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‘I’m buying Manchester United’: Elon Musk tweet charges debate over struggling club’s future
Billionaire may well not be serious in his claim but some fans welcomed the offer, given the club’s current woesTesla billionaire Elon Musk has electrified the debate about the future of Manchester United by claiming on Twitter that he is buying the struggling Premier League club.It was not immediately clear what his views are on new coach Eric ten Hag’s controversial insistence on passing out from the back, or whether unhappy star striker Cristiano Ronaldo should be allowed to leave. Continue reading...
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Australia news live: Scott Morrison says at press conference he didn’t reveal secret powers over concerns they would be ‘misinterpreted’
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is set to hold his own press conference around 1pm in BrisbaneScott Morrison’s secret ministerial appointments made Australia vulnerable, home affairs minister saysGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastVictoria’s opposition has pledged to scrap the suburban rail loop, described as the biggest transport project in the state’s history, with “every cent” of the $34.5bn saved to be invested in the health system if elected in November.The commitment, made 101 days before voters go to the polls, sets the stage for another election turned referendum on infrastructure.This November, Victorians face a clear choice. A choice between immediately rebuilding Victoria’s broken health system, or a train line in 13 years’ time.As premier, my first priority will be to fix the health crisis.So I think he himself, in reflecting on it, he has to come to the opinion that it probably wasn’t a good move. And, and on that issue, I agree with him.If he did do something illegal, if he received some form of pecuniary benefit, if someone closely related to you get some for of pecuniary benefit, they failed to disclose, then yeah, you can pack up your bongos and get out of there.But if something is legal, and you complied with the law even though people might not agree with that mightn’t be basically customary, or, as you would say, something you’ve done it in a way that’s annoying, you’ve done it in a way that has got people off side, but it’s not illegal. It’s not illegal. Continue reading...
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Defiant Scott Morrison resists pressure to resign, defends secret portfolios as ‘necessary’
Former PM says the powers he assumed could have been ‘misinterpreted and misunderstood’ and caused unnecessary angst if made publicAustralia news live: Scott Morrison says at press conference he didn’t reveal secret powers over concerns they would be ‘misinterpreted’Secret ministerial appointments made Australia vulnerable, home affairs minister saysGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastScott Morrison says he will not resign from federal parliament after his five secret ministry self-appointments were revealed, defending his decision to keep those ministries concealed because he says he never exercised the powers he had.Morrison, at a press conference in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon, struck a defiant tone and said he would remain as the member for Cook, despite growing calls from even some inside his own party for him to quit. Continue reading...
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Liz Cheney loses Wyoming Republican primary to Trump-endorsed rival
The vice-chair of the House January 6 panel faced retribution from state voters for going against the former presidentLiz Cheney has paid the price for her staunch opposition to Donald Trump’s assault on US democracy by losing her seat in Congress to a challenger backed by the former president.The vice-chair of the January 6 committee was beaten by a conservative lawyer, Hageman – who has echoed Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud – in a Republican primary election to decide Wyoming’s lone member in the House of Representatives. Continue reading...
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The violent attack on Salman Rushdie – podcast
Columnist Nesrine Malik on the history of the fatwa against the author Salman Rushdie and power of his work On Friday, the author Salman Rushdie was stabbed 10 times at an event in New York state. The attack comes 33 years after Iran accused him of blasphemy, and issued a fatwa against him following the publication of his book The Satanic Verses.Rushdie, a British-American citizen born in India, has life changing injuries and is recovering in hospital. Continue reading...
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Serena Williams bows out in Cincinnati as Emma Raducanu shows no mercy
British No 1 breezes to 6-4, 6-0 win in first-round encounterRetiring American has won just once in last three tournamentsEven in the face of all-time greatness and unprecedented longevity that has spanned 27 remarkable years, time is undefeated and it will eventually come for us all. With every passing day, the end of Serena Williams’ professional tennis career draws alarmingly closer and the chances of one final, spectacular result fades.In what is likely the penultimate tournament of her great career, Williams bowed out of the Western and Southern Open in her opening round match with a grim performance, emphatically losing 6-4, 6-0 to a spotless Emma Raducanu who did not put a foot wrong throughout. Continue reading...
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Poland pulls 100 tonnes of dead fish from Oder river after mystery mass die-off
More than 500 firefighters deployed to haul in dead fish, using dams, boats, quad bikes and even a dronePolish firefighters have recovered 100 tonnes of dead fish from the Oder river running through Germany and Poland, deepening concerns of an environmental disaster for which no cause has yet been identified.“We’d never had an operation of this scope on a river before,” said Monika Nowakowska-Drynda from the national firefighter press office on Tuesday. Continue reading...
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Spain wildfires: up to 20 injured after passengers break out of train engulfed by flames
Train driver was in process of reversing train out of danger when panicked passengers broke the windows to escapeAs many as 20 passengers have suffered burns, three of them seriously, after they jumped from a train when it was engulfed by a forest fire near Castellón in north-east Spain.The train, en route from Sagunto in the eastern province of Valencia, to Zaragoza, stopped while the driver, seeing that the fire meant it was too dangerous to proceed, was preparing to reverse the train. Continue reading...
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Survivors of contaminated blood scandal awarded interim payments
Ministers accepted urgency of need of those infected in 1970s and 1980s, who are dying at the rate of one every four days‘My family was destroyed’: relatives of blood scandal victims get nothingSurvivors of the contaminated blood scandal have been awarded interim government payments after a 40-year battle, but thousands of parents and children of the victims have still received nothing.Ministers have accepted the urgency of the need to make the £100,000 payments to about 3,000 surviving victims, after being warned that those mistakenly infected with HIV and hepatitis C were dying at the rate of one every four days. Continue reading...
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Ants can beat pesticides at helping farmers grow healthy crops, study finds
Harnessing natural insect power can, with proper management, have higher efficacy than resorting to harmful chemicalsAnts can be more effective than pesticides at helping farmers produce food, according to new research. They are better at killing pests, reducing plant damage and increasing crop yields, according to the first systematic review of ants’ contributions to crop production.Ants are generalist predators and hunt pests that damage fruits, seeds and leaves, leading to a drop in crop yields. A greater diversity of ants generally provides more protection against a wider range of pests, the study found. Continue reading...
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Police leaders promise crackdown on officers who are abusive to women
College of Policing for England and Wales is planning policies to deal with harassment and racism in forces after string of scandalsPolice leaders have admitted officers were kept on duty who should be sacked as they launched a promised crackdown on those who attack, abuse or harass women.A series of scandals have rocked confidence in policing, with its leaders under pressure to do more to eliminate what one police chief called “toxic behaviour and [a] damaging culture”. Continue reading...
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Registration plates and insurance for cyclists being considered by government – report
Whitehall review is also said to suggest cycling speed limits, along with licence penalty points and finesBikes could be made to have registration plates and insurance as ministers weigh up bringing speed limits for cyclists into line with those for drivers.The government is also considering the possibility of cyclists receiving licence penalty points and fines if they break speed limits or run red lights, the Daily Mail reported. Continue reading...
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Finlay Christie review – TikToker’s vindication of Gen Z
Gilded Balloon, EdinburghIn his debut fringe show OK Zoomer, the 22-year-old comic bounces between optimism and fatalism, delivering gags with a sly twinkleGen Z’ers have every reason to feel old before their time. But should 22-year-old Finlay Christie already be getting nostalgic for his lost youth? The latter stages of Christie’s fringe debut find him pining for the simplicities of his standup infancy: he first performed comedy aged six, and has the videos to prove it. Talk about accelerated development: Christie won the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? contest (previous winners: Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Aisling Bea) when just 19, and has since amassed over 100m views on TikTok.All of which well qualifies him to pronounce on young people today: how they live, and how they are maligned. That’s the stuff of OK Zoomer, which begins by making a droll distinction between boy and man, and proceeds to clarify why Christie has no interest in joining the latter camp.At the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, until 28 August.All our Edinburgh festival reviews. Continue reading...
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Championship: Swansea’s late brace of own goals hand Millwall draw
Cabango and Wood gift visitors an unlikely pointNorwich climb off bottom of Championship with first winMillwall benefited from two remarkable own goals in stoppage time as they snatched a 2-2 draw at Swansea to go fourth in the Championship. The hosts looked to be heading for a routine victory following Ryan Manning’s first goal for the club and a strike from Michael Obafemi inside the opening 12 minutes.However, in a frantic finale Swans defenders Ben Cabango and Nathan Wood both put through their own net to gift the Lions a point. Continue reading...
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Saudi woman given 34-year prison sentence for using Twitter
Salma al-Shehab, a Leeds University student, was charged with following and retweeting dissidents and activistsA Saudi student at Leeds University who had returned home to the kingdom for a holiday has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for having a Twitter account and for following and retweeting dissidents and activists.The sentencing by Saudi’s special terrorist court was handed down weeks after US president Joe Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia, which human rights activists had warned could embolden the kingdom to escalate its crackdown on dissidents and other pro-democracy activists. Continue reading...
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Journalist found dead in northern Mexico in bloody year for media
Body of Juan Arjón López, 14th journalist to be killed in Mexico in 2022, identified by tattoos in border city of San Luis Río ColoradoAn independent journalist has been found dead in northern Mexico, bringing to 14 the number of reporters and media workers killed so far this year, which has been one of the deadliest ever for the profession.Prosecutors in the northern border state of Sonora said on Tuesday that tattoos on a body found in the border city of San Luis Río Colorado matched those of journalist Juan Arjón López. Continue reading...
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Oklahoma governor grants Richard Glossip 60-day stay of execution
Court considers Glossip’s case after independent investigation raised questions about guilt in 1997 killingOklahoma’s governor has granted Richard Glossip a 60-day stay of execution while a state appeals court considers his claim of innocence.Kevin Stitt signed an executive order on Tuesday delaying Glossip’s execution for the 1997 killing of Glossip’s boss, Barry Van Treese, a motel owner, that was scheduled for 22 September. Continue reading...
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Rangers have to settle for draw with PSV Eindhoven after Obispo’s late header
Whether Rangers make a long-awaited return to the Champions League, or drop into the familiar surroundings of the Europa League, still hangs in the balance.Against PSV, Rangers rode their luck, a goalkeeping disaster by Walter Benítez from Tom Lawrence’s free-kick gifting them their second goal, though there were flashes of the chaotic momentum that carried them to last season’s Europa League final. Next Wednesday in Eindhoven will be a familiar test of nerve. Continue reading...
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Jacobs and Lückenkemper take 100m golds as Asher-Smith pulls up in final
GB’s Daryll Neita beaten into third in tight European final finishZarnel Hughes and Jeremiah Azu take silver and bronzeIt was supposed to be a shootout for the ages, with the two fastest female British sprinters in history going toe-to-toe with pride, bragging rights, and a European 100m gold medal on the line. But on a wild and intoxicating night in Munich, Dina Asher-Smith pulled up with cramp and then her compatriot Daryll Neita blamed the same problem for robbing her of glory. It was staggering, discombobulating, and – frankly – very, very weird.Asher-Smith admitted afterwards she had never had cramp in her life. Meanwhile Neita insisted that she had been so worried about an injury that she said a silent prayer. But as they shook their heads and licked their wounds, the huge 45,000 crowd in the Olympic Stadium got the miracle they craved as home favourite Gina Lückenkemper got up on the line to take a shock gold in 10.99sec. Continue reading...
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Lula says Bolsonaro ‘possessed by devil’ as he launches Brazil election campaign
Leftwing frontrunner counters far-right president’s efforts to demonize him with evangelical voters in bitterly divided countryBrazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has formally launched his campaign to reclaim the presidency with a ferocious broadside against his rival, Jair Bolsonaro, who he claimed was “possessed by the devil”.Lula’s rebuke came on the first official day of campaigning before Brazil’s October election when 156.5 million citizens will choose the next leader of a bitterly divided nation. Continue reading...
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Man on mobility scooter stabbed to death in west London
Police are appealing for information after the man, believed to be in his 80s, was killed in GreenfordAn elderly man who had been riding a mobility scooter in west London has been stabbed to death.Metropolitan police officers were called at 4.06pm on Tuesday to Cayton Road, Greenford, to reports of a man with stab injuries, and despite the efforts of paramedics he was declared dead at the scene. Continue reading...
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Biden signs Democrats’ landmark climate and healthcare bill
Party leaders hope approval of Inflation Reduction Act will boost their prospects in the midterm elections this NovemberJoe Biden signed Democrats’ healthcare, climate and tax package on Tuesday, putting the final seal of approval on a landmark bill that party leaders hope will boost their prospects in the midterm elections this November.During a bill-signing ceremony at the White House, the US president celebrated the bill as a historic piece of legislation that would reduce healthcare costs for millions of Americans and help address the climate crisis. Continue reading...
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Manchester United size up Casemiro move with Adrien Rabiot bid set to fail
France midfielder’s wage demands likely to scupper moveFootball director John Murtough exploring Casemiro bidManchester United’s attempt to buy Juventus’s Adrien Rabiot is almost certainly off because of the midfielder’s wage demands, and Real Madrid’s Casemiro is being explored as an alternative to strengthen this department of Erik ten Hag’s squad.United had reached an agreed fee with Juventus of an initial £15m for Rabiot but the 27-year-old player’s mother and agent, Veronique, wished him to be paid more than many of the club’s top earners such as Bruno Fernandes, who receives around £240,000 a week. This isbecause the Frenchman is a free agent next summer. Continue reading...
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Wolfgang Petersen, director of Das Boot and Air Force One, dies aged 81
German film-maker was known for action and suspense thrillers, including In the Line of Fire, Outbreak and The Perfect StormThe German film-maker Wolfgang Petersen has died at the age of 81.The Oscar-nominated writer-director was known for films such as Das Boot, Air Force One and In the Line of Fire. He died of pancreatic cancer at home in the company of his wife, Maria Borgel Petersen. His death was confirmed by his representative. Continue reading...
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‘I’m always picking his brains’: Norrie faces old mentor Murray as favourite
The in-form Cameron Norrie has much to thank the former world No 1 for as they prepare to meet in CincinnatiMany years ago, during the 2017 edition of the pre‑Wimbledon tournament at Queen’s Club, Cameron Norrie was in the midst of taking his first small step towards the top levels of professional tennis after college when he was granted a rare privilege. For the first time in his life, he had been drafted as a practice partner for the great Andy Murray. As an inexperienced wildcard about to meet the No 1 player in the world, he did not know what to do.“He came up to me and introduced himself, which I thought was extremely humble of him and nice,” Norrie recalled, smiling. “I think I was practising with him later that week or in the afternoon. I was pretty tight: ‘Do I go and say hi to him or not? Does he even know who I am?’ I thought it was very cool that he came up to me and introduced himself. I practised with him that week and then, obviously, we’ve practised a lot in the last couple of years.” Continue reading...
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Chinese navy vessel arrives at Sri Lanka port to security concerns from India
Yuan Wang 5 is officially described as a ‘scientific research ship’ but India suspects it has military functionsA Chinese navy vessel has arrived at a southern Sri Lankan port that Beijing leases from the government, prompting renewed security fears from India.On Tuesday morning, the Yuan Wang 5 sailed into the Hambantota port, which was built by Beijing, and was welcomed by senior Sri Lankan and Chinese officials in a traditional ceremony that involved red carpet and a massive banner that read: “Hello Sri Lanka, Long Live Sri Lanka-China Friendship.” Continue reading...
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England aim to reignite early-summer fire but will be wary of South Africa
Ben Stokes has made it clear England will maintain their high-octane Test tactics in series opener at Lord’sFor those who prefer their international cricket played with a red ball rather than white, the past six weeks have required a great deal of patience. Ben Stokes has been among them, England’s Test captain itching to rekindle the magic that lit up the first half of the summer through those four rip-roaring victories against New Zealand and India.To that end Stokes held a team meeting on Sunday when his players reconvened before the first Test against South Africa which starts on Wednesday; a refresher course intended to reaffirm the positive ethos that himself and the head coach, Brendon McCullum, are demanding. Continue reading...
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Judge to consider unsealing Trump search affidavit as legal worries mount
Justice department says making Mar-a-Lago affidavit public could jeopardize investigation as White House lawyers receive subpoenas in separate caseA federal judge in Florida will hear arguments on Thursday over whether to make public an affidavit used to justify a search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate, as broadening legal disputes on multiple fronts intensify against the former president and his allies.In a 13-page filing on Monday, the justice department objected to efforts to unseal the document, arguing that doing so would “jeopardize the integrity of this national security investigation” into Trump’s handling of some of the government’s most closely held records after leaving the White House. The prosecutors said that the affidavit that gave the FBI probable cause to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort contained sensitive information about witnesses who are key and acknowledged that its investigation involved “highly classified material”. Continue reading...
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Sarah Everard vigil protester sues Met police after conviction
Dania Al-Obeid brings human rights claim after being found guilty of breaching Covid restrictions without court hearingA woman who was arrested and charged after attending the vigil for Sarah Everard in Clapham last year has launched civil proceedings against the Metropolitan police.Dania Al-Obeid was convicted for breaching coronavirus restrictions when attending the vigil in 2021 under a Single Justice Procedure, which allows a magistrate to decide on a case without the need for a court hearing. Continue reading...
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Tory MP William Wragg takes break due to depression and anxiety
MP for Hazel Grove reveals his struggles and says he looks forward to returning in better mental healthWilliam Wragg has said he is taking a short break from his duties as an MP as he is suffering from a period of severe depression and anxiety.The Conservative MP for Hazel Grove, who is chair of the public administration committee, revealed his struggles in a statement on Twitter titled “banishing the black dog”. Continue reading...
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