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  • Old nuclear bunker for sale in Arizona desert includes original equipment
    by Amanda Holpuch in New York on 16 Novembre 2019 at 18:03

    Decommissioned nuclear silo accessed 40ft staircase leading underground was once home to US’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile ever deployedOne local newspaper described the sales listing, with calculated understatement, as a “mid-century fixer-upper”: an underground bunker built to withstand a nuclear attack, and to house the fire power to retaliate.The decommissioned nuclear silo in southern Arizona was once home to the Titan II, the largest intercontinental ballistic missile deployed by the US Air Force. Continue reading...

  • General election: focus on freedom of movement as Labour debates manifesto – live news
    by Mattha Busby (now) and Aamna Mohdin (earlier) on 16 Novembre 2019 at 18:02

    Live coverage of the day on the campaign trail, including Labour meeting to decide its manifestoPolice assessing claims that Tories offered peerages to Brexit partyLib Dems criticised for selective use of polling data on leafletsGary Younge: the view from StevenageSign up for Andrew Sparrow’s weekday election briefing email 6.02pm GMTWe’re now going to close today’s live blog. Thanks for all your comments, and for reading. 5.38pm GMTJeremy Corbyn has hit back at Boris Johnson after the prime minister claimed his plans to nationalise the UK’s broadband network were part of a “crazed communist scheme”.He tweeted that the Conservatives would dismiss proposals, if made today, to create the NHS as “health communism”.When companies like Google paid just £28 million in tax - despite making £1.6 billion in UK sales - that suggests they can afford to contribute a bit more.That's how we'll fund the operating costs of fast and free broadband for everyone across the UK. Continue reading...

  • Protests erupt in Iran after government raises price of gas by 50%
    by Associated Press in Dubai on 16 Novembre 2019 at 18:00

    One person killed as violence flares during demonstrations blocking traffic in several cities Protesters angered by Iran’s raising of government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and clashed with police after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire. At least one person has reportedly been killed.The protests put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it struggles to overcome the US sanctions strangling the country after president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Continue reading...

  • Evo Morales ousting brings new hope to Venezuela's flagging opposition
    by Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent on 16 Novembre 2019 at 17:40

    Toppling of Bolivian president reignites movement to remove leftist ally Nicolás MaduroVenezuela’s flagging opposition movement has hit the streets for its first major protests in months, as leaders sought to reignite their campaign to force Nicolás Maduro from power after his leftist ally Evo Morales was toppled in Bolivia.Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Saturday morning in towns and cities across the crisis-stricken south American country, hoping the dramatic sea change in Bolivian politics might portend similar change in Venezuela. Continue reading...

  • Trump personally kept pressure on Ukraine, says impeachment inquiry witness
    by Julian Borger in Washington on 16 Novembre 2019 at 17:28

    David Holmes, diplomat at the US embassy in Kiev, says Trump did not ‘give a shit’ about Ukraine and only cared about what would benefit him politicallyDonald Trump personally kept up pressure on Ukraine to carry out investigations he had requested in a phone call with a senior US diplomat, who then observed the president did not “give a shit” about Ukraine and only cared about what would benefit him politically, according to dramatic new testimony in congressional impeachment hearings.In a deposition to the House committees investigating the Ukraine scandal, David Holmes, a diplomat at the US embassy in Kiev, described an extraordinary phone call between Trump and the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, on 26 July. Continue reading...

  • Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution, 1989 - in pictures
    on 16 Novembre 2019 at 17:15

    Thirty years ago, Czech photographer Bohumil Eichler was working for a dissident student-run news agency when the Velvet Revolution began. His work from Prague has rarely been seen, until now. Continue reading...

  • The impeachment hearings are a battle between oligarchy and democracy | Heather Cox Richardson
    by Heather Cox Richardson on 16 Novembre 2019 at 16:07

    Official US policy in Ukraine was to promote rule of law, but the Trump administration sided against it, hearings have shownSince the House of Representatives opened an impeachment inquiry in late September into the actions of Donald Trump over his withholding of aid to Ukraine, the Republican defenders of the president have dismissed the inquiry on the ground that hearings were held behind closed doors. On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee, charged by House speaker Nancy Pelosi with spearheading the investigation, answered those complaints by opening public hearings. Deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs George P Kent and Charge d’Affaires for Ukraine William Taylor were the first public witnesses on Wednesday. On Friday, former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was the third, testifying about the events surrounding her abrupt removal from her position in May 2019.For all their complicated names and dates, what has emerged at the hearings is a clear picture of an epic battle between the rule of oligarchs, who pervert government to suit their own interests, and the rule of law, in which everyone has the same right to representation and legal protection. Continue reading...

  • Louisiana governor race is an early test of Trump's power to draw voters
    by Oliver Laughland in New Orleans on 16 Novembre 2019 at 15:17

    Democrat John Bel Edwards is running against Republican challenger Eddie Rispone, who has been backed by the presidentA tightly contested gubernatorial election run-off in Louisiana on Saturday will test Donald Trump’s sway among conservative voters in the deep south as Democrat John Bel Edwards fights for a second term against Republican challenger Eddie Rispone.The election drew the president to northern Louisiana on Thursday evening for a campaign rally in Bossier City during which he urged Republican voters to turn up to the polls on Saturday. Continue reading...

  • Hong Kong: Chinese troops deployed to help clear roadblocks
    by Lily Kuo in Hong Kong on 16 Novembre 2019 at 14:55

    Controversial move could exacerbate tensions in territory dealing with months of anti-government protests Chinese troops in Hong Kong have been deployed to help clear roads blockaded by anti-government protesters in a controversial move that could escalate the already high tensions in the Chinese territory.Dozens of soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), dressed in shorts and T-shirts, jogged from their barracks in Kowloon to the Hong Kong Baptist University where protesters had built barricades to stop riot police entering the campus. Joining a group of residents, they moved desks, signposts, and bricks blocking a road. Continue reading...

  • Black-clad youths clash with police as gilets jaunes mark anniversary
    by Kim Willsher in Paris on 16 Novembre 2019 at 14:20

    Police forces fire teargas and water cannon against protesters in French capitalThe gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement marked a year of weekend demonstrations with protests across France. In Paris, groups of black-clad youths caused damages at a central square, smashing bus shelters, a bank and torching vehicles.Police responded by firing teargas and using water cannon against the protesters, only a few of whom were wearing the yellow vests affiliated with the movement. French media blamed “ultra radical” black bloc protesters for the violence. Continue reading...

  • Europe is squeezed between a hungry China and surly US | Simon Tisdall
    by Simon Tisdall on 16 Novembre 2019 at 14:03

    With Merkel on the way out, who can keep the union intact as Beijing’s influence grows and the White House’s hostility rises?The idea of Xi Jinping as a modern-day Odysseus seems a little far-fetched. But China’s globetrotting president proved a match for Homer’s hero last week when he trundled a Trojan horse deep inside the EU city gates – with an enthusiastic helping push from the Greeks. It was a classical, even epic, piece of opportunism.Xi’s visit to Athens marked a breakthrough moment in China’s decades-long siege of Europe’s markets. A series of deals will raise its investment in Greece to around €2.5bn. More significantly, Xi expanded Beijing’s foothold in the strategic port of Piraeus, from whence a rising tide of Chinese imports flow into the EU. Continue reading...

  • Harvey Keitel: ‘I’ve never played a violent character’
    by Francine White on 16 Novembre 2019 at 14:00

    The actor, 80, on childhood stuttering, not doing Twitter, keeping his powers and filming The IrishmanSuccess isn’t about awards. Success is continuity, a process of discovery. I’ve been very lucky to be a part of movies that were widely appreciated, but there are lesser known movies I’m just as proud of.A lot of people ask me why I’m always playing violent characters. I feel I’ve never played a violent character; I’ve played characters that were in deep conflict, despair and chaos. Continue reading...

  • Is your home constantly set to a 'sexist' temperature? You're not alone | Arwa Mahdawi
    by Arwa Mahdawi on 16 Novembre 2019 at 14:00

    A new study finds men tend to get their way in household temperature discussions while women must compromiseSign up for The week in patriarchy, a newsletter​ on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Continue reading...

  • Vampire Weekend review – plenty of bite plus a sunny disposition
    by Kitty Empire on 16 Novembre 2019 at 13:59

    Alexandra Palace, LondonNew York’s finest uptight post-punk rockers display some new-found California sensibilities in a show happy to have a bit of dumb funFor such an intricate band, Vampire Weekend know well the power of simple joys. During the encore, at the end of 26 songs played over nearly two hours, four giant planet Earth beach balls are unleashed on to the heads of the crowd at Alexandra Palace.Various band members – first Chris Baio, the band’s bassist, later main man Ezra Koenig – rush to knock the globes back at the audience when they hit the stage. You don’t expect this kind of cheesy, dumb fun from an outfit who, just over a decade ago, peddled African-inflected post-punk tunes set in the niche milieu of higher education. Continue reading...

  • Two wounded in New Jersey shooting at high school football game
    by Associated Press in Pleasantville, New Jersey on 16 Novembre 2019 at 13:35

    Police said victims, including young boy, were taken to hospital and no suspect had been arrested after shooting in PleasantvillePlayers and spectators ran for cover Friday night when a gunman opened fire at a New Jersey high school football game, wounding two people.One of the wounded was a young boy, who was airlifted to a children’s hospital in Philadelphia “with some serious injuries,” said Atlantic county prosecutor Damon Tyner. Continue reading...

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