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18 октября, 07:11

'My deal or no deal': what the papers say about Boris Johnson's Brexit plan

Front pages report on ‘numbers game’, with some calling on MPs to ‘do their duty’Boris Johnson’s progress in getting his Brexit deal dominates the front pages, though most papers make clear it is not a done deal. Related: How is Boris Johnson's Brexit deal different from Theresa May's? Continue reading...

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18 октября, 07:09

Abominable: anger grows over controversial map in Chinese children's film

Three countries object to animated movie scene showing Chinese territorial claims in South China SeaMalaysia’s film censors have ordered a scene to be removed from the animated movie Abominable which shows China’s nine-dash line in the South China Sea, an official has said, amid growing anger among countries with overlapping claims to the region.The U-shaped line is used on Chinese maps to illustrate its territorial claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, including areas claimed by other countries. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 07:00

New generation, new tactics: the changing face of Catalan protests

Attempted occupation at airport was called by new group using an app to bring young people on to streetsUntil this week, the images habitually projected by the Catalan independence movement were of its red, yellow and blue estelada flags and of the huge crowds that have gathered on the region’s national day over the past eight years to make earnest, enthusiastic – and fruitless – calls for a separate republic.By Monday night, however, the pictures coming out of Barcelona and elsewhere had begun to tell a different story. Infuriated by the Spanish supreme court’s decision to jail nine pro-independence leaders over their roles in the failed push for secession two years ago, thousands of young Catalans marched on Barcelona-El Prat airport in an attempt to occupy it. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 07:00

Stuart Russell on why now is the time to start thinking about superintelligent AI - Science Weekly podcast

Prof Stuart Russell wrote the book on artificial intelligence. Literally. But that was back in 1995, when the next few decades of AI were uncertain, and, according to him, distinctly less threatening. Sitting down with Ian Sample, Russell talks about his latest book, Human Compatible, which warns of a dystopian future in which humans are outsmarted by machines. But how did we get here? And what can we do to make sure these machines benefit humankind? Continue reading...

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18 октября, 03:08

New York votes to close notorious Rikers Island jail complex

Rikers is scheduled to shutter by 2026 after a decades long run as one of the world’s largest jails New York City lawmakers voted to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect.Rikers is scheduled to shutter by 2026, ending a decades long run as one of the world’s largest jails. It will be replaced with four smaller and more modern jails located closer to the city’s main courthouses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 02:54

El Chapo: Mexican police capture then release drug boss's son after battle with cartel

Security minister says decision not to detain Ovidio Guzmán López was made to protect citizens, after heavy gunfireIntense fighting has erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacán, where masked gunmen threw up burning barricades and traded gunfire with security forces after the arrest of one of the sons of the jailed former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.Images shared on social media showed trucks with mounted heavy machine guns patrolling the city streets. Another clip showed a gunman with an assault rifle shooting at an unknown target against a soundtrack of continuous gunfire. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 02:48

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A crunch clash at Old Trafford, Palace tackle vulnerable champions and could West Ham do for Marco Silva?Top scorers: latest leaders in Europe’s top five leaguesThe last time Liverpool visited Old Trafford, they met a United side struggling with injuries – even before three players were forced off during the first half. But, though Liverpool were three points clear at the top, they played as though the goalless draw they eventually achieved was an acceptable result. In the event, Manchester City pipped them to the title by a point, and though that required a phenomenal run of 14 straight wins, had Liverpool embraced the pressure and played with their usual intensity in that game they would now be champions of England, not into their 30th season without a league title. On Sunday, Liverpool will arrive able to wear and excuse any slip-up: they are eight points clear at the top, while United, who are not quite as abhorrently awful as they’ve looked recently, will have some key players back from injury and should be up for the fight. Even so, Liverpool would be foolish to entertain those thoughts. They have one foot on City’s throat and the other aimed at United’s solar plexus; allowing them to escape instead of kicking them when they’re down would be a significant oversight with potentially significant repercussions. Playing safe is not always the safe option. DH Continue reading...

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18 октября, 02:08

Mick Mulvaney suggests Trump withheld Ukraine aid in quid pro quo

Acting White House chief of staff says politics and foreign policy are mixed ‘all the time’, before walking back remarksThe acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, suggested that there was a quid pro quo in relations with Ukraine, only to walk back that statement later in the day.Mulvaney on Thursday morning said the Trump administration’s decision to withhold millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine was part of efforts to clean up corruption in the country. He was apparently referring, at least in part, to unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about a purported Ukrainian link to Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 02:01

Channel 4 launches menopause policy for employees

Women will have access to flexible working arrangements, and cool and quiet workspacesChannel 4 is launching its first menopause policy in an effort to normalise the “taboo” subject.The policy will support employees experiencing menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, anxiety and fatigue, giving women access to flexible working arrangements and paid leave if they feel unwell because of the side-effects of ageing. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 02:01

Scariest thing about Halloween is plastic waste, say charities

Equivalent of 83m plastic bottles in often throwaway outfits sold by leading retailersAn estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste – equivalent to 83m bottles – will be generated from throwaway Halloween clothing sold by leading retailers in the UK this year research suggests.An investigation by Hubbub, an environmental charity, into the seasonal outfits available from 19 supermarkets and retailers – including Aldi, Argos, Asos, Amazon, Boden, John Lewis, M&S, Next, and Tesco – found that 83% of the material used was polluting oil-based plastic likely to end up in landfill. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 02:01

Talking Horses: Future of Tote under new owners brighter than for years

Alizeti consortium has secured the business and big changes will be made to increase the paltry share of betting on racingThe future of the Tote, which offers pool betting on British racing, appears to be more secure following the news that the Alizeti consortium, led by owner and breeder Alex Frost, has finally secured the backing it needs to buy the Tote from its former owner, the bookmaker Fred Done.The announcement on Wednesday brings down the curtain on a difficult and often controversial eight years in the long history of the Tote, which was created by Winston Churchill during his time as Stanley Baldwin’s chancellor of the exchequer in the 1920s. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 01:00

Genetic testing kits 'may wrongly reassure those at risk of cancer'

Consumer testing kits fail to pick up majority of DNA mutations, say researchersConsumer genetic tests could be giving false reassurance to those at heightened risk of cancers, according to findings presented at an international conference this week.The study, by clinical genetic testing company Invitae, revealed that tests for breast and bowel cancer risk by direct-to-consumer companies such as 23andMe give negative results to the vast majority of those carrying DNA mutations in the genes under investigation. Continue reading...