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General election 2019: Lib Dems promise £50bn 'windfall' from stopping Brexit (38 minutes old)

The "Remain bonus" will go on schools and the low-paid, Jo Swinson is to say at their manifesto launch.

Letter casts doubt on when Prince Andrew met Epstein (1 hour 7 minutes old)

The Duke of York's friendship with a sex offender was years longer than he told the BBC, the letter says.

Israel carries out ‘wide-scale strikes’ on Iranian forces in Syria (1 hour 21 minutes old)

Israel's military says the strikes inside Syria were in response to rockets fired by Iranian troops.

Election debate: Tories dismiss criticism over Twitter 'fact-checking' row (2 hours old)

The party says it is entitled to rebut "nonsense" amid calls for action over rebranded Twitter account.

Emilia Clarke: Nude Game of Thrones scenes were 'hard' (6 hours old)

The actress, who played Daenerys in the HBO show, says we live in "shifting times for nudity".

Simon Cheng: Former UK consulate worker says he was tortured in China (5 hours old)

The man, detained in August, says he was blindfolded and beaten for his part in Hong Kong's protests.

Malta businessman held on yacht in journalist murder probe (48 minutes old)

Yorgen Fenech was arrested as part of the investigation into the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Joseph McCann trial: Rape accused 'threatened to slit mum's throat' (51 minutes old)

Joseph McCann tied up a mother and sexually abused her children in a separate room, a court hears.

Women 'step up' to dominate Grammy nominations (3 minutes old)

Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Billie Eilish all receive multiple nominations.

Behind the barricades at HK siege university (6 hours old)

A look inside Hong Kong's Polytechnic University, the site of a fiery battleground in recent days.

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General election: Boris Johnson speaks to workers in Stockton-on-Tees (10 minutes old)

Prime minister speaks on Brexit while Labour attacks Twitter over Tories’ bogus ‘factcheck’ from leaders’ debateLib Dems’ manifesto pledges £5bn duty rise for frequent flyersNicola Sturgeon’s speech and Q&A - SummarySign up for Andrew Sparrow’s evening election briefing 2.02pm GMT Increasing aviation duties for frequent flyers, raising up to £5bn a year, is among policies announced by the Liberal Democrats in an election manifesto based around investment in green technologies and higher spending on public services, my colleague Peter Walker reports. Related: Lib Dems' manifesto pledges £5bn du[...]

Police investigating Caruana Galizia murder arrest businessman on yacht (2 hours old)

Maltese journalist was killed by car bomb on Mediterranean island in 2017A prominent Maltese businessman has been arrested onboard his yacht as it was heading out to sea, in an operation linked to the murder of the Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.Armed forces personnel boarded a vessel at about 5.30am on Wednesday and detained Yorgen Fenech. Continue reading...

Impeachment inquiry: Sondland expected to say Giuliani was expressing Trump's wishes – live news (10 minutes old)

The US ambassador to the EU, who has already had to revise previous testimony, could offer firsthand account of president’s role on UkraineIn this defining moment for America, support the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 2.02pm GMT Sondland “plans to show up for his televised hearing with reams of new text messages and emails he said prove the highest levels of the White House and the State Department were in on it,” NBC News reports from an apparent copy of the ambassador’s opening statement:“They knew what we were doing and why,” Sondland plans to tell the House Intelli[...]

Letter casts doubt on when Prince Andrew met Epstein (42 minutes old)

Pressure on prince grows as BT distances itself from him and letter to the Times emergesThe firms cutting ties with Prince Andrew in wake of scandalA claim by Prince Andrew during his controversial BBC interview to have first met the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 1999 has been thrown into doubt after it emerged that the duke’s previous chief of staff said the two men met in “the early 1990s”.The claim was made by Alastair Watson, the prince’s private secretary for nine years until 2012, who wrote a letter to the Times in 2011 in order to reject reports that the Duke was a friend of[...]

Former UK official in Hong Kong 'tortured in 15-day China ordeal' (1 hour 29 minutes old)

Simon Cheng, who worked at consulate, alleges repeated mental and physical abuseA former employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong has alleged he was tortured while being detained in China during a 15-day ordeal in which he said he was accused of being a British spy and secret agent and held in solitary confinement.The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, summoned the Chinese ambassador to demand an explanation after Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British government for two years, went public with his account of repeated physical and mental torture for the first time s[...]

Swine flu vaccine case settled but hopes for legal precedent dashed (37 minutes old)

Woman says she developed narcolepsy after receiving Pandemrix vaccine at schoolThe Irish government has settled a legal case with a woman who said she developed narcolepsy because of a swine flu vaccine.The health minister and the health service executive agreed to compensate and pay the full legal costs of Aoife Bennett, 27, who received the Pandemrix vaccine in school in 2009 as part of a state campaign against swine flu. Continue reading...

Potentially deadly tick-borne parasite found in UK (1 hour 5 minutes old)

B venatorum, which causes flu and jaundice in humans, identified in sheep in north-east ScotlandConcerns have been raised after a potentially deadly tick-borne parasite was found in the UK for the first time.The organism – named B venatorum – causes babesiosis, an animal disease recognised as an emerging infection in humans. Continue reading...

Oxfordshire parents win right to prayer-free school assembly (3 hours old)

Decision hailed as ‘significant win’ in ensuring schools do not enforce religious worship on childrenTwo parents who challenged compulsory religious worship in school assembly have won the right for a secular alternative for their children.A Church of England multi-academy has said it will provide an alternative assembly for pupils withdrawn from prayers, it was confirmed on Wednesday. Continue reading...

Aston Martin unveils £158,000 SUV aimed at wealthy women (1 hour 8 minutes old)

Luxury carmaker hopes DBX will reverse its fortunes amid falling sales and share priceAston Martin Lagonda has unveiled its first sports utility vehicle in an attempt to compete in the fast growing luxury SUV car market and reverse the 75% slide in its share price since the company floated last year.The British company, which supplies cars to James Bond in the 007 films, said it hoped the long-awaited £158,000 DBX model would widen its appeal to wealthy women, as almost all of its current customers are men. Continue reading...

'No one will know the difference': studio wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman (1 hour 33 minutes old)

The screenwriter of new biopic Harriet, starring Cynthia Erivo, has revealed an executive proposed Roberts to play the slave turned abolitionist The producer of a new biopic of the celebrated abolitionist Harriet Tubman has said that Julia Roberts was originally tipped to star.In an official publicity Q&A to promote Harriet, which is released this month, the film’s screenwriter and producer, Gregory Allen Howard, said that when the film was in its planning stages 25 years earlier, “the climate in Hollywood … was very different”. Continue reading...

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Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'bizzare' mis-pronounciation of Jeffrey Epstein's surname by Jewish groups (0 minutes old)

The Labour leader was accused of trying to make the American child abuser - who killed himself in prison earlier this year - sound 'more Jewish' in the ITV leaders' debate.

Lady Victoria Hervey felt 'watched' at Jeffrey Epstein's home (6 minutes old)

The aristocrat, who once dated Prince Andrew (shown), claimed she was offered a place to stay by the convicted paedophile but 'cut the trip short as I felt I was being watched'.

Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe locked in battle with neighbours (29 minutes old)

Fracking and chemicals billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is worth some £18.2billion, has submitted plans for the property in the garden of his home in Beaulieu in the New Forest, Hampshire.

Could Prince Andrew do ANOTHER TV interview? Duke of York 'wants second chance' (40 minutes old)

The Duke of York wanted the Newsnight special to 'draw a line' under his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, but instead it has engulfed the royal family in a major crisis.

Questions are raised over 'gaps' in Prince Andrew's New York charity trip (41 minutes old)

The Duke of York denied the alleged liaison with Jeffrey Epstein's 'slave' was possible because of his full diary while in the city as patron of the Outward Bound Trust in April 2001.

WWI diary of captain from Bantam unit for short soldiers is revealed (45 minutes old)

Captain Angus McKenzie Forsyth, from Nottingham, had been below the British Army's minimum height requirement. But he was able to enlist in 1914 after the creation of special Bantam units.

Suspected illegal immigrants trapped inside a lorry thrown oranges out of a hole in its side (47 minutes old)

Stunned motorists spotted the fruit being flung from a small hole in the trailer as the lorry became stuck in a traffic jam on the A14 near Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire.

Brazen masked thugs try to break into home of Britain's Got Talent's Stavros Flatley (49 minutes old)

CCTV images show two people using screwdrivers to try and break into the Enfield, north London, house of dancing duo Stavros Flatley. The home is occupied by tenants, who chased the men away

UK weather: Britain faces weekend washout with more than 70 flood warnings still in place (56 minutes old)

Britain has endured severe conditions in recent days with a week's worth of rain falling over the South West in six hours this morning, after the coldest night of autumn so far yesterday bringing -10C (14F) lows.

BBC News presenter George Alagiah reveals he didn't want to know his chances of surviving cancer  (1 hour 4 minutes old)

BBC News presenter George Alagiah told the Bowel Cancer UK podcast that he chose to remain ignorant of his chances of survival. Alagiah, who lives in north London said he is happy despite his illness.

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General election 2019: Lib Dems promise £50bn 'windfall' from stopping Brexit (38 minutes old)

The "Remain bonus" will go on schools and the low-paid, Jo Swinson is to say at their manifesto launch.

Election debate: Tories dismiss criticism over Twitter 'fact-checking' row (2 hours old)

The party says it is entitled to rebut "nonsense" amid calls for action over rebranded Twitter account.

Prince Andrew: Letter casts doubt on when duke met Epstein (1 hour 7 minutes old)

The Duke of York's friendship with a sex offender was years longer than he told the BBC, the letter says.

Simon Cheng: Former UK consulate worker says he was tortured in China (5 hours old)

The man, detained in August, says he was blindfolded and beaten for his part in Hong Kong's protests.

Ambulance driver spared jail over Abingdon crash death (1 hour 6 minutes old)

A judge says Angus McCulloch, who killed a mobility scooter user, is an "exceptional individual".

Tottenham: Jose Mourinho appointed after Mauricio Pochettino sacked (13 minutes old)

Jose Mourinho is appointed as Tottenham manager after the Premier League club sacked Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday.

Molly Russell: Coroner demands social media firms turn over account data (21 minutes old)

Social media firms must provide data from the accounts of a teenager who killed herself, a coroner says.

Joseph McCann trial: Rape accused 'threatened to slit mum's throat' (51 minutes old)

Joseph McCann tied up a mother and sexually abused her children in a separate room, a court hears.

Millions 'missing out' on NHS dentistry (13 hours old)

Patients are being turned away, stuck on waiting lists and put off by cost, BBC analysis suggests.

Plymouth students registered to vote without consent (3 hours old)

Plymouth City Council said admin errors meant hundreds of students were registered by mistake.

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Police investigating Caruana Galizia murder arrest businessman on yacht (2 hours old)

Maltese journalist was killed by car bomb on Mediterranean island in 2017A prominent Maltese businessman has been arrested onboard his yacht as it was heading out to sea, in an operation linked to the murder of the Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.Armed forces personnel boarded a vessel at about 5.30am on Wednesday and detained Yorgen Fenech. Continue reading...

Impeachment inquiry: Sondland expected to say Giuliani was expressing Trump's wishes – live news (19 minutes old)

The US ambassador to the EU, who has already had to revise previous testimony, could offer firsthand account of president’s role on UkraineIn this defining moment for America, support the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 1.52pm GMT With so many witnesses describing Sondland speaking with the president and pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations on multiple occasions, it might seem difficult for Sondland to deny his role in the alleged plot. Sondland’s strategy: blame Rudy.“Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at t[...]

Twitter accuses Tories of misleading public with 'factcheck' foray (3 hours old)

Dominic Raab defends rebranding account during debate and adds: ‘no one gives a toss’ Latest election news - live updatesTwitter has accused the Conservatives of misleading the public after they rebranded one of their official party accounts to make it look like a factchecking service during the ITV leaders’ debate.The party was widely criticised on Tuesday night when it temporarily changed the name of its Conservative campaign headquarters press office Twitter account, which is followed by nearly 76,000 users, to factcheckUK from its usual CCHQPress. Continue reading...

Former UK official in Hong Kong 'tortured in 15-day China ordeal' (1 hour 29 minutes old)

Simon Cheng, who worked at consulate, alleges repeated mental and physical abuseA former employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong has alleged he was tortured while being detained in China during a 15-day ordeal in which he said he was accused of being a British spy and secret agent and held in solitary confinement.The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, summoned the Chinese ambassador to demand an explanation after Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British government for two years, went public with his account of repeated physical and mental torture for the first time s[...]

José Mourinho appointed Tottenham manager after Pochettino sacked (3 hours old)

Mauricio Pochettino sacked by Spurs on Tuesday nightMourinho: ‘The quality in the squad excites me’Tottenham Hotspur have acted swiftly to appoint José Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that will run until the end of the 2022-23 season following Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking on Tuesday.Less than 12 hours after Pochettino was relieved of his duties by chairman Daniel Levy, Spurs confirmed that Mourinho will take charge of his third Premier League club after two spells at Chelsea and one at Manchester United. That ended with him being sacked by United in December last year, with the 56[...]

Letter casts doubt on when Prince Andrew met Epstein (42 minutes old)

Pressure on prince grows as BT distances itself from him and letter to the Times emergesA claim by Prince Andrew during his controversial BBC interview to have first met the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 1999 has been thrown into doubt after it emerged that the duke’s previous chief of staff said the two men met in “the early 1990s”.The claim was made by Alastair Watson, the prince’s private secretary for nine years until 2012, who wrote a letter to the Times in 2011 in order to reject reports that the Duke was a friend of Saif Gaddafi, son of the former Libyan dictator. Continue r[...]

China's appetite for coal power returns despite climate pledge (30 minutes old)

Capacity rose by 42.9GW in 18 months, far outpacing global efforts to cut use of fossil fuelChina’s growing appetite for new coal-fired power stations has outstripped plant closures in the rest of the world since the start of last year, data shows.Elsewhere countries reduced their capacity by 8GW in the 18 months to June because old plants were retired faster than new ones were built. But over the same period China increased its capacity by 42.9GW despite a global move towards cleaner energy sources and a pledge to limit the use of coal. Continue reading...

Son of former German president fatally stabbed in Berlin (1 hour 2 minutes old)

Man arrested after killing of Fritz von Weizsäcker during medical lectureThe son of Germany’s former president Richard von Weizsäcker has been stabbed to death in Berlin.Fritz von Weizsäcker, a prominent doctor and the head of a private Berlin clinic, was attacked while giving a medical lecture on Tuesday night. Continue reading...

Greece to replace island refugee camps with 'detention centres' (1 hour 24 minutes old)

Government announces plans to relocate 20,000 people from islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos by early 2020Greece has announced plans to close its three largest migrant camps and replace them with facilities on the mainland that campaigners have likened to detention centres.People living in overcrowded camps on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos will be moved to closed complexes for identification, relocation and deportation with a capacity of at least 5,000 people each. Continue reading...

Israel opposition leader nears deadline to form coalition government (4 hours old)

Benny Gantz must strike deal by midnight, but suggests no progress made in negotiationsThe Israeli opposition leader, Benny Gantz, has until midnight to form a government that could end Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic tenure or risk pushing the country towards an unprecedented third round of elections.Paralysed for months by inconclusive ballot results, the political stalemate has played out during a fraught time for Israel as an increasingly open conflict heats up with Iran, its arch-enemy and a regional powerhouse. Continue reading...

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