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Emicida, a rapper on a mission to recover Brazil's black history

Musician and maker of ‘heroic’ Netflix documentary warns his country is on a dangerous path

When the black Brazilian rapper Emicida imagines his country’s whitewashed history, he sees a textbook missing a succession of key pages.

In his songs and on stage, the São Paulo-born musician tries to correct that skewed telling, remembering the lives and times of black Brazilian academics, artists and activists in the hope of changing Brazil’s future.

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Australia’s state by state Covid restrictions and coronavirus lockdown rules explained

The number of new coronavirus cases in Australia has been dropping, but states remain on high alert for the UK variant of Covid-19, so what restrictions are still in place? Do I have to wear a mask and where can and can’t I go in Australia? Untangle Australia’s Covid-19 laws and guidelines with our guide

Australian states and territories have different levels of restrictions to contain Covid-19.

Here we answer some common questions about restrictions in each state, based on the information available as of 18 January.

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Chinese miners trapped by blast a week ago are alive – state media

At least 12 of 22 gold miners survived the blast in eastern Shandong province, note sent to surface suggests

Twelve workers trapped underground after an explosion at a gold mine in eastern China a week ago are still alive, according to a note retrieved from the site, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing local authorities.

A total of 22 workers were trapped in the Hushan mine, in Shandong province, after the blast on 10 January. It was not until 30 hours later that the accident was reported, however, leading to severe criticism of those responsible and the sacking of two senior local officials.

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The 'superpower' that led this woman to the top of Twitter's Asia-Pacific business

Maya Hari, the second-ever vice president of Twitter's Asia Pacific operations, said uncovering this skill has been a cornerstone of her career.

Migrant caravan: Guatemala blocks thousands bound for US

Security forces block a caravan of thousands that could pose an early test for the Biden White House.

Your Monday Briefing

Biden’s 10-day blitz of executive orders.


Most Major Economies Are Shrinking. Not China’s.

The Chinese economy grew 2.3 percent last year, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday in Beijing.

Fox Agreed to Pay for Telling Lies. But It Insisted on One Unusual Condition.

Why did the network insist its hyping of a conspiracy theory stay secret until after the election?

Gary Gensler to Be Named Head of S.E.C.

Mr. Gensler led the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, reinvigorating a regulator that at times overshadowed the agency he’s now been tapped to lead.

Brexit: 'Putting UK, not GB, delayed my fish for 24 hours'

New trading rules are causing problems for some firms, creating backlogs and uncertainty.

BT faces £600m lawsuit over 'historic overcharging'

A group of pensioners is accusing BT of "historic" excessive pricing of landlines.


Eurostar warns of 'risk to survival' without government help

The cross-Channel train service has seen a 95% fall in passengers during the Covid-19 pandemic

Eurostar has said it is facing an existential threat, as business leaders pleaded with the government to step in and save the “vital link” with Europe.

A 95% drop in passenger numbers has brought the cross-Channel train service to its knees, and the company reiterated on Sunday that while government loans had been extended to aviation, international high-speed rail had also been severely affected by the pandemic.

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Call My Agent: the French TV hit that viewers and actors adore

The comedy, whose fourth series hits Netflix this week, shows France’s TV can match its film

Fast approaching 50 and fed up after two exhausting decades at Artmedia, the top talent agency in Paris, Dominique Besnehard, decided one day in 2005, that he would quite like to turn his hand to producing something of his own.

“At the time,” Besnehard told Le Monde, “Desperate Housewives was all over the telly, a huge success. I just thought, with a couple of colleagues, we could maybe make a series a bit like that, but about the job we do for a living.”

Related: Call My Agent's Camille Cottin: 'Don’t we need culture more than we need shopping?'

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France investigates Sarkozy over contract with Russian insurer

Detectives seek to establish if former president was employed to lobby on behalf of the firm

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is facing a preliminary investigation for influence peddling in connection with a €3m (£2.7) contract he signed with a Russian insurance company.

The rightwing politician reportedly received a first payment of €500,000 last year after being hired as a “special adviser” to the Reso-Garantia group, owned by two Russian-Armenian billionaire brothers.

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Fed's Rosengren voices support for Biden stimulus proposal

Rosengren said he was comfortable with the action despite a nearly $2 trillion price tag that will take the government deeper into the red.

Jamie Dimon says JPMorgan Chase should absolutely be 'scared s---less' about fintech threat

Dimon's blunt assessment was in response to questioning from analysts who pointed out the rich, tech-like valuations of fintech players.


Russell T Davies on It's A Sin: 'We were all Aids deniers - then it got real'

Writer Russell T Davies talks about his new show It's A Sin, set amid the Aids crisis in the 1980s.

Chris Cramer: Former BBC and CNN journalist dies aged 73

Tributes are paid to the fiercely competitive but "kind, thoughtful and caring" news executive.

Avenue Beat: How do the F2020 singers avoid becoming a one-hit wonder?

Avenue Beat scored a breakout hit with the pandemic anthem F2020. So what do they do next?

Magicians mark 100 years of 'sawing woman in half' trick

Illusionists are celebrating a century since the trick of sawing a woman in half was first performed.

'Batwoman' gets a new lead, but Season 2 looks like the same flawed show

After a first season that never quite got off the ground creatively, "Batwoman" announced that original star Ruby Rose would be leaving but that the series would hang around without her. The contortions necessary to arrange that baton (or Batarang) pass mostly fizzle in the opening episodes, fueling a sense that this CW drama might be flying on fumes.

Archie Lyndhurst: CBBC star died in his sleep, says mother

CBBC star's mother, Lucy Lyndhurst, says his death has had a "catastrophic effect" on their family.

'I wanted to paint people who looked like me'

Kelechi discovered her talents during the first lockdown and now her paintings are going global.

Dinosaurs In Love: Tom Rosenthal and daughter's song made into book

Dinosaurs In Love went viral, musician Tom Rosenthal and his daughter Fenn were the ones behind it.


With New Urgency, Arts Groups Hire Diversity Officers

Cultural institutions are recruiting people of color to lead their transformation efforts. But hiring one leader doesn’t mean the work is done.

A Trip Into the Otherworldly With Adrienne Kennedy as Guide

A digital four-play retrospective, capped by a world premiere, illuminates this writer’s fascination with doubling, violence and Black identity.

Movies to Stream for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Seven recent films help commemorate King’s legacy in fighting for racial justice.

What’s It Like to Have Kamala Harris As ‘Momala’? We Asked Her Stepkids.

A Zoom interview with Ella and Cole Emhoff.

Make a Maze With Newspaper

With some thoughtful folding and a little tape, you can make your own hand-held game.

Things To Do At Home

This week, celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday, revisit “The West Wing” and explore a new exhibit from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Six Great Movies About Presidents

If you’re looking for some escapism, these films are a good reminder that democracy works.


Drew Brees Considering Retirement After Playoff Ouster

Brees, 42, said he will weigh ending his 20-year career after the Saints’ loss to Tom Brady’s Buccaneers in the divisional round.

How the Green Bay Packers routed the Los Angeles Rams to reach the N.F.C. title game.

Green Bay amassed 484 total yards of offense against the N.F.L.’s toughest defense.

NFL Playoffs: What We Learned From the Divisional Round

The Buffalo Bills rode their defense to victory while the Green Bay Packers thrived on offense. The Kansas City Chiefs, who lost Patrick Mahomes to a concussion, simply survived.

Jordan McNair's Family Reaches $3.5 Million Settlement With University of Maryland

Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland offensive lineman, collapsed from heatstroke during a practice in 2018 and died two weeks later.


NASA Cuts Short Test of Its Giant Rocket to the Moon

The space agency ignited the engines of its Space Launch System in a “hot fire” test, but it didn’t last as long as had been expected.

SLS: Nasa's 'megarocket' set to fire up engines in crucial test

The four main engines for Nasa's new "megarocket" are to be fired in unison for the first time.

How to (Literally) Drive the Coronavirus Away

What’s the transmission risk inside a car? An airflow study offers some insight for passengers and drivers alike.

NASA’s Space Launch System Hot-Fire Test: When to Watch

Before NASA’s giant Space Launch System can go to the moon, it needs to ignite its engine in a “hot fire” stationary test.


GitHub head of HR resigns after investigation into firing of Jewish employee over Capitol riot comments

Microsoft-owned GitHub said on Sunday that the company's head of human resources resigned after an investigation into the company's dismissal of an employee.

YouTube stands alone as other social media providers race to deplatform Trump

YouTube has taken less aggressive action against the President's social media presence.

How to use your iPhone to get in shape and stay healthy

You can track more than just your steps with your iPhone, including headphone audio levels, your menstruation cycle, mindful minutes and more.

How Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is luring tech players from Silicon Valley and New York

Suarez's schedule and phone have blown up since he accidentally launched a Twitter campaign to make Miami the latest innovation hub in early December.

A QAnon ‘Digital Soldier’ Marches On, Undeterred by Theory’s Unraveling

Valerie Gilbert posts dozens of times a day in support of an unhinged conspiracy theory. The story of this “meme queen” hints at how hard it will be to bring people like her back to reality.