Tag Archives: The Independant

Nicole Kidman: Queen of Cannes rides high with The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Beguiled and Top of the Lake

A surgeon’s wife. A 1977 punk. A Civl War-era headmistress. A feminist lesbian mother. It’s been quite a Cannes for Nicole Kidman. Returning to a film festival where she’s experienced extreme highs and the odd low in the past, the Australian star has graced the Croisette this past week with three films and a television project. Two in competition, two ...

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Finally, a proper Game of Thrones season 7 trailer

HBO has released a new trailer for Game of Thrones season 7, and this time it’s one with actual footage in it. The just shy of two-minute clip sees fighting talk from Cersei, who is heard telling presumably Jaime: “Enemies to the east. Enemies to the west. Enemies to the south. Enemies to the north. Whatever stands in our way, ...

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'I love Manchester': The defiant sign being used by a city mourning bombing victims

The “I Love Manchester” sign has become a ubiquitous image of defiance in the aftermath of the suicide bomb attack on crowds leaving an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead and many more hurt.  Seen all over the city, from billboards to motorways, it has once again emerged as the city faces tough times.   The logo, which abbreviates “love” to a ...

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Manchester United team news: Jose Mourinho picks Juan Mata and Chris Smalling to start Europa League final

Jose Mourinho has selected Chris Smalling instead of Phil Jones in his Manchester United starting eleven to face Ajax in the final of the Europa League. He has also selected Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the Stockholm final. In total he has made ten changes from the side that beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford this weekend, with ...

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Salman Abedi: Family 'warned authorities he was dangerous', say US intelligence reports

The family of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber reportedly warned authorities he was “dangerous”, a US intelligence official has claimed.  Salman Abedi detonated a homemade device as crowds left an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 people and leaving 64 injured.  He was reportedly known to police and intelligence services and members of his family had even warned authorities about him in ...

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Manchester mosque where Salman Abedi prayed accuses media of 'manufacturing stories'

The Manchester mosque where bomber Salman Abedi used to pray has accused the media of “manufacturing stories” after it was reported the attacker worked at the centre.  Representatives for Manchester Islamic Centre expressed concern that a “small section” of the media were making “unfounded points without any verification.” Spokesperson Fawzi Haffar denied Abedi had ever worked at the centre and condemned the “horrific atrocity” as ...

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Jenson Button shows sombre and serious side as he prepares for F1 return on emotional weekend for motorsport

It’s going to take a minor miracle for Jenson Button to emulate Indianapolis-based team-mate Fernando Alonso’s extraordinary fifth place on the grid as he stands in for the Spaniard in Monaco this weekend. But though the 37 year-old Englishman was hugely enthusiastic to be back in the F1 paddock, and to get behind the wheel again for the first time ...

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Donald Trump's budget proposal for 2018 plans to scrap 66 federal programmes

Donald Trump’s fiscal budget proposal for 2018 would eliminate a total of 66 federal programmes.  The move would save $26.7 billion (£20.6 billion) and would see the likes of community learning centres and low income home energy assistance scrapped.  Some of the schemes are likely to receive funding for 2018 as part of the plan to phase them out.  In ...

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Libyan coastguard 'opens fire' during refugee rescue as deaths in Mediterranean Sea pass record 1,500

Members of the EU-backed Libyan coastguard have allegedly opened fire while forcing refugees back to the war-torn country in the latest clash with international rescue ships. It came as more than 30 more migrants, including several toddlers and children, drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in the deadliest period ever recorded. The Iuventa, a vessel operated by German charity Jugend Rettet, ...

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Barbados: the perfect luxury getaway

Seen from the deck of a catamaran that’s slicing its way through azure waters, it’s easy to understand why Barbados is the perfect luxury getaway. It’s a captivating sight, with miles of idyllic beaches and picture-perfect palm trees framing an island paradise that’s a breathtaking testament to nature’s beauty.   What to do? St Nicholas Abbey in the north of ...

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