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The Independent is a British online publisher of news that was established in 1986 as a politically independent national morning printed newspaper published in London. Nicknamed the Indy, it began as a broadsheet and changed to tabloid format in 2003. The last printed edition was published on Saturday 26 March 2016, leaving only the online edition. It tends to take a pro-market stance on economic issues. The newspaper was controlled by Tony O'Reilly's Irish Independent News & Media from 1997 until it was sold to the Russian businessman and former KGB officer Alexander Lebedev in 2010.Source
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Revealed: Surgeon ‘hoarded thousands of body parts over 25 years'

Revealed: Surgeon ‘hoarded thousands of body parts over 25 years'

A world-renowned surgeon collected and stored body parts from thousands of patients over 25 years in breach of legal and ethical guidelines, according to a leaked report seen by The Independent., who pioneered the hip resurfacing technique that doctors used to resurrect Andy Murray’s tennis career, kept the bones of at least 5,224 patients he operated on, some of whom could have been children – despite having no licence to store body parts or proper consent from patients, according to the findings of an investigation. The case has been referred to police by the Human Tissue Authority, which...

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Court upholds Wisconsin ballot extension, hands Dems a win

Court upholds Wisconsin ballot extension, hands Dems a win

A federal appeals on Tuesday upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, handing a victory in their fight to deliver the key battleground state for Joe Biden in November.The decision, if it stands, means that ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 3 will be counted as long as they are received by Nov. 9. That could mean the winner in won’t be known for days after the polls close. could appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.The decision came just two days after the appeals court put the lower court’s granting the extension on hold. The...

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Coronavirus rule confusion sees ‘red wall’ revolt in north east England

Coronavirus rule confusion sees ‘red wall’ revolt in north east England

onfusion, anger and anxiety reign supreme across the north east of England, after and his ministers struggled to explain the new restrictions they have imposed on the region.This is the so-called “red wall” region that carried Mr Johnson to victory at the last general election and helped the Conservatives construct a solid blue majority in the Commons. In December the prime minister promised to give them a “wonderful adventure” while repaying their trust. The pandemic has put paid to the adventure, and trust is running out fast. Voters told The Independent of their dismay at the “chaotic”...

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Body language experts reveal what to watch for during 2020 presidential debates

Body language experts reveal what to watch for during 2020 presidential debates

Health guidelines and restrictions in place during the Covid-19 pandemic have complicated expectations for presidential debates, when body language experts and election analysts spend weeks scrutinising how the candidates shake hands and interact on- and off-camera.On 29 September, and , two men whose distinct physical movements and gestures have drawn considerable scrutiny throughout their careers, will appear together in their first of three planned debates during an event at Ohio’s Case University.There will be just one moderator: Fox News correspondent Chris Wallace.Mr Trump – who...

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UK imposes sanctions on Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko

UK imposes sanctions on Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko

Britain has imposed on , his son and senior figures in the regime in a significant stepping up of international punitive measures in response to continuing human rights abuses in the country.The Belarusian leader, his son Victor, and Igor Sergeenko, the Head of the Presidential Administration, are among eight people who face their assets being frozen and a travel ban for their part in the violent crackdown which has followed disputed election results.Mr Lukashenko is the first leader of a country to be sanctioned under the the Global Human Rights act brought in by the government to counter...

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Elon Musk’s space internet is already being used in areas devastated by wildfires

Elon Musk’s space internet is already being used in areas devastated by wildfires

Emergency responders in the US have become one of the first users of Elon Musk’s internet project, which beams high-speed broadband down to Earth from a constellation of satellites.The Washington Emergency Management division used SpaceX’s Starlink network to set up a free public WiFi station in the town of Malden, where 80 per cent of the homes and buildings were destroyed by wildfires earlier this month.“Happy to have the support of SpaceX’s Starlink internet as emergency responders look to help residents rebuild the town of Malden, WA that was overcome by wildfires earlier this month,”...

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Trump campaign’s patriotic economic advert used Russian stock footage

Trump campaign’s patriotic economic advert used Russian stock footage

is running a patriotic “made in the USA” campaign ad that features footage manufactured in .The president’s latest ad focuses on the economy and shows factory workers in hard hats and children playing in a field.“We built the greatest economy in world history and now we’re doing it again,” the advert boasts.But eight seconds into the advert it cuts to a conveyor belt with boxes labelled ‘MADE IN USA’, which were created by Russian-based photographer and illustrator Novikov Aleksey, the Daily Beast reports.And they state that in the Shutterstock listing for the footage there are also ‘MADE...

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World leaders urged to ban all trade in wild animals and birds for eating to prevent pandemics

World leaders urged to ban all trade in wild animals and birds for eating to prevent pandemics

should halt all commercial trade – legal and illegal - of wild and for human consumption to prevent future , a wildlife expert says in a new scientific paper.Hundreds of of emerging infectious have been reported in recent decades, and the rate at which they break out is increasing as human activities and encroachment “undermine the integrity of naturally balanced ecosystems”, according to Christian Walzer.And he warns that future outbreaks of are inevitable “as the interfaces between wildlife and humans increase, primarily due to deforestation and agricultural expansion”.Between 1940 and...

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Donald Trump’s former lawyer says whole 'clan’ could be jailed in tax controversy

Donald Trump’s former lawyer says whole 'clan’ could be jailed in tax controversy

Donald Trump’s long-time former lawyer says the president’s whole “clan” could go to jail over the alleged tax evasion scandal.Michael Cohen said he believed that three of Mr Trump’s children, Ivanka, Donald Jr and Eric, would be caught up in the tax controversy, in an interview with MSNBC.And Cohen told the US news network that Mr Trump could become the “first sitting president to go from the White House straight to prison.”Mr Trump paid just $750 in the year he won the White House and $750 in his first year as president, according to a bombshell new report by the New York Times.And Mr...

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Multiple 'water bodies' found under surface of Mars

Multiple 'water bodies' found under surface of Mars

Several liquid bodies have been found under the south pole of , according to a major new study.The findings give extra credence to previous research that suggested there could be a large saltwater lake underneath the Martian surface, the researchers claim – and also led to them discovering a number of other wet areas.The findings could be key in the search for alien life on the planet, the researchers note, given life as we know it requires liquid water to survive.They will also be key to “planetary protection” work that ensures that humanity doesn’t contaminate other planets with life from...

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Kentucky lawmaker: 'Rioting' needs a new legal definition

Kentucky lawmaker: 'Rioting' needs a new legal definition

A state lawmaker said she will propose changing s legal of after Democratic state Rep. Attica Scott was charged with the felony while participating in protests for racial justice.Kentucky state Rep. Lisa Willner, a Louisville Democrat, said she plans to file a new bill request Monday that would redefine the criminal charge, news outlets reported. Willner announced the move Sunday during a news conference at Jefferson Square Park, the hub of protests during months of demonstrations in the city.Scott, the state’s only Black woman representative, was arrested and charged Thursday night with...

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Gay woman who was attacked after being unlawfully deported to Uganda wins court case

Gay woman who was attacked after being unlawfully deported to Uganda wins court case

A gay woman who was to Uganda where has won in a court case against the Home Office, in a ruling that could pave the way for thousands of similar challenges.The 27-year-old was brought back to the UK last year under High Court orders after it was ruled that the decision to reject her asylum claim was unlawful as it did not give her sufficient time to obtain evidence to support her case.The Home Office the court decision for her to return to Britain, but the Court of Appeal dismissed the department’s appeal on Monday, as well as ruling that the woman was unlawfully detained in the UK for a...

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Boris Johnson pledges to protect 30% of UK land

Boris Johnson pledges to protect 30% of UK land

will pledge to protect 30 per cent of the UK’s land by 2030, which will see an additional 400,000 hectares of land in protected to support the recovery of .The prime minister will make the pledge during a virtual ited Nations event on Monday, where he is set to warn that countries must act to reverse the loss of .He will sign the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature at the event, alongside other world leaders including Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern, who are among 64 leaders from five continents warning that humanity is in a state of emergency due to the climate...

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GOP Senators demand Netflix cancel The Three-Body Problem over author's comments on Uighur Muslims

GOP Senators demand Netflix cancel The Three-Body Problem over author's comments on Uighur Muslims

A group of senators have sent 's chief content officer and co-CEO a letter criticising the 's upcoming adaptation of .  The series, based on Liu Cixin's science-fiction trilogy of the same name, will be led by creators and . Rian Johnson and Rosamund Pike are producing the series and Alexander Woo is writing.  According to , the senators' letter accused the streaming service of "normalising" the imprisonment of in China's Xinjiang province.  The crux of the senators' argument is rooteed in a 2019 article in in which Mr Liu expressed approval over the treatment of the Muslim minority group....

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Arrests for offensive Facebook posts are increasing in London

Arrests for offensive Facebook posts are increasing in London

The number of people being arrested for “online crimes of speech” have increased dramatically in London.While arrests for aggressive, threatening or hateful speech on social media declined between 2010 and 2013, the numbers rose last year.According to, a total of 2,500 Londoners have been arrested over the past five years for allegedly sending “offensive” messages via social media. In 2015, 857 people were detained, up 37 per cent increase since 2010.The Communications Act 2003 defines illegal communication as “using public electronic communications network in order to cause annoyance,...

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Biden holds commanding 10-point lead in polls as Trump demands 'drug test' before Tuesday's debate

Biden holds commanding 10-point lead in polls as Trump demands 'drug test' before Tuesday's debate

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden continued his dominance in national polling over Donald Trump on Sunday, leading the incumbent by double-digit percentage points in one and by 8 points in another.The economy and the coronavirus pandemic continue to be two of the most important issues for voters.While just 40 per cent of respondents to a Washington Post/ABC News released on Sunday said they approve of Mr Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, 52 per cent said they approve of his stewardship of the economy.In a head-to-head matchup, Mr Biden paced Mr Trump, 54-44 per cent....

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White House staff discussed what may happen if Trump loses election and refuses to leave, ex-aide says

White House staff discussed what may happen if Trump loses election and refuses to leave, ex-aide says

White House staff discussed the issue of President Donald Trump refusing to accept the results of the upcoming election were he to lose power in November, according to a former aide Vice President Mike Pence.Olivia Troye, former counterterrorism and homeland security adviser to the vice president and an ex-member of the White House coronavirus response task force, warned Americans to take the president at his word when he did not commit to a peaceful transition of power during a press briefing last week. “You know, the president, when he's joking – if he says that he's joking, he's telling...

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Tories ban 'extreme' teaching material calling for the end of capitalism

Tories ban 'extreme' teaching material calling for the end of capitalism

Schools have been banned from using teaching material that calls for the end of capitalism because it is an “extreme political stance”, sparking criticism.New guidance puts groups wanting to replace the economic system on a par with those endorsing racism, antisemitism and violence, or the overthrow of democracy.Even material that is “not extreme” has been outlawed if it has been produced by organisations on the banned list, because that could “imply endorsement”.Amnesty International attacked the instructions, issued by the department for education, for undermining “freedom of speech”, as...

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Trump says his tweet inspired US Marshals to kill suspect in shooting of right-wing protester

Trump says his tweet inspired US Marshals to kill suspect in shooting of right-wing protester

told a crowd last night that one of his tweets inspired to swoop on a gunman who shot a right-wing protester in , .His speech came after another night of unrest saw the Portland police use physical force against people on the streets.Speaking at a rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Mr Trump reiterated his description of Portland as an “anarchist” city where police are not allowed to “do their job”, before describing the killing of Aaron Danielson in Portland and the US Marshals’ subsequent shooting of the alleged killer, Michael Forest Reinoehl.“You had the guy two weeks ago, remember?”...

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Trump nominates anti-abortion conservative to replace feminist icon RBG

Trump nominates anti-abortion conservative to replace feminist icon RBG

Donald Trump has announced he will nominate conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, setting off an election-year confirmation fight with Democrats.The president has admitted he aims to seat a sixth conservative justice who he predicts will help decide whether he serves a second term.Mr Trump said he was fulfilling one of his “highest” duties, calling it a “very proud moment”. He opened his remarks by saying the country had spent the week honouring a “legend” in Ms Ginsburg.He called Ms Barrett a judge of “sterling...

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Oregon declares state of emergency ahead of Proud Boys rally

Oregon declares state of emergency ahead of Proud Boys rally

The governor of has declared a state of emergency ahead of far-right demonstrations in , where groups including the are expected to hold a rally following months of protests against police brutality and federal intervention.Governor warned that "significant crowds of people are expected to join – some people will be armed, with others ready to harass or intimidate Oregonians," she said during a press briefing on Friday.The city estimated that as many as 10,000 people could attend,  prompting the Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau to deny groups a permit for the protest under Covid-19...

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Nasa astronaut to cast her ballot from space station

Nasa astronaut to cast her ballot from space station

NASA Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth.Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Station.“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”Most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic Mission Control forwards the to the space station...

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Obamas top poll for most admired man and woman in the world

Obamas top poll for most admired man and woman in the world

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have topped the list of most admired man and woman in the world, a new poll has shown.annual poll released on Tuesday, the couple both secured the top spots in the list of world’s most admired person for the men and women’s polls respectively. Mr Obama pushed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates from first place for the time since YouGov started carrying out the survey since 2014, according to the organisation. Mr Gates ranked second and  Chinese president Xi came in third.Ms Obama however, retained her title as the most admired...

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Trump will choose Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, report says

Trump will choose Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, report says

Amy Coney Barrett will be Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg, according to reports.Quoting multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process, says the White House is indicating to allies on Capitol Hill that Ms Barrett’s intended selection will be announced on Saturday.“The machinery is in motion,” one of the sources told the outlet, while cautioning that until Ms Barrett is announced the president could always make a last-minute change.Mr Trump told supporters at a campaign rally on Friday that he was moving forward with a Scotus announcement...

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Trump Jr calls for 'army' of supporters to 'protect ballots' as he lies about Dems trying to steal election

Trump Jr calls for 'army' of supporters to 'protect ballots' as he lies about Dems trying to steal election

has echoed his father’s calls to supporters to watch polls on election day in a campaign ad urging them to “defend your ballot” by joining an “army” on his behalf, stoking fears that the campaign is supporting efforts to intimidate voters over unfounded ballot fraud claims.“We need every able-bodied man and woman to join Army for Trump’s election security operation," he said. “We need you to help us watch them.”Democrats and election analysts, as well as social media watchdogs, have warned that the president could declare victory prematurely based on in-person votes before mail-in vote...

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