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Labour fringe speaker's Holocaust remarks spark new antisemitism row

Tom Watson says party will investigate comments by Miko Peled that people should be allowed to question Holocaust

Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, said the party will investigate how it gave a platform at a conference fringe event to a speaker who said people should be allowed to question whether the Holocaust happened.

The remarks by the Israeli-American author Miko Peled have renewed alarm about antisemitism in the Labour party.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:20:42 GMT
Guggenheim Museum pulls three artworks featuring animals after threats of violence

Works in an exhibition of Chinese art that included reptiles eating insects and dogs on a treadmill are removed from show in New York following outcry

New York’s Guggenheim Museum will remove three art pieces from an upcoming show featuring Chinese conceptual artists, amid accusations of animal cruelty and repeated threats of violence.

The museum will not exhibit three pieces during Art and China after 1989: Theatre of the World – two videos featuring live animals and a sculpture that includes live insects and lizards – over “concern for the safety of its staff, visitors and participating artists”.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:33:36 GMT
Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals

The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts.

“Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just as endangered [as wildlife] and are getting almost no attention,” said Ann Tutwiler, director general of Bioversity International, a research group that published a new report on Tuesday.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:01:33 GMT
North Korea's foreign minister: Trump has declared war on our country

Ri Yong-ho says in response to Donald Trump’s comments North Korea has ‘every right to make counter-measures’, including shooting down US bombers

North Korea has threatened to shoot down US bombers in international airspace, claiming that, with a weekend tweet, Donald Trump had declared war.

Related: Ri Yong-ho: the North Korean diplomat who could defuse the crisis

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:45:48 GMT
Three Israelis killed in gun attack by Palestinian assailant

Assailant shot dead after killing three and injuring another at settlement outside Jerusalem early on Tuesday morning

Three Israelis have been killed in a gun attack by a Palestinian assailant at a settlement outside Jerusalem.

Police said the attacker arrived at a rear entrance to the Har Adar settlement at about 7am as security guards were opening a gate to admit Palestinian labourers with permits.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:05:36 GMT
Bali volcano eruption could be hours away after unprecedented seismic activity

Thousands evacuated from area around Mount Agung as hundreds of volcanic earthquakes recorded in single day

Bali’s Mount Agung is experiencing unprecedented levels of seismic activity and could erupt in a “matter of hours”, Indonesia’s volcanology centre has confirmed.

Almost 60,000 people have been evacuated in the last few days as Agung, the highest point of the island, has experienced hundreds of internal volcanic earthquakes.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:05:09 GMT
British ally of Jihadi John 'may still be alive'

Raymond Matimba filmed in Raqqa coffee shop in 2014 with Mohammed Emwazi and other UK members of Isis

A jihadist who fled Manchester for Syria has been identified as a key member of a clique of British fighters that included Jihadi John, it has been reported.

Raymond Matimba is believed to have left Britain in 2014 to link up with terrorists in the region.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:01:54 GMT
Davis and Barnier at odds over Brexit bill and transition period

Brexit secretary and EU’s chief negotiator appear no closer to agreement as talks restart after Theresa May’s Florence speech

The Brexit secretary, David Davis, and the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, have clashed over the UK’s exit bill and Britain’s request for a transition period after Theresa May’s speech in Florence last week failed to unlock the stalemate in negotiations.

On the first day of the fourth round of talks, Barnier said the prime minister’s €20bn (£17.6bn) offer did not mean the UK would be given a transition period or that negotiations could move on to the detail of a future trading relationship.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:34:35 GMT
Cancelled Ryanair flight passengers warned to check insurance policies

The beleaguered Irish airline is refunding passengers for cancellations but getting compensation for all those other pre-paid holiday extras will be a much harder proposition warn consumer experts

As Ryanair launches a massive seat sale offering one million flights from £4.99, travel insurance companies are warning all air passengers to check the small print of their insurance policies.

The huge sale follows Ryanair’s recent PR catastrophe, in which the low-cost airline was forced to cancel 2,100 flights, affecting the travel plans of 315,000 customers. Despite Ryanair refunding or rerouting affected passengers, many have had their travel plans disrupted and may struggle to claim back lost expenses as a result.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:30:34 GMT
‘I don’t want to imagine a world without giant snakes in it’

Neglected by most conservation groups, the Burmese python has a champion in Shariar Caesar Rahman.

Here’s a fact that illuminates many of the realities of global conservation: we know more about Burmese pythons in Florida – where they are a destructive invader – than about their lives in their natural range in Southeast Asia, where their numbers are plummeting and their very long-term survival may be up in the air.

Armed with a shoestring budget and a love for mega-snakes, Shariar Caesar Rahman is trying to rectify this incongruent reality by doing something no one has done in Bangladesh before. He’s attaching radio transmitters to snakes – really, really big snakes.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:47:37 GMT

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