Indifference to sexual violence eats away at us all, say Nobel pair

We’re putting commerce before victims, argue Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

Nobel laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have called on the world to protect victims of wartime sexual violence as they angrily criticised indifference to the plight of women and children in conflict in their peace prize acceptance speeches.

Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist and world expert on rape in conflict, and Murad, a Yazidi activist and survivor of Isis sexual slavery, said victims were sometimes valued less than commercial interests.

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Grenfell survivors call on inquiry to deliver ‘fearless reckoning’

Public inquiry told London fire brigade failed to plan for forseeable event of a fire

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have demanded “a fearless reckoning” from the public inquiry into the disaster, urging its chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, to resist “obfuscation” by companies involved in the refurbishment and criticising the London fire brigade for remaining in denial about its failings.

Counsel for 200 of the bereaved, survivors and residents made closing statements to the inquiry on Monday in which they claimed the LFB breached its policies and legal duties in failing to plan or train for the foreseeable event of a fire such as that which claimed 72 lives at Grenfell.

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Scientists identify vast underground ecosystem containing billions of micro-organisms

Global team of scientists find ecosystem below earth that is twice the size of world’s oceans

The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to “deep life” studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice the size of that found in all the world’s oceans.

Despite extreme heat, no light, minuscule nutrition and intense pressure, scientists estimate this subterranean biosphere is teeming with between 15bn and 23bn tonnes of micro-organisms, hundreds of times the combined weight of every human on the planet.

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National Theatre Wales to showcase homegrown talent after backlash

Programme for 2019 features array of Welsh artists amid accusations of English bias

National Theatre Wales, which has been accused of favouring English artists, has announced a 2019 programme that it says will showcase the depth and richness of its homegrown talent.

NWT’s artistic director, Kully Thiarai, said she hoped the programme would address the concerns of more than 200 actors and writers, who have also criticised what they saw as the paucity of its output.

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The country will pay the price for May’s Brexit vote delay | Jonathan Freedland

The decision will cost the prime minister her remaining credibility and make averting no deal more difficult

When Lord Salisbury said that “delay is life”, he was voicing a doctrine of conservatism that sought to hold back the tides of change for as long as possible. But the phrase has another value, expressing an enduring truth about political tactics: for a politician under pressure, delay is a vital friend.

Related: Brexiters claim May's plan defeated after No 10 shelves key vote - Politics live

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Almost £100k of public money spent on Brexit deal Facebook ads

Government has spent £96,684 in past week on Facebook ads backing Theresa May’s deal

The UK government has spent almost £100,000 of taxpayers’ money in the last week buying Facebook adverts in a bid to convince the public to support Theresa May’s Brexit deal – only for the key vote to be delayed.

The adverts were promoted with the hashtag #BackTheBrexitDeal and offered short videos promoted using civil service resources and linking to an official government website called The Brexit Deal Explained.

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Crossrail now delayed to 2020 and to cost another £2bn

Final bill of London’s new rail line could hit £17bn as the mayor demands release of board minutes

The final bill for Crossrail could reach £17.6bn, with London picking up the likely £2bn shortfall for the new rail line that will now be delayed until at least 2020.

A bailout has been agreed between the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the government for loans totalling just over £2bn to city authorities.

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Claims that NHS rubber gloves made by forced labour spark inquiries

UK and Malaysia investigations launched after Guardian reports allegations that firms are exploiting workers

Related: NHS rubber gloves made in Malaysian factories accused of forced labour

The UK and Malaysian government have launched separate investigations after the Guardian reported allegations that factories supplying rubber gloves to the NHS were exploiting migrant workers in conditions of forced labour.

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Claims that NHS rubber gloves made by forced labour spark inquiries

UK and Malaysia investigations launched after Guardian reports allegations that firms are exploiting workers

Related: NHS rubber gloves made in Malaysian factories accused of forced labour

The UK and Malaysian government have launched separate investigations after the Guardian reported allegations that factories supplying rubber gloves to the NHS were exploiting migrant workers in conditions of forced labour.

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Severe storm continues dumping snow and sleet across US southern states

Harsh wintry storm leaves dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without electricity

Authorities have urged millions of people to stay home as a lingering storm keeps dumping immobilizing snow, sleet or freezing rain across five southern states, leaving dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.

More than 300,000 power outages were reported across the region, with North Carolina bearing the brunt of it, and nearly 270,000 remained without power Monday morning, according to poweroutage.us. South Carolina and Virginia, along with parts of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, also saw outages.

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Global super-rich bought 153 homes for at least £20m each in past year

Highest number of sales in Hong Kong as London’s ultra-prime housing market slips amid Brexit concerns

More than 150 homes around the world changed hands for more than £20m ($25m) each in the past year, as the “relentless creation of private wealth” fuelled the global ultra-prime housing market.

The world’s richest people spent a combined £5.2bn ($6.6bn) on 153 properties that each sold for more than £20m in the year to end of August 2018, according to research by the estate agent Knight Frank.

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I salute the heroic Stansted protesters who saved me from deportation | Anonymous

The ‘Stansted 15’ face jail for stopping my flight from taking off. But without them, I’d have missed my daughter’s birth

I’ll never forget the moment I found out that a group of people had blocked a charter deportation flight leaving Stansted airport on 28 March 2017, because I was one of the people that had a seat on the plane and was about to be removed from Britain against my will. While most of those sitting with me were whooping with joy when they heard the news, I was angry. After months in detention, the thought of facing even just one more day in that purgatory filled me with terror. And, crucially, I had no idea then of what I know now: that the actions of those activists, who became known as the Stansted 15, would help me see justice, and save my life in Britain.

Related: Activists convicted of terror offence for blocking Stansted deportation flight

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I salute the heroic Stansted protesters who saved me from deportation | Anonymous

The ‘Stansted 15’ face jail for stopping my flight from taking off. But without them, I’d have missed my daughter’s birth

I’ll never forget the moment I found out that a group of people had blocked a charter deportation flight leaving Stansted airport on 28 March 2017, because I was one of the people that had a seat on the plane and was about to be removed from Britain against my will. While most of those sitting with me were whooping with joy when they heard the news, I was angry. After months in detention, the thought of facing even just one more day in that purgatory filled me with terror. And, crucially, I had no idea then of what I know now: that the actions of those activists, who became known as the Stansted 15, would help me see justice, and save my life in Britain.

Related: Activists convicted of terror offence for blocking Stansted deportation flight

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Charlottesville: jury to recommend sentence for James Fields

White nationalist convicted of first-degree murder in death of Heather Heyer faces 20 years to life in prison

A man convicted of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia faces 20 years to life in prison as jurors reconvene to consider his punishment.

The panel that convicted James Alex Fields Jr will hear more evidence Monday before recommending a sentence for Judge Richard Moore.

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High court rejects challenge to ‘hostile environment’ NHS charge

Judge dismisses Windrush cancer patient’s claim regulations required public consultation

A judge has rejected a challenge by a member of the Windrush generation to the government requirement for the NHS to charge overseas patients for treatment.

A 58-year-old man identified as “MP” who required urgent treatment for blood cancer had sought a judicial review of the relevant regulations, which formed a plank of the hostile environment policy.

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