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18 октября, 22:00

N’Golo Kanté: so much more than just the Premier League’s best midfielder | Barney Ronay

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It is no surprise that Real Madrid and Juventus are said to be coming for Chelsea’s Kanté – the Frenchman has conquered all before him over the last four yearsRemember the N’Golo Kanté riots of 2018? Those were high times, man. It seems strange now but this time last year one of the key issues in the Premier League’s endless conversation with itself, and a source of febrile ambient rage well beyond the Chelsea fanbase, was the apparent misuse of Kanté by overseas book-learning type Maurizio Sarri. Related: Frank Lampard criticises France over handling of injured N’Golo Kanté Continue reading...

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18 октября, 22:00

Can Ireland and Joe Schmidt again prove to be New Zealand’s kryptonite? | Paul Rees

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The All Blacks have not lost a Rugby World Cup match in 12 years but Steve Hansen will be wary of the men in green• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismNo one achieves victory over New Zealand by fluke. Joe Schmidt, who from the age of four was running around barefoot playing rugby in a small town in Waikato and dreaming of playing for the All Blacks, is only too aware of that. Having twice masterminded victories over the World Cup holders, he has spent the week assiduously plotting what would be the third and most momentous. Related: Rugby World Cup 2019: five things to look out for in the knockout stage Continue reading...

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18 октября, 22:00

Crystal Palace and the knack: how the Eagles became Man City’s bogey team | Ben Fisher

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Jason Puncheon – now playing in Cyprus – talks tactics, Roy Hodgson and Palace’s mentality before City’s visit to LondonWith Manchester City lagging eight points behind Liverpool, a visit to Selhurst Park represents an awkward test as Pep Guardiola’s side seek to return to winning ways. A City team tripped up by Norwich also came unstuck against Wolves last time out and on Saturday they face a Palace side with form for making life difficult. Related: Rodri: ‘Klopp’s teams go at you like animals. They’re like a knife’ Continue reading...

18 октября, 21:57

PM faces Brexit extension even if his deal is passed

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Labour and former Tory MPs join in bid to force through extension with amendment on ‘super Saturday’Brexit ‘super Saturday’: your guide to the big dayBoris Johnson’s plan to push through a Brexit deal on Saturday looked likely to be frustrated after an alliance of Labour and former Tory MPs united behind a plan to force a new extension.After clinching a last-minute deal in Brussels on Thursday by agreeing to a customs border in the Irish Sea, the prime minister had hoped to frame the rare Saturday sitting of parliament as a dramatic “new deal or no deal” moment. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 21:53

Louis Vuitton x Donald Trump: the big fashion collab no one asked for

Is Louis Vuitton not worried about the threat of aligning their plastic-y, tan hides with the plastic-y tan hide in chief? Louis Vuitton, the most valuable luxury brand in the world and prize pony of luxury conglomerate LVHM’s stables, has opened a Texas factory, AKA the Louis Vuitton Rochambeau Ranch. Vuitton promised the venture will provide 1,000 American jobs over the next five years.Yet, at a time where brands are feeling the pressure to be more political and woke than ever, is it not a gigantic faux pas to discount politics on Vuitton’s part? Continue reading...

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18 октября, 21:18

General discontent: how the president's military men turned on Trump

Trump once based his cabinet around retired generals but his Syria policy lurch has brought unprecedented military scorn on his headFour-star US generals and admirals are a taciturn bunch: they measure their words, qualify their statements and guard their silence out of loyalty to the armed forces and to their country. Related: Mattis resignation triggered by phone call between Trump and Erdoğan Continue reading...

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18 октября, 21:12

UK finance watchdog sues airport car park scheme

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FCA hopes to reimburse thousands of small investors over scheme selling leases on airport parking spacesAn airport car park investment scheme which raised £230m from thousands of people who poured in their pensions and life savings is at the heart of two legal cases that accuse the directors of making false and misleading statements to attract investors.The Financial Conduct Authority announced on Thursday it had started proceedings against Park First Limited, its senior managers and other connected companies following the collapse of what it said was an “illegal collective investment scheme”. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 20:54

Brother of Honduras president found guilty in vast drug conspiracy case

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Prosecutors said the president, Juan Orlando Hernández, enabled his brother’s traffickingThe Honduran politician Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández has been found guilty in a vast drug conspiracy case in New York City after prosecutors said he relied on “state-sponsored drug trafficking” enabled by his brother – the country’s president.“Tony” Hernández was impassive as the verdict was announced by a jury that deliberated over parts of two days. He was convicted of drug conspiracy, weapons charges and lying to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 20:52

Council asks judge to ban LGBT lessons protesters from near school

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Birmingham school is focus of long campaign to halt LGBT equality messages being taughtA high court judge has been asked to extend an exclusion zone permanently banning activists against LGBT equality lessons from demonstrating outside a Birmingham primary school.Protesters went head to head with a local authority during the five-day trial to stop protests outside Anderton Park primary school. The school, in the Sparkhill area of the city, has become the focus of a long campaign to halt LGBT equality messages being taught in the classroom. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 20:51

No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull

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The tournament has won millions of new fans in Japan and the onus is on the sport to keep them interested by providing a worthy spectacle in the quarter-finalsA storm blew into the sleepy little city of Oita on Friday morning. It brought thunder, lightning and tens of thousands of rugby fans from England, Australia, France and Wales. They found each other under the awnings around the central station, where they sang songs about Delilah and Matilda and all the unseemly things that went on in a Chicago department store, while the locals scurried by and sheltered inside. The World Cup has been running for a month already, but really, it is only just getting started. This weekend the eight best teams in the world square off and they all have a shot at winning to reach the semi-finals.The tens of thousands will be joined by tens of millions at kick-off. Half of Japan watched their team play Scotland on TV last Sunday, twice as many as watched their opening match against Russia. So whatever happens when they play South Africa in Tokyo on Sunday evening, the landscape of the game has changed in the past four weeks. The horizon is broader now. There are reams of saccharine quotes we could use, from one of those spurious online collections of inspirational sayings, all about how the point of travel is to learn about yourself as much as it is to visit somewhere else. Continue reading...

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18 октября, 20:40

Chile students' mass fare-dodging expands into city-wide protest

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Thousands jump barriers in response to metro fare risePolice use teargas on protesters decrying rising cost of livingThousands of school and university students have joined a mass fare-dodging protest in Chile, flooding into metro stations in the country’s capital to vault turnstiles and vandalise equipment amid simmering unrest over the rising cost of living.The campaign erupted when secondary school students began to jump barriers in groups following a fare rise on 6 October, which put Santiago’s metro among the most expensive in Latin America at 830 pesos ($1.17) during the rush hour. Bus prices also climbed as part of the changes.CIENTOS DE ESTUDIANTES VUELVEN A TOMARSE LAS ESTACIONES DE METRO EN SANTIAGO DE CHILE PARA QUE LOS USUARIOS VIAJEN GRATIS TRAS EL ALZA DEL PASAJE QUE SUPERA 1 DÓLAR, UNO DE LOS TRANSPORTES MÁS CAROS DE LA REGIÓN. LLAMADOS A EVASIONES MASIVAS SE ESPERAN PARA LOS PRÓXIMOS DÍAS. pic.twitter.com/95rOk8rR70 Continue reading...

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18 октября, 20:33

Fashion chain Bonmarché calls in administrators

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Wakefield-based retailer to keep all 318 shops open for time being as buyer is soughtThe fashion chain Bonmarché has called in administrators, putting nearly 3,000 jobs at risk.The Wakefield-based retailer, which sells fashion for women over 50 and has 318 shops, said it had got into difficulties after a “sustained period of challenging trading conditions and cashflow pressure”. Continue reading...