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15 ноября, 20:16

Simon Cowell bids farewell to Philip Green. It was a fine bromance, but now it’s over

The pair once threatened to take over the world, but what a difference a few years, a pensions scandal and some unsavoury allegations can makeOf all the humiliations visited on Little Mix and Philip Green in their respective careers, being bracketed together is surely up there. Alas, this was their fate in a Sun article this week, which began with the words: “Simon Cowell revealed he axed Sir Philip Green and Little Mix to clear toxic people from his business.”Well. Two schisms, both alike in dignity. Clearly, Little Mix would have every right to furiously resent the comparison, with the Shout Out to My Ex legends having recently split with Simon’s record label over some perceived arsiness on the part of their management company. Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 20:16

Windrush victims classed as criminals in government blunder

Tally of wrongful deportations and detained likely to rise after Home Office errorThe Home Office has admitted that the number of Windrush people known to have been wrongly deported or detained is likely to rise from the figure of 164, because officials have misclassified a number of affected people as criminals and excluded them from the count.The admission prompted Labour’s Harriet Harman to accuse the Home Office of “blundering in their attempt to sort out a Home Office blunder”. Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 20:13

Canada: how a dying man’s wish that his tattoos outlive him came true

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Chris Wenzel hoped his children could appreciate the intricate designs that adorned his body after his death. An Ohio-based company made it happenIt was a dying Canadian man’s wish that the tattoos which covered much of his body should outlive him.Chris Wenzel of Saskatoon hoped his children, and even maybe his grandchildren, would one day be able to appreciate the intricate designs. Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 20:13

Brazil's new foreign minister believes climate change is a Marxist plot

Ernesto Araujo has called climate science ‘dogma’ and bemoaned the ‘criminalisation’ of red meat, oil and heterosexual sexBrazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has chosen a new foreign minister who believes climate change is part of a plot by “cultural Marxists” to stifle western economies and promote the growth of China.Ernesto Araujo – until now a mid-ranking official who blogs about the “criminalisation” of red meat, oil and heterosexual sex – will become the top diplomat of South America’s biggest nation, representing 200 million people and the greatest and most biodiverse forest on Earth, the Amazon. Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 20:09

Scudamore’s £5m gift reflects Premier League’s greed and ruthlessness | David Conn

The executive chairman’s departure now sits awkwardly next to fudged pledges to help football’s grassrootsIt was strangely appropriate that London was in political chaos over the UK’s impending exit from the European Union when the Premier League clubs gathered unruffled at their meeting and awarded their executive chairman Richard Scudamore an eye-popping £5m for choosing to leave his job. There they were, modern representatives of football clubs formed as social enterprises in Victorian England, by churches, schools and enlightened employers, presenting an image of being in a kind of money bubble, voting to give grossly excessive thanks to the man who has enriched them over 19 years. Related: Richard Scudamore will accept £5m departure bonus from Premier League Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 20:07

'We come in peace': migrants start asylum journey as caravan reaches US border

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First migrant caravan members arrive in Tijuana, where officials are worried city will not be able to cope with shelters Standing on the beach at the point where Mexico meets the US, Carlos Castellano rested his hand on the fence posts dividing Tijuana from San Diego and smiled broadly.“I feel so excited. Just getting this far was difficult, but it went well, and people helped us a lot,” he said. Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 20:04

I am backing Theresa May’s deal – the alternative would damage Britain | Nicky Morgan

The UK has been in a holding pattern since 2016. We must move forward with the EU withdrawal agreement• Nicky Morgan is a former Conservative education secretaryThere are many paradoxes in the whole Brexit process. And one of them is that my MP colleagues who now say they will use the “meaningful” vote in the Commons on the proposed withdrawal agreement to vote against it objected so strongly when 11 of us rebelled against the government in 2017 to secure that vote. As I know to my personal cost, that rebellion led to a torrent of abuse, threats of violence and deselection for the 11 Conservative “mutineers”.And now, nearly 12 months later, that vote is almost upon us. We often hear how important votes in the House of Commons are, but this one really, really matters. Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 19:49

Peers block Lord Lester's suspension over harassment claims

Vote stops action against peer accused of pressuring woman to have sex with him The House of Lords has blocked the suspension handed to a Liberal Democrat peer found to have tried to pressure a woman into having sex with him by promising to make her a baroness, after some peers said they feared the investigation process was unfair.The privileges and conduct committee announced on Monday that Anthony Lester, a human rights barrister and former government adviser, would be suspended until June 2022 over sexual harassment and “corrupt inducements” to the woman. Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 19:34

Can you get May's Brexit deal through parliament?

Use our simulator to see what happens when each of the various tribes chooses to back the prime minister, to reject her bill or to abstain. Can you assemble a parliamentary majority?Photo credit: Reuters, AP, AFP/Getty images, PA Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 19:34

Rory McIlroy delighted with Dubai form amid European Tour membership stir

• McIlroy makes 69 in DP World Tour Championship first round • World No 7 undecided on retaining full membership in 2019A welcome 69 for Rory McIlroy in Dubai, which he assessed as “the best I have played in a while”, was immediately overtaken by another subject. It has been that kind of week.Proof that McIlroy remains nothing if not single-minded arrived when the topic of his 2019 schedule was raised again. On Tuesday, the Northern Irishman suggested he might not retain full European Tour membership next year; a day later Paul McGinley, McIlroy’s former Ryder Cup captain, was among those to offer criticism, saying that he was “finding it hard to understand” and found McIlroy’s thinking “very disappointing”. Continue reading...

15 ноября, 19:30

Macedonia's fugitive former PM seeks asylum in Hungary

Granting Nikola Gruevski’s request could further strain relations with BrusselsHungarian authorities are considering an asylum request from Nikola Gruevski, the fugitive former prime minister of Macedonia, in a case that will be closely scrutinised to see just how far the Hungarian leader, Viktor Orbán, is prepared to push his strained relations with Brussels.Gruevski escaped from Macedonia after being sentenced to a jail term and fled to Budapest, announcing his presence in Hungary via Facebook on Tuesday. Continue reading...

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15 ноября, 19:27

'Having a child is a distraction from your own mortality': Kathryn Hahn and Tamara Jenkins on their IVF film

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Hahn stars in Jenkins’ new comedy about a couple struggling with infertility. They talk about whether feminism is to blame for encouraging women to wait before reproducing – and why their film shouldn’t be dismissed as a chick flickEleven years ago, the director Tamara Jenkins was flying round the world promoting her second film, The Savages. A sad, frank comedy about suddenly caring for a father with Alzheimer’s, it won rave reviews, then Oscar nominations for Jenkins and star Laura Linney.Professionally, life was peachy. Privately, more rotten. Jenkins, who was then 45, and her husband, the screenwriter Jim Taylor, were trying unsuccessfully to start a family. Natural methods seemed a non-starter; medical intervention hit a brick wall; egg donation was fraught; international adoption was swaddled in red tape (no one over a certain age or weight, said China). Continue reading...