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Corbyn defends Labour's bid for both leavers and remainers

Polls suggest his party could be squeezed into third place in the European elections

Jeremy Corbyn has given a robust defence of Labour’s decision to try to appeal to both leavers and remainers in this Thursday’s European elections.

With an Observer poll suggesting Labour could be squeezed into third position behind Nigel Farage’s Brexit party and the pro-remain Liberal Democrats, Corbyn said he still wanted to bring the two sides of the Brexit divide together.

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Sun, 19 May 2019 11:14:39 GMT
'Future of Britain is in Europe,' the Queen told Germany in 1988

Diplomatic cables reveal the monarch also appeared to back the creation of a single market

The Queen confided to the German ambassador that she believed the future of Britain lay in Europe, newly released diplomatic cables from 1988 have shown.

“Some have not realised this yet,” the monarch allegedly said of her subjects. She also appeared to back the creation of the single market.

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Sun, 19 May 2019 13:36:42 GMT
Revealed: 5G rollout is being stalled by rows over lampposts

Exclusive: plans to put network transmitters on tall structures has caused dozens of disputes

The rollout of the 5G telecommunications network is being stalled by at least two years over legal wrangling about the control of millions of lampposts, the Guardian can reveal.

Lampposts have suddenly become hot property because 5G requires the installation of transmitters on a dense network of masts taller than a double-decker bus. As a result, mobile network operators (MNOs) are clamouring for access to lampposts and other tall structures in cities, and are threatening legal action to any local authorities or landlords who stand in their way.

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Sun, 19 May 2019 15:37:57 GMT
Jeremy Kyle: more TV show guests killed themselves, it emerges

Erica Pawson, whose husband was advised by Kyle to leave her, died days after appearance

A woman who was a guest on a chat show hosted by Jeremy Kyle in 2005 took her life six days after her appearance, it has emerged.

Erica Pawson, 36, killed herself after her husband followed Kyle’s advice and ended their 18-year marriage.

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Sun, 19 May 2019 11:49:36 GMT
Roadside bomb injures tourists on bus near Giza pyramids

Incident leaves 17 hurt, Egyptian state TV shows shocked tourists leaving bus with shattered windows

A roadside bomb injured at least 17 people on Sunday when it detonated next to a bus of tourists, close to the Giza pyramids in Cairo.

Images of the aftermath of the attack broadcast on Egyptian state television showed shocked tourists, one with a bloodstained T-shirt, disembarking a bus with its windows blown out and the windscreen cracked. The explosion also ripped a hole through a nearby wall, close to the construction site of the Grand Egyptian museum, a site hoping to draw tourists when it opens next year.

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Sun, 19 May 2019 16:40:35 GMT
Skripal poisoning suspects received mystery phone call following attack

Detectives think pair may have been awaiting signal that operation had been successful before returning home

The Russian men suspected of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury received a phone call after returning to London on the day of the alleged attack, raising the possibility that a backup team played a role in the operation.

One theory being considered by investigators is whether the call, which has not been disclosed before, was a signal to tip them off that the operation had been a success.

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Sun, 19 May 2019 15:41:08 GMT
Indian elections: Modi on track for decisive victory, exit polls suggest

Voting has officially ended in country’s marathon six-week ballot

India’s prime minister and his allies are on track to decisively win a second term, according to exit polls released after voting officially ended on Sunday night in the country’s marathon six-week elections.

Sampling by six pollsters showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and its coalition winning between 287 and 336 seats. The final tally each survey predicted varied but were uniformly well above the 272 seats needed to form government in India’s lower house. Two surveys showed the ruling coalition falling short – by between five and 30 seats.

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Sun, 19 May 2019 15:48:35 GMT
'Staggeringly silly': critics tear apart Jacob Rees-Mogg's new book

AN Wilson describes Tory MP’s book about eminent Victorians as ‘morally repellent’

Adoring colleagues on the right of the Conservative party hang on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s every word in the House of Commons, considering him one of Brexit’s foremost rhetoricians.

But after the release of his new book about eminent Victorians, the literary world has begged to differ, with critics gleefully mauling it as “staggeringly silly” and “absolutely abysmal”.

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Sun, 19 May 2019 12:57:21 GMT
Israeli culture minister criticises Palestinian flags at Eurovision

Madonna and Icelandic band Hatari displayed the flags at competition’s final in Tel Aviv

The Israeli culture minister, Miri Regev, has criticised the display of Palestinian flags during the Eurovision song contest final in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, including by one of Madonna’s dancers.

“It was an error,” Regev, a rightwing minister known for provocative stances, told journalists before a cabinet meeting on Sunday. “Politics and a cultural event should not be mixed, with all due respect to Madonna.”

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Sun, 19 May 2019 14:14:02 GMT
Model railway lovers devastated as vandals smash years of work

Rampage leaves ‘grown men with tears in their eyes’ as show is cancelled in Lincolnshire

Vandals have smashed up a model railway show, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and leaving exhibitors “devastated and distraught”.

Members of Market Deeping Model Railway club were forced to cancel their annual exhibition at Welland academy in Stamford, Lincolnshire, after the break-in and rampage in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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Sun, 19 May 2019 16:10:32 GMT

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