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Revealed: the ties that bind Canadian data firm AIQ to Leave campaign in referendum

No place to run or hide – hear that #45?


Role of remote data affiliate raises questions over relationship between Brexit groups

Cambridge Analytica has undisclosed links to the Canadian digital firm AggregateIQ that played a pivotal role in the official Vote Leave campaign in 2016, which was headed by the environment secretary Michael Gove and the foreign secretary Boris Johnson, the Observer has learned.

Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee turned whistleblower, has revealed that as well as playing a part in setting up the firm – which is now facing increasing scrutiny from investigators on both sides of the Atlantic over its role in harvesting Facebook data – he was also a central figure in setting up AIQ, which accounted for 40% of Vote Leave’s campaign budget.

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Dinner party soundtracker to timeless muse: exploring the Sade complex


The enigmatic musician remains an influence on modern stars such as Drake and Beyoncé. As she releases her first single in seven years we explore why

Picture the scene: A dinner party. It could be any dinner party, anywhere in North America or Europe, taking place at any point in the last 30 years, but this one happens to be a fictional dinner party thrown by Nathan (James Tupper) and Bonnie Carlson (Zoë Kravitz) in Big Little Lies, the hit TV series about miserable rich people living in coastal California.

“I love this music. Bonnie, is this Adele?” asks Reese Witherspoon’s character, Madeline, ever-so-slightly loose from the half a Xanax she popped en route.

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Trump reissues ban on nearly all transgender troops serving in the US military

Wants to be sure some who might have watched Stormy Sunday will be worrying about how he threatened their life rather than watching the big show. Care only about his ego. In a revised directive, US President Donald Trump has said transgender troops are a considerable risk to military effectiveness. His latest attempt to ban trans military personnel has been labeled “despicable.”

Stormy Daniels: porn star primed to tell all about alleged Trump affair

Look for Trump to say/do some more outrageous things today and tomorrow morning to distract people’s attention from the fact of how shallow and venal he is. His new move against transgender people in the military is part of the distraction blitz – cares nought about who he might hurt – just his pride?


The adult star who flirted with a Senate run goes public on Sunday night in an interview that should prove TV gold

Stormy Daniels got her start in politics the same way most people get a used dresser – from a post on Craigslist.

“Seeking a female candidate to challenge David Vitter in the Republican primary for the United States Senate in 2010. We are looking for a candidate with a history in some aspect of the adult entertainment industry,” read the ad placed in 2008.

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Nerve agent was used in 1995 murder, claims former Soviet scientist


Vladimir Uglev, developer of Soviet-era chemical weapons, contradicts Russian denials at existence of novichok nerve agents

A developer of Soviet-era nerve agents related to the one used against former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has told the Guardian that a similar poison was used in the murder of a Russian businessman in the 1990s.

The remarks by Vladimir Uglev, a Soviet chemical weapons scientist, contradict official Russian denials that the country had any chemical weapons programme tied to the name novichok, with the formal codename foliant.

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Judge grants search warrant for Cambridge Analytica’s offices



Investigators seek access to records and data held by the London-based company amid claims it may have been illegally acquired

A judge has issued a warrant for the offices of Cambridge Analytica to be searched.

The information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, wants access to records and data in the hands of the London-based company amid claims that Facebook data may have been illegally acquired and used for political campaigns. Cambridge Analytica and Facebook both deny any wrongdoing.

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