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ten things you need to know today: sunday 21 jan 2018

us police say stephen paddock, who carried out the las vegas shooting in october, was a germophobic, high-stakes gambler on a losing streak. the authorities say he was also possibly bipolar and going t...




ten things you need to know today: sunday 21 jan 2018

a blame game has erupted following the us government shutdown. after a bill to fund the federal government for the coming weeks did not receive the necessary votes by midnight on friday, pres...




ten things you need to know today: saturday 20 jan 2018

children as young as four are being offered "highly addictive", free-to-play, casino-style games by apple, google and facebook. one game, which is billed as the most "addictive coin pusher game ever",...




oliver mears: oxford student cleared of rape charge days before trial

a judge has criticised prosecutors and police after a rape case against an oxford university student was dropped just days before the trial was due to begin.oliver mears, 19, was told he was to be found not guilty following a review of the evidence, the daily telegraph reports. the judge questioned whether the investigation had been carried out properly and why it had dragged on for two years, the times adds.the independent notes that “a string of rape cases have fallen through in little over a month after police seized phones and other devices but failed to examine them properly”.see related scotland yard to review rape trials after two cases collapsescotland yard ordered a review of all its investigations into rape and serious sexual ...




cyrille regis: english football to pay tribute this weekend

premier league clubs and fans will hold a minute’s applause at this weekend’s matches in tribute to cyrille regis, who died this week aged 59.see related premier league preview: pep guardiola urges man city to ‘fight’ for the titlethe former west bromwich albion, coventry city and aston villa striker is regarded as a trailblazer for black players in modern football. as one of west brom’s legendary “three degrees”, alongside laurie cunningham and brendon batson, regis is credited for inspiring young black footballers and was a role model and hero for many current and ex-professionals.regis became of the “great symbols” in the fight against racism in football during the 1970s and 1980s. after retiring in 1996, he was awarded...




battersea power station to be sold for £1.6bn

london’s landmark battersea power station is to be sold to two malaysian firms for £1.6bn in the uk’s largest ever property deal. malaysian sovereign wealth funds permodalan nasional berhad (pmb) and employees provident fund (epf) intend to purchase the grade ii listed building to transform into apartments, retail and leisure units, and office space - including apple’s future uk headquarters, says the daily mail.the sale - transferring ownership of the power station but not the 42-acre site around it - dwarfs the £1.28bn paid by chinese investors for london’s so-called walkie talkie building in 2017, the guardian r...




all the president’s tweets: donald trump, one year on

donald trump’s unique communication style has earned him many friends - and possibly just as many enemies - during his first year in office.see related donald trump's most outrageous quotesdonald trump's most outrageous tweetsdonald trump: a dangerous mind?the us president launches “near-daily missives from his twitter account, which he says lets him get an ‘honest and unfiltered message out’ without having to go through the ‘fake msm’”, reports the washington post.he often uses twitter to assign demeaning nicknames to adversaries: rocket man [kim jong-un], sloppy steve [bannon] and crooked hillary [clinton], among others.according to the independent, trump has posted 2,593 tweets in the past year, disparaged media outlets 1...




jose mourinho: alexis sanchez transfer ‘not done at all’

manchester united boss jose mourinho revealed that he “does not know” why alexis sanchez’s proposed transfer to old trafford had not yet been completed.see related arsenal transfer news: mesut ozil and jack wilshere close to agreeing new contractspremier league preview: pep guardiola urges man city to ‘fight’ for the titlearsenal striker sanchez is set to become united’s and the premier league’s best paid player when he makes the move north. the daily mail reports that the 29-year-old has agreed a £450,000-a-week contract and united will pay arsenal £20million for the chilean. as part of the deal united midfielder henrikh mkhitaryan is expected to join arsenal, but both he and sanchez trained with their current clubs today....




adolescence lasts until 24, scientists say

anyone between the ages of 10 and 24 should be considered adolescent, according to a new paper published in the lancet.writing in the medical journal’s child and adolescent health publication, doctors from the royal victoria hospital in melbourne argue that the biological and social development associated with the transition to adulthood now takes far longer than in past generations.the average age of the onset of puberty has been steadily dropping in the developed world for decades, due to improvements in health and nutrition. in the uk, the average girl has her first period at the age of 12, compared to 14 or older in past centuries.at the other end of the spectrum, young people are leaving home, marrying and having children at later ag...




free tickets to works on paper fair 2018, worth £20

the works on paper fair is the uk's specialist fair for art on paper from all periods. it returns to the royal geographical society in south kensington between 1 – 4 february 2018. the 2018 fair will see specialist art dealers offering a wide range of drawings, watercolours, original prints, posters and photographs. we're offering readers of the week free tickets, worth £20. the fair covers every period: early english drawings sit alongside victorian watercolours, modern british art, contemporary prints and photographs, and 20th century posters.the fair provides visitors with a chance to buy from knowledgable dealers in a friendly and intimate environment. the de'longhi garden room will offer free coffee for all visitors, and th...




australian open: roger federer says players will rally for more prize money

federer: prize money issue ‘bores’ playersaustralian open defending champion roger federer says that the sport’s grand slam events should increase levels of prize money. see related 2018 australian open guide: betting odds and how to watch it on tvfederer, a former president of the atp player council, told the bbc that players are “bored” of speaking about the “never-ending” issue. after current atp player council president novak djokovic reportedly held a players-only meeting ahead of the melbourne event, federer said that there’s “no doubt” the slams could raise the prize money on offer. “we’re not partners - we’re just players,” said federer. “it’s always hard to rally. we had a good agreement, in my opin...




europe jittery as crunch vote looms for german coalition

european leaders will be focused on germany this weekend as the party’s social democrats (spd) vote on a “grand coalition” agreement with angela merkel’s conservative bloc.see related germany in limbo as coalition talks collapsethe 600 spd delegates will decide on sunday whether to approve plans by party leaders to start formal coalition talks with the chancellor’s bloc - and will “also be deciding whether germany heads back to stability or lurches toward a repeat election that risks being as inconclusive as last year’s”, says bloomberg.members of the spd base have voiced strong opposition to the prospect of another so-called grand coalition between the country’s two biggest political parties.many see the 28-page coalition...




who is ‘bad girl of brexit’ jo marney?

ukip leader henry bolton’s on-again, off-again relationship with girlfriend jo marney may cost him his job when the party gathers to decide his fate on sunday.marney, now suspended from ukip, shot to fame for all of the wrong reasons when it emerged she had sent racist messages about prince harry’s soon-to-be wife meghan markle.marney has since apologised, explaining that she can’t be racist because she likes black music. so who, exactly, is the self-described “presenter, music journalist, model, actor” and bad girl of brexit?the 25-year-old topless model grew up in kent, was privately educated and studied journalism at canterbury christ church university, according to kentonline.com.she has worked as a journalist and television p...




donald trump’s davos snub casts new doubt on ‘special relationship’

donald trump’s “lukewarm” reaction to british hopes for a meeting with theresa may in davos has cast the celebrated “special relationship” in a harsh new light.the us president “is poised to snub” may for the second time in a month, reports the daily telegraph, which says the prime minister had hoped for a “clear the air” meeting at the world economic forum in the swiss ski resort next week.the move follows trump’s abrupt cancellation of a trip to the uk to open the new us embassy in london next month.trump is making time for meetings in davos with french president emmanuel macron and swiss president alain berset, but there is no date in his diary yet for the british pm. whitehall sources told the times that trump is an...




video: pope halts popemobile to aid injured policewoman

pope francis halted a procession in chile to attend to a policewoman who had been thrown from her horse.the pope was waving to crowds from his “popemobile” after celebrating a mass in the town of iquique when a horse along the parade route reared, throwing its rider to the ground and forcing the vehicle to swerve.in the video, pope francis can be seen leaning out to look towards the fallen rider and then halting the car and climbing out to approach the injured woman.the pope “waited several minutes on the pavement, at times talking to the woman, until an ambulance arrived to take her away,” reuters reports. officials later said ...




the best luxury sportswear for women

lucas hugh tech knit leggingsthis london-based brand manufactures its high-end sportswear in europe at one of the most technologically advanced factories of its kind, which also houses olympic swimwear research facilities and a development laboratory. this attention to performance has been translated into a number of ergonomic features in these leggings, from the breathable pinhole panels at the hips, knees and ankles to a hidden under-short providing extra support.£68; thesportsedit.compe nation full toss stretch-jersey sports brathe aussie sportswear brand has been causing a buzz in the athleisure world since launching in 2016, with a growing collection of colourful legging and crop top sets that seamlessly merge fashion and fitness. wi...




fourth rape case in a month collapses

a judge has criticised prosecutors and police after a rape case against an oxford university student was dropped just days before the trial was due to begin.oliver mears, 19, was told he was to be found not guilty following a review of the evidence, the daily telegraph reports. the judge questioned whether the investigation had been carried out properly and why it had dragged on for two years, the times adds.the independent notes that “a string of rape cases have fallen through in little over a month after police seized phones and other devices but failed to examine them properly”.see related scotland yard to review rape trials after two cases collapsescotland yard ordered a review of all its investigations into rape and serious sexual ...




cyrille regis: english football to pay tribute this weekend

premier league clubs and fans will hold a minute’s applause at this weekend’s matches in tribute to cyrille regis, who died this week aged 59.see related premier league preview: pep guardiola urges man city to ‘fight’ for the titlethe former west bromwich albion, coventry city and aston villa striker is regarded as a trailblazer for black players in modern football. as one of west brom’s legendary “three degrees”, alongside laurie cunningham and brendon batson, regis is credited for inspiring young black footballers and was a role model and hero for many current and ex-professionals.a pioneer of the game, regis became of the “great symbols” in the fight against racism in football during the 1970s and 1980s. after retiring ...




ten things you need to know today: friday 19 jan 2018

trials of a new blood test that can detect eight of the most common cancers have yeilded promising results, us researchers have announced. the cancer seek test looks for formutations in 16 genes that regularly arise in...




premier league preview: pep guardiola urges man city to ‘fight’ for the title

manchester city vs. newcastle united (tomorrow, 5.30pm)city host newcastle tomorrow night in a match that has assumed a lot more importance for the premier league leaders following last sunday’s 4-3 defeat at liverpool.see related football finances: agents earn £1.1bn and man utd rake in the revenuesarsenal transfer news: mesut ozil and jack wilshere close to agreeing new contractssuddenly the sky blues aren’t quite so formidable, in fact they’re human, and their first league defeat of the season has emboldened their opponents.the signs had been growing in the preceding weeks that city weren’t quite as slick as some said with late goals required to see off huddersfield town, southampton and west ham united. then there was the 2-1 d...