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  • Top Virginia Republican edited yearbook containing racial slurs – live

    Posted 2019-02-07 20:55:42 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Tommy Norment, state senate majority leader, is latest figure in scandalNorment oversaw 1968 yearbook with blackface photos and derogatory languageSign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective 8.55pm GMT Kamala Harris has just unveiled a raft of endorsements in her home state of California.The 2020 Democratic presidential contender announced the endorsement of President Pro Tem of the State Senate, Toni Atkins and endorsement from 19 other of the 28 Democrats in the California state senate. She now has the support of 21 of the 28 Democrats in her home state’s upper chamber and has solidified her claim to be the favorite daughter of the state. 8.37pm GMT Jaime Harrison, the former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, has officially started an exploratory committee to mount a Senate race against three-term Republican Lindsay Graham.Harrison faces an uphill battle in a state that Trump won by a margin of 55%-40%."Jaime Harrison for US Senate Exploratory Committee" created with FEC & can raise campaign money for potential @harrisonjaime (D-SC) bid vs Sen. @LindseyGrahamSC (R): https://t.co/9e2tuJhRR9 #scsen #scpol pic.twitter.com/pisC3TABKW Continue ...

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  • NAB's bosses Andrew Thorburn and Ken Henry have quit – what took them so long?

    Posted 2019-02-07 20:54:34 by: Mr. Bootstate

    As custodians of Australia’s most profitable companies, bank chiefs have a duty to maintain the highest standardsIt came as no surprise on Thursday when NAB’s chief executive, Andrew Thorburn, resigned from the bank, along with his chairman, Ken Henry. The real surprise was that it took them so long to walk the plank.On Monday the pair endured the ignominy of being given a special mention by Kenneth Hayne in his royal commission final report. The former judge felt moved to name them as executives that had left him “not as confident as I would wish that the lessons of the past have been learned”. Continue ...

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  • Brexit deal may not be put to MPs until late March, officials say

    Posted 2019-02-07 19:42:03 by: Mr. Bootstate

    May and Juncker hold strained talks as EU examines technical aspects of Irish border The Brexit negotiations are being pushed to the brink by Theresa May and the EU, with any last-minute offer by Brussels on the Irish backstop expected to be put to MPs just days before the UK is due to leave.In strained talks on Thursday, during which Donald Tusk suggested that Jeremy Corbyn’s plan could help resolve the Brexit crisis, Theresa May and the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, agreed to hold the next face-to-face talks by the end of February. Continue ...

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  • Berlusconi campaigns for centre-right in regional Italian election

    Posted 2019-02-07 19:27:58 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Ex-prime minister met Matteo Salvini in show of unity among rightwing parties in AbruzzoSilvio Berlusconi has returned to the campaign trail as his centre-right coalition is revived ahead of elections in the central Italian region of Abruzzo on Sunday.The former prime minister’s appearance at a press conference on Thursday was his first major campaign outing since March last year when the same alliance, made up of his Forza Italia and the two far-right parties, the League and Brothers of Italy, took 38% of the vote in general elections. Continue ...

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  • UK deportation flight greeted with suspicion in Jamaica

    Posted 2019-02-07 19:15:36 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Stigma is less than before, say Jamaicans, but media coverage of arrival puts some on edge Outside Harman Barracks, a colonial-era base for the Jamaica Constabulary Force in Kingston, Lamar was waiting for the release of his brother, one of the 29 people who arrived on the island on Wednesday on a British deportation flight.He said the press in Jamaica had been unfair to the deportees. “They treat everybody just like criminals, just the same. But not everybody is a criminal, sometimes people get mixed up in little different things but that doesn’t make you bad.” Continue ...

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  • Pill inspired by leopard tortoise could replace diabetic injections

    Posted 2019-02-07 19:00:16 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Capsule shape based on domed shell ensures insulin needle within aims at stomach wallScientists have developed a “needle pill” that could allow diabetics to take insulin without the need for daily injections.The pea-sized capsule contains a small needle made of solid, compressed insulin, which is injected into the stomach wall after the capsule has been swallowed. Continue ...

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  • Jaguar Land Rover posts biggest quarterly loss of £3.4bn

    Posted 2019-02-07 18:57:22 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Carmaker takes £3.1bn write-down on value of investments as demand falls in ChinaJaguar Land Rover announced its biggest quarterly loss on Thursday after it was forced to take a £3.1bn write-down on the value of its investments as Chinese demand slumped.Britain’s largest car manufacturer, which is owned by India’s Tata Group, made a £3.4bn pre-tax loss in the last three months of 2018 as sales fell. It anticipates a loss for the financial year as a whole for the first time in a decade. Continue ...

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  • Saudis 'seriously undermined' Turkey's Khashoggi inquiry, says UN expert

    Posted 2019-02-07 18:49:23 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Special rapporteur Agnes Callamard says Khashoggi’s murder was ‘brutal, premeditated and planned by officials of the state’The Saudi regime “seriously curtailed and undermined” the Turkish investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, according to a UN human rights expert looking into the case. Related: UN executions expert to visit Turkey to lead Khashoggi inquiry Continue ...

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  • From Blacula to Get Out: the documentary examining black horror

    Posted 2019-02-07 18:43:56 by: Mr. Bootstate

    The film-makers behind Horror Noire discuss the progress of black characters from being portrayed as something to fear to leading genre hitsGet Out starts with a familiar trope – the audience sees Lakeith Stanfield’s character walking through a bland suburb before being thrown into a car and driven away. At first glance, a black man is the first to die. The twist, we find out later on, if that at least part of him survives. Related: From Beyoncé to Sorry to Bother You: the new age of Afro-surrealism Continue ...

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  • Isis leader believed to have fled coup attempt by his own fighters

    Posted 2019-02-07 18:40:53 by: Mr. Bootstate

    Jihadist group placed bounty on head of foreign fighter after plot, say intelligence officialsThe Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, survived a coup attempt last month launched by foreign fighters in his eastern Syrian hideout, intelligence officials believe, and the terrorist group has since placed a bounty on the main plotter’s head.The incident is believed to have taken place on 10 January in a village near Hajin in the Euphrates River valley, where the jihadist group is clinging to its last sliver of land. Regional intelligence officials say a planned move against Baghdadi led to a firefight between foreign fighters and the fugitive terrorist chief’s bodyguards, who spirited him away to the nearby deserts. Continue ...

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