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Did Ed Sheeran commit ‘poverty tourism’ in charity film?

Ed Sheeran has won huge success this year, but a more dubious honour has just come his way. The UK singer’s short film for the British charity Comic Relief has been handed a “Rusty Radiator” award, given to the “most offensive and stereotypical fundraising video of the year”. It shows Mr Sheeran travelling to Liberia, and meeting two young boys ...

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Chelsea do not fear Barca or PSG in last 16 despite slip-up – Hazard

Eden Hazard says Chelsea do not fear facing Paris St Germain or Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 after his side were held to a draw by Atletico Madrid and missed out on top spot in their group. As it stands, Turkish side Besiktas are the only other possible opponents for the Blues in the knockout stages. “It’s not ...

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Russian doping: IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

Russia has been banned from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee. But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag. It follows an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Games hosted by Russia in Sochi. “This should draw ...

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Ashes: Australia beat England by 120 runs to take 2-0 lead in series

Second Ashes Test, Adelaide Oval (day five of five) Australia 442-8 dec (Marsh 126*) & 138 (Anderson 5-43, Woakes 4-36) England 227 (Lyon 4-60) & 233 (Root 67) Australia won by 120 runs; take lead 2-0 in series Scorecard England’s fightback in the second Test ultimately came to nothing as Australia powered to a 120-run win in Adelaide and a ...

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US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in world first

US President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials have said. But the officials said Mr Trump would not immediately move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The news comes ahead of an expected speech by Mr Trump on Wednesday. Arab leaders earlier warned against moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, with ...

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‘Shame and anger’ at plastic ocean pollution

Scientists who advised the Blue Planet II documentary team say they feel “shame and anger” at the “plague of plastic” impacting the natural world. Even in the remote waters of Antarctica, they have found evidence of plastic killing and harming seabirds. Wandering albatrosses – which have the longest wingspan of any birds alive today – are thought to be especially ...

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Ocean plastic a ‘planetary crisis’ – UN

Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from a rising tide of plastic waste, the UN oceans chief has warned. Lisa Svensson said governments, firms and individual people must act far more quickly to halt plastic pollution. “This is a planetary crisis,” she said. “In a few short decades since we discovered the convenience of plastics, we are ruining the ...

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Facebook: Now for young children too

How young is too young to be on social media? Strictly speaking, only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook. But the prevention methods are trivial, meaning more than 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network. So on Monday, Facebook launched its first app tailored for young users. It’s a ringfenced network that needs ...

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Jerusalem: New warnings over US shift on city status

French President Emmanuel Macron has told Donald Trump he is “concerned” the US leader could unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Any decision on the contested city’s status must be “within the framework of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians”, Mr Macron said. Earlier, similar warnings came from a number of Arab and Muslim nations. Reports say the US president will ...

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Trump obscene remarks were real – TV host Billy Bush

Former NBC TV host Billy Bush has confirmed that he heard Donald Trump boasting about grabbing women by the genitals in a 2005 recording. In the New York Times, he said the US president was “indulging in revisionist history”, amid reports Mr Trump now questioned whether the tape was real. Mr Trump originally apologised for the remarks, which came to ...

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