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1 Aug 6:44pm Updated Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape of parliamentary staffer
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Allegation about incidents from July 2019 to January 2020 reportedly relate to ex-minister A former Conservative minister has been arrested after a woman accused him of rape, sexual assault and coercive control, it was reported last night. The Metropolitan police confirmed they had launched an investigation into four alleged incidents between July 2019 and January 2020 at different locations in London. They said “a man in his 50s” was taken into custody early yesterday and was still in a police station in east London last night.
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1 Aug 4:10pm ‘End the prejudice against Travellers’ – police chief
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As the three killers of PC Andrew Harper are jailed, senior officer says the community must not be demonised
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1 Aug 4:00pm PNG’s biggest drug bust: the plane crash, the dead man and the half tonne of cocaine
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Five men have been charged in Australia and another man in Papua New Guinea after the bust A light plane crashes at an illegal airfield outside Port Moresby: the plane is registered to a dead man, there is no pilot, no passengers, no cargo. Days later, the biggest drug bust in Papua New Guinea’s history is made: more than 500kg of cocaine.
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1 Aug 3:00pm Unite warns Labour on antisemitism payouts
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Len McCluskey, the union’s leader, says the damages paid to whistleblowers are an abuse of the money it donates to the party Labour’s biggest union backer will review its political donations in light of Keir Starmer’s decision to pay damages to ex-staffers who claimed the party had not dealt with antisemitism, its general secretary has warned. In an interview with the
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1 Aug 1:41pm Obama and Trump highlight two Americas as election draws nearer
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Analysis: as the former president eulogized a civil rights hero, his beleaguered successor seemed intent on undermining faith in democracy
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1 Aug 1:38pm Updated Florida closes beaches as Hurricane Isaias barrels through Bahamas
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State readies evacuation centers with Covid-19 protective measures as Bahamas and North Carolina order evacuations
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1 Aug 12:30pm The people of Soweto by David Goldblatt - in pictures
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In the early 1970s, the acclaimed South African photographer documented the residents of the township. These portraits form part of Goldblatt’s first major solo exhibition in London since 1986, now showing at the
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1 Aug 11:48am UK lobbies US to support controversial new nuclear warheads
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Letter from defence secretary seen by Guardian draws Britain into debate pitting Trump administration against many Democrats The UK has been lobbying the US Congress in support of a controversial new warhead for Trident missiles, claiming it is critical for “the future of Nato as a nuclear alliance”. A letter from Britain’s defence secretary, Ben Wallace, seen by the Guardian, urged Congress to support initial spending on the warhead,
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1 Aug 11:00am Improve your relationships – with advice from counter-terrorism experts
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Emily and Laurence Alison specialise in communication and co-operation with criminal suspects. But their methods work in the home and at work, too “The more you push someone, the more they close up,” say Emily and Laurence Alison, a husband-and-wife psychology team. “The hungrier you are for information, the harder it will be to get that out of someone. But give the person a choice about what they say; give them some autonomy and you begin to build the rapport that may lead to a better conversation,” says Laurence. This sounds like parenting advice and yet the Alisons’ specialism is helping counter-terrorism officers and the police to improve communication and co-operation with criminal suspects. When the atmosphere turns adversarial and competitive, as it so often does, they turn to the Alisons to help them navigate and negotiate.
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1 Aug 11:00am Cubans bid farewell to Eusebio Leal Spengler, the saviour of Havana
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Much-loved citizen was born poor but went on to mastermind restoration of the island’s splendid capital
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1 Aug 10:19am Portland: 1,000 peacefully protest amid withdrawal of federal agents
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Overnight protest matches Thursday’s, with no major confrontations, as US government draws down forces More than a thousand people showed up in downtown Portland early on Saturday to peacefully protest, about three days after the announcement that
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1 Aug 9:26am Updated Coronavirus live news: England rocked by easing U-turn as Australia cases mount
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Almost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second lockdown. Follow all the developments live
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1 Aug 9:03am Public told to avoid four ‘unmanageable’ Kent beaches
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Crowds far exceed lifeguards’ capacity as coastguard records busiest day for four years Holidaymakers in Kent have been asked to avoid four of the county’s beaches after fears some have become “unmanageable” because of the number of visitors. The coastguard had its busiest day in more than four years on Friday – when the UK recorded its third hottest day on record – dealing with 329 incidents. Local authorities have expressed concern that there are not enough lifeguards as crowds swell.
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1 Aug 8:10am Steve Bannon hails Dominic Cummings and predicts lurch to right for No 10
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Architect of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign reveals admiration for Boris Johnson’s aide in interview on dark politics Steve Bannon, who has previously backed a range of notorious far-right political figures, has publicly endorsed Dominic Cummings for the first time, calling him a “brilliant guy”. Donald Trump’s former chief strategist also said that Boris Johnson will become an increasingly populist prime minister after jettisoning his political positioning as a “globalist” to “opportunistically jump on Brexit”.
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1 Aug 6:00am Weapons rooms, fake windows and a $3m price tag: inside a luxury doomsday bunker
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Afraid of nuclear war, natural disasters, economic meltdown? The Survival Condo could be the answer “Mechanical level”, “medical level”, “store level” the voice announces as the lift descends into the earth. I’d entered at parking lot level, the building’s apex. I am travelling through an inverted skyscraper, the floor numbers ascending – third, fourth
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1 Aug 6:00am Why is a Silicon Valley billionaire trying to get an immigration hawk elected to the US Senate?
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Kris Kobach, an immigration hardliner backed by the tech billionaire Peter Thiel, is battling congressman Roger Marshall In usually deep-red Kansas, Democrats have the luxury of a sleepy primary contest for US Senate. Republicans do not. That’s because in the Democratic primary the Kansas state senator Barbara Bollier is the heavy favorite to win her party’s nomination and then run a competitive general election campaign fueled by a large war chest of cash.
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1 Aug 5:42am Updated Coronavirus world map: which countries have the most Covid-19 cases and deaths?
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Covid-19 has spread around the planet, sending billions of people into lockdown as health services struggle to cope. Find out where the virus has spread, and where it has been most deadly
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1 Aug 5:00am Before Brexit, Grenfell, Covid-19... Ali Smith on writing four novels in four years
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When she embarked on a project to write four contemporary novels in as many years, Ali Smith had no idea what was about to unfold. As the final book is published, she reflects on an epic undertaking Long long ago. In the days before the words “Brexit” and “Covid-19” existed. Back when “unprecedented
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1 Aug 4:00am Libyans fear regional war as rival powers vie for control, says envoy
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UN representative has two months to secure ceasefire but warns that risks are rising The Libyan people are increasingly scared that their future is being taken out of their hands by external actors, and that the risk of a regional war is rising, Stephanie Williams the acting UN Special Envoy for Libya said on Saturday. Williams said on a visit to London: “The Libyan people are exhausted and scared in equal measure. They are tired of war, and want peace, but they fear this is not in their hands now. They want a solution and a ceasefire. The alternative to a ceasefire and an inclusive political solution is essentially the destruction of their country.
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1 Aug 3:01am Extend UK furlough subsidies to avoid mass job losses, Labour urges
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Resolution Foundation claims half of those furloughed in April have not returned to work
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1 Aug 3:00am The US election is entering its final stretch – here are the key areas to watch
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From potential vice-presidential candidates to voter suppression and debates, these are the areas the Guardian’s politics team will be following
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1 Aug 3:00am Sowing doubt: people around world receive mystery seed parcels
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Packages marked as ‘earrings’ spark biosecurity concerns and global investigations into origins
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1 Aug 2:30am Kenyan tea workers file UN complaint against Unilever over 2007 ethnic violence
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Attacks following election at centre of ‘most serious known case of human rights abuse suffered by Unilever workers’ A group of 218 Kenyan tea plantation workers have filed a complaint with the UN against Unilever, alleging that the multinational violated international human rights standards by not adequately assisting its employees, who were attacked when ethnic violence broke out following a
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1 Aug 1:59am Taiwan grandparents go viral on Instagram modelling abandoned clothes
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Octogenarian laundry owners amass nearly 600,000 followers with attitude-filled fashion portraits A Taiwanese octogenarian couple who run a small-town laundry service have become an online fashion sensation by modelling abandoned clothes on Instagram. Chang Wan-ji, 83, and his wife Hsu Sho-er, 84, have racked up nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram over the last month as their attitude-filled fashion portraits went viral.
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1 Aug 1:19am Updated Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record global daily cases as Victoria announces 397 new cases and three deaths
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Almost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second UK lockdown. Follow all the developments live
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31 Jul 11:42pm South Korean sect leader arrested for obstructing Covid-19 investigation
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Lee Man-hee’s Shincheonji Church of Jesus was at the centre of an outbreak but police say he hid details on members and their movements
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31 Jul 11:31pm Eusebio Leal Spengler, Cuban historian and restorer of Old Havana, dies aged 77
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Prominent intellectual is credited with rejuvenating crumbling centre into tourist hub Eusebio Leal Spengler, the Cuban historian who oversaw the transformation of Old Havana from a crumbling quarter into an immaculately restored colonial tourist attraction, has died at the age 77. He had been suffering from cancer. Leal and his restoration efforts became so famous that he became the de-facto mayor of the historic city centre and one of the nation’s most prominent public intellectuals.
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31 Jul 11:24pm Eusebio Leal Spengler, restorer of Old Havana and its de-facto mayor, dies age 77
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Prominent Cuban public intellectual is credited with rejuvenating crumbling centre into tourist hub Eusebio Leal Spengler, the Cuban historian who oversaw the transformation of Old Havana from a crumbling quarter into an immaculately restored colonial tourist attraction, has died at the age 77. He had been suffering from cancer. Leal and his restoration efforts became so famous that he became the de-facto mayor of the historic city centre and one of the nation’s most prominent public intellectuals.
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31 Jul 9:24pm Updated Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record global daily cases as easing on hold in England
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Almost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second UK lockdown; Victoria braced for more restrictions in Australia. Follow all the developments live
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31 Jul 9:16pm Eight US military members missing after vehicle sinks in training exercise
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Seven marines and one navy sailor were missing after their amphibious assault vehicle took on water off the southern California coast Seven US Marines and a navy sailor were missing on Friday, a day after their amphibious assault vehicle sank off the southern California coast during a training mission, Marine Corps officials said. Seven other marines were rescued and are alive while one was killed after their vehicle took on water and sank around 5:45pm Pacific time on Thursday, US military officials said during a news conference.
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31 Jul 9:13pm South African rhino poaching halves in six months thanks to Covid-19 lockdown
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Killings fell by 53% in the first six months of 2020 as restrictions and disruption to international flights hinder poachers
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31 Jul 8:46pm Skeletal remains found in NSW bushland identified as missing woman Thea Liddle
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Police had all but ruled out remains found near Byron Bay belonged to missing Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez Human remains found in bushland in northern New South Wales last month have been identified as those of missing woman Thea Liddle.
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31 Jul 7:23pm Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson raises threat of second lockdown in England
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UK PM pauses new freedoms in England; global new cases jump to 292,500, Irish Cup final played in front of fans; France confirms
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