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TheGuardian.com, formerly known as Guardian.co.uk and Guardian Unlimited, is a British news and media website owned by the Guardian Media Group. It contains nearly all of the content of the newspapers The Guardian and The Observer, as well as a substantial body of web-only work produced by its own staff, including a rolling news service.Source
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Chilling find shows how Henry VIII planned every detail of Boleyn beheading

Chilling find shows how Henry VIII planned every detail of Boleyn beheading

Archives discovery shows the calculated nature of the execution and reinforces the image of the king as a ‘pathological monster’Sun 25 Oct 2020 04.00 EDTIt is a Tudor warrant book, one of many in the National Archives, filled with bureaucratic minutiae relating to 16th-century crimes. But this one has an extraordinary passage, overlooked until now, which bears instructions from Henry VIII explaining precisely how he wanted his second wife, Anne Boleyn, to be executed.In this document, the king stipulated that, although his queen had been “adjudged to death… by burning of fire… or...

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Leopoldo López flees Venezuela vowing to continue fighting Maduro regime

Leopoldo López flees Venezuela vowing to continue fighting Maduro regime

The prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador’s residence in Caracas and left after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation’s socialist president, his party has said.The 49-year-old former Caracas area mayor had been holed up at the ambassador’s residence since a failed military uprising he led in April 2019 aimed at ousting President . He has been jailed, under house arrest or in a foreign embassy refuge for nearly seven years.“We won’t rest and we’ll continue working day and night to attain the freedom that we Venezuelans all deserve,” López...

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Attempted hijacking of oil tanker reported off Isle of Wight

Attempted hijacking of oil tanker reported off Isle of Wight

Police dealing with incident involving Liberian-registered vessel south of Sandown Sun 25 Oct 2020 11.38 EDTFirst published on Sun 25 Oct 2020 11.08 EDTPolice and coastguard officers are dealing with reports of an attempted hijacking of a Liberian-registered tanker off the Isle of Wight.The vessel, the Nave Andromeda crude oil tanker, was said to have been forced to anchor south of Sandown.A Hampshire police spokesman said: “We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight.”The Ministry of Defence denied it was involved in the...

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Treaty to ban nuclear weapons made official with 50th UN signatory

Treaty to ban nuclear weapons made official with 50th UN signatory

Production, use and stockpiling of nuclear weapons illegal from January 2021 though nuclear-armed states have not signed up Staff and agenciesSun 25 Oct 2020 01.52 EDTLast modified on Sun 25 Oct 2020 10.38 EDTAn international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN has said, allowing the historic though essentially symbolic text to enter into force after 90 days.While nuclear powers have not signed up to the treaty, activists who have pushed for its enactment hold out hope that it will prove to be more than symbolic and have a gradual deterrent...

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Let me finish: how to stop interrupting… and change the world

Let me finish: how to stop interrupting… and change the world

We are all guilty of interrupting – but if we all just stopped and listened, argues Nancy Kline, we could radically change the way we live…Nancy KlineSat 24 Oct 2020 12.00 EDTI won’t interrupt you. I promise. I won’t interrupt your words – or your thoughts.Imagine it. Imagine the relief, the possibilities, the dignity. You now have ground that is yours. Unassailably. This is for you. Time to think. To feel. To figure out what you really want to say. To say it, to consider it. To change it. To finish your sentences, to choose your own words. To become – because you can trust the promise – a...

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Back from the dead: can Dexter finally get the ending it deserved?

Back from the dead: can Dexter finally get the ending it deserved?

he last anyone saw of Dexter was back in 2013, staring off into the middle distance with a ratty nylon beard Sellotaped to his face, looking glum because he had just realised that he had inadvertently starred in the .But now, he’s back. Last night Showtime announced that it had signed up , and the writer Clyde Phillips for a brand-new 10-episode limited series Dexter revival. The new episodes will air next year, finally giving Dexter fans the closure they so sorely deserve.That is, of course, if there are any Dexter fans left. Because you could spend years racking your brain and still not...

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Trump assaulted American democracy – here's how Democrats can save it | Robert Reich

Trump assaulted American democracy – here's how Democrats can save it | Robert Reich

Barring a miracle, will be confirmed on Monday as the ninth justice on the US supreme court.Read moreThis is a travesty of democracy.The vote on Barrett’s confirmation will occur just eight days before election day. By contrast, the Senate didn’t even hold a hearing on Merrick Garland, who Barack Obama nominated almost a year before the end of his term. Majority leader Mitch McConnell at the time that any vote should wait “until we have a new president”.Barrett was nominated by a president who lost the popular vote by nearly 3m ballots, and who was impeached by the House of Representatives....

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Polish president Andrzej Duda tests positive for Covid-19

Polish president Andrzej Duda tests positive for Covid-19

The Polish president, Andrzej Duda, has tested positive for coronavirus.Duda’s spokesman, Błażej Spychalski, said on Twitter on Saturday that the 48-year-old conservative leader had been tested on Friday. He said the president felt well and was in isolation.Duda’s diagnosis comes as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths in rises rapidly after the country recorded only very low figures in the spring.The rising infection rates are pushing Poland’s strained health system to breaking point. Doctors say patients are dying not only of Covid-19 but also of other illnesses that...

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Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election

Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election

When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate’s party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote for the president on behalf of the people in their state.Each state is assigned a certain number of these electoral votes, based on the number of congressional districts they have, plus two additional votes representing the state’s Senate seats. Washington DC is also assigned three electoral votes, despite having no voting representation in Congress. A majority of 270 of these votes is needed to win the...

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What Ice Cube's collaboration with Trump – and critique of Democrats – reveals | Malaika Jabali

What Ice Cube's collaboration with Trump – and critique of Democrats – reveals | Malaika Jabali

The rapper is right to imply that Democratic politicians use Black voters without offering much in return. Republicans, however, are not our ally Wed 21 Oct 2020 06.25 EDTLast modified on Wed 21 Oct 2020 11.21 EDTLast week, Donald Trump’s senior adviser Katrina Pierson that Ice Cube worked with the Trump campaign to develop their “Platinum Plan” for Black America, unleashing a furious wave of . At the core of the backlash is the suspicion that Cube’s commentary and his chief political initiative, the , is less about promoting a Black agenda and more about suppressing Black voter turnout for...

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Libya's rival forces sign permanent ceasefire at UN-sponsored talks

Libya's rival forces sign permanent ceasefire at UN-sponsored talks

Rival forces in have agreed a permanent nationwide ceasefire including the departure of all foreign fighters and mercenaries from the country for a minimum of three months.“This is a good day for the Libyan people,” said Stephanie Williams, the acting head of the United Nations mission in Libya. She added that she saluted the courage and patriotism of the negotiators who made the deal at UN-sponsored talks in Geneva between military officers representing forces in the east and west of the country.“The parties have signed a complete countrywide permanent agreement with immediate effect,”...

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California ‘shattering prior election returns’ with 6m ballots already cast

California ‘shattering prior election returns’ with 6m ballots already cast

On 22 October, almost three weeks before one of the most consequential presidential election days in recent American history, Californians had already voted.The number was several times that of people who had cast their ballot at the same point in 2016. The pandemic, the massive wildfires and the ongoing fight against police brutality have galvanized voters in America’s most populous state to cast their vote early.“We knew the Covid-19 pandemic would pose significant challenges, but elections officials have prepared and voters have responded,” Alex Padilla, the secretary of state, said in a...

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Census to ask about sexual orientation for the first time

Census to ask about sexual orientation for the first time

Reliable data on the proportion of the population that is lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender will be gathered for the first time in next year’s census, with members of the public asked to provide information about their sexual orientation and .The questions – which will be voluntary and for people aged 16 and over – will help to build a clearer picture for policy-makers and service-providers, the (ONS) said.“Without robust data on the size of the LGBT population at a national and local level, decision-makers are operating in a vacuum, unaware of the extent and nature of disadvantage...

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Trump told Republican donors holding Senate will be 'tough' – report

Trump told Republican donors holding Senate will be 'tough' – report

Shortly after insisted to reporters in Ohio he expected a “red wave” on election day, 3 November, it was reported on Saturday that he told Republican donors this week it would be “tough” for the party to hold on to the Senate.Read moreTrump trails Joe Biden in most . Democrats hold the House of Representatives and expect to keep it, while many think they have , which Republicans hold 53-47, thereby achieving unified government.“I think the Senate is tough actually,” Trump told donors in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, before , according to an anonymous attendee. “The Senate is very...

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Paraguay authorities find at least seven bodies in fertilizer shipment

Paraguay authorities find at least seven bodies in fertilizer shipment

Bodies, which public prosecutor said appeared to be stowaways, discovered when container opened on Friday in Asunción and agenciesFri 23 Oct 2020 16.57 EDTLast modified on Fri 23 Oct 2020 20.00 EDTAuthorities in have found at least seven badly decomposed bodies inside a shipment of fertilizer that left Serbia three months ago.The container, which came via Argentina, was unloaded earlier this week at a port on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital, Asunción, and was collected by an agricultural company.The bodies were discovered alongside mattresses, mobile phones and food supplies when...

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Johnson will wait for US election result before no-deal Brexit decision

Johnson will wait for US election result before no-deal Brexit decision

Senior figures in European governments believe is waiting for the result of the US presidential election before finally deciding whether to risk plunging the UK into a no-deal Brexit, according to a former British ambassador to the EU.Ivan Rogers, who was the UK’s permanent representative in Brussels from 2013 to 2017, told the Observer that a view shared by ministers and officials he has talked to in recent weeks in several European capitals, is that Johnson is biding his time – and is much more likely to opt for no deal if his friend and supporter Donald Trump prevails over the Democratic...

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Overstuffed Nasa spacecraft Osiris-Rex losing particles after bingeing on Bennu

Overstuffed Nasa spacecraft Osiris-Rex losing particles after bingeing on Bennu

After an asteroid encounter, scientists scrambled to minimize the loss of space rocks as the craft belched rubble Associated PressFri 23 Oct 2020 19.43 EDTLast modified on Fri 23 Oct 2020 19.56 EDTA Nasa spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said on Friday.Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu 200m miles away.The mission’s lead scientist, Dante Lauretta, said Tuesday’s operation collected far more material than expected...

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I'm all for positive thinking, but my brave face is starting to slip | Coco Khan

I'm all for positive thinking, but my brave face is starting to slip | Coco Khan

Seven months into lockdown, it’s impossible to trick the mind into thinking things aren’t rubbish when they patently are Fri 23 Oct 2020 09.00 EDTPerhaps that was the moment I became a believer in the “brave face”. My own brave face is modelled on the duck, both in terms of my Instagram pout (because nothing says “I am coping with life!” like going in for a snog with a screen), and in terms of channelling effortlessness: I try to look as if I’m gliding, even if I’m frantically treading water to keep afloat.I do this for the protection of others (like wearing a mask in a pandemic, a brave...

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Sudan and Israel agree US-brokered deal on normalising relations

Sudan and Israel agree US-brokered deal on normalising relations

Donald Trump seeks to score points from deal; Palestinians call it ‘a new stab in the back’ and Fri 23 Oct 2020 13.56 EDTLast modified on Fri 23 Oct 2020 20.21 EDTIsrael and Sudan have agreed to work towards normalising relations in a deal brokered by the US that would make Sudan the third Arab country to set aside hostilities with in the past two months.Donald Trump sealed the agreement in a phone call on Friday with the Israeli prime minister, , his Sudanese counterpart, Abdalla Hamdok, and Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s transitional military council.“The leaders agreed to...

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Donald Trump reverts to type in debate – and it isn't 'magnificently brilliant' | Richard Wolffe

Donald Trump reverts to type in debate – and it isn't 'magnificently brilliant' | Richard Wolffe

Normal presidents get their third debate right.They flunk their first in a fit of presidential pique about standing on stage with their upstart rivals. They over-correct their second after a frantic period of long-delayed rehearsals. By the time the third comes along, they usually remember what got them elected in the first place.Read moreis not a normal president.He whiffed his first debate by forcing himself down the throat of . He skipped his second debate because he was sick with the pandemic he failed to take seriously. And he never prepped for the third debate, on Thursday night.It...

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US 2020 election could have the highest rate of voter turnout since 1908

US 2020 election could have the highest rate of voter turnout since 1908

More than 50 million Americans have cast ballots in the US presidential election with 11 days to go in the campaign, a pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout in over a century, according to data from the US Elections Project on Friday.The eye-popping figure is a sign of intense interest in the contest between Republican and Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger, as well as Americans’ desire to reduce their risk of exposure to Covid-19, which has killed more than 221,000 people across the United States.Many states have expanded in-person early voting and mail-in ballots ahead of...

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UK could be urged to keep windows open in effort to curb Covid-19

UK could be urged to keep windows open in effort to curb Covid-19

Britons could be urged to throw open the windows in an effort to keep coronavirus at bay as scientists call for a public information campaign to stress the importance of ventilation in reducing its spread.for the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), dated 30 September, reveals concerns over the role of poor ventilation in the spread of the coronavirus, noting evidence that suggests insufficient airflow could increase the risk of transmission from tiny airborne particles known as aerosols that can carry the virus more than 2 metres.“Ventilation should be integral to...

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South African environmental activist shot dead in her home

South African environmental activist shot dead in her home

A South African environmental activist who opposed the extension of a coalmine near her home has been shot dead in her home.Fikile Ntshangase, 65, was involved in a legal dispute over the extension of an opencast mine operated by Tendele Coal near Somkhele, close to Hluhluwe–Imfolozi park, the oldest nature reserve in .Local police told the Guardian that four men entered Ntshangase’s home in Ophondweni, KwaZulu-Natal province, at about 6.30pm on Thursday and shot her dead. A 13-year-old child witnessed the murder and is helping authorities with their investigation. No arrests have been...

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Facebook moderators forced to work in Dublin office despite high-tier lockdown

Facebook moderators forced to work in Dublin office despite high-tier lockdown

moderators working for one of the company’s Dublin-based contractors are being forced to go into the office, even as Ireland returns to its highest tier of Covid lockdown, after their employer categorised them as “essential workers”.Staff with personal shielding requirements are exempt from the order, but those with high-risk family members at home have been told by the contractor, CPL, that they are still required in the office.Facebook announced in August that its own employees were allowed to work remotely until July 2021 and they were given $1,000 (£765) towards setting up at home....

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French dairy giant accused of polluting country's famous rivers for years

French dairy giant accused of polluting country's famous rivers for years

Investigation alleges Lactalis breached environmental regulations at several plants and released milk derivatives that killed fish Animals farmed is supported byCaroline HarrapMon 19 Oct 2020 15.15 EDTLast modified on Mon 19 Oct 2020 15.16 EDT has repeatedly polluted the country’s rivers over the past decade, according to by French media organisation .During a year-long investigation into dairy giant , Disclose found that 38 of the company’s production sites in France had breached environmental regulations. In many cases, according to the report, this involved the release into rivers of...

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