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  • New Zealand v Ireland: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!
    by Barry Glendenning on October 19, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Rugby World Cup 2019 quarter-final updates from Tokyo StadiumDigital wallchart: fixtures, results and moreEmail Barry here or tweet him @bglendenning 11.34am BST13 min New Zealand 3-0 Ireland: Kearney cleans up at the back for Ireland as Mo’unga plays a little grubber kick to the corner for George Bridge to chase. Ireland remain under the cosh, deep inside their own half. 11.33am BST11 min New Zealand 3-0 Ireland: New Zealand pay it out wide, with Beauden Barrett passing it to Sevu Reece. New Zealand are on the Ireland 22 and playing it over and back across the field, stretching the Ireland defence. Continue reading... […]

  • Man charged with murder of one-year-old girl in Bury
    by PA Media on October 19, 2019 at 10:33 am

    James Chadwick, 21, arrested and charged after incident in Radcliffe on WednesdayA man has been charged with the murder of a one-year-old baby girl.James Chadwick, 21, of Radcliffe, had been arrested along with Chelsea Crilly, 19, from Atherton, both in Greater Manchester. Continue reading... […]

  • Boris Johnson implores MPs to 'get Brexit done' in crucial Saturday vote
    by Heather Stewart Political editor on October 19, 2019 at 10:29 am

    PM accepts he would have to request delay if MPs pass amendment to avoid no dealLatest Brexit news - live updatesBoris Johnson struck an emollient tone as he opened Saturday’s historic session of parliament, entreating MPs from all parties to support his Brexit deal and highlighting what he called Britain’s “shared sense of destiny” with Europe.After months of seeking to cajole parliament by accusing MPs of passing a “surrender bill”, the prime minister stressed Britain’s love of Europe, and claimed supporting his Brexit deal would help to reunite the country. Continue reading... […]

  • Scott Morrison says drought the Coalition's 'first call' – but makes no mention of climate
    by Ben Doherty on October 19, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Prime minister suggests Coalition may commit to extra funding relief in Liberal party federal council speechScott Morrison has indicated the federal government might be prepared to commit extra relief funding to drought-stricken communities, reaffirming the drought is the government’s top priority.In a triumphal speech to the Liberal party’s federal council in Canberra on Saturday, Morrison again said the drought was “the most pressing and biggest call on our budget”. Continue reading... […]

  • Bernardine Evaristo: 'These are unprecedented times for black female writers'
    by Bernardine Evaristo on October 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

    The first black woman to win the Booker prize argues that a revolution is sweeping through British publishing. But can it lead to lasting change?Chidera Eggerue, AKA The Slumflower, is a social media star, south-east London homegirl and feminist. She first came to prominence in 2017 when she created the hashtag #SaggyBoobsMatter on Twitter in order to promote the body-positive message that women’s breasts and bodies are fine just as they are. It’s an important idea and antithetical to a beauty industry that berates us for our imperfections. A year later Eggerue published a self-help motivational book, What a Time to Be Alone: The Slumflower’s Guide to Why You Are Already Enough, which entered the Sunday Times bestseller list the week it was published in 2018, when she was 23. In her very pink, zanily illustrated book, Eggerue, a self-styled “guru, confidante and best friend” to her readers, offers advice on self-worth and self-acceptance. An earlier booklet called Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women, by Otegha Uwagba, became a bestseller in 2016, paving the way for Eggerue. This, in turn, was probably influenced by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2014 essay We Should All Be Feminists. These are unprecedented times for black female writers, in no small part due to the internet. It has reconfigured how we present ourselves to the world at large, as well as bringing previously marginalised social groups and writing to the fore in ways hitherto unimaginable. As a society we are beginning to recognise and take seriously the ills and pitfalls of social media, but it is still the most exciting channel of mass communication since history began. Continue reading... […]

  • Doubting death: how our brains shield us from mortal truth
    by Ian Sample Science editor on October 19, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Brain seems to categorise death as something that only befalls other peopleWarning: this story is about death. You might want to click away now.That’s because, researchers say, our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. A study found that the brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people. Continue reading... […]

  • Germany shooting: data on online spread of livestreamed attack kept secret
    by Reuters on October 19, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google decline to release figures despite pledge in wake of Christchurch attackUS tech companies have declined to release data on the online spread of footage of last week’s shooting in Halle, Germany, despite pledging greater transparency as part of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s “Christchurch Call”.Companies including Facebook and Twitter committed in May to take “transparent, specific measures” to prevent the amplification of violent content, after the killing of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook. Continue reading... […]

  • SIEV X disaster: Iraqi man charged in Australia in connection with deaths of 350 people
    by Ben Doherty on October 19, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Maythem Radhi accused of being part of syndicate that charged 421 mostly Iraqi and Afghan refugees for place aboard Indonesian boatAn Iraqi man has been charged in Australia with people-trafficking in connection with the drowning deaths of more than 350 asylum seekers in the 2001 SIEV X tragedy.Maythem Radhi, 43, was arrested at Brisbane airport late Friday after being extradited from New Zealand and has been charged with “organising groups of non-citizens into Australia”, police say. Continue reading... […]

  • 'We were not impressed’: Harry Dunn’s parents on their bizarre day with Trump
    by Victoria Bekiempis on October 19, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn talk about their whirlwind White House trip, with Anne Sacoolas, the woman who killed their son, in the next roomWhen the grieving parents of British teenager Harry Dunn arrived in New York earlier this week, their fight for justice for their dead son quickly became a whirlwind of interviews. Their press tour took a strange turn on Tuesday, however, when family adviser Radd Seiger received an unexpected invitation to Washington DC.“Radd, who’s been looking after us, has a phone call from the White House saying: ‘Could you please come to the White House as soon as possible?’” Tim Dunn, Harry’s father, said. Continue reading... […]

  • Hong Kong protests: bring back app or risk 'complicity' in repression, Apple told
    by Agencies on October 19, 2019 at 4:48 am

    US lawmakers including Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez write to Tim Cook urging him to restore HKMapp app A bipartisan group of prominent US lawmakers has urged Apple chief executive Tim Cook to restore the HKMap app used in Hong Kong, as protesters push ahead with plans for another unsanctioned mass rally on Sunday.Earlier this month, Apple removed the app that helped track police and protester movements, saying it was used to target officers. Continue reading... […]