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16/12/2019 11:39:07  

New intake MPs are having their induction today, and along with their offices, computers and other paperwork have been told by parliamentary authorities to check their privilege. They’ve even been given handy ‘oppression wheels’… A document handed out to new MPs tells them that “recognising your privilege makes it easier to acknowledge and address ways different […]

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16/12/2019 11:37:09  
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16/12/2019 11:36:31  

Part of Watchet Marina has been shut after part of the sea wall was damaged over the weekend.
16/12/2019 11:36:30  

Liam Whoriskey was found guilty of the manslaughter of three-year-old Kayden McGuinness in 2017.
16/12/2019 10:40:46  

Your quick catch-up on neural-net news

Roundup It's nearly the end of the year, and if you're not bored of AI yet, here's more bits and bytes for you to consume.…

16/12/2019 10:40:25  

Following the launch of our climate pledge last month, we asked you what environmental issues you think we’re covering well, and which you think demand more attention. This is what you said.

We asked Guardian readers around the world to tell us what you think of our climate coverage, and what you’d like to see more of. We received several hundred responses from readers in India, the UK, Japan, the US (everywhere from Maryland to Alaska), Mexico, Istanbul, Spain, Canada, Malaysia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Wales - to mention just a few. Here is a small sample of what we heard.

The rising human population needs to be addressed. There are too many of us; we are living longer, therefore something needs to be done to encourage smaller families, choosing to adopt, or to remain child-free. The exploding population is an ecological emergency.
Tanya, 41, Yorkshire, UK

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16/12/2019 10:40:22  

One in three low- and middle-income countries affected as junk food and sugary drinks reach every corner of globe

Babies and children who have been stunted for lack of food are also in danger of obesity in poor countries, as junk food and sugary drinks reach every corner of the globe.

Experts warn of a double burden of malnutrition, with underweight and obese children living in the same communities and even within the same families. One in three low and middle-income countries are now affected, according to experts led by the World Health Organization.

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16/12/2019 10:40:21  

Mike Ashley says more stores in department store chain will close in the next year

Sports Direct has said it expects to increase profits by up to 15% this year after reducing losses at House of Fraser.

Mike Ashley’s retail empire forecasts profits of up to £390.3m for the year to April 2020 after underlying pretax profits increased 58% to £101.8m in the first half. Losses almost halved to £15.9m at its premium lifestyle business, which includes House of Fraser, although the group plans to close more branches in the coming year.

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16/12/2019 10:40:18  

Exeter are the only Premiership side in pole position to secure a quarter-final spot after an attritional weekend

It should be the pool of death given that three of its occupants are heading their respect leagues. Leinster are at the top of their Pro14 conference, unbeaten since last May, Lyon head the Top 14, 10 points ahead of Montpellier, who are third, while Northampton look down on the rest in the Premiership. There is a code in Europe that league form cannot crack. Lyon have won away to Toulon and Racing 92 this season, but they lost in Treviso on Saturday to all but end their interest in the Champions Cup while the Saints won in Italy only after a final flourish. Leinster, who became the first team to qualify for the last eight after four rounds, learned the painful way, like Munster and Saracens, that Europe is a long step up from league rugby. Paul Rees

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16/12/2019 10:40:18  

Hello world! It is 64 days until the next Champions League action, but don’t let that stop you getting excited! Glory awaits! Or at least a lucrative payout when your team falls at the first hurdle! Exciting!

Here are the 16 teams that are left in the competition with eight group winners and eight group runners up making the cut.

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16/12/2019 10:40:17  

Trade tensions have eased and markets are steady, but politicians must make growth inclusive

This being December, my natural inclination is to review the past year’s economic and financial developments to help policymakers and investors anticipate what might be coming in 2020. This year is ending on a relatively positive note, especially when compared with the same time last year. There is hope of a global growth pickup, trade tensions have lessened and central banks have reaffirmed that that they will maintain ultra-low interest rates and continue to provide ample liquidity. Financial volatility is subdued, and there are reasonable expectations of solid investor returns across many asset classes.

As tempting as it is to dwell on current financial and macroeconomic conditions, doing so risks obfuscating a key element in the outlook for the future. There is a curious contrast between the relative clarity of expectations for the near term and the murkiness and uncertainty that comes when one extends the horizon further – say, to the next five years.

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16/12/2019 10:40:16  

Music can be a form of resistance – but an unstrung violin didn’t hold much promise. Then it was fixed, a plume of dust rose, and the fiddler began to play

It wasn’t a long journey, really, from East Jerusalem to Bethlehem in the central West Bank, but it went across ancient borders and boundaries and checkpoints. We were on our way, a group of five from the non-profit global exchange group Narrative 4, to the Aida refugee camp in the shadow of what the Israelis call the “separation barrier” and the Palestinians call the “apartheid wall”. Among our group was Colm Mac Con Iomaire, an Irish fiddle player, one of the finest musicians in the world.

We abandoned the taxi at Checkpoint 300 and left Colm’s fiddle in the car, knowing that we were quicker on foot, but that the taxi would bring the fiddle along later: everywhere we went in Israel and Palestine, Colm would open up the eyelids of the day by playing a tune.

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16/12/2019 10:40:15  

Dell, Microsoft and Tesla also among tech firms named in case brought by families of children killed or injured while mining in DRC

A landmark legal case has been launched against the world’s largest tech companies by Congolese families who say their children were killed or maimed while mining for cobalt used to power smartphones, laptops and electric cars, the Guardian can reveal.

Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla have been named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Washington DC by human rights firm International Rights Advocates on behalf of 14 parents and children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The lawsuit accuses the companies of aiding and abetting in the death and serious injury of children who they claim were working in cobalt mines in their supply chain.

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16/12/2019 10:40:14  

Rolling coverage of the day’s political events as they happen

Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, has also given an interview to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire. In it, he partly toned down his criticism of the BBC. He said that he was not blaming it for Labour’s defeat. And he said that he treasured it. But he repeated his claim that some its coverage was slanted against Labour. He said:

I’m suggesting that we treasure our public service broadcaster, the BBC, and in my opinion they have trespassed with regularity during the course of this campaign into an area that they should not trespass into.

We’ve had endless examples from the political correspondents of the BBC that we find very difficult to accept.

Well, when your senior political correspondent opines about the postal ballots, and says that the postal ballots are not looking good for Labour – we don’t look at postal ballots – how on earth could that opinion be expressed? And why is an interpretation on what is blind at that time being interpreted as not looking good for Labour?

Why is it that stories sent from Tory HQ are received by the BBC and turned into a factual story when the reality is that the Labour political activist did not punch a political adviser to Matt Hancock? Yet that was put out on the airwaves.

In my view [the BBC has] been used and abused, and if we are not careful the rampant Tory party will dispense with the BBC, and sadly those who are currently in charge of it have nobody to blame for themselves.

But I treasure the BBC. It’s a bastion. And it’s really, really important that we hold our public service broadcaster close and make sure that it is not undermined. I’m afraid the way people have gone about their business during this election does not fill me with confidence.

The Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds has criticised his colleague Andy McDonald for part-blaming the BBC for their party’s defeat. (See 9.48am.)

The media can be frustrating, and some of the tabloids at times just embarrassing, but blaming them for last Thursday is an abdication of responsibility

There are definitely some journalists where you feel they have no interest in providing scrutiny or insight to the viewer, and just want a viral clip to boost their own profile. But the Tories face that too.

In some policy areas we actually got a pretty easy ride from the media https://t.co/fJuc8nUHXG

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16/12/2019 10:39:13  

John Bercow’s retirement isn’t harbouring the glamour and prestige he may have hope for. After being thoroughly dismayed on the Sky Election Night Show by the Tory majority, he’s showing off his pro-European credentials. By practising his Italian… He also brandished his love of Roger Federer… and shouted ‘order’ quite a bit more. Perhaps Bercow […]

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16/12/2019 10:39:13  

This is precisely who Corbyn will have wanted to be doing his eulogy media rounds…

The post Ken Livingstone’s Still Denying Labour Anitsemitism appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

16/12/2019 10:36:43  

It is not clear who opened the SS officer's unmarked grave - police say no remains were taken.
16/12/2019 10:36:42  

The call from the minority leader in the US Senate comes days before a vote to impeach Donald Trump.
16/12/2019 10:36:34  

47 MPs have lost their seat in the 2019 general election - what happens to them now?
16/12/2019 10:36:33  

Tears flowing and Ben Stokes trending - how social media reacted to BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Aberdeen.
16/12/2019 10:36:33  

The four-month-old male was one of three cubs born at the Highland Wildlife Park.
16/12/2019 10:36:32  

The 17-year-old, described in court as "dangerous", sexually assaulted two women on the same day.
16/12/2019 10:36:31  

The rail operator had said 50 new trains would be introduced, but is reporting a shortage of drivers.
16/12/2019 10:36:28  

Johno Cornish took up painting with the unusual artistic tool after trying to take his own life.