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'Give me your tired, your poor': The story of the woman who wrote the world's most famous poem about refugees

The widely adopted anecdote about the most famous poem of the moment, that it was written by a woman who didn’t want to write it, is not quite accurate. Emma Lazarus’s The New Colossus and its immortal lines – “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore” – ...

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Disabilities minister quietly 'blocks PIP benefit payments to 160,000 people'

Conservative ministers have introduced emergency legislation which denies 160,000 people from receiving benefits that are “rightfully theirs”, it has been claimed.  The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was advised to expand the reach of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) by two tribunals to cover a broader spectrum of claimants, including those with psychological problems. However disabilities minister Penny Mordaunt said ...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic, London, review: There's a deviant, mind-altering drollery running through this that I found delicious

Mud, mud, insalubrious mud.  25 years ago Robert Lepage gave us his landmark mud-bath Dream which sucked audiences into the subconscious of the play – the forest as the id in all its messiness – and doubtless landed himself with some nightmare laundry bills.  Joe Hill-Gibbins is ploughing a similar furrow in this wonderfully intrepid revival at the Young Vic, ...

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Woman narrowly escapes death after bullet 'bounces' off her head

A woman had a lucky escape from an accidental shooting after a bullet “bounced” off her head, police said. The unnamed victim was sat on her sofa in her living room at her home in Redmond, Oregon, when the shot was fired. The couch had previously been situated next to where the bullet first entered her house and she had ...

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Donald Trump 'played golf more than taking daily intelligence briefings' since entering White House

Donald Trump has reportedly spent more time playing golf than taking intelligence briefings since entering office. The President, whose family company owns 17 golf courses around the world, criticised Barack Obama for his outings on the fairway when he was in the White House. But Mr Trump has played at least six times since entering office a month ago, while his ...

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Human remains found in Crete belong to British holidaymaker Steven Cook who went missing over 11 years ago

Human remains found in a well in Crete have been confirmed to be those of a young British holidaymaker who went missing over a decade ago. The family of Steven Cook, who went missing aged 20, said a “fog can lift at last”.  Mr Cook, from Sandbach, Cheshire, was on his first holiday without his family and went missing in ...

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Lord Waddington obituary: Chief Whip and former Home Secretary was loyal supporter of Margaret Thatcher

David Waddington, a Chief Whip and Home Secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s last Cabinet, has died at the age of 87. She liked his bluff, no nonsense Lancastrian approach, but the posts taxed even his notable stamina and steady hand. He was called “Junior Atlas” because he looked as though he had the burdens of the world on his shoulders. Ms Thatcher ...

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German foreign intelligence service 'spied on journalists from BBC, New York Times and Reuters'

Journalists from the BBC, Reuters and New York Times were among those spied on by the German foreign intelligence service, according to reports. Surveillance was allegedly carried out by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) on at least 50 reporters since 1999. Respected German magazine Der Spiegel reported the findings after obtaining BND documents listing journalists’ emails, faxes and telephone numbers.  The document reportedly ...

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Burglary accused DNA 'found at Simon Cowell's house'

DNA of a man accused of stealing £1m worth of jewellery from Simon Cowell’s house was found on a glove at the music mogul’s home, a court has heard. Serial burglar Darren February, 34 and of no fixed address, denies breaking into Mr Cowell’s west London home while he was asleep in December 2015. Isleworth Crown Court heard traces of ...

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Clint Clay's rooftop standoff video released

Video of a man hurling tiles from a roof in a stand-off with police has been released after he was handed a 13-year jail term for a violent attack. Clint Clay, 24, assaulted Jason Potts with a machete and a hammer before taking to the roof of a house in Scunthorpe on 6 July, police said. He was found guilty ...

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