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When Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a ‘dog’ on Twitter, some still managed to be shocked

The question of how to cover the revelations of Omarosa Manigault Newman, a woman who sorely tests the principle of my enemy’s enemy is my friend, twisted US journalists into caveat-issuing pretzels this week. She is an unreliable witness with a huge axe to grind; she is, as those who watched her on The Apprentice may recall, highly vindictive. She was also prepared to tolerate Donald Trump’s sexism and racism as long as he was paying her salary.

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Paul Everingham says former prime minister had given him an undertaking not to override territory laws

Amid a fresh push to allow the territories to legalise euthanasia, the Northern Territory’s first chief minister and deputy have revealed – for the first time in more than 40 years – they were promised the federal government would never intervene in territory affairs.

The Senate rejected on Wednesday night a bill from Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm to allow territories to pass their own laws on voluntary euthanasia. The decision angered territory leaders past and present, who said it left Territorians as “second class citizens” and renewed their calls for statehood.

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Motion to abolish regulations obstructing the development of sustainable nuclear energy will also be debated

The Nationals will debate motions calling for the Turnbull government to support building new high-efficiency coal plants, and maximise the use of the Latrobe Valley’s brown coal reserves, at their federal council this weekend.

As the prime minister and the energy minister moved on Friday to overhaul the national energy guarantee in an attempt to contain an internal crisis within the government, the Nationals will revive the coal debate at their gathering in Canberra. The party’s leader, Michael McCormack, will pledge to fix “power reliability and affordability”.

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Corey Stewart’s odd attack on his Democratic opponent is apparent attempt to link Kaine with protesters clashing with white supremacists

The Republican nominee for US Senate in Virginia on Friday tweeted out a bizarre photoshopped image of his Democratic opponent, Tim Kaine, shaking hands with Joseph Stalin.

Under the hashtag #AntifaTimKaine, Corey Stewart described Kaine meeting Stalin to discuss “economic policy” in 1944. Kaine, who was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2016, was born in 1958.

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Donald Trump has defended his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who faces 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud. Trump’s comments came as a jury convened in Virginia, following a three-week trial in which federal prosecutors called 27 witnesses to testify against Manafort. He faces up to 305 years in prison

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After the royal commission exposed large-scale rorting of super accounts, we explain how you can check whether your nest egg is being looked after

The banking royal commission finished its interrogation of the superannuation industry this week with the reputation of institutions such as Commonwealth Bank and AMP taking yet another battering.

What did we learn? The main takeaway is that millions of Australians are being ripped off by their super funds with exorbitant fees and charges.

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Cara Mund made the allegations against chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper in a letter to former titleholders

The reigning Miss America has accused the pageant’s leaders of bullying and manipulating her, in the latest controversy to hit the embattled competition.

Related: Bye-kini: Miss America says it will no longer judge appearances

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  • Aquatic center employee videotaped women in changing area
  • Woman said secret taping affected her marriage and lifestyle

A judge has awarded a couple $1m in damages in a voyeurism case after they sued a former lifeguard and local city employee who admitted to videotaping women while they used a staff changing area at an aquatic center in Washington state.

The woman in the lawsuit said the secret video taping has caused her mental anguish, altered her marriage and lifestyle and diminished her love for swimming because of the anxiety she feels when changing into a swimsuit, the Bellingham Herald reported.

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Playground oases could benefit students and city alike, but will making them public prove too controversial in a city on high alert?

It’s only 10am but the heat is already radiating off the asphalt at the École Riblette, a primary school on the outskirts of Paris. Sébastien Maire, the city’s chief resilience officer, points to the school’s lower courtyard, a classic heat trap: surrounded by concrete walls that reflect sunlight inside. Last June, the courtyard hit 55C (131F).

“For three days, school activities stopped,” Maire says. “It was not possible for the children to study, nor to go into the schoolyard. We would forbid them because it’s 55 degrees – you can fry an egg on the ground.”

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The appearance of the president’s daughter-in-law may be a surprise to even those watching closely

It’s often said that no one who finds their way into Donald Trump’s orbit manages to escape entirely clean. But Lara Trump, wife of the president’s son Eric, has largely managed to buck that trend over the past couple of years.

Related: Omarosa releases new tape of Trump campaign's 'hush money' offer

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Human rights panel says appeals are ongoing for the imprisoned leftist former president, in response to Lula’s lawyers’ request

The UN Human Rights Committee ruled Friday that Brazil’s imprisoned leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva cannot be disqualified from upcoming presidential elections because his legal appeals are ongoing.

The committee issued the finding following an urgent request filed by Lula’s lawyers on 27 July.

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Stricken Tory county council warns plan is unlikely to prove a financial panacea

Crisis-hit Northamptonshire’s county council and its seven district and borough councils have reluctantly proposed that they be replaced by two unitary authorities, but said it would not be a financial panacea.

The stricken Conservative-run county council, which has a budget shortfall of up to £70m, declared effective bankruptcy in February and the following month an inspector said the current structure should be scrapped.

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Charities say making people wait two decades in abject poverty is ‘utterly barbaric’

The Home Office has left some people waiting more than 20 years for decisions on their asylum claims, according to data obtained exclusively by the Guardian, in delays charities say are unacceptable and “utterly barbaric”.

Seventeen people received decisions from the Home Office last year on claims they had submitted more than 15 years ago, four of whom had waited more than 20 years for a decision. The worst case was a delay of 26 years and one month after the person initially applied for asylum.

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My mum, Tietje Ives-Scheenstra, who has died aged 99, lived an eventful life. Born into a tiny farming community near Wolvega in the Netherlands, as the youngest daughter of Grietje and Meint Scheenstra, Tietje chose a career outside the farm. At 18 she began nursing training in the city of Leeuwarden, and she continued to nurse in the northern provinces throughout the second world war.

From 1940 the Netherlands was under Nazi occupation. Tietje recalled seeing Dutch Jews assembling in the town square in Leeuwarden before being transported to the transit camp at Westerbork. She remembered delivering babies by kerosene light on canal barges.

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Michael Freeman, counsellor for civil society affairs at the embassy of Israel in London, responds to Nathan Thrall’s article on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

Nathan Thrall’s 10,000-word polemic on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (‘Something needs to happen’, Long read, 14 August) airbrushes the very nature of a movement whose leaders fundamentally “oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine”, even inside the 1967 lines that are often referred to by the Arab League and the Palestinian Authority as a starting point for negotiations.

UN secretary general António Guterres said last year that “a modern form of antisemitism is the denial of the right of the State of Israel to exist”. However, the BDS movement continues to exhibit an older, more familiar form of antisemitism, too.

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220,000 people left homeless in southern Indian state after unusually heavy rain

More than 324 people have died in the worst flooding in nearly a century in the south Indian state of Kerala.

Roads are damaged, mobile phone networks are down, an international airport has been closed and more than 220,000 people have been left homeless after unusually heavy rain in the past nine days.

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Problems include wrong patient details appearing, work not saving and system freezes

Doctors for the armed forces have said their ability to provide a safe service is being hampered by serious problems with their IT system.

The British Medical Association (BMA) says it has been raising the issue for two years with the surgeon-general and Ministry of Defence (MoD) amid concerns it is jeopardising patient care.

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Finger-pointing over Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Tunis has now spread to the Tory party. Yet all it does is provoke division

Calls this week for the Conservative peer Lord Sheikh to be expelled from his party, for attending the same Palestinian rights conference as the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in 2014, are the signs of a row that has spiralled out of control.

Like Corbyn, Mohamed Sheikh was at the conference at the invitation of the Tunisian president – though he did not lay a wreath. His attendance has prompted the Tory MPs Zac Goldsmith and Robert Halfon to claim the peer breached the party’s code of conduct. Goldsmith tweeted: “If this man is not immediately expelled from the Conservative Party, the Party hierarchy’s complaints about Corbyn will look entirely cynical.” This is an unfortunate arrangement of words, since such complaints look pretty cynical whether or not the man is expelled.

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Floods in the southern state of Kerala in India have left more than 320 people dead and more than 220,000 displaced from their homes. It is believed the death toll may rise, with more rain predicted and thousands of people still awaiting rescue.

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Man and woman, who have London addresses, also charged with possessing extreme pornography

Two people have appeared in court in London charged with the female genital mutilation of a three-year-old girl.

A man, 42, and a woman, 36, each face five charges which, in addition to FGM, also include failing to protect a girl from the risk of genital mutilation and possession of extreme pornographic images of people having sex with animals.

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