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  • HMRC bosses have few plans for managing Northern Irish border after Brexit

    Senior civil servants tell public accounts committee that political stalemate between London and Dublin means scenarios cannot be drawn up

    Senior civil servants have few contingency plans for managing the Northern Irish border after Brexit because of a political stalemate between London and Dublin, MPs were told on Monday.

    Mandarins questioned about preparations for the UK’s borders by the public accounts committee said they could not yet draw up scenarios until ministers have moved forward.

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  • Electoral Commission launches inquiry into leave campaign funding

    Watchdog has ‘reasonable grounds to suspect offence was committed’ by Vote Leave and student campaigner who received £625,000 from group

    Vote Leave is under investigation by the Electoral Commission over whether it breached the £7m EU referendum spending limit, with allegations being made that it channelled funds for a social Brexit media campaign via £625,000 in donations to a student.

    The watchdog said that the new information meant it had “reasonable grounds to suspect an offence may have been committed” and said it would examine if the Boris Johnson and Michael Gove-fronted campaign had filed its returns correctly.

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  • Brighton’s José Izquierdo grabs share of the points from Stoke City

    Brighton & Hove Albion twice came from behind to earn a draw at home to Stoke and extend their unbeaten run to five matches, with the manager, Chris Hughton, doubtless grateful his team overcame the referee’s failure to award them a first-half penalty. José Izquierdo and Pascal Gross replied to goals by Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kurt Zouma to earn a point on the south coast.

    This proved entertaining fare on a dank evening in Sussex. Brighton remain ninth in the table while Mark Hughes’ side prolonged their own unbeaten run to three matches to stay 15th, four points above the relegation zone.

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  • Shane Sutton claims of common use of TUEs to ‘find gains’ upset British cyclists
    • Paralympian Jody Cundy says claims would ‘muddy’ Bradley Wiggins’ name
    • British Cycling’s former technical director made comments in BBC documentary

    British cyclists are disturbed that their former technical director Shane Sutton considered therapeutic use exemptions an acceptable way for athletes to find a marginal gain in their ability to compete.

    Jody Cundy said he believed Sir Bradley Wiggins’s name had been “muddied” with the revelation that he had obtained therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), in effect a doctor’s note to permit banned substances to be taken for the legitimate treatment of a medical condition, on three occasions. They allowed Wiggins to take the corticosteroid Kenacort, allegedly a performance enhancing substance, before the biggest road races of his career, including his 2012 Tour de France victory.

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  • Eddie Jones turns to Maro Itoje and Chris Robshaw for England openside
    • England coach out of options for No7 shirt after Sam Underhill concussion
    • Itoje or Robshaw will be given role against Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday

    England are considering entrusting their No7 jersey to either Maro Itoje or Chris Robshaw on Saturday in place of Bath’s Sam Underhill, who has been ruled out with concussion. The head coach, Eddie Jones, has previously said he does not see Robshaw as an openside flanker but is running out of specialists before the Test with Samoa on Saturday.

    With Underhill stood down after he sustained his second concussion of the autumn, Tom Curry out having dislocated a wrist in training this month and James Haskell exiled from the squad, the other openside candidate currently in Bagshot is Exeter’s Sam Simmonds.

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  • Lucky to survive his first budget, Hammond cannot botch his second

    Surrounded by critics, the chancellor will have little room for manoeuvre but is likely to be as upbeat as he thinks he can be

    Philip Hammond faces an all but impossible job when he delivers his budget on Wednesday. Behind him will sit critics on the right and even to the left of the party, and he will have to deliver a fiscal message that sounds fresh after its key themes, housing, skills and a modest injection of resources for the NHS have already been briefed out.

    It is a budget that many on his own side thought he would not give. During the general election campaign, when the assumption was that May would increase the Conservatives’ majority and embark on a brutal reshuffle, Hammond appeared anything but secure.

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  • England will be running scared of Australia yet again, claims Nathan Lyon
    • Australia’s leading finger-spinner opens hostilities with tirade against Joe Root
    • ‘There’s a lot of scars for the English guys, especially with two bowling 150kph’

    Australia’s pacemen will target Joe Root in the opening Ashes Test in an attempt to bring back memories of the bruising series whitewash four years ago when England’s batsmen were “scared” of Mitchell Johnson, according to Nathan Lyon.

    Lyon on Monday celebrated his 30th birthday with a series of remarkable and seemingly pre-planned potshots at the tourists before the first Test begins at the Gabba on Thursday, saying England were frightened from No1 to No11 of Johnson’s barrage in 2013 and claiming how “I was at leg slip and I nearly had to push a couple of the guys back towards the stumps”.

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  • Justice department aims to block AT&T's $85bn takeover of Time Warner

    AT&T has already signaled it will go to court if the deal is blocked, potentially setting up one of the biggest legal battles over a corporate merger in decades

    The US Department of Justice on Monday moved to block AT&T’s $85bn takeover of Time Warner, one of the largest media deals ever announced.

    Related: Trump administration uses CNN as bargaining chip in Time Warner-AT&T deal

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  • Theresa May's policy chief quits No 10 role

    George Freeman, who blasted general election manifesto, says Tories need to address membership decline

    Theresa May’s policy chief has said he is standing down from his role at No 10 to concentrate on grassroots reform of the Conservative party.

    George Freeman said an “ambitious” programme was needed to reconnect with younger voters after the Tories’ “ill-conceived” general election campaign.

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  • Civil servants bordering on clueless over Brexit | John Crace

    MPs left scratching their heads after facing big-hitters from the Home Office, the UK Border Force, HMRC and Defra

    It started badly and got steadily worse. Labour MP Meg Hillier opened the public accounts committee session on the state of UK borders after Brexit by asking Patsy Wilkinson, the second most senior civil servant at the Home Office, how many different digital services programme directors for the UK Border Force there had been recently.

    “Two or three,” said Wilkinson hesitantly.

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  • Kent grammar school plans 'unsafe space' including Mein Kampf

    Simon Langton school, which previously invited Milo Yiannopoulous to speak, creates forum for sixth form pupils

    A grammar school that has previously been criticised for inviting the right-wing controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos to speak has announced plans to create an “unsafe space” incorporating texts including Mein Kampf.

    Sixth form pupils at the Simon Langton grammar school for boys in Canterbury will take part in a forum which is described as “an antidote to the poison of political correctness” and examine “the most beautifully disturbed and disturbing ideas, all of them presented without trigger warnings”.

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  • Donald Trump plans to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror
    • President says move is part of US ‘maximum pressure campaign’
    • US officials cite killing of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother at Malaysian airport

    Donald Trump has announced that the US will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

    Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the US “maximum pressure campaign” against Pyongyang. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.

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  • Jaws of death: the Jarman prize winner on her excruciating look at dying in the digital age

    Oreet Ashery, who has just won the film-making award, talks about asking Syrian refugees to converse in a darkened room – and her frequently hilarious examination of today’s death industry

    ‘For a long time,” says Oreet Ashery, “I was motivated by utter rage.” The winner of the 2017 Derek Jarman film-making award is remembering growing up in Jerusalem, where she was born in 1966. “I had rage about everything,” she recalls, “and got involved in activism.” It’s a spirit that lives on in her art which, as well as film-making, spans photography, performance, workshop, text and music.

    We are speaking shortly before her Jarman win is made public. Ashery has just staged, in the run-up to the announcement, a short fragment of her ongoing project NoNothing Salons in the Dark, a series of collaborative storytelling works, at the Whitechapel gallery, London. The fragment contained stories of Syrian refugees and the people trying to help them, recorded in a darkened room in Thessaloniki, Greece, earlier this year. “I was interested in how people work together,” she explains, “telling stories in a darkened room. Even if no one speaks, that is a story, too.”

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  • Amanda Staveley’s consortium offers around £300m for Newcastle United
    • Ashley wanted around £400m when he went to market
    • Rafael Benítez’s future in doubt unless he gets January funds

    Amanda Staveley’s Dubai-based financial advisory firm PCP Capital Partners has formally offered Mike Ashley a sum in the region of £300m for Newcastle United after conducting preliminary due diligence on the club’s finances.

    Newcastle’s owner, who wanted nearer £400m, is pondering his next move and on Monday night was still to accept the bid in principle. Should the Sports Direct owner do so a period of exclusivity would be entered into during which specialist lawyers would undertake a period of formal due diligence. This process usually takes around a month, dictating that a final deal could theoretically still be negotiated and completed by Christmas, although a new‑year completion seems more likely.

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  • Argentina's navy detects fresh noises as hope revived in hunt for missing sub
    • Sounds detected by two Argentinian navy ships searching for ARA San Juan
    • News brings fresh hope after navy warned search had entered ‘critical phase’

    Argentina’s navy has detected sounds from the bottom of the ocean that could be from a submarine which has been missing in rough seas for five days, renewing hopes for the vessel and its 44 crew.

    The sounds were detected by two Argentinian navy ships searching the area where ARA San Juan went missing and by sonar buoys dropped by a US P8 surveillance plane that has joined the search, said navy spokesperson Enrique Balbi.

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  • Calls for Bath University vice-chancellor to resign after damning report

    Universities watchdog finds governance of senior pay lacked transparency and says reputation of Bath has been damaged

    Staff at the University of Bath have demanded the immediate resignation of the vice-chancellor and board of governors after the publication of a damning report into senior pay and governance at the university.

    The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) said oversight of the vice-chancellor’s pay, which is governed by a remuneration committee, lacked transparency and that the reputation of the university had been damaged.

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  • Paperchase apologises for Daily Mail promotion after online backlash

    Stationery chain vows to end relationship with newspaper after receiving hundreds of complaints over gift-wrap giveaway

    Paperchase has said it will not run any more marketing campaigns with the Daily Mail after an online backlash over an offer on the newspaper’s front page.

    The stationery chain received hundreds of complaints on social media over the weekend over its promotion in Saturday’s Daily Mail offering readers free wrapping paper.

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  • Aiba’s Wu Ching-kuo steps down amid financial mismanagement allegations
    • Wu suspended last month but investigation set to be dropped
    • Franco Falcinelli, currentlyAiba’s senior vice-president, to take over

    The suspended leader of amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has announced he is stepping down amid allegations of financial mismanagement but remarkably will be named as the organisation’s honorary president.

    Wu Ching-kuo’s resignation follows a divisive 11-year reign, characterised by a bitter power struggle in recent times. Last month Aiba’s disciplinary commission voted unanimously to suspend the 70-year-old. He was alleged to have accumulated debt of 15m Swiss francs for the organisation through poor financial management and auditing. He was also accused of trying to depose the members of the executive committee who challenged his leadership.

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  • Escape artist Tony Pulis runs out of time after West Brom fans lose patience | Barry Glendenning
    The manager did what he was asked to at first but after three years of dull football and a £40m summer outlay fans and owners expected more than survival

    The signs were ominous. The conspicuous presence of Guochuan Lai, West Bromwich Albion’s usually absent Chinese owner, for his team’s Premier League defeat at the hands of visiting Chelsea spoke volumes and the emphatic nature of the scoreline was enough to seal the fate of Tony Pulis. The Welshman, who took over in January 2015, had the air of a dead man walking in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 gubbing. He was duly sacked on Monday and leaves the club a point and a place above the relegation zone.

    Fans who have long been bored witlessby an unattractive brand of football that was no longer yielding the kind of results that led to finishes in 13th, 14th and 10th over the past three seasons have finally got what they wanted. The question now is whether they will regret the decision to sack the first man they would almost certainly approach with a view to extracting them from the current pickle if it was not he who had got them into it in the first place.

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  • Babies may be able to link certain words and concepts, research suggests

    Study indicates infants as young as six months old may realise certain words are related – and that interaction with adults boosts understanding

    Babies as young as six months old may have an inkling that certain words and concepts are related to each other, say scientists in research that sheds new light on how infants learn.

    The study also found that babies who were more often exposed to adults talking to them about items in their vicinity did better at identifying a picture of an object when the item was said out loud.

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  • Interstellar object confirmed to be from another solar system

    Astronomers have named interstellar asteroid ’Oumuamua and found it to be rich in organic molecules

    Astronomers are now certain that the mysterious object detected hurtling past our sun last month is indeed from another solar system. They have named it 1I/2017 U1(’Oumuamua) and believe it could be one of 10,000 others lurking undetected in our cosmic neighbourhood.

    The certainty of its extraterrestrial origin comes from an analysis that shows its orbit is almost impossible to achieve from within our Solar System.

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  • Man who murdered adopted daughter was 'Jekyll and Hyde' character

    Family court judge raises concerns about how injuries sustained by Elsie Scully-Hicks were dealt with

    A senior family court judge has described a man convicted of murdering his adoptive baby daughter as a “Jekyll and Hyde character” who appeared calm when others were around but in private could not control himself if the child played up.

    In a family court judgment, Mr Justice Moor raised concerns about how injuries that Elsie Scully-Hicks sustained in the months before her father Matthew Scully-Hicks killed her were dealt with by professionals involved in her care.

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  • John Stones injury will test Manchester City squad depth, admits Pep Guardiola

    • City centre-back out for up to six weeks with hamstring injury
    • Eliaquim Mangala to play against Feyenoord in Champions League

    Pep Guardiola believes the loss of John Stones will present Manchester City with a tough examination of their title credentials. Stones, whose outstanding form led him to play back-to-back 90-minute games for England against Germany and Brazil, now faces six weeks out with the hamstring injury sustained in the win at Leicester on Saturday.

    The return of the captain, Vincent Kompany, after his own lay-off is timely but, given the Belgian’s patchy fitness record, the Premier League leaders appear short of cover in central defence. Nicolás Otamendi is back after a one-game domestic ban but the only other specialist options are Eliaquim Mangala and the largely untried youngster Tosin Adarabioyo.

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  • Canadian American family on surviving Taliban captivity: 'We tried to make it fun'

    Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle used lessons about British history and constellations to help their children after being abducted in Afghanistan

    An American woman kidnapped in Afghanistan and held for five years said she and her Canadian husband did all they could to make captivity as fun as possible for their three children, concocting games out of garbage and teaching their eldest son British history to diminish his fears around beheadings.

    “We tried to make it fun for them, as best we could,” Caitlan Coleman, 31, told ABC News in an interview released on Monday. “We would just teach them to use things like bottle caps, or bits of cardboard – garbage essentially – but what we could find to play with, tell them these are toys, we can make a game with this.”

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  • Martin Rowson on Brexit developments – cartoon
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  • Zimbabwe in confusion as Robert Mugabe ignores latest deadline to leave

    Draft impeachment motion published by Zanu-PF party but support of opposition parties may be necessary after arrest or flight of some MPs

    Robert Mugabe faces being stripped of his office by parliament if he does not resign as president within days, as the political crisis triggered by a military takeover in Zimbabwe moves into a second week.

    The 93-year-old had been given a deadline of noon local time on Monday to resign as head of state or face impeachment when parliament reconvenes on Tuesday.

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  • The Guardian view on Black Friday: a triumph of imagination | Editorial
    Recreational shopping is not about collecting objects so much as experiences

    On Thursday, nothing out of the ordinary will happen in Britain. Millions of people will get up and go to work as normal; families will remain widely dispersed; shops will be open as usual; and at the end of the day the nation will gather for its traditional meals of takeaway and microwaved convenience foods eaten in front of a screen. In the US, by contrast, it will be the feast of Thanksgiving, when the whole country shuts down and families gather from across vast distances for a ritual meal celebrating America’s founding myth. An anthropologist might well suppose that this was the most important festival of the year, far more so than Christmas. No one would dare declare a war on Thanksgiving. So it makes a kind of sense that the day after be given over to the frenzy of shopping.

    It makes no sense at all for Black Friday to be transplanted to Britain. There is nothing at all special about the day in the British social calendar. Even in the retail calendar it falls squarely in the middle of the runup to Christmas, which nowadays starts some time in early October, so that there are already angels watching over the crowds in Oxford Street in central London, while in Bradford the Christmas decorations went up even earlier.

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  • How China made Victoria's Secret a pawn in its ruthless global game | Paul Mason

    The lingerie brand’s star model Gigi Hadid got into trouble over a gaffe that a more seasoned business traveller to China might have anticipated. So what hope for future forays into this repressive state?

    As a movie plot, it would work better for Johnny English than James Bond: the lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret saw its launch in China mired in controversy when the People’s Republic refused to issue visas to invited celebrities and journalists. Katy Perry was barred for seemingly supporting the independence of Taiwan, while model Gigi Hadid transgressed by squinting in a way some Chinese people thought was racist, while posing with a fortune cookie that looked like Buddha. Add in China’s standard unpredictability when it comes to issuing press visas and you have loss of face all around.

    A brief history

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  • Australian employers ripping off backpackers and foreign students: study

    Survey reveals systemic exploitation of visitors to Australia, including criminal behaviour by employers

    A third of backpackers and a quarter of international students in Australia are being routinely ripped off by employers who are paying them $12 an hour or less, about half the minimum wage.

    A comprehensive survey of 4,322 people on temporary migrant visas, by three universities in Sydney, has painted a grim picture of systemic exploitation of visitors to Australia, with some cases detailing criminal behaviour by employers such as confiscating passports or demanding part of wages back in return for keeping a job.

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  • Nebraska regulators approve Keystone XL pipeline route

    Pipeline plan clears last major regulatory hurdle after vote in Nebraska, but legal challenges and protest likely to follow

    A panel of Nebraska regulators have voted narrowly in favor of allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to follow a path through the state, removing the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial project.

    The Nebraska public service commission voted 3-2 to approve a permit for the pipeline, which will stretch for 1,200 miles and carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day. The vote saw one of the four Republicans on the commission, Mary Ridder, join with the Democrat, Crystal Rhoades, in opposing the permit. Rhoades said she was concerned about the impact upon landowners and that there was “no evidence” the pipeline would create jobs in Nebraska.

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  • Charities received record £1.83bn from £1m-plus donors last year

    Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge has encouraged donations, research by Coutts and University of Kent finds

    Rich people, foundations and companies in the UK donated a record £1.83bn to charities last year, as high profile philanthropy schemes such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge have encouraged more wealthy individuals to give away a portion of their fortunes.

    Research by Coutts, the private bank used by the royal family, and researchers at the University of Kent found that 310 UK people and organisations made donations of £1m or more last year. The number of £1m-plus donations increased from 189 in in 2007, when Coutts produced the first edition of the Million Pound Donors report.

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  • Merkel hints fresh elections preferable to minority government as talks fail

    German chancellor says she is ‘sceptical’ as president calls for parties to resume efforts after coalition talks collapsed

    Angela Merkel has indicated that she would rather have fresh elections than try to rule in a minority government as the collapse of German coalition talks posed the most serious threat to her power since she became chancellor more than a decade ago.

    Merkel, who has headed three coalitions since 2005, said she was “very sceptical” about ruling in a minority government and suggested she would stand again as a candidate if elections were called in the new year, telling public broadcaster ARD she was “a woman who has responsibility and is prepared to take responsibility in the future”.

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  • Brexit fears have triggered pay restraint, Bank of England official suggests

    Dave Ramsden says one of the reasons for his vote against raising interest rates was that workers were showing pay restraint

    Britain’s unusually weak pay growth could be caused by workers reining in their demands due to Brexit uncertainty, a senior Bank of England official has said.

    In his first speech since joining the Bank from the Treasury, Dave Ramsden said the impact of the EU referendum on inflation had persuaded him to vote against an increase in interest rates earlier this month.

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  • Bristol's housing crisis: 'The idea you would own a home is ridiculous'

    Soaring property prices, rising rents, austerity and an influx of London émigrés are putting the squeeze on young people

    Bristol’s economy has flourished in recent years, fuelled in part by its proximity to the capital’s booming economy and overheating housing market. The west of England, and the city of Brunel and Banksy, is an increasingly expensive place to live with the highest private sector rental costs outside London, according to the Resolution Foundation thinktank.

    Bristol’s burgeoning youth population is bearing the brunt, in a part of the world known not just for its heritage as a cornerstone of the industrial revolution but for its cultural scene. With typical house prices more than 10 times the average salary, that might make it tougher for the next Massive Attack or Portishead to emerge.

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  • 'It's just mistake after mistake' – stories from the universal credit catastrophe

    It was introduced to simplify benefits and encourage people to work. Yet from a bungled rollout to Kafkaesque rules and the infamous six-week payment delay, universal credit has caused untold misery. John Harris meets people who have had their lives turned upside down. Photograph by Mark Pinder for the Guardian

    Sue hit her lowest point at the end of 2016. Unable to buy food and behind with her rent, she phoned the finance company about the debt on her car. She and her family live in a town between Bristol and Bath, the kind of place where getting around with three children – not least to the nearest jobcentre, which is nine miles away – makes having your own transport essential. But she hadn’t met her repayments for three months.

    “The lady on the line said, ‘You sound really down – are you OK?’” she recalls. “She could hear I was distressed. And I basically said: ‘No – I’m going to go upstairs and slit my wrists.’ She said: ‘Don’t do that – stay on the line. I’m going to put you through to someone you should talk to.’ It was a counsellor. And I spoke to them for nearly two hours.”

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  • Why is first Ashes day-night Test and pink ball a big deal? – video explainer

    When Australia host England at the Adelaide Oval on 2 December it will be the first day-night Test in an Ashes series. But just what are day-night Tests all about and why do they use a pink ball? Here we reveal all

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  • Mandatory balaclavas and posh nibbles: Pussy Riot pop-up is the worst kind of misery-porn

    Two members of Pussy Riot were in London to tell their story in opposing ways. One felt pointless and cynical, the other powerful and exhilarating

    Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were both in London last week, albeit on opposite sides of the capital. Pussy Riot’s feted figureheads were in town to stage different live retellings of how their Russian performance art collective became a cause celebre in 2012, when a 35-second guerrilla punk gig in Moscow Cathedral earned Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and fellow performer Yekaterina Samutsevich two-year prison sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”.

    Related: Nadya Tolokonnikova: ‘I suppose we have nothing more to lose’

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  • Warren Gatland hits back at New Zealand media before Wales v All Blacks
    • Head coach fully expects more ribbing from New Zealand press
    • We weren’t trying to pull a fast one, he adds of the finale to Georgia match

    As Warren Gatland prepares Wales to face his native New Zealand for perhaps the final time he says the flurry of blows landed by the local media before the Lions met the All Blacks last summer made him mentally tougher, although there were “one or two people” he would not mind getting into the corner of a room with.

    Gatland, who was depicted as a clown by one New Zealand paper before the Lions rallied from 1-0 down to share the series, expects more demeaning caricatures this week but said anyone looking to turn Saturday’s encounter at the Principality Stadium into a feud between him and the All Blacks’ head coach, Steve Hansen, would be wasting time.

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  • Belief that customs system will be ready for Brexit ‘borders on insanity’

    Logistics company CEVA says delays could lead to ‘calamitous situation’ at Dover, and warns it may already be too late

    One of the world’s biggest logistics companies, whose clients include Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Primark, has said it is “bordering on insanity” to think new Brexit customs systems will be in place for 2019.

    Leigh Pomlett, the executive director of CEVA Group, which specialises in road, air and ocean-going freight, said Downing Street and the Treasury did not understand how difficult it would be to have a system in place in 15 months’ time, when the UK leaves the EU.

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  • Kezia Dugdale joins I'm a Celebrity and causes split in Scottish Labour

    Former leader’s decision to join jungle reality show overshadows election of her successor, Richard Leonard

    Richard Leonard, the new leader of Scottish Labour, has said “feelings are running high” in the party after his predecessor, Kezia Dugdale, joined the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.

    Dugdale, who quit as Scottish leader in August, has caused a furious row after news leaked out on Friday night she was flying to join the contest in Australia without first getting party approval to be away from Holyrood for up to three weeks.

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  • Chris Coleman vows to introduce ‘no excuses’ culture at lowly Sunderland
    • New manager fired up by challenge of life on the ‘cliff edge’
    • Faces tough first Championship assignment at Aston Villa on Tuesday

    Chris Coleman stepped on to the stage, smiled at the television cameras and announced a manifesto for change centred on humility, honesty and hope.

    Sunderland’s ninth manager in six years was unveiled at the Academy of Light, the club’s training ground, on Monday morning and looked genuinely thrilled to be confronted with the challenge of lifting his new team off the bottom of the Championship.

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  • Fourth death at Lincoln immigration removal centre prompts inquiry

    Death of 27-year-old Iraqi man at Morton Hall immigration removal centre is fourth fatality at centre in a year

    An investigation has been launched into the fourth death at a Lincoln immigration removal centre in the last year.

    A 27-year-old Iraqi man died at Morton Hall immigration removal centre on Sunday morning. He is thought to have killed himself.

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  • Pulis gone, Arsenal's bragging rights and Buffon's broken heart – Football Weekly

    Max Rushden and co predict managerial merry go round movement, review the latest action and find out if Roman Burki has hit the headlines in Germany

    Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.

    Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Mark Langdon on his debut have plenty to get their teeth into on the day that Tony Pulis was sacked by West Brom, who were hammered 4-0 by Chelsea at the weekend.

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  • Gaia Pope death: police face questions as family pay tribute

    19-year-old’s mother remembers ‘wise magnificent soul’ as relative of arrested trio criticises detectives

    Police are facing questions over the handling of the search for Gaia Pope, whose body was found near a coastal path 11 days after she vanished from a Dorset seaside town.

    Three members of one family arrested last week on suspicion of murdering the 19-year-old have been released from further investigation after a postmortem found no indication that anyone else was involved in Pope’s death.

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  • Second woman comes forward to say Al Franken inappropriately touched her

    Lindsay Menz, 33, said the senator grabbed her buttocks in 2010 while the two were posing together for a photo at a state fair in Minnesota

    A second woman has come forward and accused Al Franken of inappropriately touching her, this time since he took office as senator from Minnesota.

    According to CNN, Lindsay Menz, 33, said Franken grabbed her buttocks in 2010 while the two were posing together for a photo at a state fair in Minnesota.

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  • Arsenal appoint Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment
    • Mislintat had recruited Lewandowski and Dembélé for Bundesliga club
    • Chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down from his post after 25 years

    Arsenal have secured Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment. The Gunners have drafted in the highly rated 45-year-old, who will start in December. Steve Rowley has stood down as chief scout after 25 years with the north London club.

    Related: Shkodran Mustafi insists Arsenal have the self-belief to prove doubters wrong

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  • Pop culture’s dark obsession with Charles Manson – from Guns N’ Roses to Mad Men

    The cult leader has inspired thoughtful works of art and literary novels but is more often used as a hackneyed shortcut to outrage. Why the fascination with a white supremacist and misogynist who masterminded the murder of seven people?

    Charles Manson dies aged 83 | Obituary | Opinion: Suzanne Moore

    There is a certain grim irony in the fact that Charles Manson’s trial and conviction on seven counts of first-degree murder got him what he wanted. He finished up on the front of Rolling Stone magazine, a cover apparently designed to make him look exactly like the rock star he had always dreamed about becoming. His music got a wider audience. Before the trial was over, Manson’s debut album had been released, albeit on a tiny label set up expressly for the purpose by his friend, record producer Phil Kaufman, rather than one of the major companies he had courted in the late 60s.

    That was an era when Neil Young attempted to interest Warner Bros Records in Manson’s “unbelievable” music; an offshoot of MCA had been sufficiently interested to pay for Manson to record some demos; and Dennis Wilson had mooted him as a potential artist for the Beach Boys’ own label Brother, successfully lobbying the band to record one of his songs, Cease to Exist, under the title Never Learn Not to Love. And the Beatles, with whom he was obsessed, finally heard about him. “I don’t know what I thought when it happened. I just think a lot of the things he says are true,” said John Lennon when an interviewer brought up Manson’s name. “That he’s a child of the state, made by us. That he took their children in when nobody else would … But of course he’s cracked, all right … he’s barmy.”

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  • 'Welcome to sunny Preston': city welcomes students displaced by Irma

    Civic ceremony held for 700 trainee medics from devastated island of Dutch St Maarten who say Lancashire residents ‘could not have been warmer’

    When 700 students arrived en masse in Preston two months ago, having been uprooted from their Caribbean island by Hurricane Irma, few knew what to make of their less tropical new home. They needn’t, it seems, have worried.

    “Everyone makes the same joke: ‘Welcome to sunny Preston!’” said Nathaniel Minigh, 25, one of the hundreds of American and Canadian trainee medics who have taken quickly to student life – and constant references to the weather – in the Lancashire city.

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  • Yoko Ono v Yoko Mono: who gets to use a celebrity’s name?
    The artist has managed to get a bar in Germany to change its name – and she’s not the only one to take umbrage at having their name used to sell things

    Pity the poor celebrity who has worked hard to create a name for themselves only for someone else to come along to use it. The latest is Yoko Ono, who has successfully managed to get a bar in Hamburg to change its name from Yoko Mono, as it has been known for 19 years, to the rather more dull and singular Mono. The name, the court was reported to have said, is so similar “that it was sufficiently likely that an observer would surmise some kind of link between Miss Ono and the bar”. An observer of the graffiti-covered dive bar possibly wouldn’t assume it was run by the mega-rich artist, but apparently that’s not the point. Here are some other celebrities who have had to fight for their good names.

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  • Youth prisons don’t deter criminals. They enable them | Shauneen Lambe
    Young offender institutions are cruel and counterproductive. Cressida Dick’s call for ‘harsher’ sentencing reveals her ignorance of the evidence

    In 2003 I visited Feltham young offender institution for the first time. Freshly returned from death row in America, I was feeling smug about civilised Britain. I walked down a concrete corridor with no walls – just bars – the wind whipping through a derelict garden with a small pond where a plastic heron lay prone, beak down in the sludge. Then, an enormous, brightly lit visitors’ room with tables nailed to the floor, and in the corner a holding cell, three sides of which were glass, holding at least 10 children. None of them were talking.

    I had never been in an environment so eerily quiet. Anyone who has spent any time in schools knows that kids are noisy. Yet here were 10 teenagers sitting together, and none of them had anything to say.

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