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8 Aug 5:01pm Faith leaders join forces to warn of Uighur ‘genocide’
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Statement signed by Rowan Williams, bishops, imams and rabbis says Chinese Muslim minority faces ‘human tragedy’
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8 Aug 4:00pm From the wreck of the pandemic we can salvage and resurrect an inner life | Nyadol Nyuon
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Covid gives us an opportunity to weigh up what truly belongs and what can be left back in the life before the plague
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8 Aug 4:00pm A city out of time: what do we dream of when we dream of Rome?
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On a writing grant to the eternal city an Italian-born Australian encounters its two faces – the tourist’s fantasy and the residents’s reality My desire to live in Rome germinated on a European holiday almost 20 years ago. I exited Trastevere train station, bleary eyed after the long-haul flight, and was instantly revived by the sight of women in tight skirts and stilettos zooming past on their Vespas. Men at the local bar made fun of my Italian pronunciation.
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8 Aug 4:00pm Australia’s sheep left without shearers as Covid halts travel from New Zealand
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Nation is facing shortage of shearers for its 68 million sheep as hundreds are barred from taking their usual trip across the Tasman Sea It’s a tradition that stretches back decades. Every year, hundreds of New Zealanders fly in to Australia for the spring shearing season – a huge mobilisation of workers essential to the success of the nation’s wool industry. In dusty sheds on outback farms they join up with local shearers and, between them, relieve five million sheep of their fleeces over eight weeks.
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8 Aug 3:15pm French tourist chiefs tense as country may be next on UK Covid quarantine list
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The number of foreign visitors plummet due to surge in coronavirus cases since the end of lockdown
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8 Aug 2:20pm ‘We need justice’: seething protesters descend on the streets of Beirut
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Anger rises in the capital as crowd demands resignation of the Lebanese government following Tuesday’s explosion Tens of thousands of demonstrators demanded the resignation of Lebanon’s embattled government yesterday, clashing with police and soldiers and railing at a political class they universally blamed for the catastrophic explosion that destroyed parts of Beirut last Tuesday. The rally in the capital’s Martyrs’ Square was preceded by the resignation of three MPs from the nearby Lebanese parliament. The seething crowd called for others to follow.
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8 Aug 12:46pm BBC presenter quits in protest over N-word allegedly used in attack being said on TV
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Radio 1Xtra presenter Sideman says he can no longer work for broadcaster after ‘slap in the face’ A BBC radio presenter has quit his job after the corporation defended its decision to broadcast the N-word in a television news broadcast. Radio 1Xtra presenter Sideman said he no longer felt comfortable working for the national broadcaster after it stuck by the decision to broadcast the language in a report on a racially motivated hit-and-run attack.
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8 Aug 12:13pm Thousands of bikers heading to South Dakota rally to be blocked at tribal land checkpoints
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Clampdown comes as fears mount that mask-free bikers headed to large gathering could spread coronavirus to tribal groups Thousands of bikers heading to South Dakota’s 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will not be allowed through Cheyenne River Sioux checkpoints, a spokesman for the Native American group said on Saturday. The decision to prevent access across tribal lands to the annual rally, which could attract as many as 250,000 bikers amid
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8 Aug 11:56am Updated Author James Nash dies after Hampshire shooting
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Suspect Alex Sartain, who died in motorbike crash as he fled, reportedly thought victim was spying on him A children’s author who was shot in the head at his home in Hampshire has died. James Nash was critically injured in the attack at his cottage this week. The man thought responsible fled on a motorcycle and crashed and died as police gave chase.
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8 Aug 11:26am Updated Coronavirus live news: UK recalls home tests over safety concerns as Indian health workers strike
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Ten of thousands demand better pay and protection as cases rise in the Philippines, Greece and Italy
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8 Aug 11:00am Listen to your migraine to help you feel better – and to learn about yourself
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Headaches are telling you something about how your brain works with your body, influencing your behaviour and feelings We need pain. It seems contradictory to say it, particularly now that we have so many ways of dealing with it and switching it off. Pain not only tells us something is wrong, it also protects us. If you slam the car door on your hand, it’s going to hurt. You will have damaged the soft tissue; all the muscles and ligaments that help you move your fingers. It will no doubt swell up to twice its size. This inflammation is part of the healing process. Your hand feels hot and looks red because of all the extra blood flow. All these inflammatory agents that are acting to heal you are stimulating the pain receptors in your hand, the ones in your skin and your muscles. Your head is not so different except, crucially, the underlying cause can be much more subtle and varied. As a neuroscientist who writes about headaches, it is somewhat ironic to admit that I suffer from them still. Two recent headaches stand out. The first happened when I couldn’t find my glasses. I’m astigmatic so I see the world on a bit of a slant because my left eyeball is shaped like a rugby ball instead of a football. Just looking around can be effortful. Plus, the search made me late for everything that day which was unpleasant. By the time I got home, my head felt like it was in the grip of giant hands and they had begun to squeeze hard. All I wanted for dinner was a paracetamol sandwich.
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8 Aug 10:21am Beirut police fire teargas at protesters demanding justice over explosion
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Thousands turn out to call for accountability for one of world’s biggest non-nuclear blasts Police fired teargas at protesters in Beirut on Saturday after thousands turned out in the city centre to demand accountability for one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions the world has seen. Driven by anger at the corruption and incompetence that appears to have fostered Wednesday’s tragedy, a crowd gathered in Martyrs Square, where activists have erected a mock gallows for Lebanon’s top politicians.
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8 Aug 10:04am MoD considering request to deploy navy to stop Channel migrants
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Home Office asked for patrols after saying migrants should face ‘real consequences’ Alarm is growing over UK proposals to introduce hardline measures to discourage refugees and illegal migrants from seeking sanctuary after the Ministry of Defence confirmed it was considering a Home Office request to deploy navy vessels in the Dover Straits. It comes after the immigration minister, Chris Philp, called for migrants caught crossing the Channel to be fingerprinted and face “real consequences”, before a meeting next week with his French counterparts.
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8 Aug 9:45am Brexit backers Tate & Lyle set to gain £73m from end of EU trade tariffs
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Greenpeace investigators say the firm, which also donated to the Conservatives, will be sole beneficiary of rule changes on importing raw cane sugar A company that backed Brexit and has donated to the Conservatives is in line to save £73m as the only direct beneficiary of a post-Brexit trade reform. Under plans that will come into force at the end of the year, the government has confirmed that companies will be able to import 260,000 tonnes of raw sugar cane from anywhere in the world, tariff-free.
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8 Aug 9:24am Mogadishu car bomb kills eight soldiers at military base
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Al-Shabab extremist group claims responsibility for blast in Somali capital that wounded 14 others
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8 Aug 9:17am Coronavirus live news: UK recalls home tests over safety concerns as Greece cases rise steeply
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City of Preston urges young people ‘don’t kill granny’ as cases rise in the Philippines, Australia and Italy
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8 Aug 9:17am Man wants Met police to pay for car window smashed during search
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Police inquiry said it was unacceptable to return car to Ryan Colaço full of shards of glass
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8 Aug 8:58am Beirut explosion: the volunteer clearing up the wreckage of her home city – video
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In the days after the Beirut explosion, the Guardian followed yoga teacher Jana Saleh as she volunteered to help clear up. She finds chaos, disorder and a lack of support from Lebanese authorities: ‘there is no government, no army … nothing’. In the immediate aftermath, she searches through wreckage, helps out older people and clears a hospital smashed beyond repair.  More than 150 people died in the blast, around 5,000 were injured and at least 60 are still missing, according to the health ministry
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8 Aug 8:35am Protesters march for fair pay for nurses and other NHS staff
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More than 30 marches due on Saturday in recognition of work during coronavirus pandemic
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8 Aug 8:23am Updated Coronavirus live news: UK recalls home tests over safety concerns as Brazil death toll nears 100,000
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City of Preston urges young people ‘don’t kill granny’ as cases rise in the Philippines, Australia and Italy
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8 Aug 7:42am Surrey fire service declares major incident after 100 homes evacuated
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Residents describe wildfire that began on Chobham Common and spread to golf course Surrey fire and rescue service has declared a major incident as crews continue to battle a 40-hectare wildfire that has reportedly led to as many as 100 homes being evacuated as a precaution. The blaze started in Chobham Common
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8 Aug 6:45am Beirut braced for protests as Lebanese demand answers and justice
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With recovery and rescue under way after huge port explosion, attention turns to political accountability
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8 Aug 6:00am Burna Boy: ‘Brothers in the US have been stripped of their knowledge of self’
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The Nigerian pop star on Black Lives Matter, how British fans find it easier to tune into his wavelength – and why everyone’s got it wrong about Muammar Gaddafi
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8 Aug 5:53am Alarm at fingerprinting and custody proposal for Channel migrants
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Immigration minister wants ‘real consequences’ to stop people making journey to UK UK proposals to introduce hardline measures to discourage refugees and illegal migrants from seeking sanctuary have been met with alarm. The immigration minister, Chris Philp, called for migrants caught crossing the Channel to be fingerprinted and face “real consequences”, before a meeting next week with his French counterparts.
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8 Aug 5:30am Trumpism has taken over: but what happens to the Republican Party if Trump loses?
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Never Trump activists are hoping to purge his brand of nativist demagoguery but the end of Trump might not necessarily mean the end of Trumpism “Whither Trumpism?” said one. “What will a post-Trump GOP look like?” asked another. “Republicans prep for leadership battle if Trump goes down,”
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8 Aug 5:20am Coronavirus live news: England extends use of face coverings as Brazil death toll nears 100,000
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City of Preston urges young people ‘don’t kill granny’ as cases rise in the Philippines, Australia and Italy
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8 Aug 5:08am Coronavirus: just 10 enforcement orders issued for breach of UK quarantine rules
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Fears measures may be extended to France, but little enforcement appears to be taking place
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8 Aug 5:00am Bid to save Alaskan wild salmon receives surprise boost from Trump Jr
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President’s eldest son opposes controversial Pebble mine at headwaters of Bristol Bay, home to world’s largest wild salmon run A surprise intervention from Donald Trump Jr has breathed life into efforts to protect the biggest remaining wild salmon run on the planet. Earlier this week, Trump Jr expressed his opposition to the controversial Pebble mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The move breaks with the Trump administration’s efforts to advance the mine’s development.
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8 Aug 5:00am What was the best summer ever for big-budget film?
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In a world where big cinema releases are all but extinct, we go back in time to find the greatest movie summer of them all Planet-killing asteroids! Alien invasions! Sneaky dinosaurs! These were the existential threats that 45 years of summer blockbusters had pre-programmed us to expect. Instead, something rather more insidious wiped 2020’s May-to-August movie slate clean, depriving audiences of their usual buffet of unmissable communal spectacles and/or over-marketed idiotainment. Starved of popcorn entertainment, it seems natural to look back hungrily. So what were the most explosive movie summers of the past?
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8 Aug 4:59am Behind the Beirut explosion lies the lawless world of international shipping | Laleh Khalili
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The disaster has roots in a global network of maritime capital and legal chicanery designed to protect businesses at any cost At about 6pm on Tuesday, a seemingly small warehouse fire near Beirut port’s grain silos began to fizz with red sparks. The sparks led to an
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8 Aug 4:31am Updated Coronavirus live news: Brazil death toll nears 100,000 as Australian state of Victoria reports 466 new cases
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Anti-Bolsonaro protests as Brazil cases near 3m; Australian state of Victoria reports 12 more deaths; Italy cases soar. Follow the latest, live
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8 Aug 4:00am Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports 466 new cases and 12 deaths, including second man in his 30s
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Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says number of mystery Covid-19 cases has risen by 130 as nine new infections announced in NSW
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8 Aug 4:00am ‘The Squad keeps getting bigger’: progressive Democrats see wave of victories
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Wins mark a dramatic shift from the spate of losses the progressive wing suffered over the last year Progressive Democrats are enjoying a wave of victories in federal primaries across the country with some especially notable triumphs for Black activist candidates. Those successes, candidates and strategists say, are due to a mixture of broad energy from the Black Lives Matter movement, failure of conventional policy remedies to meet the moment and a rock-solid infrastructure of progressive organizations.
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8 Aug 4:00am The mother load: Lisa Taddeo on parenting in a pandemic
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Teacher, worker, carer, cook ... family life has gone back to the 1950s for many women. The Three Women author on why it’s time to let go of the tyranny of the ‘good’ mother Never in my life had I been so high. I’d just given a reading in Amsterdam after which the gracious hosts of the evening took me out for drinks. Three young women asked me questions about sex and love and desire as though I were an expert and it was nice but I was tired and unused to being considered an expert in anything but panic.
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8 Aug 3:00am ‘We were sexually frustrated’: did it work out for people who texted an ex in lockdown?
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It’s never been easier to track down your first love online, and during the pandemic many people did just that Dressed up for the first time in lockdown, and wearing a full face of makeup, Annabelle Richards went to meet her first love. The last time she had seen Junior St Clair was in the summer of 1992. She was 17, and on a bus bound for London. He was 20 and standing outside Ipswich bus station, bawling. “As the coach pulled away there were tears pouring down his cheeks,” Annabelle recalls, “and I cried all the way home.” In late March, after reconnecting on Facebook during lockdown, Annabelle met him for the first time in 28 years, outside an office block in Croydon, south London. “We sat on a bench two metres apart and talked nonstop for over an hour,” she says. “We were in awe of the situation. We made each other laugh, like no time had passed. After the meeting, we couldn’t stop messaging. I thought, do I still love this guy?”
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8 Aug 2:00am Just 10 enforcement orders issued for breach of UK quarantine rules
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Fears measures may be extended to France, but little enforcement appears to be taking place
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8 Aug 1:37am Thousands of baby turtles released into sea off Bali
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The Olive Ridley turtles are part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population and promote environmental protection More than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali, as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection. Conservation groups carried crates each full of dozens of tiny turtles to the island’s Gianyar beach on Friday and encouraged local people and volunteers to line up on the sand and release the hatchlings together.
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7 Aug 10:37pm Three women injured swimming with whales in Australia in space of a week
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Alicia Ramsay was hit by humpback whale’s fin days after two others injured swimming at tourist hotspot Ningaloo reef A woman snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef, on the north-west coast of Western Australia, has become the third person to be injured by a humpback whale there in less than a week. The woman, Alicia Ramsay, 30, was flown to Royal Perth hospital with rib fractures on Thursday after being hit by the whale, which was swimming nearby with its calf.
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7 Aug 10:17pm Notorious former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio loses bid to win back seat
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Known for launching immigration crackdowns, the former sheriff lost the Republican primary to his former aide Jerry Sheridan Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff notorious for his abusive policing and hardline anti-immigration tactics, has lost his bid to win back the post he held for 24 years. An early Donald Trump supporter and proponent of the racist theory that Barack Obama was not born in the US, Arpaio lost the Republican primary for Maricopa county sheriff to a former aide, Jerry Sheridan. Sheridan will face off against Democrat Paul Penzone in the November elections.
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7 Aug 9:53pm Trump pledges executive orders to extend Covid relief, but offers few details
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President says he will suspend payroll tax and extend unemployment through end of year amid gridlock in Congress Donald Trump has promised unilateral action to provide economic relief for millions of Americans hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but he offered few specific details and admitted the move is likely to face legal challenges. The president’s pledge to rescue people from poverty and homelessness took place against the unlikely backdrop of his luxury golf club, where annual fees run to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, with members in T-shirts not physically distancing as they watched and applauded him.
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7 Aug 9:17pm Russia, China and Iran seeking to influence US ahead of elections, top intelligence official says
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Statement says China is opposed to Trump but offers more concrete evidence of Russia’s efforts to undermine Biden Russia is backing Donald Trump, China is supporting Joe Biden and Iran is seeking to sow chaos in the US presidential election, a top intelligence official has warned in a sobering assessment of foreign meddling. The
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7 Aug 8:22pm Updated Coronavirus live news: Brazil death toll nears 100,000 as Australia struggles to contain cases
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Anti-Bolsonaro protests as Brazil cases near 3m; Italy cases soar; Australia cases double in less than a month to reach 20,000. Follow the latest, live
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7 Aug 7:06pm Russia, China and Iran meddling in US elections, top intelligence official says
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Statement says China is opposed to Trump but offers more concrete evidence of Russia’s efforts to undermine Biden Russia is backing Donald Trump, China is supporting Joe Biden and Iran is seeking to sow chaos in the US presidential election, a top intelligence official has warned in a sobering assessment of foreign meddling. The
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