Arsenal cut Liverpool's Premier League lead to two points after a hard-fought victory at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal suffered their second league defeat this season, their first since a controversial loss at Tottenham in late September. The Gunners had a lightning start, with Bukayo Saka giving them a 14th-minute lead after Alisson saved from Kai Havertz. However, Liverpool dominated proceedings, and Gabriel Martinelli scored the goals that secured three crucial points.

Liverpool carried more momentum after the interval, with Alexis Mac Allister going close twice and Curtis Jones just off target. The Gunners were the next beneficiaries of a calamitous error, this time between Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, which saw them restore their lead after 67 minutes. Alisson rushed from his goal and kicked fresh air as Van Dijk tried to deal with a long clearance, leaving Gabriel Martinelli with the simplest of finishes into an empty net.

Liverpool's misery was compounded in the closing stages when defender Ibrahima Konate was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Havertz, before substitute Leandro Trossard added a third in stoppage time, with Alisson once again at fault as he allowed a routine near-post shot through his legs.

Arsenal showed great character to gather themselves and reassert their authority, resulting in a win that will send belief surging through Arteta and his players. This victory was the perfect response to their recent FA Cup third-round loss to Liverpool, when they paid the price for missing a succession of chances.

After a win at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, the Gunners have been in the heart of the Premier League title race. At the heart of this win was the exciting Martinelli, a constant threat to Liverpool as well as a goalscorer, while Declan Rice was imperious in midfield.

Liverpool did not deserve anything from this display, as their off-colour nature summed up by the manner of the two goals that gave Arsenal a victory they fully merited. Liverpool have coped superbly with the absence of Mohamed Salah, but they failed to mount the traditional surge that has been their trademark. There is no need to panic for the Reds, who are still clear at the top of the table, but there will be real disappointment that they delivered such a poor performance in a game where they could have killed off Arsenal's title challenge.


Grammys 2024: Dua Lipa opens show and SZA shines

 Dua Lipa opened the 2024 Grammy Awards with an athletic medley of her songs, including Dance the Night, which is up for song of the year. She was followed by Tracy Chapman, who made a rare appearance to join Luke Combs, who covered her song Fast Car last year. The winners so far include SZA, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift, who used her speech to announce a new album. Swift could make history later if she scoops her fourth best album award.

R&B star SZA is the show's leading nominee with nine nods and had already won two awards in the Grammys pre-ceremony. She is currently tied on three wins with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Frank Sinatra. Miley Cyrus won the first award of the night for best pop vocal performance for her song Flowers, which was her first Grammy.

The Grammys are the industry's most prestigious awards, with legends like Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, and U2, as well as chart names like Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Burna Boy, and Travis Scott. Meryl Streep even attended the show, supporting her son-in-law Mark Ronson, who was nominated for producing the Barbie soundtrack.

Only a handful of the 94 prizes are handed out in the live show, with the rest announced during a four-hour "premiere ceremony" in the afternoon. Boygenius, rapper Killer Mike, Kylie Minogue, Joni Mitchell, and South African singer Tyla all received awards at the awards.

Dua Lipa said that she still has to remind herself that her song is her butterfly, as it is playing everywhere she goes and people know it.


 

The Chiefs' Travis and the Eagles' Jason are the focus of the Kelce Bowl, a Super Bowl rematch

 Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce and his younger brother, Travis Kelce, the star tight end of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, have become pop culture icons in their own right. The Kelce brothers host one of the hottest podcasts in America, lent their voices to a Philly-centric Christmas album, and have transcended the NFL to become pop culture icons in their own right. Even the matriarch of their family, Donna Kelce, has become an endorsement powerhouse over the past 12 months.


Jason Kelce will try once more to beat Travis and the Chiefs for the first time when the Eagles visit Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night for a rematch of the Super Bowl. The podcast, "New Heights, with Jason and Travis Kelce," provides a glimpse of their lives behind their facemasks, rapping on everything from what happened that week in the NFL to what happened in the worlds of TV and entertainment, all with a stunningly disarming sense of humor.

Donna Kelce has made every effort to show up for both of her boys' games over the years, including those against each other — yet had never been in such a spotlight. She famously wore a half-Eagles, half-Chiefs jersey to the Super Bowl, and there is little doubt she will bring it out again on Monday night.

Travis Kelce, whose profile began growing the minute he stepped onto the field for his second season with the Chiefs, has been an All-Pro four times, selected to eight Pro Bowls, won three AFC championships and two Super Bowl rings — including that one at the expense of his brother.

Travis Kelce didn't become a crossover star until he mentioned his failed attempt at giving Swift one of her famous friendship bracelets during a stop on her Eras Tour. Undeterred, he invited the songstress to watch him perform at Arrowhead Stadium, and after she took him up on the offer early this season, the two have been seen together all over the world.

On the field, there have been a lot of good ones for both brothers. The Eagles are 8-1 and were leading the NFC as they entered the weekend, while the Chiefs are 7-2 and atop the AFC. And while both teams have a long way to go, nobody would be surprised if they met again in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl.

The Kelce brothers — despite playing two of the least-glamorous positions in the game — no doubt have created countless new football fans with their off-the-field endeavors.


Bad Boy Furniture receives court approval in Ontario to begin liquidation sales

Bad Boy Furniture Warehouse Ltd., a Pickering, Ontario-based furniture company, has been granted permission to begin liquidating its stores as it works to restructure the business. A court order by Judge Herman Wilton-Siegel on November 17 allowed the company to start selling off its merchandise immediately. Sales will occur at the brand's 12 stores in southern Ontario for the first 30 days of its liquidation period. After that period, some stores will close and consolidate while others will remain open. Under the court order, the liquidation sales must end across the company's entire network by Feb. 15.

The company admits to operating in a "challenging" economic environment due to high interest rates, declining housing sector sales, and a tight retail climate. It is aiming to restructure through a notice of intention filing made under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on Nov. 10. The court granted Bad Boy an extension to make a proposal until Jan. 23. KSV Restructuring Inc., a company hired to help with the reorganization, has warned Bad Boy that it will likely file for further extensions because its liquidation sales could wrap after the proposal is due.

Documents granting the extension show that since Bad Boy's original filings were made, 20 of its 275 employees have lost their jobs, mostly employed at the company's head office and warehouse. There will be substantial further employee terminations in connection with the closure of stores, including terminations during and following the 30-day initial sale period. Bad Boy's debts owed to unsecured creditors total $13.7 million, including $2.3 million to Whirlpool Canada LP, $840,924 to Samsung Appliances, $404,410 to LG Electronics Canada Inc., and $317,382 to RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.


Russian Carlsberg employees were arrested after the company was seized

Carlsberg's Russian subsidiary Baltika Breweries has been detained by its boss, Dennis Sherstennikov and Anton Rogachevsky, following the Kremlin's takeover of the company in July. The pair are accused of fraud, but Carlsberg denies the allegations. The company emphasized that the Kremlin's efforts to justify their illegal takeover have now evolved into targeting innocent employees.

Carlsberg's main priority is the safety of its employees, including those in Russia, and it will do everything possible to help them under these difficult circumstances. Last month, Carlsberg's boss, Jacob Aarup-Andersen, claimed that the Kremlin had "stolen our business in Russia". The Danish brewer was in the process of selling Baltika Breweries as it sought to leave the Russian market before the government seized control of the company.

Investigators claim that Sherstennikov and Rogachevsky acquired intellectual property rights for the companies Carlsberg Kazakhstan and Vista BWay Co, which previously belonged to Baltika, through deception. The rights, estimated to be worth more than 295 million roubles (£2.65m), enabled Baltika to supply its products to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, and Belarus.

Baltika produces some of the most recognisable beer brands in Russia, with 8,400 employees across eight plants. Since the invasion of Ukraine in February last year, many Western companies have come under pressure to leave Russia and shut down operations. Carlsberg announced in October that it had terminated all of its license agreements to produce, market, and sell its products in the country, but Baltika appealed to the arbitration court with a request to prohibit Carlsberg from terminating the licensing agreement.

Australia defeats hosts India to win its sixth World Cup title as Travis Head scores a century

Australia stunned hosts India in Ahmedabad to win the men's Cricket World Cup for a sixth time. Australia dismissed their previously unbeaten opponents for 240 before Travis Head's sensational century led them to victory with seven overs to spare. After their bowlers took advantage of a slow pitch, Australia were reduced to 47-3 as India hit back in an electric new-ball spell. However, Head and Marnus Labuschagne calmly weathered the storm with a stand of 192 as Indian hope drifted away from the world's largest cricket stadium.

The superb victory means Australia extend their record as the most successful side in 50-over World Cup history and now sit four titles clear of the rest of the pack. It also caps a six-month period in which they beat India to win the World Test Championship and retained the Ashes in England. India, meanwhile, were left crestfallen as their bid for a first white-ball title since 2011 fell at the final hurdle.

Head did not play in the first four games of Australia's campaign because of a broken hand, but Australia kept him in their squad, knowing the match-winning quality he possesses. He scored 109 in his first appearance against New Zealand but this innings was on another level as he first dealt with intense pressure before punishing the bowling. After his opening partner Warner nicked the first ball of the chase through the slips, Head crashed two boundaries to settle Australian nerves.

India took the upper hand in the manic opening period but also gave up 15 extras in the powerplay alone, those in blue seemingly too eager to defend their low score. Batting became easier on a slow pitch that had offered more turn in the day, and Head took advantage. He cracked 14 fours and four sixes, with the sixes all pumped high over mid-wicket.

Head's innings will take the headlines, but this victory was built on a sensational performance with the ball and a brave decision to bowl first at the toss by Pat Cummins. Captain Rohit Sharma gave India a rapid start with 47 from 31 balls, but from 76-1 in the 10th over, Australia applied a stranglehold on India's star-studded batting line-up and did not let go.

India's lower order had hardly been needed in this tournament, and when finally called upon, Ravindra Jadeja managed only nine and Suryakumar Yadav 18 with just four boundaries coming after the first 10 overs. India's worst performance with the bat came at the worst possible time in the tournament, but huge credit must go to Cummins and his champion attack.

 

Errors that obstructed Maui wildfire escape routes

A devastating wildfire in the US destroyed the town of Lahaina, resulting in the death of at least 99 people. The BBC investigation, based on first-hand accounts and police bodycam footage, reveals the difficulty of escaping the fire and the mistakes made by authorities.

U'i Kahue, a kumu of Hawaiian traditional crafts, witnessed the fire as it began, ripping off roofs and falling trees. She grabbed a hose to stop her house from going up in flames, but it was almost too late. With only two major roads providing an exit out, there were few options for people to evacuate in case of an emergency.

When the fire reached the shoreline, some abandoned their cars and ran to the sea. U'i, unaware of what was to come, knew she had to get out. She raced to her minivan, but three of her neighbors couldn't find their car keys. She wanted to leave by the main highway out of town, taking the Lahainaluna Road, but when she reached the intersection with the highway, the road was closed. Instead, police directed cars to Front Street, which had become a "parking lot" of backed-up cars.

The unnavigable roads were due to strong winds, debris, and the town's supposed emergency siren not being activated. Many people self-evacuated at the same time, leading to bumper-to-bumper traffic. Maui Police blocked many roads to prevent people from driving near downed power lines, and Chief of Police Pelletier stated that they wanted to ensure everyone did not go over a downed power line. Maui Mayor Richard Bissen confirmed that this had influenced the response by local authorities.

Maui's fire department faced confusion and fatalities due to the closure of the highway at Keawe Street, which was caused by a police roadblock. The fire was reported to have been completely contained by about 10:00 local time, hours before the afternoon blaze that would engulf the town. Hawaiian Electric, the local electricity company, has confirmed that the power was switched off that morning at 6:40 local time (16:40 GMT) when a brush fire was first reported. The control room advised the Maui Police Department on multiple occasions during the day, starting in the morning and extending into the late afternoon.

Hawaiian Electric has given a recording of one of these conversations to the BBC, which occurred at 16:11 local time during the height of the evacuation. Police officers took reasonable precautions to avoid sending evacuees into potentially electrified lines. Without additional recordings, the BBC is unable to verify whether police received enough information to make a different decision. However, police bodycam footage obtained by the BBC and interviews with multiple witnesses have helped shed light on the confusing and chaotic situation on the ground.

The fire spread more quickly than expected, and people were running out of time. With the intersection between Lahainaluna Road and the main highway out of town blocked off, many found themselves cut off from escape. Police officers on the ground frantically tried to rescue as many people as possible, while others tried to open up escape routes. Some were also baffled as to why roads had been blocked. In a recent statement to the BBC, Maui police said the intersection was closed north because of downed power lines.

Emergency has been declared due to concerns about the eruption of the volcano Fagradalsfjall in Iceland

Iceland has declared a state of emergency after a series of earthquakes, ordering thousands of people living in the southwestern town of Grindavík to leave as a precaution. The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) said there was a considerable risk of an eruption, with the probability of an eruption on or just off the Reykjanes peninsula increasing since the morning. An eruption could start at any time in the next few days. A 15km-long river of magma running under the peninsula is still active, and the most likely eruption side appears to be within the boundary of the town of Grinadvik.

Thousands of tremors have been recorded around the nearby Fagradalsfjall volcano in recent weeks, concentrated in Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula, which had remained dormant to volcanic activity for 800 years before a 2021 eruption. The agency stated that a tunnel of magma, or molten rock, that extends northeast across Grindavik and some 10km further inland, was estimated at a depth of less than 800 meters. More than 20,000 tremors have been recorded in southwest Iceland since late October.

Iceland's Civil Protection Agency said the decision to evacuate came after the IMO could not rule out a "magma tunnel that is currently forming could reach Grindavík". All roads into the town of around 4,000 people are closed other than for emergencies to ensure traffic can get in and out.

The French anti-antisemitism march shakes the far right and far left

The recent Paris protest against antisemitism is unprecedented, as it is the first time a major demonstration has been attended by representatives of major political parties, including the far right. The demonstration was called by the Speakers of the two houses of parliament to show their support for French "Republican" values and their rejection of antisemitism, in the face of a steep rise in antisemitic actions since 7 October. Marine Le Pen, three-time presidential candidate for the National Rally (formerly the National Front), and the party's young president, Jordan Bardella, announced their presence. However, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of France Unbowed (LFI), announced his party would not be attending the march due to the "rendezvous for unconditional supporters of the massacre [of Gazans]."

For decades, French politics erected a bulwark against the far right, whose views were deemed "anti-Republican". The old National Front under Marine's father Jean-Marie Le Pen was seen as beyond the pale, and it was shunned. The far left, including the Communists, Trotskyists, and new formations like Mélenchon's LFI, were attacked for their views but were never excluded. This change in political order predates the Gaza war and is mirrored in varying ways across other European countries.

The far right, rebranded "hard right" or "national right," has forgotten its obsession with Jews and its claims of a "Jewish lobby." Its primary focus now is the three I's - immigration, insecurity, and Islamism - issues on which it finds common cause with many Jews. Meanwhile, the far left in France sees Gaza through the anti-colonial lens and shouts "Solidarity!" Having lost the support of the old working class, many of whom vote National Rally, it has a new natural base among politicised immigrants.

However, many people still think that the far right, by virtue of its French-first ethos, cannot help but be anti-Jewish. Jordan Bardella refused to explicitly call Jean-Marie Le Pen antisemitic, a faux pas that enemies of the National Rally (RN) have reacted with glee. On the far left, there are signs of division around Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whose prickly personality and autocratic methods are driving some colleagues to exasperation.

In conclusion, the far right under Marine Le Pen is successfully entering the mainstream, while the far left is moving away from antisemitism.