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  • Russia-Ukraine war live: UK confirms supply of missiles to Kyiv as Russian forces might be preparing to leave Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant
    by Nadeem Badshah (now), Jamie Grierson (earlier) on November 27, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    UK MoD says it has provided Brimstone 2 missiles to Ukraine; reports suggest there are signs troops could be getting ready to leaveAt a glance: what we know on day 277 of the warThe Belgium prime minister, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, is on the second day of an unannounced visit to Ukraine.Accompanied by Belgian foreign minister, Hadja Lahbib, De Croo used the visit to announce additional Belgian support of around 37.4 million euros. Continue reading...

  • Hundreds of Ukrainians flee Kherson as Russian shelling intensifies
    by Lorenzo Tondo in Kyiv and agencies on November 27, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    People continue to struggle with no water, heating and electricity two weeks after city was recapturedRussia-Ukraine war – latest news updatesHundreds of Ukrainians streamed out of Kherson city on Sunday to flee Russian shelling, two weeks after its recapture from Russian occupying forces prompted jubilant celebrations.The liberation of Kherson marked a major battlefield gain for Kyiv – reconquered after the Russians retreated to the east bank of the Dnipro River. However, since then inhabitants have struggled with no water, heating and electricity, because Moscow’s troops destroyed thermal and power plants before they left. Continue reading...

  • Niece of Iran’s supreme leader calls on other countries to cut ties with regime
    by Angelique Chrisafis, Patrick Wintour and agencies on November 27, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Rights activist Farideh Moradkhani releases video describing government as ‘murderous and child-killing’ after her arrestA niece of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called on foreign governments to cut all links with Tehran’s “murderous and child-killing” regime in a video posted online two days after she was arrested.The video of a statement by Farideh Moradkhani, a well-known rights activist, has been circulating online after it was shared by her France-based brother Mahmoud Moradkhani on Friday. Mahmoud Moradkhani said his sister had been arrested on Wednesday after going to a prosecutor’s office following a summons. Continue reading...

  • Britishvolt scraps plan for second factory in Canada
    by Jasper Jolly on November 27, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Troubled battery maker startup formally abandons long-shot plan to build 60GW plant in Quebec Battery startup Britishvolt has formally abandoned a longshot plan to build a second factory in Canada, as it focuses on securing new funding for its struggling UK project.Britishvolt’s main project is an attempt to build a factory near Blyth in north-east England capable of producing batteries with a capacity of 30 gigawatt hours (30GWh) every year. Continue reading...

  • BT asks ministers to help pay for low-cost broadband for poorest customers
    by Mark Sweney on November 27, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Critics say telecoms firms such as BT – which made £1.9bn profit last year – can afford to keep customers on benefits connectedBT has claimed that the telecoms industry cannot afford an estimated potential annual loss of up to £2bn providing low-cost broadband to millions of the UK’s most financially pressured households, but critics have said they have an obligation to do so.Marc Allera, the chief executive of BT’s consumer division, which includes the mobile company EE, said the industry needed government support to help cover the ongoing cost of providing cheap tariffs, the same way households have been helped with energy bills. Continue reading...

  • Anti-lockdown protests spread in China as anger rises over zero-Covid strategy
    by Helen Davidson in Taipei and Verna Yu on November 27, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Beijing students shout ‘freedom will prevail’, as Urumqi fire prompts levels of disobedience unprecedented in Xi eraPeople opposed to China’s stringent Covid restrictions have protested in cities across the country in the biggest wave of civil disobedience on the mainland since Xi Jinping assumed power a decade ago.Protests triggered by a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country last week took place on Sunday in cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Wuhan and Guangzhou, according to footage shared on social media, in defiance of a series of heavy-handed arrests of demonstrators on Saturday night. Continue reading...

  • A fight at the opera: could forcing ENO up north work out?
    by Helen Pidd and Mark Brown on November 27, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    The ultimatum to English National Opera was attacked as ‘cultural vandalism’, but raised some hopes nearer ManchesterWhen the Arts Council halved English National Opera’s funding earlier this month and made its new £17m grant contingent on the company leaving London – possibly for Manchester – the diktat was greeted as “madness” by the Evening Standard, “cultural vandalism” by Melvyn Bragg and an order that would kill off the institution by April by the company’s chair, Harry Brünjes.The battle over ENO’s future soon became the latest frontline in the culture wars as debate raged over what it meant to level up culture. Continue reading...

  • Gangs of cybercriminals are expanding across Africa, investigators say
    by Jason Burke Africa correspondent on November 27, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Online scams such as banking and credit card fraud are the most prevalent cyberthreat, say InterpolPolice and investigators fear organised gangs of fraudsters are expanding across sub-Saharan Africa, exploiting new opportunities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the global economic crisis to make huge sums with little risk of being caught.The growth will have a direct impact on the rest of the world, where many victims of “hugely lucrative” fraud live, senior police officials have said. Continue reading...

  • ‘Is the conviction sound? No’: lawyer vows to prove Michael Stone’s innocence
    by Daniel Boffey Chief reporter on November 27, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Exclusive: Mark McDonald believes Russell murders case will turn out to be a serious miscarriage of justice“He rings me every day, we talk every day,” says Mark McDonald, the barrister who for the past two decades has represented Michael Stone, the man convicted of one of the most notorious crimes in British history: the murders by hammer of Dr Lin Russell and her daughter Megan, and the attempted murder of her eldest child, Josie, the sole survivor.Sat at a table in a sparsely decorated office in his chambers off London’s Chancery Lane, McDonald reaches past a pile of papers for a phone to check his call records. Continue reading...

  • UK households have cut energy consumption by 10%, say suppliers
    by Alex Lawson Energy correspondent on November 27, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    E.ON reports up to 15% drop as Grant Shapps writes to firms saying customers cutting back on energy use should not face direct debit riseBritons have cut their gas and electricity use by more than 10% since October in the first evidence of the impact of the energy crisis on household habits, according to two of Britain’s biggest suppliers.E.ON, Britain’s second-largest supplier, and the owner of Utility Warehouse have reported “double-digit” declines in recent weeks. Continue reading...