Tiger Woods roars into Masters contention despite bizarre security guard collision

Masters second round leaderboard
-7: F Molinari (Ita), J Day (Aus), B Koepka (US), A Scott (Aus), L Oosthuizen (SA); -6: D Johnson (US), J Harding (SA), T Woods (US), X Schauffele (US); -5: I Poulter (Eng), J Rahm (Spa)
Selected others: -4 P Mickelson (US); -3: B DeChambeau (US), R Fowler (US); -2: T Fleetwood (Eng); -1: J Spieth (US), B Langer (Ger), P Reed (US); E: R McIlroy (NI); +2: T Hatton (Eng); +3: E Pepperell (Eng) Full leaderboard
Tiger Woods is in contention to win a first major since 2008 despite almost being injured in a bizarre incident on a rain-hit second day at the Masters.

The four-time champion hit a four-under 68 to finish six under, one shot behind five halfway leaders – all of them major winners – including Open champion Francesco Molinari and US Open and US PGA winner Brooks Koepka.

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Chinese GP, F1’s 1,000th race: Valtteri Bottas takes China pole from Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas fended off team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tight battle for pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix as Mercedes out-paced Ferrari.

Bottas, the quicker Mercedes driver all weekend in Shanghai, found his advantage cut by Hamilton to just 0.023 seconds as the world champion finally found pace.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, 0.301secs off the pace, and just 0.017secs quicker than team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly took fifth and sixth places.

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Sudan coup leader Awad Ibn Auf steps down

The head of Sudan’s military council has stood down a day after leading a coup that toppled long-time leader Omar al-Bashir amid a wave of protests.

Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his decision on state TV, naming as his successor Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan.

The army has said it will stay in power for two years, followed by elections.

But protest leaders say they will not leave the streets until the military hands over to a civilian government.

Mr Bashir’s downfall followed months of unrest that began in December over rising prices.

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Mr Ibn Auf was head of military intelligence during the Darfur conflict in the 2000s. The US imposed sanctions on him in 2007.

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Trump Announces 5G Plan as White House Weighs Banning Huawei

President Trump on Friday announced a new wireless spectrum auction intended to speed the rollout of the next generation of wireless communications networks, a technology the administration views as critical to winning an economic war with China.

Yet Mr. Trump has so far remained silent on whether the United States would issue an order essentially banning Chinese firms like Huawei from building those networks.

At the White House on Friday, Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission chairman, announced the third, and largest, auction of spectrum that telecom companies will use to build “fifth generation,” or 5G, networks, which promise a major speed increase for downloading data over cellular networks.

Rolling out those networks, in both cities and rural areas, requires essentially rebuilding the nation’s cell networks and switching systems. Over time, the evolution to the new architecture promises to transform how billions of “internet of things” devices — such as autonomous cars and industrial sensors — operate, allowing faster, seamless connectivity.

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White House Considered Releasing Migrants in ‘Sanctuary Cities

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s top aides considered an idea to pressure immigration agencies to release apprehended migrants into so-called sanctuary cities represented by Democratic lawmakers, according to several people familiar with the proposal.

The idea was floated in an email by a top White House policy adviser in November, when Mr. Trump was furiously condemning migrant caravans from Central America headed toward the southwestern border, the people, including two government officials, said.

In the email dated Nov. 16, with the subject line “Sanctuary City Proposal,” May Davis, the deputy White House policy coordinator, raised the idea with officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

Ms. Davis suggested that migrants who had been apprehended and were slated to be released into border towns could instead be taken to one of several sanctuary cities, which limit how local law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration officers.

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Julian Assange: Man ‘close’ to Wikileaks co-founder arrested in Ecuador

A man with close ties to Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested while trying to leave Ecuador, the country’s interior ministry says.

Interior Minister María Paula Romo did not name the man but said he had been arrested for “investigative purposes”.

An unnamed government official told the Associated Press that the man is Ola Bini, a Swedish software developer.

It comes just hours after Assange was himself arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

“A person close to Wikileaks, who has been residing in Ecuador, was arrested this afternoon when he was preparing to travel to Japan,” Ecuador’s interior ministry tweeted late on Thursday.

The man has lived in Ecuador for several years and has frequently travelled to the country’s London embassy where Assange had been staying, Ms Romo told CNN’s Spanish language service.

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The Crown: Newcomer Emma Corrin cast as Princess Diana

Newcomer Emma Corrin has been cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown.

Netflix confirmed the decision in a press release, adding filming will begin later this year.

In an accompanying quote, Corrin said she was “beyond excited” to be joining the show – a dramatised history of the British monarchy.

“Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring,” she said.

The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan described Corrin as a “brilliant talent” who “immediately captivated” casting directors.

The actress is set to make her film debut in Misbehavior, a historical drama following a group of of women from the Women’s Liberation Movement as they attempt to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.

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She becomes the latest actress to join the revolving cast of The Crown, as the show jumps forward in time with different stars playing the Royals every two seasons.

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Hong Kong ‘Umbrella’ protesters found guilty

Nine pro-democracy activists have been found guilty of public nuisance charges for their involvement in mass rallies which called for greater autonomy from China.

Among them are three prominent activists who are seen as the faces of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

They could be jailed for up to seven years for their part in the “Umbrella” protests in 2014.

Thousands marched demanding the right for Hong Kong to choose its own leader.

Those convicted include the “Occupy trio”, consisting of sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 59, law professor Benny Tai, 54, and Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, 74.

“No matter what happens today… we will persist on and do not give up,” Mr Tai had told reporters ahead of the verdict.

Mr Tai and Mr Chan were both found guilty of conspiracy to cause public nuisance and inciting others to commit public nuisance, according to local media outlets.

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Labour expects more Brexit talks as deadline looms

With just five days to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, Labour has said it expects to hold further talks with the government to find a Brexit deal.

Theresa May has said only a cross-party pact will get the support of a majority of MPs, as the DUP and some Tories have rejected her deal with the EU.

However, several Conservatives have strongly criticised the move.

The PM is due at an emergency summit in Brussels on Wednesday, when EU leaders will expect to hear fresh plans.

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on Friday, 12 April, at 23:00 BST.

However, on Monday, peers will continue considering a bill brought by senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper, which aims to force the PM to request a Brexit extension rather than leave the EU without a deal.

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Olivier Awards: 8 things we learned at the ceremony

Often at the Olivier Awards, a box office smash like Hamilton or Harry Potter will sweep the board.

But it was a different story this year, with several shows sharing the top prizes.

Come From Away, The Inheritance and Company each took home four prizes at Sunday night’s ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

Company wins big at Olivier Awards

Summer and Smoke, Caroline or Change, All About Eve and Tina: The Musical were also recognised at the event.

Here are eight things we learned – including the best acceptance speeches, jokes, and backstage quotes.

1. Jason Manford was on fine form

Host Jason Manford may not be a West End star by trade – but he certainly embraced the theatrical theme with an impressive opening musical performance.

Manford has fronted the Oliviers once before, in 2017. His best gags this year included:

“A wonderful performance there from The King And I. Or, if you went to a normal school, Me And The King.”
“Between me and Sally Field, we’ve won two Oscars, a Golden Globe, and a Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award.”
“When the Royal Albert Hall was first built in 1871, it had an 8,000-seater capacity. Today, it’s 5,400. And if that doesn’t tell you that people in this country have been getting fatter over the last 100 years, nothing will.”
“In my experience, theatre ushers are the greatest actors in the West End. How they manage to keep a straight face when charging £35 for two drinks, a programme and a packet of Revels is beyond me.”

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