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  1. Iran's supreme leader calls Trump 'clown' in rare Friday sermon

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashes out at west after tumultuous few weeks in Middle East

    Iran’s supreme leader has given a rare sermon at Friday prayers in Tehran after weeks of turbulence, including the US killing of a top general, a missile attack on US military bases in Iraq and the accidental downing of an airliner that killed 176 people.

    Striking a defiant tone, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Donald Trump was a “clown” who pretended to support the Iranian people but would push a poisonous dagger into their backs.

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  2. China's birthrate falls to lowest level despite push for more babies

    Efforts by policymakers to bolster the population after decades of strict family planning seem to be failing

    China’s birthrate has fallen to the lowest level since the Communist country was founded in 1949, in a sign that efforts to head off a demographic crisis have so far failed.

    There were 14.6 million births in China in 2019, a drop of about 500,000 from the year before and the third year in a row that the number of births fallen, according to a report from the National Bureau of Statistics published on Friday. It was the lowest number in seven decades, with the exception of 1961, the last year of a famine that left tens of millions dead.

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  3. Greenpeace included with neo-Nazis on UK counter-terror list

    Exclusive: Extinction Rebellion and Peta also named in anti-extremism briefing alongside Combat 18 and National Action

    A counter-terrorism police document distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings included Greenpeace, Peta and other non-violent groups as well as neo-Nazis, the Guardian has learned.

    The guide, produced by Counter Terrorism Policing, is used across England as part of training for Prevent, the anti-radicalisation scheme designed to catch those at risk of committing terrorist violence.

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  4. Painting found inside Italian gallery wall confirmed as a Gustav Klimt

    Gardener discovered Portrait of a Lady while clearing ivy at the gallery in Piacenza

    Art experts have confirmed that a stolen painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery’s walls is Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady.

    A gardener at the Ricci Oddi Modern Art gallery in the northern city of Piacenza reported finding an artwork last month while clearing ivy. Portrait of a Lady was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago.

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  5. EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

    Draft white paper suggest prohibition lasting three to five years is being considered

    The EU could temporarily ban the use of facial recognition technology in public places such as train stations, sport stadiums and shopping centres over fears about creeping surveillance of European citizens.

    A prohibition lasting between three and five years is seen as a way for Brussels to manage the risks said to be posed by the breakneck speed at which the software is being adopted.

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  6. Brexit: UK has ruled out automatic deportation of EU citizens, says Verhofstadt

    EU Brexit spokesman says Britain reassured him about those who do not apply for settled status

    The UK government has sought to reassure the EU that its citizens living in the UK will not be deported if they fail to apply for settled status, the European parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator has said.

    Speaking after a meeting with the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay, on Thursday night, Guy Verhofstadt said he had raised a number of concerns regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK after it leaves the bloc.

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  7. Prince Harry and Meghan's UK home being closed down

    Reports add to speculation that Duke and Duchess do not plan to spend much time in UK

    Frogmore Cottage, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is in the process of being shuttered, according to reports, fuelling speculation the couple do not intend to spend any meaningful time in the UK in the near future.

    Related:It’s not just Meghan and Harry. I’d like us all to escape this dire royal circus | Suzanne Moore

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  8. British woman's false rape claim appeal a 'critical moment' for Cyprus

    Activists say 19-year-old’s appeal is watershed for women and law in country

    Activists in Cyprus have described the determination of a British teenager to overturn a conviction that she lied about being gang-raped on the island as “a critical moment” for women’s rights.

    Ten days after the 19-year-old received a suspended four-month sentence for the offence of fomenting public mischief, her lawyers filed an appeal against the conviction before the country’s supreme court.

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  9. BT and Vodafone to lobby PM to allow use of Huawei equipment

    CEOs Philip Jansen and Nick Read say they have seen no evidence that warrants ban

    BT and Vodafone are set to lobby Boris Johnson to allow Huawei technology to be used in the UK’s 5G phone network.

    BT’s chief executive, Philip Jansen, and Nick Read, his counterpart at Vodafone, are drafting a letter to the prime minister arguing they have not seen evidence that Huawei equipment poses a security risk that warrants a total ban. Huawei has always denied allegations its kit could be used by the Chinese government to spy on users.

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  10. Hundreds of thousands of fish dead in NSW as bushfire ash washed into river

    Ecologist fears the Macleay River may take decades to recover, with heavy rains likely to affect other waterways

    Hundreds of thousands of native fish are estimated to have died in northern New South Wales after rains washed ash and sludge from bushfires into the Macleay River.

    Parts of the Macleay River – favoured by recreational fishers – have been turned into what locals described as “runny cake mix” that stank of rotting vegetation and dead fish.

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