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Tower of London poppies artist says transience is crucial to the installation - video - http://www.theguardian.com/artandd...
Ceramic artist Paul Cummins says he didn't realise how popular the idea would be after an estimated four million people visited his poppies installation at the Tower of London. There have been calls to extend the display, which is due to be taken down after Remembrance Day on 11 November, but Cummins says "the whole idea is for it to be transient" Continue reading...
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Laughing referee denies Celtic a late winner against Astra Giurgiu - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
Substitute Leigh Griffiths claims he did not commit a foul Manager Ronnie Deila says Celtic were the better team Celtics Leigh Griffiths said the Ukrainian referee Serhiy Boiko had laughed at him after disallowing what would have been a late winner as the Scottish champions drew against Astra Giurgiu in Romania. Had the goal stood Celtic would have qualified for the group stages, given that Dinamo Zagreb had lost 5-1 at home to Salzburg. But Ronnie Deilas side are in a strong position in group D, five points ahead Zagreb with two games left. Continue reading...
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Three ex-marines charged over plot to rig presidential helicopter contracts - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news...
Prosecutors accuse three men of scheming to defraud the government by fixing maintenance contracts for Marine Helicopter Squadron One Three men face charges in a fraud scheme involving a helicopter fleet that transports the president and vice-president, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The men are accused of involvement in a bid-rigging plot for Marine Helicopter Squadron One, though the maintenance bid ultimately lost, according to a news release from US attorney Thomas G Walker. Continue reading...
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The Possibilities Are Endless review a remarkable story on recollecting a life - http://www.theguardian.com/film...
An immersive documentary about musician Edwyn Collins recovery from a stroke digs beauty out of tragedy James Hall and Edward Lovelaces documentary is about the post-stroke recovery of Edwyn Collins, the singer/songwriter who fronted the Scottish alt-rock band Orange Juice. Theres a disjointed beauty in this visualisation of a man struggling to recollect the facts of his life; a lot of power in the fight to rebuild the link between brain and location. Hall and Lovelace have skirted the temptation to make a conventional documentary; instead they immerse us in the experience, as confusing and frightening as it is. They dig beauty out of tragedy without being too neat about it and have made a remarkable film. Continue reading...
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Everton v Lille: Europa League as it happened - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
McCarthy the main man as stylish Everton overwhelm Lille Continue reading...
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Robert ONeills claim to be Bin Laden killer challenges Seals code of silence - http://www.theguardian.com/us-news...
Publicity around shooting of al-Qaida leader goes against ethos of quiet professionals and undermines Obamas military coup Silence had long been a matter of pride for the US special forces. Dirty, dangerous work done without any public acclaim. Knowledge of their deeds restricted to a tiny band of brothers. Not for nothing were the navys elite Seal (Sea, air and land) teams dubbed the quiet professionals. But there is little quiet about them these days. Never before in the history of the special forces has so much been known about so few. Since the Seal raid on Osama bin Ladens compound in Pakistan in 2011, almost every detail of their operation has been divulged. Continue reading...
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Luxembourg and Juncker under pressure over tax deals - http://www.theguardian.com/busines...
Politicians in France, Germany and Netherlands protest at effect of laws passed by EC chief when the countrys prime minister French, German and Dutch finance ministers have rounded on Luxembourg for allowing multinational companies to create complicated structures to avoid billions of dollars of tax. Pressure is also mounting on Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European commission and former long-serving prime minister of Luxembourg, who oversaw the introduction of laws that helped turn the tiny European country into a magnet for multinationals who are seeking to reduce their tax bills. Luxembourg is extremely secretive Now we have evidence. For the first time we have real evidence" Continue reading...
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Leon Osman marks new deal with a goal as Everton cruise to win over Lille - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
A starting role is no longer guaranteed at Everton for Leon Osman but he has not been kept at the club on sentiment. The one-club man celebrated a new one-year contract at Goodison Park with the opening goal in a comprehensive defeat of Lille as Roberto Martínezs team strengthened their hold on Group H. Everton are not mathematically certain of a place in the knockout phase of the Europa League just yet but they moved closer with a mature, polished performance against the ineffective French side. Continue reading...
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Labour is doomed if its leadership cant convey the message - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Ed Miliband knows that he lacks charisma, so he must enable his team to communicate his vision The question I keep being asked is: Can Labour win the next election? My answer is yes, but . Not the best answer for an opposition facing a Tory party with deep internal divisions. The but is indicative of our problems. We could win but only because the Tories are split and could lose. That is certainly a possibility but even if it does happen, we wont achieve a significant Labour majority. It is more likely to be a minority government struggling to survive. Clearly, a more desirable option would be to win because we are capable of providing a sense of direction a vision of where we want to take the country and how we intend to get there. Continue reading...
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Our addiction to criminalising human behaviour makes a mockery of private responsibility - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
From drinking while pregnant to urinating on a war memorial, the laws ambition has no limits If poisoning your foetus with alcohol is a crime, why is it not a crime to abort it? If alcoholism in pregnancy is attempted manslaughter, as a QC told the court of appeal this week, surely abortion is murder. Indeed if alcoholism before birth criminally harms a babys life, what about alcoholism and a dozen other cruelties after birth? How many are the misdeeds we inflict on our children to which Britains cult of criminality should now turn its attention? We need a philosopher as Raymond Chandler would say and we need one fast. All we get are bloody lawyers. The motive for this weeks court case in London had nothing to do with the health of mother or child. It was blatantly financial. A local council is acting on behalf of a seven-year-old girl CP who suffers from acute foetal alcohol syndrome. The claimed cause was her mothers drinking during pregnancy. The suit is intended to shift the cost...
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Luxembourg, the country where accountants outnumber police 4:1 - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Grand Duchy advertises itself as business-friendly haven amid leak showing it helped multinationals save millions in tax Welcome to Luxembourg, where accountants outnumber the police by four to one and people enjoy some of the highest living standards in the world. Conquer the world from your Luxembourg headquarters, is the title of one government-sponsored marketing brochure promoting the Grand Duchy and its business-friendly legal and fiscal framework. Political decision-makers are very accessible to companies, it promises. Continue reading...
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Missing: 3 million News International emails - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
All emails covering her period as editor removed after Rebekah Brooks changed companys email deletion policy in 2010 Three million emails at News International are missing after Rebekah Brooks changed the companys email deletion policy, a jury heard. Brooks ordered the change in June 2010, which resulted in a large quantity of emails being deleted, including those covering her entire period as editor of the Sun, Kingston crown court was told. Continue reading...
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Tories plan to deny EU migrants out-of-work benefits under universal credit - http://www.theguardian.com/society...
Ministers believe unified system will be exempt from rule that labour-market benefits must be available to all EU workers Ministers are preparing plans to bar jobseekers from the European Union from receiving all out-of-work benefits once the universal credit system is completely introduced. This is now regarded within government as the most effective long-term way to reduce any attractiveness in the UK welfare system that would draw migrants from EU countries to Britain. Continue reading...
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Experimental Ebola drugs should not be withheld, WHO says - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
World Health Organisation doubts feasibility of placebo-controlled trials in west Africa, but FDA favours gold standard Scientists involved in trials of experimental drug treatments for the Ebola epidemic in west Africa should not be compelled to withhold them from some patients, says the World Health Organisation, despite objections from the US that it is the only way to be sure they work. The Food and Drug Administration, which licences medicines in the US, believes the Ebola drug trials should be set up in west Africa on the gold standard model designed to provide a conclusive answer as to whether they have an effect. The FDA says the trials should be randomised and controlled which means giving experimental drugs to one group of patients, selected at random, but not to others, so death rates and other outcomes in the two groups can be compared. Continue reading...
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FC Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Celtic: Europa League - as it happened! - http://www.theguardian.com/footbal...
As the crowd struggled to see through the fog, Celtic toiled to a 1-1 draw in Romania, pegged back by a late strike from William Amorim that denied them qualification to the Europa League last 32 Continue reading...
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CCTV footage shows Shrien Dewani with man convicted of his wife's murder - video - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Footage captured by a CCTV camera at a Cape Town hotel shows Shrien Dewani, a British businessman accused of arranging his wife Anni's murder, speaking with taxi driver Zola Tongo, who confessed to the murder. Tongo claims Dewani paid him 1,000 rand (about £92) to stage a car jacking that would end in Anni's death. Dewani denies involvement in his wife's killing Continue reading...
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Fans wish Star Wars: The Force Awakens had been called 'literally anything else' - http://www.theguardian.com/film...
Twitter isnt a fan of JJ Abrams and Cos title, so they proposed a few of their own. May the snark be with you At long last, we have an official title for JJ Abrams Star Wars sequel: The Force Awakens. Which is OK, but we were hoping for something a little more, well, forceful. Well hold our final judgment until the films release next year, but that doesnt mean Twitter will show that kind of restraint. Judging by the reaction, this was not the title people were looking for. Fans proposed a few alternate names, often using the hashtag #RejectedStarWarsTitles. Some were so adamant they even took the effort to Photoshop their grievances. You know what would have been a better title than STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS pic.twitter.com/cREqLzhyfl Well at least the new Star Wars title is honest pic.twitter.com/d2oSetBRHR pic.twitter.com/uC0xDbQjh9 #turnupforstarwars pic.twitter.com/FjguMJ3WVQ Damn, had my money on "Star Wars Episode VII: The Lenses Flare" in the office pool. That IS a weird...
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The Guardian view on tax avoidance: Europe must take Luxembourg to task - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Most European leaders are as short on funds as they are on popularity. They can no longer indulge a tiny partner who fills its coffers at the expense of the rest of the club The organograms are dizzying, and the make-money-disappear-by-lending-it-to-yourself wheezes leave the head spinning. But through all the many intricacies in the leaked 28,000 pages concerning corporate tax agreements with the Luxembourg authorities, two breathtakingly simple truths emerge. First, the tax-avoiding shenanigans that shamed internet giants Google and Amazon are in no sense an online preserve. The papers relate to 1,000-plus businesses, including vacuum manufacturer Dyson, a firm UK politicians routinely hold up as a model for putting something solid back into an economy that often seems to be melting into air. Second, the arrangements whose cost often comes in lost revenues for Luxembourgs European partners are taking place not merely under the blind eye but with the active complicity of the Grand...
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ECB could pump 1tn into eurozone in fresh round of quantitative easing - http://www.theguardian.com/busines...
Mario Draghi suggested the bank could act to prevent dangerous deflation in comments cheered by European investors The European Central Bank is ready to pump up to 1tn (£782bn) of fresh stimulus into the flagging eurozone economy to ward off a dangerous deflationary spiral, Mario Draghi has signalled. Draghi, the ECBs president, said on Thursday that the banks governing council was unanimously willing to announce more unconventional measures, signalling the possibility of creating electronic money or quantitative easing should a deteriorating economy make it necessary. Continue reading...
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Somehow drivers must learn to resist the smartphone itch - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
To save lives we must either realise the lunacy of Facebooking in the fast lane or else be forcibly disconnected One of the best drives of my life, Jeremy Clarkson tweeted last week from Australia. Gravel road. M6. Sun going down. iPod playing Blind Faith. Beer in cup holder. It was the beer that upset people, but on reflection perhaps the use of Twitter is nearly as worrying. For while theres absolutely no evidence Clarkson consumed either of these intoxicating substances while actually on the move, for millions of other drivers the lines are getting dangerously blurred. Humans are easily bored creatures, which is why the most dangerous thing about any car is the muppet driving it or more accurately half driving it and half shouting at squabbling children, or changing radio stations, or worrying about work, or applying mascara, or shaving at the wheel (and yes, one intrepid driver was caught by police doing just that last year). But none of these distractions compare, in intensity...
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Call for prosecutors to answer for trial of alleged rape victim who killed herself - http://www.theguardian.com/law...
Eleanor de Freitas died days before she had to go on trial accused of lying about rape claim, despite lack of evidence A young woman who said she had been raped went on to kill herself after the Crown Prosecution Service put her on trial for making up the allegation in a case originally instigated by her alleged attacker. The womans father is calling on the CPS to explain why they pursued a charge of perverting the course of justice against Eleanor de Freitas, 23, despite being told by police that there was no evidence she had lied, and in the knowledge that she was suffering from a psychiatric illness. Continue reading...
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Peer pressure lures more Britons to Syria than Isis videos, study finds - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Friendships more decisive in recruiting UK jihadis than Islamic State propaganda on social media, radicalisation experts say Peer pressure is a more important tool in recruiting young British Muslims to fight in Syria than propaganda videos by Islamic State (Isis), a study will find. The report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Science (ICSR) due to be published in the next few weeks will conclude that the role of the internet and social media is often exaggerated. Continue reading...
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Libya supreme court rules anti-Islamist parliament unlawful - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Junes general elections ruled unconstitutional by court in Tripoli, which says resulting parliament should be dissolved In a blow to anti-Islamist factions, Libyas highest court has ruled that general elections held in June were unconstitutional and that the parliament and government which resulted from that vote should be dissolved. The development deepened the rift in the politically divided Libya, which has been mired in months-long clashes and turmoil that have left the country with two rival parliaments and governments, killed hundreds and displaced whole populations of war-torn cities and towns. Continue reading...
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The US strategy against Isis is working for Assad - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
The Syrian president is the beneficiary of a muddled campaign that leaves him free to strike against his own enemies Bashar al-Assad was in a relaxed and hospitable frame of mind a couple of weeks ago, according to a Syrian expat who met him in Damascus. True, the US was now leading a coalition attacking Islamic State (Isis) fighters on Syrian soil as well as in Iraq, but he had received firm assurances that it would not be targeting his own forces. The only thing, the president admitted, was a nagging worry that the Americans could not be trusted. The word from Washington, passed on via Syrias UN envoy and the Iranians, was that Barack Obama was focused firmly on the jihadi threat and had no intention of helping other rebels who are fighting to overthrow Assad, the guest told friends. Continue reading...
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David Cameron must focus on Britains interests, not on those of Eurosceptics - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
This Brussels meeting is real test for Tory ministers: they must secure a coalition of countries and a fairer deal for Britain UK should consider taking EU to court over £1.7bn bill Tomorrows meeting of EU ministers is a key test for this government. For too long when it comes to Europe, David Cameron has put party before country. This time, the cost of failure is billions of pounds and so in this weeks negotiations, they have to put Britain first for a change. This backdated bill from Brussels is clearly unacceptable, and was presented in an unacceptable way. But the UK government is guilty of having already made a difficult situation even worse. George Osborne and the Treasury have been asleep on the job. The Treasury has known for months about the statistical revisions to GDP figures that prompted this bill. And the Treasury knew about the size of the bill for a full week before the chancellor told the prime minister. Continue reading...
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UK should consider taking EU to court over £1.7bn bill, say senior Labour MPs - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Ed Balls and Douglas Alexander say there is legal question over the EU commissions demand for backdated budget contribution David Cameron must focus on Britains interests, not on those of Eurosceptics Britain should consider the case for taking the EU to the European court of justice over its unacceptable demand that Britain pay an extra £1.7bn in contributions to the EU budget, according to the shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, and the shadow chancellor, Ed Balls. The two men call for the tougher approach in advance of a meeting of EU finance ministers on Friday in Brussels at which George Osborne will try to build alliances to defer the demand for the payments on 1 December. There have been reports from Brussels that Britain may be offered the chance to pay the bill in instalments, but David Cameron has said he will not pay anything like this figure. Continue reading...
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Dave Grohl: You dont need a needle hanging out of your arm to be a rock star - http://www.theguardian.com/music...
Dave Grohl is a man of many talents. He is also a prolific, inventive swearer. Between expletives, he talks about the Foo Fighters guest-laden new album and why its accompanying TV series sees him jamming with Bad Brains and hanging with the US president As the Smithsonian Institutions undersecretary for history, art and culture points out, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC seldom plays host to rock music. Nor, one suspects, does it regularly get guest speakers who swear to quite the degree that the gentleman seated beside him on the stage does. There are a lot of well-worn cliches about Dave Grohl, that a few minutes in his company makes clear are well-worn only because theyre true. Every writer who meets him is apparently legally obliged to call the Foo Fighters frontman The Nicest Man in Rock, and it turns out they may well have a point: he is warm, charming, funny and abundantly, Tiggerishly enthusiastic about everything from the dancing of Future Islands...
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Downton Abbey gets sixth series - http://www.theguardian.com/media...
ITV director of drama commissioning says the show continues to be a phenomenon ITV has commissioned a sixth series of Downton Abbey, which will start filming early next year. The broadcasters director of drama commissioning, Steve November, said on Thursday that the show continues to be a phenomenon. Continue reading...
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Former Terra Nova school teacher jailed for sexual abuse of 24 pupils - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...
Keith Cavendish-Coulson, 71, sentenced to more than six years for abusing boys aged as young as eight in early 1970s A former French teacher at a prestigious boarding school has been jailed for six years and nine months for the sexual abuse of dozens of pupils. Keith Cavendish-Coulson, 71, preyed on the children while working at the Terra Nova school in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, in the early 1970s but evaded justice for four decades because of a cover-up led by the then headmaster. Continue reading...
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Serial review a riveting 10-part investigation into a Baltimore homicide - http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-...
Sarah Koenigs year-long inquiry into the murder of 17-year-old Hae Min Lee is smart, original and utterly brilliant Sarah Koenig on a new style of audio documentary Breaking Bad radio and this is a new thing, stay with me doesnt really exist. The gripping, cliffhanger sort of storytelling that will make you blabber collective WTFs to fellow nerd-fans is a rare thing across any medium, so its no diss to suggest everything else in broadcasting looks unambitious compared to Serial. Sarah Koenigs 10-part investigation into a Baltimore homicide, a longform spinoff from This American Life, is the smartest, most original bit of commissioning well hear all year. Lets start with the facts: 17-year-old Hae Min Lee was killed on 13 January 1999. Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was convicted of first-degree murder and has been in prison for 15 years. He says he didnt do it. The detectives who worked the case say there is still no question and no doubt he did. The prosecution rested on where this high...
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