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Ben Stokes gives England reasons to be cheerful in first Test against New Zealand

Tourists reach 241-4 from 90 overs on day one Stokes dropped but goes on to make unbeaten 67 Much of the talk before this first Test in New Zealand was of England’s new-found desire to bat time; to be like the more sensible walkers at the bottom of Mount Maunganui by setting out on the slow and steady path towards a delightful summit. And so day one of their supposed reboot will have pleased the new head coach, Chris Silverwood, as he watched Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope stride off at the close. They were unbe[..]

Iceland accused of putting mackerel stocks at risk by increasing its catch

Leaked document says fishing surge in international waters poses long-term risks Iceland has been accused of threatening the long-term sustainability of vital mackerel stocks after unilaterally increasing its catches in the international waters of the north-east Atlantic. In a damning leaked document agreed at a meeting in London in October, the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands lambasted Reykjavik’s decision to significantly raise its quota without consultation. Russia and Greenland were also criticised. Co[..]

Vogue cover features transgender 'muxe' from Mexico for the first time

Mexican and British editions of the magazine feature Estrella Vazquez on the cover in December A culture of indigenous transgender women that has been part of southern Mexico’s heritage for centuries is getting the Vogue treatment, featuring on the magazine’s front cover for the first time in more than 120 years of publishing. An indigenous “muxe” woman will appear next month on the cover of the magazine’s Mexican and British editions. Continue reading...

Election 2019: Labour's plan to nationalise 'rip-off' companies - podcast

On the day of Labour’s manifesto launch, economics editor Larry Elliott and financial editor Nils Pratley discuss the party’s radical plans to nationalise key British industries. Plus Max Rushden on the return of Jose Mourinho to the Premier League Labour’s plans to bring key industries back into public ownership will be laid out in the party’s election manifesto today. There are nationalisation plans for energy, water, trains, mail and broadband in a radical shake-up of the economy worth tens of billions o[..]

UK criticised for its treatment of worker 'tortured' in China

Simon Cheng, a former UK consular employee, has only been offered a two-year visa Questions have been raised about Britain’s treatment of a former UK consular worker from Hong Kong, who said he was asked to resign after being detained and allegedly tortured on a work trip to mainland China. Simon Cheng has been offered a two-year UK visa, but sources said it is a “working holiday” type, which only allows him to spend 12 months employed and leaves him without a path to permanent residency. Continue reading..[..]

News Corp's Rupert Murdoch says 'there are no climate change deniers around'

Murdoch was responding to a question at AGM about time given to ‘climate deniers’ by News Corp outlets in Australia News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch has said “there are no climate change deniers around I can assure you” after he was asked at the corporation’s AGM why his company gives them “so much airtime” in Australia. Murdoch was speaking in New York on Wednesday when he received a question from a proxy for Australian activist shareholder Stephen Mayne. Continue reading...

Google latest tech giant to crack down on political ads as pressure on Facebook grows

Google to bar political advertisers from targeting voters based on affiliation and tighten ban on ‘demonstrably false claims’ Google will no longer allow political advertisers to target voters based on their political affiliation, the company announced Wednesday, in a move that will increase pressure on Facebook to limit micro-targeting. Google also plans to “clarify” its ad policies around false claims to explicitly ban doctored video and images known as “deepfakes”, misleading claims about the census, and[..]

The Banker: Apple abruptly cancels premiere of its first major film

Company says there were ‘concerns’ surrounding the film, which was scheduled to premiere Thursday Apple has caused a stir by abruptly canceling the world premiere of its film The Banker at the AFI Festival in Hollywood on Wednesday. The Banker is based on the true-life story of two black entrepreneurs who amassed a fortune by pretending their company was run by a white man, and features top-names including Samuel L Jackson and the Marvel star Anthony Mackie. Continue reading...

Australia v Pakistan: first Test, day one – live!

Updates from the opening day of play at the Gabba New Zealand v England – follow the first Test live! Any thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 12.57am GMT 12th over: Pakistan 31-0 (Shan Masood 6, Azhar Ali 18) Nathan Lyon is on to bowl, some off-spin to give the fast bowlers a break. He starts a little straight, and Azhar whips him to leg and runs sharply to get back for a second run. Lyon moves his line wider thereafter, bowling over the wicket, meaning the right-hander has to reach for the ball to tr[..]

Democratic debate: Warren, Sanders, Biden and Buttigieg to go head to head in Atlanta – live

Fifth primary debate set to begin as ten presidential candidates will face off while impeachment inquiry intensifies In this defining moment for America, support the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 12.52am GMT Ten presidential candidates will participate in tonight’s debate – two fewer than the 12 contenders who took part in the fourth Democratic debate last month. Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro, who both participated in the Ohio debate, will not be onstage tonight. O’Rourke suspende[..]

Australian women win landmark vaginal mesh class action against Johnson & Johnson

The case was launched on behalf of 700 women who had pelvic mesh and tape products implanted to treat common complications of childbirth Hundreds of women left in debilitating pain by faulty transvaginal mesh devices have won a landmark case against multinational giant Johnson & Johnson. The Australian class action against companies owned by Johnson & Johnson – watched closely across the world – was initially launched on behalf of 700 women who had mesh and tape products implanted to treat pelvic prolapse o[..]

Oxford Dictionaries declares 'climate emergency' the word of 2019

Usage of the term increased 100-fold in the space of 12 months, dictionary says Oxford Dictionaries has declared “climate emergency” the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate. Defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it”, Oxford said the words soared from “relative obscuri[..]

World's donkeys being 'decimated' by demand for Chinese medicine

Half global population could be slaughtered in next five years for ejiao industry, warns report Half the world’s donkey population could be wiped out in the next five years, as millions are slaughtered for their hides to meet rising demand for a traditional Chinese medicine. It is estimated that 4.8m donkey hides a year are needed to satisfy demand for a gelatin-based traditional medicine called ejiao, according to a new report from the Donkey Sanctuary. At the current pace, the global donkey population of [..]

Supermarket luxury mince pies – ranked

Which? panel blind-tests 11 premium mince pies – with surprising results This year’s best mince pies are from Marks & Spencer, according to baking experts at Which?, with Iceland the much cheaper runner-up. The panel blind-tested 11 supermarket premium mince pies to uncover the most delicious, as well as the blandest, wettest and least appetising. Continue reading...

Older people dying for want of social care at rate of three an hour

Age UK estimates that between last general and next, 74,000 of cohort in England have died or will die waiting for care At least 74,000 older people in England have died, or will die, waiting for care between the 2017 and 2019 general elections. A total of 81 older people are dying every day, equating to about three an hour, research by Age UK has found. In the 18 months between the last election and the forthcoming one, 1,725,000 unanswered calls for help for care and support will have been made by older p[..]

Murder in Yap: sleepy Pacific island rocked by shooting of American attorney general

Rachelle Bergeron was working to prosecute labour traffickers, paedophiles and abusers when she was ‘senselessly’ gunned down At about 6.15 on the night of 14 October, Rachelle Bergeron put her dog in the car, drove out to one of the places she liked to jog, and went for a run. It was the usual nightly routine for 33-year-old Bergeron, who had moved from the US to Yap, a state in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in the north Pacific, in 2015. Continue reading...

Peace agreements normally fail within five years. Bougainville is a lesson to us all | Bertie Ahern

Bougainvilleans will vote in an independence referendum this weekend, the result of a unique Melanesian process of reconciliation Thirty years ago Bougainville lost 20,000 people in a brutal civil war that lasted almost a decade. This week Bougainvilleans will go to the polls to vote on independence from Papua New Guinea, but in a very different mood – one of joy and celebration. Underlying this historic occasion is a resolve by all sides to honour the fallen, but never again return to conflict. Continue re[..]

Induction recommended for women still pregnant at 41 weeks

Swedish study shows that induction of labour at or beyond term gestation is safer for babies Inducing birth for women whose pregnancy lasts to 41 weeks could reduce the death toll from stillbirths, say experts, following publication of the results of an important trial in which six babies died after spending longer in the womb. The results of the trial in Sweden, revealed last month in the Guardian, may change practice around the world. They confirm what experience and smaller studies have suggested – that [..]

Democratic candidates poised to attack Buttigieg after his dramatic rise to top tier

South Bend, Indiana, mayor likely to face tough test as rivals aim to stall his momentum at fifth presidential debate in Atlanta Pete Buttigieg, whose dramatic rise has seen him advance from little-known South Bend, Indiana, mayor to a leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, is likely to face a tough test on Wednesday evening, with rivals poised to target him for political attacks in an effort to stall his momentum. Continue reading...

& Juliet review – pop mogul Max Martin's bizarre jukebox bonanza

Shaftesbury theatre, London Songs of the prolific Swedish tunesmith are shoehorned into a silly Shakespeare-derived story for this misguided West End musical Romeo and Juliet, the starting point for numerous operas, ballets and musicals, is now the inspiration – if that is the word – for this bizarre jukebox bonanza in which the back catalogue of the prolific Swedish tunesmith Max Martin, has been shoehorned into a silly story derived from Shakespeare’s play. David West Read, who did the book, writes in the[..]

The Nightcrawlers review – are the Filipino authorities executing drug addicts?

This gripping documentary follows the brave photographers capturing the carnage triggered by President Duterte’s policy of executing supposed dealers and users They think of themselves as avengers, doing God’s work. “The archangel Michael,” says one gun-wielding, masked man, by way of introduction. Their work consists of the summary executions of supposed drug dealers and addicts on the streets of the Philippines, and began shortly after Rodrigo Duterte took power in 2016. The exact death toll of Duterte’s [..]

'What happened was a massacre': grief and rage in Bolivia after day of deadly violence

Eight young Bolivians were killed in El Alto on Tuesday, and locals say the interim government of Jeanine Áñez is to blame Tears filled Primitivo Quisbert’s bloodshot eyes as he contemplated his son’s swollen, lifeless face – and why someone else’s struggle for political supremacy had condemned his child to an early grave. “It’s so painful, señor. So very painful,” the 61-year-old carpenter sobbed. “Just look at what they have done to my boy.” Continue reading...

Sleazy Sondland overcomes his amnesia and dishes the dirt on Trump | Richard Wolffe

The EU envoy claimed his memory was not perfect – then perfectly remembered the kooky plan Trump and his cronies cooked up In the latest installment of All the President’s Weasels, the political burp known as Gordon Sondland tried to cast himself as more of grandiloquent belch. Related: Sondland points the finger at Trump – and damns others for good measure Continue reading...

Labour to unveil £75bn social housing plan to 'build for the many'

Party to launch manifesto with vow to fund biggest increase in council home construction since second world war Labour will promise to tackle Britain’s housing crisis by “building for the many”, setting aside £75bn over five years to fund the most dramatic increase council home construction since the second world war. As he launches Labour’s manifesto, Jeremy Corbyn will pledge that by the end of its first term in office, a Labour government would build 100,000 council houses a year, and 50,000 social homes[..]

Anthony Joshua on course and primed for heavyweight return with Andy Ruiz

• Controversial rematch takes place in Saudi on 7 December • Former world champion refuses to comment on weight target Anthony Joshua has bristled at suggestions that he could be mentally scarred by his shock stoppage defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in June, telling reporters he has “not become a pussy overnight”. The 30-year-old, who looked lean and mean in advance of next month’s controversial WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title rematch with Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, also denied claims made by the former champion David[..]

Labour targets renters with pledge of 100,000 council houses a year

Plan to borrow £75bn to fund affordable homes may appeal to those in private rental sector Danielle Morey, 28, has a problem in common with millions of other voters in Britain today: she can’t afford to buy a home and doesn’t qualify for oversubscribed social housing for which over a million people are waiting. So her only option is to rent privately. In a parallel reality, that is where this story would end. Morey would find a place and settle down with her fiance, young son and 11-month old daughter. Inst[..]

Saracens back players’ England roles amid relegation battle says Mark McCall

• Club say they will not let their need for points obstruct England • Six Saracens players started World Cup final in Japan Saracens, attempting to deal with the fallout from one of the biggest scandals in English club history, insist their heavy punishment for salary-cap breaches will not have an impact on Eddie Jones’s squad in the forthcoming Six Nations. The England head coach has said that there may be some dislocation between Saracens’ players in his squad and those from other clubs and that a club v [..]

New Zealand v England: first Test, day one – live!

Over-by-over updates from the first day’s play at Bay Oval Root hopes Moeen will make Test return in South Africa Email Tim here or tweet him @TimdeLisle 9.56pm GMT An email! “Good morning/evening, Tim,” says Ian Forth. “You seem to have missed an exclamation mark. Jack Leach promoted to 10 in the order! Perhaps, like Wilfred Rhodes, he’ll start his first Test at 11 and end up opening.” Hasn’t he done that already? 9.51pm GMT News round-up. There’s no wind, contrary to what some idiots have been suggesting.[..]

Weatherwatch: Cyclone Bulbul leaves millions displaced in Bangladesh

More than 2 million evacuated as thousands of homes destroyed by strong winds and torrential rain Cyclone Bulbul brought strong winds and torrential rain to the low-lying coasts of Bangladesh and eastern India. The storm began its formation near Palau, to the east of the Philippines – 3,100 miles (5,000km) from Bangladesh. The system then crossed the Indochinese peninsula and intensified over the Bay of Bengal before making landfall on 9 November near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India. More than 200mm of r[..]

Robert De Niro v Trump: a complete history of a (mainly one-sided) beef

The actor has predicted the president might start a war to get a third term. It’s far from the first time De Niro has made his views clear Robert De Niro has a dire prediction about the presidency of Donald Trump. Were the president elected to a second term, it wouldn’t surprise De Niro if Trump started a war to keep himself in office for a third term, he said in an interview with the Daily Beast this week. The harsh words for the president are nothing new from the actor: he’s been one of the more outspoken[..]

What if our personal data is less the ‘new oil’ and more like uranium? | Peter Lewis

Organisations are blundering about with our personal information with little idea of how to handle it safely, or even what to do with it “Data as oil” has been the default metaphor to describe the way the capture, processing and repurposing of our personal information is changing the world, one typically used by the perpetrators of these practices. Like oil, our personal information can be tapped by private companies and government, tracked by fossickers following a user’s web journey, and refined by data s[..]

Australia fires: Victoria issued code red bushfire warning amid thunderstorm asthma threat

Temperatures to top 40C in state’s north as smoke haze blankets Sydney and residents in South Australia, NSW and Tasmania all face worsening conditions Victoria is under a total fire ban on Thursday as temperatures top 40C in the state’s north, and thunderstorm asthma could also put lives at risk, while South Australian residents on the Yorke Peninsula brace for a wind change that could threaten homes and lives. Victorians facing code red bushfire conditions were told their houses were not built to withstan[..]

Justin Trudeau unveils new cabinet with focus on national unity

PM tasked Chrystia Freeland with preventing provincial feud from becoming national crisis as minister of intergovernmental affairs Justin Trudeau has unveiled a new cabinet which will prioritize warding off threats to national unity and combatting climate change, as he attempts to navigate the politically-fraught landscape of a minority government. As Canada’s western provinces take an increasingly combative stance against the prime minister’s environmental policies and demand support for the struggling oil[..]

Uber to allow audio recording of rides, aiming to launch feature in US

Company hopes to bolster its safety record with feature for riders and passengers, to appear first in Brazil and Mexico Uber will allow passengers and drivers in Brazil and Mexico to record audio of their rides as it attempts to improve its safety record and image, and eventually it hopes to launch the feature into other markets including the United States. The ride-hailing company plans to pilot the feature in cities in both countries in December, although it has no timeline for possible expansion in the U[..]

Doctors may face suspension over NHS 'worst maternity scandal'

Regulator to investigate failure to report poor care at Shrewsbury and Telford hospital trust Doctors who saw but did not report babies and mothers receiving poor care during the NHS’s worst maternity scandal could be suspended or struck off, the General Medical Council has warned. The medical profession’s regulator has asked NHS bosses for details of any doctor they believe may have ignored their professional duty to raise the alarm about threats to patient safety at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS hospital[..]

Boris Johnson tries to deflect barbs over Twitter debacle

Difficult questions of trust for PM on tour of England’s north-east suggest Tory ‘sharp practices’ could be backfiring ’“Yes, what was that?” said Boris Johnson, affecting bafflement when asked about the Conservative party’s Twitter feed masquerading as a fact-checking service during the debate on Tuesday between the party leaders. The prime minister appeared to be suggesting his own party’s official communications channels had nothing to do with him; he argued it was not for him to “invigilate absolutely e[..]

Lib Dems get their Jo back as Swinson drops pretence she could be PM | John Crace

Best she could say was they might deny the Tories a majority – which seemed fine with the audience Feedback screeched through the PA system as Daisy Cooper, the Liberal Democrats’ candidate for St Albans, took to the stage of a small club in London’s Camden Market that hadn’t been cool even seven years ago when my then 17-year-old son’s band played its first gig in front of me and my wife and a handful of their friends. Now it didn’t appear to have got round to taking down its Halloween decorations. Through[..]

How People's Vote collapsed after Roland Rudd's boardroom coup

The second referendum pressure group suffered after dismissals of two key figures The plan was for People’s Vote to become one of the most influential voices in the election campaign. But an extraordinary three-week long row pitting some of Labour’s best known names against a multimillionaire PR specialist has led to the total collapse of the second referendum pressure group. With over 500,000 supporters, and two successful mass marches in London behind it, the group was raising £100,000 a week in small don[..]

Sondland points the finger at Trump – and damns others for good measure

The EU envoy was emphatic that the shakedown scheme to hold back Ukrainian aid involved Trump and his top deputies When Gordon Sondland walked into the congressional impeachment hearing shortly after 9am, reports were circulating that the Trump administration and the Republican party was going to throw him under the bus for his part the Ukraine scandal, painting him as a hotelier turned diplomat who went rogue. Related: Impeachment hearings: Sondland says quid pro quo was pushed by Giuliani and ordered by T[..]

Fox News' take on Sondland's testimony: nothing to see here

Sondland’s impeachment testimony prompted the conservative channel to put forth the limpest text possible An ostrich, according to common parlance, sticks its head in the sand when threatened. When Gordon Sondland gave his damning testimony on Wednesday, Fox News arguably adopted a similar strategy. As the US ambassador to the European Union told the House that he and others “followed the president’s orders” in pressuring Ukraine, CNN and elsewhere quickly changed their chyrons to reflect his revelations. C[..]

José Mourinho told Tottenham have no money to spend in January

• New manager says that he ‘feels happiness’ with squad • Academy is giving the talents the first team needs, he says José Mourinho has been told that he will have to work with Tottenham’s existing squad as there is no money for an overhaul in January. The manager, who has taken over from Mauricio Pochettino on a three-and-a-half-year contract, has entered the role with his eyes open as to the financial realities at the club and it was noticeable that on Wednesday evening he talked up the players he has inh[..]

Israel’s opposition leader fails to form coalition government

Benny Gantz’s lack of success pushes country closer to third round of elections in a year Israel’s opposition leader, Benny Gantz, has failed to form a government, increasing the likelihood of the country holding an unprecedented third round of elections. Gantz had close to a month to forge a coalition after the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, failed to do so. Neither leader won a clear majority during a September election and both have sought to stall each other’s play for power. Continue reading...

Will there be a £50bn 'remain bonus' from revoking Brexit?

The Liberal Democrats have made the claim a cornerstone of their election pitch Latest election news – live updates The Liberal Democrats claim there would be a £50bn “remain bonus” from revoking Brexit and Britain staying in the EU. Continue reading...

Union warns of further strikes in universities row

Staff due to walk out next week and there could be further action next term University students in the UK are facing disruption to their studies in the last few weeks of term and into the new year after union leaders warned of a second wave of strike action if staff demands are not met. More than 40,000 university staff at 60 universities are preparing to go on strike for eight days from next Monday, followed by a period of work to rule, in protest over their pensions, pay and conditions. Continue reading..[..]

Steve Bell on Prince Andrew and Julian Assange – cartoon

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Novak Djokovic backs merger of Davis Cup and ATP Cup as long-term solution

• ‘I don’t think the two events can coexist six weeks apart’ • Novak Djokovic beats Yoshihito Nishioka in Davis Cup singles Novak Djokovic, who credits winning the Davis Cup with Serbia in 2010 as the turning point in his career, says the sport’s 119-year-old competition should one day merge with the new ATP Cup, which starts in Australia in January. Speaking after beating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the revamped competition here, he said: “Scheduling was always an issue for both the ATP Cup and Davis Cup[..]

Liberal Democrat manifesto: key policies explained

From revoking article 50 to legalising cannabis, here are the key pledges made by the party Brexit A majority Lib Dem government would revoke article 50 and ensure Britain stays in the EU. In other circumstances, they would champion a second referendum with the option of staying in Europe, which they would actively campaign for. They describe Brexit as a “national humiliation” that ultimately costs the NHS, public services, scientific collaboration, peace in Northern Ireland and the ability to tackle climat[..]

One-third of tropical African plant species at risk of extinction – study

Experts say new approach to classify plants’ conservation status suggests 7,000 species at risk A third of plant species in tropical Africa are threatened with extinction, a new study suggests. Plants are crucial to many ecosystems and life in general, providing food and oxygen, as well as being the source of myriad materials and medicines. However, human activities including logging, mining and agriculture pose a major threat. While the extinction risk of animals around the world has been well studied, the[..]

Labour must turbocharge its offer to young people. The fate of the country depends on it | Owen Jones

The party’s manifesto has to convince voters under 40 it is worth voting for Corbyn, or Johnson will triumph Labour’s fate – and with it that of the country – now rests with the young: not just the fresh-faced undergraduates of Lancaster and Cardiff but the sleep-deprived 35-year-old mums and dads of Hastings and Pembrokeshire. Just as at this stage in the 2017 election – and no, the past is no automatic predictor – Labour’s polling ranges from not good to very bad. But every scrap of evidence underlines th[..]

Manchester museum returns stolen sacred artefacts to Indigenous Australians

Handover boosts aim to release 32,000 ceremonial items from British institutions Sacred artefacts stolen from Indigenous Australians nearly a century ago have been handed back to their descendants in a ceremony in Manchester, paving the way for the return of tens of thousands of items from institutions across the UK. Manchester Museum became the first UK institution to return ceremonial items to Aboriginal groups on Wednesday in a project to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to[..]