EU escalates its campaign against Russian propaganda

Petras Auštrevičius, a Lithuanian MEP, said it was clear that the EU needed to be more agile in responding to disinformation campaigns. In contrast, the EU unit relies mostly on member states and a modest slice of the EU’s communication budget. Since the Cologne attacks on New Year’s Eve 2015, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has emerged as the biggest target for Russian disinformation. Donald Tusk, the European council’s president, said in October that “Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU”, highlighting “all sorts of Russian activities, from airspace violations, disinformation campaigns, cyber-attacks [to] interference in the political processes of the EU”. Sanita Pavᶅuta-Deslandes, Latvia’s ambassador to the EU, told the Guardian recently that Russian disinformation campaigns were a constant concern.

January 23, 2017 18:32 UTC

Trump withdraws from Trans-Pacific Partnership amid flurry of orders

Trump’s decision not to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) came as little surprise. “President Trump is wasting no time acting on his promises,” he said. “Now is the time to develop a new trade policy that helps working families, not just multinational corporations,” Sanders said in a statement. “If President Trump is serious about a new policy to help American workers then I would be delighted to work with him. Daniel Ikenson, director of the Herbert A Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, said the US was now becoming “more protectionist than at any point since the Hoover administration”.

January 23, 2017 17:47 UTC

Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger charged with misconduct over behaviour against Burnley

Arsène Wenger is braced to receive a touchline ban after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his altercation with the fourth official, Anthony Taylor, in stoppage time at the end of Arsenal’s narrow victory over Burnley on Sunday. Wenger is alleged to have used “abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official” following the referee Jon Moss’s decision to award Burnley a penalty. Arsène Wenger may face ban following altercation with fourth official Read more“It is further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct,” said a statement from the FA. But just in the last two or three minutes …” Asked about the push on Taylor, Wenger added: “I was sent to the stands. José Mourinho was banned from attending Chelsea’s Premier League game at Stoke last season, and fined £40,000, by the FA after admitting a misconduct charge over his behaviour in the defeat by West Ham in October 2015.

January 23, 2017 17:34 UTC

Financial firms in talks with Amsterdam over relocation from London

But the fact is, there is a European cap and there is a Dutch cap. And the Dutch cap is much lower than the EU cap. She said: “They [the banks and financial firms] are all preparing themselves. “My impression, after the discussions that I have had with many companies, banks etc is that they feel that they will have to do something. “The finance minister has himself expressed that the bonus cap we have is meant for the Dutch banks.

January 23, 2017 17:34 UTC

Investors have little appetite for breakfast at McDonald’s

For a year, Americans had eagerly queued up for the McDonald’s all-day breakfast, but yesterday it appeared that their appetite for Sausage McGriddles, Egg McMuffins and Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuits was finally beginning to wane. Fourth-quarter sales at established restaurants in the United States fell by 1.3 per cent compared with the same period in 2015, the burger chain said, because of a “challenging comparison” against the launch in October that year of the “very successful” all-day breakfast menu. Together with a 5 per cent fall in overall global revenues because of a refranchising programme, investors in New York, concerned about where the next big thing in McDonald’s home market might come from, sent the shares down by 0.9 per cent to $121.17 yesterday…

January 23, 2017 17:08 UTC

Beach attack survivor identified shot friend by her nail polish

A plaque marks the beach at the Imperial Marhaba resort where 38 tourists were killed ZOHRA BENSEMRA/REUTERSA survivor who played dead while an Isis gunman killed 38 tourists at a Tunisian hotel identified her friend’s body by the glittery nail polish on her toes. Carol Anne Powell had stayed by the pool at the Imperial Marhaba in Sousse when her friend Trudy Jones was shot dead through the neck and chest on the beach, the inquest into 30 British deaths was told today. Ms Jones, 51, would head to the water’s edge each day and pull her sunlounger from beneath the thatched parasol to sunbathe, making her the closest victim to Seifeddine Rezgui, 23, as he produced an automatic assault rifle from a large outdoor umbrella and began firing. The inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice in London heard that…

January 23, 2017 17:08 UTC

Three puppies found alive in rubble of Italy avalanche hotel – video

Rescuers take three puppies to safety on Monday after they were found in the rubble of the Italian hotel that was hit by an avalanche. Officials say the discovery of three shaggy white Abruzzo sheepdog pups meant there were still air pockets in the collapsed building, raising hopes that some of the people still missing could be found alive

January 23, 2017 16:37 UTC

Manchester United still making Premier League teams pay in Fergie-time | Ed Aarons

Sir Alex Ferguson may be long gone, but Manchester United’s knack for scoring late goals appears to be alive and well. But while the study also showed that most of the traditional top six actually receive similar advantages, especially when they play at home, this season’s statistics for late goals makes intriguing reading. How the teams at the top of the Premier League have performed in the last 10 minutes of matchesHowever, perhaps the most telling statistic in the Premier League this year is Chelsea. Last season the current league leaders conceded late goals 11 times and dropped 10 points – the worst return in the division – the majority of them coming while Mourinho was still in charge. Claudio Ranieri’s side have scored only two goals after the 80th minute but conceded six, although none of them have ended up costing any points so far.

January 23, 2017 16:23 UTC

Three men arrested in Sweden after Facebook Live 'gang-rape'

Several viewers of live broadcast of alleged attack on young woman in Uppsala reported incident to policeThree men have been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of raping a woman in an assault that was broadcast live on Facebook, police have said. “This rape was broadcasted live in a Facebook group,” police said in a statement. Several viewers of the live broadcast reported the rape, according to the statement. The broadcast is the latest graphic video to bring into focus the complex ethical and policy issues faced by Facebook Live and others. Facebook Live allows anyone to broadcast a video directly from their smartphone.

January 23, 2017 16:07 UTC

May to discuss how to boost US-UK migration with Trump, say sources

Theresa May wants to explore how to boost US-UK migration when she meets the US president, Donald Trump, this week as part of their talks over an early trade deal, according to British government sources. May has yet to make clear how she sees non-European immigration policy developing after Brexit. Australia to seek UK migration deal in Brexit trade talks Read moreShe also rejected leave campaigners’ promises that Brexit could mean a boost in immigration from India and Pakistan to meet the skill needs of the UK curry industry. That can be done with what are called tier 2 visas, but maybe that could be made a little bit easier.”Downer confirmed that easier visa arrangements were negotiated alongside the last Australian-US trade deal. Non-EU migration makes up more than half of Britain’s annual net migration figure, which stands at 335,000.

January 23, 2017 16:02 UTC

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard review – a masterclass in terror

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Resident Evil 7 Photograph: CapcomWith a shift to a first-person perspective, Resident Evil 7 looks like a vivid reinvention. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Resident Evil 7 Photograph: CapcomThe cumulative effect of all that adrenaline baiting is eventually one of terror fatigue and nausea. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Resident Evil 7Via the Bakers and the mysterious girl who lives in their attic, the monsters are now the main subjects of characterisation. Resident Evil 7’s impact is more localised, but no less effective. Resident Evil 7, by contrast, is a masterclass: breezily new, yet quintessentially in character with its illustrious forbearers.

January 23, 2017 16:00 UTC

'Allo 'Allo! actor Gorden Kaye dies

Agent confirms actor best known for role as cafe owner René Artois has died in care home, aged 75Gorden Kaye, the actor best known for his role as René François Artois in the BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died. Kaye’s agent confirmed he died in his care home on Monday, aged 75. His most longstanding and memorable role was as the owner of Cafe René in the BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The ‘Allo ‘Allo! Photograph: United News/Popperfoto/Getty ImagesKaye appeared in all 84 episodes of the popular series and also appeared more than 1,000 times in a stage version.

January 23, 2017 15:56 UTC

Ransomware attack paralyses St Louis libraries as hackers demand bitcoins

Libraries in St Louis have been bought to a standstill after computers in all the city’s libraries were infected with ransomware, a particularly virulent form of computer virus used to extort money from victims. Hackers are demanding $35,000 (£28,000) to restore the system after the cyberattack, which affected 700 computers across the Missouri city’s 16 public libraries. As a result, the library authority has said it will wipe its entire computer system and rebuild it from scratch, a solution that may take weeks. The 16 libraries have all remained open, but computers continue to be off limits to the public. This releases malicious software that disables the victim’s computer system and any computers on the same network.

January 23, 2017 15:42 UTC

Archaeologists discover man whose tongue was replaced by a stone

A gruesome and seemingly unique mutilation has emerged from a Roman Britain burial site in Northamptonshire – the skeleton of a man whose tongue had apparently been amputated and replaced with a flat stone wedged into his mouth. The man had been interred face down, perhaps amid fears that his corpse would rise to threaten people once again, archaeologists believe. It was discovered in 1991, but only now has research been conducted by archaeologists and other specialists at Historic England, formerly English Heritage. The great majority are decapitations, where you’ve got a stone or a pot placed where the head should be. Mays said: “If you cut somebody’s tongue out, the mouth is full of bacteria and so you’re likely to get an infection.

January 23, 2017 15:33 UTC

Italian avalanche: hope for survivors after three puppies found alive in rubble

Rescuers have recovered three puppies from under the rubble of an Italian mountain hotel that was hit by an avalanche five days ago, raising fresh hopes that some of the 22 people still missing could be found alive. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Firefighters hold three puppies that were found alive in the rubble of the avalanche-hit hotel. Photograph: APSeven people are known to have died when the avalanche hit the four-star Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola on Wednesday. Burrowing through narrow holes in the snow and rubble, rescue workers have been painstakingly searching each room of the lodge. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The puppies a day before an avalanche buried the Rigopiano hotel.

January 23, 2017 15:21 UTC

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