Ex-foreign minister to run in Venezuelan election do over

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has named a former foreign minister as his party’s candidate for a special gubernatorial election in the home state of his predecessor and mentor, Hugo Chávez
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Asian stocks slump after Fed says US rates will rise 'soon'
Asian stock markets have tumbled by unusually wide margins after the Federal Reserve indicated it plans to start raising interest rates soon to cool inflation
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Chemicals in plastic consumer products may trigger obesity and weight gain, study finds
Chemicals from a third of plastic products investigated found to contribute to fat cell development
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Champions Wales enter Six Nations outsiders behind England, Ireland and France
A thrilling title race looks in store for the 2022 crown.
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‘Trying to disappear the poor’: California clears homeless camp near Super Bowl
Advocates and displaced residents condemn move amid fears for safety: ‘They are just trying to survive’Officials in Los Angeles have cleared a homeless encampment near SoFi stadium, where the Super Bowl will take place in three weeks, drawing backlash from human rights groups and the unhoused residents who have been displaced.On Monday and Tuesday, the state transit agency Caltrans shut down the tent community, which visitors would probably have passed on their way to the big game, calling it a “safety issue”. Continue reading...
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How Covid killed the one-night stand – and made us all kinkier
There has been a sharp drop in one-off encounters, researchers say, but more people are enjoying friends with benefits and getting experimental in bedA one-night stand, people used to say, is like a short story: if it is any good, you want it to go on for longer; if it isn’t, you could have done with 15 minutes’ more sleep. To which the retort is: sure – but a lot of people really like short stories.A lot of people, in the pre-pandemic days, used to really like one-night stands, too. The sex therapist Jenny Keane hosts a wide-ranging sex chat through her Instagram account. On it, one woman wrote appreciatively: “The sex is purely focused on pleasure. You’re not thinking about your relationship dynamics, them not doing the dishes. It’s about being served and cared for physically. It can be a very empowering and beautiful thing.” Continue reading...
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Super-prime mover: meet Britain’s most successful estate agent
Gary Hersham has been selling houses to the very rich for decades. At first, £1m was a big deal. Now he sells for £50m, £100m, even £200m. What does it take to stay on top in this cut-throat business?Ring ring. Gary Hersham’s phone was going, as usual. The super-prime London estate agent blew through the Mayfair office of his company, Beauchamp Estates, scattering employees behind him. As he climbed into the passenger seat of the company car, a Volkswagen Golf rather than his personal BMW, I asked where we were going. “I don’t know!” he said. He found a postcode, and announced it to the driver. Ring ring. Hersham’s mobile has the high-pitched jangle of an old-fashioned telephone at fire-alarm volume. “I didn’t ask you for that,” he roared down the phone as we sat stationary outside his office. “What makes you assume that’s what I was doing? Could I speak to Emily please?” Emily, his fantastic secretary. Ring ring. Someone else was calling. “We’ve got to wait for Marcus!”Enter, at a trot, Marcus O’Brien, Hersham’s protege: tall, slicked hair, suited and groomed, just 30. (Hersham is 68.) O’Brien had been out for a big dinner the night before, knowable only from his stating the fact: there was no sickly pallor, despite being crammed into the back seat of the Golf, which was now winding its way through Mayfair, past the members’ clubs and hedge funds and townhouses, a neighbourhood in which Hersham has been selling property for 43 years. His agency has sold houses for quantities of money that seem increasingly conceptual as they rise: Belgrave Square (£50m), Caroline Terrace (£60m), Grosvenor Crescent (£100m). Then the ultimate, a career peak in an already elevated range, the most expensive house ever sold in Britain: 2-8a Rutland Gate in Knightsbridge, sold in early 2020 for £215m. Continue reading...
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‘The godfather of alternative comedy’: Eddie Izzard, Paul Merton and more on Spike Milligan
He was the shellshocked genius who channelled his anarchic brilliance into The Goon Show. Ian Hislop and Nick Newman explain why they’ve written a play about Spike Milligan – while comedians remember a legendThe tortured lives of comedians form a biographical genre all of their own; there’s always an audience for the tears of a clown. No wonder Nick Newman and Ian Hislop chose Spike Milligan as the subject of their new play. Milligan, who died 20 years ago next month, is the troubled comedy genius to end them all. Shellshocked in the second world war, repeatedly admitted to hospital for mental ill health, subjected to electroconvulsive therapy, and increasingly embittered as his career failed to deliver on early promise – the Spike Milligan sad-clown drama writes itself.“But we didn’t want to do that,” says Newman. “We wanted to ask: how did he come to create these brilliant things?” Their play – a cheerful act of ancestor-worship by by Private Eye’s editor and its eminent cartoonist – is about the first three years (1951-54) of The Goon Show, as its chief writer Milligan battles the BBC to get his vision on air. “It’s: will he survive the fallout from the war?,” says Newman, “and will he crack radio?” And, “spoiler alert!,” chimes in Hislop. “Milligan wins! We just wanted to have a play where he wins.” Continue reading...
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Restaurateur Jeremy King found fame and fortune on a roll of the dice
Pure chance led to the co-owner of Le Caprice and the Wolseley’s choice of careerJeremy King is a devotee of the dice. The restaurateur behind the Wolseley and the Delaunay gave up his place at Cambridge University in the 1970s on a throw of the dice after reading George Cockcroft’s cult novel The Dice Man.“It was something I did casually about deciding where I should go for dinner,” King said in a speech about his career last year. “[But] then I ended up throwing the dice on my life.” Continue reading...
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Secret site of chequered skipper butterfly’s English revival revealed
Species that disappeared from Northants woods in 1977 is thriving four years after its reintroductionNature lovers will be able to enjoy the high-speed flight of the chequered skipper butterfly in an English woodland for the first time in more than 45 years this summer.Such is the success of a four-year reintroduction programme to return the rare insect to the woods of Northamptonshire, where it fell extinct in 1977, that its secret site can be revealed to the public. Continue reading...
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Fibbing is part of Boris Johnson’s toolkit but could be his undoing
Analysis: PM’s assertions that there were no lockdown parties are increasingly hard to believeIf Boris Johnson’s premiership is brought to a humiliating close in the coming days, it will not only be because he allowed Downing Street’s boozy lockdown parties to happen on his watch – but because he lied about them.When allegations of parties first emerged, Johnson told MPs in the House of Commons that Covid guidance “was followed completely in No 10”, and on another occasion – vehemently – that he had been “repeatedly assured” there were no parties. Continue reading...
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5 players to keep a close eye on during this year’s Six Nations
Six Nations ready to showcase a galaxy of talent.
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Six Nations expectations soaring in Scotland despite scepticism from outside
The positive vibe north of Hadrian’s Wall is not in keeping with the assertion of most bookmakers.
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Face mask rules in England: Where you do and don’t have to wear them
From Thursday 27 January, England returns to Plan A coronavirus restrictions
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Thousands of pounds raised for tattoo artist whose wife died in Tonga tsunami
'Friend inkers and the large tattoo family' are coming together to help Tonga survivor.
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25 of the funniest things you can say to Amazon Alexa
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Heartwarming moment missing girl meets her rescuer decades later
Kathy was lost for words by the surprise reunion.
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Do you need to wear a face mask on the London Tube?
The rules on masks are changing.
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Holocaust Memorial Day: What is it and how many lives have been lost to genocide?
Holocaust Memorial Day and Yom Hashoah both commemorate the Holocaust - but how do they differ?
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Holocaust survivor, 93, says day Nazis took her dad is forever seared in her mind
Renee Salt survived Auschwitz and says 'Hitler didn't reckon on me' living to warn the world about the dangers of tyranny.
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All of Us Are Dead is being hailed as the new Squid Game
So what can we glean about it from the trailer? Alexandra Jones 
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‘Our $55 million company went bust overnight’
Married couple Radha Vyas and Lee Thompson built up their travel business, Flash Pack, from scratch in 2014, bootstrapping it from bedroom startup to a multinational enterprise with 55 staff and a £20 million turnover. Then Covid hit. At their lowest point the family had £200 left in their bank account and a one-year-old baby but they re-built the company. Here’s what happened.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard myth is disrespecting Manchester United hero
The former Man United manager has been 'ignored' by several clubs looking to make appointments.
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Man City transfer decision gives Pep Guardiola chance for ultimate reprieve this season
Pep Guardiola says he 'didn't prepare well' for the Champions League final but Manchester City have given him another shot
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Jamie Dornan recalls living with ‘roommate’ Eddie Redmayne: ‘At the time, we were pretty messy’
They regularly ‘hung out’ with fellow actors Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and Charlie Cox
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Asian shares fall to lowest in 15 months after US Fed nails on March rate rise
Markets in Japan and Korea lose more than 3% on fears of costlier borrowing, with FTSE and Wall Street on course to follow suitStock markets in Asia have tumbled to their lowest in nearly 15 months after America’s central bank chief confirmed widely expected plans to increase interest rates this year, beginning in March.With investors also concerned about political tensions between Russia and Ukraine, supply chain problems and rising oil prices, the prospect of sustained increases in the cost of borrowing by the world’s most powerful economy sent a spasm of anxiety through financial markets on Thursday. Continue reading...
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Fight Club author responds to China’s amended version: ‘Everyone gets a happy ending in China!’
Cult classic has been altered for Chinese audiences to remove the film’s explosive ending
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High-octane Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis storm into Australian Open final
Australians’ doubles run continues with 7-6(7-4), 6-4 winPair will meet compatriots Matt Ebden and Max Purcell in finalIf the roof had been on Rod Laver Arena it would have blown off as a zealous home crowd roared Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis into an unlikely Australian Open doubles final.Laver himself was in the house on Thursday afternoon to watch the unseeded pair, who have both shocked and awed their competition and the public, storm past Marcel Granollers of Spain and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 7-6(7-4), 6-4. Continue reading...
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Japan's Mitsubishi, energy body join Gates' nuclear project
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency say they have signed an agreement to participate in a next-generation nuclear energy project with TerraPower, a company started by Bill Gates
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Prince Charles and Camila tour Holocaust exhibition - ‘Lasting reminder of horrors’
PRINCE CHARLES and Camila visited Buckingham Palace to visit a very special exhibition featuring holocaust survivors.
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US warns plans to open Nord Stream 2 'will not move forward' if Russia invades Ukraine
THE UNITED STATES has warned Russia they will ensure Nord Stream 2 will not open if Russia launches an invasion of Ukraine.
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Nine Manchester United youngsters could solve three transfer issues
Man Utd are looking ahead to the summer transfer window and could see some of their issues eased by players already at the club.
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Cristiano Ronaldo poses with F1 bad boy Nikita Mazepin after workout in Dubai
Cristiano Ronaldo is enjoying some time off from Manchester United at the moment and his mysterious adventure has led him to controversial Formula One ace Nikita Mazepin
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From Tiananmen to Hong Kong, China's crackdowns defy critics
From the crushing of Beijing’s 1989 pro-democracy protests to the suppression of Hong Kong’s opposition four decades later, China’s Communist Party has demonstrated a determination and ability to stay in power that is seemingly impervious to Western criticism
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What the papers say – January 27
The nationals on Thursday focus on the continuing pressure on the Prime Minister and the Duke of York’s latest legal development.
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What the papers say – January 27
The nationals on Thursday focus on the continuing pressure on the Prime Minister and the Duke of York’s latest legal development.
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Man Utd should grant Jesse Lingard transfer wish after two decades of service
Jesse Lingard wants to leave Manchester United after not starting a Premier League game in two years for the club, but the England international may not get his wish
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At least 3 judges eyed as Biden mulls Supreme Court pick
President Joe Biden is eyeing at least three judges for an expected vacancy on the Supreme Court
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Will virus be 'over'? Most Americans think not: AP-NORC poll
Will the pandemic ever really be “over”
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Remains of massacred ancestors returned to Wiyot Tribe
The remains of 20 Native Americans massacred in Northern California in 1860 have been returned to their tribe
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Spotify removes Neil Young’s music following his Joe Rogan ultimatum
‘We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon,’ said a Spotify spokesperson
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Donald Grant: Oklahoma set to execute disabled Black man a month before trial challenging lethal injection begins
Oklahoma resumed executions in 2021 after a six-year moratorium
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N. Korea, after harsh 2-year lockdown, slowly reopens border
After spending two years in a strict lockdown while COVID-19 spread around the world, North Korea is showing signs that it’s easing its severe border controls to nurse a desperately broken economy
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Breyer: a pragmatic approach searching for a middle ground
Multiple sources say Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to retire
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Democrats eye Supreme Court pick to revive 2022 prospects
Word of Justice Stephen Breyer's pending retirement may be lifting Democratic hopes ahead of midterm elections
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Anger as Joe Rogan guest says being trans is a ‘contagion’ similar to ‘satanic ritual abuse’
Rogan asked Jordan Peterson if trans issues were sign of ‘civilizations collapsing’
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Honduras' next president to be sworn in amid uncertainty
Xiomara Castro is scheduled to be sworn in Thursday as Honduras’ first female president, facing high expectations to turn around the deeply troubled country amid uncertainty about whether an unfolding legislative crisis will allow her the support she needs
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What are the hidden costs of our obsession with fish oil supplements? – podcast
They may be one of the world’s favourite supplements but, according to a recent study, more than one in 10 fish oil capsules are rancid. Most of the oil comes from Peruvian anchovetas, a type of anchovy, which is also used to feed pigs, poultry and farmed fish. And despite catching more than 4m tonnes a year of Peruvian anchovetas to cater to the global demand, large industry players want to scale this up even further.Madeleine Finlay speaks to environment journalist Richa Syal about why so many fish oil pills are rancid, and hears from journalist Dan Collyns in Chimbote, Peru, about how the industry is affecting the local environment and its residentsArchive: The Doctors, ICIJ, Frontline PBS Continue reading...
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Vampire Diaries star Matthew Davis welcomes arrival of second daughter with sweet snap
Actor Matthew Davis and his wife Kiley Casciano welcomed baby Dorothy to the world on Monday as they became a family of four
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