana from its past
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The portrayal of Scots as abolitionists and liberal champions has hidden a long history of profiting from slavery in the Caribbean. The mangrove-fringed coast of Guyana, at the north-eastern tip of South America, does not immediately bring to mind the Highlands of Scotland, in the northernmost part of Great Britain. Guyana’s mudflats and silty brown coastal water have little in common with the lush green mountains and glens of the Highlands. If these landscapes share anything, it is their remoteness – one on the edge of a former empire burnished by the relentless equatorial sun and one on the edge of Europe whipped mercilessly by the Atlantic winds. But look closer and the links are there: Alness, Ankerville, Belladrum, Borlum, Cromarty, Culcairn, Dingwall, Dunrobin, Fyrish, Glastullich, Inverness, Kintail, Kintyre, Rosehall, Tain, Tarlogie, a join-the-dots list of placenames (30 in all) south of Guyana’s capital Georgetown that hint of a hidden association with the Scottish Highlands some 5,000 miles away.
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16 Apr 12:28am Notre Dame fire: Macron pledges to rebuild devastated cathedral
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Fire brought under control on Tuesday but spire of centuries-old landmark destroyed after flames burst through the roof A fire that devastated Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris was brought under control by firefighters in the early hours of Tuesday morning, though officials warned there were still residual fires to put out. Thousands of Parisians watched in horror from behind police cordons as a ferocious blaze devastated Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday night, destroying its spire and a large part of the roof.
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16 Apr 12:28am Notre Dame through the ages – in pictures
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From a 15th-century coronation of an English king, to the liberation of Paris in 1944 and this year’s yellow vest protests, the 850-year old cathedral
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15 Apr 11:29pm Cathedral fire under control after spire and roof destroyed – as it happened
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Latest news as world-famous French landmark suffers devastating blaze
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15 Apr 11:28pm Notre Dame fire: Paris cathedral devastated by ferocious blaze
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Fire brought under control on Tuesday but spire of centuries-old landmark destroyed after flames burst through the roof
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15 Apr 10:09pm Updated Notre Dame fire: spire and roof destroyed but main structure saved – live news
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Latest news as world-famous French landmark suffers devastating blaze
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15 Apr 8:00pm The two MPs of British descent who do not have to stand in Indian election
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Anglo-Indian George Baker, who occupies one of two reserved seats that are a relic of colonial rule, speaks to Michael Safi Winning a seat in India’s parliament can take months of gruelling campaigning across vast electorates, often in stifling heat. Unless you are George Baker. The award-winning actor from eastern India is one of just two members of the country’s 545-seat lower house whose name will not appear on any ballot in India’s six-week election season, which
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