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13/12/2018 21:06:33  

Well, in one respect anyway

Microsoft may have taken the decision to ditch the Edge's browser engine for Google's Chromium too soon.…

13/12/2018 21:06:27  

Friday: shark numbers off Queensland have declined as much as 90% since 1962. Plus: Trump hits back after lawyer’s conviction

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Friday 14 December.

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13/12/2018 21:06:26  

  • Resolution to curb military aid passes by 56 votes to 41
  • Measure reflects lack of confidence in Trump over Yemen

The Senate has passed a resolution calling for an end to US military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war, and asserting Congress’s right to decide on matters of war and peace.

The measure, which passed by 56 votes to 41, marked the first time the Senate had invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution to seek to curb the power of the president to take the US into an armed conflict. It marked a significant bipartisan rebuke to the Trump administration, which lobbied intensively against it.

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13/12/2018 21:06:12  

Dorfman, London
Anthony Neilson’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story has a sexual frisson, schlocky gore and a shape-shifting set

The Tell-Tale Heart is Edgar Allan Poe’s short story about a murderer who confesses to his crime after being haunted by guilt. A gothic horror, it reads like a miniature Dostoevskian morality tale of how the guilt of a crime leads, ineluctably, to punishment.

This production, written and directed by Anthony Neilson, is far more complicated in its story and morality. Both murderer and victim are young women: the former is Camille, an award-winning playwright who rents a room in a seaside town to pen her next play. The latter is her landlady, Nora, apparently disfigured (to say more would give the game away), who runs a boarding house in Brighton.

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13/12/2018 21:06:11  

Ageing population and hospital deficits will take up much of new funds, thinktank says

Almost all the £20.5bn extra a year for the NHS risks being swallowed up by the ageing population, pay rises, the rising cost of drugs and hospitals’ deficits, a report has concluded.

As little as £1.3bn of the increase could be left to fund improvements in treatment unless the service dramatically overhauls how and where it cares for patients, the report by the IPPR thinktank and former senior NHS staff says.

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13/12/2018 21:06:07  

Olivier Giroud saved Chelsea from an embarrassing Europa League defeat at Vidi but they left Budapest counting the cost of a knee injury to Alvaro Morata.

Willian’s free-kick after 30 minutes was cancelled out immediately by an Ethan Ampadu own goal and Loic Nego struck a sumptuous volley after 56 minutes to give Vidi the lead.

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13/12/2018 21:06:06  

Rangers’ dreams of reaching the Europa League last 32 were extinguished as they failed to get the victory they needed to edge out Rapid Vienna.

Victory in the Austrian capital would have extended the Ibrox side’s remarkable run beyond Christmas. But there was no fairytale ending for the team Steven Gerrard put together in the summer as Dejan Ljubicic’s late winner meant the hosts joined Villarreal in qualifying from Group G.

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13/12/2018 21:06:06  

• ‘Brailsford doesn’t know how to run a team on lower budget’
• American says Sky’s decision to end backing can boost cycling

Jonathan Vaughters, the general manager of Team Sky’s world tour rivals, EF Education First-Drapac, believes Sir Dave Brailsford must find a sponsor able to match his team’s current budget if they are to continue to dominate the Tour de France.

Related: Geraint Thomas has no regrets over new deal before Sky pulled team backing

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13/12/2018 21:06:04  

Trust in parties’ ability to hold men to account over alleged sexual misconduct has been eroded by two MPs’ reinstatement

For women who have been involved in the #MeToo movement, the no-confidence vote in Theresa May on Wednesday was supposed to be the most meaningful of all. It was the first time Conservative MPs accused of sexual misconduct who had had the whip removed pending the outcome of an investigation would have had to miss a key vote. What could be more important than a vote on the future leadership of their party? But when it came down to it, their friends chose to end their suspensions and reinstate the whip before the investigations had run their course.

The result is a resounding vote of no confidence in the ability of political parties to hold powerful men to account over accusations of sexual misconduct. Charlie Elphicke was interviewed under caution by the police this year in connection with “alleged sexual offences” against three female members of staff, one of them rape – all of which he denies. Andrew Griffiths was forced to resign as a minister for small business last year following the publication of some of the 2,000 sex messages he sent to his constituents, which Jess Phillips today read out in the Commons as a timely reminder of the impact on women’s lives. Yet with the whip reinstated, it looks likely that the investigations into their alleged behaviour will never been seen through.

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13/12/2018 21:06:02  

Company wants to redevelop existing pub in the city and build a 70-bedroom hotel

JD Wetherspoon is planning to open a national museum in Wolverhampton as part of a £7m investment, which the pub chain claims could generate up to 50 jobs.

Related: Twitter ordered to reveal user behind parody JD Wetherspoon account

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13/12/2018 21:06:01  

Chile and Costa Rica thought to be considering alternative bids after Brazil withdrew offer

Britain is bidding to host the UN climate change conference in 2020, the biggest since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015, as part of the government’s aim to be seen as a green leader.

The conference will mark a vital deadline for countries to comply with their commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and move on to tougher targets for the decade to 2030, and so it is likely to be a fractious affair.

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13/12/2018 21:06:01  

51% of children eligible for free school meals met reading, writing and maths standards

Children from disadvantaged families in England are slowly closing the gap with their better-off peers in primary school attainment, although children from better-off backgrounds are more likely to get top results, according to new figures.

A detailed breakdown of results from key stage two national tests – known as Sats – taken in the final year of primary school show that 51% of children eligible for free school meals met the government’s expected standards in reading, writing and maths, compared with 70% of other pupils, a slightly narrower gap than in previous years.

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13/12/2018 21:06:00  

Police sources say Chérif Chekatt, who allegedly killed three people, is dead

The alleged shooter in Strasbourg, Chérif Chekatt, has been killed by police, according to reports.

Both the Reuters news agency and various local media outlets cited police sources as confirming the news. The Guardian could not immediately verify the reports and official confirmation was not forthcoming.

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13/12/2018 21:05:26  

Earlier today, ASUS announced that long-time CEO Jerry Shen is stepping down ahead of "a comprehensive corporate transformation" -- part of which involving a new co-CEO structure, as well as a major shift in mobile strategy to focus on gamers and power users. From a report: In other words, we'll be seeing more ROG Phones and maybe fewer ZenFones, which is a way to admit defeat in what ASUS chairman Jonney Shih described as a "bloody battlefield" in his interview with Business Next. During his 11 years serving as CEO, Shen oversaw the launch of the PadFone series, Transformer series, ZenBook series and ZenFone series. Prior to that, Shen was also credited as the main creator of the Eee PC, the small machine that kickstarted the netbook race in 2006.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

13/12/2018 21:03:26  
13/12/2018 21:02:03  

The group is suspected of attempting to steal copper before becoming trapped in a West Virginia mine.
13/12/2018 21:02:02  

The man suspected of carrying out Tuesday's deadly attack has been killed by police, reports say.
13/12/2018 20:06:18  

Company had staff on hand to ‘help people manage their privacy’ and answer questions following controversy-plagued 2018

Facebook held a one-off privacy “pop-up” in New York City on Thursday, part of the company’s ongoing public relations efforts to heal its image following a controversy-plagued 2018.

Related: 'They don't care': Facebook fact-checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties

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13/12/2018 20:06:14  

Key sticking point at UN negotiations is how countries should account for their greenhouse gas emissions

China called on rich countries to “pay their debts” on climate change at global talks on Thursday, criticising developed countries for not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide finance to help poor countries do the same.

The trenchant intervention by Xie Zhenhua, the minister who leads the Chinese delegation and a veteran of the UN climate negotiations, came as China faced increasing pressure to shift its stance on some of the key rules required to implement the 2015 Paris agreement.

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13/12/2018 20:06:13  

Company says all payments to Ghosn between 2015 and 2018 were compliant with the law

The French carmaker Renault has retained Carlos Ghosn as its chairman and chief executive after finding no irregularities in his pay packages, despite his arrest and continued detention in Japan.

Renault said on Thursday that its board had reviewed payments to Ghosn between 2015 and 2018. All payments were “in compliance with applicable law” as well as the French corporate governance code, it said.

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13/12/2018 20:06:12  

Despite ‘biggest increase since 2010’, some forces say they are barely making ends meet

The government has announced an additional £970m in police funding for 2019 but was met with immediate criticism that the amount was too low and risked further falls in officer numbers.

Ministers will allow increases in local taxes to fund policing, and have increased some direct grants they make to the 43 forces in England and Wales.

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13/12/2018 20:06:11  

Industry body says firms have already sent hundreds of millions of pounds out of UK

Businesses are in “despair” over Brexit and have already diverted hundreds of millions of pounds in investment out of the UK, the Confederation of British Industry has said.

The CBI deputy director general Josh Hardie said companies around the country, who did not seek publicity, had already pressed the button on contingency plans for no deal.

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13/12/2018 20:06:08  

“You left out Guendouzi in the list of teenagers on the bench,” protests Krishna Moorthi. “Not to mention Nketiah and Willock, who are starting.” Yes, I did, and that’s because those are better known than the ones I highlighted. Guendouzi, indeed, is already so famous that Manchester United players have chased after him just to grab a lock of his hair.

Plenty of youngsters in that Arsenal lineup, especially on the bench. The one we’re told to be most excited about is Bukayo Saka. Word is he’s a 17-year-old from Ealing with exceptional skill and speed, a darling of a left foot and a big bright future. The teenagers on the bench include another 17-year-old, Tyrece John-Jules, plus 18-year-old centreback Zech Medley and the 19-year-old midfielder Charlie Gilmour.

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13/12/2018 20:06:07  

The players are in the tunnel.

Rangers are out of the Europa League after losing 1-0 at Rapid Vienna. Kick-off at Celtic is 10 minutes away.

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13/12/2018 20:06:06  

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