January 06, 2020

Monday morning news briefing: Do not retaliate, Iran warned
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. PM calls for de-escalation of US-Iran hostilities He is setting Britain up as a mediator between the United States and a more cautious Europe. Boris Johnson has warned Iran not to attempt "retaliation or reprisals" against America following the assassination of its top general. In his first intervention in the crisis, the Prime Minister said he would be speaking to "all sides" to urge calm and de-escalation. It came as three rockets landed near the US embassy in Baghdad last night. Earlier, Iran warned of "severe revenge" for the killing of Qassim Soleimani. Meanwhile, Iraq's parliament passed a bill calling for the expulsion of all foreign forces from the country. Read Finbar Anderson's dispatch as hundreds of thousands of Iranians poured onto the streets to mourn Gen Soleimani. And the UK's former head of the Navy has warned that Britain is a "softer target" than the US for Iranian retaliatory attacks. Meanwhile, the Labour leadership race is expected to officially begin tomorrow. It has emerged the party could campaign for Britain to rejoin the European Union if Jess Phillips is elected. The MP has distanced herself from the other candidates by telling members she would not accept Brexit - even after it happens. Here is everything you need to know about how the leadership election works and who can vote. UK travel safety advice for Cyprus under review Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has hinted the Government may review its travel advice for going to Cyprus after a court on the island today sentences a British teenager convicted of lying about being gang-raped. He said while he wanted to avoid aggravating the authorities, the case was "on my radar". The 19-year-old was found guilty of public mischief when she withdrew her allegations, something she later said she did under police pressure. Martin Evans has new details that have emerged of the injuries found on the woman's body after the alleged attack. And here is a map of where in the world is considered safe for Britons. Golden Globes: Stellar night for British talent British cinema is celebrating after a triumphant night at the Golden Globes. In a thrilling precursor to the Oscars, the UK had a stellar night - thanks to the talents of ​Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, Sir Sam Mendes, Sir Elton John, and Taron Egerton. Waller-Bridge won two Golden Globes: she picked up the best actress in a TV comedy prize, while her BBC show Fleabag was also named best comedy TV series. As Harriet Alexander reports, Barack Obama was among those she thanked. Earlier, Ricky Gervais kicked off the ceremony with cutting jokes about Prince Andrew. Here is a full list of winners and nominees. News digest Harvey Weinstein | I still belong in showbiz, he says on eve of trial Cave tragedy | Diving pensioner dead in underground network Black faces | Morrismen defend ancient cider ceremony - pictures Binge-watching | TV addicts treated by Harley Street therapists 'Aliens exist' | They live among us, says first UK astronaut in space Gallery: The big picture 'Apocalyptic' smoke | A plane flies in to land in the orange-coloured skies over Auckland, New Zealand. The smoke has travelled from Australia, where hundreds of fires continue to burn. View our picture editor's selection of more striking images from around the world. New Zealand skies are affected by fires thousands of miles away Credit: PHIL WALTER/GETTY   Comment Nick Timothy | Labour candidates' problems are their values Roger Bootle | Best thing that could happen to the economy Alistair Burt | History of conflict weighs heavily on Iran Tim Stanley | The real reason why Dracula hates the Cross Jane Shilling | I wrongly looked forward to an empty nest Editor's choice Joint custody | What happens to the friends left behind after a divorce? How to get a pay rise in 2020 | Experts' top tips for securing a salary increase Avoiding sugar, meat or alcohol? | Simple swaps and tips to make it all easier Business and money briefing QE returns | Quantitative easing is to return as four central banks prepare to kick-start growth in their latest intervention into the financial markets. As Tom Rees and Lizzy Burden report, policy at the Bank of England has been on hold amid high levels of uncertainty.   British Steel | Jingye to meet staff to thrash out takeover details Investment tip | Brighter outlook, but shares still look too cheap Alex cartoon | See our brilliant cartoonist's latest work Sport briefing Liverpool 1 Everton 0 | Teenage sensation Curtis Jones sealed the Merseyside derby with a sensational strike. Read Jason Burt's report after Liverpool youngsters inflicted fresh humiliation on Everton.   Gillingham 0 West Ham 2 | Hard-fought victory with two late goals Middlesbrough 1 Tottenham 1 | Moura saves Mourinho blushes Saints alive | 13-man Northampton snatch victory at Wasps And finally... Expensive hangover | A heavy night of drinking can lead to hazy memories. But when one man woke to find a £50,000 credit card charge for a lap dancing club he was too drunk to remember, he contacted the police - who launched an investigation into possible criminal behaviour and recommended the venue loses its licence.
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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