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  • Green recovery: man charged after Sydney police raid finds $30,000 in bonsai plants 26.11.2020
    Canley Vale 44-year-old accused of recklessly dealing with proceeds of crime and having stolen goodsA man has been charged after 45 stolen bonsai plants worth $30,000 were found at his property in Sydney’s south-west.Police say they seized the valuable miniature plants from the backyard of a home at Canley Vale last Friday. Continue reading...
    Australian Associated Press
  • Australia refuses to confirm prisoner swap to get Kylie Moore-Gilbert out of Iran 26.11.2020
    Scott Morrison won’t confirm Iran’s claims three bombers who tried to kill Israeli diplomats have been freed in return for academic Australia has refused to be drawn on whether it was involved in a prisoner swap deal to release academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert in exchange for three Iranians involved in a botched attempt to kill Israeli […]
    Saba Vasefi , Ben Doherty and Daniel Hurst
  • Coronavirus live news: Germany extends partial lockdown as world suffers record daily deaths 26.11.2020
    Global cases pass 60m; nearly 13,000 daily deaths reported worldwide; the Americas reported more than 1.5m cases in the last seven days Sicily asks Cuba to send medics as Italy fights second Covid waveChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?Germany to decide next round of Covid restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.15am GMT […]
    Helen Sullivan
  • Thailand's $1bn ketamine bust probably just chemicals after all 26.11.2020
    Officials admit what they thought was 11.5 tonnes of drugs is most likely trisodium phosphate, a food additive and cleaning agentThai authorities have admitted that an 11.5-tonne drug bust may contain an innocent chemical used as a food additive or cleaning agent – and not ketamine, as they believed.Thailand’s anti-narcotics bureau had hailed the seizure […]
    Agence France-Presse
  • Donald Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn – as it happened 26.11.2020
    Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying about contacts with Russian operativesBiden calls for unity in Thanksgiving addressTrump phones election denialist event to claim ‘they cheated’US records highest daily Covid deaths since May and 172,935 new casesPresident-elect says ‘this is not a third Obama term’ in first interviewBiden’s cabinet picks: what we’ve learned from his choices […]
    Maanvi Singh in San Francisco (now), Tom McCarthy in New York and Martin Belam (earlier)
  • Obama: Republican portrayal of white men as 'victims' helped Trump win votes – video 26.11.2020
    Barack Obama has said part of the reason more than 73 million Americans voted to re-elect Donald Trump in the election was because of messaging from Republicans that the country was under attack – particularly white men.In an interview with the radio show the Breakfast Club on Wednesday to promote his new memoir A Promised Land, Obama said […]
  • Most of England to enter two toughest tiers when lockdown is lifted 26.11.2020
    Signs of growing parliamentary rebellion amid fears measures could stay in place until springCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe majority of England will enter the two toughest tiers of Covid restrictions from next week, ministers are set to announce, amid signs of a growing parliamentary rebellion and fears that the measures could remain […]
    Jessica Elgot, Josh Halliday, Heather Stewart, Peter Walker and Nazia Parveen
  • Medical staff urge Priti Patel to close barracks housing asylum seekers 26.11.2020
    Letter to home secretary raises concerns about sites holding 600 men in Kent and PembrokeshireHealthcare professionals have called for former army barracks being used to house asylum seekers to be closed over concerns about the residents’ wellbeing.Medical staff have written to the home secretary, Priti Patel, with a damning assessment, to raise concerns about the […]
    Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent
  • Fauci urges Americans to sacrifice traditional Thanksgiving to save lives 25.11.2020
    Top public health official makes ‘final plea’ on Covid threat as expert warns of potential ‘mother of all super-spreader events’The top US public health official urged Americans today make a “sacrifice now to save lives and illness” by resisting the urge to gather together for Thanksgiving, as the US witnessed more than 2,000 deaths from […]
    Joanna Walters in New York
  • Toronto police identify 'person of interest' in murders of billionaire couple 25.11.2020
    Barry and Honey Sherman found dead at their home in 2017‘Person of interest’ identified but not arrested, police confirmToronto police have identified a person of interest in the high-profile murders three years ago of a Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire couple, but had not made an arrest.Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead at their […]
    Staff and agencies in Ottawa
  • Diego Maradona: the achingly human superstar who embodied Argentina | Marcela Mora y Araujo 25.11.2020
    Maradona was a perfect representation of the human ability to be contradictory, to convey ugly and beautiful at once“A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possesses at least two things besides: gratitude and purity” – Friedrich Nietzsche, on love, perseverance, and moving beyond good v evil.Diego Maradona said that when you’ve been to the […]
    Marcela Mora y Araujo
  • 'Our democracy was tested this year': Joe Biden's Thanksgiving address – video 25.11.2020
    Joe Biden urged Americans to put aside their political differences as he called for unity in his Thanksgiving address to the nation.'We need to remember, we are at war with the virus, not one another,' said the president-elect. 'Our democracy was tested this year, and what we learned was this: the people of this nation […]
  • Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn 25.11.2020
    Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI over Russian contactsTrump expected to pardon several key aides before he departsDonald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, his first national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with a Russian official. Related: 'Conmen, grifters and criminals': why is Trump's circle so at odds […]
    Martin Pengelly
  • Biden appeals for resilience and unity in Thanksgiving address to America 25.11.2020
    President-elect urges shared sacrifice amid hardship of restricted holiday, and says: ‘We’re at war with the virus, not each other’In an eve-of-Thanksgiving address on Wednesday, Joe Biden drew on historic hardships and his deep personal loss to make a passionate appeal for resilience, asking Americans to endure a national holiday amid restrictions on travel and […]
    Martin Pengelly in New York
  • Diego Maradona, one of the greatest footballers of all time, dies aged 60 25.11.2020
    World Cup winner dies of heart attack in Buenos AiresArgentina declares three days of national mourningMaradona dies aged 60: tributes and reaction – latest updatesArgentina, Naples, and the world of football were in mourning on Wednesday at the death of Diego Maradona, in many people’s eyes the greatest player of all time, following a heart […]
    Sean Ingle, Sachin Nakrani and Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
  • Judge denies Johnny Depp permission to appeal Sun libel action 25.11.2020
    Actor ordered to pay £630,000 after libel action against Sun over ‘wife beater’ allegationsThe Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has been refused permission to appeal after losing his high stakes libel action against the Sun over its description of him as a “wife beater”.A high court judge also ordered the actor to make an initial payment […]
    Matthew Weaver and agency
  • Shivering Dublin bay swimmers slighted for their 'fancy fleeces' 25.11.2020
    Choppy waters as clash of ‘newbie dryrobe types’ with ‘hardy’ bathers swells into debate on tribes and snobberyJames Joyce opened Ulysses with a reference to the “scrotum tightening” effect of swimming in Dublin bay, but these days there is a secondary, somewhat more visible effect: dryrobe bashing.A boom in the popularity of sea swimming in […]
    Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
  • Taylor Swift: The Long Pond Studio Sessions review – cosy campfire confessions 25.11.2020
    The pop star’s Disney+ movie about quarantine album Folklore reveals the potency of her songwriting, though it’s hazy on any ‘pandemic epiphanies’Pre-pandemic, few artists were so keenly attuned to the music industry’s calendar as Taylor Swift. She timed her album releases for awards contention and singles to sustain her world tours; the promotional cycle for […]
    Elle Hunt
  • Obama: Republicans portraying white men as 'victims' helped Trump win votes 25.11.2020
    Former president made remark about Republican messaging in interview with Breakfast Club Barack Obama said part of the reason 73 million Americans voted to re-elect Donald Trump in the election was because of messaging from Republicans that the country, particularly white men, are under attack.In an interview with the radio show the Breakfast Club on […]
    Amanda Holpuch in New York
  • Rise and fall of Ethiopia’s TPLF – from rebels to rulers and back 25.11.2020
    Bloody offensive aims to eliminate Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which dominated for nearly 30 yearsIn the centre of Mekelle, the highland capital of Tigray, is a complex of memorials and museums. Under the hot sun, old armoured vehicles, jets and helicopters rust quietly. On the city’s wide avenues, statues commemorate the “martyrs” and the victories […]
    Jason Burke Africa correspondent