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  • Trump impeachment trial: Democrats press case for president's removal – live
    by Joan E Greve in Washington (now) and Adam Gabbatt in New York (earlier) on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 16:17

    Democrats to continue prosecution on third day of trialRepublican senators unmoved after managers open caseHelp us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contribution 4.17pm GMTTurning his attention to impeachment, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer praised the performance of the House impeachment managers yesterday as they began presenting their opening arguments.The Democratic senator said Adam Schiff and his team were “setting the bar very high” for Trump’s legal team. “Schiff had such power in his speech that he almost forced [Republicans] to listen,” Schumer said. 4.14pm GMTSpeaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer interstingly kicked off his press conference by touching on a story other than impeachment.The New York Democrat highlighted Trump’s comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, suggesting his administration is weighing cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security.Where Trump admits to CNBC’s Joe Kernen this AM that he is looking to CUT Social Security and Medicare at the end of this year. https://t.co/Ce1mkhB2RA pic.twitter.com/pV6AuNAtcm Continue reading...

  • Four people in Scotland 'being tested for coronavirus'
    by Sarah Boseley Health editor on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 16:13

    Health secretary tells MPs authorities are well-prepared to deal with any potential casesCoronavirus latest - live Four people in Scotland are being tested for suspected coronavirus after travelling to the country from Wuhan in China, according to the head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh.Prof Jürgen Haas said he believed there would be many more cases from other cities in the UK. He said three cases were in Edinburgh and the other was thought to be in Glasgow. Continue reading...

  • Talk like an Egyptian: mummy's voice heard 3,000 years after death
    by Nicola Davis on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 16:00

    Researchers in UK recreate Nesyamun’s sound using 3D version of his vocal tractThe “voice” of an ancient Egyptian priest has been heard for the first time since he died and was mummified 3,000 years ago, researchers have said.Nesyamun lived under the pharaoh Rameses XI, who reigned around the beginning of the 11th century BC. Continue reading...

  • World leaders gather at Holocaust event in Jerusalem
    by Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 15:50

    United front against rise of antisemitism is hindered by political tensions Dozens of monarchs, presidents and prime ministers travelled to Jerusalem to remember the Holocaust on Thursday, and were given stark warnings not to ignore escalating antisemitism and violence against Jews in Europe and the United States.Leaders congregated at the Yad Vashem remembrance centre on the western hills of Jerusalem for a three-hour event held by the fifth World Holocaust Forum. Organisers hoped the meeting would provide a united front against anti-Jewish hatred, including in countries run by many of the attendees. Continue reading...

  • Brexit bill receives royal assent and becomes law – live news
    by Andrew Sparrow on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 15:42

    Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenLong-Bailey sets out vision of hope in Labour leadership pitchCan Momentum survive after Jeremy Corbyn stands down? 3.40pm GMTHere is some niche research from a reader which might interest people following the Labour leadership contest.Andrew - earlier I asked if there were any CLPs that nominated different candidates for leader than their sitting Labour MP. I've since done the spadework myself and there are two so far:Birmingham Hodge Hill CLP nominated Rebecca Long Bailey, Liam Byrne nominated Jess PhillipsPreston CLP nominated Rebecca Long Bailey, Mark Hendrick nominated Lisa Nandy 3.37pm GMTShortly after the granting of royal assent to the Brexit bill was announced, the SNP leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, used a point of order to say that the country was now facing a “constitutional crisis”. He told MPs:Something quite momentous has taken place with this royal assent. This is absolutely unprecedented and I say to the house that this is a constitutional crisis.We are faced with a situation which is completely unprecedented, when the government in Edinburgh, in Belfast and in Cardiff has not given consent to this act of parliament. And this completely contravenes the devolution settlement that made it clear that the consent of the devolved administrations had to be given in bills of parliament to become acts of parliament that involve the devolved administrations. Continue reading...

  • Pope Francis appoints first Latino head of major US archdiocese
    by Adam Gabbatt and agencies on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 15:29

    Nelson Perez to become archbishop of Philadelphia, replacing Charles Chaput, a conservative at odds with pontiff’s positionsPope Francis has appointed Nelson Perez as the new archbishop of Philadelphia, with Perez becoming the first Latino to head a major US archdiocese. Related: Westminster Cathedral to review sacred music after master resigns Continue reading...

  • Steve Coogan on Terry Jones: he was the heart and voice of Monty Python
    by Steve Coogan as told to Alex Needham on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 15:03

    When Coogan played Mole in Jones’s film of The Wind in the Willows, it sparked a friendship with a comic he had idolised since childhood – and who was equally brilliant in real lifeI was too young to catch the first, or even the second, Monty Python series when it went out on TV. So I used to listen to the records instead. There’s more detail and production value in vinyl, more craft. I still know a lot of the sketches off pat. I can recite them even now.Listening to those records and seeing Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the cinema showed me that comedy anarchy wasn’t just legitimate, you could actually make a living from it. In some ways, it was very accessible and silly, but also esoteric and deliberately avant-garde. Terry Jones was the sort of affectionate, lovable side of Python. He and Michael Palin were the heart; John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Graham Chapman the mind. There was something wonderfully life-affirming about the spiky comedy of Chapman and Cleese; it all worked together beautifully. And when you think of that classic Python voice – “Ooh!” – that’s Terry. Continue reading...

  • 'The new evidence raises deeply troubling questions': did Arkansas kill an innocent man?
    by Ed Pilkington on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 15:00

    Revealed: two years after Ledell Lee was executed, damning evidence emerges that experts say could prove his innocenceThe day before Ledell Lee was executed on 20 April 2017, he talked to the BBC from death row. He said that while he could not prevent the state of Arkansas from killing him, he had a message for his executioners: “My dying words will always be, as it has been: ‘I am an innocent man’.”Almost two years after Lee was strapped to a gurney and injected with a lethal cocktail of drugs, it looks increasingly likely he was telling the truth: he went to his death an innocent man. New evidence has emerged that suggests Lee was not guilty of the brutal murder of a woman in 1993 for which his life was taken. Continue reading...

  • Quentin Tarantino: I am in combat with blockbuster franchises
    by Andrew Pulver on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 14:32

    Quentin Tarantino says ‘original movies’ are in a ‘war’ with superhero and Star Wars franchises, echoing Martin Scorsese’s attack on Marvel filmsQuentin Tarantino has joined Martin Scorsese in voicing discontent at the dominance of franchise and superhero films, suggesting there is a “war for movies” taking place between “original” film-making and blockbuster “commercial product”.Tarantino told the news site Deadline: “The commercial product that is owned by the conglomerates, the projects everybody knows about and has in their DNA, whether it be the Marvel Comics, the Star Wars, Godzilla and James Bond, those films never had a better year than last year.” Continue reading...

  • Paris says adieu as Jean Paul Gaultier puts up an exit show
    by Osman Ahmed on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 14:16

    Fashion’s enfant terrible leaves industry with collection that upcycles past gloriesJean Paul Gaultier was never going to make a French exit from the fashion world. The 67-year-old designer staged his swansong on Wednesday evening, bidding adieu to the industry as loudly as he could.Supermodels were joined by celebrities, dancers, contortionists and drag queens on stage at the Théâtre du Châtelet – an unforgettable show that had the hundreds of audience members cheering non-stop for almost two hours. For many there, it was an emotional goodbye, not only because Gaultier is beloved for his iconic designs, but because he is one of the few living designers to be considered a national treasure, instantly recognisable to the public for his peroxide hair, Breton stripes and Cheshire cat grin. Continue reading...

  • 'A terrible past': photography project captures last Holocaust survivors
    by Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 13:56

    Photographers Jim Hollander and Rina Castelnuovo have spent two years finding survivors – and people to take their portraitsWhen Jim Hollander, an American photographer, arrived by ship in Israel in 1983, he found the cafe society of Tel Aviv had one major difference to other cities along the shores of the Mediterranean.“You would see these people sitting with numbers on their arms,” Hollander recalled, referring to tattooed Nazi identification codes. “I thought: I would love to do a big story on this. Tel Aviv was filled with Holocaust survivors. And that stayed with me for years.” Continue reading...

  • Medvedev and Nadal escape dirt deluge to advance at Australian Open
    by Kevin Mitchell at Melbourne Park on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 13:37

    • Play delayed for up to two hours after overnight deluge• Medvedev speeds past Spanish qualifier Pedro MartinezAs the Australian Open staggers towards the end of an eventful first week through hail, heat and polluted dust bombs, there was relief for Dominic Thiem, encouragement for Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev and confirmation that world No 1 Rafael Nadal is still dangerous away from clay.Actually, when the dirt fell in an overnight deluge that briefly held Melbourne in an ochre embrace, it very much looked like a clay-court tournament until attendants power-hosed away gobbets and blankets of sticky dust, delaying the start by two hours in many cases. Continue reading...

  • Hair-raising fashion and an urban fox: Thursday's best photos
    by Guy Lane on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 13:30

    The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...

  • Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England
    by Harriet Sherwood on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 12:58

    Pastoral guidance also calls for Christians in gay or straight civil unions to be abstinentThe Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that Christians in gay or straight civil partnerships should be sexually abstinent.Bishops have issued pastoral guidance in response to the recent introduction to mixed-sex civil partnerships, which says: “For Christians, marriage – that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows – remains the proper context for sexual activity.” Continue reading...

  • Radiohead’s 40 greatest songs – ranked!
    by Jazz Monroe on 23 Gennaio 2020 at 12:56

    As the band launch their online ‘public library’, we look back at every track they have released, and pick the absolute bestSave a riotous airing on 1994’s Live at the Astoria, Pablo Honey’s closer rarely intrudes on Radiohead lore. A shame – because it’s a tantalising finale: the sound of a nervous band storming the city limits and glimpsing Valhalla. Continue reading...

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