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Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans

British writer Michael Hirst joins forces with the mega-filmmaker to tell story of the Caesars Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans US director Martin Scorsese and British writer Michael Hirst will focus on youth and vitality of ancient Romes rulers Dalya Alberge Last modified on Sun 11 Feb 2018 12.24EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Katheryn Winnick in Vikings. The series writer, Michael Hirst, will join forces with Martin Scorsese for a TV drama about the Caesars. Photograph: MGM/Allstar…

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John McDonnell says nationalising services would cost nothing

Shadow chancellor says Labours public ownership agenda is an economic necessity John McDonnell says nationalising services would cost nothing Shadow chancellor says Labours public ownership agenda is an economic necessity Sat 10 Feb 2018 07.35EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close

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Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study

University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Alex Hern @alexhern Last modified on Tue 6 Feb 2018 07.25EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Trump supporters in 2016. Photograph: Bill Wechter/AFP/Getty Images Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing…

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Two Freemasons’ lodges operating secretly at Westminster

Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members Two Freemasons’ lodges operating secretly at Westminster Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members Sun 4 Feb 2018 09.00EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the governing body for Freemasons in England and Wales, said there was no contradiction between the practice of journalism and membership of Freemasonry….

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Emma Watsons willingness to face the truth about race is refreshing | Lola Okolosie

I hope that the actors acknowledgment that she has benefited from being white will lead others to ask themselves hard questions too, says Lola Okolosie, an English teacher and freelance writer Feminism, to quote Sojourner Truth asked the Womens Convention in Akron, Ohio, Aint I a Woman?. There she was demanding that white feminists include black womens struggles in the fight for womens rights. It was there, too, in acknowledged this week. To have a Black Feminist, wrote: The feminist story belongs to all women everywhere but that is not…

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US drug firm offers cure for blindness at $425,000 an eye

Spark Therapeutics says responsible price for Luxturna gene therapy ensures access for patients with retinal defect A drug whose inventors claim it can cure a rare form of blindness is to be one of the most expensive medicines ever sold at $850,000 (630,000). Luxturna is injected directly into the eye to address the root cause of visual impairment by replacing a defective gene in the retina. It is the first gene therapy to be approved for use in the US, and was given the go-ahead by the Federal Drug Administration…

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Lewis Hamilton apologises for ‘inappropriate’ comments about nephew

F1 champions regrets follow criticism for making fun of child on social media, telling him: Boys dont wear princess dresses Lewis Hamilton has apologised for making inappropriate comments about his young nephew wearing a dress. The Formula One world champion was accused of humiliating his nephew online after he posted a video in which he disapproved of his relatives choice of Christmas attire, telling him: Boys dont wear princess dresses. Hamilton has since deleted the Instagram post, which showed his nephew wearing a purple and pink outfit and carrying a…

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Queen to reflect on ‘appalling’ attacks in Christmas Day message

Monarch to focus on warmth, familiarity and love of home as she remembers London and Manchester atrocities The Queen will remember this years appalling terrorist attacks in London and Manchester that claimed 41 lives, as she delivers a Christmas Day television message focusing on the importance of home. The traditional televised message the 60th by the Queen was pre-recorded in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace. She will say: We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love there is a timeless simplicity to the pull of…

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Pope calls for two-state solution in Israel and Palestine

Pope Francis uses traditional Christmas Day message to address damage done by controversial Trump speech two weeks ago The pope has reinforced calls for a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in his traditional Christmas Day message delivered just over two weeks after the US president, Donald Trump, inflamed tensions in the region. Speaking before the faithful in St Peters Square in Rome, Francis said the children of the Middle East continued to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. This month, Trump…

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Aardvark killed and four meerkats presumed dead after fire at London zoo

Zoo to reopen on Christmas Eve despite blaze at Regents Park site, which left some staff requiring treatment for smoke inhalation An aardvark has died and four meerkat brothers are presumed dead after a large fire broke out at ZSL London zoo in the early hours of Saturday morning. A number of ZSL London staff have been treated for smoke inhalation after the blaze in the Animal Adventure section, which spread to an adjacent shop. Sadly our vets have confirmed the death of our nine-year-old aardvark, Misha,

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Damian Green sacked as first secretary of state after porn allegations

Green admits he made misleading statements after pornography was found on Commons computer in 2008 Damian Green was sacked as first secretary of state on Wednesday after admitting he lied about the presence of pornographic images on his House of Commons computer. An investigation by the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood found that Greens vehement denials after a Sunday newspaper reported that porn had been found on his computer were inaccurate and misleading. His departure is a personal blow for Theresa May, who brought him into Downing Street after her…

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Brexit will cause loss of influence on scale of 1970s, says ex-MI6 chief

Sir John Sawers tells MPs national assessment is needed of how Britains future standing can be recovered Brexit is set to cause a loss of UK influence on a par with the 1970s, requiring a national assessment of how the UKs future standing can be recovered once Brexit is complete, Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, has warned. Speaking to the foreign affairs select committee, Sawers said: We can see the trend of the coming years and we do not want to go through a repeat of the…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on 19 May

Kensington Palace confirms the royal wedding date for the prince and his American fiancee, the same day as the FA Cup final Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry on Saturday 19 May, Kensington Palace has announced. The couple had already indicated they planned a May wedding at St Georges Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Confirmation of the exact date was made on the announced their engagement on 27 November and a few days later the royal introduced his bride-to-be to the public during a Who is…

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World’s richest 0.1% have boosted their wealth by as much as poorest half

Inequality report also shows UKs 50,000 richest people have seen their share of the countrys wealth double since 1984 The richest 0.1% of the worlds population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50% or 3.8 billion people since 1980, according to a report detailing the widening gap between the very rich and poor. The Share of global wealth by income groups The report, which drew on the work of more than 100 researchers around the world, found that the richest 1% of the global population…

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