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12 Jul 6:12pm Facebook to be fined $5bn for Cambridge Analytica privacy violations – reports
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The $5bn fine would be the largest ever levied by the Federal Trade Commission against a technology company The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly voted to approve fining Facebook roughly $5bn to settle an investigation into the company’s privacy violations that was launched following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. The
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12 Jul 4:30pm Weatherwatch: migrating monarch butterflies ride the high winds
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Monarch butterflies have been tracked soaring high to make use of strong tailwinds on their long-distance migration Every September an incredible migration phenomenon begins. Clouds of stripy orange
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12 Jul 3:05pm Trump labor secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid Epstein plea deal scandal – live
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Acosta was under fire for having granted Jeffrey Epstein immunity from federal prosecution in 2008, following sex trafficking ring investigation
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12 Jul 3:04pm Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley detail conditions in border detention facilities – video
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In an emotional testimony to the House oversight committee on Friday, Democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib described conditions at an immigrant detention center, decrying alleged mistreatment happening 'in front of the American flag'. During Ocasio-Cortez's testimony a congressional staffer fainted. The testimony comes as Mike Pence was due to travel to Texas on Friday to tour a facility and participate in a roundtable with border patrol and members of the Senate judiciary committee
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12 Jul 2:57pm Met police open investigation into leaked Kim Darroch cables
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Scotland Yard say its counter-terrorism command is leading the investigation Police have opened an investigation into the alleged leaking of diplomatic cables involving the outgoing UK ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch. Scotland Yard said its counter-terrorism command, which takes national responsibility for investigating allegations of criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act, was leading the investigation.
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12 Jul 2:28pm My daughter has returned to the US and Theresa May is off. I feel bereft
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Life is a series of ever more frequent losses; part of me will even miss the Maybot and her red lines I had always naively imagined that parenting would get easier the older the children got. And in many mundane ways it has. I no longer have to worry so much about keeping them alive, about making sure they have done their homework or whether they are happy at university. They are now their own people, making their own decisions and sometimes even telling us what they are. Parenting has moved from practical problems to existential ones. Our daughter, who was over from Minneapolis for the first time in six months to direct a play at the
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12 Jul 1:30pm The Guardian view on Britain and Iran: a game for losers | Editorial
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Britain is being drawn into the confrontation between Washington and Tehran“This is a dangerous game,” an Iranian foreign ministry official
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12 Jul 1:24pm Prussian monarchy heirs reclaim historical artefacts from German state
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Hohenzollerns seek return of property lost after two world wars and Soviet occupation of Brandenburg state The heirs of the former Prussian monarchy are seeking the return of thousands of artworks, memorabilia and other historical artefacts from the German state, the country’s culture ministry has said. Negotiations have been going on “for several years” between the Hohenzollern family, the federal government as well as the states of Berlin and Brandenburg over the aristocrats’ demand for restitution.
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12 Jul 1:18pm Fawzi Karim obituary
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My friend Fawzi Karim, who has died aged 73, was a major poet of the Arab world and beyond. His poetry has been widely translated; I met him while working on English versions of his work.
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12 Jul 1:07pm E Jean Carroll says she received death threats after accusing Trump of rape
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The advice columnist said for the first time in her life she had bullets loaded into the handgun in her bedroom E Jean Carroll, the esteemed New York journalist who has alleged Donald Trump raped her in the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the 1990s, now sleeps with a loaded gun by her bed having received online death threats. In the course of a two-hour interview with the Guardian in her upstate New York cabin, the advice columnist described the fallout of her decision to go public last month with the most serious allegations of sexual assault yet leveled at the US president. She said she had received so many death threats that she had been forced to stop looking at her social media feeds and for the first time in her life had bullets loaded into the handgun in her bedroom.
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12 Jul 12:28pm UK to send a second warship to the Gulf amid crisis with Iran
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MoD says destroyer will be deployed within days to protect British commercial oil tankers The UK is stepping up its military presence in the Gulf by sending a second warship to the region to protect British commercial oil tankers, the Ministry of Defence has said. The HMS Duncan, a Type 45 destroyer, will be deployed within days after it completed a course of Nato exercises in the Baltic Sea with the aim to be in the Gulf region by next week.
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12 Jul 12:24pm Colombia must curb anti-union violence | Letters
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A plea to the Colombian government to tackle civil society violence and honour the 2016 peace agreementThe International Trade Union Confederation’s latest report shows the shocking extent of violence against trade unionists in Colombia. Thirty-four trade unionists were murdered in 2018 – almost two-thirds of worldwide cases. This is more than double the previous year’s tally of 15 murders, which even then made Colombia the most dangerous country for labour organising. The violence has continued into 2019, with 10 members of the Fensuagro agricultural union killed this year, and 30 since late 2016. Thirteen teachers were also killed in 2018 amid nationwide strike action over conditions and pay.
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12 Jul 12:00pm Billions of air pollution particles found in hearts of city dwellers
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Exclusive: Study shows associated damage to critical pumping muscles, even in children The hearts of young city dwellers contain billions of toxic air pollution particles, research has revealed. Even in the study’s youngest subject, who was three, damage could be seen in the cells of the organ’s critical pumping muscles that contained the tiny particles. The study suggests these iron-rich particles, produced by vehicles and industry, could be the underlying cause of the long-established statistical link between dirty air and heart disease.
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12 Jul 11:23am UK agencies played key role in Italian mistaken identity case
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Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe wrongly arrested based on tipoffs from NCA and GCHQ
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12 Jul 10:36am £10k for NI civil servant offended by royal portraits
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Lord Maginnis told House of Lords NIO official was hurt at having to walk past portraits of Queen
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12 Jul 10:24am Trump labor secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid Epstein plea deal scandal – live
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Acosta was under fire for having granted Jeffrey Epstein immunity from federal prosecution in 2008, following sex trafficking ring investigation
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12 Jul 9:56am Eritrean man released from jail in Italian mistaken identity case
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Judge acquits Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe of being a human trafficking kingpin
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12 Jul 9:51am UK to step up its military presence in Gulf amid crisis with Iran
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MoD says second warship will be deployed within days to protect British commercial oil tankers The UK is stepping up its military presence in the Gulf by sending a second warship to the region to protect British commercial oil tankers, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. The HMS Duncan, a Type 45 destroyer, will be sent to the region within days after it completed a course of Nato exercises in the Baltic Sea with the aim to be in the region by next week.
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12 Jul 8:04am $32m stolen from Tokyo cryptocurrency exchange in latest hack
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Bitpoint suspends services after apparent theft of virtual monies including bitcoin A cryptocurrency exchange in Tokyo has halted services after it lost $32m (£25m) in the latest apparent hack on volatile virtual monies. Remixpoint, which runs the Bitpoint Japan exchange, discovered that about ¥3.5bn in various digital currencies had gone missing from under its management.
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12 Jul 7:35am Sahara was home to some of largest sea creatures, study finds
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Scientists reconstruct extinct species using fossils found in northern Mali from ancient seaway
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12 Jul 7:29am Four Britons arrested in China after drug bust involving foreigners
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Police in eastern city of Xuzhou detained 19 people including teachers and students Four Britons have been arrested in China, according to the British embassy, further escalating tensions between the UK and China. The four Britons were among a group of foreigners arrested in a drugs raid in the city of Xuzhou in the eastern province of Jiangsu on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the embassy in Beijing said on Friday.
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12 Jul 4:42am Hawaii wildfire forces thousands to evacuate Maui towns
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Brush fire of 1,200 hectares burns out of control through island’s central valley
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12 Jul 1:16am R Kelly arrested on federal sex trafficking charges
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R&B singer expected to be taken from Chicago to New York to face charges relating to child pornography and obstruction of justice R&B singer R Kelly has been arrested on sex trafficking charges, according to American law officials. The 52-year old was arrested in Chicago on Thursday night on 13 federal sex crime charges, and was expected to be taken to New York, according to officials.
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12 Jul 1:00am Newly found Stanley Kubrick script ideas focus on marital strife
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Exclusive: three 1950s works date from time film-maker was having troubles with then wife He is revered as a master film-maker and visual stylist, but made only 13 feature films. Now ideas for three previously unknown screenplays worked on by Stanley Kubrick have come to light – with marriage, jealousy and adultery the recurring themes. They date from between 1954 and 1956, when he was having marital problems with his second wife, Ruth Sobotka, an actor and dancer.
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12 Jul 12:48am Four Britons arrested in China days after drug bust involving foreigners
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Police in eastern city of Xuzhou have detained seven foreign teachers and nine students but gave no further details Four Britons have been arrested in China, the British embassy said, two days after Chinese police announced a drug bust there involving 16 foreigners. Police in the city of Xuzhou in the eastern province of Jiangsu said on Wednesday that a total of 19 people were arrested in a drugs case centring on a local branch of a language school.
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11 Jul 9:15pm Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro to appoint son as ambassador to US
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Eduardo Bolsonaro, a congressman, has strong links to the Trump administration and American far right The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has invited his son Eduardo to become ambassador to the United States, underscoring his family’s influential role in the country’s diplomacy and domestic politics. Eduardo Bolsonaro, currently a federal congressman, told reporters he would accept the role if nominated. His father said earlier that the appointment would hinge on his son’s acceptance.
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11 Jul 9:08pm Dozens injured as Air Canada flight to Sydney hits turbulence
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‘We all hit the roof,’ passenger says after plane forced to land in Honolulu Dozens of people on an Air Canada flight to Australia have been injured after the plane encountered unexpected turbulence, forcing it to land in Hawaii. The flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered “unforecasted and sudden turbulence” about two hours past Hawaii and diverted to Honolulu, according to an Air Canada
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11 Jul 7:09pm Woman killed as tree crushes car in Blue Mountains amid wild weather
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Power cut to 1,800 homes in Tasmania, which is braced for a second surge of high winds A woman has died and a man is seriously injured after a tree fell on their car in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, as gales cut power to 1,800 homes in Tasmania. Authorities found the pair’s Volvo sedan crushed under the large tree on Victoria Street in Katoomba about 7pm on Thursday. The passenger, aged in her 40s, suffered fatal injuries and could not be revived.
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