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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 02:32:16 PM mt

Who pays hundreds of dollars to see James Comey I went to find out



The resistance is fired up and, in some cases, ready to pay a lot of money to see the fired FBI director. But is he really the conflicted superhero they need?

In a twist of fate that may have seemed bizarre back when bizarreness wasnt so normal, one of the leading lights of the anti-Trump resistance is the ex-FBI director James Comey.

Since being fired by Donald Trump in May 2017, Comey has written a book and, this week, gone on a media blitz. The tour may not yet be over, either: some are already speculating that Comey could run for office.

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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 01:48:38 PM mt

England's netball success shines light on thriving UK club scene



Last-gasp Commonwealth gold could inspire more women to don a bib and get fit, clubs hope

It has often been dismissed as a schoolgirls sport, or basketball for women. Football fans scoff at its strict zones, which allow only one player to zip between each third and just two the opportunity to shoot. Others mock its rigid rules: no dribbling, no contact, and only taking two steps when in possession.

But Englands nailbiting last-second victory at the Commonwealth Games last week proved that netball can be as thrilling as any Premier League match even if the wingers arent allowed to score.

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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 12:57:13 PM mt

New York to ban cars from Central Park starting this summer mayor says



  • Bill de Blasio says move aims to cut accidents and pollution
  • This was not the purpose of this park It was built for people

New York Citys Central Park will kick out cars this summer after more than a century, returning its roads to walkers, runners and cyclists, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.

The move, which aims to cut down on traffic accidents and air pollution in the most-visited urban park in the United States, takes effect on 27 June, the mayor told reporters.

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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 12:57:12 PM mt

Israeli forces kill two at Gaza frontier during fourth week of protests



Palestinian men aged 24 and 25 shot and killed near border fence in northern Gaza

Israeli troops stationed on the frontier with Gaza have shot dead two Palestinians and wounded more than 40 people during the fourth week of Friday protests, all of which have been met with lethal force.

Thousands of residents from the coastal strip demonstrated near the metal perimeter fence, some burning tyres and throwing rocks. Several young Palestinian men attempted to fly home-made kites with small cans of petrol attached to their tails into Israeli territory.

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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 12:57:11 PM mt

German town braces for arrival of neo-Nazis at music festival



Large police deployment and counter-protests planned for event that coincides with Hitlers birthday

A small town in eastern Germany is bracing for the arrival of hundreds of neo-Nazis planning to attend a music festival timed to coincide with Adolf Hitlers birthday.

Anti-fascist groups have promised counter-protests, and a large police deployment aims to prevent violence during the Schild und Schwert (Shield and Sword, or SS) festival in Ostritz, Saxony, on the border with Poland.

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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 12:51:16 PM mt

Report: Clinton campaign and DNC helped fund Trump-Russia Steele dossier



Dossier that contends Russia was engaged in a longstanding effort to aid Trump is likely to fuel complaints by the president that it was politically motivated

Hillary Clintons presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund political research into Donald Trump that ultimately produced a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russia, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Related: Republican-led House committees to investigate Clinton's emails again

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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 12:51:15 PM mt

CNN forced to climb down over Trump-WikiLeaks email report



Network said Trump had received email that offered hacked WikiLeaks files but CNN got date wrong and later admitted material was already in public sphere

CNN was forced to climb down from a report Friday that an encryption key allowing access to hacked content had been emailed to Donald Trump and aides two months before the presidential election.

Such a key had been emailed, the cable network said in a corrected report, but the material it gave access to was already in the public sphere, and not previously unseen as an initial CNN report suggested.

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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 12:50:14 PM mt

Tyson Fury responds to cocaine rumours with Al Pacino Scarface tweet



Boxer superimposed own head on to image from film with piles of cocaine
Fury reported to have tested positive for cocaine this week

Tyson Fury has posted a cryptic tweet amid reports of a positive test for cocaine, putting his head on the body of Al Pacinos Tony Montana, one of the actors most famous roles.

So far, the world heavyweight champions camp has refused to comment on the claims from ESPN, butthe fighter, who has 470,000 followers on Twitter, shared an image from the film Scarface, which shows the main character, Montana, sitting with a pile of cocaine on a table in front of him. Fury superimposed his face on to the picture, withthe hashtag #Tysonmontana, which did little to clear up the confusion surrounding thereports.

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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 12:49:54 PM mt

Exeter unhappy as tribunal tells Chelsea to pay 2.5m for Ethan Ampadu



League Two side say 2.5m fee sends out wrong message
Chairman attacks ruling as poor reward for academy work

Exeter City have said they are disappointed for football after a tribunal determined Chelsea should pay the League Two side up to 2.5m for the hugely promising Wales international Ethan Ampadu.

Although that would represent a record fee for Exeter, the clubs chairman, Julian Tagg, has expressed concern over what message it will send to academy staff and lower league clubs developing homegrown players. Ampadu, who is 17 and recovering from a fractured ankle, moved to Chelsea last summer and has played seven times, making his Premier League debut in December and operating in defence and midfield.

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The Guardian
Friday April 20, 2018 @ 12:49:53 PM mt

Arsne Wenger Arsenal's departing general deserves a fitting farewell Barney Ronay



No one will lead a top club for so long again. Wenger will stand as one the last of English footballs great Napoleonic managers

All things must pass. Even, it turns out, the glorious, unrepeatable and by the end strangely interminable reign of Arsne Wenger as manager of Arsenal Football Club. After 22 years in charge Wenger has announced that he will retire at the end of the current season.

It is a departure that has been pencilled tentatively in to the footballing calendar for as long as anyone cares to remember; but which still arrived on Friday morning like a long-delayed bereavement, jamming the phone-in switchboards and flooding social media with the usual mess of rage, regret and irresolvable argument over a hotly contested legacy.

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