Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, kept a copy of a highly personal handwritten letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle, suggesting she may have correctly feared it would later be leaked to the media. After the existence of the legal action was revealed, the Mail on Sunday ran a staunch defence of its reporting, saying Thomas Markle had originally intended to keep the existence of the letter private. He said it misrepresented the reality: “I decided to release parts of the letter because of the article from Meghan’s friends in People magazine. I only released parts of the letter because other parts were so painful. The newspaper has also made clear that it did not pay Thomas Markle when he provided the letter to the newspaper.
October 17, 2019 15:47 UTC
Barcelona star Lionel Messi opens up on changing Nou Camp position and possible retirementLionel Messi says he will be the first person to know when it is time to retire. The Argentine has maintained incredible levels of consistency over 15 years at Barcelona but has suffered an injury-hit start to this season. Messi has missed over half of Barcelona’s games which has coincided - or, perhaps, contributed to - a poor start to the season for the Catalans. The side is undergoing some transition, particularly up front where Antoine Griemzann’s arrival has shaken up the roles of Luis Suarez and Messi.
October 17, 2019 15:33 UTC
Those opposed feared the action, taken against what they said were the wishes of the overwhelming majority, would demoralise activists and raised questions about the group’s democratic decision-making processes. More fundamentally, they argued that the targeting of public transport – rather than roads, airports or financial institutions hit earlier in the week – confused their message. There was also concern that by explicitly targeting working Londoners, they would undermine any public sympathy they had built up. It added that the people who had taken the action – a grandfather, an ex-buddhist teacher, a vicar and a former GP – had not taken the action lightly. It added: “In light of today’s events, Extinction Rebellion will be looking at ways to bring people together rather than create an unnecessary division.”Ruth Jarman, 56, from Christian Climate Action, was one of those involved in the transport action joining the protest on the DLR line at Shadwell, although she was not arrested.
October 17, 2019 15:12 UTC
Caroline Polachek was writing about the danger of trying to change for somebody from her first hit with indie-pop group Chairlift. Polachek had released a pop album as Ramona Lisa in between Chairlift’s second and third albums. Co-producers Polachek and PC Music alumnus Danny L Harle wield elegance and precision worthy of a sushi master, or peak-pop Peter Gabriel. After Chairlift split, Polachek felt her life lacked structure. “Chairlift felt like a comfort blanket because Patrick and I were like brother and sister,” she explains.
October 17, 2019 15:00 UTC
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October 17, 2019 15:00 UTC
The Home Office has overturned its ban on an NHS eye doctor returning to Britain after the Guardian highlighted his case. The Home Office had insisted he could not return until after a year-long “cooling-off period” it had imposed for his minor breach of the visa application rules. “This is yet another case which demonstrates the nonsensical Home Office hostile environment strategy, which is at complete odds with attempts by the NHS to recruit international doctors. Since March 2018 the Doctors’ Association UK has had to intervene in numerous cases of NHS doctors facing deportation or prevented from working in the the NHS due to bureaucratic decisions made by the Home Office. “We call on the Home Office to review their processes and handling of these cases as the NHS can ill afford to lose a single doctor.”
October 17, 2019 14:15 UTC
Two non-Kashmiris – an apple trader from Punjab and a migrant labourer – were killed in separate attacks by suspected militants in Shopian and Pulwama, south Kashmir. Earlier on Wednesday security forces killed three alleged rebels near Bijbehara town, 28 miles south of the main city of Srinagar. Kashmir has been under a security lockdown since 5 August when the Indian government scrapped its special status. Indian officials argued that removing Kashmir’s special status, which granted it its own constitution and rules protecting land ownership, would bring greater development and rid the state of terrorism. Arshad, who lives in south Kashmir, where sympathies for militants are widespread, said he would welcome “any external support” that came for Kashmir’s separatist struggle.
October 17, 2019 12:56 UTC
Rafael Benitez has explained how he had doubts whether Steven Gerrard would enter management during their time together at Liverpool. The Spaniard coached the midfielder for six years on Merseyside, with the duo winning the Champions League and FA Cup during his tenure. Benitez revealed in an interview with The Athletic, that he could tell that some of his former players would go into management. “With Steven Gerrard, I honestly did not know. He was interested, but a lot of what he talked about was the performances and quality of players.
October 17, 2019 12:45 UTC
The case against a former IRA commander accused of involvement in the murder of a Belfast widow who was kidnapped, killed and buried in secret has collapsed. Ivor Bell, a veteran republican, was cleared of soliciting the murder of Jean McConville in 1972. McConville became known as one of the “disappeared” of the Northern Ireland Troubles. Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland went to the US supreme court to seize the Boston tapes and used them to prosecute Bell, claiming he was “interviewee Z”. This interview contained accounts of how the IRA killed McConville and hid her body.
October 17, 2019 12:11 UTC
The night of November 9-10, 1989, marked a change in millions of people’s lives in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. As East German border police opened crossing points to the West along the Berlin Wall, jubilant Berliners streamed across the border, with many climbing onto the wall and breaking off chunks of the 28-mile long structure. As we approach the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we want to hear what it meant to you wherever you were at the time. Were you there when crossing points were opened? How did the border affect your life during the decades that the wall…
October 17, 2019 12:00 UTC
The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne wept as he was found not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman he kissed without consent on a train. Gascoigne put his head in his hands and sobbed as the verdict was read out, almost three hours after jurors began their deliberations. I was just reacting to the lady getting called fat and ugly,” he told jurors from the witness box. In fact, the two women denied they had a picture with the former footballer and told jurors they tried to ignore him. She told the jury the kiss might have been “misplaced”, but it was not sexual, adding: “You cannot be sure Mr Gascoigne had a sexual intent.
October 17, 2019 11:53 UTC
We are sorry, you need to be a subscriber to watch this videoWe are sorry, you need to be a subscriber to watch this videoBoris Johnson has struck a Brexit deal with Brussels in an apparent attempt to bounce the DUP into removing its objections so that Britain can leave the European Union by October 31. The prime minister urged MPs to back the deal this Saturday but it appeared that he had greenlighted it without securing the support of the DUP, which has said that it cannot support the new customs arrangements. It means that Mr Johnson has 48 hours to try to win over Arlene Foster and her party in a bid to get his deal over the line on Saturday. Otherwise, he will dependent on the support of 18 rebel Labour MPs. Michel Barnier believes the UK and EU have reached a deal on Brexit OLIVIER HOSLET/EPAJeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said that his party would be rejecting the deal…
October 17, 2019 09:45 UTC
Man Utd coaching staff think James Maddison would benefit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sideManchester United's coaching staff reportedly believe Leicester star James Maddison would benefit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's struggling side. Maddison has since been linked, with the Leicester star enjoying another remarkable Premier League campaign so far. Man Utd target James Maddison has impressed for Leicester this seasonThe 22-year-old has bagged two goals from his first even Premier League appearances, chipping in with two assists along the way. And former United captain Gary Pallister, speaking recently, expressed a belief that Maddison would be a shrewd addition to Solskjaer's squad. However, Ole needs to try his best for now to squeeze the best out of the squad he has for the next few months.”Man Utd star Jesse Lingard's struggles has prompted interest in James Maddison
October 17, 2019 09:22 UTC
The new app has a simpler focus and a fresh look and feel to bring the best of Guardian and Observer journalism to readers each dayToday, the Guardian reveals its new Guardian Daily app across iOS and Android devices. Available as part of the Guardian digital subscription, the Daily offers a new way to experience Guardian journalism on digital devices - delivering a crafted edition of the Guardian’s best journalism every day. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Guardian releases newly designed Daily app across iOS and Android devices Composite: The Guardian design teamIt now forms part of the Guardian digital subscription, which also includes premium access to the Guardian’s Live App, with the Live and Discover features, as well as ad-free web access to theguardian.com and an improved crossword experience. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Guardian releases newly designed Daily app across iOS and Android devices Composite: AsylabThe Daily UK edition launches from today, existing subscribers will be transitioned across and US and Australia versions are planned for next year. In the UK, GNM publishes the Guardian newspaper six days a week, first published in 1821, and the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer.
October 17, 2019 09:11 UTC
Sadio Mane has praised his Liverpool team-mates Mohamed Salah and Virgil van DijkSadio Mane has revealed his delight in seeing Liverpool team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah credited by both UEFA and FIFA for their achievements this year. “I am happy for them, I think it is a reflection for the team,” he told Senfootball TV. He was also on target against former club Red Bull Salzburg in the thrilling 4-3 Champions League win over the Austrians at Anfield. “It was a misunderstanding, I just wanted to help the team," the Liverpool forward told Canal+ Sport. Sadio Mane has made up with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah
October 17, 2019 09:00 UTC