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Alejandro Toledo: Peru ex-president faces corruption charges after US arrest
Toledo is a fugitive from Peru for allegedly receiving $20m from a Brazilian construction company Peru’s former president Alejandro Toledo has been arrested in the United States following an extradition from his home country where he faces corruption charges.Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006, was arrested in northern California on Tuesday and
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Inside the Social Network: Facebook’s Difficult Year review – thumbs down!
As if bewitched by their level of access, the BBC ditched critical distance, rolled over and let out one giant cheer for the global techno-oligarchy. Unfriend!Facebook has a director of social good. She is called Hema and if she has a surname, we weren’t privy to it. The BBC’s Horizon team, as if bewitched at being granted unprecedented access to t
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Billy Vunipola says his social media will not be a World Cup distraction
• Saracens forward made comments supportive of Israel Folau• ‘I have made my position clear,’ he says at England campBilly Vunipola has no plans to stay off social media during the forthcoming World Cup in Japan despite the controversy sparked by his support for Israel Folau – who has since been sacked for his homophobic outburst. Vunipola refused
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Trump defense secretary nominee says US not seeking war with Iran
Confirmation of Mark Esper appeared almost certain at Senate hearing where he received significant Democratic supportDonald Trump’s nominee to become the first permanent US defence secretary in more than six months, has said that the US is not seeking war with Iran and needed to “get back on the diplomatic channel”.Mark Esper, who is currently the
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Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in live-action The Little Mermaid
The ex-One Direction frontman is being touted to star opposite R&B singer Halle Bailey in Disney’s new take on the animated romanceHarry Styles is in talks to take on the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.The former One Direction singer is said to be an early favourite and is currently in discussions with the
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Brazilian mining company to pay out £86m for disaster that killed almost 300 people
Vale also agreed to pay £150,000 to close relatives of those killed when a dam collapsed at its iron ore mine in BrumadinhoThe Brazilian mining giant Vale has agreed to pay out £86m [$107m] in collective moral damages and £150,000 [$186,000] to each of the close relatives of nearly 300 people killed when a tailings dam collapsed in January at its i
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Transfer window: the key deals in Europe away from the Premier League
Europe’s heavyweights have all been busy. Catch up on the big moves in La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1After an underwhelming title race and struggles in Europe, Spain’s top three have all been very busy already. Real Madrid have spent more than £250m to sign Eden Hazard, striker Luka Jovic and defenders Ferland Mendy and Éder Militão, alon
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Jimmy Greaves had the right idea: football broadcasting should be fun | John Brewin
As one half of Saint and Greavsie, the former striker spoke about the sport he loved with enjoyment and wit. We could do with some of that now“I am someone who believes that what we need without a doubt is more of Jimmy Greaves,” wrote the performance poet John Hegley in Greavsie, an ironic yet affectionate early-1990s paean to a then ubiquitous fi
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English health index to paint detailed picture of nation’s wellbeing
Database will be used to assess effect of policies as focus shifts to preventing illnessThe government is to set up the most comprehensive database yet to measure the health of people in England as part of leaked plans to improve life expectancy and boost the fight against the biggest deadly diseases.Ministers intend to create a “composite health i
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Famed Yosemite landmarks see names restored: ‘They belong to the people’
Visitors were unhappy when an intellectual property dispute changed the names of hotels and landmarks three years agoSome of Yosemite’s most well-known and beloved attractions will get their original names back, following a settlement in an intellectual property dispute that briefly changed the monikers of the national park’s hotels and landmarks.T
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France will not back down on digital tax despite US legal threats
Finance minister hopes to agree global action on tech giants at G7 meeting this weekFrance will not back down in the face of US threats of legal action over its plans for a digital tax on tech giants, the French finance minister has said.“We will never give up,” Bruno Le Maire told the Guardian in an interview. “We are implementing a digital tax on
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The Gove-Johnson love affair is back on – for a month or two, anyway
Their relationship has had more downs than ups but now Mikey is full of adoration for his future bossMost insiders give it a month, two at the outside, before the divorce lawyers are called in. But for now the on-off-off-off relationship between Michael Gove and Boris Johnson is very much back on.Never mind that Mikey had such serious reservations
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1.3 million people have signed up to storm Area 51. What could go wrong?
Please don’t attempt the Internet’s joke du jour, the US Air Force will not be amusedUrban legend has it that Area 51 is a weird place. Yet even if the conspiracy theories are true and the Nevada Air Force facility harbors extraterrestrial technology and/or life, it would still barely qualify as being weirder than the Internet where, early this mon
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For the pound, there is little or no short-term cheer
Predicting currency flow is a mug’s game but there’s little to stop sterling’s slide anytime soonThere are no sure-fire bets in the currency markets but, in retrospect, selling sterling has been a ridiculously easy trade for two months. The direction for sterling has been downwards from the moment Theresa May lost her third attempt to force through
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Drill rapper Unknown T charged with murder
19-year-old Daniel Lena charged after death of Steven Narvaez-Jara on New Year’s Day 2018Unknown T, one of the most celebrated rappers from the UK drill scene, has been charged with murder.The 19-year-old, real name Daniel Lena, has also been charged with violent disorder. Two other men – Mohammed Musse and Raman Boreland, both 20 – have also been
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: a racist in substance and style | Editorial
The US president’s bigotry has a political purpose: to distract voters and energise his base. He doesn’t care about the damage he might inflict in the processDonald Trump’s agenda is to turn the clock back in the United States half a century, to a time when elected leaders spoke the language of white supremacy. Like Mr Trump, they did not use dog w
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Trump’s ‘go back’ racism is crude, but may be dangerously effective | Afua Hirsch
As we’ve seen in the UK, attacking the identity of people of colour can be a route to political successPity Donald Trump. Even his racism is the most unsophisticated kind. Every black and brown person knows a “go back to where you came from” racist. For many of us who have never been migrants, to have this muttered at us was the first signal that t
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Who is Ursula von der Leyen, the new EU commission president?
From ‘closet feminist’ to bossy career woman, detractors paint conflicting pictures of German politicianThe nicknames Ursula von der Leyen has acquired over the course of her 29-year career in German politics tell their own story about the new president of the European commission.During her time in charge of the family ministry, she was first calle
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This is what today's America looks like. The squad is us | Moustafa Bayoumi
We should all be grateful to the four women of color who are offering moral and political guidance to a nation goaded by its commander-in-chiefOn Monday, the best of the United States of America was on full display.In a moving press conference in Washington, DC, the four progressive congresswomen now known the world over as “the squad” – Ayanna Pre
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Ursula von der Leyen elected first female European commission president
Former German defence minister wins narrow backing of MEPs to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker in the EU’s top jobUrsula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the European commission’s first female president and the first German in the top EU job for over 50 years.In a secret ballot, MEPs voted narrowly to support her as a replacement for Jean-Claude Junc
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The Guardian view on Scottish drug deaths: put health and safety first | Editorial
With Scotland’s death rate the highest in the EU, political disagreements must not get in the way of an effective responseBetter ways must be found to protect drug users. That can be the only humane response to the terrible news that drug deaths in Scotland have risen by 27% over the past 12 months. At 1,187, the number of fatalities is higher per
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Eoin Morgan has earned right to decide his future, says Chris Woakes
• England’s winning captain would be 36 at next World Cup• Suggestions he may hand over to his deputy Jos ButtlerChris Woakes says England’s players will back whatever decision Eoin Morgan makes over his future as the one-day captain after he led the team to World Cup glory on Sunday.Morgan took over the leadership of England’s limited-overs sides
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Dave Brailsford keen to ‘twist knife’ into Team Ineos’s Tour rivals
• British team have Thomas and Bernal in second and third• Groupama–FDJ principal says Thibaut Pinot can recoverDave Brailsford’s rest-day habit of provoking the French resurfaced again as the Tour de France took a 24-hour pause in Albi, a day after the home hero Thibaut Pinot had been unceremoniously worked over by Geraint Thomas and his Ineos tea
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'This time we need justice': parents of three sons killed in London speak out
John and Linda Burke-Monerville say loss of three of their seven children feels like a ‘terrible dream’A couple who have lost three sons in separate killings have voiced their despair over youth violence in London.In their first interview since the third death, which happened last month, John and Linda Burke-Monerville said the loss of three of the
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Pro-Europe Tories must locate their rebel spirit – and make the case for remain | Rafael Behr
As more leading Tories soften on no deal for the sake of their careers, principled moderates have only one option leftIf hardline Brexiteers were free to shop around for beatable enemies they probably wouldn’t change much about the current state of British politics. Their preferred candidate is well ahead in the final straight of a Tory leadership
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Pound hits two-year low as City fears of no-deal Brexit intensify
Sterling falls by a cent against dollar after Tory leadership candidates’ backstop remarks The pound has fallen to its lowest level in more than two years after pledges by both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to ditch a key part of the UK-EU withdrawal agreement intensified City fears over a no-deal Brexit.Sterling fell by a cent against the US dolla
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Boris Johnson 'ignored expert advice' over £1bn mayoral vanity projects
No 10 frontrunner defied senior officials over doomed projects including Routemaster and garden bridge Boris Johnson has been accused of repeatedly ignoring expert advice on the viability of his so-called vanity projects as London mayor, leaving tax payers with a bill of nearly £1bn and rising.Some of those who worked closely with Johnson as mayor,
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Tom Watson backs Labour motion to auto-exclude members accused of racism
Four members of party’s governing body also sign motion calling on NEC to actTom Watson and four members of Labour’s governing body have backed a new motion which would auto-exclude members accused of racism or other forms of discrimination – a radical overhaul of the party’s complaints process.The auto-exclusion would apply where there is “irrefut
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Cleaned for take-off: Naomi Campbell’s extreme inflight hygiene routine
The supermodel recently revealed the germ-busting ritual she undertakes when boarding a plane. But do the experts think we should follow suit?First the latex gloves go on, the antiseptic wipes come out, and then Naomi Campbell gets to work. A video recently posted by the supermodel on YouTube shows the extraordinary hygiene routine she undertakes e
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UK railway 'needs revolution not evolution' – review
Rail review’s independent chair says rail industry needs complete overhaulThe government should take a “step back” from the UK railway, which could potentially be run by a new body according to the independent chair of the rail review.Keith Williams said a fresh structure was required, and warned that “simply tinkering at the edges will not be cred
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