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Iran denies that US shot down its drone in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran on Friday denied that the United States took down one of their drones in the Strait of Hormuz, as President Trump had said hours earlier. “We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi tweeted. Also, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in...
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Impeachment inquiry hearings, Anonymous' Trump book, Bye bye, Bei Bei: 5 things to know Tuesday
Four officials will testify in the House impeachment hearings, Anonymous' Trump book will be released, Bei Bei the panda leaves D.C. and more news you need to know Tuesday.      
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Airbnb lobbies local Japan governments to ease curbs for Olympics
Airbnb Inc said on Tuesday it is lobbying local governments in Japan to ease curbs on short-term home rentals during next year's Tokyo Olympics, seeking to counter a thicket of rules imposed last year.
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Brazil Boss Tite Says Lionel Messi, Pele Comparisons 'Have No Credibility'
Brazil manager Tite has hit out at comparisons between Lionel Messi and Selecao legend Pele. Per Goal's Brendan McLoughlin , t he coach spoke on Tuesday — the 50th ...
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iOS update for iPhone squashes bugs in Mail, Notes, and Messages
Apple on Monday issued its seventh software update for the iPhone since the release of iOS 13. The latest release improves the handset's overall performance and squashes several bugs.
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Guantanamo Bay detainee: I lived through CIA torture. Everyone else can catch the movie.
I learned new facts about my detention and torture from the CIA torture report summary. Hopefully, Americans can learn not to repeat those mistakes.      
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U.S. breaks off defense cost talks amid South Korea backlash over $5 billion demand
The United States on Tuesday broke off talks on increasing South Korea's share of the cost of hosting a U.S. military contingent after the two sides failed to narrow differences in a row that has raised questions about the U.S. deployment.
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Oil slips as concerns over U.S.-China trade talks drag on
U.S. oil prices fell for the second straight day on Tuesday amid market jitters over limited progress between China and the United States on rolling back trade tariffs, while expectations of a rise in U.S. inventories also jangled nerves.
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Real Madrid's Eden Hazard Says He's in 'Good Shape' Following Weight Concerns
Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has said he's in "good shape" and dismissed concerns regarding his weight after some criticism following a slow start at Real Madrid. The summer signing has only one goal in 11 outings since arriving at Real...
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Declutter the Marie Kondo way with an $86 official KonMarie candle
The Kon Marie method ("does it spark joy?") offers a self-medication regime for middle class people with undiagnosed anxiety disorders and too much stuff. And now there's an official store, complete with $86 candles, to consume your way to minimalism. In a letter posted on the site, Ms Kondo said her tidying method "isn't about getting rid of things". Instead, she wrote: "It's about heightening your sensitivity to what brings you joy. "Once you've completed your tidying, there is room to welcome meaningful objects, people and experiences into your life." BUY. Read the rest
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We all say things we regret. Trawling young activists’ tweets denies them a chance | Ilyas Nagdee
Penalising young people entering politics for ill-thought-out social media posts is short-sighted and bad for democracyI remember growing up in Old Trafford, Manchester, seeing the poverty and the overpolicing in the community around me, and trying to make sense of the world. Without any meaningful political education at school, many – including myself – turned to the internet as a source of information during our formative years. Here many of us were confronted with seductively simplistic – yet in hindsight, deeply problematic – “explanations”, which at the time seemed coherent and appeared to knit together our experiences.Looking back, I can laugh at how stupid and misguided many of those opinions were, whether it was thinking that secret societies ran the world, or that perhaps communities like my own were predisposed to crime or tax-dodging. It was only later in life that I would become more politically aware and be provided with the tools to understand and articulate the issues of an unjust economic system, institutional racism and so on. Continue reading...
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My girlfriend is a virgin – can our sexless relationship survive?
She is not comfortable with physical contact, and I don’t want to lose what we haveI’m a 36-year-old man. I have been in a relationship for a year, and love my girlfriend. But she is a virgin, and says she is not sure she ever wants to have sex. She is not comfortable with physical contact. I don’t want to lose what we have. I don’t want to make her uncomfortable by asking her to do things that she isn’t happy with. Is there a way of being physically satisfied in a sexless relationship?It is not unusual for someone who has never made love with another person to feel unsure, anxious or even afraid of sex. Patience is vital. But if you feel sexual expression within a relationship is really important then you will have to explain that to her and address this together. An ideal starting point would be to help her to feel safe enough to try to explain exactly why she lacks sexual interest. Some reasons could be a fear of pregnancy, lack of education about sexual behaviour, previous relationship problems or lack of attraction. Continue reading...
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Silicon Valley’s Biggest Foe Is Getting Even Tougher
Margrethe Vestager won praise for her oversight of the tech industry. Now, with more authority from the European Union, she envisions a more aggressive agenda.
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If you have a Switch Lite, you should get this Nintendo flip case
Nintendo has confirmed that it’ll start selling its official, previously Japan-only Switch Lite Flip Cover in the US next month, with a release date set for January 9th. This is good news, because it’s a great product, and I’d recommend picking one up when it’s out if you’re using the newer, smaller Switch. It does what I want a case to do, which is to protect the screen while adding as little bulk as possible. The Flip Cover is a lightweight case that the Switch clips into, with a fabric finish and a lid that attaches magnetically. It also comes with a plastic screen protector. I’ve been using the case for a few weeks now, as it came out in Japan at the beginning of the month alongside the Pokémon Sword and Shield limited edition... Continue reading…
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Trump's doctor dismisses health rumors
U.S President Trump's health examination on Saturday was "routine" and he was not treated for any urgent or acute issues, his physician said in a statement on Monday. It comes after an unexpected trip to Walter Reed Medical Centre over the weekend sparked a variety of rumors. Jayson Albano reports.
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Suspected middleman in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder arrested
Maltese government may offer pardon if suspect can reveal mastermind behind killingA man suspected of being the middleman in the murder of Malta’s most prominent anti-corruption journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, has been arrested, a police source has told Reuters.The man is believed to have linked the person suspected of commissioning the murder of Caruana Galizia, to the men accused of carrying out the killing, as well as those who helped procure the explosive device used in the operation. Continue reading...
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Asian shares mixed amid doubts on US-China trade deal – business live
Pound inches higher towards $1.30 on hopes of smoother Brexit process 7.33am GMT Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.The waiting game continues for the US-China trade deal. Chinese state media described the latest discussions, held by phone over the weekend, as “constructive,” but a report from CNBC suggested yesterday that the mood in Beijing was pessimistic. Doubts have crept in over whether a preliminary deal can be struck, and when.There are some lingering doubts over whether a phase one deal can be struck. The suspicion is that there’s a lot more wrinkles to iron out than initially thought.In the middle of next month, the Trump administration will introduce fresh tariffs on roughly $156bn worth of Chinese imports, unless something changes. Some traders are hoping phase one of the overall trade deal will be agreed upon by then so there will be no need to press ahead with new tariffs. Mr Trump would like more concessions from China in relation to intellectual property rights, but for now he doesn’t want to reverse tariffs, but China are open to the idea of rolling back on the levies. The toing and froing of the trade spat will probably continue up until when the next round of US levies are set to kick in, and then we could see some constructive talks. Continue reading...
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Taylor Swift is allowed to play her music at the AMAs after all
The row involves the singer, her former record label and some big name politicians.
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Instagram cracks down on app that allowed users to stalk private profiles
Instagram is cracking down on an app that allowed users to look into private profiles without their permission. According to Android Police, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network has confirmed that the app — named Ghosty — violates its terms. It also added it will be sending a cease and desist letter to the app makers “ordering them to immediately stop their activities on Instagram.” Available on both Android and iOS, Ghosty describes itself as a means to “view all the profiles you want to view including hidden profiles on instagram.” In addition, it lets users download or share photos or videos from… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram
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China stands firmly behind Hong Kong's chief executive: foreign ministry
China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday its government will continue to offer firm support to Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam, and is determined to safeguard its sovereignty.
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Trump's 'Section 232' autos tariff authority runs out of time, experts say
The clock has run out on President Donald Trump's authority to impose "Section 232" tariffs on imports of foreign-made cars and auto parts, and he may have to find other means if he wants to pursue tariffs on European or Japanese cars, legal experts say.
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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Sales of grounded Boeing 737 MAX pick up steam at Dubai Airshow
Boeing's 737 MAX took centre stage at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday as the U.S. planemaker prepared to announce orders for dozens of aircraft as it seeks to restore confidence in the jet amid a worldwide grounding, people familiar with the matter said.
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'Everything's made by the people': how a slum became Albania's fastest growing city
Money sent home by relatives working abroad has transformed Kamza over the past decadeDriving out of Albania’s capital, Tirana, into nearby Kamza, blocks of communist-era apartments give way to a chaotic jumble of houses of different colours, shapes and heights. Many are half-finished or being rebuilt. Some are just exposed brick, while others are painted near-fluorescent greens, oranges or yellows.“People pay a lot of attention to the aesthetics of the houses,” says Njazi Murrja, who lives locally. “They show the culture and the wealth of the family.” Continue reading...
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Can Luka Doncic Sustain Historic Start to Sophomore Season?
For Luka Doncic , Monday night was pretty much like any other he's experienced this season. He dominated, thoroughly and absolutely, en route to reaching another milestone as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 117-110 ...
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Teen breaks legs after police chase leads to jump from airport terminal roof
Authorities say a teenager broke both his legs after leaping from an Oklahoma City airport terminal roof while being chased by officers.
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Jeffery Epstein 'wielded great villainous power'
A woman has come forward to accuse the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing her as a 15-year-old.
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Chinese government furious over NYT release of documents
The Chinese government has reacted furiously to the publication of more than 400 pages of sensitive Communist Party documents by the New York Times, which linked President Xi Jinping to the country's mass detention centers in the far western region of Xinjiang. CNN's David Culver reports.
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Hong Kong campus siege almost over, but the violence and anger remain
Attention in Hong Kong continues to be focused on the city's Polytechnic University, where an ever shrinking number of protesters remain holed up inside the besieged campus under the threat of arrest.
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Resignations Follow Blind Oxford Student’s Violent Treatment at Debate
Ebenezer Azamati, a postgraduate student from Ghana, was violently removed from an event at the Oxford Union, a prominent British debating society.
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Everything you need to know about the first UK election debate
The first game-changing moment of the 2019 UK general election could come on Tuesday evening, as millions of Brits tune into the first televised debate of the campaign.
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‘It hasn’t been easy being a Tory in education’: meet the teachers standing for election
Four would-be MPs – Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and Green – explain why they hope to swap the classroom for the CommonsConservative prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) for Newcastle-upon-Tyne North (Labour majority 10,349) Continue reading...
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Alexander Vindman: ‘heroic’ witness who Trump will struggle to dismiss
Decorated Iraq war veteran is the marquee witness scheduled for Tuesday, with Jennifer Williams, Kurt Volker and Tim MorrisonWhen Lt Col Alexander Vindman first spoke privately to Congress last month, Donald Trump baselessly attacked him as a “Never Trumper” and questioned what business Vindman had listening in on presidential phone calls.But when Vindman returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify in public, nationally televised impeachment hearings, Trump might find the decorated Iraq war veteran, who is director of European affairs on the national security council, much more difficult to dismiss. Continue reading...
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Yemen's Houthi rebels seize Saudi Arabian ship in Red Sea
A Saudi Arabian tugboat was seized by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on Sunday, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency SPA.
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Taliban-U.S. prisoner swap apparently imminent
Sources say three Taliban prisoners released by Afghan government are in Qatar and will be exchanged for an American and an Australian abducted in 2016
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Extreme E: British driver Billy Monger to race in new climate change series
British racing driver Billy Monger is named as one of the latest entrants to the Extreme E drivers' programme.
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New York State Attorney General investigating WeWork and former CEO
The New York State Attorney General is investigating WeWork, adding to a mounting series of problems faced by the workspace provider.
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U.S. says South Korea can do more on costs after talks break down
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he believed South Korea "can and should" contribute more on cost-sharing for hosting the U.S. military, after Seoul broke off the talks earlier in the day following a public backlash.
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White House releases statement on Trump’s surprise visit to Walter Reed
The White House on Monday released a statement from Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. that said the president’s visit there over the weekend was a “routine” checkup. The statement, written by Navy Commander Sean Conley, was released by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham as she hopes to quiet rumors about Trump’s medical...
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Here’s an election idea: why not let anyone sit Oxbridge finals? | Laura McInerney
Allowing everyone to study on their own and enter university exams could create a grassroots learning explosionPolitical parties are so busy suddenly falling over themselves to put money into education, it feels as if we’re living in a learning piñata. Bang! Boris Johnson promises more cash for schools. Boom! Jeremy Corbyn will fund six years of learning for adults. Womp! The Lib Dems are making lifelong higher education free-ish. It is not a second too soon. Schools and colleges are on their knees; adult education is in critical condition. When was the last time you met someone attending night school? So the promised money is welcome but, alone, it’s not a real vision of open access. Labour can say it will tax private schools to fund its pledges – but it is time to think even bigger. Continue reading...
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Spending on trees in UK falls despite pledges to plant more
Less than £2 per person was spent on trees and forestry in 2017-18, Defra figures showSpending on trees and forestry fell by nearly £20m a year between 2015 and 2018, when a purely Conservative government had taken over from the coalition, despite pledges to plant more trees. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said £132m was spent across the UK on trees in 2017-18, down from £151m in 2014-15. The more recent total included £32m in England, with most of the rest spent in Scotland. Continue reading...
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Crucible by Charles Emmerson review – seven years that shaped our world
This buoyant study of life after the great war illuminates the part that chance plays in historyHistorians, fixing their eyes on a rear-view mirror, sort the past into a procession of immutable events with inevitable outcomes. That suits the grandiose individuals they write about, who fancy that their activities are somehow predestined. “History will not forgive us,” said Lenin in 1917, “if we do not assume power now.”But did history forgive the would-be assassin whose bullet, fired at Lenin a year later, missed his carotid artery by three millimetres? And did it notice why no peace treaty with the Ottoman empire was concluded in 1922? Diplomacy failed on that occasion because Lord Curzon’s train left the Lausanne station five minutes before American go-betweens rushed along to announce that Ismet Pasha was willing to negotiate. Continue reading...
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A poo facial mask – smaller pores, yes, but do you really want faeces on your face?
Face masks made of nightingale faeces, used in Japan for centuries, are currently resurgent in western salons. But what are the results like?I am standing in the bathroom with poo all over my face. Let me explain. Face masks made of nightingale faeces, used by elite Japanese women for centuries, are one of the stranger beautifying techniques currently resurgent in western salons. I’m giving the cheaper, at-home version a try, to see if there’s anything in it.Do nightingales shoot magic out of their cloacas? More to the point, who wants to be young for ever if it means spending eternity in the bathroom with poo all over your face? Continue reading...
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I must have been stung by nettles 5,000 times as a child – why am I not immune?
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsWhy am I not immune to nettle stings? I’m 70 years old and was stung in the garden the other day. As a child we played in the fields and woods all the time – I must have been stung at least 5,000 times. Also, while on the subject, when I was stung yesterday I couldn’t find a dock-leaf – my Dad used to say there were always docks near nettles. Where have they gone?Joe Birkin, Chesterfield, Derbys Continue reading...
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Direct Line won’t renew my insurance after a local break-in
It turned out to be because a neighbour’s cars had been stolen using keys taken from their houseWe have just been sent a letter by Direct Line telling us that it is not prepared to renew our home insurance as our property no longer meets its “risk requirements”. We have had no claims on the household insurance, hold two car policies with Direct Line, have no financial problems and live at the top of a steep hill. Continue reading...
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Ego trip: why are some male runners so threatened by a speedy woman?
Being overtaken by a woman seems to get under some men’s skin, as elite athlete Lily Partridge pointed out last week. But the intimidation tactics need to stopAt this time of year, many women stop running in the dark. The same quiet roads that are great for training are precisely those that can make you feel vulnerable. Attacks, fortunately, are rare – but intimidation is not.I don’t know a single female runner who hasn’t been heckled or mocked while out pounding the streets. And, yes, always by men. But there is something else you also occasionally see, too: male runners reminding you of their power. Continue reading...
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Brexit weekly briefing: election soundbites replace hard news
Boris Johnson under fire for series of false claims as he promises to ‘get Brexit done’Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing. If you’d like to receive this as a weekly email, sign up here. You can catch our latest Brexit Means … podcast here, and for daily updates head to Andrew Sparrow’s politics live blog. Continue reading...
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How the Ikea Christmas ad brought grime to the masses | Jeffrey Boakye
It shouldn’t work, but it does, because grime MC D Double E breaks through the usual seasonal superficialityEverything you need to know about why Ikea’s Christmas ad is a big deal can be summarised in one word: grime. The Swedish furniture monolith has drawn on the genre that has given us Stormzy at Glastonbury, two Mercury music prize winners, #Alexfromglasto and a 21st-century cultural earthquake that continues to reverberate through the mainstream.The central conceit of the ad is simple: a modern (read: young, mixed-ethnicity, good-looking, inoffensive) family, sitting about in their home being modern, good-looking and generally inoffensive. The mum looks around and realises how shabby her surroundings are. Suddenly, all manner of kitsch and very un-Ikea ornaments come to life and start spitting bars about how clapped-out the flat is, in grime star D Double E’s unmistakable warbling couplets. Continue reading...
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The bitter poverty of child sugarcane workers in Zimbabwe
Children say they are paid as little as $1 a week for hazardous work as the government plans to investigate child labour casesThe blistering sun beats mercilessly on the Mukwasine sugar plantations near Chiredzi, in south-east Zimbabwe. It is Sunday morning and the soothing sound of hymns reverberate from a nearby church.For most of the children living near the estate, it is time for Sunday school and listening to Bible stories. Continue reading...
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The anthropologist's Africa – in pictures
British colonial anthropologist Northcote Thomas took thousands of photographs and sound recordings of men, women and children in West Africa between 1909 and 1915. Unseen for over 100 years, some feature in award-winning short Faces|Voices in which Londoners respond to the faces of these people. Here’s a selection of the original images Continue reading...
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