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  • Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League semi-final, second leg – live!

    Posted 2019-05-08 20:19:35 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Champions League updates from the 8pm BST game (first leg: 1-0)Dutch player sacked for throwing sickie to watch Ajax at SpursAnd you can email Scott here with your thoughts 9.19pm BST 57 min: For the first time this evening, you can hear a rendition of Come On You Spurs. The home supporters respond with some noise of their own. But it’s a more nervous Johan Cruyff ArenA now. Another goal for Spurs and this tie suddenly takes a sharp left turn! 9.18pm BST And here’s that goal! Rose beats de Ligt on the halfway line and feeds Alli, who drives down the middle. He passes towards Moura, on his left shoulder. Moura takes a touch into the box and fires low and hard into the bottom right! There’s the first goal, and here comes hope! Continue ...

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  • Mueller report latest: Barr to be held in contempt over handling of findings

    Posted 2019-05-08 20:16:23 by: Mr. Bootstate

    House to vote to hold attorney general in contempt of CongressPlus, Trump asserts executive privilege over report Sign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 9.16pm BST New York’s Democratic-controlled Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow Congress to gain access to the state’s most powerful taxpayer, the Associated Press reports from Albany. The bill which now goes to the state Assembly, doesn’t target Trump by name but would authorize state tax officials to release returns filed by several state and federal officeholders if requested by the leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation. ...The law would apply to returns filed by the US president and vice president, US senators, the state’s governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general or comptroller. Related: Pent up for years, Democrats finally in control of Albany pass a burst of bills 8.55pm BST The typically garrulous president apparently doesn’t want to talk to reporters today.Trump did not speak to reporters upon leaving the White House just now. He also closed his cabinet meeting to reporters earlier today, after it was listed as open to the pool. He’s successfully avoided commenting on two major stories: his taxes and executive privilege.It's not true that Democrats "don't want money to go" to the Panhandle for disaster recovery. They argue that if Florida is getting "billions of $$$" for hurricane recovery, so should Puerto Rico, where the death toll is estimated in the thousands https://t.co/atMw3RpD73 Continue ...

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  • May buys time with hints at new withdrawal bill vote and exit date

    Posted 2019-05-08 19:45:18 by: Mr. Bootstate

    PM agrees to meet 1922 Committee next week, amid pressure to reveal her departure dateTheresa May has bought herself another week’s grace as prime minister, hinting she will bring the EU withdrawal bill to parliament before the European elections and promising to meet a powerful backbench committee who have demanded that she set out her timetable for stepping down.After a fortnight of furious demands by Tory MPs that she give a firm date for her departure, Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, said May had agreed to meet him and the 13-strong executive of Tory backbenchers next week. Continue ...

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  • Mike Pompeo urges UK to help rein in 'lawless' Iran over nuclear deal

    Posted 2019-05-08 19:03:43 by: Mr. Bootstate

    UK told ‘not to soothe the Ayatollahs angry’ at Trump decision to abandon nuclear dealUS secretary of state Mike Pompeo has urged the UK to stand with Washington in reining in Iran’s “bloodletting and lawlessness”, as Tehran took the first conditional steps to extricate itself from the landmark nuclear deal it had signed with the west, Russia and China in 2015.Iran said it was acting in response to Donald Trump’s US decision a year ago to withdraw from the deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA, imposing a wave of sanctions not just on Iran but on any company that seeks to trade with it. Continue ...

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  • Edir da Costa inquest: police claim link to east London drug gang

    Posted 2019-05-08 18:29:32 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Jury hears first day of evidence on death of man, 25, after being restrained by officersA man who died after he was restrained and pepper-sprayed by police two years ago was linked by police at the inquest into his death with a gang selling heroin and crack cocaine.Edir da Costa, a 25-year-old father of one, became unresponsive after police used handcuffs and CS spray as they restrained him face down in the street during a traffic stop in Beckton, east London, on 15 June 2017. Continue ...

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  • Iran challenges Europe and China to stand up to US over nuclear deal

    Posted 2019-05-08 18:15:52 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Iran is now giving them 60 days to take significant strides or face a potentially severe new crisis in the Middle EastBy taking a couple of small, carefully calibrated steps towards the exit from the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran has given Europe and China a two-month ultimatum to stand up to the US on the world stage, or risk a slide towards a new Middle East conflict.The erosion of that multilateral agreement and the return to military posturing in the Persian Gulf, has been driven by a small number of radical players in the Trump administration, the Israeli government, and the Saudi and Emirati monarchies. In the US and Israel, this has happened in the face of resistance from the defence establishment. Continue ...

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  • Stormy Daniels talks about Trump and 'the worst 90 seconds of my life' on standup tour

    Posted 2019-05-08 18:05:04 by: Mr. Bootstate

    The pornographic film producer, director and actor gave frank and funny answers to a New York audience’s questions about the presidentStormy Daniels effectively labeled Donald Trump a criminal in a hilarious skewering in a comedy club in New York on Tuesday, though she didn’t directly call for the president to be impeached.Daniels, proud pornographic film producer, director and actor, and the woman at the center of one of the most high-profile scandals besetting the White House, was performing at the second stop of a limited city tour of speaking engagements labeled “intimate evenings with”. Continue ...

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  • Voters think crossbench should pass Labor policies if Shorten wins election, poll finds

    Posted 2019-05-08 18:00:19 by: Mr. Bootstate

    A majority of Australians say the Senate should support Labor measures including cutting emissions by 45%A majority of Australians want the incoming Senate crossbench to pass key Labor policies if Bill Shorten wins the election on 18 May, including the commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030.A new poll of 1,426 voters commissioned by the progressive think tank, the Australia Institute, finds 58% want Labor’s emissions target passed by the crossbench, including 48% of Coalition voters, 74% of Greens voters and 69% of ALP voters in the sample. Continue ...

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  • 'Reconstruction' begins of stone age lands lost to North Sea

    Posted 2019-05-08 17:42:19 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Scientists to create 3D map of submerged Mesolithic landscape of DoggerlandLost at the bottom of the North Sea almost eight millennia ago, a vast land area between England and southern Scandinavia which was home to thousands of stone age settlers is about to be rediscovered.Marine experts, scientists and archaeologists have spent the past 15 years meticulously mapping thousands of kilometres under water in the hope of unearthing lost tribes of prehistoric Britain. Continue ...

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  • ‘Global Britain’ is doing its foreign policy on autopilot | Martin Kettle

    Posted 2019-05-08 17:27:10 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Paralysis over Brexit means the country is burying its head in the sand over the very real challenges aheadThe European elections Theresa May never intended Britain to participate in are now only two weeks away. They are inevitably being fought as a proxy contest for Brexit by all the political parties. The results will be interpreted as a verdict on Brexit too, just as last week’s English local elections have been, and probably in much the same careless way.Yet it would be a stretch to pretend that, for once in our recent history, the UK’s European elections are actually focusing on Britain’s and Europe’s place in the 21st-century world. The truth is far less flattering. These elections can better be understood as another episode in the national – and, in particular, Conservative – trauma over the historic decline of British power, of which the referendum was an interim climax. The elections are therefore unlikely to be cathartic or cleansing. On the contrary, they are dragging us deeper into the ongoing psychodrama that was intensified by the vote in 2016. Continue ...

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