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  • Justin Trudeau brownface: Canada PM apologises after image emerges
    by Kate Lyons and Leyland Cecco on 19 Settembre 2019 at 02:29

    Canadian prime minister says he deeply regrets image from 2001 party, which emerges weeks out from electionJustin Trudeau has apologised for wearing brownface makeup to a party when he was a teacher in 2001, saying “it was a racist thing to do” – and marking a potential turning point in next month’s tightly contested general election.A photograph of Trudeau with brown makeup on his face, neck and hands and dressed in a turban and robes was published by Time magazine on Wednesday. It appeared in a school yearbook, while Trudeau, then 29, was working as a teacher at West Point Grey Academy. Continue reading...

  • Trump's promise to foreign leader prompts whistleblower complaint – report
    by Reuters on 19 Settembre 2019 at 02:15

    Details are unclear, but Washington Post reports intelligence official considers complaint ‘urgent concern’Donald Trump’s promise to a foreign leader so troubled an official in the US intelligence community that it prompted the person to file a whistleblower complaint, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.The Post, which cited two former officials familiar with the matter, said it was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver. The communication was a phone call, one former official said, according to the Post. Continue reading...

  • County lines: how drugs gangs are recruiting children - podcast
    by Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Aamna Mohdin and Owen Jones produced by Joshua Kelly, Gary Marshall and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson on 19 Settembre 2019 at 02:00

    Aamna Mohdin tells Anushka Asthana how county lines gangs are stepping up their operations by using short-term holiday flats and recruiting local teens to sell drugs in small towns around Britain. Plus Owen Jones on Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘neutral’ stance on Brexit Drug gangs in major cities such as London and Liverpool have been expanding their operations into small towns in recent years. They use teenagers as runners and have been known to take over the homes of drug addicts as bases to deal from. The Guardian’s Aamna Mohdin has been reporting on the rise of county lines gangs and tells Rachel Humphreys that the gangs are now professionalising. They have begun using Airbnb flats and luring local teenagers into the trade with cash payments and free takeaways. Continue reading...

  • Umbrella jammed in door locks workers out of office for days
    by Kari Paul in San Francisco on 19 Settembre 2019 at 01:28

    A tweet bearing photo evidence of the predicament quickly went viral, inspiring many to suggest solutionsHow many co-workers does it take to open a door? More than a handful, members of the shared office space WeWork found out this week.Employees of an unnamed company renting space in a Washington DC WeWork building returned to work after the weekend to find they were unable to enter the office – an umbrella had fallen sideways, jamming the door. Continue reading...

  • Jacinda Ardern mistakes Japan for China during Tokyo visit
    by Angela Cuming in Dunedin on 19 Settembre 2019 at 01:17

    New Zealand PM blames jet lag after hailing ‘relationship with China – excuse me sorry, with Japan’New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has blamed jetlag for an embarrassing gaffe on her first official visit to Japan.Ardern had only just touched down in the country and was giving an interview when she said in her opening remarks it was an “incredibly exciting time for New Zealand in its relationship with China – excuse me sorry, with Japan”. Continue reading...

  • 'Underpaid and undervalued': 10 women claim systemic discrimination at Disney
    by Sam Levin in Los Angeles on 19 Settembre 2019 at 00:27

    Exclusive: more women join pay inequality case, expanding allegations to ABC Television and Walt Disney PicturesTen women have now accused the Walt Disney Company of gender discrimination as part of a major class-action pay gap case that has expanded to include ABC Television and Disney’s film studio.The wage inequality lawsuit against one of the world’s largest media and entertainment corporations alleges that divisions across Disney systematically mistreat women by giving them lower salaries than male colleagues doing equivalent work and by denying them promotions. Continue reading...

  • ‘Listen to the scientists’: Greta Thunberg urges Congress to take action
    by Oliver Milman in New York and David Smith in Washington on 18 Settembre 2019 at 23:32

    Teen climate activists attend a hearing to address the climate crisis and its traumatic effect on the younger generationThe climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has bluntly told members of Congress to heed scientists’ warnings over global heating on a day when the existential anguish of young activists was given a voice at the heart of Washington DC power.Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has ignited a global youth climate movement, said at a congressional hearing that she had no prepared remarks other than to submit the landmark IPCC report, published last year, that warned of the rapidly approaching catastrophe of global heating. Continue reading...

  • How did attack breach Saudi defences and what will happen next?
    by Michael Safi and Julian Borger on 18 Settembre 2019 at 23:20

    Escalation is dangerous because infrastructure could be exposed to retaliationSaudi Arabia’s state-of-the-art missile defence systems could do nothing to stop the swarm of drones and cruise missiles that struck some of its most important oil infrastructure at the weekend. They were designed to deal with different threats – and they were looking in the wrong direction.The audacious strike against the Abqaiq petroleum processing facilities and Khurais oil field on Saturday morning – which the Saudis say was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran” – has exposed the limits of the defences of the world’s largest military spender per capita. Continue reading...

  • Murder of lawyer in gangster case shocks the Netherlands
    by Staff and agencies in Amsterdam on 18 Settembre 2019 at 22:11

    Derk Wiersum, 44, was gunned down in an Amsterdam street in broad daylightThe murder of a lawyer for a key witness in a major Dutch organised crime trial has sparked outrage and calls for a tougher crackdown on violent underworld gangs.Derk Wiersum, a 44-year-old father of two, was gunned down in the street shortly after leaving his house in Amsterdam. Police are hunting a hoodie-wearing assailant who fled on foot. Continue reading...

  • Obama says presidents should avoid social media in apparent Trump jab
    by Kari Paul in San Francisco on 18 Settembre 2019 at 22:03

    Former president also said TV should be avoided: ‘Those are two things I’d advise, if you’re a good president, not to do’Barack Obama appeared to take a swipe at Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying he would “advise, if you’re president” to avoid social media and cable news.The former US president was speaking as a guest at an event for Splunk, an international data and software firm, when he was asked how he parsed information while in office. He touted the importance of building a solid team to stay informed. Continue reading...

  • Ángel Di María double helps PSG ease to win against Real Madrid
    by Barney Ronay at the Parc des Princes on 18 Settembre 2019 at 21:26

    This was not a night for galácticos, old or new. At a balmy Parc Des Princes Paris Saint-Germain simply overran Real Madrid, pulling apart the hastily-stitched seams of Zinedine Zidane’s team and producing surely the most coherent and powerful performance of Thomas Tuchel’s time in charge.It felt like a humiliation at times – and by the end perhaps something more, a Viking funeral for a team, an era, a way of trying to win. As the seconds ran out there was even the unexpected sight of the Paris full‑backs Juan Bernat and Thomas Meunier bearing down on the Real goal, the midfield crumbling away like a sheet of millefeuille pastry, the defence drowning in all that space. Continue reading...

  • Rory McIlroy believes golf can learn from tennis to eradicate slow play
    by Ewan Murray at Wentworth on 18 Settembre 2019 at 21:00

    • Northern Irishman wants proper penalties to be enforced• Golfer encouraged by European Tour’s plan to deal with issueRory McIlroy has called on his sport to follow the lead of tennis by implementing proper penalties for those players who divert attention towards clocks rather than shots after the glacial pace of play at the Solheim Cup last weekend reverberated way beyond Gleneagles.Europe’s most high-profile golfer, back on home soil for the BMW PGA Championship this week, has been impressively forthright on the subject. This weekend, the European Tour will test various innovations at Wentworth as it seeks to rid golf of the curse of slow play. Continue reading...

  • Referee who forced wrestler to cut dreadlocks banned for two years
    by Associated Press on 18 Settembre 2019 at 20:51

    Alan Maloney given two-year ban for December 2018 incidentNew Jersey referee is suing for defamation, emotional distressA referee who told a New Jersey high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match last year was suspended by the state for two seasons Wednesday, and officials also announced mandatory bias training for all referees and coaches involved in high school athletics. Related: The cutting of a teenage wrestler's hair was a familiar act of violence for black athletes Continue reading...

  • Why is New York's most famous library getting into bed with the Saudi crown prince? | Annia Ciezadlo and Matthew Zadrozny
    by Annia Ciezadlo and Matthew Zadrozny on 18 Settembre 2019 at 20:31

    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is going to be sponsoring an event at the iconic New York Public Library. This reputation-laundering shouldn’t be allowed to happenUpdate: on Wednesday at 16:31, the New York Public Library tweeted a statement saying it would no longer be hosting the event, citing “public concern”On 23 September the New York Public Library’s historic main branch – the iconic marble building guarded by stone lions – will host the inauguration of a new global youth forum. Timed to coincide with the United Nations general assembly and the climate summit, the invitation-only event has two sponsors. One is the UN’s Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY). The other is the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation, also known as the MiSK Foundation, of which Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is founder, namesake and chairman of the board. Continue reading...

  • Iran may miss UN summit if US fails to issue visa to president
    by Julian Borger in Washington on 18 Settembre 2019 at 20:21

    Hassan Rouhani and Mohammad Javad Zarif have yet to receive US visas for next week’s United Nations general assembly summitIran’s president and foreign minister have yet to receive US visas to come to next week’s United Nations general assembly summit in New York, putting their attendance in doubt.A spokesman for the Iranian mission to the UN said that if the visas are not issued by the end of the week, Hassan Rouhani and Mohammad Javad Zarif would not be able to come to the summit, which is attended by heads of state and government from around the world. Continue reading...

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