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  • Trump impeachment: president's legal team to include Bill Clinton investigator Ken Starr – live
    by Amanda Holpuch on January 17, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Donald Trump’s legal team for the impeachment trial will include Starr, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz and Robert RayHelp us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contribution 4.48pm GMTAt the White House today, Donald Trump is honoring the 2019 college football national champions before heading to Mar-a-Lago.He told the players, speaking about the presidency and himself: “You’ve got a good one now, even though they’re trying to impeach the son of a bitch. Can you believe that?” 4.32pm GMTThe anti-abortion group Susan B Anthony List on Friday said it plans to spend $52m to help Donald Trump win the 2020 election. The day before, women’s health group Planned Parenthood said it would spend $45m on candidates who support a woman’s right to seek an abortion. It is the most election spending for both groups in history, according to CNBC. Continue reading... […]

  • Grenfell inquiry: Hillsborough families back calls for PM to ditch panelist
    by Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent on January 17, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Appointment of panelist with links to cladding firm criticised as ‘absolutely ridiculous’The Hillsborough families have backed calls for Boris Johnson to cancel his appointment of a Grenfell inquiry panelist found to have links to the company that made the combustible cladding.Margaret Aspinall, the chair of the Hillsborough family support group, criticised the prime minister’s selection of Benita Mehra as “absolutely ridiculous”, after the Guardian revealed she led a charity that received £71,000 from the Arconic Foundation, the charitable arm of the company that made the panels that were the main cause of fire spread. Continue reading... […]

  • French chefs stew over renowned restaurant's loss of Michelin star
    by Angelique Chrisafis and agencies on January 17, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Downgrading of Auberge du Pont de Collonges to two-star establishment prompts fury The world of French fine dining has become embroiled in yet another ratings row due to the removal of the three-star Michelin ranking from renowned chef Paul Bocuse’s restaurant, almost two years after his death. The Auberge du Pont de Collonges, situated near the gastronomic capital of Lyon in south-east France, was the oldest three-starred restaurant in the world, having held the ranking without interruption since 1965. Continue reading... […]

  • Brazil culture secretary forced out after appearing to paraphrase Nazi Goebbels
    by Sam Cowie in São Paulo on January 17, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Roberto Alvim set off a storm of outrage with comments about culture that were eerily reminiscent of Hitler’s propaganda chief‘Like going back 40 years’: dismay as Bolsonaro backs abstinence-only sex edBrazil’s culture secretary, Roberto Alvim has been forced to resign after he appeared to paraphrase the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in an online video to promote a national arts prize.“Brazilian art in the next decade will be heroic and national,” said Alvim, to the music from Wagner’s Lohengrin, said to be Hitler’s favourite opera, with a portrait of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, and a Brazilian flag in the background. Continue reading... […]

  • Global markets rise despite slowest Chinese growth for 30 years
    by Phillip Inman on January 17, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Investors shrug off slowdown as new data fuels optimism China can ride out US trade warChina’s economy stumbled last year to its lowest growth rate in almost 30 years after the tit-for-tat trade war with the US took its toll on manufacturing output and consumer spending.The world’s second-largest economic power grew by 6.1% in 2019, down from 6.8% in 2018, and the lowest rate in 29 years. Continue reading... […]

  • Mexico’s Amlo considers presidential jet raffle in desperate bid to offload it
    by Associated Press in Mexico City on January 17, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he might sell 6m raffle tickets at $25 apiece and offered to throw in a year’s free operating timeMexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has announced the latest in a series of desperate strategies to sell off his predecessor’s official jet, which he says is too luxurious for a country where half the people live in poverty.López Obrador said on Friday he is considering raffling off the plane by selling 6m raffle tickets at $25 apiece. Continue reading... […]

  • Iran's supreme leader calls Trump 'clown' in rare Friday sermon
    by Bethan McKernan in Istanbul and agencies on January 17, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashes out at west after tumultuous few weeks in Middle EastIran’s supreme leader has given a rare sermon at Friday prayers in Tehran after weeks of turbulence, including the US killing of a top general, missile attacks on US military bases in Iraq and the accidental downing of an airliner that killed 176 people.Striking a defiant tone, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Donald Trump was a “clown” who pretended to support the Iranian people but would push a poisonous dagger into their backs. Continue reading... […]

  • Painting found inside Italian gallery wall confirmed as a Gustav Klimt
    by Angela Giuffrida in Rome on January 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Gardeners discovered Portrait of a Lady while clearing ivy at gallery in PiacenzaA painting found hidden in an Italian gallery in December is an authentic Gustav Klimt piece stolen almost 23 years ago, experts have confirmed.The Portrait of a Lady was one of the world’s most sought-after stolen artworks before it was found concealed in a wall of the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery, the same gallery from where it went missing in the northern city of Piacenza. Continue reading... […]

  • British woman's false rape claim appeal a 'critical moment' for Cyprus
    by Helena Smith on January 17, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Activists say 19-year-old’s appeal is watershed for women and law in countryActivists in Cyprus have described the determination of a British teenager to overturn a conviction that she lied about being gang-raped on the island as “a critical moment” for women’s rights.Ten days after the 19-year-old received a suspended four-month sentence for the offence of fomenting public mischief, her lawyers filed an appeal against the conviction before the country’s supreme court. Continue reading... […]

  • Greenpeace included with neo-Nazis on UK counter-terror list
    by Vikram Dodd and Jamie Grierson on January 17, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Exclusive: Extinction Rebellion and Peta also named in anti-extremism briefing alongside Combat 18 and National ActionA counter-terrorism police document distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings included Greenpeace, Peta and other non-violent groups as well as neo-Nazis, the Guardian has learned.The guide, produced by Counter Terrorism Policing, is used across England as part of training for Prevent, the anti-radicalisation scheme designed to catch those at risk of committing terrorist violence. Continue reading... […]