Scottish parliament to vote on pursuing 'Unexplained Wealth Order'

The debate on Wednesday is being brought to chamber by co-convenor of the Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie.
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Ben Foster calls ex-Chelsea star Diego Costa a ‘filthy little rat’, names Manchester United’s worst trainer and says Nemanja Vidic was a ‘sicko’
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World War 3 warning: China's chilling threat to US as Biden told he's 'playing with fire'
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Children need normality after misery of schools shutdown – Ofsted chief
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Teachers tell pupils ‘We Want You Back For Good’ in hilarious Take That parody
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Alabama professors placed on leave after racially insensitive Halloween pictures resurface
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Tragic appeal for missing dad who became fishermen due to Covid - lost at sea for 5 weeks
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The army of residents on the streets lit by a lockdown passion
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Granit Xhaka apologises for crucial mistake in Arsenal’s Premier League draw with Burnley
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Women have been hit hardest during the pandemic – here is my six-point plan to end systemic discrimination
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'What are you calling for?!' Sophy Ridge skewers Lisa Nandy after another Labour U-turn
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Singapore builds huge floating solar farm out at sea in bid to tackle climate crisis
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Williamson: NHS 1% pay rise marks period of restraint for public sector
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Fiscal commission to examine tax-varying powers for Stormont Executive
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Ex On The Beach star Ashley Cain opens up on ‘mental trauma’ as daughter Azaylia’s leukaemia returns
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The Queen is addressing the nation in a televised speech at 5pm today
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WandaVision star Emma Caulfield Ford says fan theories were ‘so far removed from the truth’
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Surgeons fear wave of lawsuits over delays to cancer treatment
Leading doctors issue warning after Covid forces hospitals to postpone scans and urgent operationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe NHS is facing what doctors fear is “a legal storm” of claims for compensation from patients who could not get cancer treatment during the pandemic.Leading cancer surgeons are warning that patients who could not have surgery at the planned time, or a scan, or see their GP because of Covid-related disruption to services may sue if their cancer subsequently spread. Continue reading...
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Notturno review – a poetic critique of war in the Middle East
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How to show your love in a Mother’s Day card, as study finds three in four find it hard to do
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The data is clear: gender diversity in the workplace is better for the environment
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Video shows five officers beating cornered Hong Kong protester
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On the anniversary of Selma we are sadly reminded: voting rights are still imperiled | Elliott Smith
Fifty-six years ago, my great-aunt, Amelia Boynton, was beaten senseless while marching. Let’s honor her by protecting voting todayOn 7 March 1965, the nation came to grips with one of the most iconic images synonymous with the fight for voting rights and equality. Amelia Boynton, a matriarch of the civil rights movement, lead strategist in the Selma Voting Rights Campaign and my great-aunt, helped prick the conscience of a nation struggling to confront the lie of racism and injustice.She, alongside the late congressman John Lewis and many others, staged a 52-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery to protest the murder of the voting rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson at the hands of law enforcement and to dramatize the struggle for the right to vote. Continue reading...
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Women must not be sidelined in climate crisis talks, says scientist Katharine Hayhoe
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Labour's Jon Ashworth hints he would back nurses STRIKING over pay row
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth suggested he would be ready to join picket lines as he was repeatedly pressed over the extent of his support for action by unions.
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Exodus of foreign workers ‘a threat to UK recovery’
Construction, care and hospitality industries all at risk from major shortage of employees, say business leadersBritain’s economic recovery from the pandemic risks being seriously damaged by thousands of “missing” overseas workers who have left the country and will not return, senior figures from across industry are warning Boris Johnson.Executives from hospitality, social care, construction and manufacturing all raised concerns that a lack of overseas workers after the pandemic will put a “handbrake on the recovery”. Some warned that the success of some of the government’s own flagship targets, such as an aim to build 300,000 homes a year, was being put at risk. Continue reading...
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Labour to vote against stealth Income Tax raid on families in Budget U-turn
Shadow Cabinet minister Lisa Nandy confirmed the party will vote against the freezes in the personal allowance and 40p threshold in the Budget - which are set to raise more than £8bn a year by 2025
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Meghan’s friend says she’s been ‘vilified’ by royals in ‘full scale takedown’
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Harry and Meghan ‘could be stripped of Duke and Duchess titles’ after Oprah interview
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BBC TV licence backlash: Humiliating survey shames corporation as 'too woke and expensive'
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Sheffield United: Some players ‘need to go’, says Chris Wilder after Southampton loss
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Williamson: NHS 1% pay rise marks period of restraint for public sector
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West Brom v Newcastle: Premier League – live!
Minute-by-minute report of the early kick-off at the HawthornsPremier League ‘trying to relegate’ West Brom, says AllardyceEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com | Tweet @Simon_Burnton 11.04am GMT The teams are in! West Brom stick with the side that lost to Everton on Thursday while Newcastle make three changes: Lewis, Almiron and Saint-Maximin are out; Dummett, Fraser and Hendrick are in.West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, O’Shea, Bartley, Townsend, Yokuslu, Matheus Pereira, Gallagher, Maitland-Niles, Phillips, Diagne. Subs: Robson-Kanu, Ajayi, Robinson, Livermore, Sawyers, Peltier, Snodgrass, Button, Ahearne-Grant.Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hendrick, Shelvey, Hayden, Willock, Joelinton, Fraser. Subs: Carroll, Ritchie, Gayle, Lewis, Fernandez, Manquillo, Murphy, Darlow, Sean Longstaff.Referee: Martin Atkinson. Team news is in at The Hawthorns. We’re unchanged for today’s clash with @NUFC. COYB! ⚪️@MonsterEnergy | #WBANEW TEAM-NEWS HWTL! ⚫️⚪️ 10.23am GMT Hello world!What a day this is for Newcastle, what a moment. Sure, they are 17th and have impressed few people this season, but today, right now, right here, they have an opportunity to leave a difficult week emphatically behind them and extend their lead over 19th-placed West Bromwich Albion from nine points to 12, with 10 games remaining, and effectively leave themselves with only one relegation place still to worry about. Steve Bruce said this week that his team “will do our utmost to get out of the trouble, unfortunately, we’re in”, and that means perform, today. Continue reading...
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Longer school days and shorter holidays being considered by the government, Gavin Williamson says
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Beauty spot hit by illegal rave as lockdown breakers descend
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What time does Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview start and what channel is it on?
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Drag Race UK’s A’Whora Reveals Her Nan Forced BBC To Censor Filthy Joke About Her
Drag Race UK queen A’Whora has revealed the real reason why part of her stand-up comedy routine on the latest episode of the BBC Three show was bleeped out.The quarter-final of the drag competition saw the five remaining queens competing in a stand-up challenge, in which they had to impress RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and guest panellist Dawn French with their comedy chops. However, A’Whora’s off-colour material left the judges stunned, with BBC bosses bleeping out one joke about her nan, leaving many fans wondering what on earth it was she’d said (you can find exactly what here). During an interview on Attitude’s Tea Time, the 24-year-old revealed it was actually her nan who insisted the joke was bleeped out and not the BBC.Asked whether her raunchy comedy routine had received the seal of approval from her grandmother, A’Whora admitted: “That’s the reason they beeped it!“My nan called them up and said ‘I don’t want those jokes going out on air’.“Obviously production have to authorise things with people, just if you’re mentioning their name and stuff, so she said ’Look, these things didn’t happen so I don’t want them on there!”She added: “She said ‘I will sue!’”Ultimately, A’Whora’s routine wasn’t enough to save her from being sent home after she wound up in the bottom two, lip syncing against close friend Tayce. Following her elimination, A’Whora also insisted she did not harbour ill feeling towards fellow contestant Ellie Diamond, following a row between them in this week’s episode. She tweeted: “Oh and just to confirm, me and @elliediamond101 held hands in untucked as she cried and we talked it though, we FaceTime nearly every single day! There’s no beef, we are weirdly now best-friends and take shits on camera together lol.”RuPaul’s Drag Race continues next Thursday, with the new episode available to stream on BBC Three from 7pm.READ MORE:RuPaul's Drag Race Is Finally Getting The Eurovision-Style Spin-Off It DeservesDrag Race's Tina Burner Reveals Judgement She Faced During Graham Norton RomanceBBC Three Is Returning To Our TV Screens After A String Of Recent Hit Shows
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Reopening of bereaved payments scheme welcomed
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Minari director Lee Isaac Chung: 'My friends back in Arkansas are the audience I wanted to connect with'
The film-maker on how his rural childhood inspired the Golden Globe-winning Minari, now a strong contender for an Academy AwardOenanthe javanica, AKA water celery or Japanese parsley, is a herb used in various Asian cuisines; in Korea it’s known as minari. “It’s the type of plant you put into food to provide a little bit more of a kick,” says Korean-American film-maker Lee Isaac Chung. Chung didn’t like it himself as a child, but his grandmother planted it on the Arkansas farm where the director grew up, and Minari is now the title of his new feature – a fictionalised evocation of his childhood.The herb is known for flourishing where other plants struggle – making Minari a suitable name for a story about the fight to put down roots, as Chung’s family did when they arrived in Arkansas in the 1970s. Seen through the eyes of seven-year-old David Yi, Minari is a lyrical, often droll story about family ties, cultural identity and the problems kids might have with a grandmother they love, but who can be weird and embarrassing, too. Minari won the grand jury prize and the audience award in Sundance last year, and last week won best foreign language film at the Golden Globes, with Oscar hopes ahead. Continue reading...
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Raya and the Last Dragon review – dazzling Disney animation
A sword-wielding princess is tasked with uniting a divided kingdom in a buoyant tale starring Awkwafina’s goofy dragonDisney’s latest offering casts Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran as the voice of its south-east Asian princess protagonist, the sword-wielding Raya. Her mission is to unite all five pieces of a broken gem containing dragon magic, as well as the fictional Kumandra’s divided regions, in order to defeat a swirling purple plague called the Druun. There is an incandescence and a buoyancy to the animation that elevates the formula. Husky-voiced comedian Awkwafina (The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians) is captivating as cuddly water dragon Sisu, her goofy earnestness in the same league as Eddie Murphy’s Mushu or Robin Williams’s Genie.• On Disney+ Continue reading...
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Toronto lockdown brings humans and raccoons together – neither's happy
Raccoon attacks on residents are up 62% as some people act ‘foolish’ but others are enjoying seeing their furry neighboursDisrupted sleeping schedules, noisy neighbours and a world that looks unrecognizable: the coronavirus pandemic has been tough for Toronto’s raccoons.And with a lockdown keeping human residents at home in Canada’s largest city, dangerous interactions with Toronto’s infamous urban critters are also increasing. Continue reading...
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'A rising from the ashes': seeds of hope in San Francisco after tragic year for the most vulnerable
In the first US city to go into lockdown, marginalized communities were devastated by the pandemic. But some see opportunity aheadNearly a year ago, the San Francisco Bay Area imposed the country’s first lockdown, an early response that set the tone throughout the pandemic. As a result, San Francisco has had some of the lowest case and death rates in the country.But today, the city is reckoning with a more complicated loss – the businesses that closed and never reopened, the residents who fled, the loss of of cultural institutions that served as safe spaces for marginalized communities. Continue reading...
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