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15/09/2019

Jojo Rabbit: Nazi satire wins top Toronto film award

The film Jojo Rabbit has won the influential People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).The World War II satire about a young boy in 1940s Germany who discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their house stars Scarlett Johansson and Roman Griffin Davis.Johansson also appears in the film that was first runner-up, Marriage Story, where she plays a mother and actress divorcing her theatre director husband, played by Adam Driver.The second runner-up was Parasite, a South Korean comedy-drama which earlier this year won the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes Film Festival....
15/09/2019

New Zealand: Man brings clown to redundancy meeting

When copy writer Josh Thompson received an ominous email from his bosses asking to discuss his role at the company, he knew he was facing redundancy. The human resources department at FCB New Zealand encouraged him to bring a "support person" to help cushion the blow, an option that is legally required in New Zealand. But rather than bring a family member, a friend or even a pet, the part-time stand-up comedian decided to splash out NZ$200 (£100) on a clown called "Joe"."I was working - because I had a job back then - and I got an email and...
15/09/2019

Brett Kavanaugh: Trump defends judge amid new misconduct claims

US President Donald Trump has angrily defended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct.A former university classmate of Justice Kavanaugh's has said he exposed himself at a student party and engaged in other inappropriate behaviour there.Mr Trump condemned the media and opposition Democrats.He suggested Justice Kavanaugh should sue for libel - or that the US justice department should "rescue" him.Justice Kavanaugh denied sexual misconduct accusations that were made against him by two women during his confirmation to the Supreme Court a year ago. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEmotional testimonies by...

15/09/2019

Pliskova claims fourth WTA title of year at the Zhengzhou Open

Karolina Pliskova swept past Petra Martic in straight sets to win the WTA Zhengzhou Open in China.Pliskova only needed 77 minutes to beat the Croatian 6-3 6-2 in a rain-interrupted final for her fourth tournament success of 2019.The Czech player, top seed at the event, only dropped one set all week on her way to the title. Victory in Zhengzhou followed earlier titles in Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne for the 26-year-old.The world number two will close the gap on Australia's Ashleigh Barty in the rankings, however she has yet to secure a first Grand Slam title. Her best performance this...
15/09/2019

Virginia removes requirement to declare race on marriage forms

Couples in the US state of Virginia will no longer have to declare their race in order to get a marriage certificate, its attorney-general says.Mark Herring issued new legal guidance after three couples filed a lawsuit calling the statute "unconstitutional" and "reflective of a racist past".Some options on forms included Aryan, Moor, Octoroon and Mulatto.A lawyer for the couples welcomed the move but said they wanted to fight on to remove the law altogether. Mr Herring issued the guidance in emails on Friday to legal clerks and the media. Marriage licence applicants can now choose to opt out of the...
15/09/2019

General Motors faces strike by almost 50,000 staff

Almost 50,000 General Motors workers have been called out on strike after the car giant failed to reach a pay and conditions deal with the United Auto Workers union (UAW)."We do not take this lightly. This is our last resort," UAW vice-president Terry Dittes told reporters in Detroit.The sides had set a Saturday night deadline to reach agreement.The strike - from midnight (04:00 GMT) on Monday - is the first by GM, America's biggest carmaker, since 2007.In that strike, a two-day stoppage cost $300m (£240m). The union's previous four-year contract with GM expired this weekend, and the two sides had...

15/09/2019

Saudi oil attacks: Will fuel prices go up?

Saudi Arabia's state-owned company Aramco is the world's biggest oil producer, generating 10% of the world's oil, but it is also one of the world's most profitable businesses.For a drone attack to have knocked half of its - and 5% of the world's - oil supply offline, speaks to the vulnerability of their plants and in turn to the vulnerability of a vital part of the global energy infrastructure. The Khurais oilfield produces about 1% of the world's oil, and Abqaiq is the company's largest facility - with the capacity to process 7% of the global supply. Questions being asked...
15/09/2019

Thomas Cook 'racing to finalise rescue deal'

Thomas Cook has said it is "focused on completing" a rescue deal amid reports that some lenders could vote against the terms of the agreement.The troubled travel firm is understood to be in last minute negotiations with bondholders to approve a takeover by Chinese firm Fosun Tourism.The deal needs the backing of three quarters of bondholders to succeed.Thomas Cook wants to delay a meeting with them to give it more time to negotiate, the Financial Times said."We announced on 28 August that we have reached substantial agreement with Fosun and our creditors regarding key commercial terms of the recapitalisation of...
15/09/2019

Hong Kong protests: Petrol bombs and water cannon used in clashes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJets of blue-coloured water hit protesters Police in Hong Kong have used water cannon and tear gas against protesters throwing petrol bombs and bricks near government offices in the city.The violence broke out after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched in defiance of a police ban.Earlier hundreds rallied outside the British Consulate, demanding the UK press China to maintain freedoms guaranteed during the 1997 handover.Months of unrest were sparked by a now-scrapped extradition bill. It would have made it possible for people in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China, where critics...

15/09/2019

Hong Kong protesters rally outside British Consulate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHong Kong protesters sing God Save the Queen Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters have rallied outside the British Consulate demanding that the UK press China to maintain freedoms agreed when the city was handed over in 1997.They sang God Save the Queen and waved Union Jack flags.Thousands are also defying a police ban and marching through the city. Their demands include full democracy.China has warned other countries not to interfere, saying the situation in Hong Kong is purely its own internal affair.Britain has said it has a legal responsibility to ensure China...
15/09/2019

David Cameron: Boris Johnson backed Leave to 'help career'

Boris Johnson did not believe in Brexit during the referendum campaign and backed Leave "because it would help his political career", says David Cameron.In an extract from his memoir published in the Sunday Times, the former PM also refers to cabinet minister Michael Gove as "a foam-flecked Faragist".The pair were "ambassadors for the expert-trashing, truth-twisting age of populism," Mr Cameron writes. And he also accuses Mr Gove of being disloyal to himself and Mr Johnson. Of his former colleague, Mr Cameron writes: "One quality shone through: disloyalty. Disloyalty to me - and, later, disloyalty to Boris." The latest revelations comes...
15/09/2019

Ocean Viking: Rescued migrants disembark in Italy

Eighty-two migrants have disembarked on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa after six days at sea. Italy says it is allowing the ship, the Ocean Viking, to offload the migrants as most of those on board will be relocated to other EU countries. The move signals a change of approach to migration from the new coalition which took office on Tuesday.Ex-Interior Minister Matteo Salvini routinely blocked access to charity-run migrant vessels. The migrants were transferred from the Ocean Viking to a coastguard vessel before being taken ashore, Italian TV pictures showed. Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio told Italian television...