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  • ‘Portland is being watched very closely’: Trump stokes tension over far right rally
    by Jason Wilson in Portland, Oregon on August 17, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    President links leftwing ‘antifa’ groups to terrorPortland mayor: ‘Frankly, it’s not helpful’As Portland prepared for one of the biggest political demonstrations of the summer, which authorities expected would lead to violence, Donald Trump threw into the mix a characteristically explosive tweet. Related: How Portland’s liberal utopia became the center of a rightwing war in the US Continue reading… […]

  • Owen Jones attacked outside London pub
    by Nosheen Iqbal on August 17, 2019 at 9:32 PM

    Guardian columnist claims attack was ‘premeditated assault’The Guardian columnist and activist Owen Jones has been physically assaulted in London while celebrating his 35th birthday with friends.In an attack he called “a blatant premeditated assault”, Jones said he was kicked, punched and thrown to the ground by a group of men in the early hours of Saturday morning. Continue reading… […]

  • Dozens feared dead or wounded after Afghan wedding hall blast
    by Associated Press in Kabul on August 17, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Explosion in packed Kabul venue comes as Donald Trump talks up prospects of peace deal with TalibanAn explosion ripped through a wedding hall on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan’s capital, leaving dozens of people dead or wounded, a government official has said. Hundreds of people were believed to be inside.Interior ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told the Associated Press there was no immediate information on the cause of the blast. Both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State terrorist group have carried out attacks in the capital. Continue reading… […]

  • Inter approach Manchester United in bid to sign Alexis Sánchez on loan
    by Fabrizio Romano and Ed Aarons on August 17, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    • Chile striker targeted after Inter miss out on Edin Dzeko• Ole Gunnar Solskjær had said he expected Sánchez to stayInternazionale are hoping to sign Alexis Sánchez on a season-long loan and are confident of agreeing a deal with Manchester United.The striker turned down a move to Roma last week, with United reported to have offered to cover a large proportion of his £300,000-a-week wages. Yet having already signed Romelu Lukaku for £74m, the Inter manager, Antonio Conte, has turned his attention to the 30-year-old after missing out on Edin Dzeko, who has signed a new three-year contract with Roma amid speculation he could move to San Siro. Continue reading… […]

  • Jeremy Corbyn pleads with MPs: back me now before it’s too late
    by Michael Savage on August 17, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Britain stands on precipice, warns Labour leader, as 100 MPs tell Boris Johnson to recall parliamentJeremy Corbyn has issued an urgent plea to MPs to unite to stop no-deal Brexit “before it’s too late”, amid cross-party demands for an immediate recall of parliament to deal with the crisis.In a show of defiance, a group of more than 100 MPs representing every Westminster party except the DUP has signed a letter stating it is “unacceptable” for parliament to wait until next month to sit again, with the Brexit deadline looming. Continue reading… […]

  • Labour and Tory MPs plot ‘radical’ law to thwart no-deal Brexit
    by Michael Savage on August 17, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Those who feel any bid to topple Boris Johnson will fail are focusing on measures to stop the UK crashing outSenior Labour and Conservative MPs leading the battle to stop a no-deal Brexit are focusing on passing a “radical” new law to block it, after concluding that there is no imminent prospect of toppling Boris Johnson and installing an emergency government.Last week was punctuated by rows among MPs over who should lead a temporary government to stop a no-deal Brexit, with the Lib Dems and other MPs refusing to back any move that would put Jeremy Corbyn in No 10. Continue reading… […]

  • Trump suspends CNN analyst’s credentials in another shot at the press
    by Edward Helmore in New York on August 17, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    The move stems from a July altercation with Breitbart reporter Sebastian Gorka, and echoes actions against CNN’s Jim AcostaThe Trump administration has fired another shot in its war with the US press, suspending the credentials of Brian Karem, White House correspondent for Playboy and an analyst for CNN. Related: ‘The president’s insane’: book by CNN’s Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press Continue reading… […]

  • World’s nations gather to tackle wildlife extinction crisis
    by Damian Carrington Environment editor on August 17, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Giraffes, sharks, glass frogs – and the woolly mammoth – may get boosted protection at summitFrom giraffes to sharks, the world’s endangered species could gain better protection at an international wildlife conference.The triennial summit of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), that began on Saturday, will tackle disputes over the conservation of great beasts such as elephants and rhinos, as well as cracking down on the exploitation of unheralded but vital species such as sea cucumbers, which clean ocean floors. Continue reading… […]

  • Lucas Moura earns Spurs draw at Manchester City as VAR history repeats
    by Daniel Taylor at the Etihad Stadium on August 17, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    It was an extraordinary finale and, amid all the drama and utter confusion, spare a thought perhaps for those Manchester City supporters who had happily left the stadium, believing they had just seen their team score a dramatic and joyous stoppage-time winner.What they had not accounted for was VAR concluding, after what felt like an age, that the shot from Gabriel Jesus had been preceded by a handball from Aymeric Laporte. Jesus had danced in front of the supporters, wriggling his hips, samba-style. Pep Guardiola and Sergio Agüero, who had fallen out so publicly earlier in the second half, had made up with a touchline embrace. The scoreboard had pronounced it was 3-2. And the Spurs players had all retreated before the signal came that the goal could not stand. And, suddenly, there was a tinny roar from the away end. Continue reading… […]

  • Jean-Luc Brunel: three former models say they were sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein friend
    by Jon Swaine in Miami, Jon Henley in Amsterdam and Lucy Osborne in London on August 17, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Special investigation: As attention turns to associates of the deceased billionaire sex offender, the French model scout is back in the headlinesOn a hot Friday evening in France last month, Jean-Luc Brunel was revelling in his natural habitat: a lavish party packed with the rich and beautiful. Related: Rats and raw sewage: Jeffrey Epstein jail blighted by ‘horrible’ conditions Continue reading… […]

  • America is close to ‘deal’ with Taliban, hints Trump
    by Emma Graham-Harrison on August 17, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    With a president eager to bring US troops home, many question what Afghan ‘peace’ would look likeDonald Trump has met his peace envoy to Afghanistan and top security advisers to discuss progress in the latest round of talks with the Taliban, fuelling speculation that a deal to end America’s longest war might be within reach.“Many on the opposite side of this 19-year war, and us, are looking to make a deal – if possible!” Trump tweeted after the meeting at his golf club in New Jersey, where the group is believed to have discussed a draft peace plan. Continue reading… […]

  • Toni Kroos scores stunning goal as Real Madrid get off to a flyer at Celta Vigo
    by Reuters on August 17, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Real Madrid got off to a flying start in La Liga with a comfortable win away from home on Saturday with the help of a magnificent long-range strike from Toni Kroos, although they had Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric sent off for a straight red card offence.Karim Benzema put Madrid ahead in the 12th minute after a superb piece of wing play from Gareth Bale, who had earned a surprise starting berth because of an injury to Eden Hazard after a close season period of uncertainty over his future. Continue reading… […]

  • Bat for Lashes: ‘I didn’t know if I was going to make an album again’
    by Killian Fox on August 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Natasha Khan on her ambition to direct a horror film and the influence of California on her new record Lost GirlsBat for Lashes is the stage name of Natasha Khan, who was born in London in 1979 to an English mother and a Pakistani father. Raised in Hertfordshire, she studied music and visual arts at the University of Brighton and worked as a nursery school teacher for four years before committing to music full-time. A rich seam of theatricality was woven into her songwriting from the start, taking shape in elaborate outfits and intense stage performances. Three of her four Bat for Lashes albums to date, including 2006 debut Fur and Gold, have been nominated for the Mercury prize (Khan also released an album via her side project Sexwitch in 2015). Her latest album, Lost Girls, comes out next month.You’ve talked about wanting this new album to be fun, full of romance and more commercial. How did it come about?I had moved away from London, where I’d lived for seven years, and finished my contract with EMI. My plan initially was to go to Los Angeles to focus on scriptwriting and doing music for film. The first song on the album, Kids in the Dark, was actually written for a Stephen King TV series [Castle Rock] – but the music supervisor Charles [Scott] and I had such a good time that we decided to keep meeting. I didn’t even know whether I was going to make an album again – I wanted to have a real break and leave everything behind me. And so when this album started happening, it was sort of a secret – and nobody really knew about it until it was nearly done. Continue reading… […]

  • Sadio Mané returns to haunt Saints and help Liverpool to nervy win
    by Ben Fisher at St Mary’s Stadium on August 17, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    At the final whistle, Jürgen Klopp gracefully doffed his cap to the pocket of Liverpool supporters singing his name but this was not a masterclass by any stretch of the imagination. At the end of a long week of air miles and freak injuries, they mustered the energy to squeak over the line, with Adrián’s calamitous error ultimately only a footnote. The keeper gave a spirited Southampton a lifeline after Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino earned a healthy two-goal cushion. Just as a tricky afternoon on little sleep and minimal preparation seemed to have turned into a breeze, Adrián’s clearance from a nonchalant back pass by Virgil van Dijk cannoned off Danny Ings’s shin and into the back of the net.It was a mistake fit for an end-of-season blooper reel and it had shades of Alisson’s error against Leicester City last September, another game which threatened to run away from Liverpool. It has not been a dull week for Liverpool or Adrián, who was left with an ankle “swollen like an elephant’s”, as Klopp put it, after a pitch invader ran on to join the Super Cup celebrations in Istanbul on Wednesday. Liverpool did not arrive home until 4.30am on Thursday, with the Spaniard receiving treatment on the flight home before the squad reported for their sole training session ahead of this match six and a half hours later. On Friday they boarded another flight, this time to Southampton. The travelling appeared to take its toll here, particularly in the first half, and Liverpool’s sloppiness was encapsulated by Adrián’s slip-up seven minutes from time. Nonetheless, the result was enough to take Liverpool top, after VAR denied Manchester City against Spurs. Continue reading… […]

  • Fears grow that WW2 wreck could explode on Kent coast
    by Jamie Doward and Chris Bradford on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Experts divided over risk from US munitions ship that sank 75 years ago near SheernessIt is 75 years this Tuesday since the SS Richard Montgomery sank off the Kent coast on its way to allied-occupied France. But the remains of the US cargo vessel, which went down on 20 August 1944, with more than 6,000 tonnes of munitions on board, continue to haunt the Thames estuary.With politicians and salvage experts divided over the extent of the threat that the most monitored wreck in British waters poses beneath the waves, there are fresh fears that the ship is breaking up, leading to concerns its potentially explosive cargo could be scattered across the seabed. Continue reading… […]

  • Thousands mourn El Paso victim Margie Reckard after partner’s appeal
    by Associated Press in El Paso, Texas on August 17, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Antonio Basco ‘felt like he was by himself’, pastor saysFacebook appeal draws strangers to ceremonyThousands of strangers came to El Paso this weekend, to say goodbye to a victim of the mass shooting in the Texas city after hearing that she had few family members. Related: ‘No one cares till someone dies’: El Paso activists long feared their city was at risk Continue reading… […]

  • George RR Martin: the end of Game of Thrones on TV was a liberation
    by Sarah Hughes and Nosheen Iqbal on August 17, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Fantasy author says future volumes in the saga will not be influenced by the controversial ending of the HBO seriesThe ending of Game of Thrones produced a storm of criticism from devoted fans, with many attacking it as a disappointing end to a final series. A petition demanding that the HBO channel reshoot it from scratch has now been signed by more than a million viewers.But the creator, George RR Martin, has insisted that the furore over the television adaptation of his fantasy novels won’t change what he writes next. Continue reading… […]

  • Lacazette and Aubameyang give Arsenal the edge over sturdy Burnley
    by Ed Aarons at the Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Two familiar faces settled it for Arsenal. But after the strike duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang secured a second win of the season, it was the performance of new boy Dani Ceballos that had the home supporters licking their lips.The Real Madrid loanee received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Lucas Torreira with seven minutes remaining after a brilliant display that hinted Arsenal could have secured one of the bargains of the summer. Along with the experienced defender David Luiz – an £8m signing from Chelsea – Ceballos was making his full debut against opponents who have now lost 11 matches in a row against Arsenal. Continue reading… […]

  • ‘No sea sickness so far’: Greta Thunberg update on Atlantic crossing
    by Seth Jacobson on August 17, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Climate activist is four days into a two-week journey on solar-powered yachtFour days into its two-week Atlantic crossing, the solar-powered yacht carrying climate activist Greta Thunberg is becalmed in the ocean after a choppy start to the trip, still 2,500 nautical miles from New York.In an update posted to Twitter around midday on Saturday, the 16-year-old said she was eating and sleeping well and had no sea sickness so far. Continue reading… […]

  • Peter Fonda: the elegant rebel who set the counterculture in motion
    by Danny Leigh on August 17, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Though born into Hollywood royalty, the charismatic actor sidestepped conventional leading man roles and installed himself at the epicentre of the 60s youthquakeIn cinemas, the summer of 2019 has already been a strange reprise of August 1969, thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood delighting crowds with a what-if vision of Tinseltown history. Amid the namedropping in the film, the lack of reference to Peter Fonda is telling. If the whole point of it is to present a Hollywood counterfactual, one where the hippies never took over the movie business, then Fonda – whose role in that true story was more pivotal than any other – is best written out altogether. It is, in fact, a tribute. Related: Peter Fonda: a life in pictures Continue reading… […]

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