End of an era for Atltico Madrid as curtain falls on Vicente Caldern

Atlticos famous old stadium witnessed its last-ever European night in familiar company, with a familiar outcome, but with the fans unbowed and in full voice The first roll of thunder hit with two minutes left on the last-ever European night at the Vicente Caldern. The rain poured off the roof and through it too, swirling […]

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Hong Kong accused of smothering dissent for expected Xi Jinping visit

Authorities reportedly deny permission for Victoria Park a traditional protest venue to be used by pro-democracy demonstrators Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong have accused authorities of trying to smother dissent by stopping them congregating in one of the former colonys biggest parks when Xi Jinping visits to commemorate the 20th anniversary of handover. Since Hong […]

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Sufjan Stevens 10 of the best

A master of what he called the strummy-strum acoustic guitar song, Stevens affecting music tackles issues as tricky as abandonment, death and Christmas with family 1. We Are What You Say With his wavering voice and penchant for high concept experimentation, he has had his fair share of detractors, yet few artists elicit the level […]

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Behind the scenes of James Comey’s epic firing

Washington (CNN)A little past 5 p.m. on Tuesday, a black Ford Taurus slowed to a stop just outside FBI headquarters in Washington and dispatched a white-haired man in a dark suit. He emerged from the car alone, a manila folder in his right hand, and walked slowly toward the agency’s appointment gate. Passersby paid little […]

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‘There’s nothing there’: White House staff deny Comey sacking is linked to Russia

Apparently taken aback by scale of political firestorm, White House sent out Sean Spicer, his deputy and Kellyanne Conway to defend its position It was just after 9pm when, cloaked in darkness, the White House press secretary held one of his most peculiar briefings yet. Sean Spicer had just finished an outdoor TV interview defending […]

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Apple becomes first company worth $800bn

The iPhone makers market capitalisation is well on the way to $1 trillion after a huge 50% rise since the US election Apple has become the first company in history to top the $800bn mark in market capitalisation, slightly more than two years after it crossed the

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Guantnamo prisoner to testify about CIA torture ahead of 9/11 trial

Abu Zubaydah expected to testify about conditions at Guantnamos highest-security camp, ahead of the delayed start of trial of alleged 9/11 masterminds The Guantnamo detainee known as Abu Zubaydah, who was subjected to prolonged torture at CIA black sites, is expected to give testimony for the first time on Wednesday at a pre-trial hearing convened […]

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‘Emaciated, unrecognisable’: China releases human rights lawyer from custody

Li Heping was held in secret for two years and tried in a court but is now back with his family The last time Terry Halliday saw Li Heping, just a few days before he was snatched by police in the summer of 2015, he remembers sitting down to lunch with a stimulating, thoughtful and […]

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‘Amazing joy’ as Chibok schoolgirl is reunited with family in Nigeria

Yakubu Nkekis elation at meeting his niece tempered by concern over when families of other 81 girls freed by Boko Haram will see their daughters The uncle of one of the seized from their dormitories in April 2014, causing an international outcry, were released last Sunday in exchange for five militant leaders, following months of […]

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By firing James Comey, Trump is continuing the work Putin started | Lawrence Douglas

The Russians need no longer expend their energies trying to subvert the integrity of our political system. Now they have the US president to do that job A brazen attack on the rule of law. There is no other way to describe President Trumps The reasons given for Comeys dismissal fail the straight-face test. If […]

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