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Scandals highlight Israeli leader’s media obsession

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Benjamin Netanyahu came to prominence as a star of the media age, an upgrade from older Israeli politicians in his telegenic poise, mastery of message and gift for the sound bite in English and Hebrew. But those skills may have morphed into a darker obsession with controlling the media that now accounts for much of the scandal threatening his rule.

Wigan Athletic v Manchester City: FA Cup fifth round – live!

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9.01pm GMT

47 min: Having seen the red card a few times now, it seems that Delph slid over the ball with his leading leg and got it with his back knee. He also went in with a lot of force. I still think it’s harsh, though.

8.59pm GMT

46 min: Wigan get the second half underway. Pep Guardiola, who was still continuing his furious row with Paul Cook in the tunnel, has calmed down. He’s made a defensive change, bringing on Kyle Walker for Leroy Sane. On the red card, what needs to be explained is how Anthony Taylor changed his mind. Did he reach the decision on his own, did his assistants help him or was it because of the pressure from Wigan?

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Westminster councillor received gifts and hospitality 514 times in three years

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Number of freebies enjoyed by Robert Davis is evidence of ‘broken culture’ at council, says Labour

Full list of Robert Davis’s 514 freebies

Westminster city council’s deputy leader has emerged as a contender for the title of the most schmoozed politician in Britain, receiving entertainment, meals and gifts more than 500 times in the last three years.

From tickets to the hottest West End shows to exclusive dinners in London’s finest restaurants and trips to the south of France, the official declarations reveal an extraordinary lifestyle that included one day in Mallorca, when Robert Davis managed two lunches, the first at the home of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the second at the home of the Earl of Chichester.

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