The observer   sunday october 23 2018

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We must back members on new Brexit vote, Watson tells Corbyn (4 mn)

. Deputy’s call puts pressure on leader . 86% of party want second referendum Come on, you Reds! Jeremy Corbyn poses with Liverpool fans yesterday before Labour’s conference begins. Photograph by ...


Crashing out of Europe risks breakup of UK, ministers warn (4 mn)

Theresa May is being warned by cabinet colleagues that a shift towards a harder Brexit will hasten the break-up of the UK, amid a renewed attempt by Brexiters to secure a clean split from the Europ...


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Unbuilt roads and venues, fading beauty... will Matera be ready for its year in the sun? (4 mn)

The Italian city, long scarred by poverty, is struggling as it prepares to be Europe’s 2019 culture capital The southern Italian city of Matera, east of Naples, looks idyllic from afar. Getty One...


Analysis: UK faces darker hours before Brexit is sorted (1 mn)

The Salzburg summit looked messy on Thursday, and Theresa May looked thunderous on Friday as she spoke from Downing Street of an impasse in the Brexit talks and the need for mutual respect. But thi...


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Pret and BA face questions over girl’s allergy death on plane (4 mn)

Inquest will focus on food packaging ‘loophole’ and cabin crew’s training Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, suffered a severe allergic reaction en route to Nice with her father. A 15 -year-old girl who...


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Corbyn faces clash with Labour members over second Europe vote (4 mn)

As the party gathers in Liverpool, is Corbyn’s promise to empower his members coming back to haunt him? Minutes after trouncing Owen Smith and winning his second Labour leadership contest in Septe...


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Interview: ‘We are on the cusp of power. Now we must unite to win’ (5 mn)

Tom Watson insists that he – and Corbyn – can unify Labour, and tells Andrew Rawnsley and Toby Helm that disenchanted MPs must stay and fight Tom Watson says he is ashamed of Labour’s record on an...


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Party’s young warriors stand firm behind Corbyn ... well, mostly (7 mn)

Nosheen Iqbal meets five young Labour activists all of whom voted for Jeremy Corbyn and back the grassroots revival. The party has a proud record on anti-racism yet needs to root out antisemitism, ...


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Radical plan would double council tax on holiday homes (3 mn)

Party promises £560m raised from new levy would be used to help homeless children A new levy on tens of thousands of second homes has been drawn up by Labour in a move designed to ease the housing ...


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News: Ashley shuts three House of Fraser stores (1 mn)

Mike Ashley has pledged to save 47 of the shops. The troubled retail er House of Fraser is to shut three stores and is considering the closure of a fourth after its new owner, Sports Direct tycoon...


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Climate study ‘pulls punches’ to keep doubters on board (7 mn)

Warnings about the dangers of global warming are being watered down in the fi nal version of a key climate report for a major international meeting next month, according to reviewers who have studi...


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Bodyguard adviser defends TV portrayal of police corruption (3 mn)

Ex-Met commander insists series has not damaged force’s image The finger of suspicion and the taint of corruption may have lingered over senior police officers, played by Gina McKee and Pippa Haywo...


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Family, fashion and fun: Missoni turns 65 in very Italian style (4 mn)

Italy’s ‘zigzag’ label has been led for 21 years by its founders’ daughter Angela. Here she tells Jess Cartner-Morley of her plans for the future Missoni’s show at Milan fashion week earlier this ...


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Tributes paid as cockney rocker Chas Hodges, of Chas & Dave, dies (1 mn)

Tributes were paid last night to Chas Hodges, one of the musical duo Chas & Dave, who died yesterday at the age of 74. “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our very own Ch...


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‘Danger’ caseloads for health visitors (2 mn)

Some are responsible for up to 830 children when safe limit is 250, study warns Health visitors are struggling to care for families properly because they have “dangerously high” workloads in which ...


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Comment & Analysis: Racial equality once meant tearing down barriers, not doing a DNA test (5 mn)

The right to be treated differently based on pseudo science is entrenching divisions ‘I want to know more about my Native American heritage,’ says ‘Kim’, from the Ancestry.com television advert. U...


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Unsung women take their place in history at last (3 mn)

Audio show and books restore ‘lost’ fi gures to their true importance Motorcyclist and engineer Beatrice Shilling gets a push start at the Brooklands track in 1935. Getty Mary Frith, the 17th-cen...


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News: Breivik survivor’s worries over massacre films (2 mn)

Victim’s sister speaks out as Paul Greengrass movie tells her story Andrea Berntzen as fictional lead character Kaja in U– July 22. Utøya survivor Lara Rashid lost her elder sister in the 2011 at...


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Make mine a pint of mindful – now it’s cool to be teetotal in Glasgow (1 mn)

It has all the offerings of a typical drinks festival: beer on tap, live music, cocktail masterclasses and competitions to find the best bartender. But the Mindful Drinking Festival coming to Glasg...


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News: NHS sued over lack of trans fertility help (2 mn)

Watchdog insists on right to start a family after a sex change NHS England is to be taken to court by the UK’s equality watchdog for failing to offer fertility services to transgender patients. Th...


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Town v gown: The student boom that’s wrecking communities (17 mn)

As students start a new year, not everyone is looking forward to their arrival. Across the country, many locals fear that the expansion of universities threatens the fabric of their neighbourhoods....


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Tudor glamping: historians to remake Henry VIII’s vast tent (2 mn)

Plans prepared for luxury pavilion like those at the Field of the Cloth of Gold Henry VIII, by Hans Holbein the Younger. Detail from a Tudor painting showing Henry at the Field of the Cloth of Go...


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British army ‘failed to treat indian soldiers for shell shock’ (1 mn)

A group of leading Indian artists, in Britain to help commemorate the end of the first world war, says it has uncovered evidence of historic racism involving the care of soldiers traumatised by the...


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Drug gangs trick vapers with ‘spice’ (3 mn)

Observer investigation finds cannabis-based substance in e-liquid Kronic Juice was found to contain an illegal substance disguised as a ‘flavour enhancer’. Drug producers are capitalising on the r...


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I fear for shopping when it’s goop for glitz – and Jack’s for austerity (4 mn)

Tesco wants its new brand to be cheap and cheerful – but is there a whiff of segregation? Tesco’s new discount supermarket in Chatteris. Reuters S omething has been niggling me about Tesco’s new ...


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Call for reparations as Glasgow University admits slavery wealth (4 mn)

Justice programme launched as professor says other institutions should make amends now for a brutal trade, writes Kevin McKenna Sir Geoff Palmer, Scotland’s first black professor, has welcomed a gr...


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Packham, Bragg (and foxes) join hundreds in march for wildlife (1 mn)

Hundreds marched on Whitehall yesterday to demand the government invest in wildlife-friendly policies and reverse the decline of British ecosystems. Protesters including the singer Billy Bragg de...


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Homes crisis drives more than 1 m into deeper poverty (2 mn)

Lack of social housing and rise in benefit sanctions hit low-income families hardest, report warns Julie Rugg says people are paying an extra £25 a week in rent – leaving some with only £5 for foo...


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World: Charismatic ‘new Kennedy’ threatens to oust Ted Cruz and turn Texas bastion blue (5 mn)

The key Senate battle in the midterms is in a Republican stronghold. If it flips, Trump’s party could lose the White House for decades LEFT Senator Ted Cruz in Friday’s televised debate. Photogra...


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Analysis: Cue fireworks as the ‘lord of misrule’ chairs UN security council (4 mn)

In medieval English folklore, the lord of misrule was an anarchic, half-crazed clown who presided over an annual Feast of Fools. This week the UN security council, that most august and sober of int...


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Gaza recycles its bomb wreckageto beat blockade (2 mn)

Palestinians in Gaza have developed an industry that recycles twisted steel bars and smashed-up concrete from bombed structures as a way to rebuild the coastal enclave. In a trapped society livin...


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‘Her war never stopped’: the Dutch teenager who fought the Nazi invaders (8 mn)

Freddie Oversteegen, who has died at 93, waged a campaign of killing and sabotage to help Jews. Her son tells Naomi O’Leary in Haarlem how she struggled in peacetime Left, Freddie Oversteegen duri...


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Dispatch Valle del Cauca: ‘Without the cocaine traffickers, we’d have peace’: Colombia villagers flee new killings (6 mn)

Two years after the end of the guerrilla war in which 220,000 died, other players have moved in on the drugs trade, with children of the poor now being bribed to take up arms Indigenous people, di...


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Vatican signs historic deal with China – but critics attack sellout (3 mn)

Agreement with Beijing on nominating bishops has boosted the Pope’s bid to repair diplomatic relations The Vatican and China said yesterday they had signed a historic agreement on the appointment o...


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Focus: Cabinet at war after May’s humiliation in Salzburg (7 mn)

Norway? Canada? Chequers? The prime minister’s disastrous Brexit summit will create more divisions – and perhaps a leadership challenge. Theresa May in Salzburg. Photograph by Lisi Nieser/ Reuters...


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The Tory tribes (1 mn)

Hard Brexiters/ No-dealers The hardliners are led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, left, whose European Research Group is the trade union for a hard Brexit. The former minister David Davis and Stewart Jackson ...


Viewpoint: If a negotiated settlement cannot be reached, thenno-deal is not the answer (3 mn)

The prime minister showed a new face on Friday when she delivered her statement after the “impasse” in Salzburg. She suddenly became “Tough Talking Theresa”, condemning the EU for not agreeing to h...


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Science: Cracking nature’s code How genome study can save otters, eagles and lonely featherworts (6 mn)

A Cambridge laboratory’s landmark genetic sequencing of 25 species – in less than a year – raises hopes not just for the conservation of Britain’s wildlife but for improving human health too, genet...


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I never set out to stick the knife into a restaurant – but some deserve it (10 mn)

Jay Rayner’s most biting Observer reviews have now been collected in a book. Here, he defends the art of negative criticism – after all, it’s just a part of the job Experienced journalists are rar...


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US politics: Capitol’s #MeToo moment Will history repeat itself in the Brett Kavanaugh row? (4 mn)

27 years ago, Anita Hill accused a supreme court nominee of sexual harassment. As a similar case unfolds, David Smith in Washington asks if the result will be different Anita Hill in 1991, testify...


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Comment & Analysis: Instead of immigration myths we now have facts. But will we act upon them? (5 mn)

Last week, the most extensive report into migration and British life finally gave us solid detail to counter anecdote and lies It was some time in the 1990 s that the phrase “evidence-based policy”...


Comment & Analysis: Brexit PM has only herself to blame for EU slapdown (4 mn)

Theresa May has only herself to blame for the Brexit shambles that threatens to collapse her premiership. It’s true that some EU leaders, notably Emmanuel Macron , were pursuing their own, unhelpfu...


Politics: Labour makes the right economic noises, but Brexit would derail plans (3 mn)

Ten years on from the financial crisis, it is astonishing how little has changed. It should have been a moment of reckoning for the British economy, a chance to address structural weaknesses so pai...


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The Salzburg debacle makes the choices starker for Mrs May – and Mr Corbyn (7 mn)

When Theresa May woke up on Friday morning to headlines speaking of her humiliation in Salzburg, it was not an entirely novel experience for a prime minister who has become synonymous with calamity...


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Riddell’s view: Farewell, Christo. You offered a lovely summer gift (3 mn)

Many children will have enjoyed his Hyde Park work. Now take the arts into schools Like summer heat, it was here and now it’s gone. The colourful, inexplicable Christo installation floating on Lon...


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A reminder to the men who can only see their own pain – #MeToo is not actually about you (5 mn)

There are early, worrying signs of a backlash against the hashtag movement Introducing Jian Ghomeshi, New York Review of Books contributor. My loss, no doubt, but I had never heard of Ghomeshi unti...


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In Britain’s chaotic rail system – as elsewhere – we need a creative state to play its part (4 mn)

The challenge is not to surrender to markets nor to socialise them, but to harness them Disruption at London’s Waterloo station last summer. PA Who believes in the magic of self-organising, dynam...


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May I have a word (1 mn)

The shifting patterns of English: the glorious imagery of football speak Was it really in 1995 that Eric Cantona uttered his fabulously gnomic line about seagulls following trawlers, much to the be...


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People: The stories behind the names in the news (4 mn)

June Bernicoff Gogglebox heroine is the true star on TV TV’s current blockbuster period is producing so many huge dramas that the only way to keep up is to give up work and social commitments and...


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Oh, please, give me a break – I don’t have time for all your dramatising (5 mn)

What is it about today’s cultural offerings? Wherever you look, we’ve lost the art of brevity Is the end in sight yet? Ruth Wilson and Dominic West in The Affair. Showtime Immensely pleasing , las...


The world’s view on… Storm Florence (1 mn)

Deseret News ‘It shouldn’t be political’ “Dealing with disasters should not be a political exercise; it is a people exercise – and nothing should get in the way of that. If a mayor of a storm-rava...


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In today’s Britain, compromise is spurned in a bid for brutal victories (5 mn)

Zealots of left and right yearn for crushing wins and see no point in other perspectives An anti-Brexit rally organised by the Fair Vote Project in London. Shutterstock Politics before the crash w...


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Ancient civilisations (1 mn)

A joint Saudi-French expedition has uncovered new archaeological sites in southern Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. They are as yet no threat to wonders previously uncovered. The pyramids of Giza Built aro...


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Agenda: Dressed to kill: Will Boohoo results see high street in tears? (3 mn)

The online retailer has clothed itself in glory, but a £50m bonus plan for its new boss has raised some eyebrows, writes Shane Hickey A deal with footballer Dele Alli boosted Boohoo's appeal among...


Postscript (1 mn)

Tesco launches discount chain Tesco started a new front in its battle to win back shoppers from Aldi and Lidl with the launch of discount chain Jack’s. The first two Jack’s stores – named after the...


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Business: Europe’s biggest port prepares for the worst when Britain leaves EU (5 mn)

Brexit negotiations rumble on, but in Rotterdam, everyone assumes the UK will leave the single market and customs union. Jennifer Rankin went to see how it plans to cope with the upheaval Containe...


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Business: Big tech killed magazines. Now it rides to the rescue (4 mn)

Billionaires get a kick from buying up famous titles but, asks Dominic Rushe in New York, is this the sort of saviour we need? Last February, Time magazine’s name was stripped from the exterior of ...


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Analysis: A lengthy trade war will leave the whole world feeling its piggy bank was robbed (3 mn)

For Donald Trump, tariffs on high-tech Chinese products work in the same way as a border wall. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters A trade war between China and the US that lasts 20 years or more is a barely be...


Another rail crisis, another review – but this time, the system needs radical overhaul (1 mn)

There have been at least seven rail industry reviews over the past fi ve years but last week the government felt it had to announce another – and with good reason. The national timetable fiasco, wh...


Analysis: Twitter-happy president demands the impossible from Opec (1 mn)

With the price of oil hovering around $80 a barrel, Donald Trump took to Twitter last week to demand Opec pumps more and cuts prices. “The Opec monopoly must get prices down now!” the US president...


In my view: For labour, the road to a people’s vote starts in Liverpool (3 mn)

Is this year’s Labour conference in Liverpool going to rise to the occasion and put the party fi rmly on the road to stopping Brexit? With mounting support among trade unionists for a “people’s v...


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Cash: How to avoid getting a bundle of extra charges for your mobile (5 mn)

Check data use and avoid the trap of continuing to pay for a phone you already own A tempting new smartphone ... but beware paying over the odds. Getty Images With attention turning to the price ...


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Travel Five of the best: Night-time festivals this autumn (1 mn)

From Leeds to Tokyo, these after-dark arts festivals will light up autumn evenings with installations and performances 1 Illuminus Boston Aiming to repurpose spaces and transform neighbourhoods, ...