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The Bernardo principle, Alexis Sánchez and Manchester City’s great paradox | Barney Ronay
Alexis Sánchez might have been in Bernardo Silva’s place on Wednesday had things panned out differently but that would have gone against the tone and texture of Pep Guardiola’s teamOf the many telling facts, stats and scalding-hot takes to emerge from Wednesday night’s Manchester derby – a game that felt as if two clubs were passing briefly on airport travelators, waving curtly as they rolled off in opposite directions – perhaps the most poignant was the touch map of Alexis Sánchez. Related: Dominant Manchester City show how vast the gulf has become with United | Jonathan Wilson Continue reading...
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Extinction Rebellion holds Hyde Park rally to mark 'pause' in protests
Ceremony in London park marks break in activism after day spent targeting the CityHundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists have gathered at Hyde Park Corner in London to celebrate a pause in the protests that have gripped London for over a week and are preparing to take the fight back to local communities.Climate protesters targeted the city’s financial hub on Thursday to highlight the role the sector plays in climate change. The environmental group said it was the last day of action before choosing to stop this stage of its campaign of peaceful mass civil disobedience, following protests in which hundreds of people were arrested and thousands of police officers deployed to sites occupied by the group for more than a week. Continue reading...
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Wales and Scotland made to wait in World Cup player release row
• Premiership and World Rugby could agree deal next month• Dispute centres around insurance for non-English playersWales and Scotland are among a number of nations who will not find out until next month if their World Cup preparations will be severely disrupted by being denied early access to their Premiership-based players.Warren Gatland names Wales’ World Cup training squad next Tuesday but the Guardian understands it will not be determined whether players such as Liam Williams, Dan Biggar and Taulupe Faletau are available for their altitude training camp in July, and their first warm-up match against England on 11 August, until World Rugby’s council meeting on 22 May. Continue reading...
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V&A Dundee on shortlist for museum of the year prize
Belfast, Nottingham, Oxford and Cardiff museums also in contention for Arts Fund awardV&A Dundee, the spaceship-like £80m museum that was one of the highest-profile new cultural buildings of 2018, has been nominated for the UK’s most lucrative arts prize.The Art Fund has revealed a shortlist of five nominees for the Museum of the Year prize, which is worth £100,000 to the winner. Continue reading...
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Leicester keen to sign Atalanta striker Andrea Petagna in summer for €20m
• Scouts from Leicester have watched 23-year-old on loan at Spal• Petagna has scored 14 league goals in Serie A this seasonLeicester are exploring the possibility of signing the Atalanta striker Andrea Petagna, who is currently on loan at Spal, in the summer.Scouts have watched the 23-year-old, who has one full cap for Italy and scored 14 goals this season despite Spal being in the bottom half of the table, several times and Leicester are considering a bid of €20m. Continue reading...
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US judge accused of helping undocumented immigrant escape courthouse
Prosecutors charged judge and a court officer with obstruction of justice, alleging they helped an immigrant evade IceFederal prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts judge and a court officer with conspiracy and obstruction of justice, alleging that they helped an undocumented immigrant escape a courthouse to elude immigration officials.Investigators claimed the two interfered with an attempt by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) to arrest an undocumented immigrant at a 2018 court proceeding. Continue reading...
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Ben Jennings on the Extinction Rebellion protests – cartoon
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Microsoft becomes third listed US firm to be valued at $1tn
Company beat sales and profit expectations to join Apple and Amazon in prestigious clubMicrosoft has become the third publicly listed US company, after Apple and Amazon,to boast a market value of more than $1tn after bumper quarterly results boosted its share price.The company beat sales and profits expectations in the three months to 31 March, thanks its cloud computing business, which signed up major corporate clients over the period. Continue reading...
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Bryony Frost ‘fit as a flea’ and ready to fly at Sandown, says Paul Nicholls
• Frost returns from injury on Present Man in Bet365 Gold Cup• ‘This break’s done her good. She’s spent time on her fitness’Bryony Frost looked “fit as a flea” on her return to work on Thursday morning, according to Paul Nicholls, who suggested she could come back with a bang in the big race at Sandown on SaturdayFrost has spent the past four weeks recuperating from a broken collar bone, sustained in a fall just four days after her headline-grabbing success at the Cheltenham Festival. Continue reading...
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Charles Leclerc could oppose Ferrari team orders, says Lewis Hamilton
• ‘I understand how Charles feels. It goes against your values’• Hamilton ‘sees much’ of himself in 21-year-old driverLewis Hamilton has warned Ferrari they may face opposition from Charles Leclerc if they continue to impose team orders on him.Speaking before this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Hamilton compared his experience in his rookie Formula One year when partnered with Fernando Alonso at McLaren to Leclerc at Ferrari alongside Sebastian Vettel, and suggested the young driver was passionate enough to baulk at further orders. Continue reading...
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Labour row erupts as ex-Corbyn aide is made head of complaints
Laura Murray has faced allegations that she interfered in party’s disciplinary processLabour has appointed Laura Murray, a former close aide to Jeremy Corbyn, as its head of complaints, sparking controversy because she was involved in a row over allegations the leader’s office had interfered in the disciplinary process.Numerous emails were leaked to the Sunday Times while Murray was working for the Labour leader which appeared to show her being asked to advise on disciplinary cases – a process intended to be separate from the leader’s office. Continue reading...
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Canada says Facebook broke privacy laws and 'refused to act responsibly'
Top watchdog promises to force change following investigation into Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandalFacebook broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog in the country said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media company to change its practices.Canada’s privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year ago, into a data sharing scandal involving Facebook and the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Continue reading...
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Iranian minister drops offer to free Zaghari-Ratcliffe in swap
Foreign minister had claimed jailed British dual national could be released in swap dealHopes that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe might be released from a Tehran jail as part of a prisoner swap have suffered a setback after the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, appeared to retract the proposal and the UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said he could not be party to any deal that presumed she was guilty of spying.Zarif specifically referred to Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual national held in Iran since April 2016, in a speech in New York in which he said he had the power to authorise her release in return for the freeing of an Iranian woman held in Australia. Continue reading...
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World's oceans are becoming stormier, researchers discover
Data matches predictions that weather will get more extreme as planet warms, scientists sayThe world’s oceans have become more stormy during the past three decades, according to the largest and most detailed study of its kind.The findings add to concerns that as the world gets hotter, extreme events such as storms and floods could become more frequent and more devastating in their impact. Continue reading...
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Macron outlines plan for 'significant' tax cut after months of unrest
President also promises to raise pensions as he calls for order to be restoredEmmanuel Macron has promised tax cuts, pension rises and a continuation of his reform programme while responding to five months of demonstrations by gilets jaunes (yellow vests) anti-government demonstrators.In his first press conference in two years as France’s president, the pro-business centrist said he recognised the protesters’ “just demands” and the “anger and impatience for change” but public order must now be restored.“The transformations that are in progress and the transformations that are essential for our country should not be stopped,” he said from the Elysée palace. Continue reading...
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North Korea bills US $2m for Otto Warmbier's hospital care – report
US official who was sent to retrieve Warmbier signed an agreement to pay the surprise invoice, the Washington Post reportsThe United States was handed a $2m bill from North Korea for the hospital care of American Otto Warmbier, who died soon after his release back to the US in a comatose state in 2017, after being detained for 17 months.Acting on instructions passed down from Donald Trump, the main US official who was sent to North Korea to bring Warmbier back to the US signed an agreement to pay the surprise invoice he was handed by Pyongyang, according to the Washington Post on Thursday, which cited two anonymous sources familiar with the situation. Continue reading...
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Polly Higgins obituary
Lawyer who abandoned a courtroom career to campaign for an international crime of ecocideWhat would it take to create a legal duty of care for the Earth? That is the question the Scottish barrister Polly Higgins found herself asking 15 years ago; a question that led her to abandon her courtroom career and embark on a quest to establish an international crime of ecocide. Such a crime would render persons of superior responsibility (such as company chief executives and government ministers) liable to prosecution for causing or contributing to large-scale ecosystem destruction.Polly, who has died aged 50 of cancer, had begun to see the climate activist movement take up her call in the weeks before her death, with Extinction Rebellion actions demanding that ecocide law be established around the world. Continue reading...
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If Liverpool finish second the impact will be psychologically devastating | Eni Aluko
It could be now or never for Klopp’s side with Manchester City looking so strong and Spurs likely to challenge next seasonWe’ve all been celebrating at Juventus this week after both the men and the women sealed our respective Serie A titles on Sunday. We could not have timed it any better. We beat Verona 3-0 to win our second title in as many years while the guys made it eight consecutive scudetti. I came to Juventus inspired by the winning blood in the veins of the club and I am delighted to have achieved the title in my first season.It has been a really enjoyable few days before our final match, Sunday’s Coppa Italia final against Fiorentina, when we will be going for the double. We had a rocky period in October and November and we were all able to look forward and know that victory at the end of the season would be even sweeter if we remembered how we worked hard for every bit of it. Continue reading...
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Government under fire for failing to back mandatory betting levy
Sports minister defies call from UK regulator to raise funding for addiction treatmentThe government has come under fire for its “outrageous” failure to back a mandatory levy on betting firms to increase funding for addiction treatment, in defiance of a call from the industry’s regulator.Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, accused the government of “dragging its heels”, after the sports minister, Mims Davies, said in a speech that the existing voluntary levy “does work”, moments after the chair of the Gambling Commission said the opposite. Continue reading...
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How to stop climate change? Nationalise the oil companies | Owen Jones
Extinction Rebellion got the ball rolling, but more radical action is now necessary if humanity is to surviveIf only the Daily Express was right. That is not a sentence I ever expected to type. “Extinction Rebellion protests have WORKED as MPs succumb to calls for change”, bellowed the rightwing rag. Alas, the government has not capitulated to demands to declare a climate emergency, let alone to decarbonise the British economy by 2025. But Extinction Rebellion has retaught a lesson every generation must learn: that civil disobedience works. Amid the spluttering of obnoxious news presenters, it has forced the existential threat of climate change on to the airwaves and into newsprint.But as this phase of protest winds down, the demands must radicalise. With capitalism itself rightly being challenged, the focus must shift to the fossil fuel companies and the banks. As long as they remain under private ownership on a global scale, humanity’s future will be threatened. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on the Conservatives: the headless chicken party | Editorial
Brexit is destroying the Tory party. But the latest leak reveals a government that has lost its bearings on national security tooIn the view of the postwar Labour prime minister Clement Attlee, “No government can be successful which cannot keep its secrets.” By that yardstick, still the traditional one in British politics, Theresa May’s government is one of the least successful in our history. This is not merely the view of its opponents. It is also the view of its own key members. Less than a month ago the Conservative chief whip, Julian Smith, admitted to the BBC that “discipline is not as good as it should be”. Brexit, he continued, had generated “the worst example of ill-discipline in cabinet in British political history”.That’s quite a claim. But it is hard to blame Brexit directly for the extraordinarily reckless new act of indiscipline that took place this week. On Tuesday the government’s national security council, which is chaired by the prime minister and contains senior ministers as well as security officials, agreed that the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei could build parts of the UK’s 5G network. This would normally have been a tightly guarded and unpublicised decision – Attlee, for instance, involved only a few trusted ministers in his momentous 1947 decision to build an independent British nuclear weapon. Instead, the Huawei decision was reported in full detail in the following morning’s Daily Telegraph, which named five cabinet ministers who opposed it, and laid the decision directly at the feet of Mrs May. Continue reading...
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Death toll in Sri Lanka bombings revised down to 253
Official cites difficulty of identifying victims as reason for revisionSri Lankan authorities have revised the death toll from Easter Sunday’s string of bombings down to 253 people from the previous estimate of 359.The country’s director general for health services issued the correction on Thursday, citing the difficulty of identifying victims due to the nature of the bombings, some of which took place in closely confined spaces and left some bodies in pieces. Continue reading...
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Parents and children march against plans to test four-year-olds
Petition opposing standardised assessment for under-fives in England is delivered to No 10Protesters cuddling teddy bears, eating crisps, wearing pink tutus and banging tambourines have delivered a petition with 68,000 signatures to No 10, calling on the government to scrap plans to introduce standardised assessment for children in reception class.The “march of the four-year-olds” began in Parliament Square on Thursday with a gentle sing-song and some chalk drawing on the pavement. Then, they ambled hand-in-hand towards Downing Street, where Alex, Safa and Isla – all aged four – went through a line of heavily armed police to hand over the document. Continue reading...
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Up to 200 ex-soldiers being investigated over Troubles allegations
Figure comes as rift opens between Northern Ireland Office and MoD over how to deal with historical accusationsAs many as 200 former members of the British security forces are under official investigation for alleged criminal actions during the Troubles as a rift opens up between the Northern Ireland Office and the Ministry of Defence over how to deal with historical accusations.There are at least three prosecutions against British soldiers under way. A former Parachute Regiment lance-corporal, identified only so far as “Soldier F”, is due to stand trial for murder and attempted murder for his role in the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings. Altogether, it is understood that between 150 and 200 former soldiers and police are under investigation for alleged actions taken during the Troubles. Continue reading...
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Hunt calls for Trump to address parliament during state visit
Foreign secretary’s support for US president seen as revealing ambition to be next Tory leaderJeremy Hunt has come out in favour of Donald Trump being invited to address both Houses of Parliament despite protests about the controversial state visit, as he made a thinly veiled pitch to be the next Conservative leader.The foreign secretary said it was important to give the US president the “best possible welcome” when he visits in June to attend D-Day commemorations. Continue reading...
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Belt and Road summit puts spotlight on Chinese coal funding
Environmentalists say Beijing is exporting a highly polluting model of growthChina will host a trillion-dollar investment summit this weekend amid rising concerns that its funding of overseas coal projects could swamp efforts to keep global warming to less than 1.5C.The Belt and Road forum, which opens on Friday in Beijing, has been billed by climate campaigners as a pivotal moment that will determine whether China uses its vast financial weight to nudge the world towards renewable energy or continues to promote expansion by its own fossil fuel companies. Continue reading...
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Cabinet launches inquiry to find source of Huawei leak
Senior members of UK cabinet scramble to deny responsibility for leak regarding Chinese firmAn inquiry has been launched by the cabinet secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill, in the aftermath of this week’s leak of a decision by the National Security Council to allow Chinese firm Huawei to supply some 5G telecoms equipment in the UK.The investigation could lead to the sacking of a cabinet member or adviser, a criminal prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. The news prompted ministers to scramble to deny that they were behind the leak. Continue reading...
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Ali Carter preys on Jack Lisowski’s errors to keep Crucible dream alive
• Two-times World Snooker Championship runner-up wins 10-6• Neil Robertson 5-3 up on fellow former champion Shaun MurphyAli Carter took advantage of an error-strewn display from Jack Lisowski to advance to the second round in Sheffield.The two-times World Snooker Championship runner-up had to come through qualifying to make his 17th consecutive appearance at the Crucible, but eased to a 10-6 victory over the 11th seed, Lisowski, to set up a last-16 clash with China’s Zhou Yuelong. Carter held a 5-4 lead overnight and took the first two frames of the day before a fluked red set up a break of 73 and took him into an 8-4 lead. Continue reading...
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Mary Keitany eyes fourth London marathon title to match record
• Kenyan is the bookies favourite for Sunday race• Vivian Cheruiyot, 2018 winner, aiming for personal bestMary Keitany’s main focus at the London marathon is usually on hunting down Paula Radcliffe’s untouchable 2hr 15min 25sec world record. This time around, however, her primary focus is on joining Norwegian legend Ingrid Kristiansen in winning a record four titles at the event.“If I win on Sunday, it would be special for me,” Keitany admitted. “I have won New York four times and London three times, so I want to win on Sunday to match.” Continue reading...
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Microsoft hits $1tn valuation after strong results - business live
All the latest economic and financial news, as tech stocks rally in New York and a UK supermarket merger is blockedLatest: Microsoft hits record highFacebook also rallyingEarlier:Latest: Sainsbury’s shares hit by merger woeIntroduction: CMA blocks deal to create UK’s biggest supermarketCMA feared rising prices and lower qualitySainsbury’s CEO Coupe under pressure (and not in the money) 5.32pm BST Sainsbury’s travails helped to drag Britain’s FTSE 100 index into the red too.It finished 37 points lower at 7,434, down 0.5%. 5.23pm BST Back in London, Sainsbury shares have closed almost 4.7% lower, as the City digests the collapse of the Asda merger.At 216p, that looks like the lowest close in 33 months, and not far off a 30-year low.J Sainsbury shares are now at their lowest level since 30 December 1988!!! #CMASmackdown pic.twitter.com/jSG04rlp9a Continue reading...
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