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Extinction Rebellion protesters stop rush-hour traffic in London

Lewisham campaigners block three roads into city centre to highlight air pollution crisis Environmental protesters stopped traffic on three main roads into central London from the south-east in protest over the air pollution crisis in the area. The protesters, organised by a local chapter of the group, blocked traffic on the A20 near Lewisham station, A205 South Circular in Catford and the A2 in Deptford during the morning rush-hour. XR said the action was intended as the first in a series of disruptions in the area as part of a…

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Jeremy Hunt claims Merkel is willing to renegotiate Brexit deal

Foreign secretary says chancellor told him Brussels would listen if new PM had right approach The Conservative leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has claimed Angela Merkel would be willing to renegotiate the UKs Brexit deal and possibly the Irish border arrangements opposed by Eurosceptics. The foreign secretary said he had spoken to the German chancellor on the sidelines of D-day commemorations last week and she had indicated that the EU was willing to negotiate on the package if a new prime minister had the right approach. His claim flies in the…

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Sir Philip Green charged in US over claims he touched pilates instructor

Arizona authorities accuse Arcadia mogul of repeatedly touching instructor inappropriately claims Green denies Sir Philip Green has been charged with four counts of misdemeanour assault in the US after a pilates instructor alleged he repeatedly touched her inappropriately, Arizona authorities have said. Lauren Deakin, a deputy county attorney in Pima county, said Green had been formally charged with four counts of knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke. Greens alleged victim told police the Arcadia boss had spanked and grabbed her backside in 2016 and…

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Everyone knows it will be a disaster Mays invisible campaign

As the PM recedes from view, her colleagues are more interested in the race to succeed her than the European elections The room is booked, the camera tripods assembled, the crowd of eager, political types including a healthy smattering of aides, wannabes and reporters in place, ready for the event to get under way. The appointed time ticks past, but thats OK: indeed, for a campaign event, its almost a positive. It suggests the big speaker is late because he or she is in demand somewhere else, that the crowd…

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Whole lotta rock: first official Led Zeppelin documentary announced

Bernard MacMahon, director of roots music series American Epic, will helm film exploring bands explosive early years The first ever official documentary film about Led Zeppelin has been announced, to celebrate the bands 50th anniversary. Announcing the project, bassist Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said in a statement, with frontman entire history of the group, MacMahon will focus on their development and rise to fame, as the three members each left session work and existing bands to come together in 1968, along with late drummer John Bonham. The film will…

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Spotify reaches 100m paying subscribers worldwide

Streaming service boosted by better-than-expected performance in US and Canada Spotify has reached 100 million paying subscribers, in a landmark for the music streaming service as it faces competition from major tech firms. The number of users willing to pay for the service soared 32% in the first three months of 2019 compared with a year earlier, Spotify said on Monday. The Swedish company, which owned by Jay-Z, Beyonc and other stars. Last month, Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with European regulators, alleging that the US tech firm limits…

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Mark Carney tells global banks they cannot ignore climate change dangers

Financial sector warned it risks losses from extreme weather and its stakes in polluting firms The global financial system faces an existential threat from climate change and must take urgent steps to reform, the governors of the article published in the Guardian on Wednesday aimed at the international financial community, Mark Carney, the Banks governor, and Villeroy de Galhau, the governor of the Banque de Extinction Rebellion protests and Paris climate agreement, with the banking system required to play a pivotal role. If some companies and industries fail to adjust…

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‘It has a real buzz’: how the new high street is bucking the trend

Chorlton, Great Manchester, is thriving with a mix of businesses backed by an independent ethos and community spirit The woes of the British high street were highlighted again this week by figures that showed chain stores were closing their doors according to PricewaterhouseCoopers research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC). But there are also signs of hope. Five retail categories in particular have had increases in 2018: sport and health clubs; cake shops; ice-cream parlours; bookshops; and vaping stores. In one southern Manchester suburb all the growth areas are…

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What makes somebody change their mind about Brexit? | Andre Spicer

Leading Brexiter voice Peter Oborne has done a U-turn, showing that even locked-in beliefs have a tipping point, says professor of organisational behaviour Andr Spicer Its nearly three years since I, along with 17. 4 million other Britons, voted for Brexit. Today I have to admit that the Brexit project has gone sour. So began the Daily Mail columnist Peter Obornes widely shared piece on why he Leon Festinger and his colleagues. They studied a cult that believed planet Earth would be destroyed by a great flood on 21 December…

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‘My Brexit nightmare’: readers on how the uncertainty is affecting their lives

We ask readers in Britain and Europe to tell us how they are coping As dates for the UK to exit the EU come and go, weve been asking readers to tell us how theyre dealing with the uncertainty. People who responded to a Chispa. My whole life for the last two years has been held hostage to this horrendous waiting game of uncertainty that Brexit has become. When I retired, after over 30 years working in education, just after the referendum, my plan was to enjoy my retirement with…

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Supporters gather after reports Assange may be ousted from embassy

Fears that WikiLeaks founder will be extradited to the US if he leaves London embassy Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London after the organisation said its sources in Ecuador had revealed he could be removed from the building within hours to days. Ecuadors foreign ministry released a statement saying it doesnt comment on rumours, theories or conjectures that dont have any documented backing, but a senior Ecuadorian official said no decision had been made. WikiLeaks believes Assange would be extradited to…

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Man waving English flag on St Pancras roof named and charged

Police charge Terry Maher, 44, with obstructing the railway and causing a nuisance A man has been charged in connection with an incident at St Pancras International station in London that caused travel disruption for thousands of Eurostar passengers at the weekend. Terry Maher, 44, from Camden in north London, will appear before magistrates on Monday after being charged with obstructing the railway and causing a public nuisance, British Transport Police said. Witnesses at St Pancras on Friday evening said they spotted a protester on the tracks, shouting about Brexit…

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Government rejects Brexit petition to revoke article 50 signed by 5.8 million people

MPs will debate the petition but government says stopping Brexit would break promises The British government has rejected a petition calling for Brexit to be stopped, which gathered The petition is due to be debated by MPs on 1 April, after breaking the 100,000 threshold for consideration and becoming the best-supported proposal in the history of the House of Commons and governments e-petitions website. Rejecting the oft-repeated claim that EU withdrawal is the will of the people, it calls for the revocation of the Article 50 letter informing the European…

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Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts

With Trump making six false claims a day and bogus Brexit claims spreading, we live in a disorienting post-truth era. It all began with the David Irving trial, writes Jonathan Freedland The queasiness keeps coming back, a very specific malady that I thought Id put behind me nearly 20 years ago. But each time I read about, say, the bogus version of the Momo challenge, or the rise and rise of the anti-vaxxer movement, the symptoms return, stronger than ever. If asked by a doctor to describe the sensation, Id…

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Student who carried heart in backpack dies from transplant complications

Rebecca Henderson, 24, was believed to be only person in world with total artificial heart as treatment for heart cancer A woman who carried her artificial heart in a backpack after her own was removed has died due to transplant complications. Rebecca Henderson, 24, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, had her entire heart removed and replaced with a total artificial heart (TAH) last year, after being diagnosed with grade 3 heart cancer in 2017. She was put on the heart transplant list in January after scans showed she had been cancer-free for…

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