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Cyclone Kenneth: Mozambique hit by its strongest storm ever
Wind speeds of 140km/h threatens fresh devastation for country reeling from Cyclone IdaiThe strongest cyclone ever to hit Mozambique has made landfall in the country’s north, five weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated its centre, according to meteorologists.Surpassing both Idai and the 2000 cyclone that had been the strongest to date, Cyclone Kenneth
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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 airp
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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 fi
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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 Wal
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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
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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 thi
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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.Investigat
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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, tha
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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
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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 Formu
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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 t
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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
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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, sai
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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 frequ
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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
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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 i
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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 internati
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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
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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
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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 dema
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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
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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
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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.
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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 d
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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 wa
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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 clima
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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 l
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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 app
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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
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