Allianz Stadium demolition could blanket Sydney with hazardous dust, NSW Labor says

Opposition leader Michael Daley condemns haste, citing risk of asbestos exposure

New South Wales Labor has ramped up its attack on the state government over its plan to knock down Allianz Stadium, citing environmental concerns including the risk of asbestos exposure.

The opposition leader, Michael Daley, says the government is rushing to demolish the Sydney stadium at Moore Park before the March election, despite warnings from the Environment Protection Authority and other public agencies.

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Labour’s Brexit dilemma

Theresa May has postponed her crucial Brexit vote amid huge divisions in her party. But there is a dilemma, too, for Labour MPs whose constituencies voted overwhelmingly in favour of leaving the EU. How do they square their voters’ wishes with that of their party and their own conscience? Plus: Jonathan Freedland on why Labour should be backing a second referendum

Theresa May has finally admitted parliament will not back her Brexit deal, but the prime minister is not ready to give up. In a desperate plea to MPs, she asked: “Does this house still want to deliver Brexit?”

These appeals were aimed not just at the Tory MPs behind her but at Labour MPs opposite – and especially those whose constituencies voted heavily to leave the EU. One is Gloria De Piero, who holds a slim majority in the Nottinghamshire seat of Ashfield. The Guardian’s political editor Heather Stewart joined Gloria for a tour of her constituency and found voters mostly fed up with discussing Brexit and wishing that the situation would be resolved quickly.

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‘Love knows no borders’: Agents arrest 32 as religious leaders gather at US border

More than 400 demonstrators, many religious leaders and activists, came together calling for an end to detention and deportation of migrants

Kneeling in front of riot police, 32 religious leaders and activists were arrested at the US border fence in San Diego on Monday during a protest in support of the Central American migrant caravan.

More than 400 demonstrators, many leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, called for an end to detention and deportation of migrants and for the United States to welcome the caravan that arrived in Tijuana, Mexico in November.

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Grace Millane: New Zealand detectives search for shovel in murder case

Auckland police appeal to public for help as they continue to piece together what happened to British backpacker

Police investigating the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane are looking for a shovel believed to be connected to the inquiry.

Millane, 22, went missing from a hostel in Auckland on 1 December and a body was found in the Waitakere Ranges on Sunday.

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‘Smocking Gun’: Trump’s latest typo prompts derision and delight

A year after he gave the world ‘covfefe’, the president has coined a new phrase

Last year he gave us “covfefe”. This year – and just in time for Christmas –Donald Trump has bestowed upon the English language the phrase: “Smocking Gun”.

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun… No Collusion,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday.

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IOOF bosses step aside to fight action by financial regulator

Christopher Kelaher and George Venardos replaced on interim basis as shares sold off

The managing director and chairman of IOOF Holdings have stepped aside following moves by the prudential regulator to disqualify the beleaguered wealth manager’s top brass.

IOOF says the managing director, Christopher Kelaher, and chairman, George Venardos, have taken leave with immediate effect to focus on fighting the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s accusation they failed to act in their members’ interests.

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Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman named journalist of the year

Work on Windrush scandal earns Press Gazette award while Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr also wins

The Guardian reporter Amelia Gentleman was named the journalist of the year at the Press Gazette awards in London for her work on the Windrush scandal.

The Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr was also honoured at the ceremony in London on Monday night, winning in the technology journalism category for her investigations into Cambridge Analytica and the use of personal data in political campaigning.

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Google+ to shut down early after privacy flaw affects over 50m users

Service to be closed four months earlier than expected in light of lapse that exposed names, email addresses and other information

Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Google+ service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook.

A privacy flaw that inadvertently exposed the names, email addresses, ages and other personal information of 52.5 million Google+ users last month convinced Google to close the service in April instead of August, as previously announced. Google revealed the new closure date and its latest privacy lapse in a Monday blogpost.

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Maria Butina: ‘covert Russian agent’ will plead guilty over effort to infiltrate NRA

Deal reached between US prosecutors and Butina, who is accused of attempting to influence gun lobby on behalf of the Kremlin

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina, who is suspected of trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) and influence US policy toward Russia, is expected to plead guilty this week following a deal between her lawyers and US prosecutors, according to court filings on Monday.

Related: How Maria Butina, accused Russian spy, worked her way into top US circles

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North-south economic divide set to narrow as Brexit hits London growth

Capital no longer growing at a much faster pace than the rest of the UK, report says

Slowing growth in London since the Brexit vote has put the British economy on track to narrow the north-south economic divide over the coming three years, according to a report.

The accountancy firm EY, despite warning of a weaker outlook for almost every region through to 2021 amid continuing Brexit uncertainty, said London would no longer continue to grow at a much faster pace than the rest of the country.

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E-receipts from leading retailers ‘may break data protection rules’

Some big high street names include unwanted marketing information, Which? says

Several large retailers may be breaking data protection rules with their e-receipts, according to an investigation by the consumer body Which?.

Many retailers offer to email receipts to shoppers but the rules in this area were tightened in May when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force.

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