Putin, a criminal and incompetent president, is an enemy of his own people | Simon Tisdall

The Russian president has manipulated the levers of power to rule in perpetuity. That prospect is terrible for the west – and Russia

News that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s latter-day tsar, is making plans to cling to power indefinitely comes as no surprise. All the same, it is deeply worrying for Putin’s prey – principally the Russian people and the western democracies.

Putin, 67, has run Russia, as president and prime minister, for 21 years, a feat of political longevity surpassed only by Joseph Stalin. Like Stalin, he has made many enemies and caused untold misery along the way.

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Long-Bailey: we must become ‘salespeople for socialism’

Labour leadership candidates set out priorities at first hustings event of campaign

Labour activists must become “salespeople for socialism”, Rebecca Long-Bailey has said as the Labour leadership candidates clashed in their first hustings event of the campaign.

Long-Bailey, a frontrunner who is backed by allies of Jeremy Corbyn, said she was kept awake at night by the problems of inequality and the climate crisis but also how to present socialism as mainstream.

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Islamists get longer jail terms than far-right extremists

Study shows disparity in sentencing for similar online offences

Islamist offenders convicted of online extremist crimes received prison sentences three times longer than those of their far-right counterparts, according to new analysis.

Researchers found that Islamists received on average 73.4 months compared with 24.5 months for far-right offenders, despite the government’s ambition to treat both strains of extremism in the same way.

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Johnny Marr joins Hans Zimmer to score next James Bond film

No Time to Die will be the 25th film in the franchise and Daniel Craig’s final role as 007

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will join composer Hans Zimmer to score the upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die.

Zimmer, widely celebrated for his scores for films such as Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code and the Pirates of the Caribbean series, was drafted in as a last-minute replacement earlier this month.

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Impeachment: is Trump set to survive and win a second term?

As Democrats marched the articles to the Senate, the president basked in policy success. Many think re-election is coming

It was, the White House tweeted on Friday, “an incredible week” for Donald Trump. On that, no one could disagree. But what kind of incredible depended on which end of Pennsylvania Avenue you were standing.

Related: How to dump Trump: Rick Wilson on Running Against the Devil

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‘You have to stand up to illegitimate authority’: what veteran abortion activists can teach us in the Trump era

The pioneers who struggled for legalisation in the 60s are seeing the same battles being fought all over again

The telephone sat in the dormitory hallway, and when it rang it might have been for any of the residents – young women in their teens and early 20s, all students at the University of Chicago. Calls came from family and friends and boyfriends, from colleagues and classmates and clubs. But sometimes the voice at the end of the line would ask for “Jane”.

This was 1965, and in Chicago the social justice movement was gathering pace – a new era that encompassed civil rights, student rights, women’s rights and resistance to the war in Vietnam. Among those involved was Heather Booth, a 19-year-old social sciences student from New York. Booth had spent the summer of 1964 in Mississippi, volunteering as part of the Freedom Summer project, an attempt to register as many African American voters as possible. It was an experience that had galvanised her and taught some valuable lessons: “One is that if you organise, even in what seem like the most hopeless circumstances, you can change the world,” she says. “Number two: sometimes you have to stand up to illegitimate authority.”

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Blair built on Thatcher’s legacy. That’s a simple fact | Phil McDuff

Labour MP Zarah Sultana’s comments linking the two provoked wrath. But why were they even controversial?

In her maiden speech to the House of Commons, the new Labour MP for Coventry South, Zarah Sultana, said, “In 10 years’ time, at the start of the next decade, I want to look teenagers in the eye and say with pride: my generation faced 40 years of Thatcherism, and we ended it.”

Related: Stuart Hall: New Labour has picked up where Thatcherism left off

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‘Hong Kong is at a crossroads’: inside prison with the student who took on Beijing

Political activist Joshua Wong was 20 when he was sentenced in 2017 to six months for his role in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy ‘umbrella movement’

The last words I said before I was taken away from the courtroom were: “Hong Kong people, carry on!” That sums up how I feel about our political struggle. Since Occupy Central – and the umbrella movement that succeeded it – ended without achieving its stated goal, Hong Kong has entered one of its most challenging chapters. Protesters coming out of a failed movement are overcome with disillusionment and powerlessness.

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Labour leadership candidates to speak at first hustings – live news

Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry, Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy to speak at Liverpool event

Each of the Labour leadership hopefuls must secure the backing of trade unions and local parties in order to make the final ballot.

The five candidates need the support of five per cent of local parties or at least three affiliates - two must be unions - by February 14th to make the final ballot.

The hustings is set to get underway at 11:30am.

Emily Thornberry warned earlier this week that Labour faces “a long, tough road back to power” after the party suffered its worst general election defeat since 1935.

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‘The red wall is cracking’: Buttigieg gets ovation after expecting protests

His campaign feared hostility in Iowa’s most conservative county. But the local response told a different story

Pete Buttigieg knew he was foraying into unfriendly confines when he was en route to Orange City, the seat of Iowa’s most conservative county.

The gay ex-mayor of South Bend, Indiana, may be in the top tier of Democratic presidential candidates seeking to win this vital first voting state next month, but his sexuality was seen as likely to be a major issue in this corner of the state, Sioux county.

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Coronavirus: Australia’s top health official says there is ‘no current need’ to enhance airport screening

Sars-like virus has infected nearly 50 people in China, killing two, with cases also detected in Japan and Thailand

Australia’s top health official says there is “no current need” to enhance existing airport screening measures to target an unknown Sars-like virus that has infected nearly 50 people in China and killed two since it was reported on New Year’s Eve.

Australia’s chief medical officer, Prof Brendan Murphy, said authorities in Australia were “watching developments very closely” but had not issued a travel warning.

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Sajid Javid: no alignment on EU regulations after Brexit

Chancellor admits some businesses may not benefit from Brexit but tells FT economy will benefit in long term

The chancellor, Sajid Javid, has warned that there will be no alignment with EU regulations once Britain’s exit from the European Union is made official.

In what is being seen as an opening salvo in the next stage of negotiations, he said the Treasury would not lend support to manufacturers that favour EU rules as the sector has had three years to prepare for Britain’s transition.

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