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The Queen’s corgis are dead: long live the ‘dorgis’

Willows death marks first time the monarch has not owned a corgi since the second world war The Queens last remaining corgi has died, it has been reported. Willow, who was almost 15, was put down after suffering from cancer, making it the first time the monarch has not owned a corgi since the end of the second world war. Willow was the 14th generation descended from Susan, a corgi gifted to the then Princess Elizabeth on her 18th birthday in 1944. The Queen has owned more than 30 dogs…

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Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria airstrikes legally questionable

PM should have sought parliamentary approval before taking military action, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described airstrikes on Syria as legally questionable and accused Theresa May of trailing after Donald Trump in an attack that could escalate the conflict. The Labour leader was responding to the news that the Theresa May: Syria strikes ‘right and legal’ option video Labour has opposed a military strike on Syria since the chemical weapons attack on Douma. On Thursday, Corbyn urged May to remember the lessons of intelligence failures in the buildup to…

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Anti-Muslim campaigners denied entry to UK at border

Martin Sellner and Abel Bodi stopped at Stansted en route to far-right event in London Two prominent anti-Muslim campaigners have been denied entry into the UK ahead of a conference held by Britains newest and most active far-right group. Martin Sellner, from Austria, and the Hungarian Abel Bodi were due to attend the private Generation Identity conference in London on Saturday. They were detained at Stansted airport the second time in a month that Sellner, the leader of Generation Identity, has been prevented from entering the UK by border officials.…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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‘Social media has poisoned us’: young Britons on why they are unhappy

From student debt to loneliness, young people in Britain share their reasons for why the happiness of 16 to 25-year-olds is so low Research says that young Britons are unhappy and lack confidence in themselves and their future. But what are the reasons for this? According to the Princes Trust the results from its UK Youth Index shows that three out of five regularly feel stressed about jobs and money, with half saying they experienced a mental health problems, and that the figures should Guardian callout said their enormous student…

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New centrist party gets 50m backing to break mould of UK politics

Plans secretly made for a new political party drawing from left and right A new political party with access to up to 50m in funding has been secretly under development for more than a year by a network of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors keen to break the Westminster mould, the Observer can reveal. The movement, spearheaded by a former Labour benefactor, is understood to have been drawn up by a group frustrated by the tribal nature of politics, the polarisation caused by Brexit and the standard of political leadership on…

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Jeremy Corbyn criticised for attending radical Jewish event

Labour leader attended meeting of Jewdas, which is at odds with mainstream Jewish groups over alleged antisemitism in the party Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for attending a Passover event with a leftwing Jewish group highly critical of mainstream Jewish communal bodies, and which has described the protests against the Labour leader as faux outrage greased with hypocrisy and opportunism. Corbyn attended a Passover seder, the traditional meal of the Jewish festival, in his Islington constituency that was organised by Jewdas, which last week accused the Jewish Board of Deputies,…

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Revealed: Brexit insider claims Vote Leave team may have breached spending limits

Whistleblower alleges that electoral spending rules could have been manipulated over controversial donation and that Vote Leave tried to delete key evidence A whistleblower who worked for the official Vote Leave campaign has broken cover to raise concerns that the masterminds behind the 2016 vote including key figures now working for Theresa May in Downing Street may have flouted referendum spending rules and then attempted to destroy evidence. The allegations, from former volunteer Shahmir Sanni, are detailed in an interview in the Observer and supported by a mass of documents…

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Cambridge Analytica and Facebook accused of misleading MPs over data breach

Call for Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to testify before parliamentary committee The head of the parliamentary committee investigating fake news has accused Cambridge Analytica and Facebook of misleading MPs in testimony, after the Observer revealed details of a vast data breach affecting tens of millions of people. After a whistleblower detailed Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: ‘We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles’ video The whistleblower Chris Wylies claim that the 50m, mostly American, profiles were harvested in one of Facebooks biggest data breaches caused outrage on both sides of the…

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British woman killed fighting Turkish forces in Afrin

Anna Campbell believed to be the first British woman to die alongside Kurdish forces in Syria A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Afrin, northern Syria, has been killed, her Kurdish commanders have said. Anna Campbell, from Lewes, East Sussex, was volunteering with the US-backed Kurdish Womens Protection Units (YPJ) the all-female affiliate army of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the besieged city of Afrin when the convoy she was travelling in was struck by a Turkish missile on 16 March. Sources say the 26-year-old initially travelled to…

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Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters How Cambridge Analyticas algorithms turned likes into a political tool The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trumps election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giants biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica…

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How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook likes into a lucrative political tool

The algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender and even intelligence and childhood trauma The algorithm at the strong prediction of which party a user will vote for, reveal their gender and whether their partner is likely to be a man or woman, provide powerful clues about whether their parents stayed together throughout their childhood and predict their vulnerability to substance abuse. And it can do all this without delving into personal messages, posts, status updates, photos or all…

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‘We have lost a giant’: athletics world hails Sir Roger Bannister

Sebastian Coe leads tributes to British athlete who was first to break the four-minute mile Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to sprint through the four-minute-mile barrier, has been hailed as a trailblazer who made the impossible possible and inspired generations of British people to take up sport, following his death aged 88. Sebastian Coe, president of athletics governing body the IAAF, led the tributes that also came from medicine, academia and sports administration fields that Bannister also took to with vigour and considerable success after he hung up his…

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Teenager given life sentence for planned Justin Bieber gig attack

Lloyd Gunton, 17, researched security for the Cardiff concert and wrote a martyrdom letter A teenager who planned an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on a pop concert a month after the Justin Bieber gig in Cardiff and wrote a martyrdom letter. Police raided the boys home in south Wales on the day of the show and found a claw hammer and a gutting knife in his school rucksack. His letter read: I am a soldier of the Islamic State. I have attacked Cardiff today because your government keep on bombing…

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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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