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Aujourd’hui — 25 février 2020The Guardian

Domestic abuser jailed after landmark appeal by solicitor general

Domestic abuse case is first of its kind to be fall under unduly lenient sentence scheme

A violent domestic abuser has been imprisoned for three years after the solicitor general successfully challenged his previous sentence in a landmark case in the court of appeal.

Joshua Dalgarno, 25, was charged last year with controlling and coercive behaviour towards his former partner, taking a conveyance without authority and causing criminal damage. He was sentenced to a 24-month community order at Taunton crown court in December.

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Post-Brexit trade talks: what are the next steps?

What can we expect from the talks that begin next week?

Brexit negotiations to secure the future relationship between the UK and the EU start next Monday.

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Northern Ireland pupils told to self-quarantine after Italy ski trip

About 50 pupils and staff from Ballymena school sent home as precaution against coronavirus

About 50 pupils and staff from a school in Northern Ireland have been sent home as a precaution against coronavirus after returning from an Italian ski holiday.

The group, from Cambridge House grammar school in Ballymena, Co Antrim, were in the Lombardy region in the north of Italy but did not visit nine towns affected by the infection and are showing no symptoms.

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Italy travel advice: can you cancel over coronavirus?

When airlines and insurers will offer refunds to those who have booked holidays

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, with Italy trying to contain what is now the worst outbreak in Europe, many people with overseas trips booked are becoming increasingly concerned.

Some will be contemplating cancelling, while others will want to know what their consumer rights are.

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What does Hair Love’s Oscar success say about diversity in Hollywood?

The seven-minute animated short about a girl and her afro hair has won fans and critical acclaim – but the battle is far from won

On its release last year, Hair Love, a sweetly poignant film about an African-American father’s efforts to style his daughter Zuri’s curls, became the latest in a handful of productions to take a deeper look at the cultural significance of afro hair. Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair memorably critiqued the billion-dollar black haircare industry, while 2018 rom-com Nappily Ever After explored one woman’s fraught relationship with her natural hair in a society that was openly hostile towards it. It is vital that this subject continues to be explored, not least because incidents in the US, where a student wrestler was forced to cut his dreadlocks, and in the UK, where a pupil has been punished for wearing her afro, show hair discrimination is still rife.

While these films, and others like it, have received critical praise, it is Hair Love’s recent Oscar win for best animated short that has opened up a wider conversation about society’s perception of afro hair. The film was written and directed by film-maker and ex-NFL player Matthew A Cherry and funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $200,000. David Steward II, one of the film’s producers and CEO of Lion Forge Animation, was enamoured with Hair Love from the moment he heard about it. He says: “[Co-producer] Karen Rupert Toliver mentioned this project she had that needed help getting off the ground. It ticked a lot of boxes for us in terms of the projects that we’re looking at putting out.”

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Thunberging: how climate anxiety created a new dating trend

Users of dating apps used to write of their love of long walks and the cinema – now they are bonding over the threat to the planet

Name: Thunberging.

Age: As old as gen Z.

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'No justice' for Tanzanian journalist freed after seven months in jail

Par : Kate Hodal

Erick Kabendera, a known critic of the government, faces steep fine after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges in case widely seen as part of President Magufuli’s media crackdown

An investigative journalist known for holding the Tanzanian government to account has been released from prison after pleading guilty to charges widely discredited as politically motivated.

Erick Kabendera, who has written for the Guardian and various other publications, was arrested by plainclothes police officers in July last year. This week he has been ordered to pay 275m Tanzanian shillings (£92,180) on charges of tax evasion and money laundering.

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Wales wing Josh Adams to miss rest of Six Nations with ankle injury

Par : PA Media
  • Player needs surgery on injury sustained in loss to France
  • WRU statement says he ‘could return in 12 weeks’

The prolific Wales wing Josh Adams has been ruled out of his side’s remaining Six Nations games against England and Scotland after suffering an ankle injury against France on Saturday.

Related: England's hybrids point way towards one-size-fits-all – and they will be huge | Robert Kitson

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Trump lashes out at liberal supreme court justices and demands recusals

  • President rages at Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Sotomayor criticized frequent appeals for justices to step in

Even as the US justice system faces a crisis of credibility because of the Trump administration’s handling of federal cases, Donald Trump has taken the unusual step of attacking two supreme court justices on Twitter and in remarks to the press.

Related: Trump's dark legacy: a US judiciary remade in his own image

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Hysteria over Sinn Féin entering government is about power, not the past | Brian Hanley

The party has smashed Ireland’s two-party system, bringing hope for a change to the old order – which is fighting to retain control

In the recent Irish elections, Sinn Féin won 37 seats and took 24.5% of the total vote. Despite this it has been (so far) unable to form a government.

The prospect of it doing so has produced expressions of horror from its rivals in Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. The outgoing taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, described Sinn Féin plans to hold post-election rallies as part of a “campaign of intimidation”, while in an unprecedented intervention, the Garda commissioner Drew Harris (a former senior officer in the Police Service of Northern Ireland) stated that he agreed with a 2015 security assessment that claimed that the IRA army council still “oversees” the party. Mainstream commentators have echoed these points, stressing that Sinn Féin is unfit for government in Dublin.

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Bernie Sanders can't be bought – his campaign is making me strangely hopeful | Arwa Mahdawi

Confidence in democracy has been taking a hammering, so how refreshing to see a politician with big ideas win hearts and minds

Democracy did not die in 2003, but a lot of people’s faith in it did. Just over 17 years ago, I was one of the millions of people around the world who marched against the Iraq war. The energy on the streets in London was electrifying; it was the biggest protest in British history. The government, I naively thought at the time, would have to listen. The government, of course, did not listen. A few weeks later, Iraq was illegally invaded. This great betrayal galvanised a few of my friends into activism. But it left me, and many others, disillusioned at best and apathetic at worst. My student idealism withered and I lost confidence in the democratic process.

In the past few days, however, something strange has started to happen: I have begun to feel hopeful about politics again. In the US, the growing success of Bernie Sanders’ grassroots movement in the Democractic presidential nominations has restored my faith in people power. It has made me dare to hope that a second Donald Trump term may not be as inevitable as I previously thought it was. It made me dare to hope that a more equitable America – and, by extension, a more equitable world – really might be around the corner.

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Alonso keeps F1 options open but McLaren close door on comeback

  • Zak Brown commits to young pairing of Norris and Sainz
  • Door left open for Spaniard to be part of Indy 500 team

Fernando Alonso will not return to Formula One with the McLaren team in the foreseeable future. McLaren’s chief executive officer Zak Brown has ruled out another drive for the double world champion who has previously enjoyed two stints with the team and has insisted he was keeping his options of returning to F1 in 2021 open.

Brown, however, was adamant that he would not risk McLaren’s recent resurgence which he believed was in no small way down to the “magic” touch of new, young drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz. However, he did not dismiss the chance of the Spaniard driving for McLaren again at this year’s Indy 500.

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Hosni Mubarak obituary

Ruthless autocrat who hung on to power in Egypt for more than 30 years

Hosni Mubarak, who has died aged 91, was a stubborn and uninspiring dictator who clung to power as president of Egypt for three decades. He was periodically challenged by would-be rivals and survived at least six assassination attempts until he finally stepped down at the dramatic height of the Arab spring protests in February 2011, subsequently facing trial and imprisonment as the consequences of his country’s faltering revolution played out.

Mubarak hung on until the bitter end, sending his thuggish supporters on to the streets of Cairo and beyond to confront people who had overcome their fear with mass protests that took Egypt to the brink of civil war. Until he went, after 18 tense and heady days, the capital’s Tahrir Square became a symbol of popular hope and empowerment.

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German CDU party reveals all-male race to replace Angela Merkel

Three official candidates in running to become next leader of governing party

Germany’s conservatives have fired the starting gun in the race to succeed Angela Merkel, as two more candidates launched their campaign to lead the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

The empty chair at the top of the country’s biggest and most powerful party is due to be filled at a special party gathering in Berlin on 25 April, after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, CDU leader and Merkel’s heir apparent, announced her intention to resign this month.

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Plácido Domingo apologises to his accusers

Opera star takes ‘full responsibility’ for actions as US union concludes investigation into alleged inappropriate behaviour

Plácido Domingo, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, has apologised for “the hurt” caused to his accusers, saying he accepted “full responsibility” for his actions.

In a statement, the singer, director and conductor said: “I have taken time over the last several months to reflect on the allegations that various colleagues of mine have made against me. I respect that these women finally felt comfortable enough to speak out, and I want them to know that I am truly sorry for the hurt that I caused them. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I have grown from this experience.”

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With Harvey Weinstein’s conviction, the old excuses no longer apply | Hadley Freeman

The movie mogul’s predatory behaviour was said to be ‘just the way the industry works’. Now, finally, that may change

Memories of some of my encounters with Harvey Weinstein over the past two decades, just off the top of my head: September 2006, arriving at the New York fashion show for the now defunct fashion label Marchesa, co-run by Weinstein’s now ex-wife Georgina Chapman. Weinstein prowled around the front row, crossing off a name on his list every time a famous actress arrived to watch the show. (Several actresses have since said Weinstein “bullied” them into wearing Marchesa to high-profile events.)

In 2011, hiding in a bathroom in LA to get away from Weinstein because he blamed me personally for an article in the Guardian’s business section that had reported financial difficulties at his company. In 2012 being called by one of Weinstein’s myriad assistants, when I was again in Los Angeles to cover the Oscars, to say that Weinstein had personally banned me from various restaurants because of “unfriendly” Guardian coverage. No specific date, as this was pretty much a constant over the past two decades: laughing knowingly with other journalists about how if we gave anything other than glowing coverage to his films, or actors in his films, Weinstein would ban us from his film screenings and threaten to pull advertising from our publications.

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Gok Wan: 'I once wore head-to-toe beige – I looked like a Ford Cortina!'

The TV presenter on his style inspirations, his love of homemade clothes and why fashion shouldn’t be taken too seriously

This was my look for the ITV Gala in 2016. I am wearing a Maison Margiela dinner jacket that I put shoulder pads in, trousers by Zara and boots from Yves Saint Laurent. I have got a Chanel clutch, Marks & Spencer gloves – and I made the scarf on the morning of the gala. I remember thinking it needed something else, but I had no time to go home or go shopping. I was working at This Morning and there was an old dress that had been hanging around for months, so I added some fringing I found in their haberdashery department. I have worn that scarf probably more often than anything else in my wardrobe.

I love stuff that is homemade and has a story behind it way more than buying couture or designer. One of my favourite shirts is from Asos: it is blue flannel and I embroidered loads of words on it – most of them are too rude for me to wear it on TV.

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Netanyahu announces new settlements days before Israeli election

Plan for 3,500 homes in West Bank is seen as barrier to any future Palestinian state

Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he will move ahead with a highly controversial plan to build settlements east of Jerusalem, in an apparent offering to hardline nationalist voters less than a week before a general election.

Israel’s prime minister said he would reopen the long-dormant project to build 3,500 homes for Jewish settlers in one of the most sensitive areas of the occupied West Bank.

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Petals, pancakes and teargas: Tuesday's best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world

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Taj Mahal posers through the years – in pictures

The Trumps are not the first to succumb to the irresistible urge to pose in front of the 17th-century mausoleum – it has struck celebrities and world dignitaries alike for decades

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Manchester United's net debt rises £73.6m to £391.3m in three months

  • Financial results for quarter show revenues down 19.3%
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjær gets backing from Ed Woodward

Manchester United have announced the club’s net debt has risen £73.6m to £391.3m and have backed Ole Gunnar Solskjær to implement “our footballing vision”.

The net debt increase is published in United’s Q2 financial results that also document how broadcast revenue for the quarter showed a decrease of £39m – 37.6% – due primarily to not competing in the Champions League this season. Total revenues were also down, by 19.3% to £168.4m.

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Do you take out the bins – or give great hugs? Why it pays to know your love language

It has been 30 years since a counsellor came up with the idea of five basic love languages, which include compliments and touch. Here’s how they can help you relate to your partner

Perhaps your partner is a gift-giver who often spots things they think you would love, from a funny-shaped leaf to a rare first edition, but is hurt when you don’t seem that grateful. Maybe you painstakingly undertake DIY around the house, but it goes unnoticed. There is a strong possibility that you and your partner see these acts completely differently.

“Actually, maybe what [your partner] wants is for you to tell them you love them,” says Kate Moyle, a sex and relationship therapist. For example, she says: “One partner thinks: ‘We’re going to spend the whole weekend together, quality time, I’ve organised something fun to do together’, but there isn’t enough physical touch for the other partner. That might not even occur to the partner for whom that isn’t their primary love language.”

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Starbucks worker says he was fired for union organizing and 'to create fear'

Worker at Orlando international airport fired shortly he emerged as a leading organizer to unionize his co-workers

Gabriel Ocasio Mejias worked as a barista at Starbucks in Orlando international airport for two years before he was fired on 18 February, shortly after he emerged as one of the leading organizers to unionize his co-workers with labor union Unite Here.

“I was fired three hours after another union organizer was fired,” Mejias told the Guardian. “They took me to the back of the food court, in a dimly lit area, and a manager fired me over a third write-up for drinking water. That was their way to get rid of me, for drinking water, because they know I was one of the strongest organizers. They targeted me specifically to create fear for my co-workers of joining the union.”

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Greek authorities scramble to calm tensions over migrant detention camp

Violent scenes underscore resistance to construction of camps on Lesbos and other Aegean islands

Greek authorities are desperately trying to contain mounting tensions over government plans to construct migrant detention camps on the north Aegean islands after a night of clashes between residents and riot police on Lesbos and Chios.

Security forces used teargas and stun grenades to disperse crowds gathered at sites designated for the controversial facilities. In Chios, a local mayor and a priest were rushed to hospital after collapsing as a result of the toxic fumes.

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The Spin's 2030 predictions: England win European Cup after passport farce

Par : Vic Marks

A decade after his predictions for 2020, Vic Marks looks at what might happen 10 years from now, including why Jimmy Anderson is unhappy with the vegan Duke balls

Sir Andrew Strauss, chairman of the England Cricket Board, has delivered his annual report. He began by congratulating the England captain, Ollie Pope, on the team’s successful defence of the Ashes in Australia. The series finished level at 2-2 with the Sydney Test drawn. The outcome of each match was still in doubt at tea on the fifth day. The reversion to five-day Test cricket, which coincided with Colin Graves’s departure as chairman of the International Cricket Council, was deemed a success among the four countries still committed to playing Test cricket on a regular basis.

Strauss expressed his gratitude to Pope and his red-ball coaching staff led by Richard Dawson, the former England off-spinner and Gloucestershire coach. He also highlighted the success of the one-day side, now overseen by Eoin Morgan, in the inaugural six-nation European Cup. England won the grand slam but he acknowledged there had been one or two well-publicised blips along the way and he thanked the minister for culture, media and sport, Edward Smith, for his assistance.

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Carrot soup and clams | Nigel Slater

Make this simple and warming seafood with soup for a midweek dinner

Peel and roughly chop 500g of carrots, then cook in boiling vegetable stock for about 20 minutes until very tender. Drain the carrots then purée them in a blender or food processor with 50g of butter and enough of the stock to make a thick soup.

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Police and politicians ‘turned blind eye’ to Westminster child abuse claims

Inquiry into child sexual abuse also criticises prosecutors but rejects claims of ‘organised paedophile network’

Political parties, police and prosecutors “turned a blind eye” to allegations of child sexual abuse connected to Westminster, ignored victims and showed excessive “deference” to MPs and ministers fighting to clear their reputations, an investigation has found.

The long-awaited report by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse into the most politically sensitive section of its work, however, dismisses claims of any conspiracy involving an “organised Westminster paedophile network”.

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Julian Assange was 'handcuffed 11 times and stripped naked'

Par : Ben Quinn

WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers complain of interference after first day of extradition hearing

Julian Assange was handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice and had his case files confiscated after the first day of his extradition hearing, according to his lawyers, who complained of interference in his ability to take part.

Their appeal to the judge overseeing the trial at Woolwich crown court in south-east London was also supported by legal counsel for the US government, who said it was essential the WikiLeaks founder be given a fair trial.

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US staged 'limited' nuclear battle against Russia in war game

The Pentagon has briefed about the simulated exchange in a move that could signal readiness to fight and win nuclear conflict

The US conducted a military exercise last week which simulated a “limited” nuclear exchange with Russia, a senior Pentagon official has confirmed.

The war game is notable because of the defence department’s highly unusual decision to brief journalists about the details and because it embodied the controversial notion that it might be possible to fight, and win, a battle with nuclear weapons, without the exchange leading to an all-out world-ending conflict.

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Avoid building homes on floodplains, says Environment Agency head

Sir James Bevan says some new developments should never have been approved

The head of the Environment Agency has warned against building homes on the floodplain amid pressure on the government during the worst winter storms in years.

Sir James Bevan said properties should not be built in flood-risk areas “as far as possible” and that some developments should never have been approved.

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