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Donald Trump is unpopular in Britain. That’s why he’s being used to attack Boris Johnson

London (CNN)Nine days before people in Britain head out to vote in the December 12 snap election, the nation’s political leaders will come face-to-face with a US politician who has had an unusually high profile in this campaign. Ever since the campaign got underway, Trump has been used as a weapon by many of Johnson’s opponents — most notably the main opposition Labour Party. The charge: Johnson is so hellbent on getting Brexit done and grasping the political trophy of a trade deal with the US, he’s willing to sell…

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Hostage-taking, a gold stick and Black Rod. What to look out for in the Queen’s Speech

London (CNN)Even by British standards, the pomp and pageantry of the State Opening of Parliament is off the scale. Here’s how the whole event will go down. The background The state opening of parliament is an event unique in the UK ceremonial calendar in that it brings together in one place the three branches of the government — the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, along with the monarch. The last full ceremonial State Opening of Parliament was on May 18, 2016, when former Prime Minister David Cameron launched a…

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Rich Guy Proves Food Poverty Is Just Laziness, Gets Shut Down With Maths

made some shocking findings in the UK, one of the richest and most developed economies in the world. Almost 14 million people, or a fifth of the population, live in poverty, leaving four million children without access to healthy and nutritious food. Food Ethics Council, many families in the UK are ‘food insecure,’ facing stark choices between buying food, paying the rent or heating their home. A combination of a lack of shops selling fresh food, fast food outlets near schools and vegetables that cost three times more than ultra-processed…

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Kim Darroch, UK ambassador to US, resigns after Trump cables leak

London (CNN)Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, has resigned after a series of leaked diplomatic cables revealed he had told 10 Downing Street that the Trump administration was “inept” and “clumsy.” Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan told the BBC on Wednesday that Johnson had thrown the former ambassador “under the bus” by refusing to back him. In a letter to Simon McDonald, the permanent under secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Darroch said he wanted to “put an end to speculation” about his position and the remainder…

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This old ‘Game of Thrones’ scene could mean bad things for Jon and Daenerys

Make the most of it while you can, guys!Image: hbo Warning: Contains icy spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 1. Nobody can confidently predict the ending of Game of Thrones. But there are several things that seem, at this point, to be almost inevitable. Top of the list of near-guarantees? Jon and Daenerys’ relationship is not going to end well. I’m not just talking about the fact they’re related, either — I mean one of them, at least, is definitely not going to survive the show’s ending. SEE…

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The UK’s Tech Backlash Could Change the Internet

British officials took a swipe at global internet giants Monday, suggesting rules that would require the companies to proactively remove content the government views as illegal or “harmful,” and giving the government the right to shut down offending sites. The proposals, contained in a 102-page white paper, are aimed at combating the spread of disinformation, hate speech, online extremism, and child exploitation. If enacted as described, they would constitute some of the most stringent and far-reaching restrictions on internet speech by a major western democracy. But critics said the proposals…

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Royal family issues social media guidelines after Meghan-Kate abuse

London (CNN)Britain’s royal family has told social media users to show “courtesy, kindness and respect” when interacting with its online posts, after repeated cases of online abuse directed at Duchesses Meghan and Kate. The royal family said it reserves the right to delete comments, block users and report posters to police if their contributions do not meet their guidelines, which also state that comments “must not be off-topic, irrelevant or unintelligible.” “These guidelines are in place to help create a safe environment” on their social media channels, the statement says.…

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Brexit anger and uncertainty can be explained through fish

London (CNN)Putt-putting out into the Portsmouth channel on England’s south coast, the small vessel is soon swallowed by the early morning fog. While it only accounts for 0.12% of the UK economy, fishing has been at the heart of the rhetoric around Brexit. Paraded by the pro-Brexit camp as an icon of EU regulation strangling a quintessentially British industry and way of life, fishing has had an outsized presence in Brexit-related headlines. But from seabed to table top, the wider economic “food chain” of British seafood — catching, trading and…

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‘You are loved:’ Meghan, Duchess of Sussex writes notes for sex workers

London (CNN)Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wrote messages of support and empowerment for sex workers while on an unannounced visit to a charity with her husband Prince Harry on Friday. “Do you have a sharpie?” she asked, according to video of the visit. “I have an idea.” “I saw this project that someone had started somewhere in the States, this school lunch program, where on each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation or something to make the kids feel really empowered,” she told charity workers. “It was this most incredible…

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The perfect running companion that wont slow you down

Jasmin Paris, a British ultrarunner, just made history by completely smashing the course record for the Montane Spine Race. And she did it while continuing to express milk for her 14-month-old child. With a time of 83 hours and 12 minutes, Paris not only became the first woman to ever win the race, but she set a new record, beating Eoin Keith — who previously held the best time if 95 hours and 17 minutes — by more than 12 hours. The Montane Spine Race spans a grueling 268 miles…

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Duke of Edinburgh crash: Why do royals insist on driving?

London (CNN)There’s one question gripping the UK today and for once, it’s not about Brexit. Despite his clear sense of duty to Queen and country, he’s never had much time for royal protocol, as his long history of unapologetic public gaffes demonstrates. The Duke of Edinburgh is also famously independent and has been caught on several occasions getting frustrated by the strictures of his public role, asking photographers to “get on with it” and ignoring the instructions of aides. The quid pro quo for being a member of one of…

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Hacker who took down entire nation’s internet is jailed

London (CNN)A British hacker whose cyberattacks took the nation of Liberia offline has been jailed for almost three years. While living in Cyprus, Kaye used a botnet he had created to trigger repeated distributed denial of service (DDoS) requests on Lonestar, causing the company to spend around $600,000 in remedial action. The additional impact of customers leaving the network caused the company to lose tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue, the NCA added. Following his arrest in February 2017, Kaye was extradited to Germany, where he also admitted…

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How Benedict Cumberbatch prepared to play the mastermind behind the Brexit campaign

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings.Image: Channel four  Regardless of what side of the proverbial Brexit fence you’re sitting on, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: things are a little bit of a mess right now. In the past few weeks alone, it’s been an exceptionally tumultuous time in UK politics — from a leadership challenge to the growing prospect of leaving the EU without a deal.  SEE ALSO: Theresa May getting locked in a car pretty much sums up how Brexit’s going But, just when you…

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I ate 100 different types of ‘pigs in blankets’ and lived to tell the tale

Gav takes on the sausage world and it proved almost too pretty to eat. Almost.Image: Gav murphy What’s the best accompaniment to Christmas dinner? Red cabbage? Get out of here. Parsnips? Come on, now. Sprouts? That’s an argument for another day.  The obvious correct answer is: ‘pigs in blankets’. And I mean proper pigs in blankets which, in the UK, means a sausage wrapped in bacon — none of this pastry nonsense.  SEE ALSO: Could the mince pie flat white be the British PSL? I bloody hope not Whoever thought…

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