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ten things you need to know today: saturday 18 nov 2017

philip hammond will use "headroom" in the public finances to target spending on housing and health, a friend has told the bbc. according to former transport minister stephen hammond, the chancellor wants to use next week...




us-led coalition has killed iraqi civilians at rate 31 times higher than reported

one in five us airstrikes in iraq results in a civilian death, according to an investigation by the new york times – more than 31 times the rate reported by the us-led coalition. given the vast disparity, the us war against islamic state may be the “least transparent war in recent american history”, the paper says.see related us-led airstrike in syria kills 'dozens' of civiliansmore than 100 civilians killed in us air strike in mosulislamic state 'kidnaps 400 civilians' after mass slaughter in syrian cityjournalists azmat khan and anand gopal have disputed the us military’s claim that one civilian is killed in every 157 airstrikes and that 89 civilians were killed in the 14,000 airstrikes in iraq. after poring over evidence from...




noel gallagher tells remainers to ‘f***ing get over’ brexit

noel gallagher, not known for his restraint, has ventured into the world of politics, saying people who voted remain in last year’s brexit referendum should “f***ing get over it”.in an interview with music website noisey, the former oasis guitarist said that people who were refusing to accept brext need to “move on” and accept the result, calling those proposing a reversal “fascist”.“in england, the brexit thing, it’s like, i can’t believe there’s so much noise about it,” he said. “you know what i mean? it was put to the people as a vote, the people voted. that’s democracy. f***ing get over it.”although he says he was in ...




army dog awarded highest honour for bravery during taliban raid

a british special forces dog was awarded the highest military medal an animal can receive for saving the lives of special boat service troops during their 2012 operation to remove armed taliban forces from a multi-storey building in afghanistan. see related guide dogs for the blind associationhumans actually do love dogs more than peoplemali, a belgian malinois, received the pdsa dickin medal, the animal equivalent of the victoria cross which is the uk’s highest honour for gallantry, reports the guardian.after being wounded by three grenade blasts, mali still managed to find the locations of enemy fighters. this gave british troops the time they needed to react during eight hours of close-quarters combat. the eight-year-old dog was sent...




bottega veneta chiswick house: northern italy in west london

for one night only, bottega veneta moved into chiswick house, west london, last week for a celebration of north italian savoir-faire. in true style, the luxury brand honoured both its country of origin - the event was catered by giorgio locatelli and guests dressed in bottega veneta finery added helpings of sprezzatura – and its artisanal expertise, as craftsmen demonstrated expert techniques. this includes the complex intrecciato weaving; since the 1960s, the entwining leather bands have been the brand's trademark finish and is today mastered at its purpose-built ateliers in montebello vicentino. the event's location, too, mirrored the brand's famous attention to detail: requiring two years of construction to be completed in 1729, the a...




premier league preview: zlatan ibrahimovic returns for man utd

manchester united vs. newcastle united zlatan ibrahimovic has been named in the manchester united squad for tomorrow’s match against newcastle united at old trafford. see related arsenal vs. spurs: kane targets emirates win and why ozil and sanchez must be droppedman utd transfer news: jose mourinho plots move for chelsea’s david luizibrahimovic hasn’t played since his cruciate knee ligament injury in april. he’ll be joined in the squad by paul pogba, who returns after two months out. argentine defender marcos rojo is also back in contention after playing for united’s u-23 side in midweek.in his pre-match press conference, united boss jose mourinho confirmed that ibrahimovic is in the squad, but is not yet fit enough to start. m...




fatalities after mid-air collision over buckinghamshire

several people are understood to have been killed in a mid-air collision involving a plane and a helicopter over the buckinghamshire village of waddesdon, near aylesbury.the incident occurred just after midday today and debris from both aircraft is believed to have landed in the estate grounds of nearby waddesdon manor. emergency vehicles have arrived at the scene, reports the daily telegraph.a thames valley police spokesman said: “officers are currently at the scene of an air accident near the village of waddesdon near aylesbury.“the force is coordinating the response to the incident which was reported at 12.06pm today.“fire and ambulance services are also in attendance and preservation of ...




tommy fleetwood regains top spot in the race to dubai rankings

after a disappointing opening round yesterday tommy fleetwood bounced back with a superb 65 as he regained the lead in the european tour race to dubai rankings. see related european tour golfers to go up against the shot clock in austriaanantara vilamoura: live like a master, play golf like a profleetwood’s seven-under second round at the dp world tour championship, the final event of the season, sees him edge ahead of his rival justin rose as each battle to end the year as europe’s no. 1 golfer. just 15,280 points split the duo in the projected race to dubai rankings.rose followed up his opening day 66 with a 70 today to leave him joint third on eight-under with two rounds left to play in dubai. fleetwood has a share of 11th place, tw...




$500m ‘museum of the bible’ opens in washington dc

this week, an opulent new tourist attraction, the “museum of the bible”, will open its doors to the public in washington dc. it has been built at an eye watering cost of $500 million (£378 million).the museum, which celebrates its grand opening today, is privately funded by , an evangelical biblical scholar and owner of the arts and crafts retail chain hobby lobby. the museum will feature a “huge array of artefacts both from green’s private collection and from traveling exhibits from around the world”, writes travel and leisure.the opening of the museum’s book of genesis-inscribed doors has prompted a vast range of responses.some have expressed their approval:others have questioned the museum’s cost of construction.the mus...




us-led coalition has killed iraqi civilians at rate 31 times higher than reported

one in five us airstrikes in iraq results in a civilian death, according to an investigation by the new york times – more than 31 times the rate reported by the us-led coalition. given the vast disparity, the us war against islamic state may be the “least transparent war in recent american history”, the paper says.see related us-led airstrike in syria kills 'dozens' of civiliansmore than 100 civilians killed in us air strike in mosulislamic state 'kidnaps 400 civilians' after mass slaughter in syrian cityjournalists azmat khan and anand gopal have disputed the us military’s claim that one civilian is killed in every 157 airstrikes and that 89 civilians were killed in the 14,000 airstrikes in iraq. after poring over evidence from...




the best thanksgiving feasts in london

rail house cafelittle sister to the popular riding house cafe, this victoria-based restaurant serves its thanksgiving feast as it should be: family-style, with the table fit to bursting with tempting dishes to be shared among friends. eschewing starters altogether, it's all about the main event of succulent roasted norfolk bronze turkey with all manner of american-inspired accompaniments, including mac and cheese, creamed corn casserole and maple-buttered sweet potatoes. to end is a choice of pies - a traditional pecan or the more unusual pumpkin brulee.thanksgiving feast menu available on 23 november, £40; railhouse.cafecut at 45 park laneheaded up by austrian-american wolfgang puck, cut at 45 park lane knows how to celebrate the occasion ...




fitzdares: a safe bet | the week portfolio

bookmaking has been a part of my life for as long as i can remember. my father had a career in racehorse management so i was pushed around racecourses in a pram. he was managing director of goodwood racecourse for 28 years - a bit of an industry dinosaur, you could say.after university, i was offered a place on the graduate scheme at ladbrokes. the six-month scheme allowed me to get a rounded view of the industry, spending two months in each channel of the business; telephone, internet and the shops. it was being thrown onto the front line working in the london shops that i enjoyed, and meeting the betting shop managers who had astonishing stories to tell about their relationships with clients. what i loved most was the profound expertise fo...




keystone pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil

the keystone pipeline, the subject of a controversial extension plan, has been shut down after it leaked almost 210,000 gallons of oil in the us state of south dakota.transcanda, the company that operates the pipeline, said the leak was “completely isolated within 15 minutes and emergency response procedures were activated” as soon as it was discovered on thursday morning. officials are investigating the cause.the spill occurred just southeast of the small town of amherst in northeast south dakota, and is the largest leak from the keystone pipeline to date.brian walsh, an environmental scientist manager at the south dakota department of environment and natural resources, told the guardian that “officials do not believe the leak aff...




ananya: are diamonds really the ultimate precious stone?

when people think of the ultimate precious stone, something that is both versatile and timeless, a diamond is what instantly springs to mind. yet only to focus on diamonds is to overlook a whole host of precious gemstones that are equally, if not more, interesting and beautiful in my mind.the diamond has, over time, been given the reputation of being the “classic, forever gemstone”.the lack of colour in particular and the array of choices available in terms of different cuts, sizes and quality has meant that the options are endless; essentially it’s a stone that has come to lie within everyone’s comfort zone, which is why it is so enduring and, of course, popular.diamonds also hold connotations of status and symbolise engagement, but...




saturday night match-up: premier league vs. strictly come dancing vs. x factor

the broadcaster battle for saturday night prime-time tv viewers could reach fever pitch in 2019 after plans were proposed for more premier league matches to be shown live. see related facebook: too early to speculate on premier league rights bidamazon takes sky tennis rights – is the premier league next?according to the bbc, premier league chairmen have voted unanimously for a new package that will see 190 matches shown live on tv in britain from the 2019-2020 season. with a minimum of 22 extra fixtures to be broadcasted, the new package could mean that premier league matches will be shown live on saturday nights, with more shown midweek and on bank holidays. if the premier league does show live matches on a saturday night it could fin...




noel gallagher tells remainers to ‘f***ing get over’ brexit

noel gallagher, not known for his restraint, has ventured into the world of politics, saying people who voted remain in last year’s brexit referendum should “f***ing get over it”.in an interview with music website noisey, the former oasis guitarist said that people who were refusing to accept brext need to “move on” and accept the result, calling those proposing a reversal “fascist”.“in england, the brexit thing, it’s like, i can’t believe there’s so much noise about it,” he said. “you know what i mean? it was put to the people as a vote, the people voted. that’s democracy. f***ing get over it.”although he says he was in ...




australia coach michael cheika hits out at england’s bullying tactics

england play australia at twickenham tomorrow and on the eve of the match the tourists’ coach has done the unthinkable and whined.see related south africa ‘bitterly disappointed’ to lose 2023 rugby world cup bid to francerugby in crisis: potential strike amid injury and mental health fearslaying to rest the idea that it’s only the poms who whinge, aussie coach michael cheika has accused england of being big bullies who late tackle his boys.“they are a big, strong and powerful side,” said cheika, of an england side that have won their last four tests against australia. “they will try to bully us. traditionally that’s the way the game has gone. they try to bully us at scrum, at the lineout and at the ruck – trying to get int...




man utd transfer news: jose mourinho plots move for chelsea’s david luiz

today’s daily express has what can only be described as a bombshell claim. the paper reports that jose mourinho is “plotting a move to rescue david luiz from his chelsea turmoil”. see related man utd transfer news: barcelona ‘agree’ deal for antoine griezmannman utd transfer news: swoop planned for celtic’s moussa dembele and kieran tierneythe defender has allegedly fallen out with blues boss antonio conte after he was dropped two weeks ago and the express understands that the brazilian is “still angry at what he sees as a humiliation”.apparently manchester united manager mourinho is monitoring the situation closely and could swoop as early as january.elsewhere, sweden’s impressive feat of qualifying for next year’s w...




senators demand jared kushner turn over wikileaks and russia emails he failed to disclose

the senate judiciary committee panel is demanding that white house senior aide jared kushner produce evidence of his email correspondence about wikileaks that he failed to disclose to investigators.see related jared kushner focus of mueller questionsjared kushner: the questions he didn't answerpresident trump’s son-in-law received emails about wikileaks and a “russian backdoor overture” and forwarded them to another trump campaign official last year but withheld the information. two senators, republican charles grassley and democrat dianne feinstein, sent kushner a letter demanding that he send additional documents regarding the emails as part of the investigation into whether russia meddled in the 2016 us election, the bbc reports.ku...




brexit: david davis says the uk has done most of the compromising in divorce talks

brexit secretary david davis says the uk has offered a number of compromises in brexit talks but has “not always got them back”.see related twitter reacts as brexit talks beginmany eu countries are eager to move on to discussing trade but talks cannot progress until questions about the uk divorce bill and citizens’ rights are resolved.“the brexit secretary said the uk had made concessions on the right of eu citizens to vote in local elections in the uk among other things,” the bbc says. “in a speech in berlin on thursday, he warned against ‘putting politics above prosperity’ in britain’s post-brexit relationship with the eu.”bbc politics editor laura kuenssberg says the brexit secretary’s speech implied that the uk had...