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'Yellow-vest' protesters gather on Paris Champs-Elysées (50 minutes old)

Demonstrators across France have defied calls from the French government for them to stay at home.

Brexit: Amber Rudd urges MPs to 'forge a consensus' (2 hours old)

Politicians must compromise and find a plan that a majority in Parliament can support, minister says.

Obamacare: Texas court rules key health law is unconstitutional (2 hours old)

The challenge from a coalition of 20 US states is now likely to go to the US Supreme Court.

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital (2 hours old)

PM Scott Morrison says Australia will not immediately move its embassy from Tel Aviv.

Susie Goodall: British sailor would attempt Golden Globe Race again 'in a heartbeat' (4 hours old)

Susie Goodall says she would attempt the Golden Globe Race again "in a heartbeat", despite having to be rescued in the Pacific Ocean.

Anglesey school plea not to buy staff Christmas gifts (12 hours old)

Buying teachers at Rhosybol community school a festive treat will not get you on Santa's nice list.

Fire breaks out at Chester Zoo (6 minutes old)

A blaze has led to the evacuation of visitors and animals at one of the UK's most popular zoos.

Katowice UN climate talks extended due to sticking points (3 hours old)

Rows continue over paying poorer countries for damages caused by rising temperatures.

Twenty-eight injured in Lisbon tram crash (3 hours old)

A tram derails and overturns in the Portuguese capital, but no serious injuries are reported.

Drone 50ft from hitting plane at Stansted (11 hours old)

The drone was being flown at more than 20 times the permissible height, close to a Boeing 737.

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The Guardian

Bishops pray for politicians' integrity amid Brexit turmoil (2 hours old)

CofE leaders also call for national unity as Jo Johnson urges May to hold vote on dealChurch of England bishops have said they are praying for “courage, integrity and clarity for our politicians” after a week of turmoil over Brexit.In a joint statement issued on Saturday, the bishops also urged the country to “consider the nature of our public conversation” and called for more grace and generosity. Continue reading...

US federal judge rules Obama healthcare law unconstitutional (9 hours old)

Trump welcomes decision in which judge agreed with 20 states challenging the law, on the eve of the 2019 sign-up deadlineA US federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional, a decision that was likely to be appealed to the supreme court.US district judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidated the entire Obamacare law. Continue reading...

Royal Mail queues lengthen as depots close across UK (5 hours old)

The service’s cost-cutting has led to a storm of protests – not least in south-east LondonIf you face a long wait in the queue at your local parcels office to pick up a missed Christmas delivery this weekend, spare a thought for those living in one part of south-east London who say they have endured months of postal woes after Royal Mail closed their depot.Lost bank cards, letters taking a month to arrive, several days between deliveries and, most frustrating of all, 60-minute waits in the rain to pick up parcels that could not be delivered: these have all been endured by East Dulwich resident[...]

Miss USA apologizes for mocking rivals' English-speaking skills (14 hours old)

Sarah Rose Summers admits she disrespected Cambodian and Vietnamese contestantsThe woman who holds the Miss USA 2018 title has apologized after she was captured on video mocking two of her fellow competitors for their English-speaking skills.In a video posted to Instagram, Sarah Rose Summers made light of Nat Rern, Miss Cambodia and H’Hen Nie, Miss Vietnam. In the video, she said of Nie: “She’s so cute and she pretends to know so much English and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes …” she said before mimicking a confused nod and smile. Continue r[...]

Gilets jaunes protesters turn out in Paris for fifth weekend (1 hour 2 minutes old)

About 8,000 police deployed as demonstrations over economic injustice remain strongParis police have been deployed in large numbers for the fifth consecutive weekend of demonstrations by gilets jaunes protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after previous rallies turned violent.At least 21 people were detained on Saturday morning as security forces in riot gear were positioned along the Champs-Élysées, where shops were closed and their windows boarded up. They were also deployed around central train stations, including Saint Lazare where they checked bags in the shadow of a water[...]

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel's capital but holds back on embassy move (10 hours old)

Prime minister Scott Morrison says embassy won’t be shifted from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached Australia has become one of the few countries to formally recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but says it will not move its embassy from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached.The prime minister, Scott Morrison, said the government will also recognise a future state of Palestine with its capital in East Jerusalem after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. Continue reading...

Dozens injured in Lisbon tram crash (2 hours old)

Tram derails and flips over trapping passengers inside and wounding pedestriansTwenty-eight people have been injured after a tram derailed and flipped over in Lisbon.Officials say the tram went off the rails on a bend at the bottom of a steep hill at around 6pm on Friday. It hit a building and fell on its side, initially trapping about a dozen people in the wreckage and injuring others on the pavement. No one was badly hurt. Continue reading...

India: eleven die after eating 'toxic' rice at temple (5 hours old)

Officials believe a foul-smelling tomato rice and flavoured water offered at Hindu temple in Karnataka was contaminatedEleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony in India, a health official said.Another 29 people were critically ill and undergoing emergency treatment across various hospitals in Mysore, a city in the southern state of Karnataka. Continue reading...

UK weather: rare freezing rain and black ice to test Christmas shoppers (3 hours old)

Met Office issues amber weather alert for widespread treacherous conditionsChristmas shoppers have been warned to take extra care on Saturday, with widespread heavy freezing rain expected to create hazardous conditions on the UK’s roads.The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for parts of England and Scotland, highlighting the risk of rapidly forming ice on roads and pavements, while high ground in Scotland could face up to 40cm of snow. Continue reading...

Top-secret Christmas card sent to Bletchley Park codebreakers rediscovered (5 hours old)

Festive wish from family of MI6 boss in 1938 ‘sent with wink’ to those in the knowIt’s ranked as one of the least festive Christmas cards ever sent: pipe-smoking men in suits milling around on the immaculately mowed lawn of an English country house.But the recipients were some of the most secretive people in the country, and only they understood the true message of the card. Continue reading...

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‘Rich kid of Instagram’ heiress, 26, admits smuggling endangered python-skin goods (9 minutes old)

Multimillionaire heiress Stephanie Scolaro, 26, ordered the snake-skin baseball caps and a travel bag from Indonesia, some of which she then sold in the UK to her network of uber-wealthy customers.

Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe contestant (42 minutes old)

Miss Spain's Angela Ponce is the first transgender contest in the 66-year history of the Miss Universe competition - and she says she wants to send a message to US President Donald Trump.   

28 injured in Lisbon tram crash (1 hour 21 minutes old)

Around 28 people wereinjured in the crash (pictured), which took place at around 6pm near Rua de São Domingos a Lapa in Lisbon.

Agatha Christie's novels would have had sex, drugs and swearing 'if it had been acceptable'  (1 hour 35 minutes old)

Sarah Phelps, who has adapted Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders for the BBC, said the author’s background in pharmacy meant she wouldn’t have flinched from the realities of life.

The haunting details of Lockerbie bombing revealed in devastatingly moving minute-by-minute account  (1 hour 40 minutes old)

The Pan Am Flight 103 airline bombing killed 259 passengers and crew and 11 Lockerbie residents. The flight had been scheduled scheduled for Frankfurt to Detroit via London and New York.

Police chiefs enjoy a pay and pensions bonanza while council tax bills rise (2 hours old)

Almost two thirds of chief constables from the 39 police forces in England earned more than the Prime Minister’s annual pay of £150,402 last year.

Theresa May: I'll let MPs kill off my deal if you don't help me (3 hours old)

The Prime Minister said Britain could be forced to leave the EU without a deal if they did not give ground. She said that without the promise of help she would put her Brexit deal to a vote.

Cabinet split on whether to plan for no deal or offer another Brexit referendum (3 hours old)

Philip Hamond, David Gauke, Amber Rudd, Greg Clarke, and David Lidington understood to be softening on second referendum. Public vote an option if alternatives are voted down in Parliament.

Markle sparkle v. country Kate: Two very telling cards... (3 hours old)

JAN MOIR: Time to drop a deep curtsey in the direction of your letter box and give thanks for the annual arrival of the Royal Christmas cards.

Couple caught with 20lb of cocaine on a cruise tried to turn their unwitting friends into mules  (4 hours old)

Roger and Susan Clarke were well known among expats on Spain's Costa Blanca, but the more we find out about the septuagenarians, the more the plot begins to resemble the script of a TV drama.

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BBC News - UK

Brexit: Amber Rudd urges MPs to 'forge a consensus' (2 hours old)

Politicians must compromise and find a plan that a majority in Parliament can support, minister says.

Susie Goodall: British sailor would attempt Golden Globe Race again 'in a heartbeat' (4 hours old)

Susie Goodall says she would attempt the Golden Globe Race again "in a heartbeat", despite having to be rescued in the Pacific Ocean.

Halt prison pepper spray plan, ministers urged (7 hours old)

Campaign group's analysis suggests the spray is too often used "unsafely and inappropriately".

Separate food waste may become compulsory (16 hours old)

Councils will have to offer separate food caddies in a bid to combat methane emissions.

Newcastle man charged with planning act of terror (12 hours old)

The 33-year-old was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by counter-terror police.

Linton railings crash escape leaves police 'speechless' (2 hours old)

The metal railings came through the windscreen, but missed the driver and his passenger.

UK schoolgirls assaulted in Ghana 'given specialist support' (18 hours old)

The girls, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were sexually assaulted at gunpoint.

Anglesey school plea not to buy staff Christmas gifts (12 hours old)

Buying teachers at Rhosybol community school a festive treat will not get you on Santa's nice list.

Jamelia's stepbrother guilty of Birmingham gun murder (20 hours old)

Tafarwa Beckford shot Derek Myers dead in retaliation for an attack on his friend.

Lottery winner claims £76m after appeal in Boston and Skegness (23 hours old)

An appeal was launched after the ticket's owner failed to claim the jackpot prize.

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World news | The Guardian

Theresa May's Brexit strategy left brutally exposed by Brussels failure (17 hours old)

Labour declares deal ‘dead in the water’, as hopes of further talks on backstop disappearTheresa May has come home from Brussels empty-handed and without hope of further negotiations over the Irish backstop, with the failure to achieve any kind of breakthrough leaving her brutally exposed.Plans to work over Christmas on a legal guarantee over the temporary nature of the backstop had run into a brick wall, EU officials said, despite May’s claim that she would be holding further talks “in the coming days”. Continue reading...

Gilets jaunes protesters turn out in Paris for fifth weekend (1 hour 2 minutes old)

About 8,000 police deployed as demonstrations over economic injustice remain strongParis police have been deployed in large numbers for the fifth consecutive weekend of demonstrations by gilets jaunes protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after previous rallies turned violent.At least 21 people were detained on Saturday morning as security forces in riot gear were positioned along the Champs-Élysées, where shops were closed and their windows boarded up. They were also deployed around central train stations, including Saint Lazare where they checked bags in the shadow of a water[...]

Sri Lanka's PM resigns in effort to ease constitutional crisis (1 hour 10 minutes old)

Appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa has been source of longstanding political impasseSri Lanka’s prime minister has resigned, saying he wanted to end a long political crisis over his appointment and allow the president to form a new government.Mahinda Rajapaksa signed a letter of resignation in the presence of the media, flanked by MPs from his party and blessed by Buddhist and other religious leaders. It was not immediately clear if the letter had been handed over to to the country’s president, Maithripala Sirisena. Continue reading...

Shakira charged with tax evasion in Spain (20 hours old)

Colombian singer alleged to have avoided £13m tax by saying she lived in BahamasSpanish prosecutors have charged the Colombian singer and philanthropist Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she avoided €14.5m (£13m) in taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas while actually resident in Catalonia.Shakira changed residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, and the couple’s two sons. Continue reading...

French authorities investigate why Strasbourg attacker wasn't stopped (18 hours old)

Police look into whether Chérif Chekatt, who killed four, had accomplices, as one of the victims of the attack is buriedFrench authorities are working to clarify why the suspect in the Strasbourg Christmas market attack was not stopped before he could act, Emmanuel Macron has said, as police investigate whether there were any accomplices.Chérif Chekatt killed four people and wounded several others in Tuesday’s attack, after police had tried and failed to arrest him earlier in the day. The 29-year-old had been known to police for theft and violence dating back to the age of 10 and had been on a[...]

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israel's capital but holds back on embassy move (10 hours old)

Prime minister Scott Morrison says embassy won’t be shifted from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached Australia has become one of the few countries to formally recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but says it will not move its embassy from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached.The prime minister, Scott Morrison, said the government will also recognise a future state of Palestine with its capital in East Jerusalem after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. Continue reading...

India: eleven die after eating 'toxic' rice at temple (5 hours old)

Officials believe a foul-smelling tomato rice and flavoured water offered at Hindu temple in Karnataka was contaminatedEleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony in India, a health official said.Another 29 people were critically ill and undergoing emergency treatment across various hospitals in Mysore, a city in the southern state of Karnataka. Continue reading...

Mike Pompeo says China should free two Canadians held after Huawei executive's arrest (6 hours old)

US intervention comes as Canadian officials granted access in China to Michael Kovrig and Michael SpavorThe US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has said China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week following the arrest in Canada of a senior Huawei executive on a US extradition warrant. Pompeo’s comments were the first by a senior US official on the Canadians’ arrests, which the country’s prime minister Justin Trudeau said could escalate a growing trade conflict between China and the United States. Continue reading...

Legal plastic content in animal feed could harm human health, experts warn (4 hours old)

Small bits of plastic packaging from waste food make their way into animal feed as part of the UK’s permitted recycling processPlastic traces in animal feed could pose a risk to human health and urgently need to be the subject of more research, experts have told the Guardian.Their comments came after British farmer Alex Rock contacted the Guardian, having noticed plastic shreds in his animal feed. Rock was told by the suppliers that this was a legal part of the recycling process that turns waste food, still packaged, into animal feed. Continue reading...

Mick Mulvaney named as acting White House chief of staff (12 hours old)

Mulvaney to succeed John Kelly as Trump’s third chief of staffTrump says budget director has ‘done an outstanding job’Donald Trump has named his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as acting chief of staff after what became a tortuous search to fill what was once one of Washington’s most coveted jobs. Related: Now hiring for 'the worst job in government': Trump's chief of staff Continue reading...

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