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    The Telegraph

    Jeremy Corbyn hits out at Sir Keir Starmer as Labour pays 'substantial damages' to anti-Semitism whistleblowers

    Jeremy Corbyn has publicly challenged Sir Keir Starmer's authority over the decision by Labour to pay "substantial damages" to anti-Semitism whistleblowers who appeared on a BBC Panorama documentary. In a clear challenge to his successor, former Labour leader Mr Corbyn said the decision to settle and apologise to seven former members of staff and the journalist John Ware was a "political" rather than "legal decision". He added that the decision to settle the claims was "disappointing" and risked giving "credibility to misleading and inaccurate allegations about action taken to tackle anti-Semitism in the Labour Party in recent years". Mr Corbyn also cited a recently leaked report on the party's handling of anti-Semitism, now the subject of an internal inquiry, which he said "strengthened concerns about the role played by some of those who took part in the programme". His response came shortly after Labour issued an unreserved apology on Wednesday morning over the "defamatory and false allegations" levelled at the whistleblowers before the programme aired last year. Labour has also apologised and reached a settlement with Mr Ware, a veteran journalist, after accusing him of making "deliberate and malicious misrepresentations designed to mislead the public". It is understood that the total fees and damages amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds.

  • Celebrity

    Inside Friends star David Schwimmer's New York home, where he lives with daughter Cleo

    David Schwimmer is notoriously private about his personal life, but on Tuesday, the Friends star gave fans a rare glimpse inside his home in New York, during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The dad-of-one spoke to the host from his stunning townhouse in Manhattan, in what looked to be the living room. The actor sat in front of a black bookcase, which had rows of books and CDs lined up neatly. A vase of flowers and a black-and-white family photo were also visible in shot. David is a doting dad to nine-year-old Cleo, who splits her time between his home and her mum's, Zoe Buckman.MORE: How Jennifer Aniston is helping Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry during difficult timeFriends star David Schwimmer gave a glimpse inside his living room in New YorkDuring the interview, David opened up about the much-anticipated Friends reunion show, and was asked to weigh in on the show's much-debated conundrum about Ross and Rachel's split in series three of the show. Their relationship ended after Ross slept with a woman named Chloe – on the same night that he and Rachel hit a rough patch.Ross made it clear he believed they had broken up, but Rachel disagreed and branded him a cheat. Asked whether he thought Ross and Rachel were on a break, David replied: "It's not even a question. They were on a break."READ: Why Kim Kardashian hasn't broken silence on Kanye WestThe Ross Geller star shares daughter Cleo with ex-wife Zoe BuckmanOn the upcoming reunion, David added: "It's supposed to happen maybe in August, the middle of August, but honestly we're going to wait and see another week or two if we all determine it's really safe enough to do. And if not, then we'll wait until it's safe." David will be joining his co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow for the one-off show.Jennifer and Lisa recently gave an insight into what fans can expect from the reunion during an interview on Variety's YouTube channel. Jennifer told Lisa that she can't wait for it to happen, saying: "I cannot wait. It's also strange to think it would have been shot and already aired and it would be a little speck in our memory."The pair also admitted that they still don't know when the reunion will take place, with Lisa revealing: "What we do know, we can't say. I think we're meant to be surprised by some things."They also confirmed that they wouldn't be in character during the one-off show, with Jennifer saying: "I will not be Rachel, although I kind of am. Well, we're all sort of little fragments of them. Not really, but yeah."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

  • News
    Evening Standard

    UK 'close to giving up hope' of striking a Brexit deal as talks stall over fishing rights and European Court of Justice

    The UK Government has reportedly abandoned hope of striking a Brexit trade deal with the EU.It comes just days before the end of July when Boris Johnson said he believed an outline agreement could be passed.

  • Celebrity
    USA TODAY Entertainment

    Paris Jackson gushes over 'older brothers' Omer Bhatti and Prince: 'I love them so much'

    "Both of my older brothers are like my best friends," Paris Jackson says referring to Prince and Omer Bhatti, who Joe Jackson once said was Michael's biological son.

  • Celebrity
    Good Housekeeping UK

    Princess Beatrice's husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, shares stunning new wedding photo

    The 37-year-old included a beautiful tribute to his new bride in the accompanying Instagram caption.

  • News
    The Telegraph

    Sacred Mysteries: Constantinople’s great church is now a mosque

    July 24, the day we must veil our faces in shops, will see the Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul functioning again as a mosque. But it won’t end there. It has been a museum in practice since 1931, when Thomas Whittemore, the American archaeologist, secured the enthusiastic support of Kemal Ataturk to uncover the mosaics of what was then a mosque. I don’t like the feel of places of worship turned museums. They are like houses abandoned in war zones: the life has gone from them. This is true of the bare museum of the Galician People in the church of Santo Domingo de Bonaval, in Santiago de Compostela. It is true of the damp shell of the church of Hagia Sophia by the Black Sea at Trebizond, for all the colourful mosaics still there. It cannot be denied, though, that Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is wonderful in its three-dimensional form, especially internally. The dome is 100ft wide and rises 182ft above the pavement. It was finished in the 530s and (like the Pantheon in Rome) is marvellous for its age as well as for its beauty. In that way it resembles the sixth-century church of Sts Sergius and Bacchus, a few minutes’ walk downhill towards the sea. They were churches for 900 years, and mosques for less than 500. The monolithic marble columns and intricately carved capitals (resembling those reused to build the mosque of Cordoba in Spain) cause no distress to Islamic sensibilities. Indeed to a Turkish Muslim, Hagia Sophia looks like a mosque, because mosques adopted the form of Greek churches. The shape of Hagia Sophia can be appreciated from one of the wide pillared galleries that cover the aisles each side of the nave. There too (in addition to curiosities such as a Norseman’s carved runes on a baluster) are some of the world’s loveliest mosaics. This will be a problem, since Islam condemns graven images. A Turkish spokesman has said that the mosaics can be covered up (perhaps by curtains) during prayers in the mosque, so tourists can see them between times. This will be impossible, though, for the 9th-century mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus on the half-dome high up in the apse. Hardly visible from the ground are wonderful golden mosaics of figures such as St John Chrysostom, up on the north tympanum. It will be tempting to cover these all the time. I was in Hagia Sophia when the authorities were proudly showing off the mosaic face of a seraph newly revealed in 2009 on one of the lofty pendentives – the gusset-like triangles tapering down from the dome where piers support it at four corners. It may be engaging, but I wouldn’t much mind if it was covered up again. A worry is that some zealot will want to destroy the mosaic images. This is a fear, too, at St Salvator in Chora, north-west by the Golden Horn, outside the walls of Constantine. Last year a court ruled that it should become a mosque. Whole walls of its interior preserve mosaics and the celebrated fresco of the Anastasis, with Christ pulling Adam and Eve by the wrist from their tombs. As for Hagia Sophia, it faces another threat, as it has since its construction: earthquakes – one is overdue. Eastern and western sections of the great dome were rebuilt after earthquakes in the 10th and 14th centuries. Seismic shifts have displaced huge medieval iron ties in the walls. Perhaps the next earthquake will shake loose the plaster that covers the mosaic of the Pantocrator, unseen for centuries, at the summit of the dome, and for a moment reveal its shining gold before the whole thing falls into shards and dust.

  • Politics
    The Guardian

    I took a closer look at the cognitive test Trump claims to have aced

    I took a closer look at the cognitive test Trump claims to have acedThe test the president boasted about passing does not measure IQ but is typically used to check for early signs of dementia