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  • Michigan man held over threats to kill CNN staff

    Brandon Griesemer, 19, allegedly called network 22 times, referring to it as ‘fake news’ A Michigan man has been arrested for threatening to kill CNN employees after telephoning the network and saying: “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down.” Brandon Griesemer appeared in federal court in Detroit on Friday charged with using interstate communications to threaten injury. Continue reading...

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  • Rupert Murdoch’s Sky bid provisionally blocked by regulator

    21st Century Fox’s bid to take control of the 61% of Sky it does not already own threatens media plurality, says CMA Rupert Murdoch’s £11.7bn bid to take full control of Sky has been provisionally blocked by the UK regulator. The Competition and Markets Authority said21st Century Fox’s bid to take control of the 61% of Sky it does not already own is not in the public interest due to concerns about media plurality. Continue reading...

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  • Key players in the US government shutdown: who came out on top?

    Both parties claim to have emerged from negotiations with the upper hand, but did they? Here’s how leaders on either side fared A three-day shutdown of the federal government came to an end on Monday, as lawmakers in Washington reached a compromise that funded the government through 8 February and reauthorized a popular children’s health insurance program. Related: Senate passes short-term funding bill to end government shutdown Continue reading...

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  • Somali citizens count cost of surge in US airstrikes under Trump

    The Guardian has investigated scores of reports of US-led strikes targeting al-Shabaab, which have risen to unprecedented levels Dozens of civilians have been killed and wounded in Somalia as US-led airstrikes against Islamist militants increase to unprecedented levels, a Guardian investigation has found, raising fears that Washington’s actions could bolster support for extremists. The escalation in strikes is part of the Trump administration’s broader foreign policy strategy in Africa and the...

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  • US air wars under Trump: increasingly indiscriminate, increasingly opaque

    Lack of transparency over looser rules of engagement is hallmark of administration, writes Julian Borger The escalating air war in Somalia is part of a global pattern of an ever broader and unfettered use of air power that has it roots in the Obama administration but which has been spurred on and expanded under Donald Trump. In the first year of his presidency, Trump has gone out of his way to claim credit for the defeats inflicted on Islamic State, attributing it to his loosening of constraints...

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  • Turkey's preoccupation with Syrian Kurds could spell disaster for US

    The west cannot afford to lose Ankara’s role as a countervailing force to a Russian-imposed peace The US, Britain and France have all strongly criticised the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, but the three countries have so far been unwilling to instruct their Nato partner to pull back. The low-key stance urging Turkey to minimise casualties probably means Ankara can press ahead with its attempts to drive the Syrian Kurds out of Afrin province in north-west Syria. Continue reading...

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  • California county evicts hundreds from homeless camp – with few beds to offer

    Orange County, one of the state’s wealthiest, has targeted as many as 1,000 people near Disneyland, despite having just 250 shelter spacesSign up to our monthly Outside in America newsletterOne of the richest counties in California has started evicting hundreds of its poorest residents from a dusty riverbed homeless encampment just a few miles from Disneyland. Activists say the site may be home to as many as 1,000 people. Yet Orange County has admitted that it has just 250 shelter beds currently...

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  • Compromise or cave-in? Democrats' deal to end shutdown sows division

    After Senate Democrats agree to measure promising to address Dreamers, progressives fear party has been too quick to concede Senate Democrats on Monday compromised on a short-term spending measure to re-open the the federal government after forcing a shutdown over an impasse on immigration. But some progressives and immigration activists preferred another word: caved. Continue reading...

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  • Second group of Manus Island refugees depart for US under resettlement deal

    Fifty-eight men leave ‘hell that the Australian government made for us’ months after 54 refugees sent to US The second group of refugees to be accepted for resettlement in the United States from Australia’s offshore immigration regime has left Papua New Guinea for America. Fifty-eight refugees will fly from PNG on Tuesday – most after more than four years held on Manus Island. They will fly to the US east coast, from where they will be resettled, individually and in groups, across the country....

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  • Group accusing border patrol of water sabotage sees member arrested

    Timing of arrest and charges for Scott Daniel Warren, a volunteer with No More Deaths, raises suspicion Hours after a humanitarian group released videos showing border patrol agents kicking over water bottles left for migrants in the Arizona desert, a volunteer for the organization was arrested and charged with harboring undocumented immigrants. Scott Daniel Warren, 35, a volunteer with the group No More Deaths, faces a federal charge of harboring two people in the country illegally. Continue...

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  • Chelsea Manning says she attended far-right pro-Trump event 'to gather intel'

    Former whistleblower pictured at party thrown by conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich, but she insists it was purely for intelligence gathering Chelsea Manning, the former whistleblower who is now running for the US Senate, is defending herself against accusations that she has forged links with the far right after she appeared at a pro-Trump party thrown by notorious conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich. Related: Chelsea Manning: 'I'm a very different person than I was 10 years ago' Continue...

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  • Frost Faire will continue after government shutdown ends

    STILLWATER, N.Y. >> Concerns about the possible cancellation of a big annual event at the Saratoga National Historical Park are over now that the government shutdown has ended. The 23rd annual Frost Faire scheduled for this weekend will be held as planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Saratoga National Historical Park, better known as Saratoga Battlefield.

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  • Honoring fallen heroes continued during shutdown

    STILLWATER, N.Y. >> Saratoga National Cemetery workers gathered around their lunch room television, where they anxiously awaited the outcome of Monday's U.S. Senate vote which, followed by House approval, ended a government shutdown. Unlike many federal employees, they still had a job to do, giving a final resting place to those who served their country.

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  • Rupert Murdoch tells Facebook: pay 'trusted' publishers for their content

    Amid policy changes at social network, media mogul criticizes it for failing to ‘adequately reward’ publishers that add value and integrity Rupert Murdoch issued a new salvo in the row between Facebook and news publishers on Monday, calling on the social media company to pay publishers for their content. “If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay those publishers a carriage fee similar to the model adopted by cable companies,” the News Corp chairman said in a...

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  • 'If black shoot them', former Kentucky acting police chief told recruit

    Court documents described a pattern of ‘racist and threatening’ messages from the assistant chief Todd Shaw, who was fired in November The former acting chief of a Kentucky police department instructed a police recruit to shoot black teenagers on sight if caught smoking marijuana, according to court documents. “Fuck the right thing. If black shoot them,” assistant chief Todd Shaw wrote in response to a younger officer’s query, part of what the Jefferson County attorney’s office described as a...

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  • 'In a few hours the government will reopen,' says Chuck Schumer in Senate speech – video

    US senators voted to move forward on legislation that would reopen the federal government until 8 February, ending a three-day standoff between Democrats and President Donald Trump’s Republicans over immigration and border security. Funding legislation cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate and was expected to pass a full Senate vote promptly, allowing the government to reopen. The shutdown, which began on the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, threatened to undercut the president’s...

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  • Pennsylvania supreme court rejects GOP-drawn congressional districts

    Plaintiffs argued districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered as critics said they looked like Disney characters The Pennsylvania supreme court on Monday struck down the boundaries of the state’s 18 congressional districts, granting a major victory to plaintiffs who contended that they were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. Related: North Carolina's 'partisan gerrymander' could prompt supreme court action Continue reading...

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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg on #MeToo movement: 'It's about time'

    Supreme court justice recalls own experience of sexual harassmentGinsburg interviewed about RBG documentary at Sundance festivalRuth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime fighting for gender equality, but in an interview over the weekend the 84-year-old supreme court justice made clear she sees the fight as unfinished business. Related: Pistol squats and push-ups: how Ruth Bader Ginsburg stays fighting fit Continue reading...

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  • The 'hardass', the 'racist' and the 'crazy uncle': how the first Daca deal derailed

    John Kelly and Stephen Miller were responsible for walking Trump back from a deal on Friday, renewing concerns about White House proxy power Pundits have labeled them the “hardass”, the “racist nativist” and the “crazy uncle in the attic”. Related: Government shutdown: Democrats back bill to end deadlock Continue reading...

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  • Russia is biggest threat to UK since cold war, says head of British army

    Gen Sir Nick Carter gives stark warning of ‘complex and capable security challenge’ for Nato The chief of the general staff, Gen Sir Nicholas Carter, has described Russia as the biggest state-based threat to the UK since the cold war and warned that hostilities could begin a lot sooner than the UK expects. Carter’s speech on Monday evening at the Royal United Services Institute was the most pointed and expansive portrayal yet of Russia as a hostile state intent on undermining the US-led Nato...

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  • The Guardian view on cyberwar: an urgent problem

    The internet is now used as a low-level weapon of war. How should Britain best defend itself? In the desperate scramble to rearm before the second world war there was always an undercurrent of pessimism. “The bomber will always get through,” Stanley Baldwin warned. In his dark fantasies, destruction and poison gas rained from the skies and obliterated civilisation. That isn’t quite what happened, though the bombers did their best. Today’s equivalent is the feeling that the hacker will always get...

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  • Larry Nassar survivor: mother billed for sessions at which I was abused

    Hearing continues for USA Gymnastics doctor who abused athletesNassar faces up to 125 years in prison after admitting to crimesThe sentence hearing for the former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has heard one survivor’s mother is still being billed for sessions at which she was sexually abused. Nassar spent nearly 30 years with the USA Gymnastics program as well as treating athletes at Michigan State University. He faces up to 125 years in jail after admitting sexually abusing women and...

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  • The mystery of the Sphinx’s nose is already settled

    Asterix | Regional accents | Boris’s bridge | Picture lending schemes | Trump’s wall | Plastic packaging The question of the Sphinx’s nose was conclusively settled in that peerless work Asterix and Cleopatra, where the nose falls victim to Obelix’s climbing skills (10 things from history everyone gets wrong, 18 January).Eliza WheatonDidcot, Oxfordshire • You’re welcome to the long “a” in your “bath”, lass (Emma Brockes, Opinion, 19 January) – just so long as you don’t expect northerners to have...

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  • IMF lifts global growth forecast to 3.9%, saying momentum is building

    Extreme weather, such as droughts in Australia, pose significant risk to growth IMF warns The International Monetary Fund has lifted its forecasts for global growth, saying momentum is building in global economic activity and Donald Trump’s tax cuts in the US are likely to stimulate activity further. It says the growth momentum is expected to carry into 2018 and 2019, and it has revised upwards its global growth forecasts by 0.2 percentage points for both years, from 3.7% to 3.9%. Continue...

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