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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    'I Can't Do That, Boss': Texas FedEx Driver Refuses to Help Fallen 89-Year-Old

    A FedEx delivery driver refused to assist an 89-year-old man asking for help after he had fallen on a porch in Freeport, Texas, on July 18.Maria Kouches, the daughter of the elderly man, owns the Ring camera that captured the footage. Kouches’s father can be heard saying, “Hello, help, please. Give me a hand. I need to get up.”From a distance the driver can be heard responding, “I can’t do that, boss.”Kouches told media outlets her father had fallen about 15 minutes before the delivery was made. She explained he has fallen before and he has dementia and trouble with his legs. She told ABC 30 that her father moves around with his walker, and was “maybe trying to go back inside and his leg gave out.”Kouches wrote in a Facebook post that the driver didn’t even “ring the doorbell or call 911!”Kouches told Storyful her father is “doing fine” and wanted to “thank everyone for their concern.”FedEx issued the following response to Storyful: “We extend our thoughts and concerns for the well-being of the person depicted in this video. The safety of our team members and customers in the communities that we serve is our highest priority. We are reviewing the circumstances behind this incident and will take the appropriate action.” Credit: Maria Kouches via Storyful

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    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.

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    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.

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    Trevor Noah: Why Trump’s Portland Crackdown Should Scare the Hell Out of You

    The disturbing federal crackdown happening against Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon, may seem like an obscure, far-away problem for some Americans right now. But Trevor Noah broke down on Tuesday night why everyone should be worried. “Portland has now seen more than 50 straight days of Black Lives Matter protests,” the Daily Show host said. “But over the last few days, something new has been happening, with more and more protesters facing off against heavily armed law enforcement in some very dramatic ways.” Those “dramatic” face-offs included the one with the woman known as “Naked Athena,” who was able to drive riot cops back wearing nothing but a face mask and a beanie. “Protesting naked? Now that’s bravery,” Noah said. “Although are we sure being naked is part of her protest? I mean, she could just be one of those people who have spent so long in lockdown that they forget they need to wear clothes when they leave the house.” Trevor Noah Is Very Worried About Kanye West: Someone ‘Take His Mic Away’‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Dulcé Sloan on How the Pandemic Strengthened Her Connection to Trevor NoahBut far more unnerving are the actions of unidentified federal troops sent into the city by the Trump administration who have been seen snatching protesters off the street and throwing them in unmarked vans. “Man, that sounds less like democracy and more like an episode of Narcos,” the host said. “Unidentified soldiers throwing protesters into an unmarked van on the streets of Portland? I don’t care who you are, nothing good has ever come from an unmarked van.” “And how are people even supposed to tell the difference between being arrested and being kidnapped?” he asked, especially when so many random Americans are doing “Army-man cosplay” on a regular basis. The “only solution,” as far as Noah could see it, is everyone dressing up in camo gear. “That way, when they come to arrest you and throw you in their van, you can be like, ‘No, I’m arresting you and throwing you in my van!’” For anyone “sitting at home wondering, ‘Eh, why should I care about this, man? I’m not even a hipster!” Noah had a warning. Trump has now threatened to send these secret police forces to cities all over the country. “So you might want to get naked and call your mom,” he said, “because shit’s about to go down.”For more, listen to Daily Show correspondent Dulcé Sloan on The Last Laugh podcast.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.