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Watford v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

18 Jan 2020, 2:41 pm | The Guardian

Jose is not particularly happy. “I know it was a couple of millimetres, but the goal-line technology doesn’t make mistakes like the VAR makes, so it was not a goal. The Tottenham performance - separate from the referee and VAR decisions, because I prefer not to comment - was good. We started very very well. Immediately we had a situation after a couple of minutes. They put long balls in the box and one or two crosses and set plays, it is impossible to be always dominant against them. In the second half it was more 50-50, but we tried with the ammunition we have. We tried to bring energy and more depth from midfield with Gedson, and more quality with Eriksen, and we were two millimetres from winning the match. There are various decisions that I leave for the pundits and the specialists, I prefer not to speak. I think we deserve to win this match, to lose would be too much of a punishment for the boys.”

Despite the penalty miss, that’s a decent point for Watford against a side who rarely give them anything. They’re up to 16th, for a couple of hours at least, on 23 points, two clear of the dropzone. Spurs may not be so chuffed: they’re eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, in seventh place. That gap could become 11 if the Blues win at Newcastle this evening. Jose Mourinho hasn’t delivered much of a honeymoon bounce, something that goes a fair way to explaining the grim look on his grid as he walked off. Nigel Pearson by contrast was both happy and clappy.

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South Africa v England: third Test, day three – live!

18 Jan 2020, 2:41 pm | The Guardian

61st over: South Africa 154-5 (Nortje 18, de Kock 36) With England needing a wicket, Ben Stokes puts his cape on for the first time in the innings. His first over is a quiet one, with everything played comfortably by de Kock.

60th over: South Africa 153-5 (Nortje 18, de Kock 35) Another harmless over from Root. I suppose this passage of play is a reminder of how well England - or rather Dom Bess - did to pick up the first five wickets so cheaply.

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Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Arsenal v Sheffield United and more – live!

18 Jan 2020, 2:41 pm | The Guardian

Manchester United do need some new players ...

Related: Manchester United baulk at Sporting’s £68m valuation of Bruno Fernandes

Lots of milestones today ...

Skip's ready!

Captaining the team on his 300th @premierleague appearance!

#MCICRY #ManCity

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Varadkar insists Ireland is safe country after week of violent crime

18 Jan 2020, 2:33 pm | The Guardian

Ireland’s taoiseach defends record as crime takes centre stage in election campaign

Leo Varadkar has insisted Ireland is a safe country following the murder of a teenager and a number of violent crimes in recent days.

There has been a renewed focus on crime in the Irish general election campaign after the murder of 17-year-old Keane Mulready-Woods.

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Erdoğan tells Europe to support Tripoli government or face new threats

18 Jan 2020, 2:25 pm | The Guardian

Turkish president calls for support of Sarraj ahead of crucial talks in Berlin

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has warned Europe it could face new threats from terrorist organisations if Libya’s UN-recognised government in Tripoli were to fall.

In an article in Politico, published on the eve of a Libya peace conference in Berlin, Erdoğan said the EU’s failure to adequately support the Government of National Accord (GNA) would be “a betrayal of its own core values, including democracy and human rights”.

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Gwyneth Paltrow has capitalized on vaginal shame and celebration | Arwa Mahdawi

18 Jan 2020, 2:10 pm | The Guardian

Why are vaginas suddenly everywhere? Partly because of the rise of ‘wellness’ – but also because they’re now a symbol of resistance

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Stellan Skarsgård: ‘I don’t give advice to my children’

18 Jan 2020, 2:00 pm | The Guardian

The actor, 68, on dreaming of being a diplomat, smashing telephones with skill and the days before Marvel ruled the world

I intended to become a diplomat. That was my dream. I didn’t take acting seriously until I was 16 and got a role in a Swedish show that made me extremely famous right away. There were screaming girls, all that stuff. I’d never had any girl take an interest in me before that. Suddenly being a diplomat didn’t seem half as attractive as it had done.

My heroes growing up were politicians. The main one was Dag Hammarskjöld, a Swedish politician who was the secretary general of the United Nations. He was a real hero for peace to many of my generation. I idolised him.

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We’ve got your back: a yoga and pilates weekend in Sussex

18 Jan 2020, 2:00 pm | The Guardian

Our ‘yoga-phobe’ was a nervous novice on a weekend retreat but leaves feeling more flexible, both physically and mentally

I approached the mindful pilates and yoga weekend in the West Sussex countryside with a fair degree of trepidation. I wasn’t even mindful of the difference between pilates and yoga, and then there was the dread of being locked into something I could not do and would have to endure rather than enjoy.

In preparation, my reading on the 90-minute train journey down from London to Arundel was Yoga for the Inflexible Male, by Roy Parvin (AKA Yoga Matt), with its call to “bring me your stiff, your deeply embarrassed, your previously yoga-phobic”. And its promise that if you work through the poses, “you’ll soon discover yoga isn’t so different from weight training, except your body’s the weight and you’re working more on balance, not bulking up”.

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Putin, a criminal and incompetent president, is an enemy of his own people | Simon Tisdall

18 Jan 2020, 2:00 pm | The Guardian

The Russian president has manipulated the levers of power to rule in perpetuity. That prospect is terrible for the west – and Russia

News that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s latter-day tsar, is making plans to cling to power indefinitely comes as no surprise. All the same, it is deeply worrying for Putin’s prey – principally the Russian people and the western democracies.

Putin, 67, has run Russia, as president and prime minister, for 21 years, a feat of political longevity surpassed only by Joseph Stalin. Like Stalin, he has made many enemies and caused untold misery along the way.

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Long-Bailey: we must become 'salespeople for socialism'

18 Jan 2020, 2:00 pm | The Guardian

Labour leadership candidates set out priorities at first hustings event of campaign

Labour activists must become “salespeople for socialism”, Rebecca Long-Bailey has said as the Labour leadership candidates clashed in their first hustings event of the campaign.

Long-Bailey, a frontrunner who is backed by allies of Jeremy Corbyn, said she was kept awake at night by the problems of inequality and the climate crisis but also how to present socialism as mainstream.

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Carmakers say diverging from EU regulation will cost ‘billions’

18 Jan 2020, 1:50 pm | World

Chancellor’s Brexit plan threatens UK manufacturing and consumer choice, auto industry says

Black boxes of shot-down Ukrainian airliner will be sent to Ukraine: Iranian news agency

18 Jan 2020, 1:43 pm | Reuters: World News

The black boxes of the Ukrainian airliner which was accidentally shot down by Iranian forces this month will be sent to Ukraine, the Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.

Iceland’s Samherji exiting Namibia following bribery scandal

18 Jan 2020, 1:40 pm | Reuters: World News

Samherji, the Icelandic fishing company at the center of Namibia's biggest corruption scandal, announced on Friday that it is withdrawing from the southwest African nation.

Floods, road closures in Australia as storms lash some bushfire-hit regions

18 Jan 2020, 1:35 pm | Reuters: World News

Parts of Australia's east coast were hit by severe storms on Saturday, dousing some of the bushfires that have devastated the region for months but causing road closures and flash flooding.

Car bomb attack wounds Turkish contractors, police near Somali capital

18 Jan 2020, 1:28 pm | Reuters: World News

Somali insurgents linked to al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a car bombing on Saturday that wounded at least 15 people in Afgoye, northwest of the capital Mogadishu.

Protesters gather at Paris theater to confront Macron over pension reform

18 Jan 2020, 1:06 pm | Reuters: World News

Protesters opposed to the French government's proposed changes to the pension system tried to force their way into a theater in Paris where President Emmanuel Macron attended a show with his wife.

North Korean foreign minister replaced: report

18 Jan 2020, 12:02 pm | Reuters: World News

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has been replaced, Seoul-based NK News reported on Saturday.

Erdogan calls on Europe to support Turkey's moves in Libya: Politico

18 Jan 2020, 11:28 am | Reuters: World News

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called on Europe to support its work in Libya, where it is providing military support to the internationally-recognized government, if it wants to end the conflict there.

U.N. Libya mission 'deeply concerned' over disruption in oil production, urges restraint

18 Jan 2020, 11:28 am | Reuters: World News

The United Nations mission in Libya said on Saturday it was deeply concerned over efforts to disrupt oil production in the country and urged all sides to exercise restraint.

U.N. Libya envoy hopes, but cannot predict, eastern oil ports closure ends in few days

18 Jan 2020, 11:27 am | Reuters: World News

The United Nations envoy to Libya said on Saturday he hoped but "could not predict" whether oil ports in the east of the country that were closed on Friday would be reopened in a few days.

China and Myanmar sign off on Belt and Road projects

18 Jan 2020, 11:18 am | World

Deal strengthens ties with Beijing as Aung San Suu Kyi faces foreign criticism for Rohingya crackdown

'Only eyes': Auschwitz liberator recalls death camp inmates 75 years on

18 Jan 2020, 11:13 am | Reuters: World News

His jacket sparkling with war medals, 96-year old David Dushman holds back the tears as he remembers the eyes of emaciated prisoners at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz which he helped liberate 75 years ago this month.

Berlin hosts push to broker peace in Libya

18 Jan 2020, 11:00 am | World

The warring sides, their foreign backers and the UN will seek a lasting resolution, but it is far from guaranteed

How Britain’s big retailers missed their online moment

18 Jan 2020, 11:00 am | World

Late embrace of internet blamed as traditional chains report poor digital Christmas 

What the EU Brexit negotiations might bring

18 Jan 2020, 7:00 am | World

What line will Brussels take now Boris Johnson has his mandate to act tough?

Hong Kong’s tycoons come under scrutiny amid protests

18 Jan 2020, 7:00 am | World

The fortunes of a handful of rich families highlight yawning equality gap in city 

Reasons to be cynical about the trade rally

18 Jan 2020, 4:00 am | World

Investors heading back into emerging markets are taking a political risk

Fed’s embrace of higher inflation is ‘momentous’ for markets

18 Jan 2020, 4:00 am | World

Funds pile into gold, commodities and inflation-protected bonds as hedges for price rises

A powerful eruption could happen at any moment. But some residents refuse to leave

18 Jan 2020, 12:57 am | - RSS Channel - World

• Desolate images from Taal volcano show horses and cows buried in ash

Highest-paid workers spend most hours on the job

18 Jan 2020, 12:02 am | World

Think-tank shows reversal of historic work patterns is exacerbating income inequalities