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FBI employees mishandled evidence after Manchester bombing, report finds

Justice department finds misconduct by four FBI employees after British police photographs leaked to US media after attack Four FBI employees mishandled sensitive information provided by British intelligence following last years suicide bombing in Manchester, a justice department watchdog said on Wednesday. Theresa May to complain to Donald Trump while British police temporarily said on Wednesday it was unable to pinpoint the source of the leaks, but that it had found misconduct by four of the more than 1,000 bureau employees who received an email containing the intelligence. article published…

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Family who fell on to tube track unharmed after train passes overhead

Husband jumped to help wife and child who fell from platform at Baker Street station A mother and child who fell onto a tube track at Baker Street station survived by ducking into a pit between the rails as the train passed over their heads. The womans husband also escaped unharmed after jumping down from the platform to try to help his family before the train passed. The woman was walking with a pram along the platform at the station in north London at about 10.15pm on Friday night, but…

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Arms industry spends millions to promote brands in schools

Defence groups sponsor lessons that promote building and sale of military hardware Arms manufacturers are spending millions of pounds a year promoting their brands in Britains schools, the Observer has learned. The companies, which between them have sold tens of billions of pounds of weapons to overseas governments, including those with poor human rights records, sponsor a series of school events at which their brands are prominently on display. In addition, they issue teaching materials for use in classrooms that promote the defence sector, sponsor competitions and award prizes. One…

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‘Have people inspected’ at Irish border after Brexit, says Rees-Mogg

Critics deride suggestion of return to arrangements as we had during the Troubles Jacob Rees-Mogg has sparked a fresh row about the status of the Irish border after Brexit after a video emerged in which he suggests a return to checks as we had during the Troubles. The Conservative MP is seen on the footage from the public meeting suggesting the government could keep an eye on the border. Ireland would not be a free for all. It would be perfectly possible to continue with historic arrangements to ensure that…

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Barry Chuckle, one half Chuckle Brothers duo, dies aged 73

Manager says comedy entertainer died peacefully at home with his wife and familyBarry Chuckle a life in pictures The entertainer Barry Chuckle, one half of the comedy duo #Chucklevision Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) One of my favourites from childhood years, teenage years and as an adult! Gutted. Barry Chuckle RIP sir. August 5, 2018 It has since emerged that Elliot had been suffering from ill-health for more than six months before his death. The brothers had recently filmed a new series, Chuckle Time, for Channel 5. Elliott was unwell toward the…

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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is not a threat to Jewish life in Britain

Labour leader admits party has been too slow in tackling antisemitism within its ranks broken his silence over the antisemitism row engulfing Labour, acknowledging the party has a real problem over the issue but strongly rejecting the idea that it poses any threat to the Jewish community in the UK. Writing in the Guardian following increasing calls for him to take a lead and address the concerns of many Jewish groups, the Labour leader accepted that the partys incomplete adoption of an internationally recognised definition of antisemitism had caused genuine…

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The far right is at its strongest since the 1930s, and the media is helping | Owen Jones

Prominent far-right figures being given airtime on the BBC, LBC and ITV are not being properly challenged on their views, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The far right is on the march, and it is being legitimised and enabled by parts of the mainstream media. The shambolic interview of contempt of court was allowed to present himself as a legal expert. His link to the far-right Breitbart website was not mentioned. His claim that there was nothing far-right about us was not challenged, despite his sympathy for Donald Trump from…

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Bones found at Stonehenge belonged to people from Wales

Tests show 5,000-year-old remains found at the world heritage site came from more than 100 miles away in west Wales The bones of people buried at Stonehenge, who died and were cremated about 5,000 years ago, have given up their secrets: like the bluestones, which form part of the famous prehistoric monument, they came from west Wales, near the Preseli Hills where the stones were quarried. The remains of at least 10 of 25 individuals, whose brittle charred bones were buried at the monument, showed that they did not spend…

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Jeremy Hunt on Brexit: ‘We are heading for no deal by accident’

Probability of exit without deal increasing by the day, UK foreign secretary says The Brexit process is currently heading for no deal by accident, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said during talks in Austria, stepping up his warnings about a potential collapse in talks. This is not project fear, this is project reality, Hunt told a press conference in Vienna alongside his Austrian counterpart, Karin Kneissl. We have to make a decision on Britains future relationship with the EU by the end of this year and we have to…

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‘A Brexited flatland: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK

Festival co-founder urges government to make it easier for international artists to perform in Britain The musician Peter Gabriel has expressed alarm over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at artists declined invitations to perform at Womad, with many citing the difficulty of entering the country under the automated visa system that first created issues for the festival in 2017. Whether their perceptions are real or inflamed, the reality is that artists are deciding that the hassle and cost of entering the UK…

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Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China

British foreign secretary refers to his Chinese wife as Japanese during debut visit to Beijing Jeremy Hunt, Britains new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as Japanese. China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japans bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s. Hunt, who was on his first…

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Recognition at last for Gentleman Jack, Britains first modern lesbian

Anne Lister has been honoured in the church where she wed, and her tales of passionate affairs are now the subject of a TV drama She was a 19th-century pioneer in many fields: business, travel, mountaineering. But 178 years after her death, Anne Lister is best known for her string of female lovers, with their erotic encounters explicitly chronicled in a coded diary stretching to 27 volumes. Last week, the woman often referred to as the first modern lesbian was honoured with a blue plaque at Holy Trinity church in…

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Democracy at risk due to fake news and data misuse, MPs conclude

Parliamentary inquiry to demand urgent action to combat relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views Democracy is at risk unless the government and regulators take urgent action to combat a growing crisis of data manipulation, disinformation and so-called fake news, a parliamentary committee is expected to say. In damning conclusions to a report leaked by former Vote Leave campaign strategist Dominic Cummings before its official publication on Sunday, the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee in a post on his personal blog, saying that it had been leaked to him. Cummings,…

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British cave diver considering legal action over Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack

Vernon Unsworth astonished and very angry after Tesla owner makes baseless remark A British cave diver who was instrumental in the called him a pedo on Twitter. Vernon Unsworth told the Guardian on Monday he was astonished and very angry at the attack, for which Musk offered no evidence or basis. The billionaire initially doubled down on the comments made on social media, but has since deleted them. Unsworth told journalists at the cave site, where a clean-up operation is under way, that the remarks about him were an attack…

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