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Corbyn says he will be neutral in second Brexit referendum

Labour leader would negotiate new deal with EU, which would be put to a public vote alongside remain Follow coverage of the Question Time leaders special Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed that he would take a “neutral stance” in a future Brexit referendum, after facing mounting pressure in recent days to say which side he will take. Labour’s policy is to negotiate a new Brexit deal within three months of coming to power – and then to put that deal to a referendum within six months. Continue reading...

Concern grows over ‘rough sex gone wrong’ defence in courts

UK lawyers and activists demand action as researchers find tenfold rise in usage Senior lawyers and women’s organisations have condemned the increasing use of “rough sex gone wrong” as a courtroom defence to the murder of women and called for a change to the law in the UK. In the wake of the conviction of British backpacker Grace Millane’s killer in New Zealand, researchers have revealed a tenfold rise over the past two decades in the number of times similar claims have been made in UK courts...

A 12-year-old girl, online sexual exploitation and lax financial rules

The Westpac scandal has brought the role of financial institutions in enabling child sexual abuse into sharp relief On 25 October plainclothes police barged through the red door of a family home in a dense neighbourhood in Rizal, a province two hours away from Manila. There they arrested a mother who was allegedly sexually exploiting her own 12-year-old daughter. The 45-year-old woman was clutching her phone. Police took it and then handcuffed her. Continue reading...

Scott Morrison can’t attack Australia’s political circus and pretend he isn’t its ringmaster | Katharine Murphy

The prime minister is relentlessly pursuing the politics of panic, but validating voter anxiety can only go so far It’s possible I have Harold Bloom lodged in my head lately because he loomed large in my youth, and he died recently , but when I listen to Scott Morrison, increasingly I think of Bloom, and The Anxiety of Influence. If you are too young or productively educated to have encountered Bloom, he is the literary critic who held that all writers have to confront the writers who came be...

No more orphans expected to be brought back to UK from Syria

Home Office unhappy with Foreign Office for potentially opening door to more Isis returnees No other British children are expected to be repatriated from Syria in the foreseeable future, despite the announcement from the foreign secretary on Thursday that a small number of orphans who had been caught up in the conflict with Islamic State had been brought home. Home Office officials view the repatriation of the children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as highly exceptional – and there ...

Christine Lagarde calls for more public investment in first ECB speech

President of the European Central Bank says US/China tariff war should be seen as an opportunity Christine Lagarde has called for European governments to boost innovation and growth with higher rates of public investment, in her first major speech as president of the European Central Bank. Speaking to an audience of bankers in Frankfurt , Lagarde said that rising trade barriers triggered by the US/China tariff war should be grasped by European governments as an opportunity to build a stronger...

Malta's PM urged to step back from investigation into journalist's killing

Two members of Joseph Muscat’s government have links to man arrested in connection with killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia A senior European monitor is calling for Malta’s prime minister to distance himself from the investigation into the killing of the prominent investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia due to a potential conflict of interest. Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, has th...

Prince Andrew's private secretary steps down after Newsnight interview

Amanda Thirsk, who orchestrated disastrous BBC interview, will run prince’s mentoring initiative The aide who orchestrated Prince Andrew’s disastrous interview about his links to the convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is no longer his private secretary, it has emerged as organisations continue to sever ties with the beleaguered royal. Amanda Thirsk, who was said to have played a key r...

Sacha Baron Cohen: Facebook would have let Hitler buy ads for 'final solution'

In wide-ranging speech, actor accuses tech giants of running the ‘greatest propaganda machine in history’ Sacha Baron Cohen has denounced tech giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google as “the greatest propaganda machine in history” and culpable for a surge in “murderous attacks on religious and ethnic minorities”. Baron Cohen was speaking on Thursday at Never Is Now, the Anti-Defamation League’s summit on antisemitism and hate in New York, where he was presented with the organisation’s in...

Children bear the brunt as the world's biggest measles epidemic sweeps Congo

Children under the age of five account for 90% of deaths as disease claims 5,000 lives in less than a year More than 5,000 people, mostly children, have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in what is currently the world’s biggest measles epidemic. Measles, which is preventable through vaccination, has spread to all 26 provinces of the country, which is also battling a 15-month-...

Merkel successor challenges party to back her or sack her

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer gets ovation after ultimatum at party conference The embattled leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats has challenged delegates at the party’s conference to back her vision or else “end it here and now”, amid deep divisions over the future direction of the party. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the CDU’s annual conference in Leipzig she was putting h...

Greta Thunberg, time traveller? Girl in photo from 1891 resembles activist

Girl in 128-year-old image looks similar to activist in both the intensity of her stare and braided hair, prompting Twitter jokes Could Greta Thunberg be a time traveller sent from the future to save humanity from the unfolding climate crisis? A cadre Twitter users seem to think so , after the photograph of a young Klondike gold miner bearing a striking resemblance to the Swedish activist was discovered this week. The now viral 1891 image of three children operating a gold mine in Canada’s Yu...

Donald Trump on impeachment: 'I want a trial' – video

Donald Trump told Fox & Friends he wants to go on trial, which means he would like to be impeached. The president complained that Republicans couldn’t call witnesses during the House impeachment hearings, and suggested a trial would enable him to quiz the whistleblower and Adam Schiff, House intelligence committee chair Trump suggests he wants to be impeached and says 'I want a trial' – live Continue reading...

Trump suggests he wants to be impeached and says 'I want a trial' – live

President sounded off on public hearings on Fox & Friends, praised Giuliani as ‘one of the great crime fighters’ and called Pelosi ‘crazy as a bedbug’ In this defining moment for America, support the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 2.44pm GMT Barack Obama has warned Democrats against adopting “purity tests” in the primary race , saying the party needs to be able to appeal to a wide range of voters. Speaking at a question-and-answer session with DNC chair Tom Perez in Ca...

Netanyahu rivals move to bring him down after corruption indictments

Israeli opposition parties scramble to find legal channels to strip weakened PM of power Benjamin Netanyahu’s political opponents have moved to capitalise on a series of damning bribery indictments levelled against the Israeli leader, hoping to further weaken him at one of the lowest points in his decades-long career. The opposition Labor party was expected to file petitions to the high court of justice to force the country’s longest-serving prime minister to step down. Continue reading...
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