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Trump response to Capitol attack canat be aswept under ruga, White House says a live

Democratic senator Jon Tester has also voiced criticism of progressivesa suggestion to add a carbon tax to the reconciliation package.

aYou might have problems with me on a carbon tax,a Tester said, per Politico.

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FBI raids Washington mansion linked to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska

The FBI on Tuesday raided a Washington mansion linked to the billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as part of what media reports described as a acourt-authorised searcha.

Agents could be seen entering the neoclassical property located in the north-west of the US capital and standing guard outside. They sealed off the driveway with yellow tape. It said: aCrime scene a do not enter.a

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Texas Republicans pass voting maps that entrench power of whites

Texas will lower the number of districts where minorities comprise a majority a despite the non-white population growing rapidly

Texas Republicans are on the verge of enacting new voting maps that would entrench the stateas Republican and white majority even as its non-white population grows rapidly.

Texas Republicans approved the congressional plan on Monday evening, sending it to Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, who is expected to sign the measure.

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Charge Bolsonaro with murder over Covid toll, draft Brazil senate report says

Draft text says neglect, incompetence and opposition to science fueled astratospherica death toll

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, should face murder charges for his role in the countryas astratospherica coronavirus death toll, a draft report from a senate inquiry into Brazilas Covid crisis has recommended.

The 1,078-page document, published by Brazilian media on Tuesday afternoon, is not due to be voted on by the commission until next week and could yet be modified by senators.

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Former Nazi camp secretary goes on trial over murders of 11,000 people

Irmgard Furchner, who tried to flee last month, is accused of complicity in killings at Stutthof death camp

A 96-year-old former secretary at a Nazi concentration camp has gone on trial in Germany for alleged complicity in the murder of more than 11,000 people imprisoned there, three weeks after she attempted to flee the proceedings.

Irmgard Furchner was pushed into the court in Itzehoe, northern Germany, strapped into a blue ambulance wheelchair and clutching a brown cloth bag. A silk patterned scarf, sunglasses and a medical mask covered her face.

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IAEA chief: Aukus could set precedent for pursuit of nuclear submarines

Special taskforce convened by IAEA to look into Aukus deal as Iran hints at fresh pursuit of its 2018 naval nuclear propulsion program

The head of the UNas nuclear watchdog has said other states could follow Australiaas example and seek to build nuclear-powered submarines, raising serious proliferation and legal concerns.

Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said during a visit to Washington that he had sent a special team to look into the safety and legal implications of the Aukus partnership announced last month, in which the US and UK will help Australia build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

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Religious exemptions threaten to undermine US Covid vaccine mandates

In California hundreds of public employees, including police and firefighters, are claiming asincerely helda objections to the vaccine

This month, California became the first state to require Covid-19 vaccines for all schoolchildren but the provision came with a loophole: students will be granted religious exemptions.

California, which currently has the lowest coronavirus case rate in the US, has been issuing a series of sweeping mandates, requiring that healthcare workers, state employees, care workers and schoolteachers staff all get the vaccine. But in each case, Californians are able to ask for personal belief exemptions a and they are doing so in droves.

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Bataclan survivors recall being held hostage as gunmen fired on crowd

Group of 11 were forced to watch killing spree and then used as human shields, trial over Paris attacks hears

Survivors of the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris have described their fear and panic when they were held hostage in a corridor for more than two hours by two gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and wearing explosive vests.

Three witnesses a one a 23-year-old barman at the time of the attack and two IT workers who were in their 30s a told Franceas biggest ever criminal trial how they were among 11 people first forced to watch as the gunmen took pleasure in targeting and shooting concertgoers from a balcony, and then taken to a narrow upstairs corridor and used as human shields.

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aCase closeda: 99.9% of scientists agree climate emergency caused by humans

Trawl of 90,000 studies finds consensus, leading to call for Facebook and Twitter to curb disinformation

The scientific consensus that humans are altering the climate has passed 99.9%, according to research that strengthens the case for global action at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow.

The degree of scientific certainty about the impact of greenhouse gases is now similar to the level of agreement on evolution and plate tectonics, the authors say, based on a survey of nearly 90,000 climate-related studies. This means there is practically no doubt among experts that burning fossil fuels, such as oil, gas, coal, peat and trees, is heating the planet and causing more extreme weather.

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Activision Blizzard reportedly fires 20 employees following harassment claims

Video game maker will also expand its ethics and compliance team after reports of sexual misconduct and discrimination

The embattled video game company Activision Blizzard has fired 20 employees over claims of harassment, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing a letter sent to staff.

According to the report, the video game maker will also expand its ethics and compliance team, tasked with creating a amore accountable workplacea.

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Haitian gang demands $17m ransom for kidnapped missionaries and children

Authorities are negotiating for their release but reluctant to pay money that will be used for amore guns and more munitionsa

A Haitian gang that kidnapped a group of American and Canadian missionaries has demanded a $17m ransom for their release, according to the countryas justice minister.

Liszt Quitel told the Wall Street Journal the FBI and Haitian police were in contact with the kidnappers from the 400 Mawozo gang, who seized the missionaries at the weekend outside the capital, Port-au-Prince.

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Colin Powell: the man who might have been Americaas first Black president

The ex-general seriously considered running in 1995 but later felt himself increasingly out of step with the Republican party

Colin Powell wrote a speech in November 1995 announcing a run for US president. He wrote another speech announcing a decision not to run.

When he faced reporters in a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, Powell delivered the second speech.

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All onboard escape unharmed after plane runs off Texas runway and burns

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 was carrying 21 people when it rolled through a fence and caught fire while trying to take off

No one was seriously hurt when an airplane bound for Boston ran off a runway and burned on Tuesday morning near Houston, authorities said.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 was carrying 21 people when it rolled through a fence and caught fire while trying to take off from the Houston executive airport in Brookshire, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

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aPeople are fed upa: Dollar General workers push to unionize amid hostility from above

Employees alleges allege intimidation and union-busting at low-cost retailer that reported billions in sales last year

The low-cost retailer Dollar General has the highest number of store locations in America, with over 17,600 stores in 46 states, and its golden and black logo has become ubiquitous across the country.

The companyas rapid footprint is continuing to grow, as a staggering nearly one out of every three retail stores opening in America this year is now a Dollar General. All that business generates dizzying revenue too: the company reported $33.7bn in sales last fiscal year.

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Premier League clubs v Newcastle: inside the stunning emergency vote

We explain the rule change voted through, what could happen next and why the clubs are so worried

aC/ Exclusive: Clubs vote to block Newcastle sponsorship deals

It was the follow-up to a special meeting that 19 of the clubs had last Tuesday, which was to discuss their concerns about the Saudi-led APS305m takeover of Newcastle and its implications for them. Newcastle were excluded from that meeting, which was extraordinary in itself. How often do 19 clubs convene to talk strategically about just one? The other clubs have worried about the potential for Newcastleas uber-rich owners to strike commercial deals with companies in Saudi Arabia that could give them an advantage. And so, as the Guardian revealed, the clubs proposed the draft of a rule change that would temporarily ban what are called related party transactions a in other words, arrangements with businesses with which club owners are associated. Mondayas meeting, which mainly involved participants dialling in via conferencing software, was to review and vote on the amendment.

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Unfreezing the ice age: the truth about humanityas deep past

Archaeological discoveries are shattering scholarsa long-held beliefs about how the earliest humans organised their societies a and hint at possibilities for our own

In some ways, accounts of ahuman originsa play a similar role for us today as myth did for ancient Greeks or Polynesians. This is not to cast aspersions on the scientific rigour or value of these accounts. It is simply to observe that the two fulfil somewhat similar functions. If we think on a scale of, say, the last 3m years, there actually was a time when someone, after all, did have to light a fire, cook a meal or perform a marriage ceremony for the first time. We know these things happened. Still, we really donat know how. It is very difficult to resist the temptation to make up stories about what might have happened: stories which necessarily reflect our own fears, desires, obsessions and concerns. As a result, such distant times can become a vast canvas for the working out of our collective fantasies.

Letas take just one example. Back in the 1980s, there was a great deal of buzz about a amitochondrial Evea, the putative common ancestor of our entire species. Granted, no one was claiming to have actually found the physical remains of such an ancestor, but DNA sequencing demonstrated that such an Eve must have existed, perhaps as recently as 120,000 years ago. And while no one imagined wead ever find Eve herself, the discovery of a variety of other fossil skulls rescued from the Great Rift Valley in east Africa seemed to provide a suggestion as to what Eve might have looked like and where she might have lived. While scientists continued debating the ins and outs, popular magazines were soon carrying stories about a modern counterpart to the Garden of Eden, the original incubator of humanity, the savanna-womb that gave life to us all.

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Texas schools are being told to teach aopposing viewsa of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine Prose

The question of what specific books and topics can and canat be taught is linked to a disturbing new law in Texas

Iave been trying to imagine what Gina Peddy could have been thinking when, on 8 October, she informed a group of Southlake, Texas, elementary school teachers that, if their classroom libraries included books about the Holocaust, students should also be steered toward books with aopposing viewsa.

The executive director for curriculum and instruction for the Carroll Independent school district, Peddy later explained that she was simply helping her staff comply with Texas House Bill 3979. Signed into law on 1 September by Governor Greg Abbott, the ruling prohibits educators from discussing controversial historical, social or political issues. If these subjects do arise, HB 3979 mandates that teachers aexplore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspectivea.

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Impeachment: American Crime Story review a Clinton-Lewinsky drama is a salacious sensation

Starring Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein, Ryan Murphyas 10-part series on the infamous White House affair is propulsive, addictive and shot through with comedy

There is nothing stranger than the recent past. For that reason, it can be a goldmine for writers, and none has extracted more from it in the past few years than Ryan Murphy. The late 90s is his most fertile seam, furnishing all three parts of his American Crime Story anthology. The opening season gave him his first a and unexpected a post-Glee hit in the glorious The People v OJ Simpson, which retold the story of the 1994 killing of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman and the most infamous murder trial of modern (media) times that followed. Then came The Assassination of Gianni Versace, about the death of the designer at the hands of Andrew Cunanan in 1997. Now we have Impeachment (BBC Two), which focuses on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal that occupied minds, headlines and the House of Representatives for much of 1998.

This new 10-part instalment, written mainly by Sarah Burgess, puts the bureaucrat Linda Tripp a played by the most revered of his repertory company, Sarah Paulson a rather than the US president or his intern front and centre. The drama opens in 1998 with her leading the FBI to Monica (Beanie Feldstein) and leading her away to a hotel for questioning (aItas for your own good,a Tripp assures her) as part of the Paula Jones investigation and pending lawsuit. We then move back to 1993, the suicide of Vince Foster and the Whitewater investigation, presented as the beginning of Trippas move from loyal (if abrasive and self-aggrandising) White House civil servant to embittered employee ready to put a metaphorical bomb under the place.

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Salah and Liverpool douse AtlA(c)tico Madrid fire after Griezmann sees red

JA1/4rgen Klopp had said that it wasnat likely that Liverpool would score three at the Wanda Metropolitano, but in the end that is exactly what they had to do. With 12 minutes to go on a wild, fun and unexpectedly open night, Mohamed Salah stood on the penalty spot, handed the chance to deliver victory for Liverpool. Two-up inside 13 minutes, it was now 2-2, and nothing was certain any more. Except of course the Egyptian who stepped up and coolly slotted in what would prove the winner.

Not that a Liverpool win seemed certain even then, AtlA(c)tico Madrid almost immediately having a late penalty of their own removed by the VAR, Luis SuA!rez left lamenting that he would not get the opportunity Salah had. And, even then it was not yet over. When at last it was, there was exhaustion. There was exhilaration too, plus recrimination and an awful lot to pick over. aWhen these two teams face each other some drama is guaranteed,a Klopp said afterwards, only the word asomea felt seriously inadequate.

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aWhatas up, babe?a How the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wooed Tom Brady

In an extract from his new book, Lars Anderson relates how the Bucs promised that Florida could give the veteran a more enjoyable football life

On the first day of the free agent negotiating period a it started at noon on Monday, 16 March aTampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht sat in his office at One Buc Place and phoned Bradyas longtime agent Don Yee at precisely fifteen seconds after 12. aIam calling about Tom,a Licht said.

aYou made the right call,a Yee told Licht. aYou really made a good decision to call me.a Yee went on to explain that Brady had been paying close attention to the Bucs and Arians. He emphasized how much Brady respected Arians a who had written a book in 2017 called The Quarterback Whisperer a and Yee noted that Brady had been impressed with the work Arians had done with quarterbacks through the years. Brady had researched Arians, watching a documentary on him, and he admired how close Arians had been with all of his past quarterbacks. aYouave got a good nucleus of talent at Tampa,a Yee told Licht, aand itas important that the head coach, general manager, ownership, and the quarterback have the same commitment to winning.a

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Earthas demise could rid galaxy of meaning, warns Brian Cox ahead of Cop26

Unique events that led to civilisation mean its demise could aeliminate meaning in galaxy for evera

Humans might be the only intelligent beings in our galaxy, so destroying our civilisation could be a galactic disaster, Prof Brian Cox has warned leaders in the run-up to Cop26.

Speaking at the launch of his new BBC Two series Universe, the physicist and presenter said that having spoken to the scientists around the world advising the show, he thought that humans and sentient life on Earth amight be a remarkable, naturally occurring phenomenona and that was something that aworld leaders might need to knowa.

Universe starts on BBC2 on 27 October

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Virginia governor reveals his long Covid symptoms as he urges vaccinations

Ralph Northam had a mild case in September 2020 that left him with long-lasting effects, including loss of smell and taste

More than a year after testing positive for Covid-19, Virginiaas governor, Ralph Northam, is warning about the importance of vaccines and the long-lasting effects of Covid.

After a mild case in September 2020 that felt like a sinus infection, Northam said in a video briefing that he was recovering quickly, and he waited for his sense of smell and taste to return. Instead, his symptoms gained force a when he drinks lemonade, it tastes like gasoline, and sometimes he smells smoke that isnat there. Most of the time, though, he canat smell or taste anything a including potential gas leaks when he restores vintage cars.

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Without Covid-19 jab, areinfection may occur every 16 monthsa

Reports grow of repeat infection as experts warn prevalence among school pupils puts older people at risk

As Covid-19 infections surge in England, people are increasingly reporting catching Sars-CoV-2 for a second or even third time.

New analysis has suggested that unvaccinated individuals should expect to be reinfected with Covid-19 every 16 months, on average.

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Why is England driving the rise in UK Covid cases?

A drop-off in mask wearing and slow uptake of booster jabs are among the reasons for the continuing growth

Covid cases in the UK are on the rise once more, with 49,156 reported on Monday a the highest figure since mid-July. The increase appears to be driven by growing case numbers in England, but what is behind that increase?

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Covid live: no contingency measures for UK despite high deaths; Pfizer jab 93% effective in keeping children out of hospital

UK reports further 223 deaths but UK government says no to plan B for now; US study shows success in preventing hospitalisation of 12- to 18-year-olds

The Czech Republic is embroiled in a political crisis with the ill-health of far-right president MiloA! Zeman coinciding with a general election, and it is also seeing rising Covid numbers.

Robert Muller reports from Prague for Reuters that the Czech Republic detected 2,521 new cases of Covid yesterday, the highest daily tally since late April.

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Americaas strike wave is a rare a and beautiful a sight to behold | Hamilton Nolan

Labor uprisings are not a spectator sport. They demand not just your attention, but your participation

You may be forgiven for having the strange feeling this week that America has suddenly been seized by a very retro kind of labor revolution. If you donat track these things closely, it may have snuck up on you. Better get your marching shoes. This party is just getting started.

In March, 800 nurses at St Vincent hospital in Massachusetts went on strike. In April, 1,100 coalminers in Alabama went on strike. (Both of those groups are still on strike) In July, Frito-Lay factory workers went on strike; they were followed in August by their union siblings at Nabisco factories, and, this month, by those who work at Kelloggas factories.

Hamilton Nolan is a labor reporter at In These Times

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To fight the climate crisis, banks must stop financing factory farming | Kari Hamerschlag and Christopher D Cook

Public development banks are directly undermining UN and Paris climate goals by channeling billions of taxpayer dollars into multinational meat corporations

As the climate crisis boils over, new research shows that reducing methane emissions is our best hope to rapidly stem the crisis. Itas time to turn up the heat on the industrial meat industry and dramatically curtail its climate harm, which includes 32% of global methane emissions. Yet instead development banks are using public funds to expand this sector that generates 16.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

On 19 and 20 October, hundreds of public development banks (PDBs) will gather for the second Finance in Common Summit to make pledges to advance Paris climate and UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). The summit a which will also focus on agriculture and agribusiness transformation a presents a vital opportunity for these banks to put their money where their mouth is and align their agriculture investments to meet these goals.

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Flexitarians, pescatarians and a big meat conundrum | Zoe Williams

The rules around vegetarianism and meat eating used to be simple. Now there are ever more grey areas

Last century, we used to have a lot of conversations about what qualified as a adrink problema a the range was huge. I interviewed one American public health official and he said: aAnyone who goes out for an evening and has no idea how many drinks heall have had by the end of it has a drink problem.a Given that the working definition of an alcoholic in my workplace at the time was aanyone who needs to use their tie as a pulley for their first drink because their hand is shaking too much for the famously unstable shape of a martini glassa, we thought that was hilarious. After more field work, someone came back with aanyone who needs rules around alcohol has a problem with ita a no spirits at home, no drinking on a Sunday night, a rigidly observed yardarm with weekend variations. All that had to go, and then you could be satisfied that you had no problem. These questions were outpaced by the passage of time a now it would be widely agreed that everyone, back then, had a problem.

In place of that, we have a question over what counts as a vegetarian. Fish have always been a grey area, not least because they are grey, but now thereas a space-time component a you can be a vegetarian except on a Friday, or unless youare at somebody elseas house. You can eschew all meat unless itas hand-reared, which ultimately means you are veggie everywhere except your own house, the worst of all possible worlds from a manners point of view, but maybe the best from the perspective of animal welfare. You can go white-meat only, which amounts to a vendetta against the chicken, but works for sustainability a or you toggle between real and fake meat, and make quite a detailed account of why the fake meat doesnat taste the same. All this without anyone calling you ridiculous. I wonder if the trajectory is the same, and the future will just agree that we all had a meat problem.

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Bravo, supreme court: we do need rules to stop men interrupting women | Eleanor Margolis

The US is trying to stop female judges and attorneys being interrupted by male counterparts. Sounds all too familiar

Along with various inalienable rights and governing principles, the tendency for men to talk over women has now been officially recognised by the US supreme court. Newly introduced rules to the structure of oral arguments are in place to address the issue of male justices and attorneys (extremely regularly) interrupting their female colleagues.

These measures were discussed last week by Sonia Sotomayor, who had the honour of being the most interrupted supreme court justice in the 2019 term. And they show that, far from being a mere everyday annoyance, amansplaininga (or the ideologically adjacent amanterruptinga) can interfere with democracy. And the fact that, as a woman, you can be a literal supreme court justice and still get shouted down like someoneas little sister isnat exactly encouraging.

Eleanor Margolis is a columnist for the i newspaper and Diva

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What did a big bacon sandwich teach me? The pandemic has massively weakened our willpower | Arwa Mahdawi

When my wife went into labour, I craved a BLT after years of vegetarianism a and Iam far from the only one whose best intentions have fallen by the wayside

I lost my veg-inity on a hard hospital sofa earlier this year. It was quick and messy and sordidly satisfying. The situation was this: my pregnant wife had gone for a 39-week ultrasound and the doctors made the unexpected decision to induce labour immediately. We had spent 24 hours in the hospital waiting for the baby to make an exit and the stress and excitement of it all had made me a little tense a and very hungry. Going in, Iad had the vague idea that the miracle of imminent birth would overwhelm me with beautiful feelings and wonder; instead, I just kept thinking about bacon. I hadnat eaten meat for almost a decade at that point, but I was suddenly overcome with the urge to abandon my vegetarianism and inhale a BLT. People respond to stress in different ways and instead of fight or flight it seems my body kicks into meaty sandwich mode. (My wife, who had been subsisting only on clear hospital broth and apple juice, gave me her blessing to go and get one, by the way. I donat want you to think I am a monster.)

Hereas some free advice: do not eat an enormous BLT before your partner gives birth, particularly if your innards havenat dealt with meat for a while. Shortly after shoving the food in my mouth, my wife started pushing and I started feeling very queasy indeed. I broke out in a meat sweat just as the babyas head started showing; shamefully I had to sit down for a minute. aIam fine, Iam fine! Iam not squeamish, I promise!a I told every nurse who asked if I was going to faint. aThe thing is, I just ate a bacon sandwich and Iam actually a vegetarian.a I kept on trying to explain this to everyone in the room until my wife told me, in no uncertain terms, to shut up.

Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist

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Trump response to Capitol attack canat be aswept under ruga, White House says a live

Democratic senator Jon Tester has also voiced criticism of progressivesa suggestion to add a carbon tax to the reconciliation package.

aYou might have problems with me on a carbon tax,a Tester said, per Politico.

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FBI raids Washington mansion linked to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska

The FBI on Tuesday raided a Washington mansion linked to the billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as part of what media reports described as a acourt-authorised searcha.

Agents could be seen entering the neoclassical property located in the north-west of the US capital and standing guard outside. They sealed off the driveway with yellow tape. It said: aCrime scene a do not enter.a

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Texas Republicans pass voting maps that entrench power of whites

Texas will lower the number of districts where minorities comprise a majority a despite the non-white population growing rapidly

Texas Republicans are on the verge of enacting new voting maps that would entrench the stateas Republican and white majority even as its non-white population grows rapidly.

Texas Republicans approved the congressional plan on Monday evening, sending it to Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, who is expected to sign the measure.

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Charge Bolsonaro with murder over Covid toll, draft Brazil senate report says

Draft text says neglect, incompetence and opposition to science fueled astratospherica death toll

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, should face murder charges for his role in the countryas astratospherica coronavirus death toll, a draft report from a senate inquiry into Brazilas Covid crisis has recommended.

The 1,078-page document, published by Brazilian media on Tuesday afternoon, is not due to be voted on by the commission until next week and could yet be modified by senators.

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Former Nazi camp secretary goes on trial over murders of 11,000 people

Irmgard Furchner, who tried to flee last month, is accused of complicity in killings at Stutthof death camp

A 96-year-old former secretary at a Nazi concentration camp has gone on trial in Germany for alleged complicity in the murder of more than 11,000 people imprisoned there, three weeks after she attempted to flee the proceedings.

Irmgard Furchner was pushed into the court in Itzehoe, northern Germany, strapped into a blue ambulance wheelchair and clutching a brown cloth bag. A silk patterned scarf, sunglasses and a medical mask covered her face.

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IAEA chief: Aukus could set precedent for pursuit of nuclear submarines

Special taskforce convened by IAEA to look into Aukus deal as Iran hints at fresh pursuit of its 2018 naval nuclear propulsion program

The head of the UNas nuclear watchdog has said other states could follow Australiaas example and seek to build nuclear-powered submarines, raising serious proliferation and legal concerns.

Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said during a visit to Washington that he had sent a special team to look into the safety and legal implications of the Aukus partnership announced last month, in which the US and UK will help Australia build a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

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Religious exemptions threaten to undermine US Covid vaccine mandates

In California hundreds of public employees, including police and firefighters, are claiming asincerely helda objections to the vaccine

This month, California became the first state to require Covid-19 vaccines for all schoolchildren but the provision came with a loophole: students will be granted religious exemptions.

California, which currently has the lowest coronavirus case rate in the US, has been issuing a series of sweeping mandates, requiring that healthcare workers, state employees, care workers and schoolteachers staff all get the vaccine. But in each case, Californians are able to ask for personal belief exemptions a and they are doing so in droves.

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Bataclan survivors recall being held hostage as gunmen fired on crowd

Group of 11 were forced to watch killing spree and then used as human shields, trial over Paris attacks hears

Survivors of the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris have described their fear and panic when they were held hostage in a corridor for more than two hours by two gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and wearing explosive vests.

Three witnesses a one a 23-year-old barman at the time of the attack and two IT workers who were in their 30s a told Franceas biggest ever criminal trial how they were among 11 people first forced to watch as the gunmen took pleasure in targeting and shooting concertgoers from a balcony, and then taken to a narrow upstairs corridor and used as human shields.

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aCase closeda: 99.9% of scientists agree climate emergency caused by humans

Trawl of 90,000 studies finds consensus, leading to call for Facebook and Twitter to curb disinformation

The scientific consensus that humans are altering the climate has passed 99.9%, according to research that strengthens the case for global action at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow.

The degree of scientific certainty about the impact of greenhouse gases is now similar to the level of agreement on evolution and plate tectonics, the authors say, based on a survey of nearly 90,000 climate-related studies. This means there is practically no doubt among experts that burning fossil fuels, such as oil, gas, coal, peat and trees, is heating the planet and causing more extreme weather.

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Activision Blizzard reportedly fires 20 employees following harassment claims

Video game maker will also expand its ethics and compliance team after reports of sexual misconduct and discrimination

The embattled video game company Activision Blizzard has fired 20 employees over claims of harassment, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing a letter sent to staff.

According to the report, the video game maker will also expand its ethics and compliance team, tasked with creating a amore accountable workplacea.

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Haitian gang demands $17m ransom for kidnapped missionaries and children

Authorities are negotiating for their release but reluctant to pay money that will be used for amore guns and more munitionsa

A Haitian gang that kidnapped a group of American and Canadian missionaries has demanded a $17m ransom for their release, according to the countryas justice minister.

Liszt Quitel told the Wall Street Journal the FBI and Haitian police were in contact with the kidnappers from the 400 Mawozo gang, who seized the missionaries at the weekend outside the capital, Port-au-Prince.

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Colin Powell: the man who might have been Americaas first Black president

The ex-general seriously considered running in 1995 but later felt himself increasingly out of step with the Republican party

Colin Powell wrote a speech in November 1995 announcing a run for US president. He wrote another speech announcing a decision not to run.

When he faced reporters in a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, Powell delivered the second speech.

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All onboard escape unharmed after plane runs off Texas runway and burns

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 was carrying 21 people when it rolled through a fence and caught fire while trying to take off

No one was seriously hurt when an airplane bound for Boston ran off a runway and burned on Tuesday morning near Houston, authorities said.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 was carrying 21 people when it rolled through a fence and caught fire while trying to take off from the Houston executive airport in Brookshire, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

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aPeople are fed upa: Dollar General workers push to unionize amid hostility from above

Employees alleges allege intimidation and union-busting at low-cost retailer that reported billions in sales last year

The low-cost retailer Dollar General has the highest number of store locations in America, with over 17,600 stores in 46 states, and its golden and black logo has become ubiquitous across the country.

The companyas rapid footprint is continuing to grow, as a staggering nearly one out of every three retail stores opening in America this year is now a Dollar General. All that business generates dizzying revenue too: the company reported $33.7bn in sales last fiscal year.

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Premier League clubs v Newcastle: inside the stunning emergency vote

We explain the rule change voted through, what could happen next and why the clubs are so worried

aC/ Exclusive: Clubs vote to block Newcastle sponsorship deals

It was the follow-up to a special meeting that 19 of the clubs had last Tuesday, which was to discuss their concerns about the Saudi-led APS305m takeover of Newcastle and its implications for them. Newcastle were excluded from that meeting, which was extraordinary in itself. How often do 19 clubs convene to talk strategically about just one? The other clubs have worried about the potential for Newcastleas uber-rich owners to strike commercial deals with companies in Saudi Arabia that could give them an advantage. And so, as the Guardian revealed, the clubs proposed the draft of a rule change that would temporarily ban what are called related party transactions a in other words, arrangements with businesses with which club owners are associated. Mondayas meeting, which mainly involved participants dialling in via conferencing software, was to review and vote on the amendment.

Continue reading...

Unfreezing the ice age: the truth about humanityas deep past

Archaeological discoveries are shattering scholarsa long-held beliefs about how the earliest humans organised their societies a and hint at possibilities for our own

In some ways, accounts of ahuman originsa play a similar role for us today as myth did for ancient Greeks or Polynesians. This is not to cast aspersions on the scientific rigour or value of these accounts. It is simply to observe that the two fulfil somewhat similar functions. If we think on a scale of, say, the last 3m years, there actually was a time when someone, after all, did have to light a fire, cook a meal or perform a marriage ceremony for the first time. We know these things happened. Still, we really donat know how. It is very difficult to resist the temptation to make up stories about what might have happened: stories which necessarily reflect our own fears, desires, obsessions and concerns. As a result, such distant times can become a vast canvas for the working out of our collective fantasies.

Letas take just one example. Back in the 1980s, there was a great deal of buzz about a amitochondrial Evea, the putative common ancestor of our entire species. Granted, no one was claiming to have actually found the physical remains of such an ancestor, but DNA sequencing demonstrated that such an Eve must have existed, perhaps as recently as 120,000 years ago. And while no one imagined wead ever find Eve herself, the discovery of a variety of other fossil skulls rescued from the Great Rift Valley in east Africa seemed to provide a suggestion as to what Eve might have looked like and where she might have lived. While scientists continued debating the ins and outs, popular magazines were soon carrying stories about a modern counterpart to the Garden of Eden, the original incubator of humanity, the savanna-womb that gave life to us all.

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Texas schools are being told to teach aopposing viewsa of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine Prose

The question of what specific books and topics can and canat be taught is linked to a disturbing new law in Texas

Iave been trying to imagine what Gina Peddy could have been thinking when, on 8 October, she informed a group of Southlake, Texas, elementary school teachers that, if their classroom libraries included books about the Holocaust, students should also be steered toward books with aopposing viewsa.

The executive director for curriculum and instruction for the Carroll Independent school district, Peddy later explained that she was simply helping her staff comply with Texas House Bill 3979. Signed into law on 1 September by Governor Greg Abbott, the ruling prohibits educators from discussing controversial historical, social or political issues. If these subjects do arise, HB 3979 mandates that teachers aexplore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspectivea.

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Impeachment: American Crime Story review a Clinton-Lewinsky drama is a salacious sensation

Starring Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein, Ryan Murphyas 10-part series on the infamous White House affair is propulsive, addictive and shot through with comedy

There is nothing stranger than the recent past. For that reason, it can be a goldmine for writers, and none has extracted more from it in the past few years than Ryan Murphy. The late 90s is his most fertile seam, furnishing all three parts of his American Crime Story anthology. The opening season gave him his first a and unexpected a post-Glee hit in the glorious The People v OJ Simpson, which retold the story of the 1994 killing of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman and the most infamous murder trial of modern (media) times that followed. Then came The Assassination of Gianni Versace, about the death of the designer at the hands of Andrew Cunanan in 1997. Now we have Impeachment (BBC Two), which focuses on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal that occupied minds, headlines and the House of Representatives for much of 1998.

This new 10-part instalment, written mainly by Sarah Burgess, puts the bureaucrat Linda Tripp a played by the most revered of his repertory company, Sarah Paulson a rather than the US president or his intern front and centre. The drama opens in 1998 with her leading the FBI to Monica (Beanie Feldstein) and leading her away to a hotel for questioning (aItas for your own good,a Tripp assures her) as part of the Paula Jones investigation and pending lawsuit. We then move back to 1993, the suicide of Vince Foster and the Whitewater investigation, presented as the beginning of Trippas move from loyal (if abrasive and self-aggrandising) White House civil servant to embittered employee ready to put a metaphorical bomb under the place.

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Salah and Liverpool douse AtlA(c)tico Madrid fire after Griezmann sees red

JA1/4rgen Klopp had said that it wasnat likely that Liverpool would score three at the Wanda Metropolitano, but in the end that is exactly what they had to do. With 12 minutes to go on a wild, fun and unexpectedly open night, Mohamed Salah stood on the penalty spot, handed the chance to deliver victory for Liverpool. Two-up inside 13 minutes, it was now 2-2, and nothing was certain any more. Except of course the Egyptian who stepped up and coolly slotted in what would prove the winner.

Not that a Liverpool win seemed certain even then, AtlA(c)tico Madrid almost immediately having a late penalty of their own removed by the VAR, Luis SuA!rez left lamenting that he would not get the opportunity Salah had. And, even then it was not yet over. When at last it was, there was exhaustion. There was exhilaration too, plus recrimination and an awful lot to pick over. aWhen these two teams face each other some drama is guaranteed,a Klopp said afterwards, only the word asomea felt seriously inadequate.

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aWhatas up, babe?a How the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wooed Tom Brady

In an extract from his new book, Lars Anderson relates how the Bucs promised that Florida could give the veteran a more enjoyable football life

On the first day of the free agent negotiating period a it started at noon on Monday, 16 March aTampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht sat in his office at One Buc Place and phoned Bradyas longtime agent Don Yee at precisely fifteen seconds after 12. aIam calling about Tom,a Licht said.

aYou made the right call,a Yee told Licht. aYou really made a good decision to call me.a Yee went on to explain that Brady had been paying close attention to the Bucs and Arians. He emphasized how much Brady respected Arians a who had written a book in 2017 called The Quarterback Whisperer a and Yee noted that Brady had been impressed with the work Arians had done with quarterbacks through the years. Brady had researched Arians, watching a documentary on him, and he admired how close Arians had been with all of his past quarterbacks. aYouave got a good nucleus of talent at Tampa,a Yee told Licht, aand itas important that the head coach, general manager, ownership, and the quarterback have the same commitment to winning.a

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Earthas demise could rid galaxy of meaning, warns Brian Cox ahead of Cop26

Unique events that led to civilisation mean its demise could aeliminate meaning in galaxy for evera

Humans might be the only intelligent beings in our galaxy, so destroying our civilisation could be a galactic disaster, Prof Brian Cox has warned leaders in the run-up to Cop26.

Speaking at the launch of his new BBC Two series Universe, the physicist and presenter said that having spoken to the scientists around the world advising the show, he thought that humans and sentient life on Earth amight be a remarkable, naturally occurring phenomenona and that was something that aworld leaders might need to knowa.

Universe starts on BBC2 on 27 October

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Virginia governor reveals his long Covid symptoms as he urges vaccinations

Ralph Northam had a mild case in September 2020 that left him with long-lasting effects, including loss of smell and taste

More than a year after testing positive for Covid-19, Virginiaas governor, Ralph Northam, is warning about the importance of vaccines and the long-lasting effects of Covid.

After a mild case in September 2020 that felt like a sinus infection, Northam said in a video briefing that he was recovering quickly, and he waited for his sense of smell and taste to return. Instead, his symptoms gained force a when he drinks lemonade, it tastes like gasoline, and sometimes he smells smoke that isnat there. Most of the time, though, he canat smell or taste anything a including potential gas leaks when he restores vintage cars.

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Without Covid-19 jab, areinfection may occur every 16 monthsa

Reports grow of repeat infection as experts warn prevalence among school pupils puts older people at risk

As Covid-19 infections surge in England, people are increasingly reporting catching Sars-CoV-2 for a second or even third time.

New analysis has suggested that unvaccinated individuals should expect to be reinfected with Covid-19 every 16 months, on average.

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Why is England driving the rise in UK Covid cases?

A drop-off in mask wearing and slow uptake of booster jabs are among the reasons for the continuing growth

Covid cases in the UK are on the rise once more, with 49,156 reported on Monday a the highest figure since mid-July. The increase appears to be driven by growing case numbers in England, but what is behind that increase?

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Covid live: no contingency measures for UK despite high deaths; Pfizer jab 93% effective in keeping children out of hospital

UK reports further 223 deaths but UK government says no to plan B for now; US study shows success in preventing hospitalisation of 12- to 18-year-olds

The Czech Republic is embroiled in a political crisis with the ill-health of far-right president MiloA! Zeman coinciding with a general election, and it is also seeing rising Covid numbers.

Robert Muller reports from Prague for Reuters that the Czech Republic detected 2,521 new cases of Covid yesterday, the highest daily tally since late April.

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Americaas strike wave is a rare a and beautiful a sight to behold | Hamilton Nolan

Labor uprisings are not a spectator sport. They demand not just your attention, but your participation

You may be forgiven for having the strange feeling this week that America has suddenly been seized by a very retro kind of labor revolution. If you donat track these things closely, it may have snuck up on you. Better get your marching shoes. This party is just getting started.

In March, 800 nurses at St Vincent hospital in Massachusetts went on strike. In April, 1,100 coalminers in Alabama went on strike. (Both of those groups are still on strike) In July, Frito-Lay factory workers went on strike; they were followed in August by their union siblings at Nabisco factories, and, this month, by those who work at Kelloggas factories.

Hamilton Nolan is a labor reporter at In These Times

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To fight the climate crisis, banks must stop financing factory farming | Kari Hamerschlag and Christopher D Cook

Public development banks are directly undermining UN and Paris climate goals by channeling billions of taxpayer dollars into multinational meat corporations

As the climate crisis boils over, new research shows that reducing methane emissions is our best hope to rapidly stem the crisis. Itas time to turn up the heat on the industrial meat industry and dramatically curtail its climate harm, which includes 32% of global methane emissions. Yet instead development banks are using public funds to expand this sector that generates 16.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

On 19 and 20 October, hundreds of public development banks (PDBs) will gather for the second Finance in Common Summit to make pledges to advance Paris climate and UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). The summit a which will also focus on agriculture and agribusiness transformation a presents a vital opportunity for these banks to put their money where their mouth is and align their agriculture investments to meet these goals.

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Flexitarians, pescatarians and a big meat conundrum | Zoe Williams

The rules around vegetarianism and meat eating used to be simple. Now there are ever more grey areas

Last century, we used to have a lot of conversations about what qualified as a adrink problema a the range was huge. I interviewed one American public health official and he said: aAnyone who goes out for an evening and has no idea how many drinks heall have had by the end of it has a drink problem.a Given that the working definition of an alcoholic in my workplace at the time was aanyone who needs to use their tie as a pulley for their first drink because their hand is shaking too much for the famously unstable shape of a martini glassa, we thought that was hilarious. After more field work, someone came back with aanyone who needs rules around alcohol has a problem with ita a no spirits at home, no drinking on a Sunday night, a rigidly observed yardarm with weekend variations. All that had to go, and then you could be satisfied that you had no problem. These questions were outpaced by the passage of time a now it would be widely agreed that everyone, back then, had a problem.

In place of that, we have a question over what counts as a vegetarian. Fish have always been a grey area, not least because they are grey, but now thereas a space-time component a you can be a vegetarian except on a Friday, or unless youare at somebody elseas house. You can eschew all meat unless itas hand-reared, which ultimately means you are veggie everywhere except your own house, the worst of all possible worlds from a manners point of view, but maybe the best from the perspective of animal welfare. You can go white-meat only, which amounts to a vendetta against the chicken, but works for sustainability a or you toggle between real and fake meat, and make quite a detailed account of why the fake meat doesnat taste the same. All this without anyone calling you ridiculous. I wonder if the trajectory is the same, and the future will just agree that we all had a meat problem.

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Bravo, supreme court: we do need rules to stop men interrupting women | Eleanor Margolis

The US is trying to stop female judges and attorneys being interrupted by male counterparts. Sounds all too familiar

Along with various inalienable rights and governing principles, the tendency for men to talk over women has now been officially recognised by the US supreme court. Newly introduced rules to the structure of oral arguments are in place to address the issue of male justices and attorneys (extremely regularly) interrupting their female colleagues.

These measures were discussed last week by Sonia Sotomayor, who had the honour of being the most interrupted supreme court justice in the 2019 term. And they show that, far from being a mere everyday annoyance, amansplaininga (or the ideologically adjacent amanterruptinga) can interfere with democracy. And the fact that, as a woman, you can be a literal supreme court justice and still get shouted down like someoneas little sister isnat exactly encouraging.

Eleanor Margolis is a columnist for the i newspaper and Diva

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