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'Explosive device' found in mailbox at George Soros home

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Package containing what appeared to be explosive device found at New York state home of billionaire

A package containing what appeared to be an explosive device has been found in a mailbox outside the New York state residence of billionaire financier George Soros, police said.

Soros, one of the world’s biggest donors to liberal groups and causes, has become a hate figure for rightwing campaigners in the United States and eastern Europe, and the target of a hostile media campaign by the nationalist government in his native Hungary.

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Jamal Khashoggi death: Erdoğan says Saudi team planned murder - live coverage

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Join us for rolling coverage as the Turkish president makes a statement on the death of the murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi

11.17am BST

Here’s some more analysis from our Middle East editor, Martin Chulov:

Erdogan clearly calculated that it did not suit him, or Turkey, to release the audio of the killing, and apparent video - both of which multiple sources have confirmed that his officials indeed have.

His decision to return the onus to Saudi Arabia was interesting, and unexpected. After exerting extreme pressure on the kingdom through more than a fortnight of piecemeal leaks, he opted out of a coup de grace when he had the world’s attention.

11.12am BST

From the Guardian’s diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour:

Presume Erdogan knows more than he revealed today, and capitals know he knows more. Known Knowns increase his bargaining power. Striking that he said he believed King Salman was sincere, but did not say same of Crown Prince.

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Geoffrey Rush Claims Defamation Over #MeToo Claims That ‘Smashed And Destroyed’ His Reputation

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Mark Evans

It is one of the most celebrated moments of tragedy in the English theatrical canon; a grief-stricken and howling King Lear stumbles on stage, bearing aloft the dead body of his daughter Cordelia, after an order to stay her execution does not reach the hangman in time.

Now, however, the rendering of this iconic moment by the actor Geoffrey Rush in a performance of the Shakespeare play in Sydney, Australia, is the centerpiece of a blockbuster trial after an Australian newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, accused the Oscar-winning actor of using the scene to inappropriately touch the actress playing Cordelia, Eryn Jean Norvill.

Rush is suing the publication for defamation, in what is being seen as one of the first public tests of an allegation inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Sri Lanka v England: fifth ODI – live!

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11.14am BST

17th over: Sri Lanka 122-0 (Dickwella 64, Samarawickrama 51) A fine over from Rashid, who beats Samarawickrama with the googly and would be asking for a review if this was a Test match. And that’s drinks, with Sri Lanka well on top, and showing themselves how they should have played the whole series.

11.11am BST

16th over: Sri Lanka 119-0 (Dickwella 62, Samarawickrama 51) With his fifty in the bag, and now his mate’s too, Dickwella starts having a laugh: a flick for four, a scoop for four more, both off Plunkett, who’s usually hard to get away.

“Is it cowardly,” asks Bob O’Hara, “to pray for rain?” Nice one.

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Sarah Silverman apologises after Louis CK masturbation comments

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Silverman apologised after she said she had given the comedian permission to masturbate in front of her and hoped he would able to discuss his sexual misconduct on stage

Sarah Silverman has apologised after saying she wanted Louis CK to perform again and address the sexual misconduct claims made against him.

Silverman told Howard Stern on his radio show that she thought Louis CK had “remorse” for his actions, almost a year after several women came forward with stories of the comic exposing his penis to them and masturbating in front of them.

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The Fashion Awards 2018: nominations announced

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Industry favourites Kim Jones, Virgil Abloh and Riccardo Tisci have all been given nods in the same year they made their highly anticipated debuts

The Fashion Award nominations for 2018 have been announced this morning, with major nods going to the most high-profile designer debuts of the year.

Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh and Dior Homme’s Kim Jones, who unveiled their first collections for the luxury houses in July, have both picked up a nomination in the prized Designer of the Year category, while Riccardo Tisci, who took over the reigns at Burberry, has been nominated in the British Designer of the Year Menswear group.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Saudi Arabian Officials Planned Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Days Before His Death

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(ANKARA)—Turkey’s president has urged Saudi Arabia to reveal who ordered the “savage murder” of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, and said the 18 Saudis suspected of carrying it out should be tried in Turkish courts.

Addressing lawmakers of his ruling party in Parliament Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says all those responsible for the killing must be punished regardless of rank — from the person who ordered his death to those who carried out the killing.

He asked: “where is the body of Jamal Khashoggi?” For the first time, Erdogan also confirmed that a body double of Khashoggi was used as a decoy after he was killed.

Erdogan’s speech came as skepticism intensified about Saudi Arabia’s account that he died accidentally in its consulate in Istanbul.

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