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Labour backs staying in EU customs union, Keir Starmer confirms

Shadow Brexit secretary says his party wants to remain in customs union permanently

The shadow Brexit secretary has formally confirmed that Labour wants the UK to effectively remain permanently in the EU’s customs union.

Sir Keir Starmer told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One on Sunday the shadow cabinet had unanimous support for the new policy, which Jeremy Corbyn will flesh out in a speech in Coventry on Monday.

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:46:54 GMT
Xi Jinping to cement his power with plan to scrap two-term limit

China’s Communist party chiefs propose constitutional change to allow president to stay on

The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, already considered the country’s most dominant since Mao Zedong, looks to have further cemented his grip on power after Beijing unveiled plans to scrap the presidency’s two-term limit.

China’s official news agency, Xinhua, announced the dramatic news on Sunday in a bland 36-word dispatch. It paves the way for Xi to remain in power well into the next decade and perhaps even beyond.

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:23:19 GMT
Winter Olympics 2018: closing ceremony – live!

“These are the games of new horizons,” says Bach. “I congratulate you for showing new horizons.” All very lofty stuff this, but you are left with the faint idea that this is all just big talk that ultimately won’t mean a great deal.

“The Olympic games are an homage to the past and an act of faith to the future.” Thomas Bach is up giving his speech now - nice line.

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:38:47 GMT
BBC's Steph McGovern says she would earn more if she was posher

Breakfast news presenter said corporation should do more to recruit working-class people

A top BBC presenter has said she would earn more money if she had a posh accent instead of her pronounced north-east twang.

Middlesbrough-born BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern said she had only “just now” made it to a six-figure salary while “posher” colleagues do similar roles for “a hell of a lot more”.

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:20:54 GMT
The terrifying phenomenon that is pushing species towards extinction
Scientists are alarmed by a rise in mass mortality events – when species die in their thousands. Is it all down to climate change?

There was almost something biblical about the scene of devastation that lay before Richard Kock as he stood in the wilderness of the Kazakhstan steppe. Dotted across the grassy plain, as far as the eye could see, were the corpses of thousands upon thousands of saiga antelopes. All appeared to have fallen where they were feeding.

Some were mothers that had travelled to this remote wilderness for the annual calving season, while others were their offspring, just a few days old. Each had died in just a few hours from blood poisoning. In the 30C heat of a May day, the air around each of the rotting hulks was thick with flies.

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:00:04 GMT
Sridevi Kapoor, Bollywood superstar, dies aged 54

Outpouring of grief in India as one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema dies in Dubai

Sridevi Kapoor: beautiful Bollywood star who was India’s lover, friend and mum

Sridevi Kapoor, a Bollywood superstar who broke the mould when it came to playing traditionally coy female roles, has died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai, her family said on Sunday.

Tributes soon flowed from figures ranging from the prime minister to fellow cinematic figures and fans following the death of the star at 54, reportedly while attending her nephew’s wedding late on Saturday night.

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:09:32 GMT
Revealed: British university vice-chancellors’ five-star expenses

Channel 4 Dispatches investigation exposes lavish spending by university chiefs, at a time when lecturers are striking over pensions

The lavish expense accounts of some of Britain’s university vice-chancellors are today laid bare in an investigation whose revelations have drawn comparisons with the 2009 scandal that did much to undermine the reputation of Britain’s MPs.

A Channel 4 Dispatches programme has unearthed evidence that, at a time when lecturers are taking industrial action over potential cuts to their pensions, those charged with running many of the country’s universities are enjoying first-class air travel, five-star hotels and fine dining.

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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:31:28 GMT
'A boys' club': UN agency accused over sexual harassment claims

Leading campaigner, current and former staff call for inquiry into bullying and sexual assault at UNAids

The head of a leading women’s rights movement has called for an independent investigation into what she calls pervasive bullying and sexism within a UN agency, alleging that she was harassed and sexually assaulted while working for the organisation.

Malayah Harper, now general secretary of the World YWCA, one of the world’s oldest women’s rights organisations, said the agency UNAids must urgently review how sexual harassment allegations are handled.

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:16:29 GMT
UN security council votes unanimously for month-long Syria ceasefire

The UN security council voted unanimously on Saturday for a month-long ceasefire across Syria to allow for humanitarian deliveries and medical evacuation.

Related: Syria death toll over 500 as eastern Ghouta bombing continues

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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:35:58 GMT
Colombia extradites 'Pablo Escobar of Ecuador' to US

Washington Edison Prado is accused of shipping hundreds of tonnes of cocaine to US

A suspected drug chief known as the “Pablo Escobar of Ecuador” was extradited to the US on Saturday, Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office has announced.

Washington Edison Prado tried unsuccessfully to prevent extradition by claiming membership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) a status that would have made him eligible for a type of amnesty under a peace deal.

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:02:43 GMT

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