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Russell Brand ‘open-minded’ about who was behind 9/11 attacks

theguardian.com — Comedian Russell Brand said he was "open-minded" about the idea that the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks during a second appearance on BBC2's flagship Newsnight programme.
Oct 24, 2014

I used to quite fancy a revolution until Russell Brand came along. gu.com/p/42yqd/tw

Oct 24, 2014

Let's talk for a sec about how Russell Brand said he was “open-minded” about the idea the US gov't was behind 9/11 theguardian.com/us-news/2014/o…

Oct 24, 2014

So Russell Brand is a 911 truther. Think he should stick to comedy. theguardian.com/us-news/2014/o…

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News Corp mulls senior US post for former editor Rebekah Brooks

theguardian.com — Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is considering a return to the payroll for Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the Sun and the News of the World, with a senior job in New York. Cleared of phone hacking charges earlier this year, Brooks has spent much of this week in the US and was in the Sixth Avenue offices of the media group in Manhattan on Thursday.
Oct 24, 2014

News Corp mulling senior role in US operations for ethically challenged Rebekah Brooks: go.politicoemail.com/?qs=3e9d70108c…

Oct 24, 2014

Rebekah Brooks is back...working for Rupert...probably - gu.com/p/42ynh/stw

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Ten questions Whisper must answer at its Senate hearing about user tracking

theguardian.com — The 'anonymous' social media app Whisper has been summoned to Capitol Hill to answer questions posed by the powerful chair of the Senate commerce committee. Jay Rockefeller said revelations in the Guardian about how Whisper tracks its users raise "serious questions" over privacy and demanded an explanation.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @PaulLewis: If you've been following the scandal over the 'anonymous' app Whisper, there have been some developments in the US: ow.ly/Dg0oQ

Oct 24, 2014

If you've been following the scandal over the 'anonymous' app Whisper, there have been some developments in the US: ow.ly/Dg0oQ

Oct 24, 2014

icymi, this is just a pleasure to read. The Guardian’s 10 questions for the Senate to ask Whisper: theguardian.com/us-news/2014/o… tighten the noose

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One British jihadi killed in Syria and Iraq every three weeks, study finds

theguardian.com — British jihadis are being killed in the conflict in Syria and Iraq at a rate of over one every three weeks, according to the most thorough documentation of the death toll to date. Overall, 23 Britons are believed to have died after travelling to fight in the bloody civil war, says King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR).
Oct 24, 2014

One British jihadi killed in Syria and Iraq every three weeks, study finds gu.com/p/42y25/stw

Oct 24, 2014

RT @MagnusRanstorp: One British jihadi killed in Syria and Iraq every three weeks, study finds theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @shivmalik: What do we know/ what can we learn about the 23 British jihadis who have died in Syria and Iraq? theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

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The royal tweet: Queen sends first Twitter message

theguardian.com — The queen has sent the first ever tweet by a reigning British monarch as she opened a gallery at the Science Museum. The message, which went out at 11:35am to 724,000 followers of the @BritishMonarchy account, read: "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting.

MI5 spied on leading British historians for decades, secret files reveal

theguardian.com — MI5 amassed hundreds of records on Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill, two of Britain's leading historians who were both once members of the Communist party, secret files have revealed. The scholars were subjected to persistent surveillance for decades as MI5 and police special branch officers tapped and recorded their telephone calls, intercepted their private correspondence and monitored their contacts, the files show.
Oct 24, 2014

"Sneering, half Jew in appearance, with a long nose" - from MI5 file on Eric Hobsbawm describing his uncle gu.com/p/42yym/stw #fb

Oct 24, 2014

RT @dr_davidson: 'MI5 spied on leading UK historians for decades, secret files reveal' - Hobsbawm, Christopher Hill, AJP Taylor, etc: theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @Pete_Burdon: MI5 spied on leading British historians for decades, secret files reveal gu.com/p/42yym/tw via @guardian

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Met police to pay more than £400,000 to victim of undercover officer

theguardian.com — The Metropolitan police are to pay more than £400,000 to a woman who has been profoundly traumatised after discovering by chance that the father of her son was an undercover police officer. It is the first time the police have made a payment to settle any of the legal claims brought by women who were deceived by undercover officers sent to spy on political and activist groups.
Oct 24, 2014

Yet more jaw dropping revelations about undercover cops. The 80s - worse than even David Peace imagined, basically: theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/o…

Oct 24, 2014

Met pays £400,000 to woman who discovered her child was fathered by an undercover cop theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/o…

Oct 24, 2014

Met pays £425,000 to Jacqui, who discovered that her son's father was an undercover police officer. via @PaulLewis gu.com/p/42ym2/stw

Oct 24, 2014

Yesterday the Met paid £425,000 to a victim of undercover policing. Similar claims in pipeline from other women: gu.com/p/42ym2/stw

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Ukraine crisis - the view from Russia

theguardian.com — The last few months have witnessed a coup d'état in Ukraine, military operations by the Ukrainian authorities against the people of Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts and rabidly anti-Russian policies on the part of Kiev. Was it possible to predict this turn of events just a year ago?
Oct 24, 2014

Perfect expression of what much of #Russia and rulers believe, or convince selves: ex-FSB chief invw gu.com/p/42y8j/tw via @guardian

Oct 24, 2014

RT @NeilRBuckley: Telling, if unsettling, insight into mindset of at least part of Russia's ruling circle, translated into English by theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 24, 2014

This interview with #Russia's ex-spy chief on his view of the Ukraine crisis is a must-read gu.com/p/42y8j/tw (via @GuardianNewEast)

Oct 24, 2014

Wow! The view from #Russia articulated by fmr #FSB chief and current secretary of Sec Council, Nikolai #Patrushev. goo.gl/nXiGRp

Doctor tests positive for Ebola at New York hospital

theguardian.com — A physician who recently returned to New York from Ebola-ravaged west Africa has tested positive for the disease, officials announced. Craig Spencer, 33, a doctor who lives in the Harlem neighbourhood of Manhattan, was taken to hospital in New York City on Thursday after displaying symptoms consistent with those caused by Ebola.
Oct 24, 2014

Doctor who worked with MSF in Guinea tests positive for Ebola in NYC. City officials rush to trace contacts theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

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Who are the British jihadis who have died in Iraq and Syria?

theguardian.com — Hundreds of UK citizens are fighting on the battlefields of the Middle East and there have been intermittent reports of deaths. The chaos of war and confusion over who is fighting, and where, means often even the relatives of the fighters know little of the circumstances of their deaths.

Goma back on the map as violence gives way to construction and croissants

theguardian.com — Vanessa Jados, 27, had croissant cravings while pregnant with her first child - but the nearest decent croissant was a three-and-a-half-hour drive away, across the border in Rwanda. Today, the businesswoman from Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is proud to produce what she thinks is the perfect croissant.
Oct 24, 2014

Goma: Croissants & Construction - nice read the DRC city once synonymous w violence & war, by @jessiehatcher theguardian.com/global-develop…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @t_mcconnell: Progress in Congo! Goma gets artisanal bakery that "caters mostly to expatriates" bit.ly/1tpWQFi by @jessiehatcher

Oct 24, 2014

Progress in Congo! Goma gets an artisanal bakery that "caters mostly to expatriates" bit.ly/1tpWQFi by @jessiehatcher

Ebola patient doctor tracked to New York trains, taxis and the High Line

theguardian.com — Craig Spencer was halfway through the recommended 21-day self-monitoring period for those at risk from the Ebola virus when he went bowling in Brooklyn. The 33-year-old physician had been working with Doctors Without Borders on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, one of the three west African countries worst affected by the virus.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @GuardianAus: Ebola patient doctor tracked to New York trains, taxis and the High Line trib.al/MrqPgEP

Oct 24, 2014

RT @stuartmillar159: A bowling alley, 3 subway lines and a taxi: Ebola doctor's movements in NYC traced theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @stuartmillar159: A bowling alley, 3 subway lines and a taxi: Ebola doctor's movements in NYC traced theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 24, 2014

A bowling alley, 3 subway lines and a taxi: Ebola doctor's movements in NYC traced theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

The UK economy: six key charts

theguardian.com — Growth was solid in the third quarter at 0.7% but the recovery has slowed given the 0.9% increase in GDP in the second quarter. George Osborne said the economy is at a "critical moment", as the UK tries to fend off the threat posed by a weakening eurozone and heightened uncertainty in global markets.

Cuba calling: what this small island can teach the world about disease control

theguardian.com — Guatemala, Pakistan, Indonesia, Haiti. Four different nations that share a common experience: in the past decade, they were all struck by natural disasters which overwhelmed their under-staffed and under-funded public health systems. Into the rubble, flooding, and chaos of these distinct cultures and contexts, Cuba dispatched a specialised disaster and epidemic control team to support local health providers.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @JamalMOsman: #Cuba calling: what this small island can teach the world about disease control gu.com/p/42y78/tw #Ebola

Oct 24, 2014

#Cuba calling: what this small island can teach the world about disease control gu.com/p/42y78/tw #Ebola

Oct 24, 2014

Cuba calling: what this small island can teach the world about disease control gu.com/p/42y78/stw

Serbia awarded Euro 2016 win against Albania but docked three points by Uefa

theguardian.com — Serbia will have to play their next two European qualifying matches behind closed doors as punishment f or the chaos that enveloped their match with Albania in Belgrade last week but both sides have been sanctioned by Uefa.
Oct 24, 2014

Uefa awards Serbia 3-0 win over Albania … but docks them 3 points. Goal differences? 'A travesty,' says Albanian FA theguardian.com/football/2014/…

Oct 24, 2014

Serbia awarded Euro 2016 win against Albania but docked three points by Uefa bit.ly/1rrsBJK

Oct 24, 2014

All details on Serbia v Albania punishment: both teams fined £100,000 & two games behind closed doors: gu.com/p/42mv8/tw

Oct 24, 2014

RT @guardian_sport: Serbia awarded win against Albania … but docked three points by Uefa. By @owen_g gu.com/p/42mv8/tw (Photo: AFP) pic.twitter.com/kQPBFqHAhY

Oct 24, 2014

Remarkable: Serbia awarded win against Albania but docked points by Uefa: gu.com/p/42mv8/tw

UK GDP growth figures released - live

theguardian.com — Good morning. It's GDP Day - when we get the first official indication of how the UK economy performed in the third quarter of 2014. And we're expecting to find that Britain's economy slowed over the summer. City economists predict that UK GDP rose by 0.7% between the start of July and the end of September.
Oct 24, 2014

UK manufacturing growth slows to just +0.4% q/q, due to "weaker demand" from Europe and China. theguardian.com/business/live/…

Oct 24, 2014

ING nails it. It is "especially irksome" that UK public finances haven't matched the growth figures. theguardian.com/business/live/…

Oct 24, 2014

The TUC on the #GDP figures: "A few people at the top are thriving, but most workers’ wages are still in decline" theguardian.com/business/live/…

Oct 24, 2014

George Osborne: "The UK continues to lead the pack in an increasingly uncertain global economy..." theguardian.com/business/live/…

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Once Chris Moyles spoke to millions on the radio. Now he’s struggling for an audience on his own YouTube channel

theguardian.com — Chris Moyles didn't exactly build his career on the concept of being quiet. He was loud on Radio 1 for more than a decade; he was loud on TV, loud on novelty records, loud through books, loud on stage. But after leaving the Radio 1 breakfast show he was curiously quiet.
Oct 24, 2014

Ouch! 'Once Chris Moyles spoke to millions on the radio. Now he’s struggling for an audience on his YouTube channel' gu.com/p/42ygf/tw

Oct 24, 2014

Once Chris Moyles spoke to millions on radio. Now he’s struggling for an audience on YouTube channel gu.com/p/42ygf/tw via @guardian

Oct 24, 2014

RT @c_crampton: Chris Moyles-based schadenfreude is the tastiest kind of schadenfreude theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/l…

Oct 24, 2014

Chris Moyles-based schadenfreude is the tastiest kind of schadenfreude theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/l…

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Coalition urged to raise its commitment for greenhouse gas cuts

theguardian.com — The Australian government has been urged to scale up its ambitions for greenhouse gas cuts after European Union leaders struck a deal to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030. Talks in Brussels overnight culminated in one of the first major commitments to post-2020 emissions cuts before a crunch United Nations gathering in Paris next year.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @adamvaughan_uk: 40% EU CO2 cut may not look that huge to European observers – but it looks big from Australia, .@olliemilman reports theguardian.com/environment/20…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @adamvaughan_uk: 40% EU CO2 cut may not look that huge to European observers – but it looks big from Australia, .@olliemilman reports theguardian.com/environment/20…

Oct 24, 2014

40% EU CO2 cut may not look that huge to European observers – but it looks big from Australia, .@olliemilman reports theguardian.com/environment/20…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @olliemilman: Coalition urged to raise Australia's commitment for greenhouse gas cuts in wake of EU deal gu.com/p/42yqv/tw

Twenty MPs declare over £100,000 from second jobs

theguardian.com — MPs, including former coalition ministers who have since returned to the backbenches, have declared more than £7.1m earnings from second jobs and outside interests, according to parliamentary records. An analysis by the Guardian shows that 26 MPs declared more earnings from directorships, paid employment or shareholdings than they did from their parliamentary salary, with more than 20 declaring more than £100,000 in outside earnings in the latest register of members' interests.
Oct 23, 2014

Guardian: "the top outside earner is former prime minister Gordon Brown" bit.ly/1vSaz8K

Oct 23, 2014

Poor dears need to put food on the table, don't they...? MT @guardian: 20 MPs declare more than £100k from 2nd jobs gu.com/p/42y4v/tw

Oct 23, 2014

RT @DannyNis: .@georgegalloway earns 100,000 pounds for appearing on Iranian State TV, and 96,000 for Hezbollah-linked Mayadeen. theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

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