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UK coronavirus LIVE: Government tries to head off Tory rebellion over tiers as Brexit trade talks go to the wire
The government is facing a mounting Tory rebellion over the new tier system set to be introduced across England when the lockdown ends on Tuesday. 
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Dave Prowse death: Star Wars’ Darth Vader actor dies, aged 85
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Feeling nostalgic? The lure of yesteryear is stronger than ever | Eva Wiseman
These unsettling times mean the appeal of a bygone period when all was well in the world is even more seductiveOne day on my way to work I walked past McDonald’s, over the zebra crossing and into 1966. The shop-fronts had been cleaned to a hand-buffed gloss, the signs replaced and painted with jaunty shadow. What had yesterday been a mobile phone repair shop was now a record store, what had been a Korean supermarket was now a grocers and a chemist and a shoe shine station. A Volkswagen Beetle waited where the recycling bins used to be. The feeling, walking back in time that morning with a podcast about racism in my ears, was one of extreme and jubilant calm. They were shooting a film – the lighting trucks took up the entire block beyond – but I will never forget that transcendent second before the truth became clear. Rather than seeking out nostalgia, I had fallen into it, and been allowed a moment to bask before modern life caught up.A study into how the “entertainment landscape” has been impacted by Covid-19 found many of us are seeking “comfort in familiar, nostalgic content”. Which, of course, is no surprise to anyone, not least those of us who spent Saturday in their pyjamas watching an entire season of Sister, Sister on Netflix, or who have leaned heavily on Nigella’s recipe for twice-buttered toast, or – as the second lockdown was announced – immediately filled their freezer with Alphabites, or who have reread their poetry set text for English GCSE twice since March. It will come as no surprise to anyone who has taken up knitting, or painting, or who has sought out the fabric softener their nan used to use. It will come as no surprise to the people redecorating their homes after watching The Queen’s Gambit, or buying jumpers inspired by Diana in The Crown, or questioning their politics after seeing Gillian Anderson as Thatcher. Those of us abruptly tearful at a Fleetwood Mac song, or those who have become accustomed to seeing in the dawn with a game of Grim Fandango and a hot Ribena. Those moved by Lynx Africa. Continue reading...
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London Bridge attack, one year on: ‘Jack's story jolted people – we have to keep that going'
Jack Merritt devoted his short working life to transforming the hopes of prisoners. On the anniversary of his death, family, friends and ex-offenders talk about continuing his legacyDave and Anne Merritt weren’t sure how to mark today’s anniversary of the murder of their beloved son Jack. Milestone days are always the hardest. Unlike the day that would have been his 26th birthday, at the beginning of October, when they and their younger son Joe and Jack’s girlfriend, Leanne O’Brien, went for a long walk at one of his favourite places on the Suffolk coast, there are no good memories associated with 29 November. But still, Dave told me a week ago, with typical resolve: “We do want to try to somehow confront it.”Jack, he says, was always making stuff: music, art, food. So they are inviting people to join in today with “Creating with Jack Merritt”, “whether that’s painting a picture or making up a new cocktail or doing a bit of creative writing”. The plan is to share the collective results on Instagram. “We don’t want to just spend the day thinking about the day,” Dave says. “I’m sure it will be very upsetting. But it’ll be as good a day as we can make it.” Continue reading...
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Coding the future: the tech kids solving life’s problems
They’re too young to vote or drive. But meet the children writing computer programs to track our health and wellbeing, choose a new school… and even how to cheat at online gamesI started getting interested in coding when I was about 11. I joined a local community lab where biologists and computer scientists come together and conduct experiments. I wanted to join the lab because my brother was really into biology and at the time I wanted to be exactly like him. I was too young to participate in the experiments, so my mentor pushed me more towards coding. Continue reading...
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Possessor review – mind-and-body-snatching thrills from Brandon Cronenberg
The director shows his father’s flair for the visceral with this gleefully gory sci-fi horror starring Andrea RiseboroughAnyone feeling nostalgic for the 70s/80s heyday of squishy, sociopolitical body-horror will find plenty to feast on in this uproariously gory yet satisfyingly cerebral second feature from Canadian writer-director Brandon Cronenberg. Set in an alternate version of the early 21st century, it’s a tale of cyber-surveillance and physical transference that taps into timely fears while also addressing age-old issues of identity, alienation and being an impostor in your own life.Andrea Riseborough brings a chilly anxiety to the role of Tasya Vos, an assassin for a sinister industrial espionage company that transplants the consciousness of its agents into unwitting hosts to carry out covert hits, like a much nastier version of Inception. It’s a job laced with danger, not least because the “possessor” can become damaged or infected by their time as a psychological parasite, losing track of their own identity, a predicament perfectly captured by Riseborough’s minutely attuned performance. Continue reading...
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Students at London’s Royal Academy of Music ‘feared reporting sexual misconduct’
Inquiry into leading conservatoire launched after claims of harassment were made last yearAn independent review investigating claims of sexual harassment and misconduct at the Royal Academy of Music has revealed “a widespread culture among students of the fear of ‘speaking out’”.The conservatoire was rocked by allegations of impropriety and harassment last December, when more than a dozen students claimed teachers had asked them for sexual favours or made lewd comments at them. Continue reading...
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Christmas comes early as UK farms sell out of trees
Growers report 24% rise in trees sold so far this year as people look to lift mood in lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas trees are up already – and so are sales. Growers have sold 24% more trees so far this year than at the same time in 2019, according to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.Some British farms had their entire crop snapped up by mid-November over fears that the pandemic has made it harder to import trees, according to Olly Combe, this year’s champion Christmas tree grower. Continue reading...
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There’s a social pathogen stalking the world that’s as deadly as Covid-19 | Kenan Malik
The endurance of TB and malaria shows how health resources are hoarded by the wealthy“What if tropical diseases had as much attention as Covid?” asked Francine Ntoumi, director of the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research, recently. Ntoumi was really asking two questions. What is happening to all the other diseases that ravage the global south as the world’s attention has focused on Covid-19? And why can’t we put as much energy and resources into tackling diseases such as malaria and TB as we have into stopping the coronavirus?Some poorer nations, notably India and Brazil, have been particularly badly hit by the coronavirus, through a combination of gross inequalities and the sheer incompetence and negligence of the authorities. African nations, though, seem to have been surprisingly successful. Official estimates suggest around 50,000 deaths from Covid-19 across the continent, almost half of which have been in South Africa. These numbers need to be read with a large dose of scepticism, given the paucity of testing and healthcare facilities in Africa. The true figures are undoubtedly much higher. Nevertheless, fears of an explosion in Covid-19 case numbers in Africa have, so far, thankfully not been borne out. Continue reading...
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Bahrain Grand Prix 2020: What time does the race start today, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?
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Man Utd revival facing test with Southampton set to exploit long-term problem
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are searching for their fourth straight win on Sunday, but his team will come up against a Saints side who are set up to exploit their weaknesses
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Full Beaver Moon will appear tomorrow morning - best time to see it from the UK
The Full Beaver Moon will peak on Monday morning, but will appear full for several days, according to NASA
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Mourinho has that sparkle in his eye once again - the special one has returned
Jose Mourinho has spoken with a bitterness that has undermined his achievements in recent months, but the Spurs boss appears to have finally found his mojo again
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Jake Paul vows to knock out Conor McGregor after brutal victory over former NBA star Nate Robinson
Jake Paul has pledged to knock out Conor McGregor after making it successive wins as a professional boxer with a brutal victory over former NBA star Nate Robinson.
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UK's only blind therapy cat has been awarded the Blue Cross Medal
Carrots, a four-year-old ginger and white cat and the UK's only blind therapy cat, has won the Blue Cross Medal in recognition of his work helping hospice patients in Bradford.
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Star Wars Darth Vader actor David Prowse dies aged 85
He had battled a short illness.
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AP PHOTOS: Pandemic calls off Christmas markets in Europe
European Christmas markets have joined the long list of annual traditions that were canceled or scaled back this year because of the coronavirus pandemic
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MPs rebelling against coronavirus tiers should try ‘carrying bodies to the mortuary’, says Liverpool mayor
Joe Anderson talks family tragedy, mass testing, Tory ‘pipsqueaks’ – and how his city was pulled back from the Covid brink
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Mike Tyson sets out plans to fight in more exhibition bouts
The 54-year-old drew with Roy Jones Jr at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and it appears the experience has whetted his appetite for more
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Royal Family LIVE: Queen defended as The Crown blasted over 'offensive' scene
THE CROWN'S accuracy has come under fire yet again, as two Royal Navy commanders accused Netflix of "offensively misrepresenting" the Queen's attitude towards Britain's victory in the Falklands War.
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What really happened to Edson Da Costa?
He was 25, a father and a car mechanic. Five minutes after being stopped by police on 15 June 2017, he was lying unresponsive on the ground. After an inquest and inquiry, family and friends are still fighting for justiceThey were cruising at speed down Tollgate Road, the stereo turned high. They all knew they shouldn’t be there, not at this time, not after dark. If you’re from London’s Stratford, showing up in nearby Beckton carried its risks.Jussara Gomes was driving, a fast-talking 23-year-old with an infectious laugh. Beside her, in the passenger seat of the black A-class Mercedes, was Edir Da Costa, known as Edson, a 25-year-old father and car mechanic, swaying exuberantly to hip-hop. Continue reading...
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Mike Tyson teases next exhibition in France after Roy Jones Jr draw
'I'd like to have one every two months.'
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Amazon Black Friday 2020: Best deals on Apple watches, Fire TV Stick, Echo Dot and more available now
We’re on the hunt for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals across tech, toys and home appliances 
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Snoop Dogg likens Tyson and Jones Jr fight to 'uncles fighting at a BBQ'
Commenter Snoop Dogg hit out against the clash between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr as the two boxers went eight rounds only for the bout to end in a draw
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The brand new bars and restaurants desperate to open but stuck in Tier 3
Despite a difficult year, there are so many new places poised and ready to launch
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Rapper Lil Yase shot dead aged 25 after celebrating Thanksgiving
The incident took place in San Francisco.
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The bold new wave of fantasy writers
Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings are giving way to exciting new works by women, queer authors and writers of colour, finds Ed Power, as he talks to Tasha Suri, Evan Winter, Samantha Shannon, AK Larkwood, Emily Tesh, TJ Klune and Hugo Award-winner Rebecca Kuang
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Kate Middleton jokes about having to deal with her children's temper tantrums
The Duchess of Cambridge was answering questions from the members of the public, sent in by her followers on social media
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Iran newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist
An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper has suggested that Iran must attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of a scientist linked to its disbanded military nuclear program
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Turkey's new virus figures confirm experts' worst fears
Turkey has changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, confirming what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected
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Fear and loathing in Dover, where Brexit and Covid meet
Residents of the Kent ferry port vent their fury at tier 3 restrictions about to be imposed on them Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith its fruit-filled orchards, Kent has long prided itself on being the Garden of England. But now there is anger that a couple of rotten apples – the boroughs of Swale and Thanet – have plunged the whole county into tier 3 status when lockdown ends on Wednesday.Last week, seven Conservative MPs from across Kent wrote to Matt Hancock, the health secretary, to attempt to break the tier system down along district or borough lines. Although Swale has England’s highest Covid infection rate at 530 per 100,000 people, the Tunbridge Wells rate is less than a quarter of that and is below the national average Continue reading...
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Inside the world's most festive hotels with Elf suites and year-round Christmas
The best Christmas themed hotels and ridiculously festive suites around the world - including hotels that celebrate Christmas all year
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The beautiful buildings slowly crumbling before our very eyes
Some of the 46 buildings in Greater Manchester which are at risk
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Actor David Prowse who played Darth Vader in original Star Wars trilogy dies age 85
Actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died age 85.
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Brexit LIVE: EU ordered to rethink fishing plan as UK will ‘NEVER’ accept bloc's demands
BRITAIN has demanded EU chiefs bring "fresh thinking" to post-Brexit trade deal talks and concedes on fishing rights ahead of what Downing Street said could be the final week of negotiations.
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Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse dies aged 85
Former weightlifter and actor best known for playing Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies has died, his agent has saidDavid “Dave” Prowse, the actor best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died at the age of 85, his agent has said.Agent Thomas Bowington said: “It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client Dave Prowse MBE has passed away at the age of 85.” Continue reading...
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Driver reported for lockdown breach after travelling 200 miles to buy car
The new motor has also been seized after police said he failed to insure it
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US reports several explosions heard in Eritrea's capital
The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea says six explosions were heard Saturday night in the capital, Asmara
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A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story
Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNearly a year after doctors identified the first cases of a worrying new disease in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the country appears to be stepping up a campaign to question the origins of the global Covid-19 pandemic.State media has been reporting intensively on coronavirus discovered on packaging of frozen food imports, not considered a significant vector of infection elsewhere, and research into possible cases of the disease found outside China’s borders before December 2019. Continue reading...
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What it's like to be mum to 300 kids
Dubbed Nigeria’s Mother Theresa, Lydia Ina, had a 23-year career as a foster carer looking after after hundreds of children
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Asia Today: Cambodia tracks contacts after family infected
Cambodian officials say a family of six and another man tested positive for the coronavirus in a rare case of local infection, and Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed concern that the woman believed to be the source had traveled extensively in the country, including the capital
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Boris Johnson plots new laws to protect UK democracy from ‘woke Californian’ tech giants
BORIS JOHNSON is reportedly contemplating new laws to stop "woke Californian" tech companies interfering in British elections.
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Darth Vader star dead at 85: British actor David Prowse dies  
The British actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars triology has died aged 85.
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"Merry Christmas with family could mean burying them in New Year" expert warns
Leading epidemiologist Dr Gabriel Scally said he will avoid meeting his relatives this festive season due to concerns about the spread of Covid-19 when spending time with others indoors
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Meet the grandma running ultra-marathons at 70
Some of Greater Manchester's most incredible pensioners have been brought together to tell their life stories, documenting a century of change
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Let Us Dream by Pope Francis review – the holy father of fraternity
In reflections written during lockdown, the pontiff adds his weight to a growing group of people seeking a return to community-minded valuesNot long into these reflections on the lessons of a traumatic year, Pope Francis offers a line from his favourite poet, Friedrich Hölderlin: “Where the danger is, grows the saving power.” At moments of personal trial throughout his life, Francis writes, these words have helped him navigate the crisis. Though moments of reckoning will strip us bare, absolute vulnerability leaves us open to moments of grace and revelation.Short enough to read in a single sitting, Let Us Dream is written in the spirit of that insight and throws down a spiritual gauntlet to the reader. The distillation of summer discussions with the English Catholic commentator and author Austen Ivereigh, the book is recognisably a product of that strange, surreal first phase of the coronavirus pandemic. As patients fought for breath in overwhelmed intensive care wards, our streets fell silent and lockdown brought the world to a shuddering halt. Calamities such as this, says Francis, can be a “threshold” experience, dividing one era from another. “This is a moment to dream big,” he writes, “to rethink our priorities – what we value, what we want, what we seek – and commit to act in our daily life on what we have dreamed of.” Continue reading...
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The big picture: revolution in the air
John Cohen found a country looking to break free of colonial rule in his light-filled image of Morocco in the 50sThe American photographer and folk musician John Cohen was 23 when, in 1955, the idea first formed in his head to go to Morocco. Cohen subsequently became famous as the first chronicler of the young Bob Dylan, and was a friend to Jack Kerouac, but his desire to visit north Africa was more a whim than any beatnik pilgrimage. “That was my first trip out, my first adventure,” he noted before his death last year. “I went to the New York phone book, because I thought maybe I needed a visa.”There was no embassy listed, just a “Moroccan office of information”. That proved to be an upstairs apartment in the borough of Queens. There, Cohen found a man who explained how he was lobbying the UN for Moroccan independence. He wrote Cohen a note in Arabic with instructions to present it to a ship’s chandler, who worked on the docks in Tangier. “He’ll send you on to the others.” Cohen thought: “The others?” Continue reading...
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