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Top story: Spy worked closely with Paul Manafort

Hello, Warren Murray here, let’s shine some morning light on the news.

A US Senate intelligence committee report lays out a stunning web of contacts between Donald Trump, his top election aides and Russian government officials in the months leading up to the 2016 election. It says a Russian national who worked with Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 was a career spy. The nearly 1,000-page bipartisan report identifies Konstantin Kilimnik as a Russian intelligence officer from the GRU, which poisoned the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK. Kilimnik worked for over a decade in Ukraine with Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager who is these days a convicted felon.

The report cites evidence – some of it redacted – linking Kilimnik to the GRU’s hacking and dumping of Democratic party emails. The Republican-controlled Senate panel said Kilimnik and Manafort used burner phones, encrypted chats and frequently changed email accounts, and messaged via a shared email draft. The striking revelations make it harder for the president and his supporters to go into the election repeating the claim that the Trump-Russia investigation was a “witch-hunt” or “hoax”.

Democrats pick Biden – Overnight, Joe Biden has formally received the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. Biden said: “It means the world to me and my family … I’ll see you on Thursday,” which is when he is due to give his acceptance speech. A few hours ago Jill Biden, the nominee’s wife, gave an impassioned speech in his support.

Democratic national convention day two: Ocasio-Cortez & Jill Biden among speakers – watch in full

Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton both offered their endorsements of Biden. Clinton said of Trump: “If you want a president who defines the job as spending hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media, he’s your man. Denying, distracting, and demeaning works great if you’re trying to entertain and inflame. But in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a speech symbolically nominating Bernie Sanders who as runner-up to Biden also received delegates to the convention.

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Midweek catch-up

> Mali’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, has resigned and dissolved the national assembly on state television after he and the prime minister were arrested by mutinous soldiers in what the European Union described as an attempted coup.

> Ten dissident republican suspects have been arrested in Northern Ireland as part of an island-wide police operation against the New IRA. Properties were raided in Derry, East Tyrone and Belfast by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, while in the republic Garda officers raided properties in Cork, Kerry, Dublin and Laois.

> Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is facing accusations he is trying to cover up an ethics scandal by sending parliament away until late September. Trudeau’s finance minister, Bill Morneau, quit on Monday – both men face accusations of an improper financial relationship with an international development organisation.

> Self-driving cars could be allowed on British motorways from next year. Manufacturers are expected to roll out the next generation of collision-avoidance and lane-keeping technology in new car models in 2021.

Coronavirus latest – The head of the World Bank has called for a more ambitious debt relief plan for poor countries after warning that the Covid-19 recession is turning into a depression in the most challenged parts of the globe. David Malpass said World Bank figures due out next month would show an extra 100 million people pushed into poverty by the crisis. In the UK, Labour is calling on the government to “avoid more chaos of its own making” as 230,000 people face possible eviction when the ban in England and Wales is lifted this weekend. That’s how many adult private renters in England have fallen into rent arrears since the start of the pandemic – among them Zion Walsh, 41, whose partner, Melvin Gwanzura, a teacher, died from Covid in April aged 43. Meanwhile Oldham in Greater Manchester is 48 hours away from potentially being ordered into a “catastrophic” and “premature” local lockdown by Westminster, its council leader has warned. The town has the highest coronavirus infection rate in England, though figures due to be released today show the number of new cases is declining. The latest developments as ever at our live blog – global cases of Covid-19 have surpassed the 22 million mark, while Australia’s PM has said he wants to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory.

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Age no escape from inequality – Ethnic inequalities are “deeply entrenched” among the over-50s in England with older black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people falling behind white peers on income and home ownership, new research has shown. BAME people are more likely to retire later, have a lower weekly income, and are far less likely to own their own home, analysis by the Centre for Ageing Better, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and University College London (UCL) reveals. People from ethnic minority backgrounds aged 50-70 are more likely to be in the poorest 20% of the population in England, and live on an average of £100 less per week compared to white peers. Black people in their 50s and 60s are more likely to be working, with their white peers three times more likely to have retired, suggesting a disparity in the access to pension savings and assets.

Backing for honey remedy – Honey may be better than other treatments for coughs, blocked noses and sore throats, Oxford university researchers have said. They combed through studies that compared honey and preparations containing it, against antihistamines, expectorants, cough suppressants and painkillers. Honey seemed more effective than usual care for improving symptoms, especially the frequency and severity of coughing, they found. The authors say more research is needed but honey might be considered by doctors as a way to safely treat upper respiratory tract symptoms. “Upper respiratory tract infections are the most frequent reason for antibiotic prescription. Since the majority of URTIs are viral, antibiotic prescription is both ineffective and inappropriate.”

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Today in Focus podcast: The A-levels fiasco

When schools in England closed in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it meant students could no longer take their final exams. Instead, computer modelling was used to assign grades. But when results were unveiled, there was shock and anger at what looked like clear injustices.

Today in Focus

The A-levels fiasco

Lunchtime read: ‘Two years lost to climate inaction’

Two years on from Greta Thunberg’s first solo school strike for the climate, she says the world has wasted the time by failing to take the necessary action on the crisis. Tomorrow, on the anniversary of the strike that sparked a global movement, she and other leading school strikers are due to meet Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany and current president of the European council.

Mural of Greta Thunberg painted in Bristol

Mural of Greta Thunberg painted in Bristol. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

They will demand a halt to all fossil fuel investments and subsidies and the establishment of annual, binding carbon budgets based on the best science. Today the group writes: “Over these past two years, the world has emitted more than 80 gigatonnes of CO2. We have seen continuous natural disasters taking place across the globe: wildfires, heatwaves, flooding, hurricanes, storms, thawing of permafrost and collapsing of glaciers and whole ecosystems. Many lives and livelihoods have been lost. And this is only the very beginning.”


Thomas Tuchel said he felt pressure before Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 victory over RB Leipzig but admitted his pride after guiding them to their first Champions League final. Ronaldo Koeman will be the next coach of Barcelona, the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed at the end of another dramatic day at the Camp Nou. Ed Smith, England’s national selector, believes Adil Rashid still wants to play Test cricket and insists his status as a white-ball-only player at Yorkshire would not be a barrier to a possible recall this winter. The British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa may not take place next year if supporters are not allowed to attend because of Covid-19 restrictions. The prospect of Charley Hull ending her wait for a major title this weekend at Royal Troon has diminished after the 24-year-old admitted her indifference towards links golf. And Damian Lillard had 34 points and the Portland Trail Blazers spoiled LeBron James’s first playoff appearance for the Los Angeles Lakers with a 100-93 victory in Game 1 of the teams’ playoff series.


Stocks have been mixed in Asia. The Nikkei 225 edged higher after Japan reported exports fell 19% in July from a year earlier – an improvement over a 26.2% drop in June. The Shanghai Composite fell while the S&P/ASX 500 in Australia rose. Markets in Hong Kong were closed due to a tropical storm. Overnight Wall Street clawed back the last of its coronavirus losses with the S&P 500 closing at an all-time high on Tuesday, gaining 0.2% to 3,389.78. This morning the pound is worth $1.323 and €1.109 while the FTSE is poised to open about 20 points higher.

The papers

Not a lot of love for the education secretary today despite the relief spread by his A-levels reversal. “You’re Gavin a laugh” taunts the Metro, which runs the strapline “Omnishambles Britain” like it’s an ongoing series. The Mail dubs Gavin Williamson “The man who won’t take the blame”. “PM backs embattled Williamson as blame game begins” says the i, while the Guardian has “Confidence in Williamson drains away as schools prepare to reopen”.

Guardian front page, Wednesday 19 August 2020

Guardian front page, Wednesday 19 August 2020.

The Telegraph has an unappetising photo of Tories Jacob Rees-Mogg and Richard Drax appearing to struggle even to eat an ice-cream competently. Its splash is “Universities demand extra cash to teach more students”. The Times has “Students in limbo after A-level row” – it adds that “Thousands must delay university courses for a year”.

The Express would steer our attention away from that – it has “Bloodbath – 300,000 jobs face axe on high street”. The FT flirts with hyperbole: “US stocks defy virus crisis after 50% rebound brings record high”. The Mirror continues the Harry Dunn campaign: “End this torture” – as his mother calls for the crash driver to “return to Britain to face justice”.

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RAMMSTEIN @ Estádio da Luz, Lisbon




Four years have passed since Stadium tour belonging RAMMSTEIN started in Germany. Much more since the itinerary was originally announced, and given the pandemic, it has been just under 365 days since tickets for the Portugal concert went on sale. However, after such a long wait for the return of the German band to the national soil, the day finally came when the titans of industrial metal honored us with their presence again. It was the stadium debut of a band that first visited us with two performances in 1998 at Paradise Garage and Hard Club and the national audience saw it grow step by step. Despite the absence we’ve been left with for the past decade (the last show here dates back to 2013 at the then Pavilhão Atlântico), the arrival of the Germans turned Lisbon into a black sea. In fact, a simple trip to the supermarket in the morning would be enough to realize that people from all over the country (and not only) have gathered there, the Portuguese almost all with backpacks on their backs, converging to host a group that is about to celebrate three decades careers. According to some, recent accusations that Till Lindemannthe band’s lead singer, has become the subject of much conversation on social media and the media in recent months – a story unfortunately repeated in the entertainment world.

Let’s face it, it was the national date for the third route Stadium tour on the Old Continent RAMMSTEIN arrived in Portugal in disgrace rather than grace. Even so, the metro ride to Estádio da Luz was electrifying. Inside, we were greeted by a sea of ​​people all along the useful perimeter, with bars packed to capacity and a cool breeze that began to rise in the late afternoon, chasing away any shadow of a potential stadium elephant. Whether you think about it or not, or realize that the future seems increasingly uncertain for the band (or for the band with Till), the truth is that everything is set to welcome you with open arms. You can understand why if you look ahead. A gigantic stage dominates the stadium with several towers dotted across the lawn. Up there, the gray sky is preparing to receive all the explosives that will be detonated all night. Let’s face it, it’s not every day that we go to a show where we have to spend a few very long minutes to even grasp the size and scope of everything that lies ahead of us. And yes, even though the lineup had been circulating widely since the start of the tour, expectations were still high for it. performance in itself. But let’s start because this scene is really impressive; built to recreate an impressive dystopian cityscape that could very well have emerged straight from the classic silent “Megapolis”from Fritz Lang, which is easily confused with the futuristic structure of the current SLB home. Result with the French ABELAR playing piano versions of the classic headliners (on a dais at midfield left), it was just right for a band with such a penchant for imposing, dramatic gestures to shine in all their glory.

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We could try to distort the text as much as we like, and at times it may even seem pointless to write about a show of force like that RAMMSTEIN. They are a HUGE, fiery band when needed; the choreography is thought out to the smallest detail – and, in truth, they have set the standard for what a great concert can be over the past two decades. with every tour becoming even larger and more imposing than the previous one, by this time nothing will allow them to give anything but an exceptional concert. Despite the restrictions, this unmissable event of the year also proved to be no exception to this rule, and once again the idea that no one represents a live show like these people was strengthened. The main export of German metal became famous for two reasons; they cause more explosions than a fireworks factory fire and play music at such a volume that it can often be heard 17 kilometers from where they play. Well, the same thing happened here, with a powerful and loud sound (perhaps too low in the place where we were present at the concert), well supported by sound towers strategically placed so that everyone can hear everything in loud and clear sound. . With the volume pumped up, you could feel the bass rumble through the foundation of the stadium. Taken into account: nothing much has changed on the stage since we last saw them, but everything has gotten bigger, much bigger.

01. ram song | 02. Links 2-3-4 | 03. Punish me | 04. Poisonous | 05. Yearning | 06. My heart burns | 07. Puppet | 08. angst | 09. Time | 10. Germany | eleven. Radio | 12. my part |13, Do you have | 14. sonne /// Anchor 1 /// 15. Engel | 16. Foreigner | 17. You smell so good | 18. Without you ///Bis 2/// 19. Rammstein | 20. I want | 21. Goodbye

Four minutes late – 9:34 p.m. seems to have been strategically chosen to ensure that the musicians would only take the stage at night – and the stadium went dark. To the sounds “Music for the Royal Fireworks”now made an anthem RAMMSTEIN, the group’s symbol hangs on the screen of the structure’s giant central tower. The stage lights up as we see Lindemann being lowered in the elevator. The first flames appear and RAMMSTEIN start engines, as is known, with the help of “Rama Song”. Cell phones stay in the air, capturing the moment, but bodies move to the sound of always benevolent “Links 2-3-4”with priceless Christian “Doctor Flake” Lorenz to remain unstoppable on the treadmill next to the keyboard, while the audience alternately dances and shakes their heads, lulled by undeniable hooks. Journey into the past withPunish me” e”Yearning“, how in “poisonous” in the middle of the passion subsided a little. This or all approached what he saw. After that there is a feeling “My heart burns” and alivePuppet” they made everyone sing in unison again. For two hours, the sold-out crowd at the Estádio da Luz not only saw the band play some of their greatest hits. It really happened. Played almost all big games hitsA “Germany”A “Do you have”A “My Part”A “Sonne”A “I want” and even the song of the same name, but it was the show itself – performance – which turned out to be completely out of this world.

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The level of pyrotechnics is indescribable: Lindemann wears a wheel on his back, spewing fire in all directions, and the guitarists Paul Landers e Richard Kruspe armed with two huge flamethrowers attached to their guitars and firing huge flames. There are more innocent things like huge guns confetti which envelop the entire stadium with paper tapes. And everywhere there is fire, a lot of fire. At times, heat was felt on the face, anywhere from the lawn to the stands farthest from the main structure, and waves of pyrotechnics lit up not only the stage, but also the four towers that towered above the crowd and left them. dark puffs of smoke hang in the sky. There was literally a feeling that we were among the rubble of some devastated post-futuristic city. Then there were more earthy things, with a small stage arranged in the middle of the hall (slightly to the left of those who are facing the stage), where musicians joined the crowd. ABELAR interpret “Engel”, which opened the first Encore. After that, the band members returned to the main stage in inflatable rubber boats and attacked the luxurious trio, consisting of “Foreigner“,”You smell so good»e«Without you“. in a second bis planned, but still very much in demand) there was still time to listen to “Rammstein“,”I want“and, at the moment of farewell, very appropriate”Goodbye“.

The images in the gallery are from GEORGE BOOTS.

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Exposed. Images Proving Thiago Rodriguez Wasn’t Defeated, He Just Fell



Exposed.  Images Proving Thiago Rodriguez Wasn't Defeated, He Just Fell

Brazilian actor Thiago Rodriguez, 42, was exposed by CCTV footage near the site where he was allegedly attacked and robbed. After all, he had just fallen from the structure on which he was sitting, and hit his head and face on the ground, which led to injuries.🇧🇷 He ended up lying on the floor for about 30 minutes until he was rescued by two people passing by who helped him. The case angered the Brazilians.

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It was the Brazilian Civil Police itself that released the CCTV images showing that the thesis defended by the Brazilian actor, who is currently starring in the TVI soap opera Quero É Viver, is not true. Police Chief Bianca Lima confirmed to Record TV’s Domingo Espetacular that the fall was the cause of the actor’s injuries, not the robbers’ aggression.

The images were captured by cameras at a commercial establishment located in Plaza Santos Dumont in Rio de Janeiro, 200 meters from the Jockey Club where Thiago went to party and was expelled from. According to the records, it was 5:40 in the morning when the actor sat on a metal structure, which is located in the square, lost his balance and fell face down on the ground. Only at about 6:10 am he was rescued by two people passing by. However, it is not clear if these people stole the actor’s mobile phone, which has since disappeared, or if Thiago simply lost it in the fall.

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As a result of the fall, the actor received cuts on his head and was even forced to put a few stitches on his head. After that, Thiago went to file a complaint with the police, claiming that he was attacked and robbed by criminals. But that theory didn’t make much sense as the actor still had the wallet and backpack he had that night. “A backpack with things, a wallet and a rope were with him. And we wondered if anyone who goes for such violence would take only a mobile phone,” the police chief explained.

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After all, Thiago Rodriguez was not beaten. The actor will be left alone – News



After all, Thiago Rodriguez was not beaten.  The actor will be left alone - News

Brazilian authorities have denied the story of an alleged attack that allegedly targeted Thiago Rodriguez. The police, agreeing with the video, which is already circulating on social networks, indicate that the actor did fall alone.

Security cameras in buildings near where Thiago Rodriguez was found show him sitting on an iron and falling forward moments later.

The G1 website guarantees that the authorities will suspend the investigation into a possible robbery, given that “the investigation has proven the absence of criminally significant facts.”

However, it is still necessary to understand where the actor’s mobile phone is located. The police, according to the same media, are trying to understand if it was stolen when Thiago was lying on the ground unconscious.

Recall that the 42-year-old artist said that he was robbed at the exit of a bar in Rio de Janeiro.

Thiago Rodriguez is part of the cast of the soap opera Quero É Viver currently airing on TVI.

Watch the video below, published by the Brazilian press, in which you can see the fall of the actor.

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