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Airbnb removes rentals in Israeli West Bank settlements

Announcement comes before publication of damning Human Rights Watch report

Airbnb has said it will remove from its website all properties in Israeli settlements built on the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank, after years of accusations that the company was benefitting from rentals in the illegal outposts.

The accommodation bookings website announced on Monday that around 200 listings would be taken down in what will be seen as a victory for the Palestinian-led anti-occupation movement.

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Top film-makers back penguin intervention on Attenborough show

Wildlife documentary experts defend crew’s decision to help trapped birds

Leading wildlife camera operators and film-makers have defended the film crew on David Attenborough’s latest BBC series over their decision to break with convention and intervene to save a group of penguins that had become trapped in a ravine.

Nature film-makers are discouraged from intervening in the events they are attempting to capture on film. While the general principle is to avoid interfering with the natural course of events, the crew on the Dynasties series stepped in when they saw the birds’ predicament.

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Amnesty ‘failed to support and value’ Paris worker who killed himself

Independent inquiry finds serious failure of management over Gaëtan Mootoo, who felt ‘abandoned’ by the organisation

Amnesty International failed to support a researcher who killed himself in his Paris office after feeling “abandoned and neglected” by the organisation, according to an investigation.

The independent inquiry commissioned by Amnesty into the death of Gaëtan Mootoo concluded that multiple failings to support the employee of three decades amounted to “a serious failure of management”.

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Labour MP claims life was so chaotic she missed speeding letter

Fiona Onasanya is accused of colluding with her brother to pervert the course of justice

A Labour MP accused of deliberately misleading the police over a speeding ticket has claimed that her chaotic life as a new parliamentarian meant that she struggled to answer correspondence such as letters and phone calls from the police.

Fiona Onasanya, the MP for Peterborough, is accused at the Old Bailey of colluding with her brother to pervert the course of justice after her Nissan Micra was recorded driving over the speed limit in July 2017.

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Guatemala’s Fuego volcano bursts red-hot lava and ash in latest eruption – video

About 4,000 residents have been evacuated from Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire as red-hot lava spewed down its side when it erupted on Monday, threatening the communities below. The Fuego volcano is one of the most active in Central America. An eruption in June killed 194 people

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Six students at Toronto Catholic school charged with sexual assault

Students from prestigious all-boys St Michael’s College were charged related to a video posted on the internet

Police have arrested six students from a prestigious private all-boys Catholic school in Toronto and charged them with sexual assault related to a video that was posted on the internet.

Related: Canada’s ballet world rocked by abuse scandal spanning 30 years

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FBI now classifies far-right Proud Boys as ‘extremist group’, documents say

Group is now designated ‘with ties to white nationalism’ according to report produced by Washington law enforcement

The FBI now classify the far-right Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism”, according to a document produced by Washington state law enforcement.

The FBI’s 2018 designation of the self-confessed “western chauvinist group” as extremist has not been previously made public.

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White House correspondents’ dinner ditches comedians for a history lesson

  • President Trump has refused to attend the annual dinner
  • Historian Ron Chernow will be main speaker next April

The White House correspondents’ dinner is abandoning comedy, instead hosting the historian Ron Chernow as its featured speaker at next year’s event.

The annual black tie dinner hosted by the White House Correspondents Association has traditionally featured a prominent comedian roasting the president, who in turn shares his own wisecracks with the assembled journalists and celebrities. But Donald Trump, who frequently attacks the press, has refused to attend the dinner.

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Importing gas to replace domestic supply could push emissions up 20%, AGL says

Energy company says importing LNG will firm up renewable energy projects but critics say gas is already more expensive than clean alternatives

Controversial plans to import liquefied natural gas into Australia to fill a shortfall as domestic gas is exported to Asia would significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions, AGL has conceded.

Energy companies have proposed four LNG import terminals for the east coast to ensure gas supply and ease high prices. The imported natural gas would effectively replace the two-thirds of gas sold overseas from export plants in Queensland.

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Greens MP demands answers on racist and sexist Facebook posts by police

Jenny Leong is suing NSW police over a series of derogatory posts made or ‘liked’ by serving officers

A New South Wales Greens MP who is suing the state’s police force over a series of racist and sexist Facebook posts made or “liked” by serving officers says her case shows why “police should not be investigating police”.

More than two years after officers from Sydney made or “liked” a series of derogatory posts about Jenny Leong on Facebook, the state MP for Newtown is suing the NSW police force in the Human Rights Commission under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Two men jailed for involvement in TalkTalk hacking

Matthew Hanley and Connor Allsopp from Tamworth sentenced over data theft

Two friends have been jailed for their roles in hacking the telecommunications company TalkTalk.

Matthew Hanley, 23, and Connor Allsopp, 21, both from Tamworth in Staffordshire, admitted charges relating to the huge breach of customer details in 2015, which cost the company £77m.

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Guatemala volcano eruption forces evacuation of 4,000 residents

  • Red-hot rock and ashes cascade down slopes
  • Volcano of fire sends ash drifting eastwards towards capital

About 4,000 residents have been evacuated from Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire as red-hot rock and ash spewed into the sky and cascaded down the slopes toward an area devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year.

Guatemala’s volcanology unit said that explosions from the 12,300ft (3,763-meter) mountain shook homes with “constant sounds similar to a train locomotive”.

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Six rescued unhurt after Chicago skyscraper elevator plummets 85 stories

  • One of several cables holding elevator broke and car fell rapidly
  • Six people including pregnant woman rescued by firefighters

People rescued from a trapped elevator in one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers later learned they had dropped 84 floors.

The Chicago Tribune reported on Monday that six people, including a pregnant woman, got into the elevator early on Friday after leaving a restaurant on the 95th floor of the 875 North Michigan Avenue building, formerly the John Hancock Center. They heard noises and experienced a faster and bumpier than expected ride.

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India to build 1,900 miles of walls along railway tracks

Railways ministry hopes barriers will help prevent thousands of deaths each year

India plans to build 1,864 miles of walls along its railways in an attempt to cut the tens of thousands of deaths that occur from people being hit by trains each year.

The railways ministry says it will build a 2.7 metre high reinforced concrete barrier along residential sections of the sprawling network.

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Dead fish to power cruise ships

Norwegian company to fuel liners with biogas made from leftovers of fish processing

Waste fish parts will be used to power ships in a new initiative to use green energy for polluting cruise liners.

The leftovers of fish processed for food and mixed with other organic waste will be used to generate biogas, which will then be liquefied and used in place of fossil fuels by the expedition cruise line Hurtigruten.

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John Worboys must stay in prison, says Parole Board

Reassessment of case of serial sex attacker jailed in 2009 follows public outcry last year

The serial sex attacker, John Worboys, must stay in prison after the Parole Board reassessed his case and decided he should not be released.

The black-cab driver, who was convicted of assaults on 12 women in 2008, had been granted his freedom in January after the board accepted his claim that he no longer posed any risk to the public.

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Iran will thrive despite US sanctions, says foreign minister

Javad Zarif insists restrictive measures will strengthen Iranian resolve to resist

Iran’s foreign minister has said his country will not only survive newly reimposed US sanctions but it will thrive.

This month, the Trump administration announced sanctions covering banking, oil exports, and shipping, aimed at forcing Tehran to stop what the US described as its “destabilising activities” in the Middle East.

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Brexit talks: work still needed on future ties declaration, says No 10

Draft form contains language Brexiters take to be a step towards a permanent customs union

Significant progress is still needed in the Brexit negotiations to flesh out the final political declaration on the future relationship, Downing Street has said, including addressing some language on customs that alarmed Brexiters.

Theresa May would play a negotiating role in the final stages before Sunday’s summit in Brussels, her spokesman said, although there is no day set this week for her anticipated meeting with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.

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White House threatens to suspend CNN reporter’s pass again when order expires

Trump administration sent Jim Acosta a letter saying credentials are set to be pulled when 14-day order is over, CNN reported

The tug-of-war between the White House and CNN over correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass and fierce arguments over the US constitution and a free press are set to go on this week.

Related: Trump v CNN: lawsuit becomes test case on press freedom

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CNN to head back to court after White House says it will revoke reporter’s pass again – live

Rick Hasen, an election law expert and law professor at UC Irvine, has an important piece out on Slate about the aftermath of the Georgia gubernatorial election, which was riddled with allegations of voter suppression.

Hasen, a progressive, argues that Democrats should tone their rhetoric claiming that election was stolen, a phrase Ohio senator Sherrod Brown used last week.

Rhetoric about stolen elections feeds a growing cycle of mistrust and delegitimization of the election process, an attack pushed by President Donald Trump and other Republicans who have been yelling “voter fraud” every time they are behind in the count. I’ve already set out my fear that Trump could refuse to concede the 2020 presidential election if he is ahead in the count on election night and then ballot counts inevitably shift toward Democrats as the counting continues. A democratic polity depends on losers accepting election results, even if the election was not conducted perfectly. I would hold “stolen” election rhetoric for conduct even more outrageous than Kemp’s decisions, which, while odious, either have not been found to be illegal or that courts allowed to remain in place for this election.


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One of the more bizarre minor melodramas of the midterms is taking place in Iowa where a former Democratic state representative, Dan Kelley, funded a hitpiece in another state legislative district alleging that the incumbent Democrat there, Scott Ourth, was responsible for the suicide of a former congressional chief of staff.

It turns out that the money for the letter had been funneled through Ourth’s opponent, the uniquely named Rebel Snodgrass. The result is a campaign finance investigation in Iowa. The entire saga, written up by Patrick Rynard at Iowa Starting Line, reads like All The President’s Men remade by the Coen Brothers in small town Iowa.

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Santa takes a selfie and an orangutan protests: Monday’s top photos

Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the past 24 hours

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People at Salford block of flats fear freezing winter without cladding

Residents say they are dreading heating bills after delay in replacement of flammable insulation

Residents of a Salford block of flats stripped of its dangerous cladding fear they will have to endure freezing temperatures and higher heating costs this winter.

Plane Court, managed by the company Pendleton Together, a PFI contractor with Salford council, had its cladding removed between August and the end of October this year after post-Grenfell tests found it to be flammable.

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Zimbabwe ‘state agents’ tried to cover up post-election violence, say doctors

Government pathologists forced to describe gunshot wounds as stab injuries, report alleges

Doctors in Zimbabwe have accused “state agents” of pressuring medical officials to falsify diagnoses to cover up violence by security services and the army after historic elections this year.

In a report, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) alleges government pathologists at public hospitals were forced to describe gunshot injuries as stab wounds.

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Michael Metcalf obituary

Numismatist whose studies of the coins of Offa, the king of Mercia, changed orthodox views on Dark Age monetisationMichael Metcalf, who has died aged 85, understood the quantitative significance of medieval coins long before historians or other numismatists appreciated it.

His detailed study in the 1960s of the coins of Offa, the eighth-century king of Mercia, enabled him to assert that these coins were struck in much greater numbers than anyone had realised. This in turn suggested that early Anglo-Saxon coins were far too numerous to have been reserved for the use of an elite. Instead the numbers argued for a much greater degree of Dark Age monetisation than previously assumed.

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Brenda Snipes resigns following tumultuous Florida recount

Broward county supervisor of elections who missed recount deadline by two minutes intends to leave her post in January

An embattled Florida elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes, has resigned following the tumultuous and at times bitter voting and recount process in the knife-edge midterm election in her state, according to reports.

Related: Florida official Brenda Snipes: racism ‘probably’ a factor in attacks against me

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Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah stands down from IOC amid forgery allegations

• Kuwaiti accused of faking videos against government officials
• Sheikh Ahmad steps down pending ethics committee hearingSheikh Ahmad al-Sabah, whose influence and wealth made him one of the most powerful figures in the Olympic movement and football’s governing body, Fifa, has stood down as an International Olympic Committee member pending an ethics committee hearing into allegations of forgery.

Related: Blow for IOC as Calgary set to be latest city to stop bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

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Paul Gascoigne charged with sexual assault

Ex-England footballer, 51, to appear in court over incident on York to Durham train

The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman onboard a train.

The 51-year-old was arrested at Durham station on 20 August and on Monday British Transport Police confirmed he had been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching.

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PM tells CBI: Brexit deal will set UK on path to prosperity

Theresa May attempts to seize initiative back from critics with speech emphasising positive aspects of Brexit
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Theresa May has told business leaders they must “play their part” in creating a successful post-Brexit Britain as she promised that her deal with the EU would set the UK on a path to a more prosperous future.

Related: What May should have said to business: where have all the remainers gone? | Simon Jenkins

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Germany imposes travel bans on 18 Saudis over Khashoggi killing

Foreign minister says Schengen ban was coordinated with France and UK

Germany has imposed travel bans on 18 Saudi nationals because they are believed to be connected to the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the foreign minister said on Monday.

Heiko Maas told reporters in Brussels that Germany had issued the ban for the 26-nation Schengen zone in close coordination with France, which is part of the Schengen area, and Britain, which is not.

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Turkish coastguard rescues 44 people stuck on island

Two helicopters and one boat sent to rescue people who had attempted sea crossing to Greece

Turkey’s coastguard has rescued 44 people stuck on an island after they attempted the crossing to Greece.

The coastguard said in a statement that it dispatched two helicopters and one boat following a rescue request call by someone on the island. Aerial footage showed groups of people on an island off the coast of the western province of Balıkesir.

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