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  • Christmas comes early for Sunak as he admits playing festive tunes in November 01.12.2023
    Prime minister said his family and friends were so annoyed by the habit he was forced to listen in privateRishi Sunak said that he started listening to Christmas music two weeks ago but that the move prompted so much fury from his friends and family that he resorted to enjoying the tunes in private.The prime […]
    Aletha Adu
  • Israel-Hamas war live: 178 Palestinians killed since truce ended on Friday morning, says Gaza health ministry 01.12.2023
    Ministry says most people killed are women and children; US blames Hamas for end of truce, saying it failed to provide list of more hostages to be freedIsrael and Palestine: a complete guide to the crisisPalestinian media is reporting Israeli military strikes in northern Gaza, Reuters has snapped.The Israeli military has resumed combat against Hamas […]
    Léonie Chao-Fong (now); Hamish Mackay, Harry Taylor, Kevin Rawlinson and Adam Fulton (earlier)
  • Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? star Brigit Forsyth dies at 83 01.12.2023
    Actor played Thelma Ferris, wife of Rodney Bewes’ Bob, in popular BBC1 sitcom that aired from 1973-74Brigit Forsyth, who starred in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, has died at the age of 83, her agent has confirmed.The Scottish actor played Thelma Ferris, the long-suffering wife of Rodney Bewes’ character, Bob, in the 70s BBC […]
    PA Media
  • George Santos expelled: New York governor to call special election to fill seat – as it happened 01.12.2023
    This live blog is now closed. You can see our latest reporting on Santos below:Full report: Republican George Santos expelled in bipartisan voteHow Santos responded to being factchecked on 14 liesWho will replace santos in swing district?Georgia’s Republican representative Mike Collins said on Thursday that he will “not vote to alter precedent and circumvent the […]
    Maya Yang
  • University Challenge special axed over lack of support for disabled contestants 01.12.2023
    Christmas alumni episode had one blind entrant and another who was neurodivergent, both of whom say they did not get helpThe BBC has apologised and pulled a Christmas episode of University Challenge after two contestants complained about a lack of provision for their disabilities.The festive spin-off from the BBC Two quiz show, hosted by Amol […]
    Nadeem Badshah
  • Footballer Ravel Morrison fined £1,000 for using dead person’s blue badge 01.12.2023
    Ex-Manchester United player pleaded guilty to using disabled person’s parking permit he said he bought for £50 in Old TraffordRavel Morrison, the former Manchester United footballer, has been convicted of fraud after being caught using a deceased person’s blue badge to park.During his interview under caution, the 30-year-old had claimed he had bought the badge […]
    Nadeem Badshah
  • Florida Republican party chair under investigation for alleged sexual assault 01.12.2023
    Christian Ziegler mentioned in heavily redacted police documents that includes the word ‘raped’, reports sayThe chairman of Florida’s Republican party, Christian Ziegler, is reported to be under investigation for sexual battery – a potential political bombshell in a state that Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis call home.According to heavily redacted police department documents, Ziegler […]
    Edward Helmore
  • Scottish landowner who ‘obstructs public access’ made environment minister 01.12.2023
    Ramblers criticise appointment of Robbie Douglas-Miller to Department for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsNo 10 has appointed a wealthy Scottish landowner accused by ramblers of restricting public access to his estate as a new environment minister by making him a peer.The government made the surprise announcement on Friday afternoon that the king was giving the […]
    Rowena Mason and Helena Horton
  • Israel signals intent to launch ground invasion of southern Gaza 01.12.2023
    Israel orders Palestinians to evacuate southern city of Khan Younis, where it says Hamas leadership is basedIsrael-Hamas war – live updatesIsrael has signalled that it is preparing to launch a ground assault in southern Gaza in a significant escalation of the war, as it attacked the Strip on Friday after the end of a seven-day […]
    Patrick Wintour, Dan Sabbagh and Julian Borger in Washington
  • Laurence Fox accused of ‘insulting intelligence’ of libel trial attendees 01.12.2023
    Actor called critics ‘paedophiles’ after they labelled him ‘racist’ following his call for boycott of Sainsbury’s over Black History Month stanceThe actor and politician Laurence Fox has been accused of “insulting the intelligence of everyone present” during a libel trial at the high court over an argument on social media.Fox had called for a boycott […]
    Nadeem Badshah
  • Israel launches strikes on Gaza as fighting resumes after truce expires 01.12.2023
    More than 170 Palestinians killed as Red Cross head warns ‘nightmarish situation’ for civilians has returnedIsrael-Hamas war – live updatesIsrael attacked targets across Gaza after the end of a seven-day ceasefire on Friday, leaving more than 170 Palestinians dead after negotiations over further hostage releases fell apart overnight.Israel’s military said it had attacked 200 targets […]
    Dan Sabbagh and Jason Burke in Jerusalem
  • Parts of Anselm Kiefer sculpture stolen from French warehouse 01.12.2023
    Lead books stolen from artwork, representing loss of more than $1m, according to prosecutorThieves have stolen parts of a lead sculpture by the German contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer from a warehouse in France, representing a loss of more than $1m (£785,000), a prosecutor said on Friday.Kiefer, 78, is renowned for his bleak sculptures and installations […]
    Agence France-Presse in Bobigny
  • Activist on trial for damaging UK sites of Israeli arms maker says he was justified 01.12.2023
    Palestine Action’s Richard Barnard and co-defendants say alleged actions against Elbit Systems were aimed at stopping bombingsA co-founder of Palestine Action on trial with others for damaging an Israeli arms manufacturer’s UK sites has said they were justified because they were trying to stop people being bombed.Richard Barnard, 51, and seven other defendants are accused […]
    Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent
  • Jussie Smollett conviction over staged attack upheld by Illinois court 01.12.2023
    Empire actor loses bid to overturn conviction after he was found to have lied to police about 2019 hate crime attack he orchestratedAn appeals court upheld the disorderly conduct convictions on Friday of the actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself in 2019 and then lying about it […]
    Associated Press
  • Renewed strikes on Gaza bring fear to families of Israeli hostages 01.12.2023
    Safety of civilians held by Hamas in further doubt after expiration of truce that allowed hostage-prisoner swapsThe families of hostages being held in Gaza have said they are terrified about the safety of their loved ones after the end of a seven-day ceasefire.Fighting resumed on Friday after the expiry of the truce, during which Hamas […]
    Emine Sinmaz
  • Felicity Huffman says she broke the law to give her child ‘a chance at a future’ 01.12.2023
    Actor paid $15,000 for an exam proctor to change her daughter’s answers on the SAT and spent 11 days in prison in 2019The actor Felicity Huffman says she paid to have her daughter’s college testing scores raised – breaking federal law and getting imprisoned over it – because she felt pressed to give her child […]
    Ramon Antonio Vargas
  • United Auto Workers calls for ceasefire in Gaza – the largest union to do so 01.12.2023
    UAW, representing 400,000 in the US and over 580,000 retired workers, makes announcement as military operations resume The United Auto Workers, one of the US’s largest labor unions, has come out in support of a ceasefire in Israel and Palestine as a temporary ceasefire ended on Friday with Israel resuming military operations in Gaza.The UAW […]
    Michael Sainato
  • Belgian court orders 55% emissions cut from 1990 levels 01.12.2023
    Court of appeal ruling means government has only until 2030 to reach targetA Belgian court has declared the country’s climate targets “clearly insufficient” and ordered the government to cut emissions faster.In a powerful victory for climate campaigners, the Brussels court of appeal ordered Belgium to cut its planet-heating pollution by at least 55% from 1990 […]
    Ajit Niranjan
  • Republican George Santos expelled from Congress in bipartisan vote 01.12.2023
    Congressman, who has pleaded not guilty to 23 federal fraud charges, becomes only sixth member ever expelled from US HouseHow Santos responded to being fact-checked on his liesWho’ll replace him in his New York swing district?The New York Republican, fabulist and accused fraudster George Santos has been expelled from Congress.The vote to expel Santos, the […]
    Martin Pengelly in Washington
  • Israel’s military strategy threatens to make a desperate situation utterly dire 01.12.2023
    IDF claim to be avoiding blanket bombing the south, where about 2mn people live, but their new approach does not look much differentIsrael’s Defense Forces waited just four minutes after the truce expired at 7am before restarting bombing, according to one resident of Khan Younis. An hour later, its military set out its plan for […]
    Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor