Tim Dowling: It’s not even Christmas yet, and I’ve had turkey three times

Fake Christmas at my father-in-law’s is good practice for whatever horrors the real thing has in store

It’s the time of year when people suffer from Festive Stress, but I am already experiencing symptoms of its aftermath, Post-Festivity Stress Disorder.

For us, the holiday season begins with Fake Thanksgiving – lunch with my wife’s American relatives on the weekend before Thanksgiving, which falls on an ordinary British Thursday and is therefore unsuitable for celebrating. This year, I followed it up with Real Thanksgiving, flying to the US three days later. Next comes Fake Christmas, hosted annually by my father-in-law some weeks before the 25th, when he is always in Cornwall. Let’s put it this way: I’m on my third turkey, and the Christmas tree decorations are still in the attic.

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Mike Pompeo says China should free two Canadians held after Huawei executive’s arrest

US intervention comes as Canadian officials granted access in China to Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has said China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week following the arrest in Canada of a senior Huawei executive on a US extradition warrant.

Pompeo’s comments were the first by a senior US official on the Canadians’ arrests, which the country’s prime minister Justin Trudeau said could escalate a growing trade conflict between China and the United States.

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Australia v India: second Test, day two – live!

  • Updates from the second day of play at Perth Stadium
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Prithvi Shaw is doing some extensive throwdowns on the field with Ravi Shastri. Fit for the Melbourne Test? Looks like it. And the current Indian captain is one who especially enjoys making changes. Watch out, Murali Vijay. In fact, watch out any Indian batsman. You never know how things can go.

Morning all. And a very different morning to yesterday with ample cloud cover. The sting from yesterday’s heat has also vanished overnight, which should play to the home side’s advantage with the ball later today.

The early exchanges this morning will be interesting. Will Paine and Cummins (then Starc) bust out all their shots in order to get as many on the board as possible before one rolls along the ground or shoots at their head? On the evidence of yesterday, it’s going to be that kind of Test.

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British yachtswoman eager to race again after capsizing in storm

Susie Goodall, the only woman in the Golden Globe Race, is unfazed despite being rescued in the Southern Ocean

A British yachtswoman, who was rescued after her boat capsized during a solo, round-the-world race, has said she would do it again “in a heartbeat”.

Susie Goodall’s comments were made after arriving on dry land in Chile, in the southern city of Punta Arenas on Friday, where she was met by her mother and brother. The family smiled and hugged before they joined her in an ambulance for a medical check-up in the port city.

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Christmas partygoers urged to wear earplugs to protect hearing

Concentration of noisy events over festive period poses particular risk, says charity

Wham!’s Last Christmas and other festive hits blasting through speakers could damage your hearing, according to a charity which is urging people to wear earplugs at festive events.

Action on Hearing Loss says people should take steps to minimise the risk of tinnitus and hearing loss when flocking to pubs, bars or concerts, warning that the concentration of events during the Christmas party season poses a particular risk.

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Facebook’s privacy problems: a roundup

The social media giant’s troubles have led to lawsuits, House of Commons hearings and several apologies for ‘mistakes’

Facebook disclosed on Friday that a bug may have affected up to 6.8 million users, allowing app developers to see photos that users had uploaded but never posted – but this was hardly the first mea culpa the social media giant has had to send out regarding data and security as of late.

Related: Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos

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Mick Mulvaney named as acting White House chief of staff

  • Mulvaney to succeed John Kelly as Trump’s third chief of staff
  • Trump says budget director has ‘done an outstanding job’

President Donald Trump has named his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as acting chief of staff, replacing John Kelly in the new year.

Trump tweeted on Friday that Mulvaney “has done an outstanding job” in his administration and would take over next year.

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Miss USA apologizes for mocking rivals’ English-speaking skills

Sarah Rose Summers, who made fun of contestants not knowing English, said she ‘would never intend to hurt another’

The woman who holds the Miss USA 2018 title has apologized after she was captured on video mocking two of her fellow competitors for their English speaking skills.

In a video posted to Instagram, Sarah Rose Summers made light of Nat Rern, Miss Cambodia and H’Hen Nie, Miss Vietnam. In the video, she said of Nie: “She’s so cute and she pretends to know so much English and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes … ” she said before mimicking a confused nod and smile.

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Between a rock and a bed place: giant boulder smashes through bedroom wall

Firefighters rule building in Hastings structurally unsafe after rockfall hits building and breaks through wall

A giant boulder weighing several tons has smashed through the wall of a man’s bedroom.

Firefighters were called to the home in White Rock on the seafront in Hastings, East Sussex, at about 3pm on Thursday after reports the structure of the building was dangerous.

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