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Two Palestinians shot dead and one critical in riots after Trump speech

Palestinian worshippers and Israeli troops clash as Muslims protest against Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital Two Palestinians have been shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army, the first people killed in clashes that began after Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital. Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the weekly Friday midday prayers to vent their fury at Trumps decision. A third man was in a critical condition after being shot…

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Al Franken resigns from Senate over sexual misconduct allegations

Minnesota Democrat becomes highest ranking politician to step down in wake of mounting accusations against men in Hollywood, media and politics Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday, becoming the highest-ranking US politician yet to step down in the wake of widening allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the media and politics. Speaking on the Senate floor, Franken, who said he would quit in the coming weeks, said: All women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously. But he said that his…

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Arizona congressman to resign after discussing child surrogacy with female staffers

Republican Trent Franks says he deeply regrets that workplace discussion caused distress as Congress grapples with sexual misconduct allegations The Arizona congressman Trent Franks has announced he will resign from Congress at the end of January after discussing child surrogacy with female staff members. I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable, Franks said in a statement on Thursday. I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the…

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#MeToo movement named Time magazines Person of the Year

Magazine celebrates anti-harassment movement by naming The Silence Breakers on its cover after millions shared stories of sexual assault The Silence Breakers, the vanguard of a global movement by millions of women to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, was revealed on Wednesday to be Time magazines Person of the Year. The announcement comes as many industries and power centers around the world are still reeling from an unprecedented reckoning with sexual harassment and abuse that came in the Harvey Weinstein in October. Even as the image of…

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Hillary Clinton meets Mary Beard: I would love to have told Trump: Back off, you creep

The presidential candidate and the classicist discuss winners and losers Hillary Clinton is sequestered in a hotel room, giving a big television interview, when Mary Beard arrives at Claridges. While she waits outside on the sofa, though, it quickly becomes clear that the star of this conversation is the classicist. One by one, members of Clintons staff approach in reverent tones to declare her their heroine. Even a passing cameraman stops to pay court and say: I love you! Does this happen to Beard all the time? Yes, she laughs,…

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‘Guilty, your honor’: Michael Flynn, who led the ‘lock her up’ chants, enters his plea

In a dark suit and striped tie, Flynn stood before a federal judge and pleaded guilty and for Hillary Clinton, the sense of schadenfreude may be irresistible When the crowd chanted Lock her up! about Hillary Clinton, Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Flynn was once Trumps favourite general, who warmed up the Republican candidates rallies with fiery speeches and bolstered his unlikely credentials as a potential commander-in-chief of the worlds most powerful military. He was rewarded with the job of national security adviser at…

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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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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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Susan Sarandon: I thought Hillary was very dangerous. If she’d won, we’d be at war

Once the bete noire of the right, now the actor finds herself even more hated by the left for refusing to support Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. She talks about Hollywood sexism, female empowerment and playing Bette Davis Susan Sarandon at 71 is bright-eyed and airy, and perhaps shyer than she can publicly seem. When I walk into the room a private members club in downtown New York, where she sits with a small dog at her feet she doesnt say hello or make eye-contact, giving what I suspect is…

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New York woman shot dead with pistol by hunter who thought she was a deer

Rosemary Billquist, 43, was killed by a single pistol shot as she walked her dogs after sunset, when it is illegal to hunt A 43-year-old woman walking her dogs in a field in western New York was accidentally shot dead by a hunter who thought she was a deer, authorities said. The Chautauqua County sheriffs office said Rosemary Billquist, of Sherman, took her dogs for a walk in her home town near the Pennsylvania border around 5.30pm on Wednesday. Deputies said Billquist was walking in a field when a man…

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Charles Manson, US cult leader and convicted murderer, dies

Manson and his family became notorious for the murder of Sharon Tate and six others during the summer of 1969 Charles Manson, the murderer and cult leader, has died in a hospital in California. He was 83. A statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said: Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital. Manson was convicted, along with four of his followers, of orchestrating the murders in 1969 of the told NBC: One could…

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Penis in the sky: US navy pilots grounded over ‘obscene’ stunt

Navy not amused after electronic warfare plane created sky writings in the shape of male genitals over Washington state An air crew who used their US Navy warplane to draw a penis in the sky above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the US Navy said on Friday. An electronic warfare plane from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in western Washington state created sky writings in the shape of male genitals in the skies over the rural community on Thursday. Many residents spotted the contrails in…

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Al Franken apologizes after accusation he kissed and groped TV news anchor

Senator and former comedian calls for ethics investigation after Leeann Tweeden alleges he forcibly kissed her and later groped her while she was asleep in 2006 US senator and former comedian Al Franken has issued an apology after being accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent. Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor, came forward with the allegations in photo that appears to show Franken placing his hands over her breasts while posing for the camera. Congressional leaders swiftly called for a Senate ethics committee investigation into…

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Louis CK responds to sexual misconduct allegations: ‘These stories are true’

The comedian released a statement regarding the claims: The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly Disgraced comedian Louis CK on Friday admitted to the New York Times on Thursday. These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true, Louis CK said. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power…

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The seven Republican super-donors who keep money in tax havens

Paradise Papers show these men, who invest heavily in Super Pacs, share a presence offshore if not a love of Trump Seven Republican super-donors helped bankroll the conservative push for power in the 2016 election cycle, between them pumping more than $350m (264m) into federal and state races. The Stop Trump movement last year, while Geoff Palmer was among the then Republican nominees Super Pacs with names including Rebuilding America now, Right to rise USA and American unity: are their political principles undermined by their offshore practices? Warren Stephens Warren…

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