Councils condemned for ‘shameful’ rebranding of Black History Month

Appropriation row comes as councils scrap the Black History Month name in favour of celebrations of all different ethnicities For more than 30 years, Black History Month has been a fixture in Britains cultural calendar, celebrated every October in schools and at tens of thousands of events across the country.…

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May fights to assert authority at Tory conference as Brexit divisions erupt

PM faces attacks from Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg over her Brexit plans on first day of conference Deep divisions over Brexit overshadowed the opening day of the Conservative party conference on Sunday as Theresa May attempted to wrestle back the focus on to her domestic agenda. The bitter infighting…

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Global demand for fossil fuels will peak in 2023, says thinktank

Oil and gas firms assets at risk from massive growth in wind and solar, says Carbon Tracker Global demand for fossil fuels will peak in 2023, an influential thinktank has predicted, posing a significant risk to financial markets because trillions of dollars worth of oil, coal and gas assets could…

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Would that all journeys were on foot: writers on the joy of walking

Will Self on London, Fran Lebowitz on New York, Helen Garner on Melbourne and other writers love letters to urban pedestrianism For Walking the City week exploring all aspects of urban walking, good and bad writers tell us where they walk and why. Will Self watches the world go by…

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Putin is responsible for novichok poisoning, says UK minister

Ben Wallace says Russian president has ultimate power over military intelligence actions The security minister Ben Wallace has said that the Russian president Vladimir Putin is ultimately responsible for the deadly Salisbury nerve agent attack as a result of his firm grip on the Russian state. His remarks are the…

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Turkish lira rebounds as Indian rupee hits record low

Fears over emerging markets currencies ease slightly amid financial crisis in Turkey The Turkish lira recovered some of its losses on Tuesday morning as Indias national currency became the latest focus of investors concerns over the strength of emerging economies. With investors fretting that Turkeys currency woes will spread, the…

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Labour should drop action against Margaret Hodge, McDonnell says

Jeremy Corbyn defends inquiry into Hodge for calling him antisemitic Labour should drop its disciplinary inquiry into Dame Margaret Hodge for calling Jeremy Corbyn an antisemite, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has said. As Corbyn defended the inquiry, McDonnell, his close friend and ally, said that if it could not…

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Swedish student’s plane protest stops man’s deportation ‘to hell’

Elin Ersson refused to sit down on Gothenburg flight until man being sent to Afghanistan was removed A lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down until the man was removed from…

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Swedish student’s plane protest stops man’s deportation ‘to hell’

Elin Ersson refused to sit down on Gothenburg flight until man being sent to Afghanistan was removed A lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down until the man was removed from…

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The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy | George Monbiot

Farming livestock for food threatens all life on earth, and free-range steak is the worst of all, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: more than anything, this depends on the way we eat. We can…

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Morrissey denounces halal meat as ‘evil’, and attacks May, Khan, Abbott and more

Ex-Smiths frontman claims halal slaughter requires certification that can only be given by supporters of Isis, and throws his support behind far-right For Britain party Morrissey has made an extraordinary even by his standards series of pronouncements in halal meat production, the Islamic method of animal slaughter. He claimed that…

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