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NSW fires live: five bushfires merge north of Sydney – latest updates

6 Dec 2019, 8:00 am | The Guardian

Gospers Mountain, Paddock Run and Little L Complex, Three Mile and Thompson Creek fires overlap, and there are now seven emergency warnings in NSW as fire conditions worsen along Australia’s New South Wales and Queensland coasts

And here is some more of Mike Bowers’ photos from the Palerang fire in southern NSW:

In Queensland for tomorrow, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued severe fire danger forecasts for Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett, and Southeast Coast.

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German factory recession deepens with biggest output fall in a decade - business live

6 Dec 2019, 7:56 am | The Guardian

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

On an annual basis, Germany just suffered its worst drop in factory output since the financial crisis!

#Germany October industrial production is seen falling at its quickest annual pace since November 2009. Slump.

Ouch! The Manufacturing #recession continues. #Germany's industrial production fell 5.3% YoY in October, the most in ten years!

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

“The economic weakness in industry remains.

However, the latest developments in new orders and business expectations indicate that a stabilising trend could emerge in the coming months.”

Related: Opec considering huge oil production cuts to avoid market slump

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The vote will pit William Stobart, the third son of the company’s founder, against his childhood friend and former brother-in-law, Andrew Tinkler.

If their competing bids fall through, the company could collapse under the weight of a huge debt pile months before its 50th birthday.

Related: Eddie Stobart transport firm teeters on brink of collapse

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Chilean anti-rape anthem becomes international feminist phenomenon

6 Dec 2019, 7:45 am | The Guardian

  • A Rapist in Your Path performed by women at mass protests
  • Performances staged across Latin America and Europe

A Chilean protest song about rape culture and victim shaming has become a viral anthem for feminists around the world.

Related: Chile security forces' crackdown leaves toll of death and broken bodies

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Impeach by Neal Katyal review – the case against Donald Trump

6 Dec 2019, 7:30 am | The Guardian

A US supreme court lawyer, writing with Sam Koppelman, makes a highly persuasive case for Trump’s impeachment

One of the most contentious issues during the 1787 debates about the US constitution was the subject of presidential impeachment. A Virginian named George Mason ultimately swayed the room: “No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued. Shall any man be above Justice? Above all shall that man be above it, who can commit the most extensive injustice?” It was precisely the extensive power of the presidency that necessitated impeachment as the final remedy against a corrupt executive. “Shall the man who has practised corruption and by that means procured his appointment in the first instance,” Mason added, “be suffered to escape punishment, by repeating his guilt?”

Neal Katyal, a law professor and former acting US solicitor general, has set out “the case against Donald Trump” in his book Impeach. An experienced trial attorney who has argued before the US supreme court, Katyal knows how to present evidence and convince a jury. The result is essentially a primer for impeachment: first its basic rules and logic, and then why he considers the publicly available evidence to be so damning.

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The 50 best films of 2019 in the UK: 11-50

6 Dec 2019, 7:23 am | The Guardian

Our pick of the year’s top movies released in the UK veers from folk-horror to civil war, high-school hilarity and fraudsters who strip. We’ll reveal more every weekday

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The 50 best albums of 2019: 11-50

6 Dec 2019, 7:23 am | The Guardian

Our pick of the year’s finest albums defiant declarations of identity, lo-fi indie, dispatches from despair and utopian jams. Check in every weekday as we count down to No 1

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Spotify Wrapped: users alarmed by their own listening habits

6 Dec 2019, 7:07 am | The Guardian

Streaming service gave subscribers a look back at their entire decade of music consumption

Spotify’s annual Wrapped feature, which reveals users’ favourite music from the past year, has been released to its 243 million users, prompting mixed emotions among subscribers.

The feature has become an anticipated event for regular users as it shows their most played songs, top artists, favourite genres and minutes listened for the year. But as 2019 comes to an end the world’s biggest music streaming service took advantage of its 10-year tenure and allowed users to look back at their entire decade of streaming habits.

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People listen to Greta Thunberg because of her creativity, not just her science | Lisette Johnston

6 Dec 2019, 7:00 am | The Guardian

Creative subjects are on the decline in schools and universities, yet they are vitally important to society

Blue Planet, Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg are all household names bringing information about serious environmental issues to the masses. They’ve helped green issues shoot up the agenda for this year’s general election, with a poll last month revealing that more than half of voters said that the climate emergency would influence how they cast their vote.

If it wasn’t for the media these scientific messages wouldn’t be heard or understood by millions of people. And Greta Thunberg’s extraordinary global impact demonstrates her mastery of skills that have little to do with what we usually think of as science.

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From vodka gimlets to ski prep: this week’s fashion trends

6 Dec 2019, 7:00 am | The Guardian

What’s hot and what’s not in fashion this week

Masstige Beauty buzzword for products with a mass price point, but prestige branding. See Colourpop, Morphe and Glossier.

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Avicii Invector review – an immersive musical tribute

6 Dec 2019, 7:00 am | The Guardian

Xbox One (version tested), Switch, PC, PS4; Hello There Games/Wired Productions
Made in collaboration with DJ Tim Bergling, this perfect Christmas party game has players zooming across intergalactic landscapes hitting buttons in time to the beat

The search for this year’s Christmas party video game may be over. Following the rejuvenated interest in the “rhythm action” genre brought about by titles such as Beat Saber and Tetris Effect, Avicii Invector takes the cerebral visual immersion of the latter title and plants it in a beautiful, fast-paced beat experience.

Made in collaboration with the superstar DJ and producer Avicii, AKA Tim Bergling, before his death last year, Avicii Invector sees you zooming across a series of gorgeous intergalactic landscapes in a WipEout-esque spacecraft, hitting buttons in time to the music on a glowing board reminiscent of the classic Guitar Hero interface. Adding to the trippy aesthetic, the gameplay has you flipping the play space 180 degrees at a time, with interludes of racing through midair rings in time to the beat. Think of Sega’s Nights Into Dreams set to a series of 25 infectious club hits.

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Nato’s birthday blues

6 Dec 2019, 7:11 am | World

Europe has cause to worry as the military alliance winds up its 70th year

FirstFT: Today’s top stories

6 Dec 2019, 6:34 am | World

Your daily briefing on the news

UK election dark money, CVC football, Opec drama

6 Dec 2019, 5:01 am | World

Shadow campaigns’ bought thousands of Facebook ads in the UK general election campaign

Bougainville vote raises spectre of ‘resource curse’

6 Dec 2019, 5:00 am | World

Hope for ‘lost generation’ but copper wealth sparks scramble for influence by miners

Italian wine investors return to ancient pedigrees

6 Dec 2019, 5:00 am | World

The region of Piemonte is attracting growing demand 

Hiring a nanny: what I wish I’d known 

6 Dec 2019, 5:00 am | World

Recruiting and employing a carer for your children is more costly and complex than many imagine

Argentina’s Peronists will not be a pushover for Burford

6 Dec 2019, 5:00 am | World

Litigation finance specialist is trying to reclaim losses linked to a 2012 nationalisation

Hong Kong and the art of dissent

6 Dec 2019, 5:00 am | World

How viral images have inspired and sustained opposition to Beijing

Voices from Iran: Protesters describe unrest and crackdown

6 Dec 2019, 5:00 am | World

Details start to emerge as information blackout is finally lifted

Globe staff photos of the month, October 2019

13 Nov 2019, 5:15 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: fall colors, the king tide in Boston Harbor, Halloween celebrations, the Head of the Charles Regatta, high school sports, and the start to the Celtics’ regular season.

Cleanup began following the 15th Annual BU Physics Pumpkin Drop on Oct. 25. Approximately 50 pumpkins fell from the roof of the Metcalf Science Center. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

Globe staff photos of the month, September 2019

2 Oct 2019, 5:29 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: the aftermath of hurricane Dorian’s landfall in the Bahamas, students head back to school, confrontations at the Straight Pride Parade in Boston, the end of the Red Sox season and the Patriots off to a 4-0 start.

A golden sunrise by the Eastern Point lighthouse in Gloucester on Sept. 17. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)

Globe staff photos of the month, August 2019

9 Sep 2019, 7:04 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: the annual Caribbean Parade in Dorchester and Roxbury, President Trump’s “Keep America Great” reelection campaign rally in Manchester, funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy, a new Orange Line train on its first day of service, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Patriots in pre-season action.

Ashanti Sadm, of Fall River, wore her mask as she waited with her group for the start of the annual Caribbean Parade through the streets of Dorchester and Roxbury on Aug. 24. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Globe staff photos of the month, July 2019

6 Aug 2019, 4:14 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: public art in Lynn, the Sand Sculpting Festival in Revere, beating the summer heat, a traveling youth circus, July 4 celebrations, a 100 year-old baseball park in Pittsfield, and the start of the Patriots training camp.

Jaxxon Hand, 8, of Dalton (right) chatted with Pittsfield Suns player Connor Berry before the July 10 game between the Suns and the North Shore Navigators at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, which is turning 100 this year. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Photos of the country’s only traveling youth circus

30 Jul 2019, 11:09 am | Big Picture

Talented kids. Professional coaches. Life on the road. Adoring 5-year-olds, sitting around the ring just feet from the stars of Circus Smirkus, where big kids have been the stars of the show of this Vermont-based company for 32 years now.

Frederick Buford, 13, adjusted his bow tie before performing in Circus Smirkus’ Big Top Tour in the heat of a Hanover, N.H., afternoon. This is Buford’s first season with Circus Smirkus. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)

Globe staff photos of the month, June 2019

2 Jul 2019, 3:33 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: opening of the Encore casino, greasy pole competition in Gloucester, refugees from Congo in Portland, Me., John Farrell working his lobster boat, debating a abortion rights bill in Rhode Island, and the Bruins loss in the NHL finals.

A man passed by a large mural on the side of a building on Denby Road in Allston. Called Fuzzy Creatures, it was painted by Boston artist Caleb Neelon. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Recent photos of the ongoing migrant struggle

27 Jun 2019, 12:30 am | Big Picture

The drowning deaths of a migrant father and young daughter at the US southern border showed the tragic peril of those trying to seek asylum. Here is a selection of images from this month focused on the continuing immigration issue.

A migrant mother and children rode in a freight train on their way north in Palenque, Chiapas state, Mexico. The group’s next stop will be Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state. Mexico has deployed 6,500 National Guard members in the southern part of the country plus another 15,000 soldiers along its northern border in a bid to reduce the number of migrants traveling through its territory to reach the United States. (Marco Ugarte/Associated Press)

Globe staff photos of the month, May 2019

3 Jun 2019, 5:43 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a rededication of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial, shutdown of the Pilgrim nuclear plant, the closing of the last synagogue in Revere, graduation season in full swing, “Marty” the robot on duty at a grocery store, and the Bruins in the NHL playoffs.

Kim Tran, a nursing graduate, shed some tears at the University of Massachusetts Boston 2019 Undergraduate Commencement on May 31. She was highlighted at the ceremony as a student who had overcome much to graduate. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)

Some of the best sports photos in Boston history

24 May 2019, 7:02 pm | Big Picture

The image of Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring the game-winning goal in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals at Boston Garden is indelibly imprinted into the minds of Boston sports fans. It has taken on renewed significance as the Bruins will face off once more against the St. Louis Blues on Monday for Lord Stanley’s Cup, for the first time since this historic frame was made. Here’s a look at some of the other best sports photos in Boston history.

The Bruins’ Bobby Orr went airborne after scoring the winning goal that won the Stanley Cup against the St. Louis Blues May 10, 1970, at Boston Garden. (Ray Lussier/Boston Herald American via Associated Press)

Globe staff photos of the month, April 2019

2 May 2019, 6:39 pm | Big Picture

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: 2019 Boston Marathon, two 500-foot concrete cooling towers at the former Brayton Point Power Station imploded, Palm Sunday Mass, commencement at Wentworth Institute of Technology, playoff runs for the Bruins and Celtics, and Opening Day at Fenway Park.

Lucianny Rondon comforted her 2-year-old daughter, Rihanny, during a news press conference held to unveil federal pipeline safety legislation named after Lucianny’s brother, Leonel Rondon, who was killed in the Columbia Gas fires and explosions in Lawrence last fall. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)