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U.S. judge suspends Blackstone's lawsuit against Italian media group-sources

A New York judge has suspended a lawsuit brought by U.S. private equity fund Blackstone against Italian publisher RCS Mediagroup over the disputed sale of real estate assets, two sources close to the matter said on Wednesday.
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Dutch blockchain game firm founder arrested after misleading backers with $86M investment
The founder of Dutch blockchain game company has been arrested after reportedly deceiving suppliers, investors, and employees, leading the firm to bankruptcy. Game startup Komodore64 claimed to track the sales of its in-game collectibles using the Komodo blockchain. Since launching in March, it claimed to have raised over €78 million ($86 million) from private investment, Dutch business outlet Sprout reports. Further investment was reportedly also made into its associated cryptocurrency token, K64. In one instance, an investor told Sprout that they handed over €600,000 ($662,000) to the game firm. However, after failing to pay suppliers and employee salaries, the business… This story continues at The Next Web
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The son of a Chinese billionaire has been banned from flying first class, playing golf, buying property, or going clubbing
Wang Sicong, billionaire heir to Chinese real estate mogul Wang Jianlin, has been banned by a court order from traveling first class, buying property, staying in luxury hotels, going on vacations, playing golf, or visiting nightclubs. According to The South China Morning Post, Wang was banned from these luxuries last month due to a Shanghai court order related to a lawsuit his e-sports company Shanghai Panda Entertainment Co lost. News of the court order resurfaced in local media after it was revealed in a separate court case in Beijing that Wang owed a personal debt of about 151 million yuan ($21.6 million).  Wang's court order may be in accordance with the country's strict social credit system, the country's massive ranking system, which monitors the behavior if its 1.4 billion citizens, according to The Daily Mail. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Wang Sicong, the only son of Chinese real estate mogul Wang Jianlin and the heir to his estimated $12.5 billion fortune, has been banned from doing stereotypical billionaire heir activities: traveling and partying.  According to The South China Morning Post, Wang was banned from these luxuries last month via a court order after his e-sports company Shanghai Panda Entertainment Co lost a lawsuit in Shanghai Jiading District Court. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How autopilot on an airplane worksSee Also:China is barring gamers under 18 from playing video games after 10 p.m., a move meant to curb a growing addictionEmployees of TikTok in the US were reportedly pressured to censor 'culturally problematic' content that might offend the Chinese governmentApple and TikTok skipped a Senate hearing on Big Tech and China, and empty seats show lawmakers aren't pleased
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China says stopping violence is the most important thing in Hong Kong
China said stopping violence is the most important thing in Hong Kong now after the United States condemned "unjustified use of deadly force" in the latest violence and urged China to honor its commitments to freedom of expression in the territory.
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Rally Australia cancelled as 'catastrophic' fires hit New South Wales
The final round of the World Rally Championship is cancelled because of "catastrophic" bushfires in Australia.
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Sibley & Crawley hit tons in England tour match in NZ
Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley boost their England Test hopes with centuries on the first day of a tour match against a New Zealand XI.
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Israel kills leader of Palestinian jihadist group in targeted missile strike
The Israeli military killed a top commander of a Palestinian jihadist group in a missile strike in Gaza on Tuesday, officials from Israel and Palestine said. The targeted strike, which was approved by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, killed Baha Abu Al-Atta — the top commander of Islamic Jihad — and his wife in their...
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'Necessary procedure' - Britain says of Russia meddling report delay
Britain has not yet published a parliamentary select committee report on alleged Russian meddling in British politics because of necessary procedure, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's deputy finance minister said on Tuesday.
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Iran-backed militants reply to Israeli strike with barrage of rockets
Israeli officials knew their targeted strike on an Islamic Jihad commander would likely draw a response, but insist "there was no other choice"
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Afghanistan announces Taliban prisoner swap to free hostages
President Ashraf Ghani says three Taliban militants will be freed in swap for US and Australian hostages.
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Stylish pooches: Strutz canine fashion show – in pictures
More than 40 dogs took part in the Strutz canine fashion show in Chelsea, London, hosted by Love My Human, including rescued dogs from war-torn countries to raise money for the animal welfare charity PDSA and the Wild at Heart Foundation. Photographer Sophie Green went to meet some of the stylish dogs and their owners Continue reading...
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Hillary Clinton: 'shameful' of UK not to publish report on Russian meddling
Britain's failure to publish a parliamentary report on alleged Russian meddling is "inexplicable and shameful", former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.
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Pilot arrested for being naked gets $300K wrongful arrest settlement
He was suspended for six months, but is now back flying.
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Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander
The Israeli military says it has killed an Islamic Jihad commander in an airstrike. The Islamic Jihad confirms it. A short time later, video from southern Israel showed Israeli defenses possibly intercepting Palestinian rocket fire. (Nov. 12)      
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Nearly 70,000 migrant kids were held in US government custody in 2019
Associated Press Nearly 70,000 migrant children were held in government custody over the last year — up 42 percent in fiscal year 2019 from 2018. The Trump administration's series of strict immigration policies has increased the time children spend in detention, despite the government's own acknowledgment that it does them harm. Some of these migrant children who were in government custody this year have already been deported. Some have reunited with family in the U.S., but about 4,000 remain in government custody. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, she arrived back in Honduras withdrawn, anxious and angry, convinced her once-beloved father abandoned her.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: We can thank the US military for the smelliest weapon in the worldSee Also:From PewDiePie to Shane Dawson, these are the 26 most popular YouTube stars in the worldDisturbing before-and-after images show what major US cities could look like in the year 2100Google Photos is easily Google's best service — here's why both iPhone and Android users should take advantage of itSEE ALSO: The Trump administration has admitted the lowest number of refugees the US has accepted in decades. Here's what people go through to make it to the US.
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Lemon: This is most serious threat to Trump's presidency
CNN's Don Lemon says President Donald Trump and his defenders are trying to distract the public from the most important question of all: Did President Trump abuse his power of office?
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The US Coast Guard is searching for two missing boaters after a storm capsized their vessel
A search is underway for two missing boaters after a storm capsized a vessel off the southeastern coast of Florida on Friday, the US Coast Guard said.
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Afghan president: Taliban to release 2 American University profs in prisoner swap
Kevin King, a U.S. citizen, and Timothy Weeks were kidnapped at gunpoint from the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul in August of 2016.
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How UK academics are facing a furious backlash for advising students to vote
Universities have a legal obligation to encourage voter registration. This has prompted an angry reaction in some areasWhen Carrie Paechter, a professor at Nottingham Trent University, tweeted two weeks ago that students could register to vote at both their home and term-time addresses, she didn’t anticipate the tirade of anger it would unleash. She was reported to the police and the Electoral Commission, and someone wrote to her vice-chancellor calling for her to be disciplined.Prof Paechter, who is director of Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families, posted what she thought was an innocuous tweet on a Thursday evening. By Sunday she had blocked 568 people on Twitter who were furiously accusing her of encouraging students to break the law and vote twice. She insists she had no such intention, and simply wanted to ensure students didn’t miss out on voting in the general election, because they didn’t know their rights. Continue reading...
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Israel kills Baha Abu Al-Ata, top Palestinian militant in Gaza
Rockets hit Israel after Baha Abu Al-Ata's death, as Palestinian Islamic Jihad vows revenge.
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Daca: Dreamers take fight with Trump to Supreme Court
The fate of hundreds of thousands of migrants who arrived in the US as children hangs in the balance.
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Sean Spicer Ousted From ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Judges for the dancing competition made little secret that they thought the former White House press secretary should be eliminated. Voters finally caught up.
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Between the Stops by Sandi Toksvig review – an entertaining journey
Humour and anger underpin the Bake Off star’s singular reflections on sausages, prejudice and TVSandi Toksvig’s activism began early. At her Catholic primary school in Denmark, the nuns decreed that during bad weather, only the boys were allowed to play outside. Outraged, six-year-old Toksvig led a strike; the girls made posters and refused to go to lessons until they were allowed equal access to the playground. Faced with such militancy, the mother superior burst into tears, but the girls got their way. “I was filled with fury,” Toksvig relates, “a fury about any injustice which has never really left me.”The celebrity memoir is a format that requires constant reinvention these days, often appearing in the guise of a self-help book or A-Z rather than the usual chronological series of anecdotes and Toksvig, who balks at the idea of “celebrity”, has found a fittingly idiosyncratic vehicle for her reflections on her life and career. Quite literally: it’s the number 12 bus, which winds through London from her family home in Dulwich to her professional home of Broadcasting House at Oxford Circus, and she uses the journey and the vignettes of London life it offers as a jumping-off point for stories – her own and those of forgotten characters such as Lucy Wanmer, the “Little Woman of Peckham”, a 0.76-metre (2ft 6in) schoolmistress who was exhibited as a curiosity (as a short woman constantly having to navigate a world designed for tall men, Toksvig feels some affinity) or Una Marson, a Jamaican writer and activist who was the first black female programmer at the BBC. Continue reading...
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Echo Dot with Clock: Amazon's cheap Alexa alarm clock replacement
Adding a screen for the time transforms the Echo Dot into the best bedroom smart speakerAmazon has a new twist on its popular cut-price Echo Dot smart speaker, now setting its sights squarely on your beleaguered bedside alarm clock with a new LED display embedded in the side.The Echo Dot with Clock is one of those true Ronseal products - it says what it does on the tin. It is literally the same as the excellent third-generation Echo Dot, but is only available in white and has a white LED display showing the time peaking through the fabric side. Continue reading...
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A year to clean five schools of sexism – shouldn’t others do the same?
Experiment gets teachers and primary pupils to look at life through ‘gender equality lens’A class of 10-year-olds are sitting on the carpet looking at their teacher with open mouths. Their faces say: outrage.Their teacher, Rosemary O’Brien, has put up a statement on the board – a real one, by the Football Association in 1921. Football is “quite unsuitable for females”, it says. Across the classroom, pupils are voicing their disagreement. Continue reading...
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Aerial yoga – I look like a buffoon. I feel incredible. And then I vomit
Flying Fantastic has me wrapped in large loops of fabric while swinging, spinning and flying through the air. It’s glorious and exhilarating, but it isn’t all nirvanaIt is weird how the little mermaid is called Ariel, isn’t it? She has access to water and a bit of land, but definitely not the sky. No wonder she is frustrated. I have many thoughts like this as I hang upside down, blood rushing to my brain. Despite the fact I am wrapped in and suspended by the thinnest material, I feel safe and my mind is free to roam. Such is the paradox of aerial yoga (Flying Fantastic, three classes for £45, flyingfantastic.co.uk/buy-credits). Restorative and beginner-friendly, it is suitable for people with mobility issues, and also me; it would not be unfair to describe this as yoga in hammocks.Iyengar yoga has long made use of slings to push positions further, but aerial yoga is different – derived as much from the circus as the subcontinent. Tutor Edel Wigan shows us how to wrap ourselves in large loops of fabric suspended from a rig, and trust them with our weight. It is a bit like trapeze. (Wigan devised her company, Flying Fantastic, with her husband, Chris, when they lived in Argentina – where circus schools are 10 a penny.) The class starts gently, leaning on ropes, swaying in circles to learn to trust them with our weight. We jump inside and expand the cloth. Farcically, my fabric keeps swinging around so I am facing the back of the class. I have to crane my neck to see the teacher, flailing to spin back around. I look like a buffoon. But I feel incredible. Continue reading...
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Doom creator John Romero on what's wrong with modern shooter games
The id Software founder talks about secret rooms, the value of guns and what the controversial genre has lost since the 1990s“Give us more guns!” is a common battle-cry among players of first-person shooters, the videogame industry’s bloodiest genre. Doom co-creator John Romero has a rather different opinion.“I would rather have fewer things with more meaning, than a million things you don’t identify with,” he says, sitting in a Berlin bar mocked up to resemble a 1920s Chicago speakeasy. “I would rather spend more time with a gun and make sure the gun’s design is really deep – that there’s a lot of cool stuff you learn about it.” Continue reading...
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We’re bugged by a hotel chain’s response to our complaint
It offered budget deals but my daughter got more than she bargained forIn August my daughter and a friend stayed at an OYO hotel in Belgravia. On the second day they noticed bites and saw little bugs on the floor, wall and on their pillow, which appeared to be bed bugs. They went to the front desk to notify them and get a different room. The staff member said they couldn’t do anything and gave them a clean set of sheets. My daughter said the sheets would not change the issue as the bugs were in the room. They got no help and the person did not go upstairs to see the bugs.We have been trying to get a refund, and even have pictures of the bugs and bites, with time and location stamps to prove they were at the Belgravia hotel. They say they would only give us a 30% refund. They boast that they are the fastest growing hotel chain in the world. What a farce! Continue reading...
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'We depend on the Tongass': Alaskans fight to save US’s largest national forest
Tribal leaders to testify before Congress in battle against Trump administration’s assault on environmental protectionsTribal leaders, fishermen and environmentalists from Alaska will testify before Congress on Wednesday in a bid to save America’s biggest national forest – the latest battle against the Trump administration’s assault on environmental protections.The Tongass national forest, one of the world’s last intact temperate rainforests which plays a crucial role in fighting the climate crisis, is under threat of logging as Alaska seeks exemption from the Roadless Rule, which protects millions of acres of pristine forests across the US. The Tongass is considered the “crown jewel” of the national forest system, sequestering huge amounts of carbon dioxide to keep the greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere. Continue reading...
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Lights, camera, impeachment: TV phase of inquiry carries pluses and pitfalls
Televised hearings allow Democrats to put the case against Trump to the public but also gives Republicans a chance to muddy watersThe opening phase of the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump has required investigators to methodically depose witnesses behind the closed doors of a secure facility in the Capitol basement. Related: 'A circus and a hoax': how rightwing media are covering impeachment Continue reading...
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Access to contraception falling far short of global targets – report
Family planning services are reaching more women, but population growth is hampering efforts to reach 2020 goalMore women and girls in low income countries are using family planning than ever before, but global efforts to widen access to contraception are still falling well behind targets, according to a report.One year away from a global deadline to widen access to modern forms of family planning, such services are accessible to less than half of the women that policy makers hoped to reach. Continue reading...
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Women's Equality party stands aside for Lib Dems in two seats
Exclusive: deal to adopt some of WEP’s policies could influence result in London seatCandidates for the Women’s Equality party (WEP) are to step aside in two constituencies where they were standing to highlight the treatment of women, as part of a pact in which the Liberal Democrats have agreed to adopt some of the party’s policies.The seats include one in central London vacated by the Tory Mark Field, where the Liberal Democrat Chuka Umunna is now being endorsed by the WEP after his party agreed to push for amendments to laws to give the public powers to eject MPs guilty of harassment. Continue reading...
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Brexit weekly briefing: Tory gaffes continue but party gets Farage boost
Brexit party leader offers Boris Johnson big leg up by agreeing to avoid splitting leave voteWelcome 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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From potpourri to diffusers: why is the modern world so smelly? | Suzanne Moore
Scented candles are apparently now part of everyday ‘self-care’. When did air freshener stop being good enough?Potpourri is back. Of course it is. I don’t want to come over all Hyacinth Bucket, but isn’t it a bit déclassé? Hadn’t we become more modern? More hyggey? I have only just got over the news that scented candles are probably causing the destruction of the planet, and now this. We spend £90m a year on scented candles in the UK, of which about £80m is down to me, ever since the cat pissed in the living room. Astonishingly, though, I have read that a scented candle is now part of everyday “self-care”. Destroy the patriarchy or have a bath with a smelly candle and pretend the world is OK? It’s a dilemma.Since no one has used air freshener since the 90s – no one middle class, that is, and certainly none of the woke zombies who say “chemicals” are bad, as if they themselves are made of a material unknown to science – candles and upmarket joss sticks called “diffusers” have taken over. I need something to exhume the scent of vile bath bombs (we are living through what I call the body spray years in my house – at some point people will stop wanting to smell like strawberries, but we are not there yet). Continue reading...
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Queer continent: Mikael Owunna's Limitless Africans – in pictures
Homosexuality is illegal in more than 30 African countries and punishable by death in four. There is also the widespread belief that homosexuality is ‘un-African’. In his new book Limitless Africans, Nigerian photographer Mikael Owunna documents stories of LGBTQ immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers Continue reading...
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Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sale destroys online shopping record … again
Ecommerce titan Alibaba raked in a record $38.4 billion during its annual Singles’ Day online shopping extravaganza on Monday, beating last year’s figure by $7 billion.
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How to Sell a House in Southern Calfornia: Make a Movie
“You’re not just selling an address,’’ a video producer said, “you’re selling a lifestyle.” Attractive actors and expensive cars flesh out the fantasy.
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Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says his government has released three Taliban figures in effort to have the insurgents free an American and an Australian professor they abducted in 2017.
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What's on TV this week: 'The Mandalorian'
Another new week, another new streaming service. Disney+ is activating on the apps and services where it's available (iOS, Android, Roku, etc.) and bringing with it a ton of archived content from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and even The Simpsons. The h...
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Widow’s lawsuit: 34 deaths in California boat fire could have been prevented
The lawsuit against Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics Inc. is the first from a relative of the victims who died.
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Microsoft will honor California’s CCPA privacy law across the U.S.
Microsoft said it will honor California’s privacy law across the U.S, expanding the impact of a strict set of rules meant to protect consumers' data.
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Estudiantes de La Plata use lion hologram at Argentine club's stadium reopening
Argentine club Estudiantes de La Plata celebrate their first match in their stadium since 2005 in dramatic fashion, as a hologram of a lion prowls around the ground.
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Nikki Haley shares the story behind her infamous 'With all due respect, I don't get confused' clap back
Associated Press/Evan Vucci Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley relayed her side of the story behind a terse response over miscommunications on US sanctions on Russia in 2018. In April 2018, Haley appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" to announce that the US intended to impose additional sanctions on Russia for "supporting and protecting" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. However, the White House issued a statement following her interview saying that the president was holding off on sanctions. Later, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said Haley had gotten "out ahead of the curve" and that "there might have been some momentary confusion about that." In response to Kudlow's comment, the former UN ambassador contacted Fox News and gave a simple statement: "With all due respect, I don't get confused." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley relayed her side of the story behind a terse response issued over miscommunications on US sanctions on Russia in 2018. In April 2018, Haley appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" and announced that the US intended to impose additional sanctions on Russia for "supporting and protecting" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. New Russian sanctions had been the subject of "multiple conversations and meetings of the administration's national security officials at the time, Haley wrote in her upcoming book, "With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace." Insider got an advanced copy of the book, which is out on November 12.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:The life of Donald Trump Jr., who once lived out of a truck, didn't speak to his father for a year, and is making waves on a book tour with his girlfriendDonald Trump Jr.'s new book is a lengthy rant about how his family has been victimized by Trump's presidency 'I was just shocked': Here are the biggest takeaways from Fiona Hill’s damning impeachment testimony against Trump SEE ALSO: Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was 'deeply disturbed' by Trump's Charlottesville remarks, she says in her new book
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Cider, cheese and cool scenery: a car-free adventure in Somerset
Buses and trains make it easy to explore the coast and countryside around Weston-super-Mare and Taunton, and the only way to go to indulge in the West Country’s famous ciderThe train glides west. Uncompromising-looking grey clouds are shedding icy raindrops on to Bath’s spires and crescents and Bristol’s colourful terraces. But I’m hoping at least three things will warm this wintry West Country jaunt: cheese, cider and the scenery of Sanditon. Several scenes in ITV’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished “beaches-and-ballgowns” novel were filmed in Somerset and, arriving on the sandy seafront in Weston-super-Mare, I recognise the green slopes of Brean Down, a regular backdrop.Brean beach, one of Sanditon’s star locations, is a few miles south, and a cycle route from Weston opened in 2017. Given the weather, I opt to hop on the X5 bus (£7 Avonrider ticket), heading north to Clevedon, an elegant coastal town whose sea wall and marine lake also featured in the series. As I stroll by the sea, past the 150-year-old pier, rays of late-afternoon sunlight spill out of a rift in the clouds above Steep Holm, one of the distinctive islands in the Bristol Channel. Continue reading...
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Osram backs AMS takeover as auto downturn triggers 2019 loss
Osram urged shareholders to back a $5 billion takeover bid from Austria's AMS and said it would cut costs and not pay a dividend as it posted a loss for the fiscal year ending in September, hit by a downturn in the auto industry.
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Tuesday briefing: Farage bombshell fires up campaign
Brexit party quits Conservative-held seats but Tories want wider pact … Labour sets out education pledge … and Bolivia’s ex-president flees to MexicoGood morning and welcome to today’s briefing. Nigel Farage has inserted himself front and centre into the news cycle with a promise that his Brexit party will not contest Conservative-held seats. You can follow all the day’s developments at our politics live blog – but first let’s dive into this morning’s headlines. Continue reading...
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Jimmy Carter hospitalized for blood on the brain
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was admitted to an Atlanta hospital on Monday for a procedure to relieve brain pressure from bleeding caused by recent falls, the Carter Center said in a statement. Ryan Brooks reports.
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Former Bolivian president Morales heads to Mexico for asylum
Bolivia's former president, Evo Morales, was flying to Mexico on Tuesday after fleeing his South American homeland, seeking refuge under a leftist government that has supported the veteran socialist in the wake of a disputed election.
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Markets hope for positive signs from Trump trade speech
U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to discuss the country's trade policy at the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, and the markets are likely to hang on every word.
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