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17/08/2019 12:20:08  

The Republican party is very much Steve King’s party – don’t let any Republican try and pretend otherwise

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17/08/2019 12:20:07  

Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson surrenders but Proud Boys to fore in event expected to attract ‘antifa’ counter-protest

As Portland prepared for what may be one of the biggest political demonstrations of the US summer, longtime rightwing leader Joey Gibson turned himself in to city authorities.

Related: How Portland's liberal utopia became the center of a rightwing war in the US

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17/08/2019 12:19:45  

Royal Albert Hall, London; Glyndebourne, East Sussex
Proms veterans Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim work their magic once more, Joyce DiDonato shares the limelight, and Martyn Brabbins turns 60 in style

Who can tire of the sight of two world-class musicians, friends since childhood in Buenos Aires, parading round the Royal Albert Hall stage in their own victory lap, he holding up her hand as if leading her to the tango floor, protective, encouraging, she looking bemused but safe and gracious. This (Prom 34) was the year’s hottest ticket: two septuagenarians who each made their Proms debuts, in separate concerts, in 1966. The pianist Martha Argerich and the conductor Daniel Barenboim, also pianist, peace ambassador and musical polymath, were taking bows after a wild, almost feral performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor. The orchestra was the West-Eastern Divan, which Barenboim founded, with the author Edward Said, two decades ago.

Argerich has acquired near mythical status, chiefly for her phenomenal playing – still brilliant and technically assured – in part because she is rarely seen here. Her last Prom, three years ago, was with the same forces. (She and Barenboim ended up playing a Schubert piano duet, an encore not repeated last week alas.) Argerich has a long association with the Tchaikovsky, one of the most popular concertos in the romantic warhorse repertoire. With ferocious opening chords, she led the tempo as if daring the orchestra to stay with her, which they did, mostly.

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17/08/2019 12:19:44  

King’s theatre; Church Hill theatre; the Studio, Edinburgh
Emotion is pared to the bone in Robert Icke’s thrilling new real-time adaptation of Sophocles. Plus, folk tales that leap off the stage, and a cult curio from Tim Crouch

On stage there is a digital clock, and as the scarlet seconds tick away, the drama – Sophocles’s Oedipus, in a brilliant modern version written and directed by Robert Icke, with the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam – happens in real time. This show is one of the unmissable highlights of Edinburgh’s international festival. Hildegarde Bechtler’s sleek set returns us to the world of Ivo van Hove’s astounding Roman Tragedies (Icke, just finishing as an associate director at the Almeida in London, is often described as Van Hove’s English protege, although he is victoriously his own man, his 2015 Oresteia another theatrical winner). The family likeness between these Dutch productions is unmistakable: Oedipus’s office space recalls Julius Caesar’s in Roman Tragedies. It’s a power hub of sleek lines, swivel chairs and screens that never sleep. Icke’s adaptation begins with footage of Oedipus as a politician, on the eve of a presidential election: “We are sick,” he tells camera and crowd, “the state body is sick.”

Oedipus is played with magnetic naturalism by Hans Kesting (also Mark Antony in Van Hove’s production). He is relaxed yet wired and, with Creon, a suitably stressed Aus Greidanus Jr, as spin doctor, expected to know the way forward for his country. But before long, the man will cease to know who he is. Knowledge is key as we touch on a familiar question: how much should we know of our politicians’ private lives? The thrilling power of this show is in hearing classical dialogue in a contemporary context. We listen to what Oedipus and his family are feeling. Emotion is pared to the bone, in keeping with the bare lines of the set. There is a visceral inescapability to the talk. And it’s fascinating watching theatre in another language – you miss the nuances and become hyper-aware of the body language. Dutch, with its vicious Rs, sounds on a dangerous roll (there are subtitles, obviously). One or two shaming English phrases sing out, such as “new age bullshit”.

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17/08/2019 12:19:37  

You sort your recycling, leave it to be collected – and then what? From councils burning the lot to foreign landfill sites overflowing with British rubbish, Oliver Franklin-Wallis reports on a global waste crisis

An alarm sounds, the blockage is cleared, and the line at Green Recycling in Maldon, Essex, rumbles back into life. A momentous river of garbage rolls down the conveyor: cardboard boxes, splintered skirting board, plastic bottles, crisp packets, DVD cases, printer cartridges, countless newspapers, including this one. Odd bits of junk catch the eye, conjuring little vignettes: a single discarded glove. A crushed Tupperware container, the meal inside uneaten. A photograph of a smiling child on an adult’s shoulders. But they are gone in a moment. The line at Green Recycling handles up to 12 tonnes of waste an hour.

“We produce 200 to 300 tonnes a day,” says Jamie Smith, Green Recycling’s general manager, above the din. We are standing three storeys up on the green health-and-safety gangway, looking down the line. On the tipping floor, an excavator is grabbing clawfuls of trash from heaps and piling it into a spinning drum, which spreads it evenly across the conveyor. Along the belt, human workers pick and channel what is valuable (bottles, cardboard, aluminium cans) into sorting chutes.

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17/08/2019 12:19:36  

Anonymous investors have launched a hostile €25m bid for Sóller’s locally owned heritage train link to Palma

Indignant residents of the Mallorcan town of Sóller have said their railway is not for sale after a group of investors launched a hostile takeover bid.

The town has been linked to the capital, Palma, with a picturesque narrow-gauge railway since 1912. The train, with its wooden carriages, has been in continuous use ever since, climbing 200 metres and passing through 13 tunnels on its 27km journey.

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17/08/2019 12:19:35  

Former drugs tsar says Home Office must end opposition to ‘fixing’ spaces to tackle issue

The Home Office must abandon its opposition to safe injection rooms if it wants to reduce drug-related deaths, now at record levels, a former government drugs chief has said.

David Nutt, who was chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, said that failure to respond to last week’s revelation that drug deaths were at their highest since records began in 1993 would constitute “a wilful disregard of evidence”. The statistics showed that deaths from drug poisoning rose by 16% last year, representing the steepest year-on-year rise. However, the Home Office is refusing to sanction safe injection rooms – spaces where addicts can inject under medical supervision.

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17/08/2019 12:19:35  

Newlywed officer, due to go on honeymoon next week, was killed after being struck by vehicle

Forensic officers are searching a caravan site three miles from where a newlywed policeman died in the line of duty after being dragged by a vehicle as he responded to reports of a burglary.

PC Andrew Harper, who was due to go on honeymoon next week, was killed late on Thursday evening when he was struck by a vehicle after leaving his car at the crossroads on the A4 near Sulhamstead village, Berkshire.

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17/08/2019 12:16:40  
17/08/2019 12:16:09  

Pieces of plastic were found inside the stomach of the sea mammal which was stranded on a Thai beach.
17/08/2019 12:16:02  

A fundraiser is launched in memory of Harry Shaw, who inspired the driver's Spanish Grand Prix win.
17/08/2019 11:20:30  

Macquarie Media warns star broadcaster after he said New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern should have a ‘sock shoved down throat’

Alan Jones has been told he will be sacked if he makes any more offensive comments after he used his radio show to suggest Scott Morrison should “shove a sock down the throat” of the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.

Jones caused widespread anger on Thursday after using his 2GB show to tell the Australian prime minister to carry out the action to stop Ardern talking about climate change.

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17/08/2019 11:20:12  

These pistachio and cherry biscotti are real keepers – they last a couple of months, if you can resist them

There are few things more welcoming than walking into a cafe and being greeted by the sight of a shining jar of biscotti. The dough for this recipe, flavoured with honey and orange-blossom water, will be much wetter than you might expect. All will be saved by the second bake, however, with the water being driven out to give the crisp texture and long shelf life for which they are known.

Related: Tamal Ray’s recipe scones with pineapple jam | The Sweet Spot

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17/08/2019 11:20:10  

Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole’s latest show started off exploring Brexit, then turned darker. No wonder they hand beer to the audience and down shots on stage

To try and win the lottery, Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole paid a witch to sell their soul to Satan. “It went really well,” Mothersole says drily as she lolls across the sofa in a room at Summerhall, their Edinburgh fringe venue, with a half-empty bottle of spiced Caribbean rum at her side. “We didn’t win, but she was great.” They offered Satan 25% of their audience applause. “She said that’s good,” Biscuit says, splayed on the other sofa with her dog, Nala, curled across her stomach, “she said he’ll like that.”

Better known as intrepid live art company Sh!t Theatre, Biscuit and Mothersole join me after their new show, Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats, to drink some more rum. The performance they originally planned was about the lottery. They had an hour’s worth of content, a human-sized hamster wheel and the deal with the devil all set. Then they went to Malta and got norovirus – and very distracted.

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17/08/2019 11:20:04  

Scarlets flanker will play alongside his brother, Jonathan, and is ready to stake World Cup claim

If caps were awarded for determination and bloody-mindedness, James Davies would take some catching. The Scarlets flanker has spent his career trying to prove he is not too small to play international rugby and finally, with mobility now regarded as essential as power, the 28-year old has emerged from the shadows.

Davies will win his fourth cap against England on Saturday, more than a year after his last Test appearance and, for the first time, will be alongside his older brother, Jonathan, who, in a 10-year international career, has become one of the world’s leading centres.

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17/08/2019 11:20:03  

Burnley boss Sean Dyche speaks to BT Sport. “We got off to a really good start. We’ve had a good pre-season. There’s a nice edge to the collective, not just the 11 we played last week. We’ve had a few things go against us [when playing Arsenal] and maybe VAR will clean those things up now. But it’s beyond that, it’s about us performing. It’s a big ask. But we like what we’re doing, the players are up for it, and I like what they’ve delivered so far. So we’ll see how we go today.”

Arsenal’s new kit is lovely, isn’t it. Presses all the right buttons for football fans of a certain vintage. Here it is, pictured below, pretty much. Squint and it could almost be Unai Emery throwing an arm around Matteo Guendouzi. Better crest in those days, mind.

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17/08/2019 11:20:02  

‘I came to stay with Madeleine and Tabby for six weeks before going to study. We had such a nice time, they invited me back’

Hattie Cansino, 30
Madeleine’s been my best friend for years. I came to stay with her and her daughter Tabby for six weeks in July last year before going to Brazil to study. The three of us had such a nice time that they invited me back after my year away. When I returned, they’d redecorated the spare room especially.

When Tabby was born, I was young and a baby seemed so adult and alien. I have a lot of guilt for not being around as much as I should have then; I hope I’m making up for it now. I walk Tabby to school three times a week and help with homework. Looking after her isn’t babysitting at all, she’s an absolutely lovely kid.

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17/08/2019 11:20:00  

Demonstrators aim to show public support for movement remains strong

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong, as they sought to show their movement still had public support even after two months of increasingly violent clashes.

Protesters, clad in their signature black and holding umbrellas, marched down major streets in Kowloon, chanting: “Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our time!” Volunteers handed out herbal tea and juice, while some shops that had closed for the day left boxes of drinks out for protesters.

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17/08/2019 11:19:49  

A look back at the most memorable roles of actor Peter Fonda, who died at the age of 79 on Friday. Fonda was a well known figure of the 1960s counterculture movement and earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing the classic 1969 road movie Easy Rider. In 1997, he was nominated for his performance as a Vietnam veteran and widowed beekeeper in Ulee’s Gold.

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17/08/2019 11:16:57  
17/08/2019 11:16:15  

Lindsay Standen's pomeranian had to be put down after suffering an injury while the family were away.
17/08/2019 11:16:11  

Nottinghamshire Police has shared details of some of the most ridiculous 999 calls it has received.
17/08/2019 11:16:08  

The Scottish Premiership champions admitted liability for historic abuse carried out by former coach Jim McCafferty.
17/08/2019 11:16:07  

The event marks the 50th anniversary of troops being deployed in Northern Ireland.
17/08/2019 10:19:45  

Rap and reality TV haven’t always meshed – but Krept and Konan’s new series could change that

UK rap is in the best shape it has ever been in. We have had Stormzy gifting Glastonbury with the most jaw-dropping headline set in years. Little Simz, Dave and Slowthai are all on the 2019 Mercury prize shortlist. Loyle Carner – and his lovely mum – have settled into the Celebrity Gogglebox sofas. New gen MC Flohio has collaborated with old-school hero the Streets. Headie One is bringing drill to the masses. And Winchmore warrior Skepta is doing live sessions with … um, Sophie Ellis-Bextor? Surreal collabs aside, it can only mean one thing; it’s time for a UK rap reality show!

BBC Three is, this week, launching its own version of The Rap Game, the US version of which has now been running for five seasons, fronted by rap svengali Jermaine Dupri alongside Queen Latifah. The Rap Game UK is a somewhat more low-key take. South London rappers Krept & Konan and BBC 1Xtra’s head of music and grime OG DJ Target will mentor seven unsigned MCs, who have been flung together in a soulless-looking penthouse in Birmingham for a) the purposes of our entertainment and b) the chance to win a recording contact with Krept & Konan’s Play Dirty label. The show is the latest series to prove that the appetite for rap-themed talent telly is still growing. Over in the States, along with The Rap Game US, mega-names Cardi B and Chance the Rapper are working on a new show called Rhythm & Flow, set to launch this autumn. Cardi announced via Instagram that she will be on it, looking for the next urban superstar, someone who’s “that diamond in the rough”. Yet with streaming and social media opening up the floodgates for new rappers – Old Town Road’s wildly successful use as a meme on TikTok helped make Lil Nas X’s tune the biggest debut single of all time – do we really need to re-impose industry gatekeepers? Krept & Konan think so.

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