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  • Haseeb Hameed’s Ashes hopes dashed after injury to right hand
    • Opener struck by ball from Middlesex’s James Harris
    • Steven Finn boosts Ashes chances with eight for 79

    On a day when England’s one-day players were frustrated by the rain that forced an abandonment of their international against West Indies at Trent Bridge, there was worse news for one batsman hoping to be in the Test squad this winter.

    With 38 required and Lancashire nine down, Haseeb Hameed, a finger on his right hand fractured, strode through the Lord’s pavilion to join an old classmate at Bolton school, Matt Parkinson, in the middle. Hameed’s brave effort was in vain; he survived nine balls before Parkinson, a true tail-ender, edged to first slip to become the irresistible Steven Finn’s eighth wicket. Middlesex had won a wonderful game by 36 runs and put their survival hopes, going into the trip to their fellow strugglers Somerset next week, in their own hands.

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  • Jimmy Kimmel: TV host emerges as unlikely leader in fight to save Obamacare

    Republicans are pushing again to tear up Obama’s health plan – but the man once regarded as a lightweight on late-night is fast becoming a powerful GOP foe

    For a second night in a row, late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel dedicated his opening monologue to excoriating a US senator who represents one half of a renewed push to tear up the Affordable Care Act.

    Related: Late-night TV: 'Republicans have 10 days to overhaul healthcare – or everybody lives!'

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  • Pet Shop Boys singer and crew member mugged in Rio de Janeiro

    Singer Neil Tennant and programmer Pete Gleadall both had mobile phones stolen in area of Brazilian city near Leme Beach

    The Pet Shop Boys lead singer, Neil Tennant, and a band crew member have been mugged in Rio de Janeiro, a day after playing the Rock in Rio music festival.

    A spokesman for the band, known for songs West End Girls and Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money), said that Neil Tennant and the group’s long-time programmer Pete Gleadall both had their mobile phones stolen.

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  • Mexico earthquake: military criticized over search and rescue missions – live

    Follow live updates as armed forces spark anger by razing collapsed buildings less than 72 hours after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least 250 people

    The Mexican football players Javier Hernandez and Miguel Layun have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the victims of the earthquake.

    The pair, who both play for the Mexico national team, have raised more than $175,000 through the You Caring website since the earthquake struck.

    There is no missing child at the collapsed Enrique Rébsamen school in Mexico City, the Mexican navy said on Thursday afternoon, although they believe an adult is still alive in the rubble.

    Mexican television networks had reported on Wednesday that a 12-year-old girl called Frida Sofia was trapped in the rubble of the collapsed school, but later reports suggested there was no one by the name of Frida Sofia at the school.

    Mexico’s navy says there are no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where rescuers have been hunting for a girl they believed to be trapped.

    Assistant Navy Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento says there is evidence of a person who may still alive, but he says it’s probably a school worker.

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  • Husband's elegy for Jenny Diski wins Forward prize for best single poem

    Ian Patterson’s The Plenty of Nothing, begun in the days leading up to her death, shares honours with best collection win for Sinéad Morrissey’s On Balance

    Ian Patterson’s elegy for his late wife, the writer Jenny Diski, which he began writing in the days leading up to her death, has won the Forward prize for best single poem.

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  • Met to review risk assessment form 'stifling' grime and garage scenes

    London mayor Sadiq Khan orders review of the 696 form, long used to target a disproportionate number of music events by black and Asian artists

    The Metropolitan police are to review their 696 form, which critics have said is used to unfairly target grime, garage and basement venues.

    The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has asked for the form to be re-examined after meeting several DJs, artists and venue owners, who all raised concerns about how it is being used.

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  • Facebook to give Congress thousands of ads bought by Russians during election

    Mark Zuckerberg says providing ads will ‘help government authorities complete the vitally important work of assessing what happened’ in the election

    Facebook will provide to Congress the contents of 3,000 advertisements purchased by Russians during the 2016 US presidential race, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday following weeks of scrutiny surrounding the social network’s potential role in influencing elections.

    The CEO said in a Facebook live video on Thursday that the company would provide the controversial ads to government officials to support ongoing investigations in the US and as part of the social media company’s renewed efforts to protect the “integrity” of elections around the world.

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  • Instagram uses 'I will rape you' post as Facebook ad in latest algorithm mishap

    After Guardian reporter Olivia Solon posted a screenshot of a profane email threat, it appeared on Facebook, encouraging viewers to follow her on Instagram

    Instagram used a user’s image which included the text “I will rape you before I kill you, you filthy whore!” to advertise its service on Facebook, the latest example of social media algorithms boosting offensive content.

    Related: Facebook to tighten ad targeting after antisemitic 'fail', says Sheryl Sandberg

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  • Trump issues new sanctions on North Korea and claims China is following

    US president expands sanctions on shipping, banking, ports and manufacturing, and says China’s central bank also shut down business with North Korea

    Donald Trump has issued a new executive order that expands US sanctions on North Korea’s shipping, banking, ports and manufacturing. Trump also claimed China’s banking system had shut down business with the country.

    Related: ‘Sound of a dog barking’: North Korea ridicules Trump threat

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  • Streets in St Louis – and everywhere – belong to us. Not brutal cops | Steven W Thrasher

    When the state fails to address the law enforcement crisis, agitating in the streets is the only way to move forward

    America has been rocked by countless protests over the past few years. One chant that has been heard from activists time and time again is: “Whose streets? Our streets!” That’s why it was so jarring when, this week, police in St Louis marched the streets shouting the line as they broke up a legitimate protest and arrested 80 people, including a journalist covering the events.

    Sadly, St Louis isn’t the only place plagued by a high-profile police killing this week. A student was killed by campus police in Georgia, and a deaf Hispanic man was killed by police in Oklahoma (despite calls that “he can’t hear”). Still, St Louis has, once again, emerged as the place where the national crisis of American police violence against black people has come into the clearest focus.

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  • Lions manager John Spencer hits back at Sean O’Brien criticism of drawn series
    • ‘I was surprised and disappointed; it was a tour when everyone stuck together’
    • Disciplinary action ruled out over view about coaches on New Zealand tour

    John Spencer, the manager of the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand this summer, said he was “surprised and disappointed” at the critical remarks made by the Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien about Warren Gatland and one of the head coach’s assistants, Rob Howley, but ruled out initiating disciplinary action against the player, who started all three Tests.

    The tourists drew a series they were widely expected to lose, becoming only the second Lions party not to lose a rubber in New Zealand, but in a radio interview O’Brien said he was critical of the management because he felt “we should have won it comfortably”. He claimed the players were overtrained on the Thursday before the first Test and said Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton took over the attack coaching for the second Test because Howley was struggling to get his message across.

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  • Ryanair isn’t just an airline; it’s a parable for our greedy times Anne Perkins
    Europe’s biggest carrier capitalises on the public’s worst instincts. It exploits us and we protest, but we are complicit

    It was Ryanair’s AGM on Thursday and investors at the Dublin get-together seem to have been unusually grumpy. One bolshie shareholder, retired mechanic Brian Graham, even called for “heads to roll”. Two big US pension funds refused to endorse the proposals for senior pay. Others muttered anxiously about “poor disclosure” and executive bonuses. But the bottom line is, well, the bottom line. Once it was all over and the smoke had cleared, the share price sat pretty well where it had been at breakfast time.

    Michael O’Leary, the man who brings to his airline the kind of embodiment of values that Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley gives to sports clothing sales, claimed he was wearing sackcloth in mortification for the “boo-boo” of running out of pilots. This has led to the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights, inconveniencing 300,000 passengers, news initially announced without letting anyone know which 300,000 passengers’ plans had just been shredded. It was a “fuck-up” with the pilot rotas, O’Leary explained, with that guileless charm that typifies his airline’s relationship with its customers.

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  • Embarrassment for FA as Glenn contradicts lawyers about Sampson investigation
    • Chief executive says a black woman was deliberately chosen
    • FA lawyers had already sent letter to Guardian saying this was ‘plainly false’

    Martin Glenn, the Football Association’s heavily criticised chief executive, faces further embarrassment after admitting the organisation deliberately chose a black woman to investigate the Mark Sampson race allegations – without apparently realising the FA’s lawyers had already sent a letter to the Guardian warning such a claim was “plainly false”.

    Glenn, one of the executives most under scrutiny after Sampson’s sudden sacking on Wednesday, promised he would offer a personal apology to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence if the controversial and reopened independent inquiry found that the now‑deposed England women’s manager had made racial comments to the two players.

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  • Brigham Young ends 60-year ban on sale of caffeinated drinks on campus

    The Mormon church-owned university has scrapped a rule established in the mid-1950s that no caffeinated beverages would be sold on campus

    Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: “It’s happening.”

    Related: BYU amends honor code that shamed students who reported sexual assault

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  • Ben Jennings on Theresa May's Brexit speech in Florence – cartoon
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  • UK banks to check 70m bank accounts in search for illegal immigrants

    Exclusive: From January banks will be enrolled in Theresa May’s plans to create ‘hostile environment’ for illegal migrants

    Banks and building societies are to carry out immigration checks on 70m current accounts from January in the biggest extension of Theresa May’s plans to create a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants in Britain, the Guardian has learned.

    The Home Office expects to identify 6,000 visa overstayers, failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders facing deportation in the first year of the checks, which are to be carried out quarterly.

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  • The Guardian view on Catalonia: step back from the brink | Editorial
    Madrid has badly mishandled a deliberately provocative referendum

    The president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, writes in the Guardian that “a de facto state of emergency” has ended Catalan home rule just weeks ahead of a planned referendum on independence. Madrid appears deaf to the argument that its heavy-handed attempts to stop the vote will only ultimately strengthen support for secession. A judge sent in the police to arrest a dozen local officials; the Guardia Civil seized millions of ballot papers; the central finance ministry took over the region’s finances to prevent public money from being used in the vote. All the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has achieved by being so oblivious to public sentiment in Catalonia is to harden opinion in the region and draw thousands onto the streets.

    If nothing is done to work towards a compromise, a political train wreck threatens in the EU’s largest southern member state. This situation has been long in the making. A key tipping point came when Spain’s constitutional court in 2010 knocked down parts of a revised “statute of autonomy” – the result of a compromise reached four years earlier between Madrid’s then Socialist prime minister and the then centre-right Catalan nationalists. That was a document which boosted Catalonia’s already impressive levels of self-government. But Mr Rajoy’s conservative People’s party had lambasted the agreement as a dagger aimed at the heart of Spain’s 1978 constitution, and appealed to the constitutional court. Their victory there caused a reaction: the Catalan political leadership shifted towards separatism.

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  • Amazon and Facebook keen on Premier League rights, say Manchester United
    • Tech companies’ interest will escalate financial boom for top clubs
    • Ed Woodward announces record income made by United

    The internet giants Amazon and Facebook are likely to bid for Premier League football streaming rights, which will further escalate the huge financial boom for England’s top clubs, the Manchester United vice-chairman has said.

    In his quarterly call with bank executives who invest in United’s shares on the New York stock exchange, Ed Woodward said the technology companies were very interested in the last round of rights deals for 2016-19, which the Premier League sold primarily to BSkyB and BT for £8.4bn.

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  • Prada is sublime on the catwalk, but financial uptick is still to be felt

    Women dominate the decor and the soundtrack in spirited display of defiance by designer Miuccia Prada

    It is unfortunate for Prada that, in 2017, being compelling on the catwalk is like being rich in Monopoly. Sublime though the new collection shown in Milan was, with figures showing an 18% decline in net profit, what this brand needs is not applause but cold hard cash. Fashion weeks are now just one part of a huge industry where multi-platform success is essential. E-commerce, social media and partnerships with a ground army of “influencers” all matter as much as the show itself. Prada, one of the last of the luxury houses to embrace the digital age, is paying the price for tardiness.

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  • UK debt crisis and the onward march of neoliberalism | Letters
    Quantitative easing allowed the wealthy to get out of cash and into assets, writes Martin London; the provisionally passed Ceta deal is TTIP by the back door, says John Airs. Plus letters by David Dodd and Paul Nicolson

    The debt crisis Larry Elliott predicts (Borrowed time: Threadneedle Street is right to fear a bubble, 19 September), is the result of our failure to resolve the financial crisis of 2008. The credit crunch demonstrated that western economies were living beyond their means and that there was too much money and too much debt in the system. The required solution was for creditors to give up a considerable portion of their wealth, and return living space to debtors. Significant austerity was unavoidable.

    Governments chose quantitative easing instead, which allowed the wealthy to get out of cash and into assets, retaining or regaining any loss caused by the crash. The rest of us had to bear the brunt of austerity: cuts in benefits, the erosion of full-time jobs, the rise of the gig economy and increases in rents. Additional debt, funded by the liquidity of quantitative easing, enabled millions temporarily to retain a semblance of normal living: but the unequal distribution of wealth has not gone away.

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  • There is irony in Diego Costa’s deal with Atlético but Chelsea saw the best of him | Dominic Fifield
    In their last league game, Antonio Conte’s side missed how the forward would have driven Arsenal to distraction and the 28-year-old will depart Stamford Bridge having more than played his part in the successes

    There is an irony that Diego Costa’s tortuous departure from Chelsea should be finalised, pending the results of a stringent medical, just after a fixture when his absence had been so keenly felt.

    Not the Champions League stroll beyond Qarabag or even the midweek saunter past Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. But, last Sunday, Arsenal ventured across the capital and earned a point, with Shkodran Mustafi, in most people’s eyes, emerging from the stalemate as man of the match. Even accepting that the centre-half is a Germany international and clearly a player of pedigree, it is hard to envisage he would have been quite so unruffled had Costa lined up for the hosts at Stamford Bridge.

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  • Hinkley Point C: fresh strike threat over pay dispute

    Nuclear plant construction facing further delays as unions declare plans to ballot civil engineers in row over bonuses

    The UK’s first new nuclear power plant for 20 years could be delayed again, after trade unions for construction staff working on the £20bn Hinkley Point C project announced a ballot for strike action in a dispute over pay.

    More than 95% of members balloted by GMB and Unite rejected a pay increase offered by the French energy company EDF and its contractor Bylor after months of discussions.

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  • China's credit rating cut to A+ by S&P over rising debt fears

    Ratings agency cites concerns over financial and economic risk as country’s total debt hits $28tn

    China’s credit rating has been downgraded by Standard & Poor’s amid fears rising debts are adding to economic and financial risks.

    The agency lowered China’s sovereign rating by one notch to A+ from AA-, putting it in the same category as countries such as the US and Austria. This is the second downgrade from a major ratings agency for Beijing this year and comes at an awkward time before next month’s Communist party congress.

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  • Puerto Rico battered by Hurricane Maria: 'Devastation – it's everywhere'
    • Worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in 80 years felled trees and smashed buildings
    • Governor’s spokesman describes scene of ‘total devastation’

    After hours of hurricane-force winds and torrential rain, Puerto Ricans emerged from hurricane shelters on Thursday morning to find that their island was still under threat from landslides, flash floods and crippled water and electricity systems.

    Related: British Virgin Islands brave two storms in two weeks: 'Maria destroyed most of what was left'

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  • New Zealand election: polls give Bill English reasons to be cheerful despite 'Jacinda effect'

    Public opinion seems to be swinging back to the PM against Labour’s charismatic but untested Jacinda Ardern before voting day on Saturday

    Clothed in a khaki oilskin to protect him from a furious downpour, Bill English has turned up at the suburban Benedict’s cafe in Maungaraki on the outskirts of Wellington for chitchat and a coffee.

    There are hand-knitted jumpers for sale and smudgy prints on the wall, and the New Zealand prime minister orders a cappuccino before moving through the assembled supporters – children, mothers and the over-60s, mostly, this weekday morning.

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  • An impossible choice: the Nauru refugee forced to choose between family and freedom

    As the first of the refugees held in Australia’s offshore detention are accepted by the US, Arash faces the prospect of being separated from his loved ones forever

    Arash has never held, never laid eyes on, his infant daughter.

    And he fears he may never know her, and may be forced to choose between his child and ever being free.

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  • William G Stewart, host of 15 to 1, dies aged 84

    Presenter of ‘properly tough’ Channel 4 quiz was also a producer and director of TV sitcoms and other gameshows

    William G Stewart, the longtime host of the popular TV quiz show 15 to 1, has died aged 84.

    Stewart, a producer and director of TV sitcoms and gameshows who began his television career behind the camera, presented the Channel 4 show from 1988 to 2003.

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  • Facebook strategist rejects PM's claim over extremist material

    Counter-terrorism expert says that, contrary to Theresa May’s assertion, technology companies are treating the problem of terrorist content seriously

    Facebook’s senior counter-terrorism strategist has dismissed Theresa May’s demand that the company should go “further and faster” to remove material created by terrorists and their supporters, describing the claim that it does not do enough as unhelpful.

    Artificial intelligence programs are being created to identify such material, and hundreds of people are employed to search for content that should be removed, said Brian Fishman, who manages the company’s global counter-terrorism policy.

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  • Eddie Jones to name most of his Lions in England squad for autumn series
    • England coach’s decision to reignite debate over player welfare
    • Exeter’s Rob Baxter says overworked players claim is ‘codswallop’

    Eddie Jones will on Friday reignite the debate over player welfare by naming the vast majority of his British & Irish Lions stars in a 33-man England squad for next week’s training camp in Oxford. Jones had indicated he might rest some Lions for the autumn series but it is now understood most will be involved at some stage during November.

    Virtually all the Premiership-based Lions are back in action for their clubs and key men such as Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, who played prominent roles in the summer drawn series against New Zealand, will have precious little scope for a lengthy break next year. England are due to play a best-of-three series in South Africa in June and four further autumn Tests at Twickenham in the buildup to the 2019 World Cup.

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  • Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary may be flying by the seat of his pants in row with pilots | Nils Pratley

    It makes doubtful sense for Michael O’Leary to patronise and alienate his pilots, who may get their own back by joining a union

    Funnily enough, Michael O’Leary did not preach a gospel of peace, love and goodwill to all pilots at Thursday’s annual meeting. Even by his standards the Ryanair chief executive’s belligerence was extraordinary.

    Pilots do not have a difficult job, shareholders were told. Some are “precious about themselves” and “full of their own self-importance”. To manage Ryanair’s crisis over cancelled flights, O’Leary may force a few to re-arrange their own holidays. And, while he may have a few incentives in his back pocket, “if pilots misbehave, that will be the end of the goodies”.

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  • Briton could face Dubai jail term for finger gesture

    Jamil Ahmed Mukadam, 23, from Leicester, could be sentenced to six months under the emirate’s strict laws

    A British IT consultant is stuck in Dubai facing a charge of offensive behaviour after sticking his finger up to a driver while on holiday in the oil-rich state.

    Jamil Ahmed Mukadam is now expecting a court date and if convicted faces up to six months in jail, according to his legal advisers, after being detained under the emirate’s strict federal laws.

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  • Sir Teddy Taylor obituary
    Conservative MP and Europhobe whose record of dissent confined him to the backbenches for most of his long parliamentary career

    The former Conservative MP Sir Teddy Taylor, who has died aged 80, was not just a Eurosceptic but a Europhobe; almost a single-issue politician defined by his passionate and lifelong opposition to the European Union. Admirers warmed to his eloquent, quickfire attacks on the European project, but to others he seemed obsessive, and in 1996 he admitted: “I am the biggest Euro-bore there ever was.” Nonetheless, few doubted his courage or the sincerity of his views, which did not help his career prospects.

    Having entered the House of Commons in 1964, Taylor was given a junior post in Edward Heath’s government, but resigned in 1971 when Heath applied for entry to the European Economic Community. That act set the stage for his later rebellions over contributions to the EEC budget in 1985, the Single European Act in 1986, entry to the European exchange rate mechanism in October 1990 and the Maastricht treaty during 1992-93.

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  • Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is now the mainstream, with Tories in disarray

    Exclusive: Labour leader says his party goes into its conference preparing for another election and with plans to unseat several ministers

    Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of presiding over “a government in disarray” and declared that the Labour party, revitalised under his leadership, now represents the mainstream of British politics.

    Speaking before his party’s first conference since the Conservatives lost their majority, Corbyn said Boris Johnson’s recent Brexit intervention demonstrated that the prime minister had surrendered control of her cabinet.

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  • Deliveroo boss Will Shu gives himself 22.5% rise amid battle over riders' pay

    Will Shu hikes salary to £125,000 a year as dispute over workers’ status continues and losses mount at the food delivery company

    Will Shu, the boss of Deliveroo, handed himself a 22.5% pay rise last year at the same time as the company spent more than £1.5m on legal fees, partly because of the food delivery firm’s battle over pay and conditions for its thousands of couriers.

    Shu, a former investment banker who set up Deliveroo from his London flat in 2013, increased his salary to £124,999 and handed out close to £4.5m in share bonuses to directors and hundreds of other head office staff, despite a 300%-plus widening in losses.

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  • Lift up your hearts for Hillsong, the church that’s made a believer out of Bieber

    It’s huge, it’s hip, it’s Pentecostal – and it’s snapping up celebrity worshippers as if the world depended on it, headed by its biggest convert, Justin Bieber

    Ever on the lookout for the perfect facility to address my spiritual education and showbiz needs – and not in that order – I am GRIPPED by news of the Hillsong church in America’s Los Angeles. Hillsong is a Pentecostal mega-church, whose first branch was in Australia in some kind of corrugated-iron warehouse. So far, so Lady Marchmain.

    I’m kidding, of course – the aesthetic at Hillsong is far from popish, with services consisting of Christian rock music in concert-like spaces, attended by young dressed-down people who then leave Yelp reviews about how much awesome Holy Spirit was there, and how good the coffee was and so on. We’ll boggle at some of those in due course.

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  • Catalan leader accuses Spain of violating rights in referendum row

    Spanish government acting ‘beyond the limits of a respectable democracy’ but vote will go ahead, says Carles Puigdemont

    Carles Puigdemont: Spain’s attempt to block Catalonia’s referendum is a violation of our basic rights

    The regional president of Catalonia has accused the Spanish government of acting “beyond the limits of a respectable democracy” and violating fundamental rights as it strives to prevent an independence referendum from being held in 10 days’ time.

    Related: Spain’s attempt to block Catalonia’s referendum is a violation of our basic rights | Carles Puigdemont

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  • David Lappartient reaps wind of change blowing through cycling | William Fotheringham
    French campaigner called a political machine benefits from anti-British backlash after scandals to easily defeat Brian Cookson in UCI presidential election

    “A political machine,” wrote the respected French journalist Jean-François Quénet of his fellow countryman David Lappartient, a man who, it seems, has never lost an election, rising seamlessly through French local and two-wheeled politics to simultaneously hold positions of power in the Morbihan region of Brittany and world cycling. His victory over the incumbent Brian Cookson in the UCI presidential election on Thursday is, just the latest in a long list of political triumphs.

    However, the scale by which he drubbed the Lancastrian – 37 votes to eight – points to a massive backlash against the former British Cycling head, who was elected in 2013 on a wave of disgust against the previous administration amid hopes of renewal. At the time Cookson came across as the technocrat who was needed to restore calm, order and integrity, but he has come under pressure from many sides over issues as diverse as the World Tour calendar, the UCI’s campaign against technological fraud and women’s racing. All of these were buttons Lappartient could press.

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  • Owner of house where 35 men are living threatens to sue Brent council

    Sunil Hathi says he is aggrieved that the council called him a rogue landlord and that he originally rented the house to three people

    The owner of a three-bedroom house in north-west London where 35 men are living in rooms full of mattresses has insisted he had no idea of the conditions at the property and threatened to take legal action against the council for calling him a rogue landlord.

    Brent council raided the property on Winchester Avenue, Queensbury, after complaints from neighbours. Mattresses were found wall to wall in all of the rooms except the bathrooms.

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  • Parsons Green bombing: police release two men without charge

    Man thought to be Yahyah Farroukh and man arrested in south Wales released as officers search Thornton Heath house

    Two people arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terrorist attack have been released from custody with no further action, Scotland Yard has said.

    A 21-year-old man understood to be Yahyah Farroukh, who was arrested in Hounslow, west London on Saturday, and a 48-year-old man arrested in Newport, south Wales on Wednesday – were released as police searched a property in south London after arresting a sixth person in connection with the tube bombing.

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  • World's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt dies aged 94

    Daughter announces death of heir to French L’Oreal empire, who was world’s 14th richest person

    Liliane Bettencourt, heir to the French L’Oreal hairspray empire and the world’s wealthiest woman, who was at the centre of a long-running French courtroom saga over alleged hangers-on who took advantage of her frailty to elicit money and gifts, has died aged 94.

    Bettencourt, whose net worth was estimated at about €33bn (£29bn) this year, was the face of one of France’s biggest cosmetics conglomerates and had once captured the public’s imagination as the nation’s poor little rich girl.

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  • Tech's push to teach coding isn't about kids' success – it's about cutting wages

    Today’s hi-tech wages threaten Silicon Valley’s bottom line. What better way to drive down coders’ pay than by investing in a new generation of cheap labor?

    This month, millions of children returned to school. This year, an unprecedented number of them will learn to code.

    Computer science courses for children have proliferated rapidly in the past few years. A 2016 Gallup report found that 40% of American schools now offer coding classes – up from only 25% a few years ago. New York, with the largest public school system in the country, has pledged to offer computer science to all 1.1 million students by 2025. Los Angeles, with the second largest, plans to do the same by 2020. And Chicago, the fourth largest, has gone further, promising to make computer science a high school graduation requirement by 2018.

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  • Caught napping: snoozing jellyfish prove a brain isn't necessary for sleep

    Scientists made the discovery by observing the primitive jellyfish Cassiopea, which has no central nervous system

    Snoozing jellyfish have confirmed that a brain is not necessary for sleep.

    Scientists made the discovery after observing a primitive jellyfish called Cassiopea that lives upside down on the sea floor and lacks any kind of central nervous system.

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  • Bankrupt Lehman Brothers profits from Formula One sale

    The collapsed bank will sell its stake in Nasdaq-listed auto racing empire, making a hefty $1.5bn from a $300m investment

    Creditors of Lehman Brothers are on track for a turbocharged windfall after the collapsed bank announced it is selling its stake in Nasdaq-listed Formula One auto racing, giving it a payout of $1.5bn from a $300m investment.

    The offering also brings the chequered flag down on former F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone’s time as a shareholder. The billionaire business magnate is offloading his remaining stake for $20m. Ecclestone first took over the wheel of F1 40 years ago and transformed it from being an amateur hobby into a race series which had revenue of $1.8bn last year.

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  • American Vandal review – Netflix sends itself up with a four-hour penis joke

    The streaming channel parodies one of its most bankable genres, the true-crime doc, with an amateur investigator on the trail of a genital-obsessed street artist

    What is it? The moment that Netflix ate itself.

    Why you’ll love it: Here’s a theory: media outlets that are comfortable mocking themselves are the easiest ones to love. The BBC can air a series as lacerating as W1A – set inside the actual BBC HQ, full of BBC middle-managers drowning in pointless BBC bureaucracy – and people read it as a sign of self-confidence. Same with NBC and 30 Rock. Now Netflix has released American Vandal, mercilessly lampooning one of its most identifiable genres – the long-form, true-crime documentary – in such a way that it forces you to begrudgingly respect the service’s commissioning editors.

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  • It’s lit! How film finally learned to light black skin

    In lighting, makeup and camera calibration, cinema has pandered to white skin for decades. Now, a new generation of film-makers are keen to ensure people of colour look as good on screen as they should

    Insecure, the HBO series currently in its terrific second season (#TeamMolly), has been garnering attention since its pilot for its refreshing look at the lives of a small group of black women in Los Angeles. Broadcast in the same slot as its precursor Girls, which showed women as their “real” messy selves, and before that Sex and the City, a fantasia of skipping round New York in Manolos, Insecure sits somewhere between the two. Its storylines are all too real, but it looks stylish and glamorous.

    Previous incarnations of black characters on television have mainly been overlit sitcoms or overly gloomy slices of realism. Insecure is neither – and its actors look like bonafide movie stars.

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  • Goop on loop: Gwyneth Paltrow has her sights on a ‘radical wellness’ TV show

    The purveyor of $956 loo roll wants to get out ‘into the field’ and bring the spirit of her lifestyle brand onto our television sets

    Always keen to see new applications of the endtimes word “wellness”, Lost in Showbiz is drawn to an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwyneth is discussing Goop, her lifestyle brand that has $956 loo roll on its Christmas gift list and advocates health treatments that even Shirley MacLaine might regard as preposterously fringe.

    This week’s big news is that Gwyneth is eyeing an expansion into TV. “What we are thinking of doing,” she tells the Hollywood Reporter, “is a TV show with the working title The Radical Wellness Show.” This would see Gwyneth do what she calls “going into the field”, and talking to doctors and scientists. Some real, presumably, and some the sort of doctors who pop up on Goop to tell you to cleanse your body in goat’s milk to ward off parasites. Anyhow, the example given by Gwyneth is “people in the crisis in Flint, Michigan, where there is something to uncover and confront about wellness”.

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  • Brooklyn nein, nein – Becks Jr tells his ‘fangirl’ classmates to chill out

    David and Victoria’s eldest is settling in at art school in New York, where he’s only too happy to help his peers deal with his fame and genius

    Focus, focus, because it’s time to check in with the publicity arm of Brooklyn Beckham, the firstborn son of David and Victoria, and a photographer in … in his own right, would you say?

    Arguably not. Let’s settle on “in his own lunchtime”, and proceed accordingly. As you may recall, Brooklyn recently published a coffee-table book of his own photography, which dispensed with photographic cliches such as having light on one’s subject, and featured captions such as: “I like this picture – it’s out of focus but you can tell there’s a lot going on”. Now Brooklyn has started at art school in New York, and is consequently fitting in book signings and promotional interviews with his studies. Last week, New York magazine’s The Cut website interviewed him before his event at an Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg, and found the young student reflecting on his status.

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  • Sean Spicer says he didn't 'knowingly' lie to American public

    Asked by Good Morning America if he’d ever lied from the podium, Trump’s former press secretary said ‘I don’t think so’ – but admitted he’d ‘made mistakes’

    Sean Spicer, who became notorious as Donald Trump’s mouthpiece, insisted on Thursday that he did not “knowingly” lie to the American people from the White House podium.

    The combative Spicer claimed that Trump’s inauguration drew a record crowd, repeated the president’s groundless claim that millions of people voted illegally, and offered an explanation for FBI director James Comey’s dismissal that Trump quickly contradicted.

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  • Pregabalin, known as 'new valium', to be made class C drug after deaths

    Prescription drug is handed out too readily and used recreationally, say doctors, with 111 deaths linked to it last year

    A prescription drug described as the “new valium” is to be classified as a class C controlled substance after it was linked to a growing number of UK deaths.

    Pregabalin – a substance used to treat nerve pain, epilepsy and anxiety – is increasingly being handed out too readily and being used recreationally, according to doctors and pharmacists. They say that when it is mixed with other substances it can lead to overdose. Deaths connected to pregabalin have risen from four in 2012 to 111 last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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  • Made for walking: 50 boots for autumn – in pictures

    From sock boots and buckles to bows and colour block heels, this season’s boots will soften the blow of leaving summer’s sandals behind

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