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16 Oct 4:43pm Teacher killed in France after showing class caricatures of Muhammad
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Terror inquiry launched as police kill 18-year-old suspect who attacked teacher outside school in Paris suburb French police have shot dead a man who attacked and killed a teacher with a large kitchen knife near a school in a Paris suburb after he showed his class caricatures of the prophet Muhammad from the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Officials announced immediately after the killing that it was being investigated by an anti-terror judge. President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday night that France’s battle against Islamic terrorism was “existential” and that the victim had been “assassinated”.
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16 Oct 4:28pm Liverpool mayor pleas people follow Covid-19 rules as brother in ICU
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Liverpool city region was first area to face tier 3 local lockdown restrictions in England
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16 Oct 3:55pm US passes 8m coronavirus cases as death toll approaches 220,000
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Trump claims virus will ‘peter out’ in country with most cases and highest death toll The US passed 8m recorded coronavirus cases on Friday, another unwelcome mark for the country with the
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16 Oct 3:30pm Updated French terror inquiry as professor killed after showing class cartoons of Muhammad
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Police kill 18-year-old suspect who attacked teacher outside school in Paris suburb French police have shot dead a man who attacked and killed a teacher with a large kitchen knife near a school in a Paris suburb after he showed his class caricatures of the prophet Muhammad from the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Officials announced immediately after the killing that it was being investigated by an anti-terrorist judge, suggesting there was little doubt it was an act of terror. The education minister tweeted: “Our unity and our firmness are the only responses faced with the monstrosity of Islamic terrorism.”
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16 Oct 2:02pm Birmingham police officer charged with three common assaults
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PC Declan Jones allegedly committed assaults during two stop and searches and an arrest
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16 Oct 12:59pm Man can drop part of name denoting slave ancestry, Tunisian court rules
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Case expected to open door for others wanting to drop ‘atig’ or ‘liberated by’ from their name
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16 Oct 12:23pm Extend London congestion charge zone to Clapham and Catford, TfL told
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Sadiq Khan says government’s proposals to plug capital’s Covid-ravaged finances are ‘not right’
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16 Oct 12:11pm Thai police fire water cannon at Bangkok monarchy protests
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Pro-democracy demonstrators assemble for second day in defiance of security crackdown
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16 Oct 12:04pm After Isis, Yazidi women forced to leave their children behind
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Mothers who have returned to Iraq without their children say they would rather be back in the hell of their former lives
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16 Oct 11:46am Updated Boris Johnson tells UK: prepare for a no-deal Brexit
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Prime minister says EU must change its approach to talks if deal to be reached
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16 Oct 10:26am Why most home health aides ‘can’t afford not to work’ – even without PPE
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Home health caregivers have been key to the Covid response – but they often work for low wages and without overtime, hazard pay, sick leave or insurance
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16 Oct 10:00am Dutch state broadcaster pulls logo from vans after attacks
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NOS takes unprecedented step amid far-right risk, saying ‘journalism is under attack’
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16 Oct 9:12am Estimated 5,000 Cape fur seal foetuses spotted on Namibian coast
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Scientists searching for reasons fear breeding cycle will be disrupted for years to come An estimated 5,000 Cape fur seal foetuses have been found along the shores of Namibia, a large portion of the expected new pup arrivals. The bodies were spotted by Naude Dreyer of Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN), who flew his drone over Walvis Bay’s Pelican Point seal colony on 5 October and counted hundreds of bodies. “This is tragic, as it makes up a large portion of the new pup arrivals expected in late November,” he
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16 Oct 8:49am BAME people more likely to die from Covid than white people – study
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ONS update also shows that males have higher death rate than females
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16 Oct 8:00am Remdesivir has very little effect on Covid-19 mortality, WHO finds
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Results from gold-standard trial described as sobering, as drug found not to improve survival rates
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16 Oct 7:34am Battle over EU ban on ‘veggie burger’ label reaches key vote
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Farmers and meat lobbyists accuse plant-based food producers of ‘cultural hijacking’ The terms “veggie burger” and “veggie sausage” could be banned by the EU next week when the European parliament votes on proposals that would also outlaw descriptions such as “yoghurt-style” and “cheese-like” for plant-based alternatives to dairy products. Sales of these products are growing fast but farming and meat lobbyists say the terms mislead people and amount to a “cultural hijacking” of the meat industry. Opponents, backed by major food companies including Unilever and Nestle, say the claims of consumer confusion are ridiculous. They say a ban would also contradict the EU’s drive to help consumers choose more sustainable food and cut climate-heating emissions.
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16 Oct 7:19am Digested week: stocking up on ceramics and cramming in dinner parties ahead of London tier 2 | John Crace
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Last friends visits are bittersweet as I ready to spend the next few months surrounded by my pots A follow-up to the auction of the Leonard and Alison Shurz ceramics collection
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16 Oct 6:35am Twitter softens policy on hacking after row over blocked New York Post story
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Criticism from Republicans and others prompts move – but Joe Biden story remains blocked Twitter has softened its policies against the sharing of hacked material after the backlash over its decision to block a New York Post story about Joe Biden’s son. Republican Senators declared their intention to subpoena the Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey next week, forcing him to explain the decision, after he apologised for the lack of communication around
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16 Oct 6:22am Crazy uncle vs twinkly grandpa | First Thing election special
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The candidates’ duelling town halls presented two very different approaches – and visions of the presidency. Plus, Trump’s QAnon allies Good morning, Approximately 1,200 miles separated Donald Trump from Joe Biden on Thursday night, as they
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16 Oct 6:00am October Crisis: 50 years after a bloody spasm that nearly tore Canada apart
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A campaign by Quebec separatists culminated in two kidnappings, a killing and the suspension of civil liberties Tanks rumbled down Montreal streets.
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16 Oct 6:00am Groundbreaking study finds 13.3 quadrillion plastic fibers in California’s environment
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Exclusive: report reveals as many microfibers as there are stars in the Milky Way – and they can easily enter oceans and waterways A first-of-its-kind study in California has laid bare the staggering scale of pollution from plastic microfibers in synthetic clothing – one of the most widespread, yet largely invisible, forms of plastic waste. The report, whose findings were revealed exclusively by the Guardian, found that in 2019 an estimated 4,000 metric tons – or 13.3 quadrillion fibers – were released into California’s natural environment. The plastic fibers, which are less than 5mm in length, are primarily shed when we wash our yoga pants, stretchy jeans and fleece jackets and can easily enter oceans and waterways.
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16 Oct 5:18am Senior Libyan coastguard commander arrested for alleged human trafficking
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Abd al-Rahman Milad, known as Bija, is suspected of being behind the drowing of dozens of refugees The UN-backed government in Libya has arrested a coastguard commander alleged to be one of the world’s most ruthless human traffickers. On Wednesday, authorities in Tripoli said Abd al-Rahman Milad, known as Bija, and suspected of being behind the drowning of dozens of people, has been arrested in the Hay-al-Andalus
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16 Oct 5:04am Thousands of Uighur children orphaned by Chinese detention, papers show
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Researcher says Xinjiang files reveal government strategy of long-term social control
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16 Oct 4:58am Andy Burnham trying to hold us over a barrel on lockdown, says Raab
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Foreign secretary urges Greater Manchester mayor to relent in row over tier 3 Covid restrictions
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16 Oct 4:23am Merkel urges Johnson not to abandon Brexit negotiations
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German chancellor says EU will need to compromise as UK PM prepares to make statement on whether to continue talks Angela Merkel has called on Boris Johnson to keep negotiating over Brexit, saying the EU will need to compromise, ahead of a statement by the prime minister on whether he will walk out of the trade and security talks. In comments designed to cool the temperature of the troubled talks, the German chancellor said both sides needed to find common ground. Johnson had threatened in September to abandon negotiations if an agreement was not in place by this weekend.
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16 Oct 4:18am Icac hearing live: Daryl Maguire says relationship with Gladys Berejiklian began in 2014
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The former Wagga Wagga MP and the NSW premier have previously said it was 2015. Watch and follow the inquiry live stream
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16 Oct 3:59am Joe Biden lays out plans for tax, Covid and the supreme court in town hall event – video
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The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, took to the stage in Pennsylvania in a modified town hall event, following the cancellation of the second debate. Biden gave detailed answers about his proposals on everything, from the coronavirus pandemic to tax reform – in a stark contrast to 
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16 Oct 3:56am Trump grilled on white supremacy, QAnon and his taxes by Savannah Guthrie – video
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The US president, Donald Trump, refused to denounce rightwing conspiracy theory QAnon during a town hall-style event, claiming he did not know about it, despite retweeting QAnon accounts. In heated exchanges with the NBC host Savannah Guthrie, Trump was pressed to denounce white supremacy before being asked about QAnon and a baseless conspiracy theory about Joe Biden
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16 Oct 2:56am Brexit: No 10 startled by EU insistence that UK accept trade terms
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Bloc’s stance apparently taken as challenge to Boris Johnson’s threat to walk out on talks Downing Street reacted in dismay as Emmanuel Macron led EU leaders in warning Boris Johnson that he must swallow the bloc’s conditions, in what appeared to be taken as a direct challenge to the British prime minister’s threat to walk out on the talks. At a summit in Brussels, the EU proposed a further “two to three weeks” of negotiations but Europe’s heads of state and government offered Johnson little succour, demanding that he alone needed to “make the necessary moves to make an
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16 Oct 2:23am Coronavirus live news: London prepares for tier 2 restrictions as global deaths near 1.1m
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a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/oct/16/coronavirus-live-news-france-reports-record-new-cases-as-who-warns-europes-case-surge-is-of-great-concern">Russian disinformation campaign set up to spread fear about Oxford vaccine - report
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16 Oct 2:15am Pressure grows on Zimbabwe to free detained student leader
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International groups join calls for the release of Takudzwa Ngadziore, held for protesting against Mnangagwa’s regime A campaign focusing on the detention of 22-year-old Takudzwa Ngadziore, who has been held for 30 days in a remand prison, is gaining momentum in Zimbabwe, putting pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to release the student. Ngadziore, president of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu), was arrested and jailed last month for protesting outside a car hire company, Impala Car Rental. The company has been under pressure from campaigners to release details of the alleged use of one of their vehicles in the suspected abduction of another student activist, Tawanda Muchehiwa.
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16 Oct 1:32am China ambassador makes veiled threat to Hong Kong-based Canadians
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Beijing’s ambassador warns Ottawa not to give asylum to Hong Kong ‘criminals’ amid diplomatic spat over crackdown in territory and Huawei case China’s ambassador to Canada has appeared to threaten Hong Kong-based Canadians if Ottawa offers asylum to protesters from the territory. Cong Peiwu made the comments at a news conference on Thursday where he also accused Canada of being an “accomplice” to the US in detaining Huawei executive,
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16 Oct 1:21am Coronavirus live news: London prepares for Tier 2 lockdown as global deaths near 1.1m
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a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/oct/16/coronavirus-live-news-france-reports-record-new-cases-as-who-warns-europes-case-surge-is-of-great-concern">Russian disinformation campaign set up to spread fear about Oxford vaccine - report
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16 Oct 1:11am Twitter changes policy on hacking after backlash over block on New York Post story
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Criticism from Republicans and non-conservatives prompted the change – although the controversial story is still blocked Twitter has staged a partial u-turn on its policy of blocking a New York Post story about Joe Biden after a wave of criticism from Republicans and also from some non-conservative voices. Twitter, along with Facebook,
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16 Oct 1:00am QAnon: a timeline of violence linked to the conspiracy theory
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In the past two years, kidnappings, car chases and a murder appear to have been fueled by belief in a fictional narrative The QAnon conspiracy theory has been linked to several violent acts since 2018, with QAnon supporters arrested for threatening politicians, breaking into the residence of the Canadian prime minister, an armed standoff near the Hoover dam, a kidnapping plot and two kidnappings, and at least one murder. QAnon adherents believe that Donald Trump is trying to save the world from a cabal of satanic pedophiles. The
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16 Oct 12:29am Coronavirus Australia live update: Scott Morrison says Howard Springs to quarantine 5,000 returned travellers, as Victoria records two new cases
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First international tourists in six months touch down today on three flights from New Zealand as the government works on plan to repatriate Australians stranded overseas. Follow live
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15 Oct 11:55pm Japan to release 1m tonnes of contaminated Fukushima water into the sea – reports
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Local media say release could begin in 2022 and would take decades to complete, but local fishermen say move will destroy their industry
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15 Oct 11:38pm Updated Trump and Biden offer dramatically different visions at dueling town halls
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Combative president defends his record on coronavirus as Biden calls for far more robust national response
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15 Oct 11:36pm Trump and Biden town halls: two channels, two candidates, two planets
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Trump rambled feverishly like ‘someone’s crazy uncle’ as Biden looked relaxed in an armchair like a grandfather with pipe America is often described as a “split screen nation”, bitterly divided between two political tribes dwelling in echo chambers. But
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15 Oct 11:13pm Moderator Savannah Guthrie hailed for keeping Trump in check at town hall
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Today show co-host pressed president on debts, coronavirus and QAnon without letting president dominate Donald Trump’s floundering performance during
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15 Oct 11:10pm NZ election 2020: Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins make final push to persuade voters
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PM tours shopping malls in Auckland, while Collins takes final chance to attack Ardern’s record Political leaders in New Zealand put in a frantic final day on the campaign trail before Saturday’s vote, with Jacinda Ardern, the Labour leader and prime minister, making a whistle-stop tour of shopping malls in the largest city, Auckland, where she was greeted by hundreds of fans who clamoured for selfies. It was a more muted day for Judith Collins, the leader of centre-right opposition party National, who opted for a handful of events with party volunteers and reporters as she made a last attempt to poke holes in Ardern’s track record. A final poll on Thursday showed Collins’s party languishing about 15 points behind Labour.
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15 Oct 10:29pm Updated Coronavirus Australia latest updates: Victoria records two new Covid cases and no deaths as national cabinet postponed
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First international tourists in six months touch down today on three flights from New Zealand as the government works on plan to repatriate Australians stranded overseas. Follow live
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15 Oct 10:16pm Secrecy in trial of Witness K lawyer Bernard Collaery an offence against open justice: law council
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Peak law body says secrecy laws invoked in Timor-Leste bugging case come at ‘expense of the rights of the accused’ The nation’s peak legal group has thrown its support behind Bernard Collaery as he defends the Timor-Leste spying case, warning that laws used to shroud proceedings are protecting “broadly defined national security at the expense of the rights of the accused”. Collaery, a barrister and former ACT attorney-general, is
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15 Oct 8:48pm Updated Twitter down: social media platform suffers global outage with users unable to post
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Millions of users left unable to tweet or share stories for more than an hour Twitter has suffered multiple
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15 Oct 7:52pm Explainer: why all campaigning stops on New Zealand election day
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With media outlets unable to publish anything that may influence voters, politicians get creative about how to get their face on TV On election day in New Zealand there will be no billboards, no walkabouts or last-minute exit polls. That’s because the election act rules that all political parties must cease campaigning on polling day on Saturday and are not allowed to promote themselves or influence voters in any way. The act means political parties must pull down billboards and stop radio and TV advertising. Politicians driving in branded cars is also banned, as is wearing any item of clothing promoting their party. The law extends to traditional media and social media platforms, which are unable to publish or broadcast anything that may influence voters decisions. This includes the latest poll numbers, profiles of the leaders or analysis from pundits.
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15 Oct 7:42pm California: over 50,000 without power amid extreme wildfire risk
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PG&E began shutting off power Wednesday evening to customers in portions of 24 counties as a ‘last-resort option’ amid high fire risk Thousands of people in northern California were without power on Thursday amid an autumn heatwave that brought another round of extreme wildfire danger. The utility company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) began shutting off power Wednesday evening to about 50,000 customers – about 100,000 people – in portions of 24 counties, mainly in the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Francisco Bay Area. Another 20,000 people were expected to lose power later on Thursday.
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15 Oct 7:29pm Town halls live: Trump and Biden hold dueling events after canceled debate
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Presidential candidates to take questions in simultaneous appearances, with Trump on NBC and Biden on ABC
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15 Oct 7:01pm Proof is in the pudding: M&S and Waitrose win Christmas food test
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Tasters compile league table of items such as turkey, gravy and yule logs from 52 UK stockists
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