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    Police are warning that anyone who has been in contact with the body should seek medical help immediately.
  • Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 284 of the invasion

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  • Iran reviewing mandatory headscarf law amid ongoing protests

    Struggling to quell more than two months of protests linked to the dress code, Iran’s attorney general says the parliament and judiciary looking at the issueIranian authorities said they would review a decades-old law that requires women to cover their heads, as the country struggles to quell more than two months of protests linked to the dress code.“Both parliament and the judiciary are working [on the issue],” of whether the law needs any changes, Iran’s attorney genera
  • Britain is in decline. Sunak’s deluded approach will do nothing to stop it | Simon Tisdall

    Ridiculed and pitied abroad, and floundering at home, the new UK prime minister sets out his vision: survival of the weakestIt has become fashionable to dismiss Britain’s latest prime minister, Rishi Sunak, as weak and unimpressive. There’s a reason for this. He is. Even Conservative MPs who picked him little more than one month ago pour scorn on his performance. Directionless Sunak has already made more U-turns than a taxi driver on speed.His Labour opponents hold a poll lead of mor
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  • Rail industry prays for a Christmas miracle to avert strikes

    Time is running out for a deal to send threat of disruption into the sidings and keep holiday travel plans on trackChristmas is, of course, a time to believe in miracles – but when the government is reduced to publicly imploring the RMT union to bring out its altruistic side, it seems more likely that the railway is teetering on the edge of a not very festive abyss.The new rail minister, Huw Merriman, got all sides together on Friday, in a statement of intent. But time is running out to av
  • Factchecking organisation wins prestigious British Academy award

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  • World Cup 2022: Argentina bring Australia’s adventure to an end – in pictures

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  • Tyson Fury turns focus to Usyk after dominating Derek Chisora to retain title

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  • BBC chairman criticises Emily Maitlis’ Newsnight comments on Dominic Cummings

    Richard Sharp made remarks on coverage of lockdown drive while setting out his blueprint for improving broadcasterThe BBC’s chairman has said he believes Emily Maitlis was “wrong” in her Newsnight coverage of Dominic Cummings’ visit to Barnard Castle in 2020, as he set out his blueprint for improving the broadcaster.Richard Sharp criticised Maitlis, who has since left the broadcaster, for starting the programme by saying “the country” could see that Cummings h
  • Australia and USA bow out bravely as World Cup last 16 begins – Football Daily

    Max Rushden is joined by Nicky Bandini, Jonathan Wilson, Marcela Mora y Araujo and Bryan Graham as the knockout stages commenceRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Today: the knockout stages begin with some order being restored as the Netherlands and Argentina set up a quarter-final meeting. Lionel Messi got the opener against the spirited Socceroos, who saw a couple of late chances to
  • Pelé says he is feeling ‘strong’ after reports of move to end-of-life care

    Brazilian football legend posts note to social media as hospital says he is in stable conditionThe Brazilian football great Pelé posted on Instagram on Saturday evening to say that he is feeling “strong” and “with hope”, after an outpouring of concern online in response to unconfirmed reports that he had been moved to palliative care.“I want to keep everyone calm and positive,” Pelé wrote, sharing the latest medical report from São Paulo&r
  • Harry Kane convinced World Cup goals will flow after late Euros burst

    England striker’s mindset is shaped by his previous tournament experiences and he has eyes only for the next opportunityHarry Kane admits that he can dwell on the misses only not for long. The problem for him after the big one against the USA in England’s second group game at the World Cup was that it happened in the third minute of added time. “So you come off the pitch straight away and you know you won’t get another opportunity,” the captain says.When Kane crashe
  • Gareth Southgate hopes England can ‘bring happiness’ amid gloom at home

    The manager plans to take team on a ‘third incredible journey’ at the World Cup as he prepares his side to face SenegalAs a nation shivers amid the December gloom and a mounting cost of living crisis, Gareth Southgate believes that his England team can lift the mood in their World Cup last 16 match against Senegal on Sunday night.So far England have seesawed between the sublime and the stodgy in Qatar, but they have avoided defeat – something that the other big favourites, incl
  • Senate Democrats to reportedly push banking reforms for cannabis industry

    Justice department is scrutinizing measures’ implications on law enforcement investigations and prosecutionsDemocrats in the Senate will push to liberalize banking access to the cannabis industry during the lame duck session, it was reported on Saturday, in moves being watched closely by the Department of Justice which is concerned that reforms could ‘complicate’ the industry’s legal status.A justice department memo, obtained earlier this week by Punchbowl News, outlines
  • Lionel Messi guides Argentina to victory over Australia despite late scare

    Nothing this precious ever came easy. Two parts ecstasy to one part agony, Argentina qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup. They secured a two-goal lead through Lionel Messi and Julián Álvarez, played some of their most unfettered and spellbinding football of the tournament and peppered the Australian goal with shots during a gripping second half.And yet, did you expect Australia to sit down and accept their fate? This Australia, with its SPFL stalwarts, its honest jour
  • Michelle Mone accused of trying to ‘bully’ ministers over PPE contracts

    Whitehall sources reportedly say ‘rude’ peer lobbied Michael Gove and Lord Agnew to secure business for PPE MedproMichelle Mone has been accused of attempting to “bully and hector” ministers into awarding public PPE contracts worth more than £200m to a company that she appeared to profit from.The Guardian revealed last month that the Conservative peer and her children secretly received £29m originating from the profits of a PPE business that was awarded large
  • Care workers hit back at Matt Hancock’s claim staff brought Covid to care homes

    Most cases not caused by decision to discharge patients from hospital without testing, says former health secretaryCare workers have hit back at claims by the former health secretary Matt Hancock that the Covid virus was brought into homes by infected staff.In his book, the Pandemic Diaries, which is being serialised in the Daily Mail, Hancock said only a small proportion of cases were caused by his decision to discharge patients from hospital without testing. Continue reading...
  • US passenger killed after huge ‘rogue wave’ strikes Antarctic cruise ship

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  • Ministers accused of ‘spoiling for a fight’ with nurses over pay

    While health secretary Steve Barclay says he will not negotiate, unions suggestthe compromise reached in Scotland could help avert strikesMinisters were under intense pressure last night to open new pay talks that could avert a devastating series of NHS strikes as health unions suggested a deal could be struck if both sides were willing to negotiate and compromise.Amid claims from Labour and from NHS sources that ministers appeared to be playing politics and deliberately “spoiling for a fi
  • Like Southgate, Senegal’s coach sticks to his principles but Aliou Cissé has a trophy | Jonathan Wilson

    Cissé and his England counterpart have proved adept at blocking out critics back home during the World Cup campaignTake the handbrake off! Unleash this golden generation of attacking players! In a World Cup that has felt at times one tedious Twitter spat about differences of perspective and who has the right to criticise whom, it’s heartening to find some things are reassuringly the same wherever you are.The clamour for Iliman Ndiaye has perhaps not quite been as vociferous as that
  • Santiago Carreras leads Gloucester to bonus point win over Northampton

    Gloucester 34-19 NorthamptonGloucester leapfrog visitors to move up to fourthWhat do you get when you cross a hot-stepping fly-half with the most porous defence in the league? Northampton Saints fans won’t want to read the punchline after Gloucester’s Santiago Carreras tore their team to shreds at first receiver. The Argentinian is a recent convert from the outside backs but he’ll be inked in at 10 moving forward after this performance. One try, a hand in two more and 19 points
  • Prince Harry dresses as Spider-Man for Christmas message to bereaved children

    Duke of Sussex records video to comfort youngsters at Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity for military childrenThe Duke of Sussex dressed up as Spider-Man in a surprise video message to try to comfort bereaved military children.He donned the superhero outfit and only lifted his mask to reveal his true identity at the end of a specially recorded message for youngsters at Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity for bereaved British forces children and young people. Continue reading...
  • Louis van Gaal talks up Netherlands’ ‘big chances’ of winning World Cup

    Manager hails Denzel Dumfries with kiss on cheek after USA winGregg Berhalter claims USA made progress despite going outLouis van Gaal claimed the Netherlands have “big chances” of winning the World Cup after swatting aside the USA to advance to the quarter-finals. Van Gaal, who led his country to the semi-finals of the tournament in Brazil in 2014, must now prepare his team to face the winners of Saturday night’s Argentina v Australia game on Friday.“I think we have big
  • France seek to learn from loss of focus at Euros as Poland await in last 16

    Hugo Lloris has called on Didier Deschamps’ side to learn lessons from losing to Switzerland at the same stageIf France need a lesson in how not to deal with a second-round tie against outwardly moderate continental peers, they only need look back 17 months. A Euro 2020 assignment against Switzerland in front of a Covid-reduced crowd in Bucharest did little to raise the pulse on paper and perhaps that was the problem: although they belatedly sprang into life going forward it was a differen
  • The moment I knew: ‘She reached out and squeezed my hand. Happiness washed over me’

    As Auschwitz survivors from the same home town, Abram Goldberg knew he and Cesia had a lot in common. But it wasn’t until they were alone that he discovered she shared his feelingsGet our weekend culture and lifestyle emailIt was a relief to finally be safe in Brussels with my old friend Mumek after being liberated from Auschwitz in 1945. We spent a lot of time at the headquarters of the Bund – a Jewish socialist political organisation founded in Lithuania with a strong presence in P
  • Revealed: UK has failed to resettle Afghans facing torture and death despite promise

    Those who risked their lives helping British government face a ‘toxic combination of incompetence and indifference’Afghan nationals who were promised resettlement to the UK nearly a year ago are facing torture and death while they wait for a response from the British government, the Observer can reveal.Not one person has been accepted and evacuated from Afghanistan under the Home Office’s Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme (ACRS), launched in January, prompting claims t
  • Don’t patronise us with a BBC Lite, Auntie. Just do what you do best | Tomiwa Owolade

    The BBC must work harder at widening its audience, says Ofcom, but dumbing down its output won’t fix thatI remember the first time I fell in love with the BBC. I was 15 and had just returned home from a house party. It was a November Friday night. On my walk back home, tightly hugging my coat to shield myself against the biting cold, my mind was a whirl of tense emotions – does that girl fancy me or not? Did I annoy that guy? – but when I got back and switched the telly on I su
  • ‘Dieting was my religion’: the appeal of an insidious culture when everything else seems out of control

    Diets, like religion, offer community and control in an uncertain world. We were never going to live forever, but we are still lured by their promiseEighteen months ago I published a memoir that was, in part, about diet culture: discovering diet culture’s existence, noticing it everywhere and slowly trying to divest myself of its traps. Outside the covers of my book, this process is ongoing – and no matter the effort I put in, I’m also aware that my “choices” create
  • Just Stop Oil activists occupy beds in Harrods in protest against fuel poverty

    Protesters take to luxury beds and sofas in London store to call for action on ‘sky-rocketing’ energy billsJust Stop Oil activists tucked themselves into a Harrods display bed as part of a national day of action on fuel poverty in the UK on Saturday.Footage of the “warm up” demonstrations also showed security guards confronting protesters lying on sofas inside the shop in Knightsbridge, London. Continue reading...
  • The top 100 films… and what they say about our changing society

    Offbeat British directors defying realist expectations fare well in poll, but Hitchcock dominatesIt is 2 May 1945 and an airborne fighter pilot is reciting poetry with the clipped delivery of the British upper class. His plane is going down fast over the English coast as he offers his last words to June, an American wireless operator he has never met, stationed on the ground below. This is the memorable opening of A Matter of Life and Death, a British romance which, despite its 76 years, continu

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