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Labour pledges free broadband for all homes and firms in UK

Party says £20bn plans would be partly funded by tax on tech firms like Google and Facebook

Labour has promised free full-fibre broadband for every home and business by part-nationalising BT.

In a speech due to be delivered in Lancaster on Friday, Jeremy Corbyn will outline his proposals to create a new British broadband public service, saying they will “bring communities together in an inclusive and connected society”.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:40:50 GMT
EU launches legal action after UK fails to nominate commission candidate

Taxpayers could face paying for large fine after Downing Street fails to put forward nominee

British taxpayers face paying out for a large fine after the EU launched a legal action against Boris Johnson’s government over his failure to abide by the law and nominate a candidate for the new European commission.

Despite knowing for weeks that the UK would remain in the EU beyond 31 October, when a new EU executive had been due to be in place, Downing Street failed to put someone forward to join the bloc’s 28-strong top team.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:20:48 GMT
Council leaders demand huge funding rise after floods

Politicians in northern England warn of lasting damage, after 1,758 properties badly hit

Leaders of councils across northern England have called for “massive” increases in funding to deal with major incidents, as the Guardian learned that around 1,800 homes and businesses have been badly flooded in the region.

Dozens of weather warnings remain in place around the country, from Oxfordshire to Yorkshire and across the West Midlands, where more than 100 schools were forced to close on Thursday.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:19:30 GMT
England celebrate 1,000th game with seven-goal charge into Euro 2020 finals

It was a night when England celebrated their football history and threatened to run up an historic scoreline. As the goals flew in during a first-half blitz, embossed by a Harry Kane hat-trick, it felt necessary to check the team’s previous 999 internationals for record scorelines.

The post-war highs were the 10-0 drubbings of Portugal (1947) and the United States (1964) and they looked in peril as Gareth Southgate’s youthful team poured forward from all angles and went into the interval with a 5-0 lead.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:33:20 GMT
Alfie Lamb death: man jailed after crushing boy with car seat

Stephen Waterson imprisoned for seven years after killing three-year-old boy from Kent

A former government minister’s son who killed his girlfriend’s toddler with a car seat has been jailed for seven years and six months by a judge who described him as “cunning and manipulative”.

Stephen Waterson, the adopted son of the former MP Nigel Waterson, killed Alfie Lamb in 2018 in what police have said was the first case of death from crush asphyxiation as a result of an electronic car seat.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:50:21 GMT
Santa Clarita: at least two dead and several hurt in high school shooting
  • LA county sheriff says suspect is in custody at a hospital
  • Shooting happened at Saugus high school in California

At least two students have been killed and three more injured after a 16-year-old suspect opened fire at a southern California high school, the latest deadly school shooting to hit the US.

Early reports of the shooting at Saugus high school in Santa Clarita, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, came just before 8am as students were starting the school day, sending law enforcement scrambling to confront the shooter.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 23:14:02 GMT
Second death in Hong Kong protests as Xi Jinping demands end to violence

Victim said to have been hit by brick as protesters and pro-Beijing residents clashed

A second man has died during the protests in Hong Kong, hours after China’s president, Xi Jinping, issued his most direct warning yet to the city, saying it urgently needed to “end violence and restore order”.

A 70-year-old cleaner who is thought to have been hit by a brick during a clash between protesters and pro-Beijing residents died late on Thursday, hospital officials said.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:57:03 GMT
Police foil attempt to steal Rembrandt works from exhibition

Officers found paintings shortly after they were taken from Dulwich Picture Gallery

Police are investigating a foiled attempt to steal two Rembrandt paintings from England’s oldest public art gallery.

One or more intruders broke in to Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London late on Wednesday and removed two paintings from the Rembrandt’s Light exhibition.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:47:04 GMT
Trump asks supreme court to protect his tax returns from subpoenas – live

Brett Kavanaugh makes a rare public appearance

Kavanaugh is addressing conservative judges at the Federalist Society, making a race public appearance since he was confirmed to the Supreme Court.

There is a HUGE screen outside of Union Station right now featuring Christine Blasey Ford's testimony in the Senate -- as Brett Kavanaugh is inside speaking at the Federalist Society annual fundraiser dinner. Compliments of @WeDemandJustice pic.twitter.com/U0rZ7mddh2

Clinton told CNN’s Jake Tapper his advice for Trump is to do as he did during his impeachment. “Look, you got hired to do a job. … Every day’s an opportunity to make something good happen,” Clinton said. “And I would say, ‘I’ve got lawyers and staff people handling this impeachment inquiry and they should just have at it. Meanwhile, I’m going to work for the American people.’ That’s what I would do/”

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 23:30:09 GMT
Couples to sue over Northern Ireland same-sex marriage delays

Civil partners unable to convert to marriage despite legalisation in October

Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are planning legal action over government delays in converting civil partnerships into marriages.

With the first weddings expected around Valentine’s Day this coming February, more than 1,200 gay couples already in partnerships have discovered bureaucratic barriers to them tying the knot.

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:48:57 GMT

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