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18 Oct 6:14pm Updated Coronavirus live news: Italy brings in new restrictions amid record cases
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a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/oct/18/coronavirus-live-news-curfew-starts-for-millions-in-france-victoria-set-to-ease-restrictions?page=with:block-5f8ca1398f08a9dcff45176f#block-5f8ca1398f08a9dcff45176f">Mayors will be able to impose 9pm curfews
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18 Oct 5:21pm Coronavirus Australia live updates: Melbourne wakes up to eased lockdown as federal parliament returns
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Melburnians can now travel up to 25km and spend more time out of the house; parliament resumes with the Coalition’s universities bill on the agenda. Follow live
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18 Oct 3:41pm Body thought to be asylum seeker found on beach near Calais
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French authorities believe the man may have been trying to get to the Kent coast
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18 Oct 3:18pm Covid: Greater Manchester running out of hospital beds, leak reveals
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NHS document shows no spare beds for patients in Salford, Stockport and Bolton
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18 Oct 3:07pm Updated Coronavirus live news: senior PLO figure hospitalised; Swiss prepare for more restrictions
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Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in hospital; Switzerland to introduce more measures on Monday; nine French cities face month of restrictions – follow live
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18 Oct 2:27pm Man arrested over leak of Kim Darroch cables criticising Trump
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Suspect believed to be civil servant at UK’s Department for International Trade A man has been arrested in connection with the leak of highly sensitive cables sent to London by the UK ambassador to Washington savaging Donald Trump’s character and leadership skills. The man, believed to be a civil servant at the Department for International Trade, was arrested on Tuesday after a 15-month inquiry appeared to have gone cold.
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18 Oct 2:07pm Hardliner wins Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff
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Ersin Tatar, who favours even closer ties with Turkey, defeats incumbent Mustafa Akıncı A hardliner who favours even closer ties with Turkey and a tougher stance with Greek Cypriots in peace talks has defeated the leftist incumbent in the Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff. The Turkish Cypriot broadcaster BRT said Ersin Tatar secured 51.74% of the vote, compared with 48.26% for Mustafa Akıncı.
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18 Oct 1:55pm Covid in Europe: protests in Czech Republic, Ireland to toughen rules
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Switzerland makes masks mandatory as continent struggles to contain infections
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18 Oct 1:03pm Thai protest leaders play cat and mouse with police as thousands rally
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Government is struggling to control unprecedented student-led pro-democracy movement Wearing hard hats and dressed in black, thousands of people rallied in Bangkok on Sunday, using Hong Kong-inspired tactics to defy the authorities and demand that the prime minister resign and the power of the royal family be curbed. The government is struggling to control an unprecedented student-led movement that began on university campuses and has since spread to streets across the country. Protesters have risked long jail sentences to breach the country’s ultimate taboo and call for reforms to the monarchy, demanding that the institution be answerable to the people. They also want wider democratic reforms including a new constitution.
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18 Oct 12:04pm Thousands rally across France in tribute to murdered schoolteacher
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Nation mourns Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in a terrorist attack on Friday
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18 Oct 11:55am SW Trump populists
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Leaders from Viktor Orbán to Jair Bolsonaro are wary of a return to geopolitics as usual In Budapest, Hungary’s far-right prime minister, Viktor Orbán, says he is “rooting for another victory for Donald Trump”. In Rio de Janeiro, Jair Bolsonaro has been pictured in a Trump 2020 campaign hat. Rightwing nationalist politicians around the globe are abandoning the usual diplomatic etiquette of hedging bets before foreign elections and instead are throwing their support firmly behind Trump in November’s US vote in the hope that he can confound the pollsters for a second time and win another four years in power.
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18 Oct 8:53am Huge cat found etched into desert among Nazca Lines in Peru
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Feline geoglyph from 200-100BC emerges during work at Unesco world heritage site The dun sands of southern Peru, etched centuries ago with geoglyphs of a hummingbird, a monkey, an orca – and a figure some would dearly
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18 Oct 8:13am Updated Coronavirus live news: curfew starts for millions in France; restrictions eased in Melbourne
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Paris and several other French cities face month of restrictions; numbers soar in Europe amid new lockdowns; Melbourne lockdown eased from midnight with travel distance increased to 25km – follow live
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18 Oct 7:54am Trump: If I lose, it will be to the worst candidate in history – video
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Donald Trump has described his Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, as the ‘worst candidate in history’ at a rally in Wisconsin. ‘If I lose … what do I do? I’d rather run against somebody who is extraordinarily talented, at least this way I can go and lead my life.’ Trump again insisted that he was immune from Covid-19, saying that he ‘got better fast’ and that he ‘can now jump into the audience and give you all a big kiss, the women and the men’
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18 Oct 7:00am Revealed: Sheikh Khalifa’s £5bn London property empire
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Documents reveal UAE president owns multibillion-pound property portfolio spanning London’s most expensive neighbourhoods The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond upon Thames appears to have little in common with Ecuador’s red-brick embassy in Knightsbridge, where Julian Assange
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18 Oct 6:00am Samba makes tentative return in Rio de Janeiro laid low by Covid
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Legendary sambista Moacyr Luz spent much of the pandemic confined to his beachside home but is resuming his weekly jam sessions as lockdown curbs ease It has been seven months since Moacyr Luz, one of Brazil’s most celebrated
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18 Oct 6:00am ‘Guns are a way to exercise power’: how the idea of overthrowing the government became mainstream
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Josh Horwitz says the concept of a violent insurrection is at the heart of American gun culture; and that guns will be used to settle political disputes Josh Horwitz has been an American gun control activist for nearly 30 years. In 2009, he co-wrote a book warning that the idea of armed revolt against the government was at the center of the US gun rights movement. Now, after a year that has seen heavily armed men show up at state capitols in
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18 Oct 5:00am Like the 80s, Liverpool faces a tough opponent, but now it feels different
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Militant emerged here amid the ravages of economic decline. A new self-confidence is helping the city face its latest test There’s little that’s modest about Liverpool. As cities go, it’s a glorious show-off – one knockout building after another inviting you to take an admiring look. Which makes it deeply sad then, unnatural even, to walk along its handsome waterfront – mid-afternoon, late last week – and meet barely a soul to admire the view. The river walk is made for a Liverpudlian
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18 Oct 4:39am Updated US election polls tracker: who is leading in the swing states?
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As Biden and Trump enter the final weeks of their campaigns, the Guardian is tracking the latest polling in eight states that could decide the election Joe Biden is leading ​Donald Trump in the national polls for the presidential election.
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18 Oct 4:15am ‘I’ve never had so much craic’: Gaelic games come to loyalist east Belfast
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Founded in May, and explicitly designed to be non-sectarian, a community club has already attracted 1,000 members It’s 50 years since a Gaelic football team played in east Belfast, and some 400 years since the last known hurling match – St Colmcille’s football team closed as the Troubles descended on Northern Ireland, and there’s been no record of hurling since the Gaelic lord Conn O’Neill’s rule in the 16th century. Gaelic games, associated with the nationalist community, might seem like unlikely sports to back in the historically loyalist area. Yet last week the East Belfast GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) club finished its first season triumphant. The club was formed in May after a series of conversations between friends Dave McGreevy and Richard Maguire, trying to do something about their lockdown boredom. McGreevy, a keen player of “Gaelic”, as Gaelic football is known, had moved to east Belfast with his fiancee. “Richard and I grew up with Gaelic games; we’re at an age where we’re both thinking about kids, so you would want a local team.”
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18 Oct 4:00am The upset of 2020? Jaime Harrison push to oust Lindsey Graham central to US Senate battle
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The race for the White House is gaining most attention, but a remarkable Senate race in South Carolina could be historic Jaime Harrison, the Democratic nominee for the US Senate in South Carolina, has raised a staggering $57m in the third quarter of 2020, a new record for a single Senate race in the southern state, and anywhere else in America for that matter. But Harrison’s race is also winning attention for a host of other reasons. His opponent is incumbent Lindsey Graham, a close Donald Trump ally and vocal cheerleader for the president. In conservative South Carolina, Graham was meant to be a certainty to retain his seat, especially against a nationally little-known Black Democrat at a time when anti-racism protests have roiled America.
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18 Oct 3:03am Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of breaking fresh truce
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Casualties reported after Armenia says it was shelled twice, while Azerbaijan says mortars and artillery were used against it Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after it was agreed. The truce reached on Saturday came into force at midnight after a week-old Russian-brokered ceasefire failed to halt what has been the worst fighting in the South Caucasus since the 1990s.
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18 Oct 3:00am From Sudan to the Park Inn: the tragic story of a migrant’s killing
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A mass stabbing in Glasgow in June revealed the plight of asylum seekers crammed into hotels during lockdown On the last Friday of June, at about midday, Badreddin Abadlla Adam left his room at the Park Inn hotel in Glasgow, walked down to reception,
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18 Oct 2:30am How star reporter’s Syria podcast sent New York Times into crisis
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Caliphate, an insider’s story of Isis, caused a sensation. But with its credibility in doubt, questions are raised about the media Ben Smith of the
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18 Oct 2:15am ‘Biden gets Ireland’: why Joe in the Oval Office would thrill Joe in Mayo
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The would-be president is proud of his heritage. And many in Ireland see in him a chance for change on issues like Brexit It was a telling line that almost got drowned out in the acrimony of the first US presidential debate. Donald Trump,
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18 Oct 1:30am Rare mammoth tusk sculpture on show for first time in Arctic display
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Exhibition at British Museum features newly finished Sakha sculpture Ancient mammoth tusk is a seriously niche material to work in, but there is one place where the skills and carving techniques involved are still passed down the generations. A major new British Museum exhibition,
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18 Oct 1:30am The freedom to offend is a priceless commodity | Kenan Malik
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The murder of a Parisian teacher underlines the need to stand up for free speech The details are still emerging, but the horror is clear – the beheading of a teacher,
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18 Oct 1:22am Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of breaking fresh truce
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Armenia says shells and rockets were fired just minutes after the latest ceasefire had started Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of violating a fresh humanitarian truce in the Nagorno-Karabakh region just minutes after it came into effect. Yerevan’s defence ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said on Twitter that Azerbaijan had fired artillery shells and rockets in the early hours of Sunday, just minutes after the start of the ceasefire that is aimed at halting weeks of fighting that has claimed hundreds of lives.
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18 Oct 1:00am Traitor review: American perfidy, from Benedict Arnold to Donald J Trump
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David Rothkopf has all a good Trump reporter requires. Sixteen days out from the election, his book is a bracing read One of the most important qualities a good reporter can have is a very low threshold for outrage. Useful, critical coverage of your subject becomes impossible once nonchalance or indifference has inured you to scandal.
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18 Oct 12:58am Updated Victoria Covid hotspots: list of Melbourne and regional case locations
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As coronavirus restrictions ease in Victoria, here are the current hotspots and what to do if you’ve visited them
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18 Oct 12:48am Updated French teachers vow to ‘teach difficult subjects’ after colleague’s murder
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Rallies expected across country in defiant reaction to beheading of Samuel Paty after showing pupils controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons Shocked French teachers vowed to continue encouraging their pupils’ “critical spirit” by raising contested subjects after an Islamic terrorist beheaded a secondary school teacher who showed his students caricatures of the Prophet as part of a freedom of speech discussion. Representatives of teaching unions met the education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and the prime minister Jean Castex on Saturday, hours after the
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18 Oct 12:37am Jacinda Ardern eases into second term amid relief in New Zealand at election landslide
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Prime minister says she will be ready to form a government in two to three weeks as New Zealanders enjoy return to normal life
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18 Oct 12:33am Restrictions are being eased for Melbourne and regional Victoria: the new Covid rules explained
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From 19 October and again on 2 November, there are changes to restrictions on travel, activities and businesses. Here’s what you need to know The Victorian government has begun easing restrictions after more than 100 days of lockdown for Melbourne residents. Here is what changes for people in Melbourne, and for people living in regional Victoria.
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17 Oct 11:43pm Global Covid report: Paris under curfew as Europe battles soaring caseload
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Nine French cities now under month-long curfew; European cases rise 44% in a week; resistance to lockdowns in UK
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17 Oct 10:36pm Victoria’s Covid restrictions ease as Daniel Andrews reveals 25km travel bubble and scraps exercise time limit
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Melbourne to resume real estate auctions and reopen hairdressers and outdoor sporting facilities as state records two new cases
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17 Oct 9:44pm Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election
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Nick Clegg, Facebook vice president, says social media giant also attached false information warnings to 150m posts A total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook’s vice president Nick Clegg has said. In addition, warnings were posted on 150m examples of false information posted online, the former British deputy prime minister told French weekly Journal du Dimanche on Sunday.
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17 Oct 9:13pm Immigration minister points finger at Victoria over New Zealand travellers
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Alan Tudge says Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, did not object to interstate travel when New Zealand bubble was arranged The acting federal immigration minister, Alan Tudge has blamed the Victorian government for not restricting interstate travel, after a group of international travellers were allowed to fly from their “travel bubble” into locked down Melbourne. A group of 17 New Zealanders
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17 Oct 8:34pm Updated Coronavirus live news: curfew starts for millions in France; Victoria set to ease restrictions
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Paris and several other French cities face month of restrictions; numbers soar in Europe amid new lockdowns; in Australia, Victoria is expected ease restrictions after recording just two new cases – follow live
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17 Oct 8:20pm Updated NSW Covid hotspots: list of Sydney and regional case locations
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Here are the current coronavirus hotspots in New South Wales and what to do if you’ve visited them
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17 Oct 8:14pm New Zealand has put its faith in Labour: now the party must deliver | Claire Robinson
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With its most resounding victory since 1946, the weight of expectation on Labour has never been greater The Jacinda Ardern-led New Zealand Labour party has swept to its
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17 Oct 7:29pm Murderer who tackled London Bridge attacker with narwhal tusk pardoned
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Steven Gallant has sentence reduced as a result of ‘exceptionally brave actions’ The Queen has granted a pardon to murderer and London Bridge terror attack “hero” Steven Gallant. Gallant, who was praised for risking his life to stop London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan with a ­narwhal tusk, has been granted the royal prerogative of mercy, an extremely rare case of absolution for a convicted murderer.
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