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Stormzy in Twitter tirade against Rees-Mogg over Grenfell controversy

Stormzy in Twitter tirade against Rees-Mogg over Grenfell controversy

Entertainment
Stormzy has called Jacob Rees-Mogg "an actual piece of s***" and called for his resignation after the politician's Grenfell comments. The rapper said the comments showed "politicians are actual aliens" and that Mr Rees-Mogg is a "scumbag". Mr Rees-Mogg, who is the leader of the Commons, said it would have been "common sense" for Grenfell Tower residents to ignore advice and leave the burning building.Speaking on LBC's Nick Ferrari on Monday, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building."It just seems the common sense thing to do and it is such a tragedy that that didn't happen." Advertisement Mr Rees-Mogg subsequently ap...
Melbourne Cup controversy marks weekend horse racing

Melbourne Cup controversy marks weekend horse racing

Sports
Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Breeders' Cup, of course, is the big story in weekend horse racing but there's plenty more action outside Southern California, from England to Hong Kong and even Australia, where final preparations are under way for the Melbourne Cup. We cover the Breeders' Cup separately. Here's the rest of the scoop you don't want to overlook: Santa Anita We'll start with the Breeders' Cup host track, which offers the usual fine supporting program. The Breeders' Cup abandoned its brief flirtation with stayers years ago but it's become traditional for the host track to take up that slack. So, Friday's $ 200,000 Grade II Marathon, at 14 furlongs on the main track, features a field of six with Campaign as the 4-5 favorite. The 4-year-old Curlin colt won the 1 1/2 Cougar II Handicap...
Roman Polanski film premieres at Venice amid controversy

Roman Polanski film premieres at Venice amid controversy

Entertainment
Roman Polanski's new film has had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, despite controversy over its inclusion.Argentine director Lucrezia Martel, who is chairing the festival's jury, said she did not want to "congratulate" the director and that his participation in the festival made her "uncomfortable". Polanski, who is wanted in the US after admitting to sex with a minor in 1977, did not attend the screening.J'Accuse (An Officer and a Spy) stars Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin. Martel later stressed she had no "prejudice" against Polanski's film, and would see it after the gala premiere.The film is a historical thriller telling the true story of French Jewish arm...
Trudeau fires Canada's ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

Trudeau fires Canada's ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

World
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fired Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum.It follows controversial comments Mr McCallum made about an extradition case involving a senior executive from the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.Mr Trudeau said in a statement he had asked John McCallum to step down, but did not offer a reason.The detention of Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the US, angered China and soured Canada's relations with Beijing.Ms Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, is accused by the US of evading sanctions on Iran. Both she and Huawei deny those allegations.What did Justin Trudeau say?In a statement, the Canadian prime minister said: "Last night I asked for and accepted John McCallum's resignation as Canada's ambas...
Twitter freezes 'blue ticks' amid controversy

Twitter freezes 'blue ticks' amid controversy

Technology
Twitter has put a temporary hold on its general verifications following complaints about its 'blue ticks' lending gravitas to controversial figures.Verified accounts on Twitter receive a blue tick next to their name, establishing that the user is who they claim to be.In an extra-long tweet meeting the social media platform's new 280-character limit, Twitter's support account explained the move."Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance," the company said."We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon," the account added.A statement by Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder and chief executive, said: "W...