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The race to save Peter Kassig

theguardian.com — The long read: The American aid worker was killed by his Isis captors on 16 November. Here, for the first time, is the story of an extraordinary effort to secure his release, which involved a radical New York lawyer, the US government, and the world's most revered jihadi scholar
Dec 18, 2014

RT @sheeraf: Great, detailed reporting on how @StanleyCohenLaw worked to free Peter Kassig from ISIS & came close to saving him. http://t.c…

Dec 18, 2014

Fascinating effort to free Peter Kassig from IS involving Abu Qatada theguardian.com/news/2014/dec/… So tragic that it failed - via @clarissaward

Dec 18, 2014

Great journalism by the Guardian on secret efforts by Maqdisi and Qatada and a NY lawyer to save Pete Kassig theguardian.com/news/2014/dec/…

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US backed talks between jihadi clerics and Isis in effort to save hostage’s life

theguardian.com — US counter-terrorism officials backed a high-stakes negotiation involving two of the world's most prominent jihadi clerics as well as former Guantánamo detainees in an attempt to save the life of an American hostage held by Islamic State, the Guardian can reveal.
Dec 18, 2014

Fascinating story about the failed negotations to save Peter Kassig and get ISIS to stop taking and killing hostages theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

The shorter version of the attempt to negotiate the release of Peter Kassig from Isis is here: theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @moneyries: Jordanian security services may have screwed the pooch in the effort to free American Peter Kassig theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada on #ISIS: "A bunch of thugs and gangsters and have no religious credentials." theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

Jordanian security services may have screwed the pooch in the effort to free American Peter Kassig theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

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Billy Corgan: 'Nobody believes I made a three-star record. Nobody!'

theguardian.com — Hi Billy! Are you cold today (1)? Fuck yeah! The cold in London goes in your bones. It's cold in Chicago but this is like a wet cold. Marilyn Manson recently joined your band Smashing Pumpkins onstage. How did you two become friends?
Dec 18, 2014

This interview is a stone-cold corker >>> Billy Corgan: 'Nobody believes I made a three-star record. Nobody!' gu.com/p/449gq/stw

Dec 18, 2014

Goading @Billy into an argument isn't hard, nor is it all that interesting. Would be more interesting to talk music. theguardian.com/music/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

Normally I spend my lunch break reading long things, but we got tamales at the office today. Sorry, Billy. bit.ly/1x2LOcP

Dec 18, 2014

The current Billy Corgan press blitz has been enormously entertaining, there can be no doubt theguardian.com/music/2014/dec… pic.twitter.com/14fEqgpKeZ

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US investors set to sell New Era estate in London after protests

theguardian.com — US investors who planned to evict dozens of families and more than double rents at the New Era estate in east London are on the verge of selling it to an affordable-housing provider after a vocal campaign against their ownership.
Dec 18, 2014

Caveats aplenty, of course (who's buying the estate?) but good news just in time for Christmas theguardian.com/society/2014/d…

Dec 18, 2014

Looks as if @newera4all residents have seen off the US investors who were bent on making them homeless! theguardian.com/society/2014/d…

Dec 18, 2014

US investors set to sell New Era estate in London after protests gu.com/p/44bv9/tw via @guardian

Dec 18, 2014

RT @SadiqKhan: Great news! #NewEra looks set to be sold to a housing association so the fantastic community can be kept together theguardian.com/society/2014/d…

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Man finds woman with same name as ex to join him on round-the-world trip

theguardian.com — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms Right. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily-discounted round-the-world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and he didn't want her ticket to go to waste.
Dec 18, 2014

Yeah no one would ever be able to replace me with another Anna Codrea-Rado on a round-the-world ticket. theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @archiebland: The untold story here is in the line: "She acknowledged her boyfriend isn’t thrilled" theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @archiebland: The untold story here is in the line: "She acknowledged her boyfriend isn’t thrilled" theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @archiebland: The untold story here is in the line: "She acknowledged her boyfriend isn’t thrilled" theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

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Matthew d'Ancona to join the Guardian as columnist

theguardian.com — Former Spectator editor Matthew d'Ancona is to join the Guardian as weekly columnist. d'Ancona, who also writes on politics for the Evening Standard and GQ, will begin writing for the Guardian in January 2015. His column will run in the Comment pages of the paper and online at Comment is Free.
Dec 18, 2014

Very pleased to welcome the brilliant @MatthewdAncona to the Guardian opinion fold. Great perspective from the Right gu.com/p/44abx/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Delighted that @MatthewdAncona is joining the Guardian's top commentary line-up in new year.Welcome! theguardian.com/gnm-press-offi…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Delighted that @MatthewdAncona is joining the Guardian's top commentary line-up in new year.Welcome! theguardian.com/gnm-press-offi…

Dec 18, 2014

Delighted that @MatthewdAncona is joining the Guardian's top commentary line-up in new year.Welcome! theguardian.com/gnm-press-offi…

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Revealed: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for children to be mascots

theguardian.com — More than half the Premier League clubs have been accused of "excluding families from poorer backgrounds" after a Guardian study found that a few of them are charging as much as £450 for children to be mascots, with West Ham United the most expensive at £600.
Dec 18, 2014

The beautiful game... 'Revealed: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for children to be mascots' theguardian.com/football/2014/…

Dec 18, 2014

See how much your Prem Lge club charge for junior season tickets, junior kits & to be a mascot in our drop-down menu: gu.com/p/44a62/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @JonathanHaynes: Revealed: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for children to be mascots bit.ly/1GUpwtg

Dec 18, 2014

Revealed: Premier League clubs charge up to £600 for children to be mascots bit.ly/1GUpwtg

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Serial: why I stopped listening long before it ended

theguardian.com — In the mid-1990s, a young Baltimore man got high and decided to "walk" his dog by draping the leash outside his car window and driving slowly. He was arrested and his dog was confiscated. The dog, Barkley, became a sensation. Everyone wanted to adopt him.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @alexneedham74: Ace crime writer and former Baltimore Sun hack Laura Lippman on why Serial was journalistically indefensible gu.com/p/44an9/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @alexneedham74: Ace crime writer and former Baltimore Sun hack Laura Lippman on why Serial was journalistically indefensible gu.com/p/44an9/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @alexneedham74: Ace crime writer and former Baltimore Sun hack Laura Lippman on why Serial was journalistically indefensible gu.com/p/44an9/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AlexKoppelman: Laura Lippman (!!!!) writes about why she stopped listening to Serial: theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @alexneedham74: Ace crime writer and former Baltimore Sun hack Laura Lippman on why Serial was journalistically indefensible gu.com/p/44an9/stw

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Brad Pitt 'too distracting' to serve on jury

theguardian.com — Brad Pitt has been turned down for jury duty in Los Angeles after being deemed too much of a distraction.The 51-year-old actor and producer turned up to the Los Angeles criminal court on 11 December after receiving a summons, reports MailOnline.

BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says Vice News executive

theguardian.com — A senior Vice News executive has branded BBC current affairs output "beige" and called on BBC1 flagship Panorama to be more "fearless" and "in your face". Kevin Sutcliffe, Vice Media's head of news programmes for Europe and a former editor of Channel 4's current affairs documentary strand Dispatches, told a conference in central London on Thursday that BBC journalism felt "institutionalised".
Dec 18, 2014

Kevin in full troll-grin here >> BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says Vice News executive gu.com/p/44aj7/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @katieengelhart: lol, my boss @KevinSutcliffe_ : 'BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says @vicenews executive.' theguardian.com/media/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says Vice News executive bit.ly/13gnbMg

Dec 18, 2014

BBC current affairs is beige and institutionalised, says Vice News executive: bit.ly/1zzTH7m pic.twitter.com/E6huRTtydu

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Revealed: the secret talks to save Isis hostage Peter Kassig - video

theguardian.com — US government officials supported secret negotiations aimed at securing the release of American hostage Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, who was abducted and eventually murdered by Islamic State.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @muskhalili: Revealed: the secret talks to save Isis hostage Peter Kassig – video gu.com/p/449nf/stw #ISIS #AlQaeda #Jordan

Dec 18, 2014

RT @pagreenwood: An unbelievable story - how an NY lawyer, an Al Qaeda sheikh, an Isis leader and the FBI tried to save Peter Kassig theguardian.com/world/video/20…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @rayajalabi: Blockbuster longread on how a NY lawyer, al-Qaida sheikh, Isis leader & the FBI tried to save #PeterKassig: http://t.co/TEz…

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Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are ‘credible and true’ say police

theguardian.com — Detectives investigating an alleged historical Westminster paedophile ring are also investigating the murder of three boys. Scotland Yard said on Thursday it was appealing for evidence as inquiries centred on Dolphin Square estate, in central London, and other locations across London and the south of England, including military establishments.
Dec 18, 2014

This awful. Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are ‘credible and true’ say police gu.com/p/44aea/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @guardiannews: Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are ‘credible and true’ say police gu.com/p/44aea/stw

Dec 18, 2014

RT @guardiannews: Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are ‘credible and true’ say police gu.com/p/44aea/stw

Dec 18, 2014

‘VIP sex ring’ detectives investigate murder of three boys gu.com/p/44aea/tw via @guardian

Dec 18, 2014

‘VIP sex ring’ detectives investigate murder of three boys gu.com/p/44aea/tw via @guardian

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Chinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air

theguardian.com — A Chinese airline passenger pulled open an emergency exit as his plane was about to take off because he "just wanted fresh air", Chinese media have reported. The man had not realised that opening the door was dangerous, staff members said.
Dec 18, 2014

Chinese passenger opens door on flight to, Ya know, get some air theguardian.com/world/2014/dec…

Dec 18, 2014

Jhonka hawa ka aaj bhi....Chinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air gu.com/p/44a4t/tw via @guardian

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Chelsea's Stamford Bridge - then and now

theguardian.com — Explore the history of Stamford Bridge stadium, home of Chelsea Football Club, as part of our new series of football Then & Nows. Each archival photograph has been juxtaposed with a present-day photograph taken from the same perspective, showing how the ground - and the game itself - has been transformed over the past century.
Dec 18, 2014

Real neat photo comparison by @guardian >> Chelsea's Stamford Bridge – then and now gu.com/p/44x9g/stw

Dec 18, 2014

Not a fan of CFC but this @guardian_sport photo gallery is excellent (click on pics) Stamford Bridge – then & now gu.com/p/44x9g/stw

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Sony pulls The Interview: should the media take some of the blame?

theguardian.com — For years, Fighters for a Free North Korea activist Park Sang-hak has used balloons to drop radios, DVD players and movies into his old country. There is no free media in North Korea, a country mired in hunger and starvation, mass imprisonment and torture.

2014: a year of brave, inspiring, young feminists

theguardian.com — In a year of incredible achievements for the movement and general feminist kick-assery, a wave of young women has demonstrated exactly why the future looks bright for gender equality. It's impossible to list them all, but here are a few of the trailblazers.

Putin press conference: 'economy will rebound within two years' - live

Dec 18, 2014

On that note, I'll stop the tweet marathon now. You can go over the points of Putin's whole presser at our liveblog theguardian.com/world/live/201…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @GuardianNewEast: Follow Putin's annual press conference live with English-language video and updates from @ShaunWalker7 theguardian.com/world/live/201…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @shaunwalker7: Reminder that you can follow English-language video of Putin presser, and our liveblog, on the @guardian site: theguardian.com/world/live/201…

Dec 18, 2014

Reminder that you can follow English-language video of Putin presser, and our liveblog, on the @guardian site: theguardian.com/world/live/201…

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Serial final episode review: 'An odd inconclusive curveball'

theguardian.com — Did he do it? At the end of Serial's 12-episode slog through every exhaustive detail of the State of Maryland's case vs Adnan Syed, there's only one question the audience wants answered and well, spoiler alert: there are no spoilers. Sarah Koenig still doesn't know, for sure, one way or the other if Syed is guilty.

I'm an Anonymous hacker in prison, and I am not a crook. I'm an activist

theguardian.com — Here in prison, I am asked a lot about hacking and especially about Anonymous, because of course there is interest in new technologies like Bitcoin for money or darknets for fraud. After all, convicts - like hackers - develop their own codes and ethics, and they are constantly finding ways to scam and exploit cracks in the system.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @Edpilkington: "We are condemned as criminals, but hacktivism is still the future" - prisoner Jeremy Hammond on Anonymous theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Dec 18, 2014

"We are condemned as criminals, but hacktivism is still the future" - prisoner Jeremy Hammond on Anonymous theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Dec 18, 2014

Jeremy Hammond writes @GuardianUS: "Sabu betrayed me. How could we have been so foolish?" theguardian.com/commentisfree/… @YourAnonNews @opferguson

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