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News for Nov 25, 2022

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Anwar Ibrahim: from protest leader and prisoner to Malaysias PM -- The Guardian

Anwar has tasted political triumph and defeat in decades-long quest for the top job; The 75-year-old has led street protests for democratic reforms and strung together a multi-ethnic opposition coalition while behind bars

Outline: (what is this?) malaysias pm anwar

Tone: (what is this?) ++ v. positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ? Anwar Ibrahim

UK experts helped shut down Covid lab leak theory - weeks after being told it might be true -- The Telegraph

Top scientists including Sir Patrick Vallance were warned that Covid-19 could have evolved in laboratory animals, but collaborated in a paper which shut down the lab leak theory, it has emerged

Outline:  covid lab leak theory

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - covid, -- China, ++ RNA

Flossie, 26, officially the world's oldest cat -- BBC News (UK)

26-year-old pet in London sets new record as the world's oldest living cat

Outline:  oldest cat

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Flossie, ? BBC, ? Australia

Labour questions 203m PPE contract award and Conservative peer Michelle Mone links -- BBC News (UK)

Labour's Angela Rayner accuses government of a 'conflict of interest' with PPE Medpro; The company won government contracts worth £203m during the Covid-19 pandemic

Outline:  ppe medpro

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, - Tory, - Tories

Shamima Begum knew about IS when she joined, UK lawyer says -- BBC News (UK)

Shamima Begum joined IS "with her eyes open", say government lawyers

Outline:  government lawyers shamima begum

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ UK, - ISIS, -- U.K.

Russia passes law banning LGBT propaganda among adults -- The Guardian

Bill criminalises promotion of ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ as Moscow ramps up its conservative push at home; Vladimir Putin is expected to sign the bill in the coming days

Outline:  russian lgbt network

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Russia, ++ Putin, -- LGBT

Iran football manager Queiroz confronts BBC's Shaimaa Khalil -- BBC News (UK)

Iran's football manager Carlos Queiroz confronts BBC correspondent Shaimaa Khalil after question to player

Outline:  iran football manager queiroz

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, - Iran, ++ England

BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player in history to score at five World Cup tournaments -- Metro

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal at a World Cup in 2006 in a penalty against Iran; Portugal beat Ghana 3-2 in their opening game of the tournament in Brazil

Outline:  ronaldo

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ World Cup, ++ Marta, ++ Ronaldo

Queen's friend says Netflix series The Crown "makes me so angry" -- BBC News (UK)

Lady Glenconner was a maid of honour at the Queen's coronation and was lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret for 30 years

Outline:  royal drama

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Netflix, ++ The Crown, ++ Charles

King Charles will return to Sandringham for first Christmas as monarch -- BBC News (UK)

King Charles will spend his first Christmas as monarch at Sandringham in Norfolk; He is expected to be joined by the Queen Consort and wider family

Outline:  traditional royal christmas

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Christmas, ? Norfolk, ? BBC

Belgium blocks export of nuclear technology to UK -- The Times

Belgium and the UK have become embroiled in a row after the Belgian government blocked the export of technology that is critical for maintaining the British nuclear deterrent, despite both countries being Nato allies

Outline:  nato allies belgium

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Belgium, ++ UK, ++ US

Steve Baker wants to renegotiate Brexit agreement over Northern Ireland -- The Guardian

Northern Ireland minister’s proposal comes after PM denied plans for Swiss-style relationship with EU; Baker outlines potential ways of removing the role of the European court of justice in disputes

Outline:  post - brexit northern ireland

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Brexit, ? Steve Baker, ? Johnson

Newspaper headlines: 'Referendum indy bin' and energy saving campaign -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  referendum indy bin

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Bitcoin, ? Sturgeon, ? Conservative Peer Mone

Record number of UK university staff striking over pay, says union -- The Guardian

More than 70,000 UK university staff go on strike over pay and pensions

Outline:  uk university staff

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UCU, ? UK, ? Twitter

Teachers hold mass rallies during strike over pay -- BBC News (UK)

Scottish schools shut as teachers strike over pay

Outline:  scottish secondary teachers

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Tory, ++ Scotland, ? UK

TV host Jonnie Irwin says A Place in the Sun axed him after cancer diagnosis -- BBC News (UK)

Jonnie Irwin has been a presenter on Channel 4 property show A Place in the Sun since 2004; He was diagnosed in 2020 and given six months to live, but did not make his illness public until recently

Outline:  cancer diagnosis tv presenter jonnie irwin

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- BBC, - cancer, - UK

Cheltenham rapper Keanan named as Gay Times' rising star -- BBC News (UK)

24-year-old rapper named as Gay Times' rising star

Outline:  gay rapper

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Cheltenham, ? Brexit, ? Ghost

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