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Key Labour aide ‘quits over lack of competence and decency in Corbyn’s team’

Adviser Andrew Fisher accuses leadership of ‘class war’ in resignation, as new row blows up over party’s position on Brexit

A key adviser to Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly quit saying the Labour leader cannot win the next general election.

In a significant blow to Corbyn, Andrew Fisher, who masterminded the party’s 2017 manifesto, said he no longer had faith that Labour would be successful.

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Sat, 21 Sep 2019 22:59:09 GMT
UN Yemen envoy welcomes Houthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

Proposal by Iran-backed rebels ‘could send message of the will to end the war,’ says Martin Griffiths

The United Nations envoy for Yemen has welcomed an offer from the country’s Houthi rebels to halt all attacks on Saudi Arabia, saying it could bring an end to years of bloody conflict.

Implementation of the initiative by the Houthis “in good faith could send a powerful message of the will to end the war,” special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said.

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:23:43 GMT
Supreme court poised to rule against Boris Johnson, say legal experts

Framing of verdict on prorogation of parliament may set off ‘constitutional eruption of volcanic proportions’

Boris Johnson would have no option but to recall MPs to Westminster if the supreme court rules he misled the Queen, senior legal sources told the Observer yesterday.

There is a growing belief in the legal community that the court will find against the government when it hands down its momentous verdict on Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament.

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:04:01 GMT
US man drowns while proposing marriage to his girlfriend in Tanzania

Underwater proposal gone tragically wrong was recorded and posted to Facebook

A woman has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her boyfriend, who drowned while proposing marriage to her in Tanzania.

Kenesha Antoine posted a video on Facebook of her boyfriend, Steven Weber, swimming up to the window of their underwater room at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, off Tanzania.

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:28:26 GMT
Thomas Cook: planes put on standby to rescue travellers as talks go to wire

‘Pressured’ talks ongoing with multiple investors as government faces possible £600m repatriation bill

An emergency fleet of airlines is on standby to rescue 150,000 UK holidaymakers as talks continue between Thomas Cook and the government over a last-minute bailout.

Sources described the negotiations to save the UK’s oldest travel agent as “complex” and “pressured” as attempts to find £200m in extra funds to prevent its collapse appeared increasingly fruitless.

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Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:22:12 GMT
Protesters and police clash in Egypt for second day running

Teargas and live rounds fired at demonstrators in Suez after crowds call for the removal of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egyptian security forces have clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez in a second day of demonstrations against the Sisi regime, firing tear gas and live rounds.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday, the epicentre of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities on Friday called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 02:17:04 GMT
Thom Yorke: how I coped with ex-partner’s death
Radiohead singer opens up on Desert island Discs about the strain on his family after Rachel Owen died

Thom Yorke has spoken of the “hard time” his family went through after his ex-partner died from cancer.

The Radiohead frontman met Rachel Owen, an artist and Oxford University lecturer, as art students at Exeter University. The couple were partners for 23 years and had two children together, Noah and Agnes, before separating in 2015.

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:45:02 GMT
John Humphrys attacks BBC's 'liberal bias' days after retiring

Broadcaster presented Radio 4’s Today show for 32 years, earning a reported £600,000

The broadcaster John Humphrys has launched a scathing attack on the BBC days after receiving a lavish send-off from the corporation.

Despite earning a reported £600,000 annual salary and fronting flagship Radio 4 programme, Today, for 32 years, the 76-year-old provoked scorn after fiercely criticising the employer who had granted him a back-slapping tribute when he retired on Thursday.

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Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:28:22 GMT
Boy, 15, stabbed to death in Slough skatepark

Police launch murder inquiry after teenager killed following altercation in Salt Park Hill

A murder inquiry has been launched after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a skatepark.

Police were called to Salt Hill Park in Slough, Berkshire, at about 6.30pm on Saturday. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. Thames Valley police said his family have been informed and were being helped by specially trained officers.

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Sat, 21 Sep 2019 22:30:46 GMT
Animal rights groups take credit after Taylor Swift cancels Melbourne Cup performance

Racing organisers blamed ‘changes to her Asian promo schedule’ for singer’s withdrawal

Animal rights activists are taking credit after pop star Taylor Swift cancelled her scheduled performance at this year’s Melbourne Cup.

The US singer had been slated to perform two songs from her latest album Lover at Flemington Racecourse on 5 November in what had been billed as her only performance in Australia this year.

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Sat, 21 Sep 2019 23:40:36 GMT

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