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Trump digs in over call to soldier's widow: 'I didn't say what the congresswoman said'

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Donald Trump dug in on Wednesday as his comments about fallen soldiers spiralled into the second major dispute of his political career with a bereaved military family.

Boy Better Know's Solo 45 charged with 29 counts of rape

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The rapper, a member of Skepta and JME’s grime crew, has also been charged with false imprisonment and actual bodily harm

Which Netflix shows are being binged the fastest?

A rare release of stats from the streaming service reveals an obsession with nostalgia and a lack of interest in critical acclaim

Jeff Sessions shifts ground on Russia contacts under Senate questioning

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The attorney general concedes for the first time it was possible he had discussed Donald Trump’s policy positions with Russian ambassador

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Rashford preys on Benfica keeper’s error for Manchester United winner

This was a regulation Manchester United victory pulled straight out of the José Mourinho playbook. His side were uneven yet in Marcus Rashford had a player of elevated class who dragged United to three consecutive victories in Group A with…

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Champions League round-up: Messi hits 100th European goal as 10-man Barça win

Lionel Messi scored his 100th European goal as Barcelona maintained their 100 per cent start in Champions League Group D with a 3-1 victory over Olympiakos at the Camp Nou.

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Calls for FA officials to resign as Aluko says treatment ‘bordered on blackmail’

The Football Association’s senior management were facing calls for multiple resignations after a calamitous day for the people running the sport when their failings in the Mark Sampson affair were brutally exposed and the chief executive,…

Parents of freed Afghanistan hostage beg media to consider family's trauma

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Parents say Joshua Boyle, Canadian man freed with his family after five years, is in therapy and that recent comments are ‘not the words of a man who is well’

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Eden Hazard strikes twice to earn Chelsea draw after Edin Dzeko double for Roma

Chelsea halted a losing run here but, even in the knowledge that their leadership of this group is maintained, Antonio Conte will not be hoodwinked by this result. There had been moments when his side gasped at the ferocity of Roma’s…

Celtic thrashed by rampant Bayern Munich in Champions League mis-match

Celtic are becoming ominously accustomed to Champions League mis-matches. The margin of defeat here may not have been as harrowing as delivered by Barcelona and Paris Saint‑Germain in the past 13 months but the tale of a gulf in class was…

Benfica v Manchester United: Champions League –as it happened

Goalkeeping blunder gifts victory to United; Mourinho’s team top of their group with maximum points

Chelsea 3-3 Roma: Champions League – as it happened

Edin Dzeko scored twice – one a wonder goal – but Eden Hazard scored a brace himself to rescue a point for Chelsea in a pulsating game that Roma dominated

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Making a military widow cry: that is a classic Trump move | Richard Wolffe

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Instead of standing on a pedestal, he clambers down into the gutter of Twitter where he can indulge in the pettiest form of politics

The head of MI5 has lost the plot. Britain is safer than ever in its history | Simon Jenkins

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Andrew Parker seems to have suffered a panic attack this week. Random acts of terror don’t threaten the UK’s existence

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Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw joins growing autumn internationals injury list

Greig Laidlaw is the latest high-profile player from the home nations to be ruled out of the autumn internationals through injury after Clermont confirmed the Scotland captain has sustained a broken fibula and will be out for up to three…

Tory MP who has hour-long baths claims £662 water bill on expenses

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Tim Loughton’s parliamentary accounts show he has been spending up to £50 a month on Thames Water supply

Geoffrey Boycott makes amends over Theresa May's missing Tupperware

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Cricket pundit sends PM new containers after she accused him of taking hers when she baked brownies for TMS team

The Guardian view on Xi Jinping: the life and soul of the party | Editorial

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The Communist party congress in Beijing is all about one man. How he uses the power he has amassed will have an impact far beyond China’s shores

Eric Holder calls Trump administration's crime policies dangerous and dispiriting

Donald Trump is pursuing “dangerous” policies on crime that ignore a growing bipartisan consensus on criminal justice reform, former attorney general Eric Holder said on Wednesday at a summit in Washington.

Brexit plan 'in paralysis' with ministers set to delay EU withdrawal bill

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Large number of amendments mean government may struggle to fit in required eight days of debate before Christmas

Take it outside: the shows pushing dancers out of their comfort zone

A trio of works staged in striking industrial settings blur the roles of dancer and audience – and raise compelling questions about the nature of performance

George Saunders: ‘When I get praise, it helps me be a little bit more brave’

This week the American writer George Saunders, celebrated for his short stories, won the Man Booker prize with his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He talks about brevity, empathy and how he sees writing as a form of activism

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

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Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

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Putin mentor's daughter Ksenia Sobchak to run for president

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Socialite says she is standing as a protest candidate but analysts suspect it is a Kremlin-backed move to split opposition

Victoria Beckham chewing them at parties – and other unusual uses for coffee beans

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The designer nibbles a bean or two to help her stay off the booze on nights out. From shampoo to insect repellent, here’s what else she could try

Eni Aluko accuses FA of actions 'bordering on blackmail' as Glenn and co grilled – as it happened

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MP calls for FA officials to resign after calamitous day; Martha Kelner: FA needs urgent change at the top; FA apologises to Aluko and Drew Spence over Simpson’s racial remarks

Trump calls James Comey’s investigation of Hillary Clinton 'obviously a fix'

President suggests that the former FBI director had decided to exonerate Clinton before the investigation was done, after new documents released by FBI

What connects rape in war, domestic violence and sexual harassment? Patriarchy | Suzanne Moore

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Without an analysis of the patriarchy, we will remain powerless to change the abuse of women that is present in varying degrees everywhere

'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own

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In a major breakthrough for artificial intelligence, AlphaGo Zero took just three days to master the ancient Chinese board game of Go ... with no human help

Flowers use 'blue halo' optical trick to attract bees, say researchers

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The blue light, which can sometimes be seen by humans, is cast by tiny ridges of different height and spacing on petals, scientists have discovered

This year's women’s Ashes series is surrounded by unfamiliar territory | Mel Jones

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In a rapidly changing cricket landscape, the upcoming series in Australia promises intrigue among the unknown

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Argentina halts election campaign after body, thought to be missing activist, found

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Major parties running in Argentina’s midterm congressional election on Sunday have suspended their campaigns after a body, thought to be that a young protester who went missing more than two months ago, was found in a river.

Quebec passes law banning facial coverings in public

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The Canadian province is barring public workers from wearing the niqab or burqa and obliging citizens to unveil while using public transit or government services

Don’t guilt-trip parents about their moderate drinking | Anne Perkins

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The Institute for Alcohol Studies’ warnings are disproportionate and risk undermining broader health advice. Children are made of sterner stuff