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Articles: 4822
Average tonality: 3.0221891
Entity mentions: 854083
Comments: 1184326
Average tonality: 0.8938653
'Wait for the show': How John McCain torpedoed the Republican health plan
There were gasps when McCain joined Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins in opposing the bill, ending Republicans’ latest effort to kill the health law
Articles: 75 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 1.2533333
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Comments: 14518
Tonality: 0.23543188
  • He’s a great, great American’ Donald Trump has forced out Reince Priebus as the White House chief of staff and replaced him with the homeland security secretary, Gen John Kelly.
  • Senate Republicans are desperately trying to cobble together a compromise plan to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act
  • As the row over treatment of boy with very rare medical condition continues to make headlines, here’s a brief summary of the issues What is wrong with Charlie Gard?
  • Arizona senator John McCain provided a historic and critical vote to torpedo the Obamacare repeal bill – and with it Donald Trump’s legislative agenda "
  • The wrong people have been left to run the Republican party!
  • Please don't forget that ACA was named Obamacare by the Republicans AND that ACA is the health care bill of Republican Mitt Romney.
  • That ole cracker Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is about to be fired by Trump.Then the Amerikan people need to wake up and fire that pathologically toxic freak himself before he destroys the country.
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China has been given two headaches – Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un
Beijing unlikely to be happy with president’s outburst over North Korea and some observers now feel China should push back against US
Articles: 46 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -9
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Comments: 8302
Tonality: -5
  • Lim was arrested in 2015 for allegedly meddling in North Korean state affairs.
  • The Trump administration’s narrow-minded focus on North Korea means it’s taking its eye off China as a result.
  • Letters: The actions of Venezuela’s socialist president are condemned by Dr Richard Harrold, while Dr Kevin Bannon defends Nicolás Maduro’s right to rule.
  • Donald Trump has promised ‘fire and fury’; Kim Jong-un has threatened a missile strike on Guam.
  • North Korea will never come close to dominating the 21st century.
  • North Korea talks bravado and builds a nuclear arsenal in order to deter the US from invasion and they've had this same strategy since the end of the last Korean War.
  • In fact, he has “some rationale backing his actions” regarding the country’s nuclear weapons.
  • If a nuclear war was likely to kick off it will not be at the behest of Trump.
  • Anyways: Trump in the White House > a nuclear North Korea with ICBMs.
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3.3 1.7
EU tells Britain to 'settle the accounts' and speed up Brexit progress
Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier says he asks why there is still major uncertainty over UK’s approach on key issues
Articles: 40 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -0
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  • An international week in Brexit that saw Theresa May head to Vancouver before meetings in London and a big speech in Florence.
  • The pound is down against the euro and the dollar as the Prime Minister lays out her Brexit position in a crucial speech in Florence
  • The trial was held as relations between Madrid and Barcelona curdled rapidly and seven months before the pro-independence Catalan government plans to hold a binding referendum on splitting from Spain.
  • Fellow cabinet member and leave campaigner Michael Gove backs Boris Johnson over controversial £350m a week claim.
  • In catalonia the regional Catalan legislation prevents labeling in Spanish, but in the rest of Spain does not prevent speaking in Catalan, who represses whom?
  • The Spanish language has largely disappeared from public life and Catalan dominates.
  • People like Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson have no problem spouting vindictive rubbish and getting their rantings aired in the media.
  • "More than 80% of voters voted for parties clearly stating their intention to leave the single market and customs union at the last general election. (AKA hard brexit).
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2.8 0.9
In America, bias, hate and racism move from the margins to the mainstream
President Trump has often sowed the seeds of division for his own advancement. But his lack of leadership after Charlottesville leaves many disgusted
Articles: 36 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -9
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Comments: 3750
Tonality: -3
  • Now Trump has belatedly condemned neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, two days after instead blaming “many sides” for Saturday’s carnage in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • We break down how the White House, Breitbart News, Steve Bannon and Trump’s cabinet are all connected to recent events in Charlottesville Has the White House been fanning the flames of white supremacy in America?
  • When they don’t, that speaks volumes.
  • President Trump has often sowed the seeds of division for his own advancement.
  • Also Trump did blame white supremacists for the violence, "many sides".
  • And Trump does not comprehend that China has the upper hand?
  • The Nazi scum, Klanclowns, white supremacists, assorted other racists and the "fine people" who are quite happy to be associated with these repugnant bastards recognise a fellow traveller in Trump.
  • What kind of "very fine people" accompany blatant neo Nazis, with swastikas, calling hail trump and marching to defend a symbol of racist oppression?
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3.6 1.7
The violent side of Spain has resurfaced. We Catalans must cut loose
For many years I had forgotten about independence for Catalonia, but the recent crackdown has changed everything, writes the Barcelona businessman Jordi Borrell Celades
Articles: 31 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -4
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Comments: 15077
Tonality: -1
  • Speaking before Thursday’s court decision, the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said the situation would only escalate further if the Catalan government carried on along the path to a unilateral declaration.
  • Likely scenarios following Sunday’s referendum, after which the Catalan government declared 90% of voters were in favour of independence from Spain What exactly happened in Catalonia on Sunday?
  • Puigdemont urged the Spanish government to withdraw the national police and Guardia Civil officers who had been deployed to prevent the referendum.
  • In having its thugs in black uniforms beat people's grandmothers, wives and daughters Spain has surely guaranteed an independent Catalonia.
  • The country formerly known as Spain invades Catalonia, again!
  • What does the King care or understand of the pain and anxieties of the Catalan people or the violence they have undergone at the hands of the Spanish police?
  • Maybe if those who manage to vote get a majority 'si'. the catalan government could declare independence which inevitably would involve more Guardia Civil, Spanish Military and Police taking control.
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3.2 0.7
Tracking Trump: a blow for 'Dreamers' and a deal with Democrats
On the heels of Hurricane Harvey Trump cut a deal with Democrats on relief and the debt ceiling, while earlier repealing protections for young immigrants
Articles: 28 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -7
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Comments: 1130
Tonality: -1
  • A slew of Trump properties stand in the path of Hurricane Irma, and sea-level rise raises the threat of repeated flooding Mar-a-Lago.
  • Maps and charts tracking the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean as it heads towards Florida.
  • Most powerful hurricane ever recorded over Atlantic Ocean batters Barbuda, St Martin and Puerto Rico as it moves west with category 5 winds and rains
  • Tornado warnings for Florida amid 130mph winds and record rain
  • Trump warned of “a storm of absolutely historic, destructive potential”.
  • The news focus in western media is of course, President Trump, who has a property in Florida, and his view on climate change.
  • Trump puts special interests before the planet and before people.
  • The storm already fucked up a bunch of islands where people live.
  • Trees fall, power lines flash like fireworks as conductors short, but all people of reasonable means live in homes that can take it.
  • "Hurricane Irma: 'the most catastrophic storm Florida has ever seen'"
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2.7 2.6
Trump calls Kim the aggressor – while trying to take down the Iran nuclear deal
The 2015 deal is a much-needed force for good. It’s vital that Britain and other nations convince the US hawks to retain it, writes former British ambassador to the US, Peter Westmacott
Articles: 25 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: -1
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Comments: 3574
Tonality: -5
  • The best we can hope for is a world where Trump and Kim decide they would rather play with other toys than their nuclear missiles Donald Trump will always be Donald Trump.
  • Like Bush 15 years ago, Trump concentrated on trio of enemies: although the current president removed Iraq and added Venezuela alongside North Korea and Iran.
  • His speech will be remembered principally for its name-calling (he dubbed Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man”) – and his threat to “totally destroy” North Korea.
  • It's worth pointing out that the world didn't end up with madmen in Iran and North Korea on the verge of nuclear capability because of 9 months of Trump's administration.
  • That war will likely include some exchange of nuclear weapons, not necessarily America vs Iran.
  • The big difference between George W Bush's invasion of Iraq and Donald Trump's threatened military action against North Korea is that nobody in the Bush administration ever suggested first use of nuclear weapons against Saddam.
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Tracking Trump: goodbye to the Mooch as leaked transcripts wreak havoc
It’s been a rough ride for Trump, starting with reports he helped write Trump Jr’s statement and ending with revealing transcripts of his personal phone calls
Articles: 25 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 0
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Comments: 5085
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  • Gossip continued to swirl around the role of the accident-prone White House press secretary as he tried to handle questions about the Russia investigation It was a quieter week for the Russia investigation.
  • This is the White House transcript of the phone call between Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull on 28 January 2017, as published by the Washington Post Malcolm Turnbull: Good evening.
  • “Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in his investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign,” he began.
  • Donald Trump began the week by turning a national scout jamboree into something resembling a youth rally.
  • The American establishment incited a civil war in Syria, and supported regime change in Ukraine (with the same disastrous results).
  • Those people on the left who encouraged others to vote for brexit thinking it would prevent TTIP ought to hang their heads in shame Trump wouldn't do it and enough in the EU opposed it.
  • Nah, he's going to join the Village People.
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3.2 1.6
North Korea's Kim to assess 'foolish Yankees' before deciding on Guam missile attack
Leader’s comments come after US defence secretary warned North Korean missile attack ‘could escalate into war very quickly’
Articles: 20 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: -2
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Comments: 5731
Tonality: -3
  • Letters: More than 120 nations are preparing to sign the UN nuclear prohibition treaty.
  • Foreign interventions in Iraq and Libya had convinced the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, that he needed nuclear weapons to survive, Putin said.
  • The US president, Donald Trump, said military action against North Korea was not a first choice after what he called a strong and frank discussion with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, about the issue.
  • Editorial: The world will have to learn to live with a nuclear North Korea.
  • Kim wasn't upset when China condemned North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests?
  • Kim's neck is certainly a big target.
  • Were Russia and China to exit the NPT, resume nuclear weapons testing and threaten to destroy the US every week I suspect the currently stable international structure would deteriorate quite quickly, MAD or no.
  • The US should withdraw from North East Asia and help South Korea and Japan become nuclear weapons states I bet the Chinese and North Koreans would be thrilled at their great victory.
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2.5 1.8
Trump attacks countries 'cheating' America at Apec summit
US president’s tirade against predatory economic policies comes just hours after he heaped praise on China
Articles: 16 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: 3
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Comments: 1169
Tonality: 0
  • Kowtowing in Beijing and a stunning election defeat to the Democrats show how steadily his power and influence are eroding, says Guardian columnist Martin Kettle It is one of Donald Trump’s favourite and most sneering insults.
  • While Trump shuns multilateralism and global governance, Xi embraces them.
  • The explosive allegations of sexual abuse against a minor that have been leveled against Roy Moore present the GOP leadership with a tricky political crisis.
  • State news outlets herald visit in which US president impressed by showing respect and behaving well with Xi Jinping Terrific.
  • Clinton to get Yitzhak Rabin to shake the hand of Yassah Arraf in 2013.
  • China is the new Dominatrix in the world...Trump and the USA her new toys.
  • Trump is as consistant as a butterflys wings are sturdy.
  • WWI Woodrow Wilson WWII FDR Korea Truman Vietnam Kennedy/Johnson Maybe you'll be studying history right alongside the people you insult.
  • The people who voted for Trump knew that he was corrupt and crooked but just didn't care because he was the 'Not Hillary Clinton' candidate.
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3.3 1.2
The Guardian view on Ryanair: the low expectations airline
Editorial: The forced cancellation of 400,000 people’s flights is bad for them and for the business too
Articles: 16 (Rank: 4)
Tonality: 2
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  • Ryanair rejected allegations that the real reason for the cancellations is a shortage of pilots.
  • Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary used to have a phrase for such behaviour.
  • Ryanair said passengers whose flights were cancelled could apply for a refund which would be processed within seven working days.
  • The Irish airline’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, apologised this week after saying that up to 50 flights a day would be cancelled until 31 October, affecting about 400,000 passengers.
  • BA haven't cancelled my flight because the pilots had all booked their holidays at the same time, (or left to fly with another airline).
  • Personally, i'd rather pay a little more and have well-rested pilots who feel valued.
  • I have never flown with Ryanair and never will.
  • Do pilots have to choose Ryanair to be their employers?
  • First prize a Ryanair flight, Second prize two Ryanair flights?
  • Can you imagine Ryanair offering FREE WiFi or FREE anything for that matter?
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0.2 8.2 0.358
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2.8 4.9
Venezuela to vote on constituent assembly after months of protests
Critics warn that a vote to create the 545-member assembly with power to rewrite constitution will damage democracy
Articles: 16 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: -9
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  • Maduro and his closest allies have vowed to use the assembly to jail key opposition leaders, remove the country’s outspoken chief prosecutor from her post and strip opposition legislators of their constitutional immunity.
  • He is the author of Comandante: Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela THE MADURO FILE Born Nicolás Maduro Moros, 23 November 1962, in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • “We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a national constituent assembly was manipulated.” The turnout figure had previously been contested.
  • Chavez was not forced into firing all foreign and many Venezuelan oil workers for which Venezuela's oil industry has still not recovered.
  • It seems to be conveniently forgotten history that the real Venezuelan crisis predates both Chavez and Maduro.
  • This sham constituent assembly does not provide food, medicine and security for the people of Venezuela, it consolidates the government's lock on power in the face of overwhelming public dissatisfaction.
  • In other contexts, people holding petrol and possibly pipe bombs would not be captioned as "activists".
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4.7 1.4
In an era of dire climate records the US and South Asia floods won't be the last
From the US to India and China, human impact on the climate is likely to have made droughts and storms more severe – and the trend is only set to continue
Articles: 16 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: -8
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  • The size of storm Harvey is unusual – but rapid expansion, poor infrastructure and a distinctive topography have played a role in the devastating impact Flooding is nothing new to Houston residents.
  • We can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change.
  • As the air above them warms, it holds more water vapour.
  • The National Hurricane Center warned of “ongoing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding” spreading from Texas to Louisiana, with total rainfall of 50 inches (1.27 metres) in some parts.
  • "Regional trends in tropical cyclone frequency and the frequency of very intense tropical cyclones have been identified in the North Atlantic and these appear robust since the 1970s" - IPCC AR5.
  • When volcanoes ignited coal seams in the distant geological past, the extra CO2 produced by the process caused global warming and ocean acidification, and these led to extinctions.
  • You should acknowledge that climate change affects hurricane patterns, but you must also acknowledge that Houston owes its existence to the Texas oil boom and the oil refining industry.
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The question haunting Las Vegas: what was the gunman's motive?
Hospitals, journalists and officials played familiar roles as victims and heroes made headlines. But uncertainty still surrounds the man behind the violence
Articles: 15 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: 0
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  • Paddock opened fire from the windows of his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 at a country music festival.
  • 4.11am Donald Trump, facing his first major mass shooting, tweets: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting.
  • At least 59 people have been killed – the deadliest mass shooting in American history – and more than 500 injured.
  • There they found Paddock dead, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.
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4.7 2.3
Enough moaning about Brexit: remainers must say what they’re for
Leaving doesn’t need to be chaos, whatever Michael Bloomberg says, writes the Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins
Articles: 15 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: -1
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  • The secretary of state for EU exit has dismissed the idea of a parliamentary vote until after Brexit happens.
  • Yet this is what happened to the always supremely self-confident Brexit secretary, David Davis, on Wednesday.
  • Until now the main protagonists, Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan president, and Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, have avoided a head-on clash.
  • “It is deeply irresponsible for the prime minister to pretend businesses can wait for an agreement on transition until any final deal is reached.
  • Are you saying we are any closer to that through Brexit?
  • So which is it - a vote, with Parliamentary authority/ power before ' deal' is agreed to endorse or reject, or , a post hoc vote to rubber stamp what Tory Government has agreed to?
  • If Brexit is so good for the country, they will have no problem persuading MPs to vote for it.
  • Forget spin, more people voted to leave than remain.
  • Many of them then go onto lecture people about not understanding elements of Brexit.
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As a former aid worker, I’m not shocked by the Oxfam revelations
A culture of bullying, harassment and racism is rife among agencies around the world. This is an industry in need of reform, says former aid worker Shaista Aziz
Articles: 12 (Rank: 2)
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  • This includes wrongdoing by UN peacekeepers and aid workers accused of sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable women and girls.
  • If Oxfam responds by listening to its critics it could restore faith in a sector that was damaged long before the latest allegations Oh Oxfam.
  • There’s no reason why charity shops should be immune to sexual abuse and harassment.
  • Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, is now writing to every British government-funded charity, asking them to disclose any “safeguarding issues they are aware of”.
  • Some inner sense of responsibility vanishes Oxfam is culpable but if the government is gonna toss money to have aid work done they should bloody well check up on it very regularly and seriously ...
  • There are decent, motivated people of both sexes who have and are working hard and selflessly in the charity and aid sector.
  • If we have real socialism and these people that Oxfam helps are paid the fair value of their labour, then they will no longer be reliant on capitalistic charity businesses like Oxfam and cannot be exploited.
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Trump mounts extraordinary defence of his 'mental stability'
President boasts of being ‘a very stable genius’ and calls Michael Wolff a ‘fraud’ but author says his explosive book will ‘finally end this presidency’
Articles: 11 (Rank: 1)
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  • At the centre of the palace intrigue was Steve Bannon, the hardline nationalist who helped put Trump in the White House.
  • Bannon, former chief strategist, had spilled the beans to Wolff with stunning candour.
  • Donald Trump’s utter unfitness for the presidency has been laid bare in Michael Wolff’s book.
  • In Wolff’s book, the then White House strategist Steve Bannon refers to Vice-President Mike Pence as “our fallback guy”.
  • In other words, the leaker Trump seeks is … himself.
  • The candidates who receive an absolute majority of electoral votes among the states are elected President and Vice President of the United States when the Electoral College vote is certified by Congress in January.
  • Simple messages for simple people from a simple mind.
  • The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.
  • Trump supporters don't care about this stuff.
  • Trump is the mirror in which America admires herself.
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4.5 2.7
Death toll climbs as volunteers join search for Mexico earthquake survivors
Death toll from 7.1 magnitude earthquake climbs to at least 237 as discovery of girl, 12, at collapsed school gives rescuers hope
Articles: 10 (Rank: 7)
Tonality: -5
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  • Central Mexico has been hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake.
  • Mexico City mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera said 52 people had been pulled alive from the rubble of collapsed buildings.
  • Two earthquakes have hit Mexico within two weeks, both occurring on the Cocos tectonic plate.
  • President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the grim news on Tuesday night from the Enrique Rebsámen school, surrounded by desperate parents looking for their missing children.
  • Mexico City was given 10-15 seconds of warning during the magnitude 7.1 earthquake.
  • Might it be the weight of the extra volume of water now pouring into the seas from the ice melt that is contributing to the rupture of tectonic plates and the sporadic volcanism we are currently globally experiencing?
  • Mexico City was given 10-15 seconds of warning during the magnitude 7.1 earthquake.
  • Mexico withdrew their offer only when their quake hit, and Trump offeredas our situation became a known quantity.
  • Ignore them, most people understand earthquakes, it is taught at school.
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Joe Arpaio: Donald Trump signals presidential pardon for controversial sheriff
President tells a rally in Phoenix that Arpaio was ‘going to be just fine’ but that he wouldn’t pardon him immediately because he wanted to avoid controversy
Articles: 10 (Rank: 5)
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  • In pardoning the former sheriff of Maricopa County, our president sided with a lawless renegade over our federal judiciary and the constitution itself Who will go first, President Trump or our constitutional order?
  • During Donald Trump’s campaign, Joe Arpaio joked about how much the two had in common.
  • In 1993 Joe Arpaio, America’s ‘toughest sheriff’, opened a temporary outdoor jail in Phoenix.
  • An unnamed administration official, however, said Gorka did not resign but “no longer works at the White House”.
  • Trump pardoning Arpaio is a cheap political stunt from a cheap political hack.
  • No, local law enforcement is not tasked with investigating immigration offences.
  • Luckily breaking the law isn't an issue for Trump.
  • And today you have seen further signs of Trump's total disregard for the law and human dignity, now taking advantage of the distraction generated by a catastrophic storm to pardon Arpaio.
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio did exactly what the pro law breaking, illegal alien groups do all the time, ignore the immigration laws.
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6.1 3.1
Why are North Korea's leaders specifically threatening US bombers?
In response to Trump, Ri Yong-ho threatened to ‘shoot down strategic bombers’, showing fear of US bombardment and a potential for wider conflict
Articles: 9 (Rank: 5)
Tonality: -12
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  • Devastating,” Trump said in a White House news conference.
  • Nor about North Korea describing the first remark as a “declaration of war” and threatening in response to shoot down US bombers outside its airspace.
  • The RUSI paper said a preventive war waged by Trump would be likely to escalate very quickly.
  • On Thursday North Korea accused Trump of exploiting Warmbier’s death.
  • It is hard to imagine any North Korean government official better placed to steer his country through the current crisis, particularly given his close ties to Kim.
  • Trump is a coward at heart and war with a nuclear capable NK is highly unlikely .
  • No Kim has threatened to Nuke, Australia United States Japan Guam South Korea That's only 525,000,000 people, but hey lets bash Trump.
  • The US and North Korea are technically still at war.
  • "People are so ignorant about the nature of the North Korean regime and the history of the country which is why it is so easy to focus on Trump, but that is so perversely wrongheaded."
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Crisis over Catalonia – an explainer
Madrid’s hardball continues with European arrest warrant issued for deposed Catalan president after independence push
Articles: 8 (Rank: 5)
Tonality: -4
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  • Madrid’s hardball continues with European arrest warrant issued for deposed Catalan president after independence push What happened this week?
  • Separately, Spain’s civil guard police force searched the headquarters of Catalonia’s regional police.
  • Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has sacked Puigdemont and his government and called regional elections for 21 December.
  • Puigdemont was summoned to appear at Spain’s national court on Thursday to give evidence relating to possible charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds, but failed to appear.
  • Eventually Spain will send in cruel violent heavily armed military and police into Catalonia to subjugate Catalans by force.
  • It's strange how those who have been clamouring for the UK to have a written constitution have been a bit shtum about the Spanish constitution preventing an adult discussion on Catalan independence.
  • It is now known that Catalan regional government has for years been paying vast sums of money through "Diplocat" to create an image of Spain internationally as an unfair democracy and undermining its institutions.
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2.8 1.4
New iPhones: why is Apple's pricing the same in pounds and dollars?
New products have same price in both currencies, suggesting Apple is taking advantage of British customers’ acceptance of price hikes since the EU Referendum
Articles: 7 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 14
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  • The first outing in the Steve Jobs Theater saw unveiling of flagship iPhone X, as well as iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and updated Apple Watch and Apple TV
  • On 12 September Tim Cook’s company will hold its first event at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.
  • The iPhone X is a thing of beauty, but what is its true value?
  • There are other devices that use facial recognition to unlock, including Samsung’s flagship phone the Galaxy S8.
  • Since people are just paying to be a part of the Apple brand, why don't they just charge $2,000 for their regular phone?
  • Whatever is in the new thousand-dollar iPhone will be available in some other phone from China or Korea for half that price very quickly.
  • Enough people would still buy them to make Apple a trillion dollar company.
  • I have a bigger problem with other manufacturers charging around apple iPhone 8 price but their SoC provides only half of the single thread performance as Apple A11.
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The wit and wisdom of Stephen Hawking
Letters: Andrea Morgale recalls the theoretical physicist’s dry humour. Peter Mussard reveals how he used his work to shock parents
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  • Editorial: The death of a brilliant and complex scientist will mean we are all poorer because his mind will no longer roam the multiverses Stephen Hawking was a brilliant, complex man and scientist.
  • Letters: Readers pay tribute to the theoretical physicist who died this week Roger Penrose’s splendid obituary of Prof Stephen Hawking (15 March) overlooked one very important aspect.
  • Like no other scientist, Hawking was romanticised by the public.
  • Growing up disabled, I had few role models.
  • Thus this religious newspaper, a follower of and believer in the leading and most popular god-man religion, ridiculously offers its greatest praise for this scientist.
  • You would find few more passionate defenders of the NHS than Stephen Hawking.
  • Hawking was part of a group of people suing the Health Secretary.
  • It allows society to deny the impact of barriers constructed to impede the participation of Disabled people.
  • The Guardian view on Hawking: the mind of God.
  • The current employment rate for Disabled people is approximately 40%.
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Hard-won UN debate sees US at odds with partners over Iran
America accused of ‘preposterous bullying’ by Iran as heated discussion lays bare deep rifts over Middle East’s future
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  • The biggest unrest to strike the country in almost a decade began less than a week ago and has spread rapidly How did the protests start?
  • During the debate the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned the Iranian authorities that the world was watching as Tehran responded to anti-government protests.
  • The demonstrations began on Thursday after opponents of the moderate president gathered in north-eastern Iran, but soon spread nationwide, escalating from initial demands over economic grievances and taking on a political dimension.
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Late-night hosts to Roy Moore: 'Hello you and the horse you rode in on'
Comics, including Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, joked about the disgraced Republican’s dramatic entrance to the polls and his wife’s antisemitism
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  • We can only hope that Moore’s loss in staunchly Republican Alabama can start to push back against the forces of hate, writes Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland That unfamiliar sensation you experienced this morning?
  • Editorial: The Republican’s candidacy was backed by Donald Trump.
  • But it does not follow that Trump is finished Doug Jones’s victory over Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election is a victory for decency over indecency.
  • “All law comes from God,” Moore said.
  • Trump is hilarious: his latest tweet: The reason I endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily) was that I said Roy Moore is not able to win a general election.
  • Democrats generally stand down before the vote is cast. ... whereas Democrats force them to resign instead of actively supporting their election campaigns.
  • FDR explained that he couldn't speak without bitterly alienating Southern Democrats.
  • Democrats don't need to win in places like Alabama to stump Trump.
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Merkel must strike a deal. Europe’s future depends on it
Who ends up in Germany’s ruling coalition will have huge repercussions for Europe, says Guardian columnist Natalie Nougayrède
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  • Who ends up in Germany’s ruling coalition will have huge repercussions for Europe, says Guardian columnist Natalie Nougayrède This German election matters greatly to the whole of Europe, not just to Germany alone.
  • The prospect of Merkel sharing power in a coalition with the pro-business Free Democratic party could create problems for Macron’s plans for deeper integration of the eurozone with a shared budget and finance minister.
  • The French president said the EU needed to encourage “radical” digital innovation to compete internationally.
  • The Visigrad countries and the East of Germany want a different future.
  • Macron and Merkel, the former a sitting duck since entering office, the latter since sunday, arrogate to themselves the grandeur of a vision of the future of Europe.
  • Merkel made a huge mistake in welcoming thousands of refugees who have no affinity to Germany and now she is paying the political price.
  • When people start espousing overblown rethoric about the demise of the EU it's usually pro-Brexit people gleefully anticipating the ruin and fall of Europe.
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Let’s try and understand North Korea’s actions: it sees the world as its enemy
It is up to the US to dispel tensions on the Korean Peninsula, writes Gabrielle Rifkind
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  • Haley spoke to the UN security council after the 15-member body imposed the sanctions against North Korea in response to its two long-range missile tests in July.
  • US President Donald Trump’s administration has been frustrated that China has not done more to rein in North Korea and Washington has threatened to impose new sanctions on Chinese firms doing business with Pyongyang.
  • “China is aware they must act,” Haley said, urging Japan and South Korea to increase pressure and calling for an international solution.
  • What some people would like to see is UN sanctions on countries suppling military hardware to Saudi Arabia to continue their genocidal war in Yemen.
  • Most of that nearby landmass is occupied by China and Russia.
  • I don't blame NK (or other countries) for wanting to overturn this system, and to limit the nuclear weapons countries from imposing their will.
  • China recognizes that a North Korean nukes that can reach mainland US will inevitably lead to a nuclear Japan and a nuclear South Korea.
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Pakistan summons US ambassador over Trump's 'lies and deceit' tweet
Diplomat asked to explain US president’s comments accusing the country of taking aid but failing to help fight terrorism
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  • Some anti-occupation activists have sought to compare Ahed to Malala Yousafzai or have referred to her as the West Bank’s Joan of Arc, celebrating her as a youthful symbol of “Palestinian resistance”.
  • Trump began the new year by launching an attack on Islamabad in his first tweet of 2018, saying Pakistan was providing “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt”.
  • Now, another video of her slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier has led to her being charged with assaulting security forces, incitement and throwing stones.
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Dispatch from Alabama: 'Roy Moore plays into the stereotypes the rest of the world has about us'
Many Alabama Republicans remain loyal to the embattled Senate candidate – but others resent the way Moore’s behaviour reinforces the cliches about their state
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  • “By now, you’ve probably heard of Alabama senatorial candidate, former judge, and human cracker barrel-hybrid Roy Moore,” Stephen Colbert began.
  • On 16 December, a month after Trump’s election, WikiLeaks asked Trump Jr to have his father “suggest” Australia appoint Assange to the post in Washington, DC.
  • The currents that swept Donald Trump to victory by 28 percentage points in last year’s presidential election here are keeping Moore afloat too.
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Hurricane Harvey: at least one dead in Texas as storm moves inland
The strongest hurricane to hit US in 13 years kills at least one and batters the Texas coastline before moving inland, bringing fears of disastrous floods
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  • Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi late on Friday as a category 4 hurricane with maximum winds of 130mph.
  • President Donald Trump on Twitter asked people to get ready for the hurricane and posted links to websites for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Hurricane Center and a Homeland Security site with tips for emergency preparedness.
  • Texas governor Greg Abbott said about 20in (50.8cm) of rain had fallen in the Corpus Christi area and 16in (40.6cm) in the Houston region.
  • So in a way, looking from the opposite perspective, Trump supporters who take the do nothing approach and deny climate change exist like he does are indirectly helping to cause the deaths of other people.
  • "Trump’s newly minted head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was busy pushing for decreases in federal disaster relief "
  • Ted Cruz Demands Federal Money For Texas Floods After Blocking Hurricane Sandy Relief Is there nothing you guys will not lie about.
  • Looks like Texas is being punished for the atrocity that is Donald Trump.
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Die Partei: satirical German party gains ground on social media
Group that pledges to introduce cocaine on prescription has gathered more new Facebook fans than AfD or Merkel’s CDU
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  • Farage complained that Brexit was not playing a large enough role in the German election campaign, noting that neither Merkel nor Schulz had brought up the issue in last Sunday’s TV debate.
  • One thing, however, seems as certain as Merkel’s continued premiership, and it’s more important: the far-right populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party will enter the Bundestag.
  • Overall, and like other populist parties around Europe, AfD vastly outperforms traditional parties on social media.
  • Germany's UKiP has emerged because the EUmpress found a neat 'shame the conservatives on immigration' trick to guarantee her popularity with German left-liberals i.e. conscientious SPD voters.
  • Göring-Eckardt Green: Natürlich gehören Muslime zu Deutschland – ohne sie wäre es „sehr langweilig“ Naturally Muslims (and Islam) belong in Germany - without which Germany would be boring.
  • I hate it when journalists use Right-Left to describe a political party.
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Turkey's preoccupation with Syrian Kurds could spell disaster for US
The west cannot afford to lose Ankara’s role as a countervailing force to a Russian-imposed peace
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  • Ankara acknowledges combat deaths in Afrin, Kurdish enclave south of Turkish border Two Turkish soldiers have died in a military offensive against the Kurdish-dominated enclave of Afrin in neighbouring Syria, officials have said.
  • The Turkish preoccupation with the Syrian Kurds on its borders could lead to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reaching a deal with Damascus and Moscow.
  • The YPG blamed Moscow once again for allowing Turkey to conduct the Olive Branch operation, in another hint at the dynamics of the superpower rivalry in northern Syria.
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May and Macron to sign new Calais border treaty
UK will make bigger contribution towards preventing migrants in France from crossing Channel
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  • But Macron now needs to hug Britain close as it leaves the EU.
  • Britain and France seem fated to be rivals as well as friends.
  • Officials said France was anxious not to prejudice Brexit negotiations on any future relationship between the UK and the EU, but was determined that Anglo-French ties “must not be weakened”.
  • In that spirit, on the eve of a summit meeting with Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron has approved a plan for the Bayeux tapestry to be displayed in the UK.
  • The idea that France in the 11th century was some kind of national state approximating to 'modern France' and modern Frenchmen speaking French is quite wrong.
  • There was a huge Viking camp that developed into the biggest trading town in Northern Europe built on the opposite side of the Schlei from Schleswig.
  • Emmanuel Macron agrees to loan Bayeux tapestry to Britain A weakened British prime minister and a dynamic French president may not see eye to eye Nice one.
  • "You missed the 1870 war between Germany and France, then?"
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Rainer Weiss, Barry C Barish and Kip S Thorne win the 2017 Nobel prize in physics – as it happened
The trio have been honoured for their work on constructing Ligo and the detection of gravitational waves – follow the live reaction here
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  • The 2017 physics Nobel prize was awarded for the detection of gravitational waves.
  • The trio have been honoured for their work on constructing Ligo and the detection of gravitational waves – follow the live reaction here
  • Independently, Ronald Drever, a Scottish physicist, also began building prototype detectors in Glasgow and after moving to Caltech, he, Weiss and Thorne formed a trio that laid the groundwork for Ligo.
  • In the future, scientists hope to supernovae, pulsars and the insides of stars as they collapse into black holes.
  • The fact that ripples in space were created by a cataclysmic event of Two Black Holes colliding is evidence of the Gravitational Waves and a Force Carrier called the Graviton was NEVER detected!
  • When will they introduce a Nobel prize for Computer Science?
  • But if the universe was opaque to light for the first 400K years after the Big Bang, how can it be possible to know what the universe "looked like"?
  • Black holes are working as valves dividing the different universe to merge and create havoc.
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Danish police confirm headless torso is missing journalist Kim Wall
Police find DNA match to Swedish reporter who is believed to have been killed on a homemade submarine
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  • “We believe he is telling the truth when he says she died in the submarine,” the Danish police chief president, Steen Hansen, told Swedish news agency TT.
  • Madsen, 46, who has been held in formal custody since 12 August on suspicion of “negligent manslaughter”, says Wall died in an accident on board a submarine he had built.
  • Police refloated the Nautilus and towed it into harbour for investigation, later suggesting that Madsen may have sunk the boat on purpose to hide evidence.
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SpaceX: Elon Musk seeks to revive Apollo era with Falcon Heavy rocket test
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful to leave Earth since the Saturn V in the 1970s – and will hurl a Tesla electric car into space
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  • Cindy and Patrick Salkeld came from California to watch.
  • It was emotional.” Her husband declared Elon Musk to be “brilliant”.
  • Recycling rockets, Musk said, keeps the cost of a Falcon heavy launch at about $90m, compared with $435m for the launch of a Delta IV Heavy operated by the United Launch Alliance.
  • Casey Dreier, director of space policy at the Planetary Society, told the Guardian that the excitement of the launch and success of the first stage of the mission would reignite interest in spaceflight.
  • While I appreciate the significance of the successful launch of Falcon Heavy I can't help feeling it was an enormous waste of time, effort and resources just to launch Musk's car into space.
  • Space science has always had unpredictable benefits that far outweigh the initial cost.
  • Basic arithmetic says that the rocket launch produces about 312 tons of carbon dioxide At current global emission rates this means that a SpaceX launch s responsible for 0.7 of one billionth of annual carbon emissions.
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'Increasingly Nazified' white nationalist rally descends on Virginia amid expected protests
Far-right monitoring groups estimate between 500 and 1,000 people will head to Charlottesville to hear from ‘alt-right’ ideologues such as Richard Spencer
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  • There was a confrontation late Friday ahead of the main rally when protesters and a smaller group of counter protesters came together on the University of Virginia campus.
  • Counter-protesters cleared when a gas weapon was released.
  • Statue controversy In February, the city council narrowly voted to remove and sell the Robert E Lee statue, and to rename the park in which it stands from Lee Park to Emancipation Park.
  • In response, last May, Richard Spencer led a torchlit white nationalist parade around the park.
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Colm Tóibín: ‘Why shouldn’t Catalonia be an independent state within Europe?’
The author, who has observed Catalan politics for 40 years, calls for Madrid to soften its stance
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  • Unlike Pujol and Mas, Puigdemont comes from a less than wealthy background; unlike them too, he comes from the Catalan heartland, outside the city of Barcelona.
  • Rajoy and Puigdemont both have a duty to prevent such a deterioration.
  • The polls will, in effect, become the referendum on Catalan independence that the Madrid government has fought so hard to prevent.
  • Rajoy’s party has no strong roots in Catalonia.
  • This meant Rajoy and his advisers had no sense of how the middle ground in Catalonia was giving way.
  • Eventually Spain will send in cruel violent heavily armed military and police into Catalonia to subjugate Catalans by force.
  • They ignore historical facts as the active presence of Catalans when making the Constitution of Cadiz after the independence war, where Catalans felt so Spanish that fought with the rest of Spaniards to win the French.
  • Catalan extremism is Pujol claiming Andalusians were subhumans Junqueras going on about racial purity and eugenics Barrera calling for the death penalty and stating that "brown people" are less intelligent All documented.
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Trump’s posturing on Pakistan is a gift to China
The US president’s attack on the country has gifted China greater influence in an unstable region, writes academic and journalist Abhishek Parajuli
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  • After risking blindness and public mockery by staring directly at the eclipse, the president embarked on a series of wildly varying speeches It was a tale of three speeches for Donald Trump this week.
  • The sternest rebuke in Trump’s speech was aimed at Pakistan.
  • Editorial: The most combative White House aide has gone.
  • The stakes obviously are much higher regarding North Korea, with US-South Korean joint military exercises this week aggravating already-high tensions.
  • Barack Obama understood this as US president, and pressed Pakistan more subtly.
  • President Trump correctly said this and condemned both sides.
  • Trump needs friends in India too just to keep china honest.
  • Once Trump got the nomination partisan and tribal politics took over and they put the party interest ahead of national interest.
  • Lick some boots in the entertainment industry for a few years, and keep reminding people that you hate democracy, free speech and Trump.
  • China promised to support the North Koreans in the event of a war against South Korea.
  • China desperately needed the economic and military aid promised by the Soviets.
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China should cut off North Korea oil supply, Turnbull says
PM says Beijing has ‘by far the greatest leverage’ over Pyongyang and could use sanction to bring ‘regime to its senses’
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  • US president Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe have vowed to increase pressure on North Korea following the launch, with Abe describing the situation as an “unprecedented and grave threat”.
  • The talk of the prime minister’s visit will be the ‘progress’ of UK-Japan trade deals.
  • Hopes for a smooth buildup to the trip were dashed when North Korea fired the missile across northern Japan in the early hours of Tuesday morning, triggering emergency alarms on the island of Hokkaido.
  • North Korea isn't averse to aid from abroad, so crank it up, on the understanding that Kim Jong-un stops his nuclear programme and missile tests.
  • Just too much of a coincidence that Kim Jong-un happens to fire a missile over Japan just when the Socceroos are in Tokyo.
  • Like Trump, they periodically threaten fire and fury, but to think that the North Korea would actually strike first and attack South Korea or Japan (unless they were attacked themselves) is misguided.
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'The people are free': Zimbabweans react to the fall of Robert Mugabe
News of resignation of the 93-year-old president spread fast and sparked celebrations in Harare and beyond
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  • Many draw parallels between the deposed first lady of Zimbabwe and Madame Mao.
  • Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice-president sacked by Mugabe this month, is to be sworn in as president on Friday.
  • Emmerson Mnangagwa, a 75-year-old liberation war veteran and stalwart of the ruling Zanu-PF party is to be sworn in as president on Friday.
  • Mugabe’s ascendancy after Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain was not a foregone conclusion.
  • Editorial: Robert Mugabe vowed to stay in power until he was 100.
  • Robert Mugabe’s departure ushers in a heady new era for Zimbabwe.
  • Grace Mugabe chose to squander money and punch people in the face.
  • Remind me who imposed this form of politics on the people of Africa, oh yes Europe.
  • Zimbabwe needs a popular revolution to end the hold of the military over public life.
  • The people of Zimbabwe know all too well that their leaders' aim is to keep them "subjugated and poor".
  • In Zimbabwe Mugabe wants to empower the indigenous people.
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Caribbean faces fresh devastation as Hurricane Maria hits islands
Eye of storm expected to pass near Dominica on Monday evening with hurricane set to hit eastern islands still struggling after Hurricane Irma
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  • The category five storm passed directly over the island nation of Dominica on Monday night local time.
  • The official death toll from Hurricane Maria is 10, with two deaths confirmed on the French island of Guadeloupe, and one so far in Puerto Rico.
  • Islands already reeling after Hurricane Irma prepare for more devastation
  • Up to 20in of rain could drench the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands through Wednesday night – conditions that could cause life-threatening floods and mudslides.
  • This w as the perfect time to check the small print on the insurance policy Any insurance company which insured against hurricane damage in hurricane prone areas of the globe,would be committing financial suicide.
  • I don't understand why anyone would ignore the implications of climate change and buy a very expensive propery on a barrier island six feer above sea level.
  • These people have totally wrecked the islands...oh, shock, a hurricane hit...what a surprise.
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World Athletics: Guliyev beats Van Niekerk to take gold in men's 200m final – as it happened
Ramil Guliyev pipped Wayde van Niekerk to win the men’s 200m gold, Turkey’s first ever at the championships; Christian Taylor won the the men’s triple jump and Kori Carter the women’s 400m hurdles
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  • Isaac Makwala showed remarkable powers of recovery by running twice at the world championships on Wednesday night to qualify for the 200m final It has taken a series of plot twists worthy of a Hollywood thriller.
  • The usually calm Van Niekerk was visibly tearful and angry, speaking after taking 200m silver behind the shock victor, Ramil Guliyev of Turkey.
  • Usain Bolt’s final race ended in injury as Britain held off America to win the men’s 4x100m relay, after Mo Farah had to settle for silver in his last appearance
  • Also great for Ujah after his comments about not being afraid of Bolt were used against him a bit.
  • He's clearly dismayed by the concentration on the British team when there are scores of other athletes who warrant the public's attention.
  • Bolt pulled a hamstring during the relay race, colleagues blamed it on waiting in a cold room (In August?) and the GB team won !
  • Thank the lord the relay team won the gold medal and allowed discussion about how great they were.
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UN chief urges Myanmar to end violence as 120,000 Rohingya flee
Military operation pushing 15,000 Muslim ethnic minorities into Bangladesh every day, raising fears of border camp crisis
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  • Fresh outbreak of violence after decades of ethnic tensions has prompted tens of thousands of people to flee to Bangladesh Who are the Rohingya?
  • International pressure is growing on Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de-facto leader and a Nobel peace laureate, to intervene decisively and curb the military operations.
  • Reporter sees Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army militants in control of border post at frontier with Bangladesh Rohingya insurgents declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire last night, saying it would allow aid to reach north-western Myanmar.
  • Some people would kill for a Nobel peace prize.
  • But I do see people calling for Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out against genocide.
  • Yet genocide of the arminian people isn't recognised by many.
  • Take away Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize.
  • The Burmese did not suddenly decide genocide against the Rohingya people over night.
  • Why do people always have to link these things with religion?
  • & whilst Aung San Suu Kyi is a buddhist, Myanmar Buddhists monks have been at the forefront of much violence.
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Fact check: Aung San Suu Kyi's speech on the Rohingya crisis
Address by de facto leader of Myanmar on forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Muslims contained truths, half-truths and falsehoods
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  • On Tuesday, when the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, was asked if Australia would consider taking any Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, she said Australia wanted them to return to their country if possible.
  • As a leader of Myanmar’s opposition Aung San Suu Kyi won international praise and a Nobel peace prize in 1991.
  • More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh since Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts in late August, prompting a massive military crackdown.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi has collided head first with political reality and that is a shame, but Mother Theresa deliberately perpetuated suffering and poverty whilst sitting on a literal fortune.
  • Pakistan has own developed cruise missiles Myanmar military wouldn't stand chance against such combined military power.
  • The west wanted Aung San Suu Kyi to be a saint.
  • So she is a puppet of the military regime who simply want to open up the country and make more money, despite the genocide/ethnic cleansing.
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Grant Shapps: from rising Tory star to plotter against the PM
The backbencher revealed as leading a bid to oust Theresa May enjoyed a rapid ascent in the party but withdrew amid scandal
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  • Shapps said he had hoped to speak to the prime minister privately but the Tory party whips had unmasked him in the Times newspaper.
  • Jeremy Hunt issued a warning to Johnson on Monday that failure to swing behind May risked opening the door to a Labour government, which he claimed could stop Brexit in its tracks.
  • Simon Brodkin, a serial prankster who in 2015 showered the then Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, with fake banknotes, was tackled by security guards after interrupting May’s speech.
  • Q.'Back Theresa May or risk Labour government, Hunt warns Johnson' I have never seen the Tories this desperate before, they are panicking and scrapping like crazy.
  • Then they elected May as leader to ensure that she lost the election and left the Labour Party holding the Brexit baby and all May could do was lose her majority!
  • Asked about the efforts led by Shapps to gather sufficient support among Tory MPs to force a leadership contest following a disastrous party conference, May reiterated her point.
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More than 500,000 sign petition to save Uber as firm fights London ban
Strong support for ride-sharing firm whose boss vows to show it is a ‘great company meaningfully contributing to society’
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  • The London mayor’s transport authority has surprised Uber and its 40,000 drivers by refusing to renew the ride-hailing company’s operating licence.
  • Uber is cheap, convenient and by and large safe, but it has serious flaws too.
  • The council should be monitoring it and the landlords must be at fault if they know what’s going on.” These comments were echoed by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
  • Mayor Sadiq Khan has surprised Londoners and infuriated Uber drivers.
  • Look up the number of sexual assault claims made against UBER drivers.
  • If only London had a highly developed and efficient transport network utilising trains, trams, buses, boats and cycle routes.
  • How will it be a monopoly if Uber and black cabs are operating?
  • I'm sure Uber sre taking business from black cabs in central London but they do seem to offer a service black cab drivers don't (i.e to Zone 3 south east London).
  • Can we say the same to black cab drivers?
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Chris Froome’s failed test a disaster for cycling, says former UCI president
Pat McQuaid, the former head of cycling’s ruling body, says Chris Froome’s failed drug test is a disaster for the sport and believes the Briton will find it tough to avoid a ban
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  • The four-time Tour de France champion must explain to anti-doping authorities why he tested positive for an abnormally high level of asthma medication What is salbutamol?
  • Claim follows claim and now Chris Froome fails a drugs test.
  • The foundations of the revival of interest in cycling seem firm enough to help it survive the awkward questions asked of Wiggins, Britain’s and Team Sky’s first Tour winner, and now of Froome.
  • Team Sky say salbutamol levels can vary depending on dehydration and other factors.
  • The issue of performance enhancing drugs is no more limited to professional sports alone.
  • Froome insisted that he had provided cycling’s governing body, the UCI, with data that he hoped would explain why he had double the legally permitted amount of the asthma medication salbutamol in his urine.
  • Or, by challenging an extra puff on an asthma inhaler does it show how British is scrupulously careful and leading the world in keeping sport clean?
  • Tony Martin has heavily criticised Chris Froome, Team Sky and UCI for the double standards employed.
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France: Macron nods to the left with cabinet mini-shuffle
Socialist appointed to budget post after grumblings that president was favouring the rich
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  • The French leader’s bestseller unwittingly sheds light on his shortcomings Emmanuel Macron is by no means the first president of France to fancy himself as a man of letters.
  • At the start of the weekend, the FDP leader, Christian Lindner, announced a deadline for the exploratory talks.
  • Emmanuel Macron’s plans will be key – and Angela Merkel is not finished yet, writes Guardian columnist Natalie Nougayrède The collapse of Germany’s coalition talks is the latest shock to hit Europe.
  • Germany has benefited massively by participating in a weak currency, which would collapse without it, is this by design?
  • Merkel unilaterally made a decision that could change Germany(and Europe)forever Merkels immigration policies are very popular with the people in the areas that refugees settled.
  • New elections and then a Social Democrats and Merkel Party coalition.
  • So altogether 68% of voters did not want Macron and his acolytes...
  • It appears the main reason people have to dislike Merkel is the fact that she showed compassion to refugees.
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From gas blast to carnage in Las Ramblas: the attacks that shook Spain
A night of terrorism in Catalonia that left 19 people dead - including five terrorists - and more than 130 injured began with a botched attempt to construct a gas bomb
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  • Hours after van killed 13 people and injured 100 in Las Ramblas, seaside town of Cambrils hit by second vehicle attack, leaving one dead and six wounded
  • When a huge blast tore through a country house, police at first thought it was related to illegal drugs.
  • Several of those suspected of involvement in the attacks are thought to come from Ripoll, an inland town of 11,000 people about 60 miles (100km) north-west of Barcelona.
  • Las Ramblas is the boulevard known to all visitors to Barcelona.
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The Guardian view on Robert Mueller’s investigation: this says it’s serious for Trump
Editorial: The US president may ignore the rules of politics, but he cannot ignore the rule of law and the special counsel
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  • Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted on financial charges, but George Papadopoulos was the surprise as the Russia inquiry enveloped the capital For a moment in court, the mask slipped.
  • Editorial: The US president may ignore the rules of politics, but he cannot ignore the rule of law and the special counsel Donald Trump reacted with his characteristic bravado and irrelevance.
  • “Yesterday, special counsel Robert Mueller finally dropped tracks from his highly anticipated new album Kremlinade,” Noah began.
  • “That move was definitely meant for public consumption.
  • When this first arose it was clear any potential involvement would include washing money from Russian mafia, oil extraction, Obama's sanctions and US real estate.
  • C'mon people wake up Russia did not vote him in the American electorate did!
  • Are you telling me that Hillary hired Paul Manafort to work on the Trump campaign and launder funding from Russia via banks in Cyprus??
  • To have such a clearly unqualified man like Trump insult and humiliate them must be nearly unbearable.
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Netflix fires Kevin Spacey from House of Cards
Company also declines to release biopic starring and produced by Spacey, who has been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour
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  • Netflix had previously announced it was ending the Emmy-nominated House of Cards at the conclusion of its upcoming sixth season amid sexual allegations against Spacey.
  • The theatre director’s immediate and fierce response to the revelations about Harvey Weinstein was to hold an event in which 150 testimonies of sexual abuse of power were read out over five hours.
  • Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey appear to be the latest victims of a new illness coursing its way around the film industry.
  • I wish they could see Featherstone now, fizzing with unapologetically purposeful energy.
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Truck attack in New York City: what we know so far
Suspect, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan national, appears to have been inspired by Isis in deadliest terror attack on New York City since 9/11
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  • The chances of Saipov receiving the death penalty on federal charges in a court in New York are slim.
  • Saipov is suspected of mowing down people as he drove a rented Home Depot truck down a cycle path in lower Manhattan, not far from the World Trade Center.
  • She said she did not know if Saipov was religious.
  • Enough!’ Donald Trump said he had ordered the Department of Homeland Security to step up its “extreme vetting program” following a vehicle attack in New York on Tuesday that left eight people dead.
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Spanish attacks death toll rises to 16 after woman dies in hospital
Officials in Catalonia say 51-year-old German woman died from injuries suffered in terrorist attack in Barcelona
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  • All three took part in the Cambrils attack, which left one woman dead and six people injured.
  • A new plan was rapidly hatched, resulting in one cell member, Younes Abouyaaqoub, driving a hired Fiat van along Las Ramblas in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring more than 130.
  • Police have pieced together fragments from 120 gas canisters that exploded at the house last week, killing two people.
  • Police are also investigating whether the suspect stabbed a Spanish man and stole his car, some 90 minutes after the Barcelona attack.
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Kenyans queue for hours to vote amid fears of post-election violence
Result of tight contest between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga could be known by Wednesday morning
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  • The election pits the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, in power since 2013, against the veteran opposition politician Raila Odinga.
  • Non-aligned voters hoped for a new Kenya post-election.
  • In 2007, Odinga’s claims of vote-rigging prompted rioting and retaliation by security forces, which tipped the country into its worst crisis for decades, with about 1,200 people killed.
  • There were also reports of clashes between protesters and riot police in opposition strongholds in the city as well as in the western city of Kisumu.
  • It sums up politics in Africa, sadly. (If a British journo wrote this it wouldn't get published in the Guardian).
  • The test of a real leader is how the poorest do under their leadership and in Kenya as elsewhere around the world the mass of ordinary people have and will struggle to survive whilst the elite get richer.
  • It is no wonder that in places like Nairobi Jubilee overwhelmingly won the governorship from the NASA candidate who I can tell you is extremely unpopular.
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Venezuela crisis: US imposes fresh sanctions in effort to stop rewrite of constitution
Sanctions unveiled for alleged human rights abuses and corruption, as opposition activists launch 48-hour strike before vote on constitution rewrite
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  • The opposition has vowed to redouble its resistance and US president Donald Trump has promised broader economic sanctions against Venezuela after the vote, suggesting the oil-rich nation’s crisis is set to escalate.
  • He is the author of Comandante: Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela THE MADURO FILE Born Nicolás Maduro Moros, 23 November 1962, in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Maduro has convened a national vote to elect a Constituent Assembly to redraft the country’s constitution.
  • The opposition has called a general strike and fresh street demonstrations in protest.
  • Running out of beer was possibly socialism's finest moment in Venezuela.
  • Venezuela is the world's richest country in OIL Reserves.
  • The problem with Venezuela isn't "socialism".
  • Because the country had so many many poor people the funds that should have been invested in diversification and investments for the future were spent on sustaining and lifting the poor people of the country.
  • Chavez and Maduro adopted policies that were widely acclaimed as Socialist by people who claim to know what they are talking about.
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Trump State of the Union address promised unity but emphasized discord
The president’s ‘new American moment’ speech stirred Republican applause while Democrats showed thinly disguised contempt
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  • The Trump administration has moved to strip protections from the group put in place by Obama.
  • A round-up of some of the more eyebrow-raising statements in the US president’s interview with Piers Morgan Donald Trump has given a wide-ranging interview to Piers Morgan for ITV.
  • But not Yellen, whom President Barack Obama appointed in 2014 and whose last day on the job is 3 February.
  • Trump’s longtime fans were ecstatic about the speech, amid some evidence of widespread public approval.
  • Trump is a simpleton but he can still play the Democrats like a fiddle.
  • Janet Yellen, perhaps the most successful Federal Reserve Chairman in modern history and the first woman to hold the job, was completely unrecognized.
  • Ah, millionaires who have gained themselves an enormous tax cut at the cost of ordinary people, the workforce.
  • Neither Yellen nor Trump have meaningfully influenced the economy.
  • Can the 45th. with a helping hand from his enabling gop destabilize & damage the economy by undoing the achievements of Janet Yellen?
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Turn and face the strange: the 12 weirdest days from Trump's first year
Covering the first year of the Trump presidency has been a wild and unpredictable ride. The Guardian’s Washington bureau chief David Smith charts the 12 oddest days
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  • The Trump name is being scrubbed off skylines from New York to Toronto to Rio as the brand backfires It takes all of 30 seconds for the doorman at Trump Place to kick me out of the building.
  • Trump and Schumer shared a cheeseburger lunch at the White House.
  • But the deal frayed and John Kelly, the White House chief of staff and an immigration hardliner, called Schumer to kill the talks.
  • On Friday, five red-state Senate Democrats joined Republicans to support a bill to keep the government open.
  • "You’d think that Democrats in Congress would jump at the opportunity to impose a constraint on Donald Trump’s presidency – one that liberals and Democrats alike have characterized as authoritarian.
  • Openly threatening autocratic rule against the people's elected representatives, met with cheers from his party is pretty solid evidence that Democrats want an authoritarian government.
  • Most people would assume an association with THAT Trump.
  • The Trump brand had value for bankers who had Trump by the balls after his New Jersey Casino debacle.
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Let’s face it – too much of the food chain is broken
Contaminated food is the price we will increasingly pay as the farming industry chases profits
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  • UK food safety inspectors trying to trace 21,000 eggs imported from affected Dutch farms but experts say that may be difficult Eggs contaminated with a toxic insecticide harmful to humans may have reached shops in the UK.
  • Waitrose free-range reduced fat egg mayonnaise deli filler – 170g – 14 August.
  • It emerged this week, courtesy of an angry and defensive Belgian agriculture minister, that as far back as November the Dutch authorities received a tipoff that fipronil was being used illegally in farms in the Netherlands.
  • Because the German consumer wants the lowest possible price and is prepared to turn a blind eye on the lack of quality whereas the British and French are prepared to spend more and have higher expectations.
  • But by 'industrialising' production, of food as well as things, wealthier nations have freed up resources to greatly improve health care, education and so on.
  • I am no fan of farmers, but isn't the food contamination crisis a symptom of supermarkets controlling our food security.
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Bof! Why Emmanuel Macron is already tanking in the polls
Only two months in, the new president of France has suffered a precipitous decline in approval ratings. Zut alors!
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  • Only two months in, the new president of France has suffered a precipitous decline in approval ratings.
  • Last week the French president enjoyed celebrity visits from Rihanna and Bono.
  • Earlier this month, Macron was accused of betraying his manifesto promises by putting off promised tax cuts.
  • But Haftar, who this month declared victory over rival armed groups in the battle for Libya’s second city, Benghazi, has refused to accept the government’s legitimacy.
  • The numbers aren’t likely to dissuade Macron.
  • There are no defence interests because STX France hasn't built military vessels for years, DCNS/Naval Group do that AND can build aircraft carriers, contrary to what the French are claiming.
  • Poor Brits Unable to understand why it is has been bought by the French government.
  • If Macron can achieve the goal of reforming labour laws and making a level playing field for French businesses in Europe then France will very quickly outcompete Germany.
  • Macron has, to most people with a brain, exceeded expectations.
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Most of the Brexit rebels are lawyers. Maybe experts are useful after all
Without the intervention of 11 highly qualified Tory MPs, the government would have almost unchecked power over Brexit• Schona Jolly is a human rights and equalities lawyer
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  • This would require any final UK-EU Brexit deal to be put to a meaningful parliamentary vote.
  • Lawyers are quick to caution that the dramatic vote on Wednesday night to amend the EU withdrawal bill does not in itself give MPs a right to veto Brexit next autumn.
  • May claimed the government still hoped to agree a trade deal by next autumn.
  • Grieve and his fellow rebel Stephen Hammond said another defeat was likely next week if May persisted in her attempt to fix the date of Brexit.
  • The vast, vast majority of Tory MPs voted with the government.
  • Why on earth should Scotland be deprived of freedom of movement when not only Scotland voted against but the overwhelming majority of our Scottish democratically elected representatives in Westminster voted against triggering A50?
  • The majority of people did not vote to leave.
  • Theresa May tells MPs Brexit deal is 'good news' for both remain supporters and leave supporters - Politics live One thing i can't stand is people who talk sh*t.
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Iraqi Kurds polarised as region holds historic referendum on independence
Excitement has been building in Erbil, where veteran Kurdish president Massoud Barzani is popular, but 150 miles to the east, in Sulaimaniya, it’s business as usual
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  • Excitement has been building in Erbil, where veteran Kurdish president Massoud Barzani is popular, but 150 miles to the east, in Sulaimaniya, it’s business as usual Its streets bustled with Sunday shoppers.
  • However, Iran, Turkey and Baghdad fear the ballot could provide momentum to restive Kurdish movements and potentially destabilise borders elsewhere in the region.
  • Massoud Barzani, the de facto president of the region’s Kurds, had hoped to transition strong support for the poll into political leverage that could eventually help negotiate independence from Iraq.
  • Kurdish independence is a noble cause which should have been achieved a century ago, but the machinations of Imperialist British and French politicians, desperate to get control of Kurdistan's oil-production, prevented it.
  • Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey are all volatile nations who stand to lose territorially and financially from an independent Kurdistan.
  • The arguments rest on their desire to secede from Iraq and in claiming all areas where Kurds live or have lived as belonging to Iraqi Kurdistan.
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Eyes down for the run-in as F1’s season reconvenes at Spa
Sebastian Vettel has a 14-point lead in his Ferrari but the second half of the racing year sees the majority of races favouring the Mercedes’ setup and Lewis Hamilton
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  • Hamilton pitted to take the harder soft rubber on lap 13 and his team-mate Bottas came in two laps later but Ferrari chose not to respond, leaving Vettel and Raikkonen out.
  • Hamilton, speaking before the Belgian Grand Prix this Sunday, trails Vettel by 14 points in the world championship.
  • Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was in third, with the sister Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen fourth and the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas fifth.
  • Vettel has acknowledged Ferrari will be on the back foot in Spa.
  • Interesting as Hamilton definitely outbraked Vettel after the SC restart into Les Combes - it looked like the Ferrari was through otherwise.
  • Surely they have to fire Pérez at the end of the season.
  • The safety car, for all his radio messages, perhaps saved the race for Hamilton.
  • Lewis H = coolness under fire Great effort by Vettel-Ferrari though: much closer than all the pre-race punditry would have us believe.
  • I think Mercedes will need the team orders to battle against Ferrari or risk losing the drivers title.
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Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan's memoir Brave 'will pull no punches'
The actor has alleged that the film producer raped her in 1997, and her book promises to ‘shine a light on a business built on systemic misogyny’
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  • More than 50 women have alleged that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades.
  • Among the private security agencies hired by Weinstein starting around autumn 2016, the magazine claims, was Black Cube, which is largely run by former officers of Israeli intelligence agencies, including Mossad.
  • The Hollywood mogul, according to the report, had hired private investigators to aggressively track actors and journalists in a highly sophisticated push to prevent the publication of a litany of sexual harassment and assault allegations.
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Nobel prize in literature 2017: Kazuo Ishiguro wins – as it happened
This year’s prize has been awarded to the British author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go
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  • As Ishiguro is named the 2017 recipient of Nobel prize in literature, his fellow authors reflect on a writer who ‘moves the furniture around inside your head’ Sebastian Barry Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel prize.
  • This year’s prize has been awarded to the British author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go
  • Ishiguro’s novels step aside from contemporary mores and pressing social issues.
  • While stylistically austere or self-limiting, Ishiguro’s fiction revels in literary allusion and generic playfulness.
  • Ishiguro is the only British writer I can think of who is anywhere near deserving of this prize (and absolutely deserving he is).
  • Daft comment from rushdie - I think bob Dylan just about edges out ishiguro in the songwriting stakes.
  • For the record I think Kazuo Ishiguro is a great writer....nevertheless, I would say Kazuo who? or Kazuo Ishihuroowho?
  • Wonderful subtle writer and a lovely man, congrats.
  • Wonder how Cormac McCarthy has never won a Nobel prize.
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Poland's president signs controversial law despite protests
Andrzej Duda promised to veto two bills seen as limiting judicial independence but has now signed a third
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  • The two laws signed by Duda give the justice minister the power to select the heads of the local courts, and allows greater government control over the country’s school of judiciary.
  • Donald Tusk, the European council president and a former Polish prime minister, had warned of a “black scenario that could ultimately lead to the marginalisation of Poland in Europe”.
  • Poland’s ruling rightwing Law and Justice party (PiS) has been in almost constant conflict with the European commission since it was elected.
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Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws – explained
What are Meltdown and Spectre? Do they only affect Intel chips? Will the fixes slow my computer … and what even is a processor?
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  • While normal computer users could see performance problems, the security flaw also affects cloud servers, with Amazon, Microsoft and Google all expected to have to fix the bug with similar performance-reducing patches.
  • The flaws, called Meltdown and Spectre, exist within virtually all modern processors and could allow hackers to steal sensitive data although no data breaches have been reported yet.
  • It is feared that the security flaw within the Intel processors could be used to access passwords, login details and other protected information on the computer.
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The Guardian view on South Africa’s new leader: a welcome change, but a long road to travel
Editorial: The optimism surrounding Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency is understandable after Jacob Zuma’s disastrous tenure. But South Africa needs systemic change too
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  • Many in South Africa are increasingly impatient with the ANC’s management of the crisis, which has undermined the sense of optimism prompted by Ramaphosa’s election.
  • Editorial: The optimism surrounding Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency is understandable after Jacob Zuma’s disastrous tenure.
  • Magashule described the meeting as “very cordial”.
  • Zuma’s tumultuous nine years in power have been marred by economic decline and multiple charges of corruption that undermined the image and legitimacy of the party that led South Africans to freedom from apartheid in 1994.
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Dreamers condemn 'extremely wrong' Jeff Sessions: 'We're not taking jobs from anybody'
The attorney general said Dreamers were ‘denying jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans’ – an unfounded claim that has prompted anger and disbelief
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  • Donald Trump is scrapping the Obama-era program for children brought to the US illegally.
  • Daca, which protected immigrants known as Dreamers, granted temporary status to roughly 800,000 people, allowing them the right to live, study and work legally in the US.
  • Gonzales said the Daca program, contrary to Sessions’ claims, actually boosted the economy.
  • New applications under Daca will no longer be accepted.
  • His tone was so friendly to the Dreamers that you half expected Trump to deny that Sessions was his appointee.
  • Why in the world would Democrats sit and sulk when it's the Democrats who've been arguing for comprehensive immigration reform for years and are the greatest supporters of dreamers between the parties?
  • Trump must think it a mere "nicety", Jay, after all he did pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio who blatantly profiled people of Hispanic descent while they were simply driving, walking or working.
  • Obama issued executive orders (DACA, et al) related to immigration -but these required that ICE act contrary to law.
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Iran's president says Saudi Arabia behind 'hostility' in region
Iran’s president says Riyadh is interfering in Yemen and Lebanon, and its allies, US and Israel, dominate to ‘plunder oil and wealth’
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  • He said the US and Israel were trying to dominate the region to “plunder its oil and wealth” and that Donald Trump’s administration was “skilful in pickpocketing” Saudi Arabia.
  • Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has speculated that Hariri was being held against his will in the kingdom and that it appeared as if Saudi Arabia had forced his resignation.
  • Hariri’s resignation was announced in a televised address from Riyadh, during which he said Iran was controlling the region.
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Ryanair ‘barring passengers from new compensation flight offer’
Airline facing claims it issued refunds without telling customers they could switch airlines
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  • In July, it analysed data from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and found that where passengers took a compensation complaint against Ryanair to the regulator, Ryanair was in the wrong in 77% of cases.
  • Airline facing claims it issued refunds without telling customers they could switch airlines Ryanair was facing a fresh backlash on Saturday as customers complained they had been told they were ineligible for an improved compensation offer for cancelled flights.
  • The airline said it had emailed affected customers to offer a refund or an alternative flight.
  • In short other Ryanair customers are not subsidising anyone who had their flight cancelled.
  • I don't care how cheap the flights are, I wouldn't go near O'Leary's airline ever again.
  • There should be special travel insurance for Ryanair passengers.
  • I get some cheap trips to Euroland if they do fly, and €250 compensation per cancelled flight if they don't -- what's not to win win!
  • With RyanAir you don't even get what you paid for.
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North Korea: US detects signs of new missile test, official says
US defense official says Pentagon believes test could go ahead on 27 July, on the 64th anniversary of the Korean armistice agreement
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  • The launch on Friday from Chagang province came less than a month after Pyongyang claimed to have tested its first ICBM.
  • North Korea’s latest missile test came hours after Kim Jong-un had visited a military cemetery to mark the 64th anniversary of the 1953 armistice.
  • North Korea conducted its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test late on Friday in what it called a warning to the “beast-like US imperialists”.
  • The North last August successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
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Sam Shepard was wild at heart and mapped the American soul
From Paris, Texas to Buried Child, Shepard’s writing hits you in the gut. He never failed to show audiences something they’d never seen before
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  • From Paris, Texas to Buried Child, Shepard’s writing hits you in the gut.
  • Buried Child is an “American family play”, but it’s also one that bucks and kicks against the tropes of those plays with howls of violence and anger.
  • One of his earliest great plays, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, was staged at the Royal Court after Shepard moved to London in the early 70s.
  • • Samuel Shepard Rogers, writer and actor, born 5 November 1943; died 27 July 2017
  • A straw man argument crowbarred onto the end of a piece celebrating his life and work.
  • RIP Sam Shepard, saw Lie of the Mind at the Royal Court back in 1987 with Miranda Richardson , Great stuff, talented man.
  • So sad that a great playwright and actor has died.
  • So too Sam Shepard- his sadness and sensitivity made him more real than the average actor.
  • What a great actor, always enjoyed his movies.
  • A true great and an icon in American theatre, he will be truly missed.
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US to open Jerusalem embassy sooner than expected, says Pence
Controversial move to be made by end of 2019, vice-president tells Israeli parliament
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  • Arab-Israeli politicians were ejected from the Knesset at the start of Pence’s speech for heckling.
  • President Mahmoud Abbas rescinded an invitation for Pence to visit the West Bank and called Trump’s announcement a “slap in the face”.
  • The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called the boycott a disgrace, telling the Knesset on Monday that Trump’s decision would go down as historic.
  • Israel regards all of the city as its “eternal and undivided capital”.
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Turkey begins assault on Kurdish-held enclave in Syria
Bombardment risks inflaming relations with US, which has allied with Kurds against Isis
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  • The Afrin offensive came after a US announcement that it would train an army to patrol Syria’s borders that would include the YPG as a key component, which Turkey said was a national security threat.
  • Turkey’s military is calling the campaign Operation Olive Branch.
  • Ankara also said there were casualties but all of them were Kurdish militants.
  • Turkish officials on Sunday insisted the operation in Afrin was aimed at clearing out the Kurdish militias ruling the enclave, which they insisted had repeatedly harassed and targeted Turkish positions near the border.
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'Humble' Kim Yo-jong has charmed the media, but the glow is unlikely to last
With her ‘deadly side-eye’ and ‘nimble’ ways, the sister of North Korean leader has been the centre of attention since she arrived at the Winter Games
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  • The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been the centre of attention since she landed in South Korea for an historic three-day visit as part of attending the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
  • It became plain after US vice-president Mike Pence visited South Korea for the opening of the Winter Olympics at the weekend, experts said.
  • Kim Yo-jong delivered a letter from her brother while she was in Seoul asking Moon to visit “at his earliest convenience”.
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The FCC must not give internet providers the keys to your online freedom
The majority of the FCC commissioners are not listening to the people. They are listening to a handful of multibillion-dollar businesses instead
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  • The majority of the FCC commissioners are not listening to the people.
  • “The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed order to repeal net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create.
  • Commonly referred to as “ net neutrality”, what is at stake is the ability of consumers and businesses to reach the online applications and services of their choosing without interference from their broadband provider.
  • But FCC chair Ajit Pai and his two fellow Republicans voted for the repeal.
  • Fuck yeah I am going to pay for fast lanes.
  • Net Neutrality as written tried to be overly broad.
  • "The majority of the FCC commissioners are not listening to the people.
  • The end product of net neutrality is to deny people the choice between fast and expensive (overnight Fed Ex) and slow and cheap (5 business days Post Office).
  • Ajit Pai tells the voting board and consumers that the FTC will be able to monitor and legislate when the FCC ends net Nutrality.
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Donald Trump’s demonisation of Iran is dishonest and dangerous
The nuclear deal is a force for stability in the unstable Middle East –and to endanger it is irresponsible, says Michael Axworthy, author of Revolutionary Iran
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  • European lobbying efforts are now focused on Congress which will have two months to decide – in the absence of Trump’s endorsement of the 2015 deal – whether to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions.
  • Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and national security advisor, HR McMaster, are both thought to have also advised Trump not to withhold certification.
  • The non-certification of the Iran deal threatens to trigger a second nuclear standoff at a time when the US is already immersed in one with North Korea.
  • Iran is a war-mongering state that has threatened to annihilate Israel, and like its arch-enemy Saudi Arabia, finances terrorist groups in the Middle East and around the world.
  • Planet Zog calling the brain of HRH Trump of the USA.
  • Donald Trump’s demonisation of Iran is dishonest and dangerous "
  • Considering before he was elected, China's, Iran's, Russia's and North Korea's standing was increasing and reckless, I think Trump's putting western values back on track.
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Second man held after sword attack at Buckingham Palace
Counter-terrorism officers arrest 30-year-old at address in west London
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  • Police confirmed that no members of the royal family were in Buckingham Palace at the time.
  • Officers inside the vehicle spotted a large knife displayed openly in the suspect’s car.
  • The man, who repeatedly shouted Allahu Akbar, was incapacitated with CS spray.” The investigation is being led by Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command.
  • Witness Kiana Williamson said the incident lasted around a minute: “The police were trying to get the man out of the car, shouting.