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Posted by Jacob Steinberg

52 min: That Leverkusen goal hasn’t really knocked Atletico out of their stride. They’re still being granted an astonishing amount of space on the break and here comes Gameiro, burning effortlessly away from Kampl on the right. He steams into the area and decides not to shoot, unselfishly, but his cutback is just behind Griezmann, who would have had a tap-in.

50 min: Kevin Gameiro hits the bar! Atletico break after Koke intercepts a poor pass in the middle. Aranguiz tries to halt the move, cynically bringing Griezmann down from behind, but the referee astutely plays an advantage and the ball’s worked to Gameiro on the left of the Leverkusen area. From a tight angle, he hammers a shot against the angle of post and bar. So unlucky. Once that’s done, the referee heads back to book Aranguiz.

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Posted by Scott Murray

49 min: There’s space for Mendy down the left. City are in all sorts of bother at the back. Mendy whips in a low ball. Falcao and Otamendi tangle, six yards out. For a second, it looks like it’s a goal kick, the ball squirting off to the right. But after a long pause, the referee books Otamendi and points to the spot!

48 min: Bernardo Silva looks the business. He hovers around down the right, first nearly releasing Falcao, then Fabinho. But neither pass quite reaches his man. And then Monaco come again. And...

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Posted by Kevin Rawlinson

Police says Shaun Walmsley, 28, fled from outside Aintree university hospital as he was getting into car with prison officers

A murderer is on the run after two armed men helped him escape while he was attending a hospital appointment, police have said.

People have been advised not to approach the “dangerous” Shaun Walmsley, 28, who fled from outside Aintree University hospital as he was getting into a car with prison officers.

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Posted by Press Association

• Swiss commits to home-town tournament until 2019
• ‘Playing in Basel is always a highlight of the year’

Roger Federer has committed to playing in his home-town tournament in Basel until 2019, dispelling any speculation over possible retirement.

Federer, 35, has signed a three-year deal with the Swiss indoor event, which he has won seven times since making his debut in 1998.

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Posted by Carol Pogash in Big Sur, California

Wettest season on record damaged a bridge at the California tourist attraction possibly beyond repair, and businesses, residents and workers are taking a hit

The Esalen Institute, a consciousness raising retreat perched above the Pacific Ocean, closed last week because there is no exit. When the rains stop, about 70 students and staff holed up in the picturesque spot on one of the world’s most famous stretches of road will be evacuated via helicopter.

Other major retreats and resorts around Big Sur have also been shut down as portions of California Highway 1 have been ravaged by winter storms, flooded by waterfalls and cluttered with rocks, boulders and mudslides. A bridge, adjacent to one of the most visited tourist spots on the highway, appears to be damaged beyond repair.

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More than four decades after a law was passed to ensure men and women were paid the same, large differences persist. To end this gender wage gap will need more government action

The danger of using milestones as a metaphor is that we may imagine we are on a steady journey. Progress is rarely so predictable. It can take much longer than one might imagine to get from one marker to the next. More than four decades after the Equal Pay Act came into force, women are still earning 18.1% less than men across full- and part-time work. The gap between full-time employees is 9.4%. On current trends it will take another 24 years to close the gap, according to PwC; others believe it will take much longer. Analysis has suggested that if every other relevant factor is controlled for – from race to hours worked to seniority – women earn 5.07% less than men for like-for-like work. Part of the decrease in recent years is, depressingly, down to more young men moving into low-paid work. Economics make up one part of the picture for women. Political power constitutes another. In 1975, when the act came into force, Margaret Thatcher became the first female leader of a major British party. Now the UK has its second female prime minister and many more women in senior positions across major institutions; one could soon be running the Metropolitan police. Several run or lead local authorities. Yet this week’s “northern powerhouse” conference includes only 13 women among the 98 speakers, and organisers did not bother to include any of them in the press release listing 15 influential speakers – despite the region’s many influential women.

There is a temptation to present the question of female representation as a distraction from the real business of supporting the lowest-paid. But this is a false choice. The point is simply that no woman, be she a childcare assistant or a chief executive, should receive less pay or respect because of her gender. Representation does not guarantee better treatment, but women are unlikely to get it without women at the table. What ties these issues is the question of what and whom we value. We downplay the complex or demanding nature of work primarily done by women. We judge a man more authoritative or qualified than a female candidate with the same CV. We choose to put some leaders on a stage, but not others. Urging women to speak up, lean in and push for higher salaries is of limited usefulness when they are more likely than men to be punished for the request.

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Posted by Jon Henley European affairs correspondent

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson had expressed dislike of tropical fruit on pizza but now says he is glad he does not have power to initiate ban

Faced with uproar at home and a social media storm abroad, the president of Iceland has been forced to clarify his outspoken stance on one of the defining questions of the age: whether pineapple should be allowed on pizza.

Last week, answering questions from pupils at a high school in Akureyri, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said his favourite football team was Manchester United and he was “fundamentally opposed” to pineapple on pizzas.

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Feb. 21st, 2017 08:11 pm
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What to look out for as President Trump gets closer to signing a new order reviving his controversial immigration ban.

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