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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 04:23:50 PM mt

Klieg lights on Kushner The minute



Kushner the latest in the Trump universe to have Russia ties revealed Nunes faces questions over disappearance Trump looks to taxes for a win after healthcare collapse and everything else in todays politics. By Jamiles Lartey

Donald Trump announced his son-in-law Jared Kushner would lead a White House American Innovation office designed to overhaul the federal government with input from the private sector. It was also announced Monday Kushner would testify before Congress about a meeting he took with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Embattled House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes is also facing scrutiny after he allegedly disappeared from an Uber ride with a staffer and viewed sensitive documents regarding the House investigation into Trumps Russia ties on White House grounds.

Nuness Peculiar midnight run

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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:46:16 PM mt

Liverpool hire jet for return of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino



Two players on international duty with Brazil in So Paulo
Players should arrive back on Thursday to prepare for Everton

Liverpool are taking no risks in their preparations for Saturdays Merseyside derby by hiring a private jet to return Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino from international duty in Brazil.

The influential attacking duo are preparing to play in Brazils World Cup qualifier against Paraguay in So Paulo on Tuesday. The game is scheduled to start at 9.45pm local time 1.45am on Wednesday BST leaving them only two full days to prepare for Evertons visit in the 12.30pm kick-off.

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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:46:14 PM mt

England goalscorer Jermain Defoe says vegan diet and discipline paying off



Recovery techniques working for Sunderland striker
I have a better understanding of my body now

Jermain Defoe has credited a recent switch to a vegan diet as being partly behind his continued excellence at the top level as the Sunderland striker seeks to maintain his form and remain in contention within the England set-up following his goalscoring return to the national side.

The veteran forward, recalled by Gareth Southgate, marked his first England appearance in three and a half years with a 20th international goal against Lithuania on Sunday and departed Wembley having claimed the sponsors man of the match award. That bottle of champagne was wasted on him, with the 34-year-old long since teetotal, but Defoes desire to thrive in the top flight has prompted him to explore diet and recovery techniques in an attempt to retain his edge.

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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:46:12 PM mt

Gareth Southgate wanted Wilfried Zaha for England role but was too late



Palace winger went on to choose Ivory Coast
Steve Parish critical of national set-up

Gareth Southgate has revealed he made a late attempt to persuade Wilfried Zaha against choosing Ivory Coast before England but said he will not pick anyone unless they have an inherent desire and has reservations about following Sam Allardyces idea of selecting players merely through residency rules.

Southgate said he was so keen to stop Zaha switching countries he made it a priority after taking the managers job full-time at the end ofNovember but could not dissuade a player who had already won a senior England cap during Roy Hodgsons time in charge.

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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:44:37 PM mt

Modern slavery on UK cannabis farms Letters



The anti-slavery commissioner has complained that data gathering for tracking victims of cannabis farms is a mess (Police failing to tackle slave trafficking on cannabis farms, 25 March). Its actually much worse than that. We have just published a study of 39 young men working on cannabis farms in conditions of trafficking and forced labour. Despite the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the judges knowing in around half of the cases that they were victims of modern slavery, and despite the commissioner stating that they are not prosecuted, nearly all were in fact sentenced to prison terms, some for as long as 20 months. This not only makes a nonsense of the statutory defence for victims, which should prevent them being criminalised, it shows how ill-prepared the criminal justice system is to address issues of modern slavery. Meanwhile, as the commissioner notes, there has not been asingle prosecution of the cannabis traffickers.
Gary Craig and Patrick Burland
Modern Slavery Research Consortium

Your article sheds much-needed light on the dreadful consequences of UK policy on cannabis. Two very important points are missing, however.

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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:44:36 PM mt

Depressed by Brexit Come to Sweden Letters



According to the Swedish national television news on 22 March, more than 1,100 Britons have applied for Swedish nationality following the Brexit referendum. With house prices way below those in the UK, many hope to move to Sweden shortly. Why not you, too? Sweden is a beautiful country, and has only 10 million inhabitants in an area twice that of the whole UK. Sweden is looking for qualified workers in many branches, especially inindustry, health, schooling and IT.

Swedish is a Germanic language; it has, therefore, very many similarities with English and is pretty easy to pick up. While Sweden has fantastic summers, it can get a bit chilly in winter. But please note, there are no polar bears walking the streets, just plenty of wildlife in the forests. Lots of useful information on Wikipedia.
Philip Groves
Vxj, Sweden

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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:44:35 PM mt

Cyclone Debbie: category four storm due to hit Queensland coast live updates



Residents between Townsville and Mackay prepare for destructive winds and potential flooding from what may be one of Australias worst cyclones in years

25,000 told to evacuate as Queensland storm gathers fury

The force of the winds in Mackay is already causing damage. The latest readings from Mackay Airport record winds of 65km/h, and gusts of up to 89km/h. Thats still far below whats forecast for Cyclone Debbie.

Tree down just outside the ABC Mackay building! Lucky we all moved our cars! @ABCTropical @ABCNewsBrisbane #CycloneDebbie pic.twitter.com/38jn11WMhy

The impact of Cyclone Debbie is currently being felt most on the Whitsundays, the popular holiday islands off the north Queensland coast. Queensland deputy police commissioner, Steve Gollschewski, said he had received reports of roof damage at police facilities in the Whitsundays region.

Were getting some reports already of roofs starting to lift, including at some of our own facilities in the Whitsundays, he told the ABC.

Extremely windy here on #haymanisland - our balcony on the first floor is covered in sand. No major damage apparent yet. #CycloneDebbie pic.twitter.com/1LHwEywfSw

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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:44:34 PM mt

EU migration may rise some years after Brexit Davis tells Question Time - Politics live



Rolling coverage of the BBCs Britain after Brexit Question Time special, with David Davis, Sir Keir Starmer, Nick Clegg, Alex Salmond, Suzanne Evans and Melanie Phillips

Question Time can be sometimes degenerate into a shoutfest, but that was an exemplary programme: a high-powered panel, sharp questions, quality debate, and even some news. Here are the key points.

I cannot imagine that the policy will be anything other than that which is in the national interest, which means that from time to time well need more, from time to time well need less migrants. That is how it will no doubt work. And that will be in everybodys interests, the migrants and the citizens of the United Kingdom.

But the simple truth is that we have to manage this problem. Youve got industry dependent on migrants. Youve got social welfare, the national health service. You have to make sure they continue to work.

The prime minister said we are coming to the end of the time when we are paying enormous sums to the EU. We will, of course, meet our international obligations but we expect also our rights to be respected too. I dont think we are going to be seeing that sort of money change hands.

Our aim is a comprehensive free-trade agreement, thats what we are after, because that is much better than anything else.

One of the problems that happens when democracies negotiate is that the politicians are afraid of raising expectations. The truth is we are negotiating for the future of our country. Therefore we want to raise the expectations as much as we possibly can, we want to aim as high as we possibly can. I make no apology for being ambitious about what we achieve. We are aiming to get the best possible deal with Europe and the best possible deal with the rest of the world. Thats what this country needs.

What we have come up with ... is the idea of a comprehensive free trade agreement and a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have, but also enable my right honourable friend the secretary of state for international trade to go and form trade deals with the rest of the world, which is the real upside of leaving the European Union.

As the prime minister corrected me later that day, she said, Yes, well consider it. Doesnt mean well do it.

This is from the Times Michael Savage.

David Davis saying there will be no cap on immigration is a rare accidental news event by the May administration.

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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:44:27 PM mt

Westminster attacker Khalid Masood had interest in jihad say police



Scotland Yard says it has yet to find evidence linking Masood, who killed four people in London, with Islamic State

Khalid Masood, the Westminster attacker, had a clear interest in jihad and his methods echoed the rhetoric of Islamic State leaders, Scotland Yard has said.

Six days into the investigation, the Metropolitan polices deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu, who is also senior national coordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing, said there was no evidence that Masood had discussed the planning of his attack with others.

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The Guardian
Monday March 27, 2017 @ 03:44:27 PM mt

Positive images of Africans are missing from Comic Relief Letters



Related: Africa deserves better from Comic Relief | David Lammy

I read David Lammys article (Africans deserve better from Comic Relief, 24 March) with earnest relief at this overdue challenge to our attitudes and beliefs about Africa. Our national discourse about a diverse and complex continent is reduced by Comic Relief to the us and them narrative of western celebrities, and its time we changed our tone. Having worked as a doctor in Malawi in 2014, when I watch Comic Relief the images evoke a few of my memories, but where are the rest? Where is my savvy and articulate medical colleague telling me about the barriers to export trade in her cash crop? Where are the middle-class Africans at all, and why arent we hearing from them about their priorities for their countries about trade, about governance? Where are the African pop stars? What about talking about the effects of aid done badly and the importance of getting it right about learned passivity, unhealthy cultures and distorted markets? We need to stop thinking of this country of Africa as a place of helplessness and start engaging as partners, with equals.
Dr Claire Ingham
London

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