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Brexit: voters can change EU deal if they don’t like it, says Michael Gove

As Theresa May wins Tory support for Brussels agreement, the environment secretary flags up potential for a rethink Michael Gove has said voters will be able to force changes to an EU withdrawal deal at the next election if they do not like it. The environment secretarys comments came as prime minister Theresa May won public backing from both wings of the Tory party after securing an agreement with Brussels to start post-Brexit trade negotiations.

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Meghan Markle could shake up monarchy, says Noam Chomsky

US academic activist says he is pleased at interest of Prince Harrys fiancee in his work Meghan Markle could shake up the British monarchy, according to Noam Chomsky, the eminent linguistics professor and leftwing political activist, who is one of the actors favourite writers. Markle displayed her radical credentials last summer when she told her 2 million Instagram followers that Chomskys book Who Rules the World was a great read, adding: highly recommend. She met Prince Harry, for many reasons, shake up the royal family. Chomskys attitude to royalty is…

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When Meghan weds Harry, Britains relationship with race will change for ever | Afua Hirsch

From now on, it will be impossible to argue that being black is somehow incompatible with being British, says Afua Hirsch, writer and broadcaster Almost two decades ago, during the heady first months of the new millennium, an unruly baroness named Kate Gavron made a shocking suggestion. Prince Charles, she said, Prince Harry and Meghan Markles engagement represents something genuinely different from everything that has gone before. Their marriage will bring into reality what the British establishment lacked the imagination to even conceive of as possible 17 years ago that…

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Prince Harry ‘thrilled’ after announcing he is to marry Meghan Markle

Couple appear in public for first time since announcing their engagement and give 20-minute television interview Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry in the spring after announcing their engagement and admitting they were totally unprepared for the media storm that surrounded the first months of their relationship. The prince said he was thrilled to be marrying the US actor after an 18-month romance, and the couple presented themselves to the world with a photocall and 20-minute television interview at Kensington Palace. Play Video 2:47 angered the palace was…

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Council proposes 1,000 fines for homeless people sleeping in tents

Stoke-on-Trent council called callous for proposing penalty notice in city centre followed by court appearance and fine A council has been called cruel and callous for proposing 1,000 fines to homeless people sleeping in tents in the city centre. Stoke-on-Trent council in Staffordshire is consulting on a public space protection order (PSPO) that will make it an offence for a person to assemble, erect, occupy or use a tent unless part of a council-sanctioned activity such as a music festival. Under such a scheme anyone who fails to pay their…

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Oxford Street panic began with fight at tube station, suggest police

Visitors to London West End ran and hid, two tube stations were closed and armed police raced to scene after incident An altercation between two men appears to have triggered the outbreak of mass panic in London on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, leading to people fleeing in fear, armed police being deployed and a section of the West End being evacuated. British Transport Police issued a CCTV appeal for information about two men believed to be involved in a fight in Oxford Circus tube station…

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Prince Charles’s estate made big profit on stake in friend’s offshore firm

MPs urge transparency after Paradise Papers show princes estate held stake in forestry firm as he campaigned on climate The Prince of Waless private estate has invested millions of pounds in offshore funds and companies, including a Bermuda-registered business run by one of his best friends, according to documents in the Paradise Papers leak, there had been no public disclosure that the princes estate had offshore interests. While the royal household publishes annual accounts, it does not go into details about investments and where they are made omissions that have…

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Mystery of octopuses found crawling along Welsh beach

Up to 25 of the cephalopods end up on dry land, possibly confused or injured by the recent storms Dozens of octopus have been spotted emerging from the ocean and crawling along the Welsh coast in a nightly pilgrimage that has perplexed people at a seaside town. Up to 25 curled octopuses, which grow to a length of 50cm, were seen three nights in a row at New Quay beach in Ceredigion in west Wales. Some of the wayward cephalopods were later found dead, washed up on the beach. Brett…

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World’s witnessing a new Gilded Age as billionaires wealth swells to $6tn

Not since the time of the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts at the turn of the 20th century was so much owned by so few The worlds super-rich hold the greatest concentration of wealth since the US Gilded Age at the turn of the 20th century, when families like the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts controlled vast fortunes. Billionaires increased their combined global wealth by almost a fifth last year to a record $6tn (4.5tn) more than twice the GDP of the UK. There are now 1,542 dollar billionaires across the world,…

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Michael Bloomberg: Brexit is stupidest thing any country has done besides Trump

Exclusive: Billionaire media mogul says it is hard to understand why a country doing so well wanted to ruin it Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul and former mayor of New York, has said Brexit is the single stupidest thing any country has ever done apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president. Bloomberg argued that it is really hard to understand why a country that was doing so well wanted to ruin it with the Brexit vote, in a series of outspoken remarks made Bloomberg said in…

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Toxic masculinity is everywhere. Its up to us men to fix this | Jordan Stephens

I admit Ive abused my power in the past. Only by confronting our privilege and opening up our emotions will we live a more positive life, says Jordan Stephens of hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks The past two weeks have reminded us of the extent to which women suffer at the hands of the patriarchy. As women share their stories and many nod along, what about us men? Any man who has read a womans account of acknowledge this pain and gain compassion for ourselves and acceptance of others. But for…

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Trump links UK crime rise to ‘spread of Islamic terror’

In latest Twitter outburst US president makes terrorism link even though annual figures cover all police-recorded offences Donald Trump has erroneously linked a rise in recorded crime in England and Wales to the spread of radical Islamic terror in his latest outburst on Twitter. Just out report: United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror. not good, we must keep America safe! wrote the US president. The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), in its quarterly update on crime on Thursday, @realDonaldTrump October 20, 2017 Others…

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‘My love isn’t second-class’: the struggle for marriage equality in Northern Ireland

At a mock wedding in a Belfast cabaret club, a groom cries tears of anger. Same-sex marriage is legal everywhere else in Britain and Ireland, so why not here? The answer lies with Theresa Mays partners, the DUP Were going to fight tooth and nail with them. Im done putting on the kid gloves, Im done pretending this is OK. What are we meant to do, wait another 20 years? Shane Sweeney has just exchanged vows with his fiance of two years, Eoin McCabe. It could be the happiest day…

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Even moderate drinking by parents can upset children study

Children who see parent tipsy or drunk are less likely to see them as a positive role model, report says Three in 10 parents say they have been drunk in front of their children and half have been tipsy, and such behaviour can trigger family rows or make children anxious, research suggests. Even moderate drinking by parents can leave children feeling embarrassed or worried or lead to their bedtime being disrupted, according to the study led by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS). It is the first evidence that even…

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Antibiotic resistance could spell end of modern medicine, says chief medic

Prof Dame Sally Davies says action is needed around the world to tackle hidden problem that is already claiming lives Englands chief medical officer has repeated her warning of a #r4today October 13, 2017 Davies said: This AMR is with us now, killing people. This is a serious issue that is with us now, causing deaths. If it was anything else, people would be up in arms about it. But because it is hidden they just let it pass. It does not really have a face because most people who…

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