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How Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens the planet

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Brazil has been a leader in the fight against climate change, but Jair Bolsonaro has declared that he would pull his country out of the Paris climate accords. He has long supported opening up indigenous areas, currently protected by the government, to agricultural and commercial use.

The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit: march to stop the madness | Editorial

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In Brussels this week, Brexit fantasy again collided with Brexit reality. This weekend’s march is an opportunity to pull Britain back from the no-deal brink

If ever there was a reason for the people of Britain to take to the streets to protest about the reckless hazarding of our country’s interests, the Conservative government’s Brexit failure during the past two years provides one. If ever there was a moment to insist, through a peaceful display of outrage, that Britain can do so much better by following a different course, this is it. And if ever there was a chance for the voices that Theresa May’s government has consistently snubbed and ignored to shift the agenda of the Brexit debate away from the fantasies of the fanatical few towards the practical priorities of the ordinary many, then Saturday’s People’s Vote March for the Future provides that opportunity.

Brexit is by any measure the most important change of strategic direction that this country has faced in more than 70 years. The people voted for it. But they did not vote for the terms of separation. Those remained to be negotiated, debated and agreed. The outcome of those negotiations with our European Union neighbours will shape the job prospects and life chances of anxious millions of Britons today and of future generations too. The terms on which the agreement is implemented will be pivotal to Britain’s – and Europe’s – shared ability, in a world where the rules-based order is increasingly under challenge, to deal with international problems ranging from banking stability and climate change to terrorism. The deal will also shape whether the United Kingdom – another union in which, as with the EU, our peoples have been better off together than apart – holds together or breaks into less consequential parts.

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Swedish student who grounded deportation flight faces prosecution

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Elin Ersson had broadcast her protest against Afghan asylum seeker’s removal on Facebook

Sweden is to prosecute the 21-year-old student who single-handedly grounded an aircraft preparing to deport an Afghan asylum seeker.

Elin Ersson broadcast her one-woman protest on Facebook in July, during which she refused to sit down on the flight from Landvetter airport in Gothenburg, thereby preventing it from taking off. The video has been watched 13m times.

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Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg review – an Italian classic

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This novel-cum-memoir paints an unusual portrait of everyday domestic life in Italy from the 1920s to the 50s

“Dribbledrams! Doodledums! Nitwitteries!” These are a few of the signature eccentric sayings that Italian novelist and essayist Ginzburg ascribes to members of her family in this unusual portrait of everyday life in Italy from the 1920s to 50s. An experimental novel-cum-memoir first published in 1963, it features her parents, older siblings, in-laws, dissident friends and acquaintances, as well as those known through her mother’s oft-recounted reminiscences, who had “assumed the step of the dead, light and elusive”.

The expressions recur through the book, becoming leitmotifs, character distillations that resonate as much through accumulation as explanation. She describes this idiosyncratic lexicon as “our Latin, the dictionary of our past” and “the basis of our family unity”. It forms the building blocks for a lovingly rendered, abruptly funny domestic scene, punctured only rarely by the surrounding political turbulence; her husband’s death during the German occupation, for instance, is given just a sentence.

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Scottish farmer tells of feeling devastated after BSE case found in herd

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Four animals to be put down as precaution after Scotland’s first confirmed case in a decade

A farmer in Scotland has spoken about the devastating effect of learning that a case of BSE had been found among his herd.

Thomas Jackson’s farm in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, has been put under quarantine after a five-year-old cow that died was found to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

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'I still feel angry that I had to degrade myself'

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MP Frank Field fears many more women could end up in the same situation as Emma Mullins

A few years ago, Emma Mullins and her three children ran out of money. They had nothing to eat. They were facing eviction.

Mullins, who is now 42, could not find a job. And so she was forced into a stark decision. “It was a choice between selling myself or my children eating,” she said. “I couldn’t see them starve, so I chose to sell myself.”

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Khashoggi's fate is proof the US-Saudi relationship is over | Michael H Fuchs

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Michael Fuchs says it’s time for the US to take a stand against the destructive bond that Donald Trump has with Saudi Arabia

The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia was broken long before the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi. It’s far past time for a fundamental break in the relationship. The United States must view the Saudis not as flawed partners, but rather as malign actors undermining US interests.

Khashoggi’s presumed murder in Turkey – where he disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate – has shocked the world. But no one should have been surprised. Saudi Arabia is a monarchy that rules through repression. Freedom House ranked Saudi Arabia as “not free” in 2018, while the 2017 US Human Rights report on Saudi Arabia detailed abuses by government including, “unlawful killings, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention,violence and official gender discrimination against women”.

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UK joins chorus of disapproval after Trump praises assault on Guardian reporter

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The British government has joined press freedom advocates and journalists in expressing dismay and disgust with Donald Trump’s remarks at a rally, where he praised the unprovoked assault on a Guardian US journalist by the state’s congressman, Greg Gianforte.

Related: 'He's my guy': Donald Trump praises Gianforte for assault on Guardian reporter

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At least 50 dead as train hits crowd watching fireworks in India

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Victims were stood on tracks during festival in Amritsar, says a Congress party leader

A speeding train has run over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India, killing at least 50 people, a Congress party leader said.

The victims were crowded on the rail track on the outskirts of Amritsar in Punjab state, said Pratap Singh Bajwa. He said they did not see the train, which failed to stop after the accident on Friday.

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Tell us: how does it feel to watch a classic film on first release?

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As audio of frenzied audience reactions to the original Halloween has gone viral, we want to hear your stories of seeing defining films at the cinema

The much-hyped release of the latest Halloween installment (tipped to break records with a $70m opening) has led many to think back to the film that started it all back in 1978.

While there have been rankings aplenty, there’s also been a rather fascinating video going viral that gives us an idea of what it would have been like to see the original on the big screen. Audio from the time has been matched with remastered footage and the result is a nifty leap back in time when Michael Myers was still a terrifyingly unknown quantity.

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Caravan of 3,000 Central American migrants prepares to cross into Mexico

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After a week of walking and hitching rides across Central America, the first members of a 3,000-strong caravan of migrants were preparing on Friday morning to cross the Suchiate river into Mexico – despite threats of retaliation from Donald Trump.

Related: One step at a time: desperate families join migrant caravan

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Huddersfield grooming gang jailed for abusing vulnerable girls

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Reporting restrictions lifted on ‘vile and wicked’ case that led to contempt of court charge for EDL founder Tommy Robinson

Twenty members of a “vile and wicked” grooming gang have been convicted of trafficking, drugging and raping vulnerable girls in a harrowing campaign of abuse across West Yorkshire.

It can now be reported that the ringleader of the group, 35-year-old Amere Singh Dhaliwal, was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 18 years after being found guilty of 54 offences, including countless rapes of children.

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