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Both chambers of Congress will be working to try to avoid a government shut and default, as well approve a must-passA national security package.


The omicron variant has sparked new travel restrictions. Are more COVID rules ahead?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:14:20 +0000
From rssfeeds.usatoday
The new omicron variant threatens to tighten travel restrictions around the globe just as they were easing due to rising COVID-19 vaccination rates.


Emeka Emezie"s final catch at Carter-Finley Stadium will be one that"s never forgotten as he hauled in a second TD catch in a span of 26 seconds


Tons of Black Friday deals are still live. Don"t miss your chance to save on AirPods, mattresses, headphones and furniture this weekend.


Fears over the omicron COVID-19 variant have rapidly spread across the globe, sending stocks tumbling and prompting travel restrictions.


After an SUV drove into the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday, Nov. 21, killing six, the community has raised $2 million for victims" families.


Arch Manning, Isidore Newman lose, fail to reach state championship game
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:05:26 +0000
From rssfeeds.usatoday
5-star QB Arch Manning, Isidore Newman get beaten by Lafayette Christian and sophomore quarterback Ju"Juan Johnson in LHSAA playoff semifinal matchup.


Taylor Swift is fighting for herself and for the rest of us singer-songwritersA a by doing the most punk rock thing I"ve seen in the music industry.


A young man and grandmother went viral for their accidental text exchange, and years later they still spend Thanksgiving dinners together with family.


Several Best Buy Black Friday 2021 sale items are still on sale. We"ve rounded up the best ones available to shop from Apple, Sony and Samsung.


"Bust: The Ryan Leaf Story" is a podcast that fills in Leaf"s well-chronicled story with anecdotes, insights and one brutal character assessment.


Get huge savings during this rare lululemon sale. Shop markdowns on yoga mats, leggings and clothing during lululemon Black Friday 2021.


Musical artists and celebrities paid tribute to Stephen Sondheim, the musical theater titan who died Friday at age 91.


3 burned bodies found in Solomon Islands following days of violent protests
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 13:25:49 +0000
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Three burned bodies were found in Australia"s Solomon Islands after protests against the Pacific nation"s increasing links with China.


Hand sanitizer recalled because packaging looks like water bottles, company says
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:56:52 +0000
From rssfeeds.usatoday
A hand sanitizer recall, with the FDA"s knowledge, was issued for product in 8-ounce bottles, which bear a striking similarity to water bottles.


Shop online and support small businesses? Yes, it"s possible this Small Business Saturday and beyond with Amazon Handmade, Etsy and Instagram.


A video on Twitter showed Boebert at a campaign event using anti-Muslim rhetoric against Omar, who wants House leadership to take "appropriate action."


Being adopted didn"t give me a better life, but it changed the route of my journey.


Top Chef"s Padma Lakshmi talks food, family and philanthropy
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:00:08 +0000
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Author, host and mom Padma Lakshmi has a full plate juggling hit shows on Bravo and Hulu. She shares how motherhood inspired her new children"s book.


Musical artists and celebrities paid tribute to Stephen Sondheim, the musical theater titan who died Friday at age 91.


What Smokey Robinson, Matthew McConaughey and more stars are saying about COVID-19
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 02:53:02 +0000
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Not even Hollywood is safe from the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped much of the world. Here is how celebs have dealt with the virus.


Stephen Sondheim, the musical theater titan behind the groundbreaking musicals "Sweeney Todd" and "Follies," has died.


Christina Applegate observes 50th birthday amid MS battle: "It"s been a hard one"
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:24:20 +0000
From rssfeeds.usatoday
"May we find that strength to lift our heads up," Christina Applegate tweeted Thursday. "Mine currently is on my pillow. But I try."


Tracking Covid-19 | What you need to know about travel this week


Fauci: Omicron variant will likely be more transmissible
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:26:45 GMT
From https:
Dr. Anthony Fauci shared that it"s possible the Omicron Covid-19 variant is already in the US during an NBC interview.


What Omicron means for the pandemic"s future
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:59:40 GMT
From https:
The emergence of the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant feels like a pandemic gut check.


As a new Omicron variant spurs global travel bans, experts said that concerns over its impact should spur the millions of unvaccinated Americans to get their Covid-19 shots -- and for those who are eligible to get boosters -- as it will offer at least a degree of protection.


CNN"s Michael Smerconish says the Omicron variant is a reminder that no matter what the vaccination rate in the developed world, the pandemic is a global issue that won"t be behind us until immunity by vaccination or natural means is world-wide.


aC/ Video: Volunteer introduces Afghan refugee family to Thanksgiving


At least 30 people loot a Best Buy in Minnesota on Black Friday
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:59:09 GMT
From https:
aC/ Thieves target Home Depot in California, making off with hammers, crowbars and other tools aC/ Opinion: Holiday shopping is going to be tough. How to keep from overspending


LeBron James fined $15,000 for "obscene gesture" celebration
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:16:42 GMT
From https:
LeBron James" celebration in the recent overtime victory against the Indiana Pacers has landed the Los Angeles Lakers forward a fine from the NBA.


One of the busiest travel weekends of the year is here and if you are among the estimated 53.4 million people traveling home from Thanksgiving festivities this weekend one of two storm systems could impact your plans.


Canada issues weather "red alert" for BC
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:18:20 GMT
From https:
Environment Canada has issued its first "red alert" for British Columbia ahead of what officials are characterizing as a dangerous weather system expected to push more atmospheric rivers into the province.


Analysis: How anti-Trump conservatives have fled Fox News
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:13:17 GMT
From https:
Former Fox News contributors Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes decided to leave the network last week. The two have long been concerned over former President Donald Trump falsely claiming the 2020 election was stolen. The publication of Tucker Carlson"s falsehood-filled "Patriot Purge" on Fox Nation, about January 6, was the last straw.


These major chains boomed as small retailers had to close up shop
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:36:53 GMT
From https:
aC/ Opinion: This holiday shopping season is going to be tough. How to keep from overspending aC/ Thieves target Home Depot in California, making off with hammers, crowbars and other tools


President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden descended on the island of Nantucket this week looking to preserve the sense of normalcy that the nation was so looking forward to over this holiday season.


aC/ US lawmakers defy China by meeting with officials in Taiwan


3 dead and 4 injured in shooting inside a Nashville apartment
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 13:39:21 GMT
From https:
A shooting inside a Nashville apartment Friday night left three young men dead and four injured, police said.


Lalia Susini"s terrifying accident on a porch swing has pushed her into the ultimate quest, a mission of goodwill for other injured and sick children.


Why are people quitting their jobs?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:41:21 GMT
From https:
Americans" mass exodus from their place of work, coined as the "Great Resignation," resulted in 4.4 million people quitting their jobs in September. CNN"s Vanessa Yurkevich speaks to individuals about what led them to leave.


Craft beer might get even more expensive
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:54:36 GMT
From https:
Your next can of craft beer might be a lot more expensive.


Meet the robot that can write poetry and create artworks
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:24:04 GMT
From https:
When people think of artificial intelligence, the images that often come to mind are of the sinister robots that populate the worlds of "The Terminator," "i, Robot," "Westworld," and "Blade Runner." For many years, fiction has told us that AI is often used for evil rather than for good.


"The Rock" give veteran his personal truck. See what happened next.
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:12:11 GMT
From https:
At a screening of Dwayne Johnson"s new film, "Red Notice," The Rock personally selected Navy veteran Oscar Rodriguez as the recipient of a one-of-a-kind gift.


Christina Applegate is marking a milestone birthday after revealing her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in August.


Stanley Tucci and John Krasinski spent Thanksgiving together
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:24:11 GMT
From https:
Stanley Tucci and John Krasinski had a Thanksgiving Day filled with brotherly love.


Analysis: Mariah Carey proves she"s the undisputed queen of Christmas
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:30:12 GMT
From https:
Every year, we can pretty much count on Mariah Carey to remind us that Christmas season actually kicks off the day after Halloween.


Adele makes history as a female artist
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:31:43 GMT
From https:
Adele has made another record-breaking return to the charts, as her latest album "30" claims the title of fastest-selling album of 2021 in both the US and the UK.


It proved less of a match, more a walk in the park for Brooks Koepka.


Kim Kardashian"s daughter gets TikTok
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 00:13:36 GMT
From https:
Kim Kardashian teamed up with her daughter, North West, to launch a new TikTok account. See what they"ve posted so far.












These award-winning photos are guaranteed to make you laugh
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:14:36 GMT
From https:
Focusing on gratitude has helped me through this year. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to say that I"m so thankful for all of you in this feel-good edition of Wonder Theory.


CNN Business tracks key economic indicators to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the US Economy. Data on this dashboard is refreshed automatically.






























World on Alert as U.K. Reports Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:56:25 +0000
From https:
U.K. Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that two people have tested positive with the omicron variant

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Four teenage boys arrested on suspicion of murder remain in custody following killing



Professor AndrewA Pollard reveals aoptimisma that current vaccines will prevent serious disease



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Storm Arwen: Two people dead after 100mph winds and heavy snow hit UK
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:15:57 GMT
From https:

Men killed by falling trees as storm batters country



Exclusive: Parliamentary committee, borders watchdog and UN Refugee Agency all sounded alarm



Omicron: UK braces for expected arrival of new Covid variant
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:51:06 GMT
From https:

Whitehall officials have been placed on a awar footinga and told to start weighing future restrictions to be implemented if the variant eventually takes hold, while leading scientists have called for pre-emptive action



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Netflix UK: The best original TV shows to watch now
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 13:24:21 GMT
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The 49 best closing lines in movies, from Alien to Apocalypse Now
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:03:14 GMT
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One of this yearas highest-paid contestants was forced to quit just days into new series



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The legendary film director spent the pandemic sifting through 56 hours of unseen footage of the Fab Fouras final act, which he has edited into an epic three-part documentary. It might change how you see their split, he tells Roisin OaConnor



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No way out: A look inside El Salvadoras brutal gang culture
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 00:01:00 GMT
From https:

El Salvador consistently ranks as having some of the worst murder rates in the world, largely thanks to a ruthless network of street gangs. PhotographerA Tariq ZaidiA spent years photographing the impact gang violence has on the country



Two cases of the so-called "Omicron" coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK, the Health Secretary has announced.


I"m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! have announced that two of its live shows will be cancelled due to technical difficulties caused by Storm Arwen.


The widow of South Korea"s last military dictator Chun Doo-hwan issued a brief apology over the "pains and scars" caused by her husband"s brutal rule.


Around 600 passengers arrived on two planes in Schipol Airport, near Amsterdam, from Johannesburg - the epicentre for the new strain - hours after travel bans were put in place.


The entertainer, 40, reportedly had a backstage meltdown and threatened to sack her team in a shock row about misogyny amid her appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.


Plans to restart London"s Night Tube this weekend for the first time since the pandemic have been hit by a strike as drivers are expected to walk out on the Central and Victoria line from 8.30pm.


Between November 11 - when the Omicron Covid variant was first detected - and November 26, there were 48 direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to London Heathrow Airport.


South Africa said the decision to ban flights from the country "is akin to punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants quicker".


I"m a Celebrity"s production was left "like a bomb had hit" as Storm Arwen unleashed its full force onto the castle where the eleven stars are holed up.


Taking to Twitter today, a number of people have attempted to make light of the new Omicron variant, sharing memes and jokes on their timelines as they reacted to news of the new variant.


Devastated father of first victim of Channel tragedy slams France
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:07:21 +0000
From https:
Baran Nouri Hamadamin, 24, was identified as one of 27 migrants who drowned after a flimsy boat capsized in the Channel six miles off Calais in France during stormy weather.


David Miliband told Radio 4"s Today programme that the Prime Minister"s open letter to the French President - in which he outlined a plan to clamp down on people-smugglers - was "unwise".


The famed American composer and lyricist passed away "suddenly" at his Roxbury, Conn. home, according to F. Richard Pappas, The New York Times reported.


Storm Arwen death toll rises as THIRD person is killed by falling tree
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:59:28 +0000
From https:
Ferocious gales of nearly 100mph were recorded in Northumberland yesterday and one man in Northern Ireland was killed when his car was struck by a falling tree as Storm Arwen batters Britain.


Race against time to tweak vaccines against Covid variant
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:52:20 +0000
From https:
The "monster" strain, named Omicron and designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organisation, has reached the UK and Belgium after being discovered in South Africa.


Footage shows Cheryl Pound on a cigarette break at 1.32am this morning at The Star on Market Street, Bridgend. She was under a shelter when the tree fell inches from her in the garden.


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These are the best hair styling tool deals on Amazon Black Friday
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:35:36 +0000
From https:
There is still time to bag yourself a serious beauty bargain this Black Friday weekend with big discounts on Amazon"s most popular hair tools including ghd, Revlon, Remington and Philips.


What it"s REALLY like to work at a sex club
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:12:30 +0000
From https:
Speaking to VICE , a group of monitors revealed how theyA works at a sex parties actress the UK to ensure everyone is sticking to pre-designated rules and "having fun".


The EU"s former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier called on the French government to pull out of the treaty governing Anglo-French border relations as tensions between London and Paris boil over.


Nadine Dorries, maverick MP and former I"m A Celebrity contestant, was quite delighted that her appointment to the post of Secretary of State for Culture sent shockwaves through the establishment.


Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a "disaster emergency" in New York, as the state braces for the arrival of Omicron, a new and worrying COVID-19 variant which was first detected in Botswana.


Sir Keir Starmer hints he would BAN private healthcare if he were PM
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:37:36 +0000
From https:
The Labour leader told the BBC"s Political Thinking podcast how his mother - who worked as nurse and regarded the NHS as her "lifeline" - feared a move towards privatisation if "things got really bad".


How Beijing is using its billions to buy up the Commonwealth
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:22:39 +0000
From https:
Foreign policy hawks have accused Britain of being "completely asleep at the wheel for decades" as China expands its influence in the Caribbean and targets "weak" Commonwealth states.


Was new variant named Omicron to avoid angering China?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:21:49 +0000
From https:
The WHO"s decision to name the variant from southern Africa "Omicron" has sparked speculation that the WHO deliberately skipped over "Xi" to avoid angering the President of China, Xi Jinping.


The festive season has officially begun at Parliament, marked by the arrival of an enormous Christmas tree (pictured). The 42ft Sitka spruce was put up at the Palace of Westminster on Saturday.


Leah Washington has bought her first home with boyfriend Joe Pugh, six years after the rollercoaster they were riding on their first date collided with an empty carriage.A


Robert Hardman and his family checked in to a resort on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi"s main holiday coastal strip. Recalling the view from his lounger, he says: "You see nothing at all except sand and sea."


Rob Crossan explores Ayrshire using the Fairfield House Hotel as his base. While there, he listens to the "wind howl" outside his window and ventures out for a "traditional Scottish supper".


Russia today announced it has started serial production of its deadly 6,670 mph Zircon - or Tsirkon - hypersonic missile which is being rushed into manufacture, reported TASS.


Anya Whitaker-Keating, 19, believes she was spiked while visiting a Christmas market in Manchester with her boyfriend on November 20.


Naasir Francis, 22 (pictured), was shot 13 times in a dispute between rival gangs in Lozells, Birmingham, on August 26 last year. Naasir was blasted to death by two rival gang members.


Cadbury"s has cut the size of its popular Christmas selection box for the third year in a row by shrinking the Wispa and Double Decker bars, leaving fans with 24g less chocolate.


UK diplomats issued a plea to Putin to hold back 90,000 troops at Ukraine"s border. Meanwhile, Ukraine"s president Volodymyr Zelensky revealed a plot to oust him.


Can therapy REALLY cure your biggest fear?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:32:54 +0000
From https:
Cheralene Lavery, from London, saw her mother badly bitten by a dog when she was a child and has been "terrified" of the animals ever since.


SAGE scientist says Omicron variant is "NOT a disaster"
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:30:50 +0000
From https:
Sage adviser Professor Calum Semple today urged calm over the so-called "Omicron" mutation, saying it is "not a disaster" and suggesting some people may be "hugely overstating the situation".


The GMB presenter, 50, revealed that when she was on a night out 25 years ago, a man with a knife tried to mug her, and when he fled she discovered a knife slash "across her body."


British immunologist Dr Andrew Croxford said rich countries are not "to blame" for South Africa"s low vaccination rate. He said "major vaccine hesitancy" is stifling the country"s jab drive.


Since 1947, the 20-metre tall tree in London"s Trafalgar Square has been donated to UK as a thank-you from Norwegians for British support during World War II.


MalalaA Yousafzai graduated from Oxford University with a philosophy, politics and economics degree on Friday, nine years after being shot by the Taliban.


Julie Montagu"s 15-minute daily fix can slough off stiffness, improve our muscle mass and enhance our emotional wellbeing as she issues a rallying cry: "Come on couch potatoes!"


Wendy-Ann Paige, now 58, has revealed how her life in the celebrity world spun out of control after she began spending APS70,000 a year on cocaine.


The WAG, 35, reportedly as "zero intentions" in backing down amid her ongoing legal battle against Rebekah Vardy and will do "whatever it takes" to win.


Tesla Model S Plaid sets record breaking EIGHT SECOND quarter mile run
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:22:15 +0000
From https:
Tesla"s Model S Plaid has set a new record, earning the title of world"s fastest production car. The vehicle reached 25.10 miles per hour, allowing it to complete a quarter mile run in 8.944 seconds.


The site of the former Chelsea Barracks, in west London, had been originally purchased by Christian, his brother Nick and Qatar in 2007 for APS959million.


Cain Gordon, 20, Levi Murray, 19 and another man were caught on CCTV lobbing clothing rails and hitting each other with mannequins in JD Sports, Cheetham Hill, Manchester.


Crown Prosecution Service figures show only 61 migrants have been charged and 51 convicted since December 2019 for illegally entering the country and breaching the 1971 Immigration Act.


After testing positive for Covid, Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood said he "fell in love" with celebrity contestant Dan Walker because he is "really sweet".


"Secular atheist" train conductor wins unfair dismissal claim
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:54:45 +0000
From https:
Jeremy Sleath, 63 (pictured), a self-declared "secular atheist", was sacked by West Midlands Trains for a Facebook post in which he said Britain should not copy Islamic State"s drink ban.


Michael Vaughan breaks his silence amid Azeem Rafiq allegations
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:54:19 +0000
From https:
Vaughan, 47, was accused by former Yorkshire star Rafiq and two other Asian team-mates of saying "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" ahead of a cricket match in 2009.


Gary Speed"s widow Louise opens up 10 years after his tragic death
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:33:51 +0000
From https:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY IAN LADYMAN: Usually at this time of year Louise disappears. Often to New York where her and Gary"s two sons Eddie and Tommy are studying. But always somewhere.


Dozens of UK areas have seen festive markets, Dickensian fairs, Christmas light switch-on celebrations, carol concerts and Santa"s grottos scrapped by "over-cautious" officials.


Is buy now pay later use considered by mortgage lenders?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:00:15 +0000
From https:
Consumer group Which? has warned that lenders view certain types of BNPL borrowing in the same way as a credit card or loan, which could scupper a mortgage application.


There were 484 casualties involving e-scooters last year, and riders can also face a APS300 fine if they use them on a public road.


Typical first-time buyer now puts down 110% of annual income as deposit
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:59:41 +0000
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Rising house prices have seen the cost of a home increase to 5.5 times the average first time buyer"s income, compared to 2.1 times 25 years ago.


Two cases of the so-called "Omicron" coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK, the Health Secretary has announced.


I"m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! have announced that two of its live shows will be cancelled due to technical difficulties caused by Storm Arwen.


The widow of South Korea"s last military dictator Chun Doo-hwan issued a brief apology over the "pains and scars" caused by her husband"s brutal rule.


Around 600 passengers arrived on two planes in Schipol Airport, near Amsterdam, from Johannesburg - the epicentre for the new strain - hours after travel bans were put in place.


The entertainer, 40, reportedly had a backstage meltdown and threatened to sack her team in a shock row about misogyny amid her appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.


Between November 11 - when the Omicron Covid variant was first detected - and November 26, there were 48 direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to London Heathrow Airport.


I"m a Celebrity"s production was left "like a bomb had hit" as Storm Arwen unleashed its full force onto the castle where the eleven stars are holed up.


Taking to Twitter today, a number of people have attempted to make light of the new Omicron variant, sharing memes and jokes on their timelines as they reacted to news of the new variant.


Devastated father of first victim of Channel tragedy slams France
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:07:21 GMT
From https:
Baran Nouri Hamadamin, 24, was identified as one of 27 migrants who drowned after a flimsy boat capsized in the Channel six miles off Calais in France during stormy weather.


The famed American composer and lyricist passed away "suddenly" at his Roxbury, Conn. home, according to F. Richard Pappas, The New York Times reported.


Race against time to tweak vaccines against Covid variant
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:52:20 GMT
From https:
The "monster" strain, named Omicron and designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organisation, has reached the UK and Belgium after being discovered in South Africa.


Footage shows Cheryl Pound on a cigarette break at 1.32am this morning at The Star on Market Street, Bridgend. She was under a shelter when the tree fell inches from her in the garden.


Looking for the best steam generator iron for Black Friday 2021? The Philips PerfectCare Compact Steam Generator Iron is now on sale for just APS99.99 - a saving of APS120 off on Amazon right now.


These are the best hair styling tool deals on Amazon Black Friday
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:35:36 GMT
From https:
There is still time to bag yourself a serious beauty bargain this Black Friday weekend with big discounts on Amazon"s most popular hair tools including ghd, Revlon, Remington and Philips.


What it"s REALLY like to work at a sex club
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:12:30 GMT
From https:
Speaking to VICE , a group of monitors revealed how theyA works at a sex parties actress the UK to ensure everyone is sticking to pre-designated rules and "having fun".


Nadine Dorries, maverick MP and former I"m A Celebrity contestant, was quite delighted that her appointment to the post of Secretary of State for Culture sent shockwaves through the establishment.


Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a "disaster emergency" in New York, as the state braces for the arrival of Omicron, a new and worrying COVID-19 variant which was first detected in Botswana.


Sir Keir Starmer hints he would BAN private healthcare if he were PM
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:37:36 GMT
From https:
The Labour leader told the BBC"s Political Thinking podcast how his mother - who worked as nurse and regarded the NHS as her "lifeline" - feared a move towards privatisation if "things got really bad".


How Beijing is using its billions to buy up the Commonwealth
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:22:39 GMT
From https:
Foreign policy hawks have accused Britain of being "completely asleep at the wheel for decades" as China expands its influence in the Caribbean and targets "weak" Commonwealth states.


Was new variant named Omicron to avoid angering China?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:21:49 GMT
From https:
The WHO"s decision to name the variant from southern Africa "Omicron" has sparked speculation that the WHO deliberately skipped over "Xi" to avoid angering the President of China, Xi Jinping.


Leah Washington has bought her first home with boyfriend Joe Pugh, six years after the rollercoaster they were riding on their first date collided with an empty carriage.A


Robert Hardman and his family checked in to a resort on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi"s main holiday coastal strip. Recalling the view from his lounger, he says: "You see nothing at all except sand and sea."


Rob Crossan explores Ayrshire using the Fairfield House Hotel as his base. While there, he listens to the "wind howl" outside his window and ventures out for a "traditional Scottish supper".


Russia today announced it has started serial production of its deadly 6,670 mph Zircon - or Tsirkon - hypersonic missile which is being rushed into manufacture, reported TASS.


Anya Whitaker-Keating, 19, believes she was spiked while visiting a Christmas market in Manchester with her boyfriend on November 20.


Naasir Francis, 22 (pictured), was shot 13 times in a dispute between rival gangs in Lozells, Birmingham, on August 26 last year. Naasir was blasted to death by two rival gang members.


Cadbury"s has cut the size of its popular Christmas selection box for the third year in a row by shrinking the Wispa and Double Decker bars, leaving fans with 24g less chocolate.


UK diplomats issued a plea to Putin to hold back 90,000 troops at Ukraine"s border. Meanwhile, Ukraine"s president Volodymyr Zelensky revealed a plot to oust him.


Can therapy REALLY cure your biggest fear?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:32:54 GMT
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Cheralene Lavery, from London, saw her mother badly bitten by a dog when she was a child and has been "terrified" of the animals ever since.


SAGE scientist says Omicron variant is "NOT a disaster"
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:30:50 GMT
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Sage adviser Professor Calum Semple today urged calm over the so-called "Omicron" mutation, saying it is "not a disaster" and suggesting some people may be "hugely overstating the situation".


The GMB presenter, 50, revealed that when she was on a night out 25 years ago, a man with a knife tried to mug her, and when he fled she discovered a knife slash "across her body."


Since 1947, the 20-metre tall tree in London"s Trafalgar Square has been donated to UK as a thank-you from Norwegians for British support during World War II.


MalalaA Yousafzai graduated from Oxford University with a philosophy, politics and economics degree on Friday, nine years after being shot by the Taliban.


Julie Montagu"s 15-minute daily fix can slough off stiffness, improve our muscle mass and enhance our emotional wellbeing as she issues a rallying cry: "Come on couch potatoes!"


Wendy-Ann Paige, now 58, has revealed how her life in the celebrity world spun out of control after she began spending APS70,000 a year on cocaine.


The WAG, 35, reportedly as "zero intentions" in backing down amid her ongoing legal battle against Rebekah Vardy and will do "whatever it takes" to win.


Tesla"s Model S Plaid has set a new record, earning the title of world"s fastest production car. The vehicle reached 25.10 miles per hour, allowing it to complete a quarter mile run in 8.944 seconds.


The site of the former Chelsea Barracks, in west London, had been originally purchased by Christian, his brother Nick and Qatar in 2007 for APS959million.


Cain Gordon, 20, Levi Murray, 19 and another man were caught on CCTV lobbing clothing rails and hitting each other with mannequins in JD Sports, Cheetham Hill, Manchester.


Crown Prosecution Service figures show only 61 migrants have been charged and 51 convicted since December 2019 for illegally entering the country and breaching the 1971 Immigration Act.


After testing positive for Covid, Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood said he "fell in love" with celebrity contestant Dan Walker because he is "really sweet".


"Secular atheist" train conductor wins unfair dismissal claim
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:54:45 GMT
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Jeremy Sleath, 63 (pictured), a self-declared "secular atheist", was sacked by West Midlands Trains for a Facebook post in which he said Britain should not copy Islamic State"s drink ban.


Michael Vaughan breaks his silence amid Azeem Rafiq allegations
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:54:19 GMT
From https:
Vaughan, 47, was accused by former Yorkshire star Rafiq and two other Asian team-mates of saying "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" ahead of a cricket match in 2009.


Gary Speed"s widow Louise opens up 10 years after his tragic death
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:33:51 GMT
From https:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY IAN LADYMAN: Usually at this time of year Louise disappears. Often to New York where her and Gary"s two sons Eddie and Tommy are studying. But always somewhere.


Dozens of UK areas have seen festive markets, Dickensian fairs, Christmas light switch-on celebrations, carol concerts and Santa"s grottos scrapped by "over-cautious" officials.


Is buy now pay later use considered by mortgage lenders?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:00:15 GMT
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Consumer group Which? has warned that lenders view certain types of BNPL borrowing in the same way as a credit card or loan, which could scupper a mortgage application.


There were 484 casualties involving e-scooters last year, and riders can also face a APS300 fine if they use them on a public road.


Rising house prices have seen the cost of a home increase to 5.5 times the average first time buyer"s income, compared to 2.1 times 25 years ago.


A crafty Christmas:A Save money by making your own decorationsA
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:59:26 GMT
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Handmade items are all the rage this Christmas. We show you how to keep it chic, rather than child-like, when it comes to crafting your own creations.


The six-year-old from Solihull, West Midlands was killed by the couple after suffering abuse "designed to terrorise", it is said.


There is concern about the potential impact of the new Covid variant discovered in South Africa. But travel is "on" to all countries in Europe - except Austria...


Madonna gave her more than 17 million followers an inside look at her Thanksgiving, surrounded by five of her six children, on Friday afternoon just days after controversial X-rated shoot went viral.


South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) and Lesotho were added to the UK"s red travel list on Thursday night over growing fears about the variant.


Boris Johnson unveils great crime crackdown
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:34:25 GMT
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The Prime Minister will unveil a major law and order package as part of efforts to get back to bread-and-butter politics after weeks of turmoil triggered by U-turns and rows about sleaze.


The former cricket star and Top Gear presenter, 43, recently rewatched some of the old 007 films, but has told that now some of the men are the kind "you"d warn your daughter about".


Joe Biden is being accused of being a hypocrite after he announced an African travel ban despite previously claiming Trump"s travel ban in 2020 was "xenophobic."


The famed American composer and lyricist passed away "suddenly" at his Roxbury, Conn. home, according to F. Richard Pappas, The New York Times reported.


Dr Fauci said he"s concerned about Omicron"s "transmissibility" and suggested it could "evade" vaccines. Biden is still allowing US citizens and green card holders to travel into the country.


Two cases of the so-called "Omicron" coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK, the Health Secretary has announced.


The two robberies at the Home Deport and Bottega Veneta store are the latest in a series that involve large gangs of thieves raiding high-end retail stores in LA and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Race against time to tweak vaccines against Covid variant
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:52:20 GMT
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The "monster" strain, named Omicron and designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organisation, has reached the UK and Belgium after being discovered in South Africa.


Three men were shot dead and four others injured after a shootout inside a Nashville apartment the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, one of several fatal gun-related incidents to occur on Black Friday.


Around 600 passengers arrived on two planes in Schipol Airport, near Amsterdam, from Johannesburg - the epicentre for the new strain - hours after travel bans were put in place.


Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a "disaster emergency" in New York, as the state braces for the arrival of Omicron, a new and worrying COVID-19 variant which was first detected in Botswana.


Donald Trump slammed the Biden Administration, stating Americans aren"t getting what they bargained for. He also said that Biden was doing a "terrible job" with COVID-19 and inflation.


Was new variant named Omicron to avoid angering China?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:21:49 GMT
From https:
The WHO"s decision to name the variant from southern Africa "Omicron" has sparked speculation that the WHO deliberately skipped over "Xi" to avoid angering the President of China, Xi Jinping.


The widow of South Korea"s last military dictator Chun Doo-hwan issued a brief apology over the "pains and scars" caused by her husband"s brutal rule.


MalalaA Yousafzai graduated from Oxford University with a philosophy, politics and economics degree on Friday, nine years after being shot by the Taliban.


The Las Vegas Raiders- Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving football game turned violent Thursday night with multiple violent fights breaking out between players and fans Thursday.


Tesla"s Model S Plaid has set a new record, earning the title of world"s fastest production car. The vehicle reached 25.10 miles per hour, allowing it to complete a quarter mile run in 8.944 seconds.


Madonna gave her more than 17 million followers an inside look at her Thanksgiving, surrounded by five of her six children, on Friday afternoon just days after controversial X-rated shoot went viral.


The National Police Association reported that more than 50,000 officers have been assaulted this year and are asking for bystanders to follow three "simple steps" to help officers in distress.


Stars used social media to pay their respects to legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, who passed away at the age of 91 on Friday.


At Brooklyn"s grim Metropolitan Detention Centre, the fallen British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, waits for her "Trial of the Decade" to start on Monday.


Last week Mrs Appleby"s lucrative reign at ASL - which has 1,350 students and alumni who include Kathleen Turner and Police drummer Stewart Copeland - came to a juddering halt.


Boebert added that she has reached out to Omar"s office but Omar - one of the first Muslim women in Congress - said it is past time for GOP leadership to punish her.


Dave Chappelle urged people to donate to his alma mater stating whether they are in favor or against the naming of a theater on the campus of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC after him.


Kushner has reached out to leaders in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other Persian Gulf states to try and get backing for Affinity Partners, Kushner"s new company.


An unidentified woman, 39, was brutally attacked by a teenage girl who punched her in the side of the face after she was asked to "mask up" in Brooklyn in October.


He was discovered out front The Dorset Apartments on 99th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn around 2:50 p.m. Friday, according to police. The man was suffering from multiple stab wounds.


The 46-year-old comedian wrapped his 35-year-old British on/off lover Keely Hazell in a towel as they hit the pool on their romantic getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Wednesday.


Chris Cuomo, 51, was spotted loading Christmas wreaths into his car on Thanksgiving hours before going on a tirade on his radio show about cancel culture and the holidays.


An individual "with a knife and hostile intent" was shot and killed outside theA entrance to a Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego on Friday.


This comes after thousands in Southern California were without power on Thanksgiving for the second year running as the region"s largest utility cut off service amid risks of wildfires.


However, the report largely ignores climate change issues and does not recommend stopping leasing federal lands to gas and oil drillers, something President Biden campaigned on.


Biden strolls streets of Nantucket, attends Christmas Tree lighting
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 02:40:35 GMT
From https:
For a little more than an hour on Friday, President Biden was plain Joe again, walking the streets of Nantucket to slip into the shops, talk with locals and watch the town Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.


Jamie Bernstein, the eldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, who created West Side Story in the 1950s, said the success of the show became like "a sort of albatross around his neck"


CHRISTOPHER STEVENS looks back at the career of Stephen Sondheim
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 01:56:24 GMT
From https:
TributesA poured in last night for Stephen Sondheim, the genius behind some of Broadway"s greatest musicals who has died aged 91.


Usually priced at $199.99, the powerful Black + Decker is super powerful, easy to manoeuvre and durable, plus it"s a lot more affordable than brands like Shark and Dyson.


The Stockholm University team questioned almost 10,000 men and women aged 20 to 80 to see if relationship quality was linked to sharing of finances.


Seth Rogen, 39, who owned a secure $2.5 million home in West Hollywood and $8 million ranch in Hollywood Hills, told YouTuber Casey Neistat that crime was just part of "living in a big city."


ANDREW NEIL: The Big Apple is on the slide once more. The pandemic has scarred the city much more than London. Signs of decay and dereliction are everywhere, even in the affluent parts.


Blume Meltdown acne oil is on offer this Black FridayA
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 00:04:22 GMT
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In a series of seriously impressive before and after photos you can see how effectively the Meltdown Acne Oil clears up acne and other imperfections leaving the skin with a healthy glow.


Upper East Side Facebook group for moms has strict entry requirements
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:39:54 -0500
From https:
A moderator of a popular Upper East Side moms" Facebook group is so fixated on making sure only those with children, or expectant mothers, join, that she"s demanding documentation.


Queen Elizabeth II will reportedly only pick up the phone for two people within The Firm, and they may not be who you think they are.


The Mets are taking a Giant risk.


3 killed, 4 injured a including 13-year-old a in Nashville shooting
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:15:43 -0500
From https:
Three people were killed and four were injured -- including a 13-year-old -- in a shooting in Nashville apartment Friday night.


Omicron variant found in UK, Germany, Czech Republic
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:53:08 -0500
From https:
The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus has now been detected in the United Kingdom, while suspected cases have also surfaced in Germany and the Czech Republic.


Christina Applegate reflects on MS diagnosis during 50th birthday
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:47:40 -0500
From https:
Itas the latest in a string of health trials for Applegate, who underwent a double mastectomy in 2008 and had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in 2017.


Patriotsa Mac Jones is already ahead of the Tom Brady curve
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:38:18 -0500
From https:
But understand this: Tom Brady, in his second season as starter, was not as advanced as Mac Jones is now.


61 who traveled to Netherlands from South Africa have coronavirus
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:37:46 -0500
From https:
Authorities tested about 600 passengers, who arrived Friday morning at Amsterdamas Schiphol Airport.


Swiss to vote on ending COVID-19 restrictions
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:27:15 -0500
From https:
Swiss citizens will vote tomorrow on whether to eliminate some COVID-19 restrictions a including the nation"s controversial "COVID certificate."


Hundreds form migrant caravan on way to US border
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:25:03 -0500
From https:
The migrants are traveling from Tapachula to the Mexican town of Mapastepec, more than 30 miles north, to join another caravan bound for the US.


Arch Manning struggles in Isidore Newmanas lopsided playoff loss
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:15:57 -0500
From https:
It was an unceremonious end to Arch Manning"s season.


Group looks to build cityas first curling center
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:12:43 -0500
From https:
A Brooklyn-based group is hoping Gothamites will open their wallets to fund its blueprint for the city"s first-ever dedicated curling facility.


First migrant victim identified in English Channel capsize
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:08:51 -0500
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Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin, 24, a Kurdish woman from northern Iraq, had begun texting her fiancA(c) as the group"s dinghy began to deflate, the BBC reported.


Christine Brown celebrates first Thanksgiving after Kody Brown split
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:03:15 -0500
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The reality star shared holiday photos featuring snaps of Brown with her own mother, Ruth Ann LeBaron, as well as with daughter Truley, whom she shares with her ex.


The Teutonic titan"s presence was felt in that Finale tent.


Chappelle spoke to nearly 600 students at his alma mater Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.


John Jay College skirted law about paying former presidentas drivers
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:49:24 -0500
From https:
Former college president Jeremy Travis" drivers earned far more than the annual $30,000 cap on taxpayer money they could collect.


Biden poll numbers creep upwards
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:36:23 -0500
From https:
The Nov 16-18 survey from Hill-HarrisX found Biden"s numbers edged from 42% to 44%.


One person dead in overnight NYC shooting
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:32:32 -0500
From https:
One person was killed and another wounded in separate shootings across the Big Apple overnight, police said.


Growing rift emerges between Jamaal Bowman and Democratic Socialists
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:23:13 -0500
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The Democratic Socialists of America have accused their party member of betrayal for daring to visit Israel.


Dr Fauci said he"s concerned about Omicron"s "transmissibility" and suggested it could "evade" vaccines. Biden is still allowing US citizens and green card holders to travel into the country.


Two cases of the so-called "Omicron" coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK, the Health Secretary has announced.


Race against time to tweak vaccines against Covid variant
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:52:20 GMT
From https:
The "monster" strain, named Omicron and designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organisation, has reached the UK and Belgium after being discovered in South Africa.


Donald Trump slammed the Biden Administration, stating Americans aren"t getting what they bargained for. He also said that Biden was doing a "terrible job" with COVID-19 and inflation.


How Beijing is using its billions to buy up the Commonwealth
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:22:39 GMT
From https:
Foreign policy hawks have accused Britain of being "completely asleep at the wheel for decades" as China expands its influence in the Caribbean and targets "weak" Commonwealth states.


Was new variant named Omicron to avoid angering China?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:21:49 GMT
From https:
The WHO"s decision to name the variant from southern Africa "Omicron" has sparked speculation that the WHO deliberately skipped over "Xi" to avoid angering the President of China, Xi Jinping.


Pete Evans" wife Nicola Robinson mediates as she uses "singing bowls"
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:09:49 GMT
From https:
Nicola Robinson is certainly in touch with nature and the earth.A


Annabel Walker, 33, spent eight months in a prison cell after being sentenced to time behind bars for fraud and deception, having stolen thousands of dollars from those closest to her.


Sam Burgess is dipping his fists in the world of boxing.A


Gorgi Coghlan reveals the REAL reason she quit The Project
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 13:45:17 GMT
From https:
Gorgi Coghlan has finally opened up about her decision to walk away from The Project after 10 years.


The wild weather that pounded NSW on Friday night headed north on Saturday, hammering Queensland "s south-east as severe thunderstorms tracked across the Darling Downs region.


The widow of South Korea"s last military dictator Chun Doo-hwan issued a brief apology over the "pains and scars" caused by her husband"s brutal rule.


Camilla Franks faced a backlash after wheelchair models struggled to get down the runway during an "inclusive" presentation atA Australian Fashion Week in June.A


Doug McLeod has died at the age of 62.A


Russia today announced it has started serial production of its deadly 6,670 mph Zircon - or Tsirkon - hypersonic missile which is being rushed into manufacture, reported TASS.


Anya Whitaker-Keating, 19, believes she was spiked while visiting a Christmas market in Manchester with her boyfriend on November 20.


Naasir Francis, 22 (pictured), was shot 13 times in a dispute between rival gangs in Lozells, Birmingham, on August 26 last year. Naasir was blasted to death by two rival gang members.


Fifi Box was once hit with a phone bill that would make anyone panic.A


Former Sydney party boy Matthew Doyle, 33, pleaded guilty toA supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug after he was arrested in September, 2019.


SAGE scientist says Omicron variant is "NOT a disaster"
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:30:50 GMT
From https:
Sage adviser Professor Calum Semple today urged calm over the so-called "Omicron" mutation, saying it is "not a disaster" and suggesting some people may be "hugely overstating the situation".


The GMB presenter, 50, revealed that when she was on a night out 25 years ago, a man with a knife tried to mug her, and when he fled she discovered a knife slash "across her body."


An Australian state has slammed shut its border in a reaction to fears over the emerging Omicron variant of Covid-19.


Since 1947, the 20-metre tall tree in London"s Trafalgar Square has been donated to UK as a thank-you from Norwegians for British support during World War II.


MalalaA Yousafzai graduated from Oxford University with a philosophy, politics and economics degree on Friday, nine years after being shot by the Taliban.


Rebecca Maddern sensationally QUITS Channel Nine
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:57:21 GMT
From https:
Rebecca Maddern has walked away from Channel Nine after almost six years at the network.


Wendy-Ann Paige, now 58, has revealed how her life in the celebrity world spun out of control after she began spending APS70,000 a year on cocaine.


Dane Swan has been forced to temporarily shut the doors on hisA South Melbourne pub, The Albion, after a staffer tested positive for Covid-19.


The Las Vegas Raiders- Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving football game turned violent Thursday night with multiple violent fights breaking out between players and fans Thursday.


The WAG, 35, reportedly as "zero intentions" in backing down amid her ongoing legal battle against Rebekah Vardy and will do "whatever it takes" to win.


Cain Gordon, 20, Levi Murray, 19 and another man were caught on CCTV lobbing clothing rails and hitting each other with mannequins in JD Sports, Cheetham Hill, Manchester.


Sydney power-couple Charlie and Ellie Aitken have split after more than 20 years together. Their marriage breakdown comes as Mr Aitken confirmed he is in a relationship with her friend.


Matt Doran returned to Weekend Sunrise on Saturday and finally addressed his controversial interview with Adele.A


Michael Vaughan breaks his silence amid Azeem Rafiq allegations
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:54:19 GMT
From https:
Vaughan, 47, was accused by former Yorkshire star Rafiq and two other Asian team-mates of saying "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" ahead of a cricket match in 2009.


A baby-faced bikie has showed off provocative new ink reserved for fully-patched gang members, but he will be cover them with make-up within days as new laws prohibit their public display.


There were 484 casualties involving e-scooters last year, and riders can also face a APS300 fine if they use them on a public road.


Health Minister Greg Hunt on Saturday announced Australia would be joining Europe and the US in closing its borders to nine southern African countries to stop the new variant from entering the country.


Madonna gave her more than 17 million followers an inside look at her Thanksgiving, surrounded by five of her six children, on Friday afternoon just days after controversial X-rated shoot went viral.


Keep it Cleaner co-founder Laura Henshaw has married her partner Dalton Graham in a stunning ceremony held in Victoria"s Yarra Valley on Friday.A


Dani Laidley said she vividly remembered the moment she attempted the drastic measure on April 5, 2020.


Australian registered nurse Jessica Ryan, 25, realised her "unhealthy relationship with food" was causing her to feel lethargic. Three years on after working with a PT and changing her diet, she can lift 115kg.


Secretary of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet Michael Coutts-Trotter said there was no better candidate suited for the top job in parliament house.


At Brooklyn"s grim Metropolitan Detention Centre, the fallen British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, waits for her "Trial of the Decade" to start on Monday.


Dave Chappelle urged people to donate to his alma mater stating whether they are in favor or against the naming of a theater on the campus of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC after him.


Ashley Treseder made the mistake of jumping off a pier on the NSW north coast in the summer of 2019. It was an accident that left him paralysed - and changed the course of his life forever.


Thousands of protesters have gathered in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast to fight againstA vaccine mandates.


How the resented AstraZeneca vaccine could save Australia
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 04:56:17 GMT
From https:
One EU country after another is going back into Covid lockdown, with the continent on red alert as bitter winter weather starts to bite but will AstraZeneca save the UK and Australia?


Biden strolls streets of Nantucket, attends Christmas Tree lighting
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 02:40:35 GMT
From https:
For a little more than an hour on Friday, President Biden was plain Joe again, walking the streets of Nantucket to slip into the shops, talk with locals and watch the town Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.


Jamie Bernstein, the eldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, who created West Side Story in the 1950s, said the success of the show became like "a sort of albatross around his neck"


The Australian summer is headed for a wash out as a La NiA+-a weather event increases the chances of flooding and cyclones in the east, central and southern parts of the country.


Stephen Craker, 62, had to undergo nine surgeries in four weeks, including a leg amputation, after he was bitten by a white tail spider while conducting a yard maintenance quote on October 21.


Anna-Louise Bates lost half of her family when a careless driver hit them as they walked home six years ago. Her son Fraser died at Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Cardiff.


RICHARD EDEN: Gordon Ramsay painstakingly picked celebrated young chef Matt Worswick, 28 to run the kitchen at The Savoy Grill. But Worswick has suddenly been fired.


Seth Rogen, 39, who owned a secure $2.5 million home in West Hollywood and $8 million ranch in Hollywood Hills, told YouTuber Casey Neistat that crime was just part of "living in a big city."


Amelia Smith captured the footage on Tuesday near the Mooki River in regional NSW while her family took a boat ride during the floods to look at the damage caused to wheat and cotton crops.


Richmond Shire Mayor John Wharton allegedly assaulted the women in a venue on Racecourse Rd, Richmond, about 9.15pm on August 28.


Second man arrested for murder after mum vanished two weeks ago
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:46:12 +0000
From https:
The mum-of-two"s disappearance is "completely out of character" say her family.


Why hasn"t it been called "Nu" or "Xi"?


Two cases have been found in Nottingham and Chelmsford.


Two cases of aworst evera Omicron variant detected in UK
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:08:59 +0000
From https:
Four more countries have been added to the travel red list as a result.


Caravan park evacuated as Storm Arwen leaves it ain piecesa
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:01:58 +0000
From https:
Shocking pictures show the scale of the carnage with some holiday homes reduced to rubble.


Only two people survived theA disaster off the coast of France.


Yuri had to end his relationship with his beloved Margo when she "broke".


It is not yet known if the passengers are carrying the new Omnicron variant.


Tributes paid to amuch loveda headteacher killed after tree fell on car
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:19:23 +0000
From https:
Two people have now perished as deadly Storm Arwen batters Britain.


Chris Whitty more worried about Delta than new Omicron variant
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:51:34 +0000
From https:
"There"s an awful lot we don"t know and I think it"s probably not terribly helpful to speculate."


The new variant is thought to be more infectious and more resistant to antibodies.


UK aplans more travel bansa to save Christmas and avoid winter lockdown
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:28:26 +0000
From https:
Ministers have vowed to aavoid restrictions at home at all costs" - even if that means a blow to the travel industry.


Shops at Harrods have been accused of duping shoppers with "misleading" claims.


Race against the clock to adapt Covid vaccines over new Omicron variant
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:59:53 +0000
From https:
aThis is not the last time another variant will emerge," one scientific expert said.


UK battered by 100mph winds as Storm Arwen leaves three dead
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:45:16 +0000
From https:
A dad-of-four was killed as a tree fell onto his car.


Afghan children are facing the threat of starvation, while some are even being sold for food


Jeremy Bamber is serving a whole life sentence after being convicted of the White House Farm murders.


XR staged the Black Friday protests over Amazon"s environmental impact and treatment of its workers.


Read on for our breakdown of this weekas top five stories. A


"Heartbreaking" tragedy has led to calls on the government to abandon its proposed asylum legislation.


Mother astabbed to death by son, 18,a on Thanksgiving Day
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 00:23:18 +0000
From https:
Varian Alexander Hibbert was previously charged with criminal property damage and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers


All The Best Black Friday Deals
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:26:04 -0500
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37 Mandela Effects Ranked By How Easy Or Difficult They Are To Debunk
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:16:02 -0500
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"Iam reposting photographs Instagram took down without warning or notification."


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All The Best Cyber Monday Deals At Amazon
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:52:32 -0500
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All The Best Deals At Nordstrom"s Cyber Monday Sale
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:57:43 -0500
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27 Perfectly Useful Things To Grab On Small Business Saturday
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 06:01:03 -0500
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32 Unique Home Things To Grab On Small Business Saturday
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 09:01:05 -0500
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Go ahead, grab some things for yourself *and* some things you can gift.


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"Millennials are the worst modern generation."


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19 Things Starbucks Employees Hate, And 5 Things They Totally Love
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:31:02 -0500
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If you"ve ever asked for a cup of ice water at the pick-up counter, you should be banned from Starbucks.


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From Southern barbecue to right on red, these are some of America"s most important contributions to the world.


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Mel Brooks is a wall-breaking genius.


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"Blew a lot of money trying to make it work, only to realize I wasn"t going to make any money without screwing my friends."


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28 Organizing Products That"ll Make You Think "Oh That"s Genius"
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:01:03 -0500
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These items have an IQ score of 140 or more.


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Make these TV moms proud.


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The 50 Greatest Lines From "Community"
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:16:02 -0500
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We"re all still waiting on that movie.


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Honestly, I"m still thinking about the Monopoly man.


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Just 28 Beautiful Pieces Of Decor For Your Home
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:01:02 -0500
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Go ahead and add all of this to your shopping cart.


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47 Gifts That Will Make The People In Your Life Feel *Seen*
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:01:02 -0500
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Whether you"re dealing with a Baby Yoda fan, a coffee snob, a book nerd, or all *three*, you"ll find something in this post for them, guaranteed.


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Step outside Silver Lake for two seconds, I beg you.


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Sometimes, one needs a little more than just cat memes.


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34 Gorgeous Pieces Of Jewelry That"ll Make Perfect Gifts
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 13:00:03 -0500
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Unfortunately, I"ll be buying half this list for myself.


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30 Toys If Your Kids Have Endless Energy
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:01:02 -0500
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From LED hover soccer balls to a pogo jumper, rambunctious kiddos have finally met their match.


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Are you bready to do this?


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Never looking at the Matterhorn the same way again.


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It"s not usually zany or horrifying, and you"re most likely not going to have a love story there.


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Theater buffs mourned the loss of the legendary songwriter behind influential works like West Side Story and Sweeney Todd.


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Stains, pet fur, and boredom are no match for these products.


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"After a serious car accident, I was told that if I wasnat overweight, I wouldnat have had these injuries in the first place."


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40 Ways To Make Your House Look Even Better Than The Day You Moved In
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:01:04 -0500
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Simple decor upgrades and easy cleaning ideas that"ll nearly instantly transform your home.


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You definitely don"t have to worry that someone else will give them these one-of-a-kind presents. And, the perfect time to grab them = today, Small Business Saturday.


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18 TV Shows With Wedding Dresses I Really Want To Discuss
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 01:46:02 -0500
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Tahani"s dress on The Good Place is a winner.


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The biggest green flag = offering your nanny drinks or snacks.


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47 Things Reviewers Say Make The Best Gifts
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:01:02 -0500
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Let"s get everyone on your list covered right now.


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UK travel red list to include Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:04:30 GMT
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From 4am on Sunday, UK and Irish residents returning to England must isolate in an approved facility for 10 days

Britain is to add four more countries to its red list, health officials have announced, after two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant were detected in the UK.

After fresh advice from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola will join the travel red list from 4am on Sunday.

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Storm Arwen: two people killed after winds of almost 100mph hit UK
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:08:33 GMT
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Tens of thousands of homes left without electricity, with yellow weather warnings still in place for many regions

Two people have died after being hit by falling trees as Storm Arwen brought winds of almost 100mph to parts of the UK overnight.

A headteacher in Northern Ireland died after a tree fell on his car, and another man was hit by a falling tree in Cumbria.

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A documentary-maker has accused the Cabinet Office of defying the 30-year rule in withholding details of the MI5 exposA(c)

The Cabinet Office has been accused of adelay and deceptiona over its blocking of the release of files dating back more than three decades that reveal the inside story of the intelligence agent Peter Wright and the Spycatcher affair.

Wright revealed an inside account of how MI5 abugged and burgleda its way across London in his 1987 autobiography Spycatcher. He died aged 78 in 1995.

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Local councils are looking to minimise disruption to children but concerns remain about safety and the underfunding of refuges

Councils in England are looking for ways to provide housing for domestic abusers so their victims can stay in the family home, in response to growing calls from some charities and campaigners.

The recently passed Domestic Abuse Act requires councils to publish a strategy to provide housing support for victims and children. Some councils are now drafting plans that include housing for perpetrators along with measures for victims.

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Tube strike to disrupt return of night services
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 13:43:54 GMT
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Second walkout on London Underground in two days amid dispute over night-time driversa rota

Plans to restart night tube services on London Underground will be disrupted by strike action on Saturday.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union will walk out at 8.30pm on the Victoria and Central lines, over a continuing dispute over the driversa rota for night services.

8.30pm 27 November a4.29am 28 November Central and Victoria.

8.30pm 3 December a 4.29am 4 December Central and Victoria.

8.30pm 4 December a 4.29am 5 December Central and Victoria.

8.30pm 10 December a 4.29am 11 December Central and Victoria.

8.30pm 11 December a 4.29am 12 December Central and Victoria.

8.30pm 17 December a 4.29am 18 December Central and Victoria.

4.30am 18 December a 4.29am 19 December Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria.

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Intruder reaches walls of Iam a Celebrity castle in north Wales
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:23:58 GMT
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Trespasser latest headache for producers after Storm Arwen hits and Richard Madeley is taken to hospital

An intruder managed to make their way on to the set of Iam a Celebrity a| Get Me Out of Here! earlier this week after a security breach, ITV has said.

It adds to a cocktail of events connected to the show, as the person was removed with aimmediate effecta in the days before adverse weather conditions hit north Wales.

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Headteachers say inspectors are ignoring or dismissing the harsh realities of Covid in schools

After more than two decades at inner-city secondary schools, Helen Roberts*, a headteacher, resigned from the job she loves earlier this month. It was not the intense pressure of the pandemic that tipped her over the edge a though that has been tough a but an Ofsted inspection.

aOur inspector was intimidating, raising his voice and making accusations. There was not one apology each time I proved his accusation unfounded. He just swiftly switched to another accusation, then another,a she says. The inspection also unnerved some students. aThey felt they were being interrogated and pressured to give negative feedback.a

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When Cousin Greg was disinherited by his grandfather in favour of the environmental group, inquiries about such legacies soared

In one bewildering and painful scene in the hit TV drama Succession, Cousin Greg sees his future of ease and wealth turn to dust. His grandfather, Ewan, announces he is giving away his entire fortune to Greenpeace, depriving Greg of his inheritance.

Now Greenpeace is hoping to benefit in real life as well as in the fictional world of the media conglomerate Waystar Royco. Thousands of people have looked into leaving money to the environmental group since the darkly comic storyline about Cousin Greg losing his inheritance and then threatening to sue the organisation was broadcast. More than 22,000 people have accessed online advice about making donations in their wills to Greenpeace. The groupas legacy webpage has also seen a tenfold surge in traffic since the episode was first broadcast earlier this month.

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The dancing brothers recreate an old photograph and reflect on Strictly, Love Island and living together

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, AJ and Curtis Pritchard have established themselves as the hard-grafting good guys of reality TV. Spending much of their childhood and teens working as professional dancers and representing Britain in world and European championships, they are now primetime fixtures: AJ first appeared on screens in Britainas Got Talent in 2013 and has since competed as a professional on four series of Strictly Come Dancing and as a contestant on Iam a Celebrity; Curtisas career blossomed as a finalist on 2019as Love Island. Next month, they star in Cinderella for Wolverhampton Grandas panto. They live together in south London.

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Billions of dollars over budget and years late, the most expensive, complex telescope to be sent into space will launch next month. What will it learn?

In a few weeks, the most ambitious, costly robot probe ever built, the APS6.8bn James Webb space telescope, will be blasted into space on top of a giant European Ariane 5 rocket. The launch of the observatory a which has been plagued by decades of delays and massive cost overruns a promises to be the most nervously watched liftoff in the history of unmanned space exploration.

The observatory a built by Nasa with European and Canadian space agency collaboration a has been designed to revolutionise our study of the early universe and to pinpoint possible life-supporting planets inside our galaxy. However, its planning and construction have taken more than 30 years, with the project suffering cancellation threats, political controversies and further tribulations. In the process, several other scientific projects had to be cancelled to meet the massive, swelling price tag of the observatory. As the journal Nature put it, this is athe telescope that ate astronomya.

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The actor-director won a Bafta for his performance in Giri/Haji. Hailed as a star in the making by Olivia Colmana and others, he discusses the true stories that inspired his new projects behind the camera

Will Sharpe has only been surfing a couple of times, but he really loved it. aSo Iam not a surfer, Iam not very good at it, Iave been twice,a clarifies the 35-year-old English-Japanese actor, writer and director. aBut thereas something about being in this huge, loud, aothera force and I never feel calmer than when Iam underwater in the sea. I just really took to it.a

Sharpe sees parallels with his work, which has so far included the surreal, darkly funny sitcom Flowers starring Julian Barratt and Olivia Colman that he created for Channel 4, and a magnetic performance as sarcastic, self-destructive Rodney in the BBC drama Giri/Haji, which earned him a Bafta in 2020 for best supporting actor. aWhen I came back to writing, having been surfing, I found myself reflecting on how there are certain similarities: you have to get everything technically right, but youare still at the mercy of this much greater power,a he says. aAnd how 95% of the time you are getting the shit kicked out of you, but the 5% of the time that it works, itas so exhilarating you just want to do it again straight away.a

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Northern Ireland faces economic problems similar to those of rest of the UK, with some extras all of its own. Now what it has achieved is threatened by a looming trade war

Bars are full, restaurants are turning away customers who donat have reservations and, judging by the people laden with bags, the Christmas shopping season is already under way. Belfast has known plenty of crises down the decades but this doesnat feel like one of them.

Instead, on a Thursday evening in November, Northern Irelandas capital has the air of any other big provincial UK city, with a thriving hospitality sector and plenty of money changing hands. Were it not for the accents, it could be Leeds or Manchester.

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Details from 50 newly released letters echo scenes between Winston and Julia in the dystopian novel

The feeling of longing for a lost love can be powerful, and George Orwell makes full use of it in his work. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, his great dystopian novel, the hero Winston Smithas memories of walks taken with Julia, the woman he can never have, give the story its humanity.

Now a stash of largely unseen private correspondence, handed over to an academic archive on Friday by the authoras son, reveal just how large a role romantic nostalgia played in Orwellas own life. The contents are also proof that the writer was an unlikely but enthusiastic ice-skater.

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Retailers and farmers explain what shoppers should expect as Brexit and supply chain problems bite

With less than a month to go until Christmas, many retailers are not only having to deal with the impact of the pandemic and a global supply chain crisis but are also experiencing the full impact of Brexit on festive demands for the first time.

Here we talk to the people behind four key components of the festive period to see whether we will notice the impact in our houses and at our tables this year.

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aEveryoneas gagging for ita a how Britain got high on nitrous oxide
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:00:03 GMT
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Laughing gas was the lockdown high of choice for many young people. Now empty canisters are everywhere, and dealers are hitting the streets with card readers. Will a government crackdown burst the balloon?

Barry Smith spent this summer clinking as he walked. The 26-year-old painter from Devon sold nitrous oxide at four UK festivals. Before each event, he loaded his van with 20 boxes containing 480 canisters, bought online at 25p each, and hundreds of balloons. (This is considered small-time in the nitrous oxide racket.) His pricing is flexible: a balloon base rate of two for APS5 (a markup of 1,000%) or five for APS10. But prices can plummet to zero for mates or skyrocket for strangers once heas running low.

Standing largely in one spot, holding a nitrous dispenser, or acrackera, that resembles a coffee flask, Barry (not his real name) handed balloon after balloon to revellers attracted by a high-pitched hissing noise. He used the cracker to dispense the gas into latex balloons, while his girlfriend handled the payments, either in cash or by using a card machine borrowed from a friendas ice-cream company. aItas like a family business,a he jokes. Trade is brisk. aPeople just swarm at you a everyoneas gagging for it.a

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How a writer found himself in a missing person story
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:00:05 GMT
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While working on a book about missing persons, Francisco Garcia received a message that turned his life upside down. Here he reflects on love, loss and the enduring promise of reunion

Despite the cold, it had been a decent day. Late March is sometimes like that in London. More winter than spring, the grass often still frozen half solid underfoot. Itas rarely a time that speaks too loudly of renewal. This year wasnat any different, as far as I can remember. The occasion that afternoon was a friendas 30th birthday party, if thatas what youad call a few faintly desultory beers in a barren Peckham Rye Park.

Back at home, my partner and I had settled down to watch a florid period drama. About half an hour in, thatas when it happened: the moment my life changed. My phone lit up with an unfamiliar name on Facebook Messenger. aHello Francisco, this might be a shock. Itas your fatheras family in Spain. Twenty years may have passed, but we have always remembered you.a

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Analysis: the new coronavirus variant seems highly transmissible, but the big question is whether it causes severe disease. Either way, poorer nations will be hit hardest

In early August Gideon Schreiber and a team of virologists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel began playing around with the spike protein of the Sars-CoV-2 virus a the protein that allows the virus to enter our cells a to see if they could predict future mutations that could yield dangerous new variants of Covid-19.

At the time, Schreiber noted with concern that there were a variety of ways in which the spike protein could evolve. If all of these mutations occurred at once, it could yield a variant that was both extremely transmissible and potentially capable of evading some of the bodyas immune defences, blunting the efficacy of the vaccines.

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The Sicilian town where the Covid vaccination rate hit 104%
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:00:53 GMT
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An aextraordinarya campaign is credited for Palazzo Adrianoas stellar uptake a even if topping 100% is a statistical quirk

While European governments weigh up new mandates and measures to boost the uptake of Covid jabs there is on the slopes of Sicilyas Monte delle Rose a village with a vaccination rate that defies mathematics: 104%.

The figure is in part a statistical quirk a vaccine rates are calculated by Italian health authorities on a town or villageas official population and can in theory rise above 100% if enough non-residents are jabbed there a but Palazzo Adriano, where the Oscar-winning movie Cinema Paradiso was filmed, is by any standards a well-vaccinated community. A good portion of the population has already taken or booked a third dose and since vaccines were first available it utilised its close-knit relations to protect its people.

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Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams, Gilmour, Normann, McLean, Rashica, Pukki, Sargent.

Subs: Rupp, Dowell, Cantwell, Tzolis, Lees-Melou, Gunn, Giannoulis, Idah, Omobamidele.

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Nepomniachtchi plays the predicted 12. ... Nb4, which is clearly best. Carlsen immediately fires back with 13. Qe2 and the challenger answers with 13. ... Nd3. Remarkable prep by the world champion but Nepomniachtchi, under extreme duress, is matching him blow for blow so far.

Nepomniachtchi finally decides on 11. ... Qd7. Heas spent more than 36 minutes on his last four moves, leaving him 82 minutes for his next 30 moves to reach the time control. Not a dangerous situation just yet but bears mentioning. Carlsen responds with 12. e4.

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Newcastle briefly threatened to defy the norms established both by their work this season and a decadeas worth of endeavours at the Emirates, but ultimately normal service was resumed. They remain winless in all competitions and they have now lost 11 straight games at Arsenalas home, this defeat ending up as comfortable as most of them.

Eddie Howe could take the positives of a respectable first-half performance in his first match overseen from pitchside but after the restart their opponents were too strong, scoring well-taken goals through Bukayo Saka and his replacement Gabriel Martinelli. His side remain bottom, a fact few away from Tyneside will mourn, while Arsenal maintain interest in a top-four spot after casting aside any residual gloom from last weekendas heavy defeat at Liverpool.

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  • Vaughan tells BBC Rafiqas treatment by Yorkshire ahurts deeplya
  • Former England captain denies having made racist comments

Michael Vaughan has said he was sorry for the pain his former Yorkshire teammate Azeem Rafiq endured arising from the racism he experienced at the club.

Yorkshireas new chairman, Lord Patel, has apologised to Rafiq for what he had been through and the former player told MPs earlier this month of the ainhumana treatment he suffered during his time at the county, with Vaughan among a number of figures implicated in the case. In an interview with BBC Breakfast shown on Saturday morning, Vaughan denied making racist comments.

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  • Womenas World Cup qualifier: England 1-0 Austria (White 38)
  • White celebrates 100th cap with her 45th England goal

Sarina Wiegman limbered up for her first trip to Wearside by watching the Netflix documentary series Sunderland aTil I Die. It is, in part, a cautionary tale about pride coming before a fall but, on this evidence, there seems little danger of Wiegmanas England suffering a collapse in any way comparable to Sunderland AFCas painful tumble from the Premier League to League One.

Under the tutelage of the former Netherlands coach, the Lionesses have now won their first five qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, scoring 33 goals and conceding none along the way to the top of Group D.

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  • Dan Evans beats Adrian Mannarino to kickstart Group F win
  • British No 1 Norrie defeats Arthur Rinderknech after tiebreak

The abject silence of sporting contests held behind closed doors during Austriaas return to lockdown may not be the ideal atmosphere for any Davis Cup tie, but in their first appearance at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals, Great Britain made their own atmosphere and handled their business well. As their singles superiority on paper translated to reality, tGB secured an essential 2-0 win over France in Innsbruck to clinch their first victory of Group F.

In the opening rubber between the two second-ranked players, Dan Evans overcame some tough resistance from Adrian Mannarino, the world No 71, to win 7-5, 6-4. Cameron Norrie, the British No 1, followed shortly after, securing the win by saving two set points in a breathless, extended tiebreak before edging past Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 7-6 (8).

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  • Clash with Samoa at Twickenham off, womenas game goes ahead
  • Womenas Cricket World Cup qualifying in Zimbabwe called off

Saturdayas match between the Barbarian menas team and Samoa at Twickenham has been cancelled just 90 minutes before kick-off due to coronavirus cases among the invitational side.

A statement released by the Rugby Football Union revealed four Barbarians players and two members of staff had tested positive for Covid-19. The newly vacant 2.30pm kick-off time a and a broadcast slot on BBC One a will now be taken by the clash between Barbarian Women and a Springbok XV, which was due to start at 5.15pm.

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Cloudy Glen wins Ladbrokes Trophy Chase in Trevor Hemmingsa colours
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:56:32 GMT
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  • Charlie Deutschas ride holds off Fiddlerontheroofas late charge
  • Ahoy Senor dominates John Francome Novice Chase

Cloudy Glen, a 33-1 chance trained by Venetia Williams, carried the famous colours of the late Trevor Hemmings to a second successive victory in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase here on Saturday, staying on strongly all the way to the line to hold the late charge of Fiddlerontheroof (9-2).

Cloudy Glen was prominent from the off as Cloth Cap, last yearas winner, cut out the running and moved into the lead under Charlie Deutsch rounding the home turn.

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My panel oversees reviews into detention cases of autistic people. I see how the system fails those it should help

  • Sheila Hollins is emeritus professor of psychiatry of learning disability at St Georgeas University, London

Not many people have to worry that their children will be forcibly removed or locked away from society. Yet this is something I do worry about. My autistic son, who also has a learning disability, experiences the world differently. I am often in awe of his perspective, and he has inspired my more than 40 years of professional and voluntary effort advocating for better understanding, care and support.

When people like my son go into crisis there is a high chance they wonat be supported at home a not because they canat be helped to live full, valuable and meaningful lives in their communities, but because our asystema doesnat allow for it. Instead, they may be removed and taken, sometimes miles away, to an unfamiliar inpatient setting designed to treat mental illness, even though many are not mentally ill and do not need to be in hospital.

Lady Sheila Hollins is emeritus professor of psychiatry of learning disability at St Georgeas University, London and a crossbench member of the House of Lords. She is also the founder and chair of Beyond Words, the visual literacy charity

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The infamous hacking tool is now at the centre of international lawsuits thanks to a courageous research lab

If you were compiling a list of the most toxic tech companies, Facebook a strangely a would not come out on top. First place belongs to NSO, an outfit of which most people have probably never heard. Wikipedia tells us that aNSO Group is an Israeli technology firm primarily known for its proprietary spyware Pegasus, which is capable of remote zero-click surveillance of smartphonesa.

Pause for a moment on that phrase: aremote zero-click surveillance of smartphonesa. Most smartphone users assume that the ability of a hacker to penetrate their device relies upon the user doing something careless or naive a clicking on a weblink, or opening an attachment. And in most cases they would be right in that assumption. But Pegasus can get in without the user doing anything untoward. And once in, it turns everything on the device into an open book for whoever deployed the malware.

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The Last Duel director has blamed flighty amillenniansa for his latest epic film tanking, but maybe weare not blockbuster-ready

Ridley Scott is responsible for many of the best proper films in the history of cinema and by proper I mean the massive, blockbuster, event-type ones, the ones youad make an effort to go to the cinema to see, the ones that practically smell like popcorn. Thelma & Louise? Ridley Scott. The Alien movies, Blade Runner, Gladiator and I would make a case here for GI Jane, all directed by him. It must help with the hit rate that his work ethic is astonishing: heas had two films out in the UK in six weeks.

His latest, House of Gucci, out now, has divided critics so sharply that seeing it has become a matter of urgency: is it aboringa, aaudaciousa, aso bad itas bada or astylisha? Is anything better than Lady Gaga in the trailer, saying: aFather, son and house of Guccia, a line that gets stuck in my head like the chorus of a catchy pop song? The big question is whether it will do better than Scottas The Last Duel, which was released in cinemas last month and effectively bombed.

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As someone who works with employers, Iave seen how we can create the space to reflect and change our organisations

As a lawyer and managing director of a company that specialises in culture, law, and diversity and inclusion, I investigate allegations of harassment, bullying and discrimination often. The nature of my work means that Iam no stranger to the discourse surrounding racism and how it manifests in the workplace.

aBantera, as weave seen played out in the Yorkshire cricket scandal, is routinely badged as fun and a laugh, but the boundaries between banter, bullying, microaggressions and racism are thin.

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aItas criticala: can Microsoft make good on its climate ambitions?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 13:00:04 GMT
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The company has set an example in the fight against carbon a but it retains ties to obstructionist groups

When the UNas landmark climate report was released in 2018, calling for urgent and unprecedented changes, Microsoft executives were told to acommit it to memorya, said Elizabeth Willmott, who leads the companyas carbon program. aAnd so we did.a

The report warned the world must reach net-zero emissions by 2050 in order to avert catastrophic climate change. To achieve this, not only must the emissions released by countries and companies be dramatically curtailed, but billions of tons of carbon dioxide must be sucked out of the atmosphere.

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The farmers, mostly women, once grew enough but must now buy imported rice as the climate crisis edges them into poverty

In the sweltering heat of the late-morning west African sun, Aminata Jamba slashes at golden rice stalks with a sickle. aThe rice is lovely,a she says, music playing in the background as her son, Sampa, silently harvests the grain. But even if the quality is high, the quantity is not.

While once Jamba could have expected to harvest enough rice to last the whole year, this year she reckons it will last three to four months. After that, she will have to look elsewhere for a way to feed her family and make enough money to live.

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Bulb chief used government advisory role to abrief againsta rivals
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:00:52 GMT
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Collapsed supplier used access to ministers to criticise competitorsa green credentials and exaggerate its own

Collapsed energy supplier Bulb Energy appears to have used its role advising ministers on green business to exaggerate its own environmental credentials, while playing down rivalsa progress.

Bulbas chief executive, Hayden Wood, used a meeting of the Council for Sustainable Business (CSB), attended by key government officials and MPs, to highlight its green progress ahead of the Cop26 climate talks and boast about APS4.5m it has donated to organisations fighting climate change.

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Regulator to investigate Fashion for Relief after charity for young Londoners says promised sum never paid

A charity whose patron is the mayor of London says the fashion charity founded by the supermodel Naomi Campbell owes it tens of thousands of pounds.

The Mayoras Fund for London, whose figurehead is the current mayor, Sadiq Khan, says it is owed APS50,000 from a pop-up shop created by Campbellas Fashion for Relief two years ago to raise money for the mayoras causes.

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Homebuyers offered 40-year fixed-rate mortgage by UK lender
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:00:51 GMT
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Launch by Kensington Mortgages comes amid expectations that era of ultra-low interest rates will end

A mortgage offering fixed monthly payments for 40 years was launched this week a and it could mean that some homebuyers will be able to borrow more money than with a standard deal.

The Flexi Fixed for Term deal from Kensington Mortgages allows borrowers to fix their interest rate for the full term of the loan, which can be set anywhere between 11 and 40 years.

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Weekly meetings of ministers chaired by Michael Gove expected to lead to new policies on reducing inequality

Michael Gove is chairing a new weekly cabinet committee on levelling up, to bang heads together across Whitehall, as the government battles to repair the political damage of the past three weeks and show it is serious about tackling economic inequalities.

After a tumultuous period that culminated in the prime ministeras fumbled speech to the CBI on Monday, the forthcoming levelling-up white paper, expected to be published in mid-December, is regarded as a key moment to demonstrate the governmentas seriousness.

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Republicansa muted response to Paul Gosaras behavior has intensified fears about where incendiary rhetoric may lead

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood on the House floor and implored her colleagues to hold Paul Gosar accountable for sharing an altered anime video showing him killing her and attacking Joe Biden.

aOur work here matters. Our example matters. There is meaning in our service,a Ocasio-Cortez said in her speech last week. aAnd as leaders in this country, when we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues, that trickles down into violence in this country.a

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Islamophobic remarks by Lauren Boebert are ano laughing mattera, Ilhan Omar said, demanding action from congressional leaders a after the Colorado Republican said sorry.

aSaying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter,a the Minnesota Democrat tweeted. a[House Republican leader] Kevin McCarthy and [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi need to take appropriate action, normalising this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress.a

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Solomon Islands unrest: three bodies found in burnt-out building
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 04:49:08 GMT
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The badly burnt victims were discovered in a building in Chinatown in Honiara after days of rioting

The bodies of three people have been discovered in a burnt-out building in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara, the first reported deaths after days of rioting.

The charred bodies were discovered in a store in the Chinatown district of Honiara, police said on Saturday.

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Channel Seven reporter says his failure to listen to Adeleas album was a aterrible mistakea

Australian TV reporter Matt Doran has made a lengthy, unreserved apology to Adele for failing to listen to her new album before an exclusive interview with the singer, calling the bungle a aterrible mistakea.

Doran made international headlines this week for his interview with the singer, which was canned after he conceded he had only heard one track from her latest work, 30. Sony is refusing to release the footage.

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During the final funeral service Lee Soon-ja says sorry for the pains suffered during her husbandas reign

The widow of South Koreaas last military dictator has issued a brief apology over the apains and scarsa caused by her husbandas brutal rule as dozens of relatives and former aides gathered at a Seoul hospital to pay their final respects to Chun Doo-hwan.

Chun, who took power in a 1979 coup and violently crushed pro-democracy protests a year later before being jailed for treason in the 1990s, died at his Seoul home Tuesday at the age of 90.

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Why Republicans are embracing Kyle Rittenhouse as their mascot
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:00:51 GMT
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Congress members float the idea of offering the 18-year-old internships as experts say their use of him is aa very dangerous thinga

Wearing suits and ties, the two men give the camera smiles and thumbs up. One is Donald Trump, former president of the United States. The other is Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two people at an anti-racism protest. And behind them is a framed photo of Trump meeting the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

The mesmerizing tableau emerged from the ex-presidentas Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida earlier this week. It was, in effect, the coronation of Rittenhouse as a future star of the rightwing media, Republican party and aMake America great againa (Maga) movement in their crusade against liberalism.

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Remains found inside an underground structure were tied up by ropes and with the hands covering the face

A team of experts has found a mummy estimated to be at least 800 years old on Peruas central coast, one of the archaeologists who participated in the excavation said.

The mummified remains were of a person from the culture that developed between the coast and mountains of the South American country. The mummy, whose gender was not identified, was discovered in the Lima region, said archaeologist Pieter Van Dalen Luna on Friday.

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Investors have salivated over the Illinois automaker a but juggernauts like Ford and GM still have plenty of advantages

Normal, Illinois, a town of just 55,000 people, could be the future of car manufacturing, according to Wall Street traders, at least. Six hoursa drive away in Detroit, home of the US auto industry for more than 100 years, they are not so sure.

The town gained international attention earlier this month after the Amazon-backed Rivian, an electric vehicle startup, went public in one of the biggest stock market debuts since Facebook. Despite the fact that the company has delivered only about 150 trucks, Rivian is now valued at about $100bn, more than either Ford or General Motors, which produced about 10m vehicles between them in 2020.

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From Line of Duty to Mare of Easttown, a new generation of performers are breaking through. Meet the actors, models and presenters leading a revolution in representation

In the middle of last winteras lockdown, while still adjusting to the news of their newborn sonas Downas syndrome diagnosis, Matt and Charlotte Court spotted a casting ad from BBC Drama. It called for a baby to star in a Call the Midwife episode depicting the surprising yet joyful arrival of a child with Downas syndrome in 60s London, when institutionalisation remained horribly common. The resulting shoot would prove a deeply cathartic experience for the young family. aBefore that point, I had shut off certain doors for baby Nate in my mind through a lack of knowledge,a Matt remembers. aTo then have that opportunity opened my eyes. If he can act one day, which is bloody difficult, then heas got a fighting chance. He was reborn for us on that TV programme.a

Itas a fitting metaphor for the larger shift in Downas syndrome visibility over the past few years. While Call the Midwife has featured a number of disability-focused plotlines in its nearly decade-long run a actor Daniel Laurie, who has Downas syndrome, is a series regular a the history of the conditionas representation on screen is one largely defined by absence.

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The African American artist has been making powerful, political work since the late 70s. As a new exhibition in Edinburgh shows, she still has plenty to say

Howardena Pindellas art can seem as if it were made by two separate people. There are the huge canvases where stencilled dots or tiny, hole-punched discs of paper amass like drifts of leaves, which she began making while working as MoMAas first African American curator in 1970s New York. And then thereas the work that has challenged social injustice with a gut-punch directness since the 80s.

It is clear, though, speaking with the 78-year-old ahead of her first UK solo exhibition in a public gallery, that her swirling abstract constellations are not entirely devoid of politics. As a young curator, shead seen artists with museum day jobs give up their creative lives. Not her. She found time for painting because athe racism [at MoMA at the time] meant I was left out of certain activities. I loved being an artist and I had the stamina to work at night.a

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The Glass Menagerie review a Ivo van Hoveas subterranean home blues
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 13:15:04 GMT
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Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Isabelle Huppert stars in a shrewd staging of Tennessee Williamsa autobiographical memory play, to be livestreamed from the ITA

Is this a latecomer weaving through the front row of the stalls? No, itas warehouse poet Tom Wingfield, narrator of Tennessee Williamsa first hit and most autobiographical play. Nahuel PA(c)rez Biscayart a with brush-up hair and scruffy moustache, wry smile and sunken eyes a doesnat half look like the playwright as he performs an illusion with a scarf and rope, assisted by the audience.

For their own latest magic trick, director Ivo van Hove and designer Jan Versweyveld shrewdly plunge Williamsa 1944 memory play a set a decade earlier, in a St Louis tenement a into a subterranean domain. The familyas Victrola, typewriter and kitchen appliances are present but the floor is earthen, the burrowed walls covered with sketches of the long-gone Mr Wingfield that resemble cave paintings.

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Mirandaas slinky soundtrack and unexpected subtleties align as Disneyas new outsider heroine tries to save her family from ruin

The Madrigal clan are a little unusual. The burly Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow) possesses superhuman strength, Isabela (Diane Guerrero) has the ability to make flowers burst into bloom, Pepa (Carolina GaitA!n) can control the weather with her mood. Itas only bespectacled Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz) who hasnat been blessed with magic. An outsider in her own family, she fits right into a lineage of recent Disney animation heroines, including Moana and Frozenas Elsa. When the Madrigalsa prized enchanted candle begins to dim (and with it, everyoneas powers), cracks appear in the foundation of the family casa. Itas Mirabel who must figure out how to keep the flame alight.

Set among the mountains of Colombia, this sparky musical covers plenty of well-trodden terrain, including sibling rivalry and the crushing weight of family expectations. Whatas interesting and unexpected is the filmas subtle acknowledgement of culturally specific generational trauma and displacement. aWe canat lose our home,a repeats matriarch Abuela Alma (MarAa Cecilia Botero), who recounts being forced from her house by aunknown forcesa once before. The film also boasts a soundtrack of earworms written by Lin-Manuel Miranda; the slinky, salsa-influenced We Donat Talk About Bruno rattled around in my head for days.

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TV tonight: the final chapter of Freddie Mercuryas extraordinary life
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 06:00:50 GMT
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An emotional look at the Queen singeras legacy 30 years after his death. Plus: Dispatches follows terrified Afghans after the Taliban took Kabul. Hereas what to watch this evening

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On my radar: Bridget Christieas cultural highlights
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:00:01 GMT
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The comedian on Jon Ronsonas take on the culture wars, an app for menopausal women, and a life-affirming book about death

Born in Gloucester in 1971, comedian Bridget Christieas debut BBC Radio 4 series, Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, was first broadcast in 2013. That same year she toured her show A Bic for Her, which won the Edinburgh comedy award for best show and a 2014 Chortle award for best tour. In 2015 she published A Book for Her, followed in 2017 by Netflix special Stand Up For Her. She lives in north London with her husband, comedian Stewart Lee, and their two children. Christieas new show, Who Am I?, is at Folkestone Quarterhouse on 2 December, then Leicester Square theatre, London, 14-18 December.

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AlizA(c)e, 25, advertising account manager, meets Rhys, 34, chef

AlizA(c)e on Rhys

What were you hoping for?
Good food, meeting someone interesting and that my date would be as tall as me (six-foot gal over here!)

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Janice Turley has led the band of visually impaired players for 10 years a for free. The Guardian Angel helps her repair a beloved childhood toy

When Janice Turley was 39, she was focused on her career as a teacher a perhaps a little too focused. Shead retrained after bringing up her children and was in her second year as a primary school teacher in Hulme, Manchester. Often shead put in 70-hour weeks. One of the school governors said she needed a night off.

The governor took Turley to see a steel band at a local school. It was taught by British-Trinidadian musician Arthur Culpeper, one of the pioneers of steel band music in the UK. The room was big and draughty, but the atmosphere was brilliant. aThere was a chattery buzz,a says Turley. Learning to play steel pan was addictive. Culpeper was gentle and patient with newcomers. aArthur stuck me on the bass,a Turley remembers, aI never looked back.a

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This is not just any turkey: this showstopper is Creole-spiced, with bourbon and pineapple, and comes with sides of chard braised with ham hock and roast cassava with garlic and coriander salsa

Chaya was in charge of the test kitchenas Christmas menu this year, so there was only one way the turkey was going to go flavour-wise. The use of pineapple and sugar in the gravy is such a winning way of getting a sticky caramelisation and keeping everything wonderfully juicy. Any tendency the bird has towards dryness will be offset not only by taking the Creole route, but also, and crucially, by the quality of the turkey you buy a we got ours thanks to Copas Turkeys, whose high-welfare, free-range birds are very, very special.

UK readers: click to buy these ingredients from Ocado

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What is it like trying to fix an iPhone yourself?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:00:53 GMT
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Apple is offering repair kits from next year so the Guardian spent a day in a specialist shop to see how itas done

When fixing an iPhone screen, you have to be careful with the heat gun a the clue is in the name.

If you overheat the handset you can damage the insides even before you can lever off a cracked screen, let alone replace it with another. And then you have to remember which screw is which.

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Top 10 British cottages for a cosy winter break
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:00:02 GMT
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From 17th-century Cornish hideaways to Cumbrian stone barns, we pick gorgeous places to snuggle up this season a all set in lovely countryside

This traditional stone cottage has been beautifully restored in a modern-meets-rustic style. The open-plan ground floor has wooden floors, beams and an inglenook fireplace with a woodburner. Upstairs are two bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. There are deep windowsills with sheepskin rugs and cushions, and lots of artworks and houseplants. Guests can defy the winter and head outside to cook in the pizza oven, sit around the firepit or soak in the hot tub. There is a horse-riding centre nearby and plenty of walking and cycling routes.
From APS595 a week, sleeps four, coolstays.com

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Two cases of Omicron Covid variant identified in UK
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 15:14:50 GMT
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The B.1.1.529 variant, described in Britain as athe most worrying weave seena, was first found in southern Africa

The first cases of the new B.1.1.529 Covid-19 variant have been identified in the UK.

Two people found to be infected with the Omicron variant are self-isolating, according to the health secretary, Sajid Javid.

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Why Republicans are embracing Kyle Rittenhouse as their mascot
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:00:51 GMT
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Congress members float the idea of offering the 18-year-old internships as experts say their use of him is aa very dangerous thinga

Wearing suits and ties, the two men give the camera smiles and thumbs up. One is Donald Trump, former president of the United States. The other is Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two people at an anti-racism protest. And behind them is a framed photo of Trump meeting the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

The mesmerizing tableau emerged from the ex-presidentas Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida earlier this week. It was, in effect, the coronation of Rittenhouse as a future star of the rightwing media, Republican party and aMake America great againa (Maga) movement in their crusade against liberalism.

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The stateas policy of aMassive Resistancea exemplifies the incendiary combination of race and education in the US

Not long after Patricia Turner and a handful of Black students desegregated Norview junior high school in Norfolk, Virginia, she realized a big difference between her new white school and her former Black school. That February of 1959, she didnat have to wear a coat in class to stay warm, because Norview was heated.

She hadnat noticed the difference earlier because of the steady volley of racism directed at her, Turner said. A teacher put her papers in a separate box and returned them wearing rubber gloves. (He later wrote her an apology letter.) And her fellow students spat on her.

A crowd gathers for an NAACP rally in May 1961 at the Prince Edward county courthouse in Farmville, Virginia, marking the seventh anniversary of the supreme courtas school desegregation ruling. Photograph: Bettmann

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Remains found inside an underground structure were tied up by ropes and with the hands covering the face

A team of experts has found a mummy estimated to be at least 800 years old on Peruas central coast, one of the archaeologists who participated in the excavation said.

The mummified remains were of a person from the culture that developed between the coast and mountains of the South American country. The mummy, whose gender was not identified, was discovered in the Lima region, said archaeologist Pieter Van Dalen Luna on Friday.

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Islamophobic remarks by Lauren Boebert are ano laughing mattera, Ilhan Omar said, demanding action from congressional leaders a after the Colorado Republican said sorry.

aSaying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter,a the Minnesota Democrat tweeted. a[House Republican leader] Kevin McCarthy and [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi need to take appropriate action, normalising this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress.a

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During the final funeral service Lee Soon-ja says sorry for the pains suffered during her husbandas reign

The widow of South Koreaas last military dictator has issued a brief apology over the apains and scarsa caused by her husbandas brutal rule as dozens of relatives and former aides gathered at a Seoul hospital to pay their final respects to Chun Doo-hwan.

Chun, who took power in a 1979 coup and violently crushed pro-democracy protests a year later before being jailed for treason in the 1990s, died at his Seoul home Tuesday at the age of 90.

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Channel Seven reporter says his failure to listen to Adeleas album was a aterrible mistakea

Australian TV reporter Matt Doran has made a lengthy, unreserved apology to Adele for failing to listen to her new album before an exclusive interview with the singer, calling the bungle a aterrible mistakea.

Doran made international headlines this week for his interview with the singer, which was canned after he conceded he had only heard one track from her latest work, 30. Sony is refusing to release the footage.

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  • US retailers offer smaller price markdowns amid tight supplies
  • Covid variant triggers stock market selloff and investor anxiety

Bargain hunters ventured out in chilly weather on Black Friday, only to discover that many US retailers offered smaller price markdowns this year amid tight supplies.

Covid fears and fewer adoorbustera sales thinned crowds the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, which kicks off the year-end holiday shopping season.

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Relatives await news on 10 men whose phones have gone silent and a map pin that remains stubbornly stuck halfway between Britain and France

Very little is known about the 27 people who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat on Wednesday, other than that many are thought to have come from northern Iraq.

In the Kurdish village of Ranya, families had been waiting for days for news from loved ones they knew were planning to attempt the perilous crossing on Wednesday, but whose phones had gone silent. Some hoped their sons, brothers, daughters and sisters had made it across the Channel and were now in detention centres in the UK. Others feared the worst.

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Republicansa muted response to Paul Gosaras behavior has intensified fears about where incendiary rhetoric may lead

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood on the House floor and implored her colleagues to hold Paul Gosar accountable for sharing an altered anime video showing him killing her and attacking Joe Biden.

aOur work here matters. Our example matters. There is meaning in our service,a Ocasio-Cortez said in her speech last week. aAnd as leaders in this country, when we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues, that trickles down into violence in this country.a

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Investors have salivated over the Illinois automaker a but juggernauts like Ford and GM still have plenty of advantages

Normal, Illinois, a town of just 55,000 people, could be the future of car manufacturing, according to Wall Street traders, at least. Six hoursa drive away in Detroit, home of the US auto industry for more than 100 years, they are not so sure.

The town gained international attention earlier this month after the Amazon-backed Rivian, an electric vehicle startup, went public in one of the biggest stock market debuts since Facebook. Despite the fact that the company has delivered only about 150 trucks, Rivian is now valued at about $100bn, more than either Ford or General Motors, which produced about 10m vehicles between them in 2020.

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Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams, Gilmour, Normann, McLean, Rashica, Pukki, Sargent.

Subs: Rupp, Dowell, Cantwell, Tzolis, Lees-Melou, Gunn, Giannoulis, Idah, Omobamidele.

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Despite being a child actor and having her own sitcom at 12, the star of Transparent and new film Camon Camon is happiest out of the spotlight

There were only a few occasions when the famed self-portraiture artist Cindy Sherman took photos of someone else and, at just five years old, Gaby Hoffmann became one of them. In the portrait, Hoffmann remembers with a knowing snort, she was dressed as the devil. Posing for one of the worldas most famous photographers was no fluke: Sherman was Hoffmannas stepmother (she married Hoffmannas older sisteras father), and as a child Hoffmann would regularly run riot in her studio, throwing on costumes and playing with props. aThen when I was a teenager I lived with Cindy, and when Halloween came thatas where I would go to dress up. My kids now enjoy it. Itas a family resource!a

This might sound like a less than conventional way to get your hands on a costume come 31 October, but such a life was pretty normal for Hoffmann. Growing up in Manhattanas bohemian Chelsea Hotel a also home to Patti Smith, Nico and Jackson Pollock a she was the daughter of Andy Warhol muse and actor Viva, who was on the phone to the artist when he was shot by Valerie Solanas. Family friends included Gore Vidal. That Hoffmann started appearing in television adverts at the age of four to help pay the rent is perhaps one of the least fascinating things about her early years.

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AlizA(c)e, 25, advertising account manager, meets Rhys, 34, chef

AlizA(c)e on Rhys

What were you hoping for?
Good food, meeting someone interesting and that my date would be as tall as me (six-foot gal over here!)

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As Daniel Craigas final Bond film hits small screens, investigate cinemaas other brilliantly aloof spies and private eyes, from Sam Spade to Jason Bourne

During much of the pandemic, the repeatedly delayed release of the new James Bond film was held up as some kind of Covid-era holy grail: each time it got booted to the next season, it seemed a renewed marker of when things might be anormala again. The filmas eventual big-screen release two months ago was no cure-all; for anyone still wary of heading back to cinemas, the recent VOD release of No Time to Die is surely the more notable event. Does this big, brash, handsome entry in British cinemaas most long-in-the-tooth franchise lose a little something on a TV screen? Perhaps. Does it work grandly enough just the same? Certainly.

The great appeal of the Bond films is that, give or take the odd plot pivot a and thereas certainly a large one here that I didnat see coming a you more or less know what youare getting each time, and that kind of comfort viewing will always be well suited to the couch. With its balletic succession of neatly choreographed action set pieces, all assembled with sleek brushed steel, Cary Joji Fukunagaas film might be the most elegant of the Daniel Craig era, if not the most propulsive. Itas classy comfort alright, though I was most excited by an emergent perverse streak in its apparent business-as-usual approach: it gives us a Bond less capable and less unflappable than usual, working towards a plot twist that actually exposes the superspyas limitations.

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From Greece the women are advocating for fellow refugees a and those left behind under Taliban rule

It is a Saturday morning in November, and Afghan MP Nazifa Yousufi Bek gathers up her notes and prepares to head for the office. But instead of jumping in an armoured car bound for the mahogany-lined parliament in Kabul, her journey is by bus from a Greek hotel to a migrantsa organisation in the centre of Athens. There, taking her place on a folding chair, she inaugurates the Afghan womenas parliament in a exile.

aOur people have nothing. Mothers are selling their children,a she tells a room packed with her peers. aWe must raise our voices, we must put a stop to this,a says Yousufi Bek, 35, who fled Afghanistan with her husband and three young children after the Taliban swept to power in August. Some around her nod in agreement; others quietly weep.

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What is it like trying to fix an iPhone yourself?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:00:53 GMT
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Apple is offering repair kits from next year so the Guardian spent a day in a specialist shop to see how itas done

When fixing an iPhone screen, you have to be careful with the heat gun a the clue is in the name.

If you overheat the handset you can damage the insides even before you can lever off a cracked screen, let alone replace it with another. And then you have to remember which screw is which.

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The Sicilian town where the Covid vaccination rate hit 104%
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:00:53 GMT
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An aextraordinarya campaign is credited for Palazzo Adrianoas stellar uptake a even if topping 100% is a statistical quirk

While European governments weigh up new mandates and measures to boost the uptake of Covid jabs there is on the slopes of Sicilyas Monte delle Rose a village with a vaccination rate that defies mathematics: 104%.

The figure is in part a statistical quirk a vaccine rates are calculated by Italian health authorities on a town or villageas official population and can in theory rise above 100% if enough non-residents are jabbed there a but Palazzo Adriano, where the Oscar-winning movie Cinema Paradiso was filmed, is by any standards a well-vaccinated community. A good portion of the population has already taken or booked a third dose and since vaccines were first available it utilised its close-knit relations to protect its people.

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Inflation is an issue of real concern to many Americans. Itas also a chance for Democrats to name and shame price-gougers

Inflation is rapidly becoming a problem for the Democratic party and President Joe Biden. They need to get a grip on it before it imperils their wider agenda and sinks their chances of keeping control of Congress in the midterm elections next year. As they think about how to address it, one thing is certain: what theyave been doing so far isnat working. A recent poll found that two-thirds of Americans disapprove of how Biden is handling inflation, and the same number consider the issue avery importanta in their evaluations of his presidency. Among those Americans concerned about the state of the economy, nearly nine in 10 ranked inflation as a reason why. Clearly something has to change.

But inflation, a complicated product of economics and mass psychology, is also devilishly difficult to understand, and even more difficult to control. Presidents have few tools to tame it, and the ones they do have can backfire. The inflation of the 1970s crippled Gerald Fordas presidency and was doing the same to Jimmy Carter until he opted for an extreme cure a installing a chair of the Federal Reserve who dramatically raised interest rates, stopping inflation but also plunging the economy into a deep recession which handed the White House to Ronald Reagan. These experiences left inflation with a reputation as a presidency-killer, with either the disease itself or the medicine taken to combat it ultimately killing the patient.

Andrew Gawthorpe is a historian of the United States at Leiden University, and host of the podcast America Explained

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Nepomniachtchi plays the predicted 12. ... Nb4, which is clearly best. Carlsen immediately fires back with 13. Qe2 and the challenger answers with 13. ... Nd3. Remarkable prep by the world champion but Nepomniachtchi, under extreme duress, is matching him blow for blow so far.

Nepomniachtchi finally decides on 11. ... Qd7. Heas spent more than 36 minutes on his last four moves, leaving him 82 minutes for his next 30 moves to reach the time control. Not a dangerous situation just yet but bears mentioning. Carlsen responds with 12. e4.

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Newcastle briefly threatened to defy the norms established both by their work this season and a decadeas worth of endeavours at the Emirates, but ultimately normal service was resumed. They remain winless in all competitions and they have now lost 11 straight games at Arsenalas home, this defeat ending up as comfortable as most of them.

Eddie Howe could take the positives of a respectable first-half performance in his first match overseen from pitchside but after the restart their opponents were too strong, scoring well-taken goals through Bukayo Saka and his replacement Gabriel Martinelli. His side remain bottom, a fact few away from Tyneside will mourn, while Arsenal maintain interest in a top-four spot after casting aside any residual gloom from last weekendas heavy defeat at Liverpool.

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Great expectations, no guarantees as USWNT expose Matildas frailties
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:01:41 GMT
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A record crowd pointed to a bright future, but the same old problems remain for the Matildas

Almost as soon as it was locked in, Saturday afternoonas meeting between Australia and the United States Womenas National Team (USWNT) was positioned as a celebration of the present and future of Australian womenas football. But in downing the Matildas 3-0 the United States provided another potent reminder to Australian football that, despite the great expectations it holds with a home World Cup on the horizon, the future is never guaranteed.

As 36,109 fans watched on - the highest ever crowd for a womenas football match in Australia - the United States proved quite happy to spoil their hostsa party, proving to be simply the better team in the moments when it counted; taking advantage of some calamitous errors and naivety in approach to claim a clinical win behind goals from Ashley Hatch, Rose Lavelle and Lindsey Horan (who made good on her goal of ashutting upa a hostile home crowd).

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Brazilian is the worldas longest-serving next-best footballer but his moments of genius are increasingly rare

Who weeps for Neymar? Not many people. Except perhaps Neymar himself, who cries a lot and not always out of sadness. A quick internet search of aNeymar tearsa reveals 4.73 million hits, from Brazil tears to BarASSa tears, to brave tears, sad tears, tears as Neymar greets [insert celebrity friend], to full, cinematic hot salty snot-washing tears. So, so many tears.

The good news is you can also get a more cheering 18 million hits for aNeymar happya: cue for a series of wonderful beaming grins and winks and million-dollar smiles. Some people have that glow about them. I once saw a woman faint in an airport departure hall after coming unexpectedly face to face with Bill Clinton a please, no comments a who has the same sense of human event glamour. Clinton just kind of giggled, a laugh of recognition a yes siree, maaam, thatas what I do a as his victim was led away.

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Brooks Koepka takes down Bryson DeChambeau in made-for-TV match
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 01:05:47 GMT
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  • Koepka wins 4 and 3 over DeChambeau at Wynn Golf Club
  • Rivalry between Americans took over 2021as golf headlines

Whether it settles their feud once and for all remains to be seen, but Brooks Koepka defeated Bryson DeChambeau 4 and 3 in a 12-hole edition of aThe Matcha Friday at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

The playersa bitter rivalry took over headlines in the golf world for the better part of a year. After they temporarily put aside their differences to help Team USA dominate the Ryder Cup in September, it was announced they would square off in the charity golf match that has become a semi-regular, made-for-TV event.

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Details from 50 newly released letters echo scenes between Winston and Julia in the dystopian novel

The feeling of longing for a lost love can be powerful, and George Orwell makes full use of it in his work. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, his great dystopian novel, the hero Winston Smithas memories of walks taken with Julia, the woman he can never have, give the story its humanity.

Now a stash of largely unseen private correspondence, handed over to an academic archive on Friday by the authoras son, reveal just how large a role romantic nostalgia played in Orwellas own life. The contents are also proof that the writer was an unlikely but enthusiastic ice-skater.

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The authors reflect on their experiences of including the pandemic in their novels Wish You Were Here and False Witness

aC/ Inside story: the first pandemic novels have arrived, but are we ready for them?

I was very conscious of the fact that by the end of 2020, we had already forgotten what happened months earlier, we had forgotten the moments when wead been told donat wear a mask, when we washed our broccoli with soap and water. All of the things that that seemed so shocking and scary in March were so far away by November, December. And that was when I started to play around with the story.

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aEveryoneas gagging for ita a how Britain got high on nitrous oxide
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:00:03 GMT
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Laughing gas was the lockdown high of choice for many young people. Now empty canisters are everywhere, and dealers are hitting the streets with card readers. Will a government crackdown burst the balloon?

Barry Smith spent this summer clinking as he walked. The 26-year-old painter from Devon sold nitrous oxide at four UK festivals. Before each event, he loaded his van with 20 boxes containing 480 canisters, bought online at 25p each, and hundreds of balloons. (This is considered small-time in the nitrous oxide racket.) His pricing is flexible: a balloon base rate of two for APS5 (a markup of 1,000%) or five for APS10. But prices can plummet to zero for mates or skyrocket for strangers once heas running low.

Standing largely in one spot, holding a nitrous dispenser, or acrackera, that resembles a coffee flask, Barry (not his real name) handed balloon after balloon to revellers attracted by a high-pitched hissing noise. He used the cracker to dispense the gas into latex balloons, while his girlfriend handled the payments, either in cash or by using a card machine borrowed from a friendas ice-cream company. aItas like a family business,a he jokes. Trade is brisk. aPeople just swarm at you a everyoneas gagging for it.a

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Kathy Hochul orders elective operations to be postponed until at least 15 January in state where two-thirds are fully vaccinated

New York, one of the states hit hardest and earliest by Covid-19, is taking steps to limit a new winter wave of infections as transmission rates approach those of April 2020 and the US braces for the Omicron variant, discovered in southern Africa.

Late on Friday, Governor Kathy Hochul said: aWhile the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York state, itas coming.a

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Switched off: Afghan media struggle to survive under Taliban rule
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:00:53 GMT
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More than 250 newspapers, radio and TV stations have closed in first 100 days of militantsa rule

The romantic serials have gone after the Taliban warned against racy content, the popular womenas call-in shows were axed after the militants said they didnat want female journalists on air, and news investigations were cancelled after officials demanded oversight before anything was broadcast.

So perhaps unsurprisingly, most people who used to tune into Radio Sanga, once one of the most popular stations in southern Afghanistan, have turned off.

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Solomon Islands unrest: three bodies found in burnt-out building
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 04:49:08 GMT
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The badly burnt victims were discovered in a building in Chinatown in Honiara after days of rioting

The bodies of three people have been discovered in a burnt-out building in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara, the first reported deaths after days of rioting.

The charred bodies were discovered in a store in the Chinatown district of Honiara, police said on Saturday.

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Travellers to tiny islands in Vanuatu claim to fulfil a local belief that a mysterious figure from afar will one day bring prosperity. What are they hoping for?

In life, Claude-Philippe Berger styled himself the atraditional king of Tannaa, an island of 30,000 people in Vanuatu. Berger, who was born in 1953 in Casablanca and claimed to have once been a diplomat, first visited the islands in 2011, in hope of veneration. What he found was a South Pacific of the imagination: champagne-coloured beaches, rose sunsets, the rumble of volcanoes. Yet Vanuatu is also threatened by a rising tide, and cyclones regularly hit its scarce infrastructure and fragile agrarian economy.

Later, living in Nice as a supposed king in exile, Berger adopted the studied lifestyle of an obscure European royal: swathed in a blue sash and medals, he could be found cutting ribbons at provincial art exhibitions, or hosting boozy soirees in San Remo, where he and his aroyal housea would engage in energetic lobbying of Ni-Vanuatu politicians to have his island throne restored.

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aItas criticala: can Microsoft make good on its climate ambitions?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 13:00:04 GMT
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The company has set an example in the fight against carbon a but it retains ties to obstructionist groups

When the UNas landmark climate report was released in 2018, calling for urgent and unprecedented changes, Microsoft executives were told to acommit it to memorya, said Elizabeth Willmott, who leads the companyas carbon program. aAnd so we did.a

The report warned the world must reach net-zero emissions by 2050 in order to avert catastrophic climate change. To achieve this, not only must the emissions released by countries and companies be dramatically curtailed, but billions of tons of carbon dioxide must be sucked out of the atmosphere.

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Flower power: Angelina Goltas best phone picture
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
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aI closed my eyes, absorbed the scent of the flowers and asked my surroundings to talk to mea

aSpontaneity flowing into painstaking planninga is how Angelina Golt describes her artistic process. This image was taken during the Ukrainian photographeras first shoot in Kyiv, after she relocated from her home in Odessa, on the Black Sea coast.

aThe first thing I do is walk around my location, exploring and touching,a Golt says. It was a grey winter day and she wanted to find something fresh and springlike. aItas hard not to fall in love with a greenhouse like that. I closed my eyes, absorbed the scent of the flowers and asked my surroundings to talk to me.a

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