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Esther Addley

Senior News Writer — The Guardian

The Guardian

US and Ecuador deny conspiring to take Julian Assange offline — The governments of the US and Ecuador have denied that they conspired to silence Julian Assange, after the WikiLeaks founder's internet access was cut off at his London embassy home to stop him releasing damaging information about Hillary Clinton's US election campaign.

Man claims self-defence after admitting killing Oxford antiques dealer — A man has admitted killing an antiques dealer at his home in Oxford, but said he was defending himself after the man suddenly attacked him with a knife when he made a bad joke. Michael Danaher, 50, is accused of murdering Adrian Greenwood on 6 April after drawing up a list of robbery and kidnap targets on which the dealer featured alongside celebrities and wealthy businessmen.

Will Brexit bring Ireland and Northern Ireland closer together? — How do Irish and Northern Irish people feel about themselves, and each other, after the Brexit vote? In the tangle of questions arising from the EU referendum, some of the most knotty relate to the new relationship the UK must forge with Ireland over immigration, customs and borders.

Assange will not leave Ecuador embassy even if Sweden drops extradition bid — Julian Assange will not leave Ecuador's embassy even if Sweden drops its extradition bid over accusations of sexual assault, because he fears moves are already underway by the US to prosecute him on espionage charges, he has said.

Alleged killer of antiques dealer denies drawing up list of famous targets — A man accused of murdering an antiques dealer after plotting to steal a rare first edition of The Wind in the Willows has told a jury that an unnamed man used his laptop and mobile phone to make a list of robbery and kidnap targets that included celebrities and prominent business figures.

London zoo gorilla broke enclosure glass twice before escape — A silverback gorilla that escaped from its enclosure at London zoo has broken panes of glass at the attraction at least twice, the zoo confirmed on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II is longest-reigning living monarch after Thai king's death — The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand means Queen Elizabeth II has become the world's longest-reigning living monarch. The Queen became monarch at the age of 25 on the death of her father King George VI on 6 February 1952.

Questioning of Julian Assange by Swedish authorities postponed — The questioning of Julian Assange by Swedish prosecutors at the Ecuadorean embassy in London has been postponed until mid-November. Ecuador's attorney general said on Wednesday that the long-awaited interview, due to take place on Monday, would be delayed until 14 November to ensure that Assange's legal team could attend.

Salvador Dalí's surreal cookbook set to be Christmas bestseller — Stuck for ideas for Christmas dinner this year? Worry no more. Thanks to an unlikely new celebrity chef, fashionable dinners this festive season are likely to feature thousand-year-old eggs, conger eel of the rising sun and frog pasties (recipe below), all washed down with a cocktail of brandy, ginger and cayenne pepper.

Killer clown sightings in UK trigger police warning — The craze for dressing as clowns to frighten people is likely to get worse in the run-up to Halloween, say police, as a teenager became the one of the first "killer clowns" to be fined for public order offences.
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Oct 21, 2016

"I'm standing on a pile of black slurry, and underneath is the infants' school" Harrowing report from Aberfan by @BowenBBC's father Gareth

Oct 20, 2016

RT @tomashbrooknpr: Read this. Think about this. George H.W. Bush's gracious handoff to Bill Clinton. It's beautiful.

Oct 18, 2016

Unexpected treat to run into @arusbridger & wildly impressive bunch fm @lmhoxford foundation year at Oxford Crown Ct today. Brilliant scheme

Oct 18, 2016

RT @BBCTrainees: Want to find out more about working at the BBC? Why not pop along to our #bbcgetin in Salford. Get tickets here:…

Oct 14, 2016

RT @guardian: If they really wanted to Stop the War in Syria, they’d target Russia | Jonathan Freedland 

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